Usually I’m pretty meh on remakes of classic films, but I must admit I’ve been pumped about the reboot of Stephen King’s “Carrie” ever since Chloe Moretz and Julianne Moore were cast as the world’s most dysfunctional mother-daughter duo, and Kimberly Pierce was attached as the film’s director. Pierce, previously known for the film “Boys Don’t Cry,” is kind of an unexpected but exciting choice of director, and by the looks of the new trailer, it appears her remake sticks quite closely to the original film, albeit with some modern day updates. What do you think? Does it look as creepy as the original? I’m especially psyched to see Moore’s take on Carrie’s fanatical mother. You know she has a creepy as fuck side to her…
Sure, it looks like it could be called “Drive 2: Bangkok Nights,” but another movie — directed by “Drive”‘s Nicolas Winding Refn — where Ryan Gosling plays a silent, brooding type looking for a fight? Yes, please!
Usually movies like Tyler Perry’s “Temptation: Confessions of a Marriage Counselor” are right up my alley. You don’t see a Tyler Perry film because you’re under any illusions it will be good. At their best, Perry movies excel at hitting the sweet spot of terrible, the kind of bad movie you can’t wait to pick apart with your friends afterward. Why else did I go see “Twilight: Breaking Dawn — Part 2″ in theaters? I was under no illusions I was seeing a good film. I wanted a glorious waste, and boy, did I get my money’s worth. Michael Sheen’s evil laugh was worth the price of admission alone.
Like Tommy Wiseau’s “The Room,” Perry’s films aren’t so much made as they are loosely cobbled together, and it’s fun to point out the seams in his craftsmanship. The sound design is terrible, the acting is all over the place and the film takes place in about seven different genres simultaneously. “Temptation” can’t decide if it wants to be a melodrama, high camp, a morality play, a broad comedy, a Lifetime movie or a potboiler, so it makes the proceedings into a $5.99 buffet — a little bit of this, a lot of that, doused with camp and unintentional humor. Douglas Sirk would have loved Tyler Perry.
However, despite my best efforts to find the film funny, there’s something immensely troubling about the morality slopped in with Perry’s genre stew. The film is about a Christian woman’s destructive sexual awakening and an affair that leads her away from her marriage. “Temptation” initially feels like a rebuttal to readers of Kate Chopin (or, heaven forbid, E.L. James) showing how passion can destroy the stability we take for granted. The main character is the therapist for a “Millionaire Matchmaker”-type who has her wandering eye on a billionaire client. He looks like a male model, is named Harley and drives a red sportscar. He espouses the belief that humans should have sex like animals. [Spoilers after the jump!] Keep reading »
My BFF John DeVore is in town and we just had breakfast, and like the two nerds we are, we spent a good portion of our time together discussing the upcoming movie “Star Trek Into Darkness.”
“Have we learned anymore about who Cumbersnatch is playing?” JDV asked.
“Nope, I think it’s still up in the air,” I said, shaking my head.
“God, this is getting annoying,” he said, but the truth is that we’re both frothing at the mouth with anticipation. Well, following breakfast (I had a croque madame, he had some sort of baked eggs and lentils thing), we came to my office and discovered that a new trailer for the movie had been posted online. Perhaps we would get answers while our food digested! We pressed play. Keep reading »
Since it was a movie — “Where the Boys Are” — that changed Spring break into what it is today, it’s only fitting that we look at some of the best (and the worst) Spring break flings from flicks. And while that film was explicit for 1960, it’s a far cry from the bare-chested and drug-filled “Spring Breakers“ that’s out Friday. But both have one of the key elements to the season’s beach party: sex. Spring break is eponymous with spring flings, and we aren’t talking sweet Summer love. More like quick, week-long lust — not exactly a recipe for relationship success. So grab your bikini and a brewski for a look back at the most memorable onscreen sand-filled hookups! Read more…
40 feels like a long, long, long way off for me. But if Leslie Mann’s very funny midlife crisis in “This Is 40″ is even the slightest bit real, your 30s go by in a flash! Judd Apatow’s newest comedy stars his real-life wife and Paul Rudd reprising their roles as Pete and Debbie from “Knocked Up.” They’re facing down 40 — and all the health, career, and family drama that goes with it— whilst still feeling like a clueless 22-year-olds inside. But hey, if I have a cute hubby, two snarky kids, and a sweet house at 40, can’t say I would complain! Four lucky readers will score their own copy of “This Is 40″ and a $50 giftcard to SpaFinder.com — sounds like a good way to spend an afternoon to me. Find out how to enter our sweepstakes below!
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I’m sorry, you weren’t expecting the “Game of Thrones”-inspired video parodies, mashups and cat comparisons to stop, were you? Because the internet never tires, didn’t you hear??!! Above, Peter Faulk reads a young Fred Savage an epic tale about fencing, fighting, torture, giants, monsters, true love, set in a land where winter is always coming. So good it’s almost inconceivable!
hough offered a role in the 2009 smash hit space reboot, it turns out Marky Mark didn’t want to be part of J.J. Abram’s funky ”Star Trek” bunch. Why? Well with all that Vulcan-y dialogue and wacky character names like Lieutenant Nyota Uhura, the script was just too blimey confusing for Mark Wahlberg.
During promotions for ”Broken City,” his latest cop-ster flick also featuring Russell Crowe with words simple enough to follow along at a table read, Wahlberg spoke with Total Film about the one that got away … and hinted at his hopes of starring in Abrams’ ”Star Wars: Episode VII.”
“I love J.J. Abrams. I’ve only seen the original ‘Star Wars,’ when I was a kid, but my dad wasn’t really into sci-fi, so I grew up watching Cagney, Steve McQueen, John Garfield, Robert Ryan. Movies like the one I just made, ‘Broken City.’ But I’m interested to see what J.J. did. I remember him asking me to play Captain Kirk’s father in ‘Star Trek,’ and I tried to read the script, and I didn’t understand the words of the dialogue or anything. I said ‘I couldn’t do this. I think you’re really talented, but I couldn’t do it.’” Doh! Read more…
This is just concept art right now, the final design is TBD but Game Salute is currently developing a Princess Bride board game. They write, “In order to do justice to the entire story, The Princess Bride: The Board Game is comprised of individual scenes, with each scene presenting a mini-game that advances players through the central story. This allows players looking for a quick, fun visit to a beloved classic to play a game that lasts under an hour, while players who want to experience the entire Princess Bride story in one sitting can enjoy an epic day of fencing, fighting, torture, revenge, giants, monsters, chases, escapes, true love, miracles.” Read more…