By Justin Hopkins
(I know that this one is a little out their. Pushing some boundaries but you know what, this is mostly for fun and to start a conversation. Since Asuka seems to be difficult for them to book, we’ll do it here. Won’t just book her a story, but we will see just how far we can go and see just how much of a trail we can blaze along the way.)
Alright, we are going to jump a few months ahead here. Allowing the ongoing stories to conclude, the Saudi show, and Survivor Series and finish out the year. Going to pick up, in fact the Smackdown after the Royal Rumble, cause we need the long stretch between the Rumble and Mania, with Elimination Chamber and Road Block. Smackdown opens, and out comes WWE Champion, Kofi Kingston and the rest of the New Day. Talks about yet another successful defense, and his excitement over taking the belt all the way to Mania. Since the Rumble winner, Cesaro, chose the Raw belt already. They start doing the Who, will challenge him bit, and they are interrupted, when Asuka’s music hits. The crowd pops from seeing her, but are confused as to what is happening. She goes through her entire entrance, and when Kofi asks what she is doing out here. She replies, by kicking him in the head. Takes Xavier out during the initial shock, and while Big E tries to grab her, tricks him over the top rope, and hits him with a baseball slide. Effectively clearing the ring, before taking the mic and saying, ” You are not ready for Asuka.” The show ends, with commentary wondering what this means.
Let it sit for a week. No comments from her, but plenty of speculations, till Smackdown opens with her in the ring. She says that she is tired of being overlooked. We get constant rematches for the women’s title and they didn’t even care enough to book the Kabuki Warriors. Since Kari Sane has her sights set on Sonya, and she is tired of waiting for her chance, she is going to make them give her a shot, at the ultimate prize, at the biggest event of the year, and is officially challenging Kofi Kingston. For the rest of Smackdown, we see him mulling it over. People telling him he can’t take this seriously. He is the Heavyweight Champion and she is a woman, but it’s not like that for him. Remembers all the barriers he had to break. All the doubters telling him why he was not a serious contender. Who was he to turn around and tell her why she is unworthy of an opportunity. He comes out at the end and is about to accept, but out comes Vince. Who is not having any of this, and he is cut off, by Stephanie (they are going to get involved just easier to do this early) who is all for this. After some back and forth, it is decided, that if Asuka can beat Xavier Woods at Elimination Chamber. She will be named number 1 contender at Wrestlemania. To get her, and the crowd use to her being in the ring with the guys. She is very much an underdog in the match, and Xavier is blown away at first by the amount of intensity she comes out with, but manages to get the upper hand. When he goes for the Limit Breaker and misses. Asuka quickly snatches on the Asuka Lock and chokes him out for the victory. The crowd pops. Shocked that she won and the show closes with her gesturing toward the Wrestlemania sign. Unaware that she will have to put up her contender ship one more time, against Charlotte Flair.
I know, the same thing we got last year, and that is kind of the reason for this. For all the negative, Charlotte is still top notch. Has a slew of first time evers, as well as beating Asuka to end her undefeated streak and for the Smackdown Women’s Champion and she’ll be damned if she misses out on this moment. They have a match at Road Block that Asuka wins clean. No shenanigans or roll-ups and it’s on to Mania from here.
The level of press this is garnering is insane. WWE is a big name, and this is a huge deal to a lot of media outlets. Asuka is being interviewed by just about everyone. They are talking about it on morning talk show. She is on magazines and more eyes are tuning in to see if this is true and how are they handling this. Japan is getting more invested with each passing week, as one of their own is walking a path no one has yet.
Back in the ring things pick up in a big way. Kofi’s promos get more fiery by the week. Explaining the importance of the title to him. He is closing in a year long reign and she better be ready cause he is coming with everything he got. While she is screwing with the New Day relentlessly. Interfering in their matches and getting into their heads, and when the moment is right. Choking out Kingston. That is, till the Smackdown before Mania, when they lay her out with the Midnight Hour.
Wrestlemania arrives and they are going on last. The camera picks up with her on her way out of the locker room. Walking past a line-up of the women. Naomi, Nattie, Sarah Logan and Liv Morgan, Becky Lynch and Bayley. Then it turns to legends. Lita, Trish, Beth Phoenix, Molly Holly, Alundra Blaze. Everyone turning out, to see Asuka try to scale the one mountain left. At the very end, Charlotte Flair. They have a brief stare down and Charlotte says, ” Kick his ass.”
The match begins and they are given fifteen to eighteen minutes. Kofi gets the early upper-hand, before she fights her way back. Each time he thinks he has the advantage she fights back that much harder and that much more intense. She gets more and more offense in, til she walks into Trouble in Paradise. A move that put so many down.. and she kicks out just before three. People are going wild. Kofi can’t believe it, and The New Day are going nuts at ringside. She is not giving up. Knows this is her only shot, literally never come back if she fails, and is not going away that easily. She fights back. Goes for the Asuka Lock, he shoves her off. She turns as he’s going for Trouble in Paradise again…
And what happens now. A loss for her does not hurt her. She gets a standing ovation for giving her all and nice way to end the show. She can bring a new level of prestige back to the women’s division, or IC title… but I for the life of me, can’t see why she doesn’t deserve it. Why not, cause she is a woman. That’s not a good enough reason. She is one of the best PERFORMERS on the roaster. Every match she brings it all every match she is in. When she is not around, she is missed. Cause she is so talented that we want to see her on TV. If she was a guy, we would want to see her win, and should not be told no, because she is a woman. So, lets jump back.
… he’s going for Trouble In Paradise, but she ducks. He hits the ground, and she locks in the Asuka Lock. He’s in the center of the ring. Begins to try and get up, almost makes it, but falls back to the ground. The Ref checks his arm, and it falls. Asuka has done it. She is the new WWE Heavyweight Champion. The show ends with her holding the belt high, in the midst of confetti and fireworks in the back. No B.S safe endings where they count three with a shoulder up, or roll-ups. Clean win, for someone who has worked so hard for this moment.
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By Paul Anthony
Back in 2004 Saw came out and it was something new in an area of film that was just going down hill in that period, Horror films were becoming horrible even for a hardcore fan, so this was so new and here was a shocker it was good. Let’s be honest the music was awesome and so was the ending, in fact that song in the end is still in my head. The next two films wasn’t the same but wasn’t bad either and it finished up Jigsaw story and we learned what happened and why he did what he did. However things in Hollywood don’t end when the story ends but when the money stops. The films were often made on a small budget so the films always made money. After three the films just became trash and dragging any loose ends out. Then we had the 2017 Jigsaw which is the 8th film in the series and was suppose to be the end and when I saw it I truly felt like this was a waste but glade the series was over, then we got a shocker.
First was Chris Rock was going to reboot the film series just a few years after the last one. When this happen first thing I thought was really Chris Rock of all people he was going to reboot Saw. The News didn’t stop there, it then came out that he was going write and direct the film but then also star in the film along side Samuel L. Jackson. Was this a Joke? I said that out loud but it wasn’t a joke, it was real. As much as I want to say that is it the truth is there was more news regarding this film. One this film won’t be a reboot and will happen in the same canon as the previous eight films, it won’t be a direct sequel to Jigsaw which won’t be a bad thing. Second the current title for the film is The Organ Donor which does sound like a creepy title.
The film was going to be released in October 2020 which is the normal time for a saw movie but now they changed it to the point where the film is coming out in May of 2020. The changed was being reported that they didn’t want to go up against Halloween Kills. Putting it in May doesn’t help either because you got Black Widow, SpongeBob, Fast and Furious 9 in May as well, not to mention June films as well which includes CandyMan.
I’m not saying this is going to be a bad film, I just don’t see the point in a 9th film, when we were already sick of it. I guess this is how people of 80’s felt with Jason and Freddy. Now if this movie fails I do believe there won’t be a tenth film because the budget alone will go to the roof to pay Jackson and Rock. They will see they will take a lose with this film and put this series to sleep. Then again I could be wrong, we will see in 10 months.
By Paul Anthony
Disney has been having a great year so far and that is an understatement, let’s look at the titles they have so far, Avengers: Endgame, Captain Marvel, Spider-Man: Far From Home, Aladdin and now The Lion King. Sure Disney had a flop or two I’m looking at you Dumbo but even so that movie made a good amount of money as well. Remakes for the new age can be tricky because you still have a fan base who love the 1994 film. Could this film live up to that film. Well I guess you have to read on and find out.
First I want to point out the things I do like about this film. Now the graphics were top notch which when your film is nothing but CGI which this film was then the graphics need to be up there and it was, there was only a few moments that I could tell it was CGI. The casting was another high point for me, the favorite was casting James Earl Jones Mufasa. Lion King is in fact a musical so the singing was on par with Beyonce leading the way. Sounds like there are a lot of things to like about this film but there are things that I didn’t like.
First calling this a live action film was joke and that whole campaign was just annoying, The Lion King could never be live action unless you used make up instead of CGI. Next the story was pretty much the same there really wasn’t any change which I wouldn’t mind the small changes that catches you off guard but doesn’t change plot or the outcome. Now some critics have knock the film for lack of facial expressions on the lions, I won’t knock them for that because they were trying to be authentic and lions don’t have many features, I will however knock them for a scene that they changed for the 94 film. That scene was when scar was getting his troops together and some compared it to the Nazi Army which made sense because it gave you an idea of how Scar was going to rule the pride land. In this film they changed it big time to something basic, I guess they didn’t want to get any backlash but you need to show scar as being evil and stressing how evil he is.
SO in the end I had to ask myself did this film live up to the legacy of 94? My answer is no it did not but that doesn’t mean this film was a bad film and I would say please take your family to see it because it still had some tear jerker scenes that we loved . Now what grade would I give this film and the Answer is a B rating. They did good but they could have did great!
By: Justin Hopkins
This was not part of the plan. Had been spending most of my time working on another blog. Catching only bits and pieces from Marvel and avoiding everything from Arrowverse (I prefer to be surprised then know) but when plans changed, and I sat down and started going through what came out from Comic Con, I didn’t know which one made me more excited. So, lets breakdown some of both. What has me most excited about Marvel, and what has me most fired up, over Arrowverse. Little congrats for one, and a more sombering good bye on the horizon.
Marvel had a lot to show after the explosive finale on End Game, and they showed up more then ready. Having a stacked movie line-up, along with an arguably bigger one for their upcoming Disney Plus. Movies like Shang Chi And The Legend Of The Ten Rings and Eternals stands out, because I have no idea what they are, but with their history of handling lesser known characters such as the Guardians of the Galaxy and to a point Iron Man. That they’ll no doubt land another bulls-eye with these films. Fantastic Four as well. We have got a few duds and one meh with the ones we got, but have faith they can pull through. Mostly because we really need a stellar Doctor Doom. His presence alone, can carry on from Fantastic four, to Spider-man, Doctor Strange, and any collective movie further out. Important that they stick that character. Speaking of, we got word of Thor 4 being Love and Thunder. Title that made me laugh so hard, till the news of Jane Foster playing Thor ( Mighty Thor) Besides thinking that would be cool to see. Got me thinking, we never got a closing to Chris Hemsworth’s Thor. It doesn’t have to be definitive like Captain America and Tony Stark. Just him passing off one of his Hammers to Jane and taking a back seat. Wanting to just watch. We still get a Thor and when things get insane. Can bring him back. We also got the announcement of Mahershala Ali dawning the leather jacket of the Daywalker, Blade. He has got some big shoes to fill, as Wesley Snipes was fantastic as Blade. Still pine for him twenty years later. Long before MCU was a thing. he was bringing life to a Marvel character often overlooked, but Mahershala is extremely talented. Cottonmouth was a compelling menacing character and think he can breath new life into Blade. As well as open the door the the rest of the MCU Monsters.
On the flip side of this, you got Disney Plus. While I am as excited, with stuff like Falcon and Winter Solider, and the Loki stuff. Hawkeye has me really excited, because that opens the door to Lady Hawkeye and The West Coast Avengers ( Give me Gwenpool Please). It is WandaVision. I don’t want them to start finding loopholes to bring characters back. Their deaths were sad and moving, and it just waters them down to bring them back. I know they did with Gamora, but she is at least a different version of Gamora. Might not even be good. Would rather just have Scarlet Witch and it’s a play on her powers, then the return of Vision. To finish up on the Marvel side, want to congratulate them becoming the highest grossing movie of all time. As of this writing, they are sitting at 2.790 billion and that is a tremendous feat. Congratulations to everyone from the actors to crew and those working behind the scenes and CGI. This was long term story telling at its finest that may never be duplicated, but thankful to see it unfold before me.
Over at DC and the Arrowverse. Going to run through the beginning here. We got trailers for Arrow, Flash, Supergirl, and teaser for Batwoman. Excitement to be had in all of them. Cannot wait for Ruby Rose’s Batwoman. Teaser was nice after seeing a trailer, please leave it at that. Now, on to the big event; Crisis on Infinite Earths, and holy crap they are bringing out everything. Lynda Carter, is reportedly reprising her role as Woner Woman, along with Burt Ward from the Batman show. Tom Welling, Tyler Hoechlin, and Brandon Routh, playing the man of steel and that may grow, since it’s rumored that DCEU characters may be crossing paths finally, with Arrowverse. My hope, is Erza Miller and Gustin Grant meeting as the Flashes. We may even be getting Titans as well. Crisis on Infinite Earths was one of their biggest events to ever happen and they are certainly lining it up to be just as big for them. I loved Planet X and Elseworlds, and this is pumping itself up to be their best and I have such high hopes… except… I am not ready to say goodbye to Ollie. I am not. Been broken up since they showed his tombstone, his farewell at comic con did not help, and will not be ready when it happens. Can’t wait for this Crisis though. Five day event, with a break between episode 3 and 4 because they are choosing to hate us, but I am sure the will be worth it
I know this was a long one, thanks for reading
By Paul Anthony
We are in the era of full women rights and rightful so, god made us all equals therefore we should get paid equal. If you are good at what you do you should be paid well regardless if you are an man or woman now it is something different if you just suck at what you do. But we know or some of us know that a company’s revenue is very important because that revenue helps pay for people’s income. Now this is very true for sports leagues. Revenue from fans showing up and buying clothes and jerseys helps keep a sports league in great shape for years to come. Now the part that is fun for Athletes in these leagues is the money they can get with little to no education, sounds like i am being harsh but I am not. Just think you are in debt from college making maybe 50 to 70k starting out. Some of these people make 300K with no debts from college, so when I say I am not trying mean I am really not. that high number Just mention is for men not women sadly, their case is much different, but as they fight for equal pay the truth is they may never get it but who is to blame for that? Well if you are sports fan then look no further then at yourself.
Leagues live on their revenue that is no secret and it comes from the fans, just look at the NFL which makes billions upon billions which they can give their plays millions per year and not think twice about it. I know you heard the saying called the big four leagues which are the biggest leagues in North America in terms of revenue, they are NFL, MLB, NBA, NHL. Then you have two more leagues behind them which are MLS and the CFL. All are of course Men leagues. So how do these leagues make then? NFL makes about 13 billion, MLB makes about 9.5 billion, NBA makes about 5.2 billion, MLS makes .9 billion and CFL makes about .2 billion. Some high numbers right.
Now you may be wondering where do the women leagues stack up against these numbers? truth is they don’t at all. Let’s look at the biggest Woman’s league and that is the WNBA, but they wouldn’t have stuck around had it not been for the NBA giving them money, about 11 million dollars per year for most of its time here just so they can remain a float, now just for a few years only half of the league’s teams reported a profit and that comes with not enough people watching them shine.
This topic become a hot topic thanks to the US Women National team winning the World Cup for the second time and four of the 8 world cups and while the men failed to qualify for the world cup. Now people only seemed to be interested in these world games for National pride rather then being a hardcore fan of the sports because those hardcore fans are far in between Just ask yourself which game would you attend a NBA game or WNBA game and then you’ll understand why they don’t get paid that much.
I would like to say one day this could change but it won’t change until the right action is taken and what is the right action? Well one solution is the men Leagues buy the Women’s leagues and fund them that which could clearly boost the pay for the women but that could also mean less profits for the big four leagues are they willing to accept 12 billion instead of 13 billion, I would say no because they would have already done this. I wish the women Athletes the best of luck and keep fighting for higher pay!
By: Justin Hopkins
Going into Crawl, didn’t have much expectations. I love Animal style creature films. From the good ones, like Jaws, Lake Placid and…. Piranha. To the dumb such as Sharktapus, Python, and Piranha. So, went in pretty open minded. Expecting a good, fun movie, but not in the league of Jaws, but wow. This was so much better then anything I expected, and carving itself out as one of the best I have seen.
Starting with the story. Yes, it has one and is pretty solid and grounded one at that. Staring with Haley, a college sw
immer, who is seen losing a swim race, by a fraction of a second, and seems to be held back by some emotional issue going on in her personal life. After a phone call from her older sister, she sets off to make sure her Dad, who was in the wake of a Category 5 Hurricane. Journey takes her through a police barricade, and down to her childhood home. Finding her Dad unconscious, with a broken leg, and slashed up torso. Before she can get him out, is chased back by our first Alligator, and the movie never really lets down from there.
Kaya Scodelario (Haley) and Barry Pepper (Dave) were your two main characters and the only ones you really deal with throughout. The rest were pretty much there to be eaten, and they were both so perfect for their roles. Haley was just the perfect survivor. So many times you are holding your breath. Worried over how she was going to get out of their grasp each time they get a hold of her. Cause each time is worse then the last. Building in suspense and rooting on her ultimate triumph when the Gator gets her in the Death Roll. Then you got Father of the Century, who at first you are just waiting for him to die, but through his relationship with Haley and just the upmost love and belief he has in her, you begin to pull for just as hard as Haley, and he takes a beating. By the end you are wondering how he isn’t dead, but are glad he is not because his presences adds to how much of a champ Haley looks in the final shot. An ending I didn’t see coming for the genre we are in, but enjoyed it tremendously for being different and choosing to end the story instead of something more ridiculous that we normally get.
The atmosphere, pacing, sound, and settings were perfect. Being in the North, never had to deal with a Hurricane, but the rain and wind sounds all seemed point on. The dark, dank and slow closing claustrophobia from the flooding crawl space. That follows them up through the house to the top of the roof. They never feel safe and always wondering when the next attack will come, because they pace out the attacks so well. Withholding the first attack for a good while. Setting up the trap, before getting the ball rolling and even when you are well into the story. They pull back, pull back, and then get you with a shock attack. Gives Kaya and Barry time to build their characters and build the tension to a boiling point and then give you another alligator attack.
Even the alligators were pretty spot on. The were CGI and used to build their bulk and shimmering eyes, but their movements were kind of true to how they are in the wild. How they grab and pull their victims off, or they grab and start to roll and rip off shred of their prey. Using their hunting techniques to add and work the story around, which was a nice touch. Exaggerated at times, but nice all the same.
I don’t have anything negative to say about this movie. Would be reaching if I did, and not prevalent enough to even take me out of my immersion. This was a fun, creature blood bath, grounded with a heart and relatable story between a young woman trying to wrap her mind about what is happening in her own life and gain a little confidence in herself along the way. Please go and see this, it’s truly a must watch. Giving it a high A-Rating and may end up going to see it again myself. True hidden gem in a year that has given us quite a few excellent movies.
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Dave Bautista last few years have been catching my eye, in fact even before he started getting movie roles, he’s last few months full time in WWE were probably his best and you just saw a star being born and then his big time role in Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy and in the Avengers films. Since then I have been curious to see his performances going forward and when I saw the preview for this film I could tell this film might not be the big film of the year far from it in fact so what did I think of the film?
Well Let’s start with the casting and acting. As I mention before I am big fan of Bautista now him and Kumail Nanjiani as Stu to me was the highlights among the acting well the only highlight. Now I know KuMail has been around but mostly been doing a lot of voice work and that will continue going into next year when he is the film The Voyage of Dr. Dolittle. Now back to the film, Most of the other characters seem like they were only making cameos so it was hard to even make it seem like they were threat. Actually the movie made it seem like Bautista character Vic’s eye sight issues were the only real realize to why the bad guys were winning for most of the film and soon as his eyes got he got the upper hand it was pretty much over.
Because of that the character development was on the weak side of things because half the time I forgot who the bad guys were and didn’t really care for them which I felt like it did hurt the film and the epic fight fell felt to me. Yes this is a comedy but any good R Rated comedy needs a lot of other things to carry it and just didn’t have it outside of the main two good guys.
Now let’s talk about the idea here because this was something new and Yes buddy cop films are nothing new but using Uber is new and that has value to me. So in the end how I rate this film? I give this film a C it had moments but it just that moment and nothing will jump out at you but wasn’t a bad ride either. The numbers aren’t out yet but I would assume you would see this film somewhere in the top 5!
By Paul Anthony
Well I think this time I am truly getting tired of bad films thinking they are good, I often catch myself wondering when is funny no longer funny anymore, I get my answer when I was any new movie that Adam Sandler is in. Few years back we all know the story Adam Sandler’s production company signed a contract with Netflix to produce a number films, all signs point to the fact that the contract was for 8 films and this film marks the 7th film in the contract. I’ll be honest this deal needs to end fast.
I know Netflix at first was getting a lot of views on this film which, I am going to guess people were expecting something great and comedy gold when you have Jennifer Aniston in it but when you think about that you also have to realize that Adam Sandler is in it as well. Let’s get to this review of this film This movie fell flat to me and I am being nice, this film was built as a comedy and I don’t think I even laughed once. The cast did what they could and you had some good names in this film, for starters you had Jennifer Aniston, Luke Evans and Terence Stamp, though his role was more of an cameo rather then the main cast. Jennifer has been in a few good comedies the last few years. Now We know she was on friends and that was a sitcom, but with that being said I don’t find her funny on her own but give her a good cast and script and she will make you laugh, however she couldn’t in this film but that is no fault of her own. Adam’s job was to bring the laughs the problem is his style grew old like him and instead of changing it up he just keeps playing the same character and that gets old.
The plot was basic, for starters it was about a Marry couple who after 15 years of marriages seems to be falling apart because of laziness on Adam’s character to part. To spice it up he plans a last minute trip to Europe and there they get tangled into a rich family fighting for the billions of dollars, in the end they are set up to look like the killers in which case they must prove that they didn’t do it. Sounds like a fun idea for a movie but the writing was just weak and you kind of saw who was the guilty party.
Yes I am bashing this movie because, I hardly ever watched a comedy that didn’t make me laugh just a little, with that being said I am giving this film an E, they had a good idea but they just didn’t deliver good on the idea, this film could have been better but this is what is expected from an Adam Sandler movie these days and trust it is sad. We know now this was film 7 in the 8 film contract so this deal is coming to an end which may not be a bad thing for Netflix.
By: Justin Hopkins
I know what you may be thinking. Why are you talking about a movie that came out in 2006. Movie is 13 years old and you are choosing to talk now. Well, the Shout Factory has released the Collectors Edition Blu Ray today, and with this being a horror movie that I hold in rather high regard. Think it is overlooked when good horror movies are discussed and most importantly, one of the rare, brightest gems in the video game adaption of a movie. With that said, lets once again delve into another much more intense, disturbing fog, of Silent Hill.
I’ll be the first one to admit, while I know a lot of the lore and backstory around the games. I am not the most experienced at playing them. Have started playing a bit of 2 when I heard that this was coming, and the first one, beat me down hard, but with that said, Director Christophe Gans and his team really got the details down. From camera angles when Rose first arrives and is racing through town, and the changing camera angles were straight out of the first game. Even getting the exact scene of her chasing who she believes is Sharon to the unveil of the Gray Children. The atmosphere and mood was perfect. It wasn’t gross, but disturbing and unnerving. Which is what Silent Hill is all about. It isn’t about going, oh that is so sick or gross, but What the, and that movie gets that. From Pyramid Head ripping the woman’s skin off Anna and then throwing it at our protagonists to the guy with his feet barbed wired to his head and the frosting on the top; the nurses. Was 16 when I came out, and the way those Nurses moved, blindly slashing each other’s throats has stayed with me to this day. Bravo to some unsung heroes, Roberto Campanello, Micheal Coto, Yvonne NG, and the dancers behind the Nurses, for bringing these monsters to life in terrifying form.
Can go on for a long, long time, but I want to talk about one more thing, and that is the psychology behind this and the questions left behind. There is an actual psychological element to this movie. May not be as strong as the games, but with Silent Hill being different for everyone, kind of makes sense that it’s not the same. By going the route of this being Alessa’s Silent Hill. It opened the door to bring any monster they wanted, because they were the worst torture to use against those who hurt her, with the two mothers. Dahila Gillespese ( Deborah Kara Unger) lament over her failure to save her daughter and Rose Da Silva ( Radha Mitchell) sheer willpower to overcome the horror and the cult to save hers. Both being the same of Sharon and Alessa, and Jordelle Ferland is still one of the creepiest entities in a movie or game as Dark Alessa. Would put her performance against almost anyone.
I love the Collector’s Edition of Silent Hill. It’s a lot of a cut. Can really make out the details on the make-up and special effects. Laurie Holden looking hardcore Cybil Bennett. So, get out there and pick up your copy. Give it a fresh look or first look. Take in the relationships between everyone and how they contrast each other, and let your mind wonder on the question; Is that Sharon at the end or Alessa?
Thanks for reading
By: Justin Hopkins
For any one who follows us on our Podcast, knows that Spider-man Homecoming was my favorite MCU film, barring Infinity wars and Endgame. Loved everything they did and Tom Holland has continued to be amazing as Spider-man, and I had real high hopes going in, despite it having to follow the tremendous emotional weight of Endgame, and arguably… may have passed Homecoming. Lets dive, with a bit of spoilers ahead, in and discuss cause I am still on the fence.
Starting with the most High School news thing, I have ever seen, with the kids news program talking about Thanos event called The Blip. Which sounds dumb, but for people who were gone for five years and not present for the snap. They had to just describe it and seemed like someone said off the cuff and it stuck. After the news, you jump to Peter and Ned who are planning their trip to Italy and how he is going to tell M.J how he feels and Ned is having none of it, wanting to be bachelors in Europe ( a crazy, fun side story that takes a hilarious turn) and when M.J interrupts, you can see the tension between M.J and Peter early on that kick starts a fascinating story for Peter.
Tom Holland brings out the best of Spider-man and Peter Parker at the same time. Every loss and death carries so much weight. Drags you on his emotional roller coaster and route so hard for him to get up and wow with just thrilling fights and celebrate his victories. His fifth time playing the web-swinger and is just getting better. From start to finish, he doesn’t have any flaws. Strong chemistry with every actor on set and makes good scenes great just by being there.
While we all came to Spider-Man in action and how the battle that would ensue between him and Mysterio. All hats off to Zendaya for her performance as M.J. Having much more time to flesh out and add to her role, and she ran with it full steam. Bringing M.J’s bravery and cunningness her chemistry, along with her own fresh and new idea to the mix. Throw in her strong chemistry with Tom Holland and was show stealing at times. As exciting as the action and Mysterio was, and the mini arcs, but Zendaya stood out and her scenes were as good as the rest.
Villain wise. Jake Gyllenhaal could make a claim for top tier among the best. Just oozed confidence and showmanship that Mysterio is all about. Taking full advantage of Peter’s Naivety and being mentally drained by Fury tearing into him at every possible moment, a high school rival for M.J’s attention, not being able to spend time with her, and the massive hole left in his heart by losing Tony Stark, and if he can fill Iron Man’s spot. Using all of that and gets Peter to just hand over one of the strongest weapons in the world willingly. It was deep and emotional and spoiler in three, two, one… and even though he dies. Quentin Black gets his revenge in a doctored video, that not only paints Spider-man as a murderer, and then outs him as Spider-Man in a thrilling cliff hanger of a Mid-Credit scene.
Before I finish, want to spotlight the fights between Spider-man and Mysterio cause they were so good. With Mysterio’s projections and special effects, it had to be top of the line and that superseded it by leaps and bounds. It was gorgeous and the blows were brutal. Peter took a beating and just got you behind him more every time he got up, and no I don’t care they called his Spider-sense, Peter Tingle, since it was his Aunt that gave it to him, and was rather sweet moment.
Can’t suggest going to see this movie in theaters more. The actors were all on top of their game, the effects were stellar. Was a great way to end Phase three and built toward the future, and on top of all of that; the return of J.K Simmons J.Jonah Jameson and all is right with the world.
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