- Jun 12, 2014
Daughter saw it Friday night with Coffee Farmer Boyfriend. She said it might be her favorite too. She also said she was really happy you didn't have to know the rest of the Marvel movies to enjoy it.Guardians of the Galaxy 3 (2023) <Theater>
Took the 14yo and about 5 of his friends, even took the wife who is completely clueless on MCU. Boys liked it, many said it was their favorite of the three. Wife liked it, assumed she missed some inside jokes and references (there weren't really that many). I liked it, but wouldn't call it the top of the three.
Core storyline is Rocket gets injured, they can't doctor on him because whomever created him put in safeguards to explode him. So they go in search of his creator to get the code so they can save him. The film alternates between the going for the codes vs flashbacks for Rocket on his growing up, who were his friends then, etc. So, it gives a great bit of backstory for Rocket, and really gets you to buy in and bond with the character.
It felt to me that the majority of the film was characters yelling at each other, which felt old after awhile. Aside from the yelling, there were a LOT of good lines throughout, plenty of laughs; but also a lot of action, several cameos of previous characters. Our villain, High Evolutionary is a new character, but he's leaning on some of his creations (some of MCU's earlier characters) against GotG. Gamora is back, but completely different with a memory loss issue, so the romance between her and Quill is more of a melancholy on Quills end. It's not bad, and addresses that question. There is a mid credit scene, as well as a post credit scene, so stick around. The 'who' that will return was somewhat odd compared to how the film wrapped up and set up subsequent films with a different crew and captain for the GotG. Go see it, you shouldn't be disappointed. 8/10
I am totally smiling as I type this because I truly appreciate the level of detail you give in your reviews... the reason I'm smiling is because it took you 226 words (yeah, I threw it into Word to check, I'm thorough like that, and I didn't include words that shouldn't count) to basically say what would have sufficed as follows... consider it a FIFY,Samaritan (2022) <Netflix>
Fictional alternate reality, twins were born at some point in modern era who were super strong and virtually indestructible. One grew to feel he ought help and take care of the general population, 'Samaritan'; while his brother sought to strike out at the populace, 'Nemesis'. They fought and both perished in the massive fire - as the legend goes.
We pick up with a young boy about 12yo and his single mom living in NYC/Chicago/Detroit...something like that. She is struggling to make it, he has a list of people he thought were 'Samaritan' (there were rumours he survived) but all crossed off because none of them were him. Boy gets into trouble, tied in with the local gang who is connected to Cyrus, the local crime boss (think of a young Kiefer Sutherland) who idolizes Nemesis. His gang rides around in 80's grandpa cars all spray painted black, to give you the feel of (non) quality at work here.
I'll skip any more details, and cut to the point. Stallone is our supposed 'Samaritan', and he's drawn in reluctantly to protect the kid (he wants to remain retired and unknown), for an ultimate showdown with our bad guy. There's a twist anyone can predict, even from my short summary. Action is ok, dialogue is meh, no skin, plot is weak, overall casting is less than 'meh'. Skip it if you have the option. 4.5/10
Summary for the busy:Smile (2022) <Netflix>
Son and I wanted to watch a horror film, and this was suggested so we figured to try it out. Premise is a demon (for lack of a better term) will haunt someone, possessing others around them or creating the hallucination that it is others around them, who simply stare at them with an evil smile to let them know the demon is there with them. Sometimes the demon talks to them. The kicker to this one is the demon haunts, or jumps from person to person, through the trauma of watching someone get killed. A haunted person commits suicide, the witness then becomes possessed and loses their mind over 4-7 days then kills themself and the witness to that then becomes haunted/possessed. This is akin to Fallen (1998) with Denzel Washington, for those who cared for that one.
Acting is ok, as we follow an ER psych ward doctor who deals with an intake claiming she is haunted. Patient kills themself in front of doc, and we go along with doc on the mission to understand what this is, if it's real, and what to do about being the next victim. She has a fiance, whom we rarely see (black professional fiance, white doc woman, so partially woke). No knock on the actor, his role is weak and minimal. More dominant is one of the cops that comes to interview her about the incident is an ex-boyfriend. She ends up leaning on him a lot more for help looking into the string of suicides leading up to her. Neither doc nor cop seem to be a familiar face, but they carry their roles well enough. I will give credit for the 'jump' factor, and frequent use of camera motion to induce uneasiness and disorientation for the viewer, bringing them in with the doc's situation.
All in all, barely better than 'meh'. No skin, not a lot of blood/gore, no real action - just storyline primarily. Ok to watch to kill an evening if it's been awhile since you saw anything to make you 'jump'. 6.5/10
Sofla; thanks for the recommendation, this was so damn good. I’ve never surfed, but was always drawn to watch the sport. This goes more than just behind the scenes, what a crew these dudes are.Not sure if mentioned already, but I recently found Momentum Generation on HBO Max. About a group of now world famous surfers(Slater, Machado, Robb) and how they came up together. If you grew up surfing in the late 80s-90s, you’ll appreciate it. Definitely paints a darker picture of some aspects of the sport, and specifically KS, but I enjoyed it.
Sofla; thanks for the recommendation, this was so damn good. I’ve never surfed, but was always drawn to watch the sport. This goes more than just behind the scenes, what a crew these dudes are.
Love 100Foot Wave on HBO also, amazing athletes, need to have some screws loose upstairs to be shot in by a jet ski to ride a 60’+ wave!!
Any footage of Pamela Anderson "surfing pipeline" with Slater? Asking for a friend...I loved that it honored Tom Curren at the beginning. Slater gets all the glory, and rightly so with what he has accomplished, but Curren in many respects paved the way. He was my first favorite surfer. Also liked that it showed the human element of them. As a kid seeing pictures or videos of them charging places like pipeline you just assumed they were fearless and did so the first day. The fact that several of them, even after becoming really good, were like “no way I’m surfing pipeline”, was cool to see. Glad you liked it.
Any footage of Pamela Anderson "surfing pipeline" with Slater? Asking for a friend...