Batman: Assault on Arkham

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So when I talked about Suicide Squad: Hell to Pay  I said it was basically the interpretation I wanted; in Batman: Arkham Origins we got the hint of Waller and the Suicide Squad that sadly never got to go anywhere in the Arkham verse…until now.

The Riddler is on the loose again and the feds are on his trail as well as his nemesis, Batman. He’s apprehended and sent to Arkham Asylum, but Amanda Waller isn’t pleases; Riddler has some vital information she needs. She assembles Task Force X, aka the Suicide Squad, to infiltrate the asylum and get him. Deadshot, Harley Quinn, Captain Boomerang, King Shark, and Killer Frost make there way in but nothing is ever easy. Harley and Joker’s relationship is on the rocks after a messy breakup and she’s out for blood, Batman is on there ass, and Waller has ulterior motives than cost them there lives as a plot is unleashed from inside the asylum.

Much like Hell to Pay, this is exactly what I wanted from a Suicide Squad film, unapologetic badassery from some great bad guys as well as Batman being the stoic badass he is. I love watching the clash between  the Bat and the Squad. Riddler was unexpected cool and welcome part of things as well. The movie feels very much part of the Arkham verse with a lot of game accurate voices and character cameos; what bothered me however was trying to place it in the timeline- I personally want to say it’s between Origins and Asylum but I can’t really be sure. The only little gripe I have is the title feels misleading and I feel like this is a Suicide Squad movie first instead of a Bat movie. In the end, if you love the Arkham games, you will have plenty of fun with this movie. May the gaming gods bring you glory.

Superman: Man of Tomorrow trailer

Superman, the icon and first modern day superhero, is having his origin retold again- this time focusing more on the time before becoming Superman rather than going all the way back to Krypton. I like that we get action from Lobo and Parasite rather than the usual top Sup baddies; Martian Manhunter is always a welcomed presence as well. It looks like a solid origin movie with good animation. May the gaming gods bring you glory.

Deathstroke: Knights and Dragons reveal trailer

I’m glad Slade gets some limelight on his own, rather than being a villain in Teen Titans or Arrow. I’m even more excited that it’s R rated so this epic DC anti-hero can stretch and be himself on screen. I can’t wait to see the final result. May the gaming gods bring you glory.

The Spongebob Squarepants movie

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Ok, I won’t burst into song. Many are likely wondering, ‘Torsten, why are you talking Spongebob after a string of violent comics and video games’? Well, the answer is simple dear reader: I’M A GOOFY GOOBER!

Spongebob Squarepants is just a happy go lucky fry cook down under the sea in the underwater town of Bikini Bottom.he loves his job at the Krusty Krab, loves his friends, and loves jelly fishing. The Krusty Krab is about to open a second restaurant, spelling certain doom for Plankton and the Chum Bucket; after hundreds of failed ploys to take down Mr Crabs and the Krusty Crew, he has finally  come up with the perfect diabolical plan. He swipes King Neptune’s crown which hides his baldness, and Neptune freezes Crabs out of anger. It’s up to Spongebob and his best friend Patrick to find the crown and bring order to Bikini Bottom before Plankton takes hold…

Kids movie or not, I laughed my ass off with this movie. I always had a soft spot in my heart for the lovable yellow bastard. If you love the show, the movie won’t disappoint. I love how batshit the movie gets like Spongebob getting wasted on ice cream or him and Patrick riding on top of the Hoff’s ass; it’s easy for adults with a WTF sense of humor to enjoy but its still a clean movie for the kids. It’s a colorful movie and a pretty good soundtrack including a badass Twisted Sister cover at the end. In the end, this is one of those rare times a movie can be enjoyed by young and old and its worth checking out. May the gaming gods bring you Krabby  Patties.

JLA Dark: Apokolips War trailer

I was kinda curious what the next big DC animated flick would be and I have to admit, the idea of a R rated Darkseid movie is pretty sweet. The cast of characters we’ve seen is pretty impressive and the voices fit pretty well. While I’m not to familiar with the source material, it looks like a promising film. May the gaming gods bring you glory.

Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius

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The other night I was feeling old as hell, recently turning 29, and I needed to feel like a kid again. I remember seeing the trailer for the first time and being perplexed by this new CGI animation. So almost two decades later, did I still enjoy a old childhood favorite or did it die with much other nostalgic things?

Retroville is a quiet little suburb that would be a run of the mill town if not for the chaotic inventions of Jimmy Neutron, 10 year old boy genius. Jimmy is mostly a normal kid with normal parents, has friends, and a robot dog named Goddard and has a desire to communicate with extraterrestrial beings. After sending a probe into orbit, a race of egg based aliens finds it and heads to Earth for the adults because of Jimmy. At first, the kids are living a dream that becomes a nightmare once reality sets in- they need there parents. So the kids of Retroville have to ban together and save there parents before they are sacrificed to a Kaiju chicken god!

I’m pretty surprised how much fun I had with Jimmy Neutron as an adult. The movie has a good blend of humor and heart with a solid story and characters behind it. Patrick Stewart as King GooBot is a pretty nice touch as well. The animation holds up well enough but I have to admit the pop music makes the movie feel dated as shit. In the end, I’d say it’s a pretty good movie the whole family can enjoy. May the gaming gods bring you glory.

Dragonball Super: Broly

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Dragonball Z: Broly, the Legendary Super Saiyan was one the Z series most popular features but wasn’t considered canon officially. With Super overtaking the divisive GT, the door opened to justify this by retelling the story of the mad Saiyan as well as add a new layer to the story and character unseen before…

The fall of the Saiyans was upon them as Frieza was about to lay waste to the Saiyan populace when a child was born with an exceptional power level, even more than the prodigal Prince Vegeta. The king was furious, damning the child to death by sending him to a hellish planet. His father Paragus stranded himself to save the boy, raising him to seek revenge against Vegeta, seemingly the last Bastille of the old regime. Broly, trained to be a monster, is actually a kind soul who never got to blossom with a keen fighting ability and a frightening power he can’t control. Without achieving Super Saiyan, he easily matches the power of Goku and Vegeta at God level but it’s Frieza, remembering what drove Goku to snap, decides to snap Broly and the 3 are faced with something nearly unstoppable but can they defeat him before his power leads the power of Gogeta to destroy him?

This very well maybe the best DBZ movie yet and I’m really surprised how well Broly was reinvented. His character has a lot of depth and is surprisingly tragic as well as extremely badass. The fights are top notch and are shown in some really awesome, fresh ways on top of the vibrant colors and fast action. The new backstory I’m mostly good with but I have to say Goku’s part reminded me too much of Superman’s origin which is my only real gripe along with not seeing Beerus or Whise facing off against Legendary SS. In the end, it’s a hell of a movie I’d definitely recommend. May the gaming gods bring you glory.

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Dragonball Z: Resurrection F

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Frieza, one of the Dragonball Z series greatest and cruelest villains, is in hell. Tortured and angry, his existence is torment. One of his devout followers summons his returns to lead his forsaken army and continue his universal tyranny but Frieza has something else in mind: revenge. Frieza, who has never trained, commits and strives towards his true potential. Meanwhile Goku and Vegeta are training with Beerus and Whise, mastering SS God Blue form when Frieza visits Earth with the strongest and massive army he’s ever assembled, causing the Z fighters to reunite after many years. Once again Goku and Frieza face off, but this time Frieza has a power unlike anything Goku has seen: Gold Frieza!

I’ve got a lot of mixed feelings on this movie but overall it’s pretty good. While I was against it at first, it was nice seeing Frieza become relevant again, although Gold Frieza is kinda lame in my opinion. My favorite thing about the movie was seeing some of the classic Z Fighters back in action again like Gohan, Piccolo, Krillin, and Tien. I did love seeing Goku and Frieza’s rematch as well as Vegeta and Frieza’s. What pissed me off was the end result; I’m going to be the first to say, the ending fully makes sense in the context of the characters but I couldn’t help thinking it was cheap. In the end, it is above average anime film and it’s got some great fights but a poop ending. May the gaming gods bring you glory.

Dragonball Z: Battle of Gods

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Is there any force in existence Goku and his friends can’t overcome? After DragonBall Z: Buu Saga (Kid Buu) came to an end, Goku has the opportunity to meet Beerus, the God of Destruction. Goku begs Beerus for the chance to spar against him, only to have Beerus one shot him easily in his Super Saiyan 3 form. Beerus comes to Earth with his assistant/trainer Whise and for a time is content at Bulma’s birthday party until his temper goes awry and he threatens to destroy the world. With no one strong enough to big him down, desperate times call for a ritual to create a Super Saiyan God with the total power of all the Saiyans combined into Goku. Can this new form be enough to hold Beerus at bay?

I was definitely surprised by this movie in more ways than one. First, I like that it feels like a actual feature film developing the characters and is at full length. Beerus and Whise are fun characters and Beerus is a awesome badass. I love how this movie takes a different kind of look at Goku’s character and his flaws. It is a little bit of a slow build but the climax is well worth it. In the end, it’s a great continuation of the show and a great start to Dragonball Super. May the gaming gods bring you glory.