You know who couldn’t wait for 2016 to end? WB studios that’s who, boy could they not wait for the year to end. Last year wasn’t great for WB and their DCEU, well maybe financially, but in terms of how critics and fans alike felt about their movies is a whole other story. Batman v. Superman and Suicide Squad both failed to earn a ‘fresh’ rating on Rotten Tomatoes, and BvS led all other movies in Razzie nominations (these are awards for the worst movies of the year).
WB always had one trump card up their sleeve though. Ben Affleck, the goddamn Batfleck, was set to direct his very own standalone Batman movie, and boy was it going to be glorious. Starting in early 2017, right around the time Ben’s latest movie (Live By Night) was set to premier, it sounded like Ben was getting cold feet. He kept saying things like “the scripts not ready,” “I’m not doing this, until things are perfect,” and finally early this week news broke that Ben was no longer going to direct Batman. When this news broke the world LOST ITS MIND. Honestly that is the one-thing DC fans had over Marvel, that unlike Marvel, DC was going to have the Oscar winner Ben Affleck directing a standalone Batman movie. Not only is he not directing, there are whispers that he may be out all together as the caped crusader. If that happens, honestly I’m not sure what WB should do about their already fragile DCEU. The standalone Flash movie has already lost three directors (THREE!!!!), and now is getting a page one rewrite. What the hell is going on? These characters and their movies should pretty much write themselves. How much source material do you really need to write a good script? The thing that the DCEU needs is a godfather, Marvel has Kevin Feige and the WB TV division has Greg Berlanti. Both of these guys care about not only the characters, but also the fans. They have a vision of where things should go, and the DCEU is missing that. I don’t know if it should be Geoff Johns, Zack Snyder, but they need to get someone in there fast, and clean this mess up. Someone who cares and loves these characters, and that has some idea of where they would like to see this universe go.
Here’s the thing, Man of Steel was a great movie, I personally think it was a solid way to kick of this new DCEU, but ever since, WB has tried to play catch up to Marvel. Shoveling so much crap down our throats in BvS. Rome was not built in a day, and neither should comic book universes. They had the new Batman, Wonder Woman, Lex Luthor, Doomsday, and small little cameos from Aquaman, Flash and Cyborg ALL IN THE SAME MOVIE!? They really rushed it, not to mention throwing in the greatest comic book showdown ever between Batman and Superman, which again you had so much source material for and as Billy Madison would say, “YOU BLEW IT”! Oh, and to top it all off, they decided to put in the death of Superman at the end of the movie, just for shits and giggles I guess.
Next up Suicide Squad, which WB promised would be lighter in tone and fun. The trailers made this movie look awesome, but my god towards the end of the movie, it was really hard to sit through. To this day I have only seen it once. Back to back stinkers in a span of 4 months, meanwhile Marvel is crushing it.
Do I think Affleck leaving the directors chair is the end of the world? No. What I think is, he’s got a lot going on not only in his work life but in his personal life as well. Maybe he feels that WB is rushing this process and he doesn’t want all the blame going onto his shoulders if this thing falls apart. This could actually be a blessing in disguise for the movie. WB is going to hire an A+ director for this project (please god let it be either David Fincher or George Miller) and they could really work well with Ben (who is still writing, producing and starring in this thing by the way). WB just needs to make some fast moves here and replace Ben as director as fast as possible. There is just too much stink on this movie right now, and it could use a dose of good news, before things somehow get even worse. So not all hope can be lost, just because Ben isn’t directing anymore. In a year from now, when this movie is ready to released, we all might look back on this and have a nice Joker power laugh about it.
Another reason why I don’t think the DCEU is doomed quite yet. That reason is Aquaman, the savior of the DCEU people! Look the cast is fantastic (Jason Mamoa, Patrick Wilson, Amber Heard, Nicole Kidman), James Wan is directing and he did wonders for the Fast and Furious franchise, and I feel pretty confident that he is going to pull this thing off. Aquaman is no joke; he’s actually one of the coolest, most badass superheroes in comics today. Read Geoff Johns New 52 comic book run if you don’t believe me. Also another amazing thing about Aquaman, we will get to see Black Manta, one of my favorite DC villains of all time. That’s right, fish bowl head is awesome and I don’t care who knows it. Just look at a photo if you have no clue what I’m talking about.
Look, this could all really fall apart, if Wonder Woman and Justice League don’t finally turn this ship around. There is immense pressure on both of these movies, not only to succeed financially but critically as well. I pray one of the reasons Ben didn’t drop out is because he knows deep down, that the DCEU is already doomed. If they are both great, this will all be a thing of the past, and no one will care. I have faith in both of these movies, especially Wonder Woman. Zack Snyder is so hit or miss, that I can be supremely confident about Justice League until I have sat in a theatre and watched it. I guess we will all know the answers November 18th.
So take a deep breath people, relax. Remember at the end of the day, these are just movies, I know we all want them to kickass and blow our minds, and theres potential for this to happen. All we can do in the mean time is sit back, and enjoy all the great movies coming out in 2017!
Until then, you’ll be seeing more posts about the DCEU!
The verdict is in folks, M. Night Shyamalan is back!
Wow! It’s been sometime since I’ve sat in the theatre to watch a Shyamalan movie. Remember this is the guy who came out swinging with Sixth Sense, Unbreakable and Signs. The same guy who was regarded by many to be the next Spielberg. Then M. Night. Shyamalan fell off a climb and died on impact, you know that old chestnut. Stinker after stinker, no one took this guy seriously anymore. He turned out The Visit last year and it got people talking that he might mount a comeback, and now with the release of Split. Oh sweet baby Jesus it’s true! So congrats Shyamalan, film junkies everywhere will be rejoicing around the world that we could be getting one great Shyamalan movie a year!
This is a safe place, no spoilers here! If you are serious about seeing this movie I would recommend you seeing it before the ending gets spoiled for you.
Split is a psychological thriller about a man named Kevin (played by James McAvoy) who is suffering from dissociative identity disorder, who kidnaps three girls after a birthday party and holds them captive. Ultimately Kevin is someone who lives with 23 different personalities inside his head, all vastly different from one another. Upon waking up, the girls don’t know why they have been taken or what is going to happen to them. Claire (Haley Lu Richardson), Marcia (Jessica Sula) and Casey (Anya Taylor-Joy) are three classmates, but Casey is the outsider of the group, being known as a social outcast who tends to get a lot of detention and often runs away from home. Casey herself is a complex character and as you peel back the layers of who she is (through really affective flashbacks throughout the movie) the audience gets a much better understanding of why she is so calm and collected in such a scary and tense situation. Anya Taylor-Joy, who people may recognize from The Witch, that came out earlier this year is great in this movie. There was so much to discover about her character, and why the way she is and I thought she did an awesome job portraying that in the film. Betty Buckley plays Kevin’s psychologist Dr. Karen Fletcher, and she plays an interesting role, as her character is trying to get an idea of all these different personalities. She tries to connect differently with each one, seeing how each one is unique in its own way. She’s trying to dissect the human brain as you will, by learning how one man can have 23 different personalities inside his head, and trying to understand how they all work together and more importantly try to find a cure for Kevin. The movie shifts when one of Kevin’s personalities starts telling Dr. Fletcher about the apparent 24 personality known as “The Beast”.
Lets stop for a second and talk about James McAvoy here, because it’s his movie. One of the main reasons I was so interested in going to see this movie was I wanted to see how he was going to tackle this role. He’s one of the most underrated actors working today. The amount of time he must have put into this role, seeing how each one of the different personalities you get to meet in the movie has a different accent, mannerisms, and vocal patterns. Some are even women, or little kids and he thrusts himself into this role 100 percent. Without question his best role, and I think if this movie were to be released in 2016, he could have possibly got a best actor nomination. If you have watched the trailer then you get a little sense of the character that he plays in the movie, but once you start to watch this all unfold, he steals every scene he is in. Having conversations with himself, but as two or more people was incredible to watch and I was just so impressed by his performance that it was kind of hard not to feel for this guy throughout the movie. I just can’t say enough about how good McAvoy is in Split; I don’t think many actors could play this character. It’s a very courageous performance by McAvoy and I just hope he gets the credit and recognition he deserves.
I was super impressed with the camera work and the Cinematography in this movie seeing how it’s about being held captive. It was really tightly shot, which gave you that claustrophobic feel to it and it was really affective throughout the entire movie. This is one of Shyamalan’s best looking movies, and that’s saying something seeing how it really only takes place in a basement and a doctor’s office really, but it works.
There will be certain things along the way that people may question, but this is a Shyamalan movie, and you just have to be patient and in the end it all ties in beautifully together and I was so happy with the ending of this movie. My mind was actually blown and I immediately wanted more and wanted to know what he has in store for us next. He really leaves it all out there and that’s a super gutsy thing to do, but it worked so well and it made everything make so much sense in the end, that it made up for some things earlier in the movie that you might question. So like I mentioned earlier in the review, if you are serious about seeing Split, go NOW before the ending is ruined and that would be a shame. This is a great thriller and Shyamalan’s best movie since Unbreakable, at least for me. I really wish I could talk about the ending more here, but that wouldn’t be fair to the reader, because it really is the best part about the movie. Go see Split, it’s a great thriller and McAvoy’s performance alone is worth the price of admission.
Goodbye 2016, hello 2017! At last the year from hell is over! 2016 in many people’s eyes will go down to be an all timer, in the worst way possible. For popular culture junkies like myself I will never forget it. We saw so many influential people leave us, and movies disappoint us (I’m looking at you Batman V. Superman) that when the clock struck 12 on December 31st, we all rejoiced that it was officially the start of a new year. That being said it wasn’t all-bad in 2016; if you’re reading this, you probably love movies as much as I do. Movies are a great way to escape for a few short hours and be reminded just how extraordinary something can truly be. While there were many disappointments in 2016, I’d just like to thank certain films such as; La La Land, Moonlight, Arrival and Nocturnal Animals for restoring my faith in Hollywood, after what was a lackluster summer to say the least. That’s all behind us now, and I’d like to share the ten films I’m most anticipated to see in the year 2017!
10 Stephen Kings IT director/ Andres Muschietti
Beep beep Richie! Are words that haunted me as a young child. The 1990 made for TV movie adaptation of Stephen Kings famous novel brought the terrifying Pennywise the clown to life. Personally I think the original still stands up today, and I’ve come to appreciate it more as I’ve grown older. Andres Muschietti is coming off a stellar directorial debut with Mama, and hopes Bill Skarsgard who’s playing the infamous clown will bring the same magic as Tim Curry did in the 1990 version. I’m not usually one for horror movies, as I believe they have shifted in a weird direction, but there’s just something about this movie that feels right. Boasting a great young cast especially Finn Wolfhard (Mike from Stranger Things) and Jaeden Lieberher (Midnight Special) makes this seem even more promising. I’ll admit that I was a little turned off from the photos of Pennywise so far, but I can’t let a few pictures determined how excited I am to finally see this movie on the big screen. My goal for this movie is for it to be successful enough that we get the adult sequel and that I don’t regret putting it on my list.
9 Power Rangers director/Dean Israelite
Nostalgia, Nostalgia, Nostalgia. Don’t judge me on this one; the original had a lot of my firsts. First toy I can remember, and certainly my first crush (thank you Kimberly). When I first heard they were remaking the Power Rangers into a feature film I didn’t think much of it. The 90’s TV show can be summarized as a poppy, cheesy afterschool kids show. So it was hard to fathom how they were going to translate that onto the big screen. Lionsgate have really flipped Power Rangers a complete 180 degrees, with it looking very dark and gritty from everything we seen thus far. For some, this is the biggest criticism of the movie, but I think it’s the perfect direction to take this franchise. The trailer gives off a very breakfast club meets Chronicle vibe and I’ve been intrigued ever since. The folks behind the new movie have been rolling out promotional images of the movie here and there and the new look Alpha 5, Zords and even the rangers who are looking a little too Iron Man-ish have me thinking that they are taking Power Rangers in a whole new direction. The biggest surprise for me would have to be the casting of Bryan Cranston as the giant floating head Zordon. Why on Earth would he choose to be in this movie? Does it make me believe there’s a chance this movie could be good, well maybe but sometimes actors just need a payday. The thing I’m most excited about is without question is Elizabeth Banks playing the villain Rita Repulsa. At least from the trailer and all the images we have seen it looks like she’s all in on this role and I couldn’t be happier about it. This has all the makings of being a horrible crapfest, but that’s not the point of the list. I’m excited to see what this movie could be, and I’m even more excited to see just how bad this movie could truly be. IT’S MORPHIN TIME!!
8 War for the Planet of the Apes director/Matt Reeves
“The irony is we created you. And nature has been punishing us ever since”.
First it was just apes, then apes on horses and now you’re telling me apes on tanks?????! The apes are back baby, and this time it means war! This movie is going to be bittersweet for a lot of us, seeing how it will certainly be the last time we get to watch the great Andy Serkis do his thing as Caesar. This franchise has done so much for motion capture performances; it’s taken them to a whole other level. The first Apes was a great movie, the second was extraordinary and this could be the cherry on top of the trilogy sundae. This has all the makings to be a great trilogy, maybe even one of the best ever. Matt Reeves is back in the directors’ chair for the second time for this franchise and this time around he’s bringing Woody Harrelson. Who looks menacing as hell as the villain along for the ride. I loved what I saw in the first trailer and visually these movies just keep getting better and better. The apes look breathtaking and I just can’t say enough about what Andy Serkis has accomplished for the motion capture industry. These movies have done wonders for the lure of the planet of the apes, and with some rumors that this final installment might have some ties into the original movie it intrigues me even more. I’m going to miss Caesar and I hope this movie will be the sendoff he deserves. Side note: I really hope they bring back Koba, that guy was awesome!
7 Kingsman: The Golden Circle director/Matthew Vaughn
I remember back in 2014 walking into Kingsman and not thinking too much about it. I heard it was a fun time at the movies and was based on a graphic novel, so I said to hell with it and gave it a shot. As soon as the opening credits hit and Money for Nothing, Chicks for Free by Dire Straights came on, I knew then in my heart I was going to love this movie. Kingsman was fun, full of incredible action (YouTube the church scene and you can thank me later) and it didn’t take itself to seriously. I love being surprised by movies when they go beyond your expectations; it’s just a really great feeling to have when walking out of the theatre. Now 3 years later, here comes Kingsman: The Golden Circle, and I couldn’t leave it off my list. Matthew Vaughn is returning and he’s on a little bit of a role with, Kick-Ass, X-Men First Class and Kingsman respectfully. The entire cast is back but you’re telling me Julianne Moore, Jeff Bridges, Halle Berry and Channing Tatum are being added?! This only wets my beak even more. Not a whole lot of information is known about the plot or whom the new cast members are playing, with things being very tight-lipped around the project. What I expect from this sequel is more of the same, great laughs, really good action and most importantly a great story and awesome new characters being thrown into the mix. This has serious potential to be one of my favorite films of 2017!
6 Dunkirkdirector/Christopher Nolan
In the latest Christopher Nolan movie, he will be heading to World War 2 to tackle the historic battle of Dunkirk. Lets face it, when Nolan steps up to the plate it’s an event at the movies. He’s a filmmaker through and through and what you are watching is a spectacle you have to go see to believe. Whether it was the Dark Knight Trilogy, Inception or his latest film Interstellar the man knows how to make a movie. If you know history, well you know Dunkirk does not end well (spoilers) so I’m curious to see how Nolan is going to pull this one off. We got a great war movie in 2016 with Hacksaw Ridge, but Dunkirk will be packing a little more of an emotional punch, seeing how brutal and violent that battle was. There’s just not much more to say about this movie, visually it will be stunning, tremendous acting and it’s going to be an emotional time at the movies. In the end it’s Christopher Nolan doing a war epic, I’ll be there opening night.
5 Alien: Covenant director/ Ridley Scott
In space no one can hear you scream, but they might have heard me yelling in the theatre as I sat and watched Prometheus. What was there not to be excited about, it was Ridley freakin Scott back directing an Alien movie, and boy did it not sit well with me.
The poster alone got me excited for this movie, because as a huge alien fan, it told me everything I needed to know about this movie. I think it was the best movie poster of 2016. Then early Christmas morning FOX decided to drop the trailer for the next installment in this franchise and OMG this movie is going to be bananas. It’s everything I wanted Prometheus to be, it looks like Ridley Scott is taking it back to what made Alien so successful, suspense, gore, horror and most important of all ALIENS. The trailer is so well put together that I don’t need to see anything else to know that I’m going to enjoy the crap out of this movie. I want to be on the edge of my seat when watching an Alien movie. I want to be a little scared and this looks like it’s going to fulfill those needs. The cast alone is just out off the charts with talent, but the person who I think is going to steal the show is none other than Kenny Powers himself Danny McBride. Actually James Franco is in this too, so maybe this is just some crazy high and it’s somehow a Pineapple Express sequel, there’s only one way to find out. Fun fact, Terry Hall from The Mighty Ducks is in this, I honestly thought he made one movie in his life. Who knew?
4 Logandirector/James Mangold
First off, props to Ryan Reynolds for leaking that Deadpool footage, because without doing so Deadpool is never made and without Deadpool the world wouldn’t be getting a rated R Wolverine movie. This isn’t your grandmas Wolverine here folks; it’s a whole new ballgame. This will be the most brutal, violent Wolverine yet, something we really haven’t seen since the mansion scene in X2. If watching that trailer synced to Johnny Cash’s Hurt didn’t get you fired up for this movie then something is wrong with you and you should see a doctor immediately. The trailer gave me all the feels, and made me realize just how much I’m going to miss Hugh Jackman playing this role. This trailer really knocked me on my ass, and it’s something as a Wolverine fan I’ve always wanted to see. This is it for Hugh Jackman as the beloved character, it’s his kitchen sink performance you could say, he’s going to be throwing everything he’s got at this one, and for some it’s going to be an emotional ride. He’s been playing this character for almost 20 years now (that’s insane), and this movie is going to be is swan song. I’m excited to see where this movie takes the X-men lure, and how it’s all going to play out in the end. Based loosely off the Old Man Logan story from the comics, this movie finds Wolverine teaming up with Professor X one last time to save a young mutant much like Wolverine from falling into the wrong hands. One thing that intrigues me about this movie is the Professor X story line part, part of me thinks he will just be in Wolverines mind the entire time, and I can’t wait to find out if I’m right or not.
3 Guardians of the Galaxy Vol: 2 director/James Gunn
The gang is back! Marvel’s misfits are returning after the 2014 smash hit that up until this years Civil War I considered to be the best all around Marvel movie. This time around Star Lord is finally getting over his daddy issues and is in search to hunt down the man. Fully loaded with another awesome mix tape, the whole gang is returning but this time we are getting the ever so cute Baby Groot!. James Gunn is back directing (duhhhh) and he cares so much about these characters and franchise that I don’t think anyone else could direct this movie. The trailer alone sold me on this movie, it looks tailor-made for me, and with Chris Pratt promising this would be the biggest most epic scale movie we’ve ever seen on the big screen. I can only hope they follow through on that promise. The humor seems to be back, and the dynamic between the Guardians is something that’s almost rare in movies these days. It’s a massive science fiction, fantasy blockbuster that just feels right. Everything from the trailer looks like it’s popped right off the pages of a comic book and it just looks fantastic. I only have one concern about this movie, and it’s a little thing but I just don’t want them shoving Baby Groot down our throats for the entire movie.
2 Star Wars: Episode VIIIdirector/Rian Johson
The force will be strong with this movie. The Force Awakens did a great job bringing back Star Wars into our lives, all the beloved characters that people hold so dear in their hearts. It was the perfect way to set up this new universe with all the new characters and immersing them with the old. Everyone knows that this movie will be pulling on heartstrings whenever Carrie Fisher graces the screen, regardless of how much she will be in the movie. The Force Awakens did exactly what Disney and JJ Abrams wanted it to do, and that was get everyone excited again about Star Wars. Now the real fun can begin with Episode VIII, and this movie is going to take Star Wars in a new direction, one that people really haven’t seen before. People are going to want this movie to be the Empire Strikes Back of the new trilogy, for me I just want it to be something new and fresh. Let Rian Johnson take this franchise to places it’s never been before and do things we aren’t accustom too when it comes to the Star Wars universe. The director Rian Johnson knows how to make a great science fiction movie, Looper was such a unique and original story that I don’t think I would be as excited for this if he wasn’t sitting in the directors chair. Obviously everything is very hush-hush about this movie, but one thing is for certain and that is the return of Luke Skywalker, and I’m pumped to see Mark Hamill back on the screen playing the role that made him famous. I’m curious to know where they will take his character and ultimately just who has Luke become.
1 Justice Leaguedirector/Zack Snyder
OHHHHHH BABY!!!! Here we go folks; it really is due or die time for WB and the DCEU. Just like Eminem said, “if you had one shot, one opportunity, to seize everything you ever wanted. In one moment, would you capture it,
or just let it slip”? If I were to say no other DCEU movie had come out, and this picture of the Justice League was released and this was the first thing we ever got to see from WB, people would lose their minds. That’s not the case, we have gotten three stinkers in a row now and time is running out for them to turn this ship around. There is so much riding on the success of this movie, and I’m just not talking about financial success here people. Lets try to get a DCEU movie fresh on rotten tomatoes shall we! After the disaster that was Batman V. Superman, it being so dark and gloomy, humorless and all around just a downer movie, I pray that Zack Snyder has listen to his critics and changed his ways. Saying all that, we can all agree that Batfleck crushed it as the Caped Crusader. Now they are introducing the Flash, Aquaman and Cyborg into the mix and from the trailer it at least looks like they are on the right path. I just can’t be walking into Justice League a super confident person, because I have seen the three previous DCEU movies and I just don’t know which Zack Snyder will be stepping up to bat (pun attended). The Justice League is the greatest superhero team up of all time, and we are finally going to get to see that on the big screen, something some people have been waiting to see their whole lives. A nice change in tone, shifting away from the gloominess of BvS will do wonders for this movie. People need to care about these characters, and want to see more of them when they are done watching Justice League, and have people talking about whether they will be more excited for the next DC or Marvel movie. For the love of god please don’t screw this up Zack Snyder that’s all I ask of you, sincerely the entire world.
Well there you have it, my most anticipated movies of 2017. I have a feeling 2017 is going to be a tremendous year for movies. If I did this list for 2016 all of my favorite movies from the year wouldn’t have even made the list and that’s what I love so much about movies. You just never know what you are going to love and which ones you are going to hate until you see them.