Movie Review: The Magnificent Seven

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Friday, October 21, 2016

A Stray
Releases October 21st, 2016 (Limited Release)
1 hr 22 mins
Not Rated


Director & Writer: Musa Sayeed

Barkhad Abdirahman as Adan
Fathia Absie as Adan's mother
Faysal Ahmed as Jay
Christina Baldwin as FBI agent Knudsen
Ifrah Mansour as Munira
George McCauley as 
Ben Phelps as Boyfriend
Andrew Stecker as Drive By College Student
Rhiana Yazzie as Rachel
Hassan Ali Mohamud as Imam/Sheikh

In Minneapolis’ large Somali refugee community, Adan (Barkhad Abdirahman) has nowhere to go. His mom kicked him out, and his friends are tired of his headstrong ways. As a last resort, he moves into the mosque, praying for a little help. Surprisingly, God seems to answer. Adan quickly lands a good job, devout friends, and a newfound faith. When Adan nearly hits a stray dog on the job, he’s forced to take it in for a night. But one of his new mosque friends considers the dog impure, and he throws Adan out. With Adan back on the streets, surrounded by his old crew, ex-girlfriends, prying FBI agents, and his estranged family, the dog may be his only friend as he tries to keep his faith and get through the night.

Review by Stephen M.

A Stray is an interesting look at a young Somalian in Minneapolis trying to find his way in life and stay out of trouble as he lives a life as a stray with a stray dog.  The Somalian Adan wonderfully played by Barkhad Abdirahman, provides a stark look at life for an immigrant youth that deals with clashes in religion and culture while finding his place in the world.  The parallels between himself and the "dirty" dog as a lesson is touching.  Some film goers may not like the slow plodding pace with loose ends in the sub plots caused by Adan's insouciant attitude.

Overall, the film is a good watch that while slow does keep your attention and interest with its great cast and interesting topic matter.  Adan which you may not relate to, is the type that everyone knows someone that is that type of person.  The kind of person you wish you can kick in the butt to be more proactive but also can't help but feel sorry for given their situation which is mostly of their own doing.  Not having too many Muslim friends, it was interesting to learn some things such as their thoughts on a canine, and how in most cases they are just like us, putting religion aside.  The soundtrack is hopping with an international flavor that is well suited for the movie.  Despite its flaws, make your way to the theater for its limited engagement this week for a matinee if you enjoy thought provoking social themed dramas.
Rating: 3 out of 5 Stars

Thursday, September 22, 2016

The Magnificent Seven
Releases  September 23rd, 2016
2 hrs 13 mins
Rated PG-13
Action, Adventure, Western


Director: Antoine Fuqua
Writer: Roger Bimbaum, Todd Black (based on screenplay by Nic Pizzolatto, Richard Wenk)
Based on Seven Samurai by  Akira Kurosawa, Shinobu Hashimoto, Hideo Oguni

Denzel Washington as Sam Chisolm, a bounty hunter, the leader of the Seven
Chris Pratt as Josh Farraday, a gambler with a fondness for explosives
Ethan Hawke as Goodnight Robicheaux, a sharpshooter
Vincent D'Onofrio as Jack Horne, a tracker
Byung-hun Lee as Billy Rocks, an assassin
Manuel Garcia-Rulfo as Vasquez, a Mexican outlaw
Martin Sensmeier as Red Harvest, a Comanche warrior
Peter Sarsgaard as Bartholomew Bogue, a corrupt industrialist
Haley Bennett as Emma Cullen, a young woman who hires the Seven
Matt Bomer as Matthew Cullen, Emma's husband who gets killed by Bogue

"Seven gunslingers join forces in order to protect a small town from a mining tycoon (Peter Sarsgaard) and his goons, who plan to seize the residents' land by force. The seven-man army is led by a mysterious bounty hunter (Denzel Washington), and also includes a sharp-witted gambler (Chris Pratt), a troubled ex-Civil War soldier (Ethan Hawke), a mountain man (Vincent D'Onofrio), an expert knife thrower (Byung-hun Lee), an outlaw (Manuel Garcia-Rulfo), and a Comanche warrior (Martin Sensmeier). "

Review by Stephen M.

The Magnificent Seven which is a remake of the 1960's film of the same name based off of the Japanese film, Seven Samurai (1954) is a good action film that will entertain you but not Oscar worthy by a long shot.  A star studded cast led by Denzel Washington and Chris Pratt, they play gunslingers joined by five others all with their own quirks and skills to defeat a mining tycoon threatening a small town.  Unfortunately with such a large cast, and a big focus on action scenes which isn't a bad thing, character development and bonding of characters are minimized.

Denzel is great as the badass bounty hunter Sam Chisolm.  Chris Pratt is predictable as the humorous John Farraday.  Ethan Hawke and Haley Bennett are the performance stealers for me.  Vincent D'Onofrio who plays Kingpin on Netflix's Daredevil is unrecognizable as Jack Horne showing his depth as an actor as well the great make up artists and costumer designers for the film.  Peter Sarsgaard as the villain Bartholomew Bogue would be my only negative, who does everything a great villain should do (killing helpless innocent people) but his mannerism and delivery of lines is just unconvincing to me and a bit cartoonish.

Overall, I would recommend the film especially if you enjoy westerns or if you like action films with shootouts.  The film is a bit predictable in its plot, for example with the two Indians toward the end.  But the pacing is good for an action film, and the performances overall while not amazing is good enough given the straight forward shoot from the hip story line and dialogue the actors and actresses are given.

Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars

Monday, September 12, 2016

We were super excited when we were selected to review the Zoomer Chimp by Spin Master through BzzAgent.  I first came across the toy at Toy Fair 2016 and was super impress by the amount of features it offers.  I was only briefly familiar with the "Zoomer" line, with the Chimp its most technologically advance and lifelike one to date.  The others previously offered by Spin Master being the Kitty, Dog and Dino.

Zoomer Chimp which is indicated as for ages 5+ runs on rechargeable batteries which you can plug with a USB cable to a PC to charge or if you have a USB outlet on the wall.  Upon first showing it to my ten old daughter her initial reaction was “those are some creepy black eyes!”  But once I had it unpacked and charged she was more than excited to try it out as well when I started monkeying around with it.  The amount of articulation and facial expressions that can become animated is a dream of every kid that has ever own a GI Joe and Transformers toy that wished their figures would come alive before them.  This generation of kids with the Zoomer line are truly blessed thanks to Spin Master.

The Zoomer Chimp offers numerous modes including “tricks” and “voice command” which the latter was my favorite.  There are also “Guard mode” and others which is indicated by the color of the light up eyes of the Chimp.  Initially, I found the learning curve a bit steep despite a small booklet of instructions and even a link to an instructional YouTube video.  But it really takes a hands on playing around with the little Chimp to get to know it and even then it can be a bit unpredictable.  It is advertised as knowing over 100+ tricks!  I like to think of it as a little playful kid with attitude!

Overall, I would highly recommend the toy for this holiday season.  While I did not have a chance to play with it extensively, the Zoomer Chimp appeared well made and capable to provide hours of entertainment to justify the $119.99 retail price.  I love how the instructions are written in a way that is friendly to children reminding us constantly not to play the Chimp on tabletops.  I love the realism of the facial movements as well as the body movements.  This is Rise of the Planet of the Apes meet Terminator in a Rated G entertainingly playful sort of way.  Kids under 5 will be frightened by the animated Chimp as my 1 ½ year old was, so the age recommendation is pretty right on target.

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Rating: 4 Stars out of 5 Stars

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Thursday, August 25, 2016

This past weekend was the 2nd annual Flame Con convention held in downtown Brooklyn.  The convention which catered to the LGBTQ community had the feel of a Heroes Con with its focus on creators albeit with a bit of a queer twist.  This is the first year that I attended the convention and I was impressed by the organization and offering of the convention.  It was a full convention with programming, creators and a few exhibitors.  Missing are the gaudy massive booths by publishers like Marvel Comics, or Image Comics at the Comic Cons.  Instead, with a smaller crowd in the smaller event space that is the Marriott Hotel, you had an intimate scene of fans interacting with their favorite writers and artists while discovering new ones.

The negatives of the con was few but quite noticeable.  The first thing would be that this con while accepting of a community that is often disregarded or hated is inadvertently excluding a key demographics to comic books and that is children.  With vendors that sells art or books that is beyond racy, the convention definitely does not cater towards kids.  Second because of the event space being small, for popular panels such as Chris Claremont's Pride and the X-Men which we will talk about in a separate post there was a limited amount of space, in which only about 120 people got to attend.

Overall though, I highly enjoy the convention and would strongly suggest that you make plans to attend especially if you're a geek and part of or support the LGBTQ community.  Even if you don't, there is enough for the average geek of the heterosexual persuasion to enjoy.  Yes it is a small convention, but with the organization and sponsors that the convention has, I cannot fathom them not growing leaps and bounds in the coming years.  They are already planning for next years, hopefully you can be a part of it.  For more info, visit:

Enjoy our pics from the con, from the creators, to the cosplayers, to the panels.

James Tynion IV signing Detective Comics which he wrote...

A C Medina promoting signing his Elasticator comic published by Solar Comics...

Greg Pak adding his autograph to World War Hulk signed already by the late Michael Turner...

Amy Reeder in her Jimmy Olson cosplay showing off her Rhino sketch...

Phil Jiminez working on a Sunspot commission...

Some happy con goers winning passes for next year's con...

Chris Claremont signing old copies of Uncanny X-Men that he wrote...

Incredible Power Man cosplay...

Lynn Yoshii working on Black Cat...

The first North Star cosplay I can recall ever seeing...

Chris Claremont's Pride & the X-Men panel...

Cosplay contest...

Tana Ford showing off her Venom sketch...

The always stoic looking Kris Anka showing off his Mysterio sketch...

The playful Phil Jimenez showing off his Emma Frost, White Queen sketch...

Sophie Campbell showing off her wicked Raphael...

A beautiful cross gender cosplay of Magneto, master of magnetism...

Amazing Spider-Man jam piece thus far...

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

We missed going over the covers for the first three weeks of Marvel Tsum Tsum's takeover.  So here's a look at every cover that has come out in the first three weeks!

Do you have a favorite cover? If so, which one?

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Marvel Tsum Tsum takeover of Marvel Comics continue in week 4 of August with a slow week of just three covers.  Release date is August 24th, a Wednesday as usual.  Deadpool Vol 5 #17, Extraordinary X-Men #13 and Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur #10.  This compared to last week's release of five variant covers, but fear not as more is still yet to come!

Deadpool Vol 5 #17 is by Javier Rodriguez, a Spanish comic book artist who has mainly been working on Spider-Woman as of late.  He broke into the business as a colorist, working on Batgirl: Year One, Daredevil and The Amazing Spider-Man,  You can check out more of his work here.

Moon Girl And Devil Dinosaur #10 is by Joelle Jones, an amazing artist, she is well known for her Dark Horse series Lady Killer which recently begun a volume 2 series.  You can check out more of her work here.

Extraordinary X-Men #13 is by Dave Johnson who does it all with an incredible resume of both Marvel and DC comics along with other indie books.  Check out his work on 100 Bullets by Vertigo.  Check out his other artwork here.

Have you been collecting the Marvel Tsum Tsum covers?  Which has been your favorite thus far?