To 3D Or Not To 3D – Buy The Right Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse Ticket

Spider-Man is back in theaters, but this time it’s a whole new ballgame. Unlike Spidey’s previous cinematic adventures, Sony’s Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse is an animated film that focuses on the story of Miles Morales and a ragtag group of Spider-People from across the multiverse. What the movie does have common with other Spider-Man films is that it comes with a 3D showing

If you’d like, you can read CinemaBlend’s official review of Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, but this review is solely based on the 3D technology. This Spidey film has lots of fun with other dimensions, but does it conquer the almighty third dimension? Without further ado, let’s swing right into it and see if this 3D made our Spider Senses tingle or if it left us hanging by a thread. (You know, because of spiders and webs and stuff.)

Animation just lends itself better to 3D than most live-action movies and if you combine that with the high-flying action of a superhero movie, then you’ve got a recipe for success. I can’t think of a superhero better suited to 3D than Spider-Man. He’s an incredibly mobile character, swinging above the most famous city in the world. There are lots of things to show off in a 3D space, and when used properly, the technology can generate films that make you feel like you are right there flying through New York City with the Web-Head.

You can tell that a lot of planning and effort when into the 3D of Spider-Verse. This isn’t something that the directors and tech team just slapped onto the film. There are lots of great visuals to behold, and the 3D adds lots of depth between the characters and their surroundings. If there is a downside, it’s that there are some spots where it’s apparent there wasn’t much 3D going on, but it hardly outweighs the rest of the scenes that are using 3D at its full capacity.

Probably the most famous aspect of 3D is the idea that images from the screen leap out at the audience. Oddly, Spider-Verse doesn’t utilize this trick often or at least not in an obvious way. While there are scenes where debris will bounce off the screen, it was usually too fast or subtle to have an impact. However, the movie does have some clever uses with a splatter effect that hits the “camera,” such as the juice from Peter Parker’s burger or Miles Morales’ spray paint hitting the corner of the screen.

For a movie that works so hard to emulate a 2D comic book, there is an incredible amount of 3D depth on display. The many buildings and long streets of New York City seem like they go on forever, while even the hallways in Miles’ high school seem to stretch on for miles (or maybe that’s just how high school feels.) The beyond the window effect really shines in the climactic third act, where some really trippy and thrilling visuals take place. I won’t spoil them here, but they were awesome and the 3D helped add a suitable amount of chaos as it balanced many effects at once.

Brightness in 3D can be tricky. The tinted 3D glasses naturally make things darker, and a good amount of it depends on how well your movie theater is taking care of its 3D projection. At least for me, I felt my showing could have been a little brighter. Spider-Verse is a very colorful movie, and I was hoping to see those visuals pop a bit more than they did. I certainly never had trouble seeing what was happening, but New York City boasts so much neon lighting that it could have stood to blast off of the screen more.

A great way to test how good the 3D is in the film is to be counterproductive and take off your glasses. If there’s a lot of blur on the screen, that means there’s a lot of 3D present on the screen. Spider-Verse has many scenes with a healthy level of blur plastered over the whole screen. However, there were a few that didn’t seem to have any 3D at all. These scenes were mostly tight close-ups of character’s faces.

It’s easy to get a little sick during a 3D film, especially one with so much fast-paced action, but Spider-Verse isn’t too difficult to follow. Even during some of the most complex and busy action scenes with multiple Spider-People at once swinging around, I was able to keep up with the action. That being said, there were some moments in the film where things were moving too quickly for the image to remain solid, but it was never distracting.

When all is said and done, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse is a great experience in 3D. It’s extremely well put together with action that is easy to follow as Miles and the crew leap and swing through the concrete jungle. Overall, the 3D conversion holds up really well. There are some minor hiccups with brightness, but if you know a theater that has a good 3D projector, than Spider-Verse in 3D is well worth the price of admission.

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Into The Spider-Verse End Credits Scene: Who That Is And Why It’s Important

Nowadays, it feels weird when a superhero movie that doesn’t have a mid/end credits scene attached, but Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse doesn’t count itself among this bunch. Following behind Sony’s collaboration with Marvel Studios to have Tom Holland’s Spider-Man hang out in the MCU, as well the studio using Venom to kick off a Spider-Man-less cinematic universe, Into the Spider-Verse is a more family-friendly offering, though certainly not lacking in action and excitement. Oh, and it’s also already been confirmed it won’t be a standalone tale.

It’s been announced that both a direct sequel to Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse and a female-centric spinoff are in the works. It’s hard to say when we’ll see either of these projects, but Into the Spider-Verse‘s end credits scene did subtly set the stage for the sequel through a character who’s been a part of the Spider-Man mythos for several decades. Read on to find out who this individual is, what they did in the end credits scene and why they’re important not just in the comics, but to the future of the Into the Spider-Verse film series.

Warning: MAJOR SPOILERS for Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse are ahead! Proceed at your own discretion.

Featuring six Spider-heroes is a hell of a way to kick off a new superhero franchise, seven if you count the Peter Parker Spider-Man from Miles Morales‘ universe (voiced by Chris Pine) who was killed by Kingpin early into the movie. But Into the Spider-Verse‘s final minute had one last hero to introduce after a touching tribute to both Stan Lee and Steve Ditko, the creators of Spider-Man. Enter Miguel O’Hara, a.k.a. Spider-Man 2099, voiced by Oscar Isaac.

Over in Nueva York, a female hologram clues Miguel on some of the events that went down in Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, with monitors in the background showing off all the Spider-people we met in the main story. Miguel claims he was only gone for a couple hours, but he missed a lot. Fortunately, the multiverse is still intact, and as the camera pans back to fully show Spider-Man 2099, we see him putting on a wrist device that, according to the hologram, will allow him to travel through the multiverse and ideally keep him from glitching out, which is what happened to all the Spider-heroes visiting Miles’ universe. When asked where he wants to go first, Miguel answers “The beginning.”

Cut to Earth-67, a.k.a. the Earth where the 1960s animated Spider-Man TV series takes place. Even if you never watched that show, its theme song has been an ear worm for decades, and nowadays it’s gained a new following thanks to screenshots being used as meme material. Arguably the most famous of these memes is the ‘Spider-Man pointing at Spider-Man’ still, and that’s just the situation Miguel O’Hara finds himself in upon arriving on Earth-67. Spider-Man 2099 tries to recruit Spider-Man 67 for some kind of mission, but the two instead just get into an argumentative pointing match as a cop and J. Jonah Jameson watch nearby.

So that’s our introduction to Miguel O’Hara on the big screen, but who exactly is he? Well, as his superhero moniker suggests, Miguel hails from the year 2099, and although it’s labeled as Earth-928 within the Marvel multiverse, it’s also considered to be a possible future for the main 616 universe. Created by Peter David and Rick Leonardi in 1992, Miguel became the head of the genetics program Alchemax, where he was tasked with creating super-soldiers for the megacorporation.

However, when Miguel decided he wanted to leave Alchemax, he was tricked by the CEO, Tyler Stone, into taking an addictive drug called Rapture that only Alchemax was allowed to distribute, so if Miguel moved on as he intended, he would be sold out to the police. Not wanting to be blackmailed, Miguel remembered that his own genetic code was saved within one of Alchemax’s machines, so he could use it to free himself from Rapture’s grip.

But because this machine had been sabotaged by one of Miguel’s subordinates, it ended up making his genetic code 50% spider. And following the rules of comic book science, that resulted in Miguel gaining Spider-Man-like powers, albeit with some differences, like having enhanced vision and hearing instead of a spider-sense, and his hands and feet having spider-talons.

As one would expect, Miguel became Spider-Man 2099, and while he originally wanted to cure his strange condition, he soon embraced being a superhero and took the fight to all the gigantic, sinister corporations who were hurting the people, including Alchemax. Of course, since this is the future, this meant that Miguel also fought futuristic adaptations of classic Marvel villains. Eventually he met the original Spider-Man, and in the recent past, they reunited when Miguel was stranded in the present (i.e. nearly 100 years in the past for him). Outside of the comics, Miguel’s most prominent media appearances have been in the Ultimate Spider-Man animated series, as well as the Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions and Spider-Man: Edge of Time video games.

As far as why Spider-Man 2099 was included in Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, producers Phil Lord and Chris Miller told CinemaBlend’s own Eric Eisenberg that even though Miguel O’Hara didn’t fit within the main story, he’s an interesting enough character that they wanted to highlight him. Miller explained:

We wanted to get 2099 in there because he’s such a cool character, and he didn’t fit into the story that we were telling around Miles. But we wanted to have him there to sort of open up the world even farther, and was the the easiest choice to have that guy because he is so cool and also funny and also a great actor. And he has Central American heritage, and he sounds like a guy from New York. You’ve got to have a flaw somewhere! He was so up for anything out of that one too. So we were so lucky to get to work with some of these people.

Co-director Peter Ramsey also clarified to Eric that the entire Spider-Man 2099 scene was a “very late addition” to Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, but he and the other creative minds wanted it to look and feel different from the rest of the movie. Co-director and writer Rodney Rothman added:

We knew we wanted to do a coda scene, and we knew we wanted to try to do one in our own style that would be distinctive. We wanted it to hopefully be as distinctive as the rest of the movie was trying to be. We liked taking a serious, badass futuristic Spider-Man, and then putting him in his nightmare.

So what does Spider-Man 2099’s appearance in Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse mean for the future of this franchise? Well, aside from Miguel being another cool character to highlight whose chances of ever appearing in a live action movie were slim, it also looks like he’ll be one of the principal characters in Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse. While the Spider-heroes in the first movie were being exposed to the multiverse for the first time, it seems like Miguel and his holographic companion (possibly a version of either Dana D’Angelo or Xina Kwan, two of Miguel’s romantic interests in the comics) were already familiar with parallel realities before the Kingpin of Miles’ universe activated the super collider.

To that end, if Spider-Man 2099 will indeed be one of Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse 2‘s co-leads, it stands to reason that he’ll eventually find his way to Miles Morales’ universe and recruit him for this mission that’s underway. What exactly this mission entails is unclear (one logical guess is preventing all of the realities from fracturing), but I’m guessing that rather than the action being set on Miles’ home turf again, it’ll see the teen hero traveling to other universes. Maybe he’ll reunite with some or all of the Spider-heroes from Into the Spider-Verse, or maybe there will be an all-new lineup accompanying Miles and Miguel, but if the filmmakers felt it was so important to feature Spider-Man 2099 in a coda scene, there’s a strong chance that he’ll get more time in the limelight in the coming years.

If you haven’t already, be sure to read CinemaBlend’s review of Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, and stay tuned to any updates about the sequel or spinoff. As for movies on the way, look through our 2019 release schedule.

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James Bond Is An Alcoholic, According To New Study

“Shaken, not stirred” is James Bond‘s catchphrase for a reason — the suave British Secret Service is a bit too fond of the drink. But is Agent 007 an alcoholic? Public health researchers have taken the time to study all 24 Bond films and have declared Bond a severe alcoholic.

Bond may have been too busy over the years driving fast cars and taking down seemingly insurmountable villains to stop and take care of his health, but the academics over at the University of Otago in New Zealand are here to call him and his employer MI6 out for what they have concluded is a chronic alcohol use disorder.

Per The Telegraph‘s report of research published in the Medical Journal of Australia, there is strong evidence pointing to James Bond suffering from a chronic alcohol consumption problem at the sever end of the spectrum. He has apparently sipped a drink 109 times throughout the course of the film series, with an average of 4.5 drinks in each film.

After enjoying a classy martini, the sophisticated secret service agent also engages in “risky” behavior such as badass fight sequences, high-speed driving and extreme physical efforts. Sure it looks cool on screen, but its characteristic of some serious alcoholism on Bond’s part.

According to the study, Daniel Craig’s Bond exemplified the extreme for the character’s alcoholism in 2008’s Quantum of Solace when he seemed to have 24 drinks, which would have put him at potentially fatal blood alcohol levels.

The study points a finger at 007’s employer MI6, who needs to “redefine Bond’s job to reduce his stress levels,” along with condemning M for often offering him a drink in the workplace. The researchers also suggested that MI6 offer more support for Bond in the field, and a stronger team approach so his job doesn’t weigh so heavily on him.

We’re all on the same page that James Bond is a fictional character, right?

James Bond is an iconic character that millions have watched mix martini-sipping with getting a day’s work done, so it does make sense for public health researches to study his behavior and identify it for what it is. Agent 007 is a character long looked up to by audiences, so this analysis proving that his actions detail one of a severe alcoholic is good information to keep in the back of one’s head next time we watch the character.

The next Bond film is currently in early development, with Daniel Craig reprising the role for the last time before potentially a new face takes up the mantle. Director of Maniac and Season one of True Detective, Cary Fukunaga is helming the project that began with Craig’s Bond in Casino Royale in 2006.

Maybe the character will think twice now that he’s been briefed about his alcohol disorder… but then again the man has stayed relatively the same age on screen since the ’60s so he might just say “live and let die” or “tomorrow never dies”, “die another day?”

Looks Like DC’s Batman Movie Is Finally Coming Together

Aquaman is about to come out, Wonder Woman 1984 has been delayed, Birds of Prey has a release date, a new title and a cast; the DCEU is moving along. And yet we are all still waiting to see what is going on with Matt Reeves’ Batman movie. The questions about the film are many and news about the project is scarce, but it appears that DC’s Batman movie is finally coming together, at least according to one reporter.

We should note upfront that this is not confirmed by the studio, but if it is true it’s a sign that things are progressing with DC’s long-awaited Batman movie. The director of the film, Matt Reeves, is also writing the script. Based on the tweet from The Wrap’s Umberto Gonzalez, the rewrites on that script are due by year’s end, which is mere weeks away.

Assuming Matt Reeves meets that deadline, we’ll be one step closer to this film becoming a reality. At that point things will hopefully start coming together and moving toward pre-production so that we can finally see Batman back on the big screen.

Back in September, the same reporter said that Warner Bros. loved Matt Reeves’ first draft of his Batman script and that the film was being eyed to start production next summer. With the revisions on that script due by the end of the year, things would seemingly be on track for The Batman or whatever it winds up being called to go before cameras sometime next year.

If Warner Bros. is satisfied with Matt Reeves’ revisions and good to go on the script, hopefully that would mean the first half of next year would also bring casting news and some details about the film itself.

Matt Reeves has spoken in very broad strokes about what he is looking to do with his interpretation of the Dark Knight, from emphasizing the Jekyll and Hyde nature of the character to focusing on his often overlooked skills (on the big screen at least) as the world’s greatest detective.

Of course more than what this Batman movie will be, the question on everyone’s mind is who will don the cowl in Matt Reeves’ film and beyond in the DCEU? All signs point to Ben Affleck being out of the DCEU (along with Henry Cavill), so Matt Reeves’ movie will presumably give the character an entirely fresh start with a new actor as Bruce Wayne.

It’s perhaps cynical to say, but the best thing about this news is that it isn’t bad news. The DCEU seems to be in a state of constant flux, unable to find its footing on solid ground. While actors are leaving the franchise and movies are getting delayed, Matt Reeves has been quietly plugging away at his Batman script. Things seem to be beginning to turn around with Aquaman and Shazam! and if anything has the power to make everything right, it’s a great Batman movie.

Keep an eye on our guide for all the latest from the DCEU and check out our 2019 Release Schedule to see the biggest movies coming to theaters next year.

More Details On The New Songs In Disney’s Live-Action Aladdin

Disney fans, if the spoonful of nostalgia in the upcoming Mary Poppins Returns is your cup of tea, you can expect a super sweet serving of it come 2019. Between Disney remakes for Dumbo and The Lion King is a new live-action Aladdin. The new Prince Ali Ababwa himself, Mena Massoud, looks to be excited about the film’s music. Here’s what he said:

Mena Massoud is right, you really can’t go wrong with songwriters Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, who wrote our favorite musicals in the past couple of years: La La Land and The Greatest Showman, along with the Broadway favorite Dear Evan Hansen. Those guys are on fire, and on Aladdin they also collaborated with the original animated film’s composer, Alan Menken, for the remake.

The actor confidently commented on the new songs in Aladdin to Variety‘s Marc Malkin at the GQ Men of the Year party. The upcoming film seems to take note from 2017’s Beauty and the Beast, which primarily used the original songs, but did feature some additional songs exclusive to the movie. While Alan Menken and his frequent collaborator Tim Rice returned to write the lyrics for songs such as “Evermore” in the live-action remake, Aladdin is calling upon the songwriters of the hour to pack some more songs in the film.

Benj Pasek and Justin Paul previously have said that they worked on two songs for Aladdin: one a song for Naomi Scott’s Jasmine and the other a new duet between Jasmine and Aladdin. The song that Mena Massoud called “empowering for women” is likely Jasmine’s solo moment, which is something notably absent from the original. On the original, Jasmine did have a song called “To Be Free,” but it was cut from the film.

It’s about time for the Arabic Disney Princess to get her own song, and another duet between Aladdin and Jasmine is a clever idea to add depth to the pair’s relationship in the remake. The songwriting pair also contributed to adding a new verse to the film’s opener “Arabian Nights.”

Other than these couple of new songs, it looks like Aladdin will revive all your favorite songs from the 1992 film, such as “A Whole New World” and “One Jump Ahead.” The film also stars Will Smith as Genie, Marwan Kenzari as Jafar, Navid Negahban as Sultan, along with new characters played by Nasim Pedrad and Numan Acar. The film is directed by Guy Ritchie, best known for Sherlock Holmes, Man From U.N.C.L.E. and Snatch.

Will the new songs and the originals work well together to bring the Arabian Night to life again? These wishes may be granted when Aladdin rides into theaters on May 24, 2019.

The Dark Knight’s Infamous Pencil Trick Explained

Heath Ledger‘s Joker murdered a lot of people in The Dark Knight, but one of his more shocking kills was “the pencil trick,” i.e. grabbing a guy’s face and shoving it into an upward facing pencil so powerfully that it pierced through the man’s eye. For those who’ve wondered over the last decade how this “trick” was actually pulled off, it wasn’t through the use of a CG pencil, but simple film editing. Production designer Nathan Crowley stated:

As visual effects supervisor Nick Davis further, using a CG pencil for this sequence for The Dark Knight would have been problematic. Although it was easy enough even back then to create a CG pencil and “track it in and kinda make it disappear out,” because the movie was shot in IMAX, they avoided including unnecessary digital shots because “you can never really re-create an IMAX image.”

So instead, The Dark Knight took the practical route with the pencil trick, resulting in approximately 22 takes across two days and using two kinds of tables: a regular one and one made of galvanized rubber. Charles Jarman, the actor who played the unnamed henchman The Joker killed, mentioned that director Christopher Nolan told him they were going to do a couple shots where Jarman had to quickly sneak the pencil away as he was going down, which proved difficult to do since the pencil was stuck to the table.

This practical approach also resulted in Charles Jarman losing consciousness on several occasions. As he recalled to Vulture:

In the end, the pencil trick became one of The Dark Knight‘s most memorable scenes, and Charles Jarman believes the it ended up looking as real as it possibly could have, although if he had a similar job now, he’d want to pull it off in a different way. Of course, Joker quickly disposing of Gambol‘s goon happened early into The Dark Knight, and the Clown Prince of Crime would have another two hours to cement himself as Gotham City’s greatest terrorist… well, at least until Bane showed up eight years later.

Stay tuned to CinemaBlend for all the latest movie news, both DC Comics related and otherwise. Don’t forget to look through our 2019 release schedule to plan your trips to the theater next year accordingly.

James Wan Actually Pitched A Blade Reboot Years Ago

James Wan is best known as a horror director, thanks to his years spent in the genre on films like Saw and Insidious. But he’s beginning to break out of that box, first with Furious 7 and now with Aquaman. The DCEU film will be James Wan’s first foray into the realm of superheroes, but not for lack of trying. The director actually pitched a reboot of Marvel’s vampire hunter Blade years ago, as he explained:

It sounds like James Wan went to Marvel Studios coming off his success with 2013’s The Conjuring, looking to capitalize by rebooting the long-dormant vampire hunter. That was his first brush with a comic book property, and given his background as a horror director, you can see why his first thought was to reboot Blade. The director was a fan of the character, and could have brought his horror instincts to the reboot and thus kicked off that side of the supernatural in the MCU.

Obviously nothing ever came of James Wan’s Blade pitch, and he eventually moved on and wound up in the waters of DC, but it is always interesting to think about what might have been. This is just another chapter to the alternate reality stories of the Marvel and DC film universes.

The Aquaman director also told the Happy Sad Confused podcast that he didn’t have a full pitch presentation for a Blade reboot; he just had an idea that he liked. Unfortunately, he no longer remembers what his specific idea was so we are left to speculate. Maybe it’s for the best, because being introduced to a great idea and robbed of it becoming a reality at the same time is a tough pill to swallow.

While James Wan didn’t get to reboot Blade years ago, nobody has done so since. The last Blade film, Blade: Trinity was in 2004. Since then, the MCU has become the dominant force at the box office, adapting weirder and less well-known characters. As such, the calls for a reboot of the vampire hunter have grown ever louder.

Wesley Snipes has been pushing for it and the topic continues to crop up over the years. The time seems as good as any too. The success of Black Panther has shown the appetite for a black superhero, and Blade is one that people are already familiar with just waiting to daywalk again. James Wan may not be the one who does it but presumably someone will get the chance at some point and the idea of having a horror director do it seems right.

As for James Wan, he had the arguably more challenging task of taking a superhero that used to be the butt of jokes and building a massive movie tentpole movie around him, complete with extensive world-building and way fancier special effects than fake teeth and blood splatter.

10 Great Movies Coming To Netflix In January 2019

The great wheel of time is set to spin once again, with January marking another fresh cycle in the course of human events. It also means that on the smaller scale of things, a new lineup of content is heading over to Netflix for all subscribers to behold. While we’ve already gone over the full list of what’s headed our way, the following 10 titles are of particular interest.

Some beloved classics, and more modern favorites, are headed to the Netflix streaming library, and throughout January you can catch these near and dear films through the courtesy of your own subscription.

The Dark Knight

One has to wonder what was going through Christopher Nolan’s mind when he was moving through all phases of production on The Dark Knight. What was once seen as a promising idea for a follow up to Batman Begins quickly became a fan-adopted classic, and it’s only been a decade since the film was first released. This title seems to be in and out of the Netflix library, like any of Gotham City’s rogues gallery of villains and their many trips to Arkham Asylum. But unlike any of those nutty funsters, this is a return that’s most celebrated.

Hell Or High Water

If you ever want to hear a story of rags to riches in the movie industry, ask someone to tell you the story of Hell or High Water. Originally released as an extremely limited indie film, this western noir masterpiece went on to become more of a success than it was expected, and eventually went on to become an awards season player. Gumption and grit define this movie on the inside and out, as Chris Pine and Ben Foster play brothers knocking over banks for a very specific reason, with Jeff Bridges being one of the men hot on their trail. Sharply written, and expertly acted, this one’s a fun night home with a couple of beers and smart-assed conversation.

Indiana Jones And The Last Crusade

The internet loves to argue over sequels, and the Indiana Jones series is one of those hotbeds of discussion that never totally fades away. Many folks favor Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom as their favorite sequel, while others would make the more logical choice and go for Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade. While the more overriding point here is that the entire Indiana Jones series will be on Netflix at the same time, and Raiders of the Lost Ark is the obvious favorite of the world, let’s not forget that this is the movie that gave us Sean Connery and Harrison Ford as father and son. It may not be Thanksgiving, but there’s always something to be thankful for.

Pan’s Labyrinth

Guillermo del Toro and Netflix are like hot chocolate and marshmallows. So obviously, this cocoa-esque collaboration would bring us Pan’s Labyrinth in the month of holiday festivities. Much like his entire filmography, you can definitely get a spooky vibe from what’s arguably del Toro’s best film. But looking closer, you’ll see that it’s actually a richly told fairy tale for adults, dissecting the horrors of war and the ugliness of reality with an intriguing underworld lying beneath it. To think that we almost had a more studio-friendly version of this film is the true horror, and it’s a good thing Guillermo del Toro stuck to his guns, and gave us the exact version of Pan’s Labyrinth we will be able to see on Netflix in January.

The Addams Family

Next year marks the year The Addams Family will return to the big screen, albeit it will be through the courtesy of a CGI cartoon reboot that looks closer to the art style of the original Charles Addams comics. And yet, no matter how good that film will potentially be, Barry Sonnenfeld’s live-action adaptation will always have a strong hold on fans of all things mysterious and spooky. It’s the kind of thing that happens when you nail the tone of the world as well as they did in the casting of Gomez and Morticia with Raul Julia and Anjelica Huston, respectively. If it’s always Halloween in your house, you’ll have no problem enjoying this one in the dead of winter.

The Departed

File the impending addition of The Departed to Netflix’s streaming library as another one of those fun bits of foreshadowing for 2019. With Martin Scorsese’s The Irishman set to be released at some point in the next year, it seems only fair to release the film that won the director his first (and so far only) Best Director Oscar. Of course, since Netflix is always on the hunt for another golden trophy to put on their mantle, releasing this darkly comic drama involving a cop and a gangster both pulling double agent duty could also be part of their own internal vision board. After all, The Departed won Best Picture, so who’s to say The Irishman won’t? Keep thinking big, guys!

The Mummy Returns

How quickly we forget a good time. Just last year, Universal tried rebooting The Mummy franchise as the first part of the Dark Universe debacle. While it could have been an interesting exercise in concept, it fell so flat it could be considered two dimensional. Meanwhile, The Mummy Returns, and its predecessor The Mummy, are being brought onto Netflix’s platform, as if to remind us of simpler, more adventurous times. Everyone could use a little more banter between Brendan Fraser, John Hannah, and Rachel Weisz in their lives, and that’s exactly what you’re getting here — with a side of Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson’s big screen debut. Let the decades fall away, and pretend it’s the early Aughts again, in the privacy of your own home.

Watchmen

Zack Snyder’s best film in his entire career is Watchmen. Full stop. Look, I know this is my opinion, but you can rant about how the ending was changed, and you can poke fun at the speed ramping or that odd usage of Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah” all you want. But the fact still remains that Snyder really got what Watchmen was all about, and what it needed to come to the big screen. Now, it’s not indicated whether this will be the superior Director’s Cut, the slightly over-stuffed Ultimate Cut, or the shortened for commercial viability Theatrical Cut. That being said, all versions of the film still have the heart and soul of Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons’ alternative history epic, and it’s something truly special to behold.

Monty Python And The Holy Grail

After announcing that the entire catalog was heading to Netflix, the day Monty Python fans in the U.S. have been waiting for has finally arrived. Monty Python and the Holy Grail is a comedy classic so storied that it not only remains as funny today as it did back in its original release, but it has a musical adaptation. When you get to that point without being taken down by post-modern think pieces, or just a general opinion of “it wasn’t as funny as we thought it was back then,” it’s worth noting. If you’ve seen it, see it again. If you haven’t, or know someone who hasn’t, isn’t it about time they did?

Disney / Pixar’s Incredibles 2

January is an embarassment of riches for Disney studio content on Netflix, as both Solo: A Star Wars Story and Ant-Man and The Wasp will both be coming online through the month, even as the Netflix and Disney deals wind down. In classic Disney form, however, the company has gone and saved its best offering for last. Incredibles 2 isn’t just one of the best animated films of 2018, it’s one of the best films of the year. Not to mention, it’s one of the best sequels to have ever come out after a lengthy wait — in this case one that spanned over a decade. It’s the perfect cherry to an incredible January, so make sure to save room for the most super dessert you could ever have hoped for!

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Why It Would Be Challenging To Bring Hamilton To The Big Screen, According Lin-Manuel Miranda

While Broadway actors sometimes transition to the film and TV world, Lin-Manuel Miranda’s success is seriously impressive. Following the award winning run of his musical In The Heights, the writer/actor took his musicality to American History with Hamilton. Hamilton is the biggest Broadway hit in years, making Miranda a household name in the process.

After gaining the notoriety and spotlight following Hamilton, Lin-Manuel Miranda has gotten involved in the film world. The actor is starring in Disney’s Mary Poppins Returns, while also working with the House of Mouse on projects like Star Wars: The Force Awakens and Moana. But it turns out that turning Hamilton into a movie would be a bit challenging for the Tony winner, as he said:

Hamilton’s tricky right, because one of the things Rob is so brilliant at is that transition from scene into song. I think he does it in Mary Poppins returns as well as it can be done. You never are like, ‘Oh man, we’re breaking it… It just happens you’re in the musical number and you’ve surrendered to it before you even know it’s going on. Hamilton is sung through, beginning to end. There’s maybe a page and a half of dialogue in the the whole thing. How do you start at that tempo and keep the ball in the air with that sort of heightened speech in a way that doesn’t feel like a concert?

Touche, Alexander. Because while the interest is certainly there for Hamilton to be adapted for the silver screen, the material itself presents certain challenges. Mainly that its completely sung through, and therefore there’s no moments for dialogue. So a specific vision is going to be needed to keep a Hamilton flick moving, if it ever happens.

Lin-Manuel Miranda’s comments to AV Club show how much thought the actor/writer has put into a potential Hamilton movie. Given the musical’s blockbuster-like success, the countless Hamilton fans out there would lose their collective minds if a movie version was green-lit. Miranda brought hip hop and rap to the story of the titular founding father, helping to educate and entertain at the same time. And it’s something that could become even more significant as a blockbuster.

The musical Hamilton spans years before, during, and after the revolutionary war. The Tony Award winning show begins with Alexander Hamilton as an unknown orphan, and sees as he ascends to President George Washington’s cabinet. The story is told largely through narration, as characters like Alexander, his wife Eliza, and Washington himself recount each date and event from that time. It’s dense material, and some big cuts would be needed in order to fit the two act musical into a movie with a suitable run time.

While Lin-Manuel Miranda is unsure how Hamilton would be adapted into a movie, the non-stop narration and singing seems to have struck a chord with theater audiences. Additionally, the soundtrack is extremely popular, so audiences might not have such a hard time as you’d think. Just look at how successful the cover album was.

Of course, there have been plenty of movie musicals that are almost entirely sung through, so perhaps Lin-Manuel Miranda’s assessment of a possible Hamilton movie is off-base. Just look at 2012’s Les Miserables movie. Based off the musical of the same name, both the show and movie are completely sung through, with the actors singing live on set. That movie ended up being a critical and financial success, so there as been precedent for a sung through movie musical.

Mary Poppins Returns director Rob Marshall has helmed quite a few movie musicals, including Disney’s recent Into The Woods movie. While there was room for dialogue in that movie, it’s mostly filled with Stephen Sondheim’s iconic music. That movie also performed well, earning three Oscar nominations in the process. Musical fans are able to sit through a movie that is almost all songs, so perhaps Hamilton will end up a movie after all.

Despite Lin-Manuel Miranda’s concerns, it feels like only a matter of time before a Hamilton movie gets green-lit. The musical has been presented all over the world, and it’s still difficult to get tickets for the Broadway production. Considering how insanely popular both Hamilton and Miranda have become, there’s clearly enough interest for a movie to not only get made, but potentially make a ton of money at the box office as well.

Alas, it doesn’t look like Lin-Manuel Miranda is focusing his creative energies on adapting Hamilton for the silver screen. Instead, Miranda has been slowly chipping away at the development of an In The Heights movie. His first Broadway musical told the story of a neighborhood in Washington Heights, and helped to make Miranda a Broadway legend.

The In The Heights movie was originally going to be presented by the Weinstein Company, before Harvey Weinstein’s scandal changed the landscape of the film world forever. Lin-Manuel Miranda had to get the rights back to the In The Heights movie following Weinstein’s public fallout, a task he was successful in. And now that Mary Poppins Returns will finally arrive in theaters, it might be a good time for Miranda to continue the development of that project.

While Lin-Manuel Miranda doesn’t seem to have an interest in making Hamilton a movie right now, he’ll soon return to his Tony award nominated role of Alexander Hamilton. Miranda is reprising his part for a production of Hamilton that will benefit the relief efforts in Puerto Rico after the devastation from Hurricane Maria. As such, there’s still a chance to see the actor in the role that earned him such massive acclaim.

If Hamilton ever becomes a movie, it’ll be interesting to see if Lin-Manuel Miranda ends up playing the title character. The musical spans many years, with Alexander starting as a young man, and eventually aging quite a bit before his untimely death. Miranda is arguably too old to play the role during the first few songs, although his age would factor in positively as Hamilton’s life plays out.

You can catch Lin-Manuel Miranda in Mary Poppins Returns when it arrives in theaters on December 19th. In the meantime, check out our 2019 release list to plan your trips to the movies in the New Year.

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John Krasinski Reveals Which A Quiet Place Scene Convinced Him The Movie Was Going To Work

Although we can look back and check out reviews and box office and fan reactions and realize A Quiet Place does work even with its lack of dialogue, especially for people who showed up in theaters, it wasn’t always super clear the film was going to come together well. In fact, John Krasinski said in an interview that he and those involved with the movie were hopeful it would work out, but there was one particular moment on set in which it became clear to Krasinski that they were right.

It was actually a particular sign language-based scene featuring Emily Blunt that was filming when Krasinksi felt in his gut A Quiet Place was the real deal. He said:

A Quiet Place is getting plenty of awards consideration around this time and was recently listed as one of the National Board of Reviews 10 Best Movies of 2018. Which means director John Krasinski is back on the circuit to talk about the movie that quietly made a lot of money.

He told Business Insider that it was a scene involving schooling and Emily Blunt and Noah June that really clarified A Quiet Place was working. John Krasinksi is married to Emily Blunt and he’s had a lot of nice things to say about his wife during the long months he’s spent talking about A Quiet Place and its sequel since its initial release last spring.

This comment, however, takes things to another level, really. He’s talking about something Emily Blunt figured out how to do while signing words and mouthing them at the same time that really worked on camera. Just the fact he thought those things about his wife’s work on set comes off as really romantic.

This year has been monumental for movies that have come out of nowhere to have staying power at the box office. First there was Black Panther in February. Then, there was A Quiet Place in April. While A Quiet Place didn’t gross as much as the aforementioned superhero movie, only pulling in $340.7 million worldwide, it also only had a $17 million budget. So, it’s certainly a success for Paramount.

It’s not difficult to see why the studio would be pushing A Quiet Place during awards season. People really like it. It has a really solid premise. It’s pushing horror movies to the forefront during awards season once more. Even John Krasinksi has a likability factor when he’s talking about his movie that’s undeniable.

The movie has earned some nominations for smaller ceremonies so far, but we’ll have to wait and see if it can build enough momentum for the big leagues. Take a look at the full Golden Globe nominations or more on this year’s Oscars.