Wreck it Ralph – Ralph Breaks the Internet

Ralph Breaks the Internet

Disney has embraced the edgy animated movies that Dreamworks ushered in. Wreck it Ralph was one of those entries that really surprised in its performance. Of course a sequel was announced, but it is strange that it took six years to be made. It is awesome to see John C. Reilly getting work all over the place (he’s set to star in a new Laurel and Hardy movie titled Stan & Ollie). This movie sees Sarah Silverman returning as Vanellopek, Ed O’Neill as Mr. Litwak, and Jane Lynch as Calhoun.

Disney has pulled in a lot of star power to guarantee the success of this movie. Perhaps they’re feeling the pinch of Star Wars not succeeding and don’t want to take any chances. At any rate, Gal Gadot is leading that way as the new Villain turn Hero, Shank. She is joined by multiple Disney Princesses. To name a few, Kristin Bell as Anna from Frozen, Idina Menzel as Elsa from Frozen, Anika Noni Rose as Tiana from The Princess and the Frog, Mandy Moore as Rapunzel from Tangled, Ming-Na Wen as Mulan from Mulan and Auli’i Cravalho as Moana from Moana.

Expect this movie to be sweet and also have a message. Classic Disney staples. If you liked the first one, you’ll probably enjoy this one. I did and I expect to.

Captain Marvel – Is She Enough?

Captain Marvel

Carol Danvers becomes one of the universe’s most powerful heroes when Earth is caught in the middle of a galactic war between two alien races.

We know that this movie takes place in the 90s. We know that Nick Fury has two eyes, but what don’t we know?

Did you know that she was once upon a time called Ms. Marvel? Her predecessor was called Captain Marvel and she fought alongside the Avengers. Remember Rogue from The X-Men? Well did you know that she got her powers from Ms. Marvel? Rogue had the ability to siphon other people’s energy and powers. Rogue was misguided and had teamed with some bad people and when helping them with a job, Ms. Marvel intervened. Rogue was tasked with distraction and grabbed Marvel and siphoned her powers.

Well she ended up hanging on a little too long and put Ms. Marvel into a coma, and gained the abilities that once belonged to Ms. Marvel. I always thought that was a neat origin. This movie will probably not delve into that story at all and will focus mostly in space. I wonder how much retroactive continuity (retcon) will take place in order to fit her into the story? Either way, the hype train is officially rolling and I am fully on board.

 

Mary Poppins Returns – Is it too late?

Mary Poppins Returns

Forty four years after the first movie, Mary Poppins is set to return. She is back to help the next generation of the Banks family find the joy and wonder missing in their lives following a personal loss. Emily Blunt stars as the practically-perfect nanny with unique magical skills who can turn any ordinary task into an unforgettable, fantastic adventure and Lin-Manuel Miranda plays her friend Jack, an optimistic street lamplighter who helps bring light—and life—to the streets of London.

If you watched Saving Mr. Banks, then you know that P.L. Travers did not like what Disney did with her story. But here they are again, trying to capture lightning in a bottle. And it will probably work. They are taking no chances, and it shows with their casting decisions. Along with Blunt and Miranda, we have Colin Firth, Meryl Streep, Angela Lansbury, and Dick Van Dyke.

Disney knows the formula for success and very rarely strays from it. Expect this movie to be a send up to the original, and that’s not necessarily a bad thing. Let’s hope it can capture the charm that the first one has carried for almost 50 years.

 

31 August – 2 September (2018) Weekend Box Office

                                         Weekend Gross           Total to Date

1   Crazy Rich Asians                                   $22,100,000                $110,826,388

2   The Meg                                                    $10,540,000                $120,526,416

3   Mission: Impossible – Fallout               $7,035,000                  $204,381,529

4   Searching                                                 $6,070,000                   $6,569,480

5   Operation Finale                                    $6,019,000                   $7,746,095

6   Disney’s Christopher Robin                 $5,178,000                   $85,586,868

7   Alpha                                                        $4,530,000                   $27,452,220

8   The Happytime Murders                      $4,410,000                   $17,025,694

9   BlacKkKlansman                                   $4,175,000                   $38,368,825

10  Mile 22                                                    $3,580,000                   $31,776,334

 

Crazy Rich Asians and The Meg are both from Warner Brothers, so they are enjoying a nice ride right now. The Meg had a $130 Million budget so they haven’t made their money back yet, but Crazy Rich Asians is more than making up for it with their $30 Million budget. MI: Fallout is still performing strong, it just boasted a $77 Million opening in China. Mile 22 ($50 Million budget) continues to struggle and puts STX Studios in a bind with two back to back bombs. They are also responsible for Happy Time Murders, which had a budget of $40 Million and hasn’t cracked half that. BlaKkKlansman and Crazy Rich Asians were the surprise hits of the summer. Both movies featured diverse casts with non-typical stories. Hollywood normally leans on A-List actors for success, but these movies are proving the opposite.

Upgrade – Not Man. Not Machine. More.

If you get the chance to see the movie Upgrade, I say do it! It was a throwback to old 90s movies in the gratuitous violence and action throughout, but that was also kind of endearing. Gory in some parts, awesome in the rest. It was a really fun movie. WARNING!!! This is the Red Band Trailer, so there is intense violence in this video.

What is Happening to Zayn Malik in Dusk Till Dawn?

What is happening in Dusk Till Dawn by Zayn, featuring Sia?

Theory: Zayn Malik is being protected during the events of Dusk Till Dawn. Let’s examine the evidence.

Zayn leaves the hotel to deliver the briefcase to his lady.  He is being followed by not only bad guys, but the police as well.  We know that he and his lady made the switch because when the police grab him he doesn’t have the briefcase. Here’s our first piece of evidence.

How in the world is a detective that incompetent to not know they had the wrong person? How does he not check his tattoo before he brings him in for questioning? That’s the key, he’s not incompetent. If anything, Zayn is by believing this ruse. The detective goes through the motion of “checking” his tattoo. They allow him to leave and Zayn does exactly what they want him to do. He leads them to his hideout. Let’s not forget, he had baddies chasing him. This brings us to our second piece of evidence.

When Zayn arrives at his hideout he knows he’s being followed. He dials 911 on his phone and lights the overdramatic firecracker and belts out some of his best vocals on this song. But who arrives after the 911 call? Exactly, the detective that let him go. He is protecting Zayn, but more importantly he is protecting the light in the briefcase. Now, what is the light? I hate to get corny here, but I think it is the innocence of Love. The detective is protecting love, the love of Zayn and brown/blonde hair woman. They needed it to get out from under evil and back into innocence. That’s why they are allowed to keep the briefcase and not allow it to fall into the hands of the scarred man. He was literally scarred from love and aims to destroy it.

The protector is not going to let that happen. Love belongs to them. They are Yin and Yang, hence their tattoos. They will survive to love another day. The story is timeless and the song is beautiful. Give it another listen.

What do you think?

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Living in History – Space X Falcon Heavy Launch

It was awesome getting to see the launch yesterday. I had CNN and Fox News on and I noticed that they both cut to the launch. I know it was a historic moment, but it was awesome to see both of them take a break from bickering with whatever problems they are covering to just cover something historic. I remember having a feeling, at least for 30 or so minutes, that the world forgot about its problems and just watched in awe. Congratulations to the crew of Space X for them monumental achievement and I hope that this is just the tip of the iceberg of what’s to come!

If you want to know what’s going on in space with the Tesla Roadster that they put on the rocket, you can find a live feed here!

Shape of Water – Overrated?

I’ve been mulling over this for a while now. I watched The Shape of Water and I was pretty underwhelmed. It’s a standard romantic drama. The only difference? It’s a literal monster she falls in love with. Other than that, there really is no difference to the formula. Don’t get me wrong, there are amazing performances throughout. Michael Shannon is simply wonderful and Sally Hawkins does a fantastic job of conveying so much without saying a word. But the movie itself is just okay. I don’t understand why it is getting so much hype. Guillermo del Toro has made amazing movies, but this one is just good. What am I not seeing?

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