Screen Squinty’s Top 5 DCAnimation AMV’s

Here is my top 5 list of favorite fanmade amv’s using DC Animation Content from either the feature films, shorts, or TV shows found on youtube (in no particular order). 1.”DC Comics Her…

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Screen Squinty’s Top 5 DCAnimation AMV’s

Here is my top 5 list of favorite fanmade amv’s using DC Animation Content from either the feature films, shorts, or TV shows found on youtube (in no particular order).

1.”DC Comics Heroes AMV” – By Poture Bhabesh.

This creator did an excellent job utilizing content from the DC Showcase Cinema Animation shorts, with a decent balance of appearances Between Green Arrow, Catwomen, Specter, Shazam, and Jonah Hex.

There was some excellent uses of timing, particularly in the beginning, and the choice of “War of Change” by Thousand Foot Crunch works well with many of the personalities displayed, particularly Specter, Jonah Hex and Catwomen.

2. “DC AMV”- By Parasitic Music Videos.

This had a good focus on the more violent aspects that was inherent in both the feature animated films and the television shows, which was highlighted well by the choice of “Painkiller” by Three Days Grace.

The variety of focus was also a visual treat guessing game, particularly for those who have enjoyed both the movie and television franchises over the decades.

3.”tribute Joker Smooth Criminal Micheal Jackson, L’indiscret Joker amv”-by Tonnerdark.

While the color changing can come across as unnecessary, there is just something about the idea of the Joker singing “Are you ok Annie?” over and over again, something i can seriously see him do. The creator also used the more comical beaver toothed Joker from The Batman series, which was a good choice to accent the comedy of the amv.

4.”Harley Quinn-Hit and Run AMV”- by Nemesis of Cupid.

This was a tightly put together AMV tribute to the Suicide Squad animated version of Harley Quinn with the use of LOLO’s “Hit and Run” to round out the fun of the character, something that we will all get to enjoy (Hopefully) with the release of Suicide Squad, the feature film version of Assault on Arkham.

5. “Justice League Flashpoint AMV”- by PinkKttsyan340.

What makes this AMV good is not so much any particular theme or character given emphasis, but more along the lines of taking the finest qualities of the source material, Justice League Flash Point, and highlights some of the best visuals, brutality, and tragedy that was part of the film.

“Forsaken” By Within Temptation has a music style that very adequately highlights the style of the animated feature and it was utilized well here with some good editing.

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Screen Squinty’s “Outcast” Season 1, Ep.1-4 Review.

Show:  Outcast.

Season: 1. Episode(s): 1-4.

Created by:  Robert Kirkman.

Released: 2016.

 

Nothing like a horror/supernatural television show based on a popular comic with religious overtones, a loner with a checkered past, and mysterious figures meandering in the background…wait.

Yeah, that pretty much sums up the latest installment in the rising formula of television shows that have started coming out in the past little while.

Despite its cookie cutter formula it does have its own strengths that make it stand out, though it is equally hobbled by its own weaknesses as well.

First the main character.

Kyle Barnes (Patrick Fugit) is…likable in a scruffy slovenly sort of way. Though one expects to here Sara McLaughlin crooning in the background as far as his personality goes, the tormented kicked puppy being his dominant character setting.

Certainly he has a reason, but as a lead character, he comes across as one dimensional and kind of boring, with the only break in character monotony when he gets violent once and while, but otherwise its rather bland which is something that will hopefully be addressed as the season goes along.

Next the side-characters.

The support cast is fortunately stronger then the main character, and their side stories so far are one of the elements carrying the show so far.

The adoptive sister, Megan (Wren Schmit), is engaging. She’s plucky and otherwise drags her brother into the world of the living. She has strength, a sense of humor, and believable vulnerability. Her dynamic with her brother  and with her husband Mark (David Denman) is particularly good.

Her presence as the only female protagonist though isn’t promising for female audiences though, something that has been a problem with Kirkman’s work, particularly in the early seasons of The Walking Dead, though to be fair, it isn’t quite as bad as that…yet.

The Reverend Anderson (Philip Glenister) is a bit of an ass, and not in the entertaining way, though I give him credit in being written better then the main focus write now. The yet revealed background seems hopefully promising, and  his dynamic in relation to his congregation and the town also holds promise as the show progresses for character development and growth, but as yet he doesn’t really stick out as a memorable character, and is perhaps the weakest of the support cast.

Outside of Megan, the best side character has to be the Chief Giles (Reg E. Cathey) whose mysterious maneuverings, as subtle as they are at the moment, is actually interesting to watch, particularly with his current knowledge of the supernatural elements running rampant through his town.

On the other end of the bored we have the antagonists.

It’s hard to really formulate a conclusive opinion of the “demons” that appear to be the main antagonists supernatural force. The show has yet to pin down exactly what they are exactly or their motives.  When they are their though, they do a good job of presenting a disturbing presence that is perfectly creepy to watch. This is a good quality in an antagonist, but without some sort of nailed down motivation of why they are what they are, the “evil because they are” is a weak foundation.

The presence of Sidney, a mysterious black fedora man with the star power of the show, Brent Spinner, fresh off Independence Day: Resurgence brings hope that the antagonists won’t be entirely one dimensional in said foundation, though his particular character trope of shadowy figure may mean that the mystery will be milked for all its worth, though his mystery combined with Spinner’s acting, will likely be one of the biggest draws for the show outside of the shock value imagery.

Speaking of mystery, that brings us to the story.

Without having read the comics I can’t draw any comparisons in that quarter, but what has been shown hasn’t been to bad, not spectacular, and a bit confusing in parts, but not bad, though the strongest elements lying in the side stories and the action scenes.

The story has done a decent job so far in establishing the type of town this is set in with a chance for further growth going along with a good plot pace.

The weakest points lie in certain elements left unexplained, such as why Kyle is blamed for hurting his daughter Amber when in a flashback it was, sort of, established that his wife was the one that attacked their daughter.

Why would he leave if he had thought she was the one to attack Amber, particularly when he didn’t exactly believe in demons during that period?  Was he mistaken as the culprit? Did his wife forget? Was he powerless to stop the accusations? Why didn’t he fight it if he believed his wife hurt his daughter?

While normally this would be an only vague annoyance in a side character or background characters, the fact that it is part of the main character, and the focal reason for why he is a social outcast in the first place, makes it confusing plot hole.Hopefully this will also be flushed out in further episodes, that or one blinked and missed it.

Overall, though it suffers from a rather unimpressive main character that really needs to be flushed out, and  some glaring plot issues in his portrayal that need to be addressed, it is still early in the first season yet, and its weaknesses will have a good chance to improve further in. The show does have good mystery, decent side characters, Spinner, and some legitimately creepy well rendered moments courtesy of the demons, makes this show worth a gander.

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Screen Squinty’s “Finding Dory” Film Review.

Film: Finding Dory.
Directed by: Andrew Stanton.
Released: 2016.
Running Time: 103 minutes.

There is nothing like the sight of colorful sparkly fish with great voice overs to experience the majesty of the ocean and your local Signorney Weaver narrated Fish hospital/park.

Finding Dory is the much anticipated sequel to Finding Nemo (2003) that had been in the works for the past 13 years. Unsurprising as the first installment  was such a hit that it’s a surprise that Hollywood isn’t already on its fourth installment instead of its second.  In this installment, it concentrates on the popular character, Dory, in a collection of present moment and flash backs telling an origin story/present adventure story of Dory’s search for her family.

The film is that a lot of the old crew that made Finding Nemo such a success returned to the making of the film. Andrew Stanton, who directed the first film returned as director (paired up with relative feature film newcomer co-director Angus Macleane), and many of the voice actors returned, such as Albert Brooks the famous writer and comedian reprising his role as Marlen, and of course the queen of talk shows  herself Ellen DeGeneres as Dory.

Having Stanton manning the helm of its development has kept this film on an even keel where many films that have tread the choppy waters of long term development waters to break apart (The Good Dinosaur for Example), this film has made it into the dock with a solidly made film in which you can easily believe that it has earned the $287 million worldwide gross since it premiered June 8th.

The animation had the same high quality as the first film, with some really beautiful breathtaking imagery that shows the animation teams love of the watery kingdom. Though there was less variety of colorful settings like the first film, it did utilize what was presented in the best possible way, making an ordinary public Aquarium comically (and sometimes dangerously)  fantastical .

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Pixar “Dory” from Finding Dory, 2016. Promotional Image.

The character designs with child Dory being the precious little fish bit adorkable without quite falling into Pwecious territory fortunately, and the designs of the other inhabitants of the exhibits was enjoyably done. The strongest design tenticles down though would have to be Hank, the cranky red octopus,  with the excellent voice talent of Ed O’Niell, whose design has the smart decision of using his eyes as the dominant feature of body language communication.

Some of the strongest animations recognize the importance of the expression of the eyes.

in computer animation, though there has certainly been improvements over the years, a big flaw was the phenomenon known as “dead eyes” (The Polar Express is an excellent example of this), which accents the artificiality of the world being portrayed and generally comes across as a little unsettling. This is in part because the eyes are a common body language facet of communication among humans almost to a subconscious level.

A creative team that recognizes this important facet of human relation and communication, make it the most prominent feature of a character (particularly in a computer animation) tend to be the most successful in character design, as it helps foster greater empathy with a character, as well as puts a stamp of a high quality animation for the production company, which Pixar has in spades and is not afraid to show.

It doesn’t hurt that Hank, out side of his design, was a likable character as well, and his dynamic with Dory was easily the strongest feature of the film with dialogue that felt natural, entertaining, and engaging all at once, and definitely is one of the strongest factors in carrying the film, and a character who i can see getting his own movie if there is a third installment.

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Pixar, Hank and Dory from “finding Dory, 2016, promotional Image.

The story itself outside of the characters and animation, does holdup well. The present day and flash back transitions were clever in revealing not only Dory’s origins, but also in her psyche, as well as a plot of character development and resolution.

Granted it didn’t have the grand feel of the first film, but that’s as it should be. The first film was a heroic journey film, this one was a personal revelation story at a very internal and personal level on part of Dory, which the story does.It doesn’t need the grand oceanic delights and dangers to be what it is, with the first film about finding someone, and the second about finding one’s self.

If there were any weak points in the film, perhaps Nemo’s character didn’t feel particularly essential to the film. In fact his presence highlighted why you shouldn’t bring children into potentially dangerous or unknown situations. It weakens Marlen’s parental characterization, particularly after the first film going through the trouble of developing him in that quarter. Still, the focus was on Dory, so the draw backs are minor annoyances at best.

This film swims to the top and over he expectations going into this film, with its great animation, characters, and story it is a high recommendation for your summer viewing.

 

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Screen Squinty, Taking it to the Next Level!

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Screen Squinty, Taking it to the Next Level!

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Well Folks, Here I go!

Your lovable enigmatic bat in the hat reviewer has decided to take that next step in this journey of online reviewing and writing by going to the next level!

 My Goals!

  • Update my creaky old computer equipment for better, faster, reviews and content!
  • Review even more material and at actual events!
  • Start an actual video series where I discuss not only reviews and reactions to popular media, but also relevant topics and current events…even, dare I say it?…something educational? GASP!I will be offering fun rewards along with my eternal gratitude!

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#Orlando Shooting.

The recent news about the #Orlando shooting, has been deeply saddening. I would like to say that I was surprised by a hate crime of such extreme fervor in this day and age, but I wasn’t as surprised as I wished I was. After Canada’s transgender clinic was burned in a hate crime, and the North Carolina discrimination not to mention so many other hate crimes and anti-LGBT politics and sentiments out there…it is just so frustrating, sad, and a little frightening, no matter what country, no matter what province, state, or end of the globe.
 
My thoughts are with my fellow LGBTAQ’s I hope that this tragedy will shine a light on the serious issue our civil rights.