Zack Snyder’s Justice League | Highlighting Where The Big Mistakes Were Made

I can’t call myself a Zack Snyder‘s stan. The first time I even heard of him was in 2006 when 300 came out. Since then I went to see Watchmen (2009), which I liked; Sucker Punch, that I loved – I don’t care I like it -; Man of Steel, which was awesome, and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, which is my least favorite of the bunch – shocking I know. All of that to say that I’m not part of Zack’s army or whatever his stans’ name is but I’ve always admired some of his creative choices, whether it is in casting or visuals, I’ve always found them interesting and out of the box. Some kind of signature that you recognize right away, just like when you listen to music produced by artist with a particular style (e.g. Missy Elliott & Timbaland). I watched the 2017 Justice League and at the time the I thought it was jarring but ok, if you don’t think too much about it.

Premise: After the death of Superman, Steppenwolf, an evil and powerful alien returns to Earth with his parademons to retrieve the Mother Boxes left long ago by his master Darkseid. Inspired by Superman’s selfless act, Bruce Wayne enlists the help of his new-found ally, Diana Prince to face this new enemy. Together Batman and Wonder Woman seek the help of a team of super powered beings to stand against this new threat.

Review: For some reason I wasn’t dreading the four hour length of this movie. I don’t know if I normally would have since I’ve binged eight to ten hour shows. Nevertheless, giving how long this movie is, I should have been antsy, paused it multiple times but I didn’t, I was captivated. I did rewind a few scenes but for the most part I just watch. If you’ve seen the 2017 Justice League there are chunks of this movie that you’ll obviously would have seen. This might give you some trepidation, because depending of how scaring the stupid bits of the 2017 movie were to you, you can’t help but wonder if you’ve signed up for another serving those. So yes I was anxious at the beginning but the more the movie made some kind of sense the lower my apprehension got.

The story here makes more sense, I mean a lot more sense, it’s not perfect, but given what we got in 2017 it’s close to masterpiece. It also clearly looks like it is old film footage, I mean at least 95% of this movie if not more was shot in 2015-2016 or whenever they shot the original movie. This mean that with all this footage that already existed Warner Bros give us Justice League (2017) how? The best bits of that film is, it seems, from the original movie. This reminds me of SAS: Red Notice that I saw days ago, it’s an ok movie but it pales in comparison to what it could have been. In that case, everything they needed to make a better movie was in the book the movie is based on. But I guess someone wanted to make it their own so they messed it up by changing what didn’t need to be changed. Here I feel like the same happened, they had everything they needed, it was shot, in the can, but somehow they still messed it up.

The characters look better, I’m not talking brightness or color of costumes but of intelligence and competence. The Flash doesn’t seem as weird, well he’s weird but not…dumbed down. He seems like an excited rookie with a lot of power and only scratched the surface of his potential; someone who’s a bit socially awkward. And his runs look better. Cyborg is very well introduced here, he has so many layers this movie sets up Cyborg first and then introduce us to The Flash and Aquaman. The way Cyborg is portrayed here makes the 2017 movie problematic but I have a theory about that. Aquaman shines in the quiet moments. Wonder Woman is badass goddess warrior who has a big heart and it shows. She moves like superhero, and a competent one at that. In this movie she is almost on part with Superman, not just a juiced up chick. She’s brutal or compassionate when she needs to be. Here in this movie It makes Wonder Woman 1984 look worse. Steppenwolf looks like an alien, he’s ruthless and has a solid arc, he makes sense. I understands his motivations. Superman is barely there but used effectively. He bookends the movie, giving how powerful this character is, this movie would been wrapped up real quick if he showed up early. He’s a weapon, a big threat.

Zack Snyder’s Justice League is not a perfect movie, the score and soundtrack is a bit off for me, maybe not used very well. However, it tells a story, the plot makes sense, the characters have arcs and are used with intelligence. It has great action sequences, it is darker, and simply works. The epilogue and post credit scenes are like a f you and I love it.

Rating: 8.5 out of 10.

Eye Candy| Review

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Based on R.L. Stine’s eponymous best-selling novel, Eye Candy stars Victoria Justice, Harvey Guillen, Casey Jon Deidrick, Kiersey Clemons, John Garet Stoker, Marcus Callender & Ryan Cooper.

Premise: Lindy is a 21-year-old hacker with a gift for seeing clues and connections in the digital world that others can’t. Persuaded by her roommate to try online dating, Lindy begins to suspect that one of her suitors is a deadly cyber stalker. When the local cyber-crimes unit uncovers a potential serial killer in Manhattan, all signs point to this mysterious stalker. Teaming up with the cyber unit and some hacker friends, Lindy leads the charge to solve these murders while unleashing her own style of “justice” on the streets of New York City.

Review: I first said it on my pilot review Eye Candy has great potential, the premise and prologue were really good but the show kind of sucked.  The pilot was one of the worst I’ve seen this year. The mediocre writing, and acting was painful to watch but I persevered because there was room for improvement. By episode 2 my hope stayed intact even though the show suffered the same problems. The amateur writing and the cheesy teenage aspect of 20 something characters -_-“, but the show got a little more interesting. That’s when the mystery really kicked in and they introduced a possible suspect – the one taking pictures in the precinct. It peaked my interest…let’s not exaggerate, it got me interested because I never suspected him. It never really changed my idea of who the killer was and turns out I was right. 

Regardless, Eye Candy slowly but surely improved, but just a little bit. They tried to get us wondering who the killer is and as far as I’m concerned, it didn’t work. They gave too many characters suspicious scenes or comments in the hopes of throw us off the trailer but it was so poorly done that it was a bit annoying. The show is kind of a guilty pleasure show. It’s kind of bad but has enough mystery and drama to keep you coming back. It’s a good pallet cleanser show before watching a really good show.

On a side note, the amateur writing gives me hope though, because if these writers can write for a TV Show so can I. Anyway if you’ve seen the show what did you think of the first and maybe the only season?

Eye Candy | Pilot review

It’s based on R.L. Stine’s best selling novel of the same name and stars Victoria justice as a New York woman suspects that one of her online dates is a serial killer.

When the show was announced I thought I’d check it out, so I watched the pilot with hope of it being the next best thing and my heart sunk. Eye Candy has great potential, the premise and mostly Lindy’s back-story in the prologue was really good but the show kind of sucks. 
I might be getting too old for this but the pilot was one of the worst I’ve seen this year. The mediocre acting alone was painful to watch, the main characters introduction was weak as was the story line. Or maybe it was based on the assumption that we’ve all read the books – I didn’t. They went “Game of Thrones” on us by killing a supposedly important character and it did not even worked because they never gave us time to care. 
However, there’s a silver lining, at the end of the pilot there was the “this season on Eye Candy trailer” that gave me a sliver of hope. 

So I’m gonna hang on and cross my fingers because I want this show to be a good one. There’s so much room for improvement, considering that Jason Blum with Blumhouse (The purge, Whiplash) is producing. 
So I’ll keep watching desperately hopping that the trailer at the end of the pilot wasn’t the best thing about the show.