Anyone who has followed the troubled production of Solo: A Star Wars Story is justifiably nervous about the second Star Wars spin-off film. Anyone who felt extremely disillusioned by the atonal mess that was Star Wars: The Last Jedi might feel that Disney has gone completely off the reservation with the franchise. Those are both understandable sentiments. The spoiler-free nuts and bolts on Solo is that the film feels much more like a Star Wars film than The Last Jedi did, is full of fan service, does justice to fan-favorite characters, has some surprises up its sleeve, and while it takes awhile to get going, is ultimately a fun outing.
Continue reading Movie Review: Solo – A Star Wars Story (2018) “I’ve Got a Good Feeling About This!”
Sony has released the first full trailer for Venom. The teaser trailer had a good atmosphere to it, but we didn’t actually get to see Venom. Well, we’ve seen him now! There’s a lot about the trailer I like that Spider-Man 3 completely got wrong with the character, there’s also a few things about it that give me pause (not the least of which is that is NOT how I have been saying “symbiote” for 25 years). I like they establish Eddie Brock (Tom Hardy) as a decent guy. I like that Venom is its own personality and that together they are a “we” entity. That’s very true to the comics. I love the look of the character. Some of the F/X seem a little off, but in a trailer six months out that’s tough to judge. It’s recently been reported that Woody Harrelson’s role in the film will be Carnage, but we’ll have to see when Venom hits theaters October 5, 2018.
Solo: A Star Wars Story has had a troubled production (to say the least), and follows on the heels of the financially successful but fan-dividing Star Wars: The Last Jedi. The first teaser for the film was…underwhelming; however, the full trailer looks like the movie may actually be a ton of fun. It seems a whole lot less than a heist film and more of Han, Lando (Donald Glover is going to own this), and Chewie on their first adventure together. You can start to see the point of the film, which is to show how Han ended up the man we met in the Mos Eisley Cantina. I have hope about this thing for the first time. Seriously, seriously tempered hope after TLJ, but a wee bit, which is a giant change from before I watched this trailer. Read below for Coming Soon’s summary. Solo: A Star Wars Story is coming to theaters Memorial Day. Continue reading Solo: A Star Wars Story Trailer #1 (2018) *THAT is More Like It!*
If you’re lucky, you get one great teacher; one teacher who steps into your life and makes a difference that lasts the rest of your days. In some cases, you may have to actively stalk that teacher to engage his burnt out, underpaid, overworked, teenager-warped soul….but that’s just what you gotta do then! The Edge of Seventeen was a hilarious, wonderfully acted film from 2016 that got absolutely no recognition, which is a shame, because Hailee Steinfeld was Oscar-worthy and Woody Harrelson got his best comedic role since Cheers.
Steinfeld’s dramatic, over-the-top Nadine is stymied when she runs into the jaded stonewall that is her history teacher, Mr. Bruner (Harrelson), constantly harrassing him for advice and counsel against his will, especially holding him hostage during his lunch break. The relationship that they build over the course of the film is touching and always darkly funny, never more so when Nadine’s hysterical threat to jump in front of the largest moving vehicle she can find is calmly met by a withering dueling suicidal rant from Bruner. Everyone in high school should be so lucky to have a Mr. Bruner.
Sony has released the first teaser for Venom and it’s a true teaser, giving very little away about the film. Venom, butchered in Spider-Man 3, is one of the most popular villains/anti-heroes (depending on the host) in Marvel Comics, and Tom Hardy is a great choice to embody that. I’m not sure what Sony intends with its Spider-Man-free Spiderverse. I think rather than give Tom Holland up, Disney would rather buy Sony at this point. What we do know about the film is summarized by Coming Soon below. The film also stars Michelle Williams, Riz Ahmed, Jenny Slate, and Woody Harrelson. Venom will hit theaters October 5, 2018.