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Bright Trailer #1 (2017) *Will Smith’s Netflix Blockbuster*

Netflix continues to forge ahead with their plans to take on the big boys in movies as well as TV, despite the critical bomb that was Brad Pitt’s War Machine.  The next big effort will come in December with Will Smith and Bright.  You can’t say it’s not ambitious.  I really didn’t think you could come up with a more diverse, racially-divided LA, but…hats off to David Ayer for bringing elves into the mix.  It looks like it could be great or awful with absolutely no middle ground.

The movie was directed by Max Landis and it also stars Noomi Rapace, Edgar Ramírez, Ike Barinholtz, and Brad William Henke.  Bright will be available to stream on Netflix starting on December 22, 2017

Set in an alternate present-day where humans, orcs, elves, and fairies have been co-existing since the beginning of time. Bright is genre-bending action movie that follows two cops from very different backgrounds. Ward (Smith) and Jakoby (Joel Edgerton), embark on a routine patrol night and encounter a darkness that will ultimately alter the future and their world as they know it.
Will Smith in Bright

Movie Review: Suicide Squad (2016) *Does DC Turn it Around?*

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Since its stunning first trailer appeared last year, this movie looked like a slam-dunk for DC.  After Batman vs. Superman’s negative reaction, Suicide Squad was still there to stem the tide.  That’s why it has been so disheartening to hear negative review after negative review slam the film.  I went in with an open-mind, and I’m going to offer as spoiler-free a review as I can.  Suicide Squad is the best DC film (live or animated) this year.  That’s not to say I just gave it a huge compliment.  This is a film that has clearly been tampered with last-minute, suffers from some really dodgy CGI, and a key performance that drags the movie down.  In many ways it feels like two films; the first and second hour.  Ultimately, this is an extremely flawed film, but there are some fantastic performances and enough DC fan candy to make it worthwhile, but there’s an amazing film buried in all of this that got completely butchered in the editing room and in reshoots (The Hollywood Reporter two days ago did a big piece on the behind the scenes drama; click here to read). Continue reading Movie Review: Suicide Squad (2016) *Does DC Turn it Around?*

Trailer Time: Suicide Squad Trailer #3 (2016) *Third Time the Charm for DC?*

Oh, DC.  Sigh, you’re getting a bit of a reality check this year so far, aren’t you?  You’re rebooting your comic universe (shhh no words, you’re rebooting it again no matter what you call it) for the second time in five years, and your grim and gritty review-proof Batman vs. Superman just got knocked out of first place at the box office by a Melissa McCarthy (BADLY REVIEWED) comedy in its third weekend.  What made grim and gritty work so well in Chris Nolan’s Dark Knight Trilogy was that it was written and directed by CHRIS NOLAN.  Now your third film in the DCCU – Suicide Squad – set between Man of Steel and Batman vs. Superman, has a ton of undue pressure on it and you’ve sent it back for major reshoots to lighten the tone.  Of a movie called SUICIDE Squad.  WB cannot leave things alone, cannot stop corporate tinkering.  They’re the anti-Disney.  They will not be able to make this thing work without doing what they’ll never do: hire someone to run it.  The closest thing they have to that is Zach Snyder and he’s a large part of the reason you’re in the mess you’re in….but you haven’t fired him yet.  It’d be funny if these weren’t great characters deserving of the kind of treatment they get on The CW in the three series there which have been DCU’s greatest successes outside of TDK.

Margot Robbie, Suicide Squad, Harley Quinn

How much of the reshooting the new trailer reflects, who knows?  It does feature a lot more on Joker and Batman to complement Harley, who was carrying the marketing pretty nicely on her own.  I liked Ben Affleck as Batman, so his inclusion doesn’t bother me.  Heck I liked Henry Cavill as Superman.  The problem was Zach Snyder and David Goyer’s script for BvS, not the cast (except Jesse Eisenberg, who I better never see again in a comic book movie).  Will the tinkering ruin the aesthetic that David Ayer’s film had going that had fans so excited?  We’ll have to wait until August to find out, but if WB ruins this one, their films are just going to become noise that hurts the whole genre.  For what it’s worth, this is my least favorite of the trailers for the film.

Joker, Jared Leto, Suicide Squad

It feels good to be bad…Assemble a team of the world’s most dangerous, incarcerated Super Villains, provide them with the most powerful arsenal at the government’s disposal, and send them off on a mission to defeat an enigmatic, insuperable entity. U.S. intelligence officer Amanda Waller has determined only a secretly convened group of disparate, despicable individuals with next to nothing to lose will do. However, once they realize they weren’t picked to succeed but chosen for their patent culpability when they inevitably fail, will the Suicide Squad resolve to die trying, or decide it’s every man for himself?

The movie hits theaters on August 5, 2016.

Trailer Time: Suicide Squad International Trailer #1 (2016) *Next Up in the DC Cinematic Universe*

You may have noted that I haven’t posted a review of Batman vs. Superman yet.  That would be because I’m so dreading having to go see it at this point that I am trying to find an angle that motivates me to go to a theater to see a movie I’ve heard nothing positive about from anyone I trust.

What I am still looking forward to is DCCU Film #3: David Ayer’s Suicide Squad.  New international trailer today with a ton of new footage set to the film’s unofficial theme: Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody”.  I promise I’ll make myself walk the long dark journey of BvS sometime this week.  I know it knocked it out of the park opening weekend.  What I’m going to be very interested to see is the second week’s gross and if the film really is review-proof.
Suicide Squad

It feels good to be bad…Assemble a team of the world’s most dangerous, incarcerated Super Villains, provide them with the most powerful arsenal at the government’s disposal, and send them off on a mission to defeat an enigmatic, insuperable entity. U.S. intelligence officer Amanda Waller has determined only a secretly convened group of disparate, despicable individuals with next to nothing to lose will do. However, once they realize they weren’t picked to succeed but chosen for their patent culpability when they inevitably fail, will the Suicide Squad resolve to die trying, or decide it’s every man for himself?

The movie hits theaters on August 5, 2016.

Trailer Time: Suicide Squad Trailer #2 (2016) *Nothing Really Matters to Me*

Set to the strains of Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody”, the second trailer for David Ayer’s The Suicide Squad looks just as good as the first (which might have been the best trailer released last year without Star Wars in it).  I cannot wait to see Jared Leto’s take on The Joker, but in every still and clip, Margot Robbie’s Harley Quinn is just owning this movie.  This is going to make her an international superstar.  New official plot synopsis below.  To be honest, I’m looking forward to this way more than I am Batman vs. Superman. Continue reading Trailer Time: Suicide Squad Trailer #2 (2016) *Nothing Really Matters to Me*