“Bright” – Netflix – First Trailer.

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I remember the first time I saw the trailer for “Cowboys vs Aliens” and thought it looked ambitious and very good……and then it came out. I kind of got the same vibe from this trailer. I’m sure Gangsters and Goblins looks unique on paper, but this is not a series…..this is a movie. That’s not a lot of time to reconcile those two worlds in the minds of many Netflix watchers.

I had forgotten how good Will Smith can act in Sci fi until I had watched Suicide Squad a while ago. If anyone can pull this off, it’s probably him. The creatures in that trailer look a lot like orc’s but that could rub lovers of the LOTR trilogy the wrong with if they are presented second rate.

The southern twang music was a nice touch, as opposed to a heavy drum beat “Hood” scenery usually has. This movie had a $90 million dollar budget and I bet a good chuck of that was Will Smiths salary. Max Landis wrote this and he’s got some serious geek cred so we’ll see how it goes.

Film Streams December 2017

 

 

 

Elektra #1 – 2017 Marvel Comics Review.

 

 

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Writer: Matt Owens

Pencilled: Alec Morgan

Cover Artist:(Special mention) Elizabeth Torque

 

 

I’ve always been a fan of #1’s when they introduce a villain who was NOT a main stay of this hero’s gallery of Rogues. It gives a chance for the book to go in a fresh direction I think. Gives it a chance to explore new skills, relationships and memories of our lead character. Marvel did that with this #1.To the best of my knowledge Elektra has not faced off against this multi issue story arc villain.

However one of main problems with it was anyone who even a had average knowledge of Marvel history, could have guessed the mystery of who this villain is in the first few panels. Great for new readers…not so great for us Vets:).Before I go any further I should state I loved this cover. Feminine yet rugged. Great effort by artist Elizabeth Torque.Really Well done .

The story itself was one of getting lost in lights of sin city and realizing you picked a hell of a town to try to get away from the corruption of humanity. It’s touches on depravity that goes on in shadows that most of us never see…….it also was a lot less dramatic than I’m making it seem. Matt Owens never really pulled me in with this story. There was nothing new that I didn’t feel that I hadn’t heard before in other storylines. Some of the characters seemed far more over the top then they should have been, and the hook to have me come back for issue two just wasn’t there.

The pencils on this issue also left a bit to be desired for me. If there was such a term as Mannequinish(there’s not, I checked)I would probably place hold it in  a bit here. I suppose I should state in full disclosure that I could not draw a bath, BUT, to me a well drawn character can say so much without saying much at all. A cocked, eyebrow, A furrowed forehead, the stretch of crows feet when a character smiles , a quivering lip, a watering eye all are able to convey sometimes more emotion then 20 words. I felt not much of that from the art here. Alec Morgan told the requested storyline in a correct manner for sure but his character features seemed almost blank to me. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder though I suppose

If you enjoy a fresh take on this character you will probably like the journey this issue is beginning.

I might pick up the second issue later on down the road but it’s not going in my pull file for now.

 

 

Kong: Skull Island Trailer #3 – CGI Re- hash dammit!!!

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Bah, you had to go there didn’t you?!?……. I suppose I should back up.

After the second trailer introduced the fact that Samuel L Jackson, John Goodman, Tom Hiddleston , John. C. Reilly and Brie Larson would all be sharing the screen my interest in this film rose greatly. This was going to be a hip Kong movie and some great dialogue. It was going to be funny and much better then I thought it was going to be.

This third and final trailer put me in the same spot as the first one did. Monkey see, Monkey do , monkey tell the story for you. Unless I’m missing some HUGE plot twist, I pretty much have seen Kong do everything I expected that he would do. They should have delved more into the backgrounds and interaction between the supporting characters instead of showing shot after shot of “Kong destroy”……that’s why I see it on the big screen. For that CGI.

In the vein of CGI action, I spotted what to me has become a cardinal sin in CGI action. Completely re-hashed scene from another movie …….except it’s from another King Kong movie!!!!!.Don’t believe me? Go to 2:03 – 2:05 of the below trailer. Then go to the trailer below that and go to 2:34……eerily alike. They are basically going to re- create the awesome classic T-Rex/King Kong scene they did in King Kong 2005.

I did enjoy the “music” created for this new trailer using guns being loaded. Creative, but not enough to cover the flaws for the trailer. Seeing WAY too much monkey

I’ll probably still end up going to see it in the theatre but the shines off this rose for now.

Movie is out Mar.10th in North America

 

Actual Old Man Logan

The people over at The Warp Zone gives us their newest parody and it is old man Logan. Wolverine takes on Father Time and finds him to be one of toughest opponents.  Logan is trapped in a old folks home and spends his time trying to escape. Loving tapioca pudding and talking about the old days.

It’s a fun short and I got a few giggles watching it. I hope you like it also.

Source: Geektyrant, YouTube, The Warp Zone

Grimm Fairy Tales – Steam Punk – Alice in Wonderland – 1 Shot Review

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Writer: Ryan Fassett

Artwork: Noah Salonga(1-7) & Fritz Casas(8-29)

Colors: Robby Bevard (1-7) & Erick Arciniega(8-29)

Letters : Taylor Esposito

I honestly had no idea what to expect from “Steampunk- Alice in Wonderland”. I had a vague idea what the term “Steam punk” meant and had heard it referenced to WWE wrestler “Becky Lynch’s” style of dress, but other then that was not overly familiar with the term. Steampunk is a blending of historical setting , time appropriate tech and a great sense of adventure. This book lived up vividly to that description.

Alice in Wonderland has been told several times obviously, but this re imagining had more grit to it then a lot of the others I have seen. Alice seems a more independent lass this time around who simply wants to make the world better through her inventions. She doesn’t want to be the belle of the ball, or the center of attention. I can respect that……

The story itself flows well and is actually a relatively complex read which I enjoyed thoroughly. Writer Ryan Fassett caught my attention and held it on this book. At times it felt like a scene spanning trilogy instead of the 1 shot that it was. To me ,the more story the better so it worked on that level. My only critique of the writing was what almost seemed like 20th century slang in 17th century Victorian Britian. It just seemed out of place in this story.

A bit  of Alice’s brief origin gave us a good starting point and several aspects of the re-imagined Alice in Wonderland was introduced at well paced intervals within the story. This story is the stuff that’s sourced for material for TV series. I know that’s a big leap, but this story worked that well for me. Strong, well written, female characters sell. I hope they continue Alice Liddles story in a future series.

The art also worked quite well. By using two artists you were able to succinctly create a visual border between Victorian earth and the Wonderland. Noah Salonga captured the essence of shadowy, arcane feeling of Victorian England quite well, while Fritz Casas take on this re-imagined Wonderland gave it the more opposing landscape visual appeal that it required. The attention to detail in their paneling really conveyed the frenetic of the story. One other thing I noted was the fact that Alice dressed a bit more conservatively. Good characters don’t NEED to be bursting out of their corsets. Save something for the variants 😉

Like the art, the color was also broke down by worlds. Robby Bevard brought some lovely shades to emphasize the royal feel of Victoria, while Erick Arciniega built up Wonderland  using shadowy browns , blues and shade of orange. Great job done here

I hope there is a follow -up series to this book. There’s more story to be told.

Book was released Feb.9th and is on shelves on now.

 

 

 

 

Coming To Netflix Canada In March

March 3/1

Avinnn!!! And The Chipmunks Season
Before I Go To Sleep
Butter
Confessions of a Superhero
Force Majeure
Get Him to the Greek
Hap and Leonard Season 1
Ice Age: Collision Course
Impossible Dreamsers
Independence Day: Resurgence
Indignation
Know Your Enemy-Japan
Let There Be Light
Looper
Nazi Concentration Camps
Palo Alto
Prelude to War
Rush
San Pietro
Semi-Pro
Snow White and the Huntsman
Source Code
Super Size Me
Sustainable
The Accidental Husband
The Cove
The Diving Bell and the Butterfly
The Fighter
The Grand Budapest Hotel
The Memphis Belle: A Story of a Flying Fortress
The Mummy: Quest for the Lost Scrolls
The Negro Soldier
The Notebook
The Perks of Being a Wallflower
The Punisher
The Red Violin
The September Issue
The Women
Thunderbolt
Tunisian Victory
Undercover: How to Operated Behind Enemy Lines
Warm Bodies
Why We Fight: The Battle of Russia
WWII: Report from the Aleutians

Avail 3/2

Grease

Avail 3/3

Greenleaf – Season 1
Riverdale – Season 1

Avail 3/6

Better Off Single

Avail 3/7

Amy Schumer: The Leather Special
Shadowhunters: The Mortal Instruments – Season 2

Avail 3/9

Young Offenders

Avail 3/10

Buddy Thunderstruck
Burning Sands
Love – Season 2
One More Time – Season 1

Avail 3/14

Jim Norton: Mouthful of Shame

Avail 3/15

17 Again
Hive Alive – Season 1
Notes on Blindness
Silent Hill
Sugar Mountain

Avail 3/16

Beau Sejour
The Godfather
The Godfather: Part 2
The Godfather: Part 3
The Hollow Point
The Last Kingdom – Season 2

Avail 3/17

Deidra & Laney Rob a Train
Julie’s Greenroom
Marvel’s Iron Fist – Season 1
Naledi: A Baby Elephant’s Tale
Samurai Gourmet – Season 1
Star Trek Beyond

Avail 3/18

3 Days to Kill

Avail 3/21

Fire at the Sea (Fuocoammare)

Avail 3/23

Big Fat Liar
Road Trip
The Incredible Hulk

Avail 2/24

Bottersnikes & Gumbles – Season 2
Felipe Neto: My Life Makes No Sense
Grace and Frankie – Season 3
Hell or High Water
Stranger than Fiction
Ingobernable
The Most Hated Woman in America

Avail 3/26

Goon

Avail 3/27

Better Call Saul – Season 2
USS Indianapolis: Men of Courage

Avail 3/28

Equity
Jo Koy: Live from Seattle
Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2

Avail 3/30

Forgetting Sarah Marshall
Peter Pan
Zoolander

Avail 3/31

13 Reasons Why – Season 1
Bordertown – Season 1
Dinotrux – Season 1
Five Came Back
GLOW: The Story of the Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling
Lone Survivor
Pompeii
The Discovery
Trailer Park Boys – Season 11

Last Call – Titles rotating out

3/1

Mad Men
The Longest Ride
The Judge
Call of the Midwife

3/13
Transformer: Age of Extinction

3/14
The Da Vinci Code

3/15
3rd Rock from the Sun – Season 1-6
Spider-Man

3/26
Dark Skies
Source: Netflix,

 

 

Ian McShane smacks around GOT fans……..Bonus “American Gods”: Trailer

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….and I can’t stop chuckling. It appears that Ian McShane (after giving a fantastic performance in one episode in season 6 of Game of thrones )is taking another swing at over zealous fans in the latest issue of Empire Magazine. People tend to get really pissy when actors slip up and give away a few details on an upcoming episode or perhaps say something perceived as offense. This is usually followed up by a Twitter apology or written statement from their publicist saying how sorry they are.

Funny to hear him telling those perpetually offended to get Quote-“Get a fucking life”. McShane is premiering in “American Gods” this April 30th on StarZ and he’s one of the main reason the show is on my watch list. An underrated journeyman actor that makes anything he is even better simply by being in it.

Game of Thrones actor to fans: ‘Get a f—ing life’