Everything Wrong with Cinema Sins

(Welcome to The Soapbox, the space where we get loud, feisty, political, and opinionated about about anything and everything. In this edition: director Jordan Vogt-Roberts is fed up with Cinema Sins and we’re with him.)

Do you remember Cinema Sins? They’re the YouTube channel who puts together those “Everything Wrong with…” videos that point out what they think are mistakes in movies. We used to run them because for awhile they were harmless and amusing. But after awhile, they became far too self-indulgent, opting to point out things in a movie that weren’t really “wrong” with a title in question, but lame musings where the writer felt like desperately trying to be clever. That’s why we stopped running them with the exception of an appearance every now and then, accompanied by a single line, in our Superhero Bits column.

It turns out we’re not the only ones who are frustrated by Cinema Sins. Director Jordan Vogt-Roberts recently decided to unleash hellfire upon Cinema Sins after they took aim at his latest film, Kong: Skull Island. However, he’s not mad about criticism of his movie in general, but rather what Cinema Sins has come to represent and how it dumbs down film criticism and culture while masquerading as satire.

Find out what Jordan Vogt-Roberts had to say about Cinema Sins below. Read More »

How Kong: Skull Island Should Have Ended

Right now you can bring Kong: Skull Island home to relive the adventure that brought the giant ape back to the screen in a big way. However, once you start rewatching the movie over and over again, you might start to notice some of the logical fallacies that lie within. Hell, you might have already noticed some of them the first time around. But at least they didn’t make the sci-fi adventure any less fun to watch. In fact, the folks at How It Should Have Ended used some of these leaps in logic to deliver another episode that shows us some of the many alternate routes Kong: Skull Island could have taken.

Watch How Kong: Skull Island Should Have Ended below. Read More »

/Film’s 28 Favorite Movies of 2017 So Far

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Over the past few weeks, the /Film team has assembled personal lists of their favorite movies of the year so far, a look at where we stand halfway through the year. But those lists were also ballots, votes for one final article – a complete list of the entire site’s favorite movies of 2017 so far.

Of those six ballots (and 60 possible slots) contributed by Peter Sciretta, Jacob Hall, Ethan Anderton, Jack Giroux, Hoai-Tran Bui, and Ben Pearson, 28 films were named. And that brings us to the grand finale: the 28 best movies /Film has seen in the first half of this year.

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Kong Skull Island Comic Book

This week brings the release of Skull Island: The Birth of Kong, a prequel comic that keys us into some of the events that happened before last month’s Kong: Skull Island. Since the new movie focusing on the giant ape just throws us into the mythic world of the island filled with monsters with little to no backstory, of course there’s a prequel story to be told that lets us know how Kong became king.

We live in a world where comic books have their trailers now, and the Kong Skull Island comic book trailer reveals some of the artwork that we’ll find in the pages of the comic that expands the mythology of what is being called Warner Bros.’ MonsterVerse. Watch the trailer below to see what’s in store. Read More »

Kong Skull Island Alternate Opening

Kong: Skull Island had quite the legacy to live up to after being based on one of the most highly regarded classic films of all time, not to mention following up Peter Jackson’s 2005 remake which was at the very least a crowning technical achievement, even if you weren’t moved by the epic approach to the movie monster’s story. Thankfully, director Jordan Vogt-Roberts created something completely different that was able to stand on its own two feet, rather literally when you consider that this new Kong is a giant biped. And to make sure everyone understood that, he almost opened the movie by throwing some shade at the King that came before it.

Find out about the Kong Skull Island alternate opening below. Read More »

Kong Skull Island Trailer

In today’s edition of sequel bits:

  • The new Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales international poster.
  • Jokes about a Hank Marlow (John C. Reilly) prequel to Kong: Skull Island.
  • M. Night Shyamalan provides an update on Split 2.
  • Director J.A. Bayona and executive producer/co-writer Colin Trevorrow enjoying themselves on the set of the Untitled Jurassic World sequel.
  • A theory about Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them‘s Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne).
  • Seth Rogen on why a Sausage Party 2 is unlikely.

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In the third part of my interview with director Jordan Vogt-Roberts, the filmmaker talks about how Kong: Skull Island might set-up the upcoming Godzilla: King of Monsters, the 2020 event showdown film Godzilla vs. Kong, and the future of Warner Bros’ Monsterverse.

Parts one and two can be found at those links. Read on for the conclusion!

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Kong Skull Island Concept Art

Kong: Skull Island landed the top spot at the box office this past weekend, and if you took the time to see the action adventure, you were treated to some stunning visuals and incredible monster movie action. Now you can see some of the concept art that inspired the gorgeous cinematography that brought Kong to life, and while many of the images ended up being perfectly recreated in the movie, there are a couple of interesting pieces that didn’t make the cut.

Check out the Kong Skull Island concept art after the jump. Read More »

Kong Skull Island Review

There have been plenty of iterations of King Kong over the years, from his debut in the classic RKO picture in 1933 that would influence generations of filmmakers to Peter Jackson’s romantic epic in 2005. But I can guarantee that you’ve never seen a King Kong as badass, stylish and just plain cool as director Jordan Vogt-Roberts delivers in Kong: Skull Island.

It’s been a long time since there’s been a monster movie as bold, daring and gruesome as Kong: Skull Island, and that’s what makes it a refreshing action adventure that is chock full of mesmerizing visuals, startling action and some of the most amazingly repulsive monsters the big screen has seen in awhile.

Read on for our full Kong Skull Island review. Read More »

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Kong Skull Island Credits Scene

Kong: Skull Island isn’t just a new take on the classic movie monster that originated on the big screen back in 1933. It’s also the second film in the new cinematic universe that launched with Gareth Edwards’ new take on Godzilla in 2014. Though Kong: Skull Island takes place all the way back in 1973, it prominently features the government organization Monarch, the same department that kept the existence of Godzilla and other monsters under wraps in Edwards’ film.

If you saw Kong: Skull Island in theaters already, you may have seen the post-credits stinger that featured a scene tying the new King Kong adventure even more directly to the new monster movie universe being created by Warner Bros. and Legendary. For those who maybe didn’t know about the Kong Skull Island credits scene or didn’t quite understand what it was showing, we’ve got you covered.

SPECIAL NOTE: If you’re planning to see Kong: Skull Island and don’t want it spoiled, we’ve included all those details after the jump. Just beware that if you stay after the credits, you’ll want to stop paying attention to the scrolling words on screen once the credits for the soundtrack start to roll. Otherwise, just after that there is one particular line in the credits that ruins the surprise of what lies in the scene that follows. Read More »