ABQ Live made the journey up North to Meow Wolf’s immersive weekend experience in Taos, New Mexico. The Taos Vortex featured three days of live music, adventure, experimental interactions, and friends. Enjoy two photo galleries from the festival.[Read more…]
By Calgary Maez
As the 23rd film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Spider-Man: Far From Home is one of the best films Marvel Studios has put out. It’s also one of the best Spider-Man films ever made with amazing storytelling, great acting from Tom Holland, Jake Gyllenhaal, Samuel L. Jackson, and the rest of the cast.
Spider-Man: Far From Home picks up right where Avengers: Endgame left off. As Peter Parker has come home from helping to save the universe, a much-needed summer vacation with all of his friends is much needed. However, Nick Fury hijacks his vacation and has him team up with the mysterious Mysterio to help fight elemental beings.
Have you ever gone on vacation only to have the experience ruined by constant phone calls from work, pulling you away from your fun? Imagine being a high school teenager on summer vacation in Europe who happens to be The Amazing Spider-Man and has to save the world halfway across the globe.
What works so much in the film is the fantastic casting choice for the characters. Tom Holland is the perfect Spider-Man and gives the character so much heart that you can instantly relate to him. He tackles being a superhero while also wanting to be a normal teenager around his friends and trying to spend time with his high school crush, MJ. Spider-Man is one of those grounded superheroes who have this immense responsibility as a superhero but also want to lead a normal life. Tom Holland nails this perfectly and makes you really feel and sometimes relate with his character.
Jake Gyllenhaal also gives a phenomenal performance as Mysterio. This mysterious ally is one of the best newcomers to the Marvel Cinematic Universe and plays a fantastic role throughout the film. The costume designs for him and Spidey stand out the most as they make them look so much more comic book accurate on-screen. The visual effects for both characters stand out as well, especially for scenes with Mysterio. Visually, it’s one of the best looking Marvel films to date.
With action scenes and dynamic casting, the film is a beauty to view. Spider-Man: Far From Home is one summer blockbuster filled with twists and turns that you don’t want to miss.
Poster courtesy of IMDb.
By Calgary Maez
As the third film in the action-packed, gun slinging, over-the-top John Wick franchise, “John Wick 3: Chapter 3 – Parabellum” takes it up a notch and continues the story where “John Wick: Chapter 2” left off. The series is best known for its clever use of fighting, cinematography, and cast of characters that draw moviegoers in, begging for more.
The premise of the first film was simple; one man takes his revenge on those who killed his dog and stole his car, killing anyone who got in his way. Now, John Wick (Keanu Reeves) has to fight for his life after he was pronounced “excomunicado” for killing his target on Continental grounds, which is one rule you cannot break within the assassins guild. A $14 million hit on his head forces him to fight for his life and seek help from an old ally, Sofia (Halle Berry). John travels the world in an attempt to clear his name and make peace with the High Table, the leaders of the assassins guild, as they wage war on him and all of his allies.
What sets the John Wick films apart from other action flicks is the cinematography. Every location is usually dark, which works with John’s character as he is most commonly known as the Baba Yaga: The Boogeyman. He fights from the shadows and when he emerges, all of the action is presented right in front of you. No “shaky cam” or unnecessary jump cuts are used. The camera always focuses on John during his fight scenes with multiple uses of angles and movements to really make the action cinematic. The locations used also stand out, especially New York with its use of neon colors and vibrant lighting.
What makes John Wick terrifying to his foes is that he never pulls his punches and shows no mercy. He uses an array of weaponry and mixed martial arts against his enemies and always goes for the kill shot. This is what sets him apart from other action heroes because he mows down groups of assassins and mercenaries and can take any hits they dish out. The dogs in the film also take part in the action this time around and are specifically trained to take down the bad guys so John can put them down for good.
“John Wick Chapter 3: Parabellum” is the perfect popcorn flick to be enjoyed with friends. Reeves gives an amazing performance between his acting and doing most of his own stunts. He also works amazingly well with Berry and together they bring a great new dynamic to the franchise. The film raises the bar with its great storytelling, amazing visuals, and cinematography, and of course, its outstanding action set pieces.
Poster courtesy of IMDb.
ABQ-Live Adventures takes a trip up North to the high country
We often forget how lucky we are to live in a city with such a diverse array of ecosystems to enjoy. From the Sandia mountains to the Rio Grande River, we are afforded a handful of adventures right outside our doorstep.
Angel Fire Resort contacted our team about coming out and enjoying a weekend up North in the high country. We couldn’t resist. We left on a cloudy Friday afternoon with a truck packed full of clothes, food, friends, equipment and a few other key essentials for the great adventure ahead. A couple hours later, when the truck pulled in and everyone tumbled out into the falling snow, we knew we had made it.
After checking into Angel Fire Resort we dropped our stuff off in the rooms, put the beer on the patio and hit the local pub. We spent the rest of the night listening to the house band and meeting some of the locals and other ‘adventurers’ in town.
The next morning, after the fresh snow fall and a big breakfest, we hit the mountain. The clear blue bird skies and fresh powder were perfect conditions for an awesome day on the slopes in Angel Fire.
After a handful of morning runs, a light lunch and a beer, we were all ready to finish the day out strong. As the daylight faded, we stayed in town to grab some dinner at a local restaurant before making our way back to Albuquerque to rest from another succesful ABQ-Live Adventure.
By Kori Kobayashi
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