The new trailer for Black Panda: Wakanda Forever is here.
As you know, Chadwick Boseman died way too young and right at the moment when his success in the first BP movie meant sequels and other roles were a lock, propelling him into super-duper stardom.
But he’s still a super-duper star in the hearts of us fans and it looks like Marvel/Disney has found a way to honor him while carrying on. It looks like the women of Wakanda, BP’s mother, girlfriend, sister and bodyguard govern the kingdom in the wake of T’Challa’s death.
We do see those famous claws unleashed at the end of the film, so who dons the Black Panther mask? Theories: one of the women, perhaps his sister who, wouldn’t she be next in line for the throne? Then again it appears there is a birth so maybe flash forward to the future where that child becomes an adult and takes over.
I always gave props to the original because despite being a comic book movie, it tackled serious issues and unlike most comic book movies, the stakes were pretty high. Most other comic flicks, characters are blown up only for someone to invent a magic device that puts them back together or something, but in this franchise, there were actual consequences to bad actions.
This comes at a time when Marvel needs it. The Eternals? Stink-a-roo. Dr. Strange and the Multiverse? OK, but it was the first Marvel movie I waited till it was on streaming and I’m not rushing out to see Thor: Love and Thunder either. I’d see this in the theater though.
People spend so much time thinking about how to do it they never stopped to think about if they should do it, that is to say, to make this movie, 3.5 readers.
BQB here with a review of the latest installment to the ongoing prehistoric monsters meet modern times saga.
At the outset, let me say this: I didn’t think it was as bad as the critics are saying, but I do think the concept of modern day dinos is played out and it’s going to be a long time, if ever, when writers think of a new setting to put our giant scaly predecessors in to make them interesting. The previous film stunk the big one, making me think that was all she wrote to this franchise, but by God, they managed to make one last flick that is passable.
The plot? Owen and Claire (Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard) are hiding out from the law and dinos with their clone kid who set the dinos free in an act of defiance against the villains of the last picture and don’t ask me to explain it any better than that because if I try, my eyes will glaze over.
Somehow, they go down the rabbit hole of uncovering a plot to control the world’s food supply courtesy of Dodgson (I always thought he was Dobson) the dude that Wayne Knight aka Newman aka Dennis Nedry sold the shaving cream can full of dino dna samples to in the last one. It was never mentioned in any of the other movies, but apparently this evildoer spent the last 30 some odd years starting and running his own evil biological company, though to the outsider, he comes across as a typical Tim Cook-esque Silicon Valley mogul.
Yes, these bad dudes have managed to use dino DNA tech to create prehistoric bugs designed to devour all the world’s crops except the bad guys’ crops and ergo, yadda yadda yadda, the villain will control all the food and you’ll have to sell your right testicle to get a damn candy bar.
One source of criticism might be that, you know, if there’s a villainous plot afoot, it should involve killer dinos instead of killer bugs, but the dinos are still present. Another source of criticism is that the last film ended with a teaser of a new world where dinosaurs have run amuck. I thought we’d see more of that and we do, just not in the ways we thought. Here, dinos do cross paths with and endanger humans but in most cases, it’s kind of like when a bear gets lost and wanders around a suburban neighborhood, “Damn it! That brontosaurus is getting too close to the city! Better call the cops!”
To be sure, there are evil dino breeders, underground dino black market clubs, and the evil corporation’s dino sanctuary to give you the visual dino feast you crave, but yeah, I thought based on the last film, this one would be all about a world destroyed by T-Rexes wreaking havoc on major metropolitan areas, chomping up everything in sight.
Then again, I mean, dinos being released into the world would be dangerous, but in reality I suppose we have the army, police, national guard and enough gun toting rednecks to take these beasts out and the remaining stragglers would be an annoyance and/or relegated to the black market. So I guess kudos to this flick for embracing that reality but then again this film is the last place I go to for reality. I wanted to see T-Rexes stomping all over downtown, damn it!
Bonus points for bringing the original cast back together. Laura Dern, Sam Neil and Jeff Goldblum all reprise their roles as Doctors Ellie Satler, Grant and Malcolm and much to the film’s credit, these aren’t brief cameos. While many franchises trot out their older stars for a quick walk-on, this trio is very integral to the plot. They get a lot of lines/scenes and have screentime for well over half the movie so if you’re nostalgic for the first film, look no further.
DeWanda Wise and Mamoudou Athie round out the cast as a pilot whose plane gets turned into pyterodactyl lunch and a whistleblower who fights the evil corporation, respectively.
STATUS: Shelf-worthy. It seems this will be it for Jurassic films for a while and that’s probably for the best. I applaud the film for its overall message of “while scientific breakthroughs are awesome, let’s be careful while we’re playing God” but seriously, how many times can some idiot mess with dino dna before the government steps in and bans everyone from starting dino dna labs?
I like this trailer. It looks like a very original concept. The idea is that miniaturization is invented and it allows people to live like billionaires…i.e. your small investment is all you need to live like a King. One bottle of vodka is a lifetime supply of booze. You can’t afford a mansion but you can afford a model of a mansion and that will look big to you when you’re small.
Basically, you can live large because you’re tiny. What say you, 3.5?
So, in 2003, a man named Tommy Wiseau put out, “The Room,” what is widely considered the worst film ever made. Bad writing, bad acting, bad dialogue, a plot that goes nowhere, subplots that are never tied up and for some reason, during rooftop scenes, the city skyline is added via green screen even though, you know, getting to the rooftop of an NYC building is fairly easy for a movie crew to do. Add in a bizarre sex scene where Tommy appears to get freaky with his female co-star’s stomach of all places and yeah, you’ve got a bomb that later became a cult classic, just because people have so much fun goofing on it.
Tommy Wiseau was over the hill, odd and awkward, using an accent no one could quite place, but somehow he teamed up with a much younger acting class student to get his movie made.
Yes, his movie sucked but then again, here’s a question for you. Where’s your movie? Yes, Tommy’s movie sucked the big sucker, but he can say he made a movie. You should also strive to make a good movie but getting the movie made is half the battle.
James Franco’s, “The Disaster Artist” tells the story of how “The Room” was made. Honestly, I don’t think I have 2 hours to devote to watching the room. There are “worst of the Room” clips on YouTube that tell me what I need to know. Somehow, this movie about the movie looks like it will be good.
I always like it when an underdog somehow comes out ahead. Ironically, this film will probably give Wiseau more fame than the sucky film he made.
When I was a kid, I loved the “Rampage” video game. It was popular as an arcade game and later they made console versions. You played as your choice of a giant ape, lizard, or werewolf and you made your character climb buildings, bash them, eat people, complete mayhem and destruction. It was all very cartoonish with humor, i.e. you could eat people while they were sitting on the toilet. Your character was usually a human that turned into a monster, so if you were injured, you’d turn into a human without clothes and slink away embarrassed.
With the occasional exception, video game based movies usually suck. So, when I heard they were making a “Rampage” video game, I thought Hollywood was really scraping the bottom of the barrel. I mean, the game was fun, but it was pretty mindless and devoid of any plot whatsoever.
Then I saw the trailer and I have to admit, it looks pretty awesome. Partly because they went all out with the special effects, but mostly because of the Rock. From GI Joe to Fast and Furious, The Rock saves all.
The Kingsman is back. After a couple years, Eggsy (Taron Egerton) is back with Colin Firth and his band of British gentlemen spies.
I’m not entirely sure of the plot. However, the trailer reveals a plethora of celebrities. This is usually the case with a film like this. When the original outperforms expectations, every actor and actress and their cousin wants to be a part of the sequel.
Hey 3.5 readers. The movie trailer is out for The Last Jedi.
It’s mostly Rey doing some Karate Kid style training while Luke channels Mr. Miyagi.
One note: Luke does say something like “this is the end of the Jedi” or something. I hope they don’t actually end the Jedi and try to make some kind of “other” space warrior in future Star Wars films.
We want Jedis and we will only accept Jedis.
You 3.5 readers didn’t believe me when I said this title means that an end to the Jedi is likely but, um, yeah, I think they’re killing off the Jedi and if they do, then why bother keeping up with the franchise?