The time of Daniel Craig Bond is likely to be over after he claimed “he’d rather slash his wrists” than return to the role and he turned down a whopping $68 million to return to the role. Skyfall and Spectre director Sam Mendes will also not return to direct anymore Bond films with Craig or not. This isn’t shocking news for either party, but for me, Craig is the best Bond we’ve had and Casino Royale and Skyfall are two of the best Bond films ever.
Hiddleston doesn’t scream “gritty” Bond, but that’s totally fine with us. The English actor has more charisma than 90% of the actors in this whole world combined and can memorize whole Shakespearean plays for shits and giggles, so it’s not a question of talent or fit, but rather what kind of Bond would they want from the actor. I imagine they’d go back to the classic style Bond that isn’t afraid to be with tons of women, but he may smile nicely at them afterwards, but Hiddleston is a handsome, convincing, and beloved actor who would fit like a glove in a role like this.
Fant4stic actor Jamie Bell is another name the Broccoli’s are eyeing for the role as well. It’s curious at best and makes me wonder what direction they are seeing this character go. Maybe he’s younger and more contemporary or maybe they are saying screw the age thing and just picking who they think fits their visions. If Hiddleston signs on for the role, we have to see who they manage to get to direct him. Nolan was a fan favorite name, but anyone with pedigree could do a Bond film if you ask me because there is so much to check out to make sure you get it right.
First off, it’s always exciting when I am suggested a movie to review whether I’ve seen it before or not, and if it happens to be from Japan and is animated then I’m expect me to be on it like white on rice. The film this time around may not be a film too many of you have heard about, I admit I hadn’t heard of it, but what a gem this film is from the anime studio that brought us staples in anime such as Paprika, Perfect Blue, Wolf Children, and so many more. Madhouse Inc. should be known as much as Studio Ghibli when it comes to the anime films category and it’s not hard to see why, but like many Japanese films in America, we miss some really good ones in the process.
Redline is a not-too-complex racing film about a guy by the name of Sweet JP, a racer who prefers muscle cars over high-tech gadgetry to win his races, but with corruption and violence plaguing this race – that only happens every five years – we see JP race opponents on and off the deadly track through a colorful sensation that is dessert for the eyes. Imagine Death Race and Mad Max had a baby and then that baby grew up to make a baby with both the pod-race from The Phantom Menace and a New York graffiti artist… you got all that? If you do, that’s what this movie is like looking at, but almost cooler.
From the beginning scene, you are brought in to a dystopian future where weird anthropomorphic animals and aliens live among people of the future who all have one thing in common and that’s their love for the highly entertaining Redline races. The intro alone and it’s race scene tell you exactly what you signed up for and you’ll be happy you came. It’s a high adrenaline, stylized, colorful thrill ride that will get you entranced like a moth to the light.
I admit that I enjoyed the plot, but this is not one of those deeply thought provoking fictional stories that you have been given through other animes in the past. This is the equivalent to what The Fast and Furious movies are to live-action, they’re highly entertaining, kinetic, and wildly colorful with characters you want to be or be around. The art design and animation are the winners here and the action comes in a close second as well. It will be a great rainy day movie for the anime fans out there as well as someone who would prefer to ease their way into anime instead of watching something as violent or sad as Akira or Grave of the Fireflies (see those movies BTW!) and should be a great viewing if you want something that slipped under the radar in the realm of anime.
It seems we have found our new pairing of actor and director and it comes in the shape of Prisoners and Sicario director Denis Villenueve and his muse Jake Gyllenhaal. The pair has worked on two movies prior that include Prisoners and the psychological mind eff-word that is Enemy.
The Son will be a crime thriller adapted from Jo Nesbo’s book of the same name and follows a 15 year old boy whose promising wrestling career comes short when his cop father commits suicide. This boy then ends up prison with a serious drug problem only to create a brilliant escape and search for clues as to what really happened to his father.
Gyllenhaal will play that troubled boy and will lead a prison break film that hopefully feels as gritty as Villenueve’s other films and he continues to grow. Villenueve will also be directing the upcoming Blade Runner sequel which will bring back Harrison Ford and bring on Ryan Gosling, Robin Wright, and Dave Bautista.
Gyllenhaal has become one of the understated actors of his generation and transforms in every role like the best method actors before him and will likely undergo some serious transformations yet again to look like a strung out prisoner with too much time on his hands. Let’s just hope he steers clear of the drugs though.
Adapting animes and mangas have not been as “easy” as the recent comic book craze, but studios and film makers are giving it their all to adapt these stories to the big screen. Some backlash from the adaptions have come from the news of Ghost in the Shell possibly whitewashing the property by not casting a Japanese actress in the lead role and instead going with box office money maker Scarlett Johansson. We will have to wait and see how that goes, but for right now, Robert Rodriguez is bringing to life another beloved property that comes in the form of manga and anime.
The film not only has its release date, but it’s lead actress as well. Rosa Salazar will lead the film about a cyborg who has lost her memories only to be taken care of by a scientist which helps her revive skills of a unique martial art that allows her to become a bounty hunter. The action premise is set a post-apocalyptic world which shouldn’t be too hard to make come to life for the From Dusk Til Dawn and Sin City director.
Avatar director James Cameron was tied to the story and adaptation for years, but I think we all know where he’s been since then. Rodriguez is famous for trying to revive the “B-Movie” along with his buddy Quentin Tarantino, but has had some less critically received films in the last few years, but this could be a great big project for the director who did a fantastic shot for shot adaptation of Sin City. Rodriguez is going to adapt the script written by Cameron and Cameron has given full support of the project.
If you’re worried that this film could be “whitewashed” don’t worry, this is a property that isn’t even directly based in Japan, but in fact places specific to America such as the states of Colorado, Missouri, as well as Dallas. The film is set to release July 20th, 2018. Fox Studios will be distributing the film.
X-Men: Apocalypse (2016) Is Definitely Not As Bad As We’ve Heard, But It’s Not Perfect – Movie Trailer
Before I get into anything about this written review, I will starting to do video reviews with my buddies over at RagTag Riot where I do a live stream with them every Saturday on TwitchTV at 1:30 EST so you guys do the math on when it works for where you all live. Recently I was able to do our first review about this very film so check that out when it’s up and I will make sure to post it for you guys on my site, but you need to also check out RagTag Riot for their gaming, movie, and overall nerdy content. Now time for the written review….
Ah yes, the…what number is this in the X-Men franchise? Who cares? The point is, there is a new X-Men film out and returns some notable characters from First Class on that timeline, as well as “new” characters to the forefront to later show up in future films. We see James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender and a lackluster Jennifer Lawrence return their roles of Professor X, Magneto, and Katniss Reallyblue from Days of Future Past and First Class. The timeline is weird, but just keep in mind that we are going off of the 80’s timeline for this film and that the people are named are at the forefront of this large budget superhero film.
Critics have panned the film for suffering from whatever Batman v Superman had and I have to agree, but also play devil’s advocate as I always do. These are two highly contrasting films in style and theme, but they both are in the same clinic for a movie version of an STD and they just can’t seem to shake it. The film is large in scale and even larger with it’s cast. Introducing versions of characters we know and love is not a bad thing, but there is no point to showing them if the overall story suffers and becomes overly inflated with fan service scenes and lackluster development. Sure, the actors I previously mentioned are still exceptional as their respective roles, but their one star just may need to be recast already and that is Jennifer Lawrence. This version of Mystique she plays just a more mopey and less funny version of her character in Silver Lining’s Playbook.
Thankfully, it is not Lawrence that makes or breaks this film. The redeeming talents of the young and old, new and veteran, characters are what make this movie something you aren’t afraid to take relatively seriously. The visuals and action throughout are fun, when we get those scenes, and the fan service is appreciated, but these aren’t elements that make a quality superhero movie nor a good movie in general. I will never claim to have “superhero fatigue” mainly because I’m not so pretentious to ever claim that, but I am starting to realize there is a dullness in the large scale hero movies. Oscar Isaac as Apocalypse is absolutely incredible and submerges himself in blue make-up and loses himself in the role, but his time on screen is entirely too low. Character’s designs and powers come off to be pretty cool, but it’s not what we want from our movies.
One thing Fox can learn from their other property, that property being Deadpool, is to scale back their films with less set-up for other films and let those transitions flow organically in the process. An exception to that role is something we see briefly in the trailers and he has claws, that’s your hint, but beyond that specific scene, we get a lot of underdeveloped characters who deserve better than that. Bryan Singer has made arguably the best of the X-Men films, but I think it may be time to bring in some new blood for the franchise to keep it fresh and kinetic for years to come. Like I said with Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, there is a lot to be excited, but that gains a counterbalance of negative weight in the process. All that needs to happen is for the films to do what great films do and that is be complete and compelling stories in the process.
X-Men: Apocalypse is a mere smudge on the list of X-Men films Singer has directed and should not warrant such harsh feedback in my eyes, but it does deserve productive criticism nonetheless. It’s an overstuffed sandwich that you want to enjoy, but don’t know where to take your first bite, but damn you know it would taste good if you just took off the mayonnaise (something I’d compare Lawrence’s performance to) and focus on the meat of the product. I hope that made sense and made you hungry in the process because now I want to watch Days of Future Past and bite into a Primanti Bros. sandwich.
P.s. My score is different from the video after some minor consideration. I wrote this review after doing the video review.
Crime films are kind of my jam so I get jacked up when I see trailers for newer ones and this one just happens to have Bryan Cranston and John Leguizamo in the mix as well as Diana Kruger. Based on the true story as seen in the trailer, the director of an underrated film that is The Lincoln Lawyer, Brad Furman returns to his gritty, but stylized life of corruption and crime, but let’s just hope it’s nothing like Runner Runner.
Cranston just better not exit like he did in Godzilla (2014), just kidding, we all know he’s the star of this one, but I think Leguizamo is the guy that will stir up the plot of this movie as will Kruger. There’s something about Cranston and his diction and ability to make dialogue interesting and all Breaking Bad fans have reminded me of how much he reminds them of Walter White in this trailer.
I’m stoked for this one because we need more crime dramas that aren’t solely directed by Brian De Palma and Scorsese, but if that’s all those directors did, we wouldn’t be too heartbroken.
You can only hope this film brings a level of suspense and weirdness as the trailer was cut to do. From the offspring of famed director Ridley Scott comes his son’s directorial debut for a feature film that looks to be going in a direction that his father’s early work began with. Sci-fi/horror/thriller/suspense is the genre this film seems to fall under and the trailer definitely makes sure to sell it as such, but it’s a perfect teaser to a film that may fall under the radar.
Morgan will be played by The Witch (2016) lead actress Anya Taylor-Joy and will also star a cast that includes Kate Mara, Toby Jones, Rose Leslie, Boyd Holbrook, Michelle Yeoh, Jennifer Jason Leigh, and Paul Giamatti.
It’s definitely not a cast that lacks the ability to make a movie special, but what I hope to see is the more definitive plot of the film beyond just the whole “A rogue being is killing people and messing with them for fun” type story line, but hey, if it’s done well I won’t care one bit about that. The atmosphere is chilling and weirdly gorgeous thanks to the colors and symmetrical shots Scott brings us.