9 items from 2015
Our weekly column in which writers reveal their current in-the-margains pop culture obsession. Do you know one of the things I love most about the Internet? The whip-smart parody Twitter accounts that rise and fall like ancient regimes. Here today, gone tomorrow. Rulers of the world, then buried forever in a layer of social media sediment. A few rise above the noise to be baked into collective consciousness — like @Horse_ebooks and @FilmCriticHULK. But most are just a flash-in-the-pan. Yet while they last, these anonymous satirists can bring a much needed chuckle to a Twitter feed oscillating between political debate and Instagram photos of everyone’s idealized life and lunch choices. To that end, my current favorite is @AwfulFantasy. Every day, this ode to the purple prose of yesterday sticks it to overblown fantasy tropes. Whether involving high fantasy, space fantasy, or new-fangled steampunk, no sub-genre is safe from their loving barbs. »
- Donna Dickens
Through the use of satire, and a good dose of slapstick, Accidental Love attempts to show some of the more absurd aspects of society. However, the slapstick seems to undermine the gravity of the characters, as it carries the narrative too far into the ridiculous for the audience to then believe the film’s characterization of society. Although it is possible to bring satire and slapstick together in a way that works, in Accidental Love, they feel like two opposing tones. The movie is often humorous because of its astute observations through satire, but also awkward because it relies on embarrassing and meaningless sight gags, which hurt the overall plot and message that the filmmakers are trying to convey.
- Josh Cabrita
This morning, Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice director Zack Snyder fired up his Twitter for the first time in over two months, and introduced the world to the latest DC hero to hit the big screen. Kneel before cod and say hello to Jason Momoa as Aquaman.There is only one true King. #unitetheseven pic.twitter.com/RDFG8jbuI6— ZackSnyder (@ZackSnyder) February 20, 2015“There is only one true King,” tweets Snyder, along with a shot of the watery warrior that has, as you might expect, split the internet right down the middle. There are those who love that Snyder has, as seemed obvious the minute the hulking Momoa was cast, departed drastically from the ‘classic’ Aquaman look (golden chain-mail armour, green tights, a shock of blond hair), and who recognise that that look simply wouldn’t fit into the darker, quote-unquote realistic DC universe Snyder is crafting.Then there are »
Awards season is upon us once again, and with the Academy Awards coming up this weekend, hopeful candidates will be eagerly anticipating their name being called out so that they can collect their coveted Oscars.
At least, that’s the scenario faced by some of Hollywood’s hottest talent. The less talented in the industry have another awards ceremony to look forward to (although that might not be the most appropriate way to phrase it): the Golden Raspberry Awards – also known as the Razzies – are also being held this weekend, celebrating the very worst the film industry had to offer in 2014.
There’s certainly plenty to choose from – while 2014 saw a decent selection of great films hitting cinema screens, the same predictable slew of remakes, sequels and rip-offs also came along ready to join movies like Showgirls, Twister and Battlefield Earth in the Razzies hall of infamy. »
- Andrew Dilks
Jupiter Ascending, 2015
Written and directed by The Wachowskis
In a bright and colorful future, a young destitute caretaker gets targeted by a ruthless son of a powerful family that live on a planet in need of a new heir, so she travels with a genetically engineered warrior to the planet in order to stop his tyrant reign.
In an age where comic book movies, reboots, remakes and films based on toys reign supreme, a movie like Jupiter Ascending should be praised for at least being “original”. It’s a movie that doesn’t play it safe with its $175 million budget and instead makes the sort of film one wouldn’t expect to see in this age of cinema. And who better to do this than The Wachowskis, who wowed us back in 1999 with the fantastic The Matrix, »
- Luke Owen
Director: Andy Wachowski, Lana Wachowski; Screenwriter: Andy Wachowski, Lana Wachowski; Starring: Channing Tatum, Mila Kunis, Eddie Redmayne, Sean Bean, Douglas Booth, Tuppence Middleton; Running time: 127 mins; Certificate: 12A
Andy and Lana Wachowski have frequently reached for the stars with their ambitious blockbusters, but in their latest offering Jupiter Ascending it all slips through their fingers in spectacularly disastrous fashion.
Though this isn't a science fiction folly quite as bad as Battlefield Earth or The Adventures of Pluto Nash, it's still rammed with an incomprehensible plot, off-key performances and a script that blurts out lines as ridiculous as "bees are genetically engineered to recognise royalty".
Queen of said bees is Mila Kunis's Jupiter Jones, a cleaner from a poor immigrant family who discovers she's the exact genetic replica of alien royalty. The ability to manipulate swarms of those pesky insects appears to be her sole (and limited) superpower.
In the »
Sleepy Hollow, Season 2, Episode 14, “Kali Yuga”
Story by Heather V. Regnier
Directed by Doug Aaronowski
Airs Mondays at 9pm (Et) on Fox
It’s interesting that “Kali Yuga” is an episode that centers so heavily on Nick Hawley and Frank Irving, because those two characters are indicative of the attention deficit disorder Sleepy Hollow has with its supporting cast. Hawley, brought in to add roguish flair and romantic interest to the show, has since drifted to the point that even the showrunner admitted they threw out their original conception of the character. And Irving, after going from an implied villain in the pilot, has been shuffled from ally to asylum to afterlife so much that it’s become wearing when the show has to give him screen time. “Kali Yuga” tries hard to give both of these characters a bit of shading, but unfortunately »
- Les Chappell
Fitness model Greg Plitt killed in train accident: Plitt was the 'body' of Dr. Manhattan in 'Watchmen' movie Fitness model Greg Plitt, best known for adorning countless fitness magazine covers and for his participation on the reality TV show Work Out, was killed by a passenger train while being videotaped last Saturday afternoon, January 17, 2015, in Burbank, about 20 kilometers northwest of downtown Los Angeles. Authorities are now trying to figure out how Plitt and his two-person crew were able to access a restricted area – without a filming permit – and what exactly they were doing there. Online tabloids claim to have the answer, asserting that Greg Plitt's death was the result of a failed thrill-seeking stunt. The athletic Plitt, who had previously shot at least one workout video on a train track, was purportedly trying to outrun the passenger train, but tripped and fell on the tracks. Police have »
- Zac Gille
The Corner Show #1 discovered and curated by Drew McWeeny The following is the first installment in a new regular feature here at HitFix. People are fascinated by stories of films that were almost made, and we've certainly dug into that subject in the past. This is a new way of doing that in an ongoing format, and we hope you enjoy what is meant to be a game, a fun way of looking at an alternate movie history. It is safe to say that I had a very challenging 2014. So maybe what happened was a complete break with reality. Who could blame me? There's only so much anyone can take, and I've certainly had my own limits tested recently. So trust me.. at first, I considered forgetting all about what happened this past weekend and never writing a word about it. But it was so strange and so special that »
- Drew McWeeny
9 items from 2015
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