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Alien: Covenant Spoiler-free Review

The next installment in the Alien franchise is here. This time Ridley Scott is admitting upfront that it is, in fact, an Alien movie. With that said, if you have not seen Prometheus, I highly recommend watching it before seeing Alien: Covenant. Without spoiling too much from Prometheus, Michael Fassbender’s character David, is a very important part of Alien: Covenant and his motivations are directly tied into the events of Prometheus.

Now, moving on to Alien: Covenant, it’s an Alien movie…. kind of. I say “kind of” because it still sits firmly in the world that Prometheus created, focusing on the tone and overarching plot of that film. Sure, we have a new crew, a new mission, but at the end of the day, it’s the same shtick.

There is a lot to like about Alien: Covenant and if you love monster movies, it’ll be an enjoyable experience for you. With that said, if you are looking for a classic Alien movie that brings you back to Sigourney Weaver’s era, this is not going to fulfill your wishes.

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The cast is fine. It features Katherine Waterston (Fantastic Beats and Where to Find Them), Bill Crudup (Watchmen), and Danny McBride (Pineapple Express), with Michael Fassbender playing two different characters, David from Prometheus and Walter, the Covenant’s android. They all do a good job with what they are given but as usual, Fassbender steals the show, much as he did in Prometheus and much as he has done in the more recent X-Men films. Everyone else is just along for the ride, in some cases literally.

The story is pretty interesting and has a lot of solid horror movie moments that Prometheus definitely lacked. We spend a lot of time off the ship which, while similar to Prometheus, is still very different from the original Alien Quadrilogy movies. Ridley Scott clearly is trying to pave a path between Prometheus, a movie he was adamant was not an Alien movie, and the original Alien. So, I expect at least one if not two more films before we catch back up to Ripley.

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The special effects are inconsistent at best. The ships and technology look amazing and are great updates to the original films while not directly copying Prometheus. The bridge set, the corridors, etc. are all finely detailed and just really well done. The aliens and major action sequences leave much to be desired. The aliens are inconsistent in size, amorphous in shape, and deal damage convenient to whatever needs to happen in a particular scene. When a green\blue screens are used it’s painfully obvious that the backgrounds are fake. With that said, scenes where Fassbender is interacting with himself are very well done and incredibly convincing.

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Overall, it’s a decent Alien movie. You can see my specific rating below. It expands on the universe. The movie provides some very cool and dark explanations for events but at the same time does not stand up to the quality of the original two films when it comes to special effects, suspense, or action. Ridley Scott has tried twice to replace Sigourney Weaver’s Ripley and has clearly failed to do so both times.  That’s about as much detail as I can go into without spoiling the movie, so if you’d like to know more, I’ll provide an in-depth take in an upcoming ranking of the Alien franchise films.

Did you like the movie? Comment below!

Alien: Covenant Spoiler-free Review

Ghostbusters Fancast

Transcribed from 2/3/16 episode of Screen Heroes: Episode 7 “Would You Watch It?”

Every once in a while, we recast, or fancast, films.  This time, we each chose to cast a Ghostbusters film we want to watch. We all take different approaches and three really fun movies emerge. Which one would you most like to see?

Ryan:

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Sequel: Ghostbusters 3, The Boogie Man Cometh

Directed by Edgar Wright

Ghostbusters:
Nick Frost – particle physicist
Kristen Schaal – straight man, Venkman-like character
Terry Crews – the humor, big guy who idolized the Ghostbusters as a kid and grew up to be one
Milla Jovovich – the action hero

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Michael Fassbender – Receptionist
Bruce Campbell – Lawyer, Rick Moranis character
Doug Jones (body)/Tim Curry – Boogie Man

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Plot revolves around the lingering Boogie Man, who haunted Spengler as a kid. The original Ghostbusters train the new ones

Ecto: Dodge Magnum

Rae:

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Sequel, Ghostbusters: The Krakening

Directed by Peyton Reed

Ghostbusters:
Simon Pegg – leader of the team, chemical engineer, weapon-smith
Ellie Kemper – daughter of Simon Pegg’s character, grew up in this business, not sure if she’ll follow
Jessica Williams – smartest person on team, many PhDs, always serious
Bill Hader – womanizer, Venkman without charm

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TJ Miller – receptionist, love interest to Ellie Kemper
Ricky Gervais – human antagonist
Morgan Freeman – Daegon

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Ecto: Mini Cooper Ectos, everyone gets their own little car

Set in Portland, Oregon in a former haunted tavern

Ricky Gervais and Simon Pegg’s characters move over from England to start their own Ghostbuster franchise. Gervais’s character believed he could use some ghosts to help fight other ghosts and was fired for involving himself in black arts and releasing previously captured ghosts.

Final battle in the sea facing a giant Kraken-like version of Morgan Freeman

Derreck:

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Reboot, recast of original characters

Directed by  James Gunn

Ghostbusters:
Michael B. Jordan – “Winston”
Emma Watson – “Spengler”
Grant Gustin – “Stantz”
Paul Giammati – “Venkman”

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Mila Kunis – Receptionist

Brent Spiner – Walter Peck

Justin Timberlake – Louis Tully

Emma Stone – Dana

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In place of a the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man, a giant Funko Pop Vinyl attacks New York. Resembles an innocent object that would never hurt you.

What do you think of our movies? Would you watch any of them? Let us know what you think and to hear the original pitches in their full detail, catch the original episode, click here.

Ghostbusters Fancast

SH S1E25: X-Men Apocalypse Review

We start off with some current events including the official title of the upcoming DC Comics Justice League film, casting news for Pacific Rim 2, some bits about the new Warcraft film hitting theaters this weekend, and then we hit our main event, reviewing X-Men: Apocalypse. For those who haven’t seen the film, there are spoilers abound. We talk about the overall style, plot, characters, and casting for the third film in the new X-Men trilogy. We discuss which characters were the most underutilized and maybe one that is being overdone. We don’t pull any punches and end the episode with individual letter grades for the film.

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X-Men: Apocalypse Review Podcast Credits

Hosts
Derreck Mayer
Rachel Stewart
Ryan Couture

Special Guest
Ian Turner

Executive Producer
Derreck Mayer

Editor
Derreck Mayer

Music
Michael Wallace (Flying Killer Robots)

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SH S1E19: X-Men Apocalypse Expectations

After receiving a new trailer for the upcoming X-Men: Apocalypse, we sit down to talk about our expectations for the franchise’s 8th film, our thoughts on the trailer, and how we feel about the X-Men films in general. X-Men: Apocalypse releases on Memorial Day weekend and stars the younger X-Men cast including Jennifer Lawrence, James McAvoy, and Michael Fassbender, along with new additions like Olivia Munn and the movies primary antagonist, Oscar Isaac as Apocalypse.

Before we dive into the meat of the episode, we talk about our experiences at the Kansas City area costuming convention Figments & Filaments over the weekend. Rae and I were there representing the Super Sirens along with Rae’s other half, Hillz. Ryan and Nicole were there too representing Buster Props and Crystal Bat Designs.

We also provide some more detail on our upcoming Captain America: Civil War POP Vinyl contest where we will give away a Wal-Mart exclusive Black Panther POP. Listen in for contest details!

X-Men Apocalypse Expectations Podcast Credits

Hosts
Derreck Mayer
Rachel Stewart
Ryan Couture

Special Guest
Ian Turner

Director
Nikki Lynn

Executive Producer
Derreck Mayer

Editor
Derreck Mayer

Music
Michael Wallace (Flying Killer Robots)

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Winter Movie Preview with Oscar Bait

December is a magical time for cinema.  Everyone is breaking out their big guns.  Not the show stopping blockbusters, but the poignant Oscar bait.  This year is no different.  Here’s what The Grid is looking forward to this month:

December 4th:

imageChristmas Eve – Starring Patrick Stewart, Cheryl Hines
Obligatory Christmas movie stars legendary Patrick Stewart. I’d watch him no matter what he did.

Krampus – Adam Scott, Toni Collette
Hiring a bunch of comedic actors for a horror film based on the European legend of Krampus is a fantastic way to reel me in. Death by Christmas!

Macbeth – Michael Fassbender, Marion Cotillard
Boasting a talented cast of actors, one of Shakespeare’s finest works will undoubtedly be one of the best movies this season.  ***Oscar Bait***

December 11th:

imageThe Big Short – Christian Bale, Ryan Gosling
A fine group of actors gather in a film exposing the Wall Street corruption and the housing market inflation that lead to the crash of 2008. ***Oscar Bait***

In the Heart of the Sea – Chris Hemsworth, Cillian Murphy
Based on the true story behind Moby Dick, Hemsworth takes on a new type of monster unlike any Thor has ever seen. ***Oscar Bait***

December 18th:

Sisters – Tina Fey, Amy Poehler
The long awaited reunion from the two best women in comedy, the movie focuses on one hell of a party and some spectacular cameos.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens – John Boyega, Daisy Ridley
Everyone has been waiting a life time for this movie. We’re no different. Give us stars. Give us wars.

December 25th:

imageConcussion – Will Smith, Alec Baldwin
You know a movie is bound to be good when the NFL personally tried to shut the movie down. ***Oscar Bait***

The Hateful Eight – Kurt Russell, Samuel L. Jackson
Quentin Tarantino tries his hand at a modern spaghetti western, promising us great monologues, a well thought out soundtrack, and a lot of blood. ***Oscar Bait***

Joy – Jennifer Lawrence, Robert de Niro
Following the life of Joy, Jennifer Lawrence tackles the first David O. Russell film featuring a woman front and center. She is still bringing Bradley Cooper along. ***Oscar Bait***

The Revenant – Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hardy
A man buried alive and deserted seeks revenge, and more importantly, the elusive Academy Award. ***Oscar Bait***

Did we leave anything out? What are you most excited to see this month? Comment below!

Winter Movie Preview with Oscar Bait