Archive | September, 2012

Magic Mike 2?

13 Sep

magic mike 12 Channing Tatum Offers Details On Magic Mike 2

If only male strippers could look and dance like this.

Magic Mike, a dramedy about a group of male strippers, was the surprise hit of summer 2012 and it grossed over 154 million dollars – not bad considering the budget was roughly 7 million dollars. Like with any successful movie, the studio and producers have decided to make a sequel. The sequel will follow the group of male strippers as they reunite for a road trip. With Steven Soderbergh taking an indefinite break from film-making, there’s been speculation that Channing Tatum will direct the sequel.

Channing Tatum has been growing on me over the past year. He was funny in 21 Jump Street and surprisingly sympathetic as an aging male stripper in Magic Mike, but I think if he directs the sequel it’ll be a bad career move.

Yes, he’ll be directing his first movie, yet it seems highly unlikely that Magic Mike 2 will be as successful as the original. If he’s going to try directing, Tatum should do something completely original that isn’t going to be compared to its predecessor.

What do you think? Should Channing Tatum take a chance and direct Magic Mike 2?

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Bill and Ted 3

12 Sep

Keanu Reeves a.k.a Ted “Theodore” Logan recently spoke about the plot details for Bill and Ted 3. In an interview with GQ, Reeves said that Bill and Ted must write a song that will save the world from destruction. Since they haven’t written the song yet, the duo goes into the future to get help from their future selves.

Galaxy Quest director Dean Parisot has signed on along with Bill S. Preston Esquire a.k.a Alex Winter.

You might be thinking who the hell needs a Bill and Ted trilogy? I DO!

The Raid: Redemption

11 Sep

Knee to the face!

In 2011, Gareth Evans wrote and directed the Indonesian action film, The Raid: Redemption. The movie follows an elite SWAT team that raids a dilapidated building in Jakarta. By the way, the building is an impenetrable safe house for the city’s most notorious criminals and it’s run by the ruthless drug lord, Tama.

The protagonist, a young SWAT member named Rama (martial artist Iko Uwais), battles his way through the building, but appears to be looking for someone other than Tama. We get glimpses into Rama’s life like when he cares for his pregnant wife and visits his ageing father. All these moments are supposed to lead to a shocking revelation about Rama, but the revelation isn’t shocking at all – just painfully predictable.

Like most action movies, The Raid lacks a solid and cohesive storyline. The director tries to include some subplots, but the smaller storylines don’t turn into anything meaningful or add to the movie. For example, Wahyu, a fellow SWAT member, is obviously a crooked cop. Evans tries to flush out Wahyu’s relationship with Tama and his thugs, but it never adds up to anything important. So really…who cares?

But what The Raid lacks in plot, it makes up for in ass-kicking. Choreographers and stars Iko Uwais and Yayan Ruhian focus on the traditional Indonesian martial art Pencak Silat. I’ve never heard of Pencak Silat, but is it ever awesome to watch. For 90% of the movie I was on the edge of my seat yelling things at the screen like “Tune that guy!”and “Kick his ass.”  After the movie finished, I had the urge to look up numbers for different martial arts centres for classes and take the C-Train  at 1 am just to beat up all the weirdos on it.

Welsh director Gareth Evans and Iko Uwais collaborated in 2009 on Merantau, which I must find and watch immediately. A third film Berandal is in the works and it’ll serve as a direct sequel to The Raid. If you’re a fan of action movies, you have to see The Raid. Check out the clip below for an awesome action scene.

Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters

6 Sep

Listen movie studio execs, you cannot modernize every classic fairytale or combine historical events with mythological monsters. It’s not a guaranteed money-maker for you anymore. We’ve caught on.

Case in point:

– Red Riding Hood

– Brothers Grimm

– Beastly

– Lady in the Water

– A Cinderella Story

Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter

Now, we’re being forced to endure Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters…in 3D. Starring Jeremy Renner as Hansel and Gemma Arterton as Gretel, the movie follows the siblings who have become a formidable team of witch hunters after almost being killed by a witch 15 years earlier.

I think we should point out that the witch only tries to kill Hansel and Gretel after they trespass on her property and try to eat her house. If they lived in Texas, the witch’s actions wouldn’t even be questioned.

Just so you know, this movie cost $60,000,000 to make and doesn’t it look fantastic?

I wish I could hear Don “The Voice of God” LaFontaine say “…and Jeremy Renner as Hansel.”

Jim Carrey Joins Kick Ass 2

5 Sep

Jim Carrey has officially joined the cast of Kick Ass 2: Balls to the Wall. Carrey will play Colonel Stars who assembles a group of misfit superheroes to fight evil. This will be Carrey’s first comic book movie since Batman Forever where he played The Riddler.

Without Matthew Vaughn directing, I’m scared that the dark humour and grittiness of the first Kick Ass movie will be traded for over the top performances and slapstick humor. Let’s pray that Kick Ass 2 is closer to The Avengers than Mystery Men.

The CIFF Diaries – Entry 2

4 Sep

So I signed up on myvolunteerpage.com for shifts at the Calgary International Film Festival.

There was a variety of positions listed:

  • Box Office
  • Theatre Attendants
  • Event Set-Up
  • Marketing
  • Festival Greeters
  • Guest Relations
  • Bike Couriers (winner for cutest job position)

I signing up to be a Theatre Attendant for two shifts at Eau Claire Market. Volunteers are asked to work three shifts or a total of 15 hours. I’m still deciding if I want to do another Theatre Attendant shift or volunteer for a Gala party.

I won’t know anyone else I’m working with for these shifts, but it’ll be fun to people watch and judge their movie choices.

Lawless: Review

4 Sep

Based off the book The Wettest County in the World, Lawless follows the Bondurant brothers – Forrest (Tom Hardy), Howard (Jason Clarke) and Jack (Shia LaBeouf) – who run a moonshine business in Virgina during the prohibition era. Despite having a friendly working relationship with the police, the brothers are threatened by deputy Charlie Rakes (Guy Pearce) who want a cut of their profits or to shutdown their operation down completely.

Guy Pearce is almost unrecognizable with dark hair, a strangely high pitched laugh, virtually no eyebrows and fancy tailor-made suits. That being said he’s in full crazy mode for this role. Bloody and graphic fight scenes dominate the movie – the most horrendous scenes are when Pearce is killing or torturing his enemies in gruesome and unpredictable ways. Vicious, vindictive and creepy, Pearce deserves at least an Oscar nod for his role.

Tom Hardy and Jason Clarke’s performances are quiet and solid as the two oldest Bondurant brothers. Hardy’s character deliberately lacks intensity compared to his other roles as Bane and Bronson. His character is always steady and provides guidance to his thoughtless and reckless younger brothers.

Shia LaBeouf plays the timid and weak youngest brother Jack. Regardless of his shortcomings, Jack’s committed to becoming a real gangster like his idol, Floyd Banner (Gary Oldman). Surprisingly enough, LaBeouf does a decent job as the black sheep of the family. Usually LaBeouf fills me with disdain considering his other roles are horrible or downright ridiculous, yet John Hillcoat managed to make LaBeouf somewhat sympathetic, which is no easy task.

Jessica Chastain, Mia Wasikowska and Gary Oldman have minor roles that don’t seem worthy of them. Why pay for top celebrities, when anyone could play the role?

Director John Hillcoat previously adapted The Road for the big screen and Lawless is only his second big budget movie. Hillcoat balances out the intense and excessive violence with short funny moments, e.g. when Jack desperately tries to avoid Bertha’s (Mia Wasikowska) preacher father and Forrest replying with mhhmm in serious and scary moments.

In spite of all the talented actors and cringe worthy shootings and bloody fights, Lawless is lacking momentum. There never seems to be any urgency to get rid of deputy Rakes even after he injures or kills some of the brothers’ friends and family. The film never really seems to build to a final intense fight scene, rather there’s a series of violent scenes littered throughout.

Lawless is worth seeing for Guy Pearce’s performance, but don’t expect an outlaw picture that rivals Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid or a period epic like The Godfather. Take the movie for what it is – an entertaining action adventure.

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