childhood memories

shazam! – marvel at the other captain marvel

Shazam! is the latest from DC in their films. This one is directed by David F. Sandberg with a screenplay by Henry Gayden, stay by Gayden and Darren Lemke. The film stars Asher Angel, Zachary Levi, Mark Strong, Jack Dylan Grazer, and Djimon Hounsou. It’s about a boy who can transform into an adult superhero by merely speaking the name Shazam! Continue reading

dumbo – you’ll believe an elephant can fly

Dumbo is the latest fantasy film directed by Tim Burton, it’s got a screenplay by Ehren Kruger, the film is inspired by the 1941 animated film of the same name, based on the novel by Helen Aberson and Harold Pearl. The film stars Colin Farrell, Michael Keaton, Danny DeVito, Eva GreenNico Parker, Finn Hobbins and Alan Arkin. The movie is about a family that works at a traveling circus that’s seen brighter days, they get a new baby elephant with large ears who’s able to fly. Continue reading

bumblebee – rollout to the movies!

Bumblebee is a prequel to those so called Transformers live action “movies.” Bumblebee is the first live action film directed by Travis Knight (you may know him from the Laika movies… Kubo and the Two Strings and Coraline). It’s written by Christina Hodson, the film stars; Hailee Steinfeld, John Cena, Jorge Lendeborg Jr., John Ortiz, Jason Drucker, Pamela Adlon, Dylan O’Brien, Angela Basset, Justin Theroux, and Peter Cullen. It’s about Charlie, a girl in 1987, that’s dealing with a family issue and finds solace in a yellow Volkswagen Beetle that is more than meets the eye. Continue reading

mary poppins returns – return to a simpler time

Mary Poppins Returns is a musical fantasy film directed by Rob Marshall, with a screenplay by David Magee and a story by Magee, Marshall, and John DeLuca. It’s based on the book series of the same name by P.L. Travers. This is a direct sequel to the 1964 Mary Poppins film. It stars; Emily Blunt, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Ben Whinshaw, Emily Mortimer, Julie Walters, Dick Van Dyke, Angela Lansbury, and Colin Firth.  Music and Score are done by Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman.
The film is set in 1930s London, thirty years after the events of the original film, Mary Poppins returns to the Banks’ home to assist during a time of trouble. Continue reading

won’t you be my neighbor? – simple, yet deep

Won’t You Be My Neighbor? is a documentary film directed by Morgan Neville, it’s about the life of Fred Rogers and the philosophy that drove him to do what he did. It features Joanne Rogers, Francois Scarborough Clemmons, Yo-Yo Ma, Joe Negri, David Newell, and Fred Rogers as… who else… himself.
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solo: a star wars story – with a blaster by his side and a smile 12 parsecs wide!

Solo: A Star Wars Story is the second Star Wars anthology film, this stand-alone movie tells us the backstory to Han Solo, Chewbacca and Lando Calrissian. This film is directed by Ron Howard with a screenplay by Jonathan and Lawrence Kasdan. It stars Alden Ehrenreich, Woody Harrelson, Emilia Clarke, Donald Glover, Thandie Newton, Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Joonas Suotamo and Paul Bettany.
The events of this film take place between Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope.

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star wars: the last jedi – the return of luke

Star Wars: The Last Jedi is the latest installment in the epic space opera. This time around The Last Jedi is written and directed by Rain Johnson. It stars Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Adam Driver, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Lupita Nyong’o, Domhnall Gleeson, Anthony Daniels, Gwendoline Christie, Kelly Marie Tran, Laura Dern and Benicio del Toro. The Last Jedi follows Rey as she receives training from Luke Skywalker and the struggle of the Resistance to combat the First Order. Continue reading

brigsby bear – may your mind be stronger tomorrow

Brigsby Bear is a comedy drama directed by Dave McCary. The screenplay is by Kyle Mooney and Kevin Costello with a story by Mooney. The movie stars Mooney, Claire Danes, Mark Hamill, Greg Kinnear, Matt Walsh, Michaela Watkins, Chris Crimin, and Andy Samberg. The film is about the impact of a kid’s show, but not really… the film premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January of this year and got wide release in July. Continue reading

conventions! – D23 & SDCC 2017

D23 and Comic Con were back to back weekends. Why would I subject myself to such a strenuous schedule? I wouldn’t have it any other way, feeding the inner nerd two weekends in a row was definitely tasking on the body but it was so much fun.

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r.i.p. adam west

Adam West passed away on June 9, 2017. Born William West Anderson, it seems he always played a fictional version of himself.

Best known for Batman in the sixties, I caught reruns of these episodes, yet Adam West kept showing up in shows. He made appearances in The Simpsons, Family Guy, The Flash, The Ben Stiller Show, Batman: The Animated Series, The Rugrats, Lois and Clark, Animaniacs, Newsradio, and The Adventures of Pete & Pete.

West’s acting style never changed, he was definitely an actor of an era. But we didn’t want anything else from him, his comedic timing and sense of humor about himself is something everyone should strive for.

Something that’s always stuck with me is the pilot for Lookwell, the series never got picked up, it might’ve been ahead of it’s time when it was produced. But West is amazing in it.

Adam West is Batman for a generation, he’s always been a reminder that you fight the darkness with the light. To quote many a persons on the internet, “He was the brightest of Dark Knights.”
You will be missed.