I am an unapologetic fan of the John Frankenheimer movie that came out, which works far better than it has any right to as a descent into madness that systematically kills off every character you care about (David Thewlis as romantic lead, in and of itself, is a ballsy, nutso casting move that I love). But when you see the documentary Lost Souls, about the making of it, it's clear that Richard Stanley's original vision was a million times MORE nuts, with stuff that was probably unfilmable in the mid-'90s, both for content reasons and effects limitations.More >>
Pee-wee's Big Holiday will be released direct-to-Netflix. It is written by Paul Reubens and Paul Rust - his collaborator on the recent Broadway version of The Pee-wee Herman Show - and directed by John Lee (The Heart, She Holler), with Apatow producing.
While the title implies it's more of a direct sequel to Big Adventure than anything else, the only plot details so far are that
the movie kicks off with "a fateful meeting" between Pee-Wee and a "mysterious stranger," which inspires Pee-Wee "to take his first-ever holiday in this epic story of friendship and destiny."I don't want to get too bogged down in nostalgia, but Francis could use the work (and I just now found out he played John Wayne Gacy in a movie which is either creepy as fuck or just insanely silly).
It's nice to have actual details, finally - for the past four years or whatever it's been, I've kept wanting to yell: "IS THIS SOMETHING YOU CAN SHARE WITH THE REST OF US, AMAZING JUDD?" Apparently, finally so. I hope it's the best sequel we ever seen.
It could perhaps be argued that the best - or at least the most interesting - superhero movies made to date were the ones that came from idiosyncratic directors. Captain America: The Winter Solider was all well and good, I suppose, but it's the type of film that feels more like a studio mandate (which it was) than an urgent tale told my a creative mind eager to explore something new. The notion of the "auteur superhero movie" is not largely explored in today's marketplace, which values mythbuilding and multiple-film story arcs over singular, thoughtful deconstructive explorations of a superhero character (although, since Topless Robot recently endorsed Ava DuVernay to direct a Marvel film, we may see the age soon. Fans may even want it.).More >>
This is some holy-shit-crazy-level stuff. Somewhere between what Watchmen did to Charlton comics and Frank Miller's Goddamn Batman is this take on Power Rangers from Torque director Joseph Kahn and producer Adi Shankar (who also did that excellent Venom/Man Bites Dog short). In a Blade Runner-esque future, Katee Sackhoff plays an adult Kimberly, held prisoner by Rocky (James Van Der Beek) who has switched allegiances and had the rest of the team murdered...all except Tommy, for whom he is laying a trap. Bulk and Skull are meth-heads, Zack hawks exercise tapes and bangs hookers, Jason was briefly married to Kim - it's full of swearing, nudity, and bloody head-shot kills. [Yeah, I know it's not technically "rated" - but it'd be R]
I don't know that anyone actually wanted grim and gritty Power Rangers - but if you did, this is probably as well done as it will ever get.More >>
Given the way most people feel about Marvel movies versus how they feel about Man of Steel and Bayformers, a mash-up flick probably doesn't top anybody's wishlist. But if it did, I'd want it to look something like this. "Alex Luthor," who brought us that outstanding fake Marvel vs. DC trailer this past December, has now gone and added Optimus, Megatron and the crew. If nothing else, it's an effective critique of how limited the environments for big action movies are, and how easy it is to match angles of projectiles being fired at things.
Though I love the way he throws in fan film and video-game footage super-quickly before you can really process what it is. If Mr. Luthor isn't a pro, as I suspected last time, somebody needs to hire him.More >>
If Luke Skywalker ever has to fight Cybermen, this would be the way to do it. And if you know anyone who wants to pay a thousand dollars for an accessory that forces you to modify the figure first, well, bless 'em. Because...
The Farm Boy Luke that is being used to display this saber had to be altered at the slot/elbow end to allow "line of sight " to the hand hole in order to slide the saber into the forearm. Plastic sabers have to be bent considerably to get them out of a standard Luke arm slot, this is not an option with a precious metal saber. This is not an issue with Darth and Ben since they have line of sight as a stock figure. Please take note of this and there is a photo showing the alteration as a reference.But of course, it's neither as clumsy nor as random as a gold blaster. Which vintage Tatooine Luke couldn't hold at all, anyway.
Be honest: since moment one of Disney's mega-hit, haven't you said to yourself, "I wish that happy happy 'Let It Go' bullshit were infiltrated by an alien monster that infects at a cellular level and rips apart the pretty bodies to consume nearby victims with sinewy tendrils"?
No? Too fuckin' bad. Here it is anyway...More >>
It is most likely inevitable, but that doesn't mean I have to go along with it.
First, Disney floated the idea that they like to do more Indiana Jones stuff, possibly with Chris Pratt in the role. Then, on Friday, Deadline reported that Steven Spielberg would be happy to direct Chris Pratt in the part if the script were right. I don't entirely blame Disney for wanting to maximize the Lucasfilm IPs they just paid top-dollar for, or Pratt if he takes an iconic, big-bucks role he'd be crazy to turn down. But I do not want to see this happen.More >>