Editorial: Goddamn Movie Spoilers

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The entire writing about film, I keep coming back to the idea that through marketing like trailers, we see WAY too much of any given film before it comes out. I want to know as little as possible walking into a movie. Especially movies like Avengers: Infinity War that are so highly anticipated by nerds like.  Unfortunately, more than a few times per year over the past 5 years or so , there will be at least one or two moments, where I say to myself “Fuck! I didn’t want to KNOW that!” Or “Fuck! I didn’t want to SEE that”.

Ill give you a specific example without spoiling things myself.  There is that really cool moment at the end of the final Avengers: Infinity War trailer where Cap is holding back Thanos with all his might. Here it is:

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We’re all wondering: What’s  going on here?! IS THIS THE END OF CAP? Thanos is MUCH stronger than him. Is Thanos toying with him? Is somebody going to come and rescue Cap at the last minute? Or something completely different going?

Unfortunately for me, because of the random TV spots that are everywhere these days leading up to this movie, the context surrounding that scene was spoiled for me.  You would never guess in a million years what’s what’s going on and it’s really,  really cool but it’s something I wish I didn’t know. It’s just really frustrating when you look forward to something like this so much and you want to go into it as fresh as possible.  For the past few weeks on YouTube, every day there’s a new Infinity War promo or clip with a new piece of dialogue or a new scene. I don’t watch any of them and I try to avoid any TV promos. The last trailer I watched was the last major trailer they put out which ended in the scene I’m talking about here; Cap and Thanos. It just sucks that movie studios feel the need to spoil some really cool moments to sell the tickets. The lesson here is when selling a film that guaranteed to make big bucks like Avengers: Infinity War: Less is more.

-Paul

Two MCU Films at the Box Office…

Avengers: Infinity War is coming out in just a couple weeks, and it will very likely dominate the Box Office, this isn’t surprising, and if you’d asked someone a year or two ago, they’d have known then that it was likely.  Right?  Here is what was unlikely, but is now seeming incredibly likely:

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Black Panther, will still be in the top 10 spots at the Box Office when Infinity War comes.

Never before, have we seen two MCU films (I’m not sure we’ve ever seen two films of the same franchise in general) dominate the box office at the same time, but we’re about to.  So I wonder what this means for both films.

In case you’re unaware, Black Panther has not only been raking in more money on a week to week basis than almost any other film since it’s release, but it has been moving in on the all time earners.  As of this past weekend, it took down Titanic, as the #3 earner domestically of all time.  It currently stands at #10 globally of all time (not taking inflation into account), and is only $32 million from the #9 spot, and $41 million from the #8 spot, which when you’re looking at the fact that it made $8 million last week, seem a plausible outcome.

31F3511B-8547-43DA-8488-30F23D9E75CEOne thing, that I think could happen as Infinity War looms over us, is that I think it is possible, that Black Panther gets a resurgence in the week or so prior to Infinity War, after all, if you’re an MCU fan, and there’s a chance to watch the previous film in theaters, then the following day/week/whatever watch the most current, there’s a strong likelihood that you’ll take that.  Will it be some massive swell that pushes Black Panther to the #1 spot on either the domestic or global lists? It seems unlikely (the domestic record is Star Wars: The Force Awakens at $936 million, to Black Panther’s $665 million;  globally, Avatar has the record at $2.78 billion, while Black Panther is currently at $1.3 billion) but that doesn’t matter, because it’s potentially going to change a lot of things about how films are made.  It bought legitimacy for so many different aspects that may have been overlooked before.

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On the other hand, how will Black Panther affect Infinity War at the Box Office?  My guess, is that it will help it.  From the trailer, it appears that Wakanda is going to play a major role in the film, as well as including multiple characters from Black Panther in addition to the title character.  If people loved Black Panther, they’re getting a sequel of sorts, while it’s still in theaters, and I think that will translate to big Box Office numbers, in addition to the fact that the previous 2 Avengers films have both ranked higher than BP so far in the global market, and let’s face it, whether it’s a good film or not, it’s got EVERYTHING, and so this film would have to be absolutely atrocious to not do amazing numbers in the Box Office.

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Ultimately, if I’m wrong, and Infinity War somehow kills Black Panther’s momentum, it’s already done so well that it hardly matters, on the other hand, I do think that Infinity War could potentially hurt some of the films coming out in the month or two afterwards.  Whether you think Solo is going to be good or not, Disney’s kind of taking a risk putting it a month after Infinity War.  I do think Deadpool 2 is far enough away that it should be able to be successful regardless of the shadow that Infinity War casts (either way, chances are Josh Brolin has a good few months).

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PODCAST: The Walking Dead Season Finale Commentary with Paul Jr. & Sr.!!!

Hey everyone,

I know I said I’d never do it again! I know some vows can’t be broken.! But dammit I was convinced to do this episode of “The World’s Best Podcast”;on the season finale of The Walking Dead! My Dad, Paul Sr. and I sat down, watched the season finale, and did an audio commentary throughout the entire Episode of the finale. You can definitely listen to this episode is by itself, but the best way to listen would be to put on your headphones to listen to our show and then put on The Walking Dead Season Finale  on you TV or device and follow along with us. We let you know when to start the Episode and we tell you exactly where we are on the show if we pause to talk and start again. We had a great time recording this one, so I hoping you enjoy listening (and maybe watching/listeneing) as much as we did recording it!  I keep saying I’m never going to do a Walking Dead episode again but God only knows this for eight so we’ll see. Anyway,  listen here or subscribe on iTunes:

https://www.spreaker.com/episode/14548033

-Paul

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Lookin’ good there, Rick

 

 

 

 

TRAILER COMMENTARY – Solo: A Star Wars Story

Hey everyone,

This is long overdue, but take a look at my video commentary for the most recent trailer for Solo: A Star Wars Story. This is the first time I’ve done something like this with video, so please give me feedback and let me know if you’d like to see more of this kind of thing.   Anyway, take a look,! Enjoy!

– Paul

 

PODCAST: Paul Reviews “A Quiet Place”

 

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Hey everybody,

In the latest episode of “The World’s Best Podcast”, I review the new thriller A Quiet Place    starring John Krasinski and Emily Blunt. I also do a little speculation on casting for a possible Fantastic Four Movie in the MCU. Listen here or subscribe on iTunes:

https://www.spreaker.com/episode/14516968

I go into more detail in the podcast but I think John Krasinski and Emily Blunt would make a great Reed Richards and Sue Storm, as a lot of other people have speculated. But check out this picture below and tell me John Krasinski couldn’t pull it off …

 

 

THANK YOU!!! It’s Our 1 Year Anniversary!!!

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1 Year…

One year ago, after many suggestions from my brother that I should actually do something with my love and encyclopedia of knowledge on movies, TV, comics, and a lot more,  I started a blog on “geek” culture that I didn’t think anyone would really be interested in reading. It was just for fun (and it still is). But through word of mouth and social media I was lucky enough to develop a following.

From there it kept evolving, we started doing  a podcast; “The World’s Best Podcast”, I was able to get other writers to contribute their work to the website, and because the original blog was called “The World’s Best Blog with Paul Wright”, I was stuck with World’s Best being synonymous with my website. So I just ran with it and it all came together as World’s Best Media: An entertainment and pop culture website focusing on sci-fi, fantasy, comic books, and more. Where we produce articles, editorials, reviews, podcasts, and a few videos (with more on the way).

This has been so much fun and so creatively fulfilling. I’m so thankful for the support of our readers and listeners. This wouldn’t be as fun as it is without the great fans of World’s Best Media. Thank you all so much and be sure to stick with us in 2018 because we have some very exciting stuff coming up!

Personally, there are a lot of people I want to thank, because I couldn’t have done this without the help and support of a lot of people. I want to thank my brother Mathew Wright and my Uncle Gary Pollucci for pushing me to do all of this in the first place. A huge thank you to Mike Cole, without him none of this would exist. He helped me set up the site, he works tech support, he writes a great column for the site, and hopefully we’re going to get him on the podcast soon. You’re the man, Mike! Thanks to Sam Gryzbowski who suggested we do the podcast in the first place. Thank you to Tim Cuff, a fantastic co-host who was so instrumental in us getting a following for “The World’s Best Podcast”. A big thank you to my other co-hosts on the podcast, like the great Ryan McDonald (who also made that killer video promo for the show), Matt Supple, and Paul Wright Sr. I also want to thank Mark Rodolfo who has been a fantastic continuing contributor and supporter of World’s Best Media, his articles for the site have been excellent. Finally I’d like to thank my parents, Paul and Constance Wright for their support and encouragement. Thank you all, it means so much to me.

THANK YOU EVERYBODY!

I know 2018 is going to be a bigger and better year for World’s Best Media so THANK YOU ALL, stay tuned, and come have a seat with me and Superman. It’s gonna be fun…

-Paul

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Podcast: Paul’s Pulls (The Comic Book Show)

Hey everybody,

On today’s episode of Paul’s Pulls I talk about the end of DC’s  Big Batman event comic Dark Nights: Metal and the new issue of Doomsday Clock. I also spent some time talking about Thanos not only as a character, but his excellent book that Donny Cates works on, as well.  Thanos is basically Marvel’s rip off of Darkseid and Jack Kirby‘s classic creations The New Gods, so we get into that a little bit as well. Listen here or subscribe on iTunes:

https://www.spreaker.com/episode/14433291

 

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*Correction: Several times throughout the episode I refer to a creator named “Donny Coates” , the creators name is actually DONNY CATES.

Comic Book Review: Doomsday Clock #4 (No Spoilers)

 

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Since the “Death of Superman” in the 90’s, death being a revolving door has been somewhat of joke in the comic world. Unfortunately, frequent deaths and resurrections can often hurt the Superhero genre. Mainly because it pushes people away. To some readers it takes the sense of urgency from the story, they don’t feel any substance in a story they read because this is used so often it’s a trope of the genre. Once I realized how many Watchmen characters would actually be used in Doomsday Clock, I expected immediate negative backlash from the fan community. ESPECIALLY when The Comedian turned up alive. To be honest I wasn’t exactly thrilled by his return. This entire story needs to be handled very delicately to work. The Watchmen characters we saw before The Comedian showed up were used really well, but I felt like The Comedian might have been a bridge too far. Geoff Johns and Gary Frank better have a very important reason for bringing him into the story or else it will feel like bad fan service (I have faith that a good explanation will be given, especially because everything else in this miniseries has been excellent so far).

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Having said all that, none of it really has much to do with THIS issue. I haven’t reviewed Doomsday Clock in awhile and since then I’ve noticed that some fans are unhappy with the return of certain characters. But lets focus on Doomsday Clock #4.

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This is the most character driven issue of the series so far and it almost exclusively focuses on one main character: “New Rorschach”. I put the name “Rorschach” in quotes because we already know that this isn’t Walter Kovacs, Original Recipe Rorschach. This is Reggie, the young man how took on the mantle of the legendary crime fighter/ infamous lunatic vigilante.

For readers looking for a story that pushes the narrative further in a significant way, you may be disappointed. Otherwise this is an excellent character study of this new Rorschach. We not only get to see how he became the next Rorschach, we also find out exactly who Reggie is and where he fits in the Watchmen story (which I won’t spoil here). All I’ll say is that this person wasn’t even on my list of suspects.

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Up until this issue, I was pretty sure that Reggie was an original character because, after going back to the Watchmen graphic novel there really wasn’t anyone who fit what we know about him (which is pretty much just; that he’s a relatively young man, African American, and more than a little bit of a psychopath.). But after reading the issue, I tip my hat to Johns and Frank because they have delivered an excellent vigilante origin story. They did a great job of creating Reggie’s backstory. My one criticism is that even though the creators found a very clever way of showing us how Reggie acquired his fighting skills, it doesn’t seem like enough to make into a fighter that would make even Veidt uneasy. But maybe there’s more to the puzzle coming up.

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This was the perfect point to tell us Reggie’s backstory and what drives him. Because among the cast of new characters, we know a relatively significant amount about The Marionette and The Mime and what makes them tick (even though there are still some huge questions surrounding these two). Four issues into a 12 issue series, we need to understand the goals and motivations of all the main characters for the story to work. We also get a great appearance of a relatively obscure Watchmen character that’s both sweet and heartbreaking.

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Though other issues of Doomsday Clock have wowed me in a ways that this chapter didn’t, it is nonetheless a beautiful character tale that’s tragic, sad, and illuminating. If you don’t mind one or two comic book tropes, I highly recommend Doomsday Clock as a series. This issue was definitely weaker than others, but it was still great. I can’t wait to see what Geoff Johns and Gary Frank have in store for the next 8 issues.

Doomsday Clock #4:  8.5/10

Review by Paul J. Wright