Movie Review: Wonder Woman

Wonder Woman Theater Poster (Image Credit: Warner Bros. Pictures)

Wow. It’s bittersweet that after years, there is a replacement for the beloved 1975 television Wonder Woman, Lynda Carter.  The golden tiara is now worn by Gal Gadot. Gadot is amazing as Wonder Woman on the big screen. She adds dimensions to a comic book character that is known for beauty and brawn. Gadot’s performance reminds us why we love Wonder Woman. Wonder Woman believes in the good of mankind. She is outraged at the cowardice of others to do nothing in the face of evil. Wonder Woman is fearless. DC Films did it right.

Wonder Woman introduced to the outside world brings humorous moments. One of the humorous moments is when Diana Prince (Wonder Woman’s cover name) sees a baby for the first time. Her reaction is believable based on how she grew up on Themyscira, also known as Paradise Island. Another is Chris Pine, as Steve Trevor, explaining why he is an above average male. Most female viewers agree with his self-assessment.

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Why I’m mad about the movie ‘Logan’

‘Logan’ Theater Poster

I knew something bad was coming when the Wolverine movies by Marvel Entertainment got darker and sadder each movie. The final topper was Logan, the third solo movie. Logan, played by the great Hugh Jackman, is James Howlett, but his fans all know and love him as, ‘Wolverine’.

Wolverine is a baddie, but in a good way. He’s sullen, sarcastic and dangerous. He’s nearly invincible. While many other superheroes want to help society, he just wants to be left alone, preferably in the woods. Yet, the Logan in the movie Logan makes me want to run away into the woods from Marvel X-Men movies.

Thank you, Mark Millar. Millar is the writer of the Old Man Logan, a Marvel Comics alternate dystopian series. The movie Logan is based on that series. To be fair to Millar, he doesn’t bear all the blame. Writers David James Kelly and James Mangold did their parts too in bringing the version to theaters.

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Movie Review: The Mummy (2017)

The Mummy 2017 Theater Poster, Image Credit: Universal (Dark Universe)

Let’s be honest, after recent reviews expectations for The Mummy are low. Despite the fear of wasting money and time, movie-goers may be surprised. The Mummy is not the worse fantasy movie, neither is it the best.

Perhaps The Mummy received such harsh criticism because the lead actor is Tom Cruise as Nick Morton. There are a lot of movie-goers and critics who are over Cruise. It’s understandable. It’s like how underwhelmed some people felt when they found out Ben Affleck was cast as the latest Batman. Batman is out of Affleck’s league.

The question arises why Tom Cruise was cast in a monster movie like The Mummy. Tom Cruise appears to play one role only as an actor, an anti-hero. Not any anti-hero, but an arrogant, smart-mouthed, handsome athletic type who runs really, really fast. That’s who he is as Morton in the The Mummy.

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(Movie Review) Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales

Pirates of the Caribbean Theater Poster (Image Credit: Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures)

Johnny Depp retrieves his role as Captain Jack Sparrow, a rum-loving, womanizing pirate with a passion for treasure in the fifth Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales.  Yet, there is a difference.  Captain Sparrow seems older, drunker than ever, and surprisingly wiser. The best part of Sparrow is still his sarcastic humor. It hasn’t changed at all.

Henry Turner, played by Brenton Thwaites, is the newest upcoming pirate. He is the son of Will Turner, played by Orlando Bloom, and Elizabeth Swan, played by Keira Knightley. Turner is determined to save his father from his watery fate.

Backstories were included for Captains Sparrow and Hector Barbossa, played by Geoffrey Rush. Golshifteh Farahani gives an impressive performance as the witch Haifaa Meni. Legendary musician Paul McCarthy makes a cameo. For those who wait, something good comes after the credits.

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DragonCon 2016 celebrates science fiction fandom in Atlanta

DragonCon 2016 celebrates its 30th year in downtown Atlanta, Georgia. The DragonCon international science fiction and fantasy convention is hosted annually by the city of Atlanta.

Event activities include comic books, film, television, costuming, art, music, gaming, science and over 35 different fandom subgenres. Scientists, authors, actors, artists and entertainment luminaries hold panel discussions, workshops, parties, live concerts, puppet shows and contests over four days.

More than 77,000 science fiction fans worldwide attended over the Labor Day weekend, Sept. 2 – Sept. 5. The Marriott Marquis, Sheraton Atlanta, Hyatt Regency, Georgia Aquarium, and other businesses welcomed fans, vendors, traders, celebrities and guests.

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Movie review: ‘Ghostbusters’ (2016)

As published on USBlastingNews.com

The female cast of ‘Ghostbusters’ give ‘fight like a girl’ a whole new ghostly meaning.

The 2016 version of “Ghostbusters” remained true to the traditional hilarity of the original “Ghostbusters” of 1984.  The most persistent question about the remaking of the 1984 “Ghostbusters” movie was, “Can women effectively play the roles of Ghostbusters?”

In the “Ghostbusters” movie, Erin Gilbert (Kristin Wiig) read a comment left for the YouTube video made by the group.  The comment read, “Ain’t no b****** going to hunt no ghosts.”  This was a tongue-in-cheek inference to the controversy raised by some fans about remaking “Ghostbusters” with a female cast.

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