The Jumanji Remake is Not Gonna Have a Board Game?! (PLUS RANT ABOUT SONY)

Hey everyone, Jack Drees here! This post is going to be about “Jumanji.” I am not gonna review the movie, but I’m gonna bring something to your attention, although I already brought to your attention somewhat, you probably read the title so you know what I’m gonna be talking about, maybe. Anyway, this post is about “Jumanji.”


Not that Jumanji! I’m talking about the other Jumanji, the other one that I currently have little to no expectations for.

There, that’s the image I’m looking for. Actually, you know what? I take it back, let’s go back to the other one for a second. I feel like I should bring up the original and discuss what it’s about.


The original “Jumanji” came out in 1995, the premise of the film is that there is a board game called Jumanji, two kids find this game and they eventually play it. During gameplay, someone who has been trapped in the game for decades is released. All of sudden, as the movie progresses, a bunch of dangers arise, and the only way to stop those dangers is to finish the game. I love this movie, I don’t watch it all that much, but whenever I do, I’m entertained throughout, and I also admire the ending. And I will say that I actually watched the 2015 “Goosebumps” movie and in a way, it’s almost similar to this and I really enjoyed it. I never read the books nor have I watched the TV series to this, but there are some very similar things about both films that kept me hooked throughout. Despite what I said, I’m not ready for a “Jumanji” remake, especially one like the one I hear we are going to get.

Alright, now this image seems appropriate. This time around, they aren’t doing a board game, this time, they are doing a video game. I know I sound like the very definition of an angry fanboy complaining about nothing. I am not, I saw the original “Jumanji,” I will say once again I loved it, but here’s what I see wrong with this. The change itself is very unnecessary, if they wanted a video game in the film, then don’t call it a “Jumanji” remake! The only excuse I can abide by if a video game was in a film like this as opposed to a board game, is if this was Jumanji 2. Now, I know Robin Williams is dead, RIP by the way, but they can set this with different characters in the same universe. Let’s say that the game of “Jumanji” makes the news, and this gives an idea for video game developers to build off of, that idea being a video game where you find the game of Jumanji. It has everything that Jumanji has to offer minus the real-life destruction along with the pain and suffering you could experience in real life. The intention is to make a game that would sell, and people play it and enjoy it, then all of a sudden there is one copy. Somebody buys that copy and they don’t realize what is happening, everything that is happening in the video game eventually comes out in real life, so all of a sudden, it’s another situation where you have to finish the game to stop the apocalypse, yes it is repetitive but remakes are even more repetitive.


I mentioned this briefly but I should mention this again, but this movie shouldn’t exist for another reason, and that is because of Robin Williams’s death. I mean, if Sony wants to make it, they can give it a go, but a huge part of me fears it won’t be good. This film is being done in respect for Robin Williams from what I’ve seen, and gosh golly I hope that’s true. I was never a huge Robin Williams fanatic, but even I can agree that he was gone too soon. If you look up above in this paragraph you may notice that Sony is doing this project, and that doesn’t surprise me because they also did the original. In all honesty, Sony is been so f*cking fun to watch lately. They f*cked up Spider-Man this decade, and while Marvel Studios seems to have mastered him when they were given the right to use Spider-Man in the MCU films, Sony is probably gonna take some of that charm of his away in his standalone film. I say that considering I saw the new trailer for “Spider-Man: Homecoming,” and while part of me is looking forward to it, another part of me is way less excited now because they shown WAY too much in their latest trailer, but whatever, only time will tell. Oh, you also gotta consider the fact that 3 of their movies made it onto my top 10 worst list of movies that came out in the last year. These clusterf*cks include “Money Monster,” “The Fifth Wave,” and “Ghostbusters,” which if you’re new to this blog, I’ll say this to you. “Ghostbusters” is my top worst movie to have released last year, and if any person were a movie, this movie would be Adolf Hitler. You know something? I’m not done! Haha, this is what I said in my rant about “Ghostbusters” during my top 10. Apparently they are doing another Smurfs movie, I mean, it’s not set in New York this time which is a plus, but it almost sounds like “Trolls” which came out last year, which I didn’t watch, I watched the Cinemasins video though, but I’ve heard enough not to care. Oh yeah, and let’s go back to f*cking Spider-Man! Apparently I’m hearing news about Sony wanting to make a movie about Black Cat, Silver Sable, and Venom! Like, why?! DO WE REALLY NEED THESE?! Guess what? This rant isn’t over! You know what Sony is also doing? They’re taking pisses down our throats–err I mean, they’re making a f*cking Emoji movie! Really?! That’s gonna get everyone to the theater?! EMOJIS?! ARE YOU GUYS BATS*IT CRAZY?! I mean, I heard Patrick Stewart is playing the poop Emoji, but based on the teaser alone I feel like this movie is going to be a poop Emoji itself. Why am I still talking about this?! OK, let me just say, now that I think about it, I feel like this film is gonna be the next “Ghostbusters.” You’ve got some popular current day actors, including Jack Black, who by the way was actually R.L Stine in “Goosebumps” in case that brings any relevance. This project is under Sony, yeah, you probably know who they are by now. And you also have one of the big stars involved with the original pass away just beforehand. I’m serious, Harold Ramis passed away less than six months before Robin Williams. So… I hope this movie is good, but I think it’s just gonna be another case of having audiences having to eat s*it for a couple of hours.

A couple more things about this film, it releases on December 22, 2017, which is a week after “The Last Jedi,” so, this is gonna be interesting to observe box office wise. Also another thing is that Dwayne Johnson is in the film. I have no problem with him as an actor, but I feel like he’s gonna start going through a phase where he just does remakes and reboots. I don’t know, I’m probably just thinking random things that won’t happen. But I say this considering the fact that according to his IMDb, he has just completed a “Baywatch” movie and he’s announced to be in a “Big Trouble in Little China” remake. So, I don’t know, we’ll see. Anyways, thanks for putting up with my attitude, I am clearly madder about Sony than I am about “Jumanji,” or I guess it’s called “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle” now. I honestly just thought this was news worth sharing and I wanted to state my thoughts on it. Also just to let you all know, the live-action version of “Ghost in the Shell” comes out this weekend and I hope to get a chance to see it. And who knows? Maybe if I do get to see it, I might as well dedicate part of the review to my thoughts on the whole Scarlett Johansson casting choice controversy. If not, maybe I could try and see “Power Rangers” or something, I don’t know. Anyway, stay tuned for more reviews, and if they’re related to Sony, hopefully it has to do with a quality film. Scene Before is your click to the flicks!


Justice League Official Trailer 1: Justice for All!


Hey fellow readers, Jack Drees here! Today is March 25th 2017, and today we just got a new trailer for the upcoming Justice League film. We’ve actually technically received one trailer in the past, but that was simply just something to show off at San Diego Comic Con, right now we have a new “official trailer.” This was being teased for the past few days, I retweeted one of the teases from some random user’s account, but aside from that, I can’t really say I paid a significant amount of attention towards the teases for this film. Nevertheless, let’s get on with the review.


As you may or may not know, this movie is essentially the get-together of all the DC superheroes. In this movie adaptation based on the comic books, this league contains Batman (Ben Affleck), Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot), Aquaman (Jason Momoa), The Flash (Ezra Miller), Cyborg (Ray Fisher), and for some reason, Superman (Henry Cavill) is shown in images related to this film, not the trailer, but I saw an image with him in it on IMDb having to do with this movie. Why do I say that? You really want to know? Find out by watching “Batman v Superman,” but for the sake of avoiding spitting out spoilers, I won’t go into further detail than that. The trailer kicks off and Batman says that an attack is coming, with Wonder Woman replying that it’s already here. Then suddenly we see a cube, kind of like the tesseract in “The Avengers.” Wonder Woman, who in this case is really Diana Prince then goes on asking Batman, or in this case is really Bruce Wayne, “The others, where are they?”

All of sudden we get some clips introducing our main heroes. Bruce is narrating over all of the footage as if he is talking to these heroes, and the more I think about it, it kind of reminds me of the original “Guardians of the Galaxy’s” first trailer. In that trailer, they focused a lot on introducing the characters, the only thing is in that trailer, it didn’t show them in action all the time. Towards the end of that trailer they showed off some brief moments of action but that was pretty much the gist of the action in that trailer. Here, it is nonstop. I have no complaints with how they are introduced except for one minor complaint. That complaint I want to bring up concerns The Flash, I have no problem with his character or how he is portrayed but the thing about him I feel needs to be brought up is that the footage showing him off in this trailer, is pretty much the same footage I’ve seen showing him off in the San Diego Comic Con trailer. Granted it does look pretty freaking sick and this complaint does sound rather nitpicky, but still, as a critic (or movie reviewing asshole, whichever one you prefer), I can’t help but point out something like this out.

Then, there’s some moments in the trailer that we get some more action, only at this point there is no narration at all and you have slides coming up. There are three slides that come up throughout, the first one says “JUSTICE,” the second one says “FOR,” and the last one says “ALL.” All of the action looks intense, the CGI looks well crafted, and I honestly think that if I go see this movie, and if I had to name one redeeming quality, it would be the action. If that is the case, that wouldn’t be too surprising, because it was certainly the redeeming quality of “Man of Steel” and “Batman v Superman.” OK, well, Wonder Woman was probably more of a redeeming quality in “Batman v Superman, but still, the action was probably among the greatest parts of the DC Extended Universe films.

After all of those shenanigans stop, we get what could probably be the best line in the trailer. The Flash, or in this case, Barry Allen, is with Bruce Wayne, they’re talking with each other, and Barry Allen asks Bruce a question. That question is “What are your superpowers again?”, to which Bruce replies “I’m rich.” Let me ask you something, what superpower do you want the most? The power of flight? The power of super speed? The power of super strength? The power of invisibility? The power of teleportation? Or the power to generate money as you please? That last one would be pretty useful you are a parent and you want to spoil your kids.


Afterwards, we get more action, which looks AMAZING to say the least, we get one snipet with Barry and his father who is in jail. I often tell myself how much I love Wonder Woman and can’t wait to see how much ass she will kick in this movie, along with how much ass she will kick in her standalone film that comes out months before this Justice League film, but after seeing some sequences of The Flash in action, I’m starting to look forward to what he has to bring to the table too. I’m not saying that I don’t care about the other heroes, but I’m just saying that The Flash in action happens to be a standout in this trailer. Before the “Justice League” title comes up, Wonder Woman, Cyborg, and Aquaman are all standing in one shot, and Wonder Woman just says “Shall we?” That right there just tells me that Gal Gadot’s voice, at least to me, can make anything sound better. It’s kind of like Morgan Freeman’s voice, only it’s coming from an Israeli female.

The very end of this trailer features lines from Batman, Aquaman, and Commissioner Gordon (JK Simmons), my favorite actor of all time by the way. Gordon says to Batman “It’s good to see you playing with others again.” Aquaman, looking towards Batman, spits out “Just like a Bat, I dig it.” Batman looks to Gordon saying “It may be temporary.” I don’t really have much to say here except, it’s nice to see JK Simmons in this trailer.


In the end, I can’t say I’m completely disappointed with this trailer for “Justice League.” This movie is being directed by Zack Snyder, who directed “Man of Steel” and “Batman v Superman,” and say what you want about the dark tones for those films, I honestly thought they worked, granted I will admit I agree with some people saying that some of the action in those films, despite in my opinion being some of the best action I’ve ever seen, involves the heroes not having much concern for the people surrounded by destruction. But overall, I can’t wait for “Justice League,” in a year which looks like a goldmine on paper for superhero films based on comic books, this is just another example of a movie in that genre that I can’t wait to spend my money on. “Justice League” comes out on November 17th, 2017 in 2D, Real-D 3D, and IMAX 3D, along with other large screen formats. I hope to review it right when it comes out, if I can’t, I hope to review it not too long after. Speaking of movie reviews, I hope to see a good number of other films in the future, but ones I hope to see very soon include “Power Rangers,” “Life,” and “Kong: Skull Island.” There are possibly other films, but those are my big three right now. Also, be sure to check out my last review for a movie you probably never heard of, and if you haven’t, you’re probably living a better life than me, “You Can’t Have It.” I mean, if you want to watch it, go ahead, you can rent it on Amazon Video for $6.99, or buy it for $9.99. But I’ll remind you all that life is short so skidaddle your way through it wisely. Stay tuned for more reviews, and be sure to check out my earlier reviews as well! Scene Before is your click to the flicks!


You Can’t Have It: What These Guys Said About a Great Movie


“You Can’t Have It” is directed by Andre Gordon and stars Matthew Pohlkamp, Joanna Krupa, Armand Assante, Dominique Swain, Jillian Murray, Mindy Robinson, and Dade Elza. Nearly the entirety of “You Can’t Have It” takes place in a nightlife spot called Mr. Phil’s Bar, which according this movie’s timeline, will be closing soon. Bill Sullivan, played by Matthew Pohlkamp spends his final night in the bar when all of sudden, drinking, sex, fights, and murder eventually ensue.

A lot of you are probably wondering what this movie is, and trust me, I actually found out about this movie because I follow Mindy Robinson on Twitter, if you don’t know who Mindy Robinson is, I just recently mentioned that she is in this movie, and she plays a girl named Karen. If you have seen “King of the Nerds,” you may know her as the “Pom Pom Kitty.” Also, in case you are wondering, this movie is in theaters, but they are very few and far between, so if you can’t hit a theater, the movie is also available to rent or buy on streaming services, which I did take advantage of. I figured I’d see this for a few reasons: To support Mindy Robinson’s work considering she is related to “King of the Nerds,” simply because I love movies, and I figured I should review a movie that probably not many of you have heard of. So let’s get into it.


The main character of this movie is Bill Sullivan, when watching the movie’s overall story unfold I was able to feel bad for Bill as a character, I kind of lost emotion in the end, but we’ll get to that later. I mean, sure, Bill shows some assholery in the film, but despite that fact, the way the story was delivered gave Bill some weight and made him somewhat likable.

Dominique Swain actually plays Bill’s wife, Tammy. You know how I said for Bill, he’s kind of a likable asshole? Tammy is this way too, I won’t explain how or why she happens to be an asshole, but still, she is.

One character that really stood out to me in this film is the bartender played by Joanna Krupa, she’s also known as Jackie. Throughout the film she sounds like a girl that would take absolutely no nonsense and it really suited her character in my opinion. Like for example, if she notices someone sexualizing her, she’d put them down for it. Granted, there’s more than one character that does this in the film and I would imagine this would happen a lot in real life, but the way it is executed in this film makes the movie flow naturally. Also, on a little sidenote, she’s kinda attractive in this film, much like a good number of the ladies in the film, which I personally believe was intended from casting, and if that was an intention, I’d say that intention was met.

Kevin Porter (left) is also in this film, and before appearing in this film, Porter played Lazer from “Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story.” In this film, he played a character named Tyler, throughout the film, a lot of the girls in the bar seem to sexualize him, which personally I’m fine with, because this is the type of film where sexualization seems normal, he’s not the only person in the movie being sexualized, plus it adds some weight, which I won’t go into because it does delve into spoiler-territory, to the character later on.

As far as other characters go, the only one I’m gonna talk about in depth is Officer Weadon. He is played by Rob Gronkowski, who you may know as a tight end for the New England Patriots. I mean, it does feel kinda weird having Rob Gronkowski playing a character in a movie, but then again look at Shaquille O’Neal and all the movies he has done. Plus Gronkowski has done work as himself in the “Entourage” movie and in a season 15 episode of “Family Guy.” How is his performance? Personally, it felt very unnecessary at the last minute and I don’t know, just having him in the movie really just feels like a lame-ass excuse. Also, another problem I have with him, is that he is in the very center of the poster for this film (the first image in the entire post) and he’s not even close to being the main character! I mean, if he is in the center of the poster to make it look like he’s about to stop some unneeded chaos in the bar, I can understand it, but it just feels very awkward. Not to mention, Bill, the main character, can barely be seen in the poster at all!

Speaking of problems, this film is horribly edited. I mean, all of the scenes mesh together well, but that’s not my problem, my problem however is that there are so many jumpcuts that kind of throw the movie off, also there is one scene in the beginning of the movie, where characters are interacting with each other in the bar area, there is blaring music. What’s wrong with that? When cutting between the characters talking to each other, the audio levels are COMPLETELY different from scene to scene, one scene it’s loud, the other scene it’s quiet, it doesn’t feel natural and it is perhaps some of the worst editing I’ve seen in a movie! Serious points is gonna be taken off because of this, just an alert.

Also, I want to bring this up again, how unneeded Gronk is in this film. Apparently, something comes up at the end of the film moments after he appears, and based on how close to the end of the film it is, it just feels incredibly tacked on and I was just like “Why?”. This felt like one of the most shoehorned moments I ever seen in a movie, it felt just an excuse just to get Gronk on screen, which I really don’t get! I mean, you have this movie, to me it just felt like it had a “Clerks” feel, that is if “Clerks” were presented in color and focused a bit more on the customers as opposed to the employees, then it suddenly turns into, I don’t know, some sort of investigation movie that didn’t even need to exist. This movie really needed to take 3/4 of its runtime for this to happen and when it did, I just lost my s*it. Personally, I would have been fine if this were simply a movie about the last night of a bar’s existence, and what it means to everyone, there wouldn’t be as big of a problem in there, but the whole idea simply sounds entertaining in my mind, but no, they had to get some sort of problem in at the last minute, because, well, GRONK HAS TO BE IN THE MOVIE! I honestly don’t know why else they would do this!

In the end, I was not pleased with “You Can’t Have It,” I mean, I liked a lot of the characters in this film, but there are so many things in this film that just BOG IT DOWN SO MUCH. Am I being a little hard on this film? I certainly hope not, but this film really irks me the more I think about it, by the way, Mindy Robinson, if you’re reading this, you weren’t bad in the movie, you were not the problem at all (I say this as a “King of the Nerds” fan). So for right now I’m going to give “You Can’t Have It,” a 4/10. This movie gets lots of points for the story and characters, but it’s all lost thanks to a totally ridiculous climax and some really bad editing. Thanks for reading this review everyone, there are a couple movies that are coming out this weekend I want to see, and hopefully I’ll tackle at least one of them. First off, there’s one movie called “Life,” which is about a group of people discovering life on Mars, and also, I don’t know if I’ll do this, but part of me has ambitions to go see the new “Power Rangers” film. I grew up with Power Rangers as a kid, and I’m somewhat excited to hear that they’re making a movie catering towards some older audiences in it. I mean, I honestly don’t know if it’ll be good, but we’ll just see what happens. Anyway, stay tuned for more reviews. Scene Before is your click to the flicks!

Spider-Man: Your Friendly Neighborhood 2002 Movie


Hey everyone, Jack Drees here! I have an announcement to make. In case you didn’t know, there’s a new “Spider-Man” movie coming out this July, “Spider-Man: Homecoming” to be specific. Leading up to that, I’m gonna be doing reviews for previous “Spider-Man” films. Today we will be starting off with the first movie in Sam Raimi’s “Spider-Man” trilogy. In April, we will go onto “Spider-Man 2.” Then in May, we will tackle “Spider-Man 3.” After that, we’ll be looking at “The Amazing Spider-Man” in June, and in July, just DAYS before Homecoming arrives in theaters, we’ll take a glance at “The Amazing Spider-Man 2.” Right now, as I’m writing this, it is March, so let’s “MARCH” right into business and start talking about “Spider-Man.”

“Spider-Man” is directed by Sam Raimi, who also directed the original “Evil Dead” films, along with the recent Disney Wizard of Oz prequel “Oz the Great and Powerful,” and it stars Tobey Maguire, Willem DaFoe, Kirsten Dunst, and James Franco. This film revolves around the well known Marvel character of Spider-Man, or Peter Parker. If you don’t know the story, a nerdy boy who was orphaned as a child was once bitten by a radioactive spider, this causes him to eventually gain superpowers and become Spider-Man.

I watched this movie multiple times when I was younger, I even watched it a few times in my teen years. In preparation for this review, I figured I should rewatch the movie. After the rewatch, not only did it take me back, but I cannot say it was worse than the previous times I watched it.

Now lets move onto the characters, starting off with Peter Parker himself, Tobey Maguire. One common complaint I heard with Tobey Maguire being cast as Spider-Man is the age factor. In the movie and the comics, Spider-Man’s origin story takes place around his teen years, at the time which this was filmed, Tobey Maguire was in his mid twenties. Let me just say however, for a guy who was in his mid twenties during the filming process, his performance was not bad. He wasn’t too bad as Spider-Man either. I can’t say I have any complaints. Although I will say, when it comes to the Spider-Man humor you may have seen in other Spider-Man related material, it’s here, but the amount of it is kinda few and far between. Peter is also after a girl, if you read the comics before seeing the film you may have known her before seeing this film.


That girl I’m talking about is played by Kirsten Dunst, AKA Mary Jane Watson. Mary Jane’s contributions to the movie as a whole overall just made the movie seem much more interesting than it already was. And I’m not gonna talk about the ending, but towards the end of the film, MJ interacts with Peter, and their interactions just bring out the wow factor and has my brain going around in circles, and I mean that in a good way.


Another character I want to talk about is Norman Osborn played by Willem DaFoe. This guy is also the film’s antagonist, the Green Goblin. Despite how Norman is evil in this film, there were some moments where I was able to understand him and just so happen to feel his pain. I won’t go into much detail, but the more I think about it, the more it just feels like I’m watching a much more mature, and earlier produced version of Kylo Ren from “Star Wars,” despite being such a harsh villain, he is conflicted and still has a human side to him, the human side represented in this film is different than the one represented by Kylo Ren in “Star Wars,” but still, it’s there. Speaking of Osborns, let’s talk about his son.

Norman’s son is played by James Franco, who before taking on the role of Harry Osborn in this movie played Daniel Desario in the TV show “Freaks and Geeks,” which is “Firefly” before “Firefly” even started on television, it is a show which many people like and say got canceled way too early. Let me just say, I’m wondering if Franco would even be in this movie if it weren’t for the cancellation of “Freaks and Geeks.” I digress however, to stay on topic, Harry was Peter’s friend throughout the film, and let me just say, what happens with Harry at the end is just another example of a wow factor.


Fun fact you might want to know about this film is that JK Simmons is in it. Before earning his Oscar in “Whiplash” 13 years later, Simmons played J Jonah Jameson in this film. In case you care to know, JK Simmons is actually my favorite actor of all time, and his excellent acting ability just SHOWS TO THE UTTER CORE in this film. After watching this film recently, I can now say that this character actually reminds of one teacher I have in high school. I’m in his TV production class, and the guy also teaches film studies, which is a survey course on film. Also another fun fact, JK Simmons is also known for voicing Cave Johnson in “Portal 2,” my favorite video game of all time. I bring that up because I’m wondering if the folks who made the game saw the “Spider-Man” films and thought they should make a character with a similar vibe to Jameson for Simmons to play in that game, because if you compare between the game and the movie I’m reviewing now, the characters are somewhat similar. And the more I think about it, Simmons is kinda well known for playing somewhat commanding characters, because a lot of the characters I’ve seen him play give off that sort of vibe. For example, you’ve got this character we’re talking about here, Cave Johnson who was just mentioned, Terence Fletcher from “Whiplash,” and PJ Jordan from “Men at Work,” a pretty funny sitcom that lasted for three seasons on TBS but was unfortunately canceled. Jameson also happens to deliver some my favorite lines in this film. Here are some examples below:

“If we can get a picture of Julia Roberts in a thong, we can certainly get a picture of this weirdo.”

“He doesn’t want to be famous? Then I’ll make him infamous.”

PETER: “You don’t trust anyone, that’s your problem.”

JAMESON: “I trust my barber.”

One of my favorite things about this movie is how real it feels, and this is actually something I’ll be bringing up in my review for “Spider-Man 2” as well. You’ve got this relateable nerd getting superpowers, who has a crush on a girl, but finds out he’s gonna have to get through some obstacles to have her, and the way it’s done feels extremely authentic and feels like one example of what would really happen if someone was in high school and somehow gained superpowers, and used those powers as a hero. I mean, it’s not entirely real, but even in moments that feel like a fantasy, it almost gives off this feeling that makes it come off as something that would actually happen as a real life event, I don’t know if you feel same way watching this film, but that’s just how I feel.

I mentioned this recently and I’ll mention it again, I really like the ending to this film, I said there are two things that had a wow factor to me. I won’t go into detail, but the ending is one of the best endings I’ve seen in film history, it still carries the realism and it just makes the film better.

If there was anything else I had to mention as a positive, it’s Danny Elfman’s score. In case you didn’t know, Danny Elfman has done music for some TV and movies which you probably have at least heard about. He’s done a crapton of Tim Burton films, he did the theme music for “The Simpsons,” he’s also worked on the music for the “Men in Black” films. He has also done a bunch of other stuff, but I don’t want to waste time by typing all of it, so if you want to know more, do your own research. This film, along with the other films in the franchise have some of my favorite scores in movie history, and that is because of this guy. There are so many cool themes in this movie, the mood of the music is perfect from scene to scene, and there’s also this 3 minute intro credit montage, and the more I watch it, the more I get invested in the music, it just literally sets the tone for the film, trust me, if you watch this film, it all just sounds amazing.

In the end, this movie does whatever a movie can, play on a screen, any size, entertain, as time flies. If you don’t get that, I’m sorry. Although seriously, I really had fun watching this movie again, it’s been almost a couple of years since my last viewing and I’m glad I can watch it again, and it just goes to show how great of a hero Spider-Man is. I’m gonna give “Spider-Man” an 8/10. Guys, I hope you enjoyed this review, and despite me mentioning this before, I’ll mention it again, I’ll let you all know that I have another Spider-Man related review coming up in April, and that will be for “Spider-Man 2,” words cannot describe how much I can’t wait to get that review out to you all and I hope the time comes soon. Stay tuned for that review, and stay tuned for more of my Scene Before content, coming soon. Scene Before is your click to the flicks!

The Matrix is Getting Remade?! How is This Happening?!


Hey everyone, Jack Drees here. Last Wednesday I received some news that devastated me to the bottom of my heart. One of my favorite movies of all time is “The Matrix.” Not only is the movie itself spectacular, but it is the first R rated film I ever watched in full length so I have fond memories of it. Say what you want about its sequels, also say what you want about Wachowski movies in general, heck, there are people who actually happen to dislike the original Matrix. Doug Walker, AKA the Nostalgia Critic, a famous YouTube movie critic made a 30 minute review of it and he disliked the film. I have no problem with people who dislike “The Matrix,” I love it and I consider it one of the greatest films ever made, not everyone has to like the same things, it’s absurd to think that’s possible. I may sometimes question people for disliking it but it doesn’t mean I hate them for it. However, something came up yesterday I thought I would NEVER see. (Sigh) It’s getting remade.

Eh, yep. The remake craze isn’t stopping. We have seen so many remakes come out over this decade, and there are still more on the rise. Lets just list a few, and by a few I mean a lot. “Point Break” (2015), “Ghostbusters” (2016), “The Mummy” (2017), “Evil Dead” (2013), “Red Dawn” (2012), “Poltergeist” (2015), “Robocop” (2014), “The Karate Kid” (2010), “Gambit” (2012), “The Gambler” (2014), “Annie” (2014), “Arthur” (2011), “Beauty and the Beast” (2017), and “A Nightmare on Elm Street” (2010).


I mean, heck, I recently heard of a possible Tron reboot with Jared Leto as the starring role. Disney at one point was thinking of doing a Tron 3 movie but that got canceled, the fact that they want to do a remake of it and not a sequel is astounding to me! I mean, WHAT THE F*CK?! I’m telling you guys, it’s almost as if Hollywood is out to kill me right now, it’s as if I’m saying that the apocalypse has begun! I need to grab my pitchfork and duke it out against a bunch of executives in California! I need all of my movie loving pals to join me!

I mean, come on guys! For Pete’s sake! There is no reason this remake should happen! If there were any reason to remake this film, it would only be to improve the sequels, and if that were the case, awesome. Although I don’t really think that would be the case here. I mean, it’s possible, but another case I have in mind is just to grab cash from the viewers! Yeah, like, people are gonna recognize the name of the movie and they’re just gonna flock to the theater without a care in the world! Also, consider what “The Matrix” did for movies. It had stunning visual effects that still hold up today, it went up there with the best sci-fi films of all time, and it made lots of money at the box office as far as R rated films go. According to Box Office Mojo, as of now, “The Matrix Reloaded” is at the #4 spot for the highest grossing R rated films of all time! Granted that movie was not as much of a quality film as the first one, but it doesn’t change the fact that people wanted to see that. “The Matrix Revolutions” made half of what “The Matrix Reloaded” made, but in my book, it’s not disastrous as far as R rated movies go. It’s a huge dip, but it could have been worse.


The original Matrix film actually came out in 1999, right now it is 2017. I don’t usually see remakes announced this early for a film since another’s release related to its own property (unless we are talking about comic book heroes like Spider-Man or Batman). But let me just say out of all the remakes right now, this may be one of the most pointless remakes I’ve ever heard in my entire life. The visual effects still hold up today, the action is revolutionary (no pun intended) even by today’s standards, and oh my gosh, I also realized we’re gonna have to put in new music, there was some music in those films which I actually thought was pretty sick. When you look at something like Spider-Man, it almost feels necessary to remake it. I didn’t think “The Amazing Spider-Man” was necessary after seeing it, but that’s because my stupid brain for some reason couldn’t figure out they were trying to restart the franchise. Sure, it hasn’t been long since there was a movie with him, but it’s a story some people don’t mind seeing again, just look at how people reacted to “The Amazing Spider-Man 2,” people didn’t like it so they wanted that series buried in the ground. Not to mention, not long after that movie released there was that whole thing with the rights to Spider-Man going to Marvel Studios. Sony was still allowed to distribute solo films with Spidey, but Marvel Studios was now going to use him in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and based on how he was portrayed in “Captain America: Civil War,” I can see the solo film being good. By the way, I actually have more faith in it now than I did some time ago now that I found out that Zendeya is not playing a black Mary Jane, she’s actually playing a character with a different name, which personally, I can get behind.

Any other possible positives that could come out of the remake? None that I can really think of. I mean, there is only one that I thought of but the more I think about it, the more annoying it gets, and that is someone playing Neo who isn’t Keanu Reeves. A lot of people consider Keanu Reeves to be a less than stellar actor, he doesn’t have much range when it comes to his acting ability. But let me just say, in some weird way, I can buy into Keanu Reeves’s performance. I don’t know if you feel the same way, but there are moments in the movies that only feel like moments Keanu Reeves can pull off. If they do remake this film, it would be interesting to see an actor playing Neo with slightly more emotion and a greater range, but that is one of the only few positives I can see coming out of this remake.

(Sigh) Just… wow. I have no words. I hope this remake is good. If it does get remade I’m probably still gonna see it, after all this almost feels like a job I don’t get paid for. By the way, if anyone wants to advertise on here, let me know and I’ll think it over (insert smiley face). Just a little note to Warner Bros, if you do remake this, you are gonna have a lot to live up to. There’s a reason why “Back to the Future” never got remade, and hopefully a movie such as that NEVER WILL GET REMADE. Is my life ruined? No. But it could be in the future if this movie gets remade into some cash grab which is the movie equivalent to getting hit in the head with a volleyball, getting hit in the nipples with one baseball per nipple, getting hit in the stomach with a football, and getting hit in the nuts with a soccer ball, WITH EACH ONE OF THOSE THINGS HAPPENING AT THE SAME TIME! It’s probably gonna be embarrassing and painful to go through, and once it’s over, I’ll probably feel pretty f*cked up. Just… why?! OK, rant over. I’m done. Now somebody hand me my paycheck of $0. Wait, what’s that? Oh, right, at the end of the post there’s actually a link to a petition to keep this remake from happening, if you want to sign it, go right ahead!

Last but not least, I have an announcement, coming up I am doing a series of reviews leading into July, these reviews will be for past Spider-Man movies. This month I’ll be doing “Spider-Man,” in April I’ll be doing “Spider-Man 2,” in May I’ll be doing “Spider-Man 3,” in June, I’ll be doing “The Amazing Spider-Man,” and in July I’ll be doing “The Amazing Spider-Man 2.” This is to prepare for the upcoming Spider-Man movie which will hit theaters on July 7, otherwise known as “Spider-Man: Homecoming.” Also, just a note on “The Amazing Spider-Man 2,” I am doing that review in July, but I will make sure it is posted days before the Homecoming movie comes out. Stay tuned for those reviews, and stay tuned for more of my content, coming soon! Scene Before is your click to the flicks!


Moonlight: A Coming of “Gay”ge Story

“La La Land” is directed by–

VOICE INSIDE HEAD: Excuse me, Jack?

ME: Yeah?

VOICE INSIDE HEAD: Why are you reviewing “La La Land?”

ME: Because you told me to.

VOICE INSIDE HEAD: You already did that review.

ME: Oh yeah, right. No wonder I felt like I was watching something I saw before. Why did you tell me to review La La Land?

VOICE INSIDE HEAD: A card said so.

ME: A card?


ME: You’re joking.

VOICE INSIDE HEAD: Nope, not at all.

VOICE INSIDE HEAD #2: Wait! Wait! Hold the phone! The review was supposed to be for Moonlight!

ME: Moonlight?

VOICE INSIDE HEAD #2: Yes! This voice you’re talking to must have read the wrong card!

ME: What the f*ck are you talking about?

VOICE INSIDE HEAD: Yeah, what the f*ck are you talking about?

VOICE INSIDE HEAD #2: Another voice must have handed you the wrong card! I guess that voice was “too busy” trying to finish some pointless tweet instead of doing its job!

ME: Moonlight card wielder? Couldn’t you have just told me to review Moonlight?

VOICE INSIDE HEAD #2: It wasn’t my turn to determine your reviews today!

ME: Since when do you take turns at something like this?

VOICE INSIDE HEAD #2: Like, literally, since now, I came up with it a couple nights ago while you were asleep. I guess we won’t be doing this anymore.

ME: No kidding, that was a f*ck-up. Now if you could please be quiet and let me do my review.

VOICE INSIDE HEAD #2: You have to see the movie first.

ME: Oh for Pete’s sake! There goes my time to get the new Zelda game that just came out a week ago!

VOICE INSIDE HEAD #2: That’s an incredible waste of money, you don’t have a Nintendo Switch.

ME: It’s out for the Wii U goddammit!

VOICE INSIDE HEAD #2: Relax Jack, I didn’t know.

ME: Alright, the show must go on. *Moves away from keyboard*


ME: *Arrives back at keyboard* Alright, let’s just do a couple things here… *Starts new post* Ba-bam! It’s review time!

VOICE INSIDE HEAD: *Interruptedly* Jack?

ME: Yeah?

VOICE INSIDE HEAD: You weren’t supposed to review Moonlight today.

ME: Goddammit! What the hell are you talking about?!

VOICE INSIDE HEAD: You were supposed to review “Fifty Shades Darker.”

ME: You’re f*cking kidding me! That piece of crap?

VOICE INSIDE HEAD: How would you know? You haven’t seen it.

ME: Actually that’s a good point. But still, don’t make me want to see that! If you want me to review another movie that I was SUPPOSED to review, it better have been something like “Kong: Skull Island” and not this uninspired clusterf*ck! So stop this game!

VOICE INSIDE HEAD: It’s not a game, it’s reality.

VOICE INSIDE HEAD #2: Relax now, the guy’s only kidding.

ME: Is THAT a joke?


ME: Ah, thank goodness!

VOICE INSIDE HEAD #2: Now start your review, you’re wasting time!

ME: Tell that to the voice who was making me waste it!

VOICE INSIDE HEAD #2: OK, calm down! Just go on with the review.

ME: As you wish. Alrighty then, let’s continue.


Reminder to everyone reading right now that this is not a joke, I’m actually reviewing this, not “La La Land.” The card told me to go see “Moonlight,” so let’s get cracking. “Moonlight” is directed by Barry Jenkins, and it is a coming of age story of a homosexual black man. This film has been out for a bit of time now, but considering the fact that this has won many awards, including Best Picture at the Oscars, I figured it was my duty to go see this movie at some point and get a review up.

Let’s start off by talking about the main character in this movie, a character who just so happens to go by multiple names in the film. As a kid, he’s often called “Little,” as an adolescent, he’s often called by his actual name of “Chiron,” and as an adult, he was sometimes called “Black.” As far as this character goes, I would say that for all three phases, none of the actors playing him let me down and I felt the character’s pain, mainly when he was younger. His lack of relationship with his mother throughout the beginning of the film became more compelling as the film progressed. By the way, in the first act, this character asks what a faggot is. If you don’t know what that is, it is a name meant to make homosexuals feel bad, and if you want my opinion, this character, like any other homosexual, to me, isn’t a faggot. One more thing is that there are certain points where this character doesn’t really talk all that much, at first I thought if the entire movie were like this, I would probably like it a tad less than I would have hoped. I don’t mind characters who don’t talk (just look at a number of video games out today that have characters like this), but if this character didn’t talk, I probably wouldn’t have found this movie as engaging it was when I saw it the way it was presented.

One character in this movie I want to talk about goes by the name of Juan. This character is played by Mahershala Ali and he’s a Cuban immigrant. I found him to be extremely caring when I first saw him and I wasn’t really disappointed with Ali’s performance. Once again, I’m gonna talk about Chiron’s relationship with his mother. This character actually contributes to the ruckus going on in this movie between Chiron and his mother. Despite how chaos was formed and it created some unfortunate effects between Chiron and his mother, I was able to understand why the mother was acting the way she was when it came to the relationship between Chiron and Juan, because if you watch the movie and notice the chemistry between Juan and Chiron, it’s almost like Juan is a second father to him.

Another big character in this movie goes by the name of Kevin. He’s essentially Chiron’s closest companion. Their relationship is also pretty crucial towards the development of the film and I have to say as far the relationship goes, this one was relatively unique and also refreshing. I usually don’t see homosexual relationships in movies and the fact that we have one in here makes this relationship stand out from a number of others I’ve seen in film.

If I was seeing this film months ago, this topic probably would have never come up, but since I just saw it not too long ago, I for one consider this topic relevant. For those of you who don’t know, “Moonlight” won Best Picture at the Oscars along with some other awards there. The film has also received a Golden Globe for Best Motion Picture-Drama. So a question I had in mind before getting into the auditorium to see this movie was whether or not it was truly worthy of these awards. I wouldn’t take the film that far. While I do think this film has great cinematography, decent pacing, and one of the better soundtracks I’ve heard at certain points from the movies I’ve seen that have come out in 2016, I couldn’t help but nearly forget some of the characters from the beginning of the film. I almost forgot about characters like Juan and Teresa, which is kinda unfortunate, especially when you consider how big of a role Juan has in the film.

Another problem I had with the film is the scene in the diner. I won’t get into too much detail here, but if you have seen the movie, chances are you know what I’m talking about. There was a couple moments during that scene where I felt entertained, but it absolutely could have been trimmed. Just make it like a minute or two shorter and it would have been better. I like long and detailed scenes, but this part just felt more slow than it was detailed.

After seeing “Moonlight” I kind of left the theater with similar thoughts in my head that I had after seeing “Manchester by the Sea,” good for certain qualities, but it is not worth all of the praise it has been getting. Oddly enough, part of me is saying I like this better than “Manchester by the Sea” but at the same time if I were having a movie night, I’d rather watch that film as opposed to “Moonlight,” maybe it’s because I live near Manchester by the Sea, I don’t know. It’s kind of like how I have a soft spot for “Paul Blart: Mall Cop,” I actually live near the malls used to shoot the film so at times it makes me want to watch that movie. I’m going to give “Moonlight” a 7/10. Guys, I hope you liked that introduction I did, if you don’t know already, it was inspired by the Academy Awards Best Picture mishap and I had a lot of fun making it. As far as upcoming reviews go, I might go see “Kong: Skull Island” at some point, I’m not sure, but we’ll see what happens. Stay tuned for more reviews coming up and I promise you all, I will have the right cards. Scene Before is your click to the flicks!

Jungle Gym Movie Theater: Absurdity at Its Best

Hey everyone, Jack Drees here. I don’t have any kids, but if I had kids and happened to live in California, I think I just found a new place I would never ever want to take them. I love going to the cinema, to me, it’s a home away from home. Now, a Mexican cinema chain is making a so called innovation. This chain is known as Cinepolis, and their idea towards innovating is opening theaters that contain jungle gyms. Here’s my response to that. Are you f*cking kidding me?!

Jose Miguel Gabardino


I thought excessively renovating theaters to put in reclined seating was absurd, this puts the word “absurd” in a whole new dimension I never even imagined. Apparently, there are locations set to open in southern California, and there are actually locations of this kind open in Spain, Mexico, Guatemala, and Costa Rica. From that, I can only imagine there are days when parents from these countries have huge headaches because of places like this. When the locations in southern California opens, southern Californian parents will probably feel the same way.

You know how in a lot of movie theaters they have those warnings before the show begins to shut off your phones and be quiet? This actually may encourage talking throughout a movie. Granted, kids aren’t the quietest folks in the world, and sometimes their behavior in a movie theater can show that. But just imagine kids going “WEEEEE!” down a slide while a movie is playing, that would actually be worse. For what I can imagine, only kids movies would play in here. So anything PG-13 or higher won’t be playing in an auditorium like this. You know what I would imagine as well? With the jungle gym inside, the kids are going to be around there for a portion of the feature presentation and parents who probably dislike films such as animations will have to put up with whatever’s on screen without the kid by their side. Also, this goes for kids as well, but I think parents will be more annoyed by this, with all the noise kids will be making in the jungle gym, it’s quite possible it will be a lot harder to hear the movie. If the sound system is excellent, that’s something I’d appreciate at any age, but if not, I’d just roll my eyes and probably just want to leave.

One common bane of every parent’s existence from what I heard, happens to be Chuck E Cheese. I have been there multiple times as a kid. If you don’t know, they are a popular spot for children’s events or birthday parties, they have an arcade, and they also have a jungle gym. I haven’t been in years, especially when you consider the fact that I’m 17. As far as complaints go there, I heard the food is terrible, and there’s not really much for a parent to appreciate about the place. For what I remember, the only times I recall having any food there is during birthday parties, I don’t remember their food being the worst thing I’ve ever eaten. Then again, every single time I have been was when I was at a single digit age and when it comes to food like pizza, I didn’t really think much about quality. Let me just say, this movie theater/jungle gym idea, at least to me, IS WORSE.

A lot of people enjoy going to the cinema. Granted there are lots of people who would rather stay home and rent a movie On Demand, but still, there are people who still go to the cinema. There are also a lot of people who find amusement in going to arcades. Chuck E Cheese is partially an arcade, and even if I went in as an adult, I’d have fun in that sort of way. Sure, it might be awkward, but still fun. With that being said, the problem I have with the jungle gym movie theater idea is that the movie will be playing in a room with a jungle gym inside. If there were, I don’t know, say a jungle gym in the lobby that kids could play around, I’d accept that. That idea would cause less of a disturbance, give kids something to do before a movie starts if they arrive at the theater early, and make the cinematic experience quite possibly less awkward for parents.

Also, let’s take the price in mind. I first heard about this entire jungle gym movie theater thing in an article from LAist. It mentions that the price will be $3 more than a standard movie ticket. So while children may be happy, adults are paying $3 extra per ticket just to enter hell for a couple of hours. Even if you are one of those people who hates 3D, you’d probably rather pay a few extra bucks to see a 3D film than this because at least something like that would focus on the film itself. This is just Chuck E Cheese in a movie theater. By the way, I mentioned an article at the beginning, if you want to look at it, I have the link right here.

Just…Wow. When it comes to movie theater innovations I find ridiculous, I thought the overuse of recliners was bad enough. The jungle gym movie theater may just take the recliners, and put them in a junkyard with a slide, merry go round, beanbags, and unmovable pogo sticks. I don’t believe what I’m seeing here. Well, at least I don’t live in California so that takes some worries off my chest. First off, today is March 8th, or as some people may call it, International Women’s Day, so happy International Women’s Day to all the women out there! Second, for upcoming reviews, I currently have nothing planned this upcoming weekend. If I were to see something, it would either be “Kong: Skull Island,” “Fist Fight,” or “Moonlight.” I’m also thinking of seeing “Get Out” after all of the positive reception I’ve collected about it, but that shall probably remain a mystery for now since horror movies aren’t my go to genre. I don’t mind watching them, they just aren’t my first choice, not to mention, I don’t think they are the first choice of certain folks I know either. Nevertheless, if I post a review over the next weekend, please stay tuned. Also, stay tuned for posts that aren’t reviews. (Sigh) Please just tell me this jungle gym s*it isn’t gonna spread far. Anyway, Scene Before is your click to the flicks!

LEAKED “Aquaman” Footage Revealed on Zack Snyder’s Twitter!

Hey everyone, Jack Drees here. A couple days ago, it was Zack Snyder’s birthday, if you don’t know him, he directed movies like “300,” “Dawn of the Dead,” and “Sucker Punch.” He’s also responsible for directing some of the DC Extended Universe films. The films in the franchise which he directed include “Man of Steel,” “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice,” and the upcoming “Justice League” film which is supposed to come out in November. He’s also directing a “Justice League” sequel but there’s not an official release date on that film yet. The film I’m going to bring up today isn’t one he’s directing, but it is also one he’s producing, and that film, is “Aquaman.” I will be completely honest with you, when it comes to comic books, I don’t read them, I just follow the films, so if I insert anything that a comic book fan might know about Aquaman that a normal person usually wouldn’t, that’s likely to be based off of brief research. The greatest knowledge I have when it comes to Aquaman, is a brief clip of him from “Batman v Superman,” playing “Injustice: Gods Among Us,” quite possibly Comic-Con, “The Big Bang Theory,” and random places with that sort of information on the Internet and TV. I mean, I know his superpower…

In this post I’m going to bring up something Zack Snyder posted on his Twitter. He posted a few seconds of footage of “Aquaman” on there. The tweet stated “Working on my birthday 🎉.” After seeing that, some thoughts are on my mind 1: It’s nice to show people that more matters to you on your birthday than gifts or going out to dinner. And 2: Does Zack Snyder think nobody will care about or remember about his birthday? That’s not the point really, but still, it’s some stuff I thought about. If you want to watch the Aquaman footage, it’s down below, enjoy.

As far as this footage goes, I must say I’m impressed with it from a visual standpoint, in a way, it almost reminds me of “The Legend of Tarzan,” which came out last year, if it were underwater. I was bored throughout a good portion of that film, but I thought the visuals were tremendous throughout. Although just to get this out, “Aquaman” doesn’t come out until October 5th, 2018. The movie could look a lot different in the final product as opposed to how it looks now. Also, this video was shot on a camera looking at a screen, and maybe if you viewed it in real life, maybe the footage would look even better. After all, you still need to color grade, and if possible, add music to suit the scene depending on when this happens.

As far as Aquaman goes in the footage, I’d say, just from this short clip, I approve of Jason Momoa playing Aquaman. He looks like he has the qualities of a superhero. He’s fit, and while he may not look like the Aquaman you’d typically think of when it comes to the comic books, I still like the costume, or at least the part of it I can see, I bet his top will be covered for some time in the movie so I can glance at the rest of the costume. My only problem with Aquaman, is his hairstyle. When I look at Aquaman and notice his long hair, it almost reminds me of one of the dwarves from the “Lord of the Rings” franchise. I’m not joking! Regardless of whether or not you have seen one “Lord of the Rings” film (the books don’t matter in this case), specifically the ones in the Hobbit trilogy, I have two images of posters shown below. On the left, is Aquaman, on the right, is Thorin, as he is shown in a poster for “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.” Just look at them.

I mean literally, what the hell is this?! I apparently just entered the Twilight Zone! Oh, and by the way, despite having black hair in the video and the left poster, Aquaman from what I heard will be blonde in this movie.

There’s one more character in the video that I’ve yet to talk about. Aquaman is going up to him and he stops in front of him, based on some research, I was able to determine the guy would be a villain in the film, Orm/Ocean Master. In this movie, Ocean Master is being played by Patrick Wilson, who was in some fairly recent horror films including “The Conjuring” and “Insidious.” I can’t really say much else except that I hope Wilson does well in the film. From what I see, it looks like the movie interpretation of Ocean Master is faithful to the comic books just by the way it looks, but as far as everything else goes, that will be determined in the future.

I hope “Aquaman” is a good movie, because right now, the DCEU really needs something to boost itself. I enjoyed “Man of Steel,” “Batman v Superman” somehow gets better every time I watch it and it made me find my celebrity crush, “Suicide Squad” was fun the first time, but it got SO MUCH WORSE the second time, probably not top 10 of the year worse, but it’s just plain bad as of now. I mean, I have a lot of faith in the upcoming “Wonder Woman” film and I think it’s gonna be sick, but we’ll have to see. From the footage I saw, it looks pretty good, but we’ll have to see what happens in the future when it comes to this movie. Also, I feel I should remind all of you once again that I have a petition to get “King of the Nerds” back on the air. If you want to sign it, I have the link down below, go right ahead. Just a little announcement that just came up to me recently, apparently as of yesterday, I have been on Scene Before for 1 year now. I don’t know if I’m gonna do something for that, but we’ll see. Be sure to stay tuned for my future posts and reviews! Scene Before is your click to the flicks!