Disney’s John Carter has a lot going for it. Which makes it unfortunate that the film has such a big handicap: All John Carter wants to be is an adaptation of Edgar Rice Burrough’s A Princess of Mars, and on that front (though I’m not personally familiar with Burrough’s work), I think it succeeds. But despite the fact that the source material this film is based on is nearly 100 years old, many average film-goers are likely to experience the feeling that they’ve seen it all before. Read the rest of this entry »
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.
Being in the Green Lantern Corps. is a lot like being a U.S. Marshal. You are allocated a certain degree of autonomy and discretion. Hal Jordan (Ryan Reynolds), however, does not have any of these advantages. A local who happened upon an alien with a dying wish, he finds himself introduced to a world vastly different from his own. As he is the first human Green Lantern, he has to be mentored by a seven foot tall bird named Tomar-Re (Geoffrey Rush is on a roll isn’t he?), he can’t figure out his ring’s oath, and his trainer, Sinestro (Mark Strong) is an ass.
Adam Sandler’s latest PG-13 Comedy. It’s a loose remake of the Walter Matthau, Ingrid Bergman and Goldie Hawn classic Cactus Flower. Did you know Nicole Kidman is in this movie? Me neither. The mere mention of her name in a trailer nowadays must kill the opening box office or something. Co-starring Jennifer Aniston, Brooklyn Decker, Minka Kelly, Dave Matthews and Nick Swardson.
Mischief is afoot, and only one man is capable of cracking the case. Since Sherlock Holmes’ first appearance in 1887, he has captured the imaginations of writers, directors, and audiences alike. Reportedly based on author Arthur Conan Doyle’s old professor Dr. Joseph Bell, Holmes is able to do what the police often can’t because he has cunning powers of observation, a firm grasp on forensic medicine, and deductive reasoning unmatched by any literary detective to come before or after him. Joined by his faithful sidekick Dr. John Watson, who is often the narrator and an active participant, Holmes set new standards for crime fiction, and his reach has extended into a third century with Guy Ritchie’s latest film. But is this newest version of Holmes capable of besting what many consider to be the character’s finest cinematic appearance, helmed by the immeasurable abilities of director Bob Clark (Porky’s, Black Christmas, A Christmas Story)? Find out in this week’s Reel Rumbles with Sherlock Holmes vs. Murder by Decree.