Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Oliver Stone And Joseph Gordon-Levitt Unite In Teaser For Snowden

Be forewarned; the teaser trailer for the newest Oliver Stone film, Snowden, is the very definition of teaser, with no footage from the movie being shown. But I can also forewarn you that the teaser, which you can watch below, is quite well crafted and very very chilling.

Male Strippers Will Make Terminators Say Hasta La Vista To Box Office Glory

Magic Mike was an unexpected sensation when it first opened, and so of course, a sequel has arrived three years later, hoping to capitalize on the positive buzz the first film received. Interestingly, the same weekend the first Magic Mike opened back in 2012, the first Ted was unleashed onto the world, and, well, its sequel sort of kind of capsized at the box office this past weekend. Luckily, things are looking much better for Channing Tatum and the gang than they did for a certain raunchy teddy bear.

Monday, June 29, 2015

Five Actresses Who Would Be Great Choices To Play Captain Marvel

A large number of new superheroes will be introduced into the Marvel Cinematic Universe over the next years, and interestingly, most of them have already been cast. Benedict Cumberbatch will play Doctor Strange, Chadwick Boseman will bring Black Panther to life and Tom Holland will be the MCU version of Spider-Man. But one notable hero is left to cast; Captain Marvel. This character has been one that many have been clamoring for to receive a motion picture, and with such a film arriving in 2018, I thought it might be interesting to look at five actresses who would do the character justice!

Struggles For The Transgender Population Are Highlighted In New John Oliver Segment

Another week, another John Oliver segment that mixes humor with a legitimate issue that isn't garnering enough attention. This time around, Oliver examines the various issues facing the transgender population in America today, which are frequently being compounded by ignorance and bigotry. Take a look at Olivers masterful breakdown of the topic below!

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Ted 2 Review

Not Better Off Ted
Seth MacFarlane has some recurring tropes in his work that, frankly, are more of a hindrance to his creations than anything else. He loves shock humor, he adores cutaway gags and any chance to pay homage to the classic big band music of yesteryear will be taken with aplomb. Maybe the most surprising element of the first Ted was how it mainly eschewed those traits in order to tell a (GASP!!!) cohesive story. To boot, Ted (Seth MacFarlane) and John Bennett (Mark Wahlberg) had a relationship that felt quite sweet and real, which helped to ground all of the proceedings.

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Dope Review

Just Say Dope
Music plays a major role in Dope, to the point where I feel like classifying it as an individual character within the movie would be actually quite appropriate. In addition to the lead character, Malcolm (Shameik Moore) leading a band with his pals Diggy (Kiersey Clemons) and Jib (Tony Revelori), rare is the scene to not have a tune playing over it. There's real care put into which songs crop up into which scenes, and the various pieces of music is one of many aspects of Dope that feel unique and special.

Friday, June 26, 2015

Thursday Night Grosses For Ted 2 Make It Unlikely For It To Be Bigger Than Predecessor

I thought my $62 million opening weekend prediction for Ted 2 was generous when I wrote up my box office predictions yesterday, and it turns out, I was right. Ted 2 made $2.6 million last night from Thursday night grosses, about on par with the original Ted which also made $2.6 million, though that movie made that cash at Midnight screenings instead of the earlier showings Ted 2 had. A more pat comparison would be 22 Jump Street, a comedy sequel released last year that had much earlier showtimes and made $5.5 million, more than double the grosses of Ted 2.

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Are Video Game Movies About To (Finally) Hit The Big Time?

Quick! Name a good video game movie! Can't do it? I don't blame ya*. Movie adaptations of video games have been the sort of affair that sounds good in concept, but falls flat on its face in execution. Critics and audiences have been disdainful of the likes of Need For Speed, and even financially, only one video game film (Laura Croft: Tomb Raider) has crossed $100 million at the domestic box office. Looking at the state of things, it's easy to despair that the idea of a good video game movie is as likely to occur as Half-Life 3.

Will Ted 2 Be Number One This Weekend?

The first Ted became a Hangover-esque word-of-mouth phenomenon, opening to $54 million and making $218 million in its domestic run. To boot, it also became the rare comedy to make serious coin overseas, generating $330 million in foreign territories. No wonder then that Ted 2 arrives in multiplexes everywhere tomorrow, though it's doubtful it can hit the same heights as its predecessor, at least in its total domestic cume.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Hollywood Finally Appreciates Ezra Miller, Looks To Cast Him In Harry Potter Spin-Off Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them

The Perks of Being A Wallflower is a great and underrated movie that owes much of its success to Ezra Miller, whose turn in the film is full of pain, humor, passion and truth. Truth be told, I felt like he should have won Best Supporting Actor at the Oscars that year (I still love you Christoph Waltz!), but his failure to even garner a nomination in that category was nowhere near as devastating as his lack of work in the years following Wallflower. C'mon Hollywood! Jai Courtney gets all kinds of work after A Good To Die Hard bombs badly, but Miller can't get anything???

A Sense Of Maturity Has Lifted This Years Best Blockbusters To Success


Summer blockbusters are looked down on by many as some sort of "mindless" type of entertainment, but that's giving the cinematic subgenre a mighty short thrift. Dating back to the very first summer blockbuster, Jaws, there's been a level of thought put into the best characters and plots of these movies that truly takes them to the next level. Would the original Star Wars trilogy be half as compelling without the complex arc that Han Solo undergoes? Even Independence Day, a movie that's got a plot whose dumbness would even give dirt a bad name intellectually, has its best moment hinge on the President of The United States give an inspirational speech even in the face of the immense amount of tragedy he's encountered.

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Tom Holland Is The New Spider-Man!!!

It's been the question on everyone's mind ever since Marvel announced they'd gotten the rights to have Spider-Man in their movies...who would be the new version of Peter Parker? I'd been rooting for Tony Revelori to get the role (he proved he could pull of a meekish personality and deliver one-liners beautifully in The Grand Budapest Hotel), but it appears Marvel has gone in a new direction for the character. Marvel has just announced Tom Holland has been chosen to be the new Spider-Man, with Jon Watts directing the 2017 Spider-Man feature!

Monday, June 22, 2015

Hannibal Has Been Cancelled. In Unrelated News, Mad Mikkelsen Is Having NBC Executives For Dinner

Tragic news everyone; Hannibal has been cancelled. The cult TV show never got powerhouse ratings, but it did have a devoted fanbase and it did fare well compared to other programming on NBC. Alas, the network has seen it fit to axe the show, which is currently in the middle of its third season.

John Oliver Calls For More Attention On Women Targeted Internet Abuse

John Oliver is such a beloved figure in the media not only because of his quick wit, but also for the way he delves into serious real world issue that desperately need more attention. One such tragedy that he focused on recently was the hideous amount of abuse, such as death and rape threats, that many women get on the internet. His video dealing with the subject matter can be seen below.

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Why Exactly Is Cars 2 The Worst PIXAR Movie?

A two year hiatus from releasing a motion picture left many wondering if audiences would show up for the newest PIXAR film, Inside Out, but this weekends box office made it blatantly clear that there was no reason to fret. The newest effort from the studio made $91 million in its opening weekend, the biggest opening for an original film (one that's not a sequel or based on a preexisting source material) in history. To boot, it was the second biggest opening for a PIXAR movie in history, only behind the mammoth $110 million debut Toy Story 3 had five years back.