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What a Bomb!

By Paul Anthony

Pleased tell me you went out and saw Mortal Engine? If you did then you would one of the few who did. Mortal Engine has already officially became a bomb just in its opening week and honestly who is really surprised? I know I didn’t see it and when I first saw the trailer, I knew I couldn’t take the movie seriously, all i saw was a big city on wheels with a revenge plot, nothing that truly excited me or even sounded like a good movie. After I did my research I found out that it was a book way back in 2001, and that is part of the problem.

We all understand that Hollywood is running out of its own ideas so they are diving into the books, in some cases it proves to be a good move but in other and more cases it is not a good idea because what people love in a book they won’t pay to go see it and this is one reason why the movie failed. The next reason is that the book came out in 2001 and I am sure it was good book and what not but the fan base clearly moved on and or just forgot about it. I would expect better from Peter Jackson but I guess not. Next reason was the fact it was going up against The Mule and Spider-Man. Each movie had their own fanbase that took viewers away from Mortal Engine. Then Lastly was the reviews, this movie was already doomed before the critics watched it and all they did was bury it, the best reviews came mostly from the visual effects and that was it.

The movie could end up taking a loss of 50 to 100 million. The budget was anywhere between 100=150 million dollars. It’s opening domestic box office performance was 7.5 million and worldwide currently sits at 43 million. Insiders predidcted a flop and thought it would gross between 10-13 million and it failed to even that. It currently sitting in fifth place and I doubt that it will stay there because BumbleBee and AquaMan are opening this up coming weekend.

Look I don’t think when people are picking idea from books, they need to be a little smarter with what ideas they pick and put a big budget film together. The idea needs to be thought carefully but i am sure no one will listen and just go with what they think will work. Well in this case it did not.

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Battle of the Trailers!

By Paul Anthony

We always hit the weeks where trailers come out and get us excited for movies to come out. Those movie trailers can sometimes hurt the films as we know and there are times where the trailers show too little or show too much. Among the trailers that did come out two really caught my attention and in today’s blog i am going to look at two movie trailers and those two trailers the first Avengers: Endgame trailer and the Godzilla: King of Monsters trailer. We first look at the Avengers one since after all let’s be honest we are dying for this movie to happen.

Trailers are meant to get us excited for a movie but some movies don’t even need a trailer, one of those movies are Avengers: Endgame. We been excited for this movie since the post credit scene ended in Infinity War. This movie gave us the new title and showed the aftermath of the snap of the finger from Thanos. We see Iron Man floating in an aircraft running out of food and water and now oxygen, we see Thor mourning the loss of maybe his friends and Loki. We get to see a much different looking Hawkeye who most likely lost his family and Captain America forming a plan of attack. Then it ends with Ant-Man at the front door waiting to get in at the Avengers headquarters in his goofy matter.

The trailer got us even more pumped and to think this movie is only four months away we don’t even need another trailer. The only thing that i wish they would have added was maybe a scene with Thanos enjoying life to get an idea of what he actually been up to. Had they added this into this trailer I would have been perfectly fine with it. I am guessing we will get a second trailer during the superbowl ads, so stay tune.

The other trailer that I mention was Godzilla: King of Monsters trailer. For years we have been craving for a Godzilla franchise and in 2014 we finally got it and even have a Monsterverse going on with Godzilla meeting with King Kong. But it’s been five years and the delay may have caused the hype to die down. When the trailers came out I am have to admit I didnt get excited for, the latest trailer was released and I believe it gave away a little too much, judging by the trailer and Movie title Godzilla going to be fighting every monster pretty much and trailer shows that. Which in my mind is just too much and could hurt the film. We know from experiance when you pack too much into a film it always end up being a failure but that will be determine  once the film comes out.

Regardless of the trailers, it doesn’t mean these films will be good or bad though, we all know which film will crush the box office and which one might turn a profit. Either way 2019 looking like a great box office year!

Venom a great sleeper hit of the fall!

By Paul Anthony

Sony made a deal with Marvel a few years ago, so that Spider-man could be a part of the MCU. Now we all remember why they did this deal and when I say them I mean Sony. Back in 2002, they released Spider-Man and it became a big hit for them. Just two years later they released Spider-Man 2 which became one of the best comic book films of all time even today it’s still regarded as one of the best still. The critics loved it and so did the fans, money wise it was very good but fell short of making more then the first film but it didn’t need to which is rare but in 2007 Sony released Spider-Man 3, film was a hit but fans and critics couldn’t stand it. Even though it made nearly 900 million, it killed the franchise and forced Sony to reboot the series.

2012 saw Sony release The Amazing Spider-Man, all seem to be good again until they release Amazing Spider-Man 2 and they made the same mistakes they did in Spider-Man 3 which lead to them going to marvel and seeking help. The Deal has been going great so far for both parties. Sony however deep inside and won’t admit that their pride got crushed so they needed to rebound. Since Amazing Spider-Man 2, Sony has been trying to plan a series of films revolving around his villains but could they pull it off. Venom made the most sense.

Venom has and will always be fan favorite, so it made the most sense with him. Not only that, he does have story arcs of him being a hero or at least trying and they wanted another crack at the venom character because the last time we saw venom, well you remember how that went. But could they pull this film off without Spider-Man? Well of course they can. Venom has plenty of source material to pick from. They needed to get it right though or else their plans will once again go down the drain. Now I went to go see the film and I enjoyed it and thought they did enough right to make a Venom part two. The film could have been better, I’m not denying it needs to be better. With a 100 million budget and most of it going to effects, I was blown away from the money it has made so far.

Venom has cracked the top 5 highest grossing films of 2018 already, now  that is a shocker when you think about it because we had films like Avengers: Infinity War, Black Panther, Jurassic World 2, incredibles 2, Mission Impossible, Deadpool 2, Ant-Man 2, Ready one player and Operation Red Sea. It’s even funnier when you think Venom out performed DeadPool 2. Once again though the foreign box office did save this film and here are the stats to back up what I am saying.

Here in the States the film made 211 million so far which counts for only 25 percent of its total gross meanwhile at the foreign box office it grossed 611 million which comes out to around 75 percent of its gross. It did do great for its opening weekend here at 80 million and China with 111 million.

Did Sony see this happening? I’m thinking not but now can they continue this? That is something I am not sure about since their track record says other wise. We now know Tom Hardy is signed onto 2 more films. I now hope they can learn from their mistakes and make Venom 2 even better and get this film series going.

 

 

Can Bill Maher please shut up

By Paul Anthony

If you follow Bill Maher, you will know he’s the biggest trash talker there is, who pretty much thinks hes a rottweiler when in reality he is nothing more then a chihuahua, that needs to be kicked. I’m not saying i was a fan but I would watch him from time to time when there was nothing else to watch. But now I see this man decides to hit an all time low.

We all know Stan Lee passed away earlier this month, at the age of 95. Here is will Bill decides to show his colors, by taking cheap shots at both Stan Lee’s legacy and his fans who are mourning. In what would be the worse time to say anything regarding someone passing, he decides to blast fans “who are in deep deep mourning over a guy who simply inspired millions to see a movie” he also went on to blast people by saying people need to grow up and read books without pictures. I must say Bill you are truly an idiot and I would love to say it to his face. Bill is in his 60’s and his career is winding down and i believe he likes to say stupid stuff like this to get a reaction to keep his career going. Because he knows his legacy is never going to be on the same level as Stan Lee.

Bill would go on once again blasting people who blast him for his comments by saying more dumb stuff and that dumb stuff is the backlash only proves his point. Oh Man, let me take a breath for second, no people who are going after him don’t prove his point, and I am sure he’s going to say something like reading comics make you dumb, no Bill listening to you will make people dumb. When people make remarks like that, it is clear as day they know they are wrong but in some people nature they can never admit that they are wrong.

Now I am not saying Stan Lee created literature atleast according to rules comics aren’t literature. However what Stan lee work did do was inspire people to read aqnd believe in themselves. Marvel heroes and villains are famous for having flaws but it taught people that you can have falws but still do good in life. Those people that read those comics did move onto books without pictures and as for those movies, No, Stan Lee didn’t make those films, these movies bring people back to a fun time in their life and that’s why they are hits with fans.

To prove a point here regarding his comments, president Obama who a lot of people regard as one of the better presidents even said Bill was wrong for that. In the end people are allowed to mourn for whoever they want and for reasons they will only know, but this doesn’t mean it’s okay for a never was like Bill Maher to put his two cents in this subject and just let people mourn. So Please Bill will you just shut up!

 

How to make a movie flop

By Paul Anthony

Some movies set themselves up for failure, the movie could be great or just okay which is enough to get by, however there are films that truly give themselves no chance to succeed and one film is doing that right now and that film is the reboot of Child’s Play. The studio announced that the reboot would be coming out on June 21st, 2019. The date seems like it is no big deal right? Well wrong and here is why.

First it is in the beginning of the summer, now I understand that’s when people come out and enjoy the movies so you would think it makes sense but another thing that is wrong with the date is that another film a much bigger film is being released on that date and that film is Toys Story 4. If you are going to put a film in the summer slot most of the time it is a film that is getting a lot of hype and/ or is from an establish successful film franchise. It doesn’t matter what genre the film is which has been proven summer not always about the action film.

Toys Story 4 is no joke and I wouldn’t put a low hyped reboot next to a film that is from a legendary film franchise. Each film has grossed more than a the previous film with the third film reaching the one billion marker back in 2010. Not to mention its been 9 years since the previous came out. Now if you are going to say well Child’s Play is a establish film series then yes but it is a film series that is pretty much dead and haven’t been good since 1992 and its last film basically killed it with the Seed of Chucky. It made a comeback on netflix though but that is still not the same anymore as the big screen audience. I was caught off guard how good the films were and I believed Netflix was doing a lot of good for the killer doll, which even makes this reboot even more annoying because no one wants this reboot.

If they want this film to be the start of something more and make a run at having a second chance at a good film series then it would be wise to change the date of this film. Having it in the summer line up would be the biggest mistake. I would recommend them putting it in the fall line up and even better in October when people are craving a good horror film. If studios want a good successful horror film Like IT then they need to look at everything they did right and Even that film was not released in the summer. Now until the trailer drops and the film gets promoted more and get more details then we can’t say much more, so we shall see!

Bad Boys 3 Finally?

By Paul Anthony

Is it true? yes it is, finally after 17 long years, we are getting a film that we have been dying for and that film is none other then Bad Boys 3. We even got a title for it as well, which is Bad Boys for life. However they took the E out of life and replaced it with the number 3 to make it very clear that this is the third film in this film series. But why did it take so long for the film we wanted so bad to finally be happening?

We all know that theses films don’t have much of a story to them, for an example in the first film the team protects a murder case witness and in the second film the teams returns to solves a bigger case which trying to figure out who is bringing ecstasy in southern Florida. These films rely on the action and comedy that Smith and Lawrence bring to the film.

Having the cast return is such a great deal but what I think is even better is that the fact that Micheal Bay isn’t returning to the directing chair for this film. Bay has directed the first two films in the franchise. The wait for this film to happening came down to money. Having Bay, Smith and Lawrence returning would simply cost too much money for the studio and out the three which one would you want go away? Bay isn’t a good director, he never was, he made his money with producing action scenes but overall film is not his strong point. With that being said in my eyes he is just not worth it. With the money they don’t have to waste they can relocate that money with bringing in more characters to make this film even better then first two.

Now i have to wonder if both the guys can bring the action with their ages playing a role in this film. Crazy as it seems both actors are in their fifties already, which makes you think part three could be it for this franchise. The film is expected to come out in the summer of 2020 so we will have to wait until then to see what we are going to get from this film.

 

Do we really have to remake Shrek?

BY Paul Anthony

We now know remakes are happening all the time these days and now a modern day classic is getting remade and this strictly comes down to the studio wanting more money from a franchise that has been done for nearly a decade. This classic is the film Shrek, which to this day I love watching and just before they announced this, I was actually watching Shrek. As I stated I believe this is just the studio trying to get money out of this after all that is the number one reason why studios remake films to simply make money. Now some films can do good from being remade but Shrek is just not one of them.

Shrek was released in 2001 and was a big hit among families and both children and adults loved it. It gave us something different, the adult humor was there and was so nice about it that children could.t catch the jokes but the adults did. The story was good and the comedy was great and it was a computer animated film which was the first of it’s kind. The effects were so good that here I am watching it and seeing there is nothing that looked bad, this film was so far ahead of it’s time that it isn’t funny. Now the last time we saw Shrek in action was back in 2010 when the fourth film was released. Shrek four was called Shrek : The Final Chapter, which if you go by the title it seems this film would wrap up everything and call it  day. The film was still strong with grossing money and made 800 plus million and when your fourth film does that much  by all accounts we could almost expect a fifth film and they did announced that fifth film was planned but was cancelled. To this day, we don’t know why, I am guessing they just jumped the gun and thought people were done with Shrek.

With that being said i know it is safe to say it was only a matter of time for them to see that they could still make money off of Shrek. We just thought after eight years there wouldn’t be a Shrek film for a very long time, but here we are. The Studio wants to get the original cast back which in my mind would tell me, they would want a fifth film and not a reboot because with a reboot this would require a whole new cast. So are they already dooming this project because they can’t figure out what they actually want. Now they could do a prequel with right script if they want the same cast to return and do something where they change the timeline and we are all okay with it. Just look at X-Men Days of Future Past for an good example. Once there are more details we dive right into them.

 

The Fall of MoviePass

By Paul Anthony

When things seem to be too good to be true then they probably aren’t true and that is the case with MoviePass. I have to admit I always wanted to try MoviePass since it seemed to be a good deal for someone who loves a lot movies like I do but for the actually service review check out the blog by Justin, this blog is going to be about how this once great idea is now failing and I would be shocked to see if it is still around by next summer.

In 2011 they came with this idea and took years to catch on, the plan was simple, it was 15 dollars a month and you see any move you wanted, one film per day. Then they decided last fall to drop the price and people jumped on board, they went from 20,000 subscribers to two million in just a few weeks, business was booming but a lot of good things always come to an end and this is the start.

Recently they annouced that the prices would be going up which wouldn’t hurt anyone then they had a blackout and noone could  see anything and the reason behind this blackout? well they ran out of money and needed a loan, so now they are in debt which never a good thing. Now they are forgiving custombers who owe them money, basically giving everyone a clean slate. When the blackout ended there was no doubt they needed a better plan and forgiving people isn’t it. When they cameback, their new plan is only three movies per month for 15 dollars and certain films for example any summer block buster. You will have pay a fee or wait for the film to be in only 1000 theaters which could be weeks. Now if you are a movie nerd this where you will most likely will jump off the band wagon because you are not going to wait weeks to see a movie you wanted to see badly.

If you can handle the delay then good for you and still three standard screen movies is a deal but this plan shoud have been their plan to begin with and then they would have actually made a profit. I will explain, this plan eliminates the hardcore movie fans now its aimmed at people who might only go to  like two movies a month during bargain days just to get out of the house and right there you could easily make 5 dollars a month in profit right there and over time that adds up but they are doing this now but the problem is it’s just too late and they are in debt and most likely lose some customers.

It’s not rocket science this could hurt them and as I stated I don’t see them making it passed next summer.

 

 

China’s Ban on Movies!

By Paul Anthony

When movies are made, often studios will review it and decide which scenes or parts needs to be taken to reach a certain rating or to please a certain age range or audience. However when a family movie is being made, there is not much to get cut or scenes to be changed. Here in the United States movies are hardly ever banned but in other countries that is a different story.

China recently announced that they would not be playing the movie Christopher Robin. Now we all know this is a Disney movie, and if you don’t know it’s basically a Winnie the Pooh movie. No harm there right? well we are wrong because China put a banned on that film and you would never believe why. Please understand this isn’t a knock against China by no means and often China saves certain films from being flops and often they save Disney films, sadly this is not the case.  When China said they wouldn’t show this movie, I had to ask why and I got my answer. The party that is trying to take control of the president’s office likes to mock the president and they use a teddy bear that looks like China’s president and Winnie the pooh looks like the teddy bear.

Now I know that might sound confusing so to make it sweet it comes down to Winnie the pooh looking like the president. Now to me I think they are going overboard in this case. We are talking about a CGI character that has been around for a long time. Disney never wanted to mock their president and China knows Winnie the pooh isn’t here to mock them.

At this moment I don’t know what else China has banned and I am assuming they pick what films they allow their people to see without actually having guidelines to give them a reason to banned the film.

The movie no doubt is taking a hit from this as the film is produced on a 75 million dollar budget and only made around 64 million so far and currently sitting at number three in a slow box office month. China could easily put this film right around 120 million marker and make this film a modest success. I doubt this film will ever see China unless it is bootlegged. There is nothing Disney can do in this case about this film banned. No one could come up with the idea of this film ever get banned for this reason. They can’t and won’t change Winnie the Pooh!

The Meg movie review

By : Justin Hopkins

For someone who came into this weekend excited to see The Meg. Have to admit, quite shocked but how well it actually did the the box office. Bringing in 45 million dollars at the box office, taking the top spot in the box office, and was thrilled to see it succeed. The Meg was better then expected and gave us a true rarity in the form of a good shark movie.

The movie takes place largely in an underwater research center called the Mana One. Hoping to discover if the bottom of the area was in fact a thermocline. Meaning it would be deeper then the Mariana Trench. Once the the person team made it through were attacked by something huge. Trapping them there. Much to the chagrin of Dr. Heller played by Robert Taylor. They bring in Jonas played by Jason Statham, to rescue them. Heller and Jonas having an issue from a rescue that went wrong five years earlier. During his rescue of the crew this time, is where they show the massive Megladon for the first time around, and although he gets 3 of the 4 safely back. They disrupt the thermocline enough to let the Megladon out and becomes a race against the clock to stop it before it does to much destruction.

What seperated The Meg from all the other shark movies that we have been bombarded with throughout the past few years, was that it wasn’t a senseless shark eat’em up movie. The shark while rampt up was just a large shark. Didn’t stalk them throughout the movie but sought after food. Even when attacking swimmers. Went after frantic ones first and when it saw bigger food options. Swam away. While the science was off more then once. It wasn’t too zany or cartoonish. They stayed close to the lines where if one didn’t know it, might be passable.

The cast brought this all together so well. Making the film funny with one liners and jokes during the period where the Megladon was not around. Jason Statham stepped out of his normal role and was fantastic. Playing off everyone so well that you wanted to see what happened. Li BingBing was tremendous as Suyin. Suyin didn’t want to sit by and watch, but was right in the line of fire and was quick witted to boot, and Shuya Sophia’s Merying stole allot of the scenes she was in. They were able to being out various emotions on top of the main threat and was never really a back stab set up nor a sabotage situation. You even end up like Rainn Wilson’s and Robert Taylor’s villain characters who are made to be eaten. Only small issue is they don’t really show enough of Ruby Roses Jaxx character. Who seemed like she had more to bring to the table.

Go see The Meg in theaters. Don’t go expecting a scientific accurate or academy award winner, but go see this fun shark movie, with a great ensemble of actors and actresses on the big screen, because it’s exactly that; a fun movie.