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  1. So yesterday I went to see Ready Player One, and despite Twitter and the rest of the internet ready to disparage it completely before its release, I actually thought it was pretty good. To reiterate what I mentioned on Twitter, it's not high cinema in any form but it is a fun popcorn flick that's made in the same spirit as some of Spielberg's films from the '80s and '90s (The Goonies, Hook, Jurassic Park etc.). There's a surprising amount of self-aware humor in it; despite the fact that the futuristic world has major issues (overpopulation has caused people to resort to spending most of their time in a VR-simulated world where even its currency is more widely used than in the real world), it never gets too serious for its own good and heavy-handed with its themes. At the end of the day, it's mostly about visually-intense action-packed sequences and the protagonists reaching the easter egg built into the game before the movie's antagonist can (an evil corporation bent on gaining control of "The Oasis" and thus the world). It's a fun experience all-around, and I definitely recommend either seeing it in 70mm or IMAX 3D if you can. The 3D is SURPRISINGLY good in this as is the sound. Not lying when I say this is probably the most impressed I've been from hearing the sound in a movie in a long time; this one will get nominated for visual and sound Oscars for sure this year. Anyhow, go see it if you're on the fence or interested. It's pretty good. Have any of you seen it yet? If so, what did you think of it?
  2. I'd never heard of Annihilation before today, but after seeing that there was a trailer on Youtube for it, I was curious to see what it is. When I saw the title, I originally thought of the Marvel Comics event called Annihilation, which involved some of the most of the Guardians (Peter Quill, Gamora, and Drax) before they banded together and called themselves that. It was a good story, though I knew it couldn't have been that because we already know all of Marvel's movies for the next two years. ANYHOW, this Annihilation looks to be a sci-fi film with a sprinkling of horror. Think 'Interstellar' mixed with 'Alien.' There's actually a scene in the trailer that recalls the famous Alien scene where Ridley is hiding from the alien. Looks like it could be interesting, and it's got Oscar Isaac as Natalie Portman's husband, and Tessa Thompson, who most recently played Valkyrie in Thor Ragnarok. What do you guys think? Would you see it?
  3. The first trailer for Alita: Battle Angel dropped today and... well, see for yourself. I'm not super familiar with the source material but I know it was an anime. Even still, seeing a CG character with abnormally large eyes interact with real actors is pretty... unsettling? I don't know that movie audiences are going to react well to that; I see it turning off a lot of people. Then again, who knows. Otherwise, it does look interesting and has a pretty good cast overall. Someone said it was supposed to be sort of a futuristic Pinocchio? I dunno. SOMEONE SET ME STRAIGHT HERE! What do you guys think?
  4. This is either good news or bad news depending on how you look at it. Basically, the news is this: according to CNBC, Fox is looking to sell a large part of their business (everything but sports and news, I believe), and Disney was one of the companies that it had held talks with. Apparently, those talks are no longer active right now. At the moment, it doesn't look like anything could happen, but if they were, it means the X-Men and Fantastic Four would be returned to Disney/Marvel. The downside? Disney would become even more of an entertainment monopoly/juggernaut, potentially being bad news for customers/fans because they could raise prices for the biggest properties everyone loves. Interesting side note: if you hadn't heard previously, Disney is raising the percentage rate of returns they make on Star Wars: The Last Jedi from theaters. Traditionally, movie distributors like Disney get a 55% cut, but they're raising the rate to 65% for TLJ, and that could be catastrophic for some theaters. Also, they're demanding each theater show TLJ on their largest screen for at least four weeks. If not, the theaters get hit with a 5% penalty. As of this moment, some theaters are fighting back, opting not to show the movie at all. But if the majority give in to the demands, Disney stands to make a ton more money than they usually do. What do you guys make of this? Would you want to see FOX sold to Disney?
  5. So I just saw Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 last night, aaaaaand I have to say I was a little apprehensive going in. Sequels are a really tricky thing these days; just look at Iron Man 2. Or Spider-Man 3. Heck, even X-Men: The Last Stand. Everyone was hyped for these films because their predecessors were great, but as they showed, studios can get cocky and think they have everything in the bag when they really don't. I'm happy to say Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, in most ways, is just about on par with the original film. Or in other words, it's great -- you should go see it if you're into comic book films and liked the first one. Here's a few quick thoughts (spoilers will be marked as so)-- - I honestly really believe GotG and Vol 2 are preeeetty close in quality, if not equal, but I will say that each one has their strengths. Imo, GotG has a better pacing and overall plot, but Vol. 2 has better character development and narrative arcs. Both movies have great epilogues that wrap up the story well. - The main villain is probably Marvel Studios' best (and most reprehensible) villain to date. Their motive actually checks out and makes sense; they're not a mustache-twirling villain simply for convenience. - Kurt Russell is great. He should be in more modern stuff, but I'm glad he's making a comeback with both this and the recent Fast and Furious movies. - Elizabeth Debicki, who plays the Sovereign's gold-skinned Ayesha, is freakishly tall in real life at 6'3". In the movie, Gunn had her wear heels, which increased her height to a staggering 6'7". After seeing this, I'd say Guardians of the Galaxy is currently Marvel Studios' best franchise yet. The movies are 2 for 2, and -- though you could make a very real argument that the Captain America trilogy is better -- I think that the Cap movies are pretty interchangeable as far as which is the best. What did you guys think of the movie?
  6. Power Rangers Trailer #3 is here

    Welp, the third (and presumably last) trailer for the Power Rangers movie just dropped about an hour ago. It's shorter than the last one, but still pretty interesting. Looks like they're putting a lot of emphasis on that final fight with Goldar/Rita Repulsa. I'm also getting the feeling that they'll only finally be piloting the Zords for the first time toward the end of the movie (which makes sense, I guess), culminating in that final Megazord battle. Anyhow, I actually do kind of want to see this, but I may end up waiting till it hits Blu-ray/streaming.
  7. I'm still not quite sure what to make of the upcoming Kong: Skull Island (which apparently comes out in March? When did that happen?), but I'll probably end up seeing it unless it gets really bad reviews. Anyhow, the latest on the movie is that there will be a post-credits scene that apparently "will not disappoint" according to Splash Report's editor-in-chief. The current speculation is that the scene will tease Kong vs Godzilla, which is already confirmed to be in the works. That movie is supposed to come out after the next Godzilla movie (Godzilla: King of the Monsters, which comes out in 2019) and currently has a release date of May 29, 2020. I still don't know how the two monsters will face off, though? Kong is supposed to be over 100ft tall, but the new Legendary Godzilla is supposed to be 300-something feet. Maybe Kong will end up growing more somehow? Who knows. Are any of you going to see Kong: Skull Island?
  8. So this is pretty crazy -- apparently the newest rumor going around is that Ben Affleck wants out of his contract with Warner Bros. as Batman and Bruce Wayne. There's been a number of things that have happened with the next Batman movie recently, including the fact that he opted not to direct it, but apparently there's trouble with how it's proceeding and presumably its script and such. Here's what Comic Book Movie said: If the rumor is true and Affleck is looking to get out, that would be crazy bad for WB, and potentially crash their DC movie universe, especially if Justice League is similarly not well received like BvS and Suicide Squad. I dunno, I kinda feel bad that WB seemingly can't get things together with its universe. What do you guys make of this? Do you think it's possible it's true?
  9. Well this is kinda unexpected? http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/heat-vision/gotham-city-sirens-movie-david-ayer-margot-robbie-reteam-all-female-dc-villains-project-?utm_source=t.co&utm_medium=referral It looks like Warner Bros. went ahead and announced that a Gotham City Sirens movie is in the works and will once again star Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn and David Ayer will direct. If you're not familiar with Gotham City Sirens, it was a comic series that focused on Harley Quinn, Catwoman, and Poison Ivy. I'm actually a little surprised that they're heading in this direction, but then kinda not because everyone liked Margot Robbie's Harley Quinn, so it's natural that they want to keep a good thing going. But I wonder who they'll get to play Catwoman and Poison Ivy. Also, Suicide Squad sequel is still happening, but apparently this movie is further along in development. I still find it slightly funny that both Suicide Squad and this are happening before the bulk of more popular DC heroes get their own movie. What do you guys think? Are you looking forward to this at all?
  10. http://www.polygon.com/2016/4/21/11481544/robert-downey-jr-spider-man-homecoming Gotta admit, I didn't expect this at all. But now that I think of it, they really want this new Spider-Man to go big or go home, so what better way to sell it than to have Iron Man in it? Actually, there's no guarantee that RDJ will wear the suit (though it seems likely; why waste the opportunity?). I imagine most of his appearance in the movie will be as a sort of mentor to Peter Parker as he helps him come to grips with being a superhero. Anyhow, what do you guys think? Are you more interested in the movie now that RDJ is going to be in it?
  11. Yeah, it's official - the next Spider-Man film is called Spider-Man: Homecoming. Obviously I'm not crazy about the title; it sounds too teen/soap-opera-ish to me, but I'm sure the actual movie will be fairly good. Apparently it's going to be about Peter Parker/Spider-Man searching for his identity? Although I thought it wasn't supposed to be an origin story either, I dunno. Guess we'll find out when a trailer comes out in a year or two? What do you think of the name? Any good, or is it a misfire? Source: IGN
  12. The third trailer for Suicide Squad dropped last night. What do y'all think of it? Personally, I'm not that excited for it anymore. I used to believe it could go either way (like it could be good or bad); after BvS, it seems more likely that this may just be sort of an okay/mixed review movie, but ultimately disappointing for those that were expecting a lot out of it. That's just the impression I get. Anyhow, it is cool that they're showing Batman in the trailers and such, but I doubt he's in it much beyond a flashback and maybe the end? We'll see. But yeah, what does everyone else think? Are you looking forward to it?
  13. So it's probably safe to say from reading other threads that most of us are fans of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and why wouldn't we be? Pretty much all of their movies have been fun, action-filled romps with likable and memorable characters and menacing villains. Of course DC Comics eventually had to get a slice of that pie, so they've launched their own cinematic universe that starts with Man of Steel and leads into Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice and onward. Dawn of Justice is meant to kick off a shared Justice League universe, much like the majority of Marvel's movies with The Avengers. Here's a list of the upcoming movies that fit into DC's new universe: Suicide Squad - 2016 Wonder Woman - 2017 Justice League: Part I - 2017 The Flash - 2018 Aquaman - 2018 Shazam - 2019 Justice League: Part II - 2019 Cyborg - 2020 Green Lantern Corps - 2020 Ignoring the rumored Suicide Squad sequel and an unnamed Batman movie (and also ignoring whether some of these characters really need their own movies *cough*Cyborg*cough*Aquaman*cough*) that's a pretty solid lineup. My question though is...does the idea of this new DC movie universe get you excited and ready to see your favorite heroes brought to the big screen, or are you wary that DC and WB may not have what it takes to make an engaging movie universe like Marvel has? For me, I think it's probably safe to say that Man of Steel set the general tone for the movie universe (dark and gritty) but of course that may not be the case for all of them. If it is, though, I'm a bit worried about how well they can sustain the solo movies, especially with some of the more corny characters like The Flash and Shazam. I'm also worried that WB just looked at Marvel Studios' earnings and said "let's do that" without putting any more thought into it besides how much money they could make, so that's another reason to be wary. The biggest reason to be wary? They haven't announced Martian Manhunter for the Justice League movies, and that's a crime that can't be forgiven. Anyway, how do you all feel about it?
  14. So according to this handy dandy little list from BoxOfficeMojo, Deadpool has officially cracked the top 10 highest-grossing comic book adaptations of all time, beating out every other Fox superhero movie including the well-regarded X-Men films (and X-Men 3) and even passing biggies like the first two Iron Man movies. It's not trailing too far behind Guardians of the Galaxy at #9, so it could move even further up the list before it ends its theatrical run. This is pretty big for a movie that the studio had such little faith in that it barely got greenlit in the first place, and shows that the dreaded "R" rating doesn't necessarily hurt a movie's chances of hitting it big. With that news, Batman Vs. Superman is also releasing an R-rated version (on DVD only, theatrical will be PG-13) and Fox has already greenlit a sequel to Deadpool. So with all this going on, the odds are looking pretty good that studios might be more willing to invest in some of the more "mature" franchises to bring to the big screen, and may allow some of the darker undertones to slip into established franchises. My question for you is - would that be a good thing or bad? Do you like superhero movies to be mostly family friendly popcorn blockbusters, or would you rather see movies that tackle some of the edgier storylines that never make it into movies? Are there any comics that would have never been made into movies before that you think have a shot now? Let's hear your opinion!
  15. Yooooo, So I'm sure some of you have seen the movie by now, so I thought it'd be a good time to open a thread to discuss it! I saw it last night, and... oh my gosh, people, I love it so much. I legit had tears in my eyes at several points in the movie; so so good. Best movie of 2015, hands-down, imo. As usual, here are my thoughts on it! SPOILERS AHEAD. IF YOU HAVEN'T SEEN THE MOVIE, TURN BACK NOW *peeks head out* We good? Okay, then... - My whole theater whooped and cheered when the opening crawl came on. It was an amazing experience! - BB-8 stole the show! He's the next-generation R2-D2 and he's extremely awesome. JJ Abrams did an amazing job infusing him with personality. My favorite scene with him was when he gave Finn a thumbs up using his torch/lighter. So good! - Finn was a lot funnier than I thought he would be. I also found that sort of strange since he was conditioned to follow orders and such, but he had a lot of personality. He also had some legit good moments; among my favorites include when he asked Rey if she had a boyfriend and when Kylo Ren told him that Anakin/Luke's lightsaber belonged to him and then he said "Come and get it." My theater roared with applause and cheering when he said that. So good. - Movie had excellent pacing. Like, even though it uses the same formula that A New Hope used in its story, they didn't skip a beat the entire time. - The opening is probably my favorite of all seven movies so far. I love the way the Star Destroyer blocks out the planet from view. Great stylistic choice on Abram's part. - Part of the reason the movie was so good was because it had some great setpieces. The part where Rey flies the Millenium Falcon on Jakku was excellent. - As soon as Han Solo went out onto that platform to confront his son, you knew it was over for him. Still, kinda sad to see Harrison Ford go. - I thought Adam Driver did a great job as Kylo Ren; it was interesting to see him convey a villain who was still some child-like (with the tantrums he threw when something went wrong; slicing up an entire room with his lightsaber). I don't think his masked-voice is 100% ideal, but I have to admit I did warm up to it over the course of the movie. - Lupita Nyong'o's character was excellent. Something tells me they're going to make her into the next Yoda character. And yes, I know she isn't a Jedi (or maybe she is, and she's just trying to hide it?). - Was anyone else surprised that Luke didn't have any lines? I thought for sure he'd say at least one thing. - I was slightly disappointed that the Resistance only had X-Wings to fight with at the end, but they're probably saving the really cool ships for the next two movies. We'll see. - Any guesses as to who Rey's parents are? If you want things potentially spoiled, here's my theory- - I'm still very intrigued at who Snoke might be. I also don't think he's gigantic; I think they project him that big to intimidate everyone else, and only Kylo Ren knows his real size. Willing to bet he's actually somewhat smaller, maybe even Yoda-sized. We'll see. There's also a theory that he might be... And that's all I got for now. What did you guys think? Let me know! P.S. Here's some great post-Force Awakens reading if you want to read up on more stuff about the movie Vox - Star Wars: The Force Awakens: Let's try to solve the new trilogy's biggest mystery i09 - All the Stuff From The Force Awakens Trailers That Wasn't in the Movie Rolling Stone - Skywalker Speaks: Mark Hamill on returning to 'Star Wars'
  16. Didn't know a new Tarzan movie was coming out till this trailer released a few days ago. Quick thoughts: - Apparently this isn't a Tarzan origin story; which could be good, I guess? - Christoph Waltz is the villain. Yesssssss - Margot Robbie as Jane? Double yesssssss - Alexander Skaarsgard... meh. - Shots of monkeys monkeying around? I know Tarzan technically owned the whole monkey business act before Planet of the Apes did, but dang if it isn't trying to invoke the success of the latter series with some of those scenes, haha. - This could be good? I dunno. Tarzan isn't exactly a huge property anymore (not since the Disney movie anyhow), but obviously they're trying to make it one if this is successful. Dunno where they can really go with him after this movie, though. Do they just keep bringing him back to the jungle? What do you guys think of this movie?
  17. Holy crap! This is awesome! A lot of new footage shown here. What do you guys think? Too much reveal? DC is definitely showing what they can do up against Marvel next year. I'm excited and man there is a lot going on with Gotham to Metropolis and then Doomsday and then stuff! Whew!
  18. I literally didn't know about this movie until this trailer came out but it looks pretty interesting. Aside from the actual story resembling Interstellar's plot in part, is it just me or is it strange that two of the actors in Interstellar are also in this (Damon and Chastain)? In any case, I'll probably watch it when it comes out; looks like it'll be pretty good. What do you guys think?
  19. Last night I got to see Age of Ultron, and I gotta say, it might just be my favorite movie yet. I went in with pretty grounded expectations after hearing some early reviews and opinions on the movie that weren't so hot, so I think that helped in a sense, because it definitely exceeded my own expectations. In any event here's a bit of what I thought about the movie (wrapped in spoilers, of course). Overall, I thought it was really good. Maybe even my favorite Marvel movie so far. Better than the first Avengers, maybe better than Winter Soldier and Guardians of the Galaxy. Not sure yet but time will tell. What did you guys think of the movie?
  20. It looks like rumors about the new joint-production Spider-Man film between Sony and Marvel are starting to come in, and apparently one of the newest rumors is that the working title for it will be "Spider-Man: The New Avenger." If true, it sounds like they're building toward The New Avengers, which will probably happen after Avengers 3, and makes all of the sense in the world. If you're not in the know, The New Avengers changed up the original Avengers team some 10 years ago, mixing in some popular characters like Spider-Man and Wolverine with some that were more unknown to many, like Luke Cage, Iron Fist, Ms. Marvel, and Spider-Woman (who's not just a female duplicate of Spider-Man), and which was generally a pretty cool, and more grounded comic overall. Anyhow, it does seem like a logical direction for the MCU (Marvel Cinematic Universe) to go, especially considering that the original Avengers' contracts will be up after Avengers 3 and they'll eventually want to depart. This sort of change could serve as sort of a soft reboot of the franchise without actually being a reboot. I was also wondering what they would actually call this Spider-Man movie beforehand too, especially since the first trilogy of movies used just his name, and then the duo of Andrew Garfield pics used the "Amazing" moniker. Though I do believe I heard "Spectacular Spider-Man" was also in the offing. What do you guys think? Are you interested in the new Spider-Man movie, or just kinda meh on it? And what do you think of the New Avengers direction in general?
  21. If you haven't seen it yet, this Disney's slate of movies being released through Summer 2017. Most of us probably knew about those Marvel and Star Wars movies, but with the inclusion of those new animated films and some live action stuff (Tomorrowland, Beauty and the Beast, Pirates of the Caribbean), Disney looks like it's going in for the kill, man. Also, how did I not hear that they were doing a Pete's Dragon reboot? lol Anyhow, that is a pretty killer lineup for a two-year time period; if even a third of those do massive numbers (better than expected), Disney is probably on its way to competing with Apple as one of the highest-earning companies in the world. What do you think of the lineup? Anything you're looking forward to in particular?
  22. Didn't expect this to drop today, but here we are. The first theatrical trailer for Fantastic Four is here (previous one was a teaser); check it out. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_rRoD28-WgU#t=157 I'm a little surprised that they ended up showing Doom since I would have thought that'd be a big moment to reveal in the movie, but yeah. Personally, not sure what to think of the movie right now. It probably has more potential than the 2005 Fantastic Four did, but I really don't think The Thing looks very good in this one. We'll see what happens, I guess. What did you guys think?
  23. Dunno if Tomorrowland has been on your radars before this, but it's certainly on mine after seeing the new trailer today. Go George Clooney, wooooo. Also, it's being directed by Brad Bird (of Incredibles and Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol fame), so yeah. What do you guys think?
  24. http://www.polygon.com/2015/1/5/7494743/scarlett-johansson-ghost-in-the-shell-film Huh, so this is interesting. Apparently ScarJo has signed on to start in Dreamwork's upcoming Ghost in the Shell movie. But... ScarJo? Really? I get that they want a big name attached to it, but someone on Twitter pointed out someone who'd be perfect for that role... Seriously, get on that, Dreamworks. Anyhow, what do you guys think? ScarJo a good pick? And are you looking forward to the movie? Or are you hesitant about it now?