About Marqees Murray

I love watch TV and Movies which is great for my job as the movies and TV editor for this here website. I also love to read all types of comics but I am a huge Marvel mark. My current favorite superheroes are Captain America followed by Cyclops. My favorite movie of all time is Spaceballs I hate horror movies, techno and death metal music.

Avengers VS…The Amazing, Spectacular One

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Spider-Man has been one of my hardest entries to date. He is one of the most well balanced and near perfect Avengers on the roster. There are numerous amounts of time where Peter Parker has stood against gods and aliens alike only to come out victorious. One of Spider-Man’s greatest … Continue reading

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Review

I got to see the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie on Friday and to my surprise the movie wasn’t half bad, of course it wasn’t half good either. Let’s get all the formalities out of the way. The film was made by Nickelodeon studios with producer Micheal Bay. TMNT was written by Josh Appelbaum, Andre Nemec, Evan Daugherty, was directed by Jonathan Liebesman and stars Megan Fox as April O’Neil with Will Arnett as Vern Fenwick. The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles were created by Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird. With all that taken care of let’s get down to the fun part, my thoughts.

Warning Spoilers Ahead

Let’s start with the beautiful elephant in the room Megan Fox. It’s no doubt that she is one of the most beautiful movies in the world but that is the extent of her “talent” and in this film she is nothing but a very pretty 2 x 4 used to hold the movie together. Anytime she opens her mouth I hear “Blah, Blah, Blah, Ninja Turtles, blah, blah, blah my dad’s death, blah, blah, blah, Vern.” This formula has been used a lot in Hollywood, see Jessica Alba in “The Fantastic Four”. Beyond that she is in almost every scene, in fact she is in the movie more than the actual protagonist, the Turtles. This is a Bay staple just as in Transformers, we focus more on trying to develop the human characters and less on trying to the develop the actual characters in our case the Turtles.  The worst part of this is that she is the story, she named the turtles and splinter, she saved them from a fire, she accidentally leads Shredder to them. She saves the Turtles from Shredder and she makes the Shredder kill that’s right April O’Neil beats the Shredder. Ugh…just ugh with a side of ugh.

Will Arnett is awful as Vern Fenwick April’s comic relief/love interest. There was no need for his character as the comic relief of the movie came from Michelangelo who hit on all cylinders. Fenwick came of bland and only useful to get April from point A to point B. William Fichtner’s Eric Sachs was another useless throw away character. Fichtner who was originally to play the Shredder fell victim to reshoots and was taken down to evil scientist role. If an evil scientist was needed why not use Baxter Stockman character, he fits into Turtles lore and has reuse potential as a mutated villan instead of a guest cameo role. Sachs character goals are nothing to be desired all he wants to be is “stupid rich”. Shredder is more one dimensional than the rest of them. He wants the turtles so he can use the mutagen in their blood to rule NY? His armor was more Iron Samurai that Shredder. I get that he should have some upgrades to fight giant mutant turtles but to have swords that can be shot at you then recalled seems like overkill.

Surprisingly I did enjoy the Turtles, the voice acting was spot on even Johnny Knoxville as Leonardo impressed me. Even Tony Shalhoub as Master Splinter worked well. The action scene on the snowy mountain was awesome showcasing the Turtles characteristics and traits very well. Like I said earlier Mikey and even Ralph were great as the comic relief. I love the fact that they are working on a Hip Hop Christmas album. I also enjoyed the elevator scene before the Shredder fight. In this scene the turtles create a killer beat with just some beat boxing their weapons banging and the elevator ding. My only wish that they were in the movie more.

In the end TMNT was a horrible movie with some redeeming qualities. The Turtles were the best part of the movie but were glossed over for a April O’Neil story which was not needed. The human characters were all bland and boring. They only Turtle with a character arc of any type is Raphael and it really was much of anything. In the end 8-18 year old boys will love this film, true fanboys will hate the movie. If you are a fan boy go watch the 90’s TMNT movie instead.

Oxidation Level 2 out of 5

 

 

Avengers Vs…The Archer

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Clint Barton is the one of the worlds best marksman. After being orphaned and growing up in the circus he was trained by the criminals Trick Shot and Swordsman. His training with the 2 gives him considerable skill with the blade and the bow respectively. Later during his time with … Continue reading

Avengers VS…Spy vs Spy

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Natasha Romanoff in by all means the personification of a spy. She has the spy background being trained in the secret Russian ‘Red Room’ division of Department X. In the Red Room she was brainwashed and then trained in espionage and combat. Naasha was also altered with biotechnology that makes … Continue reading

Avengers Vs…Part 4 The Strongest There Is

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When dealing with the Avengers one must expect to come across the Hulk. Created from a gamma bomb accident Bruce Banner became the Hulk, a living embodiment of rage. As the Hulk, Banner becomes a huge creature who gains strength the angrier he gets, which means he has the potential … Continue reading

Fighting Crime and the Forces of Bad TV…”The Powerpuff Girls” return in 2016

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One of the last great mainstays of the original Cartoon Network, “The Powerpuff Girls” have been called back into active duty. The tv show is set to be rebooted sometime in 2016. “The original ‘Powerpuff Girls’ was a franchise phenomenon for Cartoon Network, paving the way for a new generation … Continue reading

Daredevil and Kingpin cast for upcoming Netflix/Marvel series

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For the upcoming Marvel series Daredevil for Netflix two major castings have been announced. In the title role Charlie Cox (Boardwalk Empire, Stardust) has been cast as blind lawyer/superhero Matt Murdock. On the villain side of things Netflix has cast its Wilson Fisk aka The Kingpin. Actor Vincent D’Onofrio (Law … Continue reading

Marvel Assembles Peyton Reed and Adam McKay for Ant-Man

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It is official we have a new director for Marvel’s Phase Three movie Ant-Man. After long time director Edgar Wright left the project Disney/Marvel has called upon director Peyton Reed. Reed has direct several big comedies including “Bring it On”, “The Break-Up”, “Down With Love”, with the most recent being … Continue reading

Avengers vs…Pt 3 Thor

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Thor is one of the most well rounded Bruiser class fighters of the Marvel Universe. He possess near invulnerability, he is the strongest of all the Asgardians and that’s not including the Belt of Strength which amplifies his strength times 2. He can manipulate most elements including thunder, lightning, snow, … Continue reading

Avengers vs…Part 2

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This one took a few weeks to think about and research because Tony Stark pretty much outshines everyone when it comes to building things. With a nickname like ‘The Engineer” it is pretty much self-explanatory. Degrees in multiple fields including electrical and mechanical engineering with expertise in physics, mathematics, chemistry, … Continue reading

Ultimate Warrior

One of my earliest memories when I was a kid was getting up on Saturday mornings to watch WWF Superstars. Being that I didn’t have cable that was the only time that I could watch wrestling so it was a real treat when it came on. I remember watching the show and hearing the music that opening riff and seeing a man run full sprint to the ring like a wild animal. Getting in the ring and shaking the ropes and acting all sorts of a fool, that man was the Ultimate Warrior. From his awesome promos to the moment he powers up watching the Ultimate Warrior always put a smile on my face.  Looking back he wasn’t the greatest technical wrestler in history but he had the charisma, that it factor that drew you to him. He made you believe in the power of the Warrior. He was my favorite wrestler as a kid and I am proud to be known as part of  the Warrior Nation. Sadly the Ultimate Warrior died a few weeks back not one day after announcing his new contract with WWE. My condolences goes out to his family and friends.  And though he is gone the Warrior spirit lives with us the fans, forever.

RIP Warrior

Captain America: The Winter Solider

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Working for a spy agency is tough work, being a time displaced man from the 1940’s working for a spy agency is near impossible. Captain America: The Winter Solider takes place in a world after the Chitauri invasion of New York and after the events of Iron Man 3 and Thor: … Continue reading

My Top 10 Favorite Anime/Manga Characters

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Over the years I have a read a lot of Manga’s and Anime’s. From the Best Action cartoon on the planet Dragonball Z to the phenomenal work of The Breaker: New Waves. Through the years I have grown attached to several characters and now I have decided to list my … Continue reading

Arrow – “Tremors” Episode Review

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Ollie officially begins to train Roy Harper the 12th episode of the season. The episode starts with Ben Turner aka the Bronze Tiger (played by Michael Jai White) breaking out of prison with the help of a mysterious benefactor. Tiger is broken out of jail to recover the prototype earthquake … Continue reading

Thor: The Dark World Review

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  Steven and Marqees discuss their initial thoughts on Thor The Dark World. Marvel has done it again with ‘Thor: The Dark World’. The sequel to its namesake The Dark World delivers hugely with the perfect blend of action, comedy, suspense and drama. TDW picks up two years after Thor … Continue reading

Agents of SHIELD Review

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This past Tuesday marked the highly anticipated premiere of Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD. SHIELD is a television show spinning off from the cinematic Marvel Universe. The show stars Clark Gregg as the highly popular and newly resurrected Agent Phil Coulsen. Coulsen was seemingly killed off in ‘The Avengers’ movie, he … Continue reading