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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What If…? (Pilot) | Review

A.C. Bradley (Head writer) Bryan Andrews (Director)

CAST
Hayley Atwell
Josh Keaton
Dominic Cooper

Sebastian Stan
Jeffrey Wright

Review: When I first saw images of this show, I wasn’t impressed by the animation style at all, but enough time has passed since then for me to get used to that What If look and this first episode is so strong that it doesn’t matter. Captain America: The First Avengers (2011) is one of the Marvel Cinematic Universe movies that I’ve only seen once in fact it’s my least favorite of the films. However, it didn’t stop me from enjoying this entire episode. I bet that if the 2011 movie was fresher in my mind, it would have enhanced the experience a bit.

The pilot episode does shift the MCU in a new direction by smoothly introducing this what if scenarios. There’s a lot of story in this 30 min episode and it’s not just about the gender bending of captain America but the creation of an alternate universe with a captain that acts and moves in its own way. Captain Carter is a total brawler and yet graceful, it makes for amazing looking fight scenes that have a

Rating: 8 out of 10.

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Christopher and His kind | A mix of sexuality, socio-economic backgrounds, and a dash politics

Christopher Isherwood is not an unfamiliar name to me but contrary to most / some, it was not synonymous with famous inspirational and / or influential homosexual author, no. It was the name of the guy that wrote the book A Single Man was based on. Prior familiarity with the name existed in a semi-conscious place but I digress. This BBC film is inspired by his memoir of the same name. This time it’s adapted by Geoffrey Sax (Victoria) and stars Matt Smith (Doctor Who, Official Secrets) as Isherwood.
The cast also includes Imogen Poots (A Long Way Down), Douglas Booth (The Riot Club), Lindsay Duncan (A Discovery of Witches), Toby Jones (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy), Pip Carter (Spectre), Iddo Goldberg (Snowpiercer) and Alexander Dreymon (The Last Kingdom).

Premise: How British-American author Christopher Isherwood and his German boyfriend Heinz met and fell in love during the 1930s and the rise of Nazism.

Review: There is a documentary feel to the movie that is in part brought on by the opening scene, but mostly by the sensation that this is a reenactment. Similar, but with better production value, to those murder shows in which actors portray victim(s) and killer(s). Christopher and His kind doesn’t scream fiction – it’s not supposed to – but often biopics have a gloss and sheen to them that strip away the realness of what they’re about. I am under no illusion that this was a silver screen adaptation but my point remains.

It’s 1930s Berlin and the film is about Christopher Isherwood but everything happening around him, and history, is not ignored. Sometimes the context is obvious but when it’s subtle, it packs a heavy punch. You don’t need to know your history to feel the tension and despair creeping in. The geopolitical era is character in this film is a character in its own right. It becomes apparent when Christopher starts to shed his naive romanticized view of the world to stand against the threat of fascism. At one point, Landauer even says :

“We must all stand by our own kind, Christopher, whatever the cost.”

In a way accentuating the nice mix of sexuality, socio-economic class, and politics the whole movie has; But at every turn you wonder what is Christopher’s kind?

The answer is maybe answered in the evolution of Christopher, who first arrived in post-WWI Germany in search of freedom, his emancipation from his family, the liberty to express his sexuality. It seems ironic, surely naive, but the man that emerges from those experiences is the man we now know.

With Christopher and His Kind Sax delivers a captivating film seamlessly blending the rise of Nazi Germany and the inception of an icon of the gay movement.

Rating: 8 out of 10.

You can check out or get the book here (US) & here (EU)

Wayward Pines | Pilot Review

Wayward Pines | Pilot

The ShamHammer – it’s OK, It’s OK, don’t be scared – has brought to television Blake Crouch’s book series Wayward Pines. M. Night Shyamalan is only the executive producer *sigh of relief* but he did bring is particular brand of film making to the pilot *Nooo*. 

All jokes aside the pilot really did catch my attention it was a nice set up for the show because the mystery is there. A lot of intriguing plot points were peppered in the pilot, amping up the anticipation and the mystery surrounding the show. There’s really two worlds that have been presented in the first episode but the how or why they could coexist is an unanswered question for now. The cast is filled with recognizable and talented actors that only solidify the quality of the series acting wise. Matt Dillon sold me on his portrayal of Ethan Burke, I’m interested to see where it goes from there for him and the other characters.

Wayward Pines has all the qualities of a psychological thriller while mixing in sci-fi and a good mystery. The Shamhammer seemed to have regained his mojo let’s see where it goes from there.

Wayward Pines | Trailer

Wayward Pines is the new television series coming in 2015 on Fox. It’s based a book Pines by Blake Crouch, the first of a series of three books collectively known as Wayward Pines trilogy. 
The series stars Matt Dillon (Wild things, Crash), Carla Gugino (Watchmen, Sin City),  Melissa Leo (Prisoners, fighter), Terrence Howard (Iron Man), Toby Jones (The Hunger Games, Captain America, Harry potter) & Reed Diamond (Agents of Shields, Bones).

It’s about Secret Service agent Ethan Burke, who arrives in the bucolic town of Wayward Pines, ID, on a mission to find two missing federal agents. But instead of answers, Ethan’s investigation only turns up more questions. What’s wrong with Wayward Pines? Each step closer to the truth takes Ethan further from the life he knew, from the husband and father he was, until he must face the terrifying reality that he may never get out of Wayward Pines alive.

Serena | Trailer

Serena is set in the 1930s North Carolina, the film – based on a book by Ron Rash – tells the story of Serena (Jennifer Lawrence) and George Pemberton (Bradley Cooper) a newly wed couple who moved to NC to create a timber empire. It’s a dramatical movie peppered with greed, revenge, corruption and murder.

  • SCREENPLAY: Christopher Kyle, Ron Rash (Novel)
  • DIRECTOR: Susanne Bier
  • STARS: Jennifer Lawrence, Bradley Cooper, Toby Jones, Rhys Ifans, Sam Reid, Sean Harris, etc.

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