Harmony Korine’s latest film, “Spring Breakers,” is filled to the brim with violence, drugs, alcohol, and social commentary. The film stars well-known Disney actresses Vanessa Hudgens and Selena Gomez; Ashley Benson; Korine’s wife, Rachel Korine; and the scene-stealing James Franco.
‘Rise of the Planet of the Apes,’ the new ‘Apes’ prequel/reboot from 20th Century released a trailer today. The film takes place in the present day, and shows how animal testing leads to the….you guessed it…Rise of the Apes.
I’m not sure how to feel about this film. I’ve never been a huge fan of the series, and I found Burton’s “reimaginging” absolutely abysmal. I saw director Rupert Wyatt’s film ‘The Escapist‘ at the Independent Film Festival of Boston last year, and really enjoyed it. This film however…well, I’ll just have to wait and see.
It’s vulgar, its hilarious, it’s…the new film from the director of Pineapple Express, “Your Highness.” Reuniting with some of his cast from “Pineapple,” the film features James Franco, and Danny McBride, the latter being my favorite part of that film.
Created in the spirit of fantasy films like ‘Willow,’ or ‘Lord of the Rings,’ ‘Your Highness,’ doesn’t outright spoof any of them, but rather creates its own kingdom, it’s jokes however, are tailored for a modern audience. Though much of the characters choice of language is to the “period,” (I use this term loosely) I don’t think they’d say “handle your shit,” back in the day.
The film tells the story of brothers Fabious (James Franco) and Thadeous (Danny McBride), who set out on a quest to save Fabious’ new bride Belladonna (Zooey Deschanel) from the clutches of the evil warlock Leezar (Justin Theroux). Leezar is looking to take Belladonna’s virginity as the two moons come together, where the virgin he takes will bear a dragon that he will control.
The hijinks begin, as Thadeous, whose lived a relaxed life of luxury in the shadow of his brother, is sent along on the quest. Thadeous is accompanied by his squire, Courtney (Rasmus Hardiker). His role, although minor, compliments that of McBride’s spoiled prince. The story for all intents and purposes is your classic fish out of water tale.
Natalie Portman, who no doubt signed for this film far before her Oscar winning performance in Black Swan, kicks some serious ass in the film. I was also happy to see Damian Lewis (Band of Brothers), an actor I really enjoy and want to see far more of.
‘Your Highness,’ story arc is achingly predictable. Like I mentioned earlier, Thadeous is your classic fish out of water, who overcomes the odds, and changes for the better. But, did you really come here for the character development?
The film had some impressive locations, from my understanding, mostly in Northern Ireland. Another notable observations is the films use of puppets and creature costumes in lieu of CGI characters.’Pineapple Express,’ was hurt by poor pacing, the pacing here was much faster. Surprisingly, there were some fairly exciting and well executed action sequences.
Is the film offensively vulgar? Yes. Very much so. Many are dismissing it for this fact. But, is it entertaining? If vulgar humor entertains you, then yes, it is extremely entertaining. Films like this have a very specific audience, and those people are going to see this film. If the red band trailer didn’t interest you, the film isn’t for you. If you don’t find Danny McBride funny, then the film film isn’t for you. If you answered yes to those questions, get your ticket, buy a big tub of popcorn, and have some fun…your highness.
‘My name is Harvey Milk and I’m here to recruit you.’
That’s how politician Harvey Milk began almost all of his speeches. And even though he died 30 years ago, both he and his story is still recruiting people. Recruiting people to stand up for what they believe in and to not be afraid of who they are. [Read more…]
It is being reported that director Sam Raimi is looking to cast James Franco (Spiderman, Pineapple Express) in the lead role of the Jack Ryan relaunch for Paramount.
Jack Ryan as you know is essentially Tom Clancy’s James Bond, a CIA Analyst that finds himself battling everything from terrorists to drug lords. Alec Baldwin, Harrison Ford, and Ben Affleck has starred as Jack Ryan.
CHUD writes that their source claims that that studio doesn’t believe Franco is right for the part, and that Raimi may walk away from the film over this disagreement.
The film apparently will not be based on an existing book by Tom Clancy, but, will feature a young Jack Ryan much like ‘The Sum of All Fears.’ Personally, I hope Paramount goes with Raimi on this one, James Franco is a great actor whose proven himself, unless of course, Paramount has Harrison Ford waiting in the wings.
Pineapple Express was one of the handful of movies I was legitimately hyped for. I was a huge fan of ‘Superbad,’ written by Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg. So, on paper, there was good reason to be excited about this one. Same writing partners, Judd Apatow producing once again. So what happened, why didn’t it meet my expectations? [Read more…]