6 items from 2013
After blogging about my favourite Halloween movies this past October, I thought I’d impart my nerdy wisdom upon you for the holiday season and give you a rundown of just what movies I’ll be watching this Christmas. After all it wouldn’t be Christmas without the family sat round the TV watching a movie whilst the festive feast cooks in the oven (of course not everyone gets to watch the movie – someone has to cook)
For me Christmas movies are split into two categories: Christmas Mainstays and Christmas Madness. Mainstays are those films that you always watch during the festive season, those movies that are constantly shown on TV during the holiday. And then there’s what I call Christmas Madness – these are the movies that only the seasoned holiday movie veterans choose to watch at this time of year. Beware you have to be strong-willed (and strong-stomached »
- Phil Wheat
Just a heads-up: if there's anything you've ever wanted to know about Ben Affleck, it's probably in his recent Playboy interview. The Oscar-winning actor, who is currently filming the big-screen adaptation of Gone Girl, sat down for the sexy men's magazine and proceeded to cover everything from his career highs and lows and Academy Award wins to politics and his bad-boy past. Ben also opens up about his longtime bromance with Matt Damon, as well as the other love of his life, Jennifer Garner - he had some especially aww-inducing things to say about falling for his wife on the set back in 2003. In addition to reflecting on the past, Ben also spoke out about his future projects; namely, the epic backlash that erupted after he was cast as the new Batman, saying, "If I thought the result would be another Daredevil, I'd be out there picketing myself." Here's more »
- Brittney Stephens
Batman's black armor will not be Ben Affleck's first superhero costume. You already know he played the blind Daredevil in 2003. But he also wore another, even more iconic, superhero outfit: Superman's. In 2006, after a string of cinematic missteps (Gigli, Jersey Girl, Paycheck, Surviving Christmas), Affleck starred in Hollywoodland, a biopic about the mystery behind the suicide of George Reeves, who played the Man of Steel in the fifties TV series Adventures of Superman. While Affleck briefly wears the tights, he also dons Reeves's depressed outlook on playing the superhero — in one scene, he burns his Superman costume to "celebrate" Adventures of Superman's cancellation in 1958. But that cape. Those boots. That single curl. Did he pull it off? Here's a compilation of what the critics had to say.Ben Affleck can act! * "There are degrees of torture, grief, and self-pity in Affleck's performance. But the real surprise »
- Lindsey Weber
Ben Affleck will be a great Batman.
Ben Affleck will be a horrible Batman.
Ben Affleck will be an okay Batman.
Ben Affleck will be a meh Batman.
After 48 hours since the news broke that Ben Affleck is the new Batman, people are still debating over this controversial move by Warner Brothers.
So far, the instant reaction is mostly negative on Twitter and Reddit just a tad more receptive. Even on Latino-Review, the writing staff can’t even agree on whether this is a good move or not.
Our own El Mayimbe went on Schmoes Know’s Thursday night podcast to discuss Affleck being chosen as Batman. And yours truly, I went on a television show in Fresno to review the latest weekend movies, but the host wanted to talk about Ben Affleck instead.
So comic book fans or non-comic book fans, it’s kind of a big deal.
- Gig Patta
Though DreamWorks Animation’s Trolls movie was first announced a couple of years ago, we now have some solid information regarding the animated pic. DreamWorks Animation announced today that Sky High and Shrek Forever After director Mike Mitchell will helm the film, with screenwriter Erica Rivinoja (South Park, Up All Night) handling the screenplay. The film features the titular dolls that became a phenomenon in the 1960s and again in the 1990s, and is described as “a grand scale musical comedy centering around how the Trolls came into their vibrant and colorful hair.” An origin story of hair isn’t exactly what I expected when I pictured a Trolls movie, but maybe the slightly ridiculous premise is right in line with the peculiar choice of making a Trolls movie in the first place. Hit the jump for more, including the full press release. Gina Shay (Shrek Forever After) is onboard as the producer of Trolls, »
- Adam Chitwood
It's been hard to find a prominent, talented actor who's had as streaky a filmography as Gerard Butler-- "streaky" meaning a mostly bad streak. The Scottish star has had an odd career after a hot start. Can he take comfort in the paths of other actors, or, after reviewing his career to date, does he even deserve to be mentioned in the same breath? Many good actors got off to similarly hot career starts only to hit the skids with a series of duds and/or poor decisions: John Travolta's had at least one if not two career comebacks after hitting the skids; Ben Affleck (Surviving Christmas, Gigli, Hollywoodland, Chasing Lanes, Daredevil). Sean Connery, Ray Liotta and Renee Zelwegger also come to mind. Cuba Gooding Jr. might be the best parallel for Butler, though...
- Craig Phillips
6 items from 2013
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