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Archive | January 2017

Disney Power

By Paul Anthony

2016 is now in the rear view mirror in cinema, we had great films and good films and very horrible films but which studio made the most money and controlled most of the film market?

You can answer that question very easy because the answer is in the title. Yes Disney as a whole had a very good 2016, when you have films like finding Dory and Captain America: Civil War and Rogue One and even the carry over from Star Wars The Force Awakens. Disney ended up making 11 billion in profit and counted for 25 percent of the market.

Let’s take a moment and let that process, that one entertainment company can count for 1 quarter of the market. How did we let this happen? Don’t get me wrong but no means is this exactly a bad thing, when you make 11 billion in profit from movies you’re putting out good films there no question about that, there issues here though however. Disney makes a lot money from merchandise, toys, music and film. this process allowed them to buy other entertainment. They bought Marvel and their fan base and then they bought lucasfilm and the Star Wars franchise.

It’s to believe that some of our favorite franchises are own by Disney which makes them more and more money. The scary part is if they made that much in 2016, How much are they going to make in 2017, both Marvel and Star Wars has big films coming out this year, We have Cars 3 and the live action version of Beauty and the Beast. Get ready for the next installment of the Pirates of the Caribbean, which is the fifth film in the franchise.

We may enjoy a lot of their films but I have to be honest a lot of their live action films have the same tone to them, very rarely do they cross that PG-13 rating and if they do its under another banner.

In the end their best movies are ones they basically buy and when they do come up with something new, the first films are good  but it goes down the hill if they make a part two, they recently got on this kick with making live action films of their  great cartoons, i am enjoying by the way.

So where my point at? well in this piece there is no point but the thought occurred to me when I found out that Disney was such a big part of the film market, all their movies they had last year and the money they made, it is crazy to think how much Disney we truly watch!

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Video game to Movie curse

BY Justin Hopkins 

Video Games and movies are true titans of the entertainment word. Each of them making huge leaps and bounds forward, throughout each passing decade. They both tell compelling, stories, and have memorable characters, but up to this point, taking a video game and flipping it into a movie has almost been impossible. Assassin’s Creed, being the latest attempt. I haven’t watched it. So, I won’t say whether it was good or bad, but being that it is currently at 48.3 million dollars. It’s probably safe to assume it won’t match is 125 million dollar budget, and join the heap video game movie flops.
In my beliefs, there is a few reasons why these keep failing, the first being is that they stray to far from the story the video game has already layed out. Doom was pretty straight forward game. Had to fight demons and monsters, from hell. In three, they added you in a lab on the moon. The movie tried to give it a scientific reasoning and a seal team. It was no longer one man, really on his own fighting creatures from hell, and stole the atmosphere that was doom, and upset their target market. Causing them to make back on 56 of its 65 million back.
Next, is a little more challenging, and that would be storytelling. Mortal Kombat did a pretty good job at giving a fighting game a good story, and could be considered a success financially, but more guilty pleasure then good movie.  Resident evil is the same way (live action.) They were bad movies, but with their budgets being so low. They would always make their money back.
Which brings me back to Resident Evil. They made a new story to run along, but have completely disregarded the main characters from the game. They always appear hopelessly lost, or just inept. I love the Alice character, but they have done so much better is they would have incorporated the characters we already love, a little better.
It’s not all bad though. The animated movie are really good. Between Pokemon and the two Resident Evil movies. They were entertaining and compelling. Sticking to their roots and told me takes. Early rumors have Sonic the Hedgehog and Pokemon, in the works, for live action/CGI Hybrid. My hope, is they stick to the source for story ideas.