For fans that wonder how Tim Burton’s creepy yet whimsical aesthetic would go over in a superhero movie, they need go no further than watching 1989’s Batman and its subsequent Batman Returns. But how would it look if he put his own macabre spin on another DC bigwig: Superman? We almost got a chance to see. Superman Lives was in development in the late 1990’s, with Kevin Smith’s initial script and Burton set to direct, with a very interesting choice in leading men: Nicolas Cage. (more…)
While I file the idea of the infamous overactor and perpetually creepy Nicolas Cage playing Superman in a Tim Burton film under the apocalypse-worthy failures bin, this documentary is high on my must-watch list. If nothing else, it’ll surely be hilarious to see Mr. Cage, who is a noted Superman fanatic, overact his way into a ridiculous, rubbery Supersuit. Luckily for all of us, Jon Schnepp endeavored to document the project’s ups and downs in the new documentary The Death of Superman Lives. Luckier still, we got our grubby little hands on the first ten minutes of footage to share with all of you fine folks. (more…)
It was a great day for Michael Bay! That is if getting an award nomination regardless of the implications of said award is cause for celebration. Still, seven nominations is nothing to sneeze at, and Transformers: Age of Extinction is the most honored movie of the year for the 35th Annual Golden Raspberry Awards. Compounding the laurels (darts) for Bay is that his Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie, which he co-produced, received five nominations including the coveted Worst Picture trophy. Other top nominees include Saving Christmas and The Legend of Hercules, which received six nominations, but it seems that the Razzies are also losing some of their vitriol in the second half of its fourth decade as, for the first time this year, their giving out an award for coming back after multiple Razzie nominations and/or wins. This year’s Worst of the Worst is compiled below. (more…)
It’s been eight long years since we all suffered through our first viewing of Ghost Rider. I’m not going to count the number of times I came across the movie while surfing channels, mainly because I never stayed to watch much past realizing that it was Ghost Rider and lamenting the horrible way the whole thing turned out. Now you can understand what went wrong in every excruciating detail. (more…)
Anytime the name “Nic Cage” is mentioned, there is sure to be some awesomeness to follow. The man has made a career of being…not crazed, per se, but definitely quirky. As a matter of fact, no one even bats an eye these days when the newest Cage story surfaces. That is, until something so absolutely crazy, so out of the ordinary, so damn NIC CAGE that it just has to be shared and spread as widely and quickly as possible. Well, faithful Nerd Bastard readers, we have just such a story for you. Actually, this one was so good that we decided to go back and take a look at a few of Cage’s crazier moments, both on and off the screen. (more…)
Today at San Diego Comic-Con (is anything else happening in the world at the moment?), the first full-length trailer for Jon Schnepp’s documentary, The Death of Superman Lives: What Happened? (the question’s rhetorical, obviously) debuted and has now been released online. One of the weirder “what if” films of all time, Schnepp’s documentary digs at the “whys” behind the collapse of Tim Burton and Kevin Smith‘s potential superhero shitstorm. (more…)
2014 is halfway over.
For many film fans, this realization will be met with the usual impatient reaction of “can’t we just get to Fall and the good stuff already?” However, if I’m being completely honest, it’s somewhat surprising that it isn’t September by now. My year has been a blur; a frightening reminder that, though it may have moments of interminability, existence is ultimately finite and perpetually chugging toward oblivion, no matter how much I might’ve been entertained along the way.
But you didn’t click on this article to read my existential ramblings. What you really want to know is: what made up the best of the best of the first six months of 2014? Like every year, there was gold to be mined at the local cineplex, art house, on TV, VOD and via the numerous repertory lines established by studios to release their respective back catalogues. Sometimes the gifts are so great that an EOY list just will not suffice. You need a guide to the riches you might’ve missed during the first part of the calendar year as well. Thankfully, I’m looking out for your interests and have compiled the Bastards Guide to Entertainment — a fifteen slot list that details the superlative pieces of cinematic and televised entertainment this year has offered thus far. (more…)
Welcome back to our “Retro Reviews” column, where we explore both the movies you know and love, as well as the oft overlooked gems you should be spending more time with. Our seventh entry is John Woo’s operatic Hollywood bullet ballet, Face/Off (1997)…
When John Woo was five years old, his family fled from the civil war occurring in Guangzhou, opting to put down roots in a rough Hong Kong neighborhood. As he grew, Woo was recruited by the local gangs, his refusal of their invitations to join earning him numerous beat downs in the alleys of the Shek Kimp Mei slums. Hoping for escape, Woo often found refuge from the violence in two different arenas: the Christian church and the local movie houses. Both helped him develop an unshakable moral code, as the director is quick to cite the unflinching spirit of brotherhood found in Butch Cassidy & the Sundance Kid as easily as any passage in the Bible.
Throughout his career, spiritual and secular imagery amalgamated as he crafted numerous staples of Hong Kong action cinema (A Better Tomorrow I & II, The Killer, Hard Boiled), in which he often pitted two brothers-in-arms against the world, guns drawn and blazing (just like Butch & Sundance). All the while, he set his stories in the underworld he rejected as a boy, often seemingly attempting to understand the souls of the bad men who endeavored to corrupt his ethical fabric. But it wouldn’t be until he reached American soil and helmed his third Hollywood feature that he’d perfectly combine his fully ingrained interests with his search for identification in a childhood enemy. In many ways, Face/Off not only acts as the perfect culmination of Woo’s career up until that point, but also as the final masterwork in a long, celebrated filmography. (more…)
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As movie nerds, I think we all have a perverse fascination with Superman Lives, the woulda/coulda/shoulda Man of Steel movie that was once meant to be made by Tim Burton and Nicolas Cage. Maybe it was the burgeoning internet film culture of the time, or maybe it was Kevin Smith‘s hilarious remembrances of his time on the project, or maybe it’s been the leaks of concept art and other details in the intervening 15 years, but we all have a morbid curiosity about the project. I’m not sure if Cage, the film’s would have been star, has ever commented before about Superman Lives, but he has something to say about it now in a new interview with Metro, and to sum up his thoughts, Warner Bros just wasn’t ready for the “mind-blowing experience” the movie would have been. (more…)