For the past few weeks, movie fans have been gifted a superhero ping-pong battle between the two major properties: Marvel and DC. Although very late to the Cinematic Universe game, DC has been making waves over these past few months: releasing a statement that they had plans to set up an entire universe after the success of “Man of Steel” was exciting, announcing at Comic-Con that their next installment would feature the two most iconic superheroes duking it out in “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” was brilliant, and the releases of set photos and casting has been a great way for the company to excite fans once wary of the DC movie properties (other than the Nolan Batman franchise). Marvel stayed relatively quiet throughout these months, allowing their films to continue to be successful and releasing a title for their upcoming Avengers sequel at last year’s Con. For a while, it seemed like DC was hitting the ground running, truly trying to catch up to the juggernaut that is Marvel, while the highly successful studio was just playing things safe.
“Pick a sin we can both live with.”
They say the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree. It’s a saying that I personally can attest to, but when it comes to artistry and celebritism, it’s fascinating to see if and when the artistic gene is passed down through the generations. For writer Joe Hill, even with his lengthy list of published works, he will always have a lifetime of comparison ahead of him. But that should be expected when you decide to pursue a writing career and your father is the one and only Stephen King. Luckily for Hill, his father’s writing gene didn’t skip a generation, and he’s been blessed with a mind as inventive and a knack for storytelling as compelling as his dear old dad. Now, as he’s started to migrate out of Stephen’s shadow and create a following of his own, he’s earned yet another superlative that not only proves he’s inherited the King writing gift, but adds him to a pool of selective writers and solidifies Hill’s individualism in the writing field. He has had one of his novels turned into a film…a very, very fun and worthwhile film that retroactively praises his own creation.
It looks like our predictions for this past weekend didn’t exactly come to fruition. “Ouija” earned far more than we anticipated, and “John Wick” earned far less, thereby reversing their places. Our positions for places three through five were accurate, however. They did perform better than we thought they would, though, so our numbers are a bit low. It wasn’t the easiest weekend to predict, so hopefully we can smooth our guesses out for next weekend!
After I watched the 1931 classic “Frankenstein” last week, I decided that I should take a look at some more classic horror films for a couple of reasons. First, some of the earliest examples of horror films are fixtures in popular culture that have been referenced and parodied countless times over the past century. Second, while not completely devoid of scares, early monster and horror films are typically not that scary for modern audiences, and for a guy who has never been big on horror movies, it’s best to take things one step at a time when it comes to choosing horror movies to watch. With those reasons in mind, I decided to take a look at 1931 classic “Dracula.” While I didn’t enjoy it as much as “Frankenstein,” it is still a great example of a monster film that helped to define the genre and one I’m glad I watched.
We’re back at it again this week! Last weekend gave us quite a run for our money, but we are prepared to hop back on track and nail this week’s predictions. With a few new films in the running, this should be an interesting week at the box office. Will we be able to recover from last week’s blunders, or will we fall victim to another week of box office trickery? Only time will tell!
At the 2013 Sundance Film Festival over a year ago, audiences and critics alike were captivated by a small word-of-mouth hit “Fruitvale,” awarding it the Grand Jury Prize and Audience Award in the Dramatic category. Later changed to “Fruitvale Station,” the film was released in July of 2013 to widespread acclaim, moderately successful box office returns, and earned many more independent film awards. Seeing the film for the first time, I was absolutely captivated by the heartbreaking story of a man wrongfully shot and killed by BART police officers to the point where even when the credits ended I stayed seated in the theater and sat silently, unable to move or express any emotions other than shock and sadness. So when the 2014 Sundance Film Festival awarded a film called “Whiplash” the same accolades, I sat patiently and waited for it’s release date, knowing I was going to be in for something once again truly special.
It’s been over 2 years since the cultural phenomenon that is “The Avengers” hit the screen, impressing critics and fans alike and amassing a colossal amount of box office revenue. Since then, the Marvel Cinematic Universe has gotten bigger and more complex, with films like “Iron Man 3” and “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” planting the seeds of what could become the backdrop for the Civil War storyline and “Guardians of the Galaxy” introducing the vast-ness of space and different galaxies along with a deeper glimpse into Thanos’ storyline. However, no matter how good or bad each film in Phase 2 of the MCU was, there was always going to be excitement generated as these films continued the trajectory towards the next Avengers film. At the 2013 San Diego Comic-Con, fans were treated to a very small teaser that revealed the title to be “Avengers: Age of Ultron” and the main villain would be the titular Ultron. Just one year later, attendees were greeted with a first look at footage from the film. Many fans not in attendance became aggravated, wondering when everyone would be able to have access to the film’s first trailer. Apparently the answer was this week, as a leak of the trailer online forced Marvel’s hand and they ended up releasing the first official teaser online Wednesday, which you can watch here: