Daredevil Review

Daredevil for the Win

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Lets be real here…. Who wasn’t excited out of their minds for this series??? I know I was, and after binge watching it through once, here are my thoughts.

For those who don’t know, Daredevil is my favorite superhero. So naturally, when I heard the news that Disney got the rights for Daredevil, I was losing my mind, because the news made it apparent that we were actually getting a good Daredevil adaptation (sorry Ben Affleck). But after watching the full series, 13 episodes in all, I didn’t realize that we were getting a GREAT Daredevil adaptation.

This series is a must watch. After watching the first episode, I was automatically hooked. Obviously I was going to stick around and watch the whole series anyway because he is my favorite, but even if you are not a Daredevil fan, or you are a fan but don’t know much about his story, then this show will make you like the man without fear even more.

The season starts with Matt Murdock (Daredevil) and Foggy Nelson starting their own Law practice. Murdock hasn’t necessarily established the Daredevil figure, but it doesn’t take long into the first episode to make that happen. Now if you are not yet hooked after the first episode (and if you’re not, who do you think you are?!), the second one will surely do the trick. One note on the second episode, the final fight scene was shot ONCE. That is how crazy good this show is.

Now I am not going to go through the whole series in this review, because I really don’t want to spoil anything, but there is one thing I must right about. The villain in the show is non-other than the Kingpin. Vincent D’Onofrio was the PERFECT choice for this role. He brilliantly performed the best villain in the MCU (Marvel Cinematic Universe) since Loki, and I almost like him better than Loki. Besides D’Onofrio, every character is played exactly how they should be portrayed.

One final note. This series is definitely not as friendly and family focused as the rest of the MCU. I would not let my own children watch this until they are later middle school, early high school. This series, being on Netflix, was able to take liberties in how they portray a MCU character. First and foremost, it works for Daredevil. Daredevil is supposed to be gritty, because that is his character. But secondly, I am glad that it was on Netflix. Don’t get me wrong, I love the MCU! But, the man without fear gives us a break from that and gives us a grid iron series.

Now some episodes were better than others, but overall I give Daredevil a perfect 5 out of 5! And by the way, it just got renewed for season 2, due in 2016.

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Twizzler Challenge

Twizzler Challenge taken by JJ Abrams and Chewbacca

The twizzler challenge is to benefit Autism month. Jimmy Kimmel did the challenge on his show and then challenged J.J. Abrams to do the challenge with Chewbacca.

I do have to say that it is good to see a director that is not uptight and can have fun with something like this. I have enjoyed the movies that J.J. Abrams has made but this makes me respect him a little more.

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Lip Sync Battle Renewed for Season 2

Spike renews Lip Sync Battle for a second season

Lip Sync Battle is going for Round 2: Spike TV has renewed its star-studded competition series for a 20-episode second season, it was announced Wednesday.

Adapted from Jimmy Fallon’s recurring Tonight Show game, Lip Sync Battle pits A-list celebrities against each other as they mouth the lyrics to famous songs. Its April 2 series premiere drew 2.2 million total viewers, giving Spike its largest audience ever for an unscripted series debut.

“Lip Sync Battle is a television and viral rock star for Spike,” network president Kevin Kay said in a statement. “We are thrilled to be renewing Lip Sync Battle whose success is a direct result of the brilliance and creativity of our producers, the brave performers, and of course the coolest new duo on television, LL Cool J and Chrissy Teigen.”

If you have not seen any of these check out Ann Hathaway lip singing in this video

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Animated Spiderman from Sony

Sony plans to make an animated Spiderman film

Tom Rothman came out swinging at Cinemacon. He announced in Vegas that Lego Movie helmers Phil Lord & Christopher Miller will make an animated feature of Spider-Man. They’ll conceive with an eye to direct it. We knew that the animated film was in the works, and that Denzel Washington and Antoine Fuqua planned to do a sequel of The Equalizer. Rothman formalized that, too. It doesn’t impede the progress of a new line of Spidey live action films in the works, these with Marvel chief Kevin Feige in a producing capacity. The animated film will be released July 20, 2018. The live action film will be released July 28, 2017.
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‘Star Wars: Rogue One’ Plot Details Revealed

Star Wars Rogue One prequel spinoff

A plot to steal the Death Star will be at the center of “Star Wars: Rogue One,” the official Star Wars account tweeted on Sunday.

“A band of resistance fighters unite for a daring mission to steal the Death Star plans in Star Wars anthology film, Rogue One,” the message said.

The news came on the final day of the Star Wars Celebration in Anaheim. During a panel with Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy, Lucasfilm vice-president of development Kiri Hart and Gareth Edwards, the director of the spinoff, the first teaser trailer was also revealed.

Felicity Jones, who was previously confirmed to star in “Rogue One,” will play a rebel soldier. The film will take place between the events of Episode III, “Revenge of the Sith,” and the original “Star Wars” film, “A New Hope.”

Edwards also revealed that shooting was to begin this summer in the UK and around the world, before rolling the brief first teaser for the film.

“For over a thousand generations, the Jedi Knights were the guardians of peace and justice in the Old Republic,” a voice-over from Obi-Wan Kenobi says in the trailer. “Before the dark times… before the Empire.”

During the panel, Edwards also made clear that it was a combat movie. “It’s called ‘Star Wars,’” he joked.

“Star Wars: Rogue One” will be released Dec. 16, 2016.
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Furious 7 Review

Furious 7 Movie Review

Furious 7 was one of those films that I could just not miss this year.  There are more on the horizon but this is the first one so far this year that I could not miss.

The story follows the same group you have seen in the others films in the series other than Han and a few others that have been killed off.  This story takes place after the events of Tokyo Drift.  Han has been killed and the big bad brother of Shaw has taken him out.  This sends waves throughout the family and even as far reaching as Hobbs.  It is now time for Toretto to unite the family and put a end to the funerals.  In this quest he will leave a wake of destruction.  From the United Emirates to Los Angeles.

This movie has lots of action, fast cars, women in bikinis, and a few explosions to mix things up.  If that is all you want from a movie then this will have you covered.

I do have a few issues with the film.  One of them is that a whole section of the film just seems out of place.  In one section of the story they are trying to recover a jump drive.  The person that it belonged to sent it to a friend to keep it safe.  What does he do with it?  He sells it to a billionaire.  Sure it ends up in a vault and it is about as safe as it can get but why would you put it in a place you can’t get to?  The whole section of this story just seemed to be a weak excuse to lengthen the movie and to have a reason to film in the United Emirates.  It also leads to one of the more outlandish car scenes in the entire series.

The other scene that caused me to have some mixed feelings it was the end scene.  I was good with most of it and thought it was very fitting.  They nailed the music and tone of the entire scene.  For anyone that has watched the film they know exactly what I am talking about and without ruining it, the movie should have ended at the beach.  That of course is my opinion and I am sure it will not be a popular one.

Overall this is a good film that fits into the series.  It does get outlandish in several of the scenes and a few segments of the film just seem to be there to add some more action scenes.  I am not sure if they will continue the series.  They did leave  a door open but it just seems like it might be hard to do any more.  I would still give this film a solid 4 out of 5.
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Mad Max Fury Road Legacy Trailer

Mad Max Fury Road gets a legacy trailer

I am a sucker for the throw backs and this one does a great job pulling the three previous movies into a sort of tie in to the new movie coming out May 15.

Warner Bros has come up with a nifty clip retrospective of previous Mad Max movies seguing into the upcoming reincarnation Mad Max: Fury Road. Introducing what the studio calls a “legacy” trailer is a logo that sparks a bit of déjà vu. The stylized zooming W against a red background is from the ’70s-’80s incarnation of Warner Bros run by Steve Ross, who led a major, sustained renaissance at the studio that Jack and Harry built. A little more than half of the UK version of the trailer is spent looking back at the earlier Mad Max pictures.

Director George Miller has been aboard for all four movies — the original Mad Max (released in the US by American International Pictures, Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior (WB’s 1981 entry to the series), 1985’s Mad Max Beyond Thunder Dome (on which Miller shared credit with George Ogilvie) and now Fury Road, which has Tom Hardy stepping into the iconic post-apocalyptic boots worn by Mel Gibson. Also starring Charlize Theron plus Nicholas Hoult, Zoe Kravitz and many others, Mad Max: Fury Road opens.May 15 in the US.

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Saints & Strangers National Geographic Miniseries

Saints & Strangers four hour mini-series

On the heels of the record-breaking ratings for Killing Jesus, National Geographic Channel has set its next scripted event, giving the green light to Saints & Strangers (working title), a four-hour miniseries from Bosch co-creator Eric Overmyer, Sony Pictures Television with Little Engine Productions.

Set to air in fall 2015, Saints & Strangers — Nat Geo’s first scripted miniseries — tells the untold story behind the founding of America, chronicling the trials and tribulations of the 101 men, women and children who boarded the Mayflower for a one-way trip to the New World.

Half of these “pilgrims” were religious separatists who had abandoned their prior lives for religious freedom and an opportunity to create a new social order built on their values. The other half, “adventurers,” were mostly single males seeking financial opportunity and a rapid acquisition of wealth in a new land, or trying to escape their old identities or criminal pasts.

The message of the mini is that these two groups — the spiritual and the mercenary — continue to define the American character to this day as the personal struggles endured while working to establish their new way of life in America shaped the early DNA of our nation. And intertwined with their complex inner struggles is the relationship with the Native Americans, and the conflicting allegiances among these groups, culminating in trials of assimilation, faith and compromise that to this day define our country.

“Given our early success with our scripted fare, further strengthened by the recent record ratings of Killing Jesus, we wanted to find our next brand-definitional scripted television event. And we found that in Saints & Strangers, which is the ultimate story of adventure and exploration,” said National Geographic Channels CEP Courteney Monroe.

Sony TV’s EVP movies and miniseries Helen Verno called Saints & Strangers “a vivid, never-before-seen perspective of the origins of our nation.” Added Little Engine Productions’ Grant Scharbo and Gina Matthews, “This is about exploring human endeavor, creating powerful emotional connections, giving this historical event a little bit of heart.”

Saints & Strangers, written by Overmyer and Seth Fisher, counts two members of the team behind Nat Geo’s hugely successful Killing TV movie franchise based on Bill O’Reilly’s books Killing Lincoln, Killing Kennedy and Killing Jesus. (For now, there are no plans for the latest book in the series, Killing Patton, to be turned into a TV movie.)

The original script for Saints & Strangers was written by Homeland’s Chip Johannessen with revisions by Walon Green, writer/executive producer of Killing Jesus. And Teri Weinberg, executive producer of all Killing movies, is on board to executive produce Saints & Strangers alongside Scharbo, Matthews and Overmyer.
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‘Wonder Woman’ Movie Loses Director

Wonder Woman is set to be played by Gal Gadot

Michelle MacLaren has exited the “Wonder Woman” movie at Warner Bros. due to creative differences.

“Given creative differences, Warner Bros. and Michelle MacLaren have decided not to move forward with plans to develop and direct ‘Wonder Woman’ together,” a representative for Warner Bros. said in a statement.

Gal Gadot is set to star in the comic book movie. Her character will be introduced in next year’s “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.” The solo “Wonder Woman” movie is slated to hit theaters in 2017, and MacLaren’s departure is not expected to affect the release date.

“Wonder Woman is arguably one of the most powerful female characters of all time and a fan favorite in the DC Universe,” said director Zack Snyder at the time of Gadot’s casting. “Not only is Gal an amazing actress, but she also has that magical quality that makes her perfect for the role. We look forward to audiences discovering Gal in the first feature film incarnation of this beloved character.”

MacLaren is the second female filmmaker to exit a high-profile comic book movie following Patti Jenkins, who parted ways with Marvel’s “Thor” sequel due to creative differences.
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Gremlins Remake in the Works

Gremlins the next franchise for a remake

Goosebumps and Disturbia screenwriter Carl Ellsworth has been asked to write the movie and original writer Christopher Columbus was thought to be directing but he has said he will take a producing role, along with original executive producer Steven Spielberg.

No director has been confirmed yet but lets all hope that Michael Bay does not get the call.

The original Gremlins was released in 1984. The filmed starred Zach Galligan and Phoebe Cates. It was about a father who brought home a strange creature that he purchased while traveling as an inventor. It had a few rules with it. Don’t feed it after midnight and don’t let it get wet. It was listed as a comedy / horror film. It was also responsible for the formation of the PG-13 rating. It was rated PG at the time but was a little more than most PG audiences could handle but not bad enough to need an R rating.

My review of the original Gremlins

Our Podcast that covers Gremlins as our movie classic Episode 105

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