‘Inside Out’ Could be the Fourth Animated Film to EVER be Nominated for Best Picture at the Oscars

I’m going to keep this short; Inside Out is one of the best movies I’ve ever seen, period. There’s only ever been three animated motion pictures nominated for Best Picture at the Oscars, those are Beauty and the Beast (1991), Up (2009) and Toy Story 3 (2010), and in my opinion Inside Out could possibly be the fourth depending on the quality of other movies coming out this year. No, I’m not talking about Best Animated Picture I am strictly saying it should be included in the biggest award at the Oscars, Best Picture.

Now this is a difficult subject to speak on because we are only half-way through the year and still have hundreds of movies coming out with all the award-contenders releasing near the end of the year. But I’m going to be shocked if there are ten movies (the amount of possible nominations for Best Picture) that are better than Inside Out, if that happens then it will be the best year in movies all-time. That being said, I don’t think there will be many movies, if any, that are better than Inside Out for the rest 2015.

I didn’t review Inside Out for our site but Gio did and you can check out that review here (Inside Out Review). I’ve seen this movie twice already and after the second viewing is when I realized how genius it actually is. There were so many things I missed the first time around that I caught the second time and I think multiple viewings are necessary to completely enjoy this movie and take it all in. Everything from the message/theme ,the voice acting, the drama, the comedy, the action, the dialogue, the story and even the score (music) are all absolutely incredible in Inside Out! It is truly a movie that both children and adults can enjoy. It’s a movie that keeps you thinking about it days after you’ve seen it and you start to apply aspects of the movie to your own life. This is one of the reasons the movie is so great because it connects with humans and their emotions on a level that no other movie that I’ve seen can.

I think and hope that Inside Out will get some Oscar attention come award season (usually November- February), it’s a no-brainer for Best Animated Picture but I’m talking about getting nominated for Best Picture! I honestly believe it has a chance and who knows, maybe even a shot at winning! I’m not sure if Academy voters will connect with this movie enough to give it that push it needs at the Oscars but they would be fools not to at least consider voting for it.  I personally love this movie and it’s my third favorite of the year so far (behind Ex Machina and Avengers: Age of Ultron) but I will admit it might be a better movie overall than my top two favorites. If I did review Inside Out it would be the closest thing to getting a 10 out of 10 but it’s not quite perfect (with a little laziness in the third act) so I will give Inside Out 9.5 out of 10. It’s almost perfect!

Have you seen Inside Out? If so, what did you think of the movie? Am I giving it too much praise? Let us know in the comment section.

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Marvel News: Ava Duvernay Turns Down Directing ‘Black Panther’

Ava Duvernay, the director of Selma potentially directing the Black Panther solo film. It was a pairing that had potential on paper, and one which seemed like a long shot due to Marvel’s creative limitations. Well that seems to be the case, according to Duvernay who confirms (via. Essence) that she will not be directing Black Panther.

“I’m not signing on to direct Black Panther. I think I’ll just say we had different ideas about what the story would be. Marvel has a certain way of doing things and I think they’re fantastic and a lot of people love what they do. I loved that they reached out to me.”

The brief meetings which took place between Duvernay and Marvel Studios were said to be positive ones. She apparently loved meeting and talking to Chadwick Boseman (Black Panther), but simply stated that she realized the differences in creative vision. Duvernay went on to say good things about what she’s seen so far from the project.

“I love the character of Black Panther, the nation of Wakanda and all that that could be visually. I wish them well and will be first in line to see it.”

For anyone who followed the development on past Marvel films, this is nothing new. The most recognized departure is Edgar Wright from the upcoming Ant-Man, also Patty Jenkins leaving Thor: The Dark World. Both examples had their own reasons, which (to an extent) included creative differences.

I would’ve liked to see what Duvernay’s vision for the Black Panther would’ve looked like, but not at the expense of the film departing from this cinematic universe. As Joss Whedon explained, these Marvel films are more TV episodic. Therefore, its the job of Kevin Feige to find the right directors to tell these stories with certain mandatory elements and plot points.

Feige recently confirmed a director will be announced for both Black Panther and Captain Marvel by the end of the summer (via. The Hollywood Reporter).

Were you looking forward to Ava Duvernay directing Black Panther? Who do you see as the right fit to direct that film?

Black Panther hits theaters on July 6, 2018

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Dwayne Johnson and Kevin Hart Clash on Set of ‘Central Intelligence’

Dwayne Johnson vs Kevin Hart – Part One

Dwayne Johnson vs Kevin Hart – Part Two

Kevin Hart’s POV



You can already see the comedic chemistry between Johnson and Hart when the cameras aren’t rolling. Those in charge of the marketing for this film could save money on doing trailers and just use these videos for promotion. I’m so looking forward to this film.

Central Intelligence is an action/comedy. Kevin Hart stars as an accountant who is contacted prior to his high school reunion by a former classmate named Bob (Johnson), who’s a former victim of bullying and is now a C.I.A. contract killer. The two join forces to destroy plans of selling military secrets.

Central Intelligence hits theaters on June 17, 2016

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Rapid Fire Friday Podcast; Quick Movie News: ‘Batman v. Superman’ EW Photos, Rocky Spin-Off ‘Creed’ Trailer and More!

This is our new weekly movie news breakdown we will be doing every Friday where we talk about the biggest movie news stories of the week. On this first edition of Rapid Fire Fridays we discuss the Batman v. Superman EW photos, the Creed trailer, JK Simmons and Michael Keaton’s departure from Skull Island and more!

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0:00- Introduction
1:25- Edward Snowden Biopic Teaser
4:18- ‘Batman v. Superman’ EW Photos
7:14- ‘Creed’ Trailer Review and Reactions
10:12- ‘I Am Chris Farley’ Documentary Trailer
13:21- ‘Ant-Man’ Box Office Tracking and Our Predictions
16:08- ‘Skull Island': JK Simmons and Michael Keaton Departure
20:31- Closing Statements and Social Media Info

Thank you for listening! Check back next week for more Rapid Fire movie news!

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In Theaters This Week (July 2,2015): ‘Terminator: Genisys’ and ‘Magic Mike: XXL’

It’s another rare week in the world of movies where we have two major releases coming out on a Wednesday (yesterday) with the fifth film in the Terminator franchise and the sequel to the surprise hit Magic Mike. You can see Terminator: Genisys and Magic Mike XXL right now if you would like (depending on where you live). First check out the trailers and synopsis’ below to decide which one you’ll be seeing!

Terminator: Genisys starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, Emilia Clarke, Jai Courtney and Jason Clarke, directed by Alan Taylor.

Synopsis (IMDB):

John Connor sends Kyle Reese back in time to protect Sarah Connor, but when he arrives in 1984, nothing is as he expected it to be.

I’ve already seen Terminator: Genisys (you can read our review here) and to be honest it’s a fun, entertaining movie that I ended up liking. It’s not a great movie but it does a great job of incorporating elements from the past movies and showing us new stuff too. I would definitely check it out if you’re a Terminator fan!

 

Magic Mike: XXL starring Channing Tatum and Joe Manganiello, directed by Gregory Jacobs.

Synopsis (IMDB)

Three years after Mike bowed out of the stripper life at the top of his game, he and the remaining Kings of Tampa hit the road to Myrtle Beach to put on one last blow-out performance.

I have not seen the first Magic Mike but I’ve heard from everyone that has that it’s surprisingly good. I respect Channing Tatum as an actor, especially of late, and I plan on eventually seeing both of these films even though it’s not exactly with my demographic. If you enjoyed the first one then Magic Mike: XXL should be worth a watch.

Well there you go! All you need to know about the major releases this week. Also in theaters still is Ted 2, Max, Inside Out, Dope, Jurassic World, Entourage, Insidious: Chapter 3, Spy, San Andreas and many others. Let us know what you’re going to see or if you’ve seen the latest releases!

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Batman V Superman – Entertainment Weekly Images Hype Upcoming Comic Con

Comic Con begins next weekend and Warner Bros is taking advantage of the buzz surrounding their highly anticipated DC panel. After all, the absence of Marvel creates an opportunity for all the focus to be on DC and their upcoming event film Batman V Superman, which will kick their Cinematic Universe into high gear.

Everything we’ve seen from this film has so far been a teaser. That continues today with new photos from Entertainment Weekly for BvS. Starting with the cover of DC’s Holy Trinity (Bat, Wonder, Supes). I have no problem with Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot) being the center, just another symbol of the rift between Batman and Superman. If I’m not mistaken, the Wonder Woman character is making her first debut ever on the big screen, making her the most anticipated single character. Its also worth mentioning how huge Ben Affleck looks in the Batsuit, although Batman as a character just looks better when there’s not so much light shinning on him.

The image below the cover has me a bit curious at a potential attraction between Diana Prince (Gadot) and Bruce Wayne. If so, they certainly captured that tone in the photo. Affleck talks about this in the quote from EW below.

Jesse Eisenberg makes his debut as Lex Luthor with a bad hair wig, and hopefully that was intentional. I have high hopes for him stepping into such an iconic villain role, and what I’ve seen from him so far (The Double, Now You See Me) suggests he will deliver. I also included a quote from earlier this month from Eisenberg on his character, just in case anyone decided to give up all hope on this version of Lex Luthor.

In a little over a week from now, we may have tons more to talk about regarding Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice.

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Affleck“I love the fact that there was this Thomas Crowne Affair, Bond-y sexy scene that they wrote about two people who are pretending to be two different people who each know the secrets of the other person.”

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Jesse Eisenberg (via MTV earlier this month): “There’s an emotional core to the character. It’s not a silly villainous character,” he told MTV. “…it is an entirely different thing. Also, the tone of that [‘Superman’] movie is so different, like that movie wouldn’t be made now. Like the way we expect movies to be now is to have some kind of — I mean, it’s probably for the best — there’s some kind of psychological accuracy. That the person is coming from a place probably diagnosable in some way.”

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Affleck“Batman is basically the American version of Hamlet. We accept that he’s played by actors with different interpretations.”

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Affleck: “He’s at the end of his run and maybe the end of his life. There’s this sort of world-weariness to it.

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Zack Snyder: “I liked the fact that Ben was 6’ 4” and taller than Henry. I wanted Superman to have to feel like he was looking up to Batman despite being so much stronger.”

Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice opens in theaters on March 25, 2016.

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MTE Podcast #6: ‘Ted 2′ & Comedies, Top 5 Movies of 2015 So Far w/ Guest Jake Berlin

On episode #6 of the MTE Movie Podcast we have our first guest Jake Berlin from apocaflix.wordpress.com! Also, we discuss ‘Ted 2′, the state of comedies and comedy sequels, give our Top 5 movies of 2015 so far and more!

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0:00- Introduction & Guest Intro
3:35- Jake Berlin’s thoughts on Spider-Man casting and director.
8:42- Each of our Top 5 Movies of 2015 So Far
27:08- ‘Ted 2′ Reactions and Scores
33:55- Comedy Sequels; Best and worst.
41:00- State of Comedy in Hollywood
45:42- Best and Worst Comedies of 2015 So Far
50:00- Most Anticipated Comedies for the Rest of 2015
59:08- Open Mic Segment: 59:50- DC Universe 1:05:10- X-Men Universe 1:16:45- Originality Problem in Hollywood?
1:22:42- Closing Statements and Social Media Info

Thank you for listening! Check back next week for episode #7!

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