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February 16, 2018 at 12:01 am | Posted in Around the Web, Books, Collecting, Conventions, Events, Movies, News, Regular Feature, Star Wars, Star Wars Books, Star Wars News, Toys, trailers | Leave a comment

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

Book News

  • Edelweiss has a listing for a new Star Wars novel by Jason Fry called Rose Tico: Resistance Fighter. The hardcover is one of the replica journal style books and will be out on May 1, 2018.

Star Wars The Last Jedi: Rose Tico: Resistance Fighter
Jason Fry
FRONTLIST | May 1, 2018
Hardcover
$11.99 USD, $15.99 CAD
Juvenile Fiction / Media Tie-In
Ages 8 to 12, Grades 3 to 7
96 pages
Series: Replica Journal
Full color
8.3 in H | 5.8 in W | 0.6 in T

Follow the next adventure in the Star Wars saga in this first person narrative. This book for tweens will feature a first-person account from one of the main characters of the second installment in the Star Wars sequel trilogy. Format includes foldouts.

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Movie Review: ‘Darkest Hour’

February 6, 2018 at 5:59 pm | Posted in Movies, Reviews | 1 Comment

As a fan of war movies and Gary Oldman, I had to see Darkest Hour. In this film, Oldman plays Winston Churchill as Britain deals with the stunning success of the German army as their panzers roll across France and threaten the safety of their island empire. Churchill is placed in power and ready to fight, but his fellow political leaders are more interested in peace talks than sticking their necks out. The situation is only made worse by the fact that their army is facing annihilation in France with little hope of escape. Faced with a looming military defeat, a foreign nation let by a despicable tyrant, and allies who want to give up, Churchill deals with his darkest hour.

First off, Gary Oldman’s performance is superb. Whatever they did to make him look like Churchill works great, and I never found myself distracted by any weird CGI or prosthetics. It all looked real and natural. Oldman’s mannerisms and speech inflection definitely captured the vibe of Winston Churchill, and the story does a great job of giving viewers an idea of what he was like. Now there’s no action in this movie as it’s a pure character piece, and it is very politically focused. The story starts with how Churchill became Prime Minister. It covers him having to deal with the previous Prime Minister, Neville Chamberlain, who infamously appeased Hitler at the start of the war allowing Germany to begin its unchecked expansion as they conquered countries left and right. He also has to deal with Lord Halifax, the favored candidate to replace Chamberlain, and another person who is in favor of peace talks with Germany. Completing the trifecta is King George VI, who doesn’t really like Churchill, but being in the positions that they are, they have to meet each other and somehow get by with directing the future of Britain. Continue Reading Movie Review: ‘Darkest Hour’…

Movie Review: ‘The Shape of Water’

February 6, 2018 at 5:38 pm | Posted in Movies, Reviews | Leave a comment

The Shape of Water is indeed a bit of a sci-fi love story, but it’s a movie that has just the right mix of characters, story and some bits of action to keep an audience entertained. That said, it’s not a film for kids. This one fully earns its R rating, and it’s not because of violence.

Having saw the trailer, this was a movie that interested me. Director Guillermo del Toro has done some odd movies, from big action flicks like Pacific Rim, to franchise films like Hellboy, and fantastical movies like Pan’s Labyrinth. I myself an a sucker for a story with a fantasy element, and The Shape of Water delivers on that note. It’s a story about a mute janitor named Elisa Esposito who works at a government facility. One day, a government agent named Richard Strickland arrives with a special guest – a captive – that is more or less the creature from the black lagoon. Elisa bonds with the creature, and eventually the day comes when they decide to kill it, which in turn leads to her planning a way to rescue the creature. Toss in some Russian spies into the 1960’s period piece, and great performances from Sally Hawkins and Michael Shannon, and you have a entertaining film. Continue Reading Movie Review: ‘The Shape of Water’…

Movie Review: ‘Hostiles’

February 6, 2018 at 5:20 pm | Posted in Movies, Reviews | Leave a comment

Hostiles is not your typical modern western. It’s not pumped up with action, there’s not gratuitous gatling gun scene, and there are no explosions. It’s also not your classic western with cowboys fighting indians. This film strives for something different. It’s a drama set during the west that zeroes in on two characters as they embark on a dangerous, violent journey across the untamed west.

The film opens with one of the stars, Rosamund Pike, whose family is attacked by indians. Those opening scenes set the mood for the movie. It’s a scenic landscape that is interrupted by actions of violence. A peace broken by savagery. Pike’s character, Rosalie Quaid, becomes a central character for the film as she must deal with the trauma of losing her entire family, and some how finding the strength to live on. Her path eventually crosses Christian Bale, who plays Captain Joseph J. Blocker. Captain Blocker is pretty bluntly racist against Native Americans, having spent his entire military career fighting and killing them. On the eve of retirement, he’s given on last mission – to escort a group of indians to Montana to a sacred indian burial ground, by orders of the President of the United States. It’s a mission he doesn’t want with company he can’t stand. Wes Studi plays Chief Yellow Hawk, Captain Blocker’s nemesis. Together, they must make peace if they want to complete their journey, or kill each other off to end their blood feud. Continue Reading Movie Review: ‘Hostiles’…

‘Solo’ Full Teaser

February 5, 2018 at 9:02 am | Posted in Movies, News, Star Wars, Star Wars News, trailers | Leave a comment
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The full teaser for Solo is now out.

Posted By: Skuldren for Roqoo Depot.

‘Solo’ Super Bowl TV Spot

February 5, 2018 at 5:49 am | Posted in Movies, News, Star Wars, Star Wars News, trailers | Leave a comment
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Here’s the Solo Super Bowl TV spot.

Posted By: Skuldren for Roqoo Depot.

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February 2, 2018 at 12:00 am | Posted in Around the Web, Books, Collecting, Comic Books, Conventions, Events, IDW, Movies, News, Regular Feature, Star Wars, Star Wars News, Toys, trailers, Video Games | Leave a comment

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

Book News

  • Star Wars: Encyclopedia of Starfighters and Other Vehicles by Landry Q. Walker now has a cover and an entry over on Penguin Random House.

  • The paperback release of Canto Bight will be getting a new cover. It will hit stores on May 29, 2018.

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January 26, 2018 at 12:01 am | Posted in Around the Web, Books, Collecting, Comic Books, Conventions, Del Rey, Events, Marvel, Movies, News, Random House, Regular Feature, Star Wars, Star Wars Books, Star Wars News, Toys, trailers | Leave a comment

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

Book News

  • Random House will be offering con exclusive versions of The Last Jedi novelization at Emerald City Comic Con. However, there is also a lottery system you’ll need to enter here in order to reserve a copy. This version of the book has an exclusive cover, an autograph by author Jason Fry, and a free pin. Note not everyone who enters the lottery is guaranteed a copy as they’ll be randomly selecting entries.

Comic News

  • A Star Wars Comic has released their first issue for 2018.
  • Newsarama has a five page preview of The Last Jedi – DJ #1. Just follow the link and click the preview button to check it out.

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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.

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.
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