2015 Comic Con Movie Panels Thoughts

San Diego Comic Con gets an massive amount visitors.

San Diego Comic Con gets an massive amount visitors.

News and Reaction from Comic Con!

San Diego Comic Con happens once a year, and it is the event brings so much media and fans to the event.  It has become a spectacle to witness.  Recently, the movie studios such as Fox, Marvel, and Warner Bros have put emphasis on promoting their material and future movies in the last few years at Comic Con due to the media attention.  Warner Bros has taken the Comic Con Crown by having the media focus on their material in the last two years.  Marvel didn’t come to Comic Con this year. Warner Bros, Fox, and the Star Wars panel were the focus of  the attention this year. Warner Bros again really dominated the new cycle with their announcements and footage that they shown.

Warner Bros Panel Reaction:

Warner Bros. won comic con again this year with an announcement and the two trailers that they showed.  Warner Bros. showed footage for Man from Uncle and Peter Pan which took third minutes. Their announce was title for the new Green Lantern movie called, “The Green Lantern Corps.”   David Ayer, the Director of Suicide Squad, came out and spoke about his film a little bit before the Batman V. Superman became all of the buzz.

Suicide Squad Reaction:

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The cast of Suicide Squad came out for a photo besides Jared Leto, who plays the Joker.  David Ayer said “The film is still being shot and the official trailer will be released in the fall.  All this good vs. evil played out. It’s time for bad vs. evil.”  He showed some footage which blew some of the media’s minds. The footage leaked and now is officially online.

The footage looks awesome. Viola Davis sounds like the sadistic Amanda Waller who is apathetic towards the villains. Harley was a focus and Maggot Robbie sounded like crazy Harley Quinn  The ending shot stole the show with the Joker saying “I’m not going to kill you. I’m going to hurt you really really bad.” The movie looks like it will be great. Ayer looks like he has nailed these characters.  Suicide Squad comes out August 5th, 2016.

Batman V. Superman Thoughts.

The footage for Batman V. Superman looks fantastic.  The leaked set pics confirms that Bruce Wayne saw his building get totaled during the fight between Superman and Zod in Metropolis at the end of Man of Steel. Zack Synder stated that Gotham and Metropolis are sister cities like San Fran and Oakland.   However, the footage reveals a lot more of the story and helps answer critics of Man of Steel.

My thoughts on the new footage from Batman V. Superman begin with a “Holy @#$%” that looks amazing.  Kryptonite looks like it is finally being introduced. Batman has a Robin Suit that the Joker torn up. Lex Luthor is being the master manipulator that he is.  Wonder Woman looks amazing and looks like she is a huge fight. The money shots are the times when Batman and Superman face each other.  Personally, I feel Warner Bros will need to introduce Nightwing or Robin into their DC Universe. They are the only two characters that humanize Batman and help bring down his rage level so he can see things clearly.  Alfred can lecture like a father and irritate Bruce Wayne too much. Martha Kent tells her son that he doesn’t the owe the world a damn thing. That’s pretty un-Superman like. I also like how Clark Kent sees Batman as the dangerous villain. Perry White tells him to get over.  Of course, Superman is on trial by the US Senate led by Holly Hunter.  She is going to Lex Luthor for help. I don’t like the line “The Red Capes are coming, The Red Capes are coming.” I don’t get the line and it sounds so campy. It is also probably out of context.   Batman V. Superman will be released on March 25th, 2016.

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Deadpool:

I’m not going to review the Fantastic Four Panel because the movie will be released in about a month.  Deadpool might have stole the show! The Deadpool footage got chants of “play it again.”  The crowd at Comic Con was pleased. The footage has been leaked online. It shows Deadpool, Ryan Reynolds, being told that he is terminally ill. His girlfriend Vanessa, Morena Baccarin, tries to comfort him. Wade Wilson is approached by Ajax, Ed Skrein, being told that he can heal him. The procedure turns Wade into Deadpool with accelerated healing powers.  Deadpool is set to hunt down the man who did this to him.

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The footage looked fantastic. It has leaked online but Ryan Reynolds stated on twitter that an official trailer will be released online in three weeks.  The Comic Con trailer showed Deadpool at his best. He was dropping F-bombs, talking to the audience by breaking the fourth wall, and the action looked great. This film will be an hard R. It is not meant for kids.  Deadpool will be released on February 12th, 2016.

X-Men: Age of Apocalypse

X-Men: Days of Future Past was one of my favorite movies last year.  It reenergized the X-Men movie franchise.  Age of Apocalypse is actually a famous X-Men storyline. The first mutant ever was En Sabar Nur or known as Apocalypse.  Apocalypse seeks out to rule all of mutant kind or destroy the mutants that resist him.  Apocalypse has four horsemen: Death, War, Famine, and Pestilence.  They carry out Apocalypse’s bidding. Apocalypse will be played by Oscar Isaac

APOCALYPSE

Description of the Footage:

First, the footage opens with the world blowing and Jean Grey seeing the destruction. Xavier, James McAvoy, tells Jean, Sophie Turner, it was all a dream.  Moira MacTaggert, Rose Byrne, contacts Xavier and states in the last ten years, Mutants have become a cult symbol for gods. One cult in particularly worships the first Mutant known as Apocalypse. Apocalypse on the other hand sees his fellow mutants being lead by blind leaders. He promises that they will fall, and he and his followers will build a better one.  Magneto responds with a “who the fuck are you?” while Apocalypse responds with “Come and see.”   Mystique claims that she come to help the X-Men.  Apocalypse and his horsemen which includes Storm (Alexander Shipp), Magneto (Michael Fassbender), Psylocke (Oliver Munn), and Archangel (Ben Foster) break into the X-Mansion and take control of Xavier. The trailer ends with the money shot of bald James McAvoy in his wheel chair.

My Thoughts:

My excitement for this movie can’t contain itself. I love the fact that Apocalypse is finally get the big screen spotlight. For X-Men 4 which most X-Men fans thought it would be released after X-Men: Last Stand would feature Apocalypse. Ironically, we had to wait ten years before finally getting to see this malicious super villain grace the screen.  Oscar Isaac looks like he nailed the part. Apocalypse looks amazing and very much like he does in to the comics.  I love the Magneto line “Who the fuck are you?” and the respond of “Come and See.”  Gambit and Wolverine will be appearing in this movie.  They were not shown. Storm is a bad guy! I really like that arc because Storm is one of the most powerful mutants in the world. Her power can be unlimited deadly.  The movie only has been shooting for five weeks so special effects are not done. I do expect an official trailer to come out around fall or early winter.  X-Men: Age of Apocalypse comes out May 27th, 2016 on memorial day weekend.

Star Wars Panel:

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The Star Wars panel didn’t release any new footage. It was Kathleen Kennedy (the producer), J.J. Abrams (the director), and Lawrence Kasdan (the writer) first taking the stage.  Kathleen thanked all of the fans and said that they were the reason why they were here tonight.  She also stated the first spin off will start shooting in three weeks. JJ introduced a creature that will be in the movie called Bobbajo.  The effects are mostly practical. They are editing and finishing up the movie now.  Lawrence said he was excited about JJ directing and how he felt grateful to George Lucas.

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Oscar Isaac, Daisy Ridley, and John Boyega came onto the stage.  They will be playing the good side of the force. Boyega stated he like playing a storm trooper and turning around to become a good guy.  Daisy Ridley said she trained a lot of the part and hopes the fans will see the final pay off. Isaac asked Harrison Ford about piloting tips and Ford responded with “Its fake and in space.”

2015 Comic-Con - "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" Panel

The Dark Side came out next which included Adam Driver, Domhall Gleeson, and Gwendolyn Christie.  Driver stated the approached the character’s point of view and didn’t see him as good or evil. Kylo Ren is the evil sith that we see in the trailer.  Domhall Gleeson is playing General Hux, and he’s British so he is evil according to the actor.  Christie said that she was so excited to play a woman Storm Trooper.

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The original cast took the stage next.  Carrie Fisher expressed she had flashbacks when being on set again. Mark Hamill took the stage next and stated “he’s very moved when he hears from fans — whether they named their son Luke or met their wife at the premiere of Return of the Jedi. He says you don’t often realize the impact you could have on someone’s life.”  Of course, Harrison Ford took the stage and expressed so much gratitude. Ford actually had tears coming from his eyes.  He stated that story was so well written that fans will be pleased.  Storm Troopers entered the Hall H and escorted the panel and crowd to a live Star Wars Concert.

Star Wars didn’t need to show any footage! It’s Star Wars that they win no matter what!

10 Anticipated Films for 2015

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My number 1 isn’t surprising but my list might be!

Trailers can be magical.  They can excite people to go, get interested, or go oh hell no to a movie.  I love trailers because last year two trailer which made me super giddy were the new Amazing Spider-man 2 and Godzilla trailer. God, those two movies should have just stuck to their trailer because they were pretty disappointing in my opinion.  This list will be comprised of my top 10 anticipated films in 2015.

St. James Place  Directed by Steven Spielberg  Written by Ethan and Joel Cohen  Starring: Tom Hanks Amy Ryan Alan Alda

St. James Place
Directed by Steven Spielberg
Written by Ethan and Joel Cohen
Starring:
Tom Hanks
Amy Ryan
Alan Alda

10. St. James Place

Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg together, yes sign me up! St. James Place is based on James Donovan’s task of getting Francis Powers out of a Soviet prison when Power’s U-2 spy plane crashed in Russia.  The movie is a historical drama, and I love historical dramas.  More importantly, Tom Hank is leading actor with Steven Spielberg is directing.  They have worked together before on multiple projects as has the Cohen Brothers.  Personality, the movie’s star, director, and writers with the plot has my attention.

Child 44  Directed by Daniel Espinosa Starring:  Tom Hardy  Gary Oldman

Child 44
Directed by Daniel Espinosa
Starring:
Tom Hardy
Gary Oldman

9. Child 44

Child 44 is based on a book written by Tom Rob Smith.  The synopsis is a disgraced MGB agent is dispatched to investigate a series of child murders — a case that begins to connect with the very top of party leadership. Tom Hardy will play the disgraced MGB agent while Gary Oldman will probably play the villain.  I love both actors because both of them bring great charisma to the screen. Gary Oldman is a great supporting actor and probably play a great villain.  Tom Hardy is amazing as actor. He is probably one of the best actors in Hollywood.  This movie will have mass appeal if marketed correctly because of the narrative is a spy crime drama.  Child 44 will be released on April 17, 2015.

James Bond Spectre Cast ##Daniel Craig as James Bond, agent 007 ##Christoph Waltz as Franz Oberhauser[3][4] ##Léa Seydoux as Madeleine Swann ##Monica Bellucci as Lucia Sciarra ##Andrew Scott as Denbigh, a new member of MI6 and Whitehall ##Dave Bautista as Mr. Hinx, a henchman and bodyguard ##Ralph Fiennes as M, the head of MI6 and Bond's superior ##Naomie Harris as Eve Moneypenny, M's assistant ##Ben Whishaw as Q, the MI6 quartermaster ##Rory Kinnear as Bill Tanner, the MI6 Chief of Staff ##Jesper Christensen as Mr. White,[8][9] an enforcer in the Quantum organisation

James Bond Spectre Cast
##Daniel Craig as James Bond, agent 007
##Christoph Waltz as Franz Oberhauser[3][4]
##Léa Seydoux as Madeleine Swann
##Monica Bellucci as Lucia Sciarra
##Andrew Scott as Denbigh, a new member of MI6 and Whitehall
##Dave Bautista as Mr. Hinx, a henchman and bodyguard
##Ralph Fiennes as M, the head of MI6 and Bond’s superior
##Naomie Harris as Eve Moneypenny, M’s assistant
##Ben Whishaw as Q, the MI6 quartermaster
##Rory Kinnear as Bill Tanner, the MI6 Chief of Staff
##Jesper Christensen as Mr. White,[8][9] an enforcer in the Quantum organization

8. Spectre (Bond 24)

I love James Bond so much.  The only reason this movie isn’t in my top 5 because they only the announced the cast and there is no trailer yet.  The premise is a cryptic message from an unlikely source sets James Bond navigating the layers of a sinister organization known as SPECTRE. As M continues fighting political pressures that threaten the future of MI6, Bond draws closer to uncovering a hidden truth that threatens to destroy everything he has fought to protect.  There is no footage like the other movies on my list. Sony is a mess but the cast and the premise will make me go see this opening night.  I mean who doesn’t love James Bond!

Tom Cruise will play Ethan Hunt again7. Mission Impossible 5

What crazy stunt will Tom Cruise do this time! Tom Cruise as Ethan Hunt always does crazy stunts.  He has climbed up buildings, had a fight on top of a high speed train, and plays a damn good confident spy.  Mission Impossible 4 was awesome. It is on Netflix if you want to watch it.  I suggest you do. The Mission Impossible series has progressively gotten better with each film.  This film will be released on Christmas day of next year.  The plot is still unknown but look for a trailer in the spring.

It's the Terminator!

It’s the Terminator!

6.  Terminator Genisys

I love this trailer! It capture my attention and excitement for this film.  I’m glad Arnold is back as an older terminator. I love the plot that the terminator will go back in to multiple time periods.  It looks like they are going to reboot the franchise to make more films. I love the first two Terminator films because they capture the imagination.  The cast is pretty good and the fact there is a T-1000 that Kyle Reese has to fight then I am all for that.  Terminator Genisys will be released on July 1st, 2015.

Iron Man  Hawkeye  Hulk Thor Captain America Black Widow Vision

Iron Man
Hawkeye
Hulk
Thor
Captain America
Black Widow
Vision

5. Avengers: Age of Ultron

I love the first Avengers and adore the actors who play the Avengers.  Captain America, Iron Man, Hulk, Thor, Hawkeye, Black Widow and now Vision that is a superhero team that I am so excited for. The reason this isn’t number 1 because I kind of know what to except from this film.  The four other movies on my list are unknowns and are the first movie in a possibly new franchise.  They are also underdogs compared to this film. James Spader as the voice of Ultron…hell yes. The trailer was awesome too.  Joss Whedon is back at the helm as director.

Twenty-two years after the events of Jurassic Park, Isla Nublar, off of Central America's Pacific coast, now features a fully functioning dinosaur theme park, Jurassic World, as originally envisioned by John Hammond. This new park is owned by the Masrani Global Corporation. Owen (Chris Pratt), a member of the park's on-site staff, conducts behavioral research on the Velociraptors. At the corporation's request, the park's geneticists create a genetically-modified hybrid dinosaur to boost visitor attendance, but it soon runs wild on the island

Twenty-two years after the events of Jurassic Park, Isla Nublar, off of Central America’s Pacific coast, now features a fully functioning dinosaur theme park, Jurassic World, as originally envisioned by John Hammond. This new park is owned by the Masrani Global Corporation. Owen (Chris Pratt), a member of the park’s on-site staff, conducts behavioral research on the Velociraptors. At the corporation’s request, the park’s geneticists create a genetically-modified hybrid dinosaur to boost visitor attendance, but it soon runs wild on the island

4. Jurassic World

Jurassic Park 4 has been in development hell for ages. Finally Colin Trevorrow and Derek Connolly created a script that gave Universal Studios confidence to green light this movie.  The trailer for this film went viral and spread like wildfire.  I love the first Jurassic Park and thought this trailer had so many similarities to the first Jurassic Park trailer.  I think Chris Pratt can do no wrong at the moment and it feels he will be the Malcolm, Jeff Goldbum’s character in the first movie,  in this film.  The scene with the shark and the scary looking sea dinosaur gave me chills.  I’m really looking forward to this film.

Ant-man  Directed by Peyton Reed  Starring:  Michael Douglas as Hank Pym Paul Rudd as Scott Lang

Ant-man
Directed by Peyton Reed
Starring:
Michael Douglas as Hank Pym
Paul Rudd as Scott Lang

3. Ant-man

The creation of this movie has faced a lot of scrutiny by the previous director, Edgar Wright, leaving and with hiring of a new screenwriter and director 2 months before filming. However, the positive spin on this film are the two main actors.  Michael Douglas is in a superhero movie! This man only really goes for the serious roles now and has a lot of star power to his name. Paul Rudd is starring as the comedy bad boy hero, Scott Lang.  I love Ant-man as a character. I love the scientist that Hank Pym is and the con artist who becomes a hero in Scott Lang’s case.  Pym teaches Lang how to use the Ant-man suit to take back his company. I hope this means the two characters will appear in the third Avengers movie. (I added the video from the cast and director at San Diego Comic Con about Ant-man).

Miles Teller-Mr. Fantastic Kate Mara-Sue Storm Michael B. Jordon- Johnny Storm Jamie Bell-Ben Grimm

Miles Teller-Mr. Fantastic
Kate Mara-Sue Storm
Michael B. Jordon- Johnny Storm
Jamie Bell-Ben Grimm

2. Fantastic Four

I love the Fantastic Four comic. They’re one of my favorite superhero teams.  Mr. Fantastic is the smart intelligent scientist who stretch any part of his body.  Mrs. Fantastic has the ability to turn invisible or put up force fields. The Human Torch yells “Flame On!” He becomes a humanoid ball of fire and has the ability to fly. The Thing is Ben Grimm who was turned into a rock monster but has a heart of gold. He yells out “It’s Clobbering Time.” The Fantastic Four also space travel and celebrities known to the media. The writer of X-Men: Days of Future Past wrote the screenplay for this film. It should bolster the faith that the fans have in this movie. The cast is my number one reason why the movie excites me so much. Miles Teller could be nominated for an Oscar this year for his role in Whiplash and he plays Mr. Fantastic. Michael B. Jordon is one of the best young actors in Hollywood with a lot of charisma. I am definitely going to see the Fantastic Four on August 7th, 2015.

1.  Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Yes, it is true! We will have a new Star Wars movie next year with the original cast coming back.  I both love Star Trek and Star Wars.  JJ Abrams is directing Episode VII, and from the trailer it looks like he has got the franchise back on track.  This Star Wars movie will feature a younger cast which will have their own saga.  I am not going to go to much more into detail, but I do know that the next trailer will come out around May before Avengers: Age of Ultron.

 

 

My Top Ten Favorite Movies of the Year

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Top 10 Favorite Movies of the Year 2014

What is your favorite movie? Most people ask you that question on a date or in general as a way to get to know someone.  The responses always vary because it is a matter of opinion.  I have a list of my favorite movies of all time which include many classic and newer films. Although, I have never sat down and made a list of my 100 favorite movies because it is strains my mind too much. I can decide on my top ten favorite movies of the 2014.  Favorite doesn’t mean that my movies are some of the best movies of the year but they could be.

Honorable mentions:

  • Birdman
  • Lego Movie
  • Snow Piercer
  • John Wick
  • Noah
  • 22 Jump Street
  • Neighbors
  • The Fault in Our Stars
  • The Drop
  • Peabody and Sherman (surprising I know but darn good movie).
Grand Budapest Hotel characters

Grand Budapest Hotel characters

10. Grand Budapest Hotel

I love this cast. Grand Budapest Hotel’s cast and their interaction with each other made me see this film twice in the theater.  I’m not a Wes Anderson fan but this film was super amazing. My mom and I have watched the blueray a few times since we got it. The movie itself made me laugh all of the way through it.  I still quote lines from this film and replay scenes in my head. Grand Budapest Hotel is a delightful comedy and Ralph Fiennes is one of the reasons why.

I talk to myself while driving a car too

I talk to myself while driving a car too

9. Locke

Tom Hardy is brilliant and one of my favorite actors in Hollywood.  Tom Hardy also starred in The Drop which is probably why it made my honorable mentions list.  Locke is only 90 minutes long but the runtime tells a creative emotionally story which is might be why I adore this film so much. It is also a British film, and I have a soft spot for British entertainment. Tom Hardy really gave a performance of a lifetime because he is a one man trick and pony show in the film. Steven Knight wrote and directed a great indie flick that few people have seen but when they watch it. They will fall for Tom Hardy as an actor as much as I have.  I will see Mad Max: Fury Road in May because Tom Hardy does star in it. I don’t think it will get my money opening weekend though.

Jake Gyllenhaal as Lou Riz Ahmed as Rick  Nightcrawler directed and written by Dan Gilroy

Jake Gyllenhaal as Lou
Riz Ahmed as Rick
Nightcrawler directed and written by Dan Gilroy

8. Nightcrawler

I loved Nightcrawler because of the underlying theme.  I also have a preference for sociopathic film characters and Jake Gyllenhaal portrays one.  Nightcrawler’s theme is about greed and selfishness. Lou, Gyllenhaal, is a selfish greedy free lance reporter.  He will sabotage a rival reporter, and put his employee, Rick, in jeopardy to become number 1 in the game. He also blackmails his boss to sleep with him.  Gyllenhaal gave the best acting performance in an American film of this year.  The movie also stars Bill Paxton and Rene Russo. They really make this film great and the film is two hours of pure entertainment and suspense with a lot of jaw dropping moments.

Chef starting Jon Favreau

Chef starting Jon Favreau

7. Chef

Chef is one of those films that really hit a note with me. I love to cook but watching Jon Favreau prepare food was awesome. I left the theater hungry and wanting to try one Favreau’s Cabanos from Chef.  Chef is about Chef Carl Casper fall from a prestigious LA chef to a unemployable chef after his tirade with nation wide prestigious food critic at the place of his employment. The film is more importantly about family and having to struggle between your career and your kids. The cast of Chef is spectacular.  The actors all have great chemistry together on screen and make this film a wonderful comedy. I would highly recommend this movie to anybody.  The latina music is super amazing and could see people grooving to it in the their seats. I enjoyed this film so much that I made my grandmother to go the theater with me to see it.

Caesar, Koba, and Maurice on horses

Caesar, Koba, and Maurice on horses

6. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

Apes on Horses!!! Dawn of the Planet of the Apes might be better than the first Planet of the Apes.  The plot has so many different directions that makes you think that you know what will happen next but then a character changes that outlook. Andy Serkis, Toby Kebbell, and Karin Konoval play the three most important apes. Serkis is the Caesar, the leader while Kebbell plays Koba and Konoval plays Maurice Caeser’s Lieutenants. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is very realistic film which has beautiful visuals of a post apocalyptic world. Serkis and the other actors playing Apes had motion capture suits on, and the special effects crew made them look like real humanoid apes. I think this is one of the years best films and possibly one of the best blockbuster in a long time. The third one comes out in July 2016 so they will be filming the movie this year.

Captain America 2: the Winter Solider by Marvel  Director by Joe and Anthony Russo Starting Chris Evans

Captain America 2: the Winter Soldier by Marvel
Director by Joe and Anthony Russo
Starting Chris Evans

5. Captain America 2: the Winter Soldier

Captain America 2 is pure entertainment that has comedy fused in the story from the moment from the first scene. Sam Wilson, Anthony Mackie,  is running around the National Memorial, and Steve Rodgers keeps passing him saying “On your left.”  The moment immediately forms a friendship between Rodgers and Wilson that is why they team up later in the film. Chris Evans is so great as Captain America. He can inspire you to feel patriotic and just a lot like Christopher Reeves as Superman.  I love Captain America more because of Chris Evans.  Captain America 2 is one of the best action movies of the year, and one of the best movies of the year overall. This movie makes you feel like you are watching a Jason Bourne movie with Captain America in it.  Captain America will appear in Avengers: Age of Ultron in May then Captain America: Civil War.  He will fight Iron Man’s ideas and probably Iron Man himself in Civil War in May 2016.

The poster for X-Men Days of Future Past

The poster for X-Men Days of Future Past

4.  X-Men Days of Future Past

X-men Days of Future Past corrected the mistakes of Brett Ratner and the First Wolverine movie.  The plot is simple.  Wolverine, Hugh Jackman, travels back in time to prevent Mystique, Jennifer Lawrence, from assassinating Bolivar Trask, Peter Dinkage.  The government creates the Sentinel program because she killed Trask and use her DNA to make the ultimate Sentinel. The Sentinel are super intelligent robots that hunt mutants. The X-Men franchise hit a homer with this movie. It has comedy, amazing action sequences, and it is pure entertainment. The variety of mutants are great and it is nice to see each of them use their own powers.  Simon Kinberg wrote the script which has made the internet fan boys semi-excited for the new Fantastic Four movie coming out in August (he wrote the script).  Bryan Singer returned to the X-Men franchise and got the direction of the franchise back on track.  The film will have a sequel X-Men: Apocalypse which will start filming in April. Fox Studios are releasing a Gambit movie and Deadpool movie which will be part of the X-Men universe.  Ugh, I can’t wait for 2016. I don’t have this movie yet.  Singer cut Rogue from the film and I want Rogue in this movie.

Guardians of the Galaxy directed by James Gunn  Written by Nicole Perlman and James Gunn  Featuring Star-Lord, Drax the Destroyer, Gamora, Groot, and Rocket Raccoon

Guardians of the Galaxy directed by James Gunn
Written by Nicole Perlman and James Gunn
Featuring Star-Lord, Drax the Destroyer, Gamora, Groot, and Rocket Raccoon

3. Guardians of the Galaxy

This movie is pure fun.  It is a great science fiction movie with great witty dialogue and pop culture references.  This little known comic book property has shocked the world by its success with a worldwide audience and financially was a home run.  The cast is great.  The interaction between characters is spectacular.  This is Marvel’s most entertaining film.  I reply it in my head all of the time.  Guardians will come back to the big screen in May 2017. Again, I can’t wait to see what James Gunn comes up with for the sequel. I have seen it multiple times and still want to dance like Star Lord or along with him.

Edge of Tomorrow directed by Doug Liman Starts Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt

Edge of Tomorrow directed by Doug Liman
Stars Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt

2. Edge of Tomorrow

Edge of Tomorrow looked so horrible from the trailers, and thanks to bad marketing by Warner Bros, this movie wasn’t a success at the box office domestically. However, the film was a success with its viewing audience. Many people like me just completely were stunned by the movie. Tom Cruise is at his best in Edge of Tomorrow.  He was played the likeable action hero in this movie and nailed the role. Personally, Tom Cruise like Tom Hardy is a guy that I will go see any movie that he is in.  Emily Blunt played the female protagonist,  and she was magnificent.  She and Cruise had such great chemistry on the screen. Edge of Tomorrow is edited in a way where every repeat scene is different.  Cruise plays Major William Cage that is has the ability to reset the day after killing an alien.  Bill Paxton’s character is really outstanding and probably the funniest character in the film. Edge of Tomorrow is a science fiction groundhog day but it is one of the best action movies of the year.

Gone Girl based on the novel by Gillan Flynn  Directed by David Fincher  Starring Ben Affleck Rosamund Pike  Neil Patrick Harris Tyler Perry Carrie Coon

Gone Girl based on the novel by Gillan Flynn
Directed by David Fincher
Starring Ben Affleck
Rosemund Pike
Neil Patrick Harris
Tyler Perry
Carrie Coon

1. Gone Girl

Gone Girl is my favorite film of the year. I love this movie and sold on the plot from the first trailer. Gone Girl is really three hours of pure suspenseful entertainment.  I have seen this film about three times in the theater.  I was still wowed by the suspense and mystery every moment of the film.  Ben Affleck kills it in the movie but it is Rosemund Pike who steals the show. Tyler Perry also a giant scene stealer. Neil Patrick Harris’s final moment in the film will leave you speechless.  Gone Girl had the same tone and setting throughout the whole entire movie.  I will get this DVD and watch several times after I get it.  This might be the best mystery drama produced by Fox in a long time.  David Fincher will probably get an Oscar nomination, and Gillian Flynn will get the best adapted screenplay award.  I will end this list on this final tidbit about Gone Girl.  The movie will make you look twice or think twice about getting married or even dating. I think this why I like it so much.  It makes you question what it means to be in a relationship.

 

 

My Top Ten BEST Movies of the Year

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Best Movies of the Year

I have not seen every movie that has come out this year or even seen the potential Oscar movies like FoxCatcher, Whiplash, or a few others. This list will the best films of the year in opinion that I have seen; however, doesn’t mean they’re my favorite films of this year.  My judgment of these will be based on my experience watching them in a theater and judging all aspects of the film.

Honorable mentions:

  • Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
  • Snow Piercer
  • Edge of Tomorrow
  • Noah
  • X-Men Days of the Future Past
Directed and written by Jennifer Kent Essie Davis as Amelia Noah Wieseman as Samuel

Directed and written by Jennifer Kent
Essie Davis as Amelia
Noah Wieseman as Samuel

10. The Babadook

The Babadook is one of the best horror movies to terrify audiences since Poltergeist.  I don’t like horror movies because I ignore questions about going to see in the theater. The story follows a recently widowed single mother and her son’s aggressively disruptive behavior.  He has dreams a of a creature called the Babadook, and their home life suddenly becomes strange with a paranormal activity constantly. For example, The Babadook, the creature, has a creepy voice that saids “The Babadoook” and it is freaky as hell to be riding in a backseat of the car while that voice is constantly talking to you. The film has a underlying theme of the difficulties of being a single mother. The Babadook is shot beautifully, and the setting is very dark and grim.   The film was directed by Jennifer Kent who also wrote the screenplay. The Babadook is certainly the marquee horror film of a new generation.

Grand Budapest Hotel characters

Grand Budapest Hotel characters

9. The Grand Budapest Hotel

The Grand Budapest Hotel stars Ralph Fiennes and an ensemble cast that includes: Adrien Brody, Jeff Goldblum, William Defoe, and several other famous actors. The movie follows Gustave H who is the concierge at the Grand Budapest Hotel. He gets framed for a murder and his loyal lobby boy, Zero Moustafa, helps him prove his innocence. The film is a dark comedy and the cinematography makes the prison outbreak scenes hilarious. The dialogue is witty and clever. The tone and pacing of the film builds tension but Ralph Fiennes gives a hell of a comedic performance. The film has earned several nominations from the Critics Broadcast Society, Golden Globes, and the Screen Actors guild.

Guardians of the Galaxy directed by James Gunn  Written by Nicole Perlman and James Gunn  Featuring Star-Lord, Drax the Destroyer, Gamora, Groot, and Rocket Raccoon

Guardians of the Galaxy directed by James Gunn
Written by Nicole Perlman and James Gunn
Featuring Star-Lord, Drax the Destroyer, Gamora, Groot, and Rocket Raccoon

8. Guardians of the Galaxy

Originally Snow Piercer was going to make the list; however, I couldn’t let Guardians be left of my list.  Guardians is the second best marvel movie ever made, and one of the most entertaining movies of the year. Guardians is probably one of the best box office successes of the decade. This little known comic book property has made over 770 million worldwide, spawn the creation of a new animated TV show on Disney XD’s channel which will premiere this spring, and number 1 soundtrack.  Guardians is about the a rag team of outlaws who come together to sell a orb after they stole from a tyrant named Ronan the Accuser. The movie is completely entertaining, and is filled with pop culture references like Kevin Bacon, Footloose, John Stamos, and other references. James Gunn directed the film and is currently writing the sequel.  Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Vin Diesel, and Bradley Cooper star or provide the voices of the Guardians. Groot and Rocket, Vin Diesel and Bradley Cooper, do steal most of the scenes of the movie.  This is probably Marvel’s biggest hit so far. (although not financially)

Birdman is the inner voice of Reagan Thomson

Birdman is the inner voice of Reagan Thomson

7. Birdman

First time I saw Birdman and thought it was ok. However, I keep thinking about scenes about this movie; therefore, it means that I do really think it is one of the best movies of the year and one of my favorites. Birdman arguably has the best acting, cinematography, and the best dark comedy of the year. The film is super funny but it drives the point that some actors get pegged for one role for their entire life. Michael Keaton will always be recognized as Batman and some people say he is their Batman.  Keaton plays an actor Reagan Thomson is starring in his own play that he wrote and directs. No major critic takes him seriously and neither do the other actors that work with on the play. Birdman is shot to make it look like the film is one continuous take. Alejandro González Iñárritu wrote and directed the film. Emma Stone and Edward Norton are part of the supporting cast.

Locke

6. Locke

Locke is Tom Hardy at his best. He plays Ivan Locke an architect that made a mistake several months ago. He had an one night affair with a woman who is giving birth to their child. Ivan has the biggest job tomorrow but decides to travel to London from Birmingham to present at the birth of his child. The film is set in a car, and Hardy gives a hell of an acting performance.  Locke was written and directed by Steven Knight. Steven Knight is currently writing World War Z II. Tom Hardy is Tom Hardy that nails any role which stars in. He is going to star in Mad Max: Fury Road and playing Elton John in Rocket Man. Hardy is one of the best actors in Hollywood. His performance of Locke is very compelling. He won the LA Critics best acting award for his performance as Locke. Hardy nails every emotion that Ivan goes with midlife crisis and it makes the film super suspenseful and compelling. Hardy should be nominated for a best actor but that category is filled with good actors this year.

Chef starting Jon Favreau

Chef starting Jon Favreau

5. Chef

Chef stars Jon Favreau who plays Chef Carl Casper. Chef Casper is a prominent chef at LA restaurant who is terminated because of a outburst with a nationwide film food critic. Casper struggles to find himself but with the help of his ex wife, son, and best friend. Casper reinvents himself by starting a food truck that makes Cubanos. Chef is a R comedy but very hilarious. It was my favorite film of the year until Edge of Tomorrow came out.  This movie is a heartfelt indie flick that will make you go hungry while watching it.  Jon Favreau wrote one of the best screenplays of the year and directed a wonderful entertaining film.

Jake Gyllenhaal as Lou being unethical.

Jake Gyllenhaal as Lou being unethical.

4. Nightcrawler

Jake Gyllenhaal gave the best acting performance of the year.  He played an unethical bastard named Lou in Nightcrawler. He will do anything for a story and that means anything.  The beauty of Nightcrawler is that show how much the local and national press has changed over time. The Slogan “if it bleeds then it leads” is pretty much the major theme in this movie.  Nightcrawler examines the press and shows how despicable they have become. Dan Gilroy wrote and directed the film.  Gyllenhaal himself lost weight to play the role of Lou and is probably a lock to get an Oscar for the role. (Michael Keaton for Birdman is the favorite right now).

Captain America 2: the Winter Solider by Marvel  Director by Joe and Anthony Russo Starting Chris Evans

Captain America 2: the Winter Soldier by Marvel
Director by Joe and Anthony Russo
Starting Chris Evans

3. Captain America 2: The Winter Soldier

Captain America 2 is the best Marvel movie ever and arguably the second best comic book movie since the Dark Knight is number 1.  Steve Rodgers, Captain America, (Chris Evans) is working for SHIELD and doing their dirty work.  Rodgers has Nick Fury, Samuel L. Jackson, show up at his apartment and sees the Director of Shield get assassinated.  Rodgers becomes an outlaw and uncovers that his longtime foe has taken over SHIELD. The movie has is filled with great action, humor, and is a great spy story. It is a superhero movie that a has Jason Bourne plot. The movie also leaves you to question the authority and power of national spy organizations like the CIA and the NSA.  Honestly, the realistic plot is one of the reasons why this movie hit a homer with a worldwide audience.

Gone Girl based on the novel by Gillan Flynn  Directed by David Fincher  Starring Ben Affleck Rosamund Pike  Neil Patrick Harris Tyler Perry Carrie Coon

Gone Girl based on the novel by Gillan Flynn
Directed by David Fincher
Starring Ben Affleck
Rosamund Pike
Neil Patrick Harris
Tyler Perry
Carrie Coon

2. Gone Girl

Oh Gone Girl! This film has everything and arguably the best movie of the year when it came out.  It is an Oscar favorite. Gone Girl is about Nick Dunne who is having an affair with one of his students but comes home to find his wife missing. He contacts the authorities and their investigation points to Nick Dunne killing his wife, Amy. Nick, Ben Affleck, is follows his wife’s treasure hunt for their 5th year anniversary and discovers that Amy, Rosamund Pike, has framed him for her murder.  The movie is two and half hours of pure suspension with plot twists galore. Gillan Flynn wrote the screenplay and will win an Oscar for adapted screenplay for it. She is the author of the best selling book Gone Girl. David Fincher could be a lock for Best Director and Rosamund Pike for best actress.  Trent Renzor might win an Oscar again for best score. Gone Girl will make you question marriage or even being in a relationship. Ben Affleck also delivers a performance that is his best ever, and also proving that he can be Batman.

Calvary  Directed by John Michael McDonagh  Starring:  Brendan Gleeson as Father James

Calvary
Directed and written by John Michael McDonagh
Starring:
Brendan Gleeson as Father James

1. Calvary

Calvary is an independent British film that no one has seen in America except the big movie markets or the crew from AMC Movie Talk.  I decided to go see Calvary on the Redskin’s bye week because of Breedan Gleeson.  Breedan Gleeson is known for as Mad Eye Moody from Harry Potter to most of the American viewing public.  Calvary deals with the catholic child molestation issue. Gleeson is one of my favorite actors and his son, Domhnall Gleeson, is one of the best young actors in Hollywood.  Calvary is Gleeson’s film and his performance was the best dramatic performance that I have seen all year in a foreign film.

Father James, Gleeson, is sitting in his confessional when one of his weekly members of his congregation tells him that he is planning to kill him in seven days.  The member was a victim of child abuse from a catholic priest who is dead. The member tells him that his reasoning to kill Father James is shock the world and cause the Catholic Church finally do something about the on going child molestation within the Catholic Church.  Father James also has to deal with his daughter who tried to commit suicide. He also is the leader of the town that he lives in. James deals with many problems that the town’s people have.

Calvary emphasizes the importance of Catholic or other religious priests in the small town life. The film is pretty blunt that not all Catholic Priests are child molesters but are really down to earth good hearted people.  The sexual abuse victim and their struggles helps the viewer what these people go through for their entire life. James is seen as the leader and many townspeople turn to him for guidance.  John Michael McDonagh directed a suspenseful and moving story that would be a Oscar buzz film if more people got to see it. Calvary is the best film of the year to me.

Why Disney should consider Dr. Who showrunner, Stephen Moffat, for a Star Wars movie?

Dr. Who showrunner Stephen Moffat

Dr. Who showrunner Stephen Moffat

Stephen Moffat and Star Wars could be a match made in heaven

Stephen Moffat was rumored to be sought after to write and possibly direct the final installment of the new Star Wars trilogy. His wife took to twitter and shot the down the rumor this morning. Moffat is the show runner for Dr. Who and Sherlock. They are probably two of the most popular television shows in the world. Dr. Who has amassed thousands of new loyal fans under his reign. Sherlock only has 3 episodes per series and every episode has gained new viewers through word of mouth.  So why shouldn’t Disney should look at Stephen Moffat to write Star Wars movie?

His writing style is one of the best on television. He wrote the best Dr. Who episode called Blink in the show’s new series of episodes.  Doctor Who and Sherlock trailers tease you enough to let you think you know how a episode or series finale will play out.  Moffat cleverly writes a lot of twist and turns that leaves you guessing until the end.  He could bring this talent to Star Wars.  The man also an eye for talent. He cast Benedict Cumberbatch as Sherlock Homles and Martin Freeman as Dr. Waston and both men have been nominated for an Emmy in every season that show aired.  Matt Smith won BFTAs as his portrayal as the Doctor in Doctor Who.  BFTA is the British equivalent for an Emmy.  All three actors have become or are gaining momentum as a lead actor in Hollywood. There are a few problems standing in the way of the potential beneficial deal.

First, this is a rumor only. Rumor sometimes turn out to be turn.  More  importantly Stephen Moffat might not be able or want to write or direct  Star Wars episode IX.  His schedule consists around Doctor Who. He has over seen Doctor Who for 4 years. He hired a new Doctor, Peter Capaldi who will be the Doctor probably for the next 3 to 5 years. It would be 2019 by then and Star Wars Episode IX would come out the same year.  He is also writes the Sherlock series which isn’t going anywhere. He is writing 2nd Adventures of TinTin movie which might come in 2016 to 2018ish as of right now.  His plate is so full. Would he good for Star Wars?

Moffat would be an excellent choice for Star Wars. I hope he does get the chance to write the finale of the new trilogy. He is a very talented and creative man. I could see him writing a better movie than Return of the Jedi.  All depends if he wants to do it and his schedule allows him to do it. This is also assuming that Disney wants him for the final installment of the new trilogy.

Side Note: Sherlock and Doctor Who are available on Netflix. He took over Doctor Who showrunner at the beginning of  series 5.  Blink trailer is at the bottom for anybody who is interested in this learning about Doctor Who or just watch it on Netflix. Watch Sherlock too on Netflix

Coop’s top ten (Mid way through the year) favorite movies of the year

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What are my top ten favorite movies of the year so far?

Next Thursday, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes will be finally out in theaters. It’s officially July which means the year is half way over. Time flies by so quickly.  I decided to make a top ten list of my favorite films of the year so far.

I rank this list by several categories: My overall enjoyment of the film, the acting, storytelling, themes and tone of the film, and if I would happily buy it on DVD if I had the money.

Honorable mention: The Fault in Our Stars

August Waters played Ansel Elgot  Hazel Grace Lannicaster played Shailene Woodley

The Fault in Our Stars is a beautifully crafted film that made me cry. The film had excellent acting, themes, storytelling, and while I would probably buy it on DVD. The other ten films on my listed gave me more enjoyment then this movie. However, let it be know in my opinion, The Fault in Our Stars is a damn good movie.  It missed the cut ever so slightly.

10: 22 Jump Street

22 Jump Street starting Johan Hill Channing Tatum.  Directed by Phil Lord & Chris Miller

22 Jump Street starting Johan Hill Channing Tatum.
Directed by Phil Lord & Chris Miller

22 Jump Street is a sequel that is better than its predecessor.  Channing Tatum and Johan Hill do a wonderful job with being hilarious.  Phil Lord and Chris Miller are on a roll with comedy because Ghostbusters 3 is next on their plate.  The story is the same as the 21st Jump Street. It is not of a negative of the film. I saw it again last night and realized how much every actor takes at shots at themselves in the film with witty dialogue.  I would buy this movie on blue ray and force my mom to watch it.  Also if you have doubts about Channing Tatum as Gambit then watch the chase sequence at the end of this movie. He kicks major ass.

9. The Lego Movie

Lego Movie starting Chris Pratt and Will Ferrell.  Directed by Phil Lord & Chris Miller

Lego Movie starting Chris Pratt and Will Ferrell.
Directed by Phil Lord & Chris Miller

I saw this movie 3 times in theaters. It was every bit as funny as each time.  The story was great and the theme song gets suck in your head. It’s out on blue ray, and I don’t have it yet. I will get it eventually.  Overall, the ensemble cast does such a great job with their voice work that it will make you hit on the floor laughing constantly. The reason its ahead of 22 Jump Street because the theme of the movie. It is about a father-son dynamic and how adults lose their ability to imagine worlds like children.  It also gave me a tear in my eye.

8. Neighbors

starting Seth Rogen and Zac Efron

Seth Rogen and Zac Efron

Neighbors is my favorite studio comedy of the year. I have two independent comedies above it.  The reason why I love Neighbors more than the Lego Movie because of two reasons. First this movie is all about growing up and becoming an adult after college. Dave Franco’s character gets this lesson in life.  Secondly, Rose Byrne plays the wife and unlike most mainstream comedies her character is so important in a male led film. She drives the action and comedy. I will gladly buy this on DVD. I would love everybody’s acting in it. The story was great. My favorite part of the film is the last 15 minutes with the fireworks.

7. Locke

Locke

Locke is Tom Hardy’s one man trick and pony show.  His face is only one that graces the screen while all other characters call him through a hands free phone. Tom Hardy gave an acting performance that should him get nominated for best actor. Through his facial expressions we could see: pain, anguish, frustration, and other negative emotions. He also displayed a collective coolness and calming presence that gave you the sense that everything will be OK feeling in the theater. The film was written and directed by Steven Knight (who is now writing the script for World War Z 2).  Locke’s theme is that one bad night can change your life either for good or for worse.  I have a friend in Texas who would love this film and it will go into my blue ray collection.

6. The Grand Budapest Hotel

Grand Budapest Hotel characters

Grand Budapest Hotel characters

I loved the Grand Budapest Hotel. It’s a dark and witty comedy. The ensemble cast is perfect, and my mom and I watched it again on Tuesday Night.  There are several reasons why I love this movie so much. First, Ralph Fiennes made me laugh in everytime he spoke that he delivered. He’s such a centric actor. Two, Adrian Brody and William Defoe play two perfect villains.  Their characters are spectacular in the film and each actor delivers a sadistic performance. Finally, this film could win or be nominated for best cinematography and best picture of the year.  I saw this film twice in theaters. It is still as funny as the first time; however, the reason why it doesn’t come at number 5 on the list because….

5. Noah

Starring Russell Crowe

Starring Russell Crowe

because given the choice between getting the DVD between Noah or Grand Budapest Hotel; I would choose Noah.  The film stars Russell Crowe, Logan Lerman, Jennifer Connelly, Emma Watson, Anthony Hopkins, and Ray Winstone.  The story telling, the acting, the themes, the directing, and spectacular visuals made this film so great.  Darren Aronofsky did a wonderful job taking this biblical bland story and adding multiple layers too its basic story.  Honesty, it is a great movie because my best friend in Texas loved it. She is very religious and admitted that they played with some facts. However, the overall film is spectacular to her.  She and I both agree that this film is a cinematic representation on how much man made technology is destroying our planet. I suggest buying Noah either on DVD or Redboxing it for the night.

4. Captain America 2: The Winter Solider

Captain America 2: the Winter Solider by Marvel  Director by Joe and Anthony Russo Starting Chris Evans

Captain America 2: the Winter Solider by Marvel
Director by Joe and Anthony Russo
Starting Chris Evans

So if you would have asked me in April if Captain America would have be my favorite movie in July, my answer would be hell yea! However, three other movies next on my list were just better in my opinion and pleasant surprises.  Listen, Marvel made a Jason Bourne type superhero movie with espionage and twist and turns that made you keep guessing throughout the movie. The superhero flick was not only shot beautifully but the fight choreography was spectacular (Michael Bay needs to take notice). I loved everything about Captain America 2. It is better than the Avengers. It really is Marvel’s studios best film. Falcon was a welcome addition and showed that one day we can have a Robin in a Batman movie. I will watch this blue ray religiously when it comes out in September.

3. Chef

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Jon Favreau wrote, starred in, and directed Chef.  Chef is about Carl Casper’s fall from grace from a famous kitchen chef in a well renown restaurant in LA to being fired after tweeting with a national renown food critic.  Here is the tweet for your amusement;

The movie is hilarious and every actor did a great job. It would be my favorite film of the year so far if I didn’t like the next two films so much more. Favreau crafted a beautiful story that deals with themes of redemption, reinvention of a person’s life, and father son relationships. The cast includes Sofía Vergara, John Leguizamo, Scarlett Johansson, Oliver Platt, Bobby Cannavale, Dustin Hoffman, and Robert Downey, Jr. Emjay  Anthony plays Percy the son and made me feel emotionally connected to a little kid. The music in the film will have you dancing since it is Latina. I don’t know when the film comes out on Blue-ray or DVD, but I will buy and watch twice in a 24 hour period.

2. X-Men: Days of Future Past

The poster for X-Men Days of Future Past

The poster for X-Men Days of Future Past

What can’t you love about this Superhero movie? Yes, this story is a big nod to the fans, and they deserve it. Singer and Kinberg realized the shit that X-Men fans sat through with Wolverine: Origins and X-Men 3. They corrected the mistakes and handed the franchise to a younger talented cast that will be making new X-Men films for years to come. I also loved Xavier’s character development. He and Mystique are the integral part of the story.  However, the show stealer was Quicksilver. Quicksilver was brilliant.and so much fun. Youtube the Quicksilver scene from X-Men: Days of Future Past, and you will laugh your ass off.  I can’t wait for X-Men to come out on DVD. The theme of this movie is learning to how grow into a better man after you fall from grace.

1: Edge of Tomorrow

Edge of Tomorrow directed by Doug Liman Starts Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt

Edge of Tomorrow directed by Doug Liman
Starts Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt

I seen this film twice in theaters and came out smiling and wowed both times. I did get a little bored for a few minutes in X-Men and Captain America 2.  However,  I never got bored watching Edge of Tomorrow. I felt the cause of this was: the action, the editing, the storytelling, the visuals,  the acting, the music, and the directing. It looked like it was going to suck from the trailers. This movie blew me away. I can’t wait to own this sucker on DVD. I would make my friends sit down and watch it. Edge of Tomorrow’s theme is about how one man can be weak and timid then find encourage to become a hero. I noticed some visual miscues with X-Men: Days of Future Past also. Edge of Tomorrow is visually stunning and there are visual miscues that i saw.  The resets are edited in such a way that gives you the imitation of each moment is new.  Tom Cruise does a hell of acting job. Emily Blunt, omg, I knew she was good in Adjustment Bureau but she is so talented in this movie. You will walk out of the theater with a smile after seeing this movie.

Movies I can’t wait to see that coming out are coming out soon: Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (July 11th), Guardians of the Galaxy (August 1st), Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (Aug 8th), The Expendables (Aug 15th),  This Where I Leave You (Sept 19th), The Judge (Oct 10th), and Gone Girl (Oct 3rd)

What is your favorite movie of the year? Comment below and let me know

Dawn of the Planet of Apes Final Trailer (review)

Dawn of the Planet of Apes Final Trailer (review)

Rise of the Planet of the Apes came out in 2011. I didn’t see the movie in theater because the trailers were not exciting. However, I watched the movie on HBO or Starz and fell in love with the movie. I am big Planet of the Apes fan. The Apes themselves are an allegory for contemporary human society throughout the films. Fox announced Dawn of the Planet of Apes, and I was excited.  They released the first teaser trailer which was about 1 min and a half. The second trailer showed more of Caesar and his apes living peacefully in their society. This final trailer is so fantastic.

The brief summary of the trailer. The trailer begins with Caesar and his Apes on horses outside of the compound where human survivors of Simian Flu are living. Caesar yells to the human survivors that “Apes don’t want war.” We finally get introduced to the the main bad guy. It’s not Gary Oldman. It’s Kobra, the other ape who was given the test serum that enhances cognitive and intellectual ability.  Kobra will be the character who starts a war between Humans and Apes. The trailer also indicates that Oldman’s character, Dreyfus, has made contracted a surviving US Navy ship. They ship will probably lunch missiles at Caesar’s home. I could see the movie ending with a depressing tone.

Andy Serkis, who played Golum, stars as Caesar. The director, Matt Reeves, motioned capture all of the actors playing the Apes. Motion captures the actor’s movements, expressions, and voice which is scanned into a computer. The special effects people use the recording for CGI characters such as Caesar and Kobra. Toby Kebbell plays Kobra and will be the new Dr. Doom in the Fantastic Four Reboot. Gary Oldman, Dreyfus, plays the antagonistic Human leader who wants to kill the Apes.  Jason Clarke, Malcolm, and Keri Russell, Ellie, are the human couple who want to broker a peace between Ape and Human.

The trailer excited me for two reasons. First, Caesar is one of the best characters in all of film history. He’s such a stoic leader, intelligent, compassionate, and more human than most human beings are. Caesar values humanity as equals. The best part of this trailer is the human interaction between Caesar and Malcolm. Caesar calls him “friend, a good man.” However, my favorite part of the trailer is Kobra. Kobra has a voice in this trailer and he’s the asshole of the ape race who wants war. He thinks Apes are superior to humans. I loved in the scene in the trailer where he acts like a silly ape when approaching the human guards. He sneakily takes a gun from them and mercilessly kills the guards with a smile. He reminded me of the Joker.  He also has the best line of the trailer “Caesar loves Humans more than Apes.”  In the movie; we will see the conflict between Caesar and his Lt. Kobra. The new trailer show cased these two narrative story arcs and has increased my excitement for this movie.

Overall, I think Dawn of the Planet of the Apes could be the best summer blockbuster of this year. It will be released on July 11th, 2014.

I will go see Transformers 4: Age of Extinction on Wed and have my review for it on Thursday night.