Paul Giamatti And Kate Mara Star In First Trailer For Sci-Fi Thriller ‘Morgan’

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Ridley Scott’s son, Luke Scott, has officially made his feature directorial debut with the sci-fi thriller Morgan, and he has some talented actors helping him out. The film, based on a Black List script by Seth W. Owen, stars Kate Mara, Paul Giamatti, Anya Taylor-Joy and Jennifer Jason Leigh.

The project followsa corporate risk-management consultant who is summoned to a remote research lab to determine whether or not to terminate an at-risk artificial being.

While discussing the film with EW, Scott painted an interesting picture, “What Morgan really alludes to is human beings becoming, in a sense, the creator. Not in a traditional religious sense, but an idea that we have the capabilities to become our own creator.”

It certainly sounds interesting. I was a huge fan of Ex Machina last year, and this sounds like it’ll be exploring the same issues. What happens when our creations become more powerful than we are?

You can check out the official synopsis and trailer below. Morgan will hit theaters September 2nd.

“A corporate troubleshooter (Kate Mara) is sent to a remote, top-secret location, where she is to investigate and evaluate a terrifying accident. She learns the event was triggered by a seemingly innocent “human,” who presents a mystery of both infinite promise and incalculable danger.”

 

Movie Review: Ratchet and Clank – At Least With Results this Bad, We Won’t be Subjected to a Sequel

After being thoroughly delighted by Keanu, who would have thought my movie going experience would take such a terrible turn? But it did, when some Hollywood producers broke the golden rule of adaptations. Never adapt a movie from a game. Yes, you can do it in the other direction, but as far as I’m concerned, to date no one has given me a convincing movie adaptation of a video game or board game I played. Clue, Mortal Kombat, Wing Commander and Lara Croft: Tomb Raider all have one thing in common. They could never live up to the experience of actually playing the game.

Anyway, in this film, two unlikely heroes (some kind of robot, and a fox thing) team up to fight an evil alien overlord intent on universal destruction. The team then teams up with another team (I know, right?), made of seizure inducing bright colors known as The Galactic Rangers, to save the day.

Again, not nearly as fun as playing the 2002 version of the game. They didn’t even try to deviate from the game story. The storyline is pulled right from it and they changed nothing at all. It’s some pretty damn lazy storytelling, if you ask me.

The animation is good for a video game…but terrible for a movie. I don’t want to go to the movies and feel like I’ve been sent back to 1991, watching my brother hog the Nintendo. I was bored when it happened then, and I was bored in the theater watching this.

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You know what it feels like? It feels like someone recorded them beating the game on their PlayStation and expects us to buy it as a movie…even without Pew Die Pie making nonsensical, but weirdly delightful noises in the background. Well I ain’t buying it.

This was a lazy, phoned in effort that cashes in on the nostalgia of aging Millennials while trying to do as little work as possible. You don’t get any more information here than you do in the video game, which leads me to wonder, why watch the movie? I mean, I liked Ratchet and Clank the video game, but not so much that I really cared enough to see them on the big screen.

 

Also, 94 minutes for a recycled story is a bit excessive. With most movies topping out at 80, it’s a bit stupid to add and additional ten onto the industry standard. Maybe it took the ‘animator’ a bit longer to beat the game.

Whatever, I can’t call this worth the watch and audiences aren’t either. This didn’t even come within a whisper of the top five at the box office and earned a paltry $5 million to date. At least with results this bad, we won’t be subjected to a sequel. If you’re feeling nostalgic, just go play the game.

We Gave it: 1 Star: Official Movie Trailer and Movie Poster Below

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Movie Review: Straight Outta Compton – Easy to See Why This Movie Reached Both Critical and Commercial Success

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One thing that’s rare in the movie world is seeing a film that is both a critical success and a commercial success. While I expected Straight Outta Compton to be a critical success, I hardly expected it to do as well as it did commercially, considering the subject matter. It seemed like a movie with a single demographic. But honestly, once you see it, you realize it’s one of those movies that transcends demographics and makes it so everyone can find a parallel in their own lives to the problems of someone who isn’t like them at all. Yes, even a middle aged white girl, who spent the 80s in the mountains of New Hampshire, can identify with the main characters in this storyline.

But it’s not just a story. It’s a film based on the events that led to led to one of the most potent rags to riches stories in history. It’s the making of the group NWA, produced by the now billionaire group themselves. We see the stories of Andre Young (a.k.a. Dr. Dre), O’Shea Jackson (a.k.a. Ice Cube), and Eazy-E (Eric Wright) through their eyes. It’s an unflinching and often introspective look at a generation that authority tried to silence, but couldn’t.

One thing I have to say when it comes to movies that are centered around inner city main characters, is that they have a tendency to go for the cliché. We see heartless thugs played as new school cowboys and white cops that feel like they’re hiding KKK robes under their uniforms. These films tend to be black and white, but the world isn’t black and white.

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And neither is this film. They portrayed themselves honestly, as men who had to fight for respect in one of California’s most dangerous neighborhoods. From the beginning, it’s easy to see how every day is a struggle to maintain power and dignity. Eazy-E appears on the scene during a drug deal gone bad, moments before a LAPD tank rolls into a drug den. Dre gets pistol whipped in the face after getting into a tussle with a Crenshaw Mafia soldier on the bus and Ice Cube is a man ready to fight in the blink of an eye, even over something as small as getting shortchanged. They don’t play themselves off as martyrs. Instead, they make you understand why they made the decisions they did, even if you don’t agree with them.

Jerry Heller (Paul Giammatti), who is often seen as responsible for the dissolution of NWA, is played not as a character, but as a person. He’s one part villain, and one part guardian angel, both standing up for the group he represents and trying to drive them apart at the same time. They didn’t make Heller the easy villain. Instead, they gave him true motivation and a true duplicitous nature without making him a one dimensional villain who only wanted to break up the group.

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This is an extremely well done film that uses gritty realism to get its point across and gives us a deeper, more dimensional look at NWA’s rise to fame and subsequent breakup. Even if you’re not a fan of the music genre, Straight Outta Compton is straight up worth the watch.

WE GAVE IT: 4 Stars – Watch the Official Trailer and Official Movie Poster below!

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‘Straight Outta Compton’ Gets First Red Band Trailer, Check It Out Inside! (VIDEO)

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Complete with an intro from Ice Cube and Dr. Dre, the first red band trailer for the film based on the rise of N.W.A., has been released online. The trailer was teased during the Grammys Sunday night, which was a brilliant piece of marketing by Universal Pictures, the company responsible for distributing the movie.

Straight Outta Compton is said to follow “the meteoric rise and fall of N.W.A.” and will tell “the astonishing story of how these youngsters revolutionized music and pop culture forever the moment they told the world the truth about life in the hood and ignited a cultural war.”

The film stars, Jason Mitchell as Eazy-E, Corey Hawkins as Dr. Dre, Aldis Hodge as MC Ren, and Paul Giamatti will be starring as N.W.A. manager Jerry Heller. It took a long time (and a lot of hard work) to get this film made, so we are hoping it delivers. The trailer definitely has us excited, but we have been fooled by slick trailers before.

Check it out down below, and be sure to watch the film once it hits theaters on August 14th, 2015.

Movie Review: The Amazing Spider Man 2 (2014)

the-amazing-spiderman-2-marvel-poster-hdGreat leads, great effects and a simple, clean storyline

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Thank god someone had the foresight and intelligence to finally make a movie about the little known super hero Spiderman. I hope you read that last sentence with a heavily sarcastic slant, as that was how it was intended. Spiderman gets remade about every 11 minutes. Hell, somewhere right now, I bet Seth Rogan is squeezing in to the strangely homoerotic blue and red body suit.

Before I start my review, I really want to put out a plea to Hollywood. Please stop making Spiderman movies. Enough with Batman, Superman and pretty much any other hero with ‘man’ in his name. We’ve seriously had enough. If you guys need an idea, might I suggest Spider Jerusalem? His weapon of choice is the bowel disruptor; a multi-setting gadget that causes victims to lose control of their bowels, potentially to death.

Hand to god, I did not make that character up. Spider Jerusalem is very real.

Anyway, on to the movie. In yet another sequel to yet another rendition of Spiderman everything is going well, per usual. Peter Parker (Andrew Garfield) has embraced his life as a hero and has gotten the girl, Gwen (Emma Stone). Then, along comes bad guy Electro (Jamie Foxx) and it’s up to Peter to save the city from mass destruction…again.

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You figure people would just move by now. No joke, the second some guy dressed up in a costume unleashes a giant robot or blows up half of Orlando, I’m moving.

I have to give it to casting on this one. Alexander and Stone actually have great chemistry in this rendition of Spiderman. In the one with Toby McGuire and Kirsten Dunst, I didn’t see any chemistry at all. Watching two lipless people kiss has never really done it for me.

Maybe it’s because Stone is so likeable, or Alexander is actually attractive, but I liked these two the best as love interests in all the Spiderman’s I’ve seen.

Trust me, I’ve seen them all.

But this one does impress. Excellent special effects are to be expected, and the movie doesn’t disappoint. But in this one, I felt like the story line was a little bit cleaner than the last. When writing a superhero movie, directors shouldn’t be afraid to work with clichés. That’s to be expected. So I really like that they stuck to a classic pulp fiction style. Spiderman fights a bad guy, only to learn that the bad guy is connected to an evil corporation.

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Classic style, with a nice potshot at big corporations as well. It was a storyline that Stan Lee or Steve Ditko would have done in the Amazing Spiderman’s days of comic book glory.

Great leads, great effects and a simple, clean storyline that’s easy to follow make this rendition of the franchise a success. If it was the first one, I imagine everyone would be saying great things about it. But it’s not. It’s like the 11th and many are saying the franchise is running out of juice. Just like we were all Supermanned out in the 80s and Batmanned out in the 90s, we have been all Spidermanned out in the 2000s.

Bring on Spider Jerusalem.  Below is the official trailer:

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