Category: Movies

There’s a New Snake in Town


Variety announced yesterday that New Line won the bidding war to remake Escape From New York Gerard Butler [star of the fan favorite and record setting “300”] is set to take on the role of Snake Plissken which Kurt Russell made famous. Ken Nolan [Black Hawk Down] is on board to produce the screenplay which will update the 1981 John Carpenter script.

 

I have mixed feelings about this. One one hand, Kurt Russell is still around and in good enough shape to play Plissken again. I’ll miss his “Clint Eastwood” delivery as Plissken. On the other mitt, I’ve always thought a more realistic and gritty Snake Plissken would be very cool. It’ll be interesting to see what direction this updated Escape from New York  will take. The good news is that even if the new version bombs, it won’t change one frame of the original movie in my collection.

Must Love Jaws


One of the cool things that you can find at Youtube.com is fan made trailers that have been edited to change the genre of the movie. I’ve seen The Shinning made to look like a romantic comedy, The 10 Commandments to look like a teen comedy [complete with a hip hop soundtrack] and many others.

Perhaps the best of all is Must Love Jaws.

If you know of any other good ones, please post the links!

"300" is 1

It’s been announced that “300” made an estimated $70 million during its first three days of release. This not only catapults “300” to the coveted #1 spot in its opening weekend, but sets a new record for a March release. What makes this even more impressive is that the previous record-holder was the family-friendly “Ice Age 2: The Meltdown” that took in $68 million in March 2006. “The Matrix Reloaded” ($91 million) and “The Passion of the Christ” ($83 million) are the only R-rated movies to have bigger openings than “300.”

 

To add icing to the cake, most reviews have been positive and women are also giving the movie high marks [which is especially nice to hear since most critics felt that the movie would have very limited appeal to females].

 

I saw the movie in a packed theater at the first showing on opening day and loved it. In fact, I plan to see it again on the big screen… which is rare for me in this age of quick to dvd releases.

Which Bot is Best?

I took the photo above at MegaCon on Sunday. There was a company there that had life-size recreations of famous robots.For my money, these three are probably the MOST famous robots in the world. There’s 3CPO from Star Wars, the robot from Lost in Space, and Robbie the Robot.

Given my pick, I’d take the Lost in Space robot. Of course, I grew up watching Lost in Space. If I was a child of the 70’s, I’d probably want 3CPO and someone a bit older than me would want Robbie.

Would a child of the 80’s want KITT?

Don’t Walk, Start Ronin

It’s time for our hourly “300” update…

Newsarama is reporting that “300” producer Gianni Nunnari, was asked about other comic projects is working on and he responded by saying Frank Miller’s Ronin!

Ronin was a six issue miniseries published by DC after Frank’s initial run on Daredevil. It’s the story of a young Ronin in feudal Japan who seeks to avenge his master who was killed by a demon.

If the story pans out and the producer can get a director with the same passion that Zack Snyder has shown in translating “300” to the big screen, we could be in for another great ride. To check out “Ronin” click HERE.

Nobody Lasts an Hour

I love a good scary movie. You know, the kind that’s seldom make anymore. I’m not talking about the slasher, teenager in danger, or poorly-translated-foreign-film-that-was-once-really-scary movie. So when a really good scary movie comes along, I’m in.

Looks like I’ll be checking into 1408. Will you?

300: The Art of the Film / Z-View

I received my Art of 300 book today and it’s a beaut!With 300: The Art of the Film you get to go behind the scenes and see how director Zack Snyder (Dawn of the Dead) translates Frank Miller’s award-winning graphic novel to the big screen. The book includes more than 100 pages of production photos, concept art, and much, much more. What makes the deal even sweeter is that if you order using the link provided you can save over 33%!Now if the movie’s release date would only get here!

300: The Art of the Film rates an “A”

2006 – My Top 5 Movies

Last year I watched over 200 films and less than a dozen were seen in a theater. I used to go to the movies on a weekly basis, but I’ve found that as I’ve gotten older and dvds hit the market sooner, I will quite often wait to watch a movie in the comfort of my home. This has both advantages and disadvantages, but instead of discussing them, I thought we’d instead look at five of my favorite movies from last year.

5.  
Running Scared  has more twists and turns than a rollercoaster. The movie starts in the middle of a drug deal that suddenly goes bad. An insane shootout takes place and we’re off an running. Along the way we’re going to meet drug dealers, pimps, crooked cops, child molesters, Russian mobsters, and other upright citizens. The movie constantly maintains a forward momentum as Joey Gazelle [Paul Walker] first attempts to retrieve a stolen gun used in a mob killing and then finds himself on a mission to save a kid. The supporting cast is first rate and writer/director Wayne Kramer is a talent to keep an eye on. This movie is not for kids.
Running Scared  rates an A

4.  The Salton Sea  was actually released in 2002 but qualifies for my list since I saw it for the first time last year. Like Running Scared,   The Salton Sea  is full of crazy characters and plot twists abound. I hesitate to say anything about the movie, because the journey and discovery of who everyone is and what is going on is so much fun. Of course when I say “fun” I don’t mean as in comedy fun.  The Salton Sea  is not for kids. The people in the movie are the kind that you’d want to avoid in real life [drug dealers, thieves, crooked cops and killers] but adults who don’t mind gritty dramas won’t mind spending some reel life with them.
The Salton Sea  rates an A+


3.  A History of Violence  was first released in 2005, but again because I didn’t see it until 2006, qualifies for my “Best of” list. Here’s what I had to say after seeing it.
A History of Violence rates an A+.
2. I absolutely loved Casino Royale. In fact I saw it twice during it’s initial release and can’t wait to put the dvd in my movie collection. Tom Richmond, best known for his art, perfectly summarized my thoughts on Casino Royale so if you want to know what I thought about it, click HERE and see what Tom had to say. Casino Royale rates an A+

1. I’ve been a Stallone fan since before the original Rocky, but it was Rocky that sealed the deal and made me the Stallone mega-fan[atic] that I am today. When I heard that Rocky II  was going to be made, I can remember thinking, “there’s no way it can be as good.” I was right, but Rocky II  was a worthy continuation of the story. Rocky III  was even better, but still not on the level of the original. Then came Rocky IV  which was fun, and in turn was followed by Sly’s misstep with the character in Rocky V  and with each of these sequels we moved a bit farther from the original.

Rocky Balboa  is a return to the spirit, the feel, and the essence of Rocky.  Sly’s acting is some of his best work ever. The screenplay has the wit and charm of the original. Rocky Balboa was the perfect way to end the Rocky series.

Rocky Balboa rates an A+

Smokin’ Title Sequences


If the movie is near as cool as the title sequences, then “Smoking Aces” is going to be a fun ride. There’s no doubt that writer/director, Joe Carnahan can deliver the goods. Add in a cast that includes Jeremy Piven, Peter Berg, Andy Garcia, Alicia Keys, Ryan Reynolds, Ray Liotta and a bunch of others and I think that we’re in for a blast.

Oh, and just two more things: 1] Mauro Fiore [who did the same job on Sly Stallone‘s remake of “Get Carter”] is the director of photography and Clint [“The Fountain”] Mansell is once again the man behind the music.