Entertainment

Welcome to Brusimm’s TV and movie news and opinion section. It’s here that we chat about some select entertainment venues and I toss out some movie reviews, TV reviews, and the like.

Kong Skull Island movie reviewApocalypse Kong!

Kong: Skull Island is directed by Jordan Vogt-Roberts off a script by Dan Gilroy (Real Steel, The Bourne Legacy), Max Borenstein (Godzilla, Minority Report) and Derek Connolly (Jurassic World, Monster Trucks).

Vogt-Roberts brings a lot of television directing experience to the plate, along with Kings of Summer that he helmed.

The cast includes Tom Hiddleston, the new Jennifer Lawrence, I mean Brie Larson, Samuel L (What movie am I not in) Jackson, John Goodman, Toby Kebbell, John C. Reilly, Corey Hawkins, Shea Whigh and more.

King Kong movies on Amazon.

Kong Skull Island movie reviewThe film starts out fast.. it’s 1944 and we watch two combatant fighter pilots crash on an island in the South Pacific, but before they could try and kill each other, they spot King Kong. Talk about a fast entrance by the titular monster!

After that we jump to 1973, where Bill Randa (Goodman) it trying to get funding for an expedition to Skull Island, declaring that this is the best time to try and nab funds, considering how effed up the government is right now. (Did we just catch a present-day social commentary? It might have been the best part of the film!)

Randa gets his funding and a team to escort his people to this isolated Skull Island and off they go.

We meet the military escort to get a feel for the characters, especially Preston Packard (Jackson), who seems to now want to return home to a life where there is no combat or next mission.

Once we get the team sorted out, it’s time to journey to Skull Island and watch the mess of meeting King Kong ensue.

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John Wick 2 reviewThis is a movie review with some moderate story spoilers, but they are necessary for me to make some points.

Keanu Reeves returns to a role that matches his classic film personality in John Wick: Chapter 2. And like the first one, this film is nothing but a fun, gun-porn kind of vengeance film, with Wick dispensing his classic style of justice, at the end of a gun barrel.

The plot described is “After returning to the criminal underworld to repay a debt, John Wick discovers that a large bounty has been put on his life.”

Chad Stahelski returns to the director’s chair for the sequel, and his own second directorial effort. (Yep, he cut his directorial teeth on the first Wick film). Aside from Reeves, other cast members include Riccardo Scamarcio, Ian McShane, Ruby Rose, Common, Lance Reddick, Laurence Fishburne and a slew of other familiar faces.

John Wick on Amazon.

In this film, which takes place within a week of events in the last film, John is trying to get out of the life of being an assassin. He has the dog he took from the Vet’s in the last film, and yes, it’s the same (kind of) dog, so someone was taking notes!

But John’s retirement is short-lived because a marker he was given some years ago is called in by a guy named Santino. And despite his not wanting to go back to that life, and after threats of taking a hit out on him, John accepts the contract.

But as he takes out the target, the man who called in the marker, then still tried to have John taken out. But of course, trying to take out John Wick is akin to snuffing out the sun. And sooner or later, John corners him to exact revenge, but Santino is hiding out in the holy ground of assassins and instead of heeding advice to not touch him, well, John was too pissed.

And sets the tables against him for the third film.

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LOGAN (2017) Review – Spoiler Free

March 7, 2017

–Logan by far, is the best developed and written Marvel film to date. It stars Hugh Jackman & Patrick Stewart reprising their roles of Wolverine and Professor X, along with Dafne Keen as Laura, Eriq La Salle, Boyd Holbrook, Stephen Merchant & Elizabeth Rodriguez. The film was directed by James Mangold (Girl, Interrupted, Walk the […]

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TAKEN Series Premiere Review

March 6, 2017

After watching the series premiere episode of Taken on NBC, I have to say that it left me feeling a bit hollow inside. Not to mention that the first episode pretty much set off all my “premiere warning bells,” during that premiere episode. The premise is: A young Bryan Mills (played by Clive Standen) must […]

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X-Men Apocalypse, A Movie Review

March 5, 2017

X-Men Apocalypse continues the saga of the rebooted Marvel property of the X-Men film franchise from Fox, but to be honest, if they’re going to reboot a film franchise, they need to make it better than the first version they’re trying to wipe the slate clean of! But more to the point, it’s more of […]

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13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi Review

March 5, 2017

13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi is a 2016 film directed and co-produced by Michael Bay (Transformers), written by Chuck Hogan (The Strain, The Town), based on a 2014 book by Mitchell Zuckoff, called 13 Hours. If you like gritty military action, this is the film for you. Michael Bay movies. In 2012, the […]

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NBC’s POWERLESS Review

February 28, 2017

(Even Tudyk looks suspicious of the TV ratings of Powerless) NBC‘s Powerless is nothing more than a thinly veiled sitcom wrapped within the world of DC‘s land of vigilantes and meta humans. And it’s even failing at doing that. It feels like even the creative team behind the show has no clue how to handle […]

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THE SHALLOWS A Review

February 25, 2017

The Shallows stars Blake Lively as Nancy Adams, in a surfer’s survivor movie where Nancy goes to a hidden cove to spend some quality surfing time. And it was not quite as bad as I thought it could have been! As the film starts, while Nancy is in the water, she spots a dead humpback […]

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NEVER GO ALONE by Denison Hatch Book Review

February 24, 2017

Denison Hatch‘s latest book is titled Never Go Alone… A Jake Rivett Thriller. In Hatch’s last Jake Rivett novel, his first, we had a compelling bank heist with the bad guys being investigated by NYPD’s brash and daring detective, Jake Rivett. What I liked about that book was that we followed the characters involved in […]

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Marvel’s Legion TV Review

February 12, 2017

Legion is based on the Marvel Comic title by Chris Claremont and Bill Sienkiewicz. It’s the story of Scott Young (Dan Stevens), a troubled but very special young man. In his youth he was diagnosed as schizophrenic and finds himself in and out of psychiatric hospitals for years. Now in his 20’s and finding himself […]

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Colin F. Barnes CODE BREAKERS Book Review

February 7, 2017

Colin F. Barnes has made a world out of place in time in the Code Breakers series where the future has fantastic technology layered in the dust of a post apocalyptic world ravaged by narcissistic avarice and nuclear weaponry. I mean, what could go wrong there? It’s not a pretty world but as we are […]

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THE VISIT Review

February 7, 2017

The Visit, from filmmaker M. Night Shyamalan, can be a very tense film experience, but not necessarily for the reasons that you think! It’s a slow build that is worth the wait while you find yourself becoming vested in our characters throughout the film. – Before this film, M. Night Shyamalan has had some bit […]

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A DOG’S PURPOSE Film Is Under Animal Abuse Allegations

January 20, 2017

I don’t know about you, but over the last few months I’ve been looking forward seeing A Dog’s Purpose. The trailer alone was bringing tears to some viewers eyes. It’s possible we all have to think twice about whether we want to go see the film or not. – The film was supposed to open […]

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CHANNEL ZERO: CANDLE COVE From Syfy

January 19, 2017

Syfy‘s Channel Zero: Candle Cove, through the run of its short season, felt like Rectify meets Fortitude meets Fargo and they all end up meeting American Horror Story!!! IT was surprisingly good. Channel Zero is an anthology series telling the stories of Creepypastas, Internet short form horror stories, including Candle Cove and the No-End House. […]

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NOW YOU SEE ME 2 Review

January 15, 2017

Now You See Me 2 sees the old gang from the excellent first film back together but this time around, instead of having their victims chasing their own tails, the whole gang themselves are forced to figure a way out of traps and snares set for them by old and new enemies. But this time […]

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ROGUE ONE: A STAR WARS STORY Review

January 9, 2017

– Rogue One: A Star Wars Story(spoiler free review) is wonderful mix of story and action combined to make a great little sub-chapter in the realm of Star Wars in a galaxy, far, far away. The cast includes Felicity Jones (Jyn), Diego Luna (Cassian), Alan Tudyk (K-2SO), Forest Whitaker (Saw), & Jimmy Smits. Star Wars […]

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ASSASSIN’S CREED Review

January 8, 2017

Assassin’s Creed, starring Michael Fassbender, Marion Cotillard & Jeremy Irons, is the film adaptation of the video game. It’s directed by Justin Kurzel.This film is yet another attempt at converting a video game franchise into a film franchise, and for the most part, doesn’t quite hit the mark, but that’s only a guess, because I […]

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THE BATMAN Movie From Ben Affleck

January 7, 2017

After having the new Batman premiere in Batman V Superman (BvS), I was surprised and found myself enjoying Ben Affleck‘s rendition of Bruce Wayne/Batman. Kudos. I also enjoyed the harsher side of Batman. Affleck has done a good enough job that he’s been tagged by DC/WB to put together the solo Batman film. He’s also […]

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