The Italian Job 2003 Throwback Movie Review

Movie Review, Non Spoiler Talk
I have had a fascination with the design and looks of a Mini Cooper for a long time. It started the first time I watched 2003's The Italian Job. The Italian Job is a remake of a 1969 Brittish film of the same name that starred Michael Cain and Benny Hill. The 2003 film stars Mark Wahlberg, Charlize Theron, Edward Norton, Jason Statham and Seth Green. While the 1969 version is considered to be a comedy caper, I would say the 2003 version is a straight heist film with revenge at its core. The Characters Mark Wahlberg is the mastermind, and Charlie Croker is that guy you can trust and will always be there for you. Donald Sutherland as John Bridger is the safecracker and the one that built the crew, a father figure…
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Wonder Woman Movie Review

Movie Review, Non Spoiler Talk
How many movies dive into World War I as a backdrop? Not many that I can think of. But there is one that does: Wonder Woman. There isn’t a specific battle or theater of World War I that is shown, but it brings the feeling of this being the worst war that the world has ever seen. Themyscira Wonder Woman starts out in her home of Themyscira, a lush island ruled by Wonder Woman's mother, Hippolyta. She only wants to protect her daughter, Diana, even if it comes at the cost of her people. It takes Hippolyta's sister General Antiope to promise to train Diana harder than any Amazon before her before Hippolyta allows it. The armor that Diana trains in to become Wonder Woman looks like it could be real armor. Covering…
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Bright Movie Review

Movie Review, Non Spoiler Talk
What happens when you take the idea of elves and orcs and magic and put them into a more modern setting? Bright is set in a world in which 2000 years ago a dark lord was banished by a multi-species army. At the time of the story, we find the society is deeply rooted in racism with prejudices and stereotypes abundant. The world's story is told through beat-cop Daryl Ward, and Nick Jakoby, his orc partner. The tension between these two is palpable. Slowly, their history comes to light.  And it is not one of peace. Ward is not a fan of orcs and Jakoby is constantly trying to get through without success. Classism This film spends a lot of time showing how the races feel about each other. Either looking down…
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Star Wars: Battlefront 2 Video Game Review

Non Spoiler Talk, Video Games
This last week Star Wars: The Last Jedi released in theaters. What could be better than watching Star Wars? Being in Star Wars is definitely pretty high on that list. Star Wars: Battlefront 2 released in November and, to coincide with the release of The Last Jedi, they released some DLC to bring you back into the game. The new content included two new ground heroes in Finn and Captian Phasma, and a new starship. Along with a new multiplayer map from The Last Jedi and three new campaign missions that expands Iden Versio's story. The campaign overall is a short one. And the DLC missions did not expand the length of the campaign by more than an hour but did offer an interesting take on what it was like to be in…
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Star Wars: The Last Jedi Non-Spoiler Movie Review

Movie Review, Non Spoiler Talk
What makes a film inside of a larger franchise not only stand apart as its own film while at the same time fit within that larger universe? This is a question that The Last Jedi works with beautifully. Forging its own story while using throwbacks and homages to past films. John Williams' score uses musical keys from the original trilogy and it makes this film feel like its part of the larger whole. They also used some shots that physically mirror some of the previous films. The one scene that springs to mind is Kylo Ren leading troops into battle that mirrors a scene from Revenge of the Sith. The Main Players I would be amiss if I did not mention the actor's portrayals. Mark Hamill puts in his best performance as Luke Skywalker.…
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Star Wars: The Force Awakens Movie Review

Movie Review, Non Spoiler Talk
How do you take a beloved franchise that has not had an installment in 10 years and bring it back to the forefront of pop culture? You give it to someone like J. J. Abrams, who successfully restarted Star Trek, another beloved science fiction franchise. Not only did he direct, he worked on the script with longtime Star Wars writer Lawrence Kasdan. This gave him a depth of character insight that he would otherwise not have had. Working off a solid script and given helpful direction, the cast turns in stellar performances. Be it the newcomers like Daisy Ridley or the veterans like Harrison Ford, the performances are spectacular. They really make you believe not only the story being told but also the relationships of the characters. There are without a doubt…
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