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ALNM Rating: 4.5/5
Directed by: Brad Bird
Starring: Craig T. Nelson, Holly Hunter, Sarah Vowell, Huck Milner, Samuel L. Jackson
Available to watch: In theaters now
Review: The first Incredibles movie is one of my favorite Pixar movies. It's so unique and came before the huge rise of the Marvel and DC superhero craze you see today. There's something so magical about a story that's, at its core, pretty unrealistic (I mean, hello, super powers) but still draws you in and holds your attention. This second movie literally picks up right after the first movie, storyline-wise, and goes on from there. There's subtle references to the recent rise of female authority (hello, women's marches and "Me Too/Time's up"), while still pulling in jokes from the well worn joke that the dad has no idea how to manage a household on his own. Yes, I still laughed - although I'd like to think men have evolved somewhat. But then again, the Incredibles is supposedly set back in a different time period so, I'll roll with it. Plus, baby Jack-Jack's powers were a fun addition to this second movie. As a new parent, I totally sympathize with Mr. Incredible's inability to figure out how to manage his kid. Although to be fair, my kid doesn't burst into flames, but she can shoot out poop with the ferocity of laser beams.
All in all, it was an action-packed movie with a good story, with plenty of laughs for both children and adults. Plus, no matter how many times I hear it, I find it hilarious when Frozone's wife is heard in the background asking him where he thinks he's going ASAP. Just like I still find it hilarious in the first movie when she's yelling at him from across their house, asking him why he needs to find his super suit. What can I say, I'm easy to please.
Hard to capture the nostalgia and uniqueness from the first movie, but as always, Pixar did a great job.
Official summary: Created by Bryan Fuller and Alex Kurtzman for CBS All Access, the story of "Star Trek: Discovery" begins roughly a decade before Captain Kirk's five-year mission -- as portrayed in the original "Star Trek" from the 1960s -- and a century before the events of "Star Trek: Enterprise." The series follows the crew of the USS Discovery as they encounter new worlds and civilizations, delving into familiar themes and expanding upon an incident that has been talked about within the franchise's universe, but never fully explored.
ALNM rec: I have always loved Star Trek. I grew up watching Star Trek: The Next Generation and Star Trek: Voyager every week and recording the newest episodes on VHS when I couldn't stay up that late. This latest Star Trek is an excellent addition to the franchise. Discovery exists in the "prime" universe. Basically, go into watching this imagining the JJ Abrams movies have never happened. In terms of timeline, this series is almost a century after Enterprise and a decade before the original series. But this show also breaks ground with the first non-captain lead, first gay characters, and even the first f-bomb in the franchise. It remains true to the franchise in terms of its willingness to explore complex problems with a sci-fi twists. I thoroughly enjoyed the plot twists in this season, and the final scene of the last episode have me very excited for the coming season.
Luke Cage (Season Two)
Air Dates: June 22, 2018
The second season of the American web television series Luke Cage, which is based on the Marvel Comics character of the same name, sees Cage become a hero and celebrity in Harlem after clearing his name, only to face a new threat.
Queer Eye (Season Two)
Air Dates: June 18, 2018
More than a decade after the original series went off the air, Netflix reboots the "Queer Eye" franchise with a new Fab Five and a new setting, trading in the concrete jungle of New York City for communities in and around Atlanta. The style experts forge relationships with men and women who often have different beliefs from them, leading to moments of social commentary interspersed with style advice. Advising people in need of lifestyle makeovers are food and wine specialist Antoni Porowski, interior designer Bobby Berk, grooming consultant Jonathan Van Ness, fashion designer Tan France and culture expert Karamo Brown, who reality TV fans may recognize as one of the housemates on "The Real World: Philadelphia." David Collins, who created the original show, is on board as an executive producer.
ALNM Rating: 3/5
Directed by: Ron Howard
Starring: Alden Ehrenreich, Woody Harrelson, Emilia Clarke, Donald Glover, Thandie Newton, Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Joonas Suotamo, Paul Bettany
Available to watch: In theaters now
Review: No movie could live up to the expectations placed on the origin story of everyone's favorite space smuggler. The film suffered from production issues, including replacing original directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller with Ron Howard during filming. The biggest flaws I found in the movie lay in the predictability of the plot and a lack of connection with the characters. Through the movie, it largely felt like it was hitting all the points on a checklist of our history with Han Solo. I hope this gets a chance at a sequel to see what a young Han Solo film with a few more risks looks like. Especially if it expands on THAT cameo towards the end. For the most part, I didn't develop any attachment to the new characters. None were radically unlikeable but also didn't catch my interest. The standouts were Donald Glover as an effortlessly cool Lando Calrissian and Phoebe Waller-Bridge as his droid co-pilot. Overall this is a fun heist film and visually pleasing, but that's about it.
Hey everyone! Sorry, real life's been pretty crazy lately. But we hope to have some awesome new articles and podcasts coming to you soon! I've been enjoying some other podcasts while commuting to and from work and wanted to share them with you. In no particular order with official summaries: