Thursday, September 14, 2017

It

Based on the 1986 novel by Stephen King and previously adapted as a miniseries in 1990 starring Tim Curry, It is the first King adaptation I've seen in theaters. It is a beautifully crafter horror film centering on a group of kids in the late 1980s who must band together to confront a supernatural entity that haunts their town and feeds on its people by showing their fears and mainly appearing as a clown. The main cast, all children, all do an incredible job at portraying their characters and play off each other so fluidly that its hard to believe that any of them never knew each other before they were all cast. Bill Skarsgard takes over from Tim Curry as the titular monster, also calling itself Pennywise the Dancing Clown. The tone, atmosphere, cinematography, music, and performances all add to how well this film works as a horror film. It isn't afraid to show the worst things that could possibly happen to children in this kind of story. Pennywise is frightening due to being able to alter anything and everything anyway he wants, but only through people's fears. The best part is definitely the confrontation the group, known as the Losers, has with Pennywise at the end that is both awesome, funny, and cathartic. Though even though you know there will be a sequel due to how large the novel is, the ending to it doesn't feel forced to show that there is another film and earns its ending and eventual conclusion. Over all: 100%
2017 top lists so far:
1. Baby Driver
2. It3. Wonder Woman
4. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
5. Logan
6. Spider-Man: Homecoming
7. Dunkirk
8. War for the Planet of the Apes
9. Alien: Covenant
10. John Wick: Chapter 2
11. The Lego Batman Movie
12. Saban's Power Rangers
13. Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales
14. Kong: Skull Island
15. Split
16. The Fate of the Furious
17. Beauty and the Beast 2017
18. Transformers: The Last Knight

Friday, August 4, 2017

Free Comic Book Day: All New Guardians of the Galaxy 2017

Like with the Secret Empire comic I got for Free Comic Book Day, this one also has two small stories dealing with different aspects of the Marvel Universe. Free Comic Book Day: All New Guardians of the Galaxy 2017 tells the story of the Guardians of the Galaxy, inspired by the MCU films, as they try to survive and get a new ship that takes place in the middle of the current storyline, while the second story deals with the beginning of a new Defenders storyline inspired by the Netflix shows wherein Jessica Jones confronts an old enemy of Luke Cage. Though the Guardians story was in the middle of an ongoing storyline I still enjoyed what went on as it still has the humor and style of the movies and introduces something from the movies into the Marvel Universe. The Defenders story, like the Jessica Jones show, has that neo-noir style that makes it unique from the first story. Both the beginning and ending make it clear you don't have to read that much what happened before and that you have to read the next issues due to how intense it will be. Over all: 100%
Top list so far:
1. Free Comic Book Day: Bongo Comics Free For All 2017
2. Free Comic Book Day: All New Guardians of the Galaxy 2017
3. Deadpool Killustrated
4. Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #6
5. Civil War: Choosing Sides Vol. 1 #1
6. Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #4
7. Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #3
8. Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #2
9. An Innocent Guy
10. Batman: The Killing Joke
11. Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #1
12. Batman: The Long Halloween
13. Justice League/Power Rangers #4
14. Justice League/Power Rangers #3
15. Mighty Morphin Power Rangers 2016 Annual #1
16. Justice League/Power Rangers #1
17. Deadpool Kills the Marvel Universe
18. Crisis on Infinite Earths
19. Justice League/Power Rangers #2
20. Free Comic Book Day: Secret Empire
21. Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #5
22. Star Trek/Planet of the Apes: The Primate Directive
23. Star Trek: The Next Generation/Doctor Who: Assimilation2
24. Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. #1
25. The Dark Knight Returns
26. Doctor Who: Beneath the Waves Part 1
27. Old Man Logan
28. Cartoon Network Super Secret Crisis War
29. Marvel Masterworks: The Avengers Vol. 1
30. The Comic Cavalcade: Archives Volume 1
31. Civil War
32. The New Mutants #98

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Dunkirk

Dunkirk is Christopher Nolan's first film not dealing with either science fiction or superheroes since 2002s Insomnia, as it deals with the real life Dunkirk evacuation during World War 2. Telling three different perspectives of the event from land, sea, and air in different time periods that intersect at different points with one another, what makes Dunkirk such an interesting film is that although it is an all star cast with Tom Hardy, Harry Styles, Kenneth Branagh, James D'Arcy, Cillian Murphy, Mark Rylance, and a whole lot more, it has no main lead you follow as every character in this film is someone who takes part in trying to survive. I like this as it shows that, unlike most movies where you have to follow one specific character even in a huge cast, the fact that you see everyone due to being in a war everyone is equal and shows how well Nolan is able to make us relate to all of them not through background or their past but by what anyone as a human being could one day go through, and that's how you relate to them by being human in a traumatic experience. This film proves you don't need an R rating for a war film to be so emotional and heart pounding as you see so much in so little. One interesting aspect about Dunkirk is the fact that you never once see anyone from the opposing side, except for the enemy planes and some soldiers at the end but you see them from afar and when their close you never see their faces. A thrilling and captivating look at a part of World War Two that's hardly ever been talked about compared to most other well known events during the war. Even though the film is less than two hours, unusual for an epic war movie by someone like Nolan, the experience alone makes it feel like it never ends. Over all: 100%
2017 top lists so far:
1. Baby Driver
2. Wonder Woman
3. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
4. Logan
5. Spider-Man: Homecoming
6. Dunkirk
7. War for the Planet of the Apes
8. Alien: Covenant
9. John Wick: Chapter 2
10. The Lego Batman Movie
11. Saban's Power Rangers
12. Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales
13. Kong: Skull Island
14. Split
15. The Fate of the Furious
16. Beauty and the Beast 2017
17. Transformers: The Last Knight

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

War for the Planet of the Apes

The third installment of the Planet of the Apes prequel series started back in 2011, War for the Planet of the Apes sees Caesar lead his tribe of genetically enhanced apes to safety as he fights against a mad Colonel who wants to destroy all apes to keep humans as the dominant species. Caesar, played by Andy Serkis through motion capture, goes through a lot and you feel for him thanks to Serkis's amazing performance making it so heart wrenching and believable. The effects to make the motion captured apes has definitely improved since Rise six years prior and is a perfect example of why just because its motion capture that the performances shouldn't be ignored as it's merely a form of makeup much like the prosthetics from the original 1968 film. Woody Harrelson makes a terrifying villain who helps explain that the virus that killed most of humanity and made apes smarter is slowly regressing the survivors to a more primitive state thus making him kill even his own men when they get affected. You feel so much for many of the characters that get hurt and/or killed, whether they were ape or human. Over all: 100%
2017 top lists so far:
1. Baby Driver
2. Wonder Woman
3. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
4. Logan
5. Spider-Man: Homecoming
6. War for the Planet of the Apes
7. Alien: Covenant
8. John Wick: Chapter 2
9. The Lego Batman Movie
10. Saban's Power Rangers
11. Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales
12. Kong: Skull Island
13. Split
14. The Fate of the Furious
15. Beauty and the Beast 2017
16. Transformers: The Last Knight

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Spider-Man: Homecoming

Although this is the sixth film that Spider-Man has had on his own, the second reboot since only 2002 and this version was introduced last year in Captain America: Civil War, what makes Spider-Man: Homecoming so special and refreshing is that it was made by Marvel after all previous versions being done by Sony, who agreed to coproduce so as to get a Spider-Man movie that was more of what is in the comics and what fans always wanted to see that the previous versions lacked. Tom Holland plays the web slinger as he deals with both attending high school, living with his aunt, and wanting to prove to Tony Stark that he's a good enough hero to be able to join the Avengers by fighting the Vulture. A cross between superhero and teen coming of age John Hughes films, this entry in the Marvel Cinematic Universe has a perfect blend of action, comedy, and drama as it shows how Peter Parker has to struggle in both being a normal student and a superhero. Michael Keaton makes for a fantastic, scary, and very relatable villain as a man needing to do anything to provide for his family. The supporting cast is just as great and memorable with Marisa Tomei as Aunt May, Jon Favreau as Happy Hogan, Zendaya as a darkly comic snarker, and Jacob Batalon having really great chemistry with Holland as his best friend. One aspect that makes this better than the previous Spider films is that Parker is still learning how to be a hero and use his new suit including climber to much higher elevations, how to use his different webs, and patience. The post credit sequences the film has are great as one hints at what future installments will tell and the other makes fun at the concepts of these types of scenes. It does however have some flaws here and there, though they are a bit minor, such as too much comedy happening too many times in certain scenes, Vulture never fighting Iron Man as his motivation connects to Stark, the timeline, and the reveal with Zendaya's character. Over all: 99%
2017 top list so far:
1. Baby Driver
2. Wonder Woman
3. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
4. Logan
5. Spider-Man: Homecoming
6. Alien: Covenant
7. John Wick: Chapter 2
8. The Lego Batman Movie
9. Saban's Power Rangers
10. Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales
11. Kong: Skull Island
12. Split
13. The Fate of the Furious
14. Beauty and the Beast 2017
15. Transformers: The Last Knight