October 13, 2014 § Leave a comment
Because sometimes you need to remember what time it is:
From Cuban Fury.
June 12, 2014 § Leave a comment
Up next in a line of 1980s toy franchise reboots, Hasbro is in production on a Jem and the Holograms live action movie. I was never a fan of the Jem and the Holograms toys and cartoon, but my kid sister was; and being a fan of The Go-Gos, I found Jem a heckuva lot less annoying than Barbie.
Though Gen-X favorites Juliette Lewis and Molly Ringwald have joined the cast, this definitely looks like a project for a younger audience. Fans of the original Jem must now be in their 30s, and few of them will want to check out a film featuring an emo-looking Jem directed by Jon Chu, the man behind Step Up 2: The Streets.
We’ll just have to wait and see if this new incarnation of Jem is truly, truly, truly outrageous.
February 18, 2014 § Leave a comment
February 14, 2014 § Leave a comment
Chanbara (samurai) movies remade as Westerns, Westerns remade as chanbara… To my memory it’s been a while, and this remake of Clint Eastwood’s Unforgiven is long overdue.
Damn, that looks awesome.
February 6, 2014 § Leave a comment
I can’t help it. I thought I was all vampired-out with the Twilight and the Underworld and the Dario Argento’s Dracula in 3D, but apparently, I’m not. It doesn’t hurt that Vampire Academy is directed by Mark Waters of House of Yes and Mean Girls; but Zoey Deutch, the human bodyguard, is the daughter of Howard Deutch, director of teen classics Pretty in Pink and Some Kind of Wonderful, and Lea Thompson, from Red Dawn and Back to the Future trilogy; and that just makes me nostalgic for a time when movies like this one were made for me.
January 31, 2014 § Leave a comment
In a world where Chris O’Dowd and Nick Frost are rivals for Rashida Jones’ heart, Chris O’Dowd and Nick Frost can settle the matter with a weird salsa-dance-fight thing…
Alas, Cuban Fury has no U.S. theatrical release date. This dance-duel with have to tide us over until the film hits DVD and streaming.
(I found this video on Bleeding Cool.)
January 16, 2014 § Leave a comment
…nothing I’ve actually seen.
That’s not entirely true. I did see Gravity because, well, it had to be seen on in IMAX 3D, but everything else there, I’m just going to wait until it’s on DVD or streaming. Which is not to say that I don’t think any of these film are worth seeing. It’s just that all that great acting and great directing can be appreciated at home.
I don’t know why or how these trends come about, but it looks like people are paying more attention to the actor’s craft this year, i.e., nearly every nominated film focuses on performance over visual artistry. The only real spectacle in the best picture nominees, Gravity, also got a best actress nomination for Sandra Bullock. Not an actor’s film, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty was passed over for the nominations, but it was by far the best film I saw in theaters in 2013. (That it didn’t find a great marketing plan probably didn’t help either.)
My congratulations go to the actors, but I prefer those years when the industry pays attention to the films more than the people that make them.
See Variety for the full list.