0 Comments · Wednesday, June 27, 2012
Imagine a team of eager magazine employees
investigating a classified ad seeking a companion for time jumping
(mis)adventures. Aubrey Plaza, Jake M. Johnson, Karan Soni and Mark Duplass
who seems to jumping from project to project this summer (you can catch him in People Like Us and in the upcoming Your Sister’s Sister) star.
0 Comments · Wednesday, June 27, 2012
Tatum just might be a real Hollywood swinger and one shrewd customer. Dreaming
of fictionalizing his early days as an exotic dancer, Tatum teams up with
Steven Soderbergh (after approaching Nicolas Winding Refn of Drive fame) for Magic Mike, which, from
the spirited trailers, gives the impression of a return to the fun-loving Ocean’s franchise box office form for
2 Comments · Tuesday, July 31, 2012
Film, as a medium, provides writers and directors the opportunity to tell great stories. But sometimes, as is the case with Jonathan Demme's latest effort, Neil Young Journeys, film simply goes along for the ride with an even greater storyteller as he does his thing.
1 Comment · Wednesday, July 25, 2012
Christopher Nolan is daring us to ask the question. Is The Dark Knight Rises the best third film in a series ever? After going through this exercise for a few days now, there
really isn’t much of a list to delineate and rank. Let’s review the
obvious candidates and determine how Nolan’s finale stacks up.
0 Comments · Wednesday, July 18, 2012
Beasts of the Southern Wild, the
savage visual poem from debut director Benh Zeitlin (which he co-wrote
with playwright Lucy Alibar), takes us on an adventure from its opening
frame, yet what makes it so special and downright impossible to imagine
in any other form, is Hushpuppy’s voice.
Seth MacFarlane takes bromance to joyously raunchy new highs
0 Comments · Tuesday, June 26, 2012
Seth MacFarlane's new movie Ted, a live action
hybrid, finds him channeling just one character, an animated teddy bear
brought to life by the wish of a young boy named John Bennett (Mark
Wahlberg stands in as the adult body double) who longs for a best
friend, a buddy to hang onto during the thunderous storms of life or
toke up and watch Flash Gordon with during all of those
0 Comments · Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Pulp — there it is again — the good cheap
stuff is back and, not surprisingly, it has found its way onto the big
screen. Jo Nesbø, the Norwegian bestseller trawling these murky shores,
provides the basis for a solid anchoring with Headhunters.
Typical sequels dominate the summer slate, but smaller festival favorites offer hope
0 Comments · Wednesday, May 16, 2012
The visions are as fresh as the day they
entered my impressionable head. As a child weaned at the entertaining
teat of 1980s blockbusters like Raiders of the Lost Ark, The Empire Strikes Back, Ghostbusters and Back to the Future, I have a soft spot in my movie-snob heart for a good summer popcorn movie.
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John Cusack an odd choice for Edgar Allan Poe; Larry, Moe and Curly finally go big screen
When I first saw the trailer to the upcoming John Cusack movie The Raven I wasn't quite sure what to
think. At first, I was excited because it is a movie based on Edgar Allan Poe’s
work, but I'm still skeptical. The English major side of me jumped for joy (but then
remembered he was an English major and went back to brooding).
Everything was fine until John Cusack walked in from the shadows. Don't
get me wrong, his movies are some of my favorites and I love his work, but
Cusack playing Poe is a strange combination. Maybe they wanted to have the same
dark character they saw in Identity.
There are a few people that I could see playing Poe. Off the top of my head,
Sam Rockwell, Edward Norton and Gary Oldman are three guys who could pull off
the dark character that Poe was. At least Cusack resembles Poe in the movie.
Maybe it is just the trailer
that turns me off to Cusack filling the boots of the late American poet. In it,
Cusack’s delivery is dry and stiff. I don’t feel any kind mystery that
surrounds Poe. Some of his writings are real disturbing when looked at closely,
but with Cusack the character appears to be deflated. I guess this hesitation
comes from Poe being one of my favorite writers. For all I know, the trailers
don’t do the movie justice, which I hope is the case. Cusack is known for his
obscure roles and disturbed characters, so this is probably a perfect fit.
The premise for the film has been done before, but since it's Edgar
Allan Poe it gives the movie somewhat of a different angle. Some man is committing
murders based on stories written by Poe, and then Poe has to figure out who the
murderer is with the help of Detective Fields played by Luke Evans. If you're
worrying about spoilers, don't be — all of that is in the trailer. I
think I know who the murderer is already, but it’s Hollywood so anything can
Movies based off of literature are good as long as they keep true to
the source material. It will be interesting to see what happens with The Raven. It feels like a mixture of
the Sherlock Holmes movies and the Johnny Depp picture From Hell. We will all find out on April 27.
Another movie is being released today and me torn as to whether
to watch it or not. The idea of a The Three Stooges film has
bounced around for years, but now it has finally limped its way to the screen.
Leave it to Hollywood to take a beloved comedic classic like the Stooges and
churn out a mediocre-looking movie.
There have been many names were attached to this project, including
Jim Carrey, Justin Timberlake, Andy Samberg and Paul Giamatti. Actually filling
the shoes of the Stooges are Sean Hayes as Larry, Will Sasso as Curly and Chris
Diamantopoulos as Moe. To me the only choice that makes sense is Sasso because
he made a name for himself with physical comedy on Mad TV.
I’m surprised this is actually a movie, because it just looks horrible. I
don’t want to watch it but I probably will end up in the theater because the
original Stooges are a great gift to slapstick comedy — I’ll even give Curly’s
replacement Shemp a nod and say he wasn’t that bad, either. But any movie that
incorporates the Jersey Shore should
just go straight to DVD.
The tagline for the movie is “Just say Moe” but someone should have
told the Farrelly brothers to just say no. They are known for great comedies
like Kingpin, There’s Something About
Mary and Me, Myself & Irene, but their trek into classic slapstick comedy
appears to be anything but. As much of a fan as I am of the Stooges I hope I'm
wrong with this one, and that at least Will Sasso is just as good as he was
on Mad TV.