Disney’s live-action remakes, absent in 2018, are going to flood cinemas in 2019. The Mouse House currently has THREE scheduled for release in FOUR months next year: Dumbo in March, Aladdin in May, and The Lion King in July. That’s probably at least one too many for all to succeed. The Lion King is a lock, Aladdin is probably in the most precarious position only a few weeks after Avengers 4, Dumbo was a wild card. Now, after seeing this, I have to say, I’m looking forward to seeing what Burton has done with the film. The original debuted six weeks before Pearl Harbor in 1941 and, obviously, it’s going to undergo a lot of “reimagining”. It’s tough to tell a lot from a teaser trailer, but this looks better than I had hoped. More below from Coming Soon. Continue reading Dumbo Teaser #1 (2019) *A Whole Lotta Disney Coming Your Way in 2019*
Each Thursday we look at what is going to be coming out in theaters this weekend, show you the trailers for the big releases, predict the box office winner and just generally give you enough of a carrot to pull you through the rest of the work week. September 30th offers both compelling reasons to go to the theater with four new releases and stay at home to binge-watch Marvel’s newest Netflix series. Continue reading In Theaters This Week (9/30/2016) – Deepwater Horizon, Miss Peregrine, Masterminds, Luke Cage, The Queen of Katwe
If you haven’t read the Peregrine series of books by Ransom Riggs, by all means, do so! When I read it, I thought, “This is kind of Tim Burton’s X-Men as a period piece.” So it’s appropriate that Burton will direct the film, which I hope will mark his return to AAA status as a director.
The movie is based on the novel by Ransom Riggs and it stars Eva Green, Asa Butterfield, Ella Purnell, Chris O’Dowd, Allison Janney, Terence Stamp, Kim Dickens, Rupert Everett, Judi Dench, and Samuel L. Jackson. Continue reading Trailer Time: Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children Trailer #1 (2016) *Is Burton Back?*
Before Casino Royale, the venerable Bond franchise had become a joke. Quite literally. Michael Meyers and his Austin Powers films so thoroughly lampooned the camp and plot tropes of the Bond franchise that it teetered on the edge of extinction. Pierce Brosnan’s tenure as bond started out wonderfully with Goldeneye, but by the time he’d filmed his last film, the series seemed painfully accurate to Meyers parody and a pale shadow of the gritty and more relevant Bourne films. I’m not exaggerating at the Powers film impact. If you ask Daniel Craig why his Bond has been a darker, grimmer, grittier version, he’ll simply say, “Michael Meyers (rather naughty word) us.” Continue reading My Favorite Scene: Casino Royale (2006) “African Rundown”
300: Rise of an Empire isn’t a prequel to 300 and it isn’t a sequel to 300. I’ve heard the word “sidequel” coined to describe it and that’s very good. Essentially this movie takes place before, during and after the events depicted in 300.
I love 300. It’s over-the-top, stylized violent testosterone in such a concentrated dose of manliness that your TV may grow hair just playing it. Here’s the thing about 300 though: it was unique. No one had ever seen anything like the film and it depicted (in a fairly accurate fashion if you overlook the mutants and warrior rhinos) one of the greatest battles; one of the greatest stories in the history of war: Thermopylae. Adapted from Frank Miller’s amazing graphic novel, the film is a gory tribute to the bravery of a culture made immortal. What 300: Rise of an Empire is….I really couldn’t tell you. Continue reading Movie Review: 300 Rise of an Empire (2014) *SPOILERS*