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Public Transit

5 Jun

After a particularly grueling morning on the C-Train, I started wondering about movies that feature public transit and how it’s depicted.

In almost every movie there are scenes that take place on or around public transit (subway, bus, trains…and more). What I noticed is that very few movies take place exclusively on transit. 1994’s Speed is the only movie that comes to mind other than The Taking of Pelham 123. The problem is both movies fall into the action genre. Anyone who rides the bus or train with regularity knows that a horror movie should be made about transit. Think about it – crowds of strangers, the filth, the weirdos, power failures, nowhere to go…

What do you think?

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Tom Hardy Will Star in The Outsider

11 Jun

Tom Hardy will be starring in The Outsider, a film by Japanese director Takashi Miike (Sukiyaki Western Djano, Ichi The Killer).

According to Deadline Hollywood, “It’s an epic story set in post-World War II Japan, chronicling the life of a former American G.I. who becomes part of the Japanese yakuza.”

Miike directs a bit of everything, but is mainly known for his gruesome and bizarre films, i.e., Ichi the Killer, Imprint…etc.  Many of his films have been heavily edited for North American audiences so it’ll be interesting to see how this goes.

 

Cabin in the Woods: Review

10 May

With all the  hype surrounding The Avengers, you probably forgot that Chris Hemsworth and Joss Whedon worked together on another project.  Directed by Drew Goddard and cowritten by Goddard (Cloverfield) and Joss Whedon (The Avengers, Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Firefly), Cabin in the Woods stars a slightly less built Chris Hemsworth, Kristin Connolly and a variety of other actors that you’ll recognize from Whedon’s TV shows.

The story follows five teenagers who take a road trip to a deserted cabin for a weekend of drinking and getting high.  Naturally, all the archetypes are present.  Chris Hensworth plays Curt, the handsome jock.  Jules (Anna Hutchinson) is Curt’s hot blond girlfriend.  Kristin Connolly as Dana, the shy virgin, despite having a relationship with her professor.  Holden (Jesse Williams) is the handsome bookworm who could be the potential new man in Dana’s life.  Last but not least, Fran Krantz plays philosophical stoner Marty who has more common sense than everyone else combined.

At the start of the movie, it’s apparent that the teenagers are being monitored and controlled by two laboratory managers (Richard Jenkins and Bradley Whitford) from a high-tech control room.  Though, the reason for the surveillance is unknown.  Early on it’s clear that Cabin in the Woods is not a standard horror flick.  It’s a horror-comedy.  Jenkins and Whitford spend the opening scene complaining about child proofing and women’s hormones so it’s not a surprise that the pair provide the majority of the comic relief.  The lab managers are cruel to the teenagers, but they are so funny that you have to love and forgive them.

Aside from the lab managers, the only other character worth caring about is Marty.  It’s rare in a movie that the goofy stoner is lovable, insightful and observant.  It’s obvious that Whedon and Goddard want you to like and fear for the other characters…but they are still just monster fodder in the end.

I don’t want to give away too much since there are so many quirky, funny and just weird plot twists.  Cabin in the Woods is a unique and amusing movie, but definitely not for everyone.  If you’re a fan of Joss Whedon, blood, gore and dark comedy, then Cabin in the Woods is for you.

Daniel Radcliffe and The Woman in Black

27 Jan

Is anyone else scared for Daniel Radcliffe’s post-Harry Potter career? I am. He’s been playing the lovable and nerdy Harry Potter for 10 years and I think audiences are going to have a hard time seeing Radcliffe as a different character. He made a good choice starring in Equus, a play about a young man’s pathological religious obsession with horses. During his run of Equus, Radcliffe tried to shed his “nice guy” image by appearing naked on stage every night. Critics loved Equus and Harry Potter fans responded well to the play, but the majority of his fans are teenage girls.  I think we know why they liked it.

His latest movie, The Woman in Black, is a questionable choice. Radcliffe stars as Arthur Kipps, a lawyer who travels to a remote village and discovers that the locals are being terrorized by a vengeful woman’s ghost.

The trailer doesn’t look thrilling huh? Horror movies aren’t usually blockbusters and I suspect that The Woman in Black will not be a commercial or critical success.  After putting so much work into transitioning into a serious actor with Equus, I don’t know why he would pick this role.

For his next project, Radcliffe will star in Kill Your Darlings.  He’ll be be playing poet Allen Ginsberg who is brought together with Jack Kerouac and William Burroughs after a 1944 murder. This role seems promising compared to The Woman in Black even if it’s only in pre-production. This will be director John Krokidas’ first full length feature film so it will be interesting to see how he does.

I think Kill Your Darlings will be the real test for Radcliffe.  He’s talented, but he has to be especially careful about his roles.  If both his post-Potter movies flop, I think he’s going to end up starring in direct to DVD movies like Rupert Grint.  Poor little ginger.

 

Ridley Scott’s Prometheus

29 Dec

Since the early 2000’s, 20th Century Fox has considered reviving the lucrative Alien Franchise with a fifth instalment, but somehow there never seemed to be a story to do the original Alien movie justice. Sure, we’ve had chances to see our favourite acid spitting xenomorphs in Alien Vs. Predator 1 and 2, even though we never asked to have those (and I use the term loosely) “films” made.  Original cast members including Sigourney Weaver and director James Cameron were in talks for potential prequels and sequels that never really came to fruition. In 2009, Ridley Scott at last confirmed that he would be directing the latest instalment of the Alien movies.

Ridley Scott and Screenplay writer Damon Lindehof decided to downplay the role of the “original” aliens and give us Prometheus, an indirect prequel that focuses on “the Space Jockey”.  You remember him…don’t you?  He’s the enormous creature that we encountered in the first Alien movie.  Prometheus takes place 30 years before Alien and will explore the role of “the space jockey” in creating human civilization and the mythology surrounding the Alien universe.

Though Ridley Scott directed Alien, he has not directed a Sci-Fi/Fantasy movie since 1985’s Legend.  His latest movies like Robin Hood, Kingdom of Heaven and A Good Year have been less than stellar and if Prometheus succeeds it will revitalize his career and the Sci-Fi/Horror genre. Ask yourself when was the last time you saw a good alien movie. Cowboys and Aliens,  Predators, Skyline and  The Fourth Kind all lacked character development, interesting aliens and good actors.

Fortunately, the cast for Prometheus is pretty amazing and includes Michael Fassbender (Shame, X-Men: First Class), Charlize Theron (Monster), Guy Piece (Animal Kingdom, Memento)  Noomi Rapace (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo) and Idris Elba (Rocknrolla).

So what do you think?  Will Prometheus be a hit or a flop in 2012?

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