December 2010 Archives
I really can't blame Jon Favreau for wanting to pass on the third Iron Man movie. He's already made two really good films, and any sort of arc he wanted to have in the third one was going to have to take a back seat to what happens with Iron Man in the Avengers and what Marvel wants him to do in Avengers 2. So best to leave it in the hands of someone who's sold on the whole "big picture" plan, but hopefully can still deliver the goods. Sadly, go-to sequel master Irvin Kershner is no longer with us, but we came up with a list of name directors with sequel experience who would, at the very least, create a threequel that would get people talking.
Watching the trailers for Yogi Bear makes my eyes hurt. Not only because of the computer-generated fur on Yogi and his pal Boo-boo, but because I'm picturing the horrible future that awaits us if the movie succeeds. Snagglepuss! Huckleberry Hound! Quick Draw McGraw! All of these funny-voiced animals are on the list of Hanna Barbera creations that could conceivably get a crack at the big screen if Yogi does well, and while I have fond memories of those characters, I simply can't see how any of them would make good movies. The worst part? Hanna-Barbera made hundreds of cartoons, not all of them starring animals, and some of them would make amazing movies. In fact, Warner Bros. is developing a movie based on the adventure series Jonny Quest for 2012 -- granted, they first tried back in 1995, but this time I hope they'll be able to make it stick. Here are some other HB properties (yes, even a few talking-animal 'toons) that I think would be great big-screen spectacles.
The nominees for this year's Golden Globes -- given out by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association -- have been announced, and there are a few surprises, which is always going to happen when you have separate categories for dramas and comedy/musicals, and when entertainment reporters from other countries are involved. Some of them have crazy tastes in movies. They're French! Among other nationalities!
Curse, you, Minions, for being so adorable -- and for making me spend so much money at IHoP.
With two glamorous actors in the lead roles, an exotic locale and the vague theme of international intrigue, it seems like The Tourist is trying to be an old-fashioned type of movie, in the vein of Alfred Hitchcock's Notorious, or The Man Who Knew Too Much. It's got all the right elements -- a mysterious woman, a train ride, a case of mistaken identity, sexless longing -- but Jolie and Depp are basically acting as placeholders, waiting for the plot to be fixed and decent dialogue to be written so they can actually start making the movie. And how director Florian Maria Georg Christian Graf Henckel von Donnersmarck got involved in this mess, I have no idea.
Have you ever watched a sports underdog movie and been satisfied by the formula, but just thought to yourself "If only these characters were ridiculous Masshole caricatures, this movie would have been so much more special and enjoyable"? Then you and Fighter director David O. Russell have that in common. Something else you two have in common? You were both right.
Any movie that combines the themes of Harry Potter with The Lord of the Rings has the potential to be a smash hit, but, as the box office for the last chronicle of Narnia showed, it can't also be a grim, dreary bore. So while Prince Caspian felt like it was mostly about armies charging at each other, Voyage of the Dawn Treader is a much more swashbuckling adventure, with wonderment and comedy and, yes, even more heavy-handed Christian allegory. I forgot how much I missed it!
The embattled, multiply delayed, recut for the allegedly prudish American audiences I Love You, Phillip Morris is finally in theaters in the States, and though the version I saw this weekend is the sanitized American one, it so lived up to the hype that I can't wait to find a way to watch the original version enjoyed by European audiences by not at all illegally downloading it now. (Great job, movie industry!) Here's why it works even without all the incendiary stuff that scared every distributor in North America.
When Darren Aronofsky was announced as the director of the next Wolverine movie, it was a bit of a shock, considering that the man was not known for his high-octane action pieces, and the last installment had exploding helicopters. But between the nightmare world of Requiem for a Dream, the sci-fi epicness of The Fountain and the physical pain and loneliness depicted in The Wrestler, I had confidence that the man would deliver the best Wolverine film -- maybe even X-Men film -- to date. And after seeing Black Swan, with its hallucinatory psychodrama, I am 100% sold, because I came out of the movie wanting to see more comic-book adventures of Natalie Portman's split-personality character. Maybe if I were a ballet fan, I might have wanted to see more of the ballet itself, but I guess it says a lot about me that I'd rather watch her fight Batman.