Indies

Kingsman: The Golden Circle review

Kingsman the Golden Circle posterBack in 2014, Kingsman: The Secret Service came out, based on the comic by Mark Millar and Dave Gibbons, and really surprised me by how much I enjoyed it.  It was a ridiculously fun spy movie.  Sure, part of the appeal was seeing Colin Firth in an action role, but the movie was more than that.  Kingsman: The Golden Circle is more of the same.

Kingsman: The Golden Circle is a fun continuation of the previous movie.  However, it is not without it’s own slew of problems.  First off, we’ll start with non-spoilery stuff.  The camera work was dizzying at times during hand-to-hand fight scenes.  Remember how the Bourne movies made the “shaky cam” popular in fight scenes?  Remember how awful it was to try to follow a fight scene with that “shaky cam” going?  Well, here they step that up a bit.  (more…)

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Riverdale Pilot Review

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Let me start out by saying that I have never, ever read an Archie comic book before.  I have no idea what is contained within those pages.  I was always under the impression that Archie was a pretty lighthearted series, but have not seen any real evidence of that.  Sure, I am aware of the characters.  Could easily recognize them as they debuted in the show, but did not have any base of characterization to judge what I was seeing.

Adding to this lack of knowledge about the source material, I did not watch any previews for Riverdale.  So, I really had no idea what I was in for when I started this episode.  I give this info because I think context is important with reviews.  Someone that is an avid Archie fan may have a different opinion about this episode than myself.  But for myself, I was pretty surprised by what I saw.  Spoilers ahead.  (more…)

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…)

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutants in Manhattan announcement trailer

Last week, screen shots for a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles game from Platinum Studios were leaked.  Well now, we have an official announcement and trailer.  It appears to me that the design is based on the comics.  Which is great, because I love the comics.  I am feeling that this will definitely be pre-ordered. Enjoy.

Comic Book Movie Review: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

teenage-mutant-ninja-turtles-posterI didn’t see this movie in theaters, mainly because I hated how the Turtles looked, and didn’t want to waste money on a movie I may dislike.  I figured I’ll just wait for it to be released on DVD, and get it from Netflix.  I don’t mind watching possibly bad movies with Netflix, a I feel like my money goes to the quality things I watch, and not the crap.  And so it’s with this thought That I watched Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.  (Coincidentally, Jacob watched at the same time I did, in a different location.)  I’ll just say I do not regret my decision to wait.

I have been a TMNT fan since I was a wee little lad.  I was first introduced to them with the original cartoon.  After that, my brother and I found some collections of the original comics, and read them until the covers fell off.  I loved the movies, freaking out when I saw a poster for Secret of the Ooze.  Between my childhood and a few years ago, I didn’t have much contact with the franchise.  I saw and loved the animated TMNT movie, but I didn’t watch the television cartoon.  It was a dark time in which I didn’t have DVR.  Those were dark times.  I got back into the franchise a few years ago with the launch of IDW’s series, and the Nickelodeon series.  I really enjoy both and recommend them to everyone. I tried to have an open mind about this new movie.  I wanted to be pleasantly surprised by it.  After all, a few people I know said it was enjoyable.  However, I did not like it all.  (Some spoilers below.) (more…)

Comic Book Movie Review – R.I.P.D.

Despite the universe’s best attempts to keep my wife and I from seeing this movie, we were able to watch, and enjoy this movie.  Going into the theater, we noticed that there was a leak in the ceiling.  I didn’t think too much of it.  It was down in the very front rows of seats, where hardly anyone ever sits anymore.  Well, apparently someone did sit down there, because 20 minutes into the movie, a soggy piece of the ceiling tile fell off, and either landed right behind them, or maybe glanced off them.  The guy turns around and starts yelling at everyone else in the theater.  Some people try to point out that a piece of the ceiling fell.  The guy storms out, cussing us as he goes.  I find out from other patrons that he went to the lobby, where he was yelling at every employee he could find.  Shortly afterwards, the fire alarm goes off, so we all have to evacuate.  We were probably outside for about 30 minutes, waiting for the fire department to show up.  Apparently, a water pipe backed up over the theater I was in, and caused a leak, and this set off the fire alarm.  Or that’s how the on-site security guy explained it.  But once the mess was cleaned up, we did get to go back in, and get free passes for another movie.  Then, about 15 minutes from the end, the film freezes for a couple minutes.  And that was my movie-going experience.  It may be worse than the time I went to a midnight showing of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, and the film disintegrated right as they’re going into the Ministry of Magic.  But anyways, onto R.I.P.D.

ripd-movie-posterR.I.P.D.

Directed by Robert Schewntke

Written by Phil Hay, Matt Manfredi, and David Dobkin

Comic written by Peter M. Lenkov

Starring
Jeff Bridges as Roy Pulsipher
Ryan Reynolds as Nick Walker
Mary Louise-Parker as Mildred Proctor
Kevin Bacon as William Hayes

Boston Cop Nick Walker is killed during a drug bust.  Because of his skills as a police officer, he is recruited into the Rest In Peace Department.  Their job is to find souls that were able to avoid passing into the afterlife (aka “Deados”), because well, a lot of people die each day, and it clogs up the system.  Nick is assigned to by Roy’s partner, despite the protesting of Roy.  In the process of taking in their first deado, they find some gold pieces that relate to something Nick had going on while he was still alive.  Hijinks and blunders and heroic rescues ensue as they try to piece the mystery together and save the world.  (more…)