Archive for March, 2013

No one really wanted a sequel to the original G.I. Joe: Rise of the Cobra – mainly because a giant pile of crap – but when it was announced nearly a year ago that the follow-up would be delayed from a late summer 2012 release to a early spring 2013 in order to “refine the project”, I had a small slimmer of hope.  This weekend’s top film is none other than the sequel, G.I. Joe: Retaliation, raking in $41M at the box office.  It’s not nearly as large as its original, but it’s a better film as a whole and will likely end up making back its budget in its first 5 weeks (read: until Iron Man 3 releases).   Retaliation stars Dwayne Johnson, and he’s been known as a bit of a franchise revivalist as of late (see: Fast and the Furious), so it’ll be interesting to see if there will be a third film.

Second at the box office was Dreamworks’ latest animated title The Croods which had another strong showing with $26M, bringing its two week total to $88M.  The animation company is probably heaving a sigh of relief realizing that they’re likely going to make back their money a lot sooner than they first thought.

Third this weekend was yet another piss poor Tyler Perry film, Temptations: Confessions of a Marriage Counselor.  The film brought in a surprising $22M, which is right on par with just about all of Tyler Perry’s films.

Rounding out the top five were the Gerard Butler Die Har…I mean…Olympus Has Fallen and Disney’s Oz the Great and Powerful.  The film’s brought in $14M and $11.6M respectively.

Here’s the full top 10:

*Numbers in millions* (TOTAL)

1) G.I. Joe: Retaliation – $41.2 (NEW)

2) The Croods – $26.5 ($88.6)

3) Tyler Perry’s Temptation: Confessions of a Marriage Counselor – $22.3 (NEW)

4) Olympus Has Fallen – $14 ($54.7)

5) Oz the Great and Powerful – $11.6 ($198.2)

6) The Host – $11 (NEW)

7) The Call – $4.8 ($39.4)

8) Admission – $3.2 ($11.7)

9) Spring Breakers – $2.7 (10.1)

10) The Incredible Burt Wonderstone – $1.3 ($20.5)

 

Via Box Office Mojo

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‘Spring Breakers’ review

Posted: March 31, 2013 in Movies, Reviews

Every now and then there comes along a film that lures us in and slaps us in the face with appalling gall and bravado.  Spring Breakers is one of those movies.   Director Harmony Korine, known for nothing you’ve ever seen, takes the premise of good Disney girls gone bad and delivers upon a teens fantasy.

Spring Breakers is a film about four college girls who are stuck in a drab town going to a drab school studying for drab tests.  It’s a vicious cycle that one of the girls, Faith (Selena Gomez), points out being the reason why everyone is so depressed getting a higher education.  They long for the adventures and wildness of spring break in St. Petersburg, Florida.  Candy (Vanessa Hudgens) and Brit (Ashley Benson) are the thrill seekers of the bunch.  When the group comes up short on money needed to get to Florida it’s Candy and Brit who take it upon themselves to put some ski masks on and rob a local diner.   Cotty (Rachel Korine), the last of the bunch, is more or less there along for the ride.  She’s more moral support for Candy and Brit than anything else.  The three loosey-goosey’s are joined by Faith who wants to be a good Christian (hence the name) but is stuck longing for her friends wild ways.

They eventually make it to Florida and the partying commences, and while Korine’s directing style is not for everyone, most of the film’s montage party scenes make for one lone music video – with tits.  It’s this reason alone that you can tolerate all of Korine’s obnoxious musical choices because it accurately depicts what spring break is, in the eyes of MTV viewers.

After the group of girls ends up in jail we’re quickly acquainted with Alien (masterfully played by James Franco), a small time crook who’s got bigger aspirations than just drug peddling.  Alien takes a liking to the girls, especially Faith, and bails them out of jail.  Once Alien takes over the film, Spring Breakers becomes an iconic film.  Alien is an iconic character, built on delusions and grandeur.  Alien’s lifestyle quickly alienates (see what I did there?) both Faith and Cotty, who split for home.  But Candy and Brit are Alien’s “soulmates” and they’re willing to literally ride-or-die with him as a turf war with Alien’s childhood friend, Archie (Gucci Mane), escalates beyond repair.

I’m not going to tell you that the premise of Spring Breakers is anything worth writing home about, because it’s not.  There’s no fulfillment with the story, and most of the characters are about as shallow as the movie itself.  However, James Franco seems like he was born to play his character – a cornrow wearing, metal plated teeth having, gangster who drives a 1995 Chevy Camaro Z28 with money sign spinners and a license plate that says “BALLR”.  Alien has an insane amount of depth but practically because Franco allows us to see the character’s inside.  One particular scene where Alien is courting both Candy and Brit in his bedroom spouting “look at my shit!” as guns and money fill the room.  He spouts “look at my shit” as he sprays Calvin Klein fragrances on his bare body.  He’s a model of “big eyes little stomach” as it concerns to always wanting more.  It’s a motive that serves the film well, for as long as it lasts.

Along with Franco’s great performance Gomez and Hudgens give surprisingly refreshing performances as well.  If you’ve seen Hudgens in anything Disney, her Spring Breakers role will have you blushing and squirming in your seat – wondering if this film was just a big “fuck you” to Disney.

Spring Breakers is not a great film, don’t go into it thinking that it is, but you’ll come for the boobs and stay for the intrigue of crazy characters.

The Dark Knight Rises director Christopher Nolan – one of Hollywood’s biggest names – reportedly wants Matthew McConaughey to star in his next film, the science-fiction affair Interstellar.

Deadline reports that Matthew McConaughey has been offered the lead in the film, which is about a group of physicists who embark on a journey to explore wormholes and other dimensions.  The story will be based off of Kip Thorne’s gravitational theories with the screenplay being written by Christopher Nolan’s brother, Jonathan Nolan.

Once upon a time Interstellar was firmly in the hands of Steven Spielberg to direct but that fell through and it was thought the project was dead.  Supposedly the character McConaughey would be playing is named “Cooper”.  Not much to go on, but still.

McConaughey’s career has been such a rollercoaster that the line between A-list actor and B-lister has become blurred.   McConaughey really put the movie world on notice with his stellar performance in A Time to Kill and went on to have moderate success with roles in Contact, Amistad, and The Newton Boys.  Those films launched McConaughey’s career to A-list status and his horizons broadened with big budget films such as U-571, Reign of Fire, and Sahara.  However, those film’s were chalked up to a bag of mixed reviews and relegated to McConaughey to rom-com actor with films such as How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days, Failure to Launch, and Ghosts of Girlfriend’s Past.  Sure, McConaughey had nice films along the way such as We Are Marshall, Two for the Money, and Fool’s Gold (none of which were received well critically), the guy’s career was just sputtering.

Then The Lincoln Lawyer happened and all of the sudden McConaughey’s prospects were looking up.  He did the smart thing though, McConaughey stayed in the low light and honed his craft.  Taking lead roles in small budget films that showcased his acting skills instead of him prancing around without his shirt on.  McConaughey’s next four films after The Lincoln LawyerBernie, Killer Joe, Mud, and Magic Mike – have catapulted him back into the A-list category and is probably the main reason why Nolan wants him to star in his next film.  Sure, Interstellar is going to be a big budget affair, and yes McConaughey has been said to be a bit eccentric when it comes to the parts he chooses to play, but really, can you say no to Christopher Nolan?  The guy single-handily launched Christian Bale’s career.

Interstellar is due to release in the fall of 2014.

Via Cinemablend

After months of promises and weeks of speculation, Fox has finally released a full length trailer to the upcoming Hugh Jackman film The Wolverine.

Yesterday we got a teaser to a teaser with a six second clip that revealed Jean Grey’s presence in the film, now we’ve got the international trailer to watch.  However, the trailer being of the “international” variety likely means that we’ll soon be getting a domestic trailer that could be entirely different.

I’ll keep you guys posted on that one.

The trailer reveals what the film will be about.  Logan/Wolverine wants to become mortal, he’s done with being a mutant and goes to China because of a promise of mortality.  However it appears as if he gets more than he’s bargained for and has to quickly decide if that’s a life that he really wants.  I don’t know how much of The Wolverine is going to die into X-Men: Days of Future Past but it looks like it could set up that film nicely, at least from a Wolverine aspect.

The Wolverine is out in July.

Yesterday a six second clip from an upcoming trailer for The Wolverine was leaked and the footage revealed some major casting spoilers that probably didn’t have to be unveiled just yet.  The internet was in an uproar over yet another teaser for a teaser to the film which led to the movie’s director, James Mangold, taking to Twitter to apologize.

“I misinterpreted THE WOLVERINE roll out. We are going directly from Tweaser to full 2min Teaser tomorrow. No in-betweenty. Sorry!”

The clip, released via Vine, shows some Wolverine action but also revealed Famke Janssen reprising her character of Jean Grey/Pheonix.  Grey is a character that we’ve grown close to in the past X-Men but was not known to be in the upcoming The Wolverine film.   Mangold himself has said that The Wolverine takes place after the X-Men have disbanded and stated that there is a sense of “isolation” to “Logan”.

Janssen’s role could be more of a dream sequence/mirage type based on the scene from the clip, but yet we don’t know.  The full trailer is set to be unleashed tomorrow.

For now you can gaze at the film’s new movie poster:

Dreamworks have been in a bit of a slump lately.  The second largest film animation company hasn’t had a global blockbuster since 2010’s How to Train Your Dragon.  Meanwhile, domestically last summer’s Madagascar 3 did just fine, but I have a feeling that Dreamworks was banking on something bigger to start their 2013, and that thought was The Croods.   The film about a family of cavemen forced to flee their rocky home in search of greener pastures cost the animation company $135M to make and pulled in a steady $44M over the weekend.  It’s Dreamworks’ best opening since Mastermind and How to Train Your Dragon.  It’s certainly better than the company’s last animated romp, The Guardians, which took 11 days to pull in $44M – over Thanksgiving to boot.   The Croods is pretty much the only animated film to release from now until late May when Epic releases, so it’s pretty safe to say that the movie will make its money.

Second at the box office this weekend was the R-rated action surprise, Olympus Has Fallen, directed by Antoine Fuqua (Training Day) and starring Gerrard Butler.  The film received pretty favorable reviews for a Fuqua/Butler team up and showed it’s stripes at the box office.  Olympus managed to pull in $30M over the weekend, making it the biggest R-rated opening of 2013, so far.

In third place was Disney’s Oz the Great and Powerful, which had dominated the box office the past two weeks.  It managed to bring in $22M, and for third place in March – that’s still pretty damn good and is just another sign that there really is no “Summer Movie Season”, it never ends.  The film has made $177M to date and puts it on track to become one of Disney’s highest grossing films.

Rounding out the top five is the Halle Berry thriller The Call and the Tina Rey/Paul Rudd comedy Admission.  The films brought in $8.7M and $6.4M, respectively.

Here is the full top 10:

*Numbers in millions* (TOTAL)

1) The Croods – $44.7 (NEW)

2) Olympus Has Fallen – $30.5 (NEW)

3) Oz the Great and Powerful – $22 ($177.5)

4) The Call – $8.7 ($30.9)

5) Admission – $6.4 (NEW)

6) Spring Breakers – $5 ($5.4)

7) The Incredible Burt Wonderstone – $4.2 ($17.3)

8) Jack the Giant Slayer – $2.9 ($59)

9) Identity Thief – $2.5 ($127.7)

10) Snitch – $1.9 ($40.3)

 

Via Box Office Mojo

Let’s face it, everyone’s willing to forget the monstrosity that was Warner Bros. Green Lantern that was shortly in theaters back in 2011.  However, Hal Jordan himself – Ryan Reynolds – has gone on record as stating that he’s in no hurry to reprise that role.  The good news is though is that he’s really anxious to chop up bitches as Deadpool.

In a recent interview with Empire, Reynolds states that he’s not willing to make the same mistake twice.  Something that he’s probably learned since 2011 wasn’t his best ever.  After Green Lantern flopped (well, didn’t really flop per say, but didn’t do as well as the WB had hoped), his buddy comedy The Change-Up definitely did flop.  Reynolds has been seen sparingly since – his Safe House action/thriller with Denzel was OK.

Empire asks Reynolds if he’d be willing to reprise his role as the Green Lantern/Hal Jordan if a Justice League movie does end up getting made.

“If you’re going to do comic book movies in that vein, you really have to get them right,” Reynolds explains. “I believe that Joss Whedon is the guy that just nails it and Christopher Nolan obviously nails it. So if they were gonna’ do it like that, it would be an interesting thing to do.”

However, Reynolds admits that being Hal Jordan again probably wouldn’t be that “interesting”;

“It’s just that… working on Green Lantern, I saw how difficult it is to make that concept palatable, and how confused it all can be when you don’t really know exactly where you’re going with it or you don’t really know how to access that world properly – that world comic book fans have been accessing for decades and falling in love with. So at this point I have very little interest in joining that kind of world. But, you know, a great script and a good director can always turn that around.”

Reynolds was then asked about reprising a certain other superhero he once played (poorly written, but that’s a debate for another day) – Deadpool.   Reynolds is excited about the potential for a Deadpool spin-off film, but understands – like the rest of us – that it’s probably not going to happen.

“I love Deadpool and there is a script that’s in development. But it’s so, so far into the R-rated zone… it’s a nearly NC-17 world and I just don’t know if the studio would ever risk their reputation doing it. We’ve been developing it and we would never wanna do it unless you could it that R-rated way, so…[It’s] got a similar tone [to Zombieland], almost. They wrote it and they developed it as well and, you know, it’s sitting there. You could do it for a pittance compared to the modern sort of epic scale superhero movies, but it’s about a guy who knows he’s in a movie and knows he’s in a comic book, who is deeply mentally disturbed and hyper violent. And that’s tough to get by a studio.”

I’d love to see a very R-rated Deadpool film, but Reynolds is right, Fox may not want to stake their reputation with the property on such a ballsy movie.

For now though, you can see Reynolds in his next film R.I.P.D. in which he plays a ghost cop who teams up with another ghost cop (Jeff Daniels) to try to find the man that murdered him.  It’s a comedy…or is supposed to be.  Don’t take my word for it though.