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6 Underground Review

By Paul Anthony

Netflix is no doubt is becoming bigger and bigger and with that being said, they are recruiting big time people in the game but they also are starting to recruit big time directors. Michael bay is one of those directors. Here we have a big budget film which the budget is around 150 million and the film was lead by Ryan Reynolds and even have Dave Franco in the film as well though his character doesn’t survive long, sadly he is the first member to get killed and that is pretty much it for him with this film.

Now the plot is basic which you can understand for a Michael bay film, basically you have people who have fallen off the face of the earth or ” die” and become “ghosts” as they call themselves and they go off and fight crimes to make the world a better place. The group is led by Ryan who goes by the name of one, which is the rule of the group. they don’t know anyone’s real name they just go by numbers which means they don’t have ties to each other and that means less emotions when someone dies. Though that aspect goes out the door because 4 teammates start to date each other which One finds out later. In short the group loses just one member which One recruits another member and he becomes number 7. they train for what will be their first true mission and in the end they succeed and part of the rules are when the mission is over they part ways until they are needed again and so they do.

Now like I said this a bay film so it had no real story but his bread and butter is the action. Now with that being said and with the budget the action scenes were a big step in the right direction for Netflix. I know they operate a little different because I often think how would this film do making money if it was release in theaters. Well From a 150 million dollar budget and the time it was actually released and most of the reviews I would say you would be looking at around 500 million dollar movie which would make it some what of a successful film. Now the question becomes how would I rate this film? With everything I just said I do think it wasn’t a bad film. The story doesn’t make you over think about the plot and it’s simple and the action was there enough to overcome everything else. In the end I am giving it 70 percent. It was average film in my eyes, now am I curious for a sequel, yes I am but we shall!

Box Office Rundown 1/21/20

By Paul Anthony

Welcome to a new week and oh wow what a weekend it was, we had Bad Boys for life and Dolittle going head to head. Many people figured this would be a battle to start the year off both films are big budget films and had star power to go with it but what we ended up getting a no contest. Bad Boys for life took the number 1 spot by a landslide and for Dolittle it failed to come even close to Bad Boys. In fact Dolittle came in third behind the war movie 1917 which took the second spot and Dolittle took the third spot and with a budget of 175 million, this film has become the first big bomb of the year. For the winner this blog I am giving it to Bad Boys because it just crushed anyone and the losers for this week was Dolittle and Under Water. Dolittle because it is becoming a flop and Under water because it fell from 7th to 11th an no longer in the top ten.

1.Bad Boys For Life, 62.150 million

2. 1917, 22 million

3. Dolittle, 21.950 million

4. Jumanji: The Next level, 9.680 million

5. Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker, 8.302 million

6. Little Women, 6.350 million

7. Just Mercy, 5.770 million

8. Knives Out, 4.323 million

9. Like a Boss, 4.35 million

10. Frozen 2, 3.918 million.

 

Now here are the prediction for how next week’s top ten should or could look like.

  1. Bad Boys For Life
  2. The Gentlemen
  3. The Turning
  4. Dolittle
  5. Just Mercy
  6. Jumanji: The Next Level
  7. Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker
  8. Little Women
  9. Like a Boss
  10. Knives Out

Saturday Sequel Presents Benchwarmers 2: Breaking Balls

By Paul Anthony

I have to admit I never thought the first film ever truly made money but I was wrong. The benchwarmers was a film that came out way back in 2006 and had a budget of 33 million and made 65 million so a 32 million dollar profit. The movie was comedy of course but had a good plot with just certain things being way over the top which you can expect when you have film that stars Rob Schneider, David Spade, Jon Lovitz. Not to mention the film was made by Happy Madison which Adam Sandler production company. Now when I first saw this movie it wasn’t in 2006, maybe 6 or so years later I actually got to watch and I thought it was pretty decent for what they wanted to do. I never researched if there was ever going to be a sequel or anything like that but then one day a few weeks ago one film caught my eye on Netflix titled benchwarmers 2: Breaking Balls. Yes the sequel is a direct to DVD film and the title makes you think this film going to be true garbage but in this case I thought this film was better then the first one despite the title. First only person who is back from the first film was Jon Lovitz reprising his role as Mel but even then his character wasn’t that much over the top with his billions of dollars. In this film the new lead is played by Chris Klein.

The Plot follows ben whos is played by Chris Klein, who was once a up and coming star in the minor leagues of baseball but one game gets his balls crushed when he gets struck by a baseball, it ruined his career and family. years later he works as a landscaper, his wife left him and took their son who sees of course. It is revealed that he became a lawyer through online classes though most good companies don’t approve of that, he gets a job with one of the best companies in the city but the trick is which he learns when he gets there is that his boss only hired him to play on the softball team which Ben no longer wants to play baseball, so he quits and continues to search for a job until he comes across Mel’s firm who wants him both as a lawyer and a manager as of his firm softball team. At the firm he sees a intern that is determine to save her little town from becoming a sewage plant which in the long run they do win the case. However the Firm’s softball team is a joke until ben coaches them and make them believe in themselves and they start winning games and make it to the championship against the defending champs which just happen to be Ben’s old employers of course the benchwarmers win but with some over the top stunts and fights and the film ends on a happy note.

Besides some minor over the top scenes that does nothing for the movie I thought this film was pretty good. Now the comedy wasn’t there though it was a comedy because of the over the top scenes but it never made me laugh instead this felt like a truly a film on a low level about underdogs, the film went away from using kids but that was okay. The acting was average nothing stood out too much in a bad way. Plot was basic and predictable but that is okay as well. In the end I am giving this film a C plus or 70 percent. It’s not the best but not the worse either and better then the first I thought so at least.

Friday Roundabout 1/17/20

By Paul Anthony

Welcome back to another edition of our Roundabout, let’s not waste anytime shall we! Early this morning the rap Legend Eminem dropped another surprise album just like he did back in 2018  when he released Kamikaze now he released Music To Be Murdered By where he continues his attack on the world that said he was washed up and threw some bars at people that attempted to diss him for his previous album insults. This is the rap legend 11th studio album and 2020 also marks his 21st year in the rap game, how crazy is it that he still going strong congrats!

Here is some sad news we learn this week and if you are an wrestling fan then you know the name. This pass week Rocky Johnson passed away. Now many of the younger fans will know him as The Rock’s father but he in his own right was his own person and made a name for himself, he got into a business and broke color barriers and paved the way for his son and many others as well and for the family here at Smash we are sorry for your loss.

Wendy Williams from The Wendy  Williams Show in under fire for making a comment regarding Oscar winning Actor Joaquin Phoenix’s cleft, she basically said he look sexy in a weird way or something in that order, I am not fan of her show nor do I ever watch but I will say this much, these comments don’t make her a bad person or anything like that. I don’t believe she deserves to get any backlash for but social media took it upon themselves to take it an extra step. Now She did have to apologize for it but still she wasn’t mocking him or anything like that, let’s grow up people.

Will Smith has been a busy man in the passed year or so. We got Bad Boys three opening this week which has to be the final film of the series but he did say something that caught my attention. He admitted that during the promotional tours he sometimes has to pretend to like his movies though I don’t believe he admitted which films he didn’t like. Will has a long career in film but he has had plenty of misses. Does this really shock you that some people have to do this? I mean there are just as many of bad films as there good films in one’s career, they can’t like every single film they star in.

Justin hates Tom Cruise but I am pretty sure he likes Jack Reacher, well good news is Reacher will be coming back but not in a film form instead he will be coming to Amazon Prime and this makes me pumped because here is why the show Jack Ryan has been a hit for Amazon so why not bring in another fan favorite character. Jack Ryan has been in a number of films but never could gain steam so let’s see if magic can strike again!

Sony release the trailer for their film Morbius, which stars Jared Leto as the main character. Sony struck gold with Spider-Man films from Disney and Venom was sleeper hit with that being said Sony really wants to build their villains up and let’s see if this film can be any good!

Okay let’s wrap this up with some humor here and there is a man who is deaf is now suing Porn Hub for not having closed captioning on their porn. Of all the things to sue for and to go public with it has to be funny. I have to wonder what closed captioning would look like with porn, I am guessing a lot single words and letters!

The Jeopardy G.O.A.T is!

By Paul Anthony

I have to say I am not the biggest fan of the show, I watch it from time to time but I am a Wheel of Fortune guy but when I got wind of this tournament I knew I had to watch to see these three champions of the game use their style to win the grand prize of 1 million dollars, who would win I thought because each person held records in the game show history. Brad Rutter was a champ nearly twenty years ago when a champ could only go a week on the show but when the tournaments came around he showed up and won the big bucks. Then you had Ken Jennings who has the longest winning streak in the show history but always would come in second in certain tournaments after that long streak but then you had James Holzhauer who set record wit his gambling style and playing the numbers, which helped him set the single game record, so when you put those three together who would come out at the G.O.A.T.

The games played pretty much how we thought it would be. Truth be told brad no doubt was the weakest of the three and it showed badly for him. Brad luck seemed to run out before the tournament even began so in the end it was going to come down to James and Ken and that battle was epic. James’ game was numbers, he would start high to get those daily doubles and gamble by risky is it all, he might have been very lucky with his answers and smart with picking his spots. However he was going against Ken who nearly beat a machine that was programed to win. Ken didn’t need luck he was smart though he never took it for guaranteed which might be his charm. Ken had to be the favorite no matter what. Match one went to him but barely James hit his spots and lost by only two hundred points but he finished strong, Match 2 went to James then the rest was all Ken who took home a million dollars and with that win seals the deal that Ken Jennings is the Jeopardy G.O.A.T but don’t feel sorry for Brad and James, they left with a cool 250K not bad for losing right? I am sure we haven’t seen the last of these three in the game. James I am sure will be back for the champions of champions his time is far from over and maybe one day we will get rematch.

Box Office Rundown 1/13/19

By Paul Anthony

Welcome to this week edition and like always we will look at the top ten movies and see how well they did! This past weekend we saw the advantage of having a limited release first then having a wide release. two films in the top 5 had limited releases before going into this week. The number 1 spot goes to the war film 1917 and last week winner Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker fell to number 2. Just Mercy which is a drama that had a limited release came in at number 5 in it’s first weekend as a wide release. the Biggest winner though goes to Just Mercy because it sat at number 29 and jumped up 24 spots to reach the top 5. 1917 was big winner as well because it went from 17th to 1st jumping up 16 spots. We do have a few losers both Spies in Disguise and Frozen 2 fell four spots but still remain in the top ten unlike the Grudge who fell from 5th to 12th. I am also starting a new title and that is the flop of weekend and the first one to be added to this list is Under Water which came in 7th in it’s opening weekend. now Let’s look at our top ten.

  1. 1917, 36.500 million
  2. Star Wars; the Rise of Skywalker, 15.059 million
  3. Jumanji: The next Level, 14 million
  4.  Like A Boss, 10 million
  5.  Just Mercy, 10 million
  6.  Little Women, 7.650 million
  7.  Under Water, 7.003 million
  8.  Frozen 2, 5.761 million
  9.  Knives out, 5.725 million
  10.  Spies in Disguise, 5.108 million

Now we do have two big names entering the run this week and that is the long awaited Bad Boys for Life and the reboot of Dolittle! Now here is what I am predicting!

  1. Bad Boys For Life
  2. Dolittle
  3. 1917
  4. Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker
  5.  Jumanji: The Next Level
  6. Just Mercy
  7.  Little Women
  8.  Frozen 2
  9.  Like a Boss
  10. Under Water

Saturday Sequel Presents Final Destination 2

By Paul Anthony

In this edition we are going to talk about Final Destination 2 now this was one of those franchises that was something different and something new. Now part 1 came out in 2000 and was massive hit when the budget was 23 million and ended up grossing 112 million like always when a movie is a hit you know a sequel was coming but like many horror franchises the story doesn’t stop with part one but the problem becomes the story doesn’t get any better and changes come that weren’t needed to make the story better when it makes it worse. This film came out three years later and was once again it was a hit but the money wasn’t as high. The budget was 26 million and the movie grossed 90 million dollars which was 22 million less then the first film but yet it was successful however a failure in some ways as well.

The story is the same a group of people led by the survivor of the first film and new lead who has the ability to cheat death by having visons and she can see how to prevent death from happening. Her first vison is an epic traffic accident on the highway which she saves some lives but her friends die when their SUV gets crushed and burns. She is now determine to find a way to stop death but as the movie goes along it is revealed that the people she saved are all connected and because of the flight 180 from the first film these people lived because those who got off the plane from the previous film caused a ripple affect and basically caused Death’s plan to go down the drain for the moment at least because slowly but surely the group that she saves dies one by one until ones has a baby which is the key to beating this curse and stops the order. It seems like in the end she manages to save her life and her love interest’s life as well.

Now It has been a long time since I watched the first but I don’t remember it having many laughs or over the top acting like this film did. Sadly this film fell in that era where someone thought adding comedy to a horror film was such a good idea well it wasn’t. The comedy didn’t hurt the film but didn’t help it either. The deaths seem to be over the top as well and maybe that was the goal it just didn’t work for me. The plot twist was a nice touch but I would say the film could have and should have been better, in the end this film is basically a C on the grading chart it was just that Average.

Golden Globe Recap

By Paul Anthony

Oh man did you miss one hell of a show if you didn’t watch the golden globes last night. Mostly all these shows will talk about the dresses and clothes the actors and actresses blah blah, now I will get to the winners in a minute but what is the internet talking about? Well basically the host Ricky Gervais jabs at well pretty much everyone at the award show. I have to admit I do praise him for being honest with the famous actors and actresses. He came out and said don’t come up here with your own agenda about saving the world because your not doing crap, he bashed the writers and critics for not nominating for woman and minorities which once again he had a point. Hands down good hosting on his part, heck even Beyoncé not standing for Joaquin Phoenix, when his name was announced for Best Actor, I am sure she had a good reason, I have yet to see the film so I can’t say rather he deserves it or not but let’s look at the winners!

BEST PICTURE – DRAMA
1917
The Irishman
Joker
The Two Popes
Marriage Story
BEST PICTURE – COMEDY/MUSICAL
Dolemite Is My Name
Knives Out
Jojo Rabbit
ONCE UPON A TIME…IN HOLLYWOOD
Rocketman
BEST DIRECTOR
Bong Joon-ho, Parasite
SAM MENDES, 1917
Todd Phillips, Joker
Martin Scorsese, The Irishman
Quentin Tarantino, Once Upon a Time…in Hollywood
BEST ACTOR – DRAMA
Adam Driver, Marriage Story
JOAQUIN PHOENIX, JOKER
Antonio Banderas, Pain and Glory
Christian Bale, Ford v Ferrari
Jonathan Pryce, The Two Popes
BEST ACTRESS – DRAMA
REN´´EE ZELLWEGER, JUDY
Cynthia Erivo, Harriet
Scarlett Johansson, Marriage Story
Saoirse Ronan, Little Women
Charlize Theron, Bombshell
BEST ACTOR – COMEDY/MUSICAL
Daniel Craig, Knives Out
Roman Griffin Davis, Jojo Rabbit
Leonardo DiCaprio, Once Upon a Time…in Hollywood
__TARON EGERTON, ROCKETMAN
Eddie Murphy, Dolemite Is My Name
BEST ACTRESS – COMEDY/MUSICAL
AWKWAFINA, THE FAREWELL
Ana de Armas, Knives Out
Cate Blanchett, Where’d You Go, Bernadette
Beanie Feldstein, Booksmart
Emma Thompson, Late Night
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
Al Pacino, The Irishman
__BRAD PITT, ONCE UPON A TIME…IN HOLLYWOOD
Tom Hanks, A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood
Joe Pesci, The Irishman
Anthony Hopkins, The Two Popes
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Kathy Bates, Richard Jewell
Annette Bening, The Report
LAURA DERN, MARRIAGE STORY
Jennifer Lopez, Hustlers
Margot Robbie, Bombshell
BEST SCREENPLAY
Noah Baumbach, Marriage Story
Anthony McCarten, The Two Popes
QUENTIN TARANTINO, ONCE UPON A TIME…IN HOLLYWOOD
Bong Joon-ho and Han Jin-won, Parasite
Steven Zaillian, The Irishman
BEST ORIGINAL SONG
“Beautiful Ghosts,” Taylor Swift and Andrew Lloyd Webber, Cats
“Into the Unknown,” Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez, Frozen II
“Spirit,” Beyoncé, The Lion King
“(I’M GONNA) LOVE ME AGAIN,” ELTON JOHN, ROCKETMAN
“Stand Up,” Cynthia Erivo, Harriet
BEST ORIGINAL SCORE
Alexandre Desplat, Little Women
HILDUR GUDNAD´ÓTTIR, Joker
Randy Newman, Marriage Story
Thomas Newman, 1917
Daniel Pemberton, Motherless Brooklyn
BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM
PARASITE
The Farewell
Portrait of a Lady on Fire
Les Misérables
Pain and Glory
BEST ANIMATED FEATURE
Toy Story 4
Frozen II
How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World
MISSING LINK
The Lion King
TELEVISION
BEST SERIES – DRAMA
Big Little Lies
The Crown
Killing Eve
The Morning Show
SUCCESSION
BEST SERIES – COMEDY/MUSICAL
Barry
FLEABAG
The Kominsky Method
The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
The Politician
BEST LIMITED SERIES
Catch-22
CHERNOBYL
Fosse/Verdon
The Loudest Voice
Unbelievable
BEST ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES
BRIAN COX, SUCCESSION
Kit Harington, Game of Thrones
Rami Malek, Mr. Robot
Tobias Menzies, The Crown
Billy Porter, Pose
BEST ACTRESS IN A DRAMA SERIES
Jennifer Aniston, The Morning Show
OLIVIA COLMAN, THE CROWN
Jodie Comer, Killing Eve
Nicole Kidman, Big Little Lies
Reese Witherspoon, The Morning Show
BEST ACTOR IN A COMEDY SERIES
Michael Douglas, The Kominsky Method
Bill Hader, Barry
Ben Platt, The Politician
Paul Rudd, Living With Yourself
RAMY YOUSSEF, RAMY
BEST ACTRESS IN A COMEDY SERIES
Christina Applegate, Dead to Me
Rachel Brosnahan, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
Kirsten Dunst, On Becoming a God in Central Florida
Natasha Lyonne, Russian Doll
PHOEBE WALLER-BRIDGE, FLEABAG
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A TV SERIES
Alan Arkin, The Kominsky Method
Kieran Culkin, Succession
Andrew Scott, Fleabag
STELLAN SKARSGÅRD, CHERNOBYL
Henry Winkler, Barry
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A TV SERIES
PATRICIA ARQUETTE, THE ACT
Helena Bonham Carter, The Crown
Toni Collette, Unbelievable
Meryl Streep, Big Little Lies
Emily Watson, Chernobyl
BEST ACTOR IN A LIMITED SERIES OR TELEVISION MOTION PICTURE
Christopher Abbott, Catch-22
Sacha Baron Cohen, The Spy
RUSSELL CROWE, THE LOUDEST VOICE
Jared Harris, Chernobyl
Sam Rockwell, Fosse/Verdon
BEST ACTRESS IN A LIMITED SERIES OR TELEVISION MOTION PICTURE
Kaitlyn Dever, Unbelievable
Joey King, The Act
Helen Mirren, Catherine the Great
Merritt Wever, Unbelievable
MICHELLE WILLIAMS, FOSSE/VERDON

Box Office Rundown 1/6/20

By Paul Anthony

Welcome to the second edition of this blog series in the new year and now that the year has kicked off with basically one new film a horror film and a reboot. I predicted to be the number fourth film of the top ten. Star Wars The Rise of Skywalker once again took the number 1 spot but it is starting to lose steam in fact most of the films of last month are now losing steam and this upcoming week, we have 4 new films aiming to make it in the top ten but will they? I predict all four will but Under Water will barely crack the top ten. This week we don’t really have a winner, which someone who moves up a good amount of spots most of the top ten stayed pretty much intact. We do have some losers but barely, both films dropped two spots and that is Frozen 2 who went from 3 to 5 and Cats who went from 8 to 10. Now Let’s look at the top ten shall we?

  1. Star Wars: the Rise of Skywalker, 33.739 million
  2.  Jumanji: The Next Level, 26.500 million
  3. Little Women, 13.575 million
  4.  The Grudge, 11.300 million
  5.  Frozen 2, 11.291 million
  6. Spies in Disguise, 10.081 million
  7.  Knives Out, 9.025 million
  8. Uncut Gems, 7.826 million
  9.  Bombshell, 4.075 million
  10.  Cats, 2.6 million

Here are my predictions!

  1. Star Wars The Rise of Skywalker
  2. Just Mercy
  3.  Like a Boss
  4.  The Grudge
  5. Jumanji: The Next Level
  6.  Frozen 2
  7.  Spies in Disguise
  8.  Under Water
  9. Little Women
  10.  Knives Out

Friday Roundabout 1/3/19

By Paul Anthony

Welcome to the first edition of roundabout in the new year and I hope we all enjoyed the holiday season but now it is time to go back to work and let’s look at some stories through the week. This one had the biggest amount of steam because well it is Disney. January first came around fans noticed that hit films like The Sandlot and Home alone 1 and 2 and few other films were missing now each film has a loyal fan base so the outcry started to happen which Disney put out an statement regarding those movies and said no worries they will return but because a of legacy deal they had to be pulled which makes sense because they were fox movies and whatever contracts that Fox had, Disney has to honor them.

You want to talk about something scary, let’s talk about getting very sick well you are filming a show called Killing Zac Efron because that is exactly what happen to Zac well he was filming his show. Reports started to surface that he was hospitalization when he contacted some illness which is confirm but what he caught we don’t know. Reports do vary but Zac confirm that he is getting better and was home for the holidays recovering. Which is good news to hear. We all love board games, Monopoly has to been the all time favorite and we know there are so many editions that is crazy to keep count but now we can add one more to the ever growing list and that is they are now coming out with a politic edition where you can be a republican or democrat. This should be fun and exactly what we need.

Fox near the end of its time before Disney was killing the X-Men franchise. Dark Phoenix was the worse and it was their second time at the storyline but they released a trailer for a Movie called new Mutants which almost looked like a horror film which looked pretty good however the movie kept getting pushed back and back for reshoots then Disney took over and seemed like all hope was lost until news broke that Disney was going to release the film without reshoots, so we finally get to see this film well at least at the moment this film has some hope.

Okay we all know that Directors film extra scenes and studios also have input on what makes the final cut and sometimes the directors put together a good movie but the studio thinks otherwise which causes scenes to get cut. Star Wars: Rise Of Skywalker now join the trend of fans wanting to release the director’s cut which the hashtag JJAbramsCut. Look His scenes will most likely get added to the deleted scene section and we will get to see the film. Disney knows they can make money off of this final film but don’t want to release all their marbles so just give it time people and enjoy what you see now!