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Spider-Man: Far From Home was such a good movie! (review)

Spider-Man: Far From Home was seriously a great movie. It was on par with, if not better than, Spider-Man: Homecoming. I was engaged during the entire movie. From the student tribute to Iron Man, Captain America, and Black Widow, all the way to the post scene credits, this was an excellent ending to the past 10 years of awesome entertainment that the MCU has provided us.

Some spoilers ahead, no major ones

Spider-man far from home, new suit

Peter Parker’s journey from the beginning of the film to the end of the film was very relatable. He mourned Tony Stark through the whole movie and used his school trip as a way to get his mind off things. Peter clearly wanted to regain some sense of normality in his life and dodge the responsibility that Tony bestowed upon him in death.

He tries to express his feelings to MJ, makes up an excuse to Nick Fury for not being able to help fight the elements, and even easily trusts the next father figure he’s introduced to in Quenton Beck.

Peter’s not thinking straight through most of the movie and that’s how he’s taken advantage of. Honestly, Mysterio teaches him a valuable lesson, even though it’s at the expense of a lot of things.

Speaking of Mysterio, Jake Gyllenhaal was excellent in this role! I’m familiar with the Mysterio character, so I already knew he wasn’t really a friend of the Avengers. However, I was almost fooled into thinking Quenton Beck actually wasn’t the con-artist we know him as in the comics and in the animated series.

Watching Quenton Beck turn into Mysterio and finding out his motive was such a good reveal. I never saw it coming. It was really well done. His entire build up was really well done. And the illusion sequences were the best part of the movie.

Spider-Man, peter parker and Mysterio, quenton beck

Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury was on point and the surprising reintroduction of J.K Simmons as J. Jonah Jameson was perfectly annoying. If you’ve played Spider-Man (the most recent video game release) you’ll appreciate that the news broadcasts of the Daily Bugle have been incorporated in Spider-Man: Far From Home as well.

Glad to see both J.Jonah Jameson and the Daily Bugle make their way into this iteration of Spider-Man.

Usually, I get a tad annoyed by adding love scenes into action movies. I don’t understand their purpose and sometimes I feel like they draw away from the important happenings going on. But, MJ and Peter were super cute and awkward. This version of Mary Jane is sarcastic and at least tries to hold her own during situations of trouble. So I liked it.

I want to spoil you! That’s how fun and good the movie was. But I won’t. That’s how good it was!

If you haven’t seen Spider-Man: Far From Home, you should definitely make time to. It’s refreshing and the post-credit scenes will make your jaw drop. I’m excited about the next phase of the MCU, even though we have to wait a few years for it to begin.

Spider-Man: Far From Home

Review: Child’s Play (2019)

When the Child’s Play (2019) trailer released in April of this year, I watched it. As a result, I freaked out. Who in their right mind would want to bring the concept of Chucky into 2019? Do we really need to give a psychopath serial killer like Charles Lee Ray the ability to connect to the cloud and reign terror as a Bluetooth connected doll?

Apparently not because Charles Lee Ray isn’t a thing anymore. In fact, Chucky, as we knew him, is not a thing anymore either.

Instead of a serial killer on the brink of death putting his soul into a good guy doll, Chucky is now a robot doll plus Skynet. He’s essentially a terminator.

Remember when John Connor tells T-100 not to kill people, so the T-100 decides to maim people instead? Think that but with a doll and the doll doesn’t listen.

Spoilers ahead

I won’t go too deep into the spoilers because this story was very involved. Kaslan Industries creates the newly named Buddi doll and distributes them across the world. But, not before a disgruntled employee removes the safety code from a doll being assembled.

So right away, we lose a lot of the mystic. Chucky is all artificial intelligence.

The defective doll makes it to Andy Barclay as a birthday present from his mother. The Buddi doll imprints on Andy and wants to be his friend until the end.

Hi-De-Ho!

At first, Chucky is fine, he and Andy get close and Andy even starts making other friends in his apartment building. Then there is a situation where Andy’s cat scratches him. Chucky gets mad that the cat hurt Andy and kills it. Andy tells Chucky to kill, but he doesn’t listen.

There’s also a situation where Andy’s mom (Karen) has a boyfriend (Shane) and he’s a complete bully to Andy. Shane’s treatment of Andy prompts Chucky to kill him.

At some point, Chucky gets territorial over Andy and decides he can’t have any other friends. So he tries to kill them. He even murders an old lady in a self-driving Uber.

A big battle-royale of sorts takes place in Zed-Mart, the store Karen got the doll from initially, and all of Andy’s human friends help him destroy the doll.

However, I’m pretty sure Chucky uploads himself into the cloud of Kaslan since he was already connected to all Kaslan products and there will be a sequel.

Maybe.

Overall

Was I a bit disappointed that the reboot took such a technical approach to the Child’s Play idea? Kind of. Here’s why.

The OG Chucky was completely horrifying. He had personality, he had a motive for stalking Andy, and the supernatural aspect of Charles Lee Ray is much more terrifying than a robot turned bad.

This is coming from someone who lost sleep as a child in the 90s because of the Child’s Play franchise.

Granted, Mark Hamill’s voice is the creepiest thing I’ve ever heard in this role. Plus, the film was shot wonderfully. But, if you are going into this film thinking about your childhood, I’d say don’t do that. Wipe your mind fresh and then tell me what you think.

Review: Men in Black: International (2019)

The fourth installment of the MIB franchise was what I expected it to be. It had a few nostalgic throwbacks, including the worms walking around MIB headquarters. It had a lot of action scenes shooting guns and riding space odyssey motorcycles. I was fond of subtle comedy moments, like when Agent H (Christ Hemsworth) was bitten by a three-headed snake and offered the enemy anything she wanted in return for the antidote. We cut to them in bed the next day… and she had tentacles so you get the drift of what happened.

The alien antagonists in the movie were played by Laurent Bourgeois and Larry Bourgeois. I’m sure they have decorated careers but I recognized them from their work with Beyonce. They had a special power that allowed them to manipulate objects. So that was a little surprise and of course, they had a dancing scene because aliens love a beat too!

Spoilers ahead

I’ll just give you the gist. The story surrounded a bright-eyed newbie (Agent M) and her semi-veteran cocky partner (Agent H) solving a mystery after a very important alien gets killed by the dancing twins at a club.

As a child, Agent M (Molly) escapes neuralization when an alien hides from the MIB in her garbage can.

I believe they called the alien a Teranchan.

This sends her on a mission to join the MIB in a movie montage until she finds out the address to the organization and shows up dressed as an agent.

Eventually, she links up with Agent H who hasn’t been the same since a run in with the big bad Hive 3 years prior. They go on a routine night out with a royal alien named Vungus the Ugly, but he gets killed by the dancing alien twins.

Turns out they were looking for a crystal, which Vungus entrusts to Agent M while he’s dying because he feels Agent H has changed. Vungus tells Agent M there is a mole in MIB and now she has to figure out who. Agent M shares this information with Agent H and together they try to find out who.

At first, it seems like the mole is Agent C because he is just too annoying not to be involved. But, later it’s proven that he’s actually just a stickler for the rules and takes his job very seriously.

Agent H and M figure out that the crystal given to them by Vungus is the most powerful weapon in the universe and it was created to be used on the Hive which is why the alien twins are trying to steal it. But, Riza, Agent H’s ex-girlfriend, has a henchman (an alien disguised as a beard) steal it first so they have to go to her hideout and get it.

Side note: Apparently in the past, Agent H was originally meant to infiltrate Riza’s ranks and take her down, but he fell in love with her so things got confusing. So his first encounter with her since then is when he arrives to try to recover the crystal.

They end up getting the crystal back because the teranchan alien that met agent M as a child turns out to be one of Riza’s lieutenants and he does her a solid.

Agent M and H get approached by the alien twins again, but they are blasted to kingdom come by Hight T (Agent H’s previous partner and current Chief of the International division of MIB).

How did he know they were there?

Later, while Agent M and H are being celebrated, High T disappears and Agent C helps them realize High T is the mole.

Plot twist, High T neuralized Agent H to hide his identity and to hide the fact that the Hive was never defeated 3 years prior. In fact, High T is a member of the Hive and means to bring them to earth.

Agent M and H save the day and all is well. Agent H becomes MIB’s London branch chief and they live happily ever after.

We also find Agent J during the end-credit scene. So there will probably be a sequel.

Overall

As I mentioned before, MIB was a good movie to watch. It had a lot of action sequences, funny moments, and a story you could follow without a lot of thought. I’d recommend this movie if you are looking for an easy going film that doesn’t take itself too seriously.

Opinion: Fantastic Four (2015) in retrospect is a sci-fi horror film

After watching Dark Phoenix, I was not blown away by the story and felt that certain story arcs should have been explored more to help with certain character development. I wrote a full review about it here.

I don’t feel like I was overly critical because I’m a glass half full kind of person. So even though I wasn’t blown away, I’d never say Dark Phoenix was bad. I just figured that the reboot may have been wrong for this point in time.

I mean this is an era of superhero movies that evoke tears! This is an era where people rewatch and rewatch until every easter egg and theory has been explored. Some times, the type of connection that fans have with a film could cause it to be re-released in theaters only one month and some days after the initial release.

Cough cough, Avengers: Endgame.

Dark Phoenix didn’t evoke that.

That being said I decided to go back in time to 2015. To a time when the world saw a reboot of another story about the Fantastic Four.

Previously, in the 2005 version, it was a story about 2 scientists, a researcher, an astronaut, and a pilot journeying into space to experiment with cosmic energy against the better judgment of certain party members. They get caught in a storm that turns them all into superheroes. Right away three out of the four participants use their powers for good, the fourth one eventually comes around and the Fantastic Four save the day while the fifth powerful being goes rogue.

The film was light-hearted enough. No real consequences that interrupted the flow of the world. Plus at the end of the day, the Fantastic Four stood victorious and all was well.

Cool.

Now that we’re up to speed, let’s look at the most recent reboot.

Reviews for Fantastic Four ( 2015) weren’t the best. In fact, if you google the film you’ll see mostly negative reviews. But I watched it for myself four years later and I’ve come to the conclusion that we’ve been thinking about this all wrong.

This isn’t a whimsical story about superheroes. This is a sci-fi horror film!

Think about it.

Five teenagers who are under supervised with chips on their shoulders use their expertise in science to create a portal to an unknown planet. They have no respect for authority, barely get along with each other, and of course, there is a love triangle involved.

The lack of supervision gives them time to set up an exploration of the unknown planet and when they arrive there is an unknown entity waiting to pounce.

Student number one gets crushed by rocks, student number two is burned alive, and student number three is presumed dead after falling off a cliff into an acid lake.

While trying to bring their ship back,, student number four gets infected due toa blowback blast causing her to go into a coma. And student number five seemly gets away without an issue until he realizes that he is permantly deformed.

Student number five flees after the four surviving members of his group are captured by a private sector of the government. Pleagued by guilt due to the cost his friends have paid he leaves them to be experimented on by the government.

Eventually, the student who fell into the acid lake comes back when the adults, who weren’t paying attention in the first place, try to revisit the unknown planet. His skin is charred and he is unrecognizable. He’s seeking revenge. He’s being bent on death and destruction. He is no longer a human and now his only goal is to kill those who left him behind and destroy the earth by sucking it into a black hole.

See doesn’t that sound good?

Granted the end of the movie sees the four other teenage students band together to destroy the threat but, some horror films have happy endings too.

So next time Fantastic Four (2015) is on TV watch it with new eyes and tell me what you think.

Review: Murder Mystery (Netflix)

I decided to mix it up a bit for myself and watch something categorically funny. Adam Sandler is one of the funniest and most entertaining actors I’ve ever watched. So when I realized he had a new movie release on Netflix with Jennifer Aniston, I purposefully made time to sit down and watch it.

Murder Mystery is a perfect comedy! There are jokes upon jokes as soon as the first scene opens. The only way you aren’t going to laugh while watching this movie is if you don’t have a sense of humor at all.

Adam Sandler, as always, is so on point with the delivery of his jokes and Jennifer Aniston does an amazing job keeping up. Honestly, I related to her a lot in the film.

Her character, Audrey Spitz plays a wife/hairdresser with a healthy imagination because she reads a lot of Murder Mystery books. That fact ends up coming in handy when she and her husband Nick Spitz (Adam Sandler) get caught up in a scandal overseas.

Plus, Jennifer and Adam have so much on-screen chemistry. Everything is believable! Audrey and Nick have been married over a decade, they are a little bored, and they clearly need a spark. But they are still jealous for each other. So the interactions they have with characters like Grace (the sexy actress) and Charles (the rich attractive lord) are really funny.

This movie really surrounds two clueless unassuming Americans in a world they know nothing about. They’ve been invited by Charles to his families weekend of festivities in Monaco to a celebration for his uncle, Malcolm. Malcolm is an older man who means to leave all of his fortunes to his young new wife while cutting off his children and other close family members.

The lights go out and when they come back on Malcolm has a dagger through his chest.

I had so much fun trying to figure out who did it! This is the funniest “who done it” I’ve ever watched. I also appreciate the resolution of all of the open issues with Nick and Audrey in addition to the full explanation of who the killer was and why the killer did what they did.

I won’t spoil specific details, but I will say that this movie involves a redemption arc and a rekindled love through the experience of a lifetime.

Murder Mystery is definitely a fun movie that I would suggest.

Review: Dark Phoenix

Most of the time when I am going to watch a movie or any other type of entertainment, I try not to spoiler myself. This time was different. The story in Dark Phoenix could be considered some type of reboot because in the 2006 movie X-men: The Last Stand we met the on-screen version of Dark Phoenix played by Famke Janssen.

To my surprise, the 2019 reboot of Dark Phoenix played nothing like the 2006 version. I am not sure if that is a good thing. I left the theater thinking, is that how they wanted to end this rendition of X-men?

Spoilers ahead

I won’t go into the movie scene by scene because if you’re curious you should go see this for yourself. However, the lasting impression of Dark Phoenix was less than stellar for me. I don’t know if the directors did this on purpose, but most of the action parts of the movie can be seen in the trailer.

The movie itself had a slow start and when things finally did pick up, Jean Grey was so over the top and confusing. After taking in the Phoenix during a rescue mission in space, Jean just wakes up and is so stimulated that she wants to drink and party.

Okay.

However, she ends up having a meltdown at the sight of fire. This causes her to send a shock wave out, almost kill everyone around her, and then pass out.

Fine.

I understand the Phoenix power is something she can’t control. Her senses are heightened and so are her emotions. However, that does not explain why she is running around for the rest of the first half of the movie like a teenager with an attitude problem.

Jean is extra for no reason the entire time she’s under the influence of Dark Phoenix. Not once did I think, Jean really has no control. It always seemed like Jean was just irritated with people trying to help her, so she would throw a fit.

Example A, she kills Raven or Mystique (whichever name you prefer) while they are having a perfectly normal, non-threatening conversation.

HUH?

Poor Raven. All she wanted to do was stop being in the X-men and live happily ever after with Beast.

Example B, she runs to Magneto’s compound where he is actually living happily ever after and brings the military to his doorstep. And while he’s trying to cover for her, she comes out and tries to kill everybody with a helicopter.

HUH?

Magneto was legitimately trying to save you. Why would you do that?

Perhaps I never truly bought into the split personality in this movie. As I mentioned before, Jean Grey didn’t seem like she was changing personalities. She just seemed annoyed by everything. It was like the Phoenix powers acted on her impulse.

As a result, I was not excited when she went into space at the end and sacrificed herself to rid the world of the dark power. In my head, I was thinking, “You’ve been rude this entire movie, and I’m supposed to feel happy that you changed your mind?”

No.

The most interesting part of the movie:

The most interesting part of the story, which did not get explored nearly enough, was the Beast having an issue with Xavier. Beast was mourning the death of Raven so he called Xavier out for not really caring about the gifted children and using them for self-gratification.

Before her run-in with Jean Grey, Raven also mentioned that Xavier was conceded and only using the X-men as a way to fit in with humans versus protecting the mutants. Raven planned on leaving the X-men but the whole Dark Phoenix thing happened.

After Raven’s funeral, Beast was upset that he didn’t let her leave when she mentioned it. He confronted Xavier about his use of the mutants. He said it’s not the world the gifted children need protection from, it’s Xavier.

That was actually the best part of the movie.

From what I gathered, Xavier is to blame for Jean Grey going off the rails because he didn’t pay enough attention to her while she was growing in power and angst. He was too busy trying to unite the world, which is why he couldn’t calm her down when she eventually went off the deep end.

Sidenote:

Can we talk about how Beast can transform

There was a scene with Magneto and Vuk where he pointed a gang of guns at her and started lighting her up. It was a short scene, but it was exciting and I liked it.

Jean Grey did have a scene before she went out to space where she blew up a few henchmen and they dusted away. That was cool too.

Overall, Dark Phoenix isn’t in the top 20 of the best comic book movies created for the cinema. Maybe this reboot was best left untouched. The X-men have plenty of stories to tell and perhaps in the future, we will get to see them adapted to the big screen.

Opinion: You’re not invited to the X-Men Reboot with Disney and Marvel

Movie Review | Godzilla: King of the Monsters

Godzilla: King of the Monsters was a pretty good movie. I only watched one trailer before seeing the film and all I knew was Godzilla was going to be fighting other monsters.

What I didn’t expect was for the human element in this movie to be somewhat unrealistic. Granted, in a Godzilla film, there is always some corky scientist who thinks he can control the laws of nature. But this time, the corky scientist wanted to “restore balance” by destroying the entire earth.

Spoilers ahead

The entire story surrounded a broken family who lost their son in 2014 due to the Godzilla attacks. As a result of the attack, the United States, in particular, is in an uproar. The government wants to take control of a group called Monarch that specializes in tracking, monitoring, and finding monster species or Titans as they are referred to in the movie.

Our broken family that I mentioned earlier are scientists from the Monarch group and were heavily involved in the group when Godzilla attacked. Emma (the mother) buried herself in Titan work and Mark (the father) decided to study smaller animals after their son disappeared. Madison (the daughter) went with mom.

Fine.

We meet up with Emma and Madison on site at a Monarch facility waiting for a Titan larva to hatch. As the Titan is hatching some unknown group bursts into the facility kills everyone except Emma and Madison and the larva escapes to cocoon itself in a waterfall.

Usually, this is normal right? Once Monarch finds out that their scientist has been abducted they’ll tell Mark and then we’ll spend the rest of the movie trying to save the day.

No, apparently Mark knows his ex-wife is some sort of wacko. They created an Orca sonar technology to speak with whales and recently Emma started using that technology to speak with Titans. Mark tries to tell her co-workers that there is some sort of trap going on. But they don’t listen.

So they proceed with Operation: Save the Crazy Scientist!

Emma and rogue militant, Jonah (the man who “abducted her”) find Monster Zero (or Blue Eyes White Dragon) in Antarctica and release him from his crypto-cell where he has been frozen for who knows how long. Turns out he’s not so friendly.

Godzilla, who has been minding his business for five years can sense Monster Zero is about to be a problem. So he swims to Antarctica and starts fighting it.

Meanwhile, Madison has a clear chance to get away from her captors and run to her dad, but she steps back with her mom. As a result, everyone almost dies, but no named characters do.

We find out the Mark was right about Emma being in on the terror. And during a facetime conference, Emma admits to planning this all along after she lost her son.

Her plan is to let the Titan’s take over the world. Her theory is that their radiation will restore the balance of nature and reset itself.

Right.

However, she didn’t realize that King Ghidorah also known as Monster Zero has plans of his own. So he starts calling out to all the other Titans. Even Titans that are still frozen wake up and start destroying everything.

Emma later regrets her decision to insight destruction after Madison runs off with the Orca sonar device.

Ghidorah has already started complete destruction and Godzilla is the only hope to regain some type of order.

There is a point in the movie where Dr. Ishiro blows a nuclear bomb up in Godzilla’s face to help him heal, but not before saying some kind words of encouragement.

I guess we’re supposed to believe that having that talk with Godzilla made him allies with the humans. But, really Godzilla just wanted Ghidorh out of his spot as Apex Predator. So it worked out for everybody.

Thoughts:

I understand that the human element needed to be present in this movie. Otherwise, we’d have a bunch of monsters running around clashing with no real cause other than animal instinct.

However, it’s surpising that Emma would have taken such extreme action in her grief and never once second guess her plan.

What I will commend is all of the fighting sequences in the movie. The film makers did an amazing job making Godzilla feel like the mythical creature that he is. Godzilla’s fight with Ghidorah was really intense and fun to watch. The larva turned into a butterfly also known as Mothra and fought really well in a cool scene with Rodan (a pterodactyl type). And seeing all of the monsters reimerge from their slumber was genuinely an amazing sight.

Godzilla and the other monsters were the best part of the movie and unfortunately all the rest felt like filler.

Rambo: Last Blood (2019) – trailer review

I’m getting ready for 90 minutes of blood, screaming, shooting, stabbing and booby-trapping. That’s what the entire trailer foreshadowed for the fifth installment of the Rambo Franchise.

First Blood is one of the greatest Sylvester Stallone movies ever created. And now, as the title suggests, we get to see how John Rambo’s story possibly comes to an end. Or this story won’t end and in a few years, we’ll get Rambo: Last Blood II.

Honorable mention to whoever chose ‘Old Town Road’ by Lil Nas X and Billy Ray Cyrus as the trailer song. This remix is fitting since the story of Rambo: Last Blood takes place in Mexico.

Rambo: Last Blood comes out in September.

Movie Review: Batman vs. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

Finally had the chance to sit down and watch Batman vs. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. I went into this movie with no expectations and without reading the synopsis. It is a really enjoyable animated movie.

Spoilers ahead

The Story:

Shredder and the Foot Clan attempt to steal a machine that will allow them to engineer a mutagen and mutate all of the citizens of Gotham into their inner animal.

It turns out this plan was created by Ra’s Al Ghul who promised Shredder immortality for himself and his clan by using the Lazarus Pit. However, the mutagen had to be created first to cement the deal.

Our favorite pizza eating Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles travel to Gotham City to stop this diabolical plan and end up clashing with Batman, Bat Girl, and Robin. They eventually realize they are working against the same evil and decide to work together to save the day.

Thoughts:

This movie had a lot of great moments in it. There were small nods to the story surrounding Batman and his past. Most notably when there was a subtle Jason Todd death reference when Damian was at risk of getting hurt.

Ace Chemicals were used to create the mutagen for Shredder and Ra’s Al Ghul. Keeping in mind that an Ace Chemical plant is where Joker fell into the chemical bin that caused him to become manic.

There was even a joke from Michael Angelo about New York and Gotham being basically the same aside from the huge blimps that are always flying in the air for some reason.

Even Joker and the rest of the reoccurring Gotham villains had their moment to shine despite not being the main protagonists. They used the mutagen on themselves and turned into huge snarling animals to act as a distraction while Ra’s Al Ghul prepared the infection of the entire city.

Batman (animated Batman) is always a cool untouchable renegade, but in this film is his interactions with Michaelangelo made him likable in a fun way, whether they were ordering pizza, driving the bat mobile, or fighting the Foot Clan.

Leonardo even had his moment to shine while fighting Ra’s Al Ghul. Realistically, I wouldn’t think he could beat him because Ra’s AL Ghul is a borderline immortal being with years of martial arts experience. However, the fight was actually very entertaining.

The biggest shock moment came after the credits rolled. After a fight with Batman, Shredder actually ended up going over the railing into a chemical bin. He emerges from the bin laughing and exhibiting manic behavior.

Unhinged Shredder? Now that’s a Shredder I want to see!

Terminator: Dark Fate (theory and trailer review)

With Terminator: Dark Fate coming out in November 2019, we get to retcon everything made after Judgement Day. This works because this is a series based on time travel and changing the past and future. Plus, Linda Hamilton is back as Sarah Connor!

It looks like Sarah Connor is going to be the guide for us this time around. We have two characters on the run. One is an augmented humanoid who can regenerate named Grace and the other is Dani Ramos (a damsel in distress or so it appears).

You can hear Grace ask Sarah Connor why she cares about Ramos and she responds, “Because I was her”. So maybe Ramos is pregnant or fated to affect the timeline in some way.

Here’s a question.

In Terminator Judgement Day, Sarah takes John Connor and the Terminator to see old friends who will help them flee to Mexico. Is Dani Ramos a relative of those friends? If she is, that could be another reason Sarah feels the need to save her.

Also, where is John?

I noticed Arnold Schwarzenegger (The Terminator) made a quick cameo in this teaser when Sarah’s group arrives at his cabin in the woods. Perhaps he is just a support character rather than the main Terminator this time around. He’s clearly not the same Terminator that saved John in Terminator 2: Judgment Day because we all remember the thumbs up scene. Please don’t make me cry.

Maybe Schwarzenegger is the Terminator that saved Sarah as a child. This was referenced in Terminator: Genisys.

Speaking of the Terminator, Gabriel Luna is playing the antagonist. His version of the terminator looks like it will allow him to clone himself in some way, as well as make knives and other sharp objects out of his body. That’s an interesting new take on the upgrades of a terminator this time around.

Take a look at the trailer below:

I’m always excited when a new Terminator movie is set for release. Yes, even the less stellar options in the franchise. I may not have been alive for the first Terminator release, and I’m certain I didn’t watch Terminator: Judgement Day until I was six. But, it is one of my favorite movies and the Terminator franchise is one of my favorites.

Toy Story 4 (trailer review)

For nostalgic purposes only I watched the new Toy Story 4 trailer and I was not disappointed. I’m kind of excited to see legendary characters from my childhood and meet some new ones.

Several moments stood out to me in this trailer. First, the energetic Duke Caboom! He is probably going to be the cheesiest character giving us Elvis, Johnny Bravo, and Evel Knievel all wrapped up in one. Plus, I am already on a Keanu Reeves high from John Wick Chapter 3 – Parabellum so that’s another reason.

Second, Woody is really standing out differently this time around. Instead of being a little jealous and considered Forky, he’s looking out for his new child and trying to get her favorite toy back, even if it is a spork with googly eyes and chenille stems on it.

Lastly, how hilarious are the plus dolls? The scene where they are brainstorming with Buzz Light Year is bound to be one of the best ones in the movie.

See for yourself.

Review: John Wick Chapter 3 – Parabellum

Watching John Wick Chapter 3 – Parabellum was such a treat. It has to be one best action/ martial arts films that I’ve seen for a while. In my opinion, John Wick 3 has outdone its predecessors and set up a need for the continuation of John’s story. I won’t spoil the entire story. But, minor plot points will be discussed below.

Minor spoils below

I will say that the adjudicator was the most annoying character in the movie. She represented the High Table for the duration of the film. I was waiting for her to get her comeuppance, but it never came. I’m sure she’ll pay a price in the next film.

Laurence Fishburn returned in this film as Bowery King and his charisma was cool and cocky as always. The adjudicator paid him a visit to judge him for helping John in the previous movie. He had a few parts, but his place in the film was definitely key and foreshadowed another sequel in the John Wick series as well.

Ian McShane also returned as Winston the manager of the New York Continental with Lance Riddick as Charon. I honestly did not see their heel turn coming. But after the adjudicator committed to taking the Continental away from Winston, a power play had to be made.

The best part of the film to me was the first act. We meet up with John 20 minutes before he is going to be excommunicated from the assassin community. He’s running around trying to tie up loose ends. It’s the audience and John until we’re interrupted by an assassin trying to jump the gun and claim the bounty early.

It’s non-stop fighting, non-stop action, and full of gasping moments that make you feel the pain John is inflicting on his enemies.

Eventually, John makes his way to his destination and meets up with a few old comrades. A few help him out of obligation and a few help him by force. But despite the High Table sending every assassin in New York City after him, John Wick makes it to Casablanca and pleads with the head above the High Table to spare his life. John ends up trusting someone he shouldn’t and it costs him big time.

I really enjoyed this film. Keanu Reeves and the rest of the cast must have been really committed during filming because I was able to suspend disbelief with no issues. A lot of times action films have something jarring happen that removes you from immersion. But, I was invested in the entire film.

Halle Barry and her puppies fit so well. It reminded me of a video game, John Wick being your player character and Sofia (Halle Barry) being the NPC that comes in super overpowered and with help from assassin dogs.

All of the fight scenes were so good and brutal. Marc Dacascos, known as Zero in the film, swapped between comedic, traditional, and serious attitudes seamlessly. He added a new dimension to the film that I was not expecting.

I was expecting to enjoy John Wick Chapter 3 – Parabellum and it fully exceeded my expectations. This film set up the continuation of the series without making it obvious from the beginning.

Batman: Hush (trailer review)

IGN released an exclusive trailer for the upcoming animated film Batman: Hush a few hours ago. DC Comics tweeted that it is coming out this summer.

The trailer came off to me as explicit to me. The content definitely feels mature. We have sensual flirting between Batman and Cat Woman and Poison Ivy is controlling Superman. It’s absolutely sexy and I don’t recall any other animated film of Batman giving me those vibes.

Feel free to let me know if I’m wrong in the comment section.

We are introduced to Hush the main villain in the movie and it turns out he does not discriminate. He is kind of uncomfortably seductive the way he plays mind games. He will manipulate heroes, villains and vigilantes. For what? I guess we’ll find out this summer.

I’ve put the trailer below. Enjoy!

Batman: Hush releases August 13, 2019

SPIDER-MAN: Far From Home (trailer review)

Marvel Studios just released the new trailer for Spider-Man: Far From Home. It was kind of them to put a spoiler warning, in the beginning, in case you haven’t seen it.

Looks like the film picks up right after the events of Avengers Endgame in a post-Iron Man /Tony Stark world. Peter like the rest of us, is still mourning the loss of Stark. And now Nick Fury is calling on Peter Parker to fill a void.

I originally thought Mysterio would present as a villain, but it looks like he starts off as a comrade first. I wonder how Mysterio will turn on Nick Fury and Spider-Man. Especially since it seems Parker is going to be going on stealth mission for his cause.

This phase of the MCU officially wraps up with this movie so, I’ll prepare my tissue box one more time. And, it also looks like between Avengers: Endgame and Spider-Man:Far From Home we are going to be introduced to mutants and the multiverse, that’s cool.

Theater release on July 2, 2019.

Avengers: Endgame | My experience in the theater

Avengers: Endgame | My experience in the theater

Watching Avengers: Endgame was a great experience. I completely understand why the Russo brothers didn’t want anyone to spoil the movie on social media. Still I ended up watching the movie a week after its release and I had to pretty much stay off of Instagram and Twitter to make sure I didn’t have things ruined for me.

One week later, the Avengers: Endgame has passed Titanic as the highest grossing film in history and it’s not hard to see why. The run time of this film is just over three hours and I never checked my watch.

I sat down in a full theater with my popcorn, nachos, and orange drink to watch Hawkeye and his daughter shoot bows at a bullseye and then the rollercoaster began.

I didn’t care to look at people in the seats around me because I was focused. But, it was clear that we all were ready to experience the end of the Avengers journey as we know it.

Everyone was on the edge of their seats. We all gasped when Captain Marvel randomly showed up to aide our favorite heroes. We laughed when the rat happened to be at the right place at the wrong time. We sobbed when Peppers told Tony to go on the mission that could change their very existence.

The room erupted with excitement during the quest for the infinity stones and growled with anger when Nebula couldn’t control herself. We cheered when Thor, Iron Man, and Captain America stood up to Thanos. And we cried when this epic ride concluded.

I don’t think I’ve experienced such an emotional rollercoaster since The Avengers: Infinity War. The best thing about going to see this film, was the fact that everyone in the room was on the journey together. We were all in sync and it made the time we spent together all the more treasured.

Despite knowing that there was no special scene after the credits, we still waited just in case. And when we heard the faint, “clink, clink, clink”, we identified it.

When I found out this would be the end of an era, I hoped for Endgame to be a love letter to the fans. I can definitely say it is.

It felt like a wink to the last 11 years of people dissecting every frame of every movie from Iron Man to Ant-Man. It felt like an acknowledgment to everyone who wanted to know what the heroes did once we weren’t looking. And it definitely was a huge thank you to actors who brought the life and personalities to these wonderful characters.

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