What can I say about Darkman? It’s very much a product of its time in terms of its action movie-ness, yet it’s clear Sam Raimi wanted to make a superhero movie back when studios weren’t knocking each other open to buy up licenses. So we can an original character and a new franchise and get to hear Liam Neeson do an American accent. Read the rest of this entry
I know, I know; Spider-man 3 is the one everybody hates: the Hobgoblin’s snowboard, Peter Parker’s emo hair and dancing, the lackluster portrayal of Venom… And you’re not wrong, these are generally bad things, but they’re not what’s killing the movie. (These things are more akin to covering a pile of crap with crap sprinkles. ) Read the rest of this entry
So, Spider-man 2 is, uhm, I dunno. It’s fine, I guess. Spider-Man’s in it, that’s good. There’s some cool fight scenes. The story… is… uhm… OK. It’s OK. It’s a little on the telenovela side for my taste, but there are worse super hero movies, that’s for sure. Read the rest of this entry
This movie is everything that The Amazing Spider-Man wasn’t; it’s full of charm, drama, and characters you care about. It’s not perfect, but 2002’s Spider-man is certainly good enough. Here’s five things to love and five things to hate about Sam Raimi and Tobey Maguire’s take on ol’ web head.
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Did you ever wonder how Oz came to become the undisputed ruler of the Emerald City? Neither did I! Perhaps Oz the Great and Powerful will come to do for the Oz movies (yes, I am referring to both The Wizard of Oz and the scary as fuck Return to Oz) what the prequels did for the original Star Wars movies – that is, proving that the beginning of a character’s story isn’t necessarily the most interesting place to start from.
I’m sure that either watching the movie or reading the reviews for films like Snow White and the Huntsmen, John Carter or Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory make you shake in terror at the prospect of Oz the Great and Powerful, and after watching the trailer, I’m not sure you’re wrong. Still, it’s colorful, and James Franco is a great actor, as is Mila Kunis. However, I don’t love Sam Raimi or his Spider-Man films (I don’t hate them either… well, the third one has psychophrenia… oh and also features James Franco… it’s probably not a coincidence that Raimi is directing and Franco is the star), but the movie does look good… and yet, some of it’s visuals are so digital that they look crappy. I do, however, like the traditional entrance of the Wicked Witch of the West at the end of the trailer.
Also, why does every pre existing property have to morph into a hardcore action movie when it makes it’s return to theaters? This happened when Star Trek: The Next Generation moved from TV to the movies, when Snow White came back, when Planet of the Apes came back… I’m frankly shocked that the new(ish) Willy Wonka movie didn’t end with a big battle scene – which I predict this movie will end with. It’ll look something like the end of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. You saw that shot of Oz trying to inspire people, raising his fist above his head? He’d just finished saying something like, "Sons of Munchkin Land! Of Emerald City! My brothers! I see in your eyes the same fear that would take the heart of me! A day may come when the courage of men fails, when we forsake our friends and break all bonds of fellowship. But it is not this day. An hour of flying monkeys and shattered broom sticks, when the age of Men comes crashing down! But it is not this day! This day we fight! By all that you hold dear on this good land, I bid you stand, Men of Oz!"