Thursday, November 16, 2017

Stranger Things Season 2 A Different kind of review (Spoilers)

Season 2 of Stranger Things dips again into that 1980’s Nostalgia.   I refer to it as The Goonies and ET with a mix of Stephen King.   I just finished up with the Season the other night and felt that it was a satisfying second season – but not an amazing second season. I’ve avoided articles and reviews to skip spoilers, so this is my opinions
To mix things up and do something a little different I thought I’d do my quick little review in the form of asking questions.

Question 1.   Could Steven from Stranger Things be Negan from the Walking Dead and the Upside Down be responsible for the Zombie Virus?

Probably not –but I couldn’t resist with the whole bat thing.   Steven’s character has continued his turn from heel at the beginning of Season One to Han Solo like hero in Season 2. 

Question 2.    Why does Eleven turn to the Darkside so easily?
Eleven is way to eager to turn to the dark side when she meets her “sister”  Number 8.  I get that she is on a journey of discovery –but her turn to willingly using her power for evil was disturbing and then she turned good again just as quickly and Batman forgave Superman for having a mom with the same name.

Question 3.   What is your favorite 80’s movie reference either intentional or non-intentional?

My personal favorite was the will they won’t they scene between Mike’s Sister and Will’s Brother.   It was clearly designed to mimic the scene between Indiana Jones and Willie Scott in Temple of Doom.  “I’m a conceited ape” I also felt like the gang that 8 runs around with reminded me of the punk rockers from Return of the Living Dead.  Of course, it still very much had the look and feel of Goonies and ET with a little Gremlins thrown in with the Dart character.  The scene where Dustin finds they discarded skin from when the creature grew was straight out of Gremlins once the little bastards hatched

Question 4.   What was your favorite 80’s song used in the film?  

The series starts off with a Devo and Oingo Boingo reference---it was like it was selected specifically for me.     My friend pointed out that he thought it was too lazy of the show to select popular hits like Whip It from Devo.   The should have dug a little deeper and found less common songs.   I sort of agree to a degree –but then they dropped an Oliva Newton John song “Twist of Fate” in at the dance sequence in the last episode which was great.

Question 5.  What did you think of the monster? 

The shadow monster was an interesting concept and much better than the Demi-Gorgon from Season 1 which was a disappointing creature.  Unfortunately, instead of coming up with some more new creatures they doubled down on the “ Demi-dogs” so they could have some Jurassic Park Velociraptor type scenes.  I wish they could have come up with some new creatures.

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Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Bladerunner 2049 2017 9+ out of 10

BladeRunner 2049  2017  9+ out of 10

Now that is how you do a sequel to a 35 year old sci-fi movie.   If you listen to our podcast you will know by now that I’m not a big fan of Reboots and Remakes I general (there is an exception to every generalization).     I am however a fan of a sequel that builds on a pays tribute to the original film.   I loved both The Force Awakens and Tron Legacy –because they expanded on the previous films –while introducing new characters into the story as well.    In my opinion Bladerunner 2049 succeeds in doing this as well.  If you are a fan of the original Bladerunner than you are more likely to enjoy this sequel as well.   It definitely feels like an extension of the universe created in the first film.

The sets in this film are amazing.   Every set piece is like a work of art.  The visuals and music set the mood that puts you right back into the Bladerunner world.  This picture takes place about 30 years after the original and features a Replicant named K (played by Ryan Gosling)  that is tasked to hunt down older model Replicants.  On one of his missions he stumbles upon a mystery that leads him down a dangerous rabbit hole.  Like the original this film is sci-fi noir set amongst the rainy underworld that is Los Angeles in the future.   The film seamlessly blends into what you would expect the extension of the Bladerunner world would look and feel like.   The story consists of a satisfying mystery that ties in with the events of the first film that eventually leads the Bladerunner to find Deckard (played by Harrison Ford).   Of course this happens late in the films 2 hours and 45 minute running time.   My only complaint that I wish we had more time with Harrison’s character. 

Bladerunner 2049 is not for everyone.   Like the original it is a science fiction mystery story.  It isn’t an action adventure film with big explosions ---but instead a slow thought provoking

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Thursday, September 28, 2017

The Orville Vs Star Trek Discovery Which show should you Watch??

I watched 2 of the new Shows we talked about on our recent FALL TV Preview Podcast  (Listen below)

First I caught The Orville a Star Trek Parody by the Creator of The Family Guy Seth MacFarlane.

The Premiere episode was decent and I know I need to give another shot --but on first impressions it was underwhelming.  I love The Family Guy --but Seth's live action efforts so far have fallen short of what he can do in Animation.   I was hoping that this Star Trek Parody was going to be like Galaxy Quest or at least have some of the Family Guy style humor.  The premiere episode disappointed in that respect.  I just expected more.   Of course a premiere episode has a lot of story building and character introductions so I will definitely give this show a couple episodes more to see if things pick up.   I hope they are able to establish more of a sense of humor in the upcoming episodes as this first episode just felt like a watered down version of what I hoped for.

I also watched Star Trek Discovery.   What in the hell happened to the Klingons??  They look like some cheap  reject version of contestant on Sci Fi channels Face Off.   Supposedly this Trek effort takes place in the original Star Trek universe of William Shatner and the universe of the current Trek films.    What a strange decision?  Why Reboot the Franchise to then do a show in the old universe.    If this is supposed to be in that universe why make the Klingons looks so different???  Who knows.    The first episode itself was decent.  A crew of on a Federation Starship heads out to check on a relay station that has taken damage and stumbles across a bunch of Klingons.   A good start for a Star Trek series as the episode literally ends with a bunch of Klingons showing up for a fight.    

The problem with this series is that after the first episode it will be heading to CBS Streaming only.   The first episode only wasn't compelling enough to sign me up for a whole new subscription service.     So I guess I will not be watching the first of this series until it hits DVD or Netflix.   I would probably watch more episodes if it remained on CBS, but not being a Trekkie I'm not willing to pay for this one show.

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John Wick 2 2017 9+ out of 10

John Wick 2  2017 9+ out of 10

John Wick thought he was out of the killing game --but after the events of the first movie he has been pulled back in again.  The second movie picks up where the first movie left off.   John Wick goes after the guys that have his car.   The film starts out with an action packed sequence where Keanu Reeves tries to get his car back.  After this he is forced to return to the underworld to repay a marker that let him out in the first place.  He executes the mission in dramatic fashion at an outdoor concert amongst ruins of an ancient city only to have the gangster that gave him the job then turn on him and try to have him taken out.

The movie was visually stunning.  Whoever does location scouting and set design for these movies is on top of their game.  The locations that the action takes place are like a work of art.  It creates a stylish ambiance that draws you into the world of John Wick
The story is action packed and the pacing is as near to perfect as a film can achieve.  The violence in the action sequences can feels like a super cool video game.  The story in the John Wick films is simplistic --but the film doesn't need a complex plot as the action and the style of the films carries the movies.

I love the world that they have created in John Wick and I'm excited to see more of this world. The John Wick series is my favorite Keanu Reeves franchise.  This sequel added to the cool factor of the original film which was a wonderful surprise to me.  The world building they have done with this series through two films is already more interesting to me than The Matrix which after the first film went downhill.  

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Thursday, September 21, 2017

The Super, Fantastic, Terrific Podcast #27 In this Podcast we discuss The FALL TV Shows for 2017

The Super, Fantastic, Terrific Podcast #27 In this Podcast we discuss the Fall TV Shows for 2017.

Football Season has begun and Big Brother has crowned it's winner....That means the scripted TV shows of the Fall will slowly start returning.   Don't know what to watch?   We give you a quick run down on the new and returning TV Shows.

Sunday, September 3, 2017

Toxic Shark 2017 4 out of 10

Toxic Shark 2017   4 out of 10

If you haven't figured it out already I'm a sucker for a bad shark movie.  I watch them out of habit searching for a So Bad it is Good movie and most often just getting bad.  The trailers are almost always better than the movies themselves and Toxic Shark is no exception.   Last year gave us Atomic Shark which features a radioactive shark off the coast of San Diego that wreck havoc.   Toxic Shark follows in its footsteps with story about a tropical singles retreat that features a shark that is not only radioactive, but also has horn like projection on it's head that spews acid at its victims.   It seems like this latest batch of shark movies no longer think sharks are scary enough on their own.  Trailer Park Shark could electrify people.  The 5 Headed Shark had 5 heads and the Toxic Shark spews acid that can turn beach goers into rabies delusional zombies.   

The best part of this film was that one of the main stars Kabby Borders spends the entire film in a bikini.  Other than that we just get another Bad Shark Movie.   Stuck on an island the greedy fitness celeb running the island of course doesn't want to close the beach (typical Jaws Scenario).   In real life the beaches would close after the first shark attack,  in the movie world it takes a full on shark assault before they tell people to stay out of the water.   Of course even when people are aware of the shark the characters find stupid ways of getting into the water like trying to fix the phone lines which the Toxic Shark has cut off so the characters can't call for help.   The characters of course try to flee in the world's smallest motor boat.   There is nothing special about Toxic Shark other than dumb characters putting themselves into dangerous situations.

 If I had to recommend a radioactive shark movie I'd go with Atomic Shark which at least had some unusual stuff happening in it that included tainted fish that cause a restaurant to explode after a TV host blows up after eating the radioactive fish.

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Saturday, September 2, 2017

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them 2016 6 out of 10

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them   2016  6 out of 10

It took me awhile to get around to watching this expansion of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter beyond the Potter books.   When the trailer came out it just didn't really excite me.  I finally watched it this weekend and I guess my original feeling about the trailer rang true.  Despite the film being filled with magic on screen the story and characters didn't feel magicial to me.   It was missing something the films based on the Harry Potter book series had.  

I was about 35 minutes into the film and was already looking at the DVD time counter to see how much longer the film was.  At this point in the film they go into the magical suitcase which is a home for a bunch of mysterious and incredible creatures.  The creatures themselves were cool and interesting --but the story had already lost my attention,   The world inside the suitcase was the most interesting part of the movie and yet it just felt like a trip the zoo.    

The plot played out like a Men in Black movie with the main character a Wizard named Newt  (played by Eddie Redmayne) getting a Muggle (Dan Fogler) involved in his adventure to gather some of the animals that had escaped from his magical suitcase. Unlike Men in Black the film lacked humor, it tried to be funny --but never really succeeded.  Two of the creatures that they try and track down include a strange platypus looking creature that steals gems and gold and a giant "Horny" Rhino that they track to the zoo. Both of the scenes were meant to be funny, but didn't make me laugh at all.   I never found myself caring about the main character which makes it hard to really get into the film. 

The plot was just dark and dull.   Despite great special effects and a nice wizard wand duel at the end of the film it just didn't take me to the magical world that the other Potter films did.  I know that this movie takes place in the Harry Potter universe --but it didn't feel the same.  It felt like a Harry Potter knock-off instead of a continuation of the Potterverse. 

I would say skip this non-Potter adventure and re watch some of the original series if you are looking for fun.

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