March 2017

Power Rangers

by Alan Rapp on March 31, 2017

in Movie Reviews 

  • Title: Power Rangers
  • IMDb: link

Power Rangers movie reviewBoy, is this movie dumb. Imagine mashing up Breakfast Club with Suicide Squad, removing Margot Robbie, casting an even worse version of the Enchantress, and then inexplicably throwing Voltron and the Dinobots in at the end, and you might understand what you are in store for with Power Rangers. I have no attachment to the 1990s television show Mighty Morphin Power Rangers in which five teens from the same town find magic alien discs and fight various monsters (mostly pulled from stock footage of Japanese shows) every week to protect their home of Angel Grove, California, and felt lost early on in the gradually intensifying insanity.

The film has the multi-cultural breakfast club leave detention to be granted super-powers. Power Rangers hits most of the archetypes of John Hughes‘ classic. We get a troubled football star (Dacre Montgomery), the nerd (RJ Cyler), the beautiful girl (Naomi Scott), the outcast (Ludi Lin), and the crazy girl (Becky G.). These characters are all given names, but since they are only really differentiated by the color of their skin and threadbare character motivations, it’s not worth the space to go into further detail.

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Arrow – Disbanded

by Alan Rapp on March 30, 2017

in Television Reviews 

  • Title: Arrow – Disbanded
  • wiki: link

Arrow - Disbanded

Oliver (Stephen Amell) has pushed away family and friends “for their own good” far too often for “Disbanded” to be a stand-out episode of the series. Arrow goes back to that same well again with its latest episode, although their is a twist this time. Rather than forcing others out of his one-man crusade, this time a defeated Green Arrow is attempting to shut down the crusade for everyone. There’s more than a little hubris hear as a shattered Oliver decides if he can’t be Star City’s vigilante none of his team can be either.

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Coming Soon – It

by Alan Rapp on March 30, 2017

in Film News & Trailers

  • Title: It
  • IMDb: link

While I have serious doubts about the film’s ability to condense all of Stephen King’s book into a single film, we do now have an official trailer for the new theatrical version of It about a group of outcast children coming together to take on a monster and then years later returning home to do the same thing once again. Bill Skarsgård, Finn Wolfhard, and Sophia Lillis star. It opens in theaters on September 8th.

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The Flash – Abra Kadabra

by Alan Rapp on March 30, 2017

in Television Reviews 

  • Title: The Flash – Abra Kadabra
  • wiki: link

The Flash - Abra Kadabra TV review

As expected after last week’s musical crossover, The Flash falls back into the Savitar storyline. Thankfully, rather than just having the heroes pound their heads against a wall as they have since the character’s reveal, the episode does offer the first appearance of another classic Flash villain in Abra Kadabra (David Dastmalchian). While perhaps not quite as wacky the original Silver Age comic version, this futuristic villain is a welcome change from the glut of speedsters the show seems intent on trotting out (and softens the drop-off from the season’s best episode to business as usual). A time-traveler from the 64th Century, Abra Kadabra has technology so advanced it appears as magic to those of us stuck in the 21st Century. Of course, it helps that the man puts on a show with his antics that further plays into the act.

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  • Title: Spider-Man: Homecoming
  • IMDb: link

Maybe I just have Spider-Man fatigue, but I’m finding it hard to get excited for the character’s seventh appearance in movies in the last 15 years. The new trailer shows us a bit more of Spidey’s (Tom Holland) relationship with Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) and the villain of the movie in the Vulture (Michael Keaton). Spider-Man: Homecoming opens in theaters on July 7th.

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