Chinese remakes of American films, especially romantic comedies, have not had a great trail run. Only You with Tang Wei and Liao Fan disappeared without a trace and even the great Andy Lou and Gong Li couldn’t stop What Women Want from just existing. We’re now in the third round and the champ’s not looking so good. So can the golden girl of Chinese cinema, Shu Qi, save the remake of 1997’s My Best Friend’s Wedding?
Explore Capricorn Theater’s first theme season with Summer of 1986, a series of short reviews focusing on the summer films released in 1986. Today’s review: Labyrinth.
Blog Comment is a spotlight on a movie related blog post that caught my eye recently. This link is from TCM’s Movie Morlock’s blog.
I’m not sure what the point of the Swinging Cheerleaders is but I’m pretty sure it’s got something to do with the main character Kate learning to like being in an oppressive patriarchy and her new football jock beau, Buck, learning to not treat women like dirt. Oh, and there’s cheerleading going on in between. Review and trailer after the break.
Have you ever wanted a slasher movie where the drama is more important than the kills? Some nubile young people, a murdering nutter, a batpoop insane curse, hammy acting and more combine to make up the crazy Satan’s Blade, a film that prides itself with withholding just the twist and only the twist. 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.
It’s painfully heartwarming to watch movies set in your home country. While the US, UK and Europe have a fine tradition of rolling their eyes at their fellow countrymen and women on screen, here in Ireland we are woefully bereft for truly Irish stories. John Carney’s Sing Street takes a different path than our normal output and yet stays true to its roots. Trailer and review after the break
Anthologies are tricky things. Studios don’t like them anymore and people have no modern experience with them so can they still work? In 10 Cloverfield Lane, producer J.J. Abrams and director Dan Trachtenberg take the DNA of the earlier smash hit and populate it into a nightmarish thriller where there is no escape, no help and no one to save the cast from itself. Trailer and review after the break
From the opening shot of Zootopia with its school recital, the film is firmly in hero Judy Hoops corner. She is an anomaly, wanting to be a police officer, because she’s a bunny and bunnies work on farms or at the very least, work quaint office jobs. So when she leaves Bunnyburrow for the big city, everything in her past tells her she’s making a mistake. But the minute she plays “Try Everything” by Shakira (as the character Gazelle) in her headphones and sees the tall spires of Zootopia, Judy and we are in for a different kind of Disney adventure.