Monday, March 29, 2021

On This Day in 2011: Remembering SUCKER PUNCH...


Two years before Zack Snyder inaugurated the DC Extended Universe with 2013's Man of Steel, his fantasy-action flick Sucker Punch arrived in theaters nationwide. Today marks a decade since I watched this movie at the multiplex. Sucker Punch is an interesting film...which is basically about a character (played by Emily Browning) who resorts to losing herself in an alternative reality while being forced to commit demoralizing acts at a facility where she is being institutionalized by her abusive stepfather. In her fantasies, the girl—known as Babydoll—pictures herself fighting against the forces of evil alongside other women (portrayed by Jena Malone, Vanessa Hudgens, Jamie Chung and Abbie Cornish) who are also being held at the facility.

Sucker Punch is a pretty dark, trippy and stylized film...which, of course, would be a nice preview of what was to come as Snyder was years away from directing an ensemble movie featuring Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman and other DC Comics superheroes. That is all.

Babydoll (Emily Browning) leads a ragtag group of butt-kicking ladies (played by Jena Malone, Vanessa Hudgens, Jamie Chung and Abbie Cornish) in SUCKER PUNCH.

Monday, March 22, 2021

Photos of the Day: Images from the SNYDER CUT...

Aquaman (Jason Momoa), Cyborg (Ray Fisher), Batman (in the Batmobile), Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot) and The Flash (Ezra Miller) are out to save the world in ZACK SNYDER'S JUSTICE LEAGUE.

Happy Monday, everyone! Just thought I'd share these screenshots from Zack Snyder's Justice League after I watched it on HBO Max yesterday (yes, in just one viewing). I actually enjoyed Joss Whedon's 2017 theatrical version of Justice League, so I was obviously very impressed by Snyder's 4-hour iteration of the DC Extended Universe's (DCEU) second ensemble film (after 2016's Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice). So what did I think of the new cut, you ask? My notes:

- Resume development of Justice League 2...and re-hire Henry Cavill as Superman and Ben Affleck as Batman, immediately! And give Snyder a raise.

- Even though this was made possible primarily due to the Snyder Cut's 'R' rating, the way that Steppenwolf was defeated in this version is way more satisfying than his downfall in Whedon's film. To be blunt: Steppenwolf went out like a total b***h while Superman arrived like a boss in the Snyder Cut's climax.

- (Spoiler Alert) If Wonder Woman 3 has a villain who's remotely worthy of getting decapitated by Diana Prince's sword like in the Snyder Cut, then this sequel will be a huge improvement on Wonder Woman 1984!

And again:

- Bring back Henry Cavill as the Man of Steel and Ben Affleck as the Dark Knight, respectively. Zack Snyder revealed in Justice League that there is so much potential for the DCEU if future movies are made based on what Snyder conveyed in his latest comic book epic. Carry on.

Darkseid (voiced by Ray Porter) is out to make Earth his latest conquest in ZACK SNYDER'S JUSTICE LEAGUE.

Steppenwolf (voiced by Ciarán Hinds) is determined to carry out Darkseid's bidding on Earth in ZACK SNYDER'S JUSTICE LEAGUE.

Batman (Ben Affleck) is out to build a team of heroes in ZACK SNYDER'S JUSTICE LEAGUE.

As Darkseid watches behind her, Diana Prince shows why she's a true wonder woman in ZACK SNYDER'S JUSTICE LEAGUE.

Aquaman is ready to do his part in defeating Steppenwolf in ZACK SNYDER'S JUSTICE LEAGUE.

Cyborg tests his abilities in ZACK SNYDER'S JUSTICE LEAGUE.

The Flash runs at the speed of light in ZACK SNYDER'S JUSTICE LEAGUE.

Lois Lane (Amy Adams) confronts a newly-resurrected Clark Kent (Henry Cavill) in ZACK SNYDER'S JUSTICE LEAGUE.

Clark Kent suits up in black before he helps Batman, Wonder Woman and Co. save the world in ZACK SNYDER'S JUSTICE LEAGUE.

Monday, March 15, 2021

On This Day in 2011: Remembering BATTLE: LOS ANGELES...


Today marks ten years since I saw the sci-fi action flick Battle: Los Angeles at the theater. I thought it was pretty exciting...even though the movie (which starred Aaron Eckhart, Ramon Rodriguez, Ne-Yo, Bridget Moynahan, Michael Peña and Michelle Rodriguez) would've felt more authentic if it was actually filmed in the City of Angels. Battle: Los Angeles was mostly shot in Shreveport and Baton Rouge, Louisiana—with Camp Pendleton being the only California setting where production was held in the Golden State. It's all good.

Here's my original review of the film back in 2011.

U.S. Marines confront an alien attacker in BATTLE: LOS ANGELES.