Posted on Wednesday, July 20th, 2016 by Jacob Hall
I’ve gone on the record before about my personal history with Power Rangers: I was young enough when its earliest incarnation arrived in that I watched and enjoyed it for a brief period of time. I bear no love for it now, but I also bear it no ill will and have found the majority of the fans I have encountered online to be friendly, reasonable, and frequently self-aware in their love for this incredibly goofy series. It’s easy to be snarky about director Dean Israelite‘s new Power Rangers movie that is set to open next year, but this is a case where I’m trying to keep by chin up and my mind open despite certain fibers of being demanding to release the sarcasm engine.
I open with this because a new Power Rangers photo has has arrived in the pre-Comic-Con wave of news and the best I can muster is a simple oof. These costumes may look amazing on film. In motion, they make be exactly what Power Rangers fans are looking for. But as an agnostic observer (who didn’t hate the initial reveal) looking in from the outside…oof.
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If you had told me two years ago that the new Ghostbusters movie would be the source of so much bitter, angry contention, I would have called you a liar. But here we are. The movie has been out for a few days. You’ve had a chance to see it. I’ve had a chance to see it. We can finally talk about it like civilized adults.
And I think it’s a good movie, maybe even a very good movie. At the very least, it’s colorful and funny and spooky and populated by actors I like watching. It’s certainly no disaster, despite what any wrongheaded internet campaigns are trying to tell you. Director Paul Feig has made a movie that feels right at home in the Ghostbusters legacy…even though it tries too hard to pay tribute to that legacy.
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This past weekend brought the debut of Ghostbusters at the box office, and while it wasn’t big enough to take down Illumination Entertainment’s second weekend for their massive hit The Secret Life of Pets, it still pulled down a respectable $46 million. It’s not clear if that’s a bit of a disappointing number for the studio, but apparently it doesn’t matter, because they have “no doubt” that a Ghostbusters sequel will come together.
Find out what a key Sony Pictures executive said about the future of Ghostbusters after the jump. Read More »
Even though the blockbuster summer will be over in just a few weeks, that doesn’t mean there isn’t plenty of excitement yet to come this fall. In fact, the arrival of the forthcoming remake of The Magnificent Seven looks just as good if not better than some of the best releases this summer has seen.
Denzel Washington rounds up Chris Pratt, Ethan Hawke, Vincent D’Onofrio, Byung-Hun Lee, Manuel Garcia-Rulfo, and Martin Sensmeier to help save a small town from a ruthless industrialist. In the new Magnificent Seven trailer, the whole crew gets a roll call with plenty of new footage to be glimpsed from the western action remake. Plus, there’s also an international trailer with a completely different cut that you can check out as well. Read More »
In the later phase of his career, Jean-Claude Van Damme doesn’t really seem to care much anymore. He had a bit of a resurgence after making fun of himself in JCVD and he might get a chance to do that again with an Amazon series that would have the actor playing an exaggerated version of himself as an undercover spy posing as a washed up action star. But now he’s just doing all the bad things that older action stars do, by returning to their once successful franchise in a role that passes the torch to a younger star.
Kickboxer: Vengeance sees Jean-Claude Van Damme playing mentor to a man named Kurt Sloane (Alain Moussi) looking to get revenge on the fighter (Dave Bautista) who killed his brother in an underground kickboxing ring. That’s the same plot as the original movie, and you know exactly how it’s going to play out. But if you need confirmation, watch the Kickboxer Vengeance trailer after the jump. Read More »
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Director David Lowery is probably doing something right with his upcoming remake of Pete’s Dragon because I’m not a fan of the 1977 original in the slightest but I fully intend to see the new version in its opening weekend. Maybe my soft spot for tales of isolated youngsters finding families is showing, or maybe I’m just a sucker for dragons, but everything we’ve seen from this movie looks charming and sweet and the right shade of adventurous.
Two new clips from the film have arrived online and they haven’t changed my mind. This looks like it could be one of 2016’s better family movies.
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Over the weekend, the reviews for Paul Feig‘s reboot of Ghostbusters hit the web, and it turns out the movie is solid. It’s not perfect, not as good as the original, and suffers from adhering to the usual blockbuster formula, but it’s apparently thoroughly entertaining and very funny.
Of course, as any conspiracy theorist out there will tell you, the 75% that the film has on Rotten Tomatoes just shows that Sony Pictures spent a lot of money to get 77 positive reviews (of those recognized by the aggregation website) at the time of this writing. Throwing a wrench in that theory though is the fact that our own Peter Sciretta really didn’t like it, so just let that soak in a bit.
But despite the surprisingly good reviews for Ghostbusters, there is one other criticism that has been fairly consistent across the board. It seems there are too many fan service references and cameos in the movie. But thankfully, one particular element of the reboot was left out of the final draft, and it concerns the origin of the ugly little spud known as Slimer. Get the details on the cut sequence after the jump. Read More »
Paul Feig‘s Ghostbusters is a moderately entertaining comedy with all of the usual blockbuster trappings, but as a Ghostbusters movie I found it to be disappointing. What follows is my mostly spoiler-free explanation of why I was disappointed with Paul Feig’s Ghostbusters.
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The first Ghostbusters reviews have hit the web today after the film held its world premiere in Los Angeles last night. After months of passionate debating from fans who were enraged that this reboot was even happening to those who have been hoping that it would just be good, we can finally talk about the movie as a whole.
So is Ghostbusters the Antichrist in the form of cinema or the second coming of Jesus? It turns out, Paul Feig‘s reboot starring Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones is just a movie that some critics liked and others really didn’t. You know, just like every other movie. More specifically, it sounds like the movie is much funnier than the trailers indicated, and while it really works when Paul Feig does his thing, it falters when it has to adhere to the tropes of the modern blockbuster reboot.
Get the early buzz on Ghostbusters after the jump. Read More »