Wednesday, October 30, 2013

  • Opens Friday, November 1, 2013 
  • 1 hr 31 min
  • PG | Rude Humor and Some Action/Peril

If a movie about time traveling turkeys doesn't get you excited, I don't know what will.  Free Birds with an interesting premise of two turkeys, Reggie (Owen Wilson) and Jake (Woody Harrelson) goes back in time to alter the very first Thanksgiving so that turkeys are no longer the main course each year.  The plot of course is absurd, but that only adds to the laughter of the story disregarding time paradoxes and butterfly effects.

So just how does two turkeys get a time machine?  The U.S. Government of course!  Reggie is a turkey that is pardoned by the President of the United States which is an annual tradition.  After being pardoned he lives a life that not only most turkeys would dream of, but us humans too.  Who wouldn't want to just eat pizza and watch telenovelas all day?

Unfortunately, his life is interrupted by Jake who kidnaps him to go back in time due to a vision and calling he had when he was young from the Great Turkey.  They stumble their way onto a government base that quite conveniently has a map of the facility to the time machine.  Back in time, they encounter wild turkeys who are more organized and intelligent then their present day counterparts.  The turkeys future and present work together to battle against the humans in the fort that would capture them to eat for their first meeting with the Indians.

What I like about the movies are characters that are likable even for a fowl that are not particularly attractive.  The jokes are quite intelligent intermittent with slapstick humor that will have the kids laughing.  Keep your ears sharp during the attack on the fort or you'll miss the Angry Birds reference.  The main cast of Owen, Woody and Amy Poehler (Jenny) does a great job in bringing the birds to life.  The animation is good though watching it in 3D is not necessary in my opinion.  George Takei with his distinct voice does a great job as the voice of the time machine S.T.E.V.E. with a bit of an attitude.

Overall, I would recommend this to everyone.  Both adults and children will enjoy the film, though children more so.  Parents will love the President's daughter who falls asleep quite frequently and suddenly.  Kids will love the silliness of Jake who seems to be a few cards shy of a full deck as well as Jenny's nervous eye.

Rating: 3.5 Stars out of 5.0 Stars


  • Owen Wilson as Reggie (voice)
  • Woody Harrelson as Jake (voice)
  • Amy Poehler as Jenny (voice)
  • George Takei as S.T.E.V.E. (voice)
  • Colm Meaney as Myles Standish (voice)
  • Keith David as Chief Broadbeak (voice)
  • Dan Fogler as Governor Bradford (voice)
  • Jimmy Hayward as Ranger / Leatherbeak / President / Hazmats / Additional Voice Talent (voice)
  • Kaitlyn Maher as President's Daughter (voice)
  • Carlos Alazraqui as Amos (voice)
  • Jeff Biancalana as General Sagan / Hazmats / Additional Voice Talent (voice)
  • Danny Carey as Danny (voice)
  • Carlos Ponce as Narrator / Alejandro (voice)
  • Robert Beltran as Chief Massasoit (voice)
  • Lesley Nicol as Pilgrim Woman (voice)
  • Jason Finazzo as Chrononaut One / Additional Voice Talent
  • Scott Mosier as Pizza Dude / Additional Voice Talent (voice)
  • Lauren Bowles as Jake's Mother (voice)
  • Dwight Howard as Cold Turkey (voice)

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

The third episode of The Walking Dead season 4 "Isolation" is one of those go between episode where not much significant happens.  Rather the episode sets up the next episode or next few episodes as it continues the infection, traitor and murderer subplots.

As the sickness that killed off Patrick spreads, a quarantine is put in place of the infected and the children are isolated.  A small band led by show favorites Daryl and Michonne heads out for a veterinarian college to get antibiotics to fight off the illness.  

Rick pressured by Tyreese, goes back to his roots and investigate the murder and burning of David and Karen from the prior episode.  He deduces the identity based on the size of the hand prints left at the crime scene.  She doesn't deny the allegations when confronted which should make for some interesting moments next episode if Tyreese makes it back to the prison.

Overall, I was not a big fan of this episode.  Melissa McBride who plays Carol does an amazing job as far as acting as you feel the grief that she feels.  But the episode did nothing for me as far as advancing the story line.  We see Tyreese and Rick having breakdowns in each their own manner.  Still no Governor nor was the traitor subplot addressed in this episode.

You can feel that Carol as well as Tyreese's days are numbered from this episode.  Also surprisingly, Glenn is in danger as being one of the ones who has fallen ill from the sickness.  In the comic books Glenn was able to survived way past the prison story line, so it'll be interesting to see if he'll be able to pull through.

What did you think of the third episode?

Monday, October 28, 2013

Episode 5 of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. "Girl in the Flower Dress" showed us another side of Skye we haven't seen before.  Continuing from the first episode, we now know that the mysterious group behind the Extremis experiments is Project Centipede.  Definitely not the most interesting name and a bit of a letdown, when I have been hoping for more Marvel Universe continuity with either A.I.M. or Hydra.  Either groups may still be behind Centipede, and with the upcoming story arc of the Coulson's team being attacked, more may be revealed.

But the focus of this episode is on Chan Ho Yin or Scorch who is a Chinese street magician with the power to generate fire.  He's played by Louis Ozawa Changchien who is half Japanese and half Taiwanese, and asked to play a Cantonese speaking role.  This is notable in that it's very obvious that Cantonese is not his strong point due to his slow broken Cantonese dialogue.  As a Cantonese speaker it was painful to watch him speak.

Chan Ho Yin is approached by Raina (Ruth Negga), who works for Project Centipede and looks to be a recurrent character on the villains' side.  The reason they buddy up to Scorch is to get his blood palette that may lead to the ability to withstand the destructive power of Extremis on its hosts.

Another important side story of this episode is the prior life of Skye with her relationship with another Red Tide hacker named Miles.  From this episode and some of the other episodes it's apparent that they're trying to sell Skye as the sexy vixen of the group.  But having her hook up with an old flame like that just cheapens her character.

Overall, the episode is a bit of a disappointment.  The only point really to get from this episode is the last five minutes where we finally learn Skye's real reason for joining the group and what's she been holding out on.  And that is she's out to find her real parents who from a document that has been mostly blacked out appears to be associated with S.H.I.E.L.D. in some way.

Rating: 1.5 Stars out of 5.0 Stars.

Sunday, October 27, 2013

A couple of days ago Peter Jackson announced The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug Fan Event.  On November 4th, across the globe, fans will get a sneak peak of additional footage of the upcoming movies and even see saw of the stars of the film at their local venue in a Q&A being broadcast via satellite to the many locations.

In New York City, Anderson Cooper will be there live as the host of the whole event with Richard Armitage, who plays dwarf Thorin Oakenshield, and Orlando Bloom, who plays Legolas there with him.  If you're in Los Angeles, you'll get to see Evangeline Lilly live, and in London, Luke Evans, Lee Pace and Andy Serkis.  Out in New Zealand is Director Peter Jackson.  Other cities participating in the fan event but without any live appearances include: Brussels, Hamburg, Madrid, Mexico City, Miami, Paris, Rome, Sydney and Toronto.  The event will also be streamed live online on YouTube.

If you'll like a ticket to the free event, make sure you follow the following:
Film's official site ( and on Facebook ( and Twitter (, under the global hashtag #hobbitfanevent is also giving you a chance to win passes on their site:

Good luck, and if you're one of the lucky ones to win tickets, feel free to invite me!


Friday, October 25, 2013

Win passes to see Robert Redford's All is Lost!  Comment below any survival experiences you may have had where you felt that all was lost.  Share this post with your friends!

About the movie:
Academy Award® winner Robert Redford stars in All Is Lost, an open-water thriller about one man’s battle for survival against the elements after his sailboat is destroyed at sea. But with the sun unrelenting, sharks circling and his meager supplies dwindling, the ever-resourceful sailor soon finds himself staring his mortality in the face.
Written and directed by Academy Award nominee J.C. Chandor (Margin Call) with a musical score by Alex Ebert (Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros), All Is Lost is a gripping, visceral and powerfully moving tribute to ingenuity and resilience.

All Is Lost opens in NY and LA October 18, nationwide October 25th. 

The "Fine Print"
Each household is only eligible to win 2 Free Movie Tickets via blog reviews and giveaways. Only one entrant per mailing address per giveaway. If you have won the same prize on another blog, you will not be eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification.

Winner selected 10-26-13 10:00 pm ET.  Winner will have to provide mailing address to have passes mailed to them.


Opens Friday, November 1, 2013 (Limited)
1 hr 45 min
NR | Violence

Man of Tai Chi being Keanu Reeves exceptional directorial debut shows that he has learned a lot over his career from the likes of the Wachowski Brothers, and Kathryn Bigelow.  The movie is about a Tai Chi practitioner who struggles with improving his martial arts and his spirituality as the two conflicts with each other.  Tiger Chen plays the lead role of Tiger Chen, whom Keanu met while filming the Matrix as he was the stunt coordinator for that movie.

Tai Chi is generally not known for its martial arts, but rather a form of exercise for the elderly due to its slow movements.  Tiger in participating in a tournament tries to dispel this notion that it can be both with his own style.  He easily defeats his opponents which draws him to the attention of the evil CEO of security firm, Donaka Mark played by Keanu Reeves.

Donaka Mark secretly runs an underground fight club which combatants he tries to turn to heartless warriors to kill or be killed.  He sees the potential in Tiger and manipulates him to join with the lure of money to help Tiger's master keep his temple.  As Tiger loses himself in the fight by winning in more and more aggressive manners, you can't help but draw some parallels with Anakin Skywalker and his struggle between the force and the dark side.  And the evil grimace that Keanu Reeves displays as Tiger sinks deeper matches his dark persona that matches the intensity of any movie villains you just love to hate.

The glimmer of hope for Tiger in this movie comes in the form of Hong Kong policewoman Sun Jing Shi (Karen Mok).  Her pursuit of Donaka is obsessive as she let one of his fighters who were to be a witness go missing.  Besides the incredible fight scenes which are some of the best I've seen around, I love that a lot of Asian actors and actresses are used with the dialogue kept in their native language.  With notable Hong Kong stars like Karen Mok, Simon Yam and Michael Tong, the cast shows their experience in making a interesting plot that much more credible.

Overall, I highly enjoyed the film.  The film is not without its flaws, but is mostly forgivable due to its cast and incredible action.  For example, throughout the film, we have Tiger pitted against incredible fighters from all types of fighting styles.  But the end battle between Tiger and Donaka while cool, leaves a bit of bitter taste in your mouth with the way Neo, I mean Donaka fights.

After the screening there was a Q&A with Keanu Reeves.  Unfortunately, due to the questions asked there was not much insight given to the making of the film.  Keanu spoke about how the film took five years to make.  What the story was originally going to be and how it evolved.  Afterwards, he was swarmed by his fans for photos and autographs.  He tried to accommodate as many as he could before his people rushed him to his next engagement.

Rating: 4.5 Stars out of 5.0 Stars



  • Tiger Chen as Tiger Chen Linhu
  • Keanu Reeves as Donaka Mark
  • Karen Mok as Sun Jing Shi
  • Simon Yam as Superintendent Wong
  • Ye Qing as Qing Sha
  • Yu Hai as Master Yang
  • Sam Lee as Tak Ming
  • Michael Tong as Policeman Yuan
  • Iko Uwais as Gilang Sanjaya

Thursday, October 24, 2013

It's been quite a long time since we've seen any new Sailor Moon anime.  At the Sailor Moon 20th Anniversary Event last summer it was announced that the show would be returning this summer but was pushed back to the winter of this year.  

Winter is fast approaching, so let's take a look at some of the rumors/facts of the new show that we can expect.

  • This will be a reboot from the original series with a vastly different take following more closely to the manga.
  • The anime will be a series instead of a movie and will air online on the Japanese streaming site Niconico.  
  • The show will be in Japanese dialogue with subtitles of ten different languages to choose from.
  • Toonami is looking to bring it to broadcast in the United States.
  • Japanese idol group, Momoiro Clover Z, will be performing the opening and closing theme of the new show.
  •  Kotono Mitsuishi and Tohru Furuya, the voices of Sailor Moon/Usagi Tsukino and Tuxedo Mask/Mamoru Chiba are expected to reprise their old roles.
  • Kodansha USA's general manager Dallas Middaugh mentioned at New York Comic Con to expect the new anime to stream on Niconico around January.

So who is psyched about the return of Sailor Moon and the rest of the Sailor Scouts?  

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

"Infected" continued where episode one left off.  With Patrick having had died at the end of the previous episode, now "awakened."  He stumbles into the cell block living quarters and so begins the feeding frenzy.  But things don't go all panic mode until the next morning.  How convenient!

This episode has several key points you don't want to miss.  For one, Rick being reaffirmed as leader of the group despite whether he wants it or not.  The continuing growth of Carl with the end result of him getting his gun back from Rick.  And the continued traitor in the midst subplot.  With the group feeling the pressures of living in a confined space and the gates being slowly over turned each episode, it's just a matter of time before Rick and gang hits the road.  The trailer for the next episodes hints at this.

Definitely, this has been one of the more hard episodes to watch in a long while.  From the Patrick feeding, to the pigs to Tyreese's emotional break down.  Overall, I really enjoyed this episode more than the first and would recommend it.

Rating: 3.5 Stars out of 5.0 Stars

Opened October 18, 2013 (Limited)
  • 1 hr 49 min
  • PG-13 | for martial arts action, some violent content and brief nudity

Once upon a time, when a new Jackie Chan film made it to the U.S. theaters it was pretty big news.  Imagine my surprise that Chinese Zodiac was directed, co-written and stars Jackie Chan.  There hasn't been much as far as marketing of this film in the States.  The film though was actually released in Hong Kong December of 2012.  Even so, you would've expected more exposure for what Jackie calls his last action film.

The movie as noted before stars Jackie Chan as the lead, JC who is a relic hunter.  Along with his team, they find or steal if need be, national treasures, famous artworks and such for a group of unscrupulous dealers.  The focus of this story however are the bronze heads of the twelve Chinese zodiac animals long stolen from foreign invaders of a palace in imperial China.  

The movie starts off with a chase scene which was typical of a lot of the Hong Kong films in the 1980s like Aces Go Places.   But from there, sloppy editing and poor English dubbed dialogue made a lot of the film difficult to understand and enjoy.  For example, not much details are given to the background of JC's team.  A team which includes notable Asian actors like Korean actor Kwon Sang-woo (Simon) and whom they later meet French actress Laura Weissbecker (Catherine).

But of course with any Jackie Chan action film, what really matters are the comedy and fight scenes.  The comedy suffers because of the poor English dub and absurd plot, but the action is definitely there.  The beginning chase scene is pretty cool as well as the sky diving chase scene near the end is amazing.  As for the fight scenes, Jackie still impresses as JC when taking on the Vulture, a rival relic hunter.  And not to be upstage, JC's teammate Bonnie (Zhang Lan Xin) taking on Vulture's girl, Katie (Caitlin Dechelle), is some of the best choreographed fighting I've ever seen between two females.

Overall, I would not recommend watching it in theaters unless you're really a big Jackie Chan fan.   And even then, go in with low expectations.  The film is very typical of his old films but just not as polished as you would hope.  The action and fight scenes are amazing, as well as the gadgets that Jackie and his team uses.  But if you can understand Chinese, I would wait for the blu ray/DVD version to watch it in its original language with English subtitles for more enjoyment.  If you do watch the film, there are quite a few cameos towards the end which was a pleasant surprise.  As with all of his action films, stay for the blooper reels during the credits.

Rating: 2.5 Stars out of 5.0 Stars.



  • Jackie Chan as JC a.k.a. Martin
  • Kwon Sang-woo as Simon
  • Liao Fan as David
  • Yao Xing Tong as Coco
  • Zhang Lan Xin as Bonnie
  • Laura Weissbecker as Catherine de Sichel
  • Jonathan Lee as Jonathan Lee
  • Vincent Sze as Michael Morgan
  • Alaa Safi as Vulture
  • Pierre Bourdaud as Pirate
  • Emmanuel Lanzi as Henchman
  • Rosario Amadeo as Pierre
  • Pierre-Benoist Varoclier as Léon
  • Wilson Chen as Wu Qing
  • Ken Lo as Pirate Chief
  • Oliver Platt as Lawrence Morgan
  • Caitlin Dechelle as Katie
  • Marc Canonizado as Marc
  • Bo-Yee Poon as Lawrence's Assistant
  • Shu Qi as David's wife (cameo)
  • Daniel Wu as Doctor (cameo)
  • Joan Lin as JC's wife (cameo)
  • Kenny G as Airplane pilot (cameo)

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Season four began last week for The Walking Dead with a whimper.  The episode "30 Days Without an Accident", was more of a set up of the next episode and episodes to come.  But if you look beyond what may seem like a relatively slow episode you'll find that it plays pretty close to the theme of the comic book.

The reason why I say this is that, Robert Kirkman has always said that the book and subsequently the show is not just about zombies, but about the people living and coping in this new world full of dangers of the walking kind.  This definitely holds true for the first episode as we're introduced to a whole slew of new characters.  Some possibly recurring while some, well, got the sharp end of a blade.

Another thing to note of this episode is the continued absence of the Governor.  Michonne is shown briefly having returned on a hunt for him empty handed.  It'll be interested to see how long that loose end is tied up and in what manner.  As I've said before, the episode gives hints as to what's to come.

If you've seen the trailer for tonight's episode, then you know the "shit" will hit the fan.  Given this episode lack of action other than the supermarket scene, tonight's will surely be a welcomed one.

Did you enjoy the first episode of Season 4?

Rating: 2.5 stars out of 5.0 stars.

Friday, October 18, 2013

  • Opens October 18, 2013 
  • 1 hr 55 min
  • R | Violence and Language Throughout

The pairing of the two legends in a full feature film has long eluded us.  We were given a taste of it in Expendables and Expendables 2.  But when these two action icons collide, does it make for a must see film in Escape Plan?

In Escape Plan, Ray Breslin (Sylvester Stallone) is an expert in escaping maximum security prisons for a living.  He does so for the government, so that prisoners stay where they're supposed to.  But when he and his teams gets an offer to escape out of a secret facility, Ray bites off more than he can chew.  Betrayed by his partner, Ray is trapped in the Tomb, created by Willard Hobbs (Jim Caviezel) to be the perfect prison based off a book that Ray wrote.  Willard not knowing who Ray is at first treats him like any other prisoner.  Life becomes miserable for Ray however when the truth is known.  But with every prison that Ray has broken out of, he prepares for this one.  First objective is having the right people to support him.  This includes a partnership with Emil Rottmayer (Arnold Schwarzenegger) who befriends him.  The only problem is when Ray finds out where the prison is located; it may take more than him and Emil to break out of the facility.

The slug fest that everyone has been waiting years for is has finally arrived in this movie.  Unfortunately, the fight scene is now between two geriatric actors that looked more like they were play fighting than actually swinging for the fences.  To make matters worse that particular scene is quite shorter than one would hope.  If you can overlook this, the film is not without its highlights.  Jim Caviezel plays the sinister Hobbs quite well.  As well, Curtis Jackson, though not seen that often plays his role Hush quite enjoyably too.  The premise and plot of the movie is interesting though not quite original especially if you have seen Prison Break on the small screen.  While the Tomb is impressive the movie doesn't come into much detail as to why it is supposed to be escape proof given i's design.

Overall, I would still recommend the film because of the laughs you get when Arnold and Sly works together.  From the posing in front of the security camera when they're attempting a break out, to the corny one liner, the film delivers on good humor and action.  The movie while not mind blowing, will keep you glued to your seat for the almost two hours of film instead of wanting to break out.

Rating: 3.0 Stars out of 5.0 Stars



Sylvester Stallone as Ray Breslin

Arnold Schwarzenegger as Emil Rottmayer
Jim Caviezel as Willard Hobbs
Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson as Hush
Vinnie Jones as Drake
Vincent D'Onofrio as Lester Clark
Amy Ryan as Abigail Ross
Sam Neill as Dr. Emil Kyrie
Faran Tahir as Javed
Caitriona Balfe as Jessica Miller
Matt Gerald as Roag

If you're a Whovian, then you already know this year is the 50th anniversary of Dr. Who.  The series which began in 1963, tells the exploits of a time traveling Doctor who helps those in need, saving the universe many times over.  The Doctor who is a Time Lord, has been played by several actors during its long run on BBC and other channels.  With the explanation that the humanoid alien can regenerate into a new body (and personality) when the old body is mortally wounded in human terms.

In conjunction with the 50th anniversary of this long running series, Perth Mint which releases commemorative coins for Australia has been releasing a series of gold and silver coins.  Their coins have been insanely successful given the popularity of the show.  The first 1 oz silver coin featured the Tardis (the Doctor's time traveling sentient ship) and quickly sold out here.  

The second coin released by Perth Mint was the 1 oz gold proof coin of the same design above but in 99.9% gold.  Limited to 250 only, it has not sold out yet.  Perhaps given its hefty price tag of $2,612.  You can purchase it here.

Their latest release is an 11 coin set, 99.9% 1/2 oz silver depicting the first eleven Doctors in color and their enemies in the background.  If you're following the series, then you know that a twelfth Doctor is on its way.  Til then, the 11 coin set will set you back $613 and limited to just 3,000.

Are you a fan of Doctor Who? Do you plan to collect any of these coins?

Thursday, October 17, 2013

In the fourth episode of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. "Eye Spy" aired this past Tuesday, we meet a former S.H.I.E.L.D. protégé of Coulson's.  Akela Amadour played by Pascale Armand is stealing diamonds for unknown reasons.  Diamond heists are not the type of missions that Coulson's team was put together to tackle but Agent Coulson decides to handle the case anyway.  When he learns that it's his former protégé committing the robberies it becomes personal for him as he had long believed she was dead along with her S.H.I.E.L.D. team she was working with when she had gone missing.

During Coulson's team's investigations, they discover that the case is more than meets the eye.  Literally!  Someone is controlling Akela, and it now becomes a rescue mission.  The episode was enjoyable but still missing certain elements that I have been clamoring for.  There are a lot of hints to future possible episodes such as when Akela mentions to Melinda how Coulson seems different.  And of course the mysterious villain between Akela's predicaments remains to be revealed.  

Overall, if you're a fan of the series, you are going to enjoy the episode.  It has the cute quirkiness of Fitz and Simmons.  As as he borderline flirtation between Skye and Ward and the fathering of his team by Agent Coulson.  I would love to see some more Marvel Comics characters.  For example, the mysterious people behind what has been going on could be A.I.M. or Hydra.  Which in Marvel Comics are terrorist groups bent on world domination.

What did you think of the fourth episode?

Rating: 3.0 Stars out of 5.0 Stars


  • Clark Gregg as Agent Phil Coulson
  • Ming-Na Wen as Agent Melinda May
  • Brett Dalton as Agent Grant Ward
  • Chloe Bennet as Skye
  • Iain De Caestecker as Agent Leo Fitz
  • Elizabeth Henstridge as Agent Jemma Simmons

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

My apologies on being behind on the reviews.  This episode came out last week and was highly anticipated due to the character appearing on the show.  That of course being Franklin Hall (Ian Hart).  Franklin Hall if you're not familiar with, goes by the alias Graviton in Marvel comic books.  He is a super villain that is able to manipulate gravity to his will causing things to fly up or crashing down.  He is considered one of the more powerful villains in Marvel due to his powers and usually faces an entire team of super heroes like the Avengers or Thunderbolts.

In the episode "The Asset", we are only introduced to Franklin Hall.  He is being escorted by S.H.I.E.L.D., when their convoy is ambushed by a mysterious unseen force.  Because of this, Agent Coulson and his team are called in to investigate and rescue Franklin.  It turns out that Franklin was kidnapped by his former research partner Ian Quinn to help him complete a project that Franklin had started long ago.

The episode is interesting in that it let's us see Skye as an undercover agent for the first time.  As well, we have Ming-Na Wen's character Melinda itching to return back to action.  The big question for this episode though of course is if we see "Graviton", and the answer is sort of.  Through three episodes we have yet to see them take on any super villains from the Marvel Comics.  But there is hope from this episode.

Overall, I enjoyed this episode though the acting and dialogue at times seems to be a bit poorly executed.  I enjoyed Skye's interaction with Grant, but not so much when Skye was trying to talk her way with Quinn.  Unfortunately no appearances by either Cobie or Samuel this time around.

What did you think of the third episode?

Rating: 3.5 Stars out of 5.0 Stars


  • Clark Gregg as Agent Phil Coulson
  • Ming-Na Wen as Agent Melinda May
  • Brett Dalton as Agent Grant Ward
  • Chloe Bennet as Skye
  • Iain De Caestecker as Agent Leo Fitz
  • Elizabeth Henstridge as Agent Jemma Simmons

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Opened October 11, 2013 
2 hr 13 min
PG-13 | For sustained intense sequences of menace, some violence with bloody images, and for substance use.

Based on a true story, Captain Phillips will engross you into the world of Somali pirates and keep you captivated throughout the end.  The movie's first few minutes are mundane enough, but once Tom Hanks as Captain Phillips gets aboard you can just feel his anxiety and yours rise quickly.  We have all heard of these type of pirate stories before in the news, but to see it acted out in this thriller is amazing.

From beginning to end the acting, especially by the actors that plays the Somali pirates are award worthy.  I didn't like Tom Hanks in the beginning.  Partly because of the mundane driving scene to the airport.  Partly because of his accent that he tries to portray which just doesn't seem to fit in.  But as the story develops, you could not have found a more convincing actor to play this role.

While the story does gives you some insight to the plight of the would be captors.  I would have love to seen more of it.  The desperation they must feel to go from every day fisherman to pirates in search for more money that the criminals flash at them.  And if you're familiar with the true story to see it reenacted as only Hollywood can but yet still grip you and pull at your hearts is magical.

Overall, I would highly recommend this film.  It is one of the best movies, if not the best movie I've seen this year.  Gravity may win at the box office, but Captain Phillips may steal the awards when it counts.

Rating: 4.5 Stars out of 5.0 Stars


  • Tom Hanks as Captain Richard Phillips
  • Catherine Keener as Andrea Phillips
  • Barkhad Abdi as Muse
  • Barkhad Abdirahman as Bilal
  • Faysal Ahmed as Najee
  • Mahat M. Ali as Elmi
  • Michael Chernus as Shane Murphy
  • David Warshofsky as Mike Perry
  • Corey Johnson as Ken Quinn
  • Chris Mulkey as John Cronan
  • Yul Vazquez as Captain Frank Castellano
  • Max Martini as SEAL Commander
  • Omar Berdouni as Nemo
  • Mohamed Ali as Asad
  • Issak Farah Samatar as Hufan

Sunday, October 13, 2013

On the final day I was mainly in the autographing area and was not able to take as many pictures of the cosplayers.  I was able to score a few free autograph as well photo opportunities!  I had in mind to get R. L. Stine at 2pm and then the cast of Sleepy Hollow at 4pm.  While waiting for R. L. Stine, I was able to get free autographs from Judah Friedlander (30 Rock), Writer Jerry Ordway and the cast of Persons of Interest.

Here are my pictures of the day.

Writer Jerry Ordway and Actor Judah Friedlander signing!

Persons of Interest signing! 

Sarah is yes, simply stunning in person!

With R. L. Stine!

Sleepy Hollow signing!

 Yes, Nicole Beharie purposely photo-bombed the picture with Orlando Jones.

Final rounds around the convention center.

Catching up with Katia Winter of Sleepy Hollow again as I wait for the bus.  

Til next year!

Did you enjoy Comic Con?  What did you like or not like about this year's Comic Con?