Star Trek: Beyond Boldly Goes in a New Direction, and Creates Something New and Refreshing


Star Trek Beyond is the third installment in the new updated Star Trek franchise, and let me tell you they came into their own with this movie. Beyond is not your Dad’s Star Trek this is one of the most action packed Star Trek movies I have ever seen. I was very leery when I heard Justin Lin was taking over from J.J. Abrams. Abrams did what most said he couldn’t and created a great foundation for a new Star Trek Universe that kept elements of the original while still being new and exciting. Justin Lin did a great job with Beyond it was not Star Trek: Fast and Furious as some thought. He managed to create a movie that felt very close to the original Star Trek tv series and managed to feel refreshing and new.
Captain Kirk
Captain Kirk

Star Trek: Beyond played like an homage to the original series they didn’t rely on aliens or enemies they used in the past. Instead Beyond choose to create a new threat and story that took the crew of the enterprise out of their element and in new combinations and situations that worked to create a fun dynamic. There was action aplenty things never really slowed down or left you feeling bored Beyond came out the gate at full speed and never really slowed down. There were some scenes that left the crowd I was with clapping. This movie may have one of the best callback I’ve ever seen I won’t ruin it for you but when you see it you will be in awe.
Enterprise Crew
Enterprise Crew

Beyond is still the Captain Kirk (Chris Pine) and Spock (Zachary Quinto) show but all of the secondary crew members got a chance to shine especially Dr. McCoy (Karl Urban). He really came into his own in Beyond stealing just about every scene he was in. He got to be funny, reserved and even got a few action scenes. I hope in future movies they give him more back story on him because he seems like a very fun character in these movie.
Sofia Boutella as Jaylah
Sofia Boutella as Jaylah

Remember when i said the movie was face paced and the secondary members got a chance to shine. Yeah well that was a good thing and bad. The pacing was so frantic that the enemies while new didn’t get a chance to be fleshed out. Piece feel to let u know the back story but there was never a clear motivation for why the main villain did what he did. Krall is no Kahn while he is crazy to look at and intimidating he won’t go down as a major antagonist by any stretch of the mind. Jaylah another new character was also a victim of the lack of character development she had a great story there but we never really got to know her. She was more Dues Ex Machina than an actual character.
I highly recommend you go and check this movie out. While not as cerebral as previous Trek movies have been. Star Trek Beyond is fun and is a great jumping on point for those that may have felt the mythos of Star Trek were a little too daunting to get into.

Star Trek: Beyond is in theaters now.

SDCC: Ghostrider Coming to Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. this Fall


Yesterday during the Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. panel at San Diego Comic-Con the cast revealed that “Vengeance is Coming”. That’s right folks the one and only Ghostrider will be appearing in season four of the show.
Ghostrider/Robbie Reyes
Ghostrider/Robbie Reyes

All we know at this point is that the Ghostrider in question wont be Johnny Blaze or Danny Ketch, but the newest incarnation of the anti-hero Robbie Reyes. Robbie Reyes is a high school student that drives a fiery Dodge Charger instead of a motorcycle like the previous two incarnations of the character. Actor Gabriel Luna (True Detective) will play the new Ghostrider in the upcoming season. No word yet on when the character will make his debut.
Gabriel Luna
Gabriel Luna

So are you a fan of seeing the new Ghostrider come to Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. leave a comment below

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. returns Tuesday September 20th at 10:00p.m.

SDCC: Marvel/Netflix unveil teaser trailers for Luke Cage, Iron Fist, and The Defenders

Yesterday was the first day of San Diego Comic-con and Marvel and Netflix waisted not time getting to the point. We got not one not two, but three teaser trailers. One for Luke Cage one for Iron Fist and one for The Defenders maxi series.

Luke Cage Logo
Luke Cage Logo

Luke Cage which will be released on Septtember 30, 2016 looks to be a lot of fun. The trailer gives us a good taste of what the series will be about and all the major players. To say I’m excited to see this one is an understatement.

Iron Fist Logo
Iron Fist Logo

Iron Fist will be the next released, though no exact date has been given. More than likely it will be early 2017. The teaser is really just that a teaser. It gives us the bare bones of who Danny Rand is and hits all the key points of his origin.

The Defenders Logo
The Defenders Logo

The last teaser was mainly used to show of the new logo and give a time frame for when the new Defenders series. Looks like the summer of 2017 The Defenders will be the newest super hero team on the block.

Lastly I’ll leave you with the sizzle reel that shows of Jessica Jones and Daredevil as well as giving us a look at whats to come from Luke Cage and possibly another vigilante.

Ghostbusters lacks chemistry and heart, but is fun and visually stunning.

Thirty years ago the original Ghostbusters was released and is widely considered one of the greatest comedies of all time. It has endeared itself to fans spawning a toy line, cartoons, video games and comics that have lasted to this day. When people heard that a remake was being made many were very apprehensive about how good it could really be. Even if it does feature some of the best comical actresses of this generation could it really live up to the stature that was the original. I’m here to let you know if it’s worth checking out

The Ghostbusters take it to the ghouls
The Ghostbusters take it to the ghouls

First things first I enjoyed the movie I think it was good and I was never bored. They mixed action with comedy well taking the franchise places I wasn’t expecting. The new Ghostbusters won’t be going on my all-time favorite movie list, but it was entertaining and a great way to kill two hours. Ghostbusters did a great job of mixing both practical and visual effects. In this day and age they could have easily just made all the ghost digital and been done with, but they actually used real actors with digital effect that meshed so seamlessly I couldn’t tell where the person started and the effect ended. I also found Chris Hemsworth and Kate McKinnon to be especially good both stole every scene they were in and were very funny. There was also a good bit of action which is something the original lacked and was a nice change of pace.

Ghostbusters Cast
Ghostbusters Cast

While the cast was funny they weren’t really funny together. They just lacked that chemistry that the original cast had. The original cast played off of each other and weren’t afraid to be the straight man in scenes the new cast seemed to always try to be the funniest person in the room. This took away from the final product and the team dynamic of the movie. Ghostbusters was also a bit too cartoony the characters seemed like just that characterizations I never really connected with anyone. Left me feeling that this was more of a cash grab then trying to be something new.

The new Ghostbusters in action.
The new Ghostbusters in action.

Once its all said and done the movie was a lot of fun, if you can distance yourself from comparing it to the original you’ll enjoy it. Ghostbusters will not be the cultural phenomenon that the original was, but it’s a nice addition to the franchise. If you have two hours to kill I highly recommend going to check it out.

Ghostbusters is in theaters now.

Hollywood’s Next Big Movie Stars

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Predicting the rise of transcendent movie stars is harder than it seems it should be. For instance, I can recall more than a few publications singling out Armie Hammer as the “next big thing” after he burst onto the scene playing the Winklevoss twins in The Social Network, and yet his most noteworthy project in the five years since then was The Man From U.N.C.L.E.. Droves of film fans were certain for years that Abigail Breslin was the next big name among actresses, and yet the former child star has been more interested in living an ordinary young adult life than on chasing major films (and good for her, because she has plenty of time). Even Tom Hardy—arguably the biggest up-and-comer of the last five years—doesn’t quite qualify, as he seems to utterly refuse to embrace his celebrity in a way typical of people we think of as “movie stars.”

Really, it’s a rare combination of talents and attributes that makes for such a figure. There has to be talent, individuality, and a certain outgoing nature in one regard or another. A movie star typically thrives on his or her celebrity without looking like a fool doing so. There just aren’t too many people who check all the boxes.

But who might the next genuine movie stars in line be? Who is the George Clooney or Leonardo DiCaprio of a new generation? What young actress out there has Jennifer Lawrence-like potential? Let’s take a look at some candidates, just for fun.

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Michael B. Jordan

It’s hard to imagine a bigger up-and-coming name than that of Michael B. Jordan after he successfully injected new life into the Rocky franchise in 2015. Jordan was already popular with plenty of fans, some of whom will always associate him with The Wire and others with Friday Night Lights. Some still recall his childhood role in Hardball and some thought he had a bit of a coming out party as a serious performer in Fruitvale Station. Whatever you knew him for before 2015, however, his performance as the son of Apollo Creed in Creed was the sort of work a long and successful career can be built on. Only 27 years old, Jordan has an incredible body of work ahead of him.

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Alicia Vikander

Look past the fact that she’s gorgeous and starred in two well regarded films (Ex Machina and The Danish Girl) in 2015. Also forget about how she gets comparisons to Natalie Portman on a regular basis, or that she showed up to the Oscars looking like Belle (and according to this report did so knowingly!). Vikander is about to explode with her upcoming roles. She’s taking over as Lara Croft in a future Tomb Raider film, she’s the female lead in this summer’s Jason Bourne, and she’s headlining the adaptation of the popular novel The Light Between Oceans as well. She’s got all the ingredients to be a movie star for life.

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Tom Holland

It’s not all about superhero films, but it’s hard to believe Tom Holland won’t become a major star now that he’s Marvel Studios’ first Peter Parker/Spider-Man. A successful debut in Captain America: Civil War was just the beginning, and while he was endearing, he didn’t really flash the depth of his talents. His turn in The Impossible, however, left little doubt that he’s capable of big things. What remains to be seen is if he has the personality or lifestyle to embrace the spotlight.

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Lupita Nyong’o

It’s hard to think of a young actress who’s charmed film fans more than Lupita Nyong’o in the last few years. After breaking through with an Oscar nominated performance in 12 Years A Slave she secured roles in Star Wars: The Force Awakens and The Jungle Book, immediately translating her talent to box office appeal. Granted, those two roles were a motion capture performance and a voice acting role, respectively, but Nyong’o is only just getting started, with further action in Star Wars planned as well as a role in the upcoming Black Panther film. There’s also a certain refreshing element to Nyong’o that could make her a unique star. Her unmatched humility and (as IMDB calls it) “trademark” short hair communicate that she’s not overcome by her own celebrity or traditional Hollywood imagery, and that can go a long way with modern fans.

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Dane DeHaan

James Dean is among the most revered actors in Hollywood history. In fact, he’s still so popular that just recently he popped up as the subject of a new slot machine game here, where TV shows and films, but not typically single actors, are used often to enhance casino games. The James Dean game claims to “capture his good looks and essence” that have lingered long after his untimely death. And Dane DeHaan captured the very same when he portrayed a young Dean in the 2015 biopic Life. Oddly enough, DeHaan also gets comparisons to a young Leonardo DiCaprio, so suffice it to say he’s got the visual part of movie stardom down pat. In much the same way Brad Pitt was once hailed as Robert Redford reincarnate, one or two breakout roles could send DeHaan on his way to being called the next Dean or DiCaprio.

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Chloe Grace Moretz

Having taken the torch from Abigail Breslin to some extent, Moretz is many people’s pick as the best teenage actress working. To this point she’s excelled mostly through comedy, but she’s shown a deft touch for humor on screen even at a very young age. Like Ezra Miller, she’s considered good looking but in a somewhat unconventional (and thus memorable) way. It remains to be seen if Moretz can deliver in a major dramatic role, but odds are she’ll get a few chances to do just that in the coming years.

Naturally many more could make the list. John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Saoirse Ronan, and Gal Gadot are just a few more who come to mind. But for their combination of acting chops and other unique factors, the actors and actresses above seem like contenders to become genuine movie stars.