Movie Review: Tenet


Tenet (2020)

Starring: John David Washington, Robert Pattinson, Elizabeth Debicki, Kenneth Branagh

Directed By: Christoper Nolan

NOTE: This movie was watched at a pop-up drive in theater within COVID-19 guidelines with social distancing and other safety measures in place. Anyone choosing to attend a movie theater can do so at their own risk, but should really look into the serious risks that attend with seeing a movie in a theater. Check out this article from the A.V. Club that gives a good idea of if you should go to the movies in a theater (hint: it’s a big ol’ NO).

MILD SPOILERS (though to be honest, it’s hard to explain anyways)

It’s no secret that 2020 has been a rough year for the multiplex. With a virus that is nowhere near under control causing many major studios to delay or cancel their big releases for this year, the box office has been looking dim for many movie fans. However, Christopher Nolan and Warner Bros have been hell bent on releasing Tenet this year in hopes of saving the movie theater experience, and whether you think that’s courageous or fool-hardy, the latest mind-bending blockbuster from the director behind The Dark Knight, Inception, and Interstellar is back with a new story that’s set to leave you both in awe of the spectacle, and have you looking for the nearest textbook on time theories.

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DC Fandemonium

o2qtVZRieyvqJfcKeeqQUg-1200-80DC’s Fandome event was the first of its kind: a virtual convention meant to hype up all of their upcoming film, comic, TV, and video game projects, and to be completely honest, it went off (mostly) without a hitch. While there was the occasional delay, the event took over the twitter world by storm, giving us the first looks at upcoming games like Gotham Knights and Suicide Squad: Kill The Justice League, as well as new and first time trailers for Wonder Woman 84, James Gunn’s The Suicide Squad, Zack Snyder’s mythical Justice League: The Snyder Cut, and Matt Reeve’s The Batman, starring Robert Pattinson.

It was a wide ranging event, and while we didn’t get news on EVERYTHING (The Flash, Aquaman 2, Shazam: Fury of the Gods, and Black Adam are still too new for any footage), we did get a lot of really enticing and exciting things, and to be perfectly honest, DC and Warner Bros have set the stage for how future events should be presented. But let’s nail down the biggest things from the twenty four-hour event. Read the rest of this entry

First Impressions: Avengers Beta (War Rooms)

indexLast week, I gave you some thoughts on the story mode of Avengers, Square Enix and Crystal Dynamics’ massively ambitious take on Earth’s Mightiest Heroes. This weekend I was able to jump back into the beta, and this time I focused more in on the War Rooms, the big selling point behind the game. Read the rest of this entry

First Impressions: Avengers Beta (Story Mode)

indexIf there’s one area that the Marvel machine has yet to conquer, it’s video games. Despite a few notable exceptions like the PS4 exclusive Spider-Man and Telltale Games’ take on Guardians of the Galaxy, video games based on the characters ruling the multiplex have been few and far between. But Crystal Dynamics and Square Enix are looking to change that with Avengers, an extremely ambitious game that looks to put a Destiny spin on Earth’s Mightiest Heroes. Thanks to Marvel artist Mark Brooks, I got the chance to try out the Beta earlier than most folks, and I gotta say, the potential is definitely there for this to be THE game for any Marvel fan. Read the rest of this entry

G4: The Next Generation

g4tv-relaunchComic Con looked a whole lot different this year, thanks in no small part to the everyday Hell that is 2020. But surprisingly, it did contain at least one big surprise: the return of G4.

Yes, that’s right, G4 is coming back, that channel you didn’t know you had that was supposed to focus on video games, movies, comic books, and other forms of Pop Culture (aka the channel designed exclusively for me), but eventually through poor upper management was turned into a rerun factory of Cops, Cheaters, and out of order episodes of Lost. In it’s heyday of the mid 00’s, it was a channel that was on constant view in my college dorm room. Literally you would turn on my TV and there it was, waiting. Read the rest of this entry

Movie Review: Palm Springs!

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Palm Springs (2020)

Starring: Andy Samberg, Cristin Milioti, J.K. Simmons

Directed By: Max Barbakow

We’re halfway through 2020, and much of that time has been spent hunkering down indoors, avoiding the outside world. For a lot of us, the rhythm and routine of quarantine has blurred the days into one long, singular stretch of time, which makes Hulu’s Palm Springs, the much buzzed-about hit at Sundance, the perfect film for these strange and trying times. Featuring two strangers who are trapped reliving the same day at a wedding venue, Palm Springs would appear to be a riff on the tried and true Groundhog Day formula. And while it does play on the well established trope of reliving the same day differently over and over and over again, the themes and chemistry of the two leads make this not only a worthwhile quarantine watch, but one of the best films of the year. Read the rest of this entry

I’m Back!

Well, it’s been a wild ride lately, hasn’t it? We’re all indoors for the most part, which means plenty of time to get through those watch lists and piles of books and comics that have been piling up for a time like today. That includes yours truly, who’s dusting off the cobwebs to do a little check in and talk about some of the cool stuff I’ve watched, read, and played while hunkering indoors and waiting for the return to some sort of normalcy. So, without further ado, let’s get into things!

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Comic Review Quarantine Special

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You’re probably thinking that “no new comics from Diamond = no comic reviews”. Well, you’re kind of right. But one of the great things about comics is that you don’t have to have brand new stories to read! In fact, there’s tons of awesome titles waiting or you in this social distancing life, and I’m here to give you a run down on the titles you can read while you sequester yourself in doors. Some of these are well-known, others not so much, but they’re all fantastic series that have plenty of material for you to dive into. Read the rest of this entry

So, What Do We Do Now?

21e638-spiderman_post_master-6It’s no secret that things are pretty stressful and hectic right now. As the Coronavirus makes it’s way through the country, people are being to practice social distancing to help curb the spread of the virus, and that’s lead to a lot of changes in our little nerd world. And in addition to those changes, this is the last one of my columns that I’ll be writing for you all. Read the rest of this entry

Comic Reviews: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and X-O Manowar


indexTeenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #104 (IDW Comics)

The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles have gone through a lot of changes in the past few months. Splinter has died, the brothers have gone their separate ways, a small community of mutants have carved out a living space in New York City, and the Turtles have a new ally with Jennika, the former human now humanoid turtle that is trying to understand her new life as a giant walking shelled mutant. Since the bombastic events of the “City At War” storyline that culminated in issue 100, IDW’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles has been given a bit of a subdued storyline from writer/artist Sophie Campbell (who’s working with story outlines from Tom Waltz and TMNT co-creator Kevin Eastman), and that’s served as as surprisingly welcome change of pace for the heroes in a half-shell. Read the rest of this entry