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Movie Breakdown: The November Man

August 28, 2014

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People are doing traditional-style reviews all over the web, so we decided to try something different.  In each “breakdown” we’ll take a look at what a film’s marketing led us to believe, how the movie actually played, and then what we learned from it all.  Read on!

The Impression:

“You know what we used to call you? The November Man, because after you passed through, nothing lived.”  PIERCE BROSNAN IS BACK.

The Reality:

There’s really not a whole lot to say about The November Man.  It’s a generic, uninspired and convoluted spy thriller that feels like it was made in the 90s, shelved and then dusted off only because Relativity had a hole in their release schedule.  You shouldn’t bother seeing it.

By the way, I did go into The November Man thinking that even if it wasn’t any good, Pierce Brosnan would come through with some of the charm and charisma that made him famous.  Nope!  His performance is so uneven and disconnected that it made me wonder why he even made the film.  Here’s hoping that his poor effort is due to him being in a bad film and not because he’s transitioned into the “mailing it in” portion of his career.

The Lesson:

Does anyone have Liam Neeson’s phone number?  Pierce Brosnan needs it.

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Weekly Movie News Rundown

August 23, 2014

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Time for your weekly movie news update!  Below you’ll find a slew of sentences meant to provide a brief glimpse of what’s been going on over the past week in movieland.  If something leaves you desperate for more info, then my advice is to do a little extra research on one or all of the following fantastic sites:  Latino Review, Dark Horizons, Ain’t It Cool News, CHUD and/or JoBlo.  Read on!

Matthew McConaughey may portray Randall Flag in the upcoming adaptation of Stephen King’s The Stand.  Josh Boone (The Fault In Our Stars) is attached to direct.

Cate Blanchett, Christian Bale and Benedict Cumberbatch have joined the cast of Jungle Book: Origins.  The film will be Andy Serkis’ directorial debut.

Akiva Goldsman is reportedly in talks to pen the script for The Ring 3D.

Shane Black is set to direct the adaptation of William Murphy’s book series The Destroyer.  The books are centered around a character named Remo Williams, who works for a top secret branch of the US government.

David Yates may direct the first entry in the Harry Potter spin-off trilogy, Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them.

Zach Lipovsky (Leprechaun: Origins) has been hired to direct the adaptation of the zombie-centric video game Dead Rising.

Relativity Studios have started working on a sequel for The November Man.  Pierce Brosnan will reprise his role.

Ving Rhames has signed on to appear in Missions Impossible 5.

Steve Martin may star in Disney’s Magic Camp.  The movie is said to be about a straight-laced banker who returns to his childhood camp as a counselor.

Andrew Dominik (Killing Me Softly) is set to write a 3D remake of Shaolin Temple.  Justin Lin is expected to direct.

Rumor has it that Jennifer Lawrence has landed a role in Quentin Tarantino’s The Hateful Eight.

Mark Wahlberg may star in a movie based on the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

Todd Phillips (The Hangover trilogy) may direct Bradley Cooper in an adaptation of the pulp novel series The Executioner, which follows anti-terrorist operative Mack Bolan.

Kevin Smith will direct Johnny Depp in Yoga Hosers.  It’s said to follow two Canadian teenage girls who join forces with an investigator to battle a threat to the Earth.

Paul Giamatti will portray Ruthless Records co-founder and NWA manager Jerry Heller in Straight Outta Compton.

Edgar Wright, Simon Pegg and Nick Frost recently noted that they’re in the very early stages of what could be another loosely connected trilogy.

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Movie Breakdown: Sin City: A Dame To Kill For

August 22, 2014

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People are doing traditional-style reviews all over the web, so we decided to try something different.  In each “breakdown” we’ll take a look at what a film’s marketing led us to believe, how the movie actually played, and then what we learned from it all.  Read on!

The Impression:

After a nearly decade-long break, Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller return to Sin City.

The Reality:

I didn’t go into Sin City: A Dame To Kill For expecting a lot, and yet it still somehow managed to be a massive disappointment.  No other film put out in 2014 has featured so many soulless characters or nonsensical plot points, and – here’s what really got me – nothing else released this year has been more boring than Sin City: A Dame To Kill For.  There is honestly not a single entertaining moment to be found anywhere in the damn thing, and I don’t really know why.  The source material is a violent, stylistic graphic novel with over the top characters, but Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller deliver a flat film that’s nothing but indistinguishable monologues and poorly executed action pieces.  To be honest, if I didn’t know any better, I’d think that Rodriguez and Miller had never even seen the original Sin City.

Unless you’re on the hunt for a woeful time at the theater, do not bother with Sin City: A Dame To Kill For.

The Lesson:

Sometimes “one and done” is the way to go.

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Movie Breakdown: The Trip To Italy (Noah)

August 21, 2014

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People are doing traditional-style reviews all over the web, so we decided to try something different.  In each “breakdown” we’ll take a look at what a film’s marketing led us to believe, how the movie actually played, and then what we learned from it all.  Read on!

The Impression:

If you enjoyed the pleasure of the Coogan/Brydon dramedy The Trip, you should only be excited for another, more Italian outing with the two. I certainly am.

The Reality:

The Trip to Italy is a film that’s very, very much like it’s predecessor. Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon, playing (possibly) exaggerated versions of themselves, are tasked by The Observer to drive around Italy (in the last film it was England) and review six restaurants. Along the way, the two talented comedians talk, do impressions, eat a ton of food, give each other shit, and generally have a damn good time of it. This is not a film where a lot happens, but plot isn’t what’s on display to enjoy. Instead The Trip to Italy (and its predecessor) are films about two men getting older. Where The Trip focused on Coogan’s character, an actor just on the brink of something else struggling with drugs and alcohol, The Trip to Italy focuses on Brydon. Here Brydon is husband and father pushing against the soft walls of domesticity. Brydon, a impressionist and caricature, carries the film, imbuing his over-the-top humor with a sense of loneliness, especially in the moments where he actually converses with his own characters. In both men, you see the common worries of aging just below surface, their needs, wants and motivations suddenly changed. It’s a testament to the skill of director Michael Winterbottom that this film is still, in parts, laugh out loud funny. These are very, very skilled comedians and they’re able to broadcast their inner qualms while facing off in a Marlon Brando imitation duel, or talking to a Pompeii mummy. It lags a bit, but in the slow, peaceful way a lackadaisical drive through the country might. And when the film lingers to a close with Coogan and his son swimming off the Amalfi Coast, and Brydon watching from above, no real conclusion has been drawn, but that’s the point – this is life, and life doesn’t have any clean cut endings.

The Lesson:

I hope this becomes the British equivalent of Linklater’s Before Sunrise films, with Winterbottom returning to these two characters time and time again, to see where they are, and just how their lives have progressed.

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Movie Breakdown: The Possession Of Michael King (Noah)

August 19, 2014

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People are doing traditional-style reviews all over the web, so we decided to try something different.  In each “breakdown” we’ll take a look at what a film’s marketing led us to believe, how the movie actually played, and then what we learned from it all.  Read on!

The Impression:

You know, more than a few of the screeners I’ve watched over the last year or so have been so bad that instead of having nightmares I have endless loops of them that play across my dreams. The Possession of Michael King though is put out by Anchor Bay, horror archivists and all around badasses, so I have hope.

The Reality:

David Jung’s found footage, possession film does a good job to make not one (possession), but two (found footage) tired concepts seem just a little more believable. Michael King (Shane Johnson), he of the possession, has lost his wife to a freak car accident. A documentary filmmaker, he’s decided to try and cross the boundaries of the afterlife to try and find her. To do so, he engages in a string of demon summonings (some plausible, some laughable), his camera on at all times, and well, it just doesn’t turn out so good. The film, cobbled together from the remains of King’s footage, follows the slow, and painfully physical, transformation as King goes from loving and grieving father to a portal for some horrible monster. It’s a creepy film, not doubt about it, and Jung wrings every creepy bit of exorcism fare he can from the premise. There’s weird neck snapping, vomiting, demonic body lifting, creepy voices, and everything else you might associate with demonic possession. What Jung, and Shane Johnson do best though, is show what a slow demonic possession might look, feel and hear like. Johnson’s King is a smarmy disbeliever, who is slowly pulled down the demonic possession rabbit hole. From a strange static noise that infiltrates his every thought to the appearance of tiny ants to a strange circle of blood that fills in around his eyes, this movie works because we feel every beat of the gradual progress of King’s condition. Jung also does what so few horror directors do anymore – he elevates the threat level to a point where you think that King, under the influence of the demon, will do anything. It isn’t always fantastic – King and his family seem almost too perfect, and Jung’s flashback scenes are cloying – but it brings the chills in fine amount, and it makes Jung a horror director to follow.

The Lesson:

Don’t summon demons. It never works out well.

Look for The Possession Of Michael King on DVD/VOD on 8/26.

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Weekly Movie News Rundown

August 16, 2014

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Time for your weekly movie news update!  Below you’ll find a slew of sentences meant to provide a brief glimpse of what’s been going on over the past week in movieland.  If something leaves you desperate for more info, then my advice is to do a little extra research on one or all of the following fantastic sites:  Latino Review, Dark Horizons, Ain’t It Cool News, CHUD and/or JoBlo.  Read on!

Godzilla 2 has been given a release date of June 8, 2018.  Gareth Edwards will return to direct the sequel.

Martin Lawrence recently said that Bad Boys 3 is going to happen.

Tom Hiddleston may star in Timur Bekmambetov’s remake of Ben-Hur.

Kevin Costner, Ryan Reynolds, Gary Oldman, Gal Gadot and Tommy Lee Jones will star in Criminals.  The film is said to center around a prison inmate who is given a dead CIA operative’s memories so that he stop a diabolical plot.

Will Beall (Gangster Squad) and Kurt Johnstad (300) have been hired to pen individual scripts for Aquaman.  The best one will get made.

Vin Diesel let it slip that he may star in an Inhumans film for Marvel.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2 will arrive in theaters on June 6, 2016.

Sylvester Stallone recently noted that he’s begun to train for Rambo V.

The Brad Pitt-lead Fury will now be released on October 17 instead of November 14.

Rumor has it that Michael Bay will pass on directing Transformers 5.

If you’d like to engage in some Star Wars: Episode VII spoilers, there’s plenty to be had here, here, here and here.

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Movie Breakdown: Frank (Noah)

August 15, 2014

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People are doing traditional-style reviews all over the web, so we decided to try something different.  In each “breakdown” we’ll take a look at what a film’s marketing led us to believe, how the movie actually played, and then what we learned from it all.  Read on!

The Impression:

This is a movie where a world famous movie star wears a giant paper mache head for the entire film. I’d say I’m pretty excited.

The Reality:

Lenny Abrahamson’s Frank is an impressively strange, and at times wonderful film, that comes loaded with an armada’s worth of observations about the indie music world. So many in fact that when the film ends, you wonder just where exactly Abrahamson and Jon Ronson (the writer of the screenplay and the original article on which it was based) stand on the whole thing. Domhnall Gleeson plays Jon, a British 20-something stranded in a dead-end suburb with, seemingly, no musical talent and an ambition to be a star. When he stumbles across a crumbling band in need of a keyboardist, his dreams, or so he believes, suddenly come true. Enter Frank (Michael Fassbender), the leader of the band, a former mental patient, and a man who wears a giant paper mache mask on his head. At all times. To say that the band (who’s name is so egregiously, and purposefully indie, that I won’t take the time to write it out here) is opposed to success is an understatement, but Jon – a product of the new world of tweeting ‘n’ tumblin’ – wants more. And thus a story is born. The film though, doesn’t live or die by the strength of it’s narrative. This is a film about big personalities crashing against each other, and when Abrahamson gives the time to just let Fassbender (a marvel, even in a fully face covering mask) play his character to his most bizzare extremes, the film feels downright perfect. But this is 2014 and just letting characters smash and bash their personalities against each other is no longer any sort of definition for a film, and thus Abrahamson drops some convenient goals, and even more convenient plot devices to get it moving. These moments, where narrative suddenly jumps out over weirdness, never feel completely true, and you find yourself yearning for Frank to just do to his thing. More so the film struggles to ever pinpoint what it’s saying. Is this is a film about the dwindling authenticity of music? A film about role of mental anguish in creation? A film about the world of social media and what it’s done to a little thing called fandom? Abrahamson and Ronson never say enough to make it clear, and thus the film becomes merely a quirky oddity, nothing more, nothing less.

The Lesson:

Just let the freak flag fly, brother.

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Movie Breakdown: The Expendables 3

August 15, 2014

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People are doing traditional-style reviews all over the web, so we decided to try something different.  In each “breakdown” we’ll take a look at what a film’s marketing led us to believe, how the movie actually played, and then what we learned from it all.  Read on!

The Impression:

The Expendables are back for a third round of explosions and whatnot.  Mel Gibson is the villain.

The Reality:

Let’s face it, the Expendables films just are what they are, and you know that when you sit down to watch one you’re going to get something that’s loud, dumb, violent, weirdly meta and thoroughly ridiculous.  With that being said, I did go into the third entry hoping for something a little more than what the first two films in the series delivered.  I wanted to see a break in the formula (film opens with crazy Expendables mission, something terrible happens, the team gets inspired and enters a battle they can’t possibly win) and a real attempt to just make the wildest action movie of all time.  But it didn’t happen.  I will say this about The Expendables 3 though, it’s the most fun flick in the trilogy.  While it’s about 20 minutes too long and does nothing fresh story-wise, the selection of new old faces (Wesley Snipes, Antonio Banderas, Kelsey Grammar, Harrison Ford) and young ones (Victor Ortiz, Glen Powell, Ronda Rousey, Kellan Lutz) is totally on point.  They each churn out enthusiastic performances, so the movie often has an infectious amount of energy driving it.  It’s just too bad the lot of them didn’t get to appear in a better film.

So, should you see it?  If you just want to see stuff blow up, then the answer is yes.  If you’re looking for something that will re-arrange your “favorite action films of all time” list, then I think you’re better off skipping it.

The Lesson:

Keep ‘em coming, I guess.

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Movie Breakdown: What If

August 14, 2014

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People are doing traditional-style reviews all over the web, so we decided to try something different.  In each “breakdown” we’ll take a look at what a film’s marketing led us to believe, how the movie actually played, and then what we learned from it all.  Read on!

The Impression:

Harry Potter and Ruby Sparks star in a romantic comedy.

The Reality:

While I do feel slightly hoodwinked that a movie called What If doesn’t feature anything particularly imaginative and is pretty much just like every other romantic comedy that’s ever been released, I still liked it.  This is largely due to how the film features rather charming and engaging performances from its leads, Daniel Radcliffe and Zoe Kazan.  The pair are a great on-screen match, and I was actually less concerned with the plot moving along and more interested in just watching them hangout and talk.  It also helps that aside from one poorly implemented slapstick moment, director Michael Dowse does his best to keep What If coated in normalcy, so the film never gets too goofy or unbelievable.  You can actually watch it, relate to it, and have fun with it without wanting to roll your eyes out of your head.  What a crazy concept!

What If won’t blow you away, but it’s a solid little flick.  Matinee it after brunch.

The Lesson:

Radcliffe and Kazan both deserve more gigs.

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Movie Breakdown: Septic Man (Noah)

August 14, 2014

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People are doing traditional-style reviews all over the web, so we decided to try something different.  In each “breakdown” we’ll take a look at what a film’s marketing led us to believe, how the movie actually played, and then what we learned from it all.  Read on!

The Impression:

Supposedly this film premiered at Fantastic Fest last year to stunningly bad reviews, somehow got picked up by some digital subsidiary of Starz, and is now making the rounds on VOD. I’ve put off watching it for almost two weeks now.

The Reality:

I’m of two minds on the idea of “not knowing where a movie is going”. On one hand, say like Korean revenge thriller I Saw The Devil, the film stealthily pulls you along a formulated path and then boom, pulls the carpet out from under you, leaving you on the edge of your seat, wondering what might come next. In a film like Septic Man though, the debut film from director Jesse Thomas Cook, you start with the stomach-curdling vision of a sick woman puking and shitting for two minutes before thrusting the viewer into the life of a moralistic, well, septic man who’s selected by a top secret, er, something to help rid the town of some, er, plague. It’s so confusing, and to be honest, downright boring, that you never know what the director is going to throw your way. At times it feels like a psychological drama (well, drama is a strong word…) and at others it feels like The Dark Knight Returns version of the Troma classic (well, classic is a strong word…) The Toxic Avenger. At the end of the day though, all of the baffling tonal shifts amount to a guy sitting in a puddle of piss and shit, slowly growing boils on his face. There’s other stuff – two psychotic brothers, some teeth filing, a little necro-cannibalism, a female character who does things – but when all is said and done, Jesse Thomas Cook and crew have made a film that wants to be a gross-out, horror-romp, but turns out to be a confusing, dull mess with a little boil pus and throw-up on the side.

The Lesson:

VOD is a dark and dangerous place.

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Movie Breakdown: The Giver

August 14, 2014

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People are doing traditional-style reviews all over the web, so we decided to try something different.  In each “breakdown” we’ll take a look at what a film’s marketing led us to believe, how the movie actually played, and then what we learned from it all.  Read on!

The Impression:

Famed novel The Giver finally lands on the silver screen.

The Reality:

I didn’t like The Giver.  I thought it was really bland and too concerned with trying to emulate the sprawl and action of other young adult films like The Hunger Games and Divergent (also might as well toss the upcoming Maze Runner in there, too).  It could have been a film with a big message – one that strongly supports freedom of choice and not being afraid of the highs and lows of life – and a real change of pace for the YA genre, but instead Phillip Noyce directs it in a way that glosses over anything of substance and instead focuses only on the dystopian portion of the story.  So, The Giver is nothing but the usual ambiguous government officials, elaborate class systems and so on that we’ve seen over and over again.  What a wasted opportunity.

By the way, I know some of you will run out to theater anyways because of your everlasting love for the book, but I promise that you won’t get anything close to what you’re hoping for.  The film is 94 minutes of pure disappointment that’s led by Noyce’s totally uninspired direction, a thin plot and a poor performance by Brenton Thwaites (he portrays Jonas).  Don’t let your nostalgia for the book trick you!

The Lesson:

Something something Indian Giver.

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Weekly Movie News Rundown

August 9, 2014

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Time for your weekly movie news update!  Below you’ll find a slew of sentences meant to provide a brief glimpse of what’s been going on over the past week in movieland.  If something leaves you desperate for more info, then my advice is to do a little extra research on one or all of the following fantastic sites:  Latino Review, Dark Horizons, Ain’t It Cool News, CHUD and/or JoBlo.  Read on!

The rights to Anne Rice’s The Vampire Chronicles have been picked up by Universal.

Samuel L. Jackson and Kevin Hart will star in The Black Phantom.  It’s said to be a buddy comedy.

Terminator: Genisys is officially the name of the new Terminator movie.

Richard Linklater has reportedly decided to not direct the remake of The Incredible Mr. Limpet.

Taylor Kitsch has reportedly been offered the lead role in the remake of The Raid.

Paul Feig (Bridesmaids) is reportedly looking at writing, directing and producing a female-centric Ghostbusters 3.

Eli Roth’s The Green Inferno has been removed from Open World’s release schedule.  No word yet on what will happen with the film.

Judd Apatow is set to produce a movie from the Lonely Island tro – Andy Samberg, Akiva Schaffer and Jorma Taccone.

Scott Adkins (Ninja: Shadow of a Tear) and Tony Jaa (Ong Bak) have been cast in the remake of Kickboxer.  Dave Bautista (Guardians of the Galaxy), Georges St. Pieree (Captain America: The Winter Solider) and Alain Moussi (X-Men: Days of Future Past) are already set to appear in the movie.

Newcomer Daisy Ridley is expected to appear in Star Wars: Episode VII, VIII and IX.

Burr Steers (Igby Goes Down) is set to direct Pride And Prejudice And Zombies.  Lily James (Downton Abbey), Sam Riley (Maleficent) and Bella Heathcote (Dark Shadows) have been cast in the film.

Tom Cruise has reportedly been offered the lead role in South China Sea.  The movie is said to be an action thriller set on water.

Terry Gilliam recently noted that he hopes to shoot his eternally-gestating The Man Who Killed Don Quixote after Christmas.

Eric Bana may star opposite Rooney Mara in Jim Sheridan’s adaptation of Sebastian Barry’s The Secret Scripture.  The story centers around a woman at a mental hospital.

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Movie Breakdown: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

August 7, 2014

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People are doing traditional-style reviews all over the web, so we decided to try something different.  In each “breakdown” we’ll take a look at what a film’s marketing led us to believe, how the movie actually played, and then what we learned from it all.  Read on!

The Impression:

Time for a new version of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.  This time around the pizza loving quartet are fully CG and directed by Jonathan Liebesman (Wrath of the Titans).  Megan Fox is also hanging about.  Cowabunga?

The Reality:

If you ask me, there are two types of viewers for the new big screen version of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.  There are children who didn’t experience the surge of turtle-related things in the 90s, and then there are those who have been fans of TMNT for 15-20 years.

Those who are the former will probably find the movie to be a pretty fun time.  After all, it has a quick pace, the effects are well done and there are plenty of goofy moments that will undoubtedly crack a kid’s shit right up.

But I imagine you’re not a child.  You’re probably (to some degree) a turtle veteran, and I’ll tell you straight up that you’re going to scoff at just about the entire film.  You won’t like Shredder wearing an Iron Man-like suit, or how weird Splinter looks, or the somewhat human look of the turtles, or the unnecessarily connected backstories, or – and this is the big one – the way that the film is as much about Megan Fox’s April O’Neil as it is Leo, Don, Mikey or Raph.  Personally, I didn’t find it too difficult to look past a lot of the changes made to characters and whatnot (hey, what appeals to kids is an ever-evolving thing), but even as I write this review I’m still lost as to why the “Heroes in a Half Shell” didn’t take up 85-90% of the screen time.  Shouldn’t that have been the easiest part to get right?  Who the hell has been asking for more April O’Neil?

Anyhow, do yourself a favor and toss on the original 90s movie or the 2003 animated effort instead of heading to theaters to see 2014′s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

The Lesson:

Needs more Turtle Power.

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Weekly Movie News Rundown

August 2, 2014

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Time for your weekly movie news update!  Below you’ll find a slew of sentences meant to provide a brief glimpse of what’s been going on over the past week in movieland.  If something leaves you desperate for more info, then my advice is to do a little extra research on one or all of the following fantastic sites:  Latino Review, Dark Horizons, Ain’t It Cool News, CHUD and/or JoBlo.  Read on!

Alex Kurtzman will kick off Universal’s new monster series by directing a reboot of The Mummy.

Elle Fanning is set to be the lead in an adaptation of All The Bright Places.

Jamie Foxx is set to star in a currently untitled Mike Tyson biopic.  Terence Winter (Wolf of Wall Street) is currently writing the script.

Joe Cornish (Attack The Block) may direct Skull Island, which is said to be a King Kong origin story.

Bill Murray will voice Baloo in Jon Favreau’s version The Jungle Book.  In case you missed it, Christopher Walken is King Louie, Ben Kingsley is Bagheera, Lupita Nyong’o is Raksha, Idris Elba is Shere Khan and Scarlett Johansson is Kaa.

Will Ferrell may portray Russ Meyer in Russ & Roger Go Beyond.  The movie is said to detail the relationship between Meyer and Roger Ebert.

Frank Darabont is officially set to direct The Huntsman.  It’s due out April 22, 2016.  Chris Hemsworth and Charlize Theron will return for the sequel.

Edward Zick (The Last Samurai) will co-write and direct an adaptation of the manga Soul Reviver.

Quentin Tarantino’s The Hateful Eight will be shoot in 70mm and it’ll be out next year.

Eva Green may join the cast of Tim Burton’s Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children.  The film is said to follow a boy trying to protect a group of orhpans on a mysterious island.

Paul Greengrass may direct an adaptation of Agent Storm.  The film will center around the true story of Morten Storm, an Islamic radical who became a double agent for the CIA, MI6 and Danish Intelligence.

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Movie Breakdown: Guardians Of The Galaxy

July 31, 2014

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People are doing traditional-style reviews all over the web, so we decided to try something different.  In each “breakdown” we’ll take a look at what a film’s marketing led us to believe, how the movie actually played, and then what we learned from it all.  Read on!

The Impression:

Marvel momentarily tosses the Avengers aside to focus on a team made up of Chris Pratt, a Vin Diesel-voiced tree, a Bradley Cooper-voiced raccoon and a green Zoe Saldana.  James Gunn (PG-Porn) directs.

The Reality:

I really enjoyed Guardians of the Galaxy.  It’s director James Gunn’s best work, the “a-holes turned reluctantly heroic a-holes” storyline is a lot of fun, pretty much all of the characters are immensely likeable, and its less than overt ties to the rest of Marvel’s universe means it feels (refreshingly, I might add) more like a standalone entry than a setup film.  If you’ve been looking forward to it, then you will not be disappointed.

And what about those of you who haven’t been anxiously awaiting its arrival?  Well, that depends.  If you’re open to a quirky space adventure (imagine a more over the top Fifth Element), then the answer is a definite yes.  If you’re hoping for a superhero-centric time at the theater, then I feel as though I should warn you that Guardians of the Galaxy is not that kind of movie.  It is very much its own colorful load of sci fi that’s complete with a full-on bizarro deep space vibe, and you won’t find a costumed hero anywhere in it.  Hopefully that doesn’t sound too bad to you though, as the super fun time that is Guardians of the Galaxy shouldn’t be missed.

The Lesson:

And the Marvel machine rolls on.

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