November 17th Weekend Predictions & Predilections

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Opening this Weekend

Justice League

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Thor: Ragnarok review

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That was… a lot…

by Thom Yee

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Thor: Ragnarok images courtesy of Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures

If it feels like it’s been a while since we’ve talked about Thor here on GOO Reviews, you’re right, it has been a while, not since 2013 in fact when we published our review of Thor:  The Dark World.  And that’s actually a little weird because it’s not as if Marvel movies went away or became less popular in the four years since then, quite the opposite in fact.  It’s just that Thor’s only managed one other movie appearance since then, 2015’s Avengers:  Age of Ultron, a paltry number in comparison to his fellow Avengers, Captain America and Iron Man, with whom Thor ostensibly shares the title of that team’s “big three”.  In that same four-year timespan, as well as appearing in Age of Ultron, Captain America headlined two of the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s biggest and most eventful chapters in Captain Americas Winter Soldier and Civil War and Iron Man co-starred in and often even outshone the titular characters in Captain America:  Civil War and Spider-Man:  Homecoming.  That’s two more movies each for Cap and ol’ Shellhead to become even more the central figures of the MCU whereas Thor’s been mostly off world, doing gods know what in adventures that either had little to do with the MCU’s main, Earth-bound stories or that we had no real interest in (like [again] Thor:  The Dark World [just as an example]). Continue reading

Stranger Things (Season 2) review

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This time the danger’s amped up to… twelve?

by Thom Yee

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Stranger Things 2 images courtesy of Netflix

The first time I fully realized that nostalgia was a real and powerful thing and, more importantly, a definite consumer force was in the early 2000s when my mind started drifting back to childhood, I first started to remember how cool the Transformers were, and I went out to buy an anniversary edition of Optimus Prime, a toy I never owned in my youth.  Of course, I’m a little too young to have been there for the beginning of The Transformers, missing out on the show during its original TV run and not seeing (Naziing?) the 1986 movie until the early ‘90s, but I definitely felt its presence in each of its Saturday morning cartoon/toy/commercial successors, from M.A.S.K. to Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles to COPS.  Remember COPS?  The Central Organization of Police Specialists?  Every cop had some cybernetic gimmick?  “It’s Crime Fighting Time?”  No? Continue reading

Blade Runner 2049 review

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Do humans dream of organic sheep?  Don’t they just count them?

by Thom Yee

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Blade Runner 2049 images courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures

So let’s get one thing straight:  The original Blade Runner is a quality movie.

It’s an interesting movie, a distinct movie, and, more than either of those things, a revered movie.  There are some circles for which a Blade Runner sequel is like a dream even, the fruition of decades of speculation and the ultimate expression of the growth of the movie from a once misunderstood quandary to now a cultural icon.  It’s a visual spectacle with a haunting score and a chilling vision of where it looked like we were going.  In preparation for the release of Blade Runner 2049, I, finally and for the first time, watched the original Blade Runner (and read Grace’s now-classic review of course), only days before I would see its sequel.

I fell asleep twice trying to make it through. Continue reading