Monday, March 28, 2016

Batman v Superman Review, RiffTrax: Live – Time Chasers, April Movie Preview, Your Wicked is Showing, A to Z Challenge, and Monday Music - Plus Award!

Packing it in today before the Challenge begins!
Yolanda Renee is visiting today.
Meet the Ninja Minions on Tuesday at the A to Z Blog.
And I’m visiting David Powers King on Wednesday.
But first…

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice Review

This film teeters around thirty percent on Rotten Tomatoes, but many critics say it is better than Man of Steel – which is at fifty-six percent. What???? (On the IMDB, this film is a respectable 7.6.)
The movie is not without its flaws. It's overlong, dark, and the subplots weave together in a convoluted manner.
That said – I had a great time! I was captivated for the whole two and a half hours.
The effects are amazing, of course. Especially in 3D. This is a spectacle film.
Affleck is a good Batman. He’s driven. And just like the Dark Knight comics, he uses both gadgets and guns to achieve his goals.
Most of the cast from Man of Steel return and slip easily into their roles.
The film keeps you guessing as to who is doing what and why. It’s sometimes confusing, but it does all come together.
Some have criticized that Wonder Woman isn’t in the film much. (It IS called Batman v Superman.) But she is present throughout the film as Diana Prince, thwarting Bruce Wayne. And when she does appear as Wonder Woman at the end – wow! She is beyond bad ass. I don’t remember her being that powerful in the comics, but she is immortal, and her presence in the final fight sequence is the best part. (Watch for the really old photo of her with Chris Pine. Yes, the Wonder Woman movie is filming now and comes out in 2017!)
While the tone does need to come up a notch for the upcoming movies (Snyder is directing both Justice League films but not Wonder Woman or the other spin-offs), it matches Man of Steel, and of course, the darker tones of Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy.
Unless you hated Man of Steel, go and enjoy! Highly recommended.

Murder & Obsession Blog Tour

Alex's one request was to make the post snarky, and one of my snarkiest characters is Alice Foxx, a beauty with a heart of stone but with an eye for Detective Steven Quaid. This excerpt is from Memories of Murder, but Alice appears in Murder & Obsession and her snark is worse!

"Giving advice, Sarah? Do you really think you're qualified?"
With her hands on her hips, the slight tilt of Alice's head only made the sneer on her face more hideous. She reminded Sarah of the evil queen in every fairy tale ever told, a beauty hardened by selfishness.
Sarah met Alice's gaze with steely resolve. "I may not have your credentials, but I've been where Phoenix is, and, yes, I think I can offer her a lot. Diplomas will never equal experience."
"Well, she's my patient, and I disagree. Stay away from her. The last thing she needs is a lesson on how to run away from her problems."
Sarah's body surged with anger. "And what lesson do you intend to teach her? Unless you've been the victim, dear doctor, don't assume you know what's in the victim's mind or in the monster's." Sarah walked away but stopped for one more verbal blow. "Oh, and while you're making assumptions, Steven may fall for your tricks, but he'll never fall for you. I have his heart, and that's something I'll never let go of."
Alice's entire body reacted. She locked her spine, planted her feet, and raised her fist.
"Don't threaten me, Sarah. I'm not a woman prone to losing. But you? Your life is nothing but loss. Compete with me, and you will lose—you'll lose much more than Steven!" Alice threatened.
"Careful," Sarah mocked, "your wicked is showing."
Thanks, Alex, for giving me the opportunity to appear on your amazing blog for my Murder &  Obsession Blog Tour.

Links - Read the 1st Chapter - Goodreads - Twitter - Facebook - Blog - Pinterest - Amazon - BUY

The Next RiffTrax: Live Event!

Time Chasers! It's the story of a man named Nick who turns his airplane into a time machine with the aid of his beloved Commodore 64.
With it he woos the woman of his dreams, despite the fact that he doesn’t own a car and his wardrobe consists only of a pair of jeans and a threadbare t-shirt from Castleton State College.
Come join Mike, Kevin and Bill LIVE on Thursday, May 5th at 8:00 p.m. ET/ 7:00 p.m. CT (tape-delayed to 7:00 p.m. MT/ 8:00 p.m. PT) for a hilarious take on the original cut of this sci-fi classic along with an all-new short!
Get your tickets HERE

The Challenge kicks off this Friday! Are you ready for a month of complete and total insanity?

My theme this year - Origins of Science Fiction Terms and More.
The term, its meaning, and its first book appearance – a movie that features this term – and a featured blogger buddy who reminds me of that term! (And yes, this is scaling back for me. These posts only took three hours each to put together as opposed to five each from the past three years.)

I’m also the guinea pig for a special version of the Challenge. You’ll discover what and why this Friday.

Some last minute tips:
Make sure someone can find your blog through your comments.
Make posts short and easy to read.
Visit those who visit you.
Visit five new blogs a day, starting with the one after your own on the list.
Have fun!

Monday’s Music Moves Me/Music Award

Hosted by Xmas Dolly.

Patrick W. Weseland picked the theme - songs about you!

My choice is Digital Man by Rush. (And there is no good video, so I picked one with lyrics. You can listen or read.)

Chrys Fey and Sherry Ellis both nominated me for the Music & Words Award.
1.) Link back to the person who nominated you. 2.) Answer the questions with words AND music. (In the interest of space, I’m just going with words.) 3.) Pass the award on to 5 other people. Make sure you notify them. (This close to the Challenge, I’m not nominated anyone.) 4.) Tag your post with #MWA for Music & Words Award so we can all find you down the line. 5.) Quote these 5 steps and display the award icon in your post and also on your sidebar if you wish.

Question number 1: What does music mean to you? It’s my daily soundtrack and the energy that gets me through.

Question number 2: What is your first music-related memory? My father playing Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass.

Question number 3: What was the first album you purchased? Electric Light Orchestra – Out of the Blue.

Question number 4: What was the latest music you purchased? Amon Amarth – Jomsviking.

Question number 5: Which song did you listen to last? Wanderer by Amon Amarth, from Jomsviking. (Big surprise, huh?)

April Movie Preview

Here are the upcoming theatrical releases for March! As always, descriptions courtesy of the IMDB. Snarky comments by me.

8 –

Hardcore Henry
A first-person action film from the eyes of Henry, who's resurrected from death with no memory. He must discover his identity and save his wife from a warlord with a plan to bio-engineer soldiers.
Director: Ilya Naishuller
Stars: Haley Bennett, Tim Roth, Sharlto Copley, Ilya Naishuller
In an emergency, your popcorn tub can be used as a barf bucket.

15 –

The Jungle Book
An orphan boy is raised in the jungle with the help of a pack of wolves, a bear, and a black panther.
Director: Jon Favreau
Stars: Scarlett Johansson, Idris Elba, Christopher Walken, Bill Murray
Great cast and good looking trailer – bring your whole family or just the bear necessities.

22 –

The Huntsman: Winter’s War
As two evil sisters prepare to conquer the land; two renegades - Eric the Huntsman - who previously aided Snow White in defeating Ravenna, and his forbidden lover, Sara set out to stop them.
Director: Cedric Nicolas-Troyan
Stars: Chris Hemsworth, Jessica Chastain, Charlize Theron, Emily Blunt
I guess the producers realized that the only thing that didn’t work the first time was Kristen Stewart.

29 –

Friends hatch a plot to retrieve a stolen kitten by posing as drug dealers for a street gang.
Director: Peter Atencio
Stars: Will Forte, Keegan-Michael Key, Jason Mitchell, Luis Guzmán
I have to admit, the trailer looks funny.

Ratchet and Clank
Ratchet and Clank tells the story of two unlikely heroes as they struggle to stop a vile alien named Chairman Drek from destroying every planet in the Solana Galaxy.
Directors: Kevin Munroe | Jericca Cleland
Stars: James Arnold Taylor, David Kaye, Jim Ward, Sylvester Stallone
And how many video game adaptations have worked as movies…?

Who else saw Batman v Superman? Is your wicked showing? Going to RiffTrax: Live next month? What are your early music memories? What April movies interest you?
And who is ready for the A to Z Challenge?


Mason Canyon said...

Interesting to know more about Batman V Superman. I started to watch it but didn't, now I'll give it another go. Enjoyed Yolanda's visit with her Murder & Obsession blog tour. Some unique looking movies coming out soon. Can't believe April is almost here already. Looking forward to the A to Z Challenge. Also, Happy belated Easter to you and your family Alex.

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Alex - I've seen and heard the 'crit's for Batman v Superman - not for me .. but as always we all have an opinion .. even the movie buffs. I'm sure people will enjoy it.

I was interested to note that Disney Animations only survived through the 1961 101 Dalmations film ... and how much has changed over the decades.

Lots of excellent authors in the blogosphere - so I'm looking forward to more releases - and to reading your Sci-Fiction info posts ...

Good luck to one and all ... cheers Hilary

Sandra Ulbrich Almazan said...

Nice excerpt, Yolanda!

Just Keepin It Real, Folks! said...

Batman v Superman has been ALL over the place, including why Ben Affleck made a certain expression in some interview. Geez, just too much exposure really. I'm more interested in seeing My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2. Hahaha

Natalie Aguirre said...

Not seen Batman v. Superman. Not sure I want to, but glad you liked it. I'm more into dramas and romantic comedies.

Huntress said...

Congrats to Yolanda! Looks fantastic
Love your music answers, Alex. Will check out that album.

mshatch said...

I remember Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass. The almbum in our house was the one with the naked girl all covered up in whipped cream.

Roland D. Yeomans said...

Keanu looks to be fun ... unlike Bats v Supes ... why so serious? Batman kills -- his one rule broken. Even in Miller's graphic novel, THE DARK KNIGHT RETURNS, he never killed, not even the Joker, though he came close.

Thanks for the Twitter support for my stop at Elizabeth Craig's Blog for my "Don't You Hate Book Tours?" Book Tour!

Nilanjana Bose said...

Nice to see and read Yolanda here! All the best!

Look forward to the A-Z posts from both of you, this year the themes are varied and rich! - much freshness and fun anticipate. Thoroughly intrigued by the new version and your guinea-pig-ness, can't wait to hear more!

Christine Rains said...

I didn't get to see Batman vs. Superman, but I did catch parts of the really old Superman movies on TV. Boy, those were cheesy! I'll keep my movie time to go see Captain America in May. Love that excerpt from Yolanda. Can't wait to read her book! Have a great week, Alex, and good luck for the Challenge! :)

M.J. Fifield said...

I don't have plans to see Batman V. Superman, but you better believe I'm going to the Wonder Woman movie. It's about time!!

Like Christine, my movie time will be spent on Captain America this May.

Love your comment about the Huntsman movie coming out...I had the exact same thought.

Madeline Mora-Summonte said...

The good news for me about Batman vs Superman was that everyone in the movie theater was going to see that so no one was at 10 Cloverfield Lane. :)

Annalisa Crawford said...

So excited for Batman v Superman. I'm seeing it tomorrow :-)

Congrats to Yolanda - great excerpt.

kaykuala said...

Hank's 2 grandees had been to see Batman vs Superman. Their penchant for super-heroes made them go. Hank has yet to do so. Hank looking forward to your April Challenge. It should be a lot of education especially going into Sci-fi history. Congrats to Yolanda and to all the other releases as well as in the pipeline! Thanks Alex!


T. Powell Coltrin said...

I'm planning on seeing Batman vs Superman. And I'm taking lots of vitamins for the A-Z. Takes a lot of effort. :)

Pat Hatt said...

The a to z will be a fun ride as always. Heard BvS was a bit convulted, but I'll still see it indeed.

Jo said...

I wondered what you would think of Batman/Superman. I am unlikely to see it in the theatre unless I go alone. Maybe I should.

I listen to music all day but a very different type of music to that you choose.

See you at A to Z. I have some of my posts done. I just hope I can manage the rest. It's a Bug's Life!

Shady Del Knight said...

Hi, Alex!

Congratulations on receiving the Music & Words Award from Sherry and Chrys! The nomination is well deserved. Based on your answer about your dad listening to Herb Alpert, I can tell that I am around his age. As you know, I am currently tuned in to Viking metal bands and Amon Amarth is a favorite of mine.

Have a great week, Alex!

Leandra Wallace said...

Oh, I'll definitely have to get Ratchet and Clank for the kidlet! He loves anything robots and/or space themed. And yay Kristin Stewart won't be in the new movie! I didn't think she was a good choice at all for the first one...

Charles Gramlich said...

Don't know if I'll see batman v superman. I'm kind of interested.

Karen Lange said...

It's nice to see Yolanda here. Thanks for hosting, Alex. Have a great week!

nashvillecats2 said...

Great post of lots of news Alex, looking forward to the A to Z on Friday. Have a good week.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Mason, April is just a few days away...

Marcy, I missed that cover!

Roland, but he does use guns and kills in the comics.

Nila, you'll find out Friday.

Christine, I saw that as well! Yes, it was super cheesy bad.

MJ, you had the same thought because it's true!

Madeline, glad you got to see that film.

Teresa, yes it does.

Shady, you rock!!

Leandra, no she wasn't.

Suzanne Furness said...

Not sure I'll be seeing the Batman V Superman movie but it's sure to be a winner. Good luck gearing up for A-Z, not long to go now!

Shell Flower said...

That was a fun excerpt from Yolanda. I like your answer to question 1 about music. I totally agree. Good luck with the challenge. I'll be reading posts, but just don't have the time this year to participate.

Arlee Bird said...

I didn't see Batman vs Superman but the reviews I heard were not very stellar. Maybe I'll see it. Still haven't seen Man of Steel.

I know I'm younger than your father, but it's funny that many of my earliest albums and music that I listened to with great frequency back in junior high was Herb Alpert & the TJ Brass. It's great fun music.

Arlee Bird
A to Z Challenge Co-host
Tossing It Out

Unknown said...

I've heard so many mixed things about Batman Vs. Superman. The overall consensus seems to be that it's worth watching! My absolute earliest music memories are listening to Mariah Carey, Vision of Love! I think I was about 6 or 7? I couldn't believe her voice!

Yolanda Renée said...

Hi Alex, thanks for hosting me today. Point of interest; don't make an early morning appointment if you're appearing on two blogs. Still, I made it. The reviews by most since the Superman/Batman movie's come out have been positive. I never listen to the industry reviews for these movies. I do hope to see it in the theatre though. And while I'm ready for the A to Z I'm not ready for the A to Z. LOL
Mason, thanks, I appreciate your comment.
Hilary, cheers to you too!
Hi Sandra, thanks, it's one of my favorite scenes.
Hi, Just Keepin It Real.
Hi, Natalie.
Huntress, thanks, it's a thrill to have all three published.
Hi, mshatch.
Roland, I never knew Batman had such a rule. Shame he broke it.
Nila, thanks, it's always a treat to appear on Alex's blog.
Christine, thanks, it was a fun scene to write, they meet up again in M&O and Alice is at her best!
M J, I'm looking forward to the Wonder Woman movie too.
Madeline, some time alone is always good!
Annalisa, thanks, can't wait to read your review of the movie.
kaykuale, thanks, and yes congrats to all of them!
T Powell, vitamins sound like a great idea!
Pat, I doubt many will miss the BvS. Childhood heroes and all.
Jo, It's a Bug's Life – sadly, it does fit doesn't it.
Hi, Shady,
Leandra, the movies for kids are always so awesome!
Hi, Charles.
Karen, thanks, Alex is a wonderful host!
Hi, Yvonne.

George Beremov [Nebular] said...

Excellent review, Alex! I can't wait to check it out tomorrow! So excited about it! Huge Snyder fan here ;)

Debra Renée Byrd said...

I don't remember what I last saw in the theater. There was something I wanted to see that's out now and can't even remember, but I will take some time to see Batman vs. Superman...or at least Redbox it.

I'm scared my posts are too long for A to Z. I went full-on geek and couldn't be stopped. o.o

Yolanda Renée said...

Hi, Suanne. Time to rest up before the A to Z for sure!
Thanks, Shell, so glad you enjoyed it.
Hi, Arlee. You're right seeing Man of Steel first does make sense. I've not seen it either.
Hi Beth, she does have an amazing voice!
Hi, George, enjoy the movie!
Hi, Deborah, full-on-geek can be forgiven. :) said...

Cute line, Alex, "..just the bear necessities." I LOVE that movie and song.

I hope Wonder Woman is the winner of Batman v Superman. That would be the best ending to the conflict.

Have a great week!

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

lee, I'm pretty sure you're over a decade younger.

Yolanda, you're welcome, and good tip!

George, you will really dig it then.

Debra, full on geek sounds good though.

Robyn, they resolve it before she shows up, but she does kick ass.

Susan Gourley/Kelley said...

Almost ready for A to Z. My two sons went to see Batman v Superman without me. They're in the doghouse. I want to see the Huntsman. Music memories? LOL. My dad owned all of Johnny Cash's albums and played them a lot.

Joylene Nowell Butler said...

Love Keanu. Don't see that name much unless Reeves is around. As for "In an emergency, your popcorn tub can be used as a barf bucket" that says a lot; thanks. I won't waste my time. Besides, if he has no memory, how's he know she's his wife?

Happy A-Z Challenge. Though, I have to say you and the gang make it too easy to be a challenge.

Joylene Nowell Butler said...

Congratulations, Yolanda! I agree, waiting for Alex's reviews on films makes more sense than trusting Hollywood reviewers.

Jemi Fraser said...

I wish the first album I bought was something cool - but it was a Donny Osmond album! :P

cleemckenzie said...

Congrats on the nomination for Music and Words Award! Loved your answers.

I'm ready for the AtoZ--as ready as one can be! Bring it on.

Sandra Cox said...

Good Monday, Alex:)

Amazing excerpt, Yolanda! You go, girl!

Chrys Fey said...

I am interested in seeing Batman VS. Superman but because I love Superman and don't think Batman could ever defeat him. I mean, come on! lol

I can't wait to see Wonder Woman in action in this movie. And I will definitely watch her movie when it comes out.

The Angry Lurker said...

Good review of the Batman/Superman movie, it really has split peoples opinions!

Li said...

Oddly enough, one of MY first musical memories is also my Dad playing Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass, while he was working on the car. (I liked to watch and was kept out of the way by placing me in a very large laundry basket with a cup of Froot Loops.)

I'd definitely rather see the Wonder Woman movie. Never been a fan of Superman in any form.

Four more posts to write for the A to Z. And I'm suffering from writer's remorse - should have picked a theme, should have used a better pic on this one, this one is too long, this one is boring...

Looking forward to learning more about sci-fi from you!

Rebecca Green Gasper said...

Debated on seeing Batman vs Superman this weekend...choose bowling instead due to the reviews. But you put it in a good light- might have to go see it.

Looking forward to the a-z challenge. Can't wait to see everyone's posts and have fun. Your topic sounds great.

Best Becca

XmasDolly said...

First of all, cannot wait for the A to Z Challenge to start... woo hoo! My theme is old movies... I hope I can keep up with that theme that's for sure, but I shouldn't have a problem... hehehe! Herb Albert... I use to like him... especially his last hit... so this song is all about you... I mean the Digital Man... well, you know what? hehehe ~ GOOD CHOICE! HEHEHE~~~ And I see you got the award too. Way ta go there my friend... Well, have a rockin' week... also just to let you know I usually reply to your comment on my blog if ever you're looking for one... just sayin'!!! hehehe~ I don't know if you seen my last comment, but my grandkids love your story books... so do I for that matter... I know I'm a kid at heart!

Michael Offutt, Phantom Reader said...

In the comic books, Wonder Woman was really powerful (she's right up there with Superman as far as heavy hitters go). I would have liked to have seen more of her backstory but can wait for the movie in 2017.

Yolanda Renée said...

Hi, Robyn, you too!
Susan, I love going to the movies with my sons.
Hi, Joylene, I think the challenge is all the visiting and commenting.
Hi, Jemi, that sweet, really.
Lee, as ready as one can be is true!
Sandra, Thanks, appreciate it.
Chrys, I'm with you. Wonder Woman all the way!
Francis, I trust Alex's reviews above all others.
Li, too funny, but I did that with my boys too.
Rebecca, I waited so we'd miss the crowds.
Marie, old movies are a favorite. Young at heart is the way to be. Me too!

Michael Abayomi said...

I'm glad you enjoyed BvS. I personal thought the movie was just okay. Definitely worth the price of admission. It did manage to pique my interest in the upcoming Justice League movies, so that's gotta count for something.

Andrew Leon said...

Man of Steel was a ball of festering pus, and I don't expect this one to be any better. Snyder makes movies on the toilet, at this point. Still, I will see this one because I want to see Affleck as Batman. I expect he will be good even if the movie sucks. Affleck is the person who should have been Batman in the Nolan movies.

A Beer for the Shower said...

I never saw Man of Steel, and still don't plan to see Batman V. Superman. I'm just more of a Marvel guy.

I'm down for a movie about a Commodore 64 powered time machine, though, especially if it's narrated by Rifftrax.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Joylene, good point!

Jemi - funny!

Fran, yes it does. See it anyway.

Lisa, I'm sure it will all come together for you.

Marie, your theme is great!

Michael, that's probably where we'll get a lot of that back story.

Michael, they say those will be lighter in tone.

Andrew, we recently rewatched Man of Steel and liked it even more the second time.

Beverly Stowe McClure said...

I hope to see the Batman Superman movie. Haven't yet.
I'm sort of ready for the A to Z Challenge.
Have a great week.

stephen Hayes said...

Most of the critics have bashed this movie while most of my blogger friends have raved about it. I guess I need to go check it out.

Elephant's Child said...

Good luck to everyone participating in the A-Z. I am sure that I will learn, laugh and marvel as I read.
Yolanda's newest book sounds right up my very broad street. Drat you both. I was just (finally) whittling down my unread pile. A little.

Anonymous said...

I'm not sure when I'll see Batman V Superman. Hubby isn't interested and the theater is in Canada and I don't want to drive over there, so I might end up finally seeing it once it's release on DVD.

My first song memory is of an oldie song by the Beach Boys I think. I can't remember the name, but if I heard it, I'd know it.

SpacerGuy said...

A to Z this Friday!!! It crept up very fast. I've got 13 articles written ready to roll... still all that commenting with 1000 bloggies to visit. Thats going to be super fun. Good luck with the Music Award, its always sweet winning stuff.

Liza said...

I smiled at the memory of Herb Alpert. My mother used to play that. Good luck with A-Z.

Unknown said...

My husband said he heard the best thing about Batman vs. Superman was Wonderwoman. :) Good to hear another man's perspective.

H. R. Sinclair said...

I haven't see the Batman/Superman movie and probably won't. They are my least favorite comic book heroes.

Sheena-kay Graham said...

Oh, I hate Man of Steel, a lot. But I still plan to give a look see for B vs. S either on a half off evening or if I win a free pass this week. Snyder did direct Watchmen after all and I love the hell out of that movie despite not the fact that I have not read the comic/graphic novel. Loved you here Yolanda! Damn Sarah burnt Alice to a crisp. How did she survive that deadly burn?

I might go see Hardcore Henry, might. The Jungle Book will either be half off or a free pass for me. Will definitely see though but full price is reserved for those special movies I must see opening night or week end. If The Huntsman: Winter's War blows off the hinges in quality then I'll see it full price. Either way it is my April must see. Keanu had a great trailer and I really do want to see it. Ratchet and Clank was something I was excited about but recent reveals have made me wary. Please do something good with this! Have not played the games yet but loved the reviews in Electronic Gaming Monthly and will buy them before I die.

My sister's wicked is showing. She let the pot of turkey neck burn on the stove today after my mother had a stern talk with her. Not cool, Anique. My father is a big part of my early music memories. Still have a love for Western music today. Who can deny love for I Walk the Line, Coward of the County and A Boy Named Sue? Not me!

Cherie Reich said...

I enjoyed Yolanda's excerpt. Congrats!

I hope to see Batman v Superman on Friday. From the trailers, Wonder Woman does look really bad ass. I'm actually excited for her movie in 2017.

J E Oneil said...

I'm going to give Batman v Superman a pass. It just doesn't appeal to me and I really hated Man of Steel. I'm just not a fan of Snyder's movies. Although I suppose I might watch it when it's out of the theater. It's definitely a Netflix movie for me.

Liz A. said...

I think I'm superheroed out at the moment. No Batman v Superman for me. That RiffTrax movie just sounds awful. A Commodore 64? Wow. And I remember Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass. Now I'm going to have that one song stuck in my head all day.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Brandon and Bryan, that's the only way to watch it.

Stephen, go!

Elephant's Child, my pile will never shrink...

Melanie, he is correct.

Sheena-kay - a pot of turkey neck? Is that a soup?

Yolanda Renée said...

Michael, I saw your review too. It sounded fair.
Andrew, I'll bet he did a good job too. I even liked him as Daredevil. LOL
A Beer For The Shower – everyone has favorites. I enjoy both.
Beverly, I'm sort of ready too. LOL
Stephen, me too. Hubby offered to take for my birthday.
EC – I know what you mean, I don't think it ever decreases! I do hope you get a chance though!
Patricia, my first memories of music were the country songs she listen to on the radio.
Spaceguy, April Fool's Day, such fun for many reasons!
Liza, Herb brings back memories for lots of us.
Melanie, Wonder Woman rocks!
H. R. – I didn't read comics, but love the movies.
Sheena, Sarah did hold her own, didn't she. Alice can be a real bitch. Thanks!
Thanks Cherie, their encounter in M&O is really nasty.
J E – Love Netflix, a Christmas gift from my son.
Liz, I still have a Commodore 64 in the original box, hmm….

Ann Bennett said...

Keanu is my kind of flick. I am considering going to see Batman and Superman. They have advertised it to the point I am interested.

Anonymous said...

Many times I ignore ratings because I like what I like. It's great seeing Yolanda around.

Jean Katherine Baldridge said...

I read the reviews of Batman v Superman and I can't decide whether to go. I heard that the younger peeps are the ones who like it most. I don't fit that demographic and never did, I am afraid.
The one movie I have been dying to see is Deadpool, which I haven't made it to, yet. One of my kids says it is really really gory but who cares? It sounds great!
In answer to this Q: What is your first music-related memory?
I listened nonstop to any and every record my family owned, from opera to classical to Broadway. When I got to be around 11 I was given an allowance and all my money went to buying 45s. I especially liked "A Well Respected" Man by the Kinks.
jean :)

Cathrina Constantine said...

I'm glad to read your review about Batman vs Superman. Here in Buffalo the critic give it 2 1/2 stars. Said it was too dark and not enough humor. That review kind of burst my bubble. But I loved Man of Steel and I'm sure I'll love this new one too.

Congrats to Yolanda. I have to get this book!

Colette S said...

A friend of mine is going to see this movie and asked about it. I figured it's a personal taste, so I told her to go and enjoy herself.

I would want to see it also, but have to wait for the dvd.
Not sure I have the sitting time for the theatre right now.

Thanks for the music also and the good reviews!

Have a blessed week!

Bish Denham said...

Not so interested and Batman v Superman, but I am ready for the Challenge! Looking forward to see what you're going to be doing.

Robyn Campbell said...

So glad you had Yolanda here, Alex. I love her so much. Her book is so good. I'm thrilled to see her featured on so many blogs.

I do hope to see the Batman vs. Superman. The reviews have not been kind. But I MUST see it. And I'm a sucker for anything Batman anyway. *snort* Christopher wants to see Ratchet and Clank. I am SO NOT looking forward to it. But will take him.

I finally took the plunge and joined IWSG, Alex. I thought it was time. And if I'm at the hospital with Christopher I can always schedule the post and blog from my phone.

Yolanda Renée said...

Ann, advertising is the trick, for books too!
Medeia, thanks again, I've been running into you all day.
Jean, gory, sounds as though you enjoy horror. Love you music selection.
Karen, love Patsy Cline!
Cathrina, Oh I hope so, it'd make my day. LOL
Colette, I love theaters, but not the crowds.
Bish, following you today too. Hi, again.
Robyn, didn't I just see you on Lee's blog. So happy you enjoyed the book. Every time I see your name I smile! You'll never regret being part of the IWSG!

Carrie-Anne said...

I have a few more A to Z posts left to write or finish for my secondary blog, which is pretty good considering I waited until this month to start writing and researching them. Last night, I was really excited to finally learn the etymology and history behind the female Y name I'd chosen.

Heather R. Holden said...

Batman Vs. Superman is over two hours long? Wow. Also, your A-to-Z theme sounds fun! Will do my best to keep up with those posts in April...

Truedessa said...

Hi Alex,

I went to see Batman vs Superman but, I have to confess I became a bit confused with the plot. I know Batman is rather awesome with all those gadgets and stuff but, Superman has superpowers...Alien or not? Oh and it looks like Wonder Woman still has her special abilities as well. So, that movie should be good when it arrives in theaters. I am not sure when that might be though. I saw the previews for the Huntsman and I think I might go and see that one.

A to Z is revving up ...I was going to try that but, I guess I am late for the party.

Alex, it is people like you that make the world a better place...

Birgit said...

I will want to see this Batman vs Superman flick. I know my hubby won't care for it since he loves Christian Bale but I am looking at it in a different way and think of this as a reincarnated Batman. I didn't see the most recent Superman but know it got trashed. I'm glad they are bringing Wonder Woman out since she is kick ass but why is she not in her usual costume? She looks too much like Xena in this get up. So I am so behind in getting my ass in gear for the A to Z but that never stopped me:)

Helena said...

I didn't know anything about Keanu until I read your piece, Alex, so I went to take a look at the trailer. You're right: It's funny and I love the little kitty.

And yes, I'll probably see the Superman/Batman movie, but mostly 'cause I want to see Wonder Woman before they give her a movie of her own, which you know is bound to happen.

Elizabeth said...

A Ratchet and Clank movie? Really? I'm not sure if I'll make it to see Batman v. Superman, the dark tone of Man of Steel made the theater experience rather gloomy.

My early music memories involve Psalty the Singing Psalm book, Colby's Clubhouse, Bullfrogs and Butterflies, and whatever other Christian children's records and tapes my parents played in the 80s :)
As for the Challenge...still working on it...

L.G. Keltner said...

Bring on the challenge! I'm ready for it!

mail4rosey said...

I do think I'll see Batman vs. Superman. Happy to hear a bit more about it. I did hear something about Wonder Woman, but I didn't realize she was in the movie. Sweet!

Rachna Chhabria said...

Congrats to Yolanda. I have added her book to my TBR list. Alex, you are amazing with your A to Z posts. I always wondered how long it takes you to compile each post. Now I know that its three hours. Cool. Looking forward to reading them.

randi lee said...

I keep seeing these "Sad Affleck" memes rotating around the internet and they're making me want to see Batman v. Superman...and I hadn't wanted to see it before that! It just didn't appeal to me. But now I want to know what all the fuss is about.

Hiya Alex!!!

writing and living by Richard P Hughes said...

My earliest musical memory is of Johnny Mathis singing "Wonderful, Wonderful"

Rhonda Albom said...

I can only say yes to the AtoZ challenge - well yes to participating, but I am not sure I am totally ready - but I will be by Friday. As for Batman v Superman, I saw a commercial for it, does that count? :)

Murees Dupè said...

Haha! I liked your comments on the April movies - "barf bucket", hehe! The Dirty Dancing soundtrack sticks in my mind. My family must have loved that movie when I was a kid:) I'm not taking part in A-Z, but good-luck. I know you will enjoy it.

Heather M. Gardner said...

I'm sorry. There is just TOO much information packed into this one post! It's full of awesome!

I've heard similar reviews to your BvS review. You had me at Wonder Woman. Pls don't screw that up. Pls don't screw that up!

Early music? Dad from OK, listened to country. Mom listened to everything from opera & show tunes to contemporary. It was a weird childhood.

I thought the same thing about the Huntsman. :)

Great RUSH song. We will miss them and Mr. Peart.

A to Z? What's that? :)


Tonja Drecker said...

Congrats, Yolanda! Loved the snark. My son went to Batman vs. Superman but wasn't impressed, so not sure yet. Congrats on the award, Alex! And early music memory would be my grandfather with his trumpet.

Chemist Ken said...

We saw Batman v Superman this weekend, and the entire family was disappointed. It actually wasn't that bad, but the first half of the movie dragged way too much. Too many wasted scenes, or scenes that could have been shortened, and too many convoluted jumps. It was as if the director was given a bullet list of things that Marvel superhero movies have done successfully over the years, and told to somehow cram them all into this movie. They're already talking about an extended version of the movie coming out in July. Yikes! Good action sequences at the end, though.

L. Diane Wolfe said...

I loved Wonder Woman. Can't wait for her movie.

Keanu looks cute.

Sandra Cox said...

We haven't seen Batman/Superman yet, but it's on the HHs list.

Yolanda Renée said...

Carrie-Anne, I'm also posting two blogs for the A to Z, nice to meet another type A. LOL
Heather, long movies seem to be the norm any more.
Trudessa, You're so right, Alex does make the world a better place.
Birgit, my favorite Batman is Michael Keaton, you'll get there for the A to Z.
Helena, a Wonder Woman movie will be thrilling.
Elizabeth, keep moving forward you'll get there.
L. G. – lol, you're always ready!
mail4rosey, wonder woman rocks.
Rachna, thanks, I find more books on Alex's post for my TBR list too, I hope you enjoy them.
Randi lee, I've not seen the Sad Affleck memes. LOL.
Richard Hughes, loved Johnny Mathis.
Rhonda, LOL, commercials are sometimes the best.
Murees, loved Dirty Dancing!
Heather, we'll all get to judge if they screwed up WW in 2017.
T. Drecker – thanks, when Alex first mentioned it I wasn't sure I had any, but I did! LOL
Ken, extending the movie, oh no, but I think rehashing the Batman beginning is ridiculous.
Diane, so much to look forward to!

Dean K Miller said...

Early music memories: Peter and the Wolf and also Herb Alpert & TB. First 45's: Roberta Flack, David Cassidy, Diana Ross, and 1 other I can't recall.

Another no go on the A-Z this year. With two books coming out in April, too busy to get it together.

Juneta key said...

It is on my list to see.
Juneta @ Writer's Gambit

Patricia Stoltey said...

Jungle Book and Keanu look like my kind of movies so I'm adding them to my list. Now that I have Sassy Dog to watch TV with me, I'm branching out into films and shows with animals. I watched Doctor Doolittle on TCM (in two sittings because it's long) and Sassy watched almost the whole movie. Pretty funny to see!

J.H. Moncrieff said...

My earliest music memory has to be the classical music and "Peter and the Wolf" tapes my grandfather made for me, followed by road trips where my parents played nothing but country music...almost. Some Simon & Garfunkel and Creedence slipped in there, and I've been a fan ever since.

Good luck with the Challenge! May we both survive.

Tyrean Martinson said...

I'm not sure about Batman vs. Superman . . . probably not going to the theater (partly because life is busy for the next two to four weeks solid), but I wish I could see The Jungle Book, so I may have to figure out how to fit that one into an evening. :)
A to Z is always quite the roller coaster, but I'm riding the life coaster instead . . . volunteering full days for two days of a paddling event, going on a mini-vacay with family, and the usual stuff. :)
Hope you have a great A to Z, Alex!

Yolanda Renée said...

Dean, that's a great memory.
Juneta, mine too!
Patricia, love Jungle Book!
J. H. love Simon and Garfunkel's Sounds of Silence!
Tyrean, enjoy your vacation, sounds exciting!

Sherry Ellis said...

Glad to hear you enjoyed Batman vs. Superman. I haven't seen it yet. I'll ask my husband if he'd like to go. Thanks for participating in the Music and Words Award. I really didn't expect you to accept the award, since you're super busy getting ready for the challenge. I enjoyed reading your answers.

Notes Along the Way with Mary Montague Sikes said...

Thanks for all the tips and reminders for the Challenge!

My husband had noticed the Palladia changes and said it is now junk. He didn't know about the MTV purchase. Sad!

Lidy said...

Saw Batman v Superman this past weekend and thought it was okay. For me my favorite part was Wonder Woman showing up towards the end to join in the fight. Can't wait for her movie next year.
I'm also looking forward to X-men Apocalypse and Captain America Civil War in May. Wish it was May already.

Joanne said...

I was wavering on B vs.S but your review clinched it. Now that I'm back in TX, Ray and I shall see it this weekend. Otherwise, just had a good visit with my Dad. I'm ready for the challenge.
Congrats on your music award. My Dad liked Judy Garland records. My first album I paid for was 5th Dimension. Prior to that I bought Motown 45s. aaaahh - the good old days of crackle and hiss. Hope your week is good - rest up for April

Toi Thomas said...

Going to see BvS tonight. Was a bit worried, but you've set me at ease.
I like the "Is your Wicked Showing" excerpt.
This is probably the first month in a while that I'm not opposed to any of the upcoming movies. Though, I must say that I am most excited about Jungle Book.
I chickened out on the A-Z Challenge, but I do look forward to following along.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Jean, I know that song. And Deadpool is bloody, but it's bloody good fun!

Cathrina, if you liked Man of Steel, you'll like this one.

Robyn, hopefully you're not! And I wouldn't be excited about Ratchet and Crank either.

Truedessa, thank you! And if they still to what they've already established, the Wonder Woman film will be great.

Birgit, considering her background, the outfit actually fits better.

Helen, next year!

Rosey, she's the best part.

Rachna, last year it was five hours...

Hey Randi lee!

Rhonda, close...

Heather, we will miss Rush touring...

Ken, it doesn't need to be any longer...

Patricia, the original movie?

JH, I would've died on those road trips.

Sherry, you gave me just enough time for some short answers!

Mary, yeah, they ruined it.

Joanne, I don't miss the crackle and hiss.

Toi, maybe next year!

Jeremy [Retro] said...

INSANITY... I agree, I always think I am ready for the A to Z Challenge and I find I am not.... :)

I am still very interested in the Batman/Superman film, it's not a big critic favorite, but we don't see them due to the critic's review. I will hope to see it soon...


Patsy said...

I like Batman films and I like Superman films, but I didn't fancy this one much.

Yolanda Renée said...

Sherry, he is one busy man, but always time for us. My hubby's taking me for my birthday, Monday!
Mary, the tips make all the difference.
Lidy, I do too, but that's because I'm going to the beach in May, to write!
Joanne, love the oldies, all of them!
Toinette, thanks, it was a good snarky tale. LOL
Jeremy, insanity is a good word – but hey what fun!
Patsy, sorry you didn't like it. I'm going Monday!

Fundy Blue said...

Sending you energy and positive thoughts for the upcoming month, Alex! I like how you set up the challenge of visiting the first five names after your own. That way everyone should get visits. Hula dancers and singers kept me from getting around last night again. But what magic ~ truly authentic because it's extended family and friends playing a variety of instruments and singing old Hawaiian songs, often in Hawaiian. Others kick off their flip-flops and dance different hulas. You never know what combination of musicians and dancers will appear each week. They're all led by the 93 year old owner of our hotel, Mr. Fong. I think you, as a musician, would really enjoy something so real and unstaged. Good luck with your sci-fi posts. What a great theme!

Stephanie Faris said...

I boycott the whole superhero thing--just feel like maybe they should, you know, make SOME OTHER movie sometime but Batman or Superman or some variation thereof. it's like the dystopian thing if it had never ended and half the movies that came out were in that genre! (Luckily it's dwindled to about 10 percent, but it's still dwindling...)

Interested to see what your guinea pig role will be!

John Wiswell said...

You definitely enjoyed BvS more than I did. The film was too morose, and the reasons for the titular fight were too arbitrary for me. It had its moments, but overall felt like a bad plot idea without execution to compensate for it. Wonder Woman is lovely for the ten minutes she's on screen. Eisenberg was easily the best part of the movie for me.

DMS said...

I only know of one person who saw Batman vs.Superman and they really enjoyed it too. Interesting to hear your answers to the musical questions. I am not familiar with your latest purchase (although I am going to look it up- maybe I have heard of it and just don't realize it). :)

Can't wait to see all the A-Z posts!

Donna McDine said...

I'm ready for the A-Z Challenge...yippie! Nope, haven't seen Batman vs. Superman. I might just check it out this weekend!

Nicola said...

My daughter's off to see Batman/Superman this evening. I don't much fancy it but I'll see what she says. Really pleased for Yolanda and I am racing through my current read so that I can get stuck into Murder and Obsession. Thanks for yet another great post, Alex.

TBM said...

It's odd that the ratings for the movie are so varied according to websites. Sounds like a good escapist type of flick.

Yolanda, I loved the snark :)

Best of luck with A-Z this year. I'll be cheering on all the participants.

Michelle Wallace said...

Special version of the challenge? Intriguing.

I'm ready for the month of madness! Bring on the A to Z!!
See you around on the A to Z circuit, Alex.

Leovi said...

Yes, last Saturday was my son watching Batman v Superman, but he became very long.

Robin said...

I've had mixed feelings about the idea of Batman vs Superman from the time the reviews came out. Deep down, I just loathe the idea of my super heroes fighting one another. I loved the Justice League as a kid where all of them worked together. I haven't seen this movie, so I don't really know WHY they're fighting. Ego? To see who should run things? Maybe if I saw it I'd feel differently about it. I think the rub is that I want my super heroes held to a higher standard. If you're gonna put on the mask, you gotta live up to the mask. Something like that.

Loni Townsend said...

I want to go watch Batman v Superman with my sis-in-law. She is a Batman fan, and I've been a Superman fan for a while. We figured we could throw popcorn at each other from across the theater. :)

Elizabeth Seckman said...

My biggest beef with the Batman vs Superman movie was the fireproofing of Superman's suit. I believe it would have burned off and would have been appreciated by the audience...for its adherence to the laws of nature, of course.

I would have chopped the foreshadowing (it was odd) and added more Wonder Woman. They didn't even say her name until she was coming off the plane. I'd rather have fleshed out her character and left the weird dreams out.

Al Penwasser said...

Definitely going to see Batman v Superman, I don't care what the critics say.
As far as those who are skeptical of Affleck playing Batman, I remember the outrage (including me) when it was learned that Heath Ledger would be the Joker. The dude NAILED that role. So, I'll hold off on my opinion about Affleck.

Yolanda Renée said...

Funday, Alex is the master of organization and follow through!
Stephanie, I love the entertainment factor of the Superheroes. I just want escape in a movie.
John, Eisenberg looks to be most irritating in the trailer. LOL
DMS or rather Jess, It's interesting to see the differing opinions on the BvS.
Donna, Congrats on being prepared!
Nicola, so thrilling to hear you're going to be reading M&O next! Email me your thoughts –
TBM, it's fun to write too!
Michelle, I'm curious too about the new version???
Leovi, over two hours is hard on kids.
Robin, I agree, and truthfully, hate hand-to-hand combat, but the male population loves it!
Loni, sounds like fun!
Elizabeth, love you assessment! Maybe a woman should direct one of these. LOL
Al, I agree, I even like Affleck in Daredevil, but I think I stand alone on that. LOL

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Jeremy, we see them in spite of those critics.

Fundy, wish I was there enjoying that!

Stephanie, fortunately I am a big superhero geek, and they can make movies until the cows come home.

Robin, there is a reason Batman is fighting Superman. And they do settle their differences.

Loni - funny!

Elizabeth, the dreams were a bit weird and not really necessary.

Al, good point!

Elizabeth Spann Craig said...

My son enjoyed Batman Vs. Superman, but he'd lowered his expectations before going. :)

Misha Gerrick said...

I still haven't decided whether I want to see Batman v Superman, but The Jungle Book looks amazing.

Looking forward to the A to Z Challenge. :-D

Sandra Cox said...

Good afternoon, Alex.
I loved Superman movies....except for Man of Steel. It just didn't work for me.

Laura Pauling said...

hey Alex! I keep hearing about that Batman movie--and not anything good! I haven't seen it. But keanu looks funny. :) Nice header up there!

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Elizabeth, I think it helped that I knew what to expect.

Laura, it is a good movie, just not a perfect one.

ediFanoB said...

Batman v Superman is no film for me as I'm not interested in Superman.
Nevertheless the rating for the film is strange. It was not so easy to find an honest review. Yes, I read film reviews even I will not see the reviewed film. I think Walter Rhein's review is a fair one.

It seems I'm not interested in one of the films to hit cinemas in April.

Intangible Hearts said...

Good luck with the A to Z. I'm opting out this year. Superman versus Batman sounds kind of-meh but Jungle Book sounds great.

Sandra Cox said...

Hi Alex,
Three hours each for your posts is still pretty salty.

Brandon Ax said...

I love your review of BvS. In the comics Wonder Woman is a good match for Superman in a fight. She has steadily grown more powerful over the years.

I am glad it is making so much money in spite of the critics.

My next movie will be Jungle Book. I grew up watching and reading that.

Stephen Tremp said...

Loved the Superman Batman spook on Jimmy Kimmel! Well worth a watch ...

Blue Grumpster said...

Good to hear you liked it, Alex. I'm jealous.

Yolanda Renée said...

Misha, The Jungle Book should be fun!
Sandra, I still have to see the Man of Steel too.
Laura, Great header, I agree.
edFandoB, Then you'll have time for other joys.
Intangible, another vote for Jungle Book.
Sandra, Three hours, wow!
Brandon, Wonder Woman, oh yeah!
Stephen, missed that one!
Blue, it's fair!

The Happy Whisk said...

I haven't seen Wonder Woman (I know that's not the title but they can suck it). Anyway, still too allergic to go into a movie house. Hoping to be able to go by time Cap comes out.

Happy Weekend!