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

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1XW1Ygatsz4

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.

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John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum Official Trailer (2019)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8p6kuNniUaQ

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

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

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Short Films / Vader (2018)
« on: December 22, 2018, 07:54:16 pm »
VADER EPISODE 1: SHARDS OF THE PAST - A STAR WARS THEORY FAN-FILM

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ey68aMOV9gc


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.

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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

Trailer


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vn9mMeWcgoM

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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DVD's & Blu-rays / Game Night (2018)
« on: December 02, 2018, 06:36:51 pm »
Game Night (2018)
4 Stars out of 5

Trailer


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fNtLIcyjsnI

Game Night is a fun movie.....but very predictable in its plot. If you are at all familiar with The Game, you will know exactly where this is going. In spite of knowing what to look for and the sign post along the way, it's still a fun movie to ride along with from start to finish. I won't spoil any of that here because it's worth just watching and letting everything unfold as it does. Where The Game is a "serious" movie, Game Night is just fun with lots of laughs. Both Jason Bateman and Rachel McAdams have great chemestry together. I would love to see a sequel, and they kind of hint at it at the end. But honestly, I just don't see how that is possible without it being derivative after this one. I say, leave well enough alone. For Friday Night Lights fans, you are sure to like seeing both Kyle Chandler and Jesse Plemons reuniting on screen together. Definitely worth a Rent. Check it out.

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DVD's & Blu-rays / Ocean's 8 (2018)
« on: November 30, 2018, 06:36:03 pm »
Ocean's 8 (2018)
2 1/2 Stars out of 5

Trailer

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MFWF9dU5Zc0


I love Heist Flicks. I don't love Ocean's 8. It's not a bad movie, it's just.....okay. Before I jump into my thoughts of the movie itself, I gotta address the numbering that is Ocean's 8. With no backstory or spoilers going into this movie, I just assumed that since we are a 8, that the events that take place here take place before the events of Ocean's 11, 12 and 13. I just assumed this was going to be an all-female prequel to those flicks with an eye toward doing 9 and 10 of this flick did well at the box office. But when the movie opens up....I literally thought this was a Reboot/Remake with the opening scene with Sandra Bullock basically doing the very same Parole Scene from the opening of 11.

So, after we get a bit into the movie, we learn that Sandra's character is actually the sister of Danny Ocean, as played by George Clooney. Clearly, this was and is a "sequel" in that this takes place after the events of 13. You following me so far? Yeah, the numbering is confusing and makes the brain work harder than it needs to. But I also get that 8 is a good number because Hollywood is not going to pay for 14 name actresses to carry this flick, which is a very risky bet with an all new cast.

As for 8, like I said, an 'okay' movie with a very predictable heist, which itself wasn't anywhere near inventive and cool as what we got in 11. As for the cast that made this, we have a couple of Hollywood A-Listers in Sandra, Cate Blanchett and Anne Hathaway. Everyone else is either a C-Lister, a Musician (Rihanna), or people I've never seen before. Helena Bonham was thrown in to add some "clout" I guess. Anyway, with that said, I thought the 3 cameos we get with Elliott Gould and Qin Shaobo reprising their roles was a nice callback. As for the 3rd, it was George, albeit it a Framed Picture of himself. Would have been great to get more cameos. So, I guess I can kinda recommend this in spite of its flaws. A rainy day movie.

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Comic Books & Art / Stan Lee (December 28, 1922 November 12, 2018)
« on: November 12, 2018, 11:54:47 am »
Marvel Comics Co-Creator Stan Lee Dead at 95 | TMZ

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4CSP8XxznKs

He's had a rough last 2 years with everything and he was getting up there in age, but hearing the news just now still left me shocked. RIP Mr. Lee. Your creations will live on forever and so will you.

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Television / The Walking Dead (Season 9 - 2018)
« on: November 04, 2018, 10:46:06 pm »
What Comes After
Episode 5
10 Stars out of 10



Yeah, I'm still watching TWD, even though I haven't been creating any threads for the show for the past few years. But this episode in particular, I definitely needed to talk about what the f*ck I just witness in what is dubbed 'Rick Grimes Final Episode'. I had no idea what was to come at the end. Two MAJOR things that happened basically has reset the entire TWD Universe. But before we go there, I want to talk about the the episode as a whole. It was F*CKING PHENOMENAL! Everyone has emmy-worthy performances (Lauren Cohan, Danai Gurira, Jeffrey Dean Morgan) left me speechless with their performances. AMAZING! But it was Andrew Lincoln that steals the show here. The way the entire episode was constructed was fantastic. Edge-of-you-seat suspense that I just could not shake. With Rick in the throes of a Fever Dream, we are able to bring back fan-favorite characters such as Shane, Herschel, Sasha). Seeing Scott Wilson return as Herschel left me speechless because Scott passed away and I wasn't expecting to see him at all, which made his return all the more sweet.

So, everything is leading to the Bridge with a horde of Walkers closing in on a Rick who is bleeding out from the events of the previous episode. It's up to Rick for his final stand to protect his family and what a way to go out. Having him shoot at the stick of dynamite and blowing up the bridge to take them all out, giving his life in the process felt right and the only way for him to go. My biggest fear and the one that I dreaded was having the character getting mauled and turning into a Walker, which never would have felt right. So, he goes out in a blaze of glory.....

.......not so fast. The final scene before the Epilogue has Anne / Jadis finding Rick and whisking him off in a Helicopter to God knows where. So, at the end of the day, he is alive....but gone. The second WTF moment comes in the Epilogue which is a major time-jump for the characters with "Kid Judith Grimes" now (I'm guessing here) 5-6 years old, packing heat and saving survivors from their own run in with Walkers. Like I said, the TWD Universe has been complete reset and now anything....and everything can happen with their stories.

Now, for Talking Dead, Scott Gimple (Executive Producer on the show) said that Rick Grimes story is not finish and that they (AMC) have plans for feature length feature films for the character. He was a bit coy in divulging too much detail, but from what I heard, there is more on the way. How it ties into TWD....we will just have to wait and see. Now one thing I took from this is that Scott said 'Rick Grimes' will continue.....nothing was said of Andrew returning, which I don't see happening.

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DVD's & Blu-rays / Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018)
« on: October 29, 2018, 08:19:00 am »
Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018)
4 Stars out of 5

Trailer


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jPEYpryMp2s

So, I just got the chance to watch Solo: A Star Wars Story and I was more than pleasantly surprised in that I liked the movie given how all the negative reviews were floating around prior to the film's released and to some degree after as well. Is Solo perfect? Of course not. Far from it. But what it does have in spades is an adventurous spirit. That has been lacking in the previous 2 Star Wars movies (The Last Jedi and Rogue One). Ironically enough, watching Solo made it crystal clear why I didn't like Last Jedi. Solo is fun...from start to finish. It felt like a 'Star Wars' movie, whereas watching Last Jedi felt anything but.

I thought that Alden Ehrenreich as Han Solo did a great job given the high bar that was set with Harrison Ford. Sure, Alden had some spots that would make you long for Ford, but overall, he delivered for me and brought his own thing to an iconic role. As for the movie itself, this is definitely a 2-hour fan service flick. I was expecting to see some nods here and there. I definitely was not expecting to see a lot of Easter Eggs. There are so many throughout the movie that I actually lost count. But I loved it. Great cast that included the scene stealing Donald Glover as Lando Calrissian. I liked Woody Harrelson as Becket. Was a bit disappointed that Thandie Newton as Val was underused and gone before we even got to the 2nd Act. But I think the one thing that I really enjoyed the most was just how much Chewbacca we get here. There's a lot of him and it just adds to his legacy as a fantastic character. I thought Emilia Clarke as Qi'ra was good. I was a bit concerned when I heard she was going to be in this given her turn in Terminator: Genisys.

So yeah, enjoyed this flick. It's something that I can see myself going back to over and over in the future. I rank this above the prequels and The Last Jedi for sure. I highly recommend checking out Solo if you haven't done so already. There's something in this for everyone. Oh, and there's that little thing with Darth Maul that I did not see coming. Sh*t, that was f*cking awesome. Made me geek out. The fact that he popped up was great, but the fact that they actually set up him returning in future Solo movies has me geeking out even more. Yes, I want to see a sequel for Solo and that was before Maul even showed up. But with him in it, a sequel is a MUST!

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DVD's & Blu-rays / Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018)
« on: October 26, 2018, 07:08:17 am »
Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018)
4 Stars out of 5

Trailer


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UUkn-enk2RU

Ant-Man and the Wasp is just as fun as the first film was. Hugely entertaining with a lot of laughs from start to finish. Having just watched Infinity War on DVD a few weeks ago, this flick was more of a light-hearted romp by comparison. But that's not to say it doesn't have some edge of your seat moments. But overall, watching Ant-Man and the Wasp is all about giving people a 'break' from the events of other Marvel flicks, even though those flicks are anywhere dark like the DCU films are.

SPOILER ALERT:

The only time the movie does get dark comes at the the first End Credits bonus scene where we "see" that the events of Infinity War actually affects every superhero around the world and not just those that actually appear in the Avengers movie. So yeah, Hope van Dyne / Wasp, Hank Pym and Janet van Dyne have turned to dust (that means they have been erased from existence). With Scott Lang / Ant-Man in the Quantum realm, he is sparred. So, this means that Ant-Man will play a 'big' (pun not intended, but it's perfect here wouldn't ya say  ;D ) role in Avengers 4's story I would suspect, which would be ironic all things considered given that within the grand scheme of things within the MCU, Ant-man is still a minor character. It will/would be great to see Paul Rudd get a big push in Avengers 4. So, with that out of the way, definitely check out this movie. It's f*cking awesome with a lot of great set pieces and you will laugh plenty of times. Michael Pena as before carries a lot of the humor. Damn funny.

Kinda cool to see a mini reunion between Walton Goggins and Michael Pena. Fans of The Shield rejoice. Also cool was the addition of Hannah John-Kamen, Laurence Fishburne and Michelle Pfeiffer to the cast. And I'm in love with Evangeline Lilly all over again. She's fantastic....as always.

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DVD's & Blu-rays / Ready Player One (2018)
« on: October 25, 2018, 06:33:31 am »
Ready Player One (2018)
4 Stars out of 5

Trailer


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ixWL1BWi44U


I finally got around to checking out Ready Player One and it was everything I expected the movie to be. I watched the trailer once and left it at that since the movie's plot is about finding the first ever Easter Egg, which the movie itself is all about Pop Culture Easter Eggs. Kind of like an Easter Egg inside of an Easter Egg instead of an.....well, you get the idea. Full disclosure, I have no connection to the source material the movie is based on. I didn't even know there was a book before the promotional stuff for the film started leaking out. So, I really am coming at this completely unaware. I don't have a clue what was added to the movie for the sake of fleshing out the story. But one thing that I did suspect was added was the whole The Shining gag, only because of Steven Spielberg's relationship to Stanley Kubrick. I imagine, given how big of a Kubrick fan Spielberg is, he wanted to pay homage to him in this way. Now if this was in fact in the book, then it makes perfect sense why Spielberg wanted to direct this.

So, how was the movie itself? It was entertaining and fun. But I'm not sure someone that's not in my generation would care for this. I grew up in the age of where all the Easter Eggs are derived from. It's my own personal connections to these touchstone's that make the Eggs mean as much as they do for me. Now speaking of the Eggs, this is a movie that requires multiple viewings to find them. There is so much going on at all times, if you are staring at a particular part of the screen, you will see an Easter Egg, but you will miss a those around the one you're looking at. Sure, you could pull up Wiki or go to YouTube and find a video highlighting all the cameos. But where's the fun in that. I'll save my hunt for the next time I watch the movie. So, Ready Player One is a movie I can recommend for sure. If the plot isn't something you're interested in, there's a lot going on to keep you busy for sure.

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DVD's & Blu-rays / Eighth Grade (2018)
« on: October 23, 2018, 08:08:15 am »
Eighth Grade (2018)
5 Stars out of 5

Trailer


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KnesHAtSHzs

It's very rare for me to sit down and watch a movie and know, half-way through a movie no less, that I'm watching an instant classic. Eighth Grade is a movie that you know people will still be talking about 20 years later. The movie is THAT good in its honest depiction of what life is for a girl transitioning from Jr. High to High School. This is a movie that everyone is going to relate to in some way or another because we have all been there regarding our own anxieties of school life in trying to "fit in" with the popular kids and questioning everything we do because we think it's not good enough. I love how the entire plot is structured around Kayla's (Elsie Fisher) 'Instructional Videos' and how whatever topic she is doing, she tries to apply to her own life. From this we are able to see whatever growth she is making...in spite of it all being superficial because she is stressing "being herself", but it's not until she post her last video (the one where she is "taking a breaking" from making videos) that she finally post something real with no artificial pretense.

Like I said, this is a classic. You know I'm a HUGE fan of the High School genre (even though Eight Grade technically takes place in Jr. High), this is a movie that I would put in my Top 10 favorite High School movies. The movie itself reminds me a lot of Dazed and Confused, not only in content, but style as well. Eight Grade, in spite of what it looks like is in fact a modern day film that takes place in 2017. But this is an Indie flick, which means that there is no budget and looks like a companion film to Dazed. The style of direction also reminds me a lot of Richard Linklater. I'm sure that Bo Burnham derived a lot of inspiration from Linklater. There were plenty of times while watching the movie that I kept thinking this movie was made in the 70's/80's and would only snap out of that thought process when anything relating to Social Media (Instagram, YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, etc...) reminded me this is current day. So yeah, I highly recommend checking out this movie for Elsie's star making performance. 5 very BIG Stars.

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Television / GLOW (Season 1 - Ongoing)
« on: October 19, 2018, 05:42:54 pm »
GLOW Season 1&2 (2017/2018)
4 Stars out of 5

Trailer


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AZqDO6cTYVY

Binged-watched the first two seasons of GLOW and was surprised that I liked it as much as I did. The series isn't perfect, but they offer enough stuff for each episode to keep me engaged from start to finish. I grew up watching the original GLOW that this series is based on and they pretty much nail everything. The series is dripping in 80's nostalgia from the music to the clothes to the lingo right on down to how the original wrestling show was presented to the Ameican people. Honestly, I didn't think I would like this Netflix series at all given how cheesy the source material is. As a kid, I knew it was awful entertainment and I didn't really want to invest too much of my time on this. Yeah, I can recommend this for sure. Hell, with how Season 2 ends, I am anxiously awaiting Season 3 to drop.

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DVD's & Blu-rays / The Commuter (2018)
« on: October 19, 2018, 05:20:01 am »
The Commuter (2018)
4 Stars out of 5

Trailer


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aDshY43Ol2U

Simply put, The Commuter has a dash of a few movies rolled into one: Die Hard, Speed, Silver Streak and Murder on the Orient Express. Going into the movie, I was expecting it to be more "Die Hard on a Train" than anything else. But the nods to the other flicks was fun. Genre-wise this is more of a Thriller wherein Liam Neeson in a race against time must ferret out a Witness (so that the bad guys can kill him/her) or they will kill his family. That's motive enough to want to save your family. Obviously it's not going to be that simple. First it's about finding the Witness, then it's about turning the whole situation on its head and flipping it against those working behind the scenes to frame him for everything. I really enjoyed the movie and the 3rd Act was very suspenseful to say the least. I definitely recommend checking this one out for sure.

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