Top 6 major new stories in the last week

Coop’s Major Movie New Stories

Edgar Wright leaves Ant-Man

Edgar Wright tribute to Ant-Man

Edgar Wright tribute to Ant-Man

Edgar Wright and Marvel formed an partnership to make a Ant-Man movie in 2006. This movie was in development before Marvel decided to make a Cinematic universe.  Last Friday, Marvel and Wright announced jointly that Wright has stepped away from being the director of Ant-Man. Each party cited creative differences. The film is set release on July 17th, 2015.  The film has yet to begin filming, and Marvel hasn’t announced a new director.  Who is Ant-Man?

Ant-Man is a scientist, Hank Pym, who created Pym particles which causes the  ability to change the body size. Michael Douglas is slated to star as Hank Pym.  Scott Lang is the successor of Hank Pym who is a petty thief.  Paul Rudd is slated to play Scott Lang.

The reports state that Marvel had a few of their in house writers rewrite the script and made changes without Wright’s consent.  Wright was unhappy with the changes and left the production.  Marvel has used this strategy on many films such as Thor 2, Captain America 2, and etc. Marvel has to create an Ant-Man movie that fits within their universe. Wright might wanted to make a movie based on more thievery and comedy.

All I want is a good Ant-Man movie and a plot that teases Avengers 3 and Thanos. I don’t care who they hire as along.  I want my Ant-Man movie super entertaining, with great action, and cool characters. How many people really know about Ant-Man anyways?

Bennett Miller wins best director for The Foxcatcher at the Cannes film festival

Channing Tatum, Steve Carrell, and Mark Ruffalo

Channing Tatum, Steve Carrell, and Mark Ruffalo

The Cannes Film Festival is one of the most predominant film festivals of the year. Films are shown have turned out to be Oscar contenders or winners.  The Cohen Brothers have premiered their films at the Cannes and won awards which has garner them Oscar buzz. The Foxcatcher is garnering that buzz. Bennett Miller won best director at the Cannes.

The buzz is around Channing Tatum. Channing Tatum might look like a model but he can act. Major critics have mentioned him an Oscar contender for best actor. We have halfway through the year and there a lot other movies coming out. I’m excited about the Foxcatcher.  You can catch the teaser trailer here.

 

My Big Fat Greek Wedding sequel in the works

Written and stars by Nia Vardalous

Written and stars by Nia Vardalous

My Big Fat Greek Wedding was released in 2002. It was made for 5 million and made 368 million at the box office. It is  the highest grossing romantic comedy of all time. Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson, his wife, produced the film. Variety has reported there is a sequel in the works.

Vardalous will write and star in the film again with John Corbett playing as her husband. Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson are producing again. The story will follow the family ten years later and will have a reunion with new family members. I loved the first movie so much that my cousin’s stole my DVD of it.

Stephen King’s IT is coming to big screen

The villain of IT, Pennywise

The villain of It, Pennywise

Stephen King (my favorite author ever) wrote the horror classic It . It is about 6 friends who come together to defeat the villainous clown, Pennywise. It was made into a mini-series (1990 starting John Ritter, Harry Anderson, and Tim Curry as Pennywise. Warner Bros brought the rights to the project a few years ago.

Warner Bros handed the project to their newline cinema branch. Newline is responsible for the Lord of the Rings and Hobbit films. It might be produced into two movies or one big long movie. The novel is about 1,100 pages. There is no release date, writer, or director attached to the project yet but don’t be surprised to see It come out in a 2 to 4 years.

X-Men Dominates at the Box Office Globally

The poster for X-Men Days of Future Past

The poster for X-Men Days of Future Past

X-Men: Days of Future Past might be one of the best comic book movies ever. It dominated the box office over the weekend. It made 301.5 million over the holiday weekend.  The domestic take was 110.5 million and it made 191 million at the foreign box office. It has made 301.5 million worldwide. It could be the highest grossing film ever.

The production budget was 200 mill not counting marketing. X-Men could make up to the 400-600 million range. The film is not only a classic action movie. It is overall a great movie. Godzilla made 38 mill this weekend and it is at 322.1 million worldwide. It has yet to open in China or Japan.  You can read my Godzilla and X-Men reviews by clicking the links.

Trailer News: This Is Where I Leave You

This Is Where I Leave You is, based off the book with the same name, written by Jonathan Tropper. It is directed by Shawn Levy (Night of the Museum, Date Night). It is being released by Warner Bros. The story is about a man who left his cheating wife and finds out that his father died. He comes home to see his other siblings who he has no connection with. The film stars Jane Fonda, Jason Bateman, Adam Driver, Tina Frey, Connie Britton, and Corey Stroll (Peter Russo from House of Cards).  It will be released Sept 12, 2014.  I watched the trailer and found it rather amusing.

 

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X-Men Days of Future Past Review

The poster for X-Men Days of Future Past

The poster for X-Men Days of Future Past

The X-Men Film Franchise is the best Marvel film franchise again

X-Men: Days of Future Past is the seventh installment in the X-Men film franchise. All seven films has had Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) as the main protagonist.  X-Men and X-Men 2 are considered to be classic films for superhero genre. X-Men 3 killed off: Xavier, Cyclops, Jean Grey, and had Magneto and Rogue lose their powers. X-Men: Wolverine was a disaster and dislike by most fans for ruining fan favorites, Deadpool and Gambit. The two characters served as window dressing and had no purpose being in the movie. X-Men: First Class was a reboot of the franchise. It focused on the relationship between Charles Xavier (Professor X) and Erik Lehnsherr (Magneto). It was my favorite of the X-Men movies. The Wolverine was a sequel to Wolverine Origins and X-Men 3. Wolverine finds himself in Japan and his healing power is taken from him. He finds a companion that travels with him back to America where he is conflicted by Magneto and Professor X asking for his help. X-Men Days of Future Past picks up the story ten years later in 2023.

X-Men Days of Future Past is set in 2023 and 1973.  Mutants are on the blink of extinction from the Sentinels. These robot have hunted and killed nearly all of the mutants. A few mutants contact Charles Xavier (Patrick Stewart) and his surviving X-Men. Kitty Pride (Ellen Page), a former student, has the ability to send people back in time only a few days to a week. Magneto (Ian McKellan) and Professor X devise a plan to prevent this war from happening. Wolverine’s (Hugh Jackman) ability to rapidly heal himself allows Kitty to send him back 50 years into the past. His mission to prevent the Sentinels from being created.  In 1973, the younger Xavier (James McAvoy) is a recluse in his mansion and takes a serum that inhibits in his mutant powers.  The younger Magneto (Michael Fassbender) is imprisoned at the Pentagon. Wolverine needs to reunite the two friends long enough to prevent a mutant from assassinating Bolivar Trask (Peter Dinklage). He creates the Sentinel. Mystique (Jennifer Lawrence) is the mutant that assassinates Trask, and the government creates the Sentinel project to wipe out the mutants.

This superhero movie is nearly perfect in every way. A few negatives are a few CGI problems, camera shots, and there is a 5 min to 10 min gap where the film slows down. Despite a few minor flaws; X-Men: Days of Future Past proves people wrong. The film has about 18 to 20 mutants that play a specific part and share screen time helping each other.  Simon Kinberg wrote these parts beautifully, and Bryan Singer shot this sequences so perfectly that I loved them all. I  am referring to the future fight sequences against the Sentinels.  The X-Men in the future are: Bishop, Sunspot, Blink, Warpath, Storm, Ice Man, Colossus and Magneto.  They have a few major battles with the future Sentinels. Kitty Pride, Professor X, and Wolverine are preoccupied with fixing the past and preventing the future.The fight sequences in the past are beautifully written and shot also especially Quicksilver’s.  I’ll talk about him later. The best part of the movie (to me) is Wolverine is no longer the main hero.

Wolverine isn’t the hero that saves the day in the movie. He plays a significant part by being sent back in time and helps the younger Xavier discover himself as leader and mutant. Wolverine tells Charles to find the X-Men and unite them. Wolverine specifically mentions Storm, Scott Summers, and Jean Grey as names to keep a look out for. X-Men: Days of Future Past is a Professor X, Magneto, and Mystique centric film.

James McAvoy becomes Professor X in this film. He is no longer Charles Xavier. He is now Charles Xavier leader of the X-Men and spokesman for mutant rights. Fassbender is perfect as Magneto. I love him from then Ian McKellan. McKellan is a suave Magneto. Fassbender is a ruthless son of a bitch who will kill anybody that gets in his way. He portrays Magneto to the T. Magneto is a parable for Hilter and Fassbender nails that parable.   Lawrence is now Mystique. I can’t wait to see her internal conflicts down the road. She could get own solo films because she is that dynamic as Mystique.  James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, and Jennifer Lawrence are the faces of the X-Men film franchise. I felt the underlying purpose of the film is to see Hugh Jackman pass the torchto McAvoy, Fassbender, and Lawrence to be the faces of the X-Men film franchise. They are going to lead this film franchise for the next 10 to 15 years.  Gambit will be coming in the next X-Men movie (hooray) and hardcore film fans will see him as face of the franchise also!  Quicksilver played by Evan Peters steals the film.

Quicksilver Hardee's commerical

Quicksilver’s Hardees commercial

The internet made fun of Quicksilver when they saw the first photo of him. I thought he was going to disco dance or something with that outfit on. Most hardcore X-Men fans thought he would be a joke of a character. We were apparently assholes. He might be the best character in the movie. He has 3 scenes in the movie. He steals every scene that he is in and out does Hugh Jackman, Michael Fassbender, and James McAvoy by having a more dynamic onscreen presence. Singer and Kinberg will be hugged by fans at Somic Coc, because Quicksilver will become super popular. He’s sarcastic, arrogant, a pain in the ass, and Peter’s on screen presence commands your attention. Kids might even dress up as Quicksilver for Halloween. The scenes using his super speed were shot so perfectly. The audience feels like they are living Quicksilver’s life. He will be coming back for the sequel, and I hope he stays in the X-Men universe for a long time. I really wanted more Quicksilver in the film.

I could talk X-Men: Days of Future Past more but that would include spoilers. Overall this is a brilliant summer blockbuster film and the best X-Men film. It is two hours of pure enjoyment, and the cast is incredible. The special effects were perfect except one scene with Fassbender on a train. The dialogue is witty and hilarious. We really do see Hugh Jackman pass the torch onto new actors who will usher in new adventures in the X-Men film franchise. I will go see this movie probably several more times. If you are a X-Men fan please stay for the post credit scene. I give this film a 5/5.

X-Men: Days of Future Past. What did you think? Comment below and let me know. Gambit, Apocalypse, Apocalypse’s four horsemen, and more X-Men will be established soon. I’m so excited.  The sequel comes out in May 27th, 2016.

Warner Bros has to distance themselves from David Goyer

Writer of Man of Steel

David Goyer at the Man of Steel premiere. He wrote Man of Steel

David Goyer has been consistently one of the best screenwriters in Hollywood. He wrote Blade (1998), Batman Begins (2005), Man of Steel (2013), the video game series Call of Duty: Black Ops (2010) and Black Ops II (2012), did rewrites for Godzilla (2014), and has a story credit for The Dark Knight (2008),  The Dark Knight Rises (2012), and Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016).  He is very well known in television and Hollywood. A lot of inspiring screenwriters read The Dark Trilogy Screenplays as a guide to help write and format screenplays. Warner Bros has chosen him to be the director of two major fiction adaptions to the screen: Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas and Sandman by Neil Gaiman.  Despite his success and popularity in Hollywood, Goyer made some comments that can’t not be ignored by Warner Bros. They have consistently gone back to Goyer to write, direct, and produce their upcoming films.

David Goyer appeared on a prodcast called Scriptnotes. It’s a podcast that talks about the screenwriting process and very informational.  The hosts are Craig Mazin and Jon August.  Craig Mazin made some comments about She-Hulk, a marvel superheroine  comic book character.  Goyer didn’t shy away from the comments either but actually indulged them.  This is a transcript of the between Craig Mazin and David Goyer. Mary Sue transcribed the dialogue.

Craig Mazin: The real name for She-Hulk was Slut-Hulk. That was the whole point. Let’s just make this green chick with enormous boobs. And she’s Hulk strong but not Hulk massive, right? … She’s real lean, stringy…

David S. Goyer: She’s still pretty chunky. She was like Chyna from the WWE.

Mazin: The whole point of She-Hulk was just to appeal sexistly to ten-year-old boys. Worked on me.

Goyer: I have a theory about She-Hulk. Which was created by a man, right? And at the time in particular I think 95% of comic book readers were men and certainly almost all of the comic book writers were men. So the Hulk was this classic male power fantasy. It’s like, most of the people reading comic books were these people like me who were just these little kids getting the shit kicked out of them every day… And so then they created She-Huk, right? Who was still smart… I think She-Hulk is the chick that you could fuck if you were Hulk, you know what I’m saying? … She-Hulk was the extension of the male power fantasy. So it’s like if I’m going to be this geek who becomes the Hulk then let’s create a giant green porn star that only the Hulk could fuck.

 

 

She Hulk was created by Stan Lee and John Buscema

She Hulk was created by Stan Lee and John Buscema

Who is She-Hulk? She-Hulk is the cousin of Bruce Banner. Her alter ego is Jessica Walters a very successful lawyer. Stan Lee and John Buscema created the character to be independent combine her brains and brawn. Walters had a blood transfusion from Banner and the exposure of gamma rays turned her into She-Hulk. She is an idealistic lawyer, skilled fighter, and a loyal friend to many.  Her relationship life is a metaphor for real relationships between men and women.  Walters doesn’t take any shit from any men and has had trouble relationships in the past.  Superheroine characters are designed to look like Greek Goddess who display physical perfection.

Catwoman from the Arkham City video game

Catwoman from the Arkham City video game

Black Widow from the comics

Black Widow from the comics

Gamora from the movie of Guardians of the Galaxy

Gamora from the movie of Guardians of the Galaxy

Wonder Woman from Injustice God's Among Us

Wonder Woman from the video game Injustice God’s Among Us

Catwoman, Black Widow, Gamora, and Wonder Woman are superheroines that are created are created to be physical perfect. Artist create these characters this way because no fan would believe a 85 pound non muscular woman could defeat a supervillain. The only reason why these characters have such physical distinct features because they are modeled after Greek Goddesses and renaissance art. .

Athena: female warrior goddess in Greek Mythology

Athena: female warrior goddess in Greek Mythology

Warner Bros. needs to address these comments.  Many women and comic book fans have waited a long time for  Wonder Woman’s debut on the silver screen.  She is going to appear in the upcoming DC superhero movie Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice produced by Warner Bros. David Goyer wrote the first script for the movie. In December, Warner Bros had hired Chris Terrio (Argo’s academy award screenwriter) to rewrite the script and pushed the release date back to May 6th, 2016. No reason has ever been stated except “We wanted to give the filmmakers the time to complete their vision.” I have a feeling now we know why this film got pushed back. I can only assume (with no proof) that Goyer’s adaption of Wonder Woman was a bimbo.  He created her to be window dressing a pretty face and no brains.  Any comic book fan or woman can tell you that Wonder Woman is more than a pretty face. She can kick serious ass and is very intelligent. A lot of the DC superheroes look for Wonder Woman for guidance. I personally at one time thought Wonder Woman was a bland character and was compared to Superman. After I played Injustice Gods Among Us, watched the Justice League TV Show, and watched DC animated films it caused to grow to love Wonder Woman.

Warner Bros. needs to remove Goyer from the film production or Goyer needs to come out and apologize for calling a popular superheroine character “a pornstar.” Warner Bros. needs to keep Goyer’s name out of all marketing and film publicity if there is no apology because his comments alienates a section of their movie going audience. More importantly, he sounded a misogynistic pig that no one will want to hear from anytime soon. Stan Lee even weighed in on the comments.

1. When Lee, as writer, co-created She-Hulk with artist John Buscema (the character debuted in February of 1980, in Savage She-Hulk #1), he was absolutely focused on his gamma-green superheroine having brains. Lee tells The Post’s Comic Riffs this evening, in response to Goyer’s words: “I know I was looking for a new female superhero, and the idea of an intelligent Hulk-type grabbed me.”

2. So, did Lee intend for Hulk and She-Hulk to be “kissin’ cousins,” as it were — in other words, was Walters created to be Banner’s brawny, X-rated plaything? “Never for an instant did I want her as a love interest for Hulk,” Lee tells Comic Riffs tonight. “Only a nut would even think of that.”

3. Goyer insists She-Hulk was created, physically, as a “male power fantasy.” So, how about She-Hulk’s tremendous physique, Stan the Man? “As for her looking beautiful and curvy,” Lee tells Comic Riffs, “show me the superheroine who isn’t.”

 

Stan Lee is right most superheroine characters look the same way. However their male counterparts look very muscular and like a god also. Comic book characters are drawn a distinct way to give the audience the impression that these heroes can protect the world and us.  Superheroines are not pornstars sorry to tell you that David Goyer.

What do you think Warner Bros. should do about these comments?

 

Top movie stories from the past week

Coop’s major movies news stories

Hi all, I wanted to try to something different.  I haven’t posted anything about casting news or movies trailers in awhile. In last two weeks huge pieces of movie news have been reported and confirmed that need to be addressed.

1.We finally get to see Ben Affleck as Batman and his new Batmobile.

Ben Affleck as Batman

Ben Affleck as Batman

I saw this image, and my inner nerd jumped for joy. The image of Ben Affleck in the Batsuit is the definition of brooding. It reminds me how Batman is portrayed in the comics. The Batmobile looks very sporty like in the Tim Burton Batman movie. The Batsuit is more reminiscent of The Dark Knight Returns, a graphic novel by Frank Miller.  The Dark Knight Returns’ Batman suit had shorter ears and a large Bat symbol on the chest. Batman looks like a beast compared to Christian Bale’s Batman.

The tone of the pic is dark. This is a perfect representation of Batman. Batman and Superman will not be automatic friends in Batman vs. Superman. They will not drink beers together but most likely deliver blows to each other. Bruce Wayne, Batman, and Clark Kent, Superman, will likely grow to trust each other during the last act of the film. They  decide to  form the Justice League along with Wonder Woman with their level of trust.  Batman vs. Superman comes out on May 6th, 2016.

2. Gambit is finally coming to the X-men films

Channing Tatum

Channing Tatum

Channing Tatum will play Gambit in X-Men: Age of Apocalypse ( release date on May 27th, 2016).  Tatum will get his own solo movie as Gambit also. Gambit will supposedly have a big part  in the next X-men movie. There is no official synopsis for Age of Apocalypse but the film will probably start production at the end of the year. The script is in the finishing stages. Tatum is a perfect choice for Gambit. Tatum is: from Mississippi; his on screen presence draws people to like him; his personality is very suave and mysterious like Gambit; he is sarcastic and funny; and he is very physical built for a fight.  Who is Gambit?

Gambit

Gambit

Gambit is one of the most beloved X-Men in the comics. He is Cajun and a skill thief. His powers are kinetic energy. He can explode anything he touches.  Gambit is one of the most intelligent and skilled fighters in the X-men. His weapon of choice is a Bo staff. He is one of the few X-men who can take on Wolverine in hand to hand combat.  People love Gambit because he uses humor in very intense moments (sarcastic and witty humor). He also uses a 52 card deck as grenades.

3. Man of Steel sequel gets a title.

Official Warner bros log

Official Warner bros logo

I was literally writing about my next news story when this story broke.  The Batman vs. Superman movie will be called “Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice.” The name “Dawn of Justice” implies the origins of the Justice League.  Wonder Woman is in the movie. Ray Fisher, a broadway actor, was cast as Victor Stone who becomes Cyborg.  We heard rumors of Aquaman being involved and maybe the Flash.  These characters will have small parts. Justice League and Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice are supposedly are going to film back to back. Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice comes out May 6th, 2016.  Stone, and other Justice League members will not have major roles and most likely be introduced with 5 minutes of screentime. Wonder Woman will have a supporting role because her character’s film debut has been a long time coming.

4. New Guardians of the Galaxy trailer.

We have a new Guardians of the Galaxy trailer. You can watch the new trailer.  The new trailer feature’s Norman Greenbaum’s “Spirit in the Sky.” The trailer is visually stunning, funny, and reminds me a lot of a Star Wars movie. I found the trailer to be so entertaining and the music selection adds entertainment.  We also get to hear Rocket Raccoon speak and Groot speak too.  The film comes out August 1st of this year.

5. Godzilla 2 is coming!

Godzilla

Godzilla

Warner Bros and Legendary studios are reportedly working on Godzilla 2. The first Godzilla movie was a positive success.  The film is in development and no official date has been set.  Toho owns the rights to other Godzilla characters such as Mothra and King Gidorah.  Legendary and Warner would have to acquire the rights to those characters to be used in a sequel.  I’m a excited about this news. Gareth Edwards and his crew have discussed sequel possibilities already amongst themselves. Stay tune for new information as it comes along.

6. Godzilla stomps the Box Office Globally

Godzilla crushes San Fran and the box office

Godzilla crushes San Fran and the box office

Godzilla in 4 days at the Box Office as made 211 million worldwide according Box Office Mojo.  Godzilla is on pace to earn anywhere between 500 to 600 million. It has yet to open up in China or Japan which are the two biggest foreign markets for United States films.  It scored 38.4 million on Friday.  I was disappointed in the film, but I have seen it twice.  The question is will fans rush back to see the film, and will people go see this movie in the next couple of weeks? Godzilla could make 200 million domestically and that would be a success.

7. JJ Abrams note to the Star Wars and Crew.

Note from Abrams to the Star Wars crew

Note from Abrams to the Star Wars crew

JJ. Abrams is the director of the Star Wars Episode VII. The film is supposedly has a working title of “An Ancient Evil.” The buzz surrounding the film is pretty high.  The note is pretty significant. It shows the commitment that Abrams has to this project. The note also states he wants dedication from his cast and crew.  The Star War franchise is so beloved that a serious mistake by Abrams or any of the crew will not be lightly forgiven. Star Wars stars Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, with a younger cast of new characters. Star Wars Episode VII comes out December 18th, 2015.

8. Foxcatcher Trailer

The Foxcatcher is a movie adapted from Mark Schultz’s autobiography. Mark Schultz and his late brother, Dave Schultz, are gold medal wrestling champions coach by John dDu Pont. The movie was shown at the Cannes Film Festival and received instant buzz for being an Oscar contender. Dave is played by Channing Tatum, John is played Steve Carrell, and Mark is played by Mark Ruffalo. The film is directed by Bennett Miller who directed Moneyball. I love sports dramas and this film is a must see for any sports film fan. It comes out November 14th of this year.

9. New Star Trek 3 director

Roberto Orci

Roberto Orci is the new Star Trek 3 director. He and Alex Kurtzman are responsible for bringing back Star Trek in 2009 and making it popular again. He has no directing experience. He is very active on twitter and asked fans what they would like to see in a new Star Trek movie after Star Trek: Into Darkness was such a hit. I personally don’t mind this choice to direct the new movie. I hope he doesn’t write something abysmal as  The Amazing Spider-man 2. He knows the cast and has been actively involved at the producer level for the previous two films. I have faith he will do Star Trek justice. Stay tune for new Star Trek information.

 

What do you think about these news stories comment below and let me know.

Godzilla Review (minor spoilers)

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Godzilla Review

In 2009, Legendary Pictures and Warner Bros announced that they acquired the rights to reboot Godzilla. As a huge Godzilla fan, I was jumping for joy and was excited for the 2012 release date. Legendary and Warner Bros pushed the release date back several times because they wanted to get the story right. So does this movie live up to the summer movie hype? Well no, it’s a disappointment. It’s not a big disappointment like the Amazing Spider-man 2. It is disappointing to see Godzilla not be star of his own movie. However,  Godzilla will entertain you  for 2 hours, and the ending is super satisfying.

There are three big negatives of Godzilla. The first negative is that Bryan Cranston’s character dies, and he sets up the story.  His death happens in the first 30 minutes of the film but he has about 15 to 20 minutes of screen time. I felt emotionally connected to his character.  Secondly, Aarron Taylor Johnson’s story is the dead weight of the movie.  I don’t think he’s a bad actor. The story telling and his acting were not up to par compared to Ken Watanable’s or Bryan Cranston’s acting. My final big thing was the lack of Godzilla. Godzilla only has about 20 minutes of screen time. I felt we needed more Godzilla because it’s his movie. The movie is not titled Godzilla and his humans but Godzilla. Godzilla in a sequel needs to have more focus and screen time.  . Warner Brothers has a online clip of Elizabeth Olsen’s character running from one of the monsters but she suddenly stops because Godzilla appears in front of her and he’s ready for a fight.  She finds shelter and then the camera pans on Godzilla, then we cut to Aaron Taylor Johnson and the soldiers.  The same editing issue appears during the entire fight sequence between Godzilla and the other monsters, and the humans take up Godzilla’s screen time with the emphasis on them instead of being on him and his fight, because they rarely cut back to the fighting between the monsters until the end.  I did miss Godzilla’s theme from Akira Ifukube. I wish they had played it at the end of the movie

Godzilla had many positives about it. The visuals, camera shots, and special effects were superb. The writing for exposition was great for describing special effects, and Edward’s had a vision on how to set the tone of the movie. The themes of the movie were excellent, too. They ranged from government cover ups to man controlling nature. The film makers had a clear cut vision on how make the movie.

Ken Watanable, David Strathairn, Bryan Cranston make the human story relevant to the audience. Cranston is gold in this movie. He brings a great amount of emotional depth to his character.  I felt sad and pissed when he died. Watanable plays Dr. Serizawa, and Serizawa isn’t an asshole like he is in the first Godzilla movie. Edwards and Max Borenstein, (the screenwriter) did a great job of reinventing the character. He sees Godzilla as nature’s way of restoring order. I want him back for the sequel. His character has more story to be told. Strathairn plays the perfect military antagonist. He’s is a villain in the movie. He’s a scary villain because he thinks his way is right. He would rather nuke radioactive monsters than listen to his leading scientist, Dr. Serizawa. He reluctantly concedes to Serizawa’s opinion of letting Godzilla take care of the other monsters.

Finally, Godzilla is done right. Yes, Godzilla only has 20 minutes of screen time. He should have about 20 more because it’s his movie.  Godzilla is more of an emotional anti-hero in the movie. The producers, studios, director, and the writers made Godzilla right. He’s not a wimp that runs away from a fight like in the other American version.  He’s a little too fat and his belly jiggles when he stomps around. He  might have been eating too many big macs.  Godzilla is a bad ass when he gets his screen time. The fight scenes with the monster were done so perfectly. The last 20 minutes makes this movie worth watching again. The Mutos were intelligent monsters. They legitimately challenged Godzilla which is hard to do for any monster.  I felt emotionally connected to the other monsters and Godzilla. You will jump for joy at the other monster references from the Godzilla universe.

Overall Godzilla wasn’t the fantastical spectacle that I hoped it would be. It was a fun movie, kind of disappointing, but go see it. Despite its flaws there is something so satisfying about the ending that made people stand and cheer, even though Godzilla isn’t the main focus like he should and the humans are. The creators of the film got Godzilla so right;. It’s visually fantastic; the themes are similar to the 1954 Godzilla; and Godzilla is anti-hero. It was so satisfying to see Godzilla on the big screen kicking mother fucking ass (yea I said it). Godzilla gets a 3/5.

A three out of five movie isn’t a bad rating. It’s a three star movie. I encourage anybody who read this review to go see Godzilla.  I have several friends who are passionate Godzilla fans and deeply appreciates him as a pop fiction icon. They loved this movie.  I am happy to be in minority opinion about how good this Godzilla really is. Studios do listen to dissenting opinions because they want to make the best movie possible for everybody.  I hope Legendary Studios and Warner Bros do listen to critics and a few fans who let down by this Godzilla movie like me.   I still had fun and I loved seeing my childhood idol take back the big screen. Go see Godzilla and decide for yourself.

Godzilla, what did you think? Comment below and let me know.  We need Mothra in the sequel…so make it happen Godzilla fans. Take to social media and let them know we want Mothra.

 

Arrow Unthinkable review (no spoilers)

Team-Arrow-Finale

Why you need to watch Arrow?

Arrow is about the Oliver Queen and his nightly activities as a crime fighting vigilante. The episode titled “Unthinkable” concludes an action packed season.  This season is the best season of Arrow. The episode picks up where the last episode left off. Oliver has a cure that can turn Slade Wilson’s superhuman army into regular flesh and bone humans. Slade is out for revenge against Oliver. Oliver’s former partner, Amanda Waller,  has sent a drone to nuke Starling City and wipe out Slade’s Army. Oliver has to stop Slade’s army in the nick of time to prevent Waller from leveling the city.  The episode has several high points for me that made it enjoyable for me..

My first point is the story telling. The writers and executive producers of Arrow seem to create story lines each week that keep your attention for an hour.  “Unthinkable” wraps up the second season main story arcs but open up for new stories to be told down the road. The writers sever some characters’ relationships or add to on existing characters’ relationships. These relationships will play out in future seasons.   Secondly, this show has fine actors. Stephen Amell has really grown into the role of Oliver Queen. He owns the role of the Green Arrow.  Manu Bennett’s acting has taken a multi dimensional comic book character, Deathstroke (Slade Wilson) and translated every dimension of that character on to the small screen.  Emily Bett Rickards is a strong actress, and she plays Felicity.  Her acting made her character’s story in this episode so heartfelt and compelling. My final big positive is this episode is dominated by strong female characters. I love the strong female characters who drive the story. Sarah, Nyssa Al Ghul, Felicity, and Thea drive the narrative in this episode. These characters will be pivotal for next season and future seasons to come.   I have a few negatives that bugged me..

A big negative was the pace of the episode.  I actually think last season’s finale was more suspenseful. This episode had so many subplots and felt a little cramped that it gave you little breathing time.  I never felt any of the characters were endangered,  either.  My final issue was one character was one and done. The character’s ending was kind of fun to watch at first. I felt like they wasted the whole season developing the character and their finale comes within seconds without a big fight.

Overall, I think this a great show.  Here are some reasons why you need to watch Arrow.  It has great story telling, every actor on the show has talent, the fight sequences make it worth watching, and the tone of the show has remained consistent.  Stephen Amell has great acting range. He could tell me that he loves me. I would believe him because of the emotion in his eyes.  Arrow is a television show makes an hour fly by fast.  Another reason that you need to consider watching Arrow is the potential superhero appearances. Flash will be appearing on the show and the show runners have said a few Batman characters could appear on Arrow.

Overall this episode of Arrow was great but not as great as last season’s finale. I will do a spoiler review soon after I have time to digest this episode and people will have seen it. The acting, story telling, and female characters in this episode are superb.  It is one of my favorite shows on television. This episode was a little overwhelming with the plot points that they kept throwing at you. I will give this episode a 4.5 out of 5.

 

Chef review

CHEF_OSChef Review

John Favreau stars in, directs, and wrote the screenplay for Chef. Who is Jon Favreau Jon Favreau is the director of Swingers, Elf, Iron Man 1 and Iron Man 2. He’s is going to direct the upcoming live adaptation of the Jungle Book produced by Warner Bros.  He is arguably one of Hollywood’s best character actors and directors.  His movies appeal to a wide audience.

The film is about Chef Carl Casper’s fall from grace and his subsequent need to reinvent himself. Casper (John Favreau) is the head chef at one of Los Angeles’ prestigious restaurants. A nationwide food critic (Oliver Platt) eats a 5 course meal prepared by Casper and gives his food a horrific review. Casper loses his composure and uses social media to trade barbs with the critic. The restaurant’s owner (Dustin Hoffman) fires Casper for not following his menu.  Casper doesn’t only have problems with his career but has to balance spending time with his son (Emjay Anthony).  Casper’s ex wife (Sofia Vergara) asks him to be his son’s nanny and travel to Miami with them. Her plan actually is to set up Casper with her second ex husband (Robert Downey Jr.) to buy the broken down food truck that he owns.  Casper, his son, and his long time fellow colleague (John Leguizamo) restore the food truck and plan to drive across country making varies stops along the way to LA.

Chef is a comedic drama. The film has three major themes which are predominant throughout the film. The first theme is juggling your work and family.  Casper puts his career first in the beginning of the film and spending time with his son burdens him.  His viewpoint changes when he goes to Miami with his son and ex wife. Casper and his son restore the food truck, and Casper teaches his son how to cook food. Father and son form a bond over running the food truck and allows them to share an activity together.

Another major theme throughout the film is being passionate about your career. Favreau is passionate about story telling, acting, and being in the film industry. I think it’s one of reason why people enjoy watching Favraeu’s movies. His passion for what he does translates on the screen. Casper is passionate about cooking.  Chefs see their food as art and as their lively hood. The film appealed to me, because I’m passionate about a being an educator.  I write these reviews for fun and my friends but teaching is my passion.  Chef will appeal to appeal everybody who is passionate about their career.

The final theme is how useful, destructive, and impactful social media can be. The critic sells his blog to AOL for ten million dollars in the film and now he is a renowned nationwide critic.  Casper doesn’t use social media in the beginning of the film. The first time he uses it his life gets destroyed. His son uses social media, and his use of twitter, facebook, and instagram positively affects the ending of the movie. Favreau and Peter Travers (Rolling Stone’s film critic and New York Film’s series host) discussed how twitter has changed the way films are made, reviews are done, and gives people the chance to express their voice.  Favreau did get major criticisms about Iron Man 2 on twitter from the hardcore fans, and he discussed that in his Q & A with Peter Travers. The Amazing Spider-man 2 is getting a lot of negative reception from fans on social media sites also, and Sony is probably noticing the negative reception. They might be considering a change for The Amazing Spider-man 3. Chef is getting so much positive feedback on social sites that the production is expanding it’s release to ten major cities next week.  The film will get an even wider one after that. Chef has a motto throughout the film “Fuck Twitter.” The film shows how destructive social media can be but how much a positive influence it can be to.

Chef is a hilarious film. It’s currently only playing in New York and LA. It’s going to get a wider release because social media has positively promoted the film.  Jon Favreau and the other cast members have re-tweeted people’s reactions, and people will go see this movie. The actors do such a wonderful job and brought the story to life. I learned about the art of cooking from watching the movie.  It’s one of the best movies of the year so far, and I give it a 5/5.