Can't wait for Deadpool 2? Well there's a brand new trailer to hold you over until it's 5/18 release date! Also, keep an eye out for some surprising new faces as well as a lot of jokes and some major DC shade.
It's almost insane to think about the amount of comic book films we have coming in the next few months but Sony's horror flick is getting it's rightful debut this October. Take a look at the first official poster for Venom starring Tom Hardy and be ready for the first official trailer debut to hit the internet tomorrow.
Cloverfield went from a fantastic found footage film to having an amazing surprise sequel back in 2016 and now we have another complete shock on our hands. During the Super Bowl, a teaser was dropped for a Netflix film that will supposedly fill in why these aliens have appeared in the first place and I have to hand it to J.J. Abrams for his creativity. Take a look at the trailer below and get ready for the film to drop on the streaming service right after the Super Bowl ends.
After an extremely long wait and a highly controversial behind the scenes drama, it looks like we finally got to see the first teaser for the upcoming Solo: A Star Wars story at tonight's super bowl. Take a look at the younger version of some iconic characters as well as a few easter eggs and get excited for this film to debut May 25th. (The full trailer is set to drop tomorrow).
Out of the many Disney releases slated or 2018, one that's flying just under the radar has finally given us a first glimpse at our suited up heroes. Antman and the Wasp, Marvel's July blockbuster, will see both Scott and Hope side by side this time in their respective costumes. The first film directed by Peyton Reed in 2015 served as both an origin story for both characters, with the last appearance of Antman in Captain America: Civil War and since we've known for a long time that both characters were going to appear in the Inifity War, it will be interesting to see who they're up against. The first film was also one of the funniest Marvel has done thus far and I have no doubt in my mind the sequel will be packed with just as many actions and laughs. You can read here to learn a bit more about the film and get excited for it's release July 6th, 2018.
Let's break this down. Deadpool 2 has now been moved up from it's release date of June 1st to May 18th, which generally wouldn't be a bad thing if the R-rated comic film wasn't between Avengers 4 May 3rd release and Disney's Han Solo, scheduled to be released May 25th. While comic book films are known for having massive box office drops in their second week, this many big blockbuster films is bound to step on each others feet. On the other hand, the budget for Deadpool's sequel was said to not be "astronomically larger" than the first, meaning that even with their box office run cut at the ankles, they will probably still turn a nice profit. With all of this comes the news now that the Han Solo movie's release date could change, which might be ok considering we are due for our first teaser trailer (allegedly) this coming Monday. As for Channing Tatum's long time plagued Gambit solo film, not only has it lost it's director in Gore Verbinski but it was also pushed back to 2019. (Note: Verbinski is the third director to leave the film following both Doug Liman and Rupert Wyatt). The teen horror film New Mutants has moved from April to February 22nd of 2019, which is insane considering the film appeared to be done and would likely move into promotion phase soon. The other flip side is that Deadpool's release before Memorial Day weekend will likely result in a pretty nice box office run even if only for a few weeks before the release of other summer blockbusters like the Jurassic World sequel.
After a week of speculation it turned out that the rumored Nintendo Direct was real after all. In their first broadcast of 2018, Nintendo gave us a "Nintendo Direct Mini," which was essentially a short presentation that just blew through a number of surprising announcements, from new titles to a Dark Souls port for the Switch. Take a look at the release date and titles below and get excited for some of the titles coming out this Spring for Nintendo Switch.
-The World Ends With You - final remix (this year)
-New Pokemon in Poken Tournament DX Aegislash and Blastoise (wave 1 and wave 2)
-Kirby Star Allies 3/16 also Kirby Battle Royal Demo on 3DS
-Dragon Quest Builders for Switch Demo launches today
-Hyrule Warriors: Definitive Edition with all bonus maps and DLC characters is coming to the switch this spring
-Marios Tennis Aces spring
-Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of DANA summer
-Super Mario Odyssey to receive free update Balloon World for post campaign play online. There will be new outfits and filters for snapchat world. February
-SNK HEROINES Tag Team Frenzy summer
-ACA NEOGEO Art of Fighting 2 - nintendo shop today
Mario+Rabbids Kingdom Battle, new DLC starring Donkey Kong spring
-Payday 2 coming to Nintendo Switch with new content and a new character 2/27
-Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze is coming to the Nintendo Switch with the addition of Funky Kong. 5/4
-Dark Souls remastered 5/25
After a brief hiatus, I am back and ready to kick off the New Year! Expect lots of fun changes in the upcoming weeks and a promise to more fun reads, stories, and content! If you've been here for awhile, thanks for sticking around!
Great news for Hulu fans! Two of the streaming giants better original shows that debuted last year have been officially renewed for their second season. Marvel's teen mystery, Runaway's as well as the fantastically hilarious Future Man, are both getting a season 2 and I can vouch for both series as being loads of fun. Marvel's Runaway follows a group of teens as they try to discover the mystery their parents are hiding from them and the secret organization they are running, Pride. Future Man follows lead actor Josh Hutcherson as Josh who beats the final level of a video game whose characters suddenly appear in front of him and tell him that he is the true savior. The series are both really fun and Future Man was one of the best shows I watched in 2017. Get excited and binge these series if you get a chance!
Star Wars: The Last Jedi is the only thing people are talking about this weekend but it's having an unusual effect on viewers. While the film was projected to make over 440 million this weekend and it looks like it will actually achieve that by the end of the box office totals for today, the movie has an unusually low audience score. According to aggregate website, Rottentomatoes, the latest Star Wars film has a low 56% audience score. This is surprising considering the loyal fanbase associated with the series and put its far lower than anyone would have guessed but I have a few reasons as to why. (Full on SPOILERS ahead, read at your own risk)
- Disney chose to switch directors from JJ Abrams to Rian Johnson, and there is more than just tonal changes. It seems as if a lot of fans did not enjoy the amount of jokes in this film, likening it more to a Marvel film than a traditional film. It was also full of unexpected twist and turns that don't necessarily feel like it was of the Force Awakens. Also, a long portion of the film follows an old sea warfare trope, with a stranded ship waiting it's impending doom and having a sacrificial hero. The middle leg of the film drags on pretty substantially and it doesn't really recover until the last half hour of the film. There is also the interjection of the casino scene, which has seemed to be a source of criticism among fans for feeling like a waist of exposition. Granted, it was more fun than it was important to the story and it ultimately does pan out into the film, it was probably slightly longer than it should have been. (Alternatively, the ending ties in with this scene so it was important). This all leads me to my next point.
- As far as the fans were concerned, we were all under the impression that we would see more of the minor characters and the movie really didn't go in that direction. While we got the inclusion of Laura Dern's Captain Holdo and new-comer Kelly Marie Tran's Rose, Maz and Captain Phasma again got the short straw. Maz's appearance felt more like Disney saying "we still have this academy award winning actress" than actually giving her a role. Instead, she is a simple plot device that relays information about the whereabouts of the "codebreaker," makes a joke, and vanishes. While she is in the midst of some kind of conflict, that seems to be the think of it and then she is not seen again. Also, Captain Phasma who was shown in multiple trailers, has one battle scene of John Boyega's Finn, before she gets her helmet cracked and falls into the firey depths below and exploding hangar. While she might not be dead, it's kind of lame that she's been reduced to the commanding Storm Trooper who just pops in now and then, calls Finn a traitor, and vanishes. While she can totally return from the dead (for a second time) there is no indication that Gwendolyn Christie will reprise the role in the next Star Wars film so this is just another great character that Star Wars wasted.
- Speaking of controversial deaths, nothing was more shocking then (redacted, we will get to that at the end) General Snokes death. Again, why tease so heavily a character just to have him die? If anything, this is where it feels as if the difference between Johnson and Abrams directing style really comes in. From the Force Awakens, it really seemed that Snoke was going to be a very prominent villain in the franchise, only to be cut down in what was one of the better scenes of The Last Jedi. Unfortunately, we don't know a thing about him. Where he's from, why he is so horribly disfigured, and plenty of other questions. While we might find this information out in the final film, it also might not matter because, like previously stated, he was cut in half. Inversely, maybe they will surprise us and say it was a really good force projection. Skywalker managed to do this so maybe its plausible. His return could also be indicated by the fact that he connects Ren and Kylo through the force and they do it one more time towards the end of the film after Snokes death. Who knows though, who knows.
- Which brings me to the next point, the Jedi himself, Luke Skywalker. Filled with jokes and pessimism, Skywalker seems to be the focal point of most fans complaints and considering what the film pulled at the end, it's not all that shocking. Skywalker surrendering himself to the force and presumably gesturing towards a new generation of Jedi is meant to be poetic but it seems as if it was the last thing long time fans wanted to see. While I'm sure he will return in some capacity in the final film (to guide Rey or something) it looks like Hamill's run is finished and considering Harrison Ford is gone, and the tragic loss of the late Carrie Fisher, the original heroes have all left the franchise in one form or another. While a lot of people complained about the move, I found it reasonable, given their ages as the main factor. Regardless, Hamill's performance is fantastic and he is one of the best parts of the film (although, we all expected that to happen).
- While we're speaking about surprises, lets talk about the twist in the film the biggest being the force child at the end scene. In the casino scene, Rose shows a resistance ring to a young orphan boy who later shows it to the camera after force pulling a broom to him and posing with it like a light saber while staring off into the stars. The scene was nothing short of shocking but it fits the narrative of a jedi hero coming from nothing. It will be really interesting to see if the third movie will address this at all, or if that was just a fun nod to a generation yet to come.
- Also, during the scene in which Luke lies about his fated final night with Kylo Ren, he makes a startling omission, stating that Kylo took off with a handful of his students and slaughtered the rest. This is potentially the biggest revelation in the film. That means that there are other Jedi who have been trained by Luke and could still be alive and one thing that this trilogy is lacking, is Jedi. With any hope, we will get some answers about whether or not they are alive and out in the galaxy far, far away or if Kylo eventually slaughtered them too.
All in all, I had a pretty fun time but I can see some of the obvious issues with the story. Guess we will just have to sit tight and wait for Episode 9 to figure out everything and hopefully get some of these questions answered.
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?).