‘Detective Pikachu’ Trailer Has Dropped!

This week is the launch of a new Pokémon game, and with it we got a first look at Pokémon Detective Pikachu, with the lovable electric mouse being voiced by Deadpool himself, Ryan Reynolds.

Along with Reynolds, Pokémon Detective Pikachu stars Kathryn Newton and Ken Watanabe and is directed by Rob Letterman who is best known for writing the animated movies Monsters vs. Aliens and Shark Tale, as well as directing the first Goosebumps film in 2015.

I’ve known about this movie coming on the distant horizon for a while now.  I’ve been very negative on the idea of making a live action Pokémon movie, I’ve been even more pessimistic on Deadpool being the voice of Pikachu.  So when I heard that a trailer had finally dropped for this film I was ready to rip it apart.  And after viewing this trailer I can say with full certainly that this is a pretty good trailer – I liked it, shockingly!

The world that they have built with a noir type of atmosphere really works for this Pokémon world.  The jokes in the trailer landed and the voice of Ryan Reynolds coming out of Pikachu’s mouth is surprisingly funny.  The look of the Pokémon also way better than I could have imagined. I now have to publicly admit that I will be seeing Pokémon Detective Pikachu.

Now, a great trailer does not mean a good film.  All it means is that they hired the right people to put out good advertising.  I may still get my chance to destroy this movie.  Or I may end up really enjoying it – either way I win.

Pokémon Detective Pikachu will be in theaters on May 10th, 2019.

What did you think of this trailer?  Were you like me in doubting this project but liking the trailer?  Or are you still not sold?  Leave a comment below and let’s make a discussion out of it.

 

 

My Review of the Indie Film ‘Twin Cities’

Twin Cities is an indie film/drama that metaphorically and practically demonstrates that those of us who have experienced tragedy or depression have our own ways trying to find inner peace, whether that be in expressionistic writing,  drugs, everyday conversation, or religion.  Twin Cities is in many ways a modern Greek Tragedy with characters that are hauntingly compelling yet relatable.

The film is written and directed by Dave Ash – still new to film-making but not a director or writer to sleep on. Twin Cities demonstrates many marks of pure genius in its script as well as in Ash’s directing.  This is not a perfect film, it’s biggest flaw being the editing but that will be touched on later.  However, if you can follow the many threads that this film weaves you will end at a very thought provoking conclusion.

Full disclosure: my initial thoughts on Twin Cities were not positive.  The story goes to places that were unexpected and that, frankly, I was not prepared for.  Some of the editing choices make the film hard to follow, especially at the beginning.  However,  after giving myself ample time to digest the content placed before me is when I began to see the genius in the film’s writing and acting.

The way in which this story is told is very gutsy; gutsy in a way that could either make or break the film.  It took me a day or two before I really began to understand what Ash was going for.  There are some metaphors presented that require deeper level thinking and one big one that suddenly and unexpectedly turns the majority of the movie into one big allegory.  It is at this daring moment in the storytelling that some will either appreciate Twin Cities for what it accomplishes with compelling narrative or be turned off completely – labeling the film as “pretentious.”  After mulling the film over I admittedly I fall in the camp of admiration. Continue reading “My Review of the Indie Film ‘Twin Cities’”

My Review of a Killer Queen Biopic, ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’

Check out the Podcast Review Below!

Bohemian Rhapsody is a biopic that chronicles the years leading up to Queen’s incredible, and legendary, performance at the Live Aid 1985 concert.  The film is directed by Bryan Singer, and stars Rami Malek in the leading role as the legendary front-man Freddie Mercury.

First off – this movie was a lot of fun to watch.  I anticipate seeing it at least once more before its run in the theater comes to an end. It’s not perfect by any means – bad mistakes, it’s made a few.  However, if you are in the mood for a fun 80’s binge then the mistakes can be easily overlooked.

From the opening scene you know that this movie is going to be love letter to the band, and to Freddie Mercury.  Malek plays the role of Freddie Mercury to pure perfection.  He commands every second of screen time given to him, just the way Mercury commanded such a presence when on stage, and in his personal life.  It is almost as if Mercury was resurrected from the dead and performed in his own movie.  The energy that Malek is able to bring to the stage performances are amazing.  He also nails being able to play Mercury in the quieter moments of the film as well – truly an Oscar worthy performance.  Continue reading “My Review of a Killer Queen Biopic, ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’”

Director Ridley Scott Is Working On ‘Gladiator 2’

In a world where Hollywood seems eager to mine every successful property for reboots, spinoffs, and sequels, we shouldn’t be surprised that this happened.  According to a report by Deadline director Ridley Scott has begun the process in developing a sequel to academy award winning, and beloved 2000 film, Gladiator.

According to the report Scott will continue the story in Gladiator 2 with Lucius, the son of Lucilla, who was the nephew of Commodus (Joaquin Phoenix).  In the 2000 film, Lucius and his mother Lucilla are saved by Maximus (Russell Crowe) and in doing so this act left a very strong impression on Lucius.

Now, while many would be quick to think this sounds terrible, don’t do it.  This story is better than what Scott was rumored to be doing with the property a few years ago when he was planning on resurrecting Maximus (spoiler alert for the 18 year old movie, he dies), and continuing the story with the original gladiator, Russell Crowe once again in the leading role.

So, yea, could be worse.  However, is it needed?  We will have to find the answer to that for ourselves once the movie hits theaters.  At this time there is no expected release date.

What do you think of a Gladiator 2? Will you go out and see it, or no matter what going to avoid it?  Leave a comment below and let’s make a discussion out of it.

It’s Confirmed! ‘Bad Boys 3’ Is Officially Happening

It has been several years since the last Bad Boys movie came out – 2003 to be exact! Now, 15 years later the 3rd installment of the film has been officially announced.

Today Will Smith took to his Instagram account to enthusiastically announce that, “It’s Official. Bad boys 3 is happening, it’s official.”  You can check out the Instagram post below.

The journey for Bad Boys 3, officially titled Bad Boys for Life, has been extremely rocky up until now.  There have been rumors of this film getting the green light for years; we’d hear progress, then nothing, then progress starting again, and then nothing.  However, back in May, Sony announced that Bad Boys for Life  would finally get a release date of January 17, 2020 but his was only after the film had been pulled from the release date calendar for nearly a year, so many, including myself, were skeptical.

In fact just last year, star of the franchise Martin Lawrence was asked to comment on any progress with the Bad Boys for Life project where he said the following:

I don’t think we’re going to get one, not the way everything’s turning out.  Will is off doing another movie, and I don’t think it’s going to happen.  I’m there, I’m ready right now. If they wanted to do it, I’m ready, but I don’t have control of that. That’s the studio’s decision.”

Thankfully Lawrence was wrong because the pieces seem to be coming together.  The latest script for the film is being penned by Chris Bremner who did The Wedding Ringer and is being directed by Adil El Arbi and Balall Fallah.

 

Christopher McQuarrie Working On The ‘Top Gun 2’ Script

Anybody that follows actor Tom Cruise for any amount of time will learn that he loves to work with people who he has worked with in the past, and it has happened again.

Writer and director Christopher McQuarrie has been brought in by Cruise to touch up the script for Top Gun 2. These two have worked together on many projects, 10 projects to be exact, with great success such as Mission: Impossible – Rogue NationEdge of tomorrow and Jack Reacher.  All films to be considered Cruise’s top movies of the last 2 decade.

It was announced a few months ago that due to small behind the scenes issues the project was pushed back a full year.  Once word of McQuarrie’s arrival broke many speculated that he could be stepping into a more directorial role.  However, sources close to the production have confirmed that McQuarrie is on hand strictly for the script and will not be taking over any directing duties.  The film is not in any Danger Zone.

Top Gun 2, or its official name, Top Gun: Maverick, is directed by Oblivion director Joseph Kosinski.  And has assembled an ensemble for the sequel that consists of Val KilmerJennifer ConnellyMiles TellerJon HammEd Harris, and Glen Powell.

Production is still underway, and is set for a release date of June 26, 2020, where it is sure to take your breath away.

What do you think of Christopher McQuarrie joining the production?  Are you looking forward to a new Top Gun movie?  Will there be another volleyball scene?  Leave a comment below and let’s make a discussion out of it.

 

 

Will Smith Animated Trailer For ‘Spies in Disguise’

It has been a very long time since we saw Will Smith animated movie, and the long wait is over! Today we got our first look at the new animated movie from Sony and Blue Sky production, Spies in Disguise.

Spies in Disguise is helmed by first time directors Nick Bruno and Troy Quane.  Adding their voices alongside Smith is Karen GillanTom Holland, and Rashida Jones.

From the very short amount of information given in this trailer, it still looks awesome.  It is about time we got Will Smith back into an animated role, his voice as a Pigeon is perfect.

Spies in Disguise will open on September 13, 2019.

What did you think of this trailer?  Will you be seeing this movie in a year when it comes out?  Leave a comment below and let’s make it a discussion.

Ramantic Comedy Trailer for ‘Isn’t it Romantic’

October is wrapping up and November is starting, that means it’s time to start getting trailers for those romantic movies that will be coming out in February, and here is our first for Isn’t It Romantic.

Isn’t It Romantic stars Rebel WilsonLiam Hemsworth, and Adam Devine is the leading roles and is directed by Todd Strauss-Schulson

If you are a fan of romantic comedies this is sure to do the trick. There has been a drought of good romantic comedies in the past couple of years, and this one looks to be pretty funny.

Isn’t it Romatic  will hit theaters on February 14, 2019.

What did you think of the trailer? Are you going to be seeing this on Valentine’s day? Leave a comment below and let’s make it a discussion.

First Trailer for ‘Tyler Perry’s a Madea Family Funeral’

It’s here! Another trailer for another Madea film has hit the web.  However, it seems like this might be the last Madea movie that actor and director Tyler Perry will create.  Check out the trailer below.

Tyler Perry’s A Madea Family Funeral will be the 11th film in the franchise.  The series started with Diary of a Mad Black Woman back in 2005, and has had Tyler Perry in the leading role and directing from its sequel on.

If Perry is to be believed, he will be putting his Madea character to rest.  This does not mean Madea dies in the new movie, just that Perry is done playing the character. During a broadcast on SiriusXM radio Perry said:

I’m happy to kill that old bitch.  I’m tired, man. I’m doing one last tour in 2019 – the farewell tour – and the last movie is Madea’s Funeral that I shot two years ago. So we’re gonna say goodbye.”

The film is set for a release date of March 1st of 2019.

What did you think of this trailer?  Are you a fan of the Madea movies?  What do you think of this movie being the last one?  Leave a comment below and let’s make it a discussion.

‘IT’ Director Will Helm Live-Action ‘Attack on Titan’ Movie

This seems to be the month of announcing anime based, live-action movies.  However, this is probably the best project to be announced so far.

Andy Muschietti, who masterfully directed the nightmare inducing, IT, has been tagged to direct the live-action adaptation of the heavily adored manga and anime series Attack on Titan.  Muschietti will be working in tandem with Warner Brothers to get this project done.

Attack on Titan is one of the most popular manga series, selling over 76 million copies since its inception in 2009.  It tells the story of man’s struggle to survive in world overrun by giant, man-eating humanoid creatures known as  Titans.  It is a fight for humanity’s survival amidst its almost certain extinction.  Continue reading “‘IT’ Director Will Helm Live-Action ‘Attack on Titan’ Movie”