By Paul Anthony
Let’s be honest, if you wee a kid in the 90’s growing up you know you read a Goosebumps book and even watched the show, heck to this day I still read the books and watch the show and I was even pumped to learn the show was coming back, which the wait is just getting longer and longer because of this virus but as a fanboy I have to say I was super excited when I heard about a movie that was being made. At first I was wondering if they would do the books in order which they would have tons of material for, however I was wrong, when the first film was released it was about the goosebumps book monsters coming alive, after the release I finally got behind that film and even the ending had set up a good plot for part 2. I knew there would be a part 2 because the film made 158 million from a budget that was around 84 million, with a story in place, we got a stand alone sequel that barely had any ties to the first. The film had a budget of 35 million and grossed 93 million which was basically on par with the first film. The movie went through 2 title changes, when it was first announced it was called Goosebumps: HorrorLand then got changed to Goosebumps: Slappy’s Revenge, only to get changed to Goosebumps: Haunted Halloween. Though this was a stand alone sequel it more felt like soft reboot with only mentioning that Slappy was involved in another situation like this.
The film starts in a small town in New York, here we meet the main characters of Sarah, whose trying to get into college and her brother Sonny and his best friend Sam. One day as Sonny and Sam was picking up trash in which they want to start garbage cleaning up service, they stumble on a book and Slappy without knowing they read a few words from this unfinished book that awakes Slappy. At first Slappy appears to be nice to them calling them his family but begins to use his powers to cause problems and harm around the people that are close to Sarah including her boyfriend. At this point Slappy heightens his powers to bring the monsters of Goosebumps alive and pretty much all Halloween decorations alive and turn them into monsters as well, story basically comes out that Slappy plans to Sarah’s mom into a dummy like him so he can have a mother who won’t abandon him like his father who it’s revealed to be R.L. Stine himself. Much like the first film the key to stopping Slappy is the unfinished book to catch him with. Unlike the first film Stine doesn’t need to finish the book to catch him, they just need to open the book and it will suck him in and of course the battle begins but the kids managed to save the day but when Stine returns home he see’s Slappy waiting for him and use the book on Stine which sucks Stine into the book leaving Slappy with the last laugh.
I did enjoy the movie but would have enjoyed the movie more if it was the first film. The fact that this film did feel like a soft reboot and nearly ignored all of the events of the first film only to reword the plot felt lazy to me. When you considered that nothing was explain on how Slappy got to New York and Stine not having his daughter with him and everything. The rumor was that there was two scripts with this film one with Jack Black and the other without him, I feel like they decided to mix the two scripts because Black was hardly in the film and was pretty useless in the film. This may have not been a reboot but it felt like one. In the end though I am giving it B for a grade it had it moments and potential to be even better but someone got lazy.
By Paul Anthony
When this movie came out like 9 months ago I really did want to see it but just got side tracked. At first glance I really thought this film going to be a bomb because it was in the summer and it had kids and I know this film was rated R but in the end you can only do so much with kids. The film did have a fan base from Seth Rogan who helped produced and they advertised the film from the producers of Superbad, Neighbors and Sausage Party, which all were fun comedies tom watch, with Superbad being the best. The question I thought was could this film follow in Superbad’s footsteps. Now we all know that film’s legacy, could this film live up to that film? This was the question that I kept asking myself. The cast was pretty much a bunch of people that no one heard of which was a good thing because it kept the budget down. The Budget was bein reported around 20 million and the film manage to gross 110 million which isn’t bad for that budget. Now I go back to my question if it would live up to the legacy of Superbad. The Budgets and grosses were pretty much the same with Superbad doing better at 170 million and launched everyone into stardom.
The movie follows 3 boys who enter the 6th grade and realize they need to do things they have never done before in order to fit in. These things include kissing and taking a sip of beer. To learn these things the boys start to spy on people to learn how to kiss. But one misstep leads to another and another and the boys must find away out of before they get into anymore trouble. During these missteps the boys begin to question their friendships when they realize they have nothing in common. The only thing they have in common is that their parents are friends and they live close together. After their exciting night ends and they get caught for skipping school and damaging the one boys drone and his house, they all get grounded and begin to go their one ways. One gets into the dating field and has three relationships in a month’s time. The next one joins a group that helps people from bullies and the third one who loves to sings gets to star in a musical. With each friend now in their own groups they reunite for the one’s play and agree that they can be best friends still and be there for the big stuff and then they part ways again only to get on a sex swing together.
The movie use a decent plot with the three kids learning how life works. It gave it a good twist on how the youth go through things and do whatever they think they can to fit in. However this is a comedy and for me some of the humor just wasn’t there. Which when I watch a comedy I do think that the comedy should be there and when it is not then it hurts the film. The Acting was average when it came to the boys because all they had to do was act their age. I don’t thing this film had that Superbad feel to it nor will it have the same legacy. In fact this film might have already been forgotten about. Overall I am giving this film a good B, it would have been higher if their was more comedy to it.
By Paul Anthony
Welcome back to another edition of our Roundabout, let’s not waste anytime shall we! Early this morning the rap Legend Eminem dropped another surprise album just like he did back in 2018 when he released Kamikaze now he released Music To Be Murdered By where he continues his attack on the world that said he was washed up and threw some bars at people that attempted to diss him for his previous album insults. This is the rap legend 11th studio album and 2020 also marks his 21st year in the rap game, how crazy is it that he still going strong congrats!
Here is some sad news we learn this week and if you are an wrestling fan then you know the name. This pass week Rocky Johnson passed away. Now many of the younger fans will know him as The Rock’s father but he in his own right was his own person and made a name for himself, he got into a business and broke color barriers and paved the way for his son and many others as well and for the family here at Smash we are sorry for your loss.
Wendy Williams from The Wendy Williams Show in under fire for making a comment regarding Oscar winning Actor Joaquin Phoenix’s cleft, she basically said he look sexy in a weird way or something in that order, I am not fan of her show nor do I ever watch but I will say this much, these comments don’t make her a bad person or anything like that. I don’t believe she deserves to get any backlash for but social media took it upon themselves to take it an extra step. Now She did have to apologize for it but still she wasn’t mocking him or anything like that, let’s grow up people.
Will Smith has been a busy man in the passed year or so. We got Bad Boys three opening this week which has to be the final film of the series but he did say something that caught my attention. He admitted that during the promotional tours he sometimes has to pretend to like his movies though I don’t believe he admitted which films he didn’t like. Will has a long career in film but he has had plenty of misses. Does this really shock you that some people have to do this? I mean there are just as many of bad films as there good films in one’s career, they can’t like every single film they star in.
Justin hates Tom Cruise but I am pretty sure he likes Jack Reacher, well good news is Reacher will be coming back but not in a film form instead he will be coming to Amazon Prime and this makes me pumped because here is why the show Jack Ryan has been a hit for Amazon so why not bring in another fan favorite character. Jack Ryan has been in a number of films but never could gain steam so let’s see if magic can strike again!
Sony release the trailer for their film Morbius, which stars Jared Leto as the main character. Sony struck gold with Spider-Man films from Disney and Venom was sleeper hit with that being said Sony really wants to build their villains up and let’s see if this film can be any good!
Okay let’s wrap this up with some humor here and there is a man who is deaf is now suing Porn Hub for not having closed captioning on their porn. Of all the things to sue for and to go public with it has to be funny. I have to wonder what closed captioning would look like with porn, I am guessing a lot single words and letters!
By: Justin Hopkins
Hello and welcome to another roundabout. Hope you all had a great week. As always, bringing my thought on rumors and news from around the entertainment world in the past week, and a little longer to touch on one rumor. With all of that said, let’s jump right in with the big Marvel story from the week, in Doctor Strange and the loss of the director.
It is a shame to see Scott Derrickson dropping out of the Multiverse Of Madness, sequel to Dr. Strange, especially due to creative differences. Was a big fan of the first movie, and felt Benedict Cumberbatch’s performance in Infinity War and the climax of Endgame definitely hyped up the urge to see his return. At the same time, not going to panic over it at the same time. Marvel has been a consistent machine at pumping out solid movies and with them having similar issues with the first Antman, they have some experience in righting the ship from creative differences with Directors. Hope that they can find a way to reconcile with Scott, but if not. Still hyped for this sequel.
Going from the big screen to the smaller one and movement on a remake of the classic 1981 Werewolf movie, The Howling, coming to Netflix. The announcement came in the form of Director Andy Muschietti working on an adaption for Netflix, which I find really exciting. Andy has said before that The Howling was a dream project for him to work on, and The Howling does have a rich story with some room to grow and take into different directions, and like all remakes, even if they don’t live up to expectations. Still have the classic to enjoy.
From there we go to the world of Video Games, and before I go into this one, need to stress that this is just a rumor. I tried to find something official but at this point, all I can find is speculation, but as a Sony player. Feel the need to give my two cents on this one. It has to do with various sites reporting that the PS5 will be backward compatible. Going all the way back to Playstation 1. If this is true, I would be elated. Would be satisfied with PS3 and over the moon to access PS2, but getting them all would be fantastic, and they really need that feature to compete with Xbox, who has announced that the X Series will do just that. With the PS5 due up later this year, really wish Sony would put out some official statements to curb some of the rumor trains. In the meantime, I have my fingers crossed that this rumor carries weight.
Speaking of games, we got a bit of what to expect from Resident Evil Nemesis. This is such a small thing to be excited for a game that I am pretty much Pre-Ordering the first chance I get, but they were talking about Nemesis himself, and to not expect what you remember. Learning from their time working on Mr. X in the remake of Resident Evil 2, and he will not work in scripted terms, but as he sees fit. Making him unpredictable and increase the horror factor. Also, Carlos will have a playable section, which will add even more new content. Truth be told, I am super excited for this game and any reason I can find to talk about it; I jump. Releases on April 13th, barring any delays and please, don’t let there be any delays. Need a new game to play.
There is a few trailers that have dropped. New Mutants and Birds of Prey seem to be the big ones, but have given up trailers for New Year Resolutions. Going to do my best to avoid trailers, after the first ones, because I am tired of them spoiling aspects of the movie after the first trailer drops, and encourage everyone to follow my example. #Nomorespoilersintrailers.
In close, want to congratulate Frozen 2 on becoming the highest grossing animated movie of all time, and hope you all enjoyed this week’s edition of the roundabout. As always…
Thanks for reading.
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
I don’t know what it is like to have women throw themselves at you, nor do I want to but I do know one thing messing with Underage women is wrong, the problem is R. Kelly does not. R. Kelly is famous for two things, one which is his music which shot him to stardom and for having sexual relationship with young women who are more like girls then women because of their age which the rumor is that the youngest one could be as young as 13.
As we know R. Kelly landed in jail last month when Chicago Prosecutors charged him with ten counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse which three of the four victims are in fact under age. If you don’t pay much attention to him, you may think this is something new but in fact it is not. Let’s go back to 1994 when Kelly who was 27 at the time wrote and collaborated with a new R and B singer called Aaliyah who was only 15 at the time, the song was called Age Ain’t Nothing but a Number, which seems to be Kelly slogan. Working together is one thing, sleeping together is another. Kelly was accused of forging a marriage certificate to make Aaliyah 18 so they could get married though they got divorced months later, Kelly claimed he never had sex with her, okay but yet you still married a little girl.
Aaliyah was the most famous one but that doesn’t mean she was the only one because she was there was countless of other girls who accused him of abusing them. Yet this was going on he mange to avoid trouble and work on his career which continue to grow and he became a bigger and bigger name in the music industry, things really came crashing on him in 2002, when he was charged with child pornography, it took six years for everything to end when he was acquitted of all charges. Still his career was going strong he was still producing hits and no one thought twice.
However we are now in a era where people can’t get away with the things he did or being accused of, in the 90’s he got away with it but now it’s different because fame can’t even save him, after being acquitted you would thing he would stop but now we know that’s not the case. Kelly got in trouble this time when someone in his camp turned a tape into police and the video shows Kelly with a 14 year old girl which during the video she refers to her private areas as 14 year old p****several times.
We know Kelly was abused as a child and we know victims offended become abusers themselves, this might be the case for him as well but it still doesn’t make it right or give him an excuse because now he is denying everything and blaming it on the families of the alleged victims. It’s one thing to deny but another to put blame on other people. We know this process will be a long one we can only hope that this is the end of his terror for good.
By Paul Anthony
Some would say going to the movies is the thing of the past here in the States. Well 2018 are in and the numbers proves that at least last year that was not the case. The numbers also prove that if you produce a good film people will go out to the movies and not do something else. Last year was one of those years where it seems like so many good movies came out and with that being said 2018 set a new record. Last Year Hollywood made 11.9 billion dollars, so I would say business is doing just fine.
In 2018 there were 140 films that made a difference, now within those films Disney released 13 films, Warner Bros released 49 films, Sony released 28 films, Universal released 38 films and then there is Fox with 17 films and Paramount releasing 12 films. Disney may have only released 13 films but they lead the way with 3.092 billion in the Domestic box office. Universal was close with 1.959.76 billion, Warner Bros was next at 1.940.69 billion. Then Sony at 1,283.72 billion and Paramount at a low 757 Billion.
If we think these numbers are just a fluke then guess again because these studios have some big titles coming out this year and could even top 2018. Disney has films like Captain Marvel, Dumbo, Avengers: EndGame, Aladdin, Toy Story 4, The Lion King, Artemis Fowl, Frozen 2 and Star Wars 9. Warner Bros has titles like The Lego Movie 2, Shazam, Detective Pikachu, Mine Craft, Godzilla king of the Monsters, Shaft, IT 2, Joker and the gold Finch and another Conjuring film. Sony could have a great year as well with titles like Men in Black: International, Spider-Man: Far from Home, ZombieLand 2 and a third Jumanji film. Universal might have an off year with small titles like US and Happy Death Day 2U but could rebound with titles like How to Train Your Dragon three and Hobbs and Shaw as well as The Secret Life of pets part two. This could Be Fox.s last year before they join Disney and they will ride the Marvel way with Dark Phoenix and New Mutants and Alita. Paramount is banking on films like What Men What, Pet Sematary, A Terminator film, Rocket Man, Dora explorer and Sonic.
Now we know these titles sound good but could flop we can look at Alita right now though it open at number one the numbers haven’t been there just yet. But it is hard to believe with certain titles won’t do good or even great but in any case let’s sit back and enjoy the year.
By Paul Anthony
Last Month we saw some big Movie News regarding two franchises and one that is becoming a franchise. Here is why these three films caught our attention, Final Destination is getting rebooted, GhostBusters 3 and Coming to America 2.
Let’s Dive into the reboot of Final destination, This was announced just a few weeks ago in which they officially announced that they would reboot rather then do a sequel. Warners Bros have been playing with this idea since part 5 came out in 2011. The Writing was on the wall for there to be a sixth film. The fifth film Made a decent profit. It grossed 157 million off of a 40 million dollar budget though only 42 million came from the States. Nonetheless the film made money. The numbers for the series have been up and down but each film made money. With the fifth being the highest reviewed film in the series at 62 percent. The series seems to be going strong but yet that was back in 2011 and rebooting a film can be tricking, by the time this film happens it could be ten years, can they recreate the magic or will this just be a waste of time. There is no doubt that this series does have a cult following because the idea was so new but now it is not. If they want to make it work then the film has to be done right and we know that is easier said then done.
In the 80’s and 90’s Eddie Murphy was all over the place, his movies were hits and his stand ups were on fire. Murphy was gold but nowadays he will do anything to keep his name out there. Back in 1988 Murphy starred in the hit comedy film Coming to America. Now new Broke that after thirty years they decided to make a part 2. Certain films shine because stories are a one off thing meaning its better to be one and done and times have changed. Audiences have changed and Murphy isn’t the same. Sure the entire cast is returning but that doesn’t always mean the charm and magic will. Sadly I believe this film won’t recapture the magic like the first film did.
Now the biggest news is the announcement of GhostBusters 3 and no this film won’t be the sequel to the 2016 film, no this is sequel to the first two. This film will have the original cast returning in more then a cameo of a different character, they will be returning as the characters we came to love. This film will act as a passing of the torch film, theam will also feature two boys and two girls learning from the old team. This is what I believe hurt the 2016 film, The women did nothing wriong and was great but it felt like a reboot that we never wanted and with that it underpreformmed and never will get a sequel, The old and new team will hit the theaters in 2020!
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.