Trailer Round-Up – 5/13/19

Spider-Man: Far From Home

The Lodge

IT Chapter Two teaser trailer

The Secret Life of Pets 2 ‘The Busy Bee’ trailer

Where’d You Go, Bernadette trailer #2

Judy


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Avengers: Endgame Review

Avengers: Endgame movie posterSynopsis
After Thanos (Josh Brolin) successfully eliminated half of all life in the universe, the Avengers search for a way to defeat Thanos and undo his actions.

Review
And I thought Avengers: Infinity War was an event! Avengers: Endgame blows Infinity War out of the water in terms of spectacle and scope, which is saying a lot. Where Infinity War was the beginning of the end of the current Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) era (now dubbed the “Infinity Saga”), Endgame is the finite end of the era. Whether you’ve been with these characters since Iron Man in 2008 or jumped in somewhere along the way, if you’ve spent any time with these characters and formed connections to them, you will more than likely find this a gratifying conclusion to the tapestry woven over the last eleven years.

If you somehow have stayed away from the MCU until this point, this is not the time to jump in. From specific moments or plot points from previous films, the story is seeped in the history of the MCU. We are given reminders along the way of why we have fallen for and cheered for these characters over the years. If you have no idea of who the characters are, their story arcs and growth, or what they are talking about, the subtleties will probably be lost on you, and will potentially ruin those moments for you if you do decide to revisit the other films later on.

You might think that with a three hour run time this film would drag on. If you thought that, you’d be wrong. This film is three hours long but it never feels that way. Not once did I think “when will this end?” The pacing never felt too rushed or too slow. When movies run as long as Endgame does, you might think there are scenes that could be removed but every scene plays a part and serves a purpose. The entire three hours is needed to make the story feel complete. Also, each act feels unique, helping mitigate issues of repetitiveness.

The films of the MCU have been hit or miss in terms of balancing their signature humor with more dramatic moments. Endgame manages to balance the two more than most other films in the MCU. If you like the humor then there will be plenty for you to laugh at. The quips come fast and loose as you have come to expect from these films. However, when the drama needs to take front and center, it does. In other movies in the franchise, humor can undermine the quieter, intimate moments. While there are a few moments that feel weakened by an abrupt joke, for the most part, the dramatic moments are given the room they need to have the emotional impact they deserve.

Every movie in this franchise has been character driven to some extent but Endgame might be the most character driven film of them all. The entire first act is spent following the remaining Avengers and seeing how Thanos’ victory has affected them. Even during the second act when the film picks up momentum, there are still plenty of instances when the action steps back and lets the characters drive the story forward. The full three hour run time is used to satisfy those who want to see big action pieces as well as those who want the nuanced scenes as well.

As someone who sees Marvel and Star Wars films opening weekend (if not opening night), I have seen some pretty enthusiastic crowds. Yet I have never been apart of a more energetic crowd than the one I was watching this movie with. In the final act, we get the battle between the heroes and the villains that we have been waiting for. This battle is the definition of epic. It is up there with the the Battle for Helmes Deep in The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers or the Battle on Planet Doom from Ready Player One. This battle is filled with so many “hell, yeah!” moments that had everyone whooping and cheering and throwing their fists in the air. It’s events like these that makes me so happy to be a part of these fandoms.

I thought Avengers: Endgame was GREAT 😀 While I would love to go into more details, I want to stay away from spoilers on the off-chance you haven’t seen it yet. I applauded Avengers: Infinity War for its ability to bring together plot threads laid down over the previous ten years. Now, Avengers: Endgame should be applauded for its ability to give those threads a satisfying and fitting conclusion. There are a lot of emotions to be felt, particularly if you’ve kept up with the MCU since the beginning. Marvel Studios has been a Hollywood pioneer in world- and franchise-building and Avengers: Endgame is a magnificent payoff to what they have been creating all these years. Although there is still a future in the MCU, this chapter has come to a close with the biggest bang possible.

Trailer

Cast & Crew
Anthony Russo – Director
Joe Russo – Director
Christopher Markus – Writer
Stephen McFeely – Writer
Alan Silvestri – Composer

Starring literally everyone

Trailer Round-Up – 4/29/19

UglyDolls final trailer

The Hustle trailer #2

Gemini Man

Godzilla: King of the Monsters final trailer

Long Shot trailer #3

Men in Black: International trailer #2

Men in Black: International international trailer #2

21 Bridges

The Intruder final trailer

The Sun is Also a Star time :60 trailer


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The Films That Started It All!

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Hello, friends!

Today I get to talk about a fantastic subject: the movies that started my love for film and cinema. This is brought to you by the wonderful Caz from Let’s Go to the Movies and her The Film That Started It All Blogathon. I have already reviewed all of the films that “started it all” for me. So instead of a review, I will tell you about some of my early experiences with these films and why those experiences are important to me. In my about page, I briefly mention this topic but who really reads my about page anyway?

When talking about early films in my life, there are so many I could discuss. I could talk about Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: Secret of the Ooze and how I would watch it everytime I would spend the night at my Grandparents’ house. I could talk about how Jurassic Park was the first PG-13 my parents let me watch. I could talk about Ocean’s Eleven and Wild Wild West and how my best friend and I would watch those all the time together and, between the two of us, quote both of those movies in their entirety. I could talk about Million Dollar Baby and how that was the first movie that really made me consider blogging about movies because I was disappointed no one personally told me how amazing it is. But I’m not going to talk about any of that.

Depending on how long you’ve followed me and this blog, you might have an idea of what movies I will talk about. I’m going to talk about three movies. Well, two movies and a trilogy. Of course, I’m talking about Aladdin, Disney’s 31st animated feature film, Toy Story, Pixar’s groundbreaking first feature film, and the Star Wars Original Trilogy, George Lucas’ revolutionary space opera.

Before moving on, I feel like I should give you some background of Disney’s importance in my family. In short, we are a Disney family. One of my aunts had Mickey Mouse decorations all around her house. Every Christmas and birthday another aunt gets me Disney movies. We aren’t afraid to bust out the Disney Charades or the Disney Edition of Scene It? at family gatherings. Recently when shopping, I came across a game centered around Diseny songs and promptly bought it and shared my discovery with my family, which was met with resounding elation. One Halloween, my cousin and I dressed up as Aladdin and Jasmine. And currently, there is a standing Disney duet challenge between my sister and me and two of our cousins. So yea, Disney is an important part of my family and an integral piece of my life.

Aladdin movie posterHonestly, I don’t remember much about how I got into Aladdin, it came out when I was a toddler, but what I remember, and what my parents always remind me of, was how often I watched it. As soon as it was over, I would rewind it and rewatch it immediately. This was a daily occurrence in my house. Often watching it multiple times a day, multiple days a week. Since I was as a kid, it’s hard to say what exactly captured my attention about the film but I have some good guesses. First, the songs. They are so catchy and easy to dance to, especially when you aren’t aware you have no sense of rhythm. Second, Genie. Played by the one-of-a-kind Robin Williams, Genie was so energetic and funny. I didn’t get most of the pop culture references but I didn’t care. Here was this blue guy flying around on screen being funny and causing all kind of magic to happen on screen. And third, the action and adventure. Since Aladdin was a male protagonist, the film catered more towards a male audience. Where a movies like Beauty and the Beast or The Little Mermaid were more of a romance, Aladdin played out much differently. While it did have a princess, the relationship between her and Aladdan wasn’t the focus; there was much more action and a sense of adventure, which no doubt captured my young imagination.

Toy Story movie posterNot long after, another movie caught my attention. At the time, I didn’t understand how innovative Toy Story was for Hollywood and animation, I just knew I really, really enjoyed it. Like Aladdin before it, Toy Story was constantly in my VCR and played on repeat. I had already conditioned my parents to watch the same movie over and over again, so continuously watching Toy Story never phased them. The same things that drew me to Aladdin also drew me to Toy Story. The story was great, I loved the characters, and it was exciting, keeping my little kid mind occupied. Also, I couldn’t get enough of the 3D animation. Of course, the fact that Woody’s and Buzz’s and all the other toy’s owner was named Andy added greatly, too. That shared name between me and the movie’s Andy helped me form a bond and personal connection to the characters that I didn’t have with other films.

I’ve mentioned my parents several times. My dad’s influence was responsible for my obsession love of a galaxy far, far away. I wouldn’t call him a hardcore Star Wars fan, but he did enjoy them. I remember the year he received the “Faces” Original Trilogy VHS box set for his birthday. He didn’t push me to watch them but he didn’t have to. Once I watched them, I was hooked. I would regularly pop one of them, usually A New Hope or Return of the Jedi with The Empire Strikes Back sprinkled in there every now and then, after school or on the weekend. My ninth birthday was Star Wars themed, from the cake to even my presents. My dad and I shared many movie tastes but Star Wars would always be special to us. The Phantom Menace would become the first movie I saw twice in theaters. He enjoyed it so much after our first viewing he went to see it a second time and I wasn’t about to refuse because honestly, I enjoyed it quite a bit, too. After that, we would see every new Star Wars movie together. Unfortunately, he passed away before The Last Jedi was released. Given how divisive it was among fans, I would have loved to hear his opinions on it.

Over the years, my movie tastes have changed and evolved. However, my appreciation and enjoyment for action, adventure, and comedy can be traced back to these films. Many movies have influenced me as a cinefile and my love for the cinema, but you might say these are the films that started it all!

Thanks for reading! Check out the rest of the wonderful entries for Caz’s The Film That Started It All Blogathon.

Until next time, cheers!