October 26-28 Box Office Report

Success and failure, that is the best way to describe this past weekend’s box office!

In the top five positions at the box office there is only one newly released movie, and it’s in position number five!  The submarine-thriller film staring Gerard Butler and Gary Oldman sank at the box office only bringing in a measly $6.6 Million.  Normally this is the type of film that would crack at least $15 Million in its first weekend but bad reviews (check mine out here) and high performance from movies that were already in theaters kept it from raising any higher.

However, for HalloweenA Star is Born, and Venom there is nothing but praise to be given to these films.  Each one has managed to stay in the top three since they were released.  Already this October has broken the record for the most box office dollars ever in this month and it was all due to these three movies drawing in so many box office dollars.  Universal Studios, Warner Brothers, and Sony are popping bottles after the month they had.

You can check out the full box office breakdown below!

No 1. Halloween (2018) – $31,419,070.  Bringing its total gross in its 2nd weekend to $126,075,470.

No 2. A Star is Born (2018) – $14,047,079.  Bringing its total gross in its 4th weekend to $148,614,479.

No 3. Venom – $10,652,381.  Bringing its total gross in its 4th weekend to $187,134,695.

No 4. Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween – $7,284,207. Bringing its total gross in its 3rd weekend to $38,133,016.

No 5.  Hunter Killer – $6,653,777 in its first weekend of release.

 

Sinking Review of ‘Hunter Killer’

It’s been a long time since we as an audience had an awesome submarine thriller film. Awesome movies like The Hunt for Red October, 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, and Crimson Tide. Now, with the release of the Gerard Butler and Gary Oldman film Hunter Killer, will we finally get that new awesome submarine-naval thriller?

No – and it is a shame.

Hunter Killer is a movie that is full of waisted potential. When the movie finally gets into its action set pieces it works. The unfortunately thing is that those action pieces take forever to get to, and between these set pieces is a jumbled mess of the most over-acted and under-acted scenes to come out this year. The dialog is abysmal, the acting is all over the place, the CGI is really bad, the script is full of potholes and none of the characters are likable.

Now, many are calling this a “dumb fun” 90’s/80’s cold war action flick. And when the action actually happens I am in full agreement. There are moments where I found myself holding my breath as torpedoes were being launched at different ships, and there are some fire fights that are as good as any other great action movie. It’s the bad writing and dialogue in-between that really sinks this film.

Butler does what Butler does best in this film. He eats up the screen while seeming like a bad-ass in the cheesiest ways possible. But that is what his film are. Movies like Geostorm and Olympus has Fallen, show that even in cheesiest action roles the man can shine. But how was academy award-winning actor Gary Oldman roped into this? And an even better question – why was he one of the worst characters in this movie? It’s because of the writing. There are many other characters, similar to Oldman’s, that do and say things constantly that make no logical sense. There are times when a Russian official speaks perfect English, then doesn’t speak English and relies on using hands to communicate, but magically can speak English again. So many of the “Russian” characters in this movie switch back and fourth between English, English with a Russian accent, and just Russian without any context. This can all be pinned on the writing. The writing in this movie is some of the worst I have ever witnessed.

If you haven’t guessed it by now I am not recommending you spend your hard earned cash on this movie – not in this economy. If you’re in the mood to enjoy the theater experience there are plenty of other films still playing that are more worth your time.

I’m giving Hunter Killer a 4/10. The only reason it gets those few points is because the action does work – sometimes.

Were you unfortunate enough to have seen Hunter Killer? Do you have a differing opinion about the movie? Leave a comment below and let’s make a discussion out of it.

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Reel Movie News Episode 1!!

The first audio only episode that has the rundown of everything that happened in the past week in the world of movie news and trailers! I talk about Wonder Woman, Pirates of the Caribbean, SpongeBob, My Hero Academia and a lot more! Check out the link below, and don’t forget to like, comment and subscribe.

Don’t want to listen to the entire think?  That’s fine.  Follow the links below to get the individual topics.

1.  Box Office October 19-21

2. Wonder Woman 1984 Changes Its release date

3. Pirates of the Caribbean May Get a Reboot

4. SpongeBob SquarePants Movie With Hanz Zimmer Screening 

5.  My Hero Academia Live Action Movie

6. The Prodigy, How to Train Your Dragon 3, Cold Pursuit, Bohemian Rhapsody

 

 

 

Final Trailer for The Queen Movie, ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’

The final trailer for the Queen biopic Bohemian Rhapsody has dropped and still showcases the crazy energy of Freddie Mercury through the eyes of actor Rami Malek.

Like previous trailers this one shows the recording process and stage performance of Queen’s most iconic songs.  However, this trailer goes a little bit further to show that this movie will also be tackling the more personal side of Freddie Mercury, from topics like him changing his name to fit in better all the way to his sexuality.

Aside from Male, the cast also includes Lucy BoyntonGwilym Lee, Joseph Mazzello, and Mike Myers.  There are two directors for this film, but only one credited.  Dexter Fletcher was brought in to finish directing duties when director Bryan Singer was fired from production due to on-set behavior and not showing up for filming.  However, due to Singer having finished most of the directing duties before his departure, he gets the directing credit.

Bohemian Rhapsody is set to hit theaters on November 2.  The film has been getting great reviews from critics so far, so me sure to check this out.  Especially if you are a Queen fa.

What did you think of this trailer?  Are you planning on seeing the film when it is released?  Leave a comment below and let’s make a discussion out of it.

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Live Action ‘My Hero Academia Movie’ Is On Its Way

On Wednesday, Legendary pictures dropped a bombshell when they announced that they would be adapting Kohei Horikoshi‘s very popular manga franchise My Hero Academia into a live action feature film.

This is not the first anime adaptation Legendary picture has taken on.  On May 10th of next year they will be releasing Pokémon Detective Pikachu. However, My Hero Academia is currently one of the most watched anime’s currently in the world.  Taking on this project is sure to cause controversy.

The manga version of the My Hero Academia series centers around Deku, a.k.a Izuku Midoriya, a young boy who daydreams about being a hero but is clearly not a likely candidate – that’s because he lives in a world where four out of every five people have superpowers (called “quirks”) which means an “average” kids is neither common nor close to average.  Izuku fights against the odds and enrolls in one of the world’s most prestigious and intimidating hero academies where he will find challenges that require him to risk everything to prove himself to be truly special.

While this sounds like an absolutely awesome movie (the anime sure is), nearly all live action attempts at popular anime have failed at the box office as well as critically.  This is going to come down to having a very over the top budget to keep up with the powers that the kids display in the manga, as well as perfect casting.

What do you think of this live action rendition of My Hero Academia?  Will it be one of the only live action remakes that succeeds, or will it join the likes of many others and fail miserably?  Leave a comment below and let’s make a discussion out of it.

Also, I have an announcement that I made regarding a Podcast that I am building.  Click here to see the details.

Liam Neeson Is Out For Revenge, Again, In ‘Cold Pursuit’

Our first look at the Liam Neeson film, Cold Pursuit, just dropped and shows that he is out for revenge again, but this time,  the bad guys will be put on ice.

Neeson plays Neel Coxman, a snow plow driver that finds out his son has died due to a drug overdose. However, it may be linked to a dangerous drug ring and Neeson plans on taking every one of them out.  He will find them, and he will kill them.

Blue Oyster Cult’s (Don’t Fear) The Reaper plays over the trailer, giving this potentially dark film a little more of a fun vibe.

Cold Pursuit is set for a release date of February 8, 2019.

What did you think of this trailer? Is Liam Neeson getting too old for these types of roles, or is it still fun to watch him hunt down and kill bad guys? Leave a comment below and let’s make a discussion out of it.

Also, I have an announcement that I made regarding a Podcast that I am building.  Click here to see the details.

“How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World’ Trailer

The third, and reportedly final film in the How to Train Your Dragon franchise has dropped a new trailer online and showcases just why this franchise is so successful – it full of heart, has great characters, and still funny.

This new trailer for How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World shows that the creators will dive deeper into two key story threads; toothless encountering a potential mate and stopping the villainous dragon hunter Grimmel from making his way to Berk with the intention of capturing as many dragons as possible.

It stands to reason that The Hidden World will meet the very high standards of the previous two films in the franchise.  But we shall have to see for ourselves.  The film will be released into theaters on February 22, 2019.

What did you think of this trailer?  Will you be seeing the this third instalment in the franchise?  Leave a comment below and lets make a discussion about it.

Also, I have an announcement that I made regarding a Podcast that I am building.  Click here to see the details.

New ‘SpongeBob SquarePants’ Movie With Hans Zimmer

If you are a fan of the little yellow, pants wearing, sponge that lives in a pineapple under the sea then this will no doubt get you excited.  A new SpongeBob SquarePants movie will be coming to theaters soon.

After the last two movies grossed $140 million and $325 million respectively it is no surprise that the studio would want to go back to this well again and print more money.  This third installment, titled The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie: It’s A Wonderful Sponge, is to be written and directed by the creator himself Tim Hill.

The film is set for a release date of July 17, 2020 – and will tell the “origin story” of SpongeBob, and how exactly he got his square pants.  Also, it is being reported that nonother than Hans Zimmer will be scoring the film.  This is huge! Zimmer, being one of Hollywood’s greatest composers, has worked on music featured in The Lion King,  GladiatorThe Last SamuraiInceptionThe Dark Knight, Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, and many more.  If you are a fan of movies in any capacity then you have hear this man’s iconic music.

President of Paramount Animation, Mireille Soria, said in an interview regarding the new SpongeBob project:

“For the first time ever, we’re going to get to the origin of how little SpongeBob met the rest of the Bikini Bottom gang at summer camp.  The film’s opening will take place at Camp Coral when all of our favorite characters meet for the first time.”

If you are a fan of this franchise, then get excited, 2020 is not that far away.

What do you think of this new SpongeBob movie?  Did you see the other ones?  What is your opinion on Hans Zimmer joining this project?  Leave a comment below and let’s make a discussion out of it.

Also, I have an announcement that I made regarding a Podcast that I am building.  Click here to see the details.

Halloween Podcast Review!!

Check out my Audio Only, Spoiler Free, review of Halloween found on my  YouTube Channel.

Don’t forget to subtribe to the channel my friends.

In one episode a week I will be having a Q&A session.  So feel free to drop me some movie based questions on my twitter @KylanReelCritic or email me at reelmoviecritic@gmail.com.  It can be questions about upcoming movies, personal questions about my opinion on movie topics, or rumors you have heard that you want discussed.

Teaser For ‘The Prodigy’

This trailer first aired during the previews of Halloween and it very appropriate that it did so – its creepy.

The Prodigy is directed by Nicholas McCarthy and stars Orange is the New Black star Taylor Schilling, the mother of Miles, a young boy showing disturbing behaviors that are supernatural and evil.

The movie is being released into theaters on February 8th, 2019.  Are you as excited to see this movie as I am?

What did you think of this trailer?  Did you jump where everyone in my theater did?  Leave a comment below and lets make a discussion out of it.