Monday, February 19, 2018

Cloverfield Paradox 2018 5 out of 10



Cloverfield Paradox  2018  5 out of 10

An interesting concept that doesn't live up to it's potential.  Originally a movie called the God Particle this movie was slapped with the Cloverfield title after the fact which is an insult to the audience.   The concept behind the movie is interesting and the movie could have been something along the lines of "Event Horizon"  but instead it becomes a standard trying to fix a broken spacecraft movie instead of exploring the story it sets up.

The story features a group of scientists on a space station testing a device that hopes to solve a dying Earth's energy crisis.  Instead they end up propelling themselves into an alternated reality with Earth no longer on their radar.  They discover a crew member they don't know trapped inside a panel of the spacecraft with wires stuck in her.  Then other unexplainable strange events begin to happen.  The film uses many sci-fi space ship tropes in scenes that mirror other sci-fi films you have seen before.  There is an a scene that is straight out of Alien when a crew member is infected. 

 The film blows its potential as it turns as the crew tries to get back to their Earth and turns into a  predictable battle with the crew member from the other universe.  And then at the end they throw in a random ending that ties it to the Cloverfield universe.   It really isn't a Cloverfield movie -but that franchise name holds some weight so they decided to try and link it to draw more people into what was just an average Sci-Fi film



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Altered Carbon TV Series Review


Altered Carbon is a strange yet intriguing Sci-Fi Series on Netflix. It is set in a future that is visually ripped off from Bladerunner (down to the neon and rain soaked streets)  that features a world where consciousness is digitalized and stored in cortial stacks implanted in peoples necks. It allows humans to survive physical death and basically have immortality (if you can afford it that is).  It delves into the lose of morality of those who are basically immortal.

The story follows a trained assassin who is downloaded from a prison and is uploaded in a disgraced cops body by some super rich person in order to solve his murder.  The TV series basically starts out as a an interesting murder mystery set in this weird future but about 6 or 7 episodes in takes some strange tangents into a much more personal story for the protagonist.  I personally wish the story had stuck to the murder mystery roots, but instead it went into a different direction.

It is a visual interesting story series with some really cool Bladerunner style sets that provides some cool action sequences and gratuitous nudity.  It is definitely worth a watch for Sci-fi fans and at 10 episodes in length easily binge worthy.  I binged it in a weekend.  I wouldn't say that it is great, but it was still an enjoyable watch.
  

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Saturday, February 3, 2018

Office Christmas Party 2016 6 out of 10




Office Christmas Party   2016  6 out of 10

This movie has a great cast that includes Jason Bateman, Jennifer Aniston, T. J. Miller, and Oliva Munn to name just a few.  Unfortunately like so many modern comedies it just never achieves the level of humor of a classic comedies.  This movie is meant to be "The Hangover"  of office comedies, but comes up short. 

The premise of the story features on uptight CEO (Jennifer Aniston)  that threatens to shut down her brother (T.J. Miller) branch.   Profits have been down so she cancels the companies rinky dink wine and cheese holiday party and tells them they will need to layoff 40% of their staff.    Instead they decide as a hail mary to throw a major christmas party in an effort to land a big client that will save the branch.    Like many current day comedies it has funny moments.   Kate McKinnon in particular shines as the follow the rules HR lady.     I love Jason Bateman, but he plays the same character way too many times.  Jennifer Aniston is wasted as the uptight CEO.   

Some of the outrageous politically incorrect party scenes are entertaining, but the plot just falls flat.  The wild party lends itself to a great trailer --but not necessarily a great film.  It especially derails when the branch manager realizes they have failed in their effort and goes on a bender with a pimp that leads to a car crash and ends him up in the hospital with no consequences.  I guess the film makers figured they needed a big action scene.

A couple days before I saw this movie I stumbled across some Re-Runs of the TV show The Office with Steve Carell.  I found myself watching a mini-marathon of this show I used to love back in the day and found myself laughing out loud several times.   The Office Christmas Party didn't get me to laugh outloud.   I would enjoy an episode of a Christmas party episode of The Office more than this movie.











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Friday, January 19, 2018

The Super, Fantastic, Terrific Podcast #28 In this Podcast we try to discuss Bladerunner 2049

In this Podcast that we recorded back in early October we planned to discuss Bladerunner 2049 in detail.  Unfortunately, two of us hadn’t seen it yet when we sat down to discuss it.  So, this episode basically become a free for all for everything in entertainment. 





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Saturday, January 13, 2018

Spider-Man Homecoming 2017 9 out of 10


Spider-Man Homecoming 2017  9 out of 10

Sony making the deal with Disney to let Spider-Man become a part of the MCU was the best decision Sony ever made for the future of the character.  The new Spider-Man made his first appearance in Captain America : Civil War a Disney film, basically introducing him in that film as one of the Avengers.
As a result of his appearance in that film Sony was able to do a Spider-Man without having to do a reboot origin story for the character.   That was the biggest downfall of the previous Spider-Man Reboot starring Andrew Garfield.  As you know I hate Reboots in general, especially when they cover the same area as the previous version.   The Amazing Spider-Man just felt unnecessary.  When I watched that movie I kept asking myself...."Haven't I seen this before?"   The Sam Raimi Spider-Man movies were so recent that tells how he became Spider-Man again was just not interesting.   Seriously who doesn't know Spider-Man origins???  Just get to the good stuff.   That is exactly what Spider-Man Homecoming is allowed to do.  Skipping all the origin stuff Spider-Man is just allowed to have fun.

In this film Peter Parker  (Tom Holland) is trying to figure out how to balance his life as a high school student by day and superhero by night.  Being a part of the MCU also brings Iron Man into the picture as Spider Man's mentor -- as Peter Parker is desperate to be a full Avenger.  This is where Sony's decision to let Spider-Man be a part of the MCU really pays off.   Iron Man has already been established in 3 Stand Alone movies, 2 Avengers films and the last Captain America.  Iron Man lends credibility to this Spider-Man film and with Spider-Man scheduled to be in the new Avengers film this spring which will just serve as an additional spring board for the character.

In Spider-Man Homecoming they have really nailed the character for the first time.   The first couple of Sam Raimi Spider-Man films were good --but Toby was never really Spider-Man for me.  Tom Holland is Spider-Man.   This Spider-Man also gets a great villain.  Michael Keaton is absolutely excellent as The Vulture.   The scene near the end where Peter Parker goes to pick up his Homecoming date and realizes that his dates dad is actually the villain is great.  The tension in the drive to the dance as the dad starts to piece together who Peter Parker is was priceless.  Michael Keaton couldn't be more menacing in this scene. The film has some great action moments.  Spider-Man is basically still learning how to be a hero and we get some great scenes of him trying to figure out the whole Super Hero thing. The film also has some great comic moments, especially with Peter Parker's best friend learning about him being Spider-Man.   

This film was an excellent entry into the MCU.  Before Marvel started the MCU Spider-Man was arguable the most famous and well known Marvel character.  I can't wait to see what will happen with Spider-Man going forward.  That is something I couldn't necessarily say with the previous versions of Spidey.  This film makes me want to see how his character grows from high school Peter Parker trying to figure things out into full blown Avenger Spider-Man.




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Monday, January 8, 2018

Black Mirror Season 4: USS Callister Review



U.S.S. Callister  Season 4 Episode 1  

I know it is only January 7th, --but this may already be one of the best hours of TV for 2018.  Black Mirror Season 4 has premiered on Netflix and it's first episode is amazing.   Black Mirror is basically the Twilight Zone in the age of Technology.   In U.S.S. Callister they take a Twilight Zone classic” It’s a Good Life” where the boy controls everything like a god and take it to the next level with a virtual reality world.   Basically, a virtual prison on an old sci-fi show. It is part Galaxy Quest meets a terrifying episode of Twilight Zone.  

The main actor Jesse Plemons is amazing as the Captain” Captain Ass” as the crew refers to him.  If Matt Damon had and uglier twin that would-be Jesse Plemons.  His Captain Kirk impression is both charming and frightening at the same time.  It is an excellent performance.  The first time we see his character in the virtual world he is the heroic Captain saving the day.  It isn’t until he downloads the new girl from the office into this virtual world using her DNA that we see the darker side that seems straight out of the classic Twilight episode starring Billy Mummy wishing people off into the cornfield if the don’t cooperate with him.  This episode is a mix of Star Trek and that episode and the mix is absolute magic.

If you are a fan of Twilight Zone, then you need to be watching this show.
I can’t wait to dig into the other 5 episodes.  









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Saturday, December 30, 2017

Alien Convenant 2017 6 out of 10


Alien Covenant 2017   6 out of 10

Alien Covenant is the sequel to Prometheus and as such a prequel to Alien. The story picks up about 10 years after the events of Prometheus and follows a colony ship that is headed for a distant planet being woken up early after some ship damage and receiving a message from a nearby planet capable of supporting life. They decide to investigate, which turns out to be a bad idea as the planet is where David (the android) and Elizabeth from Prometheus have crash landed.  The crew encounters some Alien spores that infect several crew and turn into Aliens quicker than anything in the original film.   Their landing ship is destroyed and they are about to be annihilated until they are saved by David.

David has apparently been overcome by a serious god complex since we last saw him as a severed head in the first film.
The film makes the same mistake as Alien 3 and kills off the main character from Prometheus before the film even begins .  Apparently there was some deleted scenes that dealt with this that we don't get to see.   Instead we get a flashback to David arriving on the Engineers planet and unleashing some destructive disease that wipes them out.   Since then he has apparently has been experimenting with the Alien DNA.  Trying to make a better creature.   It is a decent Alien film as far as the battle with the creatures, but it is just too much rehashing of already covered material.   The ground crew gets destroyed while battling the creatures and the main ship swoops in to try and rescue them.  We get some scenes that rethread the same battles at the end of Aliens as they try to escape the planet.

To make things confusing David and an android that looks just like him from the Covenant  named Walter end up battling the climax of this battle is not shown.   (Surprise) at the end David replaces Walter as a couple of crew that haven't been killed off escape.  This not so surprising twist happens at the end of the film just as the two remaining crew members go back into hibernation.   And then David coughs up and places a couple of Alien eggs into a 

I really liked Prometheus-- but this sequel just continues to take the Franchise off in a weird direction.  This film makes the connection to the original Alien more convoluted.  If David is the one that creates the Aliens from the original film,  why are they found on an Engineer Spaceship with a Space Jockey Pilot?   I also don't like that the new films have basically wiped out the Alien Vs Predator films since they don't fit in with the new Timeline.  They kill the Alien Vs Predator shared universe concept which is a shame.  Sure the Aliens vs Predator films never lived up to their potential, but they were better than Alien 3 (One of the only movies I've ever walked out of a theater during).   Alien and Aliens still stand out as the gold standard of the franchise.  This film is pretty much a forgetable entire to the franchise.





Here is a Timeline Video that tries to explain the Alien Timeline from IGN.





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