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REPOST: Blade II, based on characters from the MARVEL Comics: a Film Review

Synopsis:

Two years have passed since Blade defeated Deacon Frost and his plot to rule the vampire world.  As his search for his mentor Abraham Whistler continues, Blade discovers that Whistler is no longer human…but a vampire after having not killed himself upon infection.

Meanwhile a pandemic has hit the vampires.  A new “Reaper” virus is turning normal vampires into primal, ravenous, and mutated creatures with terrible effects to their consciousnesses. Because fo this the vampire overlord sends two of his minions to strike a deal with Blade, the newly cured Whistler, and Scud (Blade’s new sidekick). As the trio is drawn into the underbelly of the vampiric world, they are required to assist a pack of highly trained vampires who were meant to hunt Blade himself.

When the nightclub they are investigating is overrun with Reapers the pack discovers that not only are the infected vampires ravenous but they are also immune to basically everything that kills a normal vampire.  As member after member faces these animals it is more difficult for Blade to figure out just where this disease came from.

General Information:

-Genre: Superhero, Horror

-Creator: Based on characters from the MARVEL Comics

-Length: 117 minutes

-Rating: R (mild sex and nudity, severe violence and gore, severe profanity, moderate use of drugs, moderate to severe frightening and intense scenes)

-Where to Watch: Amazon Prime Video (Buy/Rent), iTunes (Buy/Rent), DVD, Blu-Ray, or look for it at your local library

-Main Cast: Wesley Snipes, Kris Kristofferson, Ron Perlman, Leonor Varela, Norman Reedus, Luke Goss

-Page of Reference in RP1: MARVEL is mentioned throughout the book

Review (contains spoilers):

This was just an incredible film.  I absolutely loved it.  But I also love films that are bloody and gory (yay horror films).  The introduction of a disease that is decimating the vampires is fascinating and a great trigger for Blade to begin to infiltrate the underbelly of his enemy.

I LOVED Nyssa as a character and was really upset that she died.  While it would have been interesting for her to end up as a love interest for Blade, he doesn’t really feel like the kind of character who needs or wants this kind of relationship.  I would have loved to just see her as a new partner for him.  They worked really well together and made a good team.

The dynamic of the pack was beautifully done and while we don’t get a ton of screen time with most of them the directed body language and overall comraderie amongst the pack is great.  You can see the relationships within minutes of meeting them.  Who was in charge.  Who was a couple.  You basically get to read the group the way Blade did.  And that is great directing.

I wish for the third movie to be as good as the first two but based off of the reviews I read this is the best of the three with the first coming in a close second…and the third…is a movie, I guess…

Well, onto the next film but this one will be entering my general rotation of films when all of this is over.

Rating:

Rating: 5 out of 5.
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REPOST: Blade, based on characters from MARVEL Comics: a Film Review

Synopsis:

In 1967 a woman is brought into the hospital after being attacked.  She is bleeding profusely from a neck wound and is revealed to be pregnant.  As the life begins to fade from her, her child is delivered and taken from her.

Thirty years later, a vampire hunter by the name of Blade, finds a supernatural rave called a BloodBath and proceeds to annihilate their ranks in search of the founder….a vampire by the name of Deacon Frost.  Finding only one of his right-hand men Blade is forced to leave the vampire behind when police arrive at the scene.  Knowing the being may not actually dead, Blade chooses to follow him to the hospital morgue where he is resurrected and kills the doctor there and nearly kills another.

Blade takes her to his cohort who attempts a risky and not always effective “cure” for her bite.  As she discovers the world is not what she believed it to be and Blade discovers there is some sort of vampire prophecy about revealing La Magra, the mother of vampires, everything may not be as it seems.  As they join together to attempt to fight the ranks of vampires swarming through L.A. they may not be enough to save the world from the fate awaiting them should Deacon Frost fulfill his mission of summoning the powers of La Magra.

General Information:

-Genre: Superhero, Action Horror

-Creator: Based on characters from Blade, MARVEL Comics

-Length: 120 minutes

-Rating: R (for horror, extreme gore and violence, supernatural violence, moderate to severe profanity)

-Where to Watch: Amazon Prime Video (Buy/Rent), iTunes (Buy/Rent), DVD, Blu-Ray, or look for it at your local library

-Main Cast: Wesley Snipes, Stephen Dorff, Kris Kristofferson, N’Bushe Wright, Donal Logue

-Page of Reference in RP1: MARVEL is mentioned throughout the book

Review (contains spoilers):

This was EXACTLY the type of movie I was looking for tonight.  Horror, superheroes, vampires…the supernatural.  I don’t know why I haven’t watched it before.  It’s got some of my favorite elements in it so far as films go.

The dynamic that is built between Blade and Karen as well as his relationship with Whistler feels complete and well balanced which is unique for a horror film.  Usually, the characters are all unfamiliar with each other or are all old pals.  Here we get a bit of each and both are handled very well.

We get a ton of action.  A great female lead.  Plenty of gore.  Superheroes that feel more like anti-heroes.  An awesome story filled with mythical prophasy and VAMPIRES.  A really terrible bad guy…who is truly a BAD guy first and a vampire second…which doesn’t always happen.

The action sequences are great.  The CGI is a bit outdated but that is to be expected for 1998.  The battles are well choreographed. The costumes and the sets fit that super dark aesthetic.  The writing is well done and doesn’t force too much information down the audience’s throat at once.

Just a genuinely good film that is definitely worth a watch if you like any of the following: superheroes, vampires, horror films or just a good action movie.  Do not watch if you don’t like gore.  Or needles…there are a lot of needles…

Rating:

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.
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Elektra, based on characters from Marvel Comics: a Film Review

Synopsis:

After being killed by Bullseye after an altercation with Daredevil, Elektra Natchios is brought back by Stick, a blind master of Kimagure.  The martial art, which can give practitioners the ability of precognition, is one that few people can master.

Elektra is expelled from the training grounds as her rage and fear take hold.  Instead she uses what skill she had acquired to become an contract killer.  One of the best in the world.

When she is contacted by a mysterious client with an abnormally large sum, things get complicated.  The job?  Spend some time in a rented home where the assassination is to be carried out…and only then will the buyer reveal who the names of the targets are…

Add in the fact that it is hard to not fall in love with the adorable Abby and her father, Mark Miller, and Elektra has a tough choice to make.  Do what she is good at and get the payment…or dig deeper to see what is really going on with this contract?

General Information:

-Genre: Superhero

-Creator: based on characters from Marvel Comics

-Length: 97 minutes

-Rating:

-Where to Watch: Amazon Prime Video (Buy/Rent), DVD, Blu-Ray, or look for it at your local library

-Main Cast: Jennifer Garner, Goran Visnjic, Will Yun Lee, Cary-Hiroyuki Tafawa, Terence Stamp

-Page of Reference in RP1: MARVEL is mentioned throughout the book

Review (contains spoilers):

This one goes right up there with Green Lantern….its about as bad as I remember.

Sadly, Elektra is a pretty cool character and this movie just doesn’t do it justice.  I hope that they decide to remake this like they did with Daredevil.

I just feel like her character was wasted on this early 2000s film.

The one good thing is that these early superhero films…the good and the bad…were what paved the way for the films we enjoy so much now.

Here’s hoping they redo things.  No offence to Jennifer Garner because she really did everything she could with what she was given.

Rating:

Rating: 2 out of 5.
Posted in Blog Posts, DC Comics, MARVEL

Women in Comics: A Little Girl Power for you Weekend!

With the weekend release of the Black Widow film (finally…stupid Covid…) I thought we would spend the weekend celebrating women in comics!

Female superheroes have existed since the concept of a person with superhuman powers was created.  In fact, the first most widely recognized female superhero was none other than Wonder Woman.

While there were quite a few other female superheroes that came before Diana’s debut in 1941 with the release of an issue of All-Star Comics, she is by far the most iconic of the early women appearing in comics.  She was beautiful and dressed in a leotard, knee high boots and a golden tiara…and had come to America to fight fascism, the enemy of democracy.

Many saw her as a shining light in the comic book world.  Her ideals were in line with the feminism of the day (and even more so now).  She fought for equality for people, celebrating their differences and defining moments.  She brought hope to people when they may not have had much…for 1941 was the year that the US entered WW2 and the next few years would be grim indeed.

But not everyone was taken with the beautiful brunette and her male counterparts.  Comics were often called a “national disgrace” and Wonder Woman herself has come under much scrutiny for everything from her beliefs to the way she dressed.

Yet this was just the start of women in comics.  From her brash and beautiful origins to the modern films she is in today… this was just the start.

Now we have women all over the comic book world…

From the X-Men and their diverse cast (most notably characters like Jean Grey, Rogue, Kitty Pryde and Jubulee) to Jessica Jones, The Scarlet Witch and Black Widow it is nearly impossible to open a comic book and not see some incredible female character staring back out at you.  Most even have their own series now. 

You can read about Supergirl, Batwoman, The Gotham City Sirens, Harley Quinn, She-Hulk, Vixen, Gwen Stacey (aka Spider-Gwen), the new Iron Man who is now a 16-year-old black girl, Kamala Kahn, Black Canary, The Birds of Prey, Echo…name them and you can find them.

Their stories are being told and we really do need them, from the rebellious to the criminal, the dark to the bright…the original takes.  The celebrations and downfalls.

We have seen some of them throughout the reviews so far this month: Sue Storm, Black Widow, The Wasp, Pepper Potts (who becomes Rescue in the comics), Wanda Maximoff, Gamora and Nebula, Jane Foster (also Thor in the newer comics), Captain Marvel, Monica Rambeau….and so many more.

The comics are so much more in depth than what we see on screen.  Their stories are expanded, full of hopes and desires….their drives to make the world a better place in their own ways.  And they are some of the most popular characters in the comic book world.

So this weekend we are going to celebrate women in comics….the good, the bad and even the villains…some turned anti-villain. Because as always, representation matters and seeing ourselves in the pages of a comic is no exception.

The next few days we will be focusing reviews on film, tv and comics that are primarily about female characters in comics.

Starting with the fantastic new Wonder Woman films.  And stay tuned for a review of the new Black Widow film…but if you don’t wants spoilers stay away from it until you have seen the movie!

Resources:

Smithsonian Magazine: The Surprising Origin Story of Wonder Woman

Cbr.com: 10 Female Superheroes Who Were Created Before Wonder Woman

Gamesradar.com: The Best Female Superheroes of All Time

Wikipedia

My own experience as a life long nerd!

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Fant4stic, based on characters created by Jack Kirby and Stan Lee: a Film Review

Synopsis:

Reed Richards has always dreamed of creating the first teleportation device for biomatter.  Laughed at as a child and still adamant that he will be successful Reed works quietly in his home garage trying to build a prototype.  When he is caught by Ben Grimm at the Grimm family junkyard looking for a piece the pair become fast friends, bonding over the success of a first attempt as sending matter through space.

As the pair grow up they enter the high school science fair.  While literally disqualified from the contest they catch the eye of Professor Franklin Storm who is the director of the Baxter Foundation, a research institute for young prodigies.

Reed is offered a place at the Foundation, where his focus will be on working with Sue Storm and Johnny Storm, Professor Storms children, as well as Victor Von Doom, to complete the “Quantum Gate” that Von Doom had designed before his dismissal from the program.

When they are successful the facility supervisor plans to override Professor Storm and send a group from NASA to venture into the parallel dimension the group has discovered.  After getting drunk, and angry about the fact that they were told they would be travelling through first, Victor, Reed and Johnny decide to make the trip themselves.  Reed drags Ben in and the four travel through the rift into the other dimension remotely.

When the exploration goes badly the group needs Sue’s help to return…but all is not what it seems when only three come back and the entire facility, as well as the machine, are reduced to rubble…

When they awake it is to a myriad of changes…and captivity from the US Military…which isn’t exactly the best situation to be in.

General Information:

-Genre: Superhero, Origin Story

-Creator: based on characters created by Jack Kirby and Stan Lee

-Length: 100 minutes

-Rating: PG-13 (for moderate violence and gore, mild profanity, very mild alcohol use, moderate frightening and intense scenes)

-Where to Watch: Disney+ (with subscription), DVD, Blu-Ray, or look for it at your local library

-Main Cast: Miles Teller, Michael B. Jordan, Kate Mara, Jamie Bell, Toby Kebbell, Reg E. Cathey, Rim Blake Nelson

-Page of Reference in RP1: MARVEL is mentioned throughout the book

Review (contains spoilers):

It’s not as bad as I remember it being.  But it isn’t great either.

The biggest issue that I have with the changes that were made to the story isn’t the origins of the Fantastic 4 so much as the fact that they are all teenagers/very early 20s (in the case of Victor).

So much of what I remember in the comics of the Fantastic 4 (it has been years since I read them so if I’m wrong, I’m sorry) deals with the fact that they are all adults.

Between the traditional superhero stuff…fighting general bad guys, having nemesis, dealing with cosmic entities that want to eat the earth, etc.… there is a lot of depth to their relationships that doesn’t really translate well to teenagers.

Unlike Spider-man who grows up in the comics and his life changes based on his age such as the relationships as well as his personal life, the Fantastic 4 are grown adults with degrees and are dealing with situations as such.

It’s quite unbelievable that four teenagers, no matter their powers, would get handed the keys to a government facility like Central City.

But maybe I’m just looking at it from the perspective of an adult who knows how teens work, regardless of how smart they are.

Overall, it’s not the worst twist to the comics.  But its not the best.  It’s just…okay.

Rating:

Rating: 2.5 out of 5.
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Fantastic 4: Rise of the Silver Surfer, based on characters created by Jack Kirby and Stan Lee: a Film Review

Synopsis:

Reed and Sue are only days away from tying the knot!  Their lives a filled with wedding planning, seating charts, floral arrangements….and the occasional call on their group to save the world, or at least parts of it.  Being a superhero can be stressful but add in a wedding and it gets extremely complicated.

Even more so when a series of massive events start popping up across the globe radiating the cosmic energy that was the source of their powers.  They are approached by the US Military to try and trace the cause of these phenomena.  Reed, unbeknownst to Sue, builds a device that will alert him if there are any building entities.

On the day of their wedding, he gets an alert centered right where they are to be getting married.  When a strange silver man appears, Johnny takes off after it, managing to catch up but almost getting killed in the process.  When he awakes his powers are out of hand, even transferring from member to member as he is touched.  In an attempt to solve the problem, get Johnny back to rights, and hopefully save the planet in the meantime, the group focuses on catching the Silver Surfer to find out what his plan is.

It turns out…something much bigger is on the hunt and it will make those “tiny” cosmic anomalies look like child’s play. 

General Information:

-Genre: Superhero

-Creator: based on characters created by Jack Kirby and Stan Lee

-Length:  minutes

-Rating: PG-13 (for moderate violence and gore, mild profanity, very mild alcohol use, moderate frightening and intense scenes)

-Where to Watch: Disney+ (with subscription), DVD, Blu-Ray, or look for it at your local library

-Main Cast: Ioan Gruffudd, Jessica Alba, Chris Evans, Michael Chiklis, Julian McMahon, Kerry Washington, Andre Braugher, Beau Garrett, Doug Jones, Laurence Fishburne

-Page of Reference in RP1: MARVEL is mentioned throughout the book

Review (contains spoilers):

So, while not as good as the first film this one does hold its own as a sequel. 

There is a great balance of the same things from the first movie but this time instead of fluctuating relationships there is the drama of the Richards/Storm wedding.  It adds a little bit of comic relief almost as you get to see the side of superheroes becoming famous, in almost a tongue and cheek kind of drama.

I also have a different perspective on a lot of what happens in this film due to the fact that I have worked with Doug Jones and have gotten to ask him about his performance as the body of the Silver Surfer.  While the effects of the skin are all computer generated all of the movements that the character does including the times when he is basically parallel to the ground when talking to Sue, were all done practically.  Its honestly why the CGI holds up for the most part so many years later.

So I guess this film holds a special place in my heart because it is a really wonderful example of how to use practical bases for CGI work.  I’ve always been a fan of doing as much in a practical way first and using CGI as the frosting to make something look different or to enhance something.

And this does a good job of that.  Plus, Galactus is kind of cool looking…and a pretty important bad guy in the Fantastic 4 world.

Rating:

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.
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Fantastic 4, based on characters created by Jack Kirby and Stan Lee: a Film Review

Synopsis:

Dr. Reed Richards is convinced that his theory of the evolution of life on Earth is the correct one.  Having been triggered millions of years ago by clouds of cosmic energy from space he has studied and calculated when the next such phenomena is going to pass by the planet.  With the help of his best friend, Ben Grimm, he goes to a former MIT classmate of his for funding.

Dr. Victor Von Doom, an equally brilliant but incredibly narcissistic scientist, is the CEO of Von Doom Industries.  He agrees to help Dr. Richards out with the tests, including the use of the Von Doom Industries Space Station.  One condition of the use is that Victor brings on his chief of genetics research, the lovely Sue Storm. 

The group is joined by Johnny Storm, Sue’s younger brother and new astronaut studying under Ben Grimm, when they take to the station.  As they get to the station to set up Reed realizes he has made an error in calculations and the storm is approaching much faster than anticipated leaving Ben stranded on a spacewalk while Sue, Reed and Johnny try to save him.

Back on Earth, having barely survived the cosmic energy cloud, the group finds themselves on the other side of some very bizarre effects, each more different from the last.

What will they do with these new abilities?  Will Dr. Richards be able to find a cure?  And what exactly is going on with Dr. Von Doom who claims that the force field he closed to protect himself did just that?

General Information:

-Genre: Superhero, Origin Story

-Creator: based on characters created by Jack Kirby and Stan Lee

-Length: 106 minutes

-Rating: PG-13 (for mild sex and nudity, mild violence and gore, mild profanity, mild alcohol use and smoking, moderate frightening and intense scenes)

-Where to Watch: Disney+ (with subscription), DVD, Blu-Ray, or look for it at your local library

-Main Cast: Ioan Gruffudd, Jessica Alba, Chris Evans, Michael Chiklis, Julian McMahon, Kerry Washington

-Page of Reference in RP1: MARVEL is mentioned throughout the book

Review (contains spoilers):

I don’t know why I remember this and the second film being a lot worse than they actually are.

I was quite impressed with the movie overall.  It did a great job capturing the feel of the Fantastic 4 team.  There are real world problems intermixed with the science and background of the origins of the Fantastic 4.

While it isn’t’ the most spectacular of films it is a good movie overall.  The effects are pretty solid.  The acting is decent and the writing is done fairly well.  There really aren’t any negatives to the movie…other than the fact that I think the newer MCU and Marvel Studios could do an even better job.

But even if it isn’t fantastic… its really fun to see Chris Evans as the cocky Johnny Storm.  And I do think that Ioan Gruffudd was a great choice for Reed Richards.  Really the casting was pretty perfect…even Jessica Alba which isn’t who I would have thought would be a good choice for Sue Storm.

The little moments and trials were lovely too…like the budding relationship between Ben and Alicia.  As well as the ruined relationship between Reed and Sue.  And of course Johnny and all his general insanity.

If you like the nostalgia of the first superhero films that paved the way for later films in both the MCU and the DCEU then you shouldn’t skip this one.  Others sure but the Fantastic 4 duology is pretty solid.

Rating:

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.
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UPDATE: LOKI, created by Marvel Cinematic Universe, based on characters by Stan Lee: a Film Review

PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS SHOW IS CURRENTLY BEING AIRED AND AS SUCH THE REVIEW WILL CONTAIN SPOILERS AND WILL BE UPDATED AS NEW EPISODES COME OUT.  AS OF THIS FIRST POST THERE ARE 4 EPISODES CURRENTLY AVAILABLE TO WATCH.

Synopsis:

As the Avengers worked to set the world back to rights they made a tiny error which allowed for Loki to steal the Tesseract as they attempted to retrieve the Infinity Stone.  The TVA, or Time Variance Authority, moved in to take Loki into custody for crimes against the Sacred Timeline.

While they give Loki choice: face being reset (aka erased from existence) or to help their organization capture a bigger threat- another time variant that is wreaking havoc on the TVA agents.

General Information:

-Genre: Superhero, Action/Adventure, Crime Thriller, Time Heist, Procedural Drama

-Creator: created by Marvel Cinematic Universe, based on characters by Stan Lee

-Length: 4 episodes around 45-60 minutes each

-Rating: PG-13 (for sex and nudity, violence and gore, profanity, use of alcohol, drugs and smoking, frightening and intense scenes)

-Where to Watch: Disney+ (with subscription), DVD, Blu-Ray, or look for it at your local library

-Main Cast: Tom Hiddleston, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Wunmi Mosaku, Eugene Cordero, Tara Strong, Owen Wilson, Sophia Di Marino, Sasha Lane

-Page of Reference in RP1: MARVEL is mentioned throughout the book

Review (contains spoilers):

I cannot speak highly enough of this show!  It is a roller coaster from start to finish but absolutely stunning.  From the visuals that have been build for the TVA to the costume design of Loki and the other Variants… its just a feast.  The writing is great and the acting is even better….Just trust me and go watch it for yourself.  I don’t think you’ll be sorry.

Episode 1:

This is going to be a really interesting show.

The Sacred Timeline? The Time-Keepers…the TVA.  It’s a lot to take in but it is a really wonderful start to the show.

Plus, who doesn’t love Loki and all of his mischief.

I love the fact that all of the new information about the TVA (since we haven’t seen them to date) is presented in a way that not only makes sense but is also super createive.  I love the little 1950s-esque animated bits we are getting as “educational” films about the TVA.  Such a cool way to get the info to us.

That is a LOT of Infinity Stones.  It’s going to be really interesting to see what exactly is going to happen since Loki knows where they are.  I wonder how everything will play out and if they will end up as a significant part to the show.

Well…that wasn’t what I was expecting.  Loki…having to hunt Loki.

Episode 2:

As if I didn’t already love this show, we are in the midst of one of the biggest renaissance faires in the US…. It’s just so wonderful.

The soundtrack for this show is going to be killer since we are travelling back and forth throughout time.  I hope they keep this up.  You can’t go wrong with a good fight set to Hero.

Oh Loki…. I love the metaphor he ties to use.  Its great…because it’s true.

I hope this all continues.  The two of them in Pompeii with Loki speaking Latin and just making mischief is great.

Time to look up naturally occurring apocalypses across the universe!

So, the Variant Loki can jump.  Fascinating.  It’s always great to see other actors play something like Loki’s character.

A female Loki…and forcing a completer divergence of the Sacred Timeline.  What a set up for the end of Episode 2…. I can’t wait to see what happens next.

Episode 3:

Sylvie is going to be a fun character.  She’s just enough Loki and just enough something else that it’s a fun combination.

I LOVE that it’s not just written in a file that Loki is gender-fluid (and likes all the people) but it is actually openly discussed.

And Tom Hiddleston singing the Norse folksong.  It’s beautiful.

So the plot thickens.  All of the workers at the TVA were Variants at one point or another and they DON’T know it?  That’s more than a little messed up…

And they are seemingly trapped.  Things are about to get serious.

Episode 4:

Captured.  I’m really enjoying the bits and pieces that we are getting of everything that is going on at the TVA.  Sylvie escaping at such a young age.  The truths about the TVA.  The little bits of people coming out of the trances they seem to be in.

Now the bad memory prison.  Its nice to see Sif again.

What is going to happen if the members of the TVA realize they have other memories…they had other lives?  They are Variants.  How is that going to change things?

Mmm…. Sylvie has gotten someone to believe.  Let’s see if Loki can get our other friend to believe too.

DAMN we got him.  What are they going to do to take everything down?

WHAT THE HELL?!?!  That was very not cool.  Not cool at all.  Ravanna is not a good person.

Ooh we get to see the Time-Keepers.

And my favorite…the epic battle.

THEY’RE MACHINES?????? 

Then WHO created the TVA?  That’s a great question Loki…

Oh do it… Ravanna is in big trouble.

And I will be watching the next episode on Wednesday when it comes out.  That is not a cool thing to do.  I don’t like cliffhangers like that.

Credit Scene:  So now we get to see what happens when someone is “Pruned” …and what in the multi-verse is all of that?

Episode 5:

Fascinating the whole scenario with the inescapable time void.  I can’t wait to see what the group of Loki’s will come up with.

Sylvie is something else.  I love that she took the chance and pruned herself…and that she has a TimPad.  Its great….

I also love our Loki. 

So, so many Loki.  I hope they get it together and decide to help each other out.

The Judge isn’t going to know what hit her if they end up getting out of this void.

Of course Loki fell in love with the female version of himself….that’s just how it works doesn’t it…. And it is also wonderful that he realized that having friends and not doing things alone is so much more important not to mention successful than doing things alone.

I hate the cliffhangers!  But next episode should reveal all… time to find out who created the TVA and why they are hiding themselves…

Rating:

Rating: 5 out of 5.
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Deadpool 2, based on characters created by Fabian Nicieza and Rob Liefeld: a Film Review

Synopsis:

Now working as a mercenary over the past two years things seem to be going in the right direction for Wade Wilson.  He’s back together with his fiancée, Vanessa…and they are talking about having kids!  But when he fails to kill a target on their anniversary, that target comes back with a vengeance.

When the dust settles there isn’t much left of the life Wade was building over the last few years.  No Vanessa.  No apartment.  No possessions to speak of save a Skee-Ball token (an anniversary gift) and his incredible healing abilities.

Taken in by the X-men after attempting to end his life, which he discovers is basically impossible due to his new mutation, Wade agrees to join up because he believes Vanessa would have wanted him to do good in the world.

When he and his new team- Colossus and Negasonic Teenage Warhead respond to a standoff with an unstable young mutant, Firefist, at an “orphanage” Wade realizes there is more going on than meets the eye.

After being arrested and sent to the Ice Box Wade is determined to make things right, forming X-Force… but things are always more complicated than they seem.  And Wade is about to find that out firsthand.

General Information:

-Genre: Superhero, Revenge Story

-Creator: based on characters created by Fabian Nicieza and Rob Liefeld

-Length: 119 minutes

-Rating: R (for severe sex and nudity, severe violence and gore, severe profanity, mild use of alcohol and drug use, moderate frightening and intense scenes)

-Where to Watch: Amazon Prime Video (Buy/Rent), iTunes (Buy/Rent), DVD, Blu-Ray, or look for it at your local library

-Main Cast: Ryan Reynolds, Josh Brolin, Morena Baccarin, Julian Dennison, Zazie Beetz, T.J. Miller, Brianna Hildebrand, Jack Kesy

-Page of Reference in RP1: MARVEL is mentioned throughout the book

Review (contains spoilers):

And they knock it out of the park AGAIN!

I can’t really say more than I did for the last movie other than they just kept up all the fantastic parts that make Deadpool…well, Deadpool.

He and the X-Force are snarky and sarcastic.  Volatile and angry. 

And if you like the X-men we get to see some of the crew that aren’t widely used in the other films as well as some of the villains that aren’t seen as often outside of the comics.

Plus, Wade’s relationship with his blind elderly landlady/roommate is just GOLD.

If you love Deadpool you’ll love this film.

And once again… THIS IS NOT A MOVIE FOR KIDS!!!!!

Rating:

Rating: 5 out of 5.
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Deadpool, based on characters created by Fabian Nicieza and Rob Liefeld: a Film Review

Synopsis:

Dishonorably discharged and out on the town, one Wade Wilson, meets a beautiful prostitute named Vanessa.  As the pair become romantically involved things lead to a proposal.  When she accepts the couple is insanely happy…that is until Wade is diagnosed with terminal cancer and leaves Vanessa without a word, hoping to protect her from watching him die.

Not long after Wade is recruited by a strange and mysterious group offering an experimental procedure which should cure his cancer.  He accepts hoping to return to the life he had with Vanessa.  Instead he is injected with a serum designed to awaken the X-gene…which is thought to be the cause of mutations like those seen in the X-men.

Subjected to days of stress and torture to trigger any latent mutation contained in his cells, Wade suffers for days until he is put into a hyberbaric chamber for a weekend…periodically being brought to the verge of asphyxiation throughout the days.  When his captors return they discover that Wade has indeed mutated but with some unwanted side effects.

While he can heal at a superhuman rate (effectively rendering him completely immortal) Wade is covered in burn like scars that can never heal…regardless of how his new mutation works.  After being left for dead in the lab Wade has only a few choices.  Try to live a life with Vanessa now that he is “cured” of his illness.

Or to seek revenge on those who have done him wrong…

General Information:

-Genre: Superhero, Origin Story, Revenge Story

-Creator: based on characters created by Fabian Nicieza and Rob Liefeld

-Length: 108 minutes

-Rating: R (for severe sex and nudity, severe violence and gore, severe profanity, mild use of alcohol and drug use, moderate frightening and intense scenes)

-Where to Watch: Amazon Prime Video (Buy/Rent), iTunes (Buy/Rent), DVD, Blu-Ray, or look for it at your local library

-Main Cast: Ryan Reynolds, Morena Baccarin, Ed Skrein, T.J. Miller, Gina Carano, Brianna Hildebrand

-Page of Reference in RP1: MARVEL is mentioned throughout the book

Review (contains spoilers):

This is everything you could ask for in a Deadpool movie and more.  I know I should have included this in the X-men reviews because technically it is the 8th X-men film but come on.

Deadpool is and always will be his own thing in my mind.

If this is just the start of seeing him in the MCU I will take it. 

It is snarky, and violent…funny and just over the top.  It is so perfectly Deadpool from start to finish.  Plus as far as origin stories go its comprehensive and brash but not condescending.  You get everything that you need while still feeling like you are trapped in Deadpool’s head…which is absolutely perfect for a Superhero (anti-hero?) who continually breaks the fourth wall both in the film and in his comics.

Ryan Reynolds certainly redeemed himself with this one after the disaster that was Green Lantern… for that review click there.

Do remember though (and Reynolds has said it himself time and time again) this is NOT a movie for kids… just because its about superheroes doesn’t mean the VERY ADULT content is acceptable for kids.  Deadpool is so very much not a kids character.

So worth the watch if you are okay with gratuitous language, excessive violence and a character that is worth every single bit of all of that.

Rating:

Rating: 5 out of 5.