Not in the Mood to See "Wrath of the Titans" or "Mirror Mirror?" Watch "Bully" Instead! Check Out My Reviews of the New Movies Out This Weekend!We'll talk about "Wrath of the Titans" and "Mirror Mirror" below, but first, watch my movie review of "Bully." It's an important film that everyone must see! Right now, the Weinstein Company documentary directed by Lee Hirsch is in limited release, but it will slowly trickle down to your city! Check out the Weinstein Company's site here for more info on "Bully," and here for my written movie review. Let's learn to love one another shall we?
"Wrath of the Titans"
We hosted a special advanced screening of "Wrath of the Titans" and based on the audience reaction, they seemed to like the sequel. Me personally? Well, it's a whole different story. So, let's break it down shall we?
The Good -- I enjoyed Liam Neeson as always. He's Zeus, suffering at the hands of the equally good but hammy Ralph Fiennes as Hades. I enjoyed some of the special effects, the 3D? Well, it's a bit gimmicky (look at those ashes...ooooh!). And I did like the last 20 minutes of the film, it seemed that director Jonathan Liebesman, the guy who gave us "Battle: Los Angeles" and the upcoming "Ninja Turtles" minus the Teenage Mutant, and his writers Dan Mazeau and David Leslie Johnson ("Red Riding Hood") invested everything in the last 20 minutes of the film, and it shows! I also liked the little homage given to Bubo, the mechanical owl, and the insertion of some comic scenes that are totally needed in this otherwise lumbering tale.
The Bad -- As much as I love my BFF, Sam Worthington, he needs to stop playing the goodie, goodie two shoes. Here's the deal -- we fell in love with him playing a bad boy gone good in "Terminator Salvation." I thought he single-handedly saved that film. But from "Avatar" and to the two "Titans" movies all the way to "Man on a Ledge," he's been playing the goodie goodie roles without any shades of anything in them. Tsk Tsk. Find a deeper meaning to each role, add the bad ass slant we love, and then make us fall in love with you again. To the ladies though, they may enjoy the sight of Worthington in togas, HA!
The Ugly -- The first half of the film is just tedious to watch. It has no life, you don't care for Perseus or his annoying son, you don't know how he got his son or who his wife is, and in the end, you really don't care. But like I said, stay for the last 20 minutes, I nearly clapped.
So my verdict for "Wrath of the Titans?" It gets
Like any old Tarsem Singh movie, "Mirror Mirror" is beautiful to look at but it's ultimately empty. This campy retelling of the Snow White tale is like an old school corny fantasy film (much like those black and white fantasy comedy Filipino movies that I used to enjoy as a child). Julia Roberts and Armie Hammer ham it up and they nearly saved the film. Lily Collins, as much as it's about her character of Snow White, was really relegated to a minor role. She's the catalyst that brings out Roberts' motivation. This is a Julia Roberts' show gosh darn it! And goodness gracious, the comicky slapsticky and just pure icky character of Nathan Lane, the saddled assistant of the Queen, is not funny at all.
But "Mirror Mirror" is harmless for kids, so go ahead and take your child with you, just don't expect too much and know that you will get a beautiful movie (look at those fantastic costumes!) with really nothing to say -- much like "Immortals," another Tarsem flick, before it.
"Mirror Mirror" gets
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Will Ferrell and his "Anchorman" gang will stay classy for another sequel. The comedian confirmed the news when he stopped by Conan O'Brien's talk show. In full character! (See video below)
Ferrell admitted that Paramount Pictures has officially greenlit a sequel to the successful and super-funny 2004 comedy "Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy."
We've all known that a sequel is in the works. As the Huffington Post reported, Ferrell and director Adam Mckay first tinkered with a Broadway spectacle which would eventually migrate to the big screen. But Paramount nixed the idea. Why? The studio didn't like the outer space setting! That's right, our favorite characters will be catapulted to infinity and beyond for the sequel. But when "The Other Guys," directed by McKay and starring Ferrell, made $170 million at the box-office, Paramount reconsidered. So the big question -- will this sequel still be set in outer space?
Here's what we know right now, the original cast of Paul Rudd, Steve Carell, and David Koechner will be back to reprise their roles, Judd Apatow will once again produce, and McKay will be back on the director's chair.
See the video below of Ferrell playing a mean flute at Conan's talk show, and saying these words, "There will be a sequel to 'Anchorman."
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She has played an assassin and a vampire, and now, Chloe Grace Moretz can add telekinetic girl to her very impressive resume. According to Deadline, Moretz has been formally offered the role of "Carrie" by MGM, Screen Gems, and director Kimberly Pierce. This one is a remake of the Brian DePalma movie based on the first ever Stephen King bestseller.
Sissy Spacek carved a name for herself by playing the high school girl with dangerous powers in the original film, and I have no doubt Moretz will do justice to the role. We fell in love with the actress as Hit-Girl in "Kick-Ass" and we were mesmerized with her performance as a lovelorn vampire in the American remake of "Let the Right One In" called "Let Me In."
Moretz was also good in the Oscar-winning "Hugo" as the girl who helped unlock the secret. (Check out my fun interview with the actress right here)
"Carrie," the remake, is shaping up to be an exciting project. It has a strong narrative (thanks Stephen King), it serves as an allegory to bullying albeit I don't suggest bullying victims to burn their high school and kill all the students, heck, even destroying the town! In the book, Carrie White is supposed to be a bit obese, hence all the bullying, so I wonder if Pierce and company will stick to the character's description.
I also admire Pierce, the director who gave us "Boys Don't Cry," the film that catapulted Hilary Swank to winning an Oscar. Speaking of Oscars, Spacek received a nod with this role, will Moretz get one too?
Piper Laurie, who played the deranged, overzealous religious fanatic mommy of Carrie, also received an Oscar nod. Who should play the mommy in the remake? What about the role that John Travolta played in the original? The plan is to hire Moretz and then everything will fall into its right place. Once they have their Carrie, it's easier to put the puzzle together.
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This incense me! Many so-called "Hunger Games" fans are complaining that some of the beloved characters of the book are played by African-American actors. They were turned black, they said!
Amanda Stenberg, who plays the angelic Rue, and Dayo Okeniyi aka Thresh, have been under scrutiny for playing roles in the movie that were supposed to be played by white folks! Really?
Never mind that both Rue and Thresh are described as characters with "dark, brown skin" in the Suzanne Collins book. So, those characters could be played by anyone with dark, brown skin, yes, even African-American folks!
Now, even Lenny Kravitz who stars as the stylist Cinna could not escape the wrath of these bigoted fans. According to E!, "Another, who also questioned the casting of Kravitz as sympathetic stylist Cinna, tweeted, "cinna and rue werent suppose to be black," before adding, "why did the producer make all the good characters black."
Can you imagine the wrath of these fans if Katniss was cast with a black actress? The horror! And did these fans really learn the message of the book about all-encompassing love? I don't think so.
One crafty "Hunger Games" fan created a Tumblr page where these racists folks could vent their dismay. (Check it out here)
And I don't know about you but -- SPOILER ALERT -- when Rue died, it was a very sad moment of the movie, but one viewer tweeted, "call me racist but when i found out rue was black her death wasn't as sad #ihatemyself."
Okay, YOU'RE A FREAKING RACIST!
In this day and age, I can't believe race of characters is still an issue. Did the inclusion of their race beneficial to the movie? Did it hinder the narrative of the film? Does it really matter?
In the end, it really does not matter, and these folks need to go back and read the book and learn from it!
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A simple Google search of the word bully yields 139 million results. It is indeed a worldwide problem that has everyone from President Obama to Lady Gaga taking action.
One action you can take is watching the new documentary “Bully” directed by Sundance and Emmy-award winning filmmaker Lee Hirsch. It’s a startling and humanistic portrait of five kids and their families dealing with bullying. Read More...
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