Disney continues their assault on our wallets, tilling their back catalogue of animated films and characters for live action fodder. So far, their efforts have been successful with Maleficent, Jungle Book and Cinderella scoring big. But how will they do with a remake of 1977’s Pete’s Dragon? Trailer and review after the break.
I knew that Independence Day: Resurgence was going to happen. One of the most iconic 90’s movie, an assured cast, good SFX, a captive US 4th of July audience and a decent box office haul meant a sequel was going to happen. So here we all are twenty years later, ready for the follow up with new and old cast members together. Does it work? Was it worth the wait? Trailer and review after the break.
Well, it’s that time of the year when the Cineworld Dublin puts on the bulk of its Asian cinema releases. I caught Stephen Chow’s The Mermaid earlier but League of Gods flew by my site surfing and I decided to give it a whirl. CG, Jet Li, Tony Leung being evil, Fan Bingbing being eviler and a race to see how many special effects you can have on screen in a Chinese film. Trailer and review after the break.
If nothing else, Return of the Killer Tomatoes is proof that you don’t need to see an obscure film in order to get sucked into its sequel. Attack of the Killer Tomatoes was a weird, funny film but when its first sequel came out in 1988, few people would have remembered instantly the first movie. And why would you when you have George Clooney as a sidekick, the gorgeous Karen Mistal as Tara and John Astin hamming it up as the evil and insane Prof. Gangreen? Trailer and review after the break.
The outsider is a figure that looms large on the horizon of most literature. The figure is both a figure of fear and one of transformation. Bad outsiders can destroy the status quo and force the hero/es to become better in order to triumph. Good ones destroy the evil that the rest of the cast cannot hope to fight as they are known quantities to the antagonists. But who gets to decide how an outsider is viewed by people on the inside? For better or worse, Zack Snyder’s sequel to Man of Steel deals with the emotional paranoia that comes with a world struggling to deal with the idea of the first son of Krypton.
I’m reminded, watching the film we’re going to look at now, of that line from Predator by Arnold Schwarzenegger: “So you cooked up a story and dropped the six of us in a meatgrinder?” Because that’s largely what happens in Pride & Prejudice & Zombies, the film we didn’t know we needed until now. How will the world of Jane Austen and Zombies be after it was all over? Trailer and answers after the jump.
[NOTE: there is a major spoiler in this review and I’ll flag it before it happens]
At its heart, Creed is a lot of things. A story of personal triumph over adversity. A great sporting film. A story of a man who never knew his father and never wanted one. A tale of a warrior who found out the hardest battles are the ones in his heart. A love story of two people who will lose something by being alone and gain something by being together. But most important of all, it’s the story of a boxer who wanted to know if, like his father and mentor before him, he can go the distance.
I suppose I should start by saying that I love Pam Grier in every film she’s in. There’s something about the way she looks, smiles and threatens and then carries out threats to shoot people. You can see her working everything out beforehand. But the films she does are not always as good. Case in point, Sheba, Baby.
While nothing can come close to the masterpiece that is Jaws, you can’t blame studios for trying to come up with ripoffs and derivatives. Of course, everyone waited to see what Universal Pictures would do and in a stunning turn of events, that surprised no one, made a sequel to their killer fish film and called it Jaws 2. The history of sequels to popular movies has never been good but is this one different?
In a perfect world, Walter Hill’s record as a director would be unblemished. Streets Of Fire, 48 Hours, The Warriors, Southern Comfort, Red Heat. Any of them would define the 70’s and 80’s in American cinema and its goals. Unfortunately, everybody’s run ends somewhere. Hill’s ended with this abomination of a film, Supernova, and took him over twelve years to be trusted with another movie. Which is sad given that the film could have been a great film both in terms of pacing and execution.