My Review For ‘First Man’

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First Man is the newest film direct by Damien Chazelle, who previously directed the academy nominated Whiplash, and almost academy award-winning La La Land.  It tells real story of Neil Armstrong’s eight years leading up to the moon landing in 1969 – Armstrong being portrayed by two-time academy nominated actor, Ryan Gosling.  The film is based on the book of the same name, written by historian James R. Hansen.

Based on the description of this movie your not wrong in assuming that this film is reaching its hands out to grab as many Oscars as it can in the upcoming Academy Awards.  The movie is chalk full of scenes between Armstrong’s wife and kids that are meant to elicit all feels – something the academy will no doubt eat up, and something the audiences would eat up if the movie wasn’t so boring!

At a runtime of two hours and twenty minutes, I felt every passing moment.  I went into the movie knowing that this was all about the human element of space travel.  It is not about the mission itself, it is about the human element of the missions leading up to the famous Apollo 11 moon landing – something that should have worked.  However, the problem is that Gosling’s portrayal of Armstrong is very one note.  He is a calculating and gloomy character to a fault.  Continue reading “My Review For ‘First Man’”

Aladdin Teaser Trailer!!

Disney has finally released their first look at their live action Aladdin in the form of the biggest teaser trailer ever.  Just yesterday we got our first look at a teaser poster, and many speculated, correctly, that they would drop a teaser trailer toady – which you can see below

The film is set to be remake of the beloved animated feature with original and new songs written by Benji Pasek and Justin Paul who did music for the beloved musical The Greatest Showman.  The film will star Billy Magnussen as Aladdin, Will Smith as the Genie, and Naomi Scott as Jasmin.

While this teaser trailer doesn’t show much in the form of narrative, nor does it show any of the main characters outside of Aladdin himself, it does give just enough to know that this movie just may be that “diamond in the rough.”

Aladdin is set to be released on May 25th, so be prepared for more promotional material in the coming months.

What did you think of this trailer?  Is it  enough to get you excited, or are you still holding out?  Leave a comment below and let me know what you think.  We can make a discussion  out of it.

2nd Trailer for M. Night Shyamalan’s ‘Glass’

We finally get our second glimpse at M. Night Shyamalan’s upcoming movie Glass, and it doesn’t disappoint.

If you are unaware, Glass ties together the two worlds of Shyamalan’s films Unbreakable that came out in 2000 and Split that came out in 2016.  The two movies showed three very different superhumans – Samuel L. Jackson‘s fragile yet cunning Mr. Glass, Bruce Willis‘s strong and unbreakable David Dunn and James McAvoy‘s Wendell Crumb who has 24 different personalities living inside him. Check out the trailer below!

The first trailer was debuted earlier this year at San Diego Comic Con to great applause.  And this trailer does more to get audiences excited.  If this movie proofs to be as good as the trailers have advertised then it is not question that Shyamalan is back to form and delivering entertaining movies.

Glass is scheduled to release into theaters on the 18th of January.  If you haven’t seen any of the other two movies that this one ties into you better see them by then.  From the trailer alone it is easy to speculate that you will be lost if you don’t know the backstory of each of these very unique characters.

What did you think of this 2nd trailer?  Did you see Split and Unbreakable?  What did you think of them?  Leave a comment below and let’s make a discussion out of it.

Creepy First Trailer For Pet Sematary!

The first, very creepy, trailer for Stephen King‘s Pet Sematary was dropped today and shows that a new fresh cinematic reimagining of the beloved book and thirty year old movie is just what we need.

This remake stars Jason Clarke, Amy Seimetz, and John Lithgow and is directed by Kevin Kölsch and Dennis Widmyer.  The first iteration of this movie that came out about 30 years ago to mild success.  Ask anybody who has seen the movie and they will tell you about how creepy it is.  This trailer shows that they are aiming to capture the same magic as the original, and push the envelope even farther.

Pet Sematary will be in theaters next year on April 5th, and I can not wait.

What did you think of this trailer? Did you see the 1989 Pet Sematary? Leave a comment below and lets make a discussion out of it.

Sequel For ‘Venom’ Will Be PG-13

With the great box office results of Venom over the past weekend it is no surprise that the film will be getting a sequel in the very near future.  And with that comes the question of, “Will this movie be rated R?”

Mild Spoiler for Venom end credit scene: In the mid-credit scene we see that Woody Harrelson will most likely be appearing in Venom‘s sequel as the psychotic and terrifying villain, Carnage.  Anybody with Spider-Man knowledge knows that Cletus Kasidy, who is the host for the Carnage symbiote, is a deranged serial killer. Therefore, it is not too unreasonable to think that a sequel with Carnage in it, despite Venom being PG-13, would  get that coveted R rating.  Well, not so according to Venom producer Avi Arad that told Collider:

“When you hear, Carnage, the only think you can think of is R. But, if you know his story, if you really know the comic, there’s no R here. He’s a tortured soul. It’s not about what he does, because we never have to show the knife going from here to there, and the blood is pouring. What you have to show is, what is the motivation? Was he born like that, or is he someone we should feel for, because if you are succeeding in making a villain someone you can feel for, jackpot.”

So, there it is, the producer of the film said that he has no intention of making Venom 2 with an R rating.  What he says is true, in the original comics where Carnage is introduced there is not an abundance of swearing, nudity, or blood and guts.  So why should the movie need an R rating? Yes, later iterations of the comic eventually become more adult themed, but all comic characters eventually have a mature run – that doesn’t mean all comic movies should get that R rating.

Also, Sony may still have some plans on tying their universe into Marvel’s universe.  A PG-13 rating will help to keep everything a little bit more even.  This type of merger is still just speculation, and Sony may not ever integrate Venom into the Avenger’s universe.  However, it is still a possibility at this time.

What do yo think of this?  Do you think a movie with Carnage in it should be rated R?  Leave a comment below and let’s make a discussion out of it.

October 5-7 Box Office

Money, Money Everywhere – this past weekend proved to be a huge success for the release of both Venom and A Star is Born.

First off, Venom managed to smash not only all expectations set for the movie, but also the October opening weekend record.  The previous record holder for the month of October was the 2013 film Gravity $55.7 Million, and Venom surpasses that record by near $25 Million!  Box office records are almost never beat that badly. And Venom wasn’t the only success this past weekend.

A Star is Born  was a small, low budget movie, that was being projected by most experts to make only around $25-30 Million this weekend.  And It surpassed all expectations by brining in $41.3 Million.  This is all due to the positive word of mouth surrounding the project – with many predicting the movie to receive many academy award nominations come Oscar season.

Check out the full box office numbers below!

No 1. Venom – $80,030,000 in its first weekend of release.

No 2. A Star is Born (2018) – $41,250,000 in its first weekend of release.

No 3. Smallfoot – $14,900,000. Bringing its total gross in its 2nd weekend to $42,760,945.

No 4. Night School – $12,275,000. Bringing its total gross in its 2nd weekend to $46,750,355.

No 5. The House With A Clock In Its Walls$7,295,000.  Bringing its total gross in its 3rd weekend to $55,050,560.

What do you think of this weekend’s box office numbers?  Did you go out and see any of these movies?  What did you think?  Leave a comment below and let’s make a discussion out of it.

An Awesome New Trailer/Extended Clip For ‘Aquaman’

Warner Bro. dropped a bombshell today in the form of a “trailer” that is over 5 minutes long!  This is has got to be one of the longest trailers ever put out for a blockbuster movie.

This trailer manages to cram in five minutes of footage yet accomplishes something that a lot of trailers can’t do in less time – it didn’t ruin the whole movie. Impressive.

If a trailer’s duty is to get an audience excited for a movie then DC and Warner Bros have successfully done just that.  Jason Momoa‘s Aquaman is the same character seen in the last Justice League movie, and is all the better for it.  Alongside Momoa is Amber Heard as Mera, Dolph Lundgren as King Nereus, and Patrick Wilson as Orm.

This trailer is awesome, the visuals look stunning, and the action is epic. James Wan seems to have been the magical touch needed for this character. If this is DC’s best step forward then it’s a damn good step.

What did you think of the trailer?  Have you been looking forward to Aquaman? Are you looking forward to it now?  Leave a comment below and let’s make a discussion out of it.

Venom Review – And Why You Should See It

Venom is a movie that has been in the back of everybody’s minds for over a year now – not quite at the level of being “hyped” but we all knew it was coming out and there was mild interest from just about everyone out there who enjoys a good super hero romp. Then the critics came out and posted their thoughts on this movie, and like a stone dropping into the ocean expectations plummeted.  However, after seeing the Tom Hardy led movie, I have to ask myself, “Why is this hated on?”  Venom was actually pretty fun!

The movie does start out slow – beginning with a ship crashing to earth and bringing the symbiotes to our planet.  There is a lot of exposition explaining why we should like Tom Hardy as Eddie Brock, and why we should hate Riz Ahmed as Carlton Drake.  From there the film continues to drag on showing why the suave Eddie Brock went from respected journalist to jobless looser – and it continues down this path a little bit too long.  However, just as I was about to give up on this movie the symbiotic Venom is finally introduced and things kick into high gear really fast. Continue reading “Venom Review – And Why You Should See It”

Christian Bale Is Dick Cheney In This ‘Vice’ Trailer

A new trailer has dropped for Vice and shows Christian Bale back reaching out for that Oscar this year in his portrayal of Dick Cheney.

The trailer shows how Cheney teamed up with soon to be president Bush and it is way more exciting than it should have been.  The trailer very much gives a Wolf of Wallstreet vibe as it paints Cheney and Bush in a very Jordan Belfort kind of way.

The movie is directed by Adam McKay and stars Christian Bale, Amy Adams, Alison Pill, Steve Carell and Sam Rockwell.

New Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse

Sony Pictures Animation and Columbia Pictures has released an all new trailer for Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse.  The animation is so different, yet so beautiful.  Check it out below!

The first trailer dropped in June to very high success. The trailer managed to get over 44 million views in its first 24 hours.  And it is no surprise to know that so far this trailer is going to be just as successful.

The voice cast for this film is excessive with talent from: Jake JohnsonHailee SteinfeldNicolas CageMahershala Ali, Liev Schreiber, and Lily Tomlin.

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse will be hitting theaters this year on December 14.

What do you think of this trailer? Are you looking forward to this animated Spider-Man movie?  Leave a comment below and let’s make a discussion about it.