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‘Blade Runner 2049’ (2017)– Video Review

Blade Runner finally gets a sequel in Blade Runner 2049. Is it worth the 35 year wait?

What did you think of Blade Runner 2049? Do you absolutely love it or do you think these films are boring? I want to know so hit me up in the comments!

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Jeepers Creepers 3 (2017)– Movie Reflection

The highly anticipated third entry in the cult hit series Jeepers Creepers has hit theater for a one-night theatrical release and I got to check it out. Here are my thoughts, in video form. Enjoy!

Did you all get a chance to check out Jeepers Creepers 3? If so, did you like it? Or did you think it was a huge letdown? I want to hear your thoughts so hit me up in the comments below and let me know!

11 Movies That Should Have a Sequel by Now (But Don’t)

It’s thirty-five years later and we are just now getting a sequel to Blade Runner, arguably one of the most influential science fiction films ever made. Denis Villeneuve’s (Prisoners, Arrival) follow-up to Ridley Scott’s seminal 1982 film, Blade Runner 2049 (aptly titled as it takes place 30 years after the events of the original), lands in theaters on October 6th. To celebrate this next entry in the series, I’ve gathered a list of other films that I believe should have had at least one sequel by now (but don’t):

11.) District 9

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District 9 is a fantastic film, sci-fi or otherwise. It’s buzzing with stunning visuals, compelling performances, and meaningful symbolism. And while it (mostly) serves as a rich standalone story, it does leave open some major loose ends that could easily lead into a second chapter. Unfortunately, writer-director Neil Blomkamp’s subsequent films were not been up to par with District 9, which begs the question: “Should he just leave well enough alone?”

10.) Evil Dead (2013)

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Evil Dead is a cult classic and the idea of a remake with Sam Raimi only attached to produce seemed like a cheap money grab. Little did we know this would be Director Fede Alvarez’s (Don’t Breathe) coming out party. The fresh-faced filmmaker took the beloved franchise in a more serious direction, choosing to emphasize horror over comedy and cranking the gore factor to ten. The result is a fun splatter fest that left the door open for more crazy-disgusting battles featuring our traumatized, badass heroine.

9.) Big Hero 6

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Baymax is cuddly and charming and playfully innocent. Those qualities have made him a cinematic icon, though strong characterization is simply one of many things that Big Hero 6 does right. The film is fun, funny, action-packed and quite often endearing. It’s also beautifully animated with a distinct style all its own. Plus it made quite a bit of money. You’d think Disney would have already green lit a sequel to such a crowd pleasing production.

8.) Zombieland

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By the end of its theatrical run, the apocalyptic comedy Zombieland had quadrupled its budget, which is an impressive feat for a film offering one, recycled gag and a cast of mostly nobody’s (at least back then). It’s a fun road trip romp featuring a small band of eccentric weirdo’s that audiences enjoyed spending time with (plus zombie Bill Murray is classic). With such star power as its three leads have built up over the subsequent years, a sequel could do some serious box office damage.

7.) How to Train Your Dragon 2

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There were four years between How to Train Your Dragon movies. Surely, DreamWorks couldn’t have known how successful the first film would become and it takes considerable time to animate a feature film, especially one as stunning as ‘HTTYD.’ Still, that’s a long time and by the looks of it, we have to wait at least that long until the third film. I guess if it means getting another entry that’s as beautiful and riveting as the first two, then I guess I’m game.

6.) Wreck-It Ralph

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Like Big Hero 6, Wreck-It Ralph is a feel-good Disney adventure. The titular Ralph may not be as squishy-cute as Baymax, but he is a compelling, misunderstood character who’s easy to relate to and root for. Set in a world made up of classic and original video games alike, this franchise has seemingly unlimited lives. It’s true that Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2 is in the works, but it’s been five years since the original. Seeing is how that film made nearly half a billion dollars worldwide, why has it taken this long to even announce a sequel?

5.) Unbreakable

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Before you get on me about M. Night Shyamalan being in the midst of producing an Unbreakable follow-up, let me remind you that this post is about films that should have had a sequel by now, but don’t. As it stands, we still have yet to know what happened to David Dunn following the events of the 2000 superhero drama or how it ties in with James McAvoy’s Beast. After Split, Blumhouse quickly set their sights on the next entry in the series and with the current comic book craze, now is the perfect time to put it out. 2019 can’t come quick enough.

4.) Man of Steel

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A second Man of Steel film was actually in development before DC and WB opted to introduce Henry Cavil’s Big Blue Boy Scout to the Dark Knight and the whole project morphed into Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice. Both films were critically divisive and neither met the lofty expectations of Marvel’s big hitters. Still, Superman is one of the most iconic figures in fiction and the powers that be clearly have their hearts set on this interpretation, so why did we get a Suicide Squad movie before a “Man of Tomorrow?”

3.) Dredd

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This is more a selfish pick and less a convincing studio pitch. Dredd lost DNA Films millions of dollars. Still, I love everything about this movie. From Karl Urban’s performance as the Law to the visual production and overkill violence. It even made effective use of the otherwise lame 3D technology. Clearly I wasn’t the only fan either. Dredd did pretty well in home video sales and has since garnered somewhat of a cult following, thus making idea of a sequel more relevant. Other notable franchises have justified sequels through years of DVD sales (Anchorman & Zoolander, anyone?).

2.) The Incredibles

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If ever there was a Pixar film that set itself up for a sequel, it’s The Incredibles. I mean the film ends off with the super family getting ready to square off with a potential supervillain. Now I’m aware that the long-awaited next installment is finally in production, but by the time it hits theaters next year, it’ll have been fourteen years since that first film and the generation that grew up with the Incredibles as kids will have their own kids to share them with. It’s a sweet sentiment and Incredibles 2 will make gangbusters money, but that’s nearly a two decade wait. There have been three Cars films in that time!

1.) Avatar

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Avatar is the highest grossing movie of all-time (not adjusted for inflation, of course). Throughout the film, Director James Cameron (Terminator 2: Judgement Day, Aliens) spends a lot of time and effort building the universe of the Na’vi. All things considered, we should have had at least two more follow-ups in the last eight years. Now Cameron is currently working on four more Avatar movies, but we won’t see the first sequel until 2020. That’s eleven years. Will people still care then?


What do you all think about my eleven films that should have had a sequel by now? Do you agree? What other films do you think should have seen another new installment by now? Let me know in the comments below!

‘Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle’ (2017)— Trailer #2 Reaction

Nobody asked for a sequel to Jumanji. Alas, we’ve got one on the horizon. In the meantime, I’ve got a trailer reaction for you all! Enjoy!

Are you excited for the Jumanji sequel? Did you even like the original? Let me know your take in the comments below!

‘Kingsman: The Golden Circle’ (2017)– Video Review

The highly-anticipated sequel Kingsman: The Golden Circle is finally here! How does it compare to the original? Our video review!

What did you all think of ‘The Golden Circle?’ Did it live up to your expectations? Or do you not even care about this franchise? I wanna hear from you so hit me up in the comments below!

The ‘Halloween’ Continuity Explained!

The Halloween series continuity is a bit of a mess and the announcement of another film doesn’t help clear any of it up. Thankfully, I made a video that might just help with that!

Jamie Lee Curtis Returning for More ‘Halloween’

The original Scream Queen is returning to the slasher series that started her career.

Blumhouse Productions tweeted on Friday: “Jamie Lee Curtis returns to her iconic role as Laurie Strode in HALLOWEEN, released by Universal Pictures October 19, 2018. #HalloweenMovie.”

Laurie Strode herself confirmed the news, tweeting: “Same porch. Same clothes. Same issues. 40 years later. Headed back to Haddonfield one last time for Halloween.

Curtis has played the iconic killer’s sister in a number of Halloween films, including the 1978 original, Rick Rosenthal’s Halloween II (1981), and Halloween H20: 20 Years Later (1998). Curtis also made a brief appearance in 2002’s Halloween: Resurrection.

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AUSTIN, TX – MARCH 06: Danny McBride (L) and David Gordon Green pose backstage with his award during the Texas Film Awards at Austin Studios on March 6, 2014 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Gary Miller/FilmMagic)

In regards to the new film, David Gordon Green (Pineapple Express, Eastbound & Bound) will direct as well as co-write the script with frequent collaborator Danny McBride (yes, that Danny McBride).

During an interview with CinemaBlend, McBride was asked where the new film fits within the storied Halloween continuity. McBride had this to say:

“You know, it’s not a remake. It’s actually, it’s gonna continue the story of Michael Myers in a really grounded way. And for our mythology, we’re focusing mainly in the first two movies and what that sets up and then where the story can go from there.”

As you may recall, Steve Miner and Jamie Lee Curtis also used Rick Rosenthal’s sequel as the jumping off point for Halloween H20: 20 Years Later. Does this mean McBride and Green’s new film will offer yet another reality for the character of Laurie Strode, one that also stems from Halloween II but in another direction? Guess we will have to see.

While on Empire Podcast, McBride also offered some insight into his and Green’s approach to the material:

“I think we’re just trying to strip it down and just take it back to what was so good about the original. It was just very simple and just achieved that level of horror that wasn’t corny. And it wasn’t turning Michael Myers into some supernatural being that couldn’t be killed— that stuff to me isn’t scary. I want to be scared by something that I really think could happen. I think it’s much more horrifying to be scared by someone standing in the shadows while you’re taking the trash out as opposed to someone who can’t be killed pursuing you.”

While hardcore Halloween fans might be turned off by the notion of demystifying yet another cherished horror icon (*cough* Friday the 13th *cough*), there is more good news. Original Halloween director and franchise co-creator John Carpenter is on board to produce and seems fairly optimistic about the project:

“David and Danny both came to my office recently with Jason Blum and shared their vision for the new movie and … WOW. They get it. I think you’re gonna dig it. They blew me away,” Carpenter wrote then. “I might even do the music. Maybe. It could be kind of cool. And you’ll get to see it in theaters on October 19th, 2018.”

It’s been a number of years since John Carpenter has had anything positive to say about any of the Halloween sequels, so the fact that he’s willing to come back and produce this new one in addition to (possibly) scoring the music is a good sign.

Again, the untitled Halloween sequel is set to film this fall and will hit theaters October 19th, 2018. Just in time for Michael Myers’s 40th anniversary!

What do you all think about Jamie Lee Curtis returning to Halloween? Does it make you any more excited to see another film in the long-running franchise? Or are you about over the whole thing? Let me know in the comments below! I want to hear your thoughts!