I really wish that I could review movies as pieces of art; as a piece that’s not really good or bad, but as an acknowledgement of effort, and a declaration of existence. I say that because Snitch starring current WWE champion Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson, isn’t that bad of a movie. But, I am writing this to answer the question one generally asks before reading a review. Is this worth my money? (more…)
Another Nicholas Sparks book has been adapted for the big screen in Safe Haven. The 8th film adaption continues to use the formula of cheaply producing films that tugs the heart strings of women, old and young alike. Lasse Hallström is back behind the camera, with an effort equaling his 2010 film Dear John. My biggest concern with Safe Haven isn’t with the movie itself. Maybe I lack the understanding of why Nicholas Sparks is so popular. Dear John, stumbled to an $80 million take at the box office. That’s second to The Notebook in 2004 by about a million dollars. With another young attractive cast that features the particularly spunky Julianne Hough and the dough-eyed Josh Duhamel; Safe Haven lazily lays the bait for women of all ages. The beach is set, the sand is warm and our main characters are ready to cry. Sorry guys, this Valentine’s Day you’ll just have to take one for the team. (more…)
Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and DC Entertainment have revealed Aquaman as the newest character to be added to the roster of heroes and villains featured in the upcoming fighting game INJUSTICE: GODS AMONG US. Witness the moves and fighting style of the King of the Seven Seas (more…)
There’s a lot to like about Dave Grohl. Drummer and musician extraordinaire, he seems to embody music to me; he knows just what to play and when to play it, be it on the drums or as a guitarist or otherwise. You know that when he’s involved with a project, excellence will always be heard. He also has a kind of “Holy crap, I get to do this for a living, so I’m going to make the best of it and enjoy every last minute of it” outlook on life, which makes him endearing and funny. It’s this brio, accompanied by his love of music and how it gets made, that shines through in his first directorial effort, the documentary Sound City. Focusing on the studio where his band Nirvana made the album that changed music forever, he takes us on a 31-year journey through Sound City’s history, meeting up with some of its notable alumni along the way.
On planet Baab Scorch Supernova (Brendan Fraser) has triumphantly returned from another successful BASA mission. Adored by women and admired by men, Scorch has the charisma and arrogance of a champion. He also has the critical thinking skills of a turnip. The brains of the operation is lead by his brother Gary Supernova (Rob Corddry). Gary is the cautious, but not in a OCD way, head of Mission Control for BASA. With help from Mr. James Bing (Ricky Gervais) the onboard computer; Gary is Scorch’s eyes and ears in the field. A distress signal originating from the Dark Planet; a dangerous and mysterious place from which no known species has returned, is the perfect opportunity for Scorch to validate his awesomeness. Again. Gary, being cautions, objects to the mission causing a rift between the brothers. Scorch expectantly rushes bravely (or foolishly) to the Dark Planet, leaving his fans and Gary behind. After landing on the Dark Planet Scorch is captured by the local authorities. With BASA Chief Lena Thackelman (Jessica Alba) unwilling to send a rescue team; Gary is left with a choice. Save his pig headed brother or leave him to his fate. (more…)
For better or worse, Bruce Willis is back as John McClane in the fifth installment of the Die Hard series. A Good Day To Die Hard follows the only real rule of Die Hard films: be bigger than the last one. It is. Seemingly the first third of the movie is a car chase. Visually watching a Mercedes Benz SUV do a monster truck impression is cool; that doesn’t guarantee a successful sequel. Die Hard 2: Die Harder was a thing that happened. It’s definitely my least favourite movie in the series. After a twelve year break between Die Hard With A Vengeance and the moderately enjoyable Live Free Or Die Hard, where does John McClane go from there?
Fifteen year old Lena Duchannes (Alice Englert) is new to the sleepy southern town of Gatlin, South Carolina. The normal inadequacies of transitioning to a new school aside; Lena has bigger issues. But this isn’t Lena’s story. Ethan Wate (Alden Ehrenreich) hasn’t had much sleep lately. Dreams of a civil war battle in which a long haired woman that he feels that he needs to save; gets killed before he can reach her. When Ethan and Lena meet for the first time in school, there seems to be a connect that borders on magical. Is it puppy love for Ethan and Lena? Is it something greater?
In 1979, author Roderick Thorp released a novel titled Nothing Lasts Forever, a story about ex-NYPD detective Joe Leland visiting his daughter in her high-rise office building during her Christmas party. The party is interrupted by terrorists with a heavy political agenda, and Leland uses his military and police training to eliminate the terrorist threat and save his daughter. Nine years later, this book was made into a fairly faithful film adaptation called Die Hard, renaming Leland as John McClane (Bruce Willis in his career-defining role), and changing the daughter of the novel into his wife. The claustrophobic pressures of the building and the tight, limited spaces keeping both McClane and the terrorists together kept Die Hard from being a rote action movie; instead, it was a wonderful, masterful suspense film – not quite Hitchcockian, but close enough for ‘80s movies. There was actual danger and a sense of dread, with the audience hanging on for dear life as McClane navigated his way through what must have been the most horrific night of his life. We felt for him when he had to walk across broken glass to escape a firefight, when he got shot, or when he had to confess that he hasn’t been the best person in the world to his wife. He was an underdog hero in the unlikeliest of situations, and audiences ate it up, with Die Hard becoming a beloved staple of American cinema.
Live Nation Global Touring has confirmed that the remainder of the Lady Gaga Born This Way Ball performances have been cancelled, which includes a February 25th show at Verizon Center.
Today, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and DC Entertainment reveal the next round of challengers in this week’s INJUSTICE Battle Arena. (more…)
Continuing our Spotlight features, Reel Film News spoke with a Toyota rep about one their newest models, the Toyota (more…)
Though there were hundreds upon hundreds of rides to be seen and admired at the 2013 WASHINGTON AUTO SHOW, there are (realistically) only so many cars which you can highlight further. With that in mind, Reel Film News, (as promised) (more…)
I’m a firm believer of the idea, at the core of every great film is great writing. Think about it. The script is the backbone of the film. It’s the difference between a film and improv. Craig Mazin wrote the screenplay for Identity Thief. His credits include: Scary Movie 3 and 4, Superhero Movie, The Hangover: Part 2 and the upcoming Hangover Part 3. Four movies and four examples of fail. With The Hangover: Part 3 scheduled to be released in the spring, Mazin is stepping to the plate with potentially, his fifth straight dud of a script. Though the script makes up the large majority of what makes this film what it is, blame must be spread evenly. (more…)
Emily Taylor (Rooney Mara) has waited waited a long time for her husband Martin (Channing Tatum) to come home from prison. Martin has been imprisioned for at least three years in an upstate New York prison for insider trading. The loss of wealth, lifestyle and husband has lead to Emily’s depression and anxiety disorder. Her urge to return to some sense of normalcy; has rebuilding the life before her husband’s sentencing is easier said than done. Emily’s downward spiral leads up to her failed suicide attempt. Unfortunately for Emily, the side effects of the drug Abixla; recommended by Dr. Victoria Siebert (Catherine Zeta-Jones), Emily’s old psychiatrist; then prescribed by her doctor Jonathan Banks (Jude Law), a successful New York psychiatrist rendered unexpected results. (more…)
Today, Starz released the first official key art for its upcoming original series, “DA VINCI’S DEMONS,” premiering Friday, April 12 at 10pm ET/PT. The series, created by David S. Goyer, the mind behind THE DARK KNIGHT trilogy and the upcoming feature film, MAN OF STEEL, presents a never-before-seen portrayal of one of the most infamous historical figures of all time…Leonardo da Vinci.
Sylvester Stallone plays disgruntled hitman Jimmy ‘Bobo’ Bonomo in Bullet to the Head, a pseudo-noir action flick that is really hard to take seriously. Director Walter Hill’s attempt at gritty realism is hindered by the central relationship of the story, which begins with Stallone’s cold-blooded contract killer crossing paths with a Washington, DC detective (played by Fast Five’s Sung Kang) during a homicide investigation in New Orleans. The result is an unbalanced, poorly edited mess which finds the two men working together to take down a common enemy (Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, BBC’s Hunted) and a ruthless mercenary named Keegan (Jason Momoa, 2011‘s Conan the Barbarian) who’s been contracted to do all the dirty work. Of course it comes across as an extremely simple premise; the stabbing death of Bonomo’s partner that triggers the whole thing is one barely significant variable in an ultra-contrived real estate development scheme (with the requisite smattering of police corruption, of course) that doesn’t even seem feasible in a world of acceptable plot holes. Seriously, when will bad guys learn to stop carrying around their secret plans on a flash drive? (more…)
The harsh realities of getting old are something that everyone has to deal with. What you don’t hear about a lot in movies is the notion of aging gangsters. I believe the oldest cinematic gangster the world saw was probably brought to you by Marlon Brando as Vito Corleone in 1972’s The Godfather, or it may have been his son Michael in The Godfather Part III. Due to the lifestyle, it seems to be rare that gangsters reach old age. Stand Up Guys finally exposes a possibility that few have dared to tackle: what if gangsters were lucky enough to turn 70 or older?
Based on the 2010 book of the same name; Warm Bodies manages takes an interesting approach to the zombie movie genre. Narrated by R (Nicholas Hoult), because that’s the only part of his name that he can remember; we’re introduced to the world after the fall of man. Zombies roam aimlessly throughout the suburbs amongst the Bonies; skeletal creatures that are a threat to both humans and zombies alike. The remnants of human civilization survive in a walled city controlled by Gen. Grigio (John Malkovich). (more…)
Let’s try something different, shall we? Welcome to the first liveblog movie recap/review on Reel Film News. As RFN has been granted screening access by the studio for Stand Up Guys on our home computers, this will be written as the movie plays. I’ll be sure to leave out all the twists, but for the most part, my reactions to the film will be going up as I watch it. I probably will never do this again; I just want to say that I tried it at least once.
A quick review for those of you who don’t want to read this: this movie is fun. It’s got wonderful performances by Al Pacino, Christopher Walken, Alan Arkin, and Addison Timlin. The soundtrack is funky, too, alternating between soul, funk, and blues rock, with some new acoustic-tinged numbers by Jon Bon Jovi. Stand Up Guys won’t change your world, but it was fun to watch. I wouldn’t mind seeing this one again.
HEAVY SPOILERS LIE AHEAD AFTER THE JUMP. PROCEED AT YOUR OWN RISK. ONCE AGAIN, THIS IS A LIVEBLOG OF THE FILM STAND UP GUYS, RELEASING NATIONWIDE ON FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 1, 2013. A FULL REVIEW WILL BE UP SEPARATE OF THIS LIVEBLOG LATER TODAY.
My initial reaction to Bullet to the Head was something along the lines of “it’s not meant to be Lawrence of Arabia, but it’s entertaining. It was fun.” However, after ruminating on it a few days, the film’s racist humor (and the audience reaction to it) started to get to me, and it left me rather cold; I thought I needed to examine why I’m about to give this movie the grade that follows. Bullet to the Head seems to be another in a long line of big-budget, should’ve-been-released-on-cable movies with large name actors at the helm. Sure, it’s a fun, retro, 80s-style action movie with updated gore effects (it certainly earns its title well), and it’s only 91 minutes long.
While many folks are anticipating “the big game ” happening this weekend, there is another major event arriving in the nation’s capitol, and that is The Washington Auto Show. Though the show won’t official start until Friday, the show has released information today regarding the special preview days happening tomorrow (30th) and Thursday (31st); otherwise known as The (more…)
Whether John dies at the end or not is irrelevant, because director Don Coscarelli’s return to his obscure trademark blend of horror/comedy makes his Phantasm ’quadrilogy’ look as routine as an Amway seminar.
Starting my review while still watching a film isn’t something I would typically do, but since John Dies at the End plays like the conscious stream of a madman – and I assure you that it is – it feels only appropriate to act as the translator for folks who might not be familiar with the B-movie auteur’s previous work. This is a film that takes the overused hyperbolic tagline ‘nothing is what it seems’ literally, though it wouldn’t be caught dead using something that cliché. (more…)
Following 2008′s hi-octane Bollywood blockbuster Race; Race 2 is back and louder than ever. Saif Ali Khan is Ranveer Singh who is out for revenge after the death of his wife Sonia. Meanwhile, Arman Malik (John Abraham) the shrewd billionaire playboy is looking to expand his businesses by any means necessary. Along with his sister Elena (Deepika Padukone) the sibling duo befriends Ranveer with the hope of starting as healthy working relationship. (more…)
Peter Farrelly has truly outdone himself. Following up 2012′s Crater Lake of a box office bomb, The Three Stooges, Farrelly is one of the producers of the estimated $6m fuster-cluck Movie 43. An ambitious project, Movie 43 tries to do the impossible. It tried and succeeded in making a feature length film with seemingly no script, direction, plot or, cognitive thought. With 11 directors, over 16 writers and featuring a cast of dozens; Movie 43 fails at every level of existance. (more…)
Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and DC Entertainment have released the newest trailer from INJUSTICE: (more…)