11 Anti-Climatic Boss Fights in Television and Film
Comingsoon.net is taking a look at some anti-climactic showdowns that left us wanting more. Check out our picks in the galley below!
A “boss” in video gaming refers to a significant CPU enemy. When you’re up against a boss, it typically means you’ve reached the end of a level—the climax of a particular section. In the fight, everything you’ve learned is put into practice as you have to conquer a presence that has been lingering over however many hours of play. In a movie or on television, those hours usually amount to 1 or 2 and the boss is that “big bad” who’s been bothering the protagonists.
Viewers spent a lot of time anticipating showdowns with various “big bads,” often over the course of multiple episodes and films. When one has to wait for more than one entry in a franchise to find out which character will be victorious (and how), expectations are high. It goes without saying, you can’t please everyone. Here are some showdowns that not only didn’t please but left a lot of people feeling robbed of a satisfying boss battle.
In the previous episode Netflix’s Unbelievable, Karen gathered DNA evidence from someone they thought was Christopher McCarthy, but Grace met him at his door. In Unbelievable Episode 7, with two related suspects, Grace and Karen explored the possibility that they could be working together.
Last One at the Party
Karen and Grace now had two suspects, Christopher and Curtis McCarthy. With the Y-STR DNA tests, the sample Karen retrieved from Curtis would work to identify either of them. However, this introduced more room for reasonable doubt. With Curtis and his girlfriend’s social media, Curtis was alibied for three of the rapes, and the perpetrators methodology led Grace to feel that it was one person.
Grace told Karen that she should go home to her family. Karen described a time where she went out with her coworkers instead of going back to check on a domestic violence victim. The devastating consequences of that incident was the reason she had to see jobs done until the end. Though they had a good amount of evidence, there was a lot that could go wrong.
Arrest and Processing
Karen went to handle the arrest with Taggart, while Grace stayed behind. The police picked up both Chris and Curtis. Chris had the birthmark on his leg, but Curtis did not. The police processed Chris’s body, taking hair and DNA samples from him. Curtis was held in an interrogation room. When they confirmed that Curtis didn’t also have a birthmark on his leg, they confronted him about Chris’s behavior. Curtis had no idea.
At the McCarthy house, the police found the pink camera and Chris’s kit with everything used in all the rapes. Hidden in a guitar amp, they found the underwear Chris collected from his victims. From his computer, they found pictures of every victim they knew and one they didn’t – Marie.
Marie went to see Dara Kaplan for her court-mandated therapy. She was content with just sitting and not talking, since talking wasn’t a requirement. However, Dara suggested at least talking about a movie she’d seen recently to pass the time. Marie told her that she saw Zombieland recently. Dara asked her about zombies and what happened in the movie. Marie explained that eventually people turned on each other.
Dara was able to get Marie to trust her. Marie explained what had happened to her, and Dara believed her. Even if Marie had made it up, Dara knew there was at the very least a kernel of truth to it. Dara believed that Marie had been violated both by the perpetrator and by the police. If she had to do it all over again, Marie insisted that she would’ve lied sooner.
What did you think of this episode of Unbelievable? Let us know in the comment section below!
Adam Driver Prepares for The Last Duel with Matt Damon
According to Variety, Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker star Adam Driver is in talks to co-star alongside Matt Damon, Ben Affleck and Killing Eve actress Jodie Comer in Ridley Scott’s period drama The Last Duel. The trade notes that Driver will assume the role Affleck originally intended to play, with Affleck now appearing in a supporting role.
Based on the book The Last Duel: A True Story of Trial by Combat in Medieval France by Eric Jager, the novel takes place in 1386 and tells the story a Norman knight who returns from war to find his wife accusing his old friend of raping her. The story sees the French court decide the fate of the accusation with trial by combat between the pair. Comer will play the wife with Damon and Driver filling the two lead male roles. Damon and Affleck also co-wrote the script with Nicole Holofcener, the first collaboration between the pair since the Academy Award winning Good Will Hunting.
One wrinkle in the film’s development is that the script was originally acquired by Fox, now owned by Disney. It hasn’t yet been officially greenlit by the studio, and given the subject matter it remains to be seen if Disney will follow-through with the feature film and release it under their 20th Century Fox banner or if they will pass on the project altogether. It was previously reported that other studios are eager to snatch it up should that arise.
The Last Duel would mark the second collaboration between Damon and Scott, who previously worked on The Martian together. Scott and Kevin Walsh will produce alongside Damon and Affleck.
According to Deadline, Hustlers star Cardi B has landed a bit role in the upcoming Fast & Furious 9. As per usual, Vin Diesel revealed the news via his Instagram account, which also marked the final day of filming in the UK. You can check out the full post below.
No word on whether Cardi B will contribute to the soundtrack, though pop star Ozuna likewise joined the cast in a minor role and will likely lend his vocal talents to the film.
The new entry will star Vin Diesel, Michelle Rodriguez, Jordana Brewster, Tyrese Gibson, Chris “Ludacris” Bridges, Nathalie Emmanuel, John Cena, Helen Mirren, Michael Rooker and Charlize Theron.
Justin Lin returns to the franchise, after helming Fast and Furious parts 3 through 6. Dan Casey will pen the screenplay alongside series mastermind Chris Morgan.
Production on Fast and Furious 9 is currently underway, and is due out in theaters on May 22, 2020.
Every day for the month of October, Coming Soon is making a new horror movie recommendation for those eager to find a new frightening flick for Halloween. From the creepy goodness of a classy ghost story to a blood-spattered gorefest and everything in between, we’ll have something for every taste of horror. And today’s pick is…..
Green Room (2015)
What’s Green Room about: Things go from bad to worse when touring punk band The Ain’t Rights (Anton Yelchin, Imogen Poots, Alia Shawkat, Callum Turner) discovers that they’re performing at a neo-Nazi-infested bar. Filled with anger at their inability to succeed in the industry (and hatred for the scum that surrounds the stage), the group decides to tick off the whole bar off by playing some incendiary music. Afterward, they happen to witness a horrific act of violence—not wanting any witnesses (and glad to get back at them for their performance), Darcy (Patrick Stewart) and his neo-Nazi klan keep The Ain’t Rights hostage.
Why Green Room rules: Despite only having four features under his belt, Jeremy Saulnier is one of the strongest and most innovative new voices in the horror-thriller genre today. Not to mention, with Nazi punks more relevant than ever right now, Green Room is a masterclass on what to do when neo-Nazi skinheads capture you and your punk band in the middle of the Pacific Northwest. The late Anton Yelchin is a powerhouse.
How scary is Green Room: The scariest part of Green Room is how, just four measly years ago, the idea of a bar full of murderous, angry neo-Nazis was kind of ridiculous but now feels pretty accurate. That, plus all the gore.
Be on the lookout for: Given its theme and grit, keep your eyes peeled for references to such horror-thrillers as Assault on Precinct 13 and Straw Dogs.
We know that Warner Bros. Montreal has been working on a new Batman game. There hasn’t been a lot of information released on the game since it was announced, but it looks like some information is starting to leak out.
The game is reportedly being called Batman Arkham Legacy, and it will reportedly let players play as the entire Batman family. It’s also said that the Court of Owls will play an important role in the game’s story. The playable family includes all of Batman’s many and varied sidekicks and allies. This is all just a rumor for now, but the info does come from credible sources.
The info comes from twitter user Sabi, who is a well-known industry insider who has had numerous correct scoops. The source also claims to have seen screenshots of the game. This rumor has been backed by a few other inspired as well.
The stuff about the playable family seems to be legit
I’ve enjoyed the hell out of the Batman games that Warner Bros. Montreal has produced over the years and this next game could end up being pretty awesome. Hopefully, we get some solid official details on it soon.
David Permut, the producer of Mel Gibson’s incredible World War II film, Hacksaw Ridge, is developing another war movie. This one will tell the true story of Levi Shirley, an American fighter who died in Syria while battling ISIS.
The film will be based on a Los Angeles Times article by David Kelly titled, “The Marines Wouldn’t Take Him, So Levi Shirley Went to War on His Own”. Permut optioned the rights to the article along with the life rights from Levi’s mother Susan Shirley. You can read the article here.
Shirley, who grew up in Denver, “had been desperate to be a U.S. Marine, but an irreversible eye problem prevented him from enlisting. With no formal training, he joined the YPG, a Kurdish militia seeking volunteers to help them fight ISIS. He arranged to be smuggled into Syria to fight alongside the Kurds and was killed in Syria at the age of 24.”
Susan Shirley will also be a consultant on the film and she was recently interviewed on CNN in the aftermath of President Trump’s decision to pull American troops from Syria, allowing Turkey to attack American Kurdish allies, including the YPG. She said:
“Levi had an incredible conviction to defend his country alongside the Kurds against the continuing threats of ISIS. This profound, important, and timely story is as relevant as ever given the unfortunate circumstances occurring in Syria, and we hope to honor Levi’s sacrifice by telling his story and enlightening those who are unaware.”
This is an interesting and moving story and it’s sure to make a great film with the right team of talent behind it.
While I enjoyed the hell out of IT: Chapter 2, there were a good amount of people that didn’t care for it. A lot of the complaints came from the way the movie ended. But, it seemed like that ending was being set up over the course of the movie with all the jokes about how no one liked the endings of Bill’s books.
Well, the gang at How It Should Have Ended has released a new animated video showing us how they think the film should have ended. After poking fun at the original ending by bullying Pennywise The Clown to death, they show us an ending where Pennywise is the one that wins because it would actually be pretty easy for him!
Check out the alternate endings for the film below and let us know what you thought about IT: Chapter 2 and the ending.
Adam Driver (Star Wars) is in talks to star alongside Matt Damon in director Ridley Scott’s upcoming film project The Last Duel. Ben Affleck was, at one point, looking to take on the role that Driver is up for, but Affleck will actually be appearing in a supporting role along with Killing Eve actress Jodie Comer.
The story is set in 14th century France, “the movie is an epic tale of betrayal and justice, told from three distinct points of view: two knights (Damon and Driver) whose bond is tested by treachery and a young woman (Comer) forced to navigate the brutal and oppressive culture of the era in order to survive.”
The script for the film was written by Damon, Affleck, and Nicole Holofcener (Can You Ever Forgive Me?, Enough Said) and it’s set up at Disney/Fox. While there is some great talent attached to the film, the studio still hasn’t given it the greenlight. Apparently, Disney is still trying to decide how to proceed with it. If they end up passing, I’m sure it won’t be hard for the movie to find a new home.
If Disney does decide to move forward with this, the movie will start shooting in early 2020. This is also the first project that Affleck and Damon have worked on writing together since Good Will Hunting.
Luigi’s Mansion 3 is releasing on the Nintendo Switch at the end of the month, but if you want to have a little fun with Luigi and Gooigi before then, you’ll want to check out Tetris 99. Tetris 99 is like a battle-royale Tetris. It’s a little weird. However, the 8th Maximus Cup will be running from October 25-28 and during the event there will be special goodies ready for players who acquire 100 event points. A new theme that includes art, music, and Tetrimino designs will be available and it’s all inspired by Luigi’s Mansion 3.
You can download Tetris 99 for free now on Nintendo Switch, but a subscription to Nintendo Switch Online is required to play.