Geek Lab Interview – Mel Rodriguez – In Stereo

Writer/Director Mel Rodriguez spoke with Alan Ng on the Secret City Geek Lab. They talked about his movie ‘In Stereo” which was shown at 2015 Dances with Films and now available on Video On Demand.

David and Brenda are perfect for each other, and everyone knows it except David and Brenda. After a break-up, they wander through meaningless relationships with others until chance brings them back together on the streets of New York. David invites Brenda to the opening of his first photography exhibit, setting the stage for a night to potentially re-kindle an old romance.

Ant-Man – Movie Review

Ending Phase II of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Marvel’s Ant-Man is the story of a former cat-burglar, Scott Lang (Paul Rudd). Lang, just released from prison, decides to reform from crime in order to reconnect with his daughter, Cassie (Abby Ryder Fortson), his ex-wife, Maggie (Judy Greer) and her police officer fiancé, Paxton (Bobby Cannavale).

Release Date: July 17, 2015
Writer: Edgar Wright, Joe Cornish
Director: Peyton Reed
Cast: Paul Rudd, Michael Douglas, Evangeline Lilly

The other half of the Marvel’s Ant-Man story is that of Dr. Hank Pym (Michael Douglas) and his daughter, Hope (Evangeline Lilly). After World War II, Hank created a substance known as Pym Particles. The particles cause its target to shrink in size to the size of an ant. Pym is able to shrink the distance between molecules and increase its density. So as Ant-Man, Pym could shrink to the size of an Ant and increase his strength exponentially. Don’t forget Pym and talk to ants, which is another cool aspect of the action.

Pym, fearing that this formula would end up in Hydra’s hands, refused to give up the formula, even to S.H.I.E.L.D. members Peggy Carter and Howard Stark. When Pym realizes that S.H.I.E.L.D. has been attempting to recreate…unsuccessfully…the Pym Particles. This revelation forces Pym into seclusion.

Jump to today. Technology company, Pym tech — founded by Hank Pym, but now run by his former protégé Darren Cross (Corey Stoll) is close to recreating the Pym Particles. Pym needs Lang to break into Pym tech and destroy the lab, computer files and any trace of research related to the new formula.

Ant-man is a different movie from the other Marvel movies. The scope of the worlds and galaxies in the Marvel Cinematic Universe is large. In Ant-Man the world literally shrinks. Ant-Man takes place as a heist inside of a tech company building and the plot ostensibly is a heist film.

Marvel’s Ant-Man is also a lighter in tone that the other Marvel films. It relies heavily on comedy and action. The comedy comes from the fact that Lang is the every-man. He also has a heist crew: Tech-guy Kurt (David Dastmalchian), driver Dave (T.I.) and loudmouth Luis (Michael Pena). These unlikely heroes effectively counter-balance any seriousness the movie try to create.

Marvel’s Ant-Man also has heart. Both Lang and Pym are men searching for redemption. Lang needs to prove this his ex-wife and daughter that he is no longer a criminal and potentially becoming an Avenger may be his ticket. Pym is looking for a way to reconnect with his estranged daughter Hope. Hope is bitter because her father drifted away after the death of her mother, Janet Van Dyne.

There is a lot to like about Marvel’s Ant-Man. It’s a funny movie with laugh out moments. It’s also a heist movie featuring a tiny man and his ants. Let’s not forget it’s part of the Marvel universe. Lang must infiltrate the Avengers mansion and for the comic book fan, there are a lot of easter eggs.

There’s not much to say about the acting except its superb. Rudd is the every-man and we know his aptitude in comedy. Douglas and Lilly play family to dysfunctional perfections. The ending scenes will also have you cheering for the next chapter of Ant-Man and Captain America: Civil War.