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.
By Paul Anthony
Could it be? No it can’t be, Right? did we just witness our first Star Wars fail? As much of a shocker, we aren’t talking about episodes one through three, instead we are talking the most recently film Solo: A Star Wars story. Now at the time of this blog the movie has made 260 million worldwide and still currently is the number one film which, they will try to promote it as just that to get more people to come but with the drop its having in its second week its now pretty clear its a flop.
First lets discuss the numbers as i said before the movie has made 260 million worldwide so far and the budget was 250 million now when you look at those two numbers you think hey just in the second week it has already made a profit but when a movies has that type budget they looking to make at least 800 million and that is the low point, honestly this movie won’t make anywhere near that. In it’s second week it dropped 66 percent and for the domestic total for the second week it only brought in 30 million so the crowds are done flocking out to see it. It will only get worse for the numbers because from this point June is loaded.
Now we must wonder why this film didn’t do well and I may have the answers. Fatigue, yes this can happen to any fan base and Star Wars does not get a pass here. Disney got cocky here, just after releasing the Last Jedi just 6 months ago they decided to release another film which makes four films in four years, that is a little overboard when the franchise stayed quiet for over a decade. Clearly Disney needs to slow down. Next is the month Now we know Disney owns marvel and Star Wars and is trying to buy Fox so in theory they pretty much owned the month of May in 2018 but Deadpool 2 and Avengers: Infinity War was just too much for a film that had nothing to do with the main Saga. The fans, look just because a few people like idea of a spin off doesn’t mean everyone does and then you add in the fact that before Han Solo doesn’t really have much of a story to tell, the character became so popular simply because of who played him and not the character himself. Which is our last reason the story, we know who solo was but did we really clear? No we never did so the story didn’t add much to anything to the franchise and that also hurt it.
Now Disney has the money to take this lost and and just move on and i would be shocked if this even changed their plans moving forward. Its going to take for movie fails to realize that they messed up from somewhere. So fans get over this and get ready for Episode 9 which is the end of this current run that they are on with the main saga.
Recently a hit show made a comeback and a surprise to me, the fans were glad it came back. now i will be the first one to admit that I haven’t had a chance to watch it and then before I realize the season was and now the show was canceled just weeks after it got renew for what would have been a 11th season now won’t happen, at least not for next season or a few years. So what caused this cancellation, well look no further then the lead actor herself Roseanne Barr and her tweet that were deemed racist.
I will admit i don’t know who she was talking about because i don’t like getting into Politics, I was told she was worked with the former president. The tweet described this lady as child from the planet of the apes and there you have it the word Ape was used to describe an African- American woman and now she just lost her show which was huge hit. ABC soon as it got word and saw the tweet cancel the show as fast as they could and it gets worse. Roseanne claimed the tweet was two am and she was on Ambien which caused her to tweet a terrible joke. which many responded by saying that bad taste in humor wasn’t a side affect from taking Ambien including the makers themselves.
Now I don’t believe she is a racist or anything like that, i do believe she was truly stupid for cracking a joke like, at least in this era where we are getting soft with the jokes and other things we say and as an adult she should have known better. But let’s look at the bigger picture of her career from her stand up comedy days, this is how she made a living and rose to fame and even her show would make jokes and yet we laughed and now its different. Times have changed but she did not. Let’s look at other things she did that stupid, the biggest one came from a Cub’s baseball game when she sang or better way of describing it was attempting to sing the Star-Spangled Banner. to this day watching the video will give you chills.
Now there been a small rumor that another station or stations might want to get the show and bring it back for its 11th season but as of right now I would take that with a grain of salt. Even if the show would come back, some of the cast members don’t want to come back and be around her, still nothing can confirm this but I can believe the cast is truly made at her because she caused them their jobs. This might be the end and i hate to see the show end because something that the show had no part in but we can thank her for this series ending.
By: Justin Hopkins
Weeks away from escaping pre-production, after years of toiling and rumors. A release date of October 11, 2019, and just like that, the remake of the 1994 classic The Crow have lost their lead actor Jason Mamoa and director. Effectively, pushing it all the way back to the start, and as unpopular as this opinion is; it’s depressing to hear.
James O’Barr created something really special in 1989 with characters brought back from the dead in seek of justice. There are so many stories and scenarios to tell, from Iris Shaw or Mark Leung or many many others. All of which bring a different theme and uniqueness to the table. Have to look at the singular fact that Eric Draven though, which is understandable. His being the name associated with the franchise. Albeit he also causes the biggest debate amongst the fan base.
I take nothing away from how amazing Brandon Lee did. His performance was excellent and story has stood the test of time, but that doesn’t mean that someone else can’t do an equally good job or even a better one. Bill Skarsgard outshined Tim Curry in It. Heath Ledger was more memorable then Jack Nicholson’s Joker. At the same time though we still recognize and love what Tim and Jack gave us. Just because someone else plays the role, doesn’t take away from Brandon Lee’s performance but gives us a new take on the character Eric Draven.
Whatever may come from this setback. I do hope it’s not long before they can get traction and get The Crow back up and running again. There are so many different stories to tell and directions to take. The right people who care about the characters and their back stories. Can really put together a great movie.
By Paul Anthony
Its never easy to write a blog about someone passing even if we don’t know the person, the loss of life is just sad and it never gets any easier reporting another actor or actress death. But here we are talking about the death of a another actor. Ronald Lee Ermey.
On April 15th we learn that he had passed away at the age of 74 in Santa Monica, California. The cause of death was from complications from Pneumonia.
Ermey was born in 1944 in Emporia Kansas and by the time he was 14 he and his family moved to the state of Washington where he would end up being a trouble teen. when he was arrested for the second time at the age of 17 the judge gave him two options either go to jail or join the service, well it was not a hard choice, he went and join the service where he would make the ranking of staff sergeant and after 14 months of duty he was discharged due to injures and then that’s when he started his acting career. At first he had minor roles but then he got his big break which was never suppose to happen. He was cast as Sergeant Hartman in full Metal Jacket where he was nominated for a golden globe. After that his career took off and he ended up starring in over sixty films. With his most recent film being in 2012 in the animated film Kung fu Panda: Legends of awesomeness.
In he end he may be gone but like the legends before him he won’t be forgotten. To his family, we are truly sorry for your loss and understand he will be missed by millions.
By Justin Hopkins
I have been stoked for Ready Player One ever since I saw the trailer for it. Everything about it appealed to me right from the start. So much so that I went out of my way to avoid any sort of spoilers. With all the nostalgia and cultural icons shown in the trailers. Wanted the surprise factor as high as it could be. Letting the hype fuel my excitement. Going in with high hopes and Ready Player One delivered on it and then some. Creating twists and turns and complex storytelling and excellent foreshadowing. As well as characters people could relate to.
Starting off with the real world was the perfect way to go. Allowing them to both explain about the Oasis and how the creator put his whole inheritance to whoever found his hidden Easter Egg. You got to see some of how tough life was for some people were, and how the Oasis became as important to them as a chance to get away from the bad parts and be who they wanted to be, and how finding that Easter Egg would be the biggest moment in not just the game or whoever found it, but would effect everyone.
To wade it’s a way to make his life better and make Oasis the way he thought it should. To the Villain Sorrento, who employees gamers to play for him, you learn as the movie goes on. He doesn’t just look at it to squeeze as much cash out of the players it can, but would in turn control the world. Then the rebels like Art3mis who does everything they can to stop him and what his company does to people in the real world.
That’s where this movie did so well. For someone such as myself who didn’t know much of the story going in. You really feel like you’re growing and learn the details along with Wade. That this may have been an escape from his reality. How much more was riding on the line in the real world.
As great as the storytelling was, big credit goes to the actors and actresses who made it all possible. Tye Sheridon was immediately likable as Wade/Parzival. As much as one wanted to pull for him at the start. Hard not to route for Olivia Cooke’s depiction of Art3mis. Wanted to see her get the win after all she had to fight through. Ben Mendelsohn was perfect as the diabolical corporate villain and Lena Waithe turning out to be Aech was a great twist.
The nostalgia and video game references were not only fun but added much more to the movie. Didn’t know what to expect next and used to get the best they could from them. The brawl pitting Gundam and Iron Giant against Mecha Godzilla was epic, Chucky as a weapon was hysterical, and The Shining level was thrilling. There was so much in this film that you’ll find something new every time you watch it.
There was one flaw and it was a minor one. Was so much fun to see the chemistry between the characters and feel they could have gotten more had they gotten more time. Stretch it into two movies or even done a trilogy. That said this is a movie that got to be seen on the big screen and done sooner then later.
By Paul Anthony
Marvel studios now has been going strong for ten years and doesn’t look like it will be slowing down anytime soon. This past weekend we saw the release of The Black Panther an in it’s opening weekend we saw the film make 235 million dollars and of course opened as the number one film, now we are five days into the film release and the film has nearly made 470 million. Sure, enough marvel has made another hit but now after watching the film I have to say I am stunned by this film having so much success.
First and fore most let start by saying that by no means am I saying this film wasn’t good because it was, however what I am saying is that the film might have been over hyped, and I can’t say this is the greatest Marvel film ever, though that title is always in great debate. Now let’s talk about the film, the talent was there, and it was on full display. The cast included the likes of Forest Whitaker and Angela Bassett and Chad Boseman and I can’t forget Michael B. Jordan as the main villain. These four truly did shine with Jordan in my eyes shining the most. This kid can act and will be a main stay for years to come. Chad served as the weakest among them but still a great performance nonetheless.
You can’t have a good marvel film without action and the fight scenes were good but not great, what ruins it is honestly the CGI aspect of it, these guys were in great shape and didn’t really need it, but we are truly cursed with this technology. This why the action was downgraded from great to good.
Here is where the film takes a hit and that part is the story. The story was average which is fine but once again the overhyped made it seem like we were getting a better story. Certain parts were good the emotions were there but other times it seemed like they got lazy and just fell off. The villain seemed like he wanted revenge on all white people instead of the country and his own family that done him wrong. This aspect to me made no sense, why was his anger directed at white people and not at the country of Wakanda? Yes he was mad at them but it seemed like that was second to white people and in my eyes I thought that aspect was just not needed and was lazy on their part.
Now in the end how do I rank this film? Well I am giving it a solid three stars and would recommend watching it but sadly I am not going to label it as the greatest marvel film ever, so please go see it and let us know what you think.
By: Justin Hopkins
2018 is well under way. Start of the new year is all about recollection. To look back and build off the great moment and leave behind the bad from the year prior. Just have to take a glance at the year to see there is still alot of big bucks around the Comic Book Genre. Marvel got better with each passing movie. Logan was tremendous. D.C finally had a hit with Wonder Woman and Justice League was pretty good. These six movie alone brought in over over five billion dollars worldwide. Not even counting the Arrowverse, Netflix, and various others. So, it’s still a ripe market place. While it’s always exciting to see Marvel about to set the stage for new Superheroes to come up in the next few years, and D.C is trying to bring up some fresher faces with Black Lightning and Cyborg, but there are so many in their library that deserve a push forward and of course, these are not the only two comic book companies out there. There is a wide world out there full of characters that come with depth and emotion. Worlds that scream out for live action treatment. So, I present to you, my top five list of comic that should be developed into live action, and the forum that I think will serve them and their fans the best.
Honorable Mention- Spawn due to his show being in the works. Black Widow due to believing she will get her own movie one day, and Miles Morales, since he is getting the animated movie and pressure from fans will see him apart of the MCU before the end of this new run.
1. She-Hulk – Netflix
Jennifer Walters, cousin of Bruce who became She-Hulk after a blood transfusion. While we may all still be longing for a solo Hulk Movie, there is no reason why they can’t pull the trigger on her being in the Netflix world. The differences between her and her cousin is what makes her realy special. Fact that she prefers to be She Hulk then Jennifer. Able to retain her intelligence in that form. The way she gets stronger is through training while being Jennifer. Works hard to be a lawyer, with a fun ensamble of support casts and has history with the Defenders. Netflix would be perfect home for the more adult themes of her character and She-Hulk show would be a breath of fresh air and can be unique on its own.
2. Prometha- Trilogy
Hollywood has not been neccessarily kind to Alan Moore’s work, but that should not sway anyone away from the mind blowing story of Promethea. Created by the great Alan Moore and Illustrated by the steller J.H Williams III. Telling the story of Sophia Bangs, looking up folklore on the fabled Promethea. To turn around and be possessed by the very same. Prometha being the embodiment of Imagination. J.H creating stunning immagery of Imaginative lands and different planes of existence. In the hands of Guillermo Del Toro or even The Wachowskis. Could present a great story and visual masterpiece that would be remembered for a lifetime.
3. Saga – Trilogy
The epic Fantasy Space Opera by Brian K. Vaughan and illustrated by Fiona Staples has garnered praise and build a massive fan base since its debut. Telling the love story of Marko and Alana. Two different warring races long at love with each other. Story opening to the birth of their Child Hazel, and the run for their safety. Trying to escape capture from both sides of their lineage. Story and characters out of an adult only Star Wars universe. with multiple planets and vast Alien Races. Only reason it ranks where it does is due to Brian a movie is not a very high priority, but until it does. Saga fans will long to see it happen.
2. Batwoman – Arrowverse
Batman may be getting a little stale to see. Seeing a different actor stepping in and seeing almost the same story told. Katherine ‘Kate’ Kane though has been building herself as a pretty popular member of the fanbase. Forgetting about the controversial handling and dismal ending of the New 52 run. Hydrology series was a fantastic tale and her dealing with the supernatural makes her a perfect fit within Arrowverse on The CW. With all the subtle hints at Wayne within Arrow. It would be a fantastic shock to reveal Katherine Kane’s Batwoman instead, and spin her off from there.
1. The Darness – Theatrical
Garth Enis’s creation has the making of a great film. Jackie Estacado being a tortured, ruthless sole, possesing an all-powerful being, The Darkness. That awakens in the Mafia Hitman on his 21st Birthday. The world is dark and dreary. Death and demises, with a softer side with the relationship he has with his lifelong friend Jenny. Watching him struggle to succumb to the Darknesses wimb or using his powers to try and do some good. Can either be one movie and done, or draw it out. Either way The Darkness’s long wait to the big screen deserves to be pushed forward and the sooner the better.
As always, this list is my personal choices. Sure there are plenty of others who will disagree with the order or have one that should have made it. By all means, comment yours down below. That is one of the joys of dealing with Comics and top five lists. Thanks for reading.
By: Justin Hopkins
Star Wars The Last Jedi came out with not only more hype, but more fan theories then I have ever seen surrounding one movie before. Everyone sharing their ideas as to who Snoke was, who was Rey’s Parents, and was there going to be a turning from good to bad or bad to good. Not beeing a Stars Wars fans myself seemed to work out for me, cause I had no expectations going in. Leaving the theater, believing that the Last Jedi is the best so far.
It starts with the trailer. Expertly weaving a misdirecting tale. Making us believe that we may be seein Rey take a turn toward the Dark Side of the Force. Showing just enough to pique our curiosities, without showing their hand. Exactly what a trailer needs to be more of.
The main story with Rey was tremendous. Her determination and drive being the focal point. Wanting to learn the force from Luke, and not accepting no for an answer. Then believing in the good still being alive in Kylo to the point she went to find him. Daisy Ridley deserves the glory for this movie being as good as it was. Has chenistry with everyone she performs with, and has showing real character growth as Rey. Being a breath of fresh air that they would be dead without.
As good as the A story was, the B side had some major issue. Showing the rebels trying to flee from the First Order, but running out of fuel and just staying clear of decimation. Finn and newcommer Rose making a desperate race against time to collect a Code Breaker to come back to the chase and sneak into the enemy’s ship and disable their tracking devise. It started out as a pretty decent side story to Rey and Luke’s, but all came undone, by one one minue scene. The Code Breaker turned out to be a member of the first order, but that mattered little because the Commander in charge for an injured Liela plan, was a far surperior one then their’s. Turned them into brave, play by their own rules rebels, into foolish, immature degenerates. That may have wasted Captain Plasma all together. One redeeming scene was when they set it up to look like Finn was going to sacrafice himself, only for Rose to knock him out of the way. A scene that was interresting, but could have done without to do away with the B-Story all together.
Mark Hamill’s Return to the character he is most known for was brilliant. Showing a Jedi who was beyond defeated. Believing his greatest failure, was the reason Kylo Ren was born. Hiding out on the Island to simply fade away. He got to show his comedic side, and at the end, show off how powerful of a Jedi Luke Skywalker is. May not have been the big lightsaber battle people were expecting, but at his age, may have looked bad. Instead his acting ability led the way here. Like Obi-Wan, this would be his demise, but not at the hands of his pupil. In fact he showed up his student. That he was still nothing but a Pupil and great reveal, after everything Kylo thrown at him, to be nothing more then a Force Driven Vision. If this was Mark’s final go as Luke, great way to go and pass off the torch to Rey in the process.
This movie left a ton of questions for Episode 9. Snoke, is dead. The First Order and Rebellion are both in shambles, and is the perfect way to go. Leave everyone shell shocked and wandering what does the future hold in store for everyone, and just because they said her parents were nobodies, do I believe it won’t be exposed as a lie.
By Paul Anthony
How bad can it be? I am sure D.C. and Warner Brothers kept asking themselves when they saw the numbers for Justice League. There were rumors that they wanted to have a better opening than Thor which they failed to even come close to the numbers Thor has put up and at this point they were even hoping to be on Par with Batman V Superman, which they aren’t even close and what the saddest part is, Batman V Superman is probably the worse movie in the DCEU, yet it is the highest grossing film of the franchise. Justice league had a 300-million-dollar budget which doesn’t include the money they spent on marketing and the film has only grossed 570 million worldwide, sure it has only been out for a few weeks but each week the numbers keep dropping and Star Wars is just right around the corner, this might as well end up a big flop for warner brothers.
So, what happen? Well the problem has been mostly behind the camera, with Zach Snyder being in charges things were doomed to begin with, he wasn’t the right choice to lead this franchise and catch up to Marvel, finally Zach left the project because of family reasons which may have been a cover up because shortly after that Warner Bros basically fired him shortly after that, then they brought in Joss Whedon, which they saw the success he had with Marvel why not, so bring in the reshoots and script changes, the situation seems like the one Fox had with Fantastic Four. Joss did his best but the damage has been done. Then you add in the fact that Ben Affleck keeps jumping ship and showing signs, he might want to bail because this franchise is just a mess and it is clear as day this isn’t working. Are fans getting sick of him after like three movies? I sure would be sick of it.
The final version that we saw at the theaters wasn’t bad and was much better than Batman V Superman, The story was okay at best but there was too much CGI, the acting was alright but there was no real character development. But the action better. So with that being sad we are here wondering, what happen!
Warner bros have a plan B case Affleck wants to bail, the rumor is if Justice league flops, then they are doing the Flash point storyline in the Flash which changes everything even characters. I believe before they focus on another film, they might want to get everything situated behind the scenes and write a good script and get everyone on board for the long term build everything up the right way. There is hope with the Wonder Woman series which seems to be the only film they have going for them.