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Friday, June 28, 2019

The Spider-man Far From Home Experience Was Spectacular then Amazing

In the theater I attended with a few friends, we all had a good time, we sat together, we spoke to each other while we waited for the movie to start and just speculated. The crowd was exactly what you want for a movie like this. You had excitement, you had people speculating what's going to happen as far as box office. I have my thoughts going into the movie and I have some differences after I left and I'll go into that a little bit later. I want to let you know that this is going to be a non-spoiler review. Later, after the film is released I will talk more in depth and post an ending revealed, everything you want to know all spoiler heavy review. So no spoilers right now. 

Spider-man: Far From Home had the feels. It was like no other spider-man. I probably felt the way I felt as a twenty two year old young man when the first Spider Man came out and then again with its sequel. The same kind of feelings that was elevated then came back again. It was a combination of those two movies as far as the excitement and the hype because this was the sequel. Tom Holland, as we all know, has been doing an outstanding job as a spider-man. He's been crushing it and I think he needs to be recognized for that ever since Homecoming ever and since Civil War he's been crushing it as Peter Parker and as our latest spider-man.

This one was more of an emotional tearjerker, gut wrenching roller coaster. Our hero asking himself “how can I be the Next Iron Man” and “how am I going to live up to that much pressure” Getting bitten by a
radioactive spider and becoming a hero and being worried about becoming an Avenger, now that he is an Avenger its “can I live up to the legacy of Iron Man”. Now he has to live up to these expectations with the world watching and looming around. He wanted to be Peter Parker more than anything else and take a mental break from Spider-man. Not that he wanted to give up on everything and everybody, it was that this is starting to become too much and I just want to just reset, re-calibrate and reconfigure things. Just like Homecoming, the questions came up again, why can't you just be a friendly neighborhood spider-man That's what Iron man wanted for him and he really tries to reach. After being snapped and brought back, he had to fight this Titan and do this insta-kill madness during Endgame and now he just wants to  relax.

Homecoming was compared to like Ferris Bueller. The thing I felt Far From Home gave us, with the traveling, going from place to place kind of reminded me of the National Lampoon's European vacation film. One thing that popped into my head when I watched this movie was how it felt good, it just really felt good.  it was what people say is a feel-good movie and yes and it wasn't just a feel-good movie it felt good watching this movie. Iit felt really good sitting there.  I could not contain myself at times, I just had to applaud at least four or five moments in this movie. 

Jake Gyllenhaal really brought it coming in as the hero to help out S.H.E.I.L.D. being stranded from his dimension. Having a rip in the fabric of space/time, so we have a guy from alternative world helping out and playing the part of the hero. The dynamic between Spider-Man and the Mysterio character Jake Gyllenhaal and Tom Holland, it reminded me a lot of the banter and the back and forth with Iron Man. Tom Cruise was thought to be Iron Man but I could see if it was done a little bit differently a younger Iron Man in a Jake Gyllenhaal.  I think he could have been a good Iron Man. Who knows if we ever reboot this whole thing maybe he could be the next Iron Man. 

Zendaya, the thing I loved about her is that she was still the same character from homecoming. Kind of deep, she's kind of dark and she has to put her defenses up and she's a very smart girl but people don’t know how to take her sense of humor and her style and you felt that in homecoming. so you can tell there were walls that are just up with her and the thing I love about this movie is they start to come down. Tom and her are dating in real life and here, you can tell you can feel it in their interactions. Jacob Bertolon he even funnier than he was in part as the guy in the chair. He was a delight and he really brought it home more than once in every scene he was in he instantly crushed and and he really added to that feel good, good feelings good vibes to the movie. 

Samuel l. Jackson, people didn't know how to take his more upbeat side in a younger version of Nick Fury in Captain Marvel. In the trailer when he says “bitch please, you've been to space” it's just his is straightforward no nonsense approach that was what was needed, that's something that was missing in this movie. You got a lot of people that helped shape the Iron Man character and the supporting characters that really helped Robert Downey jr. make that character what it is today. I feel that same thing is happening for Tom Holland and how he's shaping up and I think Samuel Jackson really did a good number and did a lot of favors in his performance and that just like he did for Robert Downey jr. In the development of what and who this character is and can be and I feel like that was done properly.

Was better or then homecoming or not? We went straight for the kill, we went to straight to is it better than
spider-man 2, is it better than the spider-verse? these are the lines right now and that's probably going to be your my your top three as far as spider-man movies. What they did with the special effects with Mysterio and
with everything going on it was more than incredible it was downright just impossible on a budget that they had. It wasn't on the level of like the Avengers infinity wars or Endgame but it was so damn close it was right
there. I would say an infinity, Endgame and then this as far as special effects wise.

Let me know if you guys have already seen the movie. if you can't wait to see the movie, what your thoughts are on it? please if you have seen the movies don't spoil it but if you want to talk about it directly with me just email me let me know what you guys think and until next time guys.

Final Trailer Review: Could Hobbs & Shaw's Bring Back Past Fast & Furious Villains

The final trailer to The Fast and Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw has been released and my thoughts are not clear, not one hundred percent because my mind was blown. We got a little more of the back and forth with The Rock and Jason but what I found more appealing with this trailer that has elevated my excitement for this upcoming blockbuster is what we've seen from Idris Elba thus far.

Black Superman indeed, I've come to expect an epic ass whooping from Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham. Watching their movies for years, I've been indoctrinated in the world of butt whoop that these two have been champions in and will continue to dominate for years to come. Not taking anything away from the hard work stunt doubles do, the director and the skilled special effects experts at all. What this trailer has shown me is that they are making the latest villain of the Fast Furious Franchise a true threat to epic proportions. I'm use to the stunts with cars but to see a super enhanced motorcycle riding boss man taking on hit after hit, dodging multiple close calls and walking off a straight forward collision and crashing through a London city bus.

This has raised my speculations that we are heading for a legion of doom style alliance of the surviving villains of the collective films. There are a lot of them out there in jail or on the run. My hope is that Elba's character will be the one to bring them all together. I speculate that Charlize Theron will make a cameo and this will lead into events that will surpass the ninth film and make Fast & Furious X, which is what I'm calling the tenth installment. Will Carter Verone ever get his revenge against Roman Pearce? These are the questions that keep me up at night.

After watching all three of these trailers raise the stakes and my hopes that the film sticks the landing I'm going in rooting for the bad guys just a little bit more than the beloved heroes. If my speculations are correct this debut spin off will become the foundation of what the ninth and tenth film (FFX) should be.

Hobbs & Shaw is scheduled to debut August 8, 2019



After eight films that have amassed almost $5 billion worldwide, the Fast & Furious
franchise now features its first stand-alone vehicle as Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham
reprise their roles as Luke Hobbs and Deckard Shaw in Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs &

Ever since hulking lawman Hobbs (Johnson), a loyal agent of America's Diplomatic Security
Service, and lawless outcast Shaw (Statham), a former British military elite operative, first
faced off in 2015’s Furious 7, the duo have swapped smack talk and body blows as they’ve
tried to take each other down.

But when cyber-genetically enhanced anarchist Brixton (Idris Elba) gains control of an
insidious bio-threat that could alter humanity forever — and bests a brilliant and fearless
rogue MI6 agent (The Crown’s Vanessa Kirby), who just happens to be Shaw’s sister —
these two sworn enemies will have to partner up to bring down the only guy who might be
badder than themselves.

Hobbs & Shaw blasts open a new door in the Fast universe as it hurtles action across the
globe, from Los Angeles to London and from the toxic wasteland of Chernobyl to the lush
beauty of Samoa. 

Directed by David Leitch (Deadpool 2) from a script by longtime Fast & Furious narrative
architect Chris Morgan, the film is produced by Morgan, Johnson, Statham and Hiram
Garcia. The executive producers are Dany Garcia, Kelly McCormick, Steven Chasman, Ethan
Smith and Ainsley Davies.

Genre: Action-Thriller
Cast: Dwayne Johnson, Jason Statham, Idris Elba, Vanessa Kirby, and Helen Mirren
Director: David Leitch
Writer: Chris Morgan
Producers: Chris Morgan, Dwayne Johnson, Jason Statham, Hiram Garcia
Executive Producers: Dany Garcia, Kelly McCormick, Steven Chasman, Ethan Smith,
Ainsley Davies
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Friday, June 7, 2019

Secret Life of Pets 2 Is The Best Movie Of The Week

So I went to the advance press screening ofThe Secret Life of Pets 2, taking my family along with a few friends and their children. The theater was mostly family and kids. From the very beginning, this film was lead and propelled by these few characters and the actors behind them. Kevin Hart as Snowball, Tiffany Haddish as Daisy, and Gidget played by Jenny Slate who to me was the best part of the first movie as well. I enjoyed the first Life with Pets but what I was upset with was that it was marketed as a movie that was going to show us what our pets do when we're not around then turned into a much larger adventure than I believed necessary.

The thing that the sequel did well was that it involved three separate story lines and issues that was perfectly consolidated at the end. You deal with Max facing a fear of the unknown and his anxieties, Gidget trying to recover a lost beloved toy from a crazy cat ladies apartment and snowball  saving a circus tiger from an animal abuser. So you have three separate issues that our heroes had to face in overcoming your fears, doing what it takes to fix a problem for a friend and helping someone in need who doesn't have the ability to help themselves. Three separate but intertwined issues.

As heavy as they were in theme the adventure of them all were completely gut busting funny. Max was taken to his owners relatives farm where he was mentored by a dog named Rooster played by Harrison Ford, and the new dynamic duo in Snowball and Daisy.  The most exciting things that were happening were with the new animals that were introduced to this universe with the exception of Gidget. I recommend this for everyone because that is exactly who were in this theater laughing their bottoms off, absolutely everyone. The best movie of the week by far.

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Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Dark Phoenix: The X-Men Franchises Last Stand With 20th Century Fox

As a long time fan of the 20th Century Fox Marvel franchise of the X-Men movies. From the beginning, the first thing you heard in 2000 was Mutant. Ever since there has been deep character development, extremely wonderful special effects, a few dude tear moments and a bit of cheesiness. Over all, from Logan to Days of Futures Past, we've been given quality. Now that Disney has purchased Fox and is set to bring the heroic mutant team and all that is tagged in their universe along with the MCU proper. Fox's final project before the acquisition is Dark Phoenix, the next and last installment after X-Men First Class, Days of Futures Past, and Apocalypse.

The embargo for this is set to lift at midnight of the 5th of June, a day before world wide release and the early critic reviews were not so good. Though I went into a press screening with this being where the bar is set, I came out with a lot of enjoyment from the film. First, I was set to believe, and the trailers game me nothing else to go with, that this was going to be a carbon copy of The Last Stand. The film that was the reason for retooling the franchise in the first place. From Magneto fighting in and with a Subway car, to Phoenix looking as if she would kill a member of her team, I was going in with some pretty low expectations. What we got was a villain, lead by Jessica Chastain, that reminded me of the Skrulls in Captain Marvel but done with extreme superiority. The way these alien forces moved and fought felt like a World War Z set to Mutants film.

The overall dilemma given to the X-Men was Charles Xaivier's (James McAvoy) ego. This was a unique way to go, never really been done before but when you have the most powerful being in the universe to deal with, the under toned messaging just felt out of place. My overall impression was that this director was going in hard with something to prove and what he wanted to do was out do all of the previous films in the action and suspense department. I'll admit, in a lot of ways, this was done brilliantly and in others it was piss poor. Being in a world where mutants are hated by people and having military sent to take them get put into situations where they are being taken out by a greater threat and witness the mutants take them on with more ease totally owning the situation like true superior heroes.

I would call this similar to The Last Stand in a lot of ways but done right. I was worried about the alien invasion aspect but even that was done better than most alien invader movies. It was very cloak and daggerish and stayed hidden for the most part. Made for a better story and I like this film better than a lot in the franchise and would rank it as such. X-Men because that film was a huge mystery and super fun suprise in the theater, X2 because it was done even better but the original still set the foundation, Days of Futures Past because we got to see Wolverine interact with members of the teams from both versions of the timeline, Dark Phoenix because it was better than expected and took risks than none of the others did (redeeming the Last Stand) and First Class.

Apocalypse is better than Last Stand but I'm not itching to see any of them again. The former before the ladder if I had nothing else to watch but the films in my top 5 I can watch over and over. By the way, speaking of taking chances and trying to surpass previous films, Nightcrawler. He has a moment that reminded me of the opening of X2 and boy did he do us justice.

I do not know if this was because we know that Disney was going to take over the franchise and reboot it or because it was a press release but we saw no after credit scene. Also, if you're asking about the end credit scene from Apocalypse and wondering about this movie, don't hold your breath. What you saw in the trailers is what you're going to get and it was still a thrill ride that got me pumped. I'll admit, if I didn't know that this was the last time these particular X-Men would be on the screen I would have been more excited. I celebrate how good it was but I kept myself from going bonkers because the whole time it loomed overhead that these guys, more than likely won't come back, so I kept it cool. A few cliffhangers left out there, somethings that made me roll my eyes, like the simi-batphone. . .come on.

You'll have fun. Go see it. Its got more good and exciting things in this one than in any most of the films out this year. I believe people are just ready to see what the MCU is going to do with these characters and that feeling was with me before the movie started, disappeared as I watched but slowly returned as I walked out of the theater.

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Sunday, June 2, 2019

Dead To Me Is Simply Thrillarious: My Review And Speculations

Usually when a show is even slightly predictable I lose interest in finishing. It becomes clear that it will take an extremely interesting cast with near perfect acting ability to keep me glued. I saw the trailers to Dead to Me and still feel that Netflix is doing itself a disservice with the marketing team developing trailers that give away the entire plots to there films and series. The same thing happened again with this series. I predicted the reasons behind the characters Judy Hale and Jen Harding fates being intertwined from the trailers. It was a guess but the way the stories were setting up, it was an educated guess that turned out to be correct. 

A widow with anger issues meets a free spirited new friend that keeps insisting to plant herself into each others lives. She (Judy) seems grief stricken and riddled with guilt. Not just because of the her stories of losing a loved one to find similarities to the widow Jen, but from the first time she is on the screen you can see pain and guilt in her eyes. This was brilliantly displayed Linda Cardellini.

I feel that the mood was set from the very beginning. I personally have dubbed this series simply Thrillarious. Though predictable in a lot of moments, the journey is the prize. The execution by the talent kept me glued to my seat. Took me two days to binge but that was only because I started it late and finished it early the next day. This series is funny and devastating enough to really perk you up and beat you up at the same time. I can not remember the last time I had this much fun.

My thoughts for the next season.
Detective Nick Prager will become the main issue to deal with. He has to feel betrayed used and the thrill of getting his mojo back by taking down these two women could make his career or spell his doom. Maybe he will join the team and have another chance at love with Judy but will he ever want to? I wouldn't but I'm still a sucker for love so who knows.

We will definitely see the actor playing Jen's dead husband in action. Flashbacks are a guarantee, we'll have to reconcile the multiple lies and affairs.

The ultimate question, will Judy and Jen try to cover up what they've done in the end or use the neighbors tip about guns/invitations and just continue their strange hate bond friendship over the "you killed by husband, I killed your boyfriend" tether.

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