‘Detective Pikachu’ Trailer

We are all about to be Billy Madison. Sitting around with a bunch of children. This generations Who Framed Roger Rabbit?

When news broke that Ryan Reynolds would be voicing the legend that is Pikachu, the world and myself really didn’t know how to react. But after watching the trailer and looking at this adorable picture, I can’t help but say I’m totally on board. Growing up Pokémon was a big part of my life, at one point in time I was one of the worlds best card players – probably, and I really fell in love with these characters. I can’t believe it’s taken this long to have a live adaptation of these beloved creatures.

I’m getting a vibe of Who Framed Roger Rabbit here, probably a little bit less dark, but they honestly couldn’t have picked a better person to voice Pikachu then good old Ryan Reynolds. But I’m so used to him playing Deadpool that I thought he was going to drop an F-bomb. This is going to be massive at the box-office. And if it turns out the movie is actually quite good as well, this could turn out to be a juggernaut. It looks like a lot of fun, and it was great seeing some of my old favourites again, mixing in some great jokes.

I will always have a soft spot for Pokémon, I’m sure a lot of people my age do. It was some what resurrected with Pokémon Go a few years ago, but this trailer just put a smile on my face maybe it’s because Reynolds was voicing the title character. I will for sure be there opening weekend, like I said this movie is going to be MASSIVE.

Here’s the trailer.

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‘Suspiria’ Review

This is a dark atmospheric journey, that will mess with your mind, body and soul. It did not help that I was totally stoned. Suspiria drags you to the depths of hell.

As darkness swirls at the centre of a world-renowned dance company, one that will engulf the artistic director, an ambitious young dancer and a grieving psychotherapist. Some will succumb to the nightmare. Others will finally wake up.


So yes I got stoned for Suspiria. For someone who never does that, I felt to get the full experience of this film I needed to be a little under the influence. Boy, it did not disappoint. It’s legal here in the Great White North, so if you have a problem with that, take a hike!

But any who, Suspiria is a remake of the 1977 classic that was really genre defining when it was released. If you go back and watch the original you will notice the use of bright and vibrant colours and the use of colour is so highly regarded for that film, that going into the new version I expected the same. This movie is not at all like its predecessor when it comes to the colour scheme, rather I found the movie to be mostly dull. A lot of grey and beige, I guess it makes sense as this is 1970’s West Germany, but still to go from one extreme to another, probably through off a lot of fans in the process. I went into Suspiria with a open mind, I usually don’t go see movies like this, this is an art house film, with a ton of layers, symbolism and metaphors that are thrown into your face. After sleeping on it and really thinking hard about it today, I enjoyed Suspiria for what it is and if you don’t mind the run time of just over 2 hours and 30 minutes and enjoy the horror genre, I would recommend this movie for you.

I won’t go to deep into the plot or details of it because I don’t want to spoil anything, but like the original, it’s about a dance company that doubles as a breeding ground for Witches. We have Susie (Dakota Johnson) the new girl from Ohio, who sweeps the studio off their feet within seconds of her audition. Mainly her teacher Madame Blanc (Tilda Swinton), who is a world renowned dancer and someone the girls at the company greatly respect. They immediately form a close and unique bond, and just in a few short days, Susie is dancing in the lead role for the company. Now I mentioned that this dance company is run by witches, so when I mean dance, they are secretly performing rituals, because these witches need the perfect sacrifice in order to resurrect their master. So Susie befriends a few of the girls in her class, one girl in particular Sara (Mia Goth) who over time becomes suspicious to her surroundings and what might be going on behind the scenes. You see one girl has “gone missing” Patricia (Chole Grace Moretz) who has found compassion and friendship in an 80 year old psychotherapist Josef (Tilda Swinton). Throughout the movie I knew something was up with this old man, he didn’t look right, it wasn’t until after the movie I found out that Tilda plays the role. She’s playing two parts here. It really just threw me off because something didn’t look right. Whether it was the makeup or the mask she was wearing, it didn’t look great and it was taking me out of the movie completely. So when Patricia goes missing, Josef takes it upon himself to investigate which ultimately leads him to Sara. They discuss the possibility of the Madame’s being witches.

Speaking of witches and witchcraft. This is a horror movie and there is some extreme graphic nature throughout. Without giving it away, there’s a scene which involves a room full of mirrors and some torture that well is the energize bunny because it just keeps going and going. Remember that Simpson’s episode, “Stop! Stop it! He’s already dead!” – yeah this is the equivalent to that. After about 30 seconds I was like this poor girl has had enough, 3 minutes later, I was telling myself – WHY IS THIS STILL HAPPENING? Without doubt the scene that will be stuck in my head for a long time and it’s the scene you will remember most when walking away from this movie. That was the highlight of the film for me, because the rest of the movie is so overstuffed and filled with fluff. It was hard to keep track of what was really going on, who was who and what these witches were even doing in West Germany to begin with. There is zero and I mean zero backstory or even acknowledgment of where they came from or how long they have been here, and I found that to be annoying. This movie is so long, and the fact they didn’t even decide to address that tells me the director Luca Guadagnino who is coming off Call Me By Your Name maybe bit off more than he could chew with Suspiria. It’s just so congested and at times confusing and I just think a few seconds to explain itself could have done wonders for the overall product.

I haven’t been the biggest fan of Dakota Johnson, but I must say, she impressed me here. I throughly enjoyed her overall performance in Suspiria, and I almost feel like she was the perfect choice for this role. Her quiet demeanour, and the way she moves and her body language really spoke volumes to me. She honestly kind of saved the movie from being a complete and utter train wreck. Her chemistry with Tilda Swinton is also great, she is another standout among the cast. Although I found it totally unnecessary that she play the role of Josef, for the reasons I mentioned above. The performances are certainly not the downfall to Suspiria. Pacing issues, bloated-ness and overall a lack of structure in the film making are the reasons this movie just isn’t as a whole, very good. Yes, there are some great moments of horror and fear to be had, some intense and gruesome deaths, but I expect that in a horror movie. What I want and what needs to happen in order for that genre to be successful is a well put together film. That isn’t achieved here with Suspiria, and I found myself lost for the most part.

All things considered, I’m happy I saw it. I went outside my comfort zone with this one and I believe some people will love it. But for the average movie-goer, this will not be their cup of tea. There’s also one witch that looks identical to Tina from Bobs Burgers, so maybe this is some sort of prequel or something, I dunno.

Check ya later

Nate’s Movie Tour Reviews – Suspiria = 60/100

‘A Star Is Born’ Review

Bradley Cooper delivers the best performances of his career and lets the world know that he is a force to be reckoned with behind the director’s chair.

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A musician helps a young singer and actress find fame, even as age and alcoholism send his own career into a downward spiral


So Bradley Cooper can really sing. They let you know this from the very opening moments of this film. Not only can this man sing, but he can also direct and he can act. Is there anything that this man cannot do? Going into A Star Is Born, the directorial debut of Bradley Cooper expectations were high. Reviews had been pouring in and everyone was declaring this a sensation and one of the best films of 2018. When it appeared at TIFF word of mouth was spreading fast, and this instantly shot up the ranks of my most anticipated movies to see before the end of the year.

Imagine a chance meeting, that is almost like a fairy tale playing out in reality. One of the biggest rock stars in the world, drunk off his ass, stumbles into the drag bar where you are performing. Well, when Jackson Maine (Bradley Cooper) does just that and is mesmerized by Ally (Lady Gaga) the moment he hears her open her mouth and sings, you know these two are destined for greatness together. So when Jackson asks her to have a drink with her, he wants to get to know this mysterious singer/songwriter. See Jackson might be a bonafide rock star, but he is battling inner demons. He has massive alcohol and drug issues, and he is looking for motivation and a new spark in his life. Jack is also losing his hearing from an issue he’s been dealing with his entire life. When Ally agrees to go to one of his shows, he drags her on stage to perform one of her songs together, and the crowd goes wild. In just a matter of minutes, Ally’s life is completely turned upside down, and she is thrust into this lifestyle of the rich and famous. From there we go on this rollercoaster emotional journey, that is filled with heartfelt love songs, the ups, and downs of being famous and the battle with the bottle. A Star Is Born is really everything I wanted it to be and more.

First things first, the music is incredible. I knew that Bradley Cooper could sing, but I didn’t know I would be blown away like I was. The concert scenes feel so authentic and real, I thought I was just watching a live taping of a band performing in concert. You get emotionally invested in these people because of the performances they are giving. Lady Gaga is phenomenal here. She isn’t the first singer to crossover into acting and gives an outstanding performance. Madonna and Jennifer Hudson both come to mind, but Lady Gaga sheds her usual over the top fashion look and transforms into another person completely. Their chemistry is great, and in a movie like this, that is either going to carry the film into great heights, or it will inevitably be its downfall. I believed that they were in love and that they fell for one another, which means that they probably spent some time together before filming.

It was interesting to watch Ally’s rise to fame while watching Jack battle his demons, all while trying to show her ropes of the business. One is flying high, while the other is battling each and every day with something that he doesn’t always want to share with those closest. His older brother Bobby (Sam Elliot) is the last family he’s got, and they have an intense and personal relationship. All three of them should be nominated come Oscar season, I can see big nominations for this. Bradley will not only get nominated for acting, but he should get a nomination for directing and this will be nominated for best picture. It’s a spectacle, and Bradley Cooper deserves so much credit for everything he has accomplished. Even Lady Gaga shocked me. She became so real, at times, I forgot just how overzealous she is in real life, I almost like this version of her better.

When you’re in love, you will do whatever it takes to make that person feel special. This is quite the love story. It’s a story about taking a chance on someone, even if they are from a different world. Alcoholism is a scary disease and I thought Cooper did an excellent job depicting addiction and how it not only affects those around you but how it ultimately runs your entire life. Addiction can consume you, no matter how much love and support you have in your life. Jack deals with it his entire life until it catches up with him, and he needs to go to rehab. This is an emotional film, with powerful performances, and it leaves you wondering if this is what life is truly like for world-famous rock stars.

Overall I thought the soundtrack and performances carried this movie really well. Bradley kind of sucks you in straight away and his performance is almost hypnotic. When you haven’t seen a certain actor do something like sing, you can really become invested in their role. The ending is soul crushing and it kind of leaves you wanting a little bit more. I know I’ll be pumping the soundtrack for the next few weeks.

Check ya later

Nate’s Movie Tour Reviews – A Star Is Born = 91/100

‘BlacKKKlansMan’ Review

The best Spike Lee movie since Inside Man, which came out over a decade ago. To say Spike is back is an understatement.

Remember the name Ron Stallworth. So this is based off some historical reference, making the story seem even more bizarre. Spike makes sure to mention this in the beginning moments of his newest film, because well, this whole story is kind of bat shit crazy.

It’s 1972 and the world is a different place, well actually it’s not that much different, as Spike comments on numerous times throughout the film. Stallworth (David John Washington) wants to be the first African-American police officer in Colorado. From the very get-go you get the sense that even the police themselves don’t know how to handle this situation and they are unsure of how to use Ron properly. He’s literally the first of his kind, there has never been an African-American police officer in his town. So when a Black Power activist holds a rally, they send Ron in undercover. There he meets Patrica (Laura Harrier) head of the black student union at the local university. Just like in Spider-Man Homecoming, Laura proves to be a great and up and coming actress. She is the one responsible for putting this rally together. We meet Kwame Ture played by Corey Hawkins, who comes is so hot. He’s pitching 100 miles per hour, he’s only in one scene, but it could have been one of my favourite scenes of the movie. He’s electric, and I just thought he did an unbelievable job for the little screen time he gets. Local police are worried about the black community protesting and causing trouble and they even believe there could be a civil war on the horizon. Ron suggests otherwise and that Kwame was just trying to get a rise out of the crowd and that they are harmless.

After a successful undercover job, Ron gets promoted to the intelligence unit. That’s where this story takes a weird but altogether incredible journey. There he meets Flip Zimmerman (Adam Driver) his soon to be “white counterpart.” Ron feeling good about himself sees an ad in the local paper about joining the KKK. Inclined, he calls the phone number listed and talks to the director of the Colorado section Walter (Ryan Eggold). The two hit it off on the phone, so Ron obviously wants to peruse things further. That will prove to be difficult, because, well…..he’s black. So that’s where Flip comes into play. He goes undercover as Ron and together they infiltrate the KKK. Ron, as he describes is fluid in both “white man” and “jive” and that’s how he is able to talk to these white KKK members. Because as they love to mention, “they can always tell when they aren’t talking to a white man on the phone.” The back and forth on the phone is hysterical, and Washington has some tremendous comedic chops. This really is a star making performance by the man. Couldn’t be happier for him, he’s about to be on the rise.

Topher Grace pops up and plays David Duke, and it was really nice to see Topher back working on a great project. He delivers quite the performance here, and obviously a lot of his language used throughout the movie is just god awful. A few of the Klan members, sorry, “organization” members are interesting characters themselves. Some you just need to see for yourselves. I said organization because they didn’t want to go by the Klan I guess, and it’s funny to hear them correct people throughout the film about this little mistake. I bet making a movie like this can serve to be a little difficult. I mentioned the language, which a movie about the KKK, there is going to be extremely strong offensive language used by everyone. But I recently listened to a podcast with Washington, who said that on set, Spike is so great with the entire cast and crew and makes everyone feel comfortable and relaxed, that it makes the whole process that much easier. Those are the tall tale signs of a mature, veteran film-maker, and Spike happens to be all of that.

Spike is really on his game here, the film is shot beautifully, and there’s even a classic floating dolly sequence that Spike has become known for. This is a powerful movie. It feels powerful from the very opening moments of it. Yes there is a ton of comedic moments, but thats because the premise of it is so unbelievable. Spike wants to get a message across, and by the end of it, the message is pretty damn clear. Powerful message, powerful performances, and once the film is over, they bring it all back to present day America. This was the hardest hitting part of the movie, because this thing takes place in 1972, and in present day America, things don’t seem that much different. This should be nominated come awards season, well it better be. I’m ecstatic for everyone who was involved. Adam Driver once again proves he can do anything, Overall, one of 2018’s best films to date, with a strong message behind it, made by the right man. Again it’s a smaller film that scores big from me, not another sequel or generic summer blockbuster. Go see this movie! Support smaller movies!

Nate’s Movie Tour Reviews – BlacKKKlansMan = 95/100

‘Mid 90s’ Trailer

So somehow Jonah Hill has created a time machine. I guess we can add writer and director to his resume

I’m serious though. This entire trailer doesn’t just look like the 90s, it might have been made in the 90s. The colour grading is so subtle but yet so sublime that it honestly feels like you are flipping through a 90s photo album.

Just when you thought all the trailers dropped this weekend at SDCC, Jonah Hill comes along and drops this Oscar bomb. His directorial debut and add the written honours to it as well. This will certainly be a nostalgia trip down memory lane for so many people and it appears to be an homage to skateboarding.

A coming of age drama, just shouts Oscar material and with Hill behind the camera, next March this certainly will be getting all sorts of recognition. Lucas Hedges is apparently in everything these days, but the remaining cast just looks like the perfect assemble for this movie. Really impressed by this trailer and have insanely high hopes for this one. Getting a real Kids vibe from it, and that movie was bat-shit crazy.

‘Shazam’ Trailer Hits

This looks like a laugh a minute. Tons of heart. With the right bit of edge. DC crushed it.

What happens when a 10 year old becomes a Superhero? Well Shazam wants to tell that story the world.

David F. Sandberg is about the tell the story of Billy Batson. The unexpected kid who happens to become a real life Superhero. Shazam is a great story and a terrific character, and I’m so glad that DC is telling it to the world. A lesser known DC hero, when compared to Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman he is considered second tier.

When DC comics reinvented themselves with the New 52, Geoff Johns tackled Shazam’s origin and it blew up. He reintroduced this character in a way that no one had seen before. DC jumped on the opportunity to make this movie and he’s know a frequent member of the Justice League. He’s a hero, with the heart of a child. And what better person to play and represent this than Zachary Levi himself. Talk about a home-run.

Being part of the Justice League means we will see him interact with Batman and Superman at some point. And from what we just saw in this trailer, that is shaping up to be something unique. I’m really hoping Superman makes a cameo in this, maybe to teach Billy how to use his powers.

There’s one last thing. Shazam’s arch-nemesis is Black Adam and that role is being filled by none other than Dwayne Johnson. You heard it right. He’s joining the DCEU and first up will be Shazam.

This trailer blew my expectations out of the water. They nailed the tone and style down perfectly. Congrats to Zachary Levi, because no one thought this was possible.

New ‘Fantastic Beasts’ Sequel Trailer

Johnny Depp legit just ruins everything now.

I remember going into the first Fantastic Beasts and being pleasantly surprised. Going back to the world of magic and muggles and all things in-between was incredible. Then towards the end of the movie Colin Farrell’s character morphed into Johnny Depp and well, my jaw hit the floor. Not because I was shocked, not because I was happy, because it flat out ruined the movie. Yeah 90’s Depp was awesome, but now, he’s just Johnny Depp. He’s no longer an actor. Okay, it didn’t ruin the movie completely but I can’t believe they did Colin dirty like that, he was fine in this role and I think he was better suited for the role.

So now we have the upcoming sequel which predominantly features Depp and all I see is Johnny. It’s hard to see him as anything else these days, and I don’t know how I can possibly sit through this movie. It appears to be darker in tone and have way more magic, both great things. Jude Law is playing a younger Dumbledore which seems all too perfect. I can’t wait to go back to this world again, it’s just a shame we have to put up with Johnny Depp in the mean time.

The trailer is pretty fantastic, no pun intended. These new characters especially Newt are a nice additional to an already packed universe. It makes me want venture back to this world again and again. Check it out and see for yourself!

‘Glass’ Trailer Preview

First name Mister, last name Glass

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First Unbreakable, then came Split. Now we are getting an end to M. Night Shyamalan’s epic Superhero trilogy. Who knew when Unbreakable first came out, about 20 years ago that it would all lead to this? M. Night has gone on to prove that he’s still got it and could create one of the best Superhero trilogies of all time. Now that the trailer just dropped at SDCC, it appears that Glass is going to be an incredible finish.

Everyone is back, David Dunn (Bruce Willis), Mr. Glass (Samuel L. Jackson) and psycho of the year Kevin Wendell Crumb (James McAvoy). The trailer is a bit mysterious, but Crumb is back to his old ways and has kidnapped some girls for the beast to feast on. David accidentally bumps into one of Kevin’s 24 personalities on the stress, which turns into a race against the clock to save the captured girls. Mr. Glass is also trying to use Kevin to his advantage and cause more problems for David.

Everything about the trailer is spectacular, the cinematography, the visuals, the cast. This is going to be such a wonderful treat, and knowing M. Night we don’t even know the half of what we are going to witness next year. Twists will happen, and with him, always, expect the unexpected. Personally I believe Unbreakable is Samuel L. Jackson’s greatest performance because it’s just so far out of his comfort zone. I can’t wait to see him dive back into this character and see how much he has evolved. M. Night was making gritty, dark and serious superhero movies before it was even cool to do so, Unbreakable doesn’t nearly get the credit it deserves.

Check out the Glass SDCC trailer below!

‘The Dark Knight’ Ten Years Later

It’s been 10 years since Christopher Nolan’s comic book masterpiece. His finest work to date and still arguably the greatest comic book movie ever made.

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Christopher Nolan –  “You’ve changed things. Forever.”


Funny world we live in, can’t believe its been 10 years since I waited outside a packed theatre. The lineup was legitimately wrapped around the entire building. The hype was real, it was like nothing I had ever seen at this point in my life, and well Christopher Nolan and company didn’t disappoint. I saw The Dark Knight 9 times in the theatre, I couldn’t get enough of this experience. I was like LeBron James when he went to Miami – “Not one, not two, not three, not four.” It has everything you want in a movie, and I don’t mean just a comic book movie, this is such an enjoyable movie experience, it simply meets all your needs. One of the biggest takeaways all these years later, is that people forget that this just isn’t a comic book movie. It’s so much more. This movie simply changed the game, it changed everything. It took the world by notice, that comic book movies should be and can be taken seriously. Everyone saw this movie, even your Mom. People couldn’t stop talking about it, everyone wanted to be the Joker, everyone had their own Batman voice. Ever since this movie, other film makers have been trying to replicate this formula, without that much success (Power Rangers, Fantastic Four). Since the turn of the century this sticks out as one of the very best films we have set our eyes on, and remember you either die a hero, or live long enough to see yourself become the villain.

Where does one even begin with this movie? The incredible opening scene, the best of any comic book movie to date. The way they introduce the Joker at the beginning of this film is so brilliant, and unique. Watching the bank heist in IMAX was such a treat. The whole premise of this bank job taking place with the Joker, yet the rest of the crew has no idea he’s sitting right in front of them, all while they are picking each other off one by one. I could rewatch this scene again and again and it would never get old. I think from the opening moments you knew that this would be something truly special. The way it was shot, the dialogue, everything about that opening scene was so different and transformative. It’s not like this is the only rewatchable scene in the movie, jesus the whole thing is rewatchable. Christopher Nolan was showing us moments that I will just never forget. The “sky-hook” scene and the 18-wheeler being flipped over are things that just blew me and the audience away. Speaking of the 18-wheeler, that entire sequence is one of my favourite in all of cinema. I remember seeing the trailers and knowing that the Batpod was going to make an appearance in the movie, and I kept waiting and waiting for it to show up, and when it finally does, and how they introduce it. I don’t think I’ve ever smiled so hard during a movie. Gotta be one of the most “Batman” moments ever. Then the showdown between Batman and the Joker on the street – you know the one, HIT ME!!! Which ends with the reveal that Commissioner Gordon isn’t dead after all. Just next level movie making stuff. Dark, gritty, grounded are three words that surrounded this movie, it’s what Nolan built this franchise on. He took a character and moulded him the way he saw fit, and he didn’t rely on heavy CGI, insane action sequences to do so. When you think back to The Dark Knight, there isn’t much action to be had, in fact, for a summer blockbuster that just so happens to be a comic book movie, there is very little. His take on the Caped Crusader was so radical, that at first people didn’t know how to react. Since this trilogy, we have gotten another depiction of this character, which is more comic book like than Nolan’s approach. In Batman v. Superman and Justice League we see Batman fighting aliens from other worlds and teaming up with the worlds strongest heroes, that was not the reality in which Nolan’s universe took place. At the end of the day, I can never decide which version I like best. Scorn by critics alike, Ben Affleck’s Batman or “Batfleck” is incredible. People tend to forget that comic book characters are malleable. They can be shaped and formed however someone sees fit. Dark and gritty or fun and light. They can be part of a shared universe or not at all. These aren’t the things that make these movies special, it’s the vision, and having an idea about these characters that will, in the end, make them memorable. I say this because what followed Nolan’s Batman franchise was Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel movie, where you could tell from the trailers that it had a definite Nolan influence. Man of Steel turned out to be the greatest Superman movie ever made, and one of the best comic book movies made to date. People were thrown off about his interpretation of this beloved hero, but it was his take, just like Nolan’s take on Batman. The new Superman is just so different from Richard Donner’s 70’s hero, that people believed it was totally wrong. They can’t see that these characters can be whatever we want them to be, and if you can’t see where the artist is coming from, doesn’t  mean the artist is wrong.

It all started with the legendary Batman Begins, at the end of the movie where they tease the Clown Prince of Crime. Batman tells Commissioner Gordon that “he’ll look into it,” and that was our first mention of the Joker. When that happened fans everywhere were on pins and needles to find out who would be playing Batman’s greatest foe. So when Heath Ledger was pinned as the Joker, the world didn’t really know what to think. He was a heartthrob, known for Brokeback Mountain and 10 Things I Hate About You. People were on the fence about the whole thing, they wanted this to be right, and some people didn’t think it was a great fit. Well we all know how that turned out, not only did Heath give us the greatest comic book performance we have ever seen, he even won an Oscar for his role. We all know the tragedy that comes with this movie, sadly Heath died shortly before the films premiere.


Some men just want to watch the world burn. Words can’t really describe how I feel about the Heath situation, for so many reasons. His performance is hauntingly beautiful, where it’s almost put a curse on this character because I just don’t see anyone ever topping it. There will be other interpretations no doubt, there’s already been one, but something about his is just magical. Here’s the other thing, if Heath doesn’t die, I don’t really know what happens over at WB. I know Nolan always had his vision for his Batman trilogy, but if he’s alive, there’s no way he’s not part of the final installment of the franchise. Maybe it keeps going. There’s no way we don’t get to see him in this iconic role again. It’s saddens me to say that, because it sounds selfish, but the way we leave his character, just hanging and laughing hysterically because he believes he has beaten the Batman. I just have always wanted more from this Joker, I want to know what happens to him, why he’s never mentioned again. I know these are all unanswerable questions, it’s just every time I watch The Dark Knight, this is always something that crosses my mind. One of films biggest “what-ifs” because I personally think the DCEU might not be where it is today if he were still alive. There was just to much story to flesh out with his character. I always dreamed of WB releasing never before footage or a scene of the Joker, maybe we will get something this week, it’s a pipe dream, but a man can dream.

The movie flows pretty flawlessly, I’ll admit though, the ending does get a little cloudy and messy. I just don’t believe everything that happens, from the ferry scene and the cell phone stuff. Something just seems off about that bit of the movie, but that is a serious nit-pick. Everyone is sitting atop apex mountain. Nolan, Bale, Caine, Eckhart, Ledger, everyone is firing on all cylinders. Comic book movies just aren’t written like this, the screenplay is just brilliant. Comic book movies didn’t tackle things like politics and and philosophical discussion that comes with being a hero and a villain. The interrogation scene, is one of the best Batman/Joker confrontations just not in the movies, but in all of history as well. Joker knows that Batman has one rule, and the way he manipulates and deceives Batman is incredible.

Harvey, Harvey, Harvey Dent. I’m so bittersweet about how they handled this amazing villain. The way he is introduced. I remember my first viewing and when Batman walks into his warehouse, and realizing that Rachel is about to die, it really made you think. It’s such a powerful moment, and happens with the voice over of Rachel telling Bruce that she is going to marry Harvey Dent. Within Nolan’s trilogy it’s by far the most vulnerable we see Bruce Wayne, he is crushed that she is gone, because he believes she was going to wait for him. Two-Face is one of many iconic Batman rogues, and I know when they were making this film they didn’t know what was going to happen to Heath, but again it’s a real shame that they killed off Two-Face at the end, because I think there was so much more to explore with him. They could have adapted The Long Halloween or another great Two-Face story.

What more can I say about this masterpiece of cinema. From Hans Zimmer epic score, to the cinematography, the acting, and everything in-between. It not only helped shape the landscape for movies but how the audience and Academy perceive them as well . The backlash that followed when The Dark Knight wasn’t nominated for best picture, ultimately led to the Academy expanding the best picture nominee category. It’s hard to imagine another comic book movie taking up the mantle of greatest of all time. Because this is more than just a comic book movie, it feels so real. There aren’t any super powers or even super heroes involved. That’s why it’s so special, Nolan was able to tap into something unique and make this so grounded, that it was just about a man in a mask and terrorist clown. It’s everything around that, that makes this a truly special piece of film. The Dark Knight didn’t just set the standard for comic book movies today, but it set a standard for movie making itself. It will never grow old and will be a timeless classic. It’s easy to forget why this movie is so special, because so many comic book movies have been made since. But for me, this is always looked at as a crime thriller-drama, that just so happens to have a man in a batsuit chasing a man dressed up like a clown throughout a city. These two are truly destined to do this forever.

‘SkyScraper’ Review

I’ve said it a million times, I’ll watch anything with Dwayne Johnson in it, but can he start doing better movies please and thank you.

Fun fact, someone took this photo to a scientist to see if he in fact would make this leap of faith. Guess what? Turns out he would plummet to his death, and that’s not even the most unbelievable thing that occurs in this generic blockbuster. Rawson Marshall Thurber the man who brought us Dodgeball and Central Intelligence brings us this cheap Diehard knock off, that is pretty painful to be perfectly honest. It’s been 30 years since one of the greatest action movies ever released came to theatres and this is by no stretch of the imagination an homage to that. But it fails miserably in every aspect of doing so. Skyscraper has a pretty straightforward premise. Man’s family is trapped in worlds tallest building, man must climb his way to the top. Simple enough, yet the movie trips over itself time and time again. This movie wanted to be Diehard so badly, the marketing team fully invested into that notion and produced replica posters for this movie in honour of Diehard and The Towering Inferno. Walking into the theatre thinking we could have a little Diehard on our hands was a fun treat, instead we got the worst of the worst when it comes to the Diehard franchise, and nobody and I mean nobody wants that.

It’s really hard to get behind a movie, when you know the whole point of the movie, “The Pearl” the worlds tallest building in Hong Kong was made in an editing room after the movie was done filming. As the movie chugs along it got harder and harder to believe anything I was watching. The whole movie feels green-screened and nothing felt real. When that occurs it’s very hard to buy into what you’re watching. It doesn’t make for a enjoyable movie going experience. If you can’t believe what’s going on in front of you, it’s really hard to stay focused throughout. It’s just another run of the mill disaster flick, which happens to star the most likeable movie star on the planet. I was hoping that if this movie did turn out to be a pile of fiery rubble, then at least I would get to see Dwayne Johnson kick some ass for 90 mins. NOPE. That doesn’t even happen, I was stunned that we didn’t get more action, because well, the worlds biggest action star is in the movie. The action is so weak and bloodless, where Diehard was the polar opposite. He’s never really trying to survive from the people inside the building. He is trying to survive from the building itself. So instead they have him doing things that are so preposterous, it leaves you shaking your head. But I’ll reiterate that the only thing this movie has going for it is well Dwayne Johnson and Neve Campbell. YES! The return of Sydney Prescott baby. I forgot just how wonderful Neve Campbell is and why it bothers me so much that she really doesn’t act anymore. It really bothers me that she decided this would be her triumphant comeback, because although she is great, the movie is not.

Everyone else just gets lost in the shuffle as the film plays out. You’re going to try and make Diehard for this generation but you don’t want to at least attempt to have an iconic villain? Hans Gruber is one of cinemas greatest foes, and the late Alan Rickman did a wonderful job in that role. I had to go look up the name of the bad guy for SkyScraper because that’s just how generic he was. Roland Moller plays Kores Botha, muscle for hire essentially and for me it just didn’t work. There are just so many forgettable characters floating around and you know all the twists and turns 20 minutes before they even happen. Even the bad guys plot is so mind numbingly dumb, by the end of the movie you forget why he is even doing this in the first place. Screen writing in big Hollywood blockbusters is dead. There is not one iconic line of dialogue in this whole thing, which was a total bummer. Everyone knows at least a fine lines from Diehard, that’s what made it so great. You’re telling me, that you have Dwayne Johnson in a movie like this and you can’t have him say one cool line? Who are getting to write these things nowadays? Is it monkeys using type writers? Did the Simpsons predict that as well?

This is just the definition of watered down Hollywood generic action. No one will be talking about SkyScraper in a few weeks, no one will be talking about this movie at all. I just didn’t buy a single moment of the film, because it was all to fake to me. This whole movie was put together in the editing room and that’s by far the biggest weakness of it. DJ is fine in this role, but it’s certainly not one of  his best performances, and he can do so much better. It’s just hard to get behind a movie, where it wants you to throw everything you know about what a human being can do out the window and quite frankly I just don’t think the studio cared all that much. We deserve better movies than this. It’s the middle of July right now and every summer blockbuster that has come out since Infinity War has been hot garbage. Lazy writing, sub-par acting and a film where nothing is believable is not a recipe for success. I expected so much more, I wanted to be reminded of Diehard, yet everything in this movie is a total ripoff of something that has come before it. There really isn’t one original idea to be had in the whole thing.

Nate’s Movie Tour Reviews – SkyScraper = 45/100