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Don’t Expect The Live-Action Mulan To Be Like The Original Disney Says Director Niki Caro

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Mulan is one of those Disney properties that goes under the radar for many of the older crowds, but those who were alive with VHS’s knew all about Mulan. Disney is making their live-action while there will be another version of the film later to hit theaters, but right now it’s all about the outrage of recent news that Disney’s live-action retelling may not feature many, if any, of the songs from the original through a musical format.

In an exclusive interview with MovieFone – READ HERE – Caro gets asked about what the film will shape up to be if it’s not a musical as well as the current state of the songs even showing up the film, her response; “Yes, from what I understand, no songs right now, much to the horror of my children.”

The horror goes well beyond just her own children I cam promise you that, but at the same time, she gives us some really strong quotes about what the film is choosing to be while still representing a strong, female protagonist in response to a question that needed confirmed by the director herself;

“Well I’m not going to contradict Sean. His sensibility and mine for the material is right in sync. It’s a big, girly martial arts epic. It will be extremely muscular and thrilling and entertaining and moving.”

The interview also reveals to us that it could very much have a Ridley Scott tone with the action set pieces, though I don’t expect it to be that extreme, at least we can get an idea of what they are trying to go for now. The story of Mulan is a powerful, wonderful, feminist tale that is ripe for a live-action martial arts slash war type film.

The other live-action re-tellings of classic Disney properties have been musicals be technicality, but they don’t go all out like their animated counterparts so it shouldn’t be as surprising that they are trying to at least deviate from what was already made with the animated pictures. It may be difficult to handle if you’re a fan of the original musicals, but at least they are veering away from just putting real people in the roles of films that already carry loads of nostalgia for a generation. My optimistic lenses show me that at least they are trying to make genre films beyond what we’ve already been given.

The film hasn’t even started production nor revealed it’s possible star(s) so things could very well change if Disney feels like listening to the fans reactions to the live-action films. Of course, they didn’t listen to me after I said that those Alice In Wonderland movies were butt cheeks, but it turns out money speaks louder than me…

Sources: EWMovie Fone

(Watch) Beautiful First Trailer For Pixar’s Newest Film “Coco”

Pixar doesn’t make bad movies, say what you want about Cars, but they never cease to amaze us with the original content that seems to always go that extra mile. This first trailer for Coco gives us a young Mexican boy whose love for music leads him to a fantastical mystery that reveals Day of the Dead inspired stories and animation.

The colors and sounds of the Spanish guitar prove to be effective when it comes to introducing us to our hero Miguel and his dog as they embark on a journey that will supposedly reveal 100 year old mystery.

I don’t know much about this film beyond it’s Mexican inspired themes and cultural significance, but I do know that if it’s Pixar, there’s no doubt I have to go out and see this movie. If anything, the first thing I thought of was actually Kubo and the Two Strings, but hopefully the two films go in different directions.


(Watch) Edgar Wright’s ‘Baby Driver’ First Trailer Shows The Director’s Stamp On Crime and Action

Edgar Wright is a director who you will know from his style alone before you realize anything else, but that’s what makes him so endearing. The director of films such as Shaun of the Dead and Scott Pilgrim vs the World you should expect a movie that has quippy comedy while having some underrated visuals and camera angles. Somewhat of a hipster’s director, let’s not forget that the man actually makes good movies in the process, and it doesn’t hurt he recruited Jamie Foxx, Kevin Spacey, Lily James, Jon Ham, and has Ansel Elgort in the lead role.

The story is simple, there is a brilliant getaway driver who goes by the name of Baby, because of his baby face and youthful appearence, but little do people know – as seen in the first scene of the trailer – that Baby is more than meets the eye. The stunt work with the cars and the free running look terrific and weirdly realistic for what most driving films often are while still giving a colorful, almost graphic novel/comic book vibe to the film that Wright is so good at.

This would be a step in a slightly newer direction for Wright, but after he left Ant-Man before Sean Payton took over to direct the rest, Wright stayed in his own lane as a whole while making movies he wanted, this is further proof that he is making the right decisions. It’s a fun trailer with colorful visuals and a story which I’m sure we can predict, but it will executed by a director that organically branches away from the norm with his movies.

(Watch) The Latest Wonder Woman Trailer Looks Like The DC Film We’ve Needed

I think there are some pretty unfair expectations awaiting this film when it hits theaters this June, but if the trailers are any indication of the film’s quality, we could finally see the DC Extended Universe we’ve been waiting for. With Gal Gadot reprising the role she revealed in Dawn of Justice, Wonder Woman will finally get the long awaited solo film the world has needed and it looks magnificent.

Undeniably gorgeous – both the setting and the star – the action scenes as well as the emotional introductions are all working for me. To get a glimpse at Diana’s origin is something we have yet to see and it appears to be a vital point to the story line that will be set mostly during World War I. Much like Captain America: First Avenger, this will be a film that doesn’t need to really focus so much on being connective tissue as much as it will be a cool origin story through a period piece styling.

I think there is a lot to love with this “origin trailer” whether it be the glimpses of the origin itself or the theme in which the story will be focusing on. It also looks like Diana will finally be able to show off her ability to fly as well as kick some serious ass ass. I have a feeling we aren’t going to see the rumored villain of Ares – thank goodness – which whom David Thewlis was rumored to be portraying.

(Watch) Ridiculous Trailer For What Looks Like A Ridicously ‘Rough Night’

For the first minute I was and then they killed the male stripper and it went about as downhill for me as it does for the stripper. The cast seems pretty good and it mixes that humor of The Hangover and a darker version of Weekend at Bernie’s without anything actually being funny.

This is where I stand with comedies of the new era, they stink, they’re repetitive, and worst of all, they don’t make me laugh. These are comedically gifted women, but there are so many tropes that don’t work for me anymore and they are just recycled in another film I probably won’t see.

My hope is that this film goes in an even more bizarre direction than what the trailer shows and surprises us with a big middle finger of weird and comical mishaps, but I’m not convinced that’s what’s going to happen….


(Watch) Brad Pitt Does His Best War Satire Face In Teaser For Netflix’s ‘War Machine’

Netflix is growing like a weed when it comes to original content as well as the properties and films they are buying out. When news broke that Netflix was the buyer of Martin Scorsese’s next epic gangster film The Irishman, eyelids vanished, and the world quickly realized where the next step in distributing original films was going. The same can be said for Netflix snagging a satire starring Brad Pitt (among other talents) with the director of films such as Animal Kingdom and The Rover. 

While short, the teaser shows just enough of what kind of satire this is going to be, and if it’s as goofy as it looks then we’re in for a treat. It almost makes you wonder if George Clooney isn’t the guy Pitt is mimicking for his character in the trailer. The friends have proven to be constant pranksters and troublemakers for years, but when I see the still I see a fusion of Clooney in O Brother Where Art Thou? and Pitt’s Inglourious Basterds character.

Netflix releases the film for streaming users and members May 27th, 2017 and also stars,  Anthony Michael Hall, Topher Grace, Will Poulter, Tilda Swinton, Jonathan Ing and Ben Kingsley.

Logan Review: The Final Chapter of Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine Defies It’s Genre As One of the Best Comic Book Movies…Ever

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As a staple in the genre of comic book movies, X-Men has had their place in the sun, sometimes buried below earth where sun won’t touch, but there’s a new sheriff in town that rises above all the rest. Breaking new ground a genre always trying to push the boundaries of what people say they can’t do, James Mangold directs the hell of his latest film that does a great job convincing us that this is the final time we will see Wolverine on screen. There was a time when casting this unknown from Australia was a bad move to the hardcore X-Men fan with accusations and judgement claiming he was too tall, and they needed an “actual” talent to play him. Time has obviously proved to us that Hugh Jackman and his onscreen persona Wolverine, seem to only grip us more with age. Not only is this Hugh Jackman’s greatest performance that I’ve seen, and I’ve seen them all, there is a chance this goes down as one of the best films of 2017 as well as a benchmark in the genre as a whole.

The leash on Mangold seemed to be nonexistent when he was making his film and thanks to $127 million well spent, he made sure he put it all too good use. Beautifully shot with cinematography that captures the “dirty but beautiful” visual poetry of the film goes a long way in a movie that will likely catch fans off guard with just how raw the film is from inside to the outside. Whether you’re a fan of the comics or the movies or both, you are Image result for logangoing to get sucked in with Jackman’s other worldly range as what we once thought was a cigar smoking, rage monster with a heart. I mean, that’s exactly what he is as Logan, but holy sh**, if you thought there couldn’t be more to that general statement then you’re in for a real treat. The genre blending finds perfect balances of sci-fi, sometimes horror, action, and family drama to a tee, leaving the film will nothing more to give than it did on screen. It’s like when Michael Jordan had the flu game, you’d think there’d be limits, but there is something about great talents rising above in what can be the most difficult of moments. That can be said about the characters and the roller-coaster ride of a franchise from the beginning.

I sobbed uncontrollably folks, there’s nothing more I can say about my feelings for the film beyond that without repeating all I’ve had to tell you. Beyond the incredible action, -which will not disappoint – the Rated-R came into full effect through violence and tragedy that even Shakespeare would go mute too. Not a dry eye left that theater nor did anyone realize that the film was 2 1/2 long. Yep. To make it even more unfathomable, you will want more, and you will feel conflict between feeling empty and yet truly complete. It’s something I’ve never truly felt in a film before. I…I don’t have words that express my emotional tether to this character and this story that has culminated into such an outstanding masterwork of new age cinema. There will forever be an amount of nostalgia, humor, and just overall appreciation for what the X-Men franchise has truly given us, and while they aren’t stopping anytime soon, Wolverine will be Christopher Reeves once was to Superman, but not even Reeves had over 16 years to be one character like Jackman and Patrick Stewart had with Professor X.

It’s the perfect ride off into a sunset that would make Indiana Jones proud. It’s a treasure confirmed in a genre that haters want to get stale, well guess what? Fox has figured it out and they aren’t going anywhere any time soon. Rated-R comic book films don’t have to be the only types we get, but letting the reigns loose is proving that directors and film makers have these stories waiting to be told on screen, but they just need that earned opportunity to prove that certain directions are the way to go. Not to be too hype or bold, but these are Oscar caliber performances, and not just for comic book movies. Hugh Jackman and Patrick Stewart’s on screen chemistry had been there from the start, and it was only fitting for them to finish where they started.

It’s a bittersweet end that felt so right from beginning to end without a moment ever actually out of place. It will leave you somber, maybe even just heartbroken, but there’s something so rich in the drama that ensues whether you can’t handle it at the time or not. It’s wrapped up perfectly in a way that will strike nerves with a force that the person next to you can feel it. I let the tears out in front of anyone next to me and it was only when I got up I saw red eyes from – no joke – 90% percent of a packed theater, that’s how good this movie is. You won’t need to have seen the other X-Men movies to appreciate Logan, and to be entirely honest, they don’t even compare at this point. This is hands down the best X-Men film we have with Days of Future Past, Deadpool, and X-2 rounding out my list, but Logan could very well be one of the strongest films in all of comic book adaptations bar none.


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