Thursday, July 2, 2015

MOVIE REVIEW: TERMINATOR GENISYS


Time travelling or in the case of Terminator Genisys, time warping, is a very tricky business to explain let alone comprehend. But if you don’t over think it, you’ll be better off for it. Such is the case for this fifth chapter of the Terminator franchise that so proudly began in 1984 with James Cameron’s sci-fi hit The Terminator. It’s the film that made Arnold Schwarzenegger a bona-fide action star and for my money, remains the very best of the series. Genisys serves as a potential trilogy reboot of sorts. Warning spoilers ahead…

Monday, June 22, 2015

MOVIE REVIEW: INSIDE OUT


Every now and then a film arrives that catches your imagination and makes you see the world through simpler eyes. The latest film from Disney Pixar, Inside Out (co-directed by Pete Doctor & Ronnie del Carman) is such a film.  Sometimes the deepest films with the greatest sense of who we are as humans come from animation. We saw this several years ago with Up and now we see it again with Inside Out.  Warning spoilers ahead…

Friday, June 12, 2015

MOVIE REVIEW: JURASSIC WORLD



There is an overuse of CGI in today’s films that has the tendency to take away from the movie experience. These heavy induced CGI flicks have become more of a distraction for its unrealistic feel instead of something to enjoy. Back in 1993 director Steven Spielberg did more with less and made us believe that dinosaurs were alive and well with the groundbreaking film, Jurassic Park. Twenty-two years and two mediocre sequels later, we have Jurassic World directed by Colin Trevorrow and starring Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard. Warning spoilers ahead…

Monday, June 8, 2015

SPECIAL EDITION: NYC 2015 RECAP


The 2nd Annual Special Edition: NYC Comic Convention took place over the weekend at Pier 94 and for the most part, year two was a success. The premise behind this 2-Day event is to bring it back to its original roots of strictly celebrating our love of comics. No celebrity actors or long lines for photo ops etc. No, this is all about the comics. It’s all about the real reasons why such events like San Diego International and New York Comic Con even exist. Occurring in June is a nice way to kick off summer and serve as a buffer for the big event that takes place in October.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

MOVIE REVIEW: MAD MAX: FURY ROAD


What a Rush!! That was the catchphrase of a very popular Wrestling Tag Team aptly named, The Road Warriors. It’s the perfect way to describe Mad Max: Fury Road. Pure adrenaline rush with one mega action scene after another including some that could take your breath away. What makes it even more impressive is how little CGI was actually used. Warning spoilers ahead…

Monday, May 18, 2015

DVD REVIEW: BATMAN UNLIMITED: ANIMAL INSTINCTS


As a fan of DC’s Animated Film Universe, the only issue I’ve had in recent years was it’s adult nature. It’s been harder to share some of these with children. This is what makes Batman Unlimited: Animal Instincts a departure from the recent New 52 wave of films, a welcome addition. When Gotham City is terrorized by a quartet of animal-inspired villains (Cheetah, Killer Croc, Man-Bat & Silverback), Batman along with Nightwing, Red Robin, Green Arrow and The Flash investigate who is the puppet-master behind these crimes. The Caped Crusaders investigation leads him to Oswald Cobblepot AKA The Penguin.

Thursday, May 7, 2015

IN DEFENSE OF JOSS WHEDON

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I usually reserve this blog for reviews and breaking news. But lately I've been reading a lot of chatter regarding Joss Whedon and Avengers: Age of Ultron and the portrayal of women. First of all anyone who has ever looked at Joss' work, could clearly see that he has been and will always be a champion of creating strong female characters. He is one of the few creators in Hollywood that believes in a strong female character. So that discussion ends there. Remember, years ago he wrote a Wonder Woman screenplay that the powers that be over at Warner Bros at the time nixed. They nixed it apparently not because it was bad but because female leads in their opinion don’t sell tickets or merchandise. I think that’s utter nonsense.

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

GOTHAM: SEASON ONE FINALE RECAP


I’ve been a Gotham supporter since the first episode. I thought the casting was quite strong led by Ben Mackenzie as Jim Gordon and Donal Logue as Harvey Bullock. Seeing the early origins of not only the future commissioner of Gotham City but also the rise of Batman’s most infamous rogue gallery of Penguin, Riddler and Catwoman. Maybe even perhaps seeing a glimpse of the Clown Prince of Crime, The Joker. With that said, last night’s season one finale left a lot to be desired. Warning spoilers ahead…

Friday, May 1, 2015

MOVIE REVIEW: AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON


The Marvel/Disney money train just keeps on rolling. Avengers: Age of Ultron represents the eleventh film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and is a very satisfying sequel to writer-director, Joss Whedon’s 2012 Marvel’s Avengers. The story this time centers on Tony Stark’s (Downey Jr.) ambitious yet well-intended peacekeeping initiative that goes array and threatens that very peace. Warning spoilers ahead… 

Sunday, April 26, 2015

MOVIE REVIEW: EX MACHINA


So when does the test subject become the tester? When that test subject’s artificial intelligence adapts and develops its own consciousness and self-awareness. Such is the premise behind first time director, Alex Garland’s Ex Machina. For all its discussion about the visuals behind Ex Machina, and they are quite impressive to say the least, it’s fairly minimal in the overall context of the film. Warning spoilers ahead…