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 Cameron
Still reading? I suppose there are a few more things to tell you.
The opening credits of the brand spanking new film “Deadpool” set the tone for the film and make fun of everybody involved, except the writers, who it declares “are the real heroes here.” Thing is, it’s true.
The producers are credited as “asshats” and the film, starring as Wade Wilson (aka Deadpool) is “God’s perfect idiot,” Ryan Reynolds. The director gets slagged as does everybody, including Reynolds’ turn as a Green Lantern.
If you aren’t familiar with the character, he is a foul-mouthed, wise-cracking, super healer, who doesn’t really make an effort to be heroic and doesn’t play nice with others, including the X-Men who also feature in the film. The film is full of laughs and the opening-night audience laughed loudly enough that they probably drowned out a few jokes, and will likely line up to see it again.
20th Century Fox must be applauded for letting those hero writers — Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick get the screenplay credit whileFabian Nicieza and Rob Liefeld are credited for creating Deadpool in comic book form — cross lines and break rules. Just as in the comic book, Deadpool breaks the fourth wall and talks directly to the audience. He is completely inappropriate and hilarious.
It isn’t that the film earns its R rating, it is that it feels unexpected and out of bounds, like the first time you saw “There’s Something About Mary,” before everybody over hyped its shock factor. Much of this comes in the way of verbal gags, in rapid fire from funny characters. But there is plenty of physical comedy too, some seen in trailers already. But, even those gags have more to them than the all-audiences trailers show.
The studio didn’t play it safe, didn’t follow the superhero conventions and as a result, they dropped a February superhero film with a fresh feel. Perhaps they did learn something from unmitigated superhero disaster “Fantastic Four.”
What is tragic is that Disney-Marvel and Fox can’t get together and find a way to put Captain America and Hulk together in a scene or two with Deadpool or even Punisher and Daredevil. The X-Men’s Colossus had to do for now, but he is a pretty single dimensional boy scout here, although with brilliantly executed CGI.
Is is worth mentioning that Morena Baccarin is also funny and great and every bit as attractive as Reynolds or anybody else in cinema. Why she isn’t a great big movie star and a Hollywood icon is mystifying.
Back to the opening line: The movie is spectacular, but trust the ratings board and leave the kids at home.
“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
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
I was right there with everyone else, not knowing what was going to happen next but anxiously waiting
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
In short, THIS American stranded on Mars is well worth watching.
By Dan Larsen
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.
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.
He does a great job with the set up, and it’s fun to follow Donovan as he defends this unconfirmed spy, and urges the court to treat him like a human being. We’re introduced to a man who does the right thing because it’s right, and it’s what’s supposed to define America as a people. But halfway through the picture, it gets a little boring and a little too slow. As Donovan and the CIA try to negotiate the exchange, audience members will most likely be thinking to themselves, “My gosh! How much longer? Can’t we just get this thing over with and go home?” But, maybe that’s what Steven was going for. Maybe it’s just that I’m young and immature and need a certain amount of action and emotion to keep me hooked, something Bridge of Spies was lacking. And I feel like this is one of those on again/off again things with Spielberg films, and it hardly ever works for me.
I can’t believe it’s already over. Why do the greatest things in life always need to be so fleeting?
Wow. This day’s gonna be harder to write than yesterday.
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.
Oh, and how’d the world record attempt go? Well…WE BROKE IT! 1,086!!! WHAT’S UP!?
And tell you all about it.
My first day at Salt Lake Comic Con 2015
Writing about this is gonna be a lot easier said than done. I should’ve posted some live updates, or the like. But I was doing so much that I just couldn’t find time to update before my next stop. Seriously guys, just the first seven hour day has been exciting, overwhelming, even revelatory.
The day started out, honestly, a little scary. The first picture shows where I was in line before they opened the floor. I was excited to be surrounded by people with the same passions I had, having fun observing who was dressed as whom. The scary part was worrying about if I’d be able to fight through that crowd. Dad and Jonny had to work and would join me later in the day. So, I was on my own.
In the world of fandom and entertainment, I feel that people seldom realize or appreciate just how much goes into a movie or a convention or anything that’s put together to show audiences an unforgettable experience. It’s not like fingers are snapped and everything just comes into place. It can be hectic, stressful, and even dramatic.
Meet Ryan Saunders the “The N00b” here at Flava Entertainment Productions, and follow his nerdy adventures at Salt Lake Comic Con 2016
I left home just over two years ago to serve in the Washington Kennewick Mission. It was a tremendous experience and I learned so much about myself, God, life and a bunch of other things. It really was the best two years of my life. I’ll have to tell you about it sometime. One thing that I admit really sucked was that I flew out of Utah TWO WEEKS before the inaugural Salt Lake Comic Con. Since I was a little boy who decided to make movies, sci-fi and superheroes his life, it had been a dream to attend Comic Con. But to travel to San Diego or anywhere else they house these gatherings was too expensive, so I remained trapped in my obscure town in the Tooele Valley, watching the Cons on the Internet, only imagining the thrill it must be to experience the Fanboy Mardi Gras that is Comic Con. I don’t need to tell you I was ecstatic when it was announced that Comic Con was actually coming to my dark corner of the universe, and deeply disappointed to have missed the first one. Again left to the Internet in e-mails from friends and family to give me just an idea of what it’s like. Apparently, is was a big deal, because it gets bigger every year. And finally, after much long-suffering, I’ll be attending the 3rd Annual and my first ever Salt Lake Comic Con, covering it all!
Along with the obvious stuff such as the displays, cosplays and Chris Evans, I wanna attend as many panels that cover as many different fan bases as I can. While my passions lie with Star Wars, Marvel and DC, Comic Con has a little something for everyone that can be considered geeky. And I intend to see all that I have time for.
Ones that really grab my attention include:
– Convention Survival (for obvious reasons)
– Creating Horror – My Little Brony
– Fan Films That Look Good
– Your Opinion Sucks! (Audience Member and Film Critics Square Off – The Spielberg/Lucas Era And many more.
I’ll also be participating in their World Record attempt for Largest Group of People Dressed as Comic Book Characters, and I’ve bought some some photo ops. There’s just too much to do in too little time. But, this is bound to be the best week of my life, thus far.
See ya’ there!
Well I can not bring up seeing the new Cinderella without mentioning the Disney short from Frozen Fever
When I originally heard that there was another Frozen movie I rolled my eye’s. Don’t get me wrong I like the original movie and so does my kid. But we all have to admit has been played out. Then I found out that it would be before Cinderella. I double rolled my eye’s. I thought to myself, both of these could go really wrong. But I had a little Disney faith in the back of my head and I was so glad that instead of rolling my eyes during this movie I smiled, cried, laughed till I cried and so much more. I actually think I like Frozen Fever more than I like the original. Don’t miss this one. –Disclaimer to parents: There are new songs, new dresses, new plushies. So prepare the wallet. B+
Cinderella was magical. The cinematography was beautiful, the costumes, the hair, the make up, it was candy for the eyes. I love how they took what you loved about the 1950’s animated feature and then added on to the story flawlessly. The characters were REAL, with real emotions and the actors where such a great pick. Some of the CGI was a little off but I will for give them for this one. You need to see it, and you need to see it in the theater. A