2017 Remake Of ‘The Usual Suspects’

I find Bryan Singer’s The Usual Suspects an irritating movie mainly because it’s not really as smart or as clever as it like to think that it is. 

Which is probably why I’m surprised to find that I really enjoyed this trailer from the sequel.

And Stephen Colbert in the role made famous by Kevin Spacey?  Genius. 

Is Jesse Eisenberg Miscast as Lex Luthor?

A picture has turned up of Jesse Eisenberg, who’s going to be playing Lex Luthor in the upcoming Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, and he looks pretty “meh.”

Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor

The main problem is that Luthor has traditionally been cast by actors like Gene Hackman (who played the character in 1978’s Superman) and Kevin Spacey (who played him in 2006’s Superman Returns) and I think there’s a very good reason that older, more experienced actors were cast.

Namely they bring a level of experience, of gravitas and maturity that Eisenberg doesn’t have, mainly because it comes with age.

And traditionally it’s not something that you can act your way around.

Eisenberg is a smart and capable actor, but he doesn’t look like Lex Luthor to me.  in my mind’s eye I can already see him running about, like a bald version of the character he played in 2010’s The Social Network and know that whomever that chararcter is, it won’t be Lex Luthor.

By the way, does Zach Snyder have something against older people?  The reason I ask is that most of his films–casting wise–seem to skew toward attractive, relatively speaking, younger people.

Why ‘Superman Returns’ Is More Faithful To Supes Than ‘Man Of Steel’

Superman Returns movie poster

Wow! What’s with all the destruction! I would never allow such violence to happen!

Happy Holidays!

I hope everyone has enjoyed the holiday, hopefully with those that care for, and vice versa.

It goes without saying that the course that Bryan Singer charted with the 2006 film, “Superman Returns” was an unsustainable one. It cost $270 million to produce and earned $391 million in worldwide box office receipts.

Box office aside, I get the feeling that ‘Returns’ would have been more successful it it also borrowed the humorous tone that Donner brought to his film.

Unfortunately, that wasn’t the case, which means that Singer’s Superman was tonally off compared to the material that inspired it.

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An Extra Day: The House of Cards

I spent all last Thursday as an extra on Netflix’s upcoming series, House of Cards (an Americanized version of a British series), and had a great time.

Prior to “House of Cards,” I worked as a policeman on “The Dark Knight Rises” (TDKR).

You would think, since TDKR had a massive budget compared to “House of Cards” that it would have been better in terms of amenities, but strangely enough, it wasn’t (though that may have had something to do with TDKR being filmed on Wall Street, and the massive number of extras used on that particular film).

Both productions, as far as I could tell, treated us well, though I thought that we were especially well-treated by the ‘Cards’ staff.

“House of Cards” (HoC) was budged around $100 million dollars for 26 episodes (which isn’t much when you consider that HBO paid $50 million for the pilot of “Boardwalk Empire” alone ).  It didn’t pay that well, though you don’t work as an extra (that’s not a member of SAG–the Screen Actors Guild) for the money.

That being said, the food was plentiful, and quite good, and the waiting area was air-conditioned; which is a very good thing when the temperature is somewhere in the upper Eighties.

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