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Well, What After “Endgame”?

Last week, in a theater of only about 7 people (because we went on a Thursday afternoon around 3pm), a friend and I watched Marvel’s “Endgame”.  There will be no real spoilers in this one.  I don’t like that so there. 🙂

Okay, so for the review without spoilers.  It was a good movie.  I give it a high B+ into the A- territory, so if you haven’t seen it, you should. Hey, watch “Infinity Wars” first or you won’t know what is going on.  The acting was good to very good, the plot was really good, the cgi was excellent, the only thing I thought it lacked was just little things here and there.  I am not even going to tell you those things because they were just for me.  I didn’t like this or that, the way this was handled or that…..ad nausuem as they say.  You may like all those things and hate others or love it all or wonder what the big hype was about.

One thing it did have in abundance was heart.  This movie was a “feel” movie; it was not always a “feel good” one, but it did have your emotions going.  It had surprises and twists and turns (always good for me).

So, what now? What do you do after watching “Endgame”?  What to do after what some called the best movie ever!?  Well, that was easy for me.  I went back to the hometown area, ate at Cracker Barrel, then, along with my friend, went home and watched 2 more episodes of “Penny Dreadful” (Excellent series, btw).   Then after he left, I sat down for about 3 hours of “Fallout 76”.  So my answer is, “My life went back to normal.”  Well, normal for me, anyway.  I have several more movies lined up for summer watching, several series to start and/or continue watching, more levels to move on Fallout 76 (right now I am at level 80), and a house to clean as well as writing that needs to continue to be done.

My point here is that a movie, no matter how good it is,  should not stop your life.  You shouldn’t curl up in a ball and be sad it’s over.  I remember when the original “Star Wars” came out.  My buddies and I watched it 3 times the first week.  I watched it a couple more later and watched it on tape a few times.  Really excellent for the time.  “Endgame” did put that to shame (bigger budget and more technology and hyped), but still, just go on with your life.  At least, that’s  my humble opinion, such as it is.

So, what will you do after “Endgame”?  I know not everyone will even watch it, so, what do you do after your big thing, whether it’s a vacation, award, big presentation….?




Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets* – My first 6 of 5 stars

Show Rated PG13 about 2 hours.

Okay, okay, you know I have penchant for the underdog.  You know I even, um, exaggerate a bit (at times). (notice: NO spoilers below)

Well, sometimes, that exaggeration is well worth the time and the trouble to see.  This movie was absolutely fabulous.

It reminded me of Star Wars, The Temple of Doom, Guardians of the Galaxy, and The Fifth Element all rolled up into one great show!

I mean, really, a lot of action, thrills, danger, mystery, espionage, and deceit all mashed together with a touch of romance and decent comedy.

Clive Owen, Cara Delevingne, Rihanna, Ethan Hawke, Rutger Hauer, John Goodman, and those are just the ones I recognized, all star in this symphony of

enjoyment.  Music from David Bowie, Bob Marley, and others add in to make a great soundtrack.

I loved all the movies I mentioned above, absolutely loved them, however, I truly think this one took me over the top.

You may or may not share my enthusiasm with this film, but you must watch ALL of it and then let me know in the comments.

I guarantee one thing: you like high adventure, sci-fi, and romance – you won’t be disappointed!!!

Right now, it is playing for free on Amazon Prime (or you can rent or buy it there).  May be showing other places-



*all images courtesy of Google.  If anyone can show me where a copyright is in violation, I will gladly remove the pic(s).


No, I have not gone renegade and am prompting for a war.  “Revolt” is a recently-release movie in the Netflix site under Science Fiction.

I don’t believe much in spoilers, so I will keep it brief.

You need to watch this if you are okay with violence, some bloody scenes, and enjoy a great story with pretty decent actors.

I give it a 4 of 5 stars.  It ranks up there pretty high for me.  I love B movies (Heck, I even like C movies), but this one is a cut above those.

It will have you sad and cheering and hoping and holding your breath.

It got better as the film progressed and had a dynamite ending.

Rated “R” for violence, it has my thumbs up.




Wonderful actress, up and coming….Scott



Scott L Vannatter

Movie Review – Maleficent

source: Google images – licensed for reuse

This past Sunday found my friend and me at, of all things, a Disney movie at a theater.  Now, I am not at all opposed to Disney films.  “Little Mermaid” is my very favorite film and “Hocus Pocus” ranks very high on that list as well.  I just, generally, do not go to the theater to see one.

“Maleficent” was an exception, and what an exception!  I found the movie captivating, the animation wonderfully done, the cast magnificent, the tweeked plot great, and the dialogue well-made.  Did I find any bad things about it?  Yes, I am diabetic and could not have the popcorn.

All that being said, I gave the film a B+, not an A+.  There were several reasons for this in my mind and, since I am not a professional critic, they may not make sense to many.

First off, I am an action, horror, suspense, sci-fi freak.  So, I had a hard time with the idea of giving “Maleficent” an A+ rating for that reason.  While I enjoyed it quite a bit, I doubt I would have gone to see it by myself.  It was a “needs friends” movie.  Those are the ones you enjoy because someone is sitting next to you who you can (quietly and seldom) joke with about this or that in the film.

The second reason was just that:  it was the type of movie you could joke a bit about and not feel bad for ignoring the film for a few seconds.  That gave it an A- top rating for me.

Then, after the scale high drop from A+ to A-, I simply took it down one more notch because I didn’t feel it was a fabulously great film for me.  Examples of those would be “The Matrix Reloaded” or “Terminator” or even “Hocus Pocus”.

Not very scientific, huh?  Well, that’s okay.  I am perfectly willing to go see a movie that has a critics’ rating of B+.  So far, in the last few years there have been a lot of really good films.  One of the ones I rate unequivocally an A+ was “Les Miserables”.  “Maleficent” was not up on par with that film.

Bottom line:  Go see it…Well worth the time and money.  Angelina did her part to perfection and, even for a “bad” guy, you had to love her.




Philosophy is all about being curious, asking basic questions. And it can be fun!

North Noir


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