Logan Review

Last weekend I had the pleasure of taking my boys out on a “Guys Afternoon”

We decided that bad food and a “Superhero” flic was going to be what’s on tap. We had a blast.

The movie we decided to catch was Logan. I am glad we did. The story line was good and whether or not it followed along the canon (or original for those of us that don’t have 15 year old know it alls to tell us what that means) story line, I don’t care.

The writers did a good job on the story line, and passing on the proverbial torch to the next generation. There was enough action to keep me awake. Enough killing to make it a good Wolverine movie. They did scimp out on some of the special effects but it wasn’t so obvious as to distract from the action that was happening at the time.

There was a lot of hype for the first R rated Wolverine movie. It lived up to its R rating, I am sure the boys we laughing at me when I gasped at the first F-Bomb, dropped by non other than Captain Picard himself! Not that you young ones know who that is but before Patrick Stewart was Professor X he was Jean-Luc Picard, Captain of the USS Enterprise. I digress…


Patrick Stewart did steal the show for me. Without his character this movie would have been a lot less interesting. I would err on the side of flop. Don’t get me wrong, Hugh Jackman in his last stand as the clawed menace was good, great in fact. But the interactions between him and the Professor drew me into the story fully and completely and kept me in it to the end.

Overall it was a good action flic! Not an amazing one and some of that may have to do with the hype surrounding it.

The boys both gave it 5 controllers… I give it 3 and half, so carry the 1 divide by……..

RPG gives Logan 4 Controllers not a must see but if you find yourself with the time I would move it to the top of the list!

 

 

 

 

 

KONG: Skull Island

Today I was lucky enough to get an invite to explore Skull Island. It’s the first “perk” I have seen as a Google Local Guide.

This is just another way that Google is continuing to show how close it is to ruling the world!

It’s a bit of fun leading up to the release of Kong: Skull Island. There are about 200 pictures and a little dot in the middle of the ocean for you to “explore”

There is also a link to Discover Skull Island.

Featuring Cryptozoology on the new Monsters to be featured in the movie.

Mother Long Legs
Mother Long Legs

There are the Monarch Field Recordings found here. Which give you a bit of background on Houston Brooks and some of his discoveries on the island.

The Weaver Photo Journal is quite interesting as well. They are photos that were taken by Mason Weaver in 1973. They tell an interesting story on their own.

 

Weaver Pics
Weaver Pics

Last but not least they share a few of the Locations from the film, in GIF format. Nice touch.

Locations
Locations

 

It all looks quite spectacular. Here is the trailer in case you missed it. KONG: Skull Island debuts on March 10, 2017

Psst. who can resist Samuel L. Jackson and monsters in the same MF Movie?

Star Wars Episode VII – The Last Jedi

In a Tweet earlier today it has been revealed to the world that the next film in the Star Wars Saga (Episode 8) will be called The Last Jedi.

THE LAST JEDI is written and directed by Rian Johnson and produced by Kathleen Kennedy and Ram Bergman and executive produced by J.J. Abrams, Jason McGatlin, and Tom Karnowski.

STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI is scheduled for release December 15, 2017.

 

Will we see more of this man?

One can only hope!

Rogue One a Star Wars Review

So I had the opportunity to see Rogue One the other day in a quiet afternoon setting, the theater was pretty much empty and I had the back row to myself.  To say I was excited for this movie was a bit of an understatement, it’s always been a mystery to me how they really got those pesky Death Star plans that lead to one of the greatest movie sagas in current history.

I’m going to put it out there that this movie is unlike any other Star Wars flick you’ve seen.  It’s a war movie through and through, it’s Rebels vs Imperials, its hope vs despair, it’s a piece of media that would show a true representation of how unsightly and ugly war can be at any given time.

To say that Rogue One is a visual spectacle beyond even all other Star Wars movies would be an insult to what was created here.  The care taken in the scenes and the sets, was top-notch and burst with personality.  We saw alien species both familiar and unfamiliar to most Star Wars fans, we were graced with new planets and cities we have only heard of in passing in other films or books.  This movie was truly a bridging piece that cut to the chase and gave us what we wanted, a reason behind A New Hope.

On a level of interesting new characters, this movie had no shortage.  Jyn Erso, the daughter of the Imperial scientist Galin Erso creator of the Death Star, embarks on a mission with the rebel alliance to find an old friend, and from there is jettisoned into her Rebel life.  From there I won’t say much more on the story for fear of spoiling anything else, but this is where many of the great relationships within this movie begin and end.  Jyn, is placed as the lead of the film, a spunky, hardened and disgruntled young woman who has no place in her heart for Imperials or Rebels alike.  She was left behind by her family friend at the age of 16 and forced to live a life in solitude pretending as if her previous life no longer existed.  As female characters go, she isn’t your atypical, girl meets dude, falls for dude and lets him win the day.  In fact, what I enjoyed most about this movie is that the romance aspect was all together removed save for what one might consider such right near the end, but I will leave that alone because, well spoilers.  Jyn comes into her own as a leader and a strong personality who deserves recognition within the Star Wars universe and this movie places her in a position to showcase that amazingly.

If we are looking towards supporting case, we need not look far as the newest droid companion seems to steal much of the show. K-2SO, a re-purposed Imperial droid with about as much sass as your 6-year-old daughter graces our presence and quickly became a fan favorite.  If I could have replaced C-3PO with him in every movie, I would have, 100% hands down, let’s do this.  He also offers much of the candid humor in the flick as well.  If you don’t grow to love him by the end of the show, you’re probably also a droid, just sayin’.

One of the things that stands out in this particular Star Wars movie is the lack of Jedi, the Force is discussed but it doesn’t play a central role like it does in other movies and this does a phenomenal job of grounding the story.  Without the Force, we see that these people are human, they aren’t blessed with special powers to save the day, they are using their own will, their own ability to get things done against all odds.  With that said though, we are introduced to Chirrut Imwe (Donne Yen), a blind monk who lives in the City of Jedah and a preacher of the existence of the Force.  He and his companion Baze Malbus make the perfect pairing of rogues who are just trying to mind their own business.  Chirrut though, has a sensitivity to the force, meaning he can channel it but not in the same ways a Jedi would.  Through his sensitivities though he quickly becomes a lovable and important character.

If there was one thing that bothered me about this whole thing and it felt really off, was the CGI face rendering, now I know only two characters had it, one of them being Moff Tarkin and the other I will not name because… well spoilers.  CGI faces are usually fine, but when you know this character from previous movies and know the way they speak, a CGI rendering doesn’t come naturally.  In the end, I guess these things are needed for continuity and they make sense in the grand scheme of things but this still bothers me.

While this movie struggles a bit with the first act being slightly disjointed and broken, it all seems to fall in place as act 2 and 3 roll through.  Pieces come together and “a-ha!” moments abound, small little easter eggs here and there are sprinkled through the movie make it incredible special for any Star Wars fan and in the end it makes a single cohesive spectacle that I would gladly spend $13-$18 on again.

New Releases Oct 7

New Releases Coming this Friday to a theater near you!

 

It looks like the Canadian Thanksgiving weekend is going to be a quiet one in the theaters. I am not exaggerating when I say I have not heard of any of the releases listed this week. A biography a Thriller and a couple of opposite spectrum comedies (Family and Horror) will hit the Silver Screen.

Let us know what you decided to see this week!

Enjoy New Releases Oct 7!

Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life – (PG)

Imaginative quiet teenager Rafe Katchadorian is tired of his middle school’s obsession with the rules at the expense of any and all creativity. Desperate to shake things up, Rafe and his best friends have come up with a plan: break every single rule in the school and let the students run wild.
Director: Steve Carr

 


The Birth of a Nation – (R)

Nat Turner, a literate slave and preacher in the antebellum South, orchestrates an uprising.
Director: Nate Parker

The Girl on the Train – (R)

A divorcee becomes entangled in a missing persons investigation that promises to send shockwaves throughout her life.
Director: Tate Taylor

The Greasy Strangler – (R)

Ronnie runs a Disco walking tour with his son, Brayden. When a sexy woman takes the tour, it begins a competition between father and son for her love. It also signals the arrival of an oily strangler who stalks the streets at night.
Director: Jim Hosking

Thank you to IMDB for being awesome and having all of this info readily available for us!