At least, not when it comes to Judge Dredd. As far as we’re concerned, Karl Urban is the law. Thanks to a pitch-perfect R-rated action film, Judge Dredd has finally made it to the screen in a way that is true to the comics that he first appeared in. Brutal, unflinching, and tough as nails, Dredd NEVER takes his helmet off in the film, and Matt was giddy as has was when he was 11 years old and reading his first 2000 A.D. Without any frame of reference but Sly’s miserable turn in the role in 1995, Nat definitely enjoyed the movie, while not on the level Matt did. What did you think? Let us know!
In an attempt to simultaneously capitalize on a long-running, brilliant UK comic, the superhero-movie craze, and the movie-going audience’s apparent tolerance for reboots, we’ve got a new Judge Dredd movie on our hands. With the always-awesome Karl Urban on board as the man himself, and rumours that he never (rightly) takes the helmet off, a 2000 A.D.-loving Matt is already seeing hope for this indie, but Nat has no frame of reference for Judge Dredd other than Sly’s abysmal 1995 turn in the role.
A Spider-Man Movie with no Tobey Maguire? You’ve got Nat’s interest. No Snaggletooth as Mary Jane? Alright, Matt’s on board too. Sony reboots the web-head with a villain we never really got to see in Sam Raimi’s trilogy (a page out of Nolan’s book?), and a love interest that was drastically mishandled in Spider-Man 3. With an emphasis on the mysterious disappearance of the Parkers and Peter’s destiny, The Amazing Spider-Man actually looks pretty good, despite being a too-soon-to-make-sense reboot. But Marvel characters do that a lot, don’t they?
Certainly overdue, but with Nat on vacation during an X-Men film release, it’s tough to keep up! How does free love and mutually assured distruction get along with a prequel/reboot of the X-Men franchise? Well, the killer casting and promise of a cameo or two made First Class have some initial excitement to off-set the fear of making this movie in a short 10-months… Doesn’t seem like very long until you consider that’s how long we have to wait for another episode of Game of Thrones!
We honestly didn’t give a geek’s goddam about this movie until we saw Momoa in Game of Thrones. We know he was in Stargate, but after seeing him essentially play Conan for HBO on the small screen, we’re pretty sure he can do it for Lionsgate on the big screen, too.
But it’s not like you’d know that from this trailer that he’s hardly in.
Once Wes Craven’s monster managed to get seven movies in a decade, it seemed pretty obvious that Freddy was feeling the franchise fatigue… not a even a bout with Jason Voorhees could get him back in the limelight with his own solo movie. Until the Hollywood cure-all was applied to Craven’s dream demon: reboot!
So now, Watchmen’s Jackie Earle Haley dons Englund’s signature fedora, claws and stylish Christmas sweater to terrorize the dreams of the sexy teenagers of Elm Street in a rehash of Freddy’s origin story. The only problem is that this Nightmare reboot seems more pre-occupied with being a shot-for-shot remake of Wes Craven’s original than it is at just being a good scary movie. The result is a bit bland, leaving us wondering if this movie is made for people who LOVE the original so much they’ll watch any Freddy? Or is it for people who have no idea how scary Freddy should be?
We were both BLOWN AWAY by J.J. Abram’s Star Trek, as a prequel, as a sequel, and as a big summer blockbuster movie… Even though Matt’s a life-long trekkie, and Nat’s never really followed Trek, it was a unanimous crowd pleaser for us.