For years Harry Potter has played a major role in pop culture as the popular book series transcended from the page to the silver screen with 8 movies to its name; and it has become a big role in the world of cinema ever since. However, just when it seemed we had seen the last of the Wizarding World, the franchise would expand with 2016’s Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. The film told the tale of Newt Schamander (Eddie Redmayne) and his adventure through a 1920 New York City. The movie was a hit to say the least and when it came to this Film Adventurer’s opinion it is among one of the best films in the Wizarding World franchise. Needless to say I found myself curious just where this new series would go next and it looks like I will get that answer in Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes Grindlewald. The Crimes of Grindlewald once again sees David Yates return to this Magical World to direct the new installment. This sequel had plenty riding on it as it not only had continue the story of the first film but also be the bridge to its sibling series. The end result was a sequel that, while not possessing the same magic of its predecessor, was still an enjoyable continuation.
When it comes to Christmas there have been many pop culture characters to define the season with the likes of Scrooge and Santa himself playing a major role in various mediums. Among these prominent characters is one who is green and hates Christmas; in fact he hates Christmas a lot. This character is none other than the Grinch from Dr/Seuss’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas. The character was made famous from the 1966 animated television special by Chuck Jones, but The Grinch has already been adapted for the big screen in the 2000 live action film by Ron Howard. Now the story returns to theaters with a new animated adaptation directed by Scott Moiser and Yarrow Cheney and produced by none other than Illumination Entertainment. I figured it was only a matter of time before The Grinch would return to silver screen and that was all the more reason to give this movie chance. After enduring this new animated feature I have to say that while it may not have the charm of the 1966 television special, there was a sense of festivity behind The Grinch.
When it comes to Christmas there have been many stories to capture the festive season on a celluloid format. From A Christmas Carol to It’s a Wonderful Life the spirit of Christmas has been interpreted in a number of ways in the entertainment world. Among the notable tales is none other than The Nutcracker. The story by ETA Hoffman plays a pivotal role for the holiday season as the tale is constantly told in numerous ways such as Marius Petipa’s iconic ballet and the numerous film adaptations. Now the classic story comes to life yet again in the new Disney film-The Nutcracker and the Four Realms. Directed by Lasse Hallstrom, as well as Joe Johnston, The Nutcracker and the Four Realms adapts both Hoffman’s short story and the ballet to create a new take on the Christmas fairy tale. At first glance the new blockbuster looked like an interesting, albeit eccentric, take on the classic story which was more than enough to peak my curiosity. After seeing the new adaptation I must say that The Nutcracker and the Four Realms is a less than magical experience for the Holiday season.
Over the years there have been many movie to define the horror genre, but none may be more prevalent than the likes of Halloween. One of the pioneers of the slasher sub genre Halloween took the world by storm when it debuted in 1978. Since then the gruesome tales of Michael Myers has been told time and again whether it was the killer’s return in Halloween: H20 or a complete retelling in Rob Zombie’s Halloween. The latest entry is indeed the latter as creeping its way to theaters is none other than Halloween. Directed by by David Gordon Green Halloween disregards the franchise’s tenure and creates a new story that continues the events of the 1978 film. While it was strange to see the filmmakers go in this direction the prospect of this entry was interesting as it could bring a refreshing take to series; not to mention recapture the essence of the original film. The end result was a sequel that was, to some extent, worthy to the name Halloween.
You can never go wrong with a good mystery. The concepts of criminal acts and dark secrets have managed to enthrall in a variety of mediums. In the case of movies criminal acts can play a vital role in a multitude genres; whether it is a murder mystery or a heist film. This is evident in the latest thriller hitting the big screen: Bad Times at the El Royale. Directed and written by Drew Goddard Bad Time at the El Royale takes the concept of strangers in untimely circumstances and brings a sense of style to the idea- which was definitely apparent in the film’s trailers. That was all the more reason for me to check out this new crime thriller. So on a cloudy night I checked out this mysterious movie, and what a great time Bad Time at the El Royale ended up being.
For years the movie world has been familiar with the wall crawling, quip spewing, friendly neighborhood Spider-Man. The iconic hero of Marvel Comics has been an established film franchise and continues to be a prominent one even to this day. Yet as popular as the Web Slinger is, so too are the characters that surround him. One in particular is none other than the dark antagonist known as Venom. Whether he is Spider-Man’s arch nemesis or the lethal protector Venom has been a vital character for both Spidey and Marvel. The character made his cinematic debut in 2007’s Spider-Man 3, and ever since then the character has been slated for a solo film. It took some time but at long last the iconic supervillain has received his own film in the movie simply known as Venom. Directed by Reuben Fleischer Venom is not only a rebooted tale for the character but also slated to be the first of Sony’s very own series of Spider-Man spin-offs films. Needless to say there is plenty riding on this movie. Well the time had finally come to see if Venom had what it took to stick on the silver screen, and after watching the film I have to say this spin-off movie is a little bittersweet.
Superheroes are an all too common concept in this day and age. The idea of heroes saving the day has branched off into a number of mediums including televisions and of course movies. It is no different for the likes of anime as making a scene for Toei Animation is none other than My Hero Academia. The manga by Kohei Horikoshi is becoming a global hit as the story of Izuku Midoriya becoming the world’s greatest hero continues to grow in popularity. It has come to the point where the anime has followed many before it and gained its very own movie-My Hero Academia:Two Heroes. Directed by Kenji Nagasaki Two Heroes brings the uprising series to the big screen which could very well bridge My Hero’s popularity into a new format. The film has been in Japanese theaters since August and now the movie has arrived here in the states for a limited release. Animes transitioning to a celluloid format is no easy feat as it can contrast with a series’ storytelling. So for me the question going into this movie was could My Hero Academia make this transition? After watching the movie I can safely say that My Hero Academia: Two Heroes is indeed a solid outing for the series.
The fall season upon us and with it a number of various movies hitting the scene. Some movies become surprises while others tend to be forgotten. The movie in question may in fact be a latter which is the new fantasy film known as The House with A Clock In Its Walls. Directed by Eli Roth the movie is based on the 1973 novel by John Bellairs. With its sense of magic this adaption looked to be an enjoyable fantasy film for the fall season, and after watching The House with A Clock In Its Walls I can say that the new blockbuster was just that.
In 1987 the movie world was changed with the sci-fi action film Predator. What started off as an Arnold Schwarzenegger film turned into a major film franchise that has lurked into theaters on multiple occasions. It has been some time since the Predator has stalked its prey on the silver screen but it seems 2018 was a better time than any for this series to return with its latest installment-The Predator. Directed by Shane Black The Predator sought to bring new life into the series with a sequel of Predator as well as Predator 2. However The Predator has not been met the warmest of receptions as many critics have altogether panned the movie for various reasons. This kind of reaction may be enough to turn anyone away, but in this case of this Film Adventurer I see it as an invitation. So after watching this new installment I can see why many have shunned The Predator, but I would not say that this new film has no merit to it.