One Week Later: A Review of Metallica’s Hardwired…To Self-Destruct

metallica_hardwired-_to_self-destruct_2016Last Friday Metallica released Hardwired… To Self-Destruct.  Now that a week has passed and the “newness” has worn off and I was able to listen to it a few times I feel now I can accurately review it.  I feel that since St. Anger, Metallica has made it a mission to return to form.  With Death Magnetic, they took a step in the right direction and while this album is a better return to form it does seem at times that this is Death Magnetic part 2. With a few interesting projects between Death Magnetic nearly 10 years ago such as the odd Lou Reed collaboration album LuLu and the concert film/ action film mashup of Through the Never.  It was pretty fun as a fan to see Metallica return with a new album. (READ MORE)

8 Monsters That I’d Like To See Updated In The Gritty New Power Rangers Movie

powerrangersGrowing up in the late 80s, and early 90s I was at the right age when Power Rangers first arrived on TV.  It was a great show and had a lot to offer: Fighting, monsters, robots, developing a crush on Amy Jo Johnson (100% why I watched the Disney Movie Suzy Q).

Now that the Power Rangers are returning in a gritty movie, we’ll be back to seeing Putty Patrol, Rita Repulsa and Goldar soon enough! To be fair the Power Rangers haven’t gone anywhere because they milked that cash cow for the better part of 2 decades but nothing came quite as iconic as the original run.

While the new movie will return to the fun days of the Dino-Zords and Zordon, it does look like it’s gone in the gritty direction.  The Rangers look quite Iron-Man-esque, Rita trades her silly hat for a more sultry look, and we’ve only heard whispers of Zordon or Alpha 5.  Since Pacific Rim released, many fans wanted to see a Power Rangers movie along the same tone and that appears to be the case with the new trailer. So come next year we’ll see what a more serious Power Ranger movie looks like this side of Ivan Ooze.

While details have been scarce about the movie, we still don’t know who or what the giant monster will be. There must be a giant monster to prompt the MegaZord to throw down so I thought it’d be fun to list a few monsters I’d like to see get updated and put on the big screen. (While I am a geek about things, I barely remember any of the monsters, let alone their names so Googling things like “Power Ranger Pig Monster” or “Power Ranger Fish Monster” became my “research” for this). Anyway here’s who I’d like to see them brawl against. (FULL STORY)