‘The Irishman’ Trailer

This legendary trio is back together, but could it be to little to late, or can they all muster up some movie magic one last time?

Once at the top of their respect games, three Oscar winners, now starring in a movie together, all under the tutelage of the great Martin Scorsese. The Irishman a biographical crime drama that follows an alleged hitman Frank Sheeran (DeNiro) and the possible slaying of Jimmy Hoffa (Pacino). The trailer can’t help but make you feel nostalgic, about all the wonderful times you’ve had watching these actors perform their craft, and when they are at their best, it’s usually in a Scorsese film. Weird thing is, this is going straight to Netflix, no big theatrical release, just on September 27th, it will pop up worldwide on everyone’s Netflix. Strange that a movie with this much star power won’t be getting that sort of treatment, but then again, Netflix is turning into a beast of its own.

As for the trailer, it looks solid. Very Goodfellas kind of vibe going on throughout it, which is never a bad sign. I can’t recall the last time we watched Joe Pesci in anything. That’s one thing this movie has going for it, star power. The list is too long, but whether or not this will add up to be a recipe for success remains uncertain at this point in time. One thing that is clear, we have several of the very best along side one of the best directors, in a mob movie, something they all excel at. The Irishman could end up being this years Roma, a Netflix film that becomes a serious contender come Oscar season. Something tells me this could be juggernaut and will have everyone talking the following week, because if this is as good as it could be, everyone and I mean everyone will be watching The Irishman.


‘Once Upon A Time In Hollywood’ Review

If you feel like hanging out with Leonardo DiCaprio and Brad Pitt for 3 hours, then this movie will be for you. This is a classic “hang” movie, with Brad Pitts greatest performance.

A faded television actor and his stunt double strive to achieve fame and success in the film industry during the final years of Hollywood’s Golden Age

1969 Hollywood, a time and place of wonder. The air was cleaner, the sex was dirtier and Charles Manson was on the loose. Just an all-around magical time for Hollywood. At least that’s how Quentin Tarantino feels with his 9th film and an absolute masterpiece, Once Upon A Time In Hollywood.

It’s now been almost 30 years with Quentin Tarantino making movies for this world and he’s become one of the most discussed and polarizing directors we have ever seen. Before Tarantino came along, there was a certain mold and certain way that you crafted a film. Well, he literally tossed the rule book out the window and decided he would make his own rules and do things his own way. The rules in film making are what you make it, and that describes Quentin to a tee. That’s one of the best aspects of Tarantino. The fact that this guy loves cinema just as much as we do, in fact, he loves it more. When you have a filmmaker that’s this passionate about making movies, it’s a mixture for a fantastic product, and that’s why I love every single one of his films. They are so personal and so detailed that you can’t help but respect this guy so much. He reinvented how characters act and speak in movies. It’s like we are watching just a group of our friends hang out, and talk about whatever.

Once Upon A Time In Hollywood is no different. As we sit and watch Rick Dalton (Leo) a struggling partially over the hill TV actor trying to deal with the fact that he might be washed up. Along side him, his best friend and his stunt man Cliff Booth (Pitt). Now both of these characters are made up, and they are placed in this alternative reality of 1969 Hollywood, where they become intertwined with one of the most notorious and shocking events in American history, the Charles Manson murders. Cliff and Rick do everything together, and we are along for the ride. We even get to watch them watch a television program that Rick is apart of. In a very interesting scene, where for about 3 minutes you’re watching a fake television program and in the background hearing DiCaprio and Pitt colour commentate the whole thing. That’s why, whether or not you’re a fan of his work, this movie won’t be for everyone. It’s slow like I mentioned this is a hangout movie. It’s a day in the life kind of movie with a bunch of different perspectives. You’re watching a behind the scenes look at how television shows were made back in the hey-day. But this is what’s so fascinating about it. Leonardo DiCaprio, one of the greatest actors, is playing this vulnerable and at times kind of pathetic actor, and it’s so weird to see this side of him. But here’s the thing, Leo is so good at what’s he’s being asked to do, a guy who is just trying to stay relevant and a guy who used to be at the top of his game, feels threatened by younger stars and at times reminds the world that he is a brilliant actor. It was quite interesting to watch unfold. As for Brad Pitt, I personally believe this is his greatest role and performance. He’s the definition of cool, and just some of the things he does in this movie will be a talking point for a long time among moviegoers. Both Leo and Brad should be nominated for Oscars and I would love to see one of them bring home the gold.

Going in I thought this would heavily lean on the Mason murders and Sharon Tate, but that’s not what this movie is about, like at all. It’s a sub-plot that comes to a whirlwind of a conclusion in the last 20 minutes, but this is a movie about two friends who happen to fall in the middle of something. Margot Robbie as Sharon Tate was great. She isn’t given a lot to do or say, but it doesn’t mean she’s not a force when she’s on-screen. She’s so full of life and joy and brings such a ray of sunshine in every scene she’s in, that at times you forget about the horrific fate that she received. I can’t say anymore because knowing what I know now, and what I thought this movie was going to be about, were two totally different things, and I’m so glad this movie was marketed the way it was.

You really do feel that you’re being transported back to 1969 because every last detail in this thing is spot on. Another crowning achievement from Quentin. The cinematography, the colours, costumes, even the radio ads that you hear while our characters drive were apparently the exact radio ads being played that day in Los Angeles. Now if that isn’t dedication to your craft I don’t know what is. All of that, plus this insane cast of people, giving classic Tarantino performances, where you have this 8-year-old girl explaining in the movie to Leo, about her craft and why she can’t eat lunch because it messes with the way she acts, is so damn good. Julia Butters, an 8-year-old, blows Leo off the screen for 5 minutes and then you realize it’s because Tarantino is better than anyone at getting the most out of his cast. He writes dialogue almost better than anyone.

This is Quentin’s love letter to Hollywood, a place that he adores and admires, and it shows through his work. This is, without doubt, the most personal and compassionate thing he’s ever made. You never know what you’re getting when you walk into a Tarantino film, and you certainly don’t know how you’ll feel when you walk out. I was stunned and thrilled by what I watched, and this is certainly so far my favourite film of 2019.

Once Upon A Time In Hollywood = 94/100


‘Zombieland 2: Double Tap’ Trailer

As a huge fan of the first, I’m actually so excited to see Woody kill so many zombies. We better see Bill Murray again.

Seriously. It’s been 10 years (I wrote that with the voice of the old woman on the Titanic voice) since we last saw everyones favourite zombie killing family. Seeing how this movie is coming out in October and they are just starting the marketing now has me a tad bit worried. With the success of the first and in the last ten years, it’s not like Emma Stone went on to win Oscars and Jesse Eisenberg became a massive household name. One would think they would seriously get ahead of this thing and market the shit out of this movie.

The comedic spin on the zombie apocalypse was a nice touch and the chemistry between the 4 main stars was palpable. Now we are tossing in Luke Wilson, Rosario Dawson, Dan Aykroyd, Zoey Deutch and Thomas Middleditch who are appearing as pseudo doppelgängers for the original 4 cast members. Will they be bad? Or will they add to this already fantastic family dynamic. I just know that the first left me wanting more and all we had to do was wait ten years.

The trailer is actually very well done, plays again to the humour aspect of the film, but showcases a ton of zombie killing. Can’t wait.


‘A Beautiful Day In The Neighbourhood’ Trailer

Tom Hanks has had so many incredible performances in his life, but I think this is the role he was born to play.

After the documentary that broke everyone’s hearts; Won’t You Be My Neighbour? We getting another telling of one of the most beloved and famous children’s television host, Fred Rogers. So pull out your sneakers and cardigans, because I’m sure this will be another touching and emotional journey.

Who better to play one of the most kind and caring souls to ever grace this earth, than another kind and caring soul in Tom Hanks. Looking spot on to even the tiniest little mannerism, Hanks has gone bye-bye and totally immersed himself into the world that Mr. Rogers had built. Even if this doesn’t turn out to be a fantastic movie, just from watching this trailer, you can bet that Tom Hanks will be a shoe-in for an Oscar nomination. His last nomination came all the way back in 2001 with Castaway, and his last win was 24 years ago. That would be so achievement to win Oscars that far apart from one another.

Directed by Marielle Heller who is coming off Can You Ever Forgive Me? Where the star Melissa McCarthy was nominated for an Oscar. So you know that Marielle is capable of getting the most out of her stars.

Overall the trailer looks the part, from every little detail on the set of his show, and I’m sure they will capture the essence and the true character of Fred Rogers. This one could be special.

Hits theatres November 22nd.


New ‘IT: Chapter 2’ Trailer

Bigger budget. Bigger stars. Bigger body count. Pennywise is back.

I can’t remember a franchise that has had this many incredible trailers for their movies. That’s 4 in a row dating back to IT: Chapter 1. This is one beautiful trailer, with some many visuals and imagery that will surely haunt your dreams.

It’s been 27 years and Pennywise is hungry. Bill Skarsgard is elevating his performance, we get a ton of new Pennywise footage in this trailer and he is on the hunt. What a re-imaging he has done with this iconic horror movie villain and turned it not only into something pretty iconic, but the level of acting he’s doing is worth noting.

I’m so happy they really put Isaiah Mustafa and his portrayal of adult Mike on display in this trailer. He’s such an important and vital role in the second half of this creepy story. Mike didn’t really get his due in Chapter 1 and it appears they are making up for that here. All the adult losers are involved in some sort of way, and the casting is just so perfect. Bill Hader looks like he’s going to be phenomenal as adult Richie. It’s so refreshing to see him in something like his after showcasing his terrific acting in his TV show Barry. But at the end of the day the trailer belongs to Pennywise and it looks like not only is the kill count going to sky-rocket but the amount of blood as well.

September 6th can’t get here fast enough!


New ‘Ad Astra’ Trailer

Liv Tyler needs to stop being involved with people that go on dangerous space explorations.

It feels so good to have “movie star” Brad Pitt back in our lives doesn’t it? When was the last time he was even involved in a movie with this much magnitude? Everything about James Grays Ad Astra is simply stunning.

Can we all just stop and appreciate some of the visuals we are getting in this trailer. Gun fights in space, you now have our absolute attention. The whole thing feels so large in scale, yet so mysterious. We haven’t even really seen Tommy Lee Jones in the flesh in either trailer just in a video recording and he is the focal point of the mystery. Just two phenomenal actors working as father and son, I know if they get to share the screen together, Pitt and Jones are going to crush it.

Now can we as a population not make this 2019’s First Man. Another great and beautiful space movie that no one decided to see. I guess you can debate who can carry a film better Pitt or Gosling, but the world needs more great space movies and in order for that to happen, they need to succeed at the box-office. So that’s make that happen, because Ad Astra looks special.

Hits theatres September 20th!


‘The Kings Man’ Trailer

Matthew Vaughn is bringing this franchise back to its roots. A sleek and stylish trailer, that appears to be a step up from the Kingsman sequel.

Who knew that we needed a Kingsman prequel. I’m sure not many people asked for it. After the success of the first, yes fans wanted more Eggsy and Harry Hart. The Golden Circle was a let down to say the least, I think Vaughn let this franchise get away from itself a little bit. With too much style, not enough substance.

Well now here we are, the first trailer for the prequel, the telling of what seems to be the origin for how the Kingsman came to be. Vaughn has one of the best sense of action, and its on display here in the trailer. Much like the previous two films, it focuses on over the top, slow motion action, but it always works so well. This feels and looks a little more grounded and definitely less colourful, but seeing the time and setting of the film, it makes perfect sense.

The cast is just incredible, a ton of star power and just terrific actors. Ralph Fiennes, who could be playing the founder of Kingsman, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Matthew Goode, Daniel Bruhl and Rhys Ifans, with many more. I’m hoping the really go deep on why the Kingsman came to be and hopefully have some tie ins with our cast in present day.

Overall a solid first glimpse at what appears to be a great rebond from a movie that is all but forgotten.

Hits theatres in 2020!


‘The Lion King’ Review

It’s only a matter of time before Disney runs the world. The Lion King is fun for the whole family, but some people might have a hard time moving on from the flawless animated film.

After the murder of his father, a young lion prince flees his kingdom only to learn the true meaning of responsibility and bravery.

It’s official, the cash cow that is Disney has hacked the system. At this point, it’s almost becoming unfair that they have all these properties and for the foreseeable future we will be getting “live action” adaptations of all the animated Disney classics. When Jon Favreau decided he wanted to take a break from directing Iron Man and throw his hat in the ring with The Jungle Book, at that time it was, his words, the most technological advances movie ever made. The visuals were stunning, and on top of that, he managed to capture and bring the jungle to life. Now here we are, he’s tackling yet another classic and to some, the greatest Disney film to date. The Lion King, the movie that made every single human being on earth cry. So pure, so perfect, it’s hard to imagine anything but the original. How can you improve on something that is already perfect?

What an opening, it’s almost frame for frame with the animated classic and you’re instantly shot up with a dose of nostalgia and transported to a time where things were much easier in your life. Right off the bat, you realize how spectacular the visuals are within this film. Sometimes it’s so lifelike you forget that you’re watching a movie and not the discovery channel. The biggest concern I think people have going into the new Lion King is comparing it to the original. Now, it’s extremely difficult to compare something that is animated to something that is supposed to be lifelike. You can’t capture the same emotions and colours and overall essence that can go into animation. The world is essentially your oyster when it comes to creating something that is animated. If you can separate to two, I believe you can totally enjoy this. But if you sit down and dislike this movie because it’s not as bright and as colourful and these characters don’t have as much life in them, you will miss out on a movie that is so incredible and so much fun, it will be something you will regret.

Much like the original, the voice acting is perfect. The voices match their counterparts so well, and at times it’s mind-blogging how well they cast this movie. John Oliver in particular as Zazu was so fantastic, that every time that bird opens his mouth you can’t help but giggle. There is so much star power sprinkled throughout the film, which helps carry it. Seth Rogan and Bill Eichner as everyone’s favourites Timon and Pumbaa. Who have a lot more to say in this, which only makes sense? They add to the script quite a bit, because whenever you adapt something that is animated the run time will always increase. With everything that is added feels necessary and doesn’t over bloat the film at all, and it all just comes off as very natural.

As for the musical numbers, they’re great. When you have talents like Donald Glover and Beyoncé singing songs in your movie, it’s going to work out. They seemed like they had a ton of fun voicing these characters. The best musical number was “I Can’t Wait To Be King” where that felt like the most cartoonish sequence in the film. It was by far the most colourful and fun moment of the movie because people tend to forget that the second half of The Lion King is pretty dark and bleak. A lot of criticism will be placed on how much joy and fun are packed into the original and this doesn’t capture that. In fact, there is hardly any colour throughout the film, but it’s supposed to be lifelike. Animals don’t interact and look the way they do in animation and I think it’s so unfair to Favreau and everyone involved. Instead, the focus should once again be on the level of achievement on bringing something like this to life and making you feel like you’re watching real-life animals talk to one another.

The biggest flaw within the movie is the level of emotional attachment to the characters you feel. Since they themselves can express all of the emotions an animator can draw, it’s hard to feel the same level of weight during those scenes that pull at your heartstrings. For instance the stampede sequence. It just doesn’t come across the same in a heart-crushing manner.

This is going to divide fans alike and be so decisive. It’s an enjoyable time at the movies. It’s chalk full of great laughs, no thanks to Seth Rogan and John Oliver, the visuals are some of the best I’ve ever seen and the voice acting is spot on. Just like our little friends Timon and Pumbaa tell us. “You gotta put the past behind ya.” So if you can’t move on from what is one of the best and most precious animated Disney films of all time, then this movie will have a hard time sitting well with you. But if you can move on and take this for what it is, there’s no way you don’t walk out of that theatre satisfied.

The Lion King 75/100


‘Spider-Man: Far From Home’ Review

Once again Tom Holland shines as the friendly neighbourhood Spider-Man, in an overall enjoyable MCU experience

It’s been quite the year for Marvel and all of their fans. People are still recovering from the events that unfolded in Avengers: Endgame, much like the very heroes that star in the movie. One of those heroes is Tom Holland and his excellent portrayal of Peter Parker aka Spider-Man. Losing someone close to you is never easy, and losing someone who gifted you the responsibility to be the next lead Avenger, even worse. So you can only imagine how Peter is feeling after the death of his friend and his mentor Tony Stark at the end of Endgame. It’s hit him pretty hard, and Peter is looking forward to being a regular teenager this summer and chasing girls and touring Europe with his best friend. You know that’s never the case when you’re a superhero and before Peter knows it, his summer vacation is being hijacked by Nick Fury himself as he is on deck once again to save the world from total annihilation.

Much like Spider-Man Homecoming, this feels very much like a high school teen comedy mixed with ith a superhero movie. I’ll start off by saying I do enjoy this incarnation of the character, but at times I wish it felt a little more mature like the Sam Raimi version because I do believe at times that’s what’s missing from these films. That being said, I love Tom Holland in this role and think he’s doing such a fantastic job, but at times, I wish they would pull back on the immature material. I hope the next solo Spider-Man movie can make a little bit of a time jump so we can see him in a mature relationship with MJ and deal with being a superhero as well as tackling the complications of being an adult.

Jon Watts who directed Homecoming once again does a fantastic job at capturing the essence of this character all while showing us stuff we’ve never encountered in the 6 other solo Spider-Man movies. This time around Peter is battling wits with Quintin Beck aka Mysterio. Most known for having a giant fishbowl on his head. A goofy villain, to say the least, the master of illusion, but when he’s being played by Jake Gyllenhaal, well it’s a home-run, to say the least. Michael Keaton’s Vulture was an adult and I think it’s awesome to see the difference in age with these villains. They could easily make them closer to Peters’s age, but I rather enjoy seeing him do battle with grown men. I won’t really go into much of Mysterio because that will be spoiling the movie, but he’s awesome and is involved in the best Spider-Man sequence we have ever gotten in a movie. He was a really fun villain to see come to life and I hope we get to see more of him in the future. Peter turns immediately to Quintin to replace the mentor role in his life when he believes he is a hero and sees what he saw in Tony. Tom and Jake had terrific chemistry together and I honestly wish somehow Mysterio didn’t end up being a bad guy because Jake is such a great actor and it would have been a cool spin on the character if he was good and became part of the larger MCU picture. Sharing a similar backstory as the Vulture, a disgruntled former employee of Stark Industries, I feel like people will either hate this or love it. Tying in Tony, to Peter villains is a nice new spin on them, and it makes Tony still relèvent in his life. You have to remember that this Spider-Man joined a large universe where Tony Stark was the centerpiece of that universe. It only makes sense to combine his world and Peters.

Zendaya and her portrayal of MJ is top-notch. She matches Peters’s awkwardness to perfection, I just want to see this at a little more mature nature, but overall Tom and Zendaya are right alongside Tobey and Kristin and Andrew and Emma for the Spider-Man power couple. This whole Spider-Man universe is so far removed from anything we’ve really seen before it, I can understand why some fans might be upset. But when you’ve gotten two iterations of Spider-Man before this version, I think it’s not only necessary to switch things up, but it’s very refreshing. At the end of this movie, something happens that you’ll either love or actually despise because just the way the character is built and has been put in front of us since 2000 might make you scratch your head.

Overall, this is just another solid outing from Tom and the entire cast, with some stellar visuals, a really great villain, played by one of the best actors in Hollywood and we got to witness the best Spider-Man sequence in a movie. They build on Peters’s story really well, with what was built in Homecoming and everything that occurred in the last two Avengers movies. There’s so much that’s going to be explored with this character and Tom Holland is going to be Spider-Man for the next 10 years. I’m throwing it out there right now. I want Rob McElhenney as Venom or Dacre Montgomery both would be perfect. Hopefully, McElhenney, let’s make that happen Marvel.

Nate’s Movie Tour Reviews – Spider-Man: Far From Home = 83/100


‘Knives Out’ Trailer

Well isn’t this just refreshing after a terrible summer blockbuster season.

Finally! The wait is finally over. The trailer for the highly anticipated Knives Out, directed by Rian Johnson is here. Name a famous person, go ahead, name any famous person and I bet they are in this movie. What a cast! This is one of the best all around casts I’ve ever seen. So much talent across the board, all bringing their own sense of style and personality to the table.

After their father mysteriously dies on his 85th birthday played by the legend Christopher Plummer, it’s up to a few detectives to solve the case. We have a whodunit on our hands! I can’t believe Rian Johnson stoke this idea from Adam Sandler, kidding, but kind of a cooky coincidence that we are getting two murder mysteries in a 5th month span. Obviously this one will be much better. Rian Johnson the man behind The Last Jedi and one of the most underrated movies of this decade, Looper.

The cast alone, which is way to many people to name should bring audiences to the theatres, and Johnson’s great track record should help as well. I feel like trailers for these sorts of movies are hard to pull off because you can’t show too much and don’t want to spoil anything. For being a nurse mystery, there was an awful lot of humour within the trailer and it all landed pretty well. Everyone involved is just so talented I can’t see this being a complete mess or a misstep on Johnson’s part.

See for yourself. Hits theatres November 27th.