Captain America: Secret War (TWENTY-THREE)

T’Challa woke to find himself chained to a stone wall in a dark room. He yanked at his bonds but to no avail. Breathing heavily and with his head pounding he continued to fight against his restraints. That is until he heard the heavy slam of a nearby door.

His head whipped toward the source of the noise and when he looked Dr. Frost was entering the room, her hands clasped behind her back.

“If you’re thinking of torturing me for information about Wakanda you might as well forget it,” he told her. “I will not talk.”

“When I planned to conquer this world your capture was not part of the plan,” she told him. ‘Trust me when I say I do not care about your precious Wakanda. At least…not yet. But you will help me.”

I will never help the likes of you, he spoke in ixiXhosa.

Even though the HYDRA scientist couldn’t understand him she did notice the defiance in his tone. A hint of a smile touched her lips.

“I’m not surprised by your defiance but I’m confident that it will be shortlived. Bring her forward!” Continue reading Captain America: Secret War (TWENTY-THREE)

‘Spotlight’: A Boring Best Picture

I understand why Spotlight is a poignant movie, believe me, and watching the film, I was suddenly reintroduced to the horrific allegations of the Catholic priests which preyed on children. Children! It’s nightmarish stuff and deserved to be highlighted in a film that didn’t hold back from sharing the grisly details however…while the movie is well-written in every sense of the word I just found it to be very boring.

Knowing it came out the same year as great movies like Bridge of Spies, Mad Max: Fury Road, and the freaking The Revenant for crying out loud I’m just baffled. I mean, I get it. It was a movie of the times, a political statement that faced the allegations head on and brought it to the big screen as a newspaper reporting team from the early 2000s’ was highlighted for their guts to go after one of the most powerful organizations in the world; the Catholic Church. But did it really deserve Best Picture?

The performances by its stars, Michael Keaton, Mark Ruffalo, Rachel McAdams, Brian d’Arcy James, John Slattery, Liev Schreiber, and Stanley Tucci, are super unforgettable. Based off of the template of better films like All the President’s Men with actors whose performances by Robert Redford and Dustin Hoffman I do remember, Spotlight feels like a bland remake with a different topic.

But hey, it won Best Picture so good for the producers who realized the importance of this story and decided to bring it out at such a time.

I’ll give it 87 out of 100 and 4 out of 5 stars. It could’ve been better and its musical score just really got on my nerves, dropping this film’s score down even lower.

I thank you for reading and I hope you have a fantastic day.

A Movie Ranking: Hugh Jackman

If you had told me just last year that Hugh Jackman would become one of my favorite actors I would’ve laughed. Well, here we are. After watching more of the X-Men movies I began to like him a little bit more but it wasn’t until I saw him in other films that I realized how talented he really was. So, on that note, I decided to make him the actor I would highlight him in this week’s A Movie Ranking. Enjoy!

9. X-Men: Apocalypse

Nicholas Hoult, James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Oscar Isaac, Evan Peters, Olivia Munn, Jennifer Lawrence, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Alexandra Shipp, Sophie Turner, Tye Sheridan, and Ben Hardy in X-Men: Apocalypse (2016)

No, this isn’t the worst superhero movie I’ve seen but it’s nowhere near the best either. With a solid first half, I was actually enjoying this film but it was the lackluster second half that brought the film to a searing crash. And Hugh Jackman’s cameo as Wolverine is one of the most ridiculous cameos that I’ve seen. I get it. We’re supposed to figure out what happened to him after X-Men: Days of Future Past but still…yikes it’s bad.

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