By Kimberly Donahue
Will Tarashuk was joined by Travis Martin this week with spies on the brain following the release of the newest installment in the Bourne series, Jason Bourne. Will’s never been one for spy movies, but is aware of the influence of James Bond and the Mission Impossible movies. Travis has been more interested, with his most recent spy movie being Skyfall.
News on the March
San Diego Comic Con released a lot of trailers and provided a lot of discussion material for films over the next few years.
Kiersy Clemons has been casted as the female lead in the upcoming movie, The Flash. her recent work includes Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising and Dope.
Avengers: Infinity War will be split into two films, the first not scheduled to come out until 2018. Part Two remains untitled. The guys feel that the split will give the movie as a whole two separate feelings.
In more Marvel news, Academy Award winning actress Brie Larson has been confirmed as Captain Marvel, starring in the film of the same name. This version of the Marvel favorite is said to channel Susan Danver’s interpretation of the role.
Will is extremely excited for Seth Rogen’s animated comedy, Sausage Party, whose trailer was released this past week. Many familiar faces from the 2013 hit This Is the End will be returning for the film including Jonah Hill and Bill Hader as well as some new faces like Kristen Whig. Will highly encourages you to go see this film and make this genre something special.
Casting is underway for Guardians of the Galaxy 2, with Elizabeth Debicki as Ayesha and Sylvester Stallone has signed on, but his role is unknown thus far.
The trailer for Kong: Skull Island has been released and Will and Travis see potential, but not sure what to think of the film yet.
Marvel continues to make headlines with release of the characters in the upcoming Black Panther movie.
Michael B. Jordan is set to play Eric Killmonger.
Lupita Nyong’o is cast Nakai, who will later become the villain Malice.
Danai Gurira of The Walking Dead has joined as Okoye.
Our hosts thinks it will be best to wait for a trailer in order to judge the quality of the film.
Spider Man:Homecoming characters have also been released.
Michael Keaton will be starring as Vulture.
We’ll see Grand Budapest Hotel star,Tony Revelori, as Flash Thompson, Peter Parker’s childhood bully.
Laura Herrier will take on the role of love interest, Liz Allen.
Comic Con also released the King Arthur trailer. It seems like a real life Game of Thrones and appears to be a series. The special effects and costumes look beautiful, however even though this is a basic hero’s journey, it’s a very hard story to get right. This leaves Will skeptical about the movie.
Jason Bourne: The most dangerous operative of the CIA is drawn out of hiding to reveal secret truths about his past. Will has never been a big fan of the Bourne series or spy movies in general, but thought this one was okay. Travis found the story interesting, thought Tommy Lee Jones gave a fine performance and Alicia Vikander’s character had potential, but was not a fan of the use of shaky cam. Both thought the movie had really great action scenes, especially the motorcycle and car chases. They say if you’re a Bourne fan or looking for an action movie, see it, but don’t expect anything like the first two films in the series.
Nerve: Emma Roberts and Dave Franco opposite each other in this thriller/dramedy mix that follows a high school senior who finds herself involved in a video game which is essentially the ultimate game of truth or dare, all while being closely watched by others who play the game. Roberts and Franco have good on screen chemistry and the film has an interesting premise, but the guys agreed that there are too many plot holes and is pretty unrealistic. Overall, you can skip this flick.
Indignation: Set in 1951 during the Korean War, a working-class Jewish teenager from New Jersey begins schooling at a Catholic college in Ohio where he faces oppression. Travis thought Logan Lerman did an excellent job leading the cast and said the acting was phenomenal. However, it was a little predictable. He thinks if you’re on the younger side, you can skip it, but older generations will appreciate this.
In honor of the closing of the Republican and Democratic National Conventions, we give you our…
Top 10 Political Films
10. Malcom X
5. Back and to the Left
4. All the President’s Men
3. V for Vendetta
2. Mr. Smith Goes to Washington
1. Dr. Strangelove
That’s all for this week on The Screening Room. Tune in next week as Will and Patrick review the highly anticipated Suicide Squad on 88.7 FM, Radio Hofstra University.