Blu-Ray Review: Gemini Man

Gemini Man [Blu-ray]

Synopsis:
Will Smith stars as retired hitman Henry Brogan, forced on the run by a young, highly skilled operative who will stop at nothing to eliminate his target. Now on a race around the globe, Henry must outsmart the mysterious assassin at every step – but how far will he go once they finally come face to face?

Review:
Will Smith plays the two main characters in this action film. However, the CGI of his younger clone is as cringe-worthy as Superman’s CGI’s mustache removal in Justice League. It’s so bad that it’s detracts from every scene he’s in. It would have been better to get a younger actor who resembles him and just do some minor tweaks like Joseph Gordon-Levitt in Looper to look like a young version of Bruce Willis.

As for the story, it’s fun and fast-paced. And it’s a lot like Bruce Willis in RED, though this movie isn’t as well-rounded. The characters are mostly one-dimensional, except for Brogan. The fight scenes are a lot of fun though. And there is plenty of suspense that builds to an exciting finale. I just wish the CGI’d Junior wasn’t so distracting.

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• Deleted Scenes
• The Genesis of Gemini Man
• Facing Your Younger Self
• The Future Is Now
• Setting the Action
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• The Vision of Ang Lee

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Blu-Ray Review: Terminator Dark Fate

Terminator: Dark Fate [Blu-ray]

Synopsis:
Decades after Sarah Connor (Linda Hamilton) prevented Judgment Day, a lethal new Terminator is sent to eliminate the future leader of the resistance. In a fight to save mankind, battle-hardened Sarah Connor teams up with an unexpected ally (Arnold Schwarzenegger) and an enhanced super soldier to stop the deadliest Terminator yet. Humanity’s fate hangs in the balance in this action-packed thrill ride from Tim Miller, the Director of Deadpool, and Producer James Cameron.

Review:
This is the Terminator sequel I’ve been waiting for. Linda Hamilton has been missing in all the films since Terminator 2, so it’s only fitting that we ignore all the previous sequels for this storyline. And it works. It’s heart-pounding suspense with heartbreaking drama that only these leading ladies can supply. Arnold is back as well, as Terminator “Carl” who has moved on with life and sees the error of his ways. As a Terminator fan, I thoroughly enjoyed this installment. Certainly more than the previous several installments. There is plenty of fan service, and that’s okay. The action is non-stop and intense. The CGI is fantastic. And there is plenty of heart that keeps viewers invested.

Book Giveaway: Riot Baby

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What to Watch Before Star Trek: Picard

Star Trek: Picard | NYCC Trailer | CBS All Access

What to Watch (or Re-Watch) Before Star Trek: Picard

Only 2 weeks until the premiere of Star Trek: Picard on CBS All Access!

I have been rewatching TNG and Voyager episodes in preparation and excitement.
The buzz has been surrounding Data, the Borg, and Romulan-centered episodes, as well as Picard’s background.

I’ve compiled my own Must-Rewatch List among key episodes and movies, and why:

Star Trek: TNG Epsiodes:

“Datalore” (Season 1, Ep 12) -- When we meet Data’s brother Lore.

“The Measure of a Man (Season 2, Ep 9) -- When Picard defends Data in a trial to prove his sentience.

“Q Who” (Season 2, Ep 16) -- When Q shows Picard the Borg for the first time.

“The Offspring” (Season 3, Ep 16) -- When Data creates his own child.

“The Best of Both Worlds” Parts 1 & 2 (Season 3, Ep 26 and Season 4, Ep 1) -- When Picard has his experience as Locutus of Borg.

“Family” (Season 4, Ep 2) -- We learn about Picard’s family and also the vineyard where the new show will be starting off.

“Brothers” (Season 4, Ep 3) -- When Lore takes the emotion chip meant for Data.

“I, Borg” (Season 5, Ep 23) -- When we’re introduced to Hugh, a Borg who experiences his individuality.

“Tapestry” (Season 6, Ep 15) -- When we learn more of Picard’s backstory and how he lost heart (literally, not figuratively).

“Descent Part 1 & 2 ” (Season 6, Ep 26 and Season 7, Ep 1) -- Data feels his first emotion after a confrontation with the Borg.

“All Good Things…” (Season 7, Ep 25) -- The final episode of TNG, when Picard finds himself shifting through time.

Episodes focusing on the Romulans:
“The Enemy” -- (Season 3, Ep 7)
“The Defector” -- (Season 3, Ep 10)
“Unification I and II” -- (Season 5, Ep 7 & 8)
“Face of the Enemy” -- (Season 6, Ep 14)

Must-Watch Movies:
Star Trek: First Contact
Star Trek: Insurrection
Star Trek: Nemesis

Star Trek: Voyager episodes focusing on Seven of Nine and the Borg:
“The Gift” -- (Season 4, Ep 2)
“The Raven” -- (Season 4, Ep 6)
“One” -- (Season 4, Ep 25)
“Drone” -- (Season 5, Ep 2)
“Infinite Regress” (Season 5, Ep 7)
“Dark Frontier, Parts 1 & 2” -- (Season 5, Ep 15 & 16)
“Collective” -- (Season 6, Ep 16)
“Unimatrix Zero Part 1 & 2” -- (Season 6, Ep 26 and Season 7 Ep 1)
“Endgame” -- (Season 7, Ep 25) -- The final episode of Voyager -- finally getting home!

Bonus:

Star Trek: TNG “The Inner Light” (Season 5, Ep 25) -- It probably won’t have any reference in the new show, but it’s a fantastic and dramatic episode focusing solely on Picard and a lost civilization.

Book Giveaway: Midnight on Strange Street

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Received in December

The following are the books, movies, television shows, etc. I received last month for review and/or giveaways:

Mystery Boxes:
TeeBlox

Amazon / 47North:
Buzz Kill by David Sosnowski

Disney Hyperion:
If We Were Giants by Dave Matthews
Super Adjacent by Crystal Cestari
Race to the Sun by Rebecca Roanhorse
Midnight on Strange Street by K. E. Ormsbee
Incendiary by Zoraida Cordova
Elysium Girls by Kate Pentecost
Say Her Name by Zetta Elliott
The Incredibly Dead Pets of Rex Dexter by Aaron Reynolds

Hachette Books / Jo Fletcher Books:
Wyntertide: Rotherweird Book II
Harlequin / Inkyard Press:
Runemaker by Alex R. Kahler

Independent:
XHOSETI: AD 2492 by Robert J Stephens
XHOSETI: MOON by Robert J Stephens

Inkyard Press:
The Sound of Stars by Alechia Dow

Macmillan Children’s / Imprint:
All the Stars and Teeth by Adalyn Grace

Penguin Young Readers / Penguin Teen:
Aughra’s Wisdom of Thra (Jim Henson’s The Dark Crystal) by J. M. Lee
Shadows of the Dark Crystal #1 (Jim Henson’s The Dark Crystal) by J. M. Lee
Heroes of the Resistance: A Guide to the Characters of The Dark Crystal by J. M. Lee

Random House / Delacorte Press:
Starsight by Brandon Sanderson
Real Pigeons Fight Crime by Andrew McDonald

Reflector Entertainment:
Genesis: Book One of the Genesis Trilogy by Layton Green

Scholastic:
The Midnight Hour by Benjamin Read

Shadow Mountain:
Wizard for Hire: Magic Required by Obert Skye

St Martin’s Press:
The God Game by Danny Tobey

Subterranean Press:
The Postutopian Adventures of Darger and Surplus by Michael Swanwick
Jack by Connie Willis
Unexpected Stories by Octavia E. Butler

Tor / Tor.com / Forge:
Network Effect by Martha Wells
The Order of the Pure Moon Reflected in Water by Zen Cho
Flyaway by Kathleen Jennings
Riot Baby by Tochi Onyebuchi
Deal with the Devil: A Mercenary Librarians Novel by Kit Rocha
Harrow the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir
Burn the Dark: Malus Domestica #1 by S. A. Hunt
Remembrance by Rita Woods

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