Happy Holidays! Your reward for making it through another year is a trip to a galaxy far, far away from your friends at Disney. That’s been the case with The Force Awakens, Rogue One, and the upcoming The Last Jedi. However, in 2018, Star Wars films will move to the summer. Not only is this a grinchly move by Disney, it’s bad business. Disney already produces so many blockbusters per year that they’re beginning to crash into each other’s earning potential. Both Disney Star Wars films made over a billion dollars. That’s largely because they were revisited during the cinematic doldrums of January and February. Moving Star Wars to summer will pit the films not only against blockbuster competition from other studios, it will stunt the box office potential for Disney franchises typically used to summer dominance (The Marvel Cinematic Universe and Pixar Animation, for example). There are three reasons behind moving Star Wars to summer, and in each reason is a counter-argument for why Disney shouldn’t.
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Despite his family’s baffling generations-old ban on music, Miguel (voice of newcomer Anthony Gonzalez) dreams of becoming an accomplished musician like his idol, Ernesto de la Cruz (voice of Benjamin Bratt). Desperate to prove his talent, Miguel finds himself in the stunning and colorful Land of the Dead following a mysterious chain of events. Along the way, he meets charming trickster Hector (voice of Gael García Bernal), and together, they set off on an extraordinary journey to unlock the real story behind Miguel’s family history. Character actress Renée Victor also joins the cast as Abuelita, Miguel’s grandmother.
Pirates of the Caribbean has to be one of the most unlikely franchises in movie history. It’s based on an amusement park ride, had a critically acclaimed first installment and that film made Captain Jack Sparrow as iconic a movie character that modern cinema has produced. Installments two and three, with the same writers and director, took everything that was good in the first film and completely ignored it, but both films and the fourth installment each made over a billion dollars. It’s been six years since the fourth film, Johnny Depp has a much different reputation as does Captain Jack Sparrow, but Disney plopped down $230 million to make Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales (as a Disneyland fan, by far my favorite title of the series) and they’ve already made it back. It won’t reach the billion dollar heights of its predecessors, but it will probably make enough for an unnecessary sixth installment, and on we go. Is Pirates 5 any good though? Compared to some of the sequels, yes. Compared to the original, it’s as tired as Jack Sparrow looks during the 135 minute romp. Continue reading Movie Review: Pirates of the Caribbean – Dead Men Tell No Tales Trailer (2017) “Rough Seas”
It seems pretty clear that Pirates 5 and Cars 3 aren’t going to be Disney’s next blockbusters. No, for that the Mouse House is going to have to wait for July 2nd and Spider-Man: Homecoming. This has looked like an incredible blast in every trailer including this final one that brings the focus back to the Tony/Peter relationship that managed to heal a decade worth of damage inflicted on the character by SONY in one act of Captain America: Civil War. If issue #16 of the MCU isn’t enough to get you excited on its own, Michael Giacchino leaked this bit from the scoring session for Homecoming. One of the MCU’s biggest flaws is (with one or two exceptions) memorable scores. Giacchino takes his talent for repurposing old themes and infusing them with his own style and takes Spidey’s cheesiest theme and makes it already the best character theme any MCU has. This is going to be a blast!
There was a time, oh so very long ago, when Johnny Depp just made indie movies. His casting in a movie about a ride at Disneyland was odd. This was during barrel scraping days when they were making movies about their rides (Eddie Murphy’s Haunted Mansion ring a bell?). Pirates of the Caribbean was getting rave reviews though. I know the sequels have dulled the magic of the first film, and likely the fifth (which comes six years after the fourth and no one seems to be excited over it) won’t help. However, remember back to 2003 when you first beheld Johnny Depp as Captain Jack Sparrow: the worst/best pirate to grace the screen. His character’s entrance is rivaled only by Wilder’s Wonka as the best of all-time. One of my favorite shots period is the slow descent of his boat to perfectly time his lurch on to the dock. The Curse of the Black Pearl is one of the best action/adventure films of the 21st Century. Nothing that followed can change that, and that this film inadvertently sent Depp on a career plunging spiral of self-indulgent nonsense, doesn’t take away from this performance and this moment. I could watch it a thousand times. Never fails to make me smile.