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gal-Gadot-Wonder-Woman-movie-June-2017The most anticipated film from Warner Brothers and DC Comics is most definitely the film Wonder Woman which stars Gal Gadot (Fast & Furious) as the Amazonian title character that officially hits theaters later today. With the release of the film, DC Comics because the first entity in this war of comic worlds to release a film where the lead character is a woman. A risky endeavor for the company who has been falling behind, but a very bold one. The film is a flashback into how Diana Prince became Wonder Woman from her early life in Themyscira to the day English spy Steve Trevor (Chris Pine) lands in the ocean near the island. You see she live son an island that is surrounded by Amazonian women as a way to protect them from Aries the God of war. The very fact that Steve lands there threatens their everyday life, but Diana can not stand by while war is occurring in an entirely different world then she knows. Diana and the others have a duty to protect all mankind from evil and war so she sets off to destroy Aries before World War I gets too out of hand. The film also stars Connie Nielsen (One Hour Photo) as Hippolyta, Robin Wright (The Princess Bride) as Antiope, Danny Huston (21 Grams) as Ludendorff, David Thewlis (Naked) as Sir Patrick, Saïd Taghmaoui (American Hustle) as Sameer, Ewen Bremner (Trainspotting) as Charlie, Eugene Brave Rock (The Revenant) as The Chief, Elena Anaya (The Skin I Live In) as Dr. Maru, and the film was directed by Patty Jenkins (Monster).

wonder-woman-2017-56Spoiler Alert: There is going to be some information leaked in this article that could give away some details or all the details in the film. So either proceed with caution or do not read any further, but you were warned. I do not know how else to express how joyful I am in the fact that I may have just seen the best film of the year and the best Superhero film of the year. Am I bold in saying that Patty Jenkins may be the savior of DC’s Cinematic Universe? Or was she just the first step in correcting the wrongs of the past couple of years in the minds and hearts of fans? I am just sad that it took 76 years just for Wonder Woman to finally have her moment to shine on the silver screen because this was a masterpiece.  It had it all from a powerful and excellent script, great cinematography, and it had absolutely no filler and it didn’t struggle with an origin story as Marvel did with the first Captain America film. Not to mention that Gal Gadot displayed courage, passion, beauty, and strength in the role of Wonder Woman and not to mention she was excellent in the film as was Pine and everyone I mentioned above. If you’re worried about the acting in the film, then I suggest you put the worries aside. It had great acting, suspense, and it has humor in the film which was a nice addition. This was by far one of my favorite films that DC has done now and in it’s history. It proved that a woman could be a strong lead and it proved that they were miles ahead of Marvel in that department. I am going to give the film an A++ for a final grade because it deserves it and then some.

man of steel titleFor this week’s Super Sunday, we are heading back into the DC Universe for one of the comics that basically made them who they are today. For a lot of us comic book fans that grew up in the 80’s and 90’s, Christopher Reeve was the man known as Superman in all of our eyes. In 2006, Warner Brothers and DC Comics decided to bring back Superman to the big screen considering things were hot for Marvel at the time with Spider-Man and X-men. The only problem is their 2006 film Superman Returns was a huge flop and disappointment in the eyes of many fans. It would take seven years and for Christopher Nolan to dominate with his edgy and dark take on the Batman series with The Dark Knight Trilogy for DC and Warner to finally realize what they had to do with the Superman series and now we have 2013’s Man Of Steel. Henry Cavill (Immortals) stars as Clark Kent, Kal-El, or Superman as the film explores his origins of how he made it to Earth. Although in this film, we learn that General Zod (Michael Shannon) and the fact that Krypton was about to end was the reason for him travelling to Earth. Jor-El (Russell Crowe) and Lara (Ayelet Zurer) had to sacrifice their lives so that Kal could live on a new planet. That doesn’t stop Zod and his outlawed and banished team from trying to find Kal so that they can recover something that is key to their planet. The film stars Diane Lane (Chaplin) as Marta Kent, Kevin Costner (Dances With Wolves) as Jonathan Kent, Amy Adams (American Hustle) as Lois Lane, Laurence Fishburne (The Matrix) as Perry White, Antje Traue (5 Days Of War) as Faora-Ul, Richard Cetrone (Watchmen) as Tor-An, and the film was directed by Zack Snyder (300).

superman Visually, I think this film is out of this world and that expression, “This film is visually stunning” is 100% accurate about Man Of Steel. Where Superman Returns failed, this film made up for it in every category. There is a reason why this film won the superhero movie of the year award last year in the 3RD Annual Monster Entertainment Awards with 50% of the vote and it was because it was that badass. I can’t pinpoint one performance that wasn’t better than any other performance because the cast was superb and Michael Shannon played an excellent villain. The special effects were great and the cinematography was on point. The only thing is that I wasn’t used to the idea of the film having Superman meet Lois Lane before he starts to work at The Daily Planet. This was definitely one of my favorite films from 2013 and unfortunately we have to wait until 2016 to get the second film in the series Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice. which stars Ben Affleck as the new Batman, Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor, and Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman. I am going to give this film an A for a final grade. If you want to get involved in the voting process for the 4TH Annual Monster Entertainment Awards which features everything from Superhero film of the year, Horror, Action, comedy, and music categories as well, then click here.

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X-Men_Days_of_Future_Past_posterThis is something new that we re going to try and attempt to do for boring Sundays and it’s called Super Sunday. On Super Sunday, we will review a different superhero film no matter if it’s attached to DC Comics or Marvel Comics or maybe it’s one outside of the system like The Watchman. For the first Super Sunday post, I wanted to start off with the latest film in the ever expanding X-Men series entitled X-Men: Days Of Future Past which sees our favorite team of mutants in the greatest battle of their lives. In this film, all mutants backs are against the wall thanks to the Sentinels, robots that were created to eradicate the world of all mutants. The only problem is that the Sentinels are eliminating humans as well as mutants and the X-Men along with Magneto (Ian McKellen) are desperate for a solution. Kitty Pryde (Ellen Page) has the ability to send mutants back in time and so the X-Men send Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) back in time to stop an event in hopes that it will desperately change the future. The film stars James McAvoy (Trance) as Xavier, Michael Fassbender (Inglorious Basterds) as Erik, Jennifer Lawrence (American Hustle) as Raven/Mystique, Nicholas Hoult (Warm Bodies) as Hank/Beast, Peter Dinklage (Game Of Thrones) as Dr. Trask, Daniel Cudmore (Twilight Saga: New Moon) as Colossus, Patrick Stewart (Star Trek: The Next Generation) as Professor Xavier, Josh Helman (Jack Reacher) as Major Bill Stryker, and the film featured the return of Bryan Singer as the director.

maxresdefaultThere are no other words that I can think of to best describe how I felt about this film other than the fact that I thought it was awesome and epic. This is definitely one of my favorite films in the whole entire series because it has everything you would want from one of these films from the drama, suspense, and a crap ton of action that is non stop. It was definitely weird seeing a lot of the characters die in the film multiple times because you would like to think they are invincible, but quite sadly their not. It was also cool to see them mix the old with the new when old Xavier confronts young Xavier in hopes to get hi to change his mind since he was a lost soul in the 1970’s. The cinematography in the film is amazing and of course the CGI is up to par in the film as well as the acting is as superb as it always is within the series. The writing for the film is what is truly amazing because they were able to create a monster story and everything worked and it was executed superbly. Maybe, we can credit the return of Bryan Singer as the reason for all of that or maybe it’s a combination of all the elements involved in the making of the film. What we now know is that Fox is gearing up to prepare us for X-Men: Apocalypse which is the next film before they give the rights back to Marvel, I can see why Marvel wants all their films back from the major companies, but Fox has done a pretty good job so far with the X-Men. I am going to give the film an A- for a final grade because it was a step back in the right direction for Fox and Marvel.

drive in copyI honestly questioned my sanity for watching this film, but hey I do love the cheesy stuff hence the reason I watched this monster movie about a megalodon taking on a robot shark. It also so happens that since the release of Sharknado that more and more cheesy monster movies are starting to spawn which isn’t necessarily a bad thing. So, a ship near the waters of Egypt is carrying some serious cargo that I don’t know if it knows exactly what it is carrying, but it splits in half and it releases a megalodon into the ocean. The megalodon starts to create havoc in the world as it takes down everything from ships to battleships in the ocean. So, a team made up of a husband and wife science team decides to get involved in an attempt to save the world from the giant shark before it’s too late with a giant mechanical shark. The movie stars  Christopher Judge (Stargate SG-1) as Jack, Elisabeth Röhm (American Hustle) as Rosie, Matt Lagan (Moby Dick) as Admiral Engleberg, Pop singer Deborah Gibson as Emma McNeil, Paul Anderson (Hell: A Cyberpunk Thriller) as the voice of Nero, Steve Hanks (Jailbait) as Captain Reynolds, and the film was directed by Emile Edwin Smith (the visual effects director for Sharknado 2).

mega shark vsOne of the elements of the film that drove me nuts for most of the movie was the relationship between our two main characters because it was a little too over the top. Every second he has he is calling Rosie, “hey baby” or “I Love You” a little too much. I kept thinking to myself, “Ok I get it, you love her and don’t want to lose her.” I hope that I can blame the screenwriter and not the actor for that. They also tried a little too much to be over the top action with those shots that are suppose to be the badass shots. The acting for the most part was cheesy, but I loved the scenes they had with the Megalodon because that was what kept me hooked and I felt they didn’t cheap out on that department. I loved how the film was set in Sydney, Australia for most of the land scenes, but shot in LA. That is why we have b-roll people!!! I just can’t wait to see what’s in store for us when Sharknado 2 comes out which features our director as the visual director for that film. On a scale of 1 being close to an A-List Hollywood film and 5 being the cheesiest film of all time I will give this film a 3.8 on the scale.

The 2014 Monster Entertainment Awards- You Vote!!!

Posted: April 10, 2014 in Awards
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Here is your chance to let your voices be heard as you vote in each and every category that is provided that covers music, movies, and other fun categories. You will have from now until May 1ST to decide who wins. Choose wisely and have fun with it and spread the word. You may also want to remember that we are celebrating all the best of 2013 with the Monster Entertainment Awards.

oscarsSo, the 86TH annual Academy Awards are tomorrow with Ellen DeGeneres hosting the event for what I believe is the second time. But that is not what I am writing about because I don’t watch the Academy Awards. What I do like to do is predict who I think is going to win and then I just look to see who won what. The Academy always picks movies that no one has ever seen and pins them against some movies that people have seen. For example, I’m sure that Dallas Buyers Club was a great movie, but it was never available in any theater around me versus the fact that I have seen The Wolf Of Wall Street, Her, American Hustle, etc. Anyways, below this paragraph you will find all of the movies that I predicted to win and why.

Best Picture– This one is a complete toss up for me because there are so many great movies on this list. One movie that I believe won’t win is the film Her, but If I had to pick one movie to win I think it’ll be 12 Years A Slave. Something about that movie just screams Oscar winner even though I would love to see American Hustle win.

Best Actor In A Leading Role– This award to me is between Christian Bale and Leonardo DiCaprio. Surprisingly Leo has never won an Academy Award in his whole entire career. C’mon he was snubbed in 1994 when they chose Tommy Lee Jones over his masterful performance in What’s Eating Gilbert Grape. I just think that Leo is going to fall short once again to Christian Bale who will pick up his second Oscar if he wins.

Best Actress In A Leading Role– I know a lot of people are saying that Meryl Streep should pick up the Oscar for her performance in August: Osage County, but I think Amy adams is going to take this one for her masterful performance in American Hustle.

Best Actor In A Supporting Role– This is another category that I found to be extremely tough because I loved every performance on here except for the one film I didn’t see. My heart wants to pick Michael Fassbender, but something tells me Jared Leto is going to steal this one away.

Best Actress In A Supporting Role– This is a complete guess for me, but I am going to pick Sally Hawkins for the win. She’ll be the sleeper pick of the night.

Best Animated Feature & Best Original Song: I put these two together because Frozen was a huge phenomenon in the theaters. It’s going to win Best Animated Feature and Let It Go will win best original song for sure.

Best Cinematography– As much as I loved the movie Prisoners, I don’t think anyone is going to beat Gravity in the Cinematography category.

Best Directing– David O. Russell is probably going to win this one.

Best Documentary Feature– I’m making a complete guess here because I haven’t seen any of these but I’ll go with Cutie And The Boxer 

Best Foreign Film– Another complete guess, but I’ll go with The Broken Circle Breakdown

Best Makeup & Hairstyling– This is the last award I will predict and I chose this because Jackass Presents Bad Grandpa deserves it.

The 3RD Annual Monster Awards Nominations

Posted: January 3, 2014 in Awards
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The 3RD Annual Monster Awards is back and we are ready to crown the best of 2013. As always, the awards are decided based on the participation of everyone which means it is up to you to crown the winners of each category. I’ve decided to get rid of some categories, but I have also added some brand new categories to the list. The category I have gotten rid of is the sports category because we don’t cover sports here, but we have kept one category and that is Wrestler Of The Year because it is sports entertainment after all. So, here are the categories and the nominees.

Music Categories:

Album Of The Year:

1. The 20/20 Experience by Justin Timberlake

2. Stars Dance by Selena Gomez

3. Artpop by Lady Gaga

4. Random Access Memories by Daft Punk

5. Modern Vampires Of The City by Vampire Weekend

6. …Like Clockwork by Queens Of The Stone Age

Rap Album Of The Year

1. I’m A Human Being II by Lil Wayne

2. Wolf by Tyler, The Creator

3. Hotel California by Tyga

4. Yeezus by Kayne West

5. Magna Carter Holy Grail by Jay-Z

6. The Marshall Mathers LP 2 by Eminem

Rock Album Of The Year

1. Wretched And Divine by Black Veil Brides

2. Notes From The Underground by Hollywood Undead

3. Earth Rocker by Clutch

4. House Of Gold & Bones Part 2 by Stone Sour

5. Outlaw Gentlemen & Shady Ladies by Volbeat

6. Venomous Rat Regeneration Vendor by Rob Zombie

Metal Album Of The Year

1. Aftershock by Motorhead

2. Disarm The Descent by Killswitch Engage

3. Infestissumam by Ghost

4. Hail To The King by Avenged Sevenfold

5. Super Collider by Megadeth

6. 13 by Black Sabbath

Tour Of The Year

1. Mayhem fest 2013

2. Black Sabbath

3. Bon Jovi

4. Fleetwood Mac

5. Kid Rock

Movie Category:

Movie Of The Year

1. Prisoners

2. Captain Phillips

3. American Hustle

4. Gangster Squad

5. The Hobbit 2

6. The Wolf Of Wall Street

Horror Film Of The Year

1. Carrie

2. You’re Next

3. Evil Dead

4. The Conjuring

5. Insidious: Chapter 2

6. Texas Chainsaw 3D

Comedy Of The Year

1. This Is The End

2. The World’s End

3. Anchorman 2

4. The Heat

5. We’re The Millers

6. A Haunted House

Badass Movie Of The Year

1. Machete Kills

2. Homefront

3. Fast & Furious 6

4. Pacific Rim

5. Escape

6. The Grandmaster

Remake Of The Year

1. Maniac

2. Evil Dead

3. Oldboy

4. Lone Ranger

5. The Great Gatsby

Superhero Movie Of The Year

1. Man Of Steel

2. The Wolverine

3. Thor: The Dark World

4. Iron Man 3

5. Kick Ass 2

Animated Films Of The Year

1. Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs 2

2. Planes

3. Frozen

4. Despicable Me 2

5. Monsters University

6. Turbo

Misc Categories 

Wrestler Of The Year

1. Daniel Bryan

2. Golddust

3. CM Punk

4. AJ Styles

5. Bobby Roode

6. Randy Orton

Twitter/#FriskyFriday Model Of The Year

1. Ashley Alexiss

2. Elle Johnson

3. Ashley Heinrichs

4. Chelsie Farah

5. Taryn Maria

6. Audrey Allen

Babe Of The Year

1. Scarlett Johansson

2. Amy Adams

3. Jennifer Lawrence

4. Mila Kunis

5. Teresa Palmer

6. Kate Upton