“Wesley Snipes is a bonafide action star, though “Gallowwalkers” isn’t his best turn.”
Before Wesley Snipes went to prison for tax evasion, he completed a film called “Gallowwalkers.” It popped up on Netflix yesterday, and since it’s been such a while since he’s been on screen, I really wanted to like it.
I hoped that that I would be revisiting ‘Blade’ territory, with six-shooters instead of TEC-9′s.
Instead, what I got was a Western that wasn’t quite a Western. Does it take place in the past or some sort of apocalyptic future? The way most of the characters dress implies the Old West, but since there’s little in the way of a visual reference to tell, though a few characters look as if they’re extras from a Star Wars film.
Can you show me the way to Naboo?
The trailer for Marc Webb’s “The Amazing Spider-Man 2″ just popped up, and it feels – and sounds – like a Michael Bay Transformers film. So many cars flying about, so many explosions!
This must be what happens when a director being given too much money is combined with rebooting a property too soon: You have action that’s so frenetic that you can barely follow it, and an origin story that seems to exist only to differentiate it from – and I don’t believe I am saying this since I wasn’t a huge fan – Sam Raimi’s far superior films.
This means we get a Rhino battle suit (Huh?) and a needlessly complex origin story.
I hate to admit it, but “Lego Marvel Super Heroes: Maximum Overload” is much, much better than 2012′s “Amazing Spider-Man.” It’s made for kids, but works really well for adults, too.
And it’s particularly cool the way whenever something crashes into something else that it breaks into squares – because everything is made up of Legos, even glass. It’s just a shockingly awesome bit of animation, with more heart than that aforementioned lame Spider-Man movie.
And Sony really intends to crate a Spider-Man universe? Based on ASM, I am really not feeling it.
Among the many things that I am not aware of, ‘Maximum Overload’ appears to be the first episode of a series. I am almost afraid to watch anymore because I don’t know if they can maintain awesomeness of multiple episodes.
We weren’t present at his conferences with his mutant charges. Who knows what he said or how he conducted himself?
Though I wouldn’t put my money on this interpretation.
Image courtesy of hercules3dmovie.com
I am not sure that I crazy about the Hercules being blond (I am partial to the Marvel version of the character) but other than that, I like what I see.
Now this is Hercules!
This is the first of two Hercules movies in development. It stars Kellan Lutz and is directed by Renny Harlin (The Long Kiss Goodnight, Deep Blue Sea, Cutthroat Island, etc). The other is by Brett Ratner, and stars Dwayne Johnson. Harlin’s movie is being released by Summit/Millennium and will probably come out before Ratner’s, which is important because Millennium’s “Olympus Has Fallen” came out before Sony’s “White House Down,” and did very well, while the latter didn’t.
If the trailer for “Hercules: The Legend Begins” is any indication, visually it has a scope and a scale that invites comparisons to Peter Jackson’s ‘Rings’ films.
Besides, Renny Harlin is a significantly more interesting director that Brett Ratner, as well as better at his craft. He’s done a greater variety of projects, and has tackled more genre films. That being said, Dwayne Johnson is a much more engaging actor than Kellan Lutz. I wouldn’t say that Lutz is ’charisma-challenged,’ more so than Johnson is remarkably appealing.
Though Harlin’s film has Scott Adkins, who’s always interesting to watch.
“Paul W.S. Anderson is a successful director, yet paradoxically many of his films are barely watchable.”
I have read that George Romero was originally offered the first ‘Resident Evil,’ though his treatment of the property was eventually rejected. It’s worth noting that I haven’t read or seen that treatment, so I have no basis for understanding why the producers came by their decision.
And admittedly, Anderson’s film wasn’t terrible. It wasn’t great, but was at least effective. And since I never played the video games it was based upon, I can’t say how accurate it was to them.
Though the later movies in the Resident Evil series have gotten schlockier and schlockier, which is a pity because the production design of those that I have seen is typically top-notch (for “Resident Evil: Apocalpyse” production was led by Paul Denham Austerberry, and it’s attractive in a clinical, Germanic way. It reminds me of the work Carol Spier somewhat, which is a high complement). This time around Paul P.W. Anderson has passed the reins to Alexander Witt, whom would normally get the blame, or the kudos, for the end product.
I don’t blame Witt for the mess that is “Resident Evil: Apocalypse,” because Anderson not only wrote it, he produced it (along with Don Carmody and Anderson’s production partner, Jeremy Bolt), which says that a lot of what ended up on screen Paul W.S. Anderson wanted to be there.
“”Curse Of Chucky” is at heart a very smart movie. Unfortunately, much of that smartness is surrounded by a typical horror film.”
Don Mancini‘s “Curse Of Chucky” takes the “Child’s Play” franchise back to its origins, relying more on scares and suspense than the camp of the last few entries (which were entertaining, but began to go far afield of Tom Holland‘s original – which was written by Mancini).
What’s surprising is that “Curse Of Chucky” is a very clever movie. What’s unfortunate is that you don’t realize how smart it till about an hour in.
Which is a pity because till that time it’s a typical slasher film.
What doesn’t do the film any credit is that the violence that takes place is, more often than not, more cartoony that Chucky himself, which lessens its impact somewhat. For instance, there’s a scene where Chucky mixes someone’s pasta with a liberal dose of rat poison. Now, I have never eaten any type of poison before, though I do know that most poisons taste pretty bad (often for the very reason that if you happen to accidentally ingest them, you would know it) which is an indicator that you should at least stop eating it.
The gym where I workout at has six or seven flat-screen TV’s set strategically from one end to the other. A few days prior to the Thanksgiving holiday I noticed, when I was on my way to get some water, a commercial for Rankin/Bass’ “Rudolph, The Red-Nosed Reindeer” on one of the monitors.
Now, Rankin/Bass cartoons, most of which were done in stop-motion animation, are awesome. Heat Miser was always one of my favorite characters.
How can you not love this face?
That being said, it wasn’t even Thanksgiving, and we’re already seeing promotions for Christmas specials?
Not that that’s particularly unusual – it’s been happening for at least as long as I have been an adult – but to see holidays I vaguely recall as having some sort of meaning reduced to little more than exercises in marketing saddens me.
Which is saying something, considering that my family growing up was never particularly religious. For us, Christmas was a time to get together, exchange gifts, eat and play Spades.
Now, it feels as if it’s all about Black Friday and Walmart, which I guess is OK if you’re a member of the Walton family.
Other than that, maybe we’ve lost something along the way.
Over the years, there have quite a few Batmobiles, with the vehicle changing whenever a new director helmed the franchise.
For instance, here’s the Batmobile that appeared in the Tim Burton film.
image courtesy of io9
The next version is Joel Schumacher’s. It’s a bit garish though there’s no denying that it’s a dynamic-looking vehicle. Schumacher, if I recall, did at least two Batman films, with a slightly different Batmobile in each.
And finally, the Christopher Nolan version of the Batmobile, also known as the Tumbler. Its origins are more military-based than the other vehicles, and it shows.
As popular as the Nolan films have been, I prefer the model that was unveiled in Tim Burton’s 1979 film. And if you feel the same as I do, and have over $154,413 (£90,000) to spare (which I definitely don’t), you can have your very own Batmobile.
Thanks to Carbuzz for the heads up.
Hollywood is now talking about rebooting George Romero’s “Night of the Living Dead,” which doesn’t necessarily need it, if you give it any thought. That being said, I am not against it (as I tend to be) because the original is a good film, but also a product of its time, which was 1968.
So perhaps we’ll see a more topical ‘Dead’ film. Another reason is that, unlike with John Carpenter, George Romero sometimes has a hand in the reboots of his films (if only a writing credit).