Monthly Archives: August 2011
The zombie film is a genre that has undergone a resurgence in recent years. Since 28 Days Later breathed new life into zombies by allowing them to run, we have seen the Dawn of the Dead remake, Shaun of the Dead, Zombieland, the Walking Dead TV show and countless others.
One of the side effects of the newfound popularity of zombies has been the return of George Romero to filmmaking. The director of the original Night of the Living Dead had been largely absent from theaters since the mid-to-late 80s. But from 2005-2009 he managed to release three more zombie films into theaters!
Recently, I did a write-up on Jaws rip-offs to coincide with the release of Shark Night 3-d. I really only scratched the surface of the genre. But from the list, two things are obvious. There are a lot of “shark attack” movies and most of them are crap. One movie I didn’t cover in the list was a 2010 Australian import called “The Reef”. And much like “Open Water”, “The Reef” is the rare shark flick that is worth seeing.
When Sucker Punch was released earlier this year, it was savaged by critics. That’s not surprising. It was a glossy, special-effects driven action film that intentionally pandered to the audience with scantily glad girls fighting robots with machine guns and samurai swords. Plus, Zack Snyder’s success with 300 and his rise to prominence with Man of Steel left him vulnerable for a backlash. But I wondered, how bad could it be?
I have long considered myself a fan of director David Cronenberg. So I was surprised to realize that I had never seen one of his better known early films, Videodrome. It’s not like I was unaware of Videodrome. To the contrary, I was always kind of fascinated with it. But somehow, I never got around to actually watching the thing.
With Jaws 5, erm, I mean Shark Night 3-D opening this weekend, it’s time to look back at the history of movies that ripped off Jaws.
In the early 90’s, he was arguably the biggest star in Hollywood. His films were hits. His directorial debut swept the Oscars. Kevin Costner was at the top of the A-list. Twenty years later, his films go direct to video and he’s been reduced to playing Pa Kent in the new Superman movie.
What the hell happened? Read the rest of this entry
If you can’t be at D23 this weekend and you’re dying for a closer look at the model of the Fantasyland expansion which is on display out there, here are some pictures in which you can view all of the little details.
Gretchen: That is so fetch!
Regina: Gretchen, stop trying to make fetch happen! It’s not going to happen!
As the quote suggests, this column will focuses on the careers of up-and-coming stars who never quite made it onto the A-list.
I had no intention of seeing this movie. Frankly, I couldn’t think of anything that could be done with the Apes franchise that would interest me. All the good ideas had been used up by the early 70s. And you couldn’t recreate the shock value of the original. So, I couldn’t get too excited about another attempt to restart the series.