weekend update

my top two movies of 2018

I’ve tried to pick two movies out of the year that were my favorites.  One tends to be the movie I’ve viewed the most, a lot of the times it’s the movie that I’ve paid to see more than once.  And the other movie is one that I just want to be recognized or pointed out. This year was tough, there was one worth mentioning and then the other(s) came down to the numbers.

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the mule – takes its time to a satisfying conclusion

The Mule is the latest from Clint Eastwood, here he produces, directs and plays the lead role. The screenplay is by Nick Schenk based on the New York Times article “The Sinaloa Cartel’s 90-Year-Old Drug Mule” by Same Dolnick. This film stars Eastwood, Bradley Cooper, Laurence Fishburne, Michael Pena, Dianne Wiest and Andy Garcia. The Mule is about an elderly veteran who becomes a drug courier for the Cartel. 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.
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spider-man: into the spider-verse – spectacularly amazing

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse is the latest Spider-Man movie. This time around is a CG animated film and has Miles Morales in the titular role. The film is directed by Bob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey and Rodney Rothman, it’s got a screenplay by Phil Lord and Rothman. It stars; Shameik Moore, Jake Johnson, Hailee Steinfeld, Mahershala Ali, Brian Tyree Henry, Lily Tomlin, Luna Lauren Velez, John Mulaney, Nicolas Cage and Liev Schreiber. This film opens up the multiverse called the Spider-Verse to Miles Morales as he comes into his own, in his own New York. Continue reading

fahrenheit 11/9 – the state of the union

Fahrenheit 11/9 is the latest political documentary by Michael Moore. It’s about the 2016 election that led to the presidency of Donald Trump. But it also a lot more than that. Continue reading

the happytime murders – definitely all street

The Happytime Murders is a comedy crime film directed by Brian Henson and written by Todd Berger. The film stars Bill Barretta, Melissa McCarthy, Maya Rudolph, Joel McHale, Leslie David Baker, and Elizabeth Banks. It’s about private eye Phil Phillips who’s a puppet, in a world where puppets and humans co-exist, and he joins up with the police to solve a recent crime spree. Continue reading

blackkklansman – “america first”

BlacKkKlansman is Spike Lee‘s latest film. It’s a biographical comedy-drama about Ron Stallworth. The film is directed by Lee, written by Charlie Wachtel, David Rabinowitz, Kevin Willmott and Lee, it’s based on the 2014 memoir Black Klansman by Ron Stallworth. The film stars John David Washington, Adam Driver, Laura Harrier, Jasper Pääkkönen, Ryan Eggold, Ashlie Atkinson, Michael Buscemi, Robert John Burke and Topher Grace. The film is about the first African-American detective in the Colorado Springs police department who infiltrates and exposes the local chapter of the Ku Klux Klan. Continue reading

san diego comic con 2018 (photo heavy)

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;

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ant-man and the wasp – all the buzz is true

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??

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