Thursday, May 21, 2015

Tomorrow, Tomorrowland Should Rule The Box Office

Disney's rollicking 2015 continues this weekend with the release of Tomorrowland, the newest film from Brad Bird, a director whose last three movies (two of which were from Disney) made over $200 million at the domestic box office. It's highly unlikely that trend continues with this new movie, but I also doubt this becomes a mega-dud for all those involved, primarily because of the lack of family movies out right now.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

T-Rex's Run Rampant In First New Images From PIXAR's 2015 Film The Good Dinosaur

After a production that had, like with many films, animated or otherwise, its share of problems, PIXAR's Thanksgiving 2015 movie, The Good Dinosaur, seems to be finally coming together. Footage from the movie was screened at the Cannes Film Festival recently, and response to it was extremely positive. And now, some new promo images (which are poses of the characters used for toys and other pieces of merchandise) for the movie have come online via the PIXAR Wiki!

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Evolution (Classic Write-Up Review)

Evolutionary Road
I think we take for granted how complex comedy is as an artform, especially quality comedy. Edgar Wright populates his films not only with laughs but also the kind of expert filmmaking that leaves people in awe. Ivan Reitman pulled off a great comedy with Ghostbusters, which also had groundbreaking visual effects and a terrific performance from Bill Murray. Advanced, the 2001 film from Reitman, can only claim being one of the more high-profile projects for Ty Burrel prior to his fame on Modern Family as an accomplishment.

New Pixels Trailer Contains Adam Sandler And Smurf Murder

I mentioned a while back that I thought Pixels would be one of the box office bombs of this summer, but now I'm not so sure. What's reversed my thought process? This new trailer. It's not something I like, but I could see it being a huge hit with general audiences. Check it out below, let me know if I'm on the wrong track here.

Sunday, May 17, 2015

The Music Video For Taylor Swifts Bad Blood Goes Big On Spectacle And Nonsense

The Good, The Bad And The Swift
Being a huge fan of Taylor Swift, you can imagine my excitement over her debuting the music video for her new single, Bad Bloods. My anticipation was likely heightened due to how much I enjoy the song itself; every time it popped up on my iTunes Radio Top 50 Pop station, I couldn't help but get giddy and/or dance. It's a shame then that this music video is just so incoherent. I mean, what the hell just happened here?

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Mad Max: Fury Road Review

It's A Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad Max World
Let me start out this review by saying one simple phrase: George Miller, Happy Feet Two is totally forgiven and then some. His directorial followup to that 2011 feature (and in fact only his third film he's directed in the 21st century) returns him to the franchise that made him a household name. Sometimes, returning to old cinematic stomping grounds reaps lackluster results (namely in regards to the ambitious but underwhelming fourth season of Arrested Development), but Millers doesn't stumble telling another Mad Max tale, instead soaring with one of the best action films in ages.

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Audiences Are Gonna Go Mad For Pitch Perfect 2 (Box Office Predictions)

Sequels to bigger movies (such as The Empire Strikes Back, Age of Ultron, The Hangover: Part II and The Dark Knight Rises) are inevitably gonna make less money than their predecessors, mainly because those enormous grosses are the exception, not the norm. On the other hand, sequels to lower grossing films (such as 22 Jump Street or T2) tend to make more, due to both audience demand and the final gross of the first film leave room for growth.

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

You Will Believe That The First Trailer For Supergirl Is Awesome!!

Continuing to grow the DC Television Universe (which also contains The CW shows Arrow and The Flash), CBS will be airing the third show in this franchise, Supergirl, in the fall. Wanna see the first trailer? Well you can do so below!

Fault In Our Stars Director To Tackle X-Men Spin-Off, The New Mutants!

As the X-Men cinematic franchise prepares to expand next year, hopes are high for this 15 year old film series. In addition to a new X-Men feature (Apocalypse) due out next May, new spin-offs centered on Deadpool and Channing Tatum as Gambit will help take advantage of all the storytelling possibilities this universe has. Now a new project has emerged; a film centered on The New Mutants!

Young Frankenstein Review (Classic Write-Up)

I, Frankenstein
With the recent release of the likes of The Starving Games and SuperFast, the art of the spoof movie has considerably deteriorated in the modern age, a far cry from the 70's and 80's when films like Airplane! garnered immensely positive critical and audience reception as well as financial success. Young Frankenstein, a feature from an obscure filmmaker named Mel Brooks, was made in that specific age when spoof features were held in higher regard, and while it's far from perfect, it is at least amusing enough to understand why its earned the reputation it has.

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Jem And The Holograms Sings Their Way To Stardom In Their First Trailer

I know nothing of Jem And The Holograms. I'm sorry to say that, but that's one piece of pop culture has just escaped me. I'm completely unfamiliar with the mythology of this entity, so my very first exposure to the realm of Jem came through the first trailer for the 1980's TV programs live-action feature film. That trailer, as well as my thoughts on it, you can see below.

The Five Best Disney Villains

Writing about Treasure Planet last week got me to thinking about those wonderful animated Disney films that left such an impression on me on as a person After thinking about the topic over the course of the past few days, as well as reading Entertainment Weekly's ranking of 20 Disney villains songs, which insanely undervalued Hellfire), I thought I'd write about a crucial part of the movies from Walt Disney Animation Studios; the villains.

The First Trailer For ABC's New Muppet Show Is Here!!

I loved the 2011 Muppets (I still stand by my opinion that it was the best film of that year), but Muppets Most Wanted was a much more heavily flawed, if still mostly entertaining film that sputtered at the box office. Luckily, this has given these assorted Jim Henson creations the chance to go back to TV with a new show on ABC this fall, which just debuted its first trailer, which you can watch below!

Monday, May 11, 2015

I Am Big Bird: The Caroll Spinney Story Review

Bird Of A Feather
News spread like wildfire across the world this week once ABC announced a new Muppet TV show would be on the channel this Fall, and why shouldn't such news have been greeted with excitement? The various felt creations of geniuses like Jim Henson and Frank Oz have become among the most well-known characters in all and for good reason. Inside these stylized critters, such as a wise-cracking bear or a monster who loves cookies, one can see real human emotions,  a few of which aren't routinely discussed in typical film or television programming.

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Ex Machina Review

My Super Ex-Machina
Robots tend to permeate pop culture for good reason; they're so flexible from a storytelling perspective that they can be used for pretty much any plotline you can imagine. Robots can crack wise about low quality movies, fight Kaiju or ask you to bite their shiny metal ass. Everybody from Philip K. Dick to Tobias Carlson have dealt with the idea of robotics and how they'll affect the human psyche, and now Alex Garland throws his hat into the ring with the film Ex Machina.