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‘Star Trek’: What a Ride!

The other day I revisited Star Trek: Into Darkness for the first time in seven years and to my great surprise I enjoyed the heck out of it. There was so much I had forgotten and it’s safe to say, I was riveted. After finishing that film my sister and I were so intrigued with the Star Trek sequel that we wanted to see the first one…so we did…yesterday.

Wow, wow, wow!!!! I have to admit, I’m not a Star Trek enthusiast and yet even this movie had me losing my mind and crying way more often that I expected.

J.J Abrams is the king of starting great stories and Star Trek is no exception. The amount of heart he manages to throw into this action-packed film is nothing short of spectacular. The relationship between Chris Pine’s James T. Kirk and Zachary Quinto’s Spock was so perfectly fleshed out and deliciously contentious. There was so much drama, so many stakes, and a jaw-dropping surprise that had me freaking out like when I watched The Force Awakens.

Star Trek is like a rollercoaster that doesn’t stop once it tips over that hill. It just loops and loops and throws you around with that singular slight pause in the middle that makes you think the ride is over before throwing you into another dip that leads you screaming and holding on for dear life until the ride eventually comes to an end. I just couldn’t get enough of it.

I’ve heard of Star Trek for years and now that I’ve watched it I understand why. It’s pretty fantastic.

I’ll give it 97 out of 100 and 4.5 out of 5 stars. I would’ve given it a perfect score but its unnecessary partial sex scene that I skipped in the first thirty minutes of the movie was not needed at all. We get the idea that he’s a lady’s man, we didn’t need to see it.

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Watching ‘Star Trek: Into Darkness’ For the First Time In Seven Years

As you all know, I am a Star Wars fan, but that doesn’t mean I don’t watch an occasional episode of my favorite Star Trek series: Star Trek: The Next Generation or a Star Trek movie every now and then. So yesterday, because I was bored and in need of a halfway decent movie to watch, my sister and I revisited a film we hadn’t seen since we watched it in in IMAX seven years ago, Star Trek: Into Darkness.

When I watched it all those years ago I was mostly underwhelmed. I remembered basically nothing about the movie and that was great because yesterday I enjoyed the absolute heck out of this film.

J.J Abrams may make a bad movie every now and then but when he gets it right he can create a film that is truly spectacular as he balances both humor and emotion to create quite an action-packed spectacle.

My sister and I were taken on quite the riveting ride as the film weaves its story with plot twist after plot twist until the end.

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‘Into the Woods’: What the Actual Heck?!

I love musicals. They can be whimsical and fun, heartbreaking and grim, but my latest musical adventure featuring Into the Woods has got to be the most confusing musical I have ever seen (I haven’t seen Cats yet but I’m determined to give it a go one of these days.)

Into the Woods, a musical that dropped during Christmas time six! years just became available to watch on Disney+ today and at first, I was kind of enjoying the film.

The movie took several classic fairy tale stories and wove them together for a grand adventure that should’ve known when to stop…but the writers bit off more than they could chew. When the movie moves past the known content and goes original the entire tone of the musical changed.

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A Movie Ranking: Chris Pine

Surprisingly, I’ve seen Chris Pine in more movies than I’ve wished over the years but…whatever. I thought it’d be fun to pick him for this week’s segment of this series. Enjoy!

7. Unstoppable

Unstoppable (2010)

I tried to watch this movie a few weeks ago but it was so boring I fell asleep. True story. Continue reading A Movie Ranking: Chris Pine

Here Are Nineteen Actors Who Have Played Different Characters in Superhero Movies

(This is an updated list because I forgot several actors who have played multiple characters in different superhero movies.)

Over the years I have watched dozens of superhero movies. Some are lame and mostly forgettable, others are utterly fantastic and downright riveting. Today, I’m sharing with you a list of actors who have managed to cross superhero franchises, sometimes in the to play multiple roles. Enjoy!

19. Randall Park

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Randall Park, known for his role on ABC comedy Fresh off the Boat, has just recently hit the superhero movie scene, appearing in both Ant-Man and the Wasp and Aquaman in 2018. In Ant-Man and the Wasp, he plays Agent Jimmy Woo, becoming yet another comedic aspect to the story. In Aquaman, he plays a menial role as Dr. Stephen Shin but will probably play a larger role in the Aquaman sequel.

18. Zoe Kravitz

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In Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, Zoe Kravitz voices Mary Jane Watson and next year she will make her live-action superhero debut as Selina Kyle a.k.a Catwoman in The Batman. That should be pretty cool.

17. Willem Dafoe

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In 2002’s Spider-Man Willem Dafoe portrays Newman Osborn/Green Goblin. In Aquaman, Dafoe returned on the protagonist’s side of things, portraying Aquaman’s mentor, Vulko of the Atlanteans.

16. Peter Dinklage

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Peter Dinklage, known for his numerous roles in cinema as well as his most popular role on Game of Thrones, would play small roles in X-Men: Days of Future Past and Avengers: Infinity War as Dr. Bolivar Trask and the giant dwarf, Eitri. I loved him as Eitri. It was quite a surprise that I wasn’t expecting.

15. Gemma Chan

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Gemma Chan is having some serious luck with Marvel Studios. She was afforded a role in Captain Marvel as Kree sniper, Minn-Erva but she clearly was too cool for such a small role. So, it was announced late last year that she would be joining Eternals as Sersi, one of the lead characters in the film. That’s exciting considering that she will be the franchise’s first Asian-female lead.

14. Djimon Hounsou

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Djimon Hounsou is one of the most recognizable actors for his small but memorable roles in tons of different films. He’s also managed to cross franchises, playing Kree warrior Korath in Guardians of the Galaxy and Captain Marvel and the all-knowing Wizard in Shazam!

13. Zazie Beetz

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Zazie Beetz has become a rising star in Hollywood due to her Emmy-nominated role as Vanessa “Van” Walker on FX’s hit series, Atlanta. And when you’re a rising star, it’s kind of an even bigger deal if you land a spot in a superhero movie. She landed a spot in two comic book movies.

She played mutant Domino in Deadpool 2 and Sophie Dumond in Joker. Both R-rated films would go on to make history at the box-office; Deadpool 2 would make roughly $800 million and Joker would become the first R-rated film to make over $1 billion. Amazing.

12. Michael B. Jordan

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In 2015, there was that awful Fantastic Four reboot. And yes, Michael B. Jordan played Johnny Storm in the film which would be remembered not for a good story but its blistering reviews. Three years later, he would return as Erik Killmonger in the first superhero movie to ever be nominated for Best Picture: Black Panther. Not only was the film deemed Oscar-worthy by fans but Erik Killmonger was heralded as one of the greatest comic book villains of all time. He was even compared to Heath Ledger’s Joker.

Talk about a turnaround.

11. Christian Bale

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Christian Bale is well-known for playing serious roles that can be quite unforgettable. Of course, one of his biggest roles was portraying Batman in Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight Trilogy. The trilogy would go on to make Batman legendary onscreen in ways that we had never really seen before and Christian Bale is considered, by many, to be the best actor to don the mask and cape of the Dark Knight.

Now, he will return to the comic book world in a new arena, Marvel Studios, as the primary villain in Thor: Love and Thunder. How awesome is that?!

10. Josh Brolin

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In the same year, Josh Brolin would play two comic book villains, Thanos in Avengers: Infinity War and Cable in Deadpool 2. The man is undoubtedly one of my favorite actors for his various roles but his role as Thanos put him over the top for me. I haven’t seen him in Deadpool 2 but I’m sure he did a great job in that movie as well. All in all, Brolin is a heck of a villain.

9. Mahershala Ali

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Mahershala Ali voices Uncle Aaron a.k.a The Prowler in Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse. (He does a great job too.) He has been cast in Marvel Studios as the new actor to portray Blade, the vampiric superhero and I. Can’t. Wait!

8. Brian Tyree Henry

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In Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse Brian Tyree Henry voices Miles Morales’ father, Jefferson Davis, and boy does he do a great job at it. He brings such power to Davis but at times he’s also really vulnerable and could potentially bring you to tears too. In Eternals, he will portray the first openly gay character as Phastos, thus making history in the MCU.

7. Nicole Kidman

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In Batman Forever, Nicole Kidman plays ravishing Dr. Chase Meridian, kissing up on Valk Kilmer’s Batman and being your classic damsel-in-distress. She returned to the superhero world as Queen Atlanna, mother of Arthur Curry/Aquaman and bonafide heroine. She’s one of the reasons I’m intrigued by seeing the Aquaman sequel.

6. Chris Pine

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Whether he’s portraying Wonder Woman’s iconic love interest Steve Trevor in both Wonder Woman and Wonder Woman 1984 or voicing Spider-Man in Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, Chris Pine has definitely cemented his place in the superhero world in the last few years.

5. Ryan Reynolds

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Nine years ago there was that horrible Green Lantern movie. Remember that movie? Well, Ryan Reynolds played Green Lantern in that film and his portrayal of the character is only memorable because he did such a terrible job.

Five years later, he would return to the comic book movie world masked in a red bodysuit, wielding swords, guns, and a foul-mouthed, no-care attitude that people fell in love with. He rose to Hollywood prominence in the blink of an eye, becoming iconic for this role. And even now to this day, it’s truly an exciting prospect of Deadpool joining the MCU with his hilarious banter. Can’t you imagine the Guardians of the Galaxy meeting this character? That would be something worth remembering.

4. Ben Affleck

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Ben Affleck, nearly two decades ago, played Daredevil and it wasn’t great. I remember one day trying to watch it. I didn’t make it very far and for good reason. The movie was awful! He returned to grace his presence in another superhero film that has been met with less-than-excited reviews and was welcomed with open arms. Ben Affleck played Batman and surprisingly, he did a pretty good job. He wasn’t as likable in Justice League but he definitely wore the Bruce Wayne persona well.

3. Chris Evans

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Chris Evans first played Johnny Storm in 2005’s Fantastic Four and honestly, I didn’t remember him. As much as I enjoyed the film as a child and could distinctly recall Mr. Fantastic, Invisible Woman, and The Thing, Chris Evan’s Johnny Storm felt non-descript and was ultimately forgettable. He would go on to become a character I will never forget, Captain America, and boy was that awesome.

I personally own a shirt with a Captain America shield on it, that’s how much I love this character. Chris Evans personified the role of Captain America so well that he will, most likely, remain an icon for the rest of his life.

2. Michael Keaton

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Michael Keaton would become the first Batman to be dubbed as an epic rendition of the character. For many, he is and will always be the greatest Batman of all time even despite the fact that the films he graced were, overall, pretty mediocre. Nearly three decades later, he would return to the comic book world to play Spider-Man villain, Adrian Toomes/Vulture and it’s no surprise, he did a great job. He was one of the first antagonists in the MCU who had an understandable reason for being a villain.

He wasn’t an “I’m going to take over the world” kind of antagonist. He was simply making money he felt The Avengers were taking from him to support the family he loved so much. Now he’s still a villain, of course, but at least his reasoning for villainy was far more interesting than the many villains before him.

1. Michelle Pfeiffer

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And last but not least there’s Hollywood legend, Michelle Pfeiffer, who played Catwoman in Batman Returns. Her rendition of the feline villainess/reluctant hero is one of my favorite female characters in a comic book movie because she can come across as harmless yet as soon as she puts on that tight catsuit she turns into this erotic yet lethal woman who you don’t want to fool around with. To have her play a role in Ant-Man and the Wasp was really special and I hope she plays a larger role moving forward in the MCU. Especially considering that she possesses this really cool power from her time in the Quantum Realm.

So, yeah, that’s all of the actors that I know who have been in more than comic book movies as two different characters. If you can think of anyone else, feel free to share your thoughts in the comments below.

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I Think ‘Wonder Woman 1984’ Is Going to Suffer the Sequel Curse

I love Wonder Woman, clearly. She’s one of the greatest fictional heroines ever conceived. And yet, her awesomeness hasn’t been perfectly translated on the big screen. Don’t get me wrong, she’s had some chill-inducing moments that have made me SO happy over the years but the slow-mo. Why does every action scene with her contain agonizingly slow slow-motion?

And now, after seeing the teaser and exclusive images for Wonder Woman 1984 from Entertainment Weekly, I have a feeling that this movie may suffer the renown sequel curse.

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Like, let’s talk about this gorgeous-yet-pointless golden suit Wonder Woman has come across in this movie. Because this is a prequel, once again we are faced with the question, “Why didn’t she have this suit in the later films because it seems pretty awesome?” Continue reading I Think ‘Wonder Woman 1984’ Is Going to Suffer the Sequel Curse