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Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

All anyone really wants to know is, “Was it as good as the first one?” Well, in some ways it was better, and in some ways it wasn’t quite as good. If you are heavy into story and aren’t bothered by real dramatic themes, Vol. 2 is likely to impress. If you want tons of action and don’t really like drama, especially family drama (the worst kind), then “the first one” is probably more your speed. But, it’s still a terrific Guardians of the Galaxy film, full of the things we all love . . . and plenty of Baby Groot!

While the shooting wasn’t as prevalent as “the first one,” Rocket did manage to showcase some really inventive new weapons. Vol. 2 was much darker than Vol. 1, given the inherent nature of the conflicts and the lack of mercy shown in certain scenes. Your kids might be asking you some uncomfortable questions after this one, so be prepared to discuss serious stuff with them.

As I left the theater I was still marinating on the film, was it as good as the first one? It wasn’t the first one, in Vol. 1 we got to meet the characters, in Vol. 2 we got to know the characters and they become family. So, it is something different than Vol. 1, no more, no less. And there is plenty of Baby Groot!

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Free Fire

Free Fire

Swift shot: I didn’t think they could make a 90 minute shoot-out film, but pretty much that is what you get with Free Fire. Things escalate quickly and an abandoned factory in the ’70s becomes the perfect setting for a gun deal with the Irish Republican Army (IRA) gone magnificently awry. And, for some weird reason, John Denver music is prevalent.

In the end, we all win, as this group of jackasses end up doing the work of ridding the world of a few brainless buffoons with automatic weapons. I am sure this was a film about the dangers of guns or some shit, but as a Marine veteran, all I kept thinking was, what a bunch of fuck-ups. They’d be dead in less than two minutes if my friends had shown up, especially in the ’70s. My major take away from Free Fire is that I should get in some range time, just in case there are some jokers like this out in my neighborhood someday.

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The Fate of the Furious

The Fate of the Furious

The latest installment in “The Fast and the Furious” franchise races into theaters this weekend. Although there was definitely a part missing (R.I.P. Paul Walker), The Fate of the Furious was an excellent continuation of the storyline. Featuring an exciting street race through Havana, a giant wrecking ball, a prison riot, a zombie car-apocalypse, a giant submarine, and the most philosophical villain I’ve met in a long time, The Fate of the Furious was a fast-paced, funny, emotional ride.

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Neil Stryker

Neil Stryker and The Tyrant of Time

Swift shot: What the hell was that? I mean, really, what in the actual Seven Hells did I just watch there? A crazy sci-fi comedy action flick that has good old fashioned T n A, plenty of violence, decent special effects for its budget, there were puppets, there was singing, there was David Ogden Stiers and Walter Koenig, the original Chekov, for those that don’t know. And, truth be told, I haven’t been this challenged writing a review since Hit Team! All I can say for sure is Neil Stryker and The Tyrant of Time is original, and it has an uncanny Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog timbre to it, with a bit of Buckaroo Banzai absurdity peppered in.

If you are seeking something completely off-the-wall and unpredictable, Neil Stryker and The Tyrant of Time is a safe bet. I guarantee it is like nothing else you have ever seen before, and there are puppets.

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Live By Night

Live By Night

Directed by: Ben Affleck Written by: Ben Affleck (screenplay, adapted) Dennis Lehane (novel) Cast: Ben Affleck, Zoe Saldana, Elle Fanning, Chris Messina, Chris Cooper, Sienna Miller Swift shot: I have never heard of Joe Coughlin, but after I watched Live By Night, I went home and researched all about him. I was hoping he was a real figure from […]

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