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Remote Patrol: Phoenix Forgotten (2017)

Remote Patrol is a blog dedicated to small screen movie and television non-major spoiler reviews from an assortment of contributors.  Be sure to comment and give us your opinions too! Genre: Horror/Mystery/Sci-Fi
Studio: Cinelou/Scott Free Productions
Rated: Rated PG-13 for terror, peril and some language
Starring: Florence Hartigan, Luke Spencer Roberts, Chelsea Lopez
Plot: 20 years after three teenagers disappeared in the wake of mysterious lights appearing above Phoenix, Arizona, unseen footage from that night has been discovered, chronicling the final hours of their fateful expedition.
Running Time: 1 hour 27 minutes
Review Score: 2 flying saucers (out of 5)
Reviewed By: Keyser Söze

News footage from 1997’s sighting of strange lights over Phoenix

The Good
Phoenix Forgotten is a “found footage” film, a style for me that can cut both ways.  More on this in the next section, but what the film does achieve to an extent is humanizing the subjects of the film.  The story revolves around three teens that choose to cut their journalistic teeth on the appearance of the now famous “Phoenix lights in the sky” on March 13, 1997, venturing out not long after the siting but never to return from the desert.  The first half of the movie documents one of the missing’s older sister as she pieces together what happened almost twenty years before, going home to her now divorced parents and going through archived video footage from her brother’s camera (returned to the family upon conclusion of the investigation).  The footage contains what you would expect….kids trying to be adults…on the adventure of their lives, hinting at a love triangle and making us feel something for the subjects.

The three fictional missing teens at the center of the story

The Bad
Shockingly, she comes across what police investigators apparently could not be bothered to research….a second camera and existing footage in a school supply garage!  The second half of the film centers on this lost footage and the answers to the mystery of their disappearance.  Shaky cameras, UFO phenomena, malfunctioning equipment, and just about every other cliche for this type of film ensues.  But at the end of the day, it does nothing to distinguish itself and do something different from other films of its type.  And the payoff is terribly week at the end of the film, leading us to exactly where we expected the story to go from the beginning with no surprises along the way.  I supposed the only distinguishing quality is the first person style. 

Oh my gosh! You found the secret footage!

The Ugly 
While it has the PG-13 rating, it does have its share of grisly images, with wild animals being shown hollowed and burned.  There is some teen drinking, and some mild language.  But this one stays relatively tame.  Even the intensity of the finale is really not all that overwhelming for the feint of heart.

This is not going to end well

Final Thoughts
Honestly, this movie is probably not worth your time.  If you are looking for a good UFO-style film with unexplained phenomena, check out Fire in the Sky or The Fourth Kind.  Both are excellent selections, and will provide a much more satisfying experience for you.

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The Crank File: What I’m Reading This Week – August 30, 2017

Greetings comic book fans and welcome to another episode of the Crank File. Every Wednesday is new comic book day and on Tuesdays I like to spotlight some of the stuff I’ll be checking out. If you are reading this article, then you are no doubt aware of Jack Kirby. A man so well respected that his contemporaries called him Jack “The King of Comics” Kirby, later shortened to Jack “King” Kirby for the whole brevity thing. This week would have been Jack’s 100th birthday. This week is also the dreaded 5th Wednesday of the month, which mean most of the publishers phoned it in. One shots, annuals, you know the drill. It’s rough but there are a few diamonds in there. Here’s what glitters.

Here’s what I’m reading this week:

The Top of the Pile: Saga #46

Publisher: Image
Words: Brian K Vaughan
Art: Fiona Staples

What it is: An operation and a farewell.

Why we love it: The best comic in comicdom continues to be just that. The last page of issue #45 has been giving me nightmares since I read it and I’m no doctor, but that cover doesn’t look good.

  The Mainstream One: Secret Empire #10 (Gabrielle Dell Otto variant)

Publisher: Marvel
Words: Nick Spencer
Art: Steve McNiven

What it is: Can there be any redemption for Captain America as the SECRET EMPIRE starts to crumble? Rated T+

Why we like it: This is the end for Hydra Cap! What happens to Steve Rogers and how can he possibly be redeemed after going this far? Secret Empire has been a good event and an even better read but I’m getting worried that it all ends with Kobik ex machina. Regardless, that is one bad mutha Dell Otto cover.

The Indie One: Image Plus #1 (Wytches The Bad Egg part 1)

Publisher: Image
Words: Scott Snyder
Art: Jock

What it is: Volume two of the Diamond Gem Award-winning comics magazine IMAGE+ begins now! Fans have been eagerly awaiting the return of SCOTT SNYDER & JOCK’s smash-hit horror series WYTCHES ever since the first season ended on a brutal cliffhanger. Now, they’re back with a taste for the upcoming second season of the series by serializing what happens next in IMAGE+! How did Sailor make it to safety? What has she been doing since?

Why we like it: Free when purchasing a copy of Diamonds Preview, Image Plus #1 brings the much anticipated return of Wytches. I loved the first arc when it came out in 2014, and I’m super excited that it is coming back. I hate that it’s being printed in Image Plus magazine instead of single issue floppies.

 The #1 One: Star Wars Jedi Republic Mace Windu #1

Publisher: Marvel
Words: Matt Owen
Art: Denys Cowan

What it is: For over a thousand generations, the Jedi have been the peacekeepers of the galaxy…but now, at the dawn of the Clone Wars, they find themselves in a new role: generals in the Army of the Republic. As Mace Windu, one of the Jedi’s greatest warriors, leads a small unit of Jedi into battle shortly after the war begins, the Jedi must make peace with their new role, or be lost to the violence around them! Rated T

Why we like it: Hi kids, do you like sci-fi action? With Sam Jackson, gonna grow up like Titanic with Bill Packson? Cool brother with the bald head and goatee. Isn’t he the first black guy to be in Star Wars Since Billy D? Hi, my name is, huh? my name is who? my name is chicki, chicki, Mace Windew. Jimmy Fallon may be a twit but I always liked that bit.

The One I’m Buying for the Cover: Wonder Woman #29

Publisher: DC
Words: Fonta Shea
Art: Messi David
Cover Art: Jenny Frison 

What it is: ‘HEART OF THE AMAZON’ part four! No single bounty hunter would be enough to draw blood from Wonder Woman-which is why the cabal that’s so desperate to get their hands on Amazon DNA has sent five!

Why we like it: Maybe it’s just me, but this WW cover reminds me of that famous National Geographic cover with the Afghan Girl.

 

That’s all I got this week. Until next time, carpe comics! And to everyone affected by Harvey, our thoughts go out to you. Stay safe and take care of each other!

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Remote Patrol: Get Out (2017)

Remote Patrol is a blog dedicated to small screen movie and television non-major spoiler reviews from an assortment of contributors.  Be sure to comment and give us your opinions too!

Genre: Horror/Mystery
Studio: Universal/Blumhouse Productions
Rated: R for violence, bloody images, and language including sexual references
Starring: Daniel Kaluuya, Allison Williams, Bradley Whitford
Plot: It’s time for a young African American to meet with his white girlfriend’s parents for a weekend in their secluded estate in the woods, but before long, the friendly and polite ambience will give way to a nightmare.
Running Time: 1 hour 44 minutes
Review Score: 4 Crazy White People (out of 5)
Reviewed By: Keyser Söze

Chris & Rose in happier days

The Good
The whole cast gives great performances.  Daniel Kaluuya playing the fish out of water boyfriend Chris to Allison Williams’ reassuring girlfriend Rose.  Catherine Keener and Bradley Whitford play the parents with an heir of menace.  Caleb Landry Jones feels dangerous in his role as Rose’s brother Jeremy.  And the dark subject matter is nicely offset by LilRel Howery’s comedic delivery as Chris’ best friend Rod, a TSA agent who fashions himself as quite the able detective.  The rest of the supporting cast perfectly play their roles, and director Jordan Peele keeps the pacing quick and the tension building until the final crescendo.  The film, while showing some subtle influences, manages to avoid ripping off any of the films it seems to tip its hat to.  And bravo for that, because it provides us something that feels fresh.

Bradley Whitford & Catherine Keener as the  loving & accepting parents

The Bad
There is not much to criticize here, as the movie script does a good job of avoiding some of those “that person would never do that” moments, as is typically present in this genre of film.  Chris’ back story history provides fair reasoning to explain why he may not have been high-tailing it out of Crazyville a little bit sooner.  Some of the dialogue featuring scenes where Chris meets with his girlfriend’s family and friends is just downright uncomfortable to watch with a bunch of privileged white people bending over backwards to identify with Chris’ blackness.  Awkward!  But this is all part of the well-intended plot development.

We want you…to be family!

The Ugly
There are a few moments in this film that are not for the squeamish including the use of bocce balls, guns, cars, and knives as weapons, and the accompanying on-screen gore, though I would not say the film-makers are overly excessive beyond the scope of the story.  Ironically, the most difficult scene to watch involves an instance of brain surgery, and not even part of the aforementioned violence.  The script is littered with dozens of instances of profanities.  And there are some instances of sexual suggestions both direct and indirect, but no actual nudity.

Who remembers Bingo being this creepy?

Final Thoughts
Well worth your Friday night couch convention, but not while the kiddies are around. The horror genre just added a good one to its pantheon with this entry.

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The Crank File: What I’m Reading This Week – September 6, 2017

Greetings comic book fans and welcome to another episode of the Crank File. So long summer of 17, we hardly knew ye. I hope everyone had a good Labor Day weekend. Every Wednesday is new comic book day and on Tuesdays I like to spotlight some of the stuff I’ll be checking out.

Here’s what I’m reading this week:

The Top of the Pile: Batman #30

Publisher: DC
Words: Tom King
Art: Clay Mann

What it is: THE BALLAD OF KITE MAN’ part two! In our second ‘War of Jokes and Riddles’ interlude, it’s the making of a super-villain! He’s been pushed by Batman to snitch on The Joker, and cajoled by The Joker to betray Batman-now, the flunky who would be Kite Man finally snaps. He’s lost everything, and a life of crime is the only way to go.

Why we love it: How does a comic that features D-lister Kite Man make it to the top of the pile? Tom King, that’s how. He’s an absolute master at re-interpreting and revitalizing oddball characters and Batman villains don’t get much weirder than Kite Man. Maybe Crazy Quilt.

  The Mainstream One: Venomverse: War Stories #1

Publisher: Marvel
Words and Art: Various

What it is: Sure, you know about some of the adventures All-New Wolverine, Gwenpool, Ghost Rider, Old Man Logan and Deadpool went on with their symbiotes, but what about the rest?! Featuring a star-studded lineup of creators and characters, including – a VENOMIZED PUNISHER story written and drawn by Declan Shalvey! And the awesome adventures of VENOMIZED ROCKET RACCOON by Magdalene Visaggio!

Why we like it: Can I tell you a secret? I’m not that into this Venomverse event. I’m mostly just in it for the amazing Fracesco Mattina covers. The whole thing feels like a tired, retread of 2014’s Spiderverse event. I wonder whether Marvel is trying to catch lightning in a bottle and hoping that one of these venomized, mash-ups will resonate with fans. That’s why I’m picking War Stories this week over the main Venomverse series. Venomverse War Stories is a collection of shorts that each feature a different, venomized character. If one of those characters hits, we could be looking at an Edge of Spider-verse #2 type issue.

The Indie One: Walking Dead #171

Publisher: Image
Words: Robert Kirkman
Art: Charlie Adlard

What it is: FEAR THE PRINCESS: Who is she, and what does she want?

Why we like it: Walking Dead first appearances typically do well in the after market. If she ends up being a main character in the series, this issue could be sought after down the road. I stopped watching the show years ago but I keep reading the comics because it is still a really, really good read.

  The #1 One: Star Wars: Captain Phasma #1 (Mark Brooks variant)

Publisher: Marvel
Words: Kelly Thompson
Art: Marco Chechetto

What it is: As the excitement ramps up for this December’s Star Wars: The Last Jedi, come back with us to the final moments of The Force Awakens and the destruction of Starkiller Base to learn the fate of Captain Phasma! Captured by the Resistance and thrown into a garbage masher, we follow the chrome-adorned warrior from the site of the First Order’s biggest defeat to the doorstep of this holiday season’s biggest blockbuster! Written by Kelly Thompson (HAWKEYE, STAR WARS ANNUAL 2016) and drawn by Marco Checchetto (STAR WARS: SHATTERED EMPIRE, STAR WARS: SCREAMING CITADEL), Captain Phasma will recondition you to love Star Wars again!

Why we like it: I wasn’t the only one who thought that Captain Phasma was grossly under-utilized in The Force Awakens. Much like Bobba Fett, Captain Phasma showed up with the coolest outfit in the galaxy, spoke a couple of unessential lines before being dumped unceremoniously down a garbage chute. She deserved better, and now she’s getting it. Marco Checchetto is doing the drawing here and he’s quickly become one of my favorite pencilers in the biz. This should give you Star Wars junkies your fix until The Last Jedi drops at the end of the year.

  The One I’m Buying for the Cover: Green Lantern #30 (Brandon Peterson variant)

Publisher: DC
Words: Sam Humphries
Art: Carlo Barberi
Cover Art: Brandon Peterson

What it is: ‘OUT OF TIME’ part five! Jessica, Simon and the first seven bearers of green rings face Volthoom in the past as he holds the Guardians of the Universe hostage. As Lantern after Lanten falls, is there any chance of stopping the First Lantern from rewriting reality?

Why we like it: A lot of great cover art out this week but this cover B variant stood out to me. It looks like something right out of a Tool music video. I wonder if Brandon Peterson is also a fan of Alex Grey.

 

That’s all I got this week. Until next time, carpe comics!

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Birth of the Dragon – The Dope Sheet Movie Review

Release Date:  Aug. 25, 2017
Rating:  PG-13
Run Time:  1 hour 43 min
After Credit Scene:  NO
IMAX Viewing:  NO
3D Viewing:  NO
Reviewer:  Wayne Demers
The Dope Sheet Score:  7.7 out of 10

A non-spoiler review.

“Set against the backdrop of 1960s San Francisco, BIRTH OF THE DRAGON is a modern take on the classic movies that Bruce Lee was known for. It takes its inspiration from the epic and still controversial showdown between an up-and-coming Bruce Lee and kung fu master Wong Jack Man – a battle that gave birth to a legend.

What you need to know about Birth of the Dragon:  The movie is based on actual events, but after doing some research, it is unclear how much embellishment Hollywood has done on this story.  Accounts by friends of Lee and friends of Man differ greatly and the narrative of their relationship also differs depending on which camp you speak with.  As near as I can tell, the movie is based on a fight had between the Lee and Man, little of the story told in this movie is true.

What works:  Philip Ng plays the role of Bruce Lee.  Not only does Philip share a likeness to Lee, his fighting style is also very believable to that of Lee.  Yu Xia plays Wong Jack Man, a Shaolin Monk who comes to the US and eventually fights Bruce Lee.  He provides the best performance of the film in both acting and martial arts.  The moments when there is fighting are very well choreographed and very entertaining.  I enjoyed the backdrop of the film and the way in which the story was told.

What doesn’t work:  I did not care for how Bruce Lee was portrayed in the film.  It is as if the director viewed one of Lee’s movies and gave him that persona.  With Lee pointing at people frequently and coming across as brash, cocky, and paranoid I’ve not seen this depiction of Bruce Lee in any biography or documentary done prior to this film.  Billy Magnussen is cast as Steve McKee, a student of Lee and one who acts as a go-between of Lee and Man.  I felt his performance was weak and at times annoying.  His story wasn’t developed enough or in a way to care of his characters outcome.  As I mentioned before, learning of interaction of Lee and Man, I was disappointed that the movie is “based” on true events but much of this story has been Hollywoodized (is that a word?).

Despite what I believe does not work, this movie is very entertaining.  Those who like martial arts and action movies will most likely enjoy this movie.  Bruce Lee is an icon whose story is bound to be told over again for generations to come.  Along the way, I hope Hollywood’s interpretation of who he was doesn’t repaint Lee as a person that he was not.

On a scale of 1 to 10, 10 being the highest, I give Birth of the Dragon a 7.7.  Grab some concessions and enjoy some great action.

Did you see the film?  Tell us your opinion below.

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Trailer Snark (August 25, 2017 Theatrical Trailers)

Welcome to Trailer Snark, a weekly column covering trailers for movies that will be released this week with thoughts from our roster of bloggers (Jessica from The Female Perspective, Ken from The Crank File, Jim from The Front Row View, Eric from View from Above, Robert from Cards and Counters, Wayne from The Dope Sheet, and Great Stories founder Chris).  Thanks for reading, and enjoy the previews!

All Saints (Columbia Pictures) – Drama
Rated PG for thematic elements
Tagline: From a seed of faith grows hope.
Starring: John Corbett, Cara Buono
Plot: ALL SAINTS is based on the inspiring true story of salesman-turned-pastor Michael Spurlock (John Corbett), the tiny church he was ordered to shut down, and a group of refugees from Southeast Asia. Together, they risked everything to plant seeds for a future that might just save them all.
Running Time: 108 minutes
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=frovRQJSvus
Chris: Feel good movie and I will certainly check it out in the comforts of my own home.
Wayne: Looks like an inspiring movie, but I’m selling.

Birth of the Dragon (BH Tilt) – Action/Biography/Drama
Rated PG-13 for martial arts violence, language and thematic elements
Tagline: The fight that created a legend.
Starring: Yu Xia, Billy Magnussen, Phillip Ng
Plot: Set against the backdrop of 1960s San Francisco, BIRTH OF THE DRAGON is a modern take on the classic movies that Bruce Lee was known for. It takes its inspiration from the epic and still controversial showdown between an up-and-coming Bruce Lee and kung fu master Wong Jack Man – a battle that gave birth to a legend.
Running Time: 103 minutes

Wayne: I love stories about Bruce Lee, but have a feeling that these stories will be very embellished. I’m buying this because I love Lee and Kung Fu movies.
Chris: Fantastic looking film. Hard to believe WWE studios is behind it. I am curious to learn more of Bruce Lee’s past before stardom visited.

Leap! (The Weinstein Company) – Animation/Adventure/Comedy
Rated PG for some impolite humor, and action
Tagline: Never give up on your dreams
Starring: Elle Fanning, Dane DeHaan
Plot: An orphan girl dreams of becoming a ballerina and flees her rural Brittany for Paris, where she passes for someone else and accedes to the position of pupil at the Grand Opera house.
Running Time: 89 minutes

Chris:  Nobody puts Baby Icarus in the corner.
Wayne: Looks like another inspiring movie, but I’m selling. I’ll check it out but not expecting much.

Beach Rats (Neon) – Drama
Rated R for strong sexual content, graphic nudity, drug use and language
Tagline: None
Starring: Harris Dickinson, Madeline Weinstein
Plot: An aimless teenager on the outer edges of Brooklyn struggles to escape his bleak home life and navigate questions of self-identity, as he balances his time between his delinquent friends, a potential new girlfriend, and older men he meets online.
Running Time: 95 minutes

Wayne: Thought provoking and will be controversial. I’m buying and will check it out.
Chris: Could not be less interested.

Bushwick (RLJ Entertainment) – Action
Not Rated
Tagline: None
Starring: Dave Bautista, Brittany Snow
Plot: When a Texas military force invades their Brooklyn neighborhood, 20-year-old Lucy and war veteran Stupe must depend on each other to survive.
Running Time: 94 minutes

Chris: When a Texas military force invades Brooklyn? Sounds pretty dumb to me. Skip.
Wayne: I’m selling this, however, I want to see Dave Bautista in this role and it will push his acting abilities. Curious to see if he is growing as an actor.

Tickets Purchased:  Two for Birth of the Dragon

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Uxbridge Monthly Game Fest Presented by Great Stories

There has been a lot of talk around the shop lately about this Saturday’s Great Stories Game Fest Aug 26th. This is a great event for all ages and levels of gamers. Whether you are new to table top games or a veteran, it is a fun time to be introduced to new games and new friends.

This event happens on the last Saturday of every month at the Solomon’s Temple Lodge in Uxbridge, MA (aka the Mason’s Hall). So if you happen to miss us this weekend don’t worry, there will be plenty more to come. The event runs from 3pm to 9pm and tickets for all day gaming are only $10. If you ask me; that is a great deal for the amount entertainment you get within a six hour period. There is also a fantastic concession table run by the masons.

I was able to ask a couple of the avid gamers around the shop to see why they love attending the game fests. The most notable answer I got was that events like these are awesome because it gets you out of the house to meet other true gamers like yourself. There is nothing that is more fun than rolling dice and hearing it hit the table seeing everyone’s reaction to the outcome. Also, it’s great to be able to disconnected from the tech in our lives and just talk face to face people and actually see a person across the table instead of a computer screen.

Each month there is a new game that is featured at the event so that everyone can get a feel for a new game that you may or may not have heard of. But fear not, if you’re not interested in that game there are plenty of other games to play. At last month’s Game Fest we had a group of people playing Munchkin, another group was playing the Dark Souls board game and others were playing Magic the Gathering. Just that right there, you can tell the variety of games that takes place.

At this month’s Game Fest, Great Stories will be featuring the UnRivaled Tournament Games. The UnRivaled Tournament was the summer event that players competed for a chance to win a trip to Nationals in Las Vegas. For this game fest these games will be running at certain times.

Villagers and Villains at 3:00 PM-4:30 PM

Nevermore at 4:30 PM-6:00 PM

King of Tokyo at 6:00 PM-7:30 PM

 Epic Spell Wars at 7:30 PM-9:00 PM

I’ve had the joy of trying King of Tokyo in the shop and playing Villagers and Villains in the tournament making it to the regional tournament later this summer. Both are games that relay on a lot of strategy and paying attention to what all of your opponents are doing. Each game recommends a minimum of four players. After hearing pleasant reviews of Nevermore and Epic Spell Wars from around the shop I am excited for this Saturday so I finally learn them. I would also recommend any of these four games to anybody looking for a new game to play.

 

 

For any more information on the Game Fest please visit the Great Stories Facebook Events page and remember to reserve your seat get your tickets ahead of time.

 

Until next time fellow gamers,

 

See you across the table

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Comic Shop Talk: May the Comics Be With You 8/23/17

Comic Shop Talk is a video blog dedicated to Comics, and pop culture talk including movies, television, books, and more.  Ken Lee is the author of our long-running comic blog The Crank File, Rob Goyer is our Cards and Counters game blog author, Tylor Hamel appears in many in-store livestreams and works at Great Stories Comics & Gaming, Wayne Demers is author of our very own The Dope Sheet movie blog, and Chris Mills is the owner of Great Stories. 

Wayne Demers filled in for Rob Goyer in our latest episode.  We’ll be welcoming Rob’s return next month, but rest assured you will be seeing our resident movie expert again soon!

Contents

0:00 – 47:11  We begin our comic talk with Marvel and the story so far with their Secret Empire storyline, before taking a departure into the brand new Astonishing X-Men series, and then delving into the entire lineup of Star Wars comics that are out on shelves.

47:12 – 57:28  We discuss DC’s Dark Days: The Casting plus Batman Beyond and Mister Miracle.

57:29 – 1:16:20 Our indie talk includes Dynamite Entertainment’s Atari comic adaptations, 70’s style horror comics, Robotech, Freeway Fighter, and Crosswind.

1:16:21  After the conclusion of our comic talk, we have Wayne lead a discussion on some of the films from this summer he has reviewed on The Dope Sheet, Chris talks The Dark Tower, and Tylor gives his thoughts on both the trailers for Gotham and The Defenders.

 

-The Great Stories Team

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Logan Lucky – The Dope Sheet Movie Review

Release Date:  Aug. 18, 2017
Rating:  PG-13
Run Time:  1 hour 59 min
After Credit Scene:  NO
IMAX Viewing:  NO
3D Viewing:  NO
Reviewer:  Wayne Demers
The Dope Sheet Score:  4 out of 10

A non-spoiler review.

What you need to know about Logan Lucky:  Nearly every funny scene is shown in the credits.  What isn’t shown in the credits isn’t funny enough to have to go see the film.

The story here is that two brothers form a team of rag tag thieves to pull off a heist at a NASCAR event.  That is it, nothing else really left to say for the plot.

What works:  Excellent casting.  Channing Tatum, Katie Holmes, Adam Driver, Seth MacFarlane, Daniel Craig and Hilary Swank are all sound actors that give you what they can out of this script.  New comer Riley Keough also provides a sound performance.  NASCAR fans can also look for a few cameo appearances from more popular drivers.  Daniel Craig as a comedic actor?  I would have loved to see him with more laughable moments, he was great.

What doesn’t work:  Someone forgot to tell the writer that this is a comedy.  Honestly, nearly every funny moment appeared in the trailer for the film.  How disappointing is it when a film bills itself as a comedy and doesn’t deliver?  Seth MacFarlane is usually very funny, but his character tries to deliver some comic relief but I could not find anything to laugh about, the character offers little to nothing to the story.  Poor Hilary Swank, an Oscar award winner who is drastically underutilized and a wasted talent in this film.

The director, Steven Soderbergh, is also known for his Ocean 11, 12, 13 movies.  When you get right down to it, this film has the same heist formula and maybe it would have worked had it been billed more as a drama than a comedy.  Feels like I got the ole bait and switch pulled on me.

One point of interest, actor Riley Keough may look familiar.  She has been in recent films such as Mad Max: Fury Road and It Comes At Night.  She is the daughter of Lisa-Marie Presley, making her the granddaughter of Elvis and Prascilla Presley.

Not even a Shelby Mustang that makes an appearance could get me excited enough to enjoy the film.  Do you know when you pour yourself a glass of milk but accidentally drink a glass of juice and that immediate confusion your mind has?  Ya, this movie is like that.

On a scale of 1 to 10, 10 being the highest, I give Logan Lucky a 4.  Not even close to being worth concessions.

Did you see the film?  Tell us your opinion below.

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The Crank File: What I’m Reading This Week – August 23, 2017

Greetings comic book fans and welcome to another episode of the Crank File. Every Wednesday is new comic book day and on Tuesdays I like to spotlight some of the stuff I’ll be checking out.

Here’s what I’m reading this week:

The Top of the Pile: Secret Wars #9

Publisher: Marvel
Words: Nick Spencer
Art: Lenil Fracis Yu

What it is: UNITED WE STAND – against the SECRET EMPIRE! Rated T+

Why we love it: It’s an all out blitz on Hydra Cap. And Kobik pulls back the curtain, revealing the truth to the other Steve Rogers. Don’t you dare miss the penultimate issue of Secret Empire.

 

The Mainstream One: Weapon X #7

Publisher: Marvel
Words: Greg Pak
Art: Marcelo Borstelmann

What it is: ‘ORIGIN OF A MONSTER’ – PART ONE! The newly reformed Weapon X program took DNA from the most savage genetic anomalies in the world to create a rage-filled behemoth of epic proportions. But before they meddled with nature, they started with man… Who volunteered to be experimented on, and what made them the perfect test subject? FIND OUT HERE! Rated T+

Why we like it: It seems like people are interested in the continuing story of Batch H. Totally Awesome Hulk #22 flew off shelves which is a good start for a new character. Love the cover art, clearly a homage to McFarlane’s Hulk #340, and excited to see what Pak does with this new monster mashup.

 

The Indie One: Plastic #5

Publisher: Image
Words: Doug Wagner
Art: Daniel Hillyard

What it is: The most twisted love story ever told comes to a close. Can Edwyn and Virginia possibly live happily ever after, or does that only happen in fairytales?

Why we like it: Plastic is about a serial killer who goes straight after falling in love with a blowup doll, but when his beloved is kidnapped he goes on a murderous rampage to get her back. Dark, violent and disturbingly funny, Plastic has been the weirdest and most offbeat story I’ve read all year. I’m hoping for an ending that blows me away.

 

The #1 One: Nightwing The New Order #1 (Paul Pope variant)

Publisher: DC
Words: Kyle Higgins
Art: Trevor McCarthy

What it is: NIGHTWING: THE NEW ORDER is the story of a future world without ‘weapons’-where superpowers have been eliminated and outlawed. The man responsible? None other than Dick Grayson, a.k.a. Nightwing, now leader of a government task force called the Crusaders who are charged with hunting the remaining Supers. But when events transpire which turn the Crusaders’ aim toward Grayson’s own family, the former Boy Wonder must turn against the very system he helped create, with help from the very people he’s been hunting for years-the last metahumans of the DC Universe. Don’t miss this bold new vision from the team behind the New York Times bestseller BATMAN: GATES OF GOTHAM!

Why we like it: Set in an alternate future, Nightwing has rounded up and eliminated all of DC’s super powered heroes. What made him do it? How was he able to defeat the likes of Superman, Wonder Woman or the Flash? We’ll get the answers to these questions and an introduction to Nightwing’s son in The New Order.

 

The One I’m Buying for the Cover: Batman The Shadow #5 (Mattina variant)

Publisher: DC
Words: Scott Snyder
Art: Riley Rossmo
Cover Art: Francesco Mattina

What it is: The Stag and The Joker have kidnapped the Shadow’s greatest allies and are preparing to enter Shamba-La. It’s Batman and the Shadow’s last stand-if they don’t stop the evil duo from entering Shamba-La, it will mean an eternity of darkness in a world ruled by crime!

Why we like it: Mattina almost made the list twice, but I honestly am just not into the Venompool in this week’s Edge of Venomverse. This cover kicks all ass and has classic written all over it.

 

That’s all I got this week. Until next time, carpe comics!