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American Assassin (2017) Review

NOT DEADLY OR LETHAL ENOUGH


 

Best-selling author Vince Flynn is known for political thriller of the character of Mitch Rapp. While his earlier career is a bit unorthodox (working for Kraft foods, a brief stint in training to be an aviator in the US Marine Corp, and then as a bartender), his passion came from reading and writing and, overcome his dyslexia, was able to self-publish his first novel titled Term Limits in 1997; a novel that was set in his forthcoming Mitch Rapp series (i.e. the same universe), but a part of that particular series. After that, Flynn began to write a political thriller series, starting with the book Transfers of Power in 1999. The series followed the exploits of fictional character Mitch Rapp, an undercover CIA counter-terrorism agent whose primary objective is thwarting terrorist attacks on the United States and portrayed with having an aggressive stance (aka no non-sense) attitude as he takes measures that are more extreme than many might consider commonly acceptable. The series, dubbed the “Mitch Rapp” series was generally favored by readers, with Flynn’s growing popularity grown with each new book, which, as of 2017, has sixteen novels within the series. Unfortunately, in 2011, Flynn announced (via a fan newsletter) that he was being treated for advance Stage III prostate cancer, which (sadly), he succumbed to, passing away in June of 2013. Despite his death, Flynn’s legacy of his beloved Mitch Rapp continued onward, with several authors co-writing his unwritten manuscripts and publish new novels, with the newest one titled Enemy of the State being released in September of 2017. Now, expanding Flynn’s iconic character to the big screen, Lionsgate, CBS Films, and director Michael Cuesta present the movie American Assassin, which is based on Flynn’s first Mitch Rapp novel. Does this finding its footing (and its target) or does it only shoot blanks and fail the mission? Read more

Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017) Review

A CELEBRATORY HOMECOMING


 

The Marvel superhero character Spider-Man (aka Peter Parker) has been done his circuit on the big screen for many years, with different iterations being brought to each installment of everyone’s favorite webslinger. Based on its comic book source material, which was created by Marvel legend Stan Lee and Steve Ditko, Spider-Man made his leap onto the silver screen back in 2002 in the film Spider-Man with actor Toby Maguire playing the title character as well as actress Kristen Dunst as Mary Jane, and actor James Franco as Harry Osborne. This first cinematic iteration (at the so-called “Dawn of the Superhero film” genre we all know of today), received positive reviews and was high successful at the box office (roughly making $820 million globally), which prompted the studio to churn out two more follow-up sequels with 2004’s Spider-Man 2 and 2007’s Spider-Man 3. After that, Sony / Columbia Pictures (the studio behind these films) went silent with character of Spider-Man, observing (and watching) as now popular Marvel Cinematic Universe began to grow and dominate the box office; amassing comic books rights for their films and gaining a steady incline of moviegoer fandom. It was soon decided that Sony Pictures would return to the superhero genre by “rebooting” their Spider-Man franchise from scratch and released The Amazing Spider-Man in 2012, with actor Andrew Garfield playing the role of Peter Parker / Spider-Man and actress Emma Stone playing his love interest of Gwen Stacey. The film did make a splash with critics and fans and amassed a very profitable return (over $750 million at the global box office), which prompted the studio make a sequel film with 2014’s The Amazing Spider-Man 2. After that, however, Sony Pictures had several ideas planning for Spider-Man, ranging from another sequel, to spin-offs, and even rebooting franchise again, but nothing ever material realized as Marvel’s MCU, which now was under the control of parent company Disney, continued to flourish and expand. Eventually, after some time and many rumors, Sony / Columbia Pictures and Disney finally came to an agreement with the rights to Spider-Man, allowing the character to appear in the MCU franchise and did so in 2016’s blockbuster juggernaut Captain America: Civil War, with actor Tom Holland playing the role of Spider-Man. Now, with this being the third iteration of the comic book superhero, Marvel Studios (along with Sony / Columbia Pictures) and director Jon Watts present the first solo Spider-Man feature under the MCU banner with the film Spider-Man: Homecoming. Does this newest Spider-Man movie deliver on launching the superhero new heights or is it time to retire everyone’s “Friendly Neighborhood” webslinger? Read more

The Founder Review

THE PERSISENTS (AND GREED)

OF THE AMERICAN DREAM


 

McDonalds. Without me even talking about it, you probably around know what I’m talking about. Yes, those two golden arches in shape of letter M and one of the biggest fast food franchises on the planet is what I’m talking about. From Big Macs to Egg McMuffins (and everything else in-between), McDonalds has (over the years) become a dominating force in the fast food industry, with new locations opening up everywhere from standard restaurants locations to smaller mall / airport locations. Currently, McDonalds is the largest food restaurant chain in the world, serving approximately 68 million customers daily in 119 countries across approximately 36,615 outlets. It has (quite literally) become a household name as well as iconic in the fast food world. But how did it all begin? Was it an overnight success? Who was the brain behind it all? Why was McDonalds successful? To help answer that questions, The Weinstein Company, FilmNation Entertainment, and director John Lee Hancock present (under a cinematic feature) the story behind McDonalds in the new movie The Founder.  Is it worth sinking your teeth into this newest bio-pic drama or is it a dry picture that lacks substance beyond its tale of Hamburgers and fries?

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Robocop Review

A REBOOT THAT IS MORE HUMAN DRAMA THAN MECHANICAL ACTION


 

Debuting back in 1987, Paul Verhoeven’s Robocop was adored by viewers with its dark humor, gritty “R” rated action, and great one-liners that many still say today. While the film, which was regarded as a cult classic, spawned a franchise; the franchise itself wasn’t as glamorous or well received as its first installment. This included two sequels, a cartoon series, and a live-action Television series. Now twenty seven years later, MGM and Columbia studios and director Jose Padilha revamped the infamous Robocop for a new generation titled Robocop (the same name as the 1987 original). Does this reboot surpass the cult-classic original film or is it a haphazard film that you wouldn’t buy for a dollar? Read more

Need For Speed Review

A MINDLESS AND JOYLESS JOYRIDE


Any average person who has deep rooted ties into the world of video games has played at least one (Or simply know of) of the bolstering library of the Need for Speed franchise. With about twenty games that carry the brand name, players have raced cars through virtual cities with full throttle speeds and causing chaotic wreckage for shear unadulterated joy; insuring bountiful high octane thrills. Now Dreamworks Entertainment takes the lucrative racing game franchise to the big screen with the movie titled Need for Speed. Does this film adaptation of the popular video game finish strong or does it race too hard for the average moviegoer? Read more

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