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22 Jump Street – Review by Lawrence of America

So i have just seen 22 Jump Street and whats the verdict you ask?

Overall its a RENTAL/MATINEE – but also an ok date night option (don’t worry it doesn’t matter if you have seen the first one)

While it was indeed funny but not so funny that everybody will talking about it around the water cooler.  Unfortunately like most comedy s you don’t gain anything  by seeing it on the silver screen.  It would be just as funny at home, and maybe even funnier depending on your recreational habits.

All that being said the plot was so so and the humor was fairly safe and was not overly offensive.  Its Rated R, but barely, I suspect it could of been PG-13 if they wanted to be.  The movie is labeled an action comedy but lets keep it real and call it a comedy with some action on the side.  I would suggest waiting till it comes out on DVD and rent it.  Now that I’ve seen it once I Doubt I’ll be compelled to see it again.

OFFICIAL SYNOPSIS

“After making their way through high school (twice), big changes are in store for officers Schmidt (Jonah Hill) and Jenko (Channing Tatum) when they go deep undercover at a local college. But when Jenko meets a kindred spirit on the football team, and Schmidt infiltrates the bohemian art major scene, they begin to question their partnership. Now they don’t have to just crack the case – they have to figure out if they can have a mature relationship. If these two overgrown adolescents can grow from freshmen into real men, college might be the best thing that ever happened to them.” – Written by Sony Pictures Entertainment

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June Movie Update!

Well guys were in the thick of the summer blockbusters season.  We defiantly had a strong start with fan favorites X-Men: Days of Future PastGodzilla and Maleficent. (see my reviews below)  But what else do we have in store you ask?

in theaters now!:

X-Men: Days of Future Past = just what the franchise ordered go see it!

Godzilla = if your a kaiju movie fan it is for you a classic godzilla movie 2hrs of bad movie and 10 min of monster all though just fair warning avoid the 3d it is horrible

Maleficent = does it mater what i say about this?  The Disney die-hard s will see this no mater what

A Million Ways to Die in the West = Do you like family guy? did you enjoy Ted? Are you High? if you answered yes to any of those questions you should see this movie

Opening this Friday June 6th:

Edge of Tomorrow = Tom Cruise Action adventure in sci fi setting think groundhog day with an alien invasion based on the book “all you need is kill”

The Fault in Our Stars = a tear jerk-er romantic date movie based on the book of the same name its about two who fall in love after meeting in a cancer support group

Opening Friday June 13th:

22 Jump Street = Did you like the first one?  Well then, here is more of the same with some extra T&A to help it sell just in case

How to Train Your Dragon 2 (2014) = now presenting your animated family fun pic of the summer

Opening Friday June 27th:

Transformers: Age of Extinction = its a mac truck riding a dinosaur led by marky mark

 

The ‘Marvel Cinematic Universe’ Chronological Timeline

This is a great summary of Marvel’s Cinematic Universe.

Geekritique

The MCU is a constantly moving, constantly turning, evolving, breathing entity of a machine. It’s the grand idea that, after selling their big name franchises (Spider-Man, X-Men, Fantastic Four) to other companies, Marvel would be left to make films with all their “lesser” characters, but that they’d do so in a way that fans could see they shared a unique universe. And after a few films (Iron Man, The Incredible Hulk, Iron Man 2), audiences did begin to see a correlated universe unfolding – the Marvel Cinematic Universe. After a few more years and 2 films later, Marvel (and Disney, who bought them out) went for gold, bringing 4 big tentpole franchises onto the screen at once in The Avengers. Now with a few more film sequel successes to their name, multiple short “One Shots”, a primetime tv presence, and a plethora of other projects in development or in the…

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Review: Thor: God of Thunder #20

Thor: God of Thunder

Writer: Jason Aaron
Artist: Esad Ribic
Price: $3.99
Publisher: Marvel Comics
Release Date: March 19, 2014

This week saw the release of Thor: God of Thunder #20, which continues the story of Thor’s quest to thwart the nefarious Roxxon corporation as well as the build-up for a battle between the Thor of the far future and an ancient Galactus. This book under this creative team has consistently been one of the best things Marvel has been producing, so I’ve been anxious to see if this arc can keep up that high standard. Now that this story has had a couple of issues to dig its feet in, it seems like a good time to take stock of the situation.

The Good

I’m glad to say that both the writing and the art are firing on all cylinders for this issue. Aaron continues to show an intimate understanding of what makes Thor tick, both in his modern and future incarnations. Thor’s high-spirited banter in a local Midwestern café is a delight to read (“Lord William the Younger! More swine flesh and bird embryos!”) while the All-Father’s dialogue with the World Eater is appropriately foreboding. Meanwhile, we are given a peak into the demented psyche of our new villain Dario Agger, as he displays his ruthless nature and monstrous secrets. All said, the story moves along at a strong pace, delivering entertaining moments while promising greater spectacle in the issues to come. That’s not all, though, as the stories value is enhanced exponentially by the art of Esad Ribic, who is once again delivering the grand spectacle he excels at. Seeing his depiction of the withered and ancient Galactus alone makes this issue a sight to behold, but the way he able handles the art from cover to cover makes us realize why is so important to this title.

The Bad

The only bad I can come up with is that while this issues lays the groundwork for some epic show downs, we still haven’t gotten to the real meat of the story arch yet. So basically, my biggest complaint is that I’m not reading next months issue right now.

The Verdict

Month after month, this title continues to astonish, and this issue is no exception. Those of you who aren’t picking it up are depriving yourselves of one of the most fun rides in the comic world; hell, even the recap page had clever and entertaining elements to it. If you have any interest at all in super hero comics, you’d be wise to catch up on this run, including this issue.

4.5 out of 5

Review: Fantastic Four #1

Writer: James Robinson
Artist: Leonard Kirk
Price: $3.99
Release Date: 2/26/14

Well, it’s another week, and that means another Marvel relaunch. This week, though, we’re seeing the relaunch of one of the publisher’s historical flagship franchises, the Fantastic Four. Taking over writing duties for Marvel’s First Family, we have esteemed comic veteran James Robinson, while Leonard Kirk handles the art. As someone who likes the FF quite a bit, I’ve been looking forward to this one, but does it live up to expectations?

The Good

The issue gets started off with a bang as we have the FF getting back to their roots, squaring off with a giant monster running amok in Manhattan (with Fin Fang Foom serving as the opponent). This sequence in particular shows strong work from Kirk, as he gives us dynamic action across a backdrop of frenzied panic as the populace of New York scatters around the super-heroics. Overall, Kirk displays strong line-work throughout, which I think works as the highlight of the issue. On top of this, Robinson sets up a number of plot hooks that should take us to some interesting and unpleasant places, with promises of some great tragedy in the works that will allegedly drive the team apart. It certainly piqued my interest as we wait to see what develops.

The Bad

On the other hand, though, while plot hooks are well and good, this issue doesn’t do much of anything to actually advance the plot. There are plenty of foreboding promises about the future, but there isn’t anything actually being set in motion here, aside from a horde of stock alien mooks showing up on the last page for some reason, which doesn’t really have a lot agency at the moment (it’s hard to care too much about an army of bugs when we don’t know who they are or what they want yet). And the fight with Fin Fang Foom, while certainly fun, seems to be just that: pointless fun. The rest of the issue suffers from a severe case of First Issue Syndrome, as Robinson lets us know what’s up with the FF’s recent goings-on and the supporting cast we’re going to be seeing. And while this is nice for those of us who have been off of the book for a while, this means that we spend a lot of our time spinning our wheels.

The Verdict

All in all, this issue amounts to pretty standard fare. There are good moments scattered around, but this issue is a lot of set up without much payoff. It could very well work better as Chapter 1 in the trade, but as a stand-alone issue, it leaves something to be desired.

3 out of 5

10 Characters that should be in the next Super Smash Bros

Super_Smash_Bros_4_merged_logo,_no_subtitle I don’t know about everyone else, but I was extremely disappointed with Brawl. A lot of the characters felt like clones of each other and instead of going deeper into the Nintendo Mewtwocatalog, a lot of new characters where from the same series that were already introduced in the Smash universe. Plus they got rid of Mewtwo and replaced him with a furry. Anyhow, with Brawl’s roster there wasn’t much of a reason to switch over from Melee, and this new Smash Bros game isn’t giving me much hope either. Megaman should have been in Brawl, and who seriously wants to play as the Fitness Trainer. The only thing that I liked about the new Smash Bros is that its going to be on the 3DS, so I don’t have a to buy a WiiU to play it.

But all of that changed this last weekend when they announced Little Mac from Punch Out. He looks perfect for the game, and I’m wondering why no one has thought about adding him into the series before now. The new Smash Bros game needs more characters like Little Mac. Characters that are original and bring an unique fighting style to the game.

little_mac_punches_in_thumbSo if Nintendo is listening, here are ten characters I’d like to see in the next game.

10. Travis Touchdown – No More Heroes (Wii)
10_TravisThis character is the least likely to be added, since he’s from a game that earns its M rating. But having the fowl mouthed assassin with a single tracked mind would be a great sword wielding character to the roster. Plus his character is perfect for Smash Bros. He’s constantly trying to prove that he’s the best badass around and what better way to prove that than taking out Nintendo’s top characters.

Special move: In the game, Travis’ lightsaber is extremely cheep and is constantly needing to be recharged. I suggest that the strength of his moves should revolve around the battery level of his lightsaber, which is steadily decreasing as the battle goes on. Holding down the B button would let Travis stop and charge his sword. The higher your charge, the more damage you cause and vise-versa. It’ll balance the character from being too powerful, and force the player to think about how they use their special moves

09. Agent J – Elite Beat Agents (DS)
09_AgentJEveryone underestimates the power of the Elite Beat Agents. They’ve done everything from helping people achieve their life long dreams to stopping a full on alien invasion, all with the power of music and dance. Its time for the Agents to prove their superiority in the battle arena.

Special Move: If the EBA have taught mankind anything, its the power of music is contagious, and no one can reset its charms. It’d be great if the Agents had a counter move that would cause an attacking foe to be stopped in their tracks, and start dancing. Marth comes in swinging his sword, and BOOM! Now he’s doing the Macarena for 5 seconds, leaving him open for an attack. Instead of delivering a counter blow, it paralyzes that opponent, and it adds a little humiliation to the other player.

08. Zitz – Battletoads (NES)
08_ZitzThis game is legendary. There’s no way you can make a list of the most difficult games in history without mentioning Battletoads. They’ve earned a place in the Smash Bros roster since the beginning, and it about time they’re given their due. Their kickass frogs with badass attitudes, what more do you need?

Special Move: The up B attack should be Zitz shooting a rope up into the air and Zitz being able to perform a series of hanging attacks. Much like the second level of the game. The trick with this rope would be it would need to connect to the bottom of a platform in order to get it to work. If it doesn’t connect, Zitz will fall to the ground, or his death if he’s over the edge. While it would be tricky to recover with this move, if preformed in an enclosed area, the hanging moves would cause a massive amount of damage.

07. Amy – Sonic The Hedgehog (Multiple)
07_AmyI know what you’re saying, “BUT IT SHOULD BE KNUCKLES!” and you would be right. Its just he’s the obvious choice, and I think Amy would bring a bit more variety in terms of her combat abilities. While she would move about the screen like Sonic, her normal physical attacks would be centered around her hammer. She’s play like a mix between Sonic and King Dedede, but be far better at executing combo attacks.

Special Move: We all know Amy has a crush on Sonic, but it would be great if her left or right B attack would be an attack I’d call, “Blinded by Love.” Amy would confuse whatever male foe she’s next too as Sonic and jump on their back, throwing her arms around the enemy’s neck, and just continue to squeeze so hard it causes damage. After a few squeezes she begins to notice its not Sonic and she screams, slapping the enemy across the screen. If she uses this attack on a female character, Amy believes the character is the one Sonic is cheating on her with and she performs the same attack. When she uses the attack on Sonic, it’s a one hit KO.

06. Simon Belmont – Castlevania (NES)
06_SimonThe original video game vampire slayer would shine in the Smash Bros arena. Assuming the character is using his whip, he’d be the kind of character that would be focused on long distance physical attacks. While they don’t inflect heavy damage, he’d be able to maneuver away from counter attacks before they could land. He’d also be good with jumping attacks. Simon would just be that character that’s all about how he’s able to move across the screen.

Special Move: For his left or right B, Simon would throw a bottle of Holy Water. When it misses a character and lands on the floor, the bottle shatters and the Holy Water spills on the floor. When an evil character walks across the Holy Water, they slip, fall and take damage. When a good character walks across this item, they just trip over the item. It would be possible for a character to catch the bottle before it lands, and use it against Simon. For all characters, if the bottle hits a character, it causes light damage.

05. Ryu Hayabusa – Ninja Gaiden (NES)
05_RyuAnother classic on the NES, that needs to be included in the Smash Bros roster. Ryu would be about striking fast and striking hard. While not big on combos, Ryu would only need one strike to end your life, so there’s no need for additional strikes. There’s also a distinct lack of ninjas in Smash Bros, which needs to be fixed.

Special Move: One of the moves Ryu had in the NES games was being able to change his throwing attack with certain pick-up items. With his down B move, he’s switch his throwing attack between fast throwing shuriken, the larger shuriken that bounces around the screen, and the fireballs that move in an diagonal. It’ll add a little unpredictability to the character since the move would not have a tell when the execute the move and tell anyone which item he currently has. You think he’s got the fireballs, BOOM, he strikes you with the large shuriken.

04. Red Mage – Final Fantasy (NES)
04_RedMagePeople forget that Final Fantasy got its start on the NES, and out of all of the classes in the original game, the Red Mage would be best suited for Smash Bros. He’d have strong physical mid ranged attacks and powerful long ranged magic attacks. While not the quickest on his feet, he’d be a perfect character for beginners who are trying to figure out their playing style.

Special Move: Down B should be Curaga, which heals yourself. The catch of the attack is it takes 10 seconds to charge up for you to use it, leaving yourself open on all sides. If you complete the move, it heals you by 50%. It’s a high risk, high reward short of move that can really change the course of the battle.

03. Young Link – Majora’s Mask (N64)
03_YoungLinkYes, we’ve gotten three different versions of Link now and all of them play the same as each other, which is really disappointing, but I propose of a way to mix up the idea of playing as Young Link. Let this version of Young Link be the one from Majora’s Mask. Here’s the idea.
Special Move: He’d play like the Pokemon Trainer, but instead of changing Pokemon with the down B, he’d changes masks. The first would be Deku Link, then Goron Link and finally Zora Link. Deku Link would be fast and light hitting, Goron Link would be slow and heavy hitting, while Zora Link would have a long reach. He’d be three characters in one, and it would be way more interesting than playing as another Link clone.

02. Billy & Jimmy Lee – Double Dragon (NES)
02_BillyJimmyJimmy would be a short ranged brawler, who’s quick on his feet and an expert at throws and counters. While chances are high that he’d end up as a generic brawler type, I’m too much of a fan of Double Dragon not to include him in this list. Although you could look at this character like you would like the Ice Climbers where both Jimmy and Billy as one character. They’d run across the screen, one would attack low and the other would attack high, making them hard to avoid. Unlike the Ice Climbers though, the greatest weakness of this character would be if one got taken out, the other would follow suit.

Special Move: The Left and Right B button would be Jimmy grabbing Billy and throwing him at the opponent. The catch with this move is that it’ll cause damage to the player. While the damage would be huge and hard to avoid for the opponent, it needs that self inflected player damage to even out the move.
01. Krystal – Star Fox Adventures (GC)
01_KrystalI’m possibly the only person on the face of the planet that actually liked Star Fox Adventures, but one thing this game gave us that seems to have survived in the series is the character, Krystal. She’ll fight with the staff and used the same moves displayed in Adventures. Staff melee attacks, fireball projectiles, staff jump and staff throw would be her be B attacks. I think she could hold her own in a fight against the rest of the boys.

Special Move: For a Final Smash, she could pull out Trickie’s ball and summon him to the field. Krystal would throw the ball across the screen and Trickie would chase after it, knocking out everyone and everything in his path. If the ball doesn’t go over the edge, Trickie would pick up the ball and return it to you. If the ball falls out of the arena, Trickie jumps down after it.

Well those are my picks for the upcoming Smash Bros game. Did I leave anyone out?

Review: Guardians of the Galaxy #10

Guardians of the Galaxy 10

Writer: Brian Michael Bendis

Penicls: Kevin Maguire

Guardians of the Galaxy #10

Of all the titles going on in Marvel this isn’t the most intense, gripping, changing the way things are gonna be story. This title is fun, and is consistently a fun read. During a slow week, or a heavy week, its hard not to pick up this tittle. Brian Michael Bendis has definitely put a touch of sarcasm into this title with every move forward. Angela and Gamora open this issue by F#*king up the Baddoon Brotherhood, or sisterhood, they didn’t check the parts. I loved seeing these two make back-handed compliments and bashing people in! Searching for the now missing Thanos having no idea where he is, the Guardians are on a man hunt tracking the Mad Titan down! Lurking in the subplot Angela continues to look for answers as to why the hell she is here, and how she can get back to Heaven.

The Good

Kevin Maguire and Brian Michael Bendis provided the exact kind of issue I wanna read on New Years day. I didn’t need epic, I didn’t need intense plot, I didn’t need to soak in metaphors, I needed a good ol’ @$$kick fest with whit and tact. Bendis has found the right balance in this title when to take it serious, and when just to have a little fun with it, this is def the latter kind of issue. Kevin Maguire just solid characterr work and panel layout. I was really taken in with how this issue went about Angela and Gamora’s relationship in the coming title.

The Bad

If you haven’t enjoyed this current run, this isn’t gonna be your favorite issue, while very action packed did little to further where the plot is about to go. Seemed very odd this iss right before the Trial of Jean Grey? I mean they’re seriously clueless on how the events of Infinity ended? Seriously? Just completely ignorant on that one? I felt cheated no Iron Man already, I mean I totally get it, but it was seriously cut supershort.

The Verdict

This was still a fun read, the art totally does the title justice. I’ve really enjoyed what Bendis is doing for the franchise and expanding their roles in the 616, I can’t wait for the Trial of Jean Grey, I can’t wait for the expanded roster with Captain Marvel. It was a wait for the trade kinda issue, but with not much out this week  would def suggest grabbing it for a quirky little read.

Top five shows you can catch on Netflix

It’s been a little bit since i wrote something on here but bear with me. Also note that these picks are from a personal stance and not conformed to the mass public. These are my top five shows you can catch on Netflix.

5: Supernatural- the only reason this is number five is because the ones listed above this just have my full attention and i haven’t finished the series yet. All around a great show. For those who don’t know the premise, you have two brothers one of which saw his mother burned by a demon and taken to hell. They have a father who hunts supernatural entities that cover the U.S. so far, they may travel the world in later episodes. These brothers take up the cause when their father goes missing and without giving too many spoilers away you come to find that there is an army in hell brewing to come to the surface. The acting isn’t bad, the transitions of scenes aren’t too choppy and the episodes that focus on different entities are for the most part intriguing. Over all i would say a 7.5 out of 10.

4: The Vampire Diaries- while there is some teen drama unnecessary in this show, it is overall addictive. The premise is this Vampire comes back to his hometown to be alone and find himself when he meets and falls for the super hot Elana played by Nina Dobrev. While they start courting in steps his also Vampire brother who wants to resurrect their old girlfriend who also turned them into Vampires. Now after all this it spirals into a world of Werewolves, witches and ghosts. The acting is very solid, the transitions are pretty smooth and they do an outstanding job of keeping me interested in the story and in certain characters. There is more to come and i would highly recommend watching if you can get over the splashes of love triangle and high school teeney drama. Again there is not much but when it happens there is a small groan that can be heard from somewhere in the room. Overall i give it an 8 out of 10.

3: Sons of Anarchy- i could do a review on just these next three as individual posts but i will keep it short and sweet. Here’s the premise. Jax Teller played by Pacific Rim’s Charlie Hunnum is part of a biker gang that his stepdad runs, who is played by Hellboy himself Ron Pearlman. This MC ( motorcycle club) is into running guns and prostitution, they also have shaky alliances with the Spanish gangs, the black gangs and the Chinese gangs. The story follows Jax as he finds love, his past and himself. The acting is spot on. The transitions are almost seamless and the story is so gripping that if you watch this show you may pull an all day affair before you realize. It’s one of my all time favorite shows. They also have alto of celebrities that make an appearance but no one too high named unless you are a sci fi geek like me. Peter Weller Mr. Robocop himself makes an appearance. Overall i give this a 9.5 out of 10.

2:Dexter- i am currently in the middle of speeding through this show. I can’t get enough. Almost everyone on this show is recognizable from somewhere else. Here’s the premise. Dexter is a serial killer who was raised by a code that makes him only go after bad guys. When he is not slashing and hacking he is a blood pattern specialist that works for Miami P.D.
where his foster sister also works. Oh yeah he is adopted. Now the whole thing with this series is every season sets up a new speed bump in Dexter’s life. Which happen to be other serial killers, not getting caught by the law and many more. This show had me from hello. First episode i couldn’t stop thinking how interesting it was. The acting is amazing, the transitions are seamless and the story is making me want to know that happens next, like Lost until season 7 (damn you Lost). This is a showtime show so there is lots of violence, language and sex so if you want to keep it strictly network than keep moving, but you would seriously be doing a disservice to yourself. Overall i give it a 9.5 out of 10.

1: Sherlock- this show is proof that the Brits do it better. Premise is young Watson played by Matt Freeman Mr. Bilbo Baggins himself, is coming home from the war and trying to settle in to modern day London. He is looking for a place when an old colleague suggests this place on Baker St. When Watson goes there he is met by none other than the title character Sherlock Holmes played by Benedict Cumberbach Mr. Than and Smaug himself. Watson gets a peek inside the life that is Sherlock and finds he can’t get enough. They compliment each other well and it takes of from there into the stories of Mr. Holmes. I don’t want to say much about this show other than its probably the most well put together show in the history of television. The acting is amazing. The transitions are beyond seamless and the story is just impeccable. If you were ever a fan of the Sherlock stories growing up or you have never read them i still strongly urge you to check this out. I am so like a kid on Christmas or Hannukah (Jules), that i can’t wait to see what happens next. Overall 10 of bloody 10. If there was a higher scale it would top that too.

Thanks for reading and check these shows out when you get a chance.