Friday, September 15, 2017

Act 228: Can't Catch A Snorlax, Can't Catch A Dick

Masked Blogster, Jersey Jenn, Frankie G, Mini Mandy and Handsome J talk about Uncle Bear's Brewery, the Top 5 Bruces, superheroes at The Oscars, and much more.

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Saturday, September 9, 2017

Wind River - Review

Suspense. Mystery. The FBI. A Hunter. And Snow… a lot of snow. That’s all I knew walking into the theater. There was plenty of questions rolling around in my head as to what I was about to watch. So, did “Wind River” answer all the questions and deliver on a suspenseful film that takes place in the snow? Let’s dive in and take a look in this review…


The film stars Jeremy Renner, Elizabeth Olson and Graham Greene. The movie poster above only credits Renner and Olson however the amount of screen time that Greene has is equal to that of them both. So, in my opinion, he was also a lead/star. The basic plot is a young woman is found dead in the snow by a local tracker/hunter and the FBI is called in to investigate. The story takes place on an indian reservation in Wyoming and because of that the involvement of the FBI (Olson) is crucial to the story. I didn’t really buy into her character immediately. It took time to discover that she’s pretty unfamiliar with what she’s doing in this movie and because of that she was more believable. Renner was believable as a tracker/hunter and Greene as the Tribal Sheriff. Overall, the characters were well cast and each one had to portray a different emotion or persona and for that I was pleased.



The story itself is very dark. It deals with the death of a young woman who was also raped. The story was written by Taylor Sheridan who also wrote “Sicario” which was incredibly dark. The body count in “Wind River” is far less than “Sicario” but it deals with people in troubled circumstances. It examines the spirit of each character which I didn’t realize until the very end when Renner’s character describes the difference between big city life and living in Wind River.   This was a light bulb regarding the personalities of the characters and that single moment elevated the quality of the overall story.



As a murder mystery, the story doesn’t examine the crime story board in the typical procedural drama way. It covers some of the basics, like crime scene photo’s and examinations, the medical examiner discussing their findings from an autopsy, etc. However, the questions about who/why/how are revealed via Renner’s character as the Hunter/Tracker. We follow his journey of discovery up  into the very end of the film. The pacing of the story also mirrors the temperament of his character. Once he realizes where the danger and threat exists, the story picks up and becomes incredibly intense and the pace quickens. Spoiler alert, once you see Jon Bernthal’s character, get ready. From here on out the story is racing to the finish. Do not take a restroom break from his appearance forward!



Wind River” is in theaters now! If you enjoy cop procedurals, murder mysteries, etc, that I recommend you check this movie out on the big screen. This film won’t lose anything on BLU-Ray either. So, if you decide to wait to rent it or stream it, you will still get all the story that I got in theaters. However, I recommend a big screen viewing because the story is worth the price of the ticket. It’s well written and it’s unique. It’s not a typical mystery but it still follows familiar tropes. It’s intense as well. You have been warned! Check it out!



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Friday, September 8, 2017

Act 227: It Does Me No Good Professionally

Masked Blogster, Jersey Jenn, Frankie G, Mini Mandy and Handsome J discuss British TV, The Inhumans, Game of Thrones, The Arrowverse and much more.

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Friday, September 1, 2017

Act 226: My First Time on a Podcast

Masked Blogster, Mini Mandy, and Jessie Saenz start with Masked Libs, talk about Tucson Comic-Con, and welcome special guests Lee and Jay to the show.

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Friday, August 25, 2017

The Hitman's Bodyguard - Review

The idea of an action comedy is appealing. Now, add two dynamic onscreen personalities and a whole lot of ammunition and you’re promising something very special. To go one step further, add a few different locations to make this a road trip movie. What is going on?! Let’s find out more about “The Hitman’s Bodyguard” in this review…


I was not prepared for this film at all. I walked into the theater expecting a “buddy cop” movie and got something much better. The realization of the film didn’t hit me right away. In fact, I didn’t know this was a stylized celebration of action films with comedy in it. This movie celebrates hyper violence that is so over-the-top and ridiculous it’s brilliant. There’s car chases, boat chases, motorcycle chases, people chasing each other on foot, cars exploding, rocket launchers, electrocution, helicopters crashing, massive explosions with people just walking away, fights in a hardware store, punches, kicks, a guy running around on fire and more. It’s chaotic insanity from beginning to end. Literally, beginning to end. If this movie ever let up on the action I might not have enjoyed it as much as I did. It’s because they kept going one step further and then further again that made me love my time in the theater.



The soundtrack/score for this film is equally as enjoyable as the movie itself. There’s a funk band playing along to the scenes giving this film a feeling akin to 1970’s American cops tv shows (i.e. CHiPs). The musical selections were comedically placed to continue the absurdity that is present the whole way through. I can’t speak enough about how well done this movie was because it’s so ridiculous it’s amazing.



Ryan Reynolds and Samuel L Jackson literally look like they’re having the time of their lives in this too. I don’t even know if they were acting or just reacting to each other naturally. The chemistry was great. Now add Salma Hayek (who is just as insane as Jackson’s character) and the ride we’re on is delightful madness. I am gonna say this movie holds the record for the most uses of the word “fuck” and “mother fucker.” They’re dropped so nonchalantly that it is almost inspiring. I couldn’t believe what I was watching on screen and I couldn’t be happier about it.



The Hitman’s Bodyguard” is in theaters now! If you love rude, sarcastic, action, road trip, buddy cop shows this movie is for you. I can’t wait to see it a second time. It’s over-the-top and unrelenting and because of that I walked out of the theater with a big dumb smile on my face. I couldn’t help but laugh at all the nonsense that was so well done. It’s not an oscar contender. It’s not really that great of a movie. It’s just so much fun you don’t care, at least I didn’t. I don’t expect this movie will deliver stellar numbers at the box office but I anticipate big returns once it hits BLU-Ray/DVD sales. This was a blast. Check it out!




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Act 225: Leisure Suit Blogster

Masked Blogster, Mini Mandy, and Jessie Saenz talk about the Phoenix Trump rally, horror movies, living in Arizona, pinball, and more!

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Thursday, August 24, 2017

Logan Lucky - Review

One brother has a limp, the other has only one arm and together their plan is to rob Nascar, during a Nascar race. I have been eagerly awaiting this film since I saw the first trailer. This had promise to deliver a fun, and stylish heist movie. So, did “Logan Lucky” steal a spot in my top favorite films of the summer or does it get locked up with every other film that was just ok. Let’s dive in and take a look in this review…


Steven Soderbergh directed this film and he has a certain flair for heist films. It’s was also nice to hear the soundtrack/score of the film as well. He has delivered, time and time again, fun stories that also sound great. You could pull up the “Ocean’s 11, 12 or 13” score on iTunes and press play and your day would be set. You might also get a speeding ticket so perhaps just listen to it while at work or milling about your home. I was happy with how well this film delivered characters that were each their own person, who contributed to the plot and the overall story. I also appreciated how well edited this film was. Soderbergh has a certain style that uses frequent scene cuts to help drive the momentum of the story. This was no exception. It looked great and the story flowed from beginning to end. The run time is just shy of 2 hours and in all honesty it didn’t feel that long at all. The beginning does feel a bit slow paced, however, once we know the players in the game, we’re off and running.



It’s interesting how many of the characters spoke with an accent. Non-Southerners sounding Southern, An American sounding English, An Englishman sounding slightly nasally and like a higher pitched American. There are so many accents in this film it helped make it feel a bit light hearted, curiously. It almost felt like the story was inspired by a Jeff Foxworthy stand up comedy routine and tailored by Bass Pro Shop or Cabela’s. The movie is that Southern. Additionally, it’s delivered in a playful, charming manner, that isn’t offensive. It never felt like this is mocking people from the south but instead embracing the lifestyle we’ve come to anticipate.



I can’t really say any particular actor impressed me and I can’t say I was disappointed either. In all honesty, it felt like everyone cast was done so to play a caricature more than an actual person. By the end of the film I wondered if they were directed to act like an idea of a person from that area more than any particular individual of notoriety.



The plot twist in the end wasn’t a surprise for me because, as Soderbergh’s stories go, we don’t get to see everything until the end. That’s what makes this a fun time at the movies. Soderbergh’s heists usually explain away all the secrets in the very last minutes and that continues here, in short. I will say the ending could’ve moved a bit quicker. Once the cops show up it slows down. I can almost see the movie being more enjoyable if they cut that whole segment out. The cops really don’t do anything for the plot since the finale is approaching. Now, if there’s a sequel planned for this film that the cop segment must be in the film. The ending of this particular movie gives us potential for a sequel based on the fact the main characters think they’ve gotten away with everything but one cop remains. So, if no sequel is planned I don’t understand the added time for the cops when I didn’t really see them serving a purpose to the plot.



Logan Lucky” is in theaters now! I will recommend you see this in the theaters. It’s a fun heist film and it could make for a great date movie if you’re so inclined. This is by no means a cinematic treasure but it is enjoyable and will keep your attention from start to finish. If you set your exceptions at “Fun” I believe you will not be disappointed. Check it out!



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Sunday, August 20, 2017

Comic Book Review: Mister Miracle #1 - DC Comics (2017)

"Meet: Mister Miracle"

Written by Tom King
Art by Mitch Gerads

Mister Miracle seems to be having a bit of an inside of the mind crisis and dealing with friends, family and most importantly himself has been difficult.

The synopsis I gave is on the vague side for a reason.  Mister Miracle is a twelve issue mini-series and issue one is just the jumping off point.  There are more questions than answers at this point.

Mister Miracle opens with our hero lying on the bathroom floor with his wrists slit.  The fallout from it all plays out throughout the book.  At home with Big Barda, on television in talk show format and also in his mind as he thinks back to childhood.  There are also multiple ominous black panels with "Darkseid is" printed in them.  I am absolutely in love with how this book was written and presented.  I don't know much about Mister Miracle or the New Gods for that matter, so please don't let that deter you from picking up this comic book series.  You may need to pick up a second printing, these books were flying off the shelf and sold out at my local comic book shop.

Speaking of local comic book shop, Samurai Comics in Mesa, AZ was where I picked up Mister Miracle #1 and I was pleased that they had the artist for the series, Mitch Gerads in attendance.  I have had the opportunity to chat with Mr. Gerads at multiple cons and comic book store events and it is awesome to hear his insight.  His art style is a bit different than other comic artists as he does every bit of the artistic process.  Mitch does all of his own pencils, inks, and colors.  It is truly incredible that he is able to do all of the artistic duties and he makes it all look amazing as well.  I was able to get the variant cover of Mister Miracle autographed while I was at the comic shop.

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Friday, August 18, 2017

Act 224: Edible Panties And Peanut Butter

Masked Blogster hosts a massive crew that includes Kevin, GloryHoundd, Mini Mandy, Fondue Faker, Corey, Frankie G., and Handsome J. they talk hockey, Eddie Murphy, Fondue Faker's YouTube channel, pocket dogs and much more in this crazy episode.

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Sunday, August 13, 2017

Detroit - Review

Riots break out in the city of Detroit, Michigan, in 1967. The local police, state police and national guard are all called in to stop the disaster that is occurring. In the midst of this struggle, murder occurs at the Algiers Motel while the local police investigate gun fire they heard coming from the area of the motel. So, does “Detroit” paint a believable reenactment of the true events that took place ? Or is this just another made for television, historical, movie that high school kids will fall asleep in during History class. Let’s dive in and take a look in this review.


This film is advertised as a look back at the events that took place in Detroit, as well as, the Algiers Motel. This is partly true. The run time is close to 2.5 hours but the events that occur at the Algiers don’t take the full length. The riots in Detroit also do not take the full amount of time. I would say, it felt like three quarters of the movie is riots and Algiers. The remaining portion is the court hearing for the local police and a look at the lives of the people in the film after everything is said and done. So, the film is broken down in 3 different parts. I’m not speaking about 1st, 2nd and 3rd act either. The actual story is told from 3 different points of interest.



The first point is a look at the city of Detroit. The film opens with a look at the migration flow of people moving to Detroit post the Civil War. From there we get to see the events leading up to the riots, the riots themselves and the journey that eventually leads us to the Motel Algiers. Once at the Motel, we see what is described at the end of the film as a look at the possible events as told from eye witnesses, court docs, etc. However, we don’t get that disclaimer until the end of the film. Once the horrific events at Algiers conclude, we’re now in part 2. This second portion looks at the criminal court case, and proceedings that took place, with regard to the shootings and murders at the Motel. Once that concludes, we’re safely into part 3. Here get to see how all the events shaped the lives of the people in the film and possibly beyond. We also get to see where the survivors are today.



The film initially confused me. As I walked out of the theater I had to recalibrate my thinking because I was under the assumption we’d see the Motel part and that was the movie. We get to see that, yes, but, and more importantly, the film examines life from the perspectives of the protagonists. Once the Motel scenes concluded I looked at my watch because I couldn’t believe 2.5 hours was already over. Indeed, the movie was not over and we were getting a deeper look into how the main characters view the world. It’s this sudden revelation that won me over for this film. This is not a story about the Detroit riots or the Motel Algiers. Those are merely plot devices used to show, on screen, the distrust that we hear about between the police and black communities. This movie brilliantly shows us the good and the bad. It puts to screen visual reasons that are understandable once the film concludes. You might not agree, but you will at least have a better understanding when you hear someone proclaim the system is rigged, police are out to get us, and more. This movie did well to show us the tragedy involved during the civil rights movement in America. Once I realized that this movie is more of a statement about race relations and culture over riots and murder, I appreciated this film all the more.



The characters in this film are all important to with respect to race relations. The entire film I didn’t understand why Anthony Mackie and John Boyega were in it because I didn’t see them really moving the plot along. However, once I made the realization that this is a story about race relations, it all made sense. Boyega plays a security guard who was helping the police and national guard but still gets thrown in jail towards the end of the film as a suspect to the murders. Even while doing the right thing, his character is mistreated. Mackie, was a veteran with two terms of service who was in Detroit looking for work now that he’s honorably discharged from the military. He is abused and mistreated by the police at the Motel. This film really digs into the mindset and beliefs we hear about on the news, even today, about cops mistreating black America. While you might not agree with this sentiment, the movie explores that belief we still hear about today, some 50 years later, approximately.



Detroit” is in theaters now! If you like historical movies you’ll enjoy this. It’s a very difficult movie to watch and I don’t believe everyone has the fortitude to sit through the whole story. So, because of that, I will still recommend people see it but I will add a word of caution while you make your decision. This is intense, unsettling and disturbing. My only real criticism is the run time of 2.5 hours. I feel they could’ve edited this film down and not lost any of the drama they were going for. I enjoyed it but my goodness, it’s a long movie that requires a lot of emotional energy from the audience.



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