It’s a battle of the planets this week, as two interstellar movies vie for the top spot at the box office. Which will deliver the goods? Here’s our prediction:
Alien: Covenant in the sequel to Ridley Scott’s divisive Prometheus, which was a return to the Alien galaxy, but one which didn’t deliver to fans the xenomorph that they’d be hoping for. Scott is aiming to fix that perceived error, and this latest film is reportedly a serious return to the horrors of the original Alien, released back in 1979. Reviews are relatively positive for Alien: Covenant, but it still has to deal with the onslaught of Guardians of the Galaxy: Volume 2. On that note, look for Alien: Covenant to burst into the top spot at the box office with $37 million.
After what happened on last week’s episode of The Flash was pretty much a waste of time, as the plan neither worked nor advanced the plot much at all, one hopes this episode is different. The Flash recruits archenemy Captain Cold in his war against Savitar and they run afoul of King Shark – if nothing else, this will be exciting. Meet me after the super speed jump for my review of “Infantino Street.”
Netflix reveals the official trailer for the upcoming film Okja, which includes the first full look at the massive animal at the heart of director Bong Joon Ho’s latest film, which will have its world premiere at the 70th Cannes Film Festival.
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Man. I guess people were so depressed in the seventies they’d try just about anything. As we live through a fast-forward remix of the Watergate scandal, it’s interesting to take a look back at those strange, hungover times. The Commune is a Danish film set in the seventies, so a rather different milieu than Nixon’s America. But societal malaise was pervasive in Western culture at that time. From the talented but uneven director Thomas Vinterberg (The Celebration, The Hunt), The Commune is a loosely autobiographical film of his own experiences growing up in that era. It’s a spare tale of a marriage pushed too far, veering into melodrama.
The fourth season of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. has been a wild one, from the debut of Ghost Rider to killer LMDs to the Secret Empire world of Agents of Hydra, the ride has been intense. Now it ends here in a season finale that’s sure to go out with a bang. Meet me after the jump for my thoughts on “World’s End.”
Remember the days when Vertigo Comics was regularly publishing comic book fiction that pushed the boundaries of the art form, giving voice to dozens of burgeoning writers and artists each month that would never have been heard from in mainstream publications?
It was probably the mid to late 1990’s or early 2000’s.
And you were probably in high school or college at the time – and my, oh my, weren’t those the glory days of comic book reading?
It’s a little strange then, that with all the great comics that Vertigo was publishing at the time, a title such as the 2001 three-issue miniseries, User, flew a bit under the radar, even though it won industry awards.
It’s stranger then, that the same title is compiled in a handsome hardcover format by an entirely different publisher (one who has taken up the philosophical mantle that Vertigo Comics once owned), over fifteen years later.
And that the story of User, released (again) today, still resonates!
This weekend, the Guardians held strong, Schumer and Hawn snatched second place, and King Arthur sunk like a sword in a stone. Here’s what went down:
Guardians of the Galaxy: Volume 2 once again was the top film at the box office, bringing in an estimated $62 million to raise its two week total to $245 million. The movie is well on its way to crossing the $300 million mark – is $400 million out of the question. We’ll have to see what sort of legs Star-Lord and company have as the summer blockbuster season rolls on.
Debuting in second place with an estimated $16.5 million is Snatched, starring Goldie Hawn and Amy Schumer. It’s not a great number, but it could increase slightly once the Mother’s Day totals are factored in. The film is battling lacklustre reviews and likely won’t be around for too long.
The same can be said for the mega-bomb King Arthur, which severely underperformed, bringing in just $14.3 million. With no box office draws toplining the film, and abysmal reviews accompanying it, the Guy Ritchie film just didn’t stand a chance.
The Eurovision Song Contest is a big deal in the rest of the world, and getting bigger every year. Now with the Logo network broadcasting the event for the second year in a row, it’s getting more exposure over here. Perhaps someday everyone will know Eurovision, and maybe they’ll let America participate. Hey, they let Australia in, so anything is possible. Meet me after the jump for my thoughts on this year’s contest.