9 items from 2013
This is where we start a war. We'll lose friends, and cause controversy. Because somewhere on this list below is something you're dying to see. In fact, you might be fanatical about some of these inclusions (Christopher Nolan fans, we're staring straight at you). But it's inevitable. And unavoidable. Hollywood is releasing hundreds of movies in 2014. Some of them will be good. Some of them will be bad. And some will be box office disasters. In compiling this list, we're not declaring that all, or even any, of these movies will be unwatchable. Some will be quite good. Maybe even a masterpiece or a classic in the making. There are a few that we're desperate to see ourselves. We really want them to succeed. But every movie here is a risk taker. And some of this shit? Hollywood should clearly know better. These are the 14 Biggest Potential Bombs of 2014.
(From contributing writer Bo Bory)
With his return in Marvel Studios' Thor: The Dark World, the God of Thunder once again has to save Earth and the Nine Realms by battling the vicious and sinister villain, Malekith, who swears to avenge his race, the Dark Elves, and shroud the universe in darkness for all of eternity. It's a daunting task to be certain...Even for a God, and so for the producers to find someone with enough gravitas and stature to fill the role of the complex, vengeful, hell-bent, and older than time itself villain, Malekith...Kevin Feige and Alan Taylor turned to non-other than screen, TV, and stage veteran, Christopher Eccleston.
Eccleston, of course, is no stranger to the fantasy, sci-fi universe...He was Doctor Who for God's sake! But even though that may be »
There’s nothing new under the sun — but somehow, these awesome properties have never been adapted for screens big or small. Psst, Hollywood: Let’s change that.
Once upon a time, the idea of studios making big-budget, mainstream fantasy movies — let alone TV series — seemed as unlikely as actually finding a hidden portal to Narnia.
Thankfully, the smashing success of both the Harry Potter films and the Lord of the Rings series changed all that in the early ’00s. Soon enough, the entertainment landscape was crowded with expensive, magically-laced epics, most of which were based on beloved fantasy book series. »
- Hillary Busis
The news comes following the tepid box-office opening for 'Bones' last month. The $60 million-budget film has pulled in a mere $37 million worldwide so far and opened to both scathing reviews and a disappointing $14 million over five days in the United States.
Pre-production on the sequel was already underway with Sigourney Weaver set to join the cast, and filming to begin as early as next week. Constantin Film says the delay is so that the company can "analyze the results to date and reposition the franchise in order to maximize results for future installments." Constantin Film's Martin Moszkowicz says:
"Pushing back the start of production of City of Ashes was a decision we did not take lightly. But after speaking with all »
- Garth Franklin
Ever since the fantastic success of the "Harry Potter" franchise, Hollywood has been on the lookout for the next big young adult fantasy find. Some of them, like "The Chronicles of Narnia," have been every inch the success the studios wanted, but far more have disappeared into the vast pit of audience indifference. ("The Seeker: The Dark is Rising" anyone?) Now Screen Gems, known more for its bloody "Resident Evil" and "Underworld" franchises than young adult coming-of-age stories, is preparing to step into the arena with its adaptation of Cassandra Clare's "The Mortal Instruments" series. Although the film doesn't open until next week, internal reaction to The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones has been strong enough »
Using 99 different movies from the works of directors such as Christopher Nolan, Zack Snyder, Joss Whedon, Michael Bay, the Wachowskis, Neill Blomkamp, James Cameron, Danny Boyle, Guillermo del Toro and even Darren Aronofsky and Terrence Malick, video director Vadzim Khudabets (official site) delivers the following 6:10 minute compilation of "epic" moments from a slew of recent movies (all listed below the video) for a video titled "Eterna". I'm featuring it here for two reasons; 1.) because it's very well done and 2.) I think it highlights the issues I have with today's blockbuster cinema. The first point is self-explanatory, but to the second point just watching this reminds me of every problem I have with so many of today's big budget spectacle features from the fact they are more style and size over substance and, like the video, overstay their welcome. For as well made as this video is, at the 2: »
- Brad Brevet
Review Mark Harrison Feb 18, 2013
Poor box office may prevent Beautiful Creatures from inheriting Twilight's crown. It deserves a stab at it, though.
It would be unfair to dismiss Beautiful Creatures out of hand, just because it's been released at a time when the dust has barely settled around the Twilight saga. Based on a (nother) series of supernatural romance novels targeted at young adults, it might appear as yet another attempt to clone the massively successful franchise, which ended last year with Breaking Dawn Part 2.
Look at the production output of Summit Entertainment, the house that Twilight built. They've recently distributed Warm Bodies, as a more snarky take on the sub-genre, and they have The Mortal Instruments: City Of Bones coming up in the summer. It's all uncomfortably reminiscent of the scramble that followed The Lord Of The Rings, which gave us fantasy franchise non-starters like Eragon and The Seeker: The Dark Is Rising. »
Let us pause a moment to reflect on the fallen… Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events (2004), Eragon (2006), The Golden Compass (2007), The Seeker: The Dark is Rising (2007), City of Ember (2008), The Spiderwick Chronicles (2008), Cirque du Freak: The Vampire’s Assistant (2009), I Am Number Four (2011) These are all movies adapted from the first books of best-selling, young adult fiction series, and while each of them had hopes of spawning cinematic franchises along the lines of Harry Potter and Twilight… all of them failed. The high rate of disappointment hasn’t quenched Hollywood’s thirst though, and many, many more Ya adventures are hitting screens in the next few years. The newest one, and happily, one of the best in some time, is the supernatural themed Beautiful Creatures. The film follows the destined but doomed romance between a mortal teen yearning to escape his backwater hometown and a girl whose upcoming sixteenth birthday will see her claimed by »
- Rob Hunter
We've seen a couple of live-action iterations of Dick Grayson as Robin but never as Nightwing. Quite frankly, Grayson becomes much more interesting and dynamic once he steps out of Batman's shadow. He'll often drop a funny quip or two while beating up the bad guys and then there's quite a few candidates to to chose from for a love interest. It's a little surprising we've yet to get a solo Nightwing show yet. But if that day comes anytime soon, here are five candidates to play him. Tyler Hoechlin American 25 Recognizable from: Road to Peredition (Michael Sullivan Jr.), 7th Heaven (Michael Sullivan Jr.), Teen Wolf (Derek Hale) Robert Sheehan Irish 25 Recognizable from: Misfits (Nathan Young) Harry Lloyd English 29 Recognizable from: Game of Thrones (Viserys Targaryen) Ben Barnes English 31 Recognizable from: The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian (Prince Caspian) Alexander Ludwig Canadian 20 Recognizable from: The Hunger Games (Cato), The Seeker: The Dark Is Rising »
9 items from 2013
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