sharknado 2 TV review

I can’t believe this is so f*ing popular!” That was the question in my household.  But to be honest, coming into this TV movie without looking at the cast list kept the movie fresh and fun as viewers were surprised by one after the other of guest appearances/cameos.

Between the guest appearances and the homages or references to past fun classic movies, Ian Ziering standing in various action poses, Sharknado 2: Another One came out on Syfy, way ahead as far as popular entertainment versus the first film.

Yes, this was a sequel that was better than the first film.  As if that’s hard. You also truly did not need to see the first one to have this one make sense. Well, what sense flying sharks in water spouts can make.

With the opening of Sharknado 2: The Second One, we find Fin (Ian Ziering) and April (Tara Reid) on an airliner with a stewardess (Kelly Osbourne) asking them for their autographs. (Other regular cast included Mark McGrath, Vivica A. Fox, and Kari Wuhrer {Eight Legged Freaks}.)

They’re headed to New York for a book signing appearance, but something seems amiss outside the airplane window. And there it is… but Fin thinks he sees a shark in the clouds below the airplane. He shuts the window blind, he’s pretty sure he’s seeing things.

We later see that the airline pilot is Robert Hays from the 1980 comedy, Airplane.  And he’s talking chicken with his co-pilot…

I had the chicken.”
Chicken? I was going to try the fish.”
(Yes, an nod to Airplane!)

Then Fin sees a shark land on the wing of the plane, but, shades of William Shatner in Twilight Zone’s “Nightmare at 20,000 Feet,” no one sees anything when they look.

(BTW, the flight number in Sharknado 2 is “flight 209,” the same flight number as the flight in the classic movie, Airplane.)

But then, the entire sky is full of flying sharks. The plane takes a hit, an engine tears off, tearing out a piece of the airplane hull.  Then the pilots get sucked out of the front window while playing tug-o-war with a shark.

It is all kinds of mayhem with sharks in the plane… including the death of passenger Wil Wheaton!  It is like Snakes on a Plane, but with Sharks. (SANTA MIRA airlines… could that be a coincidence that this is the same name of the fictional town in Invasion of the Body Snatchers?) Fin steps up and lands the airplane in New York while April loses a hand shooting at sharks out of the hole in the side of the airplane.

The first 10 minutes of this sequel hits all kinds of movie references that actually made this TV movie fun. And then we started seeing the guest appearances that were a hoot to behold.

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Comic-Con News and Updates

This year was an interesting year for San Diego Comic-Con (SDCC).  Some major studios did not bring all that they could to the marketing table of SDCC, but then again, it’s been proven time and time again, that SDCC marketing campaigns aren’t always a lock for increasing interesting in a movie.

Nor would some movies actually even need it.

Of three examples… Disney/Marvel did bring The Avengers to the panel and they held their customary slot on the convention floor where they showcased some props and such.  They also showed a SDCC-only teaser clip that only those in attendance could see. For now.  (See below for a light outline of it.)

And this made those 6,000 fans in Hall H pretty happy.

Technically, aside from the cost of getting the cast there and what not, plus getting some traction on YouTube with free marketing from all the videos out there, what is there to be gained by Disney/Marvel (D/M) that they haven’t already mustered up with other conventional marketing schemes?

Look at the lack of marketing Disney did for the upcoming Star Wars movies. Why even worry about that? Star Wars has always had a huge presence at the con in one form of another, and dropping large bucks on something the entire planet is already drooling over, is probably not the wisest move financially.  Sure, Disney could have made folks happier by showcasing something, but then again, Star Wars Celebration will be taking place in April of 2015, several months ahead of the movie release date.  What kind of perfect timing would that be? So Disney could spend their money more wisely on a convention that’s focused purely on the franchise.

I don’t think pandering to 6,000 people that already are keen on the movie would make or break it, especially a huge franchise.  But it would be a nice thing to do for the fans that do go to SDCC.  (Sorry if I’m being overly pragmatic.)  Then again, movies that need the boost, in the past, have not seen big boosts from advertising at SDCC.

Yet even if there were no panels for some movies, when talent appeared for movie X, they took their cue cards with them and made mention of movie Y, giving ample coverage. Think about it, all any cast member or director would need to do is fart and it’s covered by the 20,000 press, both big and small, in an instant, on Twitter, Facebook, and what not.

So this year there were fewer movies to take up Hall H, but that made room for more TV panels in the big room, and you can never go wrong with that aspect.  Right?

So the critical news everyone wanted out, made it out, and studios released trailers and announcements during the hyper attentive SDCC week,

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What came out of SDCC 2014?

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Warner Bros brought cast from the upcoming Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice movie.  They also had the cape and cowl from the movie on display and released the look of Wonder Woman, being played by Gal Gadot.

Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman in Batman v Superman

They also brought some pow with a trailer for the new Mad Max movie, Mad Max: Fury Road., starring Tom Hardy and Charlize Theron.

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The first teaser trailer for The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies came out (At least the trailers aren’t as long as the movie!):

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZSzeFFsKEt4

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Disney/Marvel did itself justice!

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Disney/Marvel introduced three items (props) on the convention floor from the upcoming Avengers sequel, Avengers: Age of Ultron.  And the teaser they showed the audience in the panel was pretty intriguing. (More on that later)

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In the Marvel panel, there were tidbits about a few things.

In the upcoming ANT-MAN movie, we learned that

SPOILERS start for those who don’t want to know, some subtle some not, in the rest of this Marvel section:…

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The character Darren Cross will be donning the Yellowjacket suit.

Dr. Henry Pym will discover the technology of Ant-Man but due to his troubled ways, he loses his company and implores Scott Lang to steal back his shrinking tech.

Seems pretty cool.

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Most of the cast from the Avengers sequel was there.

It was confirmed that some of our new characters are “evil,” as Whedon has said in alternate forms of communication that Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch are on Team Ultron and  they’ll be trouble, with Quicksilver being lightning fast and there’s the witch.

They start out with their hate developed for the Avengers. And don’t forget the self-replicating Ultron who becomes nuts, and who also builds The Vision, to prove he can create life.

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There was a clip they showed the panel audience, starting out with the team playing a game, trying to lift Thor’s hammer, with Cap actually budging it a little.

Then the Stark-built Ultron comes on the scene, with the goal of human extinction on his mind.  And a few scenes ensue, with Hulk and Stark (in hulk busting armor) facing off, then we see another scene with Stark standing over Cap’s broken shield, and the rest of the team strewn through the rubble, looking dead.

Here’s a photo Marvel has been sharing of the shield:

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Will BATMAN vs SUPERMAN Be As Good as Man of Steel?

July 22, 2014

The superhero or comic book movie (CBM) has had a long and tainted past of horrid attempts to merely make money off of a franchise name, and in the end, barely showcased any decent writing in the screenplay.  They were rushed and treated poorly. But the genre of the CBM started to change as Christopher […]

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Marvel Studios Collection of Projects, as of July 2014

July 19, 2014

As any big fan of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) world might know, we have some great movies coming up in the next few years… Avengers: Age of Ultron: May 1, 2015 Ant-Man: July 17, 2015 Captain America 3: May 6, 2016 Untitled: July 8, 2016 (Maybe the Dr. Strange movie?) Untitled: May 5, 2017 […]

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AVENGERS NOW: Marvel Is Showcasing Their New Characters

July 18, 2014

Today Marvel made the announcement that culminates a collection of character changing announcements (pre Comic-Con) that involves the new versions of Iron Man, Thor and Captain America. The project is called Avengers Now and the story line within that title involves our newly anointed characters in their new roles. And to be honest, I’m not […]

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The Vision in AVENGERS AGE OF ULTRON, Will Be

July 18, 2014

With any Marvel movie that hits the screen, we know to expect a few minor or sometimes major rewrites as to how a character comes into being, or as referred to, the origin story. Iron Man, Thor and Captain America was pretty much spot on, but here and there, things are changed up to flow […]

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A New Tony Stark Is On The Horizon

July 18, 2014

It would seem there’s a new Tony Stark on the horizon in the Marvel Comics world, and it will see a twisty new take on the old Tony. In the early days of Tony’s life, he was quite the party-goer, boozing it up and hitting up the ladies every which way he could. And it […]

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Who Will Be The New CAPTAIN AMERICA?

July 17, 2014

Marvel is making some sweeping changes within the ranks of their comic franchise.  Or should I say Disney, Marvel’s owner? Today (Wed, 7-16-14) Marvel, via Joe Quesada stopping by the TV show, The Colbert Report, announced that the comic character of Sam Wilson will be taking over the cowl of Captain America. With Wilson taking […]

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AVENGERS AGE OF ULTRON First Look And Story

July 16, 2014

Today the cover of Entertainment Weekly has provided fans with what looks like the first look at Ultron from Avengers: Age of Ultron. POTENTIAL SPOILERS ARE COMING UP. Looking over the article, it would appear (as rumors suggested some time back) that Tony Stark had an idea that would keep him from needing to don […]

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Syfy Lands Their Detective Miller in THE EXPANSE

July 16, 2014

It’s been announced via press release that Syfy has landed Thomas Jane to star in their 10-episode sci-fi series, The Expanse, as Detective Miller. The Expanse is written by the writing team known as James S. A. Corey and it’s a multi-book series in the near (200 years) future where “humanity has colonized the solar […]

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Google Destroying Small Sites?

July 15, 2014

The world of the web is getting more brutal for the small guy every day.  A few years ago Google started instituting new web practices that gave more weight to large corporate entities and heavily established brands/sites. This effectively is destroying the little guy and upstart websites who might have had big hopes and dreams. […]

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A New THOR

July 15, 2014

via press release: Marvel is excited to announce an all-new era for the God of Thunder in brand new series, THOR, written by Jason Aaron (Thor: God of Thunder, Original Sin) complimented with art from Russell Dauterman (Cyclops). This October, Marvel Comics evolves once again in one of the most shocking and exciting changes ever […]

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DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES Review

July 11, 2014

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes was a surprising story about family, friends and trust. We also saw that when trust is betrayed, the ramifications can be far reaching for everyone involved. The cast includes Andy Serkis, Jason Clarke, Gary Oldman, Keri Russell, Toby Kebbell, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Kirk Acevedo and Nick Thurston. – The […]

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Menlo Park’s Mishandled City Park Management

July 11, 2014

I don’t know about you, but I like the idea of being able to visit my city parks, here in Menlo Park, CA.  In fact I’d love to be able to visit a number of my city’s parks.  It’s a beautiful town and on a decent day, there’s no place better to be at in […]

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The Tale of The Travelling Hat

July 8, 2014

They say that sometimes things in life or on this Earth runs full circle. Some call it Karma, others, destiny.  In this short story, the full circle made this time, was done by my hat.  It’s a true story, and no names were changed because there were no innocents to protect and it involves an […]

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Learn From the GREEN ACRES Dog Boarding Tragedy

July 3, 2014

After reading about this Green Acres tragedy where 20+ dogs died from heat exhaustion, I got to thinking about how you can protect yourself and your beloved furry family member from possible situations like this. To be honest, it can be pretty hard to ascertain what or who is a good boarder for your pet. […]

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MENLO PARK 2014 Summer Concert Series Schedule

May 29, 2014

It’s summer, 2014, here in Menlo Park and as always, the annual Summer Concert Series in the Park is about to kick in gear. This year the concert series runs on Wednesdays (as it always does) from June 18th to August 13th, 2014, starting at 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm. The concerts prove to be […]

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Should We Trust LEVI’S CEO About Freezing Jeans?

May 27, 2014

The other day Levi Strauss CEO Chip Bergh made the statement that in order for customers to have their jeans last longer, that we should not wash them.  Instead, we should freeze our jeans, spot cleaning when necessary, but never machine wash them. Supposedly freezing jeans will kill the bacteria that creates the smells and […]

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