First BUMBLEBEE Trailer Teases Humble Beginnings

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From a mission to retrieve a pair of glasses to all out planetary warfare, the Transformers franchise seems to be moving in a less explosive plan of attack featured here in the first teaser trailer of Bumbleebee. A prequel set in 1987, the decade the original animated series arrived on the scene, the film looks to explore the relationship between the titular character and a girl who believes she’s getting a new car. Check out the trailer after the jump. Continue reading

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John Krasinski’s A QUIET PLACE Creeps onto Blu-ray July 10

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Director John Krasinski’s “sensationally gripping” (Justin Chang, Los Angeles Times), “heart-pounding” (Stephen Whitty, New York Daily News) and “mind-blowingly tense” (Isaac Feldberg, The Boston Globe) film A QUIET PLACE debuts on Digital June 26, 2018 and on 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack, Blu-ray Combo Pack and DVD July 10 from Paramount Home Media Distribution. Continue reading

Paramount’s ANNIHILATION on Blu-ray May 29 and Digital HD May 22

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Hailed as “a masterpiece” (Chris Evangelista, Slash Film) and “a mind-blowing experience” (Peter Travers, Rolling Stone), director Alex Garland’s (Ex Machina) Annihilation debuts on Blu-ray Combo Pack and DVD May 29, 2018 from Paramount Home Media Distribution. The film arrives on Digital May 22. Continue reading

Blu-ray Review: ARRIVAL

While the sheeple of Earth may never truly know if life outside our own has made first contact, I’ve always pondered over how the scenario would play out on a global scale. And in the crazy times we live in, that thought has crossed my mind more frequently than ever. Thankfully, Arrival has made first contact.

Of course there’s Independence Day, The Day the Earth Stood Still, Mars Attacks, and War of the Worlds among others, but they narrowly focus on aggressive aliens threatening our planet and how the two-time, undefeated, back-to-back World War champions from the United States of America must find a way to put an end to their existence. Then on the other side of the coin we have Contact, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, and The Abyss approaching the situation with no aggression, but very intimately and impacting only a certain group of people and not the world. Arrival bridges the gap of the entire spectrum of first encounter cinema and absolutely sticks the landing.

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Its well-crafted narrative blends science fiction into a political thriller with a sense of urgency unmatched by the big popcorn blockbusters of its ilk. The tension it so carefully builds reaches incredible heights all the way up to the final moments of the film thanks to the varying degrees of cultural perspective in handling the global encounter. The many layers of Arrival evoke a satisfying thirst of Inception-esque conversation as it delicately balances its enriched themes without feeling overstuffed, preachy, or derivative, which help lead up to its powerful ending.

Director Denis Villenueve is no stranger to this caliber of storytelling as seen from his earlier work in Sicario and Prisoners. Not only has he assembled a stellar cast led by Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner, and Forest Whitaker – of which Adams was completely snubbed from this year’s Academy Awards – but the technical prowess behind Arrival is sensational. Bradford Young (Selma; A Most Violent Year), the second black cinematographer to ever be nominated for an Oscar, paints a chilly canvas of epic proportions complemented by a uniquely haunting score by Oscar-nominated Jóhann Jóhannsson (Sicario; The Theory of Everything). Additionally, the eerie sound design and original look of the aliens along with the production design of the interior of the spaceship is top-notch.

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One of the most important factors that makes Arrival shine, aside from Eric Heisserer’s (Lights Out; Final Destination 5) screenplay adapted from Ted Chiang’s “Story of Your Life” short sci-fi story, is its editing. Standing atop an intricate glass house of panels consisting of suspenseful plots, engaging themes, and riveting emotions, editor Joe Walker (12 Years a Slave; Shame; Sicario) has elegantly constructed each element to nurture an astounding and moving story.

But if there is one thing that left the biggest impression on me, it is the way the movie approaches communication. In an age where technology has brought us closer together than ever before, it has also torn us apart. Technology has evolved mankind to speak and conduct social interactions with one another differently now than how we used to five or even ten years ago. Imagine bringing an alien species into the mix, one we cannot understand, and having to make sense of it all. It’s difficult enough for some to communicate with another human who comes from a different background and speaks a foreign language – a topic of which Paramount hits outs of the park with a video entitled “Common Ground” that premiered during its theatrical run. Arrival tackles this unfamiliar territory like a house of cards ready to crumble under the vast pressure from every country trying to understand what the aliens want. As Louise (Adams) and Ian (Renner) inch closer to the unveil the truth, others become tired of waiting and have their phones dialed-in for all out war. To provide a less straightforward narrative and achieve maximum feels, congruently the film sprinkles in glimpses of Louise’s family life that adds to its one-two punch climax. With such brilliant direction from Villenueve, Arrival is able to capture the bigger picture in how reshaping the way we think can lead to forward progress among each other and within ourselves.

Needless to say, Arrival is a master class film with nuance and nail-biting suspense that is too important to miss. Firing on all cylinders, Villenueve has created a work of art that entertains, arouses wonder, and sparks discussion that can resonate across the world. Effective communication is key, and Arrival delivers its message with grace.

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Special Features:

  • Xenolinguistics: Understanding Arrival – Featurette
  • Acoustic Signatures: The Sound Design – Featurette
  • Eternal Recurrence: The Score – Featurette
  • Nonlinear Thinking: The Editorial Process – Featurette
  • Principles of Time, Memory & Language – Featurette

The bonus material is very solid for those who love filmmaking, especially for a science fiction think piece like Arrival. All of the featurettes are inherently fascinating thanks to the level of craft that went into its development. Everyone involved fawns over the story, with each vignette explained in meticulous detail. Although you won’t find high-energy special features on this disc as you would an action blockbuster, the Arrival Blu-ray special features leaves you with no doubt that Villeneuve approached this film with the utmost respect and care.

What did you think about Arrival? Tell us in the comment section below. [Watch the trailer]

The First STAR TREK BEYOND Teaser is Fast and Furious [72 Screenshots]

While many are thinking about a time long ago in a galaxy far, far away, another franchise among the stars has popped out of the darkness. This morning, Paramount has released their first trailer for Star Trek Beyond, the third entry of the rebooted film franchise. Only this time it is Justin Lin (Fast Five; Fast and Furious 6) who has taking the reins to direct from J.J. Abrams while he sits back as a producer.

Other than the lack of lens flares, I think just about anything will be a step above Star Trek Into Darkness and its wacky agenda to hide the fact that it is a remake of Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan. The Star Trek Beyond teaser is sleek, fast, and furious, something Lin knows how to manage quite well. However, this doesn’t exactly feel like a Star Trek movie. It could be that the marketing team just wants to get butts in seats by throwing shiny, fast paced action scenes at our faces, but that’s not what the franchise is entirely about. Though fun space battles have always been present, compared to the epic space opera that is Star Wars, Star Trek has been more about the discovery and science of space.

Now that doesn’t mean exploring the final frontier isn’t the goal in this film, but it makes me wonder what exactly Star Trek Beyond is about since there is a lack of plot synopsis and no real explanation as to what’s going on in this teaser. They treat this next adventure as just that, while teasing new aliens played by Sofia Boutella and Idris Elba. I’m assuming one could be Kirk’s next conquest while the other the main villain against the Enterprise crew.

Speaking of the Enterprise, it’s nice to see all of the cast return — including Chris Pine as Captain James T. Kirk, Zachary Quinto as Spock, Zoe Saldana as Uhura, Simon Pegg as Scotty, John Cho as Sulu, Karl Urban as Bones, and Anton Yelchin as Chekov — because I rather like this crew. They’ve always been very charismatic bunch and have had great on-screen chemistry, though then can’t seem to keep a ship in tact.

What do you think of the Star Trek Beyond teaser? Tell us in the comments below and let us know if you’re excited for the next voyage of the Starship Enterprise.

Extended commentary:

  • Beastie Boys is a nice call back to the first film, but is that all Kirk listens to?
  • The planets they explore look vast and detailed, it’s a shame that a lot of it looks CGI.
  • Why is the frontier pushing back? Did the Enterprise stumble upon a star system that does not want to become a part of the Starfleet and the United Federation of Planets?

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Directed by Justin Lin, Star Trek Beyond stars Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Zoe Saldana, Karl Urban, Simon Pegg, John Cho, Anton Yelchin, Idris Elba, Sofia Boutella, Joe Taslim, and Lydia Wilson. This film is set to arrive in theaters on July 22, 2016.


Source: Paramount Pictures

TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES: OUT OF THE SHADOWS Embraces its Radical Roots in First Trailer [97 Screenshots]

If there is one thing I could have done without in my life it would be the continuation of the Michael Bay produced TMNT reboot. I would have been completely happy. That was until I saw the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows teaser trailer. While 2014’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles reboot had a grittier edge that lacked any kind of resemblance to the franchise, the Out of the Shadows teaser has the exact opposite feel to it.

TMNT is suppose to be the tubular adventures of four turtle brothers and their parental rat sensei who battle bizarre creature villains while navigating adolescence. Although the writers are the same, perhaps we can give thanks to the new director Dave Green (Earth to Echo). The Out of the Shadows teaser is spastic and drops very few hints about the plot, but it delivers more of that beloved TMNT personality in just 140 seconds than what the entire run time of the reboot did.

Here we find the Shredder (now played by Brian Tee) acting his revenge on the turtles by recruiting two thugs Bebop (Gary Anthony Williams) and Rocksteady (Stephen Farrelly aka Sheamus from WWE) that become mutants of their own thanks to Baxter Stockman (Tyler Perry), who fans know will become a mutant himself later on. Per usual, Channel 4 news reporter April O’Neil (Megan Fox) finds herself in trouble and a new hero hockey stick wielding hero, Casey Jones (Stephen Amell), arrives on the scene to save day.

There’s also flashes of alien spaceships coming from out of the sky near the end of the teaser. It has been rumored that Out of the Shadows could delve into Dimension X territory, which is the homeworld to Krang, the little anthropomorphic brain that sits inside the stomach of a mech suit he built while residing in the fearsome Technodrome – I can’t make this stuff up if I tried.

Now all of this may sound completely bonkers and stuffed to the brim like Spider-Man 3, but for some reason I find this to be a welcome change compared to that pile of garbage reboot – the only notable scene in the movie is the elevator beatbox session.

I grew up watching the Saturday morning Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles cartoon in the ’90s, owning all of the licensed toys, bed sheets, and more. The first two films were also wildly enjoyable to me as a young lad – less so as an adult, but the nostalgia remains. And of course, Turtles in Time is arguably one of the best arcade side-scrollers ever created. All of this wackiness in the teaser gives me hope that the franchise can rise up from the ashes in which director Jonathan Liebesman helped lay the foundation for.

Extended commentary:

  • Bebop and Rocksteady look a little rough, but I’m sure the effects will be touched up before the film’s release.
  • There seems to be some kind of macguffin the turtles are protecting before they begin their fight against Bebop and Rocksteady.
  • Stephen Amell looks kind of out of place since the character Casey Jones most notably has long brown hair. Running away on rollerblades doesn’t help his case either.
  • Those alien spaceships look like rejected Transformers since Paramount distributes that property too.
  • I think Will Arnett is hilarious, but I am not a fan of his character in these movies.
  • Where is Whoopi??

Here are the two teaser posters featuring Bebop and Rocksteady that were released earlier today by their respective actors on their Twitter accounts (click on either one to enlarge):

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Directed by Dave Green, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows stars Megan Fox, Stephen Amell, Will Arnett, William Fichtner, Brian Tee, Tyler Perry, Brittany Ishibashi, Laura Linney, Alan Ritchson, Noel Fisher, Jeremy Howard, Johnny Knoxville, Pete Ploszek, Tony Shalhoub, Danny Woodburn, Gary Anthony Williams, and Stephen Farrelly. This film is set to arrive in theaters on June 3, 2016.


Source: TMNT Official YouTube Channel

First Images of ‘Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension’ Tease the Franchise’s End

After various delays that may have prolonged a beautiful disaster, the first images of Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension have finally materialized on the Internets. The latest and supposedly final installment of the found footage horror franchise that started a flurry of copycat films is set to debut this October.

The Paranormal Activity series has seen its ups and downs, but could The Ghost Dimension bring everything around full circle to offer horror fans with a satisfying conclusion? In a recent interview with USA Today, Blumhouse Productions founder Jason Blum believes so:

“We made this movie like it’s the end of this Paranormal line for sure. And that title promises quite a few revelations. It’s coming to an end. This is it, the finale. We’re saying it before the movie opens. We’re not going to grind this horror franchise into the ground. This will keep Paranormal Activity as part of this culture and this particular time in a really fantastic way.”

As the mythology around the series took shape, many questions have built a delicate house of cards for such a basic premise. Answers to those questions will hopefully be unveiled. Blum continues:

“We couldn’t go just teasing. All the questions that everyone has asked from the past Paranormal Activity films: What does Toby look like? What’s the backstory to the families? These questions have been teased out. Now they will be answered.”

Oren Peli, the creator of Paranormal Activity and producer of The Ghost Dimension says fans will get more than just answers, we’ll finally see what the demonic “Toby” looks like:

“We’ve done well without showing Toby, being able to create tensions and scares based on audiences’ imagination. But people are very curious.”

Toby, of course, is the paranormal presence that has haunted the lives of one little girl named Katie and her family up through her adult life. The series took a turn in the spin-off, Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones, but tied itself loosely to the events of the main story – read my review. To me, revealing Toby’s physical form could make or break this series for me. I’d rather be in suspense not knowing what horrifying figure he could be.

Here are the first images of Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension for your viewing pleasure (Click on any image to enlarge):

To date, the five previously released Paranormal Activity titles have cost Blumhouse Productions $18.015 million and have earned the studio a jaw-dropping $811.6 million. Blumhouse is ending the series with a bang by introducing a 3D element into the scares, which is a franchise first. The additional costs for the 3D will definitely send the film beyond the micro-budget productions Blumhouse typically shoots for. The average production budget for each Paranormal Activity entry goes for $3-5 million, aside from the original that cost an astonishing $15,000.

Here is the official plot synopsis for Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension

Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension centers on the Fleeges — father Ryan (Chris J. Murray), mother Emily (Brit Shaw) and their young daughter Leila (Ivy George) — who move into a house and discover a video camera and a box of tapes in the garage. When they look through the camera’s lens, they begin to see the paranormal activity happening around them – including the re-emergence of young Kristi and Katie. The video camera footage will be presented in 3D in theaters.

Directed by Gregory Plotkin, Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension stars Katie Featherston, Chris J. Murray, Brit Shaw, and Ivy George. The last entry of the iconic horror franchise will hit theaters on October 23, 2015.


Source: USA Today

First ‘Terminator: Genisys’ Trailer Resets Expectations (143 Screenshots)

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As promised, Paramount has delivered the first trailer for Terminator: Genisys. Fans will get to see Sarah Connor back in action, played by Emilia Clarke (Game of Thrones), with an adult Kyle Reese played by Jai Courtney (A Good Day to Die Hard), and the return of The Terminator himself played by Arnold Schwarzenegger. From what we can tell, this film takes a quasi-reboot/prequel spin resetting all expectations of what we know of the franchise to date. Check out the trailer and over 100 hi-res screenshots after the break. Continue reading

Newest ‘Project Almanac’ Trailer Demonstrates the Risk of Time Travel [97 Screenshots]

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Originally titled Welcome to Yesterday – a better name in my opinion – the latest trailer for Project Almanac has arrived courtesy of Paramount Pictures. This full-length trailer puts it all out on the line, showing us what has been building up since its push back from its previously intended release date back in February. Set for a January release next year, you can find the new trailer for Project Almanac after the break. Continue reading

Official ‘Selma’ Trailer Stands Up for Civil Rights [131 Screenshots]

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We’ve not heard too much about director Ava DuVernay’s upcoming Martin Luther King Jr. biopic starring David Oyelowo, but it couldn’t be any more timely. Seeing how it makes its theatrical release this Christmas, this first trailer is a very strong debut for Selma. Not only does it capture the emotional weight of the civil rights movement of the ’60s, it brings a certain level of perspective seeing how these events only took place 50 years ago. Watch the trailer and check out the screenshots after the break. Continue reading