‘Gallowwalkers’ Review

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“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?

Can you show me the way to Naboo?

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Abandon Hope All Ye Who Enter Here: David Goyer & NBC Bring ‘Constantine’ To TV

Constantine (New 52)NBC is developing a series based upon DC’s Constantine (the ‘New 52’ version of the character, not “Hellblazer”), and I was OK with that, till I heard that David Goyer is one of the people behind it.  This is the guy that says Superman (essentially) letting thousands die ON TOP OF breaking General Zod’s neck in “Man Of Steel” wasn’t such a bad thing.

What he missed is that Superman is all about NOT KILLING.  ANYONE.  That’s not to say that no one has ever died by his hands, but it wasn’t a decision that came easily or lightly.

And it was never a first response to something as seemingly trivial as a threat.

But such a response isn’t unusual for David Goyer.  He’s also the person that thought – for some strange reason – that fans would be OK with Wesley Snipes’ Blade being upstaged by Jessica Biel and Ryan Reynolds in the execrable “Blade: Trinity (which was to be fair a cool concept trapped in an awful movie) that ended up being the worse performing of the trilogy.

Goyer also has a tendency to do what he thinks will attract attention, not necessarily what’s faithful to a particular character, which is why – as much as I think John Constantine is one of the best characters in DC’s canon – I don’t hold up much hope for this interpretation.

Oh well, at least Keanu Reeves won’t be starring.

Wesley Snipes Is Sprung

Blade IIHere’s some good news and some not-so-good news.  First, it appears that Wesley Snipes was released from prison a few days ago, which means that I don’t have to ask any more questions about his whereabouts.

That’s the good news.  The not-so-good news is that there are rumors that Morris Chestnut will be playing the Black Panther in Joss Whedon’s ‘Avengers 2.’

Chestnut is a good actor, though I always hoped that Snipes would take the role.

Oh, well.  At least there’s always Blade, a proven quantity make even more likelier for rebooting since the orignal films were quite profitable (even the mediocre “Blade: Trinity” did decent box office, earning almost $129 million on a $75 million budget).

New Line no longer has anything to do with the character, the rights having reverted back to Marvel, so I think that the odds are high that we will be seeing Blade again, though the question is who will be playing him.

Where’s Wesley Snipes?

Gallowwalkers

The answer to my question is probably still prison, but finding a link to this film got my hopes up, albeit momentarily.  It’s a western, and sounds essentially like “Blade,” but with zombies instead of vampires.

Unfortunately, it had been sitting on the shelf since 2007, so Snipes had to have made it prior to going to prison for tax evasion.

I hope that Marvel sticks with Snipes for Blade’s return, since they regained the rights to the character a few years ago because, as far as I am concerned, as long as Wesley Snipes is physically able to play the role, it should be his.

Always a better actor that I think he is generally given credit for, he brought a level of pathos to the character that is unusual for the superhero genre.  And if he does return, I hope Guillermo del Toro at least plays an executive producer role (despite seemingly having millions of projects on his plate) because his “Blade II” was definitely the best of the three films that featured the character.

Thanks to comicbookmovie.com for the heads up.

What Happened To The Black Panther?

The Black PantherToday has not been my day.

The most irritating aspect of which being my attempt to watch Michael Bassett’s “Silent Hill: Revelation” via iTunes.

I have no idea why things went all sorts of wonky, but I spent four or five hours from the discomfort of my bed trying to watch the movie.

Though what you’re probably (or should) be wondering is why I spent the afternoon in bed, for despite it being my day off I don’t tend to be particularly lazy.

I was on my back, and at various times my stomach or sides, because every once in awhile I get a cough that just doesn’t quit, though that’s not the worse of it.

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Is The Idea Of A ‘Realistic’ Superman A Bit Oxymoronic?

Zach Snyder’s “Man Of Steel” (and it isn’t an accident that it’s called that, as opposed to ‘Superman’ because I suspect that his humanity will be emphasized more than his virtual godhood, until things need to be blowed up good!  Real good!) is supposedly going to be more “realistic” than past interpretations, though the only way that I can see that being possible is for the emotional side of things to be emphasized.

Because I suspect that the film makers understand that when you have a guy that’s almost invulnerable, can fly, and is from a planet named Krypton, then you have already thrown realism out the window (something Christopher Nolan and David Goyer seem to forget when making “The Dark Knight Rises.”)

The weakest links in this equation appear to be Snyder himself, who is a director not exactly known for subtlety; and David Goyer, whom seems to have reached the pinnacle of his career due mainly to connections, as opposed to the quality of his writing (if in doubt, check out Blade a bit before the climatic battle between Blade (Wesley Snipes) and Deacon Frost (Stephen Dorff) and a similar point in “The Crow: City Of Angels.”)

Notice how similar the two scenes are?  I am willing to be that there’s even another scene just like it in another Goyer-written film.

By the way, why would anyone consider Goyer to direct “Hellboy?”  Didn’t the producers see “Blade: Trinity” or “The Unborn?”