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‘His Dark Materials’: A New Show to Binge-Watch

Oh man, this is just the type of entertainment I was looking for. Fantasy is a near-impossible genre to pull off on the big or little screen because the worlds and characters can be so fantastical that it’s hard to translate or the stories can be dumbed down and turned into utter disasters.

Just look at films like Warcraft, Eragon, or The Chronicles of Narnia sequels (I happened to like the first one.) Each of these movies could’ve been great but they lacked heart, good storytelling, and great world building.

And then there’s those two great series like The Lord of the Rings or Harry Potter movies which are absolutely breathtaking in scale, storytelling, and casting. Even their sequels, The Hobbit/Fantastic Beasts, were disappointments.

After enjoying the heck out of Sherlock I’ve been looking for a new show to sink my teeth into and ran into His Dark Materials, a show on HBO that swept me away in two days. (I happened to watch the last five episodes of the first season yesterday alone!)

Now, I have to let you know, I’ve no knowledge of the Philip Pullman trilogy this series is based on other than the film The Golden Compass which my father and I watched a few years ago and didn’t finish.

There are some who are loyal to the books and don’t like the casting for the series or the way the story is being handled but dang! I enjoyed this show so much.

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James McAvoy Could’ve Played The Riddler in the Upcoming Batman Movie!

There are lots of actors but there are only several actors that stick out to me among the pack as performers who have delivered some truly outstanding pieces of work.

These actors are: Tom Hanks, Christian Bale, Josh Brolin, Joaquin Phoenix, Russel Crowe, Heath Ledger, Michael B. Jordan, Sylvester Stallone, Denzel Washington, and Morgan Freeman. However, after the past few weeks and getting the chance to see James McAvoy’s performances in the X-Men films as well as Split and Glass, I have assembled him alongside the likes of these exceptional actors because, despite the fact that he’s only been nominated for a Golden Globe for the romantic drama Atonement, the man can act!

Watching him take on a role in Split that features a character who has twenty-three! different personalities within himself could’ve been a disaster. Instead, we get to see him shine as he impeccably switches characters on the drop of a dime just by changing the way he sits, the way his eyebrows crinkle, or the way his voice sounds. He ranges from stern and annoying as Dennis to kind and almost motherly as Patricia and then really goofy and naive as nine-year-old Hedwig and then absolutely terrifying as his horrific alter-ego, The Beast. And this happens all while retaining the idea that Kevin, the person the twenty-three personalities are trying to protect, lies deep within.

Yesterday, I was watching ScreenRant (click the link to discover James McAvoy’s 10 Best Movies According to IMDb) on Youtube and I learned that one of the comic book characters McAvoy wanted to play was The Riddler in the upcoming Batman movie. Instead, the role would go to this guy. Continue reading James McAvoy Could’ve Played The Riddler in the Upcoming Batman Movie!

I Love Cool Posters!

Movie posters. Sometimes it’s a movie poster that can get you the most excited about a new film. X-Men: Days of Future Past is a fun installment in the X-Men franchise because it features not only the old versions of Professor X and Magneto but their young versions as well and, to my great relief, the casting for the younger versions actually is pretty accurate.

Michael Fassbender and James McAvoy bring their own flavor to the roles, providing a deeper insight into these characters who are seen as either a mentor (in Charles’ case) or the classic villain (Erik) in the earlier X-Men films. If you ever wondered if Fassbender or McAvoy were the perfect choice for these characters these posters say it all. Continue reading I Love Cool Posters!

‘X-Men: Apocalypse’: A Decent Superhero Movie That Had Me Riveted

I’ve been very interested in watching X-Men movies lately and my latest venture led me to watch X-Men: Apocalypse. I’m one of those casual X-Men fans who watch the movies but don’t take the story that seriously, especially that I’ve watched the X-Men films in such a wrong order (X-Men: Days of Future PastLoganX-Men: Dark PhoenixX-Men: First ClassX-Men, and just now, X-Men: Apocalypse.)

Before I share my review of this particular film let me share with you micro-reviews of these other X-Men movies to give you an idea of how I feel about these movies.

X-MenNot a bad Marvel film, especially for 2000. A-

X-Men: First ClassSuper wack, especially the CGI. In fact, I couldn’t finish it because it looked so bad but I got the gist. C+

X-Men: Days of Future PastA heck of a good X-Men movie that actually takes its story seriously. A

X-Men: Dark PhoenixNot nearly as bad as the fans and critics say. There were some great action sequences that had me pumped. After watching all of these films, I’m actually kind of excited to maybe see this movie again. A-

LoganRaw, gritty, fantastically written, dark, the best X-Men movie ever made by far. A+

Okay, there are my micro-reviews. So now that you know how I feel about those films let me tell you, in greater detail, how I feel about X-Men: Apocalypse. Continue reading ‘X-Men: Apocalypse’: A Decent Superhero Movie That Had Me Riveted