And yes, we saw it. What follows is my review of the movie: The good, the bad and the just plain silly. My strong suggestion: Go into MIB 3 knowing you just want to have fun, and you won't be disappointed.
Long before Kurtwood Smith was the curmudgeonly father on “That '70s Show,” he was the main villain on Robocop. He's the one that put a bullet in Alex Murphy's head, inadvertently creating Robocop. There were no computer graphics only good old fashioned latex prosthetics, metal and a whole lot of blood.
The remake is scheduled for 2013, and I can guarantee that will not live up to the original, especially if they decide to dumb it down. There is a major movement to reach for that PG-13 rating and avoid the R-rating entirely. The film industry considers R too limiting to audiences and will ultimately cut into their profits. Movies have become much more expensive since the days of the original Robocop.
It was late at night and there was nothing to do so, as usual, I turned on the almighty Netflix and browsed randomly to see what the night’s offerings were. The day before I had watched a Takeshi Kitano film and Netflix decided that I “liked” it so much that there were a great many other films that should fit my tastes. Sometimes this works out, more often it does not. This time was one of the “does not” nights.
The film was Righteous Ties, a Korean gangster film. The basic plot revolves around the main character - a thug of a Korean “company” - ending up in prison for some of the things he does under his boss’s orders. Eventually, the boss changes his mind about which person he wants to support and in return for helping his former enemy he has to kill off the protagonist. On the surface this seems like a typical crime-oriented betrayal plot that offers an opportunity for some fun action if not necessarily a deep and moving story.
Skyfall is the 23rd James Bond movie, and if recent years are any indication, it could be among the best. And yes, I adore the classics (Goldfinger is my all-time favorite), but I love Daniel Craig as Bond (though yes, I'll confess I didn't like Quantum of Solace), and I have high hopes for Skyfall.
But not all films need fully realized imaginary personalities in order to draw in an audience. Some of the best films ever made convey compelling experiences with nary a character in sight. These are those films--the ones that somehow get us excited and engaged despite the fact that there's no one in them for us to relate to.
I guess you could argue that Mickey Mouse is a character in his own right, but he doesn't really do anything as himself in Disney's experimental synesthetic spectacular. He stands in for the Sorcerer's Apprentice and then he provides some comic relief in between segments--that's it. On the whole, Fantasia moves along purely on the engine of its visuals and the beautiful music that inspired them. It's perhaps the only Disney film without a brand to accompany it, existing purely for the sake of its own artistic merit.
Taking the earth as a whole in its gaze, this time-lapse full-length goes so far as to argue that all life is worthy of starring in its own film. Directed by Godfrey Reggio and scored by Philip Glass, this art film forsakes all the traditional hallmarks of the medium in which it operates. There are no characters, no sets, and no dialogue. There's simply the world, caught on camera. Koyaanisqatsi moves from documenting natural landscapes untouched by human development into a closer focus on civilization and bustling human activity. To see life portrayed on this scale grants you more than just a sense of perspective. It changes the way you think about why we do the things we do every day.
The movie didn’t do much new to the legend, but was visually stunning. The story revolved around Count Dracula who came to England to live and fell in love with Jonathan Harker’s Wife, Mina. Dracula kills and turns the young Lucy Westerna, which turns her suitors into a vigilante band of vampire hunters led by Abraham Van Helsing.
Dracula is able to begin to transform Mina, so the hunters follow him back to his castle to kill him and hopefully remove the curse. They succeed, but not without the sacrifice of Quincy Morris, who the Harkers name their child after. His sacrifice single handedly saved Mina and mortally wounded Dracula.
The basic story is that the main character, Griff, leads a double life. By day he works at a crappy job where he is underappreciated and victimized by his fellow employees. At night, however, Griff puts on his super hero costume and sets to defending the city from the threat of crime. He has all the things that your typical super hero could be expected to own, such as nifty gadgets and a high-tech surveillance set-up. He even has a personal line to the commissioner of the city, in case his services need to be requested in a moment’s notice.
And then, there's the Gangster Squad cast: Sean Penn, Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone, Josh Brolin, Nick Nolte, Anthony Mackie...I could literally go on and on. Here's the trailer, so watch and enjoy:
At this point, Gangster Squad hasn't been officially rated, but given the subject matter, I'm pretty sure it'll get an "R."
Here's the thing: The teaser-trailer will likely hit the web around the same time as it hits the theaters, so if you have zero desire to see The Dictator, then no worries. You'll get your Ron Burgundy/Channel 4 News Team fix soon enough.
There are few movies that can transcend simple plot to become legendary, but the epic journey of Neo involved three movies, an animated movie, a massive online roleplaying game and several console videogames.
The entire human population lives unconscious in vats while they seemingly live their lives in this dream world. The computer that runs the Matrix has “agents” that wield incredible strength and speed to help keep things running smoothly.
Like everyone else in the known world with ten bucks in their pocket, I went down to the theater last weekend to see Joss Whedon’s Avengers. While I chose not to see it in 3D (I have a personal distaste for this format) nor did I drop the twenty dollars to see it in IMAX, the regular two-dimensional version worked out just fine for me.
There was a lot of hype around this film, with a great many people making a great many claims about its utter greatness. I thought that I would end up disappointed at least a little bit, though with Joss Whedon on the bill I was more optimistic than I might otherwise have been. As it turns out, I was pleasantly surprised that the movie lived up to most of expectations that people were raving wildly about.
It's really hard with Will Ferrell. On one hand he was involved in ""Elf," Step Brothers," "The Other Guys," "Zoolander" and "Stranger With Fiction," and on the other he was in "Land Of The Lost," "Talladega Nights" and "Bewitched."
But add Zach Galifianakis in the mix, and all of a sudden things get more interesting. Zach has had an interesting big-screen life, with hits like "The Hangover" movies and bombs like "Dinner For Schmucks" and "Due Date." His solo comedy is spectacular, but I am always iffy about his on-screen roles. But I think I am willing to give his next project a bit of leeway.
I don’t hate parodies, either; there’s a Hunger Games crack!fic piece of fanfiction known as The Starvelypmics that’s pretty funny (warning: it’s full of adult content and language!), as well as plenty of HG parody YouTube videos. But the makers of the Scary Movies franchise have now announced that they’ll be taking on a parody of the series—which will also include spoof of Sherlock Holmes, Harry Potter, The Avengers, and more. It will be called The Starving Games.
Ryan Gosling has been on quite the streak lately, with "Drive", "The Ides Of March", and "Crazy, Stupid Love", all three of which came out last year. So it comes to no surprise to me that his newest film, "The Gangster Squad", looks action-packed and compelling. Starring Sean Penn, John Brolin, Emma Stone, Ryan Gosling, Nick Nolte, Giovanni Ribisi and Anthony Mackie, this film charts the path of real-life mafia boss Mickey Cohen, with Ryan Gosling and company playing the cops sent to take him down. Watch and see:
As anyone who knows anything about anything already knows, The Avengers broke box office records by drawing a butt-ton of profits on its opening weekend. If there were ever a sign that the movie industry as we know it is alive, healthy, and gluttonous as ever, this was it. Piracy be damned; people will still gladly shell out $30 a head for a 3D midnight opening ticket plus accoutrements. Especially if the film in question is the first shiny summer action flick of the season with an all-star cast of already-loved characters.
Maybe we shouldn't be surprised that The Avengers's script drips out as lazily as it does. Whedon didn't have to do any work to make it hook. Just between RDJ's effervescent likability and Scarlett Johannson's, ahem, screen presence, you could make a summer smash hit without writing a single original line of dialogue. Throw in the rest of the crew and it becomes obvious why Whedon's trademark witticisms were tranquilized into easy, family-friendly stock humor. As a director, he gets all the beats to milk the laughs, but as a writer he seems to have left his spine back on Serenity.
I've said many times that I'm no big fan of 3-D, but I splurged on The Avengers, seeing it in IMAX 3-D. It was worth every single hard-earned penny. Judging from the sold-out theaters here, I figured this film would take in big bucks at the box office, but I had no idea it would shatter records. We truly do love our superheroes!
I speak from the assumption that everyone has already seen this movie at least once. It was so widely popular that there are probably very few true movie fans that missed it in the theater or didn’t manage to at least pick it up on DVD/Blu-Ray. For those that haven’t seen it, a brief description is probably in order.
It’s populated by alien clowns that want to attack and trap the population in cotton candy. This apparently softens them up so they can be easily drank from a ridiculously shaped straw. The only thing standing in their way is a rogue cop, his exgirlfriend, her current boyfriend and a couple of idiots trying to sell ice cream.
The clowns employ all the standard tricks like funny bicycles, puppets, and balloon animals, but they all have a deadly leaning. They pelt a guard with pies that end up melting him into a large pile of goo. The smallest clown then places a cherry on top.
In short, the new Dark Knight Rises trailer is fantastic, and it only makes me wish more that I didn't have to wait until July 20 to see the movie!