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dunkirk – best war film of the year

First of all, I’ve been late with my reviews. Trying to catch up and recommend some great stuff this week.

Dunkirk is Christopher Nolan‘s latest film, he directed and wrote it. It has an ensemble cast in different timelines/storylines that converge. The cast consists of Fion Whitehead, Tom Glynn-Carney, Jack Lowden, Harry Styles, Aneurin Barnard, James D’Arcy, Barry Keoghan, Kenneth Branagh, Cilian Murphy, Mark Rylance and Tom Hardy.
The film is about the Dunkirk evacuation during World War II. 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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war for the planet of the apes – some nice monkey business here

War for the Planet of the Apes is the third installment in the Planet of the Apes rebooted franchise. This film is directed by Matt Reeves written by Mark Bomback and Reeves. The film stars Andy Serkis, Woody Harrelson, Steve Zahn, Amiah Miller, Karin Konoval, Judy Greer and Terry Notary. 
The movie follows the journey of the apes led by Caesar, and the humans that want these apes killed.

The good, the CG is amazing in this film. The motion capture used on Andy Serkis for Caesar is very impressive. Very pleased that the films in this franchise had the budget for the apes, as opposed to the original franchise where the budget got lower and lower for each film addition.

The film hits all the right emotions, Reeves takes us through a journey. Insights into the apes and the humans are given and they’re both logical and relate-able. Caesar’s struggle to keep his people alive in a world where the other inhabitants want them eradicated is almost prophetic set against today’s state of things. Sure it’s not something everyone can relate to, but we can sure empathize with.
The same can be said for Woody Harrelson’s character. On the outset he’s the bad guy, but his motivations are clear, whether we agree with them or not.

The bad; this is just me, because I really love the original franchise, but everything is CG. I miss the practical makeup and prosthetics. The reason for this feeling is that there are scenes where it’s just the apes, and all of that looks great, but it’s all CG. Don’t get me wrong, it looks good, but how much of that is real and tangible? That’s the feeling I got from the original films, and how movie making used to be.

Overall, it’s a nice way to end the franchise. Matt Reeves does a great job pulling you into the story. War of the Planet of the Apes is one that you could watch on its own. It brings the audience up to speed with where things are and then moves right into where things are going. There’s this sense of a lot of things going on that aren’t spelled out, the audience fills in the blanks, it’s very refreshing and un-like most Fox movies.
Reeves is up for the new Batman movie, if he can do what he did here then we’ll be in good shape and hopefully the other films will take his lead.

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Eugene

baby driver – drive yourself to the movies for this one

Baby Driver is the latest film that’s written and directed by Edgar Wright. It’s about a driver, named Baby, who’s a wiz behind the wheel when he’s escaping the police. Being involved with criminals leads to some no so nice situations. The film stars; Ansel Elgort, Kevin Spacey, Lily James, Jon Bernthal, Eiza Gonzalez, Jon Hamm and Jamie Foxx. Continue reading

cars 3 – there’s some tread left

Cars 3 is the third installment in the Cars film franchise. Lightning McQueen has to deal with the new breed of racers and where he fits into the racing circuit. This film is directed by Brian Fee (he was a storyboard artist on Cars and Cars 2), it’s written by Kiel Murray, Bob Peterson, Mike Rich with a story Brian Fee, Ben Queen, Eyal Podell, Jonathan E. Stewart. It stars the voices of Owen Wilson, Cristela Alonzo, Armie Hammer, Bonnie Hunt, Larry the Cable Guy, Nathan Fillion, Kerry Washington and Lea DeLaria. Continue reading

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.

wonder woman – I wonder why this is so good?

Wonder Woman is finally here. The film is directed by Patty Jenkins, its written by Allan Heinberg and stars Gal Gadot, Chris Pine, Robin Wright, Danny Huston, David Thewlis, Connie Nielsen, Elena Anayain and Lucy Davis. It’s Wonder Woman’s first theatrical film, it’s an origin story that takes place in World War I where Wonder Woman learns the ways of man. Continue reading

wondercon 2017

I’ve been attending Wondercon since it relocated to Southern California in 2012. It’s also a welcomed convention since San Diego Comic Con sells out.
Wondercon 2017 has come and gone. This time I dressed up as The War Doctor (RIP John Hurt) to help advertise our podcast, Who New.
Living in Southern California I always went for comfort over costume, but now with a Podcast to promote I wore a long jacket in the warm Anaheim weather, we’re in spring, but it felt like summer. Continue reading

star wars rebels – twin suns

The episode Twin Suns in Star Wars Rebels season 3 premiered this weekend. If you haven’t kept up with Rebels, you should go back and start this series. In no time you’ll catch up to season 3, in fact, you’d probably get there faster than light speed 🙂

This show has been a lot of fun, and season 3 amps that up in a way I was not expecting.
The latest episode (Twin Suns) cements this series to the original trilogy even more. The last scene hit me and left me emotional in way that I wasn’t expecting, it manages to tie in the prequels with the original trilogy. Bravo!

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john wick: chapter 2 – the boogeyman is back!

John Wick: Chapter 2 continues where the first film left off, with Wick looking to retrieve his car. This film is directed by Chad Stahelski and written by Derek Kolstad. It stars Keanu Reeves, Common, Laurence Fishburne, Riccardo Scamarcio, Ruby Rose, John Leguizamo and Ian McShane. After addressing the events of the 2014 film, Wick goes on the run due to a bounty being placed on him. Continue reading