The Rewatch 32: The Doomsday Machine

Series: Star Trek (The Original Series)
Episode: 2.06 The Doomsday Machine (10-13-67)
Rating: 5/5
Redshirt Status: 0/13/36

Notable Guest Stars:
William Windom – Commodore Matt Decker.  He won an Emmy Award for his role in My World And Welcome to It as well as had a reoccurring role in Murder, She Wrote.
Elizabeth Rogers –
Lt. Palmer.  Elizabeth Rogers was brought in to fill in for Nichelle Nichols who had a concert engagement while this episode was filming.  She would return in the role for another two episodes.

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Movie Review: Thor Ragnorak

Title: Thor Ragnorak/ Thor 3
Rating: PG-13
Genre: Action/Adventure, Comedy, Superhero
Release Date: November 3, 2017
Director: Taika Waititi
Cast: Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston, Cate Blanchett, Tessa Thompson, Idris Elba, Karl Urban, Mark Ruffalo, Jeff Goldblum,

Once again I’m here reviewing a Marvel film.   Thor Ragnorak was available through Netflix so I happily choose to watch it.  I love the Thor series of films.  For those of you who follow my twitter account or know me outside of WordPress, you’ll know that Loki is one of my favorite Marvel characters.  Jeff Goldblum is also a draw for this movie because he’s from my hometown and is awesome in his own right. Continue reading “Movie Review: Thor Ragnorak”

Remakes & Reboots and Film Fatigue

Yesterday I stumbled upon the reality that the movie Overboard is being remade.  Now, I was never a huge fan of the film, it was okay and I’d watch it if it happened to be on.  I have friends who are much bigger fans.  But I always figured it was one of those movies that had been left alone.  Till Yesterday.

It made me wonder at what point does a movie get to ‘remakable’ status?  Is there a time limit?  A quality level?  Perhaps nothing at all (and I’m starting to think this is the reality.)

They made the first Spiderman movie with Toby McGuire in it in 2002.  Since then, they have made 2 sequels, rebooted it, made a sequel to that one and rebooted it again.  All in 16 years.  At least with the latest guy, its because the ownership changed hands therefore contracts were different.

But seriously.  16 years, 6 movies (8 if you include Captian America: Civil War and the upcoming Avengers movie), 3 actors.  That is roughly a new Spiderman movie every 2-3 years and only a few are actually connected to each other.  Toby McQuire came out with one in 2002. 2004, and 2007.  Andrew Garfield got 2012 and 2014.  Tom Holland got 2017 (with 2016 (CA:CW) and 2018 (Avengers: Infinty Wars) as honorable mentions).

Seems a lot.  (Although I wish Tom Holland luck with the role.  He seems like a sweetheart.)

It makes the Star Trek reboot look like they took way too long (almost 50 years).

Of course there is Star Wars, creatively sourced as a continuation rather than a reboot.  They are using the same basic plots so I find the last series to be generally less impressive than the other two (yes, I’m a freak who loves the Prequels.  Not as much as the original trilogy, but I do love them).  I don’t want to watch The Original Trilogy with Anakin 2.0

The Mummy was recently remade, though I did not see this version due to an aversion of all things Tom Cruise.  Plus the Brendan Fraser Trio was a big part of my middle school years.  I don’t want to ruin them with whatever this new one is.  Which doesn’t appear to be anything like the 1932 original, or the Fraser 1999 remake.  So I’m not sure if it’s so much a remake as its “Hey, we got the rights to this film franchise and a budget, want to film?” type deal.

There are times I adore remakes.  It just seems that recently the board has been pretty flooded with remakes and reboots and sequels. And some of them run pretty close together.  I can understand a remake/reboot if enough time as passed (King Kong, Godzilla and Star Trek for example).  Book adaptations happen all time (Look up the many many many versions of Pride and Prejudice.  I did once.  I think there were thirty some at the time).  I just don’t get why I’m getting remakes/reboots of films that have been released since I was in high school.  Sure, its been over a decade but barely and still within memory.

At the very least a decade should be the minimum amount of time unless the movie was awful (ex. The Incredible Hulk movies.  We don’t talk about the Incredible Hulk movies).

I remember reading somewhere that someone had boiled down the general narratives of the world to about 6 storylines.  And that everything basically followed one of them.  But there are a million ways to be creative with a prompt.  Just look at any writing group and ask them their responses to a prompt.  You are bound to get a bunch of variety even with the same building blocks.

So I don’t think its a hard task to find something out there that is creative, even if its something old.  At least something not made in the last decade.  At the rate we are going, The day I turn 40, Harry Potter will be releasing its remake of A Deathly Hallows.

That being said…I’m probably going to be watching the new Overboard.  If only because the fact they genderswapped it sounds intriguing.

I believe I wrote about this before, but it was just a recent rant in my mind that needed to come out.  What are your thoughts on the matter?

Movie Review: Antman

Title: Ant-Man (2015)
Rating:PG-13

My Grade:  A

So I finally got a chance to watch Antman this past week.  I’ve been meaning to see it for awhile now, but never got to it.  Paul Rudd, as usual when I watch his movies, is great.  The movie in general isn’t bad, and the casting seems excellant.  I remember there being some concern from comic fans about elements of the story (mainly Hope’s mother) but as someone whose never read an Ant-man comic, I am unaware of what those concerns are and if they materialised in the film.

While there is nothing really about the movie that sticks out to me as the-best-thing-ever  (apart from some hilarious one-liners by supporting cast and a Thomas the Tank-engine cameo), nothing really stands out as particularly bad either.  I look forward to the next movie, which might contain a little less explaining of what is going on.

Spoilers below:

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Movie Review: X-Men: Apocalypse

Title:  X-Men: Apocalypse (Third in the First Class series).
Rating: PG-13

My grade: B-

I enjoyed the movie, though I don’t think it quite lived up to the hype they tried to build for it.  Apcoalypse himself came off really as that creeper who won’t say no for an answer combinded with a televangelist.  Alex Summers appears, but I thought he was dead, so clearly a rewatch of the first movie is in need.

I did enjoy the cast, who I think did a great job with what they were given.

I’m going to put the rest under a read more because it will contain spoilers.

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Movie Review: Captain America: Civil War

POTENTIAL SPOILERS BELOW

So last night I went with my friends to see Captian America.  Which, I will admit, was good.  But I’m still going to give it a B.  Unlike some other films in the Marvel line, it didn’t have me leaving with “That was AWESOME” type of feeling, and I was expecting that.

The problem I think is that there was too many characters with hinted at side plots that didn’t really end up anywhere.  It was a film of cameos.  Most of which you see in the trailer.  There were some elements of Cap’s story arc I kind of felt like I missed an episode, and maybe I did since I don’t watch Agents of Shield (though I want to) or Agent Carter (again, want to).

This felt more like an avengers type movie with a bad guy you don’t really understand.  Which on one hand is interesting.  You know he’s the bad guy, bur you don’t really understand why till the end.  Its more soft then the previous Villians tended to be.

This movie also made me want to go and write an essay on how Phase Two of the MCU is basically Tony’s downspiral into PTSD and depression.

So while it was good, and I enjoyed it, I felt the story was a little awkward in places and some characters could have had their side plots taken out with no detraction from the main story.   It gave us a look into Winter Soldier’s past, but I’m not sure how well it fits in with what was previously shown (particularly about how the activate/deactivate Bucky).

 

Deadpool and his Friend, Rating R

Deadpool was rated R.  It is rightfully so rated.  It earns its rating with aplomb and is happy about it.  However parents across the nation seemed baffled about a Superhero movie being R, choose to ignore it and then took their young children (and by young I mean under the age of 13) to see a movie clearly not meant for them.

The odd part of this is how much Deadpool marketing, as well as fans familiar with the comics went out of their way to try and inform parents that this movie was marketed towards adults, has always been for adults, and that it might not be something you want to bring your child to see.

Yet I sat behind a boy who couldn’t have been more then ten, and he wasn’t the only child there. Continue reading “Deadpool and his Friend, Rating R”

REVIEW: Deadpool

Tonight I got to watch the film Deadpool. It’d a comic book based film, and probably one of the more well known of this year’s new movies.

It centers around Wade Wilson,  a mercenary for hire who finds out he has terminal cancer.  He is offered a chance at a possible cure and while he rejects it at first he ends up deciding to do it as it would mean more time with his fiancée.   Things of course don’t turn out as planned.

The movie was hilarious.   It is definitely not a film for children or people easily offended by swearing,  some nudity ( of both genders) ,  or gory violence.   It definitely deserved it’s R rating.   I liked the more realistic reactions to situations by the characters.

I wouldn’t go to see it if you expect the same guy you saw on Wolverine: Origins. This one is less creepy and more like his comic character.

Rating:  4 stars.