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Wonder Woman- Karl Sides (the Flick Fanatic.com)

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WONDER WOMAN

Gal Gadot is back as the Amazonian Princess and is ready to lasso the bad guys in “Wonder Woman”!

Gal Gadot stars in the new “Wonder Woman” film that picks up where last years “Batman vs. Superman” left off. Diana, an Amazon princess, is working in Paris at the Luv when a shipment from Wayne Enterprises arrives. Bruce located the original picture of Wonder Woman and the soldiers in WW1 and sent it to her with a note “You’ll have to tell me about this”. This was a fantastic way to transition to the Wonder Woman origin story.

Diana, daughter of Queen Hyppolyta (Connie Nielsen) was a gift from Zeus for her to raise on the island of Themiscyra. Themiscyra is an island in the Atlantic Ocean but is hidden from site to keep intruders away and keep the Amazons hidden from Aries, the god of war who is bent on their destruction. The Amazons are charged by Zeus to protect the world from evil. Diana is eager to learn to fight as her sisters do, but her mother forbids it. Diana’s aunt Antiope (Robin Wright), the general of the Amazon army, agrees to secretly train the girl to protect her if Aries does return. The Princess becomes the best fighter on the island as she gets older.

 

Steve Trevor (Chris Pine) is shot down by the Germans as he was escaping with a notebook that can end WW1 quickly. Trevor is just off the coast of Themiscyra and is trapped in his plane as it sinks. Diana dives from a cliff and rescues the soldier. She is amazed as he is the first man she has seen. The German ships are close behind him looking for the plane and find the island. The Germans land on the island and battle with the Amazons. The women are victorious with Trevor’s help. Queen Hyppolyta agrees to help Steve return to London with the information to stop the war, but is saddened to find that Diana has chosen to go with him.

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WONDER WOMAN review

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The Future of Justice Begins with Her

One of the most well-known and popular comic book characters of all time finally hits the big screen in this summer’s “Wonder Woman”.  Opening in the Amazonian World of Themyscira, Diana is a young girl eager to join the rankings of her fellow women.  Forwarding through her youth, Diana begins to train in-preparation for the inevitable War against Ares.  As she continues Continue reading

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STAR TREK BEYOND review

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Star Trek Beyond posterBoldly Go Beyond

When we last left the crew of the USS Enterprise, they were beginning their five-year mission into deep space; venturing into uncharted territory.  In “Star Trek Beyond”, we pick-up with them two and a half years into their mission.  The crew is beginning to feel stale and bored, no longer enthusiastic or excited about deep space.  After a supply pick-up at Starfleet’s newest (and robust) installation Yorktown, Kirk and his crew Continue reading

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The Finest Hours- Karl Sides “The Flick Fanatic”

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Chris Pine and Casey Affleck bring a Coast Guard story of courage to the big screen in “The Finest Hours”

The story of one of the greatest rescues in the history of the US Coast Guard comes to the big screen in the new action flick, “The Finest Hours” from director Craig Gillespie (Lars and the Real Girl).  Finest Hours stars Chris Pine, his co-star from Star Trek Eric Bana, Holiday Grainger, Casey Affleck and Ben Foster in a tale of courage and heroism straight from the history of the Coast Guard.

It is February 1952, Cape Cod is getting hit with the worst winter storm in decades. Bernie Webber (Pine), a straight laced by the book sailor in the coast guard, just got engaged to his girl Miriam (Grainger) when he learns a tanker had been torn in half by the waves in the Atlantic. Commander Cluff (Bana) sends out a crew to rescue any survivors and has Bernie go secure the docks. A fisherman hears a tanker horn a mile or so off the shore.

6 miles south of the harbor, another tanker had ripped in half, yes 2 tankers were sinking of the coast of Cape Cod! The second tanker had more than 30 men stranded on the front of the boat. Mr. Sybert (Affleck), a crew member from the engine room, took charge of the survivors and came up with a plan to buy them some time to allow for the coast guard to find them. the rest of the crew decides to use the lifeboats to escape, even though Sybert told them the seas were to rough and they would die. This is one of my favorite scenes in the film as Sybert charges the crew with a hatchet and cuts the rope securing the lifeboat. The boat plunges to the sea and is demolished by a wave in less than 10 seconds! The crew asked “What did you do?!” and the ships cook told them “He just saved your life.”Sybert and the crew craft a man made rudder to steer the half tanker on to the near by shoal and keep them afloat until help can arrive.

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The Finest Hours

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THE FINEST HOURS

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We All Live or We All Die

“The Finest Hours” follows the incredibly true story about a pair of oil tankers (SS Fort Mercer and SS Pendleton) that broke in half during a violent blizzard off the coast of Cape Cod and the death-defying rescue that came along with it in 1952.  Those on-duty at the Chatham Coast Guard station were preparing for the blizzard by tying-up boats at the dock when a call came over the radio saying a T2 oil tanker had been split in two; resulting in the senior Guardsmen being sent to their rescue.  Our main protagonist Bernie Webber is still at the station when a second call comes over the radio; another T2 oil tanker has been split in half by this deadly storm.  As the most Continue reading