I Think ‘Spider-Man: No Way Home’ Is Secretly a Hot Mess of a Movie Right Now

I’ve never been one to be worried about the MCU and its films but with Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness being pushed to May because of extensive reshoots in November and December and the mind-numbing secrecy surrounding Spider-Man: No Way Home I’m starting to notice something rather unfortunate.

For months, fans were clamoring for a trailer for the upcoming Spider-Man flick. It finally dropped on August 23, roughly four months before its release in theaters, and that felt right. But now we’re heading into November and as more details a.k.a promotional pictures start coming out for the film I hate to say it but this film just kind of looks…bad.

Check out this picture that got turned into an instant meme.

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I wanted to like this picture but there are so many things wrong with this image. First off, the CGI for Doc Ock looks ridiculous. I mean, is this an early 2000s’ movie?

Secondly, Spider-Man doesn’t run from a fight? He didn’t even run from Thanos who’s way scarier than this guy so what the heck is he doing in this picture?

There’s also a level of secrecy around this film that feels less like Kevin Feige wanting us to be surprised and more like the editors are scrounging to put this convoluted movie together.

This is the MCU’s first foray into the multiverse theme and this, unfortunately, is where stories can start getting wacky real quick. Spider-Man has had two solid films so I shouldn’t be too worried but my gut is just telling me there’s something off with this movie the more I see it.

And, considering that I often base a movie’s quality off of their teaser trailer, I was one of the small crowd who found the No Way Home teaser to be very underwhelming and not that great. The only thing I liked about it was Doctor Strange because duh, he’s my favorite.

What do you think? Do you still have faith in Spider-Man: No Way Home‘s chances of being a great movie? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments below.

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‘Eternals’ Now Has the Worst Rotten Tomatoes Score of any MCU Movie: Uh-oh

I’ve never been one to fully rely on critics to help me decide whether to watch a film or not but I do pay attention to the score. For example, Joker, among critics has a 68% Rotten Tomatoes score and yet I’ve watched the film FIVE times. Suffice it to say, I really like the movie and was surprised to see it lower than at least 85%. There are other films whose scores may be low but I enjoy regardless; Transformers: Age of Extinction (17%), Rush Hour 2 (57%), Jungle Cruise (62%) or even Interstellar whose 72% score seems preposterous to me.

So a dismal Rotten Tomatoes score won’t exactly deter me from watching a film I’m interested in but I do see it. The fact that this movie is now the lowest-rated MCU film, even under Thor: The Dark World seems baffling to me. If this movie is so bad why did the critics just outright tell us so. Why are they beating around the bush?

I get the overall negative view of the film. It’s all over the place, the plot is messy, and it’s a bit too much like a DC movie. But aren’t the characters and the eventual showdowns enough to balance the “dense” narrative?

I don’t know what’s with this new movie but I hope I personally enjoy it more than Captain Marvel.

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Well, I Watched ‘The Blair Witch Project’

As I have told you all many times before, I’m not a horror fan. But for the past couple of years every October I make sure to watch Halloween and a new scary movie of my choice. This year it was The Blair Witch Project.

I’ve heard about this movie. It’s the best documentary-style horror classic and it kind of was brilliantly made for its time. What I am relieved to say is that the film was terrifying but not to terrifying.

This is one of those films that builds the horror thanks to simply imagination. Every time I thought the story was going to go one way it veered on another path and then, at its most terrifying, it ended. I was both thankful that the film didn’t leave me scarred or unable to go to sleep with the lights off and I was appreciative of the film’s decision to end the way it did. It felt more realistic and honestly, the film did its job. It scared me and that’s what horror movies are supposed to do.

I’ll give it 89 out of 100 and 4 out of 5 stars.

I thank you for reading and I hope you have a lovely day. Happy Halloween weekend.

‘Dune: Part Two’ Has Been Greenlit and Pixar’s ‘Lightyear’ Has a Teaser Trailer

Yes, yesterday Dune: Part Two was greenlit by Legendary who was ultimately the production company that would decide the sequel’s fate. Everyone was waiting (im)-patiently for the official announcement which, thankfully, dropped yesterday.

The news was met with genuine joy/excitement from the thousands of people, like me, who are beyond thrilled to see Villeneuve’s vision for Part Two. The film was also given a date: October 23, 2023.

That’s a reasonable date. It gives Villeneuve and the returning crew time to prepare themselves for filming the project as well as plenty of time to smooth out the kinks if need be. And in 2023 we’ll get the second in what Villeneuve has planned to be a trilogy. That’s a very exciting and I couldn’t be more thrilled.

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I Watched the 80s’ ‘Dune’ and the New ‘Dune’ Back to Back: Here’s What I Think

Friday afternoon I watched Dune and it managed to exceed all of my expectations. It was visually masterful, perfectly acted, and way easier to comprehend. But, being the movie buff that I am, I wanted to revisit David Lynch’s Dune to see the differences between the old and the new versions as well to get a greater idea of what to expect in Part Two.

First off, Villeneuve’s version, based off of the material we’ve gotten so far is undoubtedly the superior version. Everything is handled with so much more thought. There’s a presence to the new Dune that the other one just doesn’t have. Basically, you can tell the director, the actors, and everyone involved with this movie put every fiber of their being into this film because it shows.

What I can say about Lynch’s Dune is that it does feel a bit more faithful to the actual book in all of its weirdest ways, like the almost unwatchable grossness of the Harkonnens, the hilarious voice-activated version of the weirding way, or the very cryptic version of Paul’s visions. But the second half of the film which flies by painted a ridiculously epic picture of what’s to come in Part Two.

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I’m Still Not Over ‘Dune’

Some are calling Dune a “masterpiece.” I cannot say it’s a masterpiece because as of right now, it’s incomplete. What I can say is it’s incredibly cinematic; a jaw-dropping achievement in the art of epic movie making. It’s been a while since I’ve watched a film with this much scale. A film designed for the biggest screen possible so the movie can absolutely overwhelm your senses for two and a half hours straight.

For the first hour of the film, I remember thinking to myself on many occasions, “This is fire.” After seeing the first film, which is handled with such wanton confusion despite its dizzying amount of exposition, I could see the similarities being ironed out, allowing for a much smoother process of a storyline. In fact, as I watched the film’s first half play out, the movie itself felt very much like a book happening onscreen.

The screenplay is phenomenal, moving along at its own pace as Villeneuve’s otherworldly vision of Dune came to life along with Hans Zimmer’s mesmerizing score that I’m listening to at this very moment while I write this.

Like I said before, this is no masterpiece but wow was I impressed. I found myself also appreciating it far more than the last three Star Wars movies (The Last Jedi, Solo: A Star Wars Story, and The Rise of Skywalker.) Star Wars has become such a phenomenon that people have become lazy with the material, providing generic looks at a franchise that is, in essence, as epic as Dune. Filmmakers, however, have turned Star Wars into a joke; a tale for children with cool lightsabers that make awesome noises and the simply bland heroes-versus-villains tales that keep being told over and over again in unimaginative ways.

I miss looking at Star Wars and feeling like the directors actually care about giving us something epic to look at. Not just ideas that will be crafted into a wave of new toys (like the Sith Troopers) or a new ride at a Disney theme park (like Rise of the Resistance.)

I also haven’t been this blown away by a cast too. Despite the wave of A-listers that joined this movie they don’t feel out of place. In fact, Villeneuve gives them new lanes to shine in. He utilizes every actor for their personal strengths and uses them to perfection.

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