Movie Review: ‘Gretel & Hansel’

February 5, 2020 at 9:09 am | Posted in Movies, Reviews | Leave a comment

Gretel & Hansel is based on the old fairy tale Hansel & Gretel. They flipped the name for the film as it’s a bit different. This story focuses on Gretel. With creepy imagery, music and characters, the film does an excellent job of spinning a tale about a witch and being wary of gifts.

At the heart of the story is Gretel. Played by Sophia Lillis, she does a great job of investing you in the characters and the setting. In this telling of the story, Gretel is the older sister who is taking care of Hansel. They are forced on a journey through the woods, in which they inevitably run into the witch. But there is no gingerbread house in this story. It’s a bit more realistic and definitely more creepy. Throw in some great music, and it really immerses you into the story. Continue Reading Movie Review: ‘Gretel & Hansel’…

Movie Review: ‘The Rhythm Section’

February 5, 2020 at 7:50 am | Posted in Movies, Reviews | Leave a comment

The Rhythm Section is your classic “train them to be a weapon” trope movie with a woman who finds purpose in revenge after losing everything. It doesn’t really do anything new, but it does do a good job at telling a story.

One thing I really liked about this movie is that it feels very grounded. By that I mean it’s not a Jason Bourne or Mission Impossible movie with over the top action or insane fighting abilities. The people in this movie struggle in a fight and it often results in an on the floor struggle rather than some beautifully choreographed fight. Furthermore, the main character isn’t some star pupil who becomes a super spy ninja assassin. She’s a person who struggles and pushes herself. She’s not great at anything, but she’s willing to try and she puts herself out there. On top of all that, she never blindly falls into belief or gets stuck in a narrow field of focus. Through the entire story, she stays aware and questions things. Is this the right thing to do? Can I trust this person? Continue Reading Movie Review: ‘The Rhythm Section’…

‘The Rise of Skywalker’ Spoiler Discussion

December 19, 2019 at 11:28 pm | Posted in Episode IX, Movies, Opinion, Star Wars | 1 Comment

So we’ve seen the movie. You liked it. You loved it. You hated it. Who knows? But here’s what I thought…last warning, full spoilers below… Continue Reading ‘The Rise of Skywalker’ Spoiler Discussion…

‘The Rise of Skywalker’ Spoiler Free Review

December 19, 2019 at 10:29 pm | Posted in Episode IX, Miscellaneous, Movies, Reviews, Star Wars | Leave a comment

I liked it. Seriously, I can think of no better way to summarize it than that. Somehow I managed to stay spoiler free, kept my expectations low by cutting myself off from all the extra trailers and TV spots, went in, and enjoyed it. It was great. Was it the best Star Wars movie ever? No. But it wasn’t the worst, either. It took a little while to settle in, but once I was in, I was having fun. There were surprises, and thankfully, I enjoyed them all.

Going in, I was still on a high from Chapter 7 of The Mandalorian. I really didn’t have any excitement to see The Rise of Skywalker. I stopped watching trailers a long time ago in order to keep things fresh. But doing so also killed the hype. That build up, that anxiousness to see what would happen, I cut myself off from it. So when I sat down and waited for the movie to kick on, there was not a lot of emotion or anticipation. Then you see that Lucasfilm logo pop up, and you know it’s about to begin. There’s that odd feeling of reading a brand new crawl for the first time. There’s the opening shot — an iconic moment for any Star Wars film — and the story starts. Continue Reading ‘The Rise of Skywalker’ Spoiler Free Review…

Around the Web

December 13, 2019 at 12:01 am | Posted in Around the Web, Books, Comic Books, Marvel, Movies, News, Regular Feature, Star Wars, Star Wars Books, Star Wars News, Television, Toys & Collectibles, trailers | Leave a comment

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

Book News

  • The release date for The Art of Star: The Rise of Skywalker has been delayed to March 31, 2020.
  • Insight Editions released a trailer for their book Secrets of the Jedi which came out November 12th last month.

Comic News Continue Reading Around the Web…

Around the Web

December 6, 2019 at 12:01 am | Posted in Around the Web, Books, Episode IX, Movies, News, Random House, Regular Feature, Star Wars, Star Wars Books, Star Wars News | Leave a comment

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

Book News

  • E.K. Johnston’s Padme novel is getting a prequel called Queen’s Peril. Follow the link for an interview and the cover reveal.
  • Del Rey revealed the cover for Thrawn: Ascendancy last week.

Continue Reading Around the Web…

Movie Review: ‘Terminator: Dark Fate’

November 13, 2019 at 7:35 am | Posted in Movies, Reviews | Leave a comment

As a kid who grew up on T2: Judgement Day, I’ve always had to check out the new Terminator movies. However, Dark Fate raised the stakes by bringing back Linda Hamilton. Sure, we’ve seen Arnold before. It’s nice to have him back. But Hamilton? That’s a game changer. While Dark Fate isn’t the greatest movie of the year, or the best film in the franchise, it’s a lot of fun and worth checking out.

First, let’s start with the new faces. Mackenzie Davis plays Grace, the augmented human who has Terminator like abilities – super fast, super strong and with tech enhancements that can scan things at a distance or hack computer devices. She’s sent back to protect a girl named Dani Ramos, played by Natalia Reyes. Now to be honest, Dani is a lot more likeable than Grace. Dani is the super soldier with a bit of an attitude and she doesn’t get along that well with Sarah Connor. Dani, on the other hand, is very likeable. She’s not a super soldier, or a bad ass like Sarah Connor, but she’s capable and learning, much like Sarah in the first Terminator. Continue Reading Movie Review: ‘Terminator: Dark Fate’…

Movie Review: ‘Doctor Sleep’

November 13, 2019 at 7:16 am | Posted in Movies, Reviews | 1 Comment

Doctor Sleep is interesting in that it’s not just a movie based off a Stephen King book, but a sequel to a Stephen King book and a sequel to a movie, which is a rare thing. As a fan of the original Stanley Kubrick movie The Shinning, I was interested to see how this film would tie-in or differ since Kubrick’s movie was a slight departure from the book. Also, I was a little disappointed with how the book Doctor Sleep ended, so I was hoping this movie could somehow save the story and make it better. Amazingly, this film was able to do all of the above and more. It captures all the core features of the book and makes it better, it links into Kubrick’s film to create a near seamless continuation of the story, and it stands as a second chapter fusing together both book and film to create a thing of it’s own. Continue Reading Movie Review: ‘Doctor Sleep’…

Around the Web

November 1, 2019 at 12:01 am | Posted in Around the Web, Books, Comic Books, Marvel, Movies, News, Random House, Regular Feature, Star Wars, Star Wars Books, Star Wars News, Toys & Collectibles, trailers, Video Games | Leave a comment

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

Book News

  • USA Today has a new excerpt for Resistance Reborn.

Comic News

Convention & Event News

Fandom News

  • New episode of The Star Wars Show.

Movie & Television News

  • The trailer for Code 8 looks cool. It’ll be out in December.

  • I’m not big on them remaking The Grudge, but this trailer looks really good. It’ll be out in January.

Toy & Collectibles News

Video Game News

Around the Web

October 25, 2019 at 12:01 am | Posted in Books, Conventions, Events, Movies, News, Star Wars, Star Wars Books, Star Wars News, Toys & Collectibles, trailers | Leave a comment

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

Book News

  • StarWars.com has a look at The Art of Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order.

Convention & Event News

  • Baltimore Comic-Con will be October 18 to 20 in Baltimore, MD. Star Wars guests include Cullen Bunn, Greg Cipes, Howard Chaykin, Katie Cook, Matt Kindt, Livio Ramondelli, and Walter Simonson.
  • Dallas Fan Days will be October 18 to 20 in Irving, TX. Star Wars guests include Anthony Daniels, Ron Perlman, and Ashley Witter.
  • Fanboy Expo will be October 18 to 20 in Knoxville, TN. Star Wars guests include Cam Clarke, Freddie Prinze Jr, and Carel Struycken.
  • Fandemic Tour – Houston is October 18 to 20 in Houston, TX. Star Wars guests include James Marsters, and Ray Park.
  • Santa Fe Comic Con is October 18 to 20 in Santa Fe, NM. Star Wars guests include David Ankrum, Angus MacInnes, and John Morton.
  • Walker Stalker Atlanta will be October 18 to 20 in Atlanta, GA. Star Wars guests include Dave Fennoy, and Cailey Fleming.
  • Bristol Comic Con & Gaming Festival will be October 19 in Bristol, England. Star Wars guests include Bern Collaco, Sean Cronin, Mickey Lewis, Clem So, Scott Stevenson, and Miltos Yerolemou.
  • Hamilton Comic Con is October 19 to 20 in Mount Hope, ON. Star Wars guests include Alan Harris, and Mike Quinn.
  • Vampire Ball will be October 18 to 20 in Birmingham, England. Star Wars guests include Keith Szarabajka.
  • Auckland Armageddon is October 25 to 28 in Auckland, New Zealand. Star Wars guests include Steve Blum, Jason Isaacs, Mary Elizabeth McGlynn, and Sam Witwer.
  • Chiller Theatre will be October 25 to 27 in Parsippany, NJ. Star Wars guests include Wilford Brimley, Tony Cox, and Phil Fondacaro.
  • Destination Star Trek will be October 25 to 27 in Birmingham, England. Star Wars guests include Brent Spiner, and George Takei.
  • Hal-Con is October 25 to 27 in Halifax, NS. Star Wars guests include James Marsters.
  • MCM Comic Con London will be October 25 to 27 in London, England. Star Wars guests include James S.A. Corey, Nolan North, Simon Peg, and George Perez.
  • Spooky Empire will be October 31 to November 3 in Tampa, FL. Star Wars guests include James Hong.
  • Star Wars Celebration Anaheim is August 27 to 30 in 2020.
  • Disney’s Star Wars Day at Sea will be returning in 2020.

Fandom News Continue Reading Around the Web…

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