Author: Anton Reyes

AE’s 2017 Summer Preview

The summer season is finally here, and all movie fans know to skip the beach and head to the local cinema, for this is the time of year to feel glorious excitement in the form of moving pictures. There’s no need for summer road trips when cinema can transport you to wild, fascinating places like outer space, or significant eras of human history, or pubescent Tom Holland’s New York apartment. The summer movie season has got it all. These are the movies audiences have been hyped to see for months on end (as well as the movies that studios...

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Five Ideal Directors for ‘Venom’

As predicted by Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn, Hollywood is learning the wrong lessons after the success of the very bloody, very rated R Deadpool film. Gunn warned of the possibility of greenlit R-rated superhero films that’ll try to be “like Deadpool.” The first confirmation of that came a few weeks ago when Sony Pictures announced their upcoming Venom movie for an October 2018 release. The film will have no connection to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, which Venom foe Spider-Man is currently a resident of, and will aim to be very rated R. This news is strange...

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Mighty Avengers Return in the Thor: Ragnarok Trailer

Here’s our first look at footage from Taika Waititi’s highly-anticipated Marvel film, Thor: Ragnarok! By Odin’s beard, is this what post-Mad Max: Fury Road superhero movies look like? If so, I’m ready for the Bifrost to take me, because Thor: Ragnarok looks transcendent. If the weirdness of that opening sentence didn’t turn you off, neither will Taika Waititi’s take on the Thor mythology, as it’s showcased here in the first Thor: Ragnarok trailer. After trying Thor out in the Shakespearean drama and fantasy-adventure genres, Marvel Studios seems to be trusting Waititi with taking the God of Thunder to the realm of absurd science-fiction, and this trailer has...

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Live Cargo is Black-and-White Psychedelia

Overview: After a devastating loss, a young couple visit an island for a tropical getaway, but are confronted by personal and societal conflicts instead. Gunpowder & Sky; 2017; Rated PG-13; 88 minutes. Stone Cold Open: The cold open montage of Director Logan Sandler’s Live Cargo relies heavily on images (sometimes coupling images without apparent connection) to establish moods and ideas that will be explored throughout the film. The first three shots of the film are establishing shots of the island that depict it as a sinister and troublesome place to be. Following this is the montage that depicts the...

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Disney’s Live-Action Remakes: The Good, the Bad, and the Boring

Aside from resurrecting the Star Wars franchise and creating the biggest television series ever with the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the Walt Disney Motion Picture Company has found another way of dragging audiences to the theater for “must-see” events: live-action remakes of their classic animated films. Not to sound overly cynical, because there are positives and negatives (and annoyingly neutrals) to Disney’s new approach to earning money, and I’m here to categorize them accordingly. Hopefully, this list highlights what should be praised, criticized and forgotten about Disney’s live-action remakes. The executives of Disney probably won’t read this, but it’s nice to...

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