Friday, August 15, 2014

Guardians of the Galaxy Spoiler-Free Review


Is it good?
It’s "superhero movie" equivalent to rock 'n' roll.

Is it technically good?
The effects are good, and importantly fun and colorful. The result is to make the universe feel real without being grim or boring.
Guardians is an ensemble movie, and nearly everyone is good (though some of the villains have very little to work with).
The music is often cited as a key feature of the film, not without reason: it’s cleverly used as a tool to ground the weirdness.
Director/co-writer (?) James Gunn has made a crude, violent, semi-subversive movie that has more humorous and heartstring moments than all the other Marvel movies to date put together.

What does it promise - and does it deliver?
A superhero movie that’s actually fun - and it certainly delivers.

If you liked these, you'll like this: the Avengers, Heavy Metal, Galaxy Quest, Scott Pilgrim vs the World.

Friday, July 4, 2014

Top 10 Reasons you should have watched The 100



The 100 is a CW show. That alone is enough to scare off a lot of potential viewers. But with excellent, more adult fare like Nikita and Arrow, I gave The 100 a chance. It's great. I'm sorry, I should have told you to watch it earlier.

Sunday, June 29, 2014

What the hell happened: RIPD


RIPD is one of the few sci-fi movies currently on HBO Go. That's pretty much the reason I watched it (also I may have a weakness for things titled with acronyms). Having seen the trailers, having read the reviews, I knew going into it that it wasn't going to be Bergman. It probably was not going to be good.

Watching RIPD, I could see the pieces that should have fit together. I could imagine the good movie that it could have been. I should have hated it, but I didn't. In fact, the feeling I had at the end was disappointment. There was potential. Potential for a formulaic movie, sure, but at least a solid popcorn movie. What the hell happened?

Spoilers hereafter. (Also, lots of parentheses [and sub-parentheticals].)

Monday, March 31, 2014

Book release anniversary sale!

If you don't follow me on Twitter (which you should: @quinnafleming), my book DMQZ is on sale right now over on Amazon. You can pick it up for just $0.99 (67% off) for the next eight hours or so.

DMQZ is a pulp neo-noir set in a post-pandemic New York City. Here's the synopsis:

In the wake of the global pandemic known as the "little dormouse," the line between the Safe Zone and the Quarantine Zone divides New York City. The shores and waters of the East River are the "DMQZ," the uninhabited area that separates uninfected Manhattan from the slowly dying borough of Brooklyn.
Jacob Hale is a Manhattan police officer rising in the ranks of the Safe Zone military government until a bank heist gone wrong lands him on suspension and under suspicion. On a quest to clear his good name, Hale finds himself drawn into a web of conspiracy, terrorism, and revolt - and into the orbit of a mysterious woman who may be the key to it all.
 Pick it up while it's on sale!


Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Breaking down the True Detective Season 1 Finale

Sunday night (or Monday night, for poor souls like myself whose HBOgo panicked), HBO's first season of True Detective drew to a close. The reception of the episode was divided, and in many ways the finale was a crystallization of what people loved and hated about the show. Let's break it down.



Spoilers from here on in.


Saturday, March 8, 2014

True Detective: How's it all going to end?

If you haven't watched True Detective yet, stop reading. Really. This is the kind of show you don't want to be spoiled.


Spoilers from here on in.

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Oblivion Spoiler-Free Review


Is it good?
It’s surprisingly not terrible.

Is it technically good?
The effects are clearly expensive, but Joseph Kosinski effectively rubs grime on his style from Tron: Legacy, and the result is a world that’s a little too pretty for the post-apocalypse.
The acting, with the exception of a stellar Andrea Riseborough, is leaden - especially star Cruise.
The music and sound are excellent, outclassing the rest of the film.
The movie as a whole feels as though director Kosinski has made a giant motion comic of his non-existent graphic novel rather than adding anything unique to the format of film.

What does it promise - and does it deliver?
Tom Cruise saving the post-apocalyptic world - surprisingly, even though it borders on being dull, it mostly delivers with a twist.

If you liked these, you'll like this: Tron: Legacy, Elysium, War of the Worlds or other Tom Cruise Movies.