by Paul Anthony
Can you believe its been just over ten years since the Dark Knight came out and created a whole bunch of storylines. Most people thought this movie was ground breaking for the Comic book film genre. Some will even credit this film putting this genre of films on the next level, regardless what people will say we can again say this film was in a league of it’s own. The Story was different, the action was on point and so was the actually acting. With all of these elements and story lines, one thing it could not do was get Nominated for best picture at the Academy award and yet Black Panther was.
Sure The Dark Knight won a bunch of other awards including the academy award for best supporting Actor which Health Ledger won but sadly this was after he passed away which may have had a part in it which said to say but it is also true, yet it wasn’t even in their mind to nominate them for best picture. Now ten years later we another film making a big splash in the award season and that is of course Black Panther. Now in my eyes at a quick glance Black Panther was far below the greatness that The Dark Knight was and still is. Now don’t get it twisted I think Black Panther was a good film with some good acting and actors but nothing truly stood out compared to what the genre is putting out there. But yet they are nominated for best picture which even being nominated is such a high honor. Now Black Panther did change the culture of sorts in Hollywood. This film came out in a time where Hollywood is under fire a lot for White Washing which is a term they used when white people are cast in a non white role. SO yes it did make a impact big time but films are not rewarded for being a culture impact because then you would have to change everything about the award process.
What if Black Panther wins? This would be a billion dollar question and I am very curious to find out because if it does it would be the first comic book film to do so, which is such an high honor and I don’t think it deserves that. Many people will still hold The Dark Knight in high honors and still will call it the best even if Black Panther wins. I am big Marvel fan and would love to see this win go to them, so good luck to Black Panther!
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
We are now 9 years deep in the MCU and to this day Marvel studios has yet to have a dud, the closes we gotten to a failure would Thor: The Dark World which still made money but the bright spot was a Villain, who is a fan favorite that pretty stole each scene that he was in. That person is of course being Loki played by Tom Hiddleston. The series hasn’t been the strongest which is understandable because it has to do with mythology, which is difficult to mix in with science but Marvel did it. Now let’s move on from The Dark World and three years later we get Thor: Ragnarok, which is a complete 360 from The Dark World.
In this film, it’s truly a fun space Adventure, they are only on earth for maybe 5 minutes of the entire film, now let’s touch on something that is different from the previous Thor films and I am talking about the comedy. In the previous films we did have a bunch of punch lines but nothing like we have in this film. For the first time in the entire series there is comedy from the beginning to the end. In the first film when he arrived on earth the comedy made sense since he was so new to earth, we seen the comedy in the Avengers films. So why did Thor bring the laughs? Well Chris Hemsworth showed he can make people laugh, just watch Ghostbusters and Vacation, so why not cut him loose and show us what he got and sure enough he brought the laughs but he wasn’t the only one, we got laughs from the Hulk and the grandmaster as well as Korg.
The comedy wasn’t the lone bright spots, Jeff Goldblum played a brilliant Grandmaster with his wits and his comedy and Cate Blanchett and Anthony Hopkins, all were brilliant in their roles. The music was good as well which was important because if music off so is the flow of the film. Now I am going to combine the action and graphics because in this case it goes hand and hand. With Disney’s money, you know the graphics are the best and the fight scenes aren’t bad we are starting to see Thor’s true power yet we didn’t see that much but I am sure we will see his full strength in the infinity war that is coming up next year. With I am giving it 4.5 stars. Why not 5? Well to be honest as much as I think this movie was great, it didn’t feel like a Thor movie instead I felt like I was watching another Guardians of the galaxy film which isn’t a bad thing but it just didn’t feel original.
Now the film will be facing real competition in the weeks to follow with Justice League and the of course Star Wars but for now I highly recommend seeing this film!
By Paul Anthony
The Summer movie season has now ended after this labor and boy the numbers were down by 18 percent from the 2016 summer season which runs from the first Friday in May and ends on Labor Day, in this blog we are going to look at the top five winners and losers of the summer, we will start with the losers beginning with number 5 and 1 will be the biggest loser.
- The Mummy, the film seemed to doom itself when it cast Tom Cruise as the lead role, he was clearly too big for the role, then add insult to injury Tom had to play he’s normal character which he believes is cool but he couldn’t be more, what’s even more alarming is that the rumor is he demanded more screen time which cut the screen time down and made the movie more about his character. Universal wanted to start a monster universe, well sadly it’s not off to a good start.
- Baywatch, put the Rock and Zac Efron together you should have gold to make a comedy but sadly we know there needs to be more, I think we should learn by now that hit tv shows don’t make good films but we know Hollywood will continue this trend because they are just low on ideas.
- Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, The main cast was reunited, which they would hope sparked people to come back and watch their movie, with a 230 million dollar budget, they failed to make that in the domestic box office, if it wasn’t for the foreign box office, this movie would have sank big time, what is worse is that it is ranked 5 out of 5 in the series a terrible downward trend.
- War For the Planet of the Apes, the movie should have made more money, this sequel however couldn’t live up to the Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. We know this trilogy was a prequel to the original film series, now with numbers being way down but still passing, might leave the fourth film up in the air.
- The Dark Tower, Fans were craving for this film when they first announced this film, people were freaking out and couldn’t wait but then they saw the film, well the few that did see it didn’t like it. The film failed to make budget at the domestic box office and barely made it to 100 million thanks to the foreign box office.
Now let’s look at the top 5 winners of the 2017 summer movie season starting with number 5 and work our way to number 1.
- Spider-man Homecoming, Sure this film might not have made billion dollars or even be the highest grossing Spider-Man film, the truth is it didn’t need to do all that to be successful, the movie was a hit among fans and critics, this fight might be number two behind spider-man 2 in the sense of being good. People went crazy for Tom Holland as Peter Parker and we are pump he will be around for some time, well if Sony realizes the deal with Marvel is a thing of beauty.
- Annabelle: Creation, this film is another case of the numbers don’t truly define its success, critics loved it and so did fans sure the money was just slightly better than the first one but in this case the quality was such a big improvement over the first one that it is insane, lucky we gave this spinoff a second chance and they delivered.
- Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2, when the first film came out we had our doubts that Marvel would make new franchise into film, it caught us off guard so the film was a true test and sure enough they made it better than the first one, the jokes, the emotions and action with the story it was all there and it paid off.
- Dunkirk, in the summer that was ruled by Marvel and even DC, this film gave us a break from comics this Nolan film that was based on a true story was a hit among the giants and at this point the last good film of the summer, Nolan proved he still has the magic when he made this and it helped when the film didn’t really have competition.
- Wonder-Woman, Dc needed a hit, the movie world needed a good female hero to prove that we can have a good movie, Wonder-Woman did all that and more, if the DCEU going to survive for another year then they need to thank this film for it, because the previous three failed where this film succeeded.
There you have it the top 5 winners and losers of the summer.
By Paul Anthony
Last week Joan Boocock passed away from a stroke. Now many of us probably never heard of her in our lives and that doesn’t mean anything, so don’t feel bad but the truth is you probably saw her at many red-carpet premieres when Marvel releases a film. If you’re wondering why then wonder no longer because she was Stan Lee wife of get this 70 years. That’s something to be proud of, many of us would love for our marriages to last that long. Now she may never have been as famous as her husband but that doesn’t mean she didn’t have a strong impact on the stuff we love and enjoy.
Stan Lee basically the godfather of comics and Marvel true hero, had it not been for him, Marvel may not have survived at all and grow into an empire. There was a moment where This nightmare could have happened. At one point Lee fell into a depression and was deciding to leave the business but Joan stepped in and gave him great advice. “Why don’t you write one comic you’d be proud of” The quote would sink in and sure enough it worked. Lee wrote a comic he would be proud of. That comic book would be called The Fantastic Four and the rest they say is history.
I always believed that behind every great man is a great woman, Lee a legend but it was thanks to his wife. Boocock had a career of her own, during her prime she was hat model, when she married Lee she went on to have two kids with Lee however one passed away few days after birth, I can’t imagine the pain that they had to go through but the good news was that they went through it together and not alone.
Boocock did more, she ended up getting her book published and her daughter revealed that she had a few novels unpublished but they are completed, she also did some voice acting for a few marvel cartoons, which was fitting since she was basically a queen in Marvel. Now sadly she passed away from a stroke on July, 6th.
Now I wanted to this blog after I saw how both Marvel and DC came together and mourn the loss of Joan Boocock and hoped Stan Lee the best. Which shows you how respected Stan Lee in the comic book world. I know he might be feeling lost after all he lost one of the most important people in life. Here at Smash Writing we wish your family nothing but the best and we are sorry for your loss.
By Paul Anthony
When Sony and Marvel worked out a deal to have Spider-Man in the MCU, we all knew we would get a Spider-Man that we wanted, sure enough Marvel came through. Which means Marvel and Sony going to make a large profit with this deal they made, first let’s start with the story overall.
We finally get see spider-man learning on the job of sorts, being a kid and trying to save the day, Sony try this in the past, with Andrew Garfield, but they decided to cast an older man to play a boy role and that isn’t a knock towards Andrew but more towards Sony, so they couldn’t really keep peter in high school for long. But to have a teen playing the role is brilliant.
Peter is now his right age meaning he’s going to save the day but only as a kid would, we can see peter start to grow but at the end he is still a kid and mistakes happen. Iron Man in as we all know but he doesn’t steal show but serves as mentor, Downey shines as Tony in the scenes that he is in but let’s Tom Holland steals the entire show. Finally seeing a new villain in the vulture with a back story, which we saw in Civil War, they were good guys but the Avenger’s actions made them turn to the other side.
Overall casting gets great reviews also, some names were changed but honestly its nothing major to make you hate that they changed it. In Marvel, we trust so no worries there. The comedy wasn’t force the kid humor there but since they are truly kids it felt natural not like in the Amazing Spider-Man.
The writing, the action and comedy are all there, not bad at all and the best part is even though it’s a first film in the series it wasn’t an origin story, we know Uncle Ben dies and Peter could have saved him, in one way or another, Marvel doesn’t speak of Uncle Ben this around or even how he died, Peter does mention that Aunt May has been through a lot, which is their way of acknowledging he’s passing.
I mention villains early on with the vulture but he wasn’t the only villain, Marvel did a great job with putting in more villains without stuffing them in like Spider-Man 3 and The Amazing Spider-Man 2 did, we meet two versions of the Shocker and see the Scorpion make a few appearances, the plot doesn’t have anything to do with them so it makes sense that they around much, it seems like Marvel saw Sony’s mistakes and taught them how to correct them.
At the end of the day, this is the Spider-Man film we needed. Marvel needed to make sure this film would click because the pressure was on them since Sony without saying it, had no idea how to reboot the series again.
This was a must-see film and fun for all ages to see it. In the end, I am giving it 4.7 stars out of five. If you need a movie to see, then see this one!
By Paul Anthony
2016 is now in the rear view mirror in cinema, we had great films and good films and very horrible films but which studio made the most money and controlled most of the film market?
You can answer that question very easy because the answer is in the title. Yes Disney as a whole had a very good 2016, when you have films like finding Dory and Captain America: Civil War and Rogue One and even the carry over from Star Wars The Force Awakens. Disney ended up making 11 billion in profit and counted for 25 percent of the market.
Let’s take a moment and let that process, that one entertainment company can count for 1 quarter of the market. How did we let this happen? Don’t get me wrong but no means is this exactly a bad thing, when you make 11 billion in profit from movies you’re putting out good films there no question about that, there issues here though however. Disney makes a lot money from merchandise, toys, music and film. this process allowed them to buy other entertainment. They bought Marvel and their fan base and then they bought lucasfilm and the Star Wars franchise.
It’s to believe that some of our favorite franchises are own by Disney which makes them more and more money. The scary part is if they made that much in 2016, How much are they going to make in 2017, both Marvel and Star Wars has big films coming out this year, We have Cars 3 and the live action version of Beauty and the Beast. Get ready for the next installment of the Pirates of the Caribbean, which is the fifth film in the franchise.
We may enjoy a lot of their films but I have to be honest a lot of their live action films have the same tone to them, very rarely do they cross that PG-13 rating and if they do its under another banner.
In the end their best movies are ones they basically buy and when they do come up with something new, the first films are good but it goes down the hill if they make a part two, they recently got on this kick with making live action films of their great cartoons, i am enjoying by the way.
So where my point at? well in this piece there is no point but the thought occurred to me when I found out that Disney was such a big part of the film market, all their movies they had last year and the money they made, it is crazy to think how much Disney we truly watch!