Alita: Battle Angel Trailer #1 (2018) *Will Hollywood Finally Get Anime Right?*

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For more than a decade, James Cameron was working on an adaptation of Yukito Kishiro’s manga Battle Angel Alita, before handing off directing duties to Spy Kids / Machete / Sin Citydirector Robert Rodriguez. That project is finally moving forward: Alita: Battle Angel is scheduled to hit theaters next year, and today, 20th Century Fox released an initial trailer, in which its main character falls squarely into the uncanny valley. Continue reading Alita: Battle Angel Trailer #1 (2018) *Will Hollywood Finally Get Anime Right?*

Blade Runner 2049 Blu Ray Special Features and Release Date

Ryan Gosling in Blade Runner 2049

I loved Blade Runner 2049, box office disappointment that it was, and currently have it as my #2 film of 2017.  I can’t wait to own this one and dive into the special features when it hits stores in January.  Full details below (you can read my Blade Runner 2049 Review here).

Warner Brothers today announced the release of Blade Runner 2049 on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Combo Pack, Blu-ray 3D Combo Pack, Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD and Digital HD. From Oscar-nominated director Denis Villeneuve (Arrival) comes Alcon Entertainment’s science fiction thriller Blade Runner 2049.  

You can own it early on Digital on December 26, with the Blu-ray debuting on January 16. Continue reading Blade Runner 2049 Blu Ray Special Features and Release Date

No Formal “In Theaters” Column for 12/8/17

There’s just an informal “In Theaters” column this week as there is only one new wide release, and Morgan Freeman and Tommy Lee Jones in Just Getting Started is getting the kind of reviews that ensure that it never will.  To recap, KT picked Coco and Justice League to stay #1 and #2 at the box office last weekend, and so they did, and so they shall again.  James Franco’s The Disaster Artist did better in limited release than Episode VII did, but even in wide release this weekend is going to look the same as the previous two.  Coco puts Disney on top three weeks in a row going into next week’s box office steamrolling by Star Wars: The Last Jedi, which should keep Disney on top at least another three.  The mouse is ruling the box office until mid next-month.

 

My Favorite Scene: The Mask (1994) “Cuban Pete”

Over the past few weeks, we’ve been looking at Jim Carrey.  We looked at his story and his motivation for the career that made him, at one time, the biggest star in the world.  We also looked at Jim Carrey as he is today and how he feels like he had to shed the “Jim Carrey” mask we all thought was the real him to find some peace in his life.  Ironically, I think a movie about a magic mask is Carrey’s best comedic work.

The Mask is based on a much darker comic book from Dark Horse that served as a perfect vehicle to highlight Carrey’s astounding elasticity as a physical comedian; literally giving him the opportunity to become a human cartoon in the perfect setting.  No one else could have made The Mask work.  It’s a zany, over-the-top screwball comedy/super hero film.  There isn’t anyone else who could have made its absurdity work while keeping the film believable within the insane confines of its own boundaries.  The perfect example is “Cuban Pete”.  The Mask is cornered by a horde of police and the film breaks out into full-on musical number.  Who else could have made that work and not have had the film go completely off-the-rails?

I’m sad that Carrey seems like he’s pretty much done, though he hasn’t made anything really great since 2004.  Of his comedies, The Mask and Liar Liar are my favorite, but The Mask is an overall better film, and one of the most underrated comic book adaptations.  It’s sad that we won’t get more of the Jim Carrey that we all thought we knew, but after hearing him talk, I’d rather he leave us the work he did and find his own peace rather than follow the tragic path so many other comedic stars have burned out along.
Jim Carrey in The Mask

Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi International Trailers #2 & 3 “It’s The Only Way To Become Who You Were Meant to Be”

The second and third international trailers for Star Wars Episode VIII have dropped.  While the second offers only a little additional dialogue from Kylo in his speech about killing the past, the third gives some new footage.  Unlike all the other trailers, the third international trailer, reminds us that The Last Jedi is picking up right where The Force Awakens left off (the first time there has never been a time lapse of at least a year between Saga episodes).  We also get a quick look inside Canto Bight and a little more of the Battle of Crait.  10 days, people, we’re down to 10 days!!!!

In Star Wars: The Last Jedi, the Skywalker saga continues as the heroes of The Force Awakens join the galactic legends in an epic adventure that unlocks age-old mysteries of the Force and shocking revelations of the past. The film stars Mark Hamill, the late Carrie Fisher, Adam Driver, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Lupita Nyong’o, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, Anthony Daniels, Gwendoline Christie, Kelly Marie Tran, Laura Dern and Benicio Del Toro.

Star Wars: The Last Jedi International Poster

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