By Paul Anthony
Welcome to another addition of roundabout where we take a quick look at stories that we might have missed, so let’s not waste anytime and get into it. First up we are jumping into the Wrestling world more importantly WWE. Now that AEW is in full swing there have been a lot wrestlers who are considering jumping ship when their current contracts are up and one of those wrestlers is none other then Randy Orton, which is one of the biggest names in the game. recently Orton has been posting on twitter that would imply after his contract is up that he is leaving for AEW, well we know now that Randy is staying put because he worked out a new deal that will keep him in WWE until 2024 at which put the 13 time world champion will be 44 years and have to assume he might have one more deal after that.
Justin loves the animated film Spider-Man: Into the Spider Verse, me not so much, not that I think it is bad or anything like that but because it’s an animated film, We know the sequel is coming in April of 2022 and now we know one of the Spider-Mans that will be in the film. That Spider-Man is Takuya Yamshiro which is the Japanese Spider-Man from the 70’s. Hey I hope they continue on with this film series because it is something new regarding an classic character.
Now this is a story that just blows my mind, recently a story came up regarding the first socks Micheal Jackson wore when he did the first moonwalk dance, Now listen we are talking about socks here and they could sell between 1 to 2 million dollars for some socks! This just blows my mind, I get it, they are socks from Micheal Jackson’s feet and say or believe what you want about him but you have to be an insane fan to buy some socks because at the end of the day they are just socks!
In my final story for the week is regarding the DCEU and more casting news is coming out regarding the film The Batman. We know whose going to play The Riddler and Catwoman but we now know who will play the Penguin who will be played by Colin Ferrell and Andy Serkis will play Alfred. Now this movie has been in hell for a few years now and it’s nice to see this film making progress but we are still far away from this movie coming out, so hopefully there won’t be more changes from this film. Well that covers this week!
By Paul Anthony
Some actors and actresses have star power that is off the roof and everything they touch is gold then there are some that you just kind of see the spot light fade from them. Right Now I am trying to figure out where does Will Smith fit in at because the last few years have been a big roller coaster ride for one Will Smith. I Brought this subject up because 2019 seems to be a common year for Will Smith now. First you had Aladdin which was a big box office hit and then a few months later you saw the release of Gemini Man which is just dying at the box office. As of right now the film only made 165 million and the budget is was 138 million as to where Aladdin’s budget was 200 million and brought in over a billion dollars and what is the difference for Will Smith?
Will wasn’t the true lead in Aladdin, yes he played a big role but it wasn’t the main role. Now Gemini Man came out and critics praised the film and this time Will was the main character and yet the moving is flopping bad. Next year will be a big year for Smith because Bad Boys 3 is being released and it is set to be the last film of the series. Should be a mega hit right? Wrong let’s look at Bad Boys 2 which came out in the summer of 2003. Now We all loved that film but once again look at the numbers, the film had 130 million dollar budget and only gross 273 million, the movie made more money then the first film but the first film only had a budget of 19 million and grossed 141 million. I am not saying bad Boys 3 is going to be a flop but it won’t be a big hit as we are expecting. When was his last true hit? Let’s go back to Men in Black 3 way back in 2012 when the film grossed nearly 625 million. Then came After Earth which he co starred with his son. Which pretty much gave us the clue that his star power as a lead was over. The budget was a 130 million and it grossed only 243 million and since then the only time his films make money is when he isn’t the true lead of the film.
Let this blog be a wake up call for studios who want to cast Will Smith as the lead in the film because his price tag just might not be worth a director’s career. Will needs to be used wisely and his days as the lead should be over, he is one of many actors whose star power is fading and should be used correctly and that means he can’t be the lead. Bad Boys 3 could say other wise but the numbers don’t lie and sure netflix and other streaming services could use his talents but let the film Aladdin show how to use a big name actor in a none lead role.
By: Justin Hopkins
Hello and welcome into the foggy realm of the entity and the world of Dead By Daylight. For those who unaware of, Dead By Daylight is an online multiplayer game. Pitting 4 survivors trying to escape versus a killer trying to sacrifice them to the Entity. Most fun and frustrating time I have had with a video game for quite some time, and after a year and a half playing. Still sticking around, but last week, a new aspect has been added to the game; called The Archives. In it contains a Tome and a Rift, and today we will be taking a look at each and seeing if it is any good. Starting with The Rift.
I don’t know much about Online Gaming. After playing around with Friday The 13th and a bit of Fortnite. This is the first one I have ever really dedicated myself to. The rift is pretty much a Battle Pass. Don’t know how they work, but this one has a free side and a premium, and as you climb up the ranks, you get rewards. From Cosmetics, Serum to purchase The event cosmetics, emblems for survivors to wear and killer can put them to their hooks, and Aurric Cells, and I thoroughly enjoy all of this. The cosmetics look really great, and varied across a multitude of different characters. I only normally buy for a few and is nice to be getting them for the others now as well. Which is really nice, because the skins are very nice. Especially the Wraith and always need more stuff for the Huntress. I get a big kick out of the addition of decorating the hooks. It can be a bit of a grind at times, but it’s not like I am not playing anyways. Would much rather feel like I am working toward something then simply playing for Bloodpoints or just buying the pieces.
Now, on to the Tomes, which are in game challenges. Such as trap survivors in bear traps, heal x amount of survivors, and such. Sprinkled throughout as rewards, are bits of lore. Going into further depth, on some of the characters. This round we got The Hunger, Blood, Brass, and Grit, and Claudette’s 8th Birthday. One of my favorite things about this game. That goyt me to stick around and learn how to play, was how much I enjoy the lore, and have not been disappointed by either of these stories. The Hunger, being the lesser. Mostly because I don’t know much about the alchemist or care about his. The stuff about the Serum was good. Claudette’s was just sad though. Not having friends to invite to her Birthday Party. Almost feel bad for slugging them now.. no, I don’t. Blood, Brass, and Grit though. That is so good. What we knew of Evan MacMillan, The Trapper, to this point was that he idolized his Father and helped run the workers with an Iron Fist, but this gives us a far different take on the big guy. Putting Evan at fourteen, he was friends with the miners. Keeping their secret plan to unionize away from his abusive Father. Who likes to draw because of how much his Father hated it. I want to know more. What happened to sway him so far to the otherside, but I can’t because I have to wait for the next round of challenges. Which is.. Mildly frustrating.
Speaking of Challenges. This was stage one, and don’t know how, but after finishing, can view stage 4, and my god the difficulty spike. On the Killer side, you have some like sacrifice 3 survivors using NOED, five basement hooks using Agitation, and 4 sacrifices in the basement and on the Survivor side, gets even harder with; complete 4 gens using Dark Sense, unhook 3 survivors, and make 2 flashlight blind saves. Oh and each have to be done in individual games… Damn. I am not one to back down from a challenge. Much rather knuckle down and try my hardest over being given training wheels, but Behavior really has it cranked high. These could all be wrong and have a nice laugh at the idea later on, but if not. They are really expecting miracles. Most survivors run small game and keep an eye out for Hexes, especially if they catch whiff of NOED. Killers are going to be hugging walls if they see a flashlight, and trying to save that many on a timer is insane, and to complete 4 gens yourself would mean no other survivors are doing anything. Survive with friends and Kill your friends will have an easier time, but for solos like me. Certainly have our work cut out.
Know these may sound like small things. Cosmetics, bits of lore, styling the hooks, but it’s the small things that matter. Can feel a bit of rinse, wash and repeat, but to have challenges and goals to work for helps out greatly. Game is going on three and a half years, and still putting out stuff like this is a pretty cool thing to me. Big props to those working at Behaviour for the work they have done and looking forward to more challenges.
Thank you for reading.
By Paul Anthony
Here we are in another week of looking at the numbers and as predicted Terminator: Dark Fate came in as number 1 but the numbers are way below what everyone was expecting and worldwide totals it still fell way below its 180 million dollar budget, coming in around 120 million with most of that coming from the foreign market. Joker remains in it’s spot at number and Harriet came in at number 4, one higher then I predicted.
- Terminator: Dark Fate, 29 million
- Joker, 13.9 million
- Maleficent: Mistress of Evil, 12.2 million
- Harriet, 12 million
- The Addams family, 8.5 million
- ZombieLand: Double Tap, 7.6 million
- Countdown, 5.9 million
- Black and Blue, 4.1 million
- Motherless Brooklyn, 3.7 million
- Arctic Dogs, 3.1 million
We are now entering the period of the month where more competition is coming and one of the first big releases this month and that is DR. Sleep which is the sequel to The Shinning, but that isn’t the only movie opening this up coming weekend. You got Playing With Fire which is a family comedy, Midway starring Patrick Wilson and Last Christmas starring Emilia Clarke. Now Let’s see how my predictions go this week. Number 1 should be without a question DR. Sleep.
- Dr. Sleep
- Terminator: Dark Fate
- Last Christmas
- Maleficent: Mistress of evil
- The Addams family
- Black and Blue
- ZombieLand: Double Tap
Now, with the new comers this top ten might not even look close to my predictions. So we will see how close I get this week!
By Paul Anthony
TMNT or better known as Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles was such a big hit in the 80’s and 90’s, so it only made sense to make them into films, well here comes 1990 and the turtles made it to the big screen and they struck magic because the first movie’s budget was only 13 million dollars and the film grossed over 200 million and with that being said you knew a sequel was coming along and that’s where we get a sequel just a year later called Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2: The Secret of The Ooze. The film was made from a slightly higher budget at 25 million but made far less then the first film. The movie only made 78 million. Still it made a profit but failed to reach even half of what the first film made.
So was the film just that bad or what because just a year ago it made so much money. Well for starters releasing a sequel within a year is never a good idea even if you have a large fan base sometimes fatigue just kicks in and then it is also could be the film itself. Here we go the film picks up a year after the last film and sees the Turtles living with April, still puzzled to why they saved the city and still have to live in the shadows. Shredder makes his return after the city and the turtles thought he was dead but this time instead of building the foot clan up again he rounds up the ones who didn’t get busted and seeks his revenge. In the mean time the turtles start to learn about their past when a story April is doing sheds light on their past with the green ooze that Splinter remembers and there he explains everything to the Turtles, though some feel disappointed that their past was nothing more then a mistake.
However Shredder sees what the ooze can do and wants some to help make monsters to defeat the turtles. Here is where we meet new villains Tokka and Rahzar who proves they can defeat the turtles but only are babies which mean they get outsmarted by the turtles, which forces Shredder to become Super Shredder from the ooze but in his fit of rage to defeat the turtles he kills himself. The turtles survive and are happy that Shredder is no more and life in the city returns to normal.
The movie does take a lighter tone to things and the turtles hardly used their weapons unlike the first film. For this reason many critics gave it a mixed reviewed instead of praising it since it went away from the source material. I don’t knock this film for trying something different because I don’t want to see the same movie twice and everything lines up to be a decent film. In the end I give it a B for their effort but would recommend anyone who likes them to watch this film!
By: Justin Hopkins
It is the most wonderful time of the year. Better than the rest of the holidays and most birthdays as well. That magical time of the year, where you try to cram as many horror movies into one sitting as humanly possible, while eating way to much candy. The Thing, Pumpkinhead, It… And the one you may have already seen. Maybe on the marathon or maybe on a loop from you personal collection. Of course, I am talking about the timeless classic, known as Halloween. A staple in most people’s horror movie watchlist for today, but I have a question; which one do you go for? John Carpenter’s 1978’s classic, or Rob Zombie’s brutal ride from 2007. With some pretty diehard fans from both sides of the fence. Let’s dive in shall we. We will take a closer look, separate pro from con, and declare a winner at the end. Like always, we will begin with the original.
The story starts off, with the death of Judith Myers at the hands of her Brother Michael. Watching her death through his eyes. On his way out, he is met by their parents, who take off the mask and we see Michael is just a small child. We then get a quick jump ahead. Where we Doctor Loomis and a Nurse on there way to the Mental Institution. Where they find the patients out and about. When Loomis gets out to investigate. Michael gets the nurse out of the car and escapes. Heading back to Haddonfield, with the good Doctor on his trial. Meanwhile, we are introduced to our Lead Girl, Laurie Strode. On her way from school. Stops at the Myers house to put the key under the mat. Unknowingly, catching the eye of Michael, and became his obsession. Following her throughout the town, as well as the little boy she was slated to babysit later in the evening. Along with her friends, Annie and Lynda. As nightfall takes hold, Michael begins to eliminate those around her. Till only his obsession remains, and Laurie must find a way to survive.
Story is simple, let intricately woven together, in a compelling manner. The shots were beautiful, especially the long shots used throughout. Creating an aura that they are being watched, even when Michael is not around, and early on, he is used perfectly to ramp up the tension. Seeing him in passing, or just standing off in the distance, or over there shoulder. Always, in a way, where he is watching, but they are not in position to see him. And what can I say about the score that you haven’t heard. It’s as iconic as this movie is.
The casting is spot on. PJ Soles and Nancy Kyes were excellent as Annie and Lynda. Two very important roles, since they were Laurie’s Best Friends and we spent enough time with each to have their deaths not only mean something, but be memorable in the same instance. Donald Pleasence is the best. Dr. Loomis is one of the best parts about watching this movie, and is a joy to deal with, and of course, we got Jamie Lee Curtis as Laurie Strode. While, I do believe that she is not the best Final Girl, her performance here, created the formula for what a Final Girl should be, and all of us in the horror community do owe that to her performance here, but I will be circling back to her, in just a little bit.
Nick Castle did a fantastic job, portraying Michael Myers here. He is not a particular big man, at a lean five feet ten, but through his mannerisms and way he held himself. Didn’t have to be. His body language in the presence of someone much bigger. Not to mention the brute force Myers displays throughout.
Now, this movie does have a few minor flaws, and one of which, is with Laurie. It is one thing to fall down while running away. Not going to fault someone for that, but her constant desire to not only stop near the body, but discards her weapon gets infuriating. There are two occasions where she can escape, with the kids, but doesn’t take it. For someone who is supposed to be smart, makes a lot of dumb mistakes. Movie is slightly outdated, particularly around Annie’s death. Bit more tame than most horror movies we see today, but didn’t have to be. Psychological, suspense and characters added more then brutality. Final Grade: A
And on to the remake, from the mind of one Rob Zombie. Much like a good remake. He had put his own spin on the movie. We start off again, with young Michael, who kills his pet rat. Dad wants to get it on with Step-Daughter Judith, and both are… highly unlikable I’ll say for a lack of non swearing words. Both of which bully Michael, and gets the same from the bullies at school. Dad, Judith, and the bullies are ramped up to as far as they can get, in just about every despicable way. Leaving Mom to try and hold her family together, on top of stripping. Later, we find out Michael is killing all sorts of animals, and we get introduced to Dr. Loomis who is trying to evaluate Michael, but he runs off first. Killing the school bully. Then later on that day, kills the Dad, Judith, and her boyfriend. The later introduces the iconic mask to the equation. All three die in brutal ways. When Mom comes home, finds him covered in blood, sitting on the steps. Baby Laurie, cradled in his arms. We then take a jump to him in the institution. Gets one last kill as a kid, and never speaks again. Mom kills herself. Then we jump ahead to him as an adult. Doctor Loomis saying his goodbye to him. Having nothing left to give, after years of attempting to reach him. Michael escapes, killing a wave of guards, and the lone worker who is friendly to him. Going back out, to find his sister. From here, we get into the Laurie part of the story. While a lot of it remains a homage to the first. Michael leaves a much bigger body count in his path. Every again, ramped up. Sex, hormones, violence. All turned way up. All leading up to a much more climactic finish.
The Laurie part of this story is great. Keeping Annie alive to bait Laurie in, showed he was more than a brutal killing machine. Michael taking out her Step-Parents was a great touch. Really leaving Laurie completely alone by the end. Keeping Annie alive to bait Laurie in, showed he was more than a brutal killing machine. The acting was stellar as well. Danielle Harris was great fan service and a wonderful Annie. Kristina Kleb was a decent Lynda, but maybe needed a bit more screen time. Scout-Taylor Compton blew it away as Laurie. Had some massive shoes to fill, but I think in her own way, may have outpaced Jamie Lee Curtis. I know, made some of you.. alright all of you mad at that, but here me out. The reason, I am saying this, was that she was more of an active fighter at time. Bludgeoned, broken, and battered, but still going. Staring him down, ready to blow his brains out. That was really lacking in the first movie, and glad we got it here. I even liked Malcolm Mcdowell’s performance as Dr. Loomis. He was not Donald Pleasence, but played the Doctor role a bit more legit here. Donald’s character just wanted to kill him, while Malcolm’s wanted to still save him. Yes, he did shot him, but only because he was going to kill Laurie, and even after that. Unable to get up, he still clung on to Michael’s leg. Hoping beyond hope, to stop him. It is just a shame that so many good performance are wasted, because of how this movie started.
I don’t want to call it out right awful, cause in the right movie, could work well. If you take the entire front half and change the kid to Freddy Krueger, it would work out so much better. Cause that I believe is his childhood. That’s kind of my problem here. Take that childhood, it would be more of a surprise that he didn’t turn out to be a killer. His childhood is the stuff of several real ones. They try to sell you on him being pure evil, but he is not. Just a kid with an awful, awful childhood, who snapped. Nothing even inhuman about his strength, because they brought in Tyler Manes, who did a good job, but at his sheer size, you believe that he could easily do these things, because he is huge. The front half of this movie, just stole all of his mystique and turned him into just another bland killer, and the front half did a whole lot worse and hurt the back half in the process.
All the sex and nudity made sense in the second half of the story, because they are young adults, who just want to get laid and have a good time. However, because we had to deal with the likes of Roy who wants to sleep with a waitress and gets it on with Judith, and Judith and her boyfriend, and the bully who mocks Michael with a flyer of his Mom stripping and wants to know how much she would charge him or how much Judith is charging for this and that and goes on and on. By the time you get to the part where this all makes sense, you are just so tired and over it, and you still have an hour of it left to go. It is fine when it makes sense, but as a method to make you hate them, is just dumb and lazy way to go.
There is one more negative to go, and that is the way this movie closes. They tumble out of the window together. I like it. She is on top of him, gun to his head. Pulling the trigger, click, nothing. Again, nothing. His arm grabs hers, and another blank shot. All of which is great stuff, until the gunshot rings out, and she lets out a hellacious scream. Unraveling in front of us, and no. I will never be okay when the lead goes, crazy. It is lazy and ridiculous thing to do. After everything she did to survive. Just mentally break at the end, and I know the argument over realism of what she has been through and you are wrong. Michael eats bullets and knife wounds for breakfast. Can’t ignore that and use realism later on. Her unraveling at the end, is the only negative I have, around the back half of this, but it is a big one.
I may be a little more generous than I should. Scout, Danielle and Malcolm. Along with enjoying some of the later kills. The second half of this movie, dug it out of a massive hole, and if I could forget the first hour or so. Then the grade would be much higher, but since I can’t. Final Grade: C –
Winner- The Original
At the end of the day, it’s not even really close. I do understand why people like the remake. It’s bold and brutal, and over the top. It had splashes of genius and great casting in Laurie, Annie, and Loomis. If more effort was put into the writing and pacing and a little restraint. Could have been a real challenger, but Carpenter weaved a simple story into a timeless classic. Everything flowed well, and let Suspense and Psychology add to the terror and built up over time. Do you disagree? Feel like I have overlooked or missed something? Let me know in the comments. In the meantime, Have a Happy Halloween and…
Thanks for reading.
Have a happy halloween.
By Paul Anthony
It’s no secret that we live in a time where reboots and remakes is the standard but there was a time where ideas were fresh and money making was a new thing and many people wanted in. Writers started to write materials for movies that they hoped would make them money and life would be set. One of the bigger names in the game is Friday the 13th which means Jason Voorhees. See when you are creating materials for books and movies and even music, sometimes you have sell the rights to get somewhere. What are rights? Well say you write a movie and you can’t afford to make it without help, well you can sell the rights or in better terms you start a company but you need to sell percentages of the company to keep it going, though you founded it you are no longer the sole owner. Screen plays and other written materials is the same way. Now Victor Miller wrote Friday the 13th but sold the rights away to get the movie started which, we know became one of the biggest horror franchises
Last year, because of a copyright act that came about in 1976, creators who sold their work after 35 years can challenge to get their work back and Victor Miller won his case but the battle was far from over because he only got the rights to original film which doesn’t include Jason Voorhees because that is something Sean S. Cunningham made when his company got the rights from Victor Miller. Which a Judge ruled on the side of Sean’s side regarding that. Now the frustrating part is that we all know you can’t have Friday the 13th without Jason. The battle could go on for years because there can’t be a winning unless these two parties agree to do something. Now Can this rule affect any of the other big horror franchises in the game?
Nightmare on Elm Street film rights went right back to Wes Craven’s estate where it belongs without a fight since this year since it marked 35 years and because of another copyright law they have control of it for the next 70 years, good to say at this point we will see a remake of Freddy before we see another Jason film.
We know Halloween is doing just fine with two movie sequels in the works and the same goes for Child’s Play, since they just had a reboot released this year. We all know things can change and so do people minds if they see the money is there to be made. Which doesn’t make sense regarding Jason because if the film is done right then the money will be there!
By Paul Anthony
Welcome to another week of looking at the numbers over the weekend and once again we have new number 1 film and once again it is the R rated film Joker which is still going strong with many people believing this could be the first R rated film to reach a billion, the verdict is still out on that because the next few weeks the road gets a lot tougher. Disney’s movie Maleficent 2 is barely trending water and this could be a lost for the Mouse in the long run so let’s look at the rest of the top ten!
- Joker , 18.9 million
- Maleficent: Mistress of Evil, 18.5 million
- the Addams Family, 11.7 million
- Zombieland: Double Tap, 11.6 million
- Countdown, 9 million
- Black and Blue , 8.3 million
- Gemini man, 4 million
- The Lighthouse, 3 millon
- The Current War: Director’s Cut , 2.7 million
- Abominable, 2 million
Let’s give the biggest jump to The Lighthouse which was number 15th last week and jumped all the way up to 8th and the biggest fall goes to Abominable which fell from 6th to 10th. How will the current top ten deal. There are going to be 7 movies released next week with 4 of them being wide releases and including Terminator: Dark Fate.
- Terminator: Dark fate
- Maleficent: Mistress of Evil
- Zombieland: Double Tap
- Black and Blue
- Gemini Man
- The Lighthouse
- The Current Was: the Directors Cut.
I am not sold on my number 5 and 6 but I am pretty sure Terminator should take number 1.
By Paul Anthony
Welcome our Saturday night blog and for the last Saturday night blog before Halloween, I had to figure out which scary sequel should I do. Now the easy choice was to do Halloween 2 from the 80’s but I decided to go away from that and go with a film that I wanted to see but never got around to it. As you can see by the title we will be reviewing Strangers 2 Prey at Night. This movie was released in the March of 2018 and it was a sequel was ten years in the making, which may have been some of it’s downfall.
The Budget was very small for a big time release at just 5 million which was 4 million less then the first film. Now the first film made a little over 80 million, however this film just made over 30 million. Usually when a sequel takes ten years to come out and they have it in March which is a grave yard month there really isn’t much hope but was the film that bad to warrant those numbers?
The event in the film takes place ten years after the events in the first film. Here the film the story focuses on family traveling in Ohio to take their teenage daughter to boarding school because I guess she did something bad ass but the family giving up everything to do this. Once they arrive, they stay at a family trailer overnight, that where the Strangers start to show and begin to torment the family and kill off the parents leaving the kids by themselves to fight off the strangers which they do successfully or so we believe because the film ends in the hospital where the daughter hears a sound that she heard in the trailer park. Though the only one that could have survived was the Man in the Mask but even then he took a very bad better and got stabbed and burned.
Now I can say that I did find this film a slight more enjoyable with the pace and the music did make the film more entertaining then the first but the acting and even the script was just horrible, they could have said nothing and it would have been better. Now the acting was so bad and I get these people needed to be on the low end of the budget but just seems like they were trying so hard to be in character that it felt so fake.
Now in the end I have to say because of the acting and script I was very disappointed in this film. It could have been better even with the low budget, the fact that they took ten years to make this and they missed the target. In the end what would I grade this film? Well sadly I have to give this film a D even for a low budget horror film this was bad but if you are a fan of the first film and want to see the second just to complete the series then be my guest!