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.
Ask anyone who has watched the Marvel Netflix shows and they’ll tell you Iron Fist Season 1 is the bad one. Every other series has been outstanding on one level or another, but there were a lot of issues that plagued the introduction of Iron Fist. The character grew a bit more with Defenders, and when used in the second season of Luke Cage, we finally saw the Danny Rand fans know and love. The new season is without a doubt a step up from the first season, but it does still have some flaws.
Last year Netflix debuted the dark drama Ozark to little fanfare. The series stars Jason Bateman as Marty Byrde, a Chicago financial advisor who has secretly been laundering money for a Mexican drug cartel. When their deal goes south, he proposes a new venture to save the lives of him and his family: laundering $500 million in 5 years through small businesses in the Ozarks. The cartel gives him three months to come up with the $8 million his partner stole as a test. If he succeeds, they move forward with the five year plan; if he fails, they kill him and his family.
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.
Disney and Pixar’s long awaited sequel, The Incredibles 2, is officially in theaters. Director Brad Bird and company brings us back into the world of the Parr family with a sequel that picks up where the original leaves off.
*Please note there are some sequences in the film that may cause an epileptic seizure. Just know that going in.
(Today we’re bringing you a second look at Solo: A Star Wars Story. A spoiler free review from Eric Brockett.)