Being that I am one of the biggest comic book movie nerds in the world, it seems I should have seen this one much earlier than I did. I must have been somewhere where there were no movie theaters to have ignored The Incredible Hulk, but this week I was finally able to go back and take a look at this film. I have to say, I have mixed feelings about it.
The Incredible Hulk starts out well enough, but slowly declines as the film goes on. The look and feel of the film are great, giving a gritty realism to the Hulk character and an atmosphere of menace that truly makes you feel sorry for poor old Bruce Banner as he runs from those who would seek to capture him and turn his ‘disability’ into a weapon for the government. Unfortunately, the way the movie is shot and put together is one of the only reasons you feel sorry for him.
Yes, Pixar has done it again, only this time with what seems to me to be a Disney-like tale. Interesting stuff. Here's the trailer, so you can see for yourself:
Everyone now: "Wow." Am I right? I'm so right.
Since I'm not going to discuss how awesome The Cabin in the Woods is, let's do a 180 and talk about a dramedy, shall we? I'm talking about the upcoming movie The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel. This one flew under my radar until yesterday, when I happened on the trailer and realized that Marigold boasts one of the best casts I've seen in quite a while: Judi Dench, Maggie Smith, Tom Wilkinson, Bill Nighy, Dev Patel...and on and on. Intrigued yet?
This film follows Tony Stark, AKA Robert Downey Jr., AKA Iron Man, as he deals with some real life problems while battling against super-evil foes. The main bad guy is Ivan Vanko, AKA Whiplash, played by the talented Mickey Rourke. Unfortunately, many of Rourke’s lines were cut from the film for editing reasons, leaving his character about as two-dimensional as they get. We never figure out too much about this guy, other than he want to kill Iron Man because of what Stark’s daddy did to his daddy.
Bernie is slated for a wide release in U.S. theaters on April 27, 2012. I'm sure it'll get lost in the shuffle between films like The Hunger Games (which is still going really strong) and Zac Efron's The Lucky One (almost sure to be a hit). But for those of us who absolutely adore Linklater movies, Bernie looks like a real winner.
Before Freddy, Englund was an ordinary actor trying to make his mark in the movie industry. He had parts in television and main stream films such as V, but when Freddy hit, his R-rated movie roots were sealed. Englund began eeking into R-rated horror films while getting guest spots in television shows like Knight Rider, Hunter and Night Court. It culminated in 1988 with his own television series, Freddy’s Nightmares.
Reports surfaced on Thursday that Brad and Angie might star in Ridley Scott's next film, The Counselor. The film is based on a script by none other than Cormac McCarthy (remember No Country for Old Men? Yeah, that level of greatness). And it gets even better: You won't believe who else might be on board for this monster project!
I'm not sure how The Cabin in the Woods wasn't on my radar before now, but you can bet it is today. Two things get my attention: One, the movie is co-written by the almost always brilliant Joss Whedon and Drew Goddard, and two, the reviews for this horror/thriller are off-the-hook good.
Anyone else planning a theater trip to see this one when it opens on Friday? Me too. I might have to make this a night film too, and I almost always see matinee movies now to save my hard-earned cash.
I watched Leonardo DiCaprio’s most recent project, J. Edgar, the other day for the first time. I’ve been on a little bit of a Leo kick to prepare for seeing the re-release of Titanic (a role he created when he was only twenty-two!), and also on a political biography spree, having watched The Iron Lady last week.
In anticipation of “The Avengers” coming out this summer, my husband and I have been watching the Marvel movies featuring the characters who make up The Avengers. We’ve seen most of the movies before, but we had never seen 2008’s “The Incredible Hulk” or 2011’s “Captain America.”
Personally, I’ve never been a big fan of Marvel comics. However, my husband and my stepsons are, so, since we’ve been married, I’ve become more of a fan. I think my favorite movie so far has been “Iron Man.”
Anyway, neither my husband or I really had any desire to see the 2008 version of “The Incredible Hulk.” I’d seen the television show, and knew the story, but that was it. My husband had seen the 2003 version with Eric Bana as Bruce Banner, and he didn’t like it, so he wasn’t expecting much from the 2008 movie.
I finally watched the Meryl Streep vehicle, The Iron Lady, the other day. Streep won a well-deserved Academy Award for her performance as British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, a controversial figure in that country’s history.
It’s inevitable – an eagerly awaited movie is released and for weeks or months, the hype lingers around whether it was able to stand up to its expectations. As of recently, the Hunger Games has been the source of this “hype.” I saw the previous post evaluating components of the movie that were left out, in comparison to the book. Since release, the movie has maintained quite the following. I waited for a couple weeks to venture to the theatre…not because I didn’t want to be one of the first to see it, but rather I was not ready to deal with the masses. Overall, I thought the movie was great. I thought the book was phenomenal. Downfall to reading a book before seeing a movie based on the book, your overall expectations look slightly different.
To me, I agree that some very significant pieces were left out; all of which were pieces I would have liked to have seen. Yet, that may have made the movie four hours long. My biggest struggle with the movie lie in casting. I thought that most of those cast for the parts were a fairly good fit for what I had created in my head, while reading the books. Yet, Peeta Mellark (or Josh Hutcherson in “real” life) fell very short for me.
My Hunger Games has posted several of their favorite choices for the character, including seasoned actors like Jeff Goldblum, Steve Buscemi, and Jackie Earle Healey. A few other favorites include Hank Azaria, Andy Dick, and William H. Macy, among others. I like a few of these—I’d love to see Healey as another character called Chaff—but I don’t really love them as Beetee. Why are they all white, for one? I don’t remember what color Beetee is in the book, but we have a heavily white cast already. I’d love to see some more color in terms of the main characters.
The Hunger Games was no different here, and I wish that the favorite lines of fans had been taken into consideration before the movie was released. Just about every one of my favorite lines—aside from the simple “I volunteer!”, “Don’t let them starve,” and “Little duck”—was cut from the film, and any fan knows how disappointing that is. You really want to hear the characters say those phrases that we love so much!
So for those of you who didn’t read the book, here are a few of the best lines that you missed.
In Sparkle, Jordan Sparks plays a talented young girl with a dream of performing. Eventually, she forms a Motown-style girl group with her two sisters. Whitney Houston plays Sparks' mother, Emma, a former singer who hopes that her daughters' careers will be more successful than hers. I must confess, I got a little misty-eyed when I watched the trailer, especially when Houston tells her daughter, "Was my life not enough of a cautionary tale for you?"