Movie Review: ‘Den of Thieves’

January 25, 2018 at 9:08 pm | Posted in Movies, Reviews | Leave a comment

The trailer for Den of Thieves looked interesting, but I went into this one without much in the way of expectations. I walked away very surprised at how much I liked this film. Yes, it’s a heist movie with criminals and action, but this one captured a little bit of the magic of movies like Heat. It follows both the good guys and the bad guys, telling each side of the story as the criminals try to pull off their biggest heist while the cops try to stop them. It’s cat and mouse as they play off each other and strive to outwit their opponents. It’s also evenly matched.

On one side you’ve got Pablo Schreiber playing a criminal mastermind leading his crew of ex-military convicts in a lead up to taking down the Federal Reserve. On the other side, you’ve got Gerard Butler giving one of his best performances yet as he disappears into the role of a rough edged sheriff leading a major crimes team. This movie does a great job of focusing on the characters and rewarding the audiences with bursts of action, suspenseful heists, and a surprisingly good story. It’s not completely unique as there really are a lot of similarities with Heat, but it plays out well. It’s worth checking out.

I give it a five out of five metal bikinis.

Reviewed By: Skuldren for Roqoo Depot.
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Movie Review: ‘The Commuter’

January 25, 2018 at 8:59 pm | Posted in Movies, Reviews | Leave a comment

I’ll be honest, I’m a Liam Neeson fan, but after seeing the trailer for this movie, I really didn’t have much interest in seeing it. However, there are two things that swayed me. First off, Liam is saying this will be in his last action movie. Secondly, I got a MoviePass.

As far as action movies go, this one was enjoyable and I did like it. There’s some surprise actors that show up that I wasn’t expecting (Patrick Wilson and Sam Neill), and the cinematography and dialog is pretty good. It doesn’t feel like a dumbed down action fest, and while the train derailment is pretty over the top, the rest of the movie is fairly low key except for a couple hand-to-hand fights. It’s a decent story and worth a watch, but not one you have to go out and see on the big screen. Also, I’m not sure how much rewatchability this one will have.

As is, I give The Commuter a three out of five metal bikinis.

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Reviewed By: Skuldren for Roqoo Depot.

Movie Review: ‘Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri’

January 25, 2018 at 8:53 pm | Posted in Movies, Reviews | Leave a comment

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri is a mouthful of a title for a film, but make no mistake, this is a great film. There’s a reason it’s up for so many aware nominations. It earned them. With spectacular writing and a truly outstanding cast, this movie will whisk you away with it’s characters as they take you on a twisting tale that will keep you entertained. There are times where you’ll laugh, times where you will be shocked, and times where you will fear for the lives of the characters. Martin McDonah, who both wrote and directed this film, nailed the characters and dialog. Surprisingly, none of this was shot in Missouri, but don’t let that keep you from seeing it. I loved it, and I highly recommend it. It definitely has the Fargo vibe.

I give it a a five out of five metal bikinis.

Reviewed By: Skuldren for Roqoo Depot.

Movie Review: ‘Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle’

January 25, 2018 at 8:47 pm | Posted in Movies, Reviews | Leave a comment

Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle delivers a fun sequel with a great cast. Revamping the board game concept into the new era of gaming, this movie ensnares a group of students with a video game that sucks them into the world of Jumanji. From there, they become their avatars played by Dwayne Johnson, Jack Black, Kevin Hart and Karen Gillan.

It’s just the right mix for a fun film as the cast not only gets to do a comedy adventure film set in a video game universe, but they also get to play up on the idea that each of them is really a kid. The scrawny video game playing nerd becomes The Rock. The center of attention pretty girl becomes Jack Black. The big football player becomes the little Kevin Hart, and the nerdy girl becomes the beautiful Karen Gillan. From there, they have to save Jumanji by capture a gem before the big bad guy can.

If there’s a weak spot in the movie, it’s the villain played by Bobby Cannavale. He’s okay, but he’s definitely out shined by the rest of the cast. If you’re looking for a fun movie, this one’s a good pick. I give it a four out of five metal bikinis.

Movie Review: ’12 Strong’

January 25, 2018 at 8:38 pm | Posted in Movies, Reviews | Leave a comment

12 Strong is based on a true story about a Special Forces team in Afghanistan that teamed up with a local warlord to fight the Taliban. Directed by Nicolai Fuglsig, whose only previous film was Exfil, this military drama does a good job developing interesting characters to keep audiences vested in the story. There’s some wild battles that culminates in a suicidal cavalry attack in the end, but at the heart of this movie, it really does come down to the characters. And in the leading role, Chris Hemsworth does a great job as the Special Forces captain leading his team and struggling to find a way to win a war with horse soldiers and an unpredictable warlord. This one is definitely worth seeing on the big screen for the battle scenes, and it has some good re-watchability potential.

I give it a five out of five metal bikinis.

Reviewed By: Skuldren for Roqoo Depot.

IDW Star Wars Solicitations April 2018

January 25, 2018 at 8:21 pm | Posted in Comic Books, IDW, News, Star Wars, Star Wars News | Leave a comment
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IDW has released their comic solicitations for April 2018. Here’s the Star Wars roundup.

Star Wars Adventures #9

Writers: John Barber and Nickolas Brokenshire
Artists: Chad Thomas and Nickolas Brokenshire
Cover Artists: Chad Thomas (Cover A), and Nickolas Brokenshire (Cover B)

Droids take center stage in both stories of this comical and exciting adventure! C-3PO might be in over his head as he takes on a new job, and IG-88 is determined to capture his crafty bounty!

Details: FC, 32 pages, $3.99
Release Date: April 4, 2018 Continue Reading IDW Star Wars Solicitations April 2018…

Podcasts in Review

January 25, 2018 at 12:01 am | Posted in Podcasts, Podcasts in Review, Regular Feature, Reviews, Star Wars | Leave a comment

Here is this week’s Podcasts in Review.

Blast Points: Episode 107 goes over the Solo synopsis, the new Star Wars Rebels trailer, then they discuss Star Wars: The Interactive Video Board Game: Assault on the Death Star! It came out in 1996 but somehow I was completely unaware of this game. They talk about Dave Prowse and James Earl Jones returning for the role, they play audio clips from the VHS tape, and go over this much overlooked piece of Star Wars history. Very fun episode. Plus there’s an interesting listener question on what would have happened if Luke didn’t leave Dagobah.

Podcast Network: N/A, Runtime: 1 hour, Audio Quality: Excellent, Editing: Excellent, Hosts: Jason, and Gabe, Rating: Fun

Brews and Blasters: Episode 152 starts with listener emails, they joke around with lines from The Disaster Artist, they talk about The Last Jedi, The Toys That Made Us and more.

Podcast Network: RetrozapRuntime: 57 minutes, Audio Quality: Excellent, Editing: Excellent, Hosts: Joe, and Chris, Rating: Fun

Coffee With Kenobi: Episode 104 features Dan and Cory. Cory talks Star Wars Battlefront 2, they talk about Star Wars gifts, Dan interviews Jay Soderberg and they talk about his issues with The Last Jedi (good discussion). Then Dan and Cory talk The Last Jedi, what it was like after second viewing, and Cory’s issues with the movie (also a good discussion). Lastly, they wrap up with their takeaways from 2017. Excellent episode.

Podcast Network: Coffee With Kenobi, Runtime: 1 hour 40 minutes, Audio Quality: Excellent, Editing: Excellent, Host: Dan Z, Rating: Excellent Continue Reading Podcasts in Review…

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