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WW84: Wonder Woman 1984 Review

Episode 232: Wonder Woman 1984 Review

It’s WW84 time as we celebrate our first big blockbuster movie release in months! Happy New Year and welcome to 1984 with our review of the Wonder Woman sequel! Plus, we talk WandaVision, HBO Max, and the DCEU!

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WW84: Wonder Woman 1984 Review

Top 10 Actors We Want in Star Wars

This week on Echo Station, Kris is out sick so Ian pulls Rae from the sister show Screen Heroes to help count down their Top 10 actors they want to see in future Star Wars projects! They also discuss recent Star Wars news including that unfortunate Ray Park Instagram post and what possible actors could replace him and play Darth Maul!

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Ant-Man and the Wasp Review

Sure, Thanos got his snap in, but that won’t stop Marvel from releasing a new Ant-Man movie that takes place beforehand! That’s right, this week we’re reviewing Ant-Man and the Wasp! But first, tons of movie and TV news. We start things off on a sad note discussing the death of Steve Ditko. Then, we’re off to discuss the first look at Aquaman’s Manta, Shazam Gate 2018 with Djimon Hounsou’s new casting in the Shazam movie, a bit about the new Mortal Kombat movie, Joaquin Phoenix is officially the Joker, Indiana Jones 5 and the rest of Disney shuffle release dates, and finally, Gal Gadot visits children as Wonder Woman!

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Costume Couture: 2018 Oscars Best Dressed

Costume Couture kicks off Season 2 of the series with a new format. This week is all about the 90th Annual Academy Awards. Rae and Ian discuss who they thought were the Top 10 Best Dressed Oscars Celebrities. Who do you think was the best dressed? Did we leave anyone off the list? Did someone make the cut who shouldn’t have?

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Justice League Movie Review

Justice League has landed and so it’s time to talk about all that we liked and didn’t for the latest DCEU film. Synder and Whedon brought together DC Comics’ most iconic heroes including Batman, Wonder Woman, The Flash,  Cyborg, and Aquaman! Did the movie pull it off or is a bust for Warner Bros?

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Costume Couture: Wonder Woman Movie

Costume Couture returns to talk Wonder Woman costumes and designs from the DCEU’s newest film starring Gal Gadot. We dive into the details of Costume Designer Lindy Hemming’s work, plus a little about our own opinions on the new origin story movie.

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Wonder Woman Movie Review

It’s our Wonder Woman spoiler-filled discussion! First we talk news including the latest from the Ghostbusters franchise, Marvel’s new animated series, Luke Cage filming, and then a bit on the Dark Universe being launched with this weekend’s new movie, The Mummy. Then it’s all Wonder Woman as we take a deep dive into the superhero’s first live-action movie. We talk Gal Gadot, Patty Jenkins, Chris Pine, Robin Wright, special effects, plot points, that one scene (yeah, you know which one), and finally, our personal grade for the DCEU’s fourth installment.

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Our Most Anticipated Movies of 2017

As the host of a movie-centric podcast, I’m constantly looking toward the horizon. I am capable of anticipating movies with more vigor than I do food. Food! Sustenance. The stuff that keeps me alive is less appealing to me than films. That’s how much I look forward to films. As such, 2017 is packing a huge punch that has me salivating! Here is my list of the Top 10 Most Anticipated Movies of 2017!

10. Kong: Skull Island

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It’s a great year when I get to see exaggerated monsters kill puny humans. Morbid, I know, but what are ya gonna do? Throw in industry favorites like Samuel L. Jackson and John Goodman and you have me hooked. The trailer is stunning from start to finish, using a combination of adventure and horror imagery to create what looks like it’s going to be a great film. And if it’s not, fingers crossed puny humans still die.

9. Kingsman: The Golden Circle

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The first film in this franchise exploded, shattering all kinds of records and expectations.  Featuring the talent of Colin Firth and Michael Caine in all of their Britishy goodness, the film oozed charm and gore.  It even introduced us to the likes of Sofia Boutella and Taron Egerton, both of whom had a fantastic 2016.  The second installment is likely to bring us the same unexpected viewing pleasures, bringing the cast to America  and adding in Channing Tatum and Jeff Bridges to the mix.

8. Coco
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Cars 3 may be the obvious money maker for Pixar in 2017, but it’s Coco that has me excited. Featuring a young Latin boy with a guitar and the sweetest looking grandma ever, the film will draw attention to the beloved Dia de los Muertos. While Book of Life did a magnificent job showcasing the beauty of the aforementioned holiday, it has been often looked over or lumped in with Halloween movies. One can only hope that Coco can achieve the recognition the holiday deserves as well as give me the Pixar treatment of entertainment and soul.

7. Thor: Ragnarok
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There are a lot of reasons to look forward to the MCU next year, the very worthy Thor being one of them. The super hottie with the sexy accent is finally back, fulfilling that blackening void that’s eaten away at us since Avengers: Age of Ultron. Seriously, there’s been three other movies in the timeline since we last saw Thor. But I digress. The title of Ragnarok promises epic war across multiple realms, a cast that includes both the Hulk and Hel, and explanations to Thor’s mystery bath time in Avengers: AoU. Fingers crossed there’s more shirtless scenes.

6. Beauty and the Beast
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Disney is just killing this list! While lightsabers and capes can excite anyone, fairy tales are near and dear to me too. This being my favorite Disney film of all time, you just know I’ll be first in the metaphorical line to see this film. The live action adaptation has been a massive undertaking, creating visual spectacles never seen before and featuring one of the most talented casts in a musical to date. That’s right; it’s a musical. I guess Christopher Walken didn’t ruin it for everyone with The Jungle Book.

5. Star Wars Episode VIII
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It’s difficult not to be excited about this next Star Wars installment. The Force Awakens managed to both wrap up loose ends and create a plethora of questions that we are just dying to have answered. Who are Rey’s parents? Will Luke train her? Who is Snoke? Will Kylo ever find true love? So. Many. Questions! I can’t promise I won’t shed a tear when I see General Organa on the screen for what may be the last time. The passing of Carrie Fisher was painful for many and this should serve as a tribute to the beautiful legacy she left behind.

4. Justice League
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2016 was a rough year for DC. Fans everywhere hit them hard with criticisms, ranging from completely justified to grossly asinine. But this is what it’s all been building toward and we’re gonna see the payoff so soon, I can feel it. The pressure has been on Warner Bros and DC from the beginning and they sure are feeling it. I believe, though, that they’ve taken their hits, they’ve fixed what’s broken, highlighted what’s amazing, and will make 2017 their year. Remember, boys and girls, there’s enough fandom love for all superheroes.

3. Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2
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Speaking of fandom love, this franchise can do no wrong. This film seemed to up the cuteness factor by giving everyone more of what they wanted: EFFING BABY GROOT. We were all dying for cute tree time and we got it. You could sit there and literally forget the awesome introduction of Mantis, the inclusion of Yondu on the team, the awkward exchanges between Drax and Star-Lord, and focus solely on Groot pushing the doom button and still think it’s the best movie to ever exist. And it will probably get very close. That’s not hyperbole. That’s fact.

2. Power Rangers
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I know, an odd choice for number 2. But I can’t help it. Power Rangers has been one of my favorite franchises since I was super teeny tiny kid child thing.  I loved everything about it and the trailers for the new film make me love it even more. I do not care one bit that the redesigns are weird looking or that it’s basically The Breakfast Club with super powers. Those things make it awesome. I’m so eager to see where they’re able to take this that I don’t care one bit if it bombs or doesn’t live up to the hype. Go back, watch the original film and tell me it’s a great representation of American cinema. Great representation of color-coordinated jammies, sure. But film? Hell no. This movie is going to be pure fun and if you’re expecting more, then you should probably re-prioritize before viewing.

1.Wonder Woman
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What else could number 1 be? Every time I see this trailer, I tear up a little. Do you know what it’s like to see your childhood hero come to life for the first time in your lifetime? It’s exhilarating.  It’s a warm, glowing feeling that starts in your stomach and catches in your throat. It’s the feeling of your hopes and dreams realized. To some, this is going to be an epic cinematic feature. To others, it will be a necessary stepping stone to get to the Justice LeagueTo me, this will be an emotional 2 hours where I’ll be moved beyond measure. This is a film featuring a woman I’ve always looked up to, always emulated, always dreamed of being.

We left a lot off our list. What movies are you looking forward to? Did we leave your favorite movies off the list? Yell at me in the comments. You know you want to!

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Justice League Logo & Synopsis Released

(Updating as news comes in. Last updated: 6\21\2016 8:30AM CST)

The upcoming Justice League film from DC Entertainment officially has a logo and a plot synopsis. For those wondering, it has also been confirmed that the main villain for the movie is not Darkseid but instead one of the New Gods, Steppenwolf.

Additionally, it looks like we know who Willem Dafoe is going to be, Vulko, one of Aquaman’s main allies. Per Wikipedia:

Nuidis Vulko is a fictional DC Comics character and one of the most recurring members of the Aquaman supporting cast. He was created by Bob Haney and Howard Purcell in The Brave and the Bold #73 (August–September 1967).[1] His look was redesigned by Nick Cardy for Aquaman #35.

Here’s the Justice League film synopsis:

Fueled by his restored faith in humanity and inspired by Superman’s selfless act, Bruce Wayne enlists the help of his newfound ally, Diana Prince, to face an even greater enemy.  Together, Batman and Wonder Woman work quickly to find and recruit a team of metahumans to stand against this newly awakened threat.  But despite the formation of this unprecedented league of heroes—Batman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Cyborg and The Flash—it may already be too late to save the planet from an assault of catastrophic proportions.

Directed by Zack Snyder, this marks the big screen debut of the Justice League, featuring an all-star lineup: Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, Gal Gadot, Jason Momoa, Ezra Miller and Ray Fisher.

Two logos have been released, one black text on white and one the opposite of that. check them out below and let us know your thoughts.

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Justice League hit theaters in November 2017.

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Justice League Logo & Synopsis Released

Criminal Movie: A Review

Criminal Review

I’d like to start this review by saying the movie Criminal is complicated, to say the least. It almost feels like a few movies put together.
I really wanted to like it from the beginning.
That being the case, I’ve split this review into different parts;
The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly.

The Good:
This movie has one of the most original premises I’ve seen in a while. Essentially, imagine an evil version of Billy Bob Thornton from Sling Blade wakes up with the memories of Jason Bourne. Would he still be evil? This premise kept me in my seat.
This movie has the largest assortment of actors who have been in comic book movies this side of an X-men sequel. Kevin Costner, Tommy Lee Jones, Gal Gadot, and Gary Oldman. And, those are just the ones on the poster. Needless to say, their acting is superb, they totally embodied the characters that they portrayed.

 

The Bad:
Where should I start? Criminal starts with a LOT of jump cuts from city to city, person to person. It’s kind of a spy thriller so it makes sense, but, you really need to pay attention to what is going on.  One of the most interesting characters is killed off in the first half of the movie, which I thought was a poor choice, as far as story is concerned. The main character, played by Kevin Costner, is not a likable guy. He does some stuff at the beginning of the movie that almost had me walking out, almost. Throughout the movie, his character changes immensely, but, it’s still unnerving.
There is a little girl who accepts this character almost immediately, which is also unnerving, as she has no idea who he is, and her mother has absolutely no reason to trust him at all. These scenes could have been better explained, in my opinion.
Gal Gadot is not given nearly the screen time that she deserves and her character was handled poorly.

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The Ugly:
Shaky Cam, Shaky Cam everywhere. If you have trouble with this, be aware. Also, I was expecting Kevin Costner’s character to bust out some Kung Fu, or Krav Maga, but, the best we get is prison moves and brute force. Some of the more violent scenes are very graphic and can be disturbing to sensitive viewers.
In addition, there was a whole subplot about guys who could be Bond villains, computer programming, and nuclear missiles. These were wholly unnecessary in my opinion. Overall, this felt like most other recent Kevin Costner movies, such as The Postman and Waterworld, both of which I enjoy to this day, but, mainly when they are on cable. So, this movie may end up as a stocking stuffer from the bargain bin at your local Wally World.

TLDR;
If you enjoy movies with interesting plots, that are well-acted and feature some big names, Criminal is a good romp.
If you like action scenes and explosions, you will enjoy Criminal.
If you have trouble with shaky cam and you don’t enjoy hasty jump cuts, Criminal might be a movie to skip.

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Oh yeah, and Ryan Reynolds is in this movie. Who knew?

Criminal Movie: A Review

Batman v Superman Analysis

The DCEU has officially started with the premiere of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. The film is bringing the cash along with complex opinions that range from a sub-30% from critics on Rotten Tomatoes to +70% by fans on the same site. People either love or hate this movie with little room for middle ground. With that in mind, we decided to sit down and discuss the main characters, plot points, and expectations for the film and upcoming DCEU movies including Suicide Squad and Wonder Woman. So there are lots of spoilers here! You’ve been warned. We also did a poster give away for our viewers who watched the live stream on Twitch as we recorded! We’re not sure what the next give away will be but keep up with us on Twitter and Facebook to find out and make sure to tune in live next week!

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Batman V Superman: Spoiler Free Review

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice has been one of the most anticipated films of the new century, if you didn’t already know. Why? Because so much hangs on this one movie. For years now, DC Entertainment and Warner Bros have tried to create an interwoven universe of their heroes, similar to the Marvel and Star Wars franchises.  However, they were derailed by the shortcomings of Green Lantern and The Dark Knight Rises, not to mention the unwillingness of both Christopher Nolan and Christian Bale to continue what they’ve built.  The movie has been put against impossible odds, which has, unfortunately jilted many opinions without ever seeing the film.

Truth be told, no one is ever going to recreate magic. As fans, we latch on to certain art that inspires us to be better people. At no point in time has lightning struck twice.  We love Harry Potter, so why would we love Beautiful Creatures? That’s not how this works with Marvel and DC, though.  The MCU has produced 13 films since 2008, not all of them good, by the way, and continue strong. The DCEU only has two under its belt. It’s working to create its own magic in its own unique way. Stop comparing the two companies right now. I promise that if every comic/cinema/superhero fan continues to do that, both companies will cease to be successful.

Why do I digress so much? Wasn’t this a review? Yes it is. I digress because as of now Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice has received such terrible critical reviews that it seems personal. From the beginning, this movie has been faced with ridiculous adversity that it truly feels as if it is a critical attack against the film. Why don’t people want this to succeed? Because it’s not how they would do it? Because they have an idea of what a superhero film should be and that’s how all of them should be? Well, that’s not how things work.

I loved the movie. And I was a staunch anti-Batfleck advocate. This was not how I would have done a Justice League film. At no point, though, did that make it a bad movie. If I can get over that, so can you.

Your Grid Daily writers saw the film Wednesday evening and it affected us very differently, so you are going to get three mini reviews from three different people who all enjoyed the film differently.

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Derreck’s Batman v Superman Review

It’s dark, it’s gritty, and it’s intense. BvS takes the lead of films like The Dark Knight and Synder’s own Watchmen. As many know, it takes a lot from Frank Miller’s The Dark Knight Returns. This is not just from the design of the Batman mech suit. The entire tone of Batman and Bruce Wayne is inspired by Frank Miller’s work. This is an older, more brutal Dark Knight and it shows in nearly ever scene. Ben Affleck does a superb job throughout and quickly became my favorite live action incarnation of Batman. Gal Gadot is intelligent, smooth, confident, and outright fierce. When she isn’t taking up the sword, she is keeping one step… or maybe three, ahead of everyone else. When she is in full gear with sword and shield, she becomes an exhilarating force that took more joy out of battle than her titular counterparts.

This is not the early 2000s Justice League cartoon. It’s not bright and funny; it’s dark and gritty but that’s okay. If gods came to Earth and started crushing cities, things would seem pretty grim and there wouldn’t be a whole lot of joking around. I urge you to not only see this film but do so with an open mind and an understanding that it is trying to do something different, something fresh, and it’s doing it with three of the most iconic superheroes of all time: Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman, the Trinity.

Overall, the movie is building to so much. A lot of time is taken to build the DCEU (DC Extended Universe) since their approach is essentially the opposite of the MCU. BvS is part Man of Steel sequel, part companion story and it lays the seeds for nearly all future DCEU films. With that in mind, I think it’s very important that people go to see this movie. Batman v Superman is the beginning of the DCEU. Man of Steel opened the door but Batman v Superman took the first steps toward building this universe. I can’t wait to see the rest of the films.

On a final note, if you have not seen Man of Steel or if it has been a very long time, you should probably watch it (again). A lot of the beginning of BvS takes part during that film and the whole movie is essentially a response to those events.

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Rae’s Batman v Superman Review

I loved this film. It was definitely one of the better superhero movies I’ve seen in awhile. I say that because I wasn’t expecting any of it.  Every bit of it was a new take on the Trinity for me, which was ultimately refreshing. It’s not every day someone can show me a new incarnation of Batman. But that’s what DC has always been; reinventions of the same characters for years, proving that everyone has built these characters, from writers, to directors, to actors, to fans.

Jesse Eisenberg was a complete surprise for me. His spastic portrayal of Lex showed layers of his psychoticism peel away as the movie went on. He was a Lex that was worthy of being a Superman villain, unlike some of his predecessors. I rather enjoyed how his brilliance and craze overlapped into a well developed character. Ben Affleck as Batman is still not my favorite Batman, but he’s the only Batman who has been a detective since Adam West. That alone was enough to get me on his side. His relationship with Alfred was another surprising move. Arguably, the two were the closest that I’ve seen to an accurate portrayal of the comic book characters, including the animated series.

I was never convinced that the movie was going to be bad. And it wasn’t. The choppy ADHD beginning was the Snyder way of getting 75 years worth of exposition for these four characters (I’m including Lex in with the Trinity) out of the way. So, there was a few stylistic choices I would have done differently, but overall the movie makes me entirely too excited for the continuations.

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Ryan’s Batman v Superman Review

This movie was good.  Better than the reviews would lead you to believe, but probably not as good as what you want it to be.  It has a lot of issues, the main one being the amount of story lines that they try and follow, most fairly unsuccessfully.  You have the Batman introduction story, Superman dealing with the repercussions of Man of Steel, the actual Batman V Superman story, the setup for the other characters in Justice league, Setup for the Wonder Woman movie, and the titular dawn of the Justice League.  That isn’t even touching on the movie’s villain stories.

The movie could have shaved off 30-40 minutes of the excess small story lines, and it would have helped it feel less bloated and jumpy.  The cuts between the scenes in the first hour or so of the movie felt like Zach Snyder forgot his ADHD medication on editing day.  That covers the majority of the bad for me.

With all the bad things out of the way, there were some good things.  Some of those things delve into spoiler territory, so I won’t cover those now.  The casting was great.  I had some doubts with Gal as Wonder Woman, but she was great.  She stole every scene she was in, and her character was handled brilliantly in the short amount of screen time she received.  Zach Snyder has a lot of issues that plague all his films, but the movie was beautifully cinematic.  A true feast for the eyes.

If you liked Man of Steel you will love this movie.  If you didn’t like MOS, you probably won’t enjoy this movie as much as I did.  Either way, I recommend avoiding spoilers, as well as going in without preconceived notions of what the movie is.  Forget all the negative reviews, walk in the theater, and have some comic book style fun.

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What did you think of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice? Did it live up to your expectations? What would you like to see in future DCEU films? Comment below!

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Batman V Superman: Spoiler Free Review