Trailer of the Week!

This week we have a trailer that came out of no where, but is looking to make a big splash:

Suburbicon (Trailer #1)

Suburbicon is film, written by the Coen brothers, and directed by one of their favorites in George Clooney. It stars Matt Damon, Oscar Isaac, Julianne Moore, and more, and centers around the central plot of a home invasion gone awry, but of course with the quirks and flare of every Coen script ever. Just from what we see in the trailer here, its so full of the Coen-isms, that it will also be really interesting to see how much of Clooney’s directing we can see though this mist of Coen.

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Matt Damon of course is a consummate professional as always. He does ever seem to phone in a role, and he can really can excel when asked to play roles so varied as this one seems. Setting him between the like of a Julianna Moore, and a Oscar Isaac, will also allow him perfect sparing partners to work off of when he tries to flex his acting muscles here. We’re going to need a more story oriented trailer to get a real better idea of what the real narrative here is, but so far, I know I’m hooked.

March Movie Madness

Many months of many years give us more than one great or greatly anticipated movie. Most of the time they’re one of the summer months of June, July or August. However, as time has gone on, and the summer movie block has gotten more and more competitive, movie studios have had to look all over the calendar for suitable dates that get their movie both space from other tent pole films, but also at a time of year that people are going to the cinema. Thus the start of the summer block has constantly been pushed more and more towards the start of the year than the middle. Studios started opening 100+ million dollar movies in May, and have been seeing good returns. But now, even that patch of time is getting too full and competitive. The Answer? EVEN EARLIER MY FRIEND. After The Avengers opened in May and destroyed the box office, Furious 7 opened in April and went on to break records itself. Then when Batman V Superman broke the bank opening in March, the flood gates for March releases opened wide. All of this culminating in the super stacked March that is March 2017. With a combination of highly anticipated sequels, remakes, new takes and first time live action movies, March 2017 seems to have something for everyone, and could go down as one of the greatest months in cinema.

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Logan

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Kong : Skull Island

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Beauty and the Beast

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Power Rangers

GHOST IN THE SHELL

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So what do you think about the March 2017 line up? What do you want to see the most, and how well do you think this month is gonna do.

Incase You Missed It!

The Neon Demon :

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If you know anything about the style and movies of Nicolas Winding Refn, then you might have an idea of what you are getting yourself into with this movie, but if not… let me try and lend a hand. As a writer and a director (of which he is both here), Winding Refn has a very unique, very visual style that leans heavily on symbolism and foreshadowing. This movie as with all his movies is filled with beautiful shots, amazing cinematography and he once again pairs up with Cliff Martinez for another stella sound track.

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The plot of this movie revolves around an up and coming model who moves to the big city to try and become something, and in this movie at least, things look up for her. Of course no raise to the top is without climbing above someone else, and when that happens… some shit does go down in this movie. The movie also tries to play on some different themes that while are more relatable to women, are not so specific that they alienate male viewers.

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Like I said before, Refn loves to lean on visual story telling and symbolism, and he uses them both to try and craft his narrative in a way that doesn’t so much tell you what is happening, but rather shows you and asks you to get out of it what you may. It deals with beauty and obsession and everything that comes with that. The film also tries to reverse the typical narrative of male and female characters that we see so often in movies.

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This movie is more art instillation than traditional movie, and it does many things to simply get a reaction of the audience, that you then carry forward into the rest of the movie, which then only really works if you react. The Neon Demon in essence is a kind of pornographic view on the ideas of beauty, death, consumption, and what makes us tick. If experimental film is something you’re a fan of, or at the very least, not afraid of, then definitely give this movie a look (just brace yourself…especially towards the end).

Don’t Miss It!

Macbeth :

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Depending on where you went to school, most of us are familiar with one of the most famous of the Shakespeare plays, in Macbeth. There have also been numerous film and television adaptations of the source material over the last years. This Macbeth however, is a bit different. Staring Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard ( who plan to re-team for Assassin’s Creed next year), and is directed by Justin Kurzel. You may not be familiar with that name, but if things go to plan you will as he is also meant to helm the same Assassin’s Creed project that hopes to bring back some respect to video game movies.

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We all know the story of Macbeth, so i won’t waste any time going over it again. The things that really sets this movie apart, are the cast, and the style in which the movie is being done. Never has Macbeth seen an acting cast, up to the same quality AND star power of this up-coming one. Fassbender is now a house hold name for his blockbuster work, but also takes the time to do some more real deep acting projects like Slow West, 12 Years a Slave and even Shame. Cotillard is an academy darling, who has done everything form win Oscars, to acting in mega franchises like the C. Nolan BatMan trilogy.

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This is also set to be one of most stylized Macbeth movies ever, from a visual aspect. The project features a lot of production values, in filming on location in England and Scotland. The film itself has a very gritty and dark over all theme and a real feeling of death and danger, presented in a package both stunning to look at, and also something that ads to the over storytelling here.

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So what do you think? Is this new Macbeth too much for you? Or are you on board and agree that this one is one to NOT miss.

How Blumhouse Saved the Horror Genre

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Jason Blum is a long time producer, that created his own production house known as Blumhouse Productions. Blumhouses’ bread and butter has been and is however, producing and releasing micro budgeted films. To give you a better idea of this, the most expensive film ever produced under Blumhouse capped out at a massive 10 million (sarcasm in full swing). This gives Blumhouse the ability to almost 100% guarantee any distributor, that they will make money on their investment, seeing as most of these movies only have about 5 million dollars or budget to over come. These monetary constrictions do a few things for these films also. They force the films creators to get a bit more creative with their stories and how they film it, and it even gives the films a lot more leeway in the final quality of said films (even a bad movie, can make 10 million dollars). So how did Blumhouse save the horror genre? Glad you asked. Horror movies are one of those genres that, while they have a very loyal fan base, they lack the ability to pull in the real big bucks at the box office. The sixth sense is thus far the highest grossing horror movie of all time, coming in at about 672 million dollars, with only 2 other movies crossing 500 million, meaning most horrors can really only aspire to making between 50-200 million and be considered very successful. Also, other than the same sixth sense, most of the top grossing horror movies of all time like World War Z for example, have large budgets of over 100 million (190 for World War Z) so there 400+ million earnings aren’t even as great as you might think. All of this to say, most horrors don’t make enough money, to give studios and distributors confidence in making or distributing horror movies. Enter Jason Blum with Paranormal Activity in 2009 that made 193 million dollars, on a budget of…

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Yes guys thats not a typo, 193 million dollars of a budget of fifteen thousand. Since then Blumhouse has been win for win, lets look at some examples

Paranormal Activity 2 – 3mil/ 176mil

Insidious – 1.5mil/ 99.5mil

Paranormal Activity 3 – 5mil/ 207mil

Sinister – 3mil/ 82mil

Paranormal Activity 4 – 5mil/ 143mil

The Purge – 3mil/ 89mil

Insidious 2 – 5mil/ 162mil

Oculus – 5mil/ 44mil

The Purge Anarchy  – 9mil/ 111mil

Ouija – 5mil/ 102mil

Unfriended – 1mil/ 63mil

The Visit – 5mil/ 50mil (so far)

All of these show just how well of a formula Blumhouse has going for it, and how they almost single handedly saved the Horror Genre.

Sony Marvel SpiderMan controversy

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Unless you have probably been under a rock, you would have heard of the big time scandal that was the Sony Leaks. Over time, more and more information has been steadily leaking out ever since. One such leak is in the form of information about a contract between Sony and Marvel, detailing the constraints on or around the “Spiderman” and “Peter Parker” characters. The contract stipulates that basically Peter Parker/Spiderman can’t torture anyone, he can’t kill unless in self defense, he can’t drink in excess or smoke and similar stuff….but the issue here is that it also says that he can’t be gay, and he can’t be anything but white.

This is the controversy starts of course, the real question is…should it?

So lets look at the negatives first. This contract makes Marvel have no choice but to exclude many demographics, and to not be able to truly revitalize the character by updating him to more current times. It also seems like a slap in the face to anyone who isn’t white or straight by appearing to say that being anything else, is somehow a bad thing. That having any such characteristics would make the character less or worse of a person.

Lets also try and find some positives here. Sony now owns this character, so by right, they are allowed to protect their character from anyone who might misuse said character. Imagine if you had this precious egg of a character, and someone wanted to change it, just for changing it sake, you might not want that to happen. It can be argued also that some (not all) of the stipulated character traits are totally vital and a defining part of the Spidey/Petey character and mythos.

Either way you look at it, its a complex issue. To some people this will be racism, to others bigotry, to some it will be an example of how Hollywood simply wants to “blackwash” everything now after years of “whitewashing”. Some will say they have the right to do whatever they like with their property, others will contend that the character really belongs to the fans, because without them he wouldn’t be around. And really, no one is right or wrong here really, it’s all opinion. What do you think? Is this more good or bad to you? Do you even care?

Cheers

Here’s a link with the article btw…http://gawker.com/spider-man-cant-be-gay-or-black-1712401879

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The Martian:

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If I told you that Kate Mara, Jessica Chastain, Kristen Wiig, Sebastain Stan, Matt Damon, Sean Bean, Jeff Daniels, Donald Glover, Chiwetel Ejiofor and Micheal Pena were all going to be in a movie directed by Ridley Scott, I shouldn’t have to tell you anything else to excite you, but I will anyway. The movie centers around astronauts on mars who lose contact with Matt Damon’s character who is now stranded, alone, and unable to communicate his survival to his peers. The movie itself is an adaptation of a novel by Andy Weir, and was written for the screen by Drew Goddard who has a long writing career from tv ( Alias, Angel and Daredevil) and the big screen ( Cloverfield, World War Z, Cabin in the woods). Combine this with one of the greatest directors of all time and an amazing cast and we have The Martian. Set to hit cinemas near you at the end of November 2015. So are you excited for The Martian? Is this the first you heard of it or have you been following it since day one?

Cheers