‘Life’ Movie Review (Spoiler Free)

If you heard me say to you, “Hey, let’s go see this claustrophobic horror/thriller in space,” you wouldn’t be wrong in assuming that I was referring to Ridley Scott’s Alien or at least a sequel.  However, in this case, I would be talking about the newly released Life staring Ryan Reynolds, Rebecca Ferguson, Jake Gyllenhaal, Hiroyuki Sanada, Olga Dihovichnaya, and Arlyon Bakare.  Life does use similar plot points to Alien, being that it takes place in a claustrophobic area as a team of astronauts and scientists try to survive as an evolving alien lifeform hunts and kills them off one by one, however it still manages to feel fresh and entertaining despite its similarities to the 1979 classic.

One of the biggest differences from Alien is that Life does not have one protagonist, rather it follows all the astronauts equally without any defining lead.  This allows you to be able to attach to the characters a bit more, as well as add an extra level of unpredictability.  If they had one defining protagonist (like Ripley) then it is a safe bet that that character would be safe, or at least not be the first to bite it.  Throughout the film, I was unable to pinpoint who would be the lifeform’s next victim.  And that really adds to the atmosphere and terror. (more…)

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March 24-26 Box Office Results!

Summer is not yet here, but this past weekend is already showing “summer blockbuster” type numbers.  Beauty and the Beast was able to surpass expectations for its second weekend of release, and the newly released Power Rangers managed to blow past the estimated projections as well.

After just having been out for two weeks Disney’s live action Beauty and the Beast managed to have an opening just exceeding $90 Million.  Most movies would love to have that number as their opening weekend, not to mention its second. The fact that this movie could make this kind of money, with just less than a 50% drop from its opening weekend, goes to show why Disney will continue to release more live action movies based off their beloved animated properties.   However, Disney is not the only studio to have an impressive show at the box office.

Lionsgate’s Power Rangers managed to beat expectations that predicted the film would only make $30 Million.  But is was able to successfully make just over $40 Million, showing that the Power Ranger brand is still strong, and that fans will come out and support their beloved franchise.  It was rumored that Lionsgate was planning on making six more Power Ranger films, and while these numbers support the ability to make a sequel, it may not be enough to justify a seven-film franchise.

Check out how the rest of the films faired in the top spots below!

No 1. Beauty and the Beast – $90,426,717.  Bringing its total gross in its 2nd weekend to $319,032,604.

No 2. Power Rangers – $40,300,288 in its first weekend of release.

No 3. Kong: Skull Island – $14,670,653.  Bringing its total gross in its 3rd weekend to $133,502,238.

No 4. Life – $12,501,936 in its first weekend of release.

No 5. Logan$10,334,390.  Bringing its total gross in its 4th weekend to 201,455,596. (more…)

We got 3 new ‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’ Posters!

It’s been a while since we heard anything coming out of Sony/Disney about the upcoming Spider-Man: Homecoming. However, the silence has been broken.  Yesterday, via the official Spider-Man: Homecoming twitter account, two new posters were released of the webslinger, and this morning we got one more.

The first photo shows Spider-Man lying next to the East River with the very well-known Avengers Tower in the background with the caption, “Homework can wait. The city can’t.”  The second shows the web-head attached to the side of the same tower, and the third a little of the same, however Spidey attached to a sign for the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway with a caption that reads, “Quickest way to get home.” Check out all three posters below!

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‘Power Rangers’ Review (Spoiler Free)

When I first heard the prospect of making a Power Rangers movie based on the early 90’s TV show I was less than thrilled.  The show is one of the cheesiest things I had ever seen as a kid.  And a movie had already been made back when the show was at the peak of its popularity with 2005’s Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie.  The movie was panned by critics, and barely made enough at the box office to earn a profit.  Yes, when I was six the TV show and the movie were entertaining, but watching them now I have to say they are really bad.

However, the first trailers came out for Power Rangers and I have to admit I was intrigued.  And as the movie release date got closer I found myself looking forward to the new Power Rangers movie, however, I was still not expecting much.  After finally seeing the film, I can honestly say I had a lot of fun with the movie.  It surpassed my expectations!  It is nowhere near a perfect film, it absolutely has flaws, however despite those flaws I was very entertained.

The first thing someone should know before going to see Power Rangers is that it is more of a character film, and less of an action movie.  There are absolutely some action scenes in it, but they were just okay.  What really drove the film was watching these five teenagers with different pasts come together and learn to trust each other and work as a team.  Their on-screen chemistry is outstanding! And the acting is really good! I never thought I’d admit that there was good acting in a Power Rangers movie.  The standouts are Dacre Montgomery (plays Jason – Red Ranger), Naomi Scott (plays Kimberly – Pink Ranger), and RJ Cyler (plays Billy (Blue Ranger).  They were able to bring a level of emotion I did not think possible in a Power Rangers movie.  I really cared about their characters, and their team because of their performances.

Power Rangers is surprisingly funny too.  I laughed a lot throughout the movie watching these weird and awkward teenagers figuring out what it means to be a Power Ranger and the shenanigans that can go with giving that kind of power to high school students.  Also, there are some scenes of product placement that I thought pretty funny as well.  Normally in-your-face product placement gets on my nerves (looking at you Transformers: Age of Extinction).  I hate it.  However, for some reason I was not bothered by it in this movie.  I won’t say what it is – you’ll know it when you see it.  Just know it works in the context of the film.

Now, remember when I said there was some great acting in Power Rangers?  While that is true and I stand by that, there is some terrible acting in it as well.  Unfortunately given by Elizabeth Banks, who played the villain Rita Repulsa.  It was like she was in a completely different movie.  While I’m getting drama, and real life situations from these teenagers the movie switches to the villain and I’m reminded that I am watching a movie based off one of the cheesiest TV shows of all time.  Her acting would have fit perfectly in an episode of Power Rangers from the 90’s.  And that is not a good thing.  When we finally get to the showdown between her and the rangers I feel like I’m watching a completely different movie.  An hour and a half of great teenage drama/comedy/sort of action, followed by cheesy action movie with a side of extra cheese due to her performance.

And the action was just okay.  There was not a whole lot of rangers using martial arts, and when it was shown it didn’t blow me away.  When the Rangers used their Zords (giant robots) to fight it was, once again, just okay.  The CGI during these actions scenes was part of the problem.  The visuals would switch back and forth between impressively good to video-gamey bad.  I realize that this being the first movie in a what is sure to be a franchise there was a very limited budget to work with.  But I’ve seen smaller scale movies show better action scenes.  Maybe next time don’t hire a big-time actor like Elizabeth Banks so you can afford good looking action set pieces and CGI.  It’s not like her being in the movie payed off anyway.

Overall there was a lot of good to be had in Power Rangers, but some glaring negatives that need to be fixed if the franchise is to continue and be successful.  Despite by negatives stated already, I did generally like the movie.  It was entertaining and fun – something that a Power Rangers movie should be.   There are going to be some people who hate this movie, and that’s fine.  I have to admit that the movie is not for everyone.  However, if you were or still are a fan of the Power Rangers then I recommend you go see the movie. You will like it.  If you were never a fan then you might like.  I think it is still probably still worth checking out if you are in the mood for some dumb fun at the theater while chowing down on a big tub of buttery popcorn.  Or, if you have a theater that offers it, get some doughnuts – you’ll thank me latter.

I’m giving Power Rangers a score of 3/5.  It’s entertaining, so go see it.

Have you seen Power Rangers yet and what did you think?  Are you going to see Power Rangers?  Leave a comment below, and we can make a discussion out of it!

Studios Might Offer New Releases For Digital Download

Well, here is a bit of news a little more serious than what I normally write about.  However, it’s interesting to see how this situation could completely change the way we, as movie fans, see newly released films.

In a report put out by Variety six of the seven biggest Hollywood studios are making a push to offer movies in homes on digital download only weeks after a movie is released into theaters. 

Nothing is set in stone yet, but apparently when discussions first started it looked like the studios would make their digital downloads available 17 days after the film debuted in theaters for the low, low price of $50.  However, some studios, particularly Fox and Universal, feel that $50 is too high of a price to ask consumers to pay for a digital rental.  Therefore, they are trying to convince other studios to make movies available between 30 to 45 days after the theater launch and only charge $30 as the rental price.    

The one studio not interested in these talks is Disney – due to not wanting to shorten the time window that a particular movie can stay in theaters.  This is no surprise that Disney has zero interest in this deal due to owning the rights to Marvel, Star Wars, and all their animated movies.  These properties tend to have runs in the theaters longer than any other property put out by any other studio.  A deal like this could actually hurt profits for Disney. (more…)

Warner Bros. is looking at Mathew Vaughn to Direct ‘Man of Steel 2’

Something we haven’t heard a lot about lately from Warner Bros. is their plans to make a Man of Steel sequel.  While one was announced a few months back, there is still no release date and still no casting news or plot details.  After what seems like months of no talk at all, the silence has been broken.

Per a report put out by Collider, Mathew Vaughn is currently the studio’s top choice to direct Man of Steel 2, and preliminary conversations about Vaughn’s directing positions have taken place.  If you are not familiar with the director, his best-known work is directing critically successful, action packed movies like Kingsman: The Secret Service, X-Men: First Class, and Kick-Ass.

The report is quick to point out that Vaughn is not yet signed on as the director, and could very well end up not directing the project.  However, Warner Bros. is still showing interest in Vaughn and will probably want him to helm other superhero movies tied to the DC movie universe should he not end up the director of the Man of Steel sequel.  (more…)

March 10-12 Box Office Results

If you guessed that Kong would emerge from this past box office as the victor, then you were correct.  Kong: Skull Island was able to draw a pretty decent crowd to the theater and made just over $61 Million, beating expectations that had predicted the film would only make $50 Million.  However, if the studios are going to make any money with Kong, then the film needs to be a hit oversees in order to get back their budget of $185 Million.

However, while Kong did get number one at the Box Office, I do not think it it’s the top story.  What I believe is even more impressive is that Universal’s Get Out was able to cross the $100 Million mark, which is something that nobody had predicted would happen.  Especially on just its 3rd weekend in theaters.

The other thing worth noting is Logan’s performance, which only had the film dropping 50% between week one and week 2.  While that does seem like a bit of a drop at first, after considering its competition this weekend it is actually very impressive it made that much money again. The critical praise and great word of mouth from fans are driving people to see this movie, and I am predicting it stays in the top 5 for the rest of the March.

If you want to see the top 5 positions at the box office check them out below! (more…)

New ‘Wonder Woman’ Trailer and Poster!

Over the past several weeks there has been nothing but dreary news coming from Warner Bro. concerning their DC Universe.  However, finally, this weekend has given way to some positivity!

A new trailer and poster for DC’s Wonder Woman has hit the web, showing off the Princess of the Amazon warriors, Diana, training on Themyscira.   Check out the trailer and Poster below!

In previous trailers, we have seen Diana taking part in World War One, however this new trailer shows more of her training and honing her powers.  In just this one trailer we see her as a young girl learning about her history, discovering her powers, and then her journey to London in order to save the world.  This film is directed by Patty Jenkins, and stars Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman and Chris Pine as Steve Trevor who, in the comics, is Diana’s love interest.

This past Friday Jenkins unveiled the new poster for Wonder Woman for the film via her twitter account:

Wonder Woman is set to hit theaters this year on June 2nd, 2017.

While things lately have seen down for the DC Movie Universe, I have never given up hope that Patty Jenkins will give us a great Wonder Woman movie.  And after seeing this trailer, I am very much looking forward to it.

Finally, Some Casting News For ‘Deadpool 2’!

Something that has been driving people on the internet crazy for nearly a year now is not knowing when the release date is for Deadpool 2.  We don’t even have a confirmed filming start date for the project, but that hasn’t stopped news and rumors from trickling in; quenching the thirst of anxious Deadpool fans awaiting any kind of update on the project.

Well now we have something! Zazie Beetz, known for her performance in the hit 2016 show Atlanta, has been announced to be playing Domino, a Mutant with the curious ability to manipulate her luck in any situation so that it works out in her favor.  Her abilities paired with Ryan Rynolds’ Deadpool is sure to make for some great laughs.

This announcement was not given in the usual press conference or interview that most casting news seems to come from – but is it really a shock that a Deadpool project would be handled unconventionally? (more…)

March 3-5 Box Office Results

Another weekend has passed, and we finally see a few juggernauts from previous weeks fall below the top five spots to give way to new juggernauts that are sure to hang around for a while.  When you look at the list below, you will notice that John Wick: Chapter Two as well as Fifty Shades Darker have been removed from the top five positions, and replaced with the films like Logan, The Shack, and Before I Fall.

Logan being in the number one spot I’m sure is no surprise to anybody.  The R-rated comic book film has been one of the most anticipated films for most of the movie going audience in 2017 – and it shows by the numbers.  The film made over $85 Million in its three-day weekend opening, making it the highest March opening at the box office ever for an R-rated movie.  It is also the 5th highest opening movie of all-time for an R-rated movie, jumping over the 2015’s Fifty Shades of Grey.

The Shack and Before I Fall managed to stay in the top five positions, but I do not anticipate that they will stick around past this weekend.  The Shack, the Christian/Drama, managed to grab $16 Million and Before I Fall, a Drama/Mystery, made only $4 Million.  I would not have been shocked to find out that they did not make it into the top five spots at all.  Both films where not advertised heavily, nor are they block buster type films, so making the money they did I’m sure has made their studio heads very happy.

Get Out as well as The LEGO Batman Movie are the only remaining movies from previous weeks to stick around.

No 1. Logan – $85,300,00 in its first weekend of release.

No 2. Get Out – $26,110,695. Bringing its total gross in its 2nd weekend to $75,954,335.

No 3. The Shack – $16,100,000 in its first weekend of release.

No 4. The LEGO Batman Movie – $11,650,000.  Bringing its total gross in its 4th weekend to $148,631,801.

No 5. Before I Fall – $4,948,538 in its first weekend of release