Throwback Thursday Review: Rough Night

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Rough Night (2017)

Cast: Scarlett Johansson, Kate McKinnon, Zoe Kravitz, Jillian Bell, and Ilana Glazer

Director: Lucia Aniello

By: Myri Nieves

Comedy is a hard genre to pull off and in a market dominated by men; it’s always refreshing to see a group of women come together to try and tickle the funny bone. Coming from films like National Lampoon’s Animal House, and The Hangover, we’ve been presented films of men behaving badly and the wacky consequences that come of it. Not many come to mind when people ask of comedies of the same nature but fronted by women, up until now. Enter Rough Night, a film about five ladies who reunite after three years of not seeing each other for a bachelorette weekend in Miami. This goes horribly wrong when one of them accidentally kills the stripper and mayhem ensues.

Scarlett Johansson plays Jess, an uptight politician trying to make real change in the world and is so obsessed with her job and fiancé that she barely has time for anything else. Enter Alice (Jillian Bell), her college best friend who has planned an entire bachelorette weekend for Jess, Blaire (Zoë Kravitz), Frankie (Ilana Glazer), and herself. Unbeknownst to Alice, Jess has invited Pippa (Kate McKinnon), a friend she met while on the Australian exchange program, which creates some friction as Alice feels threatened by Pippa in her friendship with Jess. As they reunite in Miami and start having the night of their lives, they retreat to their vacation home where a stripper comes in and Alice accidentally kills him when she jumps on him and he falls back. The girls all must confront not just the disaster in front of them but also repressed feelings about each other.

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I’ve seen this comedy widely compared to something like The Hangover or even the second part of the previously mentioned. The thing about The Hangover is that it flows quite naturally within the chaos and the script is so richly hilarious that it helps the actors compliment an already humorous occurrence. This is not the case with Rough Night which does not have the same natural flow and almost feels forced sometimes, like it really wants you to laugh and support this wacky and zany adventure and you’re left feeling bored and wondering when they’ll get caught so it can be over with. McKinnon is the real powerhouse of the bunch, delivering a hilarious performance as the Australian Pippa, which isn’t much of a surprise to anybody as McKinnon is naturally hysterical. Though her accent is a bit over accentuated and she’s overused as the token funny person, at this point, she still delivers a great performance.

As the movie continues on it becomes clearer that the real message between murder and drugs is the bonds previously formed by the girls. In a shock to no one, Alice is played as the lonely, desperate, and an overly horny chubby girl who delivers the laughs because she’s ‘that’ girl. It isn’t outside of the norm for Hollywood to take a bigger built woman/man and have them as the token idiot or patsy or pathetic friend that needs the hotter friend to help them out and I was disappointed that this is the route they went with Alice. In a film with empowering women, you’d want them all to be built strongly and not have someone be a silly scapegoat, especially just by how they look. However, I was pleasantly surprised at the bisexuality that played out between Frankie and Blaire, which I thought was well developed within the time frame of the film.

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One of the main problems in the film is that the men – mainly Jess’s fiancé Peter (Paul W. Downs) – take on hilarious parts away from the girls and onto them, bringing on more laughs than even the main cast. It wasn’t that the main cast didn’t bring humor, but I expected more from the writers of Broad City and I do believe the cast did the best it could with the material it was given. The offensive was either dull or overplayed and clichés plagued the entire story with some laughable parts here and there. Overall, it was the comedy we needed that didn’t quite deliver, but it was a decent start for more comedies with a cast of women to come forward. Let’s hope the next one doesn’t involve painful dialogue due to a poor script.

Official Fearless Rating: ✰✰ 1/2

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News: Scarlett Johansson teases Natasha/Bruce romance in Infinity War

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By: Myri Nieves

Scarlett Johansson has dropped another minor Infinity War spoiler for those curious as to what will happen with Natasha/Bruce Banner. As you all well know, in Avengers: Age of Ultron, a romance was blossoming for the heroes as the battled the forces of evil. However, out of guilt on destroying a city while hulked, he leaves Earth and will now be seen in Thor: Ragnarok. During an interview with Bravo, Johansson had this to say:

“I just finished Avengers: Infinity War. The first one. My character has this ongoing relationship with Mark Ruffalo’s character. I had such devastation that day. I don’t know why. I was so devastated. It was something about this character that Mark plays, and this is something that should feel so solid and suddenly doesn’t or there’s… And it reminded me of so much of the things going on in my own life at the time.”

Could Johansson be hinting at a dissolution of their romance? It has been rumored previously that Liv Tyler – who played Dr. Elizabath Ross (Banner’s love interest in canon) – will be making an appearance in Infinity Wars. Could this be what breaks them apart? Could Natasha be a goner? Only time will tell as Avengers: Infinity War is currently in production in Atlanta.

News: Jurassic World 2 gets a teaser poster and title!

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By: Myri Nieves

Universal Pictures has released the first teaser poster and title for the upcoming sequel to the Jurassic World franchise called Fallen Kingdom. The sequel sees the return of Dr. Ian Malcolm (Jeff Goldblum), who provided the tag line for the poster from the famous quote of the very first film Jurassic Park. The upcoming film will see the return of Jeff Goldblum to the series, alongside Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, and newcomers Toby Jones, Daniella Pineda, Justice Smith and Rafe Spall.

Scriptwriter Colin Trevorrow previously revealed that the inspiration for the sequel was taken directly from a quote from, again, the very first film Jurassic Park and comes from Dr. Allan Grant: “Dinosaurs and man, two species separated by 65 million years of evolution have just been suddenly thrown back into the mix together. How can we possibly have the slightest idea what to expect?” Which poses the interesting question: What did they expect in the first place with Jurassic World? That was the main question asked after three initial films which showcase what a terrible idea it is to invade a kingdom you could never belong to. It will be interesting to see where and how they put this sequel in place.

Check out the teaser poster below!

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News: Ron Howard takes over Han Solo film!

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By: Myri Nieves

It’s official: Ron Howard will take over the already rocky production of the untitled Han Solo film. Earlier this week it was reported that directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller were fired from the production due to ‘creative differences.’ Shortly after, LucasFilm released a shortlist of possible directors with the Academy Award Winning Howard being among them and now it seems to be a reality. This isn’t the first time a Star Wars production has faced difficulties during production, with high cost re-shoots happening during Rogue One: A Star Wars Story just a few years back. In a statement, LucasFilm had this to say:

“At Lucasfilm, we believe the highest goal of each film is to delight, carrying forward the spirit of the saga that George Lucas began forty years ago,” said Kathleen Kennedy, president of Lucasfilm. “With that in mind, we’re thrilled to announce that Ron Howard will step in to direct the untitled Han Solo film. We have a wonderful script, an incredible cast and crew, and the absolute commitment to make a great movie. Filming will resume the 10th of July.”

It’s difficult to determine whether or not Howard will use footage already shot or scrap everything all together and delay the release of the film to start from the ground up, but with his history at LucasFilm, there is no doubt he will find a happy medium to bring his own creativity onto the project. Whether or not this will harm the film in any way is hard to tell, as people are already speculating that a complete ‘young Han’ series might not be such a great idea. With a less than stellar cast and directors being fired for bringing their own light to a script, it puts a sour patch on any kind of project.

Review: Transformers: The Last Knight

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Transformers: The Last Knight
Cast: Mark Wahlberg, Laura Haddock, Josh Duhamel
Director: Michael Bay

By: Myri Nieves

Remember when Michael Bay announced he would direct the new wave of Transformers and all your hopes and dreams soared in the sky like Dinobots? You thought, ‘yeah, here’s this guy who loves explosions and excessive CGI and he’s going to make the Transformers even more awesome!’ and after the first film, your faith could’ve been slightly cemented on this fact. Then came the second, and the third, and you pretty much stuck to the animated series because you couldn’t take it anymore. Welcome to the fifth installment of Michael Bay’s Transformers, where your curiosity will kill every cat within a five-meter parameter. Strap into your dragonbot because this is going to be a bumpy ride.

Our story begins in what appears to be a war-ridden world between man and machine. All Transformers, even Autobots, are considered the enemy of the human race. Enter Mark Wahlberg, the savior of all Transformers, who actually does not save a single bot in the movie. For some reason, this war apparently has not reached the South or even overseas, yet appears it has for just half the states, as Cade Yeager (Wahlberg) has his hiding spot in the South where he is hiding Autobots and baby dinosaur Transformers. Don’t worry; I won’t speak on those again because they serve no purpose to the film except being cute. If you expected them to grow and become a complete bad ass, like on Game of Thrones, you are very much mistaken.

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A medallion is given to Cade by a dying Knight Transformer and this activates some sort of space censor that alerts the people on Cybertron that this medallion is in place. Optimus Prime is floating in space and gets captured and turned into Nemesis Prime through his guilt, vowing to destroy the Earth in order to restore Cybertron. Meanwhile, on Earth, more unnecessary plot points happen and Megatron wants part of his clan released for some unknown reason because they are never used. Not learning from his disastrous attempt at being funny in Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, Michael Bay once again enlists help in culturally offensive robots, who this time is a Decepticon. This wouldn’t be a Michael Bay film without sexist dialogue and misogynistic behavior towards women throughout the film.

Sir Anthony Hopkins, more than likely was bored and in his home thinking, “what could I possibly do to ruin my career?” and thought this film would be the challenge of the century to see if it were possible. After all, what else does a legend do in their spare time? With the help of Vivian Wembley (Laura Haddock) an Oxford history professor, who was apparently completely oblivious to her family history even though she is seen teaching Medieval Studies, they set out with Cade to find the staff of Merlin which is the only tool left to destroy something they never truly make clear and save the world. It is also stated that Cade is the famous Last Knight who can help Vivian in saving the planet. More unnecessary and drawn out plot points happen until they retrieve the staff by some complicated underwater subplot that no one followed and Nemesis Prime magically appears, even though everyone is tracking his moves no one saw him coming, and steals the staff.

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Not to be outdone by magical appearances, Megatron also appears out of nowhere and takes the staff after Nemesis becomes Prime again after Bumblebee speaks with his own voice and snaps him out of his possessed state. Cade saves Prime from destruction from the bots who want to kill him for betraying the powers of the staff by wielding his medallion turned sword, which he loses and his one ultimate power that stops bots, is never seen again. The film continuously delivers subplots within the plots until you’re left with nothing but confusion and regret, much like you would feel after a night of binge drinking. Michael Bay was quoted saying he didn’t make this film for critics, or fans, which clearly shows, as this movie is so bloated with ridiculous dialogue, poor script, and even hard to follow CGI. How could a film that relies heavily on CGI be bloated by ridiculous dialogue? This question still haunts me.

Transformers: The Last Knight is in theaters now, but you might have a better time finding logic from Tom Cruise’s disaster; The Mummy.

Official Fearless Rating: ✰

News: Will Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle be a reboot or sequel?

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By: Myri Nieves

While no official previews or trailers have come out yet for the next installment in the Jumanji series, actor Jack Black offers us an insight and elaborates on co-star Dwayne Johnson’s earlier statement that Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle would not be a reboot, but a sequel.

We’re exploring this jungle and trying to conquer the game; it’s life or death, but while we’re there, we find clues left behind by Alan Parrish. He built up a full-blown jungle house, similar to a Swiss Family Robinson situation. It’s like he’s there helping us without actually being there.

In the original, Alan Parrish (played by Robin Williams) plays Jumanji and gets trapped within the game for 26 years, where he is eventually raised, missing out on the rest of his childhood and part of his adulthood due to being in the jungle. Black elaborates that in the original you never saw the world he built to survive, or what exactly was in that world beyond the dangerous creatures and, of course, the hunter who perused him. No doubt the cast is feeling the pressure of this sequel as many have been opposed to it due to William’s classic telling. Time will tell whether this film will be an homage to the classic Jumanji or if it’ll be something we’d rather pretend didn’t exist.

News: Annabelle: Creation gets a new poster and trailer!

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By: Myri Nieves

New Line Cinema and Warner Brothers Pictures have released a new poster and trailer for Annabelle: Creation, which hits theaters August 11th, 2017 and August 10th, 2017 for the Caribbean audiences.

Annabelle: Creation follows the origin of the doll and its creator. Several years after the tragic death of their little girl, he and his wife welcome several girls and a nun into their home after their orphanage goes to shambles. Shortly after arriving, however, it’s clear that they become the desired target for Annabelle, the doll maker’s diabolical creation.

This is the latest installment in The Conjuring universe with The Nun following next year if all goes correctly, and we’re seeing already an origin building from this film onto the next. There will also be a new film for The Conjuring fans based on part 2’s Crooked Man. No details have been released yet.

Check out the new trailer and poster below!

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Maniac Monday: One film we’re crazy to watch

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By: Myri Nieves

It’s almost 5 PM, you’re out of work and still feeling the funk of Monday? Don’t worry, I understand how that feels. Let’s try and shake off those blues with this week’s Maniac Monday! This week it’s: Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets. 

The story takes place in the 28th century and special operatives Valerian (played by Dane DeHaan) and Laureline (played by Cara Delevigne) work as a unit to maintain order throughout human territories across the planets. The both of them are given an assignment from the minister of defense to go to Alpha, another planet with a large metropolis and different species gather to share knowledge and culture, to investigate a series of disturbances. As they investigate, Valerian and Laureline must race against time to identify the dark evil that threatens the very planet and all its inhabitants.

Why I’m excited about it: Luc Besson always makes films I am highly interested in due to their subject matter and beauty. This film also marks his return to Sci-fi since the monster success of Lucy in 2014 and on top of that, we get to see him bring to life a comic that has been out for 20 years in a Fifth Element type style. Clearly, this is Besson’s strong suit. I think this release comes at a good time considering the success of time traveling and sci-fi films have experienced lately. It seems as though the trend of this genre will never really end, however, it is difficult to find well formulated and thought out films that will not only breathe life to sci-fi but also produce a wonderful story we can all be enraptured in. I believe Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets will not only be contextually pleasing (as he would want to work on something from his home country with respect) but also visually mesmerizing as well. Also, Rihanna.

Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets will debut in theaters July 21st, 2017 in the USA and July 20th, 2017 in the Caribbean.

News: Goodbye Christopher Robin gets first trailer!

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By: Myri Nieves

The first international trailer for Goodbye Christopher Robin has been released by Fox Searchlight Pictures. The upcoming film is the biopic of Winnie the Pooh creator A.A. Milne, starring Domhnall Gleeson as A.A. Milne (Star Wars: The Force Awakens) and Margot Robbie (Suicide Squad) as Milne’s wife, Daphne.

The film follows the story of the relationship between A.A. Milne’s and his son, Christopher Robin, whose name and toys inspired the incredible world of Winnie the Pooh. Milne’s, Daphne, and Christopher’s nanny Olive get swept up by the success of the books that have brought comfort and joy to a war-ridden England. Goodbye Christopher Robin is directed by Simon Curtis (My Week with Marilyn) and promises to be a drama for the ages.

Goodbye Christopher Robin is set to be released October 2017. Check out the trailer below!