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Jordan Peele’s ‘Us’ Trailer

Nothing says Christmas like a terrifying home invasion.

The master of horror has return! Jordan Peele just gave us all the best Christmas present, the debut trailer for his next film Us. After the critical success of Get Out, one of the best original horror movies ever made, we’ve been waiting for our first glimpse at Peele’s next project.

We certainly got a look, and it’s incredible that this trailer dropped a mere 12 weeks before the release of the movie. Not your typical family vacation I’d say. What wide range of talented actors and actresses we have, Elizabeth Moss, Winston Duke, Lupita Nyong’o and Yahya Abdul-Mateen, this promises to be another smash hit. Much like Get Out, I’m sure there will be a big twist, and there will be a ton of layers to peel back and digest. This is one of the scariest trailers I can remember and I counted like 10 plus jump scares, so I’d recommend wearing a diaper in March. What a premise, my guess is that this family will be serial killers themselves and that they are like battling their inner demons or something. Whatever it is, Us looks fantastic and we have another young insanely talented film maker in our ranks.

Just another movie to look forward too in 2019. Which already promises to be one of the most packed movie going seasons of all time.

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‘Aquaman’ Review

The newest entry into the DCEU is pretty shiny, but all that glitters is certainly not gold. One of the most imaginative and visually stunning movies of 2018. Aquaman is a ton of fun, but the movie lacks a solid foundation.

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Arthur Curry learns that he is the heir to the underwater kingdom of Atlantis, and must step forward to lead his people and be a hero to the world.


So, Arthur Curry, I hear you can talk to fish? For as long as I can remember, Aquaman has kind of been treated as a joke in the comic book world. People mostly thought he was a punchline and wasn’t really capable of doing much other than talking to fish. When Geoff Johns reinvented the character with his spectacular New 52 run in the comics, he managed to do something that really had done before him, he made Aquaman cool. In fact, it’s one of the best New 52 runs that you can read, and I highly recommend it, if you’re a fan of comic books. I say this because the new Aquaman movie is very much influenced by this run. When we first met Aquaman back in Justice League, Jason Momoa certainly was a scene stealer and people certainly wanted to see more of his character and especially Atlantis. We dive right into the sea and the lost city of Atlantis, but at the end of the day, I felt Aquaman lacked a solid foundation and at times felt like a big old mess.

When you go through the Rolodex of Hollywood stars, you will come across certain actors and actresses that people just want to see. No matter the movie, good or bad, audiences will come out in herds to watch them. Jason Momoa is now one of those stars. He has so much charisma, and he’s so likable, that it really makes disliking Aquaman a difficult task. James Wan’s Aquaman is so colorful, at times it reminds me of Avatar underwater, mixed with a little bit of Star Wars. This is a large scale movie, with incredible action-packed sequences. But when all of this stuff isn’t going on, it was hard for me to stay invested in Aquaman. It has one of the worst scripts for a super-hero movie that I can remember. There’s a clear difference between being a cheesy film and flat out having a piss-poor script. I understand what James Wan was going for, making this an over-the-top cheese-fest, but sometimes if you want to be taken seriously, especially after your title character has been a running joke, maybe that wasn’t the best way to go. For all the stuff I disliked, there was also a ton of good and a lot of building blocks for future installments.

Much like her co-star, Amber Heard is perfectly cast as Mera. She might not have the best material to work with at times, but she’s giving it her best, and her character is one of the coolest in all of the DCEU so far. In a movie about water, being able to control water is a unique thing to watch. Her chemistry with Momoa is great, and it’s what carries the whole movie. If these two were the stars of the show, this could have been something truly awful. But when your two stars are so damn likable and they fantastic on screen together, it will be the driving force behind your film. When you toss in two kick-ass villains with Black Manta (Yahya Abdul-Mateen), who I couldn’t finally wait to see on the big screen and King Orm (Patrick Wilson), who is always a treat to watch. Both of these baddies are top-tier DCEU villains, and I’m glad we got to see them on the big screen. It’s a shame we don’t get to see them share the screen together, but that will come in due time. My only complaint is the lack of actual Black Manta in the film. I thought his character design was damn near perfect, although I thought he needed a bigger helmet! In a world where comic-book villains can lack motive and in all honesty backstory, King Orm was a nice change of pace. I would almost say he is an anti-hero. His world, the oceans have been getting abused for over a century by the land, and well he’s sick of it. It’s not difficult to understand where he is coming from and why he would be so upset. Nicole Kidman as Queen Atlanna was again one of the best aspects of the film. Watching her kick so much ass was a surprise to see and at times pretty shocking. That is not the Kidman I know, so seeing her in this role and her execution was flawless.

When you decide to get out of the shallow end and dive deep into the vast oceans, you might have wished you brought a life-jacket. The entire story feels rushed and muddled and held together with wet tape. Even someone as talented as William DaFoe and the almighty Dolph Lundgren can’t save this film. I will say that Dolph Lundgren was so enjoyable to watch, and the scenes he was part of, were what I wanted the whole movie to be. Tonally, the film flip-flops so much, where it doesn’t know what it wants to be. One minute we have a tense and emotional action set piece, which is followed by Pit Bull singing Toto’s Africa. When a large movie like Aquaman can’t decide what it wants to be, the moviegoer will have a hard time figuring out how to react. At least that’s how I felt.

The DCEU has been a bumpy ride, to begin with, all sorts of missteps and shortcomings and now Aquaman, which will end up being the highest-grossing DCEU movie ever, says a lot about where we are within the DC Universe. Visually, this is what I wanted from Aquaman, I just wanted a little more meat on the bones. James Wan does hit a home run with all the visual spectacle going on, but I wish there was a little more detail to the plot and the story he was telling, then making things so bright and colorful. Because I’m getting to the point, where as much as I want something so beautiful to look at, I also want a great story to be told. That’s what separates the great comic-book movies to well the duds. This is not a dud, and I did have fun with it, but is it so hard to ask for a little bit more and more polished script? I still remain hopeful for the future DCEU movies, and I know they will take what worked with Aquaman and improve on what didn’t for the sequel. Jason Momoa shines as its star and we can all thank Zack Snyder for casting him in this role because it simply doesn’t work without him.

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Nate’s Movie Tour Reviews – Aquaman = 66/100

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‘Bumblebee’ Review

The days of the Michael Bay Transformers movies is over. Bumblebee is a breath of fresh air, a heartfelt adventure from start to finish. It’s ET meets The Iron Giant.

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On the run in the year of 1987, Bumblebee finds refuge in a junkyard in a small Californian beach town. Charlie, on the cusp of turning 18 and trying to find her place in the world, discovers Bumblebee, battle-scarred and broken.


You know that old saying right. Fool me once, shame on you; fool me twice, shame on me. Well, what about five times? Okay, maybe just four. But since 2007 we have gotten five Transformers movies, all of which haven’t been met with the most positive reviews. The problem was, these movies were the definition of box-office gold. Gold Jerry, gold! The world had finally had enough after Transformers: The Last Knight, which bombed at the box-office, the studio execs over at Paramount decided it was time for a change. I’ll admit that I really enjoy the first Transformers and think it still holds up, but after four really bad sequels, I believe it kind of gets looped in with the rest of them. This isn’t about those movies, not anymore, it’s now about everyone’s second favorite Autobot, Bumblebee.

When the screen faded to black after all the previews and commercials, we are instantly transported to Cybertron, and let me tell you this. Not only is this the best opening scene of any movie in 2018, but it could be the best movie sequence in 2018. It’s everything us fans have wanted since 2007, it was Transformers perfection. Seriously I can’t stress enough how incredible the first 15 minutes of Bumblebee is. Travis Knight is responsible for directing this new addition to the Transformers universe, or maybe it’s the reset button on the whole thing, no one knows quite yet. Coming off Kubo & The Two Strings, people were giving this movie a chance. They played it smart, they scaled down the destruction, they simplified the plot, and they made the Transformers fun again. Bumblebee is an 80’s callback, which they love to remind the audience about every few minutes or so. I was okay with that, it doesn’t take away from the movie at all, and all the references were incorporated nicely. Unless you want to be a prick about things and say certain songs hadn’t be released before the summer of 87, then yeah go ahead a do that.

So Bumblebee takes place in the summer of 87′. He has fled Cybertron in hopes of setting up a base on Earth. He takes refuge in a junkyard and has been in hiding. Until Charlie (Hailee Steinfeld) finds him on her birthday and is able to take her home with her. She soon finds out that the yellow beetle is more than meets the eye. Steinfeld is a fantastic lead, much like Shia LaBeouf in the first Transformers, she’s quirky, and plays off Bee really well. Transforming in front of her very eyes, Charlie at first doesn’t know how to react but quickly realizes that much like herself, her new friend is scared and alone. You see, Charlie is a bit of an outcast herself and has secluded herself away from her friends and family ever since her Dad died from a heart attack. So this is kind of like a match made in heaven. Charlie helps Bee find his voice, while Bee helps Charlie feel like herself again. This is where the movie feels like an 80’s adventure. I mentioned ET and The Iron Giant, and honestly, that is like the perfect marriage. A lot of hijinks ensues, involving a large robot trying to fit into tiny places. Charlie eventually crosses paths with Memo (Jorge Lendeborg JR) literally the boy next door who helps Charlie and Bee keep safe from Sector 7 and Agent Burns (John Cena). Did anyone else know John Cena was in this movie? Because I couldn’t see him – sorry had to make that joke. In his first real big Hollywood role, I thought Cena was fine. In fact, he was pretty great in some scenes and provided a lot of the comedic relief in the film. He made for a formidable foe. The real standout villain in my mind and someone who wasn’t even in the movie, it was the voice work by Angela Bassett who voiced Shatter. Give some credit to Justin Theroux as well who voices Dropkick, her Decepticon side-kick.

Unlike preview incarnations where it was really hard to see the action going on in front of you, Travis Knight managed to make the action easy to follow. That was always one of the nitpicks with previous movies, you could never tell who was fighting who or just what the hell was going on. When our robots are throwing down, it’s fun to watch, and they were able to improve on something that was already awesome to watch on the big screen. All of the music is great, and the score is even better. Without a doubt, one of the best scores of 2018. Everything just flowed so well, the pacing is near perfect and the movie hits all the right beats. Emotionally and physically, when you wanted action, you got it, and when you just wanted to watch Bumblebee do stupid things, you got it. There’s a scene where he tries to tee-pee a house, and it’s hilarious. I just found myself having a good time throughout, something I have wanted to do with all the Transformers movies. They brought it back to its roots, and it felt like the 80’s cartoon come to life. If you have been disappointed with the other movies in this franchise, this will put a smile on your face, and if you have enjoyed them, guess what? This movie will put a smile on your face, it’s kind of a win-win situation here. I really hope this is the start of something special and the overhaul this franchise needed. Can’t say enough good things about Bumblebee.

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Nate’s Movie Tour Reviews – Bumblebee = 91/100

 

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‘The Mule’ Review

Say what you want about Clint Eastwood. The man is 88 years old and directs a movie every year, that’s so impressive. The Mule won’t be everyone’s cup of tea.

A 90-year-old horticulturist and Korean War veteran is caught transporting $3 million worth of cocaine through Illinois for a Mexican drug cartel


Regrets. I feel like Clint Eastwood has a lot of them. After watching his latest flick, The Mule, it felt pretty apparent that there are some underlying tones between his character in this movie and the real-life Clint Eastwood. It was almost like he wanted to use this project to tell the world that maybe he wasn’t always the greatest father or the worlds best husband during his life. When you start peeling back all of the layers of this film, when you get to its core, it’s about a man dealing with his family and all the regrets he feels about them. Yes, he still is an old-cranky white racist man, but after living on this planet for almost a century, what can you expect. Also remember that these are just characters he plays, and there’s a fine line between real life Clint Eastwood and the man we see on the big screen. Clint keeps on making movies, he was born to do so, and whether you agree with the person he is, the matter of the fact is, he is an 88-year-old man, who makes a film every year. What will you be doing when you’re 90? What are most 90-year-old people doing? Certainly not this.

So Earl Stone (Eastwood) isn’t a family man, in the first few minutes of the film he misses his daughter’s wedding in order to attend a flower convention. Earl loves flowers more than his family, he’s an incredible gardener and he’s well respected in that community. He enjoys putting the time into these flowers and watch them blossom into something beautiful. Something his wife points out, that he would rather watch his flowers bloom into something beautiful, while he stands by and watches his family die. He feels more comfortable among those people than he does around his own family. One of the themes of The Mule definitely is that “Millenials” ruin everything. That they don’t know how to do much, whether its how to change a tire, or deal with simple day-to-day tasks. It comes up so much throughout the movie, they really beat you over the head with it. In fact, Earl says at the beginning of the movie which takes place in 2005 that, “the internet, who needs it.” Well, the internet ran his flower business out of town, when we meet up with Earl 12 years later. All he wanted to do was provide for his family, “the most important thing is family.” Something Earl doesn’t realize until much later in life. So when his grand-daughter Ginny (Taissa Farmiga) is getting married, he meets one of her friends who said, if he ever needs some cash to give this number a call. You see Earl is 90 and he’s never had a parking ticket in his life, in fact, his entire record is squeaky clean. So Earl gets thrown into the life of a drug mule. He’s pretty much the perfect cover, and when he starts doing a great job, Earl very quickly becomes the cartels best and most reliable mule. Again, this is all about family, Earl is taking a serious risk, being tracked by DEA agents Bates (Bradley Cooper) and his partner (Michael Pena), and having to deal with well, the cartel.

You are going on a road trip with Clint, you spend a ton of time with him in his car, listening to him sing a various sort of songs, and I actually enjoyed this aspect of the film. As he keeps making these “runs” he soon figures out that he has bitten off way more than he can chew. But when he is able to help his community by re-opening his favorutie bar and pay for the open-bar at his grand-daughters wedding, Earl feels like this new gig is helping those most important to him. I wish we found out a little bit more about his past and why he is so distant with his family, missing one wedding couldn’t be all that he had done. That was one aspect I wish the film touched on because if the whole movie is going to circulate around this theme and this idea, it would have been more enjoyable if we knew just a tad more. Because when things between his family ultimately get better due to unfortunate circumstances that moment doesn’t feel as powerful as it could have. Clint is top-notch throughout, he played such a gentle, kind old man, but who also won’t take any shit from anyone, and toss in a pinch of racism. He has this charm, where Mexican cartel thugs learn to love him almost instantly and become his friend. Watching them teach Earl how to use a cell phone and text is quite funny.

Performances are great across the board, you can really tell how much Bradley Cooper admires Clint Eastwood, some even say he would love to be this generation, Clint. I’m pretty sure Bradley even let his Jackson Maine (A Star is Born) accent slip in a few scenes. Since Clint does make a movie every year, he can be really hit or miss, but I thought The Mule was another notch on his good belt. It surprised me in certain areas and I honestly thought I knew the whole movie before I even saw it. Tonally I don’t think it matched the great trailer, but that’s the job of a trailer, to sell you on a movie. I could have used more emotional beats, especially in those scenes that I felt could have been much more emotionally charged. With all that being said, I had fun with The Mule, and it’s one of Eastwood’s best films in recent memory. He has a great connection and chemistry with Cooper and I hope they continue to make movies together because I think Eastwood is going to outlive me.

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Nate’s Movie Tour Review – The Mule = 73/100

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‘Men In Black: International’ First Look

I will forever watch anything with Tessa Thompson.

What a reunion. Chris Hemsworth and Tessa Thompson back together after their great chemistry in Thor: Ragnarok! Personally I thought they were great together and I’m really happy to see them working together so soon. The world might not think we need a new Men In Black movie, but after this trailer, I’m kind of sold. If only on the great chemistry between its two stars. It’s been 6 years since we last saw the men in black suits, and personally after the huge success of the first film, I believe they failed to find their footing. The two sequels proved to be lacklustre and couldn’t live up to the original. Which I would consider, a perfect summer blockbuster.

These two stars are so damn likeable it’s really hard to not love this trailer. It has a lot going for it, one the whole concept of the men in black is cool as shit, it’s got a competent director in F. Gary Gray, and this movie is chalked full of star power. Along side it’s two stars we have Liam Neeson, Emma Thompson and Rebecca Ferguson. There’s a lot to like in here. Gary knows how to make an entertaining summer movie, with Fate of The Furious and Straight Out of Compton on his resume, so I know we will get a well put-together film. With all of that, and the fact they acknowledge the old, there’s a photo of Tommy Lee Jones and Will Smith characters in this trailer, who knows, maybe we can have an awesome end credits scene of a cameo of some sorts. There’s a ton of possibilities here, I just hope they focus on this story and this movie, rather than try to build a huge universe and set up 4 sequels to come. Focus on the task at hand and people will come watch, lately franchises plan for the sequel rather than the movie they have in front of them.

After Ghostbusters I wanted to see more Hemsworth comedy, and we are getting that here. For the amount of muscles his muscles have, we equally get a funny man. I dunno, seeing this universe again and in a new and refreshing light made me smile. I’m all in on this and it could crack the 20 most anticipated list for 2019!

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First ‘Hellboy’ Trailer Drops

Ohhhhh boy…..

Imagine trying to follow Guillermo Del Toro. Those are some truly hard shoes to fill, arguably one of the most visually gifted director working today, no wonder a lot of people disliked this trailer. Look, to begin with, people just wanted Ron Perlman to return and make a Hellboy 3, but the studio was thinking differently and wanted to take this franchise in a whole new direction. A shift tonally and having a new star could shake things up enough to peak the interest of the fans. In steps David Harbour, the star of Stranger Things. I will say this, he wasn’t the worst part about this trailer.

I mentioned the shift in tone, but honestly I couldn’t tell what kind of tone they are going for here. It seems more bloody and violent then it’s predecessors, while at the same time being light hearted and fun. They even played Billy Idol throughout the trailer. So right off the bat, fans seem confused on what to expect from the new Hellboy. I think it has a great cast, Ian McShane is a fan favourite and is always churning out wicked performances and the same can be said for Milla Jovovich, who appears to be playing the villain of the movie.

I don’t like writing off movies completely after seeing a trailer, especially the first. But this just overall came across as a utter mess. Neil Marshall who is the new director has a lot to live up too. I just wanted maybe a little more, and even some of the visual effects and certainly the way Hellboy looks really through me for a loop. But, what do I know right?

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‘The Favourite’ Review

Yorgos Lanthimos newest outing which centers around 18th Century British Royalty is simply a delight. It’s Barry Lyndon meets Animal House

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“In early 18th century England, a frail Queen Anne (Colman) occupies the throne and her close friend Lady Sarah (Weisz) governs the country in her stead. When a new servant Abigail (Stone) arrives, her charm endears her to Sarah.


So this evening Nathan headed to the cinema. I planned on seeing Clint Eastwood’s newest film The Mule, but when I arrived the show was sold out. I hadn’t come all this way for nothing and I wouldn’t leave the theatre without seeing something. I reviewed all my options and settled on The Favourite. It has been generating a ton of positive buzz lately and was just nominated for 5 Golden Globes. I figured it was time for me to sit down and enjoy some 18th Century British hijinks. Now in my opening remarks, I said this was a mixture between Barry Lyndon, which portrays the British as eloquent, pristine and very proper. Where Animal House is one of the greatest comedies ever made and depicts the life of living in a fraternity. Well, 18th Century Britain was somewhat like that, well if you had money and were royalty. This movie really loves to critique and poke fun at British royalty. The Favourite opens up with a few laughs and then quickly you are transported to a room that has duck racing, that’s right you read that correctly, duck racing. Watching a room full of men wearing wigs, and knitted skirts cheering madly for ducks was something to behold, and it was at that precise moment that I knew I would enjoy The Favourite. Unfamiliar with Yorgos’s work, I haven’t seen The Lobster, I knew nothing about his directing style, but after sitting through this, I know I like it very much. He’s a fan of the idiosyncrasies, where each one of his characters has their own little traits and quirks, which makes them who they are. I rather enjoyed this aspect of the film, and it just felt fresh to me, again not being immersed in his work beforehand.

This is a cat and mouse movie. It depicts a love triangle between our Queen Anne (Olivia Colman), Lady Sarah (Rachel Weisz), and Abagail (Emma Stone). It has all sorts of backstabbing, manipulation, and some good old fashion, “I’m going to straight up poison you pranks”. Each of these ladies, who are all so terrific, and I hope to see them all nominated for Oscars. They all have their own quirks as well. Queen Anne is stubborn and needs attention, but at the same time, she cares for her people and more importantly those that she loves. Lady Sarah is calculated, always making sure that she is two steps ahead of the enemy and anyone standing in her way. You see she and the Queen have a secret romance, that is until her Cousin Abagail shows up and asks for a job. Abagail is cut-throat, her trait, she’s a two-faced bitch. This movie reminded me of a rom-com which two men vie for the same woman and try to one-up each other, by doing this that means you sometimes have to get your hands dirty. Along with these three spectacular characters, the costumes and set pieces almost come alive themselves. They bring so much life and energy into this film, and for me, that was the best thing about it. It felt like you were being transported back to the 18th century, but here’s the kicker, it felt very modern. The way everyone was speaking, their mannerisms, it all felt very present-day to me. Which I found to be just super effective. There’s even a dance number, which felt like it was ripped from a Step Up film. A little on the nose, and after doing some digging, I think that’s Yorgos’s style. Nicholas Hoult plays Harley and my god, he’s marvelous. His comedic timing and his subtlety were brilliant. He works for the Queen but they don’t always see eye-to-eye with one another. I haven’t really seen this side of him, he’s not really known for this comedy, and the fact he wears a ridiculous outfit, makeup, and a wig in the entire film makes it all the better. He deserves a ton of credit here, I had no idea he was in this, I hadn’t even seen a trailer for this going in. But he really blew me away.

The Favourite is a black comedy, the jokes are crude, there’s a ton of nudity, and I didn’t really expect all of that. Men hit women, women hit men, this being a period piece, I guess that is to be expected, but I didn’t think it would be a black comedy. They make light of all this, but that comes with the territory. Though the humor is great, it can be very subtle at times, and either you’ll get it, or it will fly right over your head. Olivia Colman is responsible for a lot of the subtle humor and just her facial expressions alone can sell a scene. How far would you go to gain power? Who are you willing to hurt to feel safe and protected? Queen Anne just wants to be loved, she doesn’t have any family, even with this being a deep-rooted black comedy, in moments it can get very serious. For instance, the Queen has 17 rabbits and when you find out the nature of why this is, it’s pretty heartbreaking, and it really humanizes her as a character. They are her family essentially, so she wants the people closest to her to treat them as such, and with as much care and respect as she does. Towards the end of the film, I started to realize that there are no heroes, only three women that are driven by what suits them most. I’d say Abagail is the villain because she had the worst behavior and does some horrendous things. I found this very odd, that in a movie where there is clearly a villain, there was no hero to stand up to them, or combat them, rather just two other characters, not floating through time and space, but trying to come away from all this alive and blood free.

The final scene of the movie lingers for quite some time, it lingers so long for effect. The effect of you trying to figure out what this all means. It sends a clear and powerful message, through just a close-up shot, and then it stays there for what felt like 90 seconds. It was really the cherry on top of an already satisfying sundae. Come Oscar season I won’t be shocked if this has 7 or 8 nominations and could easily be the front-runner for best picture. This was just such a delightful time, I really recommend it. Actually, I command you to see it.

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Nate’s Movie Tour Reviews — The Favourite = 91/100

 

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Swing Into The ‘Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse’ Review

Get immersed in the Spider-Verse. A joyous journey that is filled with laughs, a ton of heart and some flawless animation.

“Miles Morales becomes the Spider-Man of his reality and crosses paths with his counterparts from other dimensions”


We all know the Peter Parker origin story by now. Since 2002 we have gotten three different iterations of the character. “With great power, comes great responsibility,” you know, that old chestnut. Peter is bitten by a radioactive spider, his Uncle Ben dies in the streets of New York City, web swinging ensues. We have all seen it so many times, it can become quite tiresome at this point. Well, what if I told you, the latest animated movie from Sony has not one but 6 different Spider-Man origin stories. Makes your head want to explode, yes? Well, again what if I told you, that each origin story is hilarious and pulled off so seamlessly, that it makes you wish you got a few more. Heading into Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse, I went in pretty blind. I decided not to look too much into this movie, because, at this point in my life, I’m getting tired of knowing every single nook and cranny before I even see the movie. I’m here to report that the less you know going in, the better off you will feel watching this sure-fire Oscar winner for best-animated feature. Presently surprised is how I would sum up my experience with Spider-Verse, and it, without doubt, cracked my top ten best movies of 2018.  Some people may sit here and read this and think to themselves, it’s just animation, how good can it really be? Trust me when I say, don’t be that person that thinks animation can only be for children, don’t be that person.  

So Spider-Verse tells the story of Miles Morales (Shameik Moore) a kid growing up in Brooklyn and trying to discover where he fits in. You see Miles has just enrolled in a new school, where he feels like he doesn’t belong. He has a hard time connecting with the kids at his school and an even harder time connecting with his father Jefferson Davis (Brian Tyree Henry), who happens to be on the New York Police Force. Miles finds comfort in his Uncle Aaron (Mahershala Ali) because they share the same interest and he lets Miles be himself when he’s around. Uncle Aaron and Jefferson are no longer on speaking terms and they don’t see eye-to-eye on how Miles should be brought up. Now when Uncle Aaron takes Miles to a secret location in one of the New York Subway stations so he can do some of his incredible graffiti work, that’s where he gets bitten by a pesky radio-active spider. You see in Miles’s reality there is already a Spider-Man, Peter Parker, who at this point has been suiting up for 8 years. He tries to learn how to become Spider-Man and do Spider-Man like things through comics, which is a hilarious gag on its own. But it’s simply not enough, he needs to learn from the man himself.

That’s all I’m really going to say about the plot of the movie because anything else just goes into spoiler territory and I already mentioned how nice it is watching this and being completely unaware of anything story related. What I can say about the actual story of the film is how flushed out it is. How character-driven it is and how impressed I was with the story-telling at hand. This is by far the most comic-bookie Spider-Man movie ever made. In certain moments it’s literally a comic book coming to life, with comic book texts appearing on the screen. Everything going on within the Spider-Verse so was well executed that it makes you wonder how long it must have taken to create something like this. It’s got incredible action sequences, top-notch humor, I’m talking the whole entire theatre is laughing, I can’t recall one joke falling flat. Again, that is an aspect in movies that sometimes gets overlooked. Not a single aspect of this entire film falls short of expectations, I can’t recall a movie in 2018 that checks every box like Spider-Verse

A ton of the credit needs to go to the just perfect voice casting. Jake Johnson (Peter Parker), Chris Pine (Peter Parker), Nic Cage (Spider-Man Noir), John Mulaney (Spider-Ham), Hailee Steinfeld (Gwen Stacy) and Kimiko Glenn (Penni Parker), all of these voice actors do such a bang-up job. At its core, it’s what keeps the movie always feeling fresh and alive. Because there are so many great voices happening, and I even left out a few. They all bring their own flair and attitude to their respected roles, and it really keeps you invested. They didn’t just cast certain actors or actresses, they cast these people because of their voices. It’s just not them doing voices, there’s a difference, and ultimately that plays such a large role in taking animation from good to great. Much like Batman The Animated Series, where the voices in that show carried the show, the voices in Spider-Verse carry the movie. 

Overall, I would love to really dive deep into everything, but that would ruin a great experience. Maybe I’ll write more on this movie at a later date because this is a film I would like to see again. But the animation alone is worth the price of admission, it’s a 3D movie I actually enjoyed sitting through. It’s the best Spider-Man movie since Spider-Man 2. I think at the end of the day, it’s easier to do things in animation then it is for live-action, but the actual story-telling is some of the very best, like in any comic book movie. I believe Spider-Man 2 is just the slightest bit better, but that is taking away nothing from Spider-Verse. I’m still taking everything in, and the more I think about it and even sitting down to write this review, I can’t think of one flaw in the entire movie. King Pin the villain was terrific and why he is being bad, actually makes sense and they really go into his character which I liked. In certain moments you are actually sympathizing with him, and whenever a film is able to make you feel for the villain, in my mind, that is the mark of a truly great one. This is without question the can’t miss movie of the holiday season, it has stuff for adults like myself, but it’s made for the younger audiences. The thing I liked the most about it, was how they made you wait for Miles to become a “Superhero.” Often in these movies, the hero will get their powers and the next day they know how to do everything, that’s not the case here. Those things take time, becoming a hero takes time. All the credit in the world to Phil Lord who wrote the screenplay and Bob Persichetti and Peter Ramsey who directed it. They clearly know these characters and put such a nice refreshing take on the Spider-Man story. This whole thing doesn’t work without a creative a great new story, because we have all seen this too many times already. So hats off to those three men and everyone involved for making this masterpiece. 

Check ya later.

Nate’s Movie Tour Reviews – Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse = 100/100  

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‘Triple Frontier’ Trailer

This is either going to be incredible or a pile of crap. There is no in between.

Well regardless of the outcome, I guess it’s got one thing going for it, that’s a whole lot of hunk. My god, what a cast. When this trailer dropped yesterday I was shocked, shocked to see a movie with a cast like this be a Netflix release. In my opinion that means that it’s either a pile of absolute shit or they have truly something special on their hands. I can’t decide where it’s going to fall, even after watching the trailer multiple times.

Army boys get together to plan a good old heist. So we all know how much I love a good heist movies. You know the recipe, betrayal, backstabbing and tons of action. I want this all in every movie I see, but that can’t happen. I think the thing I’m most looking forward to is seeing Ben Affleck in another role another thank a superhero flick. It’s about time to see him in another project, I feel like it’s been ages since we have seen him in just a straight up action film, probably since The Town. J.C Chandor is directing and he doesn’t have any real credentials to his name, so that worries me. But if Netflix picked him, he must be the man for the job.

Joining Ben is Oscar Issac, Charlie Hunnam, Pedro Pascal and my boy Garrett Hedlum. That is so much talent on the screen at one time. That’s why I’m leaning on the side of this being really good! All these guys didn’t sign up for a shitty project, there’s just no way. It’s also dropping sooner rather than later in March, so we won’t have to wait that long. Check out the trailer below.

https://youtu.be/Fo3yRLLrXQA

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New ‘Godzilla: King of The Monsters’ Trailer

And this is exactly why we go to the movies.

Yes. That’s an actual shot from the actual trailer that will actually be in the actual movie. Mouth full ain’t it? Sweet lord, what a follow up to the best trailer of 2018. The hype is certainly real with the next installment into the Godzilla franchise. I was waiting all week for this puppy to drop and let me tell you something, it didn’t disappoint. After the release of the first trailer I knew it would be hard to top it. After watching this new one about 20 times already, I can safely say that it’s a tie! I feel like the music from the first one elevated the trailer so much, that it could have been a man watching paint dry and I still would have found it beautiful. But the actual footage in the newest trailer is so damn good, this is now my most anticipated movie of 2019.

Once again they really don’t need to show much in order to have people awe struck. It’s very very large monsters literally kick the shit out of one another. I will have your largest popcorn and soda pop please and thank you. For something that is so incredibly vast in scale, these monsters or titans as the trailer is putting it, looks rather breath-taking if you ask me. It’s so clean and cut and you can actually tell what the hell is going on. I don’t know how they pull this off or even begin to create something like this. All the monsters look so glorious and the King himself Godzilla is a forefront and he looks awesome.

Just an insane cast of stellar actors and actresses, that this promises to be one of the best films of 2019 (hopefully). Everything up to this point is pointing in the direction of this being a home run, and we haven’t even really seen all that much. Just imagine when King Kong shows up. God I love movies.

https://youtu.be/B12REtkl2KY