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Poster for Point Break remake…Wait, this is actually happening?

26 May

“Fear causes hesitation, and hesitation will cause your worst fears to come true.”  – Bodhi (Point Break 1991)

The people behind the remake of Point Break did not hesitate; that is clear. If they had, fear would have forced them to reconsider their hair-brained plan to make another Point Break. But before we get into the diatribe, here is the eye candy:

Point Break Poster

So, clearly there will be skydiving in the remake. I guess that is neat, except that Fast and Furious 7 had cars dropping out of planes. Come on Point Break–step up your game!

The 1991 film was not good, but it has attained a certain level of cult-film status (Important Note: gaining the status as a cult-film does not make a movie retroactively good. More often than not, the film becomes popular because it is awesomely bad. There might be an idea for a post in here). As bad as the 1991 version was, it seems like the 2015 iteration is setting up to be worse.

In 1991, the movie managed to attract one major movie star, a well-known secondary character, and an up-and-coming youngster. Patrick Swayze was coming off of Dirty Dancing, Ghost, and Road House. An odd combination I know, but his work had broad appeal–he was a star that could be sold to both men and women. Gary Busey…what can be said about Busey? He is great and supplied a level of fun and crazy that cannot possibly be replicated…ever. And then Keanu Reeves rounds out the headlining trio. Reeves was still relatively new on the scene, the Bill and Ted movie was really his only major success, but he was born for this role. Reeves was born to play a naive, surfer dude-turned-criminal. Again, this a role that cannot be replicated.

Reeves and Swayze

It appears that the leaders of the remake did not even try to recreate the (limited) charm of the original. Instead, they cast a series of bit players who have ZERO name recognition.

Wow! I’ll leave you with this from 1991 Bodhi: “What’s the matter with you guys? This was never about the money, this was about us against the system. That system that kills the human spirit.” It looks like the studio’s desire for money won this time.

Jurassic World strikes deal with…Barbasol?

14 May

In a cute, but unexpected marketing ploy, on of this year’s most anticipated blockbusters signed a deal with a shaving cream company.

As you may remember, a can of Barbasol takes center stage in one disgruntled employee’s attempt to steal dinosaur embryos in Jurassic Park. Dennis Nedry (Wayne Knight) believes that he is underpaid for his services and decides to make quick buck by ‘liberating’ the building blocks for making dinosaurs.

We all know how this story ended, Nedry was blinded by a Dilophosarurus and we see the can buried in a mudslide to become a modern-day dinosaur fossil–see how it went full circle!

So, of course Universal decides to capitalize on this 22-year-old reference and strikes a deal with Barbasol. The cans have special artwork to commemorate the movie and Universal/Barbasol even came up with this ‘clever’ video:

This ploy makes zero sense! Who do you know that uses Barbasol? Certainly no one in the demo for this movie. My dad used Barbasol and he is closing in on 60. Universal made a PG-13 movie to appeal to kids who were not even born when the first film was released. Are prepubescent tweens going to run out and buy Barbasol and ‘shave’ with their dad’s credit cards? NO! Now let’s assume that this ad strikes a chord with the 30-ish crowd. There is one big problem here–Hipsters don’t shave! Beards are gaining popularity and decimating the companies who make, razors, shaving cream, aftershave, etc. So who are you appealing to Barbasol?

This is bad and desperate marketing for a movie that we already believe will suck! This type of senseless marketing only makes me more convinced that this will be one of the worse movies during this jam-packed summer.

Age of Ultron suffers “All your base are belong to us” moment

14 May

We really liked Avengers: Age of Ultron, you can read our review here. But maybe that is because we saw in its native language and not translated as it is shown in China.

Fans are expressing their frustration with clunky and sometimes too literal translations of dialogue. For example at one point Captain America says “You get hurt, hurt ’em back. You get killed, walk it off”. The Chinese translation reads “Run fast if someone tries to kill you”. Good advice, but it changes the tone of the pep talk just a bit.

And it really doesn’t improve from there. A few of the other instances that are making the rounds:

  • Captain America says “I’m Home”; translation: “I’m good”.
  • Iron Man says “We may not make it out of this”; translation “Let’s back off now”.
  • The phrase ‘son of a bitch’ is translated as “my old familiar partner”.

Chinese theaters typically hire their own translator, but the quality of the translations can vary greatly. And the issues sometimes extend to the title of a film. 2014 blockbuster Guardians of the Galaxy was know by the much more intriguing Interplanetary Unusual Attacking Team.

The good news for Marvel fans in China, some theaters have already corrected translation issues.

Also, a trip back to 1991:

All your Base

Kevin “I ate way too much” Bacon posts selfie to Instagram, sends Internet into pun-coma

12 May

Kevin Bacon may be the most ubiquitous movie star (see: a game based on how many degrees of separation there are between Kevin Bacon and any person on the world!), but his most popular role at the moment is on the small screen–The Following.

Bacon has endeared himself to the public by showing his human side; he and his wife were victimized Bernie Madoff and have spoken publicly about approaching bankruptcy as a result.

But the Internet is not focused on any of that. Instead they are freaking out over this selfie:

Kevin Bacon - fat selfie

Could it be that Bacon just gained a couple dozen pounds in the last month? Probably not! Is it a prosthetic for his role in the biopic of mobster Whitey Bulger? Who knows.

One thing is for certain, this picture is a far cry from the man who danced his way into the hearts of America!

Kevin Bacon Dancing

After 11 year wait, Incredibles sequel could be on the way!

11 May

Director Brad Bird is making the rounds on the press circuit to promote Tomorrowland. But that isn’t what has the Internet abuzz.

Bird announced that he will be returning to the Incredibles for a sequel. The 2004 hit was one of the first Pixar films to deal with complex and adult themes. And it was a huge hit that begged for a sequel, but that sequel never came.

Bird provided no specifics on the sequel other than saying that he is focused on getting Tomorrowland in theaters and then would be returning to The Incredibles. And, perhaps poking fun at the Internet’s penchant for misinformation, he Tweeted: “Reports” have been saying a LOT of nonsense about the plot of Incredibles 2. Just relax. I’ve got this.

In the meantime, feel free to speculate on possible characters, plot lines, or villains in the comments!

Indiana Jones sequel coming…but when?

6 May

I consider Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark to be the greatest action/adventure film. I have been hooked to the series since seeing that first entry. Unlike many Indy fans, I was not offended by Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. To clarify, I would not say that it was a good movie, but it also was not among the worst films all-time. Hell, it wasn’t even the worst movie of 2008. That title belongs to the Lindsay Lohan’s I Know Who Killed Me. But still, Kingdom was not good and it seemed like Indy’s future was in doubt. Fear not!

In a Vanity Fair interview, Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy said that Disney purchase may have given new life to the daredevil archaeologist.  She said Disney’s purchase of Lucasfilm was for the Star Wars brand, but they got several other properties in the deal, including Indiana Jones. Although she did not supply specifics on a timeline for a new Jones movie, she said there were plans for a new film.

Shia - Jones hat

Not so fast Shia!

Still, it is difficult to deny that Kingdom may have turned off some hardcore and casual fans. As Jones himself put it, “It’s not the years, honey, it’s the mileage.” And after the 2008 entry, Jones is looking more like a used Volvo than the 1937 Mercedes 300c.

Jones - Car

Cast of Captain America: Civil War expands

6 May

The cast for the third Captain America is growing. Martin Freeman is the latest star to sign on to the movie. It is not clear which role he will fill. Film producers say they were impressed by Freeman’s dramatic and comedic roles.

Freeman was nominated for a Golden Globe for his role of Lester Nygaard in the mini-series Fargo. He also won a Primetime Emmy for his portrayal of Dr. Watson in the BBC series Sherlock.

Captain America: Civil War, represents the beginning of Phase 3 of the ambitious plans for the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The events pick up after Age of Ultron and represent a shift within the films–friction between our heroes will increase as governments tried to manage the threat from super-humans. Civil War continues the march toward the Avengers: Infinity War films–the first will be released in 2018.

Marvel - Phase 3

Captain America: Civil War hits theaters May 6, 2016

Studio in talks with actor to play Pennywise in ‘It’ remake

5 May

Pennywise is responsible for plaguing an entire generation with Coulrophobia (the fear of clowns). The character is coming to the big screen for a pair of films, and we know the director’s first choice for the role.

Variety reports that Will Poulter is working on a deal to play Pennywise.

“True Detective” director Cary Fukunaga plans to split Stephen King’s original novel, into a pair of movies. I would ordinarily balk at the two film announcement, but King’s novel is 1,100+ pages and Fukunaga has pledged to stay true to the source material.

It follows the story of a group of kids who are outcasts, but come together one summer to take on a monster that has been plaguing their town.

Pennywise represents one of scariest characters ever portrayed on screen (as if communal showers weren’t scary enough in middle school)

Tim Curry owns that role. And now, they are turning to a young actor who is best known for his role in a YA Science-Fiction movie (Maze Runner) and a YA Fantasy novel (Chronicles of Narnia). Maybe Fukunaga deserves the benefit of the doubt–True Detective was ridiculously good–but, this is a big risk.

Look at this:

Pennywise

And now imagine this in a clown suit, and try to get scared:

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Keanu Reeves to reprise role as John Wick

4 May

Given the commercial and critical success of 2014’s John Wick, it comes as little surprise that a sequel is already in the works.

Lionsgate officially confirmed their plans for John Wick 2. Keanu Reeves is set to reprise his titular role. The directing and writing are set to return for the sequel as well.

If you missed Wick, it is definitely worth a look. Reeves plays a retired hitman who is pulled back into his violent past. Previews for the movie didn’t point to a particularly compelling story and it definitely appeared headed toward ‘Will Suck’ territory. But the biggest surprise in the movie didn’t come from the story, but the shocking revelation that Reeves can still carry a film. Wick was a brooding character with a dark past and Reeves managed to channel the subtle performance. This is quite the accomplishment for a man known for:

And these:

Consider this, in 2013 Reeves was the leading man in three movies (47 Ronin, Generation Um…, and Man of Tai Chi) that had an average Metacritic score of 35. Then Wick comes out of nowhere (Metacritic score: 68) and it appears that Reeves’ career maybe on the upswing.

John Wick 2 may seem like an unnecessary sequel at first glance, but I for one am happy to see the beleaguered star getting a chance to revisit the role. So, here’s to Wick teaching some bad guys a lesson.

Batman v Superman: Batman’s suit has color?

30 Apr

If you have ever watched a Zach Snyder film, or read our thoughts on Batman v Superman, then you know that the director loves to use a muted color pallet.

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But today, we learned that there is some color in Ben Affleck’s suit in the film.

JPosters is a website based in Argentina and shared a photo of Affleck in the suit…in FULL COLOR!. The company says the photo is an exclusive (hence the huge watermark on the photo). We don’t know if the photo is real, but we do know one thing, it is very unlikely that any scene from the movie will be in full color. Take a look:

Ben Affleck in his Batman v Superman suit.

Ben Affleck in his Batman v Superman suit.

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