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Khalil Johnson

  • Profile: Khalil Johnson is a is a lifelong fan of comics, movies, and tv. After endlessy laking about them for years, decided to put his passion into practice as a writer. Little known fact: Khalil is who Jor-El named his son after, but Jor-El spelled the name wrong. In addition to handling his day job, Khalil is a contributing writer to NerdBastards and a few other places. Follow him on twitter @alilreview for the latest updates.

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The Planet of the Apes prequel trilogy doesn’t seem to get enough credit. They took a classic existing franchise (all the way from 1968) and, thanks to current technology, were able to give us a fresh film series that’s never felt cheap or suffered from “prequelitis.” The first film Rise of the Planet of the Apes introduced us to Caesar (Andy “Just Give Him His Damn Oscar Already” Serkis). The second film Dawn of the Planet of the Apes showed the start of a war between humanity, and the now highly evolved apes. It was one of the most clever (anti)war movies of recent memory, and this weekend, the third film in the trilogy, War for The Planet of the Apes is hitting theaters, and is already getting a lot of positive buzz (94 per cent on Rotten Tomatoes). Some are even saying that the third movie is making this trilogy one of the best ever made.

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Let’s face it, no one thought that the Fast and the Furious franchise would last as long as it has. It’s actually surprising that a movie made in 2001 about a bunch of car thieves would expand into an eight film franchise filled with (now) car-thief/international spies. The premise is ridiculous, and yet, it has grossed more than $5 billion worldwide, becoming Universal’s biggest film franchise. In the most recent film, The Fate of the Furious, they upped the ante and had Vin Diesel’s Dominic betray his “family” and team up with a cyber terrorist, forcing them to save both him and the free world. The film was pure popcorn fun, and based on the box office, there’s no slowing this down.

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As Marvel continues to dominate on the big screen, things are also heating up for the television shows. In addition to the next Netflix show The Defenders gearing up for release next month and Inhumans premiering this fall, Marvel is also preparing for a bunch of new television shows. Runaways was announced for a 2018 release on Hulu and has fans excited. Marvel will also be premiering Cloak and Dagger on the new ABC channel Freeform. In addition to Cloak and Dagger, Freeform will have another Marvel TV show next year, The New Warriors.

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It seems like we have been waiting forever for Rick and Morty to return. We were fortunate to enjoy Adult Swim’s usual April 1st stunt, which just happened to show the first episode of Season 3, and made us once again crave McDonald’s Szechuan sauce (don’t be surprised if that makes a comeback). Since then, we have not heard a peep for the new season. There were even rumors that there was trouble behind the scenes between co-creators Dan Harmon and Justin Roiland had deteriorated during the making of a third season of the cult show. Both have denied that was the case and they have just been hard at work on delivering the new season. Lucky for us, the third season now has a start date.

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In an age of endless remakes and reboots, all the oldies but goodies are being revived. Either on the big screen, or on the small screen, we are now once again seeing classics being repackaged and submitted for consumption by the masses. One classic sci-fi/horror film that has been long rumored to go down this route is Tremors. In the original, killer sandworms stalked the residents of Perfection, Nevada. The films had the right blend of comedy and horror and as a result, we got four direct-to-video sequels.

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Being one of Marvel’s biggest and most popular characters over the years, Spider-Man has had plenty of exposure throughout mass media. In addition to the comics, we have seen Spider-Man in multiple cartoon shows since the 1960s, live action tv show in the 1970s, and multiple iterations in the movies. We first saw him in Sam Rami’s Spider-Man trilogy in the early 2000s. Then Sony opted to reboot the character for the Amazing Spider-Man films. Unfortunately, the reboot was not as well received as Marvel Studios and the Marvel Cinematic Universe proved to have a great formula that is now pretty much the standard for superhero movies.

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Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons’ Watchmen comic is a timeless classic. The limited series graphic novel has a rich history as being one of the greatest graphic novels ever created. The alternative history murder mystery surrounding former superheroes employed by the government was a deconstruction of the idea of the superhero and was infused with politics as well as the idea of a “dark side” to heroes and has always been heralded as a perfect story. For a long time, the series was deemed “unfilmable” by its creators. Zack Snyder did a fairly accurate film adaptation of the comic back in 2009 that was met with mixed results. Some thought it was too much like the comic and others thought that the ending didn’t ring true to the original (changing the surprise at the end). The Director’s Cut of the film helped flesh it out even more than the theatrical cut. Either way, it was a worthy effort. Recently there have been talks about a reboot for the comic and it looks like we might get a TV adaptation.

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American Gods Party

Last week’s episode of American Gods was one of the weakest of the season. As stated before, it didn’t really feel like a penultimate episode and probably should have switched around with the previous week. Learning about Essie McGowan (who looked eerily similar to Laura Moon) and her devotion to Mad Sweeny didn’t add much overall, but it did deliver fine performances by Pablo Schreiber and Emily Browning as they were the central characters that episode. However, we still have the Cold War between the Old Gods and the New Gods. Thank goodness for this week!

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The Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) has been one of the most successful franchises in recent history. Starting with Iron Man way back in 2008, the MCU had continued to grow to help birth the current age of superhero films. Sure, we love the characters and their heroics, but the MCU films also have had a wide reach with their audience. That is mostly due to the fact that all MCU films have had the family-friendly PG-13 Rating. While the Netflix Marvel Television shows have toes the line with Luke Cage and Jessica Jones doing the nasty and the constant barrage of the N-word on Luke Cage, they are still relatively tame compared to anything Tarantino would ever put out. Marvel Studios has played it safe with their 15 films by having them all be PG-13.

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American Gods Laura Moon

After last week’s explosive episode of American Gods, where the show slyly tackled such issues as immigration and gun control wrapped in a tale of old and new Gods fighting each other, we officially had the first dud of an episode. Instead of continuing Wednesday and Shadow’s road trip, we opted to have a part “Coming to America,” part secondary road trip episode, focusing on Mad Sweeny and Laura Moon as they continued the quest of her resurrection and him getting back his lucky coin.

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