Solo: A Star Wars Story Movie Review

Movie Review, Non Spoiler Talk
When the Han Solo origin film was first announced, I was not that excited. Within the Star Wars Saga, Han has always felt like a complete character that didn't need an additional backstory other than what we were already given. From the previous films, we understand his motivation and why he is where he is in his life. And it's that reasoning that I felt going back and looking at his younger years wasn't necessary. Within the old Star Wars extended universe, we had a handful of novels that gave us Han's backstory. And much of what we are given within Solo is right from those novels. Though there were some details that were changed, like locations and names of some people, the ideas behind why and how Han got…
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Super Troopers 2 Movie Review

Movie Review, Non Spoiler Talk
The Broken Lizard comedy troupe returns for the first time since they produced 2012's Freeloaders. And other than a standup special, this is their first starring film since 2009's The Slammin' Salmon. The troupe has been together for more than 20 years and put together not only the previously mentioned films but the original Super Troopers, Beerfest, and Club Dread. Most of this troupe's films were released during a time that I look back on fondly. Specializing in physical and gross-out humor, Broken Lizard hit their high point when I was at an age where that kind of comedy really spoke to me. As I have grown, I have mostly moved away from of the gross-out humor but the physical comedy still hits me pretty well. Cast The titular Super Troopers are played by the Broken Lizard group. Jay Chandrasekhar, Paul Soter, Steve…
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Super Troopers Throwback Movie Review

Movie Review, Non Spoiler Talk, Throwback Review
When I was younger, there were a handful of comedies that I kept on a constant rotation. One of these comedies was Super Troopers. Having a wide release in 2002 after debuting at Sundance in 2001, and having a budget of about $3 million, it ended up bringing in $23.2 million at the box office. In its day, it would have been considered a box office success based on its budget and its box office return. Critics at the time, though, did not look at this film as highly as the audience did. If you check out the Rotton Tomatoes scores for Super Troopers, most critics rated it less than favorable with only 35% of them giving it a positive review. The audience, on the other hand, had 90% that gave it a…
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Deadpool 2 Movie Review

Movie Review, Non Spoiler Talk
What kind of person would you be if you had stage 4 cancer but had a healing power that wouldn't let you die? Would you be a superhero? Or just some smuck that did what he wanted? This is essentially where we find Wade Wilson in Deadpool 2, being a global mercenary hunting down the people others can't or won't. Still as violent and unfiltered as before, Wade has love in his life and is happy. The only thing that he finds missing is something that he considers the "F" word: Family. If you can look at the first Deadpool as a love or romance story, you can look at Deadpool 2 as a film about family and what it means to be a part of one. Cast Being a sequel, Deadpool…
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Deadpool Movie Review

Movie Review, Non Spoiler Talk
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to watch a superhero film that stars a superhero that really just didn't care? I don't mean that this hero doesn't have a care in the world, but one that doesn't care what others think about him. This hero is Wade Wilson. Not caring what you think of him, Wade is extremely violent and has no filter. He says and does anything that comes to his mind, no matter if it's to the audience or to the people around him. Deadpool recounts the reasoning and how Wade becomes the hero that he is. While it is not explicitly stated if it set within any superhero universe that we are aware of, it does use ideas that are within other Fox superhero…
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Shrek Throwback Movie Review

Movie Review, Non Spoiler Talk, Throwback Review
When Shrek first released in 2001, I was still in High School. This was the period of time where I really started to get into movies and Shrek was one that always floated in the back of my mind as a film that helped define that era for me. Looking back on it, the story still resonates as one that focuses on what it takes for someone to truly be in love. How love can take many forms, romantic friendship or otherwise, is the main driving force for the story itself even though it doesn't always seem that way with the comedy front and center. Performing admirably in the theaters at the time, making $484 million worldwide on a reported $60 million budget alone makes it a hit in the…
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Mass Effect: Andromeda Video Game Review

Non Spoiler Talk, Video Games
I must admit that while I have considered myself a gamer since the early 90's, I do not have a vast history with Mass Effect. What I do know is that before Mass Effect: Andromeda there was a trilogy of games in which the last ended in a way that required the DLC to change the final ending. There are also a few things from the lore that I know about, most predominately being the Krogan genophage. Andromeda starts in 2185, which is during the middle of Mass Effect 2. This is when they start the 634-year journey from the Milky Way galaxy to the Andromeda galaxy. So things that happened in the latter half of the trilogy, like the curing of the genophage or Reaper invasion, is not known to the…
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Moana Movie Review

Movie Review, Non Spoiler Talk
I find more and more as I grow older that legacy means a lot to me. When we are gone, what do we leave behind? How are we remembered by the people we love the most? How are we remembered by the generations that never had a personal relationship with us? Disney's Moana, while it is about a strong woman coming into herself as a person, it is also about her heritage. After being chosen for a great task by the sea she finds out that what she thinks about her people is wrong. Being told to never leave her home she finds out from her grandmother that her people used to be a seafaring people. How could this legacy just be buried? And what is it about Moana that would bring this…
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Men in Black Throwback Movie Review

Movie Review, Non Spoiler Talk, Throwback Review
We are in a golden age of comic book movies. Films like Avengers: Infinity War dominate both the box office and the general culture, but there was a time when that was unthinkable. One film from that time was Men in Black. Based on a comic of the same name, Men in Black released in 1997 and starred Tommy Lee Jones and Will Smith. If you didn't know this film was based on a comic and missed it in the opening, you wouldn't have guessed it was. Front and center, it's a sci-fi movie about a non-government agency that polices aliens on earth. Sprinkling in elements of a buddy cop comedy, Men in Black works best from the interactions of its leads. Working well off of each other, Tommy Lee Jones and…
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Avengers: Infinity War Movie Review

Movie Review, Non Spoiler Talk
Here we are, almost exactly 10 years to the day after the release of Marvel's original Iron Man, witnessing the newest installment of the series -- Avengers: Infinity War. When the first Avengers was released in 2012, it brought together the previous four Marvel Studio franchises into a single film and now, 6 years later, Avengers: Infinity War is continuing that trend by adding the five franchises that have been added since. These franchises, totaling nine altogether, are: Iron Man, The Incredible Hulk, Thor, Captain America, Guardians of the Galaxy, Ant-Man, Doctor Strange, Spider-Man, and Black Panther. Together, they combine for a total of 18 films over the past decade. The stories span not only across earth and throughout the galaxy, but they cross over and into the entire cinematic multiverse as…
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