By Paul Anthony
TMNT or better known as Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles was such a big hit in the 80’s and 90’s, so it only made sense to make them into films, well here comes 1990 and the turtles made it to the big screen and they struck magic because the first movie’s budget was only 13 million dollars and the film grossed over 200 million and with that being said you knew a sequel was coming along and that’s where we get a sequel just a year later called Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2: The Secret of The Ooze. The film was made from a slightly higher budget at 25 million but made far less then the first film. The movie only made 78 million. Still it made a profit but failed to reach even half of what the first film made.
So was the film just that bad or what because just a year ago it made so much money. Well for starters releasing a sequel within a year is never a good idea even if you have a large fan base sometimes fatigue just kicks in and then it is also could be the film itself. Here we go the film picks up a year after the last film and sees the Turtles living with April, still puzzled to why they saved the city and still have to live in the shadows. Shredder makes his return after the city and the turtles thought he was dead but this time instead of building the foot clan up again he rounds up the ones who didn’t get busted and seeks his revenge. In the mean time the turtles start to learn about their past when a story April is doing sheds light on their past with the green ooze that Splinter remembers and there he explains everything to the Turtles, though some feel disappointed that their past was nothing more then a mistake.
However Shredder sees what the ooze can do and wants some to help make monsters to defeat the turtles. Here is where we meet new villains Tokka and Rahzar who proves they can defeat the turtles but only are babies which mean they get outsmarted by the turtles, which forces Shredder to become Super Shredder from the ooze but in his fit of rage to defeat the turtles he kills himself. The turtles survive and are happy that Shredder is no more and life in the city returns to normal.
The movie does take a lighter tone to things and the turtles hardly used their weapons unlike the first film. For this reason many critics gave it a mixed reviewed instead of praising it since it went away from the source material. I don’t knock this film for trying something different because I don’t want to see the same movie twice and everything lines up to be a decent film. In the end I give it a B for their effort but would recommend anyone who likes them to watch this film!
By Paul Anthony
This is the weekend of the year where you know the big time movies will be releasing their trailers. We saw a new Avenger trailer and a Toys story 4 trailer and more but there was one that caught my attention not just because they released a full trailer just a few days earlier and that film was Fast and Furious presents Hobbs and Shaw. Don’t get me wrong this trailer had its moments but there were some that just in my eyes were too much.
We know over the last few films, the stunts in these films started to become just unrealistic and but it gives us that OMG type of stuff but this film clearly is now going over the top. In the last few films the team were using cars in more ways then just driving okay I am on board with that but now they have added Super Humans to the franchise. Yes Super Human. I guess they couldn’t find someone as big as the rock to give him someone real to battle instead they have to enhance a character to beat him. Still they didn’t need to go this over the top, now it seems like they are adding a comic book feel to it, which could hurt films 9 and 10.
Next thing is the title, Fast and Furious presents. This sounds stupid to harp on but titles can make and break a film and right now the last thing this film franchise needs is to lose a fan base because the numbers haven’t been there and I know The Fate of the Furious made over a billion dollars but here in the states the film failed to make its budget of 250 million here in the states and that is something that should been concerning.
The final thing is the movie itself, we have learned with the Star Wars is too much of one thing is a bad thing, Let’s be honest this film is basically fast and the furious 8.5 basically the plot is the same as the rest but with fewer main characters so when 9 comes just 7 months after this film comes out.
I’m not trying to bash this movie at all because there are somethings I did like from the trailer. Anything The Rock is in he can make into magic with him being funny and being a great action star. The laughs will come with this film with His Character interacting with Jason Statham character feuding well trying to work together. We know Jason isn’t funny on his own but with the right person he can be. I think it’s these two that will same this film and having them in the final two films will help them earn money.
Of course this all could work and things will be fine but we won’t know until the film comes out in August.
By Paul Anthony
2016 is now in the rear view mirror in cinema, we had great films and good films and very horrible films but which studio made the most money and controlled most of the film market?
You can answer that question very easy because the answer is in the title. Yes Disney as a whole had a very good 2016, when you have films like finding Dory and Captain America: Civil War and Rogue One and even the carry over from Star Wars The Force Awakens. Disney ended up making 11 billion in profit and counted for 25 percent of the market.
Let’s take a moment and let that process, that one entertainment company can count for 1 quarter of the market. How did we let this happen? Don’t get me wrong but no means is this exactly a bad thing, when you make 11 billion in profit from movies you’re putting out good films there no question about that, there issues here though however. Disney makes a lot money from merchandise, toys, music and film. this process allowed them to buy other entertainment. They bought Marvel and their fan base and then they bought lucasfilm and the Star Wars franchise.
It’s to believe that some of our favorite franchises are own by Disney which makes them more and more money. The scary part is if they made that much in 2016, How much are they going to make in 2017, both Marvel and Star Wars has big films coming out this year, We have Cars 3 and the live action version of Beauty and the Beast. Get ready for the next installment of the Pirates of the Caribbean, which is the fifth film in the franchise.
We may enjoy a lot of their films but I have to be honest a lot of their live action films have the same tone to them, very rarely do they cross that PG-13 rating and if they do its under another banner.
In the end their best movies are ones they basically buy and when they do come up with something new, the first films are good but it goes down the hill if they make a part two, they recently got on this kick with making live action films of their great cartoons, i am enjoying by the way.
So where my point at? well in this piece there is no point but the thought occurred to me when I found out that Disney was such a big part of the film market, all their movies they had last year and the money they made, it is crazy to think how much Disney we truly watch!