weekend update

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

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

my top two movies of 2016

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 continued with the nostalgia trip.

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passengers – next stop, space, and to your left, space

Passengers is a science fiction film directed by Morten Tyldum and its written by Jon Spaihts, it stars; Chris Pratt, Jennifer Lawrence, Michael Sheen, Laurence Fishburne and Andy Garcia. It’s about two people who wake up too soon on their hibernation induced trip to a new planet. Continue reading

rogue one: a star wars story – more star warrrrs, nuthin’ but star waaars!

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is the first stand-alone film installment in the epic space opera of Star Wars Anthology series. Rogue One is directed by Gareth Edwards, written by Chris Weitz and Tony Gilroy, from a story by John Knoll and Gary Whitta. It stars; Felicity Jones, Diego Luna, Ben Mendelsohn, DonnieYen, Mads Mikkelsen, Alan Tudyk, Riz Ahmed, Jiang Wen and Forest Whitaker. 
The plot follows Jyn Erso (Jones), the daughter of the designer of the Death Star, and her quest to retrieve the plans for destroying it. Continue reading

moana – the ocean is calling you to see this movie

Moana is the 56th Disney animated feature film. It’s directed by the fantastic Ron Clements and John Musker, and co-directed by Don Hall and Chris Williams.  It’s got a screenplay by Jared Bush, with story by; Ron Clements, John Musker, Chris Williams, Don Hall, Pamela Ribon, Aaron Kandell, and Joran Kandell. The music is written by Lin-Manuel Miranda, Opetaia Foa’i and Mark Mancina. It features the voices of Auli’i Cravalho, Dwayne Johnson, Rachel House, Temuera Morrison, Jemaine Clement, Nicole Scherzinger and Alan Tudyk. The film is about Moana, the daughter of a chief who is chosen by the ocean to reunite a magic stone to the goddess it was stolen from, she and Maui work to save her people. Continue reading

fantastic beasts and where to find them – new york, you’ll find them in new york

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is a spin-off of the Harry Potter film series. Fantastic Beasts is the first film written by J.K. Rowling, based on the roof (sorta) of the same name. The film is directed by David Yates and it stars Eddie Redmayne, Katherine Waterston, Dan Fogler, Alison Sudol, Ezra Miller, Samantha Morton, Jon Voight, Carmen Ejogo and Colin Farrell. It’s about a case of magical (fantastical) creatures that are let loose in 1926 New York. Continue reading

hacksaw ridge – trial by (combat) fire

Hacksaw Ridge is a war/biopic about Desmond Doss, and American pacifist combat medic who is the only conscientious objector to receive the Medal of Honor in World War II.
This film is directed by Mel Gibson, written by Andrew Knight and Robert Schenkkan, it stars Andrew Garfield (as Doss), Sam Worthington, Luke Bracey, Teresa Palmer, Hugo Weaving, Rachel Griffiths and Vince Vaughn. Continue reading

doctor strange – doctor strange, paging doctor strange…

Doctor Strange is the latest Marvel Studios film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, it’s about the character with the same name. It’s directed by Scott Derrickson, who also wrote the film, along with Jon Spaihts and C. Robert Cargill. It stars Benedict Cumberbatch in the titular character, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Rachel McAdams, Benedict Wong, Michael Stuhlbarg, Benjamin Bratt, Scott Adkins, Mads Mikkelsen and Tilda Swinton. Doctor Stephen Strange is a brilliant surgeon who learns magic and the mystic arts after a surviving a car accident that ends his career in the medical field. Continue reading

the magnificent seven (2016) – a remake of a remake is… my friend?

The Magnificent Seven is the 2016 remake of the 1960 western of the same name, which is a remake of the classic 1954 film Seven Samurai. This time we have Antoine Fuqua directing, with a screenplay from Nic Pizzolatto and Richard Wenk. This version stars; Denzel Washington, Chris Pratt, Ethan Hawke, Lee Byung-hun, Vincent D’Onofrio, Manuel Garcia-Rulfo, Martin Sensmeier, Haley Bennett and Peter Sarsgaard. It’s about a small town that’s being bullied by a larger force and they pool some money together to hire men to help them out of this situation. Continue reading