The New ‘Reel Movie News Podcast’ Just Posted Its First Episode!

Okay, so this is more of a personal post – not exactly “movie news” but exciting news all the same.

I just posted my first episode of the Reel Movie News Podcast where I gave my thoughts on the new Captain Marvel movie. Yes, I already gave my thoughts in a written review already. However, I wanted to add a more personal touch to the Reel Movie News brand and thought a podcast would be the next best step. You can listen to the first review below!

 

Let me know what you think!  This is something new that I’m trying out and would love comments from the community.  If you follow the link HERE then it will take you directly to the feed where you can subscribe and get notifications as soon as a new episode is dropped. 

The episodes will also be available on  iTunes, Spotify, Google Play Music, Stitcher, and Alexa devices very soon.  At the time of writing this they are in the process of being approved, so keep an eye out.

Thanks very much for the support I have received so far!  It is because of this community that I have been able to continue doing what I love.  Leave a comment below and let me know what you think! Let’s make a discussion out of it. 

 

 

 

The Entire Disney Library Will Be Included on The Disney+ Streaming Service

If you weren’t planning on subscribing to the Disney+ Streaming Service after they announced that Star Wars and Marvel shows would be a mainstay on the platform, then you certainly will be signing up now.

According to CNBC, Disney CEO Bob Iger revealed in an investors meeting today that they would eventually, “put its entire motion picture library on the service, including movies that have traditionally been kept in its archives.” This means Disney will open the floodgates and allow viewers to see what is normally kept in the “Disney Vault.”

For those not aware of the “Disney Vault,” it was a marketing strategy implemented by Disney to drum up home video sales. A Disney movie would be released on home video then after a few months the company would stop printing new copies and seal it away in the “vault.” They would stop creating new copies for years at a time, then would make a big deal about opening the vault for a particular movie for a new home video “release.” For example, just this past week the “Signature Edition” for Disney’s The Little Mermaid was just released on Blu-ray after six years of not being in circulation since the “Diamond Edition” was released in 2013.

This is a huge selling point for the Disney+ service, especially if there is a particular movie that you haven’t seen in years and have not been able to find anywhere. In my case, its Disney’s animated 101 Dalmatians. I have been wanting to see this movie for months and have been unable to find a copy anywhere or find it on any streaming service. So to get my fix I would have to subscribe to Disney+.

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March 1-3 Box Office Report

How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World has managed to stay in the number one spot for the second week in a row, beating out the newly released Tyler Perry’s A Madea Family Funeral by just $3 Million. The third movie in the How to Train Your Dragon franchise continues to be a money making juggernaut despite 2019’s trend of being a pretty slow box office year so far.

According to a report put out by The Hollywood Reporter Winter 2019 box office revenue has hit an 8-Year low in the U.S, and after this past box office result it has not gotten any better.

Looking at the top 5 movies at the box office there are three films that could be described as “blockbusters,” and yet none of them have created enough revenue to get 2019 out of this box office slump.

Check out the full breakdown of the top 5 box office spots below.

No 1. How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World – $30,028,540. Bringing its total gross in its 2nd weekend to $97,678,815.

No 2. Tyler Perry’s A Madea Family Funeral$27,062,332 in its first weekend or release.

No 3. Alita: Battle Angel – $7,221,417.  Bringing its total gross in its 3rd weekend to $72,452,725.

No 4. The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part – $6,600,258. Bringing its total gross in its 4th weekend to $91,660,298.

No 5.  Fighting with My Family – $4,661,991.  Bringing its total gross in its 3rd weekend to $14,916,612.

This next weekend will have the release of Marvel’s Captain Marvel, and we can expect to see huge box office numbers. It has been speculated that this will be the film to kick off the box office this year. However, we will have to wait and see.

What is your take on this past weekend’s box office numbers? Did you go out to see any of these? Leave a comment below and let’s make a discussion about it.

Steven Spielberg Hates Netflix

For the last few years Netflix indie films have been strong contenders at the Academy Awards.  Alfonso Cuarón‘s Roma cleaned up at the Oscars this year winning Best Foreign Film, Best Director, Best Cinematography and was nominated for Best Picture. In previous years there were many nominations in many Oscar categories for Netflix’s The Ballad of Buster Scruggs, Mudbound, and 13th. However, if Steven Spielberg has his way there will be no more Netflix movies allowed to contend for Academy Award positions.

According to a report put out by IndieWire Spielberg will be putting forth a motion this week at the annual post-Oscar meeting that would keep Netflix films from qualifying for an Academy Award.

“Steven feels strongly about the difference between the streaming and theatrical situation,” an Amblin spokesperson told IndieWire. “He’ll be happy if the others will join [his campaign] when that comes up [at the Academy Board of Governors meeting]. He will see what happens.”

While the legendary filmmaker is a three-time Oscar winner, he is holding on to a viewpoint that is very much of the past.

His efforts have sparked concern among many in the industry, including Ava DuVernay, who earned an Oscar nomination for the 2017 directing category for Netflix’s prison reform documentary 13th.

She expressed her concerns in a tweeted on Friday urging the Board of Governors to read statements from directors like her on the matter.

Netflix spent heavily on its awards season campaigns this year for Roma, The Ballad of Buster Scruggs and the short End Game. Spielberg and others who fall on his side of the argument claim that Netflix’s ability to spend what they do in campaigning for their nominations is unfair to films not tied to a streaming service.

This is not the end of this debate. It may be a hot-button topic for many years to come. However, if Spielberg has his way there will not be any more Netflix films allowed to compete – like Roma.

What do you think of this? Should Netflix films be allowed to compete for Oscars? Or do you agree with Steven Spielberg? Leave a comment below and let’s make a discussion out of it.

‘Hellboy’ Red Band Trailer and New Posters Released

Yesterday we got a couple of awesome new posters (below) advertising the upcoming R-Rated comic book based movie Hellboy. And with those posters an announcement of a new Red Band trailer!

Dark Horse Comics announced on twitter yesterday that at the stroke of midnight (Eastern Time) a new trailer would be coming. And as promised, the trailer was delivered. And Wow! It rocks! Check out the new trailer below.


The trailer shows just what fans of the Hellboy series would want – violence, blood, hellish demons, and hilarious quips.

The trailer and posters features David Harbour as the titular Hellboy, a half deamon half human superhero summoned to earth as a baby, raised to fight the hell spawn creatures that find their way to earth.

Alongside Harbour is Daniel Dae Kim, Milla Jovovich as the Blood Queen, and Ian McShane as Professor Bruttenholm (Hellboy’s adopted father.).

The first trailer was released back in December to pretty lukewarm reviews. Claiming that the tone was not what people were expecting. However, after watching this new trailer throw all of those negative feelings out the window! This movie looks awesome! The violent action scenes mixed in with hilarious wisecracks form Hellboy to the heavy tune of Smoke on the Water is perfect. Hellboy just rose to one of the most anticipated movies of 2019.

The film is slated to be released on April 12th!

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New Official Trailer For ‘Dark Phoenix,’ Fox’s Latest ‘X-Men’ Movie

20th Century Fox just dropped their new trailer for their upcoming X-Men movie, Dark Phoenix. This newest X-Men film is adapted from the famous Dark Phoenix comic and after watching the trailer it seems to be pulling a few story points from 2006’s X-Men: Last Stand. Check out the trailer below!

The film stars Sophie Turner in the leading role as Jean Grey with James McAvoy returnig as Charles Xavier, Jennifer Larence as Mystique, and Evan Peters as Quicksilver. And also shows Michael Fassbender returning as Magneto alongside Storm (Alexandra Shipp), Red Lotus (Andrew Stehlin), Beast (Nicholas Hoult), and Nightcrawler (Kodi Smit-McPhee).

Now, the point of a trailer is to get people excited for an upcoming project. Did this trailer do its job? For me, no. First off they have spoiled the death of one of the main characters. Its not even an accidental spoiler. The entire trailer revolves around the death of Mystique. And as far as trailer structure goes, its messy – something that is probably reflective of the film its advertising. Up until now its been said that the main threat would be Jean who is taken over by the Phoenix force. But who are those guys on the train with the X-Men in chains?

After seeing this trailer I have to admint, I’m not looking forward to this film. And it is unfortunate, because this may be the last time we see an X-Men film that is handled by Fox. With the Disney buyout of Fox on the horizon this is an almost assured inevitability. Also, I have heard from someone, who knows someone, that has seen early cuts of the film. And their consensus – its not good, not only is it not good, its terrible. I didn’t want to put too much stock in the rumor, however after seeing this trailer I tend to believe it now.

However, take all of that with a grain of salt. We have seen great movies with terrible trailers before.

What did you think of the trailer? Are you excited for the new movie, or not? Leave a comment below and let’s make a discussion about it.

New ‘Detective Pikachu’ Trailer. Wait, Who’s That Pokémon!?!

A second trailer has dropped for the Warner Bros. and Legendary Entertainment film Pokémon: Detective Pikachu and you know, it still looks surprisingly good. The first trailer dropped back in November to rave success and it is no surprise that just after being out for one day this new trailer is tracking the same.

Detective Pikachu Trailer 2

This new trailer features more of Justice Smith in the leading role and Ryan Reynold‘s voice. And it is displayed brilliantly. With the entire trailer set to the adrenaline-pumping classic “I Need A Hero” by Bonnie Tyler. They pack as many Pokémon references as they can to get every fan of the massive franchise excited for the upcoming film, and it is working. Including the addition of one very famous legendary Pokémon. Who’s that Pokémon?

Pokémon: Detective Pikachu opens in theater May 10th!

What did you think of the trailer? Are you looking forward to the movie, why or why not? Leave a comment below and let’s make a discussion out of it.


Rotten Tomatoes Removes Early Fan Reviews

The movie review website, Rotten Tomatoes, is rolling out several changes that are aiming to “elevate the voice of fans” and “increase data relevance.” However, one of these changes meant to “elevate the voice of the fans” is actually silencing “fans”- better known as “trolls” that purposefully tank or raise a film’s audience score prior to a film’s release. Meaning that there would be a very inaccurate score before anybody had even seen the film.

In 2016 the Ghostbusters “fans” rapidly downvoted and tanked the audience score before the film’s release due to the film’s leads being female. In 2018 there was a campaign seen circling Twitter and Facebook to downvote Marvel’s Black Panther due to its black casting. And just recently a small group of misogynistic trolls targeted Marvel’s Captain Marvel due to Brie Larson, a female, leading the super-hero film.

Today, Rotten Tomatoes announced a series of changes made to its site that have become immediately implemented. Here’s the full list of changes:

  • Streamlined user interface that positions the Audience Score adjacent to the Tomatometer Score, which represents the collective opinions of thousands of professional critics, giving fans easy access to compare and contrast critic’s and fan’s view of movies and TV shows.
  • Prior to a movie’s release, fans will no longer be able to leave written comments or reviews.  That functionality will be available once the movie releases into theaters.
  • The fan “want to see” score, which was previously represented as a percentage, will now be presented as a raw number that will be tallied in real time. This change seeks to eliminate the confusion that sometimes occurred between the “want to see” score and the “audience score” which is also represented as a percentage.
  • Throughout the roll out of new audience rating features, Rotten Tomatoes will call out enhancements on the site and link to a product update blog, where users can find explanations.

These are all positive steps. Frankly, there are many other sites and social media websites that should do more to silence the trolls of the internet. Toxicity, especially in the film “fan” community has become a serious problem for the past several years. Targeted negative attacks against other fans, and people who worked on films has become overwhelming.

So yea, no trolls – good riddance.

What do you think of these changes? Do you even look at the Audience Score on Rotten Tomatoes? Leave a comment below and let’s make a discussion out of it.

Oscars 2019: Despite Previous Setbacks, A Very Successful Show

For several months now we have heard nothing but negative press surrounding the 2019 academy awards, and finally, the night everyone has been talking about has come and gone. And you know what? It went way better than anybody could have expected.

Like any other Academy awards, there were surprises, like Peter Farrelly’s Green Book winning Best Picture over Roma, and there were easy predictions, such as Rami Malek winning best Actor for his performance as Freddie Mercury in Bohemian Rhapsody. There were great speeches, and many memorable moments – director Spike Lee won his first Oscar for BlacKkKlansman, and Marvel’s Black Panther won three academy awards for Best Original Score, Best Production Design, and Best Costume Design. All very deserving.

The biggest shock of the night, however, was not the awards, but the show itself. The lack of a host for the first time in the Academy Award’s history lingered on everyone’s mind like a raincloud. Many people probably tuned in just to watch the inevitable train wreck that would come after the firing of comedian Kevin Heart from his hosting position – a train wreck than never came to be. The lack of a host actually worked out great!

The show felt like it had a great pace for the first time in years, the diversity of presenters gave a great perspective to each of the categories, and with no host it meant the academy had to focus more on the movies being honored, instead of a host leading an awards show with the movies coming secondary to the entertainment. Sure there were a few things that could have gone smoother – but nothing is perfect. This is without a doubt the best Academy Awards show in years. It was so good in fact, don’t be surprised if it is announced next year that there will be no host again.

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The New ‘Pet Sematary’ Is Shocking

Paramount Pictures has just dropped a new trailer for the new adaptation of Stephen King‘s celebrated horror novel Pet Sematary.  The trailer shows some significant changes from the source material, so if you’ve read the book, or have seen the previous adaptation, you’re still going in blind.

The duel directors Kevin Kölsch and Dennis Widmyer come together to depict the story of a doctor, played by Jason Clarke, and his family who move to rural Maine and discover a mysterious burial ground.  When tragedy strikes, the doctor turns to his new, and unusual neighbor, played by John Lithgow, setting off a series of terrifying events. The film also stars Amy SeimetsJeté Laurence and Hugo Lucas Lavoie.

Pet Sematary will first premiere at SXSW in Austin, TX before hitting all theaters on Apirl 5, 2019.

What did you think of this trailer?  Are you planning on seeing this film?  I know I am.  Leave a comment below and let’s make it a discussion.