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.
By: Justin Hopkins
Hello and welcome to another roundabout. Hope you all had a great week. As always, bringing my thought on rumors and news from around the entertainment world in the past week, and a little longer to touch on one rumor. With all of that said, let’s jump right in with the big Marvel story from the week, in Doctor Strange and the loss of the director.
It is a shame to see Scott Derrickson dropping out of the Multiverse Of Madness, sequel to Dr. Strange, especially due to creative differences. Was a big fan of the first movie, and felt Benedict Cumberbatch’s performance in Infinity War and the climax of Endgame definitely hyped up the urge to see his return. At the same time, not going to panic over it at the same time. Marvel has been a consistent machine at pumping out solid movies and with them having similar issues with the first Antman, they have some experience in righting the ship from creative differences with Directors. Hope that they can find a way to reconcile with Scott, but if not. Still hyped for this sequel.
Going from the big screen to the smaller one and movement on a remake of the classic 1981 Werewolf movie, The Howling, coming to Netflix. The announcement came in the form of Director Andy Muschietti working on an adaption for Netflix, which I find really exciting. Andy has said before that The Howling was a dream project for him to work on, and The Howling does have a rich story with some room to grow and take into different directions, and like all remakes, even if they don’t live up to expectations. Still have the classic to enjoy.
From there we go to the world of Video Games, and before I go into this one, need to stress that this is just a rumor. I tried to find something official but at this point, all I can find is speculation, but as a Sony player. Feel the need to give my two cents on this one. It has to do with various sites reporting that the PS5 will be backward compatible. Going all the way back to Playstation 1. If this is true, I would be elated. Would be satisfied with PS3 and over the moon to access PS2, but getting them all would be fantastic, and they really need that feature to compete with Xbox, who has announced that the X Series will do just that. With the PS5 due up later this year, really wish Sony would put out some official statements to curb some of the rumor trains. In the meantime, I have my fingers crossed that this rumor carries weight.
Speaking of games, we got a bit of what to expect from Resident Evil Nemesis. This is such a small thing to be excited for a game that I am pretty much Pre-Ordering the first chance I get, but they were talking about Nemesis himself, and to not expect what you remember. Learning from their time working on Mr. X in the remake of Resident Evil 2, and he will not work in scripted terms, but as he sees fit. Making him unpredictable and increase the horror factor. Also, Carlos will have a playable section, which will add even more new content. Truth be told, I am super excited for this game and any reason I can find to talk about it; I jump. Releases on April 13th, barring any delays and please, don’t let there be any delays. Need a new game to play.
There is a few trailers that have dropped. New Mutants and Birds of Prey seem to be the big ones, but have given up trailers for New Year Resolutions. Going to do my best to avoid trailers, after the first ones, because I am tired of them spoiling aspects of the movie after the first trailer drops, and encourage everyone to follow my example. #Nomorespoilersintrailers.
In close, want to congratulate Frozen 2 on becoming the highest grossing animated movie of all time, and hope you all enjoyed this week’s edition of the roundabout. As always…
Thanks for reading.
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
The Two Popes
BEST PICTURE – COMEDY/MUSICAL
Dolemite Is My Name
ONCE UPON A TIME…IN HOLLYWOOD
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
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
Portrait of a Lady on Fire
Pain and Glory
BEST ANIMATED FEATURE
Toy Story 4
How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World
The Lion King
BEST SERIES – DRAMA
Big Little Lies
The Morning Show
BEST SERIES – COMEDY/MUSICAL
The Kominsky Method
The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
BEST LIMITED SERIES
The Loudest Voice
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
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?
- Star Wars: the Rise of Skywalker, 33.739 million
- Jumanji: The Next Level, 26.500 million
- Little Women, 13.575 million
- The Grudge, 11.300 million
- Frozen 2, 11.291 million
- Spies in Disguise, 10.081 million
- Knives Out, 9.025 million
- Uncut Gems, 7.826 million
- Bombshell, 4.075 million
- Cats, 2.6 million
Here are my predictions!
- Star Wars The Rise of Skywalker
- Just Mercy
- Like a Boss
- The Grudge
- Jumanji: The Next Level
- Frozen 2
- Spies in Disguise
- Under Water
- Little Women
- Knives Out
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!
By Paul Anthony
It has been nearly a week since the season final aired on Disney+, so at this point I figured it was a good time to do a review since most of what I say shouldn’t be a spoiler. Honestly if it is a spoiler then I feel sorry for you because this had to be the show of 2019 even though we had a few other shows and not to mention that this show came at the very end of the year with only 8 episodes but that was part of the magic. this show had every thing the Star Wars fan nation wanted and it didn’t have too much of one thing, let’s take a look back.
The show came out the same day Disney+ started but after that each episode was released on a Friday ever since then minus episode 7 which was second to last. I know this was to help build up Rise Of Skywalker but I thought it also made sense to build up the last episode by making us wait even longer to see how it would end. Soon as it ended of course many of the fans were wondering when was season two coming which would find out would be in the fall of 2020 so looks like every year around the same time we will get a new season.
The show follows A Mandalorian bounty hunter who goes by the name of Mando since no one knows his real name. The first real mission is to retrieve what we all called baby Yoda which is actually 50 years old but slow to age which explains why Yoda was so old and so powerful with the force. Anyway Mando gets the baby and his reward but comes to his senses and break the bounty code which makes them an enemy of pretty much everyone who wants money. They hop from planet to planet and do small jobs for cash and parts but each episode is an adventure for Mando with people trying to kill him. Until he is needed and people are willing to wipe the slate clean and he knows this is what is best for the child and himself. In the end it is no easy fight, he learns most of the Mandalorians are killed because of his actions, everything leads to this epic battle against storm troopers and their leader vs Mando and his little team and hope seems lost until the very end in which we learns Mando real name and it is Din Djarin and the villain Moff Gideon survives his battle and cuts his way out of his fighter jet or X Wing for your hardcore fans with a Black Saber which is a Mandalorian artifact, leaving us with questions going into season 2. Mando in the end is determine to find the child’s parents though he had develop relationship with the child.
This show in the end had a good story to tell which did shock me, then it had good fight scenes nothing over the top, they did a few callbacks to tell you where they tied in the Star Wars timeline. Best part of it all was that it created new characters to follow without being caught up with the old characters. It will be a long wait for me for season 2!
Want to take a moment to thank everyone for their support throughout 2019. You all have been amazing and hope you nothing but the best in 2020.
By Paul Anthony
welcome to the final edition of Box Office rundown for the year of 2019 and we are just days away from kicking off a new year in film but how did this weekend stack up. For Starters, Star Wars: Rise Of Skywalker remains in the number 1 spot. Uncut gems got the biggest jump when it got a wide release, it went from 15th to 7th and the biggest loser is Cats which to my shock remains in the top ten but dropped from 4th to 8th, so without wasting time let’s look at our current top ten.
- Star Wars: Rise of Skywalker, 72 million
- Jumanji: The next level, 35.300 million
- Little Women, 16.525 million
- Frozen 2, 15.500 million
- Spies in Disguise, 13.200 million
- Knives out , 9.725 million
- Uncut Gems, 9.552 million
- Cats, 4.830 million
- Bombshell, 4.7 million
- Richard Jewell, 3.010
Well for the first weekend of the year we only have 1 wide release and that is the Grudge, which should help it make some money but I don’t see it becoming the number 1 film in it’s run. Here are my predictions!
- Star Wars: Rise of Skywalker
- Jumanji: The Next Level
- Frozen 2
- The Grudge
- Spies in Disguise
- Little Women
- Uncut gems
- Knives Out
- Richard Jewell
By Paul Anthony
Welcome to the end of the year edition of Sequel Saturday and we are continuing the trend of Christmas and or holiday movies. Now I am one of those people that can’t stand the cheesy normal films this time of the year. However when you have a movie starring one of the best comedians of all time you know you have to watch it. Tim Aleen has been in countless movies and shows, now one of the first movies of his that I ever watched was The Santa Clause. The film came out in November of 1994 and the movie was a hit. The budget was only 22 million and the film grossed 189.8 million, which if you do the math the movie made a good profit which means a sequel was coming. The sequel didn’t happen in the normal 2 to 3 year window instead it took 8 year to come out and it was suppose to be called The Santa Clause 2: The Escape Clause during the first trailer but the title was later dropped before the release and saved for the third and final film. Now the budget went up from 22 million to 65 million. Part 2 ended up making 172.9 million. Which is 17 million less then the first film.
The plot is simple pretty much Scott being Santa is in full swing and life at the north pole is going well. Until Santa learns that his son Charlie made the naughty list despite everyone at the north pole loving him, there Santa learns Charlie been getting into trouble for unknow reasons which Santa is determine to find out but just then he learns of new problem. They learn there is a Clause and that is there needs to a Mrs. Claus, that is right Santa must get married in a month’s time or else he won’t be Santa anymore. So he sets out to return home to solve both issues but someone needs to run the north pole so the clone Santa, allowing Scott to return home. As Scott tries to find a wife and fix the issue with Charlie which he learns Charlie can’t stand living a lie with who his dad really is. Not too mention Scott starts to fall for Charlie’s principal. Things are getting revolved but the Clone Santa begins to form his own identity and that is an evil Santa, which he makes Nutcracker robots and put everyone on the naughty list forcing the elves to produce coal instead of toys, this forces Scott to return to stop him which after a few rounds he wins and gets married. Not only that but he saves Christmas and all ends well.
Now We know this film didn’t make as much money as the first and I do feel like this film was a step down from the first film in pretty much ever sense of the way. With that being said I didn’t feel like this was a bad film at all. The Money wasn’t well because of the step down and the amount of time but you also have to factor the movies around that time as well. In the end I am giving it an average rating of C or right at 70 percent. There was just nothing that truly stands out in my eyes.