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The Mandalorian - Episode 1.05 - Chapter 5 - Review

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The Mandalorian may be one of the best things on TV, but it is still TV. It fell into that common pitfall of TV, by treading water for a couple of episodes before it gets back to the main story. Episode 5, called "The Gunslinger" was entertaining enough, but definitely a side quest instead of contributing to the main story.

Dave Filoni directed this episode, which saw a return to Tatooine and Mos Eisley Cantina! The Cantina is much more accepting now, as there is a droid working there, when just a few years back, there were no droids even allowed in there.

The fan service didn't stop there though, even when it introduced us to the character of the week, he was sitting in the same spot - and nearly the same pose - as when we first meet Han Solo in A New Hope.

The episode is pretty self contained but also very familiar. Someone on the run hides their damaged ship on Tatooine, and then has to go find the money in order to pay for the repairs. Is this The Mandalorian, or The Ph…

2019-2020 Arrowverse Roundup - Week 9

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This week brought midseason finales, final stands, new identities, and preparation for Crisis On Infinite Earths!

Below is a breakdown of all of the Arrowverse stuff that aired this week. It is part review, part speculation, part analysis, and part rambling. It is organized in the order they aired throughout the week, so feel free to scroll down to whatever ones you watch. If you want to get caught up, you can use my Arrowverse Viewing Order guide to help you navigate!

You can read this season's previous breakdowns here.

The Mandalorian - Episode 1.04 - Chapter 4 - Review

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Chapter 4 of The Mandalorian introduced ex-Rebel shock trooper Cara Dune, played by Gina Carano. Her introduction added a unique and necessary layer to the show. It took until episode 4 for there to be any female representation in The Mandalorian. Which was a bit too late. There were 4 females who had anything of significance in this episode, so a 400% increase is a good start.

The battle scenes, directed by Bryce Dallas Howard (daughter of Solo: A Star Wars Story director Ron Howard) were some of the best battle scenes that the franchise has to offer. It felt like something out of Rogue One, which is one of the highest compliments it can get.

The bond between the Mandalorian and the Child continues strengthen. But the Mandalorian also got a glimpse at a potential peaceful life. That was short lived of course, but it shows the complexity of the character and reinforces the grey area he lives in.

The show also brought the Klatooinians into the forefront. They've appeared in the backgr…

2019-2020 Arrowverse Roundup - Week 8

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Below is a breakdown of all of the Arrowverse stuff that aired this week. It is part review, part speculation, part analysis, and part rambling. It is organized in the order they aired throughout the week, so feel free to scroll down to whatever ones you watch. If you want to get caught up, you can use my Arrowverse Viewing Order guide to help you navigate!

You can read this season's previous breakdowns here.

Knives Out - Review

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Knives Out is a good ol' fashioned "whodunnit" with very modern sensibilities. The Last Jedidirector Rian Johnson crafted a smart, fun, and wildly entertaining murder mystery with an all-star cast.

Predictable murder mysteries are no fun. A professional like Johnson knows this. That is why Knives Out is so entertaining. The audience is let in on more than the characters investigating the murder know, so you are watching Daniel Craig and LaKeith Stanfield figure out something that the audience has seen already. It is expertly crafted, and makes it unique from the other things in that genre.

Of course, there are twists and turns that the audience doesn't know, so the whole film is a journey of discovering bits and pieces. The audience only knows what Johnson wants them to know, when he wants them to know it. Because of that, Knives Out is one of the most enjoyable rides you can have at the movies this year.

Craig's Benoit Blanc is very reminiscent of Hercule Poirot fr…

The Mandalorian - Episode 1.03 - Chapter 3 - Review

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It is rare when a TV show continually gets better week after week. But the first episode of The Mandalorian was merely "good", so the rest could be great. Chapter 3, subtitled "The Sin", took everything good about the first 2 episodes and expounded on it ten fold. There will be a few spoilers throughout if you have not watched the episode yet.

2019-2020 Arrowverse Roundup - Week 7

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This week, allegiances were tested, families were torn apart, but also brought together. There were a lot of betrayals, but not a lot of costume time. These episodes really focused on the human aspect of the characters. 

Below is a breakdown of all of the Arrowverse stuff that aired this week. It is part review, part speculation, part analysis, and part rambling. It is organized in the order they aired throughout the week, so feel free to scroll down to whatever ones you watch. If you want to get caught up, you can use my Arrowverse Viewing Order guide to help you navigate!

You can read this season's previous breakdowns here.

The Mandalorian - Episode 1.02 - Chapter 2 - Review

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While "Chapter 2" was a couple minutes shorter than "Chapter 1", it seemed to accomplish a whole lot more. Rick Famuyiwa crafted wonderful action sequences, and an intimate story that pleased all of the senses.

The Mandalorian - Episode 1.01 - Chapter 1 - Review

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42 years after Star Wars changed the world (and subsequently shaped my entire life), the first live action Star Wars show is finally here. The Mandalorian comes from Iron Man and Chef filmmaker Jon Favreau. The following review will be spoiler free.

2019-2020 Arrowverse Roundup - Week 6

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This week there was the return of old villains, focus on supporting characters, and seeds planted for the future.

Below is a breakdown of all of the Arrowverse stuff that aired this week. It is part review, part speculation, part analysis, and part rambling. It is organized in the order they aired throughout the week, so feel free to scroll down to whatever ones you watch. If you want to get caught up, you can use my Arrowverse Viewing Order guide to help you navigate!

You can read this season's previous breakdowns here.


2019-2020 Arrowverse Roundup - Week 5

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Below is a breakdown of all of the Arrowverse stuff that aired this week. It is part review, part speculation, part analysis, and part rambling. It is organized in the order they aired throughout the week, so feel free to scroll down to whatever ones you watch. If you want to get caught up, you can use my Arrowverse Viewing Order guide to help you navigate!

You can read this season's previous breakdowns here.

2019-2020 Arrowverse Roundup - Week 4

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This week there was a big death, true intentions revealed, family at odds, a main character exit, and one of the most emotional moments yet. Crisis still looms large, and it is felt more so now than ever before.

Below is a breakdown of all of the Arrowverse stuff that aired this week. It is part review, part speculation, part analysis, and part rambling. It is organized in the order they aired throughout the week, so feel free to scroll down to whatever ones you watch. If you want to get caught up, you can use my Arrowverse Viewing Order guide to help you navigate!

You can read this season's previous breakdowns here.


Dolemite Is My Name - Review

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Dolemite Is My Name is a true story about comedian Rudy Ray Moore, and his rise to fame. The comedy is elevated by its cast, and brings a cult legend to the forefront with this new Netflix film.

Eddie Murphy is one of the funniest people alive. Unfortunately he hasn't had much to sink his teeth into lately that proves that fact. Luckily that all changes with Dolemite Is My Name. It is a role that showcases every one of Murphy's talents, and it pays off big time.

Dolemite has a cult following from the handful of films that showed the titular character, but this film is a good "in" for people who are unfamiliar. It lays out the story well, and Moore's journey into stardom and fame is entertaining from beginning to end. Playing a real person is always difficult, but Murphy managed to portray Moore with care and heart, while still having some signature "Eddie Murphy" moments.

Even if you aren't familiar with Moore or Dolemite, the film still resonates with…

2019-2020 Arrowverse Roundup - Week 3

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This week we had a ton of returning faces, new costumes, big revelations, and emotional resonance that took us one step closer to Crisis On Infinite Earths.

Below is a breakdown of all of the Arrowverse stuff that aired this week. It is part review, part speculation, part analysis, and part rambling. It is organized in the order they aired throughout the week, so feel free to scroll down to whatever ones you watch. If you want to get caught up, you can use my Arrowverse Viewing Order guide to help you navigate!

You can read this season's previous breakdowns here.

Jay And Silent Bob Reboot - Review

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Kevin Smith made a shared cinematic universe that featured a Stan Lee cameo long before Kevin Feige ever did it with the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Smith's "ViewAskewniverse" was a series of screwball stoner comedies, that seemingly ended with Clerks II. But everything that is old is new again, and Smith returned to his roots with the very meta Jay And Silent Bob Reboot.

2019-2020 Arrowverse Roundup - Week 2

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This week we had the start of Arrow's farewell tour, more Crisis preparations, and people being challenged in ways that they aren't used to.

Below is a breakdown of all of the Arrowverse stuff that aired this week. It is part review, part speculation, part analysis, and part rambling. It is organized in the order they aired throughout the week, so feel free to scroll down to whatever ones you watch. If you want to get caught up, you can use my Arrowverse Viewing Order guide to help you navigate!

You can read this season's previous breakdowns here.

El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie - Review

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Breaking Bad is one of the greatest television shows of all time. The way it ended was brilliant, and perfect for Walter White's story. But one character never received the closure he deserved, and that was Aaron Paul's Jesse Pinkman. El Camino provides that closure, and serves as the perfect epilogue to Breaking Bad.

2019-2020 Arrowverse Roundup - Week 1

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The Arrowverse is back for its biggest season yet! This week we saw 4 out of the 6 shows premiere, including newcomer Batwoman. There was lots of spectacle, intrigue, mythology and even a Crisis on Infinite Earths tease.

Below is a breakdown of all of the Arrowverse stuff that aired this week. It is part review, part speculation, part analysis, and part rambling. It is organized in the order they aired throughout the week, so feel free to scroll down to whatever ones you watch. If you want to get caught up, you can use my Arrowverse Viewing Order guide to help you navigate!

Joker - Review

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The "comic book movie" genre is vast, providing many different takes and feels to comic book movies. Every now and then a film comes a long to challenge the meaning of the genre, and transcend it completely. The Dark Knight did that. So did Logan and Avengers: Endgame. The latest to do that is Joker and it might be the most severe departure of the genre yet.

Ad Astra - Review

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Space adventure films have been top notch lately. Films like Gravity and The Martian take the genre and offer something new. Ad Astra is the next film in that line, and does the same thing.

Battle At Big Rock - A Jurassic World Short Film - Analysis & Review

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Jurassic Park is one of the best movies ever made. The premise was executed flawlessly, and it gave audiences something they've never seen before. The same cannot be said about the sequels, which either offered more of the same or squandered the franchise completely.

Carnival Row - Season 1 - Review

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Carnival Row is a romantic, urban, gothic, mysterious, steampunk whodunnit with a talented cast and a deep mythology that provides rich stories. The show had a lot of information that it had to get to its audience who knew nothing of the world that Travis Beacham and Rene Echevarria created. It did it masterfully, giving pieces of information that made the story consumable to the masses. It has a lived-in feel, like the first Star Wars movie did. It feels that this world actually exists, and we are just getting a peek of it.

Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw - Review

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The Fast & Furious franchise has been going longer than the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and is still going strong. 2019 brought the franchises very first spinoff in Hobbs & Shaw, a ridiculous action adventure movie that is just pure stupid fun!

The Red Sea Diving Resort - Review

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The latest Netflix film, The Red Sea Diving Resort, attempts to provide a powerful commentary on refugees by taking true events and dramatizing them so they work in a movie. The wonderful cast is the only reason this film makes it to the finish line.

The Boys - Season 1 - Review

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The market is littered with every type of superhero story and comic book adaptation available. You can find one on almost any channel, streaming service or studio that makes pretend for a living. Superhero projects are the modern day western - they come built in with a guaranteed audience.  It used to just be Marvel and DC in the game, but now all types are making their way to a screen. The Boys on Amazon Prime is the latest example of that, and it is unlike anything you've seen in the genre before.

Once Upon A Time... In Hollywood - Review

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Sometimes movies supersede being merely entertainment and become and event. The Avengers films are like that. So areStar Wars movies. But outside of that genre, there are only a handful of "event" films. Quentin Tarantino's movies are "events". His latest, Once Upon A Time... In Hollywood, is an unexpectedly sweet fairy tale that serves as a love story to 1960s Hollywood.

Fancasting THE HITCHHIKER'S GUIDE TO THE GALAXY TV Show

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The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy is getting a TV series adaptation on Hulu. Hitchhiker's has been adapted to screen before with different results. The last one was a movie in 2005 starring Martin Freeman. The book is one of my favorite books ever, and the story means a lot to me. So I am going to do a fancast of the TV series. Actors who I think would be great as the characters. This is a pipe dream, so I am obviously not expecting this to happen. The only criteria I have is that the people I choose are alive and currently working in the industry. I am only going to do some of the more prominent roles, because casting every character in the series will be tedious.

The Marvel Cinematic Universe - Phase 4 Breakdown

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At San Diego Comic Con this year, Marvel announced their Phase 4 slate. The Infinity Saga ended with Avengers: Endgame, and Phase 3 ended with Spider-Man: Far From Home. So let's talk about what the future holds for the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

The Lion King - Review

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The Lion King is very special to a lot of people. So the concept of a hyper-realistic CGI remake had people talking. Let's get this out of the way though: Regardless of what you think of this one it doesn't "ruin" the original. The 1994 classic will always stand on its own in a bubble, regardless of what comes after. The sub-par sequels didn't tarnish that film. Neither should this.

Trailer Talk: Ad Astra

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Trailers are a work of art on their own, and sometimes they can be better than the actual movie (see Suicide Squad). But for the most part, trailers do a great job selling the movie they are for. So let's look at a trailer and see what we can glean from it.

Trailer Talk: The Red Sea Diving Resort

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Trailers are a work of art on their own, and sometimes they can be better than the actual movie (see Suicide Squad). But for the most part, trailers do a great job selling the movie they are for. So let's look at a trailer and see what we can glean from it.

Point Blank - Review

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Point Blank reunites Captain America: The Winter Solider stars Anthony Mackie and Frank Grillo for a fun (albeit predictable) action romp. The Netflix original is a story about the lengths people will go for their families and that there is a lot of gray area in being "good" or "bad".

Trailer Talk: The King's Man

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Trailers are a work of art on their own, and sometimes they can be better than the actual movie (see Suicide Squad). But for the most part, trailers do a great job selling the movie they are for. So let's look at a trailer and see what we can glean from it.

Spider-Man: Far From Home - Review

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Spider-Man's second solo outing in the MCU is the first follow up to the massive universe-changing event Avengers: Endgame. The film is bigger in almost every way than Spider-Man: Homecoming, and the shadow of Iron Man looms large. Iron Man gave Far From Home its story, but he also prevented the film from reaching its full potential.

There will be some light spoilers throughout. I suggest not reading until you've seen the film. Bookmark this, and come back later!

Stranger Things - Season 3 - Review

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Netflix is becoming more and more known for their original IP. One of the biggest things to help with that identity was the launch of Stranger Things. The show was an incredible mix of 80s nostalgia, child wonder, and sci-fi horror. The second season, tried some new things with mixed results, but was overall entertaining (review here). The third season got back to basics, which resulted in the strongest season to date.

Movie Midterm - My Favorite Movies of the First Half of 2019

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The first half of 2019 had some interesting films released, both theatrically and on streaming platforms. There was a 5 or 6 week stretch that I was at the movies every weekend - sometimes twice in the same weekend. Below are my favorite films from the first half of the year. There are 3 honorable mentions, and then my 10 favorite.

Yesterday - Review

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Danny Boyle has made some wonderfully entertaining films. 28 Days Later is one of the greatest zombie movies ever made. Slumdog Millionaire is still poignant a decade later. His latest venture Yesterday was worth paying attention to due to the very interesting premise. What if one struggling musician was the only person on Earth to remember the Beatles?

Toy Story 4 - Review

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It is very rare to see a fully realized trilogy that ends as close to perfect as can be. Toy Story did that with the beautiful, poignant, and emotional Toy Story 3. So it was natural to be skeptical about Toy Story 4's existence. Luckily, most of the fears were unwarranted. Toy Story 4 is a beautiful and worthy entry into the franchise.

Jessica Jones - Season 3 - Review

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The first season Jessica Jones is some of the best television I have ever seen. I've been a fan of the character ever since, in both The Defenders and the second season of Jessica Jones. The third and final season finally aired, and while she got a complete journey, everything else in the season didn't quite land for it being the last hoorah.

Men In Black: International - Review

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Men In Blackused to be king of the summer blockbuster. The franchise has seen diminishing returns since its debut in 1997. The first Will Smith-less entry into the franchise, Men In Black: International is finally here and it gave us something familiar, but not enough new and fresh to warrant an argument for.

Good Omens - Season 1 - Review

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High concept television isn't as hard of a sell it used to be. After all, Game Of Thrones is high concept, and it was one of the most popular shows of all time. Amazon's newest show, Good Omens is deep, complex, joyous and absolutely hilarious thanks to its charming cast, brilliant writing, and strong direction. It is one of the strongest word-to-screen adaptations ever, and if you can buy into the concept, you should experience it ASAP.

Godzilla: King Of The Monsters - Review

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Godzilla is a property that will never go away. It has been around for decades, and will always be in the pop culture lexicon in some way. The latest version, Godzilla: King Of The Monsters shows that the franchise still has a bit more work to do.

Rim Of The World - Review

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This review was originally published on RevengeOfTheFans.com

Netflix’s newest film, Rim of the World is an adventure filled with emotion and excitement. The intrigue, heart, humor and spectacle of the characters are what makes this story tick. The film, written by Zack Stentz and directed by McG, has a Spielbergian sense of adventure, with a John Hughes coming-of-age feel. It’s a throwback to the 80s, with a modern sensibility.

Aladdin - Review

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Another Disney live action remake of one of their animated classics was released this month in the form of Aladdin. While I had my reservations about Guy Ritchie’s live action version, for the most part it was a perfectly entertaining crowd pleaser that did exactly what it was supposed to.

2018-2019 Arrowverse Roundup - Week 28 Review

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Both finales did exactly what they needed to. The Arrowverse is officially over for the summer now. While there were some struggles along the way, the endings were satisfying. There were some surprises, and actually some connective tissue between the two finales as one character appeared in both. You can read my thoughts below, which is more "overall thoughts" than a straight review.

You can read all of this season's Arrowverse reviews right here.

John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum - Review

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There are a few movies each generation that reinvents the genre it is classified in. In 2014, John Wick did that for the action genre. While John Wick: Chapter 2 expanded the mythology of the universe, it was a bit uneven when it came to the balance of storytelling and action. Luckily, John Wick: Chapter 3is perfectly balanced.