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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.

 

 

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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!

Solo Oh No!

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.

Oh Roseanne

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.

Gone but not forgotten

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.

 

Black Panther Review

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.

Justice league Debacle

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.

Price increase?

By Paul Anthony

Over the years the prices of tickets to see a movie have gone up and they did it quietly. I am sure you have notice the price but said screw it anyway and bought a ticket to go see your favorite movie. Theaters try to justify the pricing by giving you better seats or a bigger screen with a sharper image, we call that Imax. But like many things times have change and the people aren’t flocking to see movies as they once did. Now there are reasons for that, the movies haven’t been that good and people have other ways of seeing it, either through streaming it or bootleg it, so a theatre chain has found a solution or so they hope.

Regal theater has announced in 2018 that will raise the price of their tickets base on the demand and time. Now this is a tactic that sports use. So, this is how it will go, so let’s use justice league for example, so the film is popular now during the peak hours which is usually 5 pm to close will now cost you more, and even more on the weekends, now let’s say the movie like Jigsaw, which right now isn’t that popular will be much cheaper regardless of the time.

Now obviously this supply and demand idea is very new and we may have a few questions. In movies we have sleeper hits which are films that critics believe have no hope but comes out of nowhere and becomes a big hit. Will a movie status change from week to week? Which would be the same for a film that is protected to be a hit but turns into a flop.

Will this idea actually work? I am predicting no and here is why. The cost for one, ticket prices have gone up and people right now are getting tired of it, sure there are people out there that love the flops and will enjoy the films being much cheaper than their usually prices but will people spend more to see the big hits? Sure, in the short term they will spend their hard-working money but won’t be able to keep pace with the popular films.

Regal is taking a risk there no doubt about it, to me it’s a risk that won’t pay off, yes, they will make money in the short term but once the crowd gets sick the prices, they will soon stop going to a regal theater and go somewhere else. Well the prices will take place in 2018 and see how long it will last.

The Fall of the cards

By Paul Anthony

When the Harvey Weinstein case happen a few weeks ago, we all knew this would only be the beginning and sure enough we were right. People started to come forward accusing actors left and right. Now nothing really came about with those actors but now another actor came is being accused of sexual Harassing people. That actor is none other than Kevin Spacey, who now being accused by 14 people to date.

The flood gates opened on Spacey when last month Anthony Rapp accused him some three decades ago and here’s the thing, this happened when Rapp was only a 14. Spacey sexual orientation has been a mystery for years while some figured he was gay and others thought he was straight. When Rapp came out told the story how Spacey was drunk came to his room and started to fondle him and Spacey said in return that he didn’t remember this ever happening and if it did he is truly sorry and that’s when he confirmed that he was indeed gay. Him coming out didn’t sit well with other gay Actors and Actresses, many believed he was using his sexual orientation to get sympathy or to excuse what he did. Since the 13 other men have come out and stated Spacy has sexual harass them.

Before Rapp came out, Netflix announced the sixth season of House of cards would be its last but this drama happened and they quickly stopped production then just days later canceled the show all together so Netflix wanted to cut ties with him altogether and even opted to not release his film Gore, they decided to cut all the ties with him. Netflix wasn’t the only one that cut ties, Ridley Scott film All the Money in the World had Spacey starring in it but Scott decided to have Christopher Plummer do Spacey scenes and reshoot the ones he has already done.

I must wonder what made Spacey do what he did so many years ago, he fondled a kid and we are left wondering if there were more kids that felt his wrath. It’s hard to believe he did this just one kid usually there is more than one.

How will Spacey move forward? Well at this point his career is over, no studio going to hire him and bring all the drama with him. It’s sad that such a promising career ended the way it did. But he did it to himself so he can only blame himself. This is an ongoing story, so there will more updates as the weeks go on but we will see.

 

Thor: Ragnarok Review

By Paul Anthony

We are now 9 years deep in the MCU and to this day Marvel studios has yet to have a dud, the closes we gotten to a failure would Thor: The Dark World which still made money but the bright spot was a Villain, who is a fan favorite that pretty stole each scene that he was in. That person is of course being Loki played by Tom Hiddleston. The series hasn’t been the strongest which is understandable because it has to do with mythology, which is difficult to mix in with science but Marvel did it. Now let’s move on from The Dark World and three years later we get Thor: Ragnarok, which is a complete 360 from The Dark World.

In this film, it’s truly a fun space Adventure, they are only on earth for maybe 5 minutes of the entire film, now let’s touch on something that is different from the previous Thor films and I am talking about the comedy. In the previous films we did have a bunch of punch lines but nothing like we have in this film. For the first time in the entire series there is comedy from the beginning to the end. In the first film when he arrived on earth the comedy made sense since he was so new to earth, we seen the comedy in the Avengers films. So why did Thor bring the laughs? Well Chris Hemsworth showed he can make people laugh, just watch Ghostbusters and Vacation, so why not cut him loose and show us what he got and sure enough he brought the laughs but he wasn’t the only one, we got laughs from the Hulk and the grandmaster as well as Korg.

The comedy wasn’t the lone bright spots, Jeff Goldblum played a brilliant Grandmaster with his wits and his comedy and Cate Blanchett and Anthony Hopkins, all were brilliant in their roles. The music was good as well which was important because if music off so is the flow of the film. Now I am going to combine the action and graphics because in this case it goes hand and hand. With Disney’s money, you know the graphics are the best and the fight scenes aren’t bad we are starting to see Thor’s true power yet we didn’t see that much but I am sure we will see his full strength in the infinity war that is coming up next year.  With I am giving it 4.5 stars. Why not 5? Well to be honest as much as I think this movie was great, it didn’t feel like a Thor movie instead I felt like I was watching another Guardians of the galaxy film which isn’t a bad thing but it just didn’t feel original.

Now the film will be facing real competition in the weeks to follow with Justice League and the of course Star Wars but for now I highly recommend seeing this film!