On of the higher profile comedies coming out this summer (it’s release date is August 7) is Jared Hess’s heist flick starring Kristen Wiig, Zach Galifianakis and Owen Wilson. Written by Jody Hill and Danny McBride (both of whom collaborate often), expect a dark streak right down the middle of all the hubris and silliness. Case in point: The hitman gag in the living room with the kids, is pretty funny.
Masterminds is based on true events in the late 1990s involving a bank robbery in North Carolina by amateur crooks. The criminals pulled off one of the biggest payloads in U.S. history, only to slowly self-destruct afterward.
The space goes down, down baby, down, down the roller coaster. Sweet, sweet baby, sweet, sweet, don’t let me go. Shimmy, shimmy, cocoa pop. Shimmy, shimmy, rock. Shimmy, shimmy, cocoa pop. Shimmy, shimmy, rock. I met a girlfriend – a triscuit. She said, a triscuit – a biscuit. Ice cream, soda pop, vanilla on the top. Ooh, Shelly’s out, walking down the street, ten times a week. I read it. I said it. I stole my momma’s credit. I’m cool. I’m hot. Sock me in the stomach three more times.
You probably do not need to be sold any more on this project, you are either in or out at this point. If not, watch the latest Mad Max: Fury Road trailer in 1080p
MAMO! The show about movies and popular culture strides confidently into the summer of 2015 at the domestic box office with our picks for the top ten grossing films of the season. We haven’t seen any of ’em! We talk about all of ’em! And kick it open to YOU to sound off in the comments below with your entries for the Mamo Summer Box Office Contest! Would you like to know more…?
This trailer had me until Antoine Fuqua. Jake Gyllenhal as a boxer who took one too many punches, Rachel McAdams as his beautiful wife, hyper tracking shot along the ropes. But then Fuqua, wife beautifully dying, child in peril, overly glossed up nonsense with only a veneer of grit that panders to lowest common denominator. Am I wrong? After a wonderful 2014 for Gyllenhaal where he gave perhaps the three best performances (both his Enemy doppelgangers and Nightcrawler, both the half-hearted Nailed release and now this, hmmm. I hope it gets better.
The weekend just gone marked the 16th (recorded) Weekend of Trash (previous write-ups can be found in the category archive). To shake things up a bit though, I thought I’d change the approach of my coverage of the weekend. Rather than just writing up my reviews I thought I’d tie it up with Blueprint: Review’s newly restored Haiku Reviews by Tweeting reviews in haiku form as well as doing my usual mini reviews.
So, below are the full and haiku reviews of everything we watched over a weekend of sleaze, violence and downright nonsense. The full reviews are only brief (I’m not about to start writing notes whilst watching movies featuring evil genies) and ratings are largely based on entertainment value rather than quality, so take them with a pinch of salt. I’ve included clips and trailers when possible too.
The magnificent cinematography, the continuing story line from Skyfall, and the sense that the filmmaking on display has unequivocally gotten to absolutely the A-Level after the franchise crossed the 50 year mark.
Enjoy the teaser trailer for the latest chapter in the Daniel Craig era of James Bond. Plus, some bonus silky, shadowy vocal stylings of Sir Christoph Waltz.
Two of Europe’s prestige festivals, one king of the art-house world and granddaddy of all film festivals, Cannes, and the other king of the genre-festivals, the equally sprawling Sitges festival in Catalunya, recently put out movie style posters.
Above is the Cannes poster, highlighting (original photo by David Seymour) silver screen star Ingrid Bergman. There is also a documentary on the actress “Ingrid Bergman, in Her Own Words” playing at the festival to mark her 100th birthday. The festival which has been as much about celebrity and opulent life-style as it is about the power of cinema, has recently been issuing posters highlighting icons, from Marcello Mastroianni, Juliette Binoche, Paul Newman, Maggie Cheung, Marilyn Monroe and Faye Dunaway.
Meanwhile, in Spain, Sitges has had an ongoing theme as well, highlighting classic genre films that have lifted or added a bit of class to an otherwise exploitative B-film vibe to many of these films. This year (below) they have highlighted David Fincher’s Seven in their poster, which nicely doubles as a metaphor for film festivals in general, but more particularly genre themed festivals; namely “What’s in the Box!?” Previous sitges posters have highlighted The Shining, Rosemary’s Baby, Blue Velvet, King Kong, Alien and Jaws.
Mixing the police procedural and kung fu genres is an honored tradition going back to the Police Story films in the 1980s, and turning interesting new pages with both Sha Po Lang (aka Kill Zone) and Wu Xia (aka Dragon). In this tradition, it lends me to believe that Kung Fu Killer is probably the dumbed down English marketing title. But wait, it is in fact about a serial killer hunting down and killing martial arts masters, so there is kind of a directness in that title. Donnie Yen headlines a film filled with stunts, interesting locations for hand to hand fights, and all around style, given a little lift with CGI, but not over-doing it too much. Director Teddy Chan’s previous Bodyguards and Assassins was pretty flashy, pretty solid entertainment, and nothing leads me to believe that this will be otherwise.
In fact, I do really want to know what that room with the super-sized plastic skull is, and how the film gets there…
It’s starting. Though we’ve had a handful of interesting (and good) titles in the first few months of the year, it looks like we’re finally into good movie season with a couple of big titles opening in April. The summer is about to kick off big time and Colleen, Dale (Letterboxd) and I (Letterboxd) dig into the first batch of “summer” movies.