Posted on Wednesday, January 15th, 2014 by Angie Han
For the film industry, the first couple months of each year are basically one long marathon of high fives. In glitzy ceremony after glitzy ceremony, filmmakers congratulate themselves and each other for making such awesome movies. It can all feel like a bit much after a while, even for the most enthusiastic of awards season watchers.
That’s where the Golden Raspberry Awards come in. Since 1980, they’ve shoved past the year’s best movies to recognize the worst of the worst. Among this year’s contenders are 31-time(!) nominee Sylvester Stallone, past Oscar winners Johnny Depp and Naomi Watts. But the most celebrated of all is reigning Worst Actor champ Adam Sandler, whose Grown Ups 2 snagged an impressive eight nominations. Check out the full list of nominees after the jump.
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Sony is developing a fourth Men in Black film, but it may not be able to rely upon Will Smith to play the charming lead. While Smith led audiences into the world of a secret government bureau incorporated to police galactic aliens on Earth, and acted as the franchise center for three films, he’s not so sure about continuing on.
Oren Uziel (The Kitchen Sink) was recently signed to rewrite 21 Jump Street 2, and to script Men in Black 4. But without Smith, who has helped power international interest in the series, is there any point to pushing the series forward? Conversely, once returns from After Earth are fully tallied, could Smith revise his lack of interest in a fourth MIB? Read More »
Dave, Devindra, and Laremy (author of Film Critic) discuss some great new films screening at SIFF, muse on the greatness of Linklater’s Before franchise, and wonder which timeline Community season 4 came from. Be sure to check out Rachel Sklar’s piece on Afternoon Delight, Nick Schager’s take on M. Night’s absence, and Laremy Legel’s review of After Earth.
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Posted on Friday, May 31st, 2013 by Angie Han
After Earth has been slammed by critics for many reasons, from Jaden Smith‘s lackluster performance to the plodding pace to the shoddy CG work. But Buzz Aldrin has to be one of the few folks whose grievances stem from personal experience with outer space travel.
While the astronaut stated that he enjoyed the M. Night Shyamalan-directed adventure overall, he complained that its space scenes were unrealistic. That shouldn’t come as a shocker to anyone — Hollywood films, sci-fi or otherwise, are rarely accurate depictions of real life — but if you’re curious to find out exactly what his point of contention is, hit the jump to keep reading.
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A Will Smith movie without charisma is like an M. Night Shyamalan movie without a twist. It sounds interesting or different going in, but this one ultimately doesn’t deliver.
Much as Shyamalan made his career on surprise twists, Smith made himself the biggest star in the world by focusing his talent and charm. Over his last few movies, the director has begun to move away from the “twist” hallmark, and with the pair’s first collaboration, After Earth, Smith also forgoes his calling card. The actor’s undeniable charm and screen presence have been completely excised from his portrayal of a cold, fearless military leader. Without that personality to fall back on Smith’s character becomes a personification of the movie: far from captivating and only somewhat watchable.
After Earth begins with a promising story idea — Smith’s character is on a life or death mission with his son — but ends up hollow and disjointed, with questionable choices made all around. It’s a good nugget of a premise that never feels truly developed. Read More »
Posted on Thursday, April 25th, 2013 by Angie Han
Trailers! Who has time to watch them all? There are something like forty wide releases due out this summer alone. If you assume each trailer runs about two minutes, that’s about an hour and half of your life you’ll never get back. That’s time you could’ve spent actually watching one of these movies.
If you only watch one trailer this spring, then, you’ll want to make it this one. This three-minute supercut teases most of the season’s biggest releases, from Iron Man 3 to The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones. It’s surprisingly coherent, which may suggest that these titles aren’t as different as the filmmakers would like us to think. Or maybe it just proves that with the right music and some skillful editing, you can totally change the meaning of any scene. In any case, watch it after the jump.
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M. Night Shyamalan‘s new film and potential comeback After Earth has been moved up one week from June 7 to May 31. It’s a good move on Columbia’s part, as the Will Smith movie can very likely dominate that late May weekend, which is otherwise occupied by Now You See Me and The Purge.
After Earth has Smith and his son Jaden Smith playing a father/son duo who crash land on Earth long after humanity has fled the planet. In the race to signal for rescue, the two men face ferocious Earth-grown dangers and an alien creature that dogs his steps.
After the break, we’ve got info on two more potential Will Smith films. Read More »
Posted on Tuesday, April 16th, 2013 by Angie Han
By definition, the apocalypse can only really happen once. But in the movies, it seems to crop up every few weeks or so.
Today we have three TV spots that face the end of the world in very different ways. In M. Night Shyamalan‘s After Earth, Will Smith and Jaden Smith struggle for survival on the now-uninhabitable planet. The characters of Guillermo del Toro‘s Pacific Rim, meanwhile, are trying to “cancel the apocalypse” with the aid of some giant-ass robots. And the famous folk in Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg‘s This Is the End may just go out laughing. Check ’em all out after the jump.
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Once upon a time, when M. Night Shyamalan was making a movie, his name was promoted above the title. Then he did The Happening and The Last Airbender. For his latest release, After Earth, his name is barely visible with a microscope. Which is probably a good thing when the film has one of, if not the biggest movie stars in the planet and his increasingly famous son along for the ride.
Will Smith and Jaden Smith are prominently on display in the latest poster for After Earth, Sony’s sci-fi action film out June 7. Also given a big spot are the trees and clouds of Earth, which the film suggests are now out to kill all humans. Check it out below. Read More »
The first trailer for M. Night Shyamalan‘s After Earth was a pretty tightly controlled thing, showing characters played by Will and Jaden Smith stranded on Earth in a future that has seen evolution turn decidedly against humans.
This second trailer gives more context to the story, showing a bit of what the two guys were doing before crashing on Earth, an establishing the fact that there is conflict between father and son just as well as between the humans and everything else on Earth. It also gives us some hint of what they hope to to in order to escape the planet that originally gave birth to humanity.
Because it is a Shyamalan film I have been conditioned to assume that there’s something here that we’re not seeing, but so far this looks like his most promising film in some time. That’s enough for now. Check out the new footage below. Read More »