Movie Money Refinance Episode IV

Well that was disappointing. After last weeks two big contenders flexed their bulging sequel muscles, I hoped that this weeks new releases would give some semblance of a change up. Alas, dinosaurs and superheroes remained supreme. At number one for the second weekend in a row we have 'Jurassic World: The Fallen Kingdom', making a smooth $60M domestically, bringing it's US total to $264.7M. Once again though the big story comes from its international take, which has pushed the Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard led epic to $934.8M. Certainly a billion is in the near future. Number 2 was 'Incredibles 2'. It seems 14 years is a long wait, but not long enough for a fandom to dissipate. The film brought in $45.5M domestically, and has a worldwide total of $648.8M. It's surpassed the first film even if you factor inflation. 'Incredibles' has an adjusted domestic gross of $384.9M, while 'Incredibles 2' has already grossed $440.6M. At number 3 we have yet another sequel, also enjoying the fruits of a its return. Although comparitively 'Sicario: Day of The Soldado' is a much smaller film, it's still managed to have a much stronger opening than the first film, which had a grand debut of $12M. The number 4 spot belongs to Sigh. 'Uncle' Siiiiigh 'Uncle Drew'. Based off the...famous ad campaign? 'Uncle Drew' brought in an unconscionable $15M this weekend. A travesty of epic proportions for all of humanity. It's likely that…

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Movie Money Refinanced: Episode III

2018 has been quite a year for movies, and quite a year for the box office. It seems every month has had massive releases that have somehow been able to share the wealth that comes from serving ravenous film audiences. Certainly films like ‘Solo’ suffer, but by and large, this year is a massive difference to 2017, which was a summer full of underperformance. Never forget, 2017 was so bad, it made Paramount decide to cancel the next 'Transformers' film. This weekend the #1 movie was of course ‘Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom’. Not quite as big of an opening as its immediate predecessor, but considering that film’s biggest competition was the second weekend of Paul Feig's 'Spy', it’s not exactly a fair comparison. The dino sequel made $148m at its opening but the real story is in the film's foreign box office numbers, which have amassed a terrifying $567m. Fallen Kingdom had to battle it out with ‘Incredibles 2’, the #2 movie this week, which continues to be a force to be reckoned with at the box office, bringing in $80.3m this weekend. That puts its domestic total to $349.7m, and its worldwide total to $484.4m. Intrestingly, these film’s are enjoying shares of the global box office audience inversely. Jurassic World 2 has made gargantuan amounts of money in the foreign box office, at a rate that makes its $148m opening seem downright modest. Meanwhile, Incredibles 2 is faring only so so…

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Movie Money Refinanced: Episode I

This weekend at the box office had very few surprises, with the exception of one mildly impressive opening. Coming in at number 5 is 'Avengers Infinity War' which brought in $7.2M bringing it ever so close to that coveted $2B worldwide total. The film will likely hit that in the coming week, as it's just $2M shy. At number 4 we have 'Hereditary', dubbed as this years horror surprise and, "the scariest movie of all time". Well, what's scary is its opening numbers totalling $13+M. With a $10M budget, it's not the worst opening in the world, but it's not as if this will be the box office breakout hit of the year. The number 3 movie is the irreverent, juvenile and hyperviolent superhero smash 'Deadpool 2', bringing in 'Hereditary' numbers with a $14.1M weekend. The sequel has brought in a total $655M worldwide. The original film came to a total of $783.1M, so it doesn't look like the sequel will do quite as well, but for a $110M film, Deadpool remains one of the most profitable film franchises in existence. A third film is all but guaranteed at this point. The biggest disappointment of the year, 'Solo: A Star Wars Story' has brought in $15.7M in its third weekend, which brings its worldwide total to a resounding $313.4M. That's incredibly low considering the film's $250M budget, the immense marketing costs that follow any Star Wars property. It's by far the least successful…

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‘Black Panther’ (2018) Review

Black Panther (2018) Review: Game Changing Masterpiece. It seems the phrase "Best Marvel movie yet" loses it's meaning more and more. It's something that's proclaimed with almost every iteration in the cinematic universe. Mostly for different reasons. This creates a constant one-upmanship among the films. As a viewer, it's seemingly great that. We're treated to great films at a near constant rate, but there does exist the potential for that greatness to become old news real fast. Basically, if every movie is special, no movie is.There's no way to know how it will affect 'Black Panther'. It's certainly a test of time. I will say that objectively speaking, I believe 'Black Panther' to be Marvel's best achievement in filmmaking. I don't think that's likely to change due to how realistic this work of impossible science fiction feels.The Marvel Universe has shown us many unbelievable things. The Norse God of thunder? Real. Robots that can walk through walls? They’ve envisioned it. A talking raccoon guarding the galaxy? Make it so. They’ve even shown us the realm of magic. However, if you thought the world was finished growing, the franchise is about to expand even further with its latest film, ‘Black Panther’.At the centre of it all is not the Black Panther himself, but rather his home, Wakanda. The country is a rich and vibrant world all on its own. It's also fully realized. Wakanda feels more lived in than Asgard has in three Thor films.…

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‘The Shape Of Water’ (2017) Review

The Shape Of Water (2017) Review: Beautifully Different If I told you about the best film of the year, what would I say? Certainly not that it's 'The Shape of Water'. No instead, what I will say is that 'The Shape of Water' is a movie that is unlike any other, which is par for the course with director Guillermo Del Toro. It's set in the early 1960s and follows the strange love story of a woman and a man. Only the woman is a human and the man, is covered head to toe in scales.If that description is enough to scare you off, then you have no business seeing 'The Shape of Water'. It is definitely a film that explores the unconventional, to say the least. With a story so submerged in fantasy, you'd think the film would be more of a fairy tale. In fact, while 'The Shape of Water' can feel very surreal at times, I was surprised at just how gritty the film was.The first half of the film shows this the most. You spend ample amount of time watching Sally Hawkins character Eliza Esposito silently go about her day as a cleaning lady at the facility where she finds her finned lover. What you benefit from this is a real sense of what this world is. More importantly, who the people in it are.Eliza is a mute, communicating mostly by sign language with her roommate, played by…

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‘The Cloverfield Paradox’ (2018) Review

The Cloverfield Paradox (2018) Review: Easy Come, Easy Go After what seemed like the beginning of a descent into development hell, the third chapter in the loosely aligned Cloverfield saga has emerged. The film 'The Cloverfield Paradox' was previously known as 'The God Particle', which tells you a fair bit about the film already. Set immediately prior to the original 'Cloverfield', the movie shows us a desperate last-ditch attempt by humanity to solve the world's energy crisis, demonstrated of course by...pretty long lines at the gas station.What follows is, unfortunately, much of what you've come to expect. There's a ship, a crew, and a mission. A bunch of technical jargon is hurled at you a mile a minute, and nothing goes as planned. I don't want to be reductive in saying 'The Cloverfield Paradox' is your standard space exploration horror flick...but it kind of is. That's not to say there aren't elements of it that I didn't enjoy, but the whole time I couldn't shake the feeling that this had all been done before.What hasn't been done before, at least not very often, is having the lead in a movie of this type being played by a person of colour. Gugu Mbatha-Raw plays the lead role of Hamilton, and she's joined by quite the cast. David Oyelowo as the crew's captain, Daniel Bruhl, John Ortiz, Chris O'Dowd, Askel Hennie, Ziyi Zhang and Elizabeth Debicki all play different types of scientists. They're well-acted…

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‘All The Money In The World’ (2017) Review

All The Money In The World (2017) Review: Cut A Deal On This One. What would you do if you had all the money in the world? That’s a question that for most people remains purely hypothetical, but in 1973 that was the reality of J Paul Getty. The film touts Mr. Getty’s wealth as being more than has ever been owned in human history when he lived. While that might not be empirically accurate it makes for a good tagline. Still, it’s more than enough to pay for the safe return of his kidnapped grandson. But when asked how much he would give up in order to see his grandson again he simply responds “nothing.” That’s the events that kick off ‘All The Money In The World’, a story about the pitfalls of greed, wealth, and the importance of family. It’s also the film that was supposed to star Kevin Spacey, but now stars Christopher Plummer who reportedly filmed his scenes in a matter of 9 days. That changeover might be the best thing that could’ve happened for the film, as this is certainly Christopher Plummer’s show. The 88-year-old actor elevates the production with a complex and rewarding performance. In fact, Plummer is so good, he puts his co-stars to shame. It’s not that Mark Wahlberg and Michelle Williams are bad. On the contrary, Williams' take on the frustrated mother of a kidnapped child is touching. Mark Wahlberg as the ex-CIA…

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‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ (2017) Review

The Last Jedi (2017) Review: Steady Your Pitchforks After the end of ‘The Force Awakens’, it’s safe to say, the films are decidedly safe. Since its return, the franchise has remade one movie and made another as a tangential story add-on. So, walking into ‘The Last Jedi’, I was as underwhelmed as one can be for a ‘Star Wars’ film. That is to say, extremely excited, but not as excited as I should’ve been.Thankfully, ‘The Last Jedi’ is exactly what should have always been. Picking up what feels like literal minutes after the last installment, ‘The Last Jedi’ is a righteous venture in well-paced adventure. The first 15 minutes of the film are not for the faint of heart, and it stands as perhaps the best opening to a Star Wars film yet. It only goes up from there, as ‘The Last Jedi’ combines what made the previous films so iconic, all the while feeling wholly unique.The film is a testament to expert timing. For a runtime of 2 hours and 30 minutes, it never feel as though it drags. That’s not to say the film is your typical popcorn fare. There’s action to spare yes, but it’s not overblown. Rian Johnson has seemed to have taken note from last years ‘Rogue One’ and opted for a film that treats its sweeping epics as a backdrop, rather than the main focus.The film is much more interested in its characters, their internal struggle,…

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‘Justice League’ Is Not What You Want, But It’s Okay. (2017) Review

'Justice League' Is Not What You Want, But It's Okay' (2017) Review There’s not a soul alive who didn’t grow up in some shape or form with the Justice League. Though the characters are American inventions, they’re regarded the world over as iconic. Therefore despite all evidence to the contrary, I couldn’t help but have a twinge of excitement over the movie. Sure, ‘Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” was a cinematic travesty, but ‘Wonder Woman’ was a breath of fresh air.So where then does that leave ‘Justice League’? Well, sadly more towards the former. While the film never quite reaches the lows of its 2016 predecessor, it does have some elements that serve as chilling reminders of how bad these films can be. The first act of the film is an incoherent mess. Batman, coming off of his win in his title fight with Superman, is traveling the world to assemble a team of super friends to face off against an incoming invasion.You have Cyborg, The Flash, Aquaman, Wonder Woman and Batman, all facing off against the evil Steppenwolf. An intergalactic conqueror with a vengeance, and rotten dialogue. Perhaps Justice League is a film best seen on mute, as too often I would be hit with the urge to smack one of the characters for saying the absolute cheesiest lines. Where Justice League fails is in its rushed execution, as it feels as though the first hour is a collection of…

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