Morbius Preview

Jamie flips back the denim sheet covering the other crate of jorts and huddled in the corner is, “Little Mikey Myers?” Jamie and Patrick gasp simultaneously. Now in his late teens and clutching a PaJama ParTy CD to his chest, Mikey Myers looks at them with fear in his eyes. “Are you…,” he stammers but can’t finish the thought before he faints. This is tickling some vague memory for Patrick, but he can’t quite grasp it. “Wake him up and bring him along. We can’t risk him alerting the guards,” Patrick finally says and soon they are all on their way to the PaJama ParTy green room. LePumice is staring around at his surroundings in awe. “The last concert,” he whispers, “the scene of the crime.” Jamie’s jaw clenches. “Yes,” he agrees, “the night we embarrassed ourselves. It’s clear we were sent here to stop Ty from doing what he did. To resolve the sins of the past and give PaJama ParTy the send off it deserved.” But Patrick isn’t so sure. When they reach the green room door they take a deep breath before busting into the room, a twin chop ready for action. The scene is familiar, Parsons eyes glazed, Ty a devious smirk on his lips, and Jamie and Patrick about to mack on some potent weed brownies. Jamie screams, “Don’t eat it, it’s reefer. Ty is trying to ruin everything.” But instead of a thanks, teen heartthrob Jamie just rolls his eyes. “Uh duh, gramps. That’s the point,” and with that he downs the brownie. Now they remember… The fans were too much, the fame was too much. They did it together. “Now what?” Jamie says hopelessly. Patrick looks at his watch and looks at LePumice, Mikey, and Patrick. “Looks like we’re doing this live.” That’s right! We are doing it Live! BMT Live, that is, and watching the latest, greatest, worstest movie on the block: Morbius. He is a living vampire and we are living people actually going to the theater to watch the film. Let’s go!

Morbius (2022) – BMeTric: 53.5; Notability: 34

StreetCreditReport.com – BMeTric: top 2.0%; Notability: top 0.0%; Rotten Tomatoes: top 3.6%; Higher BMeT: Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Brazen, The Ice Age Adventures of Buck Wild, Moonfall, Blacklight; Lower RT: Blacklight, Brazen; Notes: So yeah, 34 probably actually translates to what? Like 70 in the long run for Notability. So you probably have to double things. Would be kind of interesting to try and figure something like that out. Could use Lives! from the last few years maybe (NOTE: Looking back at a few it seems like x1.5 is a pretty safe bet. Unfortunately Notability doesn’t go back very far). I am very much looking forward to Blacklight though.

RogerEbert.com – 2.0 stars – Dr. Michael Morbius (Jared Leto), the title character of Columbia Pictures’ MCU-adjacent semi-horror movie “Morbius,” is a “living vampire.” What, you might be thinking, does that mean? Did the good doctor become a vampire without having to die first? Why, yes—he fused his DNA with vampire bat DNA in an attempt to cure the rare, fatal blood disease that’s been plaguing him since childhood. (What disease, you ask? You sweet, innocent child.) The fusion gave him super speed, super strength, echolocation abilities, and an appetite for blood that’s only partially sated by the artificial substitute for which Morbius rejects a Nobel Prize at the beginning of the film. (Why? Again, you’re asking too many questions.) In short, he’s a science vampire. (So, like if Batman was a doctor, then? Wrong universe, but close.)

(It is a very accurate description of how maddening this film is. But … how is that review a 2/4 stars? The film isn’t close to that good and is gobbledegook, so I don’t get how you go above 1.5 stars at all.)

Trailer – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SQK-QxxtE8Y/

(Yeah … that looks like garbage haha. Dark, nonsensical garbage. So that’s something to look forward to.)

DirectorsDaniel Espinosa – ( Known For: Life; Safe House; Child 44; Snabba Cash; BMT: Morbius; Notes: He is from Sweden. He is announced for two Middle-East-set films about war. I assume in the end only one of those will actually be made.)

WritersMatt Sazama and Burk Sharpless – ( Known For: Power Rangers; Future BMT: Dracula Untold; BMT: Morbius; Gods of Egypt; The Last Witch Hunter; Razzie Notes: Nominee for Worst Screenplay for Gods of Egypt in 2017; Notes: A writing team who also created the new Lost in Space series. They are also writing a Madam Web movie … for real, who are these characters Sony is making movies about?)

ActorsJared Leto – ( Known For: Blade Runner 2049; House of Gucci; Zack Snyder’s Justice League; American Psycho; Fight Club; Requiem for a Dream; Panic Room; The Little Things; Dallas Buyers Club; Girl, Interrupted; Lord of War; Mr. Nobody; The Thin Red Line; The Outsider; Chapter 27; Prefontaine; How to Make an American Quilt; Lonely Hearts; Highway; Sunset Strip; Future BMT: Suicide Squad; Alexander; Switchback; Black & White; BMT: Morbius; Urban Legend; Razzie Notes: Winner for Worst Supporting Actor for House of Gucci in 2022; Nominee for Worst Supporting Actor for Suicide Squad in 2017; and Nominee for Worst Screen Couple for House of Gucci in 2022; Notes: These days possibly more known for being somewhat of a lunatic on set than anything else. He won an Oscar for Dallas Buyers Club which has given him something of a blank check over the last ten years.)

Matt Smith – ( Known For: Last Night in Soho; Pride and Prejudice and Zombies; Official Secrets; The Forgiven; His House; Charlie Says; Womb; Lost River; Patient Zero; Mapplethorpe; Bert & Dickie; Future BMT: Terminator Genisys; BMT: Morbius; Notes: Actually most famous for Dr. Who. He was a fine Doctor, although out of the five Doctors since the restart of the series he might be my least favorite, personally.)

Adria Arjona – ( Known For: 6 Underground; Triple Frontier; Pacific Rim: Uprising; Sweet Girl; The Belko Experiment; Future BMT: Life of the Party; BMT: Morbius; Notes: She’s going to be in the Star Wars show Andor. Originally from Puerto Rico, she’s the daughter of singer Ricardo Arjona.)

Budget/Gross – $75–83 million / Domestic: $43,838,847 (Worldwide: $88,738,847)

(I think this will likely be a small loss for Sony in the end, but maybe not so bad that they will pull the plug on the Sinister Six entirely. I’ll end up probably around like $70 domestic and closer to $100 international for a $60 take home for Sony … not what you want, but also maybe not enough to deter things. Then again The Mummy made waaaaaay more than that and the Dark Universe was just one and done immediately.)

Rotten Tomatoes – 16% (33/205): Cursed with uninspired effects, rote performances, and a borderline nonsensical story, this dreary mess is a vein attempt to make Morbius happen.

(Really rather astonishingly bad. Shocking. Like … I was half convinced it was impossible to release a blockbuster with sub-20% these days just because of how studios could repeat the test-screen/reshoot cycle until a film was merely boring instead of outright bad.)

Reviewer Highlight: Morbius is a forgettable, often laughable, entry in Sony’s attempt to fill its own Spider-Man-adjacent cinematic universe, a poorly edited, derivative time suck — pun intended. – Mark Kennedy, Associated Press

Poster – Morbius: Two Wong Chew, Fangs for Everything! Julie Newmar (the Living Vampire)

(There is some nice effort here. I was afraid this would be blah grays and blacks, but they give it an 80’s vibe with some red, blue and purple pop. Nice font too. Biggest problem? This is what I call a Tom Cruise poster: all about dat star. But is Jared Leto really enough of a draw to be the whole poster? Feels incorrect. B-.)

Tagline(s) – The line between hero and villain will be broken. (B-)

(Phew, I thought the tagline on the poster was official and that one is terrible. This one is way better. Effective from an advertising angle (I’m intrigued) but maybe not all that clever or interesting. Still, not bad.)

Keyword(s) – vampire

Top 10: Morbius (2022), Twilight (2008), Doctor Sleep (2019), I Am Legend (2007), Hotel Transylvania: Transformania (2022), Blade (1998), Dracula (1992), The Lost Boys (1987), Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (2010), From Dusk Till Dawn (1996)

Future BMT: 90.0 Vampires Suck (2010), 88.6 BloodRayne (2005), 51.7 Dylan Dog: Dead of Night (2010), 49.9 Sleepwalkers (1992), 47.1 Transylvania 6-5000 (1985), 44.6 Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1992), 43.4 Bordello of Blood (1996), 43.0 Underworld: Blood Wars (2016), 40.9 The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen (2003), 40.9 Blade: Trinity (2004)

BMT: Morbius (2022), Hellboy (2019), The Twilight Saga: New Moon (2009), The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1 (2011), Priest (2011), Vampire Academy (2014), Queen of the Damned (2002), Dracula 2000 (2000), Ultraviolet (2006), Vampire in Brooklyn (1995), Dudley Do-Right (1999)

Matches: Twilight (2008), Blade (1998), Dracula (1992), The Lost Boys (1987), From Dusk Till Dawn (1996), Interview with the Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles (1994), Let Me In (2010), Blade: Trinity (2004), The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2 (2012), Blade II (2002), Underworld (2003), Dark Shadows (2012), The Twilight Saga: Eclipse (2010), Night Teeth (2021), The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones (2013), The Twilight Saga: New Moon (2009), Fright Night (2011), Near Dark (1987), Body Double (1984), 30 Days of Night (2007), Underworld: Blood Wars (2016), Fright Night (1985), Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1992), Daybreakers (2009), Priest (2011), Vampire Academy (2014), Queen of the Damned (2002), Vampires (1998), Hotel Transylvania 2 (2015), Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter (2012), Underworld: Evolution (2006), Underworld: Rise of the Lycans (2009), Dracula 2000 (2000), Ultraviolet (2006), Sleepwalkers (1992), Underworld: Awakening (2012), Embrace of the Vampire (1995), Once Bitten (1985), Vampire’s Kiss (1988), Dracula: Dead and Loving It (1995), Thirst (2009), Shadow of the Vampire (2000), The Little Vampire (2000), A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night (2014), Fright Night Part 2 (1988), BloodRayne (2005), Freaks of Nature (2015), Paris, je t’aime (2006), Vampires Suck (2010), The House Next Door: Meet the Blacks 2 (2021), … (and many more)

(We’ve watched a ton of these over the last two years I think. League of Extraordinary Gentlemen (or as I know it, LXG obvs) has somehow evaded us. It isn’t impossible that that is a Hall of Famer in waiting, that film is hilariously bad.)

Welcome to Earf (HoE Number 10) – The shortest path through The Movie Database cast lists using only BMT films is: Jared Leto is No. 1 billed in Morbius and No. 2 billed in Urban Legend, which also stars Alicia Witt (No. 1 billed) who is in 88 Minutes (No. 2 billed) which also stars Leelee Sobieski (No. 3 billed) who is in Here on Earth (No. 1 billed) => (1 + 2) + (1 + 2) + (3 + 1) = 10. There is no shorter path at the moment.

Notes – The name of the cargo ship in the beginning of the movie is Murnau (as in F.W. Murnau, the director of the classic vampire movie ‘Nosferatu’). Like the cargo ship in ‘Nosferatu’, the Murnau arrives in port with its entire crew dead and drained of blood.

The character of Morbius can also be glimpsed in the bonus features of the Blade (1998) DVD, in a deleted ending.

Matt Smith joined the film, after previously turning down other superhero film roles, due to director Daniel Espinosa’s involvement and encouragement from his former Doctor Who co-star Karen Gillan, who portrays Nebula in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

The New York scenes were actually filmed in Manchester’s Northern Quarter, United Kingdom. All city lights, signs, and license plates were changed to match those found in New York.

In the subway scene, several ads/posters are seen in the background with the names “Thomas & Kane”. An obvious nod to Roy Thomas and Gil Kane, who were the creators of the Marvel superhero Iron Fist.

In the first crime scene, Agent Ramirez states that this was the weirdest crime after “that thing in San Francisco”. This is a reference to Venom. Later in the movie, Morbius states, “I am Venom.”

Leto was rumored for another vampire role, Lestat in Josh Boone’s failed Vampire Chronicles reboot.

Second SSMU film to tie-in to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, after Venom: Let There Be Carnage (2021).

The original cut had Carnage as one of Morbius’ prisoners (before the film was reshuffled and placed eight movies ahead of where it originally was going to be).

The film was set to be released on July 31, 2020 in the United States. But when the coronavirus pandemic began to affect the film industry including attendance at movie theaters, the film’s release was moved to March 19, 2021, January 11, 2021 and finally January 28, 2022. Sony Pictures subsequently began moving their release date for 2020 films to 2021 including another film set in Sony Pictures Universe of Marvel Characters: Venom: Let There Be Carnage from its October 2, 2020 release date to June 25, 2021. Spider-Man: No Way Home, another Marvel film associated with the Marvel Cinematic Universe, was dated for release in the United States on July 16, 2021 to November 5, 2021, and again to December 17, 2021.

One of the key locations in the film is Horizon Labs, where Morbius looks after children with the same blood disorder that he has — while also carrying out his research into curing the condition. But Horizon Labs has been a huge part of the “Spider-Man” comics in the last decade, as Peter Parker worked there during Dan Slott’s run on the character. It’s a place for gifted scientists to work on the most cutting-edge technology and ideas, without the restraints of having to pitch them to a board of directors. Horizon Labs first appears in “Amazing Spider-Man” issue #648, and it’s run by Max Modell, one of Peter’s personal heroes in the scientific community. Morbius also works for Horizon in the comics, and he’s the one who creates a serum that saves everyone in New York when the events of “Spider-Island” turn everyone into giant arachnids. But he’s not the only villain to grace the laboratory’s halls. Otto Octavius, aka Doctor Octopus, also works for the company after he transfers his consciousness into Peter’s brain in “Amazing Spider-Man” issue #700 — and he uses Horizon as a way of developing new technology for his own heroic career. Although don’t worry, non-comic readers, Otto eventually surrendered Peter’s body back to the hero’s consciousness.

J.K. Simmons originally filmed scenes as J. Jonah Jameson for this movie. In the time that elapsed between the film’s original shoot and the production of Spider-Man: No Way Home, it became evident to the filmmakers that Morbius did not actually exist in the same universe as J.K. Simmons’ version of J. Jonah Jameson. As a result, Simmons’ scenes were removed from the film.

MCU fans prefer to think that the Adrian Toomes / Vulture from another universe is a variant and not the one from the MCU despite the confirmation from the director that it’s the same character, given how his character arc was resolved in Spider-Man: Homecoming and how his appearance here undermines it, not to mention how the logic behind his appearance in this universe doesn’t gel with how No Way Home presented the spell.

Jumper Preview

Generated on: 2019-11-17

Jumper (2008) – BMeTric: 31.0

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RogerEbert.com – 1.5 stars – In a world gone horribly wrong, where actions have no consequences, where all of humanity has become unaccountably oblivious to blatant violations of the time-space continuum, where rules exist not to be broken but to be disregarded, where continuity is irrelevant… anything is possible!

Trailer – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TaA9wnc7mmY/

Directors – Doug Liman – (Known For: Edge of Tomorrow; American Made; The Bourne Identity; Mr. & Mrs. Smith; Swingers; Go; The Wall; Fair Game; BMT: Jumper;)

Writers – David S. Goyer (screenplay) – (Known For: Terminator: Dark Fate; The Dark Knight; The Dark Knight Rises; Batman Begins; Man of Steel; Godzilla; Blade; Dark City; Blade II; Zig Zag; Future BMT: The Unborn; The Crow: City of Angels; Kickboxer 2: The Road Back; Blade: Trinity; The Puppet Masters; Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice; BMT: Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance; Jumper; Razzie Notes: Winner for Worst Screenplay for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice in 2017; Notes: )

Jim Uhls (screenplay) – (Known For: Fight Club; BMT: Jumper;)

Simon Kinberg (screenplay) – (Known For: X-Men: Apocalypse; Sherlock Holmes; X-Men: Days of Future Past; Mr. & Mrs. Smith; X-Men: The Last Stand; BMT: Fantastic Four; xXx²: The Next Level; X-Men: Dark Phoenix; Jumper; This Means War; Razzie Notes: Nominee for Worst Screenplay for Fantastic Four in 2016;)

Steven Gould (novel) – (BMT: Jumper;)

Actors – Hayden Christensen – (Known For: Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith; Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones; The Virgin Suicides; In the Mouth of Madness; Life as a House; Shattered Glass; Strike!; Vanishing on 7th Street; Future BMT: Outcast; American Heist; First Kill; 90 Minutes in Heaven; Little Italy; Takers; New York, I Love You; Awake; Factory Girl; BMT: Jumper; Razzie Notes: Winner for Worst Supporting Actor in 2003 for Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones; and in 2006 for Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith; and Nominee for Worst Screen Couple in 2003 for Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones; and in 2008 for 4: Rise of the Silver Surfer, Awake, and Good Luck Chuck;)

Samuel L. Jackson – (Known For: Avengers: Endgame; Spider-Man: Far from Home; Goodfellas; Pulp Fiction; Captain Marvel; Avengers: Infinity War; Inglourious Basterds; Kong: Skull Island; Kingsman: The Secret Service; Jurassic Park; Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace; The Hateful Eight; Django Unchained; Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children; Coming to America; A Time to Kill; Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith; Thor; The Incredibles; Avengers Assemble; Future BMT: Cell; The Spirit; Freedomland; Kite; Barely Lethal; Meeting Evil; Oldboy; Reasonable Doubt; Star Wars: The Clone Wars; Home of the Brave; The Samaritan; No Good Deed; Sphere; Amos & Andrew; Cleaner; The Legend of Tarzan; Loaded Weapon 1; Zambezia; The Exterminator; The 51st State; Rules of Engagement; Johnny Suede; Shaft; Basic; Strictly Business; Glass; Country of My Skull; One Eight Seven; Gospel Hill; Life Itself; BMT: xXx²: The Next Level; Twisted; Jumper;)

Jamie Bell – (Known For: Rocketman; Snowpiercer; Skin; King Kong; Billy Elliot; Jane Eyre; Filth; The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn; 6 Days; Defiance; Flags of Our Fathers; The Eagle; Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool; Nicholas Nickleby; Retreat; Hallam Foe; Undertow; Future BMT: Deathwatch; Man on a Ledge; Donnybrook; Dear Wendy; BMT: Fantastic Four; Jumper; Razzie Notes: Nominee for Worst Screen Combo for Fantastic Four in 2016;)

Budget/Gross – $85,000,000 / Domestic: $80,172,128 (Worldwide: $222,231,186)

Rotten Tomatoes – 15% (25/166)Featuring uninvolving characters and loose narrative, Jumper is an erratic action pic with little coherence and lackluster special effects.

Poster – Tele-Sklog-cation

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Tagline(s) – anywhere is possible.

Keyword – teleportation;

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Top 10: Watchmen (2009), Avengers: Endgame (2019), John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum (2019), Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle (2017), Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018), X-Men: Dark Phoenix (2019), Suicide Squad (2016), Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald (2018), The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001), Avengers: Infinity War (2018);

Future BMT: 68.1 Supergirl (1984), 65.9 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III (1993), 62.6 Blair Witch (2016), 60.6 A Nightmare on Elm Street (2010), 59.5 Red Sonja (1985), 57.2 The Fly II (1989), 50.5 Your Highness (2011), 49.7 Masters of the Universe (1987), 37.0 The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones (2013), 36.4 The One (2001);

BMT: X-Men: Dark Phoenix (2019), Gods of Egypt (2016), Warcraft: The Beginning (2016), X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009), Fantastic Four (2015), Super Mario Bros. (1993), Battlefield Earth (2000), The Last Witch Hunter (2015), Mortal Kombat (1995), Jumper (2008), I Am Number Four (2011), Seventh Son (2014), Howard: A New Breed of Hero (1986), Doom (2005), Mortal Kombat: Annihilation (1997), Alone in the Dark (2005), Vampire in Brooklyn (1995), Star Trek V: The Final Frontier (1989), Highlander II: The Quickening (1991)

Welcome to Earf (HoE Number 9) – The shortest path through The Movie Database cast lists using only BMT films is: Michael Rooker is No. 5 billed in Jumper and No. 4 billed in Here on Earth => 5 + 4 = 9. There is no shorter path at the moment.

Notes – David Ritchie, a set dresser on the Toronto shoot, was killed while dismantling part of the set.

The crew was allowed to film inside the Roman Colosseum for three days, under three conditions: no equipment could be placed on the ground, they could only shoot from 6:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. and from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., to avoid disturbing tourists, and the only lighting allowed was natural sunlight.

Eminem reportedly turned down an offer to star in the lead role. However, an MTV report quoted director Doug Liman saying his plan to have Eminem in the movie was dropped right after he met Hayden Christensen.

The movie takes place in Ann Arbor, Michigan. The high school depicted was Huron High School, where screenwriter David S. Goyer attended. Area teens were cast as extras for scenes in and around the school.

Hayden Christensen (David) and Rachel Bilson (Millie) were engaged in real life, but the pair split up in September 2017.

Due to strict moral grounds, and out of respect for the Christian martyrs, a scene of Griffin (Jamie Bell) urinating in the Colosseum, when he meets David (Hayden Christensen) for the first time, was altered by some television censors to have Griffin sitting on a big rock instead.

David mentions “King Kong” while on the Empire State Building. Jamie Bell, who played Griffin in this film, played Jimmy in King Kong (2005).

Originally, Tom Sturridge was cast as David and Teresa Palmer was cast as Millie. After two months of filming and rising production costs, Hayden Christensen and Rachel Bilson were re-cast as the leads.

Many parts in the film are different from the book. Some of them include the characters of Roland, Griffin, and Paladins. In the book, the main character goes by “Davy”, not “David”. Davy was the only Jumper in the book, however, Griffin’s character changes this. In the movie, David knew Millie from school. In the book, they met after he ran away to New York City. In the book, David and Millie do not travel to Rome. The book spends a lot of time with Davy, trying to find his mother, and being tracked and investigated by the N.S.A., which has been replaced with the Paladin story arc.

In the original novel, Roland Cox’s first name was Brian. It was most likely changed to avoid confusion with actor Brian Cox. The character’s name was changed from Brian to Roland to reflect the stories of ancient France. The Paladins, led by Roland, served Charlemagne, similar to the stories of England’s King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table. Since the Paladins were not in the novel, on which the movie was based, and were added to the screenplay, the name Roland is more appropriate.