Johnny Depp is probably the greatest actor alive that people are sick to death of. It’s not that Depp still isn’t amazingly talented. He has one of the best cameos in recent history reprising the character that started his career in 21 Jump Street and was promisingly menacing in a small role that heralded his entry into The Wizarding World in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. What people are tired of is the massively eccentric takes on characters like The Mad Hatter, Tonto, Willy Wonka, and even his best character from his best film: Captain Jack Sparrow. Depp definitely needs to be kept away from Tim Burton for the rest of their careers because when they get together all they seem to do is feed the weirdest parts of their collective id. So why was Pirates 5 a financial success if everyone is so sick of him? I think it’s because they can tell he still has the talent that made him one of the most popular stars in the world, and they’re hoping he can find his way out of his Bermuda Triangle of personal eccentricity back to the actor he’s capable of being.
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Some movies have a quality to them that allow for infinite repeat viewings. WhatCulture (another must-subscribe channel on YouTube) has identified the 10 most rewatchable films made so far this century. This could be because the film is so funny that it makes you smile on the worst of days (Anchorman), because it’s such an entertaining and riveting film that it never gets old (Skyfall, The Dark Knight), or because you HAVE to watch it several times to truly appreciate what a brilliant work of art it is (Memento, Inception). Christopher Nolan directed three of What Culture’s picks and I can’t disagree. I doubt I’d have picked Super Bad or Kill Bill, but otherwise it’s a list that I completely agree lends itself to endless repeat viewings.
22 Jump Street was just as surprisingly as much fun as 21 Jump Street and 23 Jump Street is going forward (announced just today). How that jives with the end of the film, which flashes through every possible Jump Street scenario possible, who knows? As long as Phil Lord and Chris Miller are involved, the stupid awesomeness will continue. 22 Jump Street hits stores on DVD and Blu Ray on November 18, 2014. Full details on special features below: Continue reading 22 Jump Street Blu Ray/DVD Date and Details
It blows my mind that the same two guys who brought us The LEGO Movie are responsible for 21 and now 22 Jump Street. Phil Lord and Christopher MIller have my attention forever. If you think that making a sequel to 21 Jump Street is a horrible idea, the movie agrees with you and steamrolls over most of your objections in a way that nearly breaks the fourth wall but just skirts the edge. Think Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum look WAY too old to be undercover at a college? SO DO THE STUDENTS! They make relentlessly hilarious jokes at Tatum and Hill’s expense the entire film.
Tatum and Hill have a fantastic comedic chemistry and here’s the deal: if you liked 21 Jump Street, you’ll like 22 Jump Street. It makes not a bit of effort to deviate from the formula that made the first movie work. If anything, it’s sillier and looser in plot because they’re all just clearly having such a blast being around each other. While there’s nothing that can top Depp’s cameo from the first film, seeing what Jump Streets XXIII – LXVII would have been is nearly as good. Chris Miller and Phil Lord made me laugh again and are responsible for two of the five best movies of 2014 so far.
Latest vs. Greatest looks at directors, actors, actresses, screenwriters and composers to assess the state of their career as it stands. We’ll look back at the latest 10 movies the artist has done, rate them and then average them out to see where they stand today. We’ll also rank their 10 greatest movies and give them the same treatment to compare what they have been doing to their very best work. (A quick side-note: if an artist is/has been a regular on a TV show we’ll also grade the seasons individually; artists need 10 projects to qualify).
If there’s an actor more maddening and frustrating to movie lovers than Johnny Depp, I can’t come up with a name. Depp is, undeniably, monumentally talented. He’s preternaturally gifted at physical comedy, drama and every nuance to be found between the two. From his first film Friday the 13th, to his breakout stardom on TV in 21 Jump Street, Depp moved from teen idol to eclectic indie film star. He was rather notorious for never doing blockbuster films. Then, in 2003, a movie based on a ride at Disneyland of all things catapulted him into mega-stardom and, simultaneously, began a chain of events that have laid low his entire career. Continue reading Johnny Depp’s Latest 10 Movies vs. Greatest 10 Movies