Category: Movies

Kurt Russell’s Miracle

I think that Kurt Russell is one of the most under-rated actors in Hollywood.

I loved him as Snake Plisken in Escape From New York and Escape From LA.

And while not every Kurt Russell movie has been a favorite, I can truly say that even the bad ones have been made better because of him.

Kurt‘s latest is Miracle. And while it’s not high on my must-see list, I’ll bet it will be better because Russell is in it.

The Potential of Troy

Another movie that I’m really looking forward to is Troy.

It’s a classic story that I loved as a kid and recently re-discovered as I helped my son with some Greek mythology assignments.

Wolfgang Peterson is the director. Brad Pitt and Orlando Bloom star. Sounds like a team that could put some people in the seats.

Still not convinced? Check out the trailer and then tell me what ya think!

That Cat’s a Mess

The buzz on the Halle Berry “Catwoman” movie has been bad.

After seeing Halle‘s Catwoman outfit I can understand why.

It just doesn’t look right. Note I didn’t say “good.”

Halle Berry could make a burlap sack look good.

After seeing this video clip of Halle as Catwoman I’m starting to reconsider my thoughts on the outfit… and the movie.

Mignola Talks Hellboy has a nice little interview with Hellboy creator Mike Mignola. Mike talks about a lot of different projects with an emphasis on the soon to be released Hellboy movie.

If you’re wondering how close the movie will follow the comic, wonder no more.

Mike says, “The fact that it’s as close to the comic as it is and the fact that the personality of the main character is so close to the comic, it’s beyond anything I ever imagined.”

That’s just great news for Hellboy fans everywhere.

Time for a New Assault

Dark Horizons reported today that “French director Jean-Francois Richet will helm the remake of the John Carpenter classic… Assault on Precinct 13… which starts filming April.

Assault on Precinct 13 is one of my favorite John Carpenter films. I don’t know much about Jean-Francois Richet, but as long as he doesn’t stray from Carpenter‘s screenplay and they don’t screw it up in casting, it can’t go wrong.

Academy Award Predictions

Nominations for the 76th Academy Awards were announced today. Here are the nominees for the major categories and my predictions on who will win…

Best Picture: The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King / Lost in Translation / Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World / Mystic River /Seabiscuit
My prediction: Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

Best Animated Feature: Brother Bear / Finding Nemo / “The Triplets of Belleville”
My prediction: Finding Nemo

Leading Actor: Johnny Depp in “Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl” / Ben Kingsley in “House of Sand and Fog” / Jude Law in “Cold Mountain”/ Bill Murray in “Lost in Translation” / Sean Penn in “Mystic River”
My prediction: Bill Murray

Leading Actress: Keisha Castle-Hughes in “Whale Rider” / Diane Keaton in “Something’s Gotta Give” / Samantha Morton in “In America” / Charlize Theron in “Monster” / Naomi Watts in “21 Grams”
My prediction: Charlize Theron

Directing: “City of God” Fernando Meirelles / The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the KingPeter Jackson / “Lost in Translation” Sofia Coppola / “Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World” Peter Weir / “Mystic River” Clint Eastwood
My prediction: Peter Jackson

Best Supporting Actor: Alec Baldwin “The Cooler” / Benicio Del Toro “21 Grams” / Djimon Hounsou “In America” / Tim Robbins “Mystic River” / Ken Watanabe “The Last Samurai”
My prediction: Tim Robbins

Best Supporting Actress: Shohreh Aghdashloo “House of Sand and Fog” / Patricia Clarkson “Pieces of April” / Marcia Gay Harden “Mystic River” / Holly Hunter “Thirteen” / Renée Zellweger “Cold Mountain”
My prediction: Renée Zellweger

Original Screenplay: The Barbarian Invasions” Denys Arcand / “Dirty Pretty Things” Steven Knight / “Finding Nemo” Andrew Stanton, Bob Peterson and David Reynolds Original Story by Andrew Stanton / “In America” Jim Sheridan & Naomi Sheridan & Kirsten Sheridan / “Lost in Translation” Sofia Coppola
My prediction: Sofia Coppola

As I said, these are just my predictions and not in every case the person that I would like to see win. The Academy Awards will be presented on February 29th… tune in and find out who wins and how good of a guesser I really am!

Blade 3 Stock Rises

Blade 3 Trinity has a 50-50 chance of being really good.

I say this partly because I didn’t care for Blade,  but loved Blade 2.  This will be the third director for the third movie.

At least Wesley Snipes keeps coming back. has a couple of new pics from Blade 3.

After seeing the pics I think Blade 3‘s odds have risen to 55 – 45. ; )

Random Movie Thoughts 2004

Here are some random thoughts on Movies Coming Out This Year

  • “Alien vs Predator” could be like when the two baddest guys in school fought… it wasn’t pretty but ya just had to go watch.

  • “Catwoman” starring Halle Berry should have been a winner. The buzz on it is terrible and looking at her outfit you can see why.
  • “The Stepford Wives” doesn’t do much for me, but then again neither did the original. Maybe it will surprise me but I’m not counting on it.
  • M. Knight Shyamalan‘s “The Village” is getting a mixed reception so far, but it’s still early and Shyamalan‘s past track record is excellent. I hoping for really good things.
  • “Harry Potter and the Prisoner of…” –– I’ve yet to see the others, so this one is below my radar.
  • “Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow” is the movie I’m most anticipating at this point. [Well, except for “Shade”… and “The Chronicles of Riddick”]. This could be the surprise hit of the season.
  • “Collateral” teams Michael Mann and Tom Cruise. This should be excellent, but the story doesn’t thrill me… or maybe it’s the casting of Jamie Fox.
  • “I, Robot” has potential… Will Smith in a movie based on an Issac Assimov story directed by Alex [“Dark City” and “The Crow”] Proyas? Yeah, count me in.
  • “Kill Bill, Volume 2” is said to be more like the Tarantino of old. I’ll be there hoping that’s true.
  • “Troy” is hoping to live up to “Gladiator” [not to mention Homer’s “The IIiad”] and Brad Pitt is leading the way. Ya just gotta support the gladiator revivial. ; )
  • “Ladykillers” teams the Cohen Brothers and Tom Hanks. This one looks strange. Well, what’d ya expect?
  • “The Chronicles of Riddick” is the movie I’m most anticipating at this point [Well, except for “Shade”… and “Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow“]. Hmmm… where have you heard that before.
  • “The Incredibles” is from Brad [“The Iron Giant”] Bird and Pixar. You just know it’s going to be fun.
  • “Starsky and Hutch” looks like fun, but I bet I’ll wait for a rental.
  • “Spider-Man 2” looks to be the box office champ. The buzz is even better than the first.
  • “The Manchurian Candidate” is an updating of the cold war thriller and stars Denzel Washington and Meryl Strepp. When was the last time I was looking forward to a Meryl Streep movie?
  • “Shrek 2” – I guess I should see the first one first.
  • “Alexander” -[Ya just gotta support the gladiator revivial. ; ) ] and this one stars Colin Farrell and is directed by Oliver Stone!
  • “King Arthur” – remember what I said about gladiator movies? Well, this one isn’t one!
  • “Dawn of the Dead” is a retelling of the George Romero classic. I’ll be there, but still wonder why Romero isn’t doing another…
  • “Hellboy” is the movie I’m most anticipating at this point [Well, except for “Shade”… and “Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow“.. and… aw… nevermind…]
  • “Van Helsing” will be out soon. It has sooo much potential…. but then again so did Halle Berry in “Catwoman.”

The Rock Can Walk

Ok, I admit it. I was wrong.

I thought that The Rock starring in a remake of Walking Tall was a bad idea.

The Rock was, pardon the expression, on a roll.

Think about it… great reviews for his small role in “The Mummy Returns.” Then a prequel about his character “The Scorpion King.” And then The Rock totally wows everyone with the very good and very underrated “The Rundown.”

But The Rock starring as a backwater sheriff who carries a two-by-four to fight Southern Mobsters?

No way that could work. Right? Wrong.

The trailer looks good and they’ve updated and changed the story to fit The Rock. And with his charisma, I think it’ll work.

Check out the trailer and let me know…

… am I wrong?

Even Another New Dawn

If you’re excited about the re-make of “Dawn of the Dead, you’re really going to love this…

Steve Niles [30 Days of Night] and Chee [Wake the Dead] are teaming up for a three issue comic adaptation of the original “Dawn of the Dead” to be released in April.

Niles says the only liberties that he’s taking will be where the film makers were hampered by budget constraints.

Niles said that when he was asked about doing the adaptation, there was no trepidation. “I’m so excited that I’ve been asked to do this. This was such an important movie in my life.”

If you’re a fan of Nilescomics and novels, then you know that’s true… and will serve to make the adaptation even better.  The the “Dawn of the Dead” mini-series starts in April.