20 October 2007

Ink Blots - Karas: The Prophecy

Ok, so if you want to know what this movie was about, I can't really tell you... but it looked freaking awesome! Actually, on first viewing, I was pretty lost but a little help from el wikipedia and another viewing helped quite a bit. Now, its not usually a good sign when you have to read someones explanation to understand a movie, but Karas is actually a pretty sophisticated and interesting movie. Also, the fact that The Prophecy is just part 1 of 2 means that not all of the answers should be expected to be answered in this first part.

Having said all of that, the movie is visually stunning. It involves many battles, aerial and otherwise between an armored Karas and mechanical demons. The CG and traditional animated elements are blended seamlessly providing a cinematic experience that is incredibly intense and beautiful. Thats why even though this movie is a bit hard to follow, its still worth a watch for the curious. And if the curious put in the effort to understand the story, the film is even better (though I guess most movies are better when you understand them).

So, to get the interested a bit of a running start, the movie opens with a clash between two beings, Eko and a Karas. The Karas is a guardian of humans against unseen demons. Eko, a former Karas, turned evil when he felt humans did not appreciate all that was being done for them. Eko raised an army of demons, and has since been slaying Karas(s) including the one in the opening sequence. The movie then moves three years forward and introduces a new Karas that must battle demons and Eko. The movie also follows some X-Filesish cops, and a reformed demon named Nue who is also trying to help the good guys.

One last thing. A quote on the DVD says "Like Batman Begins." I don't now the context of the comment (maybe its a reference to the Karas armor and Batsuit being both black) but this movie is NOTHING like Batman Begins (not that Batman isn't great, I just don't get the comparison). So, for a diverting (NOT amusing (reference to Flushed Away)) romp, check out Karas. Due to fantastic sensory stimulation, and an interesting though complex and weird story, Karas: The Prophecy guards a B.

PS, Karas: The Revelation concludes the story and is now available. Look for a review soon.

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The Friends and Foes of Batman - Firefly

Take my love, take my land, take me where I cannot stand... Oh wait, wrong Firefly.

Firefly was introduced in Detective Comics in 1952. He has appeared in The New Batman Adventures animated series, Justice League, and The Batman, but not yet in live action, which is too bad because he could make for a great "grounded" villain.

Garfield Lynns was originally a pyrotechnic expert for motion pictures, but became a victim of Gotham City's severe poverty and turned to crime, displaying signs of pyromania. Lynns was captured by Batman and Robin after his first robbery. Lynns took up arson as a hobby, but it soon turned to an obsession; he believes he can see visions in the flames. Inspired by actual fireflies, he built a suit and became a professional arsonist. Early in his criminal career Firefly became the protégé of Killer Moth, looking to duplicate the success of crime-fighting duo Batman and Robin. The alliance fell apart when Killer Moth realized the full extent of Firefly's madness and feared for his well-being.

In a recent attempt to burn Gotham to the ground, Firefly was horribly burned when a chemical factory he set erupted in an explosion. Ninety-percent of his body was burned, and he began his recovery in Blackgate Prison.

In The Batman, Firefly is a corporate vandal. His weapons and paraphernalia include a heat ray, a battle suit, and a jetpack. Firefly eventually gained a partner and lover, Blaze, and they both stole a Phosphorus isotope to upgrade his battle suit. Unfortunately, an accident caused the isotope to mutate Firefly into Phosphorus, a fire emitting monster, and was also driven insane.

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Friend and Foe Profiles:

Ra's al Ghul
Talia al Ghul
Baby Doll
Bat-Hound (Ace)
Black Mask
David Cain
Calendar Man & Calendar Girl
Clock King
Crazy Quilt

The Dark Knight returns in 272 days!

19 October 2007

Turok Trailer with Plenty of Blood

I don't know much about Turok, aside from the fact that he shoots dinos in his video games. Anyhow, it turns out there is an animated Turok movie in the works, and it has no shortage of blood, which isnt too surprising as it comes from the folks that brought us literal blood baths in Hellboy: Blood and Iron. I hope to find out more about this one soon.

Check out the trailer:

17 October 2007

Go to Hell - Hellboy 2's Site That is

The Hellboy 2 site is live. The movie is really coming! The first Hellboy was a surprisingly well done "man-in-suit" actioner and if HB really faces off against the Tooth Fairy, #2 should be even better. Next summer promises plenty of superhero action, and most of it should be pretty decent quality (no Fantastic Fours or Ghost Riders). Yay!

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