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‘PRISONERS’ DIRECTOR TO HELM ‘BLADE RUNNER 2’

With Harrison Ford coming back to one of his many successful films, we can also include Prisoners and Enemy director to be a part of the upcoming Blade Runner sequel! Denis Villeneuve is said to be directing the sequel to sci-fi classic after a stint of two greatly admired films.

The story will continue a few decades after the original which was directed by Ridley Scott back in 1982. Not much is known about the story itself or who else will be joining the cast.

Ridley Scott has been reported to be a producer on the project even with Villeneuve taking the directors chair and it must be a pretty impressive script as Ford was quoted saying it was the “best thing he’s ever read”. Pretty nice words for a guy who’s been in some of the biggest films of all time.

Expect to start hearing Denis Villeneuve’s more and more with his resume ascending to the ranks of respected directors in Hollywood.

 

UNDERRATED PROSPECT: ERIC ROWE

Eric Rowe is one of those players with versatility and smarts about him to succeed in different areas of the field as a defensive back. With the Steelers (now obvious) need for some youth and talent at defensive back it would be worth nabbing this guy in the mid rounds if he’s still available.

He has the feet of a corner, but hits like a safety. There are times on tape you see he has the receiver beat him up top, but the rest of the time he is either man handling them at the line of scrimmage or knocking the ball away on mid to deep routes. What flashes out to you about this kid is his innate ability to properly tackle. Beyond tackling, he’s a great blitzer from either the free safety position or from his corner spot.

Not being entirely sure where to put him makes him all the more exciting to add to the draft boards. His 40 time at the combine was a 4.45 which was respectfully fast for a safety or a corner from this years class of less than stellar defensive backs and whether he ends a safety once again or stays as a corner a sub 4.5 shows he has enough speed to stay with most receivers.

A tight skinned 205 lbs, Rowe has been able to stack up against most of the speedy Pac-12 receivers along with Michigan’s Devin Funchess who stacks in at a whopping 6’5″ 225 lbs, but even against one the top receivers in this draft, Rowe held his own along with showing he doesn’t care who the heck you are.

The final analysis is that he is helpful in run support and isn’t afraid to tackle like some of the prospects this year (cough cough Gerod Holliman) and plays with technique, tenacity, and instincts. All the boxes are checked off from his talent level and football IQ to his clean sheet of off the field issues.

 

I AM NOT BUILT FOR COLLEGE, BUT I HAVE TO DO IT

It’s one of those times when I am going to get really personal with you all, well, more than usual. I find myself in a rut, a slump of disappointment, a ditch of displeasure, and unmatched irritability. I was never a great student in high school nor was I a Mark Zuckerberg during my first year of college. Since then, I disbanded from the educational system to make sure I didn’t start getting that crazy twitch in my right eye. It just was not cutting it for me, but even with that whole year off, I determined I still needed school.

The sad truth is that people don’t care if you’re capable of proving you are right for the job, it’s that damn sheet of slightly denser paper that you’ll hang over your toilet or office that truly proves you are “the guy/gal”. I hope I can reach people when I say this, but I know I am capable of doing incredible things. I don’t lack the confidence to prove I’m a worthy candidate, but when it comes to school… it becomes like an abyss of words and numbers thrown onto tests to latch onto the deepest parts of your psyche and memory databases. If you give me a topic and tell me to discuss it with you, guess what, I can probably spit it back at you like an NFL play call, but please don’t make me take a dang test!

My goals and ambitions are so much more important than my distaste for school, but my love for learning does not fall under the bus either. See, I may hate having to do this whole school thing, but at the same time, I have to do it. I have to because deep down, I want to. My tone may be acerbic and anti college at times, but that’s not the case at all…okay maybe just a little bit, but I want to succeed while I’m here!

In order to lighten the path I will tread on my way to the top of this peak, I must get that little piece of paper and a handshake. Sure, I could get to my goals in many other ways, but let’s be serious here, that college degree can turn into an EasyButton for some of us. Other times it has the powers to show much more than your knowledge on the anatomy of the human body or all the presidents and their significant contributions or…math. That piece of paper shows you can accomplish four years or more through any condition and still come victorious.

I hate school, but I love success. I hate school, but it can lead to success. I’m not built for school like everyone else, but I have the ability to become to the phoenix who rises from the ashes of classical literature and speeches and…math.  Wouldn’t it be the greatest feeling of success if I was able to finish something that I loathe? It’s like eating your vegetables before getting dessert, but it also determines if you know dessert has two “S” in it. Some people are built for this, the cramming, the tests, the lack of sanity, the math, but it also proves they want to be successful and will risk their sanity to get what they want, I have to do the same.

I’m not built for this, but I have to do it. Why? Because nothing we want comes easy, like math.

JUSTICE LEAGUE CHARACTERS TO HAVE INDIVIDUAL MUSIC SCORES…BY HANS ZIMMER!

DC just scored major points after this news broke! Legendary composer Hans Zimmer has been reported stating that every Justice League member will have their own theme music/scores for the future slate of films.

There is a high level of coolness to this news because when you think of legendary superheroes, your first thoughts probably go to their iconic scores e.i. Batman and Superman’s themes by Danny Elfman and the legendary John Williams. With each character being given their own themes, it shows they want these films to classically train our ears to imagine heroes when the music comes on and that is brilliant.

A great point was made by Kristian Harloff of the SchmoesKnow about the fact that Marvel has not done the best job keeping composers. Iron Man in particular was referenced and that they got rid of the AC/DC songs after the second film which is unfortunate because it becomes synonymous with that character. To some degree it becomes the peanut-butter to the jelly of the characters.

Any time the name Hans Zimmer comes up in any film there will be a thumbs up. He clearly has the pedigree unlike any other composer expect maybe John Williams and has given quality soundtracks 99.9% of the time.

Who’s excited to hear these theme songs? I know I am!

WERE THE OSCARS ANY GOOD LAST NIGHT? – MY THOUGHTS

Here on the Gunn Range we love movies (can’t you tell?), so obviously I was going to watch the Oscars last night, but I felt like I was missing something when I was watching it. I’d compare myself to Swiss cheese at this point, not because I stink, but because I feel like I had pieces missing from my excitement during the Oscars.

I think it’s unanimous that Neil Patrick Harris started the show off incredibly and roped us in like a cowboy and then they cut the rope and it was like a bull in a China shop. An issue the Oscars have every other year seems to be quality of the show itself. The Oscars are an award show to capture our love of film and cinema and rightfully so. It makes adequate sense that biggest night of the year for films is a glamorous spectacle, but when does it just not work?

It is hard to be funny and it takes a rare and special breed to consistently hit the high notes on jokes. With a guy like Neil Patrick Harris we thought we’d be getting that, but instead we got jokes about the seat fillers and an almost “fat joke” about Oprah…I think. And what was up with John Travolta being weird and unsettling again, but this time with gratuitous face touching?! A weird moment like that is expected, but come on dude, leave Adele Dazeem alone!

What I think needs to happen with the Oscars is maintain a consistent theme throughout the night for their hosts to play off of. We can’t keep taking up valuable speech time for jokes and gags that aren’t going to pan out. It hurt to see such fortunate talents go on stage for such a short amount of time with great things to say, but begin to shiver because they were in fear of the band playing them off the stage. In fact, some of the greatest parts of lasts nights Oscars were the touching and beautifully spoken speeches by all the winners and instead of focusing on their night, we had to deal with a stupid briefcase and crickets in the background.

If we’re transitioning to the positives of last night, the genuine heart some of these actors and celebs had during and after the song performances brought us back to earth to have us realize that we are all humans on this earth and need to treat each other with the respect we are deserving of. Seeing Chris Pine and David Oyelowo break the levees to their eyes was such a beautiful experience to witness and the performance by John Legend and Common was out of this world along with Lady Gaga showing the talent not many of us knew she had.

Credit Goes to Ethan Miller/WireImage.com

The winners really shocked me, but not in an all unfortunate way. My hope and desires were for Birdman to almost clean sweep the awards, but they didn’t even get an actor Oscar in any of the categories. Respectfully, Eddie Redmayne received his Oscar for Best Actor which took a few of us for a loop, but the other three Acting Oscars were near locks. It was also great to see Wes Anderson’s latest film The Grand Budapest Hotel get some gold and some much deserved love by those who won on it’s behalf. Richard Linklater’s 12 year project Boyhood only garnered an Oscar for Patricia Arquette (well deserved), but other than that, nothing.

A lot of the winners were what I would have expected and I am happy that Birdman and Whiplash garnered some gold statues this time around. I dubbed these to be my two favorite films of the year along with being the best crafted films of 2014 in all categories along with The Grand Budapest Hotel. 

That’s my overall summary of the 87th Oscars guys and gals and I’d love to hear who you thought should have won or who you were glad to see win. Also, how do you think the Oscars can be inflated again… ya know after falling so flat… and who do you think should host the Oscars? My picks are: Steve Carrell, Kevin Spacy, Billy Crystal (duh), Steve Martin, Kevin Hart or the dark horse Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson.

WHO I THINK SHOULD WIN THE MAJOR AWARDS AT THE OSCARS TONIGHT

Best Picture – Birdman 

Best Director – Alejandro G. Iñárritu

Best Actor – Michael Keaton

Best Actress – Julianne Moore

Best Supporting Actor – J.K. Simmons

Best Supporting Actress – Patricia Arquette

Best Animated Feature – The Tale of Princess Kaguya

Best Original Score – Alexandre Desplat – The Grand Budapest Hotel

Best Adapted Screenplay – “Whiplash” Written by Damien Chazelle

Best Original Screenplay – “Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)” Written by Alejandro G. Iñárritu, Nicolás Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris, Jr. & Armando Bo

Achievement in Visual Effects – “Interstellar” Paul Franklin, Andrew Lockley, Ian Hunter and Scott Fisher

 

As a whole I see “Birdman” sweeping a majority of the categories, but as Chris Stuckmann said “Whoever you think is gonna win, vote for the other guy.” Sad but true folks.

 

 

WITH THE DC HERO LINE-UP STACKING UP… WHAT VILLAINS CAN TAKE THEM??

Credit to DC Cinematic Universe Facebook Page

The line-up for The Justice League seems to be growing immensely tougher with every photo released or detail spilled which has me wondering, what villains could garner the biggest threat from these heroes at DC and who should be the bad guy for the Justice League film?

Simply going off the photos we have of the JLA members so far, it makes them all seemingly invincible, if not menacing enough to produce few enemies. So what kind of threat might earth be looking at if we have heroes like this (above) protecting us? I have given a list in the past for who some of the villains should be and which villains were speculated (https://thegunnrange.wordpress.com/2014/10/11/were-my-predictions-true-possible-villain-for-batman-v-superman/), but beyond that, there have been zero confirmations on the villains besides a Lex Luthor who will always be in the mix.

From the beginning of all this mayhem that is Batman v Superman, most of us DC fans couldn’t even picture a villain like Doomsday appearing let alone Brainiac, but every villain as of late is fair game. I think of said villains along with the DC villain in Darkseid to make an eventual appearance within this world much sooner than later.

Credit to screenrant and DC

Darkseid is the original Thanos, let’s put it that way. A ruler of a planet known as Apokolypse where he shoots omega beams from his eyes and can withstand nearly every member of the Justice League including Superman himself, but like what Marvel is doing with Thanos, Darkseid is for another time. If I was to go back to Brainiac, it would garner the most logic.

A villain with endless genius wants to take over the world and its citizens and to stop him there would need to be a healthy mixture of brains and bronze e.i. Batman and Superman. Once he starts terrorizing the globe, heroes like Aquaman and Wonder Woman make an appearance to save the planet in which they inhabit and bond like hydrogen atoms and all that good stuff. For all we know they could introduce a totally off the beaten path type villain and make it work, but I’m calling it here, Brainiac will be in the forefront much sooner than we think.

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