Comic Con 2018 – Review by guest blogger.

Entry by; Jiyan Bagcivanci
Pictures by; Ayass Fatouhiy

The doors opened at 15 on Friday and we were welcomed to the biggest event for comics. There wasn’t as much people as I’d thought it would be, but I did although get informed that Saturday would be packed.
We were greeted by the latest Android from Starwars and an entire lego Star wars army. Beside them, R2D2 and his companions greeted the visitors with it’s signature sounds. When we stepped in I was a bit disappointed to the small size of such an event, yet there was enough stands and shops to go around.
From Fox to Playstation to Swedish Military, all of them were jammed in one place. Why the military was there? I dont know, maybe catch some Call of Duty players and recruit them? Either way, it seemed as if this years ComicCon was mainly focused on games, games, and more games.
All the major players were there; Playstation showing their VR, Nitendo demonstrating the latest Mario-games, Tomb Raider, Metro Exodus, Starlink and many many more were showcasing the newest games soon availible to the public.
In between you could catch cosplayers walking around. This year, Harley Quinn from Suicide Squad seemed seemed to be the character of choice and a couple of manga school girls. The day went by fast and soon enough Saturday came around.
It was packed. People from all corners of Sweden and it’s neighbouring countries flocked the mess hall. Today Mads Mikkelsen, known for Hannibal and Doctor Strange had an Q&A and people were bombarding him with personal and professional questions. After that we took a stroll around the hall and played the games and checked the shops. Mystery boxes seemed to be the talk of the day and everyone walked around with a orange box or a specifically themed box, from Dr.Who to Minecraft. All in all, this years ComicCon was exciting and fun but they should’ve had more focus on Comics like Marvel or DC and not so much on games.

– Jiyan Bagcivanci





Pacific Rim: Uprising (Bluray Review)

Director; Steven S. DeKnight
Sci-fi/Action
1h 51 minutes
Out on Bluray.
Copy by UIP/SONY Home.

Pacific Rim: Uprising is a blend of Transformers meets Alien with a splash of Enders Game from 2013.
A cocktail of cities getting destroyed, futuristic technology, giant robots, and kids. A new generation being recruited to become Jaeger pilots.

Jake Pentecost, son of Stacker Pentecost played by John Boyega, mostly known for his role as Finn in the latest Star Wars installment, reunites with Mako and join forces with his former rival Lambert, played by Scott Eastwood to dive into battle and save the world from a new Kaiju threat.

There was no depth nor soul, it felt flat throughout until it reaches the ending, and not even then does it deliver with an epic closing, besides the predictable and obvious end that was bound to happen and easy to figure out due to previous similar films.

It tried desperately to come off as lighthearted at times, and to make the audience laugh or at least smile but failed miserably.
It felt forced. Let’s take the first Transformers as an example, the humor came naturally to Sam Witwicky and Agent Simmons played by Shia Labeouf and John Turturro, even the second and third film delivered some really good laughing moments that you felt in your core, making the entire theater crack up and shed a tear of joy. Here, I practically cringed.

The vision wasn’t spectacular, the shades ended up being dull, grey, and slightly average. The cinematic experience felt almost jacked from a Michael Bay action flick, and the music was pretty much none-excisting.
Not my cup of tea and I highly doubt it’ll become a huge blockbuster, however, did you enjoy the first one, then I am certain you’ll have a good time during the sequel. 4,5/10

Bluray extras;
Deleted scenes with commentary.
Hall of heroes.
Bridge to uprising.
Becoming cadets.
Unexpected villain.
Next level jaegers
+ more.


In darkness (Bluray review)

Director; Anthony Byrne
Thriller/Mystery
1h 40 minutes
Out on Bluray.
Copy by UIP/SONY Home.

Natalie Dormer, the face you might recognize from not only The Forest but also the great TV hit show Games of Thrones is back in a questionable thriller with a twist that will leave you looking like a question mark throughout the film wondering what you’ve might’ve gotten yourself into when deciding to watch it.
In darkness follows the actress, this time portraying the role of a blind pianist, Sofia. When her hearing senses capture the murder of someone above her apartment, she enters a mysterious ride of London’s grim and criminalistic underworld.

Besides being a very confused script, In Darkness is also a film that will completely have you question your own intelligence, leaving you in wonder, uncertain if you’ve missed something or perhaps the director just wanted it to be impossible to make any sense of. It had the potential of becoming something great, a nail-biting thriller that would have the audience in awe, sadly, it became nothing but ashes after 30 minutes in and you’re left with unreasonable twists and no phoenix rising to the top with an impeccable finish as one would’ve hoped. 3.5/10

Bluray extra;
Interview with director and cast.


Slender Man (Press-screening review)

Director; Sylvain White
1h 33 minutes
Horror
Swedish premiere; August 10th

A total disgrace to horror films all around the globe. Categorizing Slender Man alongside classics it’s hands down just disrespectful, a movie that should be kept away from theaters all around the world, and I want my hour and a half minutes back after watching it because I have never insulted my vision with such awful script, dialogue, and visual.

Slender Man was something that sounded appealing to me, the idea of an terrorizing entity intrigued me, it always has.
I’ve always been drawn to the dark and bad, and just like IT, Slender Man went in particular after children.

In Massachusetts, we get to join the group of four friends who summons Slender Man one drunken and dark night, only to have brought upon themselves a curse that will follow them and slowly tear their spirit and mental state apart.

It was painfully dull, a movie that never seemed to come to an end, a poor dialogue that was weak and didn’t carry the plot whatsoever. A real disappointment. 1,5/10


Mamma Mia 2 : Here we go again (Review)

Director; Ol Parker
Musical/Comedy
1h 54 minutes
In theaters now.

Like the title itself, the wonderfully joyful and sparkling story of Mamma Mia is finally back with a much longing sequel that will most likely spin your entire being into a swirl of dance and fantastic music.
An emotional and beautiful vision of summer flings, breezy and blue vibes, and strong voices. A film that just like the first one will stay with you for a while, and you will love every bit and second of it.

Mamma Mia 2 delivers the best songs and a phenomenal performance and acting by the whole fantastic ensemble that they have managed to put together, a cast that grabs ahold of your heart in the most amazing way ever, having you leaving the theater with a smile from ear to ear, daydreaming about bursting out in a ABBA song whenever the mood strikes.

A wonderful film for the whole family to enjoy, a blast from beginning to end, strongly recommended. The feel-good movie of this year! 8/10



The Equalizer 2 (Review)

Director; Antoine Fuqua
Action/Thriller/Crime
2h
Swedish Premiere; August 24th

Based on the Tv-show that aired between 1985 and 1989, The Equalizer is the story behind one retired agent who takes on justice into his own hands and makes sure the bad gets exactly what they deserve.
Denzel Washington is back as Robert McCall in the sequel that is a thrilling and emotional film with a visual experience that will take you for an action-packed ride of beautiful sound and excitement.

Denzel Washington is on a league of his own, there’s a certain essence not only to him as an actor, but also to the roles he takes on.
The sort of charisma and feelings these characters that he plays reflects through the screen in a sense that has a way of connecting with the viewer, and that is something truly I enjoy about him.

In the second film, we get to once again follow Agent McCall as he equalizes the good and the bad, this time getting justice for a very personal murder that will you take you on a roller coaster of twists, new enemies, and not knowing who to trust. 7/10


Back.

Annnnnd, I’m back. Took a very long and much needed vacation, strolled through the vibrating streets of New York and became one with the blue waves in the oceans of Puerto Rico – For pictures, feel free to visit my Instagram @beautymartinez.
Got a press screening tomorrow for Slender Man and that review will show up here later during the day. However, took a few visits to the movies in Puerto Rico and thought I’d start by updating with some reviews of films I got check to out there.

I hope everyone has had a wonderful summer and enjoyed the insane heat in one way or another, I feel like I brought the Puerto Rican sun back with me, anyways. Come back soon, XO

Deadpool 2 (Press screening review)

Director; David Leitch
Action/Adventure/Comedy
2h
Swedish Premiere; May 16th
Press screening provided by 20th Century Fox Movies.

Ryan Reynolds is finally back in the highly anticipated sequel to what could be one of Marvel’s greatest yet most idiotic superhero, Deadpool. David Leitch, delivers an action-packed cinematic experience, however, with a very oh so gentle script that needed a much more stronger dialogue, one that ended up being slightly light and very kid-friendly.

The sequel rarely, if ever, lives up to the first one and that was proven here. It ended up being Disney and soft compared to the first one, and that was a disappointment. The script was kind of weak in the sense of conversations and Deadpool’s lines, it tried so hard to come off as hilarious and raw but it ended up being close to desperate.

Here, we get to follow Wade Wilson AKA Deadpool, gather a team of mutants to save a young boy from supernatural powers that even himself cannot handle. Together, they all join forces and it all becomes a roller coaster of fast cars, explosions, and fun.

Ryan Reynolds is phenomenal and shines like a diamond in the darkened sky as Deadpool, and delivered another fantastic performance, and thankfully it wasn’t overshadowed by the somewhat weak script that was missing more of the raw vulgarity humor that the first one had.

The action is there, the visual just as beautiful, but it still didn’t satisfy my burning yearning for everything that is Deadpool. 6.5/10