Avengers Endgame Tickets Selling for $9,199 on Ebay as MCU Fans Lose Their Minds

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Plan now, if seeing Endgame opening night is *your* endgame.

People are buying Avengers: Endgame opening night tickets for $500 a piece on eBay. Yes. We live in a world where this is now a thing.

…UPDATE 4/6/19: There is now a sold listing on eBay with pair of tickets for $9,199 for April 28. (See screenshot below.)That’s two nights AFTER Endgame premiers. Almost 10 grand! Granted, this is for an NYC theater, but…okay…that’s still no excuse. This article may now resume…

Twitter’s trend reports say Marvel Cinematic Universe fans are “losing their minds” to secure premier evening movie tickets. This Hypebeast article has a graphic showing eBay sales with scalped tickets for Avengers: Endgame — which is not even opening until April 26, mind you, several weeks from now — going for $500. Half a thousand dollars, and folks are willingly shelling it out.

ebay endgame ticket price screenshot of almost ten thousand dollars - sold!
Yes, I took this screenshot right off of eBay. It’s under “Sold Auctions.” Is it a hoax? Who bought these? Did Thanos make them do it?

Ticket Sites Are Crashing From the Traffic

Online ticket outlets AMC and Fandango have been crashing since pre-sales for this MCU endgame of endgames began yesterday.

Fandango users report many got to the “choose your seat” stage and been booted off the site. How’s that for frustrating? This is the kind of activity I’ve only seen to get into the San Diego Comic Con, and NEVER for a wide-release movie. Ever. RunPee has never seen this kind of feeding frenzy for a film before in 11 years of harvesting Peetimes.

Consider this a quick heads up to plan your Avengers ticket strategies right now if you’re a die-hard MCU fan. Don’t wait and hope you’ll nab a seat opening night without making an Asgardian effort even Thor might find impossible.

Remember, Endgame is Loooooong

And yes, just as a reminder, Endgame clocks in over three hours long, so you will NEED your Peetimes. We’re 99% sure to have them for you before opening night, as we pay a movie review in LA extra to get into early screeners. Then we all see the movie again ourselves, several times, to give you the best Peetimes possible.

As Always, Don’t Leave Your Seats During the Credits for the MCU

Also, never never leave your seat during the end credits. But you know this by now. Remember, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 had five extra scenes, plus a lot of Groot-related Easter Eggs. (As always, RunPee will tell you where the end credits are in case you must make a speedy break.)

New to the MCU? Really?

In fact, If this is your first rodeo with the MCU, you shouldn’t be bothering to see this film right now, opening night or not. Consider this a stern warning from a friend: you won’t know who any of these many, many people are. Start at the beginning with Iron Man, work through the 22 films in the series, and see Endgame at your leisure. No lines. Spoilers won’t mean much to you if you don’t know what’s at stake, or don’t realize it’s possible to cry (twice!) over things that happen to a walking tree.

Now go do what you need to do at AMC, Fandango, or the outlet of your choice. I’ll be back with more updates right here when I can!

And consider a back-up plan if you have to wait a few days to get Endgame tickets — avoid the internet, newspapers, and all your friends, even, until you see it. I can’t wait. I hope none of us will have to for long.

#KeepTheSecrets

#ThanosCommandsYourSilence

#AvengeTheFallen

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The 59 Hour MCU Rewatch Marathon Means the RunPee App is a MUST Have for Your Bladder

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The entire two and a half days of MCU goodness is coming to AMC. Bring RunPee and an extra phone battery!

AMC Theaters announced they are doing a 59 hour movie marathon of all 22 MCU movies before the premier of Avengers: Endgame. That’s everything and everyone in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, from Iron Man 1 (2008) to Captain Marvel (2019)…followed by an early screening of Endgame.

We are talking 59 hours and seven minutes of butt-time in seats. Seriously, you are going to need Peetimes.

This study in movie-going endurance is the perfect time to fully use the RunPee app to keep your bladder from literally, spectacularly exploding in the theater. We heard from people watching last year’s AMC Marathon (leading into Infinity War) that it was a sometimes nightmarish experience, with people mobbing the bathrooms and concession stands between the endless stream of movies. Not to mention: some of these films are really, really, REALLY long. So long that at RunPee.com we call these particular blockbusters “Bladderbusters.”

If you haven’t used Peetimes before, you’ll need them now. Like Obi-Won Kenobi, RunPee will be your only hope. 😉

The RunPee App Now Has a Special Feature Just for Accessing Peetimes for the MCU

The good news: we have Peetimes for each and every MCU movie. Not only that, but with the latest update of the RunPee app (version 5.0) we’ve made it super simple to see a list of only the MCU movies. The bad news: there is no bad news! This is easy-peasy.

This graphic shows how to find all the MCU Peetimes, in its own section of the RunPee app, marked with Captain America’s classic shield logo:

MCU Movie List

Just tap the menu icon (top-right) and select “MCU Movies.” So simple, a bladder could do it. (Contact us if you can’t find it.)

When is this Marathon?

AMC reports: “The marathon will begin on Tuesday, April 23 and continue through the week into Thursday with, naturally, a screening of Endgame at 5 pm, a full hour before other public screenings of the movie, which is reportedly three hours long.” The massive screenings will be in select cities and you’ll want to get your tickets soon. Contact your local AMC for details or check in with AMC.com.

Hypebeast reports tickets for the event cost $125, which begins at 10AM, April 23 at the AMCs at Lincoln Square 13 in NY, River East 21 in Chicago, and the Metreon 16 in San Francisco.

You Need a Plan

Start planning your bladder/drink/food survival strategy now, either for the entire 2 and a half day MCU superhero marathon, or in gearing up for “only” Avengers: Endgame (remember, that one is over three hours by itself.) Remember to bring an extra battery (or three) to keep your phone charged and get those all-important Peetimes.

You don’t have to dehydrate yourself or wear an adult diaper just to enjoy what should be an outrageously awesome, once in a lifetime movie-going experience.

PS: If you know anyone thinking of attending the MCU Marathon, send them this link! The event will be like the San Diego Comic Con, on steroids…

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Is Shazam Part of the DC Universe or a Stand-Alone Film? How Shazam Could Fix the DCEU

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It’s like Big. But with Superpowers.

Rest assured, there is an actual answer here. According to every reliable internet source, Shazam is indeed set within the larger universe of the DC superheroes, at least from the ‘official DCEU starting point’ with Man of Steel, in 2013. Just so we’re all clear, DCEU stands for the DC Extended Universe. All good? Great — let’s get into it.

It seems strange that a genuinely goofy superhero film (trailer tag line: “He’s not so serious“) would fit seamlessly within the endless grim-darkiness of the rest of the DCEU supers. Batman? Broody. Superman? Angsty. Aquaman? I don’t know what happened to the joviality he displayed in The Justice League, but his solo outing left me cold. The Justice League itself did have a few moments where I grinned, but I don’t recall any honest laughs.

Suicide Squad was billed as the “Guardians of the Galaxy of DC”, but ended up a hopelessly off-putting mess — lacking in actual, you know, levity. (James Gunn will be directing a soft-reboot of Suicide Squad, and we can hope he will bring to Suicide Squad what he did with Guardians of the Galaxy. Full stop. #InGunnWeTrust)

And then there’s Wonder Woman, which is not a  particularly comedic film, but is the best feature in the DCEU stable. It’s grand. It’s glorious. But still rather serious, in comparison with the 22+ home run hits from The Marvel Cinematic Universe (the MCU: a term you should know by now, after ten deeply interwoven years).

Would Shazam fit into the Marvel Cinematic Universe?

This leads us to the MCU. Marvel has the movie formula down — great characters, sparkling dialogue, emotional stakes, lots of sacrifice and acts of compassion, gorgeous visuals, and yes, a TON of humor.

Would Shazam, as a character, fit into the MCU? Yes. Yes indeedy. Right next to Antman and Spider-Man, which are on the lightest, fluffiest end of Marvel’s franchise (“Wait — we have an Antman and a Spider-Man?”). Shazam could be Peter Parker’s friend, even.

But the two universes can never, ever meet. That would be like matter and antimatter colliding.

Can a purely funny film like Shazam work in the DCEU?

Back to Shazam. Batman News says to  look closely at the ‘boy’ characters — Billy Batson’s young friend Freddy Freeman is a huge DC superhero fan, wearing Aquaman logo shirts, collecting newspaper clippings of momentous hero events: generally displaying a savvy knowledge of the ‘real’ superheroes. He likes supers and knows a lot about them; he treats them as actual people in his world, not comic book fantasies.

Screenrant says the producers went to great lengths to only show background action figures the DCEU featured to date, holding back on characters they haven’t allotted movie time to yet. It’s a deliberate thing. It’s world-building.

ING.com reports: “So while Superman was battling Zod and then Batman and then Doomsday and then death and then Steppenwolf, Billy Batson was being tossed around the foster care system.”

We’re supposed to understand these boys live on a planet where Superman and Batman fought a mano-a-mano battle royale, where Gotham City is a crazed warren of evil-doers, and Wonder Woman is out there inspiring legions of little girls. I know I’ll be paying attention to everything in the background during Shazam, and you should too. Tee-shirts, wall posters, thingies on shelves and desktops…and note the city graffiti, even (see: Stan Lee, in Deadpool 2, his most minimal cameo ever).

How are they going to ultimately integrate the silly antics of Shazam with the grim reality of Batman and Co? Well, that’s assuming they’ll meet. DC has a long way to go in rehabilitating their franchise in a non-depressing way, and personally, I don’t think they can do this. Not right now. But I won’t toss in the towel just yet.

How Shazam could save DC:

If Shazam brings in the box office bucks, then clearly the producers will be thrilled to finally have a joyful origin story on the table. Besides creating Shazam sequels (which will surely lose their luster as Billy becomes a grown man on his own), they might decide to lighten up overall. This is to the good. They’ve tried to set themselves apart from the MCU over the years, but at the cost of pleasing many fans.

Not that they should be a cookie-cutter of the MCU. I hope they find their own path, because to me, the more adventure blockbusters the better…but I’d like to leave a DC movie feeling on top of the world, instead of vaguely disturbed.

If they can pick up some of the wonder of Wonder Woman, and add the (hopeful) hilarity of Shazam, they’ll have a franchise people will go nuts for. Just as a comparison, again, with the MCU, it’s only April 2nd and the tickets for April 24th’s Avengers: Endgame just became available. It’s the only thing trending on Twitter today and fans are losing their minds to secure opening night seats. Don’t you think DC would like a little of that boisterous clamor for their films?

I’m not giving up hope just yet. Shazam has me filled with it. It might be goofy as hell, but this world could stand to loosen up a little. Between the darkness of Batman and the silliness of Shazam, DC might find their way.

Enjoy the SHAZAM! trailer right here:

Shazam is 2 hours and 12 minutes long, and there are reportedly two extra scenes during the credits, so keep your RunPee app handy to tell you when to take the best breaks for the loo. 

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The Ending of Endgame – Breaking News

From RunPee HQ: We have new information leaked about the end scene of Endgame.

A reliable contact at Marvel Studios just informed RunPee about the upcoming Avengers: Endgame post-credit scene. Picture this: Tony Stark suddenly wakes in a cave in Afghanistan.

Tony Stark's DreamThe ENTIRE story up to now has been nothing more than Tony Stark’s fever dream from Iron Man 1. However, as Phase 4 plays out, Tony discovers everything in his dream slowly comes true. Phases 4-6 will be a reboot of the entire story so far, but now Tony knows what’s to come — and is prepared to face Thanos and beat him this time. This is the true “endgame” the producers have been hinting at all along…or is it…?

We love a good joke here at RunPee, but we can’t let you leave thinking this is actually true about Endgame. That would just be too cruel.

Happy April Fool’s day. 🙂

Peetimes Coming for Avengers Endgame BEFORE OPENING NIGHT

Avengers: EndgameThe scheduled runtime for Avengers Endgame is 3:02. That’s three hours and two bladder cramping minutes. And you know there will be extra scenes, so don’t think you can skip out on the end credits.

[UPDATE 1: Surprisingly, there are no extra scenes, but there is an audio-only extra at the very end.]

The question everyone’s asking is: will we have Peetimes ready before the US public release of Endgame on Thursday night, April 25th ?

[UPDATE 2: Three Peetimes have been added already, a day before the movie even comes out! We merely used our Time Stone..]

Endgame – The short answer to having Peetimes before opening night

Absolutely! (That satisfied sound you just heard was your bladder relaxing.)

Endgame – The long answer on how RunPee can do this

We rely on Shanee Edwards, a Los Angeles-based movie critic, to get our Peetimes for the biggest blockbuster movies prior to their release. This comes at a high cost, but it’s worth it for RunPee fans. We know many of you will see Endgame — and other movies like it — on opening night with your friends. It’s on those occasions RunPee app downloads peak, because so many of you share the app with your friends, family, the stranger sitting next to you, et al. (And we thank you for every time you do it!)

We certainly don’t want to put you on the spot by raving about the awesomeness of the RunPee app, only to be disappointed when you try to show them Peetimes at the movies and be forced to say, “Well, they’ll probably have Peetimes for this film tomorrow.” That’s a lose-lose for everyone.

So, we go out of our way to get pre-release Peetimes for the blockbuster movies that we know will be packed on opening night.

For the vast majority of flicks, RunPee has Peetimes posted around 10:00-11:00 PM EST on opening night. We have to drive home and add the Peetimes, which usually takes an hour or two. We try to get a least one good Peetime up first, right after we add the details about any end credit scenes.

That said, the pre-release Peetimes we get from Shanee won’t be the final word. Consider those as placeholders until the RunPee Family can go see the movie on Thursday night and update them.

Pretty much the entire RunPee Family will see Endgame opening night, and will collaborate on making the Peetimes the absolute best they can be. Then on Friday we’ll go back and watch Endgame again, making sure everything about the Peetimes are spot-on.

The best Avengers: Endgame strategy

So, if you want the absolute best experience, I’d suggest waiting to see Avengers Endgame, or any blockbuster, on Friday evening (or later if you hate crowds, but not tooo much later that you get accidentally plot spoiled). But by Friday night we will have collaborated, triple-edited, and double-checked all the Peetimes.

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Dumbo Review – The Original 1941 Animated Classic: High Time for a Remake

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Such a cutie. But the classic is off-putting and makes you cry. A lot.

The original 1941 Dumbo is a strange little movie. Not only is only an hour long (it’s almost a long “short”, if you get my meaning), but has many weird scenes of mostly padding (which would make for great Peetimes, BTW).

It’s also…um…wildly racist (there’s no other way to say this, and not in just the scene with the jeering crows — don’t even get me STARTED on Song of the Roustabouts). And Dumbo is so casually, completely inhumane. The moniker “Dumbo” alone is intended as a cruel nickname by his own fellow elephants — his actual birth name is Jumbo Jr, in case you wondered.

But much worse, Dumbo the film depicts the massive abuse of circus animals, with harsh whips, cruelly binding leg chains, and minuscule cages. Circus performers are willing to toss baby animals a thousand feet off of rooftop platforms, because they reason the higher the fall, the more money they will make…and so what anyway, because “Elephants are made of rubber.” (Listen to the clowns talk this over. Seriously.)

Also, a crucial plot point features the main character, an infant, getting massively drunk. The ‘pink elephants’ sequence is played for laughs, but, you know what? I’ve been drunk, and I don’t hallucinate. That watered-down champagne must have had something much more hard-core in it. The scene is weird as hell, and if I was a child, it would give me nightmares.

These things just wouldn’t ‘fly’ today – pardon the pun.

From the get-go, I honestly thought Dumbo was a strange choice for one of the first live-action remakes from the Disney Vault. There are a whole lot more bigger hits to choose from, and at least a dozen Disney Princesses to get through.

But. It’s not all bad: Dumbo has Disney Classic status after all.

So, I re-watched the original to prepare for the 2019 Dumbo redo and, yes,  I sentimentally cried. A lot. Granted, I’m an easy crier, but the mother-child scene set to the tune of “Baby Mine” had me really blubbering. Dear lord. Much as I complain about the unforgivable inhumanity of the 1941 Dumbo, this is absolutely a moment I want to see in the remake.

There’s other good stuff too. The unnamed mouse deserves a medal for going above and beyond in being a true friend. We should all be so lucky to have such a “mouse” in our lives. Compassion, as a concept and in execution, is where Dumbo shines.

I’ll talk about that below the video of the original trailer:

So I wondered about the Dumbo remake. Maybe the general theme of love and kindness is enough of a reason to drag this out of the Vault.

The aforementioned kindly mouse who befriends poor baby Dumbo contains a great message: even one small person can make all the difference in someone’s life.

And Dumbo reminds us that taunts hurt, especially about body image: it’s not just about teenage girls. There is tremendous pressure to be a perfect physical specimen. This is certainly timely in our modern era.

And the crows do come around and help transform Dumbo’s life. Their song is a showstopping standout (“When I See An Elephant Fly“) with the bestest puns, and I hope this is retained — minus the off-putting racism.

Ultimately, my hope is the new Dumbo will increase awareness about the plight of elephants in worldwide circus acts and zoos. And in the wild, if one can dream. I was heartened to learn  PETA contacted Tim Burton to change the ending of the new Dumbo — and Burton did! —  in a way that should be very satisfying and maybe give us a few tears of joy in an iconic film, for once.

You will believe an elephant can fly.

Flying is, of course, a metaphor for finding one’s own path to happiness and meaning. And I say YAY, with fingers crossed, that the remake will give us exactly that transcendence humans can achieve if we care enough.

Soapbox off.

(PS: Extra note: Dumbo won the 1941 Academy Award for Best Original Score. I’m adding the videos and lyrics to some of the iconic songs to RunPee already — see below.)

Movie Grade: I can’t even grade Dumbo without overthinking it. I like the idea, and there are lovely grace notes, but man, is this film is so bizarre for today’s audiences. I wouldn’t let children watch it without a lot of discussion. Maybe give it a C+ for what they attempted to do, within the mentality of the 1940s. Buried under all the uncomfortable weirdness and unpleasantry, there’s a good message and a lot of heart.

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Marvel Phase 4 Predictions – Some MCU Sure-Fire Guesses

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What movies are next in the lineup?

While Marvel isn’t confirming which films will be filling which dates in Phase 4 until after Avengers: Endgame hits theaters, there are some things we do know.  Black Widow’s stand-alone film will be one of them.  Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 will also be one, but it will be a few years away.  The newly rehired James Gunn is already committed to writing and directing the Suicide Squad reboot for DC.  The Eternals and Dr Strange 2 are both in development. So is a film focusing on the character Shang-Chi.  That leaves four mystery films in the nine slots between May 2020 and July 29, 2022. 

Here are some things that may happen during Phase 4: 

Black Panther gets a sequel. 

This one is a no-brainer.  How do you not make a follow-up to one of the most celebrated and successful films of 2018?

Captain Marvel gets a sequel.

A recent quote from Kevin Feige confirms Carol Danvers has an important role to play in the future of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU).  “When we found out that Brie Larson might be interested in joining our world, we had a number of meetings. She was a huge fan of the character in the comics. One of the highlights of my career at Marvel was introducing her at Comic-Con and having her come out on stage and stand there with literally almost everybody else from our movies. There she was at the forefront, and it was a great foreshadowing – not just for how audiences are going to embrace Brie as this character, but also for how Captain Marvel is about to take the lead and be at the forefront of the entire Cinematic Universe.”

Monica Rambeau becomes superhero Photon.

In the movie Captain Marvel, we meet a young Monica Rambeau and her mother Maria.  It is worth noting that Maria’s call sign is Photon, the name of the superhero her daughter grows up to be in the comics.  This is a possible Easter egg/foreshadowing. Monica may take up the name as a tribute to her mother in a Captain Marvel sequel.  

Ms. Marvel may appear in a movie.

A Captain Marvel sequel set in the present day may also introduce the teenage hero Ms. Marvel, who is inspired by Captain Marvel.  

We may see more of Goose and find out exactly what a flerken is.  

Fans are clamoring for more of a certain orange “cat” — and there may be rioting if he doesn’t appear in another Marvel film.  

The Skrull-centered Secret Wars storyline may still happen.

 Fans were initially disappointed by the surprise plot twist that happens about halfway through Captain Marvel, because it seemed to dash any hopes of a movie based on the popular Secret Wars story from the comics.  However, Kevin Feige has gone on record saying not all Skrulls are good, just as not all humans are necessarily good.  Alternatively, some characters in the Marvel Cinematic Universe may turn out to be Skrulls in disguise.  One way or another, we probably haven’t heard the last of the Skrulls.   

A new version of the Avengers is formed. 

We will probably be saying goodbye to many of the original Avengers in one form or another in Endgame.  In the comics, the Avengers team appeared as many different combinations of heroes.  Phase 4 will almost surely usher in a team of new and familiar faces.  

There has to be at least one more Avengers film. 

Right?  In three years?  Right?  Right?

Thor gets a new form.

While Chris Hemsworth’s contract is up after Endgame, Thor has taken many different forms in the comics.  He has been a frog and has even been female.  As Cinemablend pointed out, different characters have taken on the mantle of Thor by proving their strength by wielding the Mjölnir.  The only problem is…the hammer was destroyed.  But nothing is ever permanent in the comics, right?  (I sure hope not.  My girlfriend is gonna be pissed if Gamora doesn’t come back to life.)

Howard the Duck and Peter Porker the Incredible Spider-Ham star in a buddy comedy. 

He’s a duck.  He’s a spider-pig.  Together, they solve crimes.  Hey, a nerd can dream.  And until Marvel coughs up the goods, I’m sticking to this story.  

Okay, fine, fine.  What’s more likely is…Marvel finally makes their X-Men movie.

Years ago, when Marvel was not doing well financially (hard to imagine now), they sold the film rights to Spider-Man to Sony, and they sold the film rights to X-Men to Fox.  Now that Disney acquired Fox, the X-Men could become part of the MCU.  The new Dark Phoenix trailers look like this might be a fitting conclusion to the Fox series of X-Men films.  The stage is set for Marvel to finally make their own X-Men movie, something that may be unlike anything we’ve seen so far.  

But honestly, do you really want another X-Men movie, or do you want to see Howard and Spider-Ham in the feel-good hit of the summer?  

To stay up to date on all the latest Marvel news and reviews, follow us on Twitter @RunPee.  Be sure to use the RunPee app to get Peetimes for Captain Marvel, Avengers: Endgame, Spider-Man: Far From Home, and all the Phase 4 movies.  

 

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Top 10 Films Set in Ireland to Watch on St Patrick’s Day Weekend

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Ireland is only a movie away…

If you’ve never been to Ireland (I have and loved it), then these 10 movies will give you a thirst for Guinness Beer and a craving for corned beef, cabbage and potatoes. Pull out this list for March 17th on St Patrick’s Day, or anytime you get a wistful hankering for the sights and sounds of the old Emerald Isle. (Not listed in any special order, ye lads and lasses).

Angela’s Ashes  (1999)
IMDB score: 7.3

This Oscar nominated movie, filmed in County Cork, Ireland, is based on the best selling autobiography by Frank McCourt, an Irish expat whose family tries against all odds to escape the poverty in the slums of Limerick.

Far and Away (1992)
IMDB score: 6.6

This movie, filmed in Dublin, Ireland, and starring Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman, tells the story of two young people in Ireland who wish to travel to America and take part in the Oklahoma land rush.

The Quiet Man (1952)
IMDB score: 7.8

This two-time Oscar-winner tells the story of a boxer who returns to his place of birth, Ireland, to escape his past. A true classic, The Quiet Man starred John Wayne and Maureen O’Hare, and was directed by John Houston, for which he won a Best Director Oscar. The movie is most notable for the lush photography of the Irish countryside.

Excalibur (1981)
IMDB score: 7.4

Oscar-nominated Excalibur, starring Patrick Stewart, Helen Mirren and Liam Neeson is a bona fide fantasy-action cult classic. Filmed entirely in Ireland, including Derrynane in County Kerry, situated between County Cork and County Limerick. Killarney, the county seat, is one of Ireland’s most famous tourist destinations.

Song of the Sea (2014)
IMDB score: 8.1

Even though this is an animated film, it deserves a place on this list. The movie doesn’t necessarily show us the actual beauty of Ireland, but it lets us feel the spirit embedded in the ancient folklore of the Emerald Isle.

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The Cliffs of Insanity and of Harry Potter

Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince (2009)
IMDB score: 7.6

As with many other movies, this Harry Potter flick was filmed partially in Ireland, using the ominous Cliffs of Moher as exterior shots of the Horcrux Cave.

Reign of Fire (2002)
IMDB score: 6.2

Reign of Fire, starring Matthew McConaughey and Christian Bale, is a sci-fy film about a brood of fire-breathing dragons who emerge from the earth and begins setting everything on fire, establishing dominance over the planet. The film was filmed entirely in Wicklow Mountains, the largest continuous upland area in the Republic of Ireland.

My Left Foot (1989)
IMDB score: 7.9

This two-time Oscar-winning movie starring Daniel Day-Lewis and Brenda Fricker, both of whom won Oscars for their roles, tells the story of an Irishman, Christie Brown, who was born with cerebral palsy, learns to paint and write with his only controllable limb – his left foot. The movie was filmed in County Wicklow Ireland, the filming site of numerous other films.

The Princess Bride (1987)
IMDB score: 8.1

A real family-favorite, a swashbuckling fantasy-comedy-satire winner, The Princess Bride has been voted as one of the greatest films of all time. The film’s vertigo-inducing Cliffs of Insanity were actually the Cliffs of Moher, one of Ireland’s most visited natural attraction. (Same place as the Horcrux cave in Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince.)

Leap Year (2010)
IMDB score: 6.5

Amy Adams stars in this charming travel movie about a young American woman travels to Dublin, Ireland to propose to her boyfriend who — by Irish tradition — cannot refuse the proposal. Principal photography took place in County Wicklow, Dublin, County Mayo, and County Galway.

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The RunPee Family Chats Pre-Event on the 2019 Oscars

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The big one: this year’s Oscar Awards Ceremony

Here’s a list of every Oscar movie nominee for 2019, and the RunPee Family‘s thoughts about who might and should win, and who we think will be snubbed this year. All links go to RunPee’s reviews if we have one, and the (post-Oscar) winners are listed in bold.

Best Picture

Black Panther: RunPee Mom  – Excellent Oscar-worthy movie. RunPee Jilly – I just want to see Black Panther win, because I’m a die hard geek and I don’t think anything has won Best Picture in my genres since The Return of the King. This winning would make me deeply happy.

BlacKkKlansman: Mom –  Haven’t seen this one, but I’ve read excellent reviews. I’m sure it’s Oscar-worthy. Jilly – I remember RunPee Dan really liking this one, but I haven’t seen it.

Bohemian Rhapsody: Mom – Nor have I seen this movie, but according to second-hand information, it’s also Oscar-worthy. Jilly – I know this is the big one, but I found it more sad than I was ready for. It’s not enjoyable to watch people be sad and suffer that much.

The Favourite: Mom –  It would make me happy for Queen Anne of Brittany if a movie made about her won an Oscar. Anne was one of the more colorful monarchs of the past, and should have her own movie.

Green Book:  Mom –  Nope, haven’t seen this one either, but this is my daughter’s number one pick and that’s good enough for me. I’ll see it soon. RunPee Sis – This is the best film ever and you feel really good after seeing it.

Roma: Mom –  Good grief, why oh why, was this nominated for Best movie and Best Foreign Film? One or the other Academy, not both.  Also, this isn’t really a movie I could even finish watching when I downloaded it last night.

A Star is Born: Mom – My favorite, my very, very favorite. This is why I want Roma taken out of the mix. If my movie doesn’t win, then I’m pretty sure my anger, along with millions of other fans, will cause a polar shift. Jilly – Like Bohemian Rhapsody, too sad for me. I prefer pulse-pounding excitement in a fantastical story. Why are Dramas always selected for Best Picture?

Vice: Mom – A great movie, but I question if it’s Oscar-worthy. Granted, Christian Bale did an outstanding job of capturing the essence of Dick Cheney, but I don’t think Dick’s essence made for an outstanding movie.

 

Best Actor in A Leading Role

Christian Bale: Mom –  It was no great stretch for Bale to play Dick Cheney. He doesn’t deserve an Oscar for simply looking like Dick Cheney. That award should go to the makeup department.

Bradley Cooper: Mom – My favorite. Brad went way out of his comfort zone to not only act and sing in this movie, but direct it as well. Jilly – Brad did a great job, but I don’t think it was better than other movies he’s acted in. I’d call his role here ‘regular good’, not “blow-my-mind good.”

Willem Dafoe: Mom – A multi-talented actor for sure, but he’s up against some stiff competition.

Rami Malek: Mom –  He just may walk away with the Oscar, and even though Bradley is my favorite, my money is on Rami for the win. Jilly – Rami became Freddie in my eyes. I think this is the clear winner.

Viggo Mortenson: Mom –  Again, the competition is stiff and I don’t see the Academy recognizing him with an Oscar. Jilly – Viggo has a reputation for becoming the role he’s tasked with.  Green Book really shows off his skills.

 

Best Actress in a Leading Role

Yalitza Aparicio: Mom –  Okay Academy, are you really going to award the Oscar to an actress with only one movie in her filmography, and snub seven-time nominee Glenn Close?

Glenn Close: Mom –  My favorite. This lovely lady has given us some of the best movies we’ve seen, and that’s validated by the fact that she’s been nominated seven times for an Oscar, but never taken one home. The time is now Academy, to right that wrong.

Olivia Colman: Mom –  A superior actress, but I don’t think the Academy will find her performance as great as her fans did.

Lady Gaga: Mom –  I think this amazing woman will take home the gold, and even though I’d like to see Glenn finally become a winner if only for sentimental reasons, Lady Gaga deserves every eight and a half pounds of the Best Actress award. Jilly – I think Gaga and her movie, along with Bohemian Rhapsody, will sweep the awards.  Regardless, the Lady did a truly fine job in her big role debut.

Melissa McCarthy: Mom – The Academy will snub Melissa; it’s just what they do. It doesn’t matter that this funny lady cranked out some great drama for the movie, the Academy will not award her gravitas. Jilly – I’d be shocked if Melissa won this.  She’s not be taken seriously as an actor before, and this film never went to wide release, so the support might not be there for ‘comic’ actor.

Best Actor in a Supporting Role

Mahershala Ali: Mom – I think Ali will walk away a winner.

Adam Driver: Jilly – A promising young actor. He’s worth watching.

Sam Elliot: Mom – Probably won’t take home the gold, but it’s great the Academy gave him a small pat on the back. Jilly – This was a relatively small role in a big film, and his arc wasn’t very satisfying, so this nom surprised me.

Richard E. Grant:  We’ll add something if we think of it. 🙂  No thoughts yet (hereafter to be called NTY).

Sam Rockwell: Mom – Sam did the best job portraying George W Bush than any other actor in Hollywood, however his role was so small it would be hard to screw it up. On the other hand, where the hell is Steve Carell‘s nomination? Jilly – I agree with Mom: this should have gone to Steve Carell.

 

Best Actress in a Supporting Role

Amy Adams: Mom – She played the wife of Dick Cheney; how hard could that be for an actress of her caliber?

Marina de Tavira: Mom – Most likely she’ll take home the gold.

Regina King: NTY

Emma Stone: Jilly – A versatile young actress who gets better every year.

Rachael Weisz: NTY

 

Best Animated Feature Film

Incredibles 2: Jilly – If Into the Spider-Verse hadn’t come out this year, Incredibles 2 would clearly take the win. It was as good, and in some ways better than the first Incredibles film, was funny, completely enjoyable, and a sure crowd-pleaser.  Pixar usually pulls out the win, but in this case I’m going with the Sony Spiderman nominee.

Isle of Dogs: Mom – I loved everything about this movie, but it won’t take home the gold. Jilly – I very much enjoyed this film, but I think it’s a little too quirky, and a bit unrelatable for the Academy. It’s a small film, compared to Incredibles 2, Ralph Breaks the Internet, and the best one: Into the Spider-Verse.

Mirai: Jilly – A small movie, and I’m not sure how this could compete with the others.

Ralph Breaks The Internet: Jilly – I very much enjoyed this film, and I hadn’t even seen the original. Like Incredibles 2, it’s a big crowd-pleaser that still won’t take the win from Into the Spider-Verse.

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse: Mom – Even though my favorite is Isle of Dogs, the Spidey movie is the clear winner. Jilly – The hands-down Oscar win. This is nothing short of an amazing achievement in animated film. The look, the story, the voice acting, the plot, the EVERYTHING. I don’t have enough pluses to give to this A+ film.

Best Cinematography

Cold War:  Not seen.

The Favorite: NTY

Never Look Away:  Not seen.

Roma: NTY

A Star Is Born: Mom – With Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga in the ‘photograph’, why are we even talking about this? Jilly – Most of the shooting was very straightforward, so I’m not sure why this was nominated.  It’s not a fantasy, it’s not a period piece, and most of the big scenes were two people on a stage. There were so many other interestingly filmed movies this year, so what gives?

Best Costume Design

The Ballad of Buster Scruggs: Mom – This quirky little movie probably won’t take Oscar home, but it was great fun watching it anyway.

Black Panther: Mom – The obvious winner. Jilly – Now we’re talking.  This epic film created an entire futurist nation’s worth of fabulous garments and sparked an entire design movement. I don’t think a lot of films in the history of ever can boast this. (Read more: Dress like a Wakandan from Black Panther.)

The Favourite: Jilly – A period piece with many gorgeous dresses. The Academy likes this kind of thing.

Mary Poppins Returns: Jilly – The costumes were okay, as this is a period piece that seamlessly picks up a generation after the first Mary Poppins leaves off. It looked good. But the costumes weren’t exactly

Mary Queen of Scots: Mom – This is my favorite movie of the category, however, it can’t win against Black Panther. Jilly –  Another great-looking period piece; this is worth having on the list. But Black Panther should leave this category in the dust.

Best Director

BlacKkKansman: Mom – Spike Lee is the obvious choice here. The other five can stay home. Jilly – The Academy likes Spike Lee, and the movie’s a meaty one. This should be the winner.

Cold War:  Not seen.

The Favourite: NTY

Roma: NTY

Vice: NTY

Best Documentary

Free Solo: Jilly – I’m the rock climber in the family, so I should have seen this. However, we don’t tend to cover documentaries, so unfortunately I have no option on Free Solo. I’ve heard good things, though, and look forward to seeing movie snippits  at the Oscars.

Hale County This Morning, This Evening: Not seen.

Minding the Gap: Not seen.

Of Fathers and Sons: Not seen.

RBG: Mom – My choice. Jilly – Agreed.

Documentary (Short Subject)

Black Sheep: Not seen.

End Game: Not seen.

Lifeboat: Not seen. (Jilly – I’d like to see this one.)

A Night at The Garden: Not seen.

Period. End of Sentence: Not seen.

Film Editing

BlacKkKlansman: NTY

Bohemian Rhapsody: Mom –  My choice, this could not have been an easy film to edit.

The Favourite: NTY

Green Book: NTY

Vice: NTY

Foreign Language Film

Capernaum: Not seen (Jilly – we don’t see many foreign films.)

Cold War:  Not seen.

Never Look Away: Not seen.

Roma: Mom – Not my choice, but it’ll win anyway.

Shoplifters: Not seen.

Makeup and Hair Styling

Border: Not seen.

Mary Queen of Scots: Mom – Definitely the clear choice. Jilly – Of the three listed, this one is the shoe-in. Good period work.

Vice: Mom – Turning Christian Bale into Dick Cheney was nothing short of a miracle, but is it enough to take home the gold? Jilly – Yes, Christian was converted into an older, heavier man, but where is Black Panther for this category? One actor in heavy makeup shouldn’t take the gold, no matter how well acted it was. Have you SEEN the amazing hair and makeup in Black Panther?

Music (Original Score)

Black Panther: Mom – The obvious winner. Jilly – There should be no competition  with the fabulousness of this score. It paints a magical picture and carries the view along the story with finesse.

BlacKkKlansman: NTY

If Beale Street Could Talk: NTY

Isle of Dogs: Jilly – Honestly, I really enjoyed this film, but I cannot remember the score. It was a little bombastic, I think. Kind of out there? That kind of thing can be noticed by the academy, but I doubt it will win, compared to Black Panther.

Mary Poppins Returns: Jilly – like the costuming, the music fits on perfectly as a sequel to the original. It’s not my favorite choice, however.

Music (Original Song)

‘All The Stars’ from Black Panther: Jilly – I do enjoy this song, but I don’t think it’s good enough to win, and certainly not against Shallow. I wish this song was going to be playing live during the Oscars, like the others.

‘I’ll Fight’ from RBG:  Jilly – This will be playing during the night of the Oscars, like all the other nominated songs except for Black Panther.

‘The Place Where Lost Things Go’ from Mary Poppins Returns: Jilly – This is a sad and sweet lullaby, but nothing I find outstanding. If I had to pick a song from Mary Poppins Returns it would  be the “Light Fantastic” song with the Lamp Lighters, as a callback to the showstopping Chimney Sweep passage from the original Mary Poppins.

Shallow‘ from A Star Is Born: Mom – I can assure you that if this song doesn’t win, there will be blood. Jilly – The best part of A Star is Born  is this song. It should bring down the house when they perform it live at the Oscars, even though Brad Cooper will not perform it as himself and not his character.

‘When A Cowboy Trades his Spurs For Wings’ from The Ballad of Buster: Scruggs – NTY

Production Design

Black Panther: Mom – Why is anyone else nominated? Jilly – The win, I’m sure.

The Favourite: NTY

First Man: Jilly – Except for the brief moon scene, everything was just set on  1950s and 60s Earth. I see this movie has several noms, but it was so understated and underwhelming that I’m not sure why.

Mary Poppins Returns: Jilly – Nice, but not outstanding. It could have been a stage play for the production quality evident here. I don’t think a single scene looked like it was filmed on location.

Roma: NTY

Short Film (Animated)

Animal Behaviour: Not seen. Jilly – We don’t see a lot of shorts, since they don’t need Peetimes.  😉 

Bao: Jilly – This is the only one I watched, coming as it did before The Incredibles 2.  I found it creepy. I know it means a  lot to some cultures and it’s probably the only one most people have seen. It will probably win.

Late Afternoon: Not seen.

One Small Step: Not seen.

Weekends: Not seen.

Short Film (Live Action)

Detainment: Not seen. Jilly – We don’t see a lot of shorts, since they don’t need Peetimes.  😉 

Fauve: Not seen.

Marguerite: Not seen.

Mother: Not seen.

Skin: Not seen.

Sound Editing

Black Panther: NTY

Bohemian Rhapsody: Mom – A clear winner.

First Man: NTY.

A Quiet Place: Jilly – Although I love this movie, I was struck by the seeming irony of this movie about silence getting nominated for sound. Then I thought about it, and looked a few things about A Quiet Place up, and I’d like to see this take the win. It’s a great lesson in less being more and I can’t wait to see the clips for this during the Oscars.

Roma: NTY.

Sound Mixing

Black Panther: Jilly – If Black Panther doesn’t get the bigger awards, like Best Picture, then I expect it to sweep the smaller Oscars like this one.

Bohemian Rhapsody: Jilly – Great as the Queen songs are in Bohemian Rhapsody, I’m not sure this film has significant sound mixing effects.

First Man:  Jilly – Besides playing period-appropriate golden oldies tunes, I don’t remember much sound in First Man. I suppose the mixing from the experimental jets and rockets is what they have in mind for amazing award-worthy sounds. We will see during the Oscar night clips.

Roma: NTY

A Star Is Born: Mom – My favorite and it better win.

Visual Effects

Avengers: Infinity War: Mom – Oh for god’s (no pun intended) sake, how can you even put more than one film in this category. Jilly – WIN WIN WIN, in my book. I don’t think it gets any better than this.

Christopher Robin: Jilly – Christopher Robin was lovely, but I don’t expect it to win.

First Man: Jilly – I only thought the few moments on the moon looked interesting, but it wasn’t all that and a bag of chips.

Ready Player One: Jilly – This was certainly a visual feast, but the movie underwhelmed and really has no chance to win this.

Solo: A Star Wars Story: Jilly – I enjoyed Solo a lot, and it looked as good as a Star Wars film can but it can’t win against the well-deserved Avengers: Infinity War.

Writing (Adapted Screenplay)

The Ballad of Buster Scruggs: NTY

BlacKkKlansman: Mom – Brilliant writing; should take home the gold.

Can You Ever Forgive Me?: Not seen.

If Beale Street Could Talk: NTY

A Star Is Born: Mom – An incredible story, but not an entirely new story.

Writing (Original Screenplay)

The Favorite: NTY

First Reformed: Not seen.

Green Book: NTY

Roma: Mom – Of course it’ll win.

Vice: Mom – There were some really great lines in this movie, but not enough to skate past Roma.

Black Panther – Does Killmonger Have a Point?

black panther and king T'Challa
If you can help, are you morally obligated to do so?  What is better: peaceful existence with a whiff of moral cowardice, or committing purposeful acts of brutality, to achieve real cultural equality?

[Spoilers ahead for everything Black Panther but not Infinity War]

For Black Panther Week, and before the 2019 Oscars, I’d like to give this gorgeous and exciting film a shoutout. Black Panther is up for no less than SEVEN Academy Awards, so beyond being yet another fantastic Marvel Universe superhero film, the tone struck a cord with audiences everywhere. And the more you dig into the narrative, the more story layers are revealed.

From the website Shadow and Act comes this thoughtful and possibly inflammatory piece (depending on your point of view). Do you believe the ends justifies the means? Can we ethically pursue freedom while co-signing on acts of inhumanity, in order to arrive at a more enlightened state?

Here’s the aforementioned article, which goes into some detail on Killmonger’s anti-heroic, yet not entirely misguided journey:

If you don’t agree with anything here, that’s fine too.  But it’s clear within Black Panther that some of our ostensible heroes are either committing their own foul acts (at worst), or turning a blind eye to them (at best).

(Remember, spoilers ahead if you haven’t seen Black Panther, but you are safe if you haven’t seen Avengers: Infinity War.)

Who’s Right? Who’s Wrong?

It’s really only T’Challa’s (Chadwick Boseman) spy girlfriend Nakia (Lupita Nyong’o )who takes a strong stance on this issue. The entire royal family is otherwise quite comfortable in their position of prestige and luxury in the hidden Utopia of Wakanda.

I would say T’Chaka  — the kingly father of T’Challa — in his seemingly casual decision to abandon young Erik Killmonger (Michael B. Jordan) to the streets of Los Angeles, and by extension, the rest of the children lost from the diaspora, is cowardly and wrong-thinking (especially after killing his brother/Erik’s father!). But even the most noble kings have flaws. The movie takes great pains to point this out. Killmonger is beyond awful in his methods, yet is full of righteous rage, worthy of consideration.

In the above linked article, this line seems to stand out: “Swirling in constant reminders of worthlessness, of the specific anti-Black-American toxicity experienced by Black folk in the U.S.A., Killmonger is angry—not just at white supremacist oppressors or systemic racism, but also the Black Elite who left him behind. And he has every right to want vengeance.”

It’s a little risky to place your eponymous superhero in a morally questionable stance, but the movie and T’Challa himself (eventually) rise to the challenge. After the events of Avengers: Infinity War, we are forced to see how this might play out between Wakanda and the outside world.

All the Stars song and end credit image from black panther
What is the true role of a leader? Are you responsible for a nation, a race, a world, or even (within the MCU) the galaxy?

What Can We Take Away From Killmonger and His End Goal for Wakanda?

I asked our RunPeep Shani Ogilve  (see her previous post on A Black Perspective On Black Panther) for a few words about the Forgotten Children of Wakanda, and how sympathetically we can view Killmonger, his mission, and the central lesson of the Black Panther film:

Ogilve writes: “This is a great piece. To start, #TeamKilmonger with a caveat — there is no other team to be on. Killmonger can be compared to other figures in fiction and history — Malcolm X and Magneto come to mind. Though their methods also are extreme, they are justified. I usually go for the MLK and Professor X route, but in Black Panther’s case T’Challa wasn’t even any type of activist. Maybe Killmonger was the martyr for the diaspora. His hurt brought enlightenment to T’Challa, to hopefully step up and make meaningful changes to other black communities.

“I also would say that the blame doesn’t fall on Wakanda or T’Challa completely. Though Wakandans aren’t completely ignorant of how Black people outside of Wakanda are living, they aren’t all-knowing of the Black experience in America or elsewhere. That is honestly an experience that you must experience yourself to actually understand.

“Additionally, it’s not fair to say that because they are doing better than other Black communities, they should be the ones to help them. I don’t hate Wakanda for not helping, because I don’t actually believe that anything they do will make an impact big enough to change systematic injustices. I believe the only way to fix the injustice in our society — and hopefully prevent future Killmongers —  is for the colonizing bodies of the world to do what they must, to reverse the effects of colonization and slavery. By any means necessary.”

Things Black Panther Still Makes Us Think About

Who is really a true villain in the MCU, and who is better termed an ‘anti-villain’? Would you say you understand and sympathize with Killmonger in some way, or his stance? Are all methods fair — even through deliberate murder, casual brutality, and the possibility of inciting a world war — in the name of the greater good?

And on the other hand, as with T’Challa’s choice, if you CAN help others, are you morally obliged to do so? These aren’t easy questions. Feel free to sound off in the comments below. I won’t rip your heads off for your opinion. 🙂

#BlackPantherWeek #WakandaForever #IHaveADream

More RunPee Posts About Black Panther:

A Black Perspective on Marvel’s Black Panther

All The Stars – End Credits Song from Black Panther – Video and Lyrics

Movie Review – Black Panther – One Incredible Party

The 5 Movies You Need To Watch Before Infinity War

How to Dress Like You’re From Wakanda in Black Panther

New Black Panther Trailer is Fantastic – Watch the Video Show Off Wakanda