I missed last weekend’s box office report but it’s back with a vengeance! Just as a reminder, on my Box Office Report, I run down the top 5 cash making movies over the past weekend and why I thought they got there. Then I give my estimations for next week’s numbers.

5. The Best of Me- This is the first big romance flick released in a while, but thankfully that crowd seems to be sick of Nicholas Sparks and that tired sub-genre of romantic films. This is the weekest openning for a Nicholas Sparks movie yet.

4. Alexander- The family crowds are still into Alexander this weekend. The Steve Carrell fami

Major Movie Review: Gone Girl

 David Fincher is one of a few directors making movies today that when I hear they have a movie coming out, I have to watch it in the theatre. Fight Club, The Social Network, and Se7en are some of my favorite films ever so I think it gods without seeing, Gone Girl had some pretty builtup hype for me. Was it another Fincher masterpiece? Or a super long bread crumb trail leading to nowhere?

Nick (Ben Affleck) and Amy Dunne (Rosamund Pike) are a married couple of writers living in suburban Missouri, they have this gorgeous house, nice things, a pretty cat. These two are a picture perfect and beautiful looking couple. On the day of their 5 year anniversary, when Nick is coming home from a morning out, he sees a signs in house of a possible break in and struggle and his wife, Amy, is nowhere to be found. What starts as a simple phone call to the police soon grows into a full on missing persons case with mass media coverage and publicity for the husband in the middle of this all. At the same time, you have Detective Boney (Kim Dickens) who’s in charge of the investigation who may or may not believe that Nick is involved. In an act of desperation, Nick hire’s superstar lawyer, Tanner Bolt (Tyler Perry), to defend his case. Good luck trying to piece together this mystery as you go because twists and turns are aplenty as you try to figure out where is this woman and what exactly happened to her?

David Fincher is without a doubt one of the true master filmmakers in the business today. A new movie of his is more of an event to me than just a simple film release. His dedication to perfection and producong some of the best looking films out there has never been more evident as it is in Gone Girl. Fincher has succeeded in the past with movies that have a more unique narrative than usual, look at Fight Club or Benjamin Button. Here he his direction compliments the film’s script so nicely and flawlessly. That’s a tremendous positive for a movie that runs over 2 and a half hours! The movie had some elements of black comedy that I thought balanced just right with just how emotionally dark the story gets. Again, my compliments to Mr. Fincher for helming such a perfecly fluid story.

Now before last night, my biggest draw out of the cast was Ben BATFFLECK as I now call him. He’s our next Batman! So anything he’s in until he rocks the mask, I will immediately look forward to. His project choices have been great in the past few years and the improvement can also be said for his acting. Here he’s great as Nick Dunne, his performance was suprisingly subtle but let me tell you what made his performance great. For a great majority of this movie while everybody’s trying to figure out whether Nick took out his wife or not, you as viewer are also struggling to figure this guy out. Ben Affleck really gives his character both the charm and furiosity to leave both possibilites that he did and didn’t do it possible. Affleck didn’t disappoint but it’s Rosamund Pike that owns this movie as Amy. For the first half of the film, you only see Amy through flashbacks or through voice over narrative, which I thought she handled very well. Just like ScarJo impressed with her vocal acting in Her, Rosamund Pike’s voice over alone was electrifying enough. But it’s when she has more of her own screen time that this woman puts on her best showing. I can’t get into her performance too much as I don’t wanna spoil anything about the plot, but she has the best performance of movie and one of the best of the year so far! Tyler freakin Perry is in the movie and even he was great, how often can you honestly say that about him in a movie? His character was funny, smart, he had great back and forth with Affleck and comletely owned this role. NPH plays a ex-boyfriend character, I thought he was ok, however when the rest of the cast is this great he did seem a bit miscast.

One of my favorite things this movie did was its portrayal of how the media can really effect how we view these extremely common stories we see in the news these days and how we never really know the whole story behind anything we see on CNN or Fox News. It often feels horrifying to realize this but as I said with this film’s tone changes, view points are changed once the full picture comes into view. The scene where Nick and Amy’s parents have to speak in front of TV cameras for the first time to me at first came off as just awkward and maybe a bit over the top. However as the scene progressed and I thought about it more, the more I saw the satire and deliciously dark humor that comes through. The movie refrences how characters love reality TV and ultimately isn’t that what all these huge, real world news stories are? A glorified MTV reality documentary feauturing Dr. Drew! I love it when a film has something to say about topics like the media or even something as relatable and relevant as marriage and domestic partnership and Gone Girl discusses and travels these topics so well and sharply. 

Use the bathroom before viewing folks, this is a long one! But hey there’s a reason why I can watch something like Return of the King, in all it’s extended glory, 3 times in 1 day without a break and that’s because it’s an absolutely great film. Gone Girl is in the same ball park for me! You’re entirely engrossed in the plot and every plot twist is like a treat that keeps me focused and interested. As the movie progressed and more and more of the plot unraveled, I kept getting more and more shocked and feeling more violated. It’s a roller coaster good time!

This is the first great mystery movie of the year. I kept scratching my chin trying to crack this case as if I was a cop in the movie. It’s also very entertaining with some excellent performances highlighted by star Rosamund Pike’s Oscar worthy showing. David Fincher has again crafted a masterful film that was one hell of a theatre experience. It might not live on with a legacy like Fight Club or Se7en, but it’s a powerful film that demands a viewing. Look out for Gone Girl this upcoming award season, because Gone Girl gets a “GOTTA F*CKING WATCH IT!”

Have you guys seen Fincher’s latest? What’s your take on Gone Girl whether you loved it or hated it. What’s your favorite David Fincher film? Drop a comment and LET’S TALK MOVIES!

Major Movie Review: Gone Girl

David Fincher is one of a few directors making movies today that when I hear they have a movie coming out, I have to watch it in the theatre. Fight Club, The Social Network, and Se7en are some of my favorite films ever so I think it gods without seeing, Gone Girl had some pretty builtup hype for me. Was it another Fincher masterpiece? Or a super long bread crumb trail leading to nowhere?

Nick (Ben Affleck) and Amy Dunne (Rosamund Pike) are a married couple of writers living in suburban Missouri, they have this gorgeous house, nice things, a pretty cat. These two are a picture perfect and beautiful looking couple. On the day of their 5 year anniversary, when Nick is coming home from a morning out, he sees a signs in house of a possible break in and struggle and his wife, Amy, is nowhere to be found. What starts as a simple phone call to the police soon grows into a full on missing persons case with mass media coverage and publicity for the husband in the middle of this all. At the same time, you have Detective Boney (Kim Dickens) who’s in charge of the investigation who may or may not believe that Nick is involved. In an act of desperation, Nick hire’s superstar lawyer, Tanner Bolt (Tyler Perry), to defend his case. Good luck trying to piece together this mystery as you go because twists and turns are aplenty as you try to figure out where is this woman and what exactly happened to her?

David Fincher is without a doubt one of the true master filmmakers in the business today. A new movie of his is more of an event to me than just a simple film release. His dedication to perfection and producong some of the best looking films out there has never been more evident as it is in Gone Girl. Fincher has succeeded in the past with movies that have a more unique narrative than usual, look at Fight Club or Benjamin Button. Here he his direction compliments the film’s script so nicely and flawlessly. That’s a tremendous positive for a movie that runs over 2 and a half hours! The movie had some elements of black comedy that I thought balanced just right with just how emotionally dark the story gets. Again, my compliments to Mr. Fincher for helming such a perfecly fluid story.

Now before last night, my biggest draw out of the cast was Ben BATFFLECK as I now call him. He’s our next Batman! So anything he’s in until he rocks the mask, I will immediately look forward to. His project choices have been great in the past few years and the improvement can also be said for his acting. Here he’s great as Nick Dunne, his performance was suprisingly subtle but let me tell you what made his performance great. For a great majority of this movie while everybody’s trying to figure out whether Nick took out his wife or not, you as viewer are also struggling to figure this guy out. Ben Affleck really gives his character both the charm and furiosity to leave both possibilites that he did and didn’t do it possible. Affleck didn’t disappoint but it’s Rosamund Pike that owns this movie as Amy. For the first half of the film, you only see Amy through flashbacks or through voice over narrative, which I thought she handled very well. Just like ScarJo impressed with her vocal acting in Her, Rosamund Pike’s voice over alone was electrifying enough. But it’s when she has more of her own screen time that this woman puts on her best showing. I can’t get into her performance too much as I don’t wanna spoil anything about the plot, but she has the best performance of movie and one of the best of the year so far! Tyler freakin Perry is in the movie and even he was great, how often can you honestly say that about him in a movie? His character was funny, smart, he had great back and forth with Affleck and comletely owned this role. NPH plays a ex-boyfriend character, I thought he was ok, however when the rest of the cast is this great he did seem a bit miscast.

One of my favorite things this movie did was its portrayal of how the media can really effect how we view these extremely common stories we see in the news these days and how we never really know the whole story behind anything we see on CNN or Fox News. It often feels horrifying to realize this but as I said with this film’s tone changes, view points are changed once the full picture comes into view. The scene where Nick and Amy’s parents have to speak in front of TV cameras for the first time to me at first came off as just awkward and maybe a bit over the top. However as the scene progressed and I thought about it more, the more I saw the satire and deliciously dark humor that comes through. The movie refrences how characters love reality TV and ultimately isn’t that what all these huge, real world news stories are? A glorified MTV reality documentary feauturing Dr. Drew! I love it when a film has something to say about topics like the media or even something as relatable and relevant as marriage and domestic partnership and Gone Girl discusses and travels these topics so well and sharply.

Use the bathroom before viewing folks, this is a long one! But hey there’s a reason why I can watch something like Return of the King, in all it’s extended glory, 3 times in 1 day without a break and that’s because it’s an absolutely great film. Gone Girl is in the same ball park for me! You’re entirely engrossed in the plot and every plot twist is like a treat that keeps me focused and interested. As the movie progressed and more and more of the plot unraveled, I kept getting more and more shocked and feeling more violated. It’s a roller coaster good time!

This is the first great mystery movie of the year. I kept scratching my chin trying to crack this case as if I was a cop in the movie. It’s also very entertaining with some excellent performances highlighted by star Rosamund Pike’s Oscar worthy showing. David Fincher has again crafted a masterful film that was one hell of a theatre experience. It might not live on with a legacy like Fight Club or Se7en, but it’s a powerful film that demands a viewing. Look out for Gone Girl this upcoming award season, because Gone Girl gets a “GOTTA F*CKING WATCH IT!”

Have you guys seen Fincher’s latest? What’s your take on Gone Girl whether you loved it or hated it. What’s your favorite David Fincher film? Drop a comment and LET’S TALK MOVIES!

Major TV Review: The Walking Dead  Season 4
WARNING:SPOILERS

So how far can a horror drama television series keep it’s hot streak going? Within the last week or so I’ve shared my opinion about every complete season of The Walking Dead and now I have finally reached my Season 4 review. So after such a great Season 3, my 2nd favorite so far, did Season 4 continue my Walker high or was it bump in the road?

Woodbury is gone and the evil Governor (David Morrissey) has been kicked out of his seat of power. Life at the prison might just have just become a haven for Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln) and the gang, as I’ ve been refering them. Tyreese(Chad Coleman) and his sister have made a home with them as did the innocent residents of Woodbury. One day, this insanely harsh flu starts to infect the prison residents left and right. It causes seperation, loss, and for supposed friends to do some tragic deeds.
But you know what? This flu story line barely scratches what we explore here. We get a the One Eyed Fiend returning with a bang! Not to mention an entire 2nd half that has our heroes lose their prison home, become randomly scattered amd seperated and off to a place called Terminus.

Season 3 ended with a huge lukewarm reception from fans. People didn’t get the huge, epic shootout between Woodbury and the Prison like they were expecting, Andrea ended up being a bit of an annoyance, and the season itself was called long and drawn out. Well let me just say right off the bat, I thought this season was the greatest by far! I thought it improved on already great character development, had really gripping drama and some of the best zombie horror and action on TV. If you’re this far into WD, then you’re probably aware of how any character, no matter how awesome, can be up for a kill off! Well there’s a death that happens MID-SEASON that kicked me in the nuts! When that blade first hit and the audio became distorted, my god I had a moment! 

Which brings me to the action and direction. Anybody who had complaints of the lack of a big epic conclusion to last season can sleep happy knowing that we get the biggest and best action sequence in the entire series so far, at the prison that sends all these characters in different directions. I thought this was the fastest paced season, we get so much content end story. You get all these huge story lines like the flu outbreak and the Governor returning for revenge that will build and build for a few episodes but then you’ll get a handful of episodes, like my personal favorite “The Grove”, that focused on characters Tyreese and Carol (Melissa McBride) and the girls they have with them. It’s a heartbreaking and tough episode that had tremendous acting and gorgeous direction.

The entire cast is great, there isn’t much of a weak role this entire season. Morrissey as the Governor is back and even greater as villain. Melissa McBride has her best season yet as Carol, who is slowly rising as a favorite character of mine. Steven Yeun as Glenn, is also becoming a great character to watch. Chandler Riggs is fitting even better into his role as Carl, he has great chemistry with his dad and Michonne (Danai Gurira) who is also really good. Fan favorite, Daryl Dixon (Norman Reedus) is badass and even has some heartfelt moments that further his awesomness.

Just like I couldn’t find a flaw in the performances, the technical work, the cinematography, the soundtrack and of course make up are movie quality fine. When you have the characters seperate from each other, there are some gorgeous settings that also fit the grim, post-apocalyptic time the show is famous for. The beautiful atmosphere is complimented by the usual great music that come from haunting and sweat inducing scores to an awesome tune to end an episode. At this point it seems redundant to bring up how great the make-up and special effects are in this show, even when you note that it’s for television. Zombie make-up and deaths are as gruesome and epic as ever and are sure to make for an awesome montage on The Talking Dead.

I honestly couldn’t tell you a thing I found wrong with this fantastic show. It pretty much improves on problems that people may have had with the show in the past. It has plenty of nail biting action, you’re almost never stuck in one setting for more than 4 episodes but The Walking Dead is still filled with incredible writing and acting all of which makes damn fine twelevision. The Walking Dead is more than a show that’ll please horror junkies or zombie fans. It’s a show about the human characters, at the core, and that’s what makes this show as great and as popular as it is. Season 4 is everything great about this show. It’s tragic, suspensful, inspiring and even moving, which isn’t something often said about anything involving walking, flesh eating corpses. Season 4, of course, gets a “GOTTA F*CKING SEE IT!”

What say yall!? Are you this far into WD? What did you think of this insane season and what was your favorite moment from THE ENTIRE show? Who’s your favorite character? Drop a comment and LET’S TALK TV!

Major TV Review: The Walking Dead Season 4
WARNING:SPOILERS

So how far can a horror drama television series keep it’s hot streak going? Within the last week or so I’ve shared my opinion about every complete season of The Walking Dead and now I have finally reached my Season 4 review. So after such a great Season 3, my 2nd favorite so far, did Season 4 continue my Walker high or was it bump in the road?

Woodbury is gone and the evil Governor (David Morrissey) has been kicked out of his seat of power. Life at the prison might just have just become a haven for Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln) and the gang, as I’ ve been refering them. Tyreese(Chad Coleman) and his sister have made a home with them as did the innocent residents of Woodbury. One day, this insanely harsh flu starts to infect the prison residents left and right. It causes seperation, loss, and for supposed friends to do some tragic deeds.
But you know what? This flu story line barely scratches what we explore here. We get a the One Eyed Fiend returning with a bang! Not to mention an entire 2nd half that has our heroes lose their prison home, become randomly scattered amd seperated and off to a place called Terminus.

Season 3 ended with a huge lukewarm reception from fans. People didn’t get the huge, epic shootout between Woodbury and the Prison like they were expecting, Andrea ended up being a bit of an annoyance, and the season itself was called long and drawn out. Well let me just say right off the bat, I thought this season was the greatest by far! I thought it improved on already great character development, had really gripping drama and some of the best zombie horror and action on TV. If you’re this far into WD, then you’re probably aware of how any character, no matter how awesome, can be up for a kill off! Well there’s a death that happens MID-SEASON that kicked me in the nuts! When that blade first hit and the audio became distorted, my god I had a moment!

Which brings me to the action and direction. Anybody who had complaints of the lack of a big epic conclusion to last season can sleep happy knowing that we get the biggest and best action sequence in the entire series so far, at the prison that sends all these characters in different directions. I thought this was the fastest paced season, we get so much content end story. You get all these huge story lines like the flu outbreak and the Governor returning for revenge that will build and build for a few episodes but then you’ll get a handful of episodes, like my personal favorite “The Grove”, that focused on characters Tyreese and Carol (Melissa McBride) and the girls they have with them. It’s a heartbreaking and tough episode that had tremendous acting and gorgeous direction.

The entire cast is great, there isn’t much of a weak role this entire season. Morrissey as the Governor is back and even greater as villain. Melissa McBride has her best season yet as Carol, who is slowly rising as a favorite character of mine. Steven Yeun as Glenn, is also becoming a great character to watch. Chandler Riggs is fitting even better into his role as Carl, he has great chemistry with his dad and Michonne (Danai Gurira) who is also really good. Fan favorite, Daryl Dixon (Norman Reedus) is badass and even has some heartfelt moments that further his awesomness.

Just like I couldn’t find a flaw in the performances, the technical work, the cinematography, the soundtrack and of course make up are movie quality fine. When you have the characters seperate from each other, there are some gorgeous settings that also fit the grim, post-apocalyptic time the show is famous for. The beautiful atmosphere is complimented by the usual great music that come from haunting and sweat inducing scores to an awesome tune to end an episode. At this point it seems redundant to bring up how great the make-up and special effects are in this show, even when you note that it’s for television. Zombie make-up and deaths are as gruesome and epic as ever and are sure to make for an awesome montage on The Talking Dead.

I honestly couldn’t tell you a thing I found wrong with this fantastic show. It pretty much improves on problems that people may have had with the show in the past. It has plenty of nail biting action, you’re almost never stuck in one setting for more than 4 episodes but The Walking Dead is still filled with incredible writing and acting all of which makes damn fine twelevision. The Walking Dead is more than a show that’ll please horror junkies or zombie fans. It’s a show about the human characters, at the core, and that’s what makes this show as great and as popular as it is. Season 4 is everything great about this show. It’s tragic, suspensful, inspiring and even moving, which isn’t something often said about anything involving walking, flesh eating corpses. Season 4, of course, gets a “GOTTA F*CKING SEE IT!”

What say yall!? Are you this far into WD? What did you think of this insane season and what was your favorite moment from THE ENTIRE show? Who’s your favorite character? Drop a comment and LET’S TALK TV!

Major TV Review: The Walking Dead Season 3
WARNING:SPOILERS

Continuing with my reviews of each season of The Walking, we finally get to what is, to me personally, the best season of the Walking Dead. No teaser needed her folks. It’s a special season, what are MY thoughts?! Aww well if you insist 😆

Season 2 and all it’s heatbreak has come and gone. Secrets have shown their ugly faces and the after math has effected nearly everyone. With nobody else arguing, Rick has taken sole leader duties of the group and if you remember the little teaser at the very end of Season 2, you’ll remember the shot of the prison. This is where the group is gonna home, it’s here that they find both sanctuary and even more tragedy. Rick (Andrew Lincoln) is still trying to ease the tension between he and his estranged and VERY pregnant wife, Lori (Sarah Wayne Callies) plus he’s still trying to somehow raise and protect his son Carl (Chandler Riggs) in this zombie infested hell. Now while the crew try to turn this place that once housed murderes and rapists into a suitable living environment, Andrea (Laurie Holden), who was seperated from thr group laat season, is now paired of with the sword master Michonne (Danai Gurira). These two get mixed up in a new and questionable community of survivors called Woodbury, headed by the smooth talking Governor. And what these two plot points together make is some of the most tension driven, good old fashioned, good vs. evil, zombie packed story telling TV I’ve ever soon.

To my surprise, Season 3 of WD isn’t as universally praised amongst fan as I though it would be. It’s not that I’ve read and heard scathing things about it, but let me put my view in perspective here. This is, without a doubt my 2nd favorite season of WD and there’s a lot that I really loved about it. 

A huge complaint I’ve heard is that all the focus on the prison and the amount of time spent on the prison setting brought down the show’s focus a people’s interest. I cannot see why. There are moments, such as Lori’s Labor scene that are sheer, powerful television! Rick going nearly wacko in the dark hallways of the labyrinth like prison, T-Dog!! Not to mention the clever and intense zombie annihilation it takes to take over the prison. Plus, the head to head with a small group of hidden inmates make for some nailbiting times.

I gotta talk about the stuff in Woodbury seperately from the prison parts. Because it’s a part that deserves it’s own overview. Andrea was awesome in Season 2; she took the tragic death of sister and used that anger to become much more courageous and helpful to the group. So you’d think sticking her with the badass chick who swings a katana would cause for a cool tag team. Well when the Governor gets involved you get plenty of character conflict and one hell of a fight scene betweenn Michonne and the Gov! When you really get into the character of the Governor he becomes this memorable villain. You can probably consider Shane as the first “big villain” of the WD other than the Walkers, but The Governor is like Frieza after Vegeta on DBZ. This is one troubled dude! The tanks with the heads is sick! His daughter! His last freakin scene! I remember hidding behind my pillow like a 6 year old when this man was on screen. His moments with Andrea areba weaker part of everything, I will admit, but it was nice to have development to a different character and in return we get some excellent moments from  characters like Michonne and the Governor.

The acting on this show just gets better and better with each season as the actors just become more seasoned with their characters. David Morrissey is the star standout of the season as the Governor. I almost bought into the suave guy he first present himself but NOT ME MR.SMOOTHE! He’s a well layered character who has plenty of issues and you can almost feel for the dude. But tharmt’s credit to the acting and to the writers for how they peeled away at this guy. Andrew Lincoln as Rickvis still our hero though, no matter how twisted, he himself becomes this season. Probably his best work yet. My favorite scenes involve him taking out Walkers left and right after hearing of his wife’s passing. That was awesomely brutal and the scene involving a phone call that gives us a peek at what’s going on in this guy’s head. Michonne is a character that grows and blossoms into a starter character. She was great in more later episodes like with Carl in “Clear”. Andrea played by Laurie Holden can be a bit of a Jar Jar but the performance wasn’t bad. Lori and Carl also have a moment that near broke me man, I’m serious! 

The pacing can seem to drag, a lot of the episodes can come across as a lot of filler, but being a third season in such a terrific such I think WD can afford a longer more story driven season. It makes the dramatic moments much more effective, where were you when Daryl shed his first tears!? It’s a dark season that nicely picks up after an equally good Season 2 full of Classic moments and great acting. If you can stand a slow burner of a horror filled good time than Walking Dead Season 3 gets a “GOTTA F*CKING SEE IT”

What about you all? Are you this far into The Walking Dead? Do you not like the show or this season? What was your favorite moment? Drop a comment and LET’S TALK TV!

Major TV Review: The Walking Dead Season 3
WARNING:SPOILERS

Continuing with my reviews of each season of The Walking, we finally get to what is, to me personally, the best season of the Walking Dead. No teaser needed her folks. It’s a special season, what are MY thoughts?! Aww well if you insist 😆

Season 2 and all it’s heatbreak has come and gone. Secrets have shown their ugly faces and the after math has effected nearly everyone. With nobody else arguing, Rick has taken sole leader duties of the group and if you remember the little teaser at the very end of Season 2, you’ll remember the shot of the prison. This is where the group is gonna home, it’s here that they find both sanctuary and even more tragedy. Rick (Andrew Lincoln) is still trying to ease the tension between he and his estranged and VERY pregnant wife, Lori (Sarah Wayne Callies) plus he’s still trying to somehow raise and protect his son Carl (Chandler Riggs) in this zombie infested hell. Now while the crew try to turn this place that once housed murderes and rapists into a suitable living environment, Andrea (Laurie Holden), who was seperated from thr group laat season, is now paired of with the sword master Michonne (Danai Gurira). These two get mixed up in a new and questionable community of survivors called Woodbury, headed by the smooth talking Governor. And what these two plot points together make is some of the most tension driven, good old fashioned, good vs. evil, zombie packed story telling TV I’ve ever soon.

To my surprise, Season 3 of WD isn’t as universally praised amongst fan as I though it would be. It’s not that I’ve read and heard scathing things about it, but let me put my view in perspective here. This is, without a doubt my 2nd favorite season of WD and there’s a lot that I really loved about it.

A huge complaint I’ve heard is that all the focus on the prison and the amount of time spent on the prison setting brought down the show’s focus a people’s interest. I cannot see why. There are moments, such as Lori’s Labor scene that are sheer, powerful television! Rick going nearly wacko in the dark hallways of the labyrinth like prison, T-Dog!! Not to mention the clever and intense zombie annihilation it takes to take over the prison. Plus, the head to head with a small group of hidden inmates make for some nailbiting times.

I gotta talk about the stuff in Woodbury seperately from the prison parts. Because it’s a part that deserves it’s own overview. Andrea was awesome in Season 2; she took the tragic death of sister and used that anger to become much more courageous and helpful to the group. So you’d think sticking her with the badass chick who swings a katana would cause for a cool tag team. Well when the Governor gets involved you get plenty of character conflict and one hell of a fight scene betweenn Michonne and the Gov! When you really get into the character of the Governor he becomes this memorable villain. You can probably consider Shane as the first “big villain” of the WD other than the Walkers, but The Governor is like Frieza after Vegeta on DBZ. This is one troubled dude! The tanks with the heads is sick! His daughter! His last freakin scene! I remember hidding behind my pillow like a 6 year old when this man was on screen. His moments with Andrea areba weaker part of everything, I will admit, but it was nice to have development to a different character and in return we get some excellent moments from characters like Michonne and the Governor.

The acting on this show just gets better and better with each season as the actors just become more seasoned with their characters. David Morrissey is the star standout of the season as the Governor. I almost bought into the suave guy he first present himself but NOT ME MR.SMOOTHE! He’s a well layered character who has plenty of issues and you can almost feel for the dude. But tharmt’s credit to the acting and to the writers for how they peeled away at this guy. Andrew Lincoln as Rickvis still our hero though, no matter how twisted, he himself becomes this season. Probably his best work yet. My favorite scenes involve him taking out Walkers left and right after hearing of his wife’s passing. That was awesomely brutal and the scene involving a phone call that gives us a peek at what’s going on in this guy’s head. Michonne is a character that grows and blossoms into a starter character. She was great in more later episodes like with Carl in “Clear”. Andrea played by Laurie Holden can be a bit of a Jar Jar but the performance wasn’t bad. Lori and Carl also have a moment that near broke me man, I’m serious!

The pacing can seem to drag, a lot of the episodes can come across as a lot of filler, but being a third season in such a terrific such I think WD can afford a longer more story driven season. It makes the dramatic moments much more effective, where were you when Daryl shed his first tears!? It’s a dark season that nicely picks up after an equally good Season 2 full of Classic moments and great acting. If you can stand a slow burner of a horror filled good time than Walking Dead Season 3 gets a “GOTTA F*CKING SEE IT”

What about you all? Are you this far into The Walking Dead? Do you not like the show or this season? What was your favorite moment? Drop a comment and LET’S TALK TV!

So I will be posting my new hauls every Blu-ray Tuesday, however it looks like this first one will technically be posted on a Wednesday! Damn it time lol These titles are from the past 3 weeks or so.

#905. Transformers: Age of Extinction- Probably the wort in the series. I think I’ve found my next Batman & Robin.

#906. Live. Die. Repeat./Edge of Tomorrow- Good lord this movie was great! I missed it in theatres but watching it in 3D at home was mind melting.

#907. X-Men: Days of Future Past- A great return to form for my favorite band of mutants. Bryan Singer welcome back! Bring us Apocalypse!

#908. Howl’s Moving Castle- Haven’t seen this since it was released in theatres. Thanks to my @mistress_poisonivy for this awesome addition.

#909. The Princess Diaries & The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement- Another one from my girlfriend. My sister always watched the original when we were younger. I remember it vaguely, but hey a young Anne Hathaway! 

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So I will be posting my new hauls every Blu-ray Tuesday, however it looks like this first one will technically be posted on a Wednesday! Damn it time lol These titles are from the past 3 weeks or so.

#905. Transformers: Age of Extinction- Probably the wort in the series. I think I’ve found my next Batman & Robin.

#906. Live. Die. Repeat./Edge of Tomorrow- Good lord this movie was great! I missed it in theatres but watching it in 3D at home was mind melting.

#907. X-Men: Days of Future Past- A great return to form for my favorite band of mutants. Bryan Singer welcome back! Bring us Apocalypse!

#908. Howl’s Moving Castle- Haven’t seen this since it was released in theatres. Thanks to my @mistress_poisonivy for this awesome addition.

#909. The Princess Diaries & The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement- Another one from my girlfriend. My sister always watched the original when we were younger. I remember it vaguely, but hey a young Anne Hathaway!

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Major Series Review: The Walking Dead Season 2
WARNING: SPOILERS

I hope you all enjoyed my review for the first season Walking Dead. Here’s the next part of my series of reviews for the show, now I’m giving my thoughts on Season 2.

So Season 1 ended quite explosively, and our band of survivors are back on the road looking for safer pastures. They come upon a highway filled with abandoned, rusted away cars so Rick (Andrew Lincoln), Shane (Jon Bernthal) and the gang decide to salvage whatever they can. During their search, a huge wave of walkers start to limp through the highway causing a scatter and for one of the children, Sophia to get chased away from the group and into the woods off the side of the highway. Rick, acting as a leader, wants to look for the kid, Shane disagree and eventually their search brings the gang to a secluded farm kept by Hershel (Scott Wilson) and his family. During their stay, the usual chaos ensues: Carl (Chandler Riggs) nearly bites it, Glenn (Steven Yeun) hooks up with the hottest chick on the show, and some HUGE kill offs to get you ready for Season 3.

I like it when shows hit their second season. Breaking Bad has a phenominal 2nd going, Game of Thrones improved on everything in my opinion, and Walking Dead is no exception! Any character development built up last season is really is doubled here! The whole twisted love-triangle between Rick, Shane and Lori (Sarah Wayne Callies) is turned up to 11! Which ultimately explodes into the finale that left me stunned and shooken. 

The introduction of Hershel and Maggie as characters was cool. Hershel is like the wise elder that just knows what to say when it needs to be said and then he also has a secret on the farm that spells danger for our heroes. Maggie and Glenn have a romance that blossoms and while, in this season at least, it’s nothing that will make us swoon over their love they DO have some good on screen chemistry and being a Glen fan, it’s cool to see the dude get a woman! 

I wanna talk about Shane, who was my favorite character of the season! In season 1, before Rick regrouped with Lori and Carl, Shane kinda filled that father role. He seemed really happy and to get that all taken away and to see Rick back from the dead starts to take a mental tole on him throughout Season 2. To see him and Rick’s brother bond sink like a ship is intense and tragic.

The make-up and horror of is once again award worthy! The actors who play the walkers once again prove that WD has the best extra ever. Walker interactions are always full of suspense and that grim feeling that ANYONE, no matter how popular the character, can be turned into walker chow.

Season 1 was a perfect build up to this season. And this season, rightfully, improves with each episode until the great finale. Character archs are all grand, new characters are awesome and the ones we lose are gonna be greatly missed. Now this is a much longer season, so it will seem like this season drags a lot slower but it’s chock full of great drama and the action, when it does show up, is always awesome. If you’re just interested in the show, go back and start from the beginning. But for fellow fans that need more Dead, Season 2 gets a “GOTTA F*CKING WATCH IT!”

Did you see Season 1 of WD? Did you like it more or less than this season? What was your favorite moment from Season 2? Drop a comment and LET’S TALK TV!

Major Series Review: The Walking Dead Season 2
WARNING: SPOILERS

I hope you all enjoyed my review for the first season Walking Dead. Here’s the next part of my series of reviews for the show, now I’m giving my thoughts on Season 2.

So Season 1 ended quite explosively, and our band of survivors are back on the road looking for safer pastures. They come upon a highway filled with abandoned, rusted away cars so Rick (Andrew Lincoln), Shane (Jon Bernthal) and the gang decide to salvage whatever they can. During their search, a huge wave of walkers start to limp through the highway causing a scatter and for one of the children, Sophia to get chased away from the group and into the woods off the side of the highway. Rick, acting as a leader, wants to look for the kid, Shane disagree and eventually their search brings the gang to a secluded farm kept by Hershel (Scott Wilson) and his family. During their stay, the usual chaos ensues: Carl (Chandler Riggs) nearly bites it, Glenn (Steven Yeun) hooks up with the hottest chick on the show, and some HUGE kill offs to get you ready for Season 3.

I like it when shows hit their second season. Breaking Bad has a phenominal 2nd going, Game of Thrones improved on everything in my opinion, and Walking Dead is no exception! Any character development built up last season is really is doubled here! The whole twisted love-triangle between Rick, Shane and Lori (Sarah Wayne Callies) is turned up to 11! Which ultimately explodes into the finale that left me stunned and shooken.

The introduction of Hershel and Maggie as characters was cool. Hershel is like the wise elder that just knows what to say when it needs to be said and then he also has a secret on the farm that spells danger for our heroes. Maggie and Glenn have a romance that blossoms and while, in this season at least, it’s nothing that will make us swoon over their love they DO have some good on screen chemistry and being a Glen fan, it’s cool to see the dude get a woman!

I wanna talk about Shane, who was my favorite character of the season! In season 1, before Rick regrouped with Lori and Carl, Shane kinda filled that father role. He seemed really happy and to get that all taken away and to see Rick back from the dead starts to take a mental tole on him throughout Season 2. To see him and Rick’s brother bond sink like a ship is intense and tragic.

The make-up and horror of is once again award worthy! The actors who play the walkers once again prove that WD has the best extra ever. Walker interactions are always full of suspense and that grim feeling that ANYONE, no matter how popular the character, can be turned into walker chow.

Season 1 was a perfect build up to this season. And this season, rightfully, improves with each episode until the great finale. Character archs are all grand, new characters are awesome and the ones we lose are gonna be greatly missed. Now this is a much longer season, so it will seem like this season drags a lot slower but it’s chock full of great drama and the action, when it does show up, is always awesome. If you’re just interested in the show, go back and start from the beginning. But for fellow fans that need more Dead, Season 2 gets a “GOTTA F*CKING WATCH IT!”

Did you see Season 1 of WD? Did you like it more or less than this season? What was your favorite moment from Season 2? Drop a comment and LET’S TALK TV!

Major Series Review: The Walking Dead Season 1

The Walking Dead just started it’s 5th season this past Sunday. My girlfriend and I are huge fans of the show, so we took advantage of my week vacation from work and thought up the awesome idea of rewatching the entire series, seasons 1-4, all week leading up to the season 5 premier. So in typical Me fashion and my need to review everything I watch, I wanted to review each season and share my thoughts on this zombie-epic! So, does The Walking Dead begin with a bang? Or stumble out the gate?

Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln) is a sheriff’s deputy in Atlanta, GA. On a seemingly normal patrol with his partner and bro for life, Shane (Jon Bernthal), the pair get a call about some criminals and a shootout occurs, leaving Rick shot and put into a coma. When Rick suddenly awakens from his coma, he sees the hospital he is in has been trashed and abandoned by all. Even the city itself is lifeless (😃eh?) Zombies, or as they’re refered to here as Walkers are EVERYWHERE! Houses have been left behind, car wrecks litter every street and hungry, flesh eating monsters are always a stones throw away. Rick has no idea what’s happened and sets out to find his wife, son, bestfriend, or ANYONE in this hell!

I like to compare Walking Dead to Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy. Like Batman before Nolan stepped in, the zombie genre, at least to me, was strongly in need of either of a show or movie that brought back attention and respect to the genre. The Walking Dead is my genration’s staple for ANYTHING zombie related from here on out. The first season of a show is always gonna be a bit wierd and awkward, is Walking Dead like that? Sure. This is the shortest season yet. You’re like Rick, you slowly find out things piece together story points and character relationships. It can be a slow paced but I think that’s what makes this show not only one of the best horror shows on TV, but one of the best shows on TV PERIOD 

So Shane now leads a group of survivors. Lori (Sarah Wayne Callies) and Carl (Chandler Riggs), are Rick’s wife and son. They’re part of Shane’s group and have started their lives over together, like a new family. This whole story line gives WD’s first 2 seasons a tremendous story arch and character development for the three main leads. We meet the rest of the survivors as well: Daryl (Norman Reedus), Andrea (Laurie Holden), Glenn (Steven Yeun) and of course the always fun Michael Rooker as Daryl’s volatile older brother, Merle. 

WD has a pretty big cast of people to keep track of, you’d think they’d all be faceless, forgettable walker food, but the writers succeed at giving each character life and that’s also compliments to the actors that bring out that life. Andrew Lincoln is great as Rick, he can have that ferocious side when it’s called for but when he needs to a father or husband he can easily show that tender moment. Callies is also very good as Lori, her character has squished between a rock and a hard for a good amount of the season. Her on screen time with the also very good Jon Bernthal always made for great drama.

The drama and character development of the show is a treasure for the WD. I can’t name another zombie movie or show that puts so much heart and reality to it’s characters, you become part of this group. When an important character is killed off, it can feel harsh!

Brutality is another star in WD’s fantastic presentation. The gore, MY GOD THE GORE! It’s beautiful, honestly! The Walking Dead has the best make-up on television, bar none! You know how on most zombie flicks, you can easily pick out lame zombie extras in most movies? (Look at the Resident Evil movies for example) Well I challenge anybody reading this to point out a crappy acted or looking walker. Each walker looks unique and different. Sometimes, you can even make up your own backstory for some of the walkers like the Bike Girl. How did she die? What happened to her lower half?

I can’t end this review without mentioning the show’s writing! As I said, this show’s pace is like Drake, it can from 0 to 100 real quick. Yes, Drake refrences! When a light hearted moment happens you better enjoy the hell out of it! One minute we’re having a bonding moment with Shane and Carl and the next a walker gets it’s skull kicked in like a water balloon. It might seem an unbalanced tone, but the writing and story structure for these episodes always pays off! Every now and then you get flash backs like that add some development to a certain character or sometimes you’ll get an episode like “Vatos” where most the run time is dialog between characters and then there are either one or two moments of action. Now while that may not seem like much action, when the bullets do fly and when heads do get kicked, it is glorious!

The Walking Dead is, without a doubt, one of my favorite TV shows right now and of all time!  Season 1 is a great start to this series, introducing well established characters, a top notch blend of drama and horror and some of the best make-up effects on the small screen. If you haven’t started yet, you owe it to yourself to watch this near perfect series. Of course, The Walking Dead Season 1 gets a rating of “GOTTA F*CKING WATCH IT!”

Are you guys Walking Dead fans? Do you prefer the comics instead? What was your favorite moment from Season 1? Drop a comment and LET’S TALK TV!

Major Series Review: The Walking Dead Season 1

The Walking Dead just started it’s 5th season this past Sunday. My girlfriend and I are huge fans of the show, so we took advantage of my week vacation from work and thought up the awesome idea of rewatching the entire series, seasons 1-4, all week leading up to the season 5 premier. So in typical Me fashion and my need to review everything I watch, I wanted to review each season and share my thoughts on this zombie-epic! So, does The Walking Dead begin with a bang? Or stumble out the gate?

Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln) is a sheriff’s deputy in Atlanta, GA. On a seemingly normal patrol with his partner and bro for life, Shane (Jon Bernthal), the pair get a call about some criminals and a shootout occurs, leaving Rick shot and put into a coma. When Rick suddenly awakens from his coma, he sees the hospital he is in has been trashed and abandoned by all. Even the city itself is lifeless (😃eh?) Zombies, or as they’re refered to here as Walkers are EVERYWHERE! Houses have been left behind, car wrecks litter every street and hungry, flesh eating monsters are always a stones throw away. Rick has no idea what’s happened and sets out to find his wife, son, bestfriend, or ANYONE in this hell!

I like to compare Walking Dead to Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy. Like Batman before Nolan stepped in, the zombie genre, at least to me, was strongly in need of either of a show or movie that brought back attention and respect to the genre. The Walking Dead is my genration’s staple for ANYTHING zombie related from here on out. The first season of a show is always gonna be a bit wierd and awkward, is Walking Dead like that? Sure. This is the shortest season yet. You’re like Rick, you slowly find out things piece together story points and character relationships. It can be a slow paced but I think that’s what makes this show not only one of the best horror shows on TV, but one of the best shows on TV PERIOD

So Shane now leads a group of survivors. Lori (Sarah Wayne Callies) and Carl (Chandler Riggs), are Rick’s wife and son. They’re part of Shane’s group and have started their lives over together, like a new family. This whole story line gives WD’s first 2 seasons a tremendous story arch and character development for the three main leads. We meet the rest of the survivors as well: Daryl (Norman Reedus), Andrea (Laurie Holden), Glenn (Steven Yeun) and of course the always fun Michael Rooker as Daryl’s volatile older brother, Merle.

WD has a pretty big cast of people to keep track of, you’d think they’d all be faceless, forgettable walker food, but the writers succeed at giving each character life and that’s also compliments to the actors that bring out that life. Andrew Lincoln is great as Rick, he can have that ferocious side when it’s called for but when he needs to a father or husband he can easily show that tender moment. Callies is also very good as Lori, her character has squished between a rock and a hard for a good amount of the season. Her on screen time with the also very good Jon Bernthal always made for great drama.

The drama and character development of the show is a treasure for the WD. I can’t name another zombie movie or show that puts so much heart and reality to it’s characters, you become part of this group. When an important character is killed off, it can feel harsh!

Brutality is another star in WD’s fantastic presentation. The gore, MY GOD THE GORE! It’s beautiful, honestly! The Walking Dead has the best make-up on television, bar none! You know how on most zombie flicks, you can easily pick out lame zombie extras in most movies? (Look at the Resident Evil movies for example) Well I challenge anybody reading this to point out a crappy acted or looking walker. Each walker looks unique and different. Sometimes, you can even make up your own backstory for some of the walkers like the Bike Girl. How did she die? What happened to her lower half?

I can’t end this review without mentioning the show’s writing! As I said, this show’s pace is like Drake, it can from 0 to 100 real quick. Yes, Drake refrences! When a light hearted moment happens you better enjoy the hell out of it! One minute we’re having a bonding moment with Shane and Carl and the next a walker gets it’s skull kicked in like a water balloon. It might seem an unbalanced tone, but the writing and story structure for these episodes always pays off! Every now and then you get flash backs like that add some development to a certain character or sometimes you’ll get an episode like “Vatos” where most the run time is dialog between characters and then there are either one or two moments of action. Now while that may not seem like much action, when the bullets do fly and when heads do get kicked, it is glorious!

The Walking Dead is, without a doubt, one of my favorite TV shows right now and of all time! Season 1 is a great start to this series, introducing well established characters, a top notch blend of drama and horror and some of the best make-up effects on the small screen. If you haven’t started yet, you owe it to yourself to watch this near perfect series. Of course, The Walking Dead Season 1 gets a rating of “GOTTA F*CKING WATCH IT!”

Are you guys Walking Dead fans? Do you prefer the comics instead? What was your favorite moment from Season 1? Drop a comment and LET’S TALK TV!

Major Movie Review: Million Dollar Arm

Has anyone seen Miracle? I’m not a hockey fan but that movie is so stuffed with fluffy, Disney inspiration and spirit that after watching it even I wanna throw on a couple of skates and ice-tackle some giant russian dude. It was a great sports movie from The Mickey Mouse guys, MILLION DOLLAR ARM is the latest baseball movie from Disney starring Jon Hamm. Did this movie make me wanna pick up a glove and throw a no hitter or was it another clone off the Moneyball success train? 

Sports agent, J.B. Bernstein (Jon Hamm) has a struggling agency that is hungry for some talent to represent. Their best prospect was an up-coming linebacker that jumped ship to a flashier agency. So in an act of desperation he takes on a job for a business investor looking to recruit some asian talent for some Major League play. So, Bernstein decides to scout around “the next great untapped market” for young baseball talent, India. In order to dig out the next Jeter, J.B. and his associates plan this talent competition, where the best hometown athlete would win $1 million and a chance to try out for a major league contract. It’s during one of these stops that the crew discover these two young guys, Rinku (Suraj Sharma) and Dinesh (Madhur Mittal) who both have quite the pitching arm! Rinku has this wierd, Swan Kick like pitch that had me ROLLIN’! So after seeing these kids’ talent and picking up this hilarious little translator dude, the squad flies back to the states and it’s up to J.B. to both get these kids to perfect their pitch for the pros and maybe improve his own personal way of living.

Disney has always been pretty good when it comes to their live-action sports movies. The previously mentioned Miracle is a sports classic, even Invincible with Mark Wahlberg was a pretty good football movie. Million Dollar Arm is a welcomed addition to that fine group of movies, not the best but certainly entertaining. It plays everything pretty close to the formula that a majority of similar sports films follow, so don’t be surprised if you can see where this story if going from the start. Thankfully, the strong familiarity of it all isn’t too much of a burden as it’s a very ewell acted and good looking movie.

Jon Hamm is at his suave, best as J.B. Bernstein. His character has a lot of Jerry McGuire in him; he’s a model dating, smooth talker that is on the edge when it comes to his career. But what makes his performance a plus here was how Jon Hamm brought out the likability and humanity of his character, which I didn’t think I was gonna see. He wasn’t Don Draper here. The two young actors who played the baseball hopefulls were also very good in their roles. Like with Jon Hamm’s character, I was suprised with how the movie actually took the time to show some of the smaller, more tender character moments. Moments that made you care for the people on screen. Especially with the young indian players! Alan Arkin is as enjoyable a screen presence as always, I didn’t even know he was in the movie. Bill Paxton and Aasif Mandvi, who I always loved on The Daily Show, also had very good supporting roles. By the way, that’s BACK-TO-BACK awesome Paxton flicks with this and my previous review of Edge of Tomorrow! It’s great to see him in some good movies again.

Disney is never one to spare any expense with their movies. The production and cinematography are top notch! The 2nd act that takes place across India, when they’re recruiting guys, is awesome and authentic, taking us to multiple cities across the country.  The film’s soundtrack is also a pleasure to the senses. It’s this awesome culture and genre blend just like the Slumdog Millionaire soundtrack.

There is no shortage of feel good vibes in this movie, or as I like to call it fluff or cheese. The script is soft and standard enough that it won’t be as memorable or as sharp as Moneyball but it’s got all the heart and baseball smarts to make for a sports movie that’s never boring and actually, pretty touching.

Sports fans and non-sports fans alike will find enough to enjoy this movie. It’s an easy, feel-good watch with a great cast and some terrific production. Another win for the Disney Sports library. I say, “IT’S WORTH A WATCH”.

What about you guys? Have you seen Million Dollar Arm? What did you think? What’s your favorite sports movie ever? Drop a comment and LET’S TALK MOVIES!

Major Movie Review: Million Dollar Arm

Has anyone seen Miracle? I’m not a hockey fan but that movie is so stuffed with fluffy, Disney inspiration and spirit that after watching it even I wanna throw on a couple of skates and ice-tackle some giant russian dude. It was a great sports movie from The Mickey Mouse guys, MILLION DOLLAR ARM is the latest baseball movie from Disney starring Jon Hamm. Did this movie make me wanna pick up a glove and throw a no hitter or was it another clone off the Moneyball success train?

Sports agent, J.B. Bernstein (Jon Hamm) has a struggling agency that is hungry for some talent to represent. Their best prospect was an up-coming linebacker that jumped ship to a flashier agency. So in an act of desperation he takes on a job for a business investor looking to recruit some asian talent for some Major League play. So, Bernstein decides to scout around “the next great untapped market” for young baseball talent, India. In order to dig out the next Jeter, J.B. and his associates plan this talent competition, where the best hometown athlete would win $1 million and a chance to try out for a major league contract. It’s during one of these stops that the crew discover these two young guys, Rinku (Suraj Sharma) and Dinesh (Madhur Mittal) who both have quite the pitching arm! Rinku has this wierd, Swan Kick like pitch that had me ROLLIN’! So after seeing these kids’ talent and picking up this hilarious little translator dude, the squad flies back to the states and it’s up to J.B. to both get these kids to perfect their pitch for the pros and maybe improve his own personal way of living.

Disney has always been pretty good when it comes to their live-action sports movies. The previously mentioned Miracle is a sports classic, even Invincible with Mark Wahlberg was a pretty good football movie. Million Dollar Arm is a welcomed addition to that fine group of movies, not the best but certainly entertaining. It plays everything pretty close to the formula that a majority of similar sports films follow, so don’t be surprised if you can see where this story if going from the start. Thankfully, the strong familiarity of it all isn’t too much of a burden as it’s a very ewell acted and good looking movie.

Jon Hamm is at his suave, best as J.B. Bernstein. His character has a lot of Jerry McGuire in him; he’s a model dating, smooth talker that is on the edge when it comes to his career. But what makes his performance a plus here was how Jon Hamm brought out the likability and humanity of his character, which I didn’t think I was gonna see. He wasn’t Don Draper here. The two young actors who played the baseball hopefulls were also very good in their roles. Like with Jon Hamm’s character, I was suprised with how the movie actually took the time to show some of the smaller, more tender character moments. Moments that made you care for the people on screen. Especially with the young indian players! Alan Arkin is as enjoyable a screen presence as always, I didn’t even know he was in the movie. Bill Paxton and Aasif Mandvi, who I always loved on The Daily Show, also had very good supporting roles. By the way, that’s BACK-TO-BACK awesome Paxton flicks with this and my previous review of Edge of Tomorrow! It’s great to see him in some good movies again.

Disney is never one to spare any expense with their movies. The production and cinematography are top notch! The 2nd act that takes place across India, when they’re recruiting guys, is awesome and authentic, taking us to multiple cities across the country. The film’s soundtrack is also a pleasure to the senses. It’s this awesome culture and genre blend just like the Slumdog Millionaire soundtrack.

There is no shortage of feel good vibes in this movie, or as I like to call it fluff or cheese. The script is soft and standard enough that it won’t be as memorable or as sharp as Moneyball but it’s got all the heart and baseball smarts to make for a sports movie that’s never boring and actually, pretty touching.

Sports fans and non-sports fans alike will find enough to enjoy this movie. It’s an easy, feel-good watch with a great cast and some terrific production. Another win for the Disney Sports library. I say, “IT’S WORTH A WATCH”.

What about you guys? Have you seen Million Dollar Arm? What did you think? What’s your favorite sports movie ever? Drop a comment and LET’S TALK MOVIES!

Major Movie Review: Edge of Tomorrow

You want to know a disturbing fact everyone? The lastest Transformers flick, in my most humble opinion, was about as good as a giant heap of Dinobot poo; it banked in over $1 BILLION around the globe. People threw their dollars at this thing! Sadly, myself included 😢 MEANWHILE, Edge of Tomorrow, the new action/sci-fi flick with the always awesome Tom Cruise: $369 Mill, respectively. Let me try to legibly explain why this disturbs me without geeking out too hardcore.

Aliens have, once again invaded earth! This time, they’ve landed in Europe and are quickly taking over the continent. Tom Cruise is our leading protag. as he normally is, nothing really new to start. He plays, Major William Cage, a kind of advertising executive, public affairs officer. One day after pissing off his higher power he gets thrown into the front lines of this epic battle with absolutely no idea what he’s doing. He’s never seen combat in his life. During this intense battle, and after killing one of the alien creatures, William has gained this ability to relive the same day every time he gets killed, JUST LIKE IN A VIDEO GAME! Emily Blunt, is a sergeant who may just know what’s happening with Will’s Time Lord powers, #DoctorWhoFans? So together they team up to figure out a cure and a plan for defeating this vicious alien enemy.

Sweet jesus, where does a brotha begin?! Okay, I believe the idea that Edge of Tomorrow’s poor box office numbers are the outcome of a weak marketing campaign and that people thought this was just an Oblivion clone. Things couldn’t be further from the truth after seeing even the first ten minutes of this film. Tom Cruise’s character of Will Cage is not the character we’re used to seeing from Mr. Cruise. After Brendan “Mad-Eye” Gleeson throws the whimpering dude into battle you’d think we see Tom doing his thing and blasting fools, well he doesn’t even know how to use a weapon. Point is this is the start of a suprisingly strong character arch that meshes so well with the story. 

Tom Cruise is awesome in his role as he always is! I’m a huge fan of his. The man is 52 years old and he gives his all in this movie! He did all his own stunts and knowing that a huge majority of this movie was done with practical effects and real stunts instead of CGI, it blew my mind! The mech suits that they wear look like a mix between the Rhyno suit from Amazing Spider-Man 2 and Matt Damon’s in Elysium. Only in Edge, they’re real suits that the actors had to haul around on their bodies. Let me gush about Emily Blunt in this movie! She wields this beastly looking blade that looks like something out of Final Fantasy, she commands her own squad on the battlefield, and she does these push ups… yeah if you seen the movie, you know 😅 But her character,  Sergeant Vrataski or as I prefer to call her, the Full Metal Bitch is my favorite of the entire movie. She has this screen presence that’s believable with her intense action scenes and then she has these subtle, softer moments with Tom Cruise in the middle that shows the different notes she can hit even in a big popcorn movie like this. That was a big plus as well, the movie’s characters felt real. You cared about Tom Cruise slowly becoming this warrior to find out how to get rid of this time replay of his and you care about Emily Blunt and all her sweaty glory, as she too learns how to find ways to victory.

The whole thing with the time play is used to perfection! Time travel fans, maybe my fellow Whovians even, will have fun with Edge. It might not be the most complex or even well thought out idea of time travel but for how fast of a movie it is, it worked. It was GOLD watching Tom Cruise fail over and over again, sometimes it had me laughing my ass off! The first time we see Tom die in this movie, holy shiz, it was definitely another moment of embarrassment as I violently nerdgasmed because of the coolness happening on my TV.

The special effects look very good. When I compare it to my recently watched Age of Extinction, I appreciate the use of CGI here so much more. The CGI on Transformers looks nice sure, but it’s so overdone and hectic. Here the direction mixed with the incredible stunt work, the SOUND, which is also very good all just melt into this perfect concoction of movie goodness. Doug Liman can make one hell of an action movie, there are some jaw dropping shots and scenes spread through out this movie, I was never bored. Saving Private Ryan is one of my favorite movies of all time, and you can tell Liman got alot of inspiration from the action in that movie, to get some of the more mind blowingly cool sequences for Edge. The aliens also look pretty cool, even though their design just looks like a physical acid trip. The musical score adds to the sweaty palm inducing tension as well.

This could’ve easily been a dud of a movie, I actually liked Oblivion but I do understand where people saw the similarities. After watching this new favorite, I have to talk about it! This is not just a good action flick, it’s an awesome action flick! It’s not just a slow sci-fi, it’s a smart and layered modern sci-fi classic. The character development and chemistry between the two leads only add points to this incredible movie. My ONLY problem, is actually towards the end. I don’t want to give spoilers, but it’s after the time travel idea that makes this movie so fun, is thrown away. It kinda brings down the fun factor for me and the sheer rush I was getting going into the climax. But really it’s a minor flaw.

I loved Edge of Tomorrow. It’s really brought to my attention that 2014 has been a really great year for movies! Especially the in the big blockbuster area. The ending might have been a bit of a slow down for me but everything else clicked and made for an extremely fun time! Emily Blunt is awesome, Tom Cruise has still got it, the action is big and fun and you guys “GOTTA F*CKING SEE IT!”

Have you all seen Edge of Tomorrow? What did you think? What’s your favorite Tom Cruise movie? Drop a comment and LET’S TALK MOVIES!

Major Movie Review: Edge of Tomorrow

You want to know a disturbing fact everyone? The lastest Transformers flick, in my most humble opinion, was about as good as a giant heap of Dinobot poo; it banked in over $1 BILLION around the globe. People threw their dollars at this thing! Sadly, myself included 😢 MEANWHILE, Edge of Tomorrow, the new action/sci-fi flick with the always awesome Tom Cruise: $369 Mill, respectively. Let me try to legibly explain why this disturbs me without geeking out too hardcore.

Aliens have, once again invaded earth! This time, they’ve landed in Europe and are quickly taking over the continent. Tom Cruise is our leading protag. as he normally is, nothing really new to start. He plays, Major William Cage, a kind of advertising executive, public affairs officer. One day after pissing off his higher power he gets thrown into the front lines of this epic battle with absolutely no idea what he’s doing. He’s never seen combat in his life. During this intense battle, and after killing one of the alien creatures, William has gained this ability to relive the same day every time he gets killed, JUST LIKE IN A VIDEO GAME! Emily Blunt, is a sergeant who may just know what’s happening with Will’s Time Lord powers, #DoctorWhoFans? So together they team up to figure out a cure and a plan for defeating this vicious alien enemy.

Sweet jesus, where does a brotha begin?! Okay, I believe the idea that Edge of Tomorrow’s poor box office numbers are the outcome of a weak marketing campaign and that people thought this was just an Oblivion clone. Things couldn’t be further from the truth after seeing even the first ten minutes of this film. Tom Cruise’s character of Will Cage is not the character we’re used to seeing from Mr. Cruise. After Brendan “Mad-Eye” Gleeson throws the whimpering dude into battle you’d think we see Tom doing his thing and blasting fools, well he doesn’t even know how to use a weapon. Point is this is the start of a suprisingly strong character arch that meshes so well with the story.

Tom Cruise is awesome in his role as he always is! I’m a huge fan of his. The man is 52 years old and he gives his all in this movie! He did all his own stunts and knowing that a huge majority of this movie was done with practical effects and real stunts instead of CGI, it blew my mind! The mech suits that they wear look like a mix between the Rhyno suit from Amazing Spider-Man 2 and Matt Damon’s in Elysium. Only in Edge, they’re real suits that the actors had to haul around on their bodies. Let me gush about Emily Blunt in this movie! She wields this beastly looking blade that looks like something out of Final Fantasy, she commands her own squad on the battlefield, and she does these push ups… yeah if you seen the movie, you know 😅 But her character, Sergeant Vrataski or as I prefer to call her, the Full Metal Bitch is my favorite of the entire movie. She has this screen presence that’s believable with her intense action scenes and then she has these subtle, softer moments with Tom Cruise in the middle that shows the different notes she can hit even in a big popcorn movie like this. That was a big plus as well, the movie’s characters felt real. You cared about Tom Cruise slowly becoming this warrior to find out how to get rid of this time replay of his and you care about Emily Blunt and all her sweaty glory, as she too learns how to find ways to victory.

The whole thing with the time play is used to perfection! Time travel fans, maybe my fellow Whovians even, will have fun with Edge. It might not be the most complex or even well thought out idea of time travel but for how fast of a movie it is, it worked. It was GOLD watching Tom Cruise fail over and over again, sometimes it had me laughing my ass off! The first time we see Tom die in this movie, holy shiz, it was definitely another moment of embarrassment as I violently nerdgasmed because of the coolness happening on my TV.

The special effects look very good. When I compare it to my recently watched Age of Extinction, I appreciate the use of CGI here so much more. The CGI on Transformers looks nice sure, but it’s so overdone and hectic. Here the direction mixed with the incredible stunt work, the SOUND, which is also very good all just melt into this perfect concoction of movie goodness. Doug Liman can make one hell of an action movie, there are some jaw dropping shots and scenes spread through out this movie, I was never bored. Saving Private Ryan is one of my favorite movies of all time, and you can tell Liman got alot of inspiration from the action in that movie, to get some of the more mind blowingly cool sequences for Edge. The aliens also look pretty cool, even though their design just looks like a physical acid trip. The musical score adds to the sweaty palm inducing tension as well.

This could’ve easily been a dud of a movie, I actually liked Oblivion but I do understand where people saw the similarities. After watching this new favorite, I have to talk about it! This is not just a good action flick, it’s an awesome action flick! It’s not just a slow sci-fi, it’s a smart and layered modern sci-fi classic. The character development and chemistry between the two leads only add points to this incredible movie. My ONLY problem, is actually towards the end. I don’t want to give spoilers, but it’s after the time travel idea that makes this movie so fun, is thrown away. It kinda brings down the fun factor for me and the sheer rush I was getting going into the climax. But really it’s a minor flaw.

I loved Edge of Tomorrow. It’s really brought to my attention that 2014 has been a really great year for movies! Especially the in the big blockbuster area. The ending might have been a bit of a slow down for me but everything else clicked and made for an extremely fun time! Emily Blunt is awesome, Tom Cruise has still got it, the action is big and fun and you guys “GOTTA F*CKING SEE IT!”

Have you all seen Edge of Tomorrow? What did you think? What’s your favorite Tom Cruise movie? Drop a comment and LET’S TALK MOVIES!

I’m feeling pretty good over my perfect 5 out of 5 score on last weekend’s predictions! Sorry for getting this post up so late, but anywho here are the numbers for this past weekend’s money makers.

5. THE MAZE RUNNER- It’s still had a decent run at theatres but with more and more adult pleasing films coming out, it looks like this will be Maze Runner’s last stand at the Top 5.

4. THE BOXTROLLS- This is the biggest, most appealing movie at theatres right now that families could take their kids to right now. At least it’s something from Laika.

3. THE EQUALIZER- Last week’s winner had 2 fierce new comers to go against and a lot of the audiences split groups. Still Denzel’s flick is making bank.

2. ANNABELLE- The first big horror flick of the month of October! It had creepy trailers, the Conjuring name to back it to make a monster opening to a movie that I ain’t hearing to much good about.

1. GONE GIRL- It makes me happy that the latest Fincher feature got the top spot with a pretty hefty opening. Can’t wait to check it out myself.

Next Week’s Picks:
1. ALEXANDER
2. DRACULA UNTOLD
3. THE JUDGE
4. GONE GIRL
5. ANNABELLE

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