Monday, April 22, 2024

Cobra Commander #4

It's fun seeing the various pieces introduced and connected in this Cobra prequel series for the shared Energon Universe. In Cobra Commander #4, Cobra Commander finds a scientist who has already started unlocking the vast power of Energon. Meanwhile Nemesis Enforcer takes care of any fight the Dreadnoks have left. This then leads to the expected confrontation between the Commander and Nemesis Enforcer, although there is a twist with the soldier from Cobra-La betraying the Commander rather than other way around.

Shogun - A Stick of Time / The Abyss of Life

Things get even worse for Lord Toranaga (Hiroyuki Sanada) and his followers as his attempt to form an alliance with his estranged brother (Eita Okuno) ends in betrayal and in the death of his son (Yuki Kura). With Toranaga apparently willing to give up the fight, John Blackthorne (Cosmo Jarvis) finds himself released from his service but with nowhere to turn. His attempt to reconnect with his fellow sailors end disastrously leading him to attempt to cultivate a new partnership with Yabushige (Tadanobu Asano) who initially refuses but, given his lord's refusal to fight on, eventually accepts.

Saturday, April 20, 2024

The Ministry of Ungentlemanly Warfare

A (quite obviously) exaggerated version of what occurred during WWII, The Ministry of Ungentlemanly Warfare gives us Henry Cavill as the rough-and-ready Major Gus March-Phillipps chosen to lead a suicide mission in neutral Spanish territory on a mission designed to relinquish Nazi U-boat control of the Atlantic Ocean. There's something quite fun about Cavill playing the man who most believe Ian Fleming modeled James Bond after even if the actor never gets a chance to play 007.

The rest of the ragtag group fits easily into basic action cliche with the standouts being Reacher's Alan Ritchson as the most talented killer of the bunch and the stunning Eiza González who puts herself in danger as the inside woman garnering the attention of the evil Nazi Commander Heinrich Luhr (Til Schweiger). The film would like to be Inglourious Basterds (which coincidentally also starred Schweiger). It's not in that league, but there's still plenty of fun to have in this over-the-top action-adventure.

Friday, April 19, 2024

Spider-Man 2

With Sony’s rerelease each of the Spider-Man movies, we turn back to the clock two decades to 2004 and the film that set the standard for a live-action Spider-Man movie which swings back into theaters this Monday. Returning all the notable stars from the first film (including both Willem Dafoe and Cliff Robertson in a pair of questionable cameos), the sequel focuses on the toll Spider-Man has caused on Peter Parker's (Tobey Maguire) life. 

Fired from yet another job, falling further behind in his studies, facing the wrath of Harry (James Franco) for his friendship with Spider-Man, in ever-increasing debt, and having lost Mary Jane Watson (Kirsten Dunst), Peter Parker's life is floundering. The only part of his life that is working efficiently is his time as Spider-Man, but that soon starts to fall apart as well as his powers begin to malfunction and fade eventually giving Peter an excuse to close the book on Spider-Man.