Archive for December, 2011

If there ever was a Ghostly flop in the making then Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance would fit the bill. When I saw the trailer for the first Ghost Rider movie back in 2007, I saw a small glimpse of hope that it might be a decent movie, especially when I saw the names of two (in my opinion) legendary actors Sam Elliot and Peter Fonda on the cast list, boy was I ever more wrong. The story itself could’ve been A LOT better than it actually was; it seemed very rushed, choppy and forced together, as if the director Mark Steven Johnson at the last minute wrote it on the back of a bar napkin.  Speaking of Mark Johnson; why did they pick him as the director for Ghost Rider? Look at his experience: he directed 5 movies, 2 of which he also wrote (Ghost Rider, Daredevil)–movies that might be tolerable after an ultra dose of hospital grade painkillers –he was a writer for 7 movies before he made Ghost Rider and 2 of them were comic book movies (Daredevil, Elektra) and all of them in my opinion (and most of the country’s as well) sucked! But I digress; the movie all together was a flop and a waste of the money I paid for a ticket. If I could’ve pulled a Stewie moment from Family Guy and travelled across the country to slap Mark Johnson I would.

Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance is just another continuance of the first crappy movie, don’t get me wrong when I saw the first trailer and saw Johnny Blaze spitting bullets and pissing fire (being the dude I am) I went “hell yeah”, and seeing how they made the character look a lot darker and less kid friendly I was thinking maybe they learned their lesson from the first movie, especially when they brought in the directing duo from the Crank series Brian Neveldine and Mark Taylor, but it looks like at the moment I might  once again have my hopes and dreams of a “decent” comic book movie crushed under the sparkling jack boot of Hollywood.

A highpoint for me after watching the trailer were the large, off the wall and in your face fight scenes. They have the looks of the traditional action movie (that can be generic) but with the twist that the Crank directors bring to the screen. I do feel that they could’ve picked a different actor to play the rider instead of Nicholas Cage, the last movie I really liked him in was Kick-Ass, and he got killed off. The director of Punisher: Warzone (Lexi Alexander) had Ray Stevenson play the role of the Punisher instead of Thomas Jane (The Mist) so why they couldn’t have followed suit for Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance is beyond me. As much as I’d like to speculate about this movie, we have until February of 2012 to decide whether or not we want to go and see it.

 

Woke up to good news today, felt like a little kid on Christmas morning when I saw that there was a new poster released for the movie Prometheus directed by Ridley Scott.  This is definitely a teaser for me, especially since there hasn’t been an official trailer released for the movie yet, trust me I’ve looked all I’ve been able to find are the crappy fan made trailers which are basically slide shows with screen shots of the movie. Why oh why do must you torture me Ridley Scott! Well for now the screen shots will have to do. For those who’ve been in a cave or been living under a rock, here’s what we know about the movie; the storyline is a team of explorers discover an ‘Alien’ craft that may hold a clue to origins of mankind on earth. This leads them to the corners of the universe and must fight a battle to save the future of the human race (which is more or less the basic storyline of any alien/sci-fi movie). So obviously that leaves us very little to go with. In April of 2010, MTV had an interview with Mr. Scott about the his “Alien Prequel”, he satisfied my unyielding nerdy curiosity by talking a little about the plot and the creation of new aliens;

“It’s set in 2085, about 30 years before Sigourney [Weaver’s character Ellen Ripley]. It’s fundamentally about going out to find out ‘Who the hell was that Space Jockey?’ The guy who was sitting in the chair in the alien vehicle — there was a giant fellow sitting in a seat on what looked to be either a piece of technology or an astronomer’s chair. Remember that? And our man [Tom Skerritt as Captain Dallas] climbs up and says “There’s been an explosion in his chest from the inside out — what was that?” I’m basically explaining who the space jockeys were”

“I think, I have to design — or redesign — earlier versions of what these elements are that led to the thing you finally see in “Alien,” which is the thing that catapults out of the egg, the face-hugger. I don’t want to repeat it. The alien in a sense, as a shape, is worn out. (Giger’s) still around. Once I get more serious and get going, and the big wheels start turning, we’ll certainly talk. And maybe we’ll come up with something completely different.”

 There were some rumors spreading around saying that Prometheus wasn’t going to be a prequel for the first Alien movie. How anyone could think that especially after seeing the screens shots, the posters and reading the interviews of Ridley Scott is beyond me. Another highlight regarding the movie is the cast list, several of them you might recognize such as Charlize Theron (Hancock 2008), Michael Fassbender (X-Men: First Class 2011), Patrick Wilson (The A-Team 2010), Idris Elba (Thor 2011) and Guy Pearce (The Kings Speech 2010) amongst others. With such a talented and versatile cast as well as a Legendary Director I do not see at this point how this movie could fail. I do ask one thing, it’s a request I’ve made in a few of my previous articles…please stay away from the dark path of 3-D.

Today I viewed the much anticipated premiere trailer for G.I. Joe: Retaliation, My first impression was this actually might be worth watching. The movie seems to carry on from where the first movie ended, which in my opinion is good to see that they didn’t just start an entire new story line from scratch.  Cobra (Joseph Gordon-Levitt),  Destro (Christopher Eccleston) and the Baroness (Sienna Miller) are still in prison, Zartan (Arnold Vosloo) has replaced the U.S. President,  Duke (Channing Tatum) is from what I’m guessing, leading the Joes along side Roadblock (Dwayne Johnson) and Snake Eyes (Ray Park) has a student named Jinx ( Elodie Yung) whom he is training in the art of Ninjitsu. It appears early in the trailer that Zartan has used his power while assuming the role of the U.S. President, to attack the Joes obviously in an attempt of ‘Retaliation’. Only a few of the Joes survived and attempt to face off against Zartan and his allies.

 I am happy to see the use of characters from G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra and adding some new ones to the team such as Lady Jaye, Flint and Havoc amongst others. I was also happy to read the cast list and see the names of some very strong actors such as Bruce Willis (a must for any hard hitting action movie) and Ray Stevenson who has been in several comic book movies such as Punisher: Warzone and Thor. Of course one of the highlighted stars of the film is Dwayne Johnson (definitely not playing a Tooth Fairy in this film) who’s most recent action movie role was in Fast Five, and once again he’s taking up the role of a gun toting bad ass. With the induction of new actors there is the absence of others from the casting list, most notably Joseph Gordon Levitt, Christopher Eccleston, Dennis Quaid, and Shorty…I mean Marlon Wayans, and what? No Brendan Fraser?  Why they aren’t in this film, who knows, perhaps the new director (Jon M. Chu) and writers ( Rhett Reese, Paul Wernick) didn’t think it was necessary to have them in this film, which leaves room to believe that there might be a third installment and that’s when they’ll be bringing them back.   

I was curious about a couple things I noticed; what’s Storm Shadow doing in the next film? Wasn’t he killed in the fight with Snake Eyes? And is there going to be a different actor playing Cobra Commander? I ask this because you can obviously see a quick scene of him standing next to Zartan and Firefly, yet he’s not listed on the current casting list. I’m sure you all have the same questions if not more regarding this movie, and since it’s not going to be in theatres until June 29th 2012 the rumor mill and message boards will be working over time. Lastly, I do hope that the Studio and director did a better job on this film then they did on the last one, with a Box Office gross of around $150 million ($25 mil. Less than the estimated budget), crappy dialogue and over the top cheesy graphics they have a lot of work ahead of them to win the hearts and minds of the movie viewers.

The first G.I. Joe: Retaliation trailer,Whats your impression of it? Like it, hate it? Do you think it looks better than the first movie?

Are we ready for another Jurassic Park movie? Well apparently Steven Spielberg thinks so.  During an interview with “Coming Soon”, Mr. Spielberg admitted that the next installment of the Jurassic Park series is on his to-do list. Steven Spielberg was quoted saying:

“I haven’t been active in the last year because I’ve been so busy obviously on ‘War Horse,’ ‘Tintin’ and now I’m currently shooting ‘Lincoln,’ but right now, it’s on the schedule to bring out another ‘Jurassic Park.”

Previously, when he was at Comic-con he said the fourth movie has a writer and that it would be made in the next 2 to 3 years. We’ve all heard rumours like that before from other actors and directors alike throughout the years, but it’s quite a possibility that he’s telling the truth on this one. It’s been over 10 years since the last instalment of Jurassic park was in theatres, so at least we know Steven Spielberg has had time to think up new ideas and for Michael Crichton (which I’m happy to see) to write a new storyline . It’s rumoured that at least 3 of the original cast members from the previous movies (Laura Dern- Dr. Ellie Sattler, Sam Neill- Dr. Sam Grant, Jeff Goldblum- Dr. Ian Malcolm) are going to be in the next film, but I think that it’s too early to say whether or not that is going to happen, especially when there’s not even a clue to a filming date/ release date.  

I think it’s safe to say that no matter what the earned gross turn out should be relatively successful, just comparing the budgets and gross of the last 3 films should show you:

-Jurassic Park (1993) Budget: $63 mil. (EST.) Gross: over $914 mil. (Worldwide)

– The Lost World (1997) Budget: $73 mil. (EST.) Gross: over $615 mil (Worldwide)

– Jurassic Park 3 (2001) Budget: $93 mil. (EST.) Gross: over $365 mil (Worldwide)

One reason it might’ve taken Mr. Spielberg so long to decide to do another Jurassic Park movie is probably because of the decreasing amount of grossed revenue earned (at least – $300 mil.) That I think would be a good reason to be hesitant. All in all it’s too early to speculate anything about the movie except two things; 1.)A lot of people are going to like the movie and a lot aren’t, that’s just the way of the world of film and 2.) I almost guarantee that the movie will be filmed in 3-D. Will I be waiting anxiously for the new film? Do I have high hopes? Am I going to pull my old Jurassic Park t-shirt out of the “Goodwill” box, we’ll have to wait and see.

The new ‘Amazing Spider-Man’ poster was released today via the ‘web’. With all the recent ‘Super hero’ movies in the works, most notably “The Dark Knight Rises” (which also Is released in July), the Amazing Spider-Man’s promo team haven’t been doing a lot of well promotions… despite the trailers, (all 4 of which show the same scenes but shown in a different order) which in this writers opinion seem to lack a little luster (minus of course the first-person scene of Spider-Man jumping across roof-tops). And it wasn’t until November when there was a leaked concept art image of the Lizard (Rhys Ifans) which looks nothing like the original Lizard from the Spider-Man comics and cartoons, more like a guy in a body suit.

 Today gives new hope to Spider-Man fans with the new poster which seems to be undoubtedly taking a play from the “The Dark Knight Rises” playbook. The poster shows Peter Parker (Andrew Garfield) perched between two walls, casting the shadow of the classic arachnid design that is on Spider-Mans costume. The line at the bottom definitely draws ones attention;” The Untold Story”, making me think 1) what are they going to do with the story that hasn’t been done in the last 3 movies? 2) Are they going to explain more about Peter Parkers mother and father and why they left? And lastly how are they going to tie in the ‘Proto- Goblin’ (played by Irrfan Khan) into the story, amongst other questions. As a fellow Spider-Man fan I can honestly say that I am hesitant, nervous and excited to see what the director Marc Webb does with the story and how he can separate it from the past 3 movies that were directed by Sam Raimi.

None the less we all have to wait until July 3rd 2012 for the new Spider-Man to be released to theatres. Until then there is ample time for more trailers, pictures and teaser clips to be released, and for more speculation and questions to be asked. July will definitely be a fight to finish, a battle of the blockbusters between D.C.’s “The Dark Knight Rises” and Marvels/Disney’s “The Amazing Spider-Man.

Battleship (2012) Trailer #2

Posted: December 10, 2011 in Uncategorized

Yes ladies and gentleman, they have finally reached the point of no return…they made a movie “loosely” based on the Hasbro board game Battleship. I know thatHollywood is having trouble finding new and fresh movie ideas…. But a movie based on a board game? The last movie I remember being based off a board game was the movie Clue (1985) directed by Johnathan Lynn and starred Tim Curry, Eileen Brennan and Madeline Kahn,  cheesy as it mind sound I do remember enjoying it.  The story for Battleship is as follows; A U.S. Navy fleet commanded by Liam Neesons character departs from theHawaiian Islands to conduct war games, only to find themselves in a real war against an unknown alien armada and is forced to do battle to discover and stop the Aliens destructive goals.

 

After watching the newest trailer of the movie, I still have the same opinion about it as I did back in 2009…. A flop! The movie looks like a strange love child of Transformers the movie, Terminator: Salvation and District 9. When I saw the first trailer back at theatres, not knowing what the movie was I saw one of the battle scenes between alien and human ships I could’ve swore I was seeing a trailer for the next Transformers movie… Transformers: Armada…Oh wait! Silly me that titles already been done. Not only that but you see an actual battleship firing its cannons, I’m no navy expert but I’m pretty sure that battleships haven’t been in the U.S. Navy for over 30 years. At the end when the title came onto the screen I could hear several individual voices (mine included) saying “REALLY?” So at least I wasn’t alone.

 

Battleship has some good cast, such as Liam Neeson (Unknown), Alexander Skarsgard (True Blood) and Taylor Kitsch (John Carter) and to me those are the only shining points on the movie cast. Yes, I know Rihanna is in the movie, and is supposed to be a total kick ass in it but every time I see her in the movie all I’d be able to think about would be her doing the SNL sketch “Ronnie & Clyde”, watch it and you’ll know what I mean.  I really enjoy any movie that Liam Neeson is in; Schindlers list, Les Miserables, Taken and Rob Roy just to name a few, he plays the parts extremely well and I’m sure he will for this movie, but I am very curious to know what drew him to play the part in this movie. Battleship releases to theatres on May 18th, 2012  so I’m sure we’ll see more clips of transforming robot alien ships for days to come.

Tom Cruise as Maverick

Entering the danger zone…again? Yes, I definitely think that is a possibility. According to an interview that MTV News did with Tom Cruise in Dubai, he stated that he is in talks with Top Gun director Tony Scott (The A-Team) and producer Jerry Bruckheimer (CSI: Series).  When asked more about the possibility or doing another Top Gun movie, Tom Cruise said;

Tony and I and Jerry, we never thought that we would do it again. Then they started to come to us with these ideas and I thought, wow, that would be what we could do now. We all want to make a film that is in the same kind of tone as the other one and shoot it in the same way as we shot.”

 Of course when Cruise was asked about what role he would be playing, he said he didn’t know. WHAT?? Come on Tom you know if you were in that movie you would have to be Maverick, anything else and you would lose a lot of fans and following.

The plot of Top Gun 2 is yet unknown, but rumors have been floating around saying that it would focus on a new generation of pilots that would possibly be mentored by Cruises character Maverick. As I read this article a couple of things came to my mind; 1) Is Val Kilmer coming back? Because I don’t think his large “self” would be able to fit in ANY plane cockpit…Well except maybe a C-117. 2) Would the new movie have the same feeling without Goose? And lastly would Kenny Loggins be making a return? Personally I don’t think Top Gun would be the same without his “awesome” music.

Top Gun was a huge hit back in 1986, but I’m not sure how well it will do 25 years later. Yes, with the changes in computer animation and graphics in today’s cinema they could do a lot more with air combat scenes and there are a lot of upcoming and young actors that could pull off the part of a Naval fighter pilot; Michael Fassbender (X-Men: First Class), Hayden Christenson (Jumpers), Garrett Hedlund (Tron: Legacy) and maybe even Orlando Bloom (The Three Musketeers). With the constant unending flow of romance, teeny bopper, horror, action and suspense films I don’t know if it will be as popular now as it was in the 80’s. Either way I am excited and hesitant to see what they’ll do with story, and I pray it doesn’t fall to the 3-D craze.