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(film review) - Rebel Moon part 1: Child of Fire

Trash? I would not say trash, but maybe I am giving one of my "favourite" directors a pass? Maybe I am being too lenient on Zack because most of his movies, I have seen and enjoyed. This film has a few problems, but the problems it does have, are major problems. Everything else is fine and in some cases, great. True Zack Snyder storytelling, but the problems stick out like a sore thumb and some people may not be able to cast that aside. I am not saying that I happily cast aside the problems, not at all, but I feel I can identify the problems, separate them from the other good/great moments and give my opinion on what I think of the movie overall. I'll explain. Kora is an ex-soldier, who defected from the Imperium, an infantry, part of The Motherworld a militaristic empire who seek to rule the universe through centuries of conquests and war. Living a quiet life on a distant moon on a farm helping out the locals, the imperium comes knocking and Admiral Atticus Noble seeks o

(trailer review) - Mr. & Mrs. Smith

  Let me get this somewhat straight. The film Mr. & Mrs. Smith starring Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie were about two secret agents who did not know each other were secret agents and find out that they were both secret agents when they were tasked to take out each other and other secret agents or mercenaries were sent to their home to kill them both...from their own secret agency? Am I accurate? I pulled that from the deep depths of my brain and I really feel I am on the money with it. However, this trailer seems to have taken the name of Mr & Mrs Smith, to have two people who do not know each other, who are from the same agency, working together to carry out a mission but they need to pretend that they are a married couple whole they fulfil their assignment. Why not just call it something else? There was a part in this trailer that made me laugh, and that was when they were sitting at the table and the woman across from them asked, "what is your sexual life like?" I a

(series review) - Blue Eye Samurai

  I love anime, but if I am honest, I am the anime watcher of yesteryear. I loved Manga when I was growing up. I collected Guyver on VHS, New Dominion Tank Police, I had Project A-Ko and Akira is an absolute classic. Unless I am mistaken, Anime is the "new" Manga and I am not really into it. I am not caught up and I do not watch them all some interest me and some don't. I simply want something to capture my attention and satisfy my anime-watching needs occasionally. I used to watch The Boondocks and Afro Samurai. I got into Attack on Titan (but fell off), I watched Castlevania and watched Troll Hunters (but fell off), I don't know. I just need something a bit more engaging. When I heard about Blue Eye Samurai, I kept hearing good things so I decided to give it a go.  It is great! In the time of the Samurai around the 1600s and the Edo period of Japan, a mixed race/bi-racial child was born. Frowned on by the locals, discriminated against, bullied and called names like

(trailer review) - Dune: Part 2

  Star Wars is one of the best "sci-fi" franchises out there, next to Alien, Terminator and Predator. However, Dune is something that came out back in the day as well and if I am honest, nobody really talks about it? Was it well received when it came out? Maybe, but people talk about Blade Runner which came out 2 years before. Alien 5 years before that and Terminator, a year after Dune. So, why didn't Dune do well? I could not answer that as I have not seen it and I am not sure if I really care to, but I have watched the most recent remake and it is phenomenal. Denis Vilenue directed something I feel, is just short of a masterpiece. Maybe it is my bias towards sci-fi, but everything in that movie was simply, well told, well acted and well visualised. It was a long movie, but you did not feel it. The ships looked amazing and the shear size of them. A story that is only starting to begin with the sequel. The film did a lot to show us who the main characters are, the side ch

(trailer review) - The Boys: Season 4

I tell you what is interesting, there has been a lot of talk about Superhero fatigue, that people are tired of superhero movies, shows etc, it is everywhere. However, if this was correct, a show like this would not have the buzz and hype surrounding it. No, it isn't just the blood and gruesome kills. It is not the adult language or sexual content, it is the storylines. It is the drama behind the visuals. The Boys find a way to teach/say or even address issues other comic book shows and movies would not even dare to even think about. So with that said, there is a quality and execution issue and The Boys, three seasons deep and a spin-off show, Gen-V, does not suffer from that. Numan is running for Presidency, Billy is dying, Homeland has his kid back and it also seems he is going to trial due to his behaviour back in the previous season, not to mention that large crowd of Homelander or Supes supporters. With new superheroes emerging as well, season 4 of The Boys seems as though it i

(trailer review) - Fallout

I got onto the game series Fallout when I purchased Fallout 3. I did not see a Fallout 1 or 2 on the Xbox Elite, so I took the game as it was and I played it. A Role-Playing game unlike others I had played before (Final Fantasy) and if I am honest, it might have been due to some good words about the game, plus the box cover looked cool enough which led me to purchase it. I played the game and I really enjoyed it. Your character is part of a colony who have chosen to live in an underground bunker to protect themselves from a nuclear fallout. After many years, you decide to leave the bunker and step into the world which is now a wasteland. You are essentially a wanderer travelling from town to town meeting and helping various people and also trying to stay alive within a hostile environment. This trailer seems as though it has captured (to an extent) what the game is about. I say to an extent because there are many people in their vault onesies whereas in the game, there are not many vau

(trailer review) - Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga

I remember hearing George wanted to do a Furiosa movie and that Anya Taylor Joy was going to be cast. I might have even heard Chris Hemsworth as well, but honestly, I feel the news since, had disappeared into the sandstorm for a few years only to spit out this trailer. If you recall from my Mad Max: Fury Road review, I said "This film is AMAZING. What a spectacle. Vibrant colours, camera angles and visuals, explosions, insane looking vehicles, characters and appendages. The film is soo insane with soo many moving parts, you can't help but follow Max in his journey." And it seems as though George Miller has done the same thing, AGAIN! Have you not watched this trailer? Whilst I have not seen the other movies (and I have mentioned that before so please do not scould me - and yes, I did say I will watch the others since Fury road, I tried, I really did. I'll try again), I am not sure if some of the styles used in Fury Road was used in previous movies, but I can see them

(trailer review) - Madame Web

I will start off by saying, my exposure to Madame Web was from the Spider-Man animated series back in the 90's. Peter Parker looked like a grown man in his striped polo shirt and jeans and Madame Web teleported him to her realm where she would put him on trial to teach him and give him clues on how to be a better Spider-Man. She was blind. She was old. She wore a long sleek dress and she sat on a throne which looked like it was made from spider webs. She had skills and was clairvoyant. This Madame Web seems to only predict the future and not only is she a lot younger, she is also, not blind. I heard this is meant to be a origin story for Madame Web, but upon watching this trailer, I cannot help but ask, "What is this?". This woman seems to see things before they happen, in a diner, on a train, in an ambulance, and each time (well most times) in this trailer, a man they later call Ezekiel Sims is trying to kill these girls and he is wearing some sort of Spider-Man suit. La

(trailer review) - Rebel Moon

It goes without saying, whilst I have said this, time and time again, Zack Snyder really know how to visualise a movie to simply look beautiful. Style over Substance, but his substance does indeed hold more weight, if you were to compare against someone else "like-for-like" like a, Michael Bay. I will say it time and time again and I will always continue to sing his praises, Zack Snyder, where he may not be a Christopher Nolan, he is a very capable director and this trailer is a display of that.  I heard initially that this film was a "Star Wars" movie, but as it was rejected, we now have Rebel Moon that seems almost and very close to a very good Star Wars movie, a Star Wars adjacent movie that looks really good. We have farmers living and making a honest living and this "Empire" of sorts has come to flex their empiric muscle and this young lady, an ex-something, has a past in which she will now need to bring to the surface and gather other allies to her c

(trailer review) - Masters of the Universe: Revolution

[ FIRST LOOK TRAILER ] So this is meant to be the official teaser to Masters of the Universe: Revolution, but to me, it feels like a trailer, considering how much they have given us. If you have not watched Masters of the Universe: Revelation, you are surely missing out. Yes, you cannot please everyone and while you might have some things to say about what you wanted from it, I really enjoy the fleshing out of Eternia and the supporting characters to He-Mans plight. Skeletor seems like he may not be the person who is going to be the main antagonist for He-Man this time around because it seems there is a new and possibly even more powerful villain who may want Eternia and Skeletor, I do not see him sharing. Maybe Skeletor and He-Man may join forces to take out the greater threat. That's Keith David's voice! Although I enjoyed season 1 and the 5 episodes and would definitely come back for more, hearing Keith's voice had sold me again. Let's just hope this first proper tra

(trailer review) - The Marvels

  Whilst I try not to watch multiple trailers due to information overload, I cannot help but pick out the differences as well as compare the trailers apart from one another. Sometimes that goes against a backdrop of rumours or speculation along the way, but I do try to keep an objective and open opinion in my reviews. With that said, I would definitely not say this is a terrible trailer, but I will say it is a better trailer, albeit lacking, but something they should have initially led with, including highlights. This trailer starts with Ironman (where it all began) and shows us the Star Bangled man with a plan, Captain America, making us remember where the MCU started and what heroes look like. They touch on Thanos and what he did, telling us their would be more people like him with sinister plans and Nick Fury seems to be asking Carol to come in and help on something equally world destroying. We get glimpses of Kamala Khan from Ms. Marvel and we also get some dialogue with Monica Ram

(series review) - Loki: Season 2

Phase Four of the MCU does not seem to make much sense, nor does it gel well with the other films and shows around it. Having a global pandemic was surely going to mess things up for the well-oiled machine that was Disney's MCU. Phase One, Phase Two, Phase Three and the Infinity Saga was concluded with a big nice bow around it. We were told of another villain, Kang the Conquerer and how he would be the big bad of the Multiverse Saga, Phase 4, 5 and 6 and that everything would lead up to Avengers Kang Dynasty and then Avengers Secret Wars. Interestingly enough, I heard that the reason they wanted to go the Kang Dynasty route, was due to the performance of the actor, Johnathan Majors, how he wowed everyone at the end of the first season of Loki. The MCU found their guy and found their story arc. Johnathan played Kang the Conquerer in Ant-Man Quatumania and it was going to be a wonder, how he would factor into the second season of Loki due to the events of the first season. After the

(film review) - The Creator

He came on the scene and a lot of people were wondering, "John David Washington, is he as good as his father? Is he trying to ride the coat-tails of his father? What is he going to bring to the acting table?" You could say, he has big shoes to fill, but with everything I have seen him in, JDW seems to be carving out a filmography for himself where, some may not hit well, but he is really good in the role. This would be his 13th film role. Starting in Malcolm X with his father, then Devil with the Blue Dress and then Book of Eli as a co-producer. Since then, JDW has been in BlackkKlansman, Tenet, Malcolm and Marie, all great films, so JDW is starting to become a household name. The Creator though, this is something different. And if I do say so myself, JDW was great in this. Joshua is an undercover operative in a war between humans and artificial intelligence who is tasked to seek out and locate a new weapon created by Nirmata, a mysterious chief architect of the AI machines

(trailer review) - Napoleon

  Ridley Scott misses sometimes. Every now and again, Ridley Scott will direct something and it would crash and burn, but Ridley Scott did not get his name from crashing and burning. Sir Ridley Scott, might I add, responsible for directing 27 movies including, Alien, Blade Runner, Thelma & Louise, G.I. Jane, Gladiator, Black Hawk Down, Kingdom of Heaven, American Gangster, Body of Lies, The Martian, just to name a few. Sir Ridley Scott knows how to direct a quality movie so his misses are very far and few. He is definitely up there with the greats and it looks like he has done it again. This trailer looks epic. It is giving me "Gladiator" vibes. And to think he is directing a sequel to Gladiator, Ridley, might actually be in the zone. While House of Gucci and The Last Duel was divisive among the audience, Ridley might have caught his stride and this film might be a small taster of what to expect from his directing going forward. The first trailer for this movie was good a

(trailer review) - Argylle

I try to keep my ear to the ground when it comes to movies, actors, what is coming out, who is involved in what, when etc and while I think I am doing a decent-to-okay job, something exciting sometimes slips past my radar that leaves me surprised. This trailer for Argylle is something I never even heard of, but with this cast, wow! With the writers and actors strike of recent, things have been fairly quiet because nobody could talk about any projects coming up, if they were supporting the guild, but I feel like, as soon as they came to some sort of tentative agreement, the floodgates have opened and BOOM, trailers after trailers after trailers have dropped! Netflix, for a start... Check my reviews on what they are up to! But I thought I would have heard something about this movie considering a lot of talk in recent months have centred around Henry Cavill due to his role in Black Adam etc.  This trailer definitely gives me a Kingsman/Man from U.N.C.L.E/Bullet Train vibes and I found Bul

(trailer review) - Masters of the Universe: Revolution

If you are a He-Man fan, you are definitely missing out if you have not yet watched Masters of the Universe: Revelation. Yes, your criteria may vary in regards to what you will want and what you will expect to see in the show because everyone and their mother has an opinion about something or other, but if you are open-minded to the storytelling like how I was, you should have yourself a good time. I stated in my review that there were some creative liberties taken and some characters felt side-lined to push other characters to the forefront, but while people were screaming woke (because they do not know what that word really means), the people behind Masters of the universe (to me in any case) were being progressive and trying to tell a well thought-out story and have made attempts to flesh out the world of Eternia to make it richer with lore. I am guessing some people may have just wanted Adam swinging his sword and chopping down foes, but that would make He-Man one dimensional and f

(trailer review) - Devil May Cry

Me and Devil May Cry goes back to the very first game. Why did I buy this game? I am not sure why if I am honest. It might have been the games box cover art. A guy holding two pistols with white hair. Devil May Cry written in joined up writing and a silhouette of a woman holding two guns. I don't know, but the game just called to me. The games cover art called to me as well as the title, I guess. I purchased and got into the game and while the camera angles could prove to be a little difficult at times, the game reminded me of a Resident Evil game (due to camera angles) and having two pistols, one named ebony and the other named ivory, the game was fun. Fighting weird puppet-type monsters, fighting giant spiders and other floating or flying enemies as well as difficult bosses. But what made the game different was the fact that you also had a big long sword you could slash enemies with and often, if not all the time, you could use your guns and sword interchangeably during battle an

(trailer review) - Tomb Raider: The Legend of Lara Croft

I honestly want to believe, I knew about this but I had forgotten. Like who knew about this? Who? You see Tomb Raider for me goes back several years to when it first came out on the PlayStation. A woman with seemingly big boobs and holding duel pistols discovering tombs and shooting bad guys and (likely) endangered species. I was young, she looked cool. A puzzle with a touch of survival, game which told a story of a woman from a wealthy background who tries to follow in her father's footsteps to discover ancient artefacts. After several game releases and the excellent re-release, upon playing that trilogy (but more from the first game), I labelled Lara a 'Spider-Monkey'. This was because you could run, jump, scurry and climb, so when you were fighting and trying to defeat enemies, Lara would often look like she is running on all fours when you would scurry along and possibly even roll to avoid danger. When used well along with her arsenal, Lara is a formidable character, wh

(trailer review) - Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom

I have mixed feelings about this movie because overall, I am concerned with the direction of the old guard. I have heard that the test screenings for this movie have not gone over well with audiences but at the same time, there has been a lot of reshooting, chopping and changing and I can only assume the movie must feel a little disjointed. Jason Mamoa is an excellent actor, but all actors are only human, so with the drama with Amber Heard, similar to the drama surrounding Ezra Miller before The Flash came out, I'd imagine the negativity has taken a little wind out of the sails. Also, with the change of direction in Warner Bro, James Gunn shepherding the new DCU, I will point out that he said something amounting to, the old guard is not gone, but he is doing something new and there could be space for the old guard to return in some capacity in the future. I need to find the quote really, but with the events of The Flash and what The Flash can do, maybe the DCEU is not fully gone af

(trailer review) - Rebel Moon

    ( TEASER TRAILER ) The Teaser! What was THAT garbage? Sorry, but seriously, what WAS that? In my last review, I said "I cannot say that this teaser trailer blew me away" and that was one of if not the very first thing I said. This trailer though, WOW! Lead with this! If you have read any of my Zack Snyder reviews, plus, I also said in my last review of this movie's trailer, " ...I am a Zack Snyder fan"  but fan or not, this trailer looks epic. I know it was a teaser but unfortunately, I do not believe that the teaser trailer helped to sell this movie to me or anyone at all, especially if you compare it to this. They definitely held back because if you look at these two trailers back to back, this trailer tells you everything and nothing about this movie, while the last trailer just gives us some very clean visuals and a whole lot of nothing. While I will say the visuals do somewhat still look fairly clean in comparison to Dune, for example, I am actually bl

(series review) [STREAMING] - Secret Invasion

There comes a point where you simply throw in the towel. There comes a point where you reach great heights, but the "ceiling" of your own making prevents you from soaring to new heights. The MCU has gotten to a point where, while I would have stated, they are only competing against themselves in film, yes, but in TV shows, no. With numerous other TV shows from different IPs out there creating great content, the juggernaut of comic book movies' clumsy transition and decline in TV show production is starting to dilute the brand for the fans and we are very close to throwing in the towel. With that said, the MCU's movies of late have not been great also, so we fans are maybe, closer to giving up on the franchise because mediocrity does not enthuse us, the fans. This might sound harsh and it also might paint an ugly picture of how I ultimately feel about this show, but I kid you not, this show was actually, really really good, in places...but that is the problem, in place

(trailer review) - Loki: Season 2

I am not sure how I feel about this at this rate. I say that because the trailer for Secret Invasion looked great, gave me all the feels of Captain America: The Winter Soldier, but upon watching the entire series, it was not as close as I would have liked it to have been. So in turn, this is giving me all the feels of something really good, or at least something reasonably decent like the first season of Loki, but Marvel's track rate at present is very hit-and-miss, which does not fill me with enough confidence to fully feel excited about a Marvel property, just like if I were watching a DC trailer. Harsh I know, but am I right or wrong? I have tried to stay open-minded over Marvel's Phase 4 and I do simply boil it down to Phase 1 and how nothing made any sense until we got closer to the pieces connecting, but Phase 4 just simply seems like pieces with barely any connections or loose connectivity. Where are we going? It's just confusion really. I am adamant that there is a

(film review) - Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutant Mayhem

It is definitely a surprise to not at all be surprised (when I really think about it) that I went to watch this movie. My earliest memory of the Teenage Mutant Hero Turtles (I am pretty sure they were called "hero" turtles in this foreign market for a while back in my day) was when I vividly remember my mum coming to meet me after school and she was running late, walking towards me with a big Argos bag. I could see through the bag a little and see the Nintendo Entertainment System logo and the outline of the box, I was soo excited. I could not wait to get home, set it up and play the game that came with it, Teenage Mutant Hero Turtles (the PAL Version of the game was different). Up to this day, I have not completed it and the sound of drowning, I am pretty sure has been implanted in my brain ever since. It's either Sonic, Turtles or Earthworm Jim, the sound I cannot shake. I watched the cartoons and had a T-shirt and possibly jeans too, I loved the Turtles when I was a ch

(series review) [STREAMING] - Atom Eve Special Episode

I heard murmurs regarding this show having already been out. I thought people were getting the TV show, (well episode) confused with the trailer. You see, Amazon Prime dropped the trailer, but a friend of mine told me the special episode was out too. Of course, I did not believe it, but I had a look for myself and low and behold Invincible: Atom Eve Special Episode was out and I really did not realise how much I was chomping at the bit to watch it. As stated in my trailer review , Atom Eve is a side character from the TV show Invincible and she helps Invincible be part of a team and become a better team player. This show is a prequel to the events of season one of Invincible and it dives deep into the background of how Atom Eve came about. But is it just as good as the Invincible series? Yes, yes it really is! We start off with chaos and destruction as a team of super-powered people are wreaking havoc, but they are stopped by The Guardians of the Globe. We see how the team fights with

(trailer review) - Gen V

  I try to keep my ear as close to the ground as possible and I hear of a lot of TV shows and movies and for the most part, I remember them, even when I am not fully invested, but this one caught me off guard. I wasn't shocked as if I just didn't know, but it was definitely a wow, I forgot about that moment when I saw the trailer. And this trailer looks really good. It seems as though the main character is the girl in it surrounded by supporting actors with a few guest stars from 'The Boys' universe which is brilliant for world building. I never watched the cartoon they did because I simply had to draw the line on that, but this looks like it could be quite good, I am just hoping that a lot of the scenarios are not simply gratuitous just for gratuitous-sake because the TV series sometimes feels like that, but there is heavy dramatic and moralistic themes and scenarios that ground the show to make it more relatable even though we are talking about super powered beings. I

(trailer review) - Invincible: Season 2

There has been a lot of talk over the years regarding superhero fatigue but here is a reason as to why that is not accurate. Saying there is such a thing would imply that people are tired of comic book mediums, TV shows, movies etc. When shows like 'The Boys' come out and people love it or a cartoon comes out (like this) and people love it, what does that say? Are people bored of DC movies or the MCU? While there are arguments to be made surrounding this at present due to a number of things, especially with the "lacklustre" phase four of the MCU, I'd like to be specific and state, it is the mediocrity of such movies and TV shows that are NOT pushing the boundaries or applying anything new to storytelling so the experience feels samey. And I say that to say this, those who watched the Invincible TV show when it came out (which is a cartoon), a great number of us loved it. So to understand that, you must understand that, we fans have patiently waited for season 2 of

(trailer review) - Atom Eve Special Episode

This is for the fans. This might even be for women, ladies, girls or simply the female audience to latch onto and bring them into this franchise. I cannot quite say, but if you know about the show Invincible and loved the show like many others, then yes, this is definitely for you and this trailer helps to flesh out the world of Invincible just a little more by giving us a little background on one of the popular characters going forwards. For those who are unaware of who Atom Eve is, the show and other, here is a quick synopsis of the show Invincible. Invincible centres around a teenager named Mark who comes into his superpowers and is taught to hone them through his father. Whilst trying to juggle schoolwork and his relationship, Mark decides to take on the responsibility of trying to become a superhero like his father. Atom Eve, a fellow high schooler who is also a superhero and a part of her own team, tries to assist Mark, helps him to become part of a team and how he can juggle his

(trailer review) - The Marvels

  You know, Phase 4 seems to be limping along. Whilst I will definitely say the MCU is struggling to meet the very high bar they themselves have set, the MCU's mediocrity is starting to show BUT the MCU's low, is still higher than most of the other comic book attempts at quality, it is wild. And whilst I'll take this opportunity not to bash the MCU, because we did have a whole pandemic between the ending of Phase 3 and throughout the entirety of Phase 4, I will not pretend that decisions were made that have intrinsically changed the MCU for somewhat, the worst, at the moment. I do feel that at the very least, this trailer for this movie should explain the new charcters a little more rather than leaving it to the film. We need to understand, why we should care for them and why we should watch the movie or better yet, be drawn to the TV shows that birthed them. This trailer seems like it is an expansion of the teaser trailer. It is giving us a little more of what the film mig

(trailer review) - The Creator

( TEASER TRAILER ) First of all, this looks incredible. This is now the second trailer for this movie, The Creator and as I said in my previous review, this is the type of sci-fi I love. Ex-Machina was great, District 9 was great and if you throw in some old school films such as The Terminator, we are onto a winner, right? Don't get me wrong, this movie could crash and burn a disastrous and horribly tragic death but it does look incredible. For the most part, this trailer does not really show anything too different from what we had already seen in the previous trailer, so while we understand that Joshua decides to protect this little child for, reasons, we do not necessarily know why other than maybe, children are inherently innocent and he thinks he might be able to teach this young child the good in humanity. Whilst watching this trailer, there is a part where someone says to the child, "No we don't have that here, do you want Ice Cream"? And the child looks up and

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