Marvel Studio’s Doctor Strange (SPOILER FREE) Review

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Doctor Strange Poster via Marvel.com

I had the opportunity to be invited to a promotional screening to Marvel Studio’s fourteenth film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), wow it’s been 14 movies since Iron Man was released?  How time flies.  Now this is a spoiler free review of my thoughts and impressions of the film.  I walked into this film only seeing parts of trailers on TV at sports bars or while at the airport without any audio.  I had some knowledge of Doctor Strange (link to main Wikipedia article) from reading Wikipedia articles and seeing him in his red cape along with the grey sideburns in images from comic book panels.  But to be honest, I had little knowledge of his origin story or what he was about other than he cast spells as his super power.  I walked into this film as blind as one could be and I imagine most people will be heading to theaters with as much knowledge as I had. Continue reading “Marvel Studio’s Doctor Strange (SPOILER FREE) Review”

Finding Dory Review (Spoiler Free)

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Finding Dory movie poster – Property of Disney/Pixar

I had the pleasure of being invited to a special prerelease screening of Finding Dory last night.  I haven’t seen a Pixar film, let alone a Disney movie in theaters in years, and surely wasn’t planning on doing a Finding Dory review, but there were a couple of things I wanted to say about the newest Disney Pixar release.

First, the story had its slow points and seemed to drag on at times to get the laugh.  Granted it’s a similar rehashing of Finding Nemo, but it has it’s moments where the story takes a different turns and there’s a different dynamic of character groupings than it’s predecessor.

Second, the animation seemed like it was using the same engine, renderer, whatever they call it in the animation film industry as Finding Nemo.  Now coming from a mentality of a video gamer.  Each new release should be an improvement of some sorts from it’s predecessor.  Prior to Finding Dory a Pixar short titled Piper was shown.  The rendering of the film was Continue reading “Finding Dory Review (Spoiler Free)”

Warcraft the Movie – My Thoughts (Spoiler Free)

Warcraft Movie Still via Legendary Pictures

If you’re a fan of Blizzard, Warcraft, the art of Blizzard properties, or anything Blizzard touches…  You’re in for a treat.

I was invited to attend an IMAX 3D advance screening of Warcraft tonight (6/7/16) at the AMC Metreon in San Francisco and I’m happy.  Why?  Well, remember that feeling when you first saw Iron Man in theaters?  That feeling that for one split second that Tony Stark was as real as everyone in the theater and could have made that suit?  That’s how I felt while watching Warcraft.

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Warcraft Teaser Poster via Legendary Pictures

My knowledge of Warcraft lore isn’t as extensive as most hardcore fans.  I had played the original Warcraft on my Apple Performa 6200 way back in the day and played about 40 hours of vanilla WoW before calling it quits.  In all honesty, my expectations were lower than low for the film.  I expected a flimsy script, mediocre acting, and the visual effects being the only thing that would carry the film.  A cash grab meant to pull at the heartstrings and wallets of some of the most hardcore of hardcore fans in the video game industry.  This was not the case at all in my opinion.  The film holds up and except for a little plot hole, that I didn’t realize until someone behind me mentioned it, the story holds up.

The feel of the film felt like something Blizzard had complete control over or those working on the film along with the actors had real respect for the franchise, one that’ll be 22 years old this coming November.  From the glowing effects on some of the characters eyes, casting of magic spells effects, detail of statues, souls exiting bodies, the roof textures of buildings, the exact colours used (I was able to pick them out and reference them from box art to cinematic), all scream Blizzard and nothing else.  This wasn’t the let down of expecting to see the classic image of Optimus Prime from the 80’s cartoon that is engrained in my mind only to be shattered when seeing the ungodly hunk of metal Michael Bay rendition that did no respect to the 80’s cartoon version of Optimus I’ve held onto since my childhood.  These were the locations, buildings, character styles easily able to be identified from the games.  Hell, I was even thinking Terran Space Marines at times when looking at the armor the humans wore in the film.  The Starcraft Terran Space Marines were modeled after the human knights in Warcraft right? Continue reading “Warcraft the Movie – My Thoughts (Spoiler Free)”