This sequel has been a long time coming, but a couple of funny things happened on the way to G.I. Joe: Retaliation‘s original July 2012 release date: Paramount got greedy, and decided to do a 3D post-conversion, and Channing Tatum suddenly became a bona fide star. Thus, more things were reportedly added into the film for him to do. Check out the trailer below:
It can be tough deciding what movie to watch. We all have limited time and resources and can’t be expected to watch every new movie that gets shoved into theaters. With this series I am hoping to help lead you through the often rocky cinematic landscape to avoid the duds and misfires that can soil one’s love for the theater going experience. I will take what I assume will be the top 2 highest-grossing new releases, dissect their trailers, and then summarize who I think should see which movie. I’m not here to say which one will be better. I’m here to help you decide which will be better for you.
This year marks the 25th Annivesary of Bruce Willis‘s “Yippee-ki-yay” career as wisecracking police detective John McClane in the Die Hard series of films. The original Die Hard, directed by John McTiernan, was released in 1988, and the franchise shows no sign of slowing down, with the fifth film, A Good Day to Die Hard, opening wide on February 14.
20th Century Fox owes a lot to Die Hard, as the action franchise has earned the studio more than $1.1 billion in revenue. To commemorate the anniversary, the studio is commissioning a giant mural to be painted outside its famous Stage 8 on the Fox lot. Though the mural will remain a secret until its unveiling at a press event for A Good Day to Die Hard on January 31, it apparently will feature (at least in part) the famous scene of Willis crawling through air ducts, muttering, “Come on out to the coast, we’ll get together, have a few laughs!”
Willis will be present at the event, along with his new co-star, Jai Courtney and A Good Day to Die Hard director John Moore. The festivities will include a reception on the 21st floor of the Fox Plaza, which served as the location of the fictional Nakatomi Plaza in Die Hard.
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A Good Day to Die Hard, the fifth film in the venerable action franchise that has seen Bruce Willis portray beleaguered Detective John McClane across four decades of film history, will reportedly be rated R.
This should satisfy fans who felt frustrated at the more teen-friendly PG-13 rating of Live Free or Die Hard, the film’s fourth franchise. Movies can get away with a lot more violence in a PG-13 film than they used to, but profanity – as much a staple of Die Hard as guns and McClane’s horrendous bad luck – is still taboo. A Good Day to Die Hard‘s R rating will mean that Willis should be able to utter McClane’s famous “Yippee-kay-yay” catchphrase in its entirety, and curse like a sailor at all the bad guys giving him another bad day.
The new film sees McClane pursue his seemingly wayward son, Jack (Jai Courtney), to Russia. But when it turns out his son is an undercover CIA operative working to foil a nuclear arms deal, father and son must team up to stop the bad guys. This fifth installment is directed by John Moore (Behind Enemy Lines).
In perfect counter-programming, A Good Day to Die Hard is set to be released on Valentine’s Day, February 14.
Before beginning part 3 of my year-in-review opus I’d like to acknowledge how truly great a year we’ve had this year in regards to movies. For as many films and performances that will be nominated for awards, there will be just as many that have a right to feel snubbed. There were so many quality indie, genre, and franchise films that even the stingiest of movie watchers could easily find one movie they really enjoyed. This year was so great that they didn’t even abide by the normal January-February as dumping grounds mentality, releasing movies like Haywire, The Grey, Chronicle, and Wanderlust, which are all vastly superior to the normal dreck that’s usually released at the beginning of the year. Even some of the more disappointing movies of the year were at least interesting to discuss, like Prometheus and The Dark Knight Rises.
Some Romances Are Stronger Than the Bonds of Time
Safety Not Guaranteed received quite a bit of love as the indie darling of the year. So much so that I assumed it would end up being this year’s annual indie movie that makes my top 5. Turns out, I didn’t like it nearly as much as everyone else. A lot of that had to do with my expectations being way too high, but the movie is far from flawless. As much as I like Mark Duplass his character is essentially a male version of a manic pixie dream girl and serves the purpose of being an eccentric person whose love saves the main character, Aubrey Plaza, despite being completely unrealistic to real life relationships. Jake Johnson has his own clichés to fight against as the guy who is a jerk but is funny enough where the audience doesn’t hate him. Then they find out his jerkiness is based around his unhappiness so they start to love him and he goes through a predictable character arc. Despite my complaints I still think the movie is good, just not as good as every other person seems to think.
Looper was writer/director Rian Johnston’s third feature film which starred Hollywood’s newest big man on campus Joseph Gordon-Levitt as a young Bruce Willis, or was Bruce Willis an old Joseph Gordon-Levitt? Time travel being used as a way for mobsters to have people killed with no evidence left behind? Awesomely brilliant idea, especially by having Jeff Daniels as the guy who traveled back in time to run it. Having numerous people have slight telekinetic powers? A little jarring and way more unbelievable than the idea of time travel for some reason. There was also a romantic sub-plot with Emily Blunt which felt a little forced, but since JGL and Blunt are so good, they made it work. That’s how the movie feels as a whole, though. It definitely has its problems and plot holes, but overall it’s so original and well-made/acted that it’s easy to forgive them.
And the Winner Is: Looper - but speaking of time travel let’s go back in time a few decades ourselves.