Rather than a continuation of the weirdness that was Prometheus, FOX is going back to basics with its Aliens series. Neil Blomkamp (District 9, Elysium, Chappie) has signed to direct a fifth film in the series that will give Ellen Ripley’s story “a proper ending”. From his words in the Coming Soon article below, it seems like Blomkamp will bypass Aliens 3 and 4, much like Bryan Singer did with The Man of Steel’s series in Superman Returns. I can’t think of a director more suited to getting the Aliens series back on track than Blomkamp. My only disappointment was I was hoping he’d do one of the Star Wars spin-offs, but this certainly isn’t a bad consolation prize. Sigourney Weaver will return to the role and has expressed confidence in Blomkamp’s ability to finish Ripley’s story.
Ok, time stabbers. Now that we’ve settled the great and weighty questions about the best of last year, we can begin to look forward to when movies really come out (cough May cough). The first huge film of the year is Avengers: Age of Ultron, and my question to you is this: Who is Your Favorite Avenger? I’ve added in the three new members (Quicksilver, Scarlet Witch and Vision) who will be making their debut in Age of Ultron as well as the team from the first film. Cast your votes and in a few weeks we’ll crown the winner.
Lincoln is a supremely frustrating movie for me, and exemplifies everything that’s gone wrong with Steven Spielberg as a director. The opening scene is almost laughable. It seems like something out of a third grade play. As always, Spielberg couldn’t end his film when he had the perfect moment (the long way down the hall on the way to Ford’s Theatre). This film, though it wandered a bit in-between these moments, was about the passage of the 13th Amendment. Everyone knows Lincoln was assassinated. It would have been a far more poignant ending to see him walking to his death then to spend another twenty minutes showing it.
HOWEVER, Lincoln is still a must-see film because it contains one of the best performances by any actor in any role ever. Daniel Day-Lewis is famous for subsuming himself into the characters he portrays, but his Oscar-winning turn as our 16th President was on another level altogether. Lewis had to overcome everyone’s preconceptions of who Lincoln was and turn him into a real man for the audience. That’s a tough task when you’re talking about the most deified figure in American history. This scene is fantastic, but almost any time Lewis is on the screen you can’t help but marvel at the deftness with which he pulled off one of the great performances of all-time. I just wish he’d had a director who could have shaped a better movie around it.
The House of Cards phenomenon returns to Netflix this week (though it’ll be hard to top the shock value of the beginning of season two). The Golden Globe winning drama that put Netflix on the creative map will see all 13 episodes of season three posted at 12:01 a.m. PST Friday, February 27, 2015. Time to put on your binge watching pants. See below for a synopsis of “Chapter 27″, then tune in to see Kevin Spacey do his best work since The Usual Suspects.
Claire discovers that a drone with stealth technology is being used to track the sexual, clandestine excursions of capital hill targets. The developer of the classified tracking technology was a school friend of the late Vicent Foster.