By Paul Anthony
Here we are about to talk about a movie that just couldn’t get released. The Movie kept getting pushed back and back. This film was suppose to come out in August of 2019 but then got pushed to January of 2020 then to March then to April but then this virus happened and it seemed like this film was doomed but then Amazon bought the rights to the film so the move goers could see this film and the film got a home release. The question I always have is if this film was released how much would it make? Truth is the budget was a low 18 million for this comedy and it did gross when it could overseas a nice 5.5 million. Comparing this film with Dave Bautista other film Stuber I would ball park around 30 million. Now Stuber was considered a failure with being an summer time film, which could have been the reason why this film was moved out of the summer. So how good was this film? Well the truth be told this film was on par with Stuber, except this was more aimed at families rather than just adults, so if you liked that film than you will like this film as well.
The film revolves around JJ who was a former Special Forces soldier who became a spy for the CIA. It is clear that though he was a great soldier, he not a good spy. We seen this in the opening scenes when he blurs out information that he didn’t receive unless he was a spy. The one thing he can do is fight and blow stuff up which is how he makes it out a live. After returning to the headquarters and it seems like he did a good thing he is told by his boss that though he did good with fighting , he didn’t get any information that was truly needed and is told that maybe being an spy just not for him but is given a easy mission in Chicago with his new partner. His Mission is to watch a family of a criminal they have their eye on, simple enough right? Soon as they get to Chicago he comes across the niece of the Criminal and his cover is blown but she manages to blackmail him as long as he serves a father figure and teach her how to become a spy. The adventures that he does with the girl brings the laughs of course and they even save the day together and when the mission is over, he decides to return to Chicago to live with her and her mother who he began to have feelings for towards the end of the film.
This film had some cheap laughs but you couldn’t figure out who the audience should be because it wasn’t meant for kids but wasn’t meant for adults either. Some things wee just too out of place for me to really like but enjoyed Bautista and glad to see he is growing as an actor. In the end I am giving this film an C for a grade. It felt average to me and honestly can’t say more about it.
By Paul Anthony
Welcome to a new edition for Sequel Saturday and this week the title says it all. We all have grew up watching the Vacation film franchise but let’s be honest how many of us knew the order of the films because I didn’t, sure I watched them all except the most recent one. I could never figure out which was the correct order, maybe because I didn’t care who knows but then today I did my research and realize this film was the second one. I always found it to be confusing simply because of the children but now I know it was gag that started with this film by accident of course. The actors who played the kids in the first film dropped out of doing the sequel and the trend continued to this very day. As we know for most of the series that Rusty is older but the ages vary through the film of how much older he actually is. Chevy Chase and Beverly D’Angelo and Randy Quaid. The film had a budget of 15 million which was the same amount as the first film but made 12 million less but still made an profit which why we had Christmas Vacation.
The film starts with the family winning on a game show which the grand prize a European vacation, but they learn that the hotels and everything isn’t what the show made it sound like. Through the vacation we see Audrey miss her boyfriend and he breaks up with her because she is gone mind you the vacation is only two weeks. Rusty tries to bang any girl that looks his way and Clark and Ellen try to make the most of it. The family learns that they can get tired of each other and begin to fight with each other but it is short lived when Clark gets into a fight and gets chased by the mob but their problems don’t stop there. Little do they know when they arrive at an Travel Agency, they interrupt a robbery. The robber gives them cash to get them out of the way and the best thing they do with the money is to buy the clothes. But the robbers come after them because they had put the real clerk in the family’s trunk and they also kidnap Ellen and Clark saves the day thought it was his silly self that got them into it.
The Movie try to recreate the laughs from the first film but it didn’t work as well as they thought it would. Sure we got some laughs but couldn’t go up against the first film. The recasting of the kids might have hurt the film a little but we know now it was never about them for us to pay that close of attention. Doing the same thing twice in a row can also be boring just little. In The end though this film may not be a classic but is in a classic franchise and I am going to recommend this film to enjoy with the family! In the end I am giving this film a C for a grade!
By Paul Anthony
I make it no secret that, I don’t like watching cartoon movies in the theater however I might have found the film that could change my mind but now we may never know because of the situation that the world is in with this virus. We all grew up loving Scooby- Doo and this brought back some great Saturday memories watching the dog and his gang solving scary mysteries, The live action movies were cute as well. Scoob! serves as a reboot of sorts because we meet the gang when they are young and learn how the group came to be! The movie sounds like it will be cute as well but the movie is far from perfect though.
We first meet Scooby-Doo who is a puppy that is living on the streets. who takes a piece of meat from a butcher. Not long after that the cops start to chase him and that’s when we meet Shaggy who is walking by himself trying to find friends but has no luck because he thinks he is an outcast. By pure luck the two run into each other and Shaggy even protects him from the cops and even takes him home where they begin their friendship. It’s not until Halloween that we meet Fred, Daphne, Velma. Who recues the two from bullies but their candy gets thrown into a old house that everyone believes to be haunted. Led by Fred they go into the house and of course there is an ghost but they quickly solve that problem and prove that there is no such thing as ghost! The gang then becomes Mystery INC. Ten years later the gang wants to grow but requires money that they don’t have in which they bring in an investor who is none other than Simon Cowell who basically says he will only invest in the company if they drop Scoob and Shaggy from the gang because they are dead weight. Before Fred can answer the two storm off. they decide to go bowling and get attacked by small robots but is recused by the blue falcon well the son of Blue falcon because his dad retired. The gang learns their whereabouts and set off to find them. Scoob and Shaggy and the blue Falcon starts to be attacked by the main Villain Dick Dastardly who wants Scooby because he is the last relative of Peritas who was the dog of Alexander the great. If Dick gets Scooby, he is able to unlock a portal that has tons of gold though he makes up a sad excuse to stop everyone from catching him. In the end the gang becomes reunited to stop him for good and Simon changes his mind about Shaggy and Scooby because he learns they are heart of Mystery INC.
Let me start with the pros of this film, I did enjoy the comedy aspect of it and the music and the touching story of how everyone in the group serves a purpose even if other don’t think so. The cons, Over the top mystery, we all seen the show and this case was just way too much for a first film, then having a bunch of cameos of the other cartoons. the Movie didn’t need both of those elements and I believed it hurt the film more than anything. In The end though this film could have been better but instead it was just average but still i would say watch it! I am giving this film an C for a rating!
By: Justin Hopkins
It is time to finish what was started last week and bring the arc to a close in fallout to an end in season 2. Like before, only going to cover some points. so not going to cover everything. So, in between what I am covering, Legion are tearing through both tribes and NCR Bases and Boone will slowly go from being torn between choosing sides to their sides. As a former member of the First Recon, he will be having a hard time picking sides throughout. With that, lets dive in and get started shall we.
We kick the season off where we left things. In the hotel room with Yes Man going over the details of Benny’s plans to use the chip to activate the robot army and implant Yes man into House’s system take over New Vegas and the Mojave. Driving out the NCR and Legion and anyone they want. Up to them. Veronica is all for it and Boone is the voice of the NCR. Admits their issues but more responsible then they are. Raul is trying to keep the peace. Behind them, Maria is helping herself to the little bar. Pouring herself a drink. Joined by Cassidy and they each share a drink. Maria confides in her that she was kind of hoping to be celebrating her successfully getting her vengeance by having this drink while she is watching the strippers next door. Leave it to Veronica to start pulling the morale card and she can’t find a reason to dispute her. She doesn’t believe the NCR is outright bad, just not capable or has the people’s best interest in heart. Only wanting the resources and to look more powerful on the outside and House just wanted to lord over the place, but the Legion was still a threat to everyone. So, while Boone is on the fence. A plan is made and the episode ends with Legate and his men taking down the base at Neelson.
Two begins with a sign reading Boomers. Maria and Cassidy limbering up for the road. Starting the countdown when Veronica bolts past them both and the bombs begin to drop. Meeting the leaders, reluctant to follow along, but after a bit of persuading and helping out. They gain their trust and agree to fight in the battle to come. During this, Lanis is getting word from Legate. That he would be moving toward Echo and Caesar issues a request to locate the Courier known as Maria.We go back to Nellis as the three are walking back down the hill and are attacked. Maria and Cassidy are dropped by electrical based weapons. Maria remaining conscious just long enough to see four men in heavy duty armor dragging off a screaming Veronica.
Three kicks off with Maria flipping over a table, in a fit of rage. Wanting to know who hit them and get Veronica back, but they don’t have enough to run off of. Her description is too vague. Anyone could have been in them, but they certainly feel like they targeting Veronica since they left them laying them in the dirt. Dawning on them just how little they actually knew about Veronica. Enter Boone. Carrying a black lock box, with a not so happy Rex following. Already forcing the lock and pulled out a stack of photos, with Veronica and three men, standing in front of The Brotherhood of Steel Emblem. Raul and Cassidy each let out a sigh. Her picking at Boone making a lot more sense. After checking on the chip, they start to make a plan. Figuring on Rex can lead them to the bunker, but they don’t want Maria anywhere near this. This needs perfect timing and she is clearly not in the right mindset for that, she isn’t happy. Threatens everyone if they fail. Creating a plan they don’t really like. Following Rex to a hidden bunker. Using the Dust Storm as cover. Boone blows out a vent. Managing to fall inside and fights his way to where they are keeping Veronica. Making a whole lot of noise along the way. Almost making it to the door, when they are finally surrounded by security and the Elder comes out. Scolding them both for different reasons. When a man in full armor drops. Exposing Cassidy armored with a Pulse Gun from their Silver Side collection. With everyone distracted, allowed Raul to get the door open and they came right through the front door. After some harsh words. They leave with Veronica and her and Boone settle their differences.
Raul goes off to Jacobstown, in episode 4, to meet with the Super Mutants. Hoping to have more luck talking to a ghoul than a human. Where he bites off more than he can chew. Finds the town on the verge of going to war with the town at the base of the Mountain. Each blaming the other for starting it and they have no idea who has been attacking their town. He looks into it and finds a Super Mutant name Fawkes who breaks down in tears. He heard people were nicer out West and just wanted a place to fit in, but was heckled a group wearing solider clothes. He tried to leave but they shoved him and things escalated. Too ashamed to go on and doesn’t know what he is doing anymore. Raul gets to him and after confronting the troops that started it. Walks him up to Jacobstown and in doing so. Makes a new ally along the way. While that is going on, Veronica, Boone and Rex are meeting with the Followers of the Apocalypse who will help with medical, if they were to win and Veronica helps improve their tech along the way. Veronica agrees, but insists on taking the abandoned eye bot, with the words, Ed-E spray painted on the side. Cassidy and Maria are busy running various chores. Meeting with Mr. House and doing away with a group of Omerita’s men. People they are overlooking and will take care of after everything is done. A group of NCR Men then has them meeting with their man outside of Vegas. Questioning them about the rumors they are hearing, but neither tell him anything of use. They are stressing over everything, but are having a great time. Laughing and getting closer. When they are again confronted, this time, by disguised and armed Legion. Caesar has requested a meeting with Maria. She agrees, but only if they leave Cassidy alone and off they went.
In 5, Maria is insulting the boatman as they arrive to the Legion 4. She is pretty much snarky to anyone who looks her way too long and makes it clear she is not thrilled to be here. Making it clear that they won’t be taking her weapons as she enters the tent. Meeting Caesar. A lengthy back and forth commence. He knows that they are planning something around the chip and why she has been meeting with the other tribes. Congratulating her on her killing Benny. Genuinely blown away by her vigor and warrior spirit. Seeing right through this and fires up a cigarette. Telling him to get to the point. Caesar holds up his hand and receives a holodex. He is also aware that she has no memory of who she is. Lucky, his men are the best at finding things out and he has ever detail about one courier named, Maria and it is all hers, if she aligns herself with The Legion and proves it by helping his right hand man, Lanis on a mission to take down the Brotherhood base. After a long pause, agrees. Telling them of a place she knows can get them in and leads the way in… to the same Death claw pit she barely made it out of. During the chaos kicks Lanis into an incoming Deathclaw and for the second time. Makes it out alive. While she is looking over her shoulder. Doesn’t see the incoming Cazador. Managing to kill it, but gets stung in the process. Immediately, getting dizzy when she starts to run.
In 6, Raul and Cassidy rushes into the NCR Base, where Yes Man has pinned her Pip Boy. The Solider at the gate confirming that she was in fact in the medical ward. Found her passed out at the gate. Taking a sigh of relief. Raul opens up about his past and how he looks at them like family. Never seeing this level of kindness before. Cassidy agreeing, but is interrupted by the rest of the group and the Doctor, with some question of his own. The Auto Doc picked up several previous injuries. Some, from being shot in the head, such as a dislocated retina. Getting a chuckle from Raul. But fades away as the Doctor continues. Pointing out scars from several broken ribs and fingers and damage to shoulders and slew of others. Putting Raul on edge. Sure the Wasteland was a dangerous place, but not to this extreme. How much more stress and torment could she handle and if she could survive a battle of which they are preparing for. She lurches awake in the middle of the conversation and sits up. Laughing and coughing. Cracking her neck and shoulders. Starting to say she had good news, but upon seeing the looks she was getting. Asked what was wrong.
7 is back in Vegas. Veronica is working on Ed-E. Trying to drown out the argument from Raul and Maria. Well past the point of no return and should have said something before she killed Caesar’s right hand man. While Raul is pointing out how dumb that was. Before the door slams and Raul has gone off to cool down. Cassidy goes to check on her, when Yes man chimes in with news. While, surfing through Ed-E’s files. Found plans of an Enclave base nearby. Maria takes the directions to go on a treasure hunt, Cassidy going along to talk to her. Trying to explain that they are just worried about her and she kind of laughs it off. Saying that she knows she isn’t going to survive a fight with the Legion and she is fine with that. She is expendable. Doesn’t have her knowledge of the Caravans and how they work. Lacks Raul’s repair skills, Boone’s Military prowess or Veronica’s knowledge in general. She was going to be forced to take them on head on and as long as she had a breath, would take as many down as she possibly can, as long as it meant they crossed the finish line. Cassidy obviously takes offense to that. Pointing out how she has united the Mojave in a way no one thought was possible. Through her they can actually make something of the wasteland for a change. Maria goes to argue, but falls through the ground. Falling into the base and crashing hard on a table below. Filed with power armor, weapons and a Veritabird.
9 starts with Raul being snatched by members of the Omerta. Who want to know what they are doing in Vegas. When it becomes clear he isn’t talking. Send a goon to inform Maria and lucky for them. Run into her on her way into town. She laughs when they tell her. Scribbling out a note to take back to their boss. Which she proceeds to stab into his shoulder with the pen. Pressed for time. The Legion were nearly want them and they had to get going. Instructs Boone to go collect Loyal from the Boomers, Cassidy to get in tough with Jacobstown and Veronica to get the Enclave base prepped and she is going to get Raul alone and she runs her way through the Gomorrah. Only missing one, who has her line up, but Raul finally picks up a gun. Showing her marksmanship by shooting him between her eyes. The two reconcile on their way out.
10 sees the fall of Mr. House. Maria knows from Yes Man that his body is inside and with a push of a button, he is gone. With Yes man, transferred into Ed-E. Follows her up to the penthouse. Waiting till she got close and picks off securitrons with the Pulse Gun. House is frantic trying to stop her. Following her through monitors. Throwing out every bit of information on who she was. That she was a nobody. Some homeless woman who The Thorns took pity on when she was just a teenager and had to fight for food, becoming their prized piece of entertainment. Only let her out because she earned the eye and heart of Red Lucy. She persuaded to go on a hunt and ran away. He could offer protection, safety and more caps than she would ever see. She doesn’t say a word during any of this. Not even breaks stride till she hits the pod. “Imagine the Irony.” she says. ” Caesar falling to a slave.” Then hits the button. Watching the pod be sanitized. Thinking about what was just said. She doesn’t remember any of it, could be a lie, but deep down. Believes it. Plugging in yes man. Who successfully takes control of the system and updates her Pip Boy, of everyone’s locations. Before she leaves, tells him to keep that conversation to himself. Heading back to the Enclave base, where everyone is waiting, including Loyal and the Boomers who tagged along are gushing over the Vertibird, Fawkes and Marcus, and the leader last remaining group who hasn’t committed yet, Papa Khan. Who is quick to agree when he hears them out.
11 starts off with the fall of Camp Delta to Legate’s troops. Men tossing women and children around. Seeing which was good to take and who would join the troops on crosses or head’s on pikes. When they hear a loud sound. Finding one of their own, dead. Pike going through their chin, but can’t find the attacker. Another Legionary goes flying. Then another and hear sounds coming from everywhere. Grouping together, when one of their own turn and slices the throat of another and the last three are taken out by appearing Nightkin and Super Mutants lead by Faweks and Marcus. Leaving Legate by himself. Maria removes the headgear. Legate starts to talk. Going for his weapon, but she beats him to the punch. Putting her weapon into his stomach and takes off his head. Putting it in her bag, making sure to thank each of them and will be seeing them soon.
We are getting closer to the end with episode 10. We see Maria on her own, in a row boat. Going across Lake Mead. only seeing her whistling away. Flashing back to the bunker. Telling them she doesn’t have any speeches. Just that… things need to change. The Mojave is so broken it is no surprise that bot sides feel like they can take over. No one talks, everyone holds on to grudges and everyone thinks the least of them. It doesn’t have to be that way. Today is the day things can change, but it will be up to them to see that this actually sticks beyond today. Goes through her talking to everyone one on one. How proud she is of Veronica. Talk with Boone and hugs Raul. Then, Cassidy. They share another drink and she opens up and Cassidy tells her to save it till the end. Not wanting to have the end of the World speech, but hugs her tight telling her that she can’t die. Back on the lake, The Legion see her coming and can hear the screams coming. Managing to make it to the shore and got up. Showing herself decked out in Enclave armor. Caesar standing above on the hill looking down at her. While Legionnaire are coming down the make shift stairwell. He yells down that she was foolish coming alone. To which she replies, that she had something of his. For his collection. Reaching into her pouch and pulls out Legate’s head. Holding it up and says that she didn’t come alone. From behind her, the Vertibird comes into sight and the fight is on.
11 is an outright brawl. The Boomers are opening fire and dropping explosives from the sky. Keeping clear of the slave pens and Maria’s position. Getting low enough to drop Great Khans and Cassidy. Super Mutants are coming out of the lake on all sides. Boone is notifying the action to the NCR. Who go into immediate panic. Trying to figure out what was going on and starts to send in troops of their own. Wanting to catch everyone in one swoop. Meanwhile, Maria is wasting no time. Armed with two bladed gauntlets and cutting through anyone getting in her way and tracks Caesar down to his tent and they go at it and it goes back and forth. She doesn’t have his level of training and can’t finish him off. While Caesar has the advantage does a lot of damage. Shattering her nose and busts her open above her eye, but she uses his desire to talk to catch her breath and trick him in to close and sticks him with one of her gauntlet. Bringing him down to his knees. Picking up his blade. Telling him that he isn’t a god, but a monster who has preyed off of scared and desperate people. Only thing inevitable was his failure and stuck him in his chest with his own weapon. Walking out of the tent and seeing her people had taken loses, but pulled off this crazy plan. Just one more part to go and her came the NCR. Starting to limp away, when Cassidy joined her side. Grinning from ear-to-ear and they hooked arms around one another. Making their way down the hill. Where NCR Troops and Commander Oliver are waiting demanding answers. She says they are about to find out. When their radios all chime out with the sound of Yes Man. While they were distracted, Veronica and Raul slipped by and into the control panel. Sending power to where it was needed and into their computers. They had taken control over everything. Oliver berates her, saying she has no idea how to run a country and she agrees. On her own she is nothing, but look around. There will be in fighting and learning curves much like anything else, but they have the means to pull it off. They have got the people who do. Cassidy runs caravans and Veronica and the Followers have tech knowledge. Khans can run security and a home to Super Mutants and ghouls. Even have Doctors who can patch up bullets to the dome. The NCR are free to trade and visit Vegas and can make great friends, but this is The Mojave. Run by them and them alone. Backed into a corner, and the Vertibird still flying overhead. Oliver has nothing left to do but give in and retreat.
The end comes with passing shoots over celebrations. Marcus and Fawkes bringing the good news to Jacobstown. Great Khan Partying, and even the Doctor at Good springs smiles as the news comes over his radio, and Maria and everyone are celebrating at hoover dam. The last shot though is the Enclave base. Hearing the National Anthem click on followed by President Eden’s Voice come through.
And that is it. Brought the story to an end and a way to continue on if someone chooses to. Either showing their struggles to be taken serious, in fighting or even bring in the Enclave as the next enemy or just end it. I hope you enjoyed and as always…
Thank You For Reading.
By Paul Anthony
Okay the title says it all but I am going to recap because it has been a while. For starters let’s go back to last August when the film Fast and Furious Presents Hobbs and Shaw came out. Now I am not the biggest fan of spinoffs because at times they are just not needed, not every character needs a spin off to tell a story. I think we can all agree with that. Anyway, here we are dealing with a spinoff, with two characters who have become popular in a franchise because of who plays them. Still I had no interest in seeing the film, so I did a mock review which I based everything on trailers and word of mouth and I ended up giving the film a D for a grade and said that I wouldn’t give it a higher grade then that. So I finally I had time to watch it because I wondered if I had changed my mind. I will give my grade at the end of the blog like always. The film however proved to be a hit because it grossed 760.0 million off a of a budget of 200 million, once again you wanted the gross to be higher but you will take the victory and this film gave us some good feuds with the cast of the franchise as well. Because of the money that the film made, there will be a sequel down the road.
The plot is pretty much what we came to expect from a Fast and Furious film. Hobbs and Shaw are recruited by the CIA to stop a terrorist group who basically made technology to enhance humans to make them cyborgs of sorts and kill off the weaker humans with a virus, the lead villain who is played by Idris Elba is the first of his kind and proves to be a much bigger threat to Hobbs and Shaw. At this point Shaw’s sister Hattie implants the virus in her to stop if from getting into the bad guys hands. The gang goes a few rounds with the villains until they win with some over the top action and removes the virus from Hattie and gives it to CIA which they put it in lockdown. Hobbs returns home and shows his family his daughter and everyone is reunited because Hobbs at some point had beef with his family.
The biggest problem I had with this film was it is part of the Fast and Furious, they failed to explain why the rest of the team wasn’t around because you know the team always around to save the world. With a spin off comes adding a story to the characters that messes up the backstory that we already know, like Hobbs family history or Shaw’s history and how he’s actually a good guy and everything like that and of course Shaw has a baby sister who we never knew about and as for Owen they barely mention anything about him even in flashback scenes. Here are some of the things that I did like about the film, the comedy and action with The Rock and Jason Statham then add in cameos from Ryan Reynolds and Kevin Hart was a good touch, no doubt having the four of these guys as leads in a film would be a hit. In the end I am giving it a higher grade, It’s going from a D to an C and if you want good laugh with action sure this could be your film to watch.
By: Justin Hopkins
So, I have been racking my mind for the last week or so. Wanting to do something a little different. Something other than a review or list. Wanting to challenge myself a bit and have plenty of time at the moment so decided to go big and came up with an idea to flip a game into a movie. Not a new idea by no stretch, but enjoyed the idea of giving it a shot. Especially when I landed on the idea of using the Fallout world. A vast world with plenty to run with, almost too much to figure out what would work well in a more linear way, but made it that more enjoyable. Tossing ideas off reluctant listeners and watching it progress and become what it did. Now, originally, was going to be a movie, but the further I got with it, the more I changed my mind and figured this would be better suited for one of the numerous streaming services, and I have put together two seasons, with an ending that would allow a third, but this story arc would end at two. This will be season 1 with season 2 coming out another day. Focusing primarily on New Vegas with seeds of the other games and tie ins to 3, and I try to keep the details to just the things that matter. In between are fighting gangs and creatures. Just want to include the important bits. So, with that, lets dive in because this will probably be a long one.
The show would kick off in a first person point of view. Seeing the courier receiving the chip and going off on their way, getting ambushed and the images begin to get contorted and blurring. Not coming to focus till Benny has the gun aimed at the camera and delivering two shots to the head. Waking the courier up and the camera panning out showing the courier is a woman, it has to be a woman, due to the Legion being the big bad and their views on women make for a more interesting story. When she tries to get up, starts to topple before she can even stand up straight. Getting caught by the doctor and helped back down to the bed. Explaining that the only reason she is alive, is because the shooter used shoddy bullets lost momentum going through her head wear with enough left to crack through her skull. Leaving her with a sever concussion and two nasty wounds behind. Along with a spotty memory. She remembers her name, Maria and what the men look like who attacked her. That she was delivering a Platinum Chip for some robot who hired her, but nothing beyond that, except a red headed woman. Could see her clearly, but her name and surroundings are dark. After hearing him out and not knowing where they went. She gets up and heads out. Seeing the bar and decides to head over. Either they know something or not, but at least she would get a drink. Doesn’t make it before a group of four men, Powder Gangers, confront her. Seeing the woman, uneasy on her feet as an easy mark, but when one grabs her shoulder, she wipes out three of them, before stumbling and the fourth takes her down, but Victor, the robot takes him down before he can do anything. Helping her up and telling her what he saw. That they were talking a lot about guiding the man in the suit to Vegas. She heads off to the bar to get a drink and try to figure out how she was going to run them down. When she overhears an argument between Sunny and Trudy about what they are going to do about the Powder Gangers and Maria steps up. Needing to repay the debit. Sunny isn’t so sure, since she is clearly still a bit banged up, but she insists. Saying she can fight hand to hand and is a crack shot, except she isn’t. When the fighting starts, you get a slow motion shot of her raising a gun and firing. Seeing the bullet screaming forward, only to miss and strike a wall nearby her target. A running theme with Maria is she is going to swear she can shoot, but is constantly missing, and it is because her head wound. It has altered her perception and unless it is point blank. She won’t be hitting anything for a while. They chase them off and as a way to thank her, they give her some caps and a trinket a traveler gave Trudy to pay a tab, A Pip Boy. It is not in the best of shape and kind of on the fritz, but should be able to get it repaired and will show her a map of the area. Told North is faster, but more dangerous and she should go South instead. Episode ends with her going North.
Episode 2 is kind of split into three. We are meeting the NCR and Legion. Showing how evil and depraved the Legion can get and how stretched the NCR are. Hearing a base near by calling for help, but won’t move until they get the order to move. An order that comes to late and by the time they arrive, they find the soldiers burnt remains on crosses and all of the woman and children are gone. In between all of this, Maria is having issues of her own. Between Radscorpions and other creatures. Barely makes it to a town. A guy tells her of a shortcut, but won’t tell her till she helps with a bug problem, which turns out to be Deathclaws. She manages to take down to in stealth, but everything goes awry when a group of Powder Gangers charge. Not seeing anything other than Maria till the enraged Deathclaws make themselves known and go wild, and she retreats up a path and over a fence. Not stopping to read the sign, Black Mountain. Next episode is her helping the Super Mutants there and the ghoul, Raul. We learn that she treats everyone about the same. Whether its human, ghoul or whatever. Snide and snarky and while she is dead set on getting to Vegas and get her revenge. Can be knocked off track and guided toward being helpful if she finds it to be right. When she goes to leave Raul joins her. Saying he is to old to make it on his own and doesn’t know where else to go and if it’s all the same. Would tag along with her if it’s all the same. That he might even be able to get her Pip Boy working right.
Episode four starts with them being arrested at an NCR Outpost. She scoffed at the idea to go and do any sort of freelance work. Again, she just wants to go to Vegas, but he points out that she aint getting in without being able to cover the entry price. So, she gives in, but it is too late to meet the Officer so they head to the bar. While she was flirting with one of the patrons. Someone started making fun of Raul and shoved him to the ground when he went to walk away and she levels him with enough force to knockout a tooth and a bigger brawl starts out. Turns out he is an NCR Solider and they end up in a cell. Across from them is a teenage girl named Veronica and her robo dog, Rex. She is chatty and tells them she was busted trying to steal scrap from the base. Seeing the Pip Boy she gets Maria to let her see it and fixes it with ease. Saying it was a gift and a hobby. Before they can press, the Officer comes in with a deal. An alarm at one of the nearby warehouse was tripped and if she goes to check it out. They would cut her and her ghoul friend free, with caps on top of it. She agrees, but Veronica and Rex are with her as well. As a group they head over and find one, Sierra Petrovita inside the warehouse. Traveler from the East who had heard there was Nuka Cola that was only sent to the Western half of the country and she had to try some. Deeming her to be harmless, they use Maria’s now working Pip Boy to give directions and let her head off. Taking a dead Gecko back and tells the officer he was their trouble maker. Leaving the base with caps and all four of them head off toward Vegas. Episode 5, starts with them running into a group of Powder Gangers as they round a bend. Tired and annoyed after frighting a ton of monsters and a lengthy walk. They are in no mood, but the Powder Gangers raise their hands up. Saying they are here for a truce. Their Boss is tired of trying and at this point, not worth the fighting anymore and that if Maria ever needs anything. They are there and walk away. From there it is them helping Boone find out what happened to his wife and goes with them. Only to find a new place for him to go. Despite a bit of protest from Veronica. Becoming clear that the two of them do not get along in the least. At the end we see the Powder Gangers base and the boss. Relieved that Maria has agreed to the truce. Thinking he could move on from that mess, but hears screaming from outside, then nothing. The door opens and in comes Aurelius Of Phoenix enters the room, with a simple request, everything he knows about the Courier Maria. Caersar has heard of her coming back from the dead and her killing a deathclaws without a gun and dealing with the gang and rumors about the chip and Mr. House wanting to know the moment she gets to the city and he wants to know what makes her so important. While his men are not to thrilled about seeking out one woman, but not going to challenge his leadership.
Six shows them on the outskirts of the city walls and she is getting more and more annoyed. She feels like so much time has passed and doesn’t want to give him a chance to escape, but it is more than that. She isn’t sleeping, due to vivid dreams of the Redheaded woman. Could hear here voice, talking to her about hunts, honor and bets, while they are in each other’s arms. In the dreams she is too small, a child, and she knows that they are more than dreams. Echos of her memory and frustrating to not remember. While Raul is talking about being a bit short, and she tells him the if the next job is as dumb as stealing an urn she will lose it, when they hear a shrill scream of help. A woman racing into view from the right. They think she is a ghoul at first, but no. She is just covered in hideous burns. They recall seeing a NCR Flag a half mile back and they rush her back. Finding that she is actually one of theirs. Had been kidnapped by a Fiend General, Cook-Cook. A guy who has been having his way with numerous female members of their team. They can’t go after him, because of number issues and the mood begins to soar. They stick around, with jobs for Veronica and Raul’s specialty. Boone excuses himself to go talk to the Commanding Officer and Maria drifts through the camp. Anger and rage boiling to life inside of her. Getting more intense with every woman she sees with burn scars and each victim she crosses paths with. It’s not just feeling bad or angry that this happened to them, but something personal. Something she can’t remember, but subconsciously, waning to lash out. When she goes up to one and starts to ask where they were attacked. Using her Pip Boy to pin the marks and we jump to a defended, dilapidated shack, with an armed fiend outside. Getting pulled back into the shadows and Maria steps out. Brandishing a long machete. Episode ending with her entering the shack.
Seven starts with her at the outpost bar. Face covered in blood and smoking a cigarette. Sipping on a drink. When Raul comes up to her and takes a seat. Saying that they should talk. Referring to the head of Cook-Cook perched on the bar next to her when she asks why and the episode doesn’t leave the bar. Everything comes out here. Her frustrations about not being able to remember and the anger she has over what Benny did and how little she thinks of the UCR. How they just let Cook-Cook run wild and they just sat back and watched. She is viewing the world from a new and all of the flaws and ugliness people adjust to are gone and she has no ties or binds or home and what happens after she gets to the man in the suit. Not seeing anything beyond the ugliness she has seen since she left Goodsprings and spiraled out of control seeing Cook-Cook’s victims. Raul lets her get it all out. Before saying that there was ugliness, he knows first hand about ugliness. Would still be stuck with the crazy Super Mutants if it wasn’t for a certain some one and he wasn’t the only one who could say that. Before she could reply, Sierra comes in. Arms weighed down by a massive crate of Nuka Cola. Running up and hugging her. Couldn’t thank her enough for the help and gave them each a bottle of soda. After she walks away, she looks at Raul and dismisses that. It was Soda but he corrects her. It is soda to them, but to Sierra, that was her reason to push on and make her happy. They all had to have that one thing. Whether it be Soda, Veronica comes up and says, stealing electronics she says. Showing the electronics she stashed in her waistband. Boone saying, getting payback on the guy who tried to kill you. Grabbing Cook-Cooks head. Saying, there is a Bounty of Five thousand for this. More than enough to get into Vegas and the trek to Vegas is on.
Eight has them reaching Freeside. Boone and Raul head off to the Kings to get a Passport into Vegas. While, Maria tells them she will catch up. Seeing a shop that says Silver side energy weapons and drifts that way. Turning in her weapons when Veronica rushes up. Preferring to tag along with her. Wanting to see the Energy weapons. She strugs it off and lets her come in. Till that becomes more when they walk into a situation. Business is open, but a unknown woman is chained to a fence and the guy is talking to her about how she wanted to die. Trying to be sneaky since no one seemed to care about them being their. Maria nonchalantly grabs a plasma gun and tries to shot the guy, and misses. The woman just barely manages to move, but the last does shot a hole through the fence keeping her trapped. Catching the guy by surprise, throwing a knife through his head. Fight breaks out and the only ones left standing are Maria, Veronica and the woman who introduces herself as the Rose of Sharon Cassidy. She idiotically tried to exact revenge on the van graffs and it didn’t go well. While she is talking, Maria slips a Stealth boy in her pocket. Veronica is going wild. Pocketing as much as she can. They prepared to take out the last guard, but when they rush outside. Find a guy in Legion in a suit. One of Caesar’s men. Telling Maria the Caesar is requesting a meeting, but she isn’t very interested in it. More than aware at this point who they are and isn’t about to give them a meeting, but he tells her where to go if she changes her mind and walks off. From there, it is clear sailings into the strip, except before they can fully enjoy it. They are swarmed by Robots. Lead by Victor. Who says Mr.House wants a word and it is not up for debate.
Nine, the finale picks up with the meeting between her and Mr. House who gladly tells her where to find the man in the suit Benny and uploads his schedule to her Pip Boy. He wants her to got to and get the chip and take it to the destination he also marked in her map and she would get directions when she gets there. She tries to ask questions. Wanting to know more, but he isn’t up for talking and she leaves. Meeting the rest of the group outside. Mr. House watching them while she explains what just went down. Veronica not thrilled to be helping him, but Raul saying that they shouldn’t concern themselves about it right now and it is off to the Tops. After scouting it out and armed with the specs. Cassidy seduces him up to his room, when he hits an invisible barrier just shy of his bed. Stealth boy dropping and Maria is face-to-face with the guy who tried to kill her. He is shocked of course. Saying one scream and his men would come running. Which is followed by the sounds of an altercation and incomes everyone else. He tries to trade the chip for a free escape, she takes it, flips it in the air and catches it before saying, nope. Stabbing him in the chest with a knife. Leaving him to drop to the ground dying in the next moment. Camera pans in as she takes a deep breath. All of the pain and misery he put her through. Effectively robbing her of who she was and could finally breath a sigh of relief. When Veronica brings up what are they going to do with the chip. Boone thinks it should go to the NCR to use to take down Mr. House. While Veronica throws out the idea of destroying it. Whatever Mr. House wants with it can’t be good and the NCR already can’t patrol their area. Yet alone New Vegas. They don’t even know what the chip does when a voice from a backroom speaks out. It controls a massive robot army. Confused, Maria opens the door and out of the darkness, Yes Man’s face appears and the season ends.
I know that this was a long one, but it’s an entire season and Fallout is such a rich and vast spectrum of people and events and wanted to include as much as I could and had a real blast putting it all together. I hope you enjoyed and as always..
Thank You For Reading.
By Paul Anthony
Let’s be honest here, 2020 has not been a good year to all of us. Here we are going through a world wide virus that has no cure yet and here in the states we are going through a civil unrest regarding law enforcement and African Americans. No doubt the footages, we have all seen have made feel terrible with what police get away with. For decades and that is 30 years to be exact the show Cops would air which is a reality show where cameras follow police in the line duty, the show nonetheless made us laugh more than anything but Paramount announced that due to police brutality the show would be canceled. The through the years may have had the viewers laughing at people but critics often slammed the show for airing people personal issues for basically pure fun. Cops the show has had many issues prior to leading up to this even before everything happen, the show faced many lawsuits because of the footage they were using through it’s history and that footage was the stereotypes and that is White cops and Black people being who they arrested. In reality it was the show and station that was putting the footage together and seeing what draws the crowds in and we all got brain washed into watching it. heck I didn’t even notice to be honest, it wasn’t until much later when the police would approve the footage that the show would be allowed to use. From what I could, tell that is when the issues seem to calm down. Now shortly after Paramount canceled the show. A&E and Discovery also decided to cancel their shows.
A&E hit show was called Live PD, which was basically the same as cops except they claim the footage was live and would have experts in the studio explaining the situation which I thought that was a good way to help us all understand the situation. Sadly I don’t know much about Discovery’s show which was called “Body Cam” Now I don’t know how it is different from the other shows but it is now canceled.
The main question now is will these shows return or no? Paramount has said they have no plans to bring the show back, as of right now I haven’t seen much about the other shows to give a clear answer to that question but in the back of my mind, I would have to say yes they will return and here is why. Ratings, that is the thing we have to remember, if a network sees that that they can make money trust me they will put the item out there to make money. Now we live in the age where there are so many cameras and I think these shows will help us catch the good guys and the bad guys regardless of which side of the law that the bad buys are on. I believe the studios need to have morale rights to help out when they have footage of someone being in the wrong but in the end I guess only time will tell.
By: Justin Hopkins
I had no idea that this movie was coming until a few reviews for it began to crop up and had me at the description of being a more brutal version of Home Alone. Feels like it has been a terrible long time since I got to watch a new movie and was excited going into and.. well lets dive in and check out if it was worth the excitement shall we.
The movie starts with long cuts between an altercation going on at a prison and a school. Seeing Dominic passing of a weapon during the altercation at the prison and we see Becky getting off the ground at the school as a teacher ushers the group to move on. She doodling on a test instead of taking the test and is called out on the intercom. Her Dad is picking her up early. Meanwhile Dominic and a handful of others are being loaded into the back of a prison transport and the guy he gave the weapon to stabs the cop in the back during the trip. Back with Becky and her Dad. They stop at a gas station where while she is shoplifting gummy worms, we see the prisoners escape alert on the news. She leaves the store and walks off. Watching videos on her phone of her Mother. Who was in the hospital and we learn that her Mother died. They continue on their way, he is upset that she is stealing and when it dawns on her where they are going. Gets even more upset and Dad is in no hurry to tell her anything till they get to the cabin. It was her Mother’s favorite place and get that she hasn’t been there since her Mom died and was under the impression that he was going to sell it. Her joy of learning that he changed his mind and wasn’t selling it only lasts for a moment when his girlfriend and her son show up to spend the weekend as well and the fight gets worse when she find out that they are getting married and storms off to a smaller shack deeper into the woods. At the same time Dominic and his men arrive and quickly take over the house. Looking for a key in the basement that is currently in the shack with Becky and that is where I will leave it for now.
I don’t think I can express my love of this movie and how great they did with the story. Nothing was just because. They always had a reason for everything, when most would have just gone lazy and shrugged their shoulders. Becky is not just a kid going through a rebellious stage or anything like that, but a good kid going through a lot of bad things and doesn’t know how to process it. From losing her Mom and things not going good in school. Her one joyous moment is taken away by the fact it wasn’t just going to be her and her Dad, but his girlfriend and her son and than learn they are getting married and everything is changing and then her Dad dies in front of her. Pushing the girl who is already teetering on the edge all the way over. Than you go on the opposite side, you get Apex, who is Dominic’s closest ally and they give him a rather gruesome reason to be having a battle of consciousness and that he gone to far in this plan and regret and sorrow was setting in and didn’t know what was going to happen to him by the end. Nick Morris, Ruckus Skye and Lane Skye went all out creating an all around great story to go along with some great carnage.
Now, this movie has been compared to Home Alone and can get why but it’s a very loose equivalent. Yeah, the traps between the two are for very different reasons. The traps and weapons Becky crafts are so brutal and gory and wonderful and simple and never feel to crazy. They felt like traps a kid would make. They aren’t outright lethal. Just take them down and make it easier for a 13 year old to finish them off. Whether it’s a broken ruler or fistful of colored pencils taped together or bit of fishing line and bored with nails. She brutalizes and makes them suffer with so much hate and intensity in her eyes and cheering her on the whole way.
I have to give Kevin James all the praise in the world for his portrayal of Dominic. He is everything I love in a villain. Cold and calculated. He process the situation and goes from their. Never really raises his voice either. Just allows his presences and his actions to intimidate and terrify his victims into submitting to whatever he wants. Even after everything Becky does to his men and runs him over with a car. He is cool as ever. Trying to simply convince her to come with him and his argument for it isn’t even far from what is going to happen to her if she makes it through to the end. Kevin James did a stellar job and hope that this isn’t his last foray as a bad guy.
On the flip side, we get Lulu Wilson who is terrifyingly good as Becky. She was brilliant bringing out both a fearsome ferocity and soul crushing amount of sympathy. There are some moments in this movie where she is the scariest person on the screen. Particularly the fire scene at the end when Dominic gets there and she is singing and putting marshmallows on the stick he uses to torture her Dad, staring at hims and it’s bone chilling. Than she lets out these battle cries when she stomps the ruler into the guys neck and when she kills Apex and as great as they were. She is even better when it is all over and she is just sitting there petting her lone dog, cause they killed the other, and it all sits in and you start to worry about what comes next for Becky.
Each of them are backed by a solid supporting cast. Joel McHale as her Dad. Robert Maillet as Apex and Ryan McDonald and James McDougall as Cole and Haymmond.
This movie is a blast throughout. I love the story so much. They take their time to build a story around Becky and give her a threatening villain in Dominic to overcome and I want so much more. I want to know what happens next for Becky. She left with the key, what is she going to do with it? Does she go live with Kayla and Ty? They ended it so well and with so much more I want to know. If you haven’t seen it yet, go and check it out. Final Grade – S
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