LOGAN: Movie Review 

Logan PosterCourtesy IMDb: In the near future, a weary Logan cares for an ailing Professor X in a hide out on the Mexican border. But Logan’s attempts to hide from the world and his legacy are up-ended when a young mutant arrives, being pursued by dark forces.

A whirling dervish of violence set as a grounded neo-western, with a splash of Mad Max dystopia. No two ways about it, I absolutely loved Logan. 

This is the third standalone Wolverine film from the X-Men franchise and most certainly the best. The first film,  X-Men Origins: Wolverine was so poorly received that it has not only contributed to the word “origins” being somewhat of a dirty word in the comic book film industry but presumably ended a potential slew of X-Men origin films. Not to mention with its horrible portrayal almost did something nobody else could do, kill Deadpool. Thankfully that didn’t come to pass. The second film simply titled The Wolverine, was significantly better than Origins but this Samurai spin on Wolverine was an adequate but somewhat forgettable movie with a pretty cool fight scene on a bullet train being one of the few standouts.

Logan not only offers a potential finality to the Wolverine story but also Hugh Jackman’s portrayal of Wolverine, that spans the course of 17 years and seven films, not including cameos. Regardless of the quality of each film Wolverine has been in, its fair to say Jackman’s work as Wolverine has been a bright spot in each and is now an iconic cinematic staple.


The Characters:

Logan/Wolverine: It’s the year 2029 and Logan is more griseled and tormented than ever. An alcoholic, limo driver who is living off the grid,  taking care of his last friends and longing for sweet death. Jackman’s portrayal as Old Man Logan allows him to use his full range of talents as an actor and allows us to find some humanity in a character who’s invincibility usually prevents us for feeling sympathy, despite the fact that his extended mortality causes him so much pain. This is my favorite version of Wolverine yet with a close second being the 70’s machismo version in Days of Future Past.

X-23: Pint sized violence. This kid Dafne Keen is pure carnage at times and others vulnerable and nurturing. The action scenes she’s in are absolutely incredible and she poses a formidable threat to almost any villain. I’ll let the film explain the extent of her relationship with Logan.


Professor X: Both frail and powerful, the decomposition of Charles Xavier’s mind is as dangerous as the meltdown of a nuclear reactor. As expected Patrick Stewart delivers an incredible performance in what is his final portrayal of Professor X.

Pierce: The Fox wing of Marvel Studios has been less plagued with the boring villain bug, but only slightly. Boyd Holbrook as you may recognize from the hit Netflix series Narcos plays a character from the comics named Pierce. While the impact of this character is usurped by villains who are later introduced, this Cyborg offers a worthy adversary to Logan. Perhaps not in the way of combat but his resourceful villainy and tenaciousness allows him to stay on the heels of Wolverine throughout the film.

Caliban- Portrayed by Stephen Merchant, this popular X-Men character’s gift is his ability to track other mutants. Sometimes mistakenly believed to be clairvoyant. His character has not only an interesting story but allows for a humorous back and forth with Logan.

Other characters are introduced throughout the film and most of them are very interesting. Without going into spoilers I’ll let you be introduced to them by the film itself.

The Story:

While there are downtimes in this film I was mostly entertained throughout. One thing I can say for certain is that Logan is traggic from beginning to end and absolutely no life is sacred. A theme that plagues Logan throughout his life is that death comes swiftly to those he loves and that theme looms large over this story. There are certain plot points that are alluded to throughout the film that I was waiting for clarification, such as the specifics of Logans inability to do the things he once did so easily and his mysterious sickness. Also, the tragedy that has secluded Charles Xavier to exile is mentioned but never fully explained. Although this tragedy’s ramifications are implicit. The surprise introduction to one particular character was a little off putting but will be less confusing in future viewings although I’m still not sure how I feel about this villain.

Final Thoughts:

Logan is perhaps the greatest film in the X-Men franchise and any rabbid or casual fan of the Wolverine will certainly appreciate this movie. It’s bittersweet in its ending being that it serves a perfect sendoff to Hugh Jackman’s portrayal of this character but more than ever you don’t want it to end. For me personally this film replaces Captain America: Civil War on my Mount Rushmore of comic book movies alongside The Dark Knight, The Avengers, and Guardians of the Galaxy.  

I give Logan an 8.4 out of 10


New Trailer For LOGAN

LOGAN is said to be Hugh Jackman’s final appearance as iconic X-Men character Wolverine, and based on this final trailer it seems Jackman is poised to shine in this R-rated standalone. Patrick Stewart also stars in his final appearance as Professor X and Daphne Keen debuts as the long anticipated X23.



The first trailer for Logan sets up a dramatic, emotional  neo-Western character piece with smatterings of hard violence, accompanied perfectly by Johnny Cash’s goodbye opus Hurt.

The second and final trailer keeps several of the same elements but increases the action. We get a violent first look at X23, a character who’s “very much like” Logan according to Professor X and seemingly Logan’s daughter (or clone daughter if you follow the comic line.) The X23 arc is very popular among comic fans and it’s a story many have eagerly anticipated seeing on the big screen. We also get a better look at the villains, Boyd Holbrook portrays Donald Pierce. A Cyborg who along with his posse called The Reavers form a Cyborg opposisition to the X-Men.

Logan seems content and comfortable being a Hard R rated film, and after the success of it’s R-rated comic book predecessor Deadpool made almost $800 Millions at the box office you can expect many more overly graphic violence and gratuitous comedy fro comic films in the future in an attempt to offer us some variety in a world dominated by PG-13 superhero films (not that we don’t love those too! )

Logan is due out in theaters on March 3rd, 2017

VIA VHS Podcast Episode 15: Monster Trucks and Farm Animals 

Episode 15: Wesley, Derek, Alex and Beebz discuss the Golden Globes, new movie releases for the second week of January 2017 and news stories from the world of cinema. Also, hear about how Wesley was arrested, Alex’s strange farm animal story, Derek’s thoughts on Peter Dinklage as Pip the Troll and Beebz’s Dave Chappelle impression gets us rollin’. 

Our voices crack with excitement, our hearts palpatate with anticipation, our loins cry out with longing for the most anticipated film of 2017….


Ok that’s not true. Actually it’s January (a.k.a Dump Month) the  perennial dumping ground where studios discard their bottom of the barrel mishaps on the general public and hope they don’t lose too much money and/or respect. Monster Trucks is one of the more high profile movie blunders in recent memory with Paramount Pictures announcing their expectations of huge losses at the box office months before the film’s release.

That being said, this coming week at the Box Office isn’t that horrible for the second week in January. Even including Monster Trucks and another cringe-worthy entry The Bye Bye Man, we still managed to squeeze out a few interesting films.

SILENCE- (wide release)- Martin Scorsese’s passion project finally finds its way to a nationwide release.


SLEEPLESS-  Jamie Foxx’s new action film based off a French thriller called Sleepless Nights

LIVE BY NIGHT- Ben Affleck wrote, produced and stars in this new period piece. Can it live up to previous outings like The Town and Argo?


MONSTER TRUCKS- Written by a four year old and produced by your drunk uncle. Monster Trucks is, well just watch.


PATRIOTS DAY- Peter Berg and Mark Wahlberg impressed and entertained with both Lone Survivor and Deepwater Horizon. Now the two team up again to shed light on another recent tragedy. Will they be able to show us humanity in the midst of horrible events in Patriots Day? A movie about events surrounding the bombing at the Boston Marathon.


Bye Bye Man- Directed by an Emo who dropped out of online film school, Bye Bye Man will make you want to hate everything.

The Golden Globes

If you listen to our podcast on a regular basis then you know that we aren’t the type of fellas to sit back with a Moscato in our period sweatpants and watch awards shows. However, we do love Movies and TV, so there definitely was some things for us to take interest in. Wesley’s Anglophile addiction The Crown won for Best TV Series and Best Actress in a TV Series (Claire Foy as Queen Elizabeth). We were all pleased to see the future Lando Calrissian himself, Donald Glover win Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series – Musical or Comedy for his show Atlanta which also won in the category of Best Television Series – Musical or Comedy. Other notables for us were nominations by Deadpool and Mel Gibson’s Hacksaw Ridge. Lastly, it’s impossible to ignore the dominance of La La Land which won seven awards! A new record by the way and I’m not ashamed to tell you I’m excited to see it. 

Movie News:

Woody Harrelson officially agreed to a role in the upcoming Han Solo Moviehttps://www.google.com/amp/www.bbc.co.uk/news/amp/38594248?client=safari

Peter Dinklage in talks for Avengers: Infinity War. https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.yahoo.com/amphtml/movies/avengers-infinity-war-the-marvel-favorite-peter-dinklage-could-play-200928003.html?client=safari

Both Will Smith and Tom Hanks eyed for roles in Tim Burton’s live-action Dumbo? https://www.google.com/amp/amp.timeinc.net/nme/news/film/will-smith-tom-hanks-wanted-dumbo-reboot-1943788%3Fsource%3Ddam?client=safari

Disney addresses rumors of CGI renderings of General Leia in future Star Wars films in wake of her death. https://www.google.com/amp/collider.com/carrie-fisher-cgi-leia-episode-9/amp/?client=safari

David Goyer and Justin Rhodes penning Green Lantern Corps. https://www.google.com/amp/www.polygon.com/platform/amp/2017/1/12/14255050/green-lantern-corps-movie-goyer?client=safari

The Skwad 

As you can see our boy Plank makes his long awaited return to the podcast but it’s stories of Wesley’s arrest and Alex’s college farm animal fiasco that gets people talking. Beebz surprised us all with a spot on Dave Chappelle impression and his idea of an all-black Avengers leads Wesley into creating the character Captain Algeria. As always, Derek keeps us on track and corrects course with a smooth transition into his idea of Peter Dinklage’s role in Infinity War. All in all one of our best episodes of the VIA VHS podcast to date so we hope you enjoy.
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Han Solo film moving to December 2018?

The first six Star Wars films were all released in the month of May, an unofficial tradition that eventually led to May 4th being named Star Wars day, an unofficial holiday. Of course saying May the Fourth be with you is also very ‘punny’ which may have something to do with it. 

Either way, as of late it’s December that’s been the month of choice for the Star Wars franchise. Disney moved the release of The Force Awakens back over six months from May to the week before Christmas of 2015, to give director JJ Abrams more time to complete the film. Being released the week before Christmas was a strategy James Cameron used to propel both Titanic and Avatar to the two highest grossing films of all time! The Force Awakens was just as fortunate, usurping both James Cameron juggernauts domestically and falling short of just Avatar in Box Office gross globally. 

In 2016, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story which is still in theaters, has become a huge holiday hit as well grossing almost $780 million worldwide on its way to becoming a sure fire member of the Billion Dollar Box Office Club! A huge success for Disney considering the gamble they took in making the first Star Wars ‘spin-off’ and not relying on the story of the episodic saga. The yet to be official titled Episode VIII was also moved to the holiday season of 2017 based on the success of The Force Awakens as a new holiday Star Wars tradition is now born. Let’s face it, Star Wars makes sense in December the merchandising gluttony goes hand in hand with the Holidays and there is no better franchise to serve as a end of year grand finale than Star Wars. 

Now it seems that the Han Solo standalone film starring Alden Ehrenreich, Donald Glover and Emilia Clark, originally slated for May 2018, has also been pushed back to the holidays as well. Initially to be released after Episode VIII in the quickest turnaround of theatrical releases in the history of the Star Wars franchise (just five months). Making Star Wars, a very reputable Star Wars news website has reported that sources within Lucasfilm have told them the Han Solo film is being pushed back to December 13, 2018. Is this solely a business decision or is this a strategy to give directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller (the LEGO movie) more time to make a quality film? Also, based on the much publicized reshooting for Rogue One, delaying the film by a several months could give the directors more time to fix any issues to the Han Solo movie if needed. 

It should be noted that rumors of Episode VIII being pushed back up to May of 2017 have been mentioned but it’s doubtful that Disney would make such a drastic change to their schedule only months in advance. As it now seems however, Disney is content with making Star Wars an annual holiday family tradition. 

So are we getting ‘The Batman’ movie or no?

All the way back in April of 2016 Warner Bros. seemingly confirmed a solo Batman movie (later titled ‘The Batman‘) would be released as part of the future DC Extended Universe slate and additionally, it would be written and directed by none other than the current Batman himself, Ben Affleck. 

In August, a cryptic tweet released by Affleck unveiled footage of an armor clad villain waking menacingly towards the camera.  DC fanboys recognized this character immediately as the famous comic book villain ‘Deathstroke’ and as it was later confirmed, not only would Deathstroke be portrayed by Joe Manganiello but he would also be the main antagonist in the upcoming solo Batman film.

Seemingly all systems were go with this solo Batman project and presumably it would be filmed after the release of DC’s 2017 tent pole projects Wonder Woman (June 2nd) and Justice League (November 17th). However in a recent interview with The Guardian promoting his next film Live By Night, Ben Affleck gave us quite a different impression. When asked about the his upcoming solo Batman film in regards to writing, directing and starring Ben said:

“That’s the idea”

“But it’s not a set thing and there’s no script. If it doesn’t come together in a way I think is really great I’m not going to do it.”

Let’s not over speculate here, it’s possible we all jumped the gun in assuming this project was a forgone conclusion. That said, it does seem like Batfleck is distancing himself from a project that Warner Bros. all but confirmed and fans were already very excited about. 

It’s possible that negative critical reactions to the previous DCEU releases of Man of Steel,  Batman v Superman and Suicide Squad have caused Ben Affleck to rethink his involvement with the shared universe and that early screenings of Wonder Woman and Justice League could not raise the bar like many people are hoping. Many speculate that Warner Bros. executives have too much involvement in the creative process and have negatively impacted the films, so it may be possible that creative differences have arisen between Ben Affleck’s and the studios vision.  Not to mention his partnership with DC chief creative officer Geoff Johns could also be tumultuous.

It’s hard to imagine that DC wouldn’t do all that they could to keep Ben Affleck as Batman. Especially considering his casting and portrayal as Batman was arguably the strongest aspect of Batman v Superman, which was otherwise a very substandard film. Ben has been a strong DC brand ambassador throughout so here’s to hoping they can correct course on any potential missteps going forward. 

The Mummy: Trailer Review


It wasn’t just the presence of Tom Cruise or a mildly recognizable bombshell by his side that put me in the mind of the Mission Impossible franchise. It was also seeing Tom Cruise accompanied by said bombshell while tumbling through a burning plane careening towards disaster, bouncing off the seats of a overturned double-decker bus, running through a building collapsing behind them all while sandwiched between shots of the obligatory explosions, military helicopters and automatic weapons. 

Not that any of this is a bad thing. In fact I’m a huge fan of 3 out of 5 of the Mission Impossible films (1 and 2 are just meh).

Of course this isn’t Mission Impossible 6, it’s The Mummy. The first entry in Universal’s new shared universe centered around Gods and Monsters. Technically The Mummy is a reboot to the movie of the same name from 1999 starring Brendan Fraser and Rachel Weisz, which spawned a franchise of its own. This new Mummy film seems to be a reboot in name only, starring new actors with a new story and even a new setting, being set in present day as opposed to the mid 1920’s.   Of course the 1999 Mummy movies were a loose remake of Boris Karloff’s Mummy films of the 30’s so it’s a vicious cycle.

The main antagonist is to be played by Sofia Boutella, who was a standout from  earlier this in Star Trek: Beyond as a new character named Jaylah. She dawns a similar look in parts of The Mummy trailer as she did in Beyond, covered in white paint basically. There’s a whitewashing joke here somewhere but I can’t find it. In addition Academy Award winner Russell Crowe has joined the cast portraying none other than Dr.Jekyll himself. It will be interesting to see if Dr.Jekyll will get his own film down the road or if he’s just the Nick Fury of this universe?

Sofia Boutella as Ahmanet

Russell Crowe as Doctor Jekyll


Overall I’m cautiously optimistic for this film primarily because I want to see it succeed. I enjoy the shared universe cinematic experience and I hope that other studios other than Disney can pull it off. It will b interesting to see if this universe is relegated only to the big screen or if it will expand to other mediums 

We will cover this trailer along with new trailers for Guardians of the Galaxy, Transformers: The Last Knight and potentially a few others in Episode X 0f the VIA VHS Podcast.  You can find us on Twitter and Instagram @viavhs.

VIA VHS: Most Anticipated Films of Holidays 2016

Just after Halloween we officially enter the 2016 Holiday Movie season, kicking off with the debut of Marvel’s next Avenger Doctor Strange on November 4th and going all the way through Christmas, with a line up riddled with blockbusters and potential Oscar fodder. That’s why I love this part  of the year, sure Summer is great but it’s the Holidays that give you the best of both worlds as a Cinephile, movies like the aforementioned Doctor Strange, Rogue One and Assassin’s Creed are almost sure fire blockbusters while movies like Hacksaw Ridge, Allied and Fences give you a chance to see the next film to potentially win Best Picture, Best Actor/Actress and Best Director when Hollywood rolls out the red carpet next year.  Best of all, movies like Arrival give you a taste of both! So without further ado, here are VIA VHS’s most anticipated films of 2016!




doctor-strange-posterThis is a film we here at VIA VHS have been looking to for a long time. The trailer for Doctor Strange shows off a potentially visual spectacle that makes that IMAX 3D ticket worth the price while the story adds another layer to the already impressive Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Courtesy IMDb: Marvel’s “Doctor Strange” follows the story of the talented neurosurgeon Doctor Stephen Strange who, after a tragic car accident, must put ego aside and learn the secrets of a hidden world of mysticism and alternate dimensions. Based in New York City’s Greenwich Village, Doctor Strange must act as an intermediary between the real world and what lies beyond, utilizing a vast array of metaphysical abilities and artifacts to protect the Marvel Cinematic Universe DOCTOR STRANGE TRAILER



hacksaw0001-1Could Hacksaw Ridge be the catalyst for the much speculated Mel Gibson renaissance? Time will tell if Hollywood is ready to forgive him for  his ranting antics from a decade ago, but in a year where we have seen much worse from our Presidential candidates, the media and Hollywood may be willing to let bygones be bygones. Either way, many believe Hacksaw Ridge can make serious noise around awards time. This is a movie we eagerly anticipate here at VIA VHS.

Courtesy IMDb: WWII American Army Medic Desmond T. Doss, who served during the Battle of Okinawa, refuses to kill people and becomes the first Conscientious Objector in American history to be awarded the Medal of Honor. HACKSAW RIDGE TRALER





_90843681_890a8bd8-6501-11e6-aefa-e8609c477948_486xDenis Villeneuve, director of 2013’s critically acclaimed and criminally underrated film Prisoners and 2015’s breakout success Sicario comes the highly anticipated film Arrival. Following in the line of other high-brow Sci-Fi successes of recent years like The Martian and Interstellar, Villeneuve hopes to chalk up another win in recently impressive resume.

Courtesy IMDb: When mysterious spacecraft touch down across the globe, an elite team – led by expert linguist Louise Banks – are brought together to investigate. As mankind teeters on the verge of global war, Banks and the team race against time for answers – and to find them, she will take a chance that could threaten her life, and quite possibly humanity. ARRIVAL TRAILER



billy-lynns-long-halftime-walk-posterNot sure how to feel about this movie. Certainly has a narrative to be Oscar bait, not to mention it’s the first film to be shot at 120fps  which will almost certainly be a trend in coming years with the rise of 4K . The cast is odd to say the least, Kristen Stewart, who is sure to draw the ire of many is cast in a role along with Vin Diesel, Steve Martin who’s playing in his first non-animated role in five years and Chris Tucker who plays in his first role since Silver Linings Playbook. Not to mention it’s directed by an up and down director in Ang Lee and an up and down actor in Garrett Hedlund.

Coutesy IMDb: 19-year-old Billy Lynn is brought home for a victory tour after a harrowing Iraq battle. Through flashbacks the film shows what really happened to his squad – contrasting the realities of war with America’s perceptions. BILLY LYNN’S LONG HALFTIME WALK TRAILER





fantasticbeastsposter_0Following in the steps of two other blockbuster franchises in Lord of the Rings and Star Wars, The Harry Potter franchise travels into the murky world of prequels. Hopefully, Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them will be a much more successful foray into the prequel world than that of the Hobbit and George Lucas’s much maligned episodic Star Wars prequel nightmares. Of course that’s all depending on how you merit success because both the aforementioned trilogies made a butt-load of money. If Fantastic Beasts falters with critics call JJ Abrams to the rescue sooner than later.

Courtesy IMDb: The adventures of writer Newt Scamander in New York’s secret community of witches and wizards seventy years before Harry Potter reads his book in school.FANTASTIC BEASTS AND WHERE TO FIND THEM TRAILER




3f75c6a39d68f2e7f3d1b443b364ff5f_300x442Even though the early reviews for this film aren’t on par with what I was expecting I’m still really excited to see this movie. Based on the trailer and the casting of Miles Teller, Bleed For This is definitely a film worth checking out. Overcoming adversity is the core element in a successful boxing movie and the true story of Vinny Paz definitely provides that element.

Courtesy IMDb: The inspirational story of World Champion Boxer Vinny Pazienza who, after a near fatal car crash, which left him not knowing if he’d ever walk again, made one of sports most incredible comebacks. BLEED FOR THIS TRAILER






alliedposterI’m very conflicted concerning this movie. On one hand it’s directed by Robert Zemeckis who directed my all time favorite film in Back To The Future as well as Forest Gump, Cast Away and Flight, Zemeckis in my opinion may be one of the most underrated directors in Hollywood. On the other hand we have Brad Pitt, who has played in countless movies that I love but as an actor I find him horribly overrated. He’s adequate in most roles but always replaceable to me and never really steals the show. Perhaps the saving grace that balances the scales is Marion Cotillard who I think is fantastic. After watching the first trailer I remember thinking, “Wow the imagery reminds me of Casablanca“, turns out after reading the official synopsis and seeing the full trailer it’s revealed that this movie is actually set in Casablanca, in 1942, during WW-II. I mean it’s not a remake but all of these elements have been portrayed pretty damn well considering Casablanca is regarded as one of the best films of all time! That’s like setting a film in Oz but not calling it….oh, wait.

Courtesy IMDb: In 1942, an intelligence officer in North Africa encounters a female French Resistance fighter on a deadly mission behind enemy lines. When they reunite in London, their relationship is tested by the pressures of war. ALLIED TRAILER



csky6rmviaenstq-jpg-largeDisney looks to continue their hot streak with animated films and continue their Worldwide Box Office annihilation with their next release Moana. Granted that both Pixar and Disney Animation both live under the roof of the mouse house it’s great for Disney that these two studios have developed sort of a sibling rivalry. while both studios have been incredibly successful both commercially and critically as of late, it’s been Disney who has taken a slight edge over the past five films. Some  would attribute this to Pixar’s sequel strategy while Disney Animation has been more focused on original stories. Throw in the Rock and Moana has a chance to be among the upper echelon post 90’s Disney films along with Tangled and Frozen.

Courtesy IMDb: A young woman uses her navigational talents to set sail for a fabled island. Joining her on the adventure is her hero, the legendary demi-god Maui. MOANA TRAILER





rogueone_onesheetaOk, I know I made a huge jump from Novemeber 23rd to December 16th. Yes, I know some good films come out in that period and the’ll be part of my honorable mentions below. This list however is MOST anticipated and for me as a massive Star Wars fan this is the film that I personally can’t wait for. I could write a 30 page thesis on Rogue One but I’ll try to keep it brief and target the Star Wars laymen. 1.) It takes place just before A New Hope (original Star Wars 1977)  2.) Yes Darth Vader is in it. 3.) This is not the sequel to The Force Awakens, that’s next year  4.) This is the first “spin-off” in the Star Wars franchise so don’t be surprised when you don’t see Lightsabers,  Millenium Falcons, The Force or even hear the name Skywalker. This movie is based off of the first paragraph in the opening crawl of Star Wars ’77, which is a better synopsis than the one I’m listing below. Overall between the cast and the story I’m very very excited.

Courtesy IMDb: Jyn Erso, a Rebellion soldier and criminal, is about to experience her biggest challenge yet when Mon Mothma sets her out on a mission to steal the plans for the Death Star. With help from the Rebels, a master swordsman, and non-allied forces, Jyn will be in for something bigger than she thinks. ROGUE ONE TRAILER



1Ok, just give the Oscar for best cinematography to Linus Sandgren? You may not like musicals and I understand, but you have to admire the beauty of the trailer and set photos from this film. Two of the best actors working today in Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone add to the credentials for this film to be a potential Oscar winner in multiple categories. In fact this film is the leading favorite for best picture at the moment. Me personally, I’m kind of excited to see it and if you don’t buy Gosling as a singer than remember he was pallin’ around with Britney Spears and Justin Timberlake on the set of Mickey Mouse Club

Courtesy IMDb: A jazz pianist falls for an aspiring actress in Los Angeles. LA LA LAND






13243748_904709262985575_2248473480099300768_oWith every release of a video adaptation movie people speculate that said film will be the one to break the long cursed history of bad video game films. it never is. Earlier this year the movie Warcraft added itself to the long list of disappointing video game films and many believe that despite several other video game films being in the works, Assassin’s Creed is the last best hope for the genre. If any video game adaptation has the story, setting and world building potential to be a box office hit it’s certainly Assassin’s Creed. The confidence of this theory is shown by the impressive cast for this film including Michael Fassbender in the lead role, supported by two Academy Award winners in Jeremy Irons and Marion Cotillard. The music and title graphics in the trailer make me worried that this film is to intent on marketing to the Ed Hardy, Vaping crowd but perhaps the film will try and target all portions of the video game playing demographic and give us the best of both worlds.

Courtesy IMDb: When Callum Lynch explores the memories of his ancestor Aguilar and gains the skills of a Master Assassin, he discovers he is a descendant of the secret Assassins society. ASSASSIN’S CREED




passengersAdmittedly my excitement has dwindled a little bit for Passengers. Earlier in the year I had this film ranking ahead of  the holidays other Sci-Fi tent-pole Arrival.Mainly because of Chris Pratt and Jennifer Lawerence both being cast in lead roles. Sure, you could argue that both are overexposed and that casting them both is like trying to desperately win a popularity contest. Thing is, I really like both actors and I’m always entertained when Pratt and J-Law are on screen. My problem is the trailer. It was very meh to say the least and quite honestly I felt it gave away too much story. You decide.

Courtesy IMDb: A spacecraft traveling to a distant colony planet and transporting thousands of people has a malfunction in its sleep chambers. As a result, two passengers are awakened 90 years early.PASSENGERS TRAILER



fencesDenzel Washington. This movie really has me excited, I love seeing Denzel Washington in powerful performances and while I haven’t seen the entire James Earl Jones performance of the stage play Fences, it’s hard to imagine it’s dramatically better than the monologue Denzel delivers in this trailer. Let’s also not forget Viola Davis who also stirs emotion with some powerful moments as well. Anybody gunning for best Actor or best Actress at next year’s Oscars will have steep competition from both Denzel and Viola it seems.

Courtesy IMDb: An African-American father struggles with race relations in the United States while trying to raise his family in the 1950s and coming to terms with the events of his life. FENCES TRAILER




Trolls, Shut In, Almost Christmas, Manchester By The Sea, Bad Santa 2, Jackie, Man Down, Nocturnal Animals, Collateral Beauty, Sing.


Well that’s all I have for Holiday Movies 2016!  Give your thoughts below in the comment section and look out for the VIA VHS 2017 Movie Preview coming in January.

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Assassin’s Creed Trailer #2

As been well publicized over recent years, video game to film adaptations have been lackluster to say the least. As recent as this year the Warcraft franchise, hugely popular in gaming circles, failed to make much impact on critics or fans domestically (although it did have a nice run overseas).

Looking back over the past years, the box office has left a string of disappointing video game movie duds lying in its wake, many wondering if Hollywood should stop adapting games altogether. However, this Christmas the highly anticipated Assassin’s Creed movie hits theaters worldwide.

So much is riding on this film. Not only does Assassin’s Creed have to please the fans of the very popular game franchise but also help potentially save the video game movie genre. Certainly the Assassin’s Creed world is immersive enough for an entire franchise and has a story that can attract high level talent. Oscar winners and nominees Michael Fassbender, Marion Cotillard and Jeremy Irons headline the cast, Ubisoft films is pulling out all the stops and taking a leap of faith in hopes that Assassin’s Creed finally breaks the video game curse
Here is the trailer for ASSASSIN’S CREED

Star Wars: Rogue One Trailer #2!


That’s the prevailing feeling I got from the new Rogue One trailer! In this the presumably final trailer for Rogue One, the team at LucasFilm have started to peal back a few layers on the story.

We get a glimpse into the origins of Jyn Erso, and  for the first time we see her father Galen Erso and how is relationship with the empire has changed both of their lives. 

Rebellion is the prevailing theme as we see this rag-tag team of Rebel scum push back against an all too formidable Empire, one who is at the apex of its power and glory. 

New poster for Rogue One

This is definitely a war film, and fears that re-shoots tampered with its identity as a gritty war film have all but vanished. We see more of the battle on the Beach that Disney has been so keen on showing us, also a glimpse at an epic space battle as well.

While Rogue One is the first movie not part of the episodic saga, it seems that we will get everything we  would have wanted from a Star Wars film (except a lightsaber duel, I’m ok with that.) As for Darth Vader, we do see more of him in this trailer but I’m starting to get the impression he’s only in one scene.