Lion Review #OscarWatch2017


I return having watched another Oscar nominated movie. That means I have watched four so far, and I’m halfway through Jackie, so y’all will hear about that soon as well. This next movie is Lion, the real tale of an Indian boy who ends up lost miles from home in Calcutta. The 5 year old Sheru (Sunny pawar) ends up adopted by an Australian couple (Nicole Kidman and David Wenham) and grows up as their child. 25 years later Sheru (now Dev Patel) is reminded of the life he once had and works to find his way back home. This movie is nominated for best picture and Dev Patel and Nicole Kidman are both nominated for their supporting roles.

Now for my initial opinion. This movie isn’t bad. It’s not. But I do believe I got a movie different than the one I was pitched. It’s not like I got a romantic comedy when I thought it was a thriller, but I was made to believe this was Dev Patel’s movie. I thought it would be Patel somehow reminded of his past in pieces and he’d slowly put together the past that his young mind chose to repress and then using modern technology he finds his way home. In reality this is Sunny Pawar’s story. We see directly what happened to him, and I wasn’t fond of that choice. I feel like telling the story chronically made for a big boring part that’s after young Sheru but before the ending when everything get awwwwww-worthy. To be honest, once Sunny Pawar was gone I kinda wanted to just stop watching. I gave zero shits about Dev Patel. And I gave -4 shits about his parents. Literally once Pawar got adopted I was done. Interest lost. However, I did like seeing young Sheru’s story. It was interesting and mind-boggling what he had to go through. This five year old kid just traveled throughout India. He didn’t break down in tears and cry for his mother. He just went on. That’s one badass little kid. But then the kid has the easy life and the story is more or less over. This leads into my thoughts on this movie in relation to the Oscars. I don’t think it’s a surprise that I don’t think this’ll win best picture, nor should it. There are so many better movies nominated that this movie has little chance. And as for Dev Patel and Nicole Kidman, I wouldn’t vote for them. I mean, Dev Patel wasn’t terrible and since his performance is the first I’ve seen from any of those nominated for best actor in a supporting role I can’t judge him as much as I will Nicole Kidman. Michelle Williams definitely beats her. I just really didn’t care for the second part of that movie. And at least I felt a little something for Michelle Williams. I liked her character. For Kidman I felt nothing. In conclusion, this movie was a disappointment. The trailer made me believe it was more interesting than it was, though I guess that’s what trailers are meant to do. This movie is at the bottom of my Oscar movie list thus far, and I do hope it doesn’t get any worse than this.

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DCEU’s All-Female Villains Movie to be Called ‘Gotham City Sirens’; David Ayer to Direct


While Suicide Squad wasn’t exactly a critical darling it did have its moments, and if you ask around about what people’s favorite part of many people will say is the characters. Well, more specifically Harley Quinn. This being the first live action film adaptation of the character, Margot Robbie pretty much knocked it out of the park. When that movie ended most people were thinking “What’s next for Harley?” and the studio picked up on that. So not long after the movie came out it was revealed that a Harley Quinn spinoff was in the works. As time went on we got more details about the project, one being that it could star several famous female villains for a Birds of Prey type of movie. Well we have some more official news that confirms this and a bit more.

The Harley Quinn spin-off has officially evolved into a movie of female villainesses 635267fd1f83ae1c99ad9da6bb3cfe86called Gotham City Sirens. David Ayer will be returning to direct this spin-off, which can be taken as good or bad depending on your feelings about Suicide Squad. For those who thought Suicide Squad was a glorified music video may be dismayed by this news. However for those who either did not think that or loved the movie for what is was should be pretty okay with this news. And the title is a pretty cool one, so that’s one more plus. It’s likely derived from the DC comics series Sirens, which stars the famous villainesses Harley Quinn, Catwoman, and Poison Ivy. It is unclear is these are the villains they will be focusing on, only Harley is a sure bet. There is no word on the movie’s plot or if any heroes will be appearing in the villain-centric picture.

For those whdeadshot_empire_cover_png_by_messypandas-d9fdc79o are more interested in the other members of the Squad, don’t fear. Suicide Squad 2 is still in development, along with a Deadshot spin-off. GCS is just the furthest along, which isn’t a surprise considering how much everyone loved Harley. This does seem like an interesting idea, however for the whole of the DCEU I don’t know where this is gonna fit in. I wouldn’t seem to follow the storyline set in place so far. This sounds like a
nice one-shot, but just doesn’t work in the DCEU right now. What they need to do is keep focused on the main storyline they have right now. I doubt Gotham CIty Sirens connects to Justice League Part 2 in some big and influential way. But who knows? Maybe they got it all worked out. Maybe…

So do you think they’re finally on the right track? Should the DCEU just focus on the path they’re on rather than deviating? Is Harley Quinn overrated? Talk about it in the comments and don’t forget to like, share, and follow Sprom for more news on Gotham City Sirens and other things in the world that is movie news.

Gotham City Sirens doesn’t have a set date yet, but we’ll be on the lookout for it.


‘Aquaman’ Gets Pushed Back


The DCEU has been working and working to catch up to the other superhero powerhouses of the age, and they’ve for the most part missed the mark. Their movies have been noted for being general messes that tend to divide their audience into those who hate it with a passion or love it with equal passion. This was evident with their third film, Suicide Squad, which came out this Summer to the admiration or disappointment its audience. But somehow this universe that just can’t seem to get the superhero movie right still has many waiting anxiously for the next installment. With Wonder Woman only months away now and Justice League not long after, the DCEU is something we’re all still crossing our fingers for, and this news may bum you out but it may be for the best.

Aquaman has been moved off its date of July 27th, 2018 to October 5th, 2018. It is unclear why this move has been made for a movie that is still so far off. One plausible theory is to move the film away from Mission Impossible 6. Let’s face it, those movies have had quite a bit more success in the moolah department than the DCEU films. No need for Tom Cruise mv5byjmyzjzmzjitzjywmc00mzqzlwjjymutmji4zdayzdnjyje3xkeyxkfqcgdeqxvymzy0nta5ndu-_v1_uy268_cr1470182268_al_dipping into the DCEU’s money pool. As of right now Aquaman has no competition in its new slot, and October isn’t so bad. I mean as of right now the DCEU films haven’t been doing too well, so why throw it into a Summer that will surely be packed? Not to mention even with khal Drogo himself playing the title role there is still the prejudices attached to Aquaman and in turn an Aquaman movie. They seem to be trying to avoid risk. But as earlier stated, this movie doesn’t come out for almost two years. If the response to him in Justice League is better than expected they might just movie it back up.

So what do you think? Is this a good or bad sign? Do you think Jason Momoa can carry a movie? Is Aquaman just a sea-nerd? Talk about it in the comments and don’t forget to like, share, and follow Sprom for more news on Aquaman and everything else in the movie world.

Aquaman comes to US theaters October 5th, 2018. It is directed by James Wan and will star Jason Momoa as the title character, as well as Amber Heard as Mera and Willem Dafoe as Nuidis Vulko.


Assassin’s Creed Movie to be Bilingual?

It has been a long and hard road for every gamer who wants to see their favorite game turned into a film. Most of these attempts have failed either financially, critically, or in both ways. Just a few months ago we saw Warcraft try to break that glass ceiling, but the movie wasn’t so successful (at least not domestically anyway). But there is hope! Coming out this December is the movie Assassin’s Creed, based off the popular video game series of the same name. For those unfamiliar with the plot here it is: “Through a revolutionary technology that unlocks his genetic memories, Callum Lynch (Michael Fassbender) experiences the adventures of his ancestor, Aguilar, in 15th Century Spain. Callum discovers he is descended from a mysterious secret society, the Assassins, and amasses incredible knowledge and skills to take on the oppressive and powerful Templar organization in the present day.” 20th century fox wrote that up, not I. I figured they could do a better job of it. So as you can see this movie has an amazing lead and an interesting story, not to mention a devoted fanbase. So this is seeming promising. Unless of course this news completely turns you off.

All the scenes set in 15th century Spain will be in Spanish. So sadly (unless you know Spanish, if so rock on) that means we’ll spend some time reading subtitles. Yes subtitles, the reason you haven’t seen that one french movie you girlfriend keeps raving about (besides the fact that you really don’t wanna see it). This is very divisive topic for many. Ijustinkurzelmacbethukfilmpremiereqjnufmtiq_cl personally don’t mind them but many can’t seem to focus on what’s happening on screen and read what the characters are saying at the same time. So this may elicit a few groans from the crowd. “Why are they doing this to me!” I’m sure some of you are yelling at your computers. Well according to director Justin Kurzel from the most recent issue of Total Film, here’s why:

“I just love the fact [production company] New Regency embraced it. We did play around with English as well, but it was really obvious what you wanted as soon as you went back and started speaking beautiful Spanish. It really adds an exoticness and richness to the film.”

Hopefully that exoticness and richness doesn’t end up going unnoticed by those who aren’t fans of subtitles. And I hope all these years of public school Spanish finally start paying off. Fingers crossed.

So is this a deal breaker for you? Are subtitles really that bad? Talk about it in the comments and don’t forget to like, share, and follow Sprom for more news on Assassin’s Creed and other things in the world that is movie news.

Assassin’s Creed comes to theaters December 21st, 2016.


Willem Dafoe to Voice Ryuk in Death Note Movie


Every few years we see new trends emerge in the world of movies. One of the best examples being the rise of the superhero genre, this is a trend that sticks around and seems to be sticking around for at least a few more years. And some trends haven’t had as much success. But one that’s trying to get its start is anime properties being turned intowillem_dafoe live action American movies. Quite a few anime properties are set to come to American theaters in the coming years, one perfect example being the well beloved manga Death Note. This property has plenty of different iterations from its own country, those being a manga, a tv series (which I highly recommend), and a few movies. And now the US has decided that we like it but we need our own version. And now we’re here.

The cast being gathered for this Remake isn’t too bad and it seems to be getting better. Willem Dafoe has been cast as the voice of our favorite shinigami, Ryuk. For all the newbs a shinigami is a god of death. Ryuk is the owner of the Death Note that is later found by the main character in this movie Light (who is to be played by that one guy from the Naked Brothers Band, Nat Wolff). Ryuk is a great bit of comic relief throughout the series and I welcome Willem into this project even though I don’t completely welcome this project.

Along with Willem and Nat, the cast includes Keith Stanfield and Margaret Qualley. Stanfield (Straight Outta Compton) will be playing L, the detective set on stopping L and Qualley (The Nice Guys) is set to play “Mia Sutton”, aka a bastardization of the character Misa Amane who is Kira’s biggest fan and partner. So if you can’t tell I’m not the happiest that this is being Americanized. I should probably get over myself. Right?

So are you with me? Or do you want an American version? Have you seen any of the other iterations? Talk about it in the comments and don’t forget to like, share, and follow Sprom for more news on the American version of Death Note.

The new Death Note movie is set to hit Netflix sometime in 2017.

Harry Potter Possibly Coming Back to the Big screen???


One of the best examples of a hit book turned to a hit film franchise, the Harry Potter movies have been a source of entertainment for adult and child alike since it first appeared on the big screen in 2001. We fell in love with these magical yet relatable characters over the course of 8 films, but that just made it harder to say goodbye. Now we are living five years post-Potter and it seems the magical wizarding world will never really leave our lives. In just a few months we will meet the famous wizard Newt Scamander (played by Oscar winner Eddie Redmayne) in the Harry Potter spinoff Fantastic Beasts and Where to find Them and come July 30th the stage play Harry Potter and the Cursed Child will premiere in London’s West End. Alas not everyone has the ability to get to London, but there may be hope yet!
It seems there’s a possibility that this stage play will venture onto the silver screen sometime in the future. According to Hypable Warner Brothers (the studio behind your favorite magical franchise) filed for copyright protection for The Cursed Child in Britain on the 8th of this month. The type of protection they filed for apparently indicates that Warner Bros may be planning to make this their next addition to ttumblr_m82o65lnb01qf64hno1_500he Potter franchise. Now I’m saying apparently a lot because this is second hand info so take it with a grain of salt. And even if it is true that doesn’t mean that it will most certainly be used. This is just to give you a glimmer of hope for the future. You’re welcome.

So do you think I’m giving you false hope? Are you thankful you might not have to trek all the way to a foreign country to see this? Talk about it in the comments and don’t forget to like, share, and follow Sprom for more news on the Harry Potter franchise and other things in the world of movie news.

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child comes to London’s West End July 30th and Fantastic Beasts and where to Find Them comes to US theaters November 18th, 2016.


‘Me Before You’ Director to Adapt ‘The Selection’ Movie


So YA book to movie adaptations aren’t dead just yet. After the underperformance of Allegiant and the disaster that was The 5th Wave , you’d think studios would take a break from these for a minute. Not that the books are bad but it seems people have trouble adapting them. Or maybe I’m just being pessimistic. This example does seem fairly promising considering the circumstances.

Speaking of the circumstances, a director has been attached to the coming movie adaptation of the popular book The Selection. Director of the recently released movie Me before You, Thea Sharrock, will be adapting this project for the big screen. While this would thea-sharrock-uk-premiere-me-before-you-01make this movie her second feature film, her adaption of Me before You overperformed in the box office domestically. So if anything we shouldn’t be too worried.

The Selection is a novel written by Kiera Cass that chronicles the story of America Singer, a girl who gets selected to be in a competition to fight for a prince’s affection. The book being a New York Times Bestseller, this is not the first time someone tried to adapt it. In 2012 a pilot was made in the hopes that the CW would pick it up. Alas that never did come to pass. But then it became clear no one was giving up on the property when Warner Bros bought the rights April of 2015. And now it looks like this name is coming back into the public eye.

So what are you thinking? Is this great news or do you think this series is better made for television? Talk about it in the comments and don’t forget to like, share, and follow Sprom for more news on The Selection movie and other things in the world of movie news.