TV Review: Andor!

TV REVIEW!

Andor (2022)

On paper, Andor was the easiest of the Star Wars Disney+ shows to write off. A prequel of a prequel starring a character that we know dies a heroic death that’s covering the early days of the Rebellion? Didn’t we see this already in Rebels, and to a lesser extent, Jedi: Fallen Order? We did, but not in the way that Andor sets the tale. Taking place five years before the events of Rogue One with an extremely low rent Rebellion operation, Andor‘s clear themes and tone make it stand out from the other Disney+ Star Wars shows. In doing so, it ends up as not only the best of those shows, but one of the best shows of the year too.

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Movie Review: Wakanda Forever!

MOVIE REVIEW:

Black Panther: Wakanda Forever (2022)

Starring: Letitia Wright, Angela Basset, Winston Duke, Tenoch Huerta

Directed By: Ryan Coogler

MINOR SPOILERS

There’s probably no recent movie that has had a harder time getting to the big screen than Black Panther: Wakanda Forever. The sequel to 2018’s Black Panther, a movie that was not only a massive success for Marvel that earned the studio its first ever Best Picture nomination, but also a genuine cultural event, would already have a massive uphill battle. But after the tragic passing of Chadwick Boseman in 2020, the film was tossed into even more chaos. How could they even continue on without their main lead? The answer is pretty simple: by acknowledging the loss in universe and outside of it, and welcoming the audience to grieve alongside them.

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Movie Review: Black Adam!

MOVIE REVIEW!

Black Adam (2022)

Starring: Dwayne Johnson, Pierce Brosnan, Quintessa Swindell, Aldis Hodge

Directed By: Jaume Collet-Serra

It’s been a long road to get here, but at long last the minghty Black Adam has arrived in his own movie, with none other than Dwayne Johnson in the role. The type of casting that’s so perfect it shouldn’t have workd, Black Adam is the latest installment in the ever-fluctuating DCEU, a movie universe that has had it’s fair share of ups and downs since its inception. As the first DC film starring a non-A list character, and considering the behind the scenes drama with Warner Bros Discovery, there’s a lot riding on Black Adam to be a success. And if we were in the year 2007, when Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson was first cast as Black Adam, this movie would have been one of the biggest superhero events of the year.

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Movie Review: Halloween Ends!

MOVIE REVIEW!

Halloween Ends (2022)

Starring: Jamie Lee Curtis, Andi Matichak, Will Patton

Directed By: David Gordon Green

SPOILERS

Once again, Michael Myers returns home to finish what he started on Halloween night in 1977. After the huge success of 2018’s Halloween, it’s no surprise that Blumhouse would green light two more sequels. But after the middling response to last year’s Halloween Kills, a third installment feels less likely to be at the level of the 2018 reboot. After all, just how much more can you tease out the “final confrontation” of Jamie Lee Curtis’ Laurie Strode and The Shape himself, Michael Myers? Halloween Ends looks to answer that question by doing one thing: getting real weird.

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TV Review: She-Hulk!

TV REVIEW!

She-Hulk (Disney+)

After years on the paneled page representing the superhero community in court, Jennifer Walters has made the jump to the small screen as the latest Marvel character to join the ever growing Marvel Cinematic Universe. While the other shows in the line up have been your more standard superhero fare, She-Hulk: Attorney At Law goes in a decidedly different direction, looking at a lighter side of the MCU, and when it focuses on that it works really well.

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TV Review: The Sandman!

TV Review

The Sandman (2022)

After thirty years of stops, starts, delays, and sabotage by the creator himself, Neil Gaiman’s magnum opus The Sandman finally has an adaptation. The sprawling fantasy comic series from Vertigo (now DC Black Label) covered many genres. At times it was a whimsical fantasy, other times it was horrific, but what remained was Dream, also known as Morpheus. As one of The Endless (mythical beings that are similar but superior to gods), Morpheus controls the realm of the Dreaming, a place where all living things go when they sleep. Under his watchful eye dreams and nightmares are created, and eons pass as he watches over his domain. With such a sprawling and wide ranging series, how does one even begin to take the 75 issues and condense and adapt them to TV? Well, there’s a simple answer to that question: you get the creator himself to help out.

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Movie Review: Prey!

MOVIE REVIEW!!

Prey (2022)

Starring: Amber Midthunder, Dakota Beavers, Stormee Kipp

Directed By: Dan Trachtenberg

MILD SPOILERS

The Predator franchise has been struggling as of lately. After the lackluster response to Shane Black’s The Predator, and Disney acquiring Fox, it seemed everyone’s favorite dread-locked spine-ripper was forgotten. But Prey,the latest in the long running franchise, is here to stake its claim as a bonafide genre classic, and the simple premise makes it stand out not only from other Predator films, but solidifies it as the best since the 1987 original.

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TV Review: Ms. Marvel

TV REVIEW!!

Ms. Marvel

MINOR SPOILERS

The Marvel Cinematic universe has had no shortage of content this year, and no shortage of new superheroes. But what makes Ms. Marvel stand out from the rest of the batch is the sheer power of Kamala Khan, the MCU’s first Pakistani superhero, and a standout perfromance from Iman Vellani. Unfortunately, even that star-making performance isn’t enough to help the show overcome some truly baffling storytelling decisions and the one thing that seemingly every Marvel show has: pacing issues.

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Movie Review: Thor: Love & Thunder!

MOVIE REVIEW!!!

Thor: Love & Thunder (2022)

Starring: Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Christian Bale, Tessa Thompson, Taika Waititi

Directed By: Taika Waititi

MINOR SPOILERS

Way back in the halcyon days of 2017, New Zealand director Taika Waititi delivered the jolt Marvel’s God of Thunder needed with Thor: Ragnarok. A wild and irreverent take on Thor and his Asgardian pals, the film stands as one of the major successes in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and revitalized the character for fans and the actor who played him, Chris Hemsworth. Given the success of Ragnarok, it’s no surprise that Marvel would recruit Waititi for another go-round with Thor, but with no Endgame to build to, can lightning strike twice?

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TV Review: Obi-Wan Kenobi

TV REVIEW

Star Wars: Obi-Wan Kenobi

MINOR SPOILERS

Prequels are always a difficult thing. Even when they’re done exceptionally well, there’s always an element of the story that’s lost since we know how things are going to end up. And in the worst cases, you get answers to things you never wanted. The Star Wars franchise is no exception to this rule, and has even had good and bad examples of prequel stories (and will most likely continue to do so for the foreseeable future). Obi-Wan Kenobi, the latest story on Disney+ from a galaxy far, far away, is very much set in a specific time in the franchise’s “Skywalker Saga”, and fairly decidedly slides into the “good” area of the franchise’s many prequel stories.

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