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Thu
18
May

COVENANT: Alien, Yet Familiar

Alien Covenant

ALIEN: COVENANT is the next installment in what has become the ALIEN Prequel series. Taking place in the year 2104 (roughly ten years after Ridley Scott’s PROMETHEUS occurs) it is supposed to bring us closer to the starting point of ALIEN, which starts around 2122. How much closer it brings us is sort of a conundrum for me, because with roughly 18 years left in the time line gap, some major questions still need to be answered for me. I would say would take at least one more movie, maybe two.

I will do my best not to give away any spoilers here.

Mon
08
May

Men of Steel: The best actors to have played Superman

Superman Actors

Photo: "Superman Through the Ages" (CC BY-SA 2.0) by Helgi Halldórsson/Freddi
 

Ahead of this year’s long-awaited JUSTICE LEAGUE movie, which features yet another appearance for Henry Cavill as the Man of Steel, we’re here to take a quick look at the few men lucky enough to pull on those famous red underpants for either TV or the silver screen.

The storied history of the Superman character now spans over 80 years, and it’s safe to say there have been quite a few portrayals during that time. Originally conceived by writer Jerry Siegel and illustrator Joe Shuster as a comic book strip, it took a little over a decade before Superman made the all-important leap into the world of cinema.

Fri
05
May

GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL. 2 brings the fun you want and expect from James Gunn

Let me get something off my chest right from the start: all reviews are not created equally. A boutique website like CriticalBlast.com is typically invited to attend a press screening 1 to 10 days in advance and our reviews are subject to an embargo until the day of release. I’m fine with that, for the most part. Sure the site would get more hits if we were among the very first to get our article up, but there’s a decent percentage of moviegoers who can be swayed by reviews and word-of-mouth buzz, to both the benefit and detriment of the film. The benefits are most obvious around Oscar time, when films nobody’s even heard of are suddenly everyone’s darlings, and the opposite effect is often seen when a mediocre film gets savaged in reviews and the director takes to social media like a petulant little…well, like Donald Trump.

Thu
20
Apr

Could Transformers be the longest-running movie franchise ever?

Bumblebee from Transformers

Whilst it might not have captured the public imagination in the ways that the Star Wars or Avengers movies have, it seems that the Transformers franchise is going from strength to strength.

This is because it was recently reported that the Transformers movies’ creator, Michael Bay, said that there could be up to 14 new stories to emerge from the franchise.

The amazing announcement was made ahead of a preview for the forthcoming Transformers: The Last Knight movie that’s due to come to our multiplexes in June 2017.

Amongst the incredible 14 new movies will be spin-offs that focus on favourite characters like Bumblebee, and whilst they are unlikely to see Bay in the director’s chair, they will all expect to feature the film-maker’s gift for cinematic excess.

Fri
14
Apr

Was the Meaning Behind 'The Last Jedi' Revealed Today?

During the Star Wars Celebration, Rian Johnson and Kathleen Kennedy revealed a poster for the movie which may have revealed the relationship between Luke and Rey.

And that's not even the big news!

A lot of questions were asked during the panel but nobody had to answer any hard pressing questions, other than Josh Gad jokingly asking Daisy Ridley and BB-8 who Rey is related to. Before they left the stage though, Rian played a teaser for the audience that went a little something like this...

Tue
11
Apr

Enter the Warriors Gate is for Popcorn Loving Nerds

ENTER THE WARRIORS GATE is a certifiable bomb. It probably won't even score above 30% on Rotten Tomatoes. As a matter of fact it already opened in China to a paltry $3.2 million; which means I can say without a shadow of a doubt that Luc Besson made this movie for me.

A trailer for the movie, whose most recognizable actor isn't even its main character, takes us on a journey that gamers would appreciate.

Just read the plot synopsis so you understand what I mean:

Mon
10
Apr

Thor: Ragnarok. Did They Really Just Do That?

Ragnarok and Roll!

The Internet is buzzing today with the release of the trailer for perhaps the least anticipated film from the Marvel Cinematic Universe: THOR RAGNAROK.

So before we tell you about it. why don't you just watch it for yourself?

The first thing I have to ask is: Did Thor really just pull a record-scratch/freeze-frame meme to introduce his trailer? Seriously? Who knew Thor was that up on his 4chan? He may be a God of Thunder in Asgard, but he's a full-on /b/tard when he's slumming it in Midgard.

The next thing I want to know is what makes Hela so worthy to be able to pick up Mjolnir? Okay, technically she didn't "pick it up" so much as caught it in mid-flight, but still.

And finally -- "He's a friend from work?" What, The Avengers is just another day at the office for the Norse god?

Sun
02
Apr

FENCES: A Heart-Wrenching Story of Family and Confinement

Fences

“Some people build fences to keep people out – and other people build fences to keep people in.”

Based on August Wilson's renowned play, FENCES is a stunning, heart-wrenching portrait of a family and a story about feeling trapped in your life.

There’s an old bit of writing advice that I’ve always liked: your character doesn’t need to be likable to hold the audience’s attention – they need to be compelling. FENCES is a prime example of this.

Fri
24
Mar

Is a Superman Reveal up Next for Justice League?

On Thursday, the Justice Leauge hype train left the station and the time of this article it has become more powerful than a locomotive.

With each teaser trailer and poster reveal, a new member of the Justice League has been featured. So far we have:

  • Aquaman
  • Batman
  • The Flash
  • Wonder Woman
  • Cyborg
  • ???

Fri
24
Mar

More Justice League Posters!

Yesterday, I was critical about the first poster I had seen for JUSTICE LEAGUE.  I always try to be fair.  Since they released that poster, they have started to release character focused covers.  So far, we have Batman, Aquaman, Flash, Wonder Woman, and Cyborg.  These posters are MUCH cooler than the strange JL logo poster. 

Now, here's a question...will we get a Superman poster?  Superman was killed at the end of BATMAN VS SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE.  We are all pretty sure he will be in JUSTICE LEAGUE, but what do you do for promotion?  Do you feature Superman, which would be a major spoiler.  Or do you leave Superman off, which could be taking away one of your biggest promotional tools?  I'm pretty curious how WB will come down on this.

Fri
24
Mar

We're Power Rangers?

Power Rangers
Growing up I was a closet POWER RANGERS fan. When the show originally debuted, it was not cool in any way shape or form to like the show, talk about the show, or admit that you watched the show. So I sat in the corner and watched over my younger sister's shoulder as she watched the awesome martial arts, cool armor, and massive Zords (the prehistoric themed vehicles) clash with Rita's army. And I rolled my eyes. Because if you were going to be in the same room as a TV airing POWER RANGERS, you must roll your eyes.
 
Thu
23
Mar

JUSTICE LEAGUE Movie Marketing Goes VIRAL

With the release of a teaser for the Justice League trailer prepared to drop this Saturday, the vial marketing campaign for the DC blockbuster movie is ramping up.

So far what we've seen has been focused on Aquaman, King of Atlantis, with Jason Momoa's portrayal of the character on full display in a standalone poster. We expect that the other 5 members will get the same poster treatment over time.

Thu
23
Mar

First Look at Justice League movie poster

Warner Bros posted this on Facebook this morning.  It's not particularly exciting, and I don't think it will grab all that many people.  I am not sure how well the public would know the name Justice League.  Just throwing a highly stylized JL up on a poster, I don't think the general public will even know what they are looking at here.

I think they would have been better off showing the characters, but that may just be me.  Warner Bros continues to have questionable marketing choices when it comes to their cinematic universe.


Sat
18
Mar

Will Shaw Is Marvelous In The Kirkwood Theatre Guild's WITNESS FOR THE PROSECUTION

WITNESS FOR THE PROSECUTION Image Credit: Kirkwood Theatre Guild, courtesy of Dani Mann

What can you say about Agatha Christie that hasn’t been said a thousand times? I mean, when your books are only outsold by the Holy Bible and that lousy hack William Shakespeare, that’s pretty much all there is to say. I’ve read a number of her stories, mostly the ones revolving around Hercule Poirot or Mrs. Marple. I have somehow managed to neither read WITNESS FOR THE PROSECUTION nor seen it performed until tonight, presented by The Kirkwood Theatre Guild. I don’t know what I was waiting for—I love a good courtroom drama.

Wed
15
Mar

Fall in Love with Beauty and the Beast... Again

Beauty and the Beast

I have a confession. BEAUTY AND THE BEAST is not my favorite Disney movie. While it's also far from my least, the original probably ranks in my top five animated favorites. That said, the live action version starring Emma Watson as Belle and Dan Stevens as the Beast will make you fall in the love with the story and the characters all over again.

Watson is charming, fierce, and courageous. She embodies every aspect of Belle and is everything you could possibly want and more from the iconic Disney Princess. Stevens is the tortured and angry, self-loathing Beast in every way, and Gaston is still the pompous villain you love to hate and roll your eyes at. All the characters from the villagers (including Gaston's sidekick, LeFou) to the loveable household items Mrs. Potts, Lumiere, Cogsworth, and even the tiny teacup named Chip, felt so real in this adaptation. It's a world that sucks you in and makes you want to be a part of it.

Tue
14
Mar

The Tricky Relationship Between Movie Franchises and Gaming

Image via @Marksman

Image source: Marksman via Twitter

If the huge success of Marvel’s cinematic universe has led to one thing, it is the desire of big film studios to have a ‘franchise’. Now everyone wants a successful ‘tent-pole’ franchise of interlinked films, whether it is Warner Bros trying to create a DC Comics version of Marvel’s success, Fox looking to develop more Alien films or Universal pushing out yet another THE FAST AND THE FURIOUS film.

Of course the films are just one part of the pulling power of these franchises, with studios looking to take big-screen success into other areas including merchandise and gaming. The aim is simple – to leverage the brand recognition of a franchise to attract fans to new experiences.

However, taking a film into the gaming world is not always as easy as it sounds. It is possible, although not always in the genre of games that you might expect.

Mon
13
Mar

Rumor Mill: Man of Steel's Henry Cavill Has Found Hal Jordan

Has Kal found Hal? If you enjoy a good conspiracy then we've got a juicy one for you!

File this one under EXTREME SPECULATION but given the clues, it's not out of the realm of possibility that Henry Cavill being spotted in a gym with Nathan Fillion could mean more than just a random encounter. On February 28th, Henry Cavill posted a couple of interesting pictures to his Instagram account:

His dog, 'Kal', staring out the window with an interesting caption:

Fri
10
Mar

New Wonder Woman Trailer Drops Tomorrow!

Fasten your bracelets, adjust your tiara and draw your sword a new trailer for this summer's WONDER WOMAN is slated to drop tomorrow!

The official Wonder Woman twitter account (@WonderWomanFilm) released a brief 15 second video as a teaser for the new trailer. "All's fair in war and wonder" the teaser featured an action packed swordfight between Diana and another combatant that ended in a massive...well, check out the teaser to find out!

All is fair in war and wonder. New trailer for #WonderWoman arrives TOMORROW. pic.twitter.com/SmjL5HEEC2

Thu
23
Feb

Deadpool Kills Competition for Best Film of 2016

Deadpool wins Best Film of 2016

2016 was a great year for movies if you're into geek culture. Superheroes seemed to dominate, with DOCTOR STRANGE, CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR, BATMAN V. SUPERMAN, and SUICIDE SQUAD. Not counting the Marvel Cinematic Universe entries, Disney also gave us animated greats like ZOOTOPIA and MOANA, and Harry Potter fans got another helping of J.K.

Wed
22
Feb

Best Actor of 2016 Awarded to Ryan Reynolds

This looks like a job for Deadpool!

Continuing our series of announcements from our Best of 2016 Readers' Poll, we approach the Best Actor of 2016.

The nominees for this award included Tilda Swinton (DOCTOR STRAGE), Jesse Eisenberg (BATMAN V. SUPERMAN), Chris Evans (CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR), Kate McKinnon (GHOSTBUSTERS), Eddie Redmayne (FANTASTIC BEASTS AND WHERE TO FIND THEM), Ben Affleck (BATMAN V. SUPERMAN), Jeff Bridges (HELL OR HIGH WATER), and Benedict Cumberbatch (DOCTOR STRANGE).

None of these heroes (or villains) however were able to surmount the huge turnout of reader ballots that lapdanced their way across the lap of that Merc with a Mouth, the unkillable killer, Deadpool, portrayed with perfect smartass attitude and comedic style by Ryan (Green Who?) Reynolds!

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