Sunday, September 25, 2016

The Magnificent Seven Review - Well that was fun (Spoilers)

Yes, it's a black cowboy
My thoughts on the 2016 Magnificent Seven

Other than copying the classic Kurosawa theme of seven gunslingers riding to the defense of a town full of innocent and defenseless pioneers, this movie doesn't really doesn't copy much from the original 1960 movie of the same title. The classic Magnificent Seven maintains a very impressive 90% score on Rotten Tomatoes, the new 2016 version holds a respectable 64% -  not really a pass, but close enough and definitely higher than 27% held by Batman v Superman.

The 2016 Magnificent Seven stars:
  • Directed by Antoine Fuqua (Training Day, Replacement Killers)
  • Screenplay by Richard Wenk (The Equalizer, Expendables 2) and Nic Pizzolato (True Detective): based upon the works of Akira Kurosawa, Shinobu Hashimoto and Hideo Oguni 
  • Denzel Washington (Training Day, The Equalizer) as Chilsom
  • Chris Pratt (Jurassic World, Guardians of the Galaxy) as Josh Faraday
  • Ethan Hawke (Assault on Precinct 13, Dead Poet's Society) as Goodnight Robicheaux
  • Vincent D'Onofrio (Daredevil, Full Metal Jacket) as Jack Horne
  • Byung-hun Lee (GI Joe Retaliation, Red 2) as Billy Rocks
  • Manuel Garcia-Rulfo (Bless Me, Ultima) as Vasquez
  • Marin Sensmeier (Debut role) as Red Harvest 
  • Haley Bennett (The Equalizer, Music and Lyrics) as Emma Cullen
  • Peter Sarsgaad (Green Lantern, Orphan) as Bartholomew Bogue

Friday, August 5, 2016

Suicide Squad - someone left the anti-heroes in the rain (Spoilers)

Suicide Squad
Margot Robbie as Suicide Squad's Harley Quinn
My thoughts on Suicide Squad.

Right of the bat, let me just say that it is not as bad as the critics make it out to be - it certainly does not deserve a 37% on Rotten Tomatoes, it's also not fair to say that it is worse than Green Lantern or the latest Sony F4 debacle - but you do have to leave your brain at the door.

Suicide Squad was written and directed by David Ayer (Fury, Training Day), and stars:
  • Margot Robbie (The Legend of Tarzan, The Wolf on Wall Street) as Harley Quinn
  • Jared Leto (Fight Club, Requiem for a Dream) as the Joker
  • Will Smith (The Pursuit of Happiness, Independence Day) as the racially bent Deadshot
  • Cara Delveningne (Pan, Paper Towns) as the Enchantress
  • Jai Courtney (Terminator Genisys, Divergent) as Captain Boomerang
  • Joel Kinnaman (Robocop, Run all Night) as Colonel Rick Flagg
  • Viola Davis (Enders Game, How to get away with Murder) as Amanda Waller
  • Karen Fukuhara as Katana
  • Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje (Oz, Thor: The Dark World) as Killer Croc
  • Ben Affleck as Batman (Batman versus Superman, Daredevil)
  • Jay Hernandez as Diablo (Crazy Beautiful, Hostel)
  • Adam Beach (Windtalkers, Flags of our Fathers) as Slipknot 

Monday, June 27, 2016

Game of Thrones Season 6 Finale: Jon Snow is not a bastard anymore.(SPOILERS)

There's a new "Hand" in town
Game of Thrones Season 6's Finale The Winds of Winter has finally aired and the biggest reveal that we watched is that Jon Snow (Kit Harrington, Pompeii) is not a bastard! At least he's not Ned Stark's bastard.

Seriously people should not go around - especially in public gatherings - calling someone a bastard, especially while addressing them.

In this case it came from a little ten year old girl - Lady Lyanna Mormont (Actress Bella Ramsey - Everyone's favorite character now.... next to the Cane Corso that ate Ramsay Bolton) - who addressed the Northern council by saying "I don't care if he's a bastard! He's my King!"  In one step she basically slaps him in the face then raises him up high.

It's just rude.

Check out our thoughts about the Battle of the Bastards here.

All in all those I have to say that this is so far the best season of Game of Thrones given the fact that major moves have been made; the board is being cleared, and; some really deserving evil characters have finally had their comeuppance.

It definitely has me watering at the mouth for Season 7.


Monday, June 20, 2016

Thoughts on the Battle of the Bastards (SPOILERS)

Ramsay Bolton, Warden of the North, Lord of Winterfell
The Game of Thrones Battle of the Bastards is over and a few characters lie dead, a few characters lie wounded and nobody took their clothes off - hopefully there will be revelries in the next episode.

HBO threw a lot of marketing behind this issue, specifically telling viewers that this was an issue that could not be missed and that the battle would be the most epic army battle ever to be shown on television.

Viewers, readers and fans of Game of Thrones saw this episode as the potential redemption for a series that seemed to take delight in coming up with deliciously devious ways of killing protagonists and having evil rule triumphant.

So maybe this time, we thought.

Episode 9 of Season 6 of Game of Thrones actually showcases two battles. Aside from the Battle of the Bastards in Winterfell, there was still the matter of the Assault on the seemingly Khaleesi-less slave city of Meereeen. Just when Meereen starts to recover culturally, economically and psychologically from the ravages of the slave trade, the Masters return, reneging on the agreement that was eked out with Tyrion Lanister, and start to bombard the city into submission.

This episode was directed by Miguel Sapochnik (Repo Men, House M.D.) and was written by David Benioff (Troy, X-Men Origins Wolverine, and husband to the beautiful Amanda Peet) and D.B. Weiss (It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Halo)


Sunday, June 5, 2016

Marvel Civil War II # 1 Review (Spoilers)

Marvel Civil War II # 1 Review
So Marvel Comics' much publicized Civil War II has hit the shelves this week and we thought we'd lay down some of our thoughts on the matter.

Marvel Civil War II is from the beautiful mind of Brian Michael Bendis (All New X-Men Vol 1), and this particular issue features the art of David Marquez (All New X-Men, The Magdalena); color of Justin Ponsor, and; was edited by Tom Brevoort (New Avengers, Fantastic Four).

Writer(s) Brian Michael Bendis
Artist(s) David Marquez
Colorist(s) Justin Ponsor
Editor(s) Tom Brevoort

Now,  the plot has already been revealed - so this is a non-spoiler as far as I'm concerned. This civil war is not as political as the original Civil War. Civil War II revolves around the (re)birth of an Inhuman named Ulysses, with the power to predict the future. Carol Danvers acting as the leader of the Ultimates wants to use the Inhuman to help proactively stop crimes from happening.

Iron Man disagrees.

The reason for his disagreement begins here with the spoilers:


Monday, May 30, 2016

Ranee Margo Louis Battalion (Part 5)

Griffin Battlemech
Alex's Withworth broke right in a trot behind Adara's 'mech, heading off to assist Curtis in his battle with the Hatchetman. The cocky neophyte swung his torso to the left and released a quick barrange of LRMs from his chest mounted Longbow LRM system.

The missiles streaked towards the damaged Griffin which had managed to successfully rock its way back into a standing position. however in the pilot's rush to regain his footing he failed to cover his damaged right side. Roughly sixty percent of Alex's missiles stitched the Griffin's gaping wound blowing the remaining armor off the damaged Griffin's torso.  The fifty-five ton war machine shuddered violently! Its leg actuators struggled to compensate for the impacts, buckled and the machine slammed back into the ground.

The Griffin's nuclear reactor went critical and a series of internal explosions marked the death of the COMSTAR Battlemech.

Alex  marched on.

Thursday, May 26, 2016

X-Men Apocalypse Review (Spoilers) - justifying global mass murder

X-Men Apocalypse Review
My thoughts on X-Men Apocalypse.

X-Men Apocalypse was directed by Bryan Singer (Superman Returns), using a screenplay by Simon Kinberg (Hahahaha.... Fantastic 4) that was based upon a story by Bryan Singer, Michael Dougherty (Superman Returns), Dan Harris (Superman Returns) & Simon Kinberg

X-Men Apocalypse reunites most of the cast from the previous X-Men movies including:
James McAvoy (Atonement, Wanted) as Professor X;
Michael Fassbender (Assasin's Creed, Atonement) as Magneto;
Jennifer Lawrence (The Hunger Games) as Mystique; Oscar Isaac (An unknown indie film called Star Wars VII) as Apocalypse; Nicholas Hoult (Mad Max: Fury Road, About a Boy) as Beast; Rose Byrne (Star Wars Episode II, Dallas Doll) as Moira MacTaggert; Tye Sheridan  (Mud, The Tree of life) as Cyclops
Sophie Turner (Game of Thrones) as Jean Grey; Olivia Munn (Newsroom, Magic Mike) as Psylocke;
Lucas Till (Hannah Montana the Movie) as Havok; Kodi Smit-McPhee (Dawn of the Planet of the Apes) as Nightcrawler; Ben Hardy (East Enders) as Angel; Alexandra Shipp (House of Anubis) as Storm, and; Hugh Jackman (Eddie the Eagle, Real Steel) as Wolverine.

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