Nothing is more frustrating than watching great actors busting their balls in a film that can’t live up to their individual performances. It’s a too common occurrence in Hollywood these days and is a perfect description of Antoine Fuqua's latest thriller, “Southpaw.”
"Ant-Man" may not have had an "Avengers"-esque opening, but Marvel Studios and Walt Disney Studios always knew the miniature hero would be a tough sell. What the Peyton Reed directed flick can easily lay claim to is that its absolutely the funniest Marvel movie to date. That's right, it's even funnier than "Guardians of the Galaxy" or the first "Iron Man."
You'll be kicking yourself if you don't see "The Stanford Prison Experiment" in theaters. Seriously. And, no, I'm not just saying that because I happen to know director Kyle Patrick Alvarez socially or that it's a Sundance Jury Award-winning movie or that it depicts one of the most shocking events to occur at one of America's greatest Universities over the past fifty years.* The real reason is that besides the questions it raises about the human condition and our ability to descend to abject cruelty, "Stanford" features a once in a life time cast that will dominate Hollywood for the next 15 to 20 years.*
Are you ready for a three-peat? The official teaser arrived today for Alejandro González Iñárritu's new highly anticipated epic "The Revenant" and while the mantra for Leonardo DiCaprio to finally win his first Oscar should begin at any moment the really story is about a guy nicknamed Chivo.
He may be notoriously difficult to work with, but talent speaks volumes when it comes to director David O. Russell. For the third film in a row Jennifer Lawrence, Bradley Cooper and Robert De Niro (granted, it was a cameo the last time around) are reuniting with the five-time Oscar nominee. This time around it's for a loose biopic centered on the life of self-made entrepreneur Joy Mangano, the woman who made a fortune developing Miracle Mop and other household inventions. Based on the official teaser, like Mangano, they may have hit the jackpot.
This pundit was able to catch a dialogue-less teaser for "Joy" that was presented to theater owners at CinemaCon in April. That preview promised a film much darker and less comedic than either of Russell's last two films, "American Hustle" and "Silver Linings Playbook." This extended trailer only confirms that Russell is going in a slightly different direction. And the choice of music for the trailer, a child's choir singing Rolling Stone's "You Can't Always Get What You Want," makes that point abundantly clear.
As for Lawrence, you can begin to understand why continuing to play the younger Mystique in the "X-Men" movies is simply a waste of her time. Cate Blanchett may be the new Meryl, but at just 24-years-old J-La may snatch the crown from her head before it ever settles in. And, obviously, we've got yet another frontrunner for a Best Actress nomination on our hands.
Ah, summer. The time of year where blockbusters mostly disappoint, but the promise of better cinema beckons us in the previews of winter fare.
Check out the teaser for "Joy" embedded at the top of this post. Do you think this it could be better than both "Hustle" and "Playbook"? Share your thoughts below.
"Joy" opens nationwide on Christmas Day.
SAN DIEGO - Quentin Tarantino returned to Comic-Con Saturday after a triumphant "debut" for "Django Unchained" in 2012. Actually, the Oscar-winning filmmaker has been to the convention many times, but usually just as an attendee.* Today Tarantino was on hand to talk about his upcoming thriller "The Hateful Eight" and begin what will clearly be a significant publicity push to inform moviegoers of its roadshow release (more on that later).
There is a great movie hitting theaters this summer that isn’t getting enough attention. It's a movie that I've already seen twice and is currently in my top three of the year. In fact, I'd be shocked if it didn't make the top ten when all is said and done. Frustratingly, whether it’s because of summer movie madness, pop culture news events such as Comic-Con sucking up all of the attention or a lack of star power the movie isn't getting the hype it deserves. Well, honey, we're gonna give it to you.
SAN DIEGO - It's time for Marvel television everyone. Quick heads up, don't expect anything about Marvel's Netflix series or the secret project John Ridley is still attached too. That being said, if you love "Agents of SHIELD" or "Agent Carter" this panel recap is for you!
SAN DIEGO - Welcome to the Comic Con 2015 panel for "The Walking Dead." Andrew Lincoln is here. Norman Reedus is here. Danai Gurira is here. Lots of producers are here. Oh, and 6,000 fans in Hall H who are probably here more for "Star Wars" at the end of the day, but also likely watch (arguably) the most popular show on television. And, of course, your moderator is "Talking Dead" host Chris Hardwick. Let's get started!
Unless you were paying close attention beforehand you would never know that the new sci-fi thriller "Self/less" was directed by the one and only Tarsem Singh. At worst, the often frustrating filmmaker has always had a keen eye, whether it was used helming a landmark music video such as REM's "Loosing My Religion" or creating visual feats such as "The Fall" or "Immortals." Why Singh took such a conservative approach to this particular film, a project that could have used his stylistic flourishes, is head scratching.