Wednesday, June 21, 2017
Cars: 1 out of 5. Race, boring speeches, repeat. Mcqueen wins race at the end. zzzzzzzzzz. Great animation tho. Shame is wasted instead of using it for The Incredibles sequel that never happened.
Mama Mia really? Ha Ha the wonder of it all. While the studios were nervous about how WW was going to do the "Sure Bests" are all disappointments with Transformers being the next train wreck. And all that talk with 3D Max hype (extra $ prices) and its actually bringing less money than the previous sequels. Now that's ironic. Yep WW still has legs.
Well it's official. He got the gig to finish the job. But how could it get to this level with so much at stake. Deja Vu with Superman 2 with Director Donner getting fired and Lester hired. And to a degree that kind of work out.
Already they're writing this off at $65 for 5 days. Guess they didn't learn from last time. (see below).
Again overseas needs to rescue this. But with all the spinoffs planed won't that be overkill and will the audience be there for those. Again with all the other sequels the audience is looking somewhere else. "What was that? too busy binging on Orange New Black that you didn't notice?" lol.
Remember the last one when it opened July 4th weekend and the studio bragged it crossed the $100M only to make just $25 the next weekend losing 75% of it's box office gross. So now all these films need overseas for any chance of more sequels. As you can see from the past few months most open at No. 1 and die quickly. Like I said before the exceptions of WW, which still is strong with it's numbers, and so will Spidey who has minus competition. Dunkirk? You can see an old version on Youtube and you'll get an idea how it plays out.
Ok never mind the paychecks for first headliner. The second film is the big payoff. But what is her corner is she took one for the team while filming the big battle scene while a couple of monthspregant (CGI covered that up). The studio has to make up to her with bonus points along with a huge bump in pay. And it doesn't hurt that not only is doing great but other films are coming and going from the top spot faster than you can say Wonder Woman Sequel! So ..
Cars was no. 1. So what. That should have cleared $75. Again franchise fatigue. Same with Transformers. While WW will dance in the top five thru July 4th. Man it got legs, lol.
Hey look at Guardians 2, it just broke the top 60 world wide. Big disappointment since both Fast 8 and Beuaty Beast are both 10 & 11 of all time. Besides Minions we just got Spidey left.
$150M for promotional costs? For what? Everyone knows what a Mummy is, and we all know who Tom Cruise is. Wow is the studio out of touch. But the studio will not quit with Bride of Frankenstein still getting the greenlight which is beyond reasoning.
Talk about being nervous with the outcome. They couldn't figure this out at the beginning of production? Again aka Rogue One and DC pulling Justice League bit. But the big news here is that Ron Howard's name has been making it's rounds. Why not, he did Willow, fun fantasy. see IMDB.
Wow can someone get their shit together. And these are the overpaid suits making dumb decisions.
How hard is it to adapt previous material and translated to the big screen? Especially comic books. Their storyboards ready to come alive with sound added and CGI. But then again it takes the boys club at DC to screw that up. Well it did take a woman to get it right, didn't it.
Again with the friggin engineers? And David? And another Sequel? Is the studio so empty that they rather go ahead with this dead franchise than doing something original especially after the Box Office numbers were less than Prometheus? Well......yeah. Another studio in sad shape.
Hardcore fans knew this even before it was revealed in Kong Skull Island after credit. What an insult. Mothra, Rodan, King G, Duh! No he was going to fight Barney the Dinosaur. FU studio.
Who cares. Sure he's a great actor when he gets around to making them. Guess going to cable is not an option since he only does big screen films and not small screen. So let's see:
No superhero, big VFX, voice animation, dumb R comedies for the summer. Yep looks like he's out of job. He can stay home, make his shoes and polish his 3 Oscars which most actors dream about.
Tuesday, June 13, 2017
Live on MNN this Saturday will be a repeat: Kong Skull Island for next months BR release.
47 Meters Down: 3 out of 5.Another trap by shark movie? If they can keep up with the thrills and tension on whats goin to happen why not. If you like The Shallows you'll like this one.
The Mummy: 2 out of 5. 6 writers ?! That explains everything. Main problem it tried to hard with eveything. Moved fast, lots of action, had some funny parts and nothing original to deliver:
MI meets Indy Jones meets American Werewolf meets Walking Dead meets...etc etc etc.
Baywatch: 1 out of 5: Ok I admit it. Waited until someone else picked up the tab to see this.
Such a bad 21 Jump Street wannabe. Just the one liners The Rock calls Zack, that's it.
With so much on the table and studios banking on franchises, of course top actors can be control freaks. But this article states one major thing. Movies stars can't bank it at the Box Office. It doesn't matter who's behind the mask (who's the new Spiderman, who cares) and little minions and animated Cars there're all sweating it. Anyways Cruise can kiss this goodbye. The big three are around the corner: Cars, Minion, Transformers. Here's the big thing: Can Wonder Woman hold her own in the top 5. July 5 will say it all.
My money is on Minions. I enjoy the whole franchise. Cars on the other hand? the first one was a total bore. I actually liked the second one only because it went to different countries. So don't expect a great review on Cars 3. You've been warned......BANANAAAAAAAA!
Great article on how many films are being release featuring female directors. It's about time and long overdue. Boo Hoo Hoo they're breaking up the boys club. Bring it on ladies...!
Why? The last one didn't break any records, BR sales tanked and Logan put that to shame. Guess Fox doesn't have a choice but to over pay everyone for another been there done story about Pheonix. With so many sotries to tell and so many X-Men in the catalog.... never mind, wasting my breath here.
No shit. Now that Disney is pulling the strings on Sony of course this would make sense. Another studio that doesn't have a choice. These suits just need to give in to Marvel/Disney already. Cause I'm really getting tired of repeating myself.
So Cruise's Mummy got it's ass kicked this weekend by Wonder Woman. Man that's gotta hurt, lol. Hence the bragging of $52M in China.Good opening but will it continue for the next weekend or burn out fast? While it's doing good everywhere else and will make a profit, already a very nervous Universal is going ahead with Bride of Frankenstein but being very careful with that budget. And if that tanks so much for the franchise.
In the meantime we WW fans are waiting for Director Jenkins to sign the bottom line. No matter her demands, salary and all, she deserves it. Why DC didn't signed her up for the sequel were being too cautious. Remember, Michelle MacLaren (Director of several episodes on Breaking Bad, X-Files, Games of Thrones and the up coming HBO The Deuce in which she directed me in the pilot episode), was going to direct this but they were afraid of it being to dark hence why DC and her parted ways.
For me it was coming home after school back in the 1970's and seeing this in syndication. Ch. 11 PIX in NYC t be exact. Sure it was campy but funny and fun. Again a sense of humour which Marvel has gotten right (without the camp of course). That's what made Wonder Woman a better film than some of the other films. But not only West got in on the joke, he carried over his sense of comic style and humor to Family Guy. Yep he was my Batman and lets not forget the car. My fav of all time.
Tuesday, June 06, 2017
Live on MNN will be doing repeats until we go back live in July in time for our 28th year on the air.
These will feature our Fast Furious and Skull Island in time for their Blu-ray release.
Last Update: I included these two articles for the fun of it. WW gets all of the love.
"Mortal danger, to get lassoed by WW...man I love these puns. Like everyone knew Cruise doesn't have a chance domestically. But already it's the biggest opening in South Korea out of all places. And it's opening in China this weekend which will decide whether there will be a franchise or not. But man Cruise gets no love here. lol.
"WW to slay Cruise"..oh stop it, you're killing me with these puns. But these magazines are writing him off, but we already knew that didn't we? And like I said she will have legs for the rest of the month. (that's not a pun, really! That's tech talk on the strength of the box office. really!) But she does have nice legs hee hee. Aw c'mon give me a break, can you blame me, lol.
Mini-review" WW: 4 out of 5. Perfect except a bit long in the middle. That romance kind of dragged on bit even it was necessary to the over all arc of the movie. The rest? Let's just say it makes up for all the slag in the past month and those hiccups of BvsS and Squad. They finally got it right. But the irony is that Zack wrote the story with 2 other guys (they must of added the humour). 3 people for the story. Really? Itsn't this based on the comics? Credit to the one writer who got it right.
Full review on radio show next week. Then I can mention spoilers, until then see it and enjoy.
Well now she can do her pet projects, that's what success can bring but for hardcore DC fans that mean waiting for the WW sequel and her directing other DC projects like Justice League 2? Sorry Zack, time for a change like adding humour. Aw c'mon, what was the highlight in that BvsS trailer?:
"I thought she was with you" just that one line!
Note: Check out both Variety and Hollywood reporter for more articles on Wonder Woman as there is quite a lot of converage, too much to cover here but I included the headlines to start off with.
Woman power at full force. And she will own the month. Cruise and tht silly looking Mummy will both get theri ass kick this coming weekend. Cruise needs that International BO or Monsterverse is dead. And while both Cars and Transformers have their fan base, they too will need Intl BO for a long run. Only twoother Woman Power film will try to compete which is a shame, they both should have been released in July and August. 47 Meters Down aka The Shallows with women surviving shark attacks and Meagan Leavey, a soldier and her dog. Look for the Yankee Stadium scene as 300 hundred extras took the place of thousands in the crowd. Yep I was one of those, good luck in seeing me, cloudy and rainy the whole day must of us will be one big blur. Behind the scenes photos coming soon from the set.
The real wonder woman. And the joke going around is have her do the rest of the DC movies especially Justice League. Sounds good to me. They just announced Suicide Squad is the next one, they at least have her co-produce to make it won't be a mess like the last one. Of course DC is going to screw that up anyways.
Note: No spoilers are included here even tho it does have a few nods toward the picture. If you've seen the trailer (duh!) you'll be fine.This page includes many different articles on behind the scenes and making of plus the future of the franchise including Oscar talk already. Yeah baby!
Man did that ending gave me the chills! Talk about DC getting it right. Not much of an appearence from Al Siddig from ST:TNG and Games of Thrones has landed another prime gig. Even tho the show does take liberties on the history of Gotham it still kicks ass. Lets not start with DC TV aka Supergirl and Flash Win and Marvel's Agents of Shield Fail!
They must have read my blog last week, lol. When Captain Underpants beats your Sparrow ass in your second weekend, it's time to call it quits. But with Pirates crossing the $500M mark looks like we're getting another one, especially since they tagged that hint at the end of the movie. As far as Alien goes, the shame is that killed Blomkamp's Alien 5. If anything that's the one they should start pushing. Signorney's character never had closer. And man I am sick and tired of that Fking David android. Did I mention that before?
Finally after all these years. At one time Depp was attach to this. There's a documentary call Lost in La Mancha. The making of the film that never came to be. It actually got shut down at the beginning of the production and you see Depp in a few scenes. Check IMDB for more credits. Available on a double dvd set.
Cruise against Wonder Woman. Wipeout. Not being cynical again but is it me or are they really pushing Cruise with all these other projects just to get the hype up on The Mummy? Or is that a cover up with the studio afraid they might have a bomb here. Remember if this tanks there goes the Monsterverse sending Frankenstein and Wolfman back to the reboot department. While I would love to see these characters make the screen for a new generation the whole concept blows. An organization? Really? That concept belongs on tv aka once upon a time. Only overseas is going to save this.
Tuesday, May 30, 2017
A new Radio Show is coming
next after seeing Wonder Woman, then I'll have something to talk about.
Mini-review: Pirates 5: 3 out of 5 (compared to 3 & 4 which sucked) 1 & 2 best with 2 my fav.
Ok It wasn't that bad. Simple: It did have it's moments (cameo by a Beatles was cool and so was that surprise ending) but this suffers from tired blood. They need to retire this franchise already.
Man I hope she saves the box office, I'm taking a beating here on this blog. The past few weeks have been tough. Lame Aliens, unfunny babes, sunburn sack jokes, tired pirates. Uggh. Disregard all the negatives in this article. Like I said before, WW will have legs (movie reference, no pun intended) for the rest of June noy like the other DC movies that burned out quick. And that's all that matters.
Video included. Yeah I shook myhead on this one too. Background in horror like the guys from Krampus doing Godzilla 2. But this guy knows his stuff. Check out IMDB for his credits. Jack of all trades but master of non. Reminds of James Cameron, And look what megahits he's had. Duh!
Ok overseas is what is saving Pirates but the word is out people are just getting tired of this franchise. Say it ain't so Johnny! Uggh who cares. Baywatch so far is a wipeout but will overseas save it as it still hasn't opened up to major International B.O. cause already there's talk of a sequel. What, there's still more Ball Sack jokes that wasn't said in the first one? Same can be said with Alien C as that has completely tanked in the U.S. But if China and the rest saves this, then Ridley Scott is going to have his way with another sequel. Someone pull the plug on David the Android already!!!
But never mind the dull movies this past week cause you know who's going to save the day.......
Video included. Will this save the DCU? Either way looks like we got a hit folks. And this will clean up in June. No competition. Woman power. It's got a sense of humor! (much needed in DC) And a stand alone origin story that's never been properly explored. (tv show don't count). And a love sotry with Captain Kirk. Chicks love it. And this will have legs, meaning repeat and the naysayers who go "What another superhero movie?" and even they will see this. Lets face it, whats next, another Transformer movie? zzzz..Until Spiderman we have to hang in there. Either that or the beach and binge watch Orange is the New Black (I'm there somewhere, lol.)
What we need is a sleeper hit, something new and fresh with a "Wow, where did that come from I didn't even see it coming!" kind of major surprise for the summer. unfortunately this one is already getting thrown under a bus............
Jeez at least give a weekend before it tanks aka Alien C. Whether or not you like him Luc Besson always gives it his all. And he always try to be as original as he can in his style even if the subject has been done before. But to compare this to John Carter Mars is just plain mean. The problem with JC Mars that most of it has been done before (Lucas rip it off left and right for Star Wars, go ahead and stick your head in the sand with denial. You know it's to be true.)
Hopefully it won't be as bad as Jupiter Ascending, now that was bad. Compare to that will you?
Bonus Section: Reboots, Sequels, Remakes, oh my! Movies nobody was asking for. I sure wasn't.
And I leave it as that as my way of protesting against this. Ok just being lazy, saving time on typing.
I got the need for speed and.......Drones? well aint that exciting..zzzzzz.
Last two sucked! Janelle was cool in Hidden Figures. This is backwards. she deserves better.
Milla sounds pissed. Can't blame her. James Wan to the rescue. I'm so excited and I just can't zzzzzz
Beware the Blog and all of it's remakes. Halle, forget movies. Join Orange and get your emmy.
Mama Mia he we go again. Meryl there's a show on Netflix with the word Orange in it. Look it up.
So many others mention in the past 2 weeks like the Jetsons movie but this is just getting tiring.
So I'm going to save both each others time on this. Ending with that note, time to BRAG!
This was the movie I spent 3 months on filming in Brooklyn back in January-March. The studio will go all out in pushing this for the Oscars and yes the Bearded Lady will get a nod and so will the song. More details on IMDB. Me? I played an audience member who had to se Hugh everyday I was working on the set. Yeah very rough work, poor me, lol. More mention down the line.
Wednesday, May 24, 2017
Note: Bonus section has my tribute to Roger Moore with 2 videos from our YouTube page. Also another blog this week to catch up with other news plus more coverage on Sir Moore including my favorite Bond Films of his. Then a radio show sometime next week after Pirates premiere with a review and full reviews including why I hate this damn Alien franchise. I worked with James Franco and to see him in a cameo in Convenant was a complete insult to him.
Guardians still rule the box office
To put it simple: Aliens won by a edge of only $1M which is a joke in itself. Guardians has been out 3 wks and still kicked Aliens Ass. The ghost of Prometheus really sank this one. This should have cleared at least $50M. Even early predictions of $40M plus didn't help matters as this is just an embarrasement all around. World Wide is also doing bad. With Pirates around the corner it's safe to say Aliens is DOA. And not matter how bad the reviews for Pirates are, it's still has its fan base and Memorial Day weekend to cash in.
Mini-review. Aliens C: 2 out of 5. Ok not bad as Prometheus (could it really be worse than that?) After 45 minutes of a boring setup we get a big crash. Cool. 1 point. Then another 4 minutes of David the boring Android meets his twin and zzzzzzzzzzzz. Big showdown at the end. Another point. And guess how they get rid of the Alien? They shove him into outta space. Aww C'mon!!. Don't give me that spoiler alert crap. You think there would be any other way? And what happen to those 2 big deleted scenes? The last supper and the Shaw sequence. Another point I hated. He killed her off after she put him back together. Reminded me of Alien 3 (which I hated, less said of 4 the better). You kill off both Hicks and the girl and throw bishop in the trash. What bullshit. What I hate is the whole prequel story. It just plain sucks. Fk the engineers, Fk David, Fk the prequels.They should have done the Sigorney Weaver sequel to Parts 1 & 2 and continue that time line. And Director Scott is still bragging about another prequel. Ugh. Box Office will say better especially if it tanks in China.
Not to sound like a cynic amoung the sad situation but on the business side of things, doesn't this scenerio sound just like SW Rogue One. Bringing in another director to finish the projct the way the studio wants it. Even tho they are kind of vague and just a matter of fact on playing this down. I'm not fooled. Just to much of a coincidence. What, too Cynical?
And doesn't this sound familiar? A whole group being put together by a special program to deal with darker forces to protect the greater good. The new Godzilla Franchise anyone? No, aww c'mon!
I saw Roger Moore at a book signing at Barnes & Nobles, NYC at my lunch hour. So couldn't by the book ans tand in line. But went to the second floor and about 40 ft away I saw him sitting behind the desk singing his book. But before I took a picture in which the employees saw me and others trying to do the same they block us by stocking up boxes and blocking our view. My memory of him? A great tan and those big glasses. Well at least I saw a Bond and I'm grateful for that as he was my favorite next to Connery as I grew up mostly with Moore.
Note: Go to our You Tube page for assorted Bond clips including Sir Moore clips. Here are two:
Tuesday, May 16, 2017
Love this poster, check out where Baby Groot is hanging out. Cool idea. One more week after F8 and Beauty break the all time world wide box office then a new radio show.
Update 2: I'm putting this here as to save space on the next blog for better articles.
Min-review: King Arthur: 1
Great big Elephants crash the party at the beginning of the film. All down hill from there. The editing is what killed this movie. Didn't Director Ritchie get the memo. Zooms went out of style back in the 70's when the cancelled Kung Fu Theatre on Saturday afternoons. Total wreck. But I will revisit this as supposedly there's a 3 and half hour version of this. That figures with the editing mess this has.
Mini review: Snatched: 1 out of 5.
Monkeys in a coma can write better material. There was a slight hint of humour and I love Goldie Hawn. And I like Amy in Trainwreck. But this failed the ladies big time. Check out Goldie in Speilberg's Sugerland Express, he first major film release. Goldie here does drama, that's how talented she is that she can do both comedy and drama. Snatched was a total failure. Next time hire the monkeys for a better film.
The King is dead. Long live the king. And say goodbye to a franchise that will never happened. That's what they wanted. Well that went south, that and $175M down the tubes.So much for Director Ritchie career? And Amy needs Trainwreck 2. Wow what a wipeout. Again the Guardians have no competition. Aliens? Again the rumour is they only show up near the end? Really? And Pirate Depp? This was going to be an after thought and it's the biggest talk in Hollywood now. Man did that escalate fast, lol.
Pirates hacking Pirates. Oh man the irony. While Pirates has a built in fan base and will do good regardless, lets face it. The ones who are going to see this on bootleg are the curious ones who either gave up on the franchise, does anyone remember the last one? or weren't going to rush to see this to begin with. Like Orange is the New Black with the first few episodes back. You got the curious who can't wait for this in June or you have the binge watchers who can wait for June just to knock off a whole season in one weekend. So everyone is crying wolf but does it really matterat the end?
This was from last week. What is old is new. And an article I'm sure Depp would love to hve people forget. Shame since some of the titles coming out in the future sound better than the ones he did in the past. But never mind he needed better managers, he needed better script readers to help him go thru some of these bad scripts. Funny tho, can it get any worse?
Um let me guess, the rangers don't show up until at the 90 minute point? And then only for 20 minutes worth of action? Then they wonder why it's performing poor all over. Let's face it, 20 years to late and Transformers has taken all the momentum out of this and even their are starting toout welcome themselves.
Last but not least from today's happy go lucky blog (sarcasm folks) here's a cool article predicting this summers box office. While I did say we are taking a break and what are we missing anyways but sequels, remakes etc.y it was a coincidence since I had to leave town for important family business.
Yws we got renewed for the summer and will be back in July for our 28 years on the air. Hopefully and Originals like Wonder Woman will get things going when we go back live.
Wednesday, May 10, 2017
We should be back in July for our 28th year and a new radio show soon, probably next week.
PS: Bonus section: Major franchises going to tv/cable.
Now that the top 2 films of the summer are raking up big bucks, it's time for the rest of the slaughter to take place. Both Amy and the King are not even going to clear $20M this weekend. Wipeout.
Mix reviews for Aliens and are people getting tired of Depps business affairs. That article coming in the next blog after this weekend.
Pretty huge opening. And there's no hard competition coming down the pike besides more sequels aka Aliens and Pirates. Again the big question where is this going to land when all said and done. F8 is heading to the top 10 all time and would have been the bi one for the year if it wasn't for that 800 lb beast in the room. See next link.
Mini Review: 3 out of 5. Kind of disappointed. Bit too long with that father and son angle. Too much with the girls fighting back and forth. Never liked the blue guy and not enough Groot. Racoon and Dax rock. But still a lot of action and great SFX. First one is still better.
Unbelievable. One of the most boring Disney flicks of all time and this made the all time Wide World top 10. And it's ready to take out Frozen, the most overrated Disney flick, as the biggest money maker for the house of mouse. This only proves the dumbing of audiences with all the marketing hype that these two are the biggest winners. Sad very sad.
I put this on the blog so you can check out the comments below the article. And I have to agree with most on that 1. Prometheus sucked 2. Who cares about the engineers 3. Bring back Sigorney and do Blomkamp's vision. 4. I do ague about the lead female role. Aliens set the standard for females kicking ass and Signorney got an Oscar nod for it. So more females kicking ass. Besides guys are the bait in this franchise and that's what makes it all fun. Especially if they're dumb scientists who stick their nose in where it doesn't belong like in Prometheus. I mean DUMB!
I am curious about this one but don't expect a major 5 from me.
You know original Hellboy Ron Pearlman is piss off as hell. He's been pushing for this for the longest and now he's been completely written off. If anyone's to blame is Del Toro himself. Notice the pattern? He keeps asking for these big budgets aka Pacific Rim and they take the projects away from him. Hellboy 3 would have had a huge budget and not enough of an audience to back it up even tho the second one did damn good, one that I myself went and brought the blu-ray. Keeper! Let's see how this reboot works. Everyone involved with the new one just brings me one big yawn.
Waste of a video. Talk about being bored while promoting your movie. These guys look like they want to be anywhere but here. Expecially Gosling who looks like if he forgot to take the turkey out of the oven or not.
With big paychecks they should look involved or if not, your actors! Act involved. Wow what a waste and you learn nothing about the movie.
Is it me or does Cruise look miscast in this one. And this whole premise sounds great but it looks like something is going to get lost in the translation. If it weren't for this scene and Crowe as the mad doctor I might have skip this one. Crap I can't, gotta review it for the show. why, Why, WHY?..me.
Bonus Section: Franchises heading to the big tv/cable screen.
They have to keep it R like Archer and keep it on the edge. At least it didn't go to Disney, lol.
There is a huge cult following for Dredd even if it states the movie bomb, it does have a audience.
* It looks like once Bryan Singer announced the X-Men tv series now many studios are going that route. And I'm for it. It is a mish mash aka Agents of Shield which sucks and Flash and Supergirl nailing it. And it avoids having a Fantastic Four blowout movie franchise with that whole thing being in limbo. So simple and they still can't get it right.