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American Gods

A 5280 Geek Book Review

By John Andreula


I can say forthright that I’ve read some really good books over the past few years. There have even been a few that separate themselves from the others enough that they enter into the stratosphere of literary greatness.

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cap marvel

The first Epic. Popcorn flick of the year is here, “Captain Marvel” is the new Franchise from Marvel Studios. While “Captain Marvel” is the first female lead in a Marvel movie, the character Captain Marvel is really a fourth-tier character that has never commanded much attention in the comics. So, my review will be based solely on how it measures up to the *Marvel Movies* that have had so much success. They definitely have a formula.

*The MEAT* The story is *Okay* it works on most levels but does not live up to the usual Marvel storytelling or humor that we are accustomed too.

*The POTATOES* Academy award winning actress, Brie Larson does a good job as the hero Captain Marvel and Jude Law is always good. But Samuel Jackson’s portrayal of Nick Fury was disappointing. Not saying Jackson did a bad acting job, just saying this was not the Nick Fury we are used to. For that reason alone, I give it a *Okay* grade.

*The Verdict*” Captain Marvel” is an *Okay* movie, but I just can’t help but feel like it was missing something and that maybe they tried too hard making it, rushing to get it out. Judging “Captain Marvel” next to all the other Marvel cinematic Universe movies, I would put it at the bottom right above Thor 2 and Iron Man 3. Save your money for “Endgame” something tells me you’re going to want to see it multiple times.

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One of the highest reviewed films of 2018 is “The Favourite” it also boasts one of the best acting ensembles of the year. So, since it’s a quiet week at the movies, I decided to see a nice, simple period piece movie that has no special effects or grandiose production. It’s been awhile.

 *The MEAT* The story is *simple and fun*, easy to follow and will make you think about the ending long after its over. “The Favourite” might just surprise you too, just when you think you have it all figured out.

*The POTATOES* The acting is just a *Powerhouse Trio* of Olivia Coleman, Rachel Weisz and Emma Stone. Weisz and Stone have already won Oscars and Coleman, with her bored, daffy Queen portrayal, won Best Actress Oscar this year for this role. I especially enjoyed Rachel Weisz’s performance the best, she was outstanding.

*The Verdict* ‘The Favourite” does live up to all the outstanding reviews and accolades that it received this year. It’s a *Fun Movie* for sure and I do recommend this movie to watch sometime, maybe not in a theater, but Pay-Per-View for sure or a movie channel someday.

 Next week… Back to the Epic, Grandiose, Popcorn Feature!

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TRUE DETECTIVE Season 3

Your Quarter’s Worth Rant & Review

By John Andreula

Edited by Kodid Laraque-Two Elk

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Television shows are not usually the right medium for me to comment on. I have a habit of being ridiculously late to any popular television viewing party. This is why I don’t write reviews on TV series or their many individual seasons. Generally, they would not be timely.

I’ve decided to make an exception for TRUE DETECTIVE season 3. I felt compelled to write one. I found this season of the show amazing. It was a superb, artistic example of what is possible in modern visual story-telling.

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train your dragon

It’s the final movie in the DreamWorks “How to Train your Dragon” franchise, “How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World” and it is getting rave reviews so far and even being called “the Best” film yet of the franchise. Bold statement for sure, so let’s see if it lives up to the hype.

*The MEAT* The story brings the “How to Train your Dragon” movie franchise to a stirring conclusion that will have you fighting back the tears while also leaving you *satisfied* too.

*The POTATOES* The animation is better than ever, and with F. Murray Abraham playing a great new villain, Grimmel, the cast is *A Plus* for sure.

*The Verdict* “How to train your Dragon: The Hidden World” is *Great Fun* for the whole family and well worth seeing. Not to mention it will tug at your heart strings too. I saw this movie in a theater full of kids, and they just loved it, so that is always a great indicator. And Yes, I do believe “Hidden World” is the best in the franchise for sure.

p.s. It is a good idea to see the previous movies before this one if you have not already.

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   Alta

Its been over a year since I first seen the early previews of “Alita: Battle Angel” and I wasn’t impressed. Then I found out it was being directed by Robert Rodriguez (“Desperado”, “Dusk ‘til Dawn”) and produced by THE James Cameron who is bringing his “Avatar” special effects to the film. Well now I’m excited, but the previews have still not impressed me or especially my wife who looks at “Alita” like another senseless fighting film.

*The MEAT* The story is based on another bleak, depressing view of the future, where humans and robots not only co-exist, but there are a lot of combining of the two with cyborg technology. That’s where the special effects come in and make this futuristic world just incredible. It’s a *Very Good* origin story for sure, not too much back story that can confuse or overload the premise, but just enough to explain that there is so much more going on for future films.

*The POTATOES* My goodness!! “Alita” boasts a cast of two Academy award winning actors with Christoph Waltz and Jennifer Connelly, Mahershala Ali (who I believe will win an Oscar this year for “Green Book”) and a very special, but small appearance by Edward Norton. This is a *Fantastic Cast* for sure and the acting is great.

*The Verdict* With a *Fantastic Cast* and *Very Good* story, of course I recommend “Alita: Battle Angel” but I MUST recommend this film for the Imax 3D experience because James Cameron’s special effects are so awesome it really does put this movie into the *Special* category. Unlike “Ready player One” with its CGI overload, “Alita’s” effects look so much more clear and real.

 I really liked this movie, I want to see more of this story continue and learn more of its past through future films. My wife actually loved this movie too, so that was another plus for sure. I’m afraid this movie did a bad job of marketing and selling itself so hope with word of mouth, it picks up at the box office.

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   lego 2

“Lego Movie 2”, the long-awaited sequel to the first Lego movie is here. I loved the fist one with all the innuendo humor and countless cameos it had with a look inside a boy’s imagination, it was a Blast! And of course, “Lego Batman” kicked the Lego franchise up another notch. So, what the heck happened to “Lego Movie 2”?

*The MEAT* The story was fast paced, and very rushed, quite frankly it was all over the place. I get what they were trying to do, but it was not executed well at all. Story is best described as *What was That? *

*The POTATOES* Will Arnett voices Batman again just perfectly. That was the only stand out performance that I liked and wanted more of. And the animation was not as good as the previous movies, seemed like a *Lower Quality* production all around

*The Verdict* Compared to the first “Lego Movie” and especially the “Lego Batman Movie”, this “Lego Movie 2” just does not come close to being as good. There wasn’t as many surprise cameos and clever jokes as the previous movies. Therefore, I cannot recommend seeing this on the big screen, it is a *Disappointment* to say the least. Save your money.