Kong: Skull Island is a fun movie. Not a great movie, but a fun one. It takes two fun elements and throws in some extras to make this a unique King Kong movie that doesn’t take itself too seriously and sets out for pure entertainment. I mean come on, you’ve got Samuel L. Jackson declaring war on Kong and John C. Reilly providing some hilarity. Action and humor combine together in this one to make it worth a watch.
The whole premise is kind of neat. It’s set right at the end of Vietnam with all the American forces being pulled out. John Goodman and Corey Hawkins play a pair of conspiracy theorists who are putting together an expedition to an unexplored island where they think there could be monsters. They recruit a military escort lead by Samuel L. Jackson who commands a company of helicopters. They also recruit an SAS operative played by Tom Hiddleston to serve as the tracker for their voyage. Along the way, they pick up a journalist played by Brie Larson and there’s some scientists filling out the cast. Continue Reading Movie Review: ‘Kong: Skull Island’…
Simply put, Logan is a fantastic film. From beginning to end, this is a movie that’s well done and, in my opinion, the best film they’ver ever done with Wolverine in it. In fact I’d go one higher and put this one on par with the best the Batman or Marvel franchises have done. The character work is refreshing, touching and emotional. The story is engaging and pulls you in. There’s action, and yes, it lives up to it’s R rating with violence, language and some brief nudity. It’s a Wolverine movie for adults, and as such, it delivers.
First, let’s start with the driving force of the film, the characters. Hugh Jackman as Wolverine is at the heart of the story as an aging mutant whose powers don’t work as well as they used to. He’s lived a hard life and it’s caught up to him. And while he’s given up on the world, he still has a few people he’s looking out for, most significantly, Charles Xavier. Through this movie, you see a gruff, violent Wolverine who can be a person of few words, one who does show love or kindness. But there are moments when the shell breaks and you catch a glimpse beneath the jaded exterior and you see what lies beneath. The film very carefully does this to full effect, making those moments touching and heartbreaking. You begin to realize why he is what he is. And as gruff as he may be, he’s still a good person when it counts. Continue Reading Movie Review: ‘Logan’…
Here is this week’s Around the Web news roundup of Star Wars and beyond.
- Mondo is offering a creepy Wicket print for diehard Ewok fans. For Carrie fans, they also have a Leia print.
- StarWars.com dished out some info on the upcoming Rogue One novels. First up, Rebel Rising by Beth Revis (416 page hardcover, May 2, 2017).
When Jyn Erso was five years old, her mother was murdered and her father taken from her to serve the Empire. But despite the loss of her parents she is not completely alone—Saw Gerrera, a man willing to go to any extremes necessary in order to resist Imperial tyranny, takes her in as his own, and gives her not only a home but all the abilities and resources she needs to become a rebel herself.
Jyn dedicates herself to the cause—and the man. But fighting alongside Saw and his people brings with it danger and the question of just how far Jyn is willing to go as one of Saw’s soldiers. When she faces an unthinkable betrayal that shatters her world, Jyn will have to pull the pieces of herself back together and figure out what she truly believes in…and who she can really trust.
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Star Wars Episode VIII now has a title, but is Luke the last Jedi or will it be Rey? You can see the official announcement over on StarWars.com though there’s nothing new yet except for the title.
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Here is this week’s Podcasts in Review. Lots of Rogue One discussion episodes, some better than others.
Assembly of Geeks: Rogue One Reviews starts with some discussion on Gotham City Sirens and a Deadshot movie, then they move into their reviews of Rogue One with guest Dan Zehr (Coffee With Kenobi). While there’s no love for Bor Gullet or Saw, they do discuss the things they liked as well as the things they didn’t like, what they wanted, the CGI, possible plot holes and ranking it.
Bantha Fodder: Episode 15 is a Christmas special as they do their own version of “Twas A Night Before Christmas” but Rogue One themed. Worth a listen.
Bombad Radio: Episode 264 features James, Jeremiah, Jason and author Adam Bray as they talk Rogue One including expectations, the things they liked, disliked and listener feedback. Good episode. Note there’s more listener reviews at the end of the episode so when the main discussion ends and you hear someone else speaking, that’s what’s going on. It threw me off guard at first as I though maybe a different podcast had started playing, but it’s just a listener review. Continue Reading Podcasts in Review…
Here is this week’s Around the Web news roundup of Star Wars and beyond.
Convention & Event News
StarWars.com has a first look at the badge artwork for Star Wars Celebration Orlando. Plus it has been revealed that Warwick Davis, Amy Ratcliffe and David Collins will be the stage hosts. Continue Reading Around the Web…
So while you’re taking breaks in between viewings of Rogue One, you might be wondering what else to see. For me, the trailer for Allied looked promising. I love war movies and this one felt like someone was bringing a Medal of Honor video game to life showing all the cool missions spies were doing in World War II. What I didn’t realize was that Allied isn’t so much an action packed spy movie but a WWII drama film.
The movie stars Brad Pitt and Marion Cotillard, two spies in WWII who much work together on a mission in French Morocco. The story kicks off there as the two get to know each other and slip into their roles. Their goal is to assassinate a German diplomat, which leads to one of the few action scenes in the whole movie. The two spies fall in love, and after their successful mission, they return to England where they start a family under the umbrella of the war. Interestingly enough, both character’s leave their spy life behind at this point in the film. Pitt’s character is a member of the English air force and appears to have a desk job. Cotillard, on the other, becomes a stay at home mom. The bulk of the movie develops their relationship with the set dressing of being in WWII England. Continue Reading Movie Review: ‘Allied’…
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Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is an interesting departure for the Harry Potter franchise as it dives into a story without its most famous character. Can a Harry Potter movie without Harry Potter work? Yes. In fact, Fantastic Beasts is a surprisingly enjoyable film and one I highly recommend checking out.
First off, this movie stars a different wizard than the one most fans are familiar with. There is no Harry Potter in this film. Instead there’s Newt Scamander, and older wizard traveling to New York with a suitcase full of fantastic creatures and a secret mission of his own. The whole movie takes place in New York and is set in 1926 giving the film a very interesting vibe. In America, the wizarding world is very different. There are different rules, different customs and new people to meet and learn about. For instance they call muggles no-maj and wizards are encouraged to stay away from the non-magical community. It’s an interesting exploration of a world we thought we were familiar with. Continue Reading Movie Review: ‘Fantastic Beasts’…
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The wait is over and Rogue One is out. Did the war movie deliver? The short answer is yes!
Without getting into spoilers yet, Rogue One delivered a Star Wars standalone movie with tons of action, epic visual moments, fun characters, a humorous K-2SO, tons of easter eggs and a movie that was entertaining from beginning to end. There was a little bit of something for everyone in this prequel which leads directly into Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope. While Rogue One is a standalone, it’s actually the perfect film to lead into A New Hope basically making it Episode 3.9. With top notch acting, it’s a film that holds up wonderfully with repeated viewings, each time yielding something new. If you’re a Star Wars fan, it’s a movie you will not want to miss. Continue Reading Movie Review: ‘Rogue One’…
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You can listen to the whole Rogue One soundtrack for free thanks to Disney Vevo YouTube channel. And don’t worry, there’s no spoilers in the track titles.