Movie Review: War Machine (2017) *Netflix Underwhelms at the Movies*

In a few days the final season of House of Cards will debut on Netflix.  That show’s debut in 2013 transformed Netflix from primarily a disc-based rental service, to a streaming based provider of original content on par with premium cable channels like HBO.  Netflix is moving even more toward original content, having gone hundreds of millions of dollars into the red, betting that by bagging big names, they can succeed in developing original films to rival the award-winning television series they consistently produce.  War Machine, adapted from the best-selling non-fiction book The Operators, starring Brad Pitt, is the first “blockbuster” film of this new initiative.  While House of Cards became something of a national phenomenon, War Machine will be forgotten in a few weeks.  It’s an inauspicious beginning that primarily fails because the film is stunningly dull. Continue reading Movie Review: War Machine (2017) *Netflix Underwhelms at the Movies*

In Theaters This Week (5/26/2017): Pirates 5, Baywatch, War Machine

Each Thursday we look at what is going to be coming out in theaters this weekend, show you the trailers for the big releases, predict the box office winner and just generally give you enough of a carrot to pull you through the rest of the work week.  Memorial Day Weekend doesn’t exactly bring huge game to the theaters as we have a leaky franchise, a campy remake, and Netflix’s first terrifying shot across the bow of movie theaters. Continue reading In Theaters This Week (5/26/2017): Pirates 5, Baywatch, War Machine

Trailer Time: Spider-Man: Homecoming Trailer #3 “The Stark Internship

It seems pretty clear that Pirates 5 and Cars 3 aren’t going to be Disney’s next blockbusters.  No, for that the Mouse House is going to have to wait for July 2nd and Spider-Man: Homecoming.  This has looked like an incredible blast in every trailer including this final one that brings the focus back to the Tony/Peter relationship that managed to heal a decade worth of damage inflicted on the character by SONY in one act of Captain America: Civil War.  If issue #16 of the MCU isn’t enough to get you excited on its own, Michael Giacchino leaked this bit from the scoring session for Homecoming.  One of the MCU’s biggest flaws is (with one or two exceptions) memorable scores.  Giacchino takes his talent for repurposing old themes and infusing them with his own style and takes Spidey’s cheesiest theme and makes it already the best character theme any MCU has.  This is going to be a blast!

Trailer Time: Game of Thrones Season 7 Trailer #1 (2017 – HBO) “The End Begins”

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Following the official poster for the new season released yesterday, HBO has debuted the full Game of Thrones sSeason 7 trailer! Check it out in the player below! Game of Thrones returns to HBO on July 16.


At the end of last season, Daenerys’ (Emilia Clarke) dragons and her immense army were finally on the way to Westeros, where Cersei (Lena Headey) has now become Queen after the death of her children. The Night King’s (Vladimir Furdik in season 6) army is heading south, and a battle appears to be imminent.

Though we don’t know exactly what’s coming, Maisie Williams, who plays Arya Stark, tweeted this last year: “Just finished reading season 7, s**t gets REAL. I’d start preparing yourselves now… scratch that, nothing will prepare you for this… Holy BALLS.”

The show is based on the novel series “A Song of Ice and Fire” by George R.R. Martin. Last season, however, the TV series moved past the point where the books have stalled.


My Favorite Scene: Pirates of the Caribbean (2003) “Enter Captain Jack”

There was a time, oh so very long ago, when Johnny Depp just made indie movies.  His casting in a movie about a ride at Disneyland was odd.  This was during barrel scraping days when they were making movies about their rides (Eddie Murphy’s Haunted Mansion ring a bell?).  Pirates of the Caribbean was getting rave reviews though.  I know the sequels have dulled the magic of the first film, and likely the fifth (which comes six years after the fourth and no one seems to be excited over it) won’t help.  However, remember back to 2003 when you first beheld Johnny Depp as Captain Jack Sparrow: the worst/best pirate to grace the screen.  His character’s entrance is rivaled only by Wilder’s Wonka as the best of all-time.  One of my favorite shots period is the slow descent of his boat to perfectly time his lurch on to the dock.  The Curse of the Black Pearl is one of the best action/adventure films of the 21st Century.  Nothing that followed can change that, and that this film inadvertently sent Depp on a career plunging spiral of self-indulgent nonsense, doesn’t take away from this performance and this moment.  I could watch it a thousand times.  Never fails to make me smile.