My son has had a fascination with space this year, so when an eight year old comes out of a true story movie loving every second, that says something. First Man was a bit slow in parts. There were some scenes where if you have vertigo, you may want to close your eyes. Despite thinking you know what’s going to happen because you may know a lot about the Apollo program, well think again.
Ryan Gosling was not the only stellar cast member. Everyone in the film did such a fantastic job that I’m shocked it hasn’t been nominated for an Oscar. Oh wait, no I’m not. The Oscars only put what and who they want up there even if no one has seen the films. Okay, ranting aside, First Man definitely deserved a nomination on so many levels.
Yes, it’s based on the true story of Neil Armstrong, but it delves into his family life, and the stresses he went through. It wasn’t an easy trek for him to achieve the status he did and become the first man on the moon.
I had no complaints about this film, other than the fact that the conspiracy loving part of me wishes they would have touched on some of those doctored NASA photos of the moon and flight recordings of him and Buzz Aldrin talking about seeing objects outside of the shuttle. That would have detracted from what they were going for, so I understand why they didn’t… but still.. we all want and need answers.
I may have shed a tear of joy when he stepped on the moon after seeing all that built up to it. Kudos to the director and cast for a job well done. I give the movie 5 out of 5 sCrypt ratings. What did you think of First Man? Comment below with your thoughts.
Bird Box was something I decided to check out when I had a rare few hours to burn when I wasn’t writing. I had heard about the stupid challenge people have been getting hurt doing, and figured I’d check out the source material.
As far as a movie with suspense, this has plenty of it. There’s a good dynamic of flashback and present telling that make it flow well. I was hooked in the first five minutes. Sandra Bullock and cast really made the film, and I felt for the child actors involved. It was an emotionally charged plot.
The story itself was decent enough, but I feel it fell flat in a few places. There really was no explanation as to what the “creatures” were other than the aspiring author character’s thoughts on it. That wasn’t presented as fact, so you are just left assuming he knew all about it. Why were some people committing suicide, while others were trying to convince people to open their minds to the “demons?” Again… there was no explanation for this.
Despite that, there was enough to keep me interested all the way until the credits rolled. The ending itself was a little underwhelming. Without explanations and too many questions left up in the air, I desired to see one of these things. Obviously the directors chose not to show because for the characters, they all saw something different. It just had too abrupt an ending with loose ends obviously designed to rope in enough interest for a sequel.
If you’re bored and want something interesting, then this is a must see, but if you’re looking for closure and something substantial, then I’d skip it. I give Bird Box a 2.5 out of 5 sCrypt ratings, which would have lost another point if the acting wasn’t so superb.
What were your thoughts? Comment below.
I grew up watching reruns of the original series, and the remake series that came out briefly in the late 80s. The films have also been a guilty pleasure of mine. In some cases I thought they fell a little flat, but for the most part this film series has been a lot of fun. So how do I think the sixth installment turned out?
Fallout was definitely a strong entry in the series. I don’t think it was the best of the batch, but it ranks high on the list. Tom Cruise again does an amazing job as Ethan Hunt. The returning cast members also excel in their roles, and I’m glad to finally see Ving Rhames’ character Luther get some more screen time. Lacking however was Jeremy Renner’s role. Like other MI movies, he was the character that somehow wasn’t present (probably saving the world as an Avenger or something). The additions made up for it though. Angela Basset and Henry Cavill were great additions, and for the first time we have the return of a previous film’s villain.
I don’t want to give away too much about that, so I’ll move on. Stunt wise the movie was on par with being a little over the top unbelievable, but that is what makes these films so fun to watch. They also wrapped up a previous story line that dates back to a few movies ago with Ethan’s love life. I’m glad to see closure there. There were a couple surprises especially with the fate of a certain character.
Overall, I enjoyed it and it will fit nicely on my dvd shelf next to the other 5 films. Audiences must have loved it too because they are filming the 7th and 8th movie back to back from what I hear. I don’t know how many more Cruise has in him, but with the way they bring in new characters I could see this lasting a long time, and it’s a franchise I hope sticks around the way that 007 does.
I give it 3.5 out of 5 sCrypt ratings. What did you think of Mission Impossible: Fallout? Comment below with your thoughts.
As a lifelong fan of the Rocky franchise, it was inevitable that I’d see Creed 2. Throw in the bonus that my wife was in the movie, made it that much more enjoyable for me to watch.
While the first Creed movie did a good job of showing the origin of Michael B Jordan’s character, the second film goes beyond that and firmly sets him into the lead role. No longer is he overshadowed by Sly Stallone’s Rocky Balboa. Adonis Creed now stands on his own. He’s set firmly in place, and in a way that I hope will continue to carry this franchise for years to come.
Creed 2 is almost a direct sequel to Rocky 4 in many ways, and while Dolph Lundgren’s Ivan Drago didn’t have much substance in that prior movie, he’s given much more to work with here. In fact they humanize him and his son in a way where I could see fans wanting to see more of the pair in a spinoff or return further down the line.
The drama in this film plays nicely with the brutal action, humor, and touching moments. My only complaint is that I wish there would have been a physical confrontation of some sorts between Ivan Drago and Rocky Balboa, but in a way I’m glad they didn’t. It would have just taken away from establishing Adonis Creed’s legacy.
I give Creed 2 a score of 4.5 out of 5 sCrypt ratings. Here’s to hoping for Creed III soon, and maybe even a prequel about Mickey in the early 1900s.
Luke Cage continues to be one of my favorite Netflix marvel shows. This season took what made the first season good, and made it better. It doesn’t drag as much, and the story continued to draw me in. Could it have been a few episodes shorter? Sure, but that doesn’t mean that it wasn’t chock full of good writing.
The use of the characters was executed well to where the viewer can feel a connection with them all. Bushmaster, Nightshade, Shades, Misty Knight, and Maria Stokes (Dillard) all served an equal part of the plot. Some were set up for more future usage, but the most interesting part is how Luke was left at the end of the season. Will he become a villain? It’s doubtful, but it sure as heck looks like he’ll be going down a darker path.
I refuse to say much more than this because it really summarizes how I feel about the season. One thing I can add though is the episode with Danny Rand showing up really has me excited for Iron Fist Season 2. In the meantime, I’ll be happy with Luke Cage and give season 2 of his show 4 out of 5 sCrypt ratings.
What were your thoughts? Comment below, so we can discuss.
I didn’t expect much more than a fun popcorn flick going into Ant-man and The Wasp, and that’s exactly what I got. As far as Marvel movies go, it doesn’t rank that high on the scale, but that doesn’t mean it is a bad movie. In fact, it is a lot of fun from start to finish.
Paul Rudd (Scott Lang) and Michael Douglas (Hank Pym) shine as both Ant-Mans, but Evangeline Lilly is really the one who makes the movie that much more enjoyable. As the Wasp, a hero long overdue in the eyes of Marvel fanatics, she is the balance to the chaotic men of the story. While Hank Pym is an overeager scientist who holds one too many grudges, Scott Lang is a goofy dad who comes off as a bit of a dolt. Hope (Lilly’s character) seems to be the only one who can bring either of these men to focus on the task ahead.
Herein lies my problem with the film… In the first movie, Lang had a bit of knowledge of how engineering and science work, but in the sequel they seemed to have scrapped all of that. Also in the first film, Pym mentioned that he couldn’t shrink any more because of the many years of doing it taking a toll on his body. It could be fatal to him. But then we see him step into the quantum realm in a new Ant-Man suit. Now maybe this suit cancels those negative effects, but without mentioning it is a slight issue for those who have seen both. If you haven’t seen the first and only see this one, then these aren’t real problems.
Other notable points of interest in the movie were Michelle Pfeiffer’s Janet Van Dyne/Wasp and Laurence Fishburn’s Bill Foster/Goliath. I love how both were introduced with a past, even if they were a bit underutilized in the film.
As far as villains go, well Sonny Burch was not much of a challenge but worked well to counter Luis and the X-Con security guys. Ghost is less a villain than she is an obstacle, and it’ll be interesting to see where they take her from here on out.
With all Marvel movies, Stan Lee’s cameo was funny as usual, and the mid credits scene brought a heavy weight with it. Slight spoiler, it has to do with Infinity War’s Thanos snap, and is almost as if everything Ant-Man worked for in this movie is gone (at least for the time being). The post credit scene was less than amusing. As a matter of fact it is one that actually irritated me because it was just a throwaway gag that made little sense.
Overall I give Ant-Man and the Wasp a 3 out of 5 sCrypt ratings. It was fun, non-stop action, and a different feel to the rest of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
What did you think? Did you see anything in the quantum realm? Supposedly there are hidden things there (I think I spotted one, but am not really sure what it was). Comment below with your thoughts.
The Tomb Raider movies prior to this year’s film of the same name with Alicia Vikander in the role of Lara Croft, weren’t much to remember. They were just fun popcorn flicks. It’s because of those that I went into this movie with low expectations, but as a huge fan of the video games I had to give it a shot. I’m glad that I did.
With a surprisingly long run time for this film (just under 2 hours), it felt refreshing and human. Vikander’s Croft is much more relatable, giving the audience a character they care about. You can see her humanity. She’s not a super hero, and while she does perform some impossible things, she doesn’t come out of it unscathed.
This really shows the origin of a great character, and how she became wrapped up in the archaeological world. Tomb Raider 2018 may not be as good as the Indiana Jones movies, but it separates itself as a solid stand alone piece that is highly enjoyable.
I personally look forward to a sequel, and who knows… with all these crossovers, and an inevitable Indiana Jones reboot some day, maybe we will see Indy and Lara team up. In the mean time this will keep audiences pleased. I rate it with 3 out of 5 sCrypt ratings. It’s not the best movie out there, but it certainly ranks high on the fun film scale.
What did you think? Comment below with your thoughts.
Unlike the other DC TV shows that I reviewed a few days ago, Gotham has potential. Sure, it’s been eye rolling and frustrating to comic book fans at times, but season 4 makes up for a lot of that. Warning that there are some spoilers ahead.
This season did a great job of really delving into some of the lore that makes Batman who he is. Although there were some episodes that dragged (Barbara getting the Demon’s Head was a horrible plot point), most of them kept me wanting to watch more.
By the season’s end we get to see who will actually become the Joker. He isn’t the Joker yet, but this take on him really shows him as the Red Hood without wearing the hood. We’ve got multiple cliffhangers. Butch will surely become Solomon Grundy again, Penguin will have his empire back, Riddler and Lee will be in debted to Hugo Strange and Penguin, Selina will undoubtedly have survived and used up one of her nine lives, Gotham is looking to be “No Man’s Land” straight from the comics, villains like Firefly and Mr. Freeze are on the loose and ready to make their marks, Bruce Wayne and Gordon standing on the rooftop near the spotlight is a bit of a foreshadowing, and everything is set up for a good conclusion to the prequel show. The next season is said to be the final one with Bruce finally becoming Batman, probably resulting in Jeremiah becoming the Joker, and so much more anticipated comic book accurate points. At least that’s what we can hope for.
For Season 4 of Gotham, I have to give it a high score of 4 out of 5 sCrypt ratings. Perhaps it’s because the CW has left such a bad watching experience that I’m willing to accept what Gotham has given us, but I think that the writers of this show really care about what they are working with, at least to some degree. What did you think of this season? Do you agree or disagree? Comment below and share your thoughts.
While the first season was a great interpretation and reinvention of one of my favorite movie franchises, Lethal Weapon season 2 goes beyond that.
In a quick review that will have some spoilers I must say that season 2 makes a very emotional connection with the audience. I’ve found myself invested in the characters and really enjoying the story telling. The mixture of action, humor, and ongoing plot points continues to reel me in.
Then I heard that co-lead actor Clayne Crawford would not be returning as Martin Riggs after being fired. Originally I was mortified that this was true. How could you have Lethal Weapon without Riggs and Murtaugh? Well while we don’t have definitive answers short of Seann William Scott replacing Crawford as a lead, I think the finale of season 2 gives us a hint of what we will have. Perhaps there will be a new Riggs coming aboard, related to the main character and in a tasteful and hopefully non-forced sort of way. We can only hope there will be chemistry between him and Wayons (who continues to be outstanding in his role). I’m assuming Murtaugh will not take the Captain position in order to solve the murder of his former partner?
For season 2 I give it 5 out of 5 sCrypt ratings. What did you think of the show and where do you think they can and will go from here?
This review will cover the current “Arrowverse” seasons including: Arrow (season 6), The Flash (season 4), Supergirl (season 3), Legends of Tomorrow (season 3), & Black Lightning (season 1). This excludes the crossover episode that I reviewed a few months back, but focuses on the main series’ separate story arcs.
Arrow this season had quite a few high points, and very little low. High points are Ricardo Diaz (Richard Dragon), the breakup of team Arrow, Ollie’s solo crusade, Detective Lance’s goal to turn Black Siren into someone more like his Laurel, Black Siren’s story arc, Oliver as a father, Diggle becoming an Argus agent, Rene being more like a father and his emotional side, Christopher Chance as the Human Target, and the pace of the season leading up to an explosive and shocking finale with some really great decisions albeit heartbreaking ones. The parts of this season that didn’t work… Everyone complaining about Oliver as the Green Arrow. His decisions might not all have been perfect, but the man’s crusade has definitely been for the greater good. Oliver and Felicity getting married. Just stop already. It’s annoying, and she works better as a separate entity not with him. Also are we just supposed to believe she will jump in and play mommy role to Oliver’s son? I guess so. Two Black Canary type figures. They need to decide who to get rid of because it’s too much. Make the new Laurel what the old was supposed to be, and it’ll work better. And finally, Mister Terrific. He’s so clichéd at this point its not even enjoyable to watch him. He barely has a role other than to fill in the gay guy part, and that is over played in bad taste. All in all, I give the season 4 out of 5 sCrypt ratings.
The Flash like arrow this season was overall enjoyable. The good parts of the show were the mystery girl who turned out to be Iris and Barry’s daughter from the future. It was short but kept me wondering. Ralph Dibney (Elongated Man) as an addition to the team is far more enjoyable than some of the other members. He adds a new personality that differs from the rest of the cast making him a breath of fresh air. The Mad Thinker as the villain worked in so many ways and finally gave us someone who wasn’t a speedster. Here’s what didn’t work… The whole Killer Frost thing. It felt very forced as if they just didn’t know whether to choose to keep her as a hero and piss everyone off or have her stone cold villain and lose their precious Kaitlyn. Get over it already and do the thing actual comic fans want. Iris as team leader is just stupid and takes away from that character. H.R. was great as usual, but there were times where I felt he just didn’t fit into the story. I give this season 4 out of 5 sCrypt ratings for the fact that they finally did something different, and didn’t get too involved in controversial things.
Legends of Tomorrow was better than its previous seasons but I still wonder why it’s on. It began strong with me thinking they were going to address how they have no concept of time travel and how it logically would work, but they scrapped that right after the first episode and went back to pure garbage. If anything at this point they shouldn’t even exist in the same reality as the other shows because they’ve screwed things up from their actions… but that is all ignored by lazy story telling. The writers only care to push their agendas from anti-Trump nonsense to shoving lesbian plots into places where a relationship doesn’t work no matter what the character’s orientation. As a man who is very middle ground, open minded to all, and offended at any extreme left or right political push, this bothers me a lot. It’s to the point where a guy who has loved comics from when he was a kid can’t even get away from this real life problem by watching a show that’s supposed to be enjoyable. One good thing they did was to bring Constantine in for a few episodes, and give Wally West a role that is much better suited than on The Flash. I give Legends 1 out of 5 sCrypt ratings.
Supergirl is slightly better now that they’ve focused less on relationships and more on story. My problem with this season is that it fell flat with the rip off Smallville Doomsday plot. They just keep reusing Superman’s villains or doing a new take. It’s not even creative at this point. What saved the show this year was the introduction of the Legion, and having Martian Manhunter’s father losing his memory. That is something that connects with all viewers and not just a certain crowd. Supergirl was overly hard to watch though because it focuses less on the main character and more on her supporting ones. I give it 1 out of 5 sCrypt ratings.
Black Lightning is the new addition to the universe, but he’s not much more than a wannabe Luke Cage. Sure, the characters are different, but the theme of the show goes for that feel. Here’s where it shines… The actors are all very excellent in their roles and Tobias Whale is a great villain. Where it falls is everywhere else. The political things that I’ve mentioned earlier go even more here to the point of making it seem like every cop is bad, most people are racist, and in order to stand up for what we believe we should condone violent protests. It’s just downright appalling to me that the writers really think this is okay. Touching on a subject is fine, but making it something for you to spread your message is not entertaining by any means. Black Lightning is a little bit better than the other two shows, but not by much. I give it 2 out of 5 sCrypt ratings.
In Conclusion I must admit that I don’t know if I’ll be watching the last three shows mentioned next season. I’ve almost given up on Arrow a few times, but it reels me back in. The Flash is stale at times, but has interesting rogues. These others though are just a platform for close minded liberal attacks on anyone who doesn’t agree with them. I mean who are they gearing this toward? I honestly think that they believe everyone needs to think like they do or F%#$ off. From a man who is open to all beliefs and people, who is also a comic book nerd from youth, people like me should be one of the target audiences. Sadly we are not. In fact I’m sure most people can’t even stomach watching it even when we agree (and yes there were times when I agreed). It just shouldn’t be what it is and they’ve taken a great idea and universe and made it painful to watch. Even worse is that I just don’t care about it any more. I have seen how many people have just stopped watching these things, and now I know why. For what might be my last review of these shows with writers who have no concept of how entertainment works, I give the whole DCTVCWverse this season a 2.5 out of 5 sCrypt ratings.
What did you think? Feel free to comment below whether you agree or disagree.