Alright gang, I know it’s almost February of 2020, but I still have a Best of 2019 post or two I want to get out before moving on! I’ve already covered old and new horror films, but I saw a lot of other flicks this year that I at least want to say a few words about. So, I’m going to do exactly that and run down a whole slew of movies and just say a few sentences about what I dug! LET’S. GET. INTO IT!
Neil Marshall, the director behind ridiculously awesome movies like Centurion, Doomsday and Dog Soldiers, is going to remake the Norwegian flick Troll Hunter. We’ve only heard good things about the original, but haven’t seen it for ourselves yet. Still, this seems like a good fit. [via Deadline]
Vin Diesel’s at it again, posting a new image from James Wan’s Fast & Furious 7. Looks like the gang’s at a funeral. [via Facebook]
Sounds like the reports of Jerry Bruckheimer’s professional demise at Disney weren’t greatly exaggerated. The House of Mouse decided not to renew its first look deal with the super producer in the wake of the bomb known as The Lone Ranger. [via Deadline]
Fury writer and director David Ayer tweeted out this image of Brad Pitt, Logan Lerman, Shia LabEouf, Michael Pena and Jon Bernthal on the titular tank. The WWII film finds a tank crew going on a special mission behind enemy lines.
Mattel recently announced that they’ll be selling a figure of Blade from the 1987 Masters Of The Universe film in their line of He-Man based figures available only on Mattycollector.com. This marks the first figure from the film to make it into the Masters Of The Universe Classics line!
New director John Maclean enticed Michael Fassbender (X-Men: First Class, Prometheus), Ben Mendelsohn (Killer Elite, The Place Beyond the Pines) and Kodi Smit-McPhee (The Road, Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes) to ride along with his Western Slow West. [via Collider]
Y: The Last Man screenwriters Matthew Federman and Stephen Scaia have been recruited to write a film based on the Ubisoft video game series Ghost Recon, a game developed by Tom Clancy. [via Variety]
Cinemark theaters will be showing David Fincher’s Fight Club in their movie houses on September 22nd and 25th as part of their Classic Series. Check the site for show times in an area near you.
Last week we showed you the trailer for Jose Padilha’s RoboCop. According to THR, it’s the most watched trailer for the second week in a row. Meanwhile, another THR story announced that the film will hit IMAX theaters when it opens on February 7th.
Finally, Jeff Bridges opened up a bit about the failure of R.I.P.D., one of Universal’s few flops in recent memory. “I had such a great time working on that movie,” Bridges said. “I remember what we were doing. I thought: This could be fun to see. And when I saw it, I was a little underwhelmed. For my mind, the studio made some, uh, choices that I wouldn’t have made.” [via GQ]
47 Ronin looks pretty rad as you can see in this new international trailer. But we’ll have to wait until December 25th to see if that’s the case.
One of the most beloved music flicks of all time, The Harder They Come starring Jimmy Cliff, is returning to select theaters this September. The film features a wannabe musician who must turn to crime to make it in the world.
This one’s from last month, but check out the first trailer from Jeff Bridges’ The Seventh Son which will now be distributed through Universal instead of Legendary’s previous partner Warner Bros. Looks sufficiently epic and fantastical. We can’t wait to see Jeff Bridges in the “wise old teacher” role. The film does not yet have a U.S. release date.
The Michael Bay-produced Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles flick from director Jonathan Liebesman got pushed back to August 8, 2014. This movie’s getting moved around more than the Turtle Van on patrol. Is there any hope it will be good? [via THR]
Word on the street is that Disney’s so pissed about the The Lone Ranger not making it’s money back yet that they’re restructuring their deal with producer Jerry Bruckheimer. In the past, his contract said that he had final cut, but that might not be the case anymore with Pirates Of The Caribbean 5. [TheWrap]
CW’s DC Comics-based Arrow is recruiting The Killing actress Bex Taylor-Klaus to play a character called Sin. In the comics, Sin is a girl trained for years to replace super-assassin Lady Shiva who gets adopted by Black Canary. [via THR]
Speaking of Greg Berlanti-created shows, the futuristic prison series Paradise got snatched up by NBC. Berlanti’s teaming up with Seth Grahame-Smith (Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter) to make the Prison Break-like show set in a version of Las Vegas that’s been converted into a giant prison. [via Deadline]
Divorces can be rough, especially when kids are involved. When Legendary split from Warners earlier this summer, some of the films the former financed were left without distribution. That was the case with Sergei Bodrov’s The Seventh Son, but don’t worry, the Jeff Bridges film will now be distributed by Legendary’s new partner Universal. [via TheWrap]
Warner Bros. snatched up a pitch by Mark L. Smith (Vacancy) called Herald about a Viking king that Leonardo DiCaprio may or may not play. [via Deadline]
James Cameron revealed to Visionaries that he was thinking of blue ladies well before he came up with the idea for Avatar. [via Movies.com]
Dig this crazy set from Brett Ratner’s Hercules. [via Dwayne Johnson’s Twitter]
Finally, this video reenacts the Peter/Chicken fight from Family Guy as performed by stuntwomen Jessie Graff and Tree O’Toole. [via Topless Robot]
I really wanted to love The Men Who Stare At Goats. It’s got George Clooney, Jeff Bridges and Kevin Spacey who I love and tons of Star Wars references including star Ewan McGregor having actually played a Jedi. Unfortunately this story about supposedly true military factions devoted to creating soldiers who are intuned with nature and can use their minds to fog enemy minds and possibly run through walls. I like the premise and the performances, but I think the film falters in the way it tries to tell the story. See, McGregor plays a reporter who starts following Clooney around while we get flshbacks to Clooney’s days with this faction a few years back. That’s where Bridges and Spacey come into play. While traveling through Iraq, Clooney and McGregor get into some trouble and somehow end up with Spacey who has taken over for Bridges when it comes to running the super soldier program. I’ll be honest, the movie never grabbed me and I started walking around and working on other things while it was on. With the story bouncing back and forth I found myself transported back to watching the second season of Lost when I just wanted to focus on what the hell was going on on the island and didn’t care about their pasts (I was watching the first two seasons at the same time, so I wasn’t used to the story structure yet). In this case, I found it difficult to care about Clooney’s character in the present because I was kind of resenting him for taking time away from the flashback stories which mostly got told in voiceover. I think that was what really caused the separation for me. I wanted the story to flow better and zoom in on the more focused on the interesting stuff. Aw well, it wasn’t a total loss, but I also wasn’t riveted.
Tron is one of those movies that I’ve been hearing about how awesome it is from people who are a few years older than me for a while now. Well, sorry those people, but I’ve got to disagree. I think if I had seen Tron when I was a kid it would have blown my freaking mind and I’d probably love it now, but seeing as I don’t have the nostalgia factor, I watched it like I would any other movie and, while the effects were crazy good for the time and still hold up, the story seems a bit confusing and thrown together.
The story revolves around computer guru Jeff Bridges (who sounds just like The Dude) who used to work for a big corporation that’s been taken over by a guy who stole Jeff’s designs for video games and passed them off as his own. There’s also a computer program called Master Control Program who’s running that dirtbag’s life. But the real story takes place inside the computer as Bridges gets zapped inside and has to deal with programs designed by his friends in the real world who resemble them. Bruce Boxleitner and Cindy Morgan (who I did not recognize as the girl from Caddyshack) play the friends in the real world and programs in the computer.
I think the confusion stems from the very beginning of the movie where they jump into the computer and show off a bunch of craziness without much context. I knew a little bit about the movie, but not much so I was kind of lost right off the bat. Then it bounces to the real world and back into the computer. I got the overall plot points and, like I said, it looks sick once they’re inside the computer. They do a great job making the people/programs inside the computer look unnatural. I read they did it by shooting in black and white and then adding color in post. It’s very creepy looking.
All in all, Tron is entertaining enough, but not all that absorbing. The sound levels also seem to bounce around like crazy, which is a pet peeve of mine as I’m trying to watch these movies while my wife sleeps. Keep it down you darn movies! Anyway, I recommend Tron to special effects fans, Jeff Bridges fans and anyone who saw it when they were three and want to check it out again.