I have a curious habit, maybe you have it too, if you are a real movie geek, film fan, cinema addict, what have you.
A certain number of movies that I have seen and loved with all my heart were losers at the box office or were mercilessly slammed by critics, usually both. This doesn’t happen all the time, mind you. I know a bad movie when I see one. But several times I have seen a movie on opening day and loved it so much I was sure it would be a big hit and be loved by critics and film goers, nope, not all the time.
Here then is my own personal and highly eccentric top ten list, with some honorable mentions, of movies that lost out, yet I love them still, many of them desperately, hysterically, madly do I love these films, well anyway… let me tell you about it. »
- Sam Moffitt
Chicago – The story goes that when deciding on the project, director Peter Berg read a copy of Marcus Luttrell’s book “Lone Survivor” in one sitting. Whether this tale includes a bathroom break, or even a few days in-between but with usage of the same chair, for a director like Berg this story will always ring possible.
After all, he’s the guy who tried to legitimize Hasbro’s movie militarization, by pitting real American veterans against goofy strategy aliens in “Battleship.” Even in that disaster, his efforts were inspired, and valiant.
I’ve rattled on about Berg because his voice is so crucial to how well Luttrell’s true story has transitioned into the experience of watching a film, and feeling something from one. This isn’t just a drama about soldiers stuck behind enemy lines, but the limits these men pushed for themselves and each other. Berg »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
Peter Berg, all is forgiven. Though the director once brought us the absolutely awful Battleship, now he has completely redeemed himself with Lone Survivor, a gripping and rousing tribute to the United States servicemen who risk their lives each and every day in the name of their country. It feels strange to be reviewing Berg’s film – as if I could ever criticize it for attempting to honor those men and women by viscerally depicting just a handful of them making the ultimate sacrifice in combat. No, Lone Survivor is a film of immense power, and it is almost beyond criticism because of that.
With that disclaimer, I must confess, I did not love it unconditionally. This is a Hollywood film, and it feels cheaper for that in certain moments. It’s no spoiler to say that Marcus Luttrell (Mark Wahlberg) is the lone survivor of the title, and that »
- Isaac Feldberg
In "The Grand Seduction," Taylor Kitsch's character Dr. Paul Lewis is a big-city doctor ultimately charmed by the quaint lifestyle that a tiny Newfoundland fishing community offers. And as it turns out, Kitsch felt much the same way about shooting director Don McKellar's relatively small Canadian production; on the heels of two high-profile Hollywood action movies in "Battleship" and "John Carter," "The Grand Seduction" allowed him to leave 15-hour days and green screen behind for a few weeks by the water and (of course) daily fly fishing.
The fact that he'd be starring alongside Brendan Gleeson in the English-language remake of Jean-Francois Pouliot's 2003 Quebecois hit "Seducing Dr. Lewis" didn't hurt either, according to the B.C. native. So there were no elaborate tricks required to get Kitsch to sign on, unlike the little white lies the town uses to keep Lewis around, like faking a love of cricket »
- Rick Mele
For awhile, the spectacular flop that was John Carter seemed the yardstick by which all other flops would be measured. A huge, multi-million dollar film chock full of CGI that was intended to spawn at least one sequel, if not a full franchise, its collapse at the box office was epic and thorough, prompting extensive examination of just what went wrong. In the midst of the furor was star Taylor Kitsch, whose attempts to make a name for himself in Hollywood have been met with failed film after failed film.
But Kitsch is still going strong, despite John Carter, Battleship, and Savages. He’s currently appearing in HBO drama The Normal Heart, and returns to his native Canada in miniseries The Grand Seduction. But there’s still a place in his heart for John Carter, and what might have been, as he tells Variety. Here’s what he said about »
- Lauren Humphries-Brooks
Out talking about his roles in both HBO's "The Normal Heart" and the upcoming limited release "The Grand Seduction," actor Taylor Kitsch briefly talked about "John Carter" and the film's proposed sequel which was nixed after the costly first film bombed.
He tells Variety:
"I know the second script was fucking awesome. We had to plant a grounding, so we could really take off in the second one. The second one was even more emotionally taxing, which was awesome."
Kitsch also spoke about the failure of that film and "Battleship":
"It wasn't an uplifting experience. My biggest regret would have been if I didn't do enough personally. If I didn't give it everything I had. If I hadn't prepped enough. I don't have that regret, so that allows me to let go."
- Garth Franklin
Spare a thought for Taylor Kitsch, people. Two years after “John Carter” bombed in ways we dissected at length, followed by the double whammy of “Battleship” and “Savages” also, um, underperforming, and he's still out there, working his way through serious projects. Our review of HBO's AIDS drama “The Normal Heart” finds him one of the better things about it, and he also has Canadian mini-comedy “The Grand Seduction” coming up, where he stars alongside Brendan Gleeson (trailer here).Accordingly, he sat down with Variety to talk over his newest projects, which revealed that he hasn't overwhelmed himself with preparation for either of them – “I wish I'd seen it”, he says of the stage version of “The Normal Heart,” and “I had never heard of it or knew it existed” of the original, French-Canadian version of “The Grand Seduction”, which came out 10 years ago. But then again, dude went and sat down with Larry Kramer, »
- Ben Brock
While John Carter may have been a commercial and critical disappointment, the Andrew Stanton adventure movie has grown on fans since it hit Blu-ray, myself included. Set to be a franchise starter for Disney, John Carter instead faded into infamy. Many also looked at the movie coupled with Battleship as the death knell on Taylor Kitsch's career. Since then, Kitsch has tried to shake those flops and has turned in strong performances in movies like Savages and Lone Survivor. This past »
- Alex Maidy
Taylor Kitsch will forever be Riggins to passionate fans of Friday Night Lights. But in The Grand Seduction, a remake of the 2003 French-Canadian film, Seducing Doctor Lewis, he plays a doctor who’s lured into spending a month with a tiny Newfoundland harbor village. The town needs to convince Kitsch’s Dr. Lewis to stay permanently so that a company will be encouraged to build a new factory nearby; Brendan Gleason plays the elder tasked with making the quaint hamlet everything Lewis ever wanted. (Yes, it sounds a little like Doc Hollywood.)
Kitsch, who won plaudits for his performance in »
- Jeff Labrecque
As we honor the sacrifices of our brave, real-life veterans on Memorial Day, it's not uncommon to want to watch a movie about the men and women who've served our country. So, with all due respect to our nation's heroes, let's take a look at all the stars who have played characters in uniform…and looked seriously hot while doing so! Remember when both Josh Hartnett and Ben Affleck suited up to play pilots in Pearl Harbor? Or when Zac Efron portrayed the easy on the eyes Marine Logan Thibault in The Lucky One. And let's not forget about the ladies! Rihanna made her big screen debut as an officer in Battleship, and Angelina Jolie was sizzling as Captain Franky Cook in Sky Captain and »
This week, audiences will finally get the chance to see Seth MacFarlane’s A Million Ways to Die in the West, the Family Guy funnyman’s cinematic follow-up to 2012′s smash hit Ted. At this point, it would be very surprising if the film didn’t do well at the box office. Whether the comedy Western succeeds with critics, however, is a different question entirely.
Ted definitely had its moments, but was noticeably scattershot, particularly in its second half. The clips we’ve seen from A Million Ways to Die in the West are mostly funny, to be sure, but they’re also pulled from most of the same scenes. Now, thanks to Collider, we have a compilation of new clips, which warranted a few chuckles on my end but nothing more. A new set of images, which you can also check out below, contain some funny visual gags, character shots and one behind-the-scenes pic. »
- Isaac Feldberg
Digital Release Date: May 20, 2014, Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: June 3, 2014
Price: DVD $29.98, Blu-ray/DVD Combo $34.98
Lone Survivor adds to the list of movies about the war against al-Qaeda.
Mark Wahlberg (Ted) stars as Marcus Luttrell, the real-life Navy Seal who was part of a four-person team on a covert mission to stop a high-level al-Qaeda operative. When things started to go wrong, Marcus learns that sometimes people who you think are the enemy can become unlikely allies.
The action movie grossed a tidy $125 million in theaters, on good reviews from both critics and moviegoers.
Both the DVD and Blu-ray/DVD Combo carry »
Buried within Sunday’s crazypants Revenge finale was a glorious Easter egg for devoted TV watchers: a newscast delivered by none other than Perd Hapley, a.k.a. Pawnee, Indiana’s most beloved TV personality.
Well, sort of. Perd, of course, isn’t real — he’s played by Jay Jackson, who’s delivered fictional news reports on series including Scandal, Dexter, The Mentalist, The Closer, and Body of Proof, not to mention movies like Battleship and Fast Five. Look at Jackson’s IMDb page, in fact, and you’ll find that he’s played a reporter nearly every single time he’s appeared onscreen. »
- Hillary Busis
Trailer Ryan Lambie 28 Apr 2014 - 16:41
Based on the novel of the same name by Tom Perrotta, The Leftovers is a high-concept drama, adapted and produced by Lost's Damon Lindelof. Set in the aftermath of a global event in which a large percentage of the planet has disappeared - in what could be the Rapture written about in The Bible - the story will follow the dregs of society left behind.
Boasting a great cast, which includes Justin Theroux, Liv Tyler and Christopher Eccleston, The Leftovers' pilot was directed by Peter Berg (Friday Night Lights, Battleship, Lone Survivor), and is set to premiere on HBO on the 29th June. An air date for the UK doesn't appear to be available yet, but should we get one, we'll »
Taylor Kitsch’s film career did not get off to the best of starts in 2012, when John Carter, Battleship and Savages all disappointed at the North American box office. However, the actor, who shot to fame with his role as Tim Riggins on Friday Night Lights, chose wisely to try his hand at some smaller projects with more refined stories. He has two films set for May, the HBO drama The Normal Heart with Julia Roberts and Mark Ruffalo, and the film festival favourite The Grand Seduction, a Canadian comedy from director Don McKellar (Last Night).
The Grand Seduction feels like a modest, charming crowd-pleaser that will hopefully not get trampled over by blockbuster behemoths when it comes out on May 30th. In the remake of a 2003 French-Canadian film, Kitsch plays Dr. Paul Lewis, employed by the small Newfoundland town of Tickle Bay. Since the tiny, beleaguered population wants to »
- Jordan Adler
It’s been a while since we saw such a darling little comedy as this one. Set in a tiny village, the townsfolk must convince a new doctor to stay in order for a business contract to go through. What follows is a series of comedic attempts to help the doctor feel welcome which will ultimately end up in more jobs for the village. The whole idea of a town getting together in order to deceive reminds me of the likes of Waking Ned and The Englishman Who Went Up A Hill But Came Down A Mountain, also The Wicker-man.
Although there isn’t much subtlety here, the trailer certainly had me laughing at all the right spots. Brendan Gleeson stars as the one man on the island who seems capable of getting things done, while Taylor Kitsch takes a different approach to his blockbusting duds John Carter and Battleship. »
- Luke Ryan Baldock
Today we have the first trailer for the upcoming "The Grand Seduction," starring Taylor Kitsch (John Carter, Battleship), Brendan Gleeson, and Liane Balaban. Check it out below. Plot: A small fishing village must procure a local doctor to secure a lucrative business contract. When unlikely candidate and big city doctor Paul Lewis lands in their lap for a trial residence, the townsfolk rally together to charm him into staying. As the doctor's time in the village winds to a close, acting mayor Murray French has no choice but to pull out all the stops and begin The Grand Seduction. The new movie is directed by Don McKellar and is set to get a limited theatrical release on May 30th. Trailer: »
A handsome movie in many ways, but it feels like an unpolished first draft, one that can’t quite decide how fantastical it wants to be. I’m “biast” (pro): like Keanu Reeves more than most
I’m “biast” (con): nothing
(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)
This umpteenth iteration of the Japanese legend of the 47 ronin, or masterless samurai warriors, has its fair share of problems, but not as many as you’ve heard, and not as many as the presence of poor Keanu Reeves — who has unfairly become a cinematic punchline — may have led you to believe. Stolid, stoic Reeves (The Day the Earth Stood Still, Street Kings) is well-cast as the half-Japanese, half-British Kai, whose status as an outcast in xenophobic 18th-century Japan means he has to keep his eyes down and his mouth shut, and the actor maintains a modest presence throughout, »
- MaryAnn Johanson
The "star" of Sports Illustrated's 2010 swimsuit-issue cover has done the occasional screen role in movies ("Battleship," "Just Go With It") and television ("New Girl," "Royal Pains"), but she commits fully as an ensemble-cast member of the CBS sitcom "Friends With Better Lives," premiering Monday (March 31).
There's little question Decker understands her new character well, since the newly engaged Jules is an ex-model and aspiring actress. "When we were shooting the pilot, it was probably the most nervous I've ever been going into a job," the engagingly friendly performer tells Zap2it. 'I was shaking and sweating, and my teeth were chattering.
"The theater I had done, it was in North Carolina doing 'Winnie the Pooh.' It wasn't anything on such a massive scale as filming a multi-camera »
The cause of Rihanna's money woes from earlier in her career are still being sorted out and her ex-accountant is firing back on the singer's charges, he is seeking to have her lawsuit against him dismissed. Peter Gounis has filed a response to the 'The Monster' hitmaker's lawsuit, in which she claims he left her virtually bankrupt and $9 million in debt in 2009, insisting he was only hired to record and manage her accounts and not to give her advice about her spending. In new court documents, obtained by gossip website TMZ.com, he claims the 26-year-old star blew millions of her own money on shopping sprees and throwing extravagant parties for herself. He also said she dropped out of an expensive tour to shoot her movie 'Battleship' that turned out to be a massive failure. In her claim, Rihanna - whose real name is Robyn Fenty - »
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