Ivan Drago Possibly Returning for ‘Creed II’

Sylvester Stallone might have confirmed that Dolph Lundgren could be returning for the sequel to Creed.

Stallone did a quick interview for TMZ, and in it he hinted at seeing Ivan Drago on Creed II. This shouldn’t be taken too seriously, but it is certainly interesting.

“It wouldn’t be a party without Drago would it? I’m gonna punch him. You know I gotta hit Drago once.”

If Drago returns, how would it be? Would Drago and Adonis Creed fight? Could there be a rivalry between himself and Rocky? Maybe he teaches Adonis? In Rocky IV, Drago killed Adonis Creed’s father, Apollo, in the ring. That could create some interesting drama between the two characters. Stallone has been hinting at this with several instagram posts, which you can see below. Sylvester Stallone will be writing Creed II, so he could do almost anything we wants with the story. Creed was one of the best movies of last year, so I can’t wait to see what happens in the sequel.

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Rare photo of myself and @dolphlundgren a.k.a. Drago, standing in the background, getting ready to spar.

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… Maybe if I ignore him he'll go away…@dolphlundgren #rockybalboa.1976

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Strange Directing yourself to be punched! #RockyDrago #rockybalboa #MGM #@dolphlundgren

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Sparring with heavyweight Giants can be a little tiring, but great fun.#CREED2

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‘Dunkirk’ Movie Review

Dunkirk is a film set in World War II about the Dunkirk evacuation when the Germans had Allied soldiers trapped on a beach in France. They are surrounded and desperate to get home and be done with this terrible situation. The film is directed by Christopher Nolan, which automatically makes anyone excited to see it. Tommy (Fionn Whitehead) is a solider on land and along side him is a French soldier (Damien Bonnard). Mr. Dawson (Mark Rylance) and his son, Peter (Tom Glynn- Carney) help out the navy with the evacuation along with Peter’s friend, George (Barry Keoghan).  There are also two pilots, Farrier (Tom Hardy) and Collins (Jack Lowden), providing air support and taking out German planes.

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This movie is purely about the experience of watching it. It starts right in the middle of what’s going on and doesn’t take a break at all throughout the film. The way Nolan shoots the movie makes you feel like you are on that beach and have no hope of survival. This might just be the best looking movie of the year, visually. the way Nolan uses IMAX cameras is genius. I can’t remember a shot that took me out of the movie, it was just all great. If you get a chance, see this movie in IMAX because it is the best way to see it. He also shoots on real locations, uses real ships, and as many practical effects as possible. This just adds to that tense feeling you feel in the movie. The sound design is also spectacular, some of the beast I’ve ever heard. It’s completely immersive, especially in IMAX. If the characters are in a ship, every sound is perfect, the gunshots, he waves, the German planes descending on the Allies, were all just pristine quality.

The movie also has an interesting element using time. I won’t spoil it, but at the beginning of the movie they give you some information. It is a little bit confusing at first, but as the movie goes on you start to piece things together and the whole film becomes more coherent. It reminded me of some of his previous films like Memento and The Prestige. However, this element does make the movie much more tiring to watch, because the way they use this does become slightly convoluted. It does give you a basic enough idea of the story, but it’s difficult to put the whole puzzle together.

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The film has been getting criticism for poor characters, saying that they aren’t fleshed out at all. While that critique is valid, that aspect worked beautifully for me. If you are in this situation, you won’t have time to ask anybody how the kids are doing, or who they have at home. It is so frantic and intense that you don’t have time to make friends. If they spent time with character, I feel like the purpose of the film would be undermined. Almost every war movie is about characters, and most of them work very well like Saving Private Ryan. So, if Nolan had done a conventional war movie, then it would have been like all the rest. Instead of that, he pushed against the stereotype and made a war film purely about spectacle and experience. The one negative about this is that you don’t feel any danger for any one particular character. Like I said, you feel like you’re on the beach surrounded by Germans, and that makes you terrified for the British as a whole. However, the film puts certain characters in the forefront, and you don’t feel very attached to them individually.

I personally think that Dunkirk is one of the best movies of the year so far. It is exhilarating and sensational. You’ll hold your breath throughout the entire film. If you haven’t seen Dunkirk yet, I highly recommend seeing it in IMAX. It is meant to be seen with the biggest screens and the best sound systems. While it isn’t one of Nolan’s best movies it is still really fun watch. Also take into consideration, he hasn’t really ever made a bad movie yet. Some are better than others, but they are all good movies.

Rating: A

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Dunkirk stars Fionn Whitehead, Damien Bonnard, Mark Rylance, Tom Glynn-Carney, Barry Keoghan, Tom Hardy, and Jack Lowden. Directed by Christopher Nolan.

Rumor: Wonder Woman To Appear in The Flash: Flashpoint

Flash v Wonder Woman: Dawn of Controversy

DC seems to be poking up on the love for Wonder Woman because she is rumored to appear in the Flash movie.

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In an article from Forbes about the success of Wonder Woman, it is said that she will be in the upcoming DC movie The Flash: Flashpoint. It also says that it is set for release in 2020. The movie was announced at this year’s Comic Con. Wonder Woman does play a major role in the original comic storyline. Her Amazonians and Aquaman’s army fight over territory of Earth for complicated reasons. Though the movie does focus primarily on Flash and Thomas Wayne Batman.

Forbes isn’t known for doing “scoops”, so this should be taken as a rumor. If this is true, seeing Wonder Woman and Aquaman fight would be amazing. Both characters will be well established with Wonder Woman having two solo films and Aquaman having his solo by this point. As long as they firmly establish the fact that it is set in an alternate universe, audiences shouldn’t be too lost by the idea. Even if she is in the movie, they might not take the comic book approach. She could just simply be a side character in the film. However way they would end up using her would be great with Gal Gadot in the role. She’s really owned the role on the movie screen and in real life.

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‘The Karate Kid’ Sequel Series On YouTube Red

Sweep the leg Johnny!

A sequel to the 1984 movie, The Karate Kid, will appear on YouTube Red in 2018.

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The sequel will be a 10-episode, half-hour series currently titled Cobra Kai. It will star Ralph Macchio and William Zabka from the original movies. The series picks up thirty years after the 1984 All-State Valkey Tournament. Johnny Lawrence (Zabka) reopens the Cobra Kai dojo, with that bringing back his rivalry with Daniel LaRusso (Macchio), who is dealing with balancing his life without Mr. Miyagi.

I’m a huge fan of the first Karate Kid movie, so getting a sequel is very exciting. That rivalry between Daniel and Johnny is one of the most iconic of all time, bringing it back is a smart choice. As long as they don’t take themselves too seriously, the show could be really enjoyable. If they take an approach as a serious drama, then it might stray too far from the tone of the original movie. YouTube Red is an odd choice to put it. 

Usually their content stars the YouTubers with a few low budget movies as well. YouTube could be trying to get into the same class of streaming services like Netflix and Hulu. This is the first thing that legitimately makes me want to sign up for YouTube Red. Everything before this has looked like fan service to the fans of certain YouTubers, which there is nothing wrong with, but this looks really interesting.

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August 4-6 Weekend Box Office Report

This weekend was relatively slow for movies. There weren’t many new releases, but there is still some interesting things to report on.

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The Dark Tower topped out the box office making $19.5 million in its opening weekend. The film has been getting some criticism for its disservice to the books, and this shows in the numbers this weekend. The film was on a budget of only $60 million, so it should make its money back in international box office if not domestic. Dunkirk stands strong in second place earning $17.6 million in its third weekend putting it at $133,555,738 for total gross. It took a 33% drop from last weekend. The film is making more than Nolan’s earlier works, but has yet to surpass the Dark Knight movies, Inception, and Interstellar when adjusted for inflation. The only one it has a chance of catching up to is most likely Interstellar being $70 million away.

The Emoji Movie came in third place with $12.35 million taking a 49.7% drop. The movie didn’t really have a strong start last weekend, and that continues this weekend. The movie has a 7% on Rotten Tomatoes, so parents might have kept kids away from the movie. Hopefully studios learn a lesson from this and put more effort into their ideas. Girls Trip got the fourth place slot with $11.4 million. Its total box office is now $85,443,720 being very successful by the standards of a pure comedy. It’s not my type of movie, but people seem to be loving it.

Finally, the critically panned Kidnap came in fifth place earning $10.2 million in its opening weekend. The budget was only around $21 million, so it has a good chance of making its money back. Although it’s not in the top five, it should be mentioned that Kathryn Bigelow’s latest film, Detroit, earned $7.25 million this weekends. The movie is probably focusing more on awards than box office, so this shouldn’t hurt them too much.

  1. The Dark Tower – $19,500,000
  2. Dunkirk – $17,600,000
  3. The Emoji Movie – $12,350,000
  4. Girls Trip – $11,418,700
  5. Kidnap – $10,210,000
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‘Ant-Man and the Wasp’ Begins Production Plus Plot Synopsis Revealed

Marvel has announced that the upcoming Marvel movie, Ant-Man and the Wasp, has started shooting. They released the following video to show fans that they’ve started.

Along with the video, Marvel also released this synopsis for the movie:

From the Marvel Cinematic Universe comes a new chapter featuring heroes with the astonishing ability to shrink: “Ant-Man and The Wasp.” In the aftermath of “Captain America: Civil War,” Scott Lang (Rudd) grapples with the consequences of his choices as both a Super Hero and a father. As he struggles to rebalance his home life with his responsibilities as Ant-Man, he’s confronted by Hope van Dyne (Lilly) and Dr. Hank Pym (Douglas) with an urgent new mission. Scott must once again put on the suit and learn to fight alongside The Wasp as the team works together to uncover secrets from their past.

Peyton Reed will return as director while Paul Rudd and Evangeline Lilly are coming back to star as the title heroes. Michael Douglas, Michael Peña, and T.I will reprise their roles along with Bobby Cannavale, Judy Greer, Abby Ryder Fortson, and David Dastmalchian. There will also be a few new cast members including Laurence as Dr. Bill Foster (a.k.a. Goliath), Walton Goggins as Sonny Burch, Michelle Pfeiffer as Janet van Dynne, Hannah John-Kamen as Ghost, and Randall Park as Agent Jimmy Woo.

The first Ant-Man was a really great movie, despite the silly concept. It was also, in my opinion, the funniest Marvel movie so far. I hope this movie can capture the same elements that made the first one work so well.

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‘Transformers’ Spinoff ‘Bumblebee’ Release Date and Cast Announced

Now that Michael Bay has left the Transformers franchise, they will be making some spinoff movies. The first of which will be Bumblebee, releasing on December 21, 2018.

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The head of LAIKA and director of Kubo and the Two Strings, Travis Knight, will direct the film. It will star Hailee Steinfeld, John Cena, Pamela Aldon, Stephen Schenider, Jorge Lendeborg Jr., Jason Drucker, Kenneth Choi, Ricardo Hoyos, Abby Quinn, Rachel Crow, and Grace Dzienny.

Paramount also released the following synopsis:

On the run in the year 1987, Bumblebee finds refuge in a junkyard in a small Californian beach town. Charlie (Steinfeld), on the cusp of turning 18 and trying to find her place in the world, discovers Bumblebee, battle-scarred and broken. When Charlie revives him, she quickly learns this is no ordinary, yellow VW bug.

The fact that the movie will be directed by Travis Knight intrigues me. I haven’t been able to bring myself to sit down and watch any of the transformers movies yet, but I’m aware of how bad they are. Despite that, I really loved the LAIKA animated film, Kubo and the Two Strings. I thought it might have even been the best animated film of last year. To see that he will be taking on the spinoff is certainly interesting. Also, Hailee Steinfled is starring which also shines some positive light on the film.

The release date isn’t the best though. Aquaman releases that same weekend, and Mary Poppins Returns comes out five days later. I’d rather see Aquaman open separately so both movies have some breathing room, and I think they’d both benefit from that. I wouldn’t be surprised if one of the movies changed release dates. Audiences are starting to show some Transformers fatigue based on the poor performance of Transformers: The Last Knight. It only made $128 million domestic and $568 million worldwide. That is a drastic difference from its predecessor. Transformers: Age of Extinction which brought in $245 million domestic and $1.1 billion worldwide.

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As tired as I am of the Transformers movies, I can’t help but be intrigued by the director and cast. The movie might not be good, but it certainly has potential to go a different direction than the previous installments . I just hope Aquaman doesn’t suffer from it opening on the same weekend.

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