Godzilla vs. Kong (2021)
Starring: Godzilla, King Kong, Mille Bobby Brown, Bryan Tyree Henry, Rebecca Hall, Alexander Skarsgard
Directed By: Adam Wingard
Freddy vs. Jason. Alien vs. Predator. Batman v(s) Superman. Captain America vs. Iron Man.
There have been many battles in recent pop culture, but one of the first ones that started it all was due for a reboot, and with that, we get a brand new throw down between the mighty King Kong and the King of the Monsters, Godzilla. The latest (and final?) installment in Legendary Pictures’ “Monsterverse” series of big Kaiju reboots, Godzilla vs. Kong builds on the promise teased in 2014’s Godzilla and 2017’s Kong: Skull Island by balancing the big monster fights we’re watching the movie for with a very silly, but fast-moving, human story.Read the rest of this entry
Zack Snyder’s Justice League (2021)
Starring: Ben Affleck, Gal Gadot, Henry Cavill, Jason Momoa, Ray Fisher, Ezra Miller
Directed By: Zack Snyder
After years of debate over its existence, the heavily mythologized “Snydercut” of 2017’s Justice League has arrived on HBO Max, all four hours of it. The trial and tribulations of getting this thing over the starting line are well documented elsewhere, and I have not the drive nor inclination to recap it here, but despite the demands, vitriol, and sheer ridiculousness of this thing, it’s here, and you know what?
It’s pretty good.Read the rest of this entry
TV Review: Wandavision
In a different world, Wandavision would’ve been the smack in the middle of the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s output. But in the (almost over) hellscape that is our current reality, Wandavision ended up not only being the first Marvel Studios release since Avengers: Endgame, it ended up being the first Marvel Studios project to release in over a year after Spider-Man: Far From Home. Being the first Disney+ Marvel series would be hype enough, but adding the unforeseen reality of being the first output from the studio to satiate rabid fans of the Marvel characters meant that the hype was pretty much off the charts each episode. Youtubers and casual fans alike had their own theories for what would unfold throughout the series, from the arrival of the X-Men in the MCU to Reed Richards to Mephisto, and guess what? None of that happened. But what did happen was a truly effective character study putting the focus on a character that’s been through a lot of things throughout the MCU saga so far, but given little time to process it: Wanda Maximoff.Read the rest of this entry
The Stand (2021) CBS All Access
SPOILERS FOR THE BOOK AND SHOW CONTAINED WITHIN
Few works loom larger in Stephen King’s library than The Stand. Second only to his Dark Tower series, the 1978 meganovel details the utter desolation of the human race by a mysterious super flu virus and the attempts to restart being split into two camps: the peaceful inhabitants of Boulder, Colorado under the heavenly Mother Abagail, and the totalitarian Las Vegas under the thrall of the evil Randall Flagg. It’s one of King’s best works, chock full of some of his best characters (and character work) in his storied career as an author. There have been many attempts at getting a new adaptation of the ground, one that even had Ben Affleck involved as a director, but they’ve all failed until CBS All Access came along offering a new, nine-part miniseries for the epic tale. After a year that started scarily similar to the opening events of the book, and a star-studden cast with an actual budget to pull this adaptation off, it would seem like the stars were aligned for CBS to deliver just the treatment the source material needs, right?
Not exactly.Read the rest of this entry
The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina: Part 4
The fourth and final season of the continued witchy adventures of Netflix’s Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, based on the fantastic Archie Comics series, arrives to close out Ms. Spellman’s tenure with the streaming service, and it contains everything the show is known for: fun character moments, creepy monster designs, and unfortunately, uneven pacing. That pacing really effects not only the finale of the show, but the entire series as a whole, as it puts one of my favorite shows featuring one of my favorite characters in the category of “Great Show With A Bad Final Episode”.Read the rest of this entry
It’s My Party…..
Hey, all. It’s my birthday today, and since I don’t really need anything (except for those awesome Batman 1989 Lego Batmobile and Batwing sets), I wanted to do something a little different today. I wanted to share some things that have helped me get through the previous year in the hopes that it’ll help you all out, or give you something new to check out in 2021 as we continue to hunker down for the foreseeable future until we get more people vaccinated. This post is gonna be pretty sprawling and cover a lot of random stuff from music to comics to movies and even some charities, but it’s my birthday, and it’s easier (and cheaper) to read this than trying to get me a gift, so you’re welcome!Read the rest of this entry
Wonder Woman 84 (2020)
Starring: Gal Gadot, Kristen Wig, Pedro Pascal, Chris Pine
Directed By: Patty Jenkins
The mighty Diana of Themyscira is back to save the 2020 movie landscape, and not a moment too soon. As the first of Warner Bros.’ Slate of films to be released day and date in theaters and on HBO Max, Wonder Woman 84 has the unenviable task of not only being a sequel to the beloved 2017 original film, but also as the new model for releasing WB films for the foreseeable future. It’s a lot for any movie to take one, even unexpectedly, but for the most part, Diana’s second solo adventure is up to the task, even if it wants to take its own time getting there.Read the rest of this entry
The Mandalorian Season Two!
The adventures of Din Djarin (Pedro Pascal) and “The Child” have played out over the last eight weeks, and they’ve covered a large swath of the Galaxy Far, Far Away, traveling to planets new and old, and meeting characters established and ones (relatively) new to Star Wars fans. It’s no secret that the hype around this season was huge, and it was going to have to work extra hard to avoid the dreaded “sophomore slump” after Baby Yoda became THE hottest thing on the planet before the world shut down. And for the most part, the second season of The Mandalorian did just that. When the show was firing on all cylinders, balancing fan service with plot momentum, it hit that sweet spot that only Star Wars can, and it was strengthened by the undeniable emotional core of Din Djarin, the Mandalorian, and Grogu, The Child.Read the rest of this entry
This year has been a trying one for a lot of us, and if you’re anything like me, you’re seeking for things to distract you, even for a little bit, from the craziness of this year. Thankfully for us, there’s a wealth of streaming services that have old favorites and new ones, even if there’s a little too many options out there. The past few days, I finally checked in on Apple TV’s Ted Lasso, a show that I’ve heard a lot of surprisingly great things from people I follow on various social media, and I’m here to tell you: the hype for Ted Lasso is real, and it’s the show we all need for these truly strange times.Read the rest of this entry
The Mandalorian Season Two Premiere
After dominating the pop culture landscape last year, The Mandalorian has returned to save our desolate 2020 entertainment landscape. With Baby Yoda (fine, “The Child”) in tow, the opening episode of the second season of the first ever live action television show in the Star Wars franchise picks up where we left Mando and the Child, on the run and searching for a way to bring The Child to safety.Read the rest of this entry