Author: Anton Reyes

Five Best and Worst Moments of Game of Thrones

“Night gathers, and now my Watch begins,” are the words I shall be uttering when I tune in to the Season Six premiere of Game of Thrones this coming Sunday. The series that has always delivered a large-in-scope, medieval/fantasy drama is coming back. Fans are eager to see the show delve into uncharted waters now that it has passed the source material of Author George R. R. Martin. If the past five years have been any indication, fans are in for treats, surprises, and hopefully, more pay-off. No show has launched more fan reaction videos and responsive social media...

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Breakout Stars of Game of Thrones

In the fictional land of Westeros, ultimate power is to be found on the Iron Throne. The road to obtaining said power is full of deceit, bloodshed, and otherworldly struggle. Any character wishing to take the Iron Throne for themselves is most likely to end up dead – fan favorite or not. Fortunately for the actors playing these parts, rising to fame is much easier and safer in our world than in Westeros. Game of Thrones has been running on television for five years now, and it’s built up a pretty remarkable cast over its six seasons. From Peter...

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Weekly Roundup: Now THIS is Horse Racing

News Roundup The Ben-Hur remake gets a first trailer and poster. Now THIS is horse racing. (Paramount Pictures) Indiana Jones 5 is a go. (Disney/Lucasfilm) In other Harrison Ford related news, they’ve narrowed down the young Han Solo casting race to Taron Egerton, Jack Reynor and Alden Ehrenreich. Would that it were so simple. (THR) Tim Burton’s Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children gets a first trailer and poster. (20th Century Fox) The Crow reboot loses yet another director, Corin Hardy. (The Wrap) Wonder Woman screenwriter Jason Fuchs will take a stab at writing the Lobo movie. (The Wrap) The second...

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Is it Still One of the Worst?: Elektra

Prior the release of Daredevil season one last year, I revisited the 2003 Daredevil film to see if it still deserved to be regarded as one of the most disappointing film adaptations of a comic book character. And it still does. Now, prior to the release of Daredevil season two and the introduction of Elektra and the Hand to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, I’ve watched the spin-off film Elektra to see if it too deserved to be viewed as one of the worst comic book movies ever made. Elektra starts off with the makings of a decent movie and...

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Box Office Roundup: 10 Zootopia Lane

Weekend Box Office Disney’s Zootopia herded in $51.34 million for its second weekend. Domestically, the critically-acclaimed film is doing outstanding, having grossed $143.96 million in its 10 days of release. J.J. Abrams’ secretly-produced Cloverfield sequel, 10 Cloverfield Lane, opened to $24.70 million. That is a huge drop off from the $40.06 million opening of 2008’s Cloverfield, but the film was not expected to be a tentpole successor to that. With a $15 million budget, and the strong positive reception, the film should go on to be another success for Bad Robot Productions. Deadpool ended its first month of release...

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Agent Carter Season Two is a Jolly, Meaningless Adventure

Overview: Agent Carter travels to Los Angeles to solve a murder mystery. 2015; ABC Studios/Marvel Television; TV-14; 10 episodes Better Angels: Agent Carter built itself a stable foundation with a freshman season that promoted a supporting film character into a sustainable, compelling television lead character. This promotion permitted a stylish, retro corner of the Marvel Cinematic Universe as a background for any number of seasons. However, the execution of the show’s sophomore season makes viewers re-question if the lead character’s post-war adventures are worth exploring at all. The series seems to have lost the drive that made the first...

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Box Office Roundup: Zootopia Has Risen

Weekend Box Office The sly red fox and the bunny jumped to the top of the box office this weekend. Disney’s Zootopia debuted at $75.06 million, making it the biggest opening weekend for Walt Disney Animation Studios. The film has also become the fourth biggest debut for a film in March, behind Oz the Great and Powerful ($79.11 million), Alice in Wonderland ($116.10 million), and The Hunger Games ($152.53 million). It’s a fantastic opening weekend, and given the strong critical reaction, the film should hold up really well for the rest of the month. London Has Fallen also debuted...

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Box Office Roundup: Deadpool Beats Gods

Weekend Box Office Deadpool came in at first place for the third weekend in a row, with $31.12 million. The R-rated superhero film has a current domestic gross of $285.25 million, making it the third highest grossing R-rated film of all-time. It has a slim shot at passing American Sniper ($350 million) and The Passion of the Christ ($370 million), given March competition such as Zootopia, London Has Fallen, and Batman v. Superman, but third highest-grossing R-rated film and highest-grossing X-Men film is certainly something Fox is already proud of. Falling way back in second place is Gods of...

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Live Updates of the 88th Academy Awards Winners

The 88th Annual Academy Awards are underway at the Dolby theater in Los Angeles. The nominees, presenters, and attending stars are finishing up their red carpet entrances. The awards are voted upon and the ceremony is presided over by Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Tonight’s ceremony is hosted by Chris Rock, potentially the perfect host given the recent controversy over the racial exclusion in the most important nomination categories. Many will be watching to see how the broadcast reacts to the criticism and amends for the exclusion. Others will want to see if Leonardo DiCaprio finally gets his long-earned...

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Zootopia Is Intelligent and Relevant

Overview: A bunny cop and a sly fox must partner up to solve a missing persons case. Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures; 2016; PG; 108 minutes. Bunny Cop Crime: Besides the fact that Zootopia is an animated film starring animals, it follows the standard structure of an effective buddy cop adventure. The straight-laced protagonist is forced to pair up with a person who goes against their principles in order to crack a case. However, the case turns out to have a much larger scope than expected, and the duo must take matters into their own hands. It’s a classic formula that...

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How to Be Single Is A Compelling Rom-Com

Overview: Six people learn what it takes to be single in New York City. Warner Bros. Pictures; 2016; Rated R; 109 minutes. Picture Perfect: How to Be Single offers one of the better attempts at visual humor from an American studio comedy in recent memory. We usually get films that excel at visual comedy from filmmakers like Edgar Wright and Wes Anderson, but relatively new director Christian Ditter succeeds at letting the visuals of the film tell the story and energize the film. You get a brief introduction of each of the characters involved in the ensuing drama through visual language...

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You Know Their Names: If More Movies Were Titled After Their Protagonists

It’s not very often a movie character’s name is strong enough to carry the film’s marketing and reputation. Every once in a while, we’ll get a movie after people whose names are legend, such as Rocky Balboa, Hitchcock, or Elizabeth. There are even some character names that are just too good to pass up, which is why we get films titled John Wick or Donnie Darko. However, marketing departments can get lazy with their sequel titles, opting to go with the famous character’s name instead of continuing the string of ear-catching and unique titles; such is the case with...

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Box Office Roundup: Everybody was Kung Fu Fighting

Weekend Box Office Kung Fu Panda 3 beat out all competitors at the weekend’s box office, grossing $41.28 million. Its weekend performance has made it the third biggest January release ever, unadjusted for inflation, only behind Ride Along ($41.52 million) and American Sniper ($89.27 million). However, the three-quel did open below expectations and 13% below the $47.66 million opening of Kung Fu Panda 2 in 2011. Even with a softer-than-expected opening, the film should hold strong over the next few weeks due to its positive reception and the lack of animated features. Coming in at a distant second place...

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Box Office Roundup: DiCaprio Beats Another Storm

Weekend Box Office Some snow can’t stop Leonardo DiCaprio. The Revenant came in first this weekend with a $16.01 million gross. That’s a 50% drop from last week, as the overall box office took a hit from Winter Storm Jonas this past weekend, but Alejandro G. Iñárritu’s film still managed to beat all new comers for the top spot. Probably because of experience from all the publicized hardships endured on set. The Revenant’s total domestic gross is at $119.20 million. That makes it the third highest-grossing film nominated for Best Picture at this year’s Oscars, behind The Martian and...

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The Force Awakens in a Dark & Burdened Climax

A month after its release, there continues to be much discussion about Star Wars: The Force Awakens having borrowed multiple plot elements and devices from one of its predecessors, Episode IV: A New Hope. Fans aren’t denying it, and Director J. J. Abrams concedes that this was his initial plan to reintroduce the property to a new generation of fans. It’s easy to dismiss The Force Awakens as an A New Hope rehash again, but then easy to get excited for Episode VIII, which most fans are assuming will be the Empire Strikes Back (or “the dark one”) of the new trilogy. However, to...

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