fantasy


STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI – New Teaser Poster and Trailer!

  STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI is in theaters December 15, 2017! Visit Star Wars at http://www.starwars.com Subscribe to Star Wars on YouTube at http://www.youtube.com/starwars Like Star Wars on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/starwars Follow Star Wars on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/starwars Follow Star Wars on Instagram at http://www.instagram.com/starwars Follow Star Wars on Tumblr at http://starwars.tumblr.com/


Marvel Studios’ THOR: RAGNAROK – New Teaser Trailer

    THOR: RAGNAROK Genre: Action-Adventure Release date:  November 3, 2017 Cast:  Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston, Cate Blanchett, Idris Elba, Jeff Goldblum, Tessa Thompson, Karl Urban with Mark Ruffalo and Anthony Hopkins Director:  Taika Waititi SYNOPSIS: In Marvel Studios’ “Thor: Ragnarok,” Thor is imprisoned on the other side of the universe without his mighty hammer and […]


Tickets for Marvel Studios’ GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL. 2 are now available

  Fasten your seat belts! Tickets for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 are now on sale! http://fandan.co/2nsOMaS Follow Marvel on Twitter: https://twitter.com/marvel‬‬ Like Marvel on FaceBook: http://www.facebook.com/Marvel‬‬ *Marvel Studios’ GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL. 2 is in theaters in 3D, RealD 3D and IMAX 3D May 5, 2017!


Interview with Hunter Adams, director of Dig Two Graves

  I had a chat with fellow Wisconsin native turned L.A. filmmaker, Hunter Adams, about his new release, Dig Two Graves, which is available to watch on iTunes and at a theatre near you.  His film is a suspenseful thriller that is summed up perfectly by its tagline.  ‘A young girl’s obsession with her brother’s […]


Kong: Skull Island Movie Review

 

Directed by: Jordan Vogt-Roberts

Starring: Tom Hiddleston, Samuel L. Jackson, John Goodman, Brie Larson, Jing Tian, John Ortiz, with Terry Notary, and John C. Reilly

Rated: PG-13

Run Time: 2h

Genre: Action, Adventure, Fantasy

3 Frames out of 5

By: Shari K. Green

It’s invigorating to see that Kong: Skull Island isn’t just a remake of King Kong.  It has a few similarities, such as beast still digs beauty, but that’s about all.  It stands alone on its own giving director Vogt-Roberts something to be very proud of having a part in. Speaking of beauty, however, I did like the more substantive presence of the ape in the 1970 movie King Kong, where you could see Jessica Lange pull at Kong as she begs him to not let her go.  This gives you the chance to feel for him much more.  That realism isn’t in this version where Kong is CGI.  However, if you have a heart, you’ll still hope the best for the guy.  Why he keeps falling, literally, for these woman is beyond me, though!  You’d think he’d learn by now!  I digress.

Far be it for me to suggest you can learn something from a monster movie but I’m going to.  You can learn something from this monster movie.  You can learn, if you haven’t already, that sometimes with nature things are better left alone.  Though we don’t always pay attention to it, there is a natural order of things and if you interrupt or disturb that order, in the name of helping mankind, you could be doing just the opposite.  Such is the case here.

Kong is set in the early 70’s in the time of Watergate.  Research scientist Bill Randa (Goodman) is in Washington and looking for some money and a military escort to an uncharted island he’d like to explore for the possible medicinal cures it holds.  Insert political statement here as Randa stands outside and proclaims that there’ll never be a more screwed-up time in Washington.  The Nixon bobblehead is a nice touch, as well.

Randa gets his grant, a photographer (Larson), a rather large escort and his own tracker (Hiddleston); they set off to explore Skull Island which is shrouded by vicious storms.  Going only so far by water, the teams, which are led by Colonel Packard (Jackson), take to the air the rest of the way.  However, once they clear the dangerous weather another danger appears; Kong.  He immediately senses danger and begins to protect his turf which looks more like swatting at flies, to be honest.  This scene was well placed as it’s not too far into the film, wasting no time getting you into some heavy action.  Packard takes the attack personally.  Losing many of his men in the battle he’s now hell-bent on killing the creature.  He must prove to Kong that man is King.  Jackson’s look is fiery and savage as his Packard stares Kong down for a moment before being whisked away at the last minute.  Getting stomped on like a cockroach might have ruined his already horrible day.

Helicopters are scattered and the teams separated.  One group meets an indigenous tribe and Hank Marlow (Reilly), also known as the comic relief, a paratrooper who has been stranded on the island since WWII; twenty-eight years to be exact.  Through Marlow, the team hears all they need to know of who Kong really is… he’s King.  To the people of the island, he’s God.  Without him, the Skullcrawlers would dominate and kill every living thing on the island.  Kong keeps the skeletal creatures in low numbers and below ground.  If not for him, all would perish and not only would they take over the island but they’d begin to take over the planet.

During their lesson, other teams are meeting and in some cases, wiped out, by other inhabitants of the island.  If spiders aren’t your thing… this might not be the movie for you but the thought of taking the mother of all spiders down in a wicked way would be spectacular then remember this is a Kong movie, not a spider movie, and get your butt to the theatre.   What’s left of the team meet and make their way to the destination point so they can leave the island and you can leave the theatre but don’t do that too soon!  There is an after credit scene so make sure you stay all the way until lights up.  What they will be assuring you of here is that the MonsterVerse will continue and who could be coming up next.  If you like monster movies, you’ll like Kong: Skull Island.  You might not like the way Hiddleston over plays his role as Larson’s love interest but the CGI is great and the motion capture performance really pulls you in.  Those reasons alone are worth spending the extra money on seeing this at an IMAX theatre if you can.  ENOY!


Dig Two Graves – Trailer

Written and directed by: Hunter Adams
Starring: Ted Levine (Shutter Island, Silence of the Lambs)
Samantha Isler (Captain Fantastic, TV’s “Supernatural”)
 Danny Goldring (The Dark Knight, The Fugitive)

Ann Sonneville (“Chicago P.D.,”) Troy Ruptash (TV’s “General Hospital,” “Prison Break,”)
After 13-year-old Jacqueline Mather (Samantha Isler) loses her brother in a mysterious drowning accident she is soon visited by 3 moonshiners who offer to bring her brother back to life, but at a grim cost. As the dark history of her grandfather, Sheriff Waterhouse (Ted Levine) is unearthed, the true intentions of the moonshiners come to light.

A supernatural thriller about the generational violence that plagues a small, backwoods town, set in the 1970s, DIG TWO GRAVES asks “how far would you go to save those you love?”
DIG TWO GRAVES is written and directed by Hunter Adams. Produced by PJ Fishwick and Claire Connelly and executive produced by Larry Fessenden. Music by Brian Deming, Ryan Kattner, and Joseph Plummer. Cinematography by Eric Maddison and edited by Scott D. Hanson.
RT: 85min / Not Rated
IMDb: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2633076/?ref_=nv_sr_1
Website: https://digtwograves.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/digtwograves/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/D2GFilm
Blog: http://unearthing.digtwograves.com/

 


A glimpse of Golden Globe® winner Emily Blunt as Mary Poppins

Here is the first glimpse of Golden Globe® winner Emily Blunt as Mary Poppins in “Mary Poppins Returns,” the all new sequel to Disney’s 1964 film “Mary Poppins.”   Directed and produced by Rob Marshall, “Mary Poppins Returns” also stars Lin-Manuel Miranda, Ben Whishaw, Emily Mortimer and Julie Walters with Colin Firth and Meryl Streep. […]


The Great Wall – Movie Review

 

Ever wonder why The Great Wall of China was built?  Well, wonder no more!  Matt Damon and director Zhang Yimou (House of Flying Daggers) present to you the reason.  Well, they offer one of the legends, actually, and I’m pleased to announce, it’s entertaining at the very least.  The Tag Line for the movie is “1700 years to build.  5,500 miles long.  What were they trying to keep out?”  Okay.  I’m fascinated.  What do you have in store for us?

What they have is something that’s a visual sensation.  What they achieve is hard to look away from so make sure you’re not going to have to have a potty break.  There’s a large army, complete with drums, which has protected China from attack for centuries, known as “Nameless Order.”  They’re dressed brightly and vividly which is odd for battle but they’re pretty all the same.  Another ocular wonder is what they’re fighting to save China from; a vicious horde known as the Tao Tei.  They’re huge and have massive limbs and hungry mouths with sharp teeth… the better to eat their multi-hued prey.  The enormous army has used arrows, spears, “black powder” (gunpowder) and acrobatics to defend themselves for ages and then… along comes a couple of European mercenaries to show them how it’s done.  They are William (Damon) and Tovar (Pascal).  Even though helping fight mythical creatures wasn’t exactly what they had in mind, it’s what is now on their plate.  Why they’re there is they heard of this mysterious black powder and figure they can fetch themselves a few bucks if they get their hands on some.  Their plan has just “hit a wall”, so to speak.

When they get to the wall, they’re seen as outsiders, of course, and are jailed immediately.  Then comes the horde that the army wasn’t expecting so soon, and who can shoot better than anyone?!  Guess!  I’ll wait.  You got it!  William.  So, he helps and they’re now trusted to roam free and offer their sage wisdom on how to defeat the terrible brood.  There’s also a woman William notices and she, him.  She’s Commander Lin Mae (Jing) who might not fully trust William but likes what she sees.  This is a good thing because after they show their charges the black powder and its uses, they cannot let their secret escape the barriers.  As a matter of fact, a white man by the name of Ballard (Dafoe) wandered up to find out about the powder and that was twenty-five years ago.  Well, at least he learned a second language and now he has some pals who might help him escape.

The 3D during the battle scenes is spectacular; worth the ticket price if you’re interested in dodging spears being thrown at your face.  However, when there’s downtime, it sort of pulls you out of the story and instead reminds you that you’re watching people on a movie set.  You can visualize the green screen behind them.  For the most part, it was eye-catching and made the film come alive during the epic fight scenes when people were diving off the wall, twirling through the air on bungee cords before bouncing back and when balloons were being used to get to the city to warn them of a probable attack.  What made this work is that outside of a hint of romance, Ballard wanting to escape and a power struggle between Tovar and William, the movie was all action.  It calls itself an action, thriller and it is one.  It’s a little slow to start but once it gets going, you’ll enjoy yourself for its beauty and style.  My guess is if you’re enthusiastic about anime and have a good time holding a controller in front of a screen, you’ll especially relish in the performance of Tian Jing who runs around looking like a character straight out of a Japanese line of games and toys.  If this sounds like you, check it out at a theatre but I’d make it to the matinee.  But be mindful of the fact that The Great Wall isn’t going to be great for all audiences.  It’ll be most admired by the younger generation so, mom and dad, drop off the kids and maybe run into something else… this one just might not be for you.