The Fast & Furious Spinoff Is One of the Best Decisions In Years

Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Jason Statham are getting their own movie together. It was announced by Universal Pictures that Luke Hobbs and Deckard Shaw, introduced in Fast Five and The Fast & The Furious 6, are teaming up. I loathed The Fate of the Furious. The movie gave me a headache. But these two were the two bright spots in such a meandering film. They seemed to be the only ones who were aware of what kind of movie they were in.

Instead of Vin Diesel being ultra serious in every scene or Tyrese Gibson being a walking stereotype, they seemed to get it. Hamming it up at almost every turn but always serious when the action started kicking in. A real throwback to some of the films of the 80’s and 90’s.  There was always this goofy charm whenever they were onscreen especially when interacting with one another. The Fast franchise has become an ultra serious movie where the main character grumbles his way through darkness. The two characters bring some levity to proceedings.

Rumor has it that Universal Pictures to write and direct the film. I hope that this is true because Shane Black is someone who keeps the whole “buddy action” film genre alive. Last year’s, The Nice Guys, was one of the best films of the year. If he could bring something like to the bombastic world of The Fast and the Furious then it would be all the better for it. I am hoping that this film works out as I’m a big fan of Dwayne Johnson and find Jason Statham enjoyable.

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Why I’m Exicted About “It” (2017)

There is no hiding that when I was a little kid, I used to be afraid of watching 1990’s “It” miniseries. Something about Tim Curry’s portrayal always stuck with me. But as time went on, that fear slowly subsided and I saw the miniseries for what it was. Frankly it’s kind of bad. Other than the performances by Curry and the child actors, there’s nothing really great about it. Some of it has to do with the time and age it was produced and others have to do with it being a basic television miniseries. The book is firmly a mature read as it is full of violence and mature themes. It would have to be due to being about basically a killer clown.

So news came about the movie being in development and it has been in development for years. I honestly didn’t think that the film was going to be produced at that point. But finally Mama director, Andy Muschetti signed on and the ball just kept rolling on from there. Now about a year and a half later, the film is about to be released and anticipation is high for the movie. In fact it is very high especially for a horror movie.

Many I know were hesitant because it was a “remake” despite not being anything of the sort. I can’t believe how many people I had to remind that the television miniseries from the 90’s was just that. Sure I know that home releases edited the two together to make it seem like a four hour movie but people really insisted that it came out in theaters. But now the people who are very much “anti” remakes/reboots are very much on board for this film.

It differentiates itself from the other adaptation by moving the time periods in which the story itself. The adolescent half takes place during the late 1980’s while the all but confirmed sequel will take place during modern times (presumably 2016). The horror aspect which has been increased to match the tone of the books. You will actually get to see Pennywise get to be a monster, killing and dark humor included. There is also characters that were omitted such as Patrick, a member of local bully Henry Bowers, are included in this as his character was way too dark for a 1990’s tv adaptation.

My problem with a lot of horror movies is that they seem to take the cheap and uninteresting take in producing them. Even though this movie does not have the largest budget, it certainly doesn’t have a small budget either. The team behind the film seems to be squeezing out every penny that they can out of their budget to deliver the best product that they can.  When hearing Andy Muschetti promote the film, you can tell that he also wanted to deliver the best. While staying true to the novel, knowing that not everything works on screen as it does print.

The marketing for the film has also been on point. The first trailer for the film never gave clear shot of Pennywise other than little brief glimpses. Then pictures started to pour out and with the second trailer, we actually got to see more of Pennywise but it was still very much limited. Then with the TV spots, we still never see much of Pennywise other than really brief glimpses. The most we ever see of him is from the iconic sewer scene between he and Georgie. The most terrifying one for me was the “Wonder Day” TV spot where it ends on a seriously dark bit of humor that was unexpected. Watch it here:

Though I may have some issues with Warner Bros. and how they are handling the DCEU, I can’t help but tip my hat to them on how they are handling this. It has me both equally terrified and excited to see the movie. I always pre-ordered my ticket for Thursday, just so I can have a great seat to watch it.

Top 5 Best Movies of 2017 (So Far)

  1. Get Out – As someone’s who dated a lot of white women (not on some fetish level), this movie struck a poignant nerve wp-1488380042506.png
  2. Logan – Hugh Jackman has played the character of Wolverine since 2000 and the movies he’s been in have fluctuated in quality. But leaving the franchise on a high note. wp-1483717119151.jpg
  3. Split – Talk about a surprise. A great small film with some big aspirations. James McAvoy deserves an Oscar for his performance(s) in this one. split
  4. The Lost City of Z – Hey look Charlie Hunnam can act. A dramatic look at a real life explorer who found himself more at home in the jungles than with his own family. The_Lost_City_of_Z_(film)
  5. John Wick: Chapter 2 – A movie that knows exactly what it is and relishes in it. John-Wick-Chapter-Two-2017-movie-poster

Top 5 Worst Movies of 2017 (So Far)

  1. Fifty Shades Darker  – what an awful movie. The BDSM community should be offended by this monstrositywp-1486658937450.jpg
  2. Transformers: The Last Knight – just kill the franchise and reboot it. The Transformers deserve better Transformers_The_Last_Knight_poster
  3. Baywatch – When a studio sees the success of 21 Jump Street but fails spectacularly trying to replicate it Baywatch-600x338
  4. Resident Evil: The Final Chapter – the nightmare is finally over Resident_Evil_The_Final_Chapter_poster
  5. Ghost in the Shell – whitewashing controversy aside…this is a style over substance movie ghost-in-the-shell-movie.jpg

Stephen King’s It (2017) Teaser Trailer Relased

This movie looks terrifying. Despite pictures being released of Pennywise, the trailer never really features a lingering shot of the monster clown. This helps build up suspense for when we get an actual reveal. Plus, that slideshow sequence was absolutely terrifying. I am not the biggest horror fan but this movie has me hyped.

Top 10 Most Anticipated Movies of 2017

So a new year is upon us and thus that means a whole field of new movies to be released. Since it’s so early in the year, it’s a bit more questionable about the smaller releases in the year. So this list will primarily consist of the bigger movies but there will be smaller releases here and there:

10. The Founder – Honestly who hasn’t been to McDonald’s in their lifetime? So when a movie comes out about how McDonald’s was taken from a small chain to a worldwide franchise, it sparks my interest. As with most large corporations, there had to be shady dealings to get the company where it is today. Michael Keaton lately has never done wrong even in stuff like Need for Speed.

9. Logan – the suuposed final movie for Hugh Jackman and Patrick Stewart as Logan/Wolverine and Professor Xavier. Much about the movie is unknown except that it will be R rated and feature a little girl and the Reavers.

8. Kingsman: The Golden Circle – the sequel to the surprise hit of 2015. I highly enjoyed the first movie and wonder where the sequel is going to go. All we know is that the Kingsman will be interacting with their American equivalents. 

7. Kong: Skull Island – well it is a movie about a giant ape. The largest version of Kong put to screen. 

6. Spider-Man: Homecoming – Spider-Man is one of my favorite heroes and this will be his first movie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

5. Get Out – as someone who’s been in a lot of interracial relationships, this kinda hits close to home. I think we’ve all been there where we visit our significant other’s family and you dont know how they’ll be. Now add in a horror element and you’ve got one of my most anticipated movies. 

4. Thor: Ragnarok – Thor + Hulk to stop the destruction of everything. Count me in

3. Wonder Woman – the premiere female superhero finally getting her own movie

2. Star Wars: Episode VIII – it’s no secret that I’m a Star Wars nut. So here we are with the continuing adventures of the Skywalker saga

1.  Justice League – I’m a fan of Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice despite its flaws. The Justice League is my favorite superhero team. So even though people have been iffy on the DC Extended Universe, it will still be interesting to see how the premiere team of the DC Universe comes together on the big screen for the first time.

Top 10 Best Movies of 2016

10. La La Land – not what I was expecting 

9. Fences – a film carried by strong performances with two powerhouse actors in the lead 

8. The Nice Guys – a welcome throwback

7. Rogue One – putting the war in Star Wars

6. Hell or High Water – an exploration of the middle America

5. 13th – an exploration of how far America has come and how far it hasn’t 

4. Captain America: Civil War – it’s either Captain America 3 or Iron Man 4 or Avengers 2.5 but what a great film

3. Zootopia – an animated film with some deep pathos

2. Arrival – the alien invasion movie much more than about an invasion

1. Moonlight – the exploration about the black man in America

Top 10 Worst Movies of 2016

10. Suicide Squad – what a bland movie. I’ve seen it twice and nothing about it resonates 

9. X-Men: Apocalypse – what a snooze fest

8. Assassin’s Creed – the movie adaptation of a dying video game franchise 

7. Boo! A Madea Halloween – Tyler Perry doing Tyler Perry things 

6. Yoga Hosers – well this was a thing

5. Zoolander No. 2 – the sequel no one wanted

4. Ride Along 2 – Kevin Hart screaming for 90 minutes 

3. Alice Through The Looking Glass – another sequel no one wanted

 

2. Gods of Egypt – the not so mighty Gods

1. Independence Day: Resurgence – the sequel that everyone thought they wanted but realized they didn’t