Friday, 11 August 2017

Contest - Comet TV's When The Moon Throws Shade!

   So we'll be experiencing ole Luna being shady this month as a solar eclipse will darken your day... but to brighten it up, Comet TV is giving away some choice items for you to enjoy... WHEN THE MOON THROWS SHADE!

  This August 21, 2017, how will you prepare for the solar eclipse?  Write down in the comment section below how you plan to enjoy the celestial event (along with a way to contact you or an email address) and a randomly picked lucky guy gets to receive:

- “Total Solar Eclipse” Collectible First Day Issue Stamp - Straight from the USPS this is the official commemorative first day issue stamp.

-  Comet USB Charging Bank - Do you want to snap a selfie and oh no, you only have 10% power left? Fear not, Comet has you covered. This awesome charger is the perfect save for any emergency situation!

- Comet Embroidered Hat - An official Comet TV hat is perfect for any ensamble. It will protect you from the sun, while you look more stylish and awesome than you already are!

- Comet Cooler Bag - This fun portable travel cooler is the go-to gear for your sodas, snacks and anything else you want to put it in. Take it to the park when you’re about to watch the eclipse and let your beverages stall chill and frosty, just like you!

- Limited Edition Comet SPF 30 Sunscreen Squeeze Pouch - We can’t let you get toasty out in the sun! This limited edition SPF 30 sunscreen pouch can go in your travel bag and let you avoid a nasty burn!

  A winner will be selected on August 30, 2017.  The prize will be sent via FedEx or USPS. No P.O. Boxes please. Giveaway open to the U.S. only.

  For ideas on what you could possibly do during the 2-3 hours of lunar madness, you can check out Comet TV's Ultimate Guide to Eclipsing!

Comet TV's got movies that are out of this world for you to peruse as well.   Hopefully the eclipse doesn't trigger any unfriendly alien encounters.

Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978)
Friday, August 25 at 8P/7C
Saturday, August 26 at 8P/7C
Wednesday, August 30 at 5:30P/4:30C

Thursday, 10 August 2017

Movie Review - Annabelle : Creation


   Hard to believe this creepy doll got her own spin-off series that's more popular than the original film that she spawned from.  With the shared universe type franchises being pushed forward, who knows how far she will go?

   But where did she start?  Her creation isn't actually as remarkable as it could be.  A grieving couple started the wheel turning and bad decisions involving bringing orphans into the unsafe grounds set her on her course.

   The turn of the decade brought a new kind of horror type after the Asian imports and the hard held camera.  Annabelle Creation took more than just the doll from The Conjuring; it also brought the suspenseful moments, the developing build up, the creeping darkness, the long corridors, the jump scares, the disturbing noises and other techniques.  Most are actually old hat for the jaded horror fans but it still won't stop audiences from hiding behind their fingers or clutching their significant others during choice bits.  Stuff I liked (but have also seen elsewhere) would be not being safe during the day time, brave little girls, the living shadows.  Stuff I didn't like would be this flick falling under the stupid moves that characters do in horror films.  Seriously, communication.  And more screaming actually helps.

   That being said, this latest installment is a wonderful thrill / date movie, depending on what you're looking for.  There's minimal gore mixed in with the  wonderful jump scares but, most of the time, the audience would be laughing nervously but appreciatively at a particularly effective freak out.  Lapses in logic aside (I mean, seriously, things wouldn't have gone as far as they did if they were only more forthcoming), this is a fun flick for fright fans.  Watch it as an early Halloween treat!

Friday, 21 July 2017

Movie Review - Cars 3

  Lightning McQueen is back for the third Cars movie but the comeback is turning into a struggle.  The new generation of race cars is beginning to dominate the tracks and Lightning is afraid to be left behind.

  This really isn't Lightning's year.  It's been a decade plus since his last starring role (as Cars 2 is all about Mater) and he's seriously past his prime.  His mentor had already passed away and perhaps it's time to pass the torch?  The story arc almost takes an unheard of turn but that's something even the original movie isn't afraid to tackle. 

   This third outing is quite poignant.  Unless it's really made obvious, the denizens of the film don't really show their age.  Lightning McQueen looks as bright and shiny as he had always been but he's no longer a rookie.  Sad to say that he still has to prove himself again.  There is a disconnect but even the fans are no longer as young as they used to be.  Even they have grown up and this is a film that's as down to earth as it could be, even with talking automobiles.

   There's a feminist side in the film, with the female trainer and the terrifying demotion derby monster.  An racial diversity might be inferred too, with said trainer taking a Hispanic name.  The social relevancy is understated but I suppose it's a subtle way to progress further. 

  Nothing to say about the superb animation.  This could very well be Lightning McQueen's final lap but it's a good way to go.

Thursday, 20 July 2017

Movie Review - Dunkirk

   War is a messy business and what occurs in Dunkirk is a lot of chaos.  Evacuating the soldiers is no simple task that it takes three separate viewpoints to encompass the affair.  To add to the confusion would be how the events are presented as they are shown simultaneously but occur in different times, eventually converging.

   There is a serenity in the beach, the seas and even the skies but it's the background music that engulfs one it its stillness.  The lack of dialogue means the atmosphere makes the scene, showing the desperation and despair as quietly as it can.  The mood is somber, as it should be.

  Of the triptych, it's the soldier yearning to go home which seems to be the most relatable.  His will to survive is tested several times but it's his luck that holds, while it runs out for others.  The father and son on the boat, delivering more than supplies, have the most conversation but even that isn't very much.  The pilot, who is hardy and hardly above it all, is practically alone in the skies.

  Dunkirk is exceptionally crafted, with great attention to acting, props, cinematography and soundtrack.  Fans of history will devour it but it's presentation may leave casual viewers quietly confused.  It's still an education nevertheless.

Wednesday, 22 March 2017

Movie Review - Kong : Skull Island

   It's the return of the King, again.  The remake for the turn of the century needed another updating and this is it.  It's still set decades past so it's not a monster for the modern times.  The special effects are still on the cutting edge of creature feature CGI with a few more beasties to boot.  

  As a period piece set in the war, the tone reflects a guerilla army feel instead of an adventure.  Lead Tom Hiddleston is the hero, yes, but very low key (not the bombastic trickster God type) to the point of being forgettable.  The King himself is larger than life, with personality exuding from his stoic expression.  There's a dissonance between seeing Kong eat people alive at the reveal then rooting for him to triumph by the end.  Still a meaty treat to see, though you turn off your brain to enjoy.

Movie Review - Logan

   There was a lot of positive buzz on the new X-Men film and, even though I managed my expectations, the movie still blew my mind.  I wasn't prepared for the gut-wrenching feelings twisting in my stomach as I watched familiar characters run through the meat grinder.  It isn't the juicy splatterfest (though the brutality involved is appalling) but the emotional wringer I experienced.  It tears at your heart to see the proud and supposedly unbreakable Wolverine reduced as such; even more so with the dignified Charles Xavier.

  Hugh Jackman's gives everything into his final foray as the titular wild mutant.  He is unrecognizable with his unkempt hair and shabby appearance but his acting shines through the facade as he limps and growls through all the obstacles thrown at him.  He does stumble near the end with his lumbering gait and so Patrick Stewart overtakes him in the acting department.  One shouldn't have to see the fatherly Xavier broken like that.  Such a painful sight to behold but what a masterful performance.  Defne Keen as Laura is also to be commended as a frightening revelation.  Her action scenes might be film trickery but she does this young version of the character justice.

  This film is grim, yes, but the brutality sets it apart.  With its new rating, the violence is ramped up to exploit the true horror of Wolverine's weapons.  Blood and guts, gore galore.  The abundance of swearing in a usually controlled setting took some time to get used to as well.  The story is supposedly based on a comic arc Old Man Logan but this is a more realistic, non-apocalyptic future.  Being set away from main cities kept evidences of handy technological advances to a minimum, though cyborg enhancements are no longer surprises.  There are no extravagant displays of flashy special effects, well, except for the camera shaking one.  There isn't that much in terms of regular heroism as expected in a Marvel movie.  This is a grounded type of story, grounded so hard into the unforgiving, dirty floor.

   This isn't a superhero movie.  I consider this an alternate 'Days of Future Past' timeline, one that hopefully will not come to pass.  But either way, Logan is an unforgettable masterpiece as a superhero alternative.

  Just to geek out, SPOILERS below!
  I knew it was Donald Pierce!  Great portrayal.  The Reavers were teched out too.  I recognized Bonebreaker from the haircut.  No tank treads though, haha.

  I thought X-24 was going to be Predator X but I guess an animal would break the realistic feel.  I thought it was Sabertooth reborn coming back.  Would have been wild if it was Daken instead but, honestly, they could have combined the other mutant genes to create a hybrid instead of another Wolverine clone.

  Who in the world were the children?  Rictor looked like he did some telekinesis.  What happened to the flame thrower?  The black electrical kid isn't Bolt or Berserker.  Who's that ice princess?  The lizard boy is Anole?  There aren't the New Mutants or even the Academy X kids.  The way they disposed of Pierce was frightening.

   Loved the classic comic appearing, even though I don't recognize it.  Who wrote that and who drew it to?  

  Xavier's mental maelstrom was well executed.  Terrifying to see in action and the alluded event must have been more catastrophic.

  I'm so glad this isn't Old Man Logan.  This is much better, even if it's something I wouldn't want to be canon.  Maybe Laura can find her way to the prime universe though, haha.

Movie Review - Fist Fight

   Fist Fight has more to talk about on the school system or the parody it does of such over the media frenzy it supposedly generates.  The exaggerated mischief and lowbrow antics of the students and teachers themselves push the envelope of good humor as drugs, sex, swearing, administrative failings and general havoc is inflicted on campus.  It does try to present a message about educational conditions but this is largely a background hum to the chaos depicted within one school day.  So much is unbelievably crammed into a few hours but the premise is incredulous to begin with.  It's a mess of fun as the hapless Charlie Day struggles desperately to stay on top of things and one can just laugh at the ridiculousness of it all.