Jurassic World – Review Aug26

Jurassic World – Review...

Jurassic World managed to pull off a rare feat in remake and reboot heavy Hollywood, and that is to feel 100% fresh. Too many remakes and reboots seem like mere revisions and retreads. Not Jurassic World. It captures all the magic of Jurassic Park without feeling like it was just walking through the paces of the original. I found myself as wowed by the special effect dinosaurs here as I did as a teenager watching Jurassic Park, and found myself caring for the characters just as much, if not more, than I did with the original. Jurassic World was obviously inspired most by Jurassic Park, but there are definitely tones of Blackfish in there as well. The entire scene with the water dinosaur jumping out of the pool to attack the assistant had me thinking that director Colin Trevorrow had recently watched Blackfish. Or maybe it’s because I recently watched Blackfish. Either way, as I was watching that scene, all I think of was, “This is shades of Blackfish.” Side note: If you haven’t already, watch Blackfish. I think it’s great that Jurassic World is building on the story first told in Jurassic Park. The original movie isn’t swept under the rug, but at the same time, you don’t need to have seen the original to enjoy this movie. There are subtle nods to the original movie interspersed throughout the film, but for the most part, they’re little Easter Eggs for fans of the original. None of the plot hinges on you having already watched Jurassic Park. There seemed to be no mention of The Lost World or Jurassic Park III. I’m not complaining. If I have any quibble with the movie, it’s that for a large portion of the film, Bryce Dallas Howard’s...

Ant-Man – Review Jul29

Ant-Man – Review...

I’ve been a bit behind on my movie reviews. Looking over recent posts will definitely confirm this. I’ve actually seen a few movies that I just haven’t had to sit down to review. I’m hoping to turn the review train around with today’s review of Ant-Man. Ant-Man is the latest movie from the consistently excellent Marvel Studios. Think about the comic book movies you’ve liked best over the past seven years. Chances are they’re mostly Marvel Studios movies. Yes, Warner had The Dark Knight and Fox gave us X-Men: Days of Future Past, but by and large, the great superhero movies are coming from Marvel Studios. In the comic books, Ant-Man is founding member of the Avengers, but he didn’t make it into the first two Avengers movies. It’s safe to say that Ant-Man is definitely not a household name. Unlike Guardians of the Galaxy, Ant-Man comics have not been met with much success over the past few years (decades?). That’s why I think it’s great that Marvel Studios has taken a B-list (C-list?) superhero and made an A-list movie out of him. Spoilers follow after the poster. You’ve been warned. Paul Rudd plays the title character in Ant-Man. Like in the comics, Rudd’s character Scott Lang is not the first to wear the Ant-Man costume. The first Ant-Man was Hank Pym, the scientist who discovered Pym particles, which allow things to be shrunk or enlarged. In the comics, Pym is a straight-up scientist turned costume adventurer. In the movie, a major change is made to his background. Pym is still a scientist, but also a secret agent of SHIELD. He’s like a tiny Winter Soldier – sent out on secret missions, with people thinking he’s nothing more than an urban legend among the...

Tuesday Night Comics Podcast 81 – Ant-Man Reviewed! The Biggest News of SDCC!...

SDCC is over and Billy and Dave are here to report on the biggest news coming out of San Diego Comic Con! Plus, both of the guys saw Ant-Man and give full reviews of the movie! And Justice League #42, the latest chapter in The Darkseid War reviewed! Is the DC Universe ready for the BatGod?!? And of course, the guys play The Twenty, where they tell you how they would spend 20 bucks at the comic book store on new comic book day this Wednesday! http://ia801506.us.archive.org/11/items/TuesdayNightComics81Fixed/Tuesday%20Night%20Comics%2081%20fixed.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: iTunes | Android |...

Ant-Man Teaser! Jan07

Ant-Man Teaser!

In case you missed the Ant-Man teaser during last night’s debut of Agent Carter, you can watch it right here!  ...

Tuesday Night Comics Podcast #53 – Our picks for new comic book day! What we learned from a year of...

Welcome to episode 53 of the Tuesday Comics Podcast, the first episode of our second year! Happy one year anniversary to us! To celebrate, we’re going to preview new comics coming out tomorrow, January 7, 2015, and give you our top picks, which may include both Lady Killer #1 and Ant-Man #1. We also look back on our first year of podcasting about comics and talk about the lessons we’ve learned this past year as far as collecting comics in the 21st century is concerned. Plus, the guys review what they read this past week, including Mark Waid and Carlos Pacheco’s SHIELD #1. http://ia902706.us.archive.org/20/items/TuesdayNightComicsEpisode53/Tuesday%20Night%20Comics%20Episode%2053.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: iTunes | Android |...