Where is Thanos? Is this the Star Lord movie? Find out on this episode of Dragon Ball Z!

 
 

This is the story of Star Lord. The beauty of part two of this series is the movie plays like a volume from the comic-book. The plot revolves around Peter Quill and his father (Kurt Russell). This might not seem like a big deal but a huge part of the Guardians universe isn’t the villains it’s the Guardians before they ever became superheros. This episode does gorgeous work of giving you a Star Lord anthology.

 
 

 
 

Here’s the problem for movie goers. You want the Hangover two. Don’t argue with me. Read every review coming out and you’ll see exactly what I’m talking about. You don’t want good story telling. You don’t want monochromatic pieces slowly coming together. You want the same story told all over again with a different bad guys.

 
 

 
 

The beauty of this plot is it sets up what we’ve all been waiting for. Part three must get to Thanos and Gamora. Star Lord and his father seem to be setting up out next offspring pairing. The one place this series bumbles is not including more Thanos early on. We’ve seen more Nebula than him which makes little sense except for the fact that Karen Gillian was promised screen time in her contract. Here’s where else this episode didn’t come together. Forced humor. It was overplayed this time around. The plot was meant to be more somber and forcing comedy where the joke is done never works. Rocket Raccoon, Gamora, and Drax the Destroyer all get cut down in this episode.

Despite all that this volume still works. They balanced good comic-book story while giving you elements of the original movie. It was nothing short of brave to say, “hey, we’re telling Peter Quill’s story, take it or leave it.” They did it and it worked and you get enough post credit scenes to last you two years until the next movie.

 
 

 
 

Demographic: 18-35 skews male, and all comic-book fans
Estimated gross: 174 million
Ratings: 8 out of 10 Duffies

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Given what happened five weeks ago you really couldn’t call for better timing of this movie. It’s called Rogue One but the everlasting theme is Hope. Hope for a better tomorrow. Hope for a world free of oppression. Hope for the resistance. You can’t tell me the writers saw this coming. But it came.

While .01 percent will boycott the movie, take that message of hope and wrap it up in your head.
Jyn (Felicity Jones) steals the plans for the Death Star and fights the Empire. Not with Jedi mind tricks. Not with The Force. It’s just her and her misfits. That’s it. There is something so beautiful is saying, if you just fight hard enough, even though you’re not anointed like Anakin, you can can take down the man that became Vader.

I’m going to tell you right now that this is Jyn’s story. She is the leader of the Rebellion and we haven’t had a bad ass female fighter since Leia. No, Natalie Portman can go home and never come back, and Daisey Ridley was too young to be our grown ass woman. But Jyn. Jyn has zero figs to give and she is all about the fight. Think, Xena Warrior Princess. There is a beautiful b-plot about her father and I feel like we’ll get more of him in upcoming episodes.

As good as Jyn is, she can’t have this fight without Cassian (Luna). In earlier episodes of Star Wars some characters are too flimsy written. Think Lando Calrissian, who I hear is getting a proper rewrite come Episode 8. What they did with Cassian and realize that he’s not a sidekick but the next episode which is genius to plant that plot now. He is the foundation to her slight radicalness.

I talk about the Snowman in Frozen and the Chicken in Moana because they are absolutely genius characters that steal the show. Same thing happens here with Chirrut and K-2SO. There are scenes where they are the whole God damn movie. Chirrut is the hype man that will get any ant ready for a fight. His battle scene were unbelievable choreography. Stunning.

You could tell the whole cast took time to be the rebellion. I mean it. They came together to say, we have to been the misfits in real life if this movie is going to work.

There’s a good amount of scenes from the trailer that I’m telling you right now, don’t make it in the film. I think that’s a good thing. It reminds me of Mad Men trailers. Where you watch the episode and the trailer was so vague you get a nice surprise.

This is a fight movie. This is the all heart Rebellion vs the Empire who is more powerful, better funded, and in all honestly has no reason to lose to a bunch of nobodies. And then something happens. To Darth Vader. To Mister Invincible.

Expect to watch an extension of the Empire Strikes back where the Force Awakens was a follow up to New Hope. Expect something you haven’t seen before really in Star Wars. There are no special powers in this fight. It’s all grit. Like Rocky.

Rating: 10/10
Who is going to see this: Star Wars fans first. Laymans will make it in the theater by week three.

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Time to get scared. There have been too many Ouija movies lately and the only thing that does is taint the name. This latest edition tries to rein the series back on track and we can start by thanking Lulu Wilson.

Wilson plays the youngest daughter that’s possessed through the board. In some ways she reminded me of the girl from The Ring. The girl herself as to be creepy and uneasy. Over CGI her and you lose the movie. Most of her scare comes from her mannerisms. There are parts in the movie leading up to her possession where you’re not sure if she’s been taken over yet.

The story centers around her widowed mother and daughters running a sham seance before the demon comes out. Add to this a priest who comes to assist the house of liars which itself is funny.
Elizabeth Reaser and Annalise Basso are solid. They were scared which made me scared. The chaos they added to the movie raise the what is going on factor.

What hurts is the PG-13 rating. It prevented Ouija from going to some truly ridiculous places. The movie itself is erratic enough which helps with tension. Then the ending comes and the whole thing falls flat. This is a case where knowing the ending first and working back would have made all the difference. What seemed to happen is a movie that was R got cut down a rating and it shows.

That doesn’t mean it’s a disaster. It’s creepy but not frightening. Don’t compare it to the Conjuring and the The Ring is in a whole different league. But there is a market for people who want to be scared at a level 5 and that’s where this fits.

For what the movie does, it works. There’s scenes where it becomes a guessing game. If you’re looking for a more raw terror the title comes off as misleading. The story does well until the ending.

Who’s going to see this movie? Tabasco horror fans because it won’t too much. Mostly the 16-35 range.

Rating: 8/10

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I get so excited over anything Madea. Seriously, Madea Goes To Jail, Madea’s Christmas. Everything. Just give me my Aunt Madea. I was surprised that it took so long for them to get to Halloween. If we’re at the point where we’re getting a Star Wars film once a year, why can’t Tyler Perry do that with this Madea? Don’t say overkill- there are eight Policy Academy movies.

There are some big name Youtubers in this movie. Or so I’ve been told. I had no idea. It’s not a blink and you’ll miss them situation, the whole high school kids scenes was overdone and gimmicky. Beyond the cheesy acting it was so forced. I started thumb tapping waiting for them to get back to Madea and her gang of friends. At least they were believable, body suits and all.

The premise of the movie is Perry’s character paid to babysit to keep a teenage girl from going to a Halloween party. While staying in the house, ghoulish things start happening. You get the feeling you wondered into on the Scary Movie episodes. The thing is, it’s not just cornball scary, it’s funny Madea angry fight back scary. Cassi Davis who plays Aunt Bam and reactionary funny. Patrice Lovely (Hattie) gave fascial jestures that played well off Madea.

These three along with Perry playing multiple characters are the movie. The sprinkled in Youtubers are here to bring the internet kids, but don’t make too much of them. I just wish they were written in to be funny and less annoying.

Who’s going to see this movie? The Madea and Scary Movie fans. Throw in anyone that wants to laugh at your scared aunt for over an hour.

Ratings 8.5 Duffies

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Did Batman fall into a cave of calculators? How believable is Affleck’s autistic character? Find out on this episode of Dragon Ball Z!

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Rogue One Trailer 3 Review

October 13th, 2016 | Posted by Sarah in Movies & TV | YouTube Videos - (0 Comments)


 
 

If Felicity Jones does nothing else with this trailer maybe she’ll put to rest the whole filler Star Wars episode rants. First thing, this is how you cut a preview. We finally get to see who is Jones, why is she part of the rebellion, all with a micro-second of Darth Vader.

Introduced is Jyn Erso’s father? Who is he? The likelihood is that he’s not part of the rebellion. Star Wars has always grabbed us with the father storylines. It’s done so well. Even in episode seven we’re still trying to search our brain for Rey’s parents. (My money is on her being the daughter of Erso and Skywalker.)

 

 

Next to plot is the supporting characters Riz Ahmed, Diego Luna, and Donnie Chen. She needs this to make the movie a standalone and not a mere prequel. Erso even has a brother that’s revealed through casting but not the trailer.

 

 

So far so good. The movie stealer look to be Vader. We get him for a second and he might be two minutes in the whole movie but his absence in seven set us up for this anticipation. December sixteenth, people. You’ve been warned.

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Max. Steel. Let me confront the problem with this story- there isn’t one. Max and Steel don’t have a comic book background. He is a toy from Mattel. That’s it. The hardware coming before the story wouldn’t be a problem if Mattel hired a few comic book writers and illustrators and gave their property an actual Disney finish. What they did do in the 90s, was slap together a very basic comic book to promote the figurine.

Then came the tv series. Now, they were actually giving their character better plots and a legitimate villain. The issue- it’s a choppy story that you’re promoting to a movie.

The skeleton story revolves around Max McGrath. Teenage boy struggling with his own identity, who doesn’t know the story of his father, comes into universal strength with an alien sidekick, who helps him channel is power. Sound familiar? Yeah, that’s the problem. If you’re going to write a very generic story there needs to be interesting characters, shocking villains, and a plot that blows everything away. But when you’re coming from no comic book structure, that isn’t even possible.

 

 

Ben Winchell (Max McGrath) did a good job with the script he was given. He can’t rewrite his character. The movie’s savior is Josh Brener (Steel). If it’s not going to be a well written comic book movie, at least it’s funny. He looks like a futuristic drone but sounds like the snowman from Frozen.

When you watch the trailer, you’re given the impression this is from the Marvel or DC universe. Don’t kid yourself. This is a Disney Channel movie with an overdose of CGI and a good budget. With that budget came a solid fight scene and visually appealing morphing. That’s ten minutes out of an hour and thirty.

 

 

I wanted to love Max Steel, but it’s not a total mess. The visuals are great where the story is muddy. The fight scenes are strong. It’s the story that comes off as bland and that can’t carry the movie.

Who is going to see this movie? Anyone that came from the animated series. This is your movie. If you’re coming from a comic book fandom, remember it’s no Guardians of the Galaxy.

Ratings: 6 out of 10 Duffies

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Ah, here comes 20th Century Fox with trying to mastermind the next franchise series. Initially, I thought, they are going to treat this as Xmen: Cousins Edition. They almost went there. You could feel the beginning of this movie being guided that way, but it didn’t last long. In the middle of the first act, the movie began to shake off the impostor syndrome.

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Particular Children is a stellar book- with solid characters and writing. What Tim Burton has a problem doing is telling that story with Tim Burton cinematography. The first two acts become painfully generic. Over formulated. Being Tim Burton he could have experimented with structure and saved the pacing. If he had, then we could have still chastised him for his diversity in film comments but praised his originality in the film. Neither happens.

The story is about Jake, who doesn’t fit in to his life outside this island for special powered kids, but doesn’t think he’s weird enough to be one of them. In the book, it does a great job of him not coming off as broodish, just out of place. When he meets Miss Peregrine, he still an outsider and that’s a good story the book tells. You belong when you’re comfortable with yourself first. No magical house will fix it. In the movie, Asa Butterfield just gives off a very meh feeling. Meh to meeting new people, meh at their powers, meh at his role in the house. I don’t blame Butterfield, I blame Burton because I’m sure that was the direction. Don’t convey too much. Be the white wall. I’m telling you, the invisible boy was more interesting.

 

 

Your entire ticket price is going to Eva Green and Samuel L. Jackson. Green wasn’t the female Xavier, she is the leader of the misfits. The last thing you need in the movie is to be reminded of how badly Fox destroyed the Xmen series. Green puts a little big of herself in the character, with the winks and the mannerisms. You didn’t feel that in the book, but you do feel her the actor. It’s not detracting and serves well. Jackson doesn’t appear until the third act. He lifts the movie to a place that you wished had come in the second act. The middle dragged and saving everything for the end of the movie is a waste of film and time. There’s also a great fight scene towards the end that would have been good with a mild prequel early on. Something to make you salivate. Instead there are parts of the movie where you’re just waiting.

I can’t end this review without talking about the children. Bronwyn is a giggling mini Hulk. Fiona is underestimated. My favorite is the sheer creepiness of the twins.

 

 

Who is going to see this movie? Anyone across the demographic that read the book. Also Tim Burton fans. Is this more preteen? Yes, but so was Harry Potter and the Hunger Games and they picked up a huge chunk of the 18-34 movie goers. Is it as great as The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe? Nope, but still not as stale as Twilight.

Ratings: 4 Duffies

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Eurovision 2016 Streaming

May 14th, 2016 | Posted by Sarah in Movies & TV - (0 Comments)

 
 

Click on the picture for live feed of Eurovision 2016. No tv authentication required. Streaming from Logo. Outside the US you can watch here from Youtube.

Viva Bulgaria.

Viva Germany.

Viva furies.

 

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Felicity Jones character is likely Rey’s mother. The Death Star is still magnificent and returning to it’s 1970′s root- and the return of Darth Vader. Will a new Star Wars movie almost every year saturate and plateau the franchise? If the story doesn’t continue to move forward, it’s a win for the Empire.

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