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Sunday, July 23, 2017

#InsidetheBucket Podcast #124

This week's episode of Inside the Bucket is online! Revel in the digital mastery!
On this edition of Inside the Bucket, Matt and Brandon gather to discuss two trailers which debuted at San Diego Comic Con, this week's Blu-ray releases and box office results, before moving into two reviews: Dunkirk and  Valerian and The City of a Thousand Planets.

We encourage you to participate in running a passion project like our trainwreck.  Please email us at Comments@SandwichJohnFilms.com with any thoughts you have about our show.

Be warned: Inside the Bucket is an EXPLICIT PODCAST.  We tend to say controversial things and cuss just for the heck of it.  So, please be careful if you are listening to us while at work.

We hope you laugh as much as we do bringing the show to you.  As always, thanks to everyone for your continued support, and we'll see you at one of our screenings.

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  • NEWS (1:37)

  • BLU-RAY RELEASES (20:35)

  • BOX OFFICE REPORT (22:35)

  • REVIEW: Dunkirk (32:19)

  • REVIEW: Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets (44:00)
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    Saturday, July 22, 2017

    THOR: RAGNAROK COMIC CON TRAILER & POSTER

    The new trailer for Marvel Studios’ THOR: RAGNAROK debuted moments ago in Hall H at San Diego Comic-Con along with a new poster.



    The new trailer for Marvel Studios’ THOR: RAGNAROK debuted moments ago in Hall H at San Diego Comic-Con along with a new poster. Both are available for you to share with your readers below!


    Marvel Studios’ THOR: RAGNAROK will be in theaters on November 3, 2017!

    In Marvel Studios’ “Thor: Ragnarok,” Thor is imprisoned on the other side of the universe without his mighty hammer and finds himself in a race against time to get back to Asgard to stop Ragnarok—the destruction of his homeworld and the end of Asgardian civilization—at the hands of an all-powerful new threat, the ruthless Hela. But first he must survive a deadly gladiatorial contest that pits him against his former ally and fellow Avenger—the Incredible Hulk!

    “Thor: Ragnarok” is directed by Taika Waititi and returns Chris Hemsworth starring as Thor and Tom Hiddleston reprising his role as Loki. They are joined by Cate Blanchett, Idris Elba, Jeff Goldblum, Tessa Thompson and Karl Urban, with Mark Ruffalo and Anthony Hopkins.

    Kevin Feige is producing with Louis D’Esposito, Victoria Alonso, Brad Winderbaum, Thomas M. Hammel and Stan Lee serving as executive producers. The story is by Craig Kyle & Christopher Yost and Eric Pearson, and the screenplay is by Eric Pearson. Marvel Studios’ “Thor: Ragnarok” thunders into U.S. theaters on November 3, 2017.

    THOR: RAGNAROK
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    Stranger Things 2 Comic Con Trailer

    The first trailer for Stranger Things 2 is here. It’s 1984 and the citizens of Hawkins, Indiana are still reeling from the horrors of the demogorgon and the secrets of Hawkins Lab. Will Byers has been rescued from the Upside Down but a bigger, sinister entity still threatens those who survived.



    Season 2 premieres October 27, 2017.

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    PSYCH: THE MOVIE Coming In December

    Psych-O’s called. USA Network answered! PSYCH stars James Roday, Dulé Hill, Maggie Lawson, Kirsten Nelson and Corbin Bernson reunited at Comic-Con, along with creator Steve Franks and executive producers Chris Henze and Kelly Kulchak, for a panel and Q&A discussion. In a surprise twist of fate, moderator Jimmi Simpson (“Westworld”) announced that his PSYCH character, Mary Lightly, will make a special appearance in the movie. Is he alive or is he dead? We’ve heard it both ways! Fans also got an exclusive first look at the all-new PSYCH: THE MOVIE, enjoyed a pineapple sing-a-long, and joined America’s favorite brofriends Shawn and Gus as they shared their journey back into PSYCH shape.

    In the movie, the ambitious friends -- along with some returning fan-favorite characters -- come together during the holidays after a mystery assailant targets one of their own. A comedic thrill ride follows, as the wild and unpredictable PSYCH team pursues the bad guys, justice …and food! Previously announced guest stars include Zachary Levi (as Thin White Duke), Jazmyn Simon (as Selene), Ralph Macchio (as Nick Conforth) and WWE Superstar Charlotte Flair (as Heather Rockrear). PSYCH: THE MOVIE is executive produced by Franks, Roday and Hill, along with Chris Henze and Kelly Kulchak via Tagline Pictures. The special is from Universal Cable Productions in association with Tagline.

    PSYCH: THE MOVIE premieres December on USA Network.


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    Marvel’s The Defenders Comic Con Trailer

    Blind ninja. Smart-ass detective. Bulletproof ex-con. Kung Fu billionaire. Marvel’s The Defenders centers on four outsider heroes that have to put aside their personal issues and come together when a villainous sect threatens to destroy New York City as we know it. The Netflix original series launches globally on 18 August 2017.



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    Ready Player One Comic Con Trailer

    Ready Player One is in Theaters March 2018 and stars Tye Sheridan (“X-Men: Apocalypse,” “Mud”), Olivia Cooke (“Me and Earl and the Dying Girl,” “Bates Motel”), Ben Mendelsohn (“Rogue One – A Star Wars Story,” “Bloodline”) and T.J. Miller (“Deadpool,” “Silicon Valley”), with Simon Pegg (the “Star Trek” movies, the “Mission: Impossible” movies) and Oscar winner Mark Rylance (“Bridge of Spies,” “Dunkirk”).



    The film is set in 2045, with the world on the brink of chaos and collapse. But the people have found salvation in the OASIS, an expansive virtual reality universe created by the brilliant and eccentric James Halliday (Mark Rylance). When Halliday dies, he leaves his immense fortune to the first person to find a digital Easter egg he has hidden somewhere in the OASIS, sparking a contest that grips the entire world. When an unlikely young hero named Wade Watts (Tye Sheridan) decides to join the contest, he is hurled into a breakneck, reality-bending treasure hunt through a fantastical universe of mystery, discovery and danger.
    Spielberg directed the film from a screenplay by Zak Penn and Ernest Cline. The film was produced by Spielberg, Donald De Line, Kristie Macosko Krieger and Dan Farah; with Adam Somner, Daniel Lupi, Chris DeFaria and Bruce Berman serving as executive producers.

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    Justice League Comic Con 2017 Trailer

    Fueled by his restored faith in humanity and inspired by Superman’s selfless act, Bruce Wayne enlists the help of his newfound ally, Diana Prince, to face an even greater enemy. Together, Batman and Wonder Woman work quickly to find and recruit a team of metahumans to stand against this newly awakened threat. But despite the formation of this unprecedented league of heroes—Batman (Ben Affleck) , Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot), Aquaman (Jason Momoa), Cyborg (Ray Fisher) and The Flash (Ezra Miller) —it may already be too late to save the planet from an assault of catastrophic proportions.



    Justice League - Official Trailer. A film by Zack Snyder and Joss Whedon starring Ben Affleck, Gal Gadot, Henry Cavill, Jason Momoa, Ezra Miller and Ray Fisher.

    Fueled by his restored faith in humanity and inspired by Superman’s selfless act, Bruce Wayne enlists the help of his newfound ally, Diana Prince, to face an even greater enemy. Together, Batman and Wonder Woman work quickly to find and recruit a team of metahumans to stand against this newly awakened threat. But despite the formation of this unprecedented league of heroes—Batman (Ben Affleck) , Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot), Aquaman (Jason Momoa), Cyborg (Ray Fisher) and The Flash (Ezra Miller) —it may already be too late to save the planet from an assault of catastrophic proportions.

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    Movie Review: #GirlsTrip A pretty good time

    A pretty good time

    RAMA is back.

    Although Girls Trip’s sex-crazed raunchy comedy loses its fuel halfway through and ultimately falls off the cliff of its own accord, the friendship themes are decent enough to carry the rest of the film to the end. I don’t know if it’s any better than that other female-centric party movie this season featuring mostly white cast, “Rough Night,” but “Girls Trip” in many respects is certainly more engaging.

    Directed by Malcolm D. Lee who gave us “The Best Man” franchise, “GirlsTrip” stars Regina Hall, Queen Latifah, Jada Pinkett, and Tiffany Haddish as four life long best friends who’ve decided to reunite again for the big Essence Festival in New Orleans. Each of them tries their best to show the other that they’re in a good position in their life right now, relationship-wise and career-wise as they wildly dance and drink and romance into the night. But that success facade comes with secrets that will force them to rekindle their sisterhood.

    Regina plays the famous marriage guru with an unfaithful husband. Latifah plays the struggling internet celeb blogger, much like Perez Hilton. Jada Pinkett plays the single mom who has been a bit rusty in the sex department. And Tiffany Haddish plays the comical loud mouth, your stereotypical confrontational best friend who talks first and thinks never, ‘responsible’ is not her middle name. Now, just like with any party movie, “Girls Trip” is also filled with outrageous shock value situations that are meant to push the envelope further. The R-rating it receives for crude sexual content, pervasive language, drugs, and brief nudity, doesn’t even begin to describe what “Girls Trip” really has in store for you, which in a way does say something about these four actresses who seem to be all game and all in for whatever, unapologetically.

    I think the problem with the film’s comedy is that halfway through, all those blunt in-your-face sex jokes just get played out. It’s as if Haddish’ character runs out of her ‘superpower.’ But as I said earlier, the friendship conflict and resolution part is pretty coherent and relatable so much so that you don’t mind if the film is unable to be funny anymore. Because it can’t be just about the parties, there has to be something else that the audiences can grab on to, and fortunately, “Girls Trip” has that.

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    Friday, July 21, 2017

    Movie Review: Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets

    The soulless Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets isn't awful, but misses a golden opportunity to redefine the genre.

    Review by Matt Cummings

    Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets has so many obstacles in its path that it's hard to understand . Its name doesn't exactly roll off the tongue. Strike one. Its leads are unknown. Strike 2. And there's another similar movie out there called Star Wars. And while it does majestically strike out, Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets does so with some style, making it passable entertainment but in no way generating a shift for the genre.

    Serving 1,000 planets, the sprawling 28th Century space metropolis Alpha is home to the galaxy's knowledge and culture. Helping to defend this world and the others are space/time agents Valerian (Dane DeHaan) and Laureline (Cara Delevingne), who are to escort Commander Arün Filitt (Clive Owen) to a meeting of planetary representatives to deliver a dire message: Alpha is home to a growing radiation pocket deep inside its interior which will eventually destroy the metropolis. This mystery is just the beginning of the madness for Valerian and Laureline, as they become embroiled in a dark secret that threatens not only the safety of Alpha but the stability of the alliance which Earth has brokered over hundreds of years. The results will force our agents to come to terms about each other's feelings for the other, while learning about the fate of an ancient world that's been strangely scrubbed from the memory banks.

    Right from opening, it's clear that Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets wants to be an epic that supplants Star Wars, Avatar, Independence Day, and many others. It's got a ton of exotic creatures, incredible universe building, and a style that closely mirrors Director Luc Besson's masterpiece The Fifth Element. But it offers none of the heart of those movies, surrounding us instead with highly choreographed moments that feel empty and therefore generate little interest. We never get the sense that Valerian and Laureline are in any real danger, that Alpha is about to go down the universal toilet, or that mankind is about to take the next great step in its evolution. It never takes a chance to do anything but bare necessities: a moment of visual beauty by Cinematographer Thierry Arbogast, pulled down by clunky dialogue, with a reveal that makes little sense. At least Valerian shows us the villain early on, so we can't mark it down for that, but it's clear that other elements of the story are in dire need of repair.

    Valerian wants us to believe that a 30-year-old atrocity committed by the villain would somehow find itself swept under the bureaucratic rug, even though Writer Besson seems comfortable making such a leap. In an interconnected world like Valerian, news of that importance would have swept over the galaxy to overcome the Earth. That's a terrible assumption to make, but it's not the only error Besson makes. He seems to think funny moments and cute creatures can supplant real story - something that bogged down Lucy and the later Taken films. The reason why Star Wars works is because of its story, not just its world building. Besson's choices to lead this film don't help either.

    Both DeHaan and Delevigne are good supporting actors, but in Valerian they feel as out of place as their characters do in the larger universe. Their chemistry never jumps off the page, with DeHaan playing Han Solo and Delevinge doing her best Princess Leia. Both dance around the other, while Owen barely appears here, perhaps entertaining only five scenes within the entire movie. His role in things is revealed early on, demonstrating that Besson does at least understand reveals and how they play into the larger story. Music by Composer Alexandre Desplat doesn't exactly inspire a sense of grandeur either.

    But above all of that, Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets doesn't have a soul. This has the possibility of becoming a wide-open universe of amazing worlds and creatures, surrounded by the efforts of two humans to help a people reclaim their world. Instead, it's fairly lifeless as our actors speak their lines without inhabiting their characters, while Besson throws out the next epic political commentary on immigration, tolerance, and brotherly love. Valerian could have been Star Trek, with its Federation of Planets representing a massive humanitarian armada and its officers righting the wrongs like space-faring town marshals. Its huge second act really sends things awry, as Valerian and Laureline interact with a subculture hidden deep inside Alpha, all just to find the other. A cameo and hot performance by Rhianna keep us on our toes, but it never amounts to anything central to the story.

    A long-winded space epic that misses a golden opportunity to redefine the genre, Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets isn't awful but it's downright disappointing if you attach any importance to Besson's work. If you don't mind a dizzying array of planets and characters, surrounded by milktoast leads and vanilla dialogue, you're sure to love the universe building and pure insanity behind Besson's film. You might also be comparing it to The Fifth Element, which is far better at any moment than Valerian is at its best. This film will either become a cult classic or instantly disappear under the growing pile of dung that's become Summer 2017; and just like its director, you'll either love Valerian or storm out demanding your money. That's not a great marketing concept to build an entire franchise upon, so don't say I didn't warn you.

    Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets is rated PG-13 for sci-fi violence and action, suggestive material and brief language and has a runtime of 137 minutes.

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    Enter For A Chance To Win Passes To See THE GLASS CASTLE In Houston

    Enter for a chance to win tickets to see THE GLASS CASTLE on August 8 at 7:30 PM in Houston .

    Chronicling the adventures of an eccentric, resilient and tight-knit family, THE GLASS CASTLE is a remarkable story of unconditional love. Oscar® winner Brie Larson brings Jeannette Walls’s best-selling memoir to life as a young woman who, influenced by the joyfully wild nature of her deeply dysfunctional father (Woody Harrelson), found the fiery determination to carve out a successful life on her own terms.

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    THE GLASS CASTLE opens nationwide Friday, August 11.

    Lionsgate presents, a Gil Netter/Lionsgate production. Screenplay by Destin Daniel Cretton & Andrew Lanham. Directed by Destin Daniel Cretton.

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