weekend update

avengers: infinity war – super heroes galore (*SPOILERS* ahead)

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.

The good; they said this movie couldn’t be done. It’s been two weeks since this film came out, as of this post the film has made $1.164 billion worldwide, which means you’ve had ample time to see it, and I can talk about potential spoilers. But they did it, they made a movie with comic book characters that the public at large didn’t know. They introduced the characters to the public and who this version of the character should be, there was no reliance on a general public perception, instead the filmmakers gave the audience a version that stays true to who these heroes are. What’s more impressive is that they made a movie where all of them can exist in one cohesive world.

The cast alone should make someone go out and see this film. Infinity War and the Russo brothers manage to juggle more than twenty hero characters in this movie, bravo! At no point did anything feel shoehorned in, tagged on, or otherwise forced. The preproduction and screenwriting tasks must have been mind blowing, yet here Infinity War stands, as the 15th most highest grossing film of all time.

Along with the screenwriting and direction, the actors all serve the story and plot of the film, at no point did anyone feel as if they were hamming it up for more screen time. Brolin as Thanos is great. The completely comic book logic of how the Infinity Gauntlet work. It wasn’t super absurd because they built up to it in the first act of the film, which means by the time the powers are fully utilized we as the audience are used to what can be done and it doesn’t come as a shock out of nowhere.

This film made gathering all of these superheroes justified. Many times in the comics the build up to a crossover or story arc event is better than the showdown conclusion. Granted this film is only the first part, but the action and consequences are all logical in the world that’s built.

I could go on and on…

The bad; we have to wait a whole year to see how this story concludes! Ok I’ll wait 🙂

Overall, go see how a superhero ensemble movie should be done, go see it on the big screen. I could go on and on about how much I enjoyed this movie, but it’s best for you to just see this in the theatres. This is the example of how our good guys should disagree with one another and yet still remain consistent and logically to who they are.
A quick note, not every hero character we were introduced to is in this film, but there is a line that explains some of it away, not much is required, just something small that makes sense.

There’s also only one post credits scene, stay till the end (as you should).

Fade out-


annihilation – ooh shimmery

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

black panther – wakanda forever!

Black Panther is the latest film  (18th) in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. This film is directed by Ryan Coogler, written by Coogler and Joe Robert Cole, it stars Chadwick Boseman as the titular character, with Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong’o, Danai Gurira, Martin Freeman, Daniel Kaluuya, Letitia Wright, Winston Duke, Angela Bassett, Forest Whitaker and Andy Serkis. T’Challa (Black Panther) returns home to Wakanda and his leadership role is challenged due to global consequences. Continue reading

hostiles – dark and heavy, yet amazing!

Hostiles is a western written and directed by Scott Cooper, based on a story by Donald E. Stewart. It stars Christian bale, Rosamund pike, Wes Studi, ben Foster, Stephen Lang, Jesse Plemons, Rory Cochrane, Adam Beach and Q’oriank Kilcher. It’s about a US Cavalry officer who must escort a Cheyenne chief and his family back to their home in Montana. This takes place in 1892.

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the post – spielberg’s latest

The Post is a historical drama directed by Steven Spielberg with a screenplay written by Liz Hannah and Josh Singer. It stars Meryl Streep, Tom Hanks, Sarah Paulson, Bob Odenkirk, Tracy Letts, Bradly Whitford, Bruce Greenwood, Carrie Coon, Matthew Rhys and David Cross. It’s about the journalists from The Washington Post and The New York Times who published the Pentagon Papers regarding the US government’s involvement during the Vietnam War. Continue reading

my top two movies of 2017

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 it simply came down to the numbers.

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jumanji: welcome to the jungle – this has fun and game(s)

Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle is an action adventure comedy film that serves as a sequel to Jumanji (1995), and is also a standalone movie. The film is directed by Jake Kasdan and written by Kasdan, Chris McKenna, Erik Sommers, Scott Rosenberg, and Jeff Pinkner, from a story by McKenna. It stars Dwayne Johnson, Jack Black, Kevin Hart, Karen Gillan, Nick Jonas and Bobby Cannavale. This time it’s some time after the first movie with Robin Williams, and four teenagers are transported into the Jumanji video game playing as the characters they chose. Can they beat the game and return home? Continue reading

wonder – this generation’s “mask?”

Wonder is a drama directed by Stephen Chbosky and written by Jack Thorne, Steve Conrad, and ChboskyIt’s based on the 2012 novel of the same name by R.J. Palacio. It stars Julia Roberts, Owen Wilson and Jacob Tremblay. The movie follows a child with Treacher Collins syndrome (short version… deformities in facial features, eyes, ears, cheekbones…) who tries to assimilate into a school after being home-schooled. Continue reading

coco – hits all the right chords!

Coco is the latest movie from Pixar. It’s directed by Lee Unkrich and co-directed by Adrian Molina, based on an original idea by Unkrich, with a screenplay by Molina and Matthew Aldrich. The film stars Anthony Gonzalez, Gael Garcia Bernal, Benjamin Bratt, Alanna Ubach, Renee Victor, Ana Ofelia Murguia and Edward James Olmos. It’s about a Mexican boy named Miguel who accidentally finds himself in the land of the dead during the holiday Dia de Muertos. It’s the first film with a nine-digit budget, with an all Latino cast that cost between $175-200 million. Continue reading

daddy’s home 2 – too much fun

Daddy’s Home 2 is the sequel to the 2015 film Daddy’s Home. This time it’s a Christmas comedy directed by Sean Anders and written by Anders and John Morris. The movie stars Will Ferrell, Mark Wahlberg, Linda Cardellini, John Cena, John Lithgow and Mel Gibson.

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