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Looking Back At ‘Man of Steel’

With Zack Snyder’s Justice League just under a week away, we look back at the movie that kicked off the DCEU ,with Man of Steel.

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An alien child is evacuated from his dying world and sent to Earth to live among humans. His peace is threatened, when other survivors of his home planet invade Earth.

It doesn’t seem that long ago when everyone was sitting down in the theatre to watching Christopher Nolan finish off his Batman trilogy with The Dark Knight Rises. The first teaser trailer for Man of Steel was shown. Setting up what would ultimately become the infamous DCEU, showcasing a different outlook and tone of this beloved and iconic character of Superman.

Zack Snyder who had previously dipped his toe into the comic-book genre with Watchmen was now tackling arguably the hardest hero to put onto the big screen. Unlike Richard Donner’s take on the character, this seemed to go in a different direction, more thematic and stoic. Man of Steel was met with okay reviews by critics and fans all around the world were definitely divided. The world was used to a certain kind of Superman, one who smiled and saved cats from trees and was an all-around boy scout. Zack had different plans for the character and that’s what had people discussing the philosophy behind the character and is still the topic of discussion to this very day.

Man of Steel is a character-driven story that showcases what it would truly be like if someone with extraordinary powers came to Earth. Many parallels to Jesus are often brought up and Zack does really dive deep into the mythos of the character and what it would mean not just for our hero, but for humankind as well.

Times had drastically changed since the ’70s and a fresh new take on Superman was needed, but the old adage, “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” really got in some people’s heads. It’s almost been a decade since this movie arrived and it has only aged more beautifully with each passing year. One of the strongest origin stories we have gotten, certainly on the DC side of things, but it’s an important movie that regardless of how you feel about it, lives in the zeitgeist, whether you like it or not.

Zack didn’t just find the perfect Clark Kent/Superman with Henry Cavill. Who is a spitting image of what Superman should look like? He brought along Amy Adams, Kevin Costner Diane Lane, and Micheal Shannon along for the ride as well. The casting was so pitch-perfect that you wonder how this movie didn’t do better at the box-office. Alongside perfectly placed Easter Eggs, some we wouldn’t find out about until years later, can you say Martian Manhunter.

One of the most difficult aspects of transitioning Superman from page to screen is just how incredibly powerful he is. Who can stop that hero who has it all? Well, you make him fight someone equally as powerful. The fight sequences are breathtaking, especially the battle of Smallville, easily one of the best action set pieces in all of the DCEU, that really started to show how awesome Superman can be. The battle of Metropolis was met with some criticism that was addressed in Batman v Superman, but what would you expect to happen with two unstoppable forces fighting in a major city?

With a beautiful Hans Zimmer score, a great script, this movie had all the makings to be such a fantastic launching pad for the DCEU, and to this day, I’m still not sure where it went wrong. Henry Cavill still hasn’t done a Superman sequel and could be on his way out the door. Which would ultimately be a crime because of just how perfect he is in that role.

Man of Steel was a groundbreaking achievement by Snyder who proved once again that he can be trusted with a comic book property and that just because his philosophy of a certain character isn’t what you think it should be, shouldn’t discredit the subject at hand. Russell Crowe who plays Jor-El, Superman’s father. Another brilliant casting decision says to Kal-El, ” But, in time, they will join you in the sun.” I think it speaks volumes to this movie. In time people will realize just how special this movie is and we all failed it by not making it a bigger deal.

I’ll never forget watching the battle of Smallville for the first time and realizing that we could have Superman movies like this for a decade. Truly a special movie theatre experience for me.

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Zack Snyder’s ‘Army of The Dead’ Trailer Arrives!

Zack Snyder is diving back into the zombie genre, which is good news for everyone. What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas, and you can count on a ton of fun and chaos to ensue.

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It’s almost been 20 years since Zack Snyder released Dawn of The Dead, his first zombie movie and he’s upping the ante. What a perfect little teaser trailer for his next zombie project that’s hitting Netflix on May 21st.

Starring Dave Bautista, the movie revolves around a group of mercenaries trying to pull off the biggest heist Las Vegas has ever seen after a massive zombie outbreak. So we are getting The Walking Dead massed together with Oceans 11? That sounds simply brilliant.

The trailer is short and sweet, nothing more than a little tease. But we end up getting some pretty beautiful shots, not surprising being a Snyder film.

Prepare for pure adrenaline and utter chaos because this promises to be a wild ride.

Can’t wait.

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Throwback Review ‘Terminator 2: Judgement Day’ Review

Thought it was time to finally write a review for the greatest action movie of all time.

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A cyborg, identical to the one who failed to kill Sarah Connor, must now protect her teenage son, John Connor, from a more advanced and powerful cyborg.

When you run down some of the best action movies of all time, the list can get pretty long. Aliens, Mad Max: Fury Road, The Dark Knight, The Matrix and Heat. All incredible in their own rights. But none of them hold a candle to not only the greatest action movie ever made but the greatest sequel of all time. This is about to be 30 years old, I’ll say that again. This movie turns 30 this summer and it still feels so inventative, so original and so ground-breaking that with every single re-watch, it still amazes me in new and surprising ways.

James Cameron coming off just a slew of home runs, most notably Aliens, was set to direct a sequel to The Terminator, the movie that put him on the map. Already proving he could direct a worthy sequel with Aliens being one of the best movies to come out in the 80’s. This time around he was dealing with his own child, the ultimate killing machine, the Terminator.

We open up about 10 years later and Sarah Connor is not that shy and naive girl from our previous encounter. She has done a lot of growing up and even had a baby boy! John Connor as we know is the future leader of the resistance against the Terminators and she will do anything in her power to keep him safe. Enter Edward Furlong and his clear claim to fame. Does James Cameron know how to cast excellent kid actors or what. The second he’s introduced with Guns N’ Roses ‘You Could Be Mine’ playing in the background, it kind of says everything you need to know about his character. A troubled kid, but what kind wouldn’t be with their mom in a psycho hospital because she thinks machines are going to take over the world. For a film that introduces Edward Furlong he doesn’t such an incredible job acting beside both Linda Hamilton and Arnold. 

I’ll never forget going years and I mean YEARS without watching this movie, so I was in university and fired it up and we arrived at the best sequence in the movie – the Galleria Mall and tunnel car chase. When Arnold meets Robert Patrick’s T-1000 in the back hallways of the Mall, the hairs on my arms stood up. It was instant goosebumps because I forgot how intense and just beautiful this moment was. Imagine being a person sitting in the theatres in 1991, because the movie did a really great job at not showcasing who the bad guy was in the movie. Until that time, Arnold was the bad guy, the Terminator sent back in time to kill Sarah Connor.

Speaking of bad guys, how fantastic has Robert Patrick’s T-1000 aged? Not only his running form, which remains god like, he really could give the Flash some lessons on proper running form, but his whole performance has really stood the test of time. From his stoic demeanor, his almost likeability at the beginning of the movie, and finally just how much ass he kicks. Without a doubt, the movie just isn’t the same if they go with a different actor. 

From the pitch-perfect pacing, with action set-pieces that seem so simple, yet are excecuted to perfection, because that’s what James Cameron does. To the memorable performances across the board, Terminator 2 is just a beautiful movie to watch unfold each time you play it back. Even the score has just be embedded in movie history, you hear that epic score, you know exactly what is about to go down.

Judgement Day is something that I watch about once a year and it’s just a movie I’ll never really get tired of. How can you? From Arnold learning how to reload a shotgun while riding a motorcycle, to the horror elements from the T-1000. This movie provides so many iconic one-liners that you almost think this movie invented the cool one-liners, or simply has the most ever in a single movie. 

Put this movie in a museum and throw away the key, or in some canister much like the robotic arm from Cyberdyne. 

T2 is perfect.

100/100

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‘Mortal Kombat’ Trailer is Glorious

We get our first look at the new and improved Mortal Komat movie. That promises to be an absolute blood bath. What a step up from the previous installments!

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When you’re trying and reimagine this classic 90’s video game, a few things need to be checked off the list. Tons of gore, check, dope and unique character designs, check, clean and good fight choreography, check and finally Scorpion yelling out his famous words “Get Over Here” check. If you add all of those things up you get a fun and badass new look at the Mortal Kombat movie dropping very soon on HBO Max.

This isn’t going to be the Citizen Kane of video game movies, I’m sure the script will be stale and the plot might be a little over the top, but for what fans want from a true adaptation of this property, this trailer kind of had it all.

If you were going to tell me that I was going to see Jax get his arms broken off by Sub Zero today I would have said, not a chance. But, here we are and all the major players are here, except one noticeable exception who could be introduced in the film’s stinger, more on that at the end.

A little more grittier and grounded, we see our heroes are police officers this time around and they have been dealing with a few “super-powered” beings. Sonya Blade (Jessica McNamee) and Jax (Mechad Brooks) are trying to figure out what it all means. Enter Cole Young (Lewis Tan) the only new character added for the movie who is the key and stepping stone to getting into the Mortal Kombat tournament.

We get a glimpse at Raiden, Kabal, Kano, Liu Kang, Kung Lao, Mileena, Shang Tsung, Sub Zero, and most importantly Scorpion. I’m sure more surprises are awaiting us, but it appears that everyone will get their chance to fight, and it sure seems like no one will be holding back and punches. The gore is through the roof in this trailer and you really don’t and can’t have it any other way.

This looks like a ton of fun and something fans have wanted for a long time.

WHERE IN THE WORLD IS JOHNNY CAGE????????

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‘Cruella’ Trailer Debuts!

The next live-action Disney flick is on the way. This time around Emma Stone is playing everyone’s favorite dog-napper Cruella in her early days.

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Cruella, more like a female Joker am I right? What an odd take on this iconic Disney villain, who seems to be losing her marbles, but boy can she dress! Whether you love Disney or not, their live-action properties have been hit and miss depending on who you ask, but they keep making them because well why not. 

We get our first look at Emma Stone who has captured the essence of this character to a tee and has literally transformed herself for this role. Before deciding to kidnap some Dalmatians, it looks like she is a bank robber? If this is a heist movie starring Emma Stone has Cruella, I’m kind of on board with all of that? Alongside her is Emma Stone and Marc Strong, so again Disney has no problem bringing in A-list talent to round out the cast of the movie.

The one problem that these live-action adaptations all have in common, they all kind of just look the same? Sure the costumes and set design stand out a little bit, but every single time Disney releases one of these, they just kind of all blur and blend together. 

We don’t get to see much from the trailer, but it looks like Curella is slowly going deeper into madness, and with Emma Stone behind it, this does have some potential.

Overall, not a bad little teaser trailer! 

Hits Disney+ May 28th, 2021 

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Epic ‘Zack Snyder’s Justice League’ Trailer Drops

Spread the love on this Valentine’s Day by sharing and streaming this epic trailer that just arrived. 

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 Well, this is certainly the best Valentine’s Day in many years. Thank you, Zack Snyder, for delivering on this most joyous of days. We get another look at what’s to come in his 4 hour cut of Justice League that promises to be something special. Now a quick refresher, this isn’t the Justice League movie that came out in 2017 with a few extra minutes latched on, no, this is something completely new, something darker. 

Let’s break down the trailer a little bit. We get our first real glimpse at all the baddies of the movie. They’re all hanging out on Apokolips where it appears that the ultimate baddie, Darkseid is giving orders to Steppenwolf to head to Earth and stir up some trouble. Everyone fell in love with Thanos and now it’s Darkseid’s turn to get some of that love because he and his Omega Beams deserve it. From there we get a few incredible voice-overs by Alfred (Jeremy Irons) who is essentially telling Bruce Wayne not to poke the bear unless he is sure that he can win. Followed up by the Pa Kent speech from Man of Steel. Snyder really pieced this trailer together perfectly. 

The whole team gets their moment to shine, really showcasing how the world needs a bunch of new gods to step up and defend Earth or we are doomed. Black Suit Superman is learning how to possibly fly again, with his own rendition of the first flight sequence again from Man of Steel. Bruce Wayne has seen the future and it’s bleak and he knows that the world needs warriors to conquer the threats that are about to arrive. 

Now for the motherload. A new look at the Knightmare timeline where we have Batman and the return of Jared Leto’s Joker, working together! That’s right, the Clown Prince of Crime and the Bat of Gotham will be working together. Like Joker says in the trailer, “honor is a distant memory,” meaning it’s time to put the past behind you and let’s save this planet together. I’m so happy Leto gets another chance to play this part and having him and Affleck on screen together is something fans have wanted for 5 years now. 

Zack is bringing it all and this was just a small peek inside the curtain we have so much to look forward to. This will be epic. 

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‘Promising Young Woman’ Review

It’s rare for me to be so caught off guard by a movie nowadays, making Promising Young Woman one of the more memorable movie experiences since Parasite.

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A young woman, traumatized by a tragic event in her past, seeks out vengeance against those who crossed her path.

Sometimes you just watch a movie and you sit back and kind of just stare at the screen for a few moments, trying to take in everything you just watched. It happens every so often, maybe every few years. It just happened with Emerald Fennell’s Promising Young Woman. I don’t say this lightly, but it could be a masterpiece.

This film packs a serious punch and right away it gets pretty dark and uncomfortable, but the movies message and themes are suppose to do just that. Trauma is nothing to shake a stick at. Certain things and moments in our lives can latch themselves on to us like a symbiote and no matter how hard we try, we can’t out run our past. For Cassandra (Carey Mulligan) that’s exactly what’s going on in her life. Traumatized by something so awful and rotten to its core, it has shaped her life in ways that her friends and family just can’t comprehend. Secluded and working “nights” Cassandra a former Medical School student, is now working at a coffee shop and trying to rid the world of a few bad apples.

I really don’t want to go into many specifics with the film, because it certainly serves better not knowing anything about it. Those plot points and specifics isn’t what made this film so special in my eyes. This screams “movie-making” for a first time director Emerald Fennell, she brings it all. From the flawless soundtrack, to every single outfit that Carey Mulligan wears throughout the entire film (seriously), it’s the little details that add up. With an incredible script, that has your skin crawling in some scenes. At the end of the day, we all know there is evil in the world. On multiple occasions, the girl we are rooting for, can seem so unhinged in a mere moment, and change her entire demeanour and body language, that it made my jaw drop. Carey Mulligan cannot be praised enough for this tour-de-force of a performance that should have her walking away with gold come Oscar season. More on her in a bit, because every single person that has a speaking line in this movie, brings it. It’s like the director milked every ounce of good acting out of every single person that stepped foot on her set. From Alison Brie, Adam Brody to Clancy Brown, who gives such a warm Dad performance, considering all you really remember him being is an asshole in most of his movies.

When bad things happen to good people it can leave you scarred for life. Especially when those bad things only have consequences on those good people involved. Watching the systems put in place fail all around you, you start to ponder a lot about life and what it truly means. Carey Mulligan is doing so much in this movie, from cute girl-next-door vibes, to the black out drunk mess, to finally her doing her best Kathy Bates impersonation from Misery. Toss in the dozens of different looks her character has, I was blown away by it and it’s a performance I honestly might never forget. Trying to digest everything is difficult because this is a complicated matter, and seeing her act her way throughout this thing was a beautiful, yet sick and twisted rollercoaster ride. Even Bo Burnham comes in and really uses Mulligan’s energy to his full advantage and shines in almost every scene that he’s in. They had terrific chemistry and seeing their complicated and odd relationship blossom was great look at how quickly relationships can rise and fall.

I can see this movie flying under the radar and when it comes on Netflix or any other streaming service it will blow up. One of the better films I’ve seen in recent memory and one that should contend for some Oscars.

Promising Young Woman will make you laugh, cry, scream, and leave you feeling kind of dirty. Moral of the story, men are pigs

I will say this. The subject at hand is a difficult topic to discuss. However Emerald Fennell is able to talk about accountability in people, how the dangers of disassociation can affect not only victims and survivors, but those around them. How most of the time the perpetrator is the one who walks away guilt free and in these times who actually deserves forgiveness. The film does such a fantastic job at capturing all of this, while showcasing how hard it is to be a woman and certainly how hard it must be dealing with actual life altering events when everyone just wants to say “boy will be boys” or “we were just kids.”

Masterpiece.

100/100

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Epic ‘Godzilla vs. Kong’ Trailer Drops

For the love of God, we need movie theatres open so I can see this on the biggest screen humanly possible.

The epic next chapter in the cinematic Monsterverse pits two of the greatest icons in motion picture history against one another – the fearsome Godzilla and the mighty Kong – with humanity caught in the balance.

It’s about to go down. The biggest throw down until Jake Paul and Connor McGregor. King Kong and Godzilla are finally going to face off against each other, mono-e-mono. The Monsterverse has been expanding since Godzilla came out in 2014 and now it’s time for these two titans to finally meet.

Two of the most iconic monsters to ever be put onto the big screen are sharing a movie together, to finally see who is the true ruler of Earth. Until something even bigger comes along I assume and they ultimately have to team up to conquer evil, but in the mean time, these two are going to kick the living shit out of each other and I’m here for it.

The trailer is impressive in stature and size and looks like Kong really grew up since the last time we saw him in Kong: Skull Island. Now a fully grown ape, he has no problem handling Godzilla and this could be anyones fight. For a movie with these two beasts they won’t be alone in the star power. Millie Bobby Brown and Kyle Chandler are returning, but Alexander Skargards, Brian Tyree Henry, Eiza Gonzalez and Rebecca Hall are all joining in on the fun. It looks like we have a Team Kong camp and a Team Godzilla camp. All coming together to put an end to this madness and hopefully save the world along the way.

This is a movie that’s meant to be seen on the biggest screen possible, with the biggest popcorn and drink you can buy.

Only one question remains. Are you Team Kong or Team Godzilla?

Me.

I’m undecided at this very moment.

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‘WW84’ Review

Patty Jenkins and Gal Gadot reunite for a worthy sequel to 2017’s Wonder Woman. Leaning on the 80’s nostalgia and cheese, Diana Prince finds herself confronting her biggest threat to date.

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Rewind to the 1980s as Wonder Woman’s next big screen adventure finds her facing two all-new foes: Max Lord and The Cheetah.

What is your deepest desire? The one thing that if you had in your life, that would make you the happiest? Would you sacrifice a part of yourself in order to obtain this? This is what’s at the centre of WW84. Love was a large theme during Wonder Woman and this time around it’s truth. Being true not only to yourself, but the other people in your life. The most powerful weapon a person can possess, isn’t something you can wish for or something you have to obtain, it’s something you already have but just never truly realized it until now.

Times sure have changed, we aren’t in the nitty gritty of war anymore, and we have moved on to the craziness of the 80’s. Diana has been living on Earth for a long time now and she feels alone and isolated. The truth is, she hasn’t fully recovered from losing Steve Trevor and now she’s afraid to get close to anyone. Not letting anyone new into her life means she can’t possibly feel the pain of losing someone again. It isn’t until she stumbles upon a mysterious artifact and a new friend Barbara Minerva (Kristin Wiig), that she embraces her one wish, to bring back her one true love. Little does she know that when you get the one thing you want most in this world, it will come with a consequence. Enter Max Lord (Pedro Pascal), a down on his luck TV sales man who sees the promise with the “Dreamstone” and wants it all to himself. In fact, he wants to embody the stone itself, and start fulfilling wishes. He’s a con-man and starts wrecking havoc across the world, because he is hungry for power, but he also desires attention.

WW84 is very different from its previous outing. The tone has shifted just as much as the time. I think some people are going to be thrown off by the amount of campiness and cheese that is thrown into the mix and the over-the-top characters but even with all of that going on, it still has its core values at heart. Hope, truth, love and kindness lead this movie forward and once again, the chemistry between Diana and Steve Trevor propel this forward.

As much as Wiig and Pascal were refreshing with their villain takes, Wiig could also be completely removed from this movie and you wouldn’t even notice. She doesn’t really serve any real purpose in the plot and that was a let down because of how important the character of Cheetah is in the Wonder Woman mythos. She’s kind of just always in the background and I found it incredibly weird that she first wishes to be “just like Diana” and when Max Lord asks her if she wants “more” she becomes a cat. It didn’t really sit well but that was how she needed to become ultimately Cheetah. The action set pieces aren’t nearly as rewarding or fun to watch as Wonder Woman, but the movie does a great job at showcasing all the things Diana can do. Gal Gadot loves this character so much, she embodies everything that makes this hero, super. The 3rd act is when this movie really gets to shine and spread its wings. By far the strongest aspect of the film and really makes up for a weak first 2/3s.

Patty Jenkins wants to embrace what makes Wonder Woman special. Just something doesn’t fit at the end of the day. It could be the watered down action, but that’s not what this movie is about. They dive into what it means to be a true hero, which is letting go of things that hold you back and learning to live with your weaknesses. Using them as strengths and learning that the truth will indeed, set you free. Certain demographics are going to love it and others will not. Theres a fine line drawn in the sand, and we will be getting another dose of Wonder Woman in March with Zack Snyder’s Justice League. So everyone should be happy.

I just wish they used Cheetah more and developed that relationship a little bit more because Wiig actually surprised me with her portrayal and I know she can do so much more. I’m certain she will return in future movies and maybe even pop up in other DC flicks. But what saves this movie is Pine and Gadot working together. It’s emotional to see Steve Trevor return and they have honest to god top-notch chemistry. Which was never in doubt and I’m glad they were able to bring his character back without making things to difficult when explaining it to the audience.

At the end of the day, WW84 is a fun movie, with some entertaining moments, but it’s the performances that carry the film. From top to bottom, everyone brings it, and Maxwell Lord is one of the more intriguing DC villains we have seen so far. It’s full of hope and laughter and will make you smile and at the end of the day, sometimes that’s all that matters. There’s no propaganda or any nonsense like that going on, no political message, it’s just a movie that wants everyone to look deep within themselves and realize they are perfect just the way they are.

WW84 = 68/100

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‘The Little Things’ Trailer

Denzel Washington solving things? Sign me up!

In a world where theatres are probably closed for the foreseeable future, have no fear, Denzel is here! January, known as the driest movie month of the entire year, but things could change. The movie landscape for right now is up on its head. Enter The Little Things.

Two cops tracking down a serial killer. One of whom is no longer a detective and the other is on the up and up. Sounds a tad familiar doesn’t it? If this trailer didn’t give you all sorts of Se7en vibes I don’t know what to tell you.

Denzel. Rami Malek and Jared Leto? This is a powerful cast, so instantly I am intrigued. Whenever Denzel plays a roll like this, it’s in the must watch category.

The trailer is creepy, Jared Leto is on another planet throughout the trailer and clearly everything isn’t as it seems. This one promises to have a great twist and if not, you can bet your ass we will be getting some knockout performances. Could be the first great movie of 2021. We shall see!