5 items from 2014
Much like that it portrays, with the war movie there is always a thin line between success and failure. When dealing with such a hefty and complex subject matter, is one best suited to going on the offensive or holding back and forming a defensive line of conservatism? When dealing with real conflict involving real people, either by historical inspiration or factual invocation, are you making a drama or an action flick?
Regardless of which route one takes, this is a genre as susceptible to mediocrity and false hope as any other. Whether it be a great battle from history rendered obsolete by caricature or a teasing of genuine, shellshock events betrayed by insensitive thriller tropes, there will always be those that fail to hit the target when victory was so surely within reach. Intention is always undermined by incompetence.
Rather than look at the worst of the crop, Cinematic »
- Scott Patterson
Paramount’s “Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues” gave it a good try, but the sequel to the 2004 comedy about a full-of-himself San Diego newscaster couldn’t topple Walt Disney’s “Frozen” from the top of the national home video sales charts for the week ended April 6.
The animated feature remained at No. 1 for the third consecutive week on both the Nielsen VideoScan First Alert sales chart, which tracks overall disc sales, DVD and Blu-ray Disc combined, and Nielsen’s dedicated Blu-ray Disc sales chart.
Nielsen data shows that even in its third week of release, “Frozen” sold twice as many copies as “Anchorman 2,” which just came out on disc after earning $127.4 million in U.S. theaters – nearly 50% more than the original. »
- Thomas K. Arnold
Never imagined Seal Team 8 would see any action in Africa, but it does.
Here’s the synopsis:
Tom Sizemore (Saving Private Ryan, Black Hawk Down) stars in the most explosive and action-packed Behind Enemy Lines yet! On an unsanctioned mission in Africa, a covert team of U.S. Navy SEALs is sent to locate a secret mining operation and prevent the sale of weapons-grade uranium to international terrorists. The stakes are higher than ever—and so is the body count—as Seal Team 8 must fight their way through the treacherous Congo in order to secure the uranium, expose the unknown buyer, and defuse one of the greatest threats the world has ever known!
Directed by Roel Reine (12 Rounds 2: Reloaded), the Seal Team 8:
- Gig Patta
While becoming a successful company is hard, remaining a successful company is even harder. It’s time to take a broad look at what WWE could do to maintain their high share price and continue to profitably grow revenues.
Note, I’m trying to avoid ideas that are strictly based around shaping creative. The one thing that WWE has proven they are capable of doing well is writing and producing live events and televised wrestling shows. Instead of offering generalized mantras like “Push Daniel Bryan” or “Make New Stars”, the purpose of this article is to focus on things that would mean more to a non-wwe fan who was also a potential investor.
10. Drop WWE Studios
The WWE Studios/WWE Films has been a bust. At every conference call there are discussion of reforms and promises that better times lie ahead. Honestly, financial burden and poor performance from »
- Chris Harrington
Today's MPAA ratings bulletin includes a new PG-13 rating for the Kevin Costner starrer Draft Day as the studio appealed the original R-rating for brief strong language, which has now been changed to PG-13 for what's described as "brief strong language and sexual references". Riveting, rightc Also included is the rating for yet another Tyler Perry movie, this one Tyler Perry's Single Moms Club, which stars Perry alongside Nia Long and an R-rating for the festival favorite Blue Ruin, which Radius-twc is expected to release this year. And finally, a family-friendly rating for the animated Mr. Peabody & Sherman as well as a rating for a new Rocky & Bullwinkle short film, which will play in front of Peabody & Sherman. The short was directed by Gary Trousdale (Beauty and the Beast) and features the voice work of June Foray (the original voice of Rocket J. Squirrel) and Tom Kenny ("SpongeBob SquarePants") as Bullwinkle Moose. »
- Brad Brevet
5 items from 2014
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