By Paul Anthony
We are marching towards April and yes we are all locked up in our house and we totally forgot that it was Women’s Month and there are so many good movies that represent women in such a strong light and one of the roles that I grew up on was of course the Resident Evil franchise when it first came out way back in 2002. So I wanted to revisit that franchise for this blog. The first film was a big hit, the budget was 33 million and the movie ended up making nearly 103 million dollars and 70 million dollar profit. It is only natural that a franchise would soon start and just two years later we got a sequel. Like all the other films that are sequels, the budget became bigger increasing to 45 million but the good news is that fans wanted to see this film and the numbers increased to 130 million for a total gross and profit of 85 million which was a 15 million increase over the previous film but was it worth it?
Let’s talk about the plot, the film picks up directly where the first film left with Alice being caption and then tested on and when she wakes after amount of time that is wasn’t made clear Raccoon City had to deal with the outbreak and crazy enough, the city was locked up and quarantine from the rest of the country. Once Alice wakes up and escapes she learns what happens to the city. Along the way she meets and befriends other survivors who want to escape and expose the truth to the rest of the world. Well of course Umbrella doesn’t wan the truth to get out there, so they set out to kill all those who want to expose them. However a higher member of Umbrella lost his daughter and wants Alice and her friends to find his daughter and he will give them a way out. of course the fight begins but Alice manages to find the little girl. It is revealed that her father made the virus for her so she could be able to walk and grow like a normal child but the T Virus was taken from him and misused but at the same time he also created a anti-virus as well which his daughter has. When the final fight happens Alice has to go up against her old friend Matt who also bonded with the virus but mutated into some form of a monster though he and her are actually being controlled however they gave her free reigns so she doesn’t know and the fight is pretty much even until Alice gets the slight upper hand but she stops when she realizes who the monster is and Matt regains control and turns on Umbrella saving Alice but then the bomb drops and we learn once again Alice survives and is recused by her friends who also survived and the movie ends when the audience learns Umbrella wanted her to escape.
Well I have to say the movie was a slight improvement over the first film and did a good job at introducing more of the game characters like Jill. They gave us a story that we could get behind with learning what the outbreak was and so forth and they gave us that little thing with having Alice be some type of program and super human. I got to say I did enjoy the action mixed with Mike Epps comedy to switch it up. Certain things like that can go a long way. In the end I have to say I am giving this film a good 90 percent or a good A and I have to say it is one of my favorite sequels so far!
By Paul Anthony
Netflix is no doubt is becoming bigger and bigger and with that being said, they are recruiting big time people in the game but they also are starting to recruit big time directors. Michael bay is one of those directors. Here we have a big budget film which the budget is around 150 million and the film was lead by Ryan Reynolds and even have Dave Franco in the film as well though his character doesn’t survive long, sadly he is the first member to get killed and that is pretty much it for him with this film.
Now the plot is basic which you can understand for a Michael bay film, basically you have people who have fallen off the face of the earth or ” die” and become “ghosts” as they call themselves and they go off and fight crimes to make the world a better place. The group is led by Ryan who goes by the name of one, which is the rule of the group. they don’t know anyone’s real name they just go by numbers which means they don’t have ties to each other and that means less emotions when someone dies. Though that aspect goes out the door because 4 teammates start to date each other which One finds out later. In short the group loses just one member which One recruits another member and he becomes number 7. they train for what will be their first true mission and in the end they succeed and part of the rules are when the mission is over they part ways until they are needed again and so they do.
Now like I said this a bay film so it had no real story but his bread and butter is the action. Now with that being said and with the budget the action scenes were a big step in the right direction for Netflix. I know they operate a little different because I often think how would this film do making money if it was release in theaters. Well From a 150 million dollar budget and the time it was actually released and most of the reviews I would say you would be looking at around 500 million dollar movie which would make it some what of a successful film. Now the question becomes how would I rate this film? With everything I just said I do think it wasn’t a bad film. The story doesn’t make you over think about the plot and it’s simple and the action was there enough to overcome everything else. In the end I am giving it 70 percent. It was average film in my eyes, now am I curious for a sequel, yes I am but we shall!
By Paul Anthony
Before I get started I know might seem like a week of bashing Will Smith because his recent film Gemini Man is becoming such flop and then this week they decided release the first trailer for Bad Boys 3 so it only made sense. I have watched this film so much since it came out in 2003 and before I did my research on this film I have to be honest I thought this film made a lot more money then it did, truth be told this film would basically be another flop under Will Smith yet it was able to spawn a third film granted many many years and the film will be the first film not to feature Micheal Bay which should actually help the film.
The film follows Mike and Marcus again this time going up against the biggest Drug Dealer Johnny Tapia who is bringing ecstasy into the city, the only problem is that every time the cops have a case against him, they lose which forces Mike and Marcus to do whatever it takes to find enough evidence against him so they can put him away for good. Things like always don’t go as plan and forces them to go undercover and deal with shootouts and everything else. Will Smith shows off that he can still fight and run and drive and shoot like he did in the first film and Marcus continues to be himself. The best part of the film is of course the laughs that Will and Martin bring when they are together, it is almost like they feed off of each other which is the magic of the film. There are classic scenes like at the Electronics store where it seems like they are talking about their sexual relationship then the best scene where they gang up on Reggie. That scene alone might be the most famous scene. In The end the gang which the film introduces Marcus’s Sister kills Tapia in Cuba and the case is closed.
Now the story was basic, there really wasn’t anything to think about , you know what they were going to do. Actor was average but at times was way overboard but nothing that would have hurt the film. The action was there like in any Micheal bay film it will never be boring, of course the laughs were there as well. Hard to believe this movie failed to make 300 million and yet here we are getting ready for the third and final film. In the end the film seem to get better over the first however in the end the grade will be a B plus or about 85 percent. If you haven’t seen please do it worth a watch!
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 Paul Anthony
When you on on top of the world and you are making the most money and you keep producing hit after hit you will have your haters and now Disney and Marvel is facing that from some pretty big names but who is bashing the machine that marvel has become? Some of those people well the biggest names is Martin Scorsese and Francis Ford Coppola.
Here is the thing that bothers me the most with those two speaking out against Marvel and don’t get me wrong they have every right to do so but Scorsese said that Marvel films aren’t cinema but my question is what is cinema? We know there are several genres of film and the best description of the word is art of motion picture. Now through the years we can say its a film that tells a good story and deliver all the elements of literature and most of all it entertains us and keeps us hooked. I have watched many movies of Martin Scorsese and I do enjoy his work and many of his films I do own. But Is he right for calling a genre trash?
Scorsese and Coppola were some of the directors that started the new wave in Hollywood and changed the game, Some of Scorsese’s films include gang violence of the mafia or just gangs outright but they always had a little of everything but yet many people don’t like them as well but no one called it trash.
See it doesn’t make sense to me for him to call it trash, maybe it’s sour grapes or something because of the money Marvel. Scorsese highest grossing film was Wolf of Wall Street which grossed 392 million dollars and is a great movie to watch. When you look Marvel Studios movies that number would rank on the low end of list, still once again no need to trash something and it’s not like these films are poorly reviewed either so a lot of people don’t think this type of films are trash. Now I know a bunch of actors have came out and said hey they can say whatever they want to say and indeed they can, take nothing away they are legends but even legends can be wrong and in this case I have to say they are wrong but have the right to say that.
Now maybe behind the scenes Scorsese is feeling the pressure to make a mega hit like avengers type of gross and it’s not his style. In the end Marvel films are very much cinema, it is a modern art and they do get a lot more praise for their films then most other comic book films do. I am sure a lot of people are feeling the pressure to maybe put up Marvel like numbers for their studio but money isn’t everything. Maybe one day Scorsese could do a comic book film and with his style it would actually be a great if not the best comic book film ever!
By Paul Anthony
Welcome back where we look at some stories you might have missed so without wasting time let’s get right to it. Kevin Hart has been covered a lot because of his accident that with how it is described he was very lucky to be a live, and his career was thought to be over and no longer the same as it once was, Though the accident was still bad which required him to have back surgery. Now Kevin wasted no time and got right back to work, when he went out on the promotional tour for his upcoming film Jumanji The Next level, which comes out later this year in December. I love Kevin Hart and to see him coming back this fast is nothing shy of awesome.
This next story really only popped up on the radar because his movie is a big hit and is number 1 and is predicting to remain at number 1. Joaquin Phoenix was recently in a accident involving a paramedics truck. Basically there really isn’t much here, witnesses and everyone including Phoenix himself said he basically missed judge the amount of room he had when he was pulling out and the truck just had a scratch on with his vehicle took the most damage, everyone was okay of course and they exchanged information and Phoenix isn’t facing any charges. Pretty much end of story.
Today The Charlie Angels reboot released another trailer. When the first trailer came out I have to admit I really wasn’t into this movie but now the second one is out and well basically I am slightly closer to saying I might go and see but I am still not sold on the film. I like the cast minus Kristen Stewart, but who knows she could shine in this film. The Movie is about a month away still, if they want to shine they really have to give us a little more before it is all said and done.
Terminator: Dark Fate runtime has now been revealed and it will be over two hours long at 2 hours and 14 minutes. We don’t know what story they are going to tell in this film, we do know the old crew is back in this film to give us a a good third film that we never got, though besides the last film, I thought the movies were good but never on the same level as part 2. I do hope this is the perfect amount of time to tell this story and I also hope all the hype is worth it on this film.
We are in the month of October and the Halloween franchise is back in full swing and we know we are just a year out when Halloween Kills comes out and more and more details are coming out and the next big detail we got is that Charles Cypher is returning to the franchise. If you don’t know him, I’ll help you out, he played Sheriff Leah Brackett in Halloween and Halloween part 2 but his character hasn’t been seen since then. We don’t know the details of how big his role is in this film but we will find out!
By Paul Anthony
This going to be tough for me to talk about because the truth be told, I still haven’t watched this show for more then a total of 5 episodes out of ten seasons and here is why I must have bad luck or my timing is off because every time I give the show a chance I watch a boring episode and I just go good lord what am I watching. The show has been on for ten seasons now and over 130 episodes and it seems like the hype is now fading and fans for one reason to another is no longer interested in a show that has zombies and some pretty cool villains but because they are not used correctly and fan favorite characters left and story lines getting dragged out to the point the show seems less then a drama.
It nothing short of a great milestone for shows to reach season ten and go over 100 episodes. But now things are getting brutal in the rating department. Season ten began with just 4 million people watching the first of 16 episodes in season ten, which is the lowest rating for an season 1 premier episode when it received 5.24 million viewers and the season avg 5.97 million. Still the show really peaked in season 5 and 7 when it opened at over 17 million but then the beginning of the end came in season 9 which only 6 million people saw and now this season.
Sure if the show can rebound and give us some entertainment and not bore us with introducing a new villain then I can see the numbers going but the climb is steep and they need to use all the characters correctly, if they want to bring the crowds back. The show will be returning for a season 11 which worries me to be honest.
We know the war going to start with the Whispers since they are next villain but they have 15 episodes left and that’s all the time they need, they don’t need to drag this out like they did with Negan. We know filming for the first half of the season is done, and if they thought the first episode was good then it will be a long season for fans that are left for the show.
Who knows maybe one day I will catch up and follow this show and maybe understand it more and we all know some shows you need to have filler episodes but we will see how this season goes from here and it can’t get any worse can it?
By Paul Anthony
When did we grow into a society that will blame stories for other people’s action? We recently found out the movie which is called The Hunt was not going to be released at least at the moment because of the recent mass shootings we had. Now I get it people can be sick and get ideas from movies. Now Some may never had heard of the movie before so the best description of the movie is this. Following a group of Elites who hunt the deplorable. Now I get we can have people so called hunting people without guns.
We are also stuck in the great gun debate and I am not here to get into that type of stuff. But why should a movie be canceled because of the shootings? There have been shootings before and there will be shootings after as well. There has also been debates about video games as well. Stop pointing the finger at fictional work because the people who commit these horrible acts are just that horrible people who just want to cause problems in the word. Seriously what is canceling the movie going to do? Okay you want to say it causes the victims trauma and what not, okay that is fine but guess what those people don’t have to go see it and it’s that simple.
If we cancel one movie then I guess we have to cancel every movie out there. Oh no here comes a romantic movie so now all the depress women out there who don’t get that fairly tale love story and will throw a fit? Or how about this a comedy comes out and the jokes offend someone let’s cancel the comedies as well. Look I am not making a joke about this situation but movies are apart of our normal lives and canceling them is just a sign of weakness. I could be going on and on about canceling a movie that may not be even good but that’s not the point.
Now if this movie truly stays canceled then so be it because to make this movie the budget was very small which was only around 15 million. Universal won’t take a big lost.
In the end what do we do from this point? I may not have an answer to that question well it’s an answer that I am sure people won’t like it. The mass shootings are and will always be horrible and it’s something we never forget but canceling stuff that has nothing to do with the shootings are just not the answer in my eyes, I am sure people will disagree and that’s their right to do so. There are rumors this film could still be released but in a limited factor rather then a wide one, so maybe one day we can see what all the commotion was.