Let me first come out and say that I think Tom Cruise is a pretty competent actor.
That being said, I don’t think he can ever be great at his craft because he can’t seem to get over himself. ’Edge’ is Cruise-centered, as usual (which makes sense when you’re the star of a film) but you can be certain before frame one that things are going to go well for his side.
I like the concept of this film, in which a soldier in a future war is killed, but instead of staying dead, comes back at the same point; territory I am pretty certain has been covered by “The Twilight Zone (all the really innovative and clever ideas have).”
The interesting thing is that he learns from his errors, so does things differently each time, changing his future in little – albeit significant – ways.
I should say that I also like the original title, “All You Need Is Kill” much, much better.
I have to admit that I am not a huge fan of Gareth Edwards‘ “Monsters,” mainly because there weren’t enough ‘monsters’ in it. That being said, if this teaser is any indicator, I may be eating my words because his Godzilla is looking pretty awesome (though I am not too crazy about the squared-off jaw).
“Jupiter Ascending” is the latest film from the Warchowski siblings, and appears to involve a girl named – I kid you not – Jupiter and some other stuff about other intelligent life in the universe. The effects look spectacular, though the narrative appears more than a little bit muddled.
I assume that later trailers will clarify matters.
“Jupiter Ascending” stars Channing Tatum and Mila Kunis.
“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, it could be pretty much anytime.
A character, pictured below, that looks like an extra from a Star Wars film, doesn’t help matters.
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.