By Paul Anthony
Sometimes it seems like when you have a good thing going you can never get enough of it, and a few weeks ago now we have learned that we are getting more Star Wars films and more Avatar movies. Now both franchises have been in the news lately. With Star Wars we recently got a title for episode 9 and a trailer to go with it. Avatar hasn’t been around since 2009 but when Avengers: Endgame came out and how much hype it had people brought up Avatar because it is the number one movie of all time. We know recently Disney bought Fox which owns Avatar so in other words Disney owns the top two films of all time.
Now Disney announced that we would getting three more Star Wars films starting in December 2022 then in December 2024 and a third film in December 2026. Now Episode 9 being billed as the last Skywalker film so we know that these films will involve new stories and characters. Disney right now trend water here in which they are 50/50. Rogue one was a success however Solo was a failure by blockbuster terms. The rumors are of course going around that these films could feature the stories from the Knight of The Old Republic which are very popular so it only makes sense but time will tell us. I would guess we will have to wait until at least the beginning of 2022 to even get some details regarding this matter.
When a film makes 2.7 billion dollars you know there will be sequels usually two more on average but now Disney owns it and we getting four more sequels which are set to come out in December 2021 then December 2023, December 2025 and then the series will end in December 2027.
Now I can’t get over how Avatar made 2.7 billion dollars and I wonder no wait I believe the other films will never come close to that number again. Disney will own the month of December for a long time to come and it made sense to do it this way. Why have big time movies under one banner coming out and battling each other and run the risk of losing money. It has been no secret that Disney has been spending money like crazy and you would be dumb to think that they wouldn’t want to start making that money back. Heck they just spent 70 billion just to get Fox so yeah they need to be very smart with how they are releasing their movies so they can get top dollar for their films.
By Paul Anthony
I have to admit that when Disney first decided to remake their classic anime films, I was big against the idea though I did not see Beauty and the Beast, well at least not yet but I am sure I will in the near future. Now Let’s look at Aladdin. These films I believe have a up hill battle because of the legacy that the previous film had left could this film do it?
We know how the story goes with the film that is why they needed to change a few things with Genie’s story which I believe was a good touch. The story besides that stays on par and the singing was great too. Will Smith was the biggest name of the entire cast but I am proud that Disney is staying from the White washing and cast people that was more fitting for the role. I do have a problem with the low amount of action. don’t get me wrong Mena Massoud play the role of Aladdin well and was very good at his stunts and movements however I would have to seen some fight scenes or a little more towards the end.
As I mention before there was singing, we all know these films contain a lot of singing. The songs were pretty much on par and didn’t seem out of place or rushed. Now if they didn’t sing their parts then they did one hell of a good job lip singing, though we know Will Smith had a music career before he got into acting. The biggest thing people have against Disney was calling these films live action films. Well besides Genie and the animals and the magic carpet there really wasn’t much CGI after that. The effects were good as I would expect them to be because the budget was 183 million which I would assume a lot would go to the effects of the film.
With everything I must say that this film was fun and I caught myself singing the Aladdin theme song which was great and I did love Will Smith as genie must different from Robin Williams genie in the previous film. Because this is the live version and not a cartoon. With the same story almost as well I can’t give it more then 3 stars but a good 3 stars. Think of it as the glass being half full rather then half empty.
Now money wise I believe the numbers are projecting to be around 100 million worldwide, numbers from Friday for the domestic box office was around 30 million which is a great start which any film in the summer needs but for now Disney has another hit on their hands.
by Paul Anthony
Can you think of any other weekend in entertainment history that was magic like the one we just had? I’ll wait until you think about it…. just kidding, I am going to talk about this weekend regardless if you think about it or not. This weekend we had two big events, we had Avengers: Endgame getting released and we had one of the best episodes air on Sunday night from Game of Thrones. That’s right the war of the dead vs living sure did live up to the hype, after 8 years we finally got to see this battle, but I will save that for a little later but first let’s talk about Avengers first.
As I mention the event that was ten years in building finally happened, twenty-two film story arc and tons of character arcs finally came to an end and the question did it live up to the hype? The movie was long, but it was a great one, the film managed to wrap up all the original Avengers story arcs and they did give more screen time to those who didn’t have enough time in Infinity war. The action was there, which we knew would be as well as the effects which with the budget they had and just overall money they had from Disney it only makes sense that the effects would be on par. Here is a thing that did take me by storm and that is the emotions that it had. We had a little of everything when it comes to the emotions, but the best part was the sadness. Now when Iron Man lost his life to defeat Thanos it truly struck a cord with many and I mean many fans, Robert Downey Jr put on a award winning performance like no other which made sense Jr is a great actor and he has the resume to prove it.
I would give this movie a 4.8 stars just shy from being perfect because at the end of the day a film over three hours can drag a story out which it did seem like the film was dragging out the rather then build it but there is always a thin line but nonetheless if it fail on anything it would have been that part but only barely.
Now an event like this you can only imagine the money this film is making and yes, this film is making a lot of money. In it’s opening weekend worldwide the film made 1.2 billion dollars and first ever film to do so on it’s opening weekend. Even on the week days this film is making money as of today the film sits at 1.4 billion and we have yet to reach the second weekend and nothing big is opening this weekend. The Next closest film won’t be out until May 12th. We also have Memorial Day weekend at the end of the month which is far out but could keep Avengers in the top ten still, crazy I know right? Just think that is only part one of weekend
By Paul Anthony
It is the last movie in what will be one of the greatest sagas in cinema history. Star Wars Episode 9 released its first trailer and gave us the title of the film, which will be called Star Wars: Rise of Skywalker. Judging by the title and how this film is being billed as the last film in the Skywalker saga, you know this film needs to be epic. The trailer started off will the basic stuff for a teaser but then the trailer went dark and you heard a laugh which sounded like the one and only Emperor Palpatine. Soon as we heard that let’s be honest the fan base went crazy and so did I.
Then it was clear they made it official and clear that yes that was the emperor’s laugh and that he would be in the film however we don’t know though. Last time we saw him was in episode 6 Return of the Jedi. In which Darth Vader threw him down a reactor shaft because Vader at that point saw the light and became Anakin again because the Emperor was using Force lighting on Luke. At that point we assumed he did in fact died. We know in “Legends” Palpatine used clones to continue living long after Vader fulfilled his prophecy with bringing balance. But once disney took over and rebooted everything it was never made it clear we just assumed that he did in fact die.
If you are a big fan of Star Wars then you almost saw this coming, just look at what happen for Darth Maul, he was sliced in half and fell a very long way but yet they brought him back and even had a cameo in the Solo film. Even if you think about in the story sense, Siths seem to thrive on pain, Maul cut in half lived on, Vader himself had his limbs cut and was burned alive and still became one of the strongest siths ever. We know the Emperor was even more stronger then the black suit Vader so this makes sense but why did it take forty years and what was he up to these past 4 decades?
If this is the last film in the Skywalker saga, it makes sense to bring him back because it was him and his master messing with force to have Vader born. This also raises another question, Why haven’t we seen Anakin’s force ghost yet which he became one shortly after his death yet he was never seen again? I have to wonder if they are holding out on us like they did with darth maul cameo. If they do this the way fans what them to do then watch out because this film could make a run for the number one spot of all time. It is sad to say we have to wait until December for this film to be released!
By Paul Anthony
D.C. first big hit was Wonder Woman for their DCEU and Ironically enough Marvel released their first woman led heroine film. Which marks the first film for Marvel Studios. Let’s disregard the Marvel film Elektra since it was a Fox’s film which completely bombed and in my eyes hurt the heroine genre but now we know things have changed since then.
We knew going into Avengers: EndGame that Captain Marvel would be the X-factor to fight Thanos, well at least that is what marvel seems to be making us believe. If that is truly the case which I believe is the case, they needed to build her up, which would make sense to have her film come out way beforehand instead of 7 weeks before Endgame. With that being said they needed this film to be good and lets say Marvel didn’t disappoint us.
Like many first movies in what will be a series, it was a origin movie of sorts. This may be played out, so Marvel had to make it interesting and they did exactly that. We get carol with her powers already and on the StarForce team, what we don’t see how she got her powers and joined the team. This created a little of a Mystery which helped the plot of the film. Now instead of wasting a whole film they made it into one scene it worked out well.
The acting was on par with the other Marvel film, they do a great job with casting, Brie Larson fits the mold and made the role all hers. She spent time getting into the shape and with the sarcasm and good heart it felt different but she wasn’t the only cast member to stand out, we had Samuel L. Jackson as a young Fury and Jude law and let’s not forget a rookie Agent Coulson played by Clark Gregg.
As I watched this film it did feel like Captain Marvel and Captain America were the same person and film both were weak but had the will to keep fighting the good fight and in the end the hard work paid off. If Captain Marvel is the X-Factor this film needed to show her off what she is fully capable of. They exactly did that, from the start she was not afraid of using her powers and as the movie went on she only got stronger and more confident. The effects for her power was spot on and even the hand to hand combat was good.
We knew this movie was going to be a hit and barely a week in the movie has gross over 450 million dollars and the numbers will continue to go up though April is looking like a tough month, so the film will need to make its money this month. In the end I am giving it four stars and recommend everyone to go see it!
By Paul Anthony
Some would say going to the movies is the thing of the past here in the States. Well 2018 are in and the numbers proves that at least last year that was not the case. The numbers also prove that if you produce a good film people will go out to the movies and not do something else. Last year was one of those years where it seems like so many good movies came out and with that being said 2018 set a new record. Last Year Hollywood made 11.9 billion dollars, so I would say business is doing just fine.
In 2018 there were 140 films that made a difference, now within those films Disney released 13 films, Warner Bros released 49 films, Sony released 28 films, Universal released 38 films and then there is Fox with 17 films and Paramount releasing 12 films. Disney may have only released 13 films but they lead the way with 3.092 billion in the Domestic box office. Universal was close with 1.959.76 billion, Warner Bros was next at 1.940.69 billion. Then Sony at 1,283.72 billion and Paramount at a low 757 Billion.
If we think these numbers are just a fluke then guess again because these studios have some big titles coming out this year and could even top 2018. Disney has films like Captain Marvel, Dumbo, Avengers: EndGame, Aladdin, Toy Story 4, The Lion King, Artemis Fowl, Frozen 2 and Star Wars 9. Warner Bros has titles like The Lego Movie 2, Shazam, Detective Pikachu, Mine Craft, Godzilla king of the Monsters, Shaft, IT 2, Joker and the gold Finch and another Conjuring film. Sony could have a great year as well with titles like Men in Black: International, Spider-Man: Far from Home, ZombieLand 2 and a third Jumanji film. Universal might have an off year with small titles like US and Happy Death Day 2U but could rebound with titles like How to Train Your Dragon three and Hobbs and Shaw as well as The Secret Life of pets part two. This could Be Fox.s last year before they join Disney and they will ride the Marvel way with Dark Phoenix and New Mutants and Alita. Paramount is banking on films like What Men What, Pet Sematary, A Terminator film, Rocket Man, Dora explorer and Sonic.
Now we know these titles sound good but could flop we can look at Alita right now though it open at number one the numbers haven’t been there just yet. But it is hard to believe with certain titles won’t do good or even great but in any case let’s sit back and enjoy the year.
By Paul Anthony
We always hit the weeks where trailers come out and get us excited for movies to come out. Those movie trailers can sometimes hurt the films as we know and there are times where the trailers show too little or show too much. Among the trailers that did come out two really caught my attention and in today’s blog i am going to look at two movie trailers and those two trailers the first Avengers: Endgame trailer and the Godzilla: King of Monsters trailer. We first look at the Avengers one since after all let’s be honest we are dying for this movie to happen.
Trailers are meant to get us excited for a movie but some movies don’t even need a trailer, one of those movies are Avengers: Endgame. We been excited for this movie since the post credit scene ended in Infinity War. This movie gave us the new title and showed the aftermath of the snap of the finger from Thanos. We see Iron Man floating in an aircraft running out of food and water and now oxygen, we see Thor mourning the loss of maybe his friends and Loki. We get to see a much different looking Hawkeye who most likely lost his family and Captain America forming a plan of attack. Then it ends with Ant-Man at the front door waiting to get in at the Avengers headquarters in his goofy matter.
The trailer got us even more pumped and to think this movie is only four months away we don’t even need another trailer. The only thing that i wish they would have added was maybe a scene with Thanos enjoying life to get an idea of what he actually been up to. Had they added this into this trailer I would have been perfectly fine with it. I am guessing we will get a second trailer during the superbowl ads, so stay tune.
The other trailer that I mention was Godzilla: King of Monsters trailer. For years we have been craving for a Godzilla franchise and in 2014 we finally got it and even have a Monsterverse going on with Godzilla meeting with King Kong. But it’s been five years and the delay may have caused the hype to die down. When the trailers came out I am have to admit I didnt get excited for, the latest trailer was released and I believe it gave away a little too much, judging by the trailer and Movie title Godzilla going to be fighting every monster pretty much and trailer shows that. Which in my mind is just too much and could hurt the film. We know from experiance when you pack too much into a film it always end up being a failure but that will be determine once the film comes out.
Regardless of the trailers, it doesn’t mean these films will be good or bad though, we all know which film will crush the box office and which one might turn a profit. Either way 2019 looking like a great box office year!
By Paul Anthony
Sony made a deal with Marvel a few years ago, so that Spider-man could be a part of the MCU. Now we all remember why they did this deal and when I say them I mean Sony. Back in 2002, they released Spider-Man and it became a big hit for them. Just two years later they released Spider-Man 2 which became one of the best comic book films of all time even today it’s still regarded as one of the best still. The critics loved it and so did the fans, money wise it was very good but fell short of making more then the first film but it didn’t need to which is rare but in 2007 Sony released Spider-Man 3, film was a hit but fans and critics couldn’t stand it. Even though it made nearly 900 million, it killed the franchise and forced Sony to reboot the series.
2012 saw Sony release The Amazing Spider-Man, all seem to be good again until they release Amazing Spider-Man 2 and they made the same mistakes they did in Spider-Man 3 which lead to them going to marvel and seeking help. The Deal has been going great so far for both parties. Sony however deep inside and won’t admit that their pride got crushed so they needed to rebound. Since Amazing Spider-Man 2, Sony has been trying to plan a series of films revolving around his villains but could they pull it off. Venom made the most sense.
Venom has and will always be fan favorite, so it made the most sense with him. Not only that, he does have story arcs of him being a hero or at least trying and they wanted another crack at the venom character because the last time we saw venom, well you remember how that went. But could they pull this film off without Spider-Man? Well of course they can. Venom has plenty of source material to pick from. They needed to get it right though or else their plans will once again go down the drain. Now I went to go see the film and I enjoyed it and thought they did enough right to make a Venom part two. The film could have been better, I’m not denying it needs to be better. With a 100 million budget and most of it going to effects, I was blown away from the money it has made so far.
Venom has cracked the top 5 highest grossing films of 2018 already, now that is a shocker when you think about it because we had films like Avengers: Infinity War, Black Panther, Jurassic World 2, incredibles 2, Mission Impossible, Deadpool 2, Ant-Man 2, Ready one player and Operation Red Sea. It’s even funnier when you think Venom out performed DeadPool 2. Once again though the foreign box office did save this film and here are the stats to back up what I am saying.
Here in the States the film made 211 million so far which counts for only 25 percent of its total gross meanwhile at the foreign box office it grossed 611 million which comes out to around 75 percent of its gross. It did do great for its opening weekend here at 80 million and China with 111 million.
Did Sony see this happening? I’m thinking not but now can they continue this? That is something I am not sure about since their track record says other wise. We now know Tom Hardy is signed onto 2 more films. I now hope they can learn from their mistakes and make Venom 2 even better and get this film series going.
By Paul Anthony
If you follow Bill Maher, you will know he’s the biggest trash talker there is, who pretty much thinks hes a rottweiler when in reality he is nothing more then a chihuahua, that needs to be kicked. I’m not saying i was a fan but I would watch him from time to time when there was nothing else to watch. But now I see this man decides to hit an all time low.
We all know Stan Lee passed away earlier this month, at the age of 95. Here is will Bill decides to show his colors, by taking cheap shots at both Stan Lee’s legacy and his fans who are mourning. In what would be the worse time to say anything regarding someone passing, he decides to blast fans “who are in deep deep mourning over a guy who simply inspired millions to see a movie” he also went on to blast people by saying people need to grow up and read books without pictures. I must say Bill you are truly an idiot and I would love to say it to his face. Bill is in his 60’s and his career is winding down and i believe he likes to say stupid stuff like this to get a reaction to keep his career going. Because he knows his legacy is never going to be on the same level as Stan Lee.
Bill would go on once again blasting people who blast him for his comments by saying more dumb stuff and that dumb stuff is the backlash only proves his point. Oh Man, let me take a breath for second, no people who are going after him don’t prove his point, and I am sure he’s going to say something like reading comics make you dumb, no Bill listening to you will make people dumb. When people make remarks like that, it is clear as day they know they are wrong but in some people nature they can never admit that they are wrong.
Now I am not saying Stan Lee created literature atleast according to rules comics aren’t literature. However what Stan lee work did do was inspire people to read aqnd believe in themselves. Marvel heroes and villains are famous for having flaws but it taught people that you can have falws but still do good in life. Those people that read those comics did move onto books without pictures and as for those movies, No, Stan Lee didn’t make those films, these movies bring people back to a fun time in their life and that’s why they are hits with fans.
To prove a point here regarding his comments, president Obama who a lot of people regard as one of the better presidents even said Bill was wrong for that. In the end people are allowed to mourn for whoever they want and for reasons they will only know, but this doesn’t mean it’s okay for a never was like Bill Maher to put his two cents in this subject and just let people mourn. So Please Bill will you just shut up!
By Paul Anthony
When movies are made, often studios will review it and decide which scenes or parts needs to be taken to reach a certain rating or to please a certain age range or audience. However when a family movie is being made, there is not much to get cut or scenes to be changed. Here in the United States movies are hardly ever banned but in other countries that is a different story.
China recently announced that they would not be playing the movie Christopher Robin. Now we all know this is a Disney movie, and if you don’t know it’s basically a Winnie the Pooh movie. No harm there right? well we are wrong because China put a banned on that film and you would never believe why. Please understand this isn’t a knock against China by no means and often China saves certain films from being flops and often they save Disney films, sadly this is not the case. When China said they wouldn’t show this movie, I had to ask why and I got my answer. The party that is trying to take control of the president’s office likes to mock the president and they use a teddy bear that looks like China’s president and Winnie the pooh looks like the teddy bear.
Now I know that might sound confusing so to make it sweet it comes down to Winnie the pooh looking like the president. Now to me I think they are going overboard in this case. We are talking about a CGI character that has been around for a long time. Disney never wanted to mock their president and China knows Winnie the pooh isn’t here to mock them.
At this moment I don’t know what else China has banned and I am assuming they pick what films they allow their people to see without actually having guidelines to give them a reason to banned the film.
The movie no doubt is taking a hit from this as the film is produced on a 75 million dollar budget and only made around 64 million so far and currently sitting at number three in a slow box office month. China could easily put this film right around 120 million marker and make this film a modest success. I doubt this film will ever see China unless it is bootlegged. There is nothing Disney can do in this case about this film banned. No one could come up with the idea of this film ever get banned for this reason. They can’t and won’t change Winnie the Pooh!