‘Guardians of The Galaxy Vol. 3’ Review

The farewell for the misfits of the MCU. This doesn’t just seem like an end of an era for the Guardians but also for the MCU. They are losing much of their heart and soul, and this is the best MCU movie since Infinity War.

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3' Is Yet Another Marvel Movie Misstep – Rolling Stone

Still reeling from the loss of Gamora, Peter Quill rallies his team to defend the universe and one of their own – a mission that could mean the end of the Guardians if not successful.

It feels like forever since we’ve gotten a strong outing from the MCU. Sure, some of the newest movies have pleased fans and made some money at the box office. But for the most part, it felt like a ton of fluff and filler. One thing leads to the next and a ton of world-building. James Gunn cares so much about these characters and I feel like that is what separates these movies. They just don’t feel like another entry into the MCU, where it’s just copied and pasted with no emotion, heart and actual storytelling. Gunn came out swinging, delivering his strongest film in the MCU yet, with an emotional rollercoaster that has some of the best action in the entire MCU. The Guardians are by far the best group of heroes in the MCU and I know they will be truly missed.

All the way back in 2014 it was crazy to think that these crazy and mostly unknown characters would be one of the biggest building blocks of the MCU. Providing us with the best trilogy yet and making these people some of the most beloved characters in all of comic book movies. What makes them so great, is the cast. James Gunn nailed every single casting decision. Chris Pratt, Dave Batista, Bradley Cooper, Zoe Saldana, Karen Gillan, Pom Klemmentieff and Vin Diseal are so perfect. Each provides a memorable performance, diving so deep into their character and making you feel like they also care so much about these roles. This movie is all about Rocket Raccoon, and man does Bradley Cooper bring it. It’s such a powerful voice-acting performance, you just get all the feels from it. Pratt is so terrific as Quill, his best time out. Nebula has had without a doubt one of the best character arcs in the MCU, she’s evolved so much and she’s become arguably the most likeable Guardian. Drax and Mantis again have a beautiful friendship, with Pom stealing the entire movie for me. James Gunn had a tall task dealing with the fallout of Gamora’s arc from Infinity War and Endgame. I think he handled it well for the most part considering he had no decision on what happened with his characters in those two movies.

Having Rocket being the focal point of the film works so well, it’s his story and he’s always been the guy. Not Quill, these movies have been secretly about Rocket this entire time and this was a tremendous way to end it. Every great story and hero needs that antagonist and in comes The High Evolutionary. Chukwudi Iwuji is just a straight-up piece of shit. No way around it. He’s turned himself into a top-tier MCU villain and gives one heck of a performance. A chilling and manic villain who doesn’t really want world domination, he’s just pure evil and it helped this movie reach that excellent stratosphere.

There’s one action sequence that has the fans talking. It’s one of the best action sequences we’ve gotten so far in a comic book movie. Showcasing teamwork, music and just how far James Gunn has come as a director. Mix that in with stunning visuals, the most prosthetics ever used in a movie, an amazing soundtrack and without a doubt some of the most emotional, gut-punching scenes in the MCU. It’s a recipe for success. Plain and simple, it’s hard for me to find any real faults in this movie. I wish this was how every MCU movie was treated, with care and respect.

I’ll miss all these people because it’s time for them to go their separate ways.

GOTG 3 = 90/100


‘Dune 2’ Trailer

We are heading back to Arrakis, the land of spice and sand. Denis Villeneuve is whipping up a bonafide masterpiece, which will no doubt be one of the best science-fiction sequels of all time.

Dune 2 release date, casting, characters, and what we know so far - Polygon

Meet Feyd Rautha everyone, the new big baddie of Dune 2. Played by Elvis himself (Austin Butler), in what should be another career-defining performance. Now this is just the first trailer for a movie that is months and months away, but did this thing rock. Sequels are always bigger and pack more of a punch, well Dune 2 should be no different. Dune 2 will have a ton of action something that the first lacked, but that is because they were setting up the story and what’s to come. More action, higher stakes and more characters for us to hate.

The trailer is grandiose, epic and beautiful beyond measure. The visuals are simply stunning, allowing us to dive deeper into the mythology of spice, sandworms and the people of Arrakis. The cast is so damn loaded, we are evening getting the legendary Christopher Walken, in his first major role in almost a decade. Florence Pugh joins in the fun as well, and all the heavy hitters are back.

Dune fell at the very end of the pandemic and didn’t become a box-office success, something I see happening for the sequel. The opening weekend could be double of the original and I would love nothing more.

Just watch the trailer like 10 times, I did.


‘Air’ Review

Ben Affleck is back in the directors’ chair, crafting the story behind how Nike risked it all to sign Michael Jordan to a shoe deal that would change the course of history for all parties involved.

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Follows the history of shoe salesman Sonny Vaccaro, and how he led Nike in its pursuit of the greatest athlete in the history of basketball, Michael Jordan

Ben Affleck and Matt Damon, are two names that will forever be linked in Hollywood’s history. Best friends, Oscar winners and two people who have had polar opposite Hollywood careers. Growing up watching movies was different, no streaming services, and heck the internet was a new thing. So either you saw movies in the theatres, rented it at Blockbuster, perhaps caught it on cable years later or completely missed it altogether. Well, Good Will Hunting was one of those movies, a movie I missed until I was away at university. I will always remember sitting on my bed, clicking play and watching this movie that kind of changed my perspective on movies as a whole. I believe it was that experience on my bed, that made me fall in love with movies. So ever since then, those two dudes have had a special place in my heart, and it wasn’t until recently did they finally re-team for The Last Duel, but I felt like this movie was the real getting back together for the duo. Remember Good Will Hunting was in 1997, it took them close to 30 years for that to happen, and both of them have come so far in their respective careers and it just felt like this was once again, lightning in a bottle.

From the very opening of this movie, I was hooked. An epic 80s montage that probably cost a fortune to make.Synced to the legendary track by Dire Straights, “Money For Nothing.” It took this movie a whole 3 mins for me to realize I was about to watch something special. When it comes to athletes, you’d be hard-pressed in finding someone who doesn’t recognize the name Michael Jordan. That’s why hes’ Michael Jordan. But what about before he becomes the man, the myth and the legend? We all know the tale, but seeing it from the beginning was pretty neat to watch unfold. One of the greatest competitors to ever lace em’ up, we witness the chase to signing him to the most luxurious shoe deal in history. Sonny Vaccaro (Matt Damon) knew just how special he was going to be, and with the help of his friends over at Nike, they devised the greatest basketball shoe pitch anyone had ever seen at this point and decided to build an entire empire around the soon to be greatest basketball player this world has ever seen.

Ben Affleck has directed some of my favourite movies, and he’s on top of his game here. Probably his best all-around work, he’s almost perfected his craft. Starring alongside Damon as eccentric CEO Phil Knight, it was just so great to see these two act together once again. Both Damon and Affleck give outstanding performances, while Damon does some of his very best work. I will say that Damon gives one of the most powerful and emotional speeches in recent movie history, I legit had goosebumps. It works so well when you know the context and hell, everyone knows the story of Michael Jordan. Jason Bateman and Chris Tucker are a part of the Nike team that helps get Micahel and they are both tremendous here, especially Tucker who was a lively presence on the screen.

Affleck decided to do something really smart, Michael Jordan isn’t really in the movie. Sure he says a few lines and he’s in a few scenes, but we never see a face. Having someone portray him could have taken us out of the movie and we didn’t need to actually see him for this to be successful. At that point in his life,, he wasn’t an unknown, but his future was and not having a big on-screen persona in the film works beautifully. Because at one point early on in the movie, Chris Tucker’s character says that in order to get through with certain athletes, it’s all about the mothers. In comes, Deloris Jordan played by none other than Viola Davis herself. She’s a scene stealer and so damn good. According to both Ben and Matt, when they talked to Michael to get his blessing about the movie, he told them that they could only do it if Viola Davis played his mother. When MJ asks for something, well MJ is going to get that request. It worked out well for everyone because she turns in a powerful and emotional performance.

This movie was just designed for me, the 80’s, Damon and Affleck, basketball, and even the soundtrack, all meshed together so well. There was simply no way I wasn’t going to like this movie, but I ended up loving it. It’s a blend of Moneyball and Jerry Maguire. The writing is slick, tight and really clever. With Affleck directing the hell out of it. I know we just had the Oscars, but don’t be surprised if this does well in the theatres, gets watched by everyone you know when it hits streaming and finds its way into every single Oscar conversation next season. I’m not saying it can win best picture, but as of right now, it stands as the very best of 2023. Crazier things have happened, but this is just such a well-put-together film that I can’t help to think it will be nominated for several awards.

Affleck is all the way back and I can’t wait to see what he directs next.

Air = 93/100


‘The Super Mario Bros. Movie’ Review

After nearly 30 years, Mario and company are finally back on the big screen. It’s been such a long wait for fans and he’s not coming alone. This is a fun family-animated outing that will please fans while also disappointing them at the same time. This could have been so much more, but for now, a great launching pad.

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The story of The Super Mario Bros. on their journey through the Mushroom Kingdom.

Since I’ve been alive there hasn’t been a more recognizable face in the world of pop culture than Mario. He’s on the Mount Rushmore of faces that’s for sure. He’s been a part of my life since I can remember, you’re looking at a guy who put coins in his brothers’ NES because he thought that’s how they worked. I’ve been playing these games for 30 years. That’s crazy to think, that after all this time Mario is going to finally have a big Hollywood movie that will make a billion dollars because this has been so long overdue that it’s not even funny. Nintendo has some of my favourite characters in all of gaming and this movie being super successful means that Nintendo can possibly expand this universe and we could see the likes of Kirby, Link and maybe even Samus on the big screen. That’s something that can have a lot of fans happy worldwide.

Mario and his brother are simple men. That’s who they are, there’s no crazy backstory or a ton of Mario lore, they are just two brothers, being plumbers and trying to always save the day. We didn’t play these games for the stories, well at least I didn’t. So when word broke that an animated flick was finally coming, fans rejoiced. Mario voiced by Chris Pratt was immediately met with skepticism and caution. First, he’s not Italian and second, the voice of Mario is a pretty sacred thing. Well, we were all wrong because Pratt did just fine with this voice work, in fact, he did a great job. His brother Luigi (Charlie Day), that’s my guy, he’s always my pick for games. He crushed it was the Italian Stallion, while everyone else really brought it. Anya Taylor-Joy is everyone’s favourite Princess, and Peach is cool as a cucumber. Keegan Michael-Key is Toad and he does the most voice work out of everyone. Seth Rogan does a bang-up job as Donkey Kong. He’s a big part of this movie and I’m glad they decided to involve the Kongs in this movie. They are a big part of Nintendo and Mario and DK just mesh so well together and seeing them interact on the big screen was just so awesome. Finally, the big baddie himself Bowser. Jack Black was born to voice him, and simply put, they did such a great job expanding on his character. You would figure that a guy like Bowser would have the hots for Peach and love heavy metal and that’s exactly what we get. Clearly, the games have never really explored deep stories and the movie is no different. The plot is simple but so are the games. Some people will use that as an excuse but this is a quick rip through the Mushroom Kingdom. The 90-minute run-time flies by, which will bode well for kids.

Personally, the movie did fall short of my expectations, but that doesn’t mean I didn’t enjoy myself. I just wanted to be blown away, but the animation is stunning and it’s so much fun seeing all these characters on the big screen finally. It’s something I’ve waited literally my entire life to see. I just wanted more from this, it’s as simple as that. Fans and critics are divided because overall this is really enjoyable and it’s going to make so much money. This is going to be the start of the Nintendo Cinematic Universe. Filled with so many Easter Eggs and nostalgia that you can’t help but smile every few minutes. Fans of the games are going to have a field day with this movie. The two biggest strengths are the pitch-perfect animation and the beautiful and joyful score from Brian Tyler, he did such a wonderful job at capturing the essence of sounds and music from all the games to put together something special.

This is a movie when it gets to streaming I will rewatch and rewatch. One more thing this movie needed, was more platforming sequences. That’s the primary reason we play the games and when we do get these sequences, it was the best part of the movie. Toss in one heck of a Mario Kart scene and there are bits and pieces that everyone is going to love. I’m sure the studio will listen to fans and the sequel is going to be bigger and better.

I think over time my score could get higher, but for now, because I do feel like it let me down more than picked me up, I’m giving it this score.

The Super Mario Bros. Movie = 65/100


‘Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves’ Review

I don’t know why Hollywood rarely makes this kind of movie anymore. A refreshing film, with a great cast, a ton of laughs and some epic action sequences. D&D is the first major surprise of 2023!

Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves trailer has jokes, one fat dragon - Polygon

A charming thief and a band of unlikely adventurers embark on an epic quest to retrieve a lost relic, but things go dangerously awry when they run afoul of the wrong people.

I never played D&D growing up and never thought much of the material or the game itself, but when the movie was announced and we started getting little bits and pieces of the product, it piqued my curiosity. When I heard the two guys behind Game Night, one of the more underappreciated and underrated comedies of the last decade were helming D&D, I knew it would be a hit. So now directors John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein are two for two in their directing outings.

The recipe is simple for this, a band of misfits are trying to get back what is rightfully theirs. There’s no reinventing the wheel here, but this movie didn’t really need that. We’ve had big fantasy action/comedy movies before, but it seems not recently. Everyone in the film is just so damn likeable, Edgin (Chris Pine), Holga (Michelle Rodriguez), Simon (Justice Smith), Doric (Sophia Lillis) and Xenk (Rege-Jean Page). Each is interesting enough in its own right, and given enough screen time and backstory to make you root for these heroes. They all had terrific chemistry with one another and played off each other’s strengths really well. Much like the game D&D, they all have their own unique abilities and traits about them that help in one-way shape or form. Some being more powerful than others, it was cool for them to showcase their own individual powers, while also working best as a team. This is a story about family, friendship and in the end doing what is right. I thought Justice Smith was the standout of the movie as the magic wielder of the group and thought he was just the true driving force of the film.

In movies like this, you’re always going to get a corny villain and that’s exactly what Hugh Grant did. His character Forge a great con-man is crossing paths with our group the entire film, jeopardizing Edgin’s family. Stealing away his daughter Kira (Chloe Coleman) and using the powers of the powerful Red Witch Sofina (Daisy Head), I just thought Hugh Grant totally understood his assignment and chewed up the scenery and was exactly the type of bad guy this movie needed. There are plenty of fun action sequences and set pieces sprinkled in. One involved a very chonky dragon that was cute as heck. But the third act is strong, it’s rare for movies like this to stick the landing, but that was by far the best part of the entire thing. The team all working together, showcasing their abilities and taking down the bad guy is what we came to see. Some strong emotional beats as well, this movie does have some heart to it.

In a world where we are now getting a new comic book movie every few months, it seems like, where it all feels the same and it’s honestly painted by numbers at this point, D&D felt like a breath of fresh air and something we needed. A fun family fantasy adventure flick that flows well, and will be an enjoyable theatre experience. We can’t fail these types of movies because we need more of them to come out. Now D&D doesn’t need to be insanely franchised, sure a sequel will do. But it doesn’t need spin-offs and numerous amounts of films. We just need more movies like this.

Dungeons and Dragons = 73/100


‘John Wick: Chapter 4’ Review

Keanu Reeves is back as the silent but deadly assassin who has more kills than words spoken in the fourth instalment in this legendary franchise. Arguably the best action movie of this century.

John Wick uncovers a path to defeating The High Table. But before he can earn his freedom, Wick must face off against a new enemy with powerful alliances across the globe and forces that turn old friends into foes.

I stayed up way past my bedtime in order to see this movie, and let me tell you something, WORTH IT. John Wick kind of came out of nowhere all the way back in 2014 when Keanu was seeing a dip in his stardom. The sleek and stylish action film has gone on to become one of the more reliable franchises and has pumped out some of the best action movies that I have ever seen. Legitimately, the first John Wick almost went straight to DVD, that’s how little faith the studio had in this property and its star Keanu Reeves. Since his career has once again blossomed and this franchise has reached new heights with each additional film. Something that can be rare for a movie franchise, especially of the action genre, but these things just keep getting better.

I had extremely high expectations going in, and they were certainly met. The difference between these films and your run-of-the-mill action flicks is how beautiful they look. The locations, the lighting and the gorgeous sets they build for mind-blowing action sequences, it’s all here. They even know how to properly light these movies. That’s all because of the mastermind behind it all, Chad Stahelski. From his pitch-perfect choreography to the brilliant lighting, Chad has really come into his own as a filmmaker for this latest John Wick. Sure, there is an abundance of violence in these movies, but the way it’s portrayed and shown is like watching a ballet. It’s just so well done and flows so beautifully you can’t help but smile and throw aside the absurdness of what’s actually going on. I turned to the person beside me at one point and whispered “this is one of the coolest things I’ve ever seen” during an action sequence that is still on my mind as I write this review. That’s what separates these from other movies, the inventiveness and creative ways they kill people and how they film the action. They’ve continued to up the ante with each one and I don’t care if John Wick has become basically a superhero that doesn’t take away from what you are seeing unfold on the big screen. 

This movie does come with a tragedy as Lance Reddick (Charon) sadly passed away one week before the film’s release. Just an immense talent with a beautiful soul, who will be missed by everyone. All the old players are back, Bowery King (Fishburne) and Winston (McShane) and like always they add in some new and exciting characters. Caine (Donnie Yen), Shimazu (Hiroyuki Sanada) and Akira (Rina Sawayana) are all standouts for me, who are introduced during an insane Osaka sequence to kick-start the movie. This franchise does such a great job of introducing new players and getting the audience to immediately invest in them. More so, Donnie Yen’s character who will be the biggest standout for all the new characters has a fun and unique spin on his character that was really fun to watch. Bill Skarsgard steps in to fill the void of villain and he does a fantastic job. I was a little upset we didn’t get more action from him, but he was a presence on the screen. One of the best-dressed people I’ve ever seen in a movie. It’s remarkable the wardrobe that this man has.  

We all come for Mr Wick and Keanu is just so good in this role. Really dialling back on his lines and focusing more on physical performance, this is by far the best he’s ever been. Doing crazy stunts, the stunt work in this movie is some of the best we’ve ever seen. Keanu is just ripe and giving it all he’s got. I can’t think of another actor who could play this role, it was simply made for him. There are three separate action sequences all one-up the previous one. The movie is close to three hours and I didn’t for a single second feels its runtime.   

I was just smiling throughout the movie, amazed at how they pulled all of this off. This is just a well-put-together piece of film, From every aspect of film-making. Score, costume design, set design, cinematography, it’s all here. I’m just so happy to have movies like this in my life and it’s something I will be rewatching for the rest of my life.

John Wick Chapter 4 = 96/100


‘Scream VI’ Review

Ghostface is back in another killer installment in this legendary franchise. We shift to NYC, where we see the new “Core Four” fight for survival against the most brutal Ghostface yet. An all-around impressive second outing from directors Matthew Bettinelli and Tyler Gillett.

In the next installment, the survivors of the Ghostface killings leave Woodsboro behind and start a fresh chapter in New York City.

For a franchise to span this many years and remain fresh and new is nothing short of spectacular, because in all honesty, there never has been a lousy Scream movie. Fans of this beloved franchise love ranking these films. If you ask ten Scream fans, it will be hard to find a large number of people who rank these films in the same order. Each has its own highs and lows, things fan love and things that fall flat. This new addition is no different. With some big pros and some cons, Scream VI is a ton of fun and it keeps you guessing until the very end. Well, unless you’re me and you figured out who Ghostface was 20 minutes into the movie, but we all can’t be me, can we?

It’s been 6 months since the events of Scream V and the Core Four, Chad (Mason Gooding), Mindy (Jasmin Savoy Brown), Tara (Jenna Ortega) and Sam (Melissa Barrera) have packed up and moved to the big city of NYC to attend college. Leaving Woodsboro doesn’t always mean that Ghostface won’t find you, and it doesn’t take long for our survivors to be reunited with not only their past but their biggest fears as well. Trying to live their lives, each one of them is dealing with the events and all the baggage that comes with it in a different way. Sam is trying to be the protective big sister, while Tara is finally trying to spread her wings and let go of the past.

With each new movie, it becomes harder to reinvent the wheel in a way, but with a unique opening kill sequence, the best since the second, you see right away that this isn’t just your typical Ghostface. This is now a “franchise” as movie expert Mindy puts in and no one is safe this time around. We are following in the same eerie footsteps as the original sequel did, as we follow our survivors to college. With that comes some fresh new faces, the roommates, Ethan (Jack Champion) and Quinn (Liana Liberato). Who seemingly happen to fall into this horror show just by being a part of the group. When Detective Bailey (Dermot Mulroney) who is actually Quinn’s father gets involved it makes it all too real for the friend group. Even more so when fellow survivor and fan favourite Kirby (Hayden Panettiere) returns as now a full-fledged FBI agent. Another legacy character to root for baby! With Neve Campbell not in the first Scream movie, her absence felt really weird, we only have one of the remaining trio left, none other than Gale Weathers (Courtney Cox). She’s really underutilized here, and that’s a shame, but gives us one hell of a chase sequence with Ghostface.

The theatre was packed and everyone was having such a good time, Scream VI is such a blast, but that doesn’t take away from the biggest flaws and letdowns of the movie. Now, we are reaching a point where there can only be so many killers with great motives and the best part about these movies is the big reveal at the end and find out why they are doing all of this. It fell kind of flat for me, maybe because I knew what was coming the entire time, or when the reveal did happen, I just found myself disinterested in who Ghostface ended up being. But leading up to that was what made this movie really great. The chemistry and friendship of the Core Four, how they bond and stick together really works. They’re all so talented and bring so much charisma to this franchise. Especially Chad and Mindy who seriously shine in the later half of this movie.

I left wanting more Scream and I have high hopes for the next one. Little seeds have been planted and I hope they follow through. Scream 7 in my opinion can be special if they go a certain direction because you need an interesting Ghostface next time around. For the new directors who clearly have a passion for the source material and the franchise, the thing that lacks from their movies is a truly compelling Ghostface, and that’s how you get serious butts in the seats. They have megastar Jenna Ortega involved with this franchise and they can’t squander this opportunity. Bring on Scream VII.

Scream VI = 87/100


Super Bowl Movie Trailers

I’m getting to the point where the best part of today is the movie trailers.

First up, The Flash.

The Flash.

A movie that has been in development hell, switched directors an insane amount of times and even the star of the movie has been in hot water. Finally has itself a trailer, and The Flash finally seems real. Keaton, Affleck and who knows who else is showing up as Batman, but we got two of them in this trailer, and to hear Keaton say that iconic line “I’m Batman,” goosebumps every time. With everything that has gone on with DC movies over the last 5 years, this is so important for them. This is resetting everything and everyone (for the most part) and a lot is riding on the success of this thing. Now, that was a terrific first trailer and playing during the biggest television watching day of the year is a great kick start to the marketing campaign. Time will tell if The Flash will be a success and who knows where the future of the DC universe will stand come June, it changes so much, but from this trailer alone, it looks like The Flash is going to be a fantastic and fun movie going experience.

All hail the speed-force.

Guardians of The Galaxy: Vol 3 

The swan song for the Guardians is here. James Gunn and his final outing with the MCU is upon us and say what you want, he took a bunch of heroes no one cared about and made one hell of a trilogy. It looks like this could be the end for a few of the team as well. Dave Batista has talked about how he is parting ways with the MCU and I wouldn’t be shocked if Bradley Cooper (Rocket Racoon) also follows suit. The clock is ticking for a lot of the original members of the MCU, you can’t do this stuff forever, and it’s weird seeing the dynamic shift, because they have been a part of our lives for about a decade now.


Most Anticipated Movies of 2023

With The Last of Us on the horizon, yes I know it’s a television show. It reminded me that 2023 is going to be one hell of a year for the movie industry and I’m here for it. I would say that movies are officially back. The pandemic is kind of in the rear view with movies and theatres being back in full force. So here are 15 movies that I cannot wait to see this upcoming year, in no particular order, I’m tired of ranking things.

Scream 6: Director: Matt Bettinelli-Olpin & Tyler Gillett. Release Date: March 10th, 2023

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In the next installment, the survivors of the Ghostface killings leave Woodsboro behind and start a fresh chapter in New York City.

New city, new rules. Ghostface is heading to NYC for the same old song and dance. Stalking the most recent survivors, no one is safe, no matter how far you run. Scream 5 was a massive success, it kind of reinvented the franchise, promoting a new slate of teens in the spotlight, while the legacy characters of Gale, Dewey and Sidney kind of took a back seat. In such a big way, that one of them bit the dust for good, won’t say who incase of spoilers, and what comes as the biggest shock for this newest entry. No Neve Campbell. According to sources and hell even Neve herself, she felt that she wasn’t getting the right amount of financial compensation for this role and she has every right to be pissed off. On the Mount Rushmore of Scream Queens, not having her be apart of this franchise is nonsense. Now, this could be one of the ultimate marketing ploys, and it turns out that Neve will be back (as the killer) or sets up the 7th installment with some sort of stinger at the end of the movie. Either way, I hope that issue can be resolved and we get her back. Scream isn’t the same without her.

Creed III: Director: Michael B Jordan. Release Date: March 3rd, 2023

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Adonis has been thriving in both his career and family life, but when a childhood friend and former boxing prodigy resurfaces, the face-off is more than just a fight.

Much like the above post, this movie will be suffering from one of their legacy characters missing. The first movie in the Rocky universe that won’t have Sly Stallone. What is this world coming to? But there’s a lot to be grateful for and so much to look forward to. Jonathan Majors, yup. Michael B Jordan’s directorial debut, yup. Both of these two just looking like Greek Gods, yup. This could perhaps be the definitive installment in this franchise. Creed II had so much history and emotional baggage, that it almost overshadowed the movie. Drago Jr was a great villain, but Jonathan Majors is such an incredible and well-versed actor, that he will no doubt steal this entire movie. This could be the end of it all as well, who knows. Just something about boxing movies just puts a smile on my face.

Killers of The Flower Moon. Director: Martin Scorsese. Release Date: TBD

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Members of the Osage tribe in the United States are murdered under mysterious circumstances in the 1920s sparking a major F.B.I. investigation involving J. Edgar Hoover.

Okay this movie has to come out this year. A movie people have been waiting for what seems like 3 years now, could 2023 finally be the year it happens? Leo’s next outing with his pal Marty, what more could you want? Toss in De Niro and Jesse Plemons, and you have yourself one heck of a cast. No trailer, no real new stills, nothing on the marketing campaign yet. This thing is shrouded in mystery. Wasn’t a huge fan of his last movie, and the world just needs a Leo movie every few years to keep us all sane.

Barbie. Director: Greta Gerwig. Release Date: July 21st, 2023

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To live in Barbie Land is to be a perfect being in a perfect place. Unless you have a full-on existential crisis. Or you’re a Ken.

We got Margot Robbie as Barbie and Ryan Gosling as Ken. Like what else does one need to say about this movie? Like look at that photo, come on now, it’s perfect. All I can say is this, if at some point in this movie, “Barbie Girl” by Aqua doesn’t drop, Greta Gerwig has failed us all. Not really sure what this movie will be about exactly, maybe Margot’s Barbie gets kicked out of Barbie Land or something? Regardless, the cast is stacked beyond belief, an insanely talented director is at the helm, and I feel like this movie will be for everyone. I’m excited for it, because when talented and hard working people come together, that often results in success. This could go down as one of the best looking casts of all time and I just hope this doesn’t fall flat on its face. I want Barbie to be a success so maybe we get the BCU down the line.

Oppenheimer. Director: Christopher Nolan. Release Date: July 21st, 2023

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The story of American scientist J. Robert Oppenheimer and his role in the development of the atomic bomb.

Nolan is back! We have one of the biggest movie battles in history going down July 21st. Could be one of the best double feature days in cinemas in recent memory. Greta Gerwig’s Barbie and Christopher Nolan’s Oppenheimer are opening on the same day. I’m not sure the world is ready for this. Apparently Nolan build a real atomic bomb and detonated it for this movie, that’s how fucking committed this guy is. Doing something really cool as he always does, it appears that half the movie will be in colour, while the other half (assuming after the atomic bomb goes boom) will be in black in white. Much like it’s opening day counter-part, Oppenheimer has just a cast full of legends. A list too long to name, but few directors get the “event” status when they open a new movie, and Nolan is one of the select few. I expect this to be nothing short of extraordinary.

Air Jordan. Director: Ben Affleck. Release Date: TBD

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Follows the history of shoe salesman Sonny Vaccaro, and how he led Nike in its pursuit of the greatest athlete in the history of sports: Michael Jordan.

The boys are back, the boys are back! The dynamic duo are back together again! Ben Affleck is back directing and Matt Damon is coming along for the ride. A movie about the rise of Nike shoes which involves Michael Jordan? That sounds so incredibly fun and awesome. Honestly, I’ve been waiting a while for these two to properly reunite. They did a little bit during The Last Duel, but this feels more like a homecoming for the pair. I hope this is like a mixture of Moneyball and The Big Short, obviously, I’m not even sure if this will get released this year, it’s suppose to, but nothing from this movie is available. So it’s extremely difficult to get a sense of the tone and vibe of the film. Doesn’t matter, Affleck is nearly perfect when it comes to directing, his only falter was his last outing, a time when he wasn’t in the right state and I have a feeling this is going to be his big comeback to the directors chair. Will forever root for these two, especially when they are working together.

The Super Mario Bros Movie. Director: Aaron Horvath & Michael Jelenic. Release Date: April 7th, 2023

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The story of The Super Mario Bros. on their journey through the Mushroom Kingdom

I’m not saying this is going to be the biggest movie of 2023, but it has potential to be the biggest movie of 2023. I’ve always considered myself a Luigi guy and getting Charlie Day to voice him is perfect. The only complaint about this movie really is Chris Pratt voicing Mario, but honestly, if it works 70% then the movie will be fine. Anya Taylor-Joy as Peach and Jack Black as Bowser, like are you kidding me? It’s so well done, the trailers have been incredible, the animation is top notch. This just looks like so much fun. Basically watching a video game played out on the big screen. All the little sights and sounds being used (Sonic franchise take note) makes this one of the more appealing video game movies ever made. Just look how happy these two guys are, you can’t tell me you don’t want to watch this. Yoshi is here and Seth Rogan is voicing Donkey Kong, which I’m sure will be some end credit stinger, ultimately setting up another MCU (Mario Cinematic Universe) I can’t wait. Like they are driving in go-carts down Rainbow Road, HOW ARE YOU NOT EXCITED.

Dune Part 2. Director: Dennis Villeneuve. Release Date: November 3rd, 2023.

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A boy becomes the Messiah of nomads on a desert planet that has giant worms that protect a commodity called Spice. Spice changes people into travelers, mystics and madmen. What price will he pay to become the new ruler of their universe?

We cannot fail this movie. Plain and simple. As a society we need to band together to make Dune Part 2 a giant success. I think after Dune, and the great word of mouth and its successful life on streaming, Dune Part 2 has a great chance to no doubt be a bigger financial success. This will incorporate the second half of the novel, where things really pick up and the stakes are bigger, the action is louder and we get to see a ton of cool shit go down. The final 3rd of Dune the novel is tremendous and I can’t wait to see how it plays out on the big screen. Villeneuve does scale better than anyone working today and honestly Dune is one of the best IMAX experiences in the last decade. No doubt in my mind this will be his finest work to date and this movie is going to blow people away. Really excited for the role Dave Batista is going to play in this sequel.

Mission Impossible: Dead Reckoning Part 1. Director: Christopher McQuarrie. Release Date: July 14th, 2023

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We don’t even have a blurb on IMDB yet, that’s how little is known about the upcoming Mission Impossible movie. What we do know is that Tom Cruise jumps off a cliff riding a motorcycle, one of his biggest stunts yet. The man is truly the greatest action star we have, and he’s just on a serious role. So dedicated to his craft and providing us, the audience with the best possible entertainment, it’s hard not to love the guy. This is only part 1, but I’m sure part 2 will serve as the finale to his tenor as Ethan Hunt and this franchise. Arguably one of the most thriller and best movie franchises we have right now, you know this is going to be a banger. Cruise is willing to die for the right shot, to pull off the stunt and he’s probably going to space in the next one. Hard not to be over the moon for this movie. There really isn’t a bad installment in the entire franchise.

Transformers: Rise of The Beasts. Director: Steven Caple Jr. Release Date: June 9th, 2023

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We got Beast Wars coming to the Transformers universe! Honestly, this movie looks cool as hell. I loved the 90’s Beast Wars cartoon and all your favorites are present in this trailer. It looks like it’s piggybacking off the success of Bumblebee, one of the strongest Transformers films to date. If Hailee Steinfeld is involved in this movie, that’s a big plus for the franchise. Anthony Ramos takes the lead human role this time, and he looks the part. Happy they ventured away from Mark Wahlberg and taken the franchise to new heights. The Transformers have never looked better. These movies are always so big and grand, they just let the humans get in the way, but judging from the last little sneak peak, they are going to war. Epic battles, great designs and honestly some terrific voice acting is going to make this perhaps the best Transformers yet. Lets go to Cybertron!!!

John Wick: Chapter 4. Director: Chad Stahelski. Release Date: March 24th, 2023

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John Wick uncovers a path to defeating The High Table. But before he can earn his freedom, Wick must face off against a new enemy with powerful alliances across the globe and forces that turn old friends into foes.

Donnie Yen and Bill Skarsgard being added to the list? I’m fairly certain Donnie Yen is playing a badass blind assassin and I’m here for it. The franchise that once again reinvented Keanu Reeves is back for the forth installment and it looks like it could be the final chapter. One of the best action franchises this century, the face paced, hard hitting, close combat flick is once again upping the ante for what is sure to be one of the best movies this year. Each movie gets elevated to new heights and the action is more bold, making John Wick a superhero of sorts. That’s all fine and dandy, I’ve loved how they have expanded the universe and made this feel like a really special franchise. I don’t think they envisioned a four movie run like this before the first one came out. I for one am not ready to see him die or leave.

Spider-Man: Across The Spider-Verse: Director: Kemp Powers, Joaquim Santos & Justin K Thompson. Release Date: June 2nd, 2023.

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Miles Morales returns for the next chapter of the Oscar®-winning Spider-Verse saga, an epic adventure that will transport Brooklyn’s full-time, friendly neighborhood Spider-Man across the Multiverse to join forces with Gwen Stacy and a new team of Spider-People to face off with a villain more powerful than anything they have ever encountered.

So this is just a juggernaut year for animation. Between this and Mario Bros. I don’t know which one I’m more excited for. My expectations weren’t low for the first Spider-Verse, I just didn’t really have much thought about it. Then I walked out of the theatre thinking it was one of the better animated films I’d ever seen. Now, we are getting the much anticipated sequel, and this movie is HUGE. One of the biggest animated features ever, with over 200 talking characters, which I believe is some sort of record. Spider-Man from all over, anything that’s ever had a Spider-Man in it, is popping up in this movie. This is also only part 1, so you know this will be ending on some sort of massive cliff hanger, that’s going to leave us wanting so much more. Miles Morales in just a fantastically fun character, and I can’t wait to see what they ultimately cooked up for this sequel.

The Flash. Director: Andy Muschietti. Release Date: June 16th, 2023

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DC’s last ditch effort? Do we even need this movie at this point? Is this going to piss off so many fans, yes. Honestly, I’m only putting this on my list because I want to see Ben Affleck back as Batman. Who knows what this movie has in store. Since it started production, star Ezra Miller has been a shit show, the higher ups over at DC films has changed twice, and I feel like this movie won’t even matter in 3 years time. None the less it’s finally coming out this year, and it could be really great. Something unique and hopefully puts a new spin on the speedster tale in the comic book world. I just have a feeling, it could bomb and everyone involved and everyone in this movie will be erased from the DC Universe, and just like that, all the hoop-la around this thing will have been for nothing. Just please don’t be a big pile of shit.

The Iron Claw. Director: Sean Durkin. Release Date: TBD

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Follows the story of the Von Erichs, a dynasty of wrestlers who made a great impact on the sport from the 1960s to the present day.

Wrestling movies can be awesome. A movie about one of the most famous families in the entire industry sounds delightful. Besides, look how insanely jacked Zac Efron looks here. This cast is STACKED, Efron, Holy McCallany, Lily James, Jeremy Allen White (MY BOY) and Harris Dickinson. This is really the only piece of marketing that has hit the web so far. I have no idea if this movie will be terrible, or a masterpiece, but I do know that I love so many of the people involved in this project that it was hard to leave it off the list. The movie will make or break with Efron, has it usually does, but he’s kind of turned a new leaf lately and I’m excited to see what he brings to the table here. Could be one of the hidden gems of 2023.

Bernstein. Director: Bradley Cooper. Release Date: TBD

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The complex love of Leonard and Felicia, from the time they met in 1946 at a party and continuing through two engagements, a 25 year marriage, and three children.

Last but not least. Have to shout out Bradley Cooper and this wicked hair style. Besides the last time he wrote and directed a movie, he made me cry each time I watched A Star Is Born. So maybe this love life tale of Leonard Bernstein will be no different. He’s all in for this role, perhaps Oscar hunting, but after you make a movie so powerful, it’s hard not to get excited for what’s next. A great ensemble cast next to him, this is one of the bigger what-if’s of 2023. With the success of Tar, and Cate Blanchet almost a mortal lock for the Oscar this year, can Bradley follow suit as back to back composers to win the gold.


‘Avatar: The Way of Water’ Review

Travel back to Pandora for one of the most jaw dropping, transcendent movie going experiences of all time. No one does sequels better than James Cameron.

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Jake Sully lives with his newfound family formed on the extrasolar moon Pandora. Once a familiar threat returns to finish what was previously started, Jake must work with Neytiri and the army of the Na’vi race to protect their home.

Aliens, Terminator 2 and now The Way of Water, I do dub thee James Cameron the King of movie sequels. It’s been 13 years since he once again claimed the throne of cinema. Movie criticism and just the overall landscape of movies has changed so much since the last time we travelled to Pandora. So we’re off. James Cameron is back and it was worth the wait. Avatar: The Way of Water is nothing short of spectacular, something that you will honestly remember forever. A movie going experience for the ages.

James Cameron teamed up with some of the best writers in science fiction, to deliver an emotional, thunderous, breathtaking thrill ride. The first Avatar blew audiences away across the globe and this promises to be no different. In one year we got a pair of top notch sequels. Between this and Top Gun: Maverick, waiting to make the perfect sequel    really pays off with each movie. Patience is virtue and that’s why The Way of Water is a triumph. Time to craft a perfect blend of action, emotion, faith and ground breaking visuals, Cameron waited this long so he could complete a masterpiece. A movie like this just wasn’t possible 10 years ago, even 5 years ago.

So we return to Pandora and a lot has changed. It’s been 10 years since the events of the first and Jake Sully (Sam Worthington) and Neytiri (Zoe Saldana) have started a family and are the most important people of their tribe. Family is the main driving factor in this movie. “Sully’s stick together” is the biggest strength and weakness of this close knit family. Big Jim is a family man himself, and this movie is a story about fathers and their sons. The relationships between them and what it means to have your father either be proud of you, or want more out of you. I would say the Sully kids are the backbone of this film. They are the emotional weight that carries it and without a doubt on screen for the longest time. Including their pseudo adopted human son Spider (Jack Champion). I don’t want to say that Mom’s take a back seat in this movie, but the bond between father and sons is honestly the focal point of the film. How we bond with our fathers and there’s even a subplot that showcases the bond between man and animal. That reminds us just how important having any bond in our life can be.

I knew going into Avatar exactly how the movie would shake up. The first hour would be a reintroduction to Pandora and the characters while we get reemerged into this gorgeous world. While the second half would be a tour of the beautiful water, a visually stunning experience and the third act would be what Jim does best. I wasn’t wrong, the last hour is some of the best action I’ve seen in a movie in years, while showcasing the most visually stunning images since honestly, the first Avatar. The emotion is high, the action hits hard and we are rooting for this family to succeed.

Big Jim also knows how to make a great villain. His best villains are all true haters, they will stop at nothing to get the job done, even if it means death. Stephen Lang returns as Quaritch and I won’t spoil how, but I really liked how they were able to bring all these people back that we lost in the first movie, it made the movie feel more personable.

The reason to come to this movie is the film making. It’s practical, impressive, immersive, other worldly, created with both science and technology. This isn’t something you watch on an airplane or your TV at home. You would be doing yourself and injustice by doing so. It’s truly unlike anything I’ve ever seen, and something that I will want to see again in theatres. The performances are fantastic, especially Zoe Saldana, who gives arguably the most emotional performance of the movie. Great villains, a grounded and simple story, and a world that you just wish were real.

How we view this movie will come down to money, which is sad. That’s how all movies are judged these days. It’s hard to top one of the most successful movies of all time. I’m sure The Way of Water will be a juggernaut at the box-office but will it be enough? I’m not sure. I know it will be nominated for a ton of awards and people from across the world will remember this movie going experience for a long time. Sometimes the experience is worth more than box-office success.

Thank you James Cameron and I can’t wait to return to Pandora. He’s conquered the land and sea. I wonder if he’s taking Pandora to the air next?

Avatar: The Way of Water = 92/100