Rebirth of the Dark Universe?

The seeming collapse of Universal’s Dark Universe cinematic universe should maybe be seen as a blessing in disguise. Keep in mind Alex Kurtzman’s The Mummy earned over $409 million on a budget of $125 million, which isn’t a terrible outcome (though promotional costs, which I haven’t seen, are important) and indicates an interest in the concept. […]

‘The Mummy’ Likely To Die A Slow Death

Remember 2014’s Dracula Untold?  That Luke Evans starrer was originally supposed to be the first movie in Universal’s Dark Universe imprint till they did a ‘Green Lantern‘ and changed their minds. Though based on reviews coming in for Alex Kurtzman’s The Mummy reboot they might have been better served by going with their original plan. Indiewire’s […]

Gifted- Trailer

As a director, Marc Webb doesn’t nearly get the credit he deserves. His (500) Days of Summer is a damn near perfect dramedy (a curious hybrid of a comedy and a drama, which in the recent past were simply called ‘movies’).  The problem is that he also directed The Amazing Spider-Man 2, though if we were […]

Star Trek: Beyond – Trailer (2) Into Reaction

As I mention in my latest video (below the text), the most recent trailer for Star Trek: Beyond (I don’t care that there’s no colon, I’m putting one in anyway) looks pretty interesting. There’s a lot going on–maybe even a bit too much because from a narrative standpoint I have no idea why things are happening […]

Marvel Studios, Save Spider-Man!

Typically, Spider-Man would be the one doing the saving, but even Spidey is powerless against studio executives who don’t have any real understanding of what they’re doing. And what many commenters–I mean you, AMC Movie Talk in particular–seem to be missing about the mess that’s stemmed from the Sony email dump is not that the executives involved are […]

‘Ender’s Game’ Review

“Gavin Hood’s version of Orson Scott Card’s “Ender’s Game” didn’t do too well at the box office, which is a pity, because it’s pretty damn entertaining.” Gavin Hood’s last film was the pretty mediocre “X-Men Origins: Wolverine,” which is reason enough for some to dislike him passionately.  Though not me.  The thing is, technically that […]