What Happened With The Movie Review Dude?
I’ve been very hard at work and it has been one hell of a month on here. Of course came my usual movie reviews, and featured this month were The Theory Of Everything, The Gambler and Still Alice, but no Trailer Reviews as I’m still working on them (I’ve got three lots coming so stay tuned). On top of that was the debut of two new categories: Quick Flicks (1 & 2), which means I can cover more ground with film reviews, and a change of pace with my every-now-and-then Movie Dude Musings.
I hope you’ve noticed but in between all that I gave the blog one nice little makeover. It’s now got a front page, I’ve finally gotten around to sorting my top navi as well as adding some fancy widgets down the side. But the pièce de rèsistance is my header, featuring a brand new logo developed with a little help from www.onlinelogomaker.com. They have some good designs on that site so if the mood takes you head on over and give it a whirl. And those are real sentiments; I am not being paid to say that.
But if that’s not enough I’ve also opened a Twitter account, and if you’re feeling interested one of my new widgets just so happens to be a Twitter feed. Shameless self-promotion but it’s on the right, you can’t miss it.
What Happened In The World Of Cinema?
Maybe I’m just new to this but it seems some high-profile films are bombing this year. On top of receiving negative reviews the Wachowski’s Jupiter Ascending has only recouped $12.4 million of a budget of $176 million, and that number still isn’t even the budget for Hot Tub Time Machine 2, which has sunk like a stone critically and commercially despite being made for only $14 million.
There may be two bad omens here as Ascending didn’t kill off Sean Bean while the key to the demise of Hot Tub 2 may in fact be John Cusack, who featured in the first instalment but is absent for the second. Cusack’s Dragon Blade has grossed $102 million off of $65 million. I never thought I’d say that but it seems Cusack sells movie tickets. Oh, and just to put this into perspective: the animated Shaun The Sheep Movie has received critical acclaim.
This is in contrast to a few smaller productions that have turned out decent reviews and made their budget back, such as Kevin Costner’s MacFarland, USA and The Duff. Even crappy horror film The Lazarus Effect has made a profit while Focus, despite mixed reviews and a slow start, will surpass its production costs in due time.
On the other side of the fence is none other than Fifty Shades Of Grey. Despite the negative press and reviews Fifty Shades has become a box-office smash to become the highest grossing film of the year so far. Made on $40 million Fifty Shades has grossed $480 million in less than a month and shows no signs of slowing just yet.
To The Stuff That Matters The Most – Unsubstantiated Gossip!
Leonard Nimoy Departs For The Final Frontier In The Sky
‘Life is like a garden. Perfect moments can be had, but not preserved, except in memory.’
Even In Space Everyone Can Hear You Scream With Excitement
CHAPPiE, Neill Blomkamp’s latest directorial effort it set for release this March and just so happens to star Sigourney Weaver. Blomkamp, a longtime fan of Weaver’s seminal Alien series, has spent his down-time drawing concept art, in particular a theoretical fifth instalment to said Alien films. Featured is the original derelict spaceship seen in the 1979 original, a bad-arse Ellen Ripley with Dwayne Hicks by her side, as well as new concepts such as some sort of Alien spacesuit.
After showing Weaver the drawings you’d think she’d politely tell him it’s good and leave it at that but instead they’ve attached Ridley Scott to produce, pitched the concept to Fox, who have given it the green light, and, long story short, we’re getting another Alien film!
Despite some hesitancy stemming from a frustration with Hollywood Blomkamp is all-systems-go on his new project. The return of Weaver to her pivotal role has been confirmed while rumours are abound that Aliens co-star Michael Biehn may be brought back from the dead to reprise his role. He certainly seems to think he may be in the film, dropping a few hints recently at Pensacola Comic-Con.
It is rumoured the film may be a direct sequel to 1986’s Aliens so the question remains: how is Blomkamp going to navigate around Alien3 and Alien: Resurrection? Some report suggest a retcon of the series while others say that’s not the case. At this early stage (we still don’t have a script) it’s just a matter of wait and see but nevertheless very exciting.
Watch MCU, Here Comes A Spider-Man!
It’s official: Spider-Man is a member of the Marvel Cinematic Universe and in time will become an Avenger. It remains to be seen when he’ll make his debut in the MCU, though most sources say it’ll be a cameo in Captain America: Civil War, but it has been confirmed Spidey will be getting his own feature film July 28, 2017, forcing Marvel to shuffle their current schedule. Sony, meanwhile, is still continuing with plans for Sinster Six and Venom films as well as an all-female Spider-Man feature.
But who will play Spidey? It’s confirmed that current star Andrew Garfield is out in favour of someone much younger, while the word is whoever takes the part will not be portraying Peter Parker but his comic-book replacement in Miles Morales, which is a great step forward considering Morales is half black / half latino.
Does this landmark deal open the door for more? Is there hope yet that we will see the X-Men, or more importantly Wolverine, teaming up with The Avengers? Hugh Jackman has proclaimed he wants to play the man with the adamantanium claws until he dies, so Jackman in The Avengers could very well happen sometime in the future.
Speaking of The Avengers, anticipation is off the hook at the moment as cast and crew continue to tease fans with what is to come in Avengers: Age Of Ultron. According to Chris Hemsworth Ultron is “an onslaught that will not stop,” and director Joss Wheadon has said the ending will be “completely unhinged.”
To tide people over here’s a very clever Avengers/Spider-Man mash-up.
Come On, Grab Your Friends & Let’s Go To The Movies
All you big kids out there it’s time for you to grab your friends for a film that hopefully never ends. The nonsensical adventures of Jake the dog and Finn the human in the Land of Ooo has resonated with people young and old and due to its enduring popularity Warner Bros. has started development on a feature film. Though it’s still early delays it’s known Adventure Time creator Pendleton War will be more than involved with production, while The Lego Movie producers Chris McKay and Roy Lee are set to produce. There’s no director as of yet but who the hell wouldn’t want to make this thing?
Marion Collitard Is A Fan Of Creed?
Assassin’s Creed, that is. God I’m good. Did anyone even know a big-screen adaptation of the popular game series was in the works? The whole thing started in 2011 and has been flying under the radar but the news is sure to pick up. Michael Fassbender already on-board to produce and star either as protagonist Desmond Miles or the ancient assassin Altair (maybe both), while Marion Collitard has just recently signed on to star as a as-of-yet unknown female character. Production has begun as of February with a 2016 release date in sight.
Something Aquaman This Way Comes
Hype surrounding Zack Znyder’s Batman Vs. Superman: Dawn Of Justice is also reaching fever pitch, and I think we can all sleep soundly at night knowing it’s in good hands. Snyder has revealed the first image of his take on the superhero from beneath the depths. Jason Mamoa as Aquaman looks to be bringing the same menacing presence he exuded during his run on Game Of Thrones, a far cry from the ‘classic’ Aquaman of the comics.
But what is the seven? And why is he tasked with uniting them? The Seven Seas, or perhaps seven heroes?
Power Rangers gets an Amazing Modern Makeover
If you’re a 90’s kid you most definitely know of Power Rangers; colour-coded saviours of earth against all things large and evil. Though the long-running series has become more of a B-series nowadays film-maker Joseph Kahn has managed to overhaul their entire image in less than fifteen minutes, producing a short film turning the Power Rangers from dated and campy to something much more dark and modern. It makes you wonder just what we have in store for Lions Gate and their upcoming Power Rangers film set to drop in 2016. Take a look for yourself:
Just How Many Shades Of Grey Are There?
Forget Age Of Ultron, Dawn Of Justice, Power Rangers or anything that’s the slightest bit good! A bit of a personal question but who here has enough hot loving in their lives? What about some of that bondage stuff? Apparently the world has spoken and not even three novels and a film adaptation is enough whips, chains and sex for the movie-going public. Even before the release of the first film Universal Pictures green-lit production on two sequels to the fastest-grossing R-rated film in history, giving us the fill of bondage and sex we apparently are needing. Are you excited as I am…
Fast & Furious Spoof ‘Superfast!’ Looks To Be Super Crap
I’m only writing about this because of how bad it actually looks. From the guys who brought you cinematic art as Epic Movie, Meet The Spartans, and The Starving Games comes another tasteful comedy with a innovative script filled with ingenious gags, racial diversity and original ideas. Just kidding, here’s 1:52 of your life you’ll never get back:
From The Best To The Worst Of Awards Season
Another year and another round of golden statues have been handed out, and I say it like that because I’m so fed up with typing awards season. Now is the time to reassess, figure out who’s cut, who’s getting traded and who’s getting a new contract, but how do you make your decision?
Well the first place to look would be the Oscars. New stars such as Eddie Redmayne and Patricia Arquette, are shining brightly at the moment while a couple of dormant stars in Julianne Moore and J.K Simmons have had theirs re-lit. But of course the big news is how every critic in the world hated the whole thing. Their first port of call was host Neil Patrick-Harris whose criminal act was not being Bob Hope or Billy Crystal, while Arquette’s comments on wage equality have left ‘people’ appalled (of course they’re not saying who they are). Then everybody jumped the bandwagon of accusing the Academy of awarding Best Picture to Birdman purely to appear more progressive, and the list goes on and on.
Then there’s the other end of the spectrum: The Razzies, a way of reminding us that not everything that glitters is gold in cinema. Some of those whose stars were snuffed out include Cameron Diaz, Kirk Cameron (though what star they’re snuffing I’m not aware of), Megan Fox, Kelsey Grammer, and Michael Bay (who is actually the exception to the glitter rule in this instance). Will they bounce back? Well the Razzie Redeemer Award, this year presented to Ben Affleck, says that The Razzies can be forgiving if you earn it, but it’s a long crawl back to the top (except for Halle Berry, who found it relatively easy).
That’s it for February. A review for Unfinished Business is right around the corner, while I’m still working on my Trailer Reviews as well as the Movie Dude Awards. Some good stuff ahead guys, enjoy!