What’s Out This Week? – July 26, 2013

What’s Out This Week? – July 26, 2013

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PREVIEW REVIEW: October 7, 2011

PREVIEW REVIEW: October 7, 2011

THE HUMAN CENTIPEDE 2:  FULL SEQUENCE

Yes!  I know that for whatever reason it’s cool for people to hate on the first Human Centipede.  Well, I actually thought it was a really well made and original horror flick.  It was nice to see a horror movie for a change that wasn’t Saw or some “found footage” bullshit. This movie had a great premise, the mad scientist was awesome, pretty good gore, and actually used fucking tripods and camera movement…what a concept!!  Anyway, I loved it…and to be honest, part 2 looks even better to me.  I love the premise.  Some psycho watched the first movie and becomes obsessed with creating his own human centipede but he sucks at it.  It looks pretty hardcore and I
just love movies about crazy people.  Plus, it’s filmed in black and white, which I think is a ballsy move.  Looks awesome all around and I can’t wait to see it!  And to play off the tagline of the first one, 100% medically accurate, this one is 100% medically INaccurate, which makes me think of some nice infected gore, etc…which also wets my whistle!

PREDICTION:  3 1/2 stars

THE IDES OF MARCH

Political thriller movies can go either way for me.  Some can be really exciting and cool like All The President’s Men, and some can totally blow like Lions For Lambs.  This one has an amazing cast though and is directed by George Clooney, who is actually a terrific director mostly.  I have some high hopes for this one.  I think that Ryan Gosling is on a role, and after seeing and loving Drive, I really am excited to see his followup.  He looks to actually have some dialog in this movie too, unlike Drive.  But I think that even if the movie drags a little, like political films can sometimes, just seeing Gosling, Clooney, Philip Seymour Hoffman and Paul Giamatti all interacting together will be enough entertainment to get you through. Possible Oscar bait as well.

PREDICTION:  3 stars

REAL STEEL

They really missed the opportunity to title this one REAL GAY.  It sounds like a gay porn, actually.  Okay…so we have basically Rock Em’ Sock Em’ Robots the movie right?  Jesus, does this look retarded! We have Hugh Jackman building these boxing robots and then training them to fight eachother because that is the new form of boxing in the future.  News flash…unless you’re a fucking nerd, you don’t want to watch robots fight eachother.  That is why boxing is popular.  People want to see other PEOPLE beat the shit out of eachother!  Not fucking
robots.  Also, did anything think of the immense liability it would be if shrapnel from the robots flew into the crowd and decapitated someone?  This is just immensely stupid.  They should make Hungry Hungry Hippos the movie next, but do it as a horror movie.  Or how about Jenga the movie directed by Michael Bay??  Just totally stupid and a waste of time and millions of dollars that could probably help out some poor foreign country.

PREDICTION:  1 star

Bye.

Review: X-Men: First Class

Review: X-Men: First Class

My summer blockbuster viewing began this weekend by taking in X-Men: First Class, a star studded cast of a movie that promised to explain the origin of these mutant superheroes/villains.  I had no expectation for this movie, I barely remember seeing any trailer for it, and this usually helps, as I do not build up or shoot down a film before the first image reaches my retina (I could pretend like I go into all movies with a clean slate, but that would be a lie.  We all have baggage we bring to a movie and to pretend otherwise is rather ridiculous.).

X-Men: First Class follows the rise of our beloved mutant characters and begins the process of explaining how they came to be; and how they came to be is actually quite boring and involves some questionable special effects.  Ever wonder where the names came from?  Well some mutant kids were sitting around and thought it would be fun to have names.  They even nailed the names on the first try, save one, which is pretty good considering the number of nicknames each of us are bestowed upon us by friends.  So, but, anyway, naming was answered.

Ever wonder how many references they could make to the first, and far superior, X-Men movie, and not in an origin explaining way?  Well they can make a few more than I would deem reasonable.  Having Hugh Jackman cameo just reminded me he has much better things to do than attach his name to a sub-par film (errrr … Real Steel?).  Superimposing Rebecca Romijn face into the film, also brought up the idea that she didn’t even want to show up for a cameo, she only agreed to digitally be there.

And while we are on the topic of digital alterations, let us discuss special effects.  A film like this relies heavily on the quality execution of CGI.  If this isn’t well done, the house of cards tumbles and all we are left with is a mediocre script that was supposed to be hidden behind the curtain of wowing effects.  And that is what we got: less than impressive effects.  Scenes of characters flying were so egregiously fake that, I can’t believe I am going to say this, I actually wished Michael Bay were available to have correctly directed those sequences.  The not-so-special effects were amazingly distracting and constantly pulled me out of the film.

There was overuse of images overlaying images during flashback sequences/Dr. Xavier going into minds of people, split screen montages, terrible voice-overs, weird facial strains as the characters implimented their mutation (i.e. look constipated and that will let the audience know that a super power is being used), and the list goes on, but I will spare you.

It is rare that I see such a talented group of actors/actresses so misused.  I don’t blame them necesarily (well, I do blame January Jones for thinking we just want to see Betty Draper, which we kind of do, but only when she is in Mad Men, not necessarily in X-Men … and Kevin Bacon for, well, bad accents and acting like someone trying to act evil), the direction of Michael Vaughn was just not strong.  I never felt like the story meant anything to him.  Maybe he was too busy making babies (allegedly) with January Jones to really concentrate on the film, or maybe the X-Men story just didn’t hold his interest.  After seeing X-Men: First Class, it didn’t hold my interest either.

Steve Martin & Alec Baldwin to Host Oscars

Hugh Jackman was good last year, but, judging by this afternoon’s announcement, this year will be better.  Steve Martin and Alec Baldwin will co-host the 82nd Academy Awards in February.  Martin, who hosted the Oscars by himself twice said in a press release, “I am happy to co-host the Oscars with my enemy, Alec Baldwin.”  Baldwin countered, “I don’t play the banjo, but I am thrilled to be co-hosting the Oscars.”

I am quite excited about this announcement, and am looking forward to the Oscars more than I was before.  It should be a fun night.

McQuarrie to Pen ‘Wolverine’ Sequel

Apparently oscar-winning writer Christopher McQuarrie has signed on to write the script for a sequel to ‘Wolverine.’

Hugh Jackman will be reprising his role as Wolverine. The film will be based off the Claremont-Miller series where Wolverine struggles between following his animal instincts, or living a life under the samurai code of honor and respect.

McQuarrie wrote the Usual Suspects, and was previously credited as a writer on the first X-Men film, but had his name removed when he thought the final film had very little to do with his original work. I didn’t catch the first ‘Wolverine’ film, and I gotta say, the prerelease buzz really killed it for me. But, I’ve got a lot of faith in McQuarrie, so, we’ll see how this gels in a few years.

Hugh Jackman ‘Greatest Showman on Earth’

‘The Greatest Showman on Earth’ the new P.T. Barnum biopic will star Hugh Jackman as the lead. The film is a musical, and will focus on his relationship with singer Jenny Lind, written with Anne Hathaway in mind.

The script is being written by Sex and the City scribe Jenny Bicks, with music being written by singer-songwriter Mika.

Looks like the producers are looking to recreate the Jackman-Hathaway moment from the Oscars. I didn’t realize they were aiming this to be a musical, which I guess works considering the showman P.T. Barnum was. But a part of me will have trouble separating fact from fiction while P.T. Barnum steps aside to sing about how he loves to hoax the public. I’ll be watching this one closely. One thing is for sure, Hugh Jackman loves to sing.

Wolverine Sequel Headed to Japan

With an opening weekend of $87 milion, one could assume that a “X Men Origins: Wolverine,” sequel was forthcoming.  And, of course, it is.

Variety is reporting that the sequel will take Wolverine to Japan, where the character was trained as a samurai.  Fox says they are searching for a writer, but “Slumdog Millionaire,” writer Simon Beaufoy says he’s secured the job.

Jackman has a bunch of other projects that he has signed on to, including a remake of the Rogers and Hammerstein musical “Carousel,” which, reportedly, has Jackman chomping at the bit to reteam with his Oscar opening monolgoue co-performer Anne Hathaway.

‘Australia’ Moves Release Date

Fox has moved Baz Luhrmann’s period epic “Australia” from November 14th to November 14th, the Thanksgiving holiday weekend. The spot was originally occupied by ‘Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince.”

Currently opening Thanksgiving weekend are “Bolt,”and  “Transporter 3.” “Australia” will appeal to the older female demographic.

The film stars Nicole Kidman and Hugh Jackman and takes place just before WWII. The film tells the story of an English aristocrat who inherits a ranch and pacts with a stock man in order to protect her property from a takeover. And of course, the pair fall in love.

Luhrman’s productions are usually almost always way too over the top for me, but this one definitely has a much different feel, toning down the overbearing (And at time loud) production design.

Hugh Jackman Going ‘Nowhere’

Hugh Jackman Going ‘Nowhere’

Hugh JackmanHugh Jackman is ditching the adamantium claws for a comic book movie for a comic that doesn’t even exist yet! [Read more…]

Filling Out the ‘Wolverine’ Cast

We’ve had a lot of talk about Wolverine this week, but the latest to join the already huge cast is Dominic Monaghan (TV’s Lost, and Lord of the Rings). Monaghan has been cast as Barnell, a character whose mutant power is the ability to manipulate energy and electricity, not as exciting as rapid healing and freaking adamantium blades, but hey, I’m sure he’ll kick ass too.

Also added to the cast, Daniel Henney as Agent Zero. And in case you forgot, the film also stars, Liev Schreiber, Danny Huston, Taylor Kitsch, will.i.am, Lynn Collins, and Ryan Reynolds, oh and Hugh Jackman as Wolverine, did I forget to say this was about Wolverine?