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The Legend of Vox Machina

I laughed through every episode of season one. Vox Machina is a riff on every fantasy series from LOTR to GoT; yet, it creates a fairly grounded world that is fresh and new. The animation serves the humor well, so if you like adult animation series this will be right up your alley. This a a perfect show for binging on weekend as there are not that many episodes. I am looking forward to season two.


Occasionally Funny
I enjoy adult animation, and with all the streaming there is a lot of it to go around. Fairfax is the latest offering from Amazon, and occasionally it is funny. As usual it's about the adult antics of a bunch of woke 13 year olds in Los Angeles.. Most aspects of pop culture and woke culture are lampooned, and I found myself laughing aloud. Yet, on a whole, this is kind of boring because it really isn't doing anything that hasn't been done before. Most of the voice actors are kind of bland, with the exception of actor voicing Truman. He has the best lines and the best deliveries. Overall, this isn't bad. It just isn't that funny, or more accurately it is not as funny as other adult animation.

The Book of Boba Fett

The Book of Redemption
Boba Fett was a cool looking bounty hunter who fans went crazy for during the original movies. The Star Wars EU also made Fett even cooler by expanding on his story and giving his armor a really cool name. Yet, this series isn't about Boba Fett the legendary bounty hunter, but Fett's journey to redemption after ending up in the stomach of a Sarlac. And...it's not only Boba who gets redemption. The entire planet of Tattoine gets a makeover, including the much aligned Tusken Raiders, who have previously been portrayed in Star Wars mediums as savage killers. The Tuskens killed Anakin Skywalker's mom, which was a pivotal event that pushed him closer toward the dark side. Basically, Tattoine is like the butthole of the universe and Fett is now the leader of one of the largest cities on the planet, but he doesn't want to rule with fear. He wants to rule with respect and in essence that is the point of season one. Yes, bad things have happened on the planet and a lot of folks there have done bad things in the past, but none of the defines who they are now. This is a slower paced series than The Mandalorian or Obi-wan Kenobi. There isn't a big mystery or riddle to solve. This is more like a space western and I would liken it to the great series Firefly, which relied more on character driven storylines. Personally, I really enjoyed this.


Obi-Wan Kenobi

Better than expected
Obi-wan Kenobi is another solid offering from the folks over at Disney+. As a Star Wars fan I am excited by all the wonderful new series. It's also great to see the return of Hayden Christiansen after all the unwarranted hate he got during the prequels. Of course Ewing McGregor is also back as the titular character, but one thing that stands out is even though he doesn't look anything like Alec Guinness, he is still able to evoke his mannerisms and presence. It's a wonderful crossover from the original movies. My hats off to Ewan McGregor, who stepped back into the role with apparent ease. Of course, the stand out of this series is a younger and more bad ass Darth Vader. Yes, there's also young Leia, but seeing Vader in all his righteous anger in this series makes it immediately clear why the entire galaxy is/was afraid of him. He is terrifying and his portrayal is even more stark in the series then in the movies because he is in his prime. The series is called Obi-wan, but make no mistake Vader is the star when he is on the scene. My fingers are crossed we get a season two because season one rocked. 8/10.

Dune: Part One

Visually Stunning
This movie is a feast for your eyes. It looks, feels, and sounds epic. Not to mention the costumes and scenery really add another dimension. Even if you are watching this at home, the experience is still stunning. As a fan of the book, I questioned some of the choices of material that was left out. Frank Herbert built a very detailed world with lots of moving parts, but considering there is a planned sequel then maybe we will get some of those things in the next movie. Definitely recommend.

Wo hu cang long

Watching this again twenty years after it was released in theaters and it's still awesome. The choreography, costumes, direction, music, and story are amazing and stand as a testament to good film making. When this came out I was younger and some of the themes flew right by me. As an older adult the movie resonates more, especially the restrictions when it comes to a women's role in society. Of course, this is a martial arts film, but it's much more than that and the story speaks to the larger themes. Definitely recommend if you haven't seen it, and if you have then now is the time for a rewatch.

The Northman

Medieval Conan the Viking
So...the start of this movie reminded me immediately of Conan the Barbarian. The voiceover even sounded the same, so I thought I might get something like that and of course there are a lot of similarities, but The Northman is all Viking. The titular character is played by Swedish god Alexander Skarsgard who fits the character perfectly. The rest of the cast looks the part as well, and there is great cameo from Ethan Hawke and Willem Dafoe. Predictably the movie follows the beats you expect, but the gritty medieval period is shown in all its gory detail. Overall this was fairly entertaining and interesting. If you like historical movies that strive for accuracy then this is the movie for you.


Homecoming: A Film by Beyoncé

This is one of the best recorded performances I have ever seen. Beyoncé is incredibly talented. Watching her dance and sing for two hours is a joy. I found myself standing in my living room dancing like I was in the crowd. Not only is the music excellent, the direction is surreal but present. It's like watching a movie with the feel of an actual concert. My heart got to pumping as 'Yonce croons some of her best hits. There is even a surprise appearance from Jay-Z for the rap heads. Overall this is visually and musically stunning. 10/10.

Star Trek: Strange New Worlds

Exploring New Worlds
Star Trek on TV is best when there's exploration. That's what made the original (TOS) so good. I'm glad a Star Trek show has finally gotten back to the basics. Strange New Worlds goes back to the 5 year mission. This time the captain is Pike, who if you are familiar with the original series, then you know his fate. Yet, even though you may know what's coming, the series uses that knowledge to morph your expectations so even old head Trekkies will enjoy this. The standout of the show is Anson Mount as Captain Pike. He has that pizazz and cockiness a la Kirk, but he makes the role his own and he seems like he's having fun with the role, which makes him a joy to watch. The rest of the crew is still growing on me, but I generally like most of them. Four episodes in and I added this to my weekly watch list so I can keep up. I suggest you do the same 9/10.


Forgot how good this was
I watched this when it aired. I used to pester my English friends to record episodes, so I could watch them before they aired here in the U. S. Recently I started rewatching this on Netflix and it is still good. The FX doesn't hold up as well, but the story and acting is fabulous. I miss shows like this, so if you are like me you might want to give this a rewatch this on a slow binge to relive the comic fun, stellar cast, and interesting characters. It holds up well to be 10 years old. Definitely recommend. 9/10.

The Wheel of Time

Interesting Enough
I have never read the Wheel of Time books for this new series on Amazon, so I am unfamiliar with everything associated with this world. I say that because Amazon should have been smart enough to provide a few materials as primers for things like the locations, people, organizations, etc. The first episode just starts with a very brief explanation and then things begin. The show itself is decent and entertaining. I particularly enjoyed the score and the the FX, but I didn't really feel any connection to the world or the characters in this world. Certain themes are familiar to fantasy lore, but the details just roll out of peoples mouths and the audience is expected to know and care about these things beforehand. For people who have read WoT I am sure things may have been easier to pick up on, but I was a bit lost. Again though, it is an entertaining new fantasy series and if you enjoy those you should enjoy this too. 7/10.

The Girl Before

Gugu Mbatha Raw is compelling
This is a mystery...sort of. There is a twist and I didn't see it coming, so I guess that counts. The story story is intriguing. I only watched this for Mbatha-Raw and I wasn't disappointed. It's a strange tale, but again the acting and story is intriguing.

The Batman

Meh....Same ole Batman
I am a huge DC fan, but I have seen so many iterations of the same Batman I just didn't find this intriguing. I did love Kravitz's Catwoman. I wish she would have had a much larger presence overall. Again, I've already seen the dark, grounded Batman with Nolan., so again this didn't really show me anything new. I was hoping for something more along the lines of Burton with a lighter tone. Meh...it is entertaining for standard Batman fare. The story is a mishmash of comic stories, and the villains were done well which is why Batman movies generally do well. I am sure most will enjoy this. I just wanted something different from the past three or so previous Batman movies, but this wasn't it.

Greatest Events of WWII in Colour

Stunning and Educational
I probably watch this series once a year. I am a history buff and I love docs on WWII, and this is one of the best I have seen. I don't mind B&W footage, but there is something cool about seeing the images in color and in high definition. Even if you are a WW2 buff, this documentary is informative and entertaining, so you won't be disappointed. Definitely recommended.

Rurôni Kenshin: Sai shûshô - The Beginning

Shame On Me!!!!
This is truly the best action movie of 2021! I am ashamed it too me so long find Rurouni Kenshin. I must have been sleeping, but the action in this movie wowed me. I was stunned after it finished and I had to immediately watch it again. It was/is that good. The actor who portrays Kenshin is masterful in his portrayal. It's truly next level, epic!!! This movie was so good I found the other movies in the series. There are FIVE in total and the are all awesome.

Seriously and Highly recommended.

For real, Bro.... DO NOT MISS THIS!

1%ui Eoddungut

Light hearted fun
This is a hidden gem if you're looking for something cute and sweet. The story is not that original, but the two leads have a very fun and cute chemistry. It's fun to watch them interact on screen even if they are bickering at one another. I also like that fact this drama isn't overloaded with too much. There's family and inheritance drama, but it's not over the top. There's no unnecessary elements like a mysterious kidnapping or long lost brother or sister. This rom-com is lean and mean and it stays focused on the good stuff, which is the relationship between the ML and FL. Highly recommended.

Sa-rang-eui bul-sa-chak

Very Enjoyable
I greatly enjoyed this and I laughed and cried. The characters are memorable and the FL and ML have great chemistry. It's 16 episodes, so it's not a huge investment of time. Plus, the ending is satisfying. If you are fan of romantic K-dramas then you will probably love this. Definitely recommend.

Otsomae Bolkeun Kkeutdong

Solid Historical K-Drama
I am absolutely loving the first six episodes. The chemistry between the main leads is potent, and there is a nice blend of humor and palace politics. I believe this is based on a true story, but I don't really care how accurate it is to history. I just love the story. The costumes beautiful and cinematography is quite lovely. Definitely recommend.

Pooreun Badaui Junsul

Lovely and Well Done
This is a great love story which involves reincarnation and fated love. The chemistry between the actors really sells the unbelievable mermaid (fish) out of water tropes. I recommend this if you like love stores, K-dramas, or you just want to watch two handsome people.

Golden: The Journey of USA's Elite Gymnasts

Love This
Wonderful series. Very informative. These young ladies are fearless and so talented. I like getting to know the talent. Love that Dominique was executive producer.

Kevin Can F**k Himself

I watched the first three episodes, and while I like the concept. It's hard to root for Alison because she's such a doormat. I may try to keep watching, but I don't think I will. Love Annie Murphy.


In any disaster movie one person has to be smart. In this movie, the two leads are not smart. This movie would have ended if the mom learned a basic rule every parent should teach their kid. If you're lost, stay where you are and the person looking for you will find you. Nuff' said.

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