Superhero

Logan (2017)

Logan (2017)

Director:

James Mangold

Starring:

Hugh Jackman

Patrick Stewart

Dafne Keen

Plot:

In the near future, a weary Logan cares for an ailing Professor X somewhere on the Mexican border. However, Logan’s attempts to hide from the world and his legacy are upended when a young mutant arrives, pursued by dark forces.

Review:

A violent, indie Wolverine movie. I enjoyed the violence and language, but if they were going to be indie I wish they’d embraced it more. Wasn’t a fan of the ending, and not just because of the deaths, I wish they’d gone Children of Men and just ended it.

It was nice to see this Logan, and I liked the world expansion, but is it ever going to be expounded on? Or are we left with just that?

Too many questions and not enough answers.

3/5

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017)

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017)

Director:

James Gunn

Starring:

Chris Pratt

Zoe Saldana

Dave Bautista

Plot:

The Guardians must fight to keep their newfound family together as they unravel the mystery of Peter Quill’s true parentage.

Review:

I was very lucky to have my parents visit us last week and while they were here my husband and I were able to go on a date. Naturally, we went to see a movie and thank goodness this was still in theaters.

I loved the first Guardians of the Galaxy and everything I saw trailer wise told me this one was going to be as good as the last. Thankfully, we were not disappointed.

I laughed more with this movie than the last, Drax, Bautista, is freaking hilarious. I did think a couple of the more emotional scenes went on too long and I actually cried at the ending.

Honestly, I really liked this movie and I’m looking forward to buying it when it comes out so I can watch it again.

Also, I need a baby Groot.

5/5

The Flash Season 3 (2014-?)

The Flash Season 3 (2014-?)

Network:

CW

Creator:

Greg Berlanti

Geoff Johns

Andrew Kreisberg

Starring:

Grant Gustin

Candice Patton

Danielle Panabaker

Plot:

After being struck by lightning, Barry Allen wakes up from his coma to discover he’s been given the power of super speed, becoming the Flash, fighting crime in Central City.

Review:

For the first half of the season I watched episodes about a week or so after they aired on my DVR, then we got rid of cable and I had to watch them online on CWs website. Eventually I couldn’t take that anymore and I decided to wait until they were up on Netflix.

I don’t know if it was the waiting in between episodes or maybe watching shows like Silicon Valley and Westworld that made me unable to really get back into enjoying The Flash. It was cheesy, but took itself way too seriously, and the story felt like the same thing they’ve been telling over and over. Plus the whole Iris is going to die thing felt like it was dragged on forever and I just wanted it to be over and didn’t care what happened.

I dropped Arrow earlier in the season because I wasn’t enjoying it anymore, I know everyone else thinks it’s a return to the glory days, but I just didn’t like it. I think, and this makes me sad to say, I think I’m going to drop The Flash too. That leaves me with just DC Legends of Tomorrow because I dropped Supergirl after the first episode of the second season.

Maybe I’ll watch the crossovers. Not sure. Is this the end of an era for me?

3/5

Calamity (Reckoners #3) By: Brandon Sanderson

Calamity by Brandon Sanderson

Calamity (Reckoners #3) By: Brandon Sanderson

Plot:

When Calamity lit up the sky, the Epics were born. David’s fate has been tied to their villainy ever since that historic night. Steelheart killed his father. Firefight stole his heart. And now Regalia has turned his closest ally into a dangerous enemy.

David knew Prof’s secret, and kept it even when Prof struggled to control the effects of his Epic powers. But facing Obliteration in Babilar was too much. Once the Reckoners’ leader, Prof has now embraced his Epic destiny. He’s disappeared into those murky shadows of menace Epics are infamous for the world over, and everyone knows there’s no turning back…

But everyone is wrong. Redemption is possible for Epics—Megan proved it. They’re not lost. Not completely. And David is just about crazy enough to face down the most powerful High Epic of all to get his friend back. Or die trying.

The last book in the series.

Review:

Sanderson really knows how to end a book. It’s always really exciting and has a ton going on, he’s not afraid to kill characters but he doesn’t go around killing everyone. I enjoy that, however, looking back, I’m not sure if I liked the Reckoners series.

I know, I know, I’ve given the previous two books 5 star ratings, but now looking back I’m not so sure. Maybe it was just Calamity that left me wanting, but I distinctly remember in Firefight, when Sanderson basically wiped out an entire team, not feeling anything. I guess it boils down to, I like the story in the Reckoners series, but I haven’t grown attached to the characters. Which, honestly is crazy because I get attached fairly quickly, I at least cry when people die, but each time someone died in this series the living characters didn’t really mourn so the impact of the loss didn’t hit me.

David was better in this book, he didn’t act like an idiot then have a flash of brilliance, but he wasn’t inspiring to me like he was to the other characters. He was supposed to be the new leader of the team and they certainly followed him, but why? He was smart and knew more than they did about the Epics, which is weird since their entire job was taking them out. Oh well, he was the brains they were the brawn.

The world was expanded and the ending opened up a whole slew of new possibilities which made me wish this wasn’t the last book. I liked the series, maybe I’m just down on it right now because I’m sick. I don’t know. It was good, but left me wanting.

4/5

Supergirl (2015-?)

Supergirl

Supergirl (2015-?)

Network:

CBS

Starring:

Melissa Benoist

Mehcad Brooks

Chyler Leigh

Jeremy Jordan

David Harewood

Calista Flockhart

Plot:

The adventures of Superman’s cousin in her own superhero career.

Review:

I’m slipping yet again on my TV pilot reviews. This show has been on for a while now and I just realized I hadn’t written a review. That was partly because I wanted to wait a few episodes before I made my judgement.

I’ll be honest, I didn’t have high hopes for this show. I really like Supergirl, but I think I like her potential more than what’s ever been done with her. Out of all comic book heroes I’ve read more of her comics than anyone else, and while I love her, she rarely has any good story lines.

The show is, to me, just like that. It has potential but Supergirl just kind of screws stuff up or stumbles on the answer or has someone else bail her out. Whether it’s her sister or her aunt or someone else, she’s more of a beat the enemy into submission hero than Superman is. I realize she’s just starting out and she’s going to make mistakes, but I guess I demand more.

I’m also not overly fond of the feel of the show, it’s so bright and girly. Which is weird because I honestly dislike how gritty and dull other superhero shows/movies can be. I’m not sure why it rubs me the wrong way, but it does.

The show has gotten better as its gone on. I like the supporting cast and think the Calista Flockhart is my favorite character. I’ll probably continue to watch it if it gets picked up, but it is definitely not my favorite superhero TV show. That award goes to Agent Carter.

3/5