First Trailer For ‘Miss Bala’ has dropped!

Sony has dropped a first look at their upcoming action/thriller movie Miss Bala, which if you translate it from spanish means “Miss Bullet.”  After watching the trailer you can see that it is aptly named.

Many do not know that this Sony film is actually a remake of a 2011 movie of the same name, but what in Spanish only.  The film is directed by Catherine Hardwickebest known for Twilight, and stars Gina Rodriguez  in the leading role as Gloria, the winner of a beauty contest that is force to work for a crime boss after witnessing a murder.  The film also stars Anthony Mackie in a currently unknown role.

On the surface this looks like your average Hollywood action film.  However, if you know the source material you can blatantly see that there is something missing.  The original Miss Bala that came out in 2011 was a brutal, R rated, movie that was meant to show just how bad some of these Mexican cartels could get.  It wasn’t just an action movie, it was a film that spoke of the atrocities experienced by many that are unwillingly drug into the cartel business.  This version of that movie is a PG-13 film that has more of a Jason Bourne/Salt feel, nothing at all like the original.

While it is certainly possible that the movie gives a better representation of the source material than the trailer does, it is probably safe to assume that this will just be a normal action movie out of Hollywood.  Miss Bala will be hitting North American theaters on February 1st of 2019.

What did you think of this trailer? Did you ever see the original, or will you watch the original and compare it with this one?  Leave a comment below and let’s make a discussion out of it.

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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.

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”

A Superior, Amazing, Spectacular ‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’ Review – Non Spoiler

Spider-Man: Homecoming is the first full length super-hero movie collaboration between Disney’s Marvel Studios and Sony Pictures.  And, I have to say, they did an outstanding job! In this newest iteration of Spider-Man Peter Parker, who is a 15-year-old kid, is trying to figure out what it means to be a super-hero as well as a normal teenager.  This movie is very much a high school drama/coming of age type of movie.  It shows real struggles that teenagers face as they go through high school, as well as portraying how a teenage superhero may deal with those struggles.

Starting off, I have to say that this movie is a lot of fun.  It has a familiarity that ties it perfectly into the existing Marvel Cinematic Universe, yet still manages to feel different.  The young-adult aspect is something that is central in all the early versions of the Spider-Man comics, yet, until now, has not been accurately portrayed on the big screen.  Continue reading “A Superior, Amazing, Spectacular ‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’ Review – Non Spoiler”

Sony Releases 2nd ‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’ Trailer

A new trailer for the much anticipated Spider-Man: Homecoming arrived this morning and it gives audiences a closer look at the newest version of our friendly neighborhood Spider-Man.  It also confirms that Iron Man/Tony Stark is probably going to have a much bigger role than people originally guessed. Check out the trailer below!

In this newest trailer we are not only getting a better look at the web-head and Stark, but also of Michael Keaton‘s Vulture/Adrian Tooms. Continue reading “Sony Releases 2nd ‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’ Trailer”

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!

Continue reading “We got 3 new ‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’ Posters!”

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. Continue reading “Studios Might Offer New Releases For Digital Download”

‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’ Official First Trailer!!

He’s Back!!

Everyone’s favorite web slinger is back after getting our first taste of the wall-crawler in Captain America: Civil War.  Here it is, our first real good look at the new stand alone Spider-Man movie.

Spider-Man Homecoming stars Tom Holland as the iconic web-head as well as Marisa Tomei as Aunt May, Zendaya as Peter’s high school crush Liz, and Michael Keaton as The Vulture.  Also, making a guest appearance is Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark.

The film is directed by Jon Watts who’s best known work to date is 2015’s Cop Car.  Watts has stated in many interviews that in this new Spider-Man movie he would be going for a “John Hughes” feel.  For those who don’t know what that means check out Hughes’ best work in Ferris Bueller’s Day off and The Breakfast Club.

After watching this trailer I can deffinetly feel the John Hughes vibes coming through.  However, it still feels like a Spider-Man movie.  And that is enough to get me excited.

This trailer not only gives us a first look at Sony’s new Spider-Man film, but it also lays to rest all of the rumors and speculation round who Zendaya would be playing.

Back in August there were many sites claiming that she would be the iconic Peter Parker love interest Marry Jane.  Due to Zendaya not being a natural redhead, this brought up lots of controversy.  You can see my post on the matter here.

After watching the trailer we do get a really quick look at Zendaya’s character as she calls out Peter for being creepy.  We still do not have a name for the character, however, it should be a safe assumption that she will not be the girl-next-door Marry Jane.

Spider-Man: Homecoming is still set for a release date of July 7th, 2017.  After seeing this trailer, I can not wait.

We may have our Mary Jane Watson in upcoming ‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’

It looks like after months of speculating we now know that Mary Jane Watson will be making an appearance in next summer’s Spider-Man: Homecoming. Not only that, but it looks like we know who is playing the iconic spidey love interest.

According to a report released by TheWrap, Disney Channel star Zendaya, who stared in “Shake It Up!” and “K.C. Undercover,” is playing the Peter Parker love interest, Mary Jane Watson.

Some may remember that she had already been cast in a role back in march, but we were told that she was going to be playing a character named Michelle.  However, according the article, this is no longer the case – meaning that Zendaya’s casting as Michelle was a pseudonym in order to keep secrecy surrounding the project.

It should be pointed out that neither Sony, Marvel Studios, nor Disney have confirmed these reports thus far – meaning this is still considered speculation.  According to the article put out by TheWrap, the information about Zendaya’s casting came from “two individuals with knowledge of the project….” Continue reading “We may have our Mary Jane Watson in upcoming ‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’”

Q&A: Theater Allocations and Clearances

Hold on to your hats folks, this question is a doozy.

This question comes in from Bryan Wolfie (great name by the way), and Bryan writes in via email:

With Fox, and recently Universal, getting rid of Movie Allocations which studio do you think is next to give it up and how do you see it changing the movie viewing industry?

First off I have to say, great question!  Also, full disclosure, I had to do a bit of research in order to catch up on all of the details pertaining to this event as it is still ongoing.  So at the end of the answer I will provide links to where I got my information should you, or any of  you readers, care to look into the matter more.

Also, unless I am mistaken, what you mean by “Movie Allocations” is called a clearance agreement; which I will get to in a bit.  And Allocated Zones, are areas in which there is direct competition between theater chains.

To the readers; if you know what clearances are you may want to skip ahead to the bottom a bit, because I’m about  to get long and winded and explain a lot before getting to the meat and potatoes of the question. Continue reading “Q&A: Theater Allocations and Clearances”