A Rock movie is far from a sure thing. As a man who has his own section for his filmography on Wikipedia, there are countless ups and downs most of which are billed as action flicks. I grew up watching him sway and show off his swagger in the wrestling ring, and those talents have translated well to film. Yet, Dwayne Johnson is still a long ways from being able to carry a film on his shoulders, even with the help of a giant CG gorilla. Rampage is stupid fun, but only when it’s not tripping over itself in the process.
Yep, that’s right. I’m actually going to get behind the Jumanji sequel with a straight face and trust me, no one is more surprised about it than I am. On paper, it seemed impossible that a decades-late sequel to a mediocre 90’s kiddie fantasy picture starring a professional wrestler could be anything other than crap. … Read more
Today, Universal released the first trailer for The Fate of the Furious, the eighth film in the Fast and Furious series — a franchise that has never stuck to a consistent naming pattern. For those of you who were curious how the series would come up with a compelling narrative hook for the F&F Family’s latest outing, this trailer has your … Read more
For years Disney it seemed as if had lost their way in the world of animated features. Aside from the Pixar movies they funded and distributed, the studio that was built on feature length animation had lost touch with what worked artistically and in the market place. Then, John Lasseter was asked to help Disney … Read more
It was inevitable that Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson would one day star in a disaster movie. After all, the mountain of a man and former wrestler towers over every puny human costar he faces on screen. There’s rarely any suspense involved in a movie fight scene when The Rock is involved. The guy is going … Read more
You might have been too busy playing games and anticipating new consoles to notice, but 2013 was actually one of the best years for movies in recent memory. Oh sure, there were plenty of a giant hunks of crap shoved into screens simply to fill a release date (like… say… After Earth…*shudder*). But hey, that’s just how Hollywood works.
With the exception of the 50-year-old James Bond series, action franchises are supposed to get worse as they stretch out into endless sequels.
In a word: Whoa!
Let’s get the obvious out of the way right off the top: G.I. Joe Retaliation is a big, dumb, loud, stupid movie that doesn’t make a lick of sense. Here’s the thing though, should we have expected anything else? Like it or not Hasbro is a fully functioning movie studio now who, in partnership with Paramount, have decided to cut out the middle man and just make movies to advertise toys rather than the other way around.