Author: gabrielpino

‘Call Me By Your Name’ Review

It is another week of Pride month which means it is time for another review(?) of one of my favorites. Today we will be looking at Call Me By Your Name which was originally a book written by Andre Aciman then adapted to the 2017 film. If you haven’t seen the film, it’s definitely worth the time. HOWEVER, I am here to sing more praises about the novel. Rather than breakdown the plot piece by piece I want to go over some of my favorite quotes from the book. Of course, my entire copy is pretty much highlighted to the point it glows in the dark. Since I will spare everyone 1,000 quotes, I kept it simple! 1: “I suddenly realized that we were on borrowed time, that time is always borrowed, and that the lending agency exacts its premium precisely when we are least prepared to pay and need to borrow more…”  For those that don’t know, the story takes place in a nameless city/town in Italy where a young man and his family …

‘Rocketman’ Review

The Pride continues with my review of Rocketman! The good? the bad? More like the good and the meh. Let’s get into it. The Good Taron Egerton: I have seen this guy in a couple movies and have thought, ok, he’s a good actor but haven’t really been wowed by any performance. Until now… Not only is he a handsome devil and a talented actor, but the DUDE can SING. Holy F#$^#. It’s one of those things that just makes you  think, “so he’s a triple threat and some of us here are just trying to heat up some old chicken and remember to drink enough water?” Not fair. NOT. FAIR. His performance in this movie is fantastic across the board. Is it oscar worthy? I’m not sure, but I know we’ll hear from him to some capacity during award season. I feel this movie would have done better had it come out closer towards the end of the year to be fresh on the mind, but here we are. I still do preach that …

‘Beautiful Thing’ Review

The LGBT appreciation continues with the review of not just one of my favorite LGBT movies, but one of my favorite movies PERIOD of all time- Beautiful Thing. Talk about a film before it’s time! I discovered this movie back in 2006. As a gay teen with little places to find representation (let alone a sign of hope), this film REALLY left a stamp on my soul that maybe things don’t have to be so bad! Following Ste (Scott Neal) a stern teen with an abusive father and brother along with Jaime (Glen Berry) his next door neighbor with a rocky mother-son relationship of his own, we have the first (and only?) gay teen romance movie! There are no negatives! I just want to take the time to highlight what made this film such a timeless icon. Not Another Gay Tragedy: When it comes to gay representation we are usually given the gay comic relief or the story of the gay tragedy. The latter has not been in short supply when it comes to gay …

‘Dark Phoenix’ SPOILER Review

SO, last night I took the chance to go see the LAST installment in the Fox X-Men Franchise, Dark Phoenix. Let’s just get this over with. The Good Opening:  I already had a bad feeling when I didn’t get to see the classic X-Men opening credit sequence with the wonderful theme that started in X2. At the same time, I guess that is primarily a Singer element. Oh well… The opening shows the X-Men heading into space to save some astronauts from an incoming “solar flare.” This sequence was wonderful. I was like, ok! We’re off to a good start! The X-Men together, going into space, using their powers together to save the day. I loved it.  There was even a moment as they were going up where Scott puts his hand on Jean’s shoulder and I’m like, yes. Scott and Jean. Finally. First Jean Encounter: When the X-Men go to confront Jean at her father’s house they have a pretty decent action sequence. I was all for it. Of course, the scene concludes with, the already …

‘Black Mirror: Striking Vipers’ Review

SO, as we are in Pride month, I decided to write a series of reviews of some of my favorite television episodes and films that not only show amazing representation, but push the conversation forward. As I was getting my list together I was surprised to find a last minute addition! With the (very short) new season of Black Mirror I found myself watching an episode that gets the gears moving for sure! ‘Striking Vipers’ has a comic-studded cast with Anthony Mackie (Falcon from the MCU), Yahya Abdul-Mateen II (Black Manta from The DCEU), Pom Klementieff (Mantis from the MCU), and Ludi Lin (Zack from the 2017 Power Rangers film/Aquaman). The story focuses on two college(?) friends who after eleven years apart reconnect through a VR fighting game called Striking Vipers.  Right out of the gates we already have a heavy macho-loaded plate; A superhero stuffed cast, a fighting video game, and a whole lot of sex. As the two jump into the simulation Karl (Yahya Abdul-Mateen II) chooses a female avatar played by Klementieff while Danny …

‘Swamp Thing’ Cancelled: Uuuuhhh

SO, it has just been reported that DC Universe’s latest installment, Swamp Thing,  has been cancelled after just one episode… talk about a horror situation. Some might recall that weeks ago the episode count for the season was reduced from thirteen to ten with little to no explanation as to why. For damage control, the streaming service decided to drop the first teaser image for the protector of the green; an image that was, in my opinion, pretty damn good! I watched the pilot episode and gave my review. Overall, I thought it had a ton of promise! It leaned in HEAVY to the horror genre and managed to gross the F@#%@ out of me! Is that everyone’s cup of tea? Not at all. It certainly isn’t mine. Yet, I appreciated what the series was trying to do with the property. Horror has been the genre that comic book adaptations hasn’t been able to break into (at least not successfully) and it seemed the series was on its way to pull it off.  What seems …

‘Dark Phoenix’ Seems to Suck! Five Alternatives to Experience the Iconic Tale

So, late last night the first reviews for Fox’s last installment in their X-Men franchise, Dark Phoenix, hit the internet. With the Disney acquisition, multiple release delays, and (once again) an obvious avoidance of the source material, it comes as no surprise that the Rotten Tomatoes score is as bad as it is. I have not seen the film yet, so I can’t bash it fairly. However, for fans of the Fox franchise, fans of the characters, and anyone just curious about the story of the Phoenix, I wanted to provide a list of some alternatives to experience the real deal! 1: Epic History X-Men: If you just want to get the gist of the story then your best bet would be to check out Comicbookgirl19’s Youtube documentaries, Epic History X-Men Volume’s 2 and 3. She does a FANTASTIC job of providing an easy to follow narrative of the comic’s story, includes wonderful voice-over using panels from the issues, and brings her own love for the story and the franchise to the projects. Recently, she …

‘Swamp Thing’ Episode 1 Review

Before we begin I think it wise to give some advice; DO NOT watch this F#$^##%& show if you’re eating ramen or anything soupy. It will completely ruin it forever! That being said… Let’s get into the swamp. Opening:  WHAT an opening scene for DC Universe’s latest original series. Going into this I was wondering if it was going to be more horror, more suspense, or perhaps just gross? Turned out- ALL OF IT. Seeing those three guys on the boat get ripped apart let me know what kind of a series I was  getting myself into. I admit, I’m not a big fan of the gore and torture porn but this is Swamp Thing… I give my respect where it’s due. That F#$&# Scene: Throughout the episode we get to meet our golden-hearted protagonist, Abby Arcane. I am curious if they’ll change her hair to match the comic version, but I digress. I think she’s alright! There was nothing about her in the opening episode that grabbed my attention too intensely. Yeah, I’m curious to know …

‘Aladdin’ Review

OK. I needed to give myself a few days to really make up my mind on how I felt about this one… After much thinking… I like it. GOOD Jasmine: Let’s start with the MVP of this film. Naomi Scott as Jasmine steals the show.  Her costumes, her delivery, her original song- she nails it all. We have seen with previous live-action Disney adaptations the moves to modernize the female characters. Jasmine is no different for this movie. It wasn’t until seeing Naomi Scott’s performance that I realized how crappy Jasmine’s role was in the original? She is the legitimate child of the sultan but she has no claim to the throne! She has to marry a prince of a foreign land so HE can rule Agrabah. The F#$@#% is that?! This Jasmine has more ambition than just the idea of her freedom to choose. She wants to do right by the people of her city and she wants to rule because it’s, well, her right! I was skeptical about the original song, but I think …

‘Crazy Rich Asians’ Review

Yes, I am aware this movie came out a year ago. Yes, I am aware this review is late as all living F#$^. BUT, I just saw it for the first time and S@$^ has to be said! I will get it out of the way that there was nothing about this film I disliked. It was completely up my alley. So I just want to rant about my favorite elements. Gemma Chan: Gemma played Astrid, Nick’s cousin with the heart of gold. Her first scene with the pearl earrings had me a bit skeptical of her character. I could tell that Nick’s family was going to be a roller coaster and give us the cliche “rich family that hates the commoner” and I thought she would prove to be the worst of them. However, she really was made with a heart of gold! I preach quite often that I’m all for feminist characters and female empowerment in film/television, but can get really annoyed when the direction doesn’t trust that the audience will understand on their …