Posted on Tuesday, February 2nd, 2016 by Angie Han
It was almost exactly one year ago that Michael Mann‘s cybercrime thriller Blackhat hit theaters — though you’d be forgiven for failing to remember it existed at all. The film’s $8 million domestic gross suggests not many people saw it to begin with, and its 34% Rotten Tomatoes score indicates that those few who did see it didn’t much care for it.
But that was the original theatrical cut. There’s a new edit of Blackhat on its way into the theater this month. Specifically, the BAM Rose Cinema in Brooklyn, New York. Read More »
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Posted on Monday, February 1st, 2016 by Jacob Hall
Oh, look – another day, another post featuring director Taika Waititi. What can we say? We like the guy. And we like his movies. And we like Marvel movies, so we like that he’s directing Thor: Ragnarok and we like that he’s saying all of the right things.
And that brings us to the latest piece of news to travel from his mouth to your web browser: the Hulk, who normally doesn’t have a lot to say between smashing things, may be a bit more vocal now that he gets to play galactic buddy cop with Thor.
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Posted on Monday, January 25th, 2016 by Jacob Hall
Almost everything we know about Thor: Ragnarok is built on rumor, conjecture, and offhand comments from Mark Ruffalo. We know that Cate Blanchett is probably joining the cast. We know the plot will involve Thor and the Hulk teaming up to go on some kind of cosmic road trip. We know that Taika Waititi of What We Do in the Shadows fame is on board to direct. But beyond that? Be skeptical.
So be skeptical with this new rumor that claims to know exactly how the Incredible Hulk ends up the third Thor adventure. If you want to know more, grab your pinch of salt and follow me.
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Posted on Thursday, January 21st, 2016 by Jacob Hall
The first two Thor movies have their moments, but they’re among the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s more forgettable chapters. They never reach the heights of The Avengers or Captain America: The Winter Soldier, but they never tumble to the dismal lows of Iron Man 2. They’re just kind of there, a great showcase for a handful of weird ideas and Chris Hemsworth‘s always entertaining lead, but not too much more.
Everything we’ve heard about Thor: Ragnarok suggests that Marvel Studios is trying to make the third solo adventure of the Odinson something special. First and foremost, it’s no longer a solo movie but a team-up adventure with Bruce Banner, a.k.a. the Hulk. And puny Banner himself, Mark Ruffalo, says the sequel a road movie in the vein of Midnight Run.
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Last night, Chris Hemsworth returned to Studio 8H to host Saturday Night Live for a second time, proving that he’s one of those hosts who can come back anytime and have a lot of fun. He’s not quite on par with Justin Timberlake, but he’s charismatic, funny, and really throws himself into every sketch. He didn’t suit up as Thor this time, but if you’ve always wanted to see him in a dress, now is your chance. We recap all the sketches from the whole Chris Hemsworth Saturday Night Live episode below! Read More »
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Posted on Tuesday, December 8th, 2015 by Jacob Hall
I’ve gone the record many times that I’m a big fan of Avengers: Age of Ultron and will do so again here: I am a big fan of Avengers: Age of Ultron. I like its weird energy and how jam-packed with stuff it is. I love the banter between these characters and I love watching their relationships put through the grinder. Marvel’s name may be above the title, but this is a Joss Whedon movie thorough and through – you come out of this shiny, colorful, pop culture extravaganza feeling a little roughed up. It’s his way.
Any yet, I’ll be the first to admit that it feels like there are pieces of the story missing and important beats excised. This is especially evident on repeat viewings, where you can really start to see unnecessary, studio-mandated scenes (like Thor’s dumb cave adventure) butting heads with the stuff that actually matters. A new deleted scene from the film has been revealed as part of that new Marvel Cinematic Universe phase 2 box set and it feels like the kind of thing that really should have been in the final cut… and not just because it’s a fight scene between Thor and Vision.
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Despite its title, Thor: The Dark World was far from a dark movie. Both Thor movies have plenty of humor, arguably almost too much at times. By hiring writer-director Taika Waititi (What We Do in the Shadows), Marvel seems to be indicating it wants the next film in this series, Thor: Ragnarok, to maintain (or have more of) the sense of humor we saw in the first two movies. Of all the Marvel movies, the Thor films have been the lesser entries in the MCU, but with Waititi directing, that may not be the case for Thor: Ragnarok.
Before the film goes into principal next year, a new Thor 3 writer has been brought in to rewrite the script. Learn more about the Marvel sequel and its new writer after the jump.
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Posted on Tuesday, November 24th, 2015 by Angie Han
The very title of Thor: Ragnarok promises doom, death, and destruction. But Chris Hemsworth hopes there’s some room for levity in there as well. In a recent interview, the Marvel actor suggested the next Thor movie could stand to inject some more “smart wit” and “unexpected humor” a la Guardians of the Galaxy. And it kind of seems like Marvel agrees, seeing as they’ve hired What We Do in the Shadows‘ Taika Waititi to direct. Read More »
Posted on Friday, November 20th, 2015 by Angie Han
Everyone knows the tale of Moby-Dick, but far fewer people know that it was inspired by a true story. And it’s that true story which serves as the basis of Ron Howard‘s new movie, In the Heart of the Sea. In 1820, a whaling ship called the Essex was destroyed after an encounter with a massive whale, leaving the crew — including captain George Pollard (played by Benjamin Walker in the movie), first mate Owen Chase (Chris Hemsworth), and cabin boy Thomas Nickerson (Tom Holland) stranded thousands of miles off the coast of South America. Howard’s film chronicles the desperation and despair that followed.
Nearly two years ago, I and several other journalists embarked on our own, much more pleasant, and far less eventful journey across the ocean to the London set of In the Heart of the Sea. On set, however, it was difficult to tell we were in London, or for that matter the year 2015, at all — we walked right onto a detailed life-size replica of a busy street in 19th century Nantucket. The irony that we American journalists had had to travel 3,500 miles to visit a fake version of an island located just 300 miles from New York was not lost on us. Read More »