Avengers: Endgame Review

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Whoo boy. Do I have a review for you. I’m likely going to spend the next thousand words gushing about how epic this movie was and how it exceeded all expectations. Like, this would forever be the gold standard of superhero movies and I honestly don’t know how Marvel Studios, or really, anyone, can top this. So let’s just get right into it.

This won’t spoil the ending, but will contain spoilers nonetheless. Deaths and the like will be omitted, but I will mention the big battle at the end. Just a heads up.

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Captain Marvel Review

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Beyond The Stars: Alita: Battle Angel Review

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Beyond the Stars is a series of Science Fiction related posts where I discuss different aspects of the genre and review movies and shows associated with it. Today, I review Alita: Battle Angel, from 20th Century Fox and Lightstorm Entertainment.

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Much like video game movies, anime movies are often criticized for being too unrealistic, too cartoony, and most of the time, really bad. We do have the Detective Pikachu movie, which seeks to shatter both these droughts, but there’s one that seems to be one not many are talking about. Alita: Battle Angel, based on an OVA released in 1993 about a battle hardened cyborg who wishes to discover who she is and what her purpose is in this futuristic life. So, let’s get into it. Continue reading “Beyond The Stars: Alita: Battle Angel Review”

Spider-Man: Into The Spiderverse Review

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Spider-Man’s had a troubling history when it comes to cinema. The friendly neighborhood hero hasn’t had a breakout hit, even with his entry into the MCU, Spider-Man: Homecoming, and the upcoming sequel Far From Home. Even with Venom, which I reviewed already, had its fair share of problems that made it difficult for Sony to bounce back. I was cautiously optimistic when they announced the Spider-verse movie that I was hesitant about seeing it since most trailers can look awesome but the films themselves are not worth the effort.

So when I heard that Spider-verse was getting good reviews, I wanted to see for myself. Sure enough, I had a fun time. So let’s get into it and see where these worlds take us.

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Fiction Friday: Remaking History

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Fiction Friday is a series where I talk about what I’ve been reading. Short Stories (and sometimes Novellas) are featured as in-between posts and the first Friday of the month will feature a new novel review. Today, I review Remaking History by Kim Stanley Robinson.

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History is an interesting thing. Preservation and accuracy must be key to understanding who we are and where we came from. But some have other ideas, twisting historical facts into their own vision. Eventually, the ability to distinguish truth from fiction become dulled, and common falsehoods become historical facts themselves.

No, I’m not talking about Trump and his Fake News brigade. I’m talking about today’s story. We’re talking about Remaking History by Kim Stanley Robinson, as featured in Lightspeed Magazine, originally in Other Edens II. You can find it here. This is a story focused on making movies on a lunar base. It’s fun and true to Hollywood as you think, so let’s see what this is about. Continue reading “Fiction Friday: Remaking History”

Cracking The Case Of The Detective Pikachu Movie Trailer

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Playing With Imagination is a series where I talk about video game stories and plots. Many video games have incredible stories and are often overlooked in our society. Today, I talk about the Live Action Pokemon: Detective Pikachu, coming soon from Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures.

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What do you get when you take Deadpool, Pokémon, the uncanny valley and a movie based of a game, based off a spinoff from one of the biggest games ever? You get Detective Pikachu.

Rumors of a live-action Pokemon film have spread to Kanto and back, and during the era where video game movies were bad, fans had every reason to be concerned. Mediocre acting, miserable plots, and felt more like watching a game than seeing a typical movie. But things changed, hopefully, for the better when Warcraft hit theaters, and while critics didn’t think it was the second coming it should have been, fans LOVED it. It was the first genuinely good video game movie…possibly ever.

Fast forward to today, and we get Detective Pikachu, based on the Pokemon spin-off of the same name. The first exposure to something even resembling a live action Pokemon film was 2006’s Pokemon Apokelypse. It’s a fan film that garnered controversy for being an extremely dark take on Pokemon. Battle was similar to illegal animal fights, the dialog was mature and the story followed the anime rather than the games.

*Shudder* The rare time I’m thankful Hollywood didn’t go this route.

It cemented my belief that Pokemon should NEVER have a live-action adaptation, lest the corporate executives of Hollywood tear it down and claim yet another childhood victim in their never-ending crusade to ruin anything they get their grubby, sweaty paws on.

Maybe that was a bit dramatic, but the point is, I didn’t know if I even WANTED a live action version since the anime movies were more than enough. But Monday, we got ourselves our first real look at the upcoming live-action film and…

I’m not sure what to think. Before we delve further, let’s take a look at the story of Detective Pikachu.

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Venom Review

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I love the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and how they made superhero movies a viable genre, so much so that people are discussing Black Panther getting an Oscar nomination. Before that, superhero movies were either campy, mediocre, or downright terrible. Granted, there are still films made today that aren’t under the MCU banner that have varying reception. And even before Spider-Man Homecoming, there was a reboot of the Spider-Man series that didn’t go over too well. In that vein, came one of Spider-Man’s iconic rivals. Venom.

When the trailer for this launched, it excluded the title character to keep the mystery. Since then, he’s become somewhat of a question mark and people try to figure out what role it had in the film. Now that the film’s out, I figured I’d at least check it out. So, let’s see how this goes down. Continue reading “Venom Review”