In Defense of Cloverfield Paradox – The Disconnect Between the Moviegoer and the Critic

Last night, immediately after the end of the amazing Philadelphia Eagles win over the New England Patriots, Netflix dropped Cloverfield Paradox.

In the movie, we follow a team of astronauts that are orbiting Earth during a time where oil reserves are being depleted and the planet is on the brink of war. These scientists are trying to solve the energy crisis, but when they fire the CERN-like particle accelerator in space they cause the rift that allows the monsters to  terrorize Earth AND it also propels this team of astronauts to somewhere they do not recognize.

That’s when the scary factor starts. These astronauts can’t find their Earth. Did they destroy it when the accelerator fired?

By piecing together clues, it clicks, they realize this is not their universe.

Getting home to their universe is priority #1.

Adding this stressor to people who are already at their wit’s end, due to being away from all that they know and love for such a prolonged amount of time….results in tensions being amped up to the nth level.

There is also the issue of the paradox. Schmidt explains to his team and us, that we are dealing with a quantum paradox on the ship called Cloverfield. Because our team is in this new universe…the other team was negated. While the physics of this universe tries to make sense of Cloverfield being in it, things go awry. Weird things happen. Things that do not make sense at all. That is when the freaky oh-my-wtf feeling starts for us, the viewer. Are eyes supposed to do that? Want to know how many ways you can die on a space station, this is the movie for you. All of it cringe-worthy and painful to watch.

While this is happening. the emotional core of the movie is anchored by Ava. She is someone who we empathize with…because the reason she is on the ship is heartbreaking. But, because we are in this new universe, she must struggle with the fact that the impossible is possible. What she is missing in her universe is in this new universe. What would you do if you were in her shoes? The logical side of you is screaming No! at the TV. The emotional side of you is in teary-mode for Ava (Gugu Mbatha-Raw).

Were there moments where you are scratching your head? Yes, but that is so minute that it should not impact the whole of the movie.

All we want to know is if this team will make it? You will have to watch it to see if it happens.

The movie is filled with a stellar multicultural cast (Gugu Mbatha-Raw, David Oyelowo, Chris O’Dowd, John Ortiz, Ziyi Zhang, Elizabeth Debicki and the Alienist’s Daniel Bruhl) that helped move the story along and gave us some great moments that have me still talking about the movie. Plot wise, it may seem like we have seen this movie time and time again, but it hits its mark and leaves you with so many bloody questions that all you want to do is watch the original Cloverfield and start counting down to the 4th installment.

Now, if you are one of those people out there who were wondering how this movie connects with the two prior Cloverfield movies, were you watching the movie?

Did you not hear the explosion, see the movement in the shadows, hear Ava’s husband talk about the “things” as he is trying to figure out what is going on with her? Do things have to be so blatant for you to connect the dots?

Also, I am not sure why people think magic can strike twice. Empire Strikes Back and the Godfather 2 were anomalies. Cloverfield was amazing, but you cannot constantly compare future movies to it. That is not fair to the future Directors and the franchise as a whole. All a new director can do is make a great standalone movie. Julius Onah did that.

Cloverfield Paradox is a great movie.

Give it a shot.

I am hopping off my soapbox.

ps – Did you catch the little Easter eggs that gave a nod to Slush-o and the Star Trek Federation. Also, did you hear the voices of Simon Pegg and Greg Grunberg in the movie?

Official Trailer – Solo: A Star Wars Story

It is here! Our first official look of Solo!

From the ticking noise leading us to the grinding guitar with the voice over of our new Han (Alden Ehrenreich) telling us his desire to be the best pilot in the universe. We are drawn in to see who his first team is…

We see his mentor, Tobias Beckett (Woody Harrelson), ask him to join his crew. One by one, we see Chewie, Lando (Donald Glover) and then Qi’Ra (Emilia Clarke) comes into view. But, there is a different relationship between Qi’Ra and Han, what that is…we will find out Memorial Day Weekend!

Whoever does the trailers for Star Wars movies should get some kind of award. They make all these movies look amazing and make the feeling of worry ebb away.

We also got new posters:

Courtesy of Star Wars.

Movie News: Cowboy Ninja Viking Has a Director and More…

Michelle MacLaren has been tapped to helm Cowboy Ninja Viking, which tells of a story of a counter-intelligence unit that uses multiple personality disorder patients to create agents known as Triplets, referring to the three personalities the killers have. When the agents become rogue hired guns, the deadliest Triplet of them all, Cowboy Ninja Viking, is called in to take down his own brethren. This movie will be adapted from the Image Comics title of the same name.

MacLaren is well-known for her work on shows like Game of Thrones, Westworld, The Walking Dead and Breaking Bad, to name a few. THR

Cowboy Ninja Viking will come out June 29, 2019.

Even with everyone chomping at the bit about his upcoming West Side Story remake and the casting for that movie, as well as Ready Player One coming out in March, Steven Spielberg still has eyes set on the 5th movie in the Indiana Jones franchise.

THR stated the following:

And while Indy 5 is the next to go for Spielberg, insiders don’t rule out the miniscule chance that another project, small-ish in scale, could shoot up from the development pile and grab his interest.

You have to admire someone as talented as Spielberg for tackling so many genres and still loving his Indian Jones franchise.

From Book to the Silver Screen: Paramount may have found a franchise to invest in…

Paramount wants to play with the big boys by investing manpower and money into transforming the Ology series into a family-centric film franchise. It will revolve around the Ology books, which consist of 13 fictional YA encyclopedias from Templar Publishing. Some of the titles that you may recognize from your trips to your local book stores; Spyology, Knightology, Egyptology, Vampireology,  Monsterology, etc… The series is hugely popular and Paramount wants to revolve the franchise around a research institute, where the fringe sciences that no one else takes seriously are studied in earnest. Deadline


You had me at Paul Rudd… Mute

So, the Ant-Man and Wasp trailer came out today!

But, this tweet popped up as well:mute.png

Due to being a fan of Paul Rudd, I was intrigued. The hunt was on and I found this:

Alexander Skarsgard, you say?

I continued my search and this is what I know about it:

Release Date: February 23rd
Where: Netflix
Synopsis: A mute bartender goes up against his city’s gangsters in an effort to find out what happened to his missing partner.
Stars: Alexander Skarsgard, Paul Rudd, and Justin Theroux
Director: Duncan Jones

I’m watching it.