Captain Marvel

Captain Marvel is a 2019 American superhero film based on the Marvel Comics character Carol Danvers. Produced by Marvel Studios and distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures, it is the twenty-first film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). The film is written and directed by Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck, with Geneva Robertson-Dworet also contributing to the screenplay. Brie Larson stars as Danvers, alongside Samuel L. Jackson, Ben Mendelsohn, Djimon Hounsou, Lee Pace, Lashana Lynch, Gemma Chan, Annette Bening, Clark Gregg, and Jude Law. Set in 1995, the story follows Danvers as she becomes Captain Marvel after Earth is caught in the center of a galactic conflict between two alien worlds.

Ok, so the story is your basic origin story of how Captain Marvel got her powers , where is she from and what makes her “her”. This is the basic methodology of all the Marvel superhero movies and superhero movies in general. So how does the movie fare, in my opinion?

  • Carol Danvers seems to be the least fleshed out superhero I can recall. And that’s because once she gets the powers, by unintentionally absorbing an exploding Kree power energy core of Dr. Lawson/Mar-vell’s experimental craft, it seems like no one can beat her. She is never in any grave danger. She can do it all, fly in space, use those awesome powers from her fists that can pummel any unsuspecting powerful alien into space. There are no high stakes and even the fight scenes become a bit stale. For a human, who remembers hardly anything of earth and was genetically modified by the Kree, she sure can find her way around 1995 America. Her stealing clothes and a bike all was too easy.
  • Watching Samuel L Jackson & Clark Gregg de-aged digitally for this film which is set in 1995 was weird – for 10 seconds and then it became natural. Good job effects team. Infact almost all the effects in the film is top notch. I only remember once scene in which it seems Marvel was a cartoon/animation figure for a few seconds while the rest is all awesome.
  • The Skrulls are an really good alien race to see in this film. I felt empathetic to their plight as refugees searching for a new home and I would like to see more of them. They are interesting as are the Kree in it. To be honest, I’d like to see a series or a couple of films set in the planet Hala. They do have an interesting dynamic going on.
  • Goose is a scene stealer – looks like a ginger cat but is infact an alien being who can swallow large items including people, as inside it is a pocket dimension inside her body and swallows the Tesseract before scratching Fury’s left eye, permanently blinding it. I did not see that one coming.
  • Annette Benning, Ben Mendelsohn, Lee Pace returning as Ronan the Accuser & Lashana Lynch as Maria Rambeau (Danver’s best friend and fellow pilot) are all good as supporting cast members with a lot to do. Jude Law as Carol’s Kree mentor as the lead villain in the film plays a duel role as proud mentor and having a deceptive agenda against Carol.
  • The use of 90s rock music and a couple of rap/hip-hop songs as well as some 90s tech and BlockBuster seem to give us a 90s vibe. I miss the 90s!

Overall I didn’t feel as engaged in the film as I usually am in a Marvel film. I thought there were no bonding of the character Captain Marvel to the audience as she is just lucky to be powerful and she will protect what she must but is less fleshed out than most others. Her powers and abilities makes her almost too powerful and that is kind of a let down. I give the film top marks for the special effects but a 7.5 outta 10!

Instant Family

Instant Family is a 2018 American comedy film starring Mark Wahlberg and Rose Byrne as two parents who adopt three young children; Isabela Moner, Gustavo Quiroz, Julianna Gamiz. Also starring Margo Martindale, Julie Hagerty, Tig Notaro, and Octavia Spencer. It is directed by Sean Anders, who wrote the screenplay with John Morris, based in part on Anders’ own experiences.

Married couple Pete and Ellie Wagner hadn’t planned on becoming parents but are taunted by family members who say that they will never have any. After a discussion they decided to try the adoption route and enroll in a foster parents course. Along with other couples and a forceful single parent hopeful, they are given the ropes by counselors Karen & Sharon. After some days pass there is a fair where the couples get to meet the kids who are up for adoption. Pete and Ellie walk by the teenagers, although Ellie shows hesitance over raising a teen, but one of the teens, Lizzy, informs Ellie that they all know no one wants to adopt the teens.

Lizzy has an impression on the couple and they go to meet Lizzy and her younger siblings, Juan and Lita. The counselors inform the Wagner’s that the kids’ mother is a drug addict who is currently in jail, and she set their home on fire because she left the crack pipe lit. Ellie & Pete decide to back out from adopting but at a Thanksgiving dinner the rest of their family show relief and make it clear that they never though that the two would actually adopt, it makes Ellie & Pete even more adamant to do so. The three kids come to stay with them and initially it goes well but then things become a mess. Lita refuses to eat anything but potato chips, and Juan reacts sensitively to every instance of trouble. Lizzy is also frequently bratty toward the Wagners, but especially Ellie. Pete’s mother Sandy comes to visit to meet the kids, and instantly wins them over by treating the whole family to Six Flags. While there, Lizzy runs off with two friends from school. She doesn’t reappear until later, and Pete grounds her for not informing him or Ellie as to her whereabouts.

As some time pass by Lita calls Pete “daddy” when he fixes her doll and Ellie gets a “Good night, mommy” from Juan after she comforts him from a nightmare. Soon, Lizzy starts to go along with the others as they partake in family activities. Pete even invites her to a fixer-upper he is working on so they can wreck things for her to take out her frustrations. However Carla, the kids’ mother is now out of prison and wants to see them, with a social worker present. The children become more and more unruly and Pete and Ellie feel profoundly demotivated and frustrated. Pete and Ellie seek out the Fernandez family, who had spoken with their adoptive daughter Brenda at the training, for help with Lizzy. They inform the Wagners that Brenda is back in rehab, but Mrs. Fernandez tells them what a process it is to really form a bond and trust with the kids. And then….they catch Lizzy trying to send naked selfies to a “Jacob”.

The Wagners freak out but drop Lizzy at school. Ellie think she knows who Jacob is but it turns out that the kid is innocent and Jacob is actually the 22 year old janitor. Jacob is arrested, but so are Pete and Ellie, leaving Juan and Lita alone in the car, while Lizzy is humiliated. When Pete and Ellie return home, they are told by Sandy that they need to reassure Lizzy that they love her, because she doesn’t feel that she is loved. At a hearing the judge reads out a statement about what the Wagners did and refuses to let Ellie read a new statement she prepared the last night. Carla is given rights to the kids. The 5 go to the Wagner’s home for the night and are to go to Carla’s in the morning. Pete and Ellie sadly start to pack things up for the kids. Juan and Lita do not want to go, but Lizzy is ready.

However, Karen and Sharon arrive at the house to inform Lizzy that Carla is not coming to get them, as she failed to show up that morning and appears to have started using drugs again. Heartbroken, Lizzy runs away while Pete and Ellie chase her. They catch up and tell her they love her, and eventually the trio reconcile. 4 months later the same judge presides over the hearing for the Wagners to adopt the kids as their own and congratulates the new family.

The movie is heartfelt and though it has some flaws, it’s a feel good film. It’s funny in places and endearing in some scenes. Good performances for the most part and good casting for the kids. I give it an 8 outta 10!

Flight 7500

Flight 7500 is a 2014 American supernatural horror film directed by Takashi Shimizu, from a screenplay by Craig Rosenberg. It stars Leslie Bibb, Jerry Ferrara, Ryan Kwanten, Jamie Chung, Christian Serratos, Nicky Whelan and Amy Smart. It revolves around a supernatural force on a plane. The film was released in the United States on April 12, 2016, by CBS Films and Lionsgate.

The movie starts with the various characters getting onto the flight (at no point do they have scenes outside of the plane). Flight 7500 is from Los Angeles to Tokyo and has air hostesses Laura and Suzy welcome the passengers on board, and Suzy questions Laura about her secret relationship with the married captain, Pete. Passengers on board include a group of two vacationing couples, Lyn and Jack and Brad and Pia, who have secretly broken up; a thief named Jake; a suspicious businessman traveling with a strange wooden box, Lance; a young woman named Raquel; newlyweds Rick and the snobby Liz; and the goth Jacinta. After the plane is hit with turbulence, Lance has a panic attack, starts bleeding and coughing up blood and dies.

Captain Pete continues to Japan, after checking with flight control and later moving the first-class passengers into economy and keeping Lance’s body in the closed-off first class. The cabin pressure drops a little later and the oxygen masks are dispensed above the seats, a thick smoke fills the cabin. After the cabin pressure returns to normal and the smoke disappears, Laura finds Raquel unconscious in the toilet and revives her with an oxygen tank. Meanwhile, the plane’s radio has stopped working and Captain Pete cannot contact Tokyo air traffic controllers. As things calm down, Jake sneaks to first-class to steal Lance’s expensive watch but the body moves. Suzy notices that Jake, and Lance’s body, have both disappeared. When Laura notices an F-16 fighter jet flying beside their plane and calls the cockpit to inform Pete, he replies that no fighter jets are present. Brad’s in-flight TV show distorts and shows an image of Lance, while Liz is startled by a reflection of Lance on her laptop screen.

Raquel returns to the washroom to do a pregnancy test and is relieved to find it negative. However, smoke begins to fill the toilet and a hand grabs her and pulls her into the floor. Brad, Pia, Lyn & Jack along with Jacinta investigate Lance’s belongings and find a “death doll,” which Jacinta explains is a shinigami — a being who collects peoples souls after they die, but only if they let go of whatever is holding them to this world. Subsequently, Suzy informs Laura that Lance’s death has made her realize she does not want to marry her fiancé, which in turn leads to Laura breaking up with Pete. Laura searches Lance’s checked luggage, entering the hold through a small hatch. A hand emerges and drags Laura away. As Suzy waits for Laura by the hatch, another hand grabs at her. Suzy runs into first class, while a cloud of smoke follows her. The smoke quickly clears and Brad, Pia, Rick, Liz and Jacinta rush to find out what is wrong.

As Suzy walks towards them, one of the overhead compartments opens and she disappears into it. While the others rush towards the cockpit, Jacinta accepts that her only option is death, and she willingly walks towards an unknown figure which appears before her. The others discover that Captain Pete, Lyn and Jack are dead. The television in the cabin suddenly switches on, showing a breaking news story that Flight 7500 suffered a catastrophic decompression, communication had been lost, and a fighter jet has confirmed the death of everyone on board. Each of the group find their own deceased body, before Brad and Pia accept their death and reconcile. Some time after, Liz awakens to find the plane empty. She hears a strange noise coming from one of the waste bins, a discoloured hand appears and Liz ducks out of frame.

It’s got a nice, familiar cast which is why I checked out this film. It’s pretty tame as far as horror movies are concerned and most of the film is kinda mostly talking. The story though caught my interest though the acting and effects aren’t anything really good. It’s about an average film. I saw Leslie Bibb & Jamie Chung and these are two babes I have a thing for, so why not? 6 outta 10!

ROSHAN’S ELEVEN: Ranking Horror Franchises

Ok so, I am a horror fan and I love franchises. For me, a horror film franchise is atleast 4 or more movies. I have always watched horror movies but I think it was in 2011 when I really started getting into with a passion. At one point I was only watching horror films and watched a bunch of them back to back for many months. I have since averaged it and do a mix and match. Here are my favourite franchises to watch ranked in order.

  1. Conjuring
  2. The Evil Dead
  3. Friday The 13th
  4. Halloween
  5. Insidious
  6. Nightmare On Elm Street
  7. The Exorcist
  8. Child’s Play
  9. Hellraiser
  10. Living Dead
  11. The Hills Have Eyes

RIP Luke Perry

Actor Luke Perry has died in California at the age of 52, less than a week after suffering a massive stroke. His publicist said Perry died surrounded by his family and friends. Perry rose to fame on Beverly Hills, 90210 and had been starring as Fred Andrews on the CW show Riverdale. He was taken to hospital on Wednesday in Los Angeles, where he had been shooting scenes for Riverdale at the Warner Bros film low interest unsecured loan lot.

Perry’s children, Jack and Sophie, fiancée Wendy Madison Bauer, ex-wife Minnie Sharp, mother Ann Bennett, step-father Steve Bennett, and his siblings, Tom Perry and Amy Coder, were with him when he passed, publicist Arnold Robinson said in a statement. The family has not provided additional details at this time.

Riverdale has stopped production following news of Perry’s death, US media reported. In a statement, Riverdale’s executive producers, WBTV and the CW network, said Perry was “a beloved member of the Riverdale, Warner Bros and CW family”. Perry, a native of Ohio, was famous for starring in Beverly Hills 90210 from 1990 to 2000. A reboot of the series was also announced on Wednesday, though it was not clear whether Perry planned to make any guest appearances. Perry also starred in television show Oz, as well as films including Buffy the Vampire Slayer, 8 Seconds and The Fifth Element. His most recent role was on the hit television teen drama series Riverdale, based on the Archie comics, where he played the titular character’s father and had guest roles on notable shows such as Criminal MindsLaw & Order: Special Victims UnitThe Simpsons, and Will & Grace.

Elizabeth Harvest

Elizabeth Harvest is a 2018 science-fiction thriller film that was written and directed by Sebastian Gutierrez. It stars Abby Lee, Matthew Beard, Dylan Baker, Carla Gugino & Ciarán Hinds. The movie tackles the topic of clones.

Elizabeth is brought to her new home, a modern palatial style mansion, by her older husband Henry on their wedding day. There are two other people, Claire & blind Oliver, a younger man more the age of Elizabeth. She gets to live an idyllic life in the house and Henry says she can go anywhere except for one locked room. Ofcourse Elizabeth explores the forbidden room, where she discovers clones of herself. Henry realizes that she has entered the room and murders her. One of the clones is awoken and goes through the same experiences, differing in that she is successful in defending herself against Henry and he is killed instead.

When Claire & Oliver return they find Henry dead and this causes the former to suffer a heart attack and she is taken to a hospital. Oliver blackmails Elizabeth and tells her that he can protect her from the police. liver even goes as far as murdering a police officer and friend of Henry’s that comes to investigate a call for help Elizabeth had made the night before, which the two claim was instead made by Claire. Oliver locks Elizabeth (who we can term Elizabeth 5) in a room where she reads in Claire’s diary about the clones – Henry & his associate Claire are scientists who created the clones of Elizabeth, Henry’s wife who died. The initial attempts at cloning are unsuccessful, as the first clone is unable to remember anything and dies by what Henry claims is an accidental suffocation during her sleep.

Eventually the cloning is met with limited success as the Elizabeth clones are able to retain some of the original Elizabeth’s memories during the cloning process but are still childlike and innocent. Including the ones who have been killed, Henry and Claire have officially awoken five clones, the fifth being the current Elizabeth. It is also revealed that Oliver is actually a younger clone of Henry, who blinded Oliver out of jealousy because of the way Oliver looked at some of the other Elizabeth clones. Oliver is then seduced by Elizabeth 5 in a successful attempt to get him to lower his guard, only for a new Elizabeth clone to appear holding a shot gun. Confused and unaware of what had been going on, the new clone shoots and kills Oliver by accident. Elizabeth 5 manages to make it outside, where she is shot and killed by the new clone, only just managing to whisper something to the clone before her death.

In a flashback we see Henry & Claire discussing the clones, who Henry wants to use to relive his wedding night and then murder them as he only sees them as real when they die. He tells her that her contract has been re-negotiated, which would eventually place the house and his belongings in her name so that she can continue her research. The new Elizabeth clone is then shown reading the journal, implying that Elizabeth 5’s last words were for her to read the book. The film ends with Claire returning to the house, where the clone gives her the journal, telling her to do something better with the research before leaving the house and setting out on her own.

My whole reaction to this film was meh! I was sleepy and tired and the film did little to excite me. I swear my eye lids closed for several minutes at a time but it didn’t make much of a difference to understanding the storyline. I give it a 6.5 outta 10!

2019 Oscar Awards (Selected Winners)

Documentary (Feature) — Jimmy Chin and Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi, Free Solo

Actress in a Supporting Role — Regina King, If Beale Street Could Talk

Foreign Language Film — Alfonso Cuarón, Roma

Actor in a Supporting Role — Mahershala Ali, Green Book

Animated Feature Film — Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, Bob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey, Rodney Rothman

Animated Short Film — Domee Shi, Bao

Original Song — Lady Gaga, Mark Ronson, Anthony Rossomando, and Andrew Wyatt, “Shallow,” A Star Is Born

Best Actor in a Leading Role — Rami Malek, Bohemian Rhapsody

Best Actress in a Leading Role — Olivia Colman, The Favourite

Best Director — Alfonso Cuarón, Roma

Best Picture — Green Book

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald is a 2018 fantasy film directed by David Yates and written by J. K. Rowling. A joint British and American production, it is the sequel to Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2016). It is the second installment in the Fantastic Beasts film series, and the tenth overall in the Wizarding World franchise, which began with the Harry Potter film series. The film features an ensemble cast that includes Eddie Redmayne, Katherine Waterston, Dan Fogler, Alison Sudol, Ezra Miller, Zoë Kravitz, Callum Turner, Claudia Kim, William Nadylam, Kevin Guthrie, Jude Law, and Johnny Depp. The plot follows Newt Scamander and Albus Dumbledore as they attempt to take down the dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald, while facing new threats in a more divided wizarding world.

In 1927, the Magical Congress of the United States of America (MACUSA) is transferring the powerful dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald from their maximum security prison to London to be tried for his crimes in Europe. Grindelwald escapes during the transfer, aided by his follower and MACUSA employee, Abernathy. 3 months later in London, Newt Scamander appeals to the Ministry of Magic to restore his revoked international travel rights following his misadventure in New York City. While at the Ministry, Newt runs into Leta Lestrange, an old Hogwarts classmate who is engaged to his brother, Theseus, an auror in the Department of Magical Law Enforcement. The Ministry offers to restore Newt’s travel rights if he assists Theseus in locating the obscurial Credence Barebone, who has resurfaced in Paris.

They believe Credence may be Leta’s long-lost brother, Corvus Lestrange, the last of a long line of pure-blood wizards. Grindelwald believes only Credence can kill his “equal”, Hogwarts Professor Albus Dumbledore. Newt, however, declines, refusing to choose a side, and the auror Grimmson is dispatched instead. Dumbledore meanwhile has another meeting with Newt to convince him but does not give him an answer. Newt’s American friends, Queenie Goldstein and Jacob Kowalski, arrive at his house and finds out that Jacon remembers his time in New York as only his bad memories were wiped but his time with Newt, Queenie & Tina were good. Tina is in London to search for Credence. Seeing Jacob’s odd behaviour, Newt realises that Queenie has enchanted him into eloping to Europe with her to circumvent MACUSA’s marriage ban between wizards and muggles. After Newt lifts the charm, Jacob and Queenie quarrel about the marriage law, and an upset Queenie leaves to find Tina. Newt realises Tina is in Paris, and, ignoring the travel ban, he and Jacob follow the sisters to Europe.

Credence and Nagini, a young female circus attraction who can transform into a snake, while searching for Credence’s birth mother, locate the servant who put him up for adoption. However, Grimmson, who is secretly working for Grindelwald, arrives and kills her. Meanwhile, Tina meets Yusuf Kama, who is also hunting Credence. Later, Newt and Jacob also encounter Yusuf and follow him to Tina. Yusuf, revealed to be Leta’s maternal half-brother, says he made an Unbreakable Vow to kill Credence, whom he believes is his step-brother, Corvus, and the last of the Lestrange family. Newt and Tina sneak into the Paris branch French Ministry of Magic to retrieve documents confirming Credence’s identity and reconcile. Leta joins them reveals that Credence cannot be Corvus Lestrange: as a child, she inadvertently caused the death of her infant brother by switching him with baby Credence while on a doomed New York-bound passenger ship, thereby sparing Credence and leaving Corvus presumably drowned. Meanwhile, a fabricated trail has lured Credence to the Lestrange tomb where Grindelwald is holding a rally for his followers. Jacob finds Queenie, now seemingly aligned with Grindelwald, in the audience there.

Grindelwald preaches the abolition of laws concealing wizards from muggles, and utilizes images of the imminent Second World War to justify worldwide wizard supremacy and domination. Aurors surround the rally, led by Theseus, but Grindelwald fends them off while unleashing his emissaries to spread his word across Europe. Grindelwald casts a circle of blue flame to divide followers from enemies. Credence and Queenie cross over to join him, while Leta sacrifices herself to save Newt, Tina, Jacob, Yusuf, Nagini, and Theseus. As Grindelwald escapes, the remaining heroes unite alongside the immortal alchemist Nicolas Flamel to fend off a curse that Grindelwald directed at Paris. Seeing the devastation, Newt realizes he must join the fight.

At Hogwarts, Newt gives Dumbledore a vial, secretly taken from Grindelwald, that contains a blood pact that Grindelwald and Dumbledore made as teenagers. Newt correctly surmises that the pact magically prevents the two from combatting each other; Dumbledore believes it may be possible to destroy the pact. In his base at Nurmengard in Austria, Grindelwald tells Credence that he is actually Albus Dumbledore’s long-lost brother, Aurelius, and the only person powerful enough to defeat him. Queenie uses her mind-reading ability to advise Grindelwald on ways to control Credence. A baby bird that Credence had been caring for is revealed to be a phoenix, a bird associated with the Dumbledore family. Grindelwald then provides Credence with his first wand, and the film ends as Credence casts a spell for the first time.

Again this is a spectacular movie to watch and there are some good performances. It is hard not to like the lead characters and, for me especially, Queenie who is so sweet but the story is unnecessarily over-complicated and messy. I felt a little bored much like in the first film. I must say that even though I gave the first movie a 6.5 outta 10, on second viewing I would raise the rating to an 8. Much like that for this one too I guess. I give it a 6.5 outta 10! A second viewing might change my mind.

Larry Crowne

Larry Crowne is a 2011 American romantic comedy film starring Tom Hanks and Julia Roberts. The film was produced and directed by Hanks, who co-wrote its screenplay with Nia Vardalos. The story was inspired by Hanks’ time studying at Chabot College. The film tells the story of Larry Crowne, a middle-aged man who unexpectedly loses his job and returns to education. It was released in the United States on July 1, 2011. The movie stars Hanks & Julia Roberts.

After 20 years in the Navy as a cook, Larry Crowne, has been working is fired from his job at a big-box store due to a lack of college education, despite his seniority and exemplary work. He is informed that this is due to restructuring at the corporate level and his lack of a degree means he cannot be promoted. A divorced man who lives in a house on his own Larry  cannot find a job and could lose his house. Larry’s neighbor, Lamar, advises him to enroll at East Valley Community College and get an education. Larry sells his SUV and buys a scooter from Lamar. He signs up for classes in Economics, taught by Dr. Ed Matsutani, and is suggested to take up Speech, taught by Mercedes Tainot.

He initially struggles and Mercedez is initially hostile to her class as she struggles in her married life because she is unhappily married to Dean, a former professor-turned-writer-turned-blogger. In reality, Dean spends his days looking at internet porn. Larry makes new friends when Talia, a young student, introduces her to the scooter club at the college. She also has him change his hair style, clothes and Larry’s friend Frank, who runs the diner, offers him a job to help make ends meet, as Larry had been a Navy cook. After a night with Dean goes horribly wrong, Mercedes is left alone at a bus stop, where Larry and his scooter gang notice her. Larry offers her a ride home, which Mercedes reluctantly accepts. On their way home they witness Dean getting arrested for drunk driving.

At her front door, Mercedes offers Larry to kiss her and they hug (Mercedes thinks that they are kissing). She wants to have sex as well, but Larry declines, not wanting to take advantage of her inebriated state. When Dean arrives home the following morning he finds all of his possessions on the front lawn. Using his knowledge picked up in economics class, Larry begins a strategic foreclosure and plans to move to an apartment. Mercedez sees Larry with Talia and thinks they are romantically involved and cools to Larry, making him disappointed as he had been excited about Mercedes’ interest in him. He goes back to concentrating on his studies and his new job instead. Mercedes runs into Talia, who is telling Frances, her English teacher, that she will be dropping out of college to start a thrift store.

Mercedes finds out that Talia and Larry are just friends. At finals Larry aces his topic and gets an A+ from Mercedes, who is now happier in her life, and has rediscovered her passion for teaching. Mercedes meets Larry at the diner and tells him that he was an excellent student to which he replies that he had an excellent teacher. At the end of the movie Larry, who is no longer in speech class, asks Mercedes out on a breakfast date to which she comes to his apartment which is above Talia & her boyfriend’s new thrift store.

It’s a simple, uncomplicated feel-good movie with some humour and romance in it. It’s not ground breaking and nothing that like one of the major romantic comedies that stand out much. But it’s a fun movie and I was thoroughly into it. With a great cast that also includes Bryan Cranston, Pam Grier, a pre-fame Rami Malek, Cedric the Entertainer, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Wilmer Valderrama, Ian Gomez & George Takie! A solid 7.5 outta 10!

What A Trek!

In 1986-87 there was a short lived sitcom called What A Country which was a Mind Your Language ripoff. But the show had a Star Trek connection as the cast included former tennis player Vijay Amitraj who had a cameo in Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home (1986) as a starship captain Joel Randolph, the late George Murdock who was “God” in Star Trek V: The Final Frontier and as Admiral Hanson in the Star Trek: The Next Generation episode The Best of Both Worlds (as well as a recurring character Dr. Salik in Battlestar Galactica) and Ada Maris who played Captain Erika Hernandez in Star Trek Enterprise.

RIP Carmen Argenziano

Carmen Argenziano, who appeared in HUNDREDS of TV shows and movies and was most known for his recurring role as Jacob Carter/Selmak on the long running sci-fi show Stargate SG-1 during his 50-years in showbiz, dies aged 75. Representatives have not yet revealed Argenziano’s cause of death. He is survived by his wife, Lisa, and three children.

Argenziano appeared in many TV series during his five-decade career, including stints on hit shows Columbo, The Rockford Files, L.A. Law, Melrose Place, House, and CSI: NY. He played General Jacob Carter on Stargate SG-1 from 1998 to 2005. He also had a lengthy movie career, appearing in films including the Godfather II, where he played Michael’s second buttonman, as well as Broken Arrow, Gone in 60 Seconds, Angels & Demons and Stand and Deliver.  Overall, Argenziano had more than 220 credits in TV shows and movies.

Argenziano was born in Sharon, Pennsylvania, and raised in nearby Sharpsville, the son of parents of Italian descent, Elizabeth Stella (née Falvo) and Joseph Guy Argenziano, who was a restaurateur. He has three children: two sons and a step-daughter.

Sicario: Day of the Soldado

Sicario: Day of the Soldado (titled Sicario secured bad credit personal loan 2: Soldado in the UK) is a 2018 American crime-action film directed by the Italian filmmaker Stefano Sollima and written by Taylor Sheridan. A sequel to 2015’s Sicario, the film features Benicio del Toro, Josh Brolin, and Jeffrey Donovan reprising their roles, with Isabela Moner, Manuel Garcia-Rulfo, and Catherine Keener joining the cast. The story relates to the drug war at the U.S.-Mexico border and an attempt by the United States government to incite increased conflict among the cartels.

The investigations into a terrorist attack by Islamic suicide bombers in a Kansas City grocery store, leads the United States government to respond by authorizing CIA agent Matt Graver to apply extreme measures to combat Mexican drug cartels who are suspected of having smuggled the terrorists across the border. United States government responds by authorizing CIA agent Matt Graver to apply extreme measures to combat Mexican drug cartels who are suspected of having smuggled the terrorists across the border. and stage a fake rescue with the help of the DEA and local police, trying to make her think she was kidnapped by her father’s enemies.

They take her to Texas where Gillick bonds with Isabel and the team makes plans to transport her back to Mexico. They plan to leave her in territory controlled by her father’s rivals to further escalate the inter-cartel conflict. However, after they cross into Mexico, the Mexican police escorts double-cross them and attack the American vehicles. Graver and his team kill 15 Mexican policemen to escape the ambush. Isabel runs away in the chaos and Gillick follows her Meanwhile, the American government determines that at least two of the suicide bombers in Kansas City were actually domestic terrorists, not foreign nationals, and thus were not smuggled into the United States by the cartels. To quell tensions with Mexico, the Secretary of Defense orders the CIA to abandon the mission.

Isabel, having been a witness, is the Secretary orders the team to erase all proof of American involvement by killing Isabel and Gillick. Graver in turn orders Gillick to kill Isabel, but Gillick refuses and turns rogue to keep her alive. Graver and his team fly covertly into Mexico using a GPS tracker hidden in Isabel’s shoe while Gillick disguises himself and Isabel as  illegal immigrants and pays human traffickers to help them reenter the United States. However near the border, Miguel, a young Mexican-American who has been recruited as a coyote, recognizes Gillick from an encounter in a Texas parking lot two days earlier. He alerts his boss, and Gillick and Isabel are captured. Miguel is forced to shoot Gillick, and the gang leaves him for dead. Miguel however is fed up with the gang and leaves them to go back home.

Graver and his team track down the Mexican gang and kill them all. Graver decides to bring Isabel back to the United States and put her in witness protection rather than follow his orders. Meanwhile, Gillick regains consciousness and discovers he has been shot through the cheek. He finds the dead gang members and their cars, takes a car, and drives for the border. One year later, Gillick has recovered from his injuries. He locates Miguel at the mall and tells him they are going to have a talk about Miguel’s future.

It’s not as good as the first one but I also thought that the first film was boring in most parts. This one though didn’t have the same stylized impactful scenes which I thought the first one did. Confused? While Soldado was more fast paced it didn’t feel as impactful as the original film. The girl who plays Isabel, Isabela Moner, I thought was really good. Brolin and Del Toro were their usual high standards for acting but there was so much more that I felt we could have gotten from such a film. 7 outta 10 for me!

Aquaman

Aquaman is a 2018 American superhero film based on the DC Comics character of the same name, and distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures. It is the sixth installment in the DC Extended Universe (DCEU). Directed by James Wan, with a screenplay by David Leslie Johnson-McGoldrick and Will Beall, from a story by Geoff Johns, Wan and Beall, it stars Jason Momoa as the title character, with Amber Heard, Willem Dafoe, Patrick Wilson, Dolph Lundgren, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, and Nicole Kidman in supporting roles. It is the third live-action theatrical film featuring Aquaman, following Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016) and Justice League (2017), and the first full-length feature film centered around the character. In Aquaman, Arthur Curry, the heir to the underwater kingdom of Atlantis, must step forward to lead his people against his half-brother, Orm, who seeks to unite the seven underwater kingdoms against the surface world.

  • The special effects are awesome. They create a whole new world or two underwater and they didn’t spare any effort to make it payday loans online direct lender no credit check look amazing. The details are there to be seen.
  • Choice of cast – I’ve heard this being said several places that Jason Momoa was born to play Aquaman. I could have said that about his role in Stargate : Atlantis and in Conan The Destroyer remake. Maybe even Khal Drogo in Game Of Thrones. But he does a great job here, though he is becoming a one-dimensional actor or typecast. That’s what it seems to me with his roles.
  • Amber Heard – she had kinda disappeared for a long time, if I am not mistaken. Post her films in 2009-11, the most noise has come from her tumultuous marriage & later divorce from Johnny Depp. She does a good job over here though that red hair looks so fake.
  • The supporting cast – good jobs by Patrick Wilson (who I thought was an odd choice for a villain but was convincing), Dolph Lundgren, Nicole Kidman, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II & William Dafoe. I especially liked Nicole Kidman’s performance.
  • Temuera Morrison portrays Thomas Curry, the lighthouse keeper who is Arthur Curry’s father – and I was wondering, hey he looks a lot like Django Fetta and the voice for the stormtropper clones in the Star Wars prequel movie  Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones (2002) and Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith (2005).

Action & fight scenes are really well done. It’s mostly good ole fun and entertainment without thinking much about anything deep and light on the science fiction. I knew very little about Aquaman the comic character in comic books or otherwise until the 2016 appearance by Momoa in Justice League though I had some idea about this character. It’s a good afternoon of fun but I was surprised as to how much money it has made so far. 8 outta 10 for me!

Rating The Conjuring-verse Movies

I really like the Conjuring Universe that started off with The Conjuring (2013)  distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures and heralded by James Wan. The two main films and its three spin-offs have proven themselves to be successful at the box office, having combined earnings of over $1.568 billion worldwide, against a combined budget of $103.5 million, making it the highest-grossing horror franchise in history and one of the most critically acclaimed.

This below is my ranking of the films.

  1. Conjuring 2
  2. The Conjuring
  3. Anabelle Creations
  4. Anabelle
  5. The Nun