“Trois, douze, merde!”: Holy Motors
It's opening in NYC on Wednesday. Information about when it comes out elsewhere is a little hard to come by, unfortunately.
This Year’s Best Sci-Fi Movie By Far: Looper
There is sufficient explanation of why the mob only uses time travel sparingly. (That's not a spoiler, btw, merely a reassurance.)
This Year’s Best Sci-Fi Movie By Far: Looper
The end of that sentence, about the comparison being meaningless, is the operative part.
On David Cronenberg, The Dark Knight Rises, and Genre Film
One point that should be reinforced: I don't think Cronenberg was talking about all comic books with his "It's for kids" thing, given the context of the interview I think he was talking about the movies made from specifically superhero comics. Kind of hair-splitting, but before getting too upset about yet another dismissal of comics (which I do find to be a tired argument) it's important to remember that this is being discussed in context of movies, rather than a broadside against comics in and of themselves.
Other Guests Are Surely Destined To Drop In: The House By The Cemetery
@seth--- Even by Bizarro World New York standards $11 is a little ridiculous.
“Was It Sexual?” “Yes, Overwhelmingly So”: Lifeforce
@EliBishop---That's entirely possible. By the end of the movie the smoke coming out of my ears may have slightly impeded my hearing ;)
Did David Letterman Just Spoil the Ending of The Dark Knight Rises? (Possible Big Spoiler?)
The clip no longer shows the spoiler-y part, FYI. (FYI 2: I can say with virtual certainty that Dave was kidding and Ms. Hathaway was just mugging.)
Ridley Scott Brings The Light: Prometheus
@lakesidey -- Uh oh. David regenerates as Ian Holm >>> connection to the beginning of Alien.
Not Bad… For A Human: Aliens
@theresa_delucci -- Yeah, Near Dark is great, and Bill Paxton's terrific in it. I never heard that Jenette Goldstein audition story before, though, that's a riot.
Not Bad… For A Human: Aliens
@johnnylump --- Oh crap, you're right. Sorry about that.
It Was the Summer of ’82
You all know I love you, but Road Warrior is an infinitely better movie than Beyond Thunderdome.
To Joss Whedon’s House We Go!: A Non-Spoiler Review of The Cabin In The Woods
@Keithrc -- This is definitely not SAW or "torture porn", but it does get a bit violent.
To Joss Whedon’s House We Go!: A Non-Spoiler Review of The Cabin In The Woods
@Kirshy -- The similarities are on purpose. More than that I can't say, though.
Pros, Amateurs, and Cons: Morgan Spurlock’s Comic-Con Episode IV: A Fan’s Hope
It's coming out on VOD Friday April 6th, and gradually to theaters across the US over the course of the next few weeks.
Pros, Amateurs, and Cons: Morgan Spurlock’s Comic-Con Episode IV: A Fan’s Hope
It's coming out on VOD Friday April 6th, and gradually to theaters across the US over the course of the next few weeks.
Mutants Are Not Aliens: On Michael Bay’s TMNT Reboot
An update: apparently this furor started because Michael Bay misspoke, having misunderstood something his writers told him. Whether this is spin or actually true, I don't know. But apparently the situation isn't as dire as initially feared.
No One Teenager Should Have All That Power: Chronicle
@sef It bears similarities to both, while being its own thing. And please be careful how you use the word "wrong".
Female Action Stars: You Know You Want Them
@anthonypero In re: The Long Kiss Goodnight, Craig Bierko may be good-looking, but he's not a woman.
Female Action Stars: You Know You Want Them
Haywire, though awesome, opened to a fifth-place $9 million weekend. Hopefully that isn't interpreted as a sign to not make more movies with female action heroes by the Hollywood system; for one, I think Haywire has a long and fruitful future on DVD, as it's an excellent movie with unique action scenes.
The Hunger: David Bowie’s Dead, Undead
And, lest we forget, if not for The Hunger, we would not today have Tony Scott.
Controversial Akira Remake Is No Longer Happening
This karmically balances things like Guillermo del Toro's huge Lovecraft picture being canceled.
“There’s A Mole, Right At The Top Of The Circus.” Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy
@wiredog---The Karla trilogy (of which Tinker, Tailor was the first) was directly inspired by that, as I understand. @NomadUK---obviously, this is a totally different thing; the miniseries was great, this is too, but in very different ways. @a1ay---It's a location, but whether intentionally or not it also works in the "three ring circus" sense as well, with all the crazy crap going on at any given time.
An Open Letter to J.J. Abrams: If There’s a Khan, He Should Be Indian
Shahrukh wants to crack Hollywood so bad he'd probably do the part for scale. (And he'd be good.)
High Quality, Spiffy John Carter Trailer
Jimmy McNulty gets fired from Baltimore PD. Moves to Mars. Antagonizes their bureaucracy to the point where only the drunk from Friday Night Lights can fix things. There's your plot. (The reason why there's only that one brief shot of Dominic West in the trailer is because they don't want to spoil the McNulty plotline....)
Sailing the Wine-Dark Sea in the Tarsem Age: Immortals
@ a1ay - The movie makes it look like Zeus is Theseus' father, to such an extent I had to look it up when I got home to make sure the movie was wrong and I was right.
Sailing the Wine-Dark Sea in the Tarsem Age: Immortals
@ MFrampton - "He had two gorgeous parents, too, wth happened?" It's the gods, protecting the lad, so no one evil realizes he's the son of the two hottest people in the universe.
“No Dream Is Ever Just A Dream”: Eyes Wide Shut
@ Kadere - I'm interested, having seen the same special features you have, to know specifically where you think I went wrong. This isn't snark, I'm genuinely curious if I've made factual errors or if we've simply interpreted the movie differently.
“I Am Completely Operational, And All My Circuits Are Functioning Perfectly”: 2001: A Space Odyssey
@annathepiper -- That's awesome. I should set up one of those stands to make some extra cash hahaha
“Gentlemen, You Can’t Fight In Here! This is The War Room!”: Dr. Strangelove
@NomadUK - Thanks for correcting my German! I think I thought it was his first and last names, or something similarly dumb. And Fail-Safe vs. Strangelove is basically a dogs vs. cats argument. They're both great, but no one really loves them equally :)
East is West: Ra.One
@amphibian Dil Se has one of my favorite soundtracks ever.
Planet of Sound: Kanye West/Lady Gaga/Michael Jackson, “Monster”
For a full six months after its release, Kanye's "Monster" was my anthem. I even got into very foolish arguments with people who knew a lot more about hip-hop than I did claiming that it was the sickest beat ever committed to posterity. So, I'm biased, but I'm Team Yeezy all the way.
Have Fun Storming The Castle!: Ironclad
@Thom_Em Yeah, but comparing other violent movies to Takashi Miike just ain't fair. He's his own category. I totally feel you on the historical dodginess, though, it's pretty severe.
Have Fun Storming The Castle!: Ironclad
It got an extremely limited theatrical release in June or July or something, but it was gone pretty quickly. Shame, too, because on the big screen the action scenes would have been something else.
Deactivate Cynicism Mode Before Entering: Real Steel
@Stefan -- The bit with the bull really bothered me, to the point where I had to block it out to focus on what was going on in the rest of the movie. Guess I blocked it very effectively! :)
Fox Adapting Asimov’s The Caves of Steel For the Screen
If Fox had a time machine, middle-aged William Holden as Lije and young Terrence Stamp as R. Daneel would rock. Not in the least bit because it'd be bold casting, but using science-fiction technology as part of the creative process for a science-fiction movie would be a nice bit of aesthetic consistency.
“Cover Your Mouth!” Contagion
Yeah, that line was great. BUT IT WAS A SLUR ON MY PEOPLE! ;)
“If We’re Not Back By Dawn, Call The President”: A Look Back At Big Trouble In Little China
It warms my heart to see so many of you love this movie as much as I do. Per Eugene R.'s point about critics hating this, that may be true (and part of why I have semi-serious ambitions to redefine film discourse by de-snootifying things a bit), but without exception, every filmmaker I know swears by both John Carpenter and Big Trouble In Little China. So there's that at least.
“If We’re Not Back By Dawn, Call The President”: A Look Back At Big Trouble In Little China
"Two thousand years, you can't find one broad to fit the bill? Come on, Dave, you must be doing something seriously wrong."
Forever Young: The Postmortal by Drew Magary
I'm looking forward to reading this. Mr. Magary's a colorful prose stylist and a very intelligent man, so it'll be interesting to see what he does with SF, especially after this review.
The Final Word on Summer SF Movies: Who Rose? Who Fell?
Stubby, Stubby, Stubby. Where is Attack The Block, the best SFF movie of the summer, in this roundup? Ahem. AHEM, I SAY!
Hear The Lamentations Of The Audience: Conan The Barbarian
@Baramos---I may have outed myself as excessively bloodthirsty there.
Hear The Lamentations Of The Audience: Conan The Barbarian
I'm glad someone was able to derive enjoyment from this picture, at least.
Hear The Lamentations Of The Audience: Conan The Barbarian
I'm glad someone was able to derive enjoyment from this picture, at least.
From Chandler to Gibson: How Noir Led to Cyberpunk
Yeah, I have acres of respect for Jo Walton and I'm proud to write for the same site as her but I love me some cyberpunk, I can't lie :)
Hey, Teacher! Leave Those Kids Alone! Zokkomon
Note, "not a lot", not "none." And I'm very much looking forward to seeing what SRK gets up to in Ra.One :) Oh, and by the way, just so anyone interested in seeing Zokkomon is aware, it's not still in theaters, look for it on DVD, on demand, download, et cetera.
Haters Gonna Hate: 5 Unfairly Derided Action Sci-Fi Flicks
Totally co-sign The Island. It's a shame it flopped, because Michael Bay might have said, "Hey, these movies with stories and characters....people like them...." Instead, he started making Transformers movies. On the other hand, this meant Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen got made, and our culture is a much funnier place with that movie in it.
An Undead Snake Goddess and a Blind Swordman: Once Upon A Warrior
By the way, I forgot to mention; this is a DVD/VOD release, not theatrical (that was a few months ago). As you were.
Sometimes All You Have is a Great Title: Cowboys & Aliens
@theresa_delucci If this had been Red Dead Redemption with alien DLC this whole review would have been about how it was better than Citizen Kane.
Sometimes All You Have is a Great Title: Cowboys & Aliens
@theresa_delucci If this had been Red Dead Redemption with alien DLC this whole review would have been about how it was better than Citizen Kane.
Wherever You Go, There You Are: A Look Back at Buckaroo Banzai
Oh, and by the way, all of you talking about BIG TROUBLE IN LITTLE CHINA just clinched it, that's the next picture I'll be writing about for this nebulously-defined new "classics rewatch" series that's basically me just exploiting this forum to write about awesome stuff I love. So stay tuned!
Wherever You Go, There You Are: A Look Back at Buckaroo Banzai
It warms my heart to see so much BB love out there. You guys are swell.
In Time, But Is Justin Timberlake Off-Key?: Trailer Review
@bdiamond---What's baffling is how all that plot is supposed to fit in one movie. But that could just be me. I'm willing to entertain the possibility that I baffle easily.
I Find Your Lack of Relevance Disturbing: Is Star Wars a Joke Now?
Speaking as someone who never was a terribly big Star Wars fan, I'm also a little distressed to see what's become of its legacy. For all the problems I had with the original trilogy, I could never deny their energy, enthusiasm, or their massive impact on popular cinema. Star Wars deserves better than to be a cultural punchline.
Of Course It’s Happening in Your Head, But Why on Earth Should That Mean It’s Not Real?: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2
@Delafina You're right, that probably should have said "one of the most." But I do rate it with all six you mentioned, in terms of emotional impact, if not artistry.
Teaser Poster For The Dark Knight Rises Revealed
Can't wait to see the teaser trailer when I go see Harry. (shameless self-promotion!)

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