New “Suicide Squad” Trailer Is out

The new trailer for the upcoming anti-hero film the “Suicide Squad” is out!

The trailer gives us an introduction to the lead characters and shed some light into the origin story of the Suicide Squad aka Task Force X. However, in my opinion (and you’ll probably agree with me), it’s still a little too early to call this a hit or a miss.

The cinematography is a huge relief as it looks similar to Christopher Nolan’s Batman franchise, as opposed to the Man of Steel film.

Like many of you, there’s only three things I’m looking forward to seeing; the first is Batman’s role in this film; the second is the interpretation of the infamous “The Joker” aka “Mister J”; and the third are the action sequences.

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The film written and directed by David Ayer stars Academy Awards winner Jared Leto (The Joker) and Academy Awards nominee Will Smith (Floyd Lawton/Deadshot). The cast is rounded out by Margot Robbie (Harley Quinn), Joel Kinnaman (Rick Flag), Jai Courtney (Captain Boomerang), Cara Delevingne (Enchantress), and Viola Davis (Amanda Waller).

I’ll be looking out for the follow-up trailer. The film is not yet rated and is scheduled for release in theatres August 5, 2016.

Follow the action via the official website: http://www.suicidesquad.com/

Pizza Hut Just Turned Their Boxes Into Movie Projectors

How does dinner and a movie sound to you? Sounds pretty good to me and thanks to Pizza Hut, they’re making that a little more fun and a little easier (I think). Let’s stick with fun for now. The Pizza Hut Blockbuster Box was unveiled in Hong Kong and comes in four über cool designs.

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What’s Inside the Box?

There’s no electrical component necessary. When you open up the box, besides the hot and delicious pizza, you’ll see a  pizza saver and lens. Yes, a lens. Now it’s all beginning to make sense, right? You might want to wipe off any grease that’s on it before getting started with the setup.

The Quick Setup!

Here’s what you need to do to get that movie rolling:

  1. Punch Hole (it’s perforated)
  2. Insert Lens
  3. Scan QR Code on box
  4. Position smartphone on pizza saver
  5. Enjoy!

It’s no high-definition television (HDTV) and who knows what the quality of the projection is like. But I’m absolutely sure it’s better than a lot of movies I’ve watched that looked like they were shot with a potato. Besides, it’s all in the name of fun, oh and clever marketing and packaging. Only time will tell if it’ll make it to all Pizza Hut locations worldwide, but it’s a novel enough idea worth sharing. I’m sure the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles would approve!

Official Synopsis Released for the New Batman V. Superman Film

The much-anticipated superhero cross-over film from DC Comics and Warner Bros., Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice, has finally released some semblance of a synopsis ahead of its March 25, 2016 debut.

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“Fearing the actions of a god-like Super Hero left unchecked, Gotham City’s own formidable, forceful vigilante takes on Metropolis’s most revered, modern-day savior, while the world wrestles with what sort of hero it really needs. And with Batman and Superman at war with one another, a new threat quickly arises, putting mankind in greater danger than it’s ever known before.”

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It’s still not enough to go on, but it does make some sense of the Official Teaser Trailer we saw this past April. If I had to make some assumptions as to who this “new threat” is, I’d put it down to two characters. My first guess would be Lex Luthor played by Jesse Eisenberg since his character will appear in the film.

My second guess (and this is a long shot), would be Darkseid (pronounced “Darkside”), one of the most powerful beings in the DC universe. Here’s my final guess and it does make some amount of sense, since this character has been a recurring villain for Batman; I’d have to say Deathstroke might be the new threat. He’s high up there in the world of comic book villains and is also linked to Lex Luthor.

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Clearly you can see that DC Comics has told us the film synopsis, but there are still a lot of grey areas and deliberately so. Perhaps the next trailer will give us some more insight. I’m definitely looking forward to the face-off between Batman versus Superman. Even though we all know how that fight will turn out, it’s still worth seeing the live-action interpretation. After all, this is the foundation for The Justice League’s origin story.

The film is directed by Zack Snyder and stars Henry Cavill (Clark Kent/Superman), Ben Affleck (Bruce Wayne/Batman), and Gal Gadot (Diana Prince/Wonder Woman).

Batmobile Pursues The Joker and Harley Quinn on the Set of ‘Suicide Squad’

As scenes from the ‘Suicide Squad’ film continue to be shot on Yonge Street in Downtown Toronto, the infamous Batmobile made an appearance. The production team made attempts to keep the Batmobile under wraps, but in an age of smartphones and electronic media that clearly was near to improbable. From the videos captured, the film already looks like it has tremendous potential. I guess we’ll have to wait to see if the Batmobile lost a wheel and whether or not the Joker got away (Hey!). Ben Affleck, who plays both Bruce Wayne and Batman in next year’s superhero film, Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice, was reported to be nowhere on set last night.

It’s a new age and DC Comics has recognised the importance of connecting each superhero film where practical. There’s nothing the fanboys and fangirls love and enjoy more than a solid comic book crossover. Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), for example, has raked in approximately $8.3 billion (since 2007) at the global box office and have mastered the art of creating successful crossovers. There’s nothing wrong with holding the title of highest-grossing film franchise of all time.

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The Suicide Squad, also known as Task Force X, is a name for two fictional organizations in the DC Comics Universe. The upcoming anti-hero film is directed and written by David Ayer, and stars an ensemble cast featuring Jared Leto (The Joker), Will Smith (Floyd Lawton/Deadshot), Margot Robbie (Harley Quinn), Joel Kinnaman (Rick Flag), Jai Courtney (Captain Boomerang), Cara Delevingne (Enchantress), and Viola Davis (Amanda Waller).

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Filming began on April 13, 2015 in Toronto, Ontario and is scheduled to be released on August 5, 2016. Next year, I’ll be at the movies with popcorn in hand!

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Here’s a better shot of Batman atop The Joker’s Lambo

‘Mad Max: Fury Road’ Is a Wild and Fun Ride at the Movies

“Oh, what a day! What a lovely day!” is easily my hands-down favourite line in Warner Bros’ “new” summer blockbuster, ‘Mad Max: Fury Road (2015)’! That line’s going to be iconic!

It’s an Australian post-apocalyptic action film directed by George Miller and stars Tom Hardy (Max Rockatansky), Charlize Theron (Imperator Furiosa) and Nicholas Hoult (Nux). This is the fourth film of Miller’s ‘Mad Max franchise’ and the first film of the franchise since the 1985 classic Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome’ that starred Mel Gibson (see below).

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The film focuses on a daring escape from a ruthless warlord’s (Immortal Joe) henchmen in a high-speed, high octane, deadly chase through the Wasteland. The desert landscape is the perfect stage for this film. The sheer scale of the action sequences are massive and nothing short of spectacular. Their production budget of $150 million literally went up in smoke (pun intended)… and a lot of explosions.

Okay! So here’s my quick review and recommendation!

Charlize Theron and Tom Hardy Photo credit: Warner Bros
Charlize Theron and Tom Hardy
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Oh, one other thing [bonus tip]… make sure you watch it in 3D!! Nothing else will do and it’s worth every penny! My predictions are that this is going to be a “runaway hit” that’ll go on to make at least $850 million at the box office (worldwide). This is not a paid endorsement.

Grab your friends and family and go have a good time! Now playing in theatres (cinemas) everywhere!

JoeySalads’ Child Abduction ‘Prank’ Will Remind Parents to Warn Their Kids about Strangers

He goes by the name JoeySalads on both his Vine account and YouTube channel and is a certified web video star. Described as a Video content creating phenomenon, he’s made a living from creating funny prank videos on strangers in public. With a following on YouTube of over 274,663 subscribers and a total of 14,483,089 views, he’s made videos stealing dogs to FBI Drug Deal pranks. Joey can be described as both brave and foolish for some of the pranks he’s pulled over the years.

Photo taken from Joey Salads Facebook page
Photo taken from Joey Salads Facebook page

His latest video, however, released May 2, 2015 is what I want to talk about. It’s titled the Child Abduction Prank”, but in my opinion it does more than just play a trick on strangers in public, it highlights a serious and life-threatening issue. I wouldn’t have tagged it as a “prank”, because Joey’s managed to create awareness around a global issue that a lot of us take for granted on a daily basis. The parents featured in his video are surprised at their children’s choices when Joey approaches them with his dog in an attempt to lure them away. It’s a lesson and a grim reminder for a lot of parents about the importance of talking to their children every day about avoiding conversations with strangers.

Here are some Child Abduction Facts:

  • Every 40 seconds in the United States, a child becomes missing or is abducted.

  • In 2001, 840,279 people (adults and children) were reported missing to the FBI’s National Crime Information Center (NCIC). The FBI estimates that 85 to 90 percent of those (roughly 750,000 people or 2,000 per day) reported missing were children. The vast majority of these cases are resolved within hours.

  • In 80 percent of abductions by strangers, the first contact between the child and the abductor occurs within a quarter mile of the child’s home.

  • Most potential abductors grab their victims on the street or try to lure them into their vehicles.

An AMBER Alert or a Child Abduction Emergency is a child abduction alert system established in the USA in 1996
An AMBER Alert or a Child Abduction Emergency is a child abduction alert system established in the USA in 1996

You can never talk to your children enough about the dangers of talking to strangers and emphasise that kidnappers come in all race, gender, age, and body type. There is no one look to a wrongdoer. It is also imperative that children be properly supervised wherever they might be and that we should focus less on our smartphones and stay alert. It only takes a few minutes for a child to disappear.

JoeySalads’ social experiment makes that abundantly clear. It is everyone’s responsibility to protect our nations’ children and to bear in mind that “it takes a village to raise a child”. It’s a noteworthy video to be shared with everyone you know. One share may just help to save someone’s life.

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice Teaser Posters Revealed

Movie Director, Zack Snyder has revealed the new teaser posters for the upcoming superhero movie ‘Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice’ scheduled for release on March 25, 2016.

The movie sees Henry Cavill reprising his role as Superman/Clark Kent with Ben Affleck brought into the fold as everybody’s favourite billionaire (Iron Man/Tony Stark’s being a close contender) and detective, Batman/Bruce Wayne. The plot is still unknown, but the official teaser trailer does give some degree of insight into the story. Also, we do know this is the foundation on which The Justice League movies will be built.

What we do know for certain is that these teaser posters are stellar! The colours, the textures, the effects and story behind each one is astounding to me. The level of epic with these designs is through the roof. DC Comics has a winner on its hands.

“Not too shabby!”

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Superman poster with the Batman logo atop it in newspaper rough cut out bathed in reds and blues

“I like the overall look of the posters.”

The Batman poster features a rough cut out of the Superman logo
The Batman poster features a rough cut out of the bright red Superman logo adding contrast to the black and grey below it

Share your thoughts and feel free to pin these to your Pinterest boards. You can also find me on Pinterest via https://www.pinterest.com/phreshid/

Chinese Animated Short Hilariously Shows How Addicted We’ve Become to Our Smartphones

In this Chinese animated short by student animator, Xie Chenglin, our addictions to smartphones are cleverly portrayed by reducing us to one eye and thumbs. It has no dialogue, but it doesn’t need it to effectively communicate the story through very simple hand-drawn characters. From the opening scene to the end, a series of disastrous encounters ensue, each more ridiculous than the former.

A quote worth remembering as we move through our days
A quote worth remembering as we move through our days

The scariest part about watching the nearly three minutes film is how painfully sad, insanely funny and accurate it is all at once! Mind you, it is exaggerated, but you will agree that we’ve all become distracted with our electronic devices in a world driven by being and staying “connected”. Ironically, the world couldn’t be more disconnected and isolated. It’s no wonder it won the 2014 Central Academy of Fine Arts Annual Award.

Some days I’m out and about and I feel like I have to walk for some pedestrians, because they’re always looking down. It’s become quite the obstacle course. It reminds me of a blog I wrote some time ago on a poem entitled “Look Up”.

The New Trailer for Marvel’s Ant-Man Looks like a Big Hit

Who’s excited for this new release?! With so many blockbusters lined up for this summer, Ant-Man starring Paul Rudd and Michael Douglas looks set to be a huge hit in my opinion. Marvel Entertainment keeps getting it right when it comes to creating comic book adaptations for the big screen.

Watch the trailer below and get ready for what looks like a wild train ride. Speaking of trains, there’s a sequence in this trailer that is guaranteed to get you laughing. Ant-Man (and some super-tiny friends) marches into theatres July 17th.

Introducing One of My Favourite Filmmakers Casey Neistat

Like many of you, I spend parts of my days watching videos on YouTube. It never gets boring! There’s always something new.

I’m not really familiar with a lot of video bloggers, but the ones I do know tend to just sit in front of a camera and record themselves talking. That’s fine, if you’re into that sort of thing. I, however, appreciate people who are great and genuine storytellers and one such storyteller is Casey Neistat.

He’s a young filmmaker whose YouTube channel I’ve been following for a few years now since I first stumbled on this video entitled “Make It Count” posted April 9th 2012. Nike basically hands him some money to make them a movie about what it means to make it count, Casey opts for making his own movie on what it means. Personally I preferred his approach which was a trip across the globe capturing the moments as they went along until the film budget was spent.

Flash-forward to 2015, Casey makes a rather BIG ANNOUNCEMENT and as a fan, I had no idea what that could be. When I watched the video it was the greatest news I could ever imagined! His new plan outside of making films for his YouTube channels was going to be one vlog every day for a year or until he got bored. It was his big pivot of sorts for turning 34 and wanting to keep pushing his passion and his craft.

Film-making can’t be easy with all the footage that you have to capture then the editing, colour correction and adding of sound and music in the post-production phase. By the way, the music featured in every vlog Neistat puts out is always top-notch! I respect the quality that goes into the quantity of films he’s produced to date. It’s impressive and really motivates me to work on my own craft and try to explore various medium of expression.

Below is his latest vlog, which came as a bonus today and it’s a musing from the Farrelly Brothers known for movies like “Dumb and Dumber”. Casey’s film is 27 seconds long, but manages to show his talent and creativity as a filmmaker. Not sure what typeface he uses (outside of being a sans-serif), but it works especially, in upper-case letters. It makes me want to pick up my smartphone and start creating some films too. I doubt they’d be as good, but like everything else you just have to start somewhere.

You can subscribe to Casey’s YouTube channel or follow him via Instagram http://instagram.com/caseyneistat