In the first reality competition show to hit newbie streamer Disney+, Shop Class sees three teams given three days to create their own version of a project such as a Little Free Library, a mini-golf hole, or a skate-park obstacle (as seen in the first three episodes) before being evaluated by a panel of judges.
Each team is made up of two middle school-aged kids and one shop teacher. Throughout each episode, each team member is briefly profiled listing their accomplishments related to building and making.
The show on paper and at first glance is just another reality comp in the mold of a cooking or baking competition show or something similar to the recently-premiered LEGO Masters where teams start a table and must make something in a constrained amount of time.
The judging panel is made up of two main judges, Brooks Atwood and Lauren Makk, while each episode sees a different Walt Disney Imagineer join the panel as a rotating third judge that also appears throughout the episode in “A Moment with a Disney Imagineer” where they give insight on what their role is in Disney Imagineering and how what they do relates to what they want to see out of the teams and their projects.
The show is meant to be watched by kids and families so while there is no high drama with people yelling or screaming at each other to get their project done in time, there are good moments of tension like when teams are dealing with time not being on their side or a design element that must be changed.
At the end of the day, the show is part family-friendly competition show, part promo for Disney Imagineering, but still very cute and entertaining.
After the end of Whose Line is it Anyway?’s run on ABC ended in 2004, Host Drew Carey took most of the Whose Line? gang and a giant green screen stage to The WB Network. What happened next was an interesting experiment on how to do improv comedy on TV.
The show featured the cast improvising scenes based on suggestions from the audience on green screen then that footage was given to animators who then animated the scene.
This was my first time watching the show episode by episode, but I’ve seen them many times over the years. My favorites were usually the game shows like “Catch That Knife” and “You Bet Your Pants.”
While still pretty straightforward and simple, Green Screen Show was more messy than Whose Line? Most improvisers will probably tell you that one of the joys of improv is the abiblity to imagine the scene that the perofromer’s create in your own mind’s eye and having animators fill in that for you takes that away.
All that being said, Drew Carey’s Green Screen Show was an interesting experiment that took television improv comedy shows in a different direction, whether it worked or not is up to you.
Well, it seems DC has another hit on their hand, which has been somewhat rare for them since the launch of their DC Extended Universe back in 2013 with Man of Steel.
Jason Momoa’s Arthur Curry got his own cinematic adventure after appearing in 2017’s Justice League. The film sees Aquaman try to prevent his half-brother Orm from becoming king of Atlantis.
While some won’t find the story up to snuff (though I did), most will find it visually stunning and satisfying. While Batman and Superman lead DC’s Universe in the comics, you can put Aquaman right next to Wonder Woman as the leaders of the DCEU.
The latest incarnation of Spider-Man in the cinematic world is a whole universe of spider-people.
Sony’s animated entry of the web-slinger’s universe features an all-star voice cast, breathtaking animation, and other non-Peter Parker named characters, who have all donned a spider-based mantle, that fans have been waiting to see on the big screen.
Without spoiling much, the film sees Miles Morales, an Afro-Latino boy from Brooklyn who learns to become Spider-Man after he is bitten by a radioactive spider. Along the way, he learns and meets other people who also wear the mask.
Dazzling animation, great vocal performance, and a great story make up one of, if not the best cinematic depictions of the character. In my opinion, the less you know about the film, the better. Especially when you read the cast in the credits and say “that was them?!?” If you don’t find most, if not all this movie enjoyable and entertaining, you are a cold-hearted individual who doesn’t deserve to lay eyes Spider-Man.
The follow-up to 2015’s Creed arrived in theaters on Wednesday and is already looking to be a Thanksgiving-weekend favorite at the box office.
Taking the reigns from Creed’s original helmer Ryan Coogler, who does return to executive produce the sequel, is director Steven Caple Jr., a relative newcomer, for which Creed II is only his second feature film similar to Coogler in which the first Creed was his second feature film.
The film sees Michael B. Jordan’s Adonis Creed taking on the fight of his life against Viktor Drago, son of Ivan who famously killed Adonis’s father Apollo Creed in the ring. As well as Adonis facing life outside the ring with his girlfriend Bianca (played by Tessa Thompson), his trainer Rocky Balboa (played by Sylvester Stallone) and his mother Mary Anne (played by Phylicia Rashad).
Continuing to take cues and make references to Rocky and Creed of old, Creed II, while still being a sequel, is both nostalgic and fresh at the same time. Though I enjoyed where they took the story of Adonis Creed, if you didn’t, it’s clear that Creed II is a entertaining movie that follows the themes of the Rocky franchise: heart, determination, perseverance, love and family and guaranteed to to make you feel motivated to go for your goals when it is over.
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