CS Recommends: Hulk Statue, Plus Soundtracks, TV & More!
Stuck inside? Don’t know what to watch/read/play/listen to? ComingSoon.net has got you covered. In this week’s CS Recommends our staff kicks off gives you solid tips on the best media to consume during your downtime, including Sideshow Avengers Assemble Hulk Statue and more! Check out our picks below!
MAX EVRY’S RECOMMEND: Sideshow Avengers Assemble Hulk Statue
Hulk Marvel Statue – $580.00
I’m super into this new statue I’ve added to my collection from Sideshow’s Avengers Assemble collection, which reimagines Marvel characters to their most iconic essence. This take on the Hulk is superb, combining elements of some of my favorite artists to draw Big Green over the years (Jack Kirby, Todd McFarlane, Ed McGuinness, Art Adams, Joe Bennett) and melding them into one amazing statue that is as beautiful to look at as it is enormous. I love this line, and I love this statue, and hope the company continues churning out more beauties like this to give us a fun alternative to the movie versions that have urned themselves into the pop culture psyche. Right now the statue has FREE SHIPPING in the U.S.!
KYLIE HEMMERT’S RECOMMEND: Ratched
Created by Ryan Murphy and Evan Romansky, Ratched is a prequel series to the Oscar-winning drama One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest starring Jack Nicholson, as well as a prequel origin story to the novel written by Ken Kesey following the infamous character Nurse Mildred Ratched, played effortlessly by Sarah Paulson in the show. In the series, Mildred begins working as a nurse at a leading psychiatric hospital where new and unsettling experiments have begun on the human mind. Beneath her stylish exterior lurks a growing darkness and plenty of secrets, and even though she hasn’t yet reached the full villain status of One Flew‘s Nurse Ratched, the series introduces a compellingly flawed, manipulative, emotional, and well-rounded character while carefully laying the groundwork for who she becomes later in life.
Ratched is extremely vibrant, giving the appearance of an idealistic setting in a story that is largely full of death, mistreatment, abuse, and cruelty, intertwined with genuine moments of love and humanity – simply put, the story is complex, bizarre, wonderful, and upsetting. There also may not have been a better ensemble cast on the small screen this year than in Season 1 of Ratched. Everyone brings their A-game, each ready to steal the scene – and, in Sophie Okonedo’s case, succeeding every single time. You don’t need to have read the book or seen the movie to jump right into the series and appreciate its characters or storytelling, though it will be interesting to see how they continue the story of Mildred Ratched next season as the character further evolves into her final transformation.
GRANT HERMANNS RECOMMENDS: Samurai Jack
I’m not afraid to admit that as a kid, my taste in film and TV wasn’t always the best and I missed out on some great shows because of it and one in which I’m incredibly glad I decided to give another chance was Cartoon Network’s Samurai Jack. When I was younger, the moody atmosphere and seeming lack of story development and humor made it a real bore for me, but when it was announced it would get an Adult Swim final season revival, I elected to give it another go and found the original series to be a poignant, incredibly animated and compelling tale exploring a number of mature themes and artful styles that was incredible from start to finish, especially in said final season.
MAGGIE DELA PAZ’S RECOMMEND: Zathura: A Space Adventure (2005)
Before Jumanji went on to become a billion-dollar box-office franchise with the latest Dwayne Johnson-led sequels, Columbia Pictures had first made the attempt to kickstart the Jumanji franchise 15 years ago with 2005’s standalone spinoff Zathura: A Space Adventure. Also based on Chris Van Allsburg’s children’s book of the same name, the sci-fi adventure film was directed by MCU alum and The Mandalorian creator Jon Favreau from a screenplay adapted by David Koepp and John Kamps.
The film centers around two young brothers Walter and Danny, who like the first film suddenly find an unknown board game within their house. Due to Danny’s curiosity, he started playing the game with the unwilling participation of Walter. From then on, things quickly escalated as they discover that their house has now been mysteriously transported into space. Now, the brothers must find a way to work together by setting aside their quarrels in order for them to win against the game’s challenges that include a visit from human-eating aliens.
Zathura is an underrated Jumanji spinoff that definitely deserves more recognition due to its fast-paced and entertaining storyline that’s ahead of its time. Despite receiving positive reviews from critics, this film is often forgotten due to its poor box-office performance with a worldwide gross of over $65 million against a reported budget of $65 million. What I like the most about the film is its well-balanced mix of heart and humor that was also fantastically presented in the 1995 Robin Williams-led iconic film. I also loved that the film had retained the original’s child-like wonder aspect which the latest installments had unfortunately lost.
So, if you’re looking for a fun movie to add on your family’s holiday movie list, I highly-recommend you to check out or revisit Zathura!
JEFF AMES’ RECOMMEND: Solo: A Star Wars Story (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack/Deluxe Edition)
What an awesome pre-Thanksgiving surprise! John Powell has released a deluxe edition of his fabulous score for Ron Howard’s vastly underappreciated Solo: A Star Wars Story, featuring 35 tracks that amount to just over two hours of music. I’ve long been a fan of Powell’s work and thought his work here gave him the perfect opportunity to show off his extraordinary talent. Yeah, there are a lot of cues lifted from previous Star Wars scores, particularly in the exciting track, “Kessel Run in Less Than 12 Parsecs,” but that doesn’t make them any less enthralling; and Powell does a fine job blending newer themes written for Solo (with help from John Williams) with the older motifs we all know and love. The only disappointment comes from knowing that (at least as of now) there aren’t any other Solo movies in the foreseeable future, but hopefully this won’t be Powell’s last journey to that galaxy far away!
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