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I’m typically not a fan of modern cinematic interpretations of classic television. Let’s face it, Hollywood doesn’t really have the best track record with these types of movies. All I have to do is point to films like Land of the Lost, Speed Racer, Rocky & Bullwinkle, and Dudley Do-Right to make my point. Thankfully though, Mr. Peabody & Sherman doesn’t follow suit and instead rises to the top.
Mr. Peabody & Sherman tells the story of a genius dog and his adopted son Sherman. In order to give Sherman the best education possible, Mr. Peabody (voiced by Modern Family‘s Ty Burrell) creates a time machine called the Wabac (pronounced “way back”) and takes him to various historical moments in the past. When Sherman goes to school for the first time, this expanded education ruffles the feathers of his newfound class rival, Penny Peterson (Burrell’s Modern Family »
- Dane Jackson
The film is the sequel to the commercially successful 2013 horror flick The Purge, in which the near-future Us Government implements a 12-hour period of “catharsis.” During this time-window, all criminal activity is legal, including violent crime. Written and directed by James DeMonaco, the film starred Ethan Hawke and Lena Headey, and was produced by the micro-budget horror maestro over at Blumhouse Productions. With a budget of just $3 million, The Purge went on to make over $89 million at the box office, despite mixed reviews.
The Purge: Anarchy is again written and directed by DeMonaco, although this time his stars are Kiele Sanchez and Zach Gilford (Friday Night Lights, Devil’s Due). The plot will take a second look at this near-future nightmare as a »
- Sarah Myles
What happens when you have a string of hit movies and then your ensuing endeavors don’t do nearly as well at the box office? You go back to the well and hope for another round of acclaim. Apparently that’s what the Wachowskis are planning to do. Although the filmmakers’ “Jupiter Ascending” could be the next “Avatar” — after all, anything is possible in that wacky world known as Hollywood — it’s no secret that the Wachowskis haven’t enjoyed the same level of success following the release of “The Matrix” trilogy. While I adored “Speed Racer,” “Cloud Atlas” was definitely a little hard to swallow. Scratch that — it was a mess. To hell with being diplomatic. According to Latino Review, the Wachowskis are planning to put together a prequel to “The Matrix.” Although neither the directors nor Warner Bros. have confirmed these reports, the website seems to think the scripting process is already underway. »
- Todd Rigney
It's been 11 years since The Matrix Revolutions mostly disappointed us with an unsatisfying and predictable end to what began as a revolutionary sci-fi action flick. The Wachowski siblings changed the action genre, making bullet time the hot new trend, and slow-motion action all the rage, and the script was original, mind-blowing, and totally worthy of the patented Keanu Reeves, "Whoa." However, Warner Bros. hasn't gotten anything worthwhile in box office terms from the filmmaking team with both Speed Racer and Cloud Atlas bombing hard. So what's next? How about jacking back into The Matrix for a new trilogy? Latino Review has a new rumor saying that Andy and Lana Wachowski have already turned in early treatments and outlines to the studio for what would be a new trio of films set in The Matrix universe. Supposedly, one of the early outlines was about the birth of The Matrix, but it's »
- Ethan Anderton
Mr. Anderson. Your time in the spotlight is coming up again. A rumor being floated over on Latino-Review claims that a fresh, new Matrix trilogy might be in the works at Warner Bros. The site claims that Andy and Lana Wachowski "already have started the writing process" on what would be a revived franchise for the studio, but they go on to say, "No word if they will want to direct." Lr cites the fact that Cloud Atlas and Speed Racer underperformed at the box office, and they mention that Jupiter Ascending doesn.t look like it.s going to break the bank. Obviously, Hollywood is in full-gear when it comes to rebooting familiar properties and trying to fashion them into long-running film franchises. Just at Warner Bros., alone, they are rolling out a rebooted Godzilla, and are working hard every day to expand the reach of Batman, Superman and »
Little bit of background before we get into the scoop. The studios M.O. has always been to deny any story before all the “pieces” are final.
For example, J.J. Abrams and the Khan denials, the new Star Wars trilogy, ID4 Sequels are all news stories broken by fan boy sites that were denied and ended up being True. We can go on and on and with more examples but nonetheless, the studios and its reps will lie.
The scoop! For years people have joked, assumed and even have posted stories about new Matrix movies being in the works to eventually be revealed that the story was not true… How things have changed.
There is an old saying in Spanish, “Por La Plata Baila El Mono”, which loosely translates to “For the Money, The Monkey Dances.”
Cue the music, the monkey is about to dance.
The Wachowski siblings have a »
- Kellvin Chavez
I'm a fan of two-thirds of The Matrix trilogy. The first, obviously, and The Matrix Reloaded I genuinely enjoy watching (I largely love that score), though I'll admit I don't feel much reason to ever see The Matrix Revolutions again. The trilogy remains the one big hit in writer/director Andy and Lana Wachowski's cinematic history and the reason Warner Bros. continues to grant them the ability to make films such as Speed Racer and now Jupiter Ascending, which is to say films a little more unique than your generic sci-fi fair. Well, another reason to let them make those films is perhaps because the Wachowskis plan on revisiting the Matrix. Rumor from Latino Review suggests as much. Word is "the Wachowski's have already started the writing process with early treatments and outlines already turned into the studio." What's it all aboutc The site reports: One of the early »
- Brad Brevet
To quote from the Wachowskis: "You take the blue pill, the story ends. You wake up in your bed and believe whatever you want to believe. You take the red pill, you stay in wonderland, and I show you how deep the rabbit hole goes." Seems they chose to take the red pill and will see how far the rabbit hole they can take The Matrix franchise. After making the 1999 groundbreaking masterpiece, they followed it up with two underwhelming sequels, The Matrix Reloaded (2003) and The Matrix Revolutions (2003). Since then, they've gone on to make some ho-hum films: Speed Racer, Cloud Atlas and the upcoming snooze-fest, Jupiter Ascending. Time to see if they can milk The Matrix fans three more times. We’ve been told that the Wachowski’s have already started the writing process with early treatments and outlines already turned into the studio. No word if they will want »
Say what you will about Lana and Andy Wachowski, but I don’t agree with the common sentiment that they haven’t made a good film since The Matrix. I’ll admit that Speed Racer wasn’t their finest hour, but it still had a lot of things to admire. Cloud Atlas, however, was every bit as impressive as The Matrix and I’m stunned that it wasn’t able to find the same success. Now, the Wachowski siblings are bringing us Jupiter Ascending, which once again looks to be another ambitious sci-fi film that will likely divide critics right down the middle.
Starring Channing Tatum and Mila Kunis, the plot revolves around Jupiter Jones (Kunis), a Russian immigrant who is targeted for assassination by the Queen of the Universe due to the fact that she shares a genetic similarity. Tatum plays a half-albino ex-military hunter, with wolf and human DNA, »
- Matt Joseph
Andy and Lana Wachowski first burst onto the scene with the 1996 crime thriller Bound, but it was their sophomore effort – ground-breaking sci-fi action thriller The Matrix – that went on to define their careers. However, in the years since concluding The Matrix trilogy, the writing/directing duo has struggled to live up to the success of the Keanu Reeves-fronted film.
Both of their subsequent directorial efforts – 2008 live-action cartoon Speed Racer and ambitious 2012 epic Cloud Atlas (which they co-directed with Tom Tykwer) – failed to draw in large audiences, and while these two films have their share of defenders (read our Cloud Atlas review), neither has lived up to the promise (i.e. box office numbers) of their signature franchise. That being said, their latest offering – sci-fi epic Jupiter Ascending – could be a ...
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- Robert Yaniz Jr.
In the first few months of 2014 animated feature films seem to be setting the box office ablaze. The Lego Movie has reigned at number one for the past three weekends while a holdover from last year, Frozen hovers in the top ten after becoming the highest grossing animated feature of all time. Both employ state of the art computer technology to give them a fully rounded three-dimensional look (even without the stereo-optic specs). But what of hand-drawn animation? Sure, it’s used for television on popular shows like “Spongebob Squarepants” and “Adventure Time” along with commercials and short subjects. The Disney Studios made history with their traditional-drawn features beginning with the Snow White story in the 1930′s. Then Pixar arrived in 1994 with the first Toy Story and established a new look for feature animation. Almost all new features were made with the new tech, although Disney attempted to revive the »
- Jim Batts
Early last year, we were one of the first to tell you about House of Good and Evil in our Indie Spotlight and it has now been revealed that the movie will be making its way to DVD in April:
“Neck-hairs will stand on end with the arrival of award-winning fright-flick House of Good and Evil, premiering on DVD this April from Phase4 Films.
Starring Marietta Marich (The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning), Rachel Marie Lewis (Beacon Point), Christian Oliver (Speed Racer), Jordan Rhodes (The Indian Runner) and Bo Keister (Killing Kennedy), House of Good and Evil played various high-profile festivals where it’s won over critics and horror fans alike, taking Best Picture at the 2013 Twin Rivers Media Festival, and called ‘“One of the best psychological horror films I saw this year”’ by online horror hub Horror on Screen.
Synopsis: After losing their unborn child, »
- Jonathan James
Before The Lego Movie could hit theaters last Friday, some assembly was required.
Correction: A lot of assembly.
Phil Lord and Chris Miller’s incredibly entertaining “block”buster is a hyperkinetic Frankenfilm, cobbled together from a variety of sources both huge (the classic “hero’s journey” monomyth) and teeny (does a certain dolphin noise sound familiar?). The movie is also filled with casting in-jokes, snippets of dialogue borrowed from other movies, and callbacks to the directors’ past work. All in all, it’s enough to make your head spin, Lego minifigure-style — there’s no way for one person to catch »
- Hillary Busis
Odd List Ryan Lambie Simon Brew 13 Feb 2014 - 06:39
Our voyage through history's underappreciated films arrives at the year 2008 - another great year for lesser-seen gems...
For some, 2008 will be memorable as the year of The Dark Knight, with its astonishingly unhinged turn from the late Heath Ledger. Alternatively, it could be remembered as the year a legion Indiana Jones fans left cinemas glum-faced, having sat through Kingdom Of The Crystal Skull.
Elsewhere, Meryl Streep and Pierce Brosnan sang and danced on a Greek island in Mamma Mia!, while Will Smith played an alcoholic superhero in Hancock. But as usual, 2008 offered plenty of watchable movies outside the top 10, which is where we swoop in - like Hancock after a bottle of gin.
So as usual, here's our selection of 25 underappreciated films from the year 2008 - starting with a British horror film starring Michael Fassbender...
25. Eden Lake
James Watkins had written »
The past few years have been kind to John Goodman: Monsters University was a worthy followup to Monsters Inc.; Inside Llewyn Davis was the best film of 2013; he stole the show in Flight; he was a part of a best picture winner with Argo; and he was in two kids films that will never be forgotten: Speed Racer and ParaNorman. The fact that that list of films doesn’t begin to cover all of Goodman’s good fortune goes to show how blessed he’s been. Really, how hard he’s worked. Settling into his fifth decade of acting, Goodman is hitting his stride. Yet it’s the actor who accredits this success to pure chance. “It’s just the luck of the draw,” Goodman explained, while discussing The Monuments Men. “It’s total luck. Boy, I’m grateful everyday for it. The last few years have been a great ride. I »
- Jack Giroux
This weekend sees the release of "The Lego Movie," which, depending on your degree of cynicism, is either a truly exciting cinematic event or a 100-minute long toy commercial. Either way, it's probably the biggest, most anticipated movie of the year thus far (not that that is saying much -- we barely survived January's rubbish line-up).
Whatever your outlook on "The Lego Movie," it's pretty clear that a whole lot of people are excited about it.
Based on the beloved "construction toys" (is it too reductive to call them building blocks?), "The Lego Movie" takes place in a fantastical Lego Universe where an everyday joe named Emmet (Chris Pratt) unwittingly discovers a mythical piece of the Lego puzzle: the key to defeating the evil Lord/President Business (Will Ferrell) and saving the entire universe from certain destruction. Cue ominous music! Emmet must team up with a ragtag band of Lego »
- Drew Taylor
John Goodman turns in a moving performance in The Monuments Men as Walter Garfield, a role inspired by real-life Monuments Man Walker Hancock who was an acclaimed artist and St. Louis sculptor. Goodman’s character is part of a motley crew of art historians and museum curators who rush to the front lines of WWII in a race against time to save priceless works of art from Nazi thieves. Opening February 7th, the buddy action thriller directed by and starring George Clooney boasts an impressive cast that also includes Jean Dujardin, Matt Damon, Bill Murray, Bob Balazar, Hugh Bonneville and Cate Blanchett. I recently landed an exclusive interview with Goodman who spoke about what attracted him to the role, why he said yes to the project before reading the script and had the same reaction when the Coen Brothers offered him Inside Llewyn Davis, why honoring the generation that sacrificed »
- Sheila Roberts
The saddest movies are not, contrary to popular belief, the ones that come packaged as tear-jerkers. Yes, The Notebook is a “sad” movie, but I’d be lying if I said it made me feel particularly upset or choked up. That’s simply because I expected it to be dramatic and ultimately depressing.
No, the saddest movies are the ones that we walk into believing that they’re going to be something else. I’m talking about action movies, Adam Sandler flicks, and even some unexpected kids’ movies, all of which are more likely to make us connect with the downfall of their onscreen characters because they take us completely by surprise when they hit us with those emotional beats.
Of course, we don’t want to admit that a kids’ movie made us bawl our eyes out – that’s sort of embarrassing, isn’t it? Which is »
- Jon Negroni
We caught the first trailer for The Matrix writer/director siblings Lana and Andy Wachowski’s upcoming sci-fi film Jupiter Ascending a few weeks ago, but now the first official image from the film has been released online. This photo perfectly encompasses the gleeful oddness of the pic, as we see star Channing Tatum in his werewolf hybrid makeup flying through the air while brandishing a force shield of some sort, sparks a-blazing. The story follows Jupiter Jones (Mila Kunis), a recent Russian immigrant who scrubs toilets for a living, but then discovers she has the genetic signature that makes her next in line to be Queen of the Universe. Tatum’s character is an ex-military hunter tasked with tracking her down. If all of that somehow wasn’t exciting enough, Speed Racer composer Michael Giacchino is penning the score. Hit the jump to take a look at the image in full. »
- Adam Chitwood
In Jupiter Ascending, the Wachowskis’ latest futuristic sci-fi actioner, Channing Tatum plays a half-wolf, half-albino warrior because of course he does. Tatum’s character, Caine, is tasked with protecting Jupiter, an astrologically and genetically fated janitor played by Mila Kunis. This marks the Wachowskis’ first fully original screenplay since 2003′s The Matrix Revolutions, following 2008′s Speed Racer and 2012′s Cloud Atlas. Warner Bros. released the first trailer for the film last month, but this image offers another glimpse of Tatum’s bleached hair and the prosthetics he has donned for the role.
Jupiter Ascending is currently slated to hit theaters »
- Keith Staskiewicz
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