Just when you thought the Wachowski’s hit rock bottom with Speed Racer,the worst cartoon racing movie of all time, they manage to make Cloud Atlas, the worst Sci-Fi Film, the worst Pirate Movie, the worst Zany Geriatric Escape-Comedy, the worst Victorian Romance, the worst 70′s Blaxploitation flick, AND the worst Post-Apocalyptic Fantasy film ALL AT ONCE, smashing them into the most excruciatingly unbearable 3-hour marathon of audience abuse ever made.
But what did you think? Our review is on the way… which we weren’t going to bother with until it stole 3 hours of our lives away and we felt the deep responsibility to prevent it from happening to you, too.
No Orlando and no Kiera? But we get McShane and Cruz instead? Sounds like a good recipe, but going back to the well after the trilogy has been told is risky. We’re hearing any subsequent Pirates films will be strictly one-offs, so let’s talk about how they set the precedent with “On Stranger Tides”!
The difference between a successful yet soulless blockbuster and a well-crafted film that’s marketed blockbuster is sometimes ignored by movie studios with dollar-signs in their eyes. But in the case of Prince of Persia, Disney and Bruckheimer actually created a piece of entertainment with some heart, a strong story and some great characters to go along with a heaping serving of action-packed video game inspired eye-candy!
Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands blew us away from a gameplay standpoint, and delivered solidly on Graphics and Story! Not only is this one of Matt’s favourite types of games, this review also introduces our geek rating system! Leave us a comment and let us know what you think of our geek-o-meter…
Ridley Scott and Russell Crowe make a great team. Just look at Gladiator. Really. We mean it, skip Robin Hood and just go watch Gladiator. This movie is so BARELY a story of Robin Hood, it hardly deserves the name, and winds up being little more than a re-tread of Scott’s previous epic work. Everyone phoned it in on this one, folks; don’t waste your time.
Tim Burton definitely pushed even his own imagination to a new level and a new dimension. But did any of Lewis Carroll’s legendary work of fiction make it to the silver screen intact? Characters seem to come across true to form, albeit a bit more Scottish, but Tim Burton is true to his word when he claimed this would be an entirely new story for Alice… far from an adaptation in plot and in spirit.
It’s one thing to put a tool like 3-D in the hands of a man like James Cameron, who delicately and gracefully gives the audience a subtle feeling of depth. It is quite another to give it to a visionary auteur who is famous for breaking all the rules and letting his wild imagination loose on unsuspecting viewers, and with Tim Burton’s take on the tale of Alice in Wonderland, we can expect him to have pulled out all the stops… if he ever had any.
Re-teaming with Disney, Johnny Depp and Helena Bonham Carter, this new vision of Alice and her Wonderland have both taken on a distinctly Burton flavour that is sure to make it singularly unique. On top of the visual style, Burton has concocted an entirely new story for Alice. Yes, you read that correctly, Lewis Carroll’s beloved text has been tossed out the window, leaving only the characters themselves to contend with Tim’s wild imagination. Sounds like a fair fight to us!
Let’s preface this review with the fact that Matt is quite possibly one of the biggest werewolf aficionado’s on the planet, having watched any and every lycanthropic-film in the last hundred years. And nothing but nothing compares to The Wolf-Man. Except, of course, The Wolfman. Faithful in all the right ways, and yet unafraid to weave a more complex storyline with more extreme Werewolf rampages, an even more foreign origin story, and an ending that will knock your socks off. Yes, that’s right, there’s a new Wolfman in Blackmoor, Chaney, and he can howl with the best of them.