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Horror movie universes now tying together

| August 17, 2017
Horror movie universes now tying together

Tying movies together – including films that you’d think would never be related – is the latest thing in Hollywood.
And Annabelle: Creation has it in spades.
Which is cool.

About the film
There’s a difference between sequels and movies threaded together.
Sequels have recurring characters and are usually a continuation of a plot line.
There might be a flashback in a later series, but sequels are usually straightforward.
The original trio of Star Wars movies is tied together.
The second trilogy jumped back, and now there are movies being dropped between the six specific original releases.
Lately, however, there have been exceptions to the 1-2-3 rule.… Read the rest

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Tower a classic example of messing stuff up

| August 11, 2017
Tower a classic example of messing stuff up

Depending on how old you are, you can likely pick a movie that totally messed up its original source.
Like The Last Airbender (2010, Movie Man No. 884, 3). The Movie Man had no real attachment to that book/cartoon so he just reviewed a boring movie.
But lots of folks have read Stephen King and plenty of them – including King – hate how his books are adapted into movies.
That continues with The Dark Tower.

About the film
While the Movie Man is a King fan, it’s almost impossible to consume everything the prolific author churns out.
(The Movie Man had not read a single word of the detailed, complex Dark Tower series.)
Specific movies – again, depending on your age – pop into minds when pondering King films.… Read the rest

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Sky high hopes not reached in space movie

| August 3, 2017
Sky high hopes not reached in space movie

Luc Besson made one of the greatest science-fiction movies of all-time.
Among the handful of films that have blown the Movie Man away through the decades – this is Movie Man No. 1,265 – The Fifth Element (1997, Movie Man No. 180, 9 [and one of the few 9s that was not Best of Year – that went to another sci-fi picture, Contact (MM #189, 9)]) was one of the biggest surprises.
Besson has a thrilling visual style, and the previews for Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets looked to offer eye-popping 3-D effects.
As expected, the movie looks very cool.… Read the rest

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Historical WWII movie approach different

| July 27, 2017
Historical WWII movie approach different

Of all the genres of movies, the Movie Man places war film on the second tier.
Generally, if there’s another choice, he will skip a war movie – unless it’s made by a first-class director or is getting some serious positive buzz.
That’s why the Movie Man – and most of the moviegoing public – chose Dunkirk over Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets this week.

About the film
Like any list, you can find a roster of the “best all-time” of any genre. War movies are no exception.
The Movie Man has seen plenty of them through the years and here’s his top five.… Read the rest

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Third Apes a beast – and that’s saying something

| July 20, 2017
Third Apes a beast – and that’s saying something

Remaking The Planet of the Apes series was a risk.
Especially since the original is a beloved classic and a later reboot was (incorrectly) almost universally booed.
But modern techniques made it possible for the new trilogy to be fantastic.

About the film
The original 1968 movie finally made it to the screen after much delay.
Going in, filmmakers knew the book by Pierre Boule was going to be tough to adapt.
After all, making monkeys talk, eat, and wield weapons while riding horses would not only be tough, but it had to be believable.
It took years, but the props and makeup departments finally achieved their life-like goals.… Read the rest

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Lots of webslingin’ fun in latest Spider-Man

| July 13, 2017
Lots of webslingin’ fun in latest Spider-Man

It’s hard to figure out sometimes why perfectly decent movies are remade around a decade later.
True, another movie watching generation is coming up, but, if the earlier versions are just fine, why churn out others?
The Movie Man is looking at you, Batman and Spider-Man.

About the film
Without question, humanity is getting Batman-ed to death.
Excluding the old serial version from the 1940s and the only real Batman from the mid-’60s TV series, the Caped Crusader is not only getting rejiggered often – but it’s happening again right now. (There was a movie with the great Adam West, too.)
The real Bat-splosion began in 1989 with a phenomenal version of mysterious millionaire Bruce Wayne’s nocturnal doppelganger.… Read the rest

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Third in series not Despicable but it ain’t great

| July 6, 2017
Third in series not Despicable but it ain’t great

You can go to the well too many times.
A movie becomes a hit, then the second one is (almost always) meh, but it makes money and a third one is churned out and it’s pretty cruddy.
That happens often, and, sadly, it looks like the Despicable Me series might be heading down that path.

About the film
The Movie Man can think of no other consecutive animated movie successes greater than the first two Shreks.
The original was one of those movies that hardly ever comes along – so great and funny that it’s almost a miracle. (If you’ve seen as many movies as the Movie Man has then you’d understand his glee when a gem pops up.)
The first Shrek (2001, Movie Man No.… Read the rest

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Transformers 5 morphs into one of worst ever

| June 29, 2017
Transformers 5 morphs into one of worst ever

It has been a long time since the Movie Man has sat though a movie so bad that he was actually glad that he had to get up to go to the restroom.
The fifth of the series, Transformers: The Last Knight, is mind-boggling in the way it’s so terrible.
Or is it?

About the film
The series is exceptionally popular worldwide.
Here’s how the Movie Man rated the first four with each’s domestic/total with international take:
Transformers – 2007, Movie Man No. 726, 6 – $319.3 million/$709.7 million
Revenge of the Fallen – 2009, MM #831, 5 – $402.1 million/$836.3 million
Dark of the Moon – 2011, MM #937, 6 – $352.4 million/$1.12 billion
Age of Extinction – 2014, MM #1094, 3, Worst of Year – $254.4 million/$1.1 billion
Back in the day, a movie reaching $100 million was an exceedingly rare occurrence.… Read the rest

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These are the biggest movies in American history

| June 22, 2017
These are the biggest movies in American history

As further proof that the Movie Man is just like you (except way smarter), he just could not make things work out when it came to getting to a movie this week.
However, he would never leave you in the lurch, so the Movie Man did some research and has turned out this highly entertaining piece.
Enjoy!
Today, everything is about the box office in the movie business. Movies like The Mummy are considered failures even though they make hundreds of millions of dollars.
In recent years, a slew of movies have raked in a stunning amount of money, many reaching the elite billion dollar club.… Read the rest

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Mummy lumbers some, kills it at other times

| June 15, 2017
Mummy lumbers some, kills it at other times

The first movie of the proposed, multi-film Dark Universe is off to an okay start – not great, but okay.

About the film
Dark Universe is a modern updating of the classic Universal movie monsters from the 1930-40s.
Like today’s comic book “universes,” every movie in the Dark Universe will tie together.
You will find no greater authority on the old Universal monsters than the Movie Man, rest assured.
So, he is more than interested in this revival/modernizing of his beloved childhood creatures.
Universal today has rounded up some exceptional talent to bring the stories to a new generation.
Like:
Tom Cruise – an adventurer in the first movie, this week’s The Mummy
Javier Bardem – Frankenstein’s monster
Russell Crowe – Dr.… Read the rest

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