Thursday, July 20, 2017
Both Dunkirk and Girls are doing better than expected. And Valerian tanking worse than they thought. Ouch. Co-host Mark saw Valerian and gave it a 1 out of 5. Enough said, lol.
While Apes should have taken a bigger cut of about $75 is not the news here. That Spidey lost over 60 percent is the news. Again sequel fatigue and it doens't help people got burn with the last Spidey.
What helps here is both will have a great box office overseas.
The first serious film of the summer and one that doesn't clock over 2 hours! Why all these movies so bloated to begin with? And Apes looks like another film not to stay at No. 1 for 2 weeks in a row. And of course there's that Nolan and the Oscar talk and that doesn't hurt at all. This will have legs as it won't have a huge opening but with no competition, A bubble Rhinna doesn't help matters, this will play out thru August.
So while they started introducing new villians and Vulture finally made it to the big screen where are the iconic ones like Mysterio (who almost made it even they did Raimis; number 4, and Kraven the Hunter? At least there's no mention of Goblin. That's enough of that.
Interesting interview on Besson. While I love his films and this one looks interesting, it's greating trashed big time on RT. Well that goes that franchise. lol.
Get over it. This show needs a good kick in the ass. While Capaldi was great in the role as the doctor the show itself was weak, tired and completely out of ideas. And that budget did not help. Did people forget that most Doctors were older then when it came back with a younger Doc thanks to Eccleston that people were up in arms with that, then we got nothing but younger ones. Does that make sense?
Monday, July 10, 2017
Live on MNN this Saturday: Spidey and WW coverage and sequel wrap up. Radio show soon.
Spidey mini-review: 4 out o 5. Nearly perfect. Just needed to cut out about 10 minutes or the pacing and that ending with Tony Stark was kind of dragged out. Did we really need to see Pepper? But that extra end credit sequence about being patient was hysterical. Audience loved it and stay for that too!
And we finally got Vulture after both Ben Kingsley and John Malkovitch costumed fitted for the role but it never happened. Well at least Kingsley got a chance to be in a Spidey film for a forgettable role
as Manderin an actor? WTF?!!!
Spoilers if you haven't seen the movie yet. Wait a second, what are you waiting for? lol.
Article filler. Only No. 5 is what really counts. And I said this for years and got ridiculed big time that Sony would never deal with Marvel. Even Producer Ava said on the commentary on AS2 that he owned it and that's that. Money talks and with the success of this film good ole Spidey proved me right.
Actually it should be #2 with Doc Oct, #1 with Goblin then Homecoming with AS with The Lizard to wrap it up. Both with Venom and Electro in their reboots sucked big time.
Actually it should be #2 with Doc Oct, #1 with Goblin then Homecoming with AS with The Lizard to wrap it up. Both with Venom and Electro in their reboots sucked big time.
Those little guys did it again. Even tho it's going strong it's doubtful that it's going to break the $1B mark with all the fatigue going one with sequels. Hope doesn't effect a Minions 2, but that's just me.
I didn't know Jackie Chan did a sci-fi movie. Well how about that. Still going strong. But Sci-fi?
Those little guys did it again. Even tho it's going strong it's doubtful that it's going to break the $1B mark with all the fatigue going one with sequels. Hope doesn't effect a Minions 2, but that's just me.
I didn't know Jackie Chan did a sci-fi movie. Well how about that. Still going strong. But Sci-fi?
Mendez was great on Skyfall but Spectre sucked and he was a fan. Nolan might be a fan but his action sequences are dull. Maybe Dunkirk might change all that. As far as Craig coming back he is getting too old. They avoid that oldest Bond thing like Moore who is my second fav next to Connery. But this series also needs fresh blood. No reboot necessary, just pick up like Spiderman. Bond just reports to M first thing in the morning and get his assignment. Jeez why do they over think this shit?
Trvia: OHMSS Opening sequence: "Why this never happened to the other guy" Get it?
They're actually taking this joke serioulys. I can hear it now. Fast 9 From Out of Space. Let the jokes begin. But really where else can they take this. Aha! Another Bond idea: Undersea!
See: The Spy Who Loved Me and the Atlantis underwater station. They had submarines right? lol.
Wednesday, July 05, 2017
This Blog: Franchises sinking big time with only a few survivors. You go Wonder Woman!
Spidey to clear $100M for the weekend and looks like this too will have legs like WW. With no competition ahead it's clear sailing for July. Of course we have Dunkirk and that Valerian sci-fi, big fan of Luc, but they ain't no friendly neighborhood Spiderman lol. Review next week.
Note: Spoilers are all over the place including the end credits so be warned.
DM3; 4 out 5: Funnier then the 2nd, fast paced, a lot of story in a short time, everyone has thier moment, better villain. Could have used more minions but thats just me.
Okja: 3 : Came close to a 4. Main problem was the tone. It just swung way to much. Message here, funny joke there, nastiness against animals. sadness all around. Especially when parents rescue their baby knowing they're are going to die. Jeez that was tough. Cast was great so ignore bad reviews.
Well they're huge as expected but the again will sequel fatigue set in. Also it's the foreign box office saving the day which will collapse when they figure out "Wait a second didn't we see this already?" or even a better "same shit different title, kind of". Just ask Transformers in China....ouch lol.
And who looked who moved up to No. 3 in the top five. Yep girl power.
While everyone is saying this is going to open big, across the internet speaks another story. Another Spiderman and Micheal Who? is playing Vulture (how soon they forget) and of course the whole sequel/reboot thing could hurt this. Opens big then dies quick. So far only Wonder Leggs has proven them wrong (sorry had to go there). The second week $$$ is what to watch for.
All these franchises suffer from tired blood and no imagination resulting in weak sequels. Will they learn? Nope but it comes down to this: An executive greenlights a new fresh concept and it tanks, he'sout of a job. greenlight the same fomula aka reboot, sequel, whatever and whether it's a success (he takes all the credit not the filmmakers) or it tanks (he blames global warming) and he gets a chance to keep he's job while bullshiting the stockholders why he's still the best man to run the studio. Pretty sad ain't it. And anyone tells you different is trying to keep his job. There you have it.
There's a lot of bragging to be had here and let's face it she deserves it. Now the hardcore might say internationally she still can't be BvsS. Actually she won that battle too. How? Simple:
Both Batman and Superman are two of the worlds biggest comic book icons on both tv and cinema. But combine on the big screen they couldn't even break the $1M mark. Hell even Batman solo broke the $1M mark. So BvsS should quietly let WW have her moment. To be honest it's an embarrassment for the DCU. And if you hate that remark, then it's ok to be in denial, lol.
And the best part? Director Jenkins is back for the sequel ! Great news all around.
Even those minions were a little off at the box office, as I said to be expected as the second was weak and some didn't forget that. Even tho a much stronger opening than the others will the minions and family stay strong in the coming weeks with both Spidey and Apes. And the rule applies to both of them also. Except Spidey will have that WW luck of having legs including repeat viewings. And the apes, coming after Spidey, Yikes. This summer has been all about legs in the U.S. market which most have not. And it took the international B.O. to save their asses in recouping of their budgets, and even that has been a struggle. Speaking of which.......
Take away both China's B.O. and U.S. and the picture barely breaks even in both production and marketing costs. But the funny part is how they screwed up on their biggest market to the point of people walking out of the theatre before the picture is over. Wow, if that's not an indication of a dying franchise then the studio is screwed.
Wow all these excuses on why these comedies are tanking. Simple: They're just are not funny. And how many gross out things can you do before you start yawning with the same jokes over and over again. There goes that pissing/crapping/vomiting at the Disney Resort family pool again.
The one film that does not need a remake, reboot, sequel call it whatever. This belongs in a time capsule and call it day. So many other films have come out that it doesn't even matter. And most people nowadays believe there's something out there anyways. What gets me is how many times Spielberg went back to fix this aka Lucas SW and Ridleys Blade Runner. The original was the best one. The Special Ed had Dreyfaus looking up into the ship and we see R2D2 and Mickey Mouse hanging out. Pretty Funny. They don't mention which one they're going to release but it's still pretty cool to see it on the big screen if you get the chance.
Tuesday, June 27, 2017
We will be back Live on MNN July 15. In the meantime repeats are still be played until then.
Mini-review: Transformers 5: 2, the worst of the lot. If it wasn't for Hopkins and the robot butler, who were very funny, this was a bloated and boring long ass movie. And burrowed ideas? 3 headed dragon aka King Gidorah. Spaceship from under the sea aka Cameron's The Abyss? Shame, I like the series with 1 and Moon (Sentinel Prime !) my favorites. Who doesn't love Rock em Sock em robots? Again another tired franchise that needs a break. Bring in Bumblebee solo movie already.
Could this be the surprise action hit of the summer? Fans of F8 and cars should love it. But what gets me is this app is by real people and not critics. Well that should leave a lot of them out of work, lol.
"And do what?" The comments all over were not in her favor. that's for sure. Guess that whole Wonder Woman thing got to her but did you see "The Assignment" where she tries to stretch her acting skills? (yes besides her going full frontal for you hounddogs out there which is kind of setting the womans movement backwards when you think about it.). Well at least Cameron's got her back in Battle Angel. And she does have 2 top 10 grossing films of all time. Still she shouldn't push it. Right now there are at least over 1000 actresses ready to be Vins girlfriend, and they'll be cheaper to hire.
DM3 is going to kill it for sure. Especially for July 4th week. Only if some like me were very disappointed with DM2. The minions turning into purple creatures were dumb and that villian was annoying. Either way no competition for sure except Spidey next weekend and Wonder Woman still having last laugh as it's still in the top 5. Everyone else are disappearing very fast. No legs whats so ever, right Wonder Woman? lol.
Well talk about a lousy opening for a major franchise. Another sequel biting the dust. But didn't anhyone notice the Knights theme was a dead horse when King Arthur tanked? The signs were there. And know the robots are already old news. The catch here is the big opening in China but from Saturday to Sunday there was a big drop in attendance. Remember I said when T4 opened it barely cleared $100m with the studio bragging the money mark only to have it drop to $25 the next weekend. ON 4th of July weekend! Yep they sure shout up after that. Well again it happened, only it took one weekend in China. Also across the boards it cleared less by losing a third of the box office from the last film.
Finally a sequel that is getting rave reviews. And finally full attention is going to Andy Serkis with actual Oscar seriousness. His name has been mentioned but the Oscars has just planed shrug about it. Is it his time for an award. All across the boards and reviews say it is time and he should recognized after all years and movies.
This has really shaken up the industry but maybe the fault is with Disney for putting on too much pressure on making these films work. At the end I like to see who gets the final credit for directing this. The guys got paid sure enough but will the Directors Guild credit them or will Howard get the final credit. A lot is riding on this on the future of Directors before taking a gig and not getting the credit they deserve regardless of paycheck or not. Translation: Future employment.
"But wait Frank, Frakes is directing a few episodes so this is going to work out great!"
Fascinating, not ! So what, they are still going where man has gone before..backwards! Cue Enterprise sing-along. Man I hope I am wrong on this but its about treks future not the past.
If Rodenbarry was alive this wouldn't happen thats for sure.
The film project I spent 3 months working on. And all worth it. Nope you don't see me yet. But see the bearded fat lady sing. Oscar nod and real funny on the set. Fox is going to push this like crazy and I'll be braggin like nuts so get used to it, lol. This will be this years La la land. But much better everything. I thought Land was overrated anyways with all the hype. Glad it lost. Hugh & co. will win.
Does anyone remember me saying how they can expand the Bond universe?
Remember the rumour of Edris Alba as James Bond? Regardless of Race, he could have been 009 as he was seen as the clown who gets kills at the beginning of Octopussy. Also in Russia to Love when Bond enters the big room and you see 9 chairs, backs to the camera, and Bond sits in the empy one?
So? Well give Alba the spinoff of 009 and there you go. And have all the others aka Felix, Moneypenny, Q , M etc in the film as 009 reports to the office.
BUT.. this idea everyone having thier own movie aka Verse just plain sucks. They are not leading characters, they are supporting regardless of Felix having his own novel series. Are they that empty again with ideas? Well Monkey see monkey do.
Ps I do agree that Brosnan films were not all that (only Goldeneye had the spirit) but neither was Craigs. Spectre sucked (poor reharsh of You Only Live Twice) and Solace is the worst (Bourne ripoff, damn that editing). Just have Craig do one more as the sendoff and lets get on with a new Bond already.
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.
Thursday, April 27, 2017
Got on a plane and I'm currently settling in to my new spot. More on a new radio show next week plus a new blog hence why I took a break this week. Movie review coming Monday for Guardians.
Huge opening weekend predictions. With great reviews how can it miss. While it's expected F8 to hit the top 10 all time and beating that Beauty & Beast Borefest, many are wondering where will GG2 land. This should be fun.
This is doing just as good as F7 and is not track for the top 10 of all time. Where will Guardians land with the final take at the box office And already Guardians has made $100M internationally with a lot more markets to open in the next few weeks.
Wow this is going to be huge. Even a bigger opening than FF at the U.S. box office. Already release in some international countries this is doing great business as The first Avengers movie and that one wind up in the top 10 of all time. So let the FF vs Guardians showdown begin. Who will win at the end of thier run?
They should have included this in the last film. Well doesn't matter the last one sucked anyways.
Hated tht whole friggin Engineers plot. Well at least we're getting our Aliens in this one.
Love Pirates and their ships. But for the life of me I can't remember anything from the last movie besides the Keith Richards cameo. And the third one sucked to high heaven. First two were fun. Hopefully they have their game back on this one. Well reviews are pretty good for being another sequel.
He's gotta have those one liners. That what made JP2 tolerable even tho most people hated it. I liked it myself just for being darker and that whole Godzilla thru the city ripoff. And hopefully he can make up for ID4 sequel which was just horrible all around.
With Fast Furious franchise doing huge business, why are they waiting so long to release these.
Didn't those 6 Oscars nods and Huge box office world wide make a difference. People can't get enough of these car chases and crashes. And he's going to direct a smaller movie before getting back to these. I just don't get it.
Great news. He would've ruined it like every other film he does. But then again while there's a lot of fans out there waiting for this but like most series from the 1980's they tanked at the box office. Think Power Rangers and how quickly that disappeared. Transformers being the exception.
Fincher and zombies. Two things that don't mix. Wow, this is going to be boring. While Fincher is an excellent director in his own right, some subjects just don't jell well and this could be one of them.
Sure both Pitt and Fincher worked on 4 projects together but this one is a head scrather.
Monday, April 17, 2017
New Live on MNN this Saturday. This will be our last live show for spring. We will be back live sometime in June. New Radio Show now playing: FF Franchise.
Maybe they realized they are running out of ideas and stunts. But money talks and they could still do spinoffs aka Star Wars. Butall eyes are on the box office as there is no competition will the film still fade out as this film is really not built on repeats like the others. That whole NYC sequence was a blowout as far as I'm concern. But being a New Yorker it's a miss opportunity when the city sure looks alot like Atlanta. (well of course it was film down there).
Talk about Furious anyone notice that there are two direct references to Bond, both said by Tyrese in F6 and F7. And the last Bond Spectre needed what Furious has done in the last trilogy. Good drama, great action with imagination and funny in the right places. After seeing Spectre 3 times, it really is a bore fest for a Bond film. Get new writers and and new Bond, Craig really looked ragged in the last one. Bond needs to be rebooted. Hey hire the guys from Furious that might work. As far as the studios go to believe that Sony only made $38M profit is a joke. Really?
Yikes, that's crazy. And it breaks Force Awakens box office record. Guess the force is strong with Vin. Actually Awaken wasn't release at the same time, it was released a month later in China. But even then it wouldn't have mattered as Awakens only made a little over $125M in it's entire initial run. So there, lol.
Mini-review: 4out of 5. Not as strong as 6 & 7 with No. 5 still being the best. But still a lot of fun.
Thanks to China this should cross the $1B mark. No. 7 made $390M in China alone. And if this comes close to that it will clear that mark. Star Wars wish it had these numbers.Now that's embarrasing.
Outer Space? Don't forget the volcano, lol. In No. 6, Tyrese mentions a reference to James Bond. So writer Chris Morgan really has Bond in the back of his mind. As this article has a point where can the Furious go for more ideas. While the idea is far fetch don't forget this franchise totally ignores the rules of gravity. So they can go anywhere. If Bond can go into space, anyone can go no matter how ridiculous the idea.
While we are taking a break as I have to head down south to vsit family, look at what we'll be missing in the meantime. Actually not much. Most of these I could stay home and wait for Netflix. But we will have the radio show and this blog for reviews in the meantime until we come back.
Besides Guardians 2 for the summer the ones I'm most curious about are:
Wonder Woman: Will DC get their heads out of their ass? Or screw this up also?
Despicabloe Me 3: Love these minions but No.2 had a stupid plot. Will this have a better one?
Spiderman Homecoming: This has to be better than the last 2 and it has Iron Man cameo.
War for Planet of the Apes: Love my apes and the tech but are they dragging this out a bit?
The big question is after Furious and Beauty braking the $1Billion mark who else is going to join them at the mark. Maybe Transformers but not much else until Star Wars at the end of the year.
Funny how money talks doesn't it. With F8 heading to a $1B mark it would be foolish to break up the team. If it's not broken........
With rumours of another King Kong movie might in the works after the success of Skull Island, it looks like they rather just jump into Godzilla vs KK battle nad just have Kong on tv. So maybe we still get to see those huge ants that was mentioned in the movie seen heard but not seen.
Tuesday, April 11, 2017
New Live On MNN now playing on YouTube. Radio show this week: Rogue One BR full review.
The answer to the Quiz: The cinematography of Godzilla 2014 is doing the latest Hugh Jackman's film, The Greatest Showman. Check it out on IMDB.com.
While the latest picture will be huge at the boxoffice, the thing that boggles my mind is the budget, rumoured to be $250M. That's fine but do they think it will be in the top 10 of all time like No.7?
Sure it's got Russian and China upfront take but that price tage might be a bit much.
Now we're talking, now this is how to do a a trailer. Playing the song of Led Zeppelin's "The Immigrant Song" was magic. Talk about chills up the spine. And the best punchline ever: "We se to work together!" And why the most watch? The replays over and over, well I sure did.
Kind of lame when you think about it. While the heart is in the right place and coming after the release of the Blu-ray release of Rogue One. But you were kind of expecting a bit more.
Speaking of which... would someone make up their mind? No image CGI but........
Speaking of which again...this is so spot on. Which makes its even funnier. But the break down of this is the best, how much money will you spend on filling in a plot hole over 40 years ago, lol.
Tuesday, April 04, 2017
When this magazine of this statue brings this up you know there's a problem with this release.
The big mention of course there's no mention on behind the scenes making of with the reshoots.
More questions than answers can be really fustrating for sure.
I cry Bullshit! there was enough completed scenes for them to include or just give us the directors cut. Either way down the line there should be a double dip as Disney knows the fans would buy this again. I know I would. But how long will this take? Only the house of mouse knows that.
Finally Beauty and the Beast got it's boring ass kick out of the top spot. Good for you Baldwin, lets face it, people love his take on Trump. But the real story here is that Kong Skull Island is a huge hit in China. And with that it's going to cross the $500M. We have a winner folks and that's all that matter. Still in the top 5 for the week and Logan still in the top 10. Hell yeah.
Finally completed work on this project which is edning this week. The ironic thing of this article is that this particular day was filmed 3 blocks away from where I live and they didn't even call me for this day. I was there the previous day as this same location the day before where they filmed Law & Order SVU. The big famous steps at 60 Center St. where they filmed their 400 anniversary episode.
More explain on our live show and radio show.but in the movie they used actual fire breathing people for the film but are going to use CGI animals instead. Talk about backwards, lol.
While it's a short trailer, it does give you a glimpse on the look of the video. Also another hint on that quiz of what Godzilla and Hugh Jackman have in common. The actual clip is on Youtube now.
He's perfect for this. While Marvel was serious about it's movies they did allow Whedon to have humour in his movies, all tongue in cheek which is what those DC movies need. We don't need another gloomy end of the world flix. Which I hope Wonder Woman. Which will show her as smart, sexy sassy with a sense of humour. Which some of us call marriage material.
Another reboot that nobody is asking for. I was never a fan of this except fo the time travel one whatever number that was. It's movie like these is why our show will wrap up in a few years. It's getting to be a stretch talking about something that's already done, been there, etc.
Bonus: Screen shots of some of the shows I've done: Law and Order SVu and Blue Bloods.
Tuesday, March 28, 2017
New Blog Talk Radio show coming next week as I am waiting for China Box Office numbers. No Live on MNN this week.This blog includes an extra article on the Making of Logan in the bonus section. Also answer to the quiz coming next week: What does Jackman have in common with Godzilla 2014
Mini-reviews for March.
Logan: 4 out 5: Middle kind of dragged but it had a lot of heart and mucho kicking ass.
Kong: 4 out 5: Great SFX, nice reworking of the mythology and Riley was the Heart and Soul. cool.
Beauty Beast: 1: Good Lord, I was never so bored out of my friggin skull. Total Meh...
Power Rangers: Didn't see it. 90 minutes before we see the big fight with the Rangers? Really?
2 days with $72M. Now that's kicking ass. When we go back live in 2 Saturdays we will continue with Skull Island since we couldn't because of work on the Hugh Jackman movie. While it's doing good over here and still in the top 5, Beauty and Beast is just killing everything at the box office.
But Kong is great overseas and that's where it counts, so we'll take it from there once it crosses over the $500M mark.
This looks great and having Iron Man there doesn't hurt. But the funny thing for a movie that takes place in NYC, only a week of filming was done with the major actors. And only an extra week by a second unit which filmed the background plates. Oh the magic of Hollywood. As long as it works.
Hasta la vista baby or whatever. They should just make one more with Arnuld to finish up that timeline. Then reboot the whole idea with Cameron at the helm. Ok he'll be producing since he's busy with Avatar franchise and directing but at least he can control the output then having other people screw up with those annoying sequels.
Monkey see monkey do. Now Sony is going the Rated root. And they hired the writer from Alien Covenant, totally aweful all around. Now let's see who they cast in the role, then 3 strikes your out!
While I love Joon-Ho's films and big creatures I was not pleased from my fellow background actors on how they were treated while filming one weekend at Wall St. I almost got to work on this but when I heard what happened on that hot humid day I'm glad I didn't work on this project. More on the radio show.
Lonf byt reat article on the camera work involved in the making of Logan. Seeing Hugh Jackman doing multiple takes with singing and dancing with the camera was an experience that Film School can never teach. And so grateful to be part of that artform. More on the Next Radio Show.
Wednesday, March 22, 2017
Lots of news to report: No MNN Live this weekend due to workload with TGS so an encore of Logan will be repeated. A new radio show will be posted next week. And the Website has been put on hold.
Update: Quiz: What does Logan (Hugh Jackman) and Godzilla 2014 (G. Edwards film) have in common?
Ps a fellow bkground actor on The Greatest Showman told me this and got me good.
pss Waiting for China Box Office numbers for Skull Island after this weekend then the radio show.
Jeez this is nuts. While all 3 films are doing great, Logan & Kong, at the World Wide Box Office, Beast had the edge of because of the Potter fans. At this point the summer box office as we know it is pretty much over. It doesn't matter when a film will premiere at what season anymore.
One of the easter eggs points to Frankenstein Vs. Baragon while it's actually a nod to KK Vs GZ. Wow, did they miss this point? While at least they remembered the Frankenstein version as that is more of a cult movie and not a major selling point.
While no one is asking for this, it actually makes sense with having Fishburne as the center of the film. And lets not forget it was a very young Will Smith who turned down the role before ...took over. Now a very young Jorden will take over the role who has proven himself he can adapt to sci-fi with Fantastic Four and do drama so he would be perfect for this.
They actually pulled this off even tho it was a stretch. Anyone remember Buffy Vampire. Uggh.
But this was a good show Never saw the twist coming. The villain was actually... oh spoiler, never mind.
So again, lets make a movie that no one is asking for. And let's face it, Eddie Murphy for his time nailed it as a remake. But then again, Hollywood is going back to the books for inspiration for franches aka a new Willy Wonka, uuggh another one?