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    Guardians of The Galaxy Vol. 2 (review) at FORCES OF GEEK


    Produced by Kevin Feige
    Written and Directed by James Gunn
    Based on Guardians of the Galaxy
    by Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning
    Starring Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista,
    Vin Diesel, Bradley Cooper, Michael Rooker,
    Karen Gillan, Pom Klementieff, Elizabeth Debicki,
    Chris Sullivan, Sean Gunn, Sylvester Stallone,
    and Kurt Russell



    The lovable bunch of a-holes are back in Vol. 2, the much anticipated sequel to Guardians of the Galaxy.

    Peter Quill/Star-Lord (Chris Pratt) leads and ends up expanding the team who have garnered a galactic reputation as true Guardians in the months since the last film.

    So much so, that  Peter’s father, a comic book favorite Ego (The Living Planet) played by Kurt Russell sprouts up to reunite with his son.



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    ‘Superheroes Decoded’ (review) at Forces of Geek


    Superheroes Decoded is a two-part documentary about the history of superheroes and comic books. Piggybacking on Brad Meltzer’s Decoded series title, this is in-depth look in to how American comic books and heroes have developed into a major money-maker for studios but also a reflection of over seventy-five years of pop culture.

    Capped on each end by the creation of Superman by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster and the invention of a Pakistani Ms. Marvel in 2013 the just under three hour documentary has a lot packed in.

    Interviews with creators Stan Lee, Iron Man director Jon Favreau, creators Brad Meltzer, Joe Quesada, Mark Waid, Dan DiDio, Nicola Scott, G. Willow Wilson, Sana Amanat are poised against non-comics people and celebrities George R.R. Martin, Neil deGrasse Tyson, Clark Gregg, Anthony Mackie, T.J. Miller and many more to paint a historical perspective on comics and heroes.



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    ‘T2 Trainspotting’ (review) - at FORCES OF GEEK

    “Choose life.

    Choose Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and hope that someone, somewhere cares.
    Choose looking up old flames, wishing you’d done it all differently.
    And choose watching history repeat itself.
    Choose your future.”

    Danny Boyle returns 20 years later to Edinburgh, Scotland for a sequel to the highly successful Trainspotting film about addiction and friendship.

    The film reunites Renton (Ewen McGregor) with Simon aka Sick Boy (Jonny Lee Miller), the betrayed Begbie (Robert Carlyle) and the smack-obsessed Spud (Ewen Bremner) to great effect, portraying the void felt by the absence and passage of time.


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    ‘Patriot’s Day’ (movie review) at FORCES OF GEEK

    April 15, 2013 is a day that will live in infamy for Bostonians and runners the world over.

    On this day, three people lost their lives and 264 others were injured at the finish line of the world’s oldest marathon.

    Days later, an MIT police officer by the name of Sean A. Collier was shot and killed in the line of duty as the bombers tried to steal his gun. Nearly a year later, Dennis Simmonds, a Boston Police Department officer died of complications from an ensuing firefight with the terrorists.

    These cowardly acts continue to have an affect on the Boston community, and on the other side of it, the chant of “Boston Strong” made it to the lexicon as a symbol of resilience, strength, pride and inspiration in the face of adversity.

    Director Peter Berg’s Patriot’s Day captures the city’s reaction to the bombing that spurred an unprecedented ‘shelter-in-place’ declaration as the murderers made more sinister plans and plotted their way to New York City for more destruction.



    ‘Allied’ (movie review) at FORCES OF GEEK

    Written by Steven Knight
    Directed by Robert Zemeckis
    Starring Brad Pitt, Marion Cotillard,
    Jared Harris, Simon McBurney,
    Matthew Goode, Lizzy Caplan


    Robert Zemeckis Allied is a decent Nazi spy romance film that is not without its problems with pacing and story, but still has some great scenes and overall looks great.

    From the dizzying ‘when is he going to touch ground’ of Brad Pitt’s opening paratrooper scene to another steamy desert sex scene, the movie sure is great to look at. With the gorgeous Marion Cotillard (Dark Knight Rises, Inception) dripping a satin sensuality and Pitt’s leading man charisma, the sexiness can blow the gasket off of an RAF Jeep.

    To be honest, Allied is a bit of a slogger, resting most of the burden on pure star power.

    The movie has it’s very own identity crisis, switching sides from being a romantic period piece to a Nazi-punching war flick with behind the enemy lines grenade-throwing action. Where Zemeckis and writer Steven Knight go wrong is in the focus of the thing.

    Most, if not all, of the plot is revealed in the trailer, which sets ones’ expectations up for failure from the first scenes in French Morocco. Max (Pitt) is a Canadian Airman fighting for the RAF. He’s dropped into a desert reconnoiter with his inside man who gives him a weapon and a cover story, complete with fake wedding ring.

    In Casablanca, he meets his cover, a beautiful Marianne (Marion Cotillard).