The Orville on Fox

You guys are watching The Orville, right? The latest creation from the brilliant mind of Seth MacFarlane is awesome. It’s billed as a comedy, sci-fi comedy drama, and already into its 2nd episode, that’s a pretty accurate description. I won’t ruin it by getting into one of my rambling reviews, but I highly recommend you check it out, especially if you like Star Trek or Galaxy Quest, for that matter! In fact, I suppose this being a parody is what is keeping the Trek guys from suing MacFarlane and company. Great show so far, can’t say enough this early into the premier.

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Top 5 Stephen King Movie Adaptions

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Stephen King has a large body of work. Over the years, filmmakers have tried to bring those magnificent works to life on the big – and small – screens. I would say they did it “for the fans,” but considering how pretty much all of them turned out, I think it’s safe to say they did it just to capitalize on King’s name. With that said, there are a handful of big releases that were nearly perfect, in my humble opinion, and here is my Top 5 list of those adaptions:

  1. Misery – This movie always stands out above all others, for me. It was the first and greatest adaption I remember watching from one of King’s novels. Bates and Kahn were amazing.
  2. The Shawshank Redemption – Who doesn’t like this movie, right?
  3. Stand By Me – A must-see coming of age drama, and about the only thing I can stand more than 5 minutes of with Wil Wheaton in it.
  4. The Stand (mini-series) – Because, honestly, what are the chances they’ll ever do this again, or do it right?
  5. The Dead Zone – Just a ordinary guy tasked with saving the world.
  6. The Green Mile (my honorable mention to keep from having a tie) – “I’m tired boss – mostly I’m tired of people being ugly to each other.”

I haven’t included short films or Youtube fan films, although there are some good ones out there. What are your Top 5 Stephen King movie / television adaptions? What are some good short films of his you’ve stumbled across? Please share.

Logan (R)

Logan (2017) – 2h 17min | Action, Drama, Sci-Fi

Synopsis: In the near future, a weary Logan cares for an ailing Professor X somewhere on the Mexican border. However, Logan’s attempts to hide from the world and his legacy are upended when a young mutant arrives, pursued by dark forces.

MPAA: Rated R for strong brutal violence and language throughout, and for brief nudity

Logan is the final run (as far as we know) of Hugh Jackman as the iconic X-Men character, Wolverine. Taking place in the future (2029, to be exact), Logan focuses on a battered and worn out Logan who may age differently from his peers, but is slowly starting to suffer consequences of his weakening healing factor. He works as an Uber driver to support much needed medication for an even worse off Charles Xavier. Charles has succumbed to Alzheimers and occasionally has seizures that can paralyze – and potentially kill, we’re lead to believe) people within a fairly large radius of his location.

The story of Logan is the swan song of Wolverine as we’ve known him since 2000′s X-Men debuted at the theaters. He’s held the role and done well for the character, despite some pretty bad movies that have been released starring the mutant characters.

In Logan, our two remaining heroes are just trying to eek by as something has happened in the past, which is referred to several times, but never explained, and seemingly eliminated all mutants. No new mutants have been born in over 10 years. Then a little girl shows up who displays the same abilities as Logan, himself.

The movie is awesome. All the online hype is well deserved as the director, who is also the writer, seemed to be given full control on what he brought to the screen. Story is great, acting is top notch, action is brutal and doesn’t pull any punches or fake cutaways. If I say anything negative, it’ll be that the only thing that really drew me out of the film was all the language. I believe it’s the fact that we have been handed these subpar films with PG-13 ratings and mild profanity, but Logan is a hard R for violence, gore and language. Hearing Prof. X string along a series of F-bombs while describing a situation is way out there, in my mind, and it was uncomfortable for me to hear, personally. Yet, oddly enough, I wasn’t bothered a bit by the violence and gore. That seemed perfectly fitting for a character that has metal coated bone claws that shoot out of his knuckles.

Logan deserves all the attention it’s getting. It raised the bar for all future X-Men movies going forward. They should only hope to reach this level of quality. One of the few movies I’ve been to where the theater cheered, laughed, and even cried.