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FTMN Quickie: Suicide Squad Extended Cut

It’s time for yet another FTMN Quickie as I finally got around to watching the extended edition of Suicide Squad that I bought on sale at Target for $10 back shortly after it was first released on home video. I hadn’t seen it since it first came out in theaters and if you recall my review, I was generally positive on the film with the exception of the villain and the overall arc of the plot. Watching it again had me noticing the flaws in the film much more, but when the characters are good, they are fantastic, and that’s enough to keep me engaged without rolling my eyes too hard every time Enchantress comes on screen.
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Graphic Horror: Alena

Alena 2016

I find it interesting the films that I tend to come across from time to time. I enjoy watching films from other countries as they tend to be quite different from most of the mainstream superhero movies and it gives myself and this site a chance to branch out. What I find most interesting is that this would be the second Swedish film that I’ve covered here, and while both films are in different genres, both this and We Are the Best feature a cast filled with young women who have unusual haircuts and are on the fringe of their school’s society. But Alena isn’t forming a punk band with her two friends, instead she’s trying to make any friends at all in a new boarding school while also dealing with some ghosts of her past. This film also deals with bullying in a way that I haven’t really seen in quite this way before, but it deals with other elements in a way that I have many times over. And as this film deals with things that aren’t exactly how they may appear at first, I will be discussing those elements in my review so here’s your spoiler warning.
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Guardians of the Galaxy vol. 2

Guardians of the Galaxy vol. 2 2017

The first Guardians of the Galaxy was a semi-surprise hit. I say semi because even at that point, anything with “Marvel Studios” plastered in front of it would be in for a certain amount of success. And as for James Gunn, I enjoyed his previous film Super but still haven’t gotten around to his quirky horror movie Slither. And as much as I loved the first movie, I expected this second one to be more of the same. Following in the footsteps with the same level of chemistry and humor and for the most part, that’s what I got. But more than that, I got a level of heart that I wasn’t quite expecting, and some major themes of family that I imagine must be present in the later Fast and the Furious movies, though I also haven’t seen any of those just yet. And finally, as with most of my new release reviews, I will be discussing the film as a whole including any potential spoilers.
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No Ordinary Hero

No Ordinary Hero: The SuperDeafy Movie 2013

The other day I was browsing through Netflix to see what superhero movies were available that I hadn’t covered yet and this was one of the ones that popped up. I thought it looked pretty terrible, but at just over an hour it seemed like the best choice to watch considering it was relatively late at night and I didn’t want to choose something I would have to split into two viewings. What makes this review somewhat difficult to write is that it’s difficult to make fun of this movie because it has such good intentions. It wants to be something important for the deaf community and in certain ways it seems to do that, but it doesn’t do nearly enough to make it a good movie. There are too many cliched storylines and mediocre acting that the message gets a little lost in the shuffle.
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Almost Super: Sleight

Sleight 2017

Just a couple days ago I just happened to notice a promoted tweet about a smaller film opening this weekend called Sleight. There were a couple things that caught my interest about the tweet, one was that they used a pull quote that mentioned twisting the superhero genre. And the other was that it had a Black lead. When I looked at their Twitter feed, I also saw a pull quote that called it “Chronicle meets Iron Man” and when I watched the trailer I was interested so I decided to give it a shot. While I did enjoy the film, I thought that it didn’t come anywhere near the hype of the pull quote as it only touches on a few similarities to a typical origin story. It tosses in a few urban coming of age tropes, but the characters and the magician angle were enough to pull me in for most of the movie.
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Underdog

Underdog 2007

I’m starting to get back on the bandwagon of this site by continuing where I had left off when I made a Twitter poll asking what type of films I should watch next and kids films won. I’ve actually owned this one on DVD for quite a while and have seen parts of it more than once as my daughter was a fan of this movie. I wouldn’t quite say that I was a huge fan of the original Underdog cartoon, but I had seen several episodes and from what I remember I enjoyed them well enough. But when this film came out, I could tell that it was just a shlocky kids film trying to cash in on a little bit of nostalgia and somehow wrangled a handful of decent names, or at least names that were on the rise like Peter Dinklage and Amy Adams. Jason Lee was a bit of a mixed bag as this was also the same year that he starred in the live-action Alvin and the Chipmunks movie. But as expected, this is a schlocky kids movie that felt like it was trying too hard to cash in on a random piece of nostalgia while missing the mark as to what made that property great in the first place.
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Superhero Shorts: Bullock the Bruiser

It’s been a while but I’m back with another edition of Superhero Shorts, where I take a look at a superhero or comic book short film or fan film and briefly talk with someone involved with the film. This time around I’m taking a look at an original superhero short film called Bullock the Bruiser that clocks in at about 40 minutes, which is pretty long for a typical short film though it’s just shy of my criteria for a feature length film at 45 minutes. And I was able to ask a few questions of the producer, writer, and director of the film Marcelo Mayen. And while I’m not able to share the short in full, you can watch the trailer for the short just below. And if you would like to follow the short, you can find it on Facebook, Instagram, and IMDB.
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Howard Lovecraft and the Frozen Kingdom

Howard Lovecraft and the Frozen Kingdom 2016

I’ve never been a huge HP Lovecraft fan, essentially the only things I know about his writing are that it involves a lot of madness and tentacle creatures and gave some inspiration to the first Hellboy movie and In the Mouth of Madness. It seemed quite unusual that these kinds of stories would translate to a comic book made for kids and that comic would then be turned into an animated movie complete with the voice of Hellboy in a small role even. When I initially saw the box art for the film several months ago, I dismissed it as one of those cheap knock-off movies that tend to mimic a popular movie from a few years earlier like Karate Panda or Dragon Flight School. And to a certain extent, that’s exactly what this is only there’s not really any movie that it’s trying to cash in on, it’s just a lower budget animated film that managed to get a few medium profile actors to lend their voices. It wasn’t a horrible experience by any means, but there also wasn’t much enjoyment to be had outside of a couple brief laughs.
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Power Rangers

Power Rangers 2017

I’m already back to the theaters this week, though I’m not sure if I’ll be able to see the indie film Wilson any time soon, but I took my wife and daughter to see this film based on the trailers and the box office and the few positive reactions I noticed this weekend so far. Last year I revisited both the original Power Rangers Movie as well as the second movie Turbo and while I had watched the first season or two of the show back when it aired, those did not hold up for me at all. This film did a much better job of updating this story and these characters by taking them more seriously, but not so seriously that everything became extremely grim-dark. It does feel a little bit like it’s trying to copy the Marvel formula, but considering how well that has worked for Marvel, it’s not that bad of an idea. And for myself, and my family, it worked.
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FTMN Quickie/Almost Super: P.U.N.K.S.

Almost Super: P.U.N.K.S. 1999

I have gone back and forth on whether or not to write something about this film here on this site, but since I had gone almost two weeks without writing anything here, I figured I might as well get something out of the time I spent watching this movie. Since this is a niche movie site, I have certain criteria on what films I review for this site, but the definition of “superhero movie” is nebulous at best so sometimes a short description of a movie sounds like it could fit this site, but when I watch it, it actually doesn’t. I was trying to start watching some kids movies based on a Twitter poll I posted a week or so ago gauging what I should watch next for this site, and P.U.N.K.S. is on YouTube so that’s what I went for. Needless to say, it’s a pretty bad film even if it does have the likes of Randy Quaid, Henry Winkler, and a young Jessica Alba.
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