Colony Season 1 (Review)

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Colony is created by Carlton Cuse and Ryan J. Condal for the USA channel, Staring Josh Holloway and Sarah Wayne Callies. the show wrapped its first season in 2016 and currently airing Season 2.

The story follows Will played by Holloway and Kaite played by Callies, a married couple with three children in a dystopian future following an Alien occupation of Earth, humans now live under a strict military force which imposes a curfew and they will shoot people on sight if they break any of the rules, their laws are implemented by a group of selected humans that are collaborating with the aliens. I don’t want to talk much about the story but one thing is important to talk about, Will is an ex-FBI agent who is very good at finding people for this matter the leader of the human collaborators forces Will to accept a job at an intelligence agency to find the resistance, while Katie is working with the resistance and spying on her husband for them, this isn’t a spoiler per say because it happens during episode one.

I think the show’s best aspect is that everyone is fighting for something and no one is a pure good or bad the motives here are on full display and they are clear, while not very compelling or well written they are at least there and I did feel like every character has a good reason to do what they are doing which leads me to the worst aspect of the show, the central mystery which is a very dangerous hole some shows find themselves in they create a mystery that drives the show and that reveal of that mystery could be that thin line between a good show or a bad show, I was pleasantly surprised with shows like Man in the High Castle and Game of Thrones that handled their mystery very well so I am hopping it is the same with Colony but the thing is this show’s mystery is a bit weird, the whole thing is about the identity of the Aliens and their motives see in Colony no one has seen or spoken to the Aliens except for a selected few, they seem to be living on the Moon or in orbit and whoever opposes them they rain fire down him from above we also realize that their attack was planned for years and it didn’t just happen out of nowhere and they had a database containing information about everyone on earth, the point I am making is unless the reveal of that mystery is very well thought out from the beginning and they know where they are taking the show it could end up being a big let down at then.

Verdict : Colony is not a bad show but it isn’t great either, it has an interesting setting and does a good job to make its characters have a believable motive behind their actions but it is all relying on that one mystery which could make or break the show. (6.5/10.0)

Resident Evil: Retribution (Review)

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Resident Evil: Retribution is directed by Paul W.S. Anderson staring Milla Jovovich and it is an adaptation of  the popular Resident Evil video game series, the movie came out in 2012 and I passed on it back then because I was smart but I guess today I said fuck it, lets watch this garbage.

The film follows Alice played by Jovovich and her quest to destroy Umbrella corporation, most of the film’s events takes place in an underwater facility that has a bunch of simulation in it of popular real life locations like New York, Tokyo, Moscow and I guess a suburban location too, I did get the sense that he likes that whole a bunch of cities in one place like he did in the 3rd movie which was in Vegas but this was easier just make a place that has four cities in it why the hell not, at the beginning of the film Alice tells us all of the things that happened in the story before that point and it was done in a powerpoint style presentation but it gets the job across. after the really really bad green screen opening of the movie we find our hero in a jail cell and they play some loud noises to get information out of her like “who are you working for?” even though to a big corporation like Umbrella that question should be easy to answer because there is NO ONE LEFT IN THE WORLD SO WHO DO YOU THINK SHE IS WORKING FOR?? but that is not all there is more, suddenly Wesker hacks into the facility and inside her cell a drawer opens up and in it is a full set of perfectly fit clothes inside it, please remember that was INSIDE HER CELL!!! any way she leaves the cell and the same wall of lasers that was in the first film follows her, it is like Paul W.S. Anderson had a good idea back then and has to make sure he puts it in every one of these films.I could go on about the story just know that somehow she escapes the facility and goes to the White House with Wesker in the Oval Office waiting for her to tell her “this is the last stand of humanity, Albert Wesker is the president of United States now, still better than Donald Trump.

This movie is a proof that in Hollywood if you have the right connections you can still make movies otherwise nothing can explain why Paul W.S. Anderson still has a job there, if you check his movies on RottenTomatoes he hasn’t made a single movie with a Fresh rating everything this guy made is really really bad, every action scene is stolen from The Matrix during the last scene he puts couple of X-Ray bones breaking in it which wasn’t in the movie before just out of nowhere here are some X-Ray bones breaking and that is probably was inspired by Mortal Kombat that came out in 2011 and Paul probably was like let me just add a few scenes of that. let me add another issue all of the scenes that takes place in a frozen place has characters speaking without any steam coming out of their mouthes when they talk and breath, I mean I didn’t expect the room to be refrigerated like The Hateful Eight did or the movie to be shot on a frozen lake but at least CGI it like Social Network did, The monster kills a bunch of people but kidnaps a little girl for no reason whats or ever just so Alice would chase it and when she finds her she is in some kind of disgusting bag perfectly fine with no scratch on her and IT MAKES NO SENSE!!!, pitiful.

Verdict : There is nothing good to be said about Resident Evil Retribution, it is one of the worst movies I have ever seen, and I have to disagree with people who say no movie/game should get a Zero out of Ten because it functions, you wouldn’t say the same thing about a car that drives fine but at a random time blows up now would you? (0.0/10.0)

Pros,Cons and hopes of the Nintendo Switch

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Now that presentation is done with let me talk about what makes me excited and concerned about Switch :

Pros 

  • Price : I thought the price is great, at $300 you will get a full console and handheld device with loads of features, I do think Nintendo might have a price cut in mind for Holiday 2017 though.
  • Launch date : March 3rd, good date for the console which I think any date will be good, the thing the console needs is some time to get mature before Holiday season and I think a solid 9 months is great.
  • Launch titles : this is a controversial topic some people think the console has no good titles at launch but I highly disagree, Zelda is a massive title for launch also the console comes with Dragon Quest 1 and 2 in one box which is great value for a title that is very well received, also a bunch of other titles that sure to keep the console going till Splatoon 2 and the other titles comes out, saturating the console with a big line up at the beginning and letting the rest of the year dry is a fatal mistake!
  • Console features : I love it all, the Switching between handheld and console, the pull apart controller it is really interesting and new for the industry.

Cons 

  • Specs : while personally I don’t care about 3rd party games on Nintendo console because if I am playing Assassin’s Creed I don’t necessarily want to play it on Switch but the Specs is going to be a problem for 3rd parties to release games on, this is an issue that Nintendo consoles had since Nintendo 64 except for GameCube, hence why no one buys a Nintendo console as a main console and it is always for Japanese and Nintendo games.

Hopes 

  • For games like Pokemon and Monster Hunter to find the same success on Switch as they did on 3DS.
  • For Splatoon 2 to become an actual eSports game.
  • AA Japanese games to find a home on Switch, it has a niche market and so far they show up here and there on Vita and I do feel like they will move to Switch naturally.
  • For Switch to sell over 10 million in 2017.

Nintendo Switch Predictions

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The long waited January 12th presentation is upon us, Nintendo is finally ready to give us all the information we need regarding the anticipated Switch. Now I made it very clear that Switch is my most anticipated release of 2017 and I meant it, it is a console that I personally think could be one of my favorite consoles of all time if it had great games like I hope it will, the following is my predictions regarding the big reveal :

  • Price (Called it!)
    I think Nintendo will set the price at $300, while I think it should be less to remain competitive but I don’t think $200-$250 is realistic which also gives Nintendo no room to breath if they needed a price cut in the possible near future because expecting Switch to sell for anything below $200 is not really possible
  • Launch Date (Actual release date March 3rd, 2017)
    I think the Switch will come on between March 14-17, basically mid March.
  • Launch titles (Called it-ish)
    Zelda Breath of The Wild and Splatoon will be Nintendo’s first party lineup with a promise of a Mario game around the Holidays, Skyrim Remaster is also a big possibility with a Ubisoft game, companies like EA and 2K might also have a game for the launch or at least during the year.

 

Inferno (Review)

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Inferno is directed by Ron Howard and it is staring Tom Hanks and Felicity Jones and it is the third movie in the Robert Langdon series which is adapted from the Dan Brown popular book novels.

The story follows Robert Langdon played by Tom Hanks who wakes up in the beginning of the film in a hospital not knowing where he is because he has amnesia, a young female doctor named Sienna Brooks played by Felicity Jones is attending to him and suddenly a woman dressed as a police officer walks into the hospital and tries to kill him which begins a series of explaining from Robert and Sienna for us to understand what is going on so what is happening is a billionaire mad man made a virus to “thin out the crowd” he is fearing for the future of the planet and human race so he took it upon himself to kill half of the human race but as he did this he left clues in artwork and churches that leads to the location of the virus and now our heroes must run from the World Health Organization and other threaten to look at paintings and statues and while they figure it out the people who follow them also figure it out. if you are already bored with this review I really don’t blame you because Inferno is awful.

The thing that bothered me the most with this story was the Twist at the third act, I am not a big fan of Third Act twists but also some of my favorite movies has that twist like The Dark Knight Rises and Interstellar, but those movies spend some time building to that twist and when it happened they progressed the story to a conclusion that played well together but Inferno’s Twist is so dumb and so stupid it is basically telling you that everything we explained to you until this moment was a trick so here is our Explaining part two, it is really really dumb I couldn’t find a single redeeming quality of the awful story. To make matters worse the whole plan was to throw a bomb in a pool of water to break a bag full of goo, that is basically it I am sorry to spoil it for you but I am only sparing you two hours.

Also nothing from the performance is worth noting, Tom Hanks who is a fantastic actor looks so bored in this film at times I feel like he just wanted to look at the camera and go like “Really?”, same goes for Felicity Jones who is just trying to get it over with, I feel sorry for both of them for being in that film I really hope they were both well paid for it. and Ron Howard who is a great director is also not putting in any effort it is just a “Lets get it over with situation” I am really surprised he even bothered with it.

Verdict : For the love of everything that is holly don’t make a sequel to Inferno it didn’t make enough money at the box office to justify a sequel just leave Tom Hanks alone. (2.0/10.0)

The OA (Review)

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The OA is created by Brit Marling and Zal Batmanglij staring  Brit Marling, Emory Cohen, Scott Wilson, Alice Krige and Jason Isaacs. it is an eight part series that was made for Netflix on December 16.

The show follows a young and blind Prairie who disappeared from her adopted parents when she turned 21 now reappeared seven years later and to everyone she gained her sight back, we follow her quest to find a group of people that she needs to do a certain thing and in order to do so we will have to sit through five episodes of exposition and flash backs, the first of those wasn’t bad we met Jason Isaacs’s character who is a doctor but soon things become so slow that at times I dozed off and stopped caring about what was happening because nothing significant was it was all a story she was telling a bunch of strangers, and sooner or later we get an out of pace glimpse into the lives of those who were there and the show did a terrible job at making me care about any of them. after the mentioned flashbacks and explaining things take a supernatural turn and it just never becomes compelling, none of it make any sense and it just seemed to be a really boring supernatural story about Angels and Parallel dimensions but that wasn’t the major problem with the show as a matter of fact the last episode had a twist which made me feel cheated and tricked which all leads to an ending that still makes no sense to me and left me wonder what the did I just watch, and not the good kind like Mr. Nobody did.

Brit Marling tries so hard to make you believe in her character but I really didn’t, it just felt like at times she didn’t believe in it either there are dialogues in this show that I honestly felt like she wanted to ask for a rewrite but the issue is she is the writer on this show so who is she going to ask? the problem is I like Brit Marling especially in Another Earth despite the movie not being so great she was great in that film I don’t know why she wasn’t in The OA it just didn’t work, Jason Isaacs is great in it because he is great in everything I loved him since Awake and will keep loving him his character was unsympathetic I hated him and that is what makes him a great actor. Scott Wilson who was one of my favorite characters on The Walking Dead did a great job here as well playing the understanding father I really liked his performance.

The show has good music and a tone that I liked, it is quite like Another Earth which is like a quite town that has people who keep to themselves and it is cold and grey, I doubt a lot of people will like that I personally do and it was one of the redeeming things about the show.

Verdict : The OA didn’t work neither as a Supernatural show nor the twist that we got at the end which still makes no sense, it is a show that I am not planning to watch the next season of unless if I heard really good things from. (5.0/10.0)

The Light Between Oceans (Review)

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The Light Between Oceans is directed by Derek Cianfrance staring Michael Fassbender and Alicia Vikander and it is an adaptation of M. L. Stedman novel with the same name, the film came out in 2016 to mixed to positive reviews.

The story follows a man named Tom played by Fassbender who fought in the great war and have seen enough death and destruction he decides to take the life of isolation at Janus Rock tending to a lighthouse, on his way he meets Isabelle played by Vikander and they send letter to each other for some time ultimately they fall in love and get married and she moves to the island with him, while to some their life might be isolated prison to them it is like paradise because they are in love. sometimes passes and they are met with tragedy of a miscarriage which leave Isabelle in utter heart break but one day they found a boat on the shores with a deadman and a baby girl and from there the film turn into a moral struggle between the two weather they keep the baby or they report it back.

I want to talk about some of the strong points of the film first which is the masterful performance from the two leads, both of them are at the top of their games I can’t say which one I prefer more because they both are really really good, also Adam Arkapaw’s cinematography shines like he did in Macbeth another film staring Fassbender and Alexandre Desplat’s beautiful and emotional music which gave me the sense of isolation throughout the film and I thought it was fantastic.

I have to say I do disagree with the negative criticism of the film despite it being melodramatic I really liked it, it is a kind of drama we don’t get these days but I loved the world of it and during its last scenes I was very emotionally moved by what was happening I felt the weight of the decisions they were making and the sorrow that filled their lives, at times the film takes long breaks without a single line of dialogue but it is ok because the actors do such a great job by just portraying these characters I didn’t feel like I needed long conversations, it is a feeling I had with The Revenant as well.

Verdict : it is not without faults it has issues but The Light Between Oceans is a great showcase for the amount of talent Michael Fassbender and Alicia Vikander has. (8.0/10.0)