By Paul Anthony
The Rock has become a staple in the action world and comedy world of acting, and let’s be honest he has become very good at it. That is even more clear in the last few years but we have to ask ourselves when will the Rock join the MCU and who could he play? This topic hit the fan when Ryan Reynolds made a cameo in the Hobbs and Shaw movie. Which to be honest will spawned another film which Reynolds could have an extended role and that got the co creator of Deadpool wanting the Rock as a hero in the next Deadpool film.
Now we know there will be a Deadpool three, what we don’t know is when that film is coming but having the Rock in it would no doubt send the possible series final into new heights with showing the bad ass in THE Rock, we would no doubt laugh our ass off with this film. But who would the Rock play? What about Garrison Kane. Now Kane was suppose to be in the first but due to budget concerns with the CGI that is required, they cut him from the script. We know now that Deadpool has grew in budget and if Disney see’s the value in adding The Rock plus the money for the CGI, they will make it happen.
I for one would love to see the Rock in an MCU movie, I know he is suppose to be playing Black Adam in the DCEU but we don’t know when that will happen. Not to mention he can handle the work load of doing two movies if the filming schedule were at the same time. Will this actually happen though? I don’t know to be honest adding the Rock would no doubt be one of the biggest moves to the MCU since well adding Robert Downey Jr though that came in time.
Still this could be years away with the fact that an X-Force movie is being planned first at least that was before Disney bought fox century. Fox’s planned was to do a X-Force movie then Ryan would take a break from being Deadpool before he jumped back into the role for the third solo film. So in theory Kane could show up in the X-force movie since he was apart of the group at one point.
I know this could never happen but it is something to get excited for well we wait. Because as I stated there is nothing actually planned right now for DeadPool. I have ask you would you be excited for the Rock to show up In Deadpool?
This is the first time I am doing this, so this is going to be fun. In this blog I am going to give a mock review of the movie Fast and Furious presents Hobbs and Shaw. Now before I get started I have to explain why I am not seeing this film. For starters this film and the entire series is getting played out to me with over the top action and same old story with humor. If you were a fan of the first three films and even the fourth you saw how the franchise wanted to get bigger, which I get but I mean you had The Rock stopping a torpedo for crying out loud. Pretty much when Paul Walker died and they did that fair well scene in the end of Fast 7 I thought it should have ended instead greed took over and here we are.
I saw all of the trailers for this film and as I stated I had no interest in seeing this film. Now I can name a pro or two with this film. The Rock has been on fire on the action front and comedy front, he has proven to be a double threat in the acting front. This film is no different The Rock has proven he can make the most of any movie. Another pro with this film is Jason Statham also leads the way with action, Now I have yet to see a film in which has a good script so he can act but maybe one day. Let’s not for this film does have Idris Elba as the villain who wants to take over the world because he is Black SuperMan, there I wanted to stay away from the one line that was so stupid but it was hard. As I stated before, this franchise is known for its over the top action and this film continues that trend which does give it a slight pro.
Let’s talk about the cons with this film. One is that the fact it is a spin off in a franchise where the good guys goes up against someone whose taking over the world, Now we have a guy who is as powerful Superman trying to take over the world, it makes you think with a spin off the story should have been much smaller then taking over the world. That’s another con, taking over the world, this plot is something they are using just way too much, you have to move on and with that being said you can almost guess that the story going to be a weak one. Next having the Rock’s real life cousin in this film playing a family member. I just the Rock pulling more strings and the film catering to The Rock’s fans, though not many people like Roman Reigns.
Now That we know this film is basically a recycle plot from the previous films with few slight changes. Now I know this film is going to make a lot of money even though it is a horrible one. With the star power it has and the name, it only makes sense that it will do good, the PG 13 rating will help with movies from July being the only real competition it has in August. Overall I’ll give this movie a D rating, I don’t see it being any higher.
Dave Bautista last few years have been catching my eye, in fact even before he started getting movie roles, he’s last few months full time in WWE were probably his best and you just saw a star being born and then his big time role in Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy and in the Avengers films. Since then I have been curious to see his performances going forward and when I saw the preview for this film I could tell this film might not be the big film of the year far from it in fact so what did I think of the film?
Well Let’s start with the casting and acting. As I mention before I am big fan of Bautista now him and Kumail Nanjiani as Stu to me was the highlights among the acting well the only highlight. Now I know KuMail has been around but mostly been doing a lot of voice work and that will continue going into next year when he is the film The Voyage of Dr. Dolittle. Now back to the film, Most of the other characters seem like they were only making cameos so it was hard to even make it seem like they were threat. Actually the movie made it seem like Bautista character Vic’s eye sight issues were the only real realize to why the bad guys were winning for most of the film and soon as his eyes got he got the upper hand it was pretty much over.
Because of that the character development was on the weak side of things because half the time I forgot who the bad guys were and didn’t really care for them which I felt like it did hurt the film and the epic fight fell felt to me. Yes this is a comedy but any good R Rated comedy needs a lot of other things to carry it and just didn’t have it outside of the main two good guys.
Now let’s talk about the idea here because this was something new and Yes buddy cop films are nothing new but using Uber is new and that has value to me. So in the end how I rate this film? I give this film a C it had moments but it just that moment and nothing will jump out at you but wasn’t a bad ride either. The numbers aren’t out yet but I would assume you would see this film somewhere in the top 5!
By Paul Anthony
Well I think this time I am truly getting tired of bad films thinking they are good, I often catch myself wondering when is funny no longer funny anymore, I get my answer when I was any new movie that Adam Sandler is in. Few years back we all know the story Adam Sandler’s production company signed a contract with Netflix to produce a number films, all signs point to the fact that the contract was for 8 films and this film marks the 7th film in the contract. I’ll be honest this deal needs to end fast.
I know Netflix at first was getting a lot of views on this film which, I am going to guess people were expecting something great and comedy gold when you have Jennifer Aniston in it but when you think about that you also have to realize that Adam Sandler is in it as well. Let’s get to this review of this film This movie fell flat to me and I am being nice, this film was built as a comedy and I don’t think I even laughed once. The cast did what they could and you had some good names in this film, for starters you had Jennifer Aniston, Luke Evans and Terence Stamp, though his role was more of an cameo rather then the main cast. Jennifer has been in a few good comedies the last few years. Now We know she was on friends and that was a sitcom, but with that being said I don’t find her funny on her own but give her a good cast and script and she will make you laugh, however she couldn’t in this film but that is no fault of her own. Adam’s job was to bring the laughs the problem is his style grew old like him and instead of changing it up he just keeps playing the same character and that gets old.
The plot was basic, for starters it was about a Marry couple who after 15 years of marriages seems to be falling apart because of laziness on Adam’s character to part. To spice it up he plans a last minute trip to Europe and there they get tangled into a rich family fighting for the billions of dollars, in the end they are set up to look like the killers in which case they must prove that they didn’t do it. Sounds like a fun idea for a movie but the writing was just weak and you kind of saw who was the guilty party.
Yes I am bashing this movie because, I hardly ever watched a comedy that didn’t make me laugh just a little, with that being said I am giving this film an E, they had a good idea but they just didn’t deliver good on the idea, this film could have been better but this is what is expected from an Adam Sandler movie these days and trust it is sad. We know now this was film 7 in the 8 film contract so this deal is coming to an end which may not be a bad thing for Netflix.
By Paul Anthony
Its a new month and we using a tier system to rank our movies, so before we get started let me explain a little about this tier system. we will be using letters to give our rating, think about it like being in school, S will be used as the top of the top movies in this case S will be Super or 100plus percentage next will A or Awesome like 90 to 100 percent rating, B will be Basic or 80 or 90 percent rating, next will be C for careful which will be 70 to 80 percent. Then we got the Letter D for Drool or 60 to 70 percent. Now we are really getting low here now we Have E for effort which is 50 to 60 percent, and now we have the lowest rating which is F which is failure which is 0-50 percent. Now that we got that out of the way let’s get to the review!
Since Marvel took over Spider-Man he has been getting many positive reviews despite there being so many films with Spider-Man since 2002, but this is Marvel second solo Spider-Man film and trust me they did deliver! For starters I am giving the film the rating of A right around 95 percent. Tom Holland continues to grow as Spider-Man and Peter Parker, its important to note that despite the two being one a key to a secret identity is being different from your alter ego. Tom Holland does a great job at growing into both roles. In Here we now seem him going through the idea of him not wanting to be the big hero yet still being a hero and wanting a normal life with his friends which makes sense because he is only 16 and been through tons. These films set a good tone with decent humor but also let Holland shine with showing how much he misses Tony, which is a good touch because Tony did want he did for Peter.
Now I am not the biggest fan of Jake Gyllenhaal but he did do a good job at Quentin Beck/ Mysterio, The trailers made it seem like he was going to be a hero pretty much every trailer made him look like a hero now not spoiling for anyone here but he is a Master of Trickery and Illusion and Marvel can’t stress that enough.
Another thing that I did like was in this film we saw more of Peter Parker rather then Spider-Man and like I said before we needed this because we saw more of Spider-Man the last few films. Usually I would knock it for that but it made sense to do that. They also explain the aftermath of the snap and explain that it is called “The Blip” and explain those who faded and came back had to start where they were before they faded so if you had a younger brother he would basically be your older brother now. Let’s get to the post credit scenes more importantly the first. We know j. Jonah Jameson is big in the Spider-Man universe and people really loved him after J.K. Simmons portray him from 2002 to 2008 in the Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man with reboots we know there will be new actors for roles but then Marvel and Sony gave us a treat With J.K Simmons reprising the role! Yes its a spoiler but who cares this was just such an awesome thing to get this treat! Either Please go see the movie, the movie budget is 150 million and just in two days according the stats it has already made 130 million not bad!
By Paul Anthony
After 7 films in the main series the X-Men films have come to an end and with that being said it did not end in with a bang in fact it fell flat.Some things made sense others did not but as the final film I believe this was the worse film of the series. X-Men films have been on the down fall recently but this was it. Who would have thought that doing a storyline twice would be worse then the first at least with the first time around they had Wolverine but we know Hugh Jackman retired from the role.
This movie opening weekend was the worse of any film and I kid you not, was the film a complete waste of time no, but it was pretty bad. First the crew was back and this time they had to deal with Jean Grey becoming the phoenix now in time film they make you believe it was a power from outer space however they must have forgotten about the ending of the previous film, where the film ends and makes it clear the phoenix power was in Jean Grey all along. Now another plot hole that I found and has been around was the characters ages. Magneto and Professor X should being looking the old guys that they are but instead they look the same as they did in the 60’s, these are big time plot holes that hurt the film.
Another thing that I was disappointed was that the fact that Quicksilver didn’t have one of his fun fast scenes that we were use to seeing, in fact he was hardly in the film except for a few and I do mean a few one liners. Now let’s talk about the action and the action came in the final twenty minutes of the film and when you have a two hour long movie that is suppose to be an action film but instead we got a bunch of running around with a story that was very thin as it was and to have no action to go along with it just made it a snooze fest.
Now as much as it seems like I am bashing this film, there were some good moments, when Jean grey got to use her powers it was a fun ride to see how powerful she truly was and even the performances of many of the cast were on par but hers really did stand out and I am truly sad not to see Sophie Turner do more X-Men films, Who knows maybe Disney will keep her when they reboot the series down the road. I am big Marvel fan and it breaks my heart to give this film a 2 star rating, it wasn’t bad and it had some good moments honestly I would say go see it on discount days and that is HOW X-Men ends!
By Paul Anthony
This may come as a shocker but I am giving this film a good review, some critics might be bashing it but for the third Godzilla film to be made in the United States but I feel like they got it right this time and they needed to with going into what might be the finale movie of Godzilla in next year’s Kong vs Godzilla movie. We know last time in 2014 the biggest knock of Godzilla was not enough of him, which I actually did like, it was a cheaper way of not having him in the film so much to have the profits look a lot, it was a good move on their part but now it is different.
Let’s start with what I thought was the weakest part of the film and that was the story. Now I know they can’t really do much more here but regardless it was weak. We basically have the broken family that became broken from the events of the last film which one parent being a bad parent but in the thin twist is the good guy and the good parent is really working for the bad guys. They come back together only to broken up again with a death of the real bad guy, sounds confusing but in the film it’s not. They do a good job at introducing a new bad guy though rumor is he won’t be in Kong vs Godzilla which is a smart move but the future is not set with what will happen next.
This film gave us a chance to see where Godzilla lives and rest in between the decades that he is not seen and shows that he was truly worshiped as a god and protector of the humans through out his history which was a good touch. We saw that battles and I thought the effects for this was good and the music for the scenes was another good touch. people may bash the film for having too much monsters on the screen but you saw the story and the writing to make it clear this was going to be a monster movie, I will not bash them for it.
One of my favorite parts was the credits because they told the story after the film with the effects of Godzilla winning and the titans following him and a glimpse what is to come next and how Kong and Godzilla were always destine to fight with the final article headline reading what is a king to a god? To me that was a highlight in those credits.
When it is all said and done I will give this movie 3.5 stars and praise it for being good follow up to both Godzilla and Kong. Numbers are tracking it to be number one this weekend which will be a good start for it because there are plenty of more movies on it’s way!
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
I catch myself watching Netflix’s films more and more and it seems like they keep getting better and better and not too mention they keep getting some big names as well, as before I did a review on the Bird Box film simply because I started to hear about the challenges that were going on which basically forced me to watch the film. I recently heard about Netflix doing an Ted Bundy film. Now if you never heard of him, he was serial killer who stocked and raped and murdered young woman in 70s, he was later caught and escaped from prison a couple times and finally in Florida he was caught for good and sentenced to death which did happen in January of 1989.
It is important to note that this film was not from Ted’s point of view but his Girlfriend Liz, who for the longest time believed he was innocent until the evidence was clear and he finally confessed to her and others that he did in fact kill over 30 women. The title of the movie was creative which the film was called Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile, which was the words of judge Edward Cowart who was the judge who sentence Bundy to death. The film had Zac Efron as Bundy and Jim Parsons as Larry Simpson, John Malkovich as Judge Edward Cowart. Not to mention the film also had Dyan Baker and Jeffery Donovan and Haley Joel Osment. So a Pretty good cast.
The film’s story starts with Liz and Ted meeting at a bar in 1969 and shortly after that they began to date. Then out of no where Newscasts starts to pop up and talking about women missing and then Bundy being accused of theses crimes after he is pulled over. It wasn’t until the end we find out that Liz gave his name to police when she saw a sketch of the possible suspect. Through the film, which because of Liz, it seems like Bundy is a innocent man. The problem I had through this point is that we have yet to see anything Ted did that made you believe he was guilty. Though It’s from Liz’s view certain scenes did happen that Liz wouldn’t have known so why not show us something if it was tease. We get that little tease at the end the end but for me it was just a little too late.
I wasn’t much a Zac Efron fan when he was a young kid and it seemed like he was going to fall flat on his face but he has been improving and taking on different roles and he continues to shine. The best part of this film was hands down his performance. Looking over the footage of Bundy that I saw, it seems like Efron did his homework on Bundy.
With that being said I am giving this film a good three stars out of five, they didn’t blow it out of the water but they did do enough for the film to be watchable.