Thursday, 17 June 2021

THE NERD ROOM: JURASSIC WORLD RETROSPECTIVE, LOKI, THE FLASH

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Join Tim and Carlos as they continue their retrospective look at the Jurassic franchise with Jurassic World, Fallen Kingdom, and the upcoming Dominion! They also touch on Loki and another Flash reveal!


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Rob's Movie Night Roundup - K (Kidnap, Killers Anonymous)

At the beginning of the year, my wife and I decided that we'd like to watch more movies. There are 52 weeks in a year, 2 of us, and 26 letters in the alphabet. What better way to choose some movies than to go alphabetically? The only rule: Where possible, it should be a movie that one or more of us had never seen before. Oh, and ideally it should be part of one of the copious online streaming services we're already subscribed to, because why bother paying for a rental when we're not short of options?

Incidentally, if anyone from the big online streaming service providers is reading this (your Notfluxes or your Prims, for example), please make it easier to search for/sort movies alphabetically. Thanks.

Also, fair warning: There may well be movies that appear on this list that you'll find hard to believe I haven't seen before. It happens.

Previous letters are here: A B C D E F G H I J

K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z

KIDNAP
Director: Luis Prieto
Stars: Halle Berry, Sage Correa, Chris McGinn

Synopsis via IMDB: A mother stops at nothing to recover her kidnapped son.

Do you remember when Taken came out, and you *believed* in Liam Neeson as a credible action hero? I certainly do; I thought that film was incredible, and though the sequels ebbed at some of that goodwill I still feel that the original film is outstanding. There are a number of things that the film did to make this happen, but in summary it was earned. Neeson's character had the background and you saw it in action before the main set piece kicked off. This movie feels like one of those films that tried to reproduce the same results with a different actor, but ignoring all those things and hoping you won't care.

Halle Berry plays a waitress and single mother, dealing with overwork and what we're led to presume is a messy divorce/custody battle/both. She goes to a park, loses her kid and goes on a chase to recover him, trying to get help along the way from law enforcement and passing traffic. Without going too deep into spoiler territory, that is the film as a whole. If you're thinking at this point that you can telegraph the overall direction of this film, you're probably not only right but it's worse than you think.

I'll say something nice about this film that should hopefully offset the overall sentiment that this is not worth the time to catch up on if you're doing your own alphabet. The performances are solid, and lots of it is well shot. There's one scene in particular, which is hard to say too much about (but involves Berry going to get help from a car behind her) which was straight-up *excellent* in its execution.

Overall, however, this film annoyed me. There's nothing wrong with the central premise but to revisit the Taken example, Bryan Mills is an ex-Green Beret and CIA operative using his highly-developed skills. Halle Berry's character has none of these things, and yet still manages to go above and beyond everyone around her (and maybe even Bryan Mills from Taken) to the point of sheer ridiculousness.

What's more, even if you accept that panic is a factor in some of the character's decision-making, a lot of the decisions made are irrational even then. The driving sequences are quite prolonged to the point of nearly feeling overlong as well; when you consider that the film clocks in at 95 minutes for the theatrical release, which was cut down to 82 for the physical media, that makes me think the reviews touched on this and it was corrected. Kudos, if so. It could be that the physical media release is a tighter film, so if you really must see one version that's probably the one to watch.


KILLERS ANONYMOUS
Director: Martin Owen
Stars: Tommy Flanagan, Rhyon Nicole Brown, MyAnna Buring

Synopsis via IMDB: A support group of killers is held regularly. The participants sit in a circle of trust and share their transgressions.

I'll say something nice about this film to kick us off; this film is beautifully executed. The colour palette is really lovely, with a certain vibrant neon feel underscoring everything.

It's a shame, then, that the film is so thoroughly confusing as to make that so largely irrelevant. I watched it a few days ago and still don't feel quite sure that I understood the basic plot fully. It's just a film that I watched, and not a fantastic one. I really struggle to say anything else about it.

It doesn't help that if you watch this on Amazon Prime, as we did, there are no subtitles to speak of. I can't say for sure that it would've helped, as the main problem seems to be the film jumping in at a specific point in time with little to no context of what came before, but it would've been nice to have the option to say for sure.

There's nothing inherently wrong with any of the performances from the cast. Gary Oldman is in the poster, but not one of the main cast credited on IMDB, which kind of reflects his role as a relatively important but not especially present character.

Jessica Alba is in it too, so if you like her that's a plus. I think she's cool and all, but that's about the limit. Usually I can point to a standout performance, but for this film everyone is just...fine. They do their jobs capably. That feels back-handed to write, but I don't intend it to be. This film has a capable and efficient cast, but I really think the writing and overall storytelling lets it down immensely.


With so many decent movies forming part of the Movie Night Roundup this year, there will always be a couple of films that end up ranking lower on the overall list. I mean, there are going to be 52 movies to rank, even informally. I think it's fair to say that the movies from K are going to form part of the latter half, if not the bottom few. These movies might really hit home for some, but for me they were just middling at best to irritating at worst.

Did you enjoy the roundup? Let me know! If you have thoughts on the movies chosen and their respective writeups above, you know where to find me. Maybe you don't, but there are buttons everywhere to make that happen. Comments, Twitter, you name it. Moreover, if you want to make use of this movie night format, bearing in mind you're a few weeks in and might have to double up to get up to speed, feel free to do the same - I'd love to know what you chose too!

Rob Wade


Rob Wade blogs about stuff he likes. Whether it's video games or geek media for Emotionally14 or writing about speculative theories for future films on Talk Star Wars, the focus has always been on the stuff that brings the most pleasure to his life within media.

Rob is the editor of Emotionally14, and showrunner of the E14 podcasts "The Crazy Train", "The E14 Gamecast" and "Talk Star Wars", as well as the host and guest of a number of pieces on E14's Youtube channel over the years.


Tuesday, 15 June 2021

TumblingSaber Podcast - PALPATINE’S CLOSED CIRCUIT

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In this episode of the podcast we delve into "Decommissioned", the 5th episode from The Bad Batch. This episode gives us another shadowy reveal, and a big helping of action as things are slowly moving forward to the main crux of the story. We also discuss a new would-you-rather and our patented brand of nonsense that seems to permeate each and every show.

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Thursday, 10 June 2021

The Nerd Room Episode #273. JURASSIC PARK RETROSPECTIVE, FLASH & SHAZAM!

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Join hosts Tim and Carlos to look back 28 year at the the iconic Jurassic Park franchise and discuss their personal connection with the films! They also touch on the Flash and Shazam! film reveals and much more!


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Wednesday, 9 June 2021

Bring on the Bad Guys - Episode 24: Crisis Protocol - Quicksilver, Scarlet Witch and More

Brad and Ian have had a Crisis Protocol drop via Helicarrier, so check out their unboxing and review of Quicksilver, Scarlet Witch, Sin, Viper & more!

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Tuesday, 8 June 2021

TUMBLINGSABER PODCAST - WHAT IS THE FUTURE OF STAR WARS MAIN COMIC?

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In this comic book-focused episode of the podcast, we talk about Trail of Shadows, the most recent announcement from The High Republic. We then dive headlong into a discussion about the future of the main Star Wars comic title from Marvel. With War of the Bounty Hunters heating up, and our heroes coming up to the edge of Return of the Jedi, what future stories can and will be told on the pages of the flagship title from Marvel? Is this the end of the line for the main title, or will we see a major time jump into the New Republic era?

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Fire When Ready - Episode 53 - Star Wars Legion: Padme, ARC Troopers, Inferno Squad and More

Brad and Ian receive a supply drop and unbox, rate and review the Padme Amidala, Inferno Squad, BX Series Commando Droids, ARC Troopers and Clan Wren expansions for Star Wars: Legion.

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Thursday, 3 June 2021

The Nerd Room Episode #272. FUTURE OF PHYSICAL MEDIA, JOKER 2, KRAVEN THE HUNTER

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Join the TNR crew for a discussion about the future of physical film media and also to breakdown the news of Joker 2 and casting for Kraven the Hunter.


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Rob's Movie Night Roundup - J (Jack Reacher, Jay and Silent Bob Reboot)

At the beginning of the year, my wife and I decided that we'd like to watch more movies. There are 52 weeks in a year, 2 of us, and 26 letters in the alphabet. What better way to choose some movies than to go alphabetically? The only rule: Where possible, it should be a movie that one or more of us had never seen before. Oh, and ideally it should be part of one of the copious online streaming services we're already subscribed to, because why bother paying for a rental when we're not short of options?

Incidentally, if anyone from the big online streaming service providers is reading this (your Notfluxes or your Prims, for example), please make it easier to search for/sort movies alphabetically. Thanks.

Also, fair warning: There may well be movies that appear on this list that you'll find hard to believe I haven't seen before. It happens.

Previous letters are here: A B C D E F G H I

J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z

JACK REACHER
Director: Christopher McQuarrie
Stars: Tom Cruise, Rosamund Pike, Richard Jenkins

Synopsis via IMDB: A homicide investigator digs deeper into a case involving a trained military sniper who shot five random victims.

Let's get one thing out of the way first: Tom Cruise does not fit the description of the Jack Reacher from the books by Lee Child. Lee Child himself has made noise to that effect, despite being very positive on Tom Cruise as an actor and a human being. I know. I also don't very much care. Tom Cruise plays Jack Reacher in this film and future projects will involve someone else. Let's move on.

I went into this film as a person who's read two or three of the Jack Reacher series, and so was a little confused as to why the ninth book was chosen. Having said that, from the admittedly vague recollection I have of the first two or three books, the Jack Reacher series often tell standalone stories with very little in the way of continuous plot threads from novel to novel. Maybe it didn't really matter which one they chose as any of them would've worked equally well. In any case, they chose One Shot and built from there. I haven't read it, but I'd happily do so if the film is anything to go by.

In terms of overall feel, Jack Reacher feels like a pretty standard action movie fare with the slight oddity of having a more drifter-like protagonist, but Reacher as a character still has all the action movie stuff working for him; he's handy in a fight, drives muscle cars like an absolute fiend (and you can bet that really was Mr Cruise himself driving) and has a keen investigative mind. Cruise, the physical presence notwithstanding, brings all of this stuff across in his own inimitable way. I like Tom Cruise. He's a solid actor, and I get the feeling he's probably a nice bloke to talk to as long as you keep to certain subjects.

In short, the film was enjoyable but I can't imagine myself going back to watching it multiple times. What it does, it does well. It's got some cool action set pieces, the plot has a decent amount of intrigue with a couple of small turns to keep it interesting and it's got Werner Herzog being his unique self *and* Rosamund Pike being awesome. Lots to like, and I almost found myself watching the sequel as the other "J" movie just because it felt like a safer pair of hands than it did going in.


JAY AND SILENT BOB REBOOT
Director: Kevin Smith
Stars: Joey Lauren Adams, Ben Affleck, Fred Armisen

Synopsis via IMDB: Jay and Silent Bob inadvertently sign away their names and rights to the new Bluntman and Chronic movie. Now they head to Hollywood to stop the film from being made. Along the way Jay discovers that he is a father.

However, watching Jack Reacher: Never Go Back is not what we did. While idly browsing Netflix one evening, I noticed that one of the new movies met the criteria *and* represented a film I'd been interested to see since hearing about its production. As a fan of Kevin Smith's movies growing up, particularly Dogma, I have been invested in Jay & Silent Bob as characters since first seeing them in...I want to say Dogma was actually the first one I watched. Certainly Clerks was not the first I watched from his films, I feel like I came to that one later.

But I digress.

I enjoyed Jay & Silent Bob Reboot. It draws a lot of similarities from Jay & Silent Bob Strike Back, as the name might suggest, but the story has a lot of heart mainly centered around Jay's newly-discovered life circumstances over the course of the film. With nods to the whole "reboot" formula (which Smith himself knowingly nods to), the movie brings back a lot of actors and often the characters they've played in previous Kevin Smith movies. It made me chuckle a fair few times, and some of the cameos put a big smile on my face (at one point I audibly said "Oh cool, it's Chris Jericho" which I haven't done for a fair few years as I don't watch wrestling as much anymore). It was nice to see the contrast between the first Jay & Silent Bob movie, centered around "Hollywood is making all the superhero movies", and the latest being based around reboots being en vogue. It gives it a certain historical context which I think serves it well, and having Kevin Smith play himself in this film served the story well and made for a few easy lay-up jokes.

A couple of things didn't make a whole lot of sense besides "this would make for a funny set piece" worked backwards, but largely the movie was an enjoyable time for me. However, it was largely baffling for my wife as someone who has never seen a Kevin Smith movie. Some might argue that this is to be expected, but it can't hurt a film to be able to stand on its own two feet independently of other movies. It's not like it's a numbered series, where the previous movies should understandably form part of your watch history going in.

In short, if you're a fan of the View Askewniverse, this is worth a watch and will give you a few laughs. If you're not, there isn't a huge amount here that you can't get from another film.


Summary

Did you enjoy the roundup? Let me know! If you have thoughts on the movies chosen and their respective writeups above, you know where to find me. Maybe you don't, but there are buttons everywhere to make that happen. Comments, Twitter, you name it. Moreover, if you want to make use of this movie night format, bearing in mind you're going to have to zip through them or jump straight in to play along, feel free to do the same - I'd love to know what you chose too!

Rob Wade


Rob Wade blogs about stuff he likes. Whether it's video games or geek media for Emotionally14 or writing about speculative theories for future films on Talk Star Wars, the focus has always been on the stuff that brings the most pleasure to his life within media.

Rob is the editor of Emotionally14, and showrunner of the E14 podcasts "The Crazy Train", "The E14 Gamecast" and "Talk Star Wars", as well as the host and guest of a number of pieces on E14's Youtube channel over the years.