Many is the instance in which a Hollywood film is delayed, for any number of reasons. (Take a look at this month’s G.I. Joe: Retaliation, which was originally slated to open in June of 2012. It was delayed to be converted to 3D, of course.) However, fans of director Edgar Wright and stars Simon Pegg and Nick Frost can now rejoice: Their apocalyptic comedy The World’s End will now be opening two months earlier.
Next year will see the 75th anniversary of one of the all-time great films, The Wizard of Oz. Few films have had the impact or importance. When Dorothy opened up her Kansas farmhouse door to the world of Oz, she might have well have opened up the world of cinema to color films in a big way. The Wizard of Oz also told a fantasy story, even a children’s story, in a darker and much more intricate way than almost any film prior.
There have been several follow-ups or spin-offs to L. Frank Baum’s world, most notably Sidney Lumet’s musical The Wiz and the incredibly dark unofficial sequel, Disney’s Return to Oz. No film yet has had quite the spectacle, cast, or pedigree behind a Wizard of Oz follow-up as Oz: The Great and Powerful has. Not only is Disney basically banking on this being their next Alice in Wonderland, but the film is by Evil Dead and Spider-Man franchise director Sam Raimi, and features a huge cast that includes Mila Kunis, Zach Braff, and former Oscar nominees James Franco, Michelle Williams and former winner Rachel Weisz.
After a rough few years for Disney, with both animation projects and live-action films not going as planned, Disney has quite a lot riding on Oz: The Great and Powerful, their first live-action film since John Carter bombed. Before checking out Disney’s latest attempt at live-action greatness, and the prequel to one of cinema’s most famous stories, maybe check out some of these under-ranked films from the stars of Oz: The Great and Powerful.
My hopes weren’t exactly high going into Rise of the Planet of the Apes. I’ve never seen the original, nor is it one of those films I’ve been dying to see, but just haven’t gotten around to. The trailers didn’t do anything to elevate my desires to see it, as there was a certain fake aspect of the CG apes that was impossible to ignore. Also, after seeing roughly three different trailers, I’d felt like I’d seen the majority of the film already. My doubts were apparently shared by most of the people I know, because no one I asked seemed remotely interested in seeing this flick. Even the theater I went to was only a quarter full, with mostly older people who I assume were fans of the original films. As the house lights dimmed, I was no more confident in my potential enjoyment of this film as I was when I first heard about it. Read the rest of this entry »
For the past five years, Marvel has unofficially kicked off the summer movie season with their fantastic lineup of superheroes. With big names like Wolverine, Spider-Man and Iron Man at their disposal, they have dominated the last half-decade of setting the bar high for the beginning of the summer. This weekend, they will attempt to do the same with a new film franchise based on Thor, about the strong and cocky god of thunder who gets kicked out of Asgard and forced to live on Earth. But before you start off the summer with this big-budget spectacle, check out some of these under-ranked films from the stars of Thor.
This week, director Zack Snyder releases his fifth film, Sucker Punch. This film marks Snyder’s first wholly original work, after 2004’s Dawn of the Dead and his adaptations of the famous graphic novels 300 and Watchmen and the children’s book, Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole. In Sucker Punch, Baby Doll, played by Emily Browning is left in a mental institution where she will receive a lobotomy in five days. Along with four other inmates, Baby Doll uses her imagination to create worlds that will help her and her other captives escape. But before going to see Sucker Punch this weekend, check out some of these under-ranked films from the film’s stars.
Along with Browning’s Baby Doll, Vanessa Hudgens as Blondie, and Jamie Chung’s Amber are Jena Malone and Abbie Cornish as Rocket and Sweet Pea, respectively. Both actresses have done some great independent features that are worthwhile to check out.