The Walking Dead is an All Out Snore for Most of Season 8 (Review)

The Walking Dead is an All Out Snore for Most of Season 8 (Review)

The Walking Dead is an AMC television adaptation from showrunner Angela Kang pulled from the pages of the hit Image comic series by Robert Kirkman and Charlie Adlard. The series stars Andrew Lincoln, Norman Reedus, Danai Gurira, Khary Paton, Lauren Cohan, Jeffrey Dean Morgan and Melissa McBride. Season nine returns October, 2018. Read more

Rampage is Highly Entertaining & Deceptively Well Made (Review)

Rampage is Highly Entertaining & Deceptively Well Made (Review)

I don’t really want to admit it, but I wanted to see Rampage since the moment I first heard about it.  Younger Mark LOVED the old Rampage video game and apparently I still harbor some fondness for the franchise because I was excited to see the film.   Weird that it’s another Kaiju movie – is this just a new trend or am I suffering from the Baader-Meinhof effect because I saw Pacific Rim 2?  This one didn’t have giant robots though, so humanity was at a distinct disadvantage. I guess if Charlie Hunnam had been there, maybe it would have been a much shorter movie.  Read more

Blumhouse Wastes a Great Concept and Game of Truth or Dare (Review)

Blumhouse Wastes a Great Concept and Game of Truth or Dare (Review)

One could make the argument that Blumhouse is the hottest production company in Hollywood these days. Coming closely on the heels of three huge hits including Split, Get Out, and Happy Death Day, Blumhouse certainly has struck chord with audiences seeking mayhem and horror over the last year. And later this year, they plan to release a sequel to Halloween, which is one of the most beloved horror franchises of all time. All of that being said, however, production companies are not perfect and are expected to have blunders: Case in point with Truth or Dare, the latest horror movie from Blumhouse. Unfortunately, Truth or Dare is one of the company’s most forgettable titles to date and fumbles a great concept, and the result in a silly, PG-13 rated melodrama horror audiences are likely to forget within hours of seeing it.

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A Quiet Place is Intense from Minute One & Brutally Unsentimental (Review)

A Quiet Place is Intense from Minute One & Brutally Unsentimental (Review)

I love a premise so simple and robust that you can capture it in a trailer and the movie can be Exactly As Advertised.  A Quiet Place is that movie. If you’ve seen the trailer then you know what the entire movie is about. It’s not a question of what happens, really, it’s a question of how it happens.  Though to be honest, I still had some problems with the premise. If even the slightest sound can bring these beasties to you, then how do protect yourself when you sleep? People fart in their sleep, it’s fact.  So… special underwear? Oh, and people can snore. Not sure why I went to butt stuff first, but you get my point. You can’t be guarded all the time. Turns out with A Quiet Place this idea is not a bug, it’s a feature.   Read more

Sharkasaurus is a Gore-Soaked Gem That Goes for Broke with The Turn of Every Page (Review)

Sharkasaurus is a Gore-Soaked Gem That Goes for Broke with The Turn of Every Page (Review)

Sharkasaurus is an upcoming graphic novel from writer Spencer Estabrooks, artist Jethro Morales, colorist Adriano Augusto, cover artist Nyco Rudolph and published via Renegade Arts Entertainment! Sharkasaurus will be available to purchase April 23, 2018. Here is my review: Read more

Ready Player One is Brilliant; An odd Combo of Nostalgia, Excitement & Curiosity (Review)

Ready Player One is Brilliant; An odd Combo of Nostalgia, Excitement & Curiosity (Review)

Before Ready Player One began, we got a clip of director Steven Spielberg where he sincerely thanked us for watching his film.  Oh wait – I’m thinking of something else, that didn’t happen. Apparently he was confident enough in his movie that he didn’t need to preface it with anything.  And he’d be absolutely right – Ready Player one is fantastic. I loved the hell out of it. It’s one of the very few movies that lives up to its hype. Also it’s not a Sequel, a Prequel or a Reboot; it’s an adaptation on a book, which makes it practically original.   Watching this film was a treat, from beginning to end, though I’m pretty sure I’m the exact target audience for me, so you might have to excuse me while I gush. Read more

Steven Spielberg Unlocks Another Achievement with Dazzling Ready Player One (Review)

Steven Spielberg Unlocks Another Achievement with Dazzling Ready Player One (Review)

No one in Hollywood has crafted more memorable blockbusters than Steven Spielberg, the most famous director the world has ever seen. And while Spielberg has strayed from the familiar path in recent years and focused more so on dramas, Ready Player One is right in his wheelhouse. Ready Player One’s storytelling and character development do not reach levels high enough for those looking for some kind of depth in this 140-minute virtual reality journey. But when it comes to the movie’s action sequences and visual effects, Spielberg delivers to the max in spectacular fashion, which should please both regular movie goers and fans of 80s pop culture familiar with characters from movies, television, and video games over the years. Of course, Ready Player One plays out just like a video game, but that’s what makes it such an entertaining blockbuster and more of what we have come to love about Spielberg in years past; he transports audiences to new, exciting worlds we’d love to be part of. And with this ridiculous, filled-to-the-brim nostalgic blast, he’s done it again.

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Pacific Rim: Uprising is Fun & Plays With Scale Just as Well as Kong Skull Island (Review)

Pacific Rim: Uprising is Fun & Plays With Scale Just as Well as Kong Skull Island (Review)

This week it was Pacific Rim: Uprising.  Somehow I missed the Giant Robot versus Kaiju craze.  I’ve never seen any of the anime, never read the manga, never really was that interested in it.  And I wasn’t that keen on seeing Pacific Rim: Uprising – I hadn’t seen the first one because I thought it would break my brain (physics doesn’t work like that).  So it came as a surprise to me when I absolutely loved it. I just loved seeing Giant Robots fighting. I liked seeing these huge machines dominating the battlefield until whaaaa – an EVEN BIGGER robot comes out dwarfs absolutely everything.  I get the appeal now; it’s very fun. Read more

Darren Criss Delivers Performance of The Year in The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story (Review)

Darren Criss Delivers Performance of The Year in The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story (Review)

The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story from FX, producer Ryan Murphy and writer Tom Rob Smith has concluded it’s 9-episode run starring Darren CrissÉdgar RamírezRicky MartinPenélope CruzCody FernJudith LightFinn Wittrock and Max Greenfield. Here is my review: Read more