Ever since his feature film directing debut in 1977, Ridley Scott has been a master of crafting the epic movie no matter the genre, from the Crusades-set Kingdom of Heaven and the Oscar-winning Gladiator set in ancient Rome to the sci-fi dystopia Blade Runner and several films in the Alien franchise. He succeeds once again in the epic genre with his latest film, The Last Duel, which tells a grand and timely yet intimate and secular tale based on actual events with an innovative story structure that’s not without its flaws, but they’re more than made up for by strong performances from its cast, authentic set and costume design, an ominous tone and thrilling action sequences.
It’s hard to believe that a little over three years ago, a theatrical version of Justice League was released and panned by critics, given “meh” responses from audiences, and then ultimately became a colossal box office disappointment for what should’ve been a huge celebration of DC Comics’ mightiest heroes. What happened leading up to the release of that version of the movie in theaters back in 2017 and what came afterwards has been well documented by numerous people across the globe. Hell, there’s even a recently published book with all the details. Every bit of the story from what happened during production, to the reshoots with a new director, to the theatrical release, the movement from a single hashtag on Twitter (#ReleaseTheSnyderCut) to today’s release of Zack Snyder’s Justice League is crazy. And in the end, one thing is for certain: director Zack Snyder was right all along. Snyder’s fully-realized vision here is a heroic triumph of a comic-book-come-to-life that makes for one of the best superhero movies in recent years, without a doubt, and the proper introduction of DC’s best coming together to save the world.
Follow the road to redemption when “The Way Back” arrived on Blu-ray and DVD on May 19. Academy Award winner Ben Affleck (“Argo,” “The Accountant”) stars in “The Way Back,” directed by Gavin O’Connor (“The Accountant,” “Warrior,” “Miracle”). Here is my blu-ray review: Read more
Warner Bros. will make the current theatrical release “The Way Back” available via digital EST in the U.S. and Canada on March 24, with international markets to follow, in order to meet increased demand for in-home entertainment options in light of the current global health crisis. The announcement was made today by Toby Emmerich, Chairman, Warner Bros. Pictures Group. Read more
It’s been over two years since Zack Snyder’s Justice League was released to mixed reviews and a troubled production which saw the filmmaker leaving directorial duties to Joss Whedon in order to bail and deal with a family tragedy three quarters of the way through production. Now stars from the film – Gal Gadot, Ben Affleck, Jason Momoa, Ray Fisher and many more are sharing the hashtag #ReleaseTheSnyderCut to gain momentum that would allow Snyder to return to the film and complete his original vision. Read more
Hot on the heels of Thor: Ragnarok comes the DC superhero movie: Justice League. I’m not sure when this happened, but at some point I think I started liking Marvel better than DC. Marvel’s just so charismatic, like the boyfriend all your friends like, he’s smart, he’s funny, goofy but lovable and always ‘on’. Whereas DC is the guy who is has a nice job, a nice car, takes himself way too seriously but has an amazing set of abs because he spends all his time at the gym. They’re both great in their own ways and both pretend the other doesn’t exist and this week it was DC’s turn for my attentions. This review is completely spoiler free, except for the part about the horse. Read more
The road to Justice League, which brings together some of DC Comics’ most iconic superheroes, has not been without its share of debate or controversy. Up until this summer’s crowd-pleasing Wonder Woman, the three previous entries in the DC Extended Universe (which include Man of Steel, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, and Suicide Squad) were hotly debated amongst both fans and critics for their movie’s storytelling decisions and character developments that showed DC Comics’ characters in different lights. While each of them was a box office success, it was apparent that it wasn’t enough to win over audiences. Fast forward to today and Justice League is viewed as a course correction for Warner Brothers’ DCEU going forward. While Justice League certainly has its issues and isn’t exactly coherent at times, each of the movie’s superhero characters are more than satisfying and help make the superhero team up an enjoyable action romp.
Within minutes of the movie’s opening, it’s pretty clear that director Gavin O’Connor (Warrior) and screenwriter Bill Dubuque are set on putting a new spin on the term “ultimate weapon.” Sure, we’ve seen the “ultimate weapon” (deemed hero, villain, or vigilante) use his brains and muscles to maneuver through any situation. But this time, it’s different. A skilled mathematician in the field of accounting who also moonlights as a trained killer, Ben Affleck’s (The Town) Christian Wolff also battles autism. A plot centered on Christian Wolff’s current path to uncovering the truth combined with bang-up action to piece together his dogged past adds up (yes, pun-intended) to a sharp action thriller that is indulging from start to finish. Read more
From Warner Bros and director Ben Affleck comes the as of yet untitled new Batman movie, which is co-written by Affleck and DC Entertainment President/COO Geoff Johns. The film will star Affleck as Bruce Wayne/Batman and Joe Manganiello as the villain Deathstroke. The movie will hit theaters likely sometime in 2018.
From director Zack Snyder (Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice, Watchmen) comes the highly anticipated Justice League film which will assemble DC Comics’ greatest heroes. Starring Henry Cavill (Superman), Ben Affleck (Batman), Jason Momoa (Aquaman), Gal Gadot (Wonderwoman), Ray Fisher (Cyborg), Ezra Miller (The Flash), Amber Heard (Queen Mera), Willem Dafoe (Vulko) and JK Simmons (Commissioner Gordon), the film is scheduled for theatrical release November 10, 2017.
Suicide Squad is being released at a critical time. For Hollywood, summer has scorched movie studios with an inconceivable amount of dull, worthless movies that fall into the category of “financial flops.” And for Warner Brothers, because of below expectation numbers back in March for Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice, the microscope on Suicide Squad has intensified immensely. After months of buildup thanks to a strong marketing campaign, David Ayer’s (End of Watch) movie centering around the “Worst Heroes Ever” is finally here. Suicide Squad has problems that keep it from being a memorable. But nonetheless, it’s a somewhat delightful oddball comic book movie, thanks to a cast full of great characters. Read more
From director Zack Snyder (Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice, Watchmen) comes the highly anticipated Justice League film which will assemble DC Comics’ greatest heroes. Starring Henry Cavill (Superman), Ben Affleck (Batman), Jason Momoa (Aquaman), Gal Gadot (Wonderwoman), Ray Fisher (Cyborg), Ezra Miller (The Flash), Amber Heard (Queen Mera), Willem Dafoe (Vulko) and JK Simmons (Commissioner Gordon), the film is scheduled for theatrical release November 10, 2017. Read more