Sunday, April 29, 2007
Of course, my weekend will certainly pale in comparison to what's in store for next Friday: the official beginning of the Summer Movie Season. Yes, after 3 years, Tobey Maguire returns as the world's favorite super hero in "Spider-Man 3", opposite Kirsten Dunst, James Franco, Topher Grace and Thomas Haden Church.
The film will inevitably cause some form of hysteria at the box office. To prove my point: in Manhattan, iMax showtimes are already sold out through the weekend. And while I'm certainly excited to see it - I'll be there Friday assuming normal screens aren't sold out, too - I can't say Spidey is my most anticipated flick of the summer.
No, the film I'm most anticipating this season actually comes from another trilogy. It's "The Bourne Ultimatum" starring Matt Damon and directed by the recently Oscar-nominated Paul Greengrass. The first 2 "Bourne" films were both awesome and underrated, and I'm hoping Damon and Greengrass really knock this one out of the park.
Sadly, "The Bourne Ultimatum" doesn't open until August, so I'll need some big blockbuster distractions to get me through the next three months. Which is why I ask: what summer movies are you anticipating the most? Are you more of a Spidey or a Pirates fan? Also: which hyped movies do you have no desire to see?
Afterward, be sure to check out the YouTube Clip of the Week posted below. Thanks.
Wednesday, April 25, 2007
So give it a look and enjoy! (while you can)
Tuesday, April 24, 2007
Over the weekend a friend of mine tried to convince me that Drew Barrymore was the current Queen of Romantic Comedies. I was immediately baffled by the suggestion - I mean, nobody respects her like that, do they?
But when he asked me to come up with an alternative choice, I was stumped. I threw out names like former sweethearts Julia Roberts and Meg Ryan, but Julia's doing her own thing now, and well, Meg's career is pretty much in the toilet.
In hindsight, I'd pick someone like Reese Witherspoon based on the success of films like "Legally Blonde." Can you think of an alternative? Is it really Drew, or is it somebody like say, Cameron Diaz? Or, to further complicate things, do we even have a modern day Julia these days? Discuss.
Sunday, April 22, 2007
(and be on the lookout for new predix coming next week!)
Thursday, April 19, 2007
Wednesday, April 18, 2007
Since then, however, the movie musical has been in a rut. In an attempt to capitalize on the genre's comeback, studios rushed to put out films like "Phantom of the Opera", "Rent" and "The Producers", some of the worst films of the decade. Dreamworks found more success in Bill Condon's "Dreamgirls". Yet, despite 8 nominations, the Best Picture snub stung almost as hard as "Cold Mountain" in 2003.
Despite everything, movie musicals continue to be made. This year we have two major studio productions coming out, the first being "Hairspray" (ShoWest montage), based on the Tony-winning musical. The other is "Sweeney Todd" directed by Tim Burton and starring, if you can believe it, Johnny Depp. And if that wasn't enough, Depp is rumored to be back in another big screen musical: this time, an adaptation of "Nine" directed by Rob Marshall (news).
Whether or not any of these movies will do well at the Oscars remains to be seen. Still, it's hard not to wonder how long the modern day musical will last. What do you guys think? Are movie musicals on the rise again or is Oscar ready to show them the door? Also, for the die hard musical fans out there, which project are you anticipating the most?
Sunday, April 15, 2007
For me, I'm not too worried about her. I think her win for "Monster's Ball" was so historic and memorable that a comeback isn't out of the question. In fact, it's a lot more realistic than one might think, "Catwoman" or no "Catwoman."
Like Gwyneth Paltrow, for example. I'm personally one of the two people out there who thought she deserved to win for "Shakespeare in Love." But since then, with the exception of a couple of movies, Gwyneth has done absolutely nothing to bank on her success. This has made it very easy for critics to attack, and also very difficult for fans like myself to stay loyal. It's as though Gwyneth's Oscar has become a joke, which is why I'm willing to guess that, unless she goes all "Million Dollar Baby" on us, she'll never be nominated again.
Friday, April 13, 2007
What do you guys think? Will "Atonement" be another hit for Wright & Knightley or will voters simply stick to - if anything - the techs?
Wednesday, April 11, 2007
So give the trailer a look and let me know what you think: Will Julie Christie earn a Best Actress nomination this year or is it too early to tell?
Sunday, April 08, 2007
Which is why I don't understand the need to remake it. Why couldn't Zombie just let people discover it in video stores or on USA when it plays 500x on Halloween? I don't get it.
You can watch the trailer at Yahoo! and judge for yourself. As for me, well, I'm a little scared.
Friday, April 06, 2007
Anyway, here's what critics are saying about the films released today. Note: all percentages are subject to change.
Grindhouse - 87%
Average rating: 7.7/10
---No doubt Grindhouse will be the big draw this weekend. And juding by the reviews, the 3-hour running time will be worthwhile after all.
The Hoax - 89%
Average rating: 7.3/10
---Fascinating. I expected good things from "The Hoax" but certainly not this good. Which makes me wonder: what made Miramax push it back to 2007? Is it simply too entertaining for Oscar? Further: will praise for Richard Gere have any lasting impact on the race this season? I say no, but these days you never know.
The Reaping -06%
---Poor Hilary. Of course, we saw this coming, but as much as I disagreed with her '04 Oscar I was kind of rooting for her do well post-MDB. Oh well. Looks like she's back to her old tricks once again.
Wednesday, April 04, 2007
Monday, April 02, 2007
As for me, I'm gonna start working on everything this weekend. I forgot how easy it is to lose track of time while on hiatus.