Out of respect for those who have yet to see the movie, I'm going to try and keep the spoilers a minimal as possible so lets talk about the latest Star Wars film. Far as the movie itself, I thought it was fantastic although, less action than audiences were lead to believe. It drags in the middle like all blockbusters but easily has one of the years best opening sequences and a handful of others that are just jaw droppingly gorgeous. Of the many great things Rian Johnson managed to do with the film, a one thing in particular really killed me and it was the lack of role of Captain Phasma. The heavily marketed storm trooper commander portrayed by Gwendoline Christie, again gets extremely limited screen time (SPOILERS) only to meet an untimely demise but if the first film is any indication than nothing is permanent. Rose is a great addition and you'll love her even before her first scene on the screen. General Hux actually gets fleshed out this time around and is slowly emerging as a character one would be interested in. The Last Jedi has a lot of twist and surprises and they weren't afraid to play with the audiences emotions, especially with the late Carrie Fisher. I'll get more into detail after the weekend but these are just some quick thoughts. It is easily one of the best films you can check out this holiday season and it is certainly a step up from The Force Awakens (which I didn't think was that bad but apparently people don't like so, meh what can you do?).
It's very early in the morning here on the east coast and it appears after weeks of speculation, the rumors have come true. Disney has purchased Fox in a historic media merger deal for 52.4 billion. This includes all of Fox's TV and movie studios, cable networks like FX, and international TV businesses. Several smaller properties and Fox news and Business channels will be spun off however, but Disney has just acquired basically every well known Fox entity. This includes the rights to the X-men film franchise, the upcoming Avatar sequels, Deadpool, and long time animate series The Simpsons. While it looks like the deal will happen over the course of two years, this definitely puts Disney in the position to expand their growth into the TV field and not being limited by their own Networks like The Disney Channel and Disney XD. It will be interesting to see how they will handle the more edgy an R-rated films that Fox has done over the years, as well as the many films Fox had in development. Looks like we are just going to have to wait and see but this is a major move for a company that about to crush the 2017 box office with the release of Star Wars: The Last Jedi across the country this evening.
Bandai Namco has some bad news for Ni No Kuni fans tonight. After a few silent months, the studio has announced that the highly anticipated sequel will be delayed a second time, moving it's release date from January to March. The game was already delayed from an unspecified release date in November of his year before being moved to January. The reason is to ensure the game meets quality standards and to fine tune some new features including kingdom building and a skirmish game mode. Honestly, you have to respect Bandai and Level-5 for at least being up front about the delay. They care sincerely about the product they are making and if the delay ensures a great gaming experience then the wait will be worth it. The new release date is set for March 23rd, 2018 and you can take a look at the new voice over trailer posted today on Bandai's youtube.
Everyone's favorite with is back. Platnium games dropped a short teaser for their third installment in the action franchise, Bayonetta. They also announced that the game will be exclusive it the Nintendo Switch title as well the last two Bayonetta games coming to the handheld console as well. Take a look at the teaser below and get excited for more action.
Very rarely do you get a video game trailer of this caliber that leaves you both frightened, confused, and excited all at the same time but you can always count on Kojima to have a surprise up his sleeve. Please take a look at the incredible extended trailer for Death Stranding and be amazing by this narrative and cinematic master piece.
Bandai out of seemingly nowhere has dropped a new trailer to a long time fighting franchise and boy am I ready. Soul Calibur 6 looks to take players back into the thick of the weapons based fighting series. The series which originated back in 1995 has spawned an impressive 12 games and it's latest release is planned across multi-platforms for the PS4, Xbox One, and Windows. The game will run on the same engine as Tekken 7 and will be releasing sometime in 2018. Take a look at the announcement trailer below and get excited for some action.
It looks like some big changes are coming to DC. It has been hard to be a DC fan with the directionless studio first skipping a Superman sequel, then releasing the abysmal Batman v Superman, followed by a lukewarm Suicide Squad, a box office crusher like Wonder Woman and now their under-performing Justice League, the company has announced a restructuring that will begin as early as January. This should not be shocking to anyone considering both Batman v Superman and Justice League were around 300 million in production and the loft Superbowl campaign for BvS cost DC an arm and leg that they never truly recovered from. Justice has managed to pull in just about 570 million after three weeks which is good and should keep it on some top ten if not top twenty list at the end of 2017. The issue is that DC's run will easily be toppled by next week's release of Star Wars: The Last Jedi, which will no doubt topple any record that is standing as of now. DC plans on integrating the comics film department into the main hub, giving it more priority which is a good idea considering the amount of money they are losing. They are also removing Jon Berg from running the overall DCEU and it looks like we have probably seen the last of Zack Snyder leeading any films for the company as well. This of course now throws into question all of the rumored "planned" films that DC had up it's sleeve, including the Joker spin off which would cast another actor in place of Jared Leto, Suicide Squad 2, the solo Batman movie (which has been a topic of immense controversy especially with Ben Affleck's lack of enthusiam), the unlikely-hood of a Cyborg solo film, a Green Lantern film, and Ezra Miller's Flash Point due out in three short years. DC seems to be in a tough position because while Suicide squad managed to pull in some revenue as well as Wonderman, their ensemble cast film did not. They could scrap everything entirely and go back to square one or we might see some major recast and a huge overhaul in direction coming early 2018. Either way, if DC wants to make good films and give the fans what they want, this is a good start that will hopefully workout in everyone's favor.
The breakout star from September's box office smash IT may have had his show cancelled but it looks like he's heading back to the big screen sooner than we thought. Jack D. Grazer has been cast in DC's Shazam film as Freedy Freeman, best friend to Billy Batson and the only person who knows his secret ability to transform into the famed Captain Marvel. Freedy Freeman also becomes Captain Marvel Jr. in the comics and while we can't be sure that is the direction this film is heading, it is certainly something to get excited about. Grazer easily stole the show for me in Stephen King's IT and if DC is willing to let some comedy propel this Superhero flick, I have no worries about him being a great addition to the expanding cast.
After months of speculation, it looks like the main cast for the live action Pikachu film is set and they have booked one major comic book star. Ryan Reynolds, star of Deadpool, will lead the Detective Pikachu alongside the long time Pokemon fav. With him will star Kathryn Newton from Paranormal Activity 4 and Supernatural, and Justice Smith is set to appear in next years Jurassic Park film. Rob Letterman who directed 2015's Goosebumps film is set to direct the movie which, as of now, does not have a release window but we should be getting one now that we have a good handful of the cast announced. Are you excited to see more Pokemon on the big screen?
It's almost time to dive back into some Dinosaur madness and if you need to get hyped up then the next Jurassic World has a new trailer that you don't want to miss. Jurassic World arrives June 22nd of next year!