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Now Playing: Movies / Avengers: Endgame (2019)
« on: March 22, 2019, 11:39:33 am »
Trailer #1

Saw this when it dropped last week. Just now posting here. I thought we already had an Avengers: Endgame thread. Anyway, Trailer picks up as it nears the end, which is good. But that's not what I want to talk about here. No, I want to addressed the Disney/Marvel/Fox merger now officially a done deal. With that, EVERYONE is now clamoring "when will we see the X-Men", blah blah blah. F*ck that! It's not going to happen for awhile.

....but what WILL happen is this. Hugh Jackman WILL make a cameo as Wolverine in a key moment in Endgame. Trust me, it will happen. It HAS to happen. With all the sh*t going down in the 3rd Act of Endgame, when it looks like the Avengers are toast and done for, in comes Wolverine hacking and slashing his way to save the day and Hugh Jackman leans down and comes face to face with Tony Stark and quips, "Why wasn't I invited to the party Bub?". Can you imagine the reaction that will create across the planet? People will literally lose their f*cking minds. So yeah, THIS WILL HAPPEN!!!!

Now Playing: Movies / Toy Story 4 (2019)
« on: March 20, 2019, 07:50:47 am »
Toy Story 4 Trailer #1

Look, I'm a HUGE fan of the Toy Story franchise. But come on man, they should have ended it with TS3, which was the perfect note to end on. This is Disney getting greedy (Getting? They are already greedy). With that said, will I check out TS4 when it comes out? Duh.

Now Playing: Movies / Once Upon a Time in Hollywood (2019)
« on: March 20, 2019, 07:31:42 am »
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood Trailer #1 (2019)

Was hoping to get a full Trailer. This is more of a Teaser. But it still looks good. Can't wait for the movie to drop.

Video Games / Stadia
« on: March 20, 2019, 07:00:34 am »
Google's Stadia Announcement at GDC 2019 in Under 14 Minutes

I want this to be successful because competition is great for consumers. Everyone ups their game (pun not intended). Google is on the right track, and I'm encouraged by what I'm seeing. But it's a wait and see approach for me. I want to see how this holds up under duress from actual players like myself and see what it can and can't don in real world situations. But, I'm on board as of now.

Photography / Film Making and Cinematography Tips and Tricks
« on: March 08, 2019, 11:50:06 am »
How to Pull Off the Perfect Oner

So, I've been getting back into Film Making in a big way and I'm always looking for things Old and New to spark something. This one comes from Film Riot as they breakdown the Oner. Even I never noticed "that one thing" in Goodfellas until it was pointed out in this vid. And Goodfellas is one of my all time fave movies and that scene has always been the Gold Standard. Shocked that I never saw "that one thing" till now.

The Drive-In Theater / Luke Perry (October 11, 1966 March 4, 2019)
« on: March 04, 2019, 03:20:22 pm »
Luke Perry, Riverdale & Beverly Hills, 90210 Actor, Dies At 52: In Memoriam | TIME

Hearing the news of Luke Perry's passing is tragic. Waaaaay to young. It seems like I there in his career from his "beginnings" with Beverly Hills: 90210, which I was a fan of when it came out to Riverdale, his most recent series, which I'm also a fan of. I've seen him pop up here and there in between in other stuff, be it TV or movies. He was always good in whatever he did. RIP Mr. Perry.

DVD's & Blu-rays / The Predator (2018)
« on: February 22, 2019, 04:54:11 pm »
The Predator (2018)
1 Star out of 5


The Predator. *Sigh*. What a waste. I'm at a complete lost for words. You have Shane-f*cking-Black writing this, who does have a way with words and he's not to bad in the Director's chair. I expected a lot from him here and he chose to p*ss me off in every way imaginable. How does the same guy that wrote Lethal Weapon 1 & 2 and directed one of the most underrated movies of all time in Kiss Kiss Bang Bang turn out just a huge pile of sh*t here? Ya know, even the catches phrases we get here (based on the original crowd stoppers from the original flick) just made me grown in how awful these "new" versions are. But it's the rest of the script that was just so damn bad. Awful dialogue and you guess it, awful characters. Paper thin.

Really not much to talk about here. Having just recently watched Halloween where Jamie Lee Curtis returned to the role and brought something completely different in both character and story, I was thinking long before I saw this movie, that  Arnold Schwarzenegger needs to do the same. Is he old now? Of course. And this is why it would be even MORE fun to see an old, broken down man reaching down to pull up his bootstraps and take on a Predator once more. Who the f*ck doesn't want to see that? You know why the original Predator is the best in the series? It's because of the Team. It's not the Predator. It's the actors that make up each character. Ever since then, it has always been the Predator show and the humans are just there for target practice and this movie really goes above and beyond to make sure that there is no need to give a f*ck about any of the human characters.

Yeah, this is a definite Skip.

DVD's & Blu-rays / Halloween (2018)
« on: February 16, 2019, 06:45:58 pm »
Halloween (2018)
4 Stars out of 5


I've never, ever given a f*ck about the Halloween franchise. Horror movies in general just don't deliver for me in anyway and this one in particular never grabbed my attention, even with people always talking about it. I've never seen any of the films and that includes the first one. Well, I have seen a handful of clips over the years given how iconic the movie is. So, what finally convinced me to finally sit down and watch this one? Well, when the Trailer dropped, it reminded me of T2 in a way. Where Sarah Connor was the victim in the first film, she herself becomes the "Terminator" in the followup and that's exactly what Halloween is with Jamie Lee Curtis to the role she made famous. The roles are reversed here with he character basically waiting 40 years to finally exact her revenge. The fact that she is so much older just makes this all the more appealing. There is nothing better than seeing an older woman kicking ass and carrying a big Hollywood movie as she does.

With that said, she really isn't in the movie a whole lot. They set her up at the beginning and she pops up here and there in the first 2/3 of the flick. Its not until the 3rd Act do we finally get what we are waiting for. One thing this movie did do that went against the "norms" of what is and isn't allowed in some of the other Horror movies I have managed to watch all the way through is that you never kill a child. That goes out the window at the beginning when Michael Myers does exactly that and that's what made it so shocking. Just figured the kid would somehow escape. I don't need to talk about the rest of the flick. It's a Horror movie, you know what that entails. But I will talk about the ending. Sequel. Sure, they "blow up Myers" in the house....but we never really see him perish. Definitely worth a Rent. I was entertained, which I didn't expect.

The Best TV Shows on the Internet / Jablinski Games
« on: February 08, 2019, 07:45:33 pm »
Del Gato

Did ya know that Jack Black has a Gaming Channel on YouTube? Well, it's not quite what you think it is. It is....but it isn't. You should definitely check it out. All the episodes are very funny. This one just dropped 30 minutes ago. New episodes every Friday.

DVD's & Blu-rays / Coco (2017)
« on: January 28, 2019, 06:09:56 pm »
Coco (2017)
5 Stars out of 5


It took awhile for my library to get a copy of Coco, which is something I've wanted to see ever since the trailer dropped. I thought the trailer was good. The movie looked good and the story itself was interesting. But in all honesty, I really didn't know what to expect from the movie itself. It's Pixar, so I had a lot of faith in what the end results would deliver. But story-wise...I was completely coming into this with no knowledge. With that said, having just watched the movie. It was a fantastic ride from start to finish. And more than anything, it's got a lot of heart. The ending, if you're not a robot, will make you tear up with emotion. That's the 'thing' that Pixar always gets right. They know how to tell a compelling story that heads straight for the heart. I absolutely recommend this for sure. Love the movie. Would easily watch again. Not sure how they would go about it, but I'd love to see a sequel.

Now Playing: Movies / Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019)
« on: January 17, 2019, 09:46:01 am »
Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019)

This is more of a teaser in my eyes, but it captures everything great about the first movie, i.e. the actors reprising their roles. Can't wait for this movie to drop.

Now Playing: Movies / John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum (2019)
« on: January 17, 2019, 09:40:35 am »
John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum Official Trailer (2019)

Great f*cking trailer. Love that they used Frank Sinatra to underscore the trailer. It works.

Off-Topic / Christmas 2018
« on: December 25, 2018, 06:01:16 am »
Merry Christmas. 🎄🎄🎄

Short Films / Vader (2018)
« on: December 22, 2018, 07:54:16 pm »

This looks damn good! And the story itself is also good. Feels like it could be cannon, if not for the fact that this is a fan-made film.

DVD's & Blu-rays / Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (2018)
« on: December 15, 2018, 08:11:09 pm »
Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (2018)
2 1/2 Stars out of 5


Wow! Has it been 3 years since Jurassic World? It seems like the first one just came out and here we are again with Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom. I had a lot of issues with JW and really wasn't interested in see JWFK at all. I knew eventually I would get around to it, but it wasn't on my 'Must-See' list. So, how was JWFK? Meh. I have this one below that of what I thought was a pretty average and underwhelming flick. This one, just like JW, takes a big chunk of the plot of The Lost World: Jurassic Park by making it all about Hunters looking to poach a certain number or species of Dino's from Isla Nublar  as a volcano is about to decimate the Island and getting them to the Mainland. Yes, JWFK has a fresh coat of paint, but it's still the same movie as before.

In all honesty, there really isn't much else to do with the franchise. That is until we get to the end of the movie that is. Before I talk about that, everything that leads there was as I said, 'meh'. There is still NO CHEMISTRY between Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard. They really need to stop trying to make this a "Love story". It's never going to work. But that really isn't the problem with both movies. A lot of set pieces with cardboard characters that I have no connection with at all. With that said, there was one twist that I didn't see coming and was kind of interesting in it's own right with the revelation that Maisie is a human clone. I should have seen it coming.....but I didn't. Now, as I mentioned earlier, there isn't much they can do with the franchise right? Well, the ending, with the release of the surviving Dino's, being unleashed out into the World, this does set up what JW3 is most likely going to be: Human's and Dino's "co-existing". With everything thus far being contained to an Island, this does open up possibilities moving forward and finally gives the name Jurassic World its true meaning. As for this, I can't really recommend this as a Rent. Maybe on a rainy day and there is nothing else to check out, then maybe.

One last thing, I totally forgot about
Jeff Goldblum being in the Trailer and when he pops up at the beginning of the movie, I was pumped to see him return to the Island again. Doesn't happen. He has a cameo at the start and at the end of the flick. So, that turned into a big disappointment for me. But it was cool to see B. D. Wong return. I'm sure he will definitely return in JW3 as he will most likely be tasked to created Dino killers to combat the current breed of Dino's roaming the Earth.

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