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Daniel Craig’s final James Bond film No Time To Die comes out on April 4th and duties to pen the final theme was assigned to the young rising pop star Billie Eilish.

Earlier tonight she dropped her Bond theme “No Time To Die,” and is shows a more restrained performance from Eilish, one surrounded by lovely strings and instrumentation that allow her vocals to soar.

It’s a safe bet to say that this song will go the distance come next Oscar season. But for now, let’s just hope that the film itself is a good farewell for Craig.

Enjoy a listen to “No Time To Die” below.
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First Look At Robert Pattinson As Batman

By Will Oliver, February 13th 2020

Matt Reeves’ The Batman has started filming and today the director gave us our first look at Robert Pattinson as The Dark Knight posted a video of a camera test with the actor donning the suit.

Pattinson looks great in the suit, which features some moody red lighting and a score from composer Michael Giacchino.

Get your first look at Robert Pattinson’s Batman. It’s still early but it looks like people will be eating crow very soon doubting the casting of Pattinson.

The Batman – Camera Test from Matt Reeves on Vimeo.

Review: ‘Sonic the Hedgehog’

By Collin Quinlivan, February 13th 2020

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Sonic the Hedgehog | Jeff Fowler | February 14th, 2020

Back in 1990, Sega needed a new game to show off the strength of the Sega Genesis. Following an internal design contest, they settled on a little blue rodent. Sonic the Hedgehog became a smash hit, and helped Sega dethrone mighty rival Nintendo in market share. Since then the franchise has sold over 100 million units and become enshrined in pop culture. And now, after almost 30 years, the blue blur has sped his way to the silver screen.

Sonic the Hedgehog (2020) is the effort to build a new canon from elements taken from across the series. All of the classic staples are there — the rings, his trademark shoes, and a familiar ‘tude. Various plot elements can be traced from previous games and television shows, and that makes for a lot of great references that fanboys will love to spot.

Sonic fans tend to take his voice actors very seriously, and Ben Schwartz clocks in at 200 MPH with his playful and often vulnerable rendition of the character, holding a candle to the more established VAs of the games. James Marsden plays a police officer from Green Hills, Montana, who unwittingly becomes embroiled in the U.S. Government’s pursuit of the titular character. The Feds call in none other than the genius scientist Dr. Robotnik, played by Jim Carrey, who covets the chance to study our speedy friend. Saying that Sonic is essentially an alien, and then a terrestrial cryptid, sounds outlandish…but in the context, it somehow makes the most logical sense. The result is one part buddy cop film, one part road trip film, one part action film, and at least a few moments of weirdly existential musing.

Unfortunately, Sonic tries to juggle too many rings at once, and the movie overall seems to have difficulty establishing a tone or any sense of cohesion. Action sequences, sort of the chili and dog of the series, are oddly placed around the conversational and characterizing sequences. The slapstick humor, akin to Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog, will probably appeal mostly to kids, though there are many genuinely funny moments. At least one Fast & Furious reference. And if you are at all a fan of Jim Carrey’s acting, you’ll get your fix here. A lot of the best bits were seemingly picked for the trailers for the movie, which is unfortunate. Some of the film’s issues can likely be defined as growing pains, as Fowler and Paramount intend for this to be the first in a series. Things only really start falling into place at the very end of it all, but I truly think there’s enough to make a much better sequel. Whether we get to go that far, time and ticket sales will tell.

Obviously, I am inclined to mention the production of this film, and the now-infamous character redesign. For those who live under a rock, Paramount initially revealed the film’s original poster, which featured a mere shadow of what looked like a furry marathon runner with Sonic’s head attached. Once the trailer released, it only got worse. The human-looking teeth, the lack of gloves and overall proportions created an absolute firestorm in the Sonic fandom, and even expanded outward into the general public, with even major media outlets with no skin in the video game mocking it. In a shocking twist of fate, director Jeff Fowler announced that the film would be delayed, and the character would be completely redesigned. To someone with little knowledge of CGI, it might seem like a simple swap, but it’s much more complex than that. Things like positioning and actor reference had to be changed or adapted to, and redoing an entire lipsync alone takes a long time. It reportedly cost Paramount an additional $5 million.

The result, however, could not have been better. The new movie Sonic retains some of his more realistic style, but brings back essentials. Plainly, it looked like Sonic, and we fans could not have been happier. I think this may be one of the first or few times a major film was so drastically altered by fan demand alone. Several animation houses contributed to the production, including Sega’s brilliant in-house team Marza, and Blur Studios, who have worked on things from Halo to Avatar. The other-world sequences featuring all CGI are a pleasure to look at, and almost make you wish you could stay from the real world that follows.

Video game adaptations are incredibly hard to pull off, especially for ones whose focus has generally been more on gameplay. Sonic the Hedgehog is a surprising success, surpassing a long line of passionless attempts, and it manages to at least stand on its own as a welcome entry to the massive franchise. Again, in times like these, I have to remember that I’ve been around Sonic for almost 30 years. These things are for the new generations, and I think kids will enjoy it. That said, being a fan, I enjoyed it too.

Important Note: There is a mid-credits scene you WILL want to see, so make sure to stick around!

Rating: 6.5/10

Any year that we get a new film from Wes Anderson is a good one. We’ve been waiting in anticipation for news on his new film The French Dispatch ever since it was first announced and today we finally got the first official trailer for the highly anticipated film.

The film has a ridiculously star-studded cast, typical of an Anderson film, starring Benicio del Toro, Frances McDormand, Jeffrey Wright, Adrien Brody, Tilda Swinton, Timothée Chalamet, Léa Seydoux, Owen Wilson, Mathieu Amalric, Lyna Khoudri, Steve Park, and Bill Murray
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Oscar Predictions 2020

By Will Oliver, February 9th 2020

We’re mere hours away from the 92nd Academy Awards and with that, we have some last-minute predictions for who we think will take home the grand prize for their respective categories.

Find our predicted winners as well as who we think should win, as we all know that these are often two very different things.
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Review: ‘Bad Boys For Life’

By Will Oliver, January 25th 2020

Bad Boys For Life | Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah | January 17, 2020

It’s safe to say that a lot has changed in the nearly two decades since Michael Bay’s Bad Boys 2 graced the screen. With such a long gap between films, the always worrisome January release date and a lackluster trailer, it’s safe to say many were doubting the potential of Bad Boys For Life to justify the existence of the third entry in this series that started 25 years ago.

I went into the film skeptical about the need for a new entry, but under the leadership of directors Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah, Bad Boys For Life is not only a worthy sequel but one could make a case that it’s just as good as the original, if not better. Only time will tell.
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We All Want Someone’s Best Films of 2019

By Will Oliver, January 22nd 2020

Artwork by Anthony Bauer
Just like with music, there are so many new films out there and just not enough time to watch them all. Although it’s amazing that it’s easier to find all sorts of movies with just the click of a button, it’s impossible to watch it all. But when not at a show or blasting my favorite records, most of my spare time is spent in the cinema trying to find the next great movie.
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We All Want Someone’s Worst Films of 2019

By Will Oliver, January 20th 2020

Artwork by Anthony Bauer

In case you missed the news, we have merged with our sister site Monday Morning Matinee to bring our love of movies to We All Want Someone, creating a more wide-spanning and expansive site.

As a result of the move, we never got around to posting our lists of the best and worst films of the year, which explains why we are posting this worst films list so late into the game.
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