The Pacific Rim sequel, now called Pacific Rim: Uprising, is presently before the cameras in Australia. The cameras are being overseen by accomplished cinematographer Dan Mindel, whose talented eye has been used on Star Trek and Star Wars: The Force Awakens, so naturally he’s a man who’s proud of his work. Like many in the entertainment business, he shares that work with updates on social media, but a recent post on Instagram might have shared more than the impression that Mindel is having fun on the set of the giant robots versus giant aliens sequel. (more…)
Whether you’re a fan of DC’s foray into a combined universe and its recent submissions of Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice or the poorly reviewed Suicide Squad, it’s hard to pass up on an opportunity to see DC’s biggest and baddest on the screen together for the first time. Justice League has finally put out some new promotional material and it is looking good! They have released the final look for five of the heroes, including Cyborg. (more…)
Here we go again… Every few years, we get another chapter of the Underworld franchise because, hey, why not. It’s not like the Underworld franchise has some overarching mythology like The Lord of the Rings or Harry Potter, it’s not like they’re building towards a cohesive universe featuring dozens of characters like Marvel or DC, and it’s not like the storytelling is so complex that screenwriters have to carefully walk over their footprints in the proverbial snow as to not cross any continuity fauxpas. But here we are again, more blue-tinted gunfire and bloodletting based around the idea that Kate Beckinsale is a gorgeous woman who looks great beating up people in skin-tight leather. (more…)
In looking back at Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country late last year, director Nicholas Meyer said in an interview that his one regret on the project was that he was kind of naive at the time. The end of the Cold War, which served as a thematic basis for the story, was not the end of history as they had though. Indeed life 25 years after the end of the Cold War might be even more dangerous, and ever more unpredictable than the 45 year stand-off between super powers. Despite Meyer’s personal feelings though, it’s hard to argue that The Undiscovered Country isn’t as prescient today as it was a quarter of a century ago. (more…)
2016’s massive hit, Captain America: Civil War, saw some of the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s most powerful players knock each other about in a fight of epic proportions! Of course, the two heaviest hitters who have found fame on the silver screen: Thor and the Hulk were nowhere to be seen. . To explain his absence, Marvel dropped Team Thor in the summer pairing up the God of Thunder with his roommate, Darryl Jacobson, and as luck would have it, the pair may be reuniting soon. (more…)
Don Mancini‘s Child’s Play series has become an iconic part of the horror genre, with the murderous little Chucky striking fear into the hearts of young and old alike and robbing baby dolls of their adorable and harmless reputation. Over the six movies released so far, Chucky has embraced all of horror’s different tropes and styles. His original story was that of a serial killer who transferred his soul to the body of the doll using voodoo magic when he died. Throughout the years, Chucky has been comedic, self-referential and even married, though fell somewhat out of fashion when Seed of Chucky flopped in 1995. (more…)
Ask any real fan of science fiction, of Bradbury and Asimov and Heinlein, to list their favorite underrated films of the last ten years and, if they are worth their salt, the indie darling Moon starring the inimitable Sam Rockwell will land somewhere in their top five. Written and directed by Duncan Jones, son of legendary rocker David Bowie, Moon is one of those unique movies that slips under the radar for being too odd and personal to appeal to a large audience but has a fiercely loyal fanbase that will continue to duct tape their friends to a sofa and force them to watch, a la A Clockwork Orange. Jones followed it with the equally underappreciated Source Code and then went full blockbuster status with Warcraft which failed to impress critics and audiences outside of China. However, hope sprang anew in the hearts of all sci-fi junkies when it was announced that Jones was returning to his indie roots with a spiritual sequel to Moon, simply titled Mute.
Today a synopsis and first look photos were released. (more…)
The other day, a fellow blerd (black nerd) and I were talking about the upcoming Black Panther movie and how exciting the upcoming movie will be. It has a lot of potential, as well as a lot of risks. This will be the first truly big-budget blockbuster with a primarily African-American or African cast (90% of the cast will be people of color), as well as many people of color behind the scenes including director Ryan Coogler as well as his screenwriting partner Joe Robert Cole. Of course, the cast is a who’s who of big-name black actors working today with a cast list that includes: Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong’o, Danai Gurira, Winston Duke, Forest Whitaker, Florence Kasumba, Daniel Kaluuya, Angela Bassett and Letitia Wright. During the conversation, my friend said, “what black actors isn’t going to be in this movie?” Well, it looks like yet another person has joined the cast of Black Panther.
In Hollywood today, Carrie Fisher and her mother Debbie Reynolds will be laid to rest, ending a powerfully painful mourning period for movie fans who still can’t believe the people’s princess is gone too young at the age of 60. Explorations and commiserations of Fisher’s legacy will go on for the years to come, but if you’re looking for something more immediate, you can sign a new petition making the rounds to give Fisher’s defining character, Star Wars‘ Princess Leia, a status that was never asked for, but through the winds of fate and commerce is nevertheless available now: let’s make Leia an official Disney Princess. (more…)