As we enter into October, I’m sure one of us here (not me) will be reviewing the latest horror phenomena on the screen. Before we do that though, I’d like to take you through a real horror; the dismantling of source material.
This weekend saw the release of First Man directed by Damien Chazelle (La La Land), written by Josh Singer (The Post), and starring Ryan Gosling (Blade Runner 2049) and Claire Foy (The Crown) as Neil and Janet Armstrong. The film follows the life of Neil Armstrong during the ten years leading up to the first landing on the moon.
This past weekend Sony released Venom. The film, directed by Ruben Fleischer and written by Jeff Pinkner & Scott Rosenerg and Kelly Marcel, stars Tom Hardy as Eddie Brock, an investigative reporter who bonds with an alien symbiote and becomes a super powered anti-hero. This is Sony’s first attempt at releasing a film featuring the supporting characters of the Spider-Man universe, without the web-head himself. The success of this film will help determine the plans for a potential cinematic universe. The problem is, while the film had a great opening weekend, it’s hard to view it as anything more than something that had potential.
You may have seen the trailer for the independent film Sorry To Bother You earlier this year. It stars Lakeith Stanfield who has been growing in popularity thanks to a small role in last year’s Get Out and the TV show Atlanta. The supporting cast features Tessa Thompson (Thor: Ragnarok), Arnie Hammer (Call Me By Your Name), Terry Crews (Brooklyn 99), Steven Yeun (The Walking Dead), Omari Hardwick (Power), Jermaine Fowler (Superior Donuts), and Danny Glover (Lethal Weapon), as well as the voice talents of David Cross (Arrested Development), Patton Oswalt (The Goldbergs), and Lily James (Baby Driver). That cast alone is incredibly inviting. The trailers sold the film as a story about a black man, Cassius Green, who takes a job at a telemarketing service. He uses his “white voice” to become a “power caller,” rising within the ranks of the company and discovering more than what he anticipated. But this film is so much more than that.
During the 1970’s, Ron Stallworth, a black police officer with the Colorado Springs Police Department, successfully infiltrated the local chapter of the Ku Klux Klan. He worked undercover with a white police officer who would go to meetings and ceremonies in person, but Stallworth would cover any communication over the phone. During the investigation, Stallworth was able to get in contact with the leader of the Klan, David Duke, and speak with him over the phone. This helped expedite his membership into the Klan and establish his legitimacy during the investigation. These events actually happened and are now the subject of Spike Lee’s latest film BlacKkKlansman.
The latest entry in the Jurassic Park series, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, is currently in theaters. The film picks up after the events of Jurassic World and sees the return of Bryce Dallas Howard’s Claire Dearing and Chris Pratt’s Owen Grady, who reunite to help save the dinosaurs on Isla Nubar when the volcano on the island threatens their existence. As always with the Jurassic Park films, things don’t exactly go as planned, and the cast turns into prey for various dinosaurs including the new, genetically manufactured Indoraptor. Be warned: we’re going to get into some spoilers here.
Marvel’s Ant-Man and the Wasp has officially hit theaters, and as the first film following Avengers: Infinity War, it gives audiences a fun, action packed breathe of fresh air. The film sees the return of Paul Rudd as Scott Lang, as he teams up with Evangeline Lilly’s Hope Van Dyne and Michael Douglas’ Hank Pym, to find and save Janet Van Dyne, Michelle Pfeiffer, from the Quantum Realm.