Tuesday, July 26, 2016

MOVIE REVIEW - BATMAN: THE KILLING JOKE

All it takes is one bad day. That in a nutshell speaks to the overall theme in Batman: The Killing Joke. There are graphic novels and then there is The Killing Joke by Alan Moore. Now this highly acclaimed one-shot graphic novel from 1988 has become the latest DC Animated Feature. This time however ahead of its Blu-ray release, it's being released through Fathom Events to theaters for a special one-night only event nationwide. Warning, spoilers ahead…

Saturday, July 23, 2016

MOVIE REVIEW - STAR TREK BEYOND


Star Trek Beyond is the third film of the rebooted franchise that started in 2009 with J.J. Abrams Star Trek and continued in 2013 with Star Trek Into Darkness. Now we have Fast & Furious veteran director Justin Lin taking the helm and as one would suspect, the action is fast and loose. Warning, spoilers, ahead... 

Friday, July 22, 2016

BLU-RAY REVIEW - BATMAN V SUPERMAN ULTIMATE EDITION

 

Back in March the highly anticipated and much maligned Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice hit theaters. There weren’t a lot of gray areas when it came to opinions. I was one of the few that understood the justifiable criticisms but at the same time, I also recognized its potential for success. This past Tuesday the Ultimate Edition was released on Blu-ray with an additional 30 minutes of footage. Did it make it better? Or did it make it worse? Did my opinion sway one way or another? Warning, spoilers ahead…

Friday, July 15, 2016

MOVIE REVIEW - GHOSTBUSTERS (2016)


To quote Bill Murray from the original Ghostbusters, “we came, we saw, we kicked their…”. That may not be entirely true to this long awaited return to the silver screen, but this all female reboot was actually quite entertaining. Warning, spoilers ahead…

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

GAME OF THRONES: SEASON 6 RECAP

Season 6 is probably without much debate the best season of Game of Thrones or at the very least, showcasing the very best episode of the series with “Battle of the Bastards” and following that one with the beginning of the endgame with “The Winds of Winter” that aired this past Sunday night. Warning, spoilers ahead… 

Sunday, June 26, 2016

MOVIE REVIEW - INDEPENDENCE DAY: RESURGENCE


Very few sequels can top the original. Movies like The Godfather, Part 2 and The Empire Strikes Back were the exceptions. Twenty years ago Independence Day hit theaters and was a special effects marvel. Now, we have the not so much eagerly awaited sequel, Independence Day: Resurgence who's CGI makes it less so. Warning, spoilers ahead...

Saturday, June 11, 2016

MOVIE REVIEW - WARCRAFT




The majority of video game inspired films have left a lot to be desired over the years. The best ones were probably the first Mortal Kombat, the Resident Evil franchise and Lara Croft. While not a great film by any stretch, Warcraft is certainly closer to the positive side of the spectrum than the negative. Warning, spoilers ahead…

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

ONCE UPON A TIME CONVENTION RECAP





This past weekend saw the first East Coast appearance of the Once Upon A Time convention that took place in Whippany, New Jersey at the Hanover Marriott. Creation Entertainment are the fine folks responsible for putting this wonderful event together.  It has been a long time since I’ve gone to a single themed convention. Personally I grew up on Star Trek conventions but have shifted in the last decade or so to Cons of a mixed variety. As much as I love and enjoy such gatherings, I must admit that there is something very special in attending an event where every patron is there for a singular reason and that is the love and respect of a particular show.

Saturday, June 4, 2016

MOVIE REVIEW - TMNT: OUT OF THE SHADOWS


The turtles are back! I must admit I rather enjoyed the first film that of the franchise reboot in 2014. I take them for what they're worth. Despite their Renaissance namesakes, our heroes in a half shell are anything but a Renaissance when it comes to storytelling but it doesn't have to be and that's okay. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows serves up a slight improvement over its predecessor with a CGI bonanza that has become commonplace in today's movies and especially anything from producer Michael Bay. Warning, spoilers ahead...

Sunday, May 29, 2016

ARROW: SEASON FINALE RECAP


I had to hit the pause button on my review of the Season 4 finale of Arrow. I was in the middle of my review when the internet seemed to blow up within minutes after the finale faded to black. Did Season 4 take a step back? For some, the answer is clearly a yes. I would not say that it did but I would say that it didn’t advance the show for a next season. I feel like S4 had some excellent highs led by Neal McDonough as the seasons lead villain, Damien Darhk. In a lot of ways he was even better than previous villain Ra’s al Ghul (Nate Nable) but not quite as good as Slade Wilson (Manu Bennett). There were also some emotional lows with the death of Laurel Lance (Katie Cassidy) at the very top of that list. As a whole, Season 4 was not Arrow’s best. It was good but not necessarily memorable other than losing one of their own. Warning, spoilers ahead…