If you haven’t been to the movies much this year, you aren’t alone. So far, Hollywood’s 2015 offerings have been pretty lackluster. Kingsman: The Secret Service and Paddington are rare exceptions amiss a slew of big budget movies that have either been terrible, or that just underperformed terribly. Some examples are Jupiter Ascending, Seventh Son, Strange Magic, Blackhat, Mortdecai and Focus.
But it this different than usual? January and February are traditionally two of the weakest months both in terms of box office and critical acclaim. Well, it turns out this year has been historically bad. Pajiba lined up the domestic grosses of the January and February releases, juxtaposed with their rumored budgets, to figure out how much money Hollywood has lost this year. And it’s a lot. Read more about the 2015 box office bombs below. Read More »
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Jupiter Ascending, from Andy and Lana Wachowski, has moments of incredible technical brilliance, flashes of good character comedy, and some wild leaps of imagination. It also features more than a few things that left us wondering what the hell was going on with the Wachowskis. Some of these elements (not many, but some) were things we liked. Still, the effect of having them all mashed together was to produce a sensation of being numbed and at times bewildered. And yet we can’t stop thinking about many of them, and we imagine you can’t either. So we’ve had fun exploring thirteen of the biggest Jupiter Ascending WTF moments in the film.
Full spoilers for Jupiter Ascending are ahead, so be warned. Read More »
Posted on Wednesday, February 11th, 2015 by David Chen
David, Devindra, and Jeff praise Ryan Reynolds in The Voices, get thankful for Fresh Off The Boat, and react in real-time to the news of Spider-Man joining the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Be sure to read Jeff Yang’s piece about Fresh Off The Boat.
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Jupiter Ascending, the latest sci-fi epic from The Wachowskis, hit theaters this weekend and didn’t do too well. It grossed around $19 million over its opening weekend, which is about what Speed Racer did in 2008. Both film had big budgets and expectations but will ultimately be considered box office failures.
That’s unfortunate because both movies are visual marvels. Whether you think Jupiter Ascending is brilliant or boring, there’s little denying the costumes, props, sets and production design are pretty masterful. They’re a beautiful amalgamation of ideas from sci-fi, fantasy, anime, manga, video games and more, filtered through the visionary eye of the Wachowskis.
Of course, it’s not like Lana and Larry sit around designing all this stuff. They hire talented designers, concept artists and so many others to visualize their ideas, which they then approve or discard. Now, we’ve got our hands on a whole slew of Jupiter Ascending concept art that gives a great look at a bunch of the tech in the film, as well as some hints that Channing Tatum’s backstory might have played a larger part in the movie. See the Jupiter Ascending concept art below. Read More »
No matter how old you are, you remember the moment you were introduced to The Wachowskis. For me, it was February 1999. I was sitting in a screening of what I figured was some dumb new Keanu Reeves movie with about 1,000 of my fellow college students. A girl in black leather started to get into a fight and as she jumped in the air she froze. The camera spun around her, and she delivered a bone-shattering blow. Every single person in the room cheered wildly at the iconic visual moment at the beginning of The Matrix and, for the next two hours, we continued to be amazed at what was unfolding on screen.
The Matrix went on to gross almost $500 million worldwide and spawn two hugely anticipated sequels. More importantly, it supercharged the careers of Lana (then Larry) and Andy Wachowski. The filmmaking siblings have since gone on to make several films that are technical marvels and intellectual thrill rides. This past weekend, their latest film, Jupiter Ascending, finally hit theaters, so we saw a perfect opportunity to rank the films of The Wachowskis. Read More »
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Posted on Friday, February 6th, 2015 by David Chen
The Wachowskis’ Jupiter Ascending is a total mess. It’s plot is nearly incomprehensible. It feels like there’s a director’s cut out there with at least a half hour more of explanatory plot details and character development. It introduces various story lines and characters whose appear on the screen for minutes before they vanish and are never followed up on. It borrows heavily from The Wachowskis’ own film, The Matrix, yet is crammed full of ideas that have appeared in other, better fantasy and sci-fi films.
And yet, I couldn’t help but enjoy it. Hit the jump to see my video review of the movie.
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Posted on Wednesday, January 28th, 2015 by Angie Han
If all had gone according to plan, we would have seen Andy and Lana Wachowski‘s Jupiter Ascending last summer. But Warner Bros. postponed the sci-fi epic at the last second, so this weekend’s Sundance secret screening was the very first public unveiling of the movie.
While Jupiter Ascending reviews won’t be out for another few days, reports from the event offer some hints about what we’re in for when the film opens next month. And they are… not good. Get the Jupiter Ascending early buzz after the jump. Read More »
Coming into 2014, Jupiter Ascending was one of my most anticipated films of the year. The combination of sci-fi action and the Wachowskis made it look like all the best parts of The Matrix and Cloud Atlas rolled into one. Then the film was delayed from a summer 2014 release to a spring 2015 release and that anticipation began to wane. Maybe it was delayed because of the effects work, as the studio said, maybe they knew the potentially weird movie would get buried in the summer or maybe it was a bit of both. Either way, the seed of doubt had been planted.
Now, the film is almost here. Jupiter Ascending opens February 6 and I’ve heard some early buzz it’s actually pretty good. That’s encouraging, as is this short but sweet new international trailer. Check out the latest Jupiter Ascending trailer below. Read More »
When 2014 began, many of us thought Jupiter Ascending would be one of the coolest films of the year. We eagerly anticipated its summer release date. As that date drew closer and closer, however, it was pretty obvious something was happening. Warner Bros. bumped the sci-fi film by Andy and Lana Wachowski to February of 2015. Was this a cry for help or just a delay for something awesome? We still don’t know. But a new Jupiter Ascending trailer might offer a clue. It’s filled with new footage that expands the scope of the film and intensity of the action even more. Check it out below along with a new poster. Read More »