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WB Plans Green Lantern Sequel (Article) - 6/28/2011 3:34:22 AM

The movie was bad.  Not so terrible dedicated fans of GL couldn't like it, but bad enough that anyone who didn't know about the Green Lantern Corp and Hal Jordan would have no reason to want to watch more movies about them.  So this film was a failure, because Warners was counting on GL being their "iron Man," the movie that launched their shared comics universe franchise.

I'm thinking this sequel never happens.  The overseas box office for this movie are not good.

Green Lantern Wins Soft Opening (Article) - 6/20/2011 12:30:55 PM

Seems like most people who liked the movie are big Green Lantern fans. This movie was supposed to reach out to non-fans, and based on the box office, it really did not accomplish that mission.

DC has no one to blame but themselves for the cobbled together jumble this movie was.  Yeah, maybe it was fun to see Hal make green energy constructs and fly around.  But constructs alone don't make for a good story.

If DC can't make these movies at least as good as Marvel's (and it's not like Marvel always gets it right, either) they shouldn't be doing this.  They're not going to build successful franchises this way.

Mania TV Review: Falling Skies (Article) - 6/19/2011 3:08:09 PM

Looking forward to watching this! We haven't seen a post-invasion TV series before. This show looks a lot more promising that V or The Event or some of the other goofy alien invasion shows.

Green Lantern Wins Soft Opening (Article) - 6/19/2011 3:06:23 PM

 This really needed to be a better movie if the studio wanted it to do better.  If the movie continues to underperform (and word is foreign b.o. has been mushy too) then the hoped for sequel might be at risk.  No new franchise, Iron Man style. That's too bad.

Looking forward to Cap in July though! That film looks awesome, so far.

TRON: Legacy Movie Review (Article) - 12/18/2010 12:57:05 AM

Saw the movie tonight, and I pretty much agree with the reviewer, Rob.  There's some great, fun stuff in this movie, especially from a visual standpoint.  But from a story and character standpoint, man, is this film lacking, and it could easily have been much better in these areas.  

If we're going to bash George Lucas for his terrible writing skills, I think we need to at least point out that the story here in Tron: Legacy isn't much better.  There are so many scenes where people just talk on and on about stuff that happened in the past, and it's like the director even knows it's boring, because he keeps cutting to shots of whatever pretty girl happens to be close by, looking on curiously.  Not that I'm complaining about getting more Olivia Wilde eye candy time, but it's proof of poor writing.

But this movie really does feel like a film from the 80s, and I think that's a lot of fun.  There are lots of minor characters that are nevertheless memorable because they're so quirky.  And it's weird how a movie that takes place in a virtual computer world never gets overwhelmed by CGI set pieces, the way Michael Bay movies do.  

This movie could have been the start to a great trilogy, but I think the poor writing jeopardizes that opportunity.  But as a sequel to a movie that came out decades ago and wasn't a big hit, this may be worth watching, if you were a fan of the original.

Skyline: Movie Review (Article) - 11/14/2010 7:42:23 AM

 Great review!  These Strause guys need to realize they can't tell stories.  Time to find someone else who can and let them call the shots, or maybe pick up a book or two on screenwriting.

First Look: GREEN LANTERN (Article) - 7/15/2010 6:42:16 PM

 That GL suit does not look good.  Something about the hair and the mask makes it look like Ben Stiller is wielding the ring.

But who knows?  Maybe it'll work better in the picture.  I hated the first photo of Tobey in the Spidey costume that we saw, way back when.  But it actually looked okay in the movie.

ALIEN Anthology Blu-ray in Oct. (Article) - 7/15/2010 6:33:04 PM

 Well, it's about time...

3rd and 4th movie need to be de-canonized, though.

Predators Movie Review (Article) - 7/13/2010 3:54:09 PM

Nah, violator.  Nimrod and the writers of Predators went beyond formula to too many nods toward the original film.  Right down to playing Long Tall Sally over the credits, which only makes sense if you watched the first movie.

Like I said earlier, I liked Predators, because it has enough original elements and it's just a better made film than anything in the AVP series, but in this one sense it got a little fanwankish.  if it had gone any further they might as well have spliced Batman: Dead End in there.  Definitely something to avoid in the sequel.  

Predators Movie Review (Article) - 7/10/2010 11:45:55 PM

Caught this today.  Not too bad!  I agree I expected a little more from FIshburne, but he wasn't horrible, he just was not as convincing as the other actors.  That speaks pretty well of the other actors, actually.

I'll also say Nimrod never gave us an action sequence as big and bad as McTiernan could back in the day -- the assault team's raid on the enemy camp in the original Predator is still a classic, in my opinion -- but maybe given the new film's ultra-low price tag, that was out of the question.

Yeah, there were probably too many references to the first movie, but some of them were fun.  When the Yakuza guy decides to face the Predator in the field, a guy behind me in the theater started laughing and yelled out, "Billy!  Billy, let's go!" and I was right there with him.  

Given how disappointing this summer has been overall for movies, I have no problem recommending this movie.  Definitely worth a DVD rental.  Infinitely better than the travesties that were the AVP movies.

Hopefully this'll make a ton of a money and we can get an even better sequel.

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