Ghost of Tsushima Movie Inbound!

Sucker Punch’s Ghost of Tsushima has been making history. With breaking sales records as selling 2.4 million copies the first three days (becoming Playstation 4’s fastest selling game), winning both Best Art Direction and Viewer’s Choice awards in The Game Awards, and having Sucker Punch become the ambassadors for the actual island of Tsushima, the list of achievements is endless.

Ghost of Tsushima is also Teh Lunchbox Publication’s Game of the Year and Best Multiplayer for its Legends add on, earning a perfect 5 out of 5 from us. So what’s next for the series? Hollywood.

It’s been reported that Sucker Punch is taking their beloved title to the big screen, teaming up with Sony Pictures. The director on helm with this project is none other than Chad Stahelski, whose credits include the John Wick movies, need we say more?

For the official announcement, check out Playstation’s post here.

Ghost of Tsushima is Rated M for Mature and available now for the Playstation 4.

Disney’s Cruella Trailer is Here!

What was that one lyric? “If she doesn’t scare you, no evil thing will“?

Disney’s Live Action Universe is about to get bigger with their next biggest movie, Cruella. Check out the trailer below!

The movie will star Academy Award-winning actress, Emma Stone (La La Land, Zombieland) as the young Cruella de Vil who works her way up in the fashion design world and becomes obsessed with dog fur, particularly Dalmatian fur.

The cast next to Stone includes Emma Thompson (Beauty and the Beast, Men in Black: International), Joel Fry (HBO’s Game of Thrones, Yesterday), Paul Walter Hauser (Netflix’s Cobra Kai, Richard Jewel), and Mark Strong (Kingsman: The Golden Circle, Shazam!).

Disney’s Cruella hits theaters on May 28, 2021.

Mortal Kombat Movie Posters Are Here! Trailer Release Tomorrow!

It’s been almost 24 years since we’ve last seen the fighting game franchise on the big screen. Warner Bros. decided to release its character posters of the upcoming reboot of the mid-90s movie franchise, and they look fantastic!

Warner Bros. also released the official synopsis for the film:

“MMA fighter Cole Young, accustomed to taking a beating for money, is unaware of his heritage—or why Outworld’s Emperor Shang Tsung has sent his best warrior, Sub-Zero, an otherworldly Cryomancer, to hunt Cole down. Fearing for his family’s safety, Cole goes in search of Sonya Blade at the direction of Jax, a Special Forces Major who bears the same strange dragon marking Cole was born with. Soon, he finds himself at the temple of Lord Raiden, an Elder God and the protector of Earthrealm, who grants sanctuary to those who bear the mark. Here, Cole trains with experienced warriors Liu Kang, Kung Lao and rogue mercenary Kano, as he prepares to stand with Earth’s greatest champions against the enemies of Outworld in a high stakes battle for the universe. But will Cole be pushed hard enough to unlock his arcana—the immense power from within his soul—in time to save not only his family, but to stop Outworld once and for all?”

Check out the remaining character posters from the official Twitter account showing off Liu Kang, Kung Lao, Raiden, Kano, Sonya, Shang Tsung, Jax, Mileena, Cole Young, and Sub-Zero.

Be sure to come back tomorrow here on the website as we will have the official trailer for the upcoming movie itself!

The movie will star Ludi Lin (Power Rangers, Aquaman) as Liu Kang, Max Huang (The Foreigner, Kingsman: The Secret Service) as Kung Lao, Tadanobu Asano (Thor: Ragnarok, Detective Chinatown 3) as Raiden, Josh Lawson (Long Story Short, Bombshell) as Kano, Jessica McNamee (The Meg, Into the Dark) as Sonya, Chin Han (Skyscraper, Ghost in the Shell) as Shang Tsung, Mehcad Brooks (CW’s Supergirl, A Fall from Grace) as Jax, Sisi Stringer (Children of the Corn, Bloody Hell) as Mileena, Lewis Tan (Showtime’s Warrior, Netflix’s Iron Fist) as Cole Young, Hiroyuki Sanada as Scorpion (The Last Samurai, Avengers: Endgame), and Joe Taslim (The Swordsman, The Night Comes for Us) as Sub-Zero.

Test your might as Mortal Kombat hits theaters and on HBO Max on April 16, 2021.

6 Underground Trailer Revealed!

What if you and five other individuals decided to fake your deaths and then pursue a life of vigilantism? This decision is shown in the upcoming action movie, 6 Underground.

20191002_030500000_iOSDirected by Michael Bay (Transformers & Bad Boys series), the film follows Ryan Reynolds (Deadpool) and his team considering of other heavy actors and actresses, such as Melanie Laurent (Inglorious Basterds), Manuel Garcia-Rulfo (The Magnificent Seven), Adria Arjona (Pacific Rim: Uprising), Corey Hawkins (Straight Outta Compton), Ben Hardy (Bohemian Rhapsody), and Dave Franco (The Disaster Artist). Reynolds’s character will use his fortune along with the skills of the team to take down various criminals around the world all while living the vigilante life.

Check out the trailer below!

Will you be checking out this movie once it releases?

6 Underground is scheduled to release on the Netflix streaming platform, December 13, 2019.

Mulan Poster & First Teaser Trailer Revealed!

With the success of Disney turning their beloved animated movies such as Alice in Wonderland, Cinderella, Beauty and the Beast to name a few into live-action adaptations, it’s no surprise that the studio is releasing their next live film after the upcoming Lion King (due for release in July 19, 2019) is their 1998 animated movie, Mulan.

This morning, the studio surprised everyone with a teaser trailer of the upcoming film, check it out below!

For those who aren’t familiar with the story behind Mulan, it follows a young woman on the search of honor who has impersonated as a male soldier to take her father’s place to help defend her country against the invading Hun army.

The movie is directed by Niki Caro (Whale Rider) and features Liu Yifei as Hua Mulan, Donnie Yen (Ip Man series) as Commander Tung,  Yoson An (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: Sword Of Destiny, Mortal Engines) as Chen Honghui, Gong Li (The Monkey King 2) as , Jason Scott Lee (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: Sword Of Destiny) as Bori Khan, Tzi Ma (SkyscraperTigertail) as Hua Zhou, and Jet Li (The Expendables Trilogy, League Of Gods) as The Emperor.

Will you be checking this one out? Let us know in the comments below!

Mulan hits theaters on March 27, 2019.

“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.

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!

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.

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story Teaser!

Last Thursday on ABC’s Good Morning America, early risers were treated to a glimpse of the first trailer and look of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.

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Taking place between episodes three and four, Felicity Jones (The Theory of Everything) plays Jyn Erso, who bands with a group of rebels consisting of Donnie Yen (Ip Man), Jiang Wen (Let The Bullets Fly), Forrest Whitaker (The Last King Of Scotland), Diego Luna (Elysium), and Riz Ahmed (Nightcrawler). Their mission? To break into an Imperial base and steal plans for their latest super weapon, The Death Star. Check out the trailer below!

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story releases in theaters this December 16.

Krampus Christmas: Naughty, Nice, or maybe Not?

This horror-comedy Christmas tale, beckons a tale of a huge holiday family reunion gone horribly wrong. Young Max and his dysfunctional family, get an overwhelming visit from their Aunt Linda, Uncle Howard, their three annoying children and obnoxious Aunt Dorothy. Max, wanting to have a wholesome good Christmas with his whole family is constantly brought down by the hijinks and Christmas commotion of his “charismatic” visitors and his parents, snaps and shuts himself in his room.  Max loses hope in having a good Christmas and rips up his letter to Santa in which chaos ensues.

A massive blizzard appears the upcoming day and Krampus’s nightmarish minions seize the entire neighborhood and close into Max’s family. Now, they must fight against these nightmarish creatures and fight for survival and protect each other.

If anyone has ever heard or read the tale of Krampus, forget about it because it is nothing like the movie. While watching this movie, you have to remember, it’s a comedy-horror. This movie battled both with its comedic and horror parts. When it comes to comedy and horror combined, it was really hard to take anything seriously even when they were trying to be serious. Although when they did have serious moments, it was really hard to care for the characters because of its inconsistent characterization. Having high expectations for this movie I was quite disappointed, but I can say it had great effects as the monsters looked amazingly creepy. The acting was fine (If you’ve ever seen anything with David Koechner), the progression of the movie was weak and expected, but the final turnout of the movie stayed true to the horror concept.

Final verdict: I am ashamed that they didn’t use actual folklore for the movie. I’m just nit-picking but they could’ve done a better job with  storytelling and credibility.  I can say that it is entertaining holiday movie and if you’re into black comedy, check out Krampus.

Krampus gets 3 out of 5

+ The monsters are creepy! (Krampus’s creature model is perfect)

+ Tries to have creative storytelling

+  Something to watch for the holidays

Inconsistent characterization

Needs better execution of overall story

Jump scares were cut out, or not as effective


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!