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My Most Anticipated Movies of 2022

If anything, 2022 promises to be one of the biggest years in the history of cinema. It’s primed to have arguably the biggest box-office year ever with some gigantic films on the horizon. So I’m running through the films that I can not wait to see this year.

2022 Movies: The 58 Biggest Movies We Can't Wait to See - IGN

We are going in chronological order here. Any movie that I didn’t do a little trailer post for I will attach the trailer with it! Over twenty movies on this list, so strap in, going to be one hell of a year!

Scream. Release Date: January 14th, 2022. Director: Matt Bettinelli-Olpin & Tyler Gillet.

Everything We Know About SCREAM (2022) - NerdistTwenty-five years after the original series of murders in Woodsboro, a new killer emerges, and Sidney Prescott must return to uncover the truth.

Any time Ghostface shows up on screen you can count me in. One of the best horror movie franchises returns this year and it’s shaping up to be the best sequel yet. From the trailers, this just feels like it’s heading back to its roots and very less meta. “It’s always someone you know.” That’s the tagline for the upcoming flick and fans and even the cast alike are wondering just who on earth is behind that mask? It could be anyone and there are all sorts of theories floating around, but I think it will be some of the new blood rather than one of the OG’s returning. A great way to kick off 2022, because Scream truly promises to be one of the best slashers in recent memory.

Morbius. Release Date: January 28th, 2022. Director: Daniel Espinosa.Morbius has 'some form of bat radar' in the first trailer in two years - The VergeBiochemist Michael Morbius tries to cure himself of a rare blood disease, but he inadvertently infects himself with a form of vampirism instead.

2022 has an insane amount of comic book movies and I’m here for every single one. Okay, this might end up being the weakest of the bunch, but I’ve enjoyed everything I’ve seen so far from Morbius. One of the main reasons I’m excited and I’m sure others are, the fact that this is going to belong to some sort of shared universe. Whether he confronts Tom Hollands Spider-Man or perhaps Andrew Garfield, it’s complicated but I’m sure this movie will have one hell of a stinger at the end of the credits. Maybe Venom shows up? Who knows but that excitement is just enough to have me seeing Morbius opening weekend and why it’s on this list.

The Batman. Release Date: March 4th, 2022. Director: Matt Reeves.

In his second year of fighting crime, Batman uncovers corruption in Gotham City that connects to his own family while facing a serial killer known as the Riddler.

The Batman the granddaddy of them all. The best movie of 2022 is approaching fast. Matt Reeves and Robert Pattinson the unlikely duo are about to deliver one of the best comic book movies of all time. Who would have guessed that, if you asked someone 5-6 years ago, someone would have laughed in your face. But here we are, a few short months away from the release and every single thing we have seen from this movie has been nothing short of amazing. From the tone, to the aesthetics of Gotham City, to the brilliant performances from both Pattison and Kravitz. This is my most anticipated movie in perhaps forever, I simply can not wait to watch this movie about 6 times in the first few days of its release. Masterpiece incoming folks.

Pixar’s Turning Red. Release Date: March 11th, 2022. Director: Domee Shi

Turning Red (2022) - IMDb

A 13-year-old girl named Mei Lee turns into a giant red panda whenever she gets too excited.

I’m not lying when I say that this movie has had some of the best trailers of the past year. This looks so cute and hilarious and well it takes place in my neighbourhood of Toronto. The whole premise is so funny and the animation is so stylish and awesome to look at. With some amazing voice casting work and beautiful animation, Pixar has once again got my interested in a movie. A unique premise and you can’t help but smile every time you see a photo of this giant red panda.

Sonic The Hedgehog 2. Release Date: April 8th, 2022. Director: Jeff Fowler.

Is Knuckles a Bad Guy in 'Sonic the Hedgehog 2'? Here's What We Know

Sequel to the 2020 live-action feature film ‘Sonic the Hedgehog

Sequels are always bigger, bolder and always up the ante. The first Sonic movie didn’t get off to the greatest of starts, but ever since the course correction of the actual look and design of Sonic, things have been going great. Now the sequel is upon us and they are introducing us to his pals. We get both Tails and Knuckles, voiced by none other than Idris Elba, like come on, we are all sold. The design for Knuckles is also incredible and this looks like so much fun. There is so much they can do in with this franchise and bringing in these two iconic and loveable characters is a fantastic start.

Ambulance. Release Date. April 8th, 2022. Director: Michael Bay.

Ambulance (2022) - IMDb

Two robbers steal an ambulance after their heist goes awry.

Michael Bay is back! So we know we are getting over the top explosions, performances and plot lines? Michael Bay is like that awful friend you have in your life that you have no idea why you hang out with them but every single time you do, you end up having an amazing time. Now we are tossing in Jake Gyllenhaal, Yahya Manteen and Eiza Gonzalez into the mix? I know Bay isn’t for everyone, but I certainly love to sit down and turn off my brain and enjoy his movies. I don’t know how he convinces some of the best working talent in Hollywood today to be in his movies, but here we are. This promises to be over the top, cheesy but in all the best ways imaginable. Definition of “Good times at the movies.”

The Northman. Release Date: April 22nd, 2022. Director: Robert Eggers.

The Northman Movie trailer |Teaser Trailer

From acclaimed director Robert Eggers, The Northman is an epic revenge thriller that explores how far a Viking prince will go to seek justice for his murdered father.

This just looks like pure cinema. The follow-up to The Lighthouse, which was one of my favourite movies a few years ago, Robert Eggers is one of the best new film-makers we have today. The scenery, the landscapes, the look and feel of this movie, screams EPIC. Not a single green screen in sight and this is just movie making at its finest. The Northman looks torturous and brutal, the combat looks barbaric and everyone involved is giving it their all. We have directors who can make fine blockbusters, you know a CGI-fest, but there is something about Eggers that lets you know, that true movie making is never going away. The Northman will be special.

Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. Release Date: May 6th, 2022.

: Sam Raimi.

Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness' Teaser Trailer Shows Evil Benedict Cumberbatch

Dr. Stephen Strange casts a forbidden spell that opens the door to the multiverse, including an alternate version of himself, whose threat to humanity is too great for the combined forces of Strange, Wong, and Wanda Maximoff.

Doctor Strange really screwed the pooch when he cast that spell for Peter Parker. The whole universe and multi-verse is all messed up because of that kid and now Strange needs to fix it before everything he knows goes to shit. With a bunch of reshoots and rewrites of the script, no one knows what or who to expect in this. Seeing Tobey and Andrew come back was so emotional and rewarding that I’m sure the MCU wants to cash in on that even more. I’m not saying they will be back for this movie, but some others may pop up who knows. I think this is going to be the true launching pad for Phase 4 of the MCU with the stakes the highest they have ever been and will cement Dr. Strange as the key focal point in the MCU going forward. He could very well be the new leader of the Avengers after this. What I love most about this flick? The OG Sam Raimi of the original Spider-Man trilogy is back. He’s a master of horror as well, so I expect this to be scary and a little suspenseful at times. Don’t forget he has a certain and strong connection with a certain someone……

Top Gun: Maverick. Release Date: May 27th, 2022. Director: Joseph Kosinski.Top Gun: Maverick (2022) - IMDbAfter more than thirty years of service as one of the Navy’s top aviators, Pete Mitchell is where he belongs, pushing the envelope as a courageous test pilot and dodging the advancement in rank that would ground him.

FINALLY!!! This movie was suppose to come ago what feels like ages ago. This is the year we get to see Tom Cruise back as Maverick and what a strong young cast he is bringing along with him. Top Gun holds a special place in my heart, it’s a great male bonding movie and just an all around unorthodox action movie. Who knows how they will up the ante for the sequel, but I expect some more shirtless Volleyball and karaoke in the bar. We have had to wait what seems like forever, so I hope this doesn’t fall flat on its face, but from what we have seen so far, this seems like a worthy sequel.

Pixar’s Lightyear. Release Date: June 17th, 2022. Director: Angus MacLane.Pixar releases 'Lightyear' teaser trailer, and Chris Evans is over the moon about it - The Boston GlobeThe story of Buzz Lightyear and his adventures to infinity and beyond.

What people need to know, this isn’t about the toy Buzz Lightyear. This is about the man who the toy was based on! This could very well be the biggest movie of the year. Everyone in the world knows who Buzz Lightyear is and attach Chris Evans to voice him? That’s a recipe for success if you ask me. This is giving me First Man vibes, the Ryan Gosling movie that was released a few years ago, and Pixar is always creating emotional journeys and I’m sure this won’t be any different. The animation is a little more mature here, which I like, because this does give off the sense of a more mature animated film from Pixar. We are going to get the backstory to this beloved character and what made him so special they decided to make a toy based off him. We could very well have just an all time year from Pixar in 2022.

The Black Phone. Release Date: June 24th, 2022. Director: Scott Derrickson.

The Black Phone Poster Introduces a Terrifying Ethan Hawke

After being abducted by a child killer and locked in a soundproof basement, a 13-year-old boy starts receiving calls on a disconnected phone from the killer’s previous victims.

All you needed to show me for this movie is that image above. That’s Ethan Hawke rocking one of the coolest masks I’ve ever seen. One of the best actors playing an absolute psycho path serial killer? We don’t get that very often, so of course I’m excited. Horror movies are a dime a dozen, so when one comes along that truly catches your eye and looks unique and just not your typical hack and slash, I will be invested. The premise seems trippy to say the least, with all sorts of those classic horror elements at play. I’m here for Ethan Hawke, and it looks like he won’t disappoint.

Thor: Love & Thunder. Release Date: July 8th, 2022. Director: Taika Waititi

Thor 4 Merch Reveals Stylish New Love and Thunder Logo for Chris Hemsworth's SequelThe sequel to Thor: Ragnarok and the fourth movie in the Thor saga

This movie is going to pack a serious punch. Going forward, the MCU is going to feel like a mini party with each new outing. It’s just not a solo film anymore. Each movie is going to be like an Avengers Mini. This is a Thor movie, but the Guardians are going to be involved and they are bringing in the big guns, Christian Bale will be playing the films villain, Gorr The God Butcher. Even Natalie Portman is back and this time she’s going to be wielding the hammer and will eventually become the new God of Thunder. Thor Ragnarok is one of the best all around MCU movies, with what seems like the perfect blend of humour and action. They have found the ideal foundation for the character and surrounding Thor with more heroes and a bigger story has only upped his story arc. Crazy we haven’t gotten anything for this movie yet, not even a poster. Could this be the end of Chris Hemsworth’s run as the God of Thunder? Time will tell, but I certainly hope not. He’s one of the strongest parts of the MCU and with Natalie Portman coming back that only adds fuel to his fire, and makes his progression as a character even more intriguing.

Bullet Train. Release Date: July 15th, 2022. Director: David Leitch.

Bullet Train: Release Date for Brad Pitt Film Delayed Until Next SummerFive assassins aboard a fast moving bullet train find out their missions have something in common.

Bullet Train is about to be bonkers. From the man that reinvented the action genre in some sense with John Wick, Atomic Blonde and Deadpool. We now get a star-studded movie about assassins on a train that I’m sure will feature close quarters bat-shit crazy action sequences. Sandra Bullock, Brad Pitt, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Zazie Beetz and Michael Shannon, among so many others. This is the kind of movie that flies under the radar until that first trailer drops and it blows everyone away. There’s so much goodness, it seems like there’s something for everyone. The vast cast of characters, the director who knows how to shoot action and a premise that makes you drool upon reading it. This legit could have the best/coolest sequence of any movie this upcoming year – minus The Batman obviously.

Nope. Release Date: July 22nd, 2022. Director: Jordan Peele

Nope | Official Movie Site | July 22, 2022

Nobody and I mean nobody got us more excited to see white folks get killed than Jordan Peele. I can’t even put the plot blurb from IMDB above this paragraph because no one and I mean no one knows a single thing about this movie. Except that it stars the 3 people on the poster above. When Peele followed up Get Out with US the world was waiting for the news of his next project. Well, this is the year. More than likely it will be another psychological horror that will push the boundaries on the genre and Peele will once again try to reinvent this genre in some way shape or form. Can’t really say much, other than how can you not be pumped for another movie from Peele?

Black Adam. Release Date: July 29th, 2022. Director: Jaume Collet-Serra.

Black Adam Opening Scene Teased at DC FanDome by Dwayne Johnson | Entertainment NewsA spin-off from ‘Shazam!’ centering on the film’s anti-hero, Black Adam.

We heard it for years and years. That ‘the hierarchy of power in the DC Universe was about to change.” Dwayne Johnson has been saying it for what feels like a decade. Well, this year we will finally see his Black Adam in action. From the quick glimpse we got of this movie, it does seem it fits more of Zack Synder’s DC Universe than what we currently have been getting. That’s a good thing, because Black Adam is a darker character and I’m happy they are going that route. So much is at stake with this because if it’s successful I see Black Adam popping up in the Shazam sequel the following year, they would be stupid not to do that. But the bigger question will be, who will be Superman when they ultimately throw down? Not even DJ knows, which at this point is mind blowing, I have a good feeling about this movie.

Mission Impossible 7. Release Date: September 30th, 2022. Director: Christopher McQuarrie

The one franchise that some how keeps getting better. It’s like a fine wine, the older it gets the better it tastes. Coming off arguably the best in the entire series, M.I 7, code name still not known, will certainly have big shoes to fill. We know very little, but what we do know is that this franchise is going all the way back to the beginning, to its roots. None other than Henry Czerny who played  Eugene Kittridge in the original Mission Impossible is returning. That leaves a lot of doors to be opened and Ethan Hunt could be confronting something from his past that he certainly is not ready to handle. Cruise has a massive year ahead of himself and I can’t wait to see the just bat-shit crazy stunts he performs in his movies.

Spider-Man Across The Spider-Verse Part 1. Release Date: October 7th, 2022. Director: Joaquim Dos Santos, Kemp Powers & Justin K. Thompson

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

Animation is not messing around in 2022. In fact it’s going to have some of the biggest and best movies of the entire year. This will be no exception. The follow-up to the ever growing in popularity of Spider-Man into the Spider-Verse, a movie that is so good, I can’t even fathom how they plan on topping it. What I do know, they will top it and this promises to truly be something unique, special and full of so much heart. Miles is a bit older, so I expect the maturity level of just not the characters but the material at hand to be upped a bit. Which I’m really looking forward to, the relationship between Miles and Gwen should feel a little more mature this time around. Recruiting even more star power to voice Spider-People, including Oscar Isaac, we have no idea just what is in store for our hero Miles. It could literally be anything, the realm of possibilities is actually endless and that’s what makes this movie so appealing and intriguing to audiences. You don’t know who is going to show up, it could be anyone and the emotional baggage that comes along with this movie is palpable. This is just Part 1 as well, so you know it’s finishing with an all time cliff hanger. I hope we get a really cool animated Venom or Carnage, that’s all I’m saying.

The Flash. Release Date: November 4th, 2022. Director: Andy Muschietti

The Flash' trailer: Ezra Miller teases the multiverse epic we've been waiting for

The Flash is without a doubt one of the bigger stories being told this year. There is a lot on the line for the future of the DCEU with its release. Some are saying it could erase everything Zack Snyder has built, I highly doubt that. Is this the last time we will see Ben Affleck suit up as Batman? We get the return of Michael Keaton. We all know how much nostalgia can bring people together and sell movie tickets. The Flash is a complex character that is bringing a lot to the table for his first ever solo movie. Adding in Sasha Calle as Supergirl and who knows what else, this movie promises to be bold and unpredictable. This could be a game changer for the DCEU and without a doubt the biggest movie to date for the franchise. I love the character and I’m really curious to see where Muschietti takes it. Coming off the IT movies, he proved he can do large ensembles but he lacks certain qualities to make an all around great blockbuster. Fans are certainly divided and only time will tell. WB needs a big box-office year from their movies and this needs to hit home and be a success or the future of the DCEU could go down in flames as we know it.

Black Panther 2: Wakanda Forever. Release Date: November 11th, 2022. Director: Ryan CooglerBlack Panther 2 Receives Promising Letitia Wright Update

The most difficult 2022 movie to talk about. For multiple reasons. First and foremost the tragic passing of Chadwick Boseman and the void that is felt with not only this character of Black Panther, but within the MCU. I think as things ramp up with marketing and promotion the weight of his absence will be felt so tremendously. Secondly, the movie itself has had its fair share of problems. Leititia Wright who plays Shuri who is the person who will most likely be filling in for Chadwick has been causing all sorts of problems on set due to vaccination problems. She is anti-vax and has been causing delays and even making the production to be switch to new locations. Not much is known about the plot or how they will handle the death of Chadwick, but I’m sure it will be handled with grace and care. The first one was revolutionary and I can’t wait to see what Coogler has in store for us next.

I want them to kick Wright to the curb and bring in Michael B Jordan.

Creed III. Release Date: November 23rd, 2022. Director: Michael B Jordan

Creed 3: Release Date, Story Details & News | Screen Rant

I’m not saying right now this is my most anticipated, but after The Batman comes out, I will need to latch onto another movie. I’m thinking it’s going to be Creed III. We have Michael B Jordan stepping into the directors chair, telling us another Adonis story. This time without Sly Stallone because he is officially stepping away from this franchise. Can you believe it? The torch has finally been passed and all eyes will be on MBJ when this movie is released. We all know he will make a great director, he’s been in the industry for so long and has worked with some of the most talented people in the business. Creed I and Creed II were both home runs and it feels like its been FOREVER since we got any Creed news. The only news we have gotten is a dozy, Jonathan Majors who is having himself a year or two is joining the Creed world. Probably playing the films villain, and we are all dying to know who is he. Maybe Clubber Lang has a son………….

Aquaman and The Lost Kingdom. Release Date: December 16th, 2022. Director: James WanAquaman 2: Next DC Film Casts New Villains - IGN

Aquaman is kind of a big deal now eh? Coming off a billion dollar first outing, the King of the Sea is back in action this year and James Wan promises more fun, bigger action, and wants to change the game once again. I can see this movie moving to 2023 because of a movie that I will be doing next, either one of them will move its release date, and it could just come down to a game of chicken. Remember how beautifully bonkers the 3rd act of Aquaman was? I expect nothing short of that this time around, and I feel like everyone involved as only grown as actors since and this will be such a wild ride. Again, we just don’t know what kind of state the DCEU will be in at this time. Does this movie course correct once again, or will they treat this very successful franchise as its own thing? All I know is Jason Momoa was born to play Aquaman and I can’t wait to see what James Wan cooks up next.

Avatar 2. Release Date: December 16th, 2022. Director: James Cameron.Avatar 2 (2022) - IMDb

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

When you share a release date with James Cameron you move your fucking movie. It’s plain and simple. The man made a movie about a boat and it was the biggest thing this world had ever seen at the time. You can hear it now, people stating how they don’t care about the next Avatar, but sure enough everyone and their Mom will go see this movie. It’s James Cameron, the man is a legend and when he makes a movie, it’s just not a release date, it’s an event. Say what you want about Avatar, but it changed how we viewed movies and what could be done in a technological sense. He’s been working on these next few movies for over a decade, you don’t think this is going to shatter all expectations and blow our minds? Again, it’s James FUCKING Cameron, get on board folks! I can’t wait to see what he has in store for us and what this movie can be. It could literally change how we view movies once again, my god this year is going to be epic.

Looks like I’ll be breaking my record of 62 trips to the movies this year. Giddy up!

 

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New ‘The Batman’ Trailer

The bat and the cat are teaming up to take down The Riddler in the newest trailer for The Batman.

 

Well isn’t this a lovely surprise! A new trailer has just come out of left field and it could honestly be the strongest trailer yet. Without a doubt showcasing the most from the movie, in terms of vibe and actual footage from the movie. Deep dive into the psyche of the The Riddler who seems to not only be testing Batman and Bruce Wayne mentally but physically as well.

Here’s the kicker, Riddler knows who Batman is. That is really going to make this entire movie very interesting. Riddler wants to reveal the troubled past of Bruce’s parents, something that he didn’t know was there. The dynamics between them seems interesting and intense, where the relationship between Bruce and Selina seems muddled and complex.

There’s so much to look at and appreciate with each new trailer that we see. Visuals that will have your jaw drop, and honestly Pattinson looks like he’s going to eat up this role. This whole thing just seems perfect, from the performances to Matt Reeves direction, we have an upcoming masterpiece on our hands.

I simply can not wait.

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‘Spider-Man: No Way Home’ Review

Finally, after three viewings, I think I’m ready to write down my thoughts on perhaps the strongest MCU showing ever.

NO WAY HOME Puts Willem Dafoe in the Supervillain Pantheon - Nerdist

With Spider-Man’s identity now revealed, Peter asks Doctor Strange for help. When a spell goes wrong, dangerous foes from other worlds start to appear, forcing Peter to discover what it truly means to be Spider-Man.

Spider-Man has been apart of my life for as long as I can remember. To this very day, I remember when I saw the first ever trailer for Spider-Man on my TV. You know, a time before Youtube, Twitter or any real sense of social media. A trailer and part of the movie that was later removed from marketing, because it involved Spider-Man catching some robbers by getting them caught in a web that is strung up between the World Trade Centres. I remember sitting there, thinking, this is going to be the coolest thing ever. Unlike most heroes, Spider-Man is easily the most accessible to the younger audience because, well, he’s a kid. I’ve never missed a Spider-Man movie in theatres, hell, I waited in line for 4 hours just to see Spider-Man 3 at midnight. So to say I was just a wee bit excited to see the cumulation of 20 years of Spider-Man lore in one movie is an understatement.

For me, the MCU Spider-Man has been such a mixed bag. His relationship with Tony Stark was honestly one of the strongest, most impactful and emotional relationships we had seen in the Marvel Universe. But his solo outings have felt so John Hughes and immature, that it felt so disconnected from why I fell in love with this character.  He felt more Spider-Boy/Iron-Spider than Spider-Man. You know the loner, broke kid from Queens, who has a hard dealing with the balance of being Peter Parker and his alter ego. I’ve just wanted this iteration of Tom Holland’s Spider-Man to finally grow up you know? Well ask and you shall receive because the newest addition to the MCU is arguably the strongest movie yet and something every single Spider-Man fan will remember for the rest of their lives.

This movie is very hard to talk about because of spoiler type stuff, but seeing how I’m writing this review on Monday, after the second biggest weekend in the history of cinema, safe to say, most people reading this will have seen the movie. After the events of Far From Home, the entire world, thanks to Mysterio now knows that Peter Parker is Spider-Man, and it quickly turns is life upside down. When he goes to Doctor Strange for some help, at first, their plan seems simple enough, but when they unleash the power of the mulitverse, all hell breaks loose. Tom Holland’s Spider-Man is about to get a crash course on what it truly means to be Spider-Man and how being a hero means that sacrificing certain important elements in your life and protecting those closest to you is the most important thing. He’s about to learn that with great power, comes great responsibility……

I won’t go full blown spoilers, but we all know the return of 5 previous Spidey villains, each from one of the previous 5 Spider-Man movies. William Dafoe’s Green Goblin (Spider-Man), Alfred Molina’s Doc Ock (Spider-Man 2), Thomas Hayden Church’s Sandman (Spider-Man 3), Rhys Ifans Lizard (The Amazing Spider-Man) and Jamie Foxx’s Electro (The Amazing Spider-Man 2). They are all back and a little confused, and with that comes so much previous baggage, and the worst kept secret in all of Hollywood, Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield. It’s funny, that the previous Spider-Man movies suffered because of “too many villains” but here it works so well. They are the ones at the forefront of this movie. All realizing that their fate is to die by the hands of Spider-Man in their respective universes, but in this reality, every life is worth saving. That’s all I’m going to say about this stuff, because it’s fun experience when you know as little as possible.

Peter’s relationships, every single one of them is being push to the breaking point. These characters finally feel like they are shedding their skin and becoming full grown adults. Making this feel like the end of the ‘Homecoming’ trilogy. The themes about fully recognizing your responsibilities in this world, and knowing that your life can’t be perfect when you’re a superhero is something Peter hasn’t realized yet. Tom Holland gives without a doubt his best performance to date, in fact, it’s one of the best superhero performances I have ever seen. He’s fantastic and he’s on an emotional rollercoaster the entire film, that ends with him finally bitting the bullet and accepting his fate and his future. Even Zendaya and Jacob Batalon give their strongest performances as well. Their entire dynamic is what holds these movies together and it’s certainly at it’s strongest in No Way Home.

There is a moment in this when a certain character flips a switch and from that point on the movie doesn’t stop. Hit after hit keeps coming and you are fully emerged in this joyous ride that will make you cheer out loud depending on how you feel about that sort of thing. The fan service throughout works because it’s actually part of the plot. Not something they just felt the need to put in the movie. So seeing certain things transpire is almost rewarding because you know it’s coming, you’re just trying to figure out how they were going to implement it. Seeing closure and almost a rediscovery for Tobey and Andrew was so wonderful to see. Andrew Garfield is the best part of this entire movie, he crushes it and we need him back in some capacity going forward.

Peter is literally learning how to become Spider-Man from Spider-Men and I thought that was interesting to see. Little does he know, every feeling he has and every mistake he has made, these two strangers that stand in front of him, know exactly how he is feeling. It’s a beautiful dynamic that shifts the tone of the movie and it makes the 3rd act of this movie feel heavy. How the movie ends makes you wonder where exactly they are going to take this character going forward. He throws on the best looking Spider-Man suit in the history of film and webs out to be the friendly neighbourhood Spider-Man.

SPOILERS

The piece of Venom left behind at the bar in the MCU means one thing. We are getting a brand new Venom in the MCU and honestly that was one of the most important things in this entire movie. Tom Hardy was great, but Venom getting the MCU treatment and a fresh start sets up a new trilogy for this Spider-Man and I can’t wait to see the next step for this franchise. Tom Holland is now Spider-Man, and his world is small and that’s just the way I like it.

 

Spider-Man: No Way Home = 97/100

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‘West Side Story’ Review

Embark on the thrilling and magical spectacle, something crafted so beautifully that it only makes sense that Steven Spielberg the grandmaster of filmmaking could put it together.

West Side Story

An adaptation of the 1957 musical, West Side Story explores forbidden love and the rivalry between the Jets and the Sharks, two teenage street gangs of different ethnic backgrounds.

Imagine starting your job in 1971 and still being at the top of your game 50 years later. Well, that’s exactly the case for Steven Spielberg who directed his first musical, the legendary tale of West Side Story, and it’s simply marvellous. It’s a tale as old as time, it’s Romeo and Juliet in New York and tells the story of the Maria (Rachel Zegler) and Tony (Ansel Elgort) the two star-crossed lovers who are trying to find love in a hopeless place.

When this was announced I wouldn’t say I was excited to rush to a theatre and see it, but there I was opening day sitting down ready to be blown away. Within the first 20 minutes, you understand you’re probably watching the best picture winner, right around when Riff (Mike Faist) and the rest of the Jets break into the first song and dance number of the film. From the incredible and newly design choreography, that makes this feel more modern, and the talented singers across the board. Every time a musical number started I couldn’t help but find myself tapping my own foot on the theatre floor. Every single person in this film is a triple threat, everyone is singing, dancing and acting their asses off in order to make this one of the most enjoyable movie going experiences of 2021. You can’t help but find yourself smiling throughout the film, because the singing and dancing is so euphoric to look it. It’s memorizing, because the work that went into making sure the choreography was a technical marvel. To the point where you’re unsure of who to look at during certain numbers, because everyone is killing it on screen.

One thing that really separates Spielberg from other film-makers is his craftsmanship of camera work. He always knows how to perfectly capture a shot or a moment, where something as simple as Tony standing in a puddle, can become one of the most memorable shots in the entire film. The lights are bright, the colours are eye-popping, the costumes are gorgeous, and this is all a recipe for success. Not to mention all of the amazing performances in the film. When the two leads so re Zegler and Elgort are good, but they aren’t the strongest in the film, yet your movie doesn’t fall apart is a testament to itself. No, it’s the surrounding group of characters from Riff, Bernardo (David Alvarez), Anita (Ariana DeBose) and the lovely Rita Moreno as Valentina, the ensemble cast is terrific. From every single member of the Sharks to the Jets, everyone is bringing their A-Game. For me the real standouts were Mike Faist and Ariana DeBose, they steal every scene they are in, have the most emotional material to work with, and I think they give the best and most memorable performances out of anyone.

It’s funny, not knowing really anything about West Side Story, but when certain songs would come on, whether they have been imprinted into your mind from another time or another pop culture IP taking the song, you instantly know all the classics. I was insanely impressed with a few of the song and dance numbers, especially Gee, Officer Krupke, Maria and America.

Not enough praise can be given to Spielberg here. A fan of musicals his entire life, it’s crazy to think it took him 50 years into his directing career to finally make one. Considering his skill set, he is one of the most versatile directors today and out of the big “blockbuster” ones working today, he is by far the most suited to make one. So thank you Spielberg for doing so, because I can’t say enough good things about it. Either you buy into what this movie is or you don’t. Teenagers are stupid and in love and things fall apart around them, yet they want to run away together even after just one day of knowing each other. But, it always works, that’s why Shakespeare was a genius and his stories will forever be told.

I don’t know how many Oscar nominations this will rack up, it’s hard to decide if these performances are Oscar worthy, but I can see Faist, DeBose and Zelger all getting nominations and rightfully so. This will be around during the awards season, and from top to bottom, this is the best movie of 2021. From a technical perspective, to acting, cinematography, costumes, everything is damn well perfect.

Can’t wait to see it again.

West Side Story 93/100

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First ‘Sonic 2’ Trailer

Sonic is back and this time he’s got company.

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Knuckles is here folks, and he’s being voiced by none other than Idris Elba himself. I’m sorry but that’s pretty awesome, and you know what? So is this trailer.

The first Sonic movie had it’s ups and downs, from the original design of Sonic being utterly hated by the internet, to the pandemic causing problems for its release date. But here we are, it’s getting a worthy sequel and the scale is only getting bigger. Introducing a couple of his pals, Tails (Colleen O’Shaughnessey) and his foe turned friend Knuckles, this looks like a really good time!

The fact, that we went from such a god awful design for Sonic, to three serious home runs for everyone in the movie, is pure joy. This sequel looks bigger, funnier and at the same time for serious. Seeing how we are getting a wider scope on the Sonic mythos, I’m sure they can expect even more success at the box-office. Also Tails is very cute.

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‘Winning Time’ Trailer

I never ever do TV related posts, but HBO doing a show about the Showtime Lakers, let’s rock.

A look back at one of the greatest dynasties and greatest eras in the history of the NBA is coming to HBO next year. Magic Johnson and the 80s Lakers changed the landscape of professional sports forever in more ways than one.

From the massive success on the court, and honestly off the court, the way sports were looked at towards the end of that Lakers run was almost unlike anything we had ever seen before.

So to bring this all to our living rooms is quite exciting, and since it will be handled by HBO, you can sit back and relax, knowing this is in capable hands.

With an all-star cast, showing the many egos and personalities this era had to offer, I’m super excited to see it all come to life.

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‘King Richard’ Review

From the Fresh Prince, to the King of tennis. Will Smith delivers the performance of his career at the perfect time in his life. One of the years best, a heartfelt, hilarious and emotional journey that showcases just how remarkable the story of Serena and Venus Williams really was.

King Richard movie review & film summary (2021) | Roger Ebert

A look at how tennis superstars Venus and Serena Williams became who they are after the coaching from their father Richard Williams

The American dream, everyone has one. For Richard Williams it was to raise the greatest two women’s tennis players to ever walk the Earth. In a time when tennis was portrayed as a predominately white sport, they were walking uphill to begin with. From Compton to the biggest stage, the remarkable story of this family is inspirational to say the least. Sports movies can always come across as such cliches, something that always has a “happy ending.” One thing I really liked about King Richard was how raw and authentic it was and it really doesn’t sugar coat anything. One of the best sports movies in recent memory and one of the strongest films of 2021.

This family had to fight for everything they had and Richard (Will Smith) was always front and centre. He was different, he was doing things his way. It was the definition of his way or the highway. In a time of crazy sports Dads, at the time, the media and people around Richard truly didn’t understand his madness or just how much he was sacrificing for his family. He was a mad scientist who always had a plan for his daughters and nothing would stop that plan from happening. He was hard on his kids, but in the best way possible. Hard working, good grades, humble, polite, everything you want to teach your kids. He just wanted to keep his kids off the streets and propel them into a better life. That should be the goal for any parent, provide a better life for your children then you ever had. I would say Richard and his wife Brandy (Aunjanue Ellis) achieved just that.

That’s where this movie begins, on the shoulders of Richard and Brandy Williams. Will Smith gives a memorable performance, the best of his career. What I loved most about it, it didn’t feel like Will Smith. He’s a megastar, bigger than most of the movies he is in. He’s a classic actor, he rarely changes his appearance, he’s just Will Smith in everything he does, but not here. He transforms into Richard Williams, and I was blown away. He does a few things, whether it’s his voice work, the way he walks, or the way he appears like sometimes he’s not all there. I’m just so happy he has finally given the definitive performance of his career, because it was beautiful. His counterpart Aunjanue Ellis is a strong female lead. Giving us the most impactful and emotional monologue of the film that serves a reminder that no matter how much Richard was in the forefront, he did not do this alone. Brandy is a strong and smart women, who helped mould all of her daughters into the impactful women they are today.

One thing that people need to realize, Venus (Saniyya Sidney) and Serena (Demi Singleton) wanted to tell this story. They were proudly behind this project from the very get-go. Just because they are not in the forefront of the movie, doesn’t mean they aren’t a big part of it. Their father did so much for them, that they wouldn’t be who they are today without them and they wanted to showcase this to the world. Both girls who represent these world class athletes are fantastic. Just not with their acting chops but with their tennis abilities. They are going toe-to-toe with some terrific actors in this. The movie just feels so 90’s, from the cinematography, the outfits, how Richard feels about country clubs and rich white folks. It all feels so blended together and so naturally, unlike some more recent sports movies, this just feels like it’s on another level. Some truly fantastic visuals, that make it feel like a real awards contender. The thing that I was most impressed with, the actual tennis scenes. They are filmed so well, not many cuts and edits, they really let these ladies go out and play. The thing with most sports movies or shows, they don’t actually showcase the cast playing the sport the movie is about. They went out and got real tennis players to help elevate this movie and it works. Even Jon Bernthal comes in for half the movie and gives a different performance. He’s an energetic tennis coach, that has the best moustache in 2021. We are so used to him being a cold character, or a bad ass, and this was just a fun performance from a really great actor.

Emotional beats throughout help separate this from just the generic sports flick. There are two scenes in particular that, in my mind, the film needed and wouldn’t come across as successful if they don’t put them in there. You are reminded how hard it can be and will always be for black families in America and some families need to go the extra mile every single day to sometimes provide just safety and food for their kids. I loved how they didn’t shy away from where they came from and how hard they had, 5 girls in one bedroom, problems on the streets and potential dangers around every corner.

Reinaldo Marcus Green is an upcoming young and impressive director, again, this is an elevated sports drama. He brings something new and brought one hell of a cinematographer with him. I hope we can celebrate with Will Smith during awards season, because I think it’s just his time. This is a must see and honestly my favourite movie of the year.

King Richard = 91/100

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‘Ghostbusters: Afterlife’ Review

Strap on your proton pack and hop in the Echo 1, because the Ghostbusters are back. A true love letter to the franchise, Jason Reitman follows in his fathers footsteps and serves up a worthy sequel.

When a single mom and her two kids arrive in a small town, they begin to discover their connection to the original Ghostbusters and the secret legacy their grandfather left behind.

Ghostbusters: Afterlife, was written and directed by Jason Reitman, the son of Ivan Reitman, the original director of the classic 1984 Ghostbusters. Some would say this is the passing of the torch, that Jason, who literally grew up on the sets of the first two Ghostbusters movies, was always destined to make a Ghostbusters movie himself. This movie is clearly a love letter to not only his father and everything he built within the Ghostbusters universe, but his childhood as well. Much like the directing duties being passed down a generation, so is the job of busting and capturing ghosts. We see the grandchildren of the legend Egon Spengler learning about their family history and their true destiny in life to finish what their grandfather started all those years ago.

For some, Ghostbusters is their childhood, something they grew up on, a warm place that serves as a reminder for when things were simpler. People much like myself have been waiting a very long time for a continuation of this beloved franchise, and I think this served as a great launching pad. It’s something that can gravitate towards the veteran fans and something that will suck in a ton of new ones.

The story is simple, things have changed, there hasn’t been a ghost sighting for nearly 30 years and the Ghostbusters are no more. It doesn’t mean that everything is quite so simple and when Egon casts himself into solitude in the remote and small town of Summerville, and it leaves his friends and family wondering why. Enter his daughter Callie (Carrie Coon) and her two kids Phoebe (McKenna Grace) and Trevor (Finn Wolfhard). With nothing of their own, they assume that Egon might have left them something, at first glance it feels like he left nothing, until Phoebe digs a little deeper and starts to unravel the mystery of Summerville and who her grandfather really was. Nothing to his name except his old farmhouse, the family decides to make the most out of this situation and give Summerville a chance. Callie never truly understood why her father left her and she believes that he’s nothing more than an asshole. Even his old friends are stumped at his behaviour and haven’t spoken to him in a long time.

McKenna Grace steals the entire movie. The quirky and awkward kid, who is a spitting image of Egon, who would have made Harold Ramis very proud. She’s funny, a bad ass and carries the movie on her back. She’s never had any friends, so when she meets Podcast (Logan Kim) a curious kid who loves conspiracy theories and all things ghosts and supernatural, they become instant BFFS. She also befriends her summer school teacher Gary Grooberson (Paul Rudd). It’s Mr. Grooberson who leads Phoebe down the eventual Ghostbusters rabbit hole when she brings in a ghost-trap she found at her grandfathers home to school. That’s when all hell breaks loose and it’s up to Finn, Podcast, Phoebe and Lucky (Celeste O’Connor), Finn’s pseudo girlfriend to jumpsuit up and take down some ghosts.

This is a small movie, it feels warm and homie. No giant action set pieces or massive explosions, this is a kick-start for something bigger to come. There are some really fun moments, and certain sounds, like a proton pack getting switched on will immediately bring a smile to your face. This movie is about family, finding yourself and understanding that sometimes people have to do things without any explanation at all. If you’re a fan of the franchise I honestly thing you will enjoy this movie, that obviously leans on nostalgia in a big way, but what did you expect? I think that’s what makes it so special, and feel so familiar, whether it’s the same score as the original, certain sounds, or just the familiarity of the entire franchise. This isn’t trying to be something it’s not, or something new. This is a direct sequel that wants to honour its predecessor and built on the beautiful foundation that was built so many years ago.

It can feel like a rehashing of the first Ghostbusters, but I think that’s the point. I’m happy this is the route they decided to take, and happy that they give our new characters a lot of time to shine. Where they go from here is up in the air, it will depend on box-office numbers I think, but it certainly sets itself up for another movie, that promises to be bigger than ever. Let’s just say, the movie ends with the Ghostbusters back in business.

It takes a while to get going, they don’t bust their first ghost until almost the hour mark of the movie, but we need time to understand what’s going on and actually the very first scene of the movie is so well done and you immediately get a little emotional. You know what’s coming, but you still can’t help but get up and cheer for when it does. It’s something I’ve waited my whole adult life to see and I’m so thankful that it did. The final act of the movie is a ton of fun, some jokes don’t land, but this movie wasn’t going to be perfect, it just needed to make me feel a certain way and mission accomplished. How they handled everything with Harold Ramis was beautiful and I’ll be disappointed if this franchise doesn’t continue going forward. They really unlocked something with McKenna Grace and Finn Wolfhard, they make awesome Ghostbusters and it’s time to strap a proton pack to Paul Rudd for the sequel.

This is everything I wanted this movie to be, so to me, it’s perfect.

Ghostbusters: Afterlife = 88/100

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New ‘Spider-Man: No Way Home’ Trailer Is Here

This trailer unloads a lot. We have 5 villains battling it out with Spider-Man, but something tells me he’s not alone…..

Perhaps the shot of the trailer? Lizard, Electro and Sandman all ready to throw down with some Spider-Men? The hype train is real for the upcoming MCU flick, they just had a whole event for a trailer release. Most movies don’t do this, but this isn’t just another MCU movie dropping, this is something bigger….

The worst kept secret in Hollywood is Marvel trying to hide that Andrew Garfield and Tobey Maguire are going to be suiting up once again as their respective Spider-Man. Not shown in the trailer for obvious reasons, they want this reveal to happen within the context of the movie and not in a trailer. With that being said, this trailer packs a serious punch and showcases a larger than life experience for Peter Parker and company.

We understand that Peter is tired of the world knowing he is Spider-Man, so when he turns to Dr. Strange to perform a spell to erase that memory from the world, it doesn’t go according to plan and he actually opens a door to other universes and enter some of the most famous Spider-Man villains to ever grace the big screen. From Lizard to Doctor Octopus this Peter Parker is going to have his hands full.

When he finds out after a battle with Doc Ock that all of these villains are met their match and Dr. Strange informs him that in their universe they all died fighting Spider-Man, Peter takes it upon himself to try and save everyone. Realizing he can’t and perhaps those closest to him, help always finds those who need it and behold, Andrew and Tobey!

Does Doc Ock have a change of heart? Does he end up enjoying the company of this new Peter Parker and realize he doesn’t want to be bad anymore? It seems like it. How are all these villains arcs going to play out? How are Tobey and Andrew going to come into play? My guess for Andrew, he swings it at the last second to save MJ – as we see her falling much like his Gwen Stacey in his universe. So much going on and we only have one more month to wait to find out!

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‘Spencer’ Review

Kristen Stewart disappears as Princess Diana, giving us her finest performance to date. A haunting and chilling character study that promises to be one of the best movies of 2021.

During her Christmas holidays with the royal family at the Sandringham estate in Norfolk, England, Diana decides to leave her marriage to Prince Charles.

Being famous is tough, being Princess Diana was a whole other story. Spencer dives deep into the psyche of what it was like to live this kind of lifestyle and the immense pressure that comes with it. This movie can make you feel uncomfortable at times, mainly due to the amount of tension in the air, making you feel like you’re walking on glass for 2 hours. The story takes place during a three day stretch, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and Boxing Day, as we see a Royal Family gathering that makes Diana a little uneasy to say the least.

For 2 hours we sit and watch Diana slip further away, realizing this life isn’t for her anymore and more importantly not for her sons. Being watched constantly, she is starting to feel the weight of the world and is growing tired of this lifestyle. She’s drifting apart from her husband and is becoming aware that this sort of life isn’t meant for her. Director Pablo Larrain is able to beautifully capture all of this. The use of the score, which is chilling, haunting and makes every scene seem so tense. Everyone in the movie and in the audience is on pins and needles, it’s like watching a dormant volcano bubbling at the surface, waiting to erupt. Pairing this with stunning set design, cinematography and costume design, this movie is all around magnificent.

Lets be clear, this movie belongs to Kristen Stewart and her alone. Basically in every single scene, she transforms into Princess Diana and it is a marvellous and poetic performance. She’s a shoe in for an Oscar nomination and I would be shocked if she doesn’t walk away with a lot of gold come awards season. Her performance is quiet yet powerful, she’s loud but never manages to raise her voice. You are waiting the entire film for this woman to erupt, to scream, to do something, and it never happens. She acts out, whether it’s cutting herself, saying ridiculous things to the staff, or leaving every dinner to go regurgitate whatever food she had managed to get down, but she never fully breaks. Watching her breaking down is draining, because you are rooting for her all while realizing what tragedy awaits this woman in her future.

Some striking and colourful images and outfits really help capture certain moments of the film, with one scene in particular that takes place around candlelight that will surely be the Oscar reel for this film. It’s heartbreaking to watch and I’m sure Diana’s sons William and Harry would think the same thing. Diana just wanted to be herself, while everyone around her was telling her that she had to be two different people, after a while that can beat anyone to the ground.

You feel exhausted by the end of the film simply because of Stewarts performance. This is the story of the lead up to her and Charles divorce, and you can see why this life wasn’t meant for her. The score really plays such a vital and important role in the movie because it sucks you into every scene. Some parts feel very Joker-ish while others reminded me of The Shinning. The score just makes it feel like such a thriller that something terrible could happen at any moment, I haven’t really felt that in a movie in a long time.

This is just a beautiful movie that makes you feel all sorts of emotions. Oscar nominations in bound for sure. This reminds me of The Favourite from 2019, about ten nominations and a lock for Best Actress. I really enjoyed this and I’m looking forward to watching it again.

Spencer = 84/100