MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE – FALLOUT – Does It Really Live Up To All The Hype? One Minute Movie Review

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New newest installment of the 22-year old spy franchise Mission: Impossible is now in theaters, but does Mission: Impossible - Fallout improve on the highly popular movies, or will this latest mission self destruct? 

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The Cast of STAR WARS: EPISODE IX Announced! Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher To Be Featured!

Walt Disney Pictures and Lucasfilm have announced the official cast for J.J. AbramsStar Wars: Episode IX and there are some surprises! 

Returning cast members include Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Lupita Nyong’o, Domhnall Gleeson, Kelly Marie Tran, Joonas Suotamo, and Billie Lourd.

New cast members include Naomi Ackie (Doctor Who) and Richard E. Grant (Gosford Park, Hudson Hawk). They will be joined by veteran Star Wars actors Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels, and Billy Dee Williams, who will reprise his role as Lando Calrissian.

The most surprising news is that there is unused footage of Carrie Fisher as Leia Organa that will be used in the film! Director J.J. Abrams had this to say in a statement:

"We desperately loved Carrie Fisher. Finding a truly satisfying conclusion to the Skywalker saga without her eluded us. We were never going to recast, or use a CG character. With the support and blessing from her daughter, Billie, we have found a way to honor Carrie’s legacy and role as Leia in Episode IX by using unseen footage we shot together in Episode VII.”

That's so cool! I'm so happy to hear that Leia will be in Episode IX. The movie will begin filming at London’s Pinewood Studios on August 1st with returning to direct the final installment of the Skywalker saga. Abrams co-wrote the screenplay with Chris Terrio (Argo, Justice League).

Composer John Williams will also return to compose Episode IX. The film is scheduled for release on December 20, 2019.

Review: MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE – FALLOUT Delivers The Most Insane Action Sequences This Year

Villain has a thing that will destroy the humanity. Ethan Hunt must get the thing before the villain uses it. Ethan and villain go on a wild goose around the world, all while Hunt (who has been framed for whatever reason) is trying to clear his name. In the end, Ethan Hunt saves the world, captures the villain, and all is right in the world.

Having described all six Mission: Impossible films, is there a reason to see the sixth Mission: Impossible-Fallout?  Yes, if for nothing else the insanity of the stunts. These films are entertaining as hell, but they never cover new ground. There is nothing wrong with repeating the wheel, but as a viewer, it can get boring. How are fans excited to see the same film over and over just with different titles every few years? Seriously, how does Tom Cruise do it?

As a sequel to Mission: Impossible-Rogue Nation, Fallout follows The Apostles (formerly known as The Syndicate)  led by mystery man John Lark. No one knows who John Lark is, but he has a reputation for being deadly. The Apostles objective is to acquire plutonium for nuclear bombs. Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) tries to intercept a sale of the plutonium by manages to screw it up, and Apostles capture the plutonium cores. Determined to get the cores back in safe hands the CIA agrees but only if he takes August Walker (Henry Cavill) with him. With the plutonium exchanging hands across the globe, Ethan must track down the dangerous element while avoiding Ilsa Faust (Rebecca Ferguson) and saving the world, again. 

Tom Cruise's career trajectory is fascinating. He's devoted to every role he chooses, but the decision to ditch the Oscar bait for action cinema has reaped enormous benefits for his fans, and for his pockets. His ability to master every stunt is what keeps the Mission Impossible franchise in business. Cruise never ceases to impress with his level of dedication and authenticity of all his action roles by doing without assistance. With each film, he aims to outdo himself--so where does it go from here? It's exciting to think about how wild things could get in the next installment. 

One of the best additions to the franchise is Rebecca Ferguson as Ilsa Faust. The character is treated as an equal to Ethan Hunt and nothing less. Dance training comes in handy for the actress as she's able to execute expertly choreographed fight scenes without the help of stunt doubles or ugly special effects. In fact, Ferguson is so good in Rogue Nation that she manages to upstage Cruise. Is this the reason her role and level of action felt reduced in Fallout? Or is my mind playing tricks on me? We need more Ilsa Faust, not less!

With all the good things going for it, some things are unforgivable. It's trippy how these movies take themselves seriously yet get away with the dullest tropes because the script says so. The key to making a film that makes sense is knowing where they stand within the realm of reality. Painting a realistic world that doesn't live up to realistic expectations moves a movie from plausibility to nonsense. Did writers Christopher McQuarrie, and Bruce Geller expect audiences to buy the whole 45 min third act takes place while there are 15 mins left on the doomsday movie clock? It's something viewers should come to expect but why must it be so dang cheesy.

Ghost Protocol is still my favorite, but Mission:Impossible-Fallout is a close second. The memorable moments lie in its non-stop, balls to the wall action sequences that up-the-ante in the genre. If you can accept for the movie what it is, then you'll be happy you paid the price of admission. 

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TEEN TITANS GO! TO THE MOVIES Has An Awesome Mid-Credits Scene You’ll Want To Know About

Maybe you were planning on seeing Teen Titans Go! To The Movies, maybe you weren't. In either case the film is rolling out this weekend, and its got a pretty awesome mid-credits scene that should excite all Teen Titans fans. 

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Ok, I know the video below is most likely going to get deleted so I'll sum it up as best I can. The movies credits are "hacked," midway through and you can hear the characters trying to talk through a lot of garbled audio. Finally an image becomes clear and it's the original Beast Boy along with the rest of the original animated characters from Teen Titans. Robin informs the audience that he thinks they've found a way "back," and then things basically end.

This confirms the news that Cartoon Network is wanting to bring back the original Teen Titans! I'm pretty excited to hear that, although I'm not sure if kids today will appreciated as much as I and others like me did back in the day. Are you pumped for this news?! 

Terry Gilliam’s TIME BANDITS Is Being Adapting into a TV Series By Apple

Terry Gilliam's Time Bandits is one of my favorite films as a kid! That was such a crazy and fun adventure film! I still revisit it from time to time, and there's nothing really like it that has been done since. It's just such a unique film! 

Well, that film is now going to be adapted into a TV series all thanks to Apple, who just closed the deal. They will develop the series with Anonymous Content, Paramount Television and Media Rights Capital. Gilliam will also be a non-writing executive producer.

Gilliam was actually developing a Time Bandits series three years ago. I'm not sure if those initial plans will carry over into this new production, but when previously talking about his vision for a series, he said:

"It’s about a middle aged New York cop who was once a hero who has grown fat and cynical and is in the middle of a breakdown, ending up in a child’s fantasy world where the rules of the mean streets of New York no longer apply. The best way to kill a dragon is no longer a gun, but a tree branch you think is a sword."

I hope that vision carries over. At least something similar to it. I'm really curious to see how the turns out and I hope that they get a talented creative team on board to develop it.

Time Bandits was released in 1980, it "is a dark, irreverent adventure about imagination, bravery and the nature of our dreams. It follows the time-traveling adventures of an 11-year-old history buff named Kevin who, one night, stumbles on six dwarfs who emerge from his closet. They are former workers of the Supreme Being who have stolen a map that charts all the holes in the space-time fabric, using it to hop from one historical era to the next in order to steal riches. Throughout the movie, they meet various historical and fictional characters, including Napoleon Bonaparte and Robin Hood, while the Supreme Being simultaneously tries to catch up to them and retrieve the map."

Are you excited to hear that Time Bandits is getting a TV series?

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DREAM ALONE Review: A Dark Platformer With Mystery

Finding a unique way to blend platforming and horror that is fun, challenging, and puts players on the edge of their nerves is a difficult task. Facing that mix of genre is WarSaw Games with their latest game, Dream Alone.

Story

A young boy who lives in a town, recently plagued with the mysterious illness that is causing everybody to fall into a coma, sets out to find a way to save everyone; especially his parents. Facing danger in multiple forms, he must overcome the challenges ahead if he hopes to be successful in this adventure.

Gameplay

Featuring only two mechanics, move and jump, players must learn the patterns of enemies and various dangers in each level in order to progress. There is no special actions a player can take to aid them, so timing will be the only answer.

Enemies range from small to tall and always have a pattern. The challenge is finding how far and high you can jump then using the environment around you to ensure you can get past them.

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There is a few power ups and abilities that can aid you, but they are for the platforming and puzzle solving aspects. From providing a temporary portable light to creating a doppelganger to let you be in two places at once, each ability will be used throughout the game.

The first and main ability let's you go into an alternate reality where the landscape is a bit different, the danger feels raised, and dead bodies are seen variously around the background. It doesn't help with the enemies in any way, but players will find themselves using this often to find their way to the end of the level.

Graphics and Sounds

Visually, the game has a mid-90's/early-00's horror art style with characters and enemies that could have been approved by Tim Burton. The graphic level isn't amazing, but it does well to provide the atmosphere.

The music and sound effects were all matching well. Either blending in or reacting to the changes in the environment, the sounds used helped with the games overall atmosphere.

What Could Be Better

The movement felt a bit off and didn't make the game feel as smooth as it could of been. The overall character control needs to be improved when it comes to the movement.

The story wasn't very impressive with an ending that lacked the ability to grab my attention. This game may have benefited by being a silent game that doesn't tell the story seeing as the gameplay is the main factor that holds any interest in Dream Alone.

Final Verdict

Dream Alone is a somewhat challenging and a pretty interesting puzzle platformer. While there are aspects that could have been better, the fun that the confusing and dark gameplay provides is the reason you will want to try this game out.

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The Crew of STAR WARS: EPISODE IX Seem To Be Using Old School Phones on Set To Prevent Leaks

Lucasfilm has always tried to go to great lengths to keep their Star Wars movie secrets under wraps. With director J.J. Abrams' Star Wars: Episode IX, it looks like they are taking that secrecy to a whole new level. 

Victoria Mahoney, who serves as the second unit director on the film, shared the photo of an old school cell phone on Twitter with the caption, "#OldSchool ~ #Crew ~ #IX." Her comments offer any reasons on why she is rocking the old cell phone, but with the hashtag's "Crew" and "IX" one can assume that these are the phones the crew are using on the set of the film to help avoid any possible leaks. These phones can't take photos.

What other reason why would they be using old-school cell phones like this? Smart move if you ask me! Stuff will still leak out, though. Life will find a way.

The Director of THE NUN Claims That He Experienced a Real Ghostly Encounter on the Set of The Film

I love hearing a good ghost story from the set of a horror film! There are a lot of stories from horror films that have been made that claim to have supernatural experiences happen while shooting the film. The Omen, The Exorcist, and Poltergeist, just to name a few. You can read a really old post I wrote about those here if you're interested.

It seems like it's been a long time since something has claimed that there's been a haunting on the set of a film! But now, the director of The Nun, Corin Hardy, is sharing an experience he had while shooting his film in a Romanian fortress, and it sounds pretty creepy. Here's what he told CinemaBlend:

"We were shooting in a real Romanian fortress… it was used to store weapons… like an old bunker. Everyone was a bit unnerved by it. Pitch dark tunnels you could get lost in. So when we shot this sequence… it was called the corridor of crosses, and it was a two hundred foot long corridor… deep, dark, dank. Where I was situated, I had to be out of camera shot, so I was in one of these cells… literally a door from the corridor into a pitch black room. I see these two guys from the crew, probably sound department, just sort of sitting back a little further in the dark. I said hi. I was focused on the film. I turned my back and sat with my back to these two guys. And I was watching the monitors.
"Half an hour later… I finally got the shot… I got up and turned to the two men and said, ‘Did you see that?’ And I turned around and… there was just no one in the room. And there hadn’t been anyone in there at all. There’s nowhere they could’ve come out of. I saw them on the way in. I just felt that they were there the whole time."

That would be a pretty crazy experience! Maybe the Ghost Adventures need to go there and investigate!  When talking further about the identities of the entities, Hardy said:

"I can only assume that they were probably like Romanian soldiers…. watching over the filming of The Nun."

Now, if they ended up catching anything on film while they were shooting the movie... that would be cool! Have you ever had a ghostly encounter!?

When a young nun at a cloistered abbey in Romania takes her own life, a priest with a haunted past and a novitiate on the threshold of her final vows are sent by the Vatican to investigate. Together they uncover the order’s unholy secret. Risking not only their lives but their faith and their very souls, they confront a malevolent force in the form of the same demonic nun that first terrorized audiences in The Conjuring 2, as the abbey becomes a horrific battleground between the living and the damned.

The Nun stars Demian Bichir (A Better Life) as Father Burke, Taissa Farmiga (American Horror Story) as Sister Irene, Jonas Bloquet (Elle) as local villager Frenchie, Charlotte Hope(Game of Thrones) as the abbey’s Sister Victoria, Ingrid Bisu (Toni Erdmann) as Sister Oana, and Bonnie Aarons, reprising her Conjuring 2 role as The Nun.

The Nun is set to be released on September 7, 2018.

Peter Dinklage Set To Star in RUMPELSTILTSKIN For Sony Pictures

Game of Thrones star Peter Dinklage is set to star in an produce a new film adaptation of the classic fairytale Rumpelstiltskin. The film is set up at Sony Pictures and Patrick Ness (A Monster Calls) has been hired to write the script.

The project is in deep development and as of right now, the plot details of the film are being kept under wraps. But, we do know that it will focus on the mythical character, who first appeared in a Brothers Grimm tale which "follows a miller who lies to the king, telling him that his daughter can spin straw into gold. The king calls for the girl, shuts her in a tower room filled with straw and a spinning wheel, and demands she spin the straw into gold by morning or he will cut off her head. When she has given up all hope, an imp-like creature, a.k.a. Rumpelstiltskin, appears in the room and spins the straw into gold in return for her necklace. Though the return is good in the short term, Rumpelstiltskin’s motives lie in the long term and end up costing the girl more than she could have bargained for."

I imagine that's the story they will tell in the film. It's a great dark tale that could actually make a great movie, especially with Dinklage in the role of Rumpelstiltskin. One thing that I hope is that the film will be a period piece like the original story. Setting the story in modern time would just make the whole thing uninteresting, and that's something Hollywood has been doing a lot lately. 

This won't be Dinklage's next film project, and it is a priority for him and the studio. What do you think about Dinklage taking on Rumpelstiltskin?

Source: Variety

GODZILLA: KING OF MONSTERS Hints At KONG: SKULL ISLAND Connection

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Godzilla: King of Monsters was expected to tie in with Kong: Skull Island somehow, and now director Michael Dougherty has teased part of how the two worlds will collide. Dougherty revealed in an interview with Rotten Tomatoes (seen below) that one character from Kong: Skull Island will be showing up during the film, but did not reveal who it's going to be. Just as a reminder, Kong: Skull Island is set in the 70s so whoever they pick to appear in the present day will look much older than they did in the film. Give us your best guess as to who you think it will be and check out the rest of the interview below: