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Jigsaw

 

The thing that strikes you from the very first scene of “Jigsaw” is how different the movie seems from the previous “Saw” films.  It looks and feels different.  Simply put, tonally, something is rotten in the state of Sawville.  While this was clearly done by design, at first, it bothered me.  Having a few days though to think about it, it makes perfect sense based on the story that we’re being given.

 

The basic plot is pretty simple, as more Jigsaw-like killings begin occurring 10 years after the death of John Kramer.  While no one really believes Kramer is the actual killer, certain evidence begins to mount that makes everyone involved in investigating the crimes have some doubt.  On this level, the movie reminds me of “Friday the 13th Part V: A New Beginning.”  Not just because the movie exists to create a new heir to the previously established killer, but because breadcrumbs are laid out purposely to make you doubt what logic tells you can’t be true. 

 

Following the great “Saw” tradition, we get a few twists along the way even before the grand reveal of how and why everything happened.  There are some hints regarding the actual timeline of the game we’re watching play out and that question, along with many others, get answered when John Kramer does finally take center stage.  I think the original title of this movie, which was “Saw:Legacy”, was more appropriate for this film, though “Becoming Jigsaw” also would have worked for several reasons.  One of those reasons being while we knew why John Kramer became Jigsaw, HOW exactly he became Jigsaw wasn’t really delved into before.  This movie begins to answer that question, and of course, by doing so, raises new ones.

 

The one thing that somewhat disappointed me was that the marketing for the movie played up the concept of the so-called “Cult of Jigsaw” being important to the plot, and other than one Jigsaw groupie, that marketing tactic or ploy didn’t really have much to do with the final product.

 

I would give “Jigsaw” 3.5/5 stars.

 

Mark J. Marble

 

The link to my original audio review is available here.

 

LanternCast Episode #295 – Alien: Covenant Commentary Track!

And now for something completely different (and hopefully, interesting)! Mark and Corwin Crowl tackle Alien: Covenant in this full-length commentary track!  With any luck, they can determine which crew was stupider: the Prometheus or the Covenant.  There might not be Green Lantern references in this track, but we certainly do have tons of other franchises that get mentioned.  Be sure to email us your thoughts or chime in on our voice-mail at 708-LANTERN!

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LanternCast Episode #270 – 2017 Movie Preview!

This is the big one as Chad and Mark record their 100th official episode! They came in with a list and celebrate with one, as they discuss their must see movies of 2017, along with the movies they are lukewarm about, and of course, the 5 pounds of monkey crap list!  Throw in some overdue “Rogue One” talk and you’ll be entertained.  We guarandamntee it!  What films are you most excited about?  Let us know your must-see and must-avoid lists are at lanterncast@gmail.com or on our voice-mail at 708-LANTERN!

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LanternCast Episode #249 – Captain America: Civil War!

Chad and Mark take on Captain America: Civil War! The guys breakdown the movie, discussing pretty much everything, including character arcs and plot. So, of course, this is definitely not a SPOILER free episode!  Take a listen and share your thoughts about Civil War and the Marvel Cinematic Universe! Be sure to email us or chime in on our voice-mail at 708-LANTERN!

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LanternCast Episode #246 – Batman v Superman!

The first movie review episode of 2016 arrives as Chad and Mark discuss the good and the bad from Batman v Superman! The guys discuss the future of the DC Cinematic Universe, as well as how the fans and critics reacted to this divisive film. Be sure to email us or chime in on our voice-mail at 708-LANTERN!

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LanternCast Episode #238 – Star Wars: The Force Awakens!

Mark and Chad are joined by friend and fellow podcaster Ryan Daly to talk about the latest silver screen entry into the Star Wars saga, ‘The Force Awakens’! The guys have all seen it three or more times and they’re primed to spend TWO HOURS discussing and speculating! So settle in and start the replay in your minds eye because spoilers abound in the FIRST episode of 2016! Be sure to chime in on our voice-mail at 708-LANTERN!

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Ant-Man

As we get closer to the format, I want… here’s a spoiler free trip into the small but entertaining world of Marvel’s Ant-Man!.

Terminator Genisys

While the technical aspects of this review need work, hopefully the concept and content of our 1st video/audio movie review will balance it out.

How does the new Terminator measure up to Arnolds past? Let’s find out!

LanternCast Episode #219 – SPOILER FILLED Age of Ultron Movie Discussion!

The follow up sequel to one of the biggest movies of all time has released and, surprise surprise, the guys have some thoughts on it! So, rather than squeeze it in to a regular episode and potentially spoiling the listeners, we devoted a WHOLE EPISODE to it! So what did Mark end up thinking about the Vision? According to Thor-fan Chad, who is and is not worthy to wield Mjolnir and when? What were the best moments? Well, listen in and we’ll fill you in! Be sure to chime in on our voice-mail at 708-LANTERN!

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Hercules

Brett Ratner’s “Hercules” is a solid if unspectacular swords and sandals epic that rises and falls on the broad shoulders of Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. While the movie is slow to develop and the creative decision to attempt to demystify the beginnings and labors of Hercules is questionable, the film does pick up considerable steam in its second half.

Many of the twists in the final act are predictable, though Johnson’s presence is able to still make the experience fun and as believable as possible.  It is also a testament to his popularity and his relentless use of social media that “Hercules” has even been as moderately successful as it has (considering an overall lack of interest in the project by movie-goers).

Dwayne Johnson has proven to be a shot-in-the-arm to many existing franchises, but creating one of his own has thus far been elusive.  “Hercules” is unlikely to change his fortunes anytime soon.

Mark J. Marble

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