Being a big name star may mean that you get to be in all of the most "Oscar-buzzed" movies, but it also means that there is just no longer a place for you in those smaller movies about subtle emotions that once defined your career. Eventually, no matter how good of a performance you deliver, just being you makes it impossible for anyone to embrace you. In a post-Inception/post-Black Swan world Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Natalie Portman both give pitch perfect performances, but Hesher still suffers because of them.
500 Days of Summer is one of those movies that starts out so promising and subversive, but just wimps out along the way and ends up reinforcing all the old romantic comedy clichés we've grown tired of. A shame, too, because it could have been so much better, and the cast deserved a script worthy of them, but hey, I know better than to expect anything new from these movies, especially one that was so ubiquitous and relentlessly advertised.
Okay, I'll admit it. Cobra Commander was a little ridiculous in the G.I. Joe cartoon. His scratchy voice was menacing at first, but whenever he started cursing out the "bumbling morons" who worked for him, it quickly veered into the comical. But the man had a stylin' military look, whether he was rocking a blue hood or a shiny helmet, and if there was one costume I was looking forward to seeing in the live-action G.I. Joe film, it was that one. Unfortunately, I should have known better after seeing the Joe team's battle outfits from the movie, none of which -- with the sole exception of Snake Eyes -- look anything like their famous, individually distinctive uniforms. The movie Cobra Commander may not be very recognizable, because apparently -- and this is according to one of the movie's producers -- Cobra Commander's hood is racist.
TWoP writer Djb went to the Toronto International Film Festival this week and chose ten films to see out of the 300 that were playing, based on whether he thought he'd ever get the chance to see them again on the big screen. One of them was Canada's first stop-motion animation movie. One was a documentary about the world's biggest Chinese restaurant. One of them starred Jean-Claude Van Damme. And these were just the ones he liked! Check out his full report over in Mondo Extras!
So the news is out that (500) Days of Summer director Marc Webb will direct the Spider-Man reboot for Sony, plus two more installments after that. While the man only has one feature film under his belt -- and a hallucinatory musical rom-com, at that -- he's directed dozens of music videos since the late 1990s, which makes him as qualified as any music-video-director-turned-auteur. But what will the appropriately-named director bring to this blockbuster franchise, besides hundreds of terribly punny headlines? (Our favorite: "500 Days of Spiders.") We examined his relatively limited resume to see what we might expect in Spidey 2.0.