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.

SPOILERS AHEAD

Monday, May 2, 2016

Captain America: Civil War Review (Spoilers)

Review
Captain America: Civil War Review 
This is a review of Captain America Civil War and it does contain spoilers, so anything past this point - if you don't want spoilers - is on you.

Chris Evans reprises his role as the Star-Spangled Avenger and bings the rest of the Avengers with him.

That being said: This is the second movie I've watched this year where super-heroes go to war against each other because of their mothers. What's up with that?

THAT being said: I'm a bit of a quandary on how to proceed. There is no way that I cannot compare this to Batman versus Superman because - despite the terrible writing from DCComics - the two have themes that intermingle.

Bottom-line though, under the helm of the Russo Brothers- Anthony and Joe (You, Me and Dupree, Arrested Development) - Captain America Civil War did it waaaaaaay  waaaaaay waaaaay better than Zack Synder did with Batman versus Superman.

This was one of the best and most engrossing two and a half hours we've ever spent in a movie.

MORE AFTER THE JUMP

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Containment TV series

Containment TV series
Presenting a short review on Containment, a brand new TV series from the CW.

Everybody's talking about the return of Game of Thrones (A real cock-blocking issue. Really hurt us.), and the rest of our staple TV fare have reached the end of their respective seasons so we decided to go search for something new and Containment caught our eye.

Containment aired April 19 and is an American adaptation of a Belgian TV series called Cordon. In a nutshell, the series follows individuals caught in an outbreak of a weaponized version of avian flu which forces authorities to cordon off a large portion of Atlanta in an attempt to prevent the virus from spreading.

Google it, and you get this as a description: "When a mysterious epidemic breaks out in Atlanta, an urban quarantine is enforced, leaving those inside to fight for their lives as local and federal officials search for a cure. Police officer Lex Carnahan works to keep the peace, but the situation becomes personal when he learns his girlfriend Jana and his best friend Jake are both stuck in the cordoned area. Also trapped with the infected are 17-year-old Teresa, who is very pregnant and separated from her boyfriend, elementary teacher Katie Frank, who is on lockdown with her entire class, and CDC researcher Dr. Victor Cannerts. Public trust deteriorates as a journalist, Leo, begins chasing down a conspiracy that unravels the official story."

Saturday, April 2, 2016

Daredevil Season 2 Review

Review
Daredevil Season 2 Review
Here're our thoughts on the 2nd Season of Daredevil on Netflix. The whole world went Bat-crazy on Batman versus Superman which means this review is a bit late in favor of the BvS Review. We'd like to take the time to point out that this review has nothing to do with Ben Affleck having played Daredevil. This is merely our thoughts on the Devil of Hell's kitchen played by Charlie Cox (There be Dragons - kinda ironic).

Netflix released the second series of Daredevil on March 18 with the following cast:
  • Charlie Cox as Matt Murdock/Daredevil
  • Deborah Ann Woll (True Blood) as Karen Page
  • Elden Henson (The Hunger Games) as Franklin "Foggy" Nelson
  • Jon Bernthal (The Walking Dead, Fury) as Frank Castle/Punisher
  • √Člodie Yung (GI Joe Retaliation) as Elektra Natchios
  • Rosario Dawson (Rent, Alexander) as Claire Temple/Night Nurse (?)
  • Vincent D'Onofrio (Full Metal Jacket) as Wilson Fisk/Kingpin
  • Scott Glenn (Silence of the Lambs, Sucker Punch) as Stick
  • Peter Shinkoda (Falling Skies) as Nobu Yoshioka 
Episodes written by: Douglas Petrie, Marco Ramirez, Mark Verheiden, John C. Kelley, Lauren Schmidt Hissrich, Sneha Koorse, Luke Kalteux, Whit Anderson, & Mark Verheiden,

Episodes directed by: Phil Abraham, Marc Jobst, Peter Hoar, Floria Sigismondi, Andy Goddard, Ken Girotti, Michael Uppendahl, Stephen Surjik, Peter Hoar, & Euros Lyn,
So here's our take on why it worked, what didn't work.

Suffice to say: Spoilers Ahead:

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Batman versus Superman review: World's Finest Disaster

World's Finest Disaster
Batman versus Superman: World's Finest Disaster
Batman versus Superman has officially made a respectable US$82 million from ticket sale, and is projected to have an opening weekend return of US$170M - this despite the plethora of negative reviews that has plagued its release.

Unfortunately, this is another one of those bad reviews. In a nutshell we believe that DC and Zach Synder both gave in to the public pressure and criticism that followed Man of Steel (2013), and created an apologist version of what could have been a great movie.

And it wasn't a fun ride either. It was two hours worth of flipping screens with probably no more than four lines of dialogue exchanged between cardboard characters prior to a rather unimpressive gladiator match and another few minutes of city-wide carnage with supposedly no casualties.

So here's our take on why it didn't work, what did work, and what we feel needs to be changed if DC doesn't want to follow Michael Bay's mindless money making Transformers movies.

Suffice to say: Spoilers Ahead:

Monday, December 21, 2015

Star Wars Episode VII: Rewriting A New Hope

Star Wars Episode VII has officially become the movie with the largest opening weekend of all time in the United States with US$240 million made from ticket sales, beating Jurassic World's US$208.4 million.

And it's not surprising. Despite all the apprehensions that some of us may have had at the choice of JJ Abrams as director and George Lucas' supposed disappointment over the direction of Episode VII, it was a fun ride from start to finish with never a dull moment and a ton of "I didn't see that coming" moments. 

So here's our take on why it worked, what didn't work, and what we feel we will see in the Star Wars Episode VIII.

Suffice to say: Spoilers Ahead:


Thursday, August 27, 2015

The Negativity Jar

I have a Negativity Jar.

A Negativity Jar functions just like a Swear Jar. But instead of fining myself for cursing, I started fining myself for every negative thought I had or voiced - particularly voiced because negatively is contagious.

So I set out to fine myself PhP 1 - not a really large amount - for every negative thought or negativity that I would voice.

What scared me was that just after three days, I was at PhP 63. Or 21 negative thoughts or statements within a span of three days. Almost 1 per hour - more if you remove the hours spent asleep and take into consideration the possibility that I did not catch all my negative thoughts and words.

I thought that was quite a number, and if you're trying to live your life based upon what we can pick off from the Secret, then that was 63 draws of negative energy that was literally drowning me.

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