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Invisible Sue

Invisible Sue 2018

It’s been a little while again since I’ve been able to watch and review a superhero movie here, pretty much all of my free time is split between work, a newborn, and the podcasts which I’ve been sharing on this site. But I did find this movie on DVD at the dollar store a couple months back with absolutely no information about what the movie is outside of the name of the film and the fact that the cover has a girl in a superhero mask. Apparently it’s a German film, but similar to the Antboy release, the only available audio track on the DVD is the English dub. At least partially due to the fact that it’s more of a family friendly film. I would be curious to see this in the original German as I remember that it helped out my viewing of the Antboy sequels. As it is, it’s a pretty basic kids adventure movie with a little bit of super powers and gadgetry thrown in the mix. It doesn’t do anything badly, but it never really pushes the excitement level past the halfway point.

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It’s Time to Rewind: Week 12 & Finale

Groundhog Day After Day After Day: Week 12 & Finale

I’ve spent 12 weeks breaking down Groundhog Day loop by loop for 38 episodes, plus a couple weeks of pre-production before I even started releasing episodes. And now we’re finished. Done. Finito. I’m already well into working on season 2 as well as a few bonus episodes in the meantime. I hope you’ve enjoyed this journey and will continue on into the Twilight Zone and beyond!

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It’s Time to Rewind: Week 11

Groundhog Day After Day After Day Week 11

Another week, another batch of podcast episodes going through Groundhog Day loop by loop. This week we get to look at an ice sculpture, another piano lesson, an awkward hug, and the death of an unnamed homeless man. Thanks to everyone who’s been listening, the podcast as a whole has reached the 500 downloads mark. May be a small number to some, but I’m happy that at least one person out there is listening and enjoying what I’m putting out there. As a reminder, if you’re a Patron on Patreon at the $3 a month level or more, you can already listen to the rest of the season right now! There’s only 4 episodes to go in this first season, so get listening!

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It’s Time to Rewind: Weeks 8 – 10

Groundhog Day After Day After Day weeks 8 -10

It’s been a little bit since I’ve done one of these recaps for the podcast. I haven’t announced it here on the site yet but a little over 2 weeks ago, my 2nd daughter was born. On August 27th, little Faye was born 3 weeks early and I’ve had the past two weeks spent taking care of her and her mother, getting a couple movies in during baby naps. Both are doing very well at the moment and things are looking good for us. As for the podcast, we’re already nearing the home stretch and we’ve got a lot of episodes and a lot of guests here from the past three weeks. And after this, there are only a little over two weeks left of this first season. It’s been fun but a second season will be coming out before too long so stay tuned!

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Shang-Chi

Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings 2021

This is only just the start of the squeezed MCU timeline as this is the second of four MCU films coming out this year that started with Black Widow just a couple months ago, Eternals in a couple more months, and Spider-Man: Far From Home to end out the year. Many of these MCU films are generally split down the middle more or less. Half of the film follows a more or less typical Marvel movie format with light comedy mixed throughout and a big end battle filled with explosions. The other half of the film gets to branch out into many different genres like spy thriller, war movie, sci-fi comedy, what have you. This does that to a certain extent, but it feels like the split was closer to 70-30 in favor of a martial arts/Wuxia film and I am all on board for that shift. After Black Widow’s moderate disappointment in that it followed the Marvel format a little too much, I absolutely loved every minute of this film from his audience surrogate friend slash potential love interest to the sympathetic villain to the fantastic-yet-still-unique CGI-filled climactic final battle sequence. And as this is a new release, as with all my reviews there may be spoilers ahead so if you want to go in fresh be warned.

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Secret Society of Second-Born Royals

Secret Society of Second-Born Royals 2020

As I was browsing through the new content on Disney+ I did find two superhero-esque movies on there that I hadn’t reviewed yet. One of them was Flora & Ulysses and the other was this movie. Both feel very much like Disney Channel Original Movies like a slightly modern update of something along the lines of Up, Up, and Away and for the most part, that’s exactly what this one feels like. While I was watching it, I was reminded of a dozen other movies that played out scenes very much like this one only the other movies did them way better. There’s nothing inherently wrong with this film or its characters, but everything just felt very generic and uninspired. On top of the cliche of making royalty seem like something that’s magical or mystical rather than a simple power grab that in modern times has largely evolved into celebrity figureheads with no real power yet cash in on their heritage.

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It’s Time to Rewind: Season 1 week 7

Groundhog Day After Day After Day week 7

This week brings out another new guest as Heather from the MILFcast joins the podcast to take us from Phil getting slapped through his downward spiral. She was a lot of fun and there was a lot more variety in these days rather than 7 slaps in a row. In some behind the scene news, all the episodes in this season have been recorded! There’s still a little over a month’s worth of episodes, then at least a couple bonus episodes including the return of Filmwhys for at least one episode. But for now, let’s just get to this week’s episodes, shall we?

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Wonder Woman 1984

Wonder Woman 1984 2020

Even though not a whole lot of films came out last year, this was the biggest one that I overlooked. The reception was very mixed, with some people enjoying the new take on Wonder Woman, but many people weren’t very fond of this movie which is a very different version of Wonder Woman as her first movie. And this is despite having practically the same creative team behind both movies. Instead of taking place in World War I, it’s taking place in the 1980’s and all the kitsch and nostalgia associated with it. The tone is much lighter and there is a stronger undertone of magical reality than what was present in the first film. And even though I watched it several days ago, I’m still not entirely sure how I feel about the film as a whole. I generally enjoyed many parts of it, but I severely questioned several decisions throughout the film.

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It’s Time to Rewind: Season 1 week 6

Groundhog Day After Day After Day Week 6

We are already in the sixth week of this new podcast and more or less halfway through the first season! This week has been a lot of fun as I really stretch this format to its absolute limit as I spend a second week discussing a slap montage where every episode except for the final one was less than a second of film. Thanks again so much to Jason Soto for being a good sport and having a blast with me discussing and rating slaps and groundhog ice sculptures. Things in the movie take a definite turn starting next week, so enjoy this week while you can.

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The Suicide Squad

The Suicide Squad 2021

It still feels kind of good to be going back to theaters despite the returning dread for the unusually large group of unvaccinated masses that may force the rest of us back into some form of lockdown or at least a return to mask wearing. But besides all of that I did make it to my local theater rather than spending the $15 or however much it is to get a month of HBO Max and watch this film at home like so many people out there decided to do. I did quite enjoy the experience and I even shelled out the extra cash to see this on an IMAX screen though I was slightly underwhelmed as well as slightly nauseated from the opening scene. The picture was very clear and sharp, but I didn’t feel that much of a difference between a regular digital projection, and at least this specific IMAX screen. It’s also unclear as to how well the movie is doing in terms of popularity as most of the critical reviews as well as most personal reviews from people I know have been extremely positive, but the actual box office numbers are quite low. It’s likely largely a factor of the HBO Max availability at no extra charge with small contributions from the Covid resurgence and the poor reception and unclear differentiation from the previous Suicide Squad film. But all of that doesn’t really matter in the grand scheme of things, what really matters is that I had a grand time watching this film and am ready to discuss it in full, including the large number of gruesome deaths that take place. So if you’d rather be surprised by who lives and who dies, read no further. The rest of you, enjoy.

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