Reboot

Review: Terminator - Genisys

Jul 01 // Sean Walsh
[embed]218671:42029:0[/embed] Terminator: GenisysDirector: Alan TaylorRated: PG-13Release Date: July 1, 2015 We all know the story: Savior of humanity John Connor (Jason Clarke) sends Kyle Reese (Jai Courtney) back in time to prevent a terminator (Arnold Schwarzenegger) from killing his mother Sarah (Emilia Clarke) before John is born. However, Kyle finds himself in a very different situation shortly after his arrival in 1984. What follows is a bit of timey-wimey shenanigans that only the Terminator franchise can provide. To say any more than that would really ruin the surprise. Do be warned going forward, however: I will say a little more. Fair warning. First off, you can barely tell that Arnold Schwarzenegger is sixty-seven years old. The man's charisma is absolutely infectious and seeing him in the leather jacket and sunglasses that made him a household name is like coming home again or putting on your favorite, well-worn pair of shoes. He's perfect. He's a finely-aged wine. He's Arnold Goddamn Schwarzenegger. He delivered every one of his lines with a delightfully robotic wit and I could honestly spend the rest of the review just talking about his performance but that's not very fair to the other people involved. While she's no Linda Hamilton (is anyone?), Emilia Clarke does well as the new Sarah Connor. She's a lot more well-adjusted to her situation than the Sarah Connor of yesteryear and is more than capable of protecting herself. Jai Courtney, who has come a long way since being super duper bland in A Good Day to Die Hard, is our Kyle Reese and I'll be honest: I'm for it. He didn't break new ground or completely change my movie-going experience or anything, but he was a sturdy male protagonist and when you're starring opposite Arnold Schwarzenegger, that's all you can ask for. Jason Clarke's John Connor was dark, brooding, and scared (inside and out) after thirty-someodd years of fighting Terminators and he really sold it. These four are joined by Matt Smith in a brief but significant role that was blissfully kept under wraps (unlike many other facets of the film courtesy of the bastardly second trailer) and J. K. Simmons in a more substantial but similarly all-too-brief role as a detective. Finally, and I would be remiss to forget him, Lee Byung-hun of I Saw the Devil and G. I. Joe fame plays the new T-1000. He is menacing and carried that same icy cool Robert Patrick had in T2: Judgment Day. I was really very surprised with the effects in Genisys. I expected them to look good but I'll be damned if they didn't look great. All of the Terminators and other Skynet enemies looking amazing, the liquid metal looked real and, most importantly, the battle between present-day Arnold and circa-1984 Arnold was incredible. To my admittedly untrained eye, there was zero uncanny valley and he looked fantastic. Springboarding off of the effects, the action was almost non-stop. From the final assault on Skynet in 2029 in the beginning of the film, the movie GOES. The aforementioned fight between two Arnolds, a handful of car chases, a pretty excellent battle against the T-1000, and a wonderful final battle; all of it was great. I don't think I rolled my eyes during any of these sequences and after the last two films, I think that's a very good thing.   The score was good but honestly, what else do you need to hear other than DUN-DUN-DUN DUN-DUN, DUN-DUN-DUN DUN-DUN in your Terminator movie? Most important, of course, is the writing. I don't want to say too much because of all the moments where I wish I hadn't seen that stupid second trailer or any TV spots or heard any ads on Spotify or seen half of the films' posters, but what I will say is that it was an awesome movie full of twists and turns and fortunately some surprises, which is impressive considering how hard they tried to ruin it with spoilers. There's some fun time-travel stuff and at one point i was like "Oh, it's like Terminator meets 12 Monkeys," but then I realized that 12 Monkeys utilizes more or less the same time-loop that Terminator does. If you think too hard about the time travel stuff your nose may bleed and you might feel the vein in your head start to pulse uncomfortably but if you take it for what it is, it's a lot of fun. And lest I forget the most important factor: Genisys has a completely logical explanation for its inclusion in the title. There's a lot of callbacks to the first two films, many of which are a little more subtle than you'd expect. I found myself fist-pumping and quietly cheering many times over the course of the 126-minute runtime. The only real complaint I have about the story is there are a small handful of unanswered questions, but as Nick reported last September, we've got two sequels coming our way. Mr. Valdez can rest easy knowing that, in this humble reviewer's opinion, Genisys is absolutely good enough to warrant sequels. Will this film stand the test of time like the first or second films? Maybe, maybe not. Is it better than the third and fourth films? Absolutely. Am I excited for the sequels? You bet your shiny, metal asses I am. As far as summer movies go, this is one of my favorites in a long, long time. If I didn't know any better, it may well be my favorite film of 2015 (so far, mind you). I went in to this film expecting it to be awesomely bad and I left it singing its praises over and over. If nothing else, I would like to publicly apologize for anything negative I said about it in the months leading up to last night (excepting the awesomely horrific EW pictures). tl;dr: Go see Terminator: Genisys. 
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Old. Not obsolete.
Based on the stupid title, initial plot description and Entertainment Weekly photos, I was a little more than skeptical about Terminator: Genisys. Even though the synopsis had many, many things I loved in it (time travel, Emi...

Tom Holland cast as Peter Parker for Marvel's Spider-Man reboot

Jun 23 // Sean Walsh
Sony Pictures and Marvel Studios are proud to announce that after a full worldwide casting search, Tom Holland will play Peter Parker/Spider-Man in the next Spider-Man film, in theaters in IMAX and 3D on July 28, 2017.  The film will be directed by Jon Watts, director of “Cop Car,” the upcoming thriller that made its debut earlier this year at the Sundance Film Festival. Marvel and Sony Pictures, and producers Kevin Feige and Amy Pascal conducted an extensive search for both the actor and the director.  The studios and producers were impressed by Holland’s performances in “The Impossible,” “Wolf Hall,” and the upcoming “In the Heart of the Sea,” and by a series of complex screen tests.  Following Marvel’s tradition of working with the brightest next wave of directors, Watts also went through multiple meetings with Feige, Pascal, and the studio, before winning the job. Commenting on the announcement, Tom Rothman, Sony Pictures Motion Pictures Group Chairman, said, “It’s a big day here at Sony. Kevin, Amy and their teams have done an incredible job.  The Marvel process is very thorough, and that’s why their results are so outstanding.  I’m confident Spider-Man will be no exception.  I’ve worked with a number of up-and-coming directors who have gone on to be superstars and believe that Jon is just such an outstanding talent.  For Spidey himself, we saw many terrific young actors, but Tom’s screen tests were special.   All in all, we are off to a roaring start.” Feige commented, “As with James Gunn, Joss Whedon, and the Russo brothers, we love finding new and exciting voices to bring these characters to life.  We spent a lot of time with Jon and find his take and work inspiring.” Pascal added, “Sony, Marvel, Kevin and I all knew that for Peter Parker, we had to find a vibrant, talented young actor capable of embodying one of the most well-known characters in the world.  With Tom, we’ve found the perfect actor to bring Spider-Man’s story into the Marvel Cinematic Universe.” Sony Pictures will finance and release worldwide the next installment of the $4 billion Spider-Man franchise on July 28, 2017, in a film co-produced by Kevin Feige and his expert team at Marvel and Amy Pascal, who oversaw the franchise launch for the studio 13 years ago. Together, they will collaborate on a new creative direction for the Web-Slinger. Spider-Man, embraced all over the world, is the most successful franchise in the history of Sony Pictures, with the five films having taken in more than $4 billion worldwide.
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Miles Morales was a longshot, anyway...
I liked The Amazing Spider-Man and its sequel a lot. I was hyped for the Venom and Sinister Six films Sony was talking about. Then, I was SUPER-PUMPED when it was announced Marvel wheeled and dealed their way into sharing the...

How to Do It BETTER: Howard the Duck

Jun 22 // Sean Walsh
1. Send Howard to Earth When we last saw him, our stalwart protagonist (who would be voiced once again by Seth Green) was hanging out in Knowhere with Benecio del Toro's Collector and Cosmo the Space Dog. That's all well and good, but Guardians really has captured the market on Marvel's space-y real estate, and with Captain Marvel's Kree background, we'll assuredly get more space stuff there. Howard would be swallowed up surrounded by other extra-terrestrial characters and locales. So, naturally, we need Howard "trapped in a world he never made." That world, of course, is Earth. A surly, walking, talking duck on a planet of talking mammals is full of potential humor.  2. No Origins, Please Why spend two and a half hours dealing with where he came from when you can tell a wacky story (more on that below) out of the gate? Just do like The Incredible Hulk did and get that all out of the way in the opening credits. Even his trip to Earth can be told during the opening titles. Hell, Guardians 2 could deal with that. The film should start like a film noir, with Howard staring out the window of his crappy private eye's office drinking a glass of scotch, doing his best Jon Hamm from Mad Men. If you have to do an origin, have him narrate it to the audience during this opening scene. 3. Cast the Right Redhead If we're going to go the private duck (ha!) noir direction, you need a dame. In walks Beverly Switzler, played by gorgeous redhead Jane Levy (Suburgatory, the Evil Dead remake). Levy is funny, sharp as a tack, and certainly worthy of the "of all the run-down private eye offices in New York, she had to walk into mine" treatment. We'll remove the 'nude' from 'nude model' on her resume, but make her pretty enough for Howard to recognize and even lust after. You see, Beverly's photographer boyfriend Chuck has gone missing down in Florida and she needs help finding him. But why come to Howard the Duck all the way in New York? Well, you see, there are some weird circumstances to his disappearance. Something about a swamp, a monster...something a normal private eye wouldn't take seriously. Howard So you came to the one PI in New York City that's a talking duck? Beverly nods. Beverly Yeah, exactly.  Howard looks down at his feet. Howard (exasperated) Waugh... 4. Give Them Their Very Own Groot! So, Beverly pays Howard's fees and the two set a course for Florida, flying first class (jokes abound). They arrive in Florida, drive out to the small, backwoods town where Beverly's boyfriend was last seen and Howard does his detective thing. Naturally, it is an uphill battle as he is a talking duck in a small swamp town. But eventually, he gets a lead and they make their way to the swamp where Chuck vanished. Of course, not before an old man warns them both of the swamp monster that protects his territory. Crazy Old Man It's some sort of...thing...that walks like...like a man! Howard rolls his eyes. Howard Like, a Man-Thing? The old man eagerly nods, his eyes wide. Crazy Old Man Just like a Man-Thing! Disregarding the old coot, the two make their way to the swamp. It isn't long before they come upon the Man-Thing in all his mossy glory. Howard quacks in fear and pulls out his pistol, which causes the creature to reach out for him. Beverly, she of the steel nerves, puts herself between them. The creature isn't there to hurt them, she tells Howard. Its simply there to protect something. She explains to the Man-Thing that they are looking for her boyfriend, Chuck. The creature, it seems, understands her, and leads them further into the swamp. Think Groot, just without the whole "I am Groot" thing. Also, if you're wondering what the connection is betwixt our feathered friend and a giant plant golem is? Well, fun fact: Howard the Duck first appeared in issue #19 of Man-Thing's original comic, Adventure Into Fear, and the two have crossed paths on numerous occasions. It seems only right to bring them together for the first time on the big screen. 5. Expand the Universe(s) Now, I'm sure Dr. Strange is going to make the MCU a little bigger, but if there's one thing that Marvel has in spades (besides Spider-People, line-wide crossover events, and D-list villains), it's alternate realities. Deep in the heart of Man-Thing's swamp lies the Nexus of All Realities. We don't know what it's called yet, of course, but that's what it is. Before they discuss what it is, something comes out through the other side. Something weird. A vampire ninja, maybe. Or a cybernetically-animated superhero corpse (a la Deathlok, specifically from the Uncanny X-Force arc full of Deathlok heroes). Man-Thing quickly dispatches of the visitor with its massive strength and corrosive touch. Beverly Does that...happen a lot? The Man-Thing nods. It would seem, Beverly deduces, that Chuck fell into the Nexus. Howard informs her that he is not getting paid enough and that his own reality is weird enough. Beverly offers to triple her fee and our hero gracefully accepts. Howard, Beverly, and their new friend Man-Thing step through. Things get...weird from here. 6. Give Them a Familiar Bad Guy in a New Context The trio of unsuspecting heroes find themselves smack-dab in the middle of a war zone. A paltry resistance is crushed by giant war machines, all of which are marked with the HYDRA insignia. HYDRA troops surround our heroes. Howard H-hail HYDRA? A HYDRA trooper tazes him into unconsciousness. When Howard awakens, he and Beverly are in a high-tech prison cell. Man-Thing is gone, but who should be locked in the cell next to theirs but Chuck (played by someone hunky and relatively popular, like Robbie Amell or the Teen Wolf guy)! Reunited at last, but under fairly dismal circumstances. A guard comes to take them away. But not just any guard. It's Ward from Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.! That son of a gun. He has come to take Howard to HYDRA's labs to be dissected. It is at this point, upon the cell being opened, that Howard is finally able to display one of his greatest talents: Quack-Fu. He quickly and easily dispatches Ward and frees Chuck. Beverly is clearly impressed by his martial arts prowess but Howard shrugs it off, the consummate cool cucumber. He wants to escape, but Beverly insists they can't leave Man-Thing behind. Howard goes to object, but she points out that it's their ticket home. Guessing that the monster is in the laboratory, the three make their way there. Along the way Chuck tells them about the reality they're in. Back in the 40's, the Red Skull successfully defeated Captain America, and using the power of the Tesseract, took over the world. There are no heroes (even the Asgardians had fallen to the might of the Tesseract) and aside from pockets of resistance like the one we saw upon their arrival in this reality, HYDRA is the world of the day. But Red Skull is not in charge anymore, no sir, his most trusted adviser, Arnim Zola (the ineffable Toby Jones), betrayed him, killed him, and took control of HYDRA and subsequently the world. Now, obviously this is to get around the Red Skull, Cap, and the rest. But that's not to say that Ward would be the only cameo, no sir. 7. Make It a Great Escape Their suspicions are correct: Man-Thing is on the cutting table. The two scientists operating on him? Why, Leo Fitz and Jemma Simmons, also from Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. In this reality, they, like Ward, have German accents as a result of HYDRA's global control. The trio watch them bicker briefly before taking them out and freeing the Man-Thing. Unfortunately, Simmons triggers an alarm before Beverly can knock her out. A whole squad of HYDRA goons storms the lab and it looks like our heroes are done for. But then the Calvary arrives, literally. The wall explodes and The Resistance has arrived, led by none other than Phil Coulson himself. With him are Melinda May (possibly having become Deathlok herself), Antoine Triplett, Alphonso "Mack" MacKenzie, Inhuman Daisy Johnson (Quake, if you're nasty), and her father Cal, along with a whole squad of rag-tag resistance members. Howard Who are you? Coulson We're S.H.I.E.L.D. Howard What's that stand for? Coulson Been a little busy trying to liberate the world from HYDRA, haven't had a lot of time to think up acronyms. With Daisy's abilities, Howard's Quack-Fu, Man-Thing's brute strength, and Coulson's leadership, they make short work of the HYDRA forces they come up against. But it isn't long before they come up against the big man himself, Zola, and his number two: an unscarred Crossbones (total badass Frank Grillo). Zola has taken on his familiar form in the comics, a face on a monitor on a robot body. Zola and Coulson exchange words and a big climatic fight ensues. In the fracas, Crossbones is scarred by Man-Thing but left alive (mirroring his fate in Cap 2), Howard very nearly sacrifices himself to save Chuck and Beverly from Zola, and finally, Zola is defeated. However, the war against HYDRA isn't over. This was just one of Zola's many bodies and as a digital consciousness ("cut off one head" and all that), he's already up and at them elsewhere. The only way to truly defeat him is to find his central consciousness and destroy it. On the bright side, S.H.I.E.L.D. has a Helicarrier now. Coulson offers Howard, Chuck, and Beverly spots in S.H.I.E.L.D. Howard and Beverly decline, but Chuck accepts. Beverly pleads with him to change his mind, but Chuck says he found his calling. They share one last kiss and everyone says their goodbyes. Man-Thing teleports Howard and Beverly to that reality's swamp and they go through the Nexus. Howard Wait...you could teleport this whole time? Man-Thing shrugs its shoulders. Howard (frustrated) WAUGH! 8. Give It A Happy Ending Howard, Bev, and Man-Thing are back home. Howard and Beverly bid farewell to their jolly green friend and make their way back to civilization. Beverly is obviously still very broken up about Chuck. Howard tries to find the words to comfort her, but gives up and takes a different route. Howard Hey, Bev? Beverly (sniffles) Yes, Howard? Howard You wanna grab a drink at that bar we stopped at earlier? Beverly The one you almost got murdered in? Howard shrugs. Howard After almost getting turned into roast duck by a Nazi robot with a TV for a face, a couple'a bikers don't seem so scary in retrospect. Beverly thinks about it. Beverly You know what, Howard? That sounds really nice. My treat. She reaches out a hand as they walk. Howard stares at it for a moment and then takes it in his. He looks at the screen and smiles. Howard (happily) Waugh. 9. Get the Tone Right We're talking about a sarcastic, angry duck-man here. If anything, Howard the Duck should be a dark comedy first, with action and adventure thrown in to give the audience what they want. People can accept a super-soldier, tech genius, and hunky Norse god. A talking duck detective is going to have it a little harder. There's all sorts of humor and pathos to be found in Howard's trials and tribulations, and sticking him in the middle of a warzone is sure to have plenty of comedic opportunities. 10. Get the Right Director Obviously, James Gunn would be my first choice but he'll probably have a pretty full dance card by the time Avengers: Infinity War Part II has come and gone. It would be important to have somebody fully capable of big, over-the-top actions scenes, humor, and noir. Honestly, there's only one name on my least: the unlawfully handsome Robert Rodriguez. He has pretty stellar range and experience with the aforementioned areas between films like Planet Terror, Machete, and Sin City. Sure, next to Edgar Wright he is my favorite director, but there are plenty of good reasons for that. 11. Make the Mid and Post-Credits Scenes Matter  Sure, this is a Howard the Duck movie, but it can still lend itself to good world-building. I think it's more or less universally agreed that Iron Man 2 is one of the weakest links in the Cinematic Universe's chain (I, myself, liked it just fine), but I'll be damned if people didn't lose their minds when they saw Mjölnir in the desert. For the mid-credits scene, show us the result of Howard and Bev returning the the bar. Have them both looking exhausted with their beers, then slowly pull away to reveal a bar-full of unconscious bikers. That's Quack-Fu, baby. Then, after the credits? Maybe return to the other reality. Arnim Zola blinks to life in a new body, as predicted. He reflects to himself that maybe his time on Earth has come to an end and activates a device. A wormhole opens. Zola smiles. Arnim Zola Next stop: Dimension-Z. He enters it and the wormhole closes behind him. Cut to black. Dimension-Z is a world dominated by Zola in Rick Remender's Captain America, where Steve Rogers ends up in for over a decade. Of course, Rogers won't be Cap anymore by the time Howard the Duck rolls around, but there's no reason we can't adapt the storyline to accommodate for Buck Barnes, the new Captain America (with an 11-movie contract, it's pretty obvious he won't be the Winter Soldier forever). It's a fun dystopian story full of action, adventure, and mad science. We certainly haven't seen anything like that yet from Marvel Studios! Just imagine: Captain America: Escape From Dimension Z! 12. Can't Forget the Stan Lee Cameo! Since Stan the Man is immortal, obviously he will make a cameo complete with requisite one-liner. Maybe as a drunk biker in the first bar scene or the guy in the cell on the other side of Howard and Beverly's! I can see it now: Howard looks over at the cell on the other side of his. An OLD MAN with a black eye sits on the prison cot. Howard What happened to you? A grin washes over the man's face. Old Man You should see the other guy! So, there you have it. That's how you make a Howard the Duck movie. Lots of laughs, lots of surly sarcasm, lots of action, a liberal dose of easter eggs (Howard: Yeah, we're on an adventure, alright...an Adventure Into Fear!), and Marvel makes another few hundred million. Aside from Howard's CG, there's not a whole lot in the way of budgetary drains, especially working largely with television actors. Despite his decades of relative obscurity, people are already aware of Howard courtesy of Guardians, which is a big step in the right direction. In the hands of a capable director like Rodriguez, with a cast consisting of Green, Levy, and the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (and Kyle Maclachlan, that beautiful son of a gun), Howard the Duck could be Marvel's next Guardians.  Did I just write the pitch for the first new movie of Phase Five? Am I way off base? Think your Howard the Duck idea is better than mine? Sound of in the comments.
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Halloween Returns

Halloween Returns will start shooting July without Rob Zombie


The Bat, The Cat, and The Shape
Jun 16
// Hubert Vigilla
The Halloween franchise rides again with Halloween Returns, which starts shooting in July. Halloween Returns, incidentally, is almost as silly a title as Halloween Rides Again but not as good as Halloween: Tokyo Drift or...

First outrageous trailer for Jem and the Holograms

May 13 // Nick Valdez
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Bit less outrageous than I'd hoped
I've made it no secret that I've been looking forward to Jem and Holograms ever since it was announced (and put in production just a month later), and after the awesome set of images we got the other day. I was really hoping ...

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Terminator 5

Newest Terminator: Genisys trailer sure has a lot of spoilers


Seriously, so many
Apr 14
// Nick Valdez
While I've been all for Terminator: Genisys' kitchen sink approach in rebooting the series, maybe I've spoken too soon. Whoever's marketing the film just went and completely spoiled the film's big twist for the film's second...
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Spider-Man again

Newest Spider-Man film will not be another origin story


Apr 14
// Nick Valdez
Thanks to Sony's Spider-Man joining the Marvel Cinematic Universe, I've spent far more time writing about comic book movies than I'd like. But I couldn't help it either because Spider-Man's muh dude. After spending some time ...
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Crow reboot pulls in Jack Huston for lead


No really, really. It'll happen this time for sure.
Mar 24
// Matthew Razak
The Crow reboot has been kicking around for years now. It's to the point that our general "whatever" attitude towards it has turned into really just not caring at all. However, it is still happening and that means an act...
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Fant4stic

Latest Fantastic Four poster reminds you it's about comic books


Mar 24
// Nick Valdez
While I dug the first teaser trailer for Fant4stic, I'll admit that it was far and away from the goofy comics the Fantastic Four are famous for. Choosing to avoid highlighting the group's comic booky powers and leaning toward...
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Sony planning Little Women remake


You can't keep a good woman down
Mar 24
// Matt Liparota
Another day, another Sony reboot. This time around, the studio is looking to once again adapt the Louisa May Alcott classic novel about sisters in the post-Civil War era, Little Women, which was most recently in theaters over...
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Live-action Beauty and the Beast has a release date


Emma Thompson and Kevin Kline join the remake set to release in 2017
Mar 17
// Matt Liparota
If Cinderella is anything to go by, Disney has made a good decision in greenlighting live-action adaptations of its own animated classics. Perhaps Cinderella's box office success over the weekend spurred the company to make a...
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New Fantastic Four images continue to be pretty generic


Seriously though, where the fudge is Doctor Doom
Mar 13
// Matt Liparota
Information on this summer's upcoming Fantastic Four (please never call it Fant4stic) has been slow-coming. Despite a teaser trailer and some previously released images, we still don't know much about Fox's upcoming reboot. U...
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Disney's BnB

Disney's live action Beauty and the Beast gets its Gaston and Beast


Mar 06
// Nick Valdez
Live action Beauty and the Beast stories are a dime a dozen. Disney hopes you'll forget about all those other ones and support their latest live action take on one of their animated stories. Bill Condon (Chicago, Twilight: Br...
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Peanuts

Here's a bunch of neat posters for The Peanuts Movie


Mar 05
// Nick Valdez
The more I see of The Peanuts Movie, the more I fall in love with it. Everything just feels right. It's got a cast of unknown kids, looks fabulous, and I'll probably buy a few of these posters. I just dig that stark yellow. Check all the posters in the gallery below, and one parody one aping The Grand Budapest Hotel. The Peanuts Movie opens November 6th. 
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Spider-Meng

Drew Goddard could direct Sony and Marvel's Spider-Man reboot


Mar 03
// Nick Valdez
When Sony announced they were bringing Spider-Man into the Marvel Cinematic Universe, I thought of many reasons it could be a bad or good idea. But one thing I had never thought of was what potential directors we'd get for th...
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New FF pics

New Fantastic Four images are...pretty ordinary


Still no hide nor hair of everyone's favorite evil blogger
Feb 26
// Sean Walsh
I don't have a lot to say about the new Fantastic Four pictures from Empire. They exist, they're boring, whatever. I'd like to take this time, instead, to make a formal apology to Josh Trank and the rest of the cast and crew ...
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Shaft

New Line working on new Shaft movie


We can dig it.
Feb 20
// Nick Valdez
Was anyone clamoring for a new take on a bad mother shut your mouth? Well, New Line is hoping you're still talking about Shaft as there is reportedly a reboot of the series in the works. Starting off as a 1971 film starring R...
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UNCLE Trailer

First The Man from U.N.C.L.E. trailer is F.U.N.


Say uncle.
Feb 13
// Nick Valdez
Now here's a trailer our Matthew Razak, Bond aficionado and baby daddy, will definitely get a kick out of. When Guy Ritchie's attached to a project, such as The Man from U.N.C.L.E. adaptation of a 1960s spy TV show, you know...
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Poltergeist Trailer

First official trailer for Poltergeist


Feb 05
// Nick Valdez
Did you all know there was a Poltergeist remake in the works? Normally we're on top of these things, but this one seems to have slipped under the radar. The original Poltergeist still scares the heck out of me, so I don't kn...
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The Crow

Luke Evans leaves The Crow reboot...which is probably not going to happen


Jan 27
// Nick Valdez
Well, let's consider this the final nail in the coffin. Although someone somewhere wants a Crow reboot, it's having all sorts of trouble getting the ball rolling. The closest it got to going somewhere was a few months ago whe...

Nick's Top 5 Sequels of 2014

Jan 13 // Nick Valdez
Honorable Mentions: How to Train Your Dragon 2, The Raid 2: Berandal, Captain America: The Winter Soldier [embed]218787:42123:0[/embed] 5.  X-Men: Days of Future Past The X-Men series was in quite the pickle. As the seventh film in the ailing series, it had quite a bit to prove. Doing something I've never seen before, DoFP went and actively rebooted (as in, made "rebooting" a key plot to the newest film) the series in order to fix all of the issues fans have had with it. Not only pleasing comic book fans, but even casual moviegoers as it brought back all of the headliners and never once felt like the confusing mess it could have been. An interesting, and most importantly, successful experiment that showed off what comic book movies could truly be capable of.  Read our review of X-Men: Days of Future Past here. [embed]218787:42124:0[/embed] 4. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 The Hunger Games films have been steadily getting better at handling their themes, and it came to fruition with Part 1. Finally capitalizing on the promise of the series, Part 1 introduced many teenage movie fans to conflicting political ideologies, smaller facets of yellow journalism, and all while having the confidence to talk about things a bit. There hasn't been any room in the series for conversation thus far, and that's weird considering the books are nothing but Katniss talking to herself. This was a sequel that was willing to breathe for a bit and wallow in the messed up situation they're in. It's definitely the first film in which the Capitol seemed like an actual threat.  Read our review of The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 here. [embed]218787:42125:0[/embed] 3. 22 Jump Street Comedy sequels are a dime or dozen. For every 22 Jump Street we got in 2014, we also got Dumb and Dumber To, Horrible Bosses 2, and A Haunted House 2. While those lesser films tried to recreate the film that got them there, 22 Jump Street did that and made fun of themselves while doing it. Not once did they lie to their audience and say that the sequel was made for something other than money, or that it should exist at all. It was like saying "Hey we're doing this, so let's all just have some fun!" and that's all I could ever want from a sequel, really.  And those title cards during the credits? Perfection.  Read our review of 22 Jump Street here. [embed]218787:42126:0[/embed] 2. The Purge: Anarchy You know what makes a good sequel? Take a film that I wasn't interested in before and completely reinvent the wheel to make it far more entertaining. By changing the direction of the series, from house invader horror to cheesy action thriller, adding Frank Grillo, and throwing a fine layer of hamfisted sociopolitical messages, you've got the best Grillo'd Cheese sandwich. For the first time in a long time, I find myself a lot more interested in annual sequels. Give me one every year this interesting, and I'll never speak ill will toward #CrimeDay again.  Read our review of The Purge: Anarchy here. [embed]218787:42127:0[/embed] 1. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes "Apes. Together. Awesome" was the subtitle I used for my Dawn of the Planet of the Apes review, and it's still one of my favorite things I've ever written. Dawn also happens to be my favorite movie of the Summer. It was thrilling, had several nice action bits, and looked amazing. Fixed most of the issues I had with Rise, and brought more Ape on Ape action. I ended up shouting "APEEEEEEEES" for several days after. I do not hate every ape I see, from chimpan-a to chimpanzee.  Hope the next film has Dr. Zaius. Read our review of Dawn of the Planet of the Apes here.  What are your favorite sequels of 2014? Agree or disagree? Leave a comment below or hit me up on Twitter! Stay tuned through the rest of the week for more "Best Of" lists! 
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Newest trailer for The Peanuts Movie gives us more Snoopy


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King Kong reboot Skull Island gets new title and release date


Dec 15
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Fantastic Four

Fantastic Four reboot gets official synopsis


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At this point, we know next to nothing of Josh Trank's upcoming Fantastic Four reboot other than how different it's going to be from the original films (and maybe even from the comic books themselves). But it's got a great ca...
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Tony Jaa leaves kickboxer to be replaced by Van Damme


You were upset for part of that title then got really excited
Dec 02
// Matthew Razak
Reboots are better when the aging star of the original show up. It's  fact. I think. Maybe not. However, the Kickboxer reboot is definitely made better by he fact that Jean-Claude Van Damme will be showing up in it....
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Universal Monsters reboots to be action, not horror


Duh
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Peanuts

These new Peanuts images are the cutest thing ever


Nov 17
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Doctor Doom's going to be quite different in The Fantastic Four movie


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With the deluge of comic book films coming our way the rest of this (sigh) decade, anything that'll make one film stand out from the rest is good. Fox's newest Fantastic Four reboot has been getting quite a lot of attention a...
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Mark Wahlberg will be rebuilt as The Six Billion Dollar Man


I wanna be a billionaire, so f**king bad...
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Review: The Equalizer

Sep 26 // Nick Valdez
[embed]218390:41862:0[/embed] The EqualizerDirector: Antoine FuquaRated: RRelease Date: September 26, 2014 A spiritual successor/reboot of 1980's television series, The Equalizer is the story of Robert McCall (Denzel Washington), a man who works in a hardware store with a mysterious past. every night he stops by a diner and talks to Teri (Chloe Grace Moretz), a strange girl who actually works in a Russian sex ring. When she's sent to the infirmary one day, Robert reveals he's a trained killer and eventually goes to war with the entire Russian mafia before the film is done.  With a synopsis like that, I was expecting a rip roaring good time. And for the most part, Equalizer delivers that action. When McCall kills folks, the choreography is smooth, the scenes are mapped out in interesting ways, and he usually brings a brutality you wouldn't expect at first. There's a nice juxtaposition between McCall's sleek professionalism (he times himself and keeps his movements to a minimum) and the aggressively violent ways he takes his enemies down. Washington plays this up well by hardly changing his expression during these scenes too. You'd think watching a stonefaced gentleman strike folks down would be boring after awhile, but there's a nice fun mined from all of it. When there's action happening, Equalizer is gripping. Too bad you really feel an absence when the action comes to a halt. As almost representative of the larger pacing problem at hand, McCall walks everywhere. He walks through hallways, he walks up stairs, he strolls through streets, he walks, and walks, and walks. While it might seem weird to point out how much a character walks, it's always used as a way to pad out the film. There's no sense of immediacy when McCall's stoic nature goes from calm and cool to lackadaisical. And the lackadaisical main character turns the rest of the film to gelatin.. The Equalizer never seems to have a goal in mind. With random scenes given to flesh out the caricature of a main villain (with a transition so excruciatingly overwrought it feels like ten minutes before it's over), a non-sequitor at Bill Pullman's house, and speeches galore, Equalizer forgets it's a film with a strict deadline. I mean, McCall even takes a bus to an action scene at one point.  Equalizer seems like it could've been a great film had it not taken so long to figure out what it exactly wanted to do. Denzel Washington is fabulous, and I would've loved a full version of his scenes at the hardware store (especially since it leads to a uniquely mapped finale), but the film chooses to highlight everyone else but Washington. For example, the main villain gets far too much screen time. It'd be fine if there were some actual developments for the character and he became more than a cardboard cutout of a Russian guy, but nothing changes. It's a shame too because Washington seems to really enjoy his time as McCall (as his playful badassness seeps out every now and again) but you don't get much from him other than seeing him casually stroll places or sit down when he's not killing folks.  To sum it all up, there's a single scene that captures my views on The Equalizer perfectly. At one point, McCall blows up a thing and then cooly walks away. The scene itself is one of the coolest "men don't look at explosions" I've seen this year, but it wears out its welcome fast. It's hyper stylized to the point where the slow motion is grating, and Washington walking without urgency is likeable for a brief moment before you realize how dumb the whole thing is. And the icing on the cake is how seriously the film takes this scene. It's just a complete tonal mess.  The Equalizer is like walking your grandfather through the park. It seemed like a good idea at first, and you'll enjoy seeing him, but it feels like a chore as the hours roll on. 
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We're getting another I Know What You Did Last Summer


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I Know What You Did Last Seventeen Years Ago was a big hit when it first arrived in 1997 during Kevin Williamson's golden age where he wrote scripts for films like Scream and The Faculty. And as such, it did well enough to ge...
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First trailer for The Town That Dreaded Sundown


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Now I don't know much about the original The Town That Dreaded Sundown from 1976, but I do know it came out before slasher films became super popular and crafted personalities for each series of films. When you look back and...
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Underworld reboot in the works for some reason


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// Nick Valdez
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Paul Feig may direct Ghostbusters 3, could be all female reboot


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Ghostbusters 3 never seems to die. Years of developmental trouble, years of Bill Murray's public distaste for idea, and Harold Ramis' sad death still could not quell talk of this sequel. We try to keep away from most of the t...
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King Kong

Legendary rebooting King Kong with 'Skull Island' in 2016


Peter Jackson's King Kong ain't got shit on this reboot
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// Nick Valdez
When Legendary Pictures brought back Godzilla, one of my first thoughts was "Where the hell is King Kong?" Now I finally have an answer. Although King Kong took a shot at a reboot a few years back with Peter Jackson, it focus...
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MMPR Reboot

Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers movie gets First Class writers


YES
Jul 15
// Nick Valdez
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Review: Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

Jul 11 // Nick Valdez
[embed]218012:41670:0[/embed] Dawn of the Planet of the ApesDirector: Matt ReevesRated: PG-13Release Date: July 11, 2014 Dawn of the Planet of the Apes takes place ten years after the events of Rise of the Planet of the Apes. The disease teased in that finale, now dubbed the "Simian Flu," has whittled the human race down to a few pockets of broken civilization. Caesar (Andy Serkis), his wife and two sons, and tribe of apes have now grown into a society living peacefully just outside San Francisco. When the apes unexpectedly run into a group of humans led by a man named Malcolm (Jason Clarke) and find a pocket of humans still alive, tensions begin to rise as a war lies on the horizon.  While I found most of Rise of the Planet of the Apes enjoyable, I didn't like how the darkness of the greater theme at hand clashed with the goofy and direct dialogue. The villains were cartoonish, Caesar's first words were less explosive thanks to the dumb things that came before, and James Franco was the only human worth watching. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes has far less of these problems. It's a sequel in which you can immediately see the results of a few changes. The most distinct change is the lack of humans to muddy up the dialogue. With less humans, we get quality time with the apes. And boy, have they evolved in more ways than one.  Once again, Andy Serkis brings a powerhouse performance. His motion capture of an older, fiercer Caesar is striking. Each screech, phrase, and breath that comes out of Caesar is dealt with a heavy weight. It's perfect for a leader ape, and it's definitely why the silent, apes-only scenes in the introduction are welcome. But Serkis isn't the only standout. Every other motion actor seems to step up their game (or at least has more to do now that the apes have increased intelligence). Toby Kebbell as Koba is marvelous. Their eventual conflicting ideologies lead to an impressively acted finale as the war teased throughout the film is delivered beautifully. Dawn is the argument for motion capture films in the future. A field once dominated by schlock like Avatar, now has a much better champion.  Not only is Dawn well acted, its plot moves at a well managed pace. When I saw the film's run time clocked in at just over two hours, I thought I was in for another bloated Summer blockbuster. But these apes are smarter than I, so the film manages to balance the explosive set pieces necessary for a Summer film while providing enough substance to make those events matter. Sure some things feel more out of place than others (for instance, Gary Oldman who has a middling performance because he's given so little to do with his character), the apes are getting a little close to the uncanny valley, and some of the dumbed down dialogue returns ("You know everyone looks up to you?"), but most of these flaws seem minimal when you're swept up in all of the apes going apesh*t.  Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is strong, visually compelling, and full of political intrigue (hilariously enough). It hits all of the expected beats of Summer blockbusters, but does so in a way that the audience isn't treated like a bunch of animals. You're not going to see a better film this Summer, and it's certainly going in my "Best of 2014" list.  In fact, seeing Dawn made me want to re-watch the original film again. If only to see the results of the events here. I'm sure the final film in the trilogy will blow me away too.  If you've read my reviews in the past, it must be jarring to read the overt praise I have for Dawn, but I can't help myself. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is a spectacular ride and I never want to get off. 
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When a prequel to Planet of the Apes was first announced, it seemed like yet another cynical cash in. Yet Rise of the Planet of the Apes tried its hardest to prove everyone wrong with top notch visuals, acting, and score. Alt...

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Rumor: Mark Wahlberg to play the Six Million Dollar Man


We can reboot him, we have the technology
Jul 07
// Matthew Razak
Ever wondered what happened to that Six Million Dollar Man reboot that kept trying to get off the ground? Only vaguely, right? I mean of all the reboots possible who is this exciting? We've got enough super powered peopl...
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UPDATE: Shane Black to direct Predator reboot


It's cause of the echo.
Jun 26
// Nick Valdez
UPDATE: Speaking with Collider, Shane Black considers his upcoming Predator as more of a sequel than a reboot:  As far as Fred and I are concerned anyway,” Black said, adding “Why start over, when you’...

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