Right from the get-go, you can tell… it’s on like competitive ping-pong.
Deadpool found itself in a bit of “controversy” during its PR push when it landed an “R” rating – a rating which the marketing team reveled in, wearing as a badge of honor like a sort of “look how awesome we are, adult fanboys!” type of way. Not that there’s anything necessarily wrong with that; since day one, the movie has been priding itself on its “dare to be different” philosophy, which quite frankly is likely the only mantra that could ever work with a film based on a character like Deadpool. (more…)
As the saying goes: everything old is new again. Whether it is trends in fashion, styles of music, or even the food and drink we put in our bodies (the “Paleo diet” is from how long ago?), our society has an interesting penchant for liking something, forgetting that something for a while when newer and flashier somethings come along, and finally rediscovering that something and saying “y’know, this something is actually pretty cool.” Even though a timeless work of fiction – such as a Jane Austen novel – is really never truly forgotten, sometimes it does take an infusion of a new idea to bring a classic “back to life,” as it were.
Ironic, then, that the catalyst to reanimate wide-scale interest in Austen’s bourgeois-eschewing “Pride & Prejudice” is a creature that is, by its own nature, reanimated in and of itself: the zombie. Yes, the separate components of Pride & Prejudice & Zombies may not break any new ground on their own, but when these two disparate pieces are “mashed up” together, they become much like Paula Abdul and MC Skat Kat, with opposites attracting in the most delightfully random of ways. (more…)
Ridley Scott is reportedly in early talks to bring a version of 1960’s cult TV series The Prisoner to the big screen. The project has been in development at Universal for a while now, and it has had interest from none other than Christopher Nolan back in 2009 (although nothing came of it). The original series centred around a secret government agent who is kidnapped by unknown assailants the moment he resigns; finding himself in an idyllic yet bizarre seaside village, he is known only by the moniker Number Six. Over the 17-episode one-season run, Number Six attempts escape, evades the balloon-like “Rover,” and keeps his secrets secret in order to stay alive. (more…)
Earlier today, The Daily Mail released several photos of Wonder Woman’s Gal Gadot and Chris Pine on set on the banks of the Thames in Essex in the United Kingdom. These photos show the two in what appears to be World War I garb alongside 150 or so extras. Rumors have been circulating regarding the setting of the upcoming film, and these new photos would seem to confirm that at least part of the film will be set during the first World War. Due to be released in 2017, production is still in the early stages, but it is exciting to have some proof that Wonder Woman really is finally making it to the big screen. (more…)
Generally, there are two types of people who go to see “Bond Films,” those movies that feature Ian Fleming’s super-spy James Bond: those who are Bond superfans, and those who are not. Whether you’re an action-film fan, you just enjoy seeing the latest and greatest releases, or you are the significant other of a Bond superfan, if you fall into that second category, you will likely be left wanting by Spectre, the latest in the 007 mega-series and current Bond portrayer Daniel Craig’s fourth outing in the main role. If you’re a Bond superfan, however, this movie is going to give you all you can handle, and then maybe just a bit more for good measure.
The Last Witch Hunter is an intriguing entry into the world of cinematic fantasy genre. While it doesn’t particularly revolutionize the way we see witches and warlocks nor does it herald “the next great franchise” of feature films, it is a solid tale packed with great special effects, excellent pacing, a presentation designed for an intellectual audience (relatively speaking, of course), and charming characters that are fairly believable in terms of their place in this witchy world.
These days, it seems every old TV show, movie, and book series is getting the Hollywood “let’s throw some CGI at it and make a movie out of it” treatment. It seems especially easy for movie-makers and the studio powers-that-be, because no matter how much fans complain about the “bastardization” of the classic properties that we know and love… people still go see the new stuff. They still toss money at it, which in turn lets said movie-makers make a profit, which validates their decision to remake/reboot an old property, which gives them the gumption to go remake/reboot another old series. It is, quite frankly, a vicious cycle.
One of the side effects, of course, is that new movies “based on the original [insert media type here]!” usually get the “this probably won’t be that great” mentality from the audience. Is that unfair? Tough to say for sure; for every “good” reboot we’re given (the newer Star Trek films, to use a popular example) there seems to be an equal number of, shall we say it politely, “not-so-good” products (who on the good green Earth was asking for a Karate Kid remake, really?!). So, it was with more than a little trepidation that I went to my advance screening of the latest old-product-turned-new movie offering, Goosebumps. While it didn’t exactly blow me away, I was pleasantly surprised and largely entertained, and I suspect kids and twentysomethings that grew up with the books will find even more to enjoy.
There’s no real way to put it politely: Pan is bad. It’s enjoyable on some level, but this is almost exclusively due to the fact that it’s tied to a bigger mythos, one that most of us grew up with, that of the original Peter Pan legend. But as this film stands, it’s a poor addition to the bigger universe.
From the get-go, it seems like the movie has a tough time finding its “voice,” what it wants to be presented as: is it a grandiose spectacle of visual imagination? Is it a touching tale about the power of family and belief in yourself? Is it a tongue-in-cheek action/comedy? It tries so hard to smush all of these tropes into one hour-and-fifty-one-minute film that it effectively manages to fail to excel at any of these options effectively.
While the release date for Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is still over a year away, shooting has begun on the film, and most of the main characters (that we know of) have been cast. But there’s always room for more big names in big films, it seems, and today we learned that the Harry Potter pseudo-prequel has gained another big name, in the form of a big man: Ron Perlman – Hellboy himself – has joined the cast, according to a THR report.
Tired of the same old summer fare? Romantic comedies, superheroes, animated animals getting into trouble, and stuff blowing up – they can all be found en masse at your local Cineplex every year during the warmer months. American Ultra, swooping in towards the end of the “popcorn” season, is a movie that may feel both very familiar but oddly foreign at the same time; the film features everything on the list in the previous sentence, but is presented in a highly unorthodox manner. The result is an experience that feels very unique, but definitely won’t ring everyone’s bell.