‘The Max Trailer’ Released For ‘The Secret Life Of Pets’ Sequel

“The Secret Life of Pets 2 will follow summer 2016’s blockbuster about the lives our pets lead after we leave for work or school each day. Illumination founder and CEO Chris Meledandri and his longtime collaborator Janet Healy will produce the sequel to the comedy that had the best opening ever for an original film, animated or otherwise.”

Directed by: Chris Renaud, Yarrow Cheney

Cast: Patton Oswalt., Eric Stonestreet, Kevin Hart, Lake Bell, Tiffany Haddish, Jenny Slate, Harrison Ford

Release Date: 24th June, 2019

New ‘Venom’ Trailer | Megan’s Thoughts

Written by Megan Williams

Back in May, I wrote an article on the first full-length trailer for the solo Venom movie, starring Tom Hardy, and to say I’m excited for this film is an understatement: I grew up reading the ‘Lethal Protector’ series as well as the original and ‘Ultimate Spiderman’ story arc. Next to Spiderman, Venom is my favourite Marvel character. And it looks like the final trailer has now been released, showing us more of the symbiote, including footage of him talking more and giving us more of the plotline. Venom seems to act and talk like he did in the 90’s comics, which, while I’m glad to see that, I don’t know whether this will translate well to the overall film.

While we’re on the topic of talking, I’m getting déjà vu: I’m remembering when The Dark Knight Rises came out and not being able to understand what Bane was saying (also played by Tom Hardy)…Yes, we have the same problem again except, this time, with Venom. While the voice isn’t as bad as Bane, I still had to re-watch a couple of scenes in the trailer because I didn’t understand what was being said.

The trailer also shows us another symbiote that I suspect is either Carnage or Riot (Riot is one of five symbiotes that was spawned from Venom via experiments done by the Life Foundation-a storyline that was introduced in the ‘Lethal Protector’ comic series), meaning that this will probably feature multiple symbiotic characters. This could either be disastrous (Amazing Spider-Man 2 and Spider-Man 3 anyone?) or it could work. It all depends on how the film handles this, in terms of pacing and screen-time per character.

There are a few moments in the trailer where the CGI looks extremely dodgy, especially in the final shot with Venom and maybe-Riot. However, I don’t know whether the visual effects for the film have been completed or not; it could still be slightly incomplete (I’m more telling myself this though!).

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As well as a new trailer being released, Sony has also revealed the international poster and it. IS. AWESOME! Take a look below:

It’s a lot better than the previous one, which looked like a bad fan-made poster.

Overall, I’m still on-board with this film and I still can’t wait for it. However, I do think some of Venom’s dialogue needs to be tweaked a little to make it sound slightly more clearer, and I’m hoping a couple of the CGI shots are incomplete because they look a little dodgy and cartoonish at the moment.

On a final note, I think I’ve found the most terrifying still from the trailer:

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SWEET DREAMS MARVEL FANS!

Venom Is Unleashed In Final Trailer

“One of Marvel’s most enigmatic, complex and badass characters comes to the big screen, starring Academy Award® nominated actor Tom Hardy as the lethal protector Venom.”

Directed by: Ruben Fleischer

Cast: Tom Hardy, Michelle Williams, Riz Ahmed, Jenny Slate, Woody Harrelson

Release Date: October 5th, 2018

The Polka King

Year: 2018
Directed by: Maya Forbes
Starring: Jack Black, Jenny Slate, Jason Schwartzman, Jacki Weaver

WRITTEN BY ELENA MORGAN

Local Pennsylvania polka legend Jan Lewan (Jack Black) unwittingly develops a plan for his many elderly fans to invest in him, that turns out to be an illegal Ponzi scheme. Soon events start spiraling out of Jan’s control as he’s investigated for fraud, and people start to want their money back.

Amazingly ‘The Polka King‘ is based on a true story which makes Jan and his antics all the more strangely endearing. Because that’s the thing, Jan seems like a generally nice guy who enjoys making people happy with his music. He didn’t even realise his insurance scheme was illegal to begin with and when he did, he was already in too deep and didn’t know how he could fix it. There probably was an element of greed too as he enjoyed being able to get his clueless but lovely wife (Jenny Slate) anything she might want.

Jan and his story have a bit of the ‘American Dream’ about it. He’s a Polish immigrant who wants to make a better life for himself in America through his music but no matter how hard he works its never enough. He’s doing multiple jobs, has a shop and once played at 400 picnics in a year but until his fans started investing in him, he never really got anywhere.

‘The Polka King’ is funny and one of the nice things about it is that it doesn’t go for the easy or silly jokes, instead the humour comes from these larger than life characters portrayed by some great actors. Jack Black is brilliant here, he’s funny and charming, and even when he’s lying to everyone he still feels like a good guy at heart. Jason Schwartzman plays Jan’s bandmember Mickey Pizzazz and he’s also brilliant. Jacki Weaver as Jan’s mother in law is a standout as she’s the only one who thinks that Jan is up to no good but naturally no one believes her.

‘The Polka King’ does tread a fine line as it never sugar-coats Jan’s actions, but they could be treated more seriously at times, especially the amount of money vulnerable people trusted him with and subsequently lost. Jan, and the film itself, love the theatrics but while it all looks great on the surface, it never really looks behind Jan’s joyful appearance to see what’s really going on with him.

The story itself is pretty predictable but the script and performances make it more fun than you’d expect. Oh, and the music is ridiculously catchy, and you will probably be humming a polka tune long after the credits roll.

ELENA’S RATING:

3 STRSR

Meet Venom In A Brand New Trailer!

“One of Marvel’s most enigmatic, complex and badass characters comes to the big screen, starring Academy Award® nominated actor Tom Hardy as the lethal protector Venom.”

Directed by: Ruben Fleischer

Cast: Tom Hardy, Michelle Williams, Riz Ahmed, Jenny Slate, Woody Harrelson

Release Date: October 5th, 2018

‘Hotel Artemis’ Boasts A Star Studded Cast In First Trailer

“In ‘Hotel Artemis’, set in riot-torn, near-future Los Angeles, Jodie Foster plays The Nurse, who runs a secret, members-only emergency room for criminals.”

Directed by: Drew Pearce

Cast: Jeff Goldblum, Jodie Foster, Dave Bautista, Sterling K. Brown, Charlie Day, Sofia Boutella, Jenny Slate, Zachary Quinto, Brian Tyree Henry

Release Date: July 20th, 2018

First Teaser For ‘Venom’ Has Arrived!

“One of Marvel’s most enigmatic, complex and badass characters comes to the big screen, starring Academy Award® nominated actor Tom Hardy as the lethal protector Venom.”

Directed by: Ruben Fleischer

Cast: Tom Hardy, Michelle Williams, Jenny Slate, Riz Ahmed

Release Date: October 5th, 2018

Despicable Me 3

Year: 2017
Director(s): Kyle Balda, Peter Coffin
Starring: Steve Carell, Kristen Wiig, Trey Parker, Jenny Slate

Written by Andrew Garrison

Whilst I enjoyed the previous two ‘Despicable Me’ films, 2015’s the ‘Minions’ movie was a bit of a disappointment, being tolerable at best film. Following that, my anticipation for this movie had dropped considerably, however I was hopeful that bringing Gru and the gang back would elevate the film over the previous.  Thankfully, it did, but not nearly as much as I’d prefer.

Despicable Me 3′ tells the story of Gru (Carell) who is now working as an agent for the Anti Villain League alongside his wife, Lucy (Wiig), and this time ex-childhood TV star of the 80s, Balthazar Bratt, is the one being a nuisance. Lucy and Gru end up getting get sacked from their jobs, resulting in Gru suffering a personal loss of purpose. It is then discovered that Gru has a long-lost brother named Dru (also voiced by Carell). The two siblings reconnect and quickly devise a complicated heist that is ripe with ulterior motives.

Whilst ‘Despicable Me 3’ wasn’t a complete disaster, it did have several issues worth noting.  Of the three films, I felt the writing in this one was the weakest. In past films, the humour hit its mark often, and there were also moments that pulled at your heartstrings.  In this third installment however, the heart is missing. There are a couple of moments that rise to the right level, but plenty do not, and you will leave this movie with dry eyes.

As for the humour, there are several very funny moments in the film, however, there are also many jokes that were weak and missed their mark because of poor timing, delivery, and overall substance. The first act was quite hilarious, but the jokes diminished drastically in the latter two-thirds of the film. As a result, the first act is the strongest, but the movie drags in the middle. You wind up with a few laughs, a little bit of heart, and then a ton of downtime.  Perhaps the biggest issue here is the film touched on a subject that could have delivered the greatest amount of heart, allowing us to grow closer to these characters, but this was never fully developed. 

The humour saves this movie from being dismal.  When the jokes hit right, they were hilarious, and this was mostly thanks to Trey Parker as Balthazar Bratt; a 1980’s childhood star turned evil. The sight gags, sheer energy of the character, and 1980’s references are thoroughly entertaining.

Gru, Lucy, and the minions had personal story arcs that needed to be fulfilled.  Whilst Gru and his relationship with Dru carries the film, Lucy has her own issues to work out as she is filling a very unfamiliar motherhood role. This story arc showed promise, but I just wish it was explored more, however overall I was satisfied with the conclusion. 

Like many, I prefer when the minions are used sparingly, their story here is entertaining, but it did not have me longing for more.  It works well enough for the construct of this movie and there certainly were some humourous minion moments. Let’s be honest, if not for the minion madness that has spread across the globe, these little guys would still be hilarious in small doses.

Finally, the connection between Gru and Dru and their brotherly dynamic is interesting; both have expectations of the other and both have to make adjustments accordingly.  Although much of the best potential is wasted, there is enjoyment to be had in seeing these two bond as brothers.  In the end, I like the lessons that Gru learns about his purpose in life, and whilst his character doesn’t alter as much as one would hope, there is a noticeable change. 

It may have been less than stellar in comparison to other ‘Despicable Me’ movies, but it was considerably better than ‘Minions’. ‘Despicable Me 3’ has enough humour to keep all ages entertained for the runtime, however it had potential to do so much more and never fully delivered on it.  

Andrew’s rating: 6.5 out of 10