“Si Vis Pacem, Para Bellum” – John Wick Chapter 3 Trailer is Here!

After months of behind the scenes pictures, an announcement trailer of the official trailer’s release, and teaser posters, it’s finally here. The official trailer for John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum! check it out below!

Since breaking a rule on Continental grounds from the last film, Wick (played by Keanu Reeves) has run out of the extra hour, and the High Table’s $14 million contract on his head is now active. Wick will now face assassins coming left and right in order to get out of New York alive.

Reeves is joined by past actors Ian Mcshane, Lance Reddick, Laurence Fishburne, Common, Ruby Rose and John Leguizamo. New actors and actresses joining this chapter include Halle Berry, Mark Dacascos, Asia Kate Dillion, Robin Lord Taylor, and Jason Mantzoukas.

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John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum releases in theaters on May 17, 2019.

Spider-Man: Far From Home Trailer & Poster Is Here!

Early on yesterday, a trailer for the next entry in Marvel’s Spider-Man run has dropped.  Supposedly taking place after Avengers Infinity War, we see Peter Parker (played by actor Tom Holland) handling his new role as Spider-Man, having the support of Aunt May (Actress Marisa Tomei), and getting ready to go on a school trip to Europe.

Everything seems very upbeat and life is going great until a dart flies from the darkness, Ned’s body hits the floor, and Nick Fury (played by Samuel L. Jackson) appears to let us know this is still a super hero movie. A tone shift in the trailer takes us into the apparent main plot, having Fury recruiting Peter to help with some strange occurrences happening across Europe.

This trailer was brilliant, having the layer showing the progress of Peter’s life, to the transition of being Spider-Man overseas, and then right when you think the trailer is going to end with the release date? We get the silver screen debut of Mysterio (played by actor Jake Gyllenhaal), one of Spidey’s more well known villains.

From the nod to Steve Ditko’s black and red Spidey design (which may also be a slight nod to assassin Spider-Man), to the enemies that seem to be popping up for this film, there seems to be a lot to love and it is only the trailer.

Returning actors and actresses joining Holland, Tomei, Jackson, and Gyllenhaal are Zendaya, Combie Smulders, Jon Favreau, Jacob Batalon, Martin Starr, and Michael Keaton.

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Spider-Man: Far From Home is set to debut this summer on July 5th 2019.

Wick’s Back! John Wick Chapter 3 Teaser Announcement and Poster Reveal

Spider Man: Far From Home wasn’t the only teaser to be released yesterday.

Lionsgate Studios released a ten second teaser trailer reveal date and both motion/still poster of the next installment in the John Wick series: John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum.

Chapter 3 takes off right after the 2017’s sequel as Wick (played by Keanu Reeves) who is now excommunicated from Continental services, is trying to survive in New York City against an assortment of assassins for his $14 Million dollar contract.

Reeves is joined by past actors Ian Mcshane, Lance Reddick, Laurence Fishburne, Common, Ruby Rose and John Leguizamo. New actors and actresses joining this chapter include Halle Berry, Mark Dacascos, Asia Kate Dillion, Robin Lord Taylor, and Jason Mantzoukas.

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John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum releases in theaters on May 17, 2019.

The Pros and Cons of 2018

With the year winding down and just a few weeks left (still plenty of time for more surprises to be fair) let’s look at some of the notable events that occurred this year.


Gaming

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Pros:

Red Dead Redemption 2: A world that not only meets the status quo of Rockstar, but exceeds it with the amount of detail, depth of story, and seemingly endless hours of game play (with online still on the way).

Synchronizing online play: Despite some disputes on how it will all work, there has been a rise in cross-platform online play. While Fortnite is currently the only game to work across all platforms, Rocket League, Minecraft, and Hover are examples of games that play with more than the platform you may own them on.

With Microsoft supporting purchases across PC and Xbox with their play anywhere initiative, it looks to be a positive future regardless of your platform of choice.

SSBU: Possibly the final entry in the series (at least with Masahiro Sakari at the helm), this game delivers every single good thing you’ve experienced in a Smash Bros game and then some.  Touting an epic proportioned story mode and the largest cast of fighters yet, this is a must grab for any Switch owner out there.

Spider-Man: Although this is only for the PS4, when a Spider-man game is good, it’s great! Everything you could hope for in a sandbox superhero game and a bit more.

Cons:

Tell Tale: The company hit it big years ago with their Walking Dead series and came out with some promising titles after including their takes on Minecraft, Batman, and Game of Thrones. However, their lack of game play variation and poor management saw a very ugly end to the company.

Fall Out 76: This game was either going to be a hit or a miss.  Unfortunately, the launch was a huge miss.  Between the messy BETA, the amount of glitches, and the over reliance of multiplayer to compensate for the lack of story and NPC’s, the launch has been messy to say the least. It’s now lead many players to wait until Bethesda can provide more incentive to dive into their new Fall Out experiment.


Music

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Pros:

Honestly, this has been a great year for music in this writer’s opinion.  With releases like Kid Cudi’s Kids See Ghost,Anderson Paak’s Oxnard, Pusha T’s Daytona, Idles Joy as an Act of Resistance, Portal’s Ion, Sophie’s Oil of Every Pearl’s Un-Insides, Kanye’s Ye, and Brockhampton’s Iridescence to name a few album titles there was really at least two albums in most genres this year that were great to amazing to listen to.

Cons:

The cons aren’t long in length, aside from some inflated drama with celebrities, the biggest hits came in those who passed in 2018.  One of the most tragic losses being that of Mac Miller who passed away due to an accidental overdose. Mac Miller’s untimely passing was felt by many, and his positive influence on the world will be missed even by those who never got the chance to meet him.


Cinema and Showtime

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Pros:

Marvel, hands down the current king on the super hero genre and Infinity War was a true epic to everything that had come before, with more to come this next year.  Worth catching in the theaters and a fresh take on the whole Avengers formula.

Broly is coming, again.  With the mixed success of Dragon Ball Super, a new movie is on its way and while it has yet to hit, the impact of the trailers alone is palpable and is promising an anime movie release to rival that of the Pokémon franchise.

Whether it’s via broadcast or streaming service, television shows may be at its peak right now.  The only real problem is there may be too much worthwhile content.  It’s hard to keep up with things on Netflix, Hulu, and network shows from Fox, NBC, Showtime and so on.

With a controversial split between Marvel and Guardians of the Galaxy’s director James Gunn, Warner Bros. wasted no time in penning Gunn as the new director of the sequel to Suicide Squad. One of the silver linings of the fall out is the sequel to one of DC’s bigger disappointments is getting a promising upgrade in direction.

Cons:

Marvel is also on the con side of things.  The whole franchise is huge and has plans to keep growing, but the burn out can be felt by some casual movie goers and fans alike.

To bookend the Marvel expansion issue, is the seeming end of the Netflix Marvel universe with the end of Iron Fist, Luke Cage, and Daredevil, all announced this year.  It’s not too surprising considering Disney is now going forward with their own streaming service, but is still a blow to those that enjoyed what some of these series offered on the service.

YouTube may not be considered a television or movie source (at least not legally), but it is becoming harder for new content creators to be interested in coming to the site. YouTube’s ability to pay its creators has been coming under repeated scrutiny over the past few years it does not seem to be heading for a positive resolution, especially with the EU’s Article 13 (see more here). There is some worry about any appeal to this platform’s future.


Conclusion

All in all it has been an eventful year yet again in all types of ways. We had so much to be thankful for with new groud breaking in all areas of pop culture. The bad always comes with the good and it can only be taken in stride as we continue to see and enjoy the  innovation in what we as consumers enjoy so much. We can only hope for more of the good (without more of the bad) as 2019 quickly approaches. So lets say a so long to 2018 and embrace the new year with open arms.

Embrace the New Year and don’t forget to follow us on Twitter for the latest news @tehlunchboxpub!

Avengers: Endgame Revealed!

After months of waiting since the release of Avengers: Infinity War, countless rumors, and speculations, it’s finally here.

Marvel Entertainment released the trailer for their 22nd installment of their cinematic universe this morning, Avengers: Endgame. Check out the trailer below!

The trailer shows the aftermath of the remaining Avengers after a single event. What and how they will fix the course of things back to normal will be answered next year.

Avengers: Endgame hits theaters in 3D and IMAX on April 26, 2019.

Power Rangers Teaser Trailer Released!

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This morning, fans woken to the teaser trailer of the new Power Rangers movie. Check it out below!

The Power Rangers series were originally from Japan (named Super Sentai) which became a hit here in the United States. The movie is a reboot following five teenagers who are gifted with extraordinary powers as they defend Earth from evil forces.

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Saban’s Power Rangers hit theaters March 2017.

Joe Manganiello is the Choice to Play Deathstroke in Upcoming Batman Film

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Yup, that’s right folks. What had been in the news for quite some time (almost a year now) has now been confirmed. After that little teaser Ben Affleck shared with everyone only a couple of weeks ago many speculated that it was only a matter of time before we got news of who would be in the suit as Slade Wilson. DC Entertainment president and chief creative officer Geoff Johns confirmed the casting in an interview in which he discusses his role overseeing Warner Bros DCEU franchise.

Manganiello, has been a fan favorite for the casting so it is not surprising that the news is met with mostly positive reception. The groundswell of expectations is rising quickly for Affleck’s standalone Batman film (which he is also the director of) and with this casting it is sure to put even more eyes on the project. I don’t think I can wait for the first action reel putting the two adversaries against each other for the first time on film, but I’m sure my patience will be rewarded when the film is finally released.


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Underworld: Blood Wars Trailer is Here!

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The new trailer for the next chapter of the Underworld franchise has been released and it’s looking great.

Blood Wars has a new battle between the vampires and lycans. With Selene (played by Kate Beckinsale) fueled with a personal vendetta, she will stop at nothing to see what is right.

Underworld: Blood Wars hits theaters January 6, 2017.

Gene Wilder (June 11, 1933 – August 29, 2016)

Mr. Gene Wilder has left the building folks.

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The actor known for this roles in Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, Young Frankenstein, Blazing Saddles, and The Little Prince to name a few, passed away yesterday due to complications of Alzheimer’s disease. He was 83.

Wilder had been diagnosed three years prior and wanted to keep his condition private. His nephew, Jordan Walker-Pearlman, stated the reason “more so that the countless young children that would smile or call out to him “there’s Willy Wonka,” would not have to be exposed to an adult referencing illness or trouble and cause delight to travel to worry, disappointment or confusion. He simply couldn’t bear the idea of one less smile in the world.“.

Lights Out: This Summer’s Scare

Martin is experiencing a horrifying apparition every time the lights are out in his home. He tries to convince and ask for help from his mom, but doing so he is told to go to back to bed. His grades and sanity are jeopardized because of his night time scares, and his older sister tries to take custody over him when his mother doesn’t pick him up from school. We find out that his sister has been having these troubles in her past as well. The apparition the two are seeing has come from their mothers past an torment their family.

As soon as the movie starts, you get the jump scares. The jump scare scenes are actually disturbingly creepy although pretty well done. We get mannequins for the first jump scare, and it doesn’t disappoint. There are really only two scenes that really scared me. I was only anticipating the scare and the characters trying to protect themselves from the apparition.

Now the plot was pretty fast paced. We get an explanation of the monster and the relation to the characters back-story in 3 scenes and we get the characters trying to figure out how to stop the creature for the rest of the film. The pacing of the story was pretty good among the jump scares. The creature was not designed very well, however, she had a grudge kinda look and an obscured face with only glowing eyes showing. That’s a lazy kind of design right there if you ask me. Another problem I have is that the movie feels rushed. We did get everything we needed for the movie, but it just felt really short which is not a bad thing. It was well done however; it had nothing new to put out to the horror genre.

Lights out gets 3 out of 5

+ exceedingly creepy ideas put to scare

+ gave the creature purpose and backstory

+setup is creepy

-needed more plot and character development

– feels rushed

-something more interesting needed to be added


 10628120_1145366598809304_2350042831562140609_nGaylene A. is the lead artist and contributing writer for Teh Lunchbox Publications! For all your news, up to date information, previews, and reviews on the entertainment world, keep it here on tehlunchboxpub.wordpress.com and LIKE and FOLLOW us on Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Instagram, YouTube, and Twitch!