Movies With Migs: Thor: Love and Thunder (Full Review)

What’s happening readers! If you haven’t seen Thor: Love and Thunder yet then you probably shouldn’t read any further unless you don’t mind reading details of the film. Time to dive in!

In this film Thor has to confront Gorr, a being possessed by a powerful weapon called the Necrosword and using it to murder gods. After Gorr kidnaps Asgardian children Thor has to save them and stop Gorr from wiping out all gods. The situation gets complicated further when Jane Foster arrives in New Asgard wielding Mjolnir as the Mighty Thor!
I’ve never been a huge fan of Thor but I liked Love and Thunder. I watched it 4 times so far. I’ve seen Thor in Dolby Cinema, IMAX, Extreme X and in regular digital format to compare presentations. I thought Love and Thunder was fun for the most part. Gorr’s intro was interesting and the opening with the Guardians of the Galaxy was cool. I chuckled when Thor went Jean Claude Van Damme on the bad guys. Bale’s portrayal of Gorr was fine but I joked about him looking more like Neff from Altered Beast. If you Google that you may get a good laugh. In the comics Gorr has a lizard/snake like appearance. I read that Bale’s look wasn’t the same as Gorr in the comics because the director thought he would favor Voldemort, the villain from the Harry Potter series. Yea I guess…..**shrugs** I wanted to see a longer fight between him and Thor also. Their scuffles throughout the film were intense but they didn’t last that long. I like that first scrap in New Asgard the best. When Thor yoked up Gorr by the throat I marked out for a few seconds! I was on the edge of my seat but the fight ended abruptly. Gorr’s shadow monsters were cool but all the monsters were just there to be battle fodder. Marvel did the same thing with the Chitauri, the Ultrons, and Hela’s legion. I liked Padme becoming the Mighty Thor but some of her lines were super lame. “EAT MY HAMMER!!”…..WOOF!! Her look was awesome and straight out the comics though. The cameos throughout the film were fun for the most part. I got a laugh out of the Asgardian play and the Zeus scene even though both scenes are silly. The running joke with the screaming goats was good and I cracked up over Thor treating Mjolnir and Stormbreaker like pets.
Overall I enjoyed Love and Thunder. I thought the CGI and special effects looked great in premium format. The space effects really popped in Dolby. I watched Thor in a theater that I visited for the first time in North Carolina a couple of weeks ago. That was a fun experience. I thought it was cool that Hemsworth had his children and wife in the film. The after credit scenes open the doors for future projects so we shall see what’s next for the God of Thunder. None of Thor’s solo films have blown me away but that’s fine. 3 out of his movies 4 are enjoyable in my opinion. Dark World…..ehh. Thankfully I have the Avengers films when I want to see Thor at his best. I’m still hoping he gets his “Winter Soldier”.
In a few days I’ll be joining my Defy Life bros from Take A Knee on their podcast discussing Love and Thunder so I’m going to go see it one more time to have it fresh in my mind. Look for that episode on all streaming services soon!

Thor: Love and Thunder in Cary, NC

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CHEERS!
Migs Rodriguez
   



Second- and third-year breakout players for the 2022 NFL season – Defense edition:

After breaking down seven offensive breakout candidates for this upcoming NFL season, we’re switching over to the defensive side of the ball and identifying seven more names, who I believe are due for taking a big step forward heading into year two or three.

Once again, these guys must have at least played to some degree in the NFL and not made the list last year already. Players don’t qualify for a breakout, if they’ve once reached double-digit tackles for loss, sacks, at least five interceptions, received a Pro Bowl or All-Pro selection, as well as if they’re just considered one of the best players at their respective position already.

And for the purpose of this being original content, there won’t be any repeat candidates from my list last year, which included Alex Highsmith, who I named a day before the Steelers signed Melvin Ingram to push him back on the depth chart, and Javon Kinlaw, who needed season-ending knee surgery after struggling through it for a while. The rest of the list actually pretty much all hit in a major way.

So now let’s get to seven new names, that I’m excited about for 2022:


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Second- and third-year breakout players for the 2022 NFL season – Offense edition:

We’ve talked so much about the roster building process, with a bevy of big-time trades, an interesting free agency period and maybe the deepest draft we have ever seen, thanks to the effects of the COVID-shorted 2020 college football season. Two weeks we started shifting our focus ahead to this fall, with my ranking of the teams most likely to go from worst to first inside each division, before I did a longer video on the most intriguing training camp battles, that I’ll have my eyes on. Now it’s time to analyze specific players, who I believe will reach new heights this year.

As has become an annual tradition, this list is focused on players about to enter their second or third season. They must have at least played to some degree in the NFL and not made the list last year already. Players don’t qualify for a breakout, if they’ve once reached 1000 rushing or receiving yards, were selected to a Pro Bowl or All-Pro team, as well as just being considered one of the best players at their respective position already.

For the purpose of this being original content, there won’t be any repeat candidates from my list last year, which included J.K. Dobbins, Irv Smith Jr. and Mekhi Becton among others, who all missed basically the entire season (Becton was the only one to at least play one game).

Somehow, I ended up with seven players on either side of the ball, which may be an odd number, but that’s what I came up with when deciding to dive deeper into the tape and statistics of these players. So here’s my list on offense:

 

Continue reading Second- and third-year breakout players for the 2022 NFL season – Offense edition:

We’ve talked so much about the roster building process, with a bevy of big-time trades, an interesting free agency period and maybe the deepest draft we have ever seen, thanks to the effects of the COVID-shorted 2020 college football season. Two weeks we started shifting our focus ahead to this fall, with my ranking of the teams most likely to go from worst to first inside each division, before I did a longer video on the most intriguing training camp battles, that I’ll have my eyes on. Now it’s time to analyze specific players, who I believe will reach new heights this year.

As has become an annual tradition, this list is focused on players about to enter their second or third season. They must have at least played to some degree in the NFL and not made the list last year already. Players don’t qualify for a breakout, if they’ve once reached 1000 rushing or receiving yards, were selected to a Pro Bowl or All-Pro team, as well as just being considered one of the best players at their respective position already.

For the purpose of this being original content, there won’t be any repeat candidates from my list last year, which included J.K. Dobbins, Irv Smith Jr. and Mekhi Becton among others, who all missed basically the entire season (Becton was the only one to at least play one game).

Somehow, I ended up with seven players on either side of the ball, which may be an odd number, but that’s what I came up with when deciding to dive deeper into the tape and statistics of these players. So here’s my list on offense:

 

Continue reading Second- and third-year breakout players for the 2022 NFL season – Offense edition:

Most intriguing 2022 NFL training camp battles:

With the majority of NFL training camps starting in about a week and depth charts starting to be formed, I wanted to highlight some of the more intriguing battles for (mostly) starting positions and certain roles around the league. I tried to address every position at least once and cover a bunch of teams, discussing their options at those positions.


NFL teams most likely to go from worst to first in 2022:

After spending months on evaluating college prospects, talking about what each team did in the draft and their overall roster building process, it’s time to discuss some of the tangible effects we may witness this upcoming season. So I wanted to look at all eight teams, who finished last inside their division in 2021, and rank them based on likelihood of ascending to the top of those groups.

I had a lot of fun with this exercise, because while I enjoy creating excitement for one franchise – and I was able to still do so for the teams in question – it’s also good to do think contrarily, try to poke holes in rosters/coaching staffs and lay out a path for why groups may underachieve. Therefore, I ultimately put together a short intro on the baseline situation, gave the other three teams a paragraph each to break down certain concerns they may have, and then finally got to the franchises in question here.

We spend so much time hyping up the established squads and neglect those closer to the bottom of the league – at least in terms of positives they may have going on for themselves – that this was supposed to be a change-up to a lot of the content out there.

(I have no idea how it happened, since the Jaguars obviously selected first overall in the draft, but somehow I ended up listing the Texans for the AFC South. Since they have a lower projected win total this season, that actually makes it a slightly bigger challenge anyway though.)

So let’s get into the breakdown!

Continue reading NFL teams most likely to go from worst to first in 2022:

After spending months on evaluating college prospects, talking about what each team did in the draft and their overall roster building process, it’s time to discuss some of the tangible effects we may witness this upcoming season. So I wanted to look at all eight teams, who finished last inside their division in 2021, and rank them based on likelihood of ascending to the top of those groups.

I had a lot of fun with this exercise, because while I enjoy creating excitement for one franchise – and I was able to still do so for the teams in question – it’s also good to do think contrarily, try to poke holes in rosters/coaching staffs and lay out a path for why groups may underachieve. Therefore, I ultimately put together a short intro on the baseline situation, gave the other three teams a paragraph each to break down certain concerns they may have, and then finally got to the franchises in question here.

We spend so much time hyping up the established squads and neglect those closer to the bottom of the league – at least in terms of positives they may have going on for themselves – that this was supposed to be a change-up to a lot of the content out there.

(I have no idea how it happened, since the Jaguars obviously selected first overall in the draft, but somehow I ended up listing the Texans for the AFC South. Since they have a lower projected win total this season, that actually makes it a slightly bigger challenge anyway though.)

So let’s get into the breakdown!

Continue reading NFL teams most likely to go from worst to first in 2022:

After spending months on evaluating college prospects, talking about what each team did in the draft and their overall roster building process, it’s time to discuss some of the tangible effects we may witness this upcoming season. So I wanted to look at all eight teams, who finished last inside their division in 2021, and rank them based on likelihood of ascending to the top of those groups.

I had a lot of fun with this exercise, because while I enjoy creating excitement for one franchise – and I was able to still do so for the teams in question – it’s also good to do think contrarily, try to poke holes in rosters/coaching staffs and lay out a path for why groups may underachieve. Therefore, I ultimately put together a short intro on the baseline situation, gave the other three teams a paragraph each to break down certain concerns they may have, and then finally got to the franchises in question here.

We spend so much time hyping up the established squads and neglect those closer to the bottom of the league – at least in terms of positives they may have going on for themselves – that this was supposed to be a change-up to a lot of the content out there.

(I have no idea how it happened, since the Jaguars obviously selected first overall in the draft, but somehow I ended up listing the Texans for the AFC South. Since they have a lower projected win total this season, that actually makes it a slightly bigger challenge anyway though.)

So let’s get into the breakdown!

Continue reading NFL teams most likely to go from worst to first in 2022:

After spending months on evaluating college prospects, talking about what each team did in the draft and their overall roster building process, it’s time to discuss some of the tangible effects we may witness this upcoming season. So I wanted to look at all eight teams, who finished last inside their division in 2021, and rank them based on likelihood of ascending to the top of those groups.

I had a lot of fun with this exercise, because while I enjoy creating excitement for one franchise – and I was able to still do so for the teams in question – it’s also good to do think contrarily, try to poke holes in rosters/coaching staffs and lay out a path for why groups may underachieve. Therefore, I ultimately put together a short intro on the baseline situation, gave the other three teams a paragraph each to break down certain concerns they may have, and then finally got to the franchises in question here.

We spend so much time hyping up the established squads and neglect those closer to the bottom of the league – at least in terms of positives they may have going on for themselves – that this was supposed to be a change-up to a lot of the content out there.

(I have no idea how it happened, since the Jaguars obviously selected first overall in the draft, but somehow I ended up listing the Texans for the AFC South. Since they have a lower projected win total this season, that actually makes it a slightly bigger challenge anyway though.)

So let’s get into the breakdown!

Continue reading NFL teams most likely to go from worst to first in 2022:

Biggest remaining need on each NFL roster for 2022 – AFC edition

In the second half of this series, we’re breaking down the one area for each AFC team, where they could still improve their roster upon, now that the main period of free agency and the draft are in the books, along with some of the crazy trades that ruled the early stages of the NFL offseason.

Movies With Migs: A Cinematic 5 Piece

What’s happening readers! I apologize for not posting these reviews earlier than today. I’ve been in the theater a lot these past few months so I have some thoughts and recommendations on a handful of movies! Let’s jump right in!

Everything Everywhere All At Once: In this film Michelle Yeoh plays Evelyn, a woman who is dealing with heavy issues while trying to get her taxes done. Her husband Waymond wants a divorce, her elderly father is over-demanding, and the rift between Evelyn and her daughter is growing bigger and bigger. Her life gets crazier when she finds out there is a multiverse and is told she is the only person who can stop an evil presence that wants to destroy it all. This movie is insane! You know that going in because it’s an A24 production. I had to watch this film more than once to wrap my head around everything that was going on. I dozed off the first time I saw it but don’t tell anyone that. I enjoyed how the story gives you some of everything. There’s crazy action, touching drama, humor, and scenes that may make your eyes wide. I know I said “what in the world” when I saw a goon stick a trophy up his butt so he could power up. Yea…..that happens! It was good to see Ke Huy Quan back in action portraying different versions of Waymond. You may remember him as Short Round (Temple of Doom) or Data (The Goonies). Jamie Lee Curtis is a trip in this also. Overall, I thought Everything Everywhere was good, zany flick. If you haven’t seen it you can catch it in the theater still. It should be streaming soon.

Doctor Strange In The Multiverse Of Madness: I thought this film was going to be the fallout from the events of Spider-Man: No Way Home but that wasn’t what happened. A young woman named America Chavez is being pursued by dark forces in order to steal her multiverse jumping ability, which she can’t fully control. When she jumps to Earth 616 and tells Doctor Strange what is going on Strange recruits Wanda Maximoff to help protect America. BIG MISTAKE because Wanda wants that power and she turns the situation into a terrifying cat and mouse pursuit. I’m a longtime fan of Sam Raimi so I had a smile on my face when I found out he was directing this. We get homage to Evil Dead, Spider-Man 2, and the horror element was a nice touch. You may have heard about _____, ____, ______, _____, and _____ being in this film but I won’t say those names here. I’ll say it was cool to see the multiverse opened up and explored some. Wanda in this…….MAAAANNNNNNN!!! She doesn’t play around when she goes full Scarlet Witch. I was cheering for her and I probably shouldn’t have. OH WELL!! I watched this movie in IMAX and Dolby Cinema. Both formats were fantastic! I experienced Cine Capri for the first time when I watched Doctor Strange at a Harkins Theatre in Oklahoma. Cine Capri is an 80 inch screen with Dolby projection and surround sound. That was my 5th time seeing the movie! Doc Strange is still playing in theaters but it’s only being shown in regular format now. It’s streaming on Disney+.

Multiverse Of Madness streaming on Disney+

The Unbearable Weight Of Massive Talent: In this film Nicolas Cage plays Nic “EFFING” Cage. Yes you read that correctly. Actor Nic Cage has been starring in movies for years but the roles aren’t coming in these days and his expensive taste has left him in debt. Cage’s agent informs him that a rich man named Javi wants Cage to come to Spain to attend his birthday party as a special guest and he is willing to pay Cage one million dollars. What was supposed to be a fun weekend and easy payout takes a dangerous turn when CIA operatives tell Cage that Javi is a ruthless arms dealer and they need Cage to help take Javi down. What happens next is pure shenanigans! I enjoyed how meta this film is. The callbacks to movies Cage starred in and the interactions between Cage and Javi are hilarious. It was good to see that Javi is a fan of Mandy. That part of the film made me laugh. Unbearable Weight didn’t do that great at the box office but I enjoyed it. You can buy a copy now or stream it. Check it out if you’re a Nic Cage fan and you haven’t seen it yet. Side note……If you haven’t seen Mandy check that out also. Cage is INSANE in that film!

The Bad Guys: I saw this in Oklahoma at an immaculate Regal Theatre!! I walked into this movie blind and left impressed! In this film a cabal of villains decide they need to change their ways after a robbery gets botched and they get arrested. The leader Wolf agrees to have the gang participate in an experimental group therapy session recommended by the Mayor but the Police Chief isn’t buying it! Can this bad bunch become the “good guys” or are they just putting up an act to stay out of prison? I really enjoyed the story and the animation. The humor lands and the cast/voicing choices were perfect. It’s a fun film for the entire family. I highly recommend checking out The Bad Guys. I picked up the 4K yesterday.

The Bad Guys 4K Collector’s Edition

Top Gun Maverick: It’s been close to 40 years since the original Top Gun and Pete “Maverick” Mitchell is still pushing aircrafts past their limits and making his superior officers very angry! He won’t take a promotion past Captain so he can stay in the air but after a failed test flight Maverick is ordered to report back to the Top Gun program as an instructor. His job is to train a group of ace pilots for an upcoming mission that has parameters which have never been accomplished. Maverick only has a few weeks to train the pilots and the situation is further complicated when he finds out that Goose’s son Rooster is one of the trainees. This film blows the original out of the water in my opinion. I like Top Gun but TG: Maverick has a better flow and the aerial camera work and effects are AMAZING!! I’ve seen this film in IMAX, Dolby, and I experienced Regal Cinema’s “Screen X” for the first time. All three formats were visual treats. Maverick is going strong in the theater so if you are a Top Gun fan you will probably enjoy this. If you have the opportunity to experience it in a premium format go that route. You’re in for an eyegasm!!

A clip of Top Gun in Screen X format: https://www.facebook.com/mikeymrmoney/videos/594284912293583

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CHEERS!
Migs Rodriguez

Screenings With Migs: The Black Phone (No Spoilers)

What’s happening readers! On Tuesday night I attended an early screening of The Black Phone, the latest horror thriller from Blumhouse Productions. In this film a small town in Colorado is being plagued by a serial killer dubbed “The Grabber”, who abducts and murders boys. 5 boys have been abducted already and when Finney encounters The Grabber he ends up drugged and locked in a basement. Finney’s sister Gwen starts to have dreams that could help but the visions are quick flashes and she isn’t taken seriously until the police realize Gwen isn’t making up stories. Finney’s future is looking grim however he receives a call from a disconnected phone that may prove to be his salvation.

Early screening of The Black Phone

I liked The Black Phone. It didn’t knock me out of my seat but the story is chilling and the leads did a good job. Mason Thames and Madeleine McGraw are impressive as Finney and Gwen. Gwen is tough and steals the scene a couple of times. Ethan Hawke is super creepy as The Grabber. Those eerie masks he wears added to the horror of the character. The Black Phone gave me Stephen King vibes and it was amusing to find out King’s son Joe Hill wrote the short story of the same name. I recommend checking this film, especially if you are a fan of the supernatural. Go on discount day. The screening was a good time but you don’t need to spend more than 8 bucks on this one.

Check out my live review here: https://www.instagram.com/reel/CfFzmfBjbsz/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link

CHEERS!
Migs Rodriguez

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