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‘Tenet’ Review

In a world where Christopher Nolan has changed the landscape of movies on a few occasions, he once again transcends film with Tenet. When you’ve climbed the highest peaks of cinema, it’s difficult to remain on top. Tenet isn’t his best outing, but it’s unlike anything he’s done before.

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First and foremost. It felt so good to be back at the theatres! What a difficult 5 months that was, you truly don’t understand what you have until it’s gone. But here we are, it’s the end of the summer and there’s no better way to spend a hot summer day, then in an ice-cold room watching Christopher Nolan do his thing. Tenet was on everyone’s radar for a number of reasons. We don’t really have directors like Nolan, where, when they put out a movie every few years and it almost becomes like an event. Seeing how this year has been hard on everyone and we have lost a lot of what used to be normal, sitting back and watching a movie again felt really good. Let me be clear, I have the utmost respect for Nolan and what he has been able to accomplish in the world of cinema, but with that being said, I do believe he is the most overrated and underrated filmmaker of this century. Tenet is so unique and feels so fresh, that you kind of want to block out all of the bad that comes with this movie. That’s how I felt watching it, I loved what I was watching on the screen, but part of me was lost the entire time, and this is a very heavy plot-driven movie, where it is very easy to get lost along the way.

In a movie with such strong leading men in John David Washington (Protagonist) and Robert Pattinson (Neil), I just wanted more out of their characters. The plot gets laid on you so thick, that there was just no time to really connect and understand who these two dudes really are. Maybe that was part of the point, but they are so good in their respective roles that I wanted to learn more about them. You usually get that from Nolan movies, whether it was Batman, or Cobb from Inception, his leading man usually has a reason for doing whatever it is he’s trying to accomplish. With Tenet it felt different, and part of me wished that wasn’t the case. When the idea of your movie and the scope is so large I can justify and understand why Nolan probably shifted away from that, because it’s a complex idea. When the movie really dives into the concept of “time inversion” and it showcases exactly what Nolan wanted this movie to become, it’s simply breath-taking and pure adrenaline to watch. That’s the core of the movie, preventing World War III because someone from the future is able to create things that can “inverted” time. It’s not time travel but rather you go backward in time, and there is a difference. I’m not going to get into any specifics because the less you know about really anything, the more enjoyable this whole experience is. I will say this, however, towards the middle of the movie, there is a sequence that I truly believe is neck and neck with the Batman/Joker showdown in the streets of Gotham has his finest set-piece. It was mesmerizing to watch, and without a doubt the highlight of the movie.

It’s a slow burn for sure, like I mentioned the plot just keeps getting more convoluted, and with each passing big action set-piece comes another layer and another wrinkle into this already confusing idea. I feel like that’s why there are just so few characters in this thing. Besides the two leads, Elizabeth Debicki (Kat) plays a major role, as she is the wife to the villainous Sator (Kenneth Branagh). I felt at times he was a little over the top and was certainly chewing the fat in every scene he was in. The whole movie hinges on him and as we learn more about time inversion we realize just how dangerous one man can become. Debicki is quite solid as the female lead and has her moment to shine and I would love to see more of her. It’s stupid, but she’s a very tall woman and they didn’t shy away from that in this movie. Sometimes in Hollywood, that can be a problem for some actors but it was on full display here, and again it’s a simple thing, but it was just something I picked up on. Washington and Pattison really get their first big taste as leading men in a “blockbuster” and it suited them both like a glove. Both are going to be megastars and seeing Pattinson in this only reminded me of how insanely perfect he in for Batman.

Overall Tenet is more like Inception than Interstellar and I’d say and for me, that’s what I wanted. It takes one simple idea and injects Nolan steroids into it and ultimately we end up with an entertaining movie, that will certainly need more than one viewing. This movie won’t be for everyone, but if you are already a Nolan stan than this will be right up your alley, but I think some movie-goers might find it hard to keep up.

Nate’s Movie Tour Reviews – Tenet = 82/100

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‘The Batman Trailer Is God Like’

Matt Reeves and Robert Pattison have teamed up to perhaps give us one of the best comic-book movie trailers I’ve ever seen. The Batman is going to be special, and maybe the best Batman movie ever made.

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I’m not going to panic, or go into over-reaction mode. But let’s have some fun with it! DCFanDome just ended and it truly ended with a bang. Matt Reeves gives a tease at what to expect from his up-coming Batman flick. What a trailer!

A couple things to note. They have only shot about 25-30% of the movie because of Covid-19. So this is impressive that we even got this much. From what we did get, we got our first look at, well, a lot. Gotham City, Commissioner Gordon played by the great Jeffery Wright. We get a look, not in his iconic green suit, well not yet, The Ridder (Paul Dano). He’s the guy taping up and murdering people. Zoe Kravitz is here as Catwoman and she looks incredible. Her and the main man himself, The Batman even share a little fight scene together. Boy, do we get along good look at all the glory that is Robert Pattison as the Batman. I even think we get a glimpse of Colin Farrell has The Penguin who is unrecognizable!

It’s his second year fighting crime in Gotham City and he’s on the hunt to find someone who is murdering citizens of Gotham. We get a real sense of his detective skills as Matt Reeves pointed out in the panel. It will be a major focal point of the movie. Which is amazing because that has never really been fleshed out in a Batman movie, and it’s something that every Batman fan has wanted to see. He’s still new to the world of being a superhero and Matt Reeves has said that Batman is still learning and making mistakes and trying to be the hero that Gotham needs. He’s dark, he’s broody and he’s beating the shit out of criminals. This is going to be so unique, but it feels so grounded at the same time. Reeves really tapped into something here and Pattinson has done wonderful things here. He’s voice is damn-near perfect. The suit is gorgeous and the batmobile is unlike anything we’ve seen yet!

I’m so excited for this film, I can’t wait to see the finished product. I want to write more and might do so later, but right now I’m going to watch this another 10 times. ENJOY!!!

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‘First SnyderCut Justice League Trailer Arrives’

It’s been a long journey, but the first official SnyderCut footage for Justice League is here and fans couldn’t be happier.

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2016. That’s when Zack Snyder started shooting this movie. Isn’t that just kind of insane? That this has actually been a winding road, with so many ups and downs. The kind of trip that feels like it’s taking forever, but once you have arrived at your destination, everything that has come before it, it was all worth it. Well that’s exactly how fans are feeling right now.

The big boy above, that’s Darkseid, learn that name, and learn to fear it. That’s the big baddie of the DC universe and he’s coming for Earth and the Justice League are the only people that can stop him. Separated, they stand now chance, but united, they can accomplish anything. Yes, we got a Justice League movie in 2017, and I guess if you aren’t hardcore into movies, you wouldn’t know that there was so much drama and behind the scenes nonsense that went on, we ultimately got a version of the movie, that wasn’t even close to Zack’s original vision.

Well, here we are, at DC FanDome where they just released a new trailer for a movie that was released 3 years ago. Crazy world we live in, but this time its the right movie being promoted, and it feels just bittersweet. There’s a ton of new footage, and everything feels more Snyder. Whether you like that or not, that’s up to you. For me, I love it and I can’t wait for the 4 hour long event on HBO Max next year.

I’m sure along the way Zack like always will gift us with more trailers and surprises but until then, enjoy the trailer and be happy for the man who gets to finally see his vision come to life!

 

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‘Second Wonder Woman Trailer Drops’

It’s a big day for movies. DC FanDome has kicked off and it started with a bang. The newest trailer for Wonder Woman 1984 is out and we finally got our first look at Kristen Wiig’s Cheetah!

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What a start to a terrific day! It’s been a while since we have gotten any sort of DC movie news. But this past week has been chock-full of goodies. Yes, Wonder Woman was already supposed to come out, but things change so instead we get this brand new trailer and everything seems right in the world!

We pick up in 1984, and the world is drastically different from the last time we saw Diana Prince. It’s the 80’s and everything is much more colorful, but that doesn’t mean that all the bad is gone in the world. This time around she will be taking down both Maxwell Lord (Pedro Pascal) and none other than her arch-nemesis The Cheetah (Kristen Wiig). I was excited about this trailer, mainly due to the fact that I knew we would be getting our first look at Cheetah in all of her glory and she didn’t disappoint. They are going toe-to-toe at the end of the trailer and it looks great! Chris Pine is back as the love interest Steve Trevor and he appears very confused and excited about the 80’s lifestyle. He’s brought back into her life under some weird circumstances and I’m sure that will come to a not so happy ending, but only time will tell. It’s bright, it’s funny and everyone seems like they are having fun. Wonder Woman is the heart and the soul of the Justice League and Gal does such a great job encompassing both of those traits.

Director Patty Jenkins is still unsure when we will see this enter theatres with everything going on with Covid-19, but expect news soon and in the meantime enjoy the trailer below!

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It’s happening. Ben Affleck is Putting On The Cowl Again.

He was known as the Batfleck and now he literally is back-fleck.

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Well the internet was kind of broken today. It’s finally confirmed. It’s actually happening, something personally I thought couldn’t happen is taking place. Ben Affleck is going to play Batman in another movie. No it’s not in his own standalone movie or in a sequel to Justice League. But rather in the up-coming Flash movie. Director Andy Muschietti announced it today that Affleck would return in a “cameo” type role for his upcoming superhero flick.

It’s already been reported that none other than Michael Keaton himself is also reprising his role as the Cape Crusader, but this is just shaping up to be something special. Affleck is back in a positive place, and feels like he’s up for playing this character again. We will see more of him once Zack Snyder’s Justice League is released but this could be the farewell that he wants to give fans. Or it’s a door that will remain open for him to continue to wear the cowl in other projects.

There is an iconic scene that takes place between Barry and Bruce and I believe this is the exact scene that Ben will comeback for and it will be very bittersweet.

This all came before the big day ahead on Saturday when DC Fandome takes place. Expect more news and plenty of other goodies!

Feels good to be blogging again.

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‘Judas & The Black Messiah’ Trailer

Buckle up for this powerful retelling of Fred Hampton, the Chairman of the Black Panthers of Illinois, and how he is betrayed by one of his own, who becomes an informant for the FBI.

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It’s been months and months of very little movie trailers that have really caught my eye. Then this little gem drops yesterday and a couple of things crossed my mind. First, how much I miss going to the movies, and just having new trailers and movies in my life. Secondly, you can pretty much lock it in that Daniel Kaluuya will be nominated for an Oscar, and from this 2 minutes of footage, might be in the driver’s seat for taking home the gold. The world owes him for the Get Out mess up.

This is just a quality movie trailer, powerful, well-edited, and just gives us an idea of what to expect. Strong and emotional performances across the board. Kaluuya isn’t the only one throwing 100 in this thing. LaKeith Stanfield and Jesse Plemons are also giving us solid performances. You can bet your bottom dollar that one of these two will also nab an Oscar nod.

Just it’s so hard to discuss movies right now, because who knows when it will actually arrive to theatres, so you can get excited for something, only for it to be delayed a handful of times and then perhaps get buried in a slew of other major releases. But this is going to be special and come award seasons, this movie will be taking home a ton of gold.

See for yourselves!

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Sneak Peek At Zack Snyder’s Justice League

We get our first tiny peek behind the curtain of Zack Snyder’s upcoming Justice League. In a tease that shows that he’s bringing DC’a big guns to the battle.

When it was announced last month that HBO Max would be releasing Snyder’s cut of Justice League fans united all over the world. As the once promised movie was broken down piece by piece until what we ended up getting was nothing short of a tire fire. Now, what will be 4 years later, his vision is finally coming to life and we couldn’t be happier.

So today Jason Momoa dropped maybe a little ahead of schedule the first glance at Gal Gadot staring at what appears to be some sort of hieroglyphics of none other that DCs big baddie Darkseid! We even got our first glance at the man himself.

This is a small tease but still exciting news. Expect a full trailer on August 22nd when DC unveils DC Fandom a 24 hour immersive online experience for fans.

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‘The Last Dance’ Review

Suit up, and dive into the story of one of sports most polarizing teams. As we finally get a peek under the curtain of footage that has been locked away for over 20 years. Michael Jordan has allowed the world to see and behold what truly went on during his last season with the Bulls and his quest to championship number 6.

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At the time, Michael Jordan was bigger than the game of basketball, hell he still is today. There weren’t many sports figures like him during the historic Bull’s run of the 1990s. Babe Ruth and Mohamad Ali were the only two people in sports that were attributed as being some of the best athletes the world had ever seen. So the ongoing debate about “who is the greatest player ever” has heated up this last decade no thanks to LeBron James and his historic run. One thing is certain this footage was to never see the light of day, until 2016 when LeBron James and his Cleveland Cavaliers defeated the Golden State Warriors in the unforgettable come from behind 3 games to 1 series. That’s when MJ got on his Batphone and made a phone call to release this stuff to simply remind the world that he was a bad man back in his day too.

So ESPN decided to treat the world to a 10 part documentary that showed the very highs and the lowest of lows during the Bulls memorable run. It all started in 1984 when the Bulls made the 3rd selection in the NBA Draft, and we all know what happened next. MVPS, scoring titles, turmoil, but most importantly 6 championships in 8 years. What most people don’t remember about Michael Jordan’s career is all the bumps and bruises in his first 7 years in the league. He wasn’t an instant success with the Bulls, individually of course, but in terms of winning, that took a long time. He had to overcome the Celtics and the Pistons of the ’80s, along with a broken foot in his second year in the league. MJ had a ton to overcome, his teams were overmatched, he was weak and was bullied. So what do all good winners do? They bust their ass until they overcome anything that stands in their path. Whether that was building muscle to get past the Pistons that helped elevate the Bulls to their first 3-peat. Jordan knew that in order to overcome certain aspects of his game, he would need to work harder than anyone had before him. He was at his core, a winner, and would do anything to achieve that. His teammates didn’t understand this at times, and it would cause rifts and sometimes would even lead to physical altercations. But that’s what builds character and builds a team, Jordan wanted to win more than anyone, but he also wanted his team to win. By doing whatever he could to make that happened was sometimes seen as selfish play by others, but in all reality, it was the only way he knew how to win and how to ultimately become champion.

Each episode is unique in its own way. Highlighting certain players, coaches, seasons, and adversaries. Whether it was his main man, Scottie Pippen, or the outrageous Dennis Rodman. The two biggest foes in MJ’s entire career, his owner, Jerry Reinsdorf, and his General Manager, Jerry Krause. Without question one of the most appealing aspects of this entire series, was the back and forth and his relationships with the people that were running the Chicago Bulls. I can put it lightly when I say, MJ and those two men certainly did not see eye-to-eye or even really get along for that matter. It’s hard to do when you’re dealing with someone who is bigger than basketball, and someone who thinks they know what’s best for the team more than the people running it. Listen, we can fathom what it would be like to be in their shoes, but after seeing everything transpired and how the Bulls reign eventually ended, it’s difficult to understand why things had to end the way they did. MJ butted heads with almost everyone in his path, Horace Grant in particular, who helped MJ win his first 3 titles. He was super unhappy with everything in the documentary and I don’t blame him.

The Bulls run seem to end quicker than it began. Just like that, after MJ’s final shot as a Bull, which gave them a 1 point lead over the Jazz in the 98′ Finals which would seal the deal on their 6th title. It seemed like overnight Phil Jackson, the greatest coach in the game, MJ, Scottie and Rodman were all out the door. In the blink of an eye the Bulls went from hero to zero Before this, the documentary captures so many magical moments that can be viewed as propaganda in some aspect. All this MJ love, with very little blowback. No one is ever really criticizing him throughout the doc and I feel like a lot of his teammates had a lot more to say than they were allowed to. The one big flaw, it doesn’t really go into greater detail about MJ’s flaws. They show his battle with gambling, and how he would push his teammates, but after the conclusion, players were on record saying they were unhappy how they were portrayed. Meanwhile MJ is painted as this all-around hero. They really needed to showcase just how he behaved just not on the court but off it as well. It’s a hard thing to accomplish when he’s the main attraction of your documentary.

Overall, The Last Dance is a masterpiece, it was like traveling back in time, when the NBA was a different game. Before the age of social media, where players expressed themselves in a more human way, that captures the soul of the ’90s. This was the best sports documentary since OJ: Made in America, and it will be something that is hard to top. MJ transcended sports, he still is all around us today. His shoes, the fact that he now owns the Hornets, and probably still thinks he could take the majority of players in a one on one. In the meantime, the NBA community will still battle on for who is the greatest basketball player of all time. One thing is certain, the LeBron James doc will be out of this world good now.

The Last Dance = 90/100

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New ‘Tenet’ Trailer Drops

Christopher Nolan is doing everything in his power to make sure his newest movie, Tenet, gets that July release date. After seeing this trailer, I don’t blame him. Who’s got a hazmat suit I can borrow?

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Anyone else a little lost? If you’re not, then you are a certified genius because this trailer is the definition of a mind freak. It’s not time travel, it’s time inversion, whatever the hell that means. It appears from the trailer that certain characters are going to be able to manipulate time with ordinary objects.

Does it even matter? We get to watch Robert Pattison, notice the cutaway after the “Dark Knight Trilogy” was on our boy! Alongside him, John David Washington, they have fantastic chemistry in this trailer, are playing secret agents of sorts, and Washington is the one capable of time manipulation among the pair. Time moves one way, while people move in the other, a neat concept at its core and even more satisfying to watch unfold. The bigger picture is hush at the moment, Nolan doesn’t like to give too much away in his trailers and you can expect some serious head turns along the way.

Nolan is the master of taking some sort of concept and shaping it into a spectacle on the big screen. Whether it was inside the mind with Inception, or conquering space in Interstellar. Now he is tackling time, Christ at this point he is just collecting the infinity stones himself. This looks to be one of the most original movies we have seen in a long time, and tonight Washington himself said that this film with dictate the next 10-15 years of the cinema landscape. Which happened not too long ago, when Nolan changed the game with The Dark Knight. Nolan is a craftsman and loves to explore boundaries that not too many film-makers are willing to explore and it usually makes for a fantastic product.

Now the big question is, when will this be released. Set to hit theatres on July 17th, but with COVID and safety measures in place, that isn’t set in stone. Regardless, this will surely be a box-office success and if it is the first big new release when we are able to go back to the movies, this could rule the box-office for months. Everything else has been pushed back drastically and WB and Nolan could take full advantage of that.

 

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‘Da 5 Bloods’ Trailer

Spike Lee is back and this time he’s heading into the Vietnam War

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Doesn’t it feel good to watch a real movie trailer again? It feels like it’s been forever since the world has gotten to watch a fantastic trailer and it’s no surprise it comes from the man Spike Lee. This of course is his follow-up to his Oscar-winning flick BlacKKKlansman, and he once again sets the bar extremely high with this overall impressive trailer.

Da 5 Bloods will tell the story of veterans from the Vietnam War as they look to reclaim some buried gold and battle their inner demons all while trying to honor their fallen comrade. From the different aspect ratios, the flashbacks, the back and forth between past and present, the editing alone in this has Oscar nomination written all over it. Throw in an ensemble cast that is equally as impressive that circles around Chadwick Boseman who is playing “the greatest soldier who ever lived.”

With Spike Lee at the helm you know that there will be all sorts of great race relations messages and a big heart at the center of the film. He loves to educate his audience with every single film he makes and isn’t afraid to tackle important issues within society today. That’s what makes him such an extraordinary film-maker. This is the first movie that feels robbed that we won’t be able to see it on the big screen, as it’s coming to Netflix next month. War movies always work better with better sound and a bigger screen. Regardless, this looks like another great Spike film, that a lot of people will be watching when it eventually does hit Netflix.

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