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Television / etter Call Saul (Season 4 - 2018)
« on: July 19, 2018, 07:27:44 pm »
Better Call Saul Season 4 Comic-Con Trailer | Rotten Tomatoes TV

Man, I can't wait for Season 4 to drop. Out of all the shows I watch, THIS is the hardest and longest wait of them all.

Comic Books & Art / Comic Con 2018 (July 1922 Preview Night July 18)
« on: July 18, 2018, 05:06:54 pm »
Sideshow Live from San Diego Comic-Con 2018!

It's Comic Con time. Been watching the Sideshow Booth live from the floor. A lot of cool looking statues. Posting the video of the Live feed. Tomorrow is when we get wall to wall coverage of Comic Con.

Aaron Paul Discovers Bryan Cranston Living in Breaking Bad RV // Omaze

5 minutes of awesomeness. They are just so f*cking good together every time they get together and make one of these viral shorts.

Now Playing: Movies / Bohemian Rhapsody (2018)
« on: July 17, 2018, 09:41:16 am »
Bohemian Rhapsody - Trailer #2 (2018) Rami Malek, Mike Myers

The second trailer is even better than the first one. This is looking really good and what about that final shot? Wow! They actually recreated their infamous Live Aid performance. Can't wait for this movie.

DVD's & Blu-rays / Atomic Blonde (2017)
« on: July 14, 2018, 08:32:15 pm »
Atomic Blonde (2017)
4 Stars out of 5


So, how do you actually make an 80's flick and not have it look anything like you expect an 80's flick to be when it's set in a very visual decade? Ya set it in Berlin. I had no idea going into Atomic Blonde that it was going to be set in the 80's. I can't remember if the Trailer at the time it dropped, if it ever made it clear what decade it would be in. I remember watching the trailer, but it went by so fast that as soon as it ended, I forgot about it. But the one thing I have been hearing a lot about was that this movie had to be seen, so my expectations were kinda high going into this and it doesn't disappoint. If I had to describe Atomic Blonde, it's basically a female version of Jason Bourne, which means this movie is gritty and violent. There are plenty of action scenes here, but it's one fight scene in particular that will leave you begging stunned in all it's glory.

When the forementioned fight starts off, I wasn't acutely aware what was happening at first. You're watching the fight unfold and then after a few minutes, I realized "hey, this is a one shot/one take scene. As the fight goes onward, you really become even more impressed by what you are witnessing. The amount of choreography and rehersals that went into this had to have been weeks because everyone had to hit their marks precisely: the actors, camera man, stunt men, crew, you name it. One wrong move and it would ruin the take. Now, this is what I perceived it to be. I couldn't recall any "cuts" off the top of my head. But what's kinda making me think it had to be some sort of "trick" is that as the fight continues on,  Charlize Theron is taking a massive beating, her face is a mess....bloody and all. So I don't know how or where that was coming from during this one shot. Obviously they are going beat her up to a bloody pulp. So, I'm really curious how they did that.

Anyway, the story is good. The twist keep you guessing to the very end and even I kind of didn't see it coming because we are lead down different roads before we arrive at the end. Yeah, I highly recommend checking this out. Fun movie and a greatest hits soundtrack of all the 80's biggest songs you know, love and remember. If it wasn't for the songs and the Berlin wall, I would never remember when this  was taking place. Flick looks "dated", but current if that makes sense. It seems modern. 4 Stars out of 5.

Television / 12 Monkeys (Season 4 - The Final Season - 2018)
« on: July 12, 2018, 05:44:40 pm »
12 Monkeys (Season 4 - The Final Season - 2018)


OMG. I misspoke when I said that Season 3 was one of the best seasons ever for a series. Honestly, Season 4 makes every thing I thought about last season seem quaint by comparison. Okay, not really. Season 3 rocks...but Season 4, the Final Season just blew my f*cking mind. Every episode, and I mean EVERY episode this season was better than the last. I've never quite experience anything like Season 4 before because everything was ramping up from the very beginning and it wouldn't slow down or let up until we reach the very end of the series. With the writers/showrunners knowing full well this would be the swan song, they would be able to craft a truly epic story, tie up all the loose ends and revisit fan favorite characters from the past who were no longer around and it was fantastic. I can't say enough good things about the series and more importantly this season. There is so much to talk many memorable moments to savor. There were a couple of scenes that I'm gonna forever be grateful to have witnessed (get it?)  ;D. When are you ever going to get the chance to see Jennifer Goines singing Pink's U + Ur Hand to Hitler of all people and not stand up and cheer for it. It has to be seen to be believed.

Emily Hampshire performance the entire series is the reason why I tuned in for each episode and why she is easily my favorite character. But the entire cast is just superb. Aaron Stanford, Amanda Schull, Barbara Sukowa, Todd Stashwick, Alisen Down, Kirk Acevedo and later Brooke Williams just delivered every time they were on screen. Can't forget Tom Noonan either. I won't be able to think of him in any other role now after his turn as The Tall Man. One last thing, I gotta point out that the writers did an amazing job, not only in keeping everything in line and making sense, but the ability to deliver a Series Finale that didn't disappoint one bit. It's very rare that we ever get to walk away from something so good and being let down at the very end. There is so much to talk about....but in the off chance that anyone that stumbles across this thread that hasn't yet watched it, I won't spoil it for ya. Please, go watch the entire season and then come back.

As a writer myself, the one thing I was looking forward to most was the Epilogue. Why? Well, when you watch something like this that is so good, I have a tendency to want to write "my ending" or how I want to see it play out. Happy to say that I was damn close. Nearly 95% of what makes up the epilogue is what I wrote down for myself. The 5% I didn't get? Well, watch the series, come back and post here and ask me about it and I'll gladly tell ya. I'm definitely gonna be picking up the eventual DVD Box Set for 12 Monkey's. 10 Stars out of 10.

Video Games / Rocket League
« on: July 08, 2018, 11:15:49 am »
Rocket League on Steam is currently free to play for 48 hours and is 50% off price if you're interested.

Video Games / E3 2018
« on: June 11, 2018, 06:50:03 pm »
Been watching E3 all day today and yesterday and right now, Sony's conference is blowing my f*cking mind. I will post my fave game trailers and stuff in a bit. Back to Sony.

Music / Fans That Rock!
« on: May 25, 2018, 08:10:33 pm »
Girl from audience plays on stage with Green Day

I'm a HUGE fan of these kinds of videos. Not sure why I haven't started a thread geared specifically for this niche. Better late than never. This is just a taste of what I will be posting.

DVD's & Blu-rays / Star Wars: Episode VIII - The Last Jedi (2017)
« on: April 09, 2018, 06:57:06 pm »
Star Wars: Episode VIII - The Last Jedi (2017)


Okay, I watched Star Wars: Episode VIII - The Last Jedi this past Saturday Night and have been putting off writing any kind of review because I'm conflicted. I honestly don't know what it is about this movie that I just don't want to write anything. I've been letting the movie swirl around in my head the past couple of days just trying to put my finger on what is troubling me about the flick. Does the movie suck like most people have said? Well, it depends on how you look at parts of the movie or character motivations. Would I put this in my Top 3 Star Wars movies? No. Honestly, I think I need to re-watch The Last Jedi again because I'm still not sure what I liked and disliked about this. Something is off for sure. So, yeah, I'll give Jedi another go again and then come back with a review. I'm not even going to give this any Stars right now until after the second viewing.

DVD's & Blu-rays / Thor: Ragnarok (2017)
« on: April 06, 2018, 07:35:02 pm »
Thor: Ragnarok (2017)
5 Stars out of 5


Not only is Thor: Ragnarok the best Thor movie yet, it's quite possibly my favorite entry in the MCU. Definitely in my Top 3. I think Spider-Man Homecoming is still my all time fave, but Ragnarok is right up there as pure entertainment from start to finish. This is really unlike anything I've seen from any of the other MCU flicks as far as visual style and tone. Stylistically this felt like a movie that was inspired and came direct from all things 80's with its color scheme which I absolutely love. But it was the tone that kind of threw me for a loop. They were really pushing the jokes here....HARD. There was no two ways about it. They were going for laugh out loud moments and they succeeded in Spades. It's not a typical "comedy" that you would expect....but it sure felt like one. There were so many jokes that it was hard to keep up with. This is a movie worth going back for repeat viewings just to get all the things I know I missed the first time around.

Chris Hemsworth is is cool self as Thor and was damn funny. But it was the addition of other characters that really made me take notice. Jeff Goldbum as Grandmaster was vintage Goldblum. Tessa Thompson as Scrapper was a nice addition as well. But Cate Blanchett as Hela is possibly the best Villain ever in the MCU. Yes, she gets "destroyed" at the end. But I fully expect her to pop back up down the road in the future. This is Comics after all. And daaaaamn does Cate look smoking HOT!! But the star of the movie is of course The Hulk. Getting a Hulk that actually carries on conversations in full is what I have been waiting for for years and it delivers in a BIG way. Second best character in the movie is without a doubt Korg. A beast....with a voice like that was and is f*cking priceless!! Highly recommend this as a Buy.

DVD's & Blu-rays / The Shape of Water (2017)
« on: April 06, 2018, 06:39:31 pm »
The Shape of Water (2017)
5 Stars out of 5


I really didn't know what to expect with The Shape of Water. Sure, I knew what I was getting with Guillermo del Toro, as I'm a big fan of his other films, but was unclear exactly what this would actually entail. It's vintage Toro, but it's so much more than that. Simply put, this is a throwback to old Hollywood Films as I see it and that right there made me even more invested in what was playing out on the screen. How do I decribe this? I guess you can say it's a mashup of Old School Films and Creature from the Black Lagoon. But it also has something else going for it as well. Even before they actually get to the legit Musical portion of the film that includes Song and Dance, I was telling myself that this was in fact a musical in very subtle ways based on how the story is being told with music and how the characters were interacting with the music playing over/under their respective scenes. I wonder if this was intentional so that when we finally get to the Musical number, it would feel organic and natural with it's inclusion.

Never heard of Sally Hawkins before this, but she was fantastic as the Mute Girl. Her acting was f*ckng damn good in her ability to get across emotions using only her face and sign language. Michael Shannon was perfectly cast as the Big Bad Villain here. Is there any movie or TV series that he isn't the Big Bad? He always crushes it in whatever role he takes on. I do fear that he is no typecast to play the same kinds of roles moving forward. That's the downside of being so good at what you do that you forever seal your fate. Anyway, I highly recommend this as a Rent. It's a fantastic movie that flies by pretty damn fast.

DVD's & Blu-rays / Blade Runner 2049 (2017)
« on: April 04, 2018, 02:28:03 pm »
Blade Runner 2049 (2017)
5 Stars out of 5


I'm a fan of the original Blade Runner, but I wouldn't say that Blade Runner 2049 was at the top of my Must-See List. Well, it wasn't one that I had to run out and see the moment it came out and I think in large part it had to do with the fact that I really wasn't giving this much of a chance of equaling the original. Not only does it meet it head on, I'm of the mindset that maybe, just maybe it even edges it out to a degree. Truth be told, that might be due to the fact that I just got finished watching this and it's still fresh in my head. So, maybe a little biased in my comment there. I will have to revisit this down the road and see how it really stacks up against the forebearer.

As for Blade Runner 2049, this really is a genuine masterpiece of film-making in every sense of the word. I'm just astounded that they were able to literally create a film that shares DNA from both from the look, style, pacing.....feel. Everything about this just feels so right and the fact that this was made 30 years after the original and yet it feels like it was made a year after because of the visual cues it takes. Look, this could have easily come off as a more polished sequel with all the tell tale signs of it having "better FX" and whatnot. As for the plot, it's essentially the same as the original to a degree. But throwing in the whole "searching for my lost father" angle was a nice add-on to give the older fans of the Original something to latch onto.

As for Harrison Ford, I don't agree with giving him Second Billing. There's so little of him in this movie that to say he is a genuine "Second Billing" actor is a bit misleading. We don't get to see him until the 3rd Act. Yes, I get why it plays out that way because of the story that is being told...but still. Ryan Gosling was great as K, the Blade Runner. Jared Leto was really good. Seeing Mackenzie Davis in this was a nice bonus for me. It was a trip to see Edward James Olmos return as Gaff. I had no idea he was coming back for this. But the biggest shocker for me was seeing "Sean Young" return. Kinda. Her character was duplicated with the actress using a Stand-In in much the same way they did with Tarkin and Leia in Star Wars Rogue One. Looks like the real thing, well pretty close to the real thing....but not quite there. Anyway, I highly recommend this as a Buyfor sure.

DVD's & Blu-rays / Stranger Things (TV Series Season 1 - 2016)
« on: March 29, 2018, 08:24:44 pm »
Stranger Things (TV Series Season 1 - 2016)
5 Stars out of 5


It's a no-brainer that I would like Stranger Things. Everything you've heard about it holds true. I get why this was / is a must-talked about series. On the surface, it's clearly a throwback and homage to all things 80's, which is when the series is set in. But it's also owes a huge debt to Steven Spielberg because it was filmed as if he himself did this. There are so many Easter eggs throughout with regards to what film they are taking a huge page from. The most obvious of course is E.T. and Poltergeist. But there are plenty of other things any fan of the 80's will recognize, be it The Goonies and Stand By Me (not a Spielberg flick if that's what you're thinking). Stephen King also has his metaphoric fingerprints on Stranger Things as well.

As for what's at its core, the story isn't new....but they do a great job of giving it a spin that makes it feel fresh, even if you know where everything will end up at by the end. The actors were all great and it was a nice touch with Winona Ryder as the Mom, a true by-product of her run in the 80's. But it's the kids that carry this series from start to finish and play well off each other. I don't want to dive too much into the plot in case you haven't seen it yet. All I will say is that you definitely need to give this a Rent. Already looking forward to Season 2. Not sure how long it's gonna take before it's on DVD though.

DVD's & Blu-rays / Homeland (Season 6 - 2017)
« on: March 19, 2018, 09:55:23 pm »
Homeland (Season 6 - 2017)
4 Stars out of 5


Before I jump into my thoughts on Season 6, I gotta go back to Season 5 first. I never did a review for that season because I was actually watching it on Showtime and once over, it slipped my mind about doing a review. With that said, I can't remember much of Season 5 other than I thought it was a good season. Really, the only thing I can remember with any clarity was the finale episode and the finale scene. This was all about what happened to Peter Quinn. He's capture and tortured and ultimately gassed with a Toxic Chemical Weapon on TV. He is apparently a goner, but somehow survives to make it to the end, but is not the same. The final scene with Carrie hovering over Quinn in the hospital and the scene fading to White, I was left with the idea that Quinn had passed onto the other side. I also thought that the way the scene was shot, that Carrie smothers him with a pillow to put him out of his misery.

Fast-forward to Season 6 and we see that Quinn is very much alive....but he's definitely not the same as his Stroke from his ordeal has left him invalid. He doesn't move as he use to, can't walk the same way and his speech is slurred with bouts of memory loss. Clearly he is no longer working for the government and is dealing with just the day to day struggles of simple things that we all take for granted. 10 minutes into Episode 1, I had the entire season mapped out for Quinn. I knew that it was going to be all about whether he had one last mission left inside of him, in spite of now being unemployed and on his on. I knew that he would have major struggles getting to the Season Finale and I knew that he would in the end, sacrifice himself to protect Carrie and what's how it all went down.

Carrie may be the one that carries the entire season, but Season 6 was all Quinn. She actually felt more of side character this time around. If there was ever a way for a character to go out in a blaze of glory, this was it. As for the Plot, I also knew that the President-Elect would turn out to be corrupt and the actions that take place in the Finale shows it. This isn't a knew plot thought. They also did it with President Logan in Season 5 of 24. As for the final shot, the was surreal to see how the series has boomeranged right back to Season 1. With Carrie completely disillusioned with the President and the government that is now fully corrupt, having her staring at Capitol Hill with a blank stare, just like Brody does in Season 1, I'm left thinking that Carrie, who's now at the end of her rope will decide to go full-on Brody herself and become a Suicide Bomber. Well, I see her hellbent on carrying this out for the first half of the next season before snapping back to reality and deciding to take down the President the right way.

Overall, a great season with stellar work from Rupert Friend, Mandy Patinkin, Elizabeth Marvel and the always awesome F. Murray Abraham. Definitely worth a Rent. Check it out.

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