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

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Baby Driver

Stylish, fun, exiting, and full of great thrills is the best way to describe Baby Driver, Edgar Wright's action comedy about a getaway driver who constantly listens to music even when driving to drown out the tinnitus he's had since a childhood incident that killed his parents. Ansel Elgort effortlessly plays the young Baby alongside Lily James as his love interest and Kevin Spacey, Jon Hamm, Jammie Foxx, and Eiza Gonzalez as the criminals he helps drive. Every second of this film is done so stylishly and the music perfectly fits whenever it plays that it almost feels like one really long music video. What makes Driver so different and unconventional to so many other films is how every frame is filled with stylish music that hardly ever stops. The comedy is on point, the criminals are fun to watch, the driving sequences are choreographed beautifully, and the ending is very deserved. One flaw in the film is that we never get to hear or see Baby suffering from his tinnitus except when at one point he temporary loses his hearing. Over all: 100%
2017 top list so far:
1. Baby Driver
2. Wonder Woman
3. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
4. Logan
5. Alien: Covenant
6. John Wick: Chapter 2
7. The Lego Batman Movie
8. Saban's Power Rangers
9. Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales
10. Kong: Skull Island
11. Split
12. The Fate of the Furious
13. Beauty and the Beast 2017
14. Transformers: The Last Knight

Free Comic Book Day: Bongo Comics Free For All 2017

Another of the comic books I got for my first Free Comic Book Day, Bongo Free For All 2017 is the first Bongo comic and first Simpsons comic I got since I first started reading comic books monthly, though I have occasionally read both before then. The comic just tells various different short Simpsons stories such as Bart having to use a backpack with wheels after he hurts his back and Rod and Todd getting lost throughout Springfield. Like the show, the stories are funny and well written and can make for some great episodes of the show. It perfectly captures everything from the animated series and tells its stories how you would expect them to be. Over all: 100%
Top list so far:
1. Free Comic Book Day: Bongo Comics Free For All 2017
2. Deadpool Killustrated
3. Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #6
4. Civil War: Choosing Sides Vol. 1 #1
5. Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #4
6. Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #3
7. Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #2
8. An Innocent Guy
9. Batman: The Killing Joke
10. Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #1
11. Batman: The Long Halloween
12. Justice League/Power Rangers #4
13. Justice League/Power Rangers #3
14. Mighty Morphin Power Rangers 2016 Annual #1
15. Justice League/Power Rangers #1
16. Deadpool Kills the Marvel Universe
17. Crisis on Infinite Earths
18. Justice League/Power Rangers #2
19. Free Comic Book Day: Secret Empire
20. Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #5
21. Star Trek/Planet of the Apes: The Primate Directive
22. Star Trek: The Next Generation/Doctor Who: Assimilation2
23. Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. #1
24. The Dark Knight Returns
25. Doctor Who: Beneath the Waves Part 1
26. Old Man Logan
27. Cartoon Network Super Secret Crisis War
28. Marvel Masterworks: The Avengers Vol. 1
29. The Comic Cavalcade: Archives Volume 1
30. Civil War
31. The New Mutants #98

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Transformers: The Last Knight

Michael Bay once again directs another installment of the Transformers film series that he first started in 2007 with Transformers: The Last Knight. This installment sees all Transformers being considered a threat all over the word, with Mark Wahlberg doing all he can to save them all the while Cybertron is headed towards Earth in order to destroy it so the Transformers' home planet is rebuilt. Like the last films before it, this film simultaneously adds to the mythology of the franchise while also causing a lot of retcons based on the history and relationship between humans and the cybernetic alien race. The movie has an incredible opening sequence involving King Arthur teaming up with Transformers to form the Round Table and somehow once again involving the giant robots in many of Earth's biggest historical moments and legends. Despite what the trailers show, Optimus Prime being turned evil and attacking his friends barely even happens as he appears in the beginning, has small appearances in the middle, and only takes action near the end of a film that's over two hours long. There are really good performances by both new and returning cast members like Wahlberg, Josh Duhamel, Anthony Hopkins, and Isabela Moner. Once again Bay injects this installment with sophomoric and immature humor as the previous films, but it's better contained than the last one and there are really good funny moments. The action scenes are well made, but can be pretty hard to figure out due to so many things happening at once and how the editing is very jumbled. As much as I love Peter Cullen as Optimus Prime, all of the constant times he says his name and makes a huge speech about the good of humanity or coming home can get really annoying. Over all: 62%
2017 top list so far:
1. Wonder Woman
2. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
3. Logan
4. Alien: Covenant
5. John Wick: Chapter 2
6. The Lego Batman Movie
7. Saban's Power Rangers
8. Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales
9. Kong: Skull Island
10. Split
11. The Fate of the Furious
12. Beauty and the Beast 2017
13. Transformers: The Last Knight

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Pop Culture Guy episode 28: Beauty and the Beast 2017 and Saban's Power ...

Wonder Woman

Being directed by a woman, having a female superhero in the lead, and being part of the same series that Suicide Squad is a part of, it's no wonder many people were skeptical that Wonder Woman would be even considered good. However, this is the film that elevates the DC Extended Universe closer to the levels of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Wonder Woman is a nearly flawless film that's a game changer, not only for the superhero genre but to many female based action oriented films as a whole. Gal Gadot is perfect as Wonder Woman and has nailed everything in this movie that was missing from Dawn of Justice such as her love for humanity, her belief in man, and her misunderstanding of the outside world. This film proves that, thanks to the hard work by Patty Jenkins, female directors can make successful big budget films. The World War One setting fits very well with the story, the humor works all the way, the story is told better than the last DCEU films, Chris Pine has amazing chemistry with Gadot, and the film is just so fun to watch. Though there are still some parts that don't always work like the many uses of slow motion or that it doesn't answer why if Ares is killed then why there's still war going on after the first World War. Over all: 100%
2017 top list so far:
1. Wonder Woman
2. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
3. Logan
4. Alien: Covenant
5. John Wick: Chapter 2
6. The Lego Batman Movie
7. Saban's Power Rangers
8. Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales
9. Kong: Skull Island
10. Split
11. The Fate of the Furious
12. Beauty and the Beast 2017

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Justice League/Power Rangers #4

Focusing more on drama than action, Justice League/Power Rangers #4 picks up a short time after the third issue wherein the Justice League and the Rangers figure out a way to get back to Angel Grove. Even though they manage to get back to the Rangers' Earth, they're too late as Angel Grove is domed, teleported to Braniac's ship, and shrunken down. In order to fight alongside the League against Braniac and Zedd's forces, the Rangers are given some weapons that Batman had stored in order to even the odds. By far this is the best issue of the crossover so far due to how well the dramatic moments are written and seeing how much fun it is for the Rangers to use some well known DC weapons like Lex Luthor's battle suit or Katana's sword. The moment where Zach feels responsible for being unable to save his family is very emotional and the cliffhanger with a mind controlled Cyborg is intriguing. Over all: 100%
Top list so far:
1. Deadpool Killustrated
2. Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #6
3. Civil War: Choosing Sides Vol. 1 #1
4. Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #4
5. Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #3
6. Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #2
7. An Innocent Guy
8. Batman: The Killing Joke
9. Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #1
10. Batman: The Long Halloween
11. Justice League/Power Rangers #4
12. Justice League/Power Rangers #3
13. Mighty Morphin Power Rangers 2016 Annual #1
14. Justice League/Power Rangers #1
15. Deadpool Kills the Marvel Universe
16. Crisis on Infinite Earths
17. Justice League/Power Rangers #2
18. Free Comic Book Day: Secret Empire
19. Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #5
20. Star Trek/Planet of the Apes: The Primate Directive
21. Star Trek: The Next Generation/Doctor Who: Assimilation2
22. Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. #1
23. The Dark Knight Returns
24. Doctor Who: Beneath the Waves Part 1
25. Old Man Logan
26. Cartoon Network Super Secret Crisis War
27. Marvel Masterworks: The Avengers Vol. 1
28. The Comic Cavalcade: Archives Volume 1
29. Civil War
30. The New Mutants #98

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales is the fifth film in the Pirates of the Caribbean film series that sees Jack Sparrow teaming up with Will Turner's son and a woman interested in science to help find Poseidon's Trident while being pursued by a ghostly Spaniard captain wanting revenge against Sparrow. Though fun, with amazing action set pieces, Dead Men has too many action scenes happening one after the other and can sometimes be too goofy. While Johnny Depp is great in the role since 2003, in this film he plays Sparrow as too weird than usual. The story is pretty standard as usual in finding an ancient artifact that's tied with whatever curse is happening. Orlando Bloom and Keira Knightley both return, though very briefly, and their small appearances is very memorable. The effects for the cursed crew commanded by Salazar, as played by Javier Bardem, is impressing especially when some of them are missing parts of their body like their entire heads or a hole in their chests. Bardem himself is very frightening as the cursed ghost of a Spanish Navy captain obsessed with killing pirates and anyone in his way. One huge drawback is how certain things happen without barely an explanation like how Barbossa knew how to grow back the Black Pearl from a small bottle or why Jack's compass is connected to Salazar's curse keeping him inside the Devil's Triangle. Also I feel that Barbossa should have revealed to Carina, the girl interested in science and the only one who knows how to find the Trident, that she is his daughter as her accepting it after he dies doesn't feel that believable. Over all: 86%
2017 top list so far:
1. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
2. Logan
3. Alien: Covenant
4. John Wick: Chapter 2
5. The Lego Batman Movie
6. Saban's Power Rangers
7. Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales
8. Kong: Skull Island
9. Split
10. The Fate of the Furious
11. Beauty and the Beast 2017

Free Comic Book Day: Secret Empire

Free Comic Book Day: Secret Empire was one of the seven comic books that I got for the first time that I tried Free Comic Book Day. It tells two different stories, both small, that are a part of larger narratives in Marvel that's going on at the moment. The first story being part of the major Secret Empire arc wherein Captain America has somehow become a part of HYDRA and leads some of Marvel's greatest villains against his former allies. While the second half has Spider-Man fighting the Vulture while being observed by unknown people in what is supposed to be the beginning of a new series for him. For very short stories they do a pretty good job at setting up what will come in the future of Marvel. The artwork for the first part was very interesting with its use of sepia tone, though the numerous panels can be distracting, while for the second part is very colorful. One huge amazing thing in the first part was the fact that Captain America was able to lift Thor's hammer, thus being considered worthy even though he's now on HYDRA. Over all: 99%
Top list so far:
1. Deadpool Killustrated
2. Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #6
3. Civil War: Choosing Sides Vol. 1 #1
4. Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #4
5. Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #3
6. Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #2
7. An Innocent Guy
8. Batman: The Killing Joke
9. Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #1
10. Batman: The Long Halloween
11. Justice League/Power Rangers #3
12. Mighty Morphin Power Rangers 2016 Annual #1
13. Justice League/Power Rangers #1
14. Deadpool Kills the Marvel Universe
15. Crisis on Infinite Earths
16. Justice League/Power Rangers #2
17. Free Comic Book Day: Secret Empire
18. Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #5
19. Star Trek/Planet of the Apes: The Primate Directive
20. Star Trek: The Next Generation/Doctor Who: Assimilation2
21. Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. #1
22. The Dark Knight Returns
23. Doctor Who: Beneath the Waves Part 1
24. Old Man Logan
25. Cartoon Network Super Secret Crisis War
26. Marvel Masterworks: The Avengers Vol. 1
27. The Comic Cavalcade: Archives Volume 1
29. Civil War
29. The New Mutants #98

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Alien: Covenant

Serving as both a sequel to 2012s Prometheus and the second part of a prequel series to the Alien series, Alien: Covenant is a well crafted film and great installment to a series that first started way back in 1979. Set over ten years after 2012 film, Covenant has an entirely new cast, except for Michael Fassbender in a dual role and small appearances by Noomi Rapace and Guy Pearce, wherein a colonization ship is damaged and stop near a planet wherein the crew decides to explore. This is where the familiarity with the series begins as when they land they come upon early versions of the classic Xenomorph designs and Fassbender's android from Prometheus is introduced as we learn about what has happened to him over the years. Dark and atmospheric, Ridley Scott does a good a job as he did with the original Alien as he does here which is definitely better than the previous film due to not being afraid to shy away from the bloodshed and disgust the series is known for, though Prometheus is still a good film. The cast does a phenomenal job in showing the dangers and unfamiliarity of dealing with the monstrous creatures, with the chemistry and acting one of the strongest points. Though one fault is James Franco's small role as he just barely appears in it and those prologue clips in YouTube feel more like deleted scenes than the videos done for Prometheus. One aspect that I was expecting from this film is to answer some questions that the previous film asked such as what the Engineers wanted and why they built the substance that eventually created the Xenomorphs, and unfortunately we never got those answers. Yes the story is similar to the rest of the series but the way it was told was still a lot different from past film, especially the ending. Over all: 99%
2017 top list so far:
1. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
2. Logan
3. Alien: Covenant
4. John Wick: Chapter 2
5. The Lego Batman Movie
6. Saban's Power Rangers
7. Kong: Skull Island
8. Split
9. The Fate of the Furious
10. Beauty and the Beast 2017

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

James Gunn has proven to be Marvel's crazy genius when it comes to dealing with the cosmic side of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. With Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, everything anyone loved about the first film is here and a whole lot more. Most of the cast returns, with newcomers like Ego and Strakar, played by Kurt Russell and Sylvester Stallone respectively, adding more of the fun and imagination to this film than even Doctor Strange had. The chemistry between the cast is great, especially the initial relationship between Star-Lord and Ego, his father. Baby Groot practically steals the movie like Groot did in the first film, with Mantis coming a close second. Though the story may be simple and the plot dealing with the Sovereign doesn't do that much but to foreshadow their involvement in the future, it still a pretty much awesome film with great effects, the funniest Stan Lee cameo ever, really top notch acting, and a series of post credit scenes that can make you laugh, squee in excitement, and make you wonder how they will be handled in future installments. Over all: 100%
2017 top list so far:
1. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
2. Logan
3. John Wick: Chapter 2
4. The Lego Batman Movie
5. Saban's Power Rangers
6. Kong: Skull Island
7. Split
8. The Fate of the Furious
9. Beauty and the Beast 2017

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

The Fate of the Furious

The Fate of the Furious is the eighth The Fast and the Furious film, wherein Dominic Toretto is forced to help out a cyberterrorist planning to cause worldwide armageddon as his family and friends try to figure out what's going on. This is the first Fast and Furious film made after Paul Walker's death, and even if the character no longer appears in this film the rest of the cast still has amazing chemistry and work well together. Dwayne Johnson as Luke Hobbs is one of the best parts of the movie as the over the top manly federal agent with great one liners. The action sequences, though better done than in Furious 7, are a bit by the books by this point, with some very memorable exceptions such as the finale involving a submarine. Even if the story is done in a very emotional way due to Toretto having to confront his family several times, it's still very basic and can come of as too silly even by the series standards. Charlize Theron makes for a memorable and terrifying villain especially with what she does to get Dom to work for her. The surprising turn of Helen Mirren as Jason Statham's and Luke Evans's mother is fun and hilarious. One of the biggest things wrong with the film is the way Dom managed to defeat Theron's character as it can be hard to follow. Unlike the previous films most of the comedy in this one don't always work and can get a bit grating when they try too hard. Over all: 79%
2017 top list so far:
1. Logan
2. John Wick: Chapter 2
3. The Lego Batman Movie
4. Saban's Power Rangers
5. Kong: Skull Island
6. Split
7. The Fate of the Furious
8. Beauty and the Beast 2017

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Doctor Who: Beneath the Waves Part 1

My first Doctor Who comic since my very first comic book with the crossover Doctor Who had with Star Trek and my first comic by Titan Comics, Doctor Who: Beneath the Waves Part 1 is the first part in a new storyline. It first starts out with The Doctor, this being the 12th, investigating an underwater mystery involving the Quarks, robotic monsters from a Second Doctor story, before deciding to reconnect with a former companion from past comic stories and traveling to a small English bay in the 1970s and learning of a mystery involving strange dreams and seaweed monsters. Though I've never read any stories with Hattie, a previous companion of the Doctor, I think she is a great addition and has really great personality. The small story at the beginning is a nice nod to the classic era of the show by including monsters that haven't been seen since the 1960s. For a first issue, the story is a bit slow and the pacing may not be that great, but the cliffhanger that reveals the seaweed monster behind the Doctor is reminiscent of how serials where done in the classic era. Over all: 92%
Top list so far:
1. Deadpool Killustrated
2. Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #6
3. Civil War: Choosing Sides Vol. 1 #1
4. Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #4
5. Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #3
6. Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #2
7. An Innocent Guy
8. Batman: The Killing Joke
9. Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #1
10. Batman: The Long Halloween
11. Justice League/Power Rangers #3
12. Mighty Morphin Power Rangers 2016 Annual #1
13. Justice League/Power Rangers #1
14. Deadpool Kills the Marvel Universe
15. Crisis on Infinite Earths
16. Justice League/Power Rangers #2
17. Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #5
18. Star Trek/Planet of the Apes: The Primate Directive
19. Star Trek: The Next Generation/Doctor Who: Assimilation2
20. Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. #1
21. The Dark Knight Returns
22. Doctor Who: Beneath the Waves Part 1
23. Old Man Logan
24. Cartoon Network Super Secret Crisis War
25. Marvel Masterworks: The Avengers Vol. 1
26. The Comic Cavalcade: Archives Volume 1
27. Civil War
28. The New Mutants #98

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

John Wick: Chapter 2

Though I have not seen the first John Wick film, John Wick: Chapter 2 is still very enjoyable and fun to watch. This neo-noir action thriller has Wick being forced to accept a job by an old friend who then betrays him once the job is done, while also having to deal with other assassins that are part of the same organization that Wick was once a part of. Chapter 2's action sequences are a breath of fresh air since so many action films today over edit fight sequences and use so many cameras that it's hard to tell what's going on. Keanu Reeves is great in the role, Ian McShane has a lot of fun, and Laurence Fishburne was entertaining. Certainly, the best thing about the film is the ending and what happens to John Wick and his former allies.
Over all: 99%
2017 top list so far:
1. Logan
2. John Wick: Chapter 2
3. The Lego Batman Movie
4. Saban's Power Rangers
5. Kong: Skull Island
6. Split
7. Beauty and the Beast 2017

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Saban's Power Rangers

The third film in the Power Rangers franchise and the first of a rebooted series to the original show from the 1990s. Produced by Haim Saban, the creator of the original show and owner to the overall franchise, this film is a more serious take to the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers show that started it all. Instead of centering around five teenagers with attitude specifically chosen to fight the forces of evil as Power Rangers, this movie expands and takes liberties to some of the mythology on which it's based on by having the five teens be outcasts, each with their own problems, who just happen to find the objects that lead them to become Rangers and fight a reawakened Rita Repulsa. All in all Saban's Power Rangers is a lot of fun, with really great moments, but there are some negatives to go with the positives. The way the characters are developed and how they each deal with their insecurities is done so spot on, especially by the acting and chemistry by the five leads, you forget how bland the characters were in the original show. I never had a problem with the suits as one has to improve when going from a simple show to a big budget movie and they have a perfect blend of practical and CG. The more serious tone is fitting as I believe that the franchise has potential to be taken seriously the same way that many other things were given their dues like Batman or animated films as a whole. However, it does try to be too hard in trying to be darker by putting more swearing and some jokes you expect from Michael Bay. Elizabeth Banks is great as Rita, though the fact that Goldar is treated like any other monster from the show instead of her strongest general is a slap in the face to the show. The absolute worst thing about the film is the numerous times they mention Krispy Kreme due to the object Rita wants is buried underneath one and they say the name way too many times. In the end, Saban's Power Rangers is a fun superhero ride with some flaws but with so many references to the various incarnations, takes a long time for the Rangers to get their suits but the fight sequences are amazing, and though too dark at times still has time to be playful and exiting. Over all: 88%
2017 top list so far:
1. Logan
2. The Lego Batman Movie
3. Saban's Power Rangers
4. Kong: Skull Island
5. Split
6. Beauty and the Beast 2017

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Pop Culture Guy episode 24: Split and The Lego Batman Movie reviews

Beauty and the Beast 2017

Disney's 2017 live action remake of their own 1991 Beauty and the Beast animated adaptation of the 18th century fairy tale has Emma Watson star as Belle and Dan Stevens as the Beast. The story follows the same premise as the story, animated film, and most adaptations of the fairy tale with Belle being imprisoned by the Beast in his castle, learning he's not a monster but a man with a curse, and eventually falling in love with and breaking the Beast's curse. As I had not seen the 1991 animated film, yet, I can't say about the similarities and differences between them. However, the film is good with Watson's and Stevens's portrayals as the title characters are great, the effects and performances for the servants turned objects are really good, and the chemistry between Luke Evans and Josh Gad is funny and playful. There are still some drawbacks, such as the songs, though great they are, come too soon after another ends with the Beauty and the Beast song being played too often in the end, the effects of the Beast don't always look that great, not expanding more on the events that led to the curse, and the comedy being too goofy in many moments. Over all: 78%
2017 top list so far:
1. Logan
2. The Lego Batman Movie
3. Kong: Skull Island
4. Split
5. Beauty and the Beast 2017