Wednesday, December 7, 2016

TRANSFORMERS And Michael Bay's Haters

TRANSFORMERS And Michael Bay's Haters

The Transformers first movie trailer came out for the next upcoming alien robot film, titled Transformers The Last Knight. It's only been out a few days and has already snagged up over 100 million views.

Which is no surprise, considering how many fans there are of the franchise. This is the fifth film of the franchise with Michael Bay at the helm.

And with the release of this trailer, comes the critics and the fans.

The fans just want to be kids again and love the franchise for WHAT IT IS... giant alien robots, realized in grand fashion, on the screen, in 3D, as they watch their toys beat the living shit out of each other. It's a popcorn fun film and they manage to stuff a bit of a story in there to boot.


But the all-so-knowing critics are at it again... some just to make themselves feel superior and others, to pretend they know more than Hasbro, Michael Bay and Paramount, venting their "expertise" about what's wrong with the trailer and the franchise.

One piece out there was begging Michael Bay to stop making these films.

Though to be honest, I love the honesty in this tweet:

"Every Transformers trailer is sick and every movie sucks except the first one. That said, I'm totally seeing the new one in theaters."

— Hutch (@z0mgItsHutch) December 6, 2016

LOL...


[ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b6FWO04COLU ]
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You see, it's movies exactly like this that prompted me to create a secondary movie rating system. One where it does not compete with actual, great dramatic movies, but rather, pits movies like this against the rest of the fantasy action fest genre of films.


POKEMON GO Joins Sprint & Starbucks And Adds Gen 2 Monsters

POKEMON GO Joins Sprint & Starbucks And Adds Gen 2 Monsters

December was looking to be a big month for Pokemon Go as they try to retain the dwindling number of users and possibly bait back those who have become bored and tired of the games that Niantic is playing with their user base.

First up, the fun and new things that are coming in December.

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In December Pokemon Go is starting new business associations with Sprint and Starbucks!

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December 7th, Sprint will have 10,500 store locations become PokeStops and Gyms. They'll even have charging stations in some Sprint stores if you are tired of burning through 1% of battery per minute of game time!

December 8th, the company-operated locations of Starbucks will also become PokeStops and Gyms. In conjunction with this new partnership, they'll be offering a PokemonGO themed frappuccino.

December 12th, an announcement from Niantic will be forthcoming about "more Pokemon" coming to the game.  Many suspect, after delving into the game code, that these new Pokemon will be Gen 2 monsters.  We'll see. (Plus I can't wait to see how that drains our pokeball inventory!)


POKEMON GO: Users Leaving, Low PokeBall Inventory, Capture Strategies For Saving Money


With all the good stuff coming out for the user-base one must wonder how much of that user-base is left!

As it stands, back in August it was reported that more than 10 million users bailed on the game, where in July, they had 45m daily users and in August, it was down to 30M. Which is still a healthy chunk of a database of users, but that headline of 10 million can be an eye-catcher!



Then later numbers say the game lost 79% of it's user base after a few months.Yet by the beginning of November, the game generated over $600M in revenue!

But with close to 80% of their players being between the ages of 18 and 34, well, there's a lot of loose change to be had there. Considering that it's said that it still makes $2M a day off its users.

But where does that leave the casual player?

In limbo, to some degree.

UPDATE: Just an hour after posting, I saw an updated set of numbers saying that the user base has dropped to 4% of the peak user base and that Niantic is making roughly $1M a day. (Nice to see updated numbers, and obviously Niantic is doing well!)

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Of late, I'm not sure if you've noticed or not, but when they released Ditto into the wild, the catch phrase was to catch everything in sight to find a ditto. And of course doing that would deplete your PokeBall supply pretty fast. Even as we learned that Ditto was hiding out as Gobat, Pidgey or Rattata's and the like.


Cinema Static TV News: CBS, Sex, Santa Clarita, X-Men, Syfy, Z NATION


Hunted, a competition series on CBS where normal people attempt to evade capture by investigative professionals, will premiere on January 22nd, right after the AFC Championship game! The show sounds fun. I want in!!!

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The Food Network has plans to reboot Iron Chef America into Iron Chef Gauntlet.

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Masters of Sex!  OK, not that I have your attention... Showtime cancelled the show. The last episode of the fourth season that aired in early November was its last...  gasp, if you may!

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CBS has not ordered any more episodes of The Odd Couple. it's in its third season, but the fact that they've not ordered any more eps beyond the first 13 this year could be a harbinger of warning!

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Santa Clarita Diet, starring Drew Barrymore and Timothy Olyphant, will premiere on Netflix on Friday, Feb. 3, 2017


Tuesday, December 6, 2016

TRANSFORMERS THE LAST KNIGHT 1st Teaser Movie Trailer


The latest Transformers film, Transformers: The Last Knight, finally got its first trailer out the other day, and as usual, its looking pretty fun. I said FUN.

Directed by the guy who wasn't coming back to this franchise in the last three films, Michael Bay, the cast includes the cast inlcudes Mark Wahlberg, Josh Duhamel, Anthony Hopkins, Laura Haddock, Isabella Moner, Stanley Tucci, & John Turturro.


And in this latest flick, it looks like Optimus Prime gets possessed or something. Take note in one scene where his eyes flash purple. That can't be good. I mean when my eyes flash purple, it's not good!


[ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v-4rYf0x-F4&feature=youtu.be ]



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Monday, December 5, 2016

THE MUMMY Remake Movie Trailer, With Tom Cruise


Another Mummy movie is coming to the screen and this time, it looks a bit more serious than those other renditions with Brandon Fraser in them. That's not a complaint, but in this era, more things are getting grittier. If that's a word.

The Mummy is directed by Alex Kurtzman and comes to theaters in June of 2017.

The cast includes, as you can see, Tom Cruise, plus Annabelle Wallis  (Peaky Blinders), Jake Johnson (Jurassic World), Courtney B. Vance (American Crime Story: The People V. O.J. Simpson) and Russell Crowe (Gladiator).


And yes, The Mummy looks kind of hot. And another point...  as one friend put it... "Oh goody, more of Tom Cruise running around!"  LOL... but to be honest, does this guy ever age!!!???


{ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IjHgzkQM2Sg  }
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It's important to know that this film is from Universal because in case you don't remember, they're doing their own cinematic universe, and that universe is called the Universal Monsterverse. This is the first, to be followed, if they do follow through with this, by The Wolfman, The Invisible Man, Bride of Frankenstein and Van Helsing.


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GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY Vol. 2 - A Trailer

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 movie trailer

The Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, directed by James Gunn, where they pursue Peter Quill's lineage. The film opens in early May, 2017.


The film stars 

Chris Pratt (Jurassic World, Parks and Recreation) as Star-Lord,

Zoe Saldana (Avatar, Star Trek) as Gamora,

Dave Bautista (SPECTRE, The Man with the Iron Fists) as Drax,

Vin Diesel (xXx, Furious 7) as the voice of Groot;

Bradley Cooper (Joy, American Sniper) as the voice of Rocket;

Michael Rooker (Slither, Jumper) as Yondu;

Karen Gillan (Doctor Who, The Big Short) as Nebula;

Sean Gunn (Guardians of the Galaxy, “Gilmore Girls”) as Kraglin.

Also starrings Pom Klementieff (Oldboy), Elizabeth Debicki (The Great Gatsby, Everest), Chris Sullivan (“The Knick,” The Drop) and Kurt Russell (The Hateful Eight, Furious 7) playing Ego, the Living Planet.


{ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dW1BIid8Osg }


Sunday, December 4, 2016

Snyder Truly Screwed Up The BATMAN V SUPERMAN Opportunity

Snyder Truly Screwed Up The BATMAN V SUPERMAN Opportunity

HBO finally premiered Batman V Superman Dawn of Justice and now the rest of the world who did not see it in theaters finally got to see it, and it's interesting to see the commentary coming out of the fans. And to quote a peer, "What a piece of crap."

The big WB/DC movie event this year was going to be Batman V Superman (BvS). So many fans were looking forward to this film. But somehow WB and directory/producer Zack Snyder took what seemed like a simple premise and convoluted it into a film that critics hated.

Cinema Static's review of BvS

When critics hate a film, that's a precursor to the movie-goers backing away from the film and setting its fate on an uncertain and more than likely, doomed path.

But what happened?

Personally, I did not mind the film but I knew where most of the different story pieces were coming from.

Snyder took three different stories from the archives of DC, jammed them into one film where there was not enough time to expound decently on all three plots. Instead, he chose to haphazardly introduce various themes into the opening act, confusing the living crap out of the general movie fan and film critic.


For the hard-core comic fan, we recognized the various aspects of the opening act and many of those fans enjoyed the film. But the fragmented, disjointed intro pieces were just too much for the outsider or general fan who looked to go enjoy a movie.

Snyder took so many aspects of decent stories and cheapened them to make his film.

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He took the classic alternate realty tale of Batman V Superman, where vigilantes were outlawed, Superman was a government agent, and Bruce Wayne came out of retirement to put some beat down on bad guys who were becoming a controlling voice in a society.


Wednesday, November 30, 2016

The CWs INVASION Crossover Event - What A Disappointment


UPDATED after seeing the entire four-episode crossover series:

So far this week we've seen three of the four episodes of the big winter crossover of The CW's DC TV series. But to be honest, it's been a fairly hollow event, if this is what they call an event.

I don't get it when they crossover characters in different TV shows. Back when The Flash visited Supergirl when it was back on CBS, both characters were portrayed as overly giddy, or more chipper than their normal portrayals.

And I'm seeing this same, completely out of place humor in this crossover event. I mean, look, "it's aliens here to kill us all. How cool is that?" Seriously? This ill-placed humor has made this a disappointing TV event on The CW. And this crap humor continued right on into the first third of the final episode of this crossover event.

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The first episode on Monday, Supergirl, had nothing to do with the Invasion story line. It was an empty episode, so to speak, until Barry and Cisco showed up in the last minute of the episode.

The Invasion story really started in The Flash, where a lot of development and action took place there.

SURVIVOR: Adam Klein's Mother Did Pass Away From Cancer


Tonight's episode of Survivor saw the family members visiting the Survivors. In the family reunion we Watched Adam greet his brother and they talked about Adam's mother, who, at the time of filming, had stage four lung cancer.

The insidious beast of cancer strikes again, because two days after Survivor filmed its final tribal council, his mother, Susie passed away.

I'm so sorry Adam.

Cancer is an insidious monster of a disease, that at the bottom of my heart, I believe, humanity can beat if we focused on it.

But we don't. Yet there are such simple things we can do to help fight the fight.

All it can take is $1.  I know that sometimes we don't always feel like we have enough to help donate to the fight. But even a "mere dollar" can help.

You see, for example, if 6 million people who tuned in to watch Survivor tonight, all decided to pick up the phone/laptop and send a dollar to a a charity for cancer. That would be a quick $6 million for the battle.

That's a lot of money.


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