Our thoughts on Avengers 2
June Movies: Entourage, Insidious Chapter 3, Spy, Jurassic World, Inside Out, The Transporter Refueled, Max, Ted 2
June DVD & Bluray Releases: Sponge Bob Square Pants, Focus, Jupiter Ascending, McFarland USA, Kingsman The Secret Service, The Duff, Project Almanac, Chappie, Run All Night, The Lazarus Effect, Unfinished Business, Get Hard, The Gunman.
June Video Game Releases: The Escapist, The Elder Scrolls Online, Operations Abyss New Tokyo Legacy, Lego Jurassic World, Payday 2 Crimewave Edition, Canvaleon, Batman Arkham Knight, Devil May Cry 4, Final Fantasy XIV Heavesward, Ride, J-Star Victory VS+.
Movie Classic: Monty Python and the Holy Grail.
The List: Movies you only need to watch once.
So I finally got to see Avengers 2, better late than never right. Of course after the first one you can only have extremely high expectations. Josh Wheddon is back in the directors chair and the cast is all returning to the roles they had in the first one.
I don’t think I really have to explain much about the story. Ultron is created and his plan to bring peace to the planet is not in line with what is good for humanity. This puts Ultron and the Avengers on a crash course that could be devastating.
As we have come to expect the action is incredible. Speaking of incredible the hulk once again steals the show. His action scenes and his ability to smash things are some of my favorite scenes. The movie also brings in some new characters to the fray. We get to see Quicksilver, Vision and Scarlet Witch introduced to the story as well as some glimpses of a few others. I know they want to make spin off movies on several of those characters so that is no surprise that they would introduce them.
Let me start this next section by saying that I would still give this movie a 4 1/2 our of 5 so when I talk about the flaws of the film I do so only because I want to suggest that it does have a few and it also proves that I am writing the review as more than just a fan boy. The first complaint I have is how much they continue to over emphasize the must work as a team or we won’t survive. This carry’s over from the first film but I thought it was established in that film the importance of working together as a team and that a quick reference to that would have been enough. In the first one everyone was turning against each other and the team almost wiped itself out, in this one mind control almost does the exact same thing so it felt at times like nothing new. Still despite those few flaws it still was a great film and well worth the expectations.
Overall I enjoyed this film. A few of the scenes got a little long but it still was full of action. We got to see the characters doing what they do best. For some that is smashing, others blowing things up, and others being the calm in the middle of a storm. It was well done and I will look forward to the two part conclusion to the series that will be coming in the future.
The first look at Quentin Tarantino‘s upcoming Western movie “Hateful Eight” has been unveiled.
Entertainment Weekly gave the filmmaker’s loyal fans a glimpse at Samuel L. Jackson, Jennifer Jason Leigh and Kurt Russell as three of the “Hateful Eight” in costume on a new cover that the publication debuted online on Thursday.
Russell takes the lead as a bounty hunter, while Leigh stars as his fugitive in her first collaboration with Tarantino. Jackson, who has starred in numerous Tarantino productions, plays Major Marquis Warren, a union soldier turned infamous bounty hunter.
Walton Goggins, Tim Roth, Michael Madsen, Bruce Dern, Channing Tatum and Demian Bichir also star in the Western set six or eight or 12 years after the Civil War.
The action follows Russell and Leigh who encounter a series of colorful characters when they seek refuge from a blizzard at Minnie’s Haberdashery, a stagecoach stopover. As the storm overtakes the mountainside, the eight travelers come to learn they may not make it to Red Rock after all.
Tarantino told EW the movie will be more intimate than his last two productions, “Inglourious Basterds” and “Django Unchained.”
“For me it has more of a Western ‘Iceman Cometh’ kind of vibe about it,” Tarantino said.
The Weinstein Company will release “The Hateful Eight” later this year.
Alex Garland, writer of 28 Days Later and Sunshine, makes his directorial debut with the stylish and cerebral thriller, EX MACHINA. Caleb Smith (Domhnall Gleeson), a programmer at an internet-search giant, wins a competition to spend a week at the private mountain estate of the company’s brilliant and reclusive CEO, Nathan Bateman (Oscar Isaac).
Upon his arrival, Caleb learns that Nathan has chosen him to be the human component in a Turing Test—charging him with evaluating the capabilities, and ultimately the consciousness, of Nathan’s latest experiment in artificial intelligence. That experiment is Ava (Alicia Vikander), a breathtaking A.I. whose emotional intelligence proves more sophisticated––and more deceptive––than the two men could have imagined.
Avengers 3 hires Captain America writers to make 2 part finale
Does this really need to be two parts, why not just make two movies that can have some carry over of story lines?
Marvel has confirmed that “Captain America” writers Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely will write “Avengers: Infinity War – Part 1” and “Avengers: Infinity War – Part 2.”
Marvel executives are big fans of the duo, who have previously written Marvel’s “Captain America: The First Avenger,” “Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” and “Captain America: Civil War.”
Markus and McFeely will once again team with directors Joe and Anthony Russo for the two-part climax to Phase 3 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. “Avengers: Infinity War – Part 1” will hit theaters May 4, 2018, with the second part following on May 3, 2019.
“Chris and Steve have been an integral part of the Marvel family since the early days of Phase 1, and their work speaks for itself,” said producer Kevin Feige. “We couldn’t be more excited to have them with us to help guide the Avengers through their biggest story yet.”
In addition to writing all three films in Marvel’s “Captain America” franchise, Markus and McFeely also created “Marvel’s Agent Carter, which premiered earlier this year on ABC, and co-wrote Marvel’s “Thor: The Dark World.” Beyond their work for Marvel, Markus and McFeely also wrote Michael Bay‘s “Pain & Gain,” the Ben Kingsley hitman movie “You Kill Me,” and “The Life and Death of Peter Sellers.”
The CW’s “Arrow”-“Flash” spinoff has been titled “DC’s Legends of Tomorrow” and has been picked up to series for the 2015-2016 season.
“Legends of Tomorrow” stars Victor Garber, Brando Routh, Caity Lotz, Dominic Purcell and Wentworth Miller, all reprising superhero or supervillain roles they first played on “Arrow” or “The Flash,” along with newcomers Arthur Darvill, Franz Drameh and Ciara Renee.
DC’S LEGENDS OF TOMORROW
When heroes alone are not enough… the world needs legends. Having seen the future, one he will desperately try to prevent from happening, time-traveling rogue Rip Hunter is tasked with assembling a disparate group of both heroes and villains to confront an unstoppable threat – one in which not only is the planet at stake, but all of time itself. Can this ragtag team defeat an immortal threat unlike anything they have ever known? DC’S LEGENDS OF TOMORROW stars Victor Garber (“The Flash,” “Alias”); Brandon Routh (“Arrow,” “Superman Returns”); Arthur Darvill (“Doctor Who”); Caity Lotz (“Arrow”); Ciarra Renee (“Pippin”); Franz Drameh (“Edge of Tomorrow”); with Dominic Purcell (“The Flash,” “Prison Break”); and Wentworth Miller (“The Flash,” “Prison Break”). Based on the characters from DC Comics, DC’S LEGENDS OF TOMORROW is from Bonanza Productions Inc. in association with Berlanti Productions and Warner Bros. Television, with executive producers Greg Berlanti (“The Flash,” upcoming “Pan”), Marc Guggenheim (“Eli Stone,” “Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters”), Andrew Kreisberg (“The Flash,” “Eli Stone,” “Warehouse 13”) and Sarah Schechter (“The Flash,” upcoming “Pan”).
Beverly Hills Cop 4 still in development but delayed
Eddie Murphy‘s comeback vehicle will have to wait a little while longer, as Paramount has taken Brett Ratner‘s “Beverly Hills Cop 4” off its release schedule, a studio insider with knowledge of the situation has stated.
It was just more than one year ago that Paramount announced it would release “Beverly Hills Cop 4” on March 25, 2016. While the film remains in development, it has not moved forward as quickly as Paramount originally envisioned, though recent movement in the studio’s executive suites has complicated matters.
The delay may ultimately prove to be a blessing in disguise for “Beverly Hills Cop 4,” which would’ve found itself going head-to-head with “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” on March 25, 2016. As much goodwill as audiences still have for Axel Foley, it’s hard to compete with the Caped Crusader and the Man of Steel.
Jerry Bruckheimer is returning to produce “Beverly Hills Cop 4,” and the last reported writers were Josh Appelbaum and Andre Nemec. The sequel is expected to take Murphy’s beloved cop Axel Foley back to his Detroit roots
This past January, Murphy told Rolling Stone that script concerns were the primary reason behind the film being slow in production.
“They[‘re] still trying to get that script right. I’m not doing a ‘Beverly Hills Cop’ unless they have a really incredible script. I’ve read a couple things that look like they can make some paper, but I’m not doing a shitty movie just to make some paper. The shit got to be right,” said Murphy.
Paramount recently moved its big-budget gamble “Monster Trucks” from this year’s crowded Christmas frame to March 18, 2016. That decision was the writing on the wall for the delay of “Beverly Hills Cop 4,” as the studio wouldn’t likely release two big movies on consecutive weekends.
Tony Hawk is back! After a long hiatus, the beloved skating franchise is back and hopefully better than ever. Many years have passed since the last decent installment in the franchise, but now we will get a proper sequel to THPS 4.
The 5th installment is going to go back to its roots and get back to the aspects of the game that many people loved. This new game was teased a couple of times via tweets and short video clips, but with it officially announced, I am really excited.
The last game that was, at least in my mind, considered a good Tony Hawk game, was Project 8. I actually really enjoyed that game. The problem is that ever since then there has been crappy mobile games that just didn’t cut it. The only redeeming Tony Hawk game recently, was the HD remake of the first one.
With that all being said, I am pumped and ready for this fall. So many games are on my radar now. It seems like it is going to be a great year.
For more on Tony Hawk, check out the first look from Gameinformer. Speaking of, if you get the magazine each month, THPS 5 will have a lengthy article in June’s issue.
Keep it close to the Nut Gallery review for more on all things entertainment.
My esteemed colleagues for the Nut Gallery Review are not to big on horror films. Mostly Shaun, but Jason can live without them to. For me though, horror is my favorite genre. So naturally when I heard they were making an IT remake, I was somewhat thrilled. I am only somewhat thrilled because I love the classic and I don’t want them ruining it for me.
I have high hopes for this remake. I have never seen True Detective cause I don’t have HBO, but I have heard nothing but great things about the show. This makes it easier to have high hopes for IT since Cary Fukunaga is the director (True Detective director).
Released yesterday was the news that Fukunaga found an actor for the infamous clown. Pennywise will be played by Will Poulter. Poulter is a younger actor than expected to take on the clown, but he brings an interesting feel to the part. Poulter was recently in Maze Runner and also played a role in the third Chronicles of Narnia movie a few years ago.
I am excited for this remake. Like I said, it has a very good director and now, what I would say, a good actor to play Pennywise. What I am even more excited about is that they are making it into two films. One is based on the childhood of the lead characters, and the other one will be their adult lives. This was to be expected considering that is how the original did it (see what I did there).
Anyway, no release date has been announced but the movie starts production in New York this summer. For more on the film, check out IMDb.