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All is well on the mission of the Ares 3. The manned mission to Mars, is on time and on schedule; nearing the end of their trip to the red planet. After a disastrous windstorm threatens the safety of the crew, the order is given to abort mission and return to the Hermes spacecraft, then Earth. During the evacuation Botanist and mechanical engineer Mark Watney (Matt Damon) is struck by flying debris and separated from the crew. During the height of the storm, Captain Melissa Lewis (Jessica Chastain) presumes that Watney perished in the storm and evacuated the planet safely.  (more…)

Movie Review – 99 Homes

September 24, 2015


When single father Dennis Nash (Andrew Garfield) gets evicted from his lifelong Orlando home; he, his mother and preteen son must vacate the premises is an emotionally gut wrenching scene. The unemployed, now homeless construction worker must find a way to provide for his family, without a job and dwindling funds. Now residing in a cramped motel near downtown that’s filled with other evictees, Dennis weighs his options: Tough it out in Orlando and pray for steady work or, swallow his pride and move to Tampa where he has an uncle. Choosing the former, Dennis decides to hit the search for work in an impossibly tough job market. Also, his tools were stolen. Presuming the tools were lifted during the eviction by the movers, Dennis confronts the movers at the doorstep of Rick Carver Realty. Carver (Michael Shannon) breaks up the rawkus but has a last minute cancellation for a job. Offering the open position to Dennis, but can Dennis work for the man who tossed him from his childhood home? 


Movie Review – The Intern

September 24, 2015

the intern 2“They say, that a singer only retires when there’s no more music left in them; and I think I’ve got a song or two left in me.” So says Ben Whittaker (Robert De Niro), a retired, widowed 70-year-old in his video cover letter. The position: senior intern (for seniors). About The Fit is an online business that strives to provide quality clothes that are tailored to an individual’s needs. Similar to a personal tailor, just online, About The Fit is a blossoming startup that is in the unenviable position of possibly growing too fast, too soon. For founder and CEO Jules Ostin (Anne Hathaway), running About The Fit has been an exhausting experience. Long hours and a packed schedule keeps Jules and her overburdened assistant Becky (Christina Scherer) moving at a frenetic pace. When Ben is assigned to Jules as her intern, both realize fairly quickly that have a lot to learn from each other. 


Movie Review – Sicario

September 24, 2015


Tense. In a word, the description of the situation on the border between Mexico and the United States. Thousands of people a year travel hundreds of miles through the arid Mexican wilderness, to reach the land of opportunity. Also smuggled illegally through the border are drugs, guns and gang related violent crime and most of the activity is run by the Mexican Cartels. Kate Macer (Emily Blunt) a FBI agent, apart of an anti-kidnapping division in Phoenix, Arizona; knows too well, the progress of Cartel activity in the US. It is her team that make a grisly discovery at a Cartel outpost in rural Arizona. Scores of suffocated bodies, victims of Cartel violence. Her resolve through this ordeal makes her superiors take notice. They recommend her in assistance of a mission from the Defense Department. Matt (Josh Brolin) and Alejandro (Benicio Del Toro) plan on rattling a few cages of the Mexican Cartel.  (more…)


Picking up immediately after the events of The Maze Runner; The Scorch Trials continues the story of the Gladers, who were rescued by an unknown paramilitary group who fights against the government organization, World Catastrophe Killzone Department (WCKD pronounced Wicked). Taken to a safe haven where Thomas (Dylan O’Brien), Newt (Thomas Brodie-Sangster), Min-ho (Ki Hong Lee) and Teresa (Kaya Scodelario) are able to grab some warm clothes and a bite to eat in relative comfort. With WCKD on the hunt and the arid desert landscape full of ‘Cranks’, a zombie-like humanoid that is infected with advanced stages of ‘The Flare’, a viral plague that led to the fall of humanity. 

All isn’t what it seems when Thomas gets more agitated at not being able to see Teresa, also he notices that groups of kids are selected for a ‘promotion’ by Janssen (Aidan Gillen) only to never be seen again. Something’s up, but if the long told stories are true, a group of resistance fighters known as the Right Hand lies somewhere beyond the Scorch in the mountains. Obviously, escaping the compound and traversing the Scorch is tough enough. Doing that with an army of WCKD soldiers and a desert full of Cranks makes the journey impossible. Complicating matters is the uncertainty of the Right Hand. It would be soul crushing to find out that the Right Hand is a hoax.  (more…)


The world’s most dangerous über driver deserves a vacation. Frank Martin Jr. (Ed Skrein) is ”The Transporter”, personal courier to the highest bidder. He will deliver whatever to whomever, on time, as promised. His father Frank Sr. is in town for a vacation, starting his retirement from a lengthy career in “sales”. The world’s worst kept secret is that Frank Sr. is a retired spy. When Junior takes a job to take a woman and her two packages to a location, named later. The ‘packages’ are two more women, so Frank cancels the deal. Apparently planning for this action , it’s revealed that Frank’s father has been kidnapped and tortured, but he’s still alive at the moment. Stuck between a Glock and a hard place (ha!), Frank begrudgingly helps the trio of bandits, with the hope of freeing his father. 


A WALK IN THE WOODSIn the twilight of his life Bill Bryson (Robert Redford) is at another crossroads in life. His grandkids are of age and a friend passed away but, Bryson feels like there’s room for one last adventure. After discovering a path leading to the Appalachian Trail (AT), near his New Hampshire home, Bill decides to hike the trail from beginning to end. Hiking the near 2,200 miles of trail from Northern Georgia to Mount Katahdin, Maine is a serious undertaking for the most experienced hikers. For a 70-year-old, with little knowledge of hiking or camping; thru hiking the AT may be a death sentence. Bryson’s wife Cathy (Emma Thompson) steps in with a mandate: Hike with a partner or don’t go at all. After rummaging through the rolodex and not finding willing participants, nearly gives up on the expedition; until he receives a surprise phone call from Stephen Katz (Nick Nolte), an estranged friend. Katz is a mess of a man. An overweight, bumbling, recovering alcoholic, which is dubious as whiskey is found in Katz’s backpack; Katz makes Bryson look like an Olympian. Unphased by the odds against them, Katz and Bryson head to Northern Georgia via Atlanta in the Spring, hoping to complete the 15 state, 2,185 mile journey before winter. What could possibly go wrong?


Movie Review: Grandma

August 27, 2015


“A footnote”, that’s how Ellie Reid (Lily Tomlin) describes her four-month long relationship with Olivia (Judy Greer). The harsh but accurate statement is a perfect snapshot of Ellie. Stern but loving, Ellie commands Olivia to leave the house keys on table then storms off; only to cry silently in the shower moments later. Still grieving from the death of her life partner, Violet; the semi-retired poet and occasional writer, Ellie is both broke and lonely. Adding to Ellie’s troubles is startling news from Sage (Julia Garner).  (more…)

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Fathom Events, a consortium of AMC, Regal and Cinemark theaters is bringing  The Hobbit back to the big screen with the extended editions of the trilogy. Each film will show at 730 pm (Local time) in 500 theaters around the country. The dates and running times are as follows:

Click on each title for a link to the Fathom Events site, where there’s a list of participating theaters and ticket sales. Each film is preceded by a brief message by director Peter Jackson. Sadly, there isn’t any word of a 10 hour-long Hobbit single movie marathon.

Movie Review – No Escape

August 25, 2015

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The Dwyer family of Austin, Texas are recent transplants to an unnamed country in Southeast Asia where Jack, (Owen Wilson) took a job with Cardiff as an engineer. A multinational energy company, Cardiff is starting to build a water filtration plant in the nearby countryside; which would give clean drinking water to the impoverished nation. The first impressions of the new lands aren’t favorable, anxious but optimistic wife Annie (Lake Bell) along with daughters Lucy (Sterling Jerins) and Beeze (Claire Geare) are hesitant to embrace their new home on the upper floors of a hi-quality hotel. Intermittent power and water outages are commonplace for the area, but the lack of phones, tv and internet was unsettling at best. In the morning, while Jack is out on the town, searching for a morning paper, he’s suddenly caught in the middle of a riot between local cops and machete wielding revelers. The government is threatened and foreigners, in particular westerners are targeted and executed on sight. Jack, stuck in the middle of political unrest in an unfamiliar city,unaware of language or which way is up; somehow must escape the city, or country with his wife and two kids.  (more…)


Mike Howell (Jesse Eisenberg) lives in obscurity within the friendly confines of his West Virginian small town. Whether at work at the grocery store or home with his live-in girlfriend Phoebe (Kristen Stewart), Mike spends most of his time smoking weed and working on his comic about a superhero monkey in space. For all the weed Mike smokes, it doesn’t seem to help him with his panic attacks. After booking a trip to Hawaii, Mike has a panic attack at the airport, causing he and Phoebe to miss the trip. Mike’s nervousness and panic attacks aren’t without reason.  (more…)


Cos 23

Costume role-playing or Cosplay is the unannounced sideshow at any fan convention. Whether it’s store-bought or handmade, it’s important to show up as your favourite character. With comic books at a high in the mainstream consciousness, cosplaying maybe more popular now than ever before. Unfortunately, Otakon doesn’t feature a costume contest, but there were many photo shoots scattered around the convention space. The following are some of the best of cosplay from Otakon 2015.  (more…)

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I wasn’t sure what to make of an all girl Japanese ska band. There were so many questions before to show started. Would they speak English? Do they do covers? How well would the sound? As the crowd filed into Hall D my questions would soon be answered. What follows are some of the photos from the energetic Oreskaband concert. (more…)

Otakon 2015 Recap: Part 1

August 4, 2015

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The Baltimore Convention, one of the sites of Otakon 2015

The 22nd edition of Otakon, July 24 – 26, 2015, invaded the Baltimore Convention Center once again; but with the civil unrest of May and national attention that followed, is Baltimore a place where you would want to spend part of your summer? How would Baltimore’s negative publicity affect attendance at the con this year? Also, 2015 is the penultimate year for the Otakon in Baltimore. The Baltimore Convention Center has been the home of Otakon since 1999, but overcrowding and limited space will send Otakon to the Walter Washington Convention Center in Washington DC, starting in 2017. (more…)


With the Impossible Missions Force disbanded and under investigation by the CIA and US Congress, Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) has gone AWOL. After successfully thwarting terrorists from buying nerve gas, Hunt is captured by The Syndicate; a shadowy organization that moves without fear of repercussions from any country. Imprisoned by The Syndicate  and at the mercy of a man known as ‘The Bone Doctor’, Hunt, to his surprise is helped to escape by Ilsa Faust (Rebecca Ferguson), a disavowed British secret agent. Unsure of her intentions, Hunt resumes his mission to bring The Syndicate down, clearing his name and restoring credibility to the IMF. His only lead is a sketch of a bespeckled male that maybe the key to the operation. 



Following my go as a new recruit for Frieza’s army, I took the opportunity to speak with Justin Cook, producer of the film, DRAGON BALL Z: RESURRECTION F.  In the interview, we not only discuss Cook’s experience being at Comic Con, but also some details about the upcoming film as well as if Raditz (a character Justin voices) will ever return to DB universe.  Check out the interview below….    (more…)


Next month Frieza will seek to settle a score with the saiyan, Goku, in the upcoming movie, DRAGON BALL Z: RESURRECTION F.  However, before he can do that, he must first assemble his army to ensure his victory.  Therefore at this year’s Comic Con, members of his army were recruiting attendees to see if that they had what it took to be his warriors.  Check out the video below-to see if I had what it took- as I made my way through some of recruiting tests, which included skills as “Energy, Agility, and Strength.” (more…)


What happens when a slacker finds himself the new pastor of a small town?  Well, that the question that new series, Impastor, will seek to answer this Summer.  Starring Michael Rosenbaum and Sara Rue, among others, the upcoming TV Land series tells the tale of Buddy Dobbs (Rosenbaum), a slacker on the run from a loan shark, who steals a man’s identity and ends up posing as a small town’s new gay pastor.  During Comic Con, I caught up with Rosenbaum and Rue to discuss their characters on the show.  However, in the process, the hilarious co-stars were quite candid and shared a lot more!  Check out the interview below… (more…)

If you recall, in a Tweet posted a few weeks ago (see below) a contest was teased to get a signed poster by a member of the DRAGONBALL Z: RESURRECTION F cast.  Now, that moment has finally arrived!  Starting today, until the film’s release on August 4th (that’s next Tuesday),  DRAGONBALL Z fans will have the chance to win a poster signed by Vegeta himself, Mr. Chris Sabat!


The miniature model of the “Blockade Runner” from STARS WARS: A NEW HOPE

A long time ago in a galaxy, far, far away… It all started with a ship.  While most may likely recall the ship simply as Princess Leia, C3PO, and R2D2’s getaway ship in the opening scene of A NEW HOPE, to avid STAR WARS fans, it is known as the “Blockade Runner.”  Built under the direction of late Oscar-winning chief model maker, Grant McCune, it was made available by leading Hollywood Memorabilia dealer, Profiles In History, to be viewed by  Comic Con attendees this year!  Some of you might ask, “Ok…So, why was this event so unique?” Well, aside being a historic piece of movie history, it’s appearance at Comic Con marked the first time it had been seen or displayed publicly for nearly 40 years!  (more…)


As mentioned before, one of the major highlights of Preview Night for me was checking out Uncle Milton’s THE FORCE TRAINER II.  Following in the footsteps of its widely popular 2009 predecessor, the new product again utilized brain waves to move objects; however, this time it allowed one to move holographic images!  Though the product won’t be available until this fall, I was fortunate enough to test my “Force” abilities  firsthand at the Uncle Milton booth on the Exhibit Hall floor.  Check it out below… (more…)

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Preview Night. While it’s unofficially considered the 1st Con day to some, to others, it’s essentially a “bonus day” that provides attendees an early opportunity to check out the Exhibit Hall as well as the pilots of some the Fall Season’s most anticipated TV shows. For instance, in the past, pilot screenings have included the likes of Arrow, The Following, The 100, The Flash, iZombie, and many others. This year was no different, as the Exhibit Hall was once again the draw, along with a few TV pilot screenings (i.e. Supergirl, Blindspot, etc.) (more…)



It’s Christmas Eve in Los Angeles and Sin-dee Rella (Kiki Kitana Rodriguez) is coming home. Fresh off a month-long jail sentence for drug possession; her freedom is bittersweet as Alexandra (Mya Taylor), Sin-Dee’s best friend is the only one to greet her. But what of her boyfriend Chester (James Ransone)? While gossiping, Alexandra accidentally reveals that Chester has cheated on the incarcerated Sin-Dee with a ‘Fish’, vulgar slang for a cisgendered woman. For the transgendered Sin-Dee, Chester is more than a boyfriend, but also her pimp. Now, the hunt is on for the homewrecker that’s destroying Sin-Dee and Chester’s loving relationship. 

Film Review Trainwreck

From a young age, Amy (Amy Schumer) and Kim (Brie Larson) have told by their father Gordon (Colin Quinn) that monogamy is unrealistic. After a hilarious euphemism for Amy and Kim’s parent’s divorce, we fast forward 20 years to a hard drinking, promiscuous, writer for a sleazy mens magazine.  Happy to shun commitment, especially with in the form of her sisters happy marriage to Tom (Mike Burbiglia); Amy is secretly in a rut. Her primary boyfriend Steven (current WWE U.S. Champion John Cena) seems nice, but their relationship is unfulfilling. Work isn’t that much better. Working for S’Nuff magazine has its perks but writing articles ranking the ugliest celebrity babies is beneath her. Amy’s boss Dianna (Tilda Swinton) has a proposition. If Amy, who knows nothing about sports can write a fluff piece on a top surgeon to elite athletes, she’ll get promoted to executive editor. 

Unexpectedly, Amy falls for the likable Dr. Connors (Bill Hader), in a way that’s more significant than her usual one night stand. Could this be what adults call love? Was her cantankerous father wrong so many years ago?  (more…)

Movie Review – Ant Man

July 16, 2015

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The latest entrant into the billion dollar juggernaut, Marvel Cinematic Universe is…Ant-Man? To the unfamiliar, the idea of a superhero that can harness the powers of an ant, maybe a tough sell. Even if it’s apart of the MCU that will eventually lead to the Civil War and Infinity War saga; there are many questions surrounding the 2 inch hero. After the events of Avengers: Age of Ultron, more questions arise. By the end of Ant-Man, all questions will be answered and a glimpse into the future of the MCU will be revealed in the second post credit scene. (more…)

Movie Review – Minions

July 11, 2015



Since the beginning of time, there have been Minions (all voiced by Pierre Coffin). Evolving from single-celled organisms, floating throughout the oceans; Minions have latched on to the biggest and baddest at the top of the food chain. From the T-Rex to Napoleon, the Minions are constantly on the hunt for their Boss. Fast forwarding to more modern times, the Minions, now in the 1960s are on the run from a previous employer. Hiding in a cave from murderous Yetti is safer than the alternative, but the Minions need a boss. Lacking a Boss, caused a deep depression among the group; until Kevin hatches a plan to find their natural Boss. Stuart and Bob reluctantly volunteer to join the expedition, which leads them to sunny Orlando, Florida and Villain-Con ’68. Headlining the convention is Scarlet Overkill (Sandra Bullock), one of the world’s premier super villain, who is on the hunt for henchmen. In order to pass the test and join her gang, one must steal the Crown Jewels of England.



If the trend in articles lately haven’t provided any kind of clue, today marks the first day (technically…Thursday, is sometimes designated as the official 1st day) of San Diego Comic Con!  For the uninitiated, the pop culture event takes place at the San Diego Convention Center for five days in July.  Promising loads of content for its attendees (i.e. comic books, videogames, movies, television shows, etc.), the event attracts over 140,000 people from around the world each July. (more…)

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Starting tomorrow, the hottest original, extraordinary new series will be drawing crowds at San Diego Comic Con.  What series do I speak of?  Why, Nobility, of course!  (more…)

Cartoon Network

In advance of Cartoon Network’s ultimate fan experience at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con, the Network announced today that Cartoon Network Studios’ original series; Adventure Time, Regular Show, Steven Universe, Uncle Grandpa and Clarence, will return for additional seasons. Coming on the heels of worldwide ratings and critical acclaim are orders for Season 8 of the Peabody Award-winning Adventure Time, Season 8 of the Emmy®-winning Regular Show, Season 3 of the Emmy®-winning Uncle Grandpa, Season 3 of Steven Universe and Season 2 of Clarence. Regular Show, Uncle Grandpa, Steven Universe and Clarence all originated from the prolific artist-driven Shorts Program at Cartoon Network Studios. (more…)

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On Thursday, the cast of new scripted series “Other Space” on Yahoo will be participating in an autograph signing at San Diego Comic-Con.  Produced by Paul Feig, the comedy series follows Captain Stewart Lipinski (Karan Soni) and his astronaut crew when they’re transported into a different universe with space clouds, robot rebellions, and the occasional alien attack!  Below you can find the details… (more…)

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