The Golden Globe Awards: Who is Hosting and Who is Nominated?

The answers to both questions have finally been revealed and we will get into both right now. Yesterday afternoon, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association finally made a decision and declared Andy Samberg and Sandra Oh, the Masters of Ceremonies for the 76th Annual Golden Globe Awards.

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Image by Phil McCarten/Invision/AP/REX/Shutterstock

“We’re excited to welcome Sandra Oh and Andy Samberg as co-hosts of Hollywood’s Party of the Year,” said HFPA president Meher Tatna. “Both Golden Globe Award recipients have continually showcased their talents in film and television, and we can’t wait see what their undeniable chemistry will bring to the Golden Globes stage.”

via the Hollywood Reporter

Oh is a Golden Globe winning actress with a respectable career in film and most notably television. She has been a mainstay on the long-running drama Grey’s Anatomy as is also credited for her high caliber performance in Killing Eve as well as motion pictures Sideways and Under the Tuscan Sun. Samberg is a familiar face to NBC going back to days performing at Saturday Night Live, Parks and Recreation, 30 Rock as well as lending his comedic talents to films such as Hotel Transylvania, That’s My Boy, Neighbors, and most recently the NBC’s newest acquisition, Brooklyn Nine-Nine.

I believe the two will work well together bringing some merriment and variety to the Golden Globes, which are right around the corner and the nominees have just been revealed. As this is a film blog, let’s take a look and see who the Hollywood Foreign Press believes is the best of the best in film this year:

Best Original Score:

  • Marco Baltrami, A Quiet Place
  • Alexandre Desplat, Isle of Dogs
  • Ludwig Göransson, Black Panther
  • Justin Hurwitz, First Man
  • Mark Shaiman, Mary Poppins Returns

Best Original Song:

  • “All the Stars”-Black Panther
  • “Girl in the Movies”-Dumplin’
  • “Requiem for a Private War”-A Private War
  • “Revelation”-Boy Erased
  • “Shallow”-A Star is Born

Best Picture-Foreign Language:

  • Capernaum-Lebanon
  • Girl-Belgium
  • Never Look Away-Germany
  • Roma-Mexico
  • Shoplifters-Japan

Best Motion Picture-Animated:

  • Isle of Dogs
  • Mirai
  • Ralph Breaks the Internet
  • Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse
  • Incredibles 2

Best Screenplay:

  • Alfonso Cuarón, Roma
  • Deborah Davis and Tony McNamara, The Favourite
  • Barry Jenkins, If Beale Street Could Talk
  • Adam McKay, Vice
  • Nick Vallelonga, Brian Currie and Peter Farrelly, Green Book

Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role:

  • Mahershala Ali, Green Book
  • Timothée Chalamet, Beautiful Boy
  • Adam Driver, BlacKkKlansman
  • Richard E. Grant, Can You Ever Forgive Me?
  • Sam Rockwell, Vice

Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role:

  • Claire Foy, First Man
  • Regina King, If Beale Street Could Talk
  • Emma Stone, The Favourite
  • Rachel Weisz, The Favourite
  • Amy Adams, Vice

Best Performance by an Actor-Musical or Comedy:

  • Christian Bale, Vice
  • Lin-Manuel Miranda, Mary Poppins Returns
  • Viggo Mortensen, Green Book
  • Robert Redford, The Old Man & The Gun
  • John C. Reilly, Stan and Ollie

Best Performance by an Actress-Musical or Comedy:

  • Emily Blunt, Mary Poppins Returns
  • Olivia Colman, The Favourite
  • Elsie Fisher, Eighth Grade
  • Charlize Theron, Tully
  • Constance Wu, Crazy Rich Asians

Best Performance by an Actor-Drama:

  • Bradley Cooper, A Star is Born
  • Willem Dafoe, At Eternity’s Gate
  • Lucas Hedges, Boy Erased
  • Rami Malek, Bohemian Rhapsody
  • John David Washington, BlacKkKlansman

Best Performance by an Actress-Drama:

  • Glenn Close, The Wife
  • Lady Gaga, A Star is Born
  • Nicole Kidman, Destroyer
  • Melissa McCarthy, Can You Ever Forgive Me?
  • Rosamund Pike, A Private War

Best Director:

  • Bradley Cooper, A Star is Born
  • Alfonso Cuarón, Roma
  • Peter Farrelly, Green Book
  • Spike Lee, BlacKkKlansman
  • Adam McKay, Vice

Best Picture-Musical or Comedy:

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The full list of nominees can be found right here! There we have folks! We’re one step closer to Hollywood’s most festive time of the year! The 76th Golden Globe Awards will be telecast on NBC on January 6, 2019 at 8:00 PM. SO EXCITED!!!!😆

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Review: Ralph Breaks the Internet

Ralph Breaks the Internet left me positively aglow! This highly anticipated feature is purely a beautiful and inventive follow-up to the highly acclaimed 2012 animated hit from Walt Disney Pictures.

In order to save Sugar Rush, the most popular game in Mr. Litwak’s arcade, Wreck-it Ralph and Vanellope von Schweetz embark on a wild adventure into uncharted territory: the internet, by way of a new wi-fi router installed by Litwak himself. Ralph and Vanellope leave the world of the arcade behind and embark on an eye-opening and dazzling adventure in the world wide web to save Vanellope’s game.

I was so excited to see this movie and while I was watching it, I couldn’t stop smiling throughout. I loved Ralph Breaks the Internet as much as I loved Wreck-it Ralph six years ago because this was not only a gorgeous animated spectacle but it was a thoroughly creative, smart and just plain fun picture! What’s really amazing is that as you sit through this movie, it doesn’t feel like the first movie happened six years ago; it’s still so lively and entertaining and the plot doesn’t skip a beat in the slightest and it’s amazing to behold.

Writer/directors Phil Johnston and Rich Moore along with Pamela Ribon, Jim Reardon and Josie Trinidad went above and beyond Ralph’s catchphrase of “I’m gonna wreck it”; they crushed it and they deserve the highest of praise for crafting a story a very layered and cohesive story that melds so many concepts of their depiction of the internet, Disney princesses, the dark web, spam; every detail that went into the crafting and assembly of the story of this picture is ingenious and I loved everything that went into this movie. Job well done to this creative team of storytellers!

The vocal talents behind these characters were damn near perfect starting from the holdovers from the first feature including John C. Reilly, Sarah Silverman, Jane Lynch, Jack McBrayer and Ed O’Neill but the infusion of new voices behind these new characters were incredible from Gal Gadot, Teraji P. Henson and Alan Tudyk and surprises from the voice talents Vin Diesel, Anthony Daniels, Brad Garrett, Tim Allen, Corey Burton and of course seeing the cadre of Disney Princesses and the voices behind them from Jodi Benson, Auli’i Cravalho, Kristen Bell, Idina Menzel, Linda Larkin, Mandy Moore, Ming Na-Wen, Anika Noni-Rose etc. was an utter delight.

Nathan Werner’s cinematography was great, Henry Jackman’s music was equally great, Jeremy Milton’s editing could not be more excellent, Ami Thompson and Matthias Lechner’s art direction was superb, Cory Loftis production design is damn near picture perfect, visually, technically, Ralph Breaks the Internet is practically impeccable in all phases!

2018 is shaping up to be a marquis year for animated features and Ralph Breaks the Internet certainly makes a compelling case for being ranked one of, if not the, absolute best of the year. It’s vibrant, refreshing, heartwarming and delivers on everything you could ask for and more if you loved Wreck-it Ralph. An absolute must-see in my opinion!

Review: Kong: Skull Island

For the fourth time in the history of American filmmaking, one of the all time great movie monsters bows into theaters to pound his chest, roar and reign supreme over an island not meant for man to tread. It’s director Jordan Vogt-Roberts’ turn to give life to a beast some have dubbed the Eighth Wonder of the World in Kong: Skull Island.

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Image by Legendary Entertainment and Warner Bros.

Fair warning: the plot for the film will be familiar if one is familiar with the mythos of Kong from the past. In in the early 1970s, a scientific expedition to an uncharted island in the South Pacific goes horribly awry, when a team led by Colonel Preston Packard, decommissioned SAS Captain James Conrad and researcher Bill Randa run afoul of Kong, the mammoth ape protector of Skull Island. Their first encounter with the beast results in seven soldiers dead and the research team separated and every single soul on the island is in grave peril, but not from Kong; the truth is that Kong is the island’s deterrent to creatures far more frightening.

I won’t go out of my way to tell you that Kong: Skull Island is a blockbuster worthy of a king or it should be rightfully crowned. I found the picture rather tame with a few original twists but I suppose I was just unsatisfied with the final result.

If Kong: Skull Island had any selling points, it would be that I thought Vogt-Roberts and the writing team of Dan Gilroy, Max Borenstein and Derek Connelly did a nice job in adhering to Kong’s origins and island life/persona: a fearsome protector to those in need, always ready to aid a damsel, worshipped as a god on Skull Island. I felt that they recognized the scope and grandeur of the title character and did what they could to make him as big as possible but the film itself just couldn’t measure up to the enormity of Kong’s reputation. Seriously, take the giant ape out of the picture and what are you left with?

For starters you have a movie that is weighed down to the anchored to the homages paid to Apocalypse Now, which is excessive to the point of over-the-top. This movie could have occurred in any time period so, why at the end of the Vietnam War?

You also have a movie that simply wastes a lot of star power. Tom Hiddleston, Samuel L. Jackson, John C. Reilly, Brie Larson, John Goodman, Toby Kebbell, Jason Mitchell, Corey Hawkins, John Ortiz, Shea Whigham, Tian Jing, Thomas Mann, Will Britain, Richard Jenkins; there are many good actors in this movie and this cast tries to deliver good performances where they can but like Godzilla, they’re not why audiences show up! Whatever contributions they do make, go to waste because the material they are working with is shallow and the visual effects steals the show.

Larry Fong’s cinematography aims to be strong but reeks of inconsistency and the editing Richard Pearson follows suit, which is unfortunate. Stefan DeChant’s production design is striking, the art direction is commendable, the set decoration by Cynthia La Jeunesse is fine, Mary E. Vogt’s costumes aimed for authenticity; technically there was a lot to respect with this film and what did you didn’t like, you forgot.

Maybe I subconsciously compared Kong: Skull Island to its 2005 predecessor by Peter Jackson, even though I didn’t want to, but ultimately I couldn’t help but notice that Jackson’s Kong had the girth and dimensions to bring Kong to its Kingly status while this film felt cartoonish. Kong: Skull Island is fun, in it’s own way, but lacking.

Movie of the Week: Kong: Skull Island

2017 will mark the fourth year in which one of the most famous movie monsters of all time has ever graced the silver screen. In 1933, 1975 and 2005, audiences the world over has seen different takes of the enormously proportioned primate who reigned supreme over his domain only to be captured and felled in the domain of man. This weekend marks Jordan Vogt-Roberts’ turn to bring the giant ape to the big screen as a team of explorers ventures out into uncharted territory teeming with danger and atop the pyramid of Skull Island is a king whose reign about to be challenged by an unforeseen enemy: modern day man. Kong: Skull Island bows into theaters this week.

Director: Jordan Vogt-Roberts

Screenwriters: Dan Gilroy, Max Borenstein and Derek Connelly

Starring: Samuel L. Jackson, John Goodman, Tom Hiddleston, Brie Larson, John C. Reilly, Corey Hawkins, Jason Mitchell, Tian Jing, John Ortiz and Toby Kebbell

What am I expecting to see?: The producers behind this movie have big plans for this film and I hope that this movie does enough to see these plans come to fruition. I want this movie to honor the Kong movies that came before it while doing everything it can to make a proper mark for itself. I don’t expect it to reach the epic levels that Peter Jackson’s King Kong reached in 2005 but I for one hope that Kong: Skull Island has its fun.

God Bless Comic Con! Why? TRAILERS!!!

I just knew that I would be blogging something today. Didn’t know how, but I knew. At first I thought I would throw up a surprise review on Star Trek Beyond, which IMO wasn’t all that; I’m not a Trekkie, I fail to see the appeal in Star Trek but I’m being honest, fans of the franchise will get a kick out of Justin Lin’s addition to the franchise and its attempt to appease its audience with classic nostalgic tones but for those non-Trekkies like myself: meh.

In case it hasn’t dawned on you: San Diego Comic Con is underway. It is in this time where fellow nerds, pop-culture enthusiasts, comic-lovers, practically people I can get along with confluence together to ooh and ahh all of the new grounds being broken in the worlds of comics, video games, television, films in the coming weeks, months or years even. You can always count on Comic Con to deliver something to wet your pop-culture appetite. While I was distracted by Star Trek Beyond, I returned home to catch up on what I’ve missed and I have missed much!

Kong: Skull Island

When Godzilla roared his mighty roar, someone at Warner Bros. and Legendary must have realized that this could be the beginning of something truly extraordinary but the creatures Godzilla faced did not pose enough of a challenge for the giant! Who could possibly stand against such a foe? The answer: KONG! An expedition led by Captain James Conrad, takes a team of explorers onto an island laden with danger and reigning over this treacherous-loaded-paradise is a creature who has existed long before the time of man but formidable and fearsome enough to hold dominion over his world and he won’t bow before anyone who dares stand in his way! Behold the trailer for Kong: Skull Island!

Kong: Skull Island is written by Max Borenstein, Derek Connelly, John Gatins and Dan Gilroy and is directed by Jordan Vogt-Roberts. The film stars Tom Hiddleston, Brie Larson, Samuel L. Jackson, John Goodman, Toby Kebbell, John C. Reilly, Corey Hawkins and Jason Mitchell. Kong becomes King on March , 2017.

Doctor Strange

Just when I FINALLY calmed from seeing that ridiculously trippy trailer from Doctor Strange, they set this on us! I’m not complaining it looks spellbinding all the same! BY THE EYE OF AGAMOTTO ENCHANT US!

Starring Benedict Cumberbatch, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Mads Mikkelsen, Rachel McAdams, Tilda Swinton, Michael Stuhlbarg and Scott Adkins, Doctor Strange is written by Jon Spaiths, directed by Scott Derrickson and will land in theaters by November 4, 2016. WOW!

The LEGO Batman Movie

I confess, I regret not giving The LEGO Movie a chance while it was in theaters. It did prove to be quite the delightful adventure. The film went on to enjoy a LOT of success in 2014, and in typical Hollywood fashion success usually equals sequels or spinoffs and in The LEGO Movie’s case, both. While the sequel is a ways off, a spinoff starring one of the films most popular characters is completely put together and fans are eagerly awaiting for the unveiling of The LEGO Batman Movie.

Chris McKay is the director guy in charge of assembly, who co-wrote the film with Seth Grahame-Smith and Eric Sommers, with the assistance of Jared Stern and John Whittington. Will Arnett will lend his voice to Batman, and rounding out the cast is Ralph Fiennes, Rosario Dawson, Michael Cera, Zack Galifianakis and Mariah Carey. The LEGO Batman Movie will hit theaters with excellent reflexes on February 10, 2017.

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

Harry Potter’s magical age has come and gone but renowned literary genius J.K. Rowling has started a new story about a new magical hero. Famous magizoologist Newt Scamander’s arrival in 1950s New York City has coincided with strange happenings within the American wizarding community and these bizarre events have involved some form of magical beast or two. Scamander must put his expertise to the test to remedy the problem before the fallout falls onto the non-magical population. This is the latest trailer for Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is written by J.K. Rowling, directed by David Yates and stars Eddie Redmayne, Colin Farrell, Ezra Miller, Katherine Waterston, Jon Voight, Ron Perlman, Carmen Ejogo, Dan Fogler and Samantha Morton. A new age of magic begins on November 18, 2016.

Wonder Woman

One can say she made her long-awaited debut in Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice, many can argue that she stole the show in Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice. Either way, whether you liked Batman v. Superman or not-I didn’t-Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman was a revelation and a statement; badass heroes don’t have to be men. Before she stepped back into the light in that intense battle, she had a story and this trailer is a preview of said story about how Princess Diana of Thymiscara set foot onto the world of men, guided by Steve Trevor.

Directed by Patty Jenkins and written for the screen by Geoff Johns and Allan Heinberg, Wonder Woman stars Gal Gadot, Chris Pine, Connie Nielsen, Robin Wright, Lucy Davis, David Thewlis, Danny Huston, Saïd Taghmaoui and Florence Kasumba. Wonder Woman rides into battle June 2, 2017.

 Justice League

Perhaps no movie will be under no greater scrutiny than the follow-up to Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice. Judging by this trailer, Justice League is saying and doing all of the right things but trailers have been deceiving before. Essentially, Batman is recruiting a team of meta-humans including Wonder Woman, The Flash, Aquaman and Cyborg. This team of extraordinary individuals with great power will combat a coming threat. Justice League is coming together.

Zack Snyder directs, Chris Terrio contributes the screenplay for this superhero ensemble piece starring Ben Affleck, Gal Gadot, Ezra Miller, Jason Momoa, Ray Fisher, Amber Heard, Jesse Eisenberg, Amy Adams, J.K. Simmons, Willem Dafoe, Jeremy Irons and Henry Cavill. Justice League bows into theaters on November 17, 2017.

I have never attended Comic Con before but one day I hope to go and be a part of so much nerdgasmic excitement! Any more trailers come out, I’ll bring them here for your viewing pleasure. Enjoy and GOD BLESS COMIC CON!

Review: Guardians of the Galaxy

A thief, a genetically engineered raccoon and his pet tree with a three word vocabulary, an assassin and a brutish maniac hellbent on retribution are the galaxy’s last hope against a psychopathic mass-murderer in James Gunn’s (“Dawn of the Dead,” “Scooby Doo”) “Guardians of the Galaxy.”

Chris Pratt (left), Dave Bautista (center-left), Zoe Saldana (center), Bradley Cooper (center-right) and Vin Diesel (right) defend the space-ways from the forces of evil in “Guardians of the Galaxy”

Chris Pratt (“Zero Dark Thirty,” “The Lego Movie”) is Peter Quill, a member of a group of thieves and mercenaries called the Ravagers who scour the cosmos collecting trinkets to exchange for profit. Quill has no idea that his universe is about to get rocked when he acquires a certain object that will incur the wrath of someone extremely dangerous.

When Quill tries to collect his profits, he runs afoul into a mysterious woman named Gamorra, played by Zoe Saldana (“Avatar,” “Columbiana”) and a team of bounty hunters named Rocket, voiced by Academy Award nominee Bradley Cooper (“American Hustle,” “Silver Linings Playbook”) and Groot, voiced by Vin Diesel (“The Fast and the Furious,” “Riddick”), and their altercation leads to their collective arrest and incarceration and when they arrive at the galaxy’s elite penitentiary, the Kyln, they encounter a man named Drax, played by Dave Bautista (“The Man with the Iron Fists”).

Gamorra is under the employ of a renegade fanatic of the Kree Empire named Ronan the Accuser, played by Lee Pace (“The Hobbit: an Unexpected Journey,” “Lincoln”). Ronan aims to acquire the stone on behalf of his benefactor, but privately he wishes to use this mysterious sphere to strike a deadly blow to the Nova Corps, and the universe.

Though the five convicts have virtually no loyalty to each other, they are in agreement that they hate Ronan more than they detest each other, so they strike a deal. If they escape together and somehow make a profit on the orb, they can split the earnings.

Ronan the Accuser aims to destroy everything in “Guardians of the Galaxy”

Easier said than done though, because Ronan and Gamorra’s sister Nebula, played by Karen Gillan (“Oculus”), aims to collect their prize and kill anyone who stands in their way. Once Quill and the others discover the truth about the orb, they must put their differences and ulterior motives aside and protect the orb from Ronan before he uses it to wipe out the galaxy.

“Guardians of the Galaxy,” is a wild blend of action, humor and heart that works tirelessly to keep audiences entertained and it is successful in that aspect. It isn’t exactly a perfect summer blockbuster, but it is remarkably satisfying to enjoy.

James Gunn did a wonderful job directing and crafting this vibrant and enthusiastic venture but the screenplay he co-wrote with Nicole Perlman is what makes this movie so out of this world. It borrows from so many classic and familiar tropes and references that give the film such an authentic and fresh flavor; the characters deliver a healthy blend of humor and heart and the audience just eats it all. It’s astounding.

The downside to this savvy script is that it constantly bombards the audience with one sharp one-liner after another to the point it where it feels fleeting; nothing significant is enough to stick but the entire experience is enjoyable all the same.

The characters and the universe they occupy are so genuine. The actors behind them, particularly the principle cast, are perfect fits. Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Vin Diesel and Bradley Cooper stole the show with their wit, edge, personality and they give exemplary performances and/or contribution to their characters.

Admittedly, it was a little disappointing that the supporting cast didn’t get to shine as much as the leading cast. Pace, Gillan, Michael Rooker (“The Bone Collector”), Academy Award nominees Glenn Close (“Albert Nobbs”), John C. Reilly (“Gangs of New York,” “Wreck it Ralph”), Djimon Hounsou (“Blood Diamond”), Josh Brolin (“Milk,” “No Country for Old Men”) and Academy Award winner Benecio Del Toro (“Traffic”) weren’t showcased enough as much as the leading cast and it is disappointing that their talents weren’t utilized more to give their characters more depth and allowed to shine.

Another flaw would be there are moments when the film loses its charm in scenes where there are strains in credulity. To put it another way, there are moments where the film really stretches the boundaries of its place in the sci-fi/fantasy genre to the point of ridiculousness.

The visual effects, make-up, set design, sound, score and soundtrack all contribute to give this movie its shape and this is a movie that is in really good shape.

“Guardians of the Galaxy” may not be a complete home-run, but it is a definite must see. This is a worthy addition to Marvel’s recent history of success that is simply too good to pass over.

Movies of the week: Guardians of the Galaxy and Get on Up

I’m really excited for this coming weekend because a potential awards contender tells the story about one of the world’s most influential musical entertainers and a highly anticipated cinematic comic-book adaptation drop, leaving me a very busy yet enthusiastic man. Take the director and stars of the box-office smash/awards contender “The Help” and add the breakout star of last year’s hit “42” and you get “Get on Up.” Chadwick Bosman is cast as the Godfather of Soul in Tate Taylor’s biopic, spanning from Brown’s days in poverty to his meteoric rise to become one of the greatest entertainers in the world. The film is written by Jez and John-Henry Butterworth, with the addition of Steven Baigelman and co-starring Viola Davis, Octavia Spencer, Nelsan Ellis, Jill Scott, Dan Ackroyd, Craig Robinson and Aloe Blacc.

What am I expecting to see?: This movie has been excited for so many reasons. Tate Taylor directed a powerful and eye-opening film in “The Help” and I believed he should have been recognized by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for his work directing that film and bringing Viola Davis and Octavia Spencer on board with this makes me believe that he is gearing up for another run. Chadwick Bosman was dynamite as Jackie Robinson in “42” and he looks like he has all the right moves as James Brown. “Get on Up” has the makings of an award contender, even though this time of year is a bit early for the potential contenders to come out and play but nevertheless, I expect a crowd-pleasing, entertaining, educational and especially soulful production in “Get on Up.” I expect audiences to come out and not only learn about who James Brown was as a person as well as an entertainer, but also I want this movie to capture the soul of this amazing performer and his music.

Also on deck this week, Marvel’s rag-tag team of intergalactic outlaws are the galaxy’s last chance to thwart a psychopath’s appetite for destruction. James Gunn co-writes with Nicole Perlman and directs the final Phase 2 solo-excursion of Marvel’s Avengers Initiative, “Guardians of the Galaxy.” Chris Pratt plays a thief named Peter Quill, a.k.a Star-Lord, who runs afoul of a man named Ronan, played by Lee Pace. Quill steals some sort of orb from Ronan and incurs his wrath, which he also takes out on the galaxy. Quill then encounters other “kindred-spirits” in Gamorra, played by Zoe Saldana, an assassin who tries to do the right thing, Drax, played by Dave Bautista, a maniac driven to avenge the death of his family, Rocket, voiced by Bradley Cooper, a talking raccoon with a short fuse and his pet/muscle, Groot, voiced by Vin Diesel, a talking tree with a three word vocabulary. Together, they are the galaxy’s last line of defense at thwarting Ronan and his forces.

What am I expecting to see?: At first, I was totally against seeing this film because I didn’t feel this enterprise was worthy of being a part of what Marvel is trying to do. I know that the studio and the producers feel that this movie is a platform to introduce a very sinister yet significant character, but at the time of this film’s announcement, I thought other ideas were more worthy but that all changed when I saw the trailer and how Marvel was marketing this team and their respective culture through other streams of mass media. This movie looks like fun and the characters all have this balance between edgy and entertaining that I can get on board with. Also, it features actors I thought would never jump on board a comic book movie such as Glenn Close, Djimon Hounsou, John C. Reilly and actors who are colorful enough to make this work such as Benecio Del Toro, Michael Rooker and Karen Gillan. I expect “Guardians of the Galaxy” to be fun, exciting, visually dazzling and a movie that can amplify the excitement of what Marvel has next.