Top 100 Movie Villains: 100-91

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These are the stuff of our nightmares. They made us laugh, cry, shout in rage, and sent shivers down our spines These are the baddest of the bad and the most evil of the evil. This is who I see as the:

TOP 100 MOVIE VILLAINS

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91. Grand Duke of Owls (Rock-A-Doodle, 1992)

92. Captain Cho (Red Dawn, 2012)

93. Captain Terrill (The Outlaw Josey Wales, 1976)

94. The Riddler (Batman Forever, 1995)

95. Jaws (Jaws, 1975)

96. Master Control Program (Tron, 1982)

97. Prosatanos (Hellbound, 1994)

98. The Mummy (1932, Boris Karloff)

99. Dracula (1931, Bella Legosi)

100. Yves Massarde (Sahara 2005)

Movie Review- Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014)

Brought to us by film producer Michael Bay and director Jonathan Liebesman, comes a reboot/remake of the franchise created by the minds of Peter Laird and Kevin Eastman: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

Ask any of my friends, as a fan of the 2000s series and of the first four theatrical films, I was hesitant. My brother-01 Teenage_Mutant_Ninja_Turtles_film_July_2014_posterin-law, who is a TMNT fan, planned a movie day, but I was thinking, “Nah, it’s a waste of time. They’ll just ruin it. Why waste my money?” However, some friends had us over and we watched it. I was not disappointed.

Of course, the elite critics are, as usual, rushing to criticize it. That’s what they do best: criticize good films while praising terrible films (Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull comes to mind).

Granted the story is nothing original. The story of the Ninja Turtles is told in comic books, films, tv series, and video games, so I’ll just give a general summary.

The four turtles are discovered fighting a ninja gang called The Foot Clan. They are photographed by news reporter April O’Neil (a miscast Megan Fox). She discovers a link to the Turtles and her deceased father and his friend Robert Sachs. Little does she know that she’s lead the Turtles and their mentor the genetically enhanced rat Master Splinter into a trap set by their arch-nemesis Shredder.

The film is one of the best series reboots I’ve ever seen. Yes, you can tell the Ninja Turtles are CGI. Grow up. It still looks freakin’ awesome when they do their ninja skills. I’ll grant that the story seemed rushed and Megan Fox is not exactly what I would call a “great actress” but she was good in this film. Also, I think the Shredder’s armor was a little overdone. It seemed a bit unrealistic, but this is a movie about Turtles who were exposed to a mutated ooze. If you are a TMNT fan and a die hard action film, this is the movie for you!

CAST:

  • Megan Fox as April O’Neil
    • Malina Weissman as young April O’Neil
  • Will Arnett as Vern Fenwick
  • William Fichtner as Eric Sacks
  • Alan Ritchson as Raphael
  • Noel Fisher as Michelangelo
  • Pete Ploszek as Leonardo (motion-capture performer)
    • Johnny Knoxville as Leonardo (voice)
  • Jeremy Howard as Donatello
  • Danny Woodburn as Splinter (motion-capture performer)
    • Tony Shalhoub as Splinter (voice)
  • Tohoru Masamune as Shredder
  • Whoopi Goldberg as Bernadette Thompson
  • Minae Noji as Karai
  • Abby Elliott as Taylor
  • Taran Killam as McNaughton
  • K. Todd Freeman as Dr. Baxter Stockman
  • Paul Fitzgerald as Dr. O’Neil

Graphic Novel Review- Batman Zero Year: Secret City

One of the first Batman origins was The Untold Legends of Batman, this was followed years later by Frank Miller’s Batman: Year One. Now, in the New 52 DC Comics universe, Batman has a new origin. This is the Zero Year, and it gives new takes on so many Batman characters.

Batman Zero Year: Secret City is the first graphic novel in the Zero Year series.

A young Bruce Wayne is trying to avoid the spotlight. He’s letting his Uncle Philip Kane (a pre-Crisis character brought back, although altered to be Martha’s brother instead of Thomas’) run Wayne Enterprises and its subsidiaries. He is a vigilante, but not quite Batman. He’s busy trying to infiltrate the Red Hood Gang, a violent and dangerous gang trying to usurp power from Carmine Falcone, the city’s Mafia don. 

As Alfred tries to get him to continue to move into Wayne Manor, the city is crumbling to pieces thanks to the imaginings of Edward Nigma, who is secretly allied with Philip Kane.

However, after almost being killed by the Red Hood Gang, Bruce stumbles into the mansion of his childhood, and after discovering a secret hologram his father left behind, he sees the image of a bat. Thus, the Batman is born.

I still believe that Batman: Year One is a better origin (though it does focus more on James Gordon), this story focuses on Bruce and his desire to figure out who killed his parents, but also to just do the right thing.

Storytelling wise, it’s a great story. At times, it was a bit confusing what Bruce’s motivations were. One character shines in particular: Alfred Pennyworth. He, as usual, is the reason behind Bruce’s desire to do the right thing. He’s a great character and done perfectly in the story.

Check it out and enjoy it!

Practice of Painting

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I love to paint! It’s one of the most fun and amazing things to do! I love to be inspired and just to go after it. I’m always stunned at how some folks limit themselves to one talent they have. I like to explore and try out new creative things.

Truth is, I’m not a sewer or a musician (though I love to sing). I have no passion for it, but I am a writer and I am an artist. I love these things and the passion to do them drives me.

To All The US Veterans: Thank you!

To all of the brave men and women who have served in the United States Armed Forces, we want to say Thank you! You are true patriots and we will never forget your sacrifices to keep America a free nation! 

10 Books I Want To Be Movies

I would like to see all ten of these books become films. I know the Seven Sleeper Series would have to be a mini-series, but that is okay with me. All of these books have great stories, characters, intrigue, everything you need for a film (well, except a script.)

Documentary Review- America: Imagine The World Without Her

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I want to first get out of the way that I know Dinesh D’Souza (the producer and narrator of this documentary) did plead guilty of a crime and is serving his sentence. That being said, I still am going to review this feature film.

Dinesh takes us through the charges against America: colonialism, racism, and so much more as he interviews those from both a Liberal and Conservative point of view. Congressmen and women, Senators, Presidents, both Republicans and Democrats are scrutinized as he takes us on this journey through America’s heartland and helps see what it would look like.

He shows us known figures like Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln, but also little known pioneers of industry like Madam CJ Walker, the first self-made millionaire in the United States. Despite the fact that Saul Alinsky and his students (like Hilary Clinton) attempts to remake America, we can beat them the knowledge that America is not just good, it’s great.

While the left has already been hard at work to criticize his perception of US history, he does a good job of countering the left-wing revisionist history that has been reshaping our education standards. He shows that while, yes, the United States of America has made mistakes, it is still a place where you can rise from the ashes of our mistakes to become a great nation.

Check it out and enjoy it!