Spider-Man: Homecoming – Movie Review

Spider-Man: Homecoming is in my humble opinion the best of the Spider-Man movies and arguably should sit near the top of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Release Date: July 7, 2017
Writer: Jonathan Goldstein, John Francis Daily
Director: Jon Watts
Cast: Tom Holland, Marisa Tomei, Robert Downey Jr., Michael Keaton

Thankfully, we fans are spared a Spider-Man origins story as the events of Spider-Man take place soon after the airport battle in Captain America: Civil War. Also, this tale of Spider-Man is clearly a part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Spider-Man: Homecoming is the story of sophomore high school student Peter Parker (Tom Holland).

Like any new adolescent, Peter is trying hard to find his identity. His only notoriety at school is his internship at Stark Industries, but even that is hardly the credentials he needs to be popular or land a date with his senior crush, Liz (Laura Harrier). As Spider-Man, Peter wants to impress the world by becoming an Avenger.

After the events of Captain America: Civil War, Tony Stark (Robert Downey, Jr.) returns Peter to his Aunt Mae (Marisa Tomei) with his new Spider suit and with instructions to lay low until he is needed again. This is pretty much a Don’t-Call-Us-We’ll-Call-You situation. Stark leaves Peter with Happy’s (Jon Favreau) phone number for any questions.

Meanwhile…in the past, clean-up specialist Adrian Toomes (Michael Keaton) is hired to clean-up New York City after the Jitari attack. Before work can get started, Toomes is quickly fired by S.H.I.E.L.D. but not before he is able to steal some of that sweet alien technology. Long story short, Toomes begins to sell newly created alien-hybrid weapons to the New York criminal underworld. Toomes is also able to steal more technology thanks to his Vulture-like battle suit.

While waiting for the Avengers call, Peter decides to clean-up the New York crime problem. In the process, he begins to uncover the Vulture’s plans, cause more problems on the streets of New York than he can handle and inadvertently reveal his secret identity to his best friend, Ned (Jacob Batalon).

There is a lot to love about Spider-Man: Homecoming. Let’s first look at it from the perspective of it as a Spider-Man movie. Homecoming ranks right up there as the best Spider-Man movie right next to Spider-Man 2. Tom Holland is perfect as Spider-Man. He has the constant running mouth that the comic book Peter Parker has. He is and remains a high school student throughout the entire movie, and he struggles with the very things high school students struggle with…identity. He wants to be noticed.

There are also brilliant moments where we get to see the limitations of Spider-Man that we haven’t seen in other films. The best example is when Peter attends a party at Liz’s home in the suburbs. He chases down the bad guys, but there are no tall buildings anywhere to swing on. He, basically, runs.

Spider-Man: Homecoming is half action film and half John Hughes movie. Director Jon Watts takes us through the struggles of an adolescent, who has to save New York City from a menacing threat. The story is well grounded and the adult moments are just as effective as the teen moments.

Urban Armor Gear Offers New Cases For LG V30

Urban Armor Gear (UAG, urbanarmorgear.com) — leading designers of rugged, lightweight mobile device cases — has announced a new line of their popular Plasma Series designed for the new LG V30 & V30 Plus.

Adventure seekers can have best-in-class protection with UAG’s new Plasma Series for the LG V30. The case offers 360-degree Military Grade protection to the device while remaining compatible with the latest LG features. With three-layer composite protection and a sleek, minimalistic style, UAG’s new Plasma Series is the perfect accessory to enhance the utility of the LG V30.

“We are excited to expand our popular Plasma Series to the new LG V30,” said Michael McVerry, Senior Marketing Manager at UAG. “Using our past experience with LG devices, we have engineered our Plasma case to offer rugged protection in the lightest possible package.”

UAG Plasma Series Case for LG V30

Available in: Clear and Translucent Gray

MSRP: $39.95

  • Armor shell and impact resistant soft core
  • Feather-light composite construction
  • Scratch resistant skid pads and screen surround
  • Wireless charging and rear fingerprint reader compatible
  • Meets military drop-test standards (MIL STD 810G 516.6)

Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare Retribution Coming First to PlayStation 4 on September 12

Activision has unveiled the first official details of Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare Retribution developed by Infinity Ward, the fourth DLC Map Pack for 2016’s No. 1 top-selling console video game in the U.S. (excluding hardware bundle sales), Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare. The map pack features four new, epic multiplayer maps, and the final Infinite Warfare zombies co-op experience called The Beast from Beyond, set in an abandoned military base on a distant ice planet. Retribution is scheduled to release September 12, first on the PlayStation Network for the PlayStation 4, with other platforms to follow.

“Our team has had so much fun this year creating content for the Infinite Warfare community,” said Dave Stohl, Studio Head of Infinity Ward. “So with Retribution, it’s the culmination of our thrilling zombies storyline, where players will head to a new setting with tons of surprises, and find out what evil force has been pulling the strings all along. For multiplayer fans, we’re delivering four new maps that really showcase combat rig abilities and great gameplay. September 12 can’t come soon enough.”

The Beast from Beyond, the final chapter of the five-part Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare zombies experience, features the return of Willard Wyler, the enigmatic movie director villain portrayed with voice and likeness by Paul Reubens (Pee-wee’s Big Holiday, Gotham). Wyler once again has trapped the four protagonists inside an all-new horror film, now set in a desolate military station on a distant ice planet. As players begin to discover more and more infected crew members, they’ll need to battle hordes of the undead to uncover the truth and escape Wyler’s films once and for all. The Beast from Beyond also features new weapons, traps and more, in addition to the hallmark Call of Duty action, with Seth Green (Robot Chicken, Austin Powers) as “Poindexter;” Ike Barinholtz (Neighbors, Suicide Squad) as “AJ;” Jay Pharoah (White Famous, Saturday Night Live) as “Andre;” and Sasheer Zamata (Saturday Night Live, Inside Amy Schumer) as “Sally,” all making a return from the ongoing story.

In addition to The Beast from Beyond, Retribution will also include four new multiplayer maps:

  • Carnage – A post-apocalyptic race track along the California coast, Carnage features long sight lines and environmental hazards including a fire trap players can activate on command to roast their enemies.
  • Heartland – In Heartland, teams will go head-to-head in a simulation of small town America that is a re-imagining of the classic Call of Duty: Ghosts map, Warhawk. Players can pop into the local ice cream shop for a treat, and then take out enemies down the street with a Black Hole Generator.
  • Altitude – Set in a high-end, sky high shopping mall located on the edges of the universe, Altitude pushes teams around a chaotic center where quick flank routes are key to victory. Additional features include floating lush waterfalls that border the map.
  • Depot 22 – Depot 22 is a watering hole at the end of civilization that focuses on mid-ranged encounters waged in a medium-sized, three-lane map. Players can battle in the cantina for close-quarter combat or engage with enemies wall-running off of a moving train.

Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare Retribution releases on September 12, 2017 first for the PlayStation 4, with other platforms to follow. The game is rated M for Mature (Blood and Gore, Drug Reference, Intense Violence, Strong Language, Suggestive Themes). For more information, please visit www.callofduty.com. Follow @CallofDuty on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.

JUICING UP THE KART RACER GENRE: ALL-STAR FRUIT RACING FLIES OFF THE STARTING LINE ON STEAM EARLY ACCESS

Leading Italian indie developer and animation studio 3DClouds is excited to announce today that they’re juicing up the kart racer genre to its limits with the release of All-Star Fruit Racing on Steam for Windows PC. Still fresh from wowing crowds at Gamescom in Cologne, Germany last month, All-Star Fruit Racing seats players behind the wheel of a speedy kart in the midst of a fruit-fueled fiesta, charging through scores of expertly crafted tracks with power-ups aplenty designed to cause magnificent macerated mayhem. Blue skies and cherry pie — get ready for a fast drive with All-Star Fruit Racing available now on Steam Early Access!

All-Star Fruit Racing employs a unique power-up system unlike other games in the genre, adding a sense of strategy to the carnage on the track. Dubbed “The Juicer,” each kart sports four separate tanks designed to be filled by the power-packed fruit players pick up on track, enabling them to both combine moves and — when all the tanks are full — unlock a unique “Mega Juice” power-up! Players are also given the opportunity to fully customize the look and feel of their characters so they can create their own unique and iconic drivers.

“The Juicer is just one way we’ve looked to bring something different to the karting genre,” said Francesco Bruschi, CEO and Founder of 3DClouds. “There have been some huge kart games over the decades, but there’s no point in following someone else’s path. All-Star Fruit Racing is designed to offer something different, and its run on Early Access should give us the feedback we need to make it an even better game.”

All-Star Fruit Racing includes both single player and multiplayer modes, local split screen with four players, online multiplayer (coming this fall) and an incredible roster of 22 characters to unlock — 11 of which are available from the start of Early Access. Players can challenge themselves today in two different modes, Juicer mode and Classic mode. Additional modes Dragster, Elimination and Elimination Mix will be added later. The easy level of all racing formats (Custom Race, Career, Fast Championship, Custom Championship and Time Attack) are available now, with medium and harder difficulty levels being added soon as well.

Five islands play host to 21 different tracks to ensure players have plenty of challenges to take on as they fight to be the juiciest racer on track. The first two islands, Winter and Summer, are available for play starting today. Another two islands will be unlocked while playing the game; the last island will be released in the coming months.

All-Star Fruit Racing is available on Steam Early Access now (Steam) for $14.99. The full game will be available for $19.99 later this fall.

Long Beach Comic Con is in Full Swing

Today is the last day of Long Beach Comic Con. Panels, exhibitors, and cosplay. Don’t miss out on this annual tradition.

Orange County Events – August 28 to September 3

This is the place you want to be to see what’s happening in Orange County this week. Every event, art film or fair is online here. The Geek Lab covers upcoming Orange County Events on <strong><a title=”Alan Ng – Secret City Geek Lab” href=”http://ktstfmanaheim.com/personalities/alan-ng-secret-city-geek-lab/”>Secret City Geek Lab</a></strong> every Sunday at 3 pm. If you have an event you want to promote, write us at alanng@ktstfmanaheim.com.

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