Moon Knight | Trailer

  • Head Writer: Jeremy Slater
  • Directors: Justin Benson, Mohamed Diab, Aaron Moorhead, George Clooney
  • Stars: Oscar Isaac, Ethan Hawke, Gaspard Ulliel, May Calamawy

Wow, the way his eyes light up, the suit and how it wraps around him is so cool, I love it. The show seems a bit darker, leaning into the horror aspect of the character, which I appreciate but we’ll see if that’s the case during the season. The story looks like it’ll follow one of Marc Spector’s personalities has they try to figure out what happened to them. Since Marc is a veteran who struggles with dissociative identity disorder it should be interesting to see him trying to figure out what’s happening as he’s being chased or hunted down by people he doesn’t know, also while one of his personalities protects him.

Moon Knight premiers on Disney+ on March 30th.

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Black Widow | Hints and Some Bad Visual Effects

After watching this movie and seeing that WandaVision‘s showrunner Jac Schaeffer – and Ned Benson (Eleanor Rigby) – is one of the people behind the story with Eric Pearson (Godzilla vs. Kong, Thor: Ragnarok, Agent Carter) writing the screenplay. Based on a Marvel Comics by Stan Lee, Don Heck, Don Rico this adaptation is directed by Cate Shortland (Berlin Syndrome) and stars Scarlett Johansson, Florence Pugh (Little Women), Rachel Weisz (Disobedience, My Cousin Rachel) & David Harbor (Hellboy, Extraction, Tombstones).

Premise: Following the events of Captain America: Civil War (2016), Natasha Romanoff finds herself on the run and forced to confront a dangerous conspiracy with ties to her past. Pursued by a force that will stop at nothing to bring her down, Romanoff must deal with her history as a spy and the broken relationships left in her wake long before she became an Avenger.

Review: I may have first watched this movie when a bit sleep deprived but I don’t think that played a role in how uninspiring this movie is to me, and the writing is a big reason for it. Schaeffer is the only writer on this team that’s known to me at this point, but I feel like they didn’t rise to the task. I didn’t have expectations going in yet I feel like this could have been better.

Giving what happens to Natasha in Infinity War and Endgame, a movie set before those event might not have seemed like a good idea. However this movie has a lot of interesting aspects to it. There’s a sleeper cell moment in the beginning of the movie that I feel was a great idea, in particular when you realize that Nat knew, while Yelena didn’t. As interesting as the idea is, they coud have done a bit more with it by contrasting the girl’s carefree family life with Alexei / Red Guardian finishing his mission before joining them thus showing Alexei with a shred of skills.

I also enjoyed the way the black widows are “selected / recruited” for lack of better non-spoilery word. There could have been a better commentary on that if that aspect lasted a bit longer with a clearer idea of what the future widows go through once “recruited.” I’d even go farther by including a scene where a new generation of widows’ first cycle would be the deciding factor for their hysterectomies. But I’m aware of how not family friendly that might be for some, and how some sick people would see that idea as titillating.

Taskmaster is another aspect of the film that could have been better, and I don’t think that a lot would have been needed to achieve that. The action scenes featuring the character are great, maybe a bit spoiled by the teasers and trailers but they are fine. The bulk of them though, doesn’t show enough of his copycat fighting style. It’s mostly hinted at and not showcased enough for me.
These are only a few examples of some of the interesting things that are introduced and only explored on a surface level. We are asked to fill in a lot of blanks, so much so that it feels lazy on the writers’ part.

The acting and the cast is one of the saving grace of the movie. Johansson and Pew do an amazing job, they feel like sisters, and have great chemistry. They work their action scenes extremely well, even if the visual effects doesn’t always back them up as it should. Harbor, O-T Fagbenle and Weisz deliver solid performances with what they’re given. The main cast breathe life to the movie despite being in an uneven story.

Black Widow needed more space maybe a second and / or third film focusing on different aspects of this film. It remains entertaining both being a great intro to Yelena and a good farewell for Natasha.

Rating: 6 out of 10.

Invincible (S1) | The Incredible Adult Animated Series

I grew up reading and watching manga, and adult animated series like this one is the closest thing produced in the west that has the same level of complexity and excitement that animes have. Invincible is the name of the series, and the Image Comics series by Robert Kirkman it’s based on, the show has a long and incredible voice cast that includes Steven Yeun (Minari, The Walking Dead), Sandra Oh (Killing Eve) and J.K. Simmons (ZSJL, The Stand).

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Premise: The series revolves around Mark Grayson, a normal teenager, except for the fact that his father, Nolan, is the most powerful superhero on the planet – Omini-Man. Shortly after his seventeenth birthday, Mark begins to develop powers of his own and enters into his father’s tutelage.

Review: I was glued to my TV for the three episodes premiere. I was amazed by the story, the action, and the depth the series showed in that debut. Despite all that I paused the show after episode five. Every week there was something to discuss, whether it was a great action sequence, an interesting new character, or the way a storyline was evolving. But I wanted to binge that show, and there also was weekly episodes of TFTWS, whole seasons of various series (S&B, The Irregulars) that I wanted to watch, and movies (Concrete Cowboy) that premiered at some points.

The premiere was proof that Invincible has so much story packed in each episode that I couldn’t watch it if I wasn’t 100% engaged in the series. It’s in fact one of the things I like the most about the show. Everything feels deliberate, there’s little to no fillers in the episodes – I don’t think there is any but someone somewhere might find something -, great interpersonal relationships, and a solid plot.
There’s the core story about Mark and his family, which is the hook of the show, one that pays off in the end a thousand times. But there are smaller storylines mixed in that are interesting, even if a bit generic for some of them, and could have to potential to develop into a bigger storyline in later seasons. As for the core one, there are subtle clues laid throughout the season that hint at the reason for the episode one ending. If you’re like me at least one of your theories will be right on the money but it doesn’t negate the enjoyment of seen this playing out.

I mentioned the cast earlier and it makes a huge difference when you have an all star cast voicing these characters. Whether you recognize their voices or not the difference is felt. It elevates the show, help distract from some of the weaker aspect of the show. There are few, some you might not notice – like the slight dip in quality in the animation at times, or one character that’s not so well written – given the mountain of great things about the series.

I think I should mention the violence. Again it’s adult animated, it really is. The show is gory at time, it’s not for the fainthearted, but to me it’s not made for shock value. The violence is one of the grounding aspects of the show. The interpersonal relationships are realistic and relatable, and here the violence is as well. When there’s battle near civilians, there are casualties; if a super powered individual punches another, it’s going to leave a mark. The show does not hold back.

Invincible might not look like anything special at first but it’s excellent. It plays with our expectations of a superheroes show, it’s adult, violent, a really refreshing superhero series.

Rating: 9 out of 10.

Invincible has been renewed for a 2nd and 3rd season,
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Invincible (Premiere) | Way More Complex and Exciting than You’d Think

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Review: I don’t know about you but I found the trailers for this show great. I loved the animation style, it looked cinematic, and I loved the voice cast for this. I was even tempted to check out the source material but I was busy and lazy so I didn’t.

Now let me tell you that once I sat to watch this, I didn’t leave my couch until the end of this three episode premiere. I wanted to live tweet it but I soon forgot about that because that’s how into it I was – and I have a lot of things I want to cover today, so pausing and rewinding because of tweets was not an option. I couldn’t turn it off, this show is incredible.

At first it looks and feel like your run of the mill – high quality – superhero show but turns into a complex and exciting series by the end of the pilot episode. I believe that if they’d stopped at that, people would have lost their minds trying to figure out that ending. You don’t know what’s coming. From then on the show gets even better, with the tension building as we go along.

The show goes above and beyond, they’ve created an adult TV Show that stands next to the live action movies of the genre. Not less than, equal at the very least. The world building is amazing and vast, the action and violence is top notch and more grounded than most in the genre. The cast is great and full of amazing actors that are killing it, Steven Yeun, J.K. Simmons, and Sandra Oh to name a few. I can’t believe that no ever took that Robert Kirkman comic and told me “read this b**ch!” I almost feel betrayed.

Invincible is excellent, a must watch, appointment viewing type of series.

Rating: 9 out of 10.

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The Boys (S2) | When What We’re Missing is Super-powered People

The Eric Kripke (Supernatural, Revolution) Prime Video series, based on the comic books “The Boys” by writer Garth Ennis and artist Darick W. Robertson, is back for a second season. Karl Urban (Thor: Ragnarok), Jack Quaid (The Hunger Games), Antony Starr (Banshee), Erin Moriarty (Captain Fantastic), Dominque McElligott (House of Cards), Jessie T. Usher (Shaft), Laz Alonso (L.A.’s Finest), Chace Crawford (Gossip Girl), Tomer Capon (When Horses Fly), Karen Fukuhara (Suicide Squad), Nathan Mitchell (iZombie), and Shantel VanSanten (Shooter) are returning. Aya Cash (Fosse/Verdon, You’re The Worst), Patton Oswald (Agents of Shield, Happy), Claudia Doumit (Where’d You Go, Bernadette), and Goran Višnjić (The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, ER) round out the season two cast.

Last season: We found out that superheroes weren’t born but made by Vought International, using compound V on infants. It also turns out that Homelander knew about it and sold compound V to criminals thus creating a league of super-villains in an effort to convince the government and general public to let super-heroes into the military. We also found out what really happened to Billy Butcher’s wife after she was raped by Homelander. She wasn’t killed but in hiding, thanks to Vought International, raising the child she had with Homelander.

Premise: The Boys are in hiding, they are wanted for the alleged Murder of Madeline Stillwell, a Vaught Industry higher up.

Review: As I suspected after the three episodes premiere, The Boys season two looks to have been written as an eight hour movie, a bingeable piece of entertainment. However, I understand the weekly release strategy, not only from a business stand point for Amazon, but also for some aspects of the story arc.

The weekly release schedule allowed us to sit with the plot – well some of you did because I watched the last 5 hours the same week. Spending some time to digest what happened in an episode make it easier on the viewer to catch some details, the little subtleties within the show.
It becomes useful when it comes to Stormfront. Given who she is, the weekly episodes allows us to reflect on the character’s actions and makes it easier to notice and observe how she uses the system to reach her goals. I can give an example to this, it is not a spoiler since it was in the trailers, but her comments about Homelander’s appearance when she first meets him is a clue as to what she turns out to be.

The show is very topical, and touch on a variety of subjects. There are a lot of the social commentaries found throughout the season. The synergy between corporations, their bottom line, and politics is amazing to see play out on screen if not in real life. The parallels made on the show barely hide what they’re referencing. If you can’t substitute them for something or someone I’m real life, watch the news. Stormfront, again, is a good reflection, a comment on the disguise people like her take nowadays and the impact they can have on society at large.

Money and/or power seem to be driving force of a lot characters in the series. We see the manipulation and shaping of the outrage economy by people who seemed at odds with each other, knowingly or not working together. Even the big reveal at the end, that threw me for a loop, follows that pattern.

The Boys S2 is real life with sups mixed in, they are the only ingredient we don’t currently have. The “superheroes” are still deeply flawed people but no more than some the regular folks depicted on the show, they can just do more damage. It was a lovely season that could have been binged.

Rating: 8 out of 10.

If you’re interested in the comics that inspired the show, it’d be a huge help if you get them from the links bellow

The Boys (S2 Premiere) | The Set Up of What Could Be a Great Season?

The new season of The Boys, based on the comic books “The Boys” by writer Garth Ennis and artist Darick W. Robertson, premiered on Prime Video.

Review: I am really struggling with writing this, why? Because as good as The boys is it’s not a weekly type of show. There is no vilain of the week, it’s long form storytelling, the kind with a giant arc that spans a set number of episodes. So review the first three hours feels like stopping to discuss a book after barely getting into it, in this case it’s a sequel and we just slipped back into that world. For Prime Video the release strategy makes sense but it doesn’t for this show, am I alone on this?

The first three hours are basically just the set up for the second season, that’s pretty much what it is. Although interesting to see it very much feels like watching 1/3 of a movie. We stopped just when the action and tension was ramping up. It allow us to reconnect with the characters in season one. Learning a little more about some of them, tie up and or clean up some open-ended storylines, while introducing us to Stormfront and new plot points.

The three episodes premiere of season two is the base of what could be an exciting season. It looks good but it’s still up in the air for now.

Rating: 7 out of 10.

The Umbrella Academy (S2) | History, Mystery, Action & Twists that Surpasses Expectations

The first season of The Umbrella Academy was an excellent surprise, an adaptation that managed to be different enough from the comics by Gerard Way and Gabriel Bá but still keep the core idea of the property. Creator Steve Blackman (Legion) and Showrunner Jeremy Slater (The Exorcist) whipped up quite the incredible series. The show has a big ensemble cast and the returning members includes Ellen Page (Days of Future Past), Tom Hopper (Game of Thrones), David Casteñeda (Sicario: Day of the Soldado), Emmy Raver-Lampman (Hamilton), Aidan Gallagher, Robert Sheehan (Mortal Engines), Justin H. Min, and Cameron Britton (The Girl in the Spider’s Web). There are also new additions the cast which are Rita Arya (Last Christmas, Humans), Sheila McCarthy (The Day After Tomorrow), and Yusuf Gatewood (The Originals).

Last season: The Hargreeves, a troubled family of seven adopted siblings including six ex child superheroes, are reunited for their father’s funeral after years apart. Their long lost brother reappears with news of an impending apocalypse that they must prevent. In solving the mystery of this cataclysmic event, they uncover secrets about members of their own family that brings them closer to their doom.

Premise: After time traveling to the past to escape their apocalyptic present, the members of The Umbrella Academy, the Hargreeves find themselves stranded in 1960s Dallas, Texas as an unexpected Doomsday event approaches.

S2 Openning Scene

Review: I know the premise sounds very similar to the first season, but it’s much more than that. I have watched the ad campaigns for this season, and I’m glad to say that there is a lot more to be revealed and discovered this season. I almost expected having a clear picture of over what half season two might be about from the trailers and clips but they barely scratch the surface.

This season is really built around all of the characters. All of the siblings, particularly the ones that might have been short changed before, are given fleshed out, interesting, important and interconnected story-lines. Allison’s reflects the character we were introduced to and the era, the Hargreeves are now in. The same can be said for Diego, who’s storyline is as rich and intricate as Allison’s. Every members of the Hargreeves family are further developed to give us a compelling arc this season and a great set up for the next. The new additions to the cast elevates all if the storylines they are involved in. They’re not just new faces, they are engines to the story.

The actors own their roles and sell the drama, the subtle comedy, and the action very well. Speaking of the action, the show is not stingy on it. There are movie level VFX throughout the series. Sometimes it dips in qualities a bit but stay at a very respectable level.

Although I knew that season one was inspired by vol.1 of the comics, this season does the same with “The Umbrella Academy vol.2: Dallas” they’ve kept the setting and enough to please the readers while keeping them guessing. In season 2, we’ve been reintroduced to the Hargreaves, they seem even more like siblings in their shared history, interactions, and quips. The show was not afraid to touch on the issues the era and location provided finale feels like a transitional episode, a salve, like coming down after a wild ride.

Rating: 9.5 out of 10.

You can check out or get the comics for S2 here