Podcasts in Review

February 15, 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 Podcast: Episode 110 they kick off with the news, the Game of Thrones creators doing Star Wars movies, TV news, Solo EW coverage, and then they discuss the loves of George Lucas. I have to admit, aside from a podcast that did a biography on George, this is the first time I’ve heard a podcast focus on George Lucas’ love life. Great episode. Tons of fun.

Podcast Network: N/A, Runtime: 54 minutes, Audio Quality: Excellent, Editing: Excellent, Hosts: Jason, and Gabe, Rating: Great

Bright Tree Radio: Episode 27 breaks down the Solo trailer as they share their thoughts, discuss what they want and don’t want, and more. Very casual conversation with some goofing around.

Podcast Network: Bright Tree RadioRuntime: 1 hour 15 minutes, Audio Quality: Excellent, Editing: Excellent, Hosts: Sophie, and Phil, Rating: Good

Children of the Force: Reaction Corps – Solo Teasers covers the Solo TV spot and the teaser trailer as they go through each one shot-by-shot. Fun discussion.

Podcast Network: N/A, Runtime: 50 minutes, Audio Quality: Excellent, Editing: Excellent, Hosts: Al, Anna, and Liam, Rating: Fun Continue Reading Podcasts in Review…

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Comic Review: ‘I Hate Fairyland #16’

February 14, 2018 at 12:05 am | Posted in Comic Books, Image, Reviews | Leave a comment
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I Hate Fairyland #16 is still going strong with another great issue. Click here to read our full review.

Reviewed By: Skuldren for Roqoo Depot.

Comic Review: ‘Doctor Aphra #16’

February 14, 2018 at 12:03 am | Posted in Comic Books, Marvel, Reviews, Star Wars | Leave a comment
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Doctor Aphra #16 is one of those rare cases where Marvel Star Wars comics shine. This one is a must read…at least for Aphra fans. Click here to read our full review.

Reviewed By: Skuldren for Roqoo Depot.

Comic Review: ‘Star Wars #43’

February 14, 2018 at 12:03 am | Posted in Comic Books, Marvel, Reviews, Star Wars | Leave a comment

You can say goodbye to Jedha as Star Wars #43 wraps up the story arc there so the heroes can move on to a new adventure. Click here to read our full review.

Reviewed By: Skuldren for Roqoo Depot.

Comic Review: ‘DJ: Most Wanted’

February 14, 2018 at 12:02 am | Posted in Comic Books, Marvel, Reviews, Star Wars | Leave a comment

DJ: Most Wanted doesn’t take to many risks and doesn’t offer much in bold storytelling. Instead, it skirts down the middle with a little adventure. Click here to read our full review.

Reviewed By: Skuldren for Roqoo Depot.

Comic Review: ‘Rose & Paige’

February 14, 2018 at 12:01 am | Posted in Comic Books, IDW, Reviews, Star Wars | Leave a comment
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Star Wars: Forces of Destiny – Rose & Paige provides a little adventure on D’Qar as they take dune buggies into the jungle. Click here to read our full review.

Reviewed By: Skuldren for Roqoo Depot.

Podcasts in Review

February 8, 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 Podcast: Episode 109 begins with some Rob Halford love (huge props for that). Of course they dig into Solo, and really, is there any better podcast to enjoy the goodness of all the Solo content? I think not. They go over the posters, the Super Bowl TV spot, and the full teaser trailer. They talk Corellian hounds, go over the new look of the Millennium Falcon, the train, the frog guy in a jar, and much more. It’s a super fun discussion.

Podcast Network: N/A, Runtime: 56 minutes, Audio Quality: Excellent, Editing: Excellent, Hosts: Jason, and Gabe, Rating: Very Fun

Brews and Blasters: Episode 154 covers breakfast burritos, Oscar nominations, and they dig into Solo. They talk about the Kessel Run, John Williams doing the Han Solo theme, and their predictions. Plus there’s need’em got’em on their recent toy acquisitions. Chris is a little wasted in this episode.

Podcast Network: RetrozapRuntime: 1 hour 10 minutes, Audio Quality: Excellent, Editing: Excellent, Hosts: Joe, and Chris, Rating: Good

Bullseye with Jesse Thorn: Rian Johnson & The Go! Team starts out with a 30 minute conversation with The Last Jedi director Rian Johnson. Rian talks about how he was approached for the project, the humor in the movie, the lightsaber toss scene, and the Leia scenes. I dropped off after the Rian Johnson interview ended, so I can’t comment on the rest of the episode, but the first 30 minutes are definitely worth checking out for The Last Jedi content.

Podcast Network: NPRRuntime: 1 hour 5 minutes, Audio Quality: Excellent, Editing: Excellent, Host: Jesse Thorn, Rating: Good Continue Reading Podcasts in Review…

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’…

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