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Mr Poppers Penguin (2011)

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Mr Popper's Penguins


Jim Carrey

Directed by Mark Waters

Distributed by 20th Century Fox

Carrey... well, wasn't extraordinary in this movie as you will expect, as he plays a role not requiring a lot of skills, skills he is blessed with. As a fan (which i am) i have seen all his movies from 1994 till now (i.e 2011 Mr Poppers Penguin) (except simon birch).

After the wonderful and extraordinary performance he displayed in Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events I guess he got tired of being good at what he does and decides to settle for less. We all know Carrey had a good run till Fun with dick and Jane in 2005, a movie whose plot is as lame as the title itself. Then he dove lower with Number 23which has a rating of 8% in Rotten Tomatoe and was nominated for worse actor in the Razzies. His voice acting was exquisite in Horton hears a Who. We get a feel of who Jim Carrey really is in Yes Man (2008), although the script was a little like Liar Liar but in a can't say no way.
But then I didn't Fancy his acting gay in I Love You Phillip Morris but he was able to prove in the movie that he can venture away from his stereotype role. The Jim Carrey we know and love seems to be gone with the wind. His next movie after that A Christmas Carol where he was the voice of Ebenezer Scrooge, didn't go well either, his voice acting was magnificent but the movie wasn't.

Back to the Mr. Popper: The Movie itself is a family movie, one you can go to watch with your kids.

If you can come to terms with the fact it is a family movie, then you will catch the fun in watching the movie.

The plot is similar to all those Disney Flicks we are use to, Man puts work above family and then he has to take care of something (usually someone), then he realizes what is more important and forfeit his work to be a good father and husband.

Mr Popper doesn't fall far from this tree of genre, as the plot shows Mr. Popper (Carrey), a slick real estate broker in New York City, his ex-wife (Carla Gugino), a young son (Maxwell Perry Cotton) and teen daughter (Madeline Carroll) and a fancy apartment.

He also has an assistant named Pippi who makes sure her sentences always have words beginning in P.

Mr Popper is the best at what he does resulting in a broken home and creating a gap between him and his kids. One day, Mr. Popper receives a crate containing a penguin, an inheritance from his father, who was usually absent in Mr Poppers life while growing up. In the process of getting rid of the Penguin he ends up with more penguins.

I won’t say the movie is bad, cause i enjoyed it and believe you and your family will too.

Cars 2: Review (2011)

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Cars 2




Owen Wilson
Larry the Cable Guy
Michael Caine
Emily Mortimer
Jason Isaacs
Thomas Kretschmann

Directed by John Lasseter and Brad Lewis (co-director)

Distributed by Walt Disney Pictures

The idea of taking the spotlight off McQueen is a development that the writers and the screenplay writers hoped will make the movie one for the Oscars. didn’t quite pan out that way, and ended up missing the mark. The movie has some thrilling races, wonderful sceneries, if there is an award for best animation scenery shots OH! Cars will definitely get it.

Pixar is Known for its memorable animations, pulling out Characters like the ones we see in Finding Nemo and Toy Story, Challenging our imagination with Ratatouille and Monsters Inc, matured action like that from The Incredibles and of course the emotional touch of Up and WALL-E, but like the first Cars which fell short of the other master pieces this one too follow suit.

Cars 2 is a computer-animated action comedy spy film produced by Pixar Animation Studios. Cars 2 fall behind of all the greatest from Pixar except its original Cars. This is the first Pixar animation am sure won’t put up a fight for best animation in the Oscars. Cars originally have a weak story and the sequel just made it glaring. Preferable to the original though cause of the fast paced scenes and it still had its humorous times the movie itself seems to be made for kids.

It has a G rating and I recall asking myself, hey isn’t that a torture scene, and I also recall going, "I think that Car (also those Cars) is dead.

I guess it is high time studios take a pause from all this part 2, 3 or 4. Cause it’s starting to get old.

Here is the plot, Lightning McQueen has been challenged to a series of races by the Italian speedster Francesco Bernoulli, a challenge he accepted. Sally then convinces him to take Mater with him. Somewhere else, the smooth Bond like British spy car Finn McMissile (Michael Caine), assisted by Holley Shiftwell (Emily Mortimer) are trying to foil a plot by a criminal mastermind.

Now the criminal mastermind's plot is so twisted and complicated that after you figure it out in a sec, you say "hmm!!!"

The British spies by some rare coincidence mistake the bumbling tow trucker Mater for an American spy, and the rusty cling cling and the two spies engage in a thrilling adventure, to save…"the financial market, and also Cars of cause”
So do you have some spare time? Wondering what to watch? Cars 2 is not it

Green Lantern (2011)

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Green Lantern




Ryan Reynolds
Blake Lively
Peter Sarsgaard
Mark Strong
Angela Bassett
Tim Robbins
Directed by Martin Campbell

Distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures

In brightest day, in blackest night,
Horrible movies like this
Shall escape my sight

First I will like to say this movie is an absolute waste of time, not well scripted and sometimes dull, the comic relive scenes lacked the relive it is suppose to offer, and the intrigue was drowned in the dialogue. Let’s not even go to the screenplay which looked like a whole mumbo jumbo of clichés stolen from the super hero movies we love and all mysteriously rolled in to one, and what do we get from this Martin Campbell (the director) latest a package, is a movie that is worth missing.

This superhero film is based on the DC Comics character of the same name.
A super villain named Parallax, which looked like a puff of smoke (a large puff if I may add) was suppose to bring the end of the world, but Hal took care of it (making the villain my top worse villain ever). DC has been struggling with hero movies lately, they have Batman and Superman locked down no doubt but after that, this was supposed to be the next best thing, but ended up turning out to be the worse. I think the director confused recklessness and showing lack of safety with lack of fear which Hal Jordan is known for.

The plot is much about Hal and his issues with his dad, it also shows how he struggles to live up to the expectations of being a Green Lantern.

The movie had a promising start until like after the first 5 minutes into it where we see a dying green lantern elect a new one Hal, he gives him the ring and we get to see Hal produce things conjuring them from his mind e.g giant hammers, machine guns, race cars. The character Hal, is a Test Pilot with serious Daddy issues, well dead daddy issues.

Well let me say after the huge budget penned down for this intended masterpiece, you will expect hey 200 million worth of good looking aliens not Star Trek rejects. But it was the dullness in the plot that makes this movie not worth watching.

We see Hal flying around and I ask myself, why have I been waiting anxiously to see this movie?

The movie ends with hope for a part two, but after looking at the money the movie pulled home from the box office, i think that hope is dead.

But i think we will be seeing Ryan in the Justice League movie that DC intends to make sometime in the near future.

X-MEN: First Class (2011)

X-men: First Class (2011)


James McAvoy
Michael Fassbender
Rose Byrne
January Jones
Jennifer Lawrence
Oliver Platt
Kevin Bacon

Directed by Matthew Vaughn

They say, "Don't judge a book by its cover". It's true. The posters don’t do justice to this movie.

This movie is one you will likely see more than once. The plot is on the fringe of perfection, and the action scenes are well choreographed, the special effects were great, and the dialogue is engaging.

First class is the introduction to Stan Lee's mutant team. We get to see how Charles Xavier and Magneto grew their mutual respect for each other and how their differences drove them apart. As we get to see these two characters grow into the men we now see today in the comic world. We also get to see a new iteration of first generation X-men since the original roster (which had Cyclops and Jean Grey) is altered. And that's a good thing.

Remember the scene in the first X-men, where we see a young Magneto separated from his parents in a NAZI concentration camp back in 1944? No? Well, you're going to see it again. And it's done with depth and class. We get to see a young Erik Lehnsherr being forced to display his mutant power, when he’s separated from his mother. This act of force was carried out by a doctor Sebastian Shaw (Kevin Bacon) who wants to study and harness Erik’s abilities

In New York, a wealthy boy, Charles Xavier, who can read minds, meets a girl named Raven who can shape shift but whose natural physical state is blue and scaly.
In 1962, Charles has grown and has become a compassionate genetic scientist (now played by James McAvoy) studying genetic anomalies. Erik on the other hand has grown (now played by Michael Fassbender) into a man consumed with anger and vengeance, tracking down the doctor who tortured him. Raven (Jennifer Lawrence) is also grown into a frustrated mutant longing to live without hiding behind her many forms.

It's all here: how Hank McCoy becomes the hideous beast, why Raven aka Mystique prefers to be on Magneto's side, why banshee can fly and some other nice surprises I'm not going to rob you of.

Casting, in this movie is just the thing that gives this movie the edge it needed, as Kevin Beacon (long time no see) was just wonderful, giving us a memorable performance and totally stole the show. The other teens in the movie, Havoc, Darwin and Banshee also did their part as we see them struggle with their mastery of their powers.

Summarily, Marvel did something which is a lot better than what the last 2 films had done. They told the X-men story the right way. This is 2 hours well spent in any cinema, 3D or otherwise. I guess summer just got better.

Top 25 Comic Book Heroes

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Top 25 Comic Book Heroes

Will love to hear what you have to say, this below is my top 25 comic book heroes.

# 25

Iron Man

This hero, puts science level on level with superpowers the things he can do with technology is astounding. Tony Stark created this suit to help him survive after an accident almost killed him, and now with the hulk buster being shredded as the times go by he is learning that science is subject to freaks like Hulk.

# 24

Mr Fantastic

Reed Richards, Mr Fantastic himself, is here at number 24 and he has what I call strength in the world of intellect, he is the other half of his better half Sue invisible woman, and is undoubtedly the smartest man in Marvel universe. With the death of Johnny Storm, we can’t wait to see the direction he will lead the Fantastic Four.

# 23


What a monstrosity, this comic character originated from hell and is one of the good guys…??? He battles the side of things our other heroes can’t seem to understand. Hellboy is the only character that I know that can smoke cigars all his life and still not get cancer. He has been doing it for 2 decades now and no complains. For this hero it always seems that there is one more demonic monster waiting to be sent back to hell.

# 22

John Constantine

Any demon hell has to throw at the DCU, this guy is ready to hit it right back. This guy smokes and drinks like his life depends on it. He crosses realms and really makes life hard for the dark side. The hellblazer always have few friends cause this character dosen’t know how to keep his friends alive long enough.

# 21

The Thing

Hey what time is it?
Its clobbering time!!!
The loner from fantastic four has always had a spot in our hearts. Looking like a pile of rocks and yet still have a heart of gold, ladies and gentlemen it’s The Thing.

# 20


The Mercenary with a mouth, this guy cracks me up every time, he makes comic book worth reading if he is in it. He knows he is a comic book character and he knows you are enjoying his wise cracks and he doesn’t care. I love you men


The Punisher

Frank Castle, he ain’t no hero he goes about killing bad guys because he lost his family to them. So he decides to revenge by killing every last one of them. Frank Castle is the hero that kills his villains and he just seems too good and happy doing it, I think he needs help.

# 18


He was supposed to catch on but I guess we never really got a full dose of this guy. This card throwing trickster is fun to watch and read, charging things and blowing them up, he reminds you of Achmed the dead terrorist.

# 17

The Crow

A man who is killed by a gang and is resurrected by a crow. A lovely underground comic series with a three movie franchise and a lovely story.

# 16

Kitty Pryde

Kitty Pryde, the teen phasing genius, Marvel has tried numerous times to introduce teens into the X-Men, no teen they have introduced catches my attention like her. She has made marvelous contributions to fights she has been involved in and I enjoyed her brief love history with Colossus.

# 15


Selina Kyle, wow!!! Michelle Pfeiffer, this lady has gained the rep, of the woman to get into the bats heart and head. Hmm!!! After she went all bad and handles only the crumbs of crimes left behind by the master minds, she directed herself to being good and protect some part of Gotham and give the Bat a break.
Always looking good in her costume and forever a cool lady. Meow!!!

# 14

Captain America

Marvels Blue boy (I mean Marvels Superman), Captain America is the Marvel Universe every hero looks up to. He is a mentor, to almost every hero in the Marvel universe, because he is true and blue, honest and a World War 2 veteran that kicked Hitler and his goons butt. Won’t say much about this guy he is just a wonderful leader, looking forward to the movie.


Dare Devil

The only hero I never want to be, blind but alert as hell. Although the movie representation of this Marvel dark knight, is sad and poor this guy faces badass villains like Kingpin, Bulls eye and much more and still has time to be depressed.
The man with no fear is always on the prowl, villains be very careful.

# 12


What day is after Wednesday, anyone????
Its Thors-day, With a masterful movie and an earthly heroic background, this god of thunder with his hammer, is an Asgardian warrior that came to Midgard (earth) and as succeeded to be one of Midgards finest. My favorite time, with this hero is when he and Hulk go at it.

# 11

Wonder Woman

She is the female icon of DC universe, and a member of the DCU trinity (Superman, Batman and Her). Diana is meant to bring feminism and win the hearts of female readers, but she has managed to surpass that, we hardly see her on her own but when we see her with the other members of the trio, we see the impact she has. She has many gadgets from her homeland of Themyscira and her favorite is the Lasso of Truth, a rope that demands the truth of whomever it captures. Diana is an Amazon princess raised as a warrior but chooses to serve as an ambassador between Earth and her homeland. She is the idea of when female rise to rule all…

# 10

Green Lantern (Hal Jordan)

Hal Jordan, no human represents the ring better than no fear Hal Jordan, who died and since no better replacement was around in DCU (sorry, fans of John) he has been resurrected again. I love this character he is by far better than John and has seen darker and cruel times. I look forward to the movie of this hero because he is just one of a kind.

# 9


I never got Watchmen, but I loved this guy. Question is he good or bad? Or is it all up in his mind?

# 8

The Sandman

Morpheus the Lord of dreams, this character’s story is based on others. His comics all 75 of them are so impressive starting somewhat dark in the beginning and lighter as the time goes by

# 7

Dick Grayson

Dick Grayson, you all know him even if you don’t recognize his name, this is Boy wonder the first Robin and one of the only heroes to transcend for such a long time. He has moved from Boy wonder, to Nightwing to Batman. He has had many relationships in DCU, and he is still cool like that. The first and the best side kick the Bat ever had, Dick has found away to make sure he stays on the tongue of all DCU lovers. He is even seen in Batman Beyond with Terry.

# 6

Flash (Wally West)

Flash Wally West, Yeap!!! Barry Allen was the first but this guy crowns it all, he is not even the second flash. Wally has grown in the DCU starting as Kid Flash and growing to represent the speedster of DCU as Flash, he has numerous fans and has been in various DCU groups like Teen Titans, New Teen Titans and the Justice League. He ranks as one of DCU greatest heroes and should not be messed with he will run you down.

# 5


Mr. Claws himself, He goes where wants to go. This hero has transcended from time to time this immortal being has had numerous fights, women and losses that makes him a loner of the first order. The way he stabs the bad guys and jumps on them is just something to watch. He is one of Marvels most interesting characters and we have seen in the movies and tv shows and animations, and that is because…, he is a must watch.

# 4

The Hulk

Hulk smash…I love this guy a scientist gets hit by gamma rays and now every time Bruce Banner gets angry, the hulk is born, or reborn if you prefer.
Banner is always on the run, and as he goes we witness the Dr. Jekyll and Hyde transformation. He is an all round good guy protecting the innocent if though he is always miss understood.

# 3


Our Boyscout is number 3 the only reason he is not number 1 is because of biff, seriously yes this guy is the most influential hero, he set the pace in which other heroes from Marvel, DC, Vertigo or anywhere follow. And as an alien he really loves, loves us. But this guy is just dense, he goes around with his big chest and thinks he can chest everything; sorry boy, everyone has Kryptonite guns, lasers, you name it.
Enough said the S signifies justice, which is what our Boy blue represents and except you wanna lie you did tie your blanket round your neck when you were young and wished you were Superman.

# 2


It’s our friendly neighborhood Spiderman. Peter Parker is a unique hero that makes you feel like he understands you. He goes through girl problem, money problem and guilt issues. Getting his power from being beaten by a radioactive spider, his biggest regret has been his driving force. ‘With great power comes great responsibility’, was said to him by his Uncle Ben who died as a result of his selfishness.
Spiderman is the only hero that can make the end of the world sound like a walk in the park, with his wise cracks and jokes he always seems to make big situations look small. This hero has survived through time but still he is kept perfect for us to enjoy.

# 1


Any guy that can take on Darkside, always prepared to end Superman if he goes bonkers and has survived Joker and is human, that guy needs to be respected. A little nuts but human all the same, this guy is Sherlock Holmes, Jackie Chan, Richie Rich and Madness all rolled into one.
When a lot of rich kids lose their parents, some end up being spoilt others very principled, some lose it all, to greedy relatives or wide living, only one ‘Bruce Wayne’ decides to get shot at daily while wearing a mask and go jumping around with the aid of his faithful butler Alfred Pennyworth. This guy will take on anybody in any universe and surprisingly win. The only reason Joker hasn’t ended this guy is just the fact that they are much alike than they are different.