Movie Reviews: GOG2 & Wonder Woman 


I have seen three movies so far in theaters.  This was one of them.  And I will say that of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) it is different enough from the super hero ones to be very enjoyable.  And it doesn’t hurt that it has a kicking soundtrack.  And the dancing baby Groot is one of the highlights.  There are adult language and conversations in the film especially one involving Ego and Drax that may want you not to bring too young of children to the movie.  I give it four stars.


This was the second movie that I saw in a theater.  Cast, writing, direction all great.  The only what I would call semi serious criticism I have heard regarding this movie is that’s too Captain America.  But since the original Wonder Woman comic came out during World War 2 just like Captain America’s comic  you would expect some similarities.  And they tried to off set that by having Wonder Woman fight in World War 1.  Now the only other thing I would add to this is that of all the recent DC movies they really got this one right.  It would be great if they could continue this trend.  I give this movie five stars.

Monday, monday 


Ah technology how wonderful it is.  Just a FYI gentle readers no matter what they say, no matter how shiny and new it all is, count on no less than 48 hours to one week to get everything switched over when transferring from one smart phone to the next.  But that isn’t what I wanted to talk to you today.  Officially I am off hiatus the wife is back to semi normal so I can devote time to the blog.

Now I know that Mondays have been devoted to movie reviews and I have an amusing story regarding that.  As you know Sunday was Father’s Day.  And my son wanting to the Dad/Son thing decided to take me out to the movies.  Now we had seen most of the new releases so our choice was limited,  Seeing that we decided to see the latest Johnny Depp/Pirate movie.  Well we are about two-thirds through the thing when the fire alarm goes off and the building is evacuated.  My son being the good man that he is saw me to my car first before going to his.  I love that boy.  But in regards to the movie, well it was drabbing awful.  And I speculate that someone pulled the alarm to keep our brains from leaking out our ears.  So my recommendation is to skip that movie and go see something else.

And speaking of drabbing awful it amazes me sometimes the people who follow me in twitter.  Some I just block, immediately some well they are subtle in their awfulness.  Take for instance a fellow that goes by Balm of Gilead.  He tweeted that we must die an perish in the lake of fire removing the vapor of our lives to leave behind the substance of Christ.  It’s not often that I am gob smacked on twitter but he did it.  So I told him to check his theology one thing led to another and I find out that he is a gnostic.  But not the old gnostic he is gnostic 2.0 He experiences his theology.  Can’t stand that I use quotes from commentaries and confessions not to mention the Bible itself to disprove his heterodoxical views.  I use words he, being so much more enlightened {he really is like the old gnostics isn’t he} uses experiences.  But it is the Faith not the force that I follow.  That what was once for all delivered to the saints.  You know where we study not experience to show ourselves approved? Anyway the upshot of this is be careful who you follow  dear readers especially on social media because you just don’t really know who they might turn out to be.

See you next time.

Movie Review: Logan 



Producers:Hutch Parker,Simon Kindergarten,Lauren Shuler Donner
Writer:James Mangold
Director:James Mangold
Cast: Hugh Jackman, Patrick Stewart, Boyd Holbrook, Stephen Merchant, Richard E. Grant, Dafne Keen

First let me say this movie is rated R where most MCU (Marvel Cinematic Universe) movies are PG-13.  And there are 200 expletives, 40 to 50 uses of the “F” word, violence, brief nudity (no sex), smoking, alcohol use, children in danger and a suggestion of children being tortured.

And if this bothers you then skip this movie, and just in case you’ve lost you ever loving mind: No don’t take any children to see this movie.

Now on to the review.  Spoiler alert.  Logan takes place some time in the future.  This isn’t the future where Sentinels fly the skies rounding up mutants.  No this is the future where Professor Xavier suffers from dementia and his powers are out of control so out of control that they can stop people from functioning to the point of death.  This is the future where Logan’s adamantine body is slowly poisoning him to death.  Where Logan is a rent-a-chauffeur trying to scrape enough money together to buy a boat to get the professor as far from humanity as possible.  And this is a future where mutants have been genetically excised from existence.  

Logan’s nights are filled with driving people to one place from another.  Along with large bottles of whiskey and pain killers.  Logan is old (170), old in face and body .  Every time he uses his claws it causes more pain to him then to the others.  That is if he can get the claw all the way out.  And when he isn’t doing that he is scamming drugs from hospital interns to keep Xavier’s seizures from happening. 

Then Logan meets Gabriela a nurse who recognizes him as the wolverine and asks for help.  He rudely rejects her and she drives off with a little girl looking back at him.  But this meeting results in a meeting with a man with a bionic hand who claims to know what Logan has been doing.  He hands Logan a card and tells him to call him if he see Gabriela again.

He does see her again and she offers him enough money for him to buy the boat for Xavier the only catch is she and the girl have to be across the border to Canada from North Dakota.  He leaves with part of the money but when he returns Gabriela is dead and the girl is no where to be found.

When he returns to Xavier he finds that he and the girl, Laura, have been talking, and Xavier tells Logan that Laura is a lot like him.  This is proven when the man with the bionic hand comes to Logan’s home with similarly enhanced men to take Laura.  Who responds by sprouting adamantine claws from her hands and feet and carnage ensues.

Logan, Laura, and Xavier go on the run. Logan stops in Las Vegas to get a new car, while there Xavier and Laura watch Shane.  Laura who has never seen a movie and has always been institutionalized gets her first glimpse of what a family is from the movie.

Later when Logan helps a farmer, who insists on giving them a home cooked meal Laura is again exposed to what a family is supposed to be. But trouble comes to the farmer and Logan, like Alan Ladd in Shane, goes with the farmer to help.  While gone the man with the bionic hand comes back with help, the doctor who created Laura and a clone of Logan.  The clone enters the house slaughtering every one in there while getting Laura and killing Xavier who thinks that the clone is Logan. Logan and the farmer return and Logan gets the girl when the farmer pins the clone to a tree with his dying strength.  Logan and the girl escape in the confusion.

This isn’t the end of the story.  There is much more.  Logan is the equivalent of DC’s Dark Knight. It is the best movie they have made and it is so different from the rest of the MCU movies that it makes me wonder if I will be happy with any of the other releases. This director has pulled out of the actors a depth of performance that is awe inspiring.  The emotional depth displayed by Stewart and Jackman has to be seen to be believed. This is a great film and to call it just a super hero movie is to miss out completely what they have done here. 

I give Logan four stars I would have given it more but the amount of expletives made me take back one star.  Go see it adults only.

Movie Review: John Wick Chapter Two


Producer: David Leitch, Basil Iwanyk, Erica Lee
Director: Chad Stahelski
Writer: Derek Kolstad
Cast: Keanu Reeves, Common, Laurence Fishburne, Riccardo Scamarcio, Ruby Rose, John Leguizamo, Ian McShane

Yes it’s once again time for that hyper-violent uber chorographed fight scene where the mundane become deadly weapons.  John Wick is back and this time no one is safe.  Wait a minute wasn’t that the last movie?

Yes John Wick is back and even though he wants to quit someone has his marker and he can’t get out of it.  And to prove the point Wick’s house is burned down.  But don’t worry the dog is unharmed.

A quick trip to Rome, (John you’re not here for the Pope are you?), and then he is dressed to kill, literally, and goes to find the target.  But it is never the case that once the job is done it’s over as the one that ordered the hit turns on John to “clean up loose ends”.  

I can honestly say that I have never seen so many head shots in my entire life of watching movies.  

Now if hyper-violent uber chorographed movies are your schtick and you can park your intelligence on some back shelf then by all means rent this movie.   Just don’t bring any children.

John Wick Chapter 2 gets three stars.