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Remake vs Original: Evil Dead

By: Justin Hopkins

Welcome to the first blog of something I like to call, Remake Vs Original, and it’s very much what it sounds like. Going to take a remake and an original of a movie and discuss each one of them separately. Saying the things I like about each and whatever negatives there may be about them, and then give my verdict on which was better and why I came to that conclusion. Simple as that. As easy as it would be to start this thing off with Pet Sematary, since it’s fresh in everyone’s mind. Decided to make things more interesting and much more harder, and go with Evil Dead. Now, without further ado, lets dig a little deep and see if the remake was able to take the crown from the original, or if the original is still head of the franchise, as far as this Blogger’s opinion is concerned.

There will be spoilers going forward. Most of these movies are years to decades old. If you haven’t seen it and don’t want things spoiled, stop now, and come back later.

Remake – Evil Dead 2013- starring Jane Levy, Shiloh Fernandez, Lou Taylor Pucci, and Jessica Lucas and Directed by Fede Alvarez

This movie revolves around a recovering heroin addict being brought to an isolated cabin in the woods to detox. When one reads from the Necronomicon and unsuspected, unleashed and evil demonic force, who begins to possess, torture and kill each of them in brutal and gory ways. Story focusing on Jane Levy who was brilliant in her role as Mia. taking the crowd on an emotional roller coaster. Feeling sorry for her she struggled to overcome her addiction, then becoming terrifying once she becomes possessed. Just becoming completely demonic and intense, and sexually perverse. Stealing the screen every time she was on. A dozen moments come to mind just thinking about it. From her taunting them from the basement or the tongue splicing scene with the box cutter. Then, did a complete one-eighty back to sole survivor and fighting the demon in the final conclusion. Keeping you on the edge of your seat all the way through.

Original – Evil Dead 1981 – Staring Bruce Campbell, Ellen Sandweiss, Richard DeManincor, and Betsy Baker

The 1981 classic, that had five friends go off to an isolated Cabin in the woods, to party, get high, and to enjoy themselves. After getting lured into the basement and played a cassette that recited a passage from the Necronomicon, and unleashed an ancient evil into the world. Starting to possess, psychologically torture, and finally kill them one at a time. Taking a unique approach of making you think the main survivor would have been Scott, but killed him off rather quickly, and coming down to the one and only Ashley J. Williams. Having him alone and being tortured by just everything from the cabin, and having to kill his reanimated friends. Shedding out of his cowardly persona, and to that of a determined survivor. rooting for him like no other, wanting to see him survive and fight another day. The practical effects were something to behold, and went wild with the fake blood. Spawning two sequels, and gave us an iconic hero in the process, and what can I actually say about Bruce Campbell that we don’t already know. Long moments where he was the only one around, still made it must watch.

Final verdict, and winner of the first Remake Vs Original is –   Evil Dead 2013

Before you yell and lose your minds. This was far from an easy decision. Can totally see why you would think otherwise, but for my money, The remake trumps the original in every possible way. For starters they did what every remake should always do. Take the spirit of the original, but make an original idea from it. Directors who choose to make a remake, should look at this for influence. Practical effects were spot on and the torture and scenes where a character was being attacked was terrifying and made you feel sorry for each of them, even the jerk of the story. He takes such a pounding and in an organic way, no longer want to see him punished, but to survive. Toned down the campiness that turned the original from a horror attempt; to horror comedy. When Demon Mia is verbally abusing them from the basement, is so much more intense than funny. Comedic elements were used seldom and felt more deserved, and that death-blow at the end of the movie, is as iconic and memorable as anything the original has to offer, and should be held in horror movie legends for death scenes. Lastly, as much as I enjoyed Ash. He was much better in the sequels then the first, and Jane Levy’s performance won the day, and this head to head.

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Wrestlemania 35 Reaction

By: Justin Hopkins

We got a lot to get into so I will make the intro quick, and a little bit of a heads up. Due to just how much there actually was to at Wrestlemania last night, I am not going to go into every match, but my top three, with a handful of Honorable mention moments. If I tried to rundown every match, this wouldn’t be a blog, but a short story. So, just a little heads up on the change.

I am not going to lie, kind of eating my words this morning. Didn’t have the highest of hopes going into this event. After some serious bad story-telling decisions or overall lack of stories for some of these matches. Had to really hope for some great matches, and they gave just that and a hell of a lot more. Turning what I thought would be a lackluster Mania, into one of the best. Lets jump right into things with the pre-show.

I almost thought the worst right from the start when the lead off with the Women’s Battle Royal started off on the wrong foot. There was several stand out moments from Zelina Vega, Dana Brook, and a returning Ember Moon hitting the eclipse from every possible vantage point.  They gave us such a twist, by having the favorite, Asuka, being lasted eliminated by Sarah Logan. Appearing to be start the night off with an unexpected victor for someone who deserves the push, only to pull the rug out from under us, by having Carmella enter behind her, having hide out by ringside the entire match, and win the match. Taking away from an actual pop from the fans and a way to say that anything can truly happening. Doubling down by using the exact same tactic in the Andre the giant battle royal, by having the SNL guys do the exact same thing to end up against Braun Strowman who decimated them to end the comedic segment between the three. Match was at least entertaining watching Strowman plow his way around the ring, and am glad to see Luke Harper back in action, and hope he gets a decent push of some kind, or team him back with Braun. Both of which are more than capable of putting on excellent matched. The real star of the Pre show was easily the Raw tag team title match, between Cut Hawkins and Zac Ryder vs The Revival. A match that wasn’t even on the card until Wednesday and thought it was a joke, but once it got going, was far from it. Often forgetting how talented Ryder is and the longer the match went, the more Curt took center stage. The prospect of him finally winning after a defeated 269 losing match streak began to build and the fans got behind him and was a great moment to see him pick up the win for the team. Didn’t feel like the Revival getting buried, but giving a workhorse, who has done everything that has been asked of him, a Wrestlemania moment.

Before I delve into my top three matches, going to give out a few honorable moments, because there was so many moments that were great and it was generally difficult to just select 3. Starting off, with The Miz vs Shane. This was storytelling to a T. Miz being driven by pure emotion the entire time, and Shane just goading him along. The Miz Dad getting involved and Shane tormenting him by setting up his fighting stance was gold, and the superplex off the scaffling was something to behold. Shane getting the win only because of the way they landed was a great way to carry the feud forward. Definitely looking forward to the re-match. Brock Lesnar vs Seth Rollins was a great way to kick-start the event. Fast and to the point, but set the bar for the rest of the way. The return of the Doctor of Thuganomic was always a welcome sight and great callback, and finally, The Kurt Angle Farewell. I was legitimately surprised to see not only was it actually, Corbin, but Corbin getting the win, but I understand why. Kurt’s way of passing the torch to the next generation, by putting over a younger star. Especially, a heel, which is where Kurt shined the brightest in his career. It has been a privilege to watch him throughout his career, and am hope he finds happiness in retirement.

My number three for match of the night, was the fatal four way for the Women’s Tag team championship, between Sasha Banks and Bayley defending against The IIconics vs Beth Phoenix and Natalya vs Nia Jaxs and Tamina

I really was nervous about this one going in. From Nia and Tamina botching constantly, to Beth being rusty, and these types of matches being difficult to pull off in general, but these ladies brought their A-game to the match. High spots and double team moves pulled off to perfection. Moments throughout that really had me second guessing who was going to win, and the Glam Slam looked so incredible off the top that I didn’t even see the tag from Billy, and was so lost when the switch came and utterly elated to see the IIconics win the straps, from just being better on the Mic and the fresh matched that will come from this, especially if you pit them against the Riott Squad.

Second match of the night, The Main Event Ronda Rousey vs Charlotte Flair vs Becky Lynch

Sticking to what I said leading in, this story didn’t need Charlotte to get to the main event and dampened the emotions going in by having her apart of it, but the match itself was simply spectacular. These three women went at each other with all the hate in the world. At times, it was just two of them  slugging the hell out of one another, and the baseball slide from Becky to an upside down Ronda was a hell of a sight, but that was far from the highlight. Becksploder off the top rope, and a spanish fly from the top that I was sure would be it. Trading submissions right and left and a quote of Ronda shouting Tables are for bitches had me howling. The only thing that stopped this from being match of the night, was the ending. No reason to end with controversy. Ronda needed to lose clean and show Becky as the definitive Champion. Other than that, this historic match blew away all expectations and set the bar for matches to come.

Number one, and should be no surprise, WWE Championship Daniel Bryan vs Kofi Kingston

This is how a match should be told. You had a top-notch Villain and an underdog tale of the ages. Kofi coming in with an explosion of fast high octane moves and Daniel came back and slowed it right down. The crowd hanging on to every shift in emotion and not enough credit can go to The New Day outside of the ring. Their emotions and reaction to what was happening in the ring and cheering on their team member along. Willing him to get back up and fight added so much more. Despite me predicting Kofi, never in a million years did I think he would actually pull it off and when the three count came and his arm was raised. You felt the emotion shared by all members of the New Day, happiness and excitement that has been sorely lacking, and am thrilled that Kofi Kingston has his time to shine with the WWE Championship, and can’t wait to see what happens on this Smackdown.

Now my negatives, and one is more nitpicky than the other. The first being the Triple H vs Batista match. Honestly, this would have been a perfect match for Triple H to retire one. Wrestling a friend, while his best friend watched from ringside. His parents were there and made a point to show them taunting Batista. The Batista Bomb with Triple H holding on to the sledge all the way would have been an iconic moment. Match at times tried to be more brutal when it had to be with the toolbox, but would have been better had Triple called it a career on. Felt more like a moment lost than anything else.

Next, this event ran way to long. From Pre-show to Becky winning the belt, was seven and a half hours. It was so long and had so many emotionally charged moments that you become exhausted and it was too long. The matches between Kofi holding up the belt to the main event were just blah, because you were exhausted. How do they solve this problem, I have no idea. Would say nix a battle royal but then you have a ton of talent doing nothing, but it is a problem that needs to be addressed eventually.

This was definitely a top-notch event that was wildly more exciting than the story lines going in and it’s all thanks to the amazingly talented roster they have. I can not wait to see where things go from here and am genuinely thrilled with the new Champions being The IIconics, Kofi Kingston, and Becky two belts. Final verdict, 4.5 stars out of 5.

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Pet Sematary Movie Review and discussion

By Justin Hopkins:

The struggle was real, going into this movie. Remakes have an uphill challenge as it is, with people who love to complain about the reasoning behind making a remake to a beloved movie as the first one was. Normally, a successful remake keeps the spirit and tone of the first and change just enough to keep an audience guessing what is about to happen. unfortunately, whoever made the trailers and TV Spots, didn’t care about that second part and not only ruined the twist, but beat you over the head with it. Leaving just the spirit and tone, were the able to duplicate the magic of the first? Lets find out shall we.

The movie opens very similar to the first one, with the family looking to escape to a quieter life out on the farm and away from the city. Enjoyed the little changes they made to the story, by adding the kid’s funeral procession for a lost pet. Show that Pet Sematary has not been forgotten. At the same time though, they didn’t spend time building a friendship between him Louis and Jud. Which was vital to the story. Just felt like neighbors and they were together by force half the time. You’ll find that this is a problem going throughout the movie. That don’t invest enough time to one thing or the other. Just slow-paced itself through the first two acts, on multiple angles and flew through the third act at such a hectic pace and hoped you caught on to the Wendigo angle. Which was quite creative, but not clear enough, because the Mom did not just fall asleep, but was being screwed with by the Wendigo. Needed to be explored more than just a passing footnote, because if you didn’t understand Jud’s mumbled explanation, then it was missed and the repeated dream sequences are going to come off as dumb.

My favorite part of this was easily Jete Laurence’s performance as Ellie. Most of this movie really weighed on her shoulders, being the bridge between them and Jud, her relationship with Church, and just making you care about her character so that when she was hit by the truck, you felt bad for her, and when she came back from the grave, really gave a haunting performance. Being a little older than Gage, they were able to play with her vocabulary and her strengths. Knowing full well what had happened and what she was. Aware of the power she had and ran with it. Whether it was the bedroom scene where she was laying next to Lewis and he had that look on his face where he knew he messed up and she was just calling him out on everything he had done or scene where she was stabbing her Mother and saying how much of a failure she was and that she was nothing more than that and would be going to hell very shortly went way to fast and wished their was more to it. A lot of props to Jete Laurence for making the best of it.

Amy Seimetz was tremendous as her role of Rachel. The Zelda character was grossly under utilized for sure, but felt her fear in the third act. How terrified she was of the dead coming back for her, and then seeing Ellie return from the grave sent her into a spiral and the terror on her face that it might happen to herself. Like I said before, her death scene was haunting. Again, they needed to give her more time to shine, because they could have had a classic moment if given the chance.

I did enjoy Jason Clarke’s portal of Louis here. He didn’t quite live up to the bar set by Dale Midkiff, but worked well for me. Didn’t have the broken down by grief emotion, but was fueled and determined his grief and sorrow. He had no reservations and was just a man on a mission. It was serviceable for what it needed to be, but needed to be more than just serviceable.

Outside of that, this movie has so much flaws. Between miss handling of the Zelda character, to piss poor time management and moments that happen that make you wonder if something important was edited out. No to mention the twist of Ellie being the one to be killed instead of Gage, especially since the way it was shot, looked like it very well was going to be Gage. Even used Church as the way to get her out into the road. Building the guilt Louis had over bringing Church back and not putting the Cat had when he had the chance. All of which was ruined a head of time and lost the emotional weight behind it all. The ending tried to be a little more than it needed to be. Where Gage was the last one alive, and the reanimated bodies of his family coming after him, and felt it could have been better.

I will say, this movie is something you have to see for yourself, but I wouldn’t suggest running out to theaters. Check it out on Netflix or Red box, before deciding it is worth buying. It will end up in my collection despite it not nearly as good as the original, but was a fun movie, with tension and a great performance from a very creepy girl, and if you weren’t a fan of or seen the first one, you’ll enjoy this one.

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Pet Sematary Review

By Paul Anthony

I remember the hype for the film IT which came out in 2017, the people were pouring their emotions out that this “Remake” would hurt the franchise of IT. People failed to remember that IT from the early nineties was a mini series that was later converted into a movie format. So back to the story well the film came out and it blew our mind and we saw a classic in front of us. Now that film set the bar high for any Stephen King movies then it was announced Pet Sematary would be having a reboot. People were excited heck I was one of them, I saw the first trailer and it was the only trailer I ever saw and i knew I wanted to review this movie.

Well the dust has settled and I have to be honest I don’t think it was even on the same level IT and to me that is a shame. I don’t want to say this film was bad but the truth is that it could have been better and it was a roller coaster ride. It started the way it should and reached it peak and then fell hard. If you are looking for the jump scares this film which is a basic element any horror movie should have. Next I did enjoyed the quality of acting which was led by the talent of Jason Clarke which I am big fan of the talent he brings to the table. John Lithgow as Jud seemed to be slightly out-of-place but that rest more on the casting rather than himself. The Story seemed to be on the track but certain points in the story seemed to be rushed to get to the end of the movie. The run time was only one hour and forty minutes which may have explain the issues in the story usually theses problems go hand in hand. The effects were just about average though this was one scene where it did look like it was poorly done, since I don’t do spoilers I will let you figure it out. If you are a fan of the book and the 89 movie then you will see some changes in the two films which you may not like, for example the relationship between Louis and Jud is different in this film then the first. once again you can decide on which is better.

I am a fan of a good story and music for a horror both can really help sell a good scary movie in this case both seemed to be average which was just not good enough for the hype that was surrounding this film.

The Movie was made on 21 million dollar budget and based on friday night numbers made 10 million so the movie won’t be number 1 but could still make it’s budget by the end of the weekend and by the end of its run could be on the same pace as the 89 film. In All I would say if you have the time go and see it but for me I am giving it two of five stars and even label this as a miss.

The Passing of Nipsey Hussle

By Paul Anthony

When we think of rap music, what do we think about? We think of people who are clever enough to rhythm words together and tell a story while they do it. When we also think of rappers we think of gangs and people who won’t think twice about hitting someone. But with that being said we intend to forget that they are people as well. Sunday the rapper Nipsey Hussle passed away but more importantly the man Ermias Joesph Asghedom passed away. You would think I am talking about two people but I am really just talking about one person.

Not too many rappers give back to the community in which they came from but Nipsey did. Ermias Joesph Asghedom was born on August 15th, 1985 and was raised in Crenshaw neighborhood of south Los Angeles. There he went to school and shined and even asked if he could be tested to join his school’s gifted program. Sadly like many youths in his area he went on to join a gang. He joined the local Rollin 60’s neighborhood gang which is part of the crips. He began to rap and by 2005 he was sending out mixtapes and finally in 2018 he had his debut album and was actually even nominated for best rap album at this past year’s grammy awards. Asghedom started to go by his stage name when a friend of his called him Nipsey Hussel which is play from a comic Nipsey Russell. But now it is sad to say the past year of his life was the best and now it is over.

Once he got the fame and money he started to give back which says a lot about his true character. he even went to officials of the LAPD to set up a meeting with trying to end Gang violence. it came to an end when 29 year Eric Holder shot him three times with one of those shots was at his head. When Eric was arrested the police found out that he shot Nipsey because they got into a personal dispute just a few hours earlier.

Sad to say that a guy who was trying to end violence in his neighborhood gets gunned down in front of his own store. he leaves behind a child, a girlfriend, a mother and father and a brother, he was a family man. I may not listen to his music but from what I read he was the rapper that we needed in the rap game. I am sure Nipsey you will be missed !!

WrestleMania 35 match card and predictions

By: Justin Hopkins

I’ve been a wrestling fan for 21 years. Been through a lot of good and bad and in between. I’ve seen some of the best moments and some pretty poor ones, but this WrestleMania lead up has not only been frustrating, but has seemed to suck all the joy I had after the Royal Rumble left me on an all time high. Have been thinking long and hard about how this blog and having to wait till they got close to a complete card and they still don’t seem to have a raw tag title match, but I digress. This is my full rundown and what I expect from the matches.

AJ Styles vs Randy Orton

Actually have high hopes for this match. Due to time restraints they didn’t have much time to build their fued but both should how great they are in building excitement and name value alone carries weight. Expecting them to tear it up and exciting like only they can. At least 3 stars with a potential to steal the show, going with AJ, but could go either way.

Winner AJ Styles

Roman Reigns vs Drew McIntyre

I mean..okay guess they need something to do. Roman getting cheers off his return from beating cancer and Drew being a monster heel. Haven’t watched a Roman match in over a year and a half so there’s that. Want to see Drew get the win to continue his monsterous heel run, but have a feeling Roman will get the win from a departing Dean Ambrose.

Winner Roman Reigns

Shane Mcmahon vs The Miz

This has been a fun ride. Glad to see a heel turn for Shane O’Mac and The Miz just oozes charisma and has been absolutely intense on the mic. Shane is a walking highlight reel and The Miz can get a good match from anyone at this point. Throw in falls count anywhere and it’s promising to be a thrilling ride. Looking forward to Miz getting his payback and having a massive Mania Moment.

Winner The Miz

Triple H vs Batista (No holds barred and Triple H career on the line.)

I have no problem believing this will be good because these two have torn it up on multiple occasions. I have enjoyed the promos but do feel it should be reversed since Triple H never defeated The Animal, but with that said, GIVE ME WHAT I WANT, a Batista victory.

Winner Batista

Intercontinental Championship- Finn Balor vs Bobby Lashley

The Demon Balor will be there. That’s about it. They screwed the pooch with them having Finn win at Fastlane and drop it back 2 weeks later and with The Demon being undefeated, guessing it’s going back to the Demon.

Winner New Intercontinental Champion Finn Balor

US Title Rey Mysterio vs Samoa Joe

These two are capable of putting on good matches. Have no idea why Dominic is back though. One of the worst and uncomfortable storylines in recent memory and he’s back again in a story similar to what Miz and Shane did. Hopefully Joe maintains since he just now got a chance to shine with a title.

Winner Samoa Joe retains

Smackdown Tag Team Championship- Ricochet and Aleister Black vs Rusev and Shinsuke Nakamura vs The Bar vs The Usos

First of many multi person matches and perhaps will be the best. This match was literally made an hour ago and has absolute no build. Guess they couldn’t be bothered. Just a tag team title match at their biggest shows. Going with the champs to retain.

Winner The Usos retain

Kurt Angle vs Baron Corbin

I wouldn’t actually mind seeing this match. They have been picking at one another back since Angle was GM and Corbin is capable of having a good match, but with their talk of a swerve being possible and I feel like it’ll be John Cena to have Kurt’s last match and that is the way he should go out. Thank you Kurt Angle, for all the memories and hope you go out the way you should, a winner.

Winner Kurt Angle

Women’s Tag Team Championship – The Iiconics vs Beth Phoenix and Natalya vs Nia Jaxs and Tamina vs Sasha Banks and Bayley

While I wish this could have just been 2 on 2 due to multi person matches being overloaded at times. Would have liked it more if they would have not included Tamina and Nia. They have so many blotches and I get that wrestling is tough and I could never do what they do, but they really borderline wrecklace and any other team would have been better. I hope it’s a good one though because I like what Sasha and Bayley have done since Elimination Chamber and Beth looks fantastic going into it.

Winner Sasha Banks and Bayley retains

Women’s Battle Royal

You know what would have been better then this. Since Vince seems to love them all of a sudden. Have Asuka defend her title in one instead of saying screw it and give us this instead.

Winner Asuka

Andre The Giant Battle Royal

Match really means nothing to anything. Who cares.

Winner Apollo Crews

Universal Title match- Seth Rollins vs Brock Lesnar

Seth really deserves this moment. He’s been the highlight of raw for years and his matched are always must see. He’s really carried this rivarly and can not wait for him to slay the beast.

Winner and new champion Seth Rollins

WWE Championship- Kofi Kingston vs Daniel Bryan

Wow am I excited for this match. Kofi has turned it up so much these last few months and the feeling of hope and belief is one that has been absent for a long time. While Bryan has been a text book example of stellar Villain. My brain tells me that it’ll be Bryan walking out victorious but I can’t do it. LETS GO KOFI! Kofi! Kofi!

Winner New WWE Champion KOFI KINGSTON

Main event Triple threat winner takes all Becky Lynch vs Charlotte Flair vs Rhonda Rousey

This rivalry died so damn fast. The raw after the rumble and the confrontation between Becky and Rhonda was magical. Made me so excited for the two of them to build a fantastic rivarly and be a legendary moment and deep down knew they had to be the Main Event and ever since then, the writing and direction they went has done everything in it’s power to ruin it all. Adding Charlotte, who is extremely talented and one of the very best, but has no reason to be here. Then Becky had to win her way back in, diluting her victory at the Rumble which is only the second women’s Rumble and they botched it up already, and you haven’t made Becky look strong either. She won by DQ. Then to top it off they take the title off Asuka and put it on Charlotte to do a unification with no time to build a story for it. All they have done is give a giant middle finger to everyone who was so excited to see Becky vs Rhonda for the sake of adding to a story that didn’t need the weight of Charlotte and the wasted Smackdown Women’s title spot. The only thing that’ll make it better is to have Becky win because if I have had to deal with all of this Bullshit. The hero better walk away the victor.

Winner and new Smackdown and Raw Champion Becky Lynch.

I know this was long and got kind of preachy at the end. Thank you for reading along.

DC 1000 Review

By Justin Hopkins

Going to go ahead and warn you all that this is going to be a little more spoiler heavy then I tend to like to go. I’m going to try and keep it down the best I can but I’m probably going to go a little further. So if you haven’t read it yet or are planning on picking it up. Click back and come back after because this was such a good read and don’t want to blow anything for you.

With that out, wow was this good. Had a little reluctance with this book because how let down I was with Action Comics. The had an all star class of writers and artists to come in and worried about how much they would get to put together their vision, and they all really delived. Worst being just okay and going up to just emotional charged and just perfect and reason why they are amongst the best. Giving us stories worthy being in 1000.

Kicking us off with the talented Scott Snyder, in the Longest Case. Which was a fun little tale of Batman closing in on him solving a case that goes all the way back to the start. Going into every bit of a process and walks in and finds that it has all been a test, and that his reward is exactly what he longs for and that is more riddles. It was a good, fun way to kick things off and got the book going in the right direction.

The three stand outs were Warren Ellis, Brian Michael Bendis, and Kevin Smith. Geoff Johns was pretty close but these three were just so epic for only 8 to 10 pages a piece.

Warren Ellis was just haunting at showing how methodical he was at taking down this group of criminals. Positioning them exactly where he needed them to be and the final showdown between him and the suicide bomber and his speech over already being dead and haunting the living was awesome. Just adrenaline charged from start to finish.

Bendis was just fun all the way around. Showing and old man penguin squaring off with an old man in a wheelchair. Telling the story of how he discovered Bruce Wayane was Batman, and how he was so close to simply killing him but didn’t. Going back and forth between that and the old men. Turning out the wheelchair bound man is I’m fact Bruce. Penguin getting to the point where he was berating him about being smarter then him and gets zapped by a stun gun from his chair. Sitting forward and called him a coward and he always knew penguin knew and didn’t ever fear him trying to do anything. Which was just funny and great wit and good middle story.

But in my opinion, the best story was Kevin’s Smith. Not going what happened because you need to experience it yourself, but was not ready for a heartfelt story that really hit home. Really got to the heart of things and made you feel bad for Batman and really just hit hard. Classic example of what drives him, and Kevin Smith is just a genius for doing so much with a simple action. If you check this out for one reason; this is it.

The art work was beautiful and everyone really brought their best out. Each unique style blended together so well and as much as I liked the Bat family picture they took together I loved the photo made by Jason Fabox and Brad Anderson. Had the heroes on the left and the villains on the right with Catwoman smack in the middle with the pages having her split in two. Which is what sells this picture for me. Such a fun small detail which was smartly utilizes her walking the fine line between them.

My only real negative is Paul Dini and it hurts just writing that. I love Paul Dinis work so much but this was just bad. The twist was dumb and the jokes fell flat and the last panel was cringe worthy. Wasn’t a bad story the playful art style and did Ivy and Harley well but expected more.

All around I strongly suggest you go out and pick it up. For the historical value alone. It’s 80 years and 1000 issues and was such a gift to us all. Stories were great fun. Action packed and had plenty of heart felt moments we have come to expect from these masterful story tellers. Go out and pick it up and tell me what your favorite story is, or better yet, what cover did you get. I got the Frank Miller 80s Dark Knight and it looks sweet.

Thank you for reading.

Bird Box Review

By Paul Anthony

Over the last few months, I have heard so much about the Netflix film Bird Box. There was the movie itself and the stupid Bird Box challenge that was beyond dangerous. I kept pushing off the idea for a review of the film until now. I know it is a little late but I wanted to see this film and due to it still being popular I watched it. Now I have formed my opinion of the film and let me take a deep breath.

As I watched the film I started to be torn in half on how I actually felt about the film. There were parts of the film that blew it out of the park then parts there were parts that just hurt the film. For an example lets look at the cast. The cast was strong with some big names like Sandra Bullock, John Malkovich and B.D. Wong however they then have Machine Gun Kelly as a pointless character called Felix, Now Kelly can’t act and honestly looks like he was just busy himself which hurt the film because even when he spoke it just was bad lets put it that way.

With a movie like this in my mind when you add pointless characters added by people who can’t act, it really does hurt the film luckily his character wasn’t in the film long. Next part that I did like is the jump in time which if done right we know can help the plot which doesn’t seem to drag the story out and in this case they do a good job. We Sandra Character with kids by herself going down a river. What we don’t know how she came to be alone with the kids, the time jump helps explains why she is alone. The biggest thing I have heard about this film was it was a rip off of A Quiet Place and yes there was parts that are the same but there are parts that were different. These two films were no where a like with how Olympus Has Fallen and White House Down.

Overall we knew she would be alone but the Mass Suicide Sides were a great twisted touch. Now it was a cool touch to have the crazies as they call them to see these entities and live only to pass their message to the people the downfall was that this felt so random. The crazies weren’t in a lot of scenes, they little explain their reasons and besides that wasn’t around much.

With everything being up and down this Horror movie sits in the middle of the pack so with that being said i give it three out of five stars and would say if you have time and want something to watch then watch it!

Dance Moms Set To Return

By Paul Anthony

Can you believe Dance Moms is coming back to Lifetime! Okay Okay I know what you are thinking, you want to tell me to calm down. We can’t deny the show became a big hit in the first seven years to the point I am talking about it and I am not a fan of the Lifetime channel but when a show reaches the top the only thing it can do is go down and that is exactly what happen.

When a show gets to the top, the stars get to the top as well and that becomes a problem because the stars in this case were the dancers on the team that the show is based around. They have other talents and decided to explore that and that was step one of the down fall. The show made stars out of Maddie and Mackenzie Ziegler and the Sparky JOJO not to mention NiA as well. The show also belongs to the mothers of the dancers hence the title of the show is Dance Moms which these moms used their children talent to recapture their youth since they do nothing else but “manage their children”. We love to hate them to say the very least. But there is also another star of the show and that is Abby Lee Miller.

In season 7 Abby started to become distance and seemed frustrated even beyond the normal. Then we learn she was going to prison for bankruptcy fraud and it only got worse from there. After prison she was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkins Lymphona then had emergency back Surgey and just last June she has Spinal Surgey and had to learn how to walk again.

It seemed like the show was over and then we got a shocker and that shocker was that after all this Abby lee Miller annouced that she would start filming season 8 at the end of january and the season will start on june 4th!

We know that there will be 8 new dancers which means 8 new moms which also means the same old drama but Abby lee also said she wants to get back to basics which I guess it means she wants the show to focus on the dancing and not the drama. However that may hurt the ratings which I don’t think Lifetime wants to see happen. However we are still a few months away so if your fan of the show then I bet you can’t wait to see what happens in this new season!

Captain Marvel: Review

By Paul Anthony

D.C. first big hit was Wonder Woman for their DCEU and Ironically enough Marvel released their first woman led heroine film. Which marks the first film for Marvel Studios. Let’s disregard the Marvel film Elektra since it was a Fox’s film which completely bombed and in my eyes hurt the heroine genre but now we know things have changed since then.

We knew going into Avengers: EndGame that Captain Marvel would be the X-factor to fight Thanos, well at least that is what marvel seems to be making us believe. If that is truly the case which I believe is the case, they needed to build her up, which would make sense to have her film come out way beforehand instead of 7 weeks before Endgame. With that being said they needed this film to be good and lets say Marvel didn’t disappoint us.

Like many first movies in what will be a series, it was a origin movie of sorts. This may be played out, so Marvel had to make it interesting and they did exactly that. We get carol with her powers already and on the StarForce team, what we don’t see how she got her powers and joined the team. This created a little of a Mystery which helped the plot of the film. Now instead of wasting a whole film they made it into one scene it worked out well.

The acting was on par with the other Marvel film, they do a great job with casting, Brie Larson fits the mold and made the role all hers. She spent time getting into the shape and with the sarcasm and good heart it felt different but she wasn’t the only cast member to stand out, we had Samuel L. Jackson as a young Fury and Jude law and let’s not forget a rookie Agent Coulson played by Clark Gregg.

As I watched this film it did feel like Captain Marvel and Captain America were the same person and film both were weak but had the will to keep fighting the good fight and in the end the hard work paid off. If Captain Marvel is the X-Factor this film needed to show her off what she is fully capable of. They exactly did that, from the start she was not afraid of using her powers and as the movie went on she only got stronger and more confident. The effects for her power was spot on and even the hand to hand combat was good.

We knew this movie was going to be a hit and barely a week in the movie has gross over 450 million dollars and the numbers will continue to go up though April is looking like a tough month, so the film will need to make its money this month. In the end I am giving it four stars and recommend everyone to go see it!