Showing posts from July, 2015

My Problems With- The Wolverine (UNCUT EDITION)

In this new editorial series, I take a film that has some controversy to it. Some people like it, some people don't and I look at it. I will break down my problems with the film. It should be noted that these will be movies that, overall, I did like but I have problems with it. I won't do movies that I hated entirely, because those articles would be way to long to express all my problems! It should also be noted that these articles will be loaded with SPOILERS for the movie, so read with discretion. So, with that said, let's get started.
I will be discussing my problems with The Wolverine Remember, there will be SPOILERS! Watch out! And also, make sure to check out my top 5 favorite moments from this film, which you can read about here
#1 Pacing

What I really like about The Wolverine is the fact that it is a smaller movie. It's not a large scale, end-of-the-world blockbuster, but a smaller, more personable film. It didn't feel the need to be a fast-paced, action …

Top 5 Favorite Moments From: The Wolverine (UNRATED CUT)

This is the sixth installment of this new series where I basically take a movie and pick my personal five favorite scenes from that movie. Then, you can go into the comments and say why you either agree or disagree with me. For this article, I will be doing The Wolverine. Warning- there are spoilers! It should also be noted that these will be scenes from the Unrated, Extended cut on the Blu-Ray release, as opposed to the theatrical edition.

(Make sure to check out our other "Top 5 Favorite Moments From" for The Dark Knight Rises, The Matrix, Rise of the Planet of the Apes, The Avengers and The Shawshank Redemption- all right here)
The Wolverine

#5 Funeral

The man Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) once saved in World War II, Yashia (Hal Yamanouchi), has (seemingly) passed away, and a funeral is held for the business magnate. As Yashida's granddaughter, Mariko (Tao Okamoto), pays her respects, Wolverine can tell something isn't right. Suddenly, the Japanese mob breaks from the c…

Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice- New Images Give Us a Better Look at the Characters

Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice has had a long but effective marketing strategy so far. They have released a picture here, a comment there, for over a year now, hyping up fans without over-saturating them with too much too soon. And as we get closer to the film's March release date, the marketing has been slowly increasing. We have gotten two trailers already, and dozens of images released strategically through big film and entertainment magazines. Now, we have some more. Batman v. Superman is the focus of the latest issue of Empire, with a couple new images of the World's Finest. The pictures aren't revolutionary, but they do reinforce the tone of the film, as well as giving us a better look at the characters.
You can see the images below:
Batman (Ben Affleck) and Superman (Henry Cavill)

Cavill as Superman

Affleck as Batman
Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor
I like these images. My favorite has to be the one of Batman, because he simply looks so badass. It's a beautiful…

Weekly Box Office Round-Up: Ant-Man Climbs the Ant Hill to the Top of the Box Office

This weekend, Pixels, Southpaw and Paper Towns opened in theaters. Let's take a look at this week's box office.
#1 Ant-Man- $24,765,000

In its second week, Ant-Man came in first place. I f*cking called this one! Every other site I read said that Pixels would come in number one, and I said Ant-Man. Well guess who turned out to be right. But besides that, a lot of people have been saying that this movie is failing at the box office. Sure, for a Marvel movie, it's not doing the numbers people expected. But it is far from failing. It has made $226 million worldwide in just two weeks. By next week it will have broken even, and will probably end around $450 million, which is really good. This is a smaller movie for Marvel. If The Avengers was doing these numbers, then that would be a cause of concern, but for Ant-Man, these numbers are fine. You can read our review for the film here
#2 Pixels- $24,000,000

On its opening weekend, Pixels came in second place. This movie did bomb …

The Movie Paradise Just Crossed 10,000 Views

Despite some people's beliefs, maintaining a blog is not easy. It's a commitment: to write several articles a day, to market those articles and to edit your site. But it's something I have enjoyed doing for over a year now. I remember when I was excited to get 10 page views a day. I thought that was a miracle. And now, we get over a hundred a day. So I knew it wouldn't be long until we crossed 10,000 page views. Well, today we did. Now, to some bloggers or actual professional writers, 10,000 page views is nothing. That's what they get in a day. But to me, it's special. Because I don't have any help. Sure, our other writer Rob writes a movie review once every few months, but for the most part it's all me. I write two or three articles a day, every day. I don't have ads. My only marketing is posting links to my articles on our Facebook and Twitter pages. So to get 10,000 page views out of that is something I'm proud of.
And I hope to do nothing b…

Jurassic World- Becomes the Third Highest Grossing Film of All Time; Sequel Confirmed

I really enjoyed watching Jurassic World. I saw it twice in theaters, which isn't something I do very often. Was it the best movie of the year? No, but it was a damn fun film. You can read my review for the movie here. But no one could have predicted how big of a success the movie would be at the box office. Many expected that it would be among the highest grossing films of the year, but no one thought it would make as much money as it has. After Jurassic World's record breaking $208 million dollar opening (as well as making over $500 in total worldwide), I wrote an article which debated what the list of the highest grossing films of all time would look after 2015, which you can read here. At the time, Furious 7 was number four and Avengers: Age of Ultron was number five, so already 2015 films were prevalent in the list. But then Jurassic World began building up momentum and moving up the ranks.
Well it is official now that Jurassic World has overtaken The Avengers to become …

The Movie Paradise Nerd Round-Up: July 25th

In this new editorial series, I will be doing a weekly collection of all things nerdy. Some of the article will be a wrap-up of some movie news, perhaps casting rumors or images; stuff that doesn't necessarily warrant an entire article but are still important. Then the rest will be different geek culture items, such as memes or videos. I will try my best to post these every Saturday. So let's get our hands nerdy (okay, that was terrible) and check out the geek picks of this week.
The News

For a long time now, Fast and Furious actor Tyrese Gibson has been campaigning to play the role of John Stewart in a future Green Lantern movie. We did an editorial article about this back in January, as it was our first "Food for your Thought" installment (you can read it here). And now with the 2020 Green Lantern reboot now having a title, being called Green Lantern Corp. (read about that here), the possibility of a John Stewart character is even more likely. Gibson has now resurf…

Terminator: Genisys- Paramount Now Questioning Doing Sequels

Being a fan of the Terminator franchise, I had high hopes for Terminator: Genisys. It could have been a return to what made the series so good-- being high-octane science fiction action films. Arnold Schwarzenegger was returning as the classic cybernetic organism, and the film had a very interesting idea of going back into the timelines of the original two movies and changing it up. What if Sarah Connor was prepared for the Terminator when it arrived in 1982? It was a very interesting premise, and it became a movie I was actually interested in seeing. But then reviews began coming out, and it became very clear very fast that this wasn't going to be a return to greatness. I didn't even end up going to see the movie. I did "In Preparation For" reviews for The Terminator and Terminator 2: Judgment Day (which you can read here), but I never saw the movie in theaters. I might check it out when it is on VOD... maybe
With the poor response to the movie, disappointing num…

Spectre- Trailer 2

A movie I have been really interested in seeing is Spectre. It is the 24th James Bond movie, and yet the franchise looks as fresh and as invigorating as ever. This new film reunites current Bond Daniel Craig with his Skyfall director Sam Mendes, as Bond hunts down the evil organization HYDRA... I mean SPECTRE. A teaser trailer came out for the film a little while ago, which I liked but wasn't blown away by. But now we have a new, full-length trailer for the movie, and it is awesome. I really like the look of the movie so far. It feels a lot like classic Bond, with the music and the production design. Christoph Waltz is playing the villain, which I think will be great. Waltz has a strong presence in this new trailer, stating "I am the author of all your pain", which I think is a fantastic line, by the way. Dave Bautista also plays one of Waltz's henchmen, and he looks like he is going to be menacing in this movie. 
What the original teaser trailer lacked was the acti…

Weekly Box Office Round-Up: Ant-Man Makes a Sizable Profit

This weekend, Ant-Man and Trainwreck opened in theaters. Let's take a look at this past weekend's box office.
#1 Ant-Man- $57,225,526

In its opening weekend, Ant-Man came in first place. I was thinking that the film would make more like $65 million, but $57 million is still a good amount of money. However, it is the second lowest opening for Marvel. In 2008, The Incredible Hulk made $55 million opening weekend. But it is the twelfth consecutive film for Marvel to open at number one. I think this movie will have legs at the box office, and will go on to make a fair amount of money at the box office. If Jurassic World can do the numbers it's doing, then sure as hell Ant-Man can make money. You can read our review for the film here.  
#2 Minions- $49,274,730

In its second week, Minions came in second place. While I thought that Ant-Man would come in first place, I was surprised by how much Minions dropped off by. Last week, it made $115 million, and now it's made $49 milli…


So while I was in the middle of watching Ant-Man in theaters, the fire alarm went off. I saw the lights and heard the alarm, but I thought it was apart of the movie. Then the screen went black and we all had to exit the building and stand out in the parking lot for fifteen minutes while fire trucks and police cars pulled up. We were later let back into the theater, but the movie didn't start up again for another fifteen minutes. The projector light was on though, and the guy behind me started doing finger puppets. It was actually pretty funny, and everyone in theater starting clapping when he did this very complex bird puppet. He was skilled. Yeah, I know that has virtually nothing to do with Ant-Man, but I thought I'd share it real quick. 
Ant-Man is the latest film from Marvel Studios. In May, they released Avengers: Age of Ultron, which was my most anticipated film of 2015. However, it ultimately fell short of my expectations. You can read my review for the film here. Part …