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Review: Star Trek Discovery 

Star Trek is a franchise that I just didn’t get into growing up. I love a lot of ‘nerdy’ things but for whatever reason I just never really sought Star Trek out, tv series’ or movies. That is u till the first J.J Abrams movie came out and I really enjoyed it. I know there’s a lot of purists out there who hate the Abrams movies but for me it was me dipping my toe into this world and these characters. It’s still taking a while though, I just recently started watching The Original Series and I’m only a couple of episodes deep on that but I’m getting there.

So this morning I open up Netflix and up pops the first two episodes of the brand new series so I figured I’d give it a go. As I mentioned above I don’t have the nostalgia or the deep love of the franchise to hold this up against so I can only base my opinion off of this on its own merits.

At this stage I’ve only watched the first episode. I’m planning on watching the second one later when I get time. The first or ‘pilot’ episode is called ‘The Vulcan Hello’ and is largely about introducing the characters and setting the stage for what’s to come. Basically the episode centres on the crew members of USS Shenzhou while they decide what course of action to take against a Klingon ship. The group of Klingons are working to unite all the Klingon houses in order to wage war on the Federation and Starfleet. The conflict of the episode climaxes between Captain of the Shenzhou Philippa Georgiou and her First Officer Michael Burnham (but Michael like a girl Michael, also she’s the main character of the series) having very different ideas as to how to handle the situation.

What I liked most about the episode was the characters. Especially Sonequa Martin-Green as Michael Burnham. As the hero and lead of the series you need a strong interesting character and she definitely is that. She’s tough, smart and confident but those traits also lead to her flaws in that she can be too cocky. They did a great job of balancing how tough she is while giving her plenty of room to grow which is important. I also enjoyed the setup with the Klingons, again I’m not too familiar with the lore so I don’t know how that sat with the long time fans but I for one am interested to see where this conflict is headed.

The one main thing that stood out to me as a negative was the character of Saru played by Doug Jones who I am I big fan of. It was his performance that bugged me, he is a fantastic actor and his performance in this was great, it was just the character. Basically he is there to be a coward. Just someone to say “Let’s run away” so that the hero can say “We’re not running away”. There was a moment where he explains why he is that way and it did soften me towards him but I’m just not fully on board yet. I’m sure in episodes to come more of his character will come about and I’ll hopefully come to like him more.

Overall I enjoyed this first episode, I’m not 100% locked into the show but I’m going to keep watching look forward to checking out the next couple of episodes.

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Review: Justice League Dark

Justice League Dark is an animated movie that focuses more on the mystical and magical side of the DC universe that never really gets to come front and centre. When law abiding citizens start murdering people because of hallucinations, the Justice League can’t figure out what’s causing it but conclude that it must be something based in magic. While a skeptic, Batman (with a little convincing by Deadman) seeks out John Constantine, who is more equipped at dealing with this sort of threat. 

A team is formed to try to figure out who or what is responsible for these acts and consists of Constantine, an occult detective, Zatanna an actual magician, Deadman a ghost who can possess any living being, Jason Blood/ Etrigan the Demon who is, well as demon and Swamp Thing, a humanoid plant elemental creature. Batman is also along for the ride here but this is the movie for the lesser known, mystical characters to shine. 

That’s something I felt this movie handled well, they had Batman in there so it could be more accessible for people who otherwise might not know and might not care about this movie bit it was really outside his level of understanding. It was really Constantine that was leading this mission. The dynamic between all these characters was really interesting, there was history between them all and it got you up to speed with it all without interrupting the flow of this story.

The animation and action were very impressive. The battles could have been messy and confusing with all the magical energy and mystical stuff flying around but it was all very smooth and easy to keep track of. The locations and settings all looked beautiful too.

What surprised me was that this was a pretty dark movie. It showed quite a few innocent people dying and dealing with some dark themes. The heroes weren’t invincible either. There were genuine stakes and anybody could have met their end in this story.

Now for the negatives, first of all while the story flowed well, and even though it was dealing with characters and mystical things not often seen it hit some very familiar story beats. There were things that have been seen a million times before in other movies. Another thing was some of the voice acting seemed a little off. Not that the performances were bad, just that the voice didn’t seem right coming out of how some characters looked. And sometimes the personality didn’t quite match the characters story I felt. But that was just my thoughts as someone who isn’t all that educated in all these characters.

Overall this was a highly enjoyable movie with some great action and I would definitely recommend this to anyone who’s interested in the more obscure and out here comic book characters. I give Justice League Dark a 7.5/10.

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Doctor Doom movie?

It looks like Fox is ready to have another crack at the character of Doctor Doom, this time by taking the focus away from that pesky Fantastic Four. After 3 movies and 2 incarnations of the characters, none of which have landed very well with audiences it would seem Fox are making some bold decisions to make this work.

This announcement came while Noah Hawley was promoting season 2 of Legion at ComicCon. Legion was one of my favourite shows this year and Fargo is one of the best shows out there so the thought of him tackling Doctor Doom in a stand alone movie is just damn exciting. To be clear though it isn’t confirmed whether Hawley is directing the movie at this point but he is writing it.

The reason the other attempts at putting Doctor Doom on the big screen failed because they didn’t stay true to the character. I don’t claim to be an expert on Doctor Doom but what I do know about himm I’ve never seen on screen. I just hope this movie tells the story of him rising to power and becoming the leader of Latveria. That what fans have always wanted to see from Doom on the big screen.

It does raise the question of if this movie works, will Fox reboot the Fantastic Four yet again and have them square off against Doom or are they just going to focus on this right now. Having said that though, I wonder if this movie fulfils their obligation to have a movie in development before the movie rights to FF revert back to Marvel. I’m not that cluey on the small print of that deal to know whether it has to be a Fantastic Four movie specifically or if this would cover it. If that’s the reason they’re putting this movie into development it’s definitely a smart way to go about it, to try something different like this.

I don’t really want to speculate of potential casting at this point because there’s any number of people who could do a great job, I’d just prefer to wait for more details to emerge. I’m just really intrigued and excited by the possibilities. 

What do you think of this idea? Do you think Noah Hawley is a good choice to make this? Who do you think should be cast? Let me know in the comments. Thanks for reading and until next, take it easy.

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Review: Baby Driver (2017)

Director: Edgar Wright

Starring: Ansel Elgort, Kevin Spacey, Lily James, Jon Hamm, Jamie Foxx and Eliza Gonzalez.

So Baby Driver is about  getaway driver Baby (Elgort) who constantly listens to music to drown out the ringing in his ears from the tinnitus he suffered from an accident when he was a child. Baby works for Doc (Spacey) and his revolving door crew of bank robbers. Baby wants out though and is set on leaving it all behind after one last drive.

I’m a big fan of Edgar Wright, all his movies take you on a wild ride with a unique and fresh style to it and Baby Driver is no exception. I had a big stupid grin on my face from ear to ear the whole way through this movie. 

The car chases in this movie are incredibly impressive for a number of reasons the most important of which is that they’re incredibly well shot. In 2017 where there have been thousands of car chase scenes throughout the history of cinema, to make them seem fresh and keep them interesting is definitely no easy feat and Baby Driver features some of the best I have ever seen.

the chemistry between the cast was something really special too, it was great to see the way Baby played off the various members of the crew. The chemistry between Elgort and Lily James was great and really sold their love story even if it did feel kind of rushed, they sold it so well you just don’t care because you just want them to make it. The most fascinating relationships though is the kinda triangle of Baby, Doc and Joseph, (Baby’s foster father played by CJ Jones). It’s an interesting triangle because you have the very real relationship between Baby and Joe where you can feel the love between them. Joe is an aging, ailing guy and Baby takes care of him, but Joe isn’t a fool and knows that Baby is in some bad shit and wants nothing more than for him to be safe. The scenes between to two of them are incredible and beautiful. Then on the other side you have the relationship of Baby and Doc where Doc sees himself as a father figure to Baby and Baby just want out and away.

This was such a fun, action packed, funny, entertaining I know I’m using words here that pretty much say the same thing but the entertainment value of this movie is such a mix of everything you could want. I would have to sit here and think hard to find something in this movie I didn’t like or that didn’t work for me but would be a waste of fucking time this movie is just too much fun. I give Baby Driver a 9.5/10.

Oh shit, I also wanted to give props to Ryan Heffington who was the choreographer of the movie helping the actors time their movements to the music and he did an incredible job. The way the music is used in this movie is just a delight to watch and it was timed perfectly.

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Thoughts: Ed Sheeran in Game of Thrones

So people who know me best know I enjoy Game of Thrones but it’s not one of my favourite shows. I don’t get as giddy about it as most people do (and they really fucking do). I guess I just look at it differently somehow, I’ll see people get blown away by moments such as Hodor’s death and the reveal of why he says Hodor and I just can’t help but find them silly. Despite that I still do think it is a well made show. However this moment from the season 7 opener left me scratching my head for other reasons. 

So this cameo opens up with Ed Sheeran with a group of soldiers singing a song that apparently has significance in the books (I haven’t read any of them and probably won’t) about Tyrion. So maybe that song is going to come into play more later, but who knows. The rest of the scene was Arya joining them for something to eat and objectively it was quite a good scene. Sheeran wasn’t given much to do other than the singing because he’s not an actor. He didn’t have many lines and when he wasn’t talking he was just blankly staring off at nothing but you can’t blame him for that, he as not an actor. I don’t want to come here and shit all over him for this because he didn’t ruin the episode but it was very distracting but it wasn’t his fault. 

It distracted me because historically there’s one reason why a show would employ this sort of obvious cameo from a non acting celebrity, and that’s to try to win back some viewers. When a show is failing they try desperate measures to win back the audience. Problem there is, GAME OF THRONES ISN’T LOSING ITS AUDIENCE!!! People jizz in their pants at the very mention of the friggin’ show. So the whole rest of the episode I could barely concentrate because I was just wondering the whole time why they did that. Dare I say it was a potentially shark jumping moment for the show.

Despite this scene I did actually really enjoy the episode. I spoke to some people who had complaints about the lack of action. This didn’t really bother me because I prefer the show when they step back from the brutality and have some real moments. I’m a cynical fuck and those ‘shock’ moments often make me roll my eyes.

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Fuck that’s a lot of things.

Lord and Miller Leaving ‘Han Solo Movie’


When it was first announced that there was going to be an anthology movie about the younger years of Han Solo I, like most people, didn’t understand the reasoning behind it. Then a Cole of things happened that made me think it could work. The casting of Woody Harrelson was a strong move and casting Donald Glover as Lando Calrissian was a stroke of fucking genius but it was mostly having the directing team of Phil Lord and Chris Miller that really gave this movie hope. These are the guys who took 21 Jump Street and The Lego Movie, two movies that had absolutely no business being good and turned in incredibly sharp and very funny movies.

Having them on this movie gave it credibility and was a huge reason people were paying attention, so it was a surprise to see that they have had to depart the project over ‘creative differences’. The really troubling thing about this news is that they’ve already been filming the movie for several months. I’m not sure what these creative differences could be or why they took this long to be this big a problem but it’s never a good sign when a project hits this level of turmoil. That’s not to say the movie is doomed though. Lucasfilm said in a statement that a replacement director would be announced soon.

Whoever it is that takes over the project really has their work cut out for them. Changing a director at this stage is costly. It’s going to cost a lot of money to hold production, sign a new director and get the shoot done before the cast and crew have to move on to other projects/ commitments. The production cost of this movie is about to rise higher than anybody wanted it to. Another issue is, who’s movie is it going to be? How much of Lord and Millers stuff that they shot be used? Will the new director have to resort a lot of it? Will they even have the authority to? The studio may just bring someone in that they can boss around and they’ll make the movie their way. Or could they possibly get someone with a clear vision who can take what’s already been done and run with it. Either way this movie could turn into a choppy, incoherent mess or they could pull it off and make something decent despite shifty circumstances. I’m more inclined to believe the former is going to happen which really sucks arse because I truly hope this movie can still be good. It possible but I’m skeptical at this stage.

What do you think? Do you think the movies fallen too far to get up at this point or do you think they’re going to recover?  Let me know in the comments. Thanks for reading and until next time, take it easy. 

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‘Venom’ Movie Supposedly Part of the MCU¬†

When it was announced that Sony were putting out stand alone Venom, Black Cat and Silver Sable movies it was not only suspected that they would be in a separate movie universe from the MCU but Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige outright said in a recent interview that those were separate projects that just Sony were handling and that they had no current plans of using Venom in the MCU. So it was a surprise for a lot of people to hear in a joint interview with Kevin Feige and Sony producer Amy Pascal that Amy Pascal was saying that these movies would be in an adjoining universe to the MCU. People all over the Internet were quick to point out that Kevin Feige looks, shall we say uneasy about Amy Pascal making these announcements but if they were completely untrue Marvel would have issued a statement to clarify things by now so let’s assume there is truth to it and think about what this could mean.

So does this mean Kevin Feige was playing coy when he said that they were separate and they had no plans for Venom? Or did something change that made him change his mind? Could it be that when Sony nabbed Tom Hardy to play Venom in their movie Marvel were suddenly interested? Nothing but speculation there and a complete stretch but you can’t deny that there were a lot of people who suddenly got interested in that movie when that casting announcement came out.

There’s also the question of how ‘adjoined’ will it be with the MCU? Will it be connected in the sense that other characters such as Spider-man might make appearances? Or will it be like the Netflix shows where it’s connected by mention only? They could make it work either way but truthfully, for Venom I’m still trying to wrap my head around how they would make that work without Spider-man. Also I would like, even to see Spider-man appear in Black Cat because I do like,  the dynamic between those two characters from the comics/ games and whatever.

Something else that needs to be addressed is the rumour that the Venom movie was possibly getting an ‘R-rating’. I say that in the American sense because an R-rating in the US usually translates to MA15+ here in Australia. Kevin Feige did recently say an R-rated MCU movie isn’t beyond possibility but they definitely have no current plans to do so, so would Marvel allow Sony to go for that rating or would they have to tone it down to match the tone of the MCU? I’d truly be fine with either rating as long as whatever they do serves the story. I dont want them to go for the R-rating for the sake of it, and I also don’t want them to have good story they want to tell but have to reel it in to fit the rating and therefore sabotage themselves.

My last thoughts on this because this has become longer than I intended it to be. When it was announced that Spider-man was getting rebooted again into the MCU a lot of people wanted them to go with the Miles Morales version because they were a bit fatigued from Peter Parkers story. I wasn’t in that boat, I wanted the original Spider-man to get the first shot interacting with the Avengers on the big screen. Having said that I didn’t need Peter Parker to be white. He could be any race you want, just as long as you capture the personality of the character that’s all I care about. I do however think they’ve cast the perfect guy for the role. So after all this Sony now have an animated movie coming to theatres next year centered on the Miles Morales Spider-man. I’m looking forward to seeing that but i always wondered if they were using that as a guage of audience reaction to possibly bring him in to the live action field. My thoughts were that there would be Peter Parker as the MCU Spider-man and Miles Morales would be the Spider-man of the Venom, Black Cat and Silver Sable movies. In my humble opinion that could have worked well for both Marvel and Sony and once they got over the confusion of who was part of what universe it could have been great for audiences too. But it looks like none of that’s going to be the case.

What do you think about this news? Are you jazzed or do you wish they were separate? Let me know in the comments. Thanks for reading and until next time, take it easy. 

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