I’m really sick to death of the dark and gritty superhero. Christopher Nolan’s Batman films were a huge success because Batman is a dark and gritty character. Just because it works for him doesn’t mean every hero has to be grim. Spider-Man, Superman, etc, these are characters that are about hope, overcoming obstacles, not sullen and living in shadows – ok, maybe not Spider-Man but he certainly isn’t dark and grim. The whole reason Superman doesn’t wear a mask is he wants people to be able to trust him.
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In many ways the joke is on the audience, This is the End is not a real movie; it is just an excuse for a bunch of buddies to get together and get paid to throw a party. When your friends are James Franco, Seth Rogan, Jay Baruchel, Jonah Hill, Craig Robinson and Danny McBride that’s pretty much all you need. You don’t need a script, or a director, or a plot, the fun is just watching these guys interact having fun together.
It is hard to believe that it has been over 7 years since Wedding Crashers. The dynamic duo Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson finally return to the big screen in a GIGANTIC ad for one of the wealthiest companies in the world – Google. Ok, it may not be an ad, it is a 2-hour ad disguised as a movie. The Internship is a movie for our times, in more ways than one. Beyond the constant messaging that “Google is awesome and everyone should work here,” yes, I’m bitter because I’ll never get a job at Google. It is also about starting over and embracing dreams. Anyone who has lost a job or feel like they are stuck in a dead end one will be able to relate to this movie. It isn’t as self-indulgent as Wedding Crashers was.
Now You See Me is a prime example of why I generally do not watch movie trailers. Not out of active avoidance, it is just they don’t show trailers at critic screenings and I DVR all my TV so there’s rarely any reason for me to see them. The trailer gives away too much information. Walking into this, I felt like I had already seen this – and liked it.
Many argue that without the staggering critical and box office success of the first Iron Man movie, there would be no Marvel Universe, as we know it. However, when last I checked Spider-Man and the X-Men movies gave Marvel the confidence and financial resources to go off and build this franchise. Now Iron Man returns to kick off the aptly named Wave II of Marvel movies that eventually concludes with another Avengers movie.
What happened to Mark Wahlberg? First Ted and now Pain and Gain it seems like he has completely embraced every comedic stereotype some people have of him and have used it to great effect. This is one of those rare movies where it is impossible to create a trailer that does it dark, twisted, and hysterically funny story justice. It is so over the top that of course it is based on a true story.
Evil Dead is one of those mythical cult films that everyone talks about in hushed awe, but it somehow escaped me. After finally watching it on Netflix, I have to say – I was not impressed. I walked into this remake with very low expectations and was surprised by how much I liked this movie. It is the rare remake that surpasses the original in most ways that matter, except one – there’s no Bruce Campbell.