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(trailer review) - Beef

I first knew of Steven Yeun from watching the series 'The Walking Dead'. He was good in the show and when his role in the show ended, I never thought of him again. Not in a bad way as he was a decent actor from what I witnessed, but I never saw him in anything else or within my periphery, so he was no longer relevant to me, until Invincible. Trying to think about it now, I cannot remember how I got onto that show, but I believe someone may have told me Steven from the walking dead is in it and that it is his show, the show is great and based on a comic, so I decided to give it a try and I loved it. Mature themes, gory in places, but an all-around good series to watch. I am still unaware of much of what Steven has done and simply because I have not looked into it, but I am happy to see him in more and more things now, such as this series that looks really interesting. One bad day after another for these two separate people who are going through things which lead to colliding wit

(trailer review) - John Wick: Chapter 4

( OFFICIAL TRAILER ) I am not the kind of person to go into a fight with a hatchet and the other person has a pistol, an automatic one at that. Can you imagine, this chapter in the John Wick movie franchise started with, a man (John Wick) not willing to sell his car to a random stranger! Said random stranger finds out where John lives, beats him up, kills his dog and steals his car. But little did the random stranger know, John used to be a professional assassin, is well known in the underground territories and circuits he operates in and his dying wife was the person who gave him the dog when she died. John is seeking revenge plain and simple. The story is soo simple but so effective and great! You just want more and more of this franchise. This trailer for a start, the cracking song used, Nas' 'Got yourself a gun' and from that point, you see what the film has been known and loved for. Headshots in abundance, ways of killing people in ways deemed over the top, repetition

(trailer review) - Creed III

  We are nearly there with the closer to the trilogy. Three movies starring Michael B. Jordan as Adonis Creed, the son of antagonist Apollo Creed from Rocky I & II. Ryan Coogler directed the first Creed movie and Steven Caple Jr. directed the second, but this third movie is Michael B. Jordan's director debut and this trailer looks a lot better than the last. Actually, let me take that back, this trailer had some juicy action shots and slow-motion I really enjoyed. Whilst the previous trailer for the movie was back in October of last year, it gave us the story and why this fight is going ahead, I feel this trailer gives us more of the emotion as to why the fight will need to go ahead. This looks like Jonathan Majors is going to steal the show and every scene he is in. At this point, we know Adonis and his life, his wife and daughter, what he is doing and do we really care? Really? I guess to an extent we want to see how far he has come, what he is doing now and what the plan is,

(trailer review) - Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3

  ( Official Trailer ) I am going, to be honest with you like I always am, but this trailer did not move the needle much for me. A lot of new scenes and imagery, but the previous trailer for me was soo much better. This trailer on the other hand was a lot funnier and I am hoping, the comedy in this third and final movie from director James Gunn is evenly levelled out with the sad and emotional themes in this movie. As I said in my last trailer reaction, the second movie seemed like everyone had a joke. How I have come to understand the characters is, Drax provides most of the laughs, but it is usually him first and foremost, followed by Peter Quill and Rocket. Now that Nebula (my favourite character) is part of the team, she also provides a little humour too, but if everyone is providing jokes, the tone and strength of the film get significantly reduced. This trailer shows, what looks like, The High Evolutionary and a few flashbacks involving Rocket Raccoon and his possible backstory,

(trailer review) - The Flash

Yo! As I write this, I legit have tears streaming down my face. No, I am not crying, but would I call these joyful tears? Maybe. This trailer. This film. Ezra you absolute maniac Miller! How? What? Why? For those who do not know and are entirely unaware, Ezra, the lead star of this movie and the man who is playing Barry Allen aka The Flash, reprising his role from Justice League, has been in some hot water in recent years since the making and completion of this movie. It is tough to say if they will ever work again as an actor, let alone play The Flash again, but this movie looks phenomenal. Very action-heavy, very emotional and the cast, two Batmen and a Supergirl? I am in absolute shock-horror right now, I am hoping and praying for Ezra to find the help he needs and maybe, JUST maybe, when all things are back to a state of normalcy, perhaps someone will take a chance on them as they IS one of the best parts of Justice League (both versions) and they do come across as a very talented

(trailer review) - Fast and Furious 10

How long is this movie? This trailer alone is 3 minutes and 43 seconds which leads me to believe this movie is 5 hours long. When I initially saw this trailer, I tweeted "Man, Fast X is a 4hr film...", I think I was being overly generous. Have you not seen this trailer? If you look closely, you will see the kitchen sink. My review for Fast and Furious 9 stated " There is only so far they can go and by this movie, surely they have peaked ." but what is funny, this trailer looks like they have decided to not only go full circle with some tie-backs to previous movies, something they have done before, as well as Mission Impossible (another franchise I mentioned in the last review) but now I am intrigued to how they have done this and if ultimately it works story-wise. This trailer does a lot of things but there are a few things it does right. The trailer brings back racing for pink slips which I feel has not happened for many years now. It has just been heist after hei

(episode review) - The Last of Us: Episode 2

This week we start with a flashback of the few days before the outbreak and a lady is having her lunch in a restaurant which is interrupted by a soldier. He tells her to come with him to a destination where she is asked to inspect the body of a woman who was acting weird. They discovered a bit of mark and a possible infection but needed her expertise to clarify and confirm their findings. Shortly afterwards, the doctor and the soldier have a conversation about what should be done going forwards and her response was dire. Another bleak intro again sets up how this show shows us the audience, the world and their reaction to an infected and incurable person. The tension builds up slowly in these scenes and the room with the body is just nasty. After the opening credits, we focus on the party going forward consisting of Joell, Ellie and Tess. They have only found out about Ellie's condition, so they are both sceptical and quiz Ellie and her importance. While debating on what to do and

(trailer review) - Scream 6

I think my issue with the franchise at the moment is, why are these 'ghostface' masks still being sold. Also, if people are being killed over a period of time, would these masks not be seen as illegal?  I do not understand how we are soo far into a franchise where a cloak and (at this rate) a famous mask used for killing can still be used to, well...continue killing. I understand the masks are not made for killing people, but it is the main mask people have used to kill people over the span of 10 to 20 years, no? I think I will need to watch the franchise again from the very beginning and include Scream 4 (as I have not seen that one, yet) and see how these new films are interconnected. I have noticed how the recent Mission Impossible movies have been interconnected with each other and also draw from previous films which helps the viewer/fans become more invested in the franchise. This trailer is decent though and I have no complaints. Is her name Sydney? She's toast in thi

(trailer review) - Shazam! Fury of the Gods

Warner Bros. is in a bit of a dead space right now where it is difficult to know and understand the future of DC and its characters. Back in the day, they wanted to start a universe with various characters like an MCU, but Green Lantern did not do well and Christopher Nolan wanted to ground his Batman films. This in turn pushed DC back a few years until 'Man of Steel' came about. Trying to catch up to the MCU at this point was a very bad idea and now we are in a state of limbo with decent films, ok films and really good films in a universe that seems to be crumbling from within and at the seams. The first Shazam was decent and I really enjoyed it. I liked the dynamics, between the actors and the characters and it was an overall great film to sit down with some popcorn and watch. This trailer looks like the story here is bigger in scope and in some cases, may actually involve the Marvel family (or shazam family) dealing with a force that looks like they are ill-prepared for and

(trailer review) - 65

Two things strike me about this trailer, the name; and the fact that he is trying to outrun a tyrannosaurus rex-looking dinosaur "alien" thing. Unless he falls into a ditch, he should be dead. Only Lara Croft in the original 1996 Tomb Raider can out-manoeuvre a T-Rex, please let that be known. But back onto the name, 65. Then in the trailer, it said 65 million years ago, humans discovered Earth? Wait, what? I need clarification, as to whether we are in the future, so far in the future that back in the past, 65 million years back, we have dinosaurs again or did he accidentally time travel back to the dinosaur age through a portal with the modern tech of his era? Whatever it is, Mills is in the thick of it and he is trying to protect a little non-verbal girl as well. I am loving the look of this movie because not only is it a survival movie, it is a sci-fi movie as well as a dinosaur movie and action adventure. Armed with whatever is salvageable from his crashed ship and trying

(trailer review) - Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves

A trailer for this came out not that long ago and although, in a few places, it was funny-ish, I was not really on board with what they were pushing. However, this trailer is soo much better than the last one. You see, I was never interested in this movie because "where is Venger?" This Dungeons and Dragons, I do not know what it is. I never played the game and my only reference to anything to do with this namesake is the old cartoon from the 80s with Eric, Bobby, Diana and them. So, what is this?  But I must say, this trailer has won me over a little to be interested as I am loving a lot of the jokes, banter and humour within the film. While I know nothing about this iteration of D&D or D&D as a whole, I did have a few laughs. Apparently, everything this film has shown us is accurately depicted in playing D&D. Chris Pine anchoring the movie down with various crazy characters, a wizard, a barbarian (almost like the cartoon) and maybe a witch? (the girl from Strang

(film review) - Avatar: The Way of Water

It is kind of hard to believe that, a man named James Cameron made a movie called Avatar which came out in 2009 and 13 years later he makes a sequel to it creating a buzz that has gripped the world. While some people have their opinions and are divided on whether this is 13 years too late or no one actually cares about blue people in space to a rip-off of FernGully, what is this one going to be about? Let's be clear here, James is a revolutionary director with 9 movies to his name since 1982. In case you are not counting, that is 9 movies in just over 40 years. Christopher Nolan, a more recent director has 12 movies to his name since 1998. Zack Snyder has 11 movies to his name since 2004, but there is a stark difference between these three types of directors. Steven Spielberg has 30 movies to his name since 1975. But the difference between all these directors is, James is the only director who has two of the highest grossing movies of all time and every time (well almost) he create

(episode review) - The Last of Us: Episode 1

I have been playing computer games since NES Turtles and the only reason why I have not played the computer game 'The Last of Us', (the game this show is based on) is because I did not have a PS3 or PS4. And although I am aware of some details of the game, I will still purchase the remake (as I was interested in the Remastered) for my PS5 and play the game, even if the show will cover the story plot points of the game, why? Because I heard the game's story was soo good, it was one of the best stories in gaming out there and quite possibly, ever. So I guess this is the reason why we have this show and what a great choice to make this into a series because a movie will not capture what had made the game soo good. The show starts with a TV interview discussing possible pandemics and why people should be scared of them. The conversation slowly turns from bouts of laughter to a quiet stillness within the studio this is being recorded in. You see, whilst one of the scientists is

(trailer review) - The Mandalorian: Season 3

It was only four months ago we were teased with a teaser trailer for season 3 of The Mandalorian. While I knew it was coming since the ending of season 2 (I think it was said at the time), we had to wait for Boba Fett to air before we got the reveal and this marvelous official trailer. Maybe they did not know where they were going with the show and (I say this loosely) rushed out Boba Fett to spend more time on this third season ironing out the story, the kinks, the...Mandalore, if you will, because The Book of Boba Fett was ok, just ok. The Mandalorian episode was great, in comparison to the other episodes, but this trailer for season 3 looks well thought out, well written and just damn well near excellently executed. While it seems as though Din is explaining to Grogu how to be a Mandalorian in this trailer (I think, to be a Bounty Hunter, to be fair), the trailer shows us, lots of different Mandalorian in different Mandalorian suits. A shot where it looks like Mandalore was bombed,

(trailer review) - Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania

"I don't have to win, we both just have to lose". I mean, that trailer is a major step up from the last trailer as if the first trailer was just not good enough. What is Marvel doing? We cannot say, "well Phase 4 isn't good so they had to step up with this movie to get everyone back on track". People need to understand, Marvel is a very well oiled machine at this point. This movie has been completed and shot, ages ago. Marvel have hit the hard reset button after Endgame and whilst we are all thinking what and why and how, Marvel are thinking when. It is 3D chess they are playing here and if Black Panther Wakanda Forever did not show you that, this movie will. You see, I believe Phase 4 is the introduction to many things. Laying the breadcrumbs for everything else we are about to witness in the next few phases. We are thinking about Phase 4 and 5 whilst they are outlining Phase 7, 8 and possibly 9. A lot of things do not seem to make sense right now, but it w

(trailer review) - Evil Dead Rise

When it comes to horror, I definitely pick and choose. Ghostly possessions based on real stories is a hard pass for me, while something like a Paranormal Activity is a "ok, I'll watch that". However, films like Hellraiser and skin/flesh mutilation makes me feel uneasy in my body. I cannot even watch Holby City without winching. This trailer though, I am on the fence. This trailer first off, was cool. I have not really been interested in the Evil Dead franchise but I think I have seen the third one a very very long time ago. I think I was a child when I watched it many moons ago, but I was under the impression and understanding that the franchise was about Zombies - this looks incredibly different. I know the trailer says evolved, but this is coming across to me as somewhat supernatural. Floating above water for example. I am on the fence. The box grater and the scalping...blimey. I will need to see another trailer as this red band one was good but did not hold back. Maybe

(trailer review) - You People

I remember this being mentioned a few weeks back, a comedy with Jonah Hill and Eddie Murphy. I heard it is really funny and I believe the person who said it, saw an earlier trailer or something, but when you really think about it, Eddie Murphy is a comedy legend. Looking great at his age and looking a little more like his older brother, Eddie has been in a few flops of late, but have you seen 'Dolemite is my name'? It is such a3n incredible film. For Jonah, whilst I am not as caught up on all his movies of late and I did not get a chance to see War Dogs as I heard that was really good, I found him hilarious in 22 Jump Street. Actually, 22 Jump Street is just a great film as a whole. A film starring both Eddie Murphy and Jonah Hill is definitely going to be a riot and this trailer is definitely that. Just the talk/debate at the table regarding slavery and the holocaust is a subject that is soo sensitive to Jewish and black people alone, so it would be interesting how they tackle

(film review) - Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery

I am going to be real honest with you guys and tell you, I am going to back-date this post as it is now the new year (Happy New Year), but I needed some time to let this movie sit with me. I watched it and while I enjoyed it, my company said they did not enjoy it as much as the first one. Apparently Knives Out was better, but since I last saw it in 2019, I had to rewatch it to either agree or disagree because I remembered I enjoyed the movie and found it clever and funny. On the rewatch, I found myself laughing and giggling at the mastery of Knives Out. The clever writing and the dialogue. The acting is superb and I said as much in my review of it too. So when it was over, I immediately rewatched Glass Onion again, now for the second time and, well...while it was soo much better on the second watch, did I find this one better than the last Glass Onion centres around a tech billionaire Miles Bron (Edward Norton), on his private island and a murder mystery party where he invites a group

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