‘Arrow’ Review: Season 3 Ep. 2- “Sara” (Spoilers)

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Last week we faced a tragic event on ‘Arrow’ and now we get to see the beginning of those repercussions, which should last all season long.  Those of you who are big fans of ‘Arrow’ know the significance of the Sara character and I’m sure most of us were happy to see her return at the end of the season premiere.

However, that excitement was ended shorty after her appearance when we saw her get blasted with at least three arrows to the stomach by an unknown archer.  The second episode of ‘Arrow’ season 3 continues with this story line of the main characters coping with Sara’s death, as well as trying to find out who did it.  Without discussing too many spoilers (for those of you who aren’t caught up) let’s take a look at some of the positives and negatives of the second episode of season 3.

Positives:

  • Flashback scenes to Hong Kong- When they first introduced the Hong Kong aspect into the flashbacks I wasn’t sure how I felt about it but this week on ‘Arrow’ we had a special guest appearance that made the flashbacks so much more exciting.  We saw the return of one of my favorite characters Tommy, who was Oliver’s best friend that died at the end of season 1.   This alone made the flashbacks much more enjoyable for me.
  • Felicity & Diggle’s Reaction to Sara’s Death- a huge problem for me on TV shows or movies is that when somebody significant passes away, the characters seem to move on way too quickly and it seems as if the deceased never even died.  Well trust me, you feel it in this episode as Emily Bett Rickards gave one of her best performances as Felicity Smoak.  Diggle also reacted very strongly to Sara’s death since he decided to help Oliver find her killer rather than stay cooped up with his girlfriend and new born daughter.

Negatives:

  • Thea Queen (Oliver’s sister) and Malcolm Merlyn- While I enjoy aspects of each of these characters, the story line that is developing with both of them has me concerned. Last season we discovered that Merlyn is Thea’s biological father and she ended up leaving with him at the end of season 2.   In this season she is supposedly “training” with her father to become some ninja assassin and if you’ve been watching this show thoroughly than you know it is highly unlikely for her to become such a thing.
  • Oliver and Laurel’s Reaction to Sara’s Death- While I understand that Laurel has just lost a sister, I still can’t stand the way she is reacting to it.  The writers went way too far with her overly dramatic breakdowns and they still are heavily hinting towards her become a super vigilante herself, they really need to stop this.  As far as Oliver’s reaction, he didn’t really have one.  He seemed really upset with his facial expressions and he even explains that he needs to be strong so everyone else can grieve Sara’s death.  However, this is a woman that he loved and had been through a hell of lot with.  They should have at least had him crying on his own or something more believable.

This third season of ‘Arrow’ has got me hooked so far and I will continue to cover each episode as long as it stays good.  Well there you go, our thoughts on ‘Arrow’ season 3 episode 2.  What did you guys think of the episode? Express your thoughts!

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Director James Wan on Fast and Furious 7

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“It doesn’t matter how big or small your film is, you still don’t have enough money. You don’t have enough time to shoot it. When you’re making a bigger movie you have much bigger set pieces that require more time and more effort and more people. But Fast 7 is definitely the hardest movie I’ve had to do in my career.” 

That quote was from Director James Wan in his interview with Collider on shooting Fast and Furious 7. The passing of Paul Walker who was arguably the franchise’s star was (still) tough for his family and his fans, but I can only imagine what it was like for those involved in Fast and Furious 7. I’m sure a lot of people have read interviews, and seen photos and videos of the film’s co stars Tyrese, Vin Diesel, and Dwayne Johnson express the difficulties of losing someone so suddenly who was less like a friend and more like a brother. Then for Director James Wan to step in as the franchise’s new director and work diligently took a toll.

” It’s the hardest film I’ve ever had to make but it’s also the one I’m proudest of. I’m really proud of this film.”

Somehow the cast and crew were able to pull together like a family, and finish what they started. That reason alone I think is worth a $10 ticket to see the final product.

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Fast and Furious 7 opens in theaters on April 3, 2015

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DC Cinematic Universe revealed

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Fellow Movie Talkers, we finally have the highly anticipated slate from Warner Bros on the upcoming DC Comics film adaptations. In case you were wondering, yes this is official as the announcement comes straight from the top by Warner Bros CEO Kevin Tsujihara, who broke the news earlier this week. The following is a blueprint for the DC cinematic universe.

  • Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice – March 25th, 2016
  • Suicide Squad – August 5th, 2016
  • Wonder Woman – June 23rd, 2017
  • Justice League – November 17th, 2017
  • The Flash – March 23rd, 2018
  • Aquaman – July 27th, 2018
  • Shazam – April 5th, 2019
  • Justice League 2 – June 14th, 2019
  • Cyborg – April 3rd, 2020
  • Green Lantern – June 19th, 2020

The Warner Bros CEO also revealed that Jason Mamoa will in fact play Aquaman, which I think is a great casting choice. Further casting news also reveals that Erza Miller will play The Flash, and with that news I’m sure the hopes of getting TV actors such as Stephen Amell as Green Arrow to joining the movie universe is gone.

Now before those of you who were thinking about putting Warner Bros/DC on par with Marvel Studios, remember that this entire slate solely relies on Batman V Superman to be a huge hit financially and critically. Still it’s great to see the confidence and increase in structure over at Warner Bros. concerning their comic book properties. Their previous attempt to build a cinematic universe started and ended with 2011’s Green Lantern.

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Hollywood’s Most Wanted – Tom Hardy

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Lately I’ve been noticing Tom Hardy’s name potentially attached to several big projects. Ever since his breakout performance in Inception (Warrior?), the English actor has been a talent which many filmmakers are lining up to work with, and deservingly so! I believe Tom Hardy has been damn good in each of his performances, and no the Bane voice in The Dark Knight Rises was not his fault.

Many movie goers are getting excited for his upcoming film Mad Max: Fury Road, which it’s trailers look real good. However, I find it tough not to look forward at what the future holds with him as far as his next projects. Those next projects could potentially include X-Men: Apocalypse, the newly announced DC film Suicide Squad, the currently in development video game adaptation Splinter Cell, and even at one point (and still a possibility) Marvel Studio’s Doctor Strange.

Now obviously Tom Hardy isn’t going to be in every one of these projects, but when looking at each one with his name potentially attached makes the project more exciting. It’ll be interesting to see which of these projects (if any) will be able to land the actor. Which project would you like to see him do next?

Mad Max: Fury Road opens in theaters on May 15, 2015.

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‘The Flash Review': Season 1 Ep. 2 “The Fastest Man Alive”

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The second episode of ‘The Flash’ premiered this past Tuesday and here are our thoughts on “The Fastest Man Alive”.

Episode 2 picks up from last week with Barry Allen adjusting to his new powers and trying to balance his daily life with his new superhero alter ego.  The overall story arc of season 1 seems to be the search for Barry’s mom’s killer, which led to his father being wrongfully accused of murdering her.  Barry knows for a fact that his father is innocent and won’t stop until he figures out a way to save him and solve the mystery of his mothers death.  With all the side story lines coming each episode, this will be the main focus of the season and maybe even the series going forward.

Without giving away too many spoilers, let’s take a look at the positives and negatives of this episode titled “The Fastest Man Alive”.

Positives:

  • Relationship between Barry Allen and foster father Detective Joe West- although Barry has several relationships with different characters, I could see this being the one that carries the show and brings out the most drama from both characters.
  • Fight scene at the end- Although I didn’t like the villain in this episode very much, I did like the final outcome in which Barry had to overcome an equally powerful being that almost got the best of him.
  • Barry’s team of scientists- one of the things that worried me going into this show was the younger scientists that help Barry adjust to his powers and fight crime in the streets.  Ever since they made an appearance on ‘Arrow’ I was hoping they wouldn’t end up like the “twins” on ‘Agents of Shield’. However, after two episodes I can say that I enjoy these characters and I like the chemistry between them and Barry Allen.

Negatives:

  • The Villain- sometimes I wonder if a totally different group of people handle certain aspects of a TV show because while there are a lot of great things about ‘The Flash’ so far, this villain, known as Multiplex was just horrible in my opinion.  He duplicated himself. That’s all I have to say.  There are dozens of other Flash villains they could have used, I just don’t understand why they went for this cheesy choice so early in the show.
  • Iris West-  Iris is the best friend of Barry (who he has a crush on) and the daughter of detective Joe West. While I’m all for strong friendships and even a romantic one if it is done right, I just have not had any interest in this character who is played by Candice Patton.  No disrespect to the actress, she’s really good as far as playing the part but the character that was written up just isn’t doing it for me.  Maybe she will grow on me but for now she’s a negative.

Overall, this was a very good follow up to the pilot episode of last week.  When a shows keeps me wanting to watch more, that is when it’s successful to me.  “The Fastest Man Alive” did just that and we will continue to cover ‘The Flash’ all season long.  Have you guys seen this episode? If not check it out and let us know what you thought!

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In Theaters This Week (Oct. 17): ‘Fury’, ‘The Book of Life’ and ‘Birdman’

October can be a good month for movies since we get a mixture of early Oscar contenders, as well as some horror and Halloween based films. This week we see the release of Brad Pitt’s new film ‘Fury’, a day-of-the-dead inspired ‘Book of Life’ and the ever so relevant ‘Birdman’ film starring Michael Keaton. Take a look at the three releases below:

Fury directed by David Ayer, Starring Brad Pitt, Shia LeBeouf, Micheal Pena and Logan Lerman.

This is one of my most anticipated movies of October and I’m hoping it’s good enough to get some Oscar attention.  Fans of Brad Pitt and war epics should be looking forward to this one.

 

The Book of Life directed by Jorge R. Gutierrez, voiced by Diego Luna, Zoe Zaldana and Channing Tatum.

This is obviously a film made for October but it shouldn’t just be a film for children and families.  People who are a part of, or just interested in, the Hispanic culture surrounding the-day-of-the-dead should be in for a treat.  I am interested in seeing this one myself.

 

Birdman directed by Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, Starring Michael Keaton, Emma Stone, Edward Norton and Zach Galifianakis. 

‘Birdman’ will be a limited release but it is probably the movie I would like to see most on this list.  The significance of this subject matter couldn’t be more so due to the superhero genre being as popular as it is today.

Well, there you have it.  The top three releases of the week that we recommend.  What will you guys be seeing? And if you do see one of these films, let us know what you thought in the comment section.

Sources: IMDB, youtube.com , comingsoon.net

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Gone Girl Review

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Gone Girl stars Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike as Nick and Amy Dunne; a married couple who’s struggling marriage finally reaches it’s breaking point on the morning of their 5th anniversary when Amy is all of a sudden missing. When the local police led by Detective Boney (Kim Dickens) begin to investigate Amy’s disappearance; almost immediately signs are pointing to Nick as a potential suspect. As the town and soon the media gets involved, Nick’s suspicious behavior on the matter begins raising questions with more and more fingers pointing to him. Suddenly, with the world is looking down on Nick; he turns to his sister (Carrie Coone) and a successful lawyer (Tyler Perry) to help calm the frenzy and find his missing wife in order to prove his innocence.

First off I want to state that I did not read the book, therefore my expectations on the story weren’t impacted. However, considering that Gone Girl is directed by David Fincher; my expectations were based on what work the director has previously given us (Se7en, The Social Network). Fincher has a unique style of directing and a strong talent in story telling, and it’s both those elements which make this a strong film. From the start of the film to the very end I felt like the story moved in a steady smooth pace. Even with Gone Girl’s 2hr 25min run time it didn’t feel like a long movie to me, because I was so pulled into this world full of drama and thriller where I wanted to know what happens next. The film delivers on every twist and turn which is to be expected from a director like Fincher, and I mean that as a compliment.

There were two standout performances from the entire cast in Rosamund Pike and Tyler Perry, but before I get to that I want to give praise to Ben Affleck. He’s been on a hot streak with really good performances in The Town, Argo, and even Runner Runner. Because I didn’t read the book I wasn’t sure if the character of Nick Dunne was written to seem so monotonous with all the events happening around him, but I’m gonna go ahead and assume he was. I thought Ben Affleck did a terrific job as the clueless husband who’s wondering just what his wife is up to. The film follows him as he unravels the clues left behind from his wife and not in one moment did I feel like he didn’t deliver.

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Rosamund Pike easily owns this film as Amy Dunne. Her character is actually nicknamed “Amazing Amy” in certain parts of the film, and that sums up her performance in two words. I wouldn’t consider it much a spoiler to say that Amy is sort of a psychopath with emotions going everywhere, and Rosamund Pike plays the character so well delivering when the film’s plot points (twists & turns) rely on her to do so. Too soon to say Oscar nod? I don’t think so.

Tyler Perry is the surprise of the film as the lawyer named Tanner Bolt. Most people wouldn’t have high expectations on Perry going into the film, which may be why he was so surprisingly good to many. While I agree to that to a certain extent, the fact remains that he is really good in this supporting role. With all the insanity happening throughout the film it’s Perry’s job as Tanner Bolt to keep things calm and in a legal perspective. Tyler Perry just succeeded in this role.

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As for the smaller characters I know a lot of people had expectations for Neil Patrick Harris to jump out and give a breakout performance as Desi Collings, but I don’t feel like he really gave a performance that was out there from the rest. Now just because expectations weren’t met doesn’t mean he was bad. I just don’t think the film gave him enough to really do more. And we all know David Fincher can really get the actors in his film to give memorable/breakout performances. Carrie Coone on the other hand, as Margo Dunner (Nick’s AWESOME sister) gave a good performance in a limited role. As the story progressed her character became more involved, and when called upon Carrie Coone nailed it.

Overall, Gone Girl is another great film from David Fincher, who does in fact get his actors to give the best performances based on what he asks from them. Credit also has to be given to writer Gillian Flynn who rewrote the ending with Fincher. I didn’t mind the change so much after reading the original ending. The film kind of left on an open ending perhaps to speculate where the characters go from here (really trying not to spoil).

Gone Girl does a terrific job portraying how the media will behave during cases like ones in the film. I guess likability is everything. I won’t forget to mention the film has a great soundtrack to make certain intense moments even more so. I’m not married, but I’m sure there will be some controversy or discussions on the topic of marriage after watching this film. I highly recommend this film; it’s the best drama/thriller of the year so far. A MUST SEE! I’m actually gonna watch it again.

I’m giving Gone Girl – 9.5/10

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