Superman vs. The Elite (2012) – Review

3 1/2 Stars

After a huge misstep with Green Lantern: Emerald Knights, D.C. Comics animation division has rebounded nicely with the excellent Batman: Year One, and now this above average entry. This is an enthralling animated picture that uses the Superman character as an allegory to what is happening in modern politics and the world’s attitude toward violence. That makes Superman vs. The Elite a very smart and adult themed tale, so much so that I think this may be too advanced for small children, although I suspect they might be amused by the terrific fight scenes and handsome animation style.

Abraham Lincoln vs. Zombies (2012) – Review

4 Stars

Abraham Lincoln vs. Zombies is the supremely entertaining genre mash up that I had hoped the far more prestigious Cowboys and Aliens would be. This straight-to-DVD low-budget feature from The Asylum defies all preconceived notions, turns out this high-spirited romp is both clever and satisfying. It seems inspired in equal parts by The Alamo, John Carpenter’s Assault on Precinct 13, and just about any western. Not to mention Romero’s similarly smaller budgeted early films, tackling all the aspects, that fans expect from a movie featuring the walking dead.