Movie News Reaction: Indiana Jones 5

Why?

That was my first thought when reading the news that Harrison Ford and Steven Spielberg would be returning for the fifth Indiana Jones movie, due to come out in 2019.  I mean, didn’t we learn our lesson last time? Weren’t the aliens, CGI monkeys, surviving the nuke, and Shia LaBeouf enough to kill this franchise before it turns into a joke? Continue reading “Movie News Reaction: Indiana Jones 5”

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Final Thoughts on the 2016 Oscars

Let’s start with the most important thing that occurred during the 2016 Oscars- I was 14/18 on my predictions.  That’s pretty strong if I do say so myself.  I got all of the major categories correct with the exception of best supporting actor (more on that later) and I don’t really feel bad about missing 3 technical awards.  Although now I’ve learned my lesson and should have just assumed Mad Max would win everything. Continue reading “Final Thoughts on the 2016 Oscars”

2016 Oscar Predictions

With the Academy Awards tonight, I am giving you guys my predictions for the winners.  I have separated them into 2 different categories: what I want to win and what I think will win, which are usually very different.  Before we get to it I am posting links to every Oscar nominated movie I have seen and reviewed in case you want to go back and check them out: Continue reading “2016 Oscar Predictions”

Movie News Reaction: Star Wars Records and Impact

Believe it or not, whether you’ve seen The Force Awakens or not, whether you even like Star Wars or not, you have all been part of history.  The newest addition to the Star Wars saga shattered pretty much every opening weekend record there is, including the U.S. domestic record.  It posted around 247 million there alone (close to my $250 million prediction).  But this is more than just how much money the movie made or how many records it broke.  Let’s take a step back and look at the impact this movie has made on the entire world.

Continue reading “Movie News Reaction: Star Wars Records and Impact”

Movie News Reaction: Die Hard Prequel

I haven’t done one of these news reactions in a while but I saw something today that I couldn’t let go and had to rant about- a Die Hard prequel.

My exact reaction when I heard this:

I can’t believe this is even a thought.  For those that don’t want to read the story, the gist is that there are early talks happening to produce a Die Hard prequel- a John McClane origin story of sorts.  It would go back in time before the first movie and follow a young McClane as a cop in New York.  As director, they are bringing back Len Wiseman- the guy who gave us the very average Live Free or Die Hard.  I don’t even know where to begin with this.  Anyone who knows me or has read my top 10 favorite movies knows Die Hard is my favorite movie.  But this franchise has to die… hard (pun obviously intended).  There hasn’t been a good one since the third and the most recent one was complete garbage that was almost universally hated.  Going back in time isn’t going to make it better. In fact, it might even make it worse.  Bruce Willis is John McClane.  He embodied the character in the original and made it great (before subsequently nearly destroying the character in the last 2 movies).  But no one else should play a younger version of the character.

Is this really what Hollywood has come to? I mean I knew creativity has been lacking a bit but we are seriously going with a Die Hard prequel? That’s the best pitch they have? Come on.  There have got to be more original ideas out there that need to be made.  But for some reason those in charge think Die Hard prequels and Point Break remakes are the best option.  I’ll never understand it.

I don’t like judging a movie before it comes out, and I like doing it even less for a movie that hasn’t even started production.  But I can’t see this movie being remotely good and it’s time to put one of my favorite franchises, and characters, to rest before it gets worse than it already is.

Let me know what you think of a potential Die Hard prequel in the comments.

Movie News Reaction: Spiderman Casting

When I first saw that Tom Holland was cast as the new Spiderman, I had the same reaction as I’m sure many of you did: Who? I have no idea who this kid is.  I haven’t seen any of the things he’s been in.  I’m sure he is a fine young actor and will make a fine Spiderman.  I will reserve my judgment of him until I see him in one of these movies (presumably Captain America Civil War).

My problem with the casting is not the actor.  It’s the whole idea of Spiderman being a kid. Why are they doing it this way? I would have much preferred an adult Peter Parker/Spiderman.  It would go with the theme of the other superheroes in this universe being adults.  It seems out of place to have all the superheroes fighting these armies trying to destroy everything and being joined by a kid.  It might be that way in the comics.  I have no idea as I’m not a comic book person and don’t know anything about Spiderman comics.  But as a movie fan, I would have rather them cast an adult as I would think that would fit more in the style of these movies.

That being said, I will give it a chance.  I’m hoping it surprises me and it ends up working.  I am unsure of the chances of that at this point, however. It is an interesting casting to say the least and only time will tell how it ends up working out.

What do you think of the casting? Let me know in the comments.

Movie News Reaction: Jurassic World Breaking Box Office Record

$208.8 million dollars?  That’s a lot of money. 208.8 million dollars in a weekend? That’s a box office record.

Apparently people still really, really like dinosaurs.  Just about everyone in America (and the rest of the world) saw Jurassic World this weekend.  And because of that, it broke The Avengers’ record for most money made opening weekend.  That is quite an impressive feat in itself, even more so considering most predicted it to make around $125 million.  No one thought it would be the movie this year to break the record.  Many threw around Age of Ultron and Star Wars, but never Jurassic World.  There are many possibilities why the movie did so well.  One is that there hasn’t been a Jurassic Park sequel in 14 years, and there hasn’t been a good one ever.  So people were eager to return to the franchise they knew and loved when they were younger, and for kids now, start a new generation of fans.  Also, it is hard to make a dinosaur movie that isn’t Jurassic Park.  So there are very few of them out there, making it almost a novelty (even though it is a sequel). This is also a movie that can appeal to both adults and kids, despite it being fairly violent. All of these things could have contributed to it surpassing all expectations.

 

Due to it making so much money, it is only so long before they announce a sequel.  I am not completely against the idea, but I have my reservations.  There were a couple moments in this movie that sort of set up a sequel that I’m not so sure I liked the direction it was headed.  But I will reserve my thoughts on a sequel for a later time when we know it will exist and know a little about what it could be about.  I will approach it cautiously optimistic.

Jurassic World holds the box office title for now, but I think it will be short lived.  I don’t see any way that Star Wars: The Force Awakens doesn’t take the top spot when it is released in December.  That movie is similar to this one in that it is a franchise that fans desperately want to return to and really want to be good and put Star Wars movies back on the right track after the prequels.  It will also appeal to both kids and adults.  It will be a box office monster and I fully expect it to take the top spot away from Jurassic World.