Wednesday, June 21, 2017

#JustaQuickiePlease: The Space Between Us Review

               Another example of the continued Hollyweird focus on YA dribble and churning out yet another predictable, stale, and disingenuous tale of adolescent love and loss.  A kid born and then orphaned on Mars somehow is able to communicate, in real time, with a teenage outcast on Earth and then finds some ridiculously implausible way to travel to his homeworld to go on a sappy and silly journey of self-discovery.

              Asa Butterfield, most notably of Ender's Game, delivers his typical range of robotic naivety and nothing more while Britt Robertson provides us an unoriginal take on the bad girl with a heart of tarnished gold.  Throw in Gary Oldman with a Sprint-worthy "phone in" performance and  Carla Gugino traipsing through the movie without purpose or prowess and you have a truly snooze-worthy ensemble.   It's like they found a bunch of leftover effects and sets from the Martian and said, "what the hell," let's save some dough and make a chick flick for 12-year-olds.

            1 out of 5 Kernels; my daughter forced me to at least score it a one and seeing how she is 11 and the target audience for this farce, I figured I'd give them the Mulligan.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

#JustaQuickiePlease: A Monster Calls Review

                 Based on the novel by the screenwriter, this feature finds the remarkable balance that few other films come close to; a perfect blend of subtle character development, an exquisitely told story, and visuals that not only dazzle but perfectly accentuate an already stellar script.    This is Bayona' signature piece; a heartwrenching, yet thoroughly engaging tale of the family bond, pain of hopelessness, the deception of perspective, and coming to terms with loss.   If you were to separate the scenes and play them out of context, one would think the director's purpose was to mock convictions and  truth but in its proper totality we are treated to a modern day Aesop's fable, teaching us that there is always a story behind a story, a truth patiently waiting to be discovered behind our dogmas.  
               The entire cast is astounding with Weaver and Jones delivering utterly genuine performances.  It is, however, young MacDougall who owns this production, literally reaching into the minds and souls of the audience and methodically tearing out our collective innocence exposing our deepest sorrows.   His mix of naivety and bravery are both inspiring and tormenting to behold.   Neeson's portrayal is equally profound, as both comforting sage and relentless antagonist.    With a twist administered with a respectful care, this is how you define all that cinema aspires to be.

             5 out of 5 Kernels; it is only when the credits roll, that you realize, emotionally, you have been just as much a part of the story as each and every character.

Gotham Grade: A+++++

Gotham Grade: A+++++

3 hours of Burtony Battony Gotham Goodness...

Prepare yourself for the spoilers...

1. Mad Hatter:

No one can fight the virus...

Jim Gordon:

Hey, Harvey...

Hold my beer...

2.  Bullock is the Samwise Gamgee of this show...

3. Riddle me this...

What do peas, Elsa, and Enigma now have in common...

4. What Tabby did to Barbara was just shocking...

I can harley believe she did that...

5.  That Solomon Grundy reference was Gold..en...

6.  And...

That's how you make Fish-Ka-Bob...

7. That Selina scene though...

Devo would have been so proud...

8. How many times are we going to stab Alfred in this series...

9.  Yo, Ollie...

Now, that's how you do Ra's al Ghul and the Lazarus Pit...

10.  That last moment...

If you didn't pee yourself a little...

You are not a real Bat Fan...

#BatmanBegins #DarkKnightRises #Gotham #Fox #ThisShowisEpic #BurtonsBaby #HellerRules

Saturday, June 10, 2017

The #DuskSeries will be at #SteampunkMidAtlantic

Just confirmed!!!!!!!


#SteampunkMidAtlantic
#Dusk #DuskSeries #Darknesswillfall #vampire #werewolf #witch #magic #supernatural #paranormal #series #webseries #livestream #FacebookLive #DieforMal #FentoninAction #HailtotheChief #BitchhasBite #FallenAngel

Sunday, May 28, 2017

#MemorialDay2017

They gave us our freedoms...

The ones we waste, take so readily for granted...

On this Memorial Day...

Use that freedom with purpose...

Donate to a charity that supports our veterans...

Contact the VA, and see how you can volunteer...

Walk up to a veteran, soldier...

And, thank him or her for their service...

Assist at a soup kitchen...

Donate clothes to a homeless shelter...

Call a friend suffering from PTSD, depression, anxiety...

For no reason at all...

And, see how they are doing...

Tell them how much you care and that they are not alone...

Reach out to an enemy in forgiveness...

Seek forgiveness from someone you have made an enemy...

Walk away from a ridiculous political debate and save a friendship...

Hug your kids and tell them how proud you are of them...

Spend a few extra minutes of attention on your spouse...

Do something that will earn your legacy...

Demonstrate that the sacrifice made for your liberty...

Was not in vain...

Memorial is not a state of mind...

Or a Facebook post or Tweet...

Memorial is an act...

Renewing itself, every hour, day...

With every act...

Memorial isn't simple remembrance...

It is living a life that is worthy to be remembered...

Thank you to the US Soldier...

Your blood, sweat, and tears...

And, the tears shed by your loved ones...

Will NEVER be forgotten!

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Friday, May 26, 2017

Arrow Grade: C

Arrow Grade: C

I know...

I can't believe it either...

Oh, and spoilers...

#Arrow #CW #Deathstroke #HeresHoping

1) Writers...

I am severely disappointed...

In the fact that you weren't able to feature any dirtbikes on the island...

You are seriously slipping...

2) Hey, guys...

What can we do to really piss off the few, remaining fans we have...

Oh, I know...

Let's kill off the most interesting character on the show...

Now, that's thinking with your head...

3) While we are at it...

That conveniently placed random landmine was conveniently placed...

4) Okay...

I gotta admit...

The Canary face off was pretty cool...

And, we got to see Lance do something...

We all wanted to do since Season 1...

5) What is there a place where you can just rent ninjas...

A Ninjas'R" Us if you please...

Or...

Like a Uhaul for Ninja Assassins...

$19.99 for a truckload...

Plus mileage, gas, and missing appendages...

6) So wanted to see Wild Dog in his full Casey Jones duds facing off against Shredd...I mean Adrian's Foot Clan...

C'mon...

You know you thought it to...

7) So, Adrian is pretty much Oliver's Joker...

Pretty much...

We steal everything else from Batman...

Why not go balls deep...

8) Did I miss something...

How long did it take Oliver to get the island...

For Adrian to have planted a gazillion bombs on every square foot of it...

Boy...

He really got full value from those Rent a Ninjas...

9) I so wanted Dolph to look Oliver straight in the eyes and say...

I must break you...

And. if you don't get that reference...

You are probably wearing a man's romper playing with your fidget spinner...

10) Why was this not just 30 minutes of Deathstroke doing stuff...

Cause, we all wanted to see 30 minutes of Deathstroke doing stuff...

Bonus)  So, we finally had a show worthy of the first two seasons...

Don't screw it up, writers...

Just get your s@$t together...



Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Flash Grade: B-

Flash Grade: B-

That ending though...

Oh, and spoilers...

1. Shot in the back...

Iris is to blame...

Savitar never knew...

She had aim game...

You know you Jovi'ed the hell out of that in your head...

2. She literally told Cisco to....

Let Her Go...

Well played, Frost...

Well played...

3. Did anyone believe Phantom of The Flash really was turning into a good guy...

Anyone...

Thought so...

4. Thank you, Cisco...

For finally doing what anyone in the real world would have done...

Totally "Death Star Thermal Exhaust Port" the bad guy's plan...

5.  Oh my gosh...

H.R. was really Iris...

Who would have guessed...

After the extreme amount of telegraphing they did prior to actually doing it...

6. Okay...

Barry as Red Megatron was pretty sweet...

7. C'mon guys...

We all know she wants him because his name is Vibe...

8. Three speedster tag team was...

Speederific...

9. What is it with DC and momma drama...

Was Hamlet, Oedipus, and Freud the first DC writers or something...

10.  If he knew he was going back to the Speedforce...

Why mail the invitations...

Kind of a dick move Barry...

#BringBarryBack #CW #Flash