July 2012

Moviegoers love 'The Dark Knight Rises' but apparently hate 'The Watch'

When will Ben Stiller and Vince Vaughn make another good movie?

When I first saw the trailers for the Ben Stiller and Vince Vaughn comedy movie The Watch, I was excited. Finally, a great film from both of them, after what I think are some pretty major stinkers in recent years. Well, imagine my disappointment when the reviews for The Watch started trickling in -- and they were awful.

I'm not the only one who stayed away from the theater this weekend, apparently. We've already seen The Dark Knight Rises, and nothing else was playing that piqued my curiosity. The Watch was on my list, but given the horrible reviews, I felt it was one I could wait for on DVD. Besides, the Summer Olympics are on!

When movie stars' real lives get R-rated

It seems that movie stars can't help but get R-rated in their real life. Every starlet under the sun has naked pictures hacked from their phone, posed for Playboy or cheated on their boyfriend or spouse and been caught in the act. Celebrities used to be PG at most.

You'd see one lash out at a paparazzi, but they kept their naughty bits to themselves unless it was on the silver screen. Then Paris Hilton let her sexcapades make it to DVD and it blew the lid off of the whole thing. Vanessa Hudgens was just the girl from High School Musical until the whole world saw her bits and pieces and now a new nude photo seems to surface with each time a new movie comes out.

Review: ‘With Great Power: The Stan Lee Story’

"... You never get a chance to see much further than the surface. "

 

With Great Power: The Stan Lee Story is a movie that looks at one of the greats of the comic book industry.  I am a little late out of the gate on this one, but Netflix is my main source of movies, so I kinda have to wait til they make it available before I get a chance to see it.  Luckily, this one didn’t disappoint, even if it did gloss over many of the more controversial elements of Stan Lee’s life.

Stan Lee is, first-and-foremost, a very charismatic individual, as anyone who has ever met him can tell you.  He made his name in comics through a mixture of creativity, perseverance, hard work and a little bit of luck.  His characters are today some of the most popular in the world and are ending up on movies screens around the world.  It was partly through Lee’s efforts that people’s opinions of comic books became elevated from the grade-school literature that many people used to consider them to be.

'The Dark Knight Rises' delivers

Great finale to a phenomenal Batman trilogy

It isn't easy to pull off a successful film trilogy. In fact, it's almost impossible: That's why Christopher Nolan is THE man of the year in my book. I loved Batman Begins, I adored The Dark Knight...and now I can reveal that I flipped OUT over The Dark Knight Rises! Yes, the movie isn't perfect -- but I am more than willing to overlook any (small) imperfections to worship at the altar of Nolan and Company right now.

We saw the Friday night IMAX showing of TDKR, and I'd be lying if I said I wasn't more than a bit jumpy heading to the theater. The tragedy in Colorado is horrific, and it does make you think that you too could become a victim at anytime, for any reason. It's terrifying to think that, but at the same time, we decided we'd definitely see the film that night because no one is going to rob us of our day-to-day joys in life. And movies, for us, are joys.

Predator

Before he was the governor of California, Arnold Schwarzenegger was a major action star with many popular movies under his belt including Total Recall, Raw Deal and Predator. He played a commando sent into the jungle to rescue a group of soldiers who disappeared.

His team included Carl Weather and Jesse “The Body” Ventura and many other large buff men with guns. When they arrived at the jungle, they quickly realized that things weren't what they seemed. An alien hunter had landed and was using the area as his hunting grounds. The alien began picking off the team one by one and adding their skulls to his collection.

Review: Dark Knight Rises

(Spoiler free!)

It’s been on the radar of movie-goers for more than two years now - the final installment of Christopher Nolan’s Batman franchise.  There has been a lot of speculation as to whether the latest will indeed be the greatest, especially in light of Heath Ledger’s performance as the fan-favorite Joker in The Dark Knight.  Comparisons will undoubtedly be made and opinions will differ on the subject, but for me, the Dark Knight Rises lives up to all the hype.

I just saw it the other day and feel the need to give a review, but at the same time I’d like to make it as spoiler free as possible.  For that reason, I’ll be talking more about the structure of the film and leaving out individual events.  Hopefully, you’ll walk away with a better understanding of the film without feeling that something crucial has been revealed and the movie ruined for you.

'The Dark Knight Rises:' Early reviews are overwhelmingly positive

Can 'TDKR' beat 'The Avengers' box office record?

I can't remember a more buzzed about movie than The Dark Knight Rises. Maybe it's just that I'm a total fan girl -- because I'm sure the hype surrounding the final Harry Potter movie installment was probably incredible. Am I simply paying more attention to the hype for TDKR?

I doubt it. Given the incredible success of The Dark Knight in 2008, people are over-the-top excited about the third (and final) installment of the Christopher Nolan Batman trilogy. Critics, it seems, aren't immune:  Early reviews for The Dark Knight Rises are almost all positive.

Excited yet?

Will the world ever see ‘World War Z?’

Max Brooks’s popular zombie novel, World War Z, has been in production to be a major motion picture for some time now.  For those that haven’t read it, it follows multiple stories of people and how they cope with the zombie apocalypse when it comes.  It works very well in book format, like a documentary of sorts, but the question of whether it would make a good movie is still up for debate.  It is also up for debate whether this production, which has already consumed more than $150 million dollars, is ever going to see release.  Though it began shooting some time ago and finished shooting recently, the production has been plagued with problems that refuse to end. 

Sherlock Holmes 2: A Game of Shadows

Can I get a yaaaaaawn?

I want to write Guy Ritchie and demand my two hours back. I want compensation in time or money; maybe he could just let me come over to his house and jump around like a monkey on methamphetamine for two hours while he cries, scratches his eyes out, or falls asleep, which is pretty much what I wanted to do while watching his awful movie last night with my husband.

Look, we only get one night a week to watch TV together, so it had better be something we like. I kept begging to turn this piece of garbage—this film known deceptively as Sherlock Holmes 2: A Game of Shadows—off, pleading to just watch the hamster run in her wheel instead, which was far more interesting, but my husband kept saying, “Let’s just give it a chance,” which is what I told him as our eyes bled out during Black Dahlia, Hollywoodland, and other flops before. If a movie sucks and it’s already been on for an hour, you might as well kill it.

Child's Play

The Child's Play movie series actually started out as a legitimate big budget movie back in 1988 starring Catherine Kicks and Chris Sarandon. Charles Lee Ray, played by iconic horror actor Brad Dourif, is a killer with a passion for voodoo.

His plan was to transfer his soul into another body and escape the cops. When he's shot and trapped in a toy store with the end nearing, Ray does the only thing he can and transfers his soul into a nearby Good Guy doll. The doll ends up in the hands young Andy Barclay and we slowly realize that Ray is inside Chucky and wants the boy's body as his own.

Revisiting Christopher Nolan's 'Batman' movies and loving it

'Batman Begins' holds up really well.

Until I saw Batman Begins, I'll admit, I wasn't a Batman fan. In fact, I wasn't really ever into the so-called superhero movies at all. Everything changed with Batman Begins, at least for me. Over the span of two hours, I fell head over heels for Batman the way that Nolan portrays him: tortured, flawed and extremely human.

It's been a couple of years now since I've watched Batman Begins, but with the coming release of The Dark Knight Rises, I figured it was time to revisit the two previous films. I know I'll love The Dark Knight (again), but I wasn't so sure about Batman Begins. I was wrong.

Batman Begins - Official Trailer

21 Jump Street: Drama series to comedy movie

I was a big fan of the original series back in the day, so I was a little apprehensive when I heard that Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill were the stars. 21 Jump Street was a drama series with hints of comedy, but the new film was a straight up comedy.

I actually didn't want watch the movie at first. The thought of someone parodying this beloved series actually made me angry. When I finally sat down and watched, I couldn't stop laughing. It was hilarious on so many different levels. They updated it for the '90s and didn't parody the series as simply make a comedy movie.

Holes

The ever-annoying Lebouf wasn’t nearly as bad in his younger years.

Having thought that I’d watched the movie Holes with my daughter years ago, I knew it to be a fun, family-friendly film about conservation; so when I saw it was going to be on television, I decided to tape it for her. However, I was mistaken. The film we’d seen was Hoot! Thankfully, I watched Holes (2003) before allowing her to, because it was much too violent and disturbing for a six-year-old.

That said, I think this is a movie she will enjoy in a couple of years, as I really liked it myself. It was a little kitschy, a little fluffy; but I don’t even care. It was still a lot of fun to watch, and Shia Lebouf, the lead in the movie at a much younger age, wasn’t nearly as annoying as he is today! Sure, he was the underdog, but he was one you root for, rather than one you roll your eyes at.

‘The Hobbit’ is finally done filming and on the way

Ever since The Lord of the Rings trilogy was produced, so many years ago, people have been asking for a Hobbit film to bring more of J.R.R. Tolkien’s epic world to the screen.  The man responsible for the first three, Peter Jackson, was happy to oblige and for the last year or so has been working on a two movie series to tell the tale of Bilbo Baggins.  Now, after so long of a wait, the principle photography is finally done and the bits and pieces of Jackson’s next films are ready to hit the cutting room floor.

Box office winners of the week: 'Ted' and 'Magic Mike'

Two R-rated films make history

Did you go to the movies this weekend to see Ted or Magic Mike? If so, you helped both movies make box office history. This is the first time ever that two R-rated films made more than $20 million in the same weekend.

To say that both movies beat expectations would be a tremendous understatement. It's not entirely unheard of to see one R-rated movie do well on any given weekend -- but two? That's never happened before. In our house, we split: I saw Magic Mike while my spouse opted for Ted. On the way home from the theater, we both realized we'd been thoroughly entertained.