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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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Girl power: Wonder Woman pretty wonderful

| June 8, 2017
Girl power: Wonder Woman pretty wonderful

The advance reviews and word of mouth were right: Wonder Woman is good.
And it’s the best DC comic movie so far.

About the film
The DCEU – DC Extended Universe – is well behind Marvel’s expansive, interwoven storyline.
The Movie Man has not hated any of the DCEU movie adaptations as the series gears up:
Man of Steel (2013) – Movie Man No. 1040, 7
Batman v Superman (2016) – MM #1195, 7
Suicide Squad (2016) – MM #1214, 6
Of course, there were other DC movies made long before the concept of tying them all together was around.
Like Marvel’s Spider-Man reboots, the Batmans have all been exceptional.… Read the rest

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Pirates and Johnny Depp have run aground

| June 1, 2017
Pirates and Johnny Depp have run aground

Not everyone is shocked that the fifth Pirates of the Caribbean movie isn’t that hot.
The real surprise is the free fall Johnny Depp is in.

About the film
Another thing most folks agree on is that the first Pirates movie was the best one.
The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003, Movie Man No. 517, 7) was fun and one of those films that turned out way better than expected.
And Depp created a character like no other.
The film made a bunch of cash and soon the sequels began arriving.
They were all inferior but kept raking in ridiculous cash; in fact, two of them are members of that most elite of clubs – films that have made more than $1 billion worldwide.… Read the rest

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Plot holes scariest thing about Alien: Covenant

| May 25, 2017
Plot holes scariest thing about Alien: Covenant

When beloved series continue, there’s always a contingent of fans who give the sequels/prequels no chance – especially if a bit of time has passed.
Sometimes, though, those haters are right.
And they are with Alien: Covenant.

About the film
Remember the hubbub about the second set of Star Wars movies?
Fans were paying to see generic movies just to view the latest coming attraction of the 1999’s The Phantom Menace (Movie Man No. 288, 6).
(Clearly this was before trailers were available on every electronic device and released on a wide array of formats.)
Fans of the original trilogy quickly turned on the film when it finally arrived in theaters.… Read the rest

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King Arthur falls on its box office Excalibur

| May 18, 2017
King Arthur falls on its box office Excalibur

Sometimes movies just don’t connect with audiences.
That’s what happened to King Arthur: Legend of the Sword.

About the film
You can tell by its ending – when it finally arrives – that filmmakers planned on making several more movies based on the King Arthur legend.
That is not going to happen.
Legend of the Sword arrived after costing big money to make – $175 million.
Its pitiful opening week performance – less then $15 million – and, more distressing, its paltry international opening means that round table teaser at the end of the movie is for naught.
This version of the King Arthur tale will go down as one of the great money losers of all-time.… Read the rest

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