Reviews of the top geek movies, tv, and books in the industry.
Robin Hood (2018) is a very different take on the old classic Robin Hood story. I wasn't too sure if I wanted to watch this movie but my nephew had talked a pretty big game about this movie. I did enjoy King Arthur: Legend of the Sword (2017) and The Kid Who Would be King (2019) so I guess you can say I'm a sucker for remakes of old medieval movies. I thought this movie would be similar and I wasn't wrong.
While she's spent much of her life traveling the world, food writer Leah Mitchell (Brittany Underwood) is finally ready to settle down after meeting the man of her dreams. Handsome and charming, Mark Pfeiffer (Greg Perrow) seems to be everything Leah could ask for. With her wedding day approaching, things should be like a fairytale for Leah. And they are...until Leah is suddenly attacked by an unknown woman, demanding she not marry Mark. After describing her assailant to her fiancé, Mark identifies the woman as Faith (Camila Banus), his ex-girlfriend who was institutionalized for psychiatric issues that cropped up during their relationship.
Fly through the sky to freedom. Fly Away Home flew into theaters in 1996. After a tragedy, Amy moves in with her dad. Trying to reestablish their relationship, Amy makes a discovery. Hatchlings of geese believe Amy to be their mother. It’s up to Amy and her dad to figure out how to help them fly south.
Friends is one of those shows that has reached the level of popularity where people randomly quote it in conversation and can identify seemingly obscure references. It’s a sitcom that many people grew up with in the 90s and truly love. I must confess that as someone born in ‘98, I’ve watched maybe 8 episodes of Friends in my 22 years of life and even then, non-sequentially. I would just catch whatever episode was showing on Warner Bros when I came home from school. I don’t know much about the show but people always recommend it. I fully intended to binge-watch it at some point. Then, I realized there were 10 seasons. 236 episodes. That’s 4,720 minutes of content (approximately) and 78 hours of my life that I cannot commit.
It has been a brutal few weeks for cinema, to put it lightly. Frankly, it's been a brutal few years, encroaching on a brutal decade or two, all culminating in these brutal few weeks. Tenet's stateside bomb may make Warner Bros. wish they had a special agent they could send back through time to halt its release, but alas. Nolan's sci-fi riff on Bond has meant that the ultimate British special agent has gone off-grid until 2021, leaving cinemas in literal shutdown levels of turmoil. What a treat, then, in amongst all the chaos to be provided with a diabolical triumph like Saint Maud. Throughout its runtime (clocking in at a brisk 85-minutes, cause for celebration itself) I was able to forget entirely about the precarious knife edge the cinematic experience is dangling on, to forget about the rampant disease sending the world into a seemingly unending downward spiral (a solitary cough from a fellow cinema goer across the room tugged me briefly back to reality, but I was soon re-engrossed), to forget, basically, about all the shit and instead focus on an absolute corker of a debut feature.
I read all of Chainsaw Man in three days and it was a totally awesome experience. When I first started reading, I honestly had no idea what I was in for. The series first piqued my interest on Tumblr when I started seeing different panel illustrations on certain blogs that I follow. I liked the artwork because it gave me a Tokyo Gxhoul-esque vibe, and that was enough for me to start. At first, I thought the story would revolve around Denji, the main character, and his escapades in his involvement with the Japanese mafia. I quickly realized after chapter one that this was not the case, not even a little bit. After being killed by the mafia, Denji forms a contract with his devil dog, Pochita, and revives in the form of the chainsaw devil, known as Chainsaw Man. Denji is soon meant with a plethora of other characters and becomes a Public Safety Devil Hunter. Soon after Denji accepts the PSDH position, chaos ensues.
The following will contain spoilers and is the same review I posted on my Letterboxd account. After Dunkirk, I felt myself loving Nolan and his films even more. Even though that film didn't particularly put us inside Nolan's head and help us explore some of his favourite topics such as time and the bending of it, I still enjoyed it. I particularly missed how Nolan tackled and confronted these ideas. Then, not too dissimilar of a send from heaven, along came Tenet.
Cobra Kai: Season 3 is the latest season that has been released in 2021. I guess it's my first official review of 2021 with a 2021 show. I mentioned in my last review of season 2 that it was a bit of a departure from the first season. I was worried that the third season would continue with this direction. In a sense the it did but at least it kind of found itself and I'm not used to the nonsensical soap opera antics of this franchise.
With her work having been keeping her away from her family so often, Savannah Duke-Morgan (Claire van der Boom) is looking forward to their upcoming family vacation. The destination? Koala Bay Nature Resort, an idyllic vacation spot on the Gold Coast of Australia where she was born. Surrounded by natural beauty and staying in a luxurious villa, Savannah hopes the trip will allow her to reconnect with her husband Brad (Todd Lasance) and daughter Aria (Molly Wright).
First of all, SPOILER ALERT! You probably already figured that, but just in case you haven’t seen Pixar's Soul yet and want to, you have been warned.
Listen to your heart. Listen to your voice. You are somebody. Based on the Pulitzer prize play written by August Wilson, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom is a 2020 Netflix film. Set in 1927 in Chicago, Ma Rainey, also known as ‘Mother of the Blues’, Levee, a horn player, and the white management attempt to control their tensions during a heated recording session.
I received this book as one of my free Amazon First Reads for January 2021. Not One of Us was a mess for me almost from the first page. Unfortunately, my first read of the year was not at all enjoyable and I finished simply to be able to provide a review (when I get them free from Amazon, I feel a responsibility to review it). Otherwise, I would have stopped reading at about the 25% mark.