Archive for July, 2012

Javier Bardem is one of those guys that if I saw him walking towards me I’d cross the street.  Yep, he’s not going to get my ass with that air gun machine he carries around.  Oh, wrong movie…but still, same rules apply here with the latest trailer to the next James Bond title, Skyfall.  We finally get a look at Javier Bardem’s character, Silva, who will be Bond’s creepy nemesis.

Dude looks scary as fuuu…

It would appear, from these trailers, that Bond and M will have a serious falling out and shit breaks bad.  Bond goes on a bit of a hiatus (think The Dark Knight Rises) and comes back when MI6 needs him most.  Maybe.  Probably.  I don’t really know.  All I do know is that this Bond film looks all sorts of badass, it’s a vibe I never got from Quantum of Solace.

The film is out in November.

 

Let’s take a look at what’s new and interesting…or not so interesting…on Blu-ray and DVD this week, 7/31/2012.

 

LOL

Plot: An authentic story that perfectly captures coming of age in today’s digital world, LOL is a remake of the hugely popular 2008 French film LOL (Laughing Out Loud). Starting a new year of high school, Lola (Miley Cyrus), (or “Lol,” as her friends call her), works to find the right balance between family, school, friends and romance. Broken-hearted by her ex, Lol’s world is soon turned upside down when she is surprised to find her best friend, Kyle (Douglas Booth), a musician in an up and coming rock band, could possibly be the love of her life. In her quest towards independence, self-identity and young adulthood, Lol discovers that while Facebook “status” is easy to change; true relationships are worth the effort. — (C) Lionsgate

Cast: Miley Cyrus, Demi Moore, Ashley Greene, Thomas Jane, Douglas Booth

Rating: PG-13

Run Time: 1 hour 37 minutes

Advice: It’s got Miley Cyrus in it…enough said?

 

Hatfields & McCoys

Plot: Dramatization of the bitter blood feud between the two families on the West Virginia/Kentucky border in the years after the Civil War.

Cast: Bill Paxton, Kevin Costner, Tom Berenger, Powers Boothe, Matt Barr, Jena Malone

Rating: NR

Run Time: 6 hours (mini-series)

Advice: First class drama, done surprisingly well by the History channel, with Paxton and Costner shining through.  Definitely worth the 6 hours investment.

It’s no easy task to make a film about the life of the biblical figure Noah and the great flood that washed away the evil of man.  Yet, Darren Aronofsky has undertaken that feat no matter the cost.  He’s assembled an all-star cast that includes Russell Crowe as Noah, Jennifer Connelly as Naameh, and Anthony Hopkins as Methuselah.  Emma Watson, Logan Lerman, and Ray Winstone will also star in the film.  So as you can see, it’s a pretty big affair.

Now word has escaped that Aronofsky plans to include the biblical characters of Cain and Abel, the first descendents of Adam and Eve, in his film.  It’s not known how large of a role the two characters will play in Aronofsky’s Noah, but reports state that the director has tabbed two Icelandic actors, Jóhannes Haukur Jóhannesson and Arnar Dan, to play the parts.

Cain and Abel’s story in the bible happens long before the events of the great flood, where Noah is tasked with building the ark.  As the bible tells it, Cain kills his brother Abel because he is jealous of God’s favor towards Abel.  God then banishes Cain to wander the Earth for 40 years.  It’s an ambitious project Aronofsky has set up, but if anyone can put this all together it’s the Requiem for a Dream and Black Swan director.

Anyone excited for this film?

After last weekend’s The Dark Knight Rises debut was spoiled by senseless violence in Aurora, Colorado – the film’s numbers also took a dip because of it.  I don’t blame movie goers who were a little cautious about taking a trip to the cineplex to see a film about a man dressed up as a bat fighting crime.  Things just don’t seem the same when there’s a tragedy involved.

Thankfully people returned to the movie theaters this weekend in support of escapism, and the real reason we go to the movies – to see films like The Dark Knight Rises.  As it turns out enough people went to the theaters this past weekend to make TDKR the number one film this weekend again, by a long shot.  The movie pulled in nearly $65M in a weekend where the competition wasn’t very stiff.  The 10 day total for TDKR has it just under $300M, lagging about $70M behind where The Dark Knight was at this time four years ago.

The number two film this weekend was Ice Age 4: Continental Drift which managed to pull in a solid $13M, bringing its total to $115M for two weeks.  It’s still the weakest performer at the box office of the franchise.

Number three this weekend was the new film with Ben Stiller and Vince Vaughn, The Watch, which was critically panned.  It only made $13M which is a huge disappointment for a film with as many heavy hitters as this one.

Rounding out the top 5 films was the weekend’s other new film, Step Up: Revolution and Ted, which brought in $12M and $7M respectively.  One more week and Ted is expected to cross the $200M mark, putting it in some elite company.

Here is the full top 10:

*numbers in millions* (TOTAL)

1) The Dark Knight Rises – $64 ($289)

2) Ice Age 4: Continental Drift – $13.3 ($114.8)

3) The Watch – $13 (NEW)

4) Step Up: Revolution – $11.8 (NEW)

5) Ted – $7.3 ($193)

6) The Amazing Spider-Man – $6.8 ($242)

7) Brave – $4.2 ($217.2)

8) Magic Mike – $2.5 ($107.5)

9) Savages – $1.7 ($43.8)

10) Moonrise Kingdom – $1.3 ($38.3)

 

Via Box Office Mojo

With a quick show of hands, how many of you actually paid money to go see Cars 2?  Anyone?  Bueller?  Good, at least we’re on that page together.  When Pixar released Cars back in 2006, it was a fresh take on the open road adventure story about a hot-shot down on his luck, needing new friends to get him back to glory all while being humbled.  It went on to gross more than $244M in the theaters and became one of Disney’s all-time biggest hits.  Obviously, Disney being the venture capitalists that they are, there needed to be a sequel.  Thus we got Cars 2.  YAY!  Seriously though, Cars 2 was so bad it severely damaged Pixar’s reputation as animation studio that didn’t care about corporate box office and appeal factor, they cared more about visuals and telling a worth while story.  If the former happened along the way while they told a sincere story, then so be it.  As it happens, Cars 2 was a direct contradiction to all of the above.  While Cars 2 was a massive failure for the proud studio, it’s apparent that Disney is going to milk this “talking vehicles” story for as long as they can, as evidenced by the teaser trailer seen below for their upcoming film, Planes.

Yes, the movie is called “PLANES”…oh the originality!

Gathering from what I witnessed in the teaser trailer the animated movie will be about a vintage single prop war plane (voiced by Jon Cryer) trying to find a place to fly amongst all these F-18’s and shit.  You know, the story about a figure who’s obsolete but a crisis arises and the world then needs that figure who is obsolete to save the day.  Yep, I can pretty much read you the script now.  It’s basically Toy Story but with air craft.

Either way, it appears that Planes is a Disney Animation project and has nothing to do with Pixar, which is a great thing for Pixar.  Still, how many times are we going to go to the well with the same tired crap?

The film is out in 2013.

According to Marvel Studio’s boss man Kevin Feige, Tony Stark, aka Iron Man, could go the same direction in which Universal has treated James Bond over the years.

In a recent interview with Badass Digest, Feige plainly stated that the actor who plays Iron Man does not have to be the actor in originated the role.   Robert Downey Jr. will be playing Tony Stark/Iron Man for the fourth time in as many films with the upcoming Iron Man 3 due out next year.  It’s a lot of films for one actor to play a character for and it would make sense for Marvel to start thinking about who could carry on the mantle when Downey steps down.

Here’s what Feige had to say;

“I think Bond is a good example. Let’s put it this way: I hope Downey makes a lot of movies for us as Stark. If and when he doesn’t, and I’m still here making these movies, we don’t take him to Afghanistan and have him wounded again. I think we James Bond it.”

As BD suggests, Downey Jr. is getting up there in age (at least comic book movie age) as he’ll be 50 years old when The Avengers 2 is due out.  So his run as a millionaire playboy fighting intergalactic crime might be coming to an end.  However, if RDJ were to just lend his voice to the character rather than be in an actual armored suit, that could prolong his stay as Iron Man.

So who would you like to see take over Stark Industries when RDJ hangs up the suit?  Let’s look at three possibilities, shall we?

Bradley Cooper

Cooper already has that “playboy” look about him.  He’s suave, charming, sexy, and just looks like he’s got money.  All of these are musts when you’re discussing Tony Stark.  Cooper has an established action film to his credit with The A-Team and his role in Limitless required a bit of action acting, so it’s not far fetched to think he could play the role.  I think he would be on Marvel’s short list for actors to replace RDJ as they would want to go to an established actor instead of an up & comer for the part.

 

Joseph Gordon-Levitt

JGL is almost the perfect choice for any casting role in Hollywood right now.  He could not be more popular.  Depending on what DC does with the Batman franchise and if they bring JGL back for future movies, Marvel should not think twice about swooping in and getting JGL to play Tony Stark.  He’s got all the Stark qualities plus he’s young and established.  He’s everyone’s “IT” actor right and could probably pick and choose any project he wanted.  The Iron Man franchise has established Robert Downey Jr. as one of Hollywood’s best and marked the true point of RDJ’s comeback to films.  JGL and Marvel would mutually benefit from suiting up as Iron Man.

 

Shia LaBeouf

Yes I know, currently Shia wouldn’t make a very good Tony Stark – simply because he’d have to do a whole lot of bulking up for the role.  But arguably when Marvel is ready to move on from RDJ as Iron Man, LaBeouf would be entering his 30’s and would, perhaps, be a big toned up.  He’s already one of the biggest stars in Hollywood and he knows how to carry an action film.  It’s basically what his career has been built on, which is a bit odd considering of the background he came from at the Disney Channel.  Either way, LaBeouf – for the wrap he gets – is a pretty good catch for any major film studio.

“Let’s Go To The Movies” is backkkkkk!

Yep, the Friday feature has been on a bit of a hiatus but not to fret, it’s back.  This week’s feature sees Ben Stiller, Vince Vaughn, Jonah Hill, and some British dude that I’ve never heard of discovering aliens as part of their neighborhood watch program.  Another new film this weekend is a new Step Up title, not starring Channing Tatum.

Let’s take a look, shall we?

 

The Watch

Plot: Four everyday suburban guys come together as an excuse to escape their humdrum lives one night a week. But when they accidentally discover that their town has become overrun with aliens posing as ordinary suburbanites, they have no choice but to save their neighborhood — and the world — from total extermination. — (C) 20th Century Fox

Cast: Ben Stiller, Vince Vaughn, Jonah Hill, Richard Ayoade, Rosemarie DeWitt

Rating: R

Run Time: 1 hour 40 minutes

Rotten Tomato Score: 14%

Sample Reviews:

The Washington Post

The Detroit News

My Advice: While the cast is easily the most enticing factor of this movie, it looks like the film relies on the gag humor more than smart, well written jokes.  Which is a shame because with a cast like this, you should be able to laugh at more than dick jokes.

Trailer:

 

Step Up Revolution

Plot: Step Up Revolution is the next installment in the worldwide smash Step Up franchise, which sets the dancing against the vibrant backdrop of Miami. Emily (Kathryn McCormick) arrives in Miami with aspirations of becoming a professional dancer and soon falls in love with Sean (Ryan Guzman), a young man who leads a dance crew in elaborate, cutting-edge flash mobs, called “The Mob.” When a wealthy business man threatens to develop The Mob’s historic neighborhood and displace thousands of people, Emily must band together with Sean and The Mob to turn their performance art into protest art, and risk losing their dreams to fight for a greater cause. — (C) Summit

Cast: Ryan Guzman, Kathryn McCormick, Misha Gabriel, Peter Gallagher, Stephen Boss, Mia Michaels

Rating: PG-13

Run Time: 1 hour 37 minutes

Rotten Tomato Score: 28%

Sample Reviews:

The New York Post

USA Today

My Advice: While the Step Up franchise is familiar, they’ve never claimed to be ground breaking in the plot department.  With that said, if you go into the film with your expectations low and just wanting to see some great dance numbers, than by all means go see this movie.

Trailer: