We are always looking to change up our content to be more enjoyable for our viewers. Traditionally we have been reviewing multiple B movies on Friday nights, yet lately we have been running into issues where what we watch doesn’t always leave us a lot to discuss. My suggestion, is we watch one movie watch party style with the audience, and then review it. We will also create polls where you can score the movie you just watched with us. If that is something you are interested in, please vote so we are not wasting your time. There is no wrong answer here, this is all up to you! Thank you!
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It is no secret that Terminator Dark Fate is failing. At the time of the post, there are no complete weekend box office totals, but I believe the Friday launch numbers were only about $10.62 million on a budget of $180 million. The movie could still find some success in the second week, but that is usually not how these things play out, and there is a very crowded schedule of movies coming this month, so that seems very unlikely,
A movie can never just fail because it is bad. There is always a number of excuses put forth by either the studio, or shill websites that cover the story. You never find the real answer until years later on a DVD commentary or something like that.
It will be interesting to see what the media comes up with this week as possible excuses for this movie’s failure. Why not vote on our poll and see if this ends up the way we think it will!
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by Adam M. Wilcox
I wasn’t expecting a fantastic plot, or stellar acting. I wasn’t even expecting a good script. The problem this movie suffers from is an overall lack of fun. A movie with a title this stupid, could have taken a few liberties of being funny or fun. Sadly it doesn’t. Forgive the lack of plot development or character progression…but no…it still failed. Never mind the conception that this all surrounds some goofy Native American myth about sharks eating spring breakers in an undisclosed mountain ski resort. The dialogue was actually good in this film. The biggest disappointment however is the overall lack of any stimulus whatsoever in this movie. This should have been Ski school meets Jaws. Not that I was expecting any fantastic special effects, but the characters are as shallow as the snow the Sharks swim in. And about the Sharks…. Bad CGI aside, they look like deranged sea monkeys with a bad case of eczema. When the CGI fins move through the ski resort, they never cut through the snow, or leave a trail. They could have had some fun with this…but they got lazy. Also…you would think the tag line of “bikini spring break at a ski resort gone wrong” would spell gratuitous nudity with a capital BOOBIE, but sadly there s absolutely no nudity at all, no humor, and no stimulus to speak of. I found myself looking at my cell phone during most of it. So to recap, no nudity, no humor, no interesting characters, and no suspense. What’s left? Failure….total failure. Avalanche Sharks greatest problem is being completely boring on every level that a horror movie should not be. Giving this movie a star at all, is like giving participation awards to stupid people. It gets zero cheese curds from me. Even Sand Sharks was better than this.
by Adam M. Wilcox.
I never heard of the term “prequel” until 1997, when it was explained in lavish detail by George Lucas to fan magazines trying to sell the world on why he wanted to show you how Darth Vader became Darth Vader. Before the internet was a household name, most of us got our news from very controlled media such as fan magazines, radio, and television. Like many, I was just as excited to see young versions of these legacy characters in their prime as anyone else. Mostly though…we were getting new Star Wars!
Flash forward to now, and it’s a fine line between those who like the prequels, and those who don’t. One thing often gets overlooked…we know how the story ends. You may, or may not like the characters portrayed by Ewan McGregor, Jake Lloyd, and Hayden Christiansen. How can you simply like a character that was already established as somebody else? It’s a really tough sell. In the James Bond franchise, the main protagonist has been replaced by a handful of actors, but timeline is not really an issue, because each movie is arguably it’s own separate adventure. Star Wars is episodic, but even NOW they have separate movies dancing around several timelines that are exhaustingly confusing to the average movie goer. This is part of why Solo is failing. In the case with Solo…you know Han and Chewie from episodes 4,5,6, and 7. So even if your a die hard fan that understands the time line, there is zero suspense. You KNOW Han and Chewie will make it out of any of the dangerous situations set up in Solo because they show up in the later movies.
The other part that is overlooked is character development. To make this simple, I am going to compare the premise of Solo, to Sergio Leone’s classic Man With No Name Trilogy. All three movies exist in the same universe, but are not necessarily episodic. However Clint Eastwood’s character remains the same. While he has various nicknames throughout all 3 movies given to him by the supporting cast, we don’t really know his name, his origin, or his motivation. We only know he’s a bounty hunter who wears a poncho, smokes thin cigars, has a brace on his trigger hand, and is also an anti-hero with some hidden values. What makes him entertaining is how he adapts and reacts to the situations around him. The allure, IS his sketchy past. We know that not all heroes wear capes. A Fistful of Dollars, A Few Dollars More, and The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly are timeless classics that even influenced George Lucas Himself. Now let’s pretend your going to give is a trilogy of films dedicated to telling us how Clint Eastwood’s nameless character became a bounty hunter. You have to tell is where he was born, where he got his poncho, why he has a brace on his hand…why he smokes a particular brand of cigars. Now that you fill in all of those blanks, you demistifie the character, and now all of those blanks that you once daydreamed about, are no longer a mystery. And maybe you don’t and most likely WILL disagree on the writer, or director’s vision that character. This is part of why Solo fails. Just like Star Wars episodes 1-3.
It would have been more fun to not have a bland origin story for Han, but maybe just a fun adventure set in earlier times. I don’t understand why all of these writers have the urgent desire to deconstruct these beloved toys to explain to us why they work? We have seen this trend fail in other franchises as well. Last year, Ridley Scott decided to explain to us where The Alien came from, and removed so much mystery that the Alien is no longer Alien. The Terminator tried this with “Salvation”, another failure. J.J. Abrams was also chastised for telling is how Kirk, Spock, and Bones all wound up on The Enterprise. Leaving THOSE fans divided as well.
I wrote this painfully long essay in response to all of these articles and videos I keep seeing all over the internet. While Solo keeps getting chastised, fans and pundits are coming up with the same stupid ideas. “Give us, an Obi-wan movie, give us a Darth Maul Movie, a Boba Fett movie, Knights of the Old Republic….etc” All of these are prequels. Is this what we REALLY want? I admit a few years ago it was exciting to think about new movies with Han, Luke, and Leia, but they came out, and unfortunately they are just more in a long, long line of failed sequels and reboots. What should have happened was new characters, and NEW stories in the same universe. HOWEVER, Disney played it safe, and have been deconstructing these beloved toys for 2 and a half years, AND now there is a literal civil war among the fan base.
Firing the idiots in charge is a step in the right direction, but please STOP suggesting more prequels? I would much rather see something where I didn’t already know the butler did it, get me? In a universe that spans endless comics, games, and books, are you telling me this is not possible, and Star Wars IS creatively bankrupt? Really?