By Paul Anthony
Now I don’t normally review too many animated series but this is the first for me and mostly because it was based on Greek mythology, which one of the things that I enjoy reading and watching and even learning about. Right off the bat the title caught my attention. After I clicked it on it and began to read what the series was about, I decided it was time to watch the show and see what it was about. Season one currently consists of 8 episodes, with each episode being around 30 minutes long. The cast is led by Derek Phillips who voices the lead character Heron which I will discuss more in a moment. Then we have Jason O’Mara who voices Zeus and we have Claudia Christian being the voice of Hera. The rest of the cast is as the following Elias Toufexis as Seraphim, Mamie Gummer as Electra, Chris Diamantopoulos as Evios, Jessica Henwick as Alexia, Melina Kanakaredes as Ariana, Mathew Mercer as Hermes, Adetokumboh M’Cormack as Kofi and finally Adam Croasdell as Apollo.
Now the plot is pretty basic but with some little twists to it and if you don’t pay attention when these twists happen you might get confused. The plot revolves around Heron who learns that he is a son of Zeus and is basically called upon to help fight for Mount Olympus when Hera learns that Zeus cheated her on and been protecting Heron and his mother who Zeus may still have feelings for. It is hard to tell if Zeus truly loves any of them more then he says his does because towards the end he does show love for Hera. Heron lives as a poor bastard boy with his mom and shows great strength in defending his village from these monsters that are called demons who were made from the bodies of the Giants that Zeus defeated many years ago. Hera who now wants her revenge on Zeus for cheating uses both the demons and giants for her war against Mount Olympus which Zeus trains Heron and reveal that they are father and son, Though at first Heron doesn’t want no part of this because of the death of his mother , he quickly changes his mind. But his story doesn’t stop there, the leader of the demons and the one who killed his mother was in fact his twin brother who didn’t even know that he killed their mother until it was revealed to him. talk about family drama, Heron saves the day and sadly has to defeat his brother as well who is mad at all the gods for the role they took in his life, The season as far as i know at this point ends with the demon leader is hell and Heron enjoying a much better life a hero.
Now I really did enjoy the fast pace storylines and at the same time they manage to keep the twists coming at the same time. Each episode gave us something to work with and good character development for each of the main characters in this show. Now Lets talk about the graphics it almost felt like a 300 film with graphics which was great touch. I honestly having a hard time finding something negative about this show except heron himself. Heron story (Which was made for the show) seems to be basically a Herakles (Hercules) story both people were named after Hera from a Mortal woman who was suppose to be a queen and had twin boys one of which was fathered by Zeus. Heron shows great strength which is a power that Herakles has as well, they both help Zeus out on certain missions. The demon brother was new part and him finding out Zeus was his father later in his life was new. Where Herakles knew early on that he was a half god. If these two characters weren’t the same I wouldn’t have a problem with it but why not make Herakles the lead person if your going to use his story. In the end I am giving this show an A for a rating or 95 percent and a must watch for the adults. This show isn’t meant to be a kids show.
By Paul Anthony
Netflix seems to be on good track in 2020 with their films and shows. I recently reviewed The Witcher and I did enjoy it, when I enjoy one show I have to give them the chance again with another show. Now Locke and Key was starting to be advertised and once I finished with The Witcher I decided to give Locke and key a chance. Could Netflix struck gold again? Well at first I wasn’t so sure but as I watched the show the more and more I started to realize that I am enjoying it. Not to mention you can’t go wrong with a product that was created by Stephen King’s son Joe Hill though he doesn’t like to tell people who his father is , which is a good choice, now onto the show right?
This season which is the first season does consist of 10 episodes and each episode is between 40 to 60 minutes long. Now I know this series is based on the comic book series, which I have not read, I can’t say how close to the source it really is, I can only base the review off of what I watched. The season focuses on the Locke family as they move from their home in Seattle to Matheson, Massachusetts when the children loses their father Rendell who is murdered by a former student of his. This situation forces them to move to their father’s family Home and there after the three kids, Tyler, Kinsey and Bode begin to find keys that opens magical doors but then soon realize that opening these doors do cause problems and reveal stuff about their father that they never knew. All this magic and fun and learning they doing they also have to battle a demon that they basically helped release by opening doors that they knew nothing about. Slowly with the help of their friends they battle the demon and the monsters but little did they know that the demon did a body switch and prisoned the wrong person who was a friend of their father and one of their friends is now possessed to make matters worse and that is how the season ends.
Now when a show is ten episodes and an hour long, sometimes a story can be dragged out and I feel like that is what we have here. Please understand that I am not saying it was dragged out too much but at times it did seem like they were dragging. I did enjoy the horror and magic mixed together it was good blend. I did like the other highlight of seeing children grow from and deal with the trauma of losing their father. I am interested in seeing what happens in season two. If you looking for a good show to watch I would say you will enjoy this show much. In the end I am giving this show a good 80 percent or a B rating.
By Paul Anthony
It has been nearly a week since the season final aired on Disney+, so at this point I figured it was a good time to do a review since most of what I say shouldn’t be a spoiler. Honestly if it is a spoiler then I feel sorry for you because this had to be the show of 2019 even though we had a few other shows and not to mention that this show came at the very end of the year with only 8 episodes but that was part of the magic. this show had every thing the Star Wars fan nation wanted and it didn’t have too much of one thing, let’s take a look back.
The show came out the same day Disney+ started but after that each episode was released on a Friday ever since then minus episode 7 which was second to last. I know this was to help build up Rise Of Skywalker but I thought it also made sense to build up the last episode by making us wait even longer to see how it would end. Soon as it ended of course many of the fans were wondering when was season two coming which would find out would be in the fall of 2020 so looks like every year around the same time we will get a new season.
The show follows A Mandalorian bounty hunter who goes by the name of Mando since no one knows his real name. The first real mission is to retrieve what we all called baby Yoda which is actually 50 years old but slow to age which explains why Yoda was so old and so powerful with the force. Anyway Mando gets the baby and his reward but comes to his senses and break the bounty code which makes them an enemy of pretty much everyone who wants money. They hop from planet to planet and do small jobs for cash and parts but each episode is an adventure for Mando with people trying to kill him. Until he is needed and people are willing to wipe the slate clean and he knows this is what is best for the child and himself. In the end it is no easy fight, he learns most of the Mandalorians are killed because of his actions, everything leads to this epic battle against storm troopers and their leader vs Mando and his little team and hope seems lost until the very end in which we learns Mando real name and it is Din Djarin and the villain Moff Gideon survives his battle and cuts his way out of his fighter jet or X Wing for your hardcore fans with a Black Saber which is a Mandalorian artifact, leaving us with questions going into season 2. Mando in the end is determine to find the child’s parents though he had develop relationship with the child.
This show in the end had a good story to tell which did shock me, then it had good fight scenes nothing over the top, they did a few callbacks to tell you where they tied in the Star Wars timeline. Best part of it all was that it created new characters to follow without being caught up with the old characters. It will be a long wait for me for season 2!
By Paul Anthony
Now in this blog I am going to review the number 1 film over the weekend and that is Star Wars: Rise of Skywalker, which is now the last film in what is now known as the Skywalker Saga which basically covers three generations of Skywalker. Episode 1-3 covers Anakin Skywalker/ Darth Vader rise and fall and then you had Luke’s story in episode 4-6 then you had the story of Ben Solo/ Kylo Ren for 7-9 but now it is all over and did it end the way we all wanted to it to? Warning this blog does contain spoilers so if you haven’t seen it yet don’t read on.
If you were thinking that Kylo would be redeemed and end loving Rey and they defeat the evil Emperor once in for all and live happily ever after, well you wouldn’t be completely wrong, your just not right either. Here we have it the final episode in this saga, a lot was riding on this film and did it deliver? First let’s look at the plot, here we have the emperor returning and revealing he created Snoke and led Ben to the dark side just like he did to his grandfather years ago but the emperor has one request he wants Rey dead, who is now the last jedi and Leia is finishing her training. Here we see Kylo searching for Rey and he reveals to her she is the granddaughter of the Emperor, they battle for the last time and Leia reaches out to Kylo using the force at that point he realizes he can be Ben again but Rey impales him. After Rey feels Leia gone she heals Ben and reveals she would have taken Ben’s hand not Kylo. There Ben talks with his father Han and it becomes clear he wants to Ben. Now Rey’s story through this training and learning her family’s history goes into exile which Luke convinces her other wise, she heads off to face her grandfather, which he reveals he wanted her alive not dead but she is good and determines to defeat, Ben comes to help and the final battle begins with the two losing but then the past great jedis gives her the motivation the voices include Anakin Skywalker. There she defeats her grandfather for good but at the cost of her life and there Ben uses the force to heal her and they kiss before he becomes one with the force. Afterwards Rey buries the Skywalker light Sabers on Tatooine where Luke grew up and now she takes the Skywalker name as her own with her very own Light Saber which is yellow.
I do believe this was good way of ending this saga because had Ben lived you knew they would have to go on with this saga, pretty much everything was on par but they really didn’t explain how Emperor survived and stood hidden for nearly 30 plus years which means there was some pretty lazy writing at times. This series kept ignoring the fact that Vader became a force ghost, this film would have been a good time to bring him back instead they just does a voice over, clearly this was a big disappointment to me because he was such an important character, having Rey take the name made sense after all the Skywalkers were the people she truly loved. One last thing I did enjoy was the fact that they were introducing more people that had the force ability like Finn who was a weak force user but continues to get strong. In the end I am giving this a good B or right around 80 percent and like I stated in the podcast I am excited to see what happens next!
By Paul Anthony
When things seem to be too good to be true then they probably aren’t true and that is the case with MoviePass. I have to admit I always wanted to try MoviePass since it seemed to be a good deal for someone who loves a lot movies like I do but for the actually service review check out the blog by Justin, this blog is going to be about how this once great idea is now failing and I would be shocked to see if it is still around by next summer.
In 2011 they came with this idea and took years to catch on, the plan was simple, it was 15 dollars a month and you see any move you wanted, one film per day. Then they decided last fall to drop the price and people jumped on board, they went from 20,000 subscribers to two million in just a few weeks, business was booming but a lot of good things always come to an end and this is the start.
Recently they annouced that the prices would be going up which wouldn’t hurt anyone then they had a blackout and noone could see anything and the reason behind this blackout? well they ran out of money and needed a loan, so now they are in debt which never a good thing. Now they are forgiving custombers who owe them money, basically giving everyone a clean slate. When the blackout ended there was no doubt they needed a better plan and forgiving people isn’t it. When they cameback, their new plan is only three movies per month for 15 dollars and certain films for example any summer block buster. You will have pay a fee or wait for the film to be in only 1000 theaters which could be weeks. Now if you are a movie nerd this where you will most likely will jump off the band wagon because you are not going to wait weeks to see a movie you wanted to see badly.
If you can handle the delay then good for you and still three standard screen movies is a deal but this plan shoud have been their plan to begin with and then they would have actually made a profit. I will explain, this plan eliminates the hardcore movie fans now its aimmed at people who might only go to like two movies a month during bargain days just to get out of the house and right there you could easily make 5 dollars a month in profit right there and over time that adds up but they are doing this now but the problem is it’s just too late and they are in debt and most likely lose some customers.
It’s not rocket science this could hurt them and as I stated I don’t see them making it passed next summer.
By Paul Anthony
Could it be? No it can’t be, Right? did we just witness our first Star Wars fail? As much of a shocker, we aren’t talking about episodes one through three, instead we are talking the most recently film Solo: A Star Wars story. Now at the time of this blog the movie has made 260 million worldwide and still currently is the number one film which, they will try to promote it as just that to get more people to come but with the drop its having in its second week its now pretty clear its a flop.
First lets discuss the numbers as i said before the movie has made 260 million worldwide so far and the budget was 250 million now when you look at those two numbers you think hey just in the second week it has already made a profit but when a movies has that type budget they looking to make at least 800 million and that is the low point, honestly this movie won’t make anywhere near that. In it’s second week it dropped 66 percent and for the domestic total for the second week it only brought in 30 million so the crowds are done flocking out to see it. It will only get worse for the numbers because from this point June is loaded.
Now we must wonder why this film didn’t do well and I may have the answers. Fatigue, yes this can happen to any fan base and Star Wars does not get a pass here. Disney got cocky here, just after releasing the Last Jedi just 6 months ago they decided to release another film which makes four films in four years, that is a little overboard when the franchise stayed quiet for over a decade. Clearly Disney needs to slow down. Next is the month Now we know Disney owns marvel and Star Wars and is trying to buy Fox so in theory they pretty much owned the month of May in 2018 but Deadpool 2 and Avengers: Infinity War was just too much for a film that had nothing to do with the main Saga. The fans, look just because a few people like idea of a spin off doesn’t mean everyone does and then you add in the fact that before Han Solo doesn’t really have much of a story to tell, the character became so popular simply because of who played him and not the character himself. Which is our last reason the story, we know who solo was but did we really clear? No we never did so the story didn’t add much to anything to the franchise and that also hurt it.
Now Disney has the money to take this lost and and just move on and i would be shocked if this even changed their plans moving forward. Its going to take for movie fails to realize that they messed up from somewhere. So fans get over this and get ready for Episode 9 which is the end of this current run that they are on with the main saga.
By Paul Anthony
We are now 9 years deep in the MCU and to this day Marvel studios has yet to have a dud, the closes we gotten to a failure would Thor: The Dark World which still made money but the bright spot was a Villain, who is a fan favorite that pretty stole each scene that he was in. That person is of course being Loki played by Tom Hiddleston. The series hasn’t been the strongest which is understandable because it has to do with mythology, which is difficult to mix in with science but Marvel did it. Now let’s move on from The Dark World and three years later we get Thor: Ragnarok, which is a complete 360 from The Dark World.
In this film, it’s truly a fun space Adventure, they are only on earth for maybe 5 minutes of the entire film, now let’s touch on something that is different from the previous Thor films and I am talking about the comedy. In the previous films we did have a bunch of punch lines but nothing like we have in this film. For the first time in the entire series there is comedy from the beginning to the end. In the first film when he arrived on earth the comedy made sense since he was so new to earth, we seen the comedy in the Avengers films. So why did Thor bring the laughs? Well Chris Hemsworth showed he can make people laugh, just watch Ghostbusters and Vacation, so why not cut him loose and show us what he got and sure enough he brought the laughs but he wasn’t the only one, we got laughs from the Hulk and the grandmaster as well as Korg.
The comedy wasn’t the lone bright spots, Jeff Goldblum played a brilliant Grandmaster with his wits and his comedy and Cate Blanchett and Anthony Hopkins, all were brilliant in their roles. The music was good as well which was important because if music off so is the flow of the film. Now I am going to combine the action and graphics because in this case it goes hand and hand. With Disney’s money, you know the graphics are the best and the fight scenes aren’t bad we are starting to see Thor’s true power yet we didn’t see that much but I am sure we will see his full strength in the infinity war that is coming up next year. With I am giving it 4.5 stars. Why not 5? Well to be honest as much as I think this movie was great, it didn’t feel like a Thor movie instead I felt like I was watching another Guardians of the galaxy film which isn’t a bad thing but it just didn’t feel original.
Now the film will be facing real competition in the weeks to follow with Justice League and the of course Star Wars but for now I highly recommend seeing this film!
By Paul Anthony
When Sony and Marvel worked out a deal to have Spider-Man in the MCU, we all knew we would get a Spider-Man that we wanted, sure enough Marvel came through. Which means Marvel and Sony going to make a large profit with this deal they made, first let’s start with the story overall.
We finally get see spider-man learning on the job of sorts, being a kid and trying to save the day, Sony try this in the past, with Andrew Garfield, but they decided to cast an older man to play a boy role and that isn’t a knock towards Andrew but more towards Sony, so they couldn’t really keep peter in high school for long. But to have a teen playing the role is brilliant.
Peter is now his right age meaning he’s going to save the day but only as a kid would, we can see peter start to grow but at the end he is still a kid and mistakes happen. Iron Man in as we all know but he doesn’t steal show but serves as mentor, Downey shines as Tony in the scenes that he is in but let’s Tom Holland steals the entire show. Finally seeing a new villain in the vulture with a back story, which we saw in Civil War, they were good guys but the Avenger’s actions made them turn to the other side.
Overall casting gets great reviews also, some names were changed but honestly its nothing major to make you hate that they changed it. In Marvel, we trust so no worries there. The comedy wasn’t force the kid humor there but since they are truly kids it felt natural not like in the Amazing Spider-Man.
The writing, the action and comedy are all there, not bad at all and the best part is even though it’s a first film in the series it wasn’t an origin story, we know Uncle Ben dies and Peter could have saved him, in one way or another, Marvel doesn’t speak of Uncle Ben this around or even how he died, Peter does mention that Aunt May has been through a lot, which is their way of acknowledging he’s passing.
I mention villains early on with the vulture but he wasn’t the only villain, Marvel did a great job with putting in more villains without stuffing them in like Spider-Man 3 and The Amazing Spider-Man 2 did, we meet two versions of the Shocker and see the Scorpion make a few appearances, the plot doesn’t have anything to do with them so it makes sense that they around much, it seems like Marvel saw Sony’s mistakes and taught them how to correct them.
At the end of the day, this is the Spider-Man film we needed. Marvel needed to make sure this film would click because the pressure was on them since Sony without saying it, had no idea how to reboot the series again.
This was a must-see film and fun for all ages to see it. In the end, I am giving it 4.7 stars out of five. If you need a movie to see, then see this one!
By Paul Anthony
When Disney bought LucasFilm, The Star Wars film franchise was reborn, it was not hard to figure out that more Star Wars films would come out and why not, there were so many stories to tell and so many characters to explore and then we got Force Awakens and many of us clearly hungry for it and the film lived up to the hype that was surrounding it. We would soon find out that Disney would plan to release films that aren’t part of the main saga which is the SkyWalker family saga and the first film would be Rogue One.
That’s right we finally got a movie that would show us how the Rebels got the plans to the Death Star, that Luke used to blow it up in A New Hope. That’s right in the New Hope opening crawl, the paragraph that tells us that the rebels have the Death Star plans, we got a nearly two and half hour-long movie out of that little paragraph. Could the film live up to the hype?
Indeed there was a lot of hype because of the time frame it was in. People I believe got excited for the fact that Darth Vader could be in it, we all know that he was one of the most powerful character and the most iconic character in the franchise. I knew for starters that if Vader would be in this film, he needed to be a Bad Ass because the time it was taking place. I understand that they wanted to stay away from the SkyWalker name but it’s very hard to avoid Darth Vader.
For starters Rogue One was a good film and you should see it, I am giving it 3 stars and here is why. The fight scenes were very well done and the very little use of CGI was good, The story was average at best but they weren’t given a lot to work with. Darth Vader had two scenes with a combine scream time of ten minutes and stole the film, We got the Vader we needed and not the David Prowes of A New Hope.
Here are a few things that I Believe hurt the film. For Starters There was no proper build up with the Rebels nor was there any good Character depth and very little dialog with certain characters. No true emotions to connect with the audience. Also we may have wanted another Star Wars film but this one wasn’t the one we needed. I Believe what hurt the most was the fact that we knew the rebels would win this battle only thing we didn’t know forsure was that all the rebels would die, but considering we haven’t seen them characters in New Hope kind have gave us the big clue.
Regardless of the negavity we are going to get a high dollar count. In fact in it’s opening weekend it managed to make 290 million off of a 200 budget, making it a success. for disney and won’t have much competion over the next few weeks.
If your a true fan you may want to see it, there are some great cameos on top of Darth Vader scenes, However le’ts be honest this film was a good fix until we get epeisode 8.