Justice League

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Justice League is directed by Zack Snyder (uncredited Joss Whedon) and stars Ben Affleck(The Town,Argo),Gal Gadot(Wonder Women,Fast Five),Henry Cavill(Man of steel,The man from U.N.C.L.E),Jason Momoa(Game Of Thrones).

 

After a public backlash from critics and reasonable fans for Suicide Squad and Batman vs. Superman and multiple reports of problems on the set of Justice League it was with heavy concern that this movie wouldn’t  have a better outcome than its DCEU predecessors but with Whedon at the helm of this doing reshoots well into october Justice League has glimpses of great material but still suffers from  incompletion, not just from the screenwriting and plot development but the CGI in this was very rubbery and video game like and only adds to my question of, why did this need to be releasedt this year? DC and Warner Brothers already had a gem on their hands after Wonder Women was released in June riding high into the next year could of been the momentum needed to get the DCEU back on track and if the Aquaman movie can be a hit, Justice League would not only be given a opportunity to be reworked and better handled by Whedon but also be given time to develop the team and the villain “Steppenwolf” who is by far the weakest part of this film his unannounced entrance and his ill-described powers made him more of a drag then a asset to this movie and he seems to be just one of many other bigger bad guys in this universe.

 

When the team is all together that’s when this movie really shines and shows the creative mind that Joss Whedon has with making teams feel…well like teams, the normal debates and maybe tension that happens when a group of people are thrown together to fight something they don’t fully understand also accompanied by the feelings of not understanding or fully knowing each other is very realistic and is a highlight that really puts this movie in a good spot, it’s hard to continue my next thoughts without SPOILERS so you been warned now. After the team is banded there first “mission” is to bring superman back to life with these “Mother” boxes that are explained later in the first act they have unlimited amounts energy and a ability to bring superman back if used correctly, when he is revived and is added to the film that’s when this movie gets even choppier all his scenes feel like they were rewritten just to awkwardly fit him into the third act not to mention his weirdly CGI’d face (look up why it was done you might start scratching your head about why it plays out the way it does) that plagues the rest of this movie. But for the first time Superman is given interesting things to say and do, his dark and expressionless tone is replaced with a cheerful and upbeat attitude that we never got to see in Man Of Steel or BVS and though his addition to this movie is blotchy it’s nice to see a interesting Superman for once.
Overall this movie is a tattered mess that if Warner Brothers would of given time to the team that created this I’m sure this movie would have had a much better reaction from the public. If you have a interest in DC or would like to have one check out “Justice League War” or even the “Justice League Unlimited” cartoons on ITunes or Google Play it’s a much better representation of the team. I’m going to give Justice League a “D”. If you saw Justice League leave a comment about your thoughts and if you like what you read like and subscribe for more.

Are we living in a golden age of horror?

As the weather begins to drop and that slight chill slowly starts to form into the frigidly temps of winter so does the spirit of Halloween grocery stores,banks,and i’m sure your local movie theater brings the festivities with old classics like Psycho and Nightmare on Elm street retroactively playing on halloween night or some Fathom event will be showing a “horror classic” to get everyone in there nostalgic feels for the best holiday of the year (and yes it is the best holiday of the year).

People have a knack to assimilate the idea that good horror movies died in the 80s and everything that gets released now is nothing but fake out jump scares and found footage movies and for the most part they would be right, horror and even thriller has fallen into the category for most studios as a small cash grab movies like “the paranormal activity” and “saw” are very cheap to make and even a 30 to 40 million dollar overhaul doubles the money a studio can get which means they can crank out one every year and make the quality and feel all the same since they don’t need a lot of people to see them. I mean from a business standpoint it sounds good right? but then you tarnish what the genre of horror really is and it sours many away from wanting to be apart of it. but as of late (the last few years to be just vaguely specific) horror has gotten a leg up in a big way movies like IT and Annabelle have grossed huge numbers in the box office so much so that It has grossed at 650 million worldwide and still has some staying power in theaters and even Annabelle pulled in 303 million in the middle of summer not to mention the rest of the conjuring of movies has vastly doubled there budget. But money isnt a guarantee that a movie is great but the content and aging process is important which leads me to ask is the horror genre better than ever?

Two years ago I saw a movie named the VVitch( yes that’s how you spell it) and I was blown away by its slow and quiet tension building technique very minimal jump scares and use of shots that would either linger on something and then black out to the next scene, but when a actual scare would happen it would not be kind to the human eye when the movie was over however and the house lights came on everyone immediately filed out of the theater with a barrage of groans and boos and couldn’t help but wonder why? even earlier this year a movie named “It comes at night” which comes from the same studio A24 which had the same tone was also meet with the same reaction though both movies were critical hits it’s possible that trying new things with the horror and thriller side of things are what we need as a audience who knows in a few years or possibly another decade or two it might amass the audience that it deserved much like The Shining did.

The arthouse horror side of things may not grab everyone’s attention but if your a fan of slasher and gory theatrics there have been more than plenty to pick from in the last few years one that immediately comes to mind is Trick r’ treat a movie based off of evil spirits roaming the streets of a small town on halloween night. It’s a clever movie that has a impressive amount of practical effects lots of fake blood and make up that homages back to the days when guys like Sam Raimi and George A. Romero would make brilliant movies on minor budgets. The slasher sub-genre has gotten many new looks one movie to use as a example is a movie  named Happy Death Day that takes slasher flick and gives it a comedic upside are the things that gives horror a fresh take and keep things feeling new. Of course that doesn’t mean every horror movie being released today is the greatest thing to grace the silver screen without fail it seems like every january and even february there’s still that horror movie that just awkwardly gets placed in the isolated schedule with all the oscar winners that get a brief re release and some blockbuster movies that are well into their second month, movies like The Boy,The Forest, The Darkness…you know what? if you see a movie that’s released in january and it starts with “the” just go ahead and just give it a pass.

Which still leaves to question, Are horror movies better than ever? Were living in a time where social media controls everything. Sites like Rotten Tomatoes and MetaCritic can show you whether a movie is worth seeing even before your any where near a theater it also disciplines the cash grab mentality that many studios have been too dependent on. Bringing in talented writers and directors to make original concepts is the answer that all horror fans want a new alternative look into creating a frightening experience which also leads to creating a new rotation of guys who can carry a bigger role. David F. Sandberg,James Gunn, and even James Wann all got their names by writing and creating either short horror movies and soon were given a shot at main stream success Sandberg got his short “Lights Out” turned into a feature length movie, Gunn is credited with writing movies like Dawn of the dead,Belko Experiment,and Slither which soon transitioned into him being given the keys to the Marvel comic/movie series Guardians of the Galaxy and Wann who is responsible for Insidious,Saw, and The Conjuring  franchise soon got to direct Fast and Furious movie which also holds the record for the highest grossing one of the series. Finding the right up and coming directors in the horror community is the best option considering it does take a high level of understanding and skill to pull off one that works. This is without a doubt the most creative time for horror sub-genres have been created and it makes for a much memorable time in the cinema, however to compare today’s horror to the horror of yesteryear all depends on one thing…Time. Yes the way a movie ages and stays relevant is the most important thing when asking a question like this when you observe classics such as Nightmare on Elm street or Friday the 13th they have gained popularity over time and have remained a staple to the tradition of watching movies on halloween night and it’s very possible for anyone who is growing up in the 21st century that todays horror could be the classics that live on for decades to come.

Quick Thoughts:The Last Jedi Trailer

I’m typing this right that now with my hands shaking a little right now never have I wanted to get so many ideas out of my head all at once since I found out the trailer was being released today i’ve been counting the days and even going through my full work day and having to sit through that less than subpar monday night game (honestly who thought two teams sitting at the bottom of the division was a good prime time game) but we’re finally here I’ve dissected the hell out of the trailer and have already bought my tickets and ready to share some points I noticed.

  • The First Order seems larger and much more in demand in this new trailer the massive flagships and gorilla walkers, it feels reminiscent of how empire strikes back was when its demonstrated that the empire is so spread out across the galaxy they still have strength in numbers.

  • the first voice we hear in the trailer is that of Snoke and what i’m assuming is a conversation he is having with Kylo but the way it’s edited and even his choice of wording has me wondering if he is talking to rey the last shot of his voiceover is Rey holding a lightsaber and him saying “you have raw, untamed power and beyond that something special” maybe i’m looking to closely at it but one thing i’ve learned about trailers they can be very misleading.

  • we see Rey training on Ach-to with Luke and seeing just a glimpse of reusability of the force followed by a very concerned luke saying”i’ve seen this raw strength once before it didn’t scare me enough then it does now” which  could be his encounter both times with vader considering luke was quick to fight his father but now that luke is much older and doesn’t have the ability to fight on the level he did when he was a jedi knight maybe he fears if rey turns there is no one to stop her or his nephew.

  • the next few shots are Kylo flying in his personalized tie fighter which we can see his exceptional flying skills but when you have the genes of Anakin Skywalker and Han Solo i’m sure piloting a ship is a natural talent

  • Are first shot of Leia comes with her sitting at a table staring of to the distance with a worried look on her face maybe she is connecting with kylo through the force, and given kylo is struggling with his want to come back to the light side i’m sure his mom is playing a part to bring him back it would be interesting to see how there first encounter on screen would be.

  • Porgs are adorable…just felt like saying that.

  • It would seem the resistance is in a bad spot in this movie in the first trailer we see Poe Dameron’s X-wing get blown up and later in this trailer and in the first trailer Captain Phasma blows up what i can only assume is a important resistance base that luke gets buried in the rubble. Not to mention finn going toe-to-toe with phasma all while wearing admiral first order clothes the resistance has there backs to the wall and it’ll also be interesting to see how the battles will play out.

  • to bring it back to Luke and Rey again there seems to be a lot of them on this island as there are two extra shots one of rey coming out of water and luke also standing there also wet and another one where rey approaches a small corner of room with some books, i’m not to sure what the message between both could mean but i’m sure whatever it is it’ll be a deep and underlying.

  • The money shot at the end is Rey saying “I need someone to show me my place in all this” followed by a cut to kylo slowly putting out his hand now when i saw this i immediately got a red flag. first off if you look at rey’s background its black and what appears to be the light of fire reflecting off her face but then the shot of kylo he is much more lit and there are embers falling to the ground plus even though its hard to tell it appears rey’s outfit is the same one that she was wearing when going to see luke and kylo is missing the bandage on his face he had earlier in the trailer.

This is only the second trailer to be released by Lucasfilm and Disney and with only 66 days left until the last jedi hits theaters, i’m curious to see if and when we get a third trailer and a possible international trailer either way we are in the last stretch until this movie comes out and I couldn’t be more excited. Did you see the Last Jedi trailer if so what did you think leave a comment and if you like what you read leave a like and subscribe for more.

Blade Runner 2049

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Blade Runner 2049 is directed by Denis Villeneuve(Arrival,Prisoners) and stars Ryan Gosling(La La Land,Drive),Harrison Ford(Star Wars,Indiana Jones), Ana De Armas(War Dogs,Knock Knock) and Jared Leto(Fight Club,Requiem for a dream).

 

30 years after the first Blade Runner we get a look into what that world has turned to after so many years and whether they answer the burning question most sci-fi and movie buffs have been debating for years “is deckard a replicant” and “what is the real difference between human and replicant”. First off this is the most genuine sequel I’ve seen in probably the couple of years it doesn’t try to hook people with nostalgic callbacks and unnecessary cameos it’s a viewpoint of what would happen if replicants were much more advanced and how advanced could you make them before they actually just become humans with a consciousness, it’s a deep thinking piece of where does the line get drawn between artificial intelligence and real intelligence and much like Ridley did with the first movie this is a movie that will having you trying to solve the underlying puzzle it’s presented the audience with. Speaking of Ridley Scott the pacing and look of this sequel is very much like his own, Mr. Villanue and Mr. Deakins set out to make the most beautiful and mystic looking movie and they deserve accolades for there work. Now the flipside is because it looks like a Ridley Scott movie it also moves like one to, it takes its time to move the plot along and marinates in itself so fair warning if your not familiar with anything related to blade runner there’s good chance your gonna be watching this movie with the “Nick Young meme” look on your face.
With the start of October this means we’ll start seeing potential Oscar worthy films, and this is one to put on your short list for its look and could even gain a “best picture” spot. Overall this is impressive feature and can’t wait to see how this will impact the culture of sci-fi in a few years. i’m going to give Blade Runner a “A” have you seen Blade Runner 2049? Leave a comment with your thoughts and if you like what you read like and subscribe for more.

Mother!

Mother! is directed by Darren Aronofsky(The Wrestler,Black Swan) and stars Jennifer Lawrence(Hunger Games,Joy), Javier Bardem(No Country for old men,Pirates of the caribbean), Ed Harris(Remember the titans,Truman Show), Michelle Pfeiffer(The Family,Scarface).

Darren Aronofsky is a genius there is no subtle way to put it his ability to create uncomfortable and ultra realistic situations is something I really admire because his style is like watching a car crash unfold in front of you for two hours and Mother! Is no exception to the rule it is a arthouse film that if your not prepared for it could make it feel like you just watched the worst movie ever when in reality it’s something you need to give your full attention to.

This movie has racked up 8 million dollars this weekend and has created some controversy between critics and moviegoers, but to be blunt this movie is terrible….if you take it at face value there is hidden meanings and subliminal messages that can be easily overlooked if your expecting a typical horror movie because in some cases this barely squeezes into the genre of horror its more just a arthouse piece that has many gory and troubling scenes in it. Along with its abstract technique Mother! is not kind to those who suffer from being claustrophobic its really tight shots on Jennifer Lawrence’s face and later in the movie when there are moments where a lot of people are congested in small rooms and confined places that can blindside someone with anxiety.

Overall this movie is a spectacle that unless you have the stomach to watch it won’t be something I can recommended to everyone. I’m going to give Mother! a “B-” if you have seen Mother! what did you think? comment below and if you like what you read like and subscribe for more. 

Quick Thoughts:Return of the Abrams

Yesterday Kathleen Kennedy and the rest of the Lucasfilm/Disney team announced JJ Abrams would be returning to direct the last installment of their new trilogy set to be released on December 20, 2019 and has most people vocalizing there opinions on his return.

First off I think everyone can breathe a sigh of relief because Colin trevorrow directing episode 9 was a gamble and with his last movie “The book of Henry” getting bad reviews and tanking in the box office it can make any fan of any franchise sweat bullets knowing that’s the guy closing out your favorite trilogy. But the important part is that Abrams can close out his vision (if he had one for Force Awakens)

“The Force Awakens is just A New Hope” It is really annoying to hear this by a majority of fans, Abrams goal was to tribute the old and carve out a new vision so that way there’s something for everyone to take away when you saw it and now that he is coming back there seems to be some resentment, which if that is the case if your that person everyone has the choice to approach these movies they way they like but stand back and look at the big picture before you make your final decision on this new trilogy.

Now a ending needs a good setup and in four months we will find out if JJ has his work cut out for him or if Rian Johnson can give him the assist that he needs to give us the best movie possible and speaking of Rian can we get that full trailer yet buddy? With Carrie Fisher’s death there is still a lot to consider if it still stands she wont be in episode 9 and pushing it back to the december slot is the best decision right now and hey who doesn’t love NBA christmas games and Star Wars movies in the same month?

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IT(2017)

IT is directed by Andre Muschietti(Mama) and stars Bills Skarsgard(),Finn Wolfhard(Stranger Things),and Sophia Lillis(37,The Lipstick Stain).

In 1990 the tv miniseries for a live-action version of Stephen King’s book IT was released and created not only a horror icon with Tim Curry’s performance of Pennywise the clown but also created the fear many have for clowns now, but time has not been kind to that movie and with its already small budget it has not aged particularly well and was due a reboot badly and when i saw the first promo shot and even the first trailer I hyped this movie up in my head and it is everything I thought it was gonna be. The casting director for this deserves a medal for the talent that he found for the Losers Club all those kids were incredibly talented and all had great chemistry I felt like I was watching myself and all my friends when we were in middle school they played off each other but the best performance was Bill Skarsgard portraying pennywise his take on the shapeshifting clown was so unsettling his movement and cadence made him such a threat to the rest of the kids,Mr muschietti made full use of the R rating with the way he would kill and scare everybody in the small town of derry, there are times when he move or the way his eyes would spread out that you can tell he wasn’t human and with the effects of today it pays off in spades how much scarier you could do a movie like this.

Overall this is in my personal top ten so far this year I can’t wait to watch “it” again for a second time and even if your get scared easily give this a watch and lose a night of sleep it’ll be well worth it, I’m going to give IT a “A”. If you have seen IT what did you think leave a comment and if you like what you read like and subscribe for more.