Johnny Depp is often praised as one of the best actors working today. And he is. But that doesn’t mean he doesn’t make a few stinkers here and there. In fact, as his popularity has risen the quality of his movies have decreased dramatically, primarily thanks to his unholy union with Tim Burton.
The Jason Statham-starring The Mechanic shoots its way onto Blu-Ray and DVD on May 17, 2011!
Arthur Bishop is a ‘mechanic’ – an elite assassin with a strict code and unique talent for cleanly eliminating targets. It’s a job that requires professional perfection and total detachment, and Bishop is the best in the business. But when his mentor and close friend Harry is murdered, Bishop is anything but detached. His next assignment is self-imposed – he wants those responsible dead.
Paul Bettany has a thing for God. That much is clear. His new movie Priest, in which he plays a priest in a dystopian future where vampires and a corrupt church are in constant battle, opens in theaters today. Last year, he played an angel who attempts to fend off an army of demons in Legion. In The Da Vinci Code, he played an obsessively dedicated servant of God. And in The Reckoning, he plays a priest in medieval times.
From the writers of the blockbuster hit Taken comes another revenge flick – Colombiana- this one starring the much-better-looking Zoe Saldana (Star Trek). In the movie, Saldana stars as a pissed off young woman who, after witnessing her parents’ death as a child has grown up to be a stone-cold assassin.
Writing this article pains me. Growing up, I was a massive Green Lantern fan. I read plenty of comic books, but Green Lantern was one of the few comics I actually subscribed to. The comic was great, and I read it until I lost interest in comic books as a whole.
I’ve been waiting for a movie for years, and when it was announced that Martin Campbell, the director of Goldeneye and Casino Royale, I got even more excited.
Testosterone and thunder collide with the release of Thor, the first official blockbuster of the summer movie season and a precursor to next year’s The Avengers. The movie, curiously helmed by Shakespearean director Kenneth Branagh, is an entertaining start to the season but unfortunately not the knock-your-socks action extravaganza you may be expecting.
I received a phone call from a friend the other day. He was inviting me over to watch Hobo With a Shotgun, which comes to select theaters in May but is already available On Demand. He was paying, so I watched it. The movie cost $10 via Comcast, and all I can say is thank God the grindhouse movie was billed to him and not me. Hobo with a Shotgun is one of the worst movies I’ve seen in a long time.
Kathryn Bigelow and screenwriter Mark Boal are praising the Gods right now as their yet-to-be-titled project about the hunt for Osama Bin Laden is still in the writing stage – meaning they can make adjustments to depict the raid that led to the notorious terrorist’s death. Even more to their fortune, the duo – responsible for the Oscar-winning The Hurt Locker – has been following a special military unit for quite some time. The same special military unit responsible for the Bin Laden’s death.
It’s a shocker, I know. To even think Universal would consider a sixth Fast and Furious movie is beyond me! I mean, it’s not like the fifth movie – Fast Five – has made nearly $200 million in its first few days of release. It’s not like it made $86 million in the United States during its opening weekend.
Wait! What? It met those numbers? It’s going to double its $120 million production budget by the end of the week?
For those of you who were skeptical about Seth Rogen as superhero The Green Hornet, now’s your chance. The movie is now available on DVD and Blu-Ray, which means you can buy it or rent it or watch it and love it forever. Or at least for two hours, which is how long the movie is.
The Fast and Furious series is one of the strangest franchises in existence. After a financially successful albeit shoddy launch, Universal lost one of its stars to a terrible sequel and nearly killed the franchise when it lost the other and moved to Japan. Then the confusingly titled Fast and Furious erupted in a big way, ensuring the franchise, Vin Diesel and Paul Walker several more sequels for the years to come.
Revenge is a dish best served cold. In Faster, it’s served through the drive thru window.
In the first couple minutes of Faster, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson’s unnamed character is released from prison. He steps outside, looks both direction, and then starts running. He finds his car and screeches out of the lot, determined to begin his killing spree. No time wasted, no rest for the weary.
The trailer for the stylish new swords-and-sandals epic Immortalsis now online, and it looks… interesting. From director Tarsem Singh (The Cell) and written by Charles Parlapanides and Vlas Parlapanide, the movie is a hyper-stylized R-rated action film with bold speeches, beautiful women, angry men, angrier Gods and a whole lot of violence.
The first time I watched the trailer, I wasn’t blown away, but having watched it a second time… I’m looking forward to this movie. The action looks pretty cool, and the money shot with the four arrows at the end of the trailer is pretty bad ass.
It also provides an opportunity to see the new Superman Henry Cavill in action. He stars alongside Stephen Dorff, Isabel Lucas, Freida Pinto, Luka Evans, Kellan Lutz, with John Hurt and Mickey Rourke.
Immortals looks like it falls between 300 and Clash of the Titans, which isn’t necessarily a good thing. Both of those films were huge hits, but audiences will likely perceive it as a 300-wannabe. Furthermore, with the bad taste of Titans - which has much more brand recognition – it will also look like a movie attempting to capitalize on that film’s success.
Those perceptions are hard to shrug off. Relativity Media is going to have it’s hands full convincing audiences otherwise, but the trailer – with its slick visuals and powerful score – goes a long way. What do you think?