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Ready Player One- The Flick Fanatics (Karl)

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READY PLAYER ONE

Starring:

Tye Sheridan- Wade/Percival

Oliva Cooke-Art3mis/Samantha

Mark Rylance- Halliday

Simon Pegg-Ogden Morrow

Steve Spielberg says “GAME ON!” with his new Sci-Fi action film, “Ready Player One”.

It’s 2045 and the world’s resources are gone. People work and spend all their free time in a computer based virtual world called the “Oasis”. The Oasis was created by a video game geek named Halliday and his friend and partner Ogden Morrow. Upon his death, Halliday explained he planted an easter egg in the Oasis…the person who can find it would inherit the Oasis and a fortune.

Wade is a kid living in the “stacks” of Columbus, Ohio (a high-rise group of mobile homes) who plays games in the Oasis as his avatar Percival. Percival plays with a team known as “High Five” made up of Aech, Sho, Daito and gaming legend Art3mis. They teamed up to pursue the three keys that unlock the hidden Halliday Easter Egg. The problem is that evil corporate tycoon Sorrento (Ben Mendelsohn) and his army of players at IOI want the Oasis to commercialize it and sell advertising in it for huge $$$. Sorrento was an intern with Halliday when he designed the Oasis but didn’t give him any advantage to solving the clues.

 

The First challenge was a road race with Percival driving the DeLorean from “Back to the Future” Against hundreds of people in various card and the IOI ninja bikers. The race is fierce and impossible to win with Dinosaurs and King Kong waiting on the course to protect the first key, Percival deduced a clue and found a back door in the race winning the first key presented to him by Halliday’s avatar Anorak. The rest of High Five also obtained the first key placing them all one the leader board.

Sorrento brings in I-RoK (voice of TJ Miller), his virtual contract killer in the Oasis, to find Percival and kill him. Percival makes a mistake on the second challenge proclaiming his affection for Art3mis and telling her his real-life name, this information overheard by I-rok and given to Sorrento. IOI sends an army of drones to the stacks blowing up Wade’s trailer killing his aunt and her boyfriend. Wade has a secret location inside some junk cars in the dump where he plays in the Oasis, this saved his life. Atr3mis gains the final key in a dancing competition with a theme from Stephan Kings film, The Shining, where you had to dance with Halliday’s girlfriend to get the key.

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DUNKIRK- Karl Sides (The Flick Fanatic.com)

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DUNKIRK

Rylance and Hardy head up the cast of the new World War II epic, DUNKIRK!

Early in World War II, England sent troops to fight the Germans across the channel in France. The Nazis drove the French and English troops through Belgium to the sea at Dunkirk. They papered the town to let Allies know they were surrounded, Tommy (Fionn Whitehead), an English infantry soldier, made his way to the beach dodging bullets on every turn through town to find thousands of soldiers waiting for ships to take them home. England commissioned private boat owner to ferry troops across the channel before they could be picked off like fish in a barrel.

Mr. Dawson (Mark Rylance), his son Peter (Tom Glynn-Carney) and his buddy George (Barry Keoghan) loaded their boat with life jackets and headed out to save as many soldiers as they can. Dawson gets within sight of Dunkirk when they come upon a stranded sailor (Cillian Murphy) sitting on a capsized ship. The sailor loses it when he finds out they are taking him back to Dunkirk, a struggle ensues and George is knocked down into the hold striking his head. Dawson tells him they are going to Dunkirk and pick up survivors.

Tommy finds a French soldier on the beach and they manage to grab a stretcher which allows them to cut to the front of the lines boarding the ship. The Germans would send in bombers each time a ship full of soldiers left Dunkirk killing most of the soldiers. Tommy manage to get off the ship before it sank and ended back on the dock. Tommy and a small group of survivors from the boat made their way to a tug boat that was beach waiting for the tide to come in.

While all this is going on in Dunkirk, Churchill sent a small group of fighter pilots (3) led by Farrier (Tom Hardy) to take out the German bombers. Churchill wasn’t going to send more troops to fight in France since the war was coming to England. Farrier’s wing man Collins (Jack Lowden) is shot down after taking out a German plane and is rescued by Mr. Dawson and his boat.

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