Spider-Man: No Way Home | Trailer 2

  • Writer: Steve Ditko & Stan Lee (Comics), Chris McKenna & Erik Sommers (Screenplay),
  • Director: Jon Watts
  • Star: Zendaya, Tom Holland, Alfred Molina, Benedict Cumberbatch, Marisa Tomei, Jamie Foxx.

It’s vilain centric, there’s action but at this point – with all the leaks & rumors – I feel like I’ve seen this trailer. I still want to see this film and am glad to see the newest version of Electro in action – since he’s the one that changed the most. Although I’m not much for speculating, I’m guessing that Garfield must be the one saving Zendaya from that fall in the trailer. I also think that the other spider-men will show up at the statue of liberty. These are obvious guesses to make but I feel like I’m right.

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The Eye of the World | Robert Jordan

The Wheel of Time turns and Ages come and pass. What was, what will be, and what is, may yet fall under the Shadow.

Let the Dragon ride again on the winds of time.

The Wheel of Time turns and Ages come and go, leaving memories that become legend. Legend fades to myth, and even myth is long forgotten when the Age that gave it birth returns again. In the Third Age, an Age of Prophecy, the World and Time themselves hang in the balance. What was, what will be, and what is, may yet fall under the Shadow.

When The Two Rivers is attacked by Trollocs-a savage tribe of half-men, half-beasts- five villagers flee that night into a world they barely imagined, with new dangers waiting in the shadows and in the light.

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How was it?

I don’t know how this book got on my list but the upcoming Amazon Prime Video adaptation hastened my reading it. I’ve never read the Lord of ring or the Shannara Chronicles but I’ve respectively seen the movies and TV show. The Eye of the World very much falls into the same category as these stories, it’s an epic high fantasy with a dark twist to it.

The story’s influence is quite clear – it’s Tolkien – but I didn’t see Eye of the World as a rip-off. It’s more in the same vein with similar plot points and more women involved. The story does takes a while to get going but once it does it’s interesting. However the déjà-vu, cliché aspects of the plot often make it seem slow, because you’ve got a clear idea of where the story’s going – at the very least when it’s regarding the hero.

I also kind of got fed up with pretending we didn’t know who from the Two Rivers crew was the “chosen one.” So by the end when we’re supposed to be surprised by the reveal I rolled my eyes a bit.

Oddly enough, I enjoyed more some of what happened to the others in the group, in particular who turned out to be a Wolfbrother. But even with them it was easy to figure out who was going to be a problem (i.e. The who took the jeweled dagger).

Overall the story is interesting if a bit cliché. If you read a lot of fantasy, or summarize the main plot points, you’ll see what I’m talking about. It’s also and overly detailed but it has enough charm to overlook some of that.

The only made me curious to see how the screen adaptation turns out. The trailers look good and the casting seems on point.

Rating: 3 out of 5.

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Eternals | This Movie is Too Discreet.

The 26th film in Marvel Cinematic Universe is based on the comics by Jack Kirby. Directed by Chloé Zhao (Nomadland) and co-written by Zhao, Patrick Burleigh (Antman & The Wasp), and Ryan & Kaz Firpo. The movie has an incredible cast that includes Richard Madden (Cinderella), Gemma Chan (Crazy Rich Asians), Salma Hayek (Frida), Angelina Jolie (TWWMD, Unbroken, Maleficent), Kit Harrington (GoT, Seventh Son), Brian Tyree Henry (The Woman in the Window), Barry Keoghan (The Green Knight), Kumail Nanjiani (The Big Sick, M.I.B: International), Lauren Ridloff (The Walking Dead), Ma Dong-Seok (Train to Busan), Lia McHugh (Songbird).

Premise: Eternals is the saga of a race of immortal beings who have secretly lived on Earth – for over 7,000 years – and shaped its history and civilizations. After the return of half the population in Avengers: Endgame (2019) ignites “the emergence”, the Eternals reunite to protect humanity from their evil counterparts, the Deviants.

Review: I was waiting to see the movie a second time before writing this review, because yes I feel like I could watch this film at least a second time – before just skipping to the good bits, but a day later seems to work as well.

There’s no denying that Eternals is a beautiful movie, a lot of the shots are stunning. The cinematography, locations, costume and set designs work extremely well in creating beautiful images worthy of the best nature and travel documentaries out there. The potential for screensavers is huge throughout.

The same can be said for the action sequences that are amazing but for some reason most of them lack the bit of the excitement and worry that such scenes tend to evoke in viewers. The reason might be two fold, one most of the action is self contained, happening in some remote places, a convenient time of the day, or in the past, so the amount of people potentially in danger is highly reduced and the ones that are fighting for their lives, are often the eternals themselves, who given their name and the nature of what they are doesn’t seem like they really are in danger despite what’s happening to them. No matter how big the action set piece is, the stakes seems low because the people in harm’s way are either the Eternals, a small group, or people from a distant past.

The story is slow and the flow is little weird, which doesn’t help. The slower moments doesn’t hinder the movie but again the high stakes in the movie are not really felt. The movie also has emotionally charged moments that work well enough on their own but don’t quite mesh with the whole.

The cast and their characters are good, and they did a great job with what they’re given. The visual effects on their powers is a big plus and doesn’t take away from their performances. Makkari is my favorite and I we had more of her in the movie, she’s captivating and her character’s powers look great. The same can be said for Ikaris’ flying, or any of the other Eternals’ powers.

The Eternals is as I suspected with the trailers more intellectual than action packed, which is fine but it’s also a bit too chill, low energy.

Rating: 7 out of 10.

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The Wheel of Time | Trailer 2

  • Writers: Robert Jordan (Novels), Rafe Judkins (Creator)
  • Directors: Uta Briesewitz, Wayne Yip, Salli Richardson-Whitefield, Sanaa Hamri
  • Stars: Rosamund Pike, Josha Stradowski, Marcus Rutherford Zoë Robins, Barney Harris, Madeleine Madden, Daniel Henney, Sophie Okonedo.

The first trailer gave us a good taste for the visual identity of the show, which looks amazing by the way, but this one gives us more story and action. I’m a little over half way through the book, but the show is very close to what I was picturing. We got a few good looks at the Trollocs and The Children of the Light, who by the way look far more dangerous than what

The Wheel of Time premieres on November 19th on Amazing Prime Video.

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No Time to Die | Not The Woke Fest Some Say It Has Become

The fifth and final Daniel Craig 007 movie, No Time to Die, directed by Cary Joji Fukunaga, is spy thriller we were all waiting for. Craig led the franchise as the notorious James Bond for 15 years, he has the longest tenure held by an actor in the Bond movie franchise. This time around, the iconic agent is joined onscreen by Lashana Lynch, Ana de ArmasRami Malek and Billy Magnussen.

Premise: James Bond has left active service. His peace is short-lived when Felix Leiter, an old friend from the CIA, turns up asking for help, leading Bond onto the trail of a mysterious villain armed with dangerous new technology.

Review: My excitement for this movie seriously waned, when it wasn’t very high to begin with. Between Spectre that wasn’t very inspiring and the long wait, I went to see this film for something to do knowing that I would probably write about it. I’ve seen this movie on Tuesday and delayed writing this review because this movie failed to excite me despite being a good movie that managed to make shed a few tears.

The story is really engaging and connects all of Craig’s films in a clever way, this movie is influenced by the previous ones. If like me the other movies are not fresh in your mind there might be a bit of a disconnect but it takes little away from action and drama. There’s a lot of incredible action scenes, which compliments the directing and cinematography very well, while highlighting the ingenuity of the stunts. The dramatic moments are good and refreshing for a Bond film, it’s a bit more emotional, which I liked.
However, I have two main nitpicks with this movie, one is about the vilain and the age difference that is hinted at between Swan and Safin, I’m sorry it doesn’t work there’s no way he’s much older; the other one is about the weapon that Safin has, I feel like there was another solution to that problem. I won’t say more because that might be considered a spoiler.

As for the cast, they’re amazing in this movie. I enjoyed seeing the returning cast, it made me want to see more of them, I wouldn’t be opposed to a mini-series on Q (Ben Whishaw). Lynch is kickass as a 00 agent, de Armas and Magnussen have small roles but they’re far more memorable than Malek who is criminally underused.

No Time To Die is a solid spy thriller that really feels like the end of an era. It’s not the woke fest some might like to say it has become because Bond is not F’ing multiple woman instead on focusing on the threat at hand.

Rating: 7 out of 10.

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What If…? (S1) | The Multiverse Saga in All Its Glory

Review: What If was an interesting ride with each episode posing their own question with surprising results. The pilot set the tone very well even if for the fans that re-watch The Infinity Saga on the regular it might have seem a bit repetitive. Just like the saga it’s mirror after some episodes held more interest and excitement for me than others, in fact each episode ended up being like the movies with the finale acting as the first Avengers (2012) movie, making this season of the show a Multiverse Saga.

Looking at each episode as a “movie” in the Multiverse Saga I do have my favorites, ones that I’d watch again. The Captain Carter episode, the T’Challa Star-Lord one, the Killmonger episode, and of course the finale are my favorites. However what’s interesting about all of them – more than the story, than the question that episode answered – is the display of powers and abilities. Throughout the season there were amazing action sequences, some more impressive – and of course easier to do in animation – than the movies. We’ve seen characters we know using their abilities and team up in a way we have yet to see in the movies, and that alone is exciting. It opens up some many possibilities for future action sequences in live action.

Another thing that What If smoothly does this season and more so in the Finale, is setting up future threat and heroes to join the live action timeline. I know a Black Widow, a Steve Rogers, or a Killmonger to name a few that would be interesting to bring into live action. In fact, if what I heard about Doctor Strange and the Multiverse of Madness is true that pocket dimension won’t be guarded for long.

What If is enjoyable and fun, visually exciting, sometimes emotionally rough and gives us a different look at the characters we know.

Rating: 8 out of 10.

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September readings | Classics, Space Operas, Magic & Erotica

Title: Dune
Series: Dune #1
Author: Frank Herbert
Genre(s): Science Fiction, Fantasy, Space Opera, Adventure
Page count: 688 pages
Published: First published June 1965

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Title: The End Zone
Series: Atlanta Lightening #2
Author: Riley Hart
Genre(s): Contemporary, Sports, Romance, MM
Page count: 306 pages
Published: 16 July 2021

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Title: Black Moon
Series: Wolf Moon Rising #1
Author: Sam Burn
Genre(s): Paranormal Romance, Fantasy, Werewolves
Page count: 330 pages
Published: 22 April 2021

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Title: A Veilled & Hallowed Eve
Series: Soulbound VII
Author: Hailey Turner
Genre(s): Urban Fantasy, Paranormal, Romance, MM
Page count: 485 pages
Published: 01 October 2021

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Title: Homecoming
Author: Keegan Kennedy
Genre(s): Erotica, MM, Contemporary, BDSM
Page count: 188 pages
Published: 12 April 2013

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Title: Foundation
Series: Foundation #1
Author: Isaac Asimov
Genre(s): Science-Fiction, Space Opera, Fantasy, Classics
Page count: 255 pages
Published: August 1951

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Title: Ashfall Legacy
Author: Pittacus Lore
Genre(s): Science Fiction, Mystery, Young Adult, Fantasy
Page count: 432 pages
Published: 17 August 2021

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Title: Ink & Sigil
Series: Ink & Sigil #1
Author: Kevin Hearne
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