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Rocketman A Fascinating and Daring Look at Elton John’s Life

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This film lives up to what one might expect from a biopic about Elton John, although if you are expecting a drama like Bohemian Rhapsody, don’t! This is a musical plain and simple.

Almost from the opening there is a song and dance number which, admittedly, kinda took me right out of the film, especially because of dramatic lead in regarding his family dynamic.

Elton had, what has become an increasingly normal family situation, that is dispassionate parents (mom having checked out a while back and Dad, being military, not being around too much), where mom and dad only speak to each other if they have to. His saving grace, however, is his grandmother who is the only really affection one in the house.
It is discovered early on the Elton is a musical prodigy being able to learn don’t on the piano just from hearing them played. Her is given lessons which ends him up at a totally academy for music. The movie shifts direction again when young Elton finds his mom having an affair, and when I can expect say “finds” I mean he LITERALLY found his mom in the front seat of a car fooling around with another man. This was definite turning point for Elton as his father takes this opportunity to leave in a vocal fashion with his mother remaining as indifferent as always.
After the dust settles he warms up to his mom’s new fella, even to the point where he take the opportunity for a new haircut.
His music career really starts to take off as he starts playing small venues which leads to him running into his dearest friend and songwriting colleague Bernie.
The film does go into his early years of playing backwater clubs and does this somewhat in the form of a music number (all of the music numbers are set to his music, of course), however his team up with Bernie become legendary as they become inseparable. Ben Bernie and Elton they write hit after hit after hit.
Don’t get me wrong, the film is not all sugar and plumage, they do go into the darker side of him struggling with his identity, drug use, abusive relationships, and struggling in the business. Which does bring up a necessary note. That brings up the point that there is a rather bawdy love-making scene. Now before anyone gets in an uproar, I personally don’t like overt sex scenes in any movie. I think they’re completely unnecessary and can be shot a myriad of different ways.
I did appreciate how they kept to the times, traveling through his career which spanned many decades. As I said previously I’m not a big fan of musicals oh, so the fact that they were so many musical numbers in film took me out of the film on many occasions, however I do understand why they were put there, and why the film was shot that way. Elton John is entirely musical.
It’s in his blood, it’s in his bones, it’s in his soul so it does make sense that they make a film that shows that in a typical Elton John fashion. I can say this that the audience definitely loved it, so if you’re into musicals and want to see kind of a fantastical rendition of his history then I can recommend this phone.
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Caesar’s Reign Comes To The Big Screen With New Trailer For Kingdom Of The Planet Of The Apes

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Director Wes Ball breathes new life into the global, epic franchise set several generations in the future following Caesar’s reign, in which apes are the dominant species living harmoniously and humans have been reduced to living in the shadows. As a new tyrannical ape leader builds his empire, one young ape undertakes a harrowing journey that will cause him to question all that he has known about the past and to make choices that will define a future for apes and humans alike. “Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes” is directed by Wes Ball (the “Maze Runner” trilogy) and stars Owen Teague (“IT”), Freya Allan (“The Witcher”), Kevin Durand (“Locke & Key”), Peter Macon (“Shameless”), and William H. Macy (“Fargo”). The screenplay is by Josh Friedman (“War of the Worlds”) and Rick Jaffa & Amanda Silver (“Avatar: The Way of Water”) and Patrick Aison (“Prey”), based on characters created by Rick Jaffa & Amanda Silver, and the producers are Wes Ball, Joe Hartwick, Jr., p.g.a. (“The Maze Runner”), Rick Jaffa, p.g.a., Amanda Silver, p.g.a., Jason Reed, p.g.a. (“Mulan”), with Peter Chernin (the “Planet of the Apes” trilogy) and Jenno Topping (“Ford v. Ferrari”) serving as executive producers.

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Masterchef Is Back! For Halo Season 2

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A quick recap – Halo is set in a war-torn 26th century, where humanity led by the United Nations Space Command or UNSC and their supersoldiers known as Spartans, fights against the onslaught of the alien conglomerate known as the Covenant. The full dust-up of Halo Season 1, can be found here. Onward into the introduction of Halo Season 2!

It’s been six months since the forced separation of Spartan Masterchief John (Pablo Schreiber) and Cortana (Jen Taylor), and the Silver Team has been sent on a mission to evacuate residents of the planet Sanctuary before the Covenant glasses the whole thing. This comes with its own set of challenges, given the resistance of the planet’s inhabitants, and it doesn’t help that Masterchef starts seeing things right in the middle of trying to save some marines. Or is he? Those energy swords the squad of Elites were carrying looked worryingly real.

Back on Reach, the Silver Team is entirely dismayed to learn they have a brand new Office of Naval Intelligence (ONI) representative come in as the new boss, to finally replace the traitorous Halsey, James Ackerson (Joseph Morgan). And of course, Ackerson manages to immediately get under Masterchief’s skin, by not only expressing far too much interest in John’s relationship with Cortana but also apparently disbelieving of John’s report of his encounters on Sanctuary. That just means Masterchief has to go around, if not entirely over, Ackerson’s head.

Elsewhere, Soren (Bokeem Woodbine) is trolling the slave markets in his boredom, only to stumble across a soon-to-be indentured servant who claims he knows the whereabouts of the UNSC’s most hunted human, Catherine Halsey (Natascha McElhone). That should bring a huge bounty, but really, Soren should’ve known better by now.

Halo Season 2 premieres Thursday, February 8th, 2024, and will continue to air every Thursday, only on Paramount+!

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Reborn as a Vending Machine I Now Wander the Dungeon’: I look forward to your next use!  

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If the title of this delightful little isekai anime entry didn’t give it all away, our nameless protagonist is a vending machine fanatic who, after being killed by a vending machine, gets reincarnated in another fantasy-style world as one! 

Japan has a tendency to give birth to all sorts of crazed fads that can last for decades, and no one does better when it comes to the vending machine industry, too. These days there are vending machines that will serve you sushi you can actually eat, hot pizza in the box, wagyu steaks, freshly popped popcorn, and a whole mind-boggling array of tasty treats, and other non-edible but still useful items! Umbrellas! Condoms! Oxygen masks, sterile bandages, shoes, and emergency clothing! Actually, far more things that we use on an everyday basis, could be considered as technically a vending machine, and the anime explores that beautifully. Into the world of vending machine fanaticism, we dive! 

So our poor protagonist never gave a name, and inevitably when he’s discovered by his first official friend the starving hunter Lammis, she dubs him “Boxxo”. Like many isekai that seem to take inspiration from video games and RPGs, Boxxo discovers he ways he can communicate, level up his existence, and even evince magic-like powers and attack and defend against monsters and enemies. Though in the beginning, and as an underlying theme throughout the show, Boxxo is primarily concerned with providing unique never-before-tasted-in-this-world food and drink to the amazed folk, human and otherwise. 

Boxxo’s prices are entirely reasonable and hey, he can even choose to give out his wares for free on occasion, so his popularity immediately skyrockets. Lammis with her awkward charm and prodigious strength blessing, introduces Boxxo to other friends of Clearflow Lake Village and associates along the way – Director Bear, an actual bear-monster who’s the head of the Hunters Association; Lammis’ friend Hulemy, the insane genius magic item engineer; the Bearcats Suco, Pell, Short and Mikenne, cheerful hunters with astronomic appetites; even suspicious Kerioyl, leader of the Menagerie of Fools party. 

The show approaches the practicality and versatility of the true vending machine with amusement, but also with the love true fans display for things they’re passionate about. Certainly, things like a brothel needing a condom vending machine exist in our world, but to toss them into a potentially more innocent other-world isekai is a welcome and often hilarious treat. The show celebrates the cheerful idiocy and devotion of the fans to their chosen fandom, in this case, yes vending machines, but also the spirit of the lonely otaku finally finding their Tribe! 

Pay your coins to watch ‘Reborn as a Vending Machine’ on Crunchyroll now! 

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