Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Pop Culture Guy Episode 9: My Thoughts on Pokemon Go

Sausage Party

An R rated raunchy comedy film is nothing new these days, especially if it comes from Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg. An R rated animated raunchy comedy, however, is a very rare thing due to always associating animation with something for children. Sausage Party is one such example as one would think an animated film with anthropomorphic food would be very kid friendly, but when it has cursing, bloody and violent scenes, and a whole five to ten minute sex scene near the end what else would you expect. Even knowing this film is going to be raunchy, when going into the film you see a whole message that can be seen as a metaphor towards the different beliefs in the world, and it does it in such a way that is both compelling and hilarious. Rogen voices a sausage named Frank, alongside Kristen Wiig as a bun, Bill Hader as a bottle of liquor, Edward Norton as a bagel, Salma Hayek as a lesbian taco, and numerous other actors in very comedic performances. With animation on par with that of Disney's films, especially as it makes fun of several elements in their films, Party is hilarious, shocking, and absolutely entertaining, though the sex orgy at the end felt a bit too long at times. Three stand out moments that make the film truly iconic are the scenes involving a chewed up piece of gum, the massacre of several foods that were bought, and the ending battle where the foods fight back. Over all: 97%
Top list so far:
1. Zootopia
2. Deadpool
3. Captain America: Civil War
4. Finding Dory
5. Sausage Party
6. Star Trek Beyond
7. Indepence Day: Resurgence
8. The Shallows
9. The Nice Guys
10. 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi
11. Suicide Squad
12. Jason Bourne
13. Kung Fu Panda 3
14. The BFG
15. Ghostbusters 2016
16. Hail, Caesar!
17. X-Men: Apocalypse
18. Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

Monday, August 15, 2016

Suicide Squad

The third film in the DC Extended Universe, Suicide Squad is unique for a comic book based film due to the leads all being villains forced to do good. Taking place some time after Batman v Superman, Amanda Waller manages to convince the government into letting her form a secret team of villains, all unwittingly by putting small explosives in their heads, to combat threats that the government doesn't want to deal with and thus can blame this team if anything goes wrong called the Suicide Squad. Led by patriotic officer Rick Flag, the Squad includes well known DC villains like Harley Quinn, Killer Croc, Deadshot, El Diablo, Captain Boomerang, and Slipknot with Katana volunteering. The main story of the film deals with Waller trying to take control of the witch goddess Enchantress who manages to spring her powerful brother free and thus trap her in a city in which the Squad is assigned to rescue her and kill Enchantress and her brother. In the middle of all this, the Joker gets in the way of the mission as he wants to find and get Harley back. The cast includes Will Smith, Jared Leto, Margot Robbie, Viola Davis, Cara Delevingne, and a host of other actors. Some great things about the film is the cameos by both Batman and the Flash as played by Ben Affleck and Ezra Miller like in the previous film, Leto making for a very interesting and new take on the Joker, the action scenes are fun, there are many great comedic moments, Robbie is amazing as the first live action portrayal of Harley, and it's definitely more fun to watch than Dawn of Justice. However, the film has many problems, probably stemming from the reshoots or probably from the same problems that Justice went through. These issues include the constant flashbacks at the beginning that showed each member's backstory, which are great but distract from the overall story at times, and the fact that everyone but Slipknot gets one simply because he's the one that gets killed by his explosive; a lot of the comedic moments feeling forced at times, the first action scene during the mission feeling too easy; and the Joker not really having that much of a presence than what the marketing made it out to be and feeling like he was written in just to be there. Over all: 92%
Top list so far:
1. Zootopia
2. Deadpool
3. Captain America: Civil War
4. Finding Dory
5. Star Trek Beyond
6. Indepence Day: Resurgence
7. The Shallows
8. The Nice Guys
9. 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi
10. Suicide Squad
11. Jason Bourne
12. Kung Fu Panda 3
13. The BFG
14. Ghostbusters 2016
15. Hail, Caesar!
16. X-Men: Apocalypse
17. Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Civil War: Choosing Sides Vol. 1 #1

My first tie-in to a big comic book event, that being Marvel's Civil War, Civil War: Choosing Sides Vol. 1 #1 has the story that first got me interested in reading the event itself. The comic is more of an anthology telling different stories of different characters and how they react, what they do, and how the events of the main story affects them. These include Mac Gargan being attacked by a SHIELD squad and turning into Venom, Eric O'Grady as a new Ant-Man getting in the middle of a fight between Iron Man's and Captain America's forces, Iron Fist pretending to be Daredevil as a favor for him while he's hiding with Captain America, US Agent tracking down the Purple Man, and Howard the Duck tries to register for the Superhero Registration Act. This comic tie-in is a lot more fun than the main story of Civil War and the artwork is better, though I learned there are other tie-ins to read to finish storylines that were introduced here such as Gargan being attacked or Agent going to Canada. I love all the stories, but my absolute favorite is Howard's due to how comical and different it is from the rest of the comic and the main story itself, and even it's artwork is vastly different from either. Over all: 100%
Top list so far:
1. Civil War: Choosing Sides Vol. 1 #1
2. Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #4
3. Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #3
4. Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #2
5. An Innocent Guy
6. Batman: The Killing Joke
7. Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #1
8. Batman: The Long Halloween
9. Deadpool Kills the Marvel Universe
10. Crisis on Infinite Earths
11. Star Trek/Planet of the Apes: The Primate Directive
12. Star Trek: The Next Generation/Doctor Who: Assimilation2
13. Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. #1
14. The Dark Knight Returns
15. Cartoon Network Super Secret Crisis War
16. Marvel Masterworks: The Avengers Vol. 1
17. Civil War
18. The New Mutants #98

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Pop Culture Guy episode 5: The Top 10 Hollywood Legends That Have Passed Away

Pop Culture Guy episode 4: The Comics I've Read So Far

Pop Culture Guy episode 3: The BFG review

Pop Culture Guy episode 2: My YouTube Influences

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Friday, August 5, 2016

Jason Bourne

Matt Damon returns as the title character, along with Paul Greengrass as director, in the fifth Bourne film, simply titled Jason Bourne. Set a decade after The Bourne Ultimatum, Bourne is in hiding from the CIA as an old ally gets him interested in a new operation set up by the agency led by the man who recruited him. Even without saying a lot, Damon once again proves why he was the perfect choice to play Bourne as he captures the character's intensity and depth especially when he learns the truth of what caused him to enlist, though in the flashbacks Damon doesn't show a lot. Tommy Lee Jones, Alicia Vikander, and Vincent Cassel join the cast in very memorable roles that help keep the movie going forward. Even though the film has great acting, good fight scenes and stunts, and an ending that's surprising, for the most part the film doesn't really offer anything that new when compared to the rest of the films, even Legacy which I liked a lot, and mostly retreads things that the others have done. Over all: 90%
Top list so far:
1. Zootopia
2. Deadpool
3. Captain America: Civil War
4. Finding Dory
5. Star Trek Beyond
6. Indepence Day: Resurgence
7. The Shallows
8. The Nice Guys
9. 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi
10. Jason Bourne
11. Kung Fu Panda 3
12. The BFG
13. Ghostbusters 2016
14. Hail, Caesar!
15. X-Men: Apocalypse
16. Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice