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“Ad Astra” A Return to Dangerous Filmmaking



Now this was an interesting film! I say that not because of spectacular special effects, or “sexy” actors, but rather because there was a genuine throwback to an era where films weren’t afraid to take a chance.

This film harkens back to films such as 2001: A Space Odyssey or Silent Running. There is a real effort to take the viewer through the psychological ins-and-outs of Roy McBride (the character played by Brad Pitt) as she tries to fight his way through years of psychological damage done by his father, the world renowned astronaut H. Clifford McBride played by the amazingly subtle Tommy Lee Jones.

Roy is an on point astronaut with a career that stands on its own merits. He has the respect of his peers as well as his superiors. However, we do see really on that he struggles with his own life, his personal life. He is detached, distant, unable to unlock his own emotions, and we are shown how this effects things around him.
The thing is, is that he is a dutiful soldier with his attention solely on his mission, his career.
It is because of this that he is selected for this top secret mission, it, at least, that is what he is thinking. It turns out that his father, whom her thought has long passed might still be alive and might be wreaking havoc with Earth.
It’s because of this that it becomes necessary to send Roy up to see if, 1) how father is alive, and 2) if he is alive, to stop him. One of the elements of this movie that stuff out the most was use of sounds and music. There was a real throwback to, what sounded to me like, the experimental time of the 70’s. There seemed to be a real freedom to explore silence, abandonment, and loneliness. I loved the fact that this film had the courage to NOT go the typical route. I loved this because it allowed one to connect on another level with the character of Roy. It allowed us to, in a way, to, perhaps, enter that hidden fortress of emotions that was just starting to crack.
Now don’t get me wrong, this is not just a film about a psychological journey there were plenty of elements, and situations that come up that will satisfy the need for action, however I will say this that these scenes are far from gratuitous. These scenes come as not just physical attacks, by also as attacks on his linear introspection.
I also appreciated, going back to the music, that they choose not to go the typical Hollywood route and incorporate hard Rock, or ridiculous “soaring” classical music. They stuck with eclectic sounds and tones that not only enhanced these moments, but made one feel uncomfortable and alone, because you knew that that there was real danger here and with the lack of intense Hollywood music one could feel the if one dies out here in space you would truly be alone, abandoned.
Now, of course, the journey to find his father is fraught with it’s own troubles. There are mechanical issues, arguments amongst the different crews, the government not telling the whole truth, but the biggest obstacle for Roy is, of course, meeting his father for the first time in decades. This is where you can see how the writers and actors were able to work together to create an intense yet tender moment. A moment that has Roy having to settle accounts with his father, and vice versa.
I have to say that I thoroughly enjoyed this film especially it’s melding of many different elements that helped us really connect with Roy and his specific journey.
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No Question Mark Box Here; Super Mario Delivers a 1-Up in Theaters



If you were born in the ’80s, ’90s, or literally ANY decade after those, you know about Super Mario. A cultural phenomenon was brought to life on the big screen this last weekend. One that has not only stood the test of time but reinvented itself time and time again. This wasn’t even the first time it’s been made into a movie but, well, let’s be honest.. some of us choose not to acknowledge the LIVE action adaptation of the beloved game from 30 years ago. 

It was pretty bad… But this was animation. ILLUMINATION animation at that. The Universal company that brought us Gru and his Minions, showed us the Secret Life of Pets, and gave us a reason to SING! Still, I had my reservations and even some concerns, especially when the casting was announced. 

 Eyebrows were raised. As big of stars as they were on paper, could they really deliver on voicing characters from a staple of our childhood? They did.

Chris Pratt and Charlie Day may not be Italian, and Jack Black may not be a King or Turtle creature from the Mushroom Kingdom, but they make the characters their own all while paying homage to the lore of a video game. 

From the jump, the story reintroduces us to the brothers that just want to save Brooklyn one clogged sink at a time. We feel an instant connection and relate to these “underdogs of the plumbing world”. The movie is riddled with easter eggs, each of which tugs on the heartstrings of every generation of Mario fandom. And the soundtrack was beautifully put together to not only make us feel like we’re taking a walkthrough of the game but like an experience all its own with some familiar favorites thrown in.

Every word in the movie is pure eye candy for both those that are casual fans, and those analyzing every frame to see what they’ll catch next. Bowser’s ship, the Mushroom Kingdom, Kong’s arena, and the Rainbow Road.. They’re all meant to give us just enough of a “new” look at these amazing worlds, but stay true to how we remember them.

The movie itself moves along at the perfect pace. Although, if you don’t really know ANYTHING about the Super Mario Bros, you may have gotten a little lost and felt left behind in the green tunnel. But that’s ok! It’s an adventure of the imagination and a classic story of a boy that meets a girl and tries to save the world from a monster that wants to destroy it.

What’s funny is that you could easily say this is a story about two characters who couldn’t be more opposite if they tried, battling to win the heart of a princess. Who would’ve thought that the King of the Koopas was just trying to impress his crush?

And that song? Ohhh THAT song! It’s my new ringtone and deserves the Oscar for Best Original Song.

Back to the movie. 

Universal and Illumination clearly understood the assignment. Is it missing some things or could things have been done differently or even better? Absolutely! We’re the worst critics of the things we hold nearest and dearest to our hearts. But if you’re up for going on a 90-minute adventure through amazing worlds, with awesome music, and characters that’ll make you smile and laugh, then this is the perfect movie to spring you into that warm summer feeling.

Plus there’s the whole part with karts and shells, and banana peels and oh my goodness how amazing was that?? It’s enough to make you want to stand up and cheer, then go home and destroy your friends and family on your favorite track haha.

The bottom line, it pays homage in all the right ways to the little guy with the mustache, while giving us something new and exciting. Take the kids and go see Super Mario Bros. You’ll be glad you did!

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Warner Bros. Discovery Home Entertainment returns to WonderCon 2023



Justice League x RWBY: Superheroes & Hunters Opening Act Saturday, March 25 at 1:30 p.m. on North 200A. Talent confirmed so far to participate in the post-screening panel is Natalie Alyn Lind (Big Sky, The Goldbergs, Gotham) as Wonder Woman/Diana Prince and longtime RWBY cast member Lindsay Jones (Camp Camp) as Ruby, Kara Eberle ( RWBY: Ice Queendom) as Weiss, Arryn Zech (Detective Now Dead) as Blake and Barbara Dunkelman (Blood Fest) as Yang – along with Jeannie Tirado (Soul, Saints Row) as Green Lantern and Tru Valentino (The Rookie, The Cuphead Show!) as a cyborg. Also attending the panel will be producer/director Kerry Shawcross (series RWBY) and writer Meghan Fitzmartin (Supernatural, Justice Society: World War II).

Warner Bros. Discovery Home Entertainment returns to WonderCon 2023 with the big screen debut from DC Animated Films: highlights this year include the world premieres of the highly anticipated Batman: The Doom That Came To Gotham and Justice League x RWBY: Superheroes & Hunters Part One the weekend of March 24-26 in Anaheim, California. Both screenings will be followed by panel discussions with actors and creators. Batman: The Doom That Came To Gotham premieres at The Arena on Friday, March 24 at 6 p.m. Tati Gabrielle (Kaleidoscope, Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, Uncharted) as Kai Li Cain, Christopher Gorham (The Lincoln Lawyer, Insatiable) as Oliver Queen, David Dastmalchian (Dune, Suicide Squad, Ant-Man) as Grendon, producer/co-director Sam Liu (The Death and the Return of Superman), co-director Christopher Berkeley (Young Justice) and screenwriter Jase Ricci (Teen Titans Go! and DC Super Hero Girls: Mayhem Across the Multiverse).

Both films will have encore screenings in the Arena on Sunday, March 26. Justice League x RWBY: Super Heroes & Huntsmen, Part One will screen at 12:15pm, followed by Batman: The Doom That Came To Gotham at 2:00pm

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Marvel Studios’ Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3



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