Sunday, October 29, 2017

#Beyourownherocosplay @ #JacksonvilleComicCon

One week away!!!

#beyourownherocosplay will be hosting and judging the Cosplay Contest on Saturday, November 4th from 10am until 5:30pm!

#TheLakeWylieBatman #DarkKnight #Batman #JacksonvilleComicCon #Cosplay #CosplayContest


#JustaQuickiePlease: The Mummy (2017) Review

After watching some films, one sits back, as the credits roll, and simply asks the question why?  Why would someone think that was a good idea and actually spend millions of dollars in a seemingly absurd attempt to bring it to cinematic life?  This is a prime example of just that.  In addition, how many times has Cruise sold his soul to remain relevant, as any iota of talent seems to be determinedly void, ridiculously miscast in every single role of late?  This is, by far, hands down, one of the most pathetic and disastrous remakes of our time.  In one fell swoop, Kurtzman, manages to wholly destroy any credible as a director he had or has hopes to earn with a universal flop, pardon the pun, that turns an already tough to convince horror concept, especially among this current generation, into a literal caricature of itself, while at the same time, making the Fraser outing appear to be a cinematic masterpiece in comparison.  Boutella's undead diva is as ridiculous as they come, overselling every scene like a used car salesman trying to make up a deficit the last weekend of a slow month.  In addition, Wallis fulfills her role as the stereotypical female sidekick trying way too hard to not be the stereotypical female sidekick in a nearly glorious silliness.  I won't even begin to wonder how much this studio paid Crowe to play a Jekyll/Hyde incarnation that unintentionally and immediately parodies itself.  Okay, some of the effects are cool, as they would be in any recent Playstation or Xbox game, so nothing notable there.  With a goofy twist at the end that feels absolutely fitting, this is yet further proof as to why box offices numbers continue to drop and how truly disconnected Hollyweird executives are from reality.  0 out of 5 Kernels; some things should just most certainly stay dead and buried, Tom's career for starters. 

#JustaQuickiePlease: Stephen King's IT (2017) Review

With the exception of a rare few, Stand By Me being the most notable example, most of King's novels, for some odd reason, have not translated well to either the small or silver screens.  In addition, as many know, unless one has lived under a fairly large rock for the last decade or so, this is not the first outing for one of the horror master's most iconic stories.  The initial was a TV mini-series, boasting a fairly all-star cast for its time, including the legendary Tim Curry in the notoriously gruesome role of Pennywise the clown.  Despite, its 90's limitations on effects, the performances and storytelling were surprisingly powerful, and, although Curry now strangely despises the portrayal, his villain was quite terrifying.   So one would think, seeing how King's film legacy has been so spotty at best, that taking the huge risk of rebooting a win would be somewhat nonsensical.  However, this cinematic retelling does what few "re-envisionings" have come even close to accomplishing.  Not only is it a true testament to its literary source, but it is also a truly masterful film, combining utterly engaging and authentic performances, with a remarkable script, stunning cinematography, and quite frightening effects that wholly disturb without becoming cumbersome or lessening an otherwise incredible production.  The young cast is stellar, flawless in their genuineness, harkening back to what Reiner captured with the aforementioned Stand by Me, and, dare I say, improving upon it.   Although Bill SkarsgĂ„rd's incarnation of the demonic clown is inspired and should be sincerely lauded, it is, however, Lillis and Wolfhard (Stranger Things) who determinedly occupy center stage with their remarkable portrayals.  All of this well earned praise is only further astounded by the fact that this is the work of a relatively unknown director, Andy Muschietti, who has, in one outing, wholly proved his credibility as an artist and visionary.  Overall, the best King film on the market and one of the best horror flicks to arrive within the last two decades.  5 out 5 Kernels; let's hope this is the beginning of great things to come for this author's future theatrical prospects and that the upcoming sequel will be as formidable as its predecessor. 

Monday, September 4, 2017

#JustaQuickiePlease: Colossal

I think this film lasted all of two weeks in the theater and what a sin that was.  Mix an Indie feel with a love for the Godzillaesque monster movies of our youth, a well-crafted script that is filled with heart and subtle surprises, and stellar performances from its cast and you have one quite remarkable little flick.   In addition, this director is able to shift from light hearted, to heartfelt and hopeful to outright dark, with a fluidity rarely seen in cinema today.   It's hard to label, as it would diminish the totality of the production, so think something between a dark comedy and conscientious drama with a smattering of surprisingly sophisticated effects that enhance not overpower this thoroughly engaging and satisfying take on an utterly unique science fiction concept.  Hathaway is brilliant,  Sudeikis is genuine and unnerving, and the remaining ensemble compliments each other with a definitive sincerity.   In a quagmire of the wrote and repetitive, it's refreshing to find a clarity of creativity and true talent.  4 out of 5 Kernels; this was truly a colossal success.

#JustaQuickiePlease: King Arthur: Legend of the Sword

Director Guy Ritchie decided to take Conan the Barbarian,  The Lord of the Rings, Gladiator, Assassins Creed, and Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves and combine all of those plotlines and concepts into one film and then add in the most CGI PlayStation 4 graphics he could find.   So, you can only imagine how that worked out, and I would seriously recommend the imagining part over wasting one minute on this effects heavy, performance light, medieval disaster.   The cast oversells every line of dialogue as if they are paid by commission only and, like CW's Arrow with its incessant flashbacks, Ritchie spends more than half the film either rehashing or piece mealing dream sequences together in a futile attempt to make up for the absolute stale and predictable plot.  The real star of this flick is the sword, yes, the sword, which is too, a hodgepodge of borrowed ideas, lying somewhere between Final Fantasy, Star Wars, and Frozen, if you can believe it.    There are better adaptations of this twice told tale, as long as you multiply the twice by about ten.   1 out of 5 Kernels: got to give them credit for the best use of stylized contact lenses, that has to be some kind of record.

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

The #DuskSeries #RedddollCosplay and #BeYourOwnHero Cosplay will be at #FlorenceComicCon, Sunday, September 10th from 10am until 6pm!

Pre-order your copy of the #SeasonOne DVD...
Buy signed prints of your favorite cast members...
Meet #MedievalBatman and Megan Rogers of

#Dusk #Darknesswillfall #vampire #werewolf #witch #magic #supernatural #paranormal #series #webseries #livestream #FacebookLive #DieforMal #FentoninAction #HailtotheChief #FallenAngel #Evelyn #Alchemist #Majestic #TheHat

#JustaQuickiePlease: Marvel: The Defenders (TV Series 2017) Review

The producers of the first outing of Marvel's Daredevil brings us the cumulation of 5 seasons worth of gradually worsening story telling, mostly solid character development, and some of the most breathtaking fight scenes ever captured on screen (not counting Iron Fist).  The Defenders are, in essence, a Nolanesque take on The Avengers,  removing all the cool powers, tech, humor, and flair of the Whedonverse and replacing it with a dark, gritty, mostly realistic tone and feel.   What was once an inspired launch to a more hard core approach to some of Marvel's E-List heroes, has now become the typical cash cow, trading substance, and sophistication for a hurried product rampant with flawed progressive ideology, ad nauseam exposition, bland villains, and either overt predictability or outright unbelievability.   Daredevil uno and dos gave us two of the best comic features to ever grace the small, or silver screen, as well as, The Kingpin, Elektra, and Punisher fandom deserved.  Jessica Jones redefined what a comic book film or series is and gave us the most frightening bad guy in the entirety of the Marvel Cinematic Cosmos.  The first half of Luke Cage provided a long awaited, well earned, dignity to one of my favorite printed heroes.  Then, without warning, the shark jumped itself, as the latter episodes of Cage became outright propaganda and delivered one of the most disappointing climaxes in geek history.   Kung Fu Justin Timberlake followed, um...I mean Iron Fist, which was mostly one dragon sized train wreck, rampant with horrific choreographer, frustrating redundancy, and the birthing of the infamous excess exposition.  The Defenders should have been the saving grace, instead, it provided a fitting bow to a crap package.  Luke Cage can't get hurt until the plot requires him to.  Jessica Jones can lift an elevator, but has a problem with the equivalent of the Hand's Yoga instructor.   Daredevil can best a stairwell full of thugs but struggles when it comes to one on one.  Then there is the Karate Kid, who is an annoying mix of Eddie Haskel, Ricky Shroeder, and that one Cobra Kai kid who got kicked out because he just couldn't cut it.  Add in the most vanilla villain they could conjure, and the fact that club dread's only real weapon is unending exposition, and you have an absolute profanity when it comes to concluding a story arch.   The only highlight is Elektra who can kill entire rooms of highly trained ancient ninjas but has a bit of trouble taking out her former beau...which wasn't predictable at all, total shocker.   In the end, the script was inferior, the action cool, and humor hit or miss, mostly the latter.   Let's hope The Punisher will bring us back to the glory days when Mike Murdoch first graced the Netflix stage.  Not to mention the set up for a possible Born Again plotline.  2 out of 5 Kernels: Still trying to figure out what exactly they were defending, and, especially, how a skyscraper haphazardly imploded without affecting a single building around it.