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X-MEN: DARK PHOENIX by Karl Sides (The Flick Fanatics)

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X-MEN: DARK PHOENIX

Starring:

James McAvoy- Charles Xavier

Sophie Turner- Jean Grey

Jennifer Lawrence- Raven/Mystique

Michael Fassbender- Magneto

Sophie turner completes her metamorphosis in the latest X-Men film “Dark Phoenix”

X-Men: Dark Phoenix starts out with the origin story of Jean Grey, a child born with extreme telekinetic abilities and unable to control them. Young Jean argues with her parents about the music playing in the car, then a rush of voices fill her head and she yells,” Quiet!”. This command renders her mom unconscious, and she was driving, causing them to hit a truck head on. Jean’s parents were killed but she emerges unharmed.

The doctors call in Charles Xavier to take the young girl to his school for “gifted” kids so that Jean may learn to harness her abilities.

A flash forward brings us to the events that immediately followed the X-Men taking down Apocalypse and saving the world.  Charles Xavier, relishing in the new found acceptance of mutants, is dispatching his team of heroes on more and more dangerous missions at the behest of the President and other World Leaders. The latest such mission was to save some astronauts on a shuttle disabled by a solar flare. The X-Men, led by Mystique and Beast (Nicholas Hoult), save the crew but on the last rescue Jean is forced to absorb the power of the solar flare to save the team. The power from the flare further complicates her ability to control her powers.

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AVENGERS: ENDGAME review

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We’re in the Endgame Now

In May of 2008, I was a young kid finishing-up my sophomore year in high school.  This is the same time the Marvel Cinematic Universe kicked-things-off with its groundbreaking superhero film, “Iron Man”.  Over the next eleven years, Marvel would give us endless new characters to know and love, tons of enemies, and nothing but fun.  Sure, some of the Infinity War Saga had higher and lower points than others, but they all served a purpose.  Over the course of a 22-film catalog, Marvel constructed a never-before-seen orchestration Continue reading

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AVENGERS ENDGAME – Karl Sides (The Flick fanatics)

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AVENGERS ENDGAME

Starring:

Chris Evans          Scarlett Johansson     Robert Downey Jr.

Mark Ruffalo       Chris Hemsworth     Jeremy Renner

Every Journey has an end and Marvel brings our 11-year thrill ride with “Earth’s Mightiest Heroes” to an epic and proper conclusion with the film AVENGERS ENDGAME!

Everything has been building toward this moment in time……from the first suit of armor that Tony Stark made when confined to the cave in the desert…. to a war hero frozen in ice…. a GOD from another universe who fell to Earth, a couple of spies with deadly aim and a scientist with some anger management issues that would become the team we call THE AVENGERS!

Last year we saw our defenders fall to the “Mad Titan” Thanos (Josh Brolin) who snapped his fingers and erased half of the galaxy’s population and we lost heroes like Falcon (Anthony Mackie), the Scarlett Witch (Elizabeth Olsen), Winter Soldier (Sebastian Stan) and the king of Wakanda- Black Panther (Chadwick Boseman). Endgame opens with fallout around the world with people mysteriously disappearing, society spirals down not being able to cope with the loss.

The Avengers that are left try to move on and locate the missing team members that weren’t in the battle of Wakanda, with Black Widow coordinating the search teams. Steve Rogers leads therapy sessions for people trying to move on from the “event”.

While they put up a strong front, the Avengers also are still trying to figure out where Thanos went and how to get the gauntlet to possibly use it to get their friends back. Dr. Banner explains that they are short-handed this time if they face Thanos, only to be corrected by newcomer Carol Danvers (Brie Larson) aka Capt. Marvel “No this time you have me!”

If you are looking for spoilers and answers to those questions that have been burning in your soul, you won’t find them here! You need to get one of the few available tickets left and GO SEE AVENGERS ENDGAME this weekend!!!

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Aquaman Highlights Wizard World St. Louis 2019!

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Temperatures are in the 70’s, flowers are blooming and superheroes are walking around downtown St. Louis……IT’S WIZARD WORLD 2019!

The annual pop culture convention that is Wizard World rolled into Saint Louis this weekend and the people of the city came out by the thousands. Wizard world features special guests from television and movies in addition to artists, video games and anything you are searching for in pop culture.

Comic-con visitors were greeted by Wizard Worlds Master of Ceremonies, Kato Kaelin who fired up the crowd before releasing them onto the show floor. A quick scan around the floor had vendors Wild Bill’s Ol’ Fashion Soda Company with delicious flavors of soda offering a bottomless cup you can purchase. Thrones fans can get a sword and padawans’ can pick up a light saber for Jedi training. There are t-shirts, POP figures, comic books, artists that will draw you as a caricature or you can have Phil Ortiz “Simpsonize” you! Some of the more unique items I saw were a vendor that made custom frames perfect for that photo op you purchased with Aquaman, another vendor that had sheet music from TV and movies that had the stars images printed on the music and Twisted Wires makes statues of superheroes out of colored electrical wire….Super Cool!

Smack dab in the middle of your buying frenzy is the autograph area that features the original Hulk, Lou Ferrigno, Holly Marie Combs and her co-stars Brian Krauss & Drew Fuller from the TV series “Charmed”, American Pie party goers Thomas Ian Nicholas & the “Sherminator” Chris Owens and SNL comedian Chris Kataan. Fans immediately began to line up for an autograph and selfies with movie stars Ernie Hudson (Ghostbusters, the Crow) and original Goonie Sean Astin (Lord of the Rings trilogy, Rudy) with the crowd screaming “Goonies never die!”

Wizard World programming was so diverse that you could get help on sculpting, learn animation, get caught up with the latest fan theories on Dr. Who with the members of St. Louis CIA (Celestial Intervention agency) and listen to your favorite stars tell stories from their careers. I made the Charmed panel with Holly Marie Combs playing “den mother” to Brian Krauss and Drew Fuller as they bantered back and forth with their fans. Sean Astin was fired up on his 3rd trip to St. Louis in 4 years and he still hasn’t been up in the Arch! Astin answered question about his long and epic career from questing a ring of power to making a single play for Notre Dame and playing the “good guy parent” in Stranger Things season 2 and a similar role in his new Netflix series “No Good Nick”.

Chris Owen

Sean Astin

Ernie Hudson

Sunday is family day and kids get their cos-play on and are able to play the latest video games in the Wizard World gaming area, meet and have a picture with Detective Pikachu, train a dragon or win a prize in the kids costume contest! Sunday was also “Aquaman Day” with Jason Momoa making his first trip to Saint Louis! Jason was delayed until Sunday due to a filming conflict but Momoa greeted the thousand in attendance and put in a full day of autographs and photo ops for all his fans. People showed a wide range of emotions after meeting the star of Game of Thrones, Justice League and Frontier from jubilation to tears of joy and a few ladies actually collapsed outside the booth!

 

Every star was happy to be in St. Louis and enjoyed meeting their fans. I was fortunate to be able to talk to Sean Astin, Ernie Hudson and Chris Owens (Hear the interviews below) and talked to Jason Momoa in his booth as he autographed my 6’ Aquaman poster. Jason told me “I have never seen this! WoW!” I asked him about Frontier and his character Declan Sharpe. He said Frontier is over but he was happy how the series wrapped up and asked me if I liked the way it ended? I said I loved it but I also love the show and will miss his character. Momoa told me Declan was destined to end up alone and he was pleased with the end of the series. Jason Momoa continued to sign autographs well after the show floor closed down and Wizard World 2019 was a “Wrap!”

 

Every fan I spoke with loved the comic con and is waiting to see who will be in St. Louis for Wizard World 2020! With Game of Thrones ending and Marvel moving on to the next phase of films has a large amount of sci-fi and action film stars available to join Wizard World for the 2020 comic-con in St. Louis!

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CAPTAIN MARVEL- Karl Sides (The Flick Fanatics.com)

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CAPTAIN MARVEL

Starring:

Brie Larson- Carol Danvers/ Vers/Captain Marvel

Samuel L Jackson- Nick Fury

Jude Law- Yon-Rogg

Ben Mendelsohn- Talos

Brie Larson goes from test pilot to interstellar warrior in the latest Marvel epic, Captain Marvel.

By now everyone should have seen Avengers Infinity Wars (numerous times) and saw Nick Fury signal a pager before he was dusted by Thanos. Now Marvel is explaining what that Star symbol on the pager means……he called Captain Marvel!

Vers (Brie Larson) is a Cree warrior hero that has been assigned by her commander Yon-Rogg (Law) to a rescue mission to extract a spy before their mortal enemy, the Skrull, discover him. The Skrull are green skinned aliens that have the ability to shape shift into any person down to the person’s DNA. They only retain short term memories of the being the copy, so an older question can expose them. The mission turns out to be a Skrull trap and they capture Vers and begin examining her mind for clues to a power source that will provide the Skrull with a light speed engine.

Vers has no past but does get glimpses of a history that involves the Cree’s leader, the Supreme Intelligence (Annett Bening) and flying a plane on a strange planet. Vers also has a unique ability with photon blasts that come from her hands. The Skrull tap into her mind and discover that Ver’s dreams are actually bits of her real past on Earth! Her name is Carol Danvers, a test pilot working with Mar-Vell a Cree scientist working with the Tesseract as a power source for light speed engine.

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