0:00 – Intro
10:30 – Review: Jojo Rabbit
45:20 – Hot Topic: Using CG Recreations to Bring Back Dead Actors
1:02:15 – Other Stuff We Watched: Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me, Star Trek: The Next Generation,
Dolemite Is My Name, Living With Myself, Watchmen (2019), Tell Me Who I Am
1:44:50 – Outro
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After the fan uproar surrounding the initial design of Paramount’s upcoming CG animated Sonic the Hedgehog, the studio went back to the drawing board to come up with a slightly less creepy version of the beloved video game icon. This week we are getting our first official look at the redesign in a brand new trailer and it definitely looks less “realistic”, more cartoony and generally more in line with the Sonic we’ve come to know over the years. Of course, that doesn’t mean the movie itself looks any better, but at least it won’t be giving people nightmares which is probably a good thing. Directed by Jeff Fowler, the movie stars Jim Carrey as Dr. Robotnik and Ben Schwartz as the voice of Sonic himself. Sonic the Hedgehog hits theatres on Feb. 14th; check out the new trailer below and let us know what you think.
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If you haven’t been keeping up with some of the best non-fiction films to be released this year, this might be a good place to start. The Critics’ Choice Documentary Awards were handed out over the weekend, highlighting some of the noteworthy documentaries that may or may not have a shot at Academy Award nominations next year. (Won’t You Be My Neighbor? won last year and got completely snubbed by the Oscars so who knows.) The big winner this year was Todd Douglas Miller’s Apollo 11, which took home five awards including Best Documentary Feature, Best Editing and Best Score. Peter Jackson won Best Director for his WWI doc They Shall Not Grow Old in a tie with Steven Bognar and Julia Reichert, the duo behind American Factory. Meanwhile Tamara Kotevska and Ljubomir Stefanov won Best First Documentary Feature for their acclaimed film Honeyland. Have you seen any of these films? Do you agree with the results? Check out the full list of nominees and winners after the jump.
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After all the success that Blumhouse has had with their original properties, they are now being courted by studios to dust off some pre-existing properties and reinvent them in interesting new ways. Last week we saw the first trailer for Blumhouse’s new version of The Invisible Man directed by Leigh Whannell and now this week we have the first trailer for Blumhouse’s big screen adaptation of the late ’70s / early ’80s TV series Fantasy Island. Michael Pena takes on the role of Mr. Roarke, the owner of a tropical island where people pay to live out their wildest fantasies, only to find that their fantasies aren’t quite what they expected. With a cast that also includes Maggie Q, Portia Doubleday, Kim Coates, Lucy Hale, Michael Rooker and Jimmy O. Yang, the movie seems to have a much darker, horror-oriented tone than the TV series did (which I guess shouldn’t be a surprise, coming from Blumhouse). Fantasy Island is directed by Jeff Wadlow (Kick-Ass 2, Truth or Dare) and it hits theatres on Valentine’s Day; check out the trailer after the jump and let us know what you think.
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After a pair of live-action / CG hybrid Scooby Doo movies in the early 2000s, Mystery Inc. took a long hiatus from the big screen over the next decade and a half although there have been a couple of live-action direct-to-video movies (and, of course, a steady stream of DTV animated features as well). But next year, Scooby Doo is getting his first theatrically released animated feature (I think?) and, in keeping with the times, Warner Brothers decided to go with 3D animation as opposed to 2D. The first trailer largely focuses on the gang as kids, laying out a somewhat controversial origin story (Scooby was named after Scooby Snacks??) but I believe the majority of the movie will have them as teenagers. As you would expect, there is a star-studded voice cast that includes Zac Efron, Amanda Seyfried, Gina Rodriguez and Will Forte as Fred, Daphne, Velma and Shaggy respectively, although veteran voice actor Frank Welker does return as Scooby. Perhaps the most worrisome thing about this movie is that it supposedly sets up a Hanna-Barbera Cinematic Universe, if that is in fact still going to be a thing. Scoob! is directed by Tony Cervone (Scooby-Doo! And Kiss: Rock and Roll Mystery) and it hits theatres on May 15th; check out the first trailer below and let us know what you think.
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It was a surprise victory for Roland Emmerich’s Midway at the box office over the weekend as the war movie earned $17.5 million, propelling it past Mike Flanagan’s Doctor Sleep to take the #1 spot. Going into the weekend, it was expected that Doctor Sleep would win without too much trouble but Veteran’s Day audiences gave Midway a bit of a boost while Doctor Sleep did not become the must-see event that WB was hoping for. The Stephen King movie earned just $14 million, which is about $10 million off expectations and also $10 million less than what Pet Sematary earned earlier this year. It is possible that the ties to Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining in the marketing campaign actually worked against it, scaring away younger audiences who were not familiar with the iconic 1980 film. In third place, Playing with Fire also surprised with $12.8 million, proving John Cena’s drawing power, while Last Christmas opened in fourth with $11.6 million. Elsewhere Terminator: Dark Fate fell from first to fifth, dropping 63% from its disappointing debut. Joker fell out of the top 5 for the first time since its release but is expected to cross $1 billion in the next week or so.
1. Midway — $17.5M
2. Doctor Sleep — $14.1M
3. Playing with Fire — $12.8M
4. Last Christmas — $11.6M
5. Terminator: Dark Fate — $10.8M
6. Joker — $9.2M
7. Maleficent: Mistress of Evil — $8.0M
8. Harriet — $7.2M
9. Zombieland: Double Tap — $4.3M
10. The Addams Family — $4.2M
After bursting onto the scene with 2012’s Beasts of the Southern Wild (which was nominated for four Academy Awards including Best Picture and Best Director), Benh Zeitlin kind of disappeared for the past few years, leaving many to speculate if he was just a one-hit wonder. We will find out early next year when he finally returns with his long-awaited follow-up, Wendy, a loose adaptation of Peter Pan seemingly told in the same real world fairytale style as Beasts. The movie focuses on a ragtag group of kids who get lost on “a mysterious island where aging and time have come unglued.” Wendy stars Devin France, Tommie Lynn Milazzo and Shay Walker and it hits select theatres on Feb. 28th; check out the trailer below and see what you think.
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You like scary movies? After running for three seasons as a TV series on MTV / VH1 (with future seasons still a distinct possibility), the Scream franchise may be heading back to the big screen again. We are hearing that a new Scream movie is in the early stages of development although it is unclear at this point whether it will be a sequel or a reboot. With Wes Craven having passed away back in 2015, this would be the first movie without him behind the camera, a fact that is sure to divide fans. Still, the news doesn’t seem all that surprising. Hit the jump to find out what else we know.
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After the disappointing debut of Terminator: Dark Fate last weekend, it should be no problem for one of this weekend’s newcomers to overtake it at the box office. Mike Flanagan’s Doctor Sleep is probably the biggest new release of the bunch and it is definitely being marketed heavily as a sequel to Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining, although whether it can live up to that title remains to be seen. Also in wide release we have Roland Emmerich’s Midway (which is getting pulverized by critics) and the holiday-themed romantic comedy Last Christmas starring Emilia Clarke and Henry Golding (which isn’t faring much better). Two of the best-reviewed movies of the year, Taika Waititi’s Jojo Rabbit and Bong Joon-ho’s Parasite, are also finally expanding nationwide while Noah Baumbach’s Marriage Story and Shia LaBeouf’s semi-autobiographical Honey Boy are debuting in select theatres. What will you be watching this weekend?
Here’s the first trailer for the next Universal Monster reboot after the failure of the Dark Universe and The Mummy starring Tom Cruise. Rather than stay on the action-oriented blockbuster path, they have gone the opposite direction by enlisting Blumhouse to bring the series back to its low budget horror roots. The Invisible Man is written and directed by Leigh Whannell (Upgrade, Insidious: Chapter 3) and it stars Elisabeth Moss as a woman who escapes an abusive relationship only to have her ex-boyfriend commit suicide. Little does she know, he has actually found a way to continue to terrorize her without being seen. It looks tense and modern while also throwing in some relevant underlying commentary about the unseen psychological effects of abuse. The Invisible Man hits theatres on Feb. 28th; check out the trailer below and let us know what you think.
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After churning out a handful of SOUL-less sequels (see what I did there?) Pixar is attempting to get their groove back next year with two original movies: Onward and Soul. While the former doesn’t seem all that inspired from what we’ve seen so far, the latter seems to have a bit more potential. Directed by Pete Docter (Up, Inside Out), Soul revolves around a middle school band teacher in New York who hits a midlife crisis and decides to follow his true passion of becoming a jazz musician. The movie looks to explore some deeper questions about art, creativity and personality and also, not unlike Inside Out, it looks to have characters that represent the cartoony personification of a human soul. Featuring the voices of Jamie Foxx, Tina Fey, Phylicia Rashad, Ahmir Questlove Thompson and Daveed Diggs, Soul hits theatres on June 18th, 2020. Check out the first trailer below and see what you think.
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Well I think we all knew this was coming. After recent CG advances have allowed digital likenesses of Peter Cushing and a young Carrie Fisher to pass by almost unnoticed in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, we have been moving towards a day where actors will return to the big screen from beyond the grave with entirely new performances. Now that day seems to be upon us with the announcement of a movie that will star a CG recreation of legendary actor James Dean, who died tragically in a car crash in 1955 at the age of 24. The movie is a Vietnam era action-drama called Finding Jack and co-director Anton Ernst had this to say about the project:
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