Doctor Sleep (the sequel to The Shinning)

This sequel to The Shinning brings us back into the life of a now grown Dan Torrance (the young boy from The Shinning who we see now in the throws of alcoholism much like his father.  But unlike his father, he still has the gift of “the shinning” which is a psychic ability of sorts.

While Dan may not care much for his own life now,  the entrance of a young girl in his who has the same abilities as he does will give him something to care about, and more importantly to protect.

View the trailer for yourself below:

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Elite: Dangerous

Years ago, my father came home with a game for me and my Commodore 64 called Elite.  It was a space simulation, but instead of just flying and shooting (which you also did in the game), you could also trade elements and items between different star bases or you could rescue people in space.  For my young mind, the sky was the limit with this game which you can see below.

But alas, there was one problem: no matter how hard I tried, I could not land back inside of a base to trade.  Time after time again, I tried to no avail, and eventually simply gave up, somewhat sad that I would never be able to experience the game in full.

Until… one day when I was wandering around the Xbox store and found a game called Elite: Dangerous.  Could this be a sequel to the game a had tried and failed at so many years ago?  Spoiler alert: it was.  I quickly downloaded the game and found myself immersed in a world worthy of the Elite name.  They had managed to keep many of the features which I had fallen in love with as a young person, while updating the political, and economic features of the game.  Now you could easily visit different space ports and with one of the later updates actually land on planetary bases and move around the planet to complete missions or collect valuable materials to trade.  The game is now rich in different ways to play: you can be a mercenary, a trader, a miner, or even a tour guide for rich passengers who will pay you to see the galaxy.

All in all, the game now satisfied both the child in me looking to explore and the adult in me looking for redemption.  See you in the stars!

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There’s a sequel to Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild coming

Not to be outdone by the presentations of Cyberpunk 2077 or Fallout 76, the good people at Nintendo ended their E3 presentation with a glimpse at the sequel to one of the greatest games ever made (and I don’t say that lightly).  They seem to be opting for a direct sequel this time, using the same animation style that brought them such acclaim for BOTW, as of this article, a release date has not been announced, but don’t let that distract you from enjoying the trailer below.

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Frozen II (the trailer)

The good people at Disney have blessed us with every parents best or worst nightmare, depending on your feelings on the song “Let it Go”, the trailer for the juggernaut of children’s films, Frozen.  This film seems to explore the origins and limits of Elsa’s powers by having our heroes head of to the unknown and frozen north to face off against God knows what.   Whatever may come, those of you with kids and many of you without will find yourself in a theater in the near future to see for yourself.  Check out the trailer below:

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Terminator: Dark Fate

After multiple failed attempting at continuing/rebooting the Terminator franchise, the filmmakers have return to their roots and are putting out a film that ignores all the events in the Terminator universe outside of Terminator 1 and one of the greatest science fiction films ever, Terminator 2.  James Cameron returns to the franchise as producer this time, and more importantly, Linda Hamilton returns as Sarah Connor.  Strangely this time, there is no mention of John Connor.  He may have possibly been killed, and someone may have risen up in his place, but of course that’s just a guess.  Either way, it seems as if there is still someone to protect to save the future and there is still a Terminator (albeit a cooler looking one) hot on their trail.  This go around Tim Miller (of directing Deadpool fame) takes the reigns.  Will this be the Terminator sequel that we finally deserve?  Only time will tell.  View the trailer below:

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Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

The trailer for Quentin Tarantino’s next feature film Once Upon a Time in Hollywood has been released.  In typical Tarantino fashion, the film transports us 1969 Hollywood where we meet an aging actor (Leonardo DiCaprio) and his stuntman (Brad Pitt) in Hollywood.  Along the way, we are introduced to Bruce Lee and of course Sharon Tate (Margot Robbie).  Against the backdrop of this seemingly zany story, we see the rise of Charles Manson and conceivably the tragic murder of Sharon Tate.  As always, the film seems to be stylized with that certain Tarantino magic.  View the trailer for yourself:

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It: Chapter Two

After an incredibly strong first effort, the eagerly-awaited sequel to the Stephen King novel It has released it’s (excuse the pun) first teaser, and believe me, it does not disappoint.  As many already know, the second part of It takes place when the Loser’s gang (the group of protagonists) have grown up and left Derry.  A string of familiar killings brings them all back to face off with Pennywise once again.

The movie looks strong and with a cast featuring the likes of Jessica Chastain, Bill Hader and James McAvoy, hopefully it will be much better than the second half of the made for TV movie of It which started incredibly well and then fizzled towards the end.  Here’s to hoping this film will do the opposite.  From what has been said it seem that this film will stay closer to the mood and content of the novel than previous adaptations.  You can view the trailer for yourself below:

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