We all agree that The Losers has a pretty exciting cast. But, as with all actors, not every role they've had in their respective careers has been a winner. So just for poorly worded puns and giggles, I've run down the cast's "Losingest" roles to date, just so none of us ever forgets the offense that was Speed 2: Cruise Control while we're enjoying the film this weekend.
I dreaded having to see Death at a Funeral, Chris Rock's American remake of the British film. For one thing, I'm ambivalent at best about the original, and the trailers for the remake looked terrible even by remake standards. Not to mention Chris Rock's (and Martin Lawrence's) unyielding passion for making bad movies. So I sat down at a press screening expecting an excruciating experience. And lo and behold, I laughed my ass off.
In preparation for this Sunday's Golden Globes extravaganza, I finally got around to watching Black Swan a few nights ago. And while I was struck by how engrossing and visually stunning the movie is, I was also struck by how much it reminded me of another fine film about the plight of dancers: 2000's Center Stage, starring Zoe Saldana and Peter Gallagher. It may sound crazy, but really, it's a lot like Center Stage, if Center Stage grew up and then battled hardcore mental illness. Don't believe me? I've put forth the thematic similarities below. (Warning: Contains spoilers.)
There are dumb action movies and then there's Colombiana, a revenge flick so relentlessly ridiculous and blatantly brain-damaged that you've got to wonder if the filmmakers are just messing with us from behind the camera. It would be one thing if the film were a broadly cartoonish romp like the 2007 spoof Shoot 'Em Up or a beautifully executed bit of absurdity such as John Woo's lone Hollywood masterpiece, Face/Off. But Colombiana is neither witty enough nor stylish enough to qualify as an "accidentally on purpose" guilty pleasure. Mainly it's just a waste of time, talent and resources on a movie that would feel more at home in the direct-to-DVD aisle of your local big box store than on a multiplex marquee.
It's interesting that The Losers and Kick-Ass have come out within one week of each other. Both are comic-book-based films, and neither features superpowers, unless you consider the ability to take a beating a super power. However, both feature crazy, old-fashioned fist and gun violence, usually depicted as a slow-mo ballet that looks like it came out of The Matrix. The Losers takes the violence more seriously, but it only makes the whole film seem all the more ridiculous when the inevitable preposterous scenarios occur that allow them to cheat death and recover from severe injury.
Having learned the hard way on Halloween nights as a child, snarfing candy hand over fist, I've long been a big believer in the old adage that you can have too much of a good thing. One person that doesn't seem to feel that way is James Cameron, who has spent the last ten years working on bringing his next project, Avatar, to the big screen. And in a plane just off the big screen. And now in a plane just off the even bigger screen. Lost yet? What I'm referring to is today's announcement that not only will Avatar be released in 3D, but it will also be released in IMAX 3D.