Movie Review – Deadpool

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I had my doubts. Usually February is a dumping ground for films unworthy of both award or blockbuster status. We’re beginning the closest thing to an offseason for Hollywood and 2016 looks typically dismal. My skepticism of Marvel Comics & 20th Century Fox’s Deadpool goes far beyond its release date. As a spin-off of the X-Men franchise, Deadpool has some pretty big shoes to fill, especially as a lesser known property. However, anyone that’s moderately familiar with ‘The Merc with the Mouth’ should be as concerned as I am that Fox could ruin this franchise in a similar fashion to ‘The Fantastic Four’. So what is it then? Did Fox sacrifice story for profits, or did they alienate a portion of the audience by making the ‘R’ rated film Deadpool needs to be. Or, is Deadpool not good enough to hang with the boys of Summer, in this increasingly crowded field of superhero films?

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Movie Review – Big Hero 6

Through the eyes of Baymax
Through the eyes of Baymax

The 54th film from Walt Disney Animation Studios is Big Hero 6. Loosely based on the Marvel Comics series of the same name; Big Hero 6 should be another win for the House of Mouse. Following the very successful blueprint perfectly; Big Hero 6 has colorful, enjoyable heroes and a mysterious villain, cloaked in black. Then there’s Baymax. A robotic nurse that’s built to treat every ailment, Baymax has the prowess of Clara Barton, though it looks like the Michelin Man. 

Set in the fictional town of San Fransokyo, a town that I wish were real, Hiro Hamata is a child prodigy that spends his evenings competing in underground robot fighting matches for money. Swindling local thugs while avoiding the police is an easy way to make a buck for Hiro, much better than his brother Tadashi’s “Nerd School”, the San Fransokyo Institute of Technology. In an impromptu visit to the “Nerd School” Hiro is floored by the innovations flowing through the lab. This is where we meet Baymax, Tadashi’s pet project; a robotic nurse that can detect and treat common ailments with a simple scan. Lovable, huggable and damned squishy, Baymax’s deadpan delivery is stern, yet comforting. Just as he is designed. Hiro, now with a new appreciation for higher education, decides to enter a science competition , where the winner gets accepted into S.F.I.T. 

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Movie Review – How To Train Your Dragon 2

After the events of the first film; the small Viking enclave of Berk is full of life, commerce and dragons. With dragons being faster than boats, the townsfolk of Berk can explore new lands at a blistering speed. Our heroes Hiccup and Toothless, while out exploring, run across dragon trappers who tell rumours of Drago Bludvist. Drago is a maniacal pirate that is trying to raise a dragon army. Hiccup, the reluctant heir apparent to become the next chief, tries desperately to escape his destiny; with Drago and possibly war on the horizon, Hiccup’s decisions will save or condemn his village. how-to-train-your-dragon-2-trailer-07122013-112023

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MOVIE REVIEW – Our Idiot Brother

Our Idiot Brother

Have you ever wondered what the world would be like it everyone was honest and said exactly what’s on their mind?  Do you think you could respect someone for telling you as it is?  My guess is that while in concept it sounds good, in reality you’d probably get very annoyed and frustrated with someone if they spoke to you with no reservations about saying exactly what is on their mind.  Our Idiot Brother is a movie that explores how one individual who does just that can affect the lives of everyone around him.

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