Sunday, December 10, 2017

Pop Culture Guy episode 37: Even More Comic Books I've Read So Far

The Disaster Artist

In 2003 one of the most infamously so bad it's good films, The Room, was released to widespread laughter and ironic enjoyment. The Disaster Artist, a biographical comedy drama directed and starring James Franco, is all about the making of The Room and the relationship between its director and star Tommy Wiseau and costar/coproducer Greg Sestero. Franco does a phenomenal job at portraying the odd, insane, mysterious, but somewhat likable man who we barely even know even 14 years after his film came out. The biggest performance to look out for is Dave Franco as Sestero as he plays his naiveté and wanting to perfection. Throughout the film we learn all of the crazy and insane things that happened throughout the making of The Room. In a way, this film makes us appreciate the older film due to how Sestero and Wiseau ended up making it by showing their times in Hollywood and attempting to get any job they try but constantly failing. Though there are times where Tommy is fun and full of energy, The Disaster Artist also captures his abusive and at times obsessive personality that makes one question if Sestero just lets people walk around him and is too trusting. Over all: 100%
2017 top lists so far:
1. The Disaster Artist
2. Baby Driver
3. It
4. Coco
5. Thor: Ragnarok
6. Wonder Woman
7. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
8. Logan
9. Spider-Man: Homecoming
10. Professor Marston and the Wonder Woman
11. Blade Runner 2049
12. Dunkirk
13. War for the Planet of the Apes
14. Alien: Covenant
15. John Wick: Chapter 2
16. The Lego Batman Movie
17. Saban's Power Rangers
18. The Foreigner
19. Justice League
20. Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales
21. Kong: Skull Island
22. Split
23. Kingsman: The Golden Circle
24. The Fate of the Furious
25. Beauty and the Beast 2017
26. Transformers: The Last Knight

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Wonder Woman Free Comic Book Day 2017 Special Edition (2017-) issue #1

Wonder Woman Free Comic Book Day 2017 Special Edition (2017-) issue #1 is both my first solo Wonder Woman comic and first comic revolving around the DC Rebirth reboot. This issue once again retells part of Wonder Woman's origin story but focuses mostly on Diana and Steve Trevor's time before they met each other, Diana with her mother and sisters and Steve with his family and friends in  the military. Greg Rucka's storytelling goes back and forth between the two and Nicola Scott's artwork is vibrant and full of great detail and joy. The comic itself really makes you feel hopeful even when surprising dark moments like Diana getting bitten by a snake or Steve's friends dying when they crash happen. Seeing Diana and Steve doing things before they meet is definitely the most powerful moments as they show what their ordinary lives were like before, with the scenes in Paradise Island have a similar vibe to the Wonder Woman movie. Over all: 100%
Top list so far for 2nd set of comics:
1. Wonder Woman Free Comic Book Day 2017 Special Edition (2017-) issue #1
2. Incredible Hulk (1999-2007) #92: Planet Hulk Part One
3. Tate's Not At Comic Con Local Indy Anthology #8

Saturday, December 2, 2017

Olaf's Frozen Adventure

As always with any Disney animated film, Coco was preceded by an animated short just as memorable as the film itself. Though one thing that's odd about Olaf's Frozen Adventure is that it's a regular Disney non-Pixar animation project and that it's a bit longer than the usual shorts. However, this small sequel wherein Olaf tries to help Anna and Elsa find a new holiday tradition after the events of the original film. The comedy is on point, the voice acting is perfect with the original cast returning, the story is very thoughtful, and the music is as good as Frozen's. Olaf, himself, can make for a great short protagonist but his over the top positivity and always finding a song in everything can get a little annoying from time to time.

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Coco

Pixar's Coco is all about a young Mexican boy, Miguel Rivera, who wants to become a musician despite his family's objection. Through an incident during the Day of the Dead, he ends up in the Land of the Dead wherein Miguel meets long gone family members and figure out how to get back to the living world. The animation, as always with Pixar, is truly breathtaking in capturing both Mexican culture and the entire Land of the Dead. Coco really respects Mexican society especially since a lot of the music is inspired by that of Mexico and the voice actors are mostly all of Mexican or even Hispanic descent. One negative thing I do have to say is how the reveal of the villain felt too much like past Disney films as well as that Miguel's dog was suddenly his spirit animal just came out of nowhere, though it does explain one plot hole early in the film. Over all: 100%
2017 top lists so far:
1. Baby Driver
2. It
3. Coco
4. Thor: Ragnarok
5. Wonder Woman
6. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
7. Logan
8. Spider-Man: Homecoming
9. Professor Marston and the Wonder Woman
10. Blade Runner 2049
11. Dunkirk
12. War for the Planet of the Apes
13. Alien: Covenant
14. John Wick: Chapter 2
15. The Lego Batman Movie
16. Saban's Power Rangers
17. The Foreigner
18. Justice League
19. Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales
20. Kong: Skull Island
21. Split
22. Kingsman: The Golden Circle
23. The Fate of the Furious
24. Beauty and the Beast 2017
25. Transformers: The Last Knight

Saturday, November 25, 2017

Justice League

DC and Warner Bros's attempt to catch up with Marvel's Cinematic Universe continues with Justice League. After Batman discovers a plot to invade and change all of Earth by alien forces known as Parademons as led by New God Steppenwolf, he and Wonder Woman must unite with other heroes to form a team to stop them. While Justice League does fix and improve on some of the problems that Dawn of Justice and Suicide Squad had it is in no way as good as Wonder Woman was and still have some problems here and there. The cast is perfect and all have really great chemistry as one of the most well loved superhero teams with Ben Affleck as Batman, Gal Godot as Wonder Woman, Henry Cavill as Superman, Jason Momoa as Aquaman, Ezra Miller as Flash, and Ray Fisher as Cyborg. While the pacing is better it still has trouble going from scene to scene and giving everyone their own story, especially since they have to deal with so much of their backstories that should have been done in their own movies. It's easy to tell that the film was meant to be way longer than it actually is due to not only the pacing but some things that aren't well explained or feeling rushed. The action scenes themselves are really fun especially the final battle between the alien army and the heroes with a newly resurrected Superman joining in. While the film does have fun moments there are darker moments one can easily tell just don't fit together due to the reshoots. The effects are really good for the most part, except for the reshoot effects of trying to hide Cavill's mustache. I honestly don't have a problem with Steppenwolf though his design is very basic and his ability to turn people into Parademons is only seen once. Over all: 86%
2017 top lists so far:
1. Baby Driver
2. It
3. Thor: Ragnarok
4. Wonder Woman
5. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
6. Logan
7. Spider-Man: Homecoming
8. Professor Marston and the Wonder Woman
9. Blade Runner 2049
10. Dunkirk
11. War for the Planet of the Apes
12. Alien: Covenant
13. John Wick: Chapter 2
14. The Lego Batman Movie
15. Saban's Power Rangers
16. The Foreigner
17. Justice League
18. Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales
19. Kong: Skull Island
20. Split
21. Kingsman: The Golden Circle
22. The Fate of the Furious
23. Beauty and the Beast 2017
24. Transformers: The Last Knight