Weekly Update!

Upcoming goodies!

I’ve been away for a bit but have no fear, I’m back. Between laptop issues, work, and life, I haven’t been able to post as much as I would like to in recent months. Thankfully things seem to be slowing down a bit and I have a little bit more free time to hit the blog. There are a TON of things going on right now and I hope to cover all of them. Let’s get started!

Unless you’ve been under a rock, you probably know about the massive flick that’s hitting the big screen this week! Godzilla: King of the Monsters promises to be filled with more kaiju love than you can handle. The film stars Millie Bobby Brown (Stranger Things), Vera Farmiga (The Conjuring film series), Charles Dance (Game of Thrones), and many other great actors and features legendary creatures such as Mothra, Rodan, and King Ghidorah. I probably won’t see it this weekend, but I will try to catch it later next week.

I do plan on seeing Brightburn this weekend. It’s been out for a week now, so the audience will probably be a bit thinner this Saturday or Sunday. Produced by James Gunn (Guardians of the Galaxy, Slither) and Kenneth Huang, and written by Gunn’s brothers, Mark and Brian, the film takes a look at a world where a very Superman-like child becomes evil and humanity has to square off with him. It’s received mixed reviews so far, but I still want to check it out.

Over the weekend I watched Netflix’s Rim of the World. It follows four misfit kids as they battle aliens in order to save the world. The film had a ton of potential and a few bright spots, but it was ultimately a disjointed and forgettable film that couldn’t decide if it wanted to be a Goonies-inspired adventure or a borderline R-rated action/horror flick. The four young stars of the film are Jack Gore (Billions, The Kids Are Alright), Miya Cech, Alessio Scalzato, and the highly annoying Benjamin Flores, Jr. (The Haunted Hathaways, Game Shakers).

Cech and Scalzato delivered the best performances in the film, but the Nickelodeon-like potty humor mixed with rough language and violence made the film too silly for adults and too scary and mature for the kids. The film’s writer, Zack Stentz (co-writer of Thor and X-Men: First Class), should have catered to one audience or another instead of alienating both demographics.

Doom Patrol finished up its first season last Friday. It ended much like it began, with completely bizarre events that made perfect sense despite being absolutely insane. It’s the brightest star for DC Universe at the moment, but Swamp Thing looks very promising. Its first episode will be available on Friday, May 31st.

I have high hopes for the series. Producers Mark Verheiden (Battlestar Galactica, Hemlock Grove, Falling Skies)and Gary Dauberman (Annabelle, It, The Nun) are promising to lean heavy on the character’s horror aspects and with their successful work in other franchises, I’m pretty confident that they will give DC another winner following the success of both Titans and Doom Patrol.

I’ve also been re-watching Animal Planet’s Finding Bigfoot. All of its seasons are available on Amazon Prime at the moment and having been a big fan of the series when it originally aired, I’m glad to relive Bobo, Ranae, Matt, and Cliff’s adventures seeking out Sasquatch. If you’ve never watched this series, give it a look. It doesn’t matter if you believe in Bigfoot or not, this group is fun to watch. Ranae is the group’s lone skeptic and is often the sole voice of reason in certain situations. She’s also found to be speechless at times when certain things occur that she cannot explain. Cliff and Bobo are perhaps the two most enthusiastic members of the group, but Cliff will often take long and hard looks at the evidence before declaring something to be “squatchy.” Bobo is hilarious and his self deprecating humor is great. Matt is usually the straight man in the group and will quickly call out hoaxes when he sees them.

I’ll review Brightburn and Godzilla: King of the Monsters as soon as I see them. I also plan on making a post about upcoming conventions. Thank you for catching up with me. I’ll see all of you real soon!

Calcasieu Parish Short Film Festival!

Sulphur, LA

This weekend at the Brimstone Museum Annex will be full of excellent short films ranging from action to comedy. The Calcasieu Parish Short Film Festival will be taking place from 10AM to 6PM with an awards ceremony starting promptly at six.

On Friday evening beginning at 7PM, an informal mixer will be taking place where you’ll get the chance to talk shop with fellow filmmakers, writers, actors, and film fanatics. The mixer will be held at Rikenjaks on Ryan Street in Lake Charles.

The festival will feature local, national, and international entries. If you’ve attended this festival before, you’ll probably recognize a few of the folks involved with many of this year’s film selection.

Be sure to make it out to this wonderful event this weekend. I plan on attending on Saturday and hope to make it out to the mixer as well. This event is a great way to meet and mingle with some excellent people and check out their hard work in film.

I’ve attended previous editions of this festival and it is always a blast. The best part is that this festival is FREE to attend! I hope to see some of you at the Calcasieu Parish Short Film Festival this weekend. If you do attend, track me down and say hello!

Thanks for taking the time to read my post. I’m sorry that I haven’t been as active lately, but I’ve had personal problems and a few laptop issues as well. I plan on getting more posts completed in the upcoming weeks and possibly a review of a few more films.

Avengers: Endgame Review

Eleven Years And Twenty-One Films

Eleven years and twenty-one films all come to a head in Avengers: Endgame. Does the movie live up to they hype? To a degree, yes, but it is far from a perfect film.

No spoilers ahead unless you’ve missed some of the previous films.

This film picks up a few weeks after the events of Avengers: Infinity War and we see the surviving Avengers set off on a mission to reclaim the Infinity Gauntlet from Thanos. Instead, they find that the gauntlet has been destroyed along with all of the Infinity Stones.

Refusing to give up on their lost friends and half of the rest of the world’s population, the gang regroups when they discover that Ant-Man (Paul Rudd) wasn’t snapped away as they all believed, but was actually trapped in the Quantum Realm the entire time. For him it’s only been five hours, but for the rest of the Avengers it has been five years.

With a new game plan in motion, the group splits up and heads into the past in order to collect the Infinity Stones before they were claimed by Thanos. Thanos learns of their plan and, as any decent villain would do, puts his own scheme into action to stop the Avengers and all life itself once and for all.

The film is pretty good. It’s inferior to Infinity War in my opinion and in all honesty is a bit top heavy with characters. A lot of time is spent dwelling on the depression of some characters coping with the loss of so many people and the failure of the group as a whole. While I understand why these moments were in the film, I believe that they could have been wrapped up a lot faster. Also, with a run time of over three hours, I found my mind wandering in the first hour of the film.

Once our heroes start seeking out the Infinity Stones, the movie goes into fan service mode by replaying certain scenes from some of the other films while our heroes attempt to acquire the stones. It makes for some rather nostalgic moments.

There are a few moments in this film that attempt to grab at your heart, but much like with Infinity War, it’s not like the audience wasn’t expecting certain characters to die or make some huge sacrifice. I will admit that one scene (and it wasn’t a depressing scene) really caught me. It was an iconic moment in the film and something that I’ve been waiting for ever since it was hinted at in a previous Avengers film. That moment alone was worth sitting through quite a few dull moments in the film.

The film’s cast did great jobs all around with one exception. Brie Larson’s Captain Marvel felt forced into the film. Much like in her own movie, Larson’s acting was stiff and she didn’t seem to gel very well with the rest of the cast. There’s a particularly awkward interaction between her and Tom Holland’s Spider-Man that was played for laughs, but Larson was extremely rigid in the scene. The best performances of the film went to Jeremy Renner as Hawkeye/Ronin, Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow, and Chris Evans as Captain America. These three characters showed more development and range in this film than most of the other characters have in the entire MCU run of films. Renner was especially great as a broken man with no reason to live. He reminded me of Val Kilmer’s Doc Holliday from the classic western Tombstone. He had nothing to lose and was deadlier for it.

With such a crowded field of characters, only a few others were allowed to shine. Robert Downey, Jr.’s Iron Man (obviously) got a lot of screen time as did Chris Hemsworth’s Thor. Mark Ruffalo’s Hulk was reduced to comic relief throughout most of the film and didn’t really have any epic moments that I recall. The rest of the Avengers did well despite having limited roles.

Alan Silvestri handled the music for the film and, as always, proved that the film’s score was just as important as any character. He made the obvious tear-jerking moments better and the heroic moments event greater.

The movie’s CGI was hit-and-miss. Once again it was pretty obvious that Thanos and many of the other characters were rendered instead of people in suits. While it didn’t necessarily distract from the film overall, I always mention the CGI because so many people brag on it in Marvel films. Seriously, folks, the CGI could be better.

I know that I’m in the minority when it comes to this film. It was very good and definitely worth watching, but it could have been shaved down a bit or, instead of shaving it down, more attention could have been given to other characters in exchange for dropping some of the depressing scenes.

Thanks for reading my review. Let me know what you think in the comments.

“Chewie, We’re Home.”

A Long Time Ago….

As a kid I was blown away by the Star Wars films. Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, Princess Leia, Darth Vader, and so many more of these characters captivated me. One character in particular had a very strong emotional effect on me. That character was Chewbacca the Wookiee and he was played by the gentle giant, Peter Mayhew.

Unlike most of the characters in the franchise, Chewbacca couldn’t use words to show emotion. Sure, he was speaking Shyriiwook, a language native to Chewie’s home planet of Kashyyyk, but no one in the movie going audience could understand him. That’s where Peter Mayhew shined despite being confined to a giant fur suit.

Mayhew breathed life into Chewbacca as no one else could have done. Each head movement, roar, eye widening, and shrug told the audience exactly how Chewie felt in the films. We felt his pain when his greatest friend, Han Solo, was encased in carbonite and he roared out in agony. We also felt his joy when he was reunited with his friend in Return of the Jedi. We also understood his mixed feelings of anger and sadness after seeing Han murdered by Kylo Ren. Mayhew was a master of the physical delivery, and it made me very sad when I heard that he passed away on April 30th.

Forever tied to Han Solo (Harrison Ford), Chewbacca was a fan favorite on the screen and Peter Mayhew was a fan favorite off of the screen. He attended numerous conventions across the world and happily signed autographs and took photos with fans. He did this despite having severe issues with his knees. I was fortunate enough to briefly meet him a few years ago in New Orleans at a Wizard World event. I got an autograph and a photo with him.

I’ve reached the age where a number of my heroes from childhood have started to pass away. I used to never cry when celebrities passed, but the loss of performers such as Mayhew, Leonard Nimoy, Carrie Fisher, and Robin Williams have all hit me very hard. Thankfully they will all continue to live on in the work that they left behind.

Thanks for reading my post. Let me know your own thoughts on the loss of Peter Mayhew in the comments section.

Mr. Mayhew, may the Force be with you.

Sorry, Gang!

Where The Heck Have I Been????

I’ve been missing in action for a little while now and I just wanted to drop in to say that I’m sorry for not making any recent posts. I’ve been battling writer’s block and a few other more personal issues that have kept me away from my blog. I have been doing things but I’ve lost my writing spark.

Doom Patrol is still blowing my mind. I didn’t give a weekly update for the last three episodes, but they are just as brilliant and bizarre as every other episode that I’ve watched. New characters such as the Beard Hunter and a mysterious woman that the Chief fell in love with have been introduced, and we’ve taken a deep dive into Jane’s head in one of my favorite episodes. I may or may not go back and review these episodes, but I promise to pick up where I left off with the new episodes soon.

In other DC related news, Swamp Thing was given a release date of May 31st and a trailer was released as well. This series looks great and I hope that it does well. Rumors ran rampant for a bit when it was learned that production was cut short on the series, but fans of DC Universe know that they did something similar with Titans when they decided to end that show’s first season one episode shy of the actual number of episodes shot. I also received information from a trusted insider that Swamp Thing was cut short due to creative changes in the series and not over some type of crisis that is rumored on the web.

With some of the more hectic things that have been going on in my life, I’ve been rewatching classic shows on Netflix. One of my favorites is That 70’s Show. I forgot just how funny that series was when it was first released. I missed out on the last couple of seasons, but I’m all caught up now.

I plan on seeing Avengers: Endgame this weekend. I have already secured my tickets and I guarantee that I’ll be giving a review of the film next week. I want to see how well Marvel and Disney tie up this franchise’s latest phase and am really interested in seeing how well the next phase performs considering the fact that Marvel is using more and more lesser known heroes (at least to the general movie-going audience).

Oh, and one last thing. I recently discovered an Ollie’s Bargain Outlet in a small town north of where I live. I drove to that particular town on a whim over the weekend and was blown away at the awesome graphic novel and comic omnibus section that this place had considering how small the town is where the store is located. I plan on making this store part of my regular monthly stops from here on out!

Well, that’s all for now. I promise that I’ll post more frequently once I get the old writer’s block cleared. You might get a few less than stellar posts for awhile, so please be patient with me.

As always, thanks for reading my post. Stay in touch!