I Can’t Believe I’m Going To Say This…
I Can’t Wait for Justice League

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Personally I feel like DC and Warner Bros. are on a crusade to get my $10 on the opening night of the Justice League movie. After the lackluster Batman v Superman, I regulated the DC Cinematic Universe from ‘must see‘ to ‘see it when I see it‘. Even after the excellent Wonder Woman solo film, I am still a little weary of Zack Snyder’s superhero vision.

And then Joss Whedon was brought in to massage a few things while Snyder to step back for personal reasons. And then there were reshoots. And then there were more personable interactions and personality shown from the characters. I’m not saying Synder didn’t already have this in the film, but under Whedon’s direction, they seem to finally be showing something more than the grey palette doom and gloom from previous films. The first teaser/trailer tried to give a more light touch, but it came off as a little cardboard.

Now jump to the newest trailer, and it feels less like an assembly of heavily CG’d footage, and more of a team origin story. We still got that doom and gloom, but we also get to see splashes of color and the look of hope on the heroes faces. Throw in a small scene of Clark Kent (who dead, seems to feel more like Superman with two lines, than he did in the last two movies). All in all, I will be going to see this stupid film on opening day. Somehow, DC and Warner Bros. got me at the last second. I’m preying this will be launching pad for a hopeful phase 2 in DC’s movie franchise. Time to watch his trailer again…

John Boyega Leads The Next Generation of Jaegers In Pacific Rim: Uprising

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It has been ten years since the Battle of the Breach, and the oceans are still, but restless. Vindicated by the victory at the Breach, the Jaeger program has evolved into the most powerful global defense force in human history. The PPDC now calls upon the best and brightest to rise up and become the next generation of heroes when the Kaiju threat returns. Into this is thrust ex-jaeger pilot Jake Pentecost, son of the late Stacker Pentecost, who is given a chance by his adopted sister, Mako Mori to unite with the world and fellow Jaeger pilots to prevent humanity’s extinction.

Season 2 of SyFy Channel’s
Van Helsing Looks Promising

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I was a fan of last year’s first season of SyFy’s Van Helsing. The show labeled as the vampire version of The Walking Dead had all the parts to be a great show. But it just felt like it was having trouble getting out the starting gate. There were a lot of build up about he mystery of Vanessa Van Helsing. We found out her blood could cure vampirism, and that she had powers like Buffy the Vampire Slayer. But there really was no moving in the story until the last few episodes of he season.

Season 2 picks up right were we left off with a lot of action. We find out the fate of Vanessa’s daughter and we get a new direction for the show. Kelly Overton finally seems a lot more comfortable in the role, looking like a true action star. Let’s hope this season premier is just a taste of what’s to come.

I Am Officially Obsessed with XCom 2: War of The Chosen

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Sweet Jesus, 2K, and Firaxis Games… how can you take one of the coolest games of the decade, XCom 2 and build a whole new game and call it DLC? What the hell have you done? Why have you brought this turn-based masterpiece back into my life?! When I first heard about War of The Chosen, I wasn’t pleasantly surprised. When they updated 2012’s XCom: Enemy Unknown a year later with the equally masterful expansion XCom: Enemy Within, you knew the quality of 2016’s XCom 2 would be just as good. But man… I had no idea how damn good!

War of The Chosen augments XCom 2’s main story by adding more protagonists, antagonists… and ZOMBIES that named, The Fallen. The beauty of the DLC is you get a bunch of added gameplay elements but it doesn’t take anything away from the fun of the main game. The Chosen are three new bosses that are weaved into XCom 2’s main storyline, giving you three more boss battles that in some ways’ aren’t harder, but in other ways make you really have to dive into your strategy bag to minimize yours loses. AND YOU WILL HAVE LOSES! I had four characters that I’d been using since the start of the game. They were powered up lovely and were my main squad. But I lost all four of them in the second boss battle. I felt like I’d lost friends… and that left me depowered to try and continue the game.

The Lost are basically horde zombies that are drawn by sound. Like zombies, they’re not very strong, but they have numbers and they’re relentless. You can take them all out, so you need to complete whatever mission you have and escape with an entire city of undead slowly creeping toward you. I LOVE THIS GAME.

Counting the initial XCom game in 2012, i’ve been deep into this world for 5 years straight. I’ve logged thousands of hours taking my teams out into the field and I’m still loving it like the first time I played it. When X Com 3 drops hopefully next year, I’ll continue the playing streak.

Why Am I So Interested In Seeing
Maze Runner: The Death Cure?

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As young adult novel adaptations go, Maze Runner doesn’t really rank that high with the pack. For me, it’s nowhere near The Hunger Games but ranks a few notches above the boring Divergent Series. But for some reason, I enjoyed the first two films (The Maze Running (2014) and Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials (2015)). Due to lackluster box office returns on the first two movies, there was a pretty good chance Death Cure wasn’t going to be made. I was convinced it would follow the Divergent Series and have the third installment turned into a tv series. But it seems we’ll be getting the final installment as Thomas and Teresa (yes I know their names) try to return to the maze to.. save the world? I think that’s the plot. I don’t know. To be honest I can’t remember anything that happened in the first 2 films. All I know is that I enjoyed them. So I’m gonna ride this trilogy out.

A 98% On Rotten Tomato? Yeah, I Can’t Wait to See Blade Runner 2049

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I was so afraid to ever consider this sequel to be anywhere CLOSE to good. Blade Runner is one of those near-perfect movies that you feel no one should ever be allowed to touch. No sequels.. no books.. no extra content to flesh out the universe. What we saw was good enough. Let it go.

So when I heard Denis Villeneuve was resurrecting Ridley Scott’s masterpiece, I cringed… but then i was curious… but after thinking about it I cringed again. Now I see that it’s getting rave reviews and heralded as one of the greatest sequels in movie history. They’e saying it’s in that Empire Strikes Back range of sequels.

I will be seeing Blade Runner 2049 on opening day.



The Background Flow 45

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Tracklist

K15 – Beneath The Tomb
Alfa Mist – 7th October
Dutchmassive – Sacred Goddess Cave
JA:KOVA – Midnight Brunch
Thriftworks – Pearly Whites
Monk’ – Fonkhop
Kelakovski – Anthology
AbJo – Cypher At The Edo Shrine
Melaz  – Stay the Night/Sunday Morning
Dro – Cant Help It
Myke Forte – Colouredwater (Brightlights)
Obsidian Blue – Flow
Beat-Maker-Beat – Reason
foisey. – wutgoesaround/phiness/LightOut/8MahanDr.
Skratch Zilla – Eternal Peace
AshTreJinkins – OldDojo
Trian Kayhatu – Debauchery
Sola Rosa – Spinning Top (Flamingosis Remix)
MNSTRMKK – Roronoa
drwn. – Situations

Fox’s Gifted Could Be Another Gem In The X-Men Cinematic Universe

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With uneven responses for 20th Century Fox’s handling of Marvel’s X-Men Cinematic Universe, lowered expectations might be just what this connected universe needs. The reboot of the XU started great with both X-Men: First Class and X-Men: Days of Future Past. But the third installment, X-Men Apocalypse seemed like those movies might’ve been anomalies. That is until we got excellent comic gems from both movies and tv with Deadpool, Logan and the FX Channel’s surprisingly superb Legion. At this point and time, it feels like Fox might be righting the mutant ship.How are all of the properties connected? That’s kind of sketchy. I just chose to believe they are smart enough to keep them in the same universe.

On the horizon, we have a movie and tv show that will test the viability of the Mutant Cinematic Universe. X-Men: Dark Pheonix Saga hits theaters in 2018, which hopefully will shake some of the stank from Apocalypse. And coming to TV in November, we have Gifted which feels more like an X-Men property than the actual X-Men movies. I don’t know if this show is connected to modern mutant stories of Logan, Legion and other mutant-centric shows coming out (the current X-Men films are set pre-Millenium). But if the show is as good (albeit campy) as this clip, the tv version of the universe might be on the right track.