Author: Sean Wheeler

LUKE CAGE Season One Review

The road to The Defenders continues with LUKE CAGE, the latest Marvel original series to hit Netflix.  We first saw Luke in JESSICA JONES, and after those tumultuous events he is just trying to keep his head down and make his way in the world, which he does by cleaning up at Pop’s Barber shop and cleaning dishes for an upscale nightclub, both of which are in Harlem.  Things start to spin out of control when some local boys who hang out at Pop’s decide rob a gun sale going down between the local crime boss, Cottonmouth, and one...

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HBO’s WESTWORLD Series Premiere Review

Ever since GAME OF THRONES became an international phenomenon, HBO has been trying to find another high quality drama to entice even more viewers to their channel, and they may have finally found it in WESTWORLD, a bold new science fiction show that was inspired by a film author Michael Crichton wrote by the same name.  The show centers around a fictional destination park called Westworld, a classic western environment populated by androids who are indistinguishable from humans.  The park offers 200 interconnected storylines that the guests can jump into, and while the guests can fuck, kill, or do...

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STAR WARS REBELS Season Three Premiere Review

Warning: Spoilers Ahead! For all those fans of a galaxy far far away who are fiending for another fix, your wait is over as STAR WARS REBELS has returned for a third season.  The first episode takes place an indeterminate amount of time after the season 2 finale, and Ezra Bridger has grown in both stature and power, becoming a much more formidable adversary for the Galactic Empire.  He leads a successful mission to free Hando, a smuggler who the team have had several encounters with, from an imperial prison in exchange for information that can aid the rebellion....

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THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN (2016) Movie Review

The rule of thumb for Hollywood right now is that everything old is new again, and in that vein we get yet another remake of a cinema classic with THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN.  The film opens with a town desperately trying to figure out how to survive the ruthless industrialist, Bartholomew Bogue, who owns the local mine and has the local law enforcement bought and paid for.  Before the townsfolk can even come to a decision Bogue and his henchmen burst into the church where they are meeting and offer the people a pittance for their land and tells them...

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Netflix’s MARCO POLO Season 2 Review

As Netflix creates more and more original content, it is inevitable that some shows will get lost in the maelstrom, and I fear that MARCO POLO may be heading in that direction.  The season opens in the aftermath of Kublai Khan’s capture of the chinese capital and the beginning of the Mongols ruling all of China.  As Kublai is trying to quell the discord between his new subjects and his regime, Marco is on a secret mission with Mei Lin to track down and capture the child emperor so he can’t be used as a symbol of resistance for...

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BEN-HUR (2016) Movie Review

 Warning: Spoilers Ahead. Hollywood is no stranger to Ben Hur, the classic tale of betrayal and revenge set in biblical times, there were two silent versions, a now classic version from 1959 that featured Charlton Heston, and the latest has just landed in theaters.  The movie centers around a Jewish nobleman named Judah Ben Hur and his adopted brother, Messala Severus, a roman who is determined to find success and regain his family’s honor.  Messala and Judah are as close as brothers and share the same kind of rivalry that typically exists in such a relationship.  Despite their close...

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STAR TREK BEYOND Movie Review

Warning: Spoilers Ahead! Ever since JJ Abrams (STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS) relaunched the Star Trek movie franchise it has struggled a little bit to step out of the shadows of the originals.  Thankfully, the latest installment, STAR TREK BEYOND feels like a much more original story and finally lets the actors run with their characters and make them their own.  The movie starts out with personal turmoil rather than deadly peril: Captain Kirk is considering leaving the Enterprise to pursue a promotion and Spock is struggling with the responsibilities he feels towards his race now that there are...

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JASON BOURNE Movie Review

After the lackluster performance of THE BOURNE LEGACY, the series has landed back in the hands of Paul Greengrass (CAPTAIN PHILLIPS), a two time veteran of the Bourne franchise and a pretty successful director overall who now brings us JASON BOURNE.  This time around Jason  gets dragged back into the world of black bag operations after former treadstone worker, Nicky Parsons, hacks the CIA and downloads all their black bag operations files, creating a crisis at the agency.  Nicky reaches out to Bourne, who becomes intrigued by the level of his father’s presence in the files, unfortunately, the CIA...

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SDCC 2016: AMERICAN GODS Trailer

It has been years since AMERICAN GODS was optioned by HBO, and after several hand offs and false starts it has finally found a home at Starz. With Bryan Fuller (TV’s HANNIBAL) as showrunner and Ricky Whittle (TV’s THE 100) and Ian McShane (TV’s RAY DONOVAN) as principles, I think it is safe to say we are in for one hell of a ride.  For those unfamiliar with the premise, it centers around a man named Shadow, ex con who gets mixed up in a conflict between old gods and new gods as they struggle for dominance in this...

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INDEPENDENCE DAY: RESURGENCE Movie Review

WARNING: Spoilers Ahead! Twenty years after its release, INDEPENDENCE DAY has finally gotten a sequel in the form of RESURGENCE, and, as the title suggests, the big bad aliens from the first one have returned to exact their revenge for their fallen companions.  The movie focuses on a few main people, just as the first one did.  In one camp you have Jake Morris, a fighter pilot, Patricia Whitmore, daughter of the former president and engaged to Morris, and Dylan Hiller, son of Steven Hiller and a fighter pilot with a grudge against Morris.  The other camp consists of...

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BLACK SAILS Season 3 Review

Warning: Spoilers yarrr ahead! After two seasons of sporadic storytelling, STARZ’ BLACK SAILS finally hits its stride in its third season.  Following the death of Miranda, Flint has declared all out war on any town or settlement that stands against pirates, using raids and murder to instill fear across the colonies.  As Flint is returning from his raids he is enticed into a trap by Captain Hornigold, who offers the crew the choice of pardons or death.  Flint refuses both and rashly turns the ship straight into an oncoming storm, which wreaks havok on his ship and puts him...

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CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR Movie Review

As theaters are becoming more and more saturated with comic book movies of one kind or another, Marvel Studios proves they’re still kings of the dog pile with their latest endeavor, CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR.  The film opens with an adrenaline pumping chase and fight sequence as Captain Rodgers and team try to take out a group of mercenaries who have turned terror into profit.  The Avengers on the scene eventually secure the victory, but not before the ringleader, Crossbones, detonates a suicide vest that ends up causing civilian casualties.  This, coupled with the public relations fallout from the...

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THE JUNGLE BOOK Movie Review

With the success of CINDERELLA and MALEFICENT, Disney has every reason to bet on live action remakes as cash cows, and their latest effort, THE JUNGLE BOOK, will only encourage that sentiment.  The film centers on Mowgli, a young boy who was found alone in the jungle as an infant by the panther Bagheera.  He was brought by Bagheera to the wolves so that he could have a people to belong to, and Mowgli was raised as one of them.  However, things get complicated when Shere Khan, a fierce tiger, shows up during the dry season and demands that...

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THE HUNTSMAN: WINTERS WAR Movie Review

Warning: Minor Spoilers Ahead! It would appear that any successful movie must become a franchise these days, and so we now have THE HUNTSMAN: WINTERS WAR, the follow up to the moderately successful SNOW WHITE AND THE HUNTSMAN.  The movie focuses on the story of Eric the Huntsman, who was taken as a child by the evil ice sorceress and sister to Revenna, Queen Freya, and raised to be a warrior.  After years of loyal service he disobeys the queen’s principal law, that love is forbidden and outlawed, when he becomes enamoured with Sara, a warrior woman who is...

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Newest FANTASTIC BEASTS AND WHERE TO FIND THEM Movie Trailer

The newest trailer for FANTASTIC BEASTS AND WHERE TO FIND THEM has dropped, and with it we get a much better picture of what exactly we are getting with the HARRY POTTER spin-off.  The movie takes place in the early 20th century, and we are treated to a New York that is full of gaslights, steamships, people in exquisite period costumes, and our first look at the wizarding community of the North American continent.  Additionally, we finally get to see a wider variety of the actors beyond Eddie Redmayne (THE DANISH GIRL), most notably Colin Farrell (DEAD MAN DOWN).  There’s...

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STAR WARS REBELS Season 2 Review

While STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS moves forward from the original trilogy, the second season of STAR WARS REBELS continues to give us a look into the dark times that separate the prequels from the original trilogy.  Ezra and the crew of the Ghost are now neck deep in the Rebellion, no longer operating as a cell, they have joined a larger force and are going out on direct missions rather than merely harassing the Empire.  This broader role puts some strains on the crew, as Ezra is forced to learn not only how to be a Jedi, but...

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Netflix’s DAREDEVIL Season 2 Review

Warning: Spoilers Ahead! Fresh off the success of JESSICA JONES, Netflix has returned to the Marvel Cinematic Universe with the second season of DAREDEVIL.  The season opens with the law firm of Nelson & Murdock enjoying a busy, though not particularly lucrative, schedule as their notoriety from the Fisk case has helped their name get around.  However, Hell’s Kitchen is anything but stable as the power vacuum left by Kingpin’s imprisonment has the smaller gangs eyeing to make a move while a new vigilante, later dubbed The Punisher, has hit the streets and is gunning down one gang after...

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10 CLOVERFIELD LANE Movie Review

Warning: Minor Spoilers Ahead! Let’s get this out of the way at the very beginning, while 10 CLOVERFIELD LANE takes place in the same world as CLOVERFIELD, it is in no way necessary to have seen it to enjoy this new film. This is director Dan Trachtenberg’s first full length feature and he delivers a taut thriller full of intrigue, suspense, and some very fun twists and turns.  The movie centers around Michelle, a woman who has hit the road after leaving her fiance, who’s trip comes to an abrupt end when her car is sideswiped by a truck...

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GODS OF EGYPT Movie Review

Director Alex Proyas (KNOWING) is best known for making dark sci-fi fantasy films, I, ROBOT and THE CROW being his most celebrated works, so it is more than a bit surprising to see him tackle a bright, big budget action adventure film like GODS OF EGYPT.  The movie focuses on Bek, a mortal who is trying to save his love from certain oblivion in the afterlife, and Horus, god of the air and rightful ruler of Egypt who was deposed by his Uncle, Set, who is bent on vengeance and retaking the throne.  Bek seeks Horus’ help in returning...

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ASH VS EVIL DEAD Season One Review

Warning: Spoilers Ahead! With the return of MAD MAX and STAR WARS, 2015 was a year of patience paying off for fans, and cult classics weren’t left out thanks to Starz bringing us ASH VS EVIL DEAD, complete with Bruce Campbell (OZ THE GREAT AND POWERFUL) reprising his iconic role of Ashley “Ash” J. Williams.  The show wastes no time jumping right back into the terrifying world of The Evil Dead, with Ash inadvertently reading from the Necronomicon while stoned to impress a girl.  With the Deadites unleashed on the earth once more, Ash tries to flee but isn’t...

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