Saturday, March 26, 2016

Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice Film Review

Director: Zack Snyder
Cast: Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, Jesse Eisenberg, Amy Adams, Gal Gadot
Series: DC Extended Universe
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Length: 151 Minutes

The CGI Action Figure Slaparound of the Century!

Here it is...

I remember being a child and hearing they were going to make a Batman versus Superman movie. I was excited. What comic fan wouldn't be? The two most legendary of all heroes, testing their prowess against one another. Of course, as a kid, I wasn't worried about what bullshit reason would need to be conceived in order for these titans to get in the ring, I just wanted to see, on a movie screen, a version of what I saw in my head when I took my Batman toy and my Superman toy and bashed them into one another again, and again. Apparently, Zack Snyder felt the same.

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

10 Cloverfield Lane Review

Director: Dan Trachtenberg
Cast: Mary Elizabeth Winstead, John Goodman, John Gallagher Jr.
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Length: 103 Minutes

Winstead Outta Hell

I don't think anybody expected a "sequel" to Cloverfield. I certainly didn't. Yet, here it is, like that one guy who keeps showing up to the party, that no one quite knows, but everyone allows because he's mostly inoffensive.

So is this another found footage and Godzilla mash up? Nope. Tonally, visually, and basically fundamentally, this is a different film. More of a thriller than a straight up horror film, 10 Cloverfield Lane is an interesting, if somewhat misguided film, that at the very least opens up the Cloverfield name to potential franchise status.

Monday, March 14, 2016

Calamity Book Review

by The Wanderer

Author: Brandon Sanderson
Publisher: Delacorte
Genre: Urban Fantasy, Young Adult
Series: Reckoners Book Three
Pages: 420

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The sun peeked over the horizon like the head of a giant radioactive manatee

(Spoilers for Steelheart and Firefight are below).

Regalia has been defeated, but Prof the leader of the Reckoners has now embraced his epic powers and transformed into Limelight. David has discovered that Calamity, the cause of epics on Earth, is itself and epic. Regalia's plan to confront Calamity was passed on to Prof, so David leads the remaining Reckoners to Ildithia (formerly Atlanta) to try and bring Prof back to the light.

Monday, March 7, 2016

Aurora Book Review

by The Wanderer

Author: Kim Stanley Robinson
Publisher: Orbit
Genre: Hard Science Fiction
Series: Standalone
Pages: 480

Oh Earth Why Did We Leave Thee?

Aurora, alongside Neal Stephenson's Seveneves, are 2015 science fiction's two most hyped stories about humans leaving Earth.  While Stephenson's cast of characters hope to return one day to the planet, Kim Stanley Robinson's cast of characters are trying to be the first group of humans to colonize a planet outside of Earth's solar system. 

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

The Bands of Mourning Book Review

 by The Wanderer

Author: Brandon Sanderson
Publisher: Tor Books
Genre: Epic Fantasy
Series: Wax and Wayne Book Three, Mistborn Book Six
Pages: 448

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It's A Bird, It's A Plane, It's ... A Box?

(Spoilers for the five previous Mistborn books are below).

Six months have passed since Wax put down the rogue kandra Paalm, who had not only been terrorizing the city of Elendel, but had previously been deceiving him as the love of his life, Lessie. It's time for Wax to finally fulfill his vows of marriage to his political ally, Steris. As with everything in Wax's life, things don't turn out the way they should, and soon he, Marasi, Wayne, and even Steris this time, find themselves on a train out of Elendel seeking the Bands of Mourning, the mystical metal minds that once empowered the Lord Ruler.