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 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.
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.
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.
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!
By Paul Anthony
We are now approaching Halloween, in fact we are only a few days away now, so what is a better time to look at the big three horror icons remakes. For those who don’t know, we have reached ten years since the release of Rob Zombie Halloween film. At this point I was like wow it’s been ten years already, in this blog in honor of that we will look at what worked in that film and Friday the 13th and Nightmare on Elm and what didn’t work. We will start with Friday the 13th first and finish with Halloween last so let’s begin!
The previous decade was a roller coaster ride for Jason with release of Jason X which pretty much ruin him and made him into a joke, really Uber Jason get real. It did rebound with Freddy vs Jason which is the highest film in the Friday the 13th franchise, but they decided to reboot the franchise and six years later we got our next solo film. The film was supposed to be a true remake but instead become reimaging, they decided to do put four films into one, which was a smart idea, no need to have a franchise to go 8 or 9 movies deep with very little story. Showing Jason there witnessing his mother being killed made us give him just a little sympathy. Making him be quick and running was a homage to his debut in part two, which people forget about, and him wearing the bag then finding the mask was perfect. Now let’s add in the brother/sister storyline to give the film a story was much needed. Things that didn’t work pretty much the acting and writing and making the teens as dumb and horny as possible and I don’t understand making Jason so big which seems to be theme with horror remakes. We are now left with wonder what the next reboot will give us, if it will truly happen.
The following year in 2010, we saw another legend return and his name was Freddy, the first film not to feature Robert Englund which didn’t please fans at all, but having a new Freddy was needed, the film tone down the campy comedy and made the humor dark and dry which was much needed, after all it was supposed to be a nightmare not a dream. Outside of that it goes downhill, with the writing and acting and even changing the characters last names was just wrong. Then you got the use of CGI for Freddy instead using make up was a big letdown. Sure, the make up for Freddy was getting cheesy and truly so fake but still. At this point the franchise is on ice with no word of a sequel or a reboot.
Now let’s get to Michael shall we, 2002 we saw Halloween resurrection which just killed the franchise like Jason X did. Five short years later Rob Zombie stepped up and directed a film that brought Michael back to the spotlight. First giving us a little insight to his backstory helped us understand why he was the way he was and a look at his family though from the original his family was never that crazy which hurt the point he was trying to make about Michael upbringings. Rob has a style that is like no other and at times it can be a problem. Michael returning to get his mask made the mask that much more important and keeping it the same and creepy was a true plus on his part. A new view on Dr. Loomis was brighten having him be corrupted by the fame added a good twist onto the character. Now here was didn’t work, too much time on Michael back story, we don’t see the Michael we know until roughly an hour into the film which was too long not to feature him. Having Michael be a giant was big mistake, Michael was normal size and wasn’t that strong which truly made you afraid, this Michael however you just knew what he could do. Haddonfield being filled with crazy people truly made Michael seem like he was normal living in that town. Haddonfield was a nice little town, changing it just wasn’t right. This was Rob Zombie style, which made him famous, so you couldn’t expect any less. We are now waiting for the next Halloween film which is coming next year but this time John Carpenter returning and so is Jaimie lee Curtis, this film will be the part 3 that we never truly got, which makes us pumped for his return!
By Paul Anthony
Well it is that time again where we are going to cover some WWE stories that peaked our interest. Here in this blog we will cover the idea of Women’s tag titles, the recent break out of illnesses in the locker room and looking at survivor series. With a lot of information to discuss let’s get right to it.
First let’s consider the rumor of them starting a tag team title, which unlike the guys where they have two tag team champions, one for each show. In the woman’s case, there would only be one tag team for both shows despite the fact each show has their own woman’s championship. I am all for women getting their own tag team titles but I don’t believe this is the right time for it and here’s why. The biggest issue that there aren’t enough women to make a real tag team division, should they call up from NXT another large group of women for each brand then it can be different and let’s not forget they still don’t get enough TV time in my opinion. TNA has the same thing, they have the women’s title and the tag titles but even before the company became a dying company, they didn’t have enough women to make the division and it didn’t make sense and the titles soon became an afterthought. I’m not saying WWE will fall into that trap because currently they are doing good with the women’s titles but like I said before they need more women and give them more time.
Let’s move onto the illness situation that has hit the locker room, Roman Reigns, and Bray Wyatt and maybe even Kevin Owens. Roman has the mumps and Bray believed to suffer the same illness. This forced WWE to change the ppv TLC to feature AJ Styles who is on Smackdown go up against Finn Baylor and have Kurt Angle team with Dean and Seth to fight the Miz and his crew. Going forward depending on long Roman out this could change WWE plans with the shield, rumor is after Survivor Series the shield reunion would end with Dean turning heel which to me is a great idea, he’s character was always meant to be a heel more than a babyface.
With the brand split Survivor Series makes more sense you have the two brands duking it to see who is the better brand, the teams are shaping up and could we see the undertaker return? We know Kane seeking revenge against roman but will this all change if Roman isn’t back, I am not sure if we will see the undertaker at all if roman can’t go. The Long-term plan is to have Roman fight Brock for the title at WrestleMania. In the next few weeks the pictures should become more and more clear, right now though we have to take it day by day.
By Paul Anthony
I know we are all sick and tired of hearing about the NFL drama but just when you thought the story was over, you learn it only keeps going and going. Let’s look back at how this drama started and find out when this saga could end, if there is an end in sight, so let’s start from the beginning.
We go back to August of 2016 during the preseason star quarterback of the San Francisco 49ers Colin Kaepernick was scene not standing during the national Anthem, now after the game he was asked about and he stated why, he did this as a protest the violence that was happening to African- Americans and the police. However, many people saw it was disrespecting the flag and the Military, after speaking with a friend who was a veteran, Colin was spotted taking a knee, instead of sitting and when he was asked why he stated that he wanted it to make it clear he wasn’t trying to disrespect the military. People at this point were still beyond frustrated with him, after the 2016 season Colin became a free agent which he is still currently a free agent. Some people believe he wasn’t signed because of this whole drama while others just disagree with that.
2017 season saw more players from different teams taking knees, the Cleveland browns was the first team to have all players take a knee. President Trump started to take notice and made comments, that shall we say wasn’t needed and only lit the fire even more. After His comments, the next weeks teams once again took knees and in the Pittsburgh Steelers case where they no showed for the anthem, well all but one came out.
At this point Jerry Jones who is the owner of the Dallas Cowboys said if they don’t stand then they don’t play referring to his team, the commissioner Roger Goodell held a meeting with everyone in the NFL, they discussed a range of issues but didn’t discuss the main issue of the taking the knee during the anthem….
Yes, the main topic wasn’t discussed which makes me think how pointless the meeting was and how clueless he truly is. The sad thing is we all use sports to escape the world we live and now it is showing up in our sports, we may agree or disagree with what they are doing but there needs to be something down, but what is the solution? Players can use other platforms to voice their options and do what they feel is right and just play the game, we all love the game and want to enjoy it and not think about the drama that we all must deal with.
I hope they realize this soon but I think at the same time Rodger Goodell will milk this and let the situation get worse before it gets better the fact is he should have called meetings and what not last year and act fast which he did not which only proves he has no clue what he is doing so with him and Trump and the players I don’t expect this mess to go away anytime soon.
By Paul Anthony
Just last week the entertainment industry got rocked hard and that is no punt intended but last Thursday a story broke about Harvey Weinstein, some of us may have never heard of him while others have, you may recognize the last name and both are one. Harvey was the co-founder of Miramax and the Weinstein company, which have produce number of movies. But last week a story broke that accused Harvey of sexual harassing and assaulting and even raping women over three decades.
On October 5th, Megan Twoney and Jody Kantor published an Expose in the New York times accusing Harvey of these crimes and five days later, American writer Ronan farrow who is the son of Woody Allen stated the number of women was 16. 13 of them were harassed while the other 3 were raped, he also stated that he wanted to break the news sooner but his company NBC News told him not to. A Possible cover up there just maybe. Because of this Harvey wife of ten decided it was enough and left him.
You may ask why are we hearing about this just now? In these reports, it was stated that Harvey spent a lot of money either paying the women off either in a settlement or on his own behave. Some actresses reported that when they turned Harvey down, he would drop them from any projects that they were in. However, two very large profile actresses came forwarding claiming Harvey of harassing them, those two are Angelina Jolie and Gwyneth Paltrow. Brad Pitt stated he had tell Harvey to back off from his wife.
Many politicians, who Harvey donated to are now sending his donations to women organizations. Now Weinstein’s lawyer Lisa Bloom stated that her client denies any of the wrong doing that he is accused of but from criticism, Lisa announced that she would not be representing Harvey any longer, which as quit as she left, his new lawyer Charles Harder would be suing both the New Yorker and Times for causing this mess.
Rather he truly sues or not is a different story but the damage has been done. He was fired from the company that he helped started and his wife left him in a hurry, his public imagine is ruin and I am. This might cause a ripple in Hollywood because many actresses are speaking up while the actors who have worked with Harvey are staying silent or saying no comment, which maybe ticking the women off. This story is new and big so I am sure more details will come out as we get deeper into this.
By Paul Anthony
Let me start by saying I am a sports fan, I always have been and always will but the one sport I struggle to watch or even root for is Soccer, I don’t know if it’s because Pittsburgh doesn’t have a team just yet in the MLS but overall soccer which ranks as the number one sport in the world but here in north America it struggles to remain number 5 or 6 depending on NASCAR, but we want the league to grow and we hope it continue to grow. Usually viewership gets higher when the US National team does well in the World Cup or in the Olympics but this past Tuesday USA soccer took a step back and failed to qualify for next year world cup for the first time since 1986 and gets worse, much worse.
First let’s start with saying all they had to do was tie and they would be in but they couldn’t even do that and the worst part is they lost to the 99th ranked team in the competition. That’s right the US team lost 2-1 to Trinidad and Tobago which is one team by the way. This truly had to be a dark day for soccer now the team must wait until the next World Cup in Qatar in 2022. Even the MLS issued a statement saying this truly was a major setback for Soccer in the US.
No doubt this truly a dark time but for how long will it remain this way? Well let’s look a head the next Match the Us National team will play will be in 2019 in the CONCACAF Gold Cup then the following year will be the Olympics, so will two years be enough to reverse this trend? Because let’s be honest, this is a trend they were on for years. They peaked in 2002 but since that they failed to make 2012 and 2016 Olympics and now this.
Is talent really on the way? We like to think so we currently have a 19-year-old star in Christian Pulisic and there are others 19-year-old that are on the rise who should be tested and ready to go by 2022 but will this be enough?
I sure hope so because in the end I would see Soccer succeed but I doubt it will if the national team doesn’t step it up I believe ratings and viewership will fall and damn near kill the sport.