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General Discussion / Jessica Jones (Netflix/Marvel)
« on: November 20, 2015, 09:54:23 AM »
Only watched the pilot so far and for a non-superhero obscure follow up to Daredevil, this is incredible.

I am intrigued every scene with the mystery and it's already darker than worst moments of Daredevil.

Binge watching this for sure.

General Discussion / Steve Jobs (2015)
« on: October 23, 2015, 10:19:28 AM »
I never watched the Ashton Kutcher version and was not in a hurry to see this since I'm more interested in Apple technology rather than the man himself, but Jem and The Holograms was sold out, so Steve Jobs it is.

This is not a biopic and is loosely inspired by some moments of Steve Jobs life. The movie covers the backstage conversations before three product launches and keynote speeches. Half hour before every speech, key people from Steve Jobs life and career happen to show up and want to hash out their grievances with him in rapid fire dialog while walking in hallways.

While the movie is directed by Danny Boyle, this is an Aaron Sorkin vehicle all the way. This is him at his best. The dialog is the character and strength of the film. It brings out the best in everyone on screen. These conversations most likely never happened, but they are amazing to listen to. Never a dull moment. Steve Jobs was highly unlikely so quick witted, and neither was Zuckerberg as seen in Social Network, but it's a lot more entertaining as a film.

I heard Christian Bale was originally chosen to play the part, but didn't have time, so Fassbender came in. He did great and I could easily see Bale pulling off the same lines. Kate Winslet almost silently steals the scenes here as the moral conscience of Steve Jobs, something he constantly lacks. You get an amazing performance out of Seth Rogan as the Woz, probably the most interesting character out of a handful we get. For Newsroom fans, Jeff Daniels brings it in small, but heavy doses.

I loved this movie and I was surprisingly touched by it when I did not expect it. You don't have to care about Steve Jobs or Apple to enjoy this film. It's basically a stage play by Aaron Sorkin about a very eccentric and dislikable person you'll be drawn to and amused by.

See it if you remotely like Aaron Sorkin.

General Discussion / The Martian (2015)
« on: October 03, 2015, 09:45:16 AM »
A handful of astronauts are on a mission on Mars, collecting samples and doing research til a storm makes them evacuate, but they leave one crew member behind, thinking he's either dead or unreachable, played by Matt Damon.

Damon's specialty is botany, but he's also incredibly resourceful in the name of problem solving an mostly importantly: science.

Other survival space films like Gravity was based on pure luck and wishful thinking. Interstellar relied upon luck and love. This is pure science and thinking your way through impossible situations with math, and a little bit of luck.

Ridley Scott directed this and a lot of people have written him off lately with his less than impressive recent projects. He's no stranger to space with Alien and Prometheus, but this is a much more light hearted and touching approach to space and sci-fi. It's a funny movie.

I enjoyed this a lot. The movie did feel long, but not in a negative way since it offered this type of film in a very different way than Gravity and Interstellar, movies I also enjoyed. This made potatoes and agriculture a little exciting.

This movie isn't for everyone, but if you like science and space, this is a good movie to see.

General Discussion / Sicario (2015)
« on: October 02, 2015, 10:00:10 AM »
Emily Blunt is a very straight and narrow by the book FBI agent whose coming off a successful drug bust, kind of. This particular bust gets the attention of a rogue government task force that specializes cartels and the drug war. Blunt's character feels she can make more of a difference working with these guys than just raiding homes and making arrests. They offer her a chance to attack the head of the snake.

Once she joins however, the lines of good and evil are completely blurred as the people she's working with seem just as bad as the people she's going after. When she questions them, all she's told to do is shut up and watch, try and learn something.

This is a great movie. It's dirty, grimy, and will make you question your own morals. It felt like a more mature David Ayer film, like Sabotage, but more refined. You could also think of it as Training Day meets Silence of The Lambs. It's dark, mysterious, and questionable people calling all the shots.

Great score and cinematography. Even if you ignore the plot and characters, it's just great to look at and listen to.

Brolin, Blunt, and Benecio Del Toro are all solid, but Del Toro steals the film. That guy is a little too good at playing these cartel guys.

See it.

General Discussion / The Green Inferno (2015)
« on: September 25, 2015, 02:49:58 AM »
A lot of cautiously optimistic anticipation for this from fans of the original found footage film, Cannibal Holocaust, almost two decades before Blair Witch. I'm not really sure if that was the first found footage film, but it's the earliest one I know of.

It's an infamous movie shot like stock footage showing a tribe of cannibals eat, rape, and kill people, including killing real animals. I'm not sure if the animal killing was real or just urban legend to promote the film, like Blair Witch being real. It's a very raw looking film, which I love, coming from the 70's film school of horror.

I heard there were other Cannibal films similar to this, making it it's own mini short lived genre. I've never heard of them.

Anyways, you're probably wondering how this movie was and not those. Well it's a big let down, which is why I'd rather discuss that film and others.

This was written and directed by Eli Roth. He's mostly known from the torture porn horror era of last decade for Hostel and that awesome grind house trailer of Thanksgiving. So I expected a mediocre movie, but for him to deliver the brutality and people getting torn to shreds and eaten. It's the only reason you'd go to see this movie, to watch people getting eaten.

Well you get two scenes and that's it and only one of them delivers while the other is a poorly re-shot zombie like attack from a Walking Dead episode.

The characters are stupid and annoying, which is fine because it gives us something to root for to get eaten, but those people don't or they disappear off camera.

I was surprised they didn't go for the found footage route with this. It's actually rooted in found footage. Instead the movie looked and felt fake. The so called cannibal tribe felt like extras. They could have been genuine tribesmen used as extras, but it was never scary or raw looking. It felt like a movie and I had a hard time suspending disbelief based on both the stupidity of the tribe and the victims.

I'd give this a low rental for people who want to see some cannibalism. You're not missing anything, except the first cannibal scene, it's downhill after that.

General Discussion / The Visit (2015)
« on: September 11, 2015, 10:30:45 AM »
So people are still giving M. Night money to make movies after how many cringe worthy failures? Well not exactly. This is a Blumhouse Production. Jason Blum pumps out tons of movies every year with a very low to minimal budget and usually always turns a profit. So M. Night had to work a found footage budget and scale back on himself really. Did he fail once again? Let's find out.

One of those movies, the less you know the better. Thankfully, the marketing hasn't given away anything significant. Most I can say is that it's about two kids visiting their grandparents for a week. The sister is an aspiring film maker and is recording her trip to show her mom. The grandparents start to act weirder and weirder everyday, especially at night where it's just down right creepy. Oh, but they're old. This is just what old people do, right?

This was surprisingly really good. M. Night wrote and directed this and it's nothing great, but a solid and unique horror film. And I can't believe I'm saying this, but the "twist" delivers immensely.

To be quite honest, the movie started to drag for me. They do a great job of building up the creep factor of the grandparents, but you're just waiting and waiting to find out why, then the twist is revealed and things escalate dramatically and wow. Whatever points I took off during the moments where it dragged, it earned right back.

This is also a horror comedy. It's genuinely creepy and very funny. I'd actually encourage seeing this with a group of people or a crowded theater to listen to people's reactions.

I'd recommend seeing this if you want to see a fun horror movie. They do a great job of playing up the real phobia of old people. The found footage factor of this wasn't needed. I think it was only done to keep the budget low, even still the cameras they used are actual movie cameras and not something that looks like actual footage filmed by kids. 

Is horror coming back? Is M. Night back? I don't know. But maybe horror comedy is coming back with this and Krampus later this month.

General Discussion / Unfriended (2015)
« on: August 20, 2015, 07:28:34 PM »
I avoided this thinking it was a ridiculous idea for a movie and that'd they were out of ideas finally when they made a horror movie about being unfriended. I was dead wrong.

This was quite brilliant and original. The entire movie takes place on someone's computer screen while they're multi-tasking on Facebook, Skype, and iMessage as well as just browsing the internet while music plays in the background. This may sound annoying, but it's done in such a way that you feel you're really on the internet as the person typing on screen self-edits herself as we do when typing something, multiple tabs are open, and the alert sounds of Skype or anything actually starts to become creepy.

The actual movie is about a girl named Laura who was cyber bullied after she was filmed drunk and shitting pants on camera. She kills herself and it's also caught on camera. A year later a handful of her friends are chatting online in a  group chat when an anonymous person starts stalking them and screwing with them with personal information. Pretty soon each one starts getting offed.

This movie is only successful because of how well the gimmick is executed. Take that away and this would be a generic found footage film, but they got the computer and online aesthetics down so well, everything that happens is genuinely creepy.

I'd actually recommend seeing this on your desktop or laptop.

General Discussion / Straight Outta Compton (2015)
« on: August 16, 2015, 10:59:08 AM »
Director F. Gary Gray passed on The Winter Soldier to work on this instead, which was pretty ballsy. Was it worth it? Let's find out.

When people talk about great music biopics, it's usually Ray and Walk The Line that come up in the conversation. Closest thing for a hip hop version of that was the Biggie Smalls movie a few years ago, which was alright, but forgettable.

I would say Straight Outta Compton actually blows away Ray and Walk The Line, which were kind of the same movie about two different musicians.

It's almost treated like a superhero movie because this is the origin story of the N.W.A. and they felt like the Avengers of gangster rap.

I loved this movie. Watching the rise of these guys coming together, going on tour, performing at concerts during the 80's and 90's was incredible. Eventually they all do go their separate ways in solo careers, but it comes back around just as strong by the end.

So what separates this from something like Ray? The casting is incredible. Ice Cube's son plays Ice Cube and is the spitting image of his dad. It's not even an impression. He captures his glare and essence, almost to the point where it feels like he was raised to play his dad one day. Same for Dr. Dre and Easy E. The characters carry this film on their own, even without the story. Paul Giamatti is great in this. There's cameos by other rap legends such as Tupac, Snoop, a scary super villain in Suge Knight.

The movie is incredibly socially relevant. These guys were rapping about police brutality, including during the time of Rodney King and the LA riots.

The atmosphere of those concerts not only feel real, it makes you want to be at the concerts. Plus it adds a lot of context and background on many of the lyrics and makes you want to go back and listen to those songs.

It helps to have actually lived in the 90's and heard about these guys, as it is pretty nostalgic, but I think the movie stands up on it's own performances, characters, and story.

Unlike Ray and Walk The Line, it avoids most of their cliches. I mean it's there, but flows in a much better way.

Great film. See it.

General Discussion / Ant-Man (2015)
« on: July 17, 2015, 03:54:07 AM »
Heard lots of highs and lows about this film before seeing it. I thought it was quite good and different from the usual Marvel movie, while remaining one.

Best way to describe this would be a superhero sci-fi heist film. It's pretty straight forward and simplistic in it's approach, which I liked. It could have striven for something bigger, but just about every Marvel movie from this point on will go for an ensemble cast blockbuster. So it's nice to have something quieter and smaller in scale, no pun intended.

This is a highly thematic movie about father's and daughters, revolving around Hank Pym and Scott Lang.

Scott Lang is a sophisticated burglar and thief serving time for basically making sure an evil corporation was getting their just deserts. He didn't gain anything from it, but did lose his daughter to his ex wife.

Hank Pym is a forced retired billionaire who has his eyes set on Scott. Hank is also believed to be the urban legend superhero, The Ant Man. So small he probably never existed.

Together they must pull off a heist to steal the Yellow Jacket suit before it ends up in the wrong hands.

Like I said before, it's incredibly straight forward and simple compared to every other Marvel movie nowadays, which I found refreshing. It's one of those stand alone good superhero films before the superhero genre blew up to what it's become today.

I liked the tone of this. It looks silly and campy as hell, but I think GOTG and AOU were a lot more over the top and comedic in tone. You have TI and Michael Pena for that here, but Rudd is pretty held back for Rudd standards.

Complaints? Very minor. Evangaline Lilly isn't likable much and has zero chemistry with Rudd. I blame the director more than her.

I think other than Loki, Marvel has a long string of poor villains. Ultron could have been great, but he was cracking jokes non-stop. Corey Stoll was better than the average villain, but a little too one dimensional. This guy is evil from the get go and only got worse. But I disliked him for the right reasons at least. He and Iron Monger would have gotten along.

Overall I just really enjoyed Ant-Man in action. He's sorta the reverse Hulk. Smaller he gets, the more powerful he gets. The bullet analogy is spot on. His fight scenes are all him punching people when he shrinks and they remain normal size and helpless against him.

Also Ant-Man and the ants teaming up are much better than Pratt and the raptors teaming up in Jurassic World.

Couple of really cool cameos.

Make sure to stay for the mid credits and after credits scenes.

Looking forward to Ant-Man teaming with the Avengers one day.

General Discussion / Terminator Genisys (2015)
« on: July 02, 2015, 12:08:48 AM »
This is based on on the original two, except the timeline has changed. A mysterious person sends a T-800 to a 9 year old Sarah Conner to get ready for the events of T-1 and T-2, plus the war against Skynet, long into the future.

Who is this mystery person? Well they remain a mystery so Skynet never targets them with their time machine. However, the movie itself forgets to reveal this and ultimately it's a forgotten plot point.

Is the movie good? Well some of it. Arnold is the best part. Without him, this movie would be something like Terminator: Salvation. If the movie has any humor or heart, it's all him. Much like his role in T3, he and his role in the movie are pretty self aware of his age and looks and he plays to his strengths.

Emilia Clarke does a decent young Linda Hamilton impression from the T-2 era and then does her own thing with it, which was fine. It's nice to see her on screen in general outside of Game of Thrones.

Jason Clarke was kind of whatever. I think he did the best with the role they gave him as John Conner.

Jai Courtney is just another Sam Worthington being shoved down our throats.

There's a big shift in plot at a certain point and I didn't find the movie very interesting outside of Arnold on screen. I wish the movie stayed in the 1984 T-1 era of the film where they were channeling James Cameron's vision.

The action sequences are forgettable and really shouldn't have been. I think the action in T3 was a lot better and more memorable. I felt like they were channeling specific action scenes from the first two, but they were weak versions, such as the tanker chase from T2 was done in a very forgettable way using the bus in the trailers.

I give it a matinee for the Arnold and Emilia Clarke parts.

General Discussion / Spy (2015)
« on: June 14, 2015, 12:00:59 PM »
I would have never seen this had it not been for the 95% on RT and doing very well in the box office. The trailers make it look like a female Paul Blart, but as a secret agent. This is actually a legit spy comedy and not a spoof or parody.

It focuses on the people behind a James Bond, or the person in their ear piece whose sitting at a desk, giving them all the information they need to do all the cool things as a secret agent in the field.

One day all the field agents get exposed and they need someone whose invisible as a spy to pull off the mission and Melissa McCarthy's character volunteers since she already has all the brains plus a lot of field training from her past.

This was actually quite fantastic and very funny. Melissa McCarthy is always at her best when she's written as intelligent and not the bumbling fat girl. This is up there with her work in Brides Maids and The Heat.

Other than McCarthy, Rose Byrne kills in in here as the villain and her exchanges with McCarthy are golden. They just say the worst things about each other and it's hilarious.

Jason Statham does a great job of parodying his movie career as a bumbling arrogant spy who brags about all the things he's done, which aren't possible, but are the exact roles he's played in other movie. Very funny and great monologues.
The movie is surprisingly violent and the action is great. If Paul Feige ever wants to do a straight forward Bond or Bourne film, this is a good indicator that he'd be capable of it.

See it.

General Discussion / Entourage (2015)
« on: June 04, 2015, 05:17:55 PM »
I sighed and rolled my eyes when I got news of an Entourage movie. I enjoyed the show and stuck with it, but said my goodbyes, despite being unsatisfied with the finale and the forced fates of the characters.

This movie undoes all the things in the finale and was fantastic. It's the ending the show deserves. If you've never seen the show or casually watched it, don't bother seeing this. It's for the real fans of the show, ones that have seen every single episode, and sat through the formulaic story of every season where Vinnie Chase goes through a crisis and overcomes it with his boys and Ari Gold by the end.

This is that, but they really had all their best elements woven together in a bigger better 90 minute episode, without trying to be something more than that.

I'm really glad the trailers were beyond vague about the plot of this film. Everything was a nice and neat surprise, in typical Entourage fashion with tons of quick cameos and references.

I will say Ronda Rousey was used excellently in her tiny, but relevant role. And the surprise performance was Hayley Joel Osment, wow.

Entourage fans, go see this. It was worth making one more.

General Discussion / Mad Max: Fury Road (2015)
« on: May 17, 2015, 10:05:36 AM »
Mad Max is one of those few late 70's/early 80's films I never got around to seeing and I tried watching them recently and really couldn't get into them, despite my love for the 80's and Mel Gibson. So I have no attachment going into this film and turns out I didn't need any to enjoy it.

This opens with Max as a prisoner to this cult like group, lead by this warlord who controls the water and the only few pieces of green land left in the world. The real story however starts when one his followers/soldiers, I'm not sure what she is, Furiosa, goes rogue and takes off with all the sex slaves of the cult. Max somehow hitches a ride and we have a two hour epic car chase.

That's basically the plot of the movie. I'm being vague on purpose on some details I want you to discover for yourself, but an epic two hour car chase is really the plot and it's maybe the best epic two hour car chase ever filmed.

I said at the start I didn't need to watch any of the original Mad Max films because Mad Max isn't really a character in this film, he's almost a prop inserted so the title can sell the real movie of Furiosa, George Miller's spin off female character who is a complete bad ass. She's bald, mysterious, one armed, has a steam punk robotic arm, and a mysterious past. And even then, you don't get too deep in character with her.

The real character and plot are the cars, the background, the set pieces, George Miller's vision for this world, and the overall spectacle. It's one of the best looking films I can remember. There's a lot of those out there, but I think the visuals in this movie are really unique and tell it's own story like a silent movie would. Another film that depends on visuals like the Tron sequel feels lifeless and lacking a soul, not this this. Every action and stunt just comes to life in these chase scenes through the desert wastelands.

I don't ever do this, but I'd actually recommend spending the extra money on 3D or IMAX on this. George Miller kills it visually and I don't think you'll get the same experience at home. Even the sounds and score of the film tell it's own story, so it goes beyond the silent film aspect because he delivers on that front as well.

One surprise for me was Nicholas Holt in the film (young Beast from the new X-Men films). In the trailer he's advertised as some kind of psycho and he brought the most heart in the film character wise.

I really enjoyed this movie and found it to be a great experience. I'm not going to call it great, but really good and memorable. Yeah there's no plot, but it didn't need one. Supposedly there's a trilogy planned with Tom Hardy. Not sure what Miller's got planned, but he really sold me on Furiosa. If he needs to keep using Mad Max in the title for the studios to fund him to make Furiosa films, I'm all for it. Either way, I love the world he's created.

Yep, see it.

General Discussion / Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015)
« on: May 01, 2015, 01:48:55 AM »
If you've kept up with the trailers, you've got the gist of this film. In a way this was a far superior version of the first Avengers. Everything and everyone was better. First one they had to figure out how to unite to defeat those Chitauri alien drones. In this they're already great at being the Avengers, no learning curve, they're like a seasoned basketball team heading into another championship.

And the problem I had with the first one were those Chitauri drones, since they were just mindless and faceless punching bags. In this, they have a face and voice in the many forms of Ultron, as their leader.

This is the closest thing I've experienced to a live action comic book cartoon. I don't really want that in all my comic book films, but for this, it was appropriate. I prefer a little more serious and dark undertones like Winter Soldier or the Nolan films. This might have had too much humor, that drowned out any of the touching or tragic moments, and there are some. Every other sentence is a joke and I'm good with that, for this film. This is where it works and delivers.

I'll leave all the serious stuff to the Russo brothers since they're doing the next Avengers. This movie is more about the epic action set pieces, and there are a ton. All of them are fantastic.

I'm trying to be really vague. Not that the movie has anything hidden. The trailers pretty much gave away everything, except a couple of key things you'll have to wait for in the final act, but it's just a far superior version of Avengers 1. You get a ton more development of Hawkeye, more Black Widow, more Hulk action set pieces, more scenes with Banner and Stark being the only two geniuses on the team and how that makes them closer.

And they set up the future films, if you look for it or recognize it, such as planting seeds for Black Panther, Civil War, and Infinity War which they've seen hinting at since Avengers 1. It's all there sprinkled in nicely.

I rank Winter Soldier as my favorite MCU film. This #2 and Iron Man 1 and Thor 1 somewhere behind them.

Great superhero film, summer blockbuster. Wish it were a little more dark, but it's The Avengers, the super bowl of Marvel films, so I give it a full pass for just being pure fun.

General Discussion / Ex Machina (2015)
« on: April 25, 2015, 10:52:33 AM »
Keep hearing great things about this film so I tried going in as blind as possible.

A programmer working for the world's biggest search engine, pretty much a Google like company, wins a contest to spend a week with the CEO on his isolated and mysterious retreat. When he gets there, he discovers the guy is an eccentric billionaire, loves to get drunk every night, lift weights, wants to be bros, and overall just Tony Stark on his dark and off days.

He's then asked to observe and interact with what's supposed to be the next break through in AI technology, Ava. She's a very attractive android in the form of a quasi female. Weird things start to happen every night and the longer he interacts with her, the most suspicious and creepy the place gets, including the CEO.

Is Ava telling the truth? Is the CEO? Are they both in on it and playing me? It's really cool.

Yeah this was really good. There's quite a bit of cautionary AI films coming out every year now, recently with Chappie, and now Terminator and Age of Ultron. But, this takes a bottle film approach with limited characters, dialog, and visuals, to really captivate you with the concept of less is more.

Ava, the AI, looks amazing. The actress playing her is attractive, but the only fleshy part of her was her face, so a lot of it was the acting in her eyes and subtle facial expressions. Rest of her looks amazing with the transparent robot parts and mesh.

Oscar Isaacs, who should be a big name next year with Star Wars and X-Men, was fantastic in this as the CEO. Intense, off the wall, funny, uncomfortable, and comforting all at the same time.

One thing I really liked about film is that they spoon feed you nothing. There's hardly any exposition. When this takes place, where, how, who. None of it. You're thrown in this week with the eccentric CEO in his super villain like lair/retreat and given no more info than the programmer visiting him.

I'd recommend seeing this, but don't go in expecting Terminator or Age of Ultron. It's more like an episode of Black Mirror made into a movie. If you've never seen the show, it explores the dark consequences of technology.

Geekville / No solo Hulk movie details
« on: April 14, 2015, 10:22:26 PM »
Revealed today that Universal owns the rights to solo Hulk films. The Edward Norton film, while takes place in MCU, was actually under universal and not Marvel Studios. Marvel can use the Hulk in other MCU films only.

Sort of a Spider-Man/Sony situation.

Geekville / Daredevil (Netflix)
« on: April 10, 2015, 04:09:46 AM »
Figured it deserves it's own thread. I work in the morning, but I'm going to power through a couple episodes and post my thoughts in individual spoiler tags per episode.

Episode 1

Spoiler  :
Fantastic pilot. I can already tell I'm going to get through this way too soon and sad it's over.

It's dark, gritty, and violent, darker than anything previously shown in the MCU, including Winter Soldier. There is a bit of humor, but just enough to avoid calling this a comedy, probably the least amount of comedy seen in the MCU, but just enough to break the tension.

The main premise of this show seems to be the street level consequences of the Chitauri invasion and destruction in Avengers in the form of taking advantage of it financially and screwing the little people over.

Insert Karen Page who accidentally stumbled on all of this and is targeted for death, but she still has the evidence and luckily falls in the lap of two new lawyers, Matt Murdock and Foggy Nelson.

You can already see the love triangle coming a mile away, but it isn't forced, just seeds planted.

Alright enough of that, let's get to the man of the hour Daredevil. Yeah he's awesome. If you wanted to see some bad ass fights, you got it. It's all hard hitting, realistic as much as it can be for a blind man with heightened senses, and grounded. Yeah he's good, maybe great, but still human. He's not Black Widow, not yet anyway. He can be hurt and slowed down.

Overall really impressed. There's going to be two comparisons right away. Arrow and Batman. First off, they did a great job of never seeming like this is a Batman show. It was classic Daredevil. And second, it never felt like I was watching the Affleck movie from years ago. This was it's own thing and own take, fresh, hard hitting, and intriguing.

As for Arrow, much darker and better fights. What I hope happens is Arrow show runners watch this and raise their bar. Everyone wins.

You could sense Kingpin in the world, but we never see him, in fact "We don't say his name" as we're told. Brilliant.

Origin story? We all know what it is and they know we know, so they do the smart thing and just reference it casually during flashbacks. I don't think they even finished it.

Off to a great start, on to episode 2. Later.

Episode 2

Spoiler  :
Well this was different. Second episode opens with Daredevil (I guess he's not actually Daredevil yet, but a vigilante) beaten up and unconscious in a dumpster. Rosario Dawson finds him and nurses him back to consciousness.

I forgot she was on this show. Great casting. She has more chemistry with him than Karen, maybe no love triangle.

We got the flashback with his dad not throwing the fight and getting killed for it. Really wanted to see Crusher Creel from Agents of Shield again, but he was there in name only.

The interrogation scene with Rosario wearing that maskw as pretty cool and creepy. Daredevil throwing the guy off a building was something I always hoped or imagined Batman would do to one of these low lifes, but never would. Really happy when it happened on here.

Yeah these two together was fun. Hoping to see more of her.

Not really into whatever Foggy and Karen were up to bar crawling.

And that ending with the hallway fight scene was fantastic. Reminded me of the Batman/Bane fight from Dark Knight Rises. Nothing fancy, just pure punches being thrown with very little sound of anything else except deep breathes and pain.

This guy is not ready for whatever he's up against, not yet anyway.

Zero Kingpin in this. Really wondering how much of a physical force he'll be. That's it for tonight.

General Discussion / Furious 7 (2015)
« on: April 05, 2015, 10:43:54 AM »
So the 7th installment of this franchise and by now the movie knows it's audience and the audience knows what to expect from these. It's about 14 years in the making, which is pretty crazy.

The first one was just an underground street racing film and sort of an undercover cop drama. The sequels weren't really cutting it til Vin Diesel made a full comeback in the 4th and even then it was just a good sequel to the first. Fast 5 radically changed everything by bringing in The Rock and turning this into a completely different franchise. It was an international heist film and had the feel of a summer blockbuster. Fast 6 raised the bar even more by becoming an Expendables type international spy film. And now in this they're kind of The Avengers. Let's get into it.

Fast 6 I thought was incredible and topped it off with a fantastic setup for the 7th when Jason Statham is the guy that kills off Han during Tokyo Drift. It turns out he's one of the most dangerous mercenaries in the world and his only focus now is getting revenge and killing off the remaining crew.

There was a ridiculous scene in Fast 6 where Vin Diesel flies in the air and catches Michelle Rodriguez. This entire movie is that type of scene, but more amped up. The action set pieces are incredible and while they no longer take place in reality, are extremely well shot and well done. It's a spectacle you have t watch on the big screen to really appreciate.

Like I was saying earlier, this crew became The Expendables in the last film and in this they are the Avengers. I say that because both Vin Diesel and the Rock have super powers in this. While everyone else are expert martial artists and might possibly have rubber bones to walk away from pretty horrific accidents. Well hey it is the 7th film and if you watched the last two, this is just evolution.

One thing I couldn't get over was how insanely jacked the Rock looks in this. He's evolved into the Hulk and looks better than ever. I couldn't take his opening brawl with Statham seriously because there's no way that'd be an even fight like they made it out to be. Both the Rock and Vin Diesel deliver non-stop 80's one liners through out the movie and not in a bad way. I loved it.

I don't know if it's meant to be a secret, but Kurt Russel is a pretty major character in this it was enjoyable seeing him since he was Stunt Man Mike.

And lastly, there's a fantastic Paul Walker send off in this. It wasn't forced or cheesy, actually very classy while staying inside the movie universe. I could hear people in the theater choke up.

So how was the actual movie? I think overall Fast 6 is still the best of the series. This is below that and possibly slightly below Fast 5. The previous two had a little more character in them and this is more about the epic action set pieces. The Paul Walker stuff that ends the film greatly saves this film because it sends home people with a very effective emotional impact.

The Gina Carano fight in the last was far superior than Ronda Rousey's fight in this. Ronda was used a lot better in Expendables. I wish the Rock had a bigger role in this like he did in the last one. And they're getting dangerously close to Live Free or Die Hard territory with the super powers and reality bending aspect of this film.

I'd still see this in theaters, incredibly summer blockbuster type film and the Paul Walker stuff is worth it alone. This movie is what the Expendables wants to be and what the Mission Impossible movies already are with the last one.

Geekville / DC's Legends of Tomorrow (CW)
« on: March 31, 2015, 09:18:39 AM »
Well that's what we'll call it til they decide on the name.

They've cast Hawkgirl and Rip Hunter today.

Biggest mystery other than what the show will be called is who or what Caity Lotz will be.

General Discussion / It Follows (2015)
« on: March 28, 2015, 10:51:03 AM »
I've been hearing a lot of hype about this as the best horror movie in recent times, since the genre is at it's worst right now. It finally got a wide release this weekend and I jumped on it.

There's this thing in the movie that we can just refer to as an "it". It follows you to kill you and the only way to get rid of it is to have sex with someone and pass it on to them. To the movie's credit, that's as much as we ever get to know. They don't try to come up with convoluted reasons to try an explain it.

It's sort of like the VHS tape in The Ring because you need to pass it on to someone else, except through sex, kind of like an STD.

I really liked this movie. It's not scary, except in a couple of parts, but the mystery, tension, atmosphere, and score are very well done.

One odd direction of the film I think people will either love or get distracted by is that it feels like this takes place in a parallel universe. It sometimes feels and looks like it takes place in modern day, but shot like it's the late 70's and early 80's. It's in Detroit and maybe that's part of, but I'm not sure what time period this is set. Things seem old, but it just might be Detroit.

Also it's often times feels like it's taking place during both Halloween and Friday the 13th from the 80's, including the score. Actually think it's shot in an awesome way and a homage to those films, but when it happens you know it. It's almost too specific to those films in certain moments.

Trying to stay as vague as possible because I watched this blindly on purpose and it paid off, but one thing I really appreciate about this film is it's ambiguity about what this is and what's going to ultimately happen.

Really recommend this for horror fans.

Geekville / Preacher (AMC)
« on: March 20, 2015, 02:14:31 AM »
Kind of old news this was getting made, but now we have some casting news finally and getting ready for production.

Dominic Cooper is rumored to be the lead of Jesse Custer, but in confirmed casting, Ruth Negga (Raina on Agents of SHIELD) will be the female lead as Tulip and Ian Colletti as Arseface.

One of the most acclaimed comics of the past 20 years, Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon's "Preacher" ran for 66 issues from 1995 to 2000 as part of DC Comics' mature readers imprint, Vertigo. Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg developed the TV adaptation and will direct the pilot, and "Breaking Bad" veteran Sam Catlin is set to serve as showrunner. "Preacher" received a pilot order from AMC in December.

Geekville / Ash vs. Evil Dead (Starz)
« on: March 12, 2015, 06:20:03 PM »
Sam Raimi and Bruce Campbell will both return to their cult favorite horror series Evil Dead for a new series on Starz.

The series, titled Ash vs. Evil Dead, will see Campbell reprise his role as Ash amidst a new Deadite invasion.

The series will consist of 10 half-hour episodes, debuting in 2015. Raimi will direct the pilot, which will be co-written by himself, Ivan Raimi, and Tom Spezialy.

"Starz first worked with Sam and Rob on Spartacus, and we are thrilled to be back in business with them,” said Carmi Zlotnik, managing director of Starz. “With Sam writing and directing and Bruce Campbell returning to the screen, we are certain the show will give Evil Dead fans around the world the fix they’ve been craving.”

“Evil Dead has always been a blast. Bruce, Rob, and I are thrilled to have the opportunity to tell the next chapter in Ash’s lame, but heroic saga. With his chainsaw arm and his ‘boomstick,’ Ash is back to kick some monster butt. And brother, this time there’s a truckload of it,” said Raimi.

"I'm really excited to bring this series to the Evil Dead fans worldwide -- it's going to be everything they have been clamoring for: serious deadite ass-kicking and plenty of outrageous humor,” said Campbell.

Geekville / Marvel Secret Wars 2015
« on: February 06, 2015, 11:03:34 AM »
Marvel wants to clean up a lot of their titles, continuity, plus combine the MCU and 616 origins.

This is basically their Crisis on Infinite Earth's aka "Battle World" They haven't been too specific, but it sounds like they might even get rid of the Ultimate universe by having them duke it out on Battle World and have the winners remain as the 616 versions, such as female Thor vs Ultimate Thor or Age of Apocalypse versus House of M versions.

As far as MCU, they're changing Magneto's children's origins to not have them be Magneto's kids to match the MCU. I'm thinking they want the MCU to be their Ultimates now since it's become such a huge thing in mainstream media and the Ultimate universe kind of ran it's course by now.

Geekville / Superman given a new power
« on: February 05, 2015, 04:21:51 PM »
He can now emit a bomb like solar blast using all his solar powered cells. But it leaves him without any solar powered cells, making him human for 24 hours til he recharges his powers.

Geekville / Poltergeist remake (2015)
« on: February 05, 2015, 12:51:18 PM »
Well why not. Remaking everything else.

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