Tag Archives: Roland Emmerich

Stonewall: Selma for Gays It’s Not!

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The Stonewall riots were to the gay rights movement what Selma was to the civil rights movement –the catalytic moment when young, hopeless young gays shrugged off the blend in to fit in approach that gotten them nowhere and cried out, ‘Enough!’

Give the importance of the riots, and considering who made the film, Stonewall is depressingly shallow and muddled. Even worse, the bonus features – that could have been highly instructive for anyone new to the story – are little more than self-congratulatory ephemera.

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They’re Back and They’re Ticked Trailer: Independence Day: Resurgence

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Twenty years ago, the nations of the Earth joined together to defeat the alien threat – destroying the alien mothership in the process. Unfortunately, the aliens got off a distress call before being destroyed.

Now an even greater threat arrives in the form of an even larger mothership. Can Earth’s forces – even with reverse-engineered alien technology bolstering them – face this new threat?

Check out the first, ever so slightly ominous first trailer for Roland Emmerich’s  Independence Day: Resurgence following the jump. Independence Day: Resurgence will be in theaters on June24, 2016.

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White House Down Sells Its Absurdities!

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Although this is the second invasion of the White House of the year, it’s bigger, louder and, paradoxically, safer – thanks to its PG-13 rating – than Olympus Has Fallen. Also, it has an outstanding cast supporting an equally excellent core of stars who appear to be having the times of their lives. It takes the basic idea of bad guys invading the White House for nefarious purposes and then spins out all kinds of fun sub-plots.

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Hot Trailer: White House Down

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On June 28th, we get the second – and judging from this trailer – better of the year’s two terrorists blow up the white House movies – White House Down. Check out the new trailer following the jump to see Channing Tatum confirming that he does the drama/humor mix as well as anyone – and Jamie Foxx as a very flexible POTUS.

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Anonymous –Historical Flummery as Fun Political Thriller!

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Roland Emmerich – he of Independence Day, 10,000 B.C. and 2012 [to name but a few] – takes one of the many theories on who really wrote the works of Shakespeare and turns it into a political thriller that blames all manner of events on… writers?

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MOVIE REVIEW: 2012 – Great Bad B-Movie Fun on an Epic Scale!

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It starts with an Indian geologist, Dr. Satnam Tsurutami [Jimy Mistry] alerting American geologist Dr. Adrian Helmsley [Chiwetal Ejiofor] of rising temperatures in the world’s deepest copper mine [handily already mined out]. This is tied into abnormally strong sun flares and sufficient neutrinos that they have a mutating effect… Well, you get the idea. Scientific technospeak sets up Helmsley’s warning to Carl Anheuser [Oliver Platt], an influential member of U.S. President Thomas Wilson’s [Danny Glover] team. Before you know it, the heads of the most powerful heads of state in the world have come to an agreement to find a way to ensure human survival after the apocalypse to come.

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10,000 B.C.: Big, Dumb Blockbuster!

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I’m going to let you in on a little secret. I love prehistoric man movies. One Million Years B.C. [Raquel Welch], Quest for Fire [Rae Dawn Chong] and even Caveman [Barbara Bach] – I loved them all. So, it is with great regret that I have to tell you that 10,000 B.C. is quite possibly the worst film Roland Emmerich has ever made [and that, my friends, is saying something!].

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