‘Mowgli’ Trailer Drops.

We are getting another live action Jungle Book movie, and I’m okay with it.

Everyone needs an origin story these days. Even Mowgli the little guy from The Jungle Book. Yes we are only a few years removed from Disney’s massive success that was the live action adaptation of this beloved child story, but this time Andy Serkis is taking the reigns. I’ll be honest if this was any other person, I would be concerned but the master of motion capture has my attention.

I know it’s tough to follow in the footsteps of the previous incarnation, at the time it was one of Disney’s highest grossing movies, critics and fan rejoice at the home run that Jon Favreau provided us with. So Andy has some pretty shoes to fill. But with him behind the scenes and the all star roster he has put together, this has the makings to be great. It will be so difficult to top the previous one, but this time around they are going dark and really digging into Mowgli’s origin.

They needed a fresh take on the subject matter, perhaps no signing no dance routines, more serious and grounded and that is kind of WBs bread and butter. I’m not going to write this movie off because the trailer didn’t absolutely blow me away, can’t be to critical and harsh on teaser trailers. This has all the makings of being a fun ride at the movies with some serious potential upside.

Take a look for yourself!

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‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ Trailer Will Rock You

See what I did with that title? Get it? Queen, will rock you….

This whole thing looks amazing and that’s even without Sasha Baron Cohen playing the lead of Freddy Mercury. Oh what could have been. That was a match made in heaven. But in drops Rami Malek, Mr. Robot himself and I have to say, he’s doing a fantastic job.

I’m a big fan of Queen, well who isn’t? So when I heard they were making a feature length film based on Freddy Mercury I was quite intrigued. It kind of sat in production hell, but they ultimately found their Freddy and their director – Dexter Fletcher.

Movies about music or musical icons can be tough to pull off. You really need a rest performance to carry a movie such as this and I think we are going to get one. Rami will be the anchor of the film and a ton of weight will be placed on his shoulders. If people don’t buy into him and his portrayal of Freddy Mercury then the movie will not succeed. From what we see in the trailer I don’t think that will be the case, it seems he has totally bought into this role and immersed himself into the embodiment of Freddy himself.

Plain and simple if they do a great job incorporating Queens music into the film, and it translates well onto the big screen, I think this will be a home run. Check out the trailer below and see for yourself!

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‘The Predator’ Trailer Finally Drops

Everyone stay calm. I repeat stay calm. Not all hope is lost. Just a bad trailer is all

Well, when news broke last night that the trailer for Shane Black’s upcoming reinterpretation of The Predator was dropping today, I almost felt like a kid on Christmas Eve. Turns out I was a naughty boy because this felt like a lump of coal in my stocking.

Shane man, what the hell? You know people are expecting big things from this, you were part of the original, Christ even helped write it and this is the trailer you put out? I’m so confused. I don’t know how on Earth he approved this thing. It shows us nothing, it’s just a bunch of quick edits and Jacob Tremblay playing with toys. I can’t believe how underwhelmed I was after watching this trailer, and it doesn’t really get any better on repeat views. The cast is stacked, and they didn’t really even give us a good idea of who or what we are dealing with. Boyd Holbrook looks like he will be able to hold his own in this role. You just need to give us something. 10-15 great seconds to sell general audiences on this movie. Even the whole feel of the movie felt nothing like it’s predecessors. Predator is suppose to be dark, scary and suspenseful. With a little bit of fun sprinkled in here and there. Even the Predator itself is barely shown, I know they are invisible, but I wanted one cool moment from them.

They reshot the last third of this movie, I understand that maybe there’s not a ton of fully completed footage ready yet, but you need to go all out here. You need a ton of buzz for this, early and keep the hits coming. That’s how this becomes a truly successful movie. This just isn’t a great start. I’ll watch anything with a Predator in it, but I’m not the person they are trying to sell this movie on. You need the general audience to want to go and check this thing out. I expected a ton more from the first trailer and I actually expected more from Shane Black himself.

I knew they would go down the road of hybrid’s, I just knew it. I’m kind of disappointed by this. You don’t need to reinvent the Predator, it’s perfect the way it is. We just want to see them hunt people down and kill them in awesome and grotesque ways. Is that so hard to ask?

Anyways here’s the trailer.

Where Does The MCU Go From Here?

We got HEAVY spoilers up ahead. So proceed with caution.

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Still here? Okay good! So that photo above means so much more and screams so painfully loud once you have lived through the experience. We had already kind of had our hearts ripped out before this iconic moment, you know with the deaths of Loki and Gamora. But I don’t think ANYONE was prepared for the ending of this movie. I don’t really know where to exactly start, so why not at the beginning? I honestly thought the opening scene rivals the opening scene to the Dark Knight for the best opening scene to a comic book movie ever. The introduction to Thanos just tells us that he is not here for any bullshit, and that’s exactly what Loki is known for. The trickster, the jester, the well dead man. I kind of had a funny feeling that we would finally see the end of Loki at the start of this, but I didn’t think he would go out in such a cruel and awful way. I think we finally got to see the real Loki, the anti-hero Loki in Ragnorok and now I think he’s gone for good. No resurrection, no tricks, Loki is flat out gone from our lives and I think that’s a massive hit to the MCU. But if they want us to believe that there are finally massive stakes at play, then their best bet is to keep him dead. He failed Thanos once, I don’t really think he wanted him around. Here’s the thing. I believe Loki and Gamora’s deaths will be permanent. Everyone else who bit the dust at the end will eventually come back, but deaths that occurred prior to the finger snap might be gone forever. Zoe Saldana is going to be busy as hell filming like 5 Avatar’s in a row and I think making her death remain permanent will only flush out Quills character even more. I also believe she will be the reason Thanos snaps his fingers again and changes what he did and here’s why. Gamora is living inside the soul stone now, they showed that towards the very end of the movie. I think Thanos is RATTLED, and now that she will always be around, like inside his head will drive him insane.

I know it’s crazy to imagine the Guardian’s movies without Gamora but the MCU needs something, a real moment, where there were no jokes, no fun and games. Just real consequences and Gamora’s death should be that moment for the MCU. We all know the 10 people that die in the end scene, I’m not going to name them all, you should know by now, and shame on you if you didn’t weep when Peter was crying to Tony. Now those 10 are 1,000,000 percent coming back I don’t care what any Marvel Executive says about it. Does it make their deaths feel a little bit hollow? I think a little bit, but the original Avengers are left standing. It only makes sense the team that started it all are the ones to defeat or change this outcome for the rest of the universe. That’s why it’s important Loki and Gamora stay dead, or else it will be like this entire movie didn’t matter, and as a fan I will ultimately just feel cheated.

I don’t really know what exactly Marvel has planned for part two of Infinity War. I want to think Thanos will have a change of heart, because even at the end of this movie, while he was sitting on his farm, it seemed he was at peace, but part of me believes me knows he made a big mistake. So I can either see redoing what he has done, or Captain Marvel, who was teased after the credits will get her hands on the gauntlet and do it herself. I don’t really want that to happen. She’s going to be super powerful, we all know that, but she hasn’t even made her debut yet, I don’t want a character who hasn’t been a part of this journey the last 10 years to be the one who finally saves the day. She can come and help out the team, but she better not be the hero at in the end, because I don’t think that’s fair to the rest of our heroes who have lost so much. There are some really powerful people yet to be introduced into the MCU, so Thanos could honestly just be the tip of the iceberg. Josh Brolin said he signed a 2 movie contract, which sucks because Thanos is by far the best thing to happen to the MCU in a long time, and I can’t imagine them getting rid of him after two movies.

I think some of our older heroes will finally say goodbye next installment. It’s funny everyone thought Captain America was going to die during this, I was one of those people. And he was one of the very few left standing. But I don’t see him and Iron Man both making it out alive next time, it seemed Thanos spared them both and he might not be so forgiving next time. It’s the older generation trying to save our younger heroes, the ones that will carry the MCU into the future, it would only make sense that a few of them sacrifice themselves to save others. Iron Man is going to be next level sad after watching Spider-Man die. I hope the next movie takes place moments after this one ends, because I need to see exactly how Tony is going to react knowing that these heroes might not come back. Remember just because we know its a forgone conclusion our heroes will return, the heroes in the movie don’t.

It really has been an incredible journey these last 19 movies, and I think a lot of people aren’t ready to say goodbye to some of these characters. But all good things must come to an end. Marvel knows what they are doing, and I know next years finale will truly be something to remember, it’s difficult thinking that they could top Infinity War.

So what’s in store for our heroes, we are going to have to wait till May 19th to find out!

‘Robin Hood’ Trailer

Boy oh boy. Kingsmen 3 looks pretty dope.

Seriously though, doesn’t it kind of feel like the Kingsmen have just been transported back in time and now Eggsy is trading in his guns and gadgets for a bow and arrow. All kidding aside this look pretty cool, simply because it looks to have that Kingsmen vibe to it.

We’ve gotten a ton of Robin Hood movies throughout my lifetime, but this looks and feels different than any previous incarnation we have seen before.

Brass tax, this just looks like a fun popcorn movie and I like everyone involved here. Jamie Foxx who is playing a sort of Yoda role and the baddest man on Earth Ben Mendelsohn playing another villain yet again. If he keeps this up I think people will just assume he is an asshole in real life. But we need it to keep happening because he plays such a fantastic bad guy. Also the guy directing Otto Bathurst is the man behind Peaky Blinders so that is a terrific sign. Overall I’m intrigued and kind of excited for Robin Hood, Taron Egerton is my dude. Also the guy from 50 Shades is in this movie so yeah……

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‘Avengers: Infinity War’ Review

Marvel raises the bar once again for the Superhero genre. Creating their greatest achievement yet. It’s perfectly balanced, as all things should be.

I laughed, I cried, I cheered. And that was all just in the first 10 minutes. I had to wait until Sunday night to finally see the much anticipated Avengers: Infinity War. Do you know how difficult it is to stay spoiler free from the biggest movie of the last decade? It’s extremely hard, I did my best to stay off social media, so when Sunday night rolled around I was ecstatic I was walking in spoiler free. So after a decade and 18 movies later, did Marvel hit a grand slam? Yes, yes they did. I’m not really sure where to start, this will be a spoiler free review, I’m going to write another piece about the future of the MCU and how I really thought about EVERYTHING that happens in Infinity War, but for now, here’s my review! Also just congratulations on this becoming the highest grossing movie ever domestically in a single weekend. It deserves it, this is bar none the best MCU movie ever made.

Boy did Marvel not hold back, from the very opening moments of the film, this felt like something epic. This review might be all over the place, because it will be extremely hard to write something spoiler free, which this will be! We are immediately introduced to Thanos (Josh Brolin) and his trusty side kicks – The Black Order. For sidekicks, the Black Order were pretty goddamn awesome I thought. Hats off to Tom Vaughn-Lawlor who played Ebony Maw, because if you tossed him into any other MCU movie, we could be talking about one of the best MCU villains here. Just so happens he was standing next to Thanos for the entire movie so it’s hard to really consider him truly great, because well Thanos climbed to the top of Mount Rushmore of comic book movie villains after this performance. It shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone, it’s not like we have been waiting since 2012, when he first reared his big ugly purple head. Since then they have been building the MCU for this very moment. When everything finally comes together, crossovers you didn’t know you wanted, team ups we could have never imagined and more importantly the Avengers coming face to face with the Mad Titan Thanos. For the last 6 years all we have heard about is the 6 infinity stones and the unimaginable power they all contain. Put them all together and that person has the power to accomplish anything. Well Thanos is looking to round up all these stones and it’s up to our heroes to stop him. That’s almost the strongest part of the entire movie. It’s not an overly complicated plot, it’s simple. Thanos wants the stones, our heroes are trying to do everything and anything they can to stop him.

Thanos was such a terrific villain, we are coming off such a strong one with Killmonger in Black Panther, but Marvel stepped their game up even more with Thanos. What makes a truly memorable and great villain performance, is well, they need to have layers, and the character kind of needs to be flushed out throughout the movie. We get a ton of background and history about Thanos, we get to see inside his mind, what makes him tick and everything he truly loves. For being the most evil person in the entire universe, there are parts of the movie where you almost are rooting for him to get all the stones. Like if someone asks me, “Was Thanos a good villain?” Well, he’s unstoppable, terrifying, sadistic, at times polite and like i mentioned, in a few brief moments, sympathetic. He’s just not a power hungry mad man who has no sense or sense awareness to everything around him. He’s so much more complex than that, and you almost see where he’s coming from. He’s the most badass villain to ever show up in a comic book movie, and with that comes the fact he’s almost the most sympathetic villain to ever grace the big screen. So if you haven’t figured out by now, I really enjoyed Thanos, he makes the movie and I was glad that he got the most screen time out of any character in the entire movie. Frankly, us fans that have been waiting all this time for him to show up deserved it.

As for the rest of the team they all work so well together. Yes they all don’t have the most screen time, but if you love these characters and watching them, then you won’t care. The interactions between characters, like Rocket and Thor, Tony and Dr. Strange are all things I didn’t know I needed so badly in my life. The Russo Brothers picked the perfect little teams to divide into, and I think that was really important. If that doesn’t work, the whole movie doesn’t work. I thought Dr. Strange, Thor and Gamora were the MVP’s of our heroes. Thor has evolved into the best MCU character in my opinion and I can’t wait to see how he will keep evolving. The whole movie really flies by, they don’t really pussyfoot around at all. You’re in waist deep before you know it, and instantly the stakes are at an all time high. I saw a lot of people saying this was just another “funny MCU movie” and yes of course it’s funny. I’m happy this movie is funny, but when it wants to get down to the nitty gritty and be serious, it’s actually bone chilling serious. There are moments in this movie that I never saw coming, things that maybe I saw coming. Things I thought might happened, happened. Things that could happen, happened. A ton of available evidence and suspicion confirmed that, in the end that thing would happen. I WAS NOT PREPARED AT ALL TO WATCH THAT THING HAPPEN. This movie tugs on your heart strings and when the screen fades to black, you are gut punched. You are looking around searching for answers, you want to know what the hell just happened. I think that’s my favourite part about this whole thing. I have no idea where Marvel is going to take this thing. Well I have some thoughts and wild ideas, but I actually don’t really know the future direction of the MCU and for the first time in a long time, I am so intrigued about this whole thing.

Like I can’t even say much more, because all I want to do is talk about everything that happens within the movie. But I can’t, not here at least. What more do you want me to say? This is the movie of 2018, no other comic book movie will come close to making me feel what I felt during Infinity War. It’s damn near perfect, I can’t wait to watch it again. I saw it back to back nights, because I needed that in order to really process everything. Go see this movie, don’t be that weirdo that sits this one out. I will say this – It’s perfectly balanced as all things should be.

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Nate’s Movie Tour Reviews – Avengers: Infinity War = 98/100

 

New ‘Ant-Man and The Wasp’ Trailer

Really thought they would really explain where Ant-Man was during Infinity War….

Any one else feel a little underwhelmed with this? With everything we just witnessed in Infinity War it’s hard to get truly excited and stoked for the next MCU movie. This is nothing personal against Ant-Man or The Wasp, but I just simply don’t care all that much.

They were even suppose to tell us where he was during Infinity War, but they didn’t say much at all. The movie seems fine and dandy, I in fact like these characters but in the grand scheme of things, it doesn’t really matter, like at all…

Does this take place before Infinity War? After? Tell us something here Marvel, my guess is this takes place right before the events of Infinity War, and it will explain when Ant-Man is absent from the biggest fight the Earth has ever seen. Or maybe Paul Rudd just had a scheduling conflict.

Overall, looks like a fun time, building on a stellar first solo outing. But I just feel empty inside and this isn’t filling any kind of MCU void for me.

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New ‘Venom’ Trailer

YES! YES! YES! YES! YES! YES! YES! YES! YES! YES! YES! YES!

Oh boy, I bet the people who hated the first trailer that was released a few months back are nowhere to be found. The new trailer dropped last night after the last 10 seconds were leaked online yesterday afternoon. And this trailer does not disappoint!

Tom Hardy looks incredible as Venom, it’s something I’ve wanted to see for such a long time. I’ll admit the character design isn’t drastically different from the previous Topher Grace incarnation, but that’s not what made the last version terrible. Hardy’s Venom is a little bulkier (thank god) but appears to be 100 times more menacing. I’m glad they used the word “anti-hero” for the marketing purposes because Venom isn’t necessarily just a bad guy. He’s always been conflicted and it will be interesting to see what they do when he goes toe-to-toe with Tom Holland’s Spider-Man. From what I just saw from this Marvel would be so stupid not to have him be part of the MCU and the potential villain for the next stand alone Spider-Man movie.

Everything seems in place for this to be a terrific movie, and I’m just so relived they nailed Venoms look. That’s a huge part and his voice just wraps this whole thing up with a pretty little bow. Like I said before all those people that had a hissy fit because they didn’t show him the in the first trailer. Let’s hear you now!

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‘Rampage’ Review

It’s official. I’m only calling him Dwayne Johnson. The Rock is no more.

Lions, tigers and bears oh my! Well I guess, a monkey, a wolf, and a crocodile. Throw them in the Windy City make them 50 feet tall and you have the newest video game adaptation Rampage. According to rotten tomatoes it is the best rated video game movie ever, I know that’s not saying to much but a wins a win. For Dwayne Johnson – the King of the box-office he just keeps winning. I had so much fun with this movie, and will continue to support any project that DJ is involved with.

Imagine just walking down the street on a sunny day in Chicago when three larger than life animals come hurling towards you looking for their afternoon snack. Yes, I’m well aware this is a silly premise but as much as I like reviewing movies based on their technical achievements or story telling. Sometimes it’s nice to just sit back, relax and completely turn your brain off. It helps when you enjoy the movie you’re watching, but people can take movies way to seriously these days. Life is about having fun and enjoying things and movies are for the most part made for entertainment purposes. Is the acting in stupendous? No. Is the movie well written? Absolutely not. Will you crush the largest popcorn and soda while enjoying the heck out of Rampage. Hell yes.

So when an evil company Energyne cooks up some secret genetic altering, gene manipulating sauce in space and things go haywire, three canisters containing this stuff fall to Earth. Three unsuspecting animals come into contact with it. A wolf on Wyoming, and crocodile in the Everglades and George an Albino ape in the San Diego Zoo. George is best friends with Davis Okoye (DJ) and when George starts to grow at uncontrollable rate, well Davis gets a little concerned. Enter Claire (Naomie Harris) a once employee of Energyne. She works along side Davis and a government worker Henry Russell (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) to try and stop these animals from essentially destroying the planet. There you go, that’s the entire plot. It’s pretty simple, big animals running amuck and us trying and failing miserably to stop them. I like all three of these people, and I actually thought they worked really well together. I would love to see DJ and JDM side by side again. Something about them seemed to click and I really enjoyed that aspect of this movie. There are other human characters at play here, but they are the definition of disposable. The villains are pretty much cartoons, and in terms of the human side of the story the weakest part of the film.

The stars of the movie are our three larger than life animals. They really steal the show and when they are finally on screen together you really can’t look away. The last 40 mins is just a fun ride. I thought the effects were pretty impressive for the animals, other aspects not so much, but watching a giant ape and DJ fight side by side is just fun to watch. Why nitpick all the little things or the issues I knew this movie was going to have. It’s a video game move – they have a terrible track record. It’s just suppose to be fun, so why base it off anything other than that? The movie isn’t perfect, I wouldn’t even say it’s a great movie, but I had a ton of fun and at the end of the day, I think that’s what they want. I know that’s what DJ wants from anyone who goes. It’s got some really great comedic moments, plenty of destruction and Dwayne Johnson. The movie is called Rampage expect a bunch of stuff exploding and a ton of chaos. This is actually something I would like to see more of, because for what it’s trying to be, I think they accomplished their goal. Thinking about it, this very well could be one of my favourite Dwayne Johnson movies.

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Nate’s Movie Tour Reviews – Rampage = 70/100

Final ‘Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom’ Trailer

Well done! You finally managed to get me excited for this movie

So that thing makes Jaws look like a shrimp right? Imagine minding your own business, trying to catch a wave and the next thing you know, you’re trying to out surf this guy.

The third and final trailer for the sure to be box-office hit: Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom has been released and thank god this trailer actually showed me something. I have been on record with saying this movie kind of looks horrible and could even be a flop if they don’t shape up their marketing and promotional stuff. Well they rolled out the this trailer and I think I’m finally on board. They did it! They managed to have some rain and darkness and throw in a few scary dinosaurs. See what wasn’t so hard was it? That’s what got my ears perked up and all giddy, because it reminds me of the 1993 Jurassic Park. That’s all you really need, in my opinion it’s when dinosaurs are at their best.

One thing I took away that I don’t like, and this is a real Hollywood trend right now. Make a hybrid or cross breed species or just make something “bigger and larger than life.” Well that seems to be the focal point of the movie and we kind of went down this road last time. I just don’t like when movies do this, because they believe it’s a fresh take and a new way to show us something different. Dinosaurs are scary. You don’t need to make new ones for us to be scared, just utilized the ones we already have properly.

Overall, this final trailer has me intrigued and ready to see this movie, so mission accomplished trailer. That’s there job and I’m sold. I still think it has potential to be mediocre and fall flat on its face. We just don’t need humans and Dino’s being friends, it’s just silly.

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