In today’s age of television, there are so many options available to choose from on several streaming services and network channels. And when a new television show makes its debut, I have to decide whether I’m going to add it to the ever-growing catalogue of my entertainment menu. For me, at least, with television, since there is so much to choose from, the first episode of any television show must hook me right away to keep me invested. I get that some shows have this thing where, they seem to be saying, “Just watch a few episodes and then it really gets going.” However, with so much to see in so little time, I have to be reeled in by the time the credits roll at the end of the first episode. And not only did the first episode of Amazon’s Invincible meet this criteria, I had to watch the other two episodes I received immediately afterwards. After watching the first three episodes of Invincible, I think it’s already 2021’s best new television show of the year (so far).
Within minutes of the movie’s opening, it’s pretty clear that director Gavin O’Connor (Warrior) and screenwriter Bill Dubuque are set on putting a new spin on the term “ultimate weapon.” Sure, we’ve seen the “ultimate weapon” (deemed hero, villain, or vigilante) use his brains and muscles to maneuver through any situation. But this time, it’s different. A skilled mathematician in the field of accounting who also moonlights as a trained killer, Ben Affleck’s (The Town) Christian Wolff also battles autism. A plot centered on Christian Wolff’s current path to uncovering the truth combined with bang-up action to piece together his dogged past adds up (yes, pun-intended) to a sharp action thriller that is indulging from start to finish. Read more
Normally I don’t go in for G-rated films. I like a little sex and bloodshed in my entertainment, not to mention cussing. At least there was nudity, which was hilarious. If you think that’s a spoiler, it’s not. There were naked animals in the trailer. But my goodness, how I enjoyed this film. The world of Zootopia was rich and inviting and the story was well told. Read more
It’s been bad movie after bad movie, like some first-quarter dumping ground of projects that wouldn’t make it to the screen at any time that matters. All the bad movies of January have left me scarred. I chose Kung Fu Panda over The Finest Hours not because I thought it would be better or worse but merely because it was 22 minutes shorter. And after all, I’d just seen one terrible kid’s show – I could sit through this. Imagine my surprise when Kung Fu Panda turned out to be outstanding. Read more
From Paramount Pictures and director Alan Taylor comes the next instalment of the Terminator film franchise – Terminator Genisys. Starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, Emilia Clarke, Jason Clarke, Jai Courtney, Lee Byung-Hun, J.K. Simmons and Matt Smith, the film is available on Blu-ray November 10th.