Monthly Archives: August 2012

Joseph Gordon-Levitt: Can he be a leading man?

Joseph Gordon-Levitt conquered the indie-film world with such films like Brick and The Lookout, and really caught the eyes of the rest of Hollywood when he played Tom Hanson, the hopeless romantic leading man in the hit film 500 Days of Summer. But, after not many people rushed out to see Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s recent film, Premium Rush, as it only took in about 6 million dollars, Gordon-Levitt is on the box-office seesaw. (I made that term up…don’t steal it…looking at you Wikipedia.) Does Gordon-Levitt really have what it take to be a leading man and bring in the dough, or is he destined to be a supporting character until he bids farewell?

Gordon-Levitt has obviously brought in the big bucks as part of an ensemble cast, and in hugely hyped films like Inception and The Dark Knight Rises, and even G.I Joe, but to a lesser extent (way lesser extent…like Hasbro lesser.) But, when Gordon-Levitt decides to take leading man position, he fails big time, evident by Premium Rush.

Gordon-Levitt seems to succeed when he takes on leading roles in smaller movies, because that’s what made him flourish to begin with, that is what he is good at. He was fantastic in smaller movies like 50/50 and Hesher, but then again, his next upcoming film, Looper, has him playing some strange mesh-up, younger version of Bruce Willis, and judging by trailers, this one doesn’t seem to be all that amazing. Although, Gordon-Levitt’s good buddy, Rian Johnson (Brick) is behind it, so perhaps it will help the film.

In November, Levitt will also have a role in Spielberg’s highly anticipated Lincoln, which is sure to bring in a lot of people and perhaps even accolades. After that, Gordon-Levitt will take a shot at writing and directing Don Jon’s Addiction, a film in which he is also starring in, and will be one of those small films that Gordon-Levitt exceeds in.

At only 31, Gordon-Levitt has still carved out a fantastic film resume, and only time will tell if he can really become a huge box office draw on his own. For now, Gordon-Levitt should ease back into smaller films, and into roles that allows him to show everyone just what a fantastic actor he is.

Or he can always make a sequel to Angels in the Outfield (a real sequel, not that lame one with Matthew Lawrence). If he does this, everyone would be in the theaters in a heartbeat, and by everyone I mean only me.

Thanks, Joe.

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5 new fall shows we hope to “fall” for

Now that the summer season is winding down, and the kids are going back to school, it’s time to for us adults to go back to our responsibilities: watching television (bonus points if you still watch television shows on an actual television). The fall season calls for dozens and dozens of new shows, more than half will see the axe in a flash, but here are five shows we’ll be rooting for.

The Mindy Project: Have a quirky girl tackle life’s issues, add a few funny friends, and you have Fox’s hit show New Girl. Well, you also have Mindy Kaling’s (the Office) new show “The Mindy Project.” Hot on the success of New Girl, Fox will once again try to cash in on this formula and hope for the same success. Mindy Kaling comedic skills deserves center stage attention, so here’s hoping this one has legs and an audience.

Go On: Matthew “Chandler” Perry is hoping that third time is a charm for him. After Friends,  Perry has had two failed shows (Studio 60, Mr. Sunshine) and is putting his money on this third effort, Go on. Perry stars as a sportscaster who turns to a grief group after his wife dies. While the premise doesn’t exactly have me “dying” in laughter, one can only hope that this show lives up to the expectations, or it might be the beginning of the end of Perry’s career. Okay, I’m done with the death puns.

Chicago Fire: Jesse Spencer goes from cutting people open, to now saving them from burning buildings in NBC’s Chicago Fire. In Chicago Fire, we follow a bunch of hot firefighters as they save lives and sleep with each other. It’s Grey’s Anatomy in a firehouse, so that should be enough for viewers to tune in. On “House” I also felt Jesse Spencer’s character was the most interesting after House himself, so it will be nice if he can catch my attention again this time around.

Revolution: After the culture phenomenon that “Lost” was, networks have been trying for years to think up of another concept that will have similar effect. J.J. Abrams fingers will be all over this one as well (that may sound a bit strange out of context) and NBC will be hoping that their show about a world thrown into darkness, will be one that people stick around for.

The Mob Doctor: Because we’re still tending to our House wounds, Fox is hoping that another medical drama will be suffice. In Mob Doctor, Jordana Spiro stars as a doctor who is working for the Mafia in order to pay off her brother’s debt. The premise sounds promising, but one can not help think whether viewers will be saying “it’s good, but it’s no House” and whether that will hurt it. Regardless, life (and TV life) goes on, and we’re hoping this doctor will reel us in quick.

And on the seventh day, God said “Let there be DVR’s.”

 

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Arnold and Sly reel back the 80’s

Looks like Doc Brown himself has gun it to 88 mph and taken us all back to the 80’s, because it certainly feels that way in the movie world lately. Well, more specifically, it feels that way because past action heroes from the screen have decided to show their face again…and boy do their faces have some miles on them.

While this weekend’s big release, The Expendables 2, has everyone from Jean-Claude Van Damme to Walker Texas Ranger himself making an appearance, the movies two most recognizable faces, Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger, have already decided to continue on making movies. This week, both of these action stars released trailers to their new movies:

The Last Stand: Arnold makes sure to make as many references to his old age, and time away from the screen in this trailer. So much actually, that you can forgive him for how awful this really looks, and just appreciate the fact that he’s far, far away from a podium. (Jan 18th 2013)

Bullet to the Head: Compared to Arnold, Sylvester Stallone’s acting seems to be a bit more seasoned…although he does look like a piece of meat, so that’s not really fair to Arnold. In this trailer, Sly states “This is the last time, I’ll never do this again,” but as much cheese that comes out of this trailer, it’s what we love about it.  So here’s hoping that Sly continues making these films. (February 1st 2013)

And hey, if these movies kick ass, maybe we can do Arnold and Sly a favor and have dinner at Planet Hollywood. Just kidding.

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Bloody Hell, How about that Olympic Closing Ceremony

For sixteen days, you reached deep down into your stars and stripes soul and grabbed as much patriotism as you could. You found yourself interested in sports like water polo, or rowing. You learned places like Cameroon and Eritrea are actual places. You saw that the Queen of England is not easily amused…by anything really. Well, that all came to a close on Sunday night. Here are some of the highlights:

In case your life needed a “Spice.” – While the media had uncover this “secret” days earlier, it was still quite a shock to see all five members of the Spice Girls back together again. Sure, “Posh” seemed to be in her own little world again, striking a quick pose while the other four danced their arses off, but all in all, it was a much needed shot of nostalgia straight to my heart. Great to see these five cheeky gals back on their game. And no, i will never tire of British Slang.

Ready Freddie – In a great moment, a clip showing Freddie Mercury in a 1986 live gig, allowed for the crowed to join together and try to imitate every note that Freddie threw at them. A little part of me died knowing that I will never get the chance to see Freddie Mercury perform live on stage. But hey, we did get to hear Jessie J perform “We Will Rock You.” The rest of me died during her performance.

Bring on the Models – London gave your ears a break, and gave your eyes a bit of a treat as numerous British models showcased some fashions. Among the faces were Naomi Campbell and Kate Moss, and yes, while these two may not have the “prettiest” past, a lot of those athletes were either too young to know who they are, or too drunk to actually care.

Lennon Makes an “Appearance” – While his band mate, Paul, may have had the opening ceremony, Lennon was given a spot at the closing ceremony. Lennon’s “Imagine” was blasted through the arena, and through the world, as millions were reminded why Imagine is still, to this day, one of the greatest songs ever written. The One Direction fan club is now yelling and cursing at me.

Off to Rio… – To wrap up a wonderful two weeks in London, the torch was finally passed to Rio, and Rio made sure to take advantage of this as they brought all of their Carnival sights and sounds with them. It was a quick preview as to what we can all accept in 2016 (that is if those damn Mayans aren’t right).

So for now, it’s goodbye London, and hello Rio. See you in 2016.

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Weekend Judgement “Your Movie Pick this Weekend and what it says about you” (Aug 10th – Aug 12th)

Now that the Olympics are winding down, and your two week patriotism is wearing off soon, I think it’s time we all head back to the movies. Here are your movie picks for the weekend and what they say about you.

The Bourne Legacy:  Looks like Matt Damon really only needed three films to finally learn who the hell he really was. Now that that’s all taken care of, Jeremy Renner is the new man who has no clue what the hell is going on; in fact, he’s so confused, that he decides to kick everyone’s ass until he learns his true identity.

What it Says About You: You like being the loud one at movies. You always make sure to look at your girlfriend during action scenes to make sure she’s enjoying it as much as you are. You like reciting memorable lines from the film as you’re walking out of the theater; you say them loud enough so that others may hear and hopefully be impressed by your delivery. No, you’re sill not cool, but you appreciate the fact that you can live through cooler characters on film. You love action movies, but you also like your action movies to have some extended scenes of dialogue so that you may tell others that you only watch “intelligent films.”

The Campaign: In a few months, you will have to decide between two hopefuls, and yes, I am talking about American Idol. But, I am also talking about the Presidential election. Until then though, we can just see Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis take jabs at each other for an hour and a half.

What it Says About You:You are indecisive, but hopeful. You like giving people the benefit of the doubt because of what they’ve accomplished in their past. You’re pulling for Will to make you laugh again, and you’re hoping that Zach is more than just the funny fat guy from the Hangover. You watch a lot of Saturday Night Live, mostly the cold openings, so you’ve decided that you know everything about politics. You will never get over Will’s impersonation of George Bush, and you always feel disappointed when he doesn’t do it in any interview.

Hope Springs: A few talented, old actors get together and exchange witty quips with each other. This movie would go well with a cup of tea and some unsalted crackers.

What it Says About You: You have no idea how to use an iPhone. Your Sundays are not complete without a stop at IHOP for some pancakes, after Church of course. Waking up at 7:30am is sleeping in for you. Going to bed at 11:00pm is letting loose for you because it was your birthday. You know where the escalators and bathrooms are at Macy’s. Nothing makes you smile more than a new pair of pleated pants. You don’t understand the strong hate that Crocs receive, as you don’t see a problem choosing being comfortable over being stylish.

But hey now, no one is handing out any medals for this one, so go out and enjoy your movies!

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The Great Gatsby Says Hello to Summer 2013

As if the Oscar Gods hadn’t screwed with Leonardo Dicaprio enough, we are now learning that Warner Bros. have decided to pack up their highly anticipated film, based on the classic F. Scott Fitzgerald novel of the same name, and ship it to 2013.

Originally, Gatsby was schedule to be released Christmas day 2012, and would have gone up against another Dicaprio film, Django Unchained. People (film nerds/me) have already begun to speculate reasons for the surprising change in release date:

They are as follow – budget concerns, negative feedback, re-shoot scenes, financial gain, a curse set upon Dicaprio, a spell put upon Dicaprio, and my favorite, the Oscar Gods playing a sick joke on Dicaprio.

Regardless, it seems we will all have to wait just a bit longer to see how Baz Luhrman take on the Great Gatsby will turn out, and if it will be a very Gatsby summer 2013 for us all.

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