Film News – Steven Soderbergh Discusses Unsane + Logan Lucky Distribution Failure

It is fair to say that filmmaker Steven Soderbergh has never done things the conventional way. Indeed, you only have to look at Unsane to see this due to the fact that this was a film which he shot entirely on an iPhone 7 Plus.

However, that movie, as well as Logan Lucky, did not do well at the box office due to their unique distribution. In an interview with Deadline, he discussed the failure of both films when it came to distribution.

Unsane + Logan Lucky

Here is what Soderbergh had to say on the distribution shortcomings of Unsane and Logan Lucky:

Typically, you cannot get out of bed for under $30 million in marketing and it’s probably going up from there. I felt with a strategically targeted campaign, you ought to be able to do it for $20 million. My concern was, the implications of skyrocketing marketing costs are dire for creative people.”

So I wanted to see if it was possible. It didn’t work on Logan [Lucky]. I got the opportunity to do it again on Unsane. It didn’t work again. The bottom line: $20 million is not enough for a wide-release film to generate the level of awareness that you have to have. It’s just not.”

On Logan Lucky, we put a disproportionate amount of our money into digital and a very small amount into TV. I decided to reverse that ratio on Unsane, because my takeaway from Logan Lucky is forgetting about awareness, and that it’s still, for all its inefficiency, a good way to get a lot of eyeballs on your movie through commercials.”

I think there’s also a psychological component that’s tricky to quantify. Which is, if people don’t see commercials for your movie, they don’t think it’s a real movie. Seriously. Real movies advertise on TV. I think that’s how people think.”

So if they didn’t see your commercial, they’re like, that must be some off-market thing. Because I see ads on my favorite shows for real movies. So we tried that on Unsane. It still didn’t work.”

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Film News – Colin Farrell On Dumbo

In recent years, Disney have had a lot of financial success with the live-action remakes of classic animated films such as The Jungle Book and Beauty and the Beast. They hope that this success will continue with the upcoming live-action remakes of The Lion King and Dumbo. One of the stars of Dumbo is Colin Farrell and, in an interview with journalists at a set visit, he had the chance to discuss Dumbo.

Dumbo

Here is what Colin Farrell had to say on the reaction he had when he was approached to star in Dumbo which will be directed by Tim Burton:

Honestly, ‘Please, can I do it?’ Genuinely. Because I’ve just been such a fan of Tim’s work for the longest time. I think Edward Scissorhands is probably the first thing of his I saw. It’s still one of my favorite films of all time, probably.”

So yeah, just the idea of something as sweet and fantastical and almost otherworldly while being grounded in some recognizable world that we can relate to under the directorship of him is kind of a dream.”

There’s things I’ve read through the years that are somewhat fantastical or supernatural and have kind of a fairy tale element to them, and then some things that I read that never got made—one script in particular that never got made, but it was beautiful and had elements of Beauty and the Beast to it, I’ve always been looking for something of that ilk.”

This was…I genuinely, when I heard he was doing it, I was like ‘Oh my God, what a dream gig to do.’ That was before reading the script. Then I read the script and it’s so sweet.”

Tim is really good at figuring out the balancing act between honoring the sweetness of the original story or the intent or the allegorical element of what a baby flying elephant represents with real-world emotional concerns of families and friendships and damages of war without getting into it too much.”

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Film News – Jonas Akerlund Discusses Polar + Mads Mikkelsen

People who were let down with Marvel wasting an actor as talented as Mads Mikkelsen in Doctor Strange will be hoping that this can be somewhat corrected in the new comic book film Mads Mikkelsen is starring in. The movie is called Polar and Jonas Akerlund, the director, gave an interview to Variety about Polar.

Polar

Here is what Jonas Akerlund had to say on the key decisions made when it came to the visual style of Polar:

Polar is based on the first and a little bit on the second book and all the characters from those novels are in there. The story is based on the graphic novel, but when it came to the execution of the film I felt I couldn’t really make a movie without any dialogue.”

I didn’t want to make Sin City, where everything is stylized like a graphic novel. I wanted to find our own DNA for the movie and to be inspired by Victor’s fantastic work, then bring it to life as an action movie. As a director you get a bit of a free pass when you do a graphic novel, and that let us push a little further than we’re used to.”

Mads Mikkelsen

Jonas Akerlund also spoke about how he went about directing Mads Mikkelsen:

For starters, it was very different from anything I’ve done before. He’s one of the smartest actors, actually one of the smartest people, I’ve ever met in my life. He challenged me, but brought out the best of me. I knew that he would always outsmart me, so I had to stay on my toes all the time and try to be a step ahead of him.”

The good news is that we had a lot of time to work before shooting, so my goal was to have him in character and well-prepared so once we started shooting there would be no questions on what we’re doing.”

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Bumblebee (Film/Movie Review) – The First Good Transformers Film

Bumblebee is a sci-fi action film directed by Travis Knight. It is the sixth instalment in the live-action Transformers movie franchise and, thankfully, the first not to be directed by Michael Bay. The movie stars Pamela Adlon, John Ortiz, James Drucker, Jorge Lendeborg Jr., John Cena and Hailee Steinfeld. Angela Bassett, Dylan O’Brien, Justin Theroux and Peter Cullen also star in voice roles.

The story of Bumblebee is set in 1987 where the war between the Autobots and the Decepticons on Cybertron is reaching a critical point. Bumblebee (Dylan O’Brien) is tasked by Optimus Prime (Peter Cullen), heroic leader of the Autobots, to establish a base on Earth.

After taking severe damage, Bumblebee seeks refuge in California and is discovered by Charlie (Hailee Steinfeld), a teenager still struggling with the loss of her father. Charlie and Bumblebee forge a friendship and work together to achieve Bumblebee’s mission and protect Earth from the Decepticon threat.

My Expectation For Bumblebee

While not exactly the pinnacle of cinema, I will always have a soft spot for Transformers and Transformers: Dark of the Moon. The same cannot be said for the abysmal Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen and Transformers: Age of Extinction. In fact, I hated the latter so much that I did not bother seeing Transformers: The Last Knight. Judging from the reviews for The Last Knight, that was probably for the best.

So, five films in and my enthusiasm for the Transformers film series was completely gone. That was the case until the marketing campaign for Bumblebee began. I saw promising signs from the trailers that Travis Knight could bring his brilliant work on Kubo and the Two Strings over to Bumblebee and the positive reviews Bumblebee received got me really excited. It was possible that Bumblebee could be the first legitimately good Transformers movie.

My Thoughts On Bumblebee

As it turns out, Bumblebee is indeed the first truly good Transformers film. However, I will say that the best film it could have been was its very first scene. The first scene shows the Cybertronian Civil War and I wished it was the whole movie. I felt that there was some superb action with dramatic weight in this scene and I was kind of gutted that it ended so quickly. Still, the film we got in the end was enjoyable.

As the film progressed, one thing was very clear to me; Bumblebee is not a prequel to the 2007 Transformers film. It is instead a soft reboot of the Transformers movie franchise. Indeed, the credits scene is overwhelming proof of this if anyone needed more confirmation and the credits scene brilliantly sets up sequels to Bumblebee.

The heart and soul of Bumblebee is the relationship between Bumblebee and Charlie and Hailee Steinfeld’s performance is key to the success of this film. Certainly, unlike every other Transformers film, this movie puts character first which was quite refreshing. I also liked the 80s setting and the nostalgic moments deliver whether it was the music or the consistent references to The Breakfast Club.

In terms of influences on this film, you can see how similar Bumblebee is to a movie such as The Iron Giant and, in terms of more improvements over previous Transformers movies, the comedy in this film is much better. This was not a particularly hard thing to accomplish and not every comedic moment delivers, especially with John Cena who was very hit and miss in Bumblebee.

My Final Thoughts On Bumblebee

Nevertheless, in the end, I was relieved at how much I enjoyed Bumblebee and I hope there are sequels because this movie is a good base for more Transformers films to be made. If you had gone sour over the Transformers films as I did, give Bumblebee a chance. I do not think you will regret it.

bumblebee review

 

Film News – Zachary Levi Discusses Shazam

We all know that the DC Extended Universe (DCEU) has not had an easy existence which made the success of Aquaman even more of an achievement, particularly from a financial perspective. Warner Bros. and DC Comics will absolutely want this success to continue with Shazam! which is set for a release in April 2019.

The star of this film is Zachary Levi and, in a group interview, he had the opportunity to speak about Shazam! in detail.

Shazam!

Zachary Levi said this on playing a superhero in Shazam! that has such enthusiasm:

It’s the best […] I’ve been a comic fan since I was a little kid, but I don’t know it nearly as probably everyone sitting in these chairs, but in many many other people. So, I’m not going to say that there’s not another… There are two characters that I can think of in all of comicdom, including DC and Marvel, and it’s Billy Batson and Peter Parker.”

Those two to me, at least that I know, you get to go on this journey of like, instead of it being, ‘Oh, I have to save the world again [begrudgingly voice]’ or whatever that is. It’s like, [hyper-enthusiastic voice] ‘I get to save the world again.’ It’s that.”

As a nerd who loved and lived this world for so long, and still do to some level, that I don’t have to restrain myself with the fucking coolness factor, is so great.”

I have to act so little. I just get to be me on so many levels. It’s great. It’s really really fun. It’s a pain in the ass doing some of this shit. It’s painstaking. It’s little by little, and little by little, and all the action and how it’s all put together.”

The suit is very very tight. To be perfectly honest, I can only do #1 in it. They have to take the whole thing off to drop a deuce and that’s a pain in the ass. But these are the prices you pay to be a superhero? Fucking sign me up.”

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Film/TV News – Charlie Cox On Daredevil + King of Thieves

In my opinion, it is safe to say that Charlie Cox is indebted to Daredevil for boosting his career in the entertainment industry. While roles in Boardwalk Empire, Stardust and The Theory of Everything would have helped, we have to realise that he is predominantly known by general audiences for his role as Matt Murdock/Daredevil in the Netflix Marvel TV show Daredevil.

In an interview with Collider, Charlie Cox was given the chance to discuss Daredevil as well as King of Thieves, a recent film he starred in alongside Michael Caine, Michael Gambon and Jim Broadbent.

Daredevil

The cancellation of Daredevil was a real kick in the teeth for fans of that superhero television series. Here is what Charlie Cox stated when it came to the topic of whether any plans for Season 4 of Daredevil had been made before the show was cancelled:

Yeah. I know that they pitched the whole season to Netflix. I knew little details ‘cause typically I don’t like to know the whole story whilst it’s being written, but I knew the basics of the ideas that they had, and I was very excited.”

Based on the response that Season 3 had, I was under the impression that we would absolutely be making more seasons of television, so I was very shocked and obviously deeply saddened because I love that character and I’ve loved the show.”

It’s been one of the great privileges of my career, to be involved with Netflix and Marvel, and to play this character. I was looking forward to another couple of years of it, so I was very sad. But in the interest of being positive and looking forward, I’m also grateful that we got to end on such a high.”

Sometimes with these genre shows, when you’re making so much content – I’ve already made 50-something hours of this character – it’s very hard to maintain quality, over that long of a period. So, in a weird way, I’m also grateful that we did a quality show, from start to finish, that didn’t descend into lunacy.”

King of Thieves

Charlie Cox had this to say on how he decided to portray his character in King of Thieves seeing as he was given some artistic licence:

A lot was already done for me in the script. Joe’s script was incredibly clear and concise, and I drew all of my information from that.”

But the thing that I wanted to explain was why, if Basil is the one with the key, and he’s the catalyst for the beginning of this robbery, what is it about him? Why can’t he go to criminals his own age, who are physically more capable of this? Why doesn’t he take this to one of his mates, who can get together a similarly capable team and do it in an age appropriate way?”

On the one hand, you’ve got this guy who’s an alarm specialist, and he’s pretty good with computers and alarms, but then, on the other hand, you’ve got someone who doesn’t have any friends of his own.”

He doesn’t take this to people who could probably have a better chance of pulling the job off. So, I focused on someone who is a bit of a genius, but also socially awkward enough that he doesn’t have any mates.”

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Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (Film/Movie Review) – A Game Changer For Animation

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse is an animated superhero film directed by Bob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey and Rodney Rothman. It is based on the Marvel Comics character Miles Morales/Spider-Man and it is the first animated movie in the Spider-Man film franchise.

The film features an ensemble voice cast of Liev Schreiber, John Mulaney, Luna Lauren Valez, Nicolas Cage, Lily Tomlin, Brian Tyree Henry, Mahershala Ali, Jake Johnson, Hailee Steinfeld and Shameik Moore.

The story of Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse is set in a shared multiverse called the ‘Spider-Verse’ which has alternate universes with various Spider-Men. In this film, Miles Morales (Shameik Moore) becomes one of the many Spider-Men and he must work with the others to save New York City from Kingpin (Liev Schreiber).

My Expectation For Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

This is not an exaggeration; every single review and reaction to Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse proclaimed it to be one of the best films of 2018, one of the best comic-book movies of 2018 and one of the best comic-book movies ever made. Clearly, this raised my expectations for a film I did not know much about.

I tried to go into this film knowing little about the plot but the praise that Spider-Verse received made me think that I was in for something special. Still, Avengers: Infinity War was the best superhero film I had seen in 2018 and Spider-Verse would have to be special to top Infinity War.

My Thoughts On Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

Avengers: Infinity War remains my favourite comic book film of 2018 but I really liked Spider-Verse. Make no mistake, this film is a game changer for animation. It is visually gorgeous and unique in its style.

Still, what makes Spider-Verse a very good film is its story, the heart of which is the relationship between Miles Morales and his family. Indeed, the tug-of-war for Miles between his father and uncle made for some very poignant moments throughout the movie.

Still, as much as I liked Spider-Verse, I feel as though my appreciation for this film would have been greatly enhanced if I was a hardcore Spider-Man fan. I cannot imagine how awesome this film would have been for them.

I am a very casual fan of Spider-Man so most of the easter-eggs and specific, deep cut references went over my head. Certainly, I had no idea so many iterations of Spider-Man existed in the first place.

Nevertheless, I found so much to like in Spider-Verse despite how much this film was made for the hardcore fans of Spider-Man. This movie is funny and has some brilliant characters within it. Obviously, Miles Morales and Peter Parker (Jake Johnson) are standouts but my favourite character was Spider-Man Noir (Nicolas Cage).

I loved his role in the film and what he brought to the story. Moreover, because of the range of characters as well as the dense story, Spider-Verse has to juggle a lot of moving parts and it does this very nicely which was a big achievement.

My Final Thoughts On Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

My only real issue with Spider-Verse was how the momentum of the film was a bit stop/start which slightly hampered the pacing. Additionally, while Kingpin was a decent villain, I would have liked for his character to have been a bit more developed than it was.

Still, I understand that Spider-Verse is a film about the hero’s journey and it is a great journey to go on. Spider-Verse is a very good time at the cinema and it does deserve a lot of the praise it has received. It also deserves award recognition and it should be a lock to win Best Animated Film at the 2019 Oscars.

spider-man into the spider-verse review

 

Ralph Breaks The Internet (Film/Movie Review) – An Enjoyable Sequel

Ralph Breaks The Internet is an animated Disney film directed by Rich Moore and Phil Johnston and it is the 57th Walt Disney animated feature film. This movie acts as a sequel to Wreck-It Ralph and it has a voice cast that includes Alfred Molina, Jane Lynch, Ed O’Neill, Taraji P. Henson, Alan Tudyk, Jack McBrayer, Gal Gadot, Sarah Silverman and John C. Reilly.

The story of Ralph Breaks The Internet focuses on Ralph (John C. Reilly) and Vanellope (Sarah Silverman) who must travel to the Internet in order to save Sugar Rush, Vanellope’s video game. On this mission, Ralph and Vanellope’s friendship is tested to new limits.

My Expectation For Ralph Breaks The Internet

I liked Wreck-It Ralph and, after its success from a financial and critical perspective, it made sense that Disney would make a sequel. From the trailers, I thought that Ralph Breaks The Internet looked fun but I was not expecting this film to be better than Wreck-It Ralph. All I wanted was an enjoyable movie and anything more than that would be a bonus.

My Thoughts On Ralph Breaks The Internet

A decent, enjoyable movie is exactly what I got with Ralph Breaks The Internet. In some aspects, it is a sequel that improves on the original when it comes to the quality of the animation and set pieces as well as the themes and messages within the story such as friendship and its commentary on the Internet.

However, other elements of Ralph Breaks The Internet are not as good as they were in the first film. Indeed, the overall story in this sequel is nowhere near as strong and I felt that some of the characters that helped the first film so fun are left behind in Ralph Breaks The Internet which was a shame.

Additionally, the first act of Ralph Breaks The Internet, which is essentially everything that happened before Ralph and Vanellope travel to the Internet, was a bit flat. However, everything in the second act was really good, especially when it came to the Disney princess scene. The third act was mixed because, while there were some good character moments, the final boss battle was pretty bland in my opinion.

Ralph Breaks The Internet is, overall, a bit of a mixed bag but there was just about more stuff to like in it than to dislike or have apathy about. If you are a fan of the first film then you should see this sequel but do not go in expecting a brilliant Disney classic because it is not.

ralph breaks the internet review

 

Film News – Nick Castle On Halloween

The original 1970s Halloween is an iconic horror film and Michael Myers, the antagonist of that movie, is an iconic villain not just in the horror genre but in all of cinema. The actor who played Michael Myers in Halloween was Nick Castle and he reprised his role in the recent 2018 Halloween. In an interview with Collider, Nick Castle was given the opportunity to speak about Halloween.

Halloween

Here is what Nick Castle had to say on whether the process of making the 2018 Halloween encouraged him to go back and re-watch the original film after last seeing it 20 years ago:

Oh, yeah, I did! I went back and took a look, and I just… what happens is I have gone for the last, I don’t know, half dozen years to horror conventions. And there’s fans there that just love the movie to death — they have so many questions. They wanna know this, and they wanna know that. And frankly, I wasn’t remembering half the things they were talking about.”

Someone’s like, ‘How did you walk across… when you were chasing Jamie, and you turned at the banister, and you cross your leg, and what is that?’ And I said, ‘I have no idea what you’re talking [about].’ So I have to go back. I went back and took a look at it. And I was happy to see it again, ’cause I can see why it has lasting power.”

It just kind of all worked. The characters were well-drawn. And John just did a fantastic job, very simple but straightforward, but in a very artistic way. So yeah, it was fun to go back, and to revisit it.”

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Film News – Composer Justin Hurwitz On First Man

Director Damien Chazelle and composer Justin Hurwitz collaborated together on the critically acclaimed film La La Land and they reunited to work together on First Man. The score for First Man has received a lot of praise and, in an exclusive interview with Collider, Justin Hurwitz had the opportunity to discuss First Man.

First Man

Justin Hurwitz said this on when he first heard about First Man:

I heard about it early on. In fact, I know the reason he first sat down with Ryan Gosling was to pitch him on this Neil Armstrong movie before Ryan knew anything about La La Land, and it was in the course of that conversation that Ryan heard that Damien was also developing a musical and he was interested in that.”

So I knew way back then that Damien was developing the script with Josh Singer and he was getting with Ryan to talk about it. Then I didn’t think too much about it ’cause we were so busy making La La Land […] I would hear little bits and pieces about how it was coming along, but, again, I really wasn’t thinking about it too much. Damien would give me an early draft to read around that time, kind of half way through editing La La Land.”

Then it wasn’t until March of 2017 when Damien started like actually prepping First Man that I really got thinking about it and got working on it. I read another draft of the script that had progressed quite a bit. It was their pre-production draft at that point. So I read another draft and then started working on it with Damien at the time that he was doing his prep for location, costumes, cinematography and all that stuff.”

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