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Monday, December 2, 2013

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire Review

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
The latest installment in the Hunger Games Cinematic Universe is Catching Fire. My first impressions are it was the fastest 2 hours and 20 minutes of my life, the movie flew by, and it didn't bring anything new to the table. It was basically the same thing as it's predecessor but with a twist like all sequels should be. 
    This movie is not a perfect one by any means, but it was still hard to find a problem with it. Francis Lawrence did everything to make this movie a great one. It was the way they executed things that was the problem. It seems like the love triangle between Katniss, Gale, and Peta should have been stronger and more distinct. It was hardly noticeable! It just seemed like a missed opportunity to bring something great to the table. They only touched on it throughout the movie, and when they did it seemed like it was at the parts that ruined the mood of the movie. When I say it was the fastest 2 hours and 20 minutes of my life, It is a good and bad thing. Everything just seemed so rushed. They needed to spend more time on the love triangle (like I said before) and everything else. For example, the other tributes. They just could have spent at least 3 minutes for us to meet the other tributes. Characters were underused. Cinna, Johanna Mason, and even Beetee. The characters that were underused were the ones I liked the most. Finnik was underused in a way and they could have used him a whole lot more.  
The main problems were the lack of character development. They didn't expand on characters when they needed to most and when they did it took away the mood or tone from the movie. 

The thing that bugged me they most was the horrible cinematography! When there was 5 people or less in a scene(which is the majority of the time) the camera was held 1-12 inches away from there face! No joke! I know what they were trying to go for by telling a story through facial expressions. I get that. It just didn't have to be the whole dang movie! It was pointless. We can see the facial expressions on their faces when the camera is 3 feet away from them. I thought they would learn from their mistake the made in the first 20 minutes of the first one, but they didn't. They just made it worse. There is no use for the camera being held 3 inches away from their faces. Again, it was poorly executed. It took away from my enjoyment from the film.  Not to mention it took 1 hour and 30 minutes to actually get to the games!
     The one thing I really appreciate they did was the learned from the first. They didn't have any shaky camera. One of the few complaints I had from the first one was when the action was going on, the decided to show the action by shaking the camera rather than letting the actors do their job and act. Catching fire had no shaky camera. The action scenes (for the most part) were clean and not painful to watch. 

As I said above there were characters that were poorly developed. However, there were some that were well developed such as the characters played by Hutcherson, Lawrence, Seymour Hoffman, and Sutherland. Those 4 people were the things that brought this movie back from the dumps. They were the redeeming quality that saved this movie. Lets start of with Phillip Seymour Hoffman's portrayal as Plutarch Heavensbee. He was such a  convincing character. He was a great part of the film. He was not overused or underused, and he did awesome in his role. This was the movie for Josh Hutcherson (Peta) to shine. As we get to experience the trials that Peta faces as he struggles to overcome them brings a welcome depth to his character. Donald Sutherland's portrayal of President Snow made me hate him with all my guts. (It's actually the only thing I hated in it that made it good.) The best thing about this movie (I know this is stereotypical) but I have to say Jennifer Lawrence. She is so beautiful in this movie. Not only that I think she gives a performance of a life time. Is it Oscar worthy, probably not. This is the best we have seen her. She is so beautiful and such a talented actor. I would go see it just because of her. 
     Over all this film was just a little bit disappointing. It did have it's redeeming qualities (I forgot to mention they way they showed the arena and the visuals in the arena were outstanding. That was another awesome part about it) that saved it from the dump. It was a fast 2 hours and 20 minutes, and at times it was hard to enjoy the film. I give it a at 6.2/10.
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Sunday, November 10, 2013

Thor: The Dark World Review

Thor:The Dark World Review
     The latest movie in "Phase 2" of the MCU (Marvel Cinematic Universe) is Thor: The Dark World. For those of you that don't know what I mean when I say the MCU, I mean all the movies that Marvel/Disney have made that are part of one big story. So far There are Iron Man, The Incredible Hulk, Iron Man 2, Thor, Captain America, The Avengers, Iron Man 3, and now Thor: The Dark World. 
     Thor was my 2nd favorite film before the Avengers (behind the Incredible Hulk)so the sequel had a lot to live up to. It didn't disappoint. It was so much better then its predecessor. 
     The head of the dark elves, Malekith is waiting for The Convergence. An event that happens every 5,000 years that causes the 9 realms to align. Malekith planned to use this event to release the Aether at its full potential and the make the 9 realms return to darkness. Right before Malekith was going the release it, Asgardians came and stole the Aether from him. Malekith and the rest of the dark elves failed. Malekith went to sleep for another 5,000 years. When he woke up again, it is now the present day and a time for another convergence. The Aether became the focal point for war. Portals began to appear from one realm to another. When Jane Foster fell threw one of those portals, she found the the secret vault of the Aether. The Aether bonded to her. When Thor brought Jane to Asgard the Asgard's doctors could not do anything about it. So, Malekith came back from his sleep and tries to reclaim the Aether. So the main focus of the movie is Thor trying to save the 9 realms from Malekith and the Aether.
     Every movie has the negatives, every movie has the positives. I'm going to start out with the negatives I had. Lets start of with the music. To me music is one of the most important things that make the enjoyment of the film for the better or the worse. The music in this film was nothing to be excited about. It was not what superhero music should be. If music doesn't affect your enjoyment of movies or you just really don't care for the music you should be fine. The music didn't make me me rate it lower than it would have been, I just wished it would have been better. Another is the actual character Malekith. They missed the perfect opportunity to use one of my favorite villains in MARVEL comics played by Christopher Eccleston. I wished he would have been used more than a character to move the plot along. He was more of a plot device than an actual character. They had a missed a perfect opportunity to use a fantastic character. Going along with that they underused Sif and the Warriors 3. Jamie Alexander is awesome in the roll as Sif. They especially under used her. I guess that's due to the reason she had some on set injuries that limited her filming days. I still would've liked to see more of a love triangle between Thor, Jane Foster, and Sif. You don't need any action to show the "hatred" between Jane and Sif. There was just a bunch of underused characters which, I could have made fit together with no problem. Maybe if they changed the length of the move an hour and 54 minutes to even 2 hours and 15 minutes. One character I do believed that they overused was Kat Dennings character. They tried to hard to make her funny and it did not pay off. Every line she said was not funny. It was a joke (not in a good way.) 
     Now the positives! Alan Taylor was a perfect director for the film since Kenneth Branagh left who directed the first one. With Taylor's background from directing several Game of Thrones episodes, the action was great. Chris Hemsworth's portrayal of Thor was the best in this film. The depth that Thor's character had to experience would have been very hard to portray. The character development is some of the best I've seen. The best part of this movie has to be obvious. Tom Hiddleston. Loki has to be one of my favorite villains in cinematic history. Same as Thor, the develop of the characters make you feel for them. I can't say much with out spoiling it. The comedy was awesome (besides Kat Dennings.) I love the way MARVEL is so good at putting their movies in reality and fantasy at the same time. The way the comedy was structured to make it fit into reality made it ten times funnier then it would have been. The visual effects were always very good. I liked how you got to see more of Asgard in the Thor sequel. The story line is one of the best I have seen in a comic book movie. The thing that really stuck out to me was the relationship between Thor and Loki. The banter between those 2 was probably my favorite thing of the movie! It is a very love hate relationship which we all love to see in a Thor movie. Again, I can't say much with out spoiling the movie. I guess you are going to have to go see it your self!!
     Over all this is a great fun movie. The story was exciting, most of the acting is what you wanted to see. The action and comedy is exactly what you want to see in a MARVEL film. When you go don't forget to stay after for both of the after credit scenes!! I give this movie a 4.7/5, a 9.3/10 or a "A".

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Saturday, October 5, 2013

Top 10 Films You Should Be Looking Forward To For The Rest of the Year

Just because the summer is over, that does not mean it's the end of big awesome films. I am going to give you 10 films you should be looking forward to. Some have major Oscar potential, some are just fun films that the fan boy in all of us will love. 
10.The Wolf on Wall Street
In this film based on a true story Leonardo DiCaprio plays Jordan Belfort and his story about rising to a wealthy stock broker living the life involved with crime, corruption, and the federal government. Starring besides DiCaprio is Jonah Hill, Cristin Millioti, Jon Favreau, and Matthew McConaughey who recently stared in Mud, my 3rd favorite film of the year. And you can't forget the incredible Martin Scorsese who is directing it who has been nominated 8 times for best director at the Oscars and won with his film, The Departed. I'm pretty sure this is the film DiCaprio will finally win an Oscar for, but I also think that McCounaughey will out shine Leonardo in this film. For the brief time he is in the trailer, I think McCounaughey will be one of the few people in history that is nominated for Best Actor in a Leading role for Mud, and Best Actor in a Supporting Role for the Wolf on Wall Street. This film has Oscars written all over it which makes me intrigued for this film. It comes out on November 15th. Here is a link to the trailer
9.Hunger Games:Catching Fire
I was a huge fan of the first movie. I didn't read Catching Fire just because I didn't want to fall in love with it so much that I compared it to the book. The only thing I did not like about the first movie it was they used the "Shaky Camera" to make the action more believable. But with a new director, Francis Lawrence, hopefully that will change. You can never go wrong with the the acting of Jennifer Lawrence and Josh Hutcherson. This film is definitely one to be looking forward to. It comes out on November 22nd. Here is a link to the most recent trailer 
8.The Monuments Men
I'm just going to start off listing the cast in this film. Matt Damon, Cate Blanchett, George Clooney, Bill Murray, John Goodman, Hugh Bonneville. If that list of phenomenal actors does not make you excited for this film, I don't know what will. This film follows a crew of museum curators and art historians in a race against time as the try to protect precious pieces of art and monuments before the Nazis get to them. It also looks like it will have a little bit of humor in it. This is another film that seems like it will be Oscar Heavy. It's a movie that takes place during WWII. The academy loves those types of movies (Saving Private Ryan.) I almost guarantee this film will be up for at least 5 Oscars. This film comes out on December 18th. Here is a link to the trailer   
   7.The Saratov Approach
This film is about 2 missionaries that are kidnapped and held for ransom while they are serving in Russia. This film does not have a big name director or any big name stars but the trailer and the plot intrigues me. It comes out on October 9th. Here is a link to the trailer
6.The Hobbit:The Desolation of Smaug
The adventures of Hobbit Bilbo Baggins in The Hobbit:Desolation of Smaug. It picks up where the first one left off. They escaped the Misty Mountains and are continuing their quest to retrieve their gold from the dragon Smaug (voiced by the amazing Benedict Cumberbatch.)I was a fan of the first Hobbit. I was little disappointed it was not up for as many Oscars as I hoped it would be but I really enjoyed it. Martin Freeman plays a perfect Bilbo. Hopefully this one will be nominated for at least 3 Oscars. The adventures to Middle Earth are some of my favorites in film. I love how Peter Jackson expresses it. It comes out on December 13th. Here is a link to the trailer  5.Frozen
The latest film by Disney Animation Studios is Frozen. It is about a person named Anna on a quest to find her sister Elsa who trapped her kingdom in eternal winter. Traveling through Everest-like conditions, she is joined by a comedic snow man Olaf and other people. This film is a guarantee for nomination of best animated feature, and it's made be Disney!! Disney is awesome at everything they do. The trailer is funny and it just feels like a Disney Classic. It comes out on Thanksgiving. Here is a link to the trailer 
4.Captain Phillips
Tom Hanks. Enough said. Tom Hanks is amazing in everything he is in. In this film Hanks is playing Captain Phillips in the true story of the 2009 Somali pirate hijacking of the Maersk Alabama, the first American cargo ship to be hijacked in 200 years. Name one thing you didn't like with Tom Hanks in it. You can't (yes, there might be exceptions) he is incredible with everything he does.The trailer is scary. It makes you feel like your on the boat. And that is only in the trailer! Paul Greengrass who did the Bourne Supremecy, and The Bourne Ultimatum. I'm a big fan of The Bourne Supremecy so I am excited to see what he does with Captain Phillips. Tom Hanks is in it. That alone makes me want to see it. It comes out on October 11th. Here is a link to the most recent trailer
3.Thor:The Dark World
Thor is my favorite MARVEL "Phase 1" film besides the Avengers. MARVEL as an excellent track record. Every one of their films have been fantastic. This film looks like it has the potential of being better than Avengers and that says a lot. One of my favorite villains of all time Loki is returning! Christopher Ecclestion playing Malekith the villain in the film. I'm a comic nerd. And Alan Taylor will do a fantastic job directing it. Chris Hemsworth does a fantastic job of playing the god of thunder. I'm excited to see where this will take the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Here is a link to the trailer
2.Saving Mr.Banks
Tom Hanks is in it. Enough Said. Hanks plays Walt Disney in this film where Walt tries and gets the rights to make P.L. Travers book Marry Poppins into a movie. But we figure out the she based Marry Poppins on her difficult child hood. This film is about the journey and adventure of the production on the film of Marry Poppins. Emma Thompson is an amazing actress portraying P.L. Travers, Tom Hanks is playing Walt Diseny, (I think he is a perfect fit) and you cant forget the awesome Paul Giamatti. I wouldn't be surprised if Tom Hanks gets nominated twice for Best Actor in a Leading Role. One for Captain Phillips and one for Saving Mr.Banks. This is another film i see being very Oscar Heavy. It comes out on December 13th. Here is a link to the trailer   
1.The Secret Life of Walter Mitty
Ben Stiller stars and directs in the Secret life of Walter Mitty. Ben Stiller stars as a day dreamer by the name of Walter Mitty, who lives inside varieties of fantasy worlds while living an adventurous life. I'm a big fan of Ben Stiller. This has been a passion project for him for about 8 years. Imagine all the work he was put in to this. Ben stiller wants this to be amazing. And I have no doubt that it will. The first time I saw this trailer I was intrigued. Ben stiller will do an amazing job. This is my most anticipated film for the rest of the year. It comes out on Christmas. Here is a link to the trailer

Some Honorable Mentions are Grudge Match, 12 Years a Slave, Enders Game, Free Birds. 

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Friday, October 4, 2013

Gravity Review

     Gravity, a film about 2 astronauts Ryan Stone (Played by Sandra Bullock) and Matt Kowalski (Portrayed by George Clooney)as they are in space trying fixing a Hubble telescope. But a near by satellite blew up and debris from that satellite is coming towards them. In a hurry they try to save them selves but as you probably could have guessed, they did not do it fast enough. The debris hit their rocket and it caused Ryan and Matt left floating in space. 
     You might be thinking this film is just about people floating around in space. But its not. Its about survival. He have seen different movies and television shows about survival, but we have not seen it like this. Imagine an episode of Survivor in space. Conditions are 10x worse and there is always a risk of random debris coming towards you faster than you can blink an eye. It was a movie based on a survivor. 
     I can see this movie being nominated for at least 7 academy awards. This is going to be a Oscar heavy film. It has a 98% critic rating on rotten tomatoes. Critics love it. 91% of the audience loved it. I would not be surprised if this gets nominated for a whole bunch of Oscars. The first one I see it being up for is the Musical Score. One of the most important things to me when watching a movie is the score. The score adds so much to the film. Gravity would be nothing with out it. It adds so much to the movie going experience and makes it so much more enjoyable.
     The next two Oscars I see it being up for is Best Visual Effects and Best Cinematography. You can imagine all the work on the visual effects that went into this. After all, there was hardly an ounce of reality in this! It takes place in space the whole time!!! It's incredible how the visual effects crew executed this so perfectly. The visual effects would be nothing with out the way they are shown off. You have to just go see it for your self to see how incredible it is. 
     Next Best Directing, Best Actress in a Leading Role, and Best Actor in a Supporting role. Lets start off with the director Alfonso Cuaron. The director is the head of the film. He dictates how to use the visual effects. He did a fantastic job of doing that. He did a good job of directing the actors to make them feel believable. He deserves just to be nominated. Same with George Clooney as supporting actor. He made the parts of the film he was in awesome. My favorite part of the film were the scenes with Clooney. He added a whole bunch of "character". Bullock has to win for best Leading Actress. 80% of the movie was just her. Bullock and nothing else. How she carried the whole movie with being just by herself? She is amazing. She played the role absolutely perfect. I don't think any one else could have played it better. She carried the whole freaking movie by herself. That's incredible. If she does not at least get nominated, I will be so furious. 
     The 7th Oscar this film deserves is Best Picture. Yes, a film a bout trying to survive in space can win Best Picture!! This film is one of the few films I give the title of "Perfect Film" to. There was literally nothing wrong with it. It's my number one film of the year. Everything came together as it should, Clooney and Bullock gave a stellar performance. I give this film a 9.5/10 or a A++++. 

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Thursday, August 8, 2013


            You better know that comic-book movies are all the rage right now. They are making the most money and are usually the best all around film. But the studio who has mastered the formula is obviously MARVEL studios. What is the formula? The secret is plan  a head. In 2010 President of Consumer Products for MARVEL said he has the master list for their movies planed out as far as 2017 and they were going to tagline it around the phrase "Avengers Assemble." Since that time Captain America, Thor, The Avengers, and most recently Iron Man 3 have all come out. You can tell there plann has been working because Avengers is the 3rd highest grossing film right infront of Iron Man 3.
    Kevin Feige recently sat down with WIRED and Kevin (the president of production at MARVEL) told them "I could arguably say that we're planning for the year 2021. Will that happen? I dont know. But what we planned for 2015 in 2006 is happening." Moving forward, they want us to establish relationships with the new characters other than the core 5 we have right now. Kevin later stated that "Five years ago, looking ar our plan, we knew that if Avengers was going to work, the movies had to stand alone. Now we have to prove to the studio that we're more than just theses five characters, these five franchises." And it seems like that they have stuck to their word because we are going to see a Guardians of the Galaxy on August 1st, 2014 and Ant-Man on November 6th, 2015.
    You can tell Marvel has lots of confidence in their films because Captain America:The Winter Soldier comes out on April 4th, 2014. This film comes out really close to 2 other superhero films. X-Men days of Future Past which comes out on May 23rd, 2014 and The Amazing Spiderman 2 on May 2nd, 2014. Lets see if Marvels success can continue. The first Amazing Spider-man made $752million dollars world wide, Captain America made $368million, and X-Men:First Class made $353millon. Comment down below if you think The Amazing Spider-man franchise will continue its reign or will Marvel dominate the spring with Captain America:The Winter Soldier. Comment down below your 2014 spring movie winner. 
    Feige has been recorded many times this year saying that the studio needs to keep crafting movies that are different. He is sticking to that word because in the future we will see a Guardians of the Galaxy, Ant-Man and Dr.Strange coming in the near future. I just wonder what they are going to do through 2021. Im really hoping for a Black Panther. After all he is one of the founding Avengers and the "theme" for Marvels movies is "Avengers Assemble." Comment down below which film you would like to see before 2021. I really dont think it will end then.

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Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Percy Jackson:Sea of Monsters review

     The latest installment in the Pecy Jackson series The Sea of Monsters came out. This movie fallows Pecy Jackson a demi-god (half god half human) on a quest to save his beloved home Camp Half Blood, the only place in the world where Demi-gods are save. But when the wall that protects the camp is broken every Demi-god is in danger.  Then they figured out they need to retrieve the golden fleece from the Sea of Monsters (or the Bermuda Triangle. ) So Mr.D sent out Clarisse to lead a quest towards The Sea of Monsters. But Percy is not on this quest. Later on Percy figures out that there is a prophecy about him. Then he leads his own quest to The Sea of Monsters with his friend Annabeth, his satyr friend Grover, and his new cyclops brother Tyson. But when Grover gets captured there quest not only is to get the Golden Fleece before Luke (who wants to unleash Kronos) but to save Grover. 
     I love the Percy Jackson books. And I completely have forgotten what happens in the 2nd book. So I didn't re-read it so I didnt compare the movie to the book like I did with the first one. You don't need to read the book before you see the movie!
     Ok. Lets start off with the few negatives this film has. Let's move on to the positives.
     Now let's talk about how genius this film is. Lets start off with the little things. The music was great. For every scene it was appropriate. The director did a really good job for picking the songs/music to set the mood. They way the film started was awesome. It explains to you the whole demigod and camp half blood thing so you can understand the film with out reading the books. Then there is a flashback to make you understand even more. But when it comes to the present day the movie starts off how I like every movie to start. Action. And even better the chemistry between the characters! The first real thing that stands out is the chemistry between Percy and Clarisse. The real rivalry between the 2. And then between Tyson and Percy. I love it when you can feel what the characters are going through.  They did an excellent job casting. The new characters they brought in we awesome. The played the characters exactly like they should've by making the main and important characteristics of each of them to stand out. The story was creative. The way the director made it so the main points of the book are the main parts of the movie was pure awesome. 
     Over all this film is one of my favorite of the year. It is fun and they did a good job for making this enjoyable for Percy Jackson and non Percy Jackson fans. Over all I give this film a A, a 4.7 or a 9.5. 

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Monday, July 22, 2013

SUPERMAN VS..........

     Lets continue on the Comic-Con news. Lets talk about the Man of Steel sequel. I want you to think about the 2 biggest comic-book characters ever. I don't know about you but I automatically think of Superman and Batman. So guess what I'm going to say next. The Man of Steel sequel is going to be Superman VS nanananananananaBATMAN!
     This is my favorite news that was released at Comic-Con. Way better then any thing Marvel released (saying that they didn't release that much.) But Warner Brothers/DC kicked it out of the park with one announcement. Zack Snyder said he was going to release some news about the Man of Steel sequel. First off he said they are making one with Snyder directing again. And then he announced that Amy Adams is returning as Lois Lane. But the best part was a Superman Vs Batman movie. 
     There has been no news about if the actual title of the Man of Steel will be Man of Steel 2:Superman Vs. Batman or if it will just be called Superman Vs. Batman. I would prefer just calling Superman Vs. Batman. But what does this mean for Warner Brothers and their DC comic properties? It tells us that they have a lot of confidence of what they own the rights to. But I think this is the perfect move. There were talks about a Justice League movie coming in 2015 (When the Superman Vs. Batman comes out) but I was thinking "Why don't they just start of with a Batman/Superman movie? Have a movie with your 2 most popular franchises and see how the audience reacts to that?" And sure enough they did. The Batman movies and Man of Steel are two of the most successful movies of all time. So just imagine how big this movie will be with both of them in it! If Warner Brothers does this right, it will be the highest grossing movie of all time. And if this movie sucks (which it won't) Warner Brothers is doomed. Warner Brothers should take a break from their properties for 10 years if this fails. It would be a mega embarrassment to them if this movie with so much potential fails. 
     Now what does it take for this movie not to fail? Well, this might sound like a bad idea at first but have no villain. Have Batman be the "villain". Batman can feel like he needs to get rid of Superman because he is a threat. Just think about having Batman be the "villain". The next think is a must. Kryptonite. How else can Batman oppose as a threat? Superman can just flick Batman and he will die. So there needs to be kryptonite if we want to see a 2 hour movie instead of a 30 minute movie. But that biggest question to follow this news is WHO WILL PLAY BATMAN? Comment down below on who you would want!

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Sunday, July 21, 2013

Avengers 2 Gets a Title

     The 2013 San Diego Comic-Con is happening this weekend. There has been major news in the world of movies. It would be impossible to talk about everything that has happened. So today I will be talking about the news that is circling Avengers 2.
     In the Thor:The Dark World/Captain America:The Winter Soldier panel Joss Wheadon (The director of the first Avengers) came out towards the end of the panel and he announced that the subtitle to The Avengers 2 will be Avengers 2:Age of Ultron.
     Ultron is robot created by Dr.Henry Pym (A.K.A. Ant Man.) Pym was starting to experiment with artificial intelligence by programming the robot with putting his own brain patterns in the heart and soul of the robot. The robot not only inherited Pym's intellect but his mental instability. But the problem was he didn't inherit human conscience. But surprise surprise, when Pym activated the robot he got installed with a hatred for Henry Pym himself and the human race in which he represented. Ultron (the robot) mesmerized Henry in to forgetting and leaving his New Jersey lab (where Ultron was created)and never to return. Then Ultron kept coming back and rebuilding him self to make advancements to his body. Ultron sounds pretty close to Iron Man in my opinion but a man needs to be in a suit in order for Iron Man to work. Ultron's powers are what you would expect. He has developed self-awareness, intelligence, and an extreme hatred for his "father" Henry Pym. His other powers vary with each redesign. Each redesigns typically include superhuman strength and durability, the power of flight, and various weapons offensive weapons like his latter-ray which allows him to mesmerize and mind control his victims. It sounds very similar to Iron Man.
     Enough with the history lesson, lets talk about how this will affect the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Most people were thinking of Thanos being the Avengers 2 villain. But clearly this says different. Ultron is obviously going to play the major villain role in Avengers 2. Thanos might still be in it but he probably wont have a big part. But this move of putting Ultron in Avengers 2 will have to force somethings. You will absolutely have to put Ant-Man into this film. You can't have Ultron with out Henry Pym/Ant-Man! Ant-Man is the film directly after Avengers:Age of Ultron. So if they do put Ant-Man in the Avengers 2 that is genius. Most of the current movie going audience thinks the name of an Ant-Man movie sounds stupid. But of course I'm excited because I love comics and Ant-Man is one awesome character. That being said putting a character like Ant-Man in the Avengers sequel will get the audience used to him. What part he will have in it, I have no idea. Maybe Ant-Man wont make an appearance just Henry Pym will be in it. Like a Bruce Banner role in the Avengers. The guy Nick Fury puts in charge for research. Or the first time we will see Henry Pym will be in the Ant-Man suit. But I would've much rather seen a Ultron in the Ant-Man stand alone film so we could see the relation ship between Ultron and Ant-Man develop more. This also means Thanos will most likely be the main villian in Avengers 3.
     There has been no news on who will play Ultron or Henry Pym/Ant-Man or how or if they would use Ant-Man in Avengers:Age of Ultron. Comment on if you think Ant-Man belongs in Avengers 2 and who you would like to play Ulton or Ant-Man.

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Friday, July 19, 2013

Pacific Rim Top 5 Friday

My #5 most anticipated summer film Pacific Rim came out last week. So I'm going to try something new. If you are a fan of this leave it in the comments. I'm going to do my review of Pacific Rim for Top 5 Friday. The top 5 things I loved about this film.
 It's Everything a Summer Block Buster should be.
Yes. Technically every thing that comes out in the summer is called a summer block buster. But this one advances every ones thoughts of a blockbuster. A movie filled of action. A fun movie that is fun for all ages. People who like action, comedy, a nice strong plot. Everything a summer blockbuster has.
Charlie Day
When I saw Charlie Day was cast I was thinking that he can't be in a serious movie. It won't work! So they put Charlie Day in a comedic role. I don't want to call him the comedic relief but the comedic break. There was really 1 main plot and a mini side plot in which Charlie day was in. Charlie Day played a doctor by the name of Dr.Newton Geiszler. That name should make you think he is the funny one. His part of the story is he is trying to figure out how the aliens are getting from the depths of the ocean to the earth and how people can stop it. He is witty and makes you laugh in what every scenario he is in.
Cinematography/Visual effects
I'm telling you right now. If Pacific Rim is not nominated for the best visual effects and/or cinematography, I will be absolutely furious. The main focus of this film are the big robots and the big aliens. They made it look great! They spent lots of time making sure every last detail of both of them looked perfect. I could see every last penny of their 190mil the spent making this film. The fight scenes were awesome. They zoomed up on the robots so you could tell who is throwing the punch and understand the robots. The robots looked human. They walk just like we walk. To make it look that real and cool is outstanding. 
Who was the Main character?
You might think of this as a bad thing. Its not. You really couldn't tell who was the main character. At some points you though Idris Elba was the character the film focused on. Other points you though Charlie Hunnam was the character they wanted to focus on, even Charlie Day in his parts seemed like the movie was just about him. That means that the character development was excellent. It made you feel for the characters. 
It's Pacific Rim
This movie was all around awesome. I even forgot to mention the music. Its my number 3 film of the year so far. (Behind Man of Steel and Star Trek:Into Darkness.) If your trying to find a good summer blockbuster to go to, go to this one. I rate it a  7/10.

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Friday, June 28, 2013

Top 5: Need to Think Twice Movies

Top 5 Friday continues with movies that make you think twice.
                    5.The Twilight Saga
It makes you think twice about even watching it in the first place.
                    4.Toy Story 3
This makes you re-evaluate life.  Shouldve Andy given away the toys? Should he have taken all the toys to college and not only  Woody? Would things have changed if he kept all his toys, or if he stuffed all of them in the attic. What if Woody was a complete jerk and didnt care about his friends? Think twice about how the story couldve happend.
                    3.The Illusionist
Overall this is a fantastic film. You are in the eyes of the police man (Played by Paul Giamatti. Another reason to see this film) trying to figure out what the heck is going on. You are the police. If the police gets confused, your confused. If he gets a clue you do. It plays out as a mystery. It is a very simple but complex. It makes you feel stupid that you didnt get it once they reveal it at the end. But they didn't reveal everything so you need to think twice about how it needed to happen in order for it to make sense and go along with the other parts of the story.
                  2.Ocean's Twelve
So many twist and turns. Im not joking when I say that every little detail makes you think. You get very involed in everything. When your heavily involved you need to think twice. The groups goal is to rob precious artifacts and/or money. Every part of their mastet mind plan makes you think twice. 
                    1.The Prestiege
You knew this film was going to make you think twice once you hear Christopher Nolan directed it. You have to let your mind and your imagination have no limits. You think you know what they did and how they did it. And who.  I can't say anymore without spoiling it.  Go out and watch it as soon as possible.


Wednesday, June 26, 2013

World War Z Review

World War Z
     Brad Pitt's latest film World War Z was a pleasant surprise. When Gerry (Pitt's Character) and his family are sitting in their home just relaxing like every other family likes to do on a weekend morning. They decide to go on a vacation but on the way something happens. They find themselves in the middle of what we think is a zombie apocalypse. No one knows what it is but zombies are every where. Yes that is what the "Z" stands for. But Gerry, his wife, and his 2 girls make it to safety on a aircraft carrier somewhere on the Atlantic Ocean. The military recruit Gerry to go help them find what started this zombie apocalypse type thing and to see if there is a way to stop it. 
     Now, I just gave you a simple plot summary because I don't want to spoil anything for you. This story is deep. It goes in depth. It's not just another zombie film. It's a film that really stands out. The story is nothing like you have seen before. The best part that I liked about this film were the zombies. The zombies are are not like any other zombie we have ever seen. They are very realistic. These zombies can run. They run faster than the humans which makes you sit on the edge of your seat the whole film. You actually believe that they are a threat to the other humans. The zombies were very well done in World War Z. This was one of the many great things about it. The pacing is something that can go either way for the bad, or for the good. At times it seemed like it dragged on especially when there was no action. But the parts with the action out weighed the parts with no action. The action was the story. The action is what carried this film. Not only the zombie's made the action, but Brad Pitt as well. Spectacular performance on his part. 
     Over all this movie was an awesome 115 min of pure greatness.  Not only did they focus on the action, but they made the action balance out the story perfectly. The action was the story.  The only thing that bugged me was Brad Pitt's hair. A good time in the theater. I give this film a 4.7/5. A 9/10 or a high A-.

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Marvel Studio Update

I bet you and I both have been curious about what is coming next in the world of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Iron Man 3 has came out so what is next? Well we all know that the sequel to Thor, Thor:The Dark World is coming out later this year on November 8th. Then to kick off 2014 the 2nd Captain America titled Captain America:The Winter Soldier coming out April 4th and then Marvel's next film will be Guardians of the Galaxy coming August 1st. So what will be next? Well the obvious thing that is coming next is Avengers 2 on May 1st 2015. Then a movie that no one will see. Ant-Man coming November 6th 2015. Then nothing else that we know of. We didn't know when the next films were coming until now. Marvel released 3 new release dates for unknown films. The first one is coming out May 6th, 2016 and the 2nd coming out July 8th 2016 (my birthday I might add. My favorite bday present in a while.) Then the 3rd coming out May 5th, 2017. None of these release dates have a official title yet. But I'm going to guess what they are. The release date of the May 6th date will go to either Thor 3, or Captain America 3. Outside of the Iron Man films, Thor made the most money pre-Avenger. So depending on the box office success of Thor 2 or Captain America 2 that will belong to the May 6th, 2016 date. Now for July 8th. For my birthday present I want a Black Panther Movie. But I don't think it will happen. Kevin Feige (The President of Production at Marvel)has already hinted at a Dr.Strange Movie. So it will be May 6th or July 8th of 2016. So what will come in 2017? The options will be Thor 3, Captain America 3, Black Panther, Dr.Strange, Avengers 3, or depending on Guardians of the Galaxy box office numbers we might even see a sequel. But I'm pretty sure they will separate the Avengers films 3 years apart. So if Guardians does really well they might seperate that by 3 years also for a sequel of that. But I want a Black Panther movie there so he can be in Avengers 3. After all he was one of the founding Avengers.
So My final Predictions is 
May 6th, 2016 will be................Captain America 3 or Thor 3
July 8th, 2016 will be...............Thor 3 or Dr.Strange
May 5th, 2017 will be.................Black Panther or Guardians sequel.  

Friday, June 21, 2013

Top 5 Friday: 5 Comic Book Movies

Today is the inaugural post of Top 5 Friday. And what better way to start it off then counting down the best comic book movies.
If you are starting off a franchise you need to start it off the right way. With Thor being the second to last Marvel film until the Avengers they knew they had to step up their game from Iron Man 2. They definitely did. This film was great for comic book lovers and people who never have heard of Thor before. Not mentioning it was the film with my favorite villain of all time. This film had everything. Drama, romance, and comedy, to make this film perfect for everybody.
4.The Dark Knight
This was the best out of Christopher Nolan's Dark Knight trilogy. Everything about this film was spectacular. I praise this film. Nolan's ability to tell stories is phenomenal.This is no exception. This is the best Batman film there ever has been and ever will be. Heath Ledger's Joker has been my favorite performance from any actor in the past 10 years. He stole the show. It's tragic that he died. But he even got an Oscar nomination for Best Actor In A Supporting Role and won. In my opinion he should've got nominated for the best Actor in a Leading Role. He stole the show. 
3.The Amazing Spiderman
I saw this film at midnight. Then I saw it 8 more times in theaters for a total of 9 times. There is nothing I did not like about this film. It stuck a lot better to the comic book then the first Spiderman did, which is not a must for me but I appreciate it when they do. Andrew Garfield was spectacular. And Emma Stone as Gwen Stacey was my favorite part about the movie. 
2.The Man of Steel
Finally. Finally a good Superman movie! The story that introduced a film well worth seeing. This has every component to a good comic book movie. It stayed true to the real spirit of Superman. and that's all that matters. For more go look at my Man of Steel review.
1.The Avengers
What other film belongs in this slot. Nothing. The only film that fits this spot is The Avengers. I love this movie. Seeing it 10 times in the theaters shows that I really appreciate this film. Joss Wheadon is a true fan boy in every way. He did this film in the way people wanted it to be. The 92% critic rating and the 96% audience rating shows for it. It had humor, it had Loki, and it stayed true to the real feel of the Avengers.
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Thursday, June 20, 2013

Box Office Predictions

There are 2 major movies coming out this weekend. One is Brad Pitt's World War Z, and a prequel to one of my favorite movies of all time Monsters Inc titled Monsters University. Which one will reign supreme? Will Man of Steel stay on top of the box office? My answer is no. Man of Steel will not be the top of the box office. Yes it is the best movie of the year so far, but it has an uphill battle to overcome because Superman Returns was not anybody's favorite. And Man of Steel is starting a new franchise. So what will earn the most this weekend? Lets break down World War Z. World War Z has handled their marketing pretty good. It has a 70% critic rating on Rotten Tomatoes which I think surprised many. This movie looked just like a normal zombie movie. So with that 70% rating, the marketing being handled fairly well, and it starring Brad Pitt this movie will do fairly well. Now Monsters University. This movie has a lot more going for it then World War Z and Man of Steel do. First off Monsters Inc is one of Pixars best films. If not the best. Right now it has a 77% critic rating on Rotten Tomatoes. And if you think about it, the kids who saw Monsters Inc when it first came out are now going into college. Monsters University is a much more family friendly film then World War Z. So parents will take their whole family to Monsters University rather than forbidding their children under the age of 10 to go see World War Z. With that being said, My prediction for the box office opening day of Monsters University and World War Z is
#1 spot will go to Monsters University with 75 million 
#2 spot will go to Man of Steel. The hype will still continue and earn 74.5 million
#3 spot will go to World War Z with a little under 74 million

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Spiderman, Loki, and The Man of Steel

Over the past couple of days, some big movie news in the world of comic book movies were released lets take a look.
2 things about Marc Webb's Amazing Spider-Man came out over the past 3 days. The first one I will talk about is Spider-Man 3&4. Yes we are still a little under a year away from The Amazing Spider-Man 2 but the studio has given the green light for a 3rd and 4th installment for this series of movies. Spider-Man 3 is set to release June 10th, 2016 and part 4 on May 4th 2018. But the weird thing to think about is Andrew Garfield will be near 35 years of age. Please say he will be in college by the time Part 4 comes out. Please. But the next thing affects the second one. Mary Jane has been cut from Amazing Spider-Man 2. Yes there have been set pictures released but Marc Webb said he had "A creative decisions to streamline the story and focus on Peter and Gwen and their relationships. We only shot a few scenes with Mary Jane." This tells me that Marc Webb was not impressed with Shailene Woodley. With them only shooting a couple of scenes with Mary Jane it was going to be a test run with the character. But I'm just speculating, Marc Webb was not impressed with Shailene as Mary Jane. But with Marc saying he has a creative decision, I'm all for there not being a Mary Jane in The Amazing Spider-Man 2. Are they going to recast Mary Jane for the 3rd installment? I have no idea. Who would you like to see as Mary Jane? Leave it in the comments.  I want more Gwen and Emma Stone. 
Loki was my favorite character in the Avengers and Thor. Villains either make or brake a film. And Loki made both films he was in. So that made me very excited when I figured out he was going to have a big part in Thor 2. But Joss Wheadon announced that there was going to be no Loki in Avengers 2! What the heck! Why? Loki is a fan favorite. I predict he dies in Thor 2. Why else would Joss leave out a fan favorite?
Man of Steel
It's faster then a speeding bullet, faster then a locomotive. Is it a plane, is it a bird. No It's the Man of Steel sequel! It has been green lit by the studio and set to released..... Not in 4,3,2 years. But 2014! Why is it coming so quickly? That means David Goyer will need a script pronto. Zack Snyder is signed on to direct it. But I would prefer quality over quantity. And to make a film full of good quantity it will need a good period of time to develop. And not to mention they are targeting a Justice League film in 2015. That is rushing it with no cast, writer, or director on board yet.

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Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Man of Steeel Review

Man of Steel

     The story of Man of Steel came about when Christopher Nolan and David Goyer were experiencing writers block while writing the Dark Knight Rises. The decided to take a break. When David was supposed to be coming up with more ideas for The Dark Knight Rises, he came up with the idea of Man of Steel. When Christopher reported back with David and asked what he has done with TDKR, David simply replied "Nothing." Christopher asked what he had been working on and he said he'd been working on a Superman story. When Nolan read it he was shocked. He was really impressed. He called Warner Brothers right away and said they needed to make this film. When an excellent film maker like Christopher Nolan was impressed you know your in for a good time. 

     Like every movie kicking off a new franchise it needs a second to explain the origin of the story. Superman's is a story we have heard dozens of times. It's about a father sending his son down to an unknown planet because their home planet is about to blow. Then he lands in Smallville, Kansas where Jonathan and Laura Kent find him as a baby and take him in as their own. But everyone knows the original story of Superman. Right? So Man of Steel explored the part of the original story that we have not really focused about. And that part is the actual destruction of Krypton. Jor-El (The biological father of Superman)is trying to convince the Kryptonian council to stop what they are doing or else the planet will blow. It focuses more on the actual destruction and explains it  a lot more so we don't have to go through the same origin story we have heard before a thousand times. It makes the film get off to a nice start instead of us getting bored of listening to the same old, same old, original story.

     The first time you see Superman as Clark Kent is not when you expect. Its not when he is a teenager. But when he is a adult. Getting you used to the new Superman universe. You obviously see the older Clark more in the film. So from the first it is getting you ready by establishing the mood for the rest of the film with the new Clark Kent darker side. But you do see teenage Clark Kent. Man of Steel is a non-linear story line. Meaning in which there is flashbacks throughout the film. These flash backs are placed right where they need to be. In the flash backs they show Clark getting used to who he is. He obviously is not a normal person. They show Pa Kent teaching Clark about how to cope with his superhuman abilities. Then they go back to the present day. If you cast Kevin Costner you have to put him in a decent role. Pa Kent is more of a decent role for Costner. Flashbacks beautifully done. 

     The most terrifying villains are the ones who are convinced they are doing the right thing. In the first of the movie, Zod is on the side of Jor-El when they are trying to convince the Council to stop mining the center of Krypton. But the council listen to Jor-El and imprison Zod. Not only is that why Zod is furious, but Jor-El stole an artifact precious to Krypton which allows any one to have unstoppable powers. And guess what Jor-El did with it? He put it in Kal-El (Superman/Clark Kent) to make him bring peace to Earth. In the past installment of Superman, Zod is also the villain(Superman II). In that movie, Zod only has one layer. And that layer was Revenge towards Kal-El. But in Man of Steel he has several. One I can explain with out spoiling is he wants the plans that he wanted to happen on Krypton continue. So he plans to turn Earth into krypton. Villains either make or brake the movie. Michael Shannon's Zod made the movie.

     The general feel of the movie is what a Superman movie should be. A man, sent to earth to save all. That feeling that there is that someone still exists. But Superman is what Superman is, should, and always will be from now on. You will have to go and see it if you don't want me to spoil this amazing film for you. Over all this is an outstanding film. The 2nd best comic book movie (Obviously Avengers is 1st.) A fun enjoyable film for everyone.

     Usually I'm not to fond of giving stuff perfect ratings because there is always something wrong with a film. Nothing wrong with this one. My final verdict for this film is 5/5. 10/10. A++ 

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Sunday, June 16, 2013

Top 5 Fathers or Father Figures

With today being father's day, I find it most appropriate to count down the best fathes in film.
5.Darth Vader
Yes. You might be saying that Darth Vader is not the best father in the galaxy but he is still a father. When I say best father for Darth Vader I mean he is the best villain father. Darth Vader is not a very nice dad he is still a pretty cool guy. His choice in the dark side did make his relationship with Luke a little bumpy. But he did set a what not to do role model for Luke, who learned from his mistakes and chose another path. 
No this is not the all famous wizard. But the clown fish.  The clown fish that swam across the whole ocean to find his son. Marlin was not proud of his son. So when Nemo got captured it took a lot of determination from Marlin to swim across the globe to find his son. 
This is a wannabe villain. So when he decides to adopt 3 girls just for his plan, that is not very father like. But he develops a love for the girls. He does everything he can to make sure they are always alright. He is also father to over hundred minions.
2.Uncle Ben
Yes this is not a father. He is an Uncle who is basically a father. He has taken care of Peter from a very young age. He said the most famous quote in comic book history "With great power comes great responsibility." That made Peter use his powers for the good of others. Not for him self. He taught Peter a very valuable lesson. 
1.Jonathan Kent
Yes. My number one spot belongs to Superman's earthly father. Jonathan found Kal-El(Superman) in a big space ship. All of his years he taught Clark how to deal with his unique abilities. He made Clark fell comfortable on this earth.
Honorable mentions
  • Henry Jones from Indiana Jones and The Last Crusade
  • Mr.Incredible/Bob Parr 
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Saturday, June 15, 2013

Now You See Me

This film which is a mixture between Oceans 11 and The Prestige was truly magical. This film fallows 4 street illusionist by the names of Atlas (Played by Jesse Eisenberg) who is the leader and the main showman of the group, Merrit (Portrayed by Woody Harrelson)who is the smart aleck of the group along with being the mentalist, Henley (Played by Isla Fisher) the escape artist and the only female of the group, and last but certainly not least Jack(Portrayed by Dave Franco) the skill full one and the real "outlaw" of the group. These 4 "illusionist" who were first solo acts came together and they made a magic group called "The 4 horsemen." The 4 horsemen try to pull of the ultimate heist, and by heist I mean bank heist. During their shows they rob banks from all over the world and reward their audiences with the money. With F.B.I. agent Dylan Rhodes (Played by Mark Ruffalo)and is Interpol partner Alma Dray try to fallow the magicians/illusionist and try to stop them from robbing any more banks. But with there targets being illusionist they are always 1-7 steps behind. So the F.B.I. recruit a television star by the name of Thaddeus Bradley (Played by the awesome Morgan Freeman) whose main job is figure out how magicians do their tricks. The films creative idea is one of a kind. Robbing banks by using magic. That's why its in my top 3 movies of the year so far. The first 5 minutes of the film establish everybody's character. Each minute you see each illusionist doing what they do best. Atlas with his illusions, Merrit with his mentalist skills, Henley being the escape artist, and Jack being a master of using his hands to trick people into thinking he is bending a spoon with his mind. The first 5 minutes makes you know what will come from the characters later on.  If it's there personality or there skill the quick character development made this film really enjoyable from the first minute. They introduced the characters so quickly because the pacing goes by really fast. The 4 horsemen all meet up for a period for about 5 minutes in the film. Then it skips to one year later. What the heck! You did such a good job at showing us each individual character develop, but not the whole group develop. But there chemistry was fantastic. They could've paced the film a little better. Show us how they got the job in show business. But when it picks up again is there first show as a group with the last trick in their show. That's when the first heist takes place. Then the movie picks up and never drops again. You see the 4 horsemen do there trick. Then while the F.B.I. tries to run around and catch them, it gives you time to think about how they did it. It is sort of like a guessing game. They did a really good job of making you think of how they did it. Then it goes to Agent Rhodes and his partner along with Thaddeus. After a long time of the audience thinking, Thaddeus tells you how they did it. The big reveal. And you might call your self stupid for not catching how they did it. And that's basically the whole movie. The 4 horsemen, pulling of incredible heist, giving you time to think while the F.B.I. are always staying 5,6,7 steps behind. Then Thaddeus telling us how they did it. It really only has 3 elements to it. But they elaborate on it. They make it exciting. The best part, they left it open for a sequel.

     Over all this movie was phenomenal. Very exciting, it gets the audience fully engaged. It had some minor flaws with the pacing. But everything else from the witty one-liners, to the incredible acting on everyone's part, to the creative script. I give this film a 4.5/5, 9.0/ 10 or a high A-. 
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Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Angry Assassins

2 not so big stuff in the world of movie news happened over the past couple of days.
The first one is the Angry Birds movie has a writer. Let me repeat that. The ANGRY BIRDS movie has a writer. A couple of weeks ago, a couple of studios were arguing over who got the rights to make a Angry Birds movie. Let me repeat that, STUDIOS WERE ARGUING OVER WHO GOT THE RIGHTS TO MAKE A ANGRY BIRDS MOVIE. Who in their right mind would argue over rights to make a movie where the characters don't talk! And there is not a story to carry an hour and a half movie. Pigs stealing birds eggs and the birds trying to get them back will make a boring movie if it's over 5 minutes. But Sony studios won that fight and green lit the movie. They must have been on drugs the moment they made that decision. They have hired a writer Jon Vitti who was wrote 2 episodes of The Office, the first 2 Alvin and the Chipmunks movies, The Simpsons Movie, and 25 of The Simpsons TV show episodes. Ya he might have done some decent work in the past but, he is going to have to work a whole lot harder in order to make a Anger Birds movie happen. Angry Birds is set to launch into theaters some time in 2016.

Now moving on to a topic that does intrigue me. They are making a Assassins Creed movie. This movie does have a story line that would make sense in movie form and the characters talk! That is a very important part to a movie. Starring in the film is Michael Fassbender. Of course he is Magneto in X-Men First Class and the upcoming X-Men Days of Future Past. Michael Fassbender is the only news to this film other then Michael Lesslie might be the writer. I have no idea who he is but, he has written 3 short films. Assassins Creed has been announced to come out on May 22, 2015.