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Comic-Con 2017 Hall H: The Walking Dead

I completely understand that a lot Walking Dead fans aren’t crazy about Fear The Walking Dead. Fortunately for you then I have you covered with THE Walking Dead Hall H panel at Comic-Com this year. Andrew Lincoln, Norman Reedus, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Lauren Cohan, Danai Gurira, Melissa McBride, Lennie James, Chandler Riggs, Seth Gilliam, Alanna Masterson, and Khary Payton join executive producer and showrunner Scott M. Gimple, executive producer Robert Kirkman, executive producer Gale Anne Hurd, executive producer Dave Alpert and special effects makeup supervisor and executive producer Greg Nicotero in a panel that was supposed to be moderated by Chris Hardwick (The Nerdist, Talking Dead). The panelists gathered to discuss the past season, filming the 100th episode and shared some hints of what’s to come with a sneak peek into season 8, debuting this October on AMC TV. Continue reading ‘Comic-Con 2017 Hall H: The Walking Dead’

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Comic-Con 2017 Hall H: Fear The Walking Dead

Fear The Walking Dead

I have to admit. Sadly I almost gave up on Fear the Walking Dead after the lackluster second season last year. I was not a fan of it at all. However, my fiancée encouraged and persuaded me to watch the Season Three premiere a few months back. Holy hell! I was instantly hooked as it started off with a bang taking no prisoners. Don’t even get me started on that last sequence for the mid season finale either. It was near perfect the way the ending montage played out against the haunting cover of “Stand by Me,” but I digress. So here we are! It’s Friday! We’re in Hall H at Comic-Con 2017! Does life get any better than this? I don’t know if it does. LOL. Let’s talk some Fear The Walking Dead Comic-Con style now.

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Comic-Con 2017 Hall H: Game of Thrones

I’m King of the North! No, I’m King of the North. Wait! I’m King of the North. Were dwindling down, folks. Who’s going to be King of the North? We shall find out soon, but not at this Comic-Con Hall H panel of course. Based on the bestselling fantasy book series A Song of Ice and Fire by George R. R. Martin, HBO’s Emmy- and Golden Globe-winning series Game of Thrones began its seventh season this past July 16th. The series, executive produced and written by David Benioff and D. B. Weiss, is an epic story of treachery and nobility set on the continent of Westeros, where summers and winters can last years. Cast panelists in Hall H included Alfie Allen as Theon Greyjoy, Jacob Anderson as Grey Worm, John Bradley as Samwell Tarly, Gwendoline Christie as Brienne of Tarth, Liam Cunningham as Davos Seaworth, Nathalie Emmanuel as Missandei, Conleth Hill as Varys, Sophie Turner as Sansa Stark and Isaac Hempstead Wright as Bran Stark. The Hall H panel was moderated by a special Westerosian guest. Continue reading ‘Comic-Con 2017 Hall H: Game of Thrones’

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Brian Takes A Vacation With Valerian And The City Of A Thousand Planets (Movie Review)

ValerianMake no mistake about it two of my most treasured 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray releases, The Fifth Element and Lucy, are Luc Besson movies.  Therefore, it should come as no surprise when I tell  how excited I am to finally have seen his newest body of work, the sci-fiction feature Valerian And The City Of A Thousand Planets.  The film comes to us from a little studio who that has pretty much had their hands in everything as of late, Bad Moms, The Free State of Jones, The Gift, just to name a few.  Their business model behind the scenes is quite intriguing with their smorgasbord lineup of investors and partners.  Truth be told a Broadway producer friend of mine actually knows the owners too.  I guess you can say because of that I feel a personal connection to them.  Ha ha.  Digression aside, I’m excited to see them tackle an ambitious project like this, but more so because of my adoration of Besson’s work.  So buckle up folks.  We’re going to go on a magical space ride below.  This is the world seen by Valerian! Continue reading ‘Brian Takes A Vacation With Valerian And The City Of A Thousand Planets (Movie Review)’

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Ghost in the Shell (4K UHD Blu-ray Review)

Ghost in the Shell (4K UHD Blu-ray Review)I have to get the following off my chest first before we move along.  I have never seen nor do I have any interest in ever seeing the classic anime film Ghost in the Shell.  It doesn’t even intrigue me in the slightest.  I was such a big fan of The Transformers: The Movie was I was kid, but when I recently revisited it on its 30th anniversary Blu-ray I was completely bored out of my mind (with the exception of that still killer soundtrack).  I guess we eventually do grow out of things unless you’re talking Star Wars or Indiana Jones, but I think that goes without saying.  However, we’re not here to talk about those two franchises.  We’re here to discuss all things Ghost in the Shell, hence my original rant up above.  Even though this one is based on the anime of the same name, it’s live action and as an added bonus stars the sexy starlet Scarlett Johansson.  Need I even say more?  I got you at Scarlett, right?  Ha ha.  Now let’s talk some Ghost in the Shell.
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Kong: Skull Island (4K UHD Blu-ray Review)

Kong: Skull Island (4K UHD Blu-ray Review)I’m sorry but try as I might I’m just not a fan at all of 2014’s Godzilla reboot.  That’s not a slam to director Gareth Edwards because I love his work in Rogue One, but rather a multitude of things I felt were wrong with the effort.  I gave it many chances too as I even reluctantly bought it on Blu-ray, but try as I might it will not let me in for some reason.  Oh well.  I felt the same way about Man of Steel initially too and Batman v. Superman went on to make me appreciate it so much more.  Oh yeah that’s right!  If you didn’t put two and two together Kong: Skull Island is very much in the same cinematic universe as 2014’s Godzilla.  I wasn’t aware of that going in, but leaving it’s made clear and while you think I would have problems with that I actually don’t.  Let’s face it too because anyone with half a brain knows that like BvS the inevitable 2020 Godzilla vs. Kong will see the two unite to fight a greater foe.  However, I digress.  Let’s not get ahead of ourselves.  I have had crap loads of fun with Kong: Skull Island and I want to tell you all why.
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The Fate of the Furious (4K UHD Blu-ray Review)

The Fate of the Furious (4K UHD Blu-ray Review)When I first sat down to work on this movie review prior to seeing the actual movie itself this spring I thought to myself what a wonderful world.  LOL.  I am kidding.  I pondered about what they can do in this outing that hasn’t been done in the previous seven ones.  I must admit I was a bit nervous.  However, the one thing I always manage to do is have fun with this franchise.  Therefore, I wasn’t expecting anything less than a good time with this eighth episode in the franchise.  Much like attending a Posion concert back in the late 80’s you can always count on the Fast & Furious franchise to deliver nothing but a good time.  You don’t even need to know about cars except the fact that they can fly in these movies.  All you need to do is come equipped with the ability to laugh, giggle and excite from the larger-than-life action pieces and humorous one-liners.  I think the majority of us can at least do that.  What say you?  Let’s tackle Universal’s newest 4K release.
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The Fifth Element (4K UHD Blu-ray Review)

The Fifth Element 4K UHD ReviewThe Fifth Element seems to be one of those films that is every sci-fi + A/V enthusiasts wet dream.  I’m not saying by any means it’s the greatest movie ever made, but you can definitely have fun with it if you allow it.  The film’s audio surround track has always been heralded as a favorite amongst home theater enthusiasts/fans.  This one practically screams 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray treatment so much so that I’m really shocked Sony didn’t release it last year.  Maybe they were waiting for the the all-new bonus featurette to be completed.  It’s even presented in 4K here.  In “The Director’s Notes: Luc Besson Looks Back” extra the acclaimed director discusses the origins and impact of the celebrated film.  Whatever the reason of delay for this historic 4K UHD release the day is finally among us and the wait is practically over.  Join me below in celebrating everything The Fifth Element releasing in glorious, eye-popping 4K Ultra HD July 11th.  Read on baby!
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Baby Driver “Excel”erates From Start to Glorious Finish (Movie Review)

Okay so I’m very much late to this Baby Driver party.  Sue me.  I rectified that problem today once and for all.  When our staff’s Top 5 of the year thus far in 2017 posted here yesterday I realized something.  Pretty much everyone had Baby Driver on their lists (two even had it as their top selection), but it was nowhere to be found on mine.  Why was that?  Well it’s quite simple.  Despite having three opportunities to see it via usual press channels down here in Austin, TX I somehow managed to avoid each and every one.  That’s my bad.  Now there’s also another strike against it for me too.  I’m not the world’s biggest fan of Edgar Wright’s previous work.  I know I am in the minority and it takes a big man to admit it, but I find his Cornetto Trilogy of films to be boring.  That’s just me though.  They’re not my proverbial cup of tea.  Again, if you don’t like what I have to say, sue me.  However, I don’t want to sound like a complete jackass either as I have the utmost of respect for Wright as a filmmaker and as a person in general.  When we got the chance to interview him years ago over here he was kind as can be to us.  I was even very excited to see his take on Marvel’s Ant-Man too, but we all know the history there.  Everything happens for a reason and I believe Baby Driver is just that.  Read on… Continue reading ‘Baby Driver “Excel”erates From Start to Glorious Finish (Movie Review)’

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‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’ Mixes Things Up & Spins A Fresh, New Web of Tales (Movie Review)

Spider-Man- Homecoming Movie ReviewI think I’m one of the few people in the world who liked the third Sam Raimi Spider-Man film and you better believe it that I was bummed when the fourth in the series was nixed.  However, I did also adore Andrew Garfield as the next incarnation of Spider-Man and had high hopes for how they could pull off a Sinister Six film.  Sadly both of these projects also fell by the wayside too.  While I have nothing against Tom Holland as the rebooted Spidey I just don’t like how he was shoehorned into the Civil War storyline sans backstory or anything of the sort.  What made it worse for me was his Spidey suit is completely Stark tech.  While I never really believed a high school student could make such a cool superhero costume I am just not enamored by the fact that minus the web shooters its all Stark’s creation.  So now that I have all that off my chest it’s time to digress because like it or not we have the start of yet another Spider-Man franchise dubbed Spider-Man: Homecoming.  The only difference is this time our Spidey lives in the heart of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU).  Let’s talk more. Continue reading ‘‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’ Mixes Things Up & Spins A Fresh, New Web of Tales (Movie Review)’

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And The Feel Good Movie of the Year Award Goes to ‘War for the Planet of the Apes’ (Movie Review)

Considering that both Rise of the Planet of the Apes and Dawn of the Planet of the Apes were two of my favorite films in the years they came out I felt confident War for the Planet of the Apes is set up for success.  After all, how could it not be under the studious care of Matt Reeves in the director’s chair once again?  That’s what you call a rhetorical question ladies and gentlemen.  This final chapter in the trilogy is both an emotional rollercoaster and cinematic event not to be missed.  I could go on and on about how much adoration I have this one, but to do so would kind of be like putting the cart in front of the horse in this review proverbially speaking.  So let’s back up, take it slow and ease into this review by covering all the who’s who in War for the Planet of the Apes, the third installment thus far in the Planet of the Apes reboot series.  What say you?  I’m ready to get this war started! Continue reading ‘And The Feel Good Movie of the Year Award Goes to ‘War for the Planet of the Apes’ (Movie Review)’

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Getting Ready for San Diego Comic-Con International 2017!

Getting Ready for San Diego Comic-Con International 2017!Hey folks!  I don’t know about you, but I’m getting super excited!  It’s now officially less than a month away to my favorite time of the year, Comic-Con 2017!  After a three year personal absence from the event I’m stoked to be returning to action this year!  Back in 2015 I wrote a post titled “Surviving Comic-Con 101” and I’m sure a lot has changed since then.  Reluctantly I had to sit back over the years and watch my fellow reviewers report on Batman v. Superman, the unveiling of Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman, attend an impromptu Star Wars symphony concert and so much more.  Although I’m thankful for my reviewers’ coverage of it all a little piece of me died each and every post that had gone up.  Not this year!  This year I’ll be damn if someone else is going to forget their laptop and experience the magic of Comic-Con over me.  I work hard in life.  I’m frickin’ going!  It’s my God given right to Comic-Con!  Bring on the Comic-Con exclusive Justice League movie trailer please! Continue reading ‘Getting Ready for San Diego Comic-Con International 2017!’

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Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (4K UHD Blu-ray Review)

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes 4KIf the year 2011 taught us nothing but the fact that good things can come from rebooting a beloved franchise, then I’d be alright to call it a day right here and now.  Never in my wildest dreams could I have ever conjured up such a crazy notion that the quirky Planet of the Apes franchise could ever be resurrected after that feeble attempt by Tim Burton (I really wish they could have went through with the Adam Rifkin script) way back in the summer of 2001 before our economy took a crap and I have been broke ever since because of low interest rates.  However, I digress.  We are not here to discuss our nation’s economy because if the fictional ape character of Caesar was real, I have no doubts that it would thrive once again under his direction.  All hail Caesar, right?  Exactly!  That’s exactly the sentimentality I want you all to have over the course of the next five minutes or so as I impregnate your mind with a world dominated by apes, or at least on the cusp of that becoming a reality in Dawn of the Planet of the Apes.
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Rise of the Planet of the Apes (4K UHD Blu-ray Review)

Rise of the Planet of the Apes 4KJust what the world needed…another reboot of a legendary franchise.   That was exactly my sentiments when I first learned about the production of Rise of the Planet of the Apes.  I remember watching and enjoying the original films as a kid, but not enough to warrant my full attention to what was going on behind the scenes of this new production.   I still cant get the bad taste of the Mark Walhberg adventure out of my mouth.  Then one day I had not one, but several friends asking me if I caught the new trailer of Rise of the Planet of the Apes.   Astonishingly, all of their recounts and tales had one thing in common.   They all included the word bada$$.  How could they all be wrong?   So I reluctantly caved in and gave it a watch.   And much to my surprise I thought…not bad!  But that didn’t mean I became an instant fanboy overnight.  Quite the opposite happened. Continue reading ‘Rise of the Planet of the Apes (4K UHD Blu-ray Review)’

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‘Transformers: The Last Knight’ is the LAST Transformers Movie I Ever Want To See (Movie Review)

Transformers: The Last Knight (Movie Review)Believe me when I say this I never wanted write this review.  In fact I never wanted to even see this flick.  Call me a glutton for punishment, but I know the real truth.  I’m just flat out cheap and don’t want to pay to view it.  You see I loved the first Transformers film.  It was both epic and adventurous, but the second feature was a bloated, flaming turd.  The third outing improved upon things, but everything gained was lost in my opinion in the last entry, Transformers: Age of Extinction.  The title says it all and I wish the franchise would have died there as the stupid title implies.  Nevertheless Michael Bay is back with another mess to rip apart and ridicule, Transformers: The Last Knight.  Yes ladies and gentlemen this summer blockbuster is just as ludicrous as the name suggests not to mention some of the worst trailers of the year too.  However, before we get into everything that’s wrong with Transformers: The Last Knight let’s get all the proverbial housekeeping out of the way. Continue reading ‘‘Transformers: The Last Knight’ is the LAST Transformers Movie I Ever Want To See (Movie Review)’

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Life (4K UHD Blu-ray Review)

Life 4K UHD ReviewDespite loving all things sci-fi and horror Life is a movie I had been against ever since I saw the very first trailer on television last year.  I felt like it was such a ripoff of Alien that it did not even warrant my attention.  However, the one thing I could not deny was what an absolutely fantastic cast it has.  I have to admit that having Rebecca Ferguson (not related to Sean Ferguson by any means) made it more manageable to get me in the door.  Well that and my fiancee’s constant nagging that she was so excited for it.  She does so much for me that I have to take one for the team for her every so often.  Ha ha.  Fifty Shades Darker comes instantly to mind in that category.  LOL.  But I digress.  Today we’re here to talk about Sony/Columbia Picture’s new sci-fi picture, Life, not the Milton Bradley board game or the Venom movie spinoff hot off the press on the 4K Ultra HD format. Continue reading ‘Life (4K UHD Blu-ray Review)’

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The Mummy Unwraps The Bandages of a Dark Monster Universe (Movie Review)

Despite loving Sofia Boutella in Kingsman: The Secret Service I must admit I wasn’t too keen on this newest monster tale reboot when I saw the first theatrical trailer.  Yawn!  I thought to myself another modern day movie that feels like it has to insert a woman into a leading role normally occupied by a man.  I know that’s a sexist way to look at things, but I’m an old, tired man now and sick of all the ultra sensitivity in this world.  Ha ha.  But seriously, it wasn’t until the second trailer of The Mummy that got me semi-excited for things here.  For some reason it just spoke to me more.  After all though how could one refute the star power of Hollywood’s ageless vampire, Tom Cruise?  That’s a rhetorical question because you can try, but ultimately you’ll fail.  The man can do no wrong in modern day action films.  By the way I don’t count the Jack Reacher films as action films.   However, it was this news here that The Mummy would be the start of Universal’s Dark Universe that really made me take notice of.  I’m all about a well planned out, shared universe full of continuity so I’m super stoked to see where things go from here.  And truth be told I’m forever thankful that 2014’s Dracula Untold was a one off.  Thank the Gods for that! Continue reading ‘The Mummy Unwraps The Bandages of a Dark Monster Universe (Movie Review)’

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Wonder Woman: Beauty, Brains and Brawn! (Movie Review)

Wonder Woman Movie ReviewLike George Washington once proclaimed “I cannot tell a lie.”  Wonder Woman is my number one most anticipated film of the year.  Say what?  I’m 100% serious and no I’m not on any drugs.  This is 80 plus years in the making here, folks!  I would be prone to say Justice League is, but I’m weary about how ridiculous Cyborg looks thus far.  Ha ha.  However, I’ll reserve judgement of that until November.  For now let me bask in the ever radiant light of everything Gal Gadot and the Amazonian princess she portrays, Wonder Woman.  Call me a sucker, but I just love a strong female protagonist in my action movies, and it doesn’t hurt if they’re hot too.  So you’ve all seen my proverbial masturbation over the three DCEU films that have come before, Man of Steel, Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice and Suicide Squad, and now it’s time to lasso up Wonder Woman.  Wouldn’t that be spectacular to lasso up Wonder Woman, huh (insert dirty evil thought)?  Ha ha.  Come on!  Let’s get started! Continue reading ‘Wonder Woman: Beauty, Brains and Brawn! (Movie Review)’

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