REVIEW: THE LEGO BATMAN MOVIE

CAST

Will Arnett (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles)
Zach Galifanakis (The Hangover)
Michael Cera (Juno)
Rosario Dawson (Sin City)
Ralph Fiennes (Harry Potter)
Jenny Slate (The Lorax)
Hector Elizondo (The Princess Diaries)
Billy Dee Williams (BAtman)
Mariah Carey (Glitter)
Eddie Izzard (Hannibal)
Seth Green (Family Guy)
Jemaine Clement (Men In Black 3)
Ellie Kemper (21 Jump Street)
Jason Mantzoukas (Bad Neigbours)
Doug Benson (Super High Me)
Zoe Kravitz (Divergent)
Kate Micucci (The Big Bang Theory)
Riki Lindhome (Much Ado About Nothing)
Channing Tatum (Dear John)
Jonah Hill (Cyrus)
Laura Kightlinger (Lucky Louie)
Ralph Garman (Ted)
Chris Hardwick (Terminator 3)

Three years after saving the Lego Universe with Emmet and Wyldstyle, Batman continues fighting crime in Gotham City. During a mission to prevent The Joker from destroying the city, Batman hurts his arch-rival’s feelings by telling him he is not as important in his life as he thinks he is, leading to the Joker to desire seeking the ultimate revenge on him.
The following day, Batman attends the city’s winter gala as his alter ego, Bruce Wayne, to celebrate the retirement of Commissioner Gordon and the ascension of his daughter Barbara as Gotham’s new police commissioner, but is infuriated when she announces her plans to restructure the city’s police to function without the need of Batman. The Joker crashes the party with the rest of Gotham City’s villains, but has all of them surrender to the police. Despite realizing that this makes him no longer relevant to the city’s safety, Batman suspects his arch-rival is up to something and decides to stop him by banishing him into the Phantom Zone, a prison for some of the most dangerous villains in the Lego Universe.
Before he can make plans to acquire the Phantom Zone Projector that Superman uses, Alfred intervenes and advises him to take charge of Dick Grayson, whom Bruce had unwittingly adopted as his ward during the gala to which he eventually agrees and fosters Dick as Robin. The pair manage to recover the Projector from the Fortress of Solitude, before breaking into Arkham Asylum and using it on the Joker. Annoyed at his reckless actions and suspecting that the Joker wanted this to happen, Barbara locks up Batman and Robin. While the Projector is being seized as evidence, Harley Quinn steals it back and uses it to free the Joker, who unleashes the villains trapped within the Phantom Zone to cause havoc upon Gotham, including Lord Voldemort, King Kong, Sauron, the Wicked Witch of the West, Medusa, Agent Smith and his clones, the Daleks, and the Kraken.
Realizing that the city does still need him, Barbara releases Batman and Robin and reluctantly teams up with them as “Batgirl” to stop the Joker, with the team joined by Alfred. Batman soon finds himself able to trust and rely on the others, allowing them to defeat Sauron, but upon reaching Wayne Island, he ditches the team out of fear of losing them like his parents, before confronting Joker alone. Upon seeing that the Batman will never change, Joker zaps him to the Phantom Zone, before stealing the Batcave’s stash of confiscated bombs and heading for the city’s Energy Facility. Arriving in the Phantom Zone, Batman witnesses the harm he has caused to everyone because of his selfishness and slowly accepts his greatest fear when Robin, Barbara and Alfred decide to come to his aid. Making a deal with the Phantom Zone’s gatekeeper, Phyllis, to bring back all the villains in exchange for returning to Gotham City, Batman arrives to save the trio and admits to them his mistakes, requesting their help to save the day.
Seeking to stop Joker from setting off the bombs beneath the Energy Facility, thus causing the plates beneath Gotham to come apart and send the city into the infinite abyss, Batman and his allies team up with the city’s regular list of villains, after they had felt neglected by Joker, with the group successfully sending back the escaped villains to the Phantom Zone. However, Batman fails to reach the bombs in time, the detonation causing the city to split apart. Realizing how to stop the city from being destroyed, Batman reluctantly convinces Joker that he is the reason for being the hero he is, and working together alongside Batman’s friends, the villains, and the city’s inhabitants, chain link themselves together, reconnecting the city’s plates and saving Gotham City.
With the city saved, Batman prepares to be taken back into the Phantom Zone to fulfill his bargain with Phyllis, only to be rejected by the gatekeeper who chooses to let him remain after she saw how much he had changed in order to save everyone. Batman allows the Joker and the rest of his rogues gallery to escape with the confidence that whenever they return, then they’ll be no match for the combined team of himself, Robin, Batgirl, and Alfred.Overall, this is a very enjoyable movie with a gripping story, fantastic animation that tops its predecessor and clever humor. I definitely recommend giving this a watch if you’re a fan of The Lego Movie.

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CHRISTMAS 2017 REVIEW: TEEN TITANS GO!: THE CHRISTMAS EPISODES – PART 3

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CAST

Greg Cipes (Ultimate Spider-Man)
Scott Menville (Despicable Me)
Khary Payton (Latter Days)
Tara Strong (Sabrina Goes To Rome)
Hynden Walch (The Batman)

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When Santa quits Christmas since he can’t have the other holidays, the Titans must save Christmas.

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There isn’t really much to say about this episode, It’s fun, It is aimed more at young children so those expecting Batman: Tas quality shud look away. It’s a nice episode to add to the season, and worth a look around xmas.

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CHRISTMAS 2017 REVIEW: TEEN TITANS GO!: THE CHRISTMAS EPISODES – PART 2

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CAST

Greg Cipes (Ultimate Spider-Man)
Scott Menville (Despicable Me)
Khary Payton (Latter Days)
Tara Strong (Sabrina Goes To Rome)
Hynden Walch (The Batman)

untitledThe episode begins with Robin’s alarm clock going off at 8:00 AM, and all the Titans run to the living room, expecting presents under the Christmas tree. In the past two years (soon to be three), they have gone without presents, and today, they find themselves receiving no presents again, so the Titans get suspicious. Robin says there is only one reason why they weren’t getting presents…they were on the Naughty List! They journey into the North Pole, sneak into Santa’s workshop and disperse. Raven and Starfire ask a gingerbread man where the naughty list is, but after a while, they start devouring everything in his house. Meanwhile, Beast Boy visits Santa’s reindeer and ends up upsetting Rudolph with insults, as he drives away in Santa’s sleigh.5616cde899678Over in the toy factory, Cyborg gets in with the elves and asks where the naughty list is, but the noise makes the leader elf angry. The leader elf asks what was happening, and Cyborg blames another elf, who is then carried away by Jingle and Jangle, as Cyborg gets away.ccca2714f77aa99b2c25018f1ea2fcb2Meanwhile, Robin investigates in Santa’s office, standing over Santa’s Naughty List, attempting to erase the Titans’ name from the list. Surprisingly, it doesn’t erase as he expected, so he tries rubbing out the Titans’ name first, uses white out and then a mini bomb, but eventually gives up from the failures. He is then interrupted by Santa’s dog, which intentionally barks to get Santa’s attention. Santa comes over and scolds Robin for his actions, but the other Titans eventually arrive to complain about how they didn’t get their wish for presents for the past three years. Santa states that presents are not the true meaning of Christmas, resulting in the Titans blowing up his toy factory. Forced against his will, Santa quickly confesses that the true meaning of Christmas is presents, and ends up taking the Titans in his sleigh, who help him give all nice and naughty people presents.

Image result for TEEN TITANS GO HALLOWEEN VS CHRISTMASOn the Night of Halloween The Titans plan to scare the trick or treater’s but there is no Candy or Decoration. When all hope is lost it is revealed to the Titans that Santa took all candy and decorations. Santa chases the Titans back to the Titans Tower and tells the Titans he will not leave until the Titans give Santa the last bag of Candy.Image result for TEEN TITANS GO HALLOWEEN VS CHRISTMASSanta plays Christmas Carols, and protends to give them Christmas Presents in exchange for the last bag. But the Titans refuse, so the Titans call in Great Halloween Spirit,Dracula and Frankenstein to help fight Santa. The Titans almost win but Santa pins Great Halloween Spirit and Titans give Santa the Candy in defeat. But, they had really swapped the bag of candy for a bag of TNT who Santa says “wait, a minute these are not treats” and Titans reply saying “There TRICKS!” before Catapulting Santa into the Snow. Then the Titans recreate Halloween (to the Thriller Song) and Robin shouts “Merry Halloween to all and to all a Scary Night” then the moon laughs evilly. Image result for TEEN TITANS GO HALLOWEEN VS CHRISTMASTeen Titans Go! is a funny show and must be taken as the show it is a as a friendly kids show. These two Holiday are fun and light hearted they are short so you don’t have to worry about attention span.

 

CHRISTMAS 2017 REVIEW: TEEN TITANS GO!: THE CHRISTMAS EPISODES – PART 1

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CAST
Greg Cipes (Ultimate Spider-Man)
Scott Menville (Despicable Me)
Khary Payton (Latter Days)
Tara Strong (Sabrina Goes To Rome)
Hynden Walch (The Batman)
SECOND CHRISTMAS
The episode starts with the day being Christmas morning. The Titans get up and start celabrating. First they open their presents having Cyborg getting robot parts, Robin gets some capes, Starfire gets a Tamerain toy, Beast Boy gets a yarn ball, and Raven gets a golden, limited edition, Pretty Pretty Peguses doll. Next, everyone puts some “Ugly Christmas Sweaters”. They all commet on how ugly they are, and Raven says yet there still festive. Beast Boy notices that it’s snowing out. And everyone goes out to play. At night, everyone pigs out on a Christmas dinner. Everyone then yells “WE LOVE CHRISTMAS!”
But the next day, as soon when Christmas ends, Robin takes down all the Christmas decorations and tells everyone that he has a workout ready for them. As he removes the Christmas tree, Beast Boy tells him that Christmas isn’t over, but Robin breaks free of his grip, rudely tells him that it’s over, and walks off. The other sad Titans decide they don’t want to wait 364 days again until Christmas. Starfire announces that she plans to return to her home planet to celebrate the great Kergoff, as she does every year the day after Christmas. She says it is like a Tamaranean Christmas and is the most important holiday for her people. As soon as she leaves the room, Beast Boy, Cyborg, and Raven complain about how jealous they are that she gets to celebrate a “Second Christmas”.
When Starfire hears them say the the words “Second Christmas”, she pops back into the room, asking them if such a holiday really exists. The Titans decide to lie to her and tell her it does exist, and make her do all of the preparations for “Second Santa”. They say if she truly believes, Second Santa will come and give them a Second Christmas Miracle. Robin walks into the room, and Starfire asks him if all of this is true. He tells her that no, it is not true, but Beast Boy convinces her that he is just a grouch who hates Second Christmas. Every time Robin tries to tell her that the Titans are playing a trick on her, she should punch him in the face, which she does.
After a day of celebrating, Starfire lights up the entire front wall of the Tower with neon Christmas lights. Robin tells them that they are insane, and the Tower’s generator can’t handle that much energy. Nobody listens, however, and Starfire punches him in the face again calling him “the grouch.”
Later that night, Cyborg, Raven, and Beast Boy are proud of themselves, and decide that it is time for bed. Starfire decides she wants to stay up to see Second Santa. The three start to feel bad, but decide to go to bed anyways. Starfire goes to the roof, waiting for Second Santa by flying the Second Christmas kite and singing a Second Christmas song. Starfire begins to blame herself for Second Santa not coming, and nearly cries. The other Titans appear on the roof, and Robin forces them to tell her the truth. After hearing that they made her miss her home planet’s festival, Starfire begins crying, and when Raven asks if she’s okay, she becomes furious, and starts throwing starbolt-enhanced snowballs at them in a rage. Even Robin is attacked for “being the grouch”. While the battle on the roof ensues, the Tower’s generator finally overheats, with a gigantic explosion lighting up the entire island. The Titans lay unconscious in the hospital in their beds and in hospital gowns (expect Cyborg and Raven) while the Tower was being rebuilt.
The Titans and Silkie wake up in the hospital, confused. Robin checks the clipboard at the end of his bed, and realizes that the tower’s explosion put all six of them in a coma for 363 days. Starfire claims that she was a fool for believing in a Second Christmas but Robin comforts her by saying that it was a Second Christmas miracle. They are all suddenly filled with excitement, realizing that tomorrow is Christmas Eve, and they didn’t have to wait a whole year after all. Starfire looks out the window to see the real Second Santa, who provided them with a Second Christmas miracle.
Teen Titans was always a love it or hate it series and this reboot series is the same. The Christmas episode is funny and sweet in places. Being only a little over 10 mins it gets to the story straight away and is quite well paced. its a decent special to watch at Xmas.

REVIEW: TEEN TITANS GO!: THE HALLOWEEN EPISODES

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MAIN CAST (VOICES)

Scott Menville (Full House)
Hynden Walch (Justice League War)
Khary Payton (The Walking Dead)
Tara Strong (Batman: The Killing Joke)
Greg Cipes (Anger Management)

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It is time to celebrate Halloween, but the Titans have lost interest due to growing up. So Raven tries to bring back their spirit of Halloween by turning them into little kids!. Raven decides to try and put the spirit back into Halloween.

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The Titans’ Halloween party is interrupted by the Hive Five robbing a candy factory, and after the battle hits a major shift, very strange things start happening around H.I.V.E Tower.

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When Santa tries to take over Halloween, it’s up to the Titans, the Halloween Spirit, and a few ghouls, to stop him.

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COSTUME CONTEST

Tired of losing to the H.I.V.E. Five every year, the Titans hatch a scheme to win the costume contest.

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Teen Titans Go! is a funny show and must be taken as the show it is a as a friendly kids show. These Halloween episodes are fun and light hearted they are short so you don’t have to worry about attention span.

 

REVIEW: TEEN TITANS GO! – SEASON 1-4

MAIN CAST (VOICES)

Scott Menville (Full House)
Hynden Walch (Justice League War)
Khary Payton (The Walking Dead)
Tara Strong (Batman: The Killing Joke)
Greg Cipes (Anger Management)

RECURRING / NOTABLE GUEST CAST

Kevin Michael Richardson (The Cleveland Show)
Lauren Tom (Bad Santa)
Ashley Johnson (Avengers Assemble)
Freddy Rodriguez (Planet Terror)
Wil Wheaton (Powers)
John DiMaggio (Futurama)
Will Friedle (Batman Beyond)
Weird Al Yankovic (Halloween II)

“Haters going Hate”(Starfire). The line said by Starfire in the episode Dog Hand, which sets up the general feeling amongst the viewers who have declared this show an abomination, due to not following the original’s compelling story and characters we cared about. Like many, I loved the original Teen Titans, which pretty much was up there with series like Static Shock, Batman Beyond, Justice League, and Batman TAS. The original Teen Titans will forever be a part of our childhood, and we as fans will go out in all lengths to defend the honor of the show, but many are missing the point to Teen Titans Go. In doing so, they are missing what seems to be a promising comedic spin on our Titans.Let’s start by stating that this revival of Teen Titans was never meant to follow or be like the original series. Those who thought otherwise did not read up enough on the show’s premise and details. Teen Titans Go takes our Titans and puts them in a skit. Teen Titans Go is a comedic take on the daily lives of our heroes, and has taken a break from all the serious action and storytelling that we all loved in the original. The mistake that fans do is that they take the show too serious and continue to compare it to the original, thus eliminating any chance for the show to strive. Once the public separates the original from the new, then the show’s genius will take off.
Now, you’re probably saying that there is nothing special or great about the show. It’s not funny or the animation is too grade school. That is all fair, perhaps the show is not your cup of tea, but here are some reasons why the show does excel. First reason; believe it or not, this show does a great job by paying tribute to its old counterpart. The episode Pie Bros highlights a familiar villain known as Mother Mae eye, which the old lady uses her customers as the secret ingredient to her delicious pies. Many Teen Titans Go episodes highlight concepts and villains that were present in the original, and put them into a comedic light. Raven’s daddy coming to visit, Jynx hanging out with Raven and Starfire or Speedy challenging Robin for Starfire’s love are but many episodes in which there are hints of our beloved series, but you have to have an open mind to see the hints to the original.
The argument of it being way too kiddy can be true at times, but many miss the wit that the show presents in subtle moments. The episode La Larva de Amor pokes fun at milk mustaches. At one point we have Cyborg look like Mr. T. Raven sports the Gandalf look from the LOR, and Beast boy does his Chewbacca impression. In the episode Tower Power, Cyborg references to VHS, Different Strokes, and The Pointer Sisters. Not to mention that stereotype on Mexicans in the episode La Larva de Armor. These jokes and pokes would fly over a child’s head. Teen Titans go has a little fun for all ages.Lastly, the characters on this show make it all worthwhile. The original voice cast is here and that authenticates the shows respect for the original. Robin is portrayed as being a control freak and has moments of rage and insecurities, sounds familiar. Raven is still emo and has her sarcastic wit that feels like Raven of old. Cyborg and Beast boy are still pals, and they have their fun. Starfire is still innocent at times and loves her Silky. You see, the Titans are still there, but they have transformed into Toon versions, and are put into a new world where doing laundry can be a great evil foe.Everyone has their tastes and by no means is this show perfect. However, the mistake is that going into a premiere with the expectations of a show being just like the original will set you up for disappointment. It’s happen to a lot of revivals that are good, but are ripped because it’s not the original. Teen Titans Go takes a step back from the original and focuses on lighter and wittier moments that make this show hilarious at times. The original will forever be superior, but this new take has its brilliance, you just need to let go for a moment and let the show take its course. Defiantly the show is worth a look or two.

REVIEW: TEEN TITANS: TROUBLE IN TOKYO

CAST (VOICES)

Scott Menville (Full House)
Hynden Walch (Justice League War)
Khary Payton (The Walking Dead)
Tara Strong (Batman: The Killing Joke)
Greg Cipes (Anger Management)
Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa (Mortal Kombat)
Keone Young (Men In Black 3)
Robert Ito (Black Sunday)

7c729ccb6000d2c5a180d8a53eb014b2Jump City is attacked by a Japanese ninja called Saico-Tek. The Teen Titans manage to capture him, having their tower damaged in the process. Under interrogation, Saico-Tek reveals the identity of the one who sent him – Brushogun – then he ruptures the room’s fire extinguisher system and mysteriously vanishes. Subsequently, the Titans head to Tokyo, Japan, to search for his master. Upon arriving Tokyo, after overcoming the language barrier (Starfire kisses a Japanese boy and learns how to speak Japanese, much to Robin’s shock and jealousy) and fighting a Gorgo-like giant reptile, the Titans meet Tokyo’s own supernatural defense force – the Tokyo Troopers – led by Commander Uehara Daizo. He shows the Titans around the Tokyo Troopers headquarters, and when Robin questions him on Brushogun, Daizo claims that Brushogun is nothing more than an urban legend.cbr-thorlokibloodbrothersclip118-1024x577Left with no villains to pursue, the Titans can do nothing else than to enjoy Tokyo as tourists. Beast Boy follows a girl around and is eventually lured to a karaoke bar, while Cyborg goes to an “all-you-can-eat” restaurant. Raven searches for book stores to read and incidentally finds a book describing the origins of Brushogun. Robin and Starfire explore Tokyo, then while sitting on Tokyo Tower they finally start to express their feelings for each other. They are about to share a kiss together, when suddenly Robin starts to focus on Brushogun again, and tells Starfire that they are heroes and can’t be anything more. Upset, Starfire flies away with tears in her eyes.Investigating alone, Robin is attacked once again by Saico-Tek and they get into a violent fight, which ends with Robin pummeling the ninja into the ground. When Saico-Tek does not rise, the crowd watching believes Robin has killed him. Despite his protestations of innocence, Robin is apprehended by Daizo. Elsewhere, Beast Boy and Cyborg are being chased by Beast Boy’s fangirls from the karaoke bar (because they’re infatuated with his performance) and the chefs from the restaurant (because Cyborg’s bottomless appetite aroused their ire). Starfire, alone by herself, when a little girl manages to help her overcome her depression as she finally realizes that Robin does in fact have feelings for her.thor_loki_bloodbrothers_preview_01

The Mayor of Tokyo announces Robin’s arrest and orders that the other Teen Titans must either turn themselves in or leave Tokyo at once. Starfire calls the other Titans for emergency. They are about to regroup when Brushogun sends out his minions to destroy each of the Titans. Cyborg is beset by a giant yellow robot who keeps trying to eat him. Beast Boy is attacked by a pink cat girl who turns out to be the girl he was following earlier. Raven is pursued by a ghostly figure in a graveyard, and Starfire is assailed by a small blue robot boy in the sky. Robin is transferred, but during the ride a slip of paper bearing the name “Brushogun” fits into the armored car carrying him and explodes, freeing him. Now on the run, Robin co-opts the identity of a Shinjuku mugger to collect information that Brushogun is in fact real. He is eventually found by the Tokyo Troopers, which leads to a car chase. Robin is surrounded front to back when Starfire comes to his rescue. Starfire takes Robin to a shrine hideout, where they try to kiss again when suddenly Cyborg, Raven, and Beast Boy, who have come back safely, barge in on them.thor_loki_bloodbrothers_preview_03

As Raven relates from the book she found, Brushogun was an artist who dreamed of bringing his beloved drawings to life using Japanese dark magic. The spell ultimately turned against the young artist, and he was transformed into Tokyo’s first super villain, Brushogun, a being of paper and ink – capable to bring any creation he could imagine to life – until he suddenly disappeared. With this knowledge, Robin deduces Brushogun’s hideout: the comic book publishing factory that they encountered earlier in the film. Breaking in, the Titans discover the withered form of Brushogun, trap-wired into a cursed printing press that taps into his powers to create the enemies the Titans have faced. He reveals that he had sent the first Saico-Tek to the Titans to lure them to Tokyo in order to stop the real culprit who had enslaved him: Daizo himself. Having used Brushogun’s power to create both his Tokyo Troopers and the monsters that they captured in order to gain a reputation as a hero.

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A battle ensues, culminating in Robin facing Daizo. With no options of escape left, Daizo hurls himself from a catwalk into the ink reservoir of the press, taking control of Brushogun’s magic and transforming himself into a giant, hulking mass of ink and machinery, with Brushogun at the center. As the other Titans battle the creatures Daizo hurls at them, Robin frees Brushogun. As the old man peacefully fades away in his arms into the afterlife, his powers disappear and Daizo is left defeated and exposed. With the battle concluded, Robin tries to explain his true feelings for Starfire, but getting the message, she silences him. The two romantically share their first real kiss as the other three Titans look on, with Cyborg stating, “Well, it’s about time”. Later on, with Robin’s name cleared, the Titans are awarded medals of honor by the mayor for their actions of unlocking the truth, and the inhabitants of Tokyo welcome their new heroes. Robin and Starfire are seen as a romantic couple, Cyborg earns his own “all-you-can-eat” meal, Beast Boy remains popular among the girls from the karaoke bar, and Raven has been made a mascot for Japanese confections. Robin remarks that even superheroes need a vacation once in a while, to which Beast Boy declares that he wants to go to Mexico on their next vacation. This prompts Raven to slap him on the back of the head (albeit offscreen).The end credits roll as each of the Titans sing their theme song.7ac3d0b87cd0f6efe59723f44ab2d202

This film is more than just a longer version of an episode. The plot is much more complex and thematic than you would find on television. The art is beautiful; the Tokyo backdrops are particularly pretty. This is a magnificent addition to the ‘Teen Titans’ franchise, and will definitely not disappoint fans of the series.