When the movie Igor was announced and James McAvoy and Daniel Radcliffe were attached, the premise – the story of Frankenstein told from the point of view of his assistant, Igor – I thought, ‘What a great premise!’ When the film’s title was changed to Victor Frankenstein, I thought, ‘That kinda makes sense – everyone knows who he is; almost no one really thinks about Igor.’
Then we got a cool a trailer and a few really cool clips. It was all good. And then it all came crashing down. Those cool moments form the trailer and the advance clips? They’re pretty much the sum total of the movie’s good moments.
One of my fondest and earliest movie going memories is seeing the movie Race For Your Life Charlie Brown. I’m kind of a purist when it comes to animation, I prefer hand drawn to computer animation. I know it’s not popular to say but I find modern films from the likes of Pixar, Dreamworks, etc. to be technically brilliant, but also cold and too “perfect,” or “clean.” I brought out my pitchfork when I heard that they were going to bastardize yet another treasured thing from my childhood. My faith in movie making has been restored! The Peanuts Movie is everything that I hoped it would be.
How do you follow up an Oscar®-winning masterpiece? Alejandro G. Iñárritu has chosen to go from the cold of space, to the cold of the far north and from the realm of science fiction, to a few centuries into the past.
The Revenant is a tale of the one dish that’s best served cold: revenge. Iñárritu’s The Revenant stars Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hardy, Domhnall Gleeson and Will Poulter. It will open on December 25th. Check out the trailer after the jump.
Hitman: Agent 47 is the second attempt to kickstart a franchise based on the Hitman video game. While it’s a fun effort, though far more sizzle than steak, it just isn’t going to start much of anything (please ignore the tag…).
It’s here and it’s alive! The trailer for the story we all know – told by the man who witnessed it all, Igor Strausman! Victor Frankenstein stars Daniel Radcliffe as Igor and James McAvoy as victor Frankenstein.
For a very different take on Mary Shelley’s classic tale, check out the American (introduced by McAvoy and Radcliffe) and UK (darker, moodier) trailers for Victor Frankenstein after the jump. Victor Frankenstein will be in theaters on November 25th.
Jake Gyllenhaal’s latest film, Southpaw wants desperately to be the Rocky or maybe Rocky 5 for the current generation. For the most part the story of light heavyweight champ Billy Hope (Gyllenhaal) mostly works. If you saw any boxing film in the last 30 years, you’ll see some of the well-worn plot turns coming a mile away, however it’s worth stepping into the ring for all the fine performances.