For those who haven’t yet seen KONG SKULL ISLAND, see it..

It could be the best movie of this type (monsters bashing each other and humans being caught in the crosshairs) since JURASSIC WORLD..

Mostly kid-friendly. I worry about those things now that I have a son. He noted that the “big” curse was in it once, and that there were lots of ‘poops but just the other word’ being uttered.

Despite the number of violent deaths, it’s relatively gore free..

And it’s just cool.

Really cool.

I really wish it would have come out in the summer instead of the dead of winter–this is the type of film that summers are made for..

My opinion doesn’t amount to more than a hill of rotted beans, but I think this year’s Razzies Award pick for ‘worst’ film is the ‘worst’ pick they could have chosen.. It went political. The movie yielding the the banner of worst of 16: HILLARY’S AMERICA by Dinesh D’Souza..

The annual tongue-in-cheek Razzie awards, which serve as an antidote to Hollywood’s Oscars ceremony, named Dinesh D’Souza’s “Hillary’s America: The Secret History of the Democratic Party” as the worst film of 2016.  D’Souza, a conservative commentator and best-selling author, was named worst actor for narrating his documentary and worst director alongside Bruce Schooley. Worst actress went to the person who portrayed Clinton in the film.

 I get that Hollywood is anti-Trump, pro Hillary.. I understand that this is their time to make statements.. But I am increasingly wary of how political EVERYTHING is .. Even the Razzies, the awards meant to poke fun and be sarcastic to Hollywood. Instead it’s given Hollywood a vehicle to poke at Trump. Which is fine. Which is dandy. But it’s also getting obnoxious. I just want to go through a day without seeing anything about Donald Trump, or politics.. Just one day. 24 hours.. A cycle of freedom and beauty! But it will never abound. Instead, it’s everywhere.. it surrounds us.. it inhabits us.. it precludes us from sanity.
The Razzies gave BATMAN VS SUPERMAN four awards. If it wasn’t for the political statement that was being made, Affleck’s awful disasterpiece action film would have been the sound winner for worst movie in 2016. It would have been well deserved. BATMAN VS SUPERMAN featured an array of boredom coupled with a sickening and dazzling display of non-creativity. It was the worst movie of 2016.

Dinesh D’Souza robbed Affleck!

Jordan Peele plans to direct a whole series of horror movies about ‘social demons’:

Peele is giving us the social commentary horror film GET OUT. If you did not hear about it yet, you will. In “Get Out,” a young black man (Daniel Kaluuya) finds himself in a very messed up situation —actually a massive understatement — when he goes out to the country to visit his white girlfriend’s (Allison Williams) family. We won’t give anything else away, but if you’ve seen the trailer, you can get a hint of how Peele created a unique chiller that explores real ideas and attitudes about race, some of them quite ugly.

But he won’t be done with that movie, apparently.. more are coming. 

From Jason Guerrasio:

But this is far from a one-and-done for Peele. He recently told Business Insider that “Get Out” is the first in a collection of movies he wants to direct that examine what he calls “social demons.”

“I have four other social thrillers that I want to unveil in the next decade,” Peele told Business Insider. “The best and scariest monsters in the world are human beings and what we are capable of especially when we get together. I’ve been working on these premises about these different social demons, these innately human monsters that are woven into the fabric of how we think and how we interact, and each one of my movies is going to be about a different one of these social demons.”

Peele’s examination of race and alienation in “Get Out” is an impressive, confident directorial debut. We can’t wait to see what he will throw at us next, though we’re also pretty afraid.

Paramount’s Rings and STX’s teen romance The Space Between Us which are respectively opening to $12.8M in second and $3.8M in seventh..

The entire concept of RINGS appears to be oddly disjointed anyway.. it has been 15 years since the original VHS related horror flick. The mess of this film attempts to bind together early century technology with modern file sharing, and what could have been a clever homage to some other time and age turns into a clunky pile of 21st century junk..

But guess what’s first? Pretty exciting news for an M Night Shyalaman fan like myself: SPLIT is still in the lead box – three weeks now and running..

And it’s actually the first title in Shyamalan’s resume to hold the No. 1 spot at the B.O. for three weeks in a row since 1999’s The Sixth Sense!  Talk about old style century tech getting its revenge!

Good show M NIGHT..

SPLIT was a good film with (to me) not the greatest ending of M Night’s career.. but he was setting Philadelphia up for a sequel whether the King of Prussia mall is ready for it or not..  Bruce Willis is.

Late night estimates put Split at $14.7M for the weekend, and a running cume by Sunday of $98.8M, -8% behind Sixth Sense at the same point in time..

Prognosticators don’t think that SPLIT outshines SENSE, as a matter of fact by Valentine’s Day plenty of other films–included animated and a lot of SHADES of gray–will fill theaters..

The predictions for the final tallies: 

1.) Split (UNI/Blumhouse) 3,373 theaters (+174)  /$4.8M Fri (-39%)/3-day: $14.7M (-43%)/Total: $98.8M/Wk 3

2.) Rings (Par) 2,931 theaters /$5.2M Fri. (includes $800K previews)/3-day: $12.8/Wk 1

3.) Hidden Figures (Fox) 3,401 theaters (+50)/$3M Fri (-20%)   /3-day: $10.4M (-26%)/Total: $119.7M/Wk 7

4.) A Dog’s Purpose (UNI/Amblin/Walden) 3,178 theaters   (+120)/$2.8M Fri (-46%)  /3-day: $10.1m (-45%)/Total: $32.1/Wk 2

5.) La La Land (Lionsgate) 3,236 (+100) /$2.3M Fri (-31%)/3-day:$8.2m (-33%)/Total:$119.1M/ Wk 9

6.) Resident Evil: The Final Chapter (SONY) 3,104 theaters  (0) /$1.36M Fri (-73%) / 3-day: $4M (-71%)/Total: $21.4M/Wk 2

7.) The Space Between Us (STX) 2,812 theaters   /$1.48M Fri. (includes $170K previews)/3-day: $3.8M/Wk 1

8/9) Sing (ILL/UNI), 2,293 theaters (-409) /$905K Fri.(-33%) /3-day cume: $3.75M (-41%)/Total: $262.6M/Wk 7

Lion (TWC) 1,405 theaters  (+830) /$1.1K Fri (+83%) /3-day: $3.75M (+63%)/Total: $24.4M/Wk 11

10.) xXx: The Return Xander Cage (PAR/REV) 2,478 theaters (-1,178)  /$1.1M Fri (-50%)/3-day: $3.6M (-58%)/Total: $39.9M/ Wk 3

REVIEWS ARE MOSTLY POSITIVE FOR ROGUE ONE…….

Except….

The story goes like this.. On Monday, critics finally got to see the newest STAR WARS film.. the reviews? Most good. Some mixed..
Some really, really awful..

The New York Times. A.O. Scott called it a “thoroughly mediocre movie” with “a surprisingly hackish script.”

“Rogue One,” named for the call sign of an imperial cargo ship appropriated by rebel fighters, is the opposite of that vessel. Masquerading as a heroic tale of rebellion, its true spirit is Empire all the way down.

In USA Today,

“Rogue One” feels small in scale, even with its signature heroism and sci-fi action, and its main players mostly lack the charm that made Rey, Finn and Poe in last year’s “The Force Awakens” — or Han, Luke and Leia back in the day — so special.

Stephanie Zacharek wrote in Time

“Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” will not change lives for the worse or for the better, and it will — or ought to — offend no one. Welcome to the Republic of the Just O.K.

The New Yorker

The director of “Rogue One,” Gareth Edwards, has stepped into a mythopoetic stew so half-baked and overcooked, a morass of pre-instantly overanalyzed implications of such shuddering impact to the series’ fundamentalists, that he lumbers through, seemingly stunned or constrained or cautious to the vanishing point of passivity, and lets neither the characters nor the formidable cast of actors nor even the special effects, of which he has previously proved himself to be a master, come anywhere close to life.

The PUBLIC gets to see the movie this week.. it’s all about to happen. And it will be huge. But how long-lasting?

We have come a long way since George Lucas.. and in a time far far away, we are bound to wonder if ROGUE ONE holds the interest of STAR WARS fans and makes the cash that recent films have…

 

Here is the synopsis of the film KUBO AND THE TWO STRING:

Living with his mother in peace, Kubo’s life is changed when he is tasked with finding the sword unbreakable, armor and helmet to defeat his sinister aunts and destructive grandfather. To assist, a monkey and beetle are on hand to help him.

But it goes from there to become one of the greatest and most powerful movies I have ever seen..

My son Ayden took note of the ads on TV for it, we decided as a family to make a movie day. None of us were ready for the wild ride of emotions that hit us.. From laughter and sadness to complete tears and enormous joy and pride of the hero of our film..

Kubo starts with a story that we should not blink.. that the story about to be told is very important.. It is not a lie.

One of my favorite entertainment sites the Flickering Myth has a good review of the film on its site. But not even the review does justice .. the movie is beyond emotional..

By the time the final act arrives, and the remake of MY GUITAR GENTLY WEEPS begins to play, Mom and Dad were tearful wrecks while Ayden was asking to see the movie again.

It was deep and meaningful.. it had moments for children and adults.. very strong, strong moments.

It is one of the best movies I have ever seen.

The trailers aren’t good..
The previews don’t seem to help a thing..
Excitement should be building for SUICIDE SQUAD, released this week in more than 4,000 theaters, but instead the movie is being plagued by awful reviews and equally terrible word of mouth stories from screenings..

Perhaps one reason why: Dave Canfield from SLATE discovered  this:

According to writer Kim Masters, two versions of the film—director David Ayer’s more “somber” cut and the studio’s more commercial one (with “jazzed-up graphics” and more characters introduced earlier in the film)—were tested as late as May, with the outcome a proposed, studio-leaning compromise between the two that required “millions of dollars’ worth of additional photography.” Other sources that chimed in described Ayer as “exhausted,” in a “panic,” and “under a lot—a lot—of pressure.” Warner Bros. also declined to get behind the director’s next project, the Will Smith–starring Bright, which was instead scooped up by Netflix in a$90 million deal.

While these are only a few pieces to a complicated puzzle, they do provide insight into the final version of Suicide Squad that will be released in theaters on Friday. Critics’ complaints of tonal dissonance, a reliance on cameos, and a general lack of coherence certainly reflect what reportedly occurred behind closed doors. And regardless, the fact that two distinct visions of this movie remained in opposition until the last minute could indicate serious trouble for what’s to come. For starters: Could the relatively light trailer for Justice League be masking similar tensions?

A movie that is basically a 2 hour trailer…
Who wants to watch that?

What ‘Blade’ Can Teach Marvel’s ‘Doctor Strange’ About Superhero Horror Movies :

Great article..
Money quote:

Because aside from integrating superheroes into supernatural settings, the tones of both films (and Hellboy) are noticeably darker than the rest of Marvel’s offering. Derrickson is a director who built his name on horror films, and while Del Toro actually only directed the second Blade film, he matched the tone of the first film, while improving on the style for the sequel. And while Doctor Strange will not be rated-R like the Blade films, the two movies offer successful examples of how to make a reliably dark, scary, action packed thriller.

BLADE was a masterpiece.. DOCTOR STRANGE doesn’t yet have the feel of one but looks dark, gloomy, and rough.. It looks like if it was made right, it could devour you and spit you out by the end of the film. That’s either great or awful..

I think I’m still surprised that this movie was made. It’s quite frankly the least known MARVEL character that has come out in film over recent years..

Benedict Cumberbatch’s leading name in credits could help gain an audience. But only if it’s done right will the film have any staying power.

Like BLADE.

There’s good music. Lots of action.. And an apparent imitation of Heath Ledger’s Joker if you listen close to Jared Leto.
 And lots of semen. Sex. Blood. And anal beads.. Leto at least conjectured that much.
 
 Here are two screen shots of the E ONLINE expertise about what is contained in the new trailer..:
 
 

 It may not be your cup of tea. It certainly will not be a kid friendly August movie, despite retailers exposing children to toys of the Suicide Squad characters..
 
 I was very hopefully for this film.. Anticipated it highly.. But now as I see the trailer in full detail I’m beginning to get a bad taste in my mouth..
 
 That or movie trailers all just seem the same anymore.. Full and lifeless.
 
 And if there is semen and sex as promised, the trailer was certainly tame compared to the anticipated rancid sexbath we’ll be taking come the hottest month of the year..

In case you cannot stomach the often atrocity that the MTV movie awards can become.. winners are already announced. The not live show is at 8.. Until then, here’s what happened:

Movie of the Year
Avengers: Age of Ultron
Creed
Deadpool
Jurassic World

WINNER: Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Straight Outta Compton

Best Female Performance
Alicia Vikander (Ex Machina)
Anna Kendrick (Pitch Perfect 2)
WINNER: Charlize Theron (Mad Max: Fury Road)
Daisy Ridley (Star Wars: The Force Awakens)
Jennifer Lawrence (Joy)
Morena Baccarin (Deadpool)

Best Male Performance
Chris Pratt (Jurassic World)
WINNER: Leonardo DiCaprio (The Revenant)
Matt Damon (The Martian)
Michael B. Jordan (Creed)
Ryan Reynolds (Deadpool)
Will Smith (Concussion)

Breakthrough Performance
Amy Schumer (Trainwreck)
Brie Larson (Room)
WINNER: Daisy Ridley (Star Wars: The Force Awakens)
Dakota Johnson (Fifty Shades of Grey)
John Boyega (Star Wars: The Force Awakens)
O’Shea Jackson Jr. (Straight Outta Compton)

Best Comedic Performance
Amy Schumer (Trainwreck)
Kevin Hart (Ride Along 2)
Melissa McCarthy (Spy)
Rebel Wilson (Pitch Perfect 2)
WINNER: Ryan Reynolds (Deadpool)
Will Ferrell (Get Hard)

Best Action Performance
WINNER: Chris Pratt (Jurassic World)
Dwayne Johnson (San Andreas)
Jennifer Lawrence (The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 2)
John Boyega (Star Wars: The Force Awakens)
Ryan Reynolds (Deadpool)
Vin Diesel (Furious 7)

Best Hero
Charlize Theron (Mad Max: Fury Road)
Chris Evans (Avengers: Age of Ultron)
Daisy Ridley (Star Wars: The Force Awakens)
Dwayne Johnson (San Andreas)
WINNER: Jennifer Lawrence (The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 2)
Paul Rudd (Ant-Man)

Best Villain
WINNER: Adam Driver (Star Wars: The Force Awakens)
Ed Skrein (Deadpool)
Hugh Keays-Byrne (Mad Max: Fury Road)
James Spader (Avengers: Age of Ultron)
Samuel L. Jackson (Kingsman: The Secret Service)
Tom Hardy (The Revenant)

Best Virtual Performance
WINNER: Amy Poehler (Inside Out)
Andy Serkis (Star Wars: The Force Awakens)
Jack Black (Kung Fu Panda 3)
James Spader (Avengers: Age of Ultron)
Lupita Nyong’o (Star Wars: The Force Awakens)
Seth MacFarlane (Ted 2)

True Story
Concussion
Joy
Steve Jobs

WINNER: Straight Outta Compton
The Big Short
The Revenant

Documentary
WINNER: Amy
Cartel Land
He Named Me Malala
The Hunting Ground
The Wolfpack
What Happened, Miss Simone?

Ensemble Cast
Avengers: Age of Ultron
Furious 7
WINNER: Pitch Perfect 2
Star Wars: The Force Awakens
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 2
Trainwreck

Best Kiss
Amy Schumer & Bill Hader (Trainwreck)
Dakota Johnson & Jamie Dornan (Fifty Shades of Grey)
Leslie Mann & Chris Hemsworth (Vacation)
Margot Robbie & Will Smith (Focus)
Morena Baccarin & Ryan Reynolds (Deadpool)
WINNER: Rebel Wilson & Adam DeVine (Pitch Perfect 2)

Best Fight
WINNER: Deadpool (Ryan Reynolds) vs. Ajax (Ed Skrein) — Deadpool
Hugh Glass (Leonardo DiCaprio) vs. The Bear — The Revenant
Imperator Furiosa (Charlize Theron) vs. Max Rockatansky (Tom Hardy) — Mad Max: Fury Road
Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.) vs. Hulk (Mark Ruffalo) — Avengers: Age of Ultron
Rey (Daisy Ridley) vs. Kylo Ren (Adam Driver) — Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Susan Cooper (Melissa McCarthy) vs. Lia (Nargis Fakhri) — Spy

MTV Generation Award
Will Smith

Comedic Genius Award
Melissa McCarthy