Search

Movietopia

All things Movies and any other nerdy stuff you don't care about!

“Detroit” Hits the Internet

The Trailer for “Detroit” hit the internet last week and caused a firestorm on social media. From those intrigued by the period in history and those enraged by the depiction of the city of Detroit.

Detroit according to the wiki plot synopsis is about, ‘A police raid in Detroit in 1967 results in one of the largest citizen uprisings in United States history. The story is centered around The Algiers Motel Incident, which occurred in Detroit, Michigan on July 25, 1967, during the racially charged 12th Street Riot. It involves the death of three black men and the brutal beatings of nine other people: seven black men and two white women”.  The film stars John Boyega as Melvin Dismukes, a security guard that gets caught up in the riot and is directed by Kathryn Bigelow, director of 1991’s Point Break, 2008’s The Hurt Locker and 2012’s Zero Dark Thirty.

All the outrage seems to stem from people being upset that again the city of Detroit is on centre stage again from something done wrong and that they feel that this movie will re-enforce the stereotype that Detroit is a bad city. To that is say this was an historical event that lasted 4 days and resulted in 43 dead, 1,189 injured, over 7,200 arrests, and more than 2,000 buildings destroyed and it all happened in Detroit. Only the LA riots and 1863 draft riots in New York. You cannot ignore history or you are doomed to repeat it.

I for one am excited to see this movie. I love John Boyega all the way back from his movies like, ” Attack the Block” all the way up to starring as Finn in the new Star Wars movies. Plus I am a sucker for historical dramas because I feel like someone who might be turned off to learning about a event in school might see a movie about the event and from the movie might want to do their own research on said event. I feel like the story of the Detroit riots is something that should not be hidden but told.

Dolph Lundgren casted in Aquaman

Dolph Lundgren has been cast as King Nereus Of Xebel. Dolph Lundgren probably most know for his role as Ivan Drago in Rocky for has signed on to play King Nereus in the 2018 Aquaman movie set to release after Justice League that is coming out in November of this year.

King Nereus is a relatively new character introduced in DC comics in 2013. His character is described as a fearsome warrior who takes no prisoners.  Nereus comes along and calms Aquaman’s wife Mera as his own and when he can not because, she is married to Aquaman he is angered and swears to kill Aquaman. Now with his movie already jammed packed with classic Aquaman villains like Black Manta (who is universally known as Aquaman’s archenemy. Similar to how The Joker is Batman’s archenemy) and Ocean Master who is Aquaman’s half brother. I personally don’t know how he will fit in the story but I’m excited to see.

Dolph Lundgren who was an action icon back in the 80’s and early 90’s is as of late making a career resurgence with acting credits in things such as The Expendables franchise, Hail, Caesar!, Arrow, and the Imagine Dragons music video “Believer”. So this is a very big break for Lundgren.

Aquaman is shaping up to have an amazing cast behind it. With Jason Momoa as Aquaman, Amber Heard as Mera Aquaman’s Wife and second in command, Academy Award nominee Willem Dafoe as Vulko who is and advisor to Aquaman, Patrick Wilson as Ocean Master who is Aquaman’s evil half brother who wants the crown of Atlantis, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II as Black Manta who is Aquaman’s archenemy, and Golden Globe and Academy Award Winner Nicole Kidman as Queen Atlanna Aquaman’s mother and Temuera Morrison most know for playing Jango Fett in the Star Wars prequels was casted has Aquaman’s human father. James Wan is directing the film.

As an Aquaman fan, I am super excited so far with what I’m seeing when it comes to casting and production. Aquaman has been my favorite superhero since I was 6 years old so to see him on the big screen will be a great joy, plus the fact that Aquaman is now Polynesian is a cool bonus as well.

Thor: Ragnarok Trailer sets records

The trailer for Thor: Ragnarok hit the internet this week. Thor: Ragnarok is the 3rd and probably final installment in the Thor trilogy.  The film stars Chris Hemsworth as Thor, Tom Hiddleston as Loki, Tessa Thompson as Valkyrie, Cate Blanchett as Hela, Jeff Goldblum as The Grandmaster and Mark Ruffalo as The Hulk. The film is directed by Taika Waititi.

This showcase of Thor see’s the god of thunder trapped, kidnapped and sentenced to fight in a gladiatorial area run by The Grandmaster and the has to fight against none other than fellow Avenger, The Hulk. The Hulk has been MIA since the end of Avenger: Age of Ultron and I feel that Ragnarok will explain why The Hulk is stuck on this alien planet where he now fights for sport. All the mean while this is happen Hela is set to destroy Asgard.

The trailer for Thor: Ragnarok set a record on Youtube this past week. Thor: Ragnarok was the the 3rd most viewed Youtube video ever with in a 24 hour span with 136 million views in just one day. That is crazy when you think about it because, from the people have talked to Thor is probably their least favorite avenger. No one really mentions Thor or Thor: The Dark World as their favorite MCU movie, a lot of the time its either The Avengers, Guardians of the Galaxy, Captain America: Civil War and Winter Soldier. So for this to happen is very suprising.

As a fan of comic book movies I hope this movie is good, considering that Thor was amazing and a good installment in the greater Marvel Cinematic Universe. Thor: The Dark World on the other hand was maybe the most forgettable of all the Marvel movies. So fingers crossed that this is good, because the trailer was amazing.

Sony making a Venom Movie… but without Spider-Man??

Sony Pictures is back at it again and this time they are apparently making a Venom solo movie that will be outside of the larger Marvel Cinematic Universe. To the casual fan this sound like an awesome idea, and it is… But, there’s a catch to it. This Venom movie will not feature or even give mention to Spider-Man. To anyone who reads comics or saw the terrible movie Spider-Man 3 released in 2007 they will know that Spider-Man has a large importance in the very existence.

For those who don’t know, Venom is a character who first appeared in Spider-Man comics. He has been seen as a villain, anti-hero and hero, but he comes about as a result of Spider-Man coming into contact with a symbiotic alien organism that increases Spider-Man’s powers but at the cost of messing with his psyche and ruining his personal life. As a result Spider-Man gets rid of the symbiote, and the symbiote then finds a new host in Eddie Brock a professional rival of Peter Parker who’s life was ruined by Peter while Peter was being controlled by the symbiote. The symbiote and Brock both vow vengeance on Spider-Man and begin calling themselves (because Eddie Brock and the symbiote see themselves as one being refers to them self as we instead of I) Venom.

Now, with that history given to you, you now know how important Spider-Man is to this character. So if Spider-Man didn’t exist Venom would not exist, it would be like having a movie about Luke Skywalker but saying that Darth Vader doesn’t exist, it just doesn’t work. Now can Sony get past this, sure. But will it work now that Spider-Man is in the MCU and this movie takes place outside the MCU? I’ll bet money that it doesn’t.

Sony and Marvel made a historic deal to share the character of Spider-Man and all the characters associated with him but that contract with Marvel runs out after a Spider-Man: Homecoming sequel. So many fans have suggested that this Venom movie is a contingency plan for Sony, because of the failing film sector of their company, they see this a plan just in case they don’t get the deal they want with Marvel after the shared contract runs out they can pull the character and make this Venom movie and probably recast Spider-Man for the 4th time in the last 15 years.

Venom is currently scheduled to release in 2018.

Get Out Review

The second review for the three movies is here and it’s the very popular Get Out. Get Out is a film directed, written and produced by Jordan Peele. For anyone who didn’t know of Jordan Peele was before Get Out, Jordan Peele was one half of the comedy juggernaut known as Key and Peele,  with Keegan Michael-Key. Their show Key and Peele ran for five seasons on Comedy Central but their skits from the show really found a home on youtube. After the show ended both Key and Peele made the movie Keanu, which is comedy gold if I might add. But now Keegan Michael-Key is off acting in things like the upcoming Predator reboot and Jordan Peele is now trying his fair share behind the camera, and so far he’s a genius.

Get Out is a horror movie masterpiece in my eyes. Even though it doesn’t have a whole lot of scare the crap out of you moments in it, it does have a sense of this could happen to anyone. Get Out is about an interracial couple going to meet the woman’s parents for the weekend. Simple enough plot right? But the plot to this movie is so deep that you either have to be really attentive or see the movie twice to get all the hints and Easter eggs given out throughout the movie.

The actors in the movie, Daniel Kaluuya, Allison Williams, Lil Rel Howery, Bradley Whitford, Catherine Keener, Caleb Jones, Betty Gabriel, LaKeith Stanfield, and Marcus Henderson all were amazing in the film. Every actor had their moment and you didn’t know what each characters roles were in the film until it happened, like the foreshadowing was so deep, but now deep in a bad way. The comedy in the movie was the right amount, Lil Rel Howery was amazing and he basically had the same thought process as every normal person that was in the theater watching.

I really have zero problems with this movies as a whole. I do though have just one knit picky problem and that is that the movie felt too short personally. If the movie were maybe ten to fifteen minutes longer it would be the perfect horror movie in my opinion.

Overall, Get Out is a fantastic movie which deserves to go been seen again and again and again.

Kong: Skull Island Review

Over the spring break I saw two movies all of which I plan to review, but first I will review the much anticipated Kong: Skull Island. Kong: Skull Island is the 2nd installment in the “Monsterverse” that already includes 2014’s Godzilla and plans to include Mothra, Rodan, King Ghidorah and will inevitably  have King Kong fight Godzilla in a movie.

Kong: Skull Island is actioned packed, the creatures that they were able to make are truly amazing, there were a couple times my jaw dropped from all the intense action. But Kong: Skull Island suffers from what all monster movies suffer from and that being that the monster gets overshadowed by the humans in the movie and the humans in the movie usually aren’t interesting. The only case where I can say where the humans were just as interesting as the monsters was the first Jurassic Park. The film stars Tom Hiddleston, one of my top three actors of all time Samuel L. Jackson, Academy Award winner Brie Larson, John Goodman, and John C. Reilly. And the stand out stars of this movie are Samuel L. Jackson, John C. Reilly and Brie Larson. Jackson’s and Reilly’s characters where the only ones that had a real story arc and were the only interesting characters other than Kong and the other monsters.

This movie felt as if it were 3 movies crammed packed into one. You had Samuel L. Jackson’s character and him being a high ranking military commander during Vietnam not knowing what to do next in life since the war is coming to a close, John C. Reilly’s character who has stuck on skull island since World War 2 and Kong’s story. So the plot was kinda jumpy.

The CGI in the movie was pretty good, except they couldn’t really narrow down how big Kong actually is. Is he the size of a building of the size of the skyscraper? Some scenes he looked bigger and some scenes he looked smaller that previously shown in the film. And some actors like Toby Kebbel who is an amazing actor, was completely waisted. And the jokes in the film fell flat. Maybe 3 jokes in the film did the audience I saw it with actually laugh.

Overall, Kong: Skull Island is a good movie that you just go to turn your brain off and see a giant monkey fight other monsters. This version of King Kong is in my opinion is the definitive version of King Kong. That being said the people in the movie were pretty boring, but you kind of have to have them because these monsters can’t talk. I would recommend anyone to go see Kong: Skull Island it is a fun time at the movie theaters.

 

The 89th Academy Awards!

The 89th Academy Awards were yesterday and upsets and mess ups were galore! This year’s oscars had a very scope on it, more so than any Oscars before. Diversity was a big thing this year which was personally an amazing thing to see. Movies like Moonlight, Lion, Hidden Figures, Fences, Moana, Loving, Jackie and The Salesman were movies with diversity that all were nominated and some won this year during the oscars as opposed to last years nominated films that were criticized for a lack of diversity. The actors nominated for best actor, actress, supporting actor, and supporting actress were all amazing and all for them could have won this year. The mix up at the end though is probably what this Oscars will be remembered for sadly. Personally I laughed so hard when  that happened but it kind of sucked when the whole cast of La La Land had to leave the stage and the whole cast of Moonlight came on stage to accept their award for best picture.

The movies that won awards this year goes as followed. Best Visual Effects went to The Jungle Book. Best film editing went to Hacksaw Ridge. Best Make up went to Suicide Squad, I felt like it should have went to Star Trek Beyond but oh well. Best Costume Design when to Fantastic Beast and Where to Find Them. Best Cinematography went to La La Land. Best Production Design went to La La Land as well. Best sound editing went to Arrival. Best sound mixing went Hacksaw Ridge. Best score and original song went to, yes you guessed it La La Land. Best Live action short film and best animated short film went to Sing and Piper. Best documentary went to OJ: Made in America, which if you have not seen you really should see. In my opinion OJ: Made in America is the best documentary I have ever seen. Best short documentary went to The White Helmets. Best Animated Movie went to Zootopia. Best foreign film went to The Salesman. Best adapted screenplay went to Moonlight. Best original screenplay went to Manchester by the Sea. Best Supporting actor and actress went to Mahershala Ali and Viola Davis respectively. Best actor and actress went to Casey Affleck and Emma Stone. Best director went to Damien Chazelle. And the most covenanted prize, best picture went to Moonlight.

Alien Covenant Prologue hits the internet!!!

The prologue/mini trailer for Alien Covenant was release yesterday entitled The Last Supper. The prologue trailer was actually really good. I enjoyed the character interaction between the characters that were shown just from that mini clip. And I found it pretty cool that they entitled the whole prologue, The Last Supper. It kind of gives a feeling that this might be the last time you see most if not all these characters again happy and safe on the screen again. I particularly am not a big fan of the Alien franchise, I did though enjoy the first Alien that Ridley Scott made. When they tried to like get all weird and go Alien vs Predator that was when I had had enough of those movies. And then Prometheus , that I didn’t know was a prequel to the whole Alien mythos came out.

Prometheus to me, and you can disagree with me that’s fine, but to me is one of the worst movies I had ever seen. There were so many plot holes and illogical things that happened. For example, if you had found and ancient alien planet and found out that their might be life on it would you go around touching stuff before you found out if they were deadly or not? The reason the verisimilitude was so weak was because the movie assumed you knew these characters, but if you were like myself and didn’t even know this was an alien prequel you had no attachment to them, therefor when the characters did certain actions, the audience particularly myself were quick to call bs.

Alien Covenant is apparently a prequel to the prequel of Prometheus which is a prequel to Alien. Personally there is nowhere to go but up with these movies, and Ridley Scott as of late has been very hit or miss with his movies, so we shall see how Alien Covenant turns out. But as of right now I’m pretty stoked for it.

Mel Gibson wants to direct Suicide Squad 2 ?

According to the Hollywood Reporter Mel Gibson is in early talks to direct Suicide Squad 2. No official offer has been made but the rumor is Mel Gibson sees Suicide Squad 2 as a challenge to resurrect the once promising franchise. Suicide Squad for those who don’t know, don’t care, or like me didn’t want to see the movie but the inner nerd in them wouldn’t allow themselves to not go see the movie, is about a rag tag team of criminals, all for the most part imprisoned by Batman, that are brought together by the government to take down a treat too big for the government and in return for completing this mission the criminals get a couple of years taken of each of their sentences. But if any of them try to run, there are bombs implanted in their necks that will explode if they try to leave. This sounds like a pretty cool concept for a great summer movie until you realize the team brought together is, a crazy woman with a baseball bat, a master sniper (essentially), a cannibalistic crocodile man, a guy with boomerangs, a military officer, a woman with a sword that traps souls that apparently doesn’t speak at all, a guy with fire powers who doesn’t want to use his powers at all, oh and a guy who can climb really fast. And all these individuals come together to fight a evil powerful sorceress who can manipulate magical energy and wishes to enslave the earth. Yeah I’m sure you can see the problem with a crazy person with a bat going up against a crazy female version of doctor strange. Oh and The Joker is in it for like 5 minutes.

Anyway Suicide Squad 2 isn’t even green light nor does it have a release date so all of these are suspected rumors at this point. DC and Warner bros have also reportedly  approached Daniel Espinosa, who is known for the movies Child 44 and the upcoming Life staring Jake Gyllenhaal, Ryan Reynolds, and Rebecca Ferguson, which I have to say looks really good based of the trailer I saw during the Super Bowl this year. Suicide Squad currently sits with a 26% on rotten tomatoes so a sequel is probably something no one wants. But if Mel Gibson wants to take a shot at it and actually make it good I have no problem with it at all.

Blog at WordPress.com.

Up ↑