August 2012

'The Expendables 2' tops the weekend box office

Moviegoers didn't exactly flock to theaters - not even for Joseph Gordon-Levitt

Did you go see a new movie this weekend? No? Well, you weren't alone: Very few of us did, at least by regular standards. While The Expendables 2 won the weekend box office race (again), the overall numbers were pretty puny. Welcome to the summer movie doldrums!

Despite the release of a handful of new films, moviegoers apparently opted out, for the most part. I think we're all just broke after shelling out so much money to see the big summer blockbusters. These days, I won't get in the car and drive to a theater to see anything unless it's a sure thing. And right now, I'm not seeing a lot of sure things.

Review: Charade (1963)

For this week’s review, I decided to go back a little further than usual and look at one of the films of the amazing Audrey Hepburn.  Considered by me (and many others) to be one of the cutest actresses to ever have lived, she also carries a fair amount of skill that has been demonstrated in movie after movie over the years.  This particular flick, Charade, is not, in my opinion, the best of what Hepburn (or any of the other cast members) has to offer.

Remake of Robocop

Epic violence worthy of an 'X' rating

One of the best R-rated movies ever was the original Robocop. It was not only incredibly violent, but actually had a great plot. The violence was so epic that they almost made it rated X. Now, since Hollywood doesn't have the ability to create an original thought, they are developing a remake.

The original movie spawned not only two additional sequels, but a cartoon and a television series. Stars such as Clive Owen and Hugh Laurie have been in talks to stars the a robot cop, but so far there hasn't been anyone named as star.

'Expendables 2' flexes box office muscle and debuts at number one

Action heroes over 50? America likes it.

So much for speculation about whether moviegoers would go for an Expendables sequel: The Expendables 2, which reunites Sylvester Stallone with his rag-tag group of action heroes, including Jason Statham and Bruce Willis, was the number one movie at the weekend box office.

Still, it was a down weekend overall. Overall, the numbers suggest far fewer movie fans hit theaters, even with a slew of new film offerings. But hey, it's August: It's time for back to school and football, right?

The Expendables 2 Official Trailer - In Theaters August 17th

Review: Color of Magic (2008)

An adaptation of a book by Terry Pratchett

I have many friends that have tried to convince me to read the works of author Terry Pratchett.  Based on what they had to tell me, it really didn’t sound like it was my kind of thing, so I avoided it entirely.  The other night, however, I was pleasantly surprised when I decided to take a look at the made-for-TV movie Color of Magic, an adaptation of one of Pratchett’s books.

'The Bourne Legacy' takes the top spot at the weekend box office

How did the Will Ferrell/Zach Galifianakis comedy 'The Campaign' do?

Despite lukewarm reviews, director Tony Gilroy's The Bourne Legacy debuted in the top spot at the weekend box office. The Jeremy Renner action thriller was a solid winner, taking in just over $40 million. Did anyone catch this one?

I was a huge fan of the previous Bourne movies (and the Robert Ludlum Bourne book trilogy as well). I loved Matt Damon as Jason Bourne, but after the reviews for this new Bourne were just so-so, we opted out of a theater visit. Perhaps we should rethink things!

Kings of R-Rated horror

Jeffrey Combs

I first saw Jeffery Combs in Re-animator, a modern take on the Frankenstein story. He played a young scientist that discovers a way to reanimate dead people. It was a tongue-and-cheek horror movie that had as many intentional laughs as gross-out special effects.

This was the start of what would be a staple of Comb's career. He was a darling of horror makers like Stuart Gordon and Charles Band. Combs has always been about comedy as much as horror and brought a few laughs no matter what the character.

Review: Conan the Barbarian (2011)

First of all, let me preface this review by saying one thing - do NOT see this movie unless you are prepared to get dumber.  It is one of the least ambitious projects I have ever had the displeasure of watching, filled with mediocre (at best) acting, poorly designed and executed action scenes, atrocious (but thankfully minimal) dialogue and without a hint of anything that could be considered a proper plot.  The best parts of it steal from the original Conan (1982) and fail to execute them in any manner that would make the movie tolerable.  And with that said, I will attempt to explain in detail my feelings.

'The Dark Knight Rises' reigns surpreme (again) at the box office

Weekend numbers show 'TDKR' easily beats 'Total Recall'

Did you see the new remake of Total Recall over the weekend? If so, what did you think? I ask, because I, like many, decided to stay home and catch up on the DVR and the rented movies instead of venturing out into the blistering heat to hit the movie theater. And I'm really curious: After so-so to flat-out bad reviews for Total Recall, I was wondering if maybe the movie was actually okay.

The Dark Knight Rises, not surprisingly, continues to dominate at the box office. Overall numbers for movie attendance are down, but that hasn't stopped it from raking in hundreds of millions of dollars over the past three weeks.

Paranormal Activity 4

Paranormal Activity helped to shape the documentary style horror genre and the fourth and final movie in the series seems to be more of the same. While not out in theaters yet, the first trailers are hitting the Internet.

The fourth installment is set in 2011 and takes the perspective of a young teenage girl who complains about the new neighbors that moved in. It's a woman and young boy... I wonder who they could be...and they are more than a little creepy. It starts like every Paranormal Activity movie with the outside lights freaking out for no reason.

‘Ghostbusters 3’ - Really happening?

It’s been an up-and-down battle for those involved in trying to bring a third Ghostbusters film to the big screen.  Dan Aykroyd and Harold Ramis are on board to do it.  Bill Murray is not.  This conflict has brought the project to its knees time and time again.  Finally, it looks like Aykroyd is giving up on Murray altogether and attempting to go ahead with the project on his own.