Thursday, March 26, 2015

Can Kevin Hart Claim Victory Over Animated Aliens? (Box Office Predictions)

Two major features (and one expanding limited release) close out March, and both look like they're in close competition for the number one spot at the box office this weekend. It's tough at first to figure out which of the movies, Get Hard and Home, will be the bigger film, so let's get down to an in-depth analysis of these features,shall we?

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

The Grand Budapest Hotel Review (Classic Write-Up)

Lobbying For This Extraordinary Film
There are some directors who have such a presence in their projects that it's impossible to imagine the stories they tell being brought to life by any other storyteller. Wes Anderson is easily one such director, and his 2014 effort The Grand Budapest Hotel (a film he takes sole directing and screenwriting credit for) may be the best showcase for why he's the kind of filmmaker so widely admired by cinema obsessives (that's me!) and casual moviegoers alike.

Gaze At The First Picture Of Jesse Eisenberg As Lex Luthor

A year from today, Batman v. Superman: Dawn Of Justice will arrive into theaters. It feels like the movies been in production for ages, so it's crazy to think we've got another year of waiting to go, but it looks like Warner Bros. is letting some crucial details about the movie be revealed (via Entertainment Weekly) to celebrate the movie being only a year away. One such detail can be seen above, which is the first picture of Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Michael Fassbender Goes West In Trailer For Slow West

Michael Fassbender has been on a roll for pretty much his entire career. Whether it's been a great complicated villain in the X-Men movies, having a terrifying presence in 12 Years A Slave or being the star of one of last year's most underrated movies, Frank, the guy is usually quite compelling in his acting work. His next venture is Slow West, a film that debuted at Sundance and one A24 (with help from DirectTV, which does movies now too I guess?) is distributing. Check out the trailer for the movie below!

Monday, March 23, 2015

The Russo Brothers Are Going To War...The Avengers: Infinity War That Is!

It's pretty much a given that Joss Whedon is out of the Marvel Cinematic Universe once Age Of Ultron is released (can't imagine how writing & directing two $220+ million budget movies PLUS being a showrunner on Agents of SHIELD could tire a guy out enough to make him want a break!), so the hunt has been on for a director for the next Avengers adventure, Infinity War (Parts One & Two).

Mission: Impossible 5's First Trailer Has Tom Cruise Catching A Plane In The Most Tom Cruise Way Possible

After the critical and financial success of Mission: Impossible: Ghost Protocol, a sequel was inevitable, and even anticipated. This newest entry, with the subtitle Rogue Nation, ditches Brad Bird, but keeps Tom Cruise, Simon Pegg, Ving Rhames and Jeremy Renner from past MI features. Check out the first trailer for it below!


Saturday, March 21, 2015

The Divergent Series: Insurgent Review

To Live And Divergent In LA
In the year since Divergent was released, so much has changed for the cast. Shailiene Woodley (along with Divergent co-star Ansel Elgort) dazzle in The Fault In Our Stars, Miles Teller starred in one of the best movies of the past few years, Whiplash, and Theo James did.....uh, I think he signed on to star in a reboot of the Underworld movies. Simply put, these guys have done some great work since the first Divergent film, which makes seeing them return to this franchise disappointing, especially considering how lackluster it is.


Friday, March 20, 2015

Lana Del Rey Deserved Better Than The 2013 Great Gatsby (When Good Songs Happen To Bad Movies)

Welcome to a new bi-weekly column called When Good Songs Happen To Bad Movies, in which I look at pretty well done songs that just so happened to debut in more subpar features.

Lots can be said about Baz Luhrmann's 2013 adaptation of The Great Gatsby, but one can never say that the feature had a shortage of bombastic elements. Whether such elements were actually good or not is another debate (I'd say mostly not), but it is one of the more audacious movies made in recent years, with 3D being utilized to help fully sell the absorbing atmosphere of the era while rap music populates 1920's environments.


Get Lost In The Trailer For Paper Towns

Few movies took me as much by surprise last year as The Fault In Our Stars. I thought that movie would be a cliche ridden mess (though an extended trailer actually convinced me that the movie may have something more to it), not a thoughtful exploration of pain and grief. As one might imagine, that sort of quality makes me eager to see the next adaptation of piece of work by John Green (the man who wrote The Fault In Our Stars book). It turns out that such a film is one the way, this one called Paper Towns. It comes out July 24th, but the first trailer can be viewed below now!

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Frozen Fever Review

Frozen Fever is a short film playing only on Cinderella in it's theatrical release. I originally was just going to write a paragraph about this short, but decided I had more than enough thoughts over it to warrant a separate review.
Disney's two animation studios (Walt Disney Animation Studios and PIXAR) have been using short films as a way to continue the adventures of some of their most beloved films, like Tangled and Toy Story, for a while now, but Frozen Fever may be the most hyped of these shorts. It's been prominently pumped up in ads for Cinderella, and why not? Frozen is the fifth biggest movie of all-time, it's not exactly a shocker that Disney thinks audiences might have an appetite for more adventures with Elsa and Anna.


Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Teaser Trailer For Final Hunger Games Movie Is Uber Secretive

The final Hunger Games movie is on it's way, but there's still eight months to go until Katniss Everdeen goes off on her final adventure (though who knows if those Hunger Games prequels and sequels Lionsgate is mulling will involve her). So it's not a shocker that the first trailer, which you can watch below, for the production plays things close to the chest, though the complete lack of any footage from any of the Hunger Games movies is a mild surprise.


Cinderella Review

A Cinderella Story
It's interesting to look at how the treatment of fairy tales in pop culture has changed in such a short period of time. At the dawn of the 21st century, Shrek became a phenomenon, and soon, a flood of content was made revolving around lampooning fairy tales. Then, in 2010, Tangled and Alice In Wonderland brought well-known fairy tales to life in a far less cynical manner to huge box office numbers. This had led to such popular entities like Once Upon A Time, Frozen, and the subject of this review, Cinderella, which treat fairy tales with more reverence.

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Adam Sandler Fights Pac-Man In Trailer For Pixels

In 2016, a number of video game movies (such as Assassin's Creed and Uncharted) will attempt to reverse the poor track record such films have had both critically and financially. Until then, this summer's Pixels will similarly try to bring some success to video game cinema, as well as Adam Sandler's troubled film career (which has seen some low points in recent years, to say the least). Catch the trailer for Pixels below.

Monday, March 16, 2015

LEGO Jurassic Park Trailer Adds Humor To The Dino-centric Franchise

LEGO video games are about to celebrate an entire decade of prosperity and success, as it was back in 2005 that the first video game to take an existing property and bring it to life via LEGO's (that first game, by the by, was LEGO Star Wars: The Video Game). This approach has been done to massively popular pop culture entities such as Harry Potter, Marvel superheroes and Indiana Jones, but in honor of the release of this summers new movie Jurassic World, the Jurassic Park franchise will be the next to get a LEGO video game. A trailer for that game has been released this morning, which you can watch below!