Monday, April 17, 2017

Six Lasting Moments From Star Wars: The Last Jedi Teaser Trailer

Well the moment has finally arrived. After months of speculation and anticipation, the first trailer for Star Wars: The Last Jedi has finally hit the scene. The preview for the next chapter in the Star Wars Saga arrived last week during the annual Star Wars Celebration event which took place this past weekend. Since its release fans and moviegoers have done nothing but talk about the new preview which is no surprise as the trailer delivered in both speculation and excitement. While the preview is only two minutes in length the content of the trailer features several moments and questions that are hard to ignore. While there are many moments that are noteworthy and worth pandering these are the six points that left me speculating about Star Wars: The Last Jedi.

Friday, April 14, 2017

The Fate of the Furious Review: Revs Up the Absurdity and Excitement for the Series!

There are many movies to define the concept of a popcorn film, but none may be more apparent then that of The Fast and the Furious franchise. Since 2001 this action series has taken the concept of cars and heist to a whole different level with its ridiculous sense of direction. However despite its blunt appearance, The Fast and the Furious has found a way to be both engaging and entertaining; which has been apparent in the recent entries of the series. In 2015 it seemed like things could have come to a complete stop with 2 with the seventh installment, Furious 7, but that was not the case as the series races off again in the latest addition: The Fate of the Furious. Directed by F.Gary Gray the eighth film in the franchise seeks to be a new beginning for Dom and the crew. The preview certainly lived to the series outrageous action but does The Fate of the Furious rev up the series yet again, or does it find itself stalling?

The Fate of the Furious continues the story of Dominic Toretto (Vin Diesel). While on his honeymoon with Letty Ortiz (Michelle Rodriguez) Dom is confronted by a woman named Cipher (Charleze Theron) who forces the once criminal to work for her. After betraying his crew, Dom disappears and goes along with Cipher's scheme. With the help of Frank Petty (Kurt Russell) Letty, Luke Hobbs (Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson) and rest of the crew (Tyrese Gibson, Chris "Ludacris" Bridges and Nathalie Emmanuel) have to track down Dom and stop Cipher; which is easier said than done as the group must enlist the help of once antagonist Deckard Shaw (Jason Statham).

Friday, March 24, 2017

Power Rangers Review: Morphing Into An Electric Superhero Blockbuster!

Superheroes are no longer strangers to the world of film. What was once a rare occurrence has become a major part of the movie season as the likes of Marvel and DC have a multitude of releases in a year's time. Yet even with series such as Batman, Superman, X-Men, Spider-Man and the Avengers playing pivotal roles in the movie world, they are not the only superheroes around. For those who grew up in the 90's the name Power Rangers should sound quite familiar. Based on the Japanese Tokusatsu franchise ,Super Sentai, Power Rangers was the American adaptation of the series, and it did not take long to become a hit in pop culture. Since its inception Power Rangers has had several series to its name as well as expanded to mediums like comics; and the franchise even has two movies to its name. So it comes to no shock that Power Rangers has a received a new adventure on the silver screen. Directed by Dean Israelite Power Rangers is reboot for the film series as it retells the story of the original series. With interesting direction and entertaining aspects, this new film looked to be (at the very least) an enjoyable blockbuster. However can this reboot bring the power to this franchise, or is this just not Morphin Time for the Power Rangers?

Power Rangers centers on five teenagers: Jason(Dacre Montgomery), Kimberly (Naomi Scott), Billy (RJ Tyler), Zack (Ludi Lin) and Trini (Becky G). One night these strangers stumble across five mysterious coins within the rocks of a quarry; and after touching the coins, each of the teenagers gains superhuman abilities . The five return to quarry to find an ancient alien ship within the caves. There the group meets Alpha 5 (Bill Hader) and Zordon (Bryan Cranston) who tell them that they are the new Power Rangers. Coming to terms to this realization the five decide to stay  to become the Power Rangers so they can stop the evil Rita Repulsa (Elizabeth Banks) from taking the Zeo Crystal and destroying Earth.

Friday, March 17, 2017

Beauty and the Beast Review: Truly A Tale As Old As Time

Back in the 90's Walt Disney Pictures had one of its most successful periods with their animated films. This time for the company became known as the Disney Renaissance as each movie was one hit after another. Among these films was none other than Beauty and the Beast. Based on the french fairy tail Beauty and the Beast hit theaters in 1991 and was met with massive success even going so far to be nominated for an Academy Award. The film has played a major role for Disney as it is cherished by many moviegoers even to this day. So it is hard to imagine that Disney could reimagine this classic, but it seems studio has done just that with the new interpretation to Beauty and the Beast. Directed by Bill Condon Beauty and the Beast now joins several Disney films that have received a live action adaption. With its ensemble ,stellar design and seemingly homage to the original this new Beauty and the Beast looked to be a must see for the spring season; but is this tail as old as time enchanting enough to break into this new format?

As expected Beauty and the Beast centers on Belle(Emma Watson): a village girl who doesn't fit in and seeks an adventure in her life. Adventure eventually finds Belle after her father, Maurice(Kevin Kline), goes missing. Belle's search takes her to an enchanted castle where a cursed Beast(Dan Stevens) has imprisoned her father. Without hesitation Belle takes her father's place as the Beast's prisoner; although she has no intention remaining in her tough predicament. Eventually Belle meets the castle's residents including Lumiere (Ewan McGregor), Cogsworth (Ian McKellen) and Mrs.Potts(Emma Thompson) whom warm to the girl very quickly. The castle's servants plan to get Belle and Beast together in order to break the spell; but their scheme is unnecessary as,after spending time together, the two strangers form a connection that could break the curse.

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Kong Skull Island: King Kong Reboot is A Entertaining/Messy Adventure!

There are many characters that have shaped pop culture but few are as big as King Kong. Since 1933 the Eighth Wonder of the World has helped to define the world of cinema in many ways; whether it be his various appearances or just the inspiration that he has had on filmmakers and movies. It has been many years since audiences have seen this colossal ape, but now this icon has made his return to silver screen in Kong:Skull Island. Directed by Jordan Vogt-Roberts, Kong: Skull Island not only revitalizes the tale of King Kong but it also places the ape in the Monsterverse: a cinematic universe that homes other giant monsters including a certain lizard  The concepts behind this monster movie certainly has potential to bring something new to the franchise, but is Kong:Skull Island a new start for the icon or will it be ambition that kills the beast?

The movie takes place in the 70's as William Randa (John Goodman) seeks to explore an uncharted area called Skull Island. To pull off this expedition Randa forms a team which consist of Colonel Preston Packard (Samuel L. Jackson) as well as his men, tracker James Conrad (Tom Hiddleston) and photojournalist Mason Weaver (Brie Larson). Together the group make their way to Skull Island, but upon their arrival they encounter a massive gorilla named Kong. After the expedition is destroyed, the team is separated as Packard leads his men to kill the ape and Conrad's group discovers more about the island. Upon discovering the islanders Conrad and Weaver meet Hank Marlow (John C.Reilly): a World War 2 fighter pilot who has been stranded on the island for 28 years; and that is when the group finds out that there are greater threats on Skull Island.

Logan Review: The Strongest X-Men Spin-Off Yet!

Since 2000's X-Men one character has helped to establish the franchise and become a prominent player in the movie world and that would be none other than Wolverine. This X-Men fan favorite character has appeared in eight films with Hugh Jackman taking up the claws on every occasion. However it is time for Hugh Jackman to complete his 16 year journey in the new X-Men spin-off Logan. Directed by James Mangold (whom directed The Wolverine) Logan inspired by the famous comic story Old Man Logan. To say that there is much riding on this film might be an understatement; so does Logan end this iconic portrayal in a blaze of glory?

The film centers in a distant future where an aged Logan (Hugh Jackman) continues to survive after the loss of the X-Men and taking care of a frail Charles Xavier (Patrick Stewart). However when a mysterious girl named Laura (Dafne Keene) arrives at Logan's door, the Wolverine is forced backed into things as he deals with cyborg mercenaries called the Reavers led the tenacious Donald Pierce (Boyd Holbrook). After discovering that Laura has more in common with him that he thinks Logan find himself on the run with the girl and he, as well as Prof.X, must get X-23 to safety.

Thursday, December 22, 2016

Sing Review: Illumination's Latest Film is a Typical yet Stellar Musical Comedy!

Illumination Entertainment has certainly made a name for itself over the years. With hits such as the Despicable Me series, the animation studio has become a major player in its genre, and continues to do so for every movie season. Illumination has had one film in 2016 with The Secret Life of Pets, but it would not the studio's only appearance this year as in theaters this holiday season is Sing. Written and directed by Garth Jennings Sing centers on the concept of anthropomorphic characters competing in a singing contest. Although seeing animals dealing with human situations is nothing new (even for this year) there was something about this animated flick that I found compelling. So does Sing steal the spotlight or does this animated musical miss a few notes?

Sing tells the story of Buster Moon (Matthew McConaughey): a down on his luck Koala who seeks to keep his dream alive by saving his theater from being repossessed. In one final scheme Buster decides to hold a singing competition for $1,000, which turns into a $100,000 contest after a mishap. Because of this prospect many of the city inhabitants head to the theater to perform: which includes the domestic pig Rosita (Reese Witherspoon), the young gorilla Johnny (Taron Egerton), the shy elephant Meena (Tori Kelly), the enthusiastic pig Gunter (Nick Kroll), the aspiring rock star porcupine Ash (Scarlett Johnasson) and the smooth talking mouse Mike (Seth McFarlane). After making through the auditions each of the contestants put together their acts while trying to balance the complications of their lives. As the singers have their issues to deal with, Buster does everything in his power to raise the $100,000 and make sure the show is a hit.