Tom Hiddleston is in early talks to headline a remake of The Crow for Relativity Media. The Avengers villain would play Eric Draven, a man who returns from the grave to avenge his own death, who was portrayed by Brandon Lee in the original film. Lee was famously killed when he was accidentally shot on the set of The Crow. The remake is being directed by F. Javier Gutiérrez (Before the Fall). [The Wrap]
Believe it or not, this summer has already brought us three movies based on comics or graphic novels. Some have done quite well for their franchises (Thor, X-Men: First Class) while others haven’t been so lucky (Priest). This weekend brings about the fourth of these films, Green Lantern, which is DC Comics first summer film since last year’s train wreck Jonah Hex. With new films in the Superman and Batman franchises on the way, Green Lantern is DC’s best bet for a hit until those other superhero monstrosities are released. But before you check out the newest superhero film of this summer, check out some of these under ranked films from the stars of Green Lantern.
It’s the first of the month, which means there is a crazy amount of turnover on Netflix Instant Watch this week. There’s definitely something for everybody, take a look:
The Taking of Pelham One Two Three (1974 | Feb 6th | R)
Flickchart Ranking: #651
This article will be discussing a number of films known for their explicit violent and sexual content. Reader discretion is advised.
I Spit On Your Grave and Blue Velvet share a number of things in common: Both films controversially depict the victimization of women. Both films were panned by Roger Ebert on moral grounds for how the victimization of the women was depicted. Both directors, Meir Zarchi and David Lynch, claim that the controversial content in their films was inspired by a real-life, personal event. Also, both directors ended up marrying the actresses, Camille Keaton and Isabella Rossellini, who portrayed the victimized women. (Keaton and Rossellini both came from families already established in the movie business. Isabella Rossellini is the daughter of Ingrid Bergman and Roberto Rossellini. Camille Keaton is the grand-niece of Buster Keaton.)
While I will be addressing the general criticisms of Blue Velvet and I Spit On Your Grave, my main focus will be on Roger Ebert’s reviews, as he has been particularly vocal in his dislike of both films. There has been a great deal written about these movies, so taking into account all the possible theories and interpretations would probably take up too much space. Instead, I’m going to compare and contrast similar movies while using Ebert’s reviews to frame the article. My goal is to determine which of the films actually is most deserving of its scandalous reputation based on its actual content, after cutting through all the external controversy.
Here are this week’s new DVD, Blu-ray, and Netflix Instant Watch titles. Obviously, Thursday’s Avatar release is the highlight of the week but the overall slate of releases is strong as well. Select films will include their Flickchart global statistics (where available), as well as three direct links to rank the title against similar movies (one good, one average and one bad) to help nail down where the movie belongs on your chart.
Avatar – (Thursday, April 22 – Blu-Ray and DVD)
I broke a 32-month theater-free streak to see this one. Yeah, the tickets were free, but the effort of getting off the warm couch on a cold Midwestern Winter morning shows you the influence this one had on casual theater goers (I watch at least 2 movies a day, but usually from the comfort of my house). It’s a decent movie, but it’s going to be interesting to see how it plays on the small screen when you’ll focus more on the story than the visuals. You might want to exercise some caution buying this bare-bones disc, as a four-disc set is coming in November – although apparently there will be special codes in the box that will let you watch all the upcoming special features online over the coming months.