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Tea & Review: Logan

The only unfortunate thing about the film Logan it is the last movie showcasing Hugh Jackman as everyone’s favorite mutant.

Overall, Logan is a big departure from what’s been expected of Marvel’s X-Men franchise.

Apocalypse was a bad movie. Sure, you could try to look for good moments (i.e. Michael Fassbender) but you’ll be hard-pressed to find a lot.

The movie Deadpool really opened up a lot for Logan. For a long time now superheroes have been good and shiny the way superheroes are “meant to be”.

But when Deadpool dropped Hollywood took a breath and stepped back. It was almost like they forgot what made certain superheroes so popular. Deadpool, for one, isn’t exactly a character that holds up the shiny, gloss like template like the many movies before.

With that in mind, the idea of a gritty, broken down superhero seemed like an obvious choice. Enter old man Logan.

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No Female Director for ‘Gotham City Sirens’

Well, smack my ass and call me Christmas.

Just when I had given 2016 up for dead a little light has glistened in this dark, dark time.

It was announced today that David Ayers, director of ‘Suicide Squad’, and Margot Robbie are teaming up to bring the ‘Gotham City Sirens’ to the silver screen.

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The Darkness is Coming: Sherlock Series 4 Screening and Trailer

Being a Sherlock fan is an act of patience. We get three episodes (admittedly 90 minute long episodes) every two years, not including the mini-episode “Many Happy Returns” in 2013, and for 2016 we just got one special, “The Abominable Bride” (aka TAB).

In addition, the third series – wherein we finally found out how Sherlock faked his death at the end of series 2, sort of – was highly divisive among fans. This was partly due to the changing of the POV from John Watson (Martin Freeman) to Sherlock Holmes (Benedict Cumberbatch), as well as having the focus be more on characterization than the plot. The addition of Mary Morstan (played by Freeman’s real-life partner Amanda Abbington) added to this, especially when it was revealed in the last episode of series 3 that she was actually a former (maybe still active?) assassin.

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Demon – Part 6

Editor’s Note: If you haven’t caught up check out Part 1 Part 2 , Part 3,  Part 4, and Part 5 of Demon

Kallan gets the summons a day before Jim’s visit. The letter has the traditional wax seal of the council.  It is written on thick paper making the letter feel incredibly heavy.  Now that the council has allowed the duel, it is as good as being bound to it.  There are few things that can cancel a duel.

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“Fantastic” Spinoffs and Where to Find Them

I picked up the first Harry Potter book– actually, it was given to me by a kindly school librarian– when I was 12, just a year or so after the book was published in 1997. The series took a decade to complete, culminating, for me, with a trip to a bookstore in Germany to buy the UK edition of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows during a backpacking trip before my senior year of college.   Like any piece of art that wallops you at just the right time, those books embedded themselves in my identity. Who would I have been without Harry Potter, or for that matter, the Beatles, Bob Dylan, The Simpsons, Monsoon Wedding, or that mural on the wall of Amoeba Records commemorating the free speech movement? (When I was a freshman in college, I walked by it twice a day and still think about it pretty often.) We are what we love, especially what we love when we are young.

So, it’s not really correct to say that I’m a “fan” of Harry Potter. It’s deeper than that. The series provided a framework for my adolescence. The first movie coincided with my first real crush, who kissed another girl at the screening and provided my first real heartbreak. I picked up the fourth book one hot high school summer and stayed up till 3 AM weeping over the return of Voldemort, my brothers collaborating on music in the next room. The sixth book came out when I was working at a mini-Borders in a shopping mall, so I remember staring at those unopened boxes in the windowless storage room, eating turkey sandwiches brought in from my parents’ house. Then there was the pinnacle seventh book that summer in Europe, a reading experience so dear that I stopped reading it on the plane in order to finish it in the privacy of my own home.

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Tea & Review: Arrival – A Perfect Modern Sci-fi

There’s an art to any story. For me personally, I have an issue with loving new science fiction movies. Specifically modern day science fiction movies.

Why? Well, we’ve been kind of spoiled. In terms of popular science fiction, we’ve peaked really quickly. When Star Wars debuted in the 80’s it kind of setup a template, a marker if you will as to what a good science fiction movie should look like.

This isn’t a diss against Star Wars. As you’ll see in December we will be all about the new Star Wars movie Rogue One. But let’s be real for a second. Star Wars created a format for any future science fiction film. We got a bad guy, good guy and  space in-between.

And then we move into the modern day version of a science fiction with movies like Independence Day. I can’t speak for every movie goer but after the first Independence Day came out it seemed like Hollywood was hell bent on sticking to the humans vs. aliens format.

It becomes problematic when you start seeing the same storylines over and over again. Hollywood then sees that people like it and they seem the same concepts on repeat.

This is literally what makes Arrival an amazing film. It defies all the common expectations. It distinctly doesn’t allow itself to devolve into a cliche, which any moviegoer can appreciate.

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