Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice – How do you screw up a Batman/Superman movie?

Spoilers aplenty. You have been warned.

From the title and the trailers, you would think this movie would be about Batman fighting Superman, with Wonder Woman showing up and some sort of tie-in to the upcoming Justice League movie happening at some point. What it’s actually about is two oafish morons alternating between petulance and naval gazing while Lex Luthor gambols about like a deranged elf and implements increasingly implausible plans. Continue reading

The Grumpy Old Guys on Gaming talk about Ender’s Game, Weng Weng, and Marvel movies

In this week’s random episode of Grumpy Old Guys on Gaming, the Grumpy Old Guys offer pointed commentary about Ender’s Game, and contrast the book with the movie. They also discuss Filipino midget action movie star Weng Weng, touch on Danny Trejo, and talk about a wide range of Marvel movies, including various Captain America and Iron man films.

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The Grumpy Old Guys on Star Wars: The Force Awakens

This week, Dr. Chris and the rest of the Grumpy Guys argue about Star Wars. Spoiler Alert – Dr. Chris was not a fan. Well, not really much of a spoiler if you read the review immediately below this post.  But maybe some of the other guys liked it. Listen to the episode or download it and see for yourself.

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Star Wars: The Force Awakens is a Lackluster Remake

I thought Star Wars was a fantastic movie. The first time I saw it. Almost 40 years ago. But this unimaginative, formulaic remake doesn’t really cut it. The first sign of trouble was the opening text crawl. The Empire is now the First Order and the Rebel Alliance is now the Resistance. Wait! What the hell? I know it’s supposed to be a 30 year time jump, but at the end of Return of the Jedi, the Rebels had destroyed the second Death Star, the Emperor was dead, and the teddy bears were using stormtrooper helmets as drum kits. Now a renamed Empire is back in control? So apparently everything that happened in the original trilogy was a big waste of time because now we’re back to square one. We’ve even got Supreme Leader Snookie, err Snoke, seamlessly replacing Emperor Palpatine.

Yes, I know there is a big mass of Star Wars cannon attempting to explain all this away, but here’s the thing – I’m not going to buy novels and comic books and study supplemental material just to understand what’s going on. Providing all that information for the nerds to enjoy, and pay for, is fine, but a movie needs to stand on its own. If a movie can’t stand on its own, then that’s just bad writing. Continue reading