4 items from 2015
With my background in blogging taking me pretty close to the world of comic books, I’ve known about Tony Lee and his witty little novel Dodge & Twist for some time. Lee’s big idea was to cook up a sequel to Oliver Twist that saw the Oliver and The Artful Dodger growing up apart and then reuniting for some action-adventure fun.
This basic notion is exactly the same for the film Dodge & Twist. Is this just a coincidence? Lee says not. He posted to his website about how he met Ahmet Zappa, one of the movie’s producers, back in 2007.
But I can say, definitively, that the story similarities are actually pretty slim. I can say this because I’ve read both. They start from the same place – which comes from Dickens in any case, so neither can lay claim to it – and then go off in very different directions. »
- Brendon Connelly
It appears that Johnny Depp's comedy vehicle, Mortdecai, showed up embarrassingly anemic at the box-office this past weekend. With a tragic domestic gross of $4.13 million ($5.2 foreign), the film will have a long and arduous path towards making back its $60 million budget. According to the weekend report, Mortdecai made its debut placed at number 9, failing to even surpass the 5-week-old Selma, 9-week-old release, The Imitation Game and was most definitely denied sharing any oxygen with the 5-week-old headline-making momentum of multi-week topper, American Sniper. Compounding the film.s underperforming ignominy, it will now take its place firmly within the top 20 of the worst all-time openings (for 2500+ theater releases) at number 18, nestled comfortably between Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story and Punisher: War Zone. So, what could have possibly gone wrong to have reduced the once unbreakable force of Johnny Depp.s box office appeal? Barring the more qualitative criticism of »
Aired January 17, 2015 at 11:30 pm Et on NBC (East coast version watched for review)
Welcome back to the second half of SNL’s 40th season. Last year saw the cast and crew bring out a new title sequence, a few alumni hosts, and build up a pretty good reserve of goodwill. Now let’s watch as we see the show take the majority of that goodwill and burn it right off.
The Host: Kevin Hart has been a box office monster for at least a year now, with every project he stars in reaping ridiculous profits. And while none of those movies have been as critically successful as they have been financially, this level of success for Hart is long overdue, as he is one of the funniest stand-up comedians year after year. Hart brings that stand-up mindset and his motormouth delivery »
- Jj Perkins
Chicago – When people yawn about the dullness of movies based on life stories, they are certainly referring to films like “Get On Up,” an absurdly uninteresting portrait of a key figure of music, or so this movie claims. From the “The Help’s” vanilla visionary Tate Taylor, this 140-minute ode to James Brown is a half-assed argument about his nonpareil greatness, and full evidence that the biopic may be the weakest genre in film.
The brainchild of producer Brian Grazer and Mick Jagger, “Get On Up” does indeed have Brown’s catalogue. And they have a good Godfather of Soul too, played by “42’s” Chadwick Boseman, who is completely betrayed by a story that undercuts whatever expectations he’s trying to raise. Aging makeup looks him look goofy, and the story’s unholy jumble does his emotional work no service. Boseman is most distinct with his hustle, dancing his way through extended scenes, »
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
4 items from 2015
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