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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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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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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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Life of Pi…Comes to Life

After many ups and downs, delays, and years of development, Ang Lee’s adaption of the bestseller “Life of Pi” will finally reach the big screens, and 20th Century Fox has reward us with a trailer that makes me want to be-friend a tiger.

Yann Martel’s bestseller, which was probably the book you chose to read off your summer required reading list, because of how thin and easy it looked to read (it was either this or Five People you Meet in Heaven….you know I’m right) will be released on November 21th.

Now, if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to go adopt a cub.

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Man of Steel Teaser Trailers Released

While Zack Snyder’s version of Superman won’t grace the movie screens until next summer, we have already gotten a taste of what will be one of the most highly anticipated movies of 2013. Two teaser trailers have been released, both featuring the same clips, but with different voice overs. One by Kevin Costner. who plays Superman’s adoptive dad, and Russell Crowe, who plays his biological dad.

While the teaser trailer is less than 2 minutes long, it is beautifully done, and gives off the impression that this Superman film may be more emotional and grounded in realism than it’s predecessors. This does not come as a surprise as Christopher Nolan did produce this film, so it is a safe bet that the “Man of Steel” will also have some feelings.

Henry Cavill will don the iconic “S” on his chest on June 14th 2013.

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Ed Helms to go on Vacation?

Get this. Remember the classic “National Lampoon” films starring Chevy Chase? Yes, word is that New Line is trying to reel in Ed Helms to play Rusty Griswold, the son to Chevy Chase’s Clark Griswold, in a new Vacation movie.

Now, this doesn’t really bother me so much, and I can see Ed Helms pulling it off very well. But, I will only see this movie if it includes the following:

-A cameo by Chevy Chase himself: I don’t care when it occurs, or how it occurs. But, Chevy Chase has to appear in this movie.

– Get Randy Quaid from jail, or rehab, or wherever he is staying this week, and get him to be in the movie to. Just tell Randy that the only way the government will leave him alone is by being in this movie. Or just offer him a warm meal. I’m sure he will budge.

-Let Juliette Lewis get in the Fun: Lewis played Randy’s sister in Christmas Vacation, and I think it would be a nice touch if the premise of the movie can include some sort of sibling banter.

As long as the movie has these three things, Ed has my permission to make as many of these mediocre movies as he chooses.

 

 

 

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No Such Thing As Too Many Superhero Movies!

On the heels of Christopher Nolan stating that he will have “no involvement with any Justice League project,” perhaps America will understand his decision, since there seems to be an abundance of superhero related films being released or being developed, and perhaps America is beginning to get tired of them.

Hold for laughs.

No, America has not had enough of superhero films, in fact, we want more of them, and we want them now. The Avengers with over $600 million dollars in domestic box office intake, has become the blockbuster (people still use this term?) of the year, and plans for a sequel are already well on their way. Sequels to Captain America and Thor are on their way, as well as another installment to the Iron Man Franchise.

Fan-boys on their way to see The Dark Knight Rises ^

Not to be out done, The Amazing Spider-Man, was number one this past weekend with over $140 million dollars at the box office, proving that Tobey Maguire is not the only actor that could carry Spidey’s franchise. No need for Batman to feel left out as Nolan releases the final installment to his hugely successful franchise on July 20th, and it is sure to bring the fan-boys out of their bat-caves (mom’s basement).

While Nolan’s anticipated film may be the last big superhero movie of the year, fan-boys will indeed begin counting down the days until Superman makes his triumph return (Oh god…my nerd lingo) in Man of Steel (June 14th 2013).

If America continues to put down cash on their tight-wearing boys and gals, movies of this kind will continue to be released, to know complaints at all. These films are fun, their visually stunning, they capture the attention of every demographic.

But, I don’t know about you, but I think I can do without an Ant-Man Film.

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Weekend Judgement “Your Movie Pick and What is Says About You” (July 6th – July 8th)

Drink the rest of your PBR, use up your sparklers, and finish up those firecrackers; now that you’re done showing how much America truly means to you, it’s time to get set for another weekend of movies. So, let’s buy those overpriced movie tickets, because this is America, and let’s see the movie you choose to see this weekend says about you.

The Amazing Spider-Man: This time around, it’s Andrew Garfield that is donning the Spidey suit, and not Tobey Maguire.  You know the story, an awkward guy overacts every role but somehow lands the role of Spider-Man, and spends most of the film crying and making angry faces. Oh wait…that’s the story of Tobey Maguire…

What it Says About You: You and your three friends enjoy seeing superhero films, while all sitting in a row in the middle of the theater. You like going Roger Ebert on all of them. You enjoy watching superhero films so that you can say that it wasn’t nearly as good as The Avengers, and nothing will ever be. You appreciate the fact that there will be someone who doesn’t know much about superheroes, so that you may verbally destroy them and show them up with your knowledge of superheroes. You enjoy waiting for the end credits to pass, so that you can see a scene that you read about on the internet. You will feel proud for knowing this information, but also nervous about the scene not being good, and therefore disappointing your friends for making them wait.

Savages: Throw in drugs, a shared girlfriend, and the Mexican Cartel and you have my fourth of July. But, you also have ingredients for Oliver Stone’s new movie.

What it Says About You: You are optimistic. You are still pulling for Stone to finally make a film worth viewing. You are aware of other big movie releases, but prefer going against what’s popular, and in turn, alienating yourself from your peers. You are okay watching movies by yourself in an empty theater, and are okay with telling yourself that people just don’t understand films like you do. You like telling people that you knew about certain films way before anyone else took any notice. You pride yourself as a film snob.

Katy Perry: Part of Me: It’s a documentary about Katy Perry. It allows you to really see who she is, which in turn will help you connect with her. It’s the best comedy of the year.

What it Says About You: You are a twelve year old girl. You like making your parents do everything in their power to get you those sought after tickets of a band/artist that you claim to have changed your life. You are the reason backpacks, t-shirts, and phone covers have faces like Jusin Bieber and Taylor Swift on them. You don’t know you’re beautiful. You are the reason I just made that One Direction reference.

There you have it, Folks.  You’re weekly judgement at the hands of me. Enjoy your weekend!

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Dawson’s Creek: The Movie?

Word on the street is (I honestly don’t go outside so I wouldn’t know what the actual word is) that Tom Cruise forbade Katie Holmes from doing a Dawson’s Creek Reunion movie. Well, now that Tom’s tentacles aren’t holding back Katie anymore, (I really think Tom Cruise would be perfect as an alien in that show Falling skies) I think that it’s time to dust off that reunion movie idea.

So, Movie Studios, here is a check list of the people you would have to reel in (you can just call them, most, if not all, will answer)

1) Katie Holmes: After years of being ruled by Lord Tom Cruise, Katie is finally free to be a human again. So, it’s only fitting that she head back to the show that made her popular. Katie would jump at this opportunity in a heartbeat, and she would gladly paddle up that creek again. Oh Joey, how we have missed you!

2) James Van Der Beek: The show was named after his character, and I mean, it was his damn creek. Producers should have no trouble getting Van Der Beek to sign up on this movie. Plus, I’m sure James would love to finally use his work planner.

3) Joshua Jackson: While Jackson has had some post Creek success, mainly on the modest Fox hit “Fringe,” Pacey needs Joey, as much as Joey needs Pacey. Fringe looks like it’s on his last legs, and Jackson would embrace the idea of staying in the limelight a little bit longer.

4) Michelle Williams: Jen died on the show. That was easy. Now, producers won’t have to beg the most successful post Creek actor to join them. With numerous accolades and Oscar nominations under her belt, it would have been tough to convince the actress to get on board. Good thing they killed her off, huh?

Those would be the main players that producers would have to get. Now, I know what you’re thinking, what about the other actors? Actors like, Mary Beth Peil, Kerr Smith, John Wesley Shipp, and Nina Repeta? Don’t worry, all of these actors would come back in a flash. They would need the money.

Or, producers can rip a page out of Ron Burgundy’s book: “Dawson’s Creek cast! Assemble!”

DO IT FOR DAWSON.

 

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