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Kwpluckett #70.5 : The Notebook (2004)
2020.09.08 07:46 kwpluckettKwpluckett #70.5 : The Notebook (2004)
Challenge started: 5/18/2020 Date Watched: 9/7/2020 Runtime: 2h4m Rating: PG-13 Watched on: Netflix Rotten Tomatoes: %53 Imdb rating: 7.8 Genre: Romance/Drama Directed by: Nick Cassavetes
Google synopsis: In 1940s South Carolina, mill worker Noah Calhoun (Ryan Gosling) and rich girl Allie (Rachel McAdams) are desperately in love. But her parents don't approve. When Noah goes off to serve in World War II, it seems to mark the end of their love affair. In the interim, Allie becomes involved with another man (James Marsden). But when Noah returns to their small town years later, on the cusp of Allie's marriage, it soon becomes clear that their romance is anything but over. My thoughts: My wife made me take a break from binging Cobra Kai... to watch the Notebook. I immediately realized, like a certain character in the film that, that I had forgotten that I had experienced watching this entire film, with my wife, once before... the whole film continued to play out like a distant memory I had inside a dream, some time ago... That being said The Notebook is highly sentimental, but it moves really quick for a romance movie. It builds up your feelers, then hits you with a left hook. You kind of feel cheated on. (Dirty, filthy Notebook.) You rarely get what you want and when you do it's never as expected. That being said my wife loves this movie and watching this film with her for the first time, again, was magic. She giggled, she smiled, she cried, she told me she loves me. That's all one can ask for in a romance movie afterall. I'll give the Notebook 3.5 shooting stars out of 5. Note, I'm only counting this as a 0.5 a view since I've seen it before. Find me on letterboxd
An editing base for David Bowie's photographers. The original was removed by bots so I'm using my profile instead. Don't think I'll be able to put it anywhere else... made it for myself anyway, hmph. Anyone coming into my profile to use this, feel free. It's unorganized as hell. A:
Fraser Gray: nice '78 stage pics, sailor hat, kicking leg up and all that jazz
Francesco Scavullo: wearing ill fitting shirt in 1974, also wearing old school clothes holding fedora with big bow-tie
Frank Edwards: gonna have to use getty, wearing flat cap 75
Frank Micelotta: 96 rehearsal pic
Frank W. Ockenfels III: great ones in '95 with a jawline beard (Buddha of Suburbia shoot), red background and blue suit in 2003
Frank Trapper: walk of fame with Iman
Frans Schellekens: nice singing '89 photos
Fred W. Mcdarrah
Gary Gershoff: with Gervais in '07, 83 sitting cross legged
Gavin Evans: finally found this man- he took the shushing photos from 95, some in very dark room, edited for him to have an extremely defined visage (found one unedited though), worth looking into story
Geoff MacCormack: aka Warren Peace, lots of results will just be him with Geoff because they're great friends and you may ask yourself "but who took the dang photo?" (timed camera?)– the photos you do find by him are wonderfully intimate
George Chin: David bringing back the red platform boots wearing only blue jeans – TM
George Hurrell: 77, these are beautiful, his face is glowing– taken old Hollywood style, like Elvis
George Rose: 78 stage
George De Sota: use Getty, tan 1997 jacket with orange spiky hair, later on– some rather feminine 2001 pics
Mark Allan: very cool guy photos, looks somewhat pissed off
Mark Blackwell: took behind the scenes photos of the Outside Kerslake shoot (minotaur)
Mark Seliger: wearing royal clothes, leaning against brick wall, nice 04 pics
Mark Sullivan: grabbing milk
Markus Klinko: cool 2002 Heathen photos that were unseen for a while
Masayoshi Sukita: wonderful! I especially love the B/W Ziggy ones, very crispy looking– also did Heroes of course and very dignified '89 pics
Matthew Rolston: 93 wearing white shirt over a t-shirt and suspenders '93
Michael Benabib: with very short '98 hair, wearing red shirt making many faces
Michael Childers: looking very euphoric in the The Falcon studio for This is Not America... stupid watermarks
Michael Lavine: several fondling with a large Bowie knife wearing a cow pattern shirt with a high collar– some in front of brick wall wearing striped– shirt (which I have trouble finding again, it was on tumblr)– some in '86
Michael Ochs: the variety in eras of these pics is astounding
Michael Stroud: or M. Stroud, photos with Dana Gillespie
Mike Abrahams: nice smiling B/W portraits from '92, one is serious
2020.07.24 18:55 confessamurder1.2 The Slasher Challenge
[The participants, still surprised over last week’s non-elimination, enter the room.]
[BC]: Congratulations, Simone! How does it feel to be the very first winner of MurderHaus? [SIMONE]: It was a lovely surprise! I honestly didn't expect to have any wins, and be more middle-of-the-road. [DAN]: A story like that, you definitely deserve it! [TWO]: Yes, congrats, Simone! *chuckles* I’m coming for you. [Simone darts a sideways glance to Two, but whatever is on the front of her mind, she lets it go with a sigh.] [TWO]: Anyway, I was hoping to choose Slasher or Creature Feature if I had won. I feel like gothic horror and dark fantasy are too similar. [BEE]: Creature Feature would have been my choice. I love writing about monsters. [TWO]: Slasher was a great choice. What I love about this prompt is that we’re almost expected to use tropes and clichés. It’s something that we almost always try to avoid, so it’ll be fun to see all of us put a spin on something that’s…
[Two whips out a small and black oblong case and opens it. He puts on a pair of sunglasses over his eyes and smiles wide]
[TWO]:...been done to death. [THE SUEN]: I love clichés.
*** THE PROMPT The Slasher sub genre first came to huge prominence in horror in the late 1970s and early 1980s, a time period in which has also come to be known as the Golden Age of Horror. Three films most often credited with the slasher’s modern success of this period are John Carpenter’s Halloween, Wes Craven’s A Nightmare on Elm Street, and Sean S. Cunningham’s Friday the 13th. Although the slasher was not brand new to horror during this time, it is due to these three films which have inspired and spawned countless slasher stories and helped catapult horror films into more mainstream success. However, it was actually the 1974 film Black Christmas that introduced the Slasher’s trends, with its featured point-of-view shots from the killer’s perspective, threatening phone calls made from inside the house, and which specifically focused around holidays or specific dates--all directive tools which would be used by many slasher films to come. In literature, slasher stories have been around since as early as 1939 with the debut of the mystery thriller And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie, a story set in an isolated location with a psychopathic killer murdering their victims. In truth, the slasher sub genre thrives best in film, albeit with the success of past authors’ stories having been adapted into successful and entertaining movies. The most popular tropes (i.e. well-known) given rise in horror have originated from the slasher genre, ranging from “The Virgin Always Survives” to “The Supernatural Stalker”, to the use of unconventional weapons and methods of killing. Interesting enough, rarely a slasher film will feature the use of a gun by the Killer. The Killer also has a backstory which often explains how they developed their violent mental state and why they focus on a particular type of victim, location, and brunt use of melee weapons. Elements of the Slasher tend towards a formulaic set-up, featuring the murdering of teenagers involved in sex, drugs, and rock n’ roll--all meant to attempt to provide a moral lesson for the modern teenager that being involved with any of those things meant death and suffering. While more neo-modern slasher films have evolved in creativity, the slasher itself has primarily remained true to its core, often featuring tributes and elements of the Golden Age slasher films. In general, the Slasher story includes these elements:
A psychopathic killer who stalks and graphically murders a series or group of teenagers or young adults in an unprovoked and typically random fashion.
The Killer almost always uses unconventional weapons and novel ways to kill, and primarily focuses on a particular type of victim.
The Killer is often able to withstand most or all of their victims’ attempts to defend themselves, usually due to supernatural abilities or seemingly supernatural strength and endurance.
The Killer is often masked and “unstoppable”.
Often viewed as “campy”, otherwise known as unintentionally humorous while trying to maintain a sense of seriousness.
Usually features “The Final Girl”, the lone female survivor who somehow manages to successfully outwit and resist against the Killer, despite all odds and lack of immediate resources.
Further examples of Slashers in film and literature:
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974)
My Bloody Valentine (1981)
I Know What You Did Last Summer (1997)
Child’s Play (1988)
You're Next (2011)
Final Girls by Riley Sager
Off-Season by Jack Ketchum
Kill River by Cameron Roubique
The Last Final Girl by Stephen Graham Jones
American Psycho by Bret Easton
Joyride by Stephen Crye
Your Turn 🔪 Write a short story in the slasher subgenre, while incorporating some, most, or all of the elements featured in these types of stories. Your story should incorporate a Killer focused on a specific demographic or person involved in their past, while also featuring at least 2-4 murders. Word count maximum: 2700 ... THE STORIES AND CRITIQUES (Critiques presented here are a more condensed or edited version of the original critiques the participants were originally given.) ANNA BELLAMY After your last submission, I was eager to see what you would do with the Slasher. While you are an excellent writer, you came up against time and you submitted an incomplete piece. I would have loved to see how it ended. What I did get to read, comes across as dark fantasy crossed with what I hope would incorporate more of the Slasher motifs. You did a great job setting up the environment and maintaining consistent tone throughout. Should you continue with us, I truly hope you will be able to manage your writing so that you can submit a full piece and so that I can experience the full enjoyment of your stories. BC MARSDEN I was really looking forward to what you would be bringing to this challenge. Your last piece was unconventional and frantic, and in your Slasher piece, you keep the trend going. Personally, I really enjoy your writing voice and the way you are able to tell a strange story. While your next entry is well-written (with only minimal errors), the tone of your Slasher seems inappropriate to the subgenre. As I read through your piece I kept asking, "Where is the Killer?" I was a bit hard-pressed in learning your killer appears at the near-end and off-handedly murders a random elderly couple when you had plenty of characters within your story already that your killer could systematically kill one-by-one. Your initial set up also seemed dense and too philosophical for a usual Slasher, and I had wondered if maybe you crossed it with Cosmic Horror somehow, but as I continued to read, I saw there was virtually no suspense. Instead, you chose humor and it turned whatever horror you were intending into a piece of apocalyptic/dystopian science-fiction. Unfortunately, your submission does not meet the prompt's criteria this time around. If you stay with us, my advice is to be more mindful of the genre and prompt details. I give you all a lot of wiggle room to interpret the genre as you see fit, but this one was too off the mark. BEE You continue a good streak of storytelling with The Final Girl. While the general idea of incorporating horror archetypes à la "Cabin in the Woods" makes the story more intriguing, overall, it's not the most out-of-the-box. I will hand it to you that The Final Girl reveal twist really excited me, the ending comes across as rushed or out of nowhere. I think had you spent more time on the Mayor's point of view, or maintained that the Witch continues her reign of terror for another cycle, it would've made the ending make a bit more sense. Speaking of the Mayor, offering the Mayor's point-of-view as "You" was a storytelling risk that I'm not sure paid off. It came across as a Choose Your Own Adventure book inside of a third-person point of view. I would suggest possibly changing this to match the rest of your story, as it was a little confusing to suddenly be reading, "You edge closer to the tents…" As an upside to all of this, your sentence styling and description are tight. In the areas of technical skills, without a doubt you have a powerful mastery of grammar, sentence fluency, and spelling. Unless you're having a bad day, I don't think I need to cover this as a critique each time. I know in my mind I have been thinking, "Bee really does know how to write." CLAUDETTE BOUCHARD Your approach to the Slasher genre with this piece is fresh and unordinary--definitely not what was expected. You were able to deliver a complete story with diary entries alone, which speaks to your ability to write an effective piece with such an active voice. While there may be some fragments here and there, it can be easily overlooked due to the fact that your intention was to purposefully write from the perspective of someone who sounds younger and inexperienced, but still delivering what I asked for: a Slasher fic. I'm not sure if last week was maybe just a bad week for you, but I'm really glad to see that this week's story contains a tighter narrative with most, if not all, the necessary requirements of a Slasher. That being said, what I really wish you would've done with this story is to tie in the ex-fiancé more, as he is the basis for Sarah to spin wildly out of control and descend into gleeful, murderous insanity. My only complaint is how too random Lance's appearance was, as I was expecting Frank to reappear somewhere, to either take revenge on Sarah, or for Sarah to finish the job she started on him. Because of the last diary entry, the ending of the story really falls a bit flat and a little unsatisfying. Had you incorporated some extra hints about Lance throughout, or simply put Frank in his place instead, the story as a whole would have had a larger impact, and ultimately, the ending would be much more palatable. However, you were able to describe a descent into madness without going too overboard with it or making it look out-of-place. It's becoming clear that you have a knack of showing the reader how much something is "not quite right." My advice as a companion to your current success this week is to eliminate the randomness of dropping characters or ideas into your stories, and focus on incorporating your ideas more seamlessly. A way you could do this is by dropping hints somehow, or gradually building up towards those ideas so they don't come across as lacking aim or direction. DAN JAMES This week, I'm glad to see you making an honest effort in applying last week's critiques. The only thing is, is that you replaced your periods with semicolons, and that usage of grammar was often misused and helped to create a story full of run-on sentences. One other thing is there is a lot of telling versus showing; for a truly immersive piece to pop off the page, it's best to provide information through senses, actions, emotional displays, and which doesn't just tell the reader, "He was panicked." One of the best ways you can do this is to stop using adverbs where you could show instead. As far as the story goes as a whole, your stories will read much stronger if you can work hard on improving your technical skills and finding ways to show, not tell. Practice, practice, practice, and don't hold yourself back from asking for feedback from others. GREAN I really like your approach of creating a great “You’re Next” -type style story combined with the use of modern technology. You were able to keep the reader guessing, and you did a fine job in creating more show, not tell moments than your last piece. Live Streaming is something the modern world knows about and there have been headlines about violence and murder during Live Streams, which makes this submission highly relevant. I also really liked seeing your interpretation of the dark side of technology and social media. Your story reads rather densely which makes part of your story long-winded. There are places in which a paragraph could have been broken up because you changed the subject midway. I think if you’re focused on maintaining a five-sentence minimum into a paragraph, to give more variety in sentence length to keep the reader more engaged and feeling like they’re making easy progress. Your ending is confusing, and you did warn me about that. Although it could use some refining, I honestly like the unexpected ending of them breaking down together and leaving us pondering on what is going to happen next. As far as the story goes, of all the submissions, yours reads like something that would be made into a movie. I literally kept envisioning these scenes as if they were playing out on a movie screen, so on the subject of your vivid details and description, it comes with a superb job well done. MAG DISSA For all intents and purposes, using highly popular and beloved Disney/Pixar characters as nasty, raunchy, swearing, murderous characters just didn't mix well with the Slasher genre. I couldn't help but insert the toy version of the characters into the story, which disconnected me. The juxtaposition of toy cartoon characters on a Slasher confused me because I wasn't sure whether or not it was intended as a serious piece of prose or if it was intended to be over-the-top and campy. When you're using existing characters from another franchise, you have to do your very best in captivating their personalities as close as possible--and none of the characters presented actually came across as who they're supposed to be. Had you simply just changed their names, I would've never known that this was a Toy Story fanfiction/horror crossover. For the good aspects of your story, the narrative is vicious and you go for the throat--literally. Revenge is a subcategory of Slasher and I think you executed the spirit of the genre very well, even if the Toy Story characters threw the story off. SIMONE LE ROUX What I have come to absolutely love about your writing so far is that you are able to take a prompt and exceed expectations with a great story. Last week's "Loveliest Corpse" was a surreal nightmare; "The Caretakers" goes beyond the surreal and taps into current events plaguing the U.S. And, with South Africa's history of racial segregation and white privilege, your story comes across as relevant and current. I am not going to beat around the bush: your story had me on edge the whole way through. Your Slasher incorporated "revenge"; but it would be more accurate to describe it as a Social Horror cross-genre that echoes the sentiments of the Haitian Revolt in which southern U.S. slave owners feared would come to pass: black people revolting and killing them in their sleep or worse (*gasp!* interracial relationships!). My only gripe with your story is that you didn't name any of your characters Karen, but I won't take any points from you for that. Moving forward, I am very eager to see what else you have in that writing arsenal of yours. I do want to suggest that you watch your dialogue carefully, however. Sometimes, the characters say things that people wouldn't normally say in a real-life conversation, even if there are blades and blood around. I might suggest reading your dialogue out loud to yourself so that you can determine whether the dialogue feels natural or awkward. THE SUEN (Trigger Alert--topics of pedophilia and rape) I want to congratulate you on a piece of writing well-done and in your ability to set and maintain the tone and pace of the story from the get-go. It was gut-punching, triggering, and savage--exactly how great horror can be written. You took a HUGE risk with the subject material and it's been well-received. I know you slimmed this piece down some already, but I can see in some places where some extra "pork" could be cut out to deliver the shocks you're giving us with greater force. I admit, in some places, it seems long-winded or overly drawn out, as if maybe you were worried about not making the limit or not getting your description across--but, your description was great, grisly, and unnerving. Unfortunately, this is where the other shoe drops, because it doesn't read or translate as a Slasher. Your "death by sex" aspect of your story had a great expression, but that's where it stops at being Slasher and it starts being more supernatural/ghost story, up in the same ballpark as Ju-on or Sinister. It's a shame, because had this piece been submitted for a Supernatural Horror prompt, you would've easily made Top3 and/or won the challenge, hands down. My advice--should you continue with us--is to read and incorporate the genre's characteristics more mindfully. TWO_SENTENCE_CRITIC As far as this submission goes for genres, this was a successful Slasher, and I enjoyed how you were able to subvert the "death by sex" into "death by not having or not being able to have sex." At first, I was apprehensive as you approached the ending twist with Sister Christina's admission of being born into a man's body, as the subject of transgender and transsexual identities is currently a hot-button topic (great for horror!), and you seem to have handled the topic somewhat sensitively and progressively. One of my favorite quotes you wrote was, “What your mother and sister did to you was wrong but a penis is not the only thing that makes you a man. You don’t need it to make a woman feel good either, sexually or otherwise.” I feel this ends your story with a flair of empowerment, rather than total villainization or chalking it up to "mutilated penis means psycho killer." But I'm going to be a bit real here: while I love this about your story, my least favorite aspect of it is that your villain is "an angry misgendered person" (even if it was against their will). The villainization of LGBT individuals is all too common in stories across the spectrum of genres in a heteronormative world. However, this isn't to say that you shouldn't include topics like these, but living in a current world that is historically hostile towards trans people, I think this is as good as time as any to change the way we see trans lives by not villainizing them. Let’s talk a bit more specifically about some choices included in your piece: Samantha worriedly asked, “is oral sex was the same as losing my virginity?” ... He glimpsed her discreetly crossed fingers behind her back. ... The attack lasted less than two minutes. ... A look of complete shock covered his face. What all of these things have in common is telling rather than showing, and while some of it seems to be there for more dramatic effect, I found that the biggest culprit is the use of adverbs in your sentences in place of description that you could've shown instead, or some of what you wrote seemed a little unnecessary in the details such as: Sister Christina informed her it was not, but questioned why anyone would want to put their mouth on the area from which someone urinates. So, my advice is to resist the urge of using adverbs in place of where you could show instead. Unpack the sentence a bit more and show us how that person seems to feel worried (i.e. they have a nervous habit, e.g. biting nails or pacing around). The hardest part in writing is striking a balance of description without being too wordy, and most of your piece does this, so don't take me as going in hard on you for this too much. In general, your story is easy to read and leaves you guessing, which to me is super important in any work of fiction. The way in which you ended your story seems appropriate to the subject matter and all of our questions have been answered, leaving us with a "What happens next?" scenario. THE PLACEMENTS
[CONFESSA]: Based on this week’s critiques, I’ve made some decisions. It was very hard, as there were some very high peaks and very low valleys. Regardless of whether you are eliminated today, I am elated by your dedication and hard work so far. Bee… Two_Sentence_Critic… Grean… Claudette Bouchard… Simone le Roux… This week, all five of you shook me to my core. You all really slayed this challenge, and neither one of you broke genre or submitted an incomplete piece. Congratulations, all five of you are in the Top.
Anna Bellamy… BC Marsden… Dan James… Mag Dissa… The Suen… The five of you are all in Danger and up for elimination. Two of you submitted a piece that broke genre, which is an unforgivable offense in this competition. No matter how well you write, no matter how good the story, if it doesn’t meet the prompt details, then you will be placed in Danger. One of you also submitted an incomplete piece, and something incomplete cannot be wholly judged. The other two of you, I’m sorry to say that while neither of you broke genre or submitted an incomplete piece, your stories just do not hold up to this week’s standards which were laid down by the Top 5 this week. If any of you are elim— [SIMONE]: Confessa! Wait! [CONFESSA]: What is it? [SIMONE]: Since I don’t need my immunity this week, I would like to donate it to someone to save them from possible elimination. [CONFESSA]:[nods] Very well. Who do you choose to save? [SIMONE]: The Suen. I believe he has a lot more to show, and that he can do better than what he did this week! You said it yourself, he could have made the Top if this were a Supernatural Horror challenge. [CONFESSA]: The Suen…
[The Suen breathes a huge sigh of relief.]
[CONFESSA]:Thistime you are Safe. You will be placed Low*. Someone in this competition really believes in you! Don’t let her down. [THE SUEN]: Oh my God, thank you so much Simone! I’ll do my best from here! [CONFESSA]: If any of you are eliminated today, this does not mean that this is the end forever, nor does it mean you are a failure. It boils down to the performance of your writing for this week. You should all feel really proud of yourselves.
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[CONFESSA]: Bee, your story was macabre, mystical, and the very essence of what a Slasher piece represents. Claudette, even though your style isn’t the most polished among your competitors, what you brought to the Slasher piece was out-of-the-box, brilliant, and innovative. Congratulations, both of you are the Winners this week! I’ll allow you some time to deliberate on who among your competitors you think deserves the hatchet.
… … … [Bee and Claudette both walk over to The Dark Altar, a table covered in a black cloth with an already lit violet candle sitting on its draped surface. It sits propped up by an obsidian holder. A red pen and pieces of parchment have been put out for them. They each write a name on their parchments and place them in a single envelope, stamping it closed with the purple wax of the candle and the MurderHaus sigil. They hand the envelope to Confessa.]
[CONFESSA]: Thank you, Bee, Claudette.
[She tears open the envelope and reads both pieces of paper.]
[CONFESSA]: Yes, of course. ... The first person to be cut from Cycle 1 of MurderHaus is… ... ... ... Mag Dissa! ...AND Anna Bellamy! I’m sorry, this is where your story gets the final edit. You both should be very proud of the work you put in. [MAG]: Thanks for everyone’s time! It’s been fun! And, congrats to both Bee and Claudette this week. [ANNA]: Even though mine wasn’t finished, I really enjoyed this contest. Good luck everyone! [CONFESSA]: You…have been cut. Bee, Claudette. Both of you have one more choice to make for next week’s prompt. Will you pick Creature Feature or Dark Fantasy? [BEE] and [CLAUDETTE]:(in unison) CREATURE FEATURE!
2020.06.08 12:09 veryverycashmoneyjust finished watching dead to me!! (spoilers!!)
here are some opinions (btw i’m a kid lol so pls excuse if i say some dumb things) • i hate parker. being a teen girl from an affluent california town, (so being able to sorta understand her character) i can say that no one would’ve reacted the way she did. not just the vandalism, but turning the photos in to the cops and refusing to take down the pics in the first place without being paid by jen?? if a guy i liked’s mom showed up at my door and said that, i would be deleting those pics in a second. and the “cheating??” that was apparently why she vandalized their house and then turned in the pics?? they’re kids, it’s not that big a deal. you cry a bit maybe and then get over it. • sometimes jen and judy’s characters can be a little hard to like, for me at least. judy is sweet, but she’s one of those “so sweet she gets annoying.” and like she’s just really sentimental. jen IS a classic scorpio, and she DOES get really mad really fast. but i really liked when her character stood up for herself against that creep in front of all those guys when she was petitioning for the stop sign. hate that guy and can’t believe he had the audacity to say that she assaulted him after what he had done. guess he didn’t expect her to call him out!! • i’m so glad detective perez did what she did!! at first i didn’t like her character, bc she seemed like she was gonna be FURTHER suspicious of judy just bc she started to get personally upset with judy’s involvement with her ex. i was just sorta like, do your job like i get ur a detective, but when it comes to judys involvement with ur ex, maybe mind ur business? it’s not rly her place. so i’m rly glad that her character did something rly likable • i liked s2 a lot more then s1. was just more interesting in my opinion. • i dislike shandy. i get that she’s a kid, prolly traumatized from seeing the body, and that her forest suggestion helped jen and judy hide the body, but she killed the bird, and something about her face just irks me, lol. again, i don’t think she truly deserves this hatred i have for her character, but i just can’t like her!! • i really liked ben at first, (partially because i love james marsden) the kids like him and he’s just a sweet dork. but as s2 progressed and he was out of the picture for a little while after jen kicked him out, when he came back into the picture, i had kinda forgotten about him, and cared less. plus the stuff with him hitting jen and judy’s car. • i dislike nick!!! at first i really liked him, he seemed so sweet. but they did say he went on psychological leave for a while, and its starting to make sense now. didn’t him and judy date for just a little while?? and he seems rly upset about the breakup. like when he saw judy and the michelle while they were getting tacos. and he was so passive aggressive lol?? and when she asked how he was, he was all, “well i left my house today. so that’s a start.” or something along those lines. just seemed dramatic. and then he was so intent on “getting” judy for the crime. • they really should have dissolved steve. anyways that’s all!! pls don’t get upset if i said something really stupid, baha. it’s 3am and some of this probably did not even make sense. but pls reply if you agree or disagree! (and explain why if it’s the latter cause i’d love to hear the other side/another opinion!) :)
2020.05.06 22:07 pathetic_gooseI've been watching movies every night (almost) since the shutdown. Here they are ranked from best to worst, with a little review for each. The total count is 39 so far!
First off, I hope everyone is staying healthy and safe at home. If you’re like me (that is, currently unemployed and demotivated to hell), you’re probably watching a lot of movies. My sister and I watch one every night (aside from Sunday, reserved for Westworld), so I started to keep track. Here’s a list of each one so far; I’ve scored each using the four star method, with the lowest score being half a star, and based my ranking on how much I enjoyed the film, irrespective of how “good” the movie actually is. For example, Tremors is a cult hit that some of my favorite reviewers recommend, but I found it quite dry and poorly paced. So, with that in mind, here are the movies, ranked from worst (in my opinion) to best. Spoiler alert for literally everything. The worst movies we saw: King Kong(2005) – 0.5 out of 4 stars Anyone who remembers loving this film fifteen years ago (I mean, I did) seriously needs to watch it today. I’ve never witnessed a film so overstuffed with content, yet so shallow and vapid. The editing is an unparalleled nightmare, with cuts so fast they started to cross my eyes. An utterly exhausting experience and true premonition of what was to come of Peter Jackson’s downfall with the Hobbit franchise. This is where it all started to crumble. 2.The Bee Movie(2007) – 0.5 out of 4 stars Jerry Seinfeld’s wealth and influence is the only explanation for what is surely one of the worst high-budget, Hollywood animated films of the twenty-first century. Tons of dry, adult humor that would soar over parents’ heads, let alone their kids, and a plot that blends a metaphor for the monotony of regular life with nonsensical kid-logic where a Bee can flirt with a human. It wasn’t even so-bad-it’s-good; the memes do this movie way too much justice. 3.Guns Akimbo(2019) – 0.5 out of 4 stars An edgelord director makes a cheap VOD rip-off of John Wick and drags Daniel Radcliff down with him. There are almost no positives here, what with a metric ton of lame “gamer” jokes, terrible editing, inconsistent sound design, and bad acting all around. If this were a college student’s project, I would be so impressed, but it feels more like a goth teenager from 2010 made it in their back yard. This premise is wasted on a few decent jokes related to putting on pants with guns bolted to someone’s hands. Overall, I shame-walked my way out of this movie with a bad taste in my mouth. 4.Into the Grizzly Maze(2015) - 0.5 out of 4 stars Jaws with a bear. James Marsden. Thomas Jane. Billybob Thorton. Direct to streaming. Base Adobe After Effects plugins. A greenscreen bear. Watch literally anything else. Yes, I paid to rent it. No, I’m not proud. 5.Dangerous Lies(2020) - 0.5 out of 4 stars Another one to fill up the Netflix servers. A dull mystery, like if Knives Out was pumped full of Quaaludes and half the cast disappeared. The most famous actress they got is from the show Riverdale, and they name drop her in the title of the trailer on YouTube, if that tells you anything. The screenwriter is a sheltered fool with no understanding of how laws work and the story feels like the dramatization of a college student’s short story in their Composition 1 class, where there are some ideas at play but they still have to, you know, learn how to write. Generally embarrassing for all parties involved, especially anyone who watched it. The still-bad-but-not-horrendous reviews: The Golden Compass(2007) – 1 out of 4 stars Tons of money, Daniel Craig, and Nicole Kidman couldn’t save this poor man’s version of The Chronicles of Narnia if it tried, and boy did it try. This is a case of the movie seemingly getting the source material right, and that being the wrong decision, considering it’s really, really stupid. Sure, the anti-organized religion themes are pretty cool for a kid’s movie, but the talking animals make zero sense in the story and have fuck all to do with anything that matters. The rules are unclear, the stakes are low, and ultimately, it all feels like a waste of time. 2.Underwater(2020) – 1 out of 4 stars Ah, another Alien clone. Just kidding, this movie isn’t even as good as most clones (looking at you, Life). The movie offers about three seconds to the viewer before the plot literally explodes and pushes the “story” along. Remember meeting the crew in Alien, and how it takes forever for someone to die, but when they do, it sucks because you liked them? This movie was asleep during that part. It just goes and goes, meaningless, nameless characters die and die, and the monsters are cheap looking until the Cthulhu reveal, who’s the villain just because (this is how I assume the movie was pitched). 3.Event Horizon(1997) – 1 out of 4 stars People love this movie, and this was my second viewing. How it’s a cult classic is beyond me. There are a few nice practical and CGI shots (also a ton of bad CGI, but it was the nineties), and some cool, weird set design, but otherwise, the plot is boring and predictable. My sister called it “It in space” which I think is apt, considering the evil force on the ship acts like Pennywise for some reason. Also, the famous the blood orgy? The Hell world? It makes up about twenty seconds of the hour and forty-minute runtime and is as tame as Sunday afternoon brunch. Honestly, this is another King Kong where people have faded memories and don’t remember the real movie, which, may I remind you, was directed by the genius behind the Resident Evil film franchise. 4.The Trust(2015) – 1 out of 4 stars Talented directors with real skill behind the camera, great lighting, and beautiful cinematography; all of it for nothing, because the script is absolutely terrible. Poor Elijah Wood: he gets to work with Nic Cage, who, for the first time I’ve ever seen, is completely phoning it in. This could have been a wonderful black comedy, and it tries to be, except it’s shot like a spinoff of the Jason Bourne series. Everything is so miserable and serious, so flat and joyless; after thirty minutes, I realized that no one has any idea what their character motivation is. Random things happen and we’re supposed to believe it. What a waste. 5.Tremors(1990) – 1.5 out of 4 stars God, I wanted to love this. I love practical, low-budget effects and a big goofy monster. I love the premise, the small-town townsfolk, the wooden acting. But honestly, this movie was too boring and joyless during any scene not involving one of the worm monsters. There were some awesome and creative sequences, but ultimately, I realized I couldn’t care less about any of the characters due to the weak script and dialogue. As a result, the movie felt four hours long. I was genuinely disappointed with this one. 6.The Simpsons Movie(2007) – 1.5 out of 4 stars Again, when was the last time you actually sat down and watched this movie? The Simpsons is my favorite animated television show and featured some of the best comedy writing for the small screen in history, period. I quote lines almost every day. But the movie was edited hyper-fast, and while filled with a lot of good jokes, most of them felt like they were written in a vacuum. The story and comedy don’t gel at all, instead opting for two separate trains of thought. There are twenty-minute episodes from 1999 of the show that tell a better, more meaningful tale than the feature film, and that’s a tragedy. 7.Killer Workout(1987) – 2 out of 4 stars This is a terrible film, made by a pervert who wanted to get hot young women into workout clothes, and have a killer who murders people with a giant safety pin (is that some kind of pun?). For all intents and purposes, it’s disgusting; but watching this D-level, horny director make this movie just for an excuse to jerk it in the editing bay is a spectacle to behold. Many belly laughs were had during our screening, but it’s hard to really recommend this unless you adore awful, awful filmmaking. 8.Samurai Cop(1991) – 2 out of 4 stars Move over The Room. See you in hell, Troll 2. This movie makes those look Oscar-worthy. The only reason it has a lower score is because, despite being made by a bunch of incompetent jokers with mismatched cameras, barely any sound equipment, and the worst actors ever assembled, it can drag its feet quite a bit. This was my second viewing, and I have to say, I did become a bit bored. But if you’ve never watched it, it’s free with Amazon Prime, so what are you waiting for? Also, if anyone knows the names of literally any character, please let me know; that’s still a mystery to me. 9.Onward(2020) – 2 out 4 stars Another safe installment from the immense talents over at Pixar. I was pretty let down by this movie, which had an interesting premise (also a very good ending) and good actors involved. But ultimately, the story is just Finding Nemo again, which, at the time, was told better, had more at stake, and left a long-lasting impact on cinema as a whole. All Onward is going to do is fade into Disney+ obscurity, despite the breathtaking animation, which is some of the best in the studio’s history. Seriously, watch the scene where the older brother drifts his van in front of the school, it looks incredible. 10.Stuber(2019) – 2 out of 4 stars Movies like this usually get crap critic scores and great user ones. Was is a masterclass in storytelling? No. Did it have the best jokes I’ve ever heard? No. Was it a well-meaning, decently acted, and funny little adventure? Damn right. Sometimes you just want a good time, and this movie can give it to you. It’s nothing amazing, and it’s not horrible, but if you like Kumail Nanjiani, then hey, you’ll probably like this too. Also, Dave Bautista was pretty fun throughout as well. 11.Vivarium(2020) – 2 out of 4 stars If this had been a half-hour long shot film, it would have been perfect. Good casting, a brilliant premise, and interesting visual style art marred by a director who has zero ideas on how to expound upon it all to create a feature film. Instead, he tries to distract his audience with a few new mysteries to solve, which end up as solution-less time-filler in order to get to the original short film’s obvious ending, which is spoiled by some nonsense arthouse symbolism about birds. Its deceptive how bad this movie actually is once the credits role; the only reason it scores so high is because of how good the first act is. Now for the pretty good reviews Wish Upon(2017) – 2.5 out of 4 stars I can see your jaws dropping right about now, so rest assured, this movie sucks. But it was written by what seems like a two hundred-year old man trying to understand millennials, and it’s so accidentally hilarious I have to tell you all to give it a try. It’s the least scary teen-scream flick in a long time and the ending had me jumping out my seat, roaring with laughter. It’s shot like an anti-smoking advertisement, will dull, flat light and no colors to speak of. The actors are as equally bad as the script; I don’t know what directors see in Joey King that I don’t, but she makes one of the least likable protagonists in a horror film to date. 2.47 Meters Down: Uncaged(2019) – 2.5 out of 4 stars I know, I know, your jaws are still on the ground. This VOD sequel to the totally underwhelming and dull original features several plain teenagers scuba diving in an underwater cave system, with a blind great white shark on their tail (yay, more puns). The acting is atrocious, there’s a scene where a fish literally screams at them underwater, and they have an imaginary comms system that somehow lets them all yammer on throughout the movie while also diving. But I watched this as a double feature with Underwater, and this was so much more fun in comparison. Lots of schlocky deaths, stupid scares, and every law of physics broken, which makes this a good popcorn flick to watch with friends (especially during a pandemic). 3.Color Out of Space(2019) – 2.5 out of 4 stars I love The Thing, like I’m sure you all do. And this was a pretty good homage to the John Carpenter-era of eighties horror films. It even gets the cosmic horror elements (mostly) right. But this is one of the only times where I’d recommend not casting batshit insane Nic Cage for your movie. He actually detracts from the otherwise shocked and terrified family members who help ground the emotional core of the script. He seems to be off in his own world on this one, which ends up making the family dynamic disjointed rather than relatable. There are some true horror moments (mom and baby fused together, ew) that I’ll remember for a long time, but it does fall a bit short to the classics with hindsight. 4.The Rocketeer(1991) – 3 out of 4 stars I’m twenty-five and have never seen this movie. This is a criticism of my parents, of course, who probably didn’t see it either since it was a flop at the time. But what a wonderful action adventure for any age, with great practical effects, and a fun story featuring our hapless, aloof hero fighting a secret Nazi spy who’s also a movie star. He screws up his relationship with Jennifer Connelly and has goes through daring feats to win back her affection. It’s funny, charming, and warm; I mean, what makes you get all soft and fuzzy like mobsters teaming up with the FBI to kill Nazis? I miss this Disney! 5.Sky High(2005) – 3 out of 4 stars My sister begged to watch this one night. “When’s the last time you saw it?” she said. Over and over. I heard the premise; I thought it was stupid. I was sort of right, but the purposely cheesy performances from everyone, and seeing Kurt Russel and Bruce Campbell as lame superheroes, was actually really entertaining and charming. The plot was obvious but well-paced, and the director seemed to be doing a Sam Raimi thing (seriously, every shot is a pushed-in Dutch angle, like an Evil Dead for kids) which was a lot of fun. Honestly, I was shocked I enjoyed it as much as I did. 6.American Animals(2018) – 3 out of 4 stars This was a really interesting take on the true-story genre, by having the real people interviewed and spliced together with the actors. It felt like a long episode of a docuseries, and that isn’t a complaint. Really well acted, great story, and good direction come together to make a fascinating true crime movie about four losers who try to steal millions of dollars’ worth of rare books. Evan Peters was perfect in his role and should be in more feature films. The only issue, for me and my sister, was that it ends up a little dry towards the end. It lacks that energy and excitement that would otherwise award it a higher score in my book. Really good reviews: Robocop(1987) – 3.5 out of 4 stars Does it get any more eighties than this? Blood and gore, a stop-motion robot that makes tiger sounds and falls down a flight of stairs, crime fighting one-liners, a toxic goo man exploding; it’s just the best. This was, of course, not my first viewing, but my sister was giggling through the whole screening like a child. And its hard not to; this is the quintessential action movie of that era. The plot is simple and easy to understand, the bad guys are literal cartoon characters, and everything feels like it had a bump of cocaine before hitting the set. If I have any real complaints, I do think the tone wavers between having fun and being super dark, and that can alienate some viewers, so I can’t quite give it a perfect four. Sorry everyone. 2.Deep Blue Sea(1999) – 3.5 out of 4 stars I love bad shark movies, and every time I watch this one, I make up the same story: a studio went to the director and said, “Hey, here’s a bunch of money, makes something like Jaws for the summer, it’ll make a shitload of money. Here’s a treatment script and all the budget you need. Do whatever you want.” And boy howdy did they do whatever the fuck they wanted. So many bait and switch moments to subvert our expectations, like Sam Jackson getting eaten mid-speech, or the lead heroine attempting to save they day and being eaten alive pointlessly in the last five minutes. If you’ve never watched it, you just have to. Don’t you want to see LL Cool J kill a giant shark in a flooded kitchen with a zippo lighter? Of course you do. 3.Prisoners(2013) – 3.5 out of 4 stars Although it doesn’t fully explore the depths of each mystery, this is a brilliantly acted, tense thriller from the incredible Denis Villeneuve, who since joining Hollywood simply hasn’t directed a bad movie. Move the hell over JJ Abrams, we got a real storyteller here, one who doesn’t fancy himself a great writer, instead taking good scripts and elevating them into even better movies. This is a great, dark story that tackles the unending grief of having a child abducted, and the lengths you’d go in order to get them back. 4.The Invitation(2015) – 3.5 out of 4 stars A claustrophobic, anxiety-inducing thriller starring a relatively unknown cast of actors (aside from the two male leads). The director utilizes one location with such skill, and gives really strong motivation for the protagonist to move this horror story that uses social anxiety, grief, and coping with loss to inspire scares. This was another not-first time for me, and I loved it just as much if not more. If I had to pick at it, I’ll say that some of the side characters (the friend group) could have used a little more fleshing out before everything starts to get weird. 5.La La Land(2016) – 3.5 out of 4 stars There isn’t much to say that hasn’t already been said about this one, but I loved it just the same. I remember seeing it in theaters, my musical-loving girlfriend dragging me along, and me dreading it. I even snuck a beer into the theater to try and deal. Four years later, everything that was wonderful about it still is: the music is brilliant; the chemistry between the leads is exceptional. It’s a typical Hollywood-jerking-itself-off story, sure, but I enjoyed the themes of following your dreams becoming something you weren’t prepared for and having to sacrifice one kind of happiness for another. The ending is solid too. Quick question though – is this a musical, in the true sense of the word? My girlfriend says no. And after watch Hairspray (which I hated), that seems to be the case. Please let me know. 6.Bad Education(2020) – 3.5 out of 4 stars The best Hugh Jackman performance since Prisoners. A gripping, dark, and hilarious true story written by a guy who watched it unfold in person, this movie details the absurdity of embezzlement through a wealthy Long Island education system. The dialogue was slick, the acting perfect, and the direction actually very empathetic to all of the characters. It was a rare case of the film not really taking any side; almost bipartisan, like a documentary. This is rare for me in that I wish it was a little bit longer; I was hoping for more scenes of the aftermath, maybe the future, but what we got works just as well. 7.Looper(2012) – 3.5 out of 4 stars A great interpretation of the future blended with the fun of 20th century organized crime. Rian Johnson has proven with Knives Out that The Last Jedi was some kind of fluke, because he really is a good storyteller. And, since people only rip his writing abilities, he’s a great director as well. This movie could have fallen into a million cliché traps, but it doesn’t; it has its own vision and voice, and in a world with endless science fiction trash, it’s very refreshing. I can’t call it perfect; Bruce Willis has a scene that basically tells the audience to ignore the time travel stuff because it doesn’t make sense; I respect this, but wouldn’t it be great if the emotional core of the script could make more sense? But bonus points for good humor, Rian’s got that down (aside from in Star Wars). Perfect Scores There Will Be Blood(2007) – 4 out of 4 stars One of the most modern and compelling westerns I’ve ever seen (although no gunslingers here). Of course, Daniel Day Lewis is to thank for bringing the character Daniel Plainview to life; watching a hardworking, blue-collar miner become a twisted, wealthy, and ultimately soulless oil tycoon is breathtaking. The first half hour of the movie has almost no dialogue at all, and as time begins to pass and the characters develop, the dialogue that emerges is nearly unrivaled in today’s cinema (except maybe with The Lighthouse). The ending is worth the price of admission (which is free, if you have Netflix), and once you’re done with you’re screening, you too will be hollering “I am a false profit, and God is a superstition!” 2.Fargo(1996) – 4 out of 4 stars Sarcastic and witty, this is the definitive Cohen Brothers screenplay. The performances (and accents) are now as iconic as Steve Buscemi being jammed into a woodchipper. The setup of the film, and lack of any kind of explanation for why William H. Macy is such a scumbag, only makes the story feel more manic, more off-the-wall. Everything is fine-tuned to make you laugh, while also intrigued as to what will become of all these pedantic, silly people. If by some miracle you haven’t already, give it a watch. 3.Rango(2011) – 4 out of 4 stars It is absolutely, positively, fucking criminal that no one ever talks about this film. Much like everyone here, I’d never seen it before (free on Amazon Prime), and after three minutes I was hooked. The visual style, the cinematography, the bizarre photorealistic characters; it’s perfect. It’s oozing with style, with an amazing script jammed with jokes and a smooth-talking Johnny Depp as the lead, along with a great ensemble class. I’d wager to say that this is one of the best, if not the best, 3D animated film of the last decade. Hell, of the twenty-first century. This movie is what would happen if Disney or Pixar grew some balls and did something different for a change (whoops, controversial!) 4.Whiplash(2014) – 4 out of 4 stars Damian Chazelle is a master of his craft; this much is clear from his debut fucking feature. Seriously, this movie has an intensity to it, and it achieves that by hijacking the spirit of jazz and injecting it with liquid stress. I normally hate Miles Teller (this is completely a personal judgement), but he was perfect for the role. I totally bought him as this young, doughy-faced college sophomore desperate for approval in a world that could give a shit about him. J.K. Simmons rides that line of being hammy and terrifying, and the direction is sublime. Chazelle is one to watch in the next few decades for sure. 5.The Witch(2015) – 4 out of 4 stars So, I’ve seen this like five times now. It’s still amazing. What a first feature; I’m sure Robert Eggers thought, “Yeah, let’s make it a period piece with era-correct speech and fill it with themes of abandoning belief and existential dread, people will love it.” Spoilers though, only weirdos like you and me do. Our spouses and significant others look over at us, shake their heads, and say, “What the fuck is this?” That won’t stop me from singing its praises though; this is the ideally structured horror movie, with a captivating cast, script, and vision of survival in the seventeenth century. Really makes you think that being quarantined isn’t so bad after all (unless you're trapped with Black Phillip). 6.The Killing of a Sacred Deer(2017) – 4 out of 4 stars This is probably one of the most uncomfortable horror movies I’ve seen in a long time; it’s so bizarre, in fact, I’m pretty sure no one liked it or even bothered to see it. It made some pathetic number, way below its budget, during a short theatrical run, and then faded away into A24’s catalog. But I beg you, if you like psychological horror, slow burns, great writing, and being unsettled, please see this film. The dialogue is delivered by each actor robotically, in this unnatural tone that at first seems like a mistake; it could be easy to dismiss this as “weird” by non-horror fans. The film only becomes more nightmarish as the story builds towards its climax. Also, points for such an utterly strange plot that, for once in a horror movie, doesn’t feel like a retread of other, better films. 7.Thoroughbreds(2017) – 4 out of 4 stars Talk about some of the best dialogue in the last decade. This movie is so simple, and both lead actresses are stunning in their portrayals of two complete sociopaths. Anton Yelchin gives his final performance and he steals every scene he’s in (as usual), and I was really impressed with just how sad his character made me feel. This loser selling drugs to teens while he’s in his mid-twenties, desperately working for something better doing the only thing he knows how. It’s really fun to see his tough guy persona melt in front of our leads, who despite looking like innocent high school girls, are planning a literal murder. If you want a thriller with great characters and gut-punching twists, this is the movie for you. 8.Booksmart(2019) – 4 out of 4 stars Oh, happy day, a comedy that (almost) doesn’t star washed up SNL alumni (Jason Sudeikis gets a pass for being married to the director). Look, I’m not saying that every poorly directed, badly lit, bland film featuring endless improve from people that used to be funny can’t be good, but they usually aren’t. Instead, this movie takes the plain and simple coming of age story and tells it again, this time with millennials and stellar writing. And the best part? You don’t know any of the main character’s actors. They aren’t Will Ferrell or Adam Sandler. You don’t have to pretend they're real people and not movie stars. The leads are hysterical, their adventure is unique and filled with heart, and all the supporting cast are incredible. This isn’t just funny; it’s earnest, and it actually means something. 9.Vampire’s Kiss(1989) – 4 out of 4 stars Okay, okay, here me out: you know that meme with Nic Cage, where his eyes are bugging out? How about that clip where he recites the alphabet in full while shouting at his therapist? Yeah, that’s this fucking movie. Never in my life, not since The Evil Dead 2, have I fallen in love with something so funny, so ahead of its time, that rides the line between utter garbage and secret masterpiece. And just like The Evil Dead 2, this is as masterpiece. You got Nic Cage doing what sounds like a Donald Trump impression, mechanical bats, Nic Cage eating a live cockroach, Nic Cage covered in blood with fake vampire fangs and a wooden stake begging New Yorkers to kill him. This movie was a failure when it was made, but I swear to god, it was made thirty years too early. Or maybe I’m just crazy. 10.Cop Car(2015) – 4 out of 4 stars Add this to the list of great movies no one has ever seen but is actually streaming on Netflix. I clicked on this on a total whim, knowing nothing about it, and was beyond surprised. Every shot looks like it could have been principle photography for No Country for Old Men, except the two lead actors are literally children under the age of twelve. Now, normally, kids are terrible in films, between a lack of acting ability, and writers that don’t understand them. This movie nails how kids actually think. It’s not that they’re stupid, they’re learning; and on the way, they develop their own kid logic that, during this film, is enough to get them to steal a cop car in an empty field. Kevin Bacon is a wonderful villain, and the story was so twisty that I couldn’t even guess ahead. Please give this more love, it deserves it. Jeez, that was a lot. Thanks for reading everyone! I apologize if I ragged on a movie you like, remember that this is just my opinion and you're allowed yours as well. Stay safe!
2020.04.17 20:15 monsieur-creosotemonsieur-creosote: #4 Death at a Funeral (2010)
Synopsis (from Google): Preparing for a funeral is never pleasant, but for Aaron, it is shaping up to be the worst day of his life. Sibling rivalry, meddling family members, and a little stranger with a big secret threaten to blow the kid off the coffin when Aaron struggles to give his late father a proper memorial. Date started: 4/16/20 Date finished: 4/16/20 Rating: 5/10 I was going through Netflix last night to find something quIck to watch and I liked the premise of this one. It was a black comedy and it had an ensemble cast, two things I love. However, it wasn’t as great as it could’ve been. It will keep you entertained and some of the jokes could’ve had potential but ultimately, fell flat. I laughed a few times but nothing was side-splitting. It’s not terrible. There’s just no reason to watch it. There’s really no value or worth in it, and it’s not remarkable in any way. The actors are all great but they’ve had finer roles. The characters are OK. And visually, it’s just decent. Overall: There is seriously nothing special about this movie. It’s just OK and if you absolutely want to watch this movie, you can but just know, you aren’t doing a disservice by ignoring it. I liked James Marsden in it but everyone else has better stuff.
2020.02.24 02:25 PurplTreeFrogThe Way of Shadows Audiobook
Am about 14hours onto The Audiobook of The Way of Shadows (have read (and own) the books a fair few years ago). Wanted to know what everyones opinion on the narration was? Ive just gotten up to date With the audiobooks for the Stormlight archives and love James Marsdens narration for the Dresden Files so maybe I've been spoilt for quality, but I cannot seem to get lost in WoS as an Audiobook like i did the actual book when i first read it.
2020.02.17 05:32 pax_penguinaPax_Penguina #4: Sonic the Hedgehog (2020)
WARNING: CONTROVERSIAL Edit: I watched this film on February 13, known to me and other How I Met Your Mother fans as "Desperation Day." Was I desperate to see this film? No. But was I desperate to watch my first new film after discovering this sub? Absolutely! Now that my laces are tied and my gum is chewed, I can take my first steps down this yellow brick road... Ok, now that I have everybody's immediate attention, hey y'all, long time no see. I was away for a few days because of my weekend job, if I had access to decent cell service, or even decent Wifi, I would've posted during my off time, but it's fine, I had time to marinate on a movie I found to be very... thematic? Metaphorical? Symbolic? There's a whole lotta buzzwords I could use to describe my feelings on this movie. You know, sometimes I wish I could just watch movies for what they are and not look too farther into them. Sometimes it enhances the viewing experience, but most of the time it just leaves me perplexed. I'm gonna split this review into two parts, a tame review and the dreaded controversial analysis. I mean, personally, I don't think it's super controversial, especially as how I'm probably the only person that would even dare to come out with such a piping hot take, but I'm sure there are gonna be a few eyebrows raised once they read what I have to say. But no more dillydallying, onto: Part 1: It's Great for Kids, Okay for Everyone Else Now, a little bit of backstory (something the main character and I have in common): I come from a family of educators, starting with my great grandma and all the way down to my mom. And of course, once I got old enough, I started working with kids as well. Well, at first it was just volunteering with some of my classmates. Then I started getting actual paying jobs working with kids. I've been a camp counselor and an afterschool teacher, and a substitute teacher, and I've gone small things like babysitting and tutoring every now and then. So I'd like to say I'm pretty good at figuring out what media is meant for kids, what's meant for teens, adults, old fogeys, and then people who weren't alive at a certain time point and they wanna be nostalgic for it but the people actually from that time period don't really have any nostalgia for it but the youngsters do so the studio greenlights it anyways and- sorry, kinda got off track there. But yeah, you get the idea. Backstory over! Sonic the Hedgehog is a great kids movie. When I saw it in theaters, there were a surprising number of kids in the theater, which was odd considering it was a school night, but I didn't mind. I knew the movie wasn't gonna be for anyone over the age of like fifteen, but like a lot of people who saw the film, and I'm sure a few of you reading this review right now, I grew up playing Sonic games. Since I grew up after Sega faded from the video game spotlight, I played a lot of the newer games from the Xbox and PS2 and Nintendo DS and Wii. I was hoping there would be at least one cameo during the film of a character from the franchise other than Sonic and Robotnik, and while there is Spoiler!, it's during a post credits sequence. It's cool, it's fine, the movie is still... ok, I guess. The writers decided to make Sonic an alien to Earth, which makes for your typical "I gotta get away from the bad guys chasing me and go somewhere they won't ever catch me," plot, with the expected "I'n not going anywhere, I'm gonna stay on Earth to protect my friends!" twist ending. I don't really think that's a spoiler considering this movie made bank during it's opening weekend, and it would be foolish to assume they wouldn't tease for a sequel. Ben Schwartz of Parks and Rec and BB-8 fame voices Sonic, and he does a pretty good job, all things considered. I probably should've expected a live action full length Sonic the Hedgehog movie would get a bit tiresome after a while, but at least Schwartz stays very true to the character. I can't imagine anyone else other than the original video game voice actor portraying the character now, he's pretty solid. The script felt very dated, and as such Sonic's jokes don't always land as well as they would have in 2015, but the kids were eating that shit up, so I suppose he did what he was paid to do: entertain. James Marsden plays Tom the Donut Lord, a police officer from a small Montana town called Green Hills, and he does significantly better in this film than he did in 2011's Hop. I guess the movie gods let Marsden have a second chance, and he wasn't gonna mess it up again. He doesn't have a whole lot to work with, as a lot of his dialogue is exposition since he's Sonic's only mouthpiece to the ways of Earth, but he's cool and confident keeps a good attitude throughout the whole thing. Jim Carrey plays Dr. Robotnik, and while I did doubt the effectiveness of his portrayal just from watching the trailers, his best lines and moments have to be seen in theaters. If I could flashback to the days of Ace Ventura and The Mask, I could see this as elevating his status to instant comedy god. He's not as overly aggressive and hell-bent on world domination like his video game predecessor, as he's simply a top-level scientist/engineeresearcher working for the U.S. military in this film, but he has the same obsession of Sonic, and that makes for an excellent rivalry. There are some corny lines about how Robotnik is clearly a bad person and Sonic is clearly the good force that could take him down, but again, it's for kids, and again, they ate that shit up like Honey Nut Cheerios. The rest of the cast does a decent job, there are two side characters that try to be amusing, and while one of them succeeds a lot more than the other, both of them still fall flat quite often. There's a really oddly grown-up subplot about Tom's wife Maddy (portrayed by Tika Sumpter)'s sister wanting Maddy to divorce Tom because he's supposedly a bad person, which is just not really what I expected to see in a kids movie. But I guess it keeps the parents chuckling (it did, they were). There's nothing terribly surprising or special about the film (if you aren't me), the CGI and VFX were better than I expected, but they weren't anything glamorous, y'know? But as I sat in the theater watching the movie, hearing those kids cheer and laugh and gasp and clap once the credits started rolling, I felt like I understood what a good kids movie is. It's not perfect, it could definitely be better, but this is like the MCU for Babies, and they definitely got their core demographic hooked on the blue blur. And because of that, I can't bring myself to hate the movie, or even dislike it that much. I'm glad that the kids actually enjoyed what was meant for them, and that the movie wasn't filled with out-of-place adult jokes or super cringey dialogue. I mean, there is a little bit of both of those, but it really is a little bit, so it's tolerable when it happens. But if I was back working at a school and I was looking for a movie to let my primary school students watch, I would totally go for this film. I can see people not liking this if they aren't fans of kids themselves, but for everyone else, I think they'd enjoy it, or at least get a half-hearted laugh out of a few scenes. Alright, this is the Easter Egg portion, there's a LOT of them, and even for someone who generally doesn't pick up on many Easter Eggs in most movies, I found quite a few, some obvious and others a little more niche. I'm sure everyone knows about the Olive Garden shit, I'm not talking about it, screw that place, they gave me cold calamari and practically begged me not to leave and to just get something else instead just so I could pay them. Boo. Anyways, the most notable Easter Egg comes in Sonic's main method of interplanetary transportation: his gold rings. Yep, ripped straight from the game but given a new and surprisingly useful function, Sonic's guardian from his home world (an owl that looks lifted from Guardians of Ga'Hoole) gives him a bag of them to escape his home planet (which is Green Hill Zone! Which makes Green Hills, Montana all the more neat for Sonic to settle in when he decides to stay on Earth!), and tells him that if he ever encounters people that want to use his gifts for malicious purposes, he must escape to another world, one full of nothing but mushrooms (come on. This has GOT to be a Mario connection. I refuse to believe otherwise). Due to a convoluted series of events that only a kid couldn't groan at, the rings end up on a building in San Francisco, and Tom and Sonic have to go retrieve them while escaping Robotnik and his, ahem, robots. There's actually a pretty cool moment when Robotnik manages to hit Sonic with an energy blast, and he falls off the building and his rings all spill over the ground. He quickly gets up, grabs them all, and runs away with Jim Carrey chasing him down. It's a fun Easter Egg referencing Sonic getting hurt in the games, and when that happens he loses all the rings he's carrying at that time, and he has to pick them up before they disappear. There's a bit where he's running through a food cart in super speed time a la the Quicksilver scenes from the X-Men quadrilogy, and he eats a bunch of chili dogs, which later gives him a stomach ache. The final theme music that plays is a remix of the original Sonic theme music. There's a quick scene of Robotnik having to flip an electrical switch, and he has each switch labeled with tape, and one of them reads "Badniks." I'm sure there's more, I just can't remember them off the top of my head right now. And of course, the final two scenes in the film are huge references to the games, with the latter already been described above and the former having Jim Carrey shave his head and grow his mustache out to a wild tangle, making him nearly the spitting image of his video game counterpart. Okay, here we go. The moment you've all been reading for. Warning: This part is political. So I'll do my best to keep my personal beliefs out of this and just write strictly what I viewed in the film and the allegorical nature of the entire movie, and how it ties into recent U.S. political events. You can agree or disagree with what I say or what's happening in the United States right now, that is completely fair. Just please don't crucify me for sharing something interesting I found about the movie. This is mostly for entertainment purposes, the informative part is the tame review. Alright, let's get on with it. So Donald Trump is the president of the United States, let's just get that out of the way. It's no secret he doesn't like immigrants, especially Mexican and those from other Hispanic countries. He often refers to them as illegal aliens, and in the past couple years has used the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency (ICE) to "round up" immigrants and deport them. Recently, in fact, Trump has issued armed tactical forces to nine "sanctuary cities" in order to help law enforcement carry out immigration raids. Um, I heard that news after I saw the film, but when I saw it I immediately thought of this movie in a whole new light. I'm sure this will be considered a stretch by some, but just bear with me please. Sonic is an alien to this planet, especially to America, but he comes here at a young age and grows up reading comics and listen to popular music and playing games, but from a distance. So while he's well-versed in popular American culture staples, something that would easily spill over into neighboring nations like Canada and Mexico, he doesn't really know much about American sayings and customs, which is why he's always asking Tom questions and running off to see random tourist sites. Here's what instigates the plot, though: one day he gets really upset about having to stay hidden all the time, and Sonic causes an accident that deals so much damage, it makes the U.S. military send in Robotnik, despite the misgivings of MANY people at the meeting preceding Carrey's introduction. Now, Robotnik has a bit of goofy hair going on with his mustache, and, let's be real, Donald Trump's head hair looks a little silly. When Robotnik is introduced, he immediately takes control of a bunch of armed forces, despite the pushback from Neal McDonough's Major Bennington. He has them patrol a forest where Sonic's footprint is found, but aside from that, I don't believe the military comes back in this film except for the very end with that bullshit Olive Garden gag. Either way, Robotnik is obsessed with finding this alien, and he makes it very clear he's not above crossing boundaries and even being shady with the law in order to achieve his goals. Maybe it's just me (it's probably just me), but I couldn't help but notice parallels between Robotnik and his actions and Trump and his actions and policies he's issued while in office relating to migrants. Just like how several notable current and retired U.S. service members have voiced their disdain with Donald Trump and his actions towards immigrants, many of the high ranking military officials in this film disapprove of Robotnik and his attitude and personality, and call him a "freak." Nevertheless, he's given power and command over this issue, just like Trump, and he wields it in a clearly vindictive manner, also like Trump. Unlike in real life though, Robotnik wants to capture and study Sonic for his abilities, not kick him out of the country. And also unlike real life, Robotnik is defeated and sent far away where he can't (currently) hurt anyone. I guess if this film had come out during November 2019, back when Sonic looked like a sleep paralysis demon, the ending would have seemed incredibly timely, what with the impeachment of Donald Trump slowly building its way to reality, and how Trump possibly could've been removed from office. Especially with one of the final scenes involving the military claiming no knowledge about the existence of a man named Robotnik, something I'm sure more than a few military officials would do if Trump had been removed instead of acquitted. Granted, the substance that resulted in Donald Trump becoming the 3rd president in U.S. history to be impeached is vastly different than the immigration parallels from before, but like I said, put this movie a few months earlier and Twitter would be on fire right now. Even with Tom being a police officer himself, he takes in the alien because he recognizes that what happened was an accident and that he shouldn't necessarily be punished for something he can't control. Granted, human immigrants don't have super speed or electrokinesis, but having law enforcement members protect the "aliens" in their cities is perfectly emblematic of real-life sanctuary cities. And guess where one of the cities these specialized armed forces are being sent to? San Francisco. I shit you not, this was fucking weird finding out about this new Trump military order right after watching a movie about Sonic the motherfucking Hedgehog. I am a bit of a political junkie in my personal time, so maybe this was bound to happen to a donut like myself, but I can't un-see this now. I'm sorry guys I'm sorry, I had to get this off my chest. If there's any other donut out there with way too much time on their hands to think about unilaterally useless things like this, maybe you'll get where I'm coming from. Like I said, I really don't mean to take a stance on what's happening one way or the other. I have my own opinion, but it does not belong in this review, as it doesn't pertain to the film in any significant way. If you've seen the film and you agree with me, great, I'm glad I found someone like-minded. If you've seen the film and you disagree with me, I'm still glad you're here, and I hope I can foster a comprehensive and respectful conversation with you on the matter in a private message, if you so wish. If you haven't seen the movie and you think this whole part is one fat spoiler, I disagree with that notion. You can gather pretty much the entire plot of the movie just from watching the promotional material for the movie, there's nothing much to spoil. What there is, I've done my best to either tag or avoid completely. Either way, I put this part in mainly to entertain and to get this off my chest, seeing as how there's not really anyone in my personal life I could share this with and get reactions/replies that aren't solely mockery and ridicule, so in the spirit of completing the challenge, I thought I'd share it with y'all. Controversial part OVER All things considered, I would say this is a good movie. Not great for anyone over the age of fifteen, and even then it's not perfect, but I can't really think of anything else out right now like Sonic the Hedgehog, it fills the void left behind by Detective Pikachu (a movie that will definitely end up in my challenge, as I have not seen it yet). If you're a fan of the games and you're willing to just turn your brain off for a moment and just revert back to your childhood self, I suggest you see this film. Everyone else, eh, you're more than welcome, but unless you have kids, you won't get much from this movie. I give it a 6.5/10. Thank you all for reading, this was definitely the most fun review for me to write thus far. I know I've just started this challenge, but I'm so excited to start watching more new stuff and seeing how my thought process and analytical style changes as I go along and as I read everyone else's reviews as well. Like always, feel free to leave your thoughts and opinions in the comments, but please be civil, I'm not trying to start any digital fires here. Again, thank you for reading, and I wish all other participants luck with their quests!
2020.02.14 09:04 OldmanRevivedi saw one movie (Sonic Goes to the Real World)
trailer "Sonic the Hedgehog" is one more tired lap around the same old story in which a fuzzy animated creature interacts with hard working, slightly desperate-looking human actors. it’s a buddy movie, a road trip movie, and a movie where two completely separate worlds collide. i should also mention that the story of its production is far more extraordinary than the creatively bankrupt result that ensued. the first design of the renowned Sonic character caused massive backlash from fans, resulting in an alteration that moved the scheduled release date. not only that, but the VFX company fell through quickly afterwards. sad, but not entirely surprising. Sonic (voice by Ben Schwartz) is an extraterrestrial anthropomorphic blue hedgehog who can run at supersonic speeds. he lives on a planet filled with vast lands of preserved nature, and is joined by other fictional deities, such as his caretaker, Longclaw the owl. when the two are under attack by a tribe of echidnas, Longclaw gives Sonic a bag of rings he can use to travel to other planets. she uses a ring to send Sonic through a portal to Earth, and once there, he lives secretly in the town of Green Hills, Montana. this is one of those movie villages that looks like a postcard, where everybody lives in each other's pockets. i kept waiting for the town to fade to black and white and turn into "Pleasantville." in Green Hills, we meet the local sheriff, Tom Wachowski (James Marsden), and his veterinarian wife Maddie (Tika Sumpter). Tom has recently been hired by the San Francisco Police Department, and is preparing to move on to the next big chapter of his life. the movie doesn’t give him any more depth than that. his only mission from then on is to try and outlast the material, and he seems completely at a loss to account for his presence. there's nothing else that he wants to be, and somehow the movie uses that against him. Tika Sumpter doesn't find anything to reveal to us, and her plucky darlingness is a blight to the plot. or, to be more exact, it’s the whole plot that’s a blight. although he enjoys his life, Sonic longs for real friends. one night, in a fit of rage, he starts running around a vacated baseball field. the energy Sonic emits creates an electromagnetic pulse that knocks out power across the Pacific Northwest. baffled, the United States Department of Defense enlists roboticist and scientific genius Doctor Robotnik (Jim Carrey) to help discover the cause of the outage. luckily for them, he is already after Sonic's super-speed powers for world conquest, which makes him an easy target. Sonic leaves tracks behind when he hides in Tom's shed, eventually getting himself found. after the routine panic, Tom reluctantly agrees to help Sonic recover the rings. they manage to narrowly evade Robotnik on a number of occasions, and grow closer as they journey to San Francisco. when Carrey appears as Robotnik for the first time, the movie lights up like a pinball machine. he is quite clearly a cruel minded and brutal man who will use any opportunity presented to him to fuel his self-serving desires, even if that means exploiting worldwide catastrophes to obtain power and dominance. this doesn't cripple him, it fulfills him, and so his wanting to get back at Sonic is just crazy spite. Carrey pops his eyes, sneers, laughs maniacally and also has the film's only funny lines, often sounding more than a little like Liberace. he takes the role so far that you can see the raging, bigger nerd at his core. comic ideas waft through the movie like phantoms hoping to take shape. not only does the movie miss the target, you don't know what the target is. the fatal flaw in plotting the material is that we don't care. director Jeff Fower tries to escalate the tempo as the movie's conflict grows closer; he intercuts scenes that lay on schmaltz by the carload, trying to delve in to the begging question of whether or not Sonic will make it back to his planet when we know, we simply know, how that plot point is going to end. this has all been seen many times before, and it's sad, really, to see potentially funny characters trapped inside such a conventional assembly of cliches. what i felt as i watched "Sonic the Hedgehog" was not an intense dislike, but a kind of benign indifference. there was a lot of eye candy on the screen; the colors were bright; the action was relentless; Ben Schwartz really is a very gifted actor, and the animated Sonic is so jolly that i even took a faint liking to him. this film is no doubt ideally constructed for its target audience of ten year olds and those who keenly miss being ten year olds. but while the film does have clever moments, it's not really trying all that hard. i think the future of the Republic may depend on young audiences seeing more movies that will perhaps challenge and enlighten them, and fewer movies like "Sonic the Hedgehog," but then that's just me.
Fittingly fleet and frequently fun, Sonic the Hedgehog is a video game-inspired adventure the whole family can enjoy -- and a fine excuse for Jim Carrey to tap into the manic energy that launched his career.
The speed-demon Sega video-game mascot has been redesigned to satisfy fans, but no one figured out how to make him as fun as he is fast. ... one of those clunky live-action adventure comedies with a digitally animated generic weisenheimer plopped into the middle of it.
Sonic may have been rescued from the island of Dr. Moreau, but the problems with this dull video game adaptation aren't merely skin deep. ... “Sonic the Hedgehog” veers away from the speedball energy of its video game series in order to be a generic kids movie, and a slow one at that.
While the title character certainly looks far better than his horrifying first iteration, the overall film fits neatly into a safe buddy, road-trip comedy that kids can enjoy with a recognizable video game mascot being silly. ... I wish the filmmakers had taken a bigger, more imaginative swing than settling for just using the Sonic IP, stuffing him into a one-size-fits-all narrative, and calling it a day.
Sonic the Hedgehog review: the video game speed freak slowed down to a drab, joyless crawl. ... Sonic the Hedgehog film has sidelined everything distinctive and fun about Sonic the Hedgehog – namely, the high-speed, ring-grabbing dashes through balmy fantasy landscapes - in order to shoehorn the character into yet another one-size-fits-all retread of E.T.
DIRECTOR: Jeff Fowler WRITER: Pat Casey & Josh Miller MUSIC: Tom Holkenborg (Junkie XL) CINEMATOGRAPHY: Stephen F. Windon EDITOR: Stacey Schroeder & Debra Neil-Fisher Release date: February 14, 2020 Budget: $85-95 million STARRING
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Critics Consensus: Fittingly fleet and frequently fun, Sonic the Hedgehog is a video game-inspired adventure the whole family can enjoy -- and a fine excuse for Jim Carrey to tap into the manic energy that launched his career.
Metacritic: 45/100 (24 critics) The scores will change as time passes. Meanwhile, I’ll post some short reviews.
While Fowler keeps the story moving efficiently, Marsden's easy geniality prevents the simple narrative from feeling rote. Carrey gets a moment or two to cut loose — an evil-genius happy-dance in his lab will likely be mimicked by young viewers on the way out of the theater. Leave it to the made-of-pixels hedgehog to keep racing around the same track year after year and pretending it's new.
The good news is that your kids have already been conditioned to worship their corporate gods — to cheer at these stingers the way that people once prayed for rain — and there are definitely worse ways to spend a weekend afternoon. Really lucky parents might even get to hear “look what came out of my egg sac!” parroted back at them for a week or two when they get home. And you thought fixing Sonic’s teeth would make this movie any less of a nightmare.
While this family-friendly action-comedy suffers from a simplistic story and leans too heavily on tired visual cliches, Sonic the Hedgehog is nevertheless boosted by solid performances from Ben Schwartz and Jim Carrey as Sonic and Dr. Robotnik, respectively. Their ongoing cat-and-mouse game is entertaining, and passionate fans of the Sega franchise should appreciate all the nods to Sonic’s history. Make no mistake, this frantically-paced film is made first and foremost for Sonic fans. If you’ve been there for the little blue fella these past 29 years, from his humble beginnings on the Sega Genesis to his current iteration, then Sonic the Hedgehog is the love letter you’re probably looking for. If not… maybe save your gold rings.
Indeed, other than product placement, the movie’s primary goal seems to be delivering 1990s nostalgia. To that end, Jim Carrey gives his most spry, “Ace Ventura”-like performance in years as the know-it-all villain, Dr. Robotnik. Only his physical and verbal contortions (“I was spitting out formulas while you were spitting up formula”) make the film feel remotely animated.
Sonic the Hedgehog could have gone from a good to a great movie not by bringing Sonic into the human world, but by bringing audiences into his. Maybe we should just be thankful that the movie was watchable at all. Sonic’s success hinges on the character being likable, and the redesigned Sonic is easy to love.
For all the borderline tedium I felt at “Sonic the Hedgehog,” I do realize that this is a picture made for 8-year-olds. And they’ll probably like it just fine. Yet I would also call the overly kiddified tone of the movie a mistake. The protesters who rallied for the changes in Sonic’s design and turned that into a holy cause. As a movie hero, Sonic could, and should, have been hipper and sharper, less megaplex arrested. Even as they fixed his face, the filmmakers strove so hard to make him “likable” that they never figured out a way to make him cool.
Sadly, the rest of Sonic the Hedgehog doesn’t share the manic energy that Sonic and Robotnik bring to the picture. They’re off in something that’s sillier and goofier, but the overall movie demands that they play by the beats of a standard buddy picture/road trip comedy. That formula is fine for what it is, and it gets the job done here, but I wish the filmmakers had taken a bigger, more imaginative swing than settling for just using the Sonic IP, stuffing him into a one-size-fits-all narrative, and calling it a day.
It’s like Sonic got stuck somewhere between hand-drawn "Who Framed Roger Rabbit" territory and the photorealistic “Lion King” animals, though there are some eye-popping sequences with him doing his speed-demon thing, especially a chase between Sonic and Robotnik that hits various international landmarks and uses the Great Wall of China as a racetrack. The film is fine, familiar fare for gamers and children: Sonic sprints, Carrey mugs, but the creative juices run out quickly.
If we wanted to play devil’s advocate, we could make the argument that the reason why something like the Sonic movie is so detached from the rest of the franchise is because it’s trying to reach a wider, more mainstream audience, and having something so rooted in the games could alienate people. But that argument doesn’t really hold water when the perfect counter to it now exists: Detective Pikachu, the live-action Pokémon movie that released last year.
You could call Sonic The Hedgehog a wannabe E.T., except that might require imagining a version of Steven Spielberg’s classic where the extraterrestrial flosses, makes bad Uber jokes, and lectures Elliot about not appreciating what he already has. The film rises not even above the low bar of your average video game adaptation: Last summer’s Detective Pikachu was lousy, too, but it at least offered some gimcrack spectacle in the spirit of its source material. By contrast, this creatively bankrupt project divorces its title character from both the speed and tropical eye-candy, loop-de-loop backdrops of the Sonic games, dropping him instead into drab roadhouses, suburban kitchens, and the passenger seat of a car chugging down a nondescript highway. Even the scant bursts of action are unremarkable; the best director Jeff Fowler can offer is a weak knockoff of the “Time In A Bottle” sequence from X-Men: Days Of Future Past.
An on-form Jim Carrey can’t stop Sonic’s live-action debut from feeling like a missed opportunity. If the teased sequels do materialise, here’s hoping the storytelling levels up.
-Amon Warmann, Empire: 2/5 DIRECTOR Jeff Fowler WRITER Pat Casey & Josh Miller MUSIC Tom Holkenborg CINEMATOGRAPHY Stephen F. Windon EDITOR Stacey Schroeder & Debra Neil-Fisher Release date: February 14, 2020 Budget: $85-95 million STARRING
2019.10.19 05:43 MrQualtroughThe Julia Wallace Case Theory
TL;DR: New theory at the bottom
‘The Wallace case is the nonpareil of all murder mysteries ... I call it the impossible murder because Wallace couldn’t have done it, and neither could anyone else. ... The Wallace case is unbeatable; it will always be unbeatable.’ (Raymond Chandler, in Raymond Chandler Speaking) As you may know I have been researching the Wallace case for about a year or more, hence my username. Original thread here: https://www.reddit.com/UnresolvedMysteries/comments/cvgm7a/can_you_solve_the_famous_impossible_murder_of/ Tl;dr run down of the crime: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Herbert_Wallace#The_crime William Herbert Wallace goes to his chess club on Monday for the first time in a while, he is scheduled to play F. C. Chandler who doesn't show up. The chess club captain Samuel beattie earlier received a call from a telephone box 400 yards from Wallace's house (29 Wolverton Street) telling him to tell Wallace he wants to see him on a matter of business at 7.30 PM the following night at Menlove Gardens East (a non-existent address), giving the fake name R M Qualtrough (similar to a real Pru client, R J Qualtrough who was a client of Parry's friend Marsden, Wallace supervised them both). Wallace says he has never heard of the name, or Menlove Gardens East, but other members suggest how he could get there. The next night William departs his home at around 6.45 PM for Menlove Gardens East. He searches for it, asking many people including tram conductors for help getting there. No luck. And after ascertaining there is no such person or place at about 8 PM, goes home. When he gets home he finds he cannot get into his home. But the second time he comes to the back door his neighbors John and Florence Johnston are there randomly going out to visit a relative and they ask that he tries the door again. It opens this time. Wallace searches the home and finds his wife brutally killed. Crime scene photos below: Crime Scene Photos: Dead body included, but mild:https://imgur.com/a/jmNMDhr (on the close up of the armchair, some of those streaks are glitches not blood). Also important: The Wallaces (according to William), took EVERY penny in the house out with them whenever they left the house together, ergo, the only time to reliably rob the Wallaces is when at least one of them is home. During the day is not as good for a few reasons: More people are about; the perpetrators themselves may have had work; and Wallace puts his collections in that box after his rounds which end at about 6 PM. For insurance agents, Mondays and Tuesdays are known as days with the highest takings.
I wanted to field an idea and tell me what you think.
I think James Caird or a friend of James Caird may be the killer of Julia Wallace. And here is why. 1) Gordon Parry is almost definitely the caller (I can provide a lot of backup for this, it's the most certain part of the case). 2) Gordon Parry and James Caird had at least one mutual friend (Stanley Holmes) who Wallace requested to see while he was in prison. 3) More importantly, James Caird and Gordon Parry would definitely know each other AT LEAST by sight, because the chess club met TWO nights. Mondays was for the lower class players, Thursdays for the higher class players. Caird was in the higher class. Gordon Parry's drama club also met at the same cafe on the Thursday nights, the same night as Caird would be there. 4) Caird knew Wallace's home well. He knew it so well that he even knew that Wallace had a laboratory in the back room. 5) Caird had been to the Wallace's home many times to play games of chess. With little doubt, these games would have been played in the kitchen due to the need for a table, and the fact they were close friends, and thus in the same room as the cash box had always been kept. 6) Caird knew Julia for many years and was listed as one of the people Julia would admit into the house without hesitation. 7) Caird was so familiar with the Wallaces that he even knew William's family (I assume that means Amy and Edwin, possibly Joseph). The fact he knows Amy may interest some of you, since Amy is another suspect, and had visited Julia that day and was told William WAS going on that business trip. It's also speculated William was having an affair with her, since his lookalike brother was always away at sea. Probably not related, but worth mentioning. 8) Caird and William had formed that chess club together. Again, the two men are close. Caird has known him for 15 or 16 years he says. 9) James Caird lives less than 30 seconds from Wallace's house walking. Here is a diagram. In a book by Robert F. Hussey he places a "Q" mark where he believes "Qualtrough" could have stood to watch William leave on the journey. Quite ironically, that mark, unbeknownst to him, is placed at James Caird's house, 3 Letchworth Street: https://i.imgur.com/m7gNi3x.png Caird's home is the one I have put a red X on. The shaded 29 is Wallace's home. 10) If it's premeditated, the whole thing about "how could they know William would get the message?" is moot, consider this: a. James Caird was at the club even though he was not scheduled to play a match since his chess nights were Thursdays. b. James Caird immediately offered to play Wallace in a match (Wallace declined because of the difference in their class of play). c. Caird prompted Beattie to pass the telephone message onto Wallace. d. Caird followed Beattie and stood there while the message was delivered. e. Caird said he knows of the surname Qualtrough.
The following I'll break down a bit
Caird went home with Wallace and another man, Jack Bethurn. They discussed the trip more on the way home. Here is the strange exchange : https://i.imgur.com/cYnkxEl.png Transcribed for people who read this in the future after Imgur stops hosting the image: Wallace: "I wonder, what is the best way of going out to Menlove Gardens East, where this fellow Qualtrough lives?" Caird: "I should think the best way would be to get a bus from Queen's Drive. That will take you out in the right general direction, then you could inquire as to the actual direction when you get into the Menlove Avenue district." (check Google Maps, this route is very indirect and out of the way, at least with modern maps). Wallace: "No." Caird (surprised): "You don't think that would be the best way?" Wallace: "No, if I go I shall go by the most direct route." Caird: "And what way is that, in your opinion?" (trying to ascertain which route he is taking?) Wallace: "To come into town, and then get the tram out into Menlove Avenue. I think that will, in effect, be the most direct route. Of course, I'm still not at all sure where this Menlove Gardens East might be; but I should think it's in the Menlove Avenue District, shouldn't you?" Caird: "Yes... I take it that you've made up your mind to go then?" (trying to ascertain if he's taken the bait and is going?) Wallace: "Frankly, I've not quite made up my mind about it. If I do go, I shall go by the way I suggested. But, after all, I've got to think twice before I throw away what might be some paying business" (I have read a book which is memoirs of a prudential agent, it has nothing to do with Wallace, but it seems that the Prudential agent was very gung-ho about securing new business, it was a main part of their job. Someone just moved in a few doors down from a client? They'd be knocking on that door asking if they can be of assistance... Furthermore Liverpool was growing exponentially at that time and Google Maps did not exist, so maps may be outdated and not include streets which have since been built. Menlove Gardens itself was only a few years old). --- So here's a few things of note. Caird is not expected at the club on Monday but is there anyway, he ensures Wallace gets the message, and even literally eavesdrops as the message is delivered. That would be perfect if he's in cahoots with the caller Richard "Gordon" Parry. No longer is this a plan relying purely on pot luck, because you now have someone to confirm that Wallace received that telephone call and that he is going on the trip. Caird also reassured Wallace he had heard of the name Qualtrough and suggested a very indirect route of getting there to him. He then extracted from Wallace who declined his suggestion, what route he would take, before essentially asking him "are you definitely going then?" in so many words. Sus behaviour don't you agree?
Even if Caird does not know Parry, consider...
As well as everyone else at the chess club that night, here are the details known to James Caird:
The nature of William's business
The date of William's business appointment.
The time of the appointment.
The location of the appointment.
The route he is going to take.
The name of the client he is supposed to meet.
The layout of Wallace's home.
William's address (but McCartney who was also at the chess club asked for William's address to advise him on a tram route, so anyone at the club could know what street William lives on at the very least. William seems autistic so may have given his full address, in which case EVERYONE would know all of the above).
--- Also consider these peripheral facts: 1) Because Caird lives so close to Wolverton Street and had visited so many times, he may know the Johnstons well (the Johnstons being highly suspicious for involvement). Speculation here, but educated speculation. 2) Caird is one of very few people who can realistically get in and out unseen while covered in blood due to the proximity of his home to Wolverton Street. The Johnstons are even better candidates for this, but still. 3) A well-spoken man with an umbrella hailed a taxi at around 7 PM near Wolverton Street in a highly agitated state asking the driver "you won't kill me will you?" and then demanded the driver step on it to Sefton Park. It has been speculated by more than one author that the killer may have hidden the murder weapon in an umbrella, albeit they think that man was Wallace. When we think well spoken and middle aged etc. it does conjure to mind the sort of person who may well attend a chess club, and a man who may well be on friendly terms with someone with the personality of intellectually minded Wallace.
Here's my latest proposition for what may have happened...
Option A: Gordon Parry places a telephone call to the cafe as part of a robbery plan (one publication on this case says telephone calls to lure homeowners out was a common robbery ploy back in those days - but only one book says this, though it is one from the times). James Caird is there waiting to ensure the message is delivered and that William had arrived as scheduled. He is also MEANT to play Wallace at chess so he can be right there when the message is delivered and possibly even discuss it with William covertly during their game. Caird confirms William is PROBABLY going to go on the trip and helps to reassure him Qualtrough is a real name he has heard before. The next day, Wallace goes out. At some point, someone calls at Wallace's home. This person is let into the parlor by Julia. As this is happening, a second person is coming in the back (just so you know, according to one author, Wallace said Julia did not lock the back doors since the yard door protected her - though the yard walls were easy to jump). The cash box is up 7 foot from the floor. The person is awkwardly trying to reach it, and in the process, as many of us do when trying to reach things we can't, edges it towards them and the box falls. The box has a broken hinge and coins are spilled on the floor which supports this theory... The perpertrator quickly shoves it back up there and prepares to make his retreat. Little does he know, his friend in the parlor has noticed the noise, noticed Julia noticing it, and hit her before she could investigate. And that is how Julia Wallace died. If the Johnstons are innocent, the murder took place probably at around 8.30ish when they heard a couple of "thuds" coming from the direction of their parlor, which is directly adjacent to where Julia was murdered. I mean if you look at the crime scene, where she's hit is basically almost up against the thin dividing party wall between the homes. Option B: Gordon Parry is driving to Lily Lloyd's house. Breck Road is a main road, and does lead on to Lily's home. He arrived at a time which puts him in the frame as the caller, and came from either Park Lane or Lark Lane (Lily and her mother could not decide which he said). He could have taken Rocky Lane? But I'm looking at modern maps, streets were very different back then. FYI: Chance encounters don't seem so rare back then. I can give a lot of examples from this case alone like William bumping into Caird and Beattie after he left the police station, John Johnston (if innocent) bumping into Francis McElroy at the top of the street etc, but directly on topic, Parry randomly encountered Wallace a month earlier and had given William a calendar as a gift, and had also randomly encountered him at the cafe before. Anyway... In this scenario Gordon Parry takes the Breck Road route to Lily's, which coincidentally is where Wallace is, waiting for the tram to take him to the chess club. Parry passes Wallace, and has a funny idea. According to Roger Wilkes' radio broadcast, Parry was known to enjoy "making prank calls in funny voices"... Wallace apparently never went out after dark really, he only went out to his chess club, and infrequently to the college to lecture in chemistry. So Parry may have figured William is probably going to chess, and had a hilarious idea to play a trick on him... The next phone box he would pass would be the one used to make the call... Gordon Parry presses button B on that phone to scam the call, the operator saw button B light up. Everyone back then knew, you don't press "Button A" until you have HEARD your correspondent speak but the caller then complains to the operator he'd pressed Button A but has not received his correspondent. So it seems like he scammed a free call... So Gordon gets through to the cafe. The caller has A LOCAL ACCENT, William was born and raised in Cumberland (Millom, right near the Lake District), or Yorkshire, but the Qualtrough caller has a SCOUSE (Liverpool) accent, which would be harder to fake to actual Liverpudlians, and is VERYYYY distinctive, as I'm sure any English person knows. Now, someone privvy to the information of this "business appointment" exploits it to commit this crime. This could even be Wallace himself if he'd ruminated over it in bed that night and realized that Parry probably pranked him, and then tried to frame him for murder, knowing that he didn't make that call and thus should be exonerated when Parry is unable to come up with an alibi for the call. However, it could also, again, be a chess club member like James Caird and his friend Jack Bethurn, who discussed the trip after William parted. The killer may be Jack Bethurn (outside never-before-named suspect alert!). It could also be anyone else at that club if William had given his full address to McCartney when he asked for William's address. Even McCartney himself... The Johnstons could also have easily exploited this. They claim they can always hear Amy through the walls. Well Amy was there that day discussing the business trip with Julia. There's also one source which may be incorrect, saying Florence had spoken to Julia in the yard that day at around 4.30 PM... ---
So tl;dr is I posit three ideas:
1) James Caird and Gordon Parry who knew each other from attended the cafe on the same Thursday nights for some time, and having at least one mutual friend as a possible connection, plotted to rob the Prudential money (as an aside, robbing THAT money might not seem like they're actually stealing from their friend if there's a moral objection - they're robbing the Pru). 2) James Caird and an unknown accomplice exploited a prank call placed by Gordon Parry. 3) Johnston involvement in some capacity with one of the above theories. Certainly Florence and John in the parlor and James Caird in the back is plausible. Florence catching wind of the trip and exploiting it without Caird's involvement is plausible... I can expand on the Johnstons if needed, in fact I'm hoping someone will ask me about it. --- I have a lot more speculations and compelling theories, I'd be glad to share. I own EVERY publication on this case as far as I'm aware, including two old magazines, and the super rare Rowland book. I'm basically an encylopedia on this case so if you have any questions or theories, shoot.
2019.10.15 05:36 enorage2019 Virginia Elections Megathread
Hi folks! It's that time of year again. Elections are coming up which means another elections megathread! Posts related to the 2019 Virginia election will be allowed on election day, but until then, let's keep it in here. Important Information The following information was retrieved from Virginia's Department of Elections on October 14th, 2019 at 11:19PM:
Tuesday, October 15, 2019
Deadline to register to vote, or update an existing registration
Tuesday, October 29, 2019
Deadline to request an absentee ballot to be mailed to you
This list was populated by viewing the Ballotpedia's VA Senate info which links to a map of Districts. Districts were selected based on which ones were east-of/including Loudoun, North-of/including PWC. The resources below were largely retrieved from the VA DoE's list of candidates accessed October 14th around 11:30pm. Websites that were not available were searched via Google and filled in.
Shall Fairfax County, Virginia, contract a debt, borrow money, and issue capital improvement bonds in the maximum aggregate principal amount of $360,000,000 for the purposes of providing funds, in addition to funds from school bonds previously authorized, to finance, including reimbursement to the County for temporary financing for, the costs of school improvements, including acquiring, building, expanding and renovating properties, including new sites, new buildings or additions, renovations and improvements to existing buildings, and furnishings and equipment, for the Fairfax County public school system?
1. School Projects
Shall the County of Loudoun, Virginia contract a debt and issue its general obligation capital improvement bonds in the maximum principal amount of $93,940,000 to finance, in whole or in part, the costs to design, construct, and equip Middle School Classroom Additions; the costs to design, construct, and equip MS-14 Dulles North Middle School; and the costs of other public school facilities as requested by the Loudoun County School Board?
2. Public Safety Projects
Shall the County of Loudoun, Virginia contract a debt and issue its general obligation capital improvement bonds in the maximum principal amount of $22,870,000 to finance, in whole or in part, the costs to design, construct, and equip a Fire and Rescue Recruit Training Facility; the costs to design, construct, and equip Leesburg South Fire Station Renovations; and the costs of other public safety facilities approved in the County's Capital Improvement Program?
3. Parks and Recreation Projects
Shall the County of Loudoun, Virginia contract a debt and issue its general obligation capital improvement bonds in the maximum principal amount of $41,795,000 to finance, in whole or in part, the costs to design, construct, and equip Fields Farm Park; the costs to design, construct, and equip Lovettsville District Park Phase II; the costs to design, construct, and equip Philip A. Bolen Park Phase II; the costs to design, construct, and equip Scott Jenkins Park Phase III; and the costs of other public park, recreational and community center facilities projects approved in the County's Capital Improvement Program?
4. Transportation Projects
Shall the County of Loudoun, Virginia contract a debt and issue its general obligation capital improvement bonds in the maximum principal amount of $56,885,000 to finance, in whole or in part, the costs to design and construct an interchange at Route 7 and Hillsboro Road; the costs to design and construct a roundabout at Route 50 and Trailhead Boulevard; the costs to design and construct improvements to Westwind Drive; the costs to design and construct a Sterling Boulevard and W&OD Overpass; the costs to design and construct Route 7 Pedestrian Crossings; and the costs of other public road and transportation projects approved in the County's Capital Improvement Program?
Prince William County
1. MOBILITY/ROAD IMPROVEMENT BONDS
Shall Prince William County, Virginia, contract a debt, borrow money, and issue its general obligation capital improvement bonds in the maximum aggregate principal amount of $355,000,000 to provide funds (including reimbursement to the County for temporary financing) for the purpose of financing the costs of acquiring, designing, constructing and improving the following mobility/road improvement projects in the County: Devlin Road Widening; Route 28 Bypass/Widening; Minnieville Road/Prince William Parkway Interchange; Old Bridge Road/Gordon Boulevard Intersection; and Summit School Road Extension?
Prince William County
2. PARK IMPROVEMENT BONDS - OUTDOOR FACILITIES
Shall Prince William County, Virginia, contract a debt, borrow money, and issue its general obligation capital improvement bonds in the maximum aggregate principal amount of $41,000,000 to provide funds (including reimbursement to the County for temporary financing) for the purpose of financing the costs of acquiring, designing, constructing and improving the following park improvement projects in the County: Howison Park Improvements; New Neabsco Park Development; Fuller Heights Park Expansion; Hellwig Park Artificial Turf Fields; and Countywide Trail (including, but not limited to, the Occoquan Greenway and Neabsco Greenway), Open-Space and Accessibility Projects?
Prince William County
Town of Dumfries
OFFTRACK PARI-MUTUEL WAGERING
Shall pari-mutuel wagering be permitted in the Town of Dumfries at satellite facilities in accordance with Chapter 29 (§ 59.1-364 et seq.) of Title 59.1 of the Code of Virginia?
2019.08.26 02:23 MrQualtroughCan You Solve the Famous "Impossible Murder" of Julia Wallace
Summary: Referred to by some as the single greatest real-life "locked room murder mystery" of all time. On the 19th of January 1931, a chess club attended by insurance agent William Herbert Wallace receives a strange telephone call. The caller asks them to pass on a message to William, giving the fictitious name "R M Qualtrough", stating they wish to see him on a matter of business the following night at 7.30 pm at the fictitious address 25 Menlove Gardens East (an address peculiar in its absence, there being a Menlove Gardens North, South, and West - but no East). The following night William goes out to the appointment. Unable to locate the address, he returns home to find his wife Julia brutally battered to death in the parlor, and the money from his insurance collection box stolen. William is initially convicted of murder and sentenced to death, but the decision is later overruled by the court of appeal. The first jury decision ever overruled by the court. The full trial text: https://archive.org/stream/in.ernet.dli.2015.220695/2015.220695.The-Trial_djvu.txt Further Evidence Including Post-Morten and Crime Scene Photos: https://www.reddit.com/RBI/comments/d6br2c/help_solve_the_famous_impossible_murder_of_julia/f0rr8l3?utm_source=share&utm_medium=web2x Important Pre-Notes:
Although the crime was an apparent burglary, almost nothing was stolen. Random sheets and pillows seem to have been chucked around in one of the bedrooms upstairs, but the only thing stolen was the insurance collection money in the collection box, and the rings on Julia's fingers (William muttered this, but said she may have left them off that day).
The cash box, after having apparently been stolen from, was then replaced back high up on the shelf where it was originally taken down from.
Although R M Qualtrough did not exist, there was an R J Qualtrough who was a client of the Pru which William worked for. Another employee, Joseph Marsden, who William supervised, collected for R J Qualtrough and was potentially fired because of Qualtrough.
Blood was found only within the parlor. Only two other marks of blood were at the scene, one drop in the toilet pan, and one on a bunch of pound notes in a vase upstairs. However these pound notes do NOT match the amount that would have been in the insurance box. It was widely speculated these marks were left by careless investigators.
Although neighbors have reported to hear knocks on doors, and the opening and closing of neighbors' doors, and even sometimes conversations next door, NO such noise was reported by neighbors from the time William left until the time he got back.
In those days gas jets were used for lights, so had to be manually lit with matches.
Pay-ins for the Pru were on a Wednesday, which meant if someone was planning to steal from that cash box, they would be likely to get the biggest amount if they looted it on a Tuesday night - the same night on which this murder occurred.
THE POSITION OF JULIA WALLACE WHEN FIRST STRUCK IS UNCERTAIN. There are too many conflicting reports by authors etc. whether she was sitting on the armchair to the left of the fireplace, or the two-seater sofa on the right, and whether her head was turned left or turned right... However, it does appear the violin case referenced is on the armchair in the photos, and therefore would mean it was hypothesized she was sat in the armchair.
The Full Story
The year is 1931. A man named William Herbert Wallace has been married and living with his wife Julia Wallace for about 16 years at 29 Wolverton Steet, Liverpool, England. He works for the Prudential Assurance Company, she is unemployed. THE NIGHT OF THE CALL (19th Jan, 1931): On the night of Monday the 19th of January, William leaves home at about 19:15 to attend his chess club, though has missed the previous 5 meetings. Samuel Beattie who runs the chess club at Cottle's City Cafe where William is scheduled to play (a chart on the wall in the cafe shows when "W H Wallace" is due) receives an odd telephone call. The call is first attempted at exactly 19:18, apparently there is some error with the call box and operators have to manually put through the message, which they are successful in doing at 19:20. Because of the difficulty in putting the call through (there appears to have been a legitimate issue since even operators struggled and had to get their supervisor), the call kiosk and time of the call is logged for an engineer to look at. The kiosk used is a mere 300 yards from William's home in Wolverton street. Caller: Is Mr. Wallace there? Beattie: No Caller: Can you give me the address? Beattie: I'm afraid I can't. Caller: But he will be there? Beattie: I can't say. He may or may not. If he is coming, he will be here shortly. I suggest you ring up later. Caller: Oh no, I can't, I am too busy; I have got my girl's twenty-first birthday party on and I want to do something for her in the way of his business. I want to see him particularly. Will you ask him to call around to my place tomorrow evening at 7:30?" Beattie agrees to take the name, appointment time and address. The caller gives the name "R M Qualtrough" and the address "25 Menlove Gardens East, Mossley Hill", repeating both the name and address back to confirm he has got and spelled it correctly. At roughly 19:45 William arrives at the club. There is a rule at the club that those who arrive after 19:45 are disqualified, but this rule is rarely adhered to. The opponent William is scheduled to meet, Mr. F C Chandler did not arrive that night, so William plays against a Mr McCartney (who he beats, causing William delight). Part way through his match, James Caird, a friend of William's, goes to Mr. Beattie's table to observe his match. Mr. Beattie asks him for William's address, and Caird tells him William is already at the club. Upon hearing this news, Beattie goes to Wallace and tells that Mr. R M Qualtrough wishes to see him the following evening at 7:30 at 25 Menlove Gardens East, for something in the nature of his business. William reacts: William: Qualtrough? Qualtrough? Who is he. Beattie: Well, if you don't know who he is, then I do not. William: I don't know the chap. Where is Menlove Gardens East? Is it Menlove Avenue? Beattie: No, Menlove Gardens East. William: Where is Menlove Gardens East? Beattie: Wait a moment, I'll see whether Deyes (another member) knows (he did not). Beattie knew of Menlove Avenue West (sic) but not Menlove Gardens East. Menlove Avenue is a rather well known road in the Mossley Hill area, running alongside Calderstone's Park which William sometimes visited with Julia. The Gardens is a triangular affair with a North, South and West. Menlove Gardens East does not exist. At about 22:15 William leaves the club, arriving home at around 22:55. THE DAY OF THE MURDER (20th Jan,1931): The next day at 10:30 William leaves to begin his collection rounds wearing a dark mackintosh owing to the poor weather, taking insurance money which he will later place into the cash box which was stolen from at the scene of the crime. He returns home at 14:10 to have lunch, hanging up his rain-soaked dark raincoat (a mackintosh) in the hall. At 15:15 William takes his lighter fawn raincoat, apparently owing to the weather having turned out nicer, and goes on his afternoon collection rounds. During collections, at 15:30, a police constable James Edward Rothwell who had known William as an insurance agent for about 2 years was cycling down Maiden Lane. In a statement he made, he says that he passed very close to William (although William did not notice him), and that William's face appeared "haggard and drawn", and that he appeared unusually distressed. He went on to say that William dabbed his eyes with the sleeve of his jacket and it looked as though he had been crying... Very shortly after this sighting, William called on an insurance client, who in court testified that he was his usual self and was joking with her. The defence at trial brought out a number of client's William had seen including some shortly after this time, and one couple who invited him in for a cup of tea which he accepted. All reported that he seems his usual self and nothing was out of the ordinary whatsoever. In court the defence attempted to convince the constable that he was mistaken, and that William may have been dabbing his eyes due to the cold weather. However the constable was emphatic that although he considered eyes may water for that reason, that even if 25 witnesses were brought up who all found him normal, that he would stick to his opinion that William appeared extremely distressed to him, as though he had just suffered some sort of bereavement. At the same time (15:30), Amy Wallace arrives at 29 Wolverton Street to visit Julia (her last visit being the Sunday prior with her son Edwin). Amy Wallace is William's sister-in-law, being married to Joseph Wallace who works abroad in Malaysia and is almost always away from home. According to Amy Wallace, she found out from Julia that William was off to a business appointment somewhere in the Calderstone's district that night. Next-door neighbors the Johnston family claimed they could always hear when Amy was visiting through their walls, owing to her loud voice. Amy states that she left at about 16:30. At about this time the baker's boy (Neil Norbury) arrives to deliver Julia's bread. He later states she did not look well and was wearing some sort of scarf, but assured him it's just bronchitis. Just after this, Julia emerged in the backyard to pay her window cleaner Charlie Bliss. Neighbor Florence Johnston claimed that she also briefly spoke to Julia at this time. By 17:45 William was just finishing up his insurance rounds, asking the time before making one final special call and returning to his home by what he estimates to be 18:05, and at 18:30 begins gathering documents together which he feels he may need for his business trip.
Of Critical Importance: At around 18:37 milk boy Alan Close (who is running quite late) claims that he knocks to deliver the milk and Julia answers. She then brings in the milk, returns the jug to Alan Close and tells him to run on home out of the cold, then closing the door on him. This is the final time the front door of 29 Wolverton Street will close!
According to William, he leaves home at around 18:45 in the fawn jacket he had worn earlier. He claims that Julia followed him down the yard, bolting the gate behind him, which was their usual practice when one of them was going out, since it was more convenient for the tram stops to go out the back door and out the back entry which led onto Richmond Park. With the tram route he states to have taken, the absolute latest he could have left home to make this journey would have been at 18:50. The Tram Rides: He is not seen until the third tram, which he boards. The conductor of this third tram Thomas Arthur Phillips later gives a statement to police. He states that William boarded, asking, "does this tram go to Menlove Gardens East?", he said no but that he could later switch. William told him that he had "urgent business" at "Menlove Gardens East", emphasizing the "east" and stating that he is a "stranger in the district". As Phillips went to collect his fare, William said "you won't forget Guard; I want to get to Menlove Gardens East."... At a later point William again speaks to Phillips, asking "how far is it now and where do I have to change?" and Phillips told him he would need to change at Penny Lane. Upon arriving at Penny Lane, Phillips saw a No. 7 tram and told William to take that one. However, instead he saw William go towards a 5A tram and shouted: "Not that one! The No. 7 in the out loop!" He saw William go towards the No. 7 tram but could not tell if he boarded it. In actual fact he did NOT board it, instead he went back and boarded the 5A tram he was originally walking to when Phillips corrected him. Notably, in his own statements, William is insistent that conductor Phillips had told him to take the 5A. He asked the conductor of the 5A tram (Arthur Thompson) to put him off at Menlove Gardens East. Upon arriving at Menlove Gardens West, the conductor put him off saying: "‘This is Menlove Gardens West. Menlove Gardens is a triangular affair, three roads. There are two roundabouts off on the right. You will probably find it is one of them." William thanked the conductor, adding that he "is a complete stranger round here." The Wild Goose Chase: Having arrived at Menlove Gardens at 19:20, he begins the snipe hunt for the mythical Menlove Gardens East. He began walking down Menlove Gardens North when he encountered a person leaving one of the homes. He asked this person if they could direct him to Menlove Gardens East, but unfortunately they said they "do not know where it is but that it might be further up in continuation of Menlove Gardens West." He then walked back down Menlove Gardens West until he reached a road to his right – Dudlow Gardens. Retracing his steps, he arrived back at the junction of Dudlow Lane and the top of the lower part of Menlove Gardens West. Here, Wallace approached a young man, Sidney Hubert Green. He asked Green (who described William as 5'10 and thin, wearing a darkish overcoat and trilby - though William is 6'2) if he knew where Menlove Gardens East was. In one of the more prolonged of the conversations he had with strangers that night, Green told him that Menlove Gardens East does not exist, but that there is a Menlove Gardens West. William said he knew and then went to knock on the door of 25 Menlove Gardens West, apparently suspicious Beattie may have got the address wrong. The residents of 25 Menlove Gardens West answered his knock, and he asked them if a Mr Qualtrough lived there. The residents said he did not. Wallace then told them the tale of the call and the name of the man he is meant to meet, but they said they did not know anybody of that name. He then went to try Menlove Gardens South and North, but discovered they only have even numbers, and walked to the end of Menlove Gardens North which led onto Menlove Avenue. After asking another stranger where the address is and finding himself at the top of Green Lane, it is here that William alledges that he ONLY NOW realized where he was (he was on the street where his supervisor Mr. Crewe lived). Though Mr. Crewe on trial claimed that William had only been to his home 5 times for violin lessons, this was in fact untrue, and William had also called a number of times for business reasons, and at least once a week at some point for a 2 month period. William knocked at Crewe's door, but unbeknownst to William, Crewe had gone out that night to the cinema. Finding that Crewe was not home, William went walking down Green Lane and came across a police officer. He asked him where Menlove Gardens East was, to which the officer replied no such place exists and that he'd never heard the name Qualtrough in the district. William then went on to tell the officer of the whole saga, how someone had placed a call to his chess club calling themselves R M Qualtrough and how he was meant to meet him at Menlove Gardens East... The policeman told him he should try 25 Menlove Avenue. Wallace went to turn away but then turned back and asked if the officer knew where he could find a street directory (which at the time worked like a modern day phone book). The officer suggested the Post Office. William then drew out his watch, saying to the officer: "It is not 8 o'clock yet." the officer did the same and confirmed that it was a quarter to 8. At the post office there was no directory, but Wallace asked the clerk there if they knew of Menlove Gardens East or Qualtrough. They said they had not but to try the newspaper shop. William noted the time on the clock of the Post Office and then went across the road to the newspaper shop where there was in fact a newspaper directory. He asked the assistant who had approached him to see if he needed any help "do you know what I am looking for?", the assistant responded in the negative, and William told her the reasons behind his journey and that he needed Menlove Gardens East. The assistant told William that there is no Menlove Gardens East. Only a North, South, and West. She even checked the accounts to see if a Mr. Qualtrough or residents of Menlove Gardens East had ever had an account there. She came up with nothing. At this point, William left and took the tram home. Nobody noticed him on his journey home. The Discovery of the Body: Though William stated that he never spoke to anybody on the way home, a local, Lily Hall, who knew Julia from church and had known Mr. Wallace by sight for years, gave a statement not too long after the murder which contradicted this. Apparently saw the very distinctive figure standing at the back entry to the homes of Wolverton Street, in a darkish overcoat and trilby hat (the same outfit Green had described) talking to another figure, who was about 5'8 and of stocky build, wearing a dark overcoat and cap. However William denied this. Back to the story, William says that he tried his key in the front door but found it would not open, he knocked to no answer. He went round to the back, finding the back gate open, and went up to the back door with his key. He attempted to open it, but it was bolted, knocking again he found no answer. He then went round to the front door again, and once again could not get in and nobody answered... One more time he went around to the back of the home, and at this point, his next door neighbors Florence and John Sharp Johnston are coincidentally just leaving their house to visit a relative. In court Mrs. Johnston would testify to have heard William knock gently on his back door. William asks them if they've heard anything suspicious tonight and they say they haven't. He tells them he's unable to get into his home, so John tells him to try to open it again, and if he can't, he'll go and get his own key. "She won't be out, she has such a terrible cold..." William muttered. In their presence, the door opens which William signals by calling out "it opens now". John says that he and Florence will wait outside as he goes and looks around. They watch his passage through the home by the lights, and hear him call out "Julia?" twice inquisitively as he searches around. Eventually he enters the dark parlor and finds her dead. He hurries outside and tells the Johnstons: "Come and see! She's been killed!" "What's wrong? Has she fallen down the stairs?" Mr. Johnston asks. Following William inside they come across the body in the parlor. Though no furniture has apparently been displaced, blood has been sprayed as high as 7 feet off the floor over the walls (although most no more than 4 feet high), and a giant pool of blood has collected under Julia's body, with brain matter around her skull. "Oh you poor dear!" says Florence Johnston. "Is she cold?" asks Mr. Johnston to which Florence shakes her head. William continues to repeat "they've finished her... They've finished her." According to William, the parlor was only used for entertaining guests or when he and Julia had musical evenings, where she would play the piano while he accompanied her on the violin. As they all went into the living kitchen (back in those days, the "living kitchen" was where people would spend most of their days), William pointed the direction of the Johnstons to a cupboard door which had been wrenched off. On the floor were a few coins. "Is anything missing" asked Mr. Johnston. William then reached up and took down his insurance collection box from atop a shelf, and noted that it had been looted (everything aside from a single dollar bill he kept, and four stamps). John asked how much was missing, and he gave a rough estimate but said he couldn't be sure until he'd checked his books. Mr. Johnston urged William to go upstairs and check everything is in order before he goes for the police. William went upstairs, returning a little while later saying that everything was in order and that there were five pounds in a dish that they hadn't taken. With this, Mr. Johnston went off for a doctor and then to the police. As Mr. Johnston went off for the police he coincidentally bumped into his daughter Norah's fiancé George McElroy close to the house, who had been on his way to see Norah. William and Florence returned to the parlor, where Florence again felt Julia and noticed that she had become cooler. "Whatever have they used (to kill her with)?" Florence asked, while glancing around the room. Something very peculiar, that in court this line was attributed to being said by William, and was used against him by the prosecution. His defence team did not pick up on this, disgracefully. As Florence and William examined the body closely William suddenly noticed something and said: "Why, whatever was she doing with her raincoat; and my raincoat?" (the actual word is mackintosh but I'm making it American-friendly), "why, is it your raincoat?" asked Mrs. Johnston. William confirmed that it was. At this point the two go back to the kitchen. According to Florence she didn't know what to do with idle hands so said "well, we'll have a fire then!" and put the kitchen fireplace on.
The ORIGINAL Body Positioning: Julia was lying on her right-hand side, almost diagonally across the rug, her legs slightly parted, her feet lying flat on their sides close to the right-hand end of the fender, toes pointing toward the window. Her right arm was hidden beneath her body; her left arm lying against her body, was bent at the elbow, the forearm resting over her chest, the fingers almost touching the floor. Approximately 18 inches from the open door, Julia’s head lay on its right side, her eyes staring out toward the window. Surrounding her head was a 9-inch border of congealing blood, brain tissue and bone. Just above, and in front of her left ear was a huge, cruel opening in her skull, 2 inches wide by 3 inches long, through which what remained of her brain could be seen. - Gannon, John. The Killing of Julia Wallace . Amberley Publishing. Kindle Edition.
The Police Arrive: At 21:10 the police arrive. Curiously, Julia's beloved black pet cat also randomly shows back up, which had allegedly been missing for 24 hours in the harsh January weather. As the cat walks down the hall Florence Johnston cries out "don't let it see her!" but fortunately the cat simply ambles past and does not enter the parlor. The body and some items of furniture are moved, making the police photographs of the crime scene somewhat inaccurate. According to Florence, when shown the photographs in the court, she claimed it looked like "a faked room". The first policeman to arrive at the scene is a PC Williams (who I will refer to as constable W to avoid confusion). Constable W follows William around the home. Finding the laboratory in order they go into the bathroom where there is a light on. "We usually have a light on in here" William says. They then go into the middle bedroom where the Wallaces slept, and the gas light in this room is also burning. Constable W questions this. William says that he changed himself in this room and that he himself had probably left the light on. He then goes to a vase, and pulls out 5 pound notes (the ones later found with blood smeared upon them): "Here is some money which has not been touched." says William. Constable W tells him to put it back where he found it. In the front bedroom there was no light but a scene of disarray, random clothing and sheets were thrown around, though nothing had been taken according to William, and all drawers were shut. After inspecting the kitchen - with William reporting the money looted from the cash box, and apparently something about the money in Julia's handbag which the constable could not make out (nothing had been taken from it), they went back to the parlor and inspected the body. The constable asked William if any lights were on in the house when he returned. He explained that apart from the two upstairs (in the bathroom and middle bedroom), the home had been in complete darkness. Forensics Professor MacFall was the main forensic investigator in this case. He made a massive error by basing the time of death on only rigor mortis, rather than using the much more accurate rectal temperature. Another error is that Julia was believed to be in her early 50s, when in reality she was lying about her age and was in fact very nearly 70. Based on rigor mortis MacFall at first put her time of death at 8 PM, but then made it 6 PM, which put William himself in the frame for the killing.
Report of the Post-Mortem on the body of Julia Wallace, found murdered at 29 Wolverton Street on 20.1.31  On 21.1.31 at Princes Dock Mortuary, I made a P.M. examination of the body of Julia Wallace. Woman about 55 years, 5’ 3/4”, lightly built, prominent abdomen. No linea abicantes [stretch marks on the skin that often follow pregnancy]. The external genital orifice was quite clean with no evidence of blood.  There was a small recent bruise mark on the inside of the left upper arm. There were no other marks of violence on the trunks or limbs. The hair was matted with blood and brain tissue. The hair was removed. Two inches above the zygoma was a large lacerated wound 2” by 3” from which brain and bone were protruding. On the back of the head on the left side were ten diagonal apparently incised wounds.  On removal of the scalp the left frontal bone was driven into the front of the brain corresponding to the external wound. The whole of the left side of the back of the skull was driven in and broken into pieces. The injury extended into the middle and rear fossae, fracturing and breaking up the rear part of the cerebellum, bursting the tentorium cerebelli and breaking up the left part of the cerebellum. The left lateral sinus was broken across, also the meningeal arteries.  The appearance was as if a terrific force with a large surface had driven in the scalp, bursting it in parallel lines, with the appearance of several incised wounds, but the edges of these wounds was not sharp.  The lungs, heart, kidney and spleen were normal. The stomach contained about four ounces semifluid food consisting of currants, raisins, and unmasticated lumps of carbohydrate. The small bowel was normal, the caecum ascending and transverse colon were enormously and chronically distended – typical constipation bowel. Uterus virginal and clean. The vagina clean and no evidence of bleeding. The right ovary normal, the left 3½ by 2½ fibroid.  I am of the opinion that death was due to fracture of the skull by someone striking the deceased three or four times with a hard large-headed instrument.
Opinion was later changed to state that Julia had been hit 11 times in a "frenzied" attack. In a later report he states:
On 20.1.31 at 9:50pm, I was called to Wolverton Street, Anfield. In the parlour I saw the dead body of a woman… The hands were cold but the body warm; rigor mortis now present only in the upper parts of the left arm but by about 1 o’clock had extended to the right arm and right leg, but on no part was there any marked rigidity. From these two observations, it was most likely that death had taken place two hours before my arrival.
By his above report his initial estimate as to the time of death was 19:50 at the earliest. However, he later changed his mind without explanation and stated that the time of death was 18:00. However, this earlier time of death would be inconsistent with the sighting of Alan Close reported, as well as the sightings of several others who had seen Julia before Alan Close's arrival.
William Herbert Wallace - William was the husband of Julia, and originally convicted of her murder. The time he left his home and arrived at the chess club is consistent with him having made the call himself if he had taken a different tram route than the one he claimed (although his tram route on this night was never checked). One operator said the voice sounded like an older man... The prosecution asserted William had called the club himself using a disguised voice to provide himself with an alibi for the following night. William also had admitted to visiting Calderstones park with Julia, which Menlove Avenue runs adjacent to, and Julia had allegedly told Amy that William was off to the "Calderstones" district for business that night. At the same time, William told tram conductors that he was a "total stranger to the district" and claimed to have not realized where he was until he happened upon the street his supervisor lives on. Although the ailing William would have had at most about 12 minutes to kill his wife, ensure he was free from any blood, and stage a robbery (although the latter could have been done in advance), the prosecution alleged he had donned the raincoat as a shield from blood and brutally beaten his wife to death. However he had given his tram route before he knew the telephone booth location had been traced (if this tram route was correct, he could not have called), and the timing seems very tight for a murderer to get away so clean. The chess club captain Samuel Beattie had known for many years and stated emphatically it was NOT William's voice. William was a keen chemist and botanist, and was buried with his wife Julia in Anfield cemetary. He suffered most of his life with severe kidney disease, and was probably aware he did not have long to live. Photo: https://coolinterestingstuff.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/image87.jpg Richard Gordon Parry - Richard Parry was a petty thief and local "badboy". He was William's own prime suspect. He had worked for the Pru where he was supervised by William, though he had fiddled the accounts book and eventually left the Pru to join another insurance firm. He gave a COMPLETELY false alibi for the night of the telephone call, although he had a solid alibi for the night of the murder which covered him from 5:30 PM until 8:30 PM. He had been with a Mrs. Brine, and was also seen by another individual, and had been to a Williamson's. He performed other menial tasks that day. According to a garage man Parkes, Parry had gone to his garage that night and requested his car be hosed down. Parkes claimed he found a blood-covered glove in the glove compartment and that Parry had grabbed it saying "if the police found that, that would hang me!" then apparently randomly volunteered the information that he'd dropped the murder weapon down a grid on Priory Road. Parkes also claimed that Parry had come wearing fishing gear and wading boots. However, police noted that the crime scene was not consistent with blood dripping off of a waterproof surface, and Parkes gave his statement on a radio show after Richard Parry had died. Richard Parry was though, known to be a member of a drama club which met at the same cafe where William's chess club met, and a schedule posted on the wall could have easily been seen by him, which would have told him which dates William was set to go to the club. He was also known to enjoy making prank calls. He is a friend of Joseph Caleb Marsden (the man for whom R J Qualtrough was once a client), and referred to by William as a family friend. Supposedly Julia had doted on him. Richard had been into the Wallace's home on several occasions, had seen William put money into the cash box (which was always kept in the same place), and knew that Prudential pay-ins were made on Wednesdays, so one could expect the biggest bounty on a Tuesday after William had returned from work. Photo: http://criminalia.es/wp-content/gallery/casos-w/El-caso-Wallace/050-El-caso-Wallace-sospechoso-Richard-Gordon-01.jpg John Sharp Johnston - John and his wife Florence were apparently leaving their house by pure coincidence just as William came back around to the back door for the second time. It has been asserted by some that John had in fact still been in the house when William got home, and when William went back around to the front for the second time, John slipped out the back, and he and his wife "intercepted" him. We know that they had a key which would allow them entry into the Wallace's home. John and Florence moved out the very next day. They said the move was already planned. The issue is that the name R M Qualtrough strongly ties to someone from the Pru or someone who knew R J Qualtrough. The first letter could be coincidence, and the person may have used the "Qualtrough" name which was the name of a butcher who owned a store 3 miles away, but it would be a rather considerable coincidence. He matches the description of the man Lily Hall reported to see talking to William in the back entry, an encounter William denied. Photo: https://d6jf304m27oxw.cloudfront.net/the-killing-of-julia-wallace-an-impossible-murdejohnstons.jpg Joseph Caleb Marsden - Almost nothing is known about this man, except that he was friends with Richard Parry and had got a job at the Pru through Richard, who had recommended him to William. He had also been to William's home and covered for him while he (William) was sick. R J Qualtrough was one of his clients, and may have been the man who caused him to lose his job with the Pru. Joseph's alibi for the night of the murder is that he had "flu". He married a wealthy woman shortly after the murder. A Former Lover or Family Member of Julia - If it had been a person known to Julia who she admitted into the home willingly, she may well have supplied them with information which they could use to get William out of the home. Supposedly it was Julia who convinced William to go on the trip. He alleges that he was uncertain but she urged him, saying they could do with the money. Julia was completely estranged from her family. Her sister Amy Dennis requested her jacket, but none attended her funeral. She lied about her past, faking her age by almost 20 years and stating she came from a well-to-do French family with a mother "Aimee", which was all a pack of lies. Joseph Wallace - A very outsider and unlikely suspect since Joseph Wallace was supposedly in Malaysia at the time, and only sailed back to the UK when he had heard what had happened. However I can't actually find 100% proof of this (I'm sure someone would be able to). William and Joseph looked so alike, all except for the height (William being 6'2, Joseph 5'11), that they were often referred to as the "Wallace twins". It is interesting that Green described William as being "5'10" considering... Also the very little known fact that at around 7 o'clock on the night of a murder, a man very much matching the description of Joseph hailed a cab to Kingsley Road wearing a dark overcoat and carrying an umbrella. He was around 50 and well spoken, with hair that had just started to turn grey. The driver reported him to police because he had asked before getting in the cab in a very agitated manner "you won't kill me will you?!" Then, when reassured by the cab driver, said that he's sorry he's just in an agitated state. Kingsley road is just a 10 minute walk from the third tram William supposedly took on the night of the murder, and the first tram he was actually seen on. However, if Crewe had been in and he really had knocked there, surely Crewe would have realized this was not William. Photo: https://i.imgur.com/Zd9BUiK.png
Affair - At the time rumors were flying that William was having an affair with Amy Wallace. Joseph Wallace was indeed away almost all the time and of course she had needs. At the same time, Julia was near 70 and may not have the same sexual desires as a younger woman. William also looks identical to Joseph, her husband. Interestingly, when police arrived at the home and asked what was missing, aside from the missing money from the cash box, William randomly said a "dog lash" was missing from the hall and had been missing for about 12 months. A dog lash is often used as bondage equipment, although people sometimes kept them for protection... The Wallaces never owned a dog. Amy Wallace was rumored to have indulged in "beating black boys" with whips while she herself was in Malaysia for sexual gratification. Homosexual Coverup - At the time, homosexuality was still a huge deal. There has been a couple of tip offs that William was in fact bisexual and hiring rent boys including Richard Parry and Joseph Marsden. With Marsden engaged to a rich woman, exposure may possibly have been strong enough of a motive to commit murder. Robbery - Apparently at the time some believed penny-pinching William was hiding something of a "nest egg" in his home. And of course, those familiar with his insurance business would probably know that he kept insurance takings in the home. Anyone who knew the location of this cash box may have felt inclined to try and steal from it. Anyone very familiar with his business may have purposefully targeted the tuesday night to maximize the amount of money in the box. William stated that when he AND Julia left the home together, they would actually take with them ALL the money in the house, including the insurance takings. So for someone who knew them very well, they might also know this curious fact and therefore know that they need one person to be in the home. However, if it was a robbery, unless aborted very soon into it, then it appears not much attempt was made to seriously burglarize the place.
2019.05.21 23:30 BunyipPouchQuentin Tarantino's 'Once Upon A Time In Hollywood' - Review Thread
Tarantino's Once Upon A Time In Hollywood just premiered at Cannes tonight and reviews are starting to come out. They're realllllllly good so far and this sounds like it's gonna be another QT classic. He'll once again have the buzziest/most-hyped title out of Cannes. Probably an early front-runner for the Best Picture Oscar next year and many are comparing it to his best work. Also reports of 5+ minute ovations but that's not exactly groundbreaking at Cannes lol. Many calling it Tarantino's funniest film so far and one of Pitt's best performances. Rotten Tomatoes Score: 94% - 8.12 Average Rating - 32 Reviews Rotten Tomatoes Critics Consensus:
Thrillingly unrestrained yet solidly crafted, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood tempers Tarantino's provocative impulses with the clarity of a mature filmmaker's vision.
Five Stars. Quite simply, I just defy anyone with red blood in their veins not to respond to the crazy bravura of Tarantino’s film-making, not to be bounced around the auditorium at the moment-by-moment enjoyment that this movie delivers.
There’s a gleeful toxicity here that will launch a thousand think-pieces – Pitt’s character is capital-P problematic, absolutely by design – but the transgressive thrill is undeniable, and the artistry mesmerisingly assured.
Once Upon A Time….in Hollywood is beautifully made. Beyond all the ‘Tarantino-esque’ touches of the action, the banter, the violence, the constant movie references, there’s a real craft at play here. Quentin Tarantino’s ninth film is a visceral, expertly-crafted homage to the Hollywood’s heyday.
It's a grand playground for the director to further fetishize old pop culture, to break things and hurt people, and to bring a wide-eyed glee and a robust sense of perversity to the whole craft of moviemaking.
Plot: In 1969 Los Angeles, a television actor and his stunt double embark on an odyssey to make a name for themselves in the film industry. Featuring a large ensemble cast, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood weaves "multiple storylines in a tribute to the final moments of Hollywood's golden age." Director: Quentin Tarantino Release Date: July 26, 2019 Starring:
2019.01.30 15:52 santaschesthairs2019 is looking to be a really, really exciting year for film. I’ve compiled a comprehensive list of 50+ upcoming original/adapted films that are showing real promise, and 25+ major franchise/sequel films. Includes summaries, links, and details. Enjoy!
TL;DR: this year is insane. Let me dive right in - hopefully I hit the 300 character minimum.
Midsommar A horror film from break-out director Ari Aster (Hereditary).
A young couple travels to Sweden to visit their friend’s rural hometown and attend its mid-summer festival. What begins as an idyllic retreat quickly descends into a bizarre and violent competition at the hands of a pagan cult.
Directed by Ari Aster. Starring Florence Pugh, Jack Reynor, Will Poulter and William Jackson Harper. Ad Astra A sci-fi film with Brad Pitt - I’m itching for a trailer.
Army Corps engineer Roy McBride embarks on a mission across the galaxy to discover the truth about his father, who disappeared in space 20 years ago while searching for signs of alien life.
Directed by James Gray. Starring Brad Pitt, Tommy Lee Jones and Ruth Negga. Knives Out Rian Johnson is a touch controversial after The Last Jedi, but he's undeniably very talented. He directed the best Breaking Bad episode after all.
Modern-day murder mystery in the classic Agatha Christie whodunit style.
Directed by Rian Johnson (The Last Jedi, Ozymandias). Starring Daniel Craig, Lakeith Stanfield, Chris Evans, Michael Shannon, Christopher Plummer, Ana de Armas, Jamie Lee Curtis and Toni Collette. The Irishman A Scorsese film with Netflix that’s gone seriously over-budget, bound to be enjoyable.
A mob hit man recalls his possible involvement with the slaying of Jimmy Hoffa.
Starring Robert De Niro, Al Pacino, Harvey Keitel, Joe Pesci and Ray Romano. Little Women A Greta Gertwig film with an outstanding cast. I’m excited. I also have a feeling this will have some play in the 2019 Oscars
Four sisters come of age in America in the aftermath of the Civil War.
Directed by Greta Gertwig. Starring Saoirse Ronan, Emma Watson, Eliza Scanlen, Florence Pugh, Laura Dern, Meryl Streep, Timothée Chalamet, James Norton, Louis Garrel and Bob Odenkirk. Velvet Buzzsaw You’ve probably already seen the trailer. An art-world horror-satire from Dan Gilroy, on Netflix in Feb.
Big money artists and mega-collectors pay a high price when art collides with commerce. After a series of paintings by an unknown artist are discovered, a supernatural force enacts revenge on those who have allowed their greed to get in the way of art.
Directed by Dan Gilroy. Starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Rene Russo and Toni Collette. Uncut Gems Adam Sandler taking on a serious role by the directors of Good Time (2017). If it has any of the same intensity or grit as Good Time this could be awesome.
Set in the diamond district of New York City, Howard Ratner, a jewelry store owner and dealer to the rich and famous, must find a way to pay his debts when his merchandise is taken from one of his top sellers and girlfriend.
Directed by the Safdie brothers. Starring Adam Sandler, Idina Menzel, Lakeith Stanfield and The Weeknd. The Report This got pretty great reviews at Sundance, I’m excited.
The story of Daniel Jones, lead investigator for the US Senate’s sweeping study into the CIA’s Detention and Interrogation Program, which was found to be brutal, immoral and ineffective. With the truth at stake, Jones battled tirelessly to make public what many in power sought to keep hidden.
Directed by Scott Z. Burns. Starring Adam Driver, Annette Bening, Jon Hamm and Jennifer Morrison. Ford v. Ferrari Awesome cast, great story, and directed by the guy behind Logan.
Follows an eccentric, determined team of American engineers and designers, led by automotive visionary Carroll Shelby and his British driver, Ken Miles, who are dispatched by Henry Ford II with the mission of building from scratch an entirely new automobile with the potential to finally defeat the perennially dominant Ferrari at the 1966 Le Mans World Championship.
Directed by James Mangold. Starring Christian Bale, Matt Damon, Jon Bernthal and Tracy Letts. Late Night This got some pretty great reviews at Sundance.
Legendary late-night talk show host’s world is turned upside down when she hires her only female staff writer. Originally intended to smooth over diversity concerns, her decision has unexpectedly hilarious consequences as the two women separated by culture and generation are united by their love of a biting punchline.
A faded TV actor and his stunt double embark on an odyssey to make a name for themselves in the film industry during the Helter Skelter reign of terror in 1969 Los Angeles.
Directed by Quentin Tarantino. Cast includes Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt, Margot Robbie, Al Pacino, Timothy Olyphant, Tim Roth, Kurt Russell, Michael Madsen, Bruce Dern, Dakota Fanning,James Marsden, Damian Lewis, Luke Perry, Emile Hirsch, Damon Herriman and Scoot McNairy. jesus christ i cannot wait Us If this is as spoopy as the trailer uh oh.
Husband and wife Gabe and Adelaide Wilson take their kids to their beach house expecting to unplug and unwind with friends. But as night descends, their serenity turns to tension and chaos when some shocking visitors arrive uninvited.
Directed by Jordan Peele. StarringLupita Nyong'o, Winston Duke, Elisabeth MossandTim Heidecker. The Lighthouse Next film from the guy behind the VVitch
The story of an aging lighthouse keeper named Old who lives in early 20th-century Maine.
Directed by Robert Eggers. Starring Willem Dafoe and Robert Pattinson. High Life Really good reviews, sci-fi that looks like it could be pretty trippy.
A father and his daughter struggle to survive in deep space where they live in isolation.
Directed by Claire Denis. Starring Robert Pattinson. Radegund A Terrence Mallick movie, so it's going to be divisive, but the plot does have potential.
Told through real wartime letters, this love story finds a couple in conflict with the members of their close-knit town, their church, their government, and even their friends — all of which brings them to a dramatic choice.
Directed by Terrence Mallick. Starring August Deihl and Valerie Pachner. Luce I know every movie is called a sign of the times, but this one seems particularly geared towards the current politics. Really good Sundance reviews.
A star athlete and top student, Luce’s idealized image is challenged by one of his teachers when his unsettling views on political violence come to light, putting a strain on family bonds while igniting intense debates on race and identity.
Directed by Julius Onah. Starring Kelvin Harrison Jr., Naomi Watts, Tim Roth and Octavia Spencer. The Souvenir This one just got rave reviews at Sundance.
A quiet film student begins finding her voice as an artist while navigating a turbulent courtship with a charismatic but untrustworthy man.
Directed by Joanna Hogg. Starring Honor Swinton-Byrne, Tom Burke, Tilda Swinton and Richard Ayoade. Untitled Noah Baumbach Project This one is obviously a bit unknown. But the cast looks amazing, and if it turns out as good as The Meyerowitz Stories, I can't wait to watch. Will be a Netflix film. Directed by Noah Baumbach. Starring Adam Driver, Scarlett Johannsen, Laura Dern and Greta Gertwig. Honey Boy Great reviews from Sundance, 100% on RT as of now.
The story of a child star attempting to mend his relationship with his law-breaking, alcohol-abusing father over the course of a decade, loosely based on Shia LaBeouf’s life.
Directed by Alma Har’el. Starring Shia LaBeouf, Lucas Hedges and yada yada. Queen & Slim Very interesting premise, and Daniel Kaluuya.
The film centers on a black man and black woman who go on a first date that goes awry after the two are pulled over by a police officer at a traffic stop. They kill the police officer in self-defense and rather than turn themselves in, they go on the run.
Directed by Melina Matsoukas. Starring Daniel Kaluuya and Jodie Turner-Smith. The Farewell Another film with good reviews out of Sundance.
A headstrong Chinese-American woman returns to China when her beloved grandmother is given a terminal diagnosis. Billi struggles with her family’s decision to keep grandma in the dark about her own illness as they all stage an impromptu wedding to see grandma one last time.
Directed by Lulu Wang. Starring Awkwafina. Long Shot A comedy with a cool cast by Jonathan Levine. A political journalist tries to hook up with his old babysitter, who now holds an important government position. Directed by Jonathan Levine. Starring Seth Rogen, Charlize Theron and Alexander Skarsgård. Rocketman I was disappointed with Bohemian last year, so I'm reminding myself to be sceptical, but I hope this is excellent. Trailer here.
The story of Elton John's life, from his years as a prodigy at the Royal Academy of Music through his influential and enduring musical partnership with Bernie Taupin.
Directed by Dexter Fletcher. Starring Taron Egerton (as Elton), Jamie Bell, Richard Madden and Bryce Dallas Howard. The Goldfinch Based on the bestselling book. Director of Brooklyn.
A boy in New York is taken in by a wealthy family after his mother is killed in a bombing at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. In a rush of panic, he steals ‘The Goldfinch’, a painting that eventually draws him into a world of crime.
Directed by John Crowley. Cast includes Ansel Elgort, Finn Wolfhard, Aneurin Barnard, Oakes Fegley, Ashleigh Cummings, Willa Fitzgerald and Nicole Kidman. Big Time Adolescence It's a little too early to tell from the Sundance reviews, but I really hope this is good. Pete Davidson and the guy who plays Sam in American Vandal star.
A 16 year old virgin with a growth hormone deficiency slowly gets corrupted by his hero, an aimless college dropout.
Directed by Jason Orley. Starring Pete Davidson and Griffin Gluck. Triple Frontier The cast for this Netflix action thriller is awesome. If the trailer and director is anything to go by though, this looks really promising.
Struggling to make ends meet, former special ops soldiers reunite for a high-stakes heist: stealing $75 million from a South American drug lord.
Directed by J.C. Chandor (Margin Call). Starring Ben Affleck, Oscar Isaac, Charlie Hunnam and Pedro Pascal. Chaos Walking I hope this is amazing, but the premise sounds incredibly difficult to pull off. Good cast and director, so fingers crossed. I'm using the book description here.
A dystopian world where all living creatures can hear each other's thoughts in a stream of images, words, and sounds called Noise.
Directed by Doug Liman (Edge of Tomorrow). Starring Tom Holland and Daisy Ridley. The Rosie Project Few details are out. Ryan Reynolds, based on a good book.
An unlucky-in-love university professor creates an elaborate questionnaire in an effort to find a wife and meets an unconventional woman who doesn’t match any of his “requirements”, but might be the perfect woman for him.
Directed by Ben Taylor. Starring Ryan Reynolds. The Beach Bum The trailer looks completely wack. Make sure you watch it:
An irreverent comedy about the misadventures of Moondog, a rebellious stoner and lovable rogue who lives large.
Directed by Harmony Korine (Spring Breakers). Starring Matthew McConaughey, Snoop Dogg, Zac Efron and Isla Fisher. Parasite I don't know much about this one, but the director previously made Snowpiercer, Okja and my favourite, Memories of Murder. I'm excited.
All unemployed, Ki-taek’s family takes peculiar interest in the Parks for their livelihood until they get entangled in an expected incident.
Directed by Bong Joon-Ho. Starring Song Kang-ho, Lee Sun-kyun, Jo Yeo-jeong and Choi Woo-shik. I Am Mother This one comes from nowhere. An indie sci-fi with with an interesting plot, and good Sundance reviews.
A teenage girl is raised underground by a robot “Mother”, designed to repopulate the earth following an extinction event. But their unique bond is threatened when an inexplicable stranger arrives with alarming news.0
Directed by Grant Sputore. Starring Hillary Swank , Clara Rugaard-Larsen and Rose Byrne. Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile You’ve more than likely heard of this one. Ted Bundy film starring Zac Efron. I’m not sure how excited I am for the film, but Efron’s performance is apparently very good.
A chronicle of the crimes of Ted Bundy, from the perspective of his longtime girlfriend, Elizabeth Kloepfer, who refused to believe the truth about him for years.
In 1829, Claire, a 21-year-old Irish convict, chases a British soldier through the rugged Tasmanian wilderness, bent on revenge for a terrible act of violence he committed against her family. She enlists the services of an Aboriginal tracker named Billy, who is also marked by trauma from his own violence-filled past.
Directed by Jennifer Kent. Starring Aisling Franciosi, Sam Claflin, Damon Herriman and Ewen Leslie. The Dead Don't Die Another awesome cast, definitely one to look forward to. The plot summary isn’t out, but it’s a comedy zombie flick. Directed by Jim Jarmusch. Starring Bill Murray, Adam Driver, Selena Gomez, Chloë Sevigny, Austin Butler, Steve Buscemi and Tilda Swinton. Memoria Tilda Swinton seems to be working a lot, woah.
Memoria revolves around a character (portrayed by Tilda Swinton) who suffers from exploding head syndrome, a psychological condition in which a person experiences loud noises when falling asleep or waking up.
Directed by Apichatpong Weerasethakul. Starring Tilda Swinton and Jeanne Balibar. Where'd You Go, Bernadette The trailer for this, particularly the music, wasn’t good. The content of the trailer shows a lot of potential though, and the book is apparently really good. Also: Richard Linklater.
When architect-turned-recluse Bernadette Fox goes missing prior to a family trip to Antarctica, her 15-year-old daughter Bee goes on a quest with Bernadette’s husband to find her.
Directed by Richard Linklater. Starring Cate Blanchett ,Emma Nelson, Billy Crudup, Kristen Wiig, Judy Greer and Laurence Fishburne. A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood Tom Hanks seems made for this role. Should be good.
The story of Fred Rogers, the honored host and creator of the popular children’s television program, Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood (1968).
Directed by Marielle Heller. Starring Tom Hanks, Matthew Rhys and Chris Cooper. High Flying Bird I’ll make this quick: Excellent reviews so far. Netflix in Feb. Steven Soderbergh. Shot on an iPhone. Moonlight writer.
During an NBA lockout, a sports agent, Dean, presents his rookie client, Erick Scott, with an intriguing and controversial business opportunity.
Directed by Steven Soderbergh (Ocean’s 11). Starring André Holland Zazie Beetz Jeryl Prescott Kyle MacLachlan Caleb McLaughlin Zachary Quinto. The Cradle I don’t know much about this one but the plot intrigues me. For some reason it reminds me of Denis Villeneuve's early film, Incendies (if you haven’t watched yet, make it your next film - it’s incredible.)
A young couple not ready to expect their first baby track down a cradle, only to make a discovery that will change their family forever.
Directed by Hope Dickson Leach. Starring Jack O'Connell and Lily Collins. The Woman in the Window A Rear Window-esque movie with a great cast and director. Really hoping this is great, cos I love these kind of plots.
An agoraphobic woman living alone in New York begins spying on her new neighbors only to witness a disturbing act of violence.
Directed by Joe Wright. Starring Amy Adams, Gary Oldman, Julianne Moore and Wyatt Russell. Gemini Man The plot is crazy, but the cast and director can definitely pull it off.
Henry Brogen, an aging assassin tries to get out of the business but finds himself in the ultimate battle: fighting his own clone who is 25 years younger than him and at the peak of his abilities.
Directed by Ang Lee. Starring Will Smith, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Clive Owen and Benedict Wong. The Last Black Man in San Francisco Yet another film with great reviews from Sundance.
Jimmie Fails dreams of reclaiming the Victorian home his grandfather built in the heart of San Francisco. Joined on his quest by his best friend Mont, Jimmie searches for belonging in a rapidly changing city that seems to have left them behind.
Directed by Joe Talbot. Starring Jimmie Fails, Jonathan Majors, Rob Morgan and Tichina Arnold. Blinded by the Light Sundance musta been real great this year, cos once again we have another movie with good reviews out of it. Apparently wholesome and inspiring.
In 1987, during the austere days of Thatcher’s Britain, a teenager learns to live life, understand his family, and find his own voice through the music of Bruce Springsteen.
Directed by Gurinder Chadha. Starring Viveik Kalra, Nell William and Hayley Atwell. Before You Know It Good reviews. Sundance. Family comedy.
A long-kept family secret thrusts codependent, thirty-something sisters Rachel and Jackie Gurner into a literal soap opera. A journey that proves that you really can come of age, at any age.
Directed by Hannah Pearl Utt. Starring Hannah Pearl Utt, Jen Tullock and Judith Light. Little Monsters SUNDANCE. GOOD. ZOMBIES. COMEDY.
A washed-up musician teams up with a teacher and a kids show personality to protect young children from a sudden outbreak of zombies.
Directed by Abe Forsythe. Starring Lupita Nyong'o, Josh Gad, Alexander England and Nadia Townsend. Jojo Rabbit I'll watch anything Taika makes, but this looks insane - one of my most hyped. (I accidentally deleted this from the list while editing!!)
Jojo Rabbit is about a young boy living during World War II. His only escapism is through his imaginary friend, an ethnically inaccurate version of Adolf Hitler, who pushes the young boy’s naive patriotic beliefs. However, this all changes when a young girl challenges those views and causes Jojo to face his own issues.
Directed by Taiki Watiti. Starring Taiki Watiti (as Adolf Hitler),Roman Griffin Davis, Thomasin McKenzie,Scarlett Johansson, Sam Rockwell, Rebel WilsonandAlfie Allen. The Lodge A spoopy film that was well received at Sundance.
Two siblings spend the night alone with their new stepmother. Stuck in a remote mountain cabin, the trio are terrorised by a supernatural force.
Directed by Veronika Franz, Severin Fiala. Starring Riley Keough, Jaeden Lieberher and Lia McHugh. 1917
Two policemen, one an old-timer, the other his volatile younger partner, find themselves suspended when a video of their strong-arm tactics becomes the media’s cause du jour. Low on cash and with no other options, these two embittered soldiers descend into the criminal underworld to gain their just due, but instead find far more than they wanted awaiting them in the shadows.
Directed by S. Craig Zahler. Starring Mel Gibson, Vince Vaughn, Don Johnson and Jennifer Carpenter. I’m Thinking of Ending Things A Charlie Kaufman film, set for Netflix.
An unexpected detour causes a woman who is trying to figure out how to break up with her boyfriend to rethink her life.
Directed by Charlie Kaufman. StarringBrie LarsonandJesse Plemons.
Feel free to ignore lol After finally managing to finish this compilation, reading plots and wikis and watching trailers, I cannot believe how many good films there are coming out. This is reminding me of 2017, when I made a similar post - and 2017 was an absolutely amazing year overall, especially in light of the relative disappointment of 2018. There’s just so much promise in every category - horror, thriller, biopics, drama, action, comedy… and if you count zombie films as a genre unto themselves, then yeah, that too. Of course, I cannot wait for Tarantino’s flick. But after that it’s hard to pick ordered favourites - Knives Out, The Dead Don’t Die, Us, The Report and Luce are films I cannot wait for, but there are so many others I’m pumped for - and I haven’t even gone into the blockbusters. Speaking of… For the franchise and sequel films, I haven’t gone to the effort of adding plot and cast details. They’re huge, you’ll hear all about them anyway.
2019.01.15 21:17 ibidedMy New Year's Resolution is to watch one movie I've never seen for every day of the year. I'm 22 movies in, want to hear about it?
Hey everyone. I love movies. I think most of us do here. I decided to round out the gaps in my movie history by making this resolution. For the most part I'm sticking to critically acclaimed movies and a few new ones here and there. I've got HBO, Hulu, Prime, and Netflix so I assume I can go for a while, but I really don't want to finish my year watching trash and lifetime movies. Also, I'm in my 30's and I work in the evenings. So I have healthy time available to me while my fiance is at work and the kids are at school. This is just a passion project that keeps me away from video games, which I admit I have played too much in the past. So here is the list! Warning: THIS IS REALLY LONG Seven Psycopaths - By the writer of In Bruges who lets Colin Farrell be Colin Farrell. It's truly a great flick that gets over the Meta tropes that can be cliche and really just has a fucking great time. Christopher Walken is quite poetic and at his best I've seen in a while. Sam Rockwell is explosive and makes it seem at times that a toddler wrote this movie - and that's not an insult! The Game - The Michael Douglas mind fuck that truly has you asking what is going on the whole movie. A fun ride with a kinda weird resolution but I can't really talk about any of the specifics because of how important it is to the experience of the film. I had a blast explaining this one to my fiance. A Fish Called Wanda - I'd never imagine a movie where John Cleese is the grounded and most normal character but here we are. It's dated in ways, acting styles have changed, but a pretty fun romp regardless of those minor flaws. The character acting is wonderful, and Kevin Kline's oscar winning performance is nothing short of delightful. Quite literally the weirdest fucking character I've ever seen in a film. Ready Player One - It looked flashy. It had lots of references. I can't imagine how expensive it was to get all the licensing for everything. Standard hero story with some of the best visuals I've ever seen. It was fun. What do you want from me? Rampage - Rampage is the story of a practical joke playing Albino gorilla who above all odds becomes friends with The Rock in this timeless buddy cop movie. Nah it's a hunk of shit that only wasted an hour and 47 min of my life. But hey, sometimes you just want a fun movie. Absolutely Anything - I love Simon Pegg. Boogie Nights - Yeah yeah yeah. I know. Burt is great. John C. Reilly is almost as skinny as me in this movie. And Marky Mark is believable. Heather Graham is a quirky delight as well. I think this movie suffers from the same pitfalls that most movies that span several years do. But it's Boogie fucking Nights. Blue Velvet - Dated, but what wonderful juxtaposition and metaphor put on screen by David Lynch. Dennis Hopper is so fucking insane that it's hard to focus on anything else when he's in the scene. That Roy Orbison lip synch in the middle of the movie is absolutely fabulous and needed. One thing I thought about is that the timing of the rest of the actions in the movie such as the shoot out seemed like they came out of nowhere. Then I realized Lynch is telling Kyle's story. We rarely see scenes he isn't in. And it made me appreciate the slice that Lynch chose to show us. Great performances by Laura Dern and Isabella Rossellini. Weird, but great. 3 Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri - Not til the credits rolled did I realize I have a real thing for Martin McDonagh. This movie is great. I wish it could have won more Oscars. Frances McDormand is utter strength. She owns every second of her screen time. Sam Rockwell can do no wrong. With a very believable redemption arc. I almost cried maybe 3 times. Theory of Everything - Amazing performances by the actors. Same pitfalls of a movie spanning 50 years. It was just kind of boring a decent amount of the time. A+ to costume design and set decoration. Really great look and feel for a piece spanning a lot of decades. Gone Baby Gone - Fuck yeah. My fiance had seen this and told me this is the first movie where she felt Casey Affleck had some real acting chops, and boy oh boy does he. I wish upon wish that they could have made Michelle Monaghan's character more interesting. I really love her but I felt she was only there to make the impact of decisions made have more feeling at the end of the movie. A real game of ethics that really pays off. Side note I love Amy Ryan. Bandersnatch - Like the rest of Black Mirror I feel like the concept is high but it's only deep to 14 year olds. Not wanting to offend anyone who likes they're style, I just didn't. I had two goals: to make it the most fucked up story and have him spend as much time working on the game as possible. I think I got a satisfying ending, I just would much rather be told a specific story rather than choose my own adventure. Julie & Julia - This is my sister's favorite movie and I had a wonderful morning texting her back and forth about it. This film is low stakes but incredibly wonderful. Great performances from everyone, especially those playing larger than life people. Stanley Tucci is a revelation, as always. A great feel good movie (and it also helps that I love to cook!) Virgin Suicides - A coming of age story that didn't affect me as much as I'm in my 30's, but great performances from Kirstin Dunst, the ever insane James Woods, and can we talk about the buttery voice of Kathleen Turner? Amazing work. Josh Hartnett kind of sucks but he's only really great about half the time. Robot and Frank - OH HELL YES. This movie was just great. An ex jewel thief gets a robot butler and they steal shit together. Peter Sarsgaard is a great robot voice. Liv Tyler is so annoying but she's just trying to care for her dad. James Marsden has great cheek bones. Real fun Movie. Monster's Ball - There are undeniable great performances in this movie. Halle Berry is a force of nature. Billy Bob is at his best when he is doing passionate serious work. A lot of things don't make sense about this movie, mainly character decisions, but this is an Oscar Bait film of a specific type. I do have certain gripes about these kinds of films, but this one was well done. Some small twists near the end the work well for the film. It doesn't tie up all the loose ends. Did I say Halle Berry is wonderful? And her fat son, too. Hell or High Water - I watched this flick after Chris Pine talked about it while introducing Jeff Bridges at the Golden Globes. I just wish the two had more screen time together. This is the first time I really liked Ben Foster, and I'm glad he gets a little redemption. Chris Pine is one of the most handsome men I have ever seen. I wish there were more opportunities for women in this movie, as it is kind of a cut and dry western chase movie. It's fine, though. Just fine. Room - I watched this and The Lovely Bones on the same day. Fuck me, right? Room has two amazingly powerful performances in Oscar winner Brie Larson who is only overshadowed by the mighty little Jacob Tremblay. This movie is fucky. It has a very distinct first half followed by a very detached and separate second half. This is one of those Oscar bait movies where you just feel like shit the whole time and have to see the most awful things. There are lots of rays of light in this movie. Horrible situations made grounded and beautiful by the acting performances. I won't be watching this again, but I'm glad I watched it. The Lovely Bones - Saoirse Ronan (It's pronounced ser-sha) is perhaps the actress I'm most cosmically drawn to on this entire planet. Not in a sexual way, but she just has this power about her that really pulls me in. There's a seen in an underground corn house that you can see her go from awe struck to panic is a way that is so believable for someone so young. Marky Mark is pretty good in this movie. Rachel Weisz is so beautiful in seventies attire (my fiance does not agree) but her character is CRAP. The visuals in this movie are incredibly well done. Watch this. I've heard the book is just garbage though. JK lol don't hit me. The Sixth Sense - I am a HUGE Shyamalan fan. I think he is one of the most quiet and passionate and poetic story tellers ever. This is a wonderful movie that only has flaws off screen. But it has to have it like that otherwise the story wouldn't work. I only haven't seen it til now because the "twist" was spoiled for me as a kid and I just never watched it. That same "twist" is immensely overshadowed by the most beautiful and quiet scene between HJO and Toni Collete near the end. I sobbed. I always sob in Shyamalan movies. He get's me. If you're out there M. Knight let's hang. I want to talk about Lady in the Water, and how you made me believe in a children's story that slowly turned into one of the most beautiful things I've ever seen. But I digress. Bruce has a great toupee guy. Cape Fear - I'm a big Scorcese guy, but fuck this weird ass movie. Nick Nolte Rules and you can watch him go insane. Jessica Lange crushes in this movie. DeNiro does DeNiro in the most intimidatin way since Travis Bickle (My favorite DeNiro but not my favorite Scorcese). This has so many classic moments that I almost knew what was happening cause I'd seen it on the Simpsons. Good movie. Great actors. Poor Juliette Lewis...... Dallas Buyer's Club - This is the best of the Oscar bait movies I keep talking about. I finished this just before I began writing this post. It was True Detective that changed my thoughts on Matthew McConaughey but this really warmed my heart. I typically don't care for stories based on true events but what a FUCKING HERO Ron Woodroof was. It pains me to say how good Jared Leto is because I don't care for him. But as they say in Bojack Horseman, "Honeydew is like the worst part of anything it's in. It's like the Jared Leto of fruit." L.A. COnfidential - SUPRISE! I got almost all the way through this movie while writing this up so I thought I'd include it. This is an amazing documentary about Russell Crowe just beating the piss out of everybody. HAHA it's true though. Give me more Guy Pearce! But the takeaway from this movie is that it must have been really awesome to be white in 1950's America. It is just rampant and corrupt and horrible and full of creeps. Literal creeps and actors, too. I like this film quite a bit. If you haven't seen it you really should. OK that about wraps the first installment of my movie a day journey. I'm open to suggestions, I'd love to hear criticism of my list, or praise on the movies I've enjoyed. If this is something that people actually want to read I'd be happy to keep doing this. I'm not a hundred percent sure I'll be able to finish this, but I'm gonna try while there is still gas in the tank. Happy New Year to all of you in my favorite sub!
2019.01.06 01:16 Windowsboy2018The History of the cancelled and upcoming sonic movie
Out of all the video games that got movies....sonic took The longest to make, that's right paramount pictures sonic film and Sony's sonic film isn't the first time Sega tried to bring the blue blue to the big screen, in fact plans for the sonic movie began when the super Mario bros movie was being maid...also sonic has The most cancelled video game films out of all the video game movies, so everyone set back grab some chili dogs a drink and onion rings as I explained The History of the cancelled sonic films...trust me this is gonna be a long one....a very very long one Sega and Mgm’s Sonic the Hedgehog: Wonders of the World: METRO-GOLDWYN-MAYER In the early 90s, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer got the rights to do a Sonic the Hedgehog film, because SEGA wanted something to advertise the new Sega Saturn they were releasing, the company wanting the movie to come out in either late 1994 or early 1995. Josh, a 12-year old son of a divorced couple, is presenting his incomplete school paper about a historic event he was tasked to write about. The unamused teacher warns Josh to finish his paper by tomorrow or face being referred to by his parents. After school, Josh goes home to an apartment owned by his father, Hal, an unemployed computer scientist who is doing research for his grand invention, a supercomputer called the XRI (eXtremely Radical Intelligence) that possesses artificial intelligence with the ability to project virtual reality. After dinner, Hal leaves to gather research on a piece of hardware, leaving Josh with the XRI. A curious Josh encounters the XRI and, after being unable to get it to help finish his school work, hooks up his Sega Saturn to play Sonic X-treme. At that moment, Sonic, the game's main character, discovers he has a will of his own and stops responding to Josh's controls. Josh manages to hack into the computer to bring Sonic out of the video game, becoming a 3D character capable of interacting with reality. Josh and Sonic form a bond with each other, but Sonic's departure from Sonic X-treme causes him to lose his power as time goes on and he ends up causing trouble throughout the real world, destroying Josh's apartment and causing car wrecks throughout the city. Meanwhile, Dr. Eggman (identified in the treatment through his real name, Dr. Robotnik) and his minions inadvertently escape the game and look to take over the real world, and Sonic is unable to stop him due to his draining powers. When Hal comes home to see his apartment in ruins, Josh's mother, Lisa, also stops by and the two start to argue. Josh attempts to explain what happened but neither believe him, with both blaming him for the mess. Josh is then taken out of Hal's custody to Lisa's home, where Sonic tracks him down. After leaving the house without Lisa noticing, Josh and Sonic devise a plot to find out about and stop Eggman's scheme by searching for Chaos Emeralds, which are scattered across the real world encased in ordinary rocks. After finding a Chaos Emerald, Sonic uses its power to temporarily regain his strength, and Sonic gives Josh a taste of the power of the emerald to help finish his school work, though Sonic warns Josh not to further exploit the emerald's power until he can master it. At the same time, Dr. Eggman sets up a shell corporation called Shady Corporation and uses it to purchase the abandoned Ramshackle Amusement Park, renaming it Botnikland Amusement Park. He recruits a group of school bullies and roboticizes them into Bullibots. Eggman orders the bots to look around the park and find the remaining Chaos Emeralds. Eggman then runs into Hal, who reluctantly accepts Eggman's offer to be the park's main research and development designer. Using Hal's XRI technology, Eggman develops a virtual reality ride to draw kids to the newly revived theme park. The park opens to huge crowds, with kids all across town attending opening day. However, when Josh and Sonic manage to inspect the ride, they discover Eggman is using the ride to turn the kids into his Badniks, calling them Kinder-Bots and forcing them to look around the park to find the Chaos Emeralds. After further inspection, the duo discover that Eggman, using the Chaos Emeralds, will program the XRI to turn the world's natural landmarks, such as Mount Everest and the Amazon rainforest, into digital replicas so that he can make virtual reality experiences and profit off of people wanting to see them, so that they wouldn't have to visit the landmarks themselves. The BulliBots catch the duo and a chase ensues, ending with a weak Sonic being captured and Josh barely escaping. After the chase, the Kinder-Bots return home, being unconditionally obedient to their parents. Josh hatches a plan to return everything back to normal and return Dr. Eggman back into the game world. The climax has Josh rescue Sonic and the duo battle Dr. Eggman before Josh activates the XRI and causes himself, Sonic, Dr. Eggman and the Badniks to enter Sonic X-treme. Another battle ensues, with a newly rejuvenated Sonic eventually defeating Dr. Eggman with Josh's help. With Eggman's plans foiled, he vows to return and escapes. Sonic decides to stay in his world knowing that it needs him to stop Eggman's schemes, and bids Josh farewell before the latter returns home and reunites with Hal and Lisa. The film ends with Josh promising Hal to remove the XRI, until he sees Sonic's eye wink at him at the screen and starts playing Sonic X-treme again. Early stages Sega first came up with the idea of a feature-length Sonic the Hedgehog film during production of the cartoon in 1993. Newly-appointed consumer products director Michealene Risley, who was instrumental in green-lighting the series, was assigned to negotiate with several Hollywood producers to find support for the project. “I was basically driving the Sonic movie," Risley recalled to Kotaku in 2018. "I don’t know who came up with the idea – whether it was Tom [Kalinske, Sega of America CEO] or Shinobu [Toyoda, Sega executive vice-president and COO] or me, or we talked about it as a group – but having come from the movie world, I was always pushing those things." Tom Kalinske, however, was hesitant on the idea of a movie, recalling how 1987's Masters of the Universe damaged the namesake toy-line and how the critical and commercial failures of Super Mario Bros. and Street Fighter stained the reputation of their namesake video game franchises. Kalinske noted to Kotaku that "There is really is that fear that a bad movie could potentially hurt your brand. The Sonic brand was strong enough to probably withstand it, but there is that fear." Despite Kalinske's concerns, Sega was highly enthusiastic about the project, according to Risley. "It all depends on the timing of the movie, the look of the movie, whether you go live action or animation. [The film failing] was never an issue for us." After about a year of negotiations, Sega struck a development deal in August 1994 with MGM and Trilogy Entertainment Group, led by producer Pen Densham, with Densham serving as executive producer of the planned movie. After securing the deal, Sega and MGM tapped Richard Jefferies to help come up with a screenplay for the film. Jefferies had previously written the cult classic The Vagrant for MGM in 1992, and had worked with Risley during her time at Marvel Comics to help write a proposed film adaptation of the Silver Surfer character. According to Jefferies, Sega wanted the ill-fated Sonic X-treme game, which was in development for the then-unreleased Sega Saturn, to tie-in with the movie, adding that Sega was "trying to co-ordinate the two and make the two compatible." Sonic would have also been portrayed through heavy use of computer-generated imagery. Jefferies' treatment contains a number of references to the franchise's games, with a notable example being Josh's school assignment. In it, he writes about a World War II test pilot named Sonic, who was killed in a freak accident when he tried to break the sound barrier. This is a reference to the technical files of the first game that provided Sonic the Hedgehog's original backstory. Jefferies' treatment was submitted to MGM in May 1995. According to Jeffries, the draft received a positive reception among Sega and MGM executives, but Shinobu Toyoda sent a letter to Kalinske suggesting that Doctor Eggman be removed from the script, favoring a "strong/mean villain" to give the series a fresh idea. Cancellation Before the project could be green-lit, MGM suddenly backed out of the development deal, and after an attempt to revive the film at DreamWorks went nowhere, the film was scrapped. It is unclear why MGM chose to drop the film from their slate, though Pen Densham claimed the deal broke down due to creative differences between Sega and Trilogy, causing the latter to pull out and leave MGM with the bill. Jeffries, however, blamed "Hollywood politics" for the film's demise, believing that the studios each wanted a higher share of the film's profits. He also suggested that the character had trouble adapting to the decline of the 16-bit console market. "The focus groups weren’t responding to the evolution of the character," Jeffries remarked, "and the heyday of the character was behind them. Maybe they were hoping a movie could help reinvigorate that. But maybe it was a response to where Sonic was headed, and maybe MGM came to that conclusion themselves. I don’t know." Jeffries speculated that the film's budget would've reached around $150 million, making it MGM's most expensive film to date, and suggested that the financial concerns were another reason for MGM abandoning the film. MGM’s early ideas weren’t that bad, they were imagining a Who Framed Roger Rabbit type movie. Mixing live-action with animation..the studio executives weren’t that excited and shot down the idea, thinking it was too expensive. They instead chose an incredibly bizarre script for the movie written by Richard Jeffries. The script featured a 16-year old boy who suffers an accident that later gives him the ability to morph into a hedgehog, and the boy decides to use his new power for good. Since it had absolutely nothing to do with Sonic, SEGA demanded rewrites. Later Super Mario Bros. came to theaters and was a complete and utter failure. Both SEGA and MGM suddenly didn’t think video game movies were a very good idea. MGM then realized they had a new James Bond movie in the works so they ditched SEGA. Sega and Ben Hurst Sonic Satam movie: that's right everyone's favorite sonic cartoon almost got A movie, A decade after MGM’s failed Sonic movie, one of the writers of SatAM called Ben Hurst pitched a movie acting as a continuation of the show, this time animated. But, darn Ken Penders had to get involved. He pretended to be helping Ben, and then went up to SEGA and claimed that Ben was trying to steal the Sonic franchise. This killed any attempt of Ben’s movie idea being made. Being the jerk he is, Penders then brought up his own concept for a movie to SEGA. Sega and Ken penders Sonic Armageddon: This was the movie that Penders pitched to SEGA, the plot seemed to be much darker with Mobius being destroyed and roboticization being much more gruesome then in the cartoon. Most of the important characters are not shown and a few of them have major redesigns (the biggest being Snively, who’s now more cyborg-like). SEGA was interested, but Sonic X was airing and they didn’t think it would be worth it to have a show AND A movie out at the same time with different continuities.This went far enough to have concept art and a trailer. ..a very awful trailer- Ken penders knuckles the echidna movie: In the early 2000s, wind was caught of lead writer Ken Penders’ alleged attempt to get an animated feature film centered around Knuckles the Echidna into development, the key studio of choice being DreamWorks SKG. His proposals were rejected (according to Penders) not out of disinterest, but due to severe legal complications regarding the copyrights to any Sonic characters developed in connection to the license by any party, which are said to essentially render the story thus far created through the intertwining roles of Japanese and American-conceived characters and concepts entirely limited to the media in which they first appeared—in this case, the Archie comic book series. (It is believed that this same snag is the reason for Sonic’s suspiciously unnamed home planet featured in Sonic X.) To this day, it is supposed that, due to these complications, Sonic and his friends will never grace the big screen in any form not sanctioned by Sega of Japan in whatever form they choose, and the odds that elements originating from the pages of Archie, including such central elements as the Dark Legion in this case, are extremely slim due to the same set of circumstances.In a self-published article, Penders mentioned that the film proposed would have been an animated feature, though whether the animation would have been traditional or computer-generated is unknown. Sega and Ken penders sonic the hedgehog movie: that's right the sonic Archie comics almost got a movie, In the mist of the coming dispute between Archie and their freelancers there was some reflection by Ken Penders on his Twitter. In fact the reflection may have revealed more than reflected.He and SEGA were planning on a film project earlier in the decade that would be based on his work for Archie. The film was scheduled to be released in 2011 but one unfortunate event would prove to be the setback that resulted in the project being discontinued. Penders explains more: Ken penders: I have documents that show SEGA & I were trying to launch a film project based on the work I did for the Archie comic series, I had meetings with them in person in Hollywood, at their offices, at several E3 shows and #comiccon . One thing you need is someone within the company who believes in your project, and that person untimely passed away on us, I had the backing of the producedirector of the FOX animated X-MEN series, who was aiming for a 2011 release. We considered SEGA Licensing Director Robert Leffler a personal friend as well as business associate. The project was designed to establish a global Sonic continuity based on the Sat-AM and Archie series with SEGA’s blessing. The film would have defined Sonic and Sally as an official couple for the franchise. Sega and Sony's cancelled sonic the hedgehog movie on 3 December 2013, Sony Pictures Digital Domain Names, Inc., a division of Sony Pictures Entertainment, filed a notice of registration for three inactive websites adressed as "SonicTheHedgehog-Movie.com", "SonicTheHedgehog-Movie.net" and "SonicTheHedgehogMovie.net". The registrations were reported by The Sonic Stadium on 7 December, but neither Sony Pictures nor Sega confirmed the existence of a proposed film project at the time. On 20 March 2014, a film adaptation was first hinted when The Tracking Board released a rumor about the film, stating that it would receive a "Dark Knight treatment" and posted a writer shortlist of proposed writers involved. On 10 June 2014, the official Sonic website was updated, with a locked section listing "TV and Movies." Later that same day, at a private Sega/Sony Pictures press conference, The Hollywood Reporter reported the confirmation of the film, and that Sony had green-lit the project. It was revealed on 21 June 2014 that Sonic the Hedgehog and its eventual successor films will be a separate continuity from the Sonic Boom continuity. On 19 November 2014, Van Robichaux stated that the film production team is "aiming for [a] PG-13 [rating]". On 31 October 2016, The Hollywood Reporter reported that Tim Miller, who had left directing Deadpool 2 due to creative differences, had been hired as executive producer for the film and that Jeff Fowler will assume directorial duties. Patrick Casey and Josh Miller are also confirmed to write the script. Van Robichaux, the former writer of the Sonic Movie, before being replaced by Patrick Casey and Josh Miller, said some more details about the production of the Sonic Movie while it was being produced by Sony Pictures. -Jeff Fowler was attached to direct the movie as far back as when the project was still at Sony. -The reason why Sony didn’t produce movie was because of the 2014 hack and a lot of the new executives that were brought to oversee the project didn’t like the direction the movie was taking. -Sega and Van clashed over Dr. Robotnik’s name. Van wanted him to be named Dr. Robotnik as it would be easier for American audiences to swallow and would be “more intimidating”, but Sega wanted him to be named Eggman. -Van clashed a lot with an unnamed Sony executive (most likely Amy Pascal) But wait there's more....someone on Reddit i guess managed to find more leaked info about Sony's sonic movie...Now this could be fake, but seeing how the 2014 Sony hack happing it wouldn't be surprising if this is true "It would've originally stayed more close to the games and would have been like a combination of Sonic 1 and Sonic Adventure in terms of story. I think this leak is real considering how many early plot synopsis there were during production of the movie, and also because it talks about a casino and a lead human male and female role (the film is currently going under the name "Sonic The Hedgehog: Casino Nights" as a working title, and now we have a cop and his wife confirmed in the story). And Also because Sony had an entirely different vision for the film than Paramount does. Sony's idea was to make a more darker origin story for the characters. Paramount seems to be wanting to make a comedy adventure family film considering it has comedic actors like Jim Carrey and Tika Sumpter involved. When Paramount got the rights to the film they completely redid the script and the story. Here is a supposed leaked early draft of the film's plot (this includes the ending): "Sonic (Schwartz) is a tearaway teenage rebel hedgehog living in the forest near Green Hills, Montana. He was mutated by experiments by Doctor Robotnik (Carrey), along with several other animals, who escaped years ago and now live in peace. Tails and Knuckles aren't mentioned in the script, but it can be inferred they're around. Doctor Robotnik's experiments centered around ancient golden Incan rings, which the animals took with them when they escaped. Sonic is restless and wants to see the world. He's caught speeding in Green Hills town and arrested by the sheriff, Tom (Marsden). He quickly becomes a viral sensation online, and draws the attention of Dr. Robotnik, who comes to Green Hills to get back the rings. Despite Tom trying to protect Sonic, he's captured by Robotnik and taken to his government lab. Tom is able to break inside with the help of town locals who have befriended Sonic, and together they free him. A last stand takes place in Green Hills as Robotnik launches an assault with gadgets and robots he's created, but is foiled by traps laid by the townsfolk and Sonic. Robotnik is blown up, survives, and is then arrested for his illegal experiments becoming public. Sonic is hailed as a hero, but rather than wanting to see the world, he decides he wants to stay and protect his home, Green Hills. Ends with him running down a highway." When someone asked if he goes fast in the film, the leaker responded this: "He goes fast a few times, but it didn't read very exciting. It's more like zipping down highways or quickly leaving a room and popping back in with a chili dog, which happens once. Oh, I forgot to mention there are a couple of oblique references to the game. Robotnik has divided America up into 'Zones' in a map at his lab. He actually says, "I need back up to the Green Hills Zone!" at one point. Sonic speeds past a signpost making it spin around, which I took to be a reference to the spinning signs at the end of levels." When someone asked how close it was stay true to the games, they responded: "The way it read, it was meant for people who remember playing Sonic years ago but not much else. The references are as general as you can get, in that there is Sonic, there are rings, 'Green Hills'. It doesn't adhere to any storyline from the games, comics or anything else. To be honest, it felt like an Alvin and the Chipmunks or Smurfs movie."" Sega and paramount pictures upcoming sonic the hedgehog movie It was announced on 2 October 2017 that Viacom-owned Paramount Pictures had acquired the film rights to Sonic the Hedgehog from Sony, replacing the latter as distributor. Sony had temporally shut down production before the switch after placing it into turnaround. The announcement came after co-producer Neal Moritz's Original Film banner signed a first-look production deal with Paramount the prior month, ending their previous deal with Sony, and several months after Sony's film financing partner LStar Capital ended its deal with Sony due to a string of box office failures from the studio. Despite the change of studios, the production staff working on the film remained employed and moved to Paramount as well. This is not the first time Paramount and Sega have crossed paths - from 1969 to 1983, both were subsidiaries of Gulf and Western Industries. On 22 February 2018, an official press release was put out confirming the film's move to Paramount and a release date of 15 November 2019, a date that was first reported by The Hollywood Reporter two days prior. Sega will have creative input into the project and will co-finance it with Paramount, who will release the film worldwide. Independent outlet Omega Underground reported on 4 March 2018 that the film's producers were circling Junkie XL to compose the film's musical score, reuniting him with Miller once again after doing the score for Deadpool. The site also reported that Paramount was aiming to begin filming at some point in July, backing up story co-writer Van Robichaux's speculation he tweeted a month prior. On 1 April 2018, it was announced that filming was going to start on 30 July in Vancouver, instead of Atlanta as previously reported. On 29 May 2018, it was reported that Paul Rudd was in talks for a lead role as Tom, "a cop who befriends Sonic and will likely team up to defeat Dr. Eggman". Paramount later clarified that this was not the case, but that Rudd had been considered for the role at one point. The same day it was revealed that the film will have a budget of $90 million. The following day, it was announced that James Marsden had been cast in an undisclosed role, later revealed to be Tom Wachowski. On 7 June 2018, it was announced that Tika Sumpter was cast to star opposite James Marsden in an undisclosed role. On 12 June 2018, it was later stated that shots of the film would be filmed at Vancouver's Highway 19 during mid-September 2018, and that the movie's current title is "SONIC". Soon after, screenwriter Patrick Casey revealed that for the film, Sonic would have a design that was still him and yet a "little more realistic". At Too Many Games in 2018, Johnny Gioeli stated that “Sega Has Nothing To Do With The Sonic Movie”. Takashi Iizuka soon after corrected though, that he would be supervising the film. Sonic the Hedgehog was originally slated for a 15 November 2018 release, but after Sony Pictures' turnaround, it is now scheduled to be released in the United States on 8 November 2019 by Paramount Pictures. In an exclusive IGN interview the first official poster for the film was released on 10 December 2018, revealing its official title as Sonic the Hedgehog. Tim Miller explained Sonic's redesign: "That was always Stage 1 of adapting it to what the real world is and what a real animal would be like, it would be weird and it would feel like he was running around nude if he was some sort of otter-like thing. It was always, for us, fur, and we never considered anything different. It’s part of what integrates him into the real world and makes him a real creature. <...> I don’t think SEGA was entirely happy with the eye decision, but these sorts of things you go, ‘It’s going to look weird if we don’t do this.’ But everything is a discussion, and that’s kind of the goal, which is to only change what’s necessary and stay true to the rest of it." Filming Principal photography commenced on 30 July 2018 at Vancouver, British Columbia, and continued until 30 September 2018. During filming, the picture was shot under the working title "Casino Night", a reference to the level in Sonic the Hedgehog 2. A casting call was ordered to run on 18 Aug 2018, 12:00 pm - 6:00 pm PT and 19 Aug 2018, 10:00 am - 2:00 pm PT for residents of Ladysmith, BC. The roles were for the "townsfolk" from the fictional town, Green Hills. Filming ended on 16 October 2018. Despite this, more filming took place in downtown San Fransisco in late October. Well that was a very long post...Anyway guys let me know what you think of these cancelled films down below
2019.01.06 00:55 Windowsboy2018The History of The Cancelled Sonic The Hedgehog Movies
Out of all the video games that got movies....sonic took The longest to make, that's right paramount pictures sonic film and Sony's sonic film isn't the first time Sega tried to bring the blue blue to the big screen, in fact plans for the sonic movie began when the super Mario bros movie was being maid...also sonic has The most cancelled video game films out of all the video game movies, so everyone set back grab some chili dogs a drink and onion rings as I explained The History of the cancelled sonic films...trust me this is gonna be a long one....a very very long one Sega and Mgm’s Sonic the Hedgehog: Wonders of the World: METRO-GOLDWYN-MAYER In the early 90s, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer got the rights to do a Sonic the Hedgehog film, because SEGA wanted something to advertise the new Sega Saturn they were releasing, the company wanting the movie to come out in either late 1994 or early 1995. Josh, a 12-year old son of a divorced couple, is presenting his incomplete school paper about a historic event he was tasked to write about. The unamused teacher warns Josh to finish his paper by tomorrow or face being referred to by his parents. After school, Josh goes home to an apartment owned by his father, Hal, an unemployed computer scientist who is doing research for his grand invention, a supercomputer called the XRI (eXtremely Radical Intelligence) that possesses artificial intelligence with the ability to project virtual reality. After dinner, Hal leaves to gather research on a piece of hardware, leaving Josh with the XRI. A curious Josh encounters the XRI and, after being unable to get it to help finish his school work, hooks up his Sega Saturn to play Sonic X-treme. At that moment, Sonic, the game's main character, discovers he has a will of his own and stops responding to Josh's controls. Josh manages to hack into the computer to bring Sonic out of the video game, becoming a 3D character capable of interacting with reality. Josh and Sonic form a bond with each other, but Sonic's departure from Sonic X-treme causes him to lose his power as time goes on and he ends up causing trouble throughout the real world, destroying Josh's apartment and causing car wrecks throughout the city. Meanwhile, Dr. Eggman (identified in the treatment through his real name, Dr. Robotnik) and his minions inadvertently escape the game and look to take over the real world, and Sonic is unable to stop him due to his draining powers. When Hal comes home to see his apartment in ruins, Josh's mother, Lisa, also stops by and the two start to argue. Josh attempts to explain what happened but neither believe him, with both blaming him for the mess. Josh is then taken out of Hal's custody to Lisa's home, where Sonic tracks him down. After leaving the house without Lisa noticing, Josh and Sonic devise a plot to find out about and stop Eggman's scheme by searching for Chaos Emeralds, which are scattered across the real world encased in ordinary rocks. After finding a Chaos Emerald, Sonic uses its power to temporarily regain his strength, and Sonic gives Josh a taste of the power of the emerald to help finish his school work, though Sonic warns Josh not to further exploit the emerald's power until he can master it. At the same time, Dr. Eggman sets up a shell corporation called Shady Corporation and uses it to purchase the abandoned Ramshackle Amusement Park, renaming it Botnikland Amusement Park. He recruits a group of school bullies and roboticizes them into Bullibots. Eggman orders the bots to look around the park and find the remaining Chaos Emeralds. Eggman then runs into Hal, who reluctantly accepts Eggman's offer to be the park's main research and development designer. Using Hal's XRI technology, Eggman develops a virtual reality ride to draw kids to the newly revived theme park. The park opens to huge crowds, with kids all across town attending opening day. However, when Josh and Sonic manage to inspect the ride, they discover Eggman is using the ride to turn the kids into his Badniks, calling them Kinder-Bots and forcing them to look around the park to find the Chaos Emeralds. After further inspection, the duo discover that Eggman, using the Chaos Emeralds, will program the XRI to turn the world's natural landmarks, such as Mount Everest and the Amazon rainforest, into digital replicas so that he can make virtual reality experiences and profit off of people wanting to see them, so that they wouldn't have to visit the landmarks themselves. The BulliBots catch the duo and a chase ensues, ending with a weak Sonic being captured and Josh barely escaping. After the chase, the Kinder-Bots return home, being unconditionally obedient to their parents. Josh hatches a plan to return everything back to normal and return Dr. Eggman back into the game world. The climax has Josh rescue Sonic and the duo battle Dr. Eggman before Josh activates the XRI and causes himself, Sonic, Dr. Eggman and the Badniks to enter Sonic X-treme. Another battle ensues, with a newly rejuvenated Sonic eventually defeating Dr. Eggman with Josh's help. With Eggman's plans foiled, he vows to return and escapes. Sonic decides to stay in his world knowing that it needs him to stop Eggman's schemes, and bids Josh farewell before the latter returns home and reunites with Hal and Lisa. The film ends with Josh promising Hal to remove the XRI, until he sees Sonic's eye wink at him at the screen and starts playing Sonic X-treme again. Early stages Sega first came up with the idea of a feature-length Sonic the Hedgehog film during production of the cartoon in 1993. Newly-appointed consumer products director Michealene Risley, who was instrumental in green-lighting the series, was assigned to negotiate with several Hollywood producers to find support for the project. “I was basically driving the Sonic movie," Risley recalled to Kotaku in 2018. "I don’t know who came up with the idea – whether it was Tom [Kalinske, Sega of America CEO] or Shinobu [Toyoda, Sega executive vice-president and COO] or me, or we talked about it as a group – but having come from the movie world, I was always pushing those things." Tom Kalinske, however, was hesitant on the idea of a movie, recalling how 1987's Masters of the Universe damaged the namesake toy-line and how the critical and commercial failures of Super Mario Bros. and Street Fighter stained the reputation of their namesake video game franchises. Kalinske noted to Kotaku that "There is really is that fear that a bad movie could potentially hurt your brand. The Sonic brand was strong enough to probably withstand it, but there is that fear." Despite Kalinske's concerns, Sega was highly enthusiastic about the project, according to Risley. "It all depends on the timing of the movie, the look of the movie, whether you go live action or animation. [The film failing] was never an issue for us." After about a year of negotiations, Sega struck a development deal in August 1994 with MGM and Trilogy Entertainment Group, led by producer Pen Densham, with Densham serving as executive producer of the planned movie. After securing the deal, Sega and MGM tapped Richard Jefferies to help come up with a screenplay for the film. Jefferies had previously written the cult classic The Vagrant for MGM in 1992, and had worked with Risley during her time at Marvel Comics to help write a proposed film adaptation of the Silver Surfer character. According to Jefferies, Sega wanted the ill-fated Sonic X-treme game, which was in development for the then-unreleased Sega Saturn, to tie-in with the movie, adding that Sega was "trying to co-ordinate the two and make the two compatible." Sonic would have also been portrayed through heavy use of computer-generated imagery. Jefferies' treatment contains a number of references to the franchise's games, with a notable example being Josh's school assignment. In it, he writes about a World War II test pilot named Sonic, who was killed in a freak accident when he tried to break the sound barrier. This is a reference to the technical files of the first game that provided Sonic the Hedgehog's original backstory. Jefferies' treatment was submitted to MGM in May 1995. According to Jeffries, the draft received a positive reception among Sega and MGM executives, but Shinobu Toyoda sent a letter to Kalinske suggesting that Doctor Eggman be removed from the script, favoring a "strong/mean villain" to give the series a fresh idea. Cancellation Before the project could be green-lit, MGM suddenly backed out of the development deal, and after an attempt to revive the film at DreamWorks went nowhere, the film was scrapped. It is unclear why MGM chose to drop the film from their slate, though Pen Densham claimed the deal broke down due to creative differences between Sega and Trilogy, causing the latter to pull out and leave MGM with the bill. Jeffries, however, blamed "Hollywood politics" for the film's demise, believing that the studios each wanted a higher share of the film's profits. He also suggested that the character had trouble adapting to the decline of the 16-bit console market. "The focus groups weren’t responding to the evolution of the character," Jeffries remarked, "and the heyday of the character was behind them. Maybe they were hoping a movie could help reinvigorate that. But maybe it was a response to where Sonic was headed, and maybe MGM came to that conclusion themselves. I don’t know." Jeffries speculated that the film's budget would've reached around $150 million, making it MGM's most expensive film to date, and suggested that the financial concerns were another reason for MGM abandoning the film. MGM’s early ideas weren’t that bad, they were imagining a Who Framed Roger Rabbit type movie. Mixing live-action with animation..the studio executives weren’t that excited and shot down the idea, thinking it was too expensive. They instead chose an incredibly bizarre script for the movie written by Richard Jeffries. The script featured a 16-year old boy who suffers an accident that later gives him the ability to morph into a hedgehog, and the boy decides to use his new power for good. Since it had absolutely nothing to do with Sonic, SEGA demanded rewrites. Later Super Mario Bros. came to theaters and was a complete and utter failure. Both SEGA and MGM suddenly didn’t think video game movies were a very good idea. MGM then realized they had a new James Bond movie in the works so they ditched SEGA. Sega and Ben Hurst Sonic Satam movie: that's right everyone's favorite sonic cartoon almost got A movie, A decade after MGM’s failed Sonic movie, one of the writers of SatAM called Ben Hurst pitched a movie acting as a continuation of the show, this time animated. But, darn Ken Penders had to get involved. He pretended to be helping Ben, and then went up to SEGA and claimed that Ben was trying to steal the Sonic franchise. This killed any attempt of Ben’s movie idea being made. Being the jerk he is, Penders then brought up his own concept for a movie to SEGA. Sega and Ken penders Sonic Armageddon: This was the movie that Penders pitched to SEGA, the plot seemed to be much darker with Mobius being destroyed and roboticization being much more gruesome then in the cartoon. Most of the important characters are not shown and a few of them have major redesigns (the biggest being Snively, who’s now more cyborg-like). SEGA was interested, but Sonic X was airing and they didn’t think it would be worth it to have a show AND A movie out at the same time with different continuities.This went far enough to have concept art and a trailer. ..a very awful trailer- Ken penders knuckles the echidna movie: In the early 2000s, wind was caught of lead writer Ken Penders’ alleged attempt to get an animated feature film centered around Knuckles the Echidna into development, the key studio of choice being DreamWorks SKG. His proposals were rejected (according to Penders) not out of disinterest, but due to severe legal complications regarding the copyrights to any Sonic characters developed in connection to the license by any party, which are said to essentially render the story thus far created through the intertwining roles of Japanese and American-conceived characters and concepts entirely limited to the media in which they first appeared—in this case, the Archie comic book series. (It is believed that this same snag is the reason for Sonic’s suspiciously unnamed home planet featured in Sonic X.) To this day, it is supposed that, due to these complications, Sonic and his friends will never grace the big screen in any form not sanctioned by Sega of Japan in whatever form they choose, and the odds that elements originating from the pages of Archie, including such central elements as the Dark Legion in this case, are extremely slim due to the same set of circumstances.In a self-published article, Penders mentioned that the film proposed would have been an animated feature, though whether the animation would have been traditional or computer-generated is unknown. Sega and Ken penders sonic the hedgehog movie: that's right the sonic Archie comics almost got a movie, In the mist of the coming dispute between Archie and their freelancers there was some reflection by Ken Penders on his Twitter. In fact the reflection may have revealed more than reflected.He and SEGA were planning on a film project earlier in the decade that would be based on his work for Archie. The film was scheduled to be released in 2011 but one unfortunate event would prove to be the setback that resulted in the project being discontinued. Penders explains more: Ken penders: I have documents that show SEGA & I were trying to launch a film project based on the work I did for the Archie comic series, I had meetings with them in person in Hollywood, at their offices, at several E3 shows and #comiccon . One thing you need is someone within the company who believes in your project, and that person untimely passed away on us, I had the backing of the producedirector of the FOX animated X-MEN series, who was aiming for a 2011 release. We considered SEGA Licensing Director Robert Leffler a personal friend as well as business associate. The project was designed to establish a global Sonic continuity based on the Sat-AM and Archie series with SEGA’s blessing. The film would have defined Sonic and Sally as an official couple for the franchise. Sega and Sony's cancelled sonic the hedgehog movie on 3 December 2013, Sony Pictures Digital Domain Names, Inc., a division of Sony Pictures Entertainment, filed a notice of registration for three inactive websites adressed as "SonicTheHedgehog-Movie.com", "SonicTheHedgehog-Movie.net" and "SonicTheHedgehogMovie.net". The registrations were reported by The Sonic Stadium on 7 December, but neither Sony Pictures nor Sega confirmed the existence of a proposed film project at the time. On 20 March 2014, a film adaptation was first hinted when The Tracking Board released a rumor about the film, stating that it would receive a "Dark Knight treatment" and posted a writer shortlist of proposed writers involved. On 10 June 2014, the official Sonic website was updated, with a locked section listing "TV and Movies." Later that same day, at a private Sega/Sony Pictures press conference, The Hollywood Reporter reported the confirmation of the film, and that Sony had green-lit the project. It was revealed on 21 June 2014 that Sonic the Hedgehog and its eventual successor films will be a separate continuity from the Sonic Boom continuity. On 19 November 2014, Van Robichaux stated that the film production team is "aiming for [a] PG-13 [rating]". On 31 October 2016, The Hollywood Reporter reported that Tim Miller, who had left directing Deadpool 2 due to creative differences, had been hired as executive producer for the film and that Jeff Fowler will assume directorial duties. Patrick Casey and Josh Miller are also confirmed to write the script. Van Robichaux, the former writer of the Sonic Movie, before being replaced by Patrick Casey and Josh Miller, said some more details about the production of the Sonic Movie while it was being produced by Sony Pictures. -Jeff Fowler was attached to direct the movie as far back as when the project was still at Sony. -The reason why Sony didn’t produce movie was because of the 2014 hack and a lot of the new executives that were brought to oversee the project didn’t like the direction the movie was taking. -Sega and Van clashed over Dr. Robotnik’s name. Van wanted him to be named Dr. Robotnik as it would be easier for American audiences to swallow and would be “more intimidating”, but Sega wanted him to be named Eggman. -Van clashed a lot with an unnamed Sony executive (most likely Amy Pascal) But wait there's more....someone on Reddit i guess managed to find more leaked about Sony's sonic movie...Now this could be fake, but seeing how the 2014 Sony hack happing it wouldn't be surprseing if this is realif "It would've originally stayed more close to the games and would have been like a combination of Sonic 1 and Sonic Adventure in terms of story. I think this leak is real considering how many early plot synopsis there were during production of the movie, and also because it talks about a casino and a lead human male and female role (the film is currently going under the name "Sonic The Hedgehog: Casino Nights" as a working title, and now we have a cop and his wife confirmed in the story). And Also because Sony had an entirely different vision for the film than Paramount does. Sony's idea was to make a more darker origin story for the characters. Paramount seems to be wanting to make a comedy adventure family film considering it has comedic actors like Jim Carrey and Tika Sumpter involved. When Paramount got the rights to the film they completely redid the script and the story. Here is a supposed leaked early draft of the film's plot (this includes the ending): "Sonic (Schwartz) is a tearaway teenage rebel hedgehog living in the forest near Green Hills, Montana. He was mutated by experiments by Doctor Robotnik (Carrey), along with several other animals, who escaped years ago and now live in peace. Tails and Knuckles aren't mentioned in the script, but it can be inferred they're around. Doctor Robotnik's experiments centered around ancient golden Incan rings, which the animals took with them when they escaped. Sonic is restless and wants to see the world. He's caught speeding in Green Hills town and arrested by the sheriff, Tom (Marsden). He quickly becomes a viral sensation online, and draws the attention of Dr. Robotnik, who comes to Green Hills to get back the rings. Despite Tom trying to protect Sonic, he's captured by Robotnik and taken to his government lab. Tom is able to break inside with the help of town locals who have befriended Sonic, and together they free him. A last stand takes place in Green Hills as Robotnik launches an assault with gadgets and robots he's created, but is foiled by traps laid by the townsfolk and Sonic. Robotnik is blown up, survives, and is then arrested for his illegal experiments becoming public. Sonic is hailed as a hero, but rather than wanting to see the world, he decides he wants to stay and protect his home, Green Hills. Ends with him running down a highway." When someone asked if he goes fast in the film, the leaker responded this: "He goes fast a few times, but it didn't read very exciting. It's more like zipping down highways or quickly leaving a room and popping back in with a chili dog, which happens once. Oh, I forgot to mention there are a couple of oblique references to the game. Robotnik has divided America up into 'Zones' in a map at his lab. He actually says, "I need back up to the Green Hills Zone!" at one point. Sonic speeds past a signpost making it spin around, which I took to be a reference to the spinning signs at the end of levels." When someone asked how close it was stay true to the games, they responded: "The way it read, it was meant for people who remember playing Sonic years ago but not much else. The references are as general as you can get, in that there is Sonic, there are rings, 'Green Hills'. It doesn't adhere to any storyline from the games, comics or anything else. To be honest, it felt like an Alvin and the Chipmunks or Smurfs movie."" Sega and paramount pictures upcoming sonic the hedgehog movie It was announced on 2 October 2017 that Viacom-owned Paramount Pictures had acquired the film rights to Sonic the Hedgehog from Sony, replacing the latter as distributor. Sony had temporally shut down production before the switch after placing it into turnaround. The announcement came after co-producer Neal Moritz's Original Film banner signed a first-look production deal with Paramount the prior month, ending their previous deal with Sony, and several months after Sony's film financing partner LStar Capital ended its deal with Sony due to a string of box office failures from the studio. Despite the change of studios, the production staff working on the film remained employed and moved to Paramount as well. This is not the first time Paramount and Sega have crossed paths - from 1969 to 1983, both were subsidiaries of Gulf and Western Industries. On 22 February 2018, an official press release was put out confirming the film's move to Paramount and a release date of 15 November 2019, a date that was first reported by The Hollywood Reporter two days prior. Sega will have creative input into the project and will co-finance it with Paramount, who will release the film worldwide. Independent outlet Omega Underground reported on 4 March 2018 that the film's producers were circling Junkie XL to compose the film's musical score, reuniting him with Miller once again after doing the score for Deadpool. The site also reported that Paramount was aiming to begin filming at some point in July, backing up story co-writer Van Robichaux's speculation he tweeted a month prior. On 1 April 2018, it was announced that filming was going to start on 30 July in Vancouver, instead of Atlanta as previously reported. On 29 May 2018, it was reported that Paul Rudd was in talks for a lead role as Tom, "a cop who befriends Sonic and will likely team up to defeat Dr. Eggman". Paramount later clarified that this was not the case, but that Rudd had been considered for the role at one point. The same day it was revealed that the film will have a budget of $90 million. The following day, it was announced that James Marsden had been cast in an undisclosed role, later revealed to be Tom Wachowski. On 7 June 2018, it was announced that Tika Sumpter was cast to star opposite James Marsden in an undisclosed role. On 12 June 2018, it was later stated that shots of the film would be filmed at Vancouver's Highway 19 during mid-September 2018, and that the movie's current title is "SONIC". Soon after, screenwriter Patrick Casey revealed that for the film, Sonic would have a design that was still him and yet a "little more realistic". At Too Many Games in 2018, Johnny Gioeli stated that “Sega Has Nothing To Do With The Sonic Movie”. Takashi Iizuka soon after corrected though, that he would be supervising the film. Sonic the Hedgehog was originally slated for a 15 November 2018 release, but after Sony Pictures' turnaround, it is now scheduled to be released in the United States on 8 November 2019 by Paramount Pictures. In an exclusive IGN interview the first official poster for the film was released on 10 December 2018, revealing its official title as Sonic the Hedgehog. Tim Miller explained Sonic's redesign: "That was always Stage 1 of adapting it to what the real world is and what a real animal would be like, it would be weird and it would feel like he was running around nude if he was some sort of otter-like thing. It was always, for us, fur, and we never considered anything different. It’s part of what integrates him into the real world and makes him a real creature. <...> I don’t think SEGA was entirely happy with the eye decision, but these sorts of things you go, ‘It’s going to look weird if we don’t do this.’ But everything is a discussion, and that’s kind of the goal, which is to only change what’s necessary and stay true to the rest of it." Filming Principal photography commenced on 30 July 2018 at Vancouver, British Columbia, and continued until 30 September 2018. During filming, the picture was shot under the working title "Casino Night", a reference to the level in Sonic the Hedgehog 2. A casting call was ordered to run on 18 Aug 2018, 12:00 pm - 6:00 pm PT and 19 Aug 2018, 10:00 am - 2:00 pm PT for residents of Ladysmith, BC. The roles were for the "townsfolk" from the fictional town, Green Hills. Filming ended on 16 October 2018. Despite this, more filming took place in downtown San Fransisco in late October. Well that was a very long post...Anyway guys let me know what you think of these cancelled films down below
2018.12.13 05:23 MichaelO2000A couple months ago, I made a script for a “Guessing the Sonic movie plot summary” video. Thought I would post that here.
A couple of months ago, I wanted to make a video where I predicted how the sonic film plot could turn out based on the info that was given out. Though I completely wrote and recorded the audio for this video, I never got around to editing it. Now that the movie is kind of gaining speed, for better or for worse, I thought I’d paste my summary here. So I’m 11 months, you guys can come back to compare and contrast. I try to include the types of tropes and cliches you’d expect from these Hollywood live action adaptations, while still making the film’s plot (hopefully) decent I’ll be removing some things from my writing that I don’t want to be posted here. I will also be modifying certain things/correcting spelling mistakes(cause this was originally just meant to be something that only I read) (I may have missed a few!) And yes, I know this isn’t enough to feet a feature length film, nor is it anywhere close to what the film is actually probably going to be like, but I wanted to see how to make a hopefully good sonic movie using what the official movie is doing. Here is the summary, copy and pasted from my google docs: ——————- Scene 1 takes place in a green forest enviornemt where all the animals live that’s secluded from all the humans. I was going to make this Green Hill Zone, as that’s what obviously made sense for this type of setting, but the film is using Green Hillsssss as the town the humans live in. So I guess you can call this non specific no name animal forest zone. We see a young fox boy-Miles “Tails” Prower walking around enjoying the sceneary when a giant BANG is heard and Tails sees a bunch of small woodland critters scurrying past his feet. Tails turns to see what they’re running away from and he sees a giant mech robot being controlled by Doctor Ivo Robotnik. Tails tries to put up a fight against Robotnik but is easily grapped by the robot arm of the mech. Now, I wanted Tails to actually make an attempt to stop Robotnik rather than just running away or doing nothing. Even if he does get captured in this scenario I still wanted him to make an attempt to fight back. Moving foward, Robotnik has Tails, but is suddenly hit in the face with a large white knuckled glove that belongs to Knuckles the Echidna, Knuckles punches Robotnik’s mech a bunch of time but is eventually captured with Tails And then- WOOSH A blue blur flies past Robotnik’s mech, dealing damage and freeing Tails and Knuckles. Tails and Knuckles stand on the grass, leaving space open in the middle, and then drops a tall furry blue hedgehog with green eyes-Sonic. (Cool hero team pose shot) Sonic and Robotnik have some hero vs villain banter before Sonic zooms at Robonik almost knocking his mech over. However, before Sonic gets another chance to attack, Robotnik shoots Sonic using his mech. Sonic falls to the ground, Robotnik laughs, and Tails and Knuckles look at their fallen friend in fear. But then-Sonic’s palm opens up to reveal he’s holding a glowing golden ring-a power ring. Sonic uses the energy of the ring to heal his injuries, he then jumps up, breaks the mech, and Robotnik retreats as Sonic makes some joke about his name or something. We then transition to Sonic, Tails, and Knuckles all hanging out eating Chili Dogs or whatever, but then we cut to another scene where Robotnik is in his lab planning his next attack. It is here that it’s revealed that Robotnik has 6 of the 7 chaos emeralds and is close to relocating the final one. He just needs to get Sonic and his friends out of his way. He makes another attempt to caputre the trio. They try getting away from Robotnik using Tail’s bi plane. However, Robotnik’s new mech can fly. He captures Knuckles and Tails. The plane is damaged and falls out of the sky, bringing Sonic down with it. At this point I think it would be cool to have a far away shot of the plane falling against this green hill mountain forest enviornment and then that’s where the title fades in like: SONIC THE HEDGEHOG, which officially starts the film. We then cut to James Marsden’s character: A police sherrif named Tom who isn’t quite happy with his job. He gets a report of a fallen bi plane in his home town of Green Hills. He and his men go to investiage the scene and only find the crashed plane. However, Tom does some of his own investigating and finds this blue anthropomorphic hedgehog. I want to establish that intelligent talking animals are kind of already a known and well accepted thing in this universe. So I don’t think Tom would react with much shock and confusion, just the feeling that he doesn’t know how to handle this situation because he’s never encountered this type of creature before. However, Tom doesn’t have to do much as Sonic is unconscious. The sherrif takes Sonic into his car while telling his men that nothing was found. He brings Sonic to his home which is a small cheap old house that’s almost falling apart. Sonic later wakes up on Tom’s couch, confused, and covered in dirt from the crash. Tom is sitting down, ready to explain what has happened. Sonic is all like “WHO ARE YOU”, and Tom is like “Who are you?” and Sonic says “I’m Sonic, Sonic the hedgehog” and then realizes that Tom didn’t answer his question. Tom tells him his name and Sonic makes an attempt to leave. Tom tells him he can’t leave because 1.Sonic is being kept there as a secret and 2.Sonic is all dirty from the crash. Tom tells Sonic he needs to clean up using Tom’s bath, but Sonic is hesitant Look guys, I’m establishing that Sonic doesn’t like to be in water. Cut to government building located in the city of Station Square. Where we see that Robotnik has come to visit to make a deal with the state government. Turns out the government has a hold of the seventh chaos emerald and wants to secretly capture an intelligent animal life to experiment on illegally. The deal robotnik makes is that he will use his robots to capture Sonic for the government and the government will in return give him the chaos emerald. At Tom’s house, Tom gets some kind of report about suspicious activity in the town and leaves Sonic by himself to wait. Of course, Sonic hates waiting, so he runs off and does so free running on some green hills. At the scene Tom is at, he finds multiple robots disturbing the peace. However, they don’t seem to harm anyone. One of the robots scans Tom, and says “SONIC NOT DETECTED”. Tom panics and quickly heads back home. HE finds that Sonic isn’t there. Cut back to Sonic who finds another one of Robotnik’s robots and identifies it as one of Robotnik’s “badniks” called a Rotobug. More badnicks swarm in to attack sonic, but Sonic fights them off. GET IT GUYS? Sonic is fighting the badniks on green hill, it’s a call back to Sonic 1, feelin nostalgic yet? Sigh Sonic beats all the robots and is found by Tom. Tom scolds Sonic for leaving the house but Sonic argues that he handled the situation on his own and doesn’t need Tom to help him and that he’s sick of being held captive in Tom’s home. Tom says angrily says let’s Sonic go. However both Sonic and Tom realize that if Robotnik and the government are looking for him, then Tom can easily use his role as a police sherrif to lie to the government and deter them away from Sonic. Sonic agrees. But, to Sonic’s dissapointment, Tom tells Sonic not to leave the house again, and that now he’ll stay in the house for as long as possible to make sure Sonic doesn’t leave. Because Sonic, a character who likes to go fast, likes to be free, and doesn’t like waiting or small spaces, he naturally becomes annoyed and makes a mess in Tom’s house, which pisses off Tom. (I wanted this part of the film to be like that one episode of Sonic satam where Sonic has to be Antoine’s roommate. )This is also where I’d have Tom talk to Sonic about his love interest, has I don’t doubt this film will have one. We don’t have much information on any potential love interest for Tom, but love interests are formulaic and common in these types of films so they will probably shove one in here somehow. I didn’t have too many ideas other than a scene where Tom and Sonic are sitting on the couch as Tom vents to Sonic about how he wants to date this girl. Sonic responds to this in disgust. I thought this would be a nice reference to Amy Rose for Sonic fans to enjoy, but then I realized that non sonic fans in the audience may interpret this line as Sonic being gay….(actually that’s not a bad idea…) After Sonic and Tom realizing that staying and hiding in his house is an awful idea, they realize that if they head to station square and infiltrate a government building then they will be able to get info on Robotnik’s plan. However, Sonic needs to stay hidden. So Tom announces to the people of Green Hills that he has been protecting Sonic this whole time and he needs the people’s help. The whole town comes together and distracts the robots while Sonic and Tom make their escape. When they sneak into the building, they find a room filled with computers and secret information. They find out that Robotnik’s plan is to get the final chaos emeralds. Sonic, of course, has to explain to Tom what the chaos emeralds are and why Robotnik getting them is bad news. One thing that I thought would be cool during this scene is a whole bunch of background references on the computer. Like references to other Sonic characters like Shadow, or Silver, to show that these characters exist in this universe and that the government knows about them. Establishing small universe details which can be left open for potential sequels. Sonic and Tom are able to snatch the emerald and escape Anyways, more story happens and then Robotnik sends a message to Sonic saying that if he doesn’t reveal himself he’ll send a robot army to attack the city of station square. The government characters scold Robotnik for this threat but he tells them it’s just a way to lure Sonic in. Sonic arrives at Station Square, on a giant bridge above water. It’s night time and the area of the city Sonic is in is completely empty-Sonic then realizes it’s a trap and is ambushed by a bunch of robots and Robotnik in a giant mech. Sonic is surrounded by dozens of robots, but most of them get destroyed by bullets shot by- Tom, who has arrived to help Sonic. Robotnik then shoots the gun out of Tom’s hand and uses a mech arm to grab Sonic and hold him over the water. With his aim at Tom, Robotnik threatens to shoot and kill Tom if Sonic doesn’t hand the emerald over. Sonic and Tom stare at each other intensely until…. Sonic drops the emerald into the ocean. Robotnik shoots Tom, and Tom falls to the ground. (Now some of you may be saying this is a bit too much for this film, but some of the people making the actual film are actually trying to push for a PG-13 rating, so this is actually not bad. This also means the film is allowed to say “FUCK” once. Oh my god if they have Sonic say fuck that this movie is automatically a masterpiece. MAKE SONIC SAY FUCK.) Anyways, Sonic is floating in the ocean, he falls deeper down, looking for where the emerald went. Sonic starts to lose air-queue Classic sonic drowning music. Sonic finds the emerald, he struggles to grab it, the music is getting more and more intense, he’s going to grown!- Cut to above the water...for a moment everything is still-SONIC JUMPS OUT OF THE WATER, EMERALD IN HAND, AND LANDS BACK ON THE BRIDGE. Robotnik is all like “I see you have brought me my emerald.” Sonic fights Robotniks mech. Robotniks mech has holders for each chaose emerald which are locked in a cage. Robotnik thinks he wins the fight, nearly defeating Sonic and getting the emerald before a bullet hits his mech- Robotnik turns around and sees Tom standing, pointing his gun. Robotnik is confused, but Tom opens his palm to reveal a glowing golden ring- a power ring. Tom shoots again and tirggers the Emerald cages to open, Sonic gets all the emeralds and transforms into Super Sonic. Robotnik and Sonic fight some more. With Sonic obviously coming out on top. Fueled with anger and desperate for a final attack, Robotnik hits a button with fires a missile towards the outer city. Which will cause harm to all the citizens. Super Sonics races towards the missile and is able to block it using his body. However, the hit causes his super form to stop and he falls from being so tired and injured from the battle. Tom runs to Sonic, worried that he may be badly injured. However Sonic opens his eyes and Tom helps him back up. Then police cars swarm him. Robotnik is arrested, and the government apologize to Sonic and Tom for any trouble. Tom comments on how he has an idea to help the government’s research without the use of experimenting on Sonic. Fade to Green Hills where we see that Sonic and Tom have returned, and the whole town welcomes them back with applause, celebrating their victory. The film ends with Tom dennoucning himself as a police sheriff, realizing that you don’t need a badge to be a hero(da moral of da story) and taking on a new career of safe enviornmental research and photography for the government . A hobby which he now spends with his new girlfriend in the forest Sonic, Tails, and Knuckles all live, free, without the fear of Robotnik ever ever ever ever coming back THE END(?) ———————- So that’s what I wrote. It’s no masterpiece, but I tried to make it decent. I hope this film is as decent as this, if not better. If we get anything worse, then....well it’ll be another bad video game film. Nothing more, nothing less
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