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The Golden Globe Nominations are!

By Paul Anthony

We are in the month of award nominations and we are about to kick off award season. First up in the award season is the Golden Globes which will air January 5th, 2020. So who are the lucky ones with the nominations? Well I got the list for you!

Television:
Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series — Musical or Comedy
Michael Douglas (“The Kominsky Method”)
Bill Hader (“Barry”)
Ben Platt (“The Politician”)
Paul Rudd (“Living with Yourself”)
Ramy Youssef (“Ramy”)
Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series — Musical or Comedy
Christina Applegate (“Dead to Me”)
Rachel Brosnahan (“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”)
Kirsten Dunst (“On Becoming a God in Central Florida”)
Natasha Lyonne (“Russian Doll”)
Phoebe Waller-Bridge (“Fleabag”)
Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series — Drama
Brian Cox (“Succession”)
Kit Harington (“Game of Thrones”)
Rami Malek (“Mr. Robot”)
Tobias Menzies (“The Crown”)
Billy Porter (“Pose”)
Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series — Drama
Jennifer Aniston (“The Morning Show”)
Olivia Colman (“The Crown”)
Jodie Comer (“Killing Eve”)
Nicole Kidman (“Big Little Lies”)
Reese Witherspoon (“The Morning Show”)
Best Performance by an Actor in a Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
Christopher Abbott (“Catch-22”)
Sacha Baron Cohen (“The Spy”)
Russell Crowe (“The Loudest Voice”)
Jared Harris (“Chernobyl”)
Sam Rockwell (“Fosse/Verdon”)
Best Performance by an Actress in a Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
Kaitlyn Dever (“Unbelievable”)
Joey King (“The Act”)
Helen Mirren (“Catherine the Great”)
Merritt Wever (“Unbelievable”)
Michelle Williams (“Fosse/Verdon”)
Best Television Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
“Catch-22″
“Chernobyl”
“Fosse/Verdon”
The Loudest Voice
“Unbelievable”
Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
Patricia Arquette (“The Act”)
Helena Bonham Carter (“The Crown”)
Toni Collette
Meryl Streep (“Big Little Lies”)
Emily Watson (“Chernobyl”)
Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
Alan Arkin (“The Kominsky Method”)
Kieran Culkin (“Succession”)
Andrew Scott (“Fleabag”)
Stellan Skarsgård (“Chernobyl”)
Henry Winkler (“Barry”)
Best Television Series — Drama
“Big Little Lies”
“The Crown”
“Killing Eve”
“The Morning Show”
“Succession”
Best Television Series — Musical or Comedy
“Barry”
“Fleabag”
“The Kominsky Method”
“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”
“The Politician”
Movies:
Best Motion Picture — Musical or Comedy
“Once Upon a Time in Hollywood”
“Jojo Rabbit”
“Knives Out”
“Rocketman”
“Dolemite Is My Name”
Best Motion Picture — Drama
“The Irishman”
“Marriage Story”
“1917”
“Joker”
“The Two Popes”
Best Motion Picture — Foreign Language
“The Farewell”
“Pain and Glory”
“Portrait of a Lady on Fire”
“Parasite”
“Les Misérables”
Best Screenplay — Motion Picture
Noah Baumbach (“Marriage Story”)
Bong Joon-ho and Han Jin-won (“Parasite”)
Anthony McCarten (“The Two Popes”)
Quentin Tarantino (“Once Upon a Time in Hollywood”)
Steven Zaillian (“The Irishman”)
Best Original Song — Motion Picture
“Beautiful Ghosts” (“Cats”)
“(I’m Gonna) Love Me Again” (“Rocketman”)
“Into the Unknown” (“Frozen II”)
“Spirit” (“The Lion King”)
“Stand Up” (“Harriet”)
Best Actor in a Supporting Role in Any Motion Picture
Tom Hanks (“A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood”)
Anthony Hopkins (“The Two Popes”)
Al Pacino (“The Irishman”)
Joe Pesci (“The Irishman”)
Brad Pitt (“Once Upon a Time in Hollywood”)
Best Actress in a Supporting Role in Any Motion Picture
Kathy Bates (“Richard Jewell”)
Annette Bening (“The Report”)
Laura Dern (“Marriage Story”)
Jennifer Lopez (“Hustlers”)
Margot Robbie (“Bombshell”)
Best Actor in a Motion Picture — Musical or Comedy
Daniel Craig (“Knives Out”)
Roman Griffin Davis (“Jojo Rabbit”)
Leonardo DiCaprio (“Once Upon a Time in Hollywood”)
Taron Egerton (“Rocketman”)
Eddie Murphy (“Dolemite Is My Name”)
Best Motion Picture — Animated
“Frozen II”
“How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World”
“Missing Link”
“Toy Story 4”
“Lion King”
Best Actor in a Motion Picture — Drama
Christian Bale (“Ford v Ferrari”)
Antonio Banderas (“Pain and Glory”)
Adam Driver (“Marriage Story”)
Joaquin Phoenix (“Joker”)
Jonathan Pryce (“The Two Popes”)
Best Actress in a Motion Picture — Drama
Cynthia Erivo (“Harriet”)
Scarlett Johansson (“Marriage Story”)
Saoirse Ronan (“Little Women”)
Charlize Theron (“Bombshell”)
Renée Zellweger (“Judy”)
Best Actress in a Motion Picture — Musical or Comedy
Awkwafina (“The Farewell”)
Ana de Armas (“Knives Out”)
Cate Blanchett (“Where’d You Go, Bernadette”)
Beanie Feldstein (“Booksmart”)
Emma Thompson (“Late Night”)
Best Actor in a Motion Picture — Musical or Comedy
Daniel Craig (“Knives Out”)
Roman Griffin Davis (“Jojo Rabbit”)
Leonardo Dicaprio (“Once Upon a Time… In Hollywood”)
Taron Egerton (“Rocketman”)
Eddie Murphy (“Dolemite is My Name”)
Best Director — Motion Picture
Bong Joon-ho (“Parasite”)
Sam Mendes (“1917”)
Todd Phillips (“Joker”)

Martin Scorsese (“The Irishman”)
Quentin Tarantino (“Once Upon a Time in Hollywood”)

Now here are the shows and movies that have more then one nomination!

The following films received multiple nominations:
Nominations
Films
6
Marriage Story
5
The Irishman
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
4
Joker
The Two Popes
3
1917
Knives Out
Parasite
Rocketman
2
Bombshell
Dolemite Is My Name
The Farewell
Frozen II
Harriet
Jojo Rabbit
The Lion King
Little Women
Pain and Glory

he following television programs received multiple nominations:
Nominations
Programs
4
Chernobyl
The Crown
Unbelievable
3
Barry
Big Little Lies
Fleabag
Fosse/Verdon
The Kominsky Method
The Morning Show
Succession
2
The Act
Catch-22
Killing Eve
The Loudest Voice
The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
The Politician

Sequel Saturday presents Creed 2

By Paul Anthony

Last week I reviewed Rocky 2 and I gave it high remarks and I don’t think anyone would disagree with me. As we know the Rocky franchise began to shift away from Rocky the Boxer to Rocker the trainer storylines where Rocky is now a supporting character rather then the main character, there the series brings in Michael B. Jordan as Adonis Creed whos is the son of Rocky’s former rival turn friend Apollo Creed. Now I must have to admit I never saw the first Creed film and I am disappointed in myself but I am sure I will see it sooner or later. In some ways Creed 2 storyline followed Rocky 2 where the boxer now has to deal with fame this time Adonis didn’t retire and lose money no he became the champ and lived a pretty good life. Now the film received pretty good reviews and made a good profit. The film was made from a 50 million dollar budget and grossed 214 million, which was a increase from the first film which grossed 173 million dollars so a modest increase.

Now the film takes place 3 years after the events of the first film, Donnie since that lost is now on a 6 match winning streak gets a shot at the title and wins the title. Life is going good until Rocky’s old enemy who killed Apollo Creed, Ivan Drago trains his son to become even a bigger machine then he was, Viktor Drago starts to win fights and thanks to a snake of a boxing promoter they bait Creed into a fight with Viktor. Ivan meets up with Rocky and reveals he lost everything including his wife because of the fight he lost to Rocky. Creed agrees to the fight but Rocky doesn’t want him to do and soon they part ways. Creed proposes to his girlfriend Bianca, life gets even better when he learns Bianca is expecting their first child, Creed begins to train without Rocky and then the fight takes place and Creed barely surviving the fight suffers from major injuries and it is clear that he is about to lose however because of a dirty hit Viktor gets disqualified, Creed remains the champion but has a long road to recovery. Viktor realizes that Ivan wanted this fight for himself to get the fame he once had in the end Viktor doesn’t care about the people who left them behind but still wants the title and they begin to campaign for a rematch. Creed in the mean time battle his inner demons and even reconnects with Rocky who once again trains him for the fight, the fight takes place in Russia and at first Viktor gets the upper hand but Creed continues to fight back and wears him down and soon Ivan sees his son is now on the losing end of the fight throws in the towel and tells him its okay. The movie preaches the importance of family. Donnie brings his newborn daughter to his father’s grave and Rocky reconnects with his son and meets his grandson, life moves on.

This move had great acting to it and I loved the character development it made me feel the pain the characters emotions and how they are dealing with what comes their way, this is my favorite part of the whole film and with everything on the wall I have to give it and A or a 93 percent. Creed 3 might not happen instead Rocky might be training a new boxer which could set up a cameo of sorts, we shall see what the next film will be!

Friday Roundabout 12/6/19

By Paul Anthony

Welcome to another addition of Roundabout where we talk about stories that may have went under the radar but let’s not waste anytime. Now this week we saw a release of some great movie trailers, we saw the release of the first trailer for Black Widow, which is slated to be in May of 2020, needless to say the trailer was awesome and honestly I wouldn’t release any other trailer, we know the story will take place after Civil War when she is on the run. Next we had a favorite of mine and that was the trailer for Daniel Craig’s final Bond film No Time To Die. Once again it was another good trailer and if this is the end I am looking forward to it. The last Big trailer at least for this week was the latest trailer for Mulan. Now I have yet to watch this trailer but Disney is on good streak and to think this won’t good would be so far from the truth! Wonder Woman 1984 is set to be released Sunday night and this trailer will have my attention, I thought Wonder Woman help DC turn the corner, It raised the bar so I am very excited to see where this sequel goes. Now this week we also saw the first poster for the new Ghostbuster’s film and even a title but when will a trailer be released rumor is sometime next week and as for the title? Ghostbusters: Afterlife.

Now remember this whole Justin Timberlake cheating thing, well this week he finally broke his silence about holding hands with another woman other than his wife, well he did apologize in a public statement and blamed it on alcohol and preached that it was innocent and nothing else happened. I believe though I disagree with it holding hands is a no no but if he speaks the truth then his family will remain intact.

When I was younger I use love Jersey shore but then I grew up and they brought the show back in the form of Jersey Shore: Family Vacation which was basically them doing dumb stuff but older now. Snooki revealed today on her podcast that she is retiring from Jersey Shore and won’t be back for season four if there is one. I know most of the highlights from the show had to involve Snooki if she sticks to her word then no doubt the show will take a hit and in this case then that wouldn’t be a bad thing.

Over the past week it was revealed that two judges left the hit show of America’s Got Talent and those two judges were the horrible Gabrielle Union and Juliane Hough left the show due to racism and so forth, rumor is that Union took offense to a joke that Leno told when he was on the show and explain how producers commented her looks as well as Hough’s looks. Are we really that insecure that we can’t take jokes, I guess so. Now with that other claims with Union with racism I hope they turned out to be not true considering the show’s history, in the end though I didn’t think they were good judges, the show made them look good with judging because this season had so much stand out talent. Well there you have it in this week’s Roundabout!

The Irishmen Review

By Paul Anthony

Okay now I love Mafia movies I really do and I love Mafia movies made from Martin Scorsese. I love Goodfellas and Casino and even The Departed. When I heard about this film I was excited I mean who wouldn’t just look at the talent leading the way. Robert De Niro, Joe Pesci and Al Pacino and you had the normal Italian actors playing the Mafia roles. Like many Mafia movies it tells a story at a slow pace and builds a good strong character development which is a key to the success of this type of movie but this film had one major problem and that was it just didn’t know when to end!

The Movie tells the story of Frank Sheeran or his nickname is the Irishmen, but it is from his perspective which many don’t fully believe but anyway he tells his story that he was a war veteran and became a truck driver by trade but began to sell his meat from his trucks to local Mafias and when he got caught, they bailed him out then that’s when he began working for the mafia as a hitman. The film then shifts to a time where he becomes friends with Jimmy Hoffa and sadly because of Hoffa wouldn’t listen to the Mafia, Frank who try to warned him had no other choice but to kill him, which historians and detectives dispute this claim and bunch of other kills Frank claims that he did.

The Movie made not be the most accurate film but it this did come from Frank himself which many claim that he was lying but no there is no evidence that says he wasn’t either. I won’t knock the film for that because he was telling the story and they wanted to tell Frank’s story then this is what he told them. Now there is a issue I have with casting and that was they casted Anna Paquin as Frank’s oldest daughter Peggy, the woman is seen for a few minutes and not given one line yet she is the reason for Frank confessing everything, I don’t know if they were on a tight budget because they used most of it to de age the main cast for their flashback scenes and all they could get was Anna with no lines to me this just seems like a waste of casting and money to that matter. Frank made had a long story to tell rather it was fact or fiction but this movie didn’t need to tell every single word of it.

In the end I am giving this film a B or 83 percent, I liked it and thought it had a lot of good going towards it but the poor casting of a few people and the length just ruin it to me but if you have time and I do mean if you have time then take a watch!

Sequel Saturday Presents Rocky 2

By Paul Anthony

This time last year the movie called Creed two was reigning supreme at the box office. Now we know Creed is a spinoff of the Rocky film series, so with that being said it is only natural we take a look at first sequel that started it all and that is Rocky 2.  Rocky 2 came out three years after Rocky part one and is a direct sequel picking up pretty much after his fight with Apollo Creed ended and they were heading to the hospital. Rocky part 1 proved to be a big hit with a budget of 1 million and grossed 225 million dollars which in 1976 was a great deal of money, even better when you say the budget was only 1 million. In This film they got the entire cast to return and the budget was bigger at 7 million and the film though grossed less then the first still grossed 200 million, not bad all and even though it didn’t make as much money, many people still considered it a great follow up.

Like I said before the movie starts right after the match with Creed and Rocky who then announces that he is retiring and moving with his life. Which he does, he gets married and buys a new home and car and brings in some money through commercials but then that doesn’t end well and the money stops coming in. Meanwhile Apollo Creed isn’t doing much better despite being the champion and making the cash, he starts to be criticize for the split decision because it means he was awarded the win because he was the champion. Still despite them agreeing to a no rematch, Creed begins to smear Rocky’s name to get him out of retirement and at first Rocky blows it off like it is no big deal but then times begin to get hard for Rocky, who loses his job at the Meat Market, which forces Adrian to return to the pet shop for money. Rocky unable to get a job realizes he is a fighter and nothing else but he has to convince his wife to let him return and so he does agreeing to fight Apollo Creed for the title once again. This time he needs to train to protect him and his injured eye which means he needs to lead with his right hand instead of his left. So the fight begins pretty much like their first with Rocky taking the bulk of the beating until the end when Rocky goes back to being lefthanded and gets the upper hand and in the final moments he knockouts Creed for the title and he yells to Adrian whos is watching from home “I did it” and she returns by saying yes you did and the film ends.

Now For a sequel I am giving this film a very high praise and the film never skipped a beat and the story made sense. it gave us a good follow up story because we knew the story couldn’t have ended the way it did. I am giving this film a A plus or right around 95 percent, it was very hard to point out anything that I didn’t like maybe a second or two but that is about it. Even If you don’t sport’s films I would say this is a must see film.

Ford V Ferrari Review

By Paul Anthony

It has been awhile since I saw a movie that wasn’t a big time comedy or a big time action film but yet it was nice to watch a film that had a good story and it was about cars and about a company that I don’t like. That was enough for me to go see the film, what was I expecting revolving a movie that was more of a good story film then anything else, well I was expecting it to be a boring film that starred Matt Damon and Christian Bale. What I got instead was a film that told an emotional story of two friends that would help change the game in racing and cars for that matter but saw that it wasn’t easy to do so.

So we know who the stars of the film was so no need to waste time there, the plot goes that now Ford and America to that matter is tired of losing to Ferrari and Italy in one of the biggest races ” 24 hours of Le Mans” which in racing is considered the third race of the triple crown in the racing world. Ford starts to form a plan to beat Ferrari which has won 4 out of five of the previous races and the last American to do so was in 1959 when Carroll Shelby did it though because of heart problems he had retire and start to design cars rather then race them. There Ford recruits him and only driver he knows that can pull of the feat is Ken Miles played by Bale. The two work hard with a team to design the Ford GT40. However the battle becomes when Henry Ford 2 and his V.P want’s company racers to drive the car yet Miles proved time and race after race he was the best. Even during the race the Ford company wanted Miles to be a team player and have the top 3 spots go to Ford which Miles doesn’t agree but for the greater good does. later with doing a practice run to get ready for the next race, a failed brakes lead to Ken Miles dying in a car accident and leaving Shelby to wonder in sorrow. it was revealed that their design helped Ford win the following 3 Le Mans after 1966.

The Movie had some good acting to it and the made you hate the right people and love the right people. now we know this was a movie and some facts might have been twisted but that isn’t my point. The writing was good as well, from what I watched I didn’t see nothing that was rushed or seemed out of place with how the story was going. The car scenes were amazing and proved you need to do a Fast and Furious movie to have a good race car scene. In The end I would say go see this movie because you will enjoy it. Overall I am giving it a A plus or at least a 95 percent for a great rating.

Box Office Rundown 11/18/19

By Paul Anthony

This past week we saw the release of three new films. The Good Liar, Charlie’s Angels and Ford v Ferrari and of the three who took number one? It was no other then Ford v Ferrari which made over 31 million, last week surprised number 1 fell to number 2 beating out newcomer Charlie’s Angels but the totals from number 2 and 3 couldn’t reach our number 1 film. We do have some movies that took a fall and lets go with Terminator: Dark Fate took the biggest fall at 6 spots and in fact it fell out of the top 10 already. Last weeks big name Dr. Sleep took the second biggest fall when it fell from number 2 to number 6 this and with what is opening this week its going to be tough for anyone to make money. Our first R rated billion dollar film Joker still is holding strong and remains in the top ten, this time it is number 8. Now this week once again we have three new films opening this week, Frozen 2, A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood, 21 Bridges. This week gives us a little of everything.

  1. Ford V Ferrari, 31 million
  2. Midway, 8.750 million
  3.  Charlie’s Angels, 8.600 million
  4. Playing With Fire, 8.550 million
  5.  Last Christmas, 6.7 million
  6. Dr. Sleep, 6.181 million
  7.  The Good Liar, 5.656 million
  8.  Joker, 5.635 million
  9. Maleficent: Mistress of Evil, 5.247 million
  10.  Harriet, 4.780 million

Now here is my predictions for this upcoming week, now this will be a tricky week but I am giving it a shot.

  1. Frozen 2
  2.  A Beautiful Day in the neighborhood
  3. Ford V Ferrari
  4.  21 bridges
  5.  Midway
  6.  Playing With Fire
  7.  Last Christmas
  8.  The Good Liar
  9. Maleficent: Mistress of Evil
  10.  Joker

The Witches Hammer Movie Review

By: Justin Hopkins

** SPOILER WARNING **

  I think we have done it. Years of watching B Movies and months of reviewing them. Some that could rival any A list movie and some so bad they circled back to entertainment all of again. After all of that, think we may have just hit the bottom of the barrel. I don’t like talking badly on movies. Making a movie is a hard and difficult process and I am more then willing to go out of my way and meet them on whatever convoluted storyline they want to run. Hybrid animals? Sold. Remake a classic? I am there. Sequel to a movie franchise that ran out of steam a decade ago? Why not. So when I say this is bad. Can rest assured it has some merit. There is some good, don’t get me wrong, but far warning ahead of time. There is going to be a lot of negativity coming.

The movie opens up with a Rebecca getting attacked and left bleeding on the ground. Later two people, government agents, come up to her body bag and she is alive. Cut to a montage of them doing some experiment on her. Then we get two of of the most irritating agents. Present her two drinks, water and blood. We get flashes of her covered in blood and the woman agent yelling, what drink do you want over and over, and I started regretting my choice of film to review. Pushing forward to yet another montage of Rebecca training. Along with her learning that it is to risky to see her family, and that she can be killed with decapitation, stabbing the heart, and sunlight. Rule that was broken during her first mission when she takes out a vampire, with a stab to the stomach. She gets shot in the head, but rescued by her ally in the morgue, who pays her with intel on when she can see her family. They would be visiting her grave, and despite the sun out, she finds safety under a tree to view them ( Seriously, it doesn’t. Sun is coming through the branches. No reason this should work. Just keep the bike helmet on) While she is away. Her base is attacked and all of her colleagues are killed. A massive fight ensues, before she is knocked out, by a tranq dart. When she wakes up, finds that she was captured by another one of the Government Programs. Lead by Witch Madeline and.. Edward.. I think was his name. It was hard to hear. His audio was cranked up and was a genuine boring character. They inform Rebecca that a vampire used a page from the book called Witches Hammer to make himself immortal and they need the book to undo it. The book was written by a women whose baby was taken from her. She took vengeance. Killing the man who did so, and then the babies of everyone in the village. She sat down and just started writing the book till they killed her. They journey out, being chased by various vampires including; a dwarf named Oscar. His plus sized lover Charlotte. One with a pornstache whose name I did not catch. Cause I just wanted it to end and I will leave it there for the time being.

The only member of the cast that I didn’t mind, was Claudia Coulter. She was the only one who didn’t really just annoy me. She didn’t overdo anything and the action, while slow and a bit clunky was still nice. There was one thing she kept doing that did make me laugh, but not in the way they were expecting. On occasion, she would just randomly flash her teeth and hiss. For no apparent reason, and made me laugh, because if you look at the pic and see Fionna. The Sim from all of my thumbnails, does the exact same thing. So congrats on making me think about the Sims. In the same vein, I enjoyed the flashback to the Witch who wrote the book. When she was holding her baby, sounded like she was singing the Bayu Bayushki, and that is the Lullaby Hummed by The Huntress in Dead By Daylight. My favorite killer, and that is 2 positives that are based because they remind me of better things. That is not good.

Nothing about this landed. The jokes were so bad and just dumb. We get it, Oscar is small and Charlotte is big, ain’t it funny. The one good fight scene, with Rebecca going against the ninja, was ruined through multiple cuts to either see Oscar and Edward in some stupid Tom and Jerry esque game. Of tiny Oscar running in around the room and Edward being scared. With Charlotte commenting on the fight, while drinking from this guy with two straws in his neck. None of which was funny. Both of which stole drastically from the only worthwhile moment of the movie.

This movie was a drastic let down. The effects were bad. Far, far to many cuts and close-ups and slow motion for no other reason then to have slow motion. Don’t even go for slow motion when it can be used. Then fast zoom in on faces and all of it was cringeworthy to awful. Movie came out in 2006 and has aged so poorly and worse then movies twice it’s age, and I know what you are thinking. Cut it some slack, its a low budget, but no. I am not judging this based off big A list movies, with a budget. That’s the point of B Movie Sunday. To review them based off movies in their caliber and this one fails almost across the board.

Before we finish up, let’s gloss over the end, because that Surprise twist, actually did catch me by surprise. I didn’t see the Madeline turn coming, and having Hugo be nothing more than a spoiled brat was good. It was a smart idea to shake things up. Well done.

If you found enjoyment in this film, I am happy for you. I don’t get much enjoyment on trashing movies. People worked hard to make this movie, but got to call it like I see it, and Witches Hammer was a colossal waste of time. Don’t watch this movie. Skip it. Put on literally anything else. Hard pass for Witches Hammer.

Thank you for Reading.

Box Office rundown 11/11/19

By Paul Anthony

It has been a few weeks to be able to say this but now it is true that we do have a whole new top 4 and all the movies that open this past weekend all reach the top 4 spots. However Dr. Sleep was predicted to be number 1 and once again another big time film with the budget of 50 million failing to make it’s budget back in it’s opening weekend. Now this week’s number 1 was a film that was barely promoted and that film was Midway, however with it being Veterans day it would make sense that people would flock to see a world war two movie. Playing with Fire starring John Cena and Last Christmas rounded out the bottom 4, Last Christmas gave me a shock to see it that high because many critics were not enjoying, so let’s take a look at the rest of the top ten.

  1. Midway, 17.5 million
  2. Dr. Sleep, 14.1 million
  3.  Playing With Fire,  12.8 million
  4.  Last Christmas, 12.6 million
  5. Terminator: Dark Fate, 10.8 million
  6. Joker, 9.2 million
  7.  Maleficent 2, 8 million
  8. Harriet, 7.23 million
  9.  Zombieland: Double tap, 4.315 million
  10. The Addams family, 4.2 million

Now I have to guess this might be the week that the Joker film gets knocked out of the top ten but barely. this week we see three new films enter the mix and they are Ford v Ferrari, Charlie’s Angels and The Good Liar. Here are the predictions for this upcoming week!

  1. Ford v Ferrari
  2.  Charlie’s Angels
  3. DR. Sleep
  4.  The Good Liar
  5. Playing With Fire
  6.  Terminator: Dark fate
  7.  Last Christmas
  8.  Maleficent 2
  9.  Midway
  10.  Zombieland: Double tap

Sequel Saturday presents Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2

By Paul Anthony

TMNT or better known as Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles was such a big hit in the 80’s and 90’s, so it only made sense to make them into films, well here comes 1990 and the turtles made it to the big screen and they struck magic because the first movie’s budget was only 13 million dollars and the film grossed over 200 million and with that being said you knew a sequel was coming along and that’s where we get a sequel just a year later called Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2: The Secret of The Ooze. The film was made from a slightly higher budget at 25 million but made far less then the first film. The movie only made 78 million. Still it made a profit but failed to reach even half of what the first film made.

So was the film just that bad or what because just a year ago it made so much money. Well for starters releasing a sequel within a year is never a good idea even if you have a large fan base sometimes fatigue just kicks in and then it is also could be the film itself. Here we go the film picks up a year after the last film and sees the Turtles living with April, still puzzled to why they saved the city and still have to live in the shadows. Shredder makes his return after the city and the turtles thought he was dead but this time instead of building the foot clan up again he rounds up the ones who didn’t get busted and seeks his revenge. In the mean time the turtles start to learn about their past when a story April is doing sheds light on their past with the green ooze that Splinter remembers and there he explains everything to the Turtles, though some feel disappointed that their past was nothing more then a mistake.

However Shredder sees what the ooze can do and wants some to help make monsters to defeat the turtles. Here is where we meet new villains Tokka and Rahzar who proves they can defeat the turtles but only are babies which mean they get outsmarted by the turtles, which forces Shredder to become Super Shredder from the ooze but in his fit of rage to defeat the turtles he kills himself. The turtles survive and are happy that Shredder is no more and life in the city returns to normal.

The movie does take a lighter tone to things and the turtles hardly used their weapons unlike the first film. For this reason many critics gave it a mixed reviewed instead of praising it since it went away from the source material. I don’t knock this film for trying something different because I don’t want to see the same movie twice and everything lines up to be a decent film. In the end I give it a B for their effort but would recommend anyone who likes them to watch this film!