I think I can speak for everyone when I say that I am easily the biggest and most well-informed Alien fan on the planet. If you have any doubt, just know that I’ve read every Alien(s) novel in existence (some of them multiple times); and even though there’s no such thing as a bad Alien story, some are better than others. That’s where I come in. I bring you today’s Top 5 Friday list…
Tom Awesome’s Review Score: 9.5
Spider-Man Far From Home takes us on an adventure to Europe with the titular web-slinger to deal with an Avengers-level threat. Ironically, Peter Parker has been much further from home in his brief career – you know, like, SPACE. Naming conventions aside, I am an unabashed webhead and I’m always up for a new Spider-Man movie.
Tom Awesome’s Review Score: 9.5
The official summer blockbuster to end all blockbusters is here, as Avengers: Endgame opened this week. Just a touch under under 11 years ago, Iron Man started Robert Downey Jr. and Marvel down a path to this (inevitable) conclusion. The movie effectively closes the doors to the Marvel Cinematic Universe as we know it, while setting the stage for a host of future adventures.
Rogue Hippo’s Review Score: 9
I know it’s a tough sell to get people excited to see a World War I documentary in 3D at the movie theater; but damnit, I’m going to try. Continue reading “Review: They Shall Not Grow Old”
Tom Awesome’s Review Score: 8.25
What do you get when you pair an alien parasite with a blackballed investigative reporter and strip away the title character’s traditional backstory and all other trappings of the Marvel universe? A surprisingly fun action film with a couple outstanding performances.
Rogue Hippo’s Review Score: 6
PLOT SUMMARY: Lena (Natalie Portman) is part of a team of scientists tasked with entering, and explaining, The Shimmer. The Shimmer is a continuously-expanding quarantine zone around the site of a meteor strike. On top of that, The Shimmer gradually alters the DNA of all who enter it; oh, and by the way, no one ever returns. Lena has returned, however; and the movie begins with Lena surrounded by a team of scientists who ask her to explain what happened while she was inside The Shimmer. She proceeds to tell them the story of what befell her team. Continue reading “Review: Annihilation”
Rogue Hippo’s Review Score: 5.5
I’m a big history fan so I expected to like Hostiles, a film about Army Captain Joseph Blocker (Christian Bale) tasked with escorting Native American Chief Yellow Hawk (Wes Studi) across miles of hostile territory so that Yellow Hawk can die in his homeland. Along the way, nothing goes according to plan and each day is a bitter struggle to survive.
I love survival stories. I love history. I should’ve loved Hostiles. I didn’t. Here’s why… Continue reading “Review: Hostiles”
I recently took the plunge and shelled out $115.35 for a 1-year subscription to MoviePass. If you’re not familiar with MoviePass, a subscription will get you 1 free movie ticket every day. As a guy who goes to a lot of movies, this seemed like a great deal; however I was skeptical that there might be a lot of restrictions or fine print. Luckily, that has not been the case so far; and I’m here to break it down for those of you who might be considering MoviePass. Continue reading “Rogue Hippo’s Guide to MoviePass”
I’m going to cheat a little bit with this review. As has been widely reported, I recently reviewed Shadowrun Returns and, in short, it’s a great game for fans of RPGs and turn-based combat. Well Shadowrun Dragonfall is so similar that I’m going to piggy-back off of that review so I recommend that you read that one first. Continue reading “Review: Shadowrun Dragonfall”