The summer event known as Comic Con (San Diego Comic Con or Comic Con International) was last week. Without fail it was one of the hottest weeks to hold a widely attended event.
This year there weren’t any exclusives that I had to get, thank goodness, the line management for exclusive merchandise is just as bad as the panel lines. Seems like camping for comic con has just become a necessity, not for me!
I flew solo at Comic Con this year, this is the first time that I’ve done this, not that it can’t be done, but Comic Con for me has always been a group event. Before Comic Con blew up it was the thing we did in the summer while school was out, we’d call up friends and ask “what’re you doing? I dunno, nothing, wanna go to comic con?”
We’d get dropped off and pay for our one day ticket at the door, walk right in, and that was that.
Now Comic Con is an entirely different beast, getting a badge/admission is a whole other ball of wax.
Despite not having my usual buddies in tow, I had a blast this year. I was able to meet up with friends and believe it or not, run into people on the floor (that hasn’t happened in such a long time).
As always I got a preview of expensive items yet to be on sale;
Ant-Man and the Wasp is the sequel to, you guessed it!, Ant-Man. This film brings back everyone from the first film, Peyton Reed is back at the directing chair, with the film being written by Chris McKenna and Erik Sommers, and Paul Rudd, Andrew Barrer and Gabriel Ferrari. The movie stars Rudd as Scott Lang (Ant-Man), Evangeline Lily as Hope van Dyne (the Wasp), Michael Pena, Walton Goggins, Bobby Cannavale, Judy Greer, Tip “T.I.” Harris, David Dastmalchian, Hanna John-Kamen, Abby Ryder Fortson, Randall Park, Michelle Pfeiffer, Laurence Fishburne, and Michael Douglas.
Ant-Man and the Wasp takes place two years after the events in Captain America: Civil War, and before the events of Avengers: Infinity War. Lang is balancing home life as a father with his super heroic life as Ant-Man, Hope and Hank come back into the picture with a proposal that may cause a disruption in his life, what’s a guy supposed to do??
Hearts Beat Loud is a comedy/drama/music film directed by Brett Haley. It’s written by Haley and Marc Basch. It stars Nick Offerman, Kiersey Clemons, Ted Danson, Shasha Lane, Blythe Danner and Toni Collette. The music is by Keegan DeWitt. The film is about a record store owner who want to start a band with his daughter after they record one song in a jam session and it goes viral.
The good; the songs are great, Keegan DeWitt does a wonderful job crafting these songs that seamlessly fit into Hearts Beat Loud. It’s my type of music and I could’ve sat there watching one long music video of everything. Offerman and Clemons doe a fabulous job acting and acting musically. Clemons being a singer has a great voice and on stage presence, the film really showcases this. Offerman played Ron Swanson, on Parks and Recreation, where he played the saxophone, here Offerman plays the guitar, whether he can or can’t in real life, I dunno… but he does a great job play acting like he can.
Seeing this father and daughter dynamic between the two of them, not only in life, but musically is great.
The writing in Hearts Beat Loud is wonderful. Each character is three dimensional, simple and yet complex. Everyone’s motivations are clear, so when they come at odds with one another it makes sense and isn’t contrived. It also helps that the acting is awesome.
The bad; you won’t be seeing this gem of a film.
Overall, go seek this one out. Hearts Beat Loud is Haley’s most uplifting film, if you’ve followed his filmography at all you’ll know what that means. I’m glad that he made a movie that ends optimistically yet still retains all the things that make a Haley film a Haley film.
If anything, go see this film for the music.
Incredibles 2 is Pixar’s next film and it’s the direct sequel to 2004’s The Incredibles. This film is written and directed by Brad Bird, it stars Craig T. Nelson, Holly Hunter, Sarah Vowell and Samuel L. Jackson, all of whom reprise their roles from the first film. The additions to the cast are Bob Odenkirk, Catherine Keener, Jonathan Banks, Huck Milner and Sophia Bush. Michael Giacchino also returns to do the scoring duties.
Incredibles 2 follows the adventures of the Parr family after the events of the first film and how they deal with their superpowers in a world that doesn’t allow for that. Continue reading
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.
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.
Avengers: Infinity War is a 2018 sequel to 2012’s The Avengers and 2015’s Avengers: Age of Ultron, it’s the nineteenth film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe(MCU). The film is directed by Anthony and Joe Russo, written by Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely, it stars; Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Benedict Cumberbatch, Don Cheadle, Tom Holland, Chadwick Boseman, Paul Bettany, Elizabeth Olsen, Anthony Mackie, Sebastian Stan, Danai Gurira, Letitia Wright, Dave Bautista, Zoe Saldana, Josh Brolin, and Chris Pratt.
In Avengers: Infinity War, the Avengers and Guardians of the Galaxy attempt to stop Thanos from collecting the Infinity Stones. Continue reading
Getting Grace is a comedy/drama film directed by Daniel Roebuck, it’s written by Jeff Lewis and Roebuck. It stars Roebuck, Madelyn Dundon (in the titular role), Marsha Dietlein, Dana Ashbrook, and Duane Whitaker.
Getting Grace is about a teenage girl who has cancer, she befriends a funeral home director to find out what happens when it’s her time to go. Life lessons are had from both ends.
20 years ago Cowboy Bebop premiered in Japan, April 3, 1998. I can’t believe this masterpiece is 20 years old, what’s more unbelievable is how well its held up and how appealing it is to new comers. All of the elements in this show were on point and hit the bulls-eye. From the hugely appealing characters, to the wonderful action sequence, coupled with the fantastic music, everything about this show is awesome.
My personal favorite aspect is all the pop culture references (movies, songs, videogames…), which makes rewatching this series a treat.
Space Lion is one of my favorite tracks from the series
See you space cowboy
Annihilation is the latest science fiction movie from Alex Garland (Ex Machina). This film is based on the novel of the same name by Jeff VanderMeer. The film stars Natalie Portman, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Gina Rodriguez, Tessa Thompson, Tuva Novotny and Oscar Isaac. It’s about a group of military scientists who enter an extraterrestrial event called “The Shimmer” to see if they can learn what’s going on. Continue reading