Conviction is the kind of movie that's based on a true story, but if it weren't, you'd call it out for being ridiculously implausible. That's not to say it's some mind-blowing, thrilling piece of cinema, however. That just to say that true story or not, it still falls into every trap an "inspirational" movie can possibly fall into, and it doesn't do much else.
If you were still awake after the Oscars ended last night, you may have caught Robert Downey Jr. on Jimmy Kimmel Live, where he debuted a brand-new Iron Man 2 trailer. Whether you're a comic book fan or a Robert Downey Jr. fan, this trailer is must-see material, since it showcases a lot more fun lines from the movie, as well as some major plot points and details. Here are our six favorites.
Four critically acclaimed movies come out on DVD today, all of which are required viewing. The remainder... not so much. .
Well, that's it. The backlash has begun. Against the Iron Man franchise (although not the first movie, which is apparently unimpeachable), against Marvel's slow build to The Avengers (which is really only touched on twice in the new film, briefly) and against Robert Downey, Jr. himself, who is apparently too obnoxious, although they may have him confused with the character he plays. I'll admit that I had my own doubts going into this second installment since I do recognize the greatness of the original and since Marvel hasn't had the best luck with getting their comic book characters firmly established as film characters on par with the likes of James Bond, Indiana Jones and Harry Potter. But from the perspective of a long-time, die-hard fan of ol' Shellhead, I thought director Jon Favreau, screenwriter Justin Theroux and RDJ and the rest of the cast delivered a sharp, entertaining follow-up despite some cracks in the armor.
Sam Rockwell is one of Hollywood's most charismatic typecast weirdos, and though he's staying in fairly ordinary territory in his new movie The Winning Season (he plays a loser who has to coach girls basketball), it's far more fun to focus on his nuttier side -- the wigs are better, and there's dancing for all. On that note, behold, Sam Rockwell's strangest roles.
Have you ever bit into a Jelly Belly jellybean, expecting it to be something tasty, like Toasted Marshmallow, but instead it's something nasty, like Buttered Popcorn? I totally got ready for marshmallows when I saw a news story that announced that there was a trailer out for the movie G-Force. I was like, "Awesome! Finally, a full trailer for the sure-to-be-excellent computer-animated movie about a team of five crime fighters in bird suits, based on the Japanese cartoon of the same name that I grew up watching!" Then I clicked the link, and the taste of Buttered Popcorn jellybeans filled my mouth. G-Force the movie is something totally, totally different, and totally, totally nauseating.
As a general rule, the only thing I hate more than romantic comedies is talking animal movies. I think I've made that clear. But for some reason there will always be one of the latter every couple of years that has me enthralled from the marketing get-go, which somehow convinces me to fork over my hard-earned cash and sit down in a family-filled theater to watch something really, really dumb. Alvin and The Chipmunks was an example of this inexplicable phenomenon, and I fricking loved it. Loved it. And now it seems G-Force has filled my stupid talking animal movie excitement quota, because I really want to see it. Not that there aren't drawbacks: Penelope Cruz is involved and there's a fart joke in the trailer, but there actually seems to be a lot of good outweighing the bad in this movie.
Here at MwoP.com, we love three things, and three things only: the HBO original series Flight of the Conchords, the movie Eagle vs. Shark and the Outback Steakhouse. Understandably, Kiwi komedian Jemaine Clement is one of our favorite people on the Earth. So when we heard that he was going to be in a new movie by Napoleon Dynamite and Nacho Libre director Jared Hess, we pretty much peed ourselves, even though our expectations were set way too high for Nacho Libre and we were understandably disappointed. (I mean, come on. Jack Black playing a luchadore? I went into it expecting it to be the Godfather of lucha libre movies... not realizing it already existed and was called Champions of Justice.)
Having just enjoyed the Blu-ray version of Iron Man while off on my holiday vacation (I don't have a pretty HDTV or surround-sound system of my own, so I take advantage of other people's whenever possible), my eyes are pretty sharply tuned for any news about the film's sequel. And back home not more than three days (with my 27" 1999 bulbous Panasonic and two dusty Sony speakers that I can't turn up because I live in an apartment) what should I spy, but not only Iron Man 2 news, but Iron Man 2 villain casting news! It turns out that both Mickey Rourke -- fresh off of yesterday's The Expendables casting session -- and Sam Rockwell are in talks to join the film.