Archive for April, 2011

Matt Reeves And THE PASSAGE, When Great Material Meets A Good Director

Posted in Movie News, Random Tidbits, Review Preview with tags , , , , , , , on April 21, 2011 by xymarla

This week we learned that Matt Reeves will be directing the Fox 2000 film adaptation of Justin Cronin’s The Passage.  This could be terrific news for both Reeves and the film.  Read all about it over at Badass Digest!

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This weekend, I’ll be reviewing both James Gunn’s Super and Scre4m! If you get bored of bunnies and family and church, stop by!

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Basic Science: Fail Edition (GI JOE: THE RISE OF COBRA)

Posted in Action Movie Review, Basic Science Segment, Contributor: Ray with tags , , , , on April 19, 2011 by raywagner

by guest blogger Ray

Welcome to the inaugural Basic Science column, where I’ll be dissecting movies and TV shows with an eye toward how well they deal with basic scientific concepts.  

 Now, don’t get me wrong.  When I say basic, I really do mean that.  I’m all for suspension of disbelief when it comes to entertainment, and I love my vacuum-of-space ‘splosions as much as the next guy – not everything can be Firefly in that regard, nor would we want it to be.  For the Fail Editions, I’ll mostly be calling out movies that wouldn’t get past your basic fifth-grade science class audit.  And you’d be surprised how much of this there is out there [1].  That isn’t to say that I won’t take the occasional cheap shot at a script that uses super-technical language without understanding what it means, but I’ll try to keep this as gentlemanly as possible.  And, I hope, at least a little instructive in the process.

 So, without further ado, we’ll get to our first offender:  2009’s G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra.  After the hot mess of Transformers, and the racist fever dream that was Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, I was really hoping that the next live action, millennial adaptation of a favorite 80’s cartoon might get it right.  And most of the reviews I read about G.I. Joe summed it up as “at least it’s better than Transformers,” so I went into the thing cautiously optimistic… and came out resoundingly “meh.”  I enjoyed seeing Joseph Gordon-Levitt chew scenery as the (spoiler alert) soon-to-be Cobra Commander, but other than that, the movie was woefully miscast (Figure 1) and over-the-top bombastic.  But silly script and other flaws aside, the film’s science was laugh-out-loud bad.

Figure 1: Real American Hero (l); Real American dudebro (r)

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Salute To The 80s Movie Hero

Posted in Random Tidbits with tags , , , on April 14, 2011 by xymarla

There’s been a lot of talk lately about the loss of the great American superhero in film. Batman is Welsh. Superman and Spider-Man are British. Old Professor X is British. Young Professor X is Scottish. Thor and Wolverine are Australian. Green Lantern and Green Hornet are Canadian.  Captain America, at least, is actually American.

Of course, we’ll always have Perennially Off-Duty Cop and Badass Hall of Famer John McClane, but there’s another character archetype that I proudly claim as part of my American pop culture heritage, a character whom I would like to salute today: the scrawny, surprisingly confident, smooth-talking 80s kid. I miss that kid. Where are our Ferris Buellers, our Marty McFlys, our Lloyd Doblers, our Duckies?  Read my post over at Badass Digest!

An Impassioned Defense of JENNIFER’S BODY

Posted in Film Review, Horror Movie Review with tags , , , , , , on April 7, 2011 by xymarla

Rewatching JENNIFER’S BODY just reminds me what a damned shame it is that this movie was panned and ignored. I blame you.

Check out my post at Badass Digest, wherein I make an impassioned defense of the movie, of screenwriter Diablo Cody and yes, of Megan Fox.

Insidious

Posted in Film Review, Horror Movie Review with tags , , , , , on April 5, 2011 by xymarla

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Insidious, from Saw creators James Wan and Leigh Whannell, is a haunted house movie with no haunted house—but that’s not to say it isn’t haunting.  The film has legitimate scare value for a gore-free PG-13 release, and for a little over an hour I was certain this film could do no wrong.  Then I visited The Further.

Insidious tells the story of the Lamberts, who have just moved into a spacious and spooky new home. Mother Renai (Rose Byrne) attempts to further her songwriting career while raising their three children, Dalton (Ty Simkins), Other Son, and Annoying Baby.  Her husband Josh (Patrick Wilson) is a teacher who plays the fun parent to the kids while remaining ultimately checked out of any home drama.  One night, a couple of weeks into their new residence, Dalton wanders into an attic that opens by itself and he falls down a ladder. He appears to be fine, but he goes to sleep that night and doesn’t wake up the next morning. Dalton is in a coma for three months.

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Review Preview

Posted in Blog News with tags , on April 4, 2011 by xymarla

Yes! That’s right! There will be an actual, new review on this blog tomorrow! That isn’t just a link to one of my posts at Badass Digest!

My delightful job at BAD has kept me pretty busy, and as you may have noticed, I’ve decided to forgo my weekly News Day Tuesday post. I love this blog and I’m done neglecting it, but I want to spend my time here writing fun reviews instead of just linking to news on other blogs. So check back tomorrow for my review of haunted house blockbuster Insidious! And I promise to keep this shit up.

TV Review: AMC’s THE KILLING Pilot: “The Cage”

Posted in A+ Review, Television Review with tags , , , , , on April 4, 2011 by xymarla

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AMC’s The Killing premiered last night with a compelling two-hour episode that could set the standard for the new procedural drama. Read all about the absolutely terrific pilot with my non-spoilery review over at Badass Digest!