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(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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