29 July 2011
I absolutely couldn't think of a better modern day adaptation of The Tragedy of Julius Caesar.
26 July 2011
Comic-Con's Big Look at the 'Avengers'
The Avengers are going big with their latest concept art release. It is a little odd that The Hulk is the only character without any supporting characters in his background. Will the upcoming film feature a third reboot of the character? Click on the image for a better look.
25 July 2011
Review: Captain America - The First Avenger
Captain America is a rarity of sorts in the modern blockbuster. There is no sense of postmodern reflection for frail Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) only a sense of duty that shines brighter than his translucently pale chest. Steve Rogers longs to do his part for the United States in war time, he has volunteered to join the armed services multiple times and each time receives notice that he does not meet the physical qualifications.
Steve feels lost in a generation of men whose bravery is defined by service. He can't even take enjoyment in an matinee showing without rising to defend those in arms. Character is not lacking for Rogers, only body mass.
Dr. Abraham Erskine (Stanley Tucci) takes pity on the charmingly persistent Rogers and clears him for boot camp. Steve has more than his fair share of critics in Col. Phillips (Tommy Lee Jones) and Agent Carter (Haley Atwell). More than proving his mettle during boot camp, Steve is offered to join a trial experiment for the Super Soldier serum created by Dr. Erskine and Howard Stark. The serum thought to be the over-the-top measure to beat the Nazis and Red Skull’s Hydra works and Captain America is born.
The film is filled with the sort of old school World War II action that is missing from the cinema anymore. Chris Evans is the ultimate boy scout, a man from a time where duty was king, and the film relies upon its ability to wax nostalgic about the yesteryear of its greatest heroes. Alan Menken's "Star Spangled Man" is one such rousing example.
There are no false notes about Captain America either, none of that trademark cynicism always present in modern war films. This very easily could have been made in the 1940s with Gary Cooper, it is that authentic.
Steve is just a man that hates bullies whether they take the form of an ignorant moviegoer, or a maniac hell-bent on the destruction of the modern world. Johann Schmidt (Hugo Weaving), is that maniac, managing to avoid the pitfalls of a rote Nazi villain and instead provides a worthwhile foil to the super soldier in red, white and blue.
There were worries that a film about Captain America would either be entirely too unrealistic, or campy, fortunately the film is neither. What makes the film an oddity, though, is the action scenes are not the big draw. A man resolving himself to fight an enemy under any cost is much more satisfying.
The first look at the Cannes Award winning film by Nicolas Winding Refn starring Ryan Gosling. Between this and Contagion we might have two Oscar contenders right off the bat in September.
22 July 2011
Want to Work with Brett Ratner?
Brett Ratner and Talenthouse are teaming up to give one lucky filmmaker an opportunity to work as a production assistant behind the scenes on the latest Rat Entertainment production. So if you have a short film (no more than five minutes) you are confident in and would like to enter the contest head to the link above.
Your Thoughts on 'Captain America'The first Avenger gets his debut today. Love it, hate it, or somewhere in between? Leave your take in the comments below.
20 July 2011
'The Amazing Spider-man' Trailer
Well, some trailer has finally figured out how to tease its 3-D aspects effectively. That said, this might be a hard-sell for those who don't think a reboot is necessary.
19 July 2011
'Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy' Trailer
This looks absolutely astounding. And what a cast! Oldman, Firth, Hurt, Strong, Jared Harris. John Le Carre's works have always been good, but it looks like we have a film that will match its acclaim now.
18 July 2011
'The Dark Knight Rises' Teaser Trailer
There's almost zero chance (unless you're me) that you missed this before seeing the final chapter of the Potter saga, but for those of you who have, enjoy!
17 July 2011
13 July 2011
What an excellent cast! The film itself keeps bringing me back to Outbreak, but that can't be helped. Get ready to have your flu shots ready by September 9th.