Thursday, June 30, 2022

Halo - Solace

In the wake of losing the larger artifact to the Covenant, "Solace" works towards Master Chief (Pablo Schreiber) and Makee (Charlie Murphy) having a combined vision through the Spartan's use of the smaller artifact offering us the first real look at the Halo ring. Elsewhere, Dr. Halsey (Natascha McElhone) becomes the easy fall guy for the government and is frozen out of the project, although she still retains access thanks to Cortana (Jen Taylor). As to the deeper meaning of John and Makee's vision, that will have to wait, but at least we don't get the distraction of Kwan (Yerin Ha) making "Solace" one of the show's more focused episodes.

Samurai Sonja #1

Set during the tumultuous Sengoku period, writer Jordan Clark and and artist Pasquale Qualano reimagine Red Sonja as the daughter of a slain samurai. Near death, Sonja will make a deal with the sea goddess which will allow her to continue her fight and her family's name. However, should she fall, her bloodline will be erased from history.

Ms. Marvel - Destined

The third episode of the series continues to focus on the interpersonal relationships of Kamala Khan (Iman Vellani), whose friends both share their own good fortunes while she struggles with what to do with her new-found power and a family legacy. We also get Aamir's (Saagar Shaikh) wedding along with some background about the bangle and the introduction of a larger external threat (at least one separate from the government forces hunting the city's new hero who are revealed to be the MCU's version of Damage Control).

Wednesday, June 29, 2022

Minions: The Rise of Gru

The first movie of the Despicable Me franchise since 2015's fun if forgettable Minions, the series continues with Minions: The Rise of Gru as 11 year-old Gru (Steve Carell) attempts to prove himself as a super-villain to his idols the Vicious 6 (voiced by Alan Arkin, Taraji P. Henson, Jean-Claude Van Damme, Dolph Lundgren, Danny Trejo, and Lucy Lawless). More entertaining than Minions, but still packing plenty of wacky problems for both Gru and the small yellow henchmen to get into, Minions: The Rise of Gru is a pleasant surprise that made me laugh and kept me entertained throughout.

The film gets off to a bit of a rocky start introducing six new characters mid-heist in under a minute, setting the stage for Gru's audition as a new member and the fallout of him attempting to prove himself, but once Gru and the Minions hit the screen the movie finds its stride in a tale that refuses to overstay its welcome and clocks in under 90 minutes.

Tuesday, June 28, 2022

Warhunt

Set in Germany towards the end of 1945, Sergeant Brewer (Robert Knepper) and his men are sent behind enemy lines (note: we never see enemy lines in this movie) to find a crashed Allied plane with vital information Major Johnson (Mickey Rourke) doesn't want falling into Axis hands. What they find are witches (Lou Stassen and Anna Paliga) in the Black Forest who torment and kill the soldiers, just as they do to all warriors who enter their realm to feed their own power.

Warhunt is a goofy supernatural thriller with the witches spooking the soldiers and driving them mad. Rourke is ridiculous here as the eye-patch wearing brains of the operation who sends his own man (Jackson Rathbone) along with the soldiers. Warhunt is more weird then spooky offering us a toothless supernatural thriller. To call it a B-movie is a bit of an insult to the genre.