Showing posts from July, 2023

Hasbro Cinematic Universe: A Missed Opportunity, or Misfire?

Hasbro Cinematic Universe was the latest addition to the lucrative world of cinematic universes which took shape in 2017 when the toy manufacturer had ambitious plans to bring all its properties under one umbrella, including Transformers, G.I. Joe, M.A.S.K., Visionaries, Micronauts, and Rom However, despite making a buzz with the announcement, the Hasbro Cinematic Universe failed to deliver any significant features, and it seems like the future of this franchise remains uncertain. Ten years ago, I suggested that some Movie studio should make a film based on the Visionaries toyline, and I'm still waiting.. make it so, Hasbro! — α‘­πŸ‘α‘­TIα‘• α‘ŽEᖇᐯE (@PopticNerve) July 21, 2023

"A Better World" is one of the better Justice League Episodes!

Justice League is touted as the best ensemble Superhero series, thanks to its character progression of each hero member, great animation, a memorable theme that was inspired from the 1971 Hammer film, Twins of Evil , and best of all, the brilliant stories courtesy of Stan Berkowitz, and the late great Dwayne McDuffie. In one of the best and thought provoking 2-parters from the phenomenal series, episode 11 & 12 titled "A Better World" which first aired in 2003, offers a " What If” scenario of the League establishing a supposedly utopian society in the near future, and to of what consequences? The story begins with a nihilist prologue where in an altered "present" Lex Luthor is now the President of the United States. And in his maniacal actions, he attempts to start a nuclear war, but not before Superman makes an uncomfortable decision, yet feels both justified and relieved. Best scene goes to Batman asking Diana Wonder Woman, "do you smell something?&q

RIP One-Hit Wonder Woman

I gotta be honest here, I was never a fan of Sinead O'Connor. By that, I mean her music and while may tastes varies from Classic Soul, progressive rap, to Punk, Thrash Metal, I was more into Swing out Sister for their eclectic europop sound or Lisa Stansfield known for her breakout song "Been Around the World" than O' Connor's "Nothing Compares to You" which despite being written by Prince, was much better sing by Prince in my humble opinion.  While O' Connor's song about heartbreak became an instant chart topper, her vocals came off "caterwauling" accompanied by an artistic video with O'Connor singing juxtaposed to a black background.  Despite her success, Ms. O'Connor had taken a different turn when appearing as a musical guest on SNL where she performed an a cappella version Bob Marley's "War Song" which ended with her ripping a picture of Pope John Paul II as a protest against sexual abuse of children in the Ca

About That Transformers Rise of The Beasts Ending and Easter Egg.

Released in May 27, Transformers Rise of the Beast is another franchise soft reboot slash prequel, which was met with less than favorable critical reception. Despite cool CGI battles, great voiceovers from Colman Domingo, Michelle Yeoh, Peter Dinklage, Ron Perlman and the legendary Peter Cullen as Optimus Prime, Rise of the Beasts shares the same problems as the previous Transformers movies..flawed writing. Some Spoilers, so beware! The story of how "one person can make a difference " (regarding Noah played by Anthony Ramos) is very tiring as with a few other cliches that I found problematic. Pete Davidson’s dialogue as Mirage was cringe inducing and to top it off, he gives Noah (whose name is possibly a callback to the Autobots' ship, the Ark.) a device that turns him into "Iron Man."  After saving the world from Unicron as well as Optimus Prime, who comes off like some Edgelord who swings his battleax like Conan, Noah is being interviewed by a potential employ

Disney Exec Bob Iger Scapegoats Marvel, for the company's Dismal Earnings!

Disney’s “Big Boss” Bob Iger squarely blames Marvel for the company's less than expected revenue. It’s a bit of irony when Iger had previously mentioned how the comic brand that Jack and Stan built, had exceeded his expectations due to successful films and Disney + television projects from Iron Man, Captain America, Avengers to Wandavision and especially the first Black Panther film. But after experiencing recent Box office flops or poorly received films such as Eternals, Ant-Man Quantumania, Thor Love and Thunder, She-Hulk, (to a degree) and now Secret Invasion. Iger’s broad consensus albeit it “theory,” stems from how Marvel Studios confused audiences with oversaturated series that debuted on Disney+. Sure, there is a copious amount of oversaturation from both Marvel films and series, but it's also burnout in general. One could look at how DC’s previous films such as Black Adam, SHAZAM Fury of the Gods, and now The Flash were primary examples of Superhero fatigue, via disappo

Captain America (1990) So bad, That it's Actually Good!

Cult Director Albert Pyun's career was met with some acclaim with films that launched the careers of Jean Claude Van Damme and Thomas Jane. However, he was met with much disdain as some of his projects were underwhelming to say the least.  Although the late Director’s films weren't well received by the moviegoing masses, I must give him credit for attempting to make his move into the  pre–Marvel Cinematic Universe with 1990's Captain America.  Directed by Pyun and released through former Cannon Pictures Exec, Menahem Globus' 21st Century film distribution company, Captain America is your basic origin story that's underbudgeted yet has a few interesting ideas such as environmental conservation, and conspiracy plots. Featuring unknown actor Matt Salinger as our titular hero there are a few noticeable thespians like Ronny Cox and Ned Beatty of Deliverance to lend more clout to a movie that was sub par, that it would not get released in theaters aside from Puerto Rico a