June 2021

F9

by Alan Rapp on June 24, 2021

in Movie Reviews 

  • Title: F9
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F9 movie reviewF9 is one of the dumbest things I have ever seen. In a theater, on television, on the Internet, or in real life. Even for a mediocre franchise like Fast & Furious that is known primarily for hot cars, hot girls, car chases and explosions, and ham-fisted messages about family, F9 is a really, really dumb movie. Characters return from the dead, never referenced brothers are shoehorned into backstory, characters drive a car in space, a computer device capable of controlling the entire world (which turns out isn’t all that well protected) falls into the hands of yet another evil version of our crew, and the only ones who can save the day are Dominic Toretto (Vin Diesel) and his friends. Let the insanity commence.

The movie includes a staggering amount of flashbacks and dream sequences (featuring the acting-challenged pair of Vinnie Bennett and Finn Cole) to Dom’s past to explain the sudden insertion of a long lost brother (John Cena) who turns out to be nearly as good a racer turned spy as his older brother. But evil! As with other scenes of the film, when the script tries for humor it often falls on its face, and when it attempts to be dramatic it produces some of the most unintentionally hilarious moments of the series.

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Batman: The Long Halloween (Part One)

by Alan Rapp on June 24, 2021

in Home Video

  • Title: Batman: The Long Halloween (Part One)
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Batman: The Long Halloween (Part 1) DVD reviewWarner Bros. Animation finally gets around to adapting the thirteen-issue maxi-series from Jeph Loeb and Tim Sale which follows Batman (Jensen Ackles) over one year as he attempts to catch a murderer know as Holiday for a killing on every major holiday tied to the Falcone crime family.

“Part One” takes us from Halloween and the first crime through New Year’s Eve (roughly through the first 4 issues of the storyline). As in the comic, we get appearances from several of Batman’s rogues gallery including the Joker (Troy Baker), Calendar Man (David Dastmalchian), Solomon Grundy (Fred Tatasciore), and Catwoman (Naya Rivera). Both Catwoman and Harvey Dent (Josh Duhamel) have large roles in the story as along with Jim Gordon (Billy Burke) they all are looking to take down crime boss Carmine Falcone (Titus Welliver). The dense storyline has been simplified a bit, and the Joker’s extended sequence remind me of one of the comic’s original failings as the more colorful villains distract from the narrative as they take over center stage.

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  • Title: Legends of Tomorrow – Back to the Finale: Part II
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Legends of Tomorrow - Back to the Finale: Part II television review

Sara Lance (Caity Lotz) is dead. Well, sort of. It’s complicated. You see, on an alien world an evil scientist (Raffi Barsoumian) has cloned Sara and spliced in a little alien DNA as well. His plan is to create an army of hybrid Sara’s to conquer the galaxy. The clone, it turns out, isn’t so keen on that plan. As Sara works to escape, with the help of Rory (Dominic Purcell) and clones of her girlfriend, light years away her actual girlfriend grieves for her loss and her teammates prepare to do something stupid.

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Here’s Natalie Imbruglia with the official video for “Build It Better.”

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  • Title: Rick and Morty – Mort Dinner Rick Andre
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Rick and Morty - Mort Dinner Rick Andre

Rick and Morty kicks of it’s Fifth Season with an episode that introduces Rick‘s (Justin Roiland) arch-nemesis and prevents Morty (Roiland), once again, from getting romantic with Jessica (Kari Wahlgren). Crash landing in the ocean after their latest adventure forces Rick to deal with Mr. Nimbus (Dan Harmon) who rules Atlantis and the Earth’s oceans. Throwing a dinner party for his foe leads Rick to short-cuts including aging some wine on world where time moves differently causing no end of trouble for Morty when trying to retrieve the wine across decades while becoming the legendary scourge the other reality will come together to destroy.

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