Last weekend I got to go see the Last Witch Hunter. I had mixed feelings about seeing it because reviews had been pretty bad, but I really like Vin Diesel and know that he is actually a big fantasy fan. I also realize that there are a lot of movies that I enjoy that do not get good reviews. In the end I decided to go and see for myself.
Now it is not the greatest movie ever, but I still had a good time for a couple of hours, which in my book is a win. There were definitely some elements of the movie that I really appreciated and made it a more enjoyable experience. So I’ll try to avoid spoilers and give you a couple of reasons I enjoyed The Last Witch Hunter!
If you were like basically everyone at the announcement that Marvel was releasing a Guardians of the Galaxy movie, and asked yourself who they were – then this post may be for you. I do not profess to be an expert on this comic or these characters; indeed, I was just as confused at the announcement as the next geek and comic reader.
Marvel has recognized this and is doing what they can to introduce the characters to people who are interested. And even for those only mildly interested, they’re structuring their trailers to show the characters as well. So I thought that they were ripe for introduction. The basics are here in the trailer, but below, I’ll give a bit more on each character!
Marvel has been sharing information about these characters in two main ways – one in the movie trailers, and there’s one for each character. The other way is through the comics. This is a pretty young group – the current configuration only started in 2008. So they recently did a bit of an origin or character point story for each, leading up to the start of the new run of the Guardians of the Galaxy. So I will consider both of these, and recommend both to you if you want to know a bit more about the characters!
Posted in Comics, Geek 501, Movies
Tagged Bradley Cooper, Chris Pratt, Dave Bautista, Drax the Destroyer, Gamora, Groot, Guardians of the Galaxy, Marvel, Marvel Unlimited, Rocket Raccoon, Sourcerer, Starlord, Thanos, Trailers, Vin Diesel, Zoe Saldana
Riddick. One of the most quintessentially badass characters in recent years. A character who has been through what is effectively a horror movie, in Pitch Black, to a space opera science fiction story in Chronicles of Riddick, and snapping back closer to horror in Riddick.
Not necessarily the villain of these tales. Also not necessarily the hero.
So we went to see Riddick this weekend, and it got me thinking about the character of Riddick. Because he isn’t the leading sort of man, and yet he ends up the object of the plots, despite himself. Wanted by bounty hunters and mercs, part of a prophecy which he fulfills just to escape it… what makes him so fascinating?
I’ll try to keep spoilers for Riddick minimal, so read on!
Posted in Character Studies, Good and Evil, Movies, Science Fiction
Tagged Alignments, Chronicles of Riddick, CinemaSins, Dungeons & Dragons, Pitch Black, Recommendations, Riddick, Vin Diesel