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DVD's & Blu-rays / Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017)
« on: February 19, 2018, 06:52:55 am »
Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017)
5 Stars out of 5


OMG! What a fun, exhilarating movie! Spider-Man: Homecoming is everything I want and have wanted out of a Spider-Man movie. From the very first shot to the last, I was completely sucked in and hooked. There is a lot to like here. You want Big FX Sets to thrill you, it's here. But if you want something that's a bit more grounded in reality in characterizations, that too is readily available. For starters, they actually got a teenager to play a teenager! Shocking! Tom Holland is fantastic as Peter Parker / Spidey. Even though there are a couple of previous Spider-Man, I've never enjoyed the character of Peter Parker because he has always been portrayed as whiny, annoying and just not fun to watch. Holland is a joy here and giving him a sidekick in the form of Ned was a great way to go.

The other thing that struck me while watching the movie was just how much influence I was seeing from John Hughes here. As you know, I'm a HUGE Hughes fan, so for me, this was a Big Plus for me. There are a few scenes that were pulled directly from a number of his films, the most blatant being Ferris Bueller's Day Off. As soon as you see the scene in question, you immediately know. But rather than trying to conceal it as something else...they literally show the very same scene from Bueller which had me grinning ear to ear. And yes, The Breakfast Club and Sixteen Candles' influence can also be felt too.

Now what about the cameos that make up Homecoming? Well, if you've seen the Trailer, it's no secret that Iron Man / Tony Stark plays a big part. Robert Downey Jr. is great as Peter's mentor. But it was the inclusion of Happy that really got it right. I wasn't expecting to see Jon Favreau have so much screen time. It felt like this was more than we ever get from him in any of the Iron Man flicks. Pepper Pots and Captain America also make their presences known in their respective cameos. But it's Michael Keaton as Adrian Toomes / Vulture that finally gets it right when it come to creating a believable Villain that actually matters. Ironically enough, the only other Spidey movie to get the Villain right is of course Spider-Man 2.

I remember after watching the first Trailer for Homecoming that I declared that this would be the best Spider-Man movie of all time, but that was hyperbole. Having just watched the movie, that statement pretty much lived up to it because as I said, there is so much to like about this one. There are a ton of small inside jokes that will make you laugh. The pacing, acting, FX, plot all kept me engaged and begging for more. I love how in this movie, it's Tony Stark that creates the Spidey Suit and with that, all the bells and whistles you find in Iron Man are here. Yes, for purist of the Comic Book as sure to hate this. But I thought it was fun to see and gives Peter more options in what to do. This could have been a bad thing because essentially the Suit does all the work for Peter, but the plot takes the suit away from him, giving him the chance to actually become "Spider-man" without the suit. With this new suit and everything there is to too learn about it, it reminded me a great deal about The Greatest American Hero, where that too was all about learning to control a Superhero suit leading to lots of laughs.

I'll say one last thing, there is a Big Twist that comes 2/3rds of the way in the movie that changes everything and it was a major surprise for me and I'm sure most people that avoid spoilers. I won't say what it is. But when it reveals itself, it's a Holy Sh*t moment. I can't wait for the next Spider-Man movie to get here, which is something I have NEVER said about any of the previous flicks. This is definitely a Buy, which I intend to add to my DVD collection.

DVD's & Blu-rays / A Bad Moms Christmas (2017)
« on: February 17, 2018, 12:51:52 pm »
A Bad Moms Christmas (2017)
2 Stars out of 5


Look, the first Bad Mom's was surprisingly funny and I gave it a pretty good rating. But at no time while watching the first installment did I ever think "I sure hope we get a sequel". This is a movie that doesn't warrant one. It's basically a throw away property. But sadly, Hollywood doesn't think in logical terms...only in "how can we milk this for even more money moving forward". A Bad Moms Christmas is exactly what I expected to get from a pointless and unnecessary followup. I found myself incredibly bored throughout most of the movie and more than that, it wasn't even close to being funny like the first flick. The only one that actually made me laugh on multiple occasions was Cheryl Hines who is hilarious as Kristen Bell's mother. Other than that, this is a Skip. It's a turd of a movie and a complete waste of time. I really hope they don't make another sequel...but given how it ends with Cheryl Hines, Christine Baranski and Susan Sarandon heading off to Vegas, that is something they are clearly thinking about.

Music / Record This! (The Home and Pro Recording Studio Thread)
« on: February 17, 2018, 11:58:48 am »
Creating a new thread geared specifically toward the in's and outs of Recording. I love to see BTS of how other people approach their craft from the simplest of plugging into a PC or to a more robust Studio that covers more than just hitting the Record button. This also includes the art of writing Songs as well.

DVD's & Blu-rays / Wonder Woman (2017)
« on: February 15, 2018, 06:53:16 am »
Wonder Woman (2017)
5 Stars out of 5


I've been waiting a long time to finally get the chance to sit down and watch Wonder Woman. I've pretty much stayed spoiler free the entire time, but it was really hard because of all the praise that was floating around out there. Wherever I turned it was another article or an interview where someone was gushing about the flick. I gotta preface this by saying that I've always been a fan of Lynda Carter as the the standard for Wonder Woman. Having just watched this movie, the torch has clearly been passed to Gal Gadot. Yeah, she was in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, but she had such a small role in the movie that I really couldn't make an opinion about her other than "she looks the part".

With Gal getting her first full movie to carry in Wonder Woman, I can't think of a better actor to assume the mantle of Diana Prince. Just as important as her performance of course is the Direction by Patty Jenkins who did a fantastic job crafting the look, feel and pace of what turned out to be fast movie that flies by. Love the nods that Patty threw into Wonder Woman to pay homage to Superman: The Movie, which for me has always been the Gold Standard for Comic Book movies. So, to see this little Easter Eggs really was a delight. Diana/Wonder Woman has a great origin story and shocking has a great character arc from the beginning to the last shot in the movie. There is a clear change for her that you just don't see in most Comic Book Films and that has been the biggest fail in why those movies just don't connect with me on an emotional level, Logan being the lone exception in years to get it right.

Chris Pine was great in his role as Steve Trevor and really played off Gal to great effect. Hated to see him go at the end, but it's his sacrifice that actually propels Diana to become who she was and is destined to be and it's very exhilarating to see her transformation complete at the most pivotal and critical time in the film. There is a lot to like in Wonder Woman. Yes, the action sequences involving Wonder Woman will have you grinning ear to ear in their awesomeness. They look so damn good. But more than that, we finally get a DCU movie that doesn't suck. Not every movie has to be dark and brooding to tell a story. That has been the biggest problem so far with the other DCU flicks. Wonder Woman went in the opposite direction and succeeds and it still feels like it fits in nicely in that Universe. I highly recommend this as a Buy. It's definitely a movie that I'd come back to again and again in the future. 5 Stars out of 5.

Sports / PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympics
« on: February 08, 2018, 06:37:02 pm »
Opening Ceremonies start tomorrow, but the games are already underway tonight with Figure Skating and Freestyle Skiing. I'm so happy the Olympics are back. I always get sucked into the competition. Been looking forward to this since the closing ceremonies of Rio's Summer games. And so it begins.....

DVD's & Blu-rays / The Foreigner (2017)
« on: February 08, 2018, 06:30:54 pm »
The Foreigner (2017)
3 Stars out of 5


The Foreigner was pushed as a new kind of Jackie Chan film...something you've never seen from him before and in that regard it is different and certainly a step up in the right direction. I've been a HUGE Chan Fan for years, but the last handful of his movies just weren't all that good. He was being shoe-horned into something he has never friendly. The only thing I can think of that was good in the last 15 years was The Karate Kid Reboot. But I'm getting off track here. So, this is billed as a new Chan and from the Trailer, it reinforces that. We are getting a grizzyly old man avenging the loss of his daughter. In a way, the closest I can compare this to another would be Death Wish. With that said, this was a decent flick....just not anywhere near what I thought I would get here. Even though Martin Campbell does a good job directing, the pacing was off at times. Jackie's character drops out of sight for long stretches at times which just felt odd. This too isn't anywhere near his best films either. Last and certainly not least is Pierce Brosnan playing the Big Bad. Overall, as I said, decent flick. Worth a Rent at best.

Now Playing: Movies / Deadpool 2 (2018)
« on: February 07, 2018, 12:54:26 pm »
Teaser #1

This is undoubtedly the funniest Trailer I've ever seen.

DVD's & Blu-rays / Power Rangers (2017)
« on: February 03, 2018, 02:07:56 pm »
Power Rangers (2017)
2 Stars out of 5


I will be the first to admit that I don't know anything about the original TV series. Sure, I knew who and what they were back in the day because their image was all over the place. But because of its inherent campiness, this wasn't for me. So, going into Power Rangers (2017), I think I had a much easier go of just watching the movie for the sake of whatever this turned out to be. I wasn't going in as a die-hard fan that would be over analyzing everything compared to the series. So with no knowledge of the mythology....I was free to just let the movie play. Based on what the end product was and is....this was bad. Yes, the movie had a big budget with lots of FX up on the screen....but FX is not a movie make. Even with the FX on the still looked very amateurish by comparison to the typical blockbuster in this day and age.

One problem I had with the movie was I found it to be incredibly uneven. It kept alternating between being (or trying to be) a movie that wants to be taken seriously and then jumping immediately into one that was trying to be a comedy. As I said, I've never seen the show and maybe this is something they did. But it was just too much in the film. Movies that are serious always need some form of levity to break up the tension. But was a sign that the Director didn't know what he wanted this movie to be. The other thing I had major issues with were the characters. Where do I start? Well, it's no surprise that none of the characters had anything remotely close to a backstory. The two girls were interchangeable. I honestly didn't know where one began and the other ended. The Jock was the weakest depiction of a "hero" I've ever seen. He's suppose to be this all-American Sports God and yet he comes across as a wuss. As the movie wore on, he became less and less of an actual leader. The Asian guy....jeeze. Has there ever been a more undeserving person to get chosen to become a Ranger? There was no arc. He starts off as a douche and more or less ends the same way.

I know this movie wasn't made with me in mind, but I'm just telling it like it is. Was not fun to watch at all. I was bored and unimpressed with everything that was on the screen. I do however find it telling that the best thing about the movie was Alpha 5 and Bryan Cranstons's character. It says a lot that the Robot / Alpha 5 has more human characteristics and emotion than the actual humans / actors playing their respective roles. This is a Skip for me.

DVD's & Blu-rays / Bleed for This (2016)
« on: January 31, 2018, 05:24:05 pm »
Bleed for This (2016)
3 Stars out of 5


Bleed for This is a good, decent flick that does its job of telling the amazing story of Vinny Pazienza, the newly crowned champion who ends up in a horrific car accident where he is left with a broken neck and the news from the doctors that he will never fight again and likely will never walk again. This story is the ultimate comeback for any athlete in any sport. It's remarkable story and on paper, you'd think this was all made up. I remember when it actually went down and was playing out in the news that this felt like a real-life movie unfolding before my eyes. Miles Teller is fantastic as Paz. The only reason why I can't give this movie more than 3 Stars is that as far as a Boxing Flick goes, this really doesn't rise up to others that I far superior. Worth a Rent, but it's not something I'd see myself watching again because I feel they left too much out of the Final Cut of the film.

DVD's & Blu-rays / Get Out (2017)
« on: January 28, 2018, 05:45:04 am »
Get Out (2017)
4 Stars out of 5


I've heard a lot of great things about Get Out, but beyond that, I didn't hear anything about plot points. Sure, I had a general idea based on the Trailer when it dropped, but other than that....I was completely in the dark. I went into this with high expectations and it delivered. The performances were fantastic, and the writing and direction from Jordan Peele was spot on. Daniel Kaluuya is great in the lead role and all the other characters do justice. With that said, I "figured" out the entire plot within the first 10 minutes. I knew that Rose (Allison Williams) was nothing more than the 'Lure'. Pretty much everything that reveals itself over the course of the movie....I already saw coming a mile away. The only thing I didn't see coming was the Twist involving Grandpa and Grandma. But in spite of seeing everything long before the big reveals, this was still a great movie. I know it's labeled as a 'Horror' flick, but that's a bit misleading. I would go more along the lines of a Psychological Thriller than a Horror flick. Definitely worth a Rent.

DVD's & Blu-rays / Keanu (2016)
« on: January 26, 2018, 06:52:29 pm »
Keanu (2016)
4 Stars out of 5


I didn't know exactly what I would be getting with Keanu. Sure, I knew the comedic duo of Jordan Peele and Keegan-Michael Key would provide much needed laughs. I just didn't think it would be this funny and this good. Yes, the plot has been done plenty of times before and it's actually one of my favorite plot genres of 'Fish-out-of-water' in which the duo poses as feared Assassins known as the Allentown Brothers. Once they commit to rescuing Keanu....the most adorable kitten you will ever see, it's off to the races. There are a ton of laugh out loud moments that will have you grinning ear to ear. And yes, they even get Keanu Reeves to voice the cat and it's awesome. This is definitely worth a Rent and yes, I want a sequel. Like NOW!

DVD's & Blu-rays / Orange Is the New Black (Season 4 - 2017)
« on: January 21, 2018, 08:56:38 pm »
Orange Is the New Black (Season 4 - 2017)
4 Stars out of 5


My biggest concern regarding the aftermath and demise of Vee from 2 seasons ago, with their no credible threat to the inmates has in fact come back in a big way for Season 4. Having the Prison Guards as the threat seems like a no-brainer. But this went beyond the comedic overtones of Pornstache by having a most....if not all the guards running their own little games in prison to get off on. There were of course 2 in particular that were serious threats and that was the driving force for the season, which in turn leads to a shocking death that really was just that. I never saw it coming. So when they actually killed off fan favorite Poussey, you feel what her friends feel. I thought the Season Finale showcasing her Flashback story was expertly told and all the more heartbreaking. She had the whole world waiting for many possibilities. The finale scene was a great cliffhanger. Will Daya kill the sadistic Guard that has been tormenting the inmates all season long? I dunno....but I can't wait to see what happens in Season 5. Definitely worth a Rent. Blair Brown was a great addition to the series.

DVD's & Blu-rays / Why Him? (2016)
« on: January 14, 2018, 04:47:09 pm »
Why Him? (2016)
4 Stars out of 5


Why Him? is another movie that I totally forgot about until recently. It was never on my must-see films because the Trailer pretty much tells you exactly what kind of by-the-numbers plot of Crazy Boyfriend-meets-straight-laced-Family that we've already seen before. It has been done a million times already and it will be done a million times more.  When they say actors do one for themselves and one for the studio, well, you know where this flick falls in line with that mantra. With that said, I found this flick to be funny in a lot of places. Really wasn't expecting much here and maybe that's why I liked the movie for what it was. Cheap, low-brow humor. A lot of dick and fart jokes. This isn't rocket science. I just thought the interplay between James Franco and Bryan Cranston was what carried the flick. But it was Keegan-Michael Key and Kaley Cuoco that provided some of the more memorable jokes and gags. The running KISS jokes throughout the flick was a nice touch as a life long fan....but even I had no idea that both Gene and Paul would actually make a cameo. Megan Mullally was also hilarious. Definitely worth a Rent.

Short Films / Bruce Lee Lightsabers Scene Recreation (2018)
« on: January 14, 2018, 09:26:57 am »
Bruce Lee Lightsabers Scene Recreation

This is awesome. I'm surprised that it took this long for someone to make this.

DVD's & Blu-rays / Point Break (2015)
« on: January 13, 2018, 08:42:36 am »
Point Break (2015)
1 Star out of 5


The Reboot of Point Break is not a good movie. I knew the moment I heard about the Reboot happening that this was going to suck and it has nothing to do with me loving the Original Point Break with Keanu Reeves, Patrick Swayze and Gary Busey. The reason why the Reboot sucks is EVERYTHING. The actors were dull, boring and pretty bad at their chosen profession. Granted, the writing was weak and I felt bad that they had to say some pretty dumb lines that just sounded so stupid. But that's not my biggest issue here. For a movie that gets made in this day and age, they have to up their game as for as the 'Wow' factor and they can't even get that right. The big stunt pieces as far as anything relating to Extreme Sports just came across as very underwhelming. I've seen better on TV and YouTube. Overall, the movie was everything I knew it was going to be and it was a struggle just to finish the movie. Skip this turd. FYI, when a Reboot happens, more often than not, that means cameos from the Original. Only two show up and it's blink or you'll miss them. James Le Gros and Bojesse Christopher show up as FBI agents. Yeah, you probably don't know or have ever heard of their names before.

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