Just last week, Rhythm & Hues was given an infusion of $20 million by three major studios – Universal, Twentieth Century Fox and Warner Bros. – to keep it afloat through April. At that time, R&H was expected to be sold to an Indian effects company, Prime Focus, but that deal fell through, and now the studio has publicly announced it has been forced to reorganize. Buyers are still circling the troubled studio, but for now, it has become the latest victim in the increasingly tough visual effects industry.
A common thread that runs through all of Bret Easton Ellis’ books is the exploration of hollow persons. People who are generally well-off financially yet dead on the inside, so numb to the world around them that even acts of horrific violence and depravity can’t faze them more than momentarily. Ellis has populated his stories with these characters, often set in the 1980s to satirize the excessiveness of the time period. While reading all the books back-to-back is probably not recommended, the author manages to find enough variety and different themes to explore to make them all have some value. If he seems one-note, one does not look closely enough. Read the rest of this entry »
Broadcast News just received the Criterion Collection Blu-ray treatment, and was accordingly re-released on DVD last week. The film follows three television news journalists played by Holly Hunter, William Hurt, and Albert Brooks. Hunter is a hot shot journalist who likes focusing on her career, but looks for sexual confirmation when it comes to being a woman. Hurt plays as her serpent, appreciating her womanly allure, but willing to destroy her ethical standards. Brooks, who is also in love with Hunter, can see past Hurt’s charm and knows what he truly represents, the biased pandering of news media.
It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas, which means many people will be turning their movie-watching attention to a lot of those feel-good holiday favorites. But for some, this is the most wonderful time of the year… for busting some heads. Nothing says peace on Earth like a good, old-fashioned, blood-pumping action flick, and this year we’re entering the Reel Rumbles ring with a couple of the best. So get ready to deck the halls (and some thugs). It’s time for Die Hard vs. Lethal Weapon.
Some of the world’s deadliest people – soldiers, mercenaries, killers, rapists – find themselves dropped into the middle of a hostile jungle. Soon, they realize they are being hunted… and that they are no longer on our world. So begins Predators; a sequel to the original, singular-titled, Arnold Schwarzenegger-starring sci-fi action hit from 1987. And as it turns out, it’s become the only sequel to that movie that’s truly worth the effort.
Starring: Adrien Brody (The Pianist; King Kong), Topher Grace (Spider-Man 3; TV’s “That 70′s Show”), Alice Braga (City of God; I Am Legend), Walton Goggins (TV’s “The Shield”), Oleg Taktarov (Righteous Kill; Bad Boys II), Laurence Fishburne (The Matrix; TV’s “CSI”) and Danny Trejo (Planet Terror; Heat)
So, how does Predators measure up? I’ll use the Flickchart ranking method to see how…