The Wonderful World of DTV: Director Steven C.Miller's Escape Plan 2: Hades - 2018
Released five years ago, the original Escape Plan (2013) may seem like a strange film to build a franchise on. An enjoyable action thriller, sold on the team up of Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger, the film, although enjoyable, was initially a financial failure. Upon release it was unsuccessful at the American box office, raking in only $25.1 million, amounting to around half of the film’s budget. Luckily the film ended up being a smash hit internationally, landing the number one spot in many European and Asian territories. The film would go on to gross just under $140 million in total at the box office, hence why we have this belated sequel. Sadly Escape Plan 2: Hades (2018) turns out to be less the sum...
Review: JURASSIC WORLD: FALLEN KINGDOM Goes Places Earlier Films Fear To Tread
For the past quarter century, the Jurassic Park films have been synonymous with summer blockbuster fare. Based on Michael Crichton's novel (itself an inferior re-working of his own Westworld) the first film in the franchise set the world alight in 1993 with its groundbreaking special effects and use of Digital Theater Sound. Granted, it was one of Steven Spielberg's dumber films, speeding over both cerebral moments and plot holes in favor of thrills, but he was masterful in building up anticipation for some truly rewarding money-shots. And the term "money-shots" should be taken literally here, as the impressive leap forwards in visual effects was astronomical in cost, so their use had to be limited to mere seconds. Those restrictions no longer count these days, and...
Trailer Time: Kamal Haasan Is Back With VISHWAROOPAM 2, Big Budget Terrorism Action
It's been a long time coming, but international audiences will finally see the second part of Indian superstar, Kamal Haasan's Vishwaroopam this August 10th. The first film released in 2013 around the world and created more than its fair share of controversy. Vishwaroopam was banned in its native Tamil Nadu for a couple of weeks after the international release, meaning that audiences outside of the film's target audience were unable to see it at first. The idea was that Haasan's character in the film, a Muslim terrorist/double agent, was insulting to India's Muslim community. which was - of course - nonsense. Here's a small excerpt from my review upon the first film's review in early 2013: Vishwaroopam is a film about which I have been...
Fox Accepts Disney’s $71.3 Billion Bid for 21st Century Fox, Topping Comcast’s Latest Offer [Updated]
Update 6/20/2018: Bloomberg reports that Fox has accepted a $71.3 billion bid from Disney, which tops Comcast’s previous offer of $65 billion. Disney’s new offer “gives Fox shareholders the option to take their payment in the form of cash or stock, up to a 50-50 level”, and the company will also “take on about $13.8 […]
‘The Meg’ International Trailer Sinks Its Jaws Into New Footage
The only thing that can save the summer at this point is Jason Statham fighting a big-ass prehistoric shark. Thankfully, a new The Meg international trailer just swam online, bringing with it a ton of new footage. The Meg International Trailer Ah, summer. A time of sandy beaches, sunlight glinting off the sea, and of course, […]
‘Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom’ Review: A Desperate Struggle to Capture That ‘Jurassic’ Magic
When the film he was reviewing would demand it, the late Roger Ebert would retell an old story he’d once heard. It was about a child prodigy, gifted at playing the piano, who was lucky enough to meet one of the old masters to perform. And so he did, skillfully getting every part of a […]