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Review: Spider-Man: Into The Spiderverse
Hey! It's your friendly neighborhood spider-man! Again! Animated! Again! But now with more Spider…folk! Spider-Man into The Spiderverse was directed by Bob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey, and Rodney Rothman. Written by the guy who wrote The Lego Movie (1 and 2), Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs (1 and 2), Phil Lord.
The new Spidey flick stars the voice telents of Shameik Moore as Spider-Man, Jake Johnson as Spider-Man, Hailee Steinfeld (Bumblebee) as Spider-Gwen/Spider-Woman, John Mulaney as Spider…Ham, Kimiko Glenn as… Peni Parker. I'm not sure what her spider personae is called. Liev Schreiber as Wilson Fisk, Nicolas Cage as Spider-Man, and Chris Pine… as Spider-Man.
A New Web-Slinger
You may not be familiar with the Miles Morales Spider-Man, and I fall into that category, but he has a far more "normal" life than most of the other spider… beings. Which is nice. Spider-Man: Into The Spiderverse is extremely self aware. They go over the origin story, but they know you know the original origin… they make you know you know. You know so much, and they know you know so much, this movie yells about knowing the origin with you!
There is plenty for everyone in this Marvel movie. The is only one stretch of the film that ties it into the MCU at all, otherwise, the live action universe has no string to this movie. It is most definitely a family film. No cursing. Obviously violence, but nothing too bloody, except for a bloody nose, and "comic" violence. It does play with your emotions quite a bit, but mostly only grownups will get the scenes, and they tend to linger just enough.
The theater I wen to was maybe at half capacity. The Stan Lee cameo hushed the crowd. Not even crickets dared make a sound. You can feel that every single audience member breathe wistfully. As did the quote displayed just before the credits rolled. There is an after credit scene that is well worth the wait! And it helps cleanse the emotional pallet, so you'll definitely want to see.
Spider-Man: Into The Spiderverse is out right now in 3D IMAX, 2D IMAX, and standard formats at your local theater!
Transition song - Spidey Loves You by Daniel Pemberton performing Spider-Man Loves You. Motion Picture Artwork (C) 2018 CTMG. All Rights Reserved. MARVEL and all related character names: (C) & TM 2018 MARVEL.
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Review: Advanced Screening of the Bumblebee Movie
Review: Advanced Screening of The Bumblebee Movie
Bumblebee is a spin-off from the Michael Bay Transformer's movie franchise. Directed by directed by Travis Knight (I don't remember what name I gave the director in the car) (Coraline, ParaNorman, The Boxtrolls, and Kubo and the Two Strings) and stars Hailee Steinfeld (Charlie), Justin Theroux, Dylan O'Brien, John Cena, Angela Basset, Jorge Lendeborg Jr., and Pamela Adlon. It was written by Christina Hodson (Unforgettable, and also writing for Birds of Prey - and the very long subtitle and Batgirl movie).
We find ourselves witnessing the prequel of the series, on Cybertron. An origin story of sorts will give an older audience members butterflies, or at least it did for me. This movie is chock full of nostalgia for any 80's kids. The direction was to help parents introduce their childhood to their kids (even grandkids) in a way that is more visually stunning than the charm of the 80's cartoons. Yes, there is plenty of "Oooo" "Aaah" moments that seemed to be there purely for the sake of spectacle, but as I mention in the podcast, there is enough to keep the O.G., after school cartoon watching, 80's child involved. It had several genuine heartfelt moments, but there was also a few that seemed forced.
Overall, the Bumblebee movie was fun, entertaining, and worth at least one viewing. I can't comment on 3D since the version I saw was an advanced screening in standard format, but if the 2D is any judge, I doubt you'll miss much from passing on that version. However, I am curious how much better it could look in an IMAX format. You tell me!
Bumblebee is scheduled for release on December 20th at most theaters. Available in 3D, IMAX, and standard formats. Go ahead, relive part of the 80's... don't be scared.
Review: Black Panther
Black Panther: Wakanda Leads to War
Black Panther is Ryan Coogler's third film, following the success of Creed. Starring Chadwick Boseman (Justified, Fringe, 42, Marshall) as T'Challa, Michael B. Jordan (Fantastic Four, Creed) as Eric 'Killmonger', Lupita Nyong'o (Star Wars: The Force Awakens, The Jungle Book, 12 Years a Slave) as Nakia. It follows the events of Captain America: Civil War, with the death of T'Challa's father, King T'Chaka (John Kani). T'Challa comes home to be crowned the new king of Wakanda. Upon his arrival, he has to decide what to do now that The Black Panther has been in the public eye. Will he keep to the tradition of seclusion, or usher in a new era of global community?
The script was well written, and the dialog flowed smoothly. The actors all did their jobs splendidly. Ryan Coogler conveyed a land that is lush, beautiful and prosperous. Viewing this film in large format is a must, however, 3D left a lot of the high speed action blurry - at least for me. Listen to my review for a more detailed breakdown!
Review: Star Wars: The Last Jedi
Does The Last Jedi Bridge Generations?
The Last Jedi picks up immediately after The Force Awakens. The Resistance is scrambling, even though it has dealt The First Order a heavy blow. The Resistance is lead by General Leia Organa (Carrie Fischer). But their base of operations, Yavin IV has been discovered and is forced to flea. Poe Dameron (Oscar Isaac), Finn (John Boyega), and BB-8 remained with the group while Rey (Daisy Ridley) seeks the aide of an Old Jedi Knight, Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill).
The Last Jedi marks the second to last of the "Skywalker Saga". It was announced earlier this year that JJ Abrahms will return to direct the yet-to-be-titled ninth film.
I was extremely hesitant to post this review. Many reviews found the movie... lacking. While others considered it among their favorites. For me, in all honesty, I'm still not entirely sure how I felt. Or even still feel. I will be seeing the movie again in about a week, and either my feelings will be confirmed or changed. I will never not see a Star Wars film in the theater, even if it does not excite me. However, for this film, I may have set myself up for over-expectations.
We will all have our opinions. They can all be valid, yet the most disturbing aspect for me is how "fans" are treating each other over these opinions.
Review: Thor: Ragnarok
Does Thor: Ragnarok Live Up To The Hype?
Thor: Ragnarok is the third Thor movie, directed by Taika Waititi, and in the third phase of the MCU (Marvel Cinematic Universe). Chris Hemsworth and Tom Hiddleston reprise their roles as Thor and Loki respectively.
At the start of the film, there is a plot setup regarding Ragnarok; the Norse mythological end to Asgard, the Gods, and existence as a whole. Cate Blanchett plays a playful, yet serious villain in the Goddess of Death, Hela. Tessa Thompson shows a strong yet remorseful Valkyrie, Mark Ruffalo is the long lost Bruce Banner/Hulk, and Idris Elba as the defiant Heimdall. There are a number of cameos in this movie. Do yourself a favor and avoid the internet, as they are wonderfully (read tacky) done. Although IMDB lists many of them, I did not see a specific cameo credited.
After the movie, there are two after credit scenes: One after the splash credits, and another after the credit scroll portion. Listen to the podcast to get my take on the film!
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Episode 31: Interview: Michael G. Williams
An Interview with Michael G. Williams
In this episode I speak with award winning author, tabletop game writer, and podcaster Michael G. Williams. Some of his credits include Wraith: The Oblivion 20th Anniversary Edition and an independent setting for Pathfinder. Michael has also written numerous short stories.
Michael and I talk about the ways he expresses his life's experiences in his writing in his series of novellas called The Withrow Chronicles, about a vampire that struggles with his lingering humanity and dealing with his neighbors who find themselves in mortal danger. And his connection with visual as well as written media. We go over our opinions on Wonder Woman, in addition to TV shows that pique our interest for varying reasons. And finally Michael explains his focus on the early 90's musi-drama "Cop Rock".
Join us as we dive deep into the social dimensions of print and visual media.
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