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November 16, 2018 at 12:32 pm | Posted in Around the Web, Movies, News, Regular Feature, Star Wars, Star Wars News, trailers | Leave a comment

Here is this week’s Around the Web news roundup of Star Wars and beyond.

Comic News

Convention & Event News

Star Wars Celebration Chicago Thursday tickets are sold out. That means only Sunday and Monday tickets are left.

  • Timothy Zahn will be in Bandon, OR for a book signing at WinterRiver Books & Gallery on November 24 at 1:00 PM.
  • Star Wars Celebration 2019 is April 11 to 15 in Chicago, IL.
  • D23 is August 23 to 25 in Anaheim, CA.

Fandom News

  • Marvel’s tribute to Stan Lee.

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Movie Review: ‘Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald’

November 16, 2018 at 10:42 am | Posted in Movies, Reviews | Leave a comment

I really enjoyed Fantastic Beasts, and The Crimes of Grindelwald was a nice follow up that brought back some fun characters, continued the theme of fantastical creatures, and laid out a wizarding war with Grindelwald. It’s got good acting, good action, good visuals and a good story. It captures that magic of the Wizarding World but rather than focuses on a bunch of kids in school, it instead veers out as a Harry Potter film for adults. Not that the content in the film is too much for kids, but the story never feels dumbed down. The short and sweet, if you liked Fantastic Beasts, you’ll probably like this one too. Continue Reading Movie Review: ‘Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald’…

Movie Review: ‘The Girl in the Spider’s Web’

November 16, 2018 at 10:21 am | Posted in Movies, Reviews | Leave a comment

The Girl in the Spider’s Web is a movie that fails to follow the books, and fails to create a good story on its own. It’s a sad attempt to cash in on a successful franchise and an example of a movie script that should never have been green lit. Sometimes you have to wonder how these things even happen.

First off, if you’re a fan of the original movie that starred Rooney Mara and Daniel Craig, keep in mind this one is completely recasted. None of the original actors were used for this film, and that was by choice of the director. That was their first mistake. Their second mistake was the script. To say this movie is even loosely based of the book is a stretch. The only common factors is that Lisbeth hacks the NSA, so there’s a chief NSA character in the movie, Lisbeth’s sister shows up, and there’s a research scientist named Fans Balder who has a kid. Aside from the character names being the same, they threw the rest of the book in the trash. That said, I wasn’t a big fan of the book as it was poorly written. The author who replaced
Stieg Larsson did a terrible job in my opinion. But that’s not to say a good story couldn’t be pulled out of it if you rewrote it. There was a good core story there and some interesting characters and elements. The parts that were boring was the dialog and the exploration of technology. There was no reason to do the movie and go completely off the rails from the book, other than to piss off the fan base. Continue Reading Movie Review: ‘The Girl in the Spider’s Web’…

Movie Review: ‘Overlord’

November 16, 2018 at 9:52 am | Posted in Movies, Reviews | Leave a comment

As a fan of World War II movies and zombies, Overlord seemed like a perfect fit. Finally someone was going to dig into the territory of games like Wolfenstein, the genre of sci-fi Nazi experiments with American soldiers going in to wipe them out. Alas, Overlord fell short of those wants and needs. It’s great looking movie with good special effects and CGI, but the key to all WWII films is the characters. The characters in Overlord are forgettable and shallow. Without anyone to care about, its horror aspects are all for show and lack the emotional hooks needed to draw you into the story. Continue Reading Movie Review: ‘Overlord’…

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