Our Weekly Recommendations (Feb 8th 2011)

Every week the people of Super Website (Super Blog) will give you a recommendation of a Film, DVD, Bluray, Book, Soundtrack or any other item for you the readers to check out.
Super Marcey Recommend’s:

Superman: Secret Origin

For our very first weekly recommendation column I thought I would go with something a little different. I recently had the chance to check out Superman: Secret Origin, which was a six issue comic about well Superman’s origin. This can be seen as the definitive Superman Origin story, and while origin’s aren’t really anything new especially when it comes to Superman this story was a great read and it felt fresh. The artwork as well is quite fantastic to look at, and overall this is an amazing effort. The six different parts are as follows: The Boy of Steel, Superboy and the Legion of Super-heroes, Mild-Mannered Reporter, Parasites, Strange Visitor and The End. If you want a good starting point with Superman this is a great way to start, you won’t regret checking this one out.
| Marcey’s Review | Purchase on Amazon |
Bede Jermyn Recommend’s:

Batman: Under The Red Hood

After a string of solid and enjoyable straight-to-dvd films (highlights including Superman: Doomsday, Wonder Woman and Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths), DC Animated Original Movies deliver, in my opinion, there best one yet with Batman: Under the Red Hood. The film follows Batman five years after the death of Jason Todd, his 2nd Robin, at the hands of the Joker, as he battles a new foe called the Red Hood. A mysterious vigilante who has plans on becoming the biggest crime lord in Gotham City. As Batman tries to find out what the Red Hood is really up to, he discovers the shocking truth of who he really is (I could say more of the plot but I don’t want ruin what happens). Taking clues in both style and tone of Christopher Nolan’s Batman films (Batman Begins & The Dark Knight), this is a dark, complex, compelling and stylishly animated film that features terrific voice work from it’s cast (which includes Bruce Greenwood, Jensen Ackles, Neil Patrick Harris, Jason Isaacs and John DiMaggio). If you are a big of the previous DC Animated Original Movies or Batman in general, than this is definitiely worth checking out. It’s pretty damn awesome if I say so myself.
| IMDB | Purchase on Amazon |
Nick Bosworth Recommend’s:

Casino Jack

In limited theaters right now (in my snow-covered home country of Canada anyway) is a small black political comedy about the true story of Republican Lobbyist Jack Abramoff and his goals during the W. Bush Administration to take advantage of as many politicians, native Indians and anybody else he could to get rich fast without any backlash. His plans go tits-up however as he draws too much attention to himself and gets greedier by the paycheck leading to one of the biggest Congressional scandals in the history of the United States. To be honest though, the film isn’t what is truly amazing as the story-telling is a bit off and there’s a lot of unnecessary elements added to the plot but the one thing that makes it a must-see is you guessed it…Kevin Spacey. In one of his boldest and funniest performances of the past decade, Kevin becomes Abramoff both in body and spirit and you can just see the dollar signs glisten in Spacey’s eyes throughout the film. I’m seriously wondering why Spacey wasn’t nominated for an Oscar for Leading Actor but with such an amazing list of candidates this year, I guess we can only ask so much of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (Except WTF happened with TRON: LEGACY douche-bags?). Also the underrated Barry Pepper gives a very funny/maniacal performance as Abramoff’s partner-in-crime Michael Scanlon who’s particular taste in women, beach mansions and everything else in between also leads him down a road to disaster. I know the movie probably will never release wide but to all those who have a theater playing it close by and love a dark comedy, I HIGHLY recommend you enjoy a night with Spacey and the gang cause it’ll be worth your time for them alone.
| IMDB | Pre-order on Amazon |

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