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Movie Review: DEADPOOL 2

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Foul-mouthed mutant mercenary Wade Wilson (aka Deadpool), brings together a team of fellow mutant rogues to protect a young boy of supernatural abilities from the brutal, time-traveling mutant, Cable.  From the most interesting studio in the world, the one that killed Wolverine and is now property of Disney, comes Deadpool 2. The highly-anticipated sequel to 2016's R-rated smash hit Deadpool has a new director in David Leitch (Atomic Blonde), a bigger budget to work with and a larger cast of characters, but is it able to hold a candle to its groundbreaking predecessor? Let's find out.

Sadly, I don't think this sequel is as good as the first one. And yes, I'm aware that I gave the first a 5/5, so the bar was set really high. And while I did still enjoy Deadpool 2 a considerable amount, I have more issues with this sequel than I had with the first.

First off, Deadpool 2 is pretty much on par with the first in terms of laughs. I would say it's got just as many "I…

Movie Review: DEADPOOL

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Grab some Chimichangas, because it's time to review Deadpool. Also known as the funniest superhero movie ever made. By a landslide. Oh, I wasn't supposed to show my cards so early into this review? Oops. Well, onto the lovefest...

Deadpool is the first ever solo movie for the "Merc with a Mouth", a wise-cracking, fast-talking antihero from the X-Men Comics. He was created by Fabian Nicieza and Rob Liefeld, and made his first appearance in issue #98 of The New Mutants back in February of 1991. It isn't technically his first appearance on the big screen, nor is it Ryan Reynolds' first time playing this character, but let's not go further there.

The story follows Wade Wilson (Reynolds). He's a mercenary in New York City, he's got a girl (Morena Baccarin), and he's got terminal cancer. One night at a bar, Wade is approached by a mysterious man who offers him an experimental cure for his cancer. Wade says "(screw) it" and agrees, only to …

John's Most Anticipated Movies of Summer 2018

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May might not be here just yet, but with the release of the latest Avengers film this weekend, I'd say the summer movie season has begun. Looking at this summer's schedule, there are a handful of movies I can't wait to see, but overall, I'm a little underwhelmed by this moviegoing season's outlook - at least on paper. Below are the movies opening this summer that I am excited for, with some honorable mentions. Spoiler alert: expect a lot of Josh Brolin, and no Star Wars (sorry). 
This past Sunday, I talked about my most and least anticipated movies of the summer with Andrew Hays and Jackson Fulcher on Diego Coya's podcast. If you'd like to give that a listen, you can do so here! __________________
Honorable Mentions: Sicario: Day of the Soldado, The Equalizer 2, The Happytime Murders __________________
#5: Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom I know a lot of people that didn't like Jurassic World. While I didn't think it was the greatest movie ever (nor the sm…

Movie Review: AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR

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The film that the Marvel Cinematic Universe has been building up to for its 10 year existence is finally here - Avengers: Infinity War! And not to worry, much like my Star Wars: The Last Jedi review back in December, I'll make an effort to make this particular review shorter than my average review in an attempt to keep plot happenings as vague and spoiler-free as possible for those just wanting to hear what I thought of the latest Avengers film!

On the off chance that you haven't been in the know of what Marvel has been building up to, long story short, in the end credits of The Avengers, we saw a mysterious purple figure turn around and smile at the camera. Comic nerds recognized the figure as Thanos, a seeker of six Infinity Stones that together give him the power to wipe out half of all life in the universe just like [snaps fingers] that. This obviously draws the attention of both The Avengers and the Guardians of the Galaxy, who must work together to take down their grave…

Movie Review: READY PLAYER ONE

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I'm a simple man, I see a movie celebrating 80's pop culture nostalgia, I click "Purchase tickets now". Or I see Steven Spielberg's name attached to an Amblin project, and I also click "Purchase tickets now". When I heard the premise of Ready Player One, I was immediately sold.

Ready Player One, which is based on Ernest Cline's 2011 novel of the same name, is set in 2044. Earth has been largely reduced to slum-like cities, and many of its inhabitants have resorted to a virtual reality world called the OASIS as a way to escape from desolation. The OASIS' late creator, James Halliday (Mark Rylance) has left a series of "Easter eggs" (coincidence that this movie is opening on Easter weekend? I think not) for his users to find within a secret game. The first person to find the Easter eggs is granted full ownership of the virtual world. Our protagonist is Wade Watts (Mud and X-Men Apocalypse's Tye Sheridan), one of many "Gunters&qu…

Review: Tomb Raider (PS4)

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In honor of Tomb Raiderhitting theaters this Friday, I thought I'd play through the 2013 game for the first time and give you my thoughts as usual. 2013's Tomb Raider is the first game in the franchise I've played. It was a reboot of the series (the second reboot if you count Tomb Raider: Legend as one), now featuring a Lara Croft who isn't the hardened survivor we know her to be just yet. This is her first expedition, one that sees her boarding the ship Endurance (the irony of that name) in hopes of finding a lost kingdom in Japan. However, a violent storm splits the ship into two leaving Lara and the remaining survivors stranded on an isolated island that may have its own secrets.

The thing about Tomb Raider that really stuck out to me while I was playing it was how similar it felt to the Uncharted games. And I don't mean that as a bad thing. They're both action/adventure franchises focused on exploring, climbing, and combat. And they're both tough games…

John's 10 Best Movies of 2017

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I saw well over 100 films that got released in 2017. Some were blockbusters, some were indies. Some were theatrical releases, some were Netflix originals. Some were great, some deserved to be lit on fire (if you'd like to know what those were, you can view my Letterboxd list of my 10 Worst Movies of 2017, with dishonorable mentions, here). 
It was tough choosing and ordering a top ten from everything I've seen, heck, even picking just 5 honorable mentions was difficult. I must forewarm you that there's a couple of unconventional, questionable picks on here, and some glaring omissions. Just know that I'm not trying to be edgy, and I'm well aware some beloved and acclaimed films are nowhere to be found, and some not-so-beloved-or-acclaimed films are. I just ask that you respect my list like I'd respect yours, even if you don't agree with it. So without further ado, let's start off with those aforementioned honorable mentions! __________________
Honorable …