Star Trek Beyond review

Star_Trek_Beyond_posterStar Trek Beyond is a really good movie with a really silly name.  There, I’ve said it.  The title is ridiculous.  Of course, Star Trek Into Darkness was a ridiculous title as well.  Is it that difficult to just stick with the Star Trek: Vague Story Description titles?  This may seem like a pointless complaint, but it’s not.  The title is the first thing people see.  It is the first impression.  If people think a movie title is silly sounding or uninteresting, then they won’t even bother with watching the trailer.  Sure, it may not matter to Star Trek fans, but you’re going to have dwindling returns if you only go after already established fans.

But now that that is out of the way, let’s talk about the movie.  Actually first, close your eyes.  Now, I want you to…crap, I told you to close your eyes.  How are you supposed to keep reading this if your eyes are closed?  Guess I’ll just have to wait for you to come to this realization as well and open your eyes.

You’re back?  Good.  Let’s try this.  Just imagine what you think the critical reception to Star Trek Into Darkness was.  I know from what social interaction I have with some people, the talk was could Beyond return quality to the franchise after the disappointment of Into Darkness.  I never had any big issues with Into Darkness, but I thought the larger reception, audience and critical, was somewhat negative towards this film.  I was so confident in this memory that I went to RottenTomatoes.com just to see how much better Beyond was received than Into Darkness.  And boy was I surprised.  (more…)

Telltale’s Batman trailer and release date

Telltale games has released the launch trailer for the first episode of their Batman game.  But more importantly, they announced that the first episode would be released digitally on August 2, with a physical copy that includes the first episode and keys to later episodes as their released coming out sometime in September.  I’m not patient enough to wait for a physical copy, whose benefits are really unknown at this time.  But anyways, I’m really excited for this game.  Look for a review sometime that first week.

Journey review

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Journey initially came out in 2012 for the PS3, but since it was included in the PSN Re-Play sale, I decided to give it a try on the PS4.  When the game came out, it was widely praised, earning a score of 92 on Metacritic and winning various Game of the Year awards.  Going into the game, I didn’t really know what to expect.  The only thing I had really heard about the game was that it had a fantastic soundtrack and was short.  And both of those things are definitely true.

The game is about 2 hours long, depending on how much exploring you do.  And really, that’s the only thing concrete I can tell you about the game.  What’s the story about, you ask.  Well, that’s a very good question.  I wish I could tell you what the story is about, but I really don’t know.  I know how I interpreted the story, and I’ll share that with you.  Of course there will be spoilers ahead.  (more…)

Star Wars Rebels season 3 trailer

At Star Wars Celebration this past weekend, Disney released the trailer for season 3 of Star Wars Rebels.  If you haven’t watched the show, I encourage you to watch it.  Actually, I encourage you to watch the Clone Wars series, and then watch Rebels.  Season 2 had a phenomenal finale, and it really is doing a good job of connecting the Clone Wars and the Republic trilogy (Ep 1-3) with the Rebellion trilogy (Ep 4-6). I will say that if you haven’t watched the show, this will spoil some things in the previous 2 seasons.

Thoughts on The Resurrection of Jake the Snake

Resurrection of jake the snakeI grew up with the WWF back in the ’80s.  Every Saturday morning, my brother and I would watch Superstars.  Even if we had Little League games, we’d just record that episode and watch it when we got home.  We could never afford to get the pay per views, so we’d wait the usual 30 days for them to be released on video, and watch them then.  One of the most memorable characters during that time was Jake “The Snake” Roberts.  Whether he was a face (good guy) or heel (bad guy), his appearances were always memorable.  I still cringe when I see the clip of Jake having a cobra “bite” “Macho Man” Randy Savage.  Sure, I know now how they did that, but elementary school was terrified.

Roberts’ career wound down in the early ’90s, having one last hurrah losing to Steve Austin in the 1996 King of the Ring finals.  If you’re a wrestling fan, you should know that as the birth of Austin 3:16.  Roberts continued making appearances on the independent circuit, probably long after he should have retired.  It’s here where things really took a turn for the worse for him.  Several years ago, Roberts made an in-ring appearance while he was stumbling drunk, and was unable to perform.  With the explosion of cell phone cameras, these instances could no longer be denied as idle gossip.  For many years, it just seemed like a matter of time before Roberts overdosed.  Fortunately, someone stepped in before that could happen.  (more…)

Thoughts on Han Solo #1

Han Solo 1 coverMarvel’s relaunch of Star Wars comics have all been pretty good, with maybe the exception of that C-3PO book.  Having done individual titles for Darth Vader, Princess Leia, Kanan (Rebels cartoon), Lando Calrissian, Chewbacca, C-3PO, Obi-Wan and Anakin, and Poe Dameron, Marvel finally published a title about everyone’s favorite scruffy smuggler.  No, no, no.  Marvel hasn’t released a Malcom Reynolds comic.  Besides, he was usually pretty clean shaven.  I am of course talking about Han Solo.

Like most of the comics starring characters from the original trilogy, this story is set between A New Hope and The Empire Strikes back.  Han has taken a break from rebelling, and decided to go back to smuggling for a while.  Go back to his roots, so to speak.  There’s only one problem with this idea.  Since he’s been gone, he hasn’t actually taken any smuggling jobs.  He’s being cautious, maybe overly so, about the jobs he’ll take, because he knows what the Empire is doing out there.  (more…)