Author: Benjamin Fenty

Batman: The Killing Joke review Batman: The Killing Joke, based on the graphic novel of the same name by Alan Moore and Brian Bolland, tells the origin of the Clown Prince of Crime as well as the moral dilemma on whether or not the Caped Crusader is willing to kill him or vice versa. The film stars Kevin Conroy as Batman, Mark Hamil as the Joker and Tara Strong as Batgirl; each reprising their roles from Batman: The Animated Series (Strong having previously played Batgirl in the continuation of said series, The New Batman Adventures). The film also stars Ray Wise as Commissioner James Gordon, Robin Atkin Downes as Detective Harvey Bullock, John DiMaggio as Carlos Francesco, Maury Sterling as Parry Francesco and Brian George as Alfred Pennyworth. Set during an undisclosed point in time in the city of Gotham, the film is a superhero drama that serves as a character study for two iconic rivals of fiction. It serves as the first R rated Batman film as well as the first in the DC Universe Animated Original Movies to have said rating. The movie begins with a prologue detailing Batgirl’s relationship with Batman and how they take down Parry Francesco and his gang. Batgirl feels a bit of love for Batman, which is evident when after a brief scuffle, they have sex on the roof top. Since Batman doesn’t share the same...

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Kubo and the Two Strings review

Kubo and the Two Strings tells the story of a young boy with one eye who is accompanied by a monkey (specifically a Japanese macaque) and a stag beatle/human hybrid on a quest to find 3 magical items and defeat a powerful foe. The film stars Art Parkinson as our eponymous hero, Charlize Theron as Monkey, Matthew McConaughey as Beattle, Ralph Fiennes as the Moon King and Rooney Mara as Karasu and Washi. Set in medieval Japan, the film is a fantasy action epic, a rarity in animation and a first for Laika Entertainment (know for their kid friendly horror movies Coraline and ParaNorman and their family friendly comedy The Boxtrolls). The movie starts out with Kubo being the talk of the town as he uses his shamisen to bring origami to life and entertain the townsfolk. After losing his mother to Karasu and Washi, daughters of the Moon King, Kubo is found by Monkey who takes him on a quest to find 3 magical items and use them to defeat the Moon King. Along the way, they encounter Beatle, a skilled archer with no recollection of his past and face off against many obstacles that come their way. At the same time, they also try to get along with each other, as at first Monkey doesn’t care much for Beatle and who’s main concern is protecting Kubo. It’s...

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