The Crimes of Grindelwald Re-Review: Didn’t Manage To Enchant

J.K. Rowling’s Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald made its official premiere yesterday and is on track to collect $75 million through its opening weekend, despite harsh reviews.

Crimes of Grindelwald is the second film in the Fantastic Beasts series and is an extension of the Wizarding World initially created for the Harry Potter franchise.

It would be unfair to call the movie terrible because it had splashes of Rowling’s brilliance, but it’s impossible to defend its shortcomings.

The main issue with the film is that it lacks the streamlined warmth and inner story that each of the Harry Potter movies strived in. Even the first Fantastic Beasts movie had a beginning, comprehensible middle, and satisfying end.

The film begins with Grindelwald’s (Johnny Depp) escape from a U.S. wizarding prison. As the dark wizard slithered from one spell to the next and took on ten Aurors by himself in a spectacular mid-air fight I tucked further into my reclining theatre chair and prepared for another stellar story.

That story was there, somewhere, but it stuffed below an onslaught of scenes that seemed chaotic and diluted by poor transitions. It jumped from scene to scene with little explanation as to how we got there and why. All of the moving parts are eventually brought together, but done so by a character that plays no role other than that.

The unnecessary addition of new characters was another gripe I had with the film; some famous names were there for no reason at all. Most of the trailers show off Nicolas Flamel, the renowned creator of the Philosopher’s stone. His role in the movie turned out to be laughable. A couple of returning characters, such as fan favorite no-Maj Jacob Kowalski, suffer the same fate.

This lack of organization made it hard to feel connected to any of the characters, especially those that were newly introduced. Of course, seeing a young Dumbledore and McGonagall at Hogwarts was nostalgic and made the Harry Potter fan in me giddy regardless.

In its defense, Rowling not only wrote up the story and its characters but also played a large part in the film’s production. This could be a reason why its structure resembled that of a book; there was a smooth beginning that set up what the story was going to be about, but the middle chapters were split between multiple characters, each getting a chapter or two in a rotation until the conclusion.

For hardcore fans, The Crimes of Grindelwald is perfect. It’ll stuff you with details, waste little time explaining what’s going on, and eventually give you the answers you’ve been waiting for, all while setting up the next few movies. That’s essentially what this film was; a giant build up that answered a few necessary questions to get the ball rolling.

However, there’s no getting around the fact that it’s a very confusing, convoluted mess of a movie that would probably be better received if it had a book to back it up. That’s how the last couple of Harry Potter movies got away with jumping around in the same fashion, after all. No one cared about transitions at that point because everyone had memorized each detail from Rowling’s pages.

The beasts were fantastic, Eddie Redmayne was spectacular as Newt Scamander once again, Depp turned out to be the Grindelwald we never knew we needed and the last minute of the movie gave us an answer that we’ve been waiting three years for. Who is Credence the Obscurus?

Fantastic Beasts 3 will be epic and while this film was a bit tough to swallow, it wasn’t so bad that it curbed my excitement for what Rowling will make happen next.

 

 

 

The Crimes of Grindelwald Re-Review: Didn’t Manage To Enchant

J.K. Rowling’s Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald made its official premiere yesterday and is on track to collect $75 million through its opening weekend, despite harsh reviews.

Crimes of Grindelwald is the second film in the Fantastic Beasts series and is an extension of the Wizarding World initially created for the Harry Potter franchise.

It would be unfair to call the movie terrible because it had splashes of Rowling’s brilliance, but it’s impossible to defend its shortcomings.

The main issue with the film is that it lacks the streamlined warmth and inner story that each of the Harry Potter movies strived in. Even the first Fantastic Beasts movie had a beginning, comprehensible middle, and satisfying end.

The film begins with Grindelwald’s (Johnny Depp) escape from a U.S. wizarding prison. As the dark wizard slithered from one spell to the next and took on ten Aurors by himself in a spectacular mid-air fight I tucked further into my reclining theatre chair and prepared for another stellar story.

That story was there, somewhere, but it stuffed below an onslaught of scenes that seemed chaotic and diluted by poor transitions. It jumped from scene to scene with little explanation as to how we got there and why. All of the moving parts are eventually brought together, but done so by a character that plays no role other than that.

The unnecessary addition of new characters was another gripe I had with the film; some famous names were there for no reason at all. Most of the trailers show off Nicolas Flamel, the renowned creator of the Philosopher’s stone. His role in the movie turned out to be laughable. A couple of returning characters, such as fan favorite no-Maj Jacob Kowalski, suffer the same fate.

This lack of organization made it hard to feel connected to any of the characters, especially those that were newly introduced. Of course, seeing a young Dumbledore and McGonagall at Hogwarts was nostalgic and made the Harry Potter fan in me giddy regardless.

In its defense, Rowling not only wrote up the story and its characters but also played a large part in the film’s production. This could be a reason why its structure resembled that of a book; there was a smooth beginning that set up what the story was going to be about, but the middle chapters were split between multiple characters, each getting a chapter or two in a rotation until the conclusion.

For hardcore fans, The Crimes of Grindelwald is perfect. It’ll stuff you with details, waste little time explaining what’s going on, and eventually give you the answers you’ve been waiting for, all while setting up the next few movies. That’s essentially what this film was; a giant build up that answered a few necessary questions to get the ball rolling.

However, there’s no getting around the fact that it’s a very confusing, convoluted mess of a movie that would probably be better received if it had a book to back it up. That’s how the last couple of Harry Potter movies got away with jumping around in the same fashion, after all. No one cared about transitions at that point because everyone had memorized each detail from Rowling’s pages.

The beasts were fantastic, Eddie Redmayne was spectacular as Newt Scamander once again, Depp turned out to be the Grindelwald we never knew we needed and the last minute of the movie gave us an answer that we’ve been waiting three years for. Who is Credence the Obscurus?

Fantastic Beasts 3 will be epic and while this film was a bit tough to swallow, it wasn’t so bad that it curbed my excitement for what Rowling will make happen next.

 

 

 

‘Fantastic Beasts: Crimes of Grindelwald’ Review, A Beautiful Disaster

Fantastic Beasts: Crimes of Grindelwald is a Harry Potter movie on crack.  

From a theatrical, storytelling, standpoint it was a hot mess. From the perspective of a Harry Potter fan, you’ll be left with a lot of questions.

However, for those that have invested time into the franchise, you’ll be at the edge of your seat the entire time for an overall satisfying ride. Whip out your phones because when the credits roll, Google will be your best friend.  

There are hardly any references to characters or situations that happened in the first movie, so we recommend that you take the time to watch Fantastic Beast and Where to Find Them as a refresher.

As we continue our review, know that spoiler warnings are in effect.

The Fantastic Beasts

The fantastic beasts in Crimes of Grindelwald were arguably (and it appears most critics would agree) the best part of the movie.

They were all extremely unique, creative creatures that did a great job of grabbing and pulling you into their world. Whether that be underwater or across Paris depends on where you are in the movie. 

The biggest draw to these beasts are the mysteries behind them and what they’re capable of.

One of our favorites, the Zouwu, can travel thousands of miles a day without getting tired. Rowland describes it as an, “…elephant sized cat, [that is] five colored…”

The Love Stories of Fantastic Beasts: Crimes of Grindelwald

The fan-favorite couple of the first movie, Queenie and Jacob (played by Alison Sudol and Dan Fogler respectively) were quickly introduced and then quickly torn apart.  It was heartbreaking but didn’t quite have the impact the writers were probably expecting because of their minimal screen time. 

We feel like J.K. Rowling said, ‘We’ve got a lot to cover, so let’s close this out and thank you, next.’

Newt Scamander, portrayed by Eddie Redmayne, and his seemingly emotionally flat love interest, Tina, played by Katherine Waterston, refers to him as ‘Mr. Scamander’ upon their first meeting. This came off cold and uncaring, which was fine. However, they had very little chemistry throughout, which may have also been due to on-screen time.

When Tina is first brought up, Queenie mentions to Newt that Tina was hurt hearing he was supposedly engaged to Leta Lestrange. It didn’t come off that way during their exchanges and even the height of Newt and Tina’s one-on-one love scene was cut short due to the entrance of Leta Lestrange.  Speaking of Leta…

Leta Lestrange, Newt and their brother love triangle.  This was explored briefly but it was a love story not well fleshed out. It is distracting at best as it arises and then leaves the viewers with so many questions.  At the beginning of the movie they introduce Newt and Leta with some obvious tension, then a scene back at Hogwarts with both of their interactions as kids. We find a few moments later that she is engaged to Newt’s brother, Theseus Scamander (Callum Turner).

After all that, she dies.

Finally, there is the love story of Credence and Nagini played by Ezra Miller and Claudia Kim. Another odd couple in the film; they get close, never kiss, have a few intimate moments,  and then Credence leaves her to be with Grindelwald because of his family issues. Done deal.

On this end, the film doesn’t allow viewers to feel the stakes involved with any of the characters, so in this aspect you’ll be left quite unsatisfied.

The Twists of Fantastic Beasts: Crimes of Grindelwald

(From the perspective of Credence Barebone)  “So I’m an adopted boy? No wait, I’m a Lestrange, no…actually you’re a Dumbledore.  Wait, there’s another Dumbledore? WTF.”

Then, the twist of, Leta Lestrange with a mysterious man who is not tied with the Ministry or with Grindelwald’s army.  We come to find out that he is an estranged half-brother who wishes to kill Leta’s real brother, who we all think is Credence but find out later that he is not Credence and her ‘real’ brother died when he was a baby that Leta switched with another baby because he was irritating.

That was not confusing at all…

Where Are We In Fantastic Beasts: Crimes of Grindelwald

We explore the wizarding world and then the no-maj world. We go back and forth without any indication of where you are. Are we in the no-maj world? Are we in the Wizarding world?

How are all these monsters out and about?  Did Grindelwald just cast a spell all over Paris for the world to see?  Did anyone see those huge blue dragons burning up a cemetery?

Then we continue to wonder. Are we in Newt’s suitcase? Are we at his house?  Are we in his basement?

Even Hogwarts doesn’t look like Hogwarts although we’ll give them that it was in an earlier timeline.

Summary

Fantastic Beasts: Crimes of Grindelwald is a great movie for Harry Potter fans.  

I’m not gonna lie, it is pretty confusing but there are shining moments such as the dramatic speech given by Grindelwald (Johnny Depp) and the charm that Eddie Redmayne brings to Newt Scamander’s character. (although lost in the shuffles of confusing story archs and weak character building) Scamander so darn likable interacting with his fantastic beasts, that it distracts you long enough to throw in a few good laughs amongst a rather dark film.

The Grinch: Not Enough Naughty, Too Much Nice

Illumination Entertainment’s animated film The Grinch premiered last Friday and did surprisingly well in the box office. The classic Dr. Seuss remake earned an estimated $66 million opening in America this weekend and $78.7 million worldwide, which gave it the No. 1 spot ahead of its competitor Bohemian Rhapsody.

Universal estimated that the story of Mr. Grinch, who is voiced by Benedict Cumberbatch, would bring in about $50 million, while box office experts predicted closer to $60 million worldwide.

The animated film took a slightly different approach in depicting the infamous Christmas grouch. Illumination created a more relatable backstory that involved Mr. Grinch growing up in an orphanage. Without a family to celebrate Christmas with, he was forced to angrily watch as other Who-children received the love and gifts that have become synonymous with the holiday.

Mr. Grinch’s journey towards Christmas-hatred was emotional but didn’t translate into the Grinch that we’ve grown accustomed to. The Cumberbatch Grinch did mean things occasionally, but it was clear from the start that he was trying to fight back against the goodness inside of him.

For instance, the first time Mr. Grinch visits Whoville (On a mission to buy enough food to last him until January) he has a series of hilariously cruel interactions with the Who-people.

While stalking the aisles he pops a whole pickle into his mouth before spitting it back out into the jar to place it among other groceries in a random Who’s cart. When he sees an old Who-lady struggling to reach the last jar of jelly he grabs it, acts like he’s going to give it to her, places it back onto the high rack, and then slaps it down to the ground where it splatters.

These are classic Grinch moves and had the entire audience chuckling, including the adults. However, after his mean shopping spree, there was a drastic fall-off in, well, Grinchiness. He treats his dog Max like man’s best friend (for the most part), he frees an overweight reindeer named Fred to be with his family instead of making him pull his sled, and he’s fond of Cindy Lue from the minute they meet.

Illumination never lets Mr. Grinch be the Grinch, which culminates during his plan to launch a giant snowball towards the enormous celebratory Christmas tree that the Who’s have set-up. The cannon ends up malfunctioning and instead of the snowball taking out the Who’s Christmas spirit, Mr. Grinch himself is catapulted into the middle of the holiday festivities.

This was fine and the movie was obviously catered towards a younger demographic, as an animated Christmas movie should be, but unlike most animated classics it didn’t keep my attention. It was just too kiddy.

Now, it’s only fair to admit that I’m a big Jim Carrey Grinch fan. Who doesn’t like How The Grinch Stole Christmas? Carrey’s Grinch is hilarious, funny, disgusting, and even raunchy at times. It wasn’t much of a kid’s movie and its writers included a ton of innuendo and adult humor, but that Grinch was believable! When I envisioned someone who hated Christmas as a kid I saw termite infested teeth and a steady diet of literal garbage.

As a kid’s movie this Grinch checks off all of the boxes. It’s not overly mean, all of its humor is dumbed down enough for a child to digest for a laugh, and there’s the classic happy ending of a heart growing three-times in size.

The animation in the film is top notch, which is to be expected from Illumination. The scenes where Mr. Grinch is using ninja stars and net-shooting candy cane guns to wrap up Christmas trees and snag presents look great. Plus the way that this Grinch steals Christmas using his gadgets is way more thought out than the lousy vacuum method of Carrey’s.

The film’s last scene is heartwarming and will have some movie watching softies tearing up at Mr. Grinch’s dinner toast. I’d recommend that if you have kids, go and watch the movie once and let them enjoy the new-age Grinch; they’ll probably love it. If you don’t have kids and you’re looking for a Grinch fix, go on Netflix and pop on Carrey’s How The Grinch Stole Christmas, you won’t be disappointed.

 

 

 

Photo credit: Universal Pictures

Star Wars: Rogue One Is Getting Its Own Live Action Series On Disney Plus

A couple of months into 2018 Disney announced that it would eventually be taking its movies off of popular streaming services such as Netflix in order to launch its own streaming service, Disney Plus. Disney chairman and CEO Bob Iger suggested that the streaming service will come in late 2019 and it will be significantly cheaper than the $10.99 monthly cost of a Netflix subscription.

 

 

Disney Plus will be headlined by its exclusive access to Marvel and Star Wars films, as well as a handful of television projects that include a live-action Star Wars series, a show based on Pixar’s Monsters Inc., a new Marvel show, and a series based on the High School Musical franchise.

 

 

It was previously thought that the Star Wars components of Disney Plus would essentially include the live-action series, The Mandalorian, written by Jon Favreau, and the final season of the animated series, The Clone WarsThe Mandalorian will be centered around a “lone gunfighter in the outer reaches of the galaxy far from the authority of the New Republic.” It takes place after Episode VI – Return of The Jedi and before the formation of the First Order in Episode VII – The Force Awakens.

 

 

However, The Mandalorian won’t be the only live-action show available when Disney Plus debuts. Star Wars’ expanded-universe movie, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, will also be getting an independent spin-off, Iger announced Thursday.

 

 

Star Wars fans will have to wait a while more to sink their teeth into the live-action series, which will begin production next year, but Iger mentioned that it would follow the adventures of the popular rebel spy, Cassian Andor. The show will take place during the early years of the Rebellion and before the events of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, according to a news release about the show’s announcement.

 

 

Andor will be played by the same actor as in Rogue One, Diego Luna, who seems to be very excited about the opportunity to get back to fighting the Empire.

 

 

“Going back to the Star Wars universe is very special for me,” said Luna. “I have so many memories of the great work we did together and the relationships I made throughout the journey. We have a fantastic adventure ahead of us, and this new exciting format will give us the chance to explore this character more deeply,” said Luna in the news release.

 

 

While the series doesn’t have an official title, it will most likely fill many of the gaps that were left between Episode III – Revenge of the Sith and Episode IV – A New Hope. Anakin Skywalker has just become Darth Vader and Darth Sidious is still celebrating his successful takeover of the galaxy. Andor will have to carefully avoid capture while executing thrilling missions against the Empire to restore hope and begin the Rebellion.

 

 

An official release date has not been announced. More information can be found at StarWars.com.

 

 

Photos Courtesy of Star Wars & Lucasfilms

What To Expect From Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes Of Grindelwald

The wait for J.K. Rowling’s second installment of the Fantastic Beasts franchise is nearly over. Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald will premiere next week on November 16th and boy are we excited.

 

 

For those of you who haven’t watched the first film, Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them, it’s based in the same world of wizardry that Harry Potter is later born into but follows a different set of characters. The main protagonist in Fantastic Beasts is a Magizoologist named Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne) who is a competent wizard that loves, well, fantastic beasts.

 

 

At the end of the first Fantastic Beasts film the main villain is revealed to be the dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald (Johnny Depp). Grindelwald is basically the original Lord Voldemort; he’s obsessed with dark magic and wants the world to be ruled by pure-blooded wizards. He was defeated and taken into custody by MACUSA, the Magical Congress of the United States of America, but we can safely assume that his stay behind bars was quite short. Do they even have Dementors in U.S. prisons?

 

 

The Crimes of Grindelwald takes place in 1927, just a year after the first film, but this time the story takes us away from America and back to England, Paris, and Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Fans will be delighted to know that, “Going back to Hogwarts is a very important function to this story,” according to the film’s director, David Yates.

 

 

There have been numerous trailers for the film and they’ve given fans more and more to chew on the closer it gets to opening day. Most of the information pertaining to The Crimes of Grindelwald has been extracted from a combination of these trailers and interviews conducted with its actors, writers, and producers.

 

 

Of course, all details regarding the movie’s plot remain speculatory, but the general storyline will involve a young Albus Dumbledore, played by Jude Law, acquiring Newt’s help to stop Grindelwald’s plans of exposing the wizarding world and enslaving all non-magical beings under the rule of pure-blooded wizards. This will be the first time we’re seeing a young version of Dumbledore and the movie’s producers assure us that he’s nothing like the ancient headmaster we are accustomed to in the Harry Potter films. The movie’s producers went out and hired a handful of young actors during the filming process so there’s a good chance we’ll get to see a teenage Grindelwald as well.

 

 

We can expect Grindelwald to escape from his magical prison by hijacking a Thestral chariot using the Elder Wand, which tells us that Dumbledore hasn’t won its ownership at this point. Dumbledore’s homosexuality and affection for Grindelwald are hinted at in the Harry Potter books, but it seems likely that it will be made blatant in this film. In one of the trailer scenes, Dumbledore is shown standing in front of the Mirror of Erised, which shows what your heart most desires and Grindelwald is seen staring back at him. Dumbledore’s feelings for Grindelwald may be the reason why he sends Newt after him instead of doing the job himself.

 

 

For one reason or another (Grindelwald was probably seen here) a large part of each trailer emphasizes a wizarding circus. One of the more surprising, exciting tidbits of information that the trailers gave us was that one of the women in the circus is actually Nagini, one of Lord Voldemort’s Horcruxes. It has also been revealed that Nagini, who turns into her python form in the trailer, isn’t an Animagus, or someone who can transform into an animal by choice. Rather, Nagini is a Maledictus, or a person who has a magical blood curse that will eventually transform her into an animal for good.

 

 

It wouldn’t be a part of the Fantastic Beasts series if the film didn’t include a plethora of amazing magical animals. The trailers alone show off Thestrals, giant dragon-cat hybrids, a weird Groot looking creature that can only be revealed with magical dust of some sort, and a sea dragon made out of seaweed. Newt will also be accompanied by his returning friends, the Bowtruckle named Pickett, and his greedy little Niffler. There’s another scene in one of the trailers that reveal the leg of some kind of beast stomping into the ground and in the split second it looks like the claw of a hippogriff, but don’t quote me on that.

 

 

Along with Newt we can expect to see the No-Maj gentleman Jacob (Dan Fogler), sisters Tina (Katherine Waterston) and Queenie Goldstein (Alison Sudol), MACUSA President Seraphina Picquery (Carmen Ejogo), and supervisor Abernathy returning in the sequel. Ezra Miller’s character Credence will also be returning despite his apparent death at the end of the first movie. Credence lived in a household where magic wasn’t accepted so he repressed his power and eventually developed an Obscurus. An Obscurus is a dreadful, uncontrollable force, so we’ll have to wait and see what role he plays in the story.

 

 

A couple of new faces we can expect to see include Newt’s older brother Theseus (Callum Turner) who is the Head of the Auror Office at the British Ministry of Magic. Theseus is engaged to Leta Lestrange (Zoe Kravitz) who was introduced through one of Newt’s photographs in the first movie and has a familiar last name. Other new character names include Bunty, Spielman, Torquil Travers, Rosier, and Arnold Guzman, according to Pottermore.

 

 

Another interesting character addition that we haven’t seen before in the Harry Potter universe is that of Nicolas Flamel, the creator of the Philosopher’s Stone. Flamel will be played by Brontis Jodorowsky and it will be intriguing to see how he plays into things.

 

 

Rowling, the incredible writer of the Harry Potter books, wrote the script for The Crimes of Grindelwald herself, so we should be in for an absolute treat. If you haven’t already, go check out our social media feeds and enter into our Fantastic Beasts 2 early screening ticket give away.

 

10 Terrifying Movies To Watch This Halloween

In October one of the most popular Google searches is, “Scary movies to watch for Halloween.” Unfortunately, most of the time what comes up is a list of generic titles that might’ve scared you as a child, but won’t give you nightmares as an adult.

 

Luckily for you horror fans, we’ve compiled a list of ten absolutely horrifying films to watch during the week leading up to Halloween. If you’re a horror part-timer who’s feeling brave because of the time of year, you might want to stick to Hocus Pocus.

 

 

10. The Conjuring

It’s safe to say that when a list of ten horror movies starts with The Conjuring it’s going to be a good list.

 

The Conjuring follows paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren who are on a job to help a family that is experiencing an evil presence in their farmhouse. While it’s mainstream and widely popular, it’s a great horror film that checks off all of the boxes for a paranormal spooky.

 

 

 

9. The Thing

This creepy monster movie is about a research team that is being hunted by an alien who has the ability to take the appearance of the people it kills in the most disgusting way possible. While The Thing is a pretty ridiculous name for a scary movie, it does a great job of meshing jump-scares, gross-out scenes and a feeling of hopelessness.

 

 

 

8. The Visit

If you’re planning on visiting your grandparents in the near future, don’t watch The Visit. It follows two children who are recording a home video about meeting their grandparents for the first time. Unfortunately for the kids, the two oldsters suffer from sundown syndrome, which turns them into a pair of complete psychos when the sun sets. It also has a horrifying twist towards the end.

 

 

 

7. Rec. 

Rec. is one of the original “camcorder point-of-view” movies. It follows a reporter and cameraman into an apartment building that seemingly has no power and before they know it, they’re trapped inside with something terrible. If you’re afraid of the dark, this movie is perfect for you.

 

 

 

6. I Saw The Devil

I Saw The Devil is a foreign horror film that follows a secret agent that is looking to exact revenge on a serial killer through capture, torture, and release, over and over. It’s truly disturbing and will follow you for nights to come.

 

 

 

5. The Texas Chainsaw Massacre

We’re in the top five, which means that the following movies are going to be off-the-charts scary. Continue at your own risk. The Texas Chainsaw Massacre is a classic horror film that depicts a family of cannibalistic psychos hunting and murdering a nice little family. Good stuff. The film was underfunded, they recorded for 16 hours a day in the blazing hot Texas sun, and almost every member of the crew was actually injured on set.

 

 

 

4. The Descent

The perfect scary movie for the claustrophobic viewer. The Descent follows six women who go underground to explore what they believe to be an undiscovered system of caves and tunnels. When they realize that they’re not alone, it’s already too late.

 

 

 

3. The Blair Witch Project

The Blair Witch Project is loosely based on a true story about the town of Blaire, Maryland and its mysterious, murderous history. Something about movies that depict a scary story that really happened makes them even more terrifying. Sit back and try to relax as you watch the newly found recordings of three film students who have vanished into the woods while investigating the Blair Witch.

 

 

 

2. Misery

Released in 1990, Misery is truly an OG in the scary movie game. It depicts a famous author who is rescued by one of his fans after a car accident. When he wakes up he realizes that he can’t leave. Misery’s story is entirely too possible and Kathy Bates creates a character that is very believable.

 

 

 

1. Shutter (Thai Version)

Shutter is the scariest film that you can watch this Halloween. It’s spooky, disturbing, haunting, depressing, pretty much all of the above. Good luck trying to sleep the night you watch it. Our recommendation is to save it for the night of Halloween.

 

 

 

Photo Credit: TVJerry, Weird Fiction Review, Found Footage Critic, Taste of Cinema, MapQuest Travel, Ryan Movie Reviews, Bustle

A Star Is Born Nabs #1 Spot, But Not For The Box Office

Sony’s Venom film halted the chances for A Star Is Born to hit the top spot at the Box Office last week, but as luck would have it, Billboard announced that the latter’s soundtrack earned the number one album spot on the Top 200 charts on Sunday.

 

According to Billboard, Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper’s heartfelt soundtrack sold 231,000 units since its release on October 5th.

 

This accomplishment catapults Gaga into the history books, being the first female artist to release five number one albums since Billboard began charting artists. This also gives Bradley Cooper his first number one album on the charts. Cooper did not have a singing career prior to the release.

 

According to Nielsen Music, “…[the album] was released via Interscope Records on Oct. 5, starts with 231,000 equivalent album units earned in the week ending Oct. 11…[it is] the biggest week for a soundtrack in more than three-and-a-half years. Of Star’s overall starting sum, 162,000 were in album sales.”

 

Throughout the chart’s history, the Top Billboard 200 has ranked the most popular albums of the week in the U.S. based on multi-metric consumption as measured in equivalent album units. Units are comprised of traditional album sales, track equivalent albums (TEA) and streaming equivalent albums (SEA).



Billboard explains that the album charts will show A Star Is Born’s accomplishment on Oct. 16, the day when the chart renews for the week.

 

Not only is the album charting on all domestic lists, but its singles are charting just as high. Since the release of Shallow – the album’s top song – the song has been number one for two consecutive weeks on iTunes’ Single charts.

 

That song joins “Always Remember Us This Way” and “I’ll Never Love Again (Extended Version)” being 2nd and 4th respectively on the Singles chart. The songs have held these positions even with new song releases from popular artists including, Bad Bunny’s “MIA” feat. Drake and Kodak Black’s “ZEZE” feat. Travis Scott and Offset.

 

The iTunes charts are sprinkled with the movie’s 34 song album set and both the explicit and non-explicit albums are listed at number one on iTunes’ album charts. Gaga’s discography of #1 albums includes Joanne (in 2016), Cheek to Cheek, her collaboration with Tony Bennett (2014), ARTPOP (2013) and Born This Way (2011).

 

A Star is Born: Movie Review

A Star is Born is a tragic love story about a well-known musician who (Bradley Cooper) discovers Ally, (Gaga’s character) an aspiring singer who works at a diner and sings at a drag club.  As he introduces Ally to the public eye (by inviting her on stage to sing with him) they sing a duet that goes viral, skyrocketing Ally’s career.

 

Ally’s fame and popularity soon overshadow that of Cooper’s character, Jackson Maine. As the film progresses, it shows Maine struggling with Tinnitus in his ears, apparently from not wearing earplugs, and is dealing with a heavy drinking problem that ruins many tender moments throughout the movie.

 

As fast as the love story is introduced, it is quickly followed by a steep drop where things turn quickly. All of the bubbling issues that the two singers are dealing with boil over to the surface and our hopeful love story concludes with Maine taking his life as to not hold his wife back from her success.

 

The ending leaves us with a tribute song to Ally’s late husband with a cut to black.

A Star is Born may not have gained the top spot on the silver screen but it could have been number one in the hearts of all the watchers during its opening weekend and now fans can celebrate the album’s number one accolade.

Who Is The Guy In Venom’s Mid-Credits Scene?

Last week’s surprising box-office buster, Venom, previewed a new supervillain in its mid-credits scene and made it glaringly obvious that the sequel will be filled with Carnage.

 

In case you haven’t noticed we’re riding this symbiote popularity wave until it’s dry guys.

 

The scene depicts Eddie Brock (Tom Hardy) entering a high-security prison to interview an inmate named Cletus Kasady (Woody Harrelson). When Eddie arrives at Kasady’s solitary cell he finds the man grinding his fingers against a piece of metal to spell out “Welcome Eddie” in his own blood.

 

Before the credits continue rolling Kasady asks Eddie to take a step closer and whispers, “When I get out of here, there’s going to be carnage.”

 

So, who is Cletus Kasady and why have I referenced the word carnage twice since you’ve started reading this article? Let’s jump right in.

 

 

Kasady is a psychopathic serial killer who started his murderous ways as a child when he killed his grandmother by pushing her down a set of stairs. He later watched his father kill his mother because she was trying to kill him. When his father went to court to stand trial for killing his wife, Kasady testified against him, which resulted in his execution.

 

After both of his parents were dead Kasady ended up in an orphanage, where he was subjected to regular mental and physical abuse. Kasady eventually murdered the orphanage’s staff members, pushed one of the girls who he had a crush on into a moving bus, and burned the orphanage to the ground.

 

Kasady continued his killing into adulthood but was eventually caught and thrown into Ryker’s Island to serve eleven consecutive life sentences. Unfortunately for the civilians of New York, Eddie Brock and the Venom symbiote accidentally gave Mr. Cletus a get out of jail free card.

 

 

In the comics, Eddie Brock is separated from Venom by Spider-Man and imprisoned with Kasady as his new cellmate. It doesn’t take long for Venom to set Brock free but during the breakout, the alien unknowingly leaves its offspring behind. The new symbiote latches itself on to Kasady and Carnage is born.

 

The symbiosis that occurs when the Carnage symbiote merges with Kasady isn’t a normal pairing; it’s the perfect fit. This is further explained when Carnage growls, “I was hollowed out inside…empty…just like my other. We were both sick…because we were incomplete…but not anymore. We healed each other…made each other whole. Neither one of us can survive without the other. Forget host. Forget symbiote. There is only Carnage.”

 

Accelerated by Kasady’s insanity and lust for violence, Carnage is simply way stronger than Venom and Spider-Man put together. Much like Venom, Carnage has super strength, agility, and speed. He can negate Spidey’s Spider-Sense and has enhanced senses himself. Carnage can fully control his symbiotic suit and often turns his extra limbs into weapons and lethal projectiles.

 

Kasady can still retain human form and when he does, he’s pretty much invulnerable to any kind of physical harm. However, he’s not very keen on hiding his super suit and whenever he is cut or injured the symbiote’s tendrils seep out of his skin instead of blood.

 

 

Unlike Venom, Carnage is unaffected by high-pitched sounds, but he is even more vulnerable to fire and heat. In the comics, it took Spider-Man, Venom, and the Fantastic Four to take down Carnage for the first time and that was only the start of the trouble that he would eventually whip up.

 

Carnage is such a ruthless, murderous supervillain that he pushes Spider-Man and Venom to put aside their differences and work together. That in itself is saying something.

 

Despite the violent nature of Carnage and the all-around dark theme of everything symbiote, Venom’s next film is said to be rated PG-13. The parental rating is lame, but I’m still excited for what Sony and Marvel come up with in the sequel. There’s no doubt that it’ll get a poor rating on Rotten Tomatoes, but who cares?