“Spectre” 007 Teaser Trailer

Spectre 007 – A cryptic message from Bond’s past sends him on a trail to uncover a sinister organization. While M (Ralph Fiennes) battles political forces to keep the secret service alive, Bond peels back the layers of deceit to reveal the terrible truth behind SPECTRE.

I know this is just a teaser trailer, but this new Bond film could give Casino Royale a run as Daniel Craig’s best 007 film. The trailer has a mix of a classic spy tone mixed with heavy suspense. It’ll be exciting to learn the truth behind Bond’s past and how it leads to Spectre. Then of course there’s the massive tease at the end featuring Christoph Waltz as the villainous Oberhauser. Just his voice alone gives me a sense of the level of threat he’ll pose to Bond. Waltz headlines a strong supporting cast which features Léa SeydouxDave Bautista, Monica Belluci, and returning cast members Ben Whishaw (Q) and Naomie Harris (Eve Moneypenny).

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Spectre releases in November 2015.

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“Get Hard” Review – Prison School Is In Session

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Will Ferrell and Kevin Hart star together for the first time in Get Hard. When multi-millionaire James King (Ferrell) gets sentenced to 10 years in prison for fraud, he turns to a guy named Darnell (Hart) to help him get ready for prison. Given only 30 days until his incarceration, Darnell attempts to do the impossible and turn a soft formal gentleman into a mean hard tough guy.

I went into this film excited to see Ferrell and Hart as co-stars (leads) for the first time. Unfortunately, the film cannot live up to the hype when having two highly talented comedians together. While both actors do a good job with their performances, many of the jokes feel so cliched and end up falling flat. That’s not to say there isn’t any LAUGH OUT LOUD moments in the film. I just found myself noticing that I wasn’t the only one not laughing during a lot of jokes. Tough crowd perhaps?

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Kevin Hart shines as the ex-con who’s never been to prison. While I’ve come to expect his performances featuring the loud mouth talk and sometimes over sensitive reactions, his delivery is still effective. Will Ferrell has his funny moments, especially when he begins to adapt to the prison life, but like in his previous films many of his jokes just don’t hit with me. Rapper T.I. makes an appearance as Darnell’s cousin. He was unexpectedly one of the funnier parts of the film. I thought the role was perfect for him and in return gives a great performance opposite Ferrell’s character.

This film marks the debut of Etan Cohen as a director. Cohen is previously known for his writing credits on Tropic Thunder and Men In Black 3. Compared to those films Get Hard is a bit of a let down. The plot is lazy and at times way too convenient, even for a comedy. I don’t mean to get too technical, but this kind of stuff can only be excused to a certain extent before it takes you out of the movie. Still we all go watch comedy films to laugh and Get Hard certainly has its moments. I wouldn’t rush out to theaters just to see it though.

Get Hard gets a 5 out of 10

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Internet Goes Crazy Over New ‘Deadpool’ Costume Image From Ryan Reynolds!

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Ryan Reynolds has been as loyal as can be when it comes to pushing for a Deadpool movie and his wish has came true with the live-action Deadpool coming to theaters in February 2016! Today he gives us fans a treat with this brand new image of the Deadpool costume and it is spot on for what fans have been expecting and wanting.

The only live-action incarnation of Deadpool we’ve had was in X-Men Origins: Wolverine and overall fans were not pleased with that, even though Ryan Reynolds was great until the character was ruined at the end. Another thing about that movie is that we never saw this Deadpool costume! Reynolds has made it clear that this new Deadpool will not be watered down or anything similar the bad parts of Origins.

Ryan Reynolds championing this Deadpool movie has made it one of my most anticipated for next year. Keep the promos coming!

What do you all think of this costume? Let us know in the comment section.

Deadpool will hit theaters on February 12, 2016.

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“Ready Player One” Will Be Steven Spielberg’s Most Exciting Project In Years

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Steven Spielberg directing a book adaptation about people entering virtual worlds filled with adventures, and puzzles with clues based off pop culture in the late 20th century. According to a report from Deadline, it’s officially happening.

In the year 2044, exists a virtual reality utopia called OASIS. A reality for people to escape the real ugly world. One of those people is a teenager named Wade Watts. When OASIS’s creator J.D Halliday died, he left an easter egg (video game secrets) based on his obsession of the 80’s culture where he grows up, those who obtained it will receive his fortune. Wade Watts along with many other players called “Gunters” race against the “Sixers”, a group of paid gunters working for the evil IOI industries, in searching the easter egg inside the OASIS. When Wade founds the first clue concerning the easter egg. Wade Watts and five other Gunters who also find the clue became the Sixer’s and Gunter’s primary target both in the OASIS and also the real world. (IMDB)

The film, titled Ready Player One has had a number of big name directors attached over the years including Matthew Vaughn, Peter Jackson, and Christopher Nolan. For whatever reasons as to why each person left the project is irrelevant now, because the project is now in the hands of arguably the best ever. The current script has gone under a rewrite by Zak Penn, who’s writing credits include The Avengers and X-Men 2, but also films like Elektra. Its most likely that once Spielberg fully commits to the project is when he’ll edit the script to his fitting.

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The story for Ready Player One has a limitless possibilities of fun. Imagine a movie that requires a real heavy dose of visual effects in the hands of someone like Spielberg. Many of his sci-fi and action films (Minority Report) featured some top notch visuals, and now I’m excited to see what he does with this story. Speaking of story, Ready Player One involves quite a bit of pop culture references in the 80’s. The studio won’t have to try real hard in getting permission to use films around that time, as Spielberg pretty much owned the 80’s. Films like Indiana Jones, E.T: The Extra Terrestrial, The Goonies, Back to the Future, Who Framed Roger Rabbit helped define the decade in film and Spielberg (being involved in each of them) could use these as references in Ready Player One. Plus, what studio wouldn’t want attention brought to their property in a Spielberg film?

So when can we expect the cameras to start rolling for this film? Unfortunately, it may be awhile as Spielberg is currently shooting Bridge of Spies with Tom Hanks. After that, the director is expected to focus next on the fantasy/adventure The BFG, then maybe afterwards Ready Player One. Furthermore, Spielberg has also been in talks to direct the sci-fi blockbuster Robopocalypse, but that’s been delayed for years over budget and story concerns, so there’s a chance this film could suffer the same fate, though unlikely.

What I’m basically saying is Spielberg is one busy guy, but when he has his mind set on a project he delivers something beautiful. I can be patient just as long as Spielberg actually does this film. Until then we can geek out over the next two years watching a combine total 14 comic book movies from Marvel/Sony, Fox, and DC. Yes irrelevant, but it’ll keep us busy.

I’m excited for Ready Player One. Which pop culture references would you like to see in this film?

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Looking Back in Time: ‘Signs’ Re-Watch Review

It’s hard to believe that this movie is thirteen years old; I was only 10 when it came out! It is one of those movies that always stuck with me from my childhood and although I watched it numerous times as a kid, I never truly understood the meaning of the movie. Well I watched it recently and as an adult I can say that I have a much greater appreciation for Signs as a film with significant themes that focus on life, religion and the idea that “everything happens for a reason.”

***FYI I’ll try to keep things as spoiler free as I can but some story elements will have to be discussed in order to talk about the movie so there may be minor spoilers if you haven’t seen it***

Back when I would watch it as a kid I just knew that it scared me to death. Now, while it’s still scary, I see it more as a movie about family, life, and testing faith (religiously) rather than a horror film about killer aliens. It truly is one of M. Night Shymalan’s best movies and proves that at one point he could direct awesome films and it was successful all around as well.

  • It made $408 million at the box office worldwide on a $72 million production budget
  • It has a 74 % on Rotten Tomatoes which is actually really good!

The first thing that stands out as an appeal of this movie is the cast. In 2002 Mel Gibson was a pure movie star and having him in your movie meant credibility and box office draw. He gives a great performance as Rev. Graham Hess, a man who used to be a reverend but lost his wife recently which caused him to lose his faith in God. Joaquin Phoenix also stars as Gibson’s brother Merrill Hess. Back then I didn’t know how much of a talent Phoenix is but knowing now how great of an actor he is makes me realize that this movie has two magnificent actors in the leads. It also starred a young Abigail Breslin, who people nowadays might know from Little Miss Sunshine or Zombieland.

Another strong element of Signs is the horror aspect and the fear of the unknown. For most of the movie we don’t even see the aliens and this is very effective when they finally are revealed. The movie does a great job of creeping the audience out with “jump scare” moments. This could most definitely be considered a straight up horror movie.

I also never appreciated or understood the technical aspect of films as a kid. Watching Signs now I can see how beautifully it was shot, how the score dominates the tone of the movie and how it feels like an old school Hollywood horror movie. The aerial shots of the crops that are turned into “signs” in the movie are amazing! I didn’t know it then but as far as my movie knowledge I would consider these iconic shots in film history. Also the close-up shots of the characters’ faces when they are distraught due to the circumstances in the movie were very effective in portraying the fear they felt. One of the most dominant features in the movie is the score. It really sets the horror tone for the movie and indulges the audience to be fearful before they even see an alien. Also, it just felt like an old Hollywood film, especially in the opening credits which is something I appreciated. I don’t know if that was done intentionally or if movies just felt like that back then but either way it was cool.

The best thing about this movie, in my opinion, is the message and themes behind it. Like I mentioned earlier, the film really dives into religion and whether or not God gives us “signs” in life to help guide us. While you’re watching it there are certain parts in the story that you wouldn’t think matter at all but when everything wraps up at the end you see that it was all an interconnected thread throughout the whole movie. I personally love when movies do this and as I was watching it, it was fascinating to see it all unravel now that I understand it as an adult. I would discuss it further but I don’t want to spoil the movie for those who haven’t seen it.

There is a negative in the movie that involves an important part of the plot. It has to do with one of the aliens’ weaknesses and is really the only thing that bothered me about the whole movie.

After re-watching Signs it has became one of my favorite sci-fi/horror movies. I now realize how heavy the subject matter is for the movie and it has made me appreciate it a lot more. If you haven’t seen Signs I definitely recommend it! If you have seen it, spark up a conversation and let me know what you think of it!

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Young ‘X-Men’ Cast Continues to Grow: Jubilee Cast for ‘X-Men: Apocalypse’

Over the last few months director Bryan Singer (X1,X2, X-Men: DoFP) has used social media to announce the latest castings for next year’s X-Men: Apocalypse. Specifically the castings of the characters who will be the young X-Men in Apocalypse and going forward with the franchise after that. He previously announced the castings of Cyclopse, Jean Grey and Storm (see here) all at once. He also announced the casting of a young Nightcrawler in Kodi Smit-McPhee.

Singer has done it again and used Instagram to announce the latest casting of the X-Men character Jubilee and the actress who will play her is Lana Condor, who is an absolute unknown at this point but that’s okay since they are casting very young and wanting these actors and actresses to grow into these roles. Check out the actress and her character below!

The character of Jubilee is a mutant who has the ability to produce “explosive energy fireworks” with her hands, according to marvel.wikia.com. We will learn more about her when X-Men: Apocalypse hits theaters next year on May 27, 2016.

There’s not much to say but let us know what you think of this ever-expanding X-Men cast!

Sources: screenrant.com, marvel.wikia.com, Bryan Singer

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Fantastic Four Poster – “Be Ready For What’s Coming”

Check out the new poster for the rebooted Fantastic Four. What clearly stands out are each team members powers as they ready to battle a huge threat. Jamie Bell stars as Ben Grimm aka The Thing. This version of the character is a mountain compared to the ’05 version, and is more in line with the film’s overall tone. Michael B. Jordan stars as Johnny Storm aka The Human Torch. No question regarding his powers when looking at his hands, other than if the words “Flame On” are required. Even with all the controversy surrounding his casting, I have not a doubt that Jordan will deliver in this film. Miles Teller stars as Reed Richards aka Mr. Fantastic. If his body figure looks unnaturally lengthy its because of his powers to stretch. Kate Mara stars as Sue Storm aka Invisible Woman, and her powers are quite obviously if you look closely.

I have so much confidence in this film to be great. Fox has been reminding audiences throughout the marketing of how successful X-Men: Days of Future Past was, and they will keep throwing it in your face until you give this film a chance. I love this cast, along with combining duo of Josh Trank and Simon Kimberg. Oh yeah, the film also stars Toby Kebbell, Tim Blake Nelson, and Reg E. Cathey.

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