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?
Only a few more months. I keep telling myself that. Only a few more months. Two and a half months to be precise. God, it’s so long.
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part II debuts in theaters on July 15, 2011, and Warner Brothers just released the new trailer for the finale to the epic franchise. It is… decent. And by decent, I mean kick-ass. Every indication (seven quality movies, an awesome book, etc.) suggests the movie is going to be amazing.
Fast Five races into theaters this Friday, promising more mindless, over-the-top action from the franchise that unfortunately keeps on giving.
Believe it or not, it’s been ten years since the Fast and Furious franchise launched Vin Diesel into stardom – and it’s the perfect time to talk a look back at the throaty bald actor. Despite being best known for doing action movies, many of his best films are in other genres.
Without further ado, here are the best movies of Vin Diesel’s career…
Movies often come in pairs, but in the case of Skyline and Battle: Los Angeles, it is more than just mere coincidence. Much has been made about the similarities between the two alien invasion films, most notably that when the Aaron Eckhart-starring Battle: Los Angeles debuted in theaters this March, many critics and moviegoers asked, “Didn’t this same movie get released last fall?”
The latest installment in the action-thriller The Fast and The Furious series, Fast Five, starring Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson, Vin Diesel, and Paul Walker, races into theaters April 29! So, it’s only natural that we give away the first four movies on Blu-Ray to one lucky winner. Could that be you? Yes. Yes, it could be you.
In the dawning age of Blu-Ray and high definition, one studio that benefits more than most is Disney-Pixar. Not only do their Blu-Ray releases give us an excuse to relive the great movies they’ve produced over the last two decades, but Pixar films look absolutely great in high definition. The Incredibles, recently released to Blu-Ray, is no different.
Hanna, the newest film from Joe Wright (Atonement, Pride & Prejudice) demonstrates again why he is one of the best young directors working today. Wright’s proven skills with character, story and captivating, often sweeping visuals help for a smooth transition into the action/thriller genre.