Greeting programs! Join us this week as we discuss the upcoming Netflix animated film The Sea Beast, directed by Chris Williams and starring Karl Urban and Jared Harris, and the recently concluded Obi-Wan Kenobi series from Disney+.
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Karl Urban, James Marsden, Wentworth Miller, Eric Stonestreet, and Matthias Schoenaerts play cheating husbands who all secretly buy a loft apartment in which they can safely screw around. Then a woman turns up dead. Pretty classic murder mystery set up. Let’s watch!
_Apologies for the tardiness of this, I’m on holiday again._
You know it’s been 13 years since Pitch Black hit theatre screens. Not an amazing movie by any measure, but entertaining enough that it made a bunch of money and put Vin Diesel on the map.
In the movie a transport ship crashes and the few survivors have to deal with Richard B. Riddick (Diesel), a sociopathic mercenary who happens to have night vision being transported in said ship but then it turns out that the planet is infested with monsters that only survive in the dark and that there is an eclipse coming, so they have to work with Riddick to survive. Talk about shitty contrived luck.
Both of these facts lead to a sequel in 2004 in which Riddick turns out to be the prophesied hero who will stop an army of dead guys who are killing their way across…. you know what? I’m not even going to finish that because it doesn’t matter. _Chronicles or Riddick_ wasn’t that good, and this new movie basically doesn’t pay any attention to it. In fact this movie is pretty much literally just _Pitch Black 2_. Or maybe _Pitch Black Again_.
So, time to talk about [another of my most anticipated films](http://awesomefriday.ca/2013/01/matts-most-anticipated-of-2013/). I am a life long Star Trek fan. Let’s just get that out of the way right now. When I was a kid I watched The Original Series. When it debuted on TV I watched Every episode of Next Generaion, Deep Space Nine and even Voyager despite all it’s problems. Enterprise, I am of the opinion, got cancelled just when it had gotten really good. I’ve seen every movie multiple times and, perhaps most relevant to what I am about to say, I really liked JJ Abrams 2009 reboot of the franchise.
Yes, it has problems. Hell, the whole plot falls apart if you pay more than a cursory amount of attention to the details, but it has that certain extra _je ne said quo is_ that makes me forget all this as I watch it. Despite it’s ridiculousness it sucks me in and I enjoy it every time.
Naturally I was excited for a sequel and today we got one. So how is it? It’s… well it’s something.
All joking aside, this is looking good although perhaps a little predictable. Clearly looks like the bad guy gets the better of Kirk due to Kirks arrogance which ends disastrous consequences and then has to fight back from a place of defeat with perhaps these help of his friends and colleagues.
None of this is a bad thing necessarily, that could be an amazing movie. It is well worn material though so we’ll have to see.
Then again, they might be leading me to think that so that they can hit me with something totally different. Either way, seriously, is it 17th May yet????
Were you worried that the upcoming Star Trek Into Darkness would be light on action? Then check this out:
First off, yes, I know I’m a few days late posting this. Second off, this looks like it’s going to continue in the same action packed vein as 2009s Star Trek, which I am looking forward to.
There’s an argument to be made that it’s not “real Star Trek” but you know what? 2009’s Star Trek was fun. End of story. Also, this one has Benedict Cumberbatch being a total bad ass and it looks like this one is the “Captain’s Character Development” episode.
If I have a worry it’s that –whether or not Cumberbatch is Khan or not– this one will basically be Wrath of Khan all over again. That can really work (see: First Contact) but it can also really not work when there’s no existing context (see: Nemesis).