Month: June 2017

Spider-Man: The Legacy Collection Steelbook Unboxing

In honor of Spider-Man: Homecoming, we’re unboxing the Best Buy exclusive steelbook for the Spider-Man Legacy Collection, which includes all the live-action Spidey flicks up to ‘Homecoming.”

What do you all think of this steelbook? Have any thoughts on this collection? Are you excited for the new film? We want to know! Feel free to hit us up in the comments below!

Baby Driver (2017)– Video Review

We may not have gotten an Edgar Wright Ant-Man movie, but we may have gotten something even better! Our video review of Baby Driver is all revved up for you to find out!

What did you all think of Baby Driver? Let us know in the comments below!

‘Jurassic World’ sequel gets a title

After Jurassic World‘s one through three, Universal decided to shake things up for their fourth film and call it Jurassic World. It starred Chris Pratt, hot off the heels of the first Guardians of the Galaxy, and Ron Howard’s daughter, who’s just plain hot. The film went on to gross over a billion dollars worldwide and invigorated the seemingly fossilized franchise with new life.

Obviously a sequel was a sure thing. What wasn’t a sure thing, however, was the title. Would Universal return to the time-honored numbering system and call it “Jurassic World 2?” No. It had to be more epic than “world.”

After a boardroom of Universal executives quickly shot down “Jurassic Universe,” they settled for a subtitle. Thus, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom was born. Today Universal revealed the first official poster. Check it out!

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Thoughts

A poster should tell you everything you need to know about a movie with a single image. Looking at this, I can tell it’s definitely a Jurassic Park movie. Bravo, marketing team!

Seriously though, the familiar emblem gives me the sense that this film is going to be more of the same but the slightly darker color pallet in addition to the photoshopped embers tell me this film is going to be a shade darker, which is in line with what we’ve heard from the film so far.

That said, the idea of hanging this up on my wall doesn’t excite me too much. How about you guys? What do you think about not only this teaser poster but also the official title for this sequel? Let us know in the comments below!

Ron Howard steps aboard ‘Star Wars’ Han Solo spinoff

Star Wars is more popular now than ever. With the current trend of cinematic world building, moviegoers have been coming out in mass not only to see the main episodic installments but also to support the new standalone entries. If you don’t think so, see last year’s Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, which grossed more than a billion dollars worldwide.

With that kind of financial support from fans, the answer is an easy “Yes” to the question “Will they make another one?” In fact, the next spinoff set in a galaxy far, far away will center around a young Han Solo and is currently deep into principal photography. That’s the actual filming part for you not in the know.

Also for those of you not in the know, dynamic directing duo Phil Lord and Chris Miller (The LEGO Movie, 21 & 22 Jump Street) were in the midst of shooting the bloody thing from a script they co-wrote with Star Wars veteran Lawrence Kasdan when President of LucasFilm Kathleen Kennedy fired them. That news came two days ago and almost immediately LucasFilm had a shortlist of replacement directors.

Rumor had it that atop this shortlist was none other than Ron Howard (A Beautiful Mind, Apollo 13, Rush). Well, it appears those rumors are true. As of today, The Hollywood Reporter is– well, reporting– that Howard has indeed landed the job as the new pilot for the Millennium Falcon. Principal photography is scheduled to continue for three-and-a-half more weeks with five weeks of reshoots planned.

The young Han Solo film features Alden Ehrenreich as the iconic space outlaw, Donald Glover as frenemy Lando Calrissian, and Woody Harrelson as Solo’s mentor. The film also stars Emilia Clarke and Thandie Newton. So far the release date has not been pushed back and is still slated for a May 25, 2018 release.

Thoughts

Howard is a safe bet for LucasFilm. At this point in the game, it’s apparent Kathleen Kennedy and company’s goal is salvaging what they’ve built with Lord and Miller. Howard is veteran and a consummate professional. He’ll be able to come in and get the job done without ruffling any proverbial feathers. Howard’s spent most of his life in the studio system and even won himself a couple of Oscars on different sides of the camera so he knows how to play ball.

Also, there’s a lot of speculation and hoopla being made about how exactly LucasFilm will credit the direction of this film and understandably so. This is, after all, an unprecedented moment in movies. If I had to put money on it, I’d say that Ron Howard will get the directing credit while Lord and Miller will get the directing credit.

Obviously there isn’t an example I can point to as to why I think this will be the case, but it kind of makes sense. Lord and Miller were fired from the project after all and Howard could go back during reshoots and change a lot of the pair’s original vision.

That’s just us, though. What do you all think about this? How should LucasFilm credit the direction on this film and what do you think about Ron Howard taking over? Sound off in the comments below! We want to hear from you.

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Review: ‘Transformers: The Last Knight’ is dense and dumb

Director: Michael Bay

Starring: Mark Wahlberg, Anthony Hopkins, Josh Duhamel, Laura Haddock, Stanley Tucci

Synopsis: Humans and Transformers are at war, Optimus Prime is gone. The key to saving our future lies buried in the secrets of the past, in the hidden history of Transformers on Earth (IMDb).             

Rating: PG-13

Year: 2017

Thankfully, Hollywood averted a looming writers’ strike back in May. So can somebody please explain why it still feels like nobody bothered showing up to the writer’s room for Transformers: The Last Knight?

I get gruff for it, but I actually enjoy the first live-action Transformers movie from a decade ago. It has a good understanding of itself and never takes itself too seriously. Like its animated source material, it whole-heartedly embraces the ridiculousness of giant, alien robots turning into cars and fighting each other. Most importantly, though, it features a coherent story with somewhat relatable characters, which is something the other films seriously lack.

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It’s sad then to see that Bay seems uninterested in addressing this long-standing critique of the series in ‘The Last Knight’ (that or he’s completely oblivious). Again the emphasis for Bay is on beautifully framed action set pieces and not the cartoonishly dull characters who occupy them.

If you care about Mark Wahlberg’s Cade Yeager at all during this movie, chances are it’s because you saw the previous film. Here Cade’s a shell of his former self. Instead of organically developing through character decisions, it feels like he is being artificially manipulated through an indecipherable narrative via convenient, clunky dialogue. It’s obvious by Wahlberg’s undying deer in the headlights look that even he’s not sure what’s going on. That’s no mark against Marky Mark; rather, it speaks to how dense and dumb the script is.

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Adding insult to injury, Bay has miraculously managed to annoy me with Sir Anthony Hopkins, one of my all-time favorite actors. He plays the head of a mysterious organization in charge of keeping safe the secret history of the Transformers, although I couldn’t tell you why or how that’s done. Whatever their techniques, it seems the cat is out of the bag and Hopkins is out of his mind, or at least his character is: constantly babbling on and ceaselessly insulting everyone around him. Eventually, shaking my head became a reflex each time he opened his mouth.

Wahlberg and Hopkins may be the sexy names atop the marquee, but Transformers has always been about Optimus Prime and the best stories always pit the Autobot leader against his nemesis Megatron. One of the more exciting additions to the cast is Frank Welker, who returns to voice the dominate Decepticon for the first time in this live-action run (with no explanation for the character’s apparent resurrection). Alongside Peter Cullen, there is novelty in hearing the two original voices together again but neither one gets significant screen time.

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Like everyone else in this movie, the pair are unfortunate victims of an over-bloated script that doesn’t much bother itself with what makes the most sense story-wise. Major characters move around the world with no explanation as to how, major damage from epic fight scenes just disappear, and looming conflicts are easily explained away as if they never happened. After a numbing while of exposure, I began to question my own competency.

Despite his blatant disregard for these characters or their story, Bay knows how to shoot action. This is readily apparent throughout these films, ‘The Last Knight’ included. The problem is that most of it becomes digital noise because we’re not invested in the outcome and we’re not invested in the outcome because either we don’t care about the characters or we don’t spend much time with the ones we do care about.

Grade: F

What did you all think of Transformers: The Last Knight? Or did you give up on the franchise a long time ago? Let us know in the comments below!

 

LucasFilm Fires Directors of ‘Star Wars’ Han Solo Spinoff Mid-Production

In yet another gut punch, Variety is reporting that President of LucasFilm Kathleen Kennedy has fired Directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller during the production of the currently untitled Han Solo spinoff film. The project started filming back in January and still has a few weeks left to go. Kennedy has stated that a new director will be announced shortly but no names were mentioned as possible replacements.

Originally, both parties were citing “creative differences” as the source of the split. However, Variety is now reporting that “A person with knowledge of the production” has come forward, saying the “chemistry” between the directors and producer was “never right.”

The source goes on to say that Lord and Miller also clashed with Lawrence Kasdan, their co-writer and executive producer on the film. After apparently being hired for their “vision and distinctive brand of filmmaking,” it appears neither of the head honchos behind the project were fans of the pair’s shooting style or the way they interacted with the actors.

Lord and Miller have carved out a pretty good spot for themselves inside the studio system by writing and directing such hits as The LEGO Movie and the rebooted 21 Jump Street movies.

Daniel Day-Lewis Retires From Acting

This is neither a drill nor a joke. Oscar-winning actor Daniel Day-Lewis is retiring from acting. According to Variety, Day-Lewis’ spokesperson had this to say:

Daniel Day-Lewis will no longer be working as an actor. He is immensely grateful to all of his collaborators and audiences over the many years. This is a private decision and neither he nor his representatives will make any further comment on this subject.

At the age of 60, Daniel Day-Lewis leaves behind an unparalleled legacy. Not only was he nominated for five best actor Oscars, but the performer is currently the only person to win three. He first won back in 1989 for My Left Foot. His second win came off the heels of Paul Thomas Anderson’s There Will Be Blood in 2007. He most recently won for his portrayal of the sixteenth President of the United States in Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln.

The actor recently wrapped production on Phantom Thread, his second collaboration with Paul Thomas Anderson. Not much is known about the film other than it is a drama set in the world of fashion amidst 1950’s London.

Thoughts

In our opinion, Daniel Day-Lewis is the single greatest actor of all time and after today movies will never be the same. Though no reason has been given for the actor’s departure, we hope all is well and wish him the best going forward. Thank you, Daniel Day-Lewis, for all you have given us as film fans and we look forward to seeing Phantom Thread!