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Spoiler-Free Review of Deadpool 2

Posted in Comic Books, Films, Gaming Culture, Movie Review with tags , , , , , , on May 18, 2018 by boccobsblog

DP2

Went out last night to see Deadpool 2 and here, in B3 tradition, is the good, the badass, and the ugly.

The Good

Cable – I thought it would be weird having Josh Brolin in another Marvel role so soon after Infinity Wars, but it wasn’t weird at all. Brolin is a top-notch talent.

X-Force – DP2 opens the door to an X-Force movie (which is already in the works).

Blind Al – Leslie Uggams doesn’t get much screen time in DP2, but what time she has is gold.

Alpha Flight – Was that a hint towards an AF movie in the works or just a tip of the hat to Canadian supers?

The Badass

It’s Funny – The jokes are good, not as good as DP1, but Ryan Reynolds was squeezed onto this Earth to play this role.

Dopinder – Karan Soni reprises his role as the lovable cab driver and delivers some serious laughs.

The Vanisher – This bit made me laugh so hard.

Domino – Zazie Beetz is awesome as the latest incarnation of Domino. I keep trying to decide what I think of the use of vitiligo for her spot, it kind of works.

Fire Fist/Russell – Julian Dennison delivers some of the best laughs with his pen. (Prison wallet…smh)

The Ugly

Juggernaught’s helmet looked goofy. What is it about superhero helmets that are so hard to replicate – I’m looking at you Magneto.

Cable’s Choice – Without giving too much away, why wouldn’t Cable return home immediately after accomplishing his goal? It seemed very uncharacteristic. A plot hole to allow him to take part in the X-Force movie.

The Heaven Barrier – The whole subplot was a bit cliche.

Shatterstar – This is just a personal preference but, Im a Shatterstar fan and was excited at the idea of him hitting the big screen. I would have liked a little more Shatterstar.

Sequel Slump – DP1 was a great movie, but the sequel falls short. It is hard to say exactly why, maybe it is the attempt at a semi-serious “good guy” plot.

In Summary

All in all, Deadpool 2 was an enjoyable movie with some genuine laughs, but it fell short of the first installment.

Other Reviews

Logan

Wonder Woman

The Last Jedi

 

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Spoiler-Free Review: Logan

Posted in Films, Gaming Culture, Movie Review, Uncategorized with tags , , on March 6, 2017 by boccobsblog

Logan

The following is a spoiler-free review of Logan. Keeping with B3 traditions here is the good, the badass, and the ugly as they apply to the third (and maybe Hugh Jackman’s last) Wolverine stand-alone film.

The Good

  • It’s dark, gritty, and bleak. This is not a cheesy comic book movie. No tights.
  • Dafne Kee puts on a solid debut performance.
  • The Deadpool intro is funny, and gives us an Easter egg that points towards another Marvel favorite in the works. No, it’s not Howard the Duck.

The Badass

  • This is the best on-screen performance of Patrick Stewart’s career. He nails the helplessness and loss of dignity that comes with old age.
  • The movie is savage. This R-rated Logan is the first time we actually see a version of Wolverine that comes close to the comics.
  • It is a good movie, not just a good superhero movie. It is well-shot, it has a great score, and the dialogue is believable.

The Ugly

  • The plot is a bit light.. Get from point A to point B. But there are some serious feels along the way, so we give them a pass.
  • The timeline is a bit confusing. Is this part of the First Class / Days of the Future Past thread, or the original X-Men trilogy? Is it something new? There is enough subtext to fill in the gaps, but it isn’t explicit.
  • The antagonist is a bit lame. He looks like the love child of a boy band reject and a T-100.

All in all, I truly think that Logan is the strongest Marvel film yet. It currently has a Rotten Tomatoes score in the low nineties, and I think that will only climb. It is easily the best superhero movie since the Dark Knight (2008).

Grab Logan on Blu-Ray

Dungeon Attack Kickstarter

Posted in Gaming Culture, Product Review with tags , , , on August 19, 2013 by boccobsblog

The guys from Attack Dice, the makers of When Zombies Attack, are funding their second game through Kickstarter. The newest game, Dungeon Attack, follows the same AD premise of fast paced, easy to learn, and easy on the wallet, but with a fantasy flavor.

Funding a game on Kickstarter is a great way to get the games for a cheaper price, get them weeks before they hit the store, and a chance to get exclusive content.

Curious about Dungeon Attack? The rules can be downloaded for free from AD’s website.

Check out the Dungeon Attack Kickstarter!

Personal Effects: Dark Art

Posted in Gaming Culture, Product Review with tags , , , on October 24, 2011 by boccobsblog

I picked up a copy of this book over the summer and was really blown away by the premise. The book is a work of experimental fiction by J. C Hutchins and Jordan Weisman. It is no doubt that the book turned out so well, it has two amazing authors attached to it. J.C Hutchins is the writer of the 7th Son series, and Jordan Weisman is the creator behind Earthdawn (1993), Shadowrun (1989), Wizkids games, FASA games, and the several Mechwarrior projects.

This book takes place mainly as a set of doctor’s notes about a serial killer patient, but it also contains phone numbers, websites and documents (ID cards, crime scene photos, etc) that all add to a twist the plot. If you find a phone number in the book or on a prop, you can call it and get clues, listen to voice mail messages, etc. The same is true for the websites, they are all real sites that serve to answer and create questions, deepen the experience and lead you to the ending of the book.

Several months back in a post about props, we talked about the game Witness, this book has that feel by providing actual props. But the book goes even father with the phone numbers and websites. If you read a name or a business, google it and it will probably lead you to a website. This is very cool stuff, check it out.

Personal Effects Website

Death Star Trench Run

Posted in Gaming Culture with tags , , on September 2, 2011 by boccobsblog

One of the coolest games I saw at Gen Con this year wasn’t published by a major gaming company. It wasn’t even put out by an indie company; it was a homebrew game being played in the miniature games free play area.

Take command of Rebel squadrons as you attempt to destroy the Empire’s powerful new weapon, or scramble TIE fighters and activate the turrets of this technological terror in order to put down the band of upstarts. Using modified starship combat rules from the Star Wars Saga Edition RPG, two teams of players face off in this epic battle event.

It is called Death Star Run Game. It is exactly what is sounds like. Using ships from the Star Wars Miniature game, and a homemade Death Star trench these guys have manged to create something amazing. And the best part about the game is that the creators share all their infromation on their website: Deathstarrun.com.

This site and its forums will help you recreate your own Death Start trench using foam core board and PDF print outs that mimic the surface of the space station. Also, they have availabile, simplified stat cards for the ships (one for each faction).

Very cool and worth a look.

Here are some shots I took at the Con, but the images on their site give a better picture of the trench.

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Worldwide D&D Game Day

Posted in D&D 4e Content, Dungeons and Dragons, Gaming Culture, Gaming News with tags , , on August 1, 2011 by boccobsblog

August 6th is D&D Game Day. Every year Wizards of the Coast celebrates Dungeons and Dragons and debuts a new product, this year that product is the Neverwinter Campaign Setting. According to Wizards.com:

D&D Game Day is a one day event spotlighting a key product release in an exclusive adventure. This year, D&D Game Day spotlights the Neverwinter Campaign Setting with an exclusive adventure entitled Gates of Neverdeath. Hired on as caravan guards to protect precious cargo bound for the city of Neverwinter, the characters are introduced to the intrigues and danger that await in this fabled Forgotten Realms locale. For the first time, players will create their own D&D characters at the event and play in a prelude adventure to the upcoming D&D Encounters season!

What Do I Need to Play?
Just bring your dice and a copy of either Heroes of the Fallen Lands or Heroes of the Forgotten Kingdoms (or both if you’d like). Character sheets and other materials will be provided. At the store, you can pick up your copy of the Neverwinter Campaign Setting if you want additional options for your character. You’ll make a 1st-level character as a part of the D&D Game Day experience, and will be able to continue to play your character in the new D&D Encounters season, the Lost Crown of Neverwinter!

So if you’re unable to attend Gen Con this year you can still head to your local game store and join in on the action.

Need to know where the nearest participating store is? Click here

Bristol Rennaissance Faire 2011

Posted in Gaming Culture with tags , , on July 29, 2011 by boccobsblog

The Bristol Renaissance Faire never disappoints. This year’s trip was one of the best yet (which is saying something since I’ve been attending for the last twenty years). Every year the faire seems to have gained some new shop or attraction that keeps the it vibrant and exciting.

Many of the buildings have been given facelifts and new roofs and the landscaping was the best I’ve ever seen. While I was sitting on a bench resting a hummingbird dressed like a tiny dung-sweep swooped in and drank from a flower inches away from my face.

My friends and I took in a show by Christophe the Insulter where he decimated audience members with filthy verbal abuse that left me laughing and greasy-feeling.

We ate faire food until we were about to burst: BBQ ribs, cheese fritters, turkey legs, Gyros piled with fresh veggies, etc. And we drank enough booze to float a Spanish galleon. (This year the Faire added hard liquor to its many pubs and taverns.)

We marveled at the costumes and the weapons, (and at the bearded old man in a chainmail bikini and purple fairy wings).

All in all it was an amazing day that I highly recommend to anyone in the Midwest. With tickets costing on 17 dollars and parking a mere two bucks, it is much cheaper than a day ay an amusement park.

 From the website:

Where is the Faire?

Just west of I-94 at the Illinois/Wisconsin border, the Faire is open Saturdays and Sundays and Labor Day Monday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., rain or shine, from July 9 through September 5, 2011.

What are the dates and hours?
We are open Saturdays, Sundays, and Labor Day Monday, July 9 through September 5, 2011 from 10:00 am until 7:00 pm.

All photos by Paul P.