Star Wars: The Force Awakens DVD\Blu ray and Bonus Footage

Star Wars: The Force Awakens DVD\Blu ray and Bonus Footage

Posted by on Apr 5, 2016 in Movie Reviews | 0 comments

  A long time ago in a galaxy far far away mere nerds awaited for The Force Awakens to come out on DVD. Now we have Blu ray and digital download and if you were paying attention you could have need watching it in the comfort of your own home days or even a week before the masses. After getting my copy I watched it 5 times in a 3 day period and I plan on watching it many more times. Why  you may ask? The Bonus footage! On the bonus disc you get to travel to all location of where the movie was shot, meet the cast, crew, artists and more. I have to warn you though, the much anticipated “Deleted Scene” section falls short for me, but everything else was amazing and had me and my family memorized for hours.  Out on DVD April 2, 2016  A   By Valerie...

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The Martian

The Martian

Posted by on Oct 12, 2015 in Movie Reviews | 0 comments

The Martian “Houston, we have a blockbuster.” I will end the suspense right now and forego the habit of making you read to the end of the review to see my recommendation and just say it now: Go see this movie! Launch yourself out of your chair, acquire the necessary rations at the concession stand, sit down and strap yourself in for a thrilling, emotionally charged, visually stunning adventure. So, now that I’ve convinced you to go, let me tell you why. And I will try to keep it as spoiler free as possible… After we got our ice cream (yes, ice cream. At 10 am. Don’t judge…) and stopped playing with our powered recliners (LOVE the new Sugarhouse movie theater), the trailers ended and our journey began. The movie starts out, as all movies should, right in the middle of the action. In very short order the crew is on a ship fleeing Mars and our hero, Mark Watney (Matt Damon as Mark W is kind of funny) awakens in the stark, red landscape. A stranger in a strange land. As Mark documents his struggle for survival via his video journal, we are transported to Earth, where NASA and the world are dealing with the disaster and it’s aftermath, and to the ship with the remaining members of the crew making their way slowly back to Earth. Everyone involved is faced with practical and moral choices, and Scott weaves the story well, taking us into the minds and thoughts of all the groups involved as the tough choices are discussed and made. For me there was no dreaded ‘Second Act Dementia’ where most films wander about trying to figure out what to do until the final conflict. I was engaged the whole time. Aside from a few blatantly obvious plot devices (Whenever someone in a movie says “Oh, they’ll be fine, as long as nothing goes wrong” EXPECT something to go wrong) and the obvious similarities to OTHER space films (Interstellar, Gravity, and the iconic Apollo 13 come to mind. You’ll see what I mean.) it was a great movie. I was right there with everyone else, not knowing what was going to happen next but anxiously waiting to see. And although this film included the annoying trend to insert lighthearted, flippant remarks at some of the most intense moments (No, thank YOU, Marvel Universe…) it was still extremely entertaining and engaging. There wasn’t a moment in the over 2 hours of viewing that I wondered when it would be over. But eventually it was and we emerged into the sunlight. I mentioned to Val that my puny little ‘first world problems’ in life pale in comparison to Matt’s ‘off world problems’ stranded on a planet 35 million miles away. In short, THIS American stranded on Mars is well worth watching. By Dan...

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The N00B reviews Bridge of Spies ——–Spoiler Alert——-

The N00B reviews Bridge of Spies                        ——–Spoiler Alert——-

Posted by on Oct 1, 2015 in Adventures of The n00b, Movie Reviews | 0 comments

  Bridge Of Spies Tom Hanks & Steven Spielberg Steven Spielberg Tom Hanks as James Donovan, Mark Rylance as Rudolf Abel and Billy Magnusson as Douglas Forrester in BRIDGE OF SPIES, a dramatic thriller directed by Steven Spielberg. Aside from Age of Ultron and Ant-Man, this is the first movie I saw in the theater since coming home, and it’s the first review I’m writing in two years. So, I’ll do my best to give an intelligent critique of this one.   Steven Spielberg…it’d be a waste of time and typing effort to go on about this legend. What can be said about his career that hasn’t been said? His are most of the movies that changed the way movies are made. He’s been a massive influence on every serious filmmaker since his time, and when he talks about the future of the industry, we print it as prophecy. Although, to be fair, you know as well as I do that not everything he touched was worth Oscar gold (A.I., War of the Worlds). So, it’s become a matter of intrigue that every time a movie is released under his direction, it’s not just “What’s the Master got in store for us this time?”. More like, “Is this gonna be one of his hits, or misses?” Well, while I wouldn’t put up there with, say, E.T. or Schindler’s List, it’s thankfully doesn’t go along with A.I. or War of the Worlds or that stupid Jurassic Park sequel I still don’t think he needed to make. I’d put it somewhere in the middle with, oh…War Horse or Empire of the Sun. Nothing I’d call substantial, but he still did a good job with it, and I’m glad I saw it. Bridge of Spies is based on true events taking place around Cold War paranoia in the late 1950s, when the CIA captures an accused Soviet spy named Rudolph Abel (Mark Rylance, in a touching and sometimes quite funny performance). Tom Hanks gives an up-to-par performance as James Donovan, the lawyer assigned to defend Abel for the sake of due process. But, considering the mindset on the Soviets at that time, the trial really was a formality, and Abel was found guilty on all charges. It sort of reminded me of the Muslim kid who got in trouble for the clock. Hmm….Still, Donovan developed something of a friendship with this guy, and to this day it’s not confirmed whether or not he was really a spy. So Donovan is actually able to waive the death sentence, making him the least popular guy in America. The reasoning behind it is that you never know when they Soviets might capture someone and we’ll need something to trade. Well, wouldn’t you know it? A few years later, an Air Force Pilot named Francis Gary Powers (Austin Stowell), is capture by the USSR. Now Donovan and the CIA...

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Chris Evans! It happened.

Chris Evans! It happened.

Posted by on Sep 27, 2015 in Adventures of The n00b | 0 comments

I can’t believe it’s already over. Why do the greatest things in life always need to be so fleeting? My final day should be the easiest to write about; the hard part would be giving the Con a proper conclusion. My friend and I arrived a little after 8:00, as lottery winners for the Chris Evans panel, and sat ever so patiently for an hour and a half for the panel to begin. Just to see the man who’s played the most comic book characters in a career was exciting, and that fans actually asked relevant questions that let us get to know the star a little more was greatly appreciated. Things really picked up when Anthony Mackie and Hayley Atwell snuck up from behind him. Those three together with a legion of fans in one large ballroom was a panel for the books! Unfortunately Chris and Hayley had to leave early for some photo ops, which meant that I had to be on my way, too. 😉 Let me tell you, now I’m beginning to understand the talk about long lines that last an hour, and with so many people to get through there’s not a whole lotta time to geek out on ’em. Literally all I could do was say, “Hey, guys! Big fan! Love your work!” “Thanks, dude. We love you, too!” Take a pic, NEXT! They probably thought I was a spaz… And the excitement on my face shows just a little too much. And that was my time with Chris Evans and Hayley Atwell. Gratefully, though, I was able to have just a little more one-on-one time with Felicia Day. I brought my copy of her book for her to sign and had a photo op with her later that day. I said, “Y’know, I really love your stuff.” and she said, “Thanks, Ryan. You have excellent taste.” and I said “It’s more than that. Learning about you and your story, it almost feels like I’m reading my own story…” and so on and so on about what an inspiration she’s been to me. We both got a little emotional. It was a good moment. I told her I looked forward to working with her, and she said she would, too. Seed planted? Maybe? After that and the photo, my dad and I took some time to browse around the vendor hall, and we able to get pictures with R2-D2 (like, a REAL R2-D2!), the Batmobile from 1966 (that car has EVERYTHING!) and even a good visit with Richard Hatch, Apollo of the original Battlestar Galactica, the only one I’ll watch, I told him. He was so chill. He even gave me card for his acting clinic when I told him what I wanted to do with my life! Again, opportunity? Maybe? Then it was time to get clobbered into another line for a...

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Salt Lake Comic Con 2015 Day 2

Salt Lake Comic Con 2015 Day 2

Posted by on Sep 26, 2015 in Adventures of The n00b | 0 comments

“He’s no good to me dead” I chose wisely I found Waldo DC Baby! Spidey’s I was apart of the attempt! Getting ready to break the record. I need a helmet. Salt Lake Comic Con 2015 World Record. Salt Lake Comic Con 2015 World Record. Wow. This day’s gonna be harder to write than yesterday. My first order of business this day was to buy my own lightsaber from Ultra Sabers, and an Energy Sword for my brother who wasn’t able to attend this year. And if you know me or my brother, you know this means that my mom has a new world of worry to look towards. After that and a panel about killing our favorite characters (Moment of silence for all the victims that fell at the hands of Joss Whedon), I figured it was high time to meet some famous people. So, at the recommendation of the Convention Survival, I went all the way upstairs to attend Animaniacs Live!, a Q&A panel featuring the voice actors of The Brain, Pinky/Yacko, Wacko and Dot. I’ve been an avid lover of The Animaniacs since I was, like, two. So, this panel was a breath of fresh air. We sang songs from the show, re-enacted some inside jokes; it was like the show never ended. My inner two year old was in pure bliss! And that was just the beginning. Followed by that was my geek/hero (one of ’em, anyway), Felicia Day. Man, I love this girl. If you haven’t watched her web show The Guild, or read her latest memoir, You’re Never Weird On the Internet (Almost), drop everything and get started. This girl is an inspiration in every sense. I couldn’t wait to ask her more about her journey from social recluse to online superstar. I was anxious to see what words of wisdom she could give to a little boy trapped in Utah whose only dream was to become the next geek icon. The most frustrating part was that people kept wasting time asking stupid, irrelevant trivia questions. (“What did you think of [so and so] when [such and such] happened in [this show]?) I was the second to next to ask my question before we ran out of time. But, I guess not all dreams are meant to come true. At least not in one weekend. Immediately after, in the same room, was the panel of Anthony Daniels, which was way more entertaining. Why? Because Anthony Daniels told us his story. No BS questions that grabbed no one’s interest. He played with the fans, he shared his love for the material. I really felt like I was getting to know the person in ways you don’t read in interviews. No Force Awakens spoilers, though. He told us he was wired and that he’d be shocked if he tried anything. I yelled, “Show us!” and he...

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