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  • Watching: Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice
Batman v. Superman got too much hate than it deserved. Was it an excellent movie? Absolutely no. Was it an extremely awful movie like Fant4stic or X-Men Origins: Wolverine? Also absolutely no. The movie has its good moments, like the climax fight scene or the courtroom scene. And the most of the casting choices are spot on. I really love Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman. To me, I think this is how every superhero should be. Ben Affleck is also good at being Batman, though I personally think the Bat Armor this time makes him look really bulky, and I love Jeremy Irons as Alfred lol. Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor is questionable, though. He's kind of a far-cry of what I imagine him to be from my Justice League animated series in my childhood, and to be honest I mostly find him annoying in the movie.

The bad parts? The plot is all over the place, and the story isn't really about Batman v. Superman like the trailers led us to believe. The movie made the same mistakes as Spider-Man 3, The Amazing-Spider Man 2 and Age of Ultron, in that it's mostly about setting up the universe as a whole than the main story they're presenting and (they could just really title the movie only as 'Dawn of Justice' and it'd be fine) and introducing too many new characters in one movie. Do I mind that? Nope. But if they're going to establish the universe then they should do it like Marvel does. One movie at the time, not rushing everything at us like this. (I mean, if you're using DREAM SEQUENCES to establish your universe, I'd say the story has problems...) For example, Batman should have his own Origin Story movie, as well as another movie for another superhero to establish the universe. In my opinion, Suicide Squad should've been released BEFORE this movie, so that it could also flesh out Batman's motivations as well as establishing the villains of that movie. Who cares if people say they're just copying Marvel? Slow and steady wins the race. BvS just took off too quickly and inevitably stumble and falls downs hard. Hopefully Suicide Squad will get them back on their feet and start over again.

Overall, I'd say Captain America: Civil War has a rather high chance of winning this battle now, but that doesn't mean it's over for DCEU yet. We'll just have to wait and see how Suicide Squad will turn out.

EXTRA:

Debates about Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice be like:

Ordinary movie goers: The greatest gladiator match in the history of the world. Fans versus critics. Opinions versus reviews!

BvS Haters: You're fanboying!
BvS Fans: That's a three syllable word for any thought too big for little minds!

Savvy movie goers: I think I've known a few movies like your's.
BvS Fans: Oh, I don't think you've ever known a movie like mine's.

Actual film critics: You know the oldest lie in cinema? It's that cool special effects can be a substitute for coherent plots.

Marvel fans: Stay down! If I wanted it, you'd be irrelevant already!
DC fans: Tell me, do you bleed? YOU WILL.

So, yeah. I wanted to discuss about this for a while now.

I've came across so many comments on the internet that say something along the line of "Oh my God, why do they have to kill classic animated cartoons? Newer animated movies nowadays just lack souls!", "Hand-drawed classic animation wins over those recycled 3D animation any day, period!". Okay, maybe I'm exaggerating it, but the overall attitude over the newer 3D animation for most people I came across is that it will never, ever beat classic 2D animation, no matter how much good other qualities are.

I won't deny that 2D animation have its unique magic that a few 3D animation is able to replicate. Hand-drawed 2D animation makes the character more lively and actually look like cartoon characters, not look like creepy dolls who tries too hard to 'look human', and that most of the time, 3D characters made by the same studio usually reuses old character designs instead of making up something new from scratch. But dismissing 3D animation and the other things that it does offer is simply narrow-minded for me. For me, 3D animation, if done right, can make the animated world looks as lively as ever. Characters and backgrounds tend to blend or flow together more seamlessly and convincingly in 3D, while in 2D, animated objects will glow in contrast with the darkened background, such as books that a character pick up, for example. Many great 2D animation that are beloved by fans often have 3D backgrounds as they demonstrate how perfect it is for world-building. Case in point: Beauty and the Beast's famous ballroom dance scene, most of Tarzan's action scenes, the underrated gems like Atlantis: The Lost Empire, Treasure Planet, the Disney short movie Paperman or classic Dreamworks movies like The Prince of Egypt and Stallion of the Cimarron. Much of these movies' magics come from the blending between 2D characters and objects with a 3D world. Even Japanese animes, which are famous for their 2D perseverance, started incorporating 3D animation into them, and they remain popular all the same.

Personally, I think what people have the problem with the newer animated movies is the story. Far too many times, I've come across comments saying how newer Disney movies suck because they're so generic. Movies like Wreck-it Ralph or Big Hero 6 (and let's not start about Frozen. EVERYTHING ON THE INTERNET gets compared to Frozen, and I'm sick of it. It's like people see it as the Twilight Saga of Disney movies or something) get some undeserved flaks because those people think they cannot hold up to 'masterpieces' like The Lion King, Hercules, Mulan, Toy Story, Finding Nemo or Wall-E. I admit that those movies are really creative, but are their stories absolutely flawless like many people claimed them to be? No, they are not. Every story has flaws. I, for one, don't really enjoy The Lion King all that much, even though many people are claiming it to be 'The Best Disney Movie Ever'. The story hits every cliche in the book for me: a young, eager protagonist, a wise mentor that he very cares for, who then later gets killed by his evil relative, the hero escapes into the wilderness enjoying life without rules with two comic-relief characters but turns out cannot escape his past and decides to confront it and accepts who he really is in the end. Perhaps I might've enjoyed it more if I had watched it when I was younger (I only got to watch The Lion King when I'm almost in high school about five years ago).

As good as the classic animated movies are, their plots are pretty much formulaic. An ideal hero, some great adventure, an obviously evil villain, some musical numbers, an obvious, sometimes in-your-face Aesop, and a happily ever after ending. At least the newer movies, even if they are formulaic, are trying to make the stories deal with more adult themes and settings, and they tend to get 'real' dark, not dark as 'parents-or-relatives-dying-for-your-childhood-trauma' thing, but rather they hit your feelings too close to home because you can relate to them in real life. Wreck-It Ralph and Megamind deal with the nastiness of prejudice just because you are undesirable by the society, Big Hero 6 deals with how the hero and the villain aren't really that different, and anyone can break if pushed to the edge, especially the hero who's still just a teenager and emotionally unstable. How To Train Your Dragon 2 tells us that there are just someone who's just bad beyond redemption, and it's futile to try to convince him to become good. Even Frozen subverts the old Prince Charming trope that preexists in many Disney Princess movies prior it. And let's not start about the recently released Zootopia, which deals with racial discrimination and prejudice on a level I would never expect from Disney. Seriously, newer animated movies make me think a lot more about the world around me than classic animated movie do. Nowadays, I watch classic animated movies just for fun now and then when I'm feeling nostalgic (Hey, gotta give 'em credit, classics never go out of style), but I never really give too much thought into them like I do with newer animated movies. 

To be honest, the only 'Classic' animated movie I can say with 100% certainty that it is excellent (not perfect, because there's no such thing as perfect) is The Incredibles. Is the plot formulaic? Most of it, but it contains many awesome moments, very clever humor and even playing with some tropes that make the story fresh and not boring, as well as introducing an engaging plot with some surprisingly dark moments, with characters I can actually relate with in real life. Oh, Lilo & Stitch and Treasure Planet are also pretty memorable for me for pretty much the same reasons as above.

The point of this whole thing that I really wanted to say is, newer animated movies can get some undeserved hate or dismissal on the internet, even though some of them are as good as or even better than some classic animated movies, which mostly got overlooked mostly because of 'nostalgia'. Granted, it depends on your preferences and your 'style' of movies. For many, the magic is those catchy musical numbers, iconic characters or colorful worlds. For me, the magic is a story that reflects reality. 

Now, everyone can have their opinions on the subject, and I'm more than welcome to hear them out, so let me know what you think about this whole 'Old vs. New' debate! Also, I might've make some grammatical mistakes here and there because my English's not really that good, so feel free to point them out LOL.

      
A while ago, I was discussing the idea of the world of Remnant in RWBY with a fellow commenter, and this is what I come up with:

Remnant is in reality OUR world far into the future. Some calamity happened that broke the Moon, causing catastrophe on Earth. The face of the world is changed forever. With millennium of years passed, North America and South America have become separated (Central America is basically gone). What used to be North America became that dragon-shaped landmass on the northwestern part of the world. South America has joined up with Africa (with pieces of Asia joining in), becoming the super-continent consisted of kingdoms of Vacuo and Vale. Asia was hit the most by the calamity from the Moon breaking up, and is barely recognizable in its current form, which is now the location of the kingdom of Mistral. Where Atlas stood is a small landmass combined of pieces of Europe and Asia, and Australia became that weird-shaped landmass in the southeastern part of the world.

Most of the wildlife including humans perished, those that survived have to adapt to the harsh environment of the planet, eventually turning into Grimm. They are longing to get back to their natural selves, but since there's nothing positive to get back to, they instead cling on to negative emotions. 
There are only a few survivors who are immune to the harsh environment, the 'Remnant' of the previous civilization. Their immunity would eventually be known in the present as 'Aura'. Their strengths and abilities are also evolved from normal humans, making them stronger, faster and smarter (that's why huntsmen and huntresses can perform superhuman feats) Some wildlife species also evolved, eventually becoming the Faunas, and some remained the same as they were thousands of years ago. (Like some birds, or Zwei, Ruby and Yang's dog)

In my idea, I think that when Salem is finished and the world of Remnant is finally back in peace, the new enemy would come from space. It's been stated in one of the World of Remnants videos that the present Remnant civilization could not get into space due to the Dust not working there. So a completely new enemy from the place that Remnant knows nothing about would be an even more dangerous threat than the Grimm. The enemies themselves could be the ancient humans from the old civilization who fled Earth before it was hit by the calamity and went to find a new home. After millenniums have passed, they finally come back. Unfortunately, they became so obsessed with the 'Survival of the Fittest' ideal after having to struggle to survive in the dangerous reaches of space for so long, and they try to exterminate every living thing on Remnant in order for 'protect' themselves. Something like that. Time dilation would probably mean those ancient humans have also evolved into something else themselves, or developed a very advanced technology that put them on par with even the best huntsmen and huntresses. And they have the advantage that they can stay in space, while the Remnant civilizations couldn't.

So, what do you guys think? Any idea is welcomed!

  • Listening to: Shine by Jeff and Casey Lee Willaims
So, about THAT SCENE in the RWBY's latest episode, "End of the Beginning", after resigning myself to accept what that did happen in it, I rewatched it again and I can't help but noticing that there is something odd about the whole thing...
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So why the heck did Pyrrha decides to fight Cinder alone again? I mean, Ozpin even told her to get Jaune and herself the hell out of Dodge as fast as possible, holding off Cinder all by himself to buy some time for them to get away. Yet when outside the building, Pyrrha suddenly has this bright idea that she still has a fighting chance against Cinder, who I need to remind you, HAS JUST ABSORBED THE FULL POWER OF THE FALL MAIDEN. Then she heard Cinder coming up from underground, which means she's already finished with Ozpin, who for all Pyrrha knows is a much, much more powerful and experienced huntsman than her. What makes her think she can defeat Cinder at all? I'm not questioning her abilities (in fact, she DID put up a very good fight, and would have won had Cinder not have the Fall Maiden's powers) but it was just so misguided for her to attempt something like that. I mean, she barely knows what Cinder is capable of even before getting the Maiden's power! And not to mention the freaking GIANT GRIMM DRAGON flying around the place. Even Jaune, while not the brightest guy in her team, still realize that she doesn't stand any chance and practically begs her not to do it. Then she goes anyway, and we all know what happened.

Heh, Roman's right. It doesn't matter how strong or determined you are. If your enemies far outclassed you, attempting to take care of them by yourself is nothing short of suicide.

The way I see it, unless they have some plans in the future, the writers had already decided that her fate was going to end up like this, and this whole thing is just an excuse to kill her off. Because let's face it, no one in their right mind would just go and fight someone who is basically a GODDESS alone and expects to come out on top. Poor Pyrrha...
RWBY Volume 3 Episode 12 Review (POSSIBLE SPOILERS!)

Okay, Rooster Teeth, I now both love you and hate you for having the guts to pull what you did in the latest episode. SALUTE TO YOU, SIR! AND MAY YOU ALL ROT IN HELL FOR ALL THIS ****!!!

Alright, alright...just...trying to regain my composure.

Let's start right from the beginning of it: the long-awaited Ozpin showing off his moves, which lasted...too short to be honest. But at least all of it is freaking awesome. Ozpin really shows why he is the goddamn Headmaster by putting up a good fight against a powered-up Cinder.

Then we cut back to the outside, Ruby rejoins the group and learns what happens to Yang, which Blake blames herself for it. The rest of JNPR aren't in good shapes, either. Jaune and Pyrrha are nowhere to be found, so Ruby and Weiss go to find them.

Jaune and Pyrrha escapes the basement. Pyrrha, determined to stop Cinder no matter the cost, bids an emotional farewell to Jaune as she rushes to the top of the tower to confront Cinder, who apparently manages to defeat Ozpin, alone.
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Despite a valiant and impressive effort, she failed, and Cinder kills her by shooting an arrow into her chest, and her body disintegrates away into nothing right before Ruby's despairing eyes. She was too late.

And then something triggers within her, activating an extremely powerful white blast that, for the first time, shocks Cinder to her core as the blast consumes her and the Grimm Dragon, and then everything goes white.

Much later, Ruby wakes up in her house, and we finally meet her father Taiyang for the first time. Seems like a nice fellow. (BUT WHERE THE HECK WERE YOU DURING ALL THE S*** THAT HAPPENED, DUDE???) Qrow arrives and explains the origins of Ruby's hidden power to her. Ruby goes to visit the recovering Yang in her room who, after everything she has gone through, ceases to be the cheerful girl we all know and love. Yang tells Ruby that Weiss and Blake have gone their separate ways (for now), the latter most likely out of guilt and to protect those she cared for from Adam's wrath. She then tells Ruby to leave her alone, and Ruby saddeningly complies. Team RWBY is effectively no more.

With clues that Cinder and her minions are last seen in Haven, Ruby takes off with Team JNPR to track them down. Meanwhile, tensions between nations of Remnants have never been this high. Beacon is left in ruins as more and more Grimms keep arriving in, and efforts for reconstruction are in vain. Ozpin is nowhere to be found. A woman voice, the same voice that narrates the first episode's introduction Volume 2's World of Remnants videos, then narrates over the rest of the episode in a chilling, merciless tone. The camera finally stops on some nightmarish landscape as we finally see the woman whose voice originates from, who closes the episode by taunting Ozpin as her blood red evil eyes flare up with fury.

Overall attitude? Who the heck decides that it seems like a good idea to put Battle of Hogwarts right at the beginning of, say, the second or third Harry Potter book? These past few episodes is pretty much a massacre. xD 

So yeah, just from this summary here you can see that this finale episode is some grim s***. I wasn't expect that it was going to be Pyrrha, of all people, to bite it. Ozpin's death would be understandable, but Pyrrha? Goddamn it, Rooster Teeth, goddamn you... Her death hits me just like Han Solo's death in The Force Awakens. (Another MAJOR spoiler. If you didn't watch the movie yet, I'm sorry. But well, comparisons have to be made. Also, they just love to kill off your favorite characters, don't they???) I kept screaming at the screen as Pyrrha went to stop Cinder "Goddamn it, Pyrrha! Run the hell away! You can't fight her right now! You'll just be getting yourself killed!" And yet she goes anyway. She went to do what was right (not unlike what Han Solo did in TFA, if I may add) and paid for it with her life. But she does put up a great fight against Cinder, all things considered. Shows that even at full power, Cinder herself isn't invincible, which brings up the question: how powerful is Cinder's boss: the woman seen at the end of the episode, going to be? Also, I welcome the thought that Pyrrha is still alive (just like I refuses to fully believe that Han Solo truly dies. Damn it, I really like comparing Pyrrha to Han, aren't I?) and she would return at some time, somehow.

Ruby's spectacular powers are partly explained by Qrow that she is one of the few huntresses who are 'special', pointed out by her silver eyes that she inherits from her mother. Those silver-eyed warriors are huntsmen and huntresses capable of performing great feats. Something tells me that Ruby's hidden power could be even stronger than that of a Maiden's powers. Hopefully the next seasons will show her reaching that full potential.

Oh, Team RWBY is (hopefully temporary) broken up. Yang lies wounded and broken on her bed, her cheerful self is no more. Weiss goes back with her father to Atlas, a country on a brink of war due to being accused as responsible for invading Vale. (I was kinda disappointed that she didn't do that much at all in the episode despite the trailer playing it up to be. All she did is just sending Ruby to the top of the tower, just in time to see Pyrrha gets killed) Blake just...left... and somehow this frustrates me the most despite everything else that had happened. It feels so...unresolved! Yang tells Ruby that Blake left without any parting words or explanations. It just feels like a dick move, after all that happens between them (and no, this is not me ranting as a Bumblebee shipper at all). Blake went away because of guilt and not wanting Adam to hurt her friends, this I know, but at least she should've explain something to Yang! Just tell her "My psychotic ex-boyfriend is trying to take away everything I care for, so now I must stay away from you for a while until I gut the sick bastard who cut your arm out" That would be enough! Now poor Yang is left with the thought that her apparent best friend abandoned her and is possibly the biggest reason why she is so cynical to Ruby later. What the hell, Blake? You could've at least leave a note or something!

The adventure continues as Ruby travels with the rest of JNPR to Haven to confront Cinder and associates. Speaking of which, Emerald, Mercury and Neo are nowhere to be found in this episode. I have a slight hope that one of the three could possibly changes side to the good guys, which is most likely to be Emerald, considering that she's somewhat horrified by the destruction and it's implied that Cinder treats her like a tool instead of a person.

THE BIGGEST TWIST OF ALL!!! Qrow can turn into a crow. Yeah. xD

Also, Qrow has Ozpin's weapon, while the man himself is missing. Makes me wondering what Ozpin is doing right now, if he's still alive? Perhaps Qrow is the one who is entrusted by Ozpin himself to watch over Ruby while he goes into hiding to plot something. We need to see more of Ozpin. The dude is a badass. :)

And that's that, folks! My first review! And I had to pick the darkest episode of RWBY yet, heh. Gotta let it out somehow. Sorry for any bad English here and there. I'm not a native English speaker.

Volume 4, please come soon!

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  • Watching: Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice
Batman v. Superman got too much hate than it deserved. Was it an excellent movie? Absolutely no. Was it an extremely awful movie like Fant4stic or X-Men Origins: Wolverine? Also absolutely no. The movie has its good moments, like the climax fight scene or the courtroom scene. And the most of the casting choices are spot on. I really love Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman. To me, I think this is how every superhero should be. Ben Affleck is also good at being Batman, though I personally think the Bat Armor this time makes him look really bulky, and I love Jeremy Irons as Alfred lol. Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor is questionable, though. He's kind of a far-cry of what I imagine him to be from my Justice League animated series in my childhood, and to be honest I mostly find him annoying in the movie.

The bad parts? The plot is all over the place, and the story isn't really about Batman v. Superman like the trailers led us to believe. The movie made the same mistakes as Spider-Man 3, The Amazing-Spider Man 2 and Age of Ultron, in that it's mostly about setting up the universe as a whole than the main story they're presenting and (they could just really title the movie only as 'Dawn of Justice' and it'd be fine) and introducing too many new characters in one movie. Do I mind that? Nope. But if they're going to establish the universe then they should do it like Marvel does. One movie at the time, not rushing everything at us like this. (I mean, if you're using DREAM SEQUENCES to establish your universe, I'd say the story has problems...) For example, Batman should have his own Origin Story movie, as well as another movie for another superhero to establish the universe. In my opinion, Suicide Squad should've been released BEFORE this movie, so that it could also flesh out Batman's motivations as well as establishing the villains of that movie. Who cares if people say they're just copying Marvel? Slow and steady wins the race. BvS just took off too quickly and inevitably stumble and falls downs hard. Hopefully Suicide Squad will get them back on their feet and start over again.

Overall, I'd say Captain America: Civil War has a rather high chance of winning this battle now, but that doesn't mean it's over for DCEU yet. We'll just have to wait and see how Suicide Squad will turn out.

EXTRA:

Debates about Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice be like:

Ordinary movie goers: The greatest gladiator match in the history of the world. Fans versus critics. Opinions versus reviews!

BvS Haters: You're fanboying!
BvS Fans: That's a three syllable word for any thought too big for little minds!

Savvy movie goers: I think I've known a few movies like your's.
BvS Fans: Oh, I don't think you've ever known a movie like mine's.

Actual film critics: You know the oldest lie in cinema? It's that cool special effects can be a substitute for coherent plots.

Marvel fans: Stay down! If I wanted it, you'd be irrelevant already!
DC fans: Tell me, do you bleed? YOU WILL.

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