Spider-Man: Far from Home Trailer 01/15/2019

Dug’s thoughts on this trailer

Spider-Man: Far from Home Trailer

The trailer for Spider-Man: Far from Home dropped January 15th and after watching a couple of times, and from what I’ve gathered from some of the information on this movie that’s been rumored and confirmed, I’m thinking the various villains we see in this trailer are the Elementals, a group of beings who have elemental powers. Now, the rumor is that Spider-Man and Mysterio would actually be teaming up to battle the villains, and there is definitely some allusion to that in the trailer.

However, it doesn’t make sense that Mysterio and Spidey would be instant buddies even in a movie adaptation. I’m guessing either they start out as enemies and end up helping each other. Or, perhaps the villains we see in the trailer are simply just illusions conjured up by Mysterio in an effort to trick the web-crawler (and the millions watching the trailer) and take him down? Most trailers and especially the Marvel one’s are always full of misdirection, and what better movie trailer to have misdirection in, than one where you have your very own special effects wizard and stunt man as the main villain. Marvel and Sony should have a lot of fun teasing fans in this way, in the trailers that are to come before the film’s release July 5, 2019.


This Journey is a pursuit of the unknown.

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Ensign Harry Kim: “…maybe it’s not the destination that matters”. “Maybe it’s the journey”. “If that journey takes a little longer, so we can do something we all believe in, I can’t think of any place I’d rather be, or any people I’d rather be with”.

– Star Trek: Voyager Season 7, Episode 26 Endgame Part 2 – May 2001

News Recap for the Week of Jan. 7, 2019 – Jan. 13, 2019

The Hollywood Reporter is reporting that three of the voice cast from the animated Justice League Unlimited will reunite for the upcoming Justice League vs. The Fatal Five animated movie.

While at the Golden Globes, Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige talked with MTV News saying director Adam McKay already has a working relationship with the studio and that he’s looking forward to discussing a Silver Surfer movie with McKay, who’s expressed a desire to make said Silver Surfer movie

Variety reported that Dave Bautista (Guardians of the Galaxy) has signed on for an unspecified role in Legendary’s Dune reboot movie. The Dune reboot is being directed by acclaimed director Denis Villeneuve. Velleneuve directed 2016’s Arrival; and 2017’s Blade Runner 2049 whom Villeneuve worked with Bautista.

Variety reported Sony has hired screenwriter Kelly Marcel to return for Venom 2.

Per a report by the New York Times, Sony is considering animated tv shows based on characters from Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse.

Reportedly, British director S.J. Clarkson (Jessica Jones, Orange is the New Black, & Dexter) has been chosen to direct the pilot of the Game of Thrones prequel. EW has reported that a number of actors have joined the series as well, including Naomi Watts.

Paramount Pictures has decided not to move forward with Star Trek 4, shelving the project entirely, at least for now.

DC Animation to turn Superman: Red Son into a film. Red Son is a DC comic story that depicted what would’ve happened if Kal-El had crashed landed in the Soviet Union instead of Smallville.

CinemaBlend reported that Marvel producer Jonathan Schwartz confirmed there have been discussions behind the scenes about the possibility of adapting Secret Invasion, the Marvel comic book crossover storyline from 2008. Secret Invasion involved an invasion of Earth by alien shapeshifters known as the Skrulls. The Skrulls are to be featured heavily in the upcoming Marvel movie Captain Marvel. Captain Marvel arrives in theaters March 8, 2019.

Deadline reported that producer/writer Geoff Johns (story writer of 2018’s Aquaman) is working on a script to reinvent Green Lantern

The Disney channel is renewing Star Wars Resistance for a second season.

Stellan Skarsgard (Thor, The Avengers, The Man Who Killed Don Quixote) has joined the cast of Dune as Villain Baron Harkonnen.

Captain Marvel screenplay writer Jac Schaeffer has been hired as showrunner for the upcoming Disney streaming service’s series Vision and the Scarlet Witch.

First reviews came in for M. Night Shyamalan’s “Glass” and critics were not happy, with some calling it “a letdown (USA Today), and IndieWire calling Glass Shyamalan’s biggest disappointment of his career. Glass opens in theaters January 18, 2019.

MIB International writers Marcum and Holloway have been hired by Mattel and Sony Pictures to write the He-Man and the Masters of the Universe reboot.

A new trailer for Alita Battle Angel was released, this time featuring James Cameron advising fans that the best way to experience the cutting-edge science-fiction movie is on a big screen with the best possible sound. Altia Battle Angel hits theaters February 14, 2019.


Discussing Film reported that Jaimie Alexander’s Lady Sif, Asguardian warrior friend of Thor, is getting her own TV series and is said to be in early development.

A report from Film Journo Daniel Richtman on the 20th Century Fox/Disney merger, indicates that development of previously proposed Marvel films at Fox is ending. Both Dark Phoenix and The New Mutants, however, are still going to be released this year.

Replicas 2018 – Thriller/Fantasy 1h 47m Movie Review

by Douglas Montgomery II

Have you ever watched a movie and thought to yourself, “how in the world did this movie get made”? Or wondered, “what movie executive let this happen”? If so, then Replicas, starring Keanu Reeves is just the movie to elicit such questions. Replicas is so awful, and there are so many bad things in this movie, it’s difficult to select just one or two from an assortment of poor acting, plot holes, unrealistic situations, etc, etc.

Replicas’s set up is simple, but nothing we really haven’t seen before. Scientist Will Foster played by Keanu Reeves, works for a Research company, Biodyne Industries, who are experimenting with moving a recently deceased individual’s mind/consciousness into a robot. Okay, I’m interested. Well, the crux of this movie is built around Will Foster’s wife and children dying in a car accident, and he of course grief stricken (however, unconvincingly) will use the very experiments he’s been championing, to move his family’s minds into…..clones of his family. Yes, I said clones, not robots. As it conveniently turns out, not only is Biodyne moving minds into robots as we’re initially told, but they can also clone people.

From here we’re treated with a series of plot devices that are all over the place and often make no sense, but are simply inserted to get to the movie’s ultimate ending that this movie goer could not wait to arrive. Along the way we get some “replicated” (pun intended) special effects that you’ll recognize immediately from the likes of 2002’s Minority Report and 2008’s Iron Man. And while these effects are nice to look at on the screen, their hardly remarkable.

I could go on and on with things to pick at in Replicas, but why bother, I’m sure you get the point. One thing to note that I did ponder is what has happened to Keanu Reeves and his movie choices? I mean where is the Keanu Reeves from 1988’s Dangerous Liasons, 1992’s Bram Stoker’s Dracula, 1994’s Speed, and of course the Matrix trilogy?

I prefer to tell anyone to go check out a movie and judge for themselves. But that recommendation will not be happening this go round. I advise if you want to see this movie, wait until it shows up on NetFlix or some other platform. Otherwise, the descriptions I’ve provided, and the questions I’ve pondered here will be sadly “replicated”.

The Journey to your destiny is paved with uncertainty

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Spock: “History is replete with turning points, Lieutenant. You must have faith”.

Valeris: “Faith”?

Spock: “That the universe will unfold as it should”.

– Spock to Lieutinant Valeris – Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country 1991

News Recap-Week of Dec. 31-18 to Jan. 06-19

“Spawn” creator Todd McFarlane confirmed to Nerdist that the upcoming adaptation of Spawn (set up at Blumhouse) will be a dark supernatural horror film, with quote “No Joy”.

Spider-Verse producer/writer Phil Lord advised to a fan on Twitter that if Spider-Verse crosses $200 million domestic box office he would include Japanese Spider-Man in the Spider-Verse sequel.

Spider-Verse co-director Bob Persichetti talked to Collider and said there is at least 10 minutes of fully animated deleted scenes out there.

THR reported that Matt Reeves (Director of 2 Planet of the Apes films) is targeting a November 2019 date to begin shooting The Batman for Warner Bros.. Reeves has confirmed that The Batman is not an origin story or an adaptation of Frank Miller’s Year One comic.

M.Night Shyamalan revealed in an interview with Fandago that cut footage from 2000’s Unbreakable will be tied into Glass, the sequel to Split.

Disney Studio’s chief Bob Iger has stated that no Star Wars movies will be made for Disney’s new upcoming streaming service Disney+.

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse won Best Motion Picture – Animated, at the 76th Golden Globe Awards.

The “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” spin-off series starring Diego Luna as Cassian Andor is reportedly being scheduled to begin production in October 2019. The series will premiere on Disney+, Disney’s upcoming streaming service.

343 Industries provided an update on the status of Showtime’s live-action Halo series, revealing, per the studio head of Transmedia, that production is moving quickly, and they are talking to potential directors for episodes. Ten episodes of the Halo series have been ordered.

HBO revealed new footage of Game of Thrones final season on a HBO series trailer during the 76th Annual Golden Globe Awards.

Aquaman – Fantasy/Science Fiction – 2h 22m Movie Review

by Douglas Montgomery II

From the pages of DC comics, to your local theater, Aquaman splashes onto the big screen like a tidal wave! And though technically, Aquaman was introduced in 2017’s Justice League, this is his debut and what a spectacular debut it is! Although it’s not perfect, as DC has had some missteps with some of it’s live action adaptations. Aquaman joins the DC ranks of 2017’s Wonder Woman, 2013’s Man of Steel, and yes even 2005’s Batman Begins, as solid, outstanding super-hero origin movies.

Let me get the imperfections quickly out of the way. My quibble, and singular complaint with Aquaman is the first act. The first 30 to 45 minutes of this movie moves so fast, with so much thrown at you, I felt like I was drowning and gasping for breath. The pacing, and initial story telling is a little all over the place and needed to slow down a bit. So many characters are thrown at you in the span of a half hour, I don’t know how a non-comic fan could keep up. Bottom line, I wished the maker’s of this film would’ve allowed some build up to the spectacle you eventually receive.

Aquaman, portrayed by Jason Momoa seems born to play this role and is clearly enjoying himself as the underwater hero of the sea. He makes his first appearance quickly establishing himself as a bad ass and let’s you know what kind of power is at his disposal. Directed by James Wan, story by comic book writer Geoff Johns, Will Beall, and Wan, these guys definitely know the Aquaman mythology. And the characters are all comic book-perfection. Villain Black Manta played by Yahya Abdul-Mateen II is spot on, and so are the rest of the cast which include: Amber Heard/Mera, Willem Dafoe/Vulko, Patrick Wilson/King Orm, Nicole Kidman/Atlanna, and Dolph Lundren as King Nereus.

Aquaman is full of dazzling special effects, making the kingdom of Atlantis a character onto itself. There’s a lot to see on screen to the point you’ll need a second or third viewing just to catch all the sea life, Atlantean monsters, weapons, and underwater vehicles on display. Warner Bros clearly spared no expense depicting all things Aquaman from over 70 years of his comic book history. I also tip my hat to the fantastic costume design by Kym Barret. As well as, the art direction, which is imaginative and phenomenal to behold.

I would recommend you see it in a theater with Dolby Cinema to really appreciate all the eye candy popping before your eyes. This is one movie anyone with a fancy home theater will really appreciate once it’s released on home video. I can already see it blasting across every flat screen in Best Buy stores and to great effect! Aquaman is an extremely entertaining, popcorn flick to be sure, with some awesome effects and some absolutely bad-ass fight sequences you’ll want to see repeatedly. Any DC or Marvel comic book fan will enjoy! I know I did!

Aquaman is the king of Atlantis, the hero of the sea, and this holiday season he rules the box office Throne! Go check it out!

Bumblebee PG-13 Science Fiction/Action – 1h 54m Movie Review

by Douglas Montgomery II

One shall stand, one shall fall – Optimus Prime

     Optimus Prime’s famous line aptly applies to Bumblebee, the robotic, transforming hero and titular star of Bumblebee the movie.  Bumblebee stands very tall in fact and easily tower’s over the last few entries in the Transformers franchise.  In terms of story and characters you actually care about, Bumblebee shines in ways the other Transformer movies never did, and still delivers the robot on robot action that’s expected.

     For those of you (myself included), who are tired and burnt out of the Michael Bay/explosions every five minutes/lame humor infused movies we’ve previously gotten with this franchise, or if you’re just suffering from “Transformers fatigue”, ignore the temptation to skip seeing this movie.  Director Travis Knight and Writer Christina Hodson have delivered a truly solid Transformers movie, skillfully combining plot and intense FX action. 

     Starring Hailee Steinfeld as Charlie, John Cena as Agent Burns, Jorge Lendeborg Jr., Evil Decepticon Transformer Shatter voiced by Angela Bassett, and of course Bumblebee voiced by Dylan O’Brien, I really enjoyed this movie!  Set in 1987, featuring original Transformers such as, Optimus Prime, Soundwave, Cliffjumper, Ratchet, and Shockwave, and a slew of 80’s music and references, as a Transformer fan and product of the 80’s myself this movie hit me hard.  I found myself singing along to several popular tunes from the 1980’s, and noticed several people in the theater doing the same.

      Hailee Steinfeld is the true standout and her interactions with Bumblebee, as well as, her teenage emotional baggage sit at the very center of this movie, and brought to mind both E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial and Flight of the Navigator, both 80’s movies.  And Bumblebee is not short on action or humor.  The Transformer action sequences are intense and specifically placed exactly where they need to be, and Bumblebee shows he’s both a hero and a comedian.  I was laughing at and rooting for Bumblebee!

     Bumblebee is definitely a family affair, and a movie that both boys and girls in particular, will enjoy.  And for those looking for a Transformer battle fix you’ll enjoy this movie too!  Autobot leader Optimus Prime once said “There’s a thin line between being a hero and being a memory”.  Bumblebee is a true hero and all those other Transformer movies are now just a memory!

Go checkout Bumblebee!  Transformers!  Roll out!

Spider-Man: Into the the Spider-Verse Rated PG Fantasy/Science Fiction 1h 56m Movie Review

by Douglas Montgomery II

What’s up movie watchers!

     I had the pleasure of seeing Spider-Man:  Into the Spider-Verse over the past weekend and it was absolutely fantastic!  Or as Spider-Man is called, Amazing!

     The voice cast included among others, Liev Schreiber, Mahershala Ali, Nicolas Cage, Lily Tomlin, Chris Pine, and Shameik Moore as main character and hero, Miles Morales.  The movie sports a fresh and new animation style thanks to the animators at Sony Pictures Animation and with a reported budget of 90 million USD, the result is …..Amazing.

     As a longtime marvel comic reader and fan I must admit that I was partial to original Spider-Man’s alter ego Peter Parker, and while I had heard of Miles Morales, I’d never really embraced Morales.  Into the Spider-Verse changed that view, and Shameik Moore’s voice performance combined with a superbly written story/plot, delivers a Miles Morales with a charm that’s difficult not to embrace.  Mile Morales features all the things I’ve come to love and enjoy about Peter Parker/Spider-Man and then some!

     Spider-Verse features all things Spider-Man that I and fans of the hero have enjoyed for many, many years.  Humor, vulnerability, action, bad-ass villains, and high stakes, all set against a colorful animated canvas that’s displayed like it’s never been before.  This movie has everything for adults and children to enjoy, and included a soundtrack of hot music that drove a story that seemed to continually get better and better all the way to it’s heart-stopping, climactic, final action sequence.  And just before the unexpectedly entertaining end credits roll, you’re treated to a heart felt scene that we’ve come to expect from Spider-Man.

   Folks, I cannot say enough good things about this movie! So go out to your local theater and dive deep into the Spider-Verse!  You’ll have an amazing cinematic experience!