The LEGO Movie was one of the best surprises I’ve had at the movies this decade. It combined a wildly inventive animation style with a script that had laughs and feels in it for anyone from 1 to 100. Future LEGO installments haven’t been able to touch the magic of the original, and the sequel arrives early next year after a number of rewrites. While the original voice cast returns, original directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller are only producers this time and the final script is only based on a story idea of theirs.
Everything is not awesome in Bricksburg. Five years after Taco Tuesday, our heroes are in a post-apocalyptic DUPLO-created nightmare. The first trailer for the sequel has some laughs and made me smile, but I’m honestly a more than a little worried that without Lord & Miller running this show it’s going to be hard to recapture the magic of the first film. The LEGO Movie 2 will open in February 2019. More from Coming Soon below. Continue reading The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part Trailer #1 (2019) *They Come in Pieces*
Ok, full honesty here: I know little to nothing about the Power Rangers. It was the toy/TV franchise of the 1990’s and I’m a kid of the 1980’s (and our stuff was better). It passes my understanding how Bryan Cranston is involved in this, but Anthony Hopkins is in Transformers 5, so who can tell which way is up anymore? Lionsgate is counting heavily on Power Rangers to be their next huge franchise after The Hunger Games, and is rumored to already have committed to six films (because that worked out so well with the probably-never-to-be-finished Divergent franchise). At any rate, The Power Rangers will land in theaters on March 24, 2017. Because of my ignorance of the franchise, I’ve included the piece from Coming Soon below, as they are masters of all things I am not. Continue reading Trailer Time: Power Rangers Trailer #1 (2017) *GO GO POWER RANGERS!!!*
Here’s really all you need to put things in perspective when it comes to how messed-up a decision it was to split Mockingjay into two films: if you combine them, the running time is only three minutes shorter than the extended cut of Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King. The decision to split the films was always a pure money-grab, and it’s hard to say if Lionsgate will end up with more from two poorly-reviewed Mockingjays or the good movie that’s buried within the 260 minutes of bloat that makes up the combined mess. Simply put, the second part couldn’t fix the decision to split the movies in the first place, sapped the franchise of the rabid momentum it had and leaves another series with a flat ending. Continue reading Movie Review: The Hunger Games Mockingjay Part 2 (2015) *The Games End*
One of the things I admire about Mockingjay (the book) is the Tolkien-esque lack of a pat, happy ending. These are characters who have gone through hell and they don’t get to be normal people for the rest of their lives. Some things in life just break us. It doesn’t mean the cause wasn’t worth fighting for, but many of the fighters don’t get to enjoy the life their struggles bought. Given that the final book was already bloated into two films, the first of which was deadly boring, I’m hoping the finale can capture Collins’ wrap-up to the series. This is, though, after four years, the final Hunger Games trailer (at least until Lionsgate figures out a way to milk more movies out of the franchise somehow).
Love & Mercy, the biopic of Beach Boy Brian Wilson, has the distinction of being the only movie I’ve ever seen that contains four fantastic performances from great actors and yet manages to fail completely in every other aspect of film-making. It’s a frustrating, grating look at the troubled musical genius that in all seriousness was so unpleasant to watch that I went home with a migraine Continue reading Movie Review: Love & Mercy (2015) *I Want to Lie in Bed for Three Years Now*