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
I remember the hype for the film IT which came out in 2017, the people were pouring their emotions out that this “Remake” would hurt the franchise of IT. People failed to remember that IT from the early nineties was a mini series that was later converted into a movie format. So back to the story well the film came out and it blew our mind and we saw a classic in front of us. Now that film set the bar high for any Stephen King movies then it was announced Pet Sematary would be having a reboot. People were excited heck I was one of them, I saw the first trailer and it was the only trailer I ever saw and i knew I wanted to review this movie.
Well the dust has settled and I have to be honest I don’t think it was even on the same level IT and to me that is a shame. I don’t want to say this film was bad but the truth is that it could have been better and it was a roller coaster ride. It started the way it should and reached it peak and then fell hard. If you are looking for the jump scares this film which is a basic element any horror movie should have. Next I did enjoyed the quality of acting which was led by the talent of Jason Clarke which I am big fan of the talent he brings to the table. John Lithgow as Jud seemed to be slightly out-of-place but that rest more on the casting rather than himself. The Story seemed to be on the track but certain points in the story seemed to be rushed to get to the end of the movie. The run time was only one hour and forty minutes which may have explain the issues in the story usually theses problems go hand in hand. The effects were just about average though this was one scene where it did look like it was poorly done, since I don’t do spoilers I will let you figure it out. If you are a fan of the book and the 89 movie then you will see some changes in the two films which you may not like, for example the relationship between Louis and Jud is different in this film then the first. once again you can decide on which is better.
I am a fan of a good story and music for a horror both can really help sell a good scary movie in this case both seemed to be average which was just not good enough for the hype that was surrounding this film.
The Movie was made on 21 million dollar budget and based on friday night numbers made 10 million so the movie won’t be number 1 but could still make it’s budget by the end of the weekend and by the end of its run could be on the same pace as the 89 film. In All I would say if you have the time go and see it but for me I am giving it two of five stars and even label this as a miss.
By Paul Anthony
Over the last few months, I have heard so much about the Netflix film Bird Box. There was the movie itself and the stupid Bird Box challenge that was beyond dangerous. I kept pushing off the idea for a review of the film until now. I know it is a little late but I wanted to see this film and due to it still being popular I watched it. Now I have formed my opinion of the film and let me take a deep breath.
As I watched the film I started to be torn in half on how I actually felt about the film. There were parts of the film that blew it out of the park then parts there were parts that just hurt the film. For an example lets look at the cast. The cast was strong with some big names like Sandra Bullock, John Malkovich and B.D. Wong however they then have Machine Gun Kelly as a pointless character called Felix, Now Kelly can’t act and honestly looks like he was just busy himself which hurt the film because even when he spoke it just was bad lets put it that way.
With a movie like this in my mind when you add pointless characters added by people who can’t act, it really does hurt the film luckily his character wasn’t in the film long. Next part that I did like is the jump in time which if done right we know can help the plot which doesn’t seem to drag the story out and in this case they do a good job. We Sandra Character with kids by herself going down a river. What we don’t know how she came to be alone with the kids, the time jump helps explains why she is alone. The biggest thing I have heard about this film was it was a rip off of A Quiet Place and yes there was parts that are the same but there are parts that were different. These two films were no where a like with how Olympus Has Fallen and White House Down.
Overall we knew she would be alone but the Mass Suicide Sides were a great twisted touch. Now it was a cool touch to have the crazies as they call them to see these entities and live only to pass their message to the people the downfall was that this felt so random. The crazies weren’t in a lot of scenes, they little explain their reasons and besides that wasn’t around much.
With everything being up and down this Horror movie sits in the middle of the pack so with that being said i give it three out of five stars and would say if you have time and want something to watch then watch it!
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
Last Night case you missed it was the 91st Academy Awards and unlike some years there wasn’t a clean sweep or anything like though we did have have some big winners with Green Book, Roma and Black Panther winning three awards and Bohemian Rhapsody winning four awards so let’s look at our winners
Best Picture went to Green Book.
Best Director went to Alfonso Cuaron for Roma.
Best Actor went to Rami Malek in Bohemian Rhapsody.
Best Actress went to Olivia Colman in The Favourite
Best Supporting Actor went Mahershala Ali in The Green Book.
Best Supporting Actress went to Regina King in If Beale Street Could Talk.
Best Original Screenplay went to Green Book.
Best Adapted Screenplay went to BlacKKKlansman.
Best Animated feature film went to Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse.
Best Foreign Language Film went Roma (Mexico).
Best Documentary Feature went to Free Solo.
Best Documentary Short Subject went to Period. End of Sentence.
Best Live Action Short Film went to Skin.
Best Animated Short Film went to Bao.
Best Original Score goes to Ludwig Goransson for Black Panther.
Best Original Song went to the song Shallow from A Star is Born.
Best Sound Editing went to Bohemian Rhapsody.
Best Sound Mixing also went to Bohemian Rhapsody.
Best Production design went to Black Panther.
Best Cinematography went to Roma.
Best make-up and Hairstyling goes to the film Vice.
Best Costume Design went to Black Panther .
Best Film Editing went to Bohemian Rhapsody.
Best Visual Effects went to the film First Man.
By Paul Anthony
This is the weekend of the year where you know the big time movies will be releasing their trailers. We saw a new Avenger trailer and a Toys story 4 trailer and more but there was one that caught my attention not just because they released a full trailer just a few days earlier and that film was Fast and Furious presents Hobbs and Shaw. Don’t get me wrong this trailer had its moments but there were some that just in my eyes were too much.
We know over the last few films, the stunts in these films started to become just unrealistic and but it gives us that OMG type of stuff but this film clearly is now going over the top. In the last few films the team were using cars in more ways then just driving okay I am on board with that but now they have added Super Humans to the franchise. Yes Super Human. I guess they couldn’t find someone as big as the rock to give him someone real to battle instead they have to enhance a character to beat him. Still they didn’t need to go this over the top, now it seems like they are adding a comic book feel to it, which could hurt films 9 and 10.
Next thing is the title, Fast and Furious presents. This sounds stupid to harp on but titles can make and break a film and right now the last thing this film franchise needs is to lose a fan base because the numbers haven’t been there and I know The Fate of the Furious made over a billion dollars but here in the states the film failed to make its budget of 250 million here in the states and that is something that should been concerning.
The final thing is the movie itself, we have learned with the Star Wars is too much of one thing is a bad thing, Let’s be honest this film is basically fast and the furious 8.5 basically the plot is the same as the rest but with fewer main characters so when 9 comes just 7 months after this film comes out.
I’m not trying to bash this movie at all because there are somethings I did like from the trailer. Anything The Rock is in he can make into magic with him being funny and being a great action star. The laughs will come with this film with His Character interacting with Jason Statham character feuding well trying to work together. We know Jason isn’t funny on his own but with the right person he can be. I think it’s these two that will same this film and having them in the final two films will help them earn money.
Of course this all could work and things will be fine but we won’t know until the film comes out in August.
Last Night was the Annual Screen Actors Guild award show which the awards goes to the actors for outstanding performances in a motion picture and Prime time television series, so let’s get to the recap shall we?
- Outstanding Performance by a male actor in a lead role goes to Rami Malek in Bohemian Rhapsody as Freddie Mercury
- Outstanding Performance by a female actor in a lead role goes to Glenn Close in The Wife as Joan Castleman
- Outstanding Performance by a male actor in a supporting role goes to MAhershala Ali in Green Book as Don Shirley
- Outstanding Performance in a supporting role for a female actor goes to Emily Blunt in A Quiet Place as Evelyn Abbott.
- Outstanding performance by a cast goes to the entire cast of Black Panther.
- Outstanding performance by a stunt Ensemble goes to Black Panther. Television
- Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Miniseries or Television goes Darren Criss in The Assassination of Gianni Versace as Andrew Cunanan
- Outstanding Performance by a female actor in a Miniseries or Television Movies goes to Patricia Arquette in Escape at Dannemora as Tilly Mitchell.
- Outstanding performance by a male actor in a Drama Series goes to Jason Bateman in Ozark as Marty Byrde.
- Outstanding Performance by a female Actor in a Drama series goes to Sandra Oh in Killing Eve as Eve Polastri.
- Outstanding Performance by a Male actor in a Comedy Series goes to Tony Shalhoub in The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel as Abe Weissman
- Outstanding Performance by a female Actor in a Comedy Series goes to Rachel Brosnahan in The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel as Miriam “Midge” Maisel.
- Outstanding Performance by an Esemble in a Drama series goes to the cast of This is Us.
- Outstanding Performance by an Esemble in a comedy series goes to the entire cast of The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
Outstanding Performance by a stunt Ensemble in a Television series goes to the cast of GLOW.
Now that wraps up this award show now onto the next one!
By Paul Anthony
Pleased tell me you went out and saw Mortal Engine? If you did then you would one of the few who did. Mortal Engine has already officially became a bomb just in its opening week and honestly who is really surprised? I know I didn’t see it and when I first saw the trailer, I knew I couldn’t take the movie seriously, all i saw was a big city on wheels with a revenge plot, nothing that truly excited me or even sounded like a good movie. After I did my research I found out that it was a book way back in 2001, and that is part of the problem.
We all understand that Hollywood is running out of its own ideas so they are diving into the books, in some cases it proves to be a good move but in other and more cases it is not a good idea because what people love in a book they won’t pay to go see it and this is one reason why the movie failed. The next reason is that the book came out in 2001 and I am sure it was good book and what not but the fan base clearly moved on and or just forgot about it. I would expect better from Peter Jackson but I guess not. Next reason was the fact it was going up against The Mule and Spider-Man. Each movie had their own fanbase that took viewers away from Mortal Engine. Then Lastly was the reviews, this movie was already doomed before the critics watched it and all they did was bury it, the best reviews came mostly from the visual effects and that was it.
The movie could end up taking a loss of 50 to 100 million. The budget was anywhere between 100=150 million dollars. It’s opening domestic box office performance was 7.5 million and worldwide currently sits at 43 million. Insiders predidcted a flop and thought it would gross between 10-13 million and it failed to even that. It currently sitting in fifth place and I doubt that it will stay there because BumbleBee and AquaMan are opening this up coming weekend.
Look I don’t think when people are picking idea from books, they need to be a little smarter with what ideas they pick and put a big budget film together. The idea needs to be thought carefully but i am sure no one will listen and just go with what they think will work. Well in this case it did not.
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.