Black Panther Teaser Trailer Debuts and It Looks Thrilling

“HERO. LEGEND. KING.”

Watch Marvel Studio’s Black Panther teaser trailer now.

Plot Summary :

T’Challa, the new ruler of the advanced kingdom of Wakanda, must defend his land from being torn apart by enemies from outside and inside the country.

Black Panther stars Chadwick Boseman as T’Challa / Black Panther, Michael B. Jordan as Erik Killmonger, Lupita Nyong’o as Nakia, Danai Gurira as Okoye, Martin Freeman as Everett K. Ross, Daniel Kaluuya as W’Kabi, Forest Whitaker as Zuri, and Andy Serkis as Ulysses Klaue.

It’s directed by Ryan Coogler.

Black Panther hits theatres February 16, 2018!

Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 Seamlessly Mixes Music with Movie Magic

If there’s one thing we can all admit is that Marvel’s mastered the art of making a movie with a large ensemble. They know how to distribute the on-screen time among major characters and this plays to the strength of the storytelling, evident, for instance, in The Avengers franchise.

Probably one of the coolest components added to the Marvel franchise has been James Gunn’s ability to bring music into the storytelling.

James Gunn returns to the fold as the director who layers this second “epic-er” space adventure around an “awesome mix” of tracks (complete track listing below) from decades past (‘60s and ‘70s) with an eclectic curation of artistes and groups like George Harrison (The Beatles), Cat Stevens, Parliament, and Fleetwood Mac (one of my favourite groups).

True to form, Gunn opens the movie with another musical introduction — and dancing. Let’s not forget that opening sequence from Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 1 that saw the then unknown Chris Pratt (as Star-Lord) dancing, twirling, jumping, kicking (around reptilian-looking aliens) and skipping to the 1973 hit by Redbone, “Come And Get Your Love” (video below), as he listened from his Walkman.

DC Comics could take some lessons from Marvel on how you masterfully weave incredible music into a movie’s scenes. Suicide Squad for instance, was a complete disaster.

There’s something about hearing the tracks throughout the movie that brings to the fore all kinds of emotions for the viewer. It adds to each scene, instead of taking away from it. Each track is well-timed and well-placed to take the movie to a whole other level.

Gunn skillfully lifts the audience into space with the scale of his story, complemented by the masterpiece that was “Awesome Mix Vol. 2”.

Awesome Mix Vol. 2 | Complete Soundtrack:

  1. “Mister Blue Sky” – Electric Light Orchestra
  2. “Fox On The Run” – Sweet
  3. “Lake Shore Drive” – Aliiota Janes Jeremiah
  4. “The Chains” – Fleetwood Mac
  5. “Bring It On Home To Me” – Sam Cooke
  6. “Southern Nights” – Glen Campbell
  7. “My Sweet Lord” – George Harrison
  8. “Brandy (You’re A Fine Girl)” – Looking Glass
  9. “Come A Little Bit Closer” – Jay and the Americans
  10. “Wham Bam Shang-A-Lang” – Silver
  11. “Surrender” – Cheap Trick
  12. “Father and Son” – Cat Stevens
  13. “Flash Light” – Parliament
  14. “Guardians Inferno” (feat. David Hasselhoff) – The Sneepers

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is again led by the humble Peter Quill aka Star-Lord (Chris Pratt) with his band of misfits that includes Gamora (Xoe Saldana), Drax the Destroyer (Dave Bautista ), Rocket Raccoon (Bradley Cooper), and Baby Groot (Vin Diesel), who’s quite the scene-stealer.

Plot Summary:

“Peter Quill and his fellow Guardians are hired by a powerful alien race, the Sovereign, to protect their precious batteries from invaders. When it is discovered that Rocket has stolen the items they were sent to guard, the Sovereign dispatch their armada to search for vengeance.”

Additionally, we have Yondu Udonta (Michael Rooker), Nebula (Karen Gillan), and Mantis (Pom Klementieff) who the join the adventures of the Guardians as they cross paths with Ayesha (Elizabeth Debicki), the golden High Priestess and the leader of the Sovereign people.

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 feels like you’re returning home now that we know all the main characters and Gunn’s directing and storytelling style.

It’s fresh, packed with laughter, action sequences abound, a bit of an emotional roller coaster, and entertaining from start to finish.

Volume (Vol.) 2 just kicked off the summer of blockbusters and Marvel has another winner on its hands already raking in $427 million over opening weekend, in addition to a 13-day international showing!

All things considered, this second installment could become Marvel Studio and Disney’s fifth billion dollar winner, joining the ranks of The Avengers ($1.51 billion), Age of Ultron ($1.41 billion), Iron Man 3 ($1.22 billion), and Captain America: Civil War ($1.15 billion).

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is a solid 9.5 out of 10! Grab a friend and go see it now!

Grab Your First Look at Marvel Studios' Upcoming Movie 'Avengers: Infinity War'

Marvel Studios just gave us the first look at the upcoming colossal movie, Avengers: Infinity War (2018).

We hear from some of the actors, directors, writers, and production team. Filming starting on January 23, 2017 at Pinewood Atlanta Studios and might stretch over a year as production takes them across the globe.

There’s been a lot of speculation of who will be appearing in the movie, but the concept art gives us a glimpse of what’s to come. The Avengers will definitely be meeting the Guardians of the Galaxy and face movie villain Thanos together. We know that’s going to be EPIC!

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Concept art depicting Tony Stark (Iron Man) preparing for impending danger

The mere scale of this movie is going to be something unprecedented in the world of comic book live-action movies.

I don’t know about you, but I can’t wait to see what Marvel Studios does with this project. DC Comics is going to have to step their game up.

This year alone we’ll see the release of three new movies from the Marvel Studios — Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, Spider-Man: Homecoming, and Thor: Ragnarok — in that order.

Enjoy the first look:

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Here’s (Almost) Everything Major That Went Wrong with the Suicide Squad Movie

Suicide Squad is a box office success and to date has raked in $675 million worldwide (44.4% domestically) in just 32 days (4.4 weeks) since its release. The movie was entertaining (enough), earning a rating of 26% on Rotten Tomatoes’ “Tomatometer” and an audience score of 67%. For me it was a “solid” 6 out of 10 at best and I didn’t leave the cinema feeling like I wanted to go back to the box office and demand a refund; or as we’d say in Jamaican, “Mi waan back mi money!” 

Despite the movie’s financial success, here’s where…in my humble opinion, the movie went horribly wrong (hyperbole). Spoilers up ahead, so if you haven’t seen the movie yet, you might want to stop right here. Or as Gandalf famously uttered, “YOU SHALL NOT PASS!”

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1) No real backstory on the relationship and former life of Enchantress and her brother.
For the uninitiated, this presented a problem that made the story seem incomplete. They could’ve used at least a 2 or 3 minute sequence showing us how Enchantress and her brother were once worshipped akin to movies like The Mummy franchise. In fact, I’d have opened the film with Enchantress’ story and setup the film and by extension the audience, for what was to follow.

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2) Choppy/messy editing; the sequence was all wrong.
When the first trailer was released, I was super-relieved that the cinematography looked similar to Christopher Nolan’s Batman franchise featuring Christian Bale, as opposed to the disappointing cinematography that was the Man of Steel movie. That aside, the editing was a complete mess. It felt like some last minute adjustments were made and the sequence felt completely off. It could explain the reason certain key scenes that we saw in the trailer never made it to the final theatrical release. This brings me to my next point.

3) Not enough Joker! 
What were they thinking? Like many of you, there were only three things I was looking forward to seeing. The first was Ben Affleck’s Batman’s cameo role. The second were the action sequences. And the third and last was Jared Leto’s interpretation of the infamous “The Joker” aka “Mister J”. After the guy spent a solid six months in preparation for the role, stayed in character on and off-screen while the movie filmed, and had enough movie reel on the cutting floor to make a 90 minute Joker film, we barely saw him on screen for all of 10 minutes (maybe 13). For me, Heath Ledgers’s cinematic interpretation of The Joker is still the best one yet!

4) Centering the story primarily on Deadshot (and not Enchantress or Harley).
I didn’t lose any sleep over the movie being focused on Deadshot’s story of the “deadbeat” father who wants to be a better parent to his daughter (the one good thing in his life). However, it was a bit of a letdown that the movie’s other key characters, namely Enchantress (main villain) and Harley weren’t given an equal footing to showcase their own stories.

5) A one-dimensional look at the relationship between Joker and Harley Quinn.
When Harley Quinn was first introduced to the DC Comics Universe through the old 1990s Batman cartoon series, there was hardly ever a kind moment exchanged between her and The Joker. For the most part he was always annoyed and trying to evade her or literally pushing her around. The movie didn’t show them as the “star-crossed lovers” we know them to be. It pretty much just showed us a romance story.

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6) Botched cameo with The Flash (way too fast; and yeah, I know he’s a speedster, but seriously that was a bit much).
You barely noticed Barry Allen was on screen! If you had looked down at your phone or stretched to reach your drink or even take a handful of popcorn all while looking away from the screen, you’d have missed The Flash’s cameo. It was that fast and fell short of the impact it could’ve had in getting us pumped for Justice League.

7) The Suicide Squad bonded way too easily.
All those big egos and individualism and yet they bond with ease. We could’ve used at least a few moments that showed they had either crossed paths or worked together in the past. All they really shared in this movie was one drink and a really depressing (and moving) story by El Diablo. Perhaps the most honest moment of the entire movie. [in my opinion]

8) Too much music in every single scene.
While the movie had a “killer” soundtrack, for the love of all things, did we really need to hear that much music so fast? Almost every scene change greeted us with a new track and sometimes it was a struggle to hear the dialogue that was drowned out by the “background” music. And after putting us through all that, we still didn’t once hear “The Ballroom Blitz” by Sweet featured in the last few trailers. [Maybe during the end credits]

The anti-hero film was directed and written by David Ayer (who maybe needed more time to do so properly), and starred an ensemble cast that featured Will Smith (Floyd Lawton/Deadshot), Jared Leto (The Joker), Margot Robbie (Harley Quinn), Joel Kinnaman (Rick Flag), Jai Courtney (Captain Boomerang), Cara Delevingne (Enchantress), and Viola Davis (Amanda Waller).

Fun Fact: The Suicide Squad, also known as Task Force X, is a name for two fictional organizations that appeared in American comic books published by DC Comics.

Let me know what you thought of the movie, because maybe I’m being too extreme and too harsh with my critique. Also, you should consider following my blog or stopping by regularly. Whichever works for you.

Wonder Woman’s Gal Gadot Reveals Upcoming Movie’s Promo Poster

Here’s your first look at the new promotional (movie poster for Wonder Woman)! Gal Gadot (Diana Prince/Wonder Woman) via her Facebook Page said, “A dream come true! Happy to finally share this with you all.⚔”

The movie poster reads, “POWER. GRACE. WISDOM. WONDER”, with a clenched fist Wonder Woman in her vibrantly coloured Amazonian battle armour, her indestructible bracelets, sword, and infamous (and the primary weapon), the Lasso of Truth.

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Gal Gadot is Wonder Woman

Gal Gadot reprises here role as Wonder Woman, after her debut in Warner Bros. Pictures’ blockbuster (Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice).

The Movie Synopsis:

Diana, princess of the Amazons, was raised on a sheltered island and trained to be an unconquerable fighter. After an American pilot (Steve Trevor) crashes on the island and tells her about a World War that is happening, Diana leaves her home to try to stop the war.” – Comicbook.com

Wonder Woman stars (in addition to Gadot), Chris Pine, Lucy Davis, Connie Nielsen, Robin Wright, and Lisa Loven Kongsli. The movie’s directed by Patty Jenkins.

The movie is set for release in Summer 2017 (June 2nd) and is distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures.

The New James Bond teaser trailer for SPECTRE is out!

New James Bond trailer is out and it’s looking good!

In this twenty-fourth installment, “a cryptic message from Bond’s past sends him on a trail to uncover a sinister organisation. While M battles political forces to keep the secret service alive, Bond peels back the layers of deceit to reveal the terrible truth behind SPECTRE.” (See, IMDb)

The film stars Daniel Craig, reprising his role as James Bond, agent 007 with Christoph Waltz playing the villain.

Enjoy!

New Marvel’s ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’ Trailer Has Arrived!

If you’ve been on some other planet for the last several months, let me bring you up to speed. Marvel’s Avengers suit up and assemble to take on possibly their greatest foe yet, Ultron — an insane rogue sentient robot. You can thank me later!

Avengers: Age of Ultron swoops into theatres (cinemas depending on where you’re from) May 1st! I’ll be there with popcorn and soda in hand.