Tuesday, July 31, 2012
What an ongoing saga! He-Man: Masters of the Universe may have started as a toy (much like the Transformers did), but has blossomed into much more (much like the Transformers did). He-Man has been adapted into everything from cartoons, to a live-action motion picture starring Dolph Lundgren. A live-action reboot has been in development for almost a decade; at one point Brad Pitt himself was rumored to be starring in the film.
Today comes a bit more concrete news. Jon Chu, director of the delayed G.I. Joe: Retaliation, is in talks to reboot the shirtless hero. Chu's claim to fame came way of the Step Up sequels, as well as the Justin Bieber documentary, Never Say Never. What do you think? I'll tell you what I think...
Based SOLELY on the Step Up sequels and the G.I. Joe trailers, he'll be an acceptable choice. Chu has a distinct style that has shown through on his very short resume of films. I think he'll be able to create a dark and gritty world for fans that have grown up with He-Man. And stars seem to want to work with Chu. He had no trouble recruiting actos for 'Joe', and should have no problem with He-Man either.
Liam Hemsworth? Or Thor's younger brother in real life, if you will. Hemsworth actually looks the part of more modern versions of He-Man. More so than his older brother, Chris. Elder brother Chris is already a part of multiple franchises including Thor, The Avengers and Snow White and the Huntsmen, he doesn't need the work. What do you think about Chu directing? Or my idea for casting Liam Hemsworth? Let me know in the comments!
Saturday, July 21, 2012
It's heeeeeeere. The first official poster and teaser trailer to Man of Steel, the next Superman film. Take a look at the teaser below and look for my comments after.
How about that Henry Cavill huh? The scruffy look is working for Clark Kent. Honestly? I don't know what to think. I mean I like how 'different' the footage looks. It's definitely different from any of the previous Superman films before it, and that's a good thing. Director Zack Snyder and producer Christopher Nolan are taking a new approach... ignore all the previous films. They're starting anew, and that means a 'different' look like I just mentioned. There's barely any flying in the trailer, so its too early to judge if it's more or less realistic than Superman Returns (2006). With all that being said, now we look forward to a full fledged trailer. Possibly towards the end of the year, as the movie will not premiere until Summer of 2013. So? What do YOU think about the first trailer to Man of Steel?
Friday, July 20, 2012
It's been four long years. Four long years since we saw HIM ride off into the darkness. Four long years since he took the blame for murders he did not commit. Four long years, fans have waited to see what has become of The Dark Knight. Four long years to see the conclusion of one of the greatest trilogies in film history. Christopher Nolan has given us a Batman that is sure to stay relevant for many years to come. His dark, and grim take on the character and the world he inhabits somehow resonated with people across the world. The trilogy showed us Batman's beginning, also his fall from grace. But today, The Dark Knight Rises!
What I liked about the film:
Michael Caine gives an Oscar worthy performance in his powerful, albeit short, performance. Same goes for Morgan Freeman as the supplier of Batman's toys. Gary Oldman turns in another sincere performance as Commissioner Gordan, Gotham City's top cop. Inception alumni make up the rest of the supporting cast. Joseph Gordon Levitt has a much bigger role than previously expected. He plays a police officer with motives very similar to Bruce Wayne's. Marion Cotillard plays a Wayne Enterprises board member. She has very little screen time as well, but the woman can act with nothing more than her eyes. And speaking of acting with nothing more than eyes.... Tom Hardy plays the masked villain, Bane. But I'll get to him later.
The Special Effects / Spectacle
What I didn't like about the film:
The Dark Knight it is not, but epic it is
Saturday, July 14, 2012
Remember Disney's planned Snow White film, The Order of The Seven? It was set to star Saoirse Ronan (Atonement) and was to take place in Asia. After Mirror, Mirror and Snow White and The Huntsmen, Disney decided to try it's own live-action film about the apple eating princess. But budget issues arose and the film has now been scrapped. It's not that big of a deal that a movie gets scrapped, but let's take a look at a few more examples of how Disney is majorly struggling right now.
All the studios are begging for profitable franchise films they can bank on for years, not just Disney. But John Carter proved something; you can have all the spectacle in the world, if you've made a bad movie, no one will show up to your party. Last year's Green Lantern was no different. Warner Brothers simply kept throwing money at their problem, hoping it would improve the film, and it didn't. A god-awful script was just too much for a shirtless Ryan Reynolds and CGI to overcome.
Lone Ranger budget? The movie was announced with a dream team of filmmakers, all with solid track records. John Carter comes along to throw doubt in every executive, and Disney is forced to cancel the film due to its massive budget. A few weeks later the film gets the go-ahead with a reduced budget. Production is still in progress, but what now? What else could happen to this poor studio? The movie is on its way to going 50 million dollars over budget, placing it right back where it was at when the project was canceled.
I'm not crying over Disney's issues, and neither should you. But these stories do beg the question, what is going on with this studio? It WAS the executive team. I posted a few weeks ago the solution to all their problems, it's Alan Horn. He's been hired to take over as Chairman of the Board. I this these missteps would have been averted with a guy like Horn in the driver's seat. Disney will always have it's animation department and merchandising deals to carry the load, but it'll be interesting to see what else Horn can do to bring it back to greatness.
Hans Zimmer will score the latest Superman film, Man of Steel. I am a huge fan of this man's work. His music can be heard in such films as The Lion King, The Dark Knight and Inception. But the real issue here is, this is a lose/lose situation.
For 2006's Superman Returns, director Bryan Singer opted to stick with the iconic Superman theme created by John Williams for the 1978 film. That theme is what most of us grew up to. That was probably a smart move by Singer. His Superman fit into the universe created in the '78 film, so why screw up a good thing?
But Man of Steel promises a completely revamped Superman. So how does Zimmer win over the fans of the original theme? It's simple, do what he's always done! Zimmer has ALREADY had to come in for another superhero and re-create the theme. In 1989, Danny Elfman also created an iconic theme to a superhero... Batman. When Christopher Nolan rebooted the franchise, Zimmer was able to come in and create an entirely new sound for the character. I love his work and have no doubt he will create a new theme we'll be humming long after watching the film.
John Williams' classic Superman Theme.
Tuesday, July 10, 2012
Assassin's Creed is an unbelievably successful video game franchise. With multiple sequels and a killer story line, it's anyone's guess why it wasn't adapted sooner. Well good news to all the fans of the games... Michael Fassbender will star, and produce, the film!
I think it's safe to say Fassbender officially an A-list actor. His performances in such films as X-Men: First Class and Shame have earned him his status in Hollywood. I think he is a fine choice in pretty much anything, but this will be very interesting.
Video game adaptations generally flop at the box office. For every Resident Evil franchise, there are 15 films like Doom and Prince of Persia. It will be interesting to see the tone the future director selects, and how the studio will market it. Stay tuned.
Tuesday, July 3, 2012
The Amazing Spider-Man is the reboot to the incredibly popular trilogy directed by Sam Raimi and starred Tobey Maguire as the web slinger. It's only been 5 short years since Spider-Man 3, Raimi and Maguire's final crack at the superhero. Sony decided to start a new, and here we are today. Marc Webb became famous after 500 Days of Summer; he was tapped to direct this reboot. Sony's decision had fans scratching their heads. They doubted what the director of a romantic comedy could bring to the table of a big budget action film? I'll get to that in a moment. Then came the "you can't win" casting of Andrew Garfield. I PERSONALLY was excited because I knew the calibur of actor that Garfield was. Also cast was Emma Stone as Gwen Stacy, Peter Parker's love interest. Rhys Ifans plays the villain in the movie, Dr. Curt Connors/The Lizard. Denis Leary plays Gwen Stacy's father and the captain of the police department. Rounding out the cast are Martin Sheen and Sally Field as Uncle Ben and Aunt May. Let's go!
What I liked about the film:
Our New Spider-Man
but damn it I told you so. The actor is terrific. Physically, Garfield is more like the comic book hero than Maguire was (tall and skinny rather than short and ripped). In my opinion, his take on the character was more grounded in reality than the previous trilogy. Then again, everything in this movie was more grounded in reality than the previous trilogy, except maybe the villain. Garfield gets to show off his acting chops in some great scenes with Emma Stone, Martin Sheen and Sally Field. You believe the pain he feels about losing his parents and the mystery behind their leaving him. Garfield's Peter Parker is not as big of a nerd as Maguire's, and that's a good thing. Again, staying grounded in reality made for a better film I think. Nice job.
The Rest of the Cast
Superman (1978); director Richard Donner has gone on record to say, if he could convince the audience that Superman and Lois Lane were in love, he could convince them an actor could fly. Garfield and Stone's real life relationship shined on screen, their chemistry was undeniable. The writers also chose to go the Batman Begins route, and focus on the man behind the mask. And like Batman Begins, it's not until half way through the movie do we even see the character in spandex. Like I've stated above, I liked how much the movie was grounded in reality and how it was about the people, not the action.
James Horner (Avatar, Titanic) wrote a beautiful score. Soft and caring when the movie was too, then grand and epic when it needed to be. And also stealing from Batman Begins, Horner doesn't reveal Spider-Man's new theme until the climax of the film. When scoring Batman Begins, Hans Zimmer stated that the character hadn't yet earned the theme, until the very end. I thought that was an amazing way to use music to reflect the growth of a character. Awesome.
The Special Effects/Action
What I didn't like about the film:
I Finally Care About Spider-Man
Sunday, July 1, 2012
Steven Soderbergh is basically Hollywood royality at this point in his career. The man can do no wrong in the eyes of many. And even if he is perceived to have "done wrong", people throw him a muligan and call it a valiant effort (Haywire). This time around he's telling a much lighter story, one that mirrors the life of its star. Magic Mike is of course being coined "The Male Stripper Movie", that's accurate to a certain extent. It is very loosely based on Channing Tatum's life in Tampa, Florida as a male exotic dancer. Let's go.
What I liked about the film:
The Stars of the Show
Channing Tatum is quickly becoming one of my favorite actors. In the past year, I think he's proven he's a versatile actor; starring in movies with a broad range of subject matter and genres. From The Vow to 21 Jump Street and now Magic Mike. His character is the lead of a male stripper group; in some situations is very carasmatic and totally confident, and in others he has to be vulnerable and weak. I think Tatum is going to have quite the career, watch.
The other guys in the stripper group are really just supporting actors there to show off their bodies. The only supporting actor that gets anything to sink his teeth into is Alex Pettyfer (I Am Number Four). He plays a 19 year old kid that is broke and living with his sister, played by Cody Horn (Flipped). Pettyfer idiolized Tatum's character once he discovers his job and lifestyle. After a few funny events, Pettyfer is now dancing with the group. He did a nice job of showing how fast a young man could fall into an unhealthy lifestyle.
Reid Carolin. Nicely done.
What I didn't like about the film:
Gina Carano in Haywire, and now Horn in this film. Considering she doesn't have much screen time, I'll overlook this aspect of the film.
Not Perfect, but Fun