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Why March 2011 Might Be The New Summer! Ten Upcoming Films To Get Excited About!

Nordling here.

I've been reading an article today on GQ - "The Day The Movies Died" by Mark Harris - and I got a little depressed at it.  Depressed because I mostly agree with what he's saying.  I could rant about how there will be more sequels in 2011 than any year previously which is a depressing fact on its own (and that article doesn't even count prequels or remakes).  I could rant about how Hollywood seems to be diving head first into the young adult market to adapt TWILIGHT-esque books in hopes of recapturing that lightning in a bottle, and if I AM NUMBER FOUR is any indication, I'd sooner break that bottle over my head in a bar fight than endure a movie like that again.  There's movies I'm looking forward to this summer for sure, but the only original project that comes to mind is SUPER 8 and that's directly inspired from the Spielberg films of the 1980s.  Even though all the comic book superhero films look fun, there's hundreds of comic book characters that haven't had their stories told in film yet, but eventually they all start to blend together.  I think our interest in these kinds of heroes might be waning, but I could be wrong.  We'll see when those box office numbers come in.

The fact is, and I hate to sound all curmudgeonly about this, but original films aren't the business of Hollywood these days.  They're too much of a risk, money-wise.  Sequels, prequels, adaptations (which I actually don't mind too much), films based on television shows... these are tried and true properties that already have fanbases and little risk.  The one true exception last summer was INCEPTION, and I can't be sure, but I'd bet what the Mark Harris article described is exactly how it went down.  WB executives biting their fingernails after opening weekend, and if they had paid attention to audiences they might have realized that there was little to worry about.  If any of them had actually sat in a theater when those first INCEPTION trailers played and listened to the audience buzzing about them - something different!  Something new!  Something I haven't seen before!  Something that I can't guess the plot to! - I don't think they would have worried so much.  INCEPTION was a breath of fresh air in a very stale summer last year.  I had practically written the summer off before it was released, with the exception of TOY STORY 3, and INCEPTION brought in, if not a wave, then at the very least a current of interesting films to become aware of after it came out.

But original content seems to still be anathema, or at least, not something that studios would risk a high amount of money on.  Which brings me to March, and the movies opening in the next few weeks.  March, for me, has a good chance of being the best month for films this year, and I'm already seeing some people write them off, which is a shame.  There's a few adaptations to be sure, but it seems like it's the month, before summer starts ramping up, where studios seem to be putting out some of their more riskier material - at least, riskier in their outlook.  Films that come out this March could well have been the highlights of summer in other years, but since we're buried up to our necks in sequels and prequels now, original films like these get squeezed out for more safe fare.  I'm an eternal optimist, and I thought I'd highlight some of next month's releases and why we should give them our attention.

RANGO - opens March 4th, 2011 - I've seen 8 minutes of this at BNAT last December, and what struck me the most about what I saw is that there was little to no gloss to what we were seeing.  A dirt-filled world, with grit and rough edges that made the film not seem like standard children's fare.  With Gore Verbinski directing, and Johnny Depp, Ray Winstone, Isla Fisher, Timothy Olyphant, and Harry Dean "AVENGE ME!" Stanton all turning in voice performances, this looks to be a whole lot of fun, and early reports have said that even though it's not exactly for younger kids, it's got a good heart and visual style to spare.

THE ADJUSTMENT BUREAU - opens March 4th, 2011 - Philip K. Dick's work has been adapted many times but I'm not sure he's been done quite like this.  My review for this film will be coming that Friday on release, so I'll just say that I was surprised by this film and the emotional depth this film went to.  Matt Damon plays a politician who meets a woman (Emily Blunt) the night he loses his election to the US Senate, and the nature of that meeting, the subsequent events of Matt Damon's life, and his inner yearning to find her again seems to go against the very nature of his destiny and the plan that the mysterious Adjustment Bureau has for him.  Also starring Anthony Mackie, John Slattery, and Terence "Tell him I'm fucking coming!" Stamp.

BATTLE: LOS ANGELES - opens March 11, 2011 - This is probably my most anticipated March release.  Jonathan Liebesman's track record so far hasn't been too impressive, but this looks like the movie he's been working towards - a BLACK HAWK DOWN-style take of an alien invasion.  The cast for this (Aaron Eckhart, Michelle Rodriguez, Michael Peña, Bridget Moynahan) looks really good, and the film appears to to be huge in scale.  I love the trailers, if for nothing else than for introducing me to the song "The Sun's Gone Dim And The Sky's Turned Black" by Johann Johannsson.

JANE EYRE - opens March 11, 2011 - Charlotte Brontë's novel has of course been adapted for the screen before, and the trailer for this latest iteration seems to play up the thriller aspects, but the cast is extraordinary, with Mia Wasikowska as Jane, Michael Fassbender as Edward Rochester, and Judi Dench as Mrs. Fairfax.  Cary Fukunaga directed the amazing SIN NOMBRE, and so I expect this will be a film of quality.  At this point I'll see Michael Fassbender in anything.  He's a versatile actor and commanding of the screen.  

RED RIDING HOOD - opens March 11, 2011 - Remember what I said about TWILIGHT?  This movie might be the exception that proves the rule.  Not quite sure what to make of Catherine Hardwicke's film here.  Is it romance, horror, period-piece, all three... I do know that the trailer is selling the young romance angle quite hard, and what I can make out of this "reimagining" of the Red Riding Hood story is that there's a girl, two suitors, an Inquisitor, and a werewolf.  Gary Oldman seems to be in "EEEVEERRRYYYOOOONNNNEEE!" mode here, which is always fun.  Amanda Seyfried, Lukas Haas, and Julie Christie are also in the cast.  Will RED RISING HOOD do for werewolves - or do to werewolves - what TWILIGHT did to vampires?  We'll see.  I do like the cinematography in this one, but I'm still unsure as to the quality.  I put this on the list because I think this one has the potential to surprise us.

KILL THE IRISHMAN - opens March 11, 2011 - This trailer looks like a lot of fun, and even though Jonathan Hensleigh directed the first, weaker PUNISHER movie, he got Ray Stevenson, from the utterly awesome, kickass PUNISHER: WAR ZONE movie to star in this film based on the true story of Danny Grenne, an enforcer who decides to break away from the Mafia.  This film's got a veritable who's who of ass kickers in it - Vincent D'Onofrio, Val Kilmer, Christopher Walken, Paul Sorvino, Vinnie Jones - and the trailer makes the film look fun as hell.  Can't wait.

LIMITLESS - opens March 18, 2011 - Neil Burger (THE ILLUSIONIST) brings us the story of Eddie Morra (Bradley Cooper) who with a new wonder drug sees his own true potential.  But once you gain your full potential what would you do to keep it?  This seems like a unique take on the superhero story - instead of leaping from building to building Cooper can read the stock market and make a ton of money writing, powers that I'd definitely put to use.  But powers like that always come with a price, and it looks like Robert De Niro plays the guy Cooper must pay that price to.  

PAUL - opens March 18, 2011 - I realize that this film's already opened overseas, and the reception so far has been positive.  Unfortunately we here in the States have to wait until March 18 to see the reteaming of Simon Pegg and Nick Frost, but I have the feeling it'll be worth the wait.  I'm a big fan of Greg Mottola, especially ADVENTURELAND, and PAUL may play to a niche crowd, but who cares - I'm in that crowd and the film looks fun.  Plus you can't go wrong wearing an EMPIRE STRIKES BACK shirt like that.  

WIN WIN - opens March 18, 2011 - I adore Paul Giamatti,  I suffered through LADY IN THE WATER for him, for Pete's sake.  And this is the kind of film that I normally embrace, so I'm really excited to see this.  Giamatti plays a wrestling coach who comes across a prodigy in the sport, but the kid (Kyle Timmons, making his acting debut) comes with a lot of baggage that Giamatti isn't prepared to handle.  With Amy Ryan, Jeffrey Tambor, and Burt "Paulie" Young.

SUCKER PUNCH - opens March 25th, 2011 - This may well be Zack Snyder's crowning achievement.  It's his women in prison, killer robots, giant dragon vs. bi-planes, fighting ninjas and mechasamurai with gatling guns, trench warfare with a bunch of machine guns, hot women in peril fetish movie, and I can't wait.  I know many of you aren't fans, but I am, so, hey, more for me.  Seriously, I imagine this film to be a kind of "wipe the palate clean" type of film before Snyder takes on his SUPERMAN duties.  Sure, Snyder's signature moves abound in the trailer - speed ramping, CGI backgrounds, lots and lots of leather - but I'm good with that.  Plus we get Scott Glenn as the wise old guru.  Starring Emily Browning, Abbie Cornish, Jena Malone, Vanessa Hudgens, Jamie Chung, Carla Gugino - even Jon Hamm.  Even if the film fails, it'll look amazing, and I have a funny feeling this one's going to impress more than distress.

There's other films opening in March as well - MARS NEEDS MOMS, THE LINCOLN LAWYER - but these ten films make March look a lot brighter to me this year.  These are the films that studios are seemingly taking their chances on, and not one sequel or prequel among them.  If you're wanting more original material out of the studios March is when we as moviegoers can show them all that's what were wanting to see, and I guarantee that at least one of these films, and maybe all of them, are worth your time.  Sure, they can't all be INCEPTION.  But the only way the studios will know is through the box office.  I think these ten deserve that chance.

Nordling, out. 
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  • Feb. 20, 2011, 10:19 a.m. CST

    Post 0

    by Nordling

    Get excited!

  • Feb. 20, 2011, 10:25 a.m. CST

    In spite of all the crap in the spotlight . . .

    by Nice Marmot

    . . . there're boatloads of awesome films being made all the time. If the movies died, I must be seeing all kinds of kick ass undead film these days. And someone is looking forward to that Red Riding Hood bullshit?

  • Feb. 20, 2011, 10:27 a.m. CST

    Bridget Brady

    by Knapp

    Every movie she's in has been utter garbage. The female Eric Balfour.

  • Feb. 20, 2011, 10:27 a.m. CST

    You lost me at Red Ridding Hood

    by Lucasblows

  • Feb. 20, 2011, 10:28 a.m. CST

    nicely done, nordling

    by stu_pickles

    i will be seeing five of these, the other's probably won't make it to a theater near me. also, are you the Nordling from D3?

  • Feb. 20, 2011, 10:29 a.m. CST

    Paul is excellent!

    by ahdvd

    Plenty of geek references, the audience i saw it with really seemed to enjoy it and they were from all sorts of ages. The one im most looking forwards to is Battle Los Angeles, but here's hoping it turns out more like black hawk down than skyline.

  • Feb. 20, 2011, 10:29 a.m. CST

    These all look terrible

    by kwisatzhaderach

    Looks like you're just reinforcing Mark Harris's point Nordling.

  • Feb. 20, 2011, 10:29 a.m. CST

    Kill the Irishman

    by Secretagentnumber6

    I have been waiting for Ray Stevenson to do something good in a leading role since Rome. Punisher was medicore at best. I am rooting for this movie.

  • Feb. 20, 2011, 10:31 a.m. CST

    I'm guessing the Irashman could be good.

    by Nice Marmot

    But that trailer sucked.

  • Feb. 20, 2011, 10:35 a.m. CST

    Actually looking forward to The Lincoln Lawyer...

    by eustisclay the book, it was great, and it is becoming increasingly rare for a good courthouse thriller to hit the big screen. Guess when you have so many lawyer and cop shows on tv, there is no big desire for them at the movies. But I've been waiting for years for Connelly adaptations(though we did have Blood Work). If this is successful, can harry Bosch be too far behind? Or Robert Crais Elvis Cole? Lucas Davenport? Can only hope. But Sucker Punch, Win Win and Kill the Irishman look good as well.

  • Feb. 20, 2011, 10:37 a.m. CST


    by NoSmellNoTell

    Wow, everyone seems really negative on here. At least half of these could be decent to great and Nordling did a great job pointing out ORIGINAL works and everyone shits all over them. I guess they can all look forward to Transformers 3 but I'll take most of these movies any day.

  • Feb. 20, 2011, 10:40 a.m. CST


    by Yaroh_Meringue

    I'd never even heard of it before today. RANGO - An entire movie of Jar Jar humor. No. BATTLE: LOS ANGELES - looks very well crafted but I can't take another movie where America gets destroyed. JANE EYRE - I can't make it pst the part where the SUSPIRIA theme plays. WTF RED RIDING HOOD - Love Amanda Seyfried but this looks not so great. KILL THE IRISHMAN - Not my bag but an interesting cast. LIMITLESS - Can't stand Bradley Cooper and the concept irritates me PAUL - Its a CG alien. I'm not clicking on that. WIN WIN - Can't stand Paul Giamatti but Amy Adams is in it which means I will see it sometime during my life. SUCKER PUNCH - Gross. Re: strip mining young adult books. YAY. Anything but another super hero movie.

  • You should be punched in the head for even THINKING that and then you should have your hands broken for typing it. I saw P:WZ for FREE and walked out demanding my money back.

  • Feb. 20, 2011, 10:45 a.m. CST

    Under Win Win it should be Amy Ryan

    by SifoDyasJr

    Amy Adams is cool, but Amy Ryan is awesome. They were both on The Office so I could see how they could get mixed up.

  • Feb. 20, 2011, 10:47 a.m. CST

    I will die defending PUNISHER: WAR ZONE.

    by Nordling

    It's spectacularly silly and it's worth it for Dominic West's Jigsaw alone.

  • Feb. 20, 2011, 11 a.m. CST

    Originality is dying??

    by smirker

    But this page has 8 original high profile properties on it. The sky is falling people!!!!

  • Feb. 20, 2011, 11:01 a.m. CST

    2004 punisher was not weaker

    by twogunjames

    It was different. It gave us a 70's bleak daylight take on the material while WZ gave us a night time grindhouse, over the top take. I happen to not like either one very much, but I thought both actors did a diligent job in the lead role. The bad guys were terrible in both films though. I think Irishman looks like shit, and red hiding hood may as well have been shot on toilet paper as far as I'm concerned. So obviously, Nordling, you like bad movies. ;)

  • Feb. 20, 2011, 11:06 a.m. CST


    by TitusPullo

    Any true Punisher comic reader from the 80's would love this movie. The only gripe I had with it was that it felt like a first episode for a cable TV series, which is how it should go down.

  • Feb. 20, 2011, 11:07 a.m. CST

    Cinema is a fading, nearly obsolete technology...

    by zinc_chameleon

    Passive movie-watching is basically finished, myth-making is part of our biology. So don't get depressed, get ready for Full Immersion Tech. It could take a lot of forms, but some cross between present-day silicon and DNA-based computing is more likely. We've learned too much about our brains and bodies to be fully captured by Thomas Edison's invention, which really hasn't changed that much since he came up with the idea. Humans require more than mere visual capture now, and that's the new frontier of entertainment technology.

  • Feb. 20, 2011, 11:09 a.m. CST

    Forget about these 10 crappy films - HANNA comes out on April 8

    by Tommy Fang

    Seriously, Paul looks like a turd despite how much I love Frost & Pegg.

  • Feb. 20, 2011, 11:11 a.m. CST

    Hell Yes, Ray Stevenson!

    by David Cloverfield

    At least half of those films look awesome. (Even if some of them are not my cup of tea, like Paul.) Thanks for the article, I didn't know/forgot about most of them. Haters gonna hate.

  • Feb. 20, 2011, 11:15 a.m. CST

    Battle of LA

    by HamburgerEarmuffs

    Is the only one that MIGHT get my money, pending on reviews.

  • Feb. 20, 2011, 11:16 a.m. CST


    by TDH1138

    The Tom Jane Punisher film was FAR superior to that shitfest P:WZ. You can defend it all you like, it just goes to your taste level... Enjoy Red Riding Hood

  • ... they're just not the mega-budgeted ones. I can't really even get worked up that Hollywood isn't willing to risk dropping $150m+ (plus marketing expenses) on something that doesn't have a pre-existing hook to it. (The exception to this is animation, which provided 5 of the top ten grossing films of last year with only Toy Story 3 and Shrek 4 not being new properties, while Tangled and How to Train Your Dragon were at most very loose adaptations of existing stories and Despicable Me was, I think, based on an original story.) But really... stuff like Jane Eyre, Kill The Irishman, Limitless...? It's never hard to find that level of original film-making any year.

  • Feb. 20, 2011, 11:28 a.m. CST

    Some promise here

    by Briestro

    I try to stay away from movie trailers normally, but I clicked on here anyway, and checked them out. Most of them I was unfamiliar with. Mark's article was an interesting read, and I agree with it, even though I actually like some of the stuff he's generalizing. The Adjustment Bureau looks interesting, but once again we get the entire film in the trailer. I wish I never saw this trailer, and went into the movie blind. It would have played way better for me. Battle La looks like it may actually deliver. I really want it to be good, because when do we ever get that level of effects driven Armed Forces combat in a real flick? One that has ALIENS in it?? Seriously crazy stuff. Kill the Irishman looks like Scorsese worship with an insane cast. Really looking forward to this one. Sucker Punch looks ridiculous, but I think I'm going to see it anyway lol. I think I hate the title more than anything else. Tons of cute chicks doing ridiculous things. Visuals and goofball genre blending alone will make me see this. I didn't like the Watchmen adaptation very much(loved the book for years). Parts of it were cool, but parts were so off that on the second viewing I couldn't make it through. Anway, based on that level of ridiculous visuals alone, in the new trailer, I have high hopes for a crazy Superman flick. Limitless looks really interesting, but I have a feeling once again we are getting the whole movie in the trailer. UGH dammit! Win Win might be tacking on the sap and the silly a little much for me, but it looks solid regardless. Jane Eyre I will get around to at some point, I am unfamiliar with the book or with a previous adaptation. The trailer didn't do all that much for me, but it looks solid. I don't think I will see any of the others, but 7 out of the recommended 10 look good to me, and I was only looking forward to Battle LA before I read this thread. Thanks Nord! B

  • Feb. 20, 2011, 11:32 a.m. CST

    Sucker Punch = Scott Pilgrim

    by SmokingRobot

    Someone fetch a mop, there's gonna be blood on the ceiling after they see how much money this one looses. It looks like a story that was done better as an episode on Buffy.

  • Feb. 20, 2011, 11:36 a.m. CST want original content?

    by Darth_Kaos

    You have to hit the independent sector. That's where the awesome stories exist. Your average kool-aid drinking movie goer is too lazy to look for them. They rather see the same old bullshit, then complain about it.

  • Feb. 20, 2011, 11:39 a.m. CST

    Fuck "Hollywood", creativity always finds an outlet.

    by FlickaPoo

    If it isn't big budget movies, it'll be small budget movies, or micro budget movies, or online idiosyncratic content will get more sophisticated, or it'll be channeled into graphic novels, or writing, or more powerful and personal video "games", or something else we can't even imagine yet. I take the long view. I love movies, but I'm more interested in stories. Hollywood can live or die as it sees fit. If it chooses to die, we'll harvest the corpse for parts and make something more interesting.

  • Feb. 20, 2011, 11:41 a.m. CST

    I'm interested in a few of these, to varying degrees:

    by Fuzzyjefe

    The Adjustment Bureau, Paul, Battle: Los Angeles, Rango, Kill the Irishman, and Suckerpunch. Won't be able to see 'em all in the theater for sure, but I'm making time for Battle: L.A. (unless it turns out to be universally panned) and Suckerpunch. Honestly, Suckerpunch is my one critic-proof film this year. I don't care if every critic says "A film so bad, I vomited for 3 hours after!", I'm gonna see me some of that. And on Punisher: War Zone....I thought it was a better faux-grindhouse offering than Machete was. A Planet Terror/PWZ double-feature with my buddies sounds like a good time to me. He blows up a parkour runner with a ROCKET LAUNCHER, and punches the coke-head's face in. And dear GOD, the horrible New Yoak accents....cinematic GOLD.

  • Feb. 20, 2011, 11:49 a.m. CST

    Paul looks amusing.

    by Dkev00

    Sucker Punch looks fucking retarded.

  • Feb. 20, 2011, 12:04 p.m. CST

    Red Riding hood = Fail

    by claxdog

  • Your actions are also the reason R rated movies get cut to PG-13.

  • Feb. 20, 2011, 12:05 p.m. CST

    March is awesome now, 300 changed March like Star Wars changed May

    by JackSlater4

  • Feb. 20, 2011, 12:08 p.m. CST

    made bank

    by Yaroh_Meringue

    made bank made bank made bank made bank made bank made bank made bank made bank made bank made bank made bank made bank made bank made bank made bank made bank

  • Feb. 20, 2011, 12:09 p.m. CST

    hey, whiny assholes!

    by frank cotton

    frank is posting original, if somewhat derivative, material HERE, and you little bitches can't even be bothered to read it. i know you'er not, because with ONE exception i'm aware of, no one comments on my stories, one way or another, the way people get slammed on here daily, i'm certain that someone would have at least called me a hack by now. you say you want original, but you won't even look to see if my stuff is, or not. so, FUCK ON OFF, losers!

  • Feb. 20, 2011, 12:09 p.m. CST

    Sorry. My Slangotron 8000 busted.

    by Yaroh_Meringue

    When I sell the Slangotron on eBay I'm going to make so much fucking bank I'll have to hide my profits from regulators.

  • Feb. 20, 2011, 12:13 p.m. CST

    Crysis 2 is beyond the sun. Holy shit that game is hollywood's

    by UltraTron

    death knell. Games like Heavy Rain, Mass Effect 2, red dead, uncharted 2- seriously what does hollywood have that can compete with these entertainments? It's been 2 years since avatar and district 9 and I haven't seen shit. Humans only want shit they've never seen and video games are the only medium that can truly offer that for a more lengthy runtime than 2 hours. I love love love movies! That guy that said he stays away from the theater- everybody does! Stop it! They need money to make this shit. Ok here's my proposal. The experiment: take a little movie that's coming out that didn't cost much and isn't expected to perform. We all talk to the producer in talkback forums and the entire geek community agrees to go see this little film to artificially jack up its profits. Then that money is used to make a badass movie we all agree on.

  • Feb. 20, 2011, 12:16 p.m. CST

    Nordling: I completely disagree

    by Playkins

    First off: "The Punisher" is such a one-dimensional character that any movie that stays true to the source material will be have a hard time not being inherently bad.<P> That being said, there's something rather fun about a balls-to-the wall action movie with an unapologetic anti-hero. "War Zone" came close, but blew it with the silliness. It was so blatant that it nearly broke the fourth wall.<P> If anything, the Tom Jane Punisher was a more intriguing because the straightforward violence was tempered with a more interesting protagonist and more calculating methods. "War Zone" attempted the dumb-fun angle, but lost it to camp.

  • Feb. 20, 2011, 12:17 p.m. CST

    jackslater4: Fuckin' A, bubba.

    by Playkins

    Couldn't agree more. Studios take the "safe" angle when they don't see profits.

  • Feb. 20, 2011, 12:18 p.m. CST

    The sucker punch trailers say it all. Best fucking movie

    by UltraTron

    that will come out this year.

  • Feb. 20, 2011, 12:25 p.m. CST

    @nosmellnotell re: Negativity

    by billF

    I rarely scroll down to read what people have written in these talk back sessions. The majority of them seem to be very childish and negative rants and it really has not become worth the effort to combat that much needless negativity.

  • THAT is how you make a Punisher film: Unrelentingly bloody, crazily brutal, and gloriously over-the-top!

  • Feb. 20, 2011, 12:34 p.m. CST

    Hollywood seems to forget that "300" had an awesome trailer...

    by Chewtoy

    One which, even if you just listened to it, made you want to see the film. It very clearly laid out an easy to follow narrative with grand, emotional stakes. The striking visuals were a bonus, not the whole draw. (Note: whether or not you thought he end product delivered on the promise of the trailer is somewhat beside the point.) Most of the other Snyder visual feasts have been sold on the visuals alone, with confusing narratives. I like the "If you don't stand for something you'll fall for anything" line, but I'm not entirely sure what it means in context as compared to all of the quotes from "300". People need the story first and foremost.

  • Feb. 20, 2011, 12:40 p.m. CST

    War Zone pissed me off

    by JackSlater4

    I really liked the Ennis comics and they blew it

  • Feb. 20, 2011, 12:44 p.m. CST

    They need to do a Punisher 2099 Movie

    by TheFetus

    Jake Gallows > Frank Castle

  • Feb. 20, 2011, 12:48 p.m. CST

    Paul is brilliant

    by Wyrdy the Gerbil

    But if your not tapped into your inner geek your going to miss so much of the good shit in it

  • The irish black guy was terrible, and did not sound irish, and wasn't given any exposition, so he just felt out of place.

  • but at least they can try casting an italian next time. Joe Mangienello didn't get Superman, wonder how he woud feel about Frank? Hey it worked for The Godfather.

  • Feb. 20, 2011, 1:14 p.m. CST

    I *want* to go to movies

    by captzeep

    But most stuff is crap, and I've got Netflix. Movie studios are like other giant corporations- they are highly risk-averse bureaucracies where nobody wants to take the fall for a project gone bad. But we *don't* need another Superman movie. (The one with Brandon Roush actually wasn't bad, but it's been done.) Until not too recently studios could crank out predictable, derivative movies that were still fun to watch! These look at least somewhat original, and I will probably put down my money to watch a number of them. I don't ask for much, really, just something halfway decent.

  • Feb. 20, 2011, 2:16 p.m. CST

    HELL YEAH!!!

    by JaredP

    i'm excited about rango too

  • Feb. 20, 2011, 2:32 p.m. CST

    What is wrong here?

    by Thor51

    I think the message gets lost in the din of internet criticism. What do you go to the movies for? I go to feel the movie. I love the "big" screen and sitting in the dark, with a big tub of popcorn and huge Coke, watching something entertaining. That is why I will not pay for a romantic comedy, because it "plays" just as well on my plasma. But if you have a movie like B:LA or Suckerpunch, those movies are designed to be watched on the big screen. I don't mind parting with my hard earned cash to watch movies like that, because I know I will be entertained. I just wish more "intelligent" and entertaining fare like Inception come along more than occasionally. March may be deemed dumping ground for movies, but as I look over the past years, there is no more Summer season. "Big" movies come out all year long.

  • Feb. 20, 2011, 2:34 p.m. CST

    OK,Jane Eyre, maybe The Adjustment Bureau...

    by AnnoyYou

    ...but everything else reads like dreck. It pains me to say this because I adore Simon Pegg, but I also hate anything with Seth Rogen and even though (and mercifully) I won't have to see his face in Paul, his voice is enough to make me stay away. Why Bradley Cooper still gets lead roles is beyond me (well, not really - I'm sure he has hidden talents not unlike those of Sam Worthington or Channing Tatum). Red Riding Hood is obviously pandering to the Twitards. Ho-hum. I'll wait until summer, thanks.

  • I agree w/ Nordling @ AICN that March may not be that bad for movies.

  • Feb. 20, 2011, 2:37 p.m. CST

    Post 0

    by Der Aggravated Piscine

    Nordling, I'm warming up to you. "That said," please don't do the silly, Harryesque Post 0 thing again. It's beneath you, man.

  • "(t)he good news is that the four-quadrant theory of marketing may now be eroding. The bad news is that it's giving way to something worse—a new classification that encompasses all ages and both genders: the "I won't grow up" demographic. As recently as 1993, three kid-oriented genres—animated movies, movies based on comic books, and movies based on children's books—represented a relatively small percentage of the overall film marketplace; that year they grossed about $400 million combined (thanks mostly to Mrs. Doubtfire) and owned just a single spot in the year's top ten. In 2010, those same three genres took in more than $3 billion and by December represented eight of the year's top nine grossers. Let me posit something: That's bad." He posits that back in the "good ol' days", even following the rise of the summer blockbuster, things were different. There was more truly adult fare. Okay, let's look at, say, 1984's top ten films: Beverly Hills Cop Ghostbusters Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom Gremlins The Karate Kid Police Academy Footloose Romancing the Stone Star Trek 3 Splash I'll admit... there are a couple of "R" rated films in there, something that Hollywood has abandoned more and more looking for the widest audience. But what, exactly, is the "serious drama" out of that group that he feels has been squeezed out in recent years? Did movies die that year as well? Again, he keeps going back to the top budgeted, top money-makers for proof of his theory... but that ignores facts like the top ten back in 1985 included "Spies Like Us" with $60m. Seriously? "Spies Like Us" was one of the top money makers of the year? I was in the target demographic for it when it was released, and I barely registered its existence. Again, Hollywood is still making plenty of dramas, serious films and new ideas. They're just not dropping $150m on them at a time. That kind of super-fund film exists solely for blockbusters, and it's not exactly surprising that studios reserve the safest bets for that kind of cash.

  • Feb. 20, 2011, 2:40 p.m. CST

    Two sound good

    by CrusherJen

    Of the ten movies listed here, I'm interested in PAUL and SUCKER PUNCH. I've enjoyed everything I've seen from Pegg and Wright, so I'm in for PAUL. I don't know much about SUCKER PUNCH, but the commercials look interesting and Zack Snyder does have a flair for action movies-- 300 rocked, WATCHMEN was better than I expected, and DAWN OF THE DEAD was fun, if flawed. I'm willing to give it a shot. As for the others... I'm semi-curious about THE ADJUSTMENT BUREAU and BATTLE L.A. I'm only vaguely interested in RED RIDING HOOD. Maybe I'll check it out when it hits free TV, as I have a weakness for fairy tale adaptations, but it sounds too much like yet another teen franchise-maker for my tastes. Nothing else listed here appeals much, sad to say. Sounds like that article will make good reading, I'm heading there next.

  • Feb. 20, 2011, 2:42 p.m. CST

    Punisher: War Zone was FANTASTIC!!!

    by TheGhostWhoLurks

    Especially coming on the heels of that incredibly WEAK Thomas Jane film starring a metrosexual DEA agent Punisher who has family reunion picnics (until his family gets killed) and then goes on to having tea parties and Sunday dinners with his wacky neighbors in a fleabag apartment. Talk about CAMP! And don't get me started on John Travolta's idiotic villain and his gay hitman. Seriously, I don't know HOW anyone with a basic knowledge of The Punisher could say that film's ANY good! I don't CARE if it swipes scenes from Garth Ennis' run. Stuff that might read as fun in a comic just comes off as stupid and gay when filmed in live-action. A live-action Punisher film should be HARD and mean, not goofy. Unless that goofiness is the result of something hard and mean... like blowing up a streetrunner with a rocket launcher in mid-leap! Or blowing a perp's face off at point-blank range, while he's having his Miranda Rights read to him. THAT'S what's funny in a Punisher movie. Which is why Ray Stevenson's Punisher: War Zone is the ONLY movie to — visually and stylistically — come close to capturing the spirit of its comic book source.

  • Feb. 20, 2011, 2:47 p.m. CST

    Sorry to disappoint the Nolan worshipers...

    by inkingeekX

    But Inception was NOT original! It was pretty much word for word a 2002 Donald Duck comic called Uncle Scrooge The Dream of a Lifetime...I'm actually serious

  • Feb. 20, 2011, 2:48 p.m. CST

    10 films I don't give a shit about, thanx heaps (nt)

    by Triple_J_72

  • Feb. 20, 2011, 2:50 p.m. CST

    Why so negative?!?

    by bcom77

    There's so many posts on here saying that these movies look crap, they're doomed to fail, bla bla bla... Isn't this a web site for movie fans? Aren't we supposed to embrace all things cinema? (Ule Boll movies excluded) or would you prefer a site called I read a lot of articles on this site about movies coming up and immediately there'll be post stating that the movie looks like crap and it's doomed to fail or such and such an actor is a bad pick for the role and is doomed to fail. YOU HAVEN"T EVEN SEEN THESE BLOODY MOVIES YET!!!! Have some faith people, remember why you're on this site, you love movies, you love going to the cinema with a big tub of popcorn and getting lost for a few hours... or perhaps I've got it wrong. Perhaps you love to sit in your dark room, locked away from everyone and get your kicks shit bashing everything with your negative attitude. To those people, I say lighten up. Remember what movies are, escapism, watching what can't be real and making it look real. Anyway, I for one am looking very much forward to Battle: LA (or World Invasion or whatever they decide to call it here in New Zealand) and Sucker Punch. Looks like good fun to me.

  • Feb. 20, 2011, 2:56 p.m. CST

    Ah, the sweet ecstacy...

    by ATARI

    of having my eyeballs fucked by Zack Snyder. <br> <br> <br> BRING IT ON!!<br><br>

  • Feb. 20, 2011, 2:57 p.m. CST


    by dukeroberts

    I thought that Punisher: War Zone was over the top, fun trash. It got the character closer to the murderous Punisher character than the other two. Of course, I'm not a big Punisher fan, so I see him as a ridiculous character to begin with. Now, these 10 movies, with the exceptions of Red Riding Hood and Mars Need Moms, I have an interest in seeing all of them. The amount of interest varies with each, but I do have an interest in them. Hopefully, they will all be good so we can steer away from so many movies based on previously established properties. I, howver, am not one that has a problem with superhero movies. I am greatly looking forward to this year's and next year's crops of Marvel/DC offerings.

  • Feb. 20, 2011, 2:57 p.m. CST

    Hollywood needs to remember...

    by Detached

    1. They brought this on themselves, by constantly aiming for "Summer Movie" blockbusters. That trend started with Jaws then Star Wars and hasn't stopped since. 2. They have also turned out some really bad, crappy, just awful movies. People are far less inclined in these days of big-screen TVs, blu-ray, etc, to just to go see anything. 3. So what if we're getting a lot of super hero movies? Even Hollywood ought to realize Spider-Man is not Captain America is not the X-Men is not... etc. Just don't screw it up (a la the first Fantastic Four) and you should be all right. Which leads to... 4. It's this simple: IF YOU MAKE IT GOOD, THEY WILL COME. If Spider-Man 6 is better than Spider-Man 2, I am so there. End of story. JUST MAKE A GOOD MOVIE. I realize that's not easy, but with some of this incredible source material, it also just should not not be that difficult. "Some people making pictures in Hollywood are not outstanding for brains. How their minds work, I can't understand." - Michael Rennie I'm "fed up with the idiots" now working in Hollywood. - Sean Connery

  • Feb. 20, 2011, 3:15 p.m. CST

    Guys from Adjustment Bureau remind me of .....

    by ShadowVision

    The Observers from Fringe. Get the impression that their role is very similar except they take an active role in fate.

  • Does not stand up against Shaun of the Dead or Hot Fuzz. A terrible waste of talent C movie. Sure it's a great saturday night rental, but it's far to self-aware to be anything beyond that.

  • Feb. 20, 2011, 3:20 p.m. CST

    Inception and Scrooge McDuck

    by Shan

    As mentioned above, read number 5: The similarities between Inception and this comic from almost a decade ago are bizarre to say the least:

  • Feb. 20, 2011, 3:26 p.m. CST

    Event movies are the problem

    by TheJudger

    How many tie in's, how much action, what kind of and witty catch phrases can we come up with, how can we get a lower rating to attract a larger audience. Fuck story content, fuck intellect, fuck character study. The film needs to hit the ground running without stopping until the credits role. "The only original project that comes to mind is SUPER 8" But it's not very original. Even the music cut to the trailer was lifted from another source. It's a nostalgia bone film. It aims at your childhood, it reusing and recycling a specific thematic content from back then as it's backbone but with a twist. It the Spielberg 80's movie that didn't happen in the 80's. Wait till it comes out and it can be dissected and we can see where all the scenes got their ideas. Did no one listen to the star trek commentary by JJ. He says oh and this scene was taken from and this scene was inspired from. What about i had this original idea. And I've never seen it realized and so i was so excited to construct it and well here it is. You see the problem is "originality" Studios don't want to lose money anymore. They look for properties that have already established themselves. Comics are a great example. When you make something original you have to sell and advertise it with more money than you do when have to sell something that's adapted or remade from something that's popular. Not only that the audience is already there for adaptions and remakes. They are not there for original content- you have to persuade them to seek it. It actually has to be good to get them to take notice. That's where things have moved, and mindless huge action with witty one liners is an easier road to drive down than original content that is honestly intelligent and new. It used to be just like this before only it wasn't as many remakes and adaptions. This has been happening not for 10 year more like 30+ years. It costs more to advertise some films than it does to produce them. The pot has a larger return but it also has a larger gamble. Shit is shit shit has been shit for a while with some moments of good sneaking in. It's hard to save the art when it's about the money first and foremost. What makes me saddest of all is the fact that Internet has had no effect on this. We all can speak as openly as we want here. Say how we really feel. Yeah we made some changes to the system but not sweeping changes. Because even though we know most of it is shit. It's what we want now. We say we don't, but look at the numbers. The dollar is louder than the keyboard. Maybe it because an entire generation grew up on this recycled content train. Kids who are 20 now saw more than 10 years of this recycle and adapt only shit. Yes original films happen. but not as much as they used to. I'm talking about the numbers. I'm talking about the big ass films. You can cite some original films with in these 10 years. I'm not saying you can't, but the numbers are sequels, adaptions, mash-ups, and remakes or just simple dumb pointless potty comedy and shock value.

  • Feb. 20, 2011, 3:28 p.m. CST

    Red Riding Hood is utter shit.

    by Bob

    Can you seriously watch that TV ad, and not laugh at how fucking terrible it is? "What big eyes you have!" Fuckin' A! Seriously? Then again, this is the same director as the first Twilight crapfest, so I wasn't expecting much, but wow.

  • Feb. 20, 2011, 3:32 p.m. CST

    Great article and good trailers.

    by Zardoz

    Yeah, I'm sick of the usual Hollywood bullshit, too. But there are some good films that are sequels, "Toy Story 3" being one of them. (The exception that proves the rule, I suppose?) Looking forward to seeing most of these films. ("Win Win" and "Kill The Irishman" look very interesting!) I hope they're good! Unfortunately, word on "Adjustment Bureau" isn't pretty: delayed and re-shot/re-cut after poor audience testing. Too bad, it looks like an interesting premise. (and an original one!) "Limitless" is just an update of "Flowers For Algernon". (Plus, it's got Robert "I used to make good movies but now I just collect a paycheck" DeNiro in it, so, I'll be passing on that one!)

  • Feb. 20, 2011, 3:37 p.m. CST

    Red Riding Hood = the chick is the wolf

    by Mel

    I figured this out just by the stupid trailer. Prepare yourself for the stupidest twist ending ever...also, if any of you actually see this movie you're a homosexual.

  • Feb. 20, 2011, 3:39 p.m. CST

    For the Horrors of Modern Comedy- Think of Weekend at Bernie's

    by TheJudger

    One sex scene with Mr Lomax after he died. Tastefully done for the subject matter- nothing shocking or gross. No potty humor. Just hooky funny odd strange and gags. If that made that film now. You know they would make Bern's dead body jerk himself off with fishing wire, get humped by a dog, Purge dead body fluids out some drunk chick who's Frenching only to have her puke into his mouth. They would get as nasty and as shocking as they could with a plot like that now. The comedy of now is fucking annoying as hell sometimes.

  • Seriously...Battle LA looks mildly interesting (just because of the visual FX...for no other reason) but all those other films look like complete shit. How can you try to peddle those? Slow news day I suppose.

  • Feb. 20, 2011, 3:41 p.m. CST

    Video Games taught us this years ago

    by Mel

    Video Games are also seeing an influx of sequels due to poor sales with original titles. The brain tells people that, if a game has a sequel, it must mean that the first one was good. Also, due to lazy developers, sequels are usually better - they usually have a lot more content (because they dont have to write the engine from scratch so there's more time spent tweeking what they already have).

  • Feb. 20, 2011, 3:45 p.m. CST

    CGI scenes....

    by Bob

    Ok, you lose me on this. Almost every single movie that has a giant CGI scene that will be used to promote the movie. So what do you want? For them not to? To use small scenes with no FX? Good luck with your movie. To potentially lose revenue by not showing a couple of money shots is film marketing suicide. Since every single big budget film nowadays uses CGI as standard, I can't figure out what the bitching about USING CGI is about. Every movie uses it now. Even comedies and dramas. Can you imagine the film budget of a single LOTR movie if they had to have actual extras on a massive battlefield vs CGI fighters? Overbudgetted and an unfilmable failure is what. It's easy to shit on a movie if the CGI is crappy, plenty of movies have that. But bitching because they use them to promote the film is just ignorant, and pretty stupid man.

  • Feb. 20, 2011, 3:47 p.m. CST

    "mindless huge action with witty one liners"

    by Bob

    Dude you just described Star Wars Episode IV. That's from 1977 and I still love that movie. What's your point again?

  • Feb. 20, 2011, 3:48 p.m. CST

    They may not be sequels, but it doesn't make them original

    by snappy

    In the list we have a "new take" on a fairytale, a "new take" on a classic novel, a "new take" on an Independence Day-type alien invasion movie, and so on. The critics have panned Paul in the UK, Sucker Punch looks like Manga but will suck harder than a vacuum cleaner (and what was with Scott Glenn's acting). The Adjustment Bureau looks like just another chase movie and Rango is a $100 million cartoon. Kill the Irishman is DVD fodder and Win Win is a TV movie of the week. By the way, Matthew McConaughey is the wrong choice for The Lincoln Lawyer. The only one I'm looking forward to is Limitless. Not heard of Mars Needs Moms before.

  • Feb. 20, 2011, 3:51 p.m. CST

    Punisher: Warzone is fucking awesome.

    by nico_laos

    Fuck what anyone else thinks. If tdh1138 would like to 'punch me in the back of the head' or 'break my fingers' for liking it, his bitch-ass is welcome to try. The movie definitely is ridiculous, and yet, so was the Garth Ennis material that made Punisher so popular again. Punisher: Warzone knows what it is, and doesn't try to be anything else. Hell, even Roger Ebert dug it, calling it "The greatest bad-movie I've ever seen."

  • ... because that sounds fucking awesome.

  • Feb. 20, 2011, 4:04 p.m. CST

    Irrelevent to the masses

    by Dreamfasting

    Where are the ressession era movies? These movies are far to light and giddy - and irrelevant - for the mood of the times. These movies are pitching good-times softballs, not tackling the real issues.

  • Feb. 20, 2011, 4:07 p.m. CST

    nico_laos: Shan posted the link above

    by Chewtoy

    ...Cracked had an article last recently about 5 things "invented" by Donald Duck, and the plot elements of "Inception" were first on the list from a ten-year-old Scrooge McDuck comic:

  • Feb. 20, 2011, 4:09 p.m. CST

    nordling and nico

    by Dollar Bird

    nordling: You are significantly more optimistic than I am. nico laos: In an old Scrooge McDuck comic, the Beagle Boys use a machine from Gyro Gearloose to enter Scrooge's dreams to try to steal the code to his money bin. (iirc) Scrooge also keeps running into his old flame, Goldie, in the dreams. Gyro uses the technique of people feeling like they're falling to wake up. And I think there's a dream within a dream within a dream scenario, too.

  • Feb. 20, 2011, 4:13 p.m. CST

    Yeah, I read it...

    by nico_laos

    Thanks chewtoy and dollar bird. The more I read into that article, the more insane it got. Just, wow ... It's going to be real hard to watch Inception now without visualizing Scrooge, Donald, and the fucking Beagle Boys as the characters.

  • Feb. 20, 2011, 4:23 p.m. CST

    Fuzzyjefe does not exist in this dojo

    by Cobra--Kai

    Fuzzy, I'm with you. At this stage the two movies i'm most intrigued by out of this crop are BATTLE: LA and SUCKER PUNCH.<p> After seeing the trailer i've got KILL THE IRISHMAN tagged as a definite rental too!<p> Prob won't get round to seeing most of these till 2012 though.. im still catching up on last years movies and double-billed a couple last night; THE LOSERS (pretty damn weak all round) and TAKING OF PELHAM 123 (low key but well-made, good thriller).

  • Feb. 20, 2011, 4:24 p.m. CST

    can you idiots criticize a film

    by oisin5199

    without saying something's 'gay' or 'queer' or 'if you see it, you're a homosexual'? What, are all of you 12 years old? Time to expand your vocabulary a little bit and not be gay-bashing douchebags. I agree that originality isn't the problem. The 2 main franchises I saw growing up, Star Wars and Indiana Jones, were all hodge-podges of genres and properties that had come before. It's about how you build on and improve on what's come before. And I have a major issue with some GQ elitist complaining that movies based on comic books are 'kiddie fare.' Obviously, this is someone who's never read a decent comic book with depth, character, moral issues, and shades of grey. Some comic books are way more adult than a lot of shit that passes for 'adult entertainment.'

  • Feb. 20, 2011, 4:26 p.m. CST

    Nolan haters are cute

    by Bruce Thomas Wayne

    They try so hard to be different

  • Feb. 20, 2011, 4:30 p.m. CST


    by wildphantom07

    I don't understand this opinion at all.  There's plenty of good movies that release every year, and lots that's fresh and original.  That they don't come out in the summer is besides the point!! If anything the only reason we get a shedload of sequels and prequels every summer is obvious - they make the money that finances the riskier projects. This has always been the case!!  Hollywood just releases more of it than it ever has, and we feel over-saturated as a result.  Different world now with so many different mediums of entertainment vying for our dollar. The art of film needs these blockbuster sure-things more than ever, to assure those wanting to tell the real new stories have the finances.  Sure we might get an Inception once in a blue moon during the silly season. Yet anyone out there that honestly looks at the summer slate as a reflection on what we've got to look forward to in 2011 just doesn't know what they're talking about, let alone saw the ton of great films we had last year.  Ignorance is bliss.  Sure summer 2011 looks massively unoriginal on paper - but there's plenty I'm looking forward to. 

  • Feb. 20, 2011, 4:33 p.m. CST

    Hollywood and today's action heroes

    by David Cloverfield

    War Zone should suck by all accounts but Stevenson elevates everything he's in. I'm not saying I keep rewatching it, I've seen it only twice, but I still chuckle when I think of that character. It's like they put an ogre into a bulletproof vest with a skull, but then he speaks and he sounds like sad, sophisticated poet. There haven't been such a ridiculously larger than life action hero like Titus Pullo since the heydeys of Arnold, only Stevenson can act. Why isn't he cast in every second action movie? This is similar to my rants about the lack of big action vehicle for Gina Carrano. What the fuck is wrong with Hollywood? Don't tell me she couldn't act on the level of Michelle Fucking Rodriguez, only being able to kick everybody's ass. At least give her TV's Wonder Woman, instead of some airhead model/actress who never threw a punch in her life.

  • Feb. 20, 2011, 5 p.m. CST

    paul sux ass....

    by john

    not one original joke...lots of injokes about other more important scifi and fantasy movies...great cast that is mostly wasted doing dumbass things, acting like dumbasses they went totally the wrong way getting rogen to voice the alien its a buddy/road movie...that goes absolutely nowhere wanna know how little the producers care about the flick? previewed it a month before...and didnt bother to check if anyone was surreptitiously filming it to put up on the web well its sux....epic fail no wonder why no one is making original shit anymore...creativity is dead

  • Feb. 20, 2011, 5:04 p.m. CST

    Rango, Adjustment Bureau, and Red Riding Hood....really?

    by gambit7025

    I'm not sure if I understand the basis of this piece. The chosen films to "look forward to" seem like copies of more successful films. Another words, these are studio films that aren't trying anything new. The Adjustment Bureau looks like Inception light but with less originality. I will give Natalie Carter points for looking like Marion Cotillard. In order to get in on the success of Twilight, Warner Brothers hired Kathryn Hardwicke, director of the first Twilight movie, to direct a stylish, PG-13 rated, horror movie for the teen set. And finally, with the exception of adult themed anime' films like Paprika, Waltz With Bashir, and The Triplets of Bellville, no one can do animation with pure heart and soul like Pixar, I'm sorry. In that respect, Rango just looks silly.

  • Feb. 20, 2011, 5:04 p.m. CST

    Most of these movies look like shit

    by syn_flood

    and do not deserve to be mentioned in the same article as Inception. Especially Sucker Punch.

  • Feb. 20, 2011, 5:05 p.m. CST

    hey...when is the doc on comic con coming out?

    by john

    i remember the hype about pegg being at comic con filming scene for his next flick....guess what? there is about 5 minutes of footage from the con...thats it then there is about 10 minutes from a hotel room with lots of gay jokes.....funny oh...and the gay joke thing runs throughout the movie so to the writers of the pos that is paul...because we now have gay marriage in parts of the us, the second you see two guys together, anywhere in the states...they must be gay lovers rofl...

  • Feb. 20, 2011, 5:14 p.m. CST

    Punisher: Warzone looked like a TR

    by Larrylongballs

  • Feb. 20, 2011, 5:15 p.m. CST

    War Zone was not fantastic

    by twogunjames

    None of the Punisher films were good. You cannot say with a straight face that Lundgren gave it a shot. He was just as bad as the movie around him. Jane and Stevenson at least worked hard with what they had, and were both better than the films they were in. But I don't get off on senseless gore and idiotic scenes of a character firing guns upside down. I like a good story. I would say War Zone was the worst of the three, but not by much. I appreciate that the 2004 film tried to be an adult action drama with some humor, and didn't go the cartoony route. I hated the cartoony shit in War Zone, and all the colored lights made me want to stab my eyes out.

  • Feb. 20, 2011, 5:17 p.m. CST

    killing a free runner with a rocket launcher was the best part of P:WZ

    by Larrylongballs

    I replayed that scene like six times and it made me laugh every time.

  • Feb. 20, 2011, 5:18 p.m. CST

    Edison invented cinema?!!!

    by Cracklite

    Think not, curious notion that seems to pervade american society, anywere else in the world, cinema is considered a co invention, many men having played with the idea of moving pictures for a while, many men having brought their input, ideas and inventions. So, to call cinema an Edison invention is pure revisionism and sounds terribly chauvinistic. Just saying.

  • Feb. 20, 2011, 5:25 p.m. CST

    A Punisher: War Zone revival? WTF?

    by gambit7025

    Of all the lame-ass shit you fan boys get behind, you decide to support a pile of turds like Punisher: War Zone? If you're just looking for senseless gore, check out foreign hard core horror like Martys, or Inside.

  • Feb. 20, 2011, 5:29 p.m. CST

    by ThatEndDown

    It seems like the older I get, the less enthusiasm I have for anything new coming out of Hollywood (same goes for the music industry). Nothing new interests me. Name any supposedly well-loved film that has been released in the last few years and, more than likely, they underwhelmed me. There are a few films from last year that I haven't gotten around to viewing yet (I don't go to the theater anymore so I have to wait until they're out on DVD), but the only film I can name that has come out lately that I enjoyed was The American. It also seems like the older I get, the more I stick with older films. Films from the 30s to the mid-80s and a few from the 90s. Actual great movies — and some not-so-great-but-still-fun. At the moment, I have a list of about 30 films from the 70s that I still have yet to watch, for whatever reason. Nothing coming out this year that I have seen or read about (with the exception of Tree of Life and maybe the new Jane Eyre adaption) interests me nearly as much as those on my list of as-yet-unseen films. Truthfully, I'd rather watch Road House than most of what Hollywood churns out today.

  • Feb. 20, 2011, 5:40 p.m. CST

    Need this article every month

    by wadi77

    I really appreciate this. Make it a regular monthly article.

  • Feb. 20, 2011, 5:43 p.m. CST

    Cobra--kai, do or die!

    by Fuzzyjefe

    Hey Cobes! I'm in pretty much the same boat re: last year's stuff. I just recently got to see LET ME IN (enjoyed it quite a bit....LOVE the Swedish version, and thought that LMI was a nicely done version with an American perspective) and VALHALLA RISING. LOVED death. So much going on under the surface there, so many possible ways to read that film. Plus, it's friggin' beautifully shot. REALLY want to get out to the cinema a bit more this coming year. Fo sho.

  • Feb. 20, 2011, 5:53 p.m. CST

    halfbreedqueen: interesting theory about games vs. movies

    by lv_426

    "...will not be the best alien invasion experience of March 2011. That will be Crysis 2. Hey, maybe videogames will help Hollywood. People will more and more find their action spectacle kicks in gaming, so Hollywood will fall a bit and the people who survive will be focusing more on COMPLEX STORIES and what works best in the medium of film over other mediums." I think that could happen over the next decade. Maybe then our big spectacle even films will go back to being more like Star Wars, Jurassic Park, Aliens, and The Matrix instead of like GI Joe and Transformers. We can still have big budget films, but ones that are more interested in telling the story and using action/adventure, effects, and spectacle to enhance the story and not for sheer over-stimulation. As for Crysis 2... I will have to get it if only for the fact that two great current day science fiction writers, Richard K. Morgan and Peter Watts, were involved with the writing of the storyline. Don't forget though, the Duke returns in May to fight the aliens as well. It has been a long time coming too.

  • Feb. 20, 2011, 6:26 p.m. CST

    The Adjustment Bureau

    by sharpie

    I saw it earlier this week, it's actually almost surprising how good it is. The first scene with the agents, where they're standing ominously on the top of a building worried me because the acting was kind of wooden, but immediately after that, it gets really good. Most of what's in the trailer is actually from the very beginning and towards the end of the movie, and there's a ton that hasn't been shown. Stamp is, of course, awesome; Emily Blunt is gorgeous and extremely likeable (but in the quirky, more feisty Zooey Deschanel kind of way, which I know some of yall hate), and its really easy to see the chemistry between her and Matt Damon. Some of the plot points are a bit predictable, but they're done in an unconventional way. <p> I know it looks like a chase-movie version of Inception, but there's a lot more to it than that, and there's a really sort of intriguing message. Probably nothing you've never heard before, but it's presented in an entertaining and somewhat fresh way. Plus, the doors are pretty awesome. I gave it about an 8/10

  • Feb. 20, 2011, 6:31 p.m. CST


    by ATARI

    Please give us your review of Battle: LA, since you've obviously already seen it.

  • Feb. 20, 2011, 6:32 p.m. CST

    I have to ask

    by ThatEndDown

    I've seen a lot of love for Aliens in these talkbacks lately. Why? Is it just the fanboyish James Cameron love? I never really got the appeal of that sequel.

  • Feb. 20, 2011, 6:39 p.m. CST


    by maxjohnson1971

    I agree with you that if you want the really original, good stuff, the indy circuit can provide more of that. However, the problem still remains. How do most people in middle-America check out the indy scene? I grew up in a small town in Louisiana and since my childhood until now, I still have a hard time seeing most of the indy stuff in a theater. Every now and then, one of these movies will hit the Baton Rouge theaters, and if you wanna see it, you better hurry. (Thankfully, it seems that there are more of these movies getting at least a week or two here, but I'd like to see more.) I'm glad to see that Black Swan and The King's Speech and The Fighter are doing respectable numbers too. I, for one, hope that allows for more ambitious, serious fare to get some screen time. Hell, Barney's Version and The Company Men started here on Friday, so there is some hope. Lucky for me, I'm moving to Nashville in a few weeks and I can tell you that I'll be a regular patron of the Belcourt theater there. Looking forward to that (and some good barbecue!)

  • It also made me realize that Shyamalan himself probably intended for that final scene where she's walking through the forest with a red cloak, suddenly pursued by that wolf-like monster, to trigger people's childhood memory of the Red Riding Hood fable. The Village is brilliant and very underrated....although everything Shyamalan has produced since has been shit.

  • Feb. 20, 2011, 7:03 p.m. CST

    What constitute an original idea?

    by bmcapers

    5 of the 7 movies opening top of the box office this year weren't based on previously existing material. 15 of the 17 major studio released in the next month won't be based on previously existing material.

  • Feb. 20, 2011, 7:06 p.m. CST

    Hollywood is trying to capture The Twilight magic?

    by The Founder

    Really. At what point in the history of Hollywood was the nobody wants to be first but will be second if a film is a mega succes syndrome stop? Twight was a popular book like Potter. Hollywood isn't gonna recapture that magic by just making movies similar to appeal to those who like that stuff. It had a good built in fan base. Just like Harry Potter or LOTR.

  • Feb. 20, 2011, 7:07 p.m. CST

    I Am Number 4 didn't capture the magic of Twilight, so all is well.

    by The Founder

  • Feb. 20, 2011, 7:10 p.m. CST

    Gotta love this place

    by ThatEndDown

    Where people can't handle — can't even fathom — that someone has an opinion that differs from theirs so they feel the need to go into a completely overblown rage instead of answering a simple question in a way that doesn't make them look like an utter douche bag. Personally, I have never seen the appeal of it, and have always found Aliens lacking in everything that made Alien such a great film and is nowhere near films on the list of great sequels (of which there are very very few). But hey, if you feel as if you need to defend your (again, differing) opinion by turning into a typical internet asshole then...well...that's just sad.

  • Feb. 20, 2011, 7:25 p.m. CST


    by JaredP

    how can you knock rango when you havent even seen it yet?

  • Feb. 20, 2011, 7:52 p.m. CST

    Media glut?

    by Jim Greenwood

    I have a different take on the decline of film. When you have 20-screen cineplexes in every town over 50,000 in a America you have to put something on those screens. Combine that with hundreds of cable channels that need content that did not exist twenty years ago. Factor in the fact that CGI has made it financially possible for even relatively low budget productions to show anything that writers and directors can dream up. The result is a glut. The problem is not that quality "original" films have a hard time getting greenlit. The problem is that anything and everything gets greenlit. In today's technological age is there anyone among us that couldn't get a film made if we truly held the great American screenplay in our hands? We might not have a $100 million budget, but most any of us could get it made. Ideas that used to be nurtured, cultivated, developed over time, maybe even combined with other story ideas to make the project stronger are now thrown up on the screen with no real restraint. I am not a 20 year old college student anymore. I have a job and my leisure time is not as abundant as it used to me. I find it difficult any more to find a good movie to see. Even if there was a good one out there it is drowned in a sea of mediocre films being marketed in the exact screaming method.

  • Feb. 20, 2011, 8:25 p.m. CST

    I agree with you geoffrey

    by Fuzzyjefe

    There are ALWAYS gonna be good movies. With Hollywood working the assembly line in double-time, you just have to take a little initiative to find 'em. I STILL haven't seen Black Swan or 127 Hours, dammit, but I was fortunate enough to catch I Love You, Phillip Morris at the Belcourt in Nashville last month. LOVE IT. Funny as hell. But then, it has the GAY SEX in it, so it's anathema to many.

  • Feb. 20, 2011, 8:26 p.m. CST

    ANOTHER Jane Eyre movie?

    by BigTuna

    How many will there be?

  • Feb. 20, 2011, 8:26 p.m. CST

    watch this space

    by frank cotton

    original content coming soon...

  • Feb. 20, 2011, 8:28 p.m. CST

    Aliens is the greatest sf sequel ever made...

    by zinc_chameleon

    because at the core, it's a remake of "Two Women" the Italian classic that won Sophia Lauren an Oscar. You've got to love Italians! Sophia was 25 when she made that film, but had a 12-year-old daughter. But, I digress. James Cameron did what few special effects film makers (including himself) have done since. He gave an action/horror movie a beating heart of compassion.

  • Feb. 20, 2011, 8:28 p.m. CST

    War Zone sucked

    by BigTuna

    Give me a break. The first Punisher film was so much better. All War Zone was was badly directed action sequences with non-stop, mindless killing.

  • And feel free to call me fuzzy anytime. Yeah, I really didn't know what to expect going into Phillip Morris, having seen ONE trailer...but man, I was glad I gave it a go. Carrey was really good, as was McGregor. Hell, the whole cast brought it. Definitely worth a look. If you haven't seen Valhalla Rising, I'd give that one some time as well, if you like minimalist-type films. About vikings.

  • Feb. 20, 2011, 8:42 p.m. CST

    if you won't at least read it, just stop complaining, already

    by frank cotton

    big surprise He told it as a joke, but secretly believed it to be true. It had to be. He’d suffered ten years of bad neighbors, a run broken only by the too-short vacancies between them, and they just kept getting worse. It was long past coincidence, and deep into pattern. First, it was drunks, loons, and crackheads, with the odd dope dealer or wife beater for variety. Then came vampires. And zombies. Apartment 606, the one to his left when he looked outside, was the gate to Hell. Over the years, an endless stream of assholes had poured through it; a scheduled layover on their way to rehab, the slam, or the nuthouse. Lately, he’d become convinced that not only did the place draw them in to it, but that some of them might have actually been spawned from out of it. There had been many times when he’d seen someone hauling their crap in or out, but there had also been many times that they were suddenly just there. Or gone. It was nothing he could swear to in a court of law, anymore than he could about the vampires, or the zombies. As compelling as the evidence was, it was all circumstantial. But pile up enough of it, eventually it became a mountain, and a mountain was pretty hard to ignore. It was 3:37 Monday morning, and once again, someone was knock, knock, knocking on his door. He could hear them clear into the bedroom, giggling and cackling, stomping on the stairs, and slinging beer bottles into the parking lot. His new neighbors. He hated this shit, and he hated this place; it had driven him mad, he was certain of it. He checked out the peephole, and sure enough, three or four screw-ups were right outside the door, sloshing beer on the walkway, and spitting over the railing onto cars. He heard it more than saw it; some jerk had stolen the bulb from his outside light, and everything was backlit by the murky streetlamp on the other side of the lot. A warm glow from off to the left, no doubt a grill blazing away in defiance of the landlord and the law, helped some, but nowhere near enough. Same old, same old. If it wasn’t these bozos tonight, it would be maintenance in the morning. Or the church ladies. Or somebody looking for somebody else who’d never even lived there . . . there was always someone or another, wanting something or another, pounding on his door like the world was coming to an end right behind them. While annoying enough in its own right, it wasn’t the sheer volume of knockers that bothered him so much, as the percentage that tried the knob when he didn’t answer. He’d quit answering years ago. Now he just stared out the peephole at the lost fill-in-the-blank until they gave up and wandered off. They had to be lost; they were never looking for him, but always for someone else, and usually for someone else over in 606. A massive nose suddenly obscured his view, and what had to be a massive fist started hammering the door right in his ear. Before he could stop himself, he blurted out, “What the fuck do you want?” way, way too loud. The nose backed off a couple of inches, and a much lighter ‘knock, knock, knock’ ensued. Some of these dipshits were really determined. Like the one who’d gone on for almost forty minutes, knock, knock, knock, pause, knock, knock, knock, as regular as a pulse in a brain tumor. He’s outlasted that one, but it had taken six aspirin to kill the headache he’d been left with. That was on the morning after he’d stood in the living room in his underwear at 4:00 a.m., listening as the basketcase next door slowly smashed in his front window. “I have got to get out of here.” Every time one of these serial knockers started up, he could feel the days being knocked off the end of his life. Why was it that every single one of them, no matter what time of day or night, every single time anyone ever knocked on his door, they had to beat on it like they were trying to kill it? He went to get some aspirin, and when he got back to the door, the nose was gone, and he could see the porch again. Barely. The feeble yellow light from the streetlamp scarcely cut the gloom, and he wished that he had put a new bulb in the light outside, even though he knew good and well it would have been stolen by now. It didn’t look to him as if anyone had gone away, although the glow had, which just made it harder to see. He tensed up in anticipation of the next barrage. What the hell could this bunch want? The only time a neighbor ever knocked was when they were after a favor. The toilet next door was prone to backing up, and with the beer drinking going on outside, his first guess was that they wanted to use the can. Well, maybe not all of them; he could swear he heard someone pissing down off the landing onto a car. He stood, staring out, wondering just what horrible crime he had committed in what past life to deserve being marooned there. He searched his memory, hoping that his bad luck could be blamed on someone else in this life, but left off when he found he couldn’t point to anyone other than himself. Knock, knock, knock. He took a step back and leaned up against the half a wall that separated his supposed living room from the kitchen, and watched the faint spark of light that came through the peephole wink on and off as the idiots outside milled about. It didn’t seem as if they were likely to give up. He grinned wide as the idea ran through his head, the one he indulged in about once a year, the one about just emptying his .38 into the door, or wall, as applicable. He caught himself, and sighed, wondering if he could pinpoint which exact moment, with which neighbor, had sent him over the edge. Which neighbor was easy enough; it had definitely been PsychoGirl. As to which moment, well, it had begun the second she moved in, and not come to an end until the day she moved out. Just thinking about it made him grind his teeth. He had liked to think of surviving her as a badge of honor, but he wasn’t so sure anymore, about the surviving. “Hey, man, it’s not like we don’t know you’re in there.” He looked down at the carpet. The old stains had been slowly creeping back to surface lately. Time to rent a cleaner. How much money had he sunk into this hole, outside of rent? There was one reason why he was still here. He did all of his own maintenance; the management had a bad habit of always picking some questionable tenant for the job, and there was no freakin’ way he was letting one of those in. He’d seen the latest one selling dope out in the parking lot, in broad daylight, on more than one occasion. In addition to the maintenance, he’d also done a lot of renovation work, and during one rare stretch, when all the surrounding apartments had been vacant, he’d built a compartment under the floor large enough to stash his laptop in. It was amazing how much could be accomplished with determination and a Dremel tool. He thought about the last chick who’d lived next door, the one who actually had been thrown down the stairs. She hadn’t wasted any time in getting out, had she? Was a mean piece of work she’d had done on her. Sure, he’d seriously considered giving PsychoGirl a nudge in that direction, but he hadn’t followed through. And sure, there had been the one time when some dude had almost clocked her right outside his door, and he’d drawn blood biting his tongue to keep from yelling, “Hit her!” But no shit, Mother Teresa would have been hard pressed to keep from popping a cap into that one. A hearty round of laughter from outside broke through his reverie. He looked at the clock: 3:37 in the goddamn morning. Why in the fuck was it that nobody around here ever called the cops? Ever? True, they had all called them on PsychoGirl, forty or fifty times, but that was the exception to prove the rule. He wondered just what number of gunshots in what period of time would constitute a threat to the average resident. Maybe he should just give in and spring for another cell phone. And what about this new crew? He hadn’t seen any of them moving in . . . hadn’t seen any of them at all before tonight, just heard them. They sounded, and from what little he could see, looked, like a bunch of biker types, although he hadn’t heard any actual bikes. Four biker types, with no bikes, holed up in a one-bedroom apartment. He wondered if he would know a meth lab if he smelled one. Knock, knock, knock. He needed a smoke. A smoke, and a couple more aspirin. Like clockwork; every week, just like clockwork. It might be for several days running, or it might be several times in one day, but every week, just like clockwork, somebody had to show up and start pounding on the door. Last week it had been that creep, the one who’d caught him on the stairs, the one who hadn’t even seen which apartment he’d come out of, wanting to know if David still lived there. Or Scott. Or whoever. How many times had that fuckup come knockin’ at two or three in the morning? Four times? Five times? Why did all these would-be parasites always zero in on him? At least it wasn’t that one again. He lit a cigarette, thinking that it might be time to crank up ‘the song’ again, and started wondering, PsychoGirl aside, which of the former occupants of 606 had been the worst. Not an easy call. Crackheads were always nerve-wracking, but a well-timed call or two to Crime-Stoppers usually solved that problem. Best to nip that bullshit in the bud. Drunks, potheads, and the other various and sundry rowdies were also seriously annoying, but a good set of headphones drowned them out, for the most part. The morons who just had to put every stick of furniture slap up against the wall, which guaranteed that they would slam into it each and every time they sat down, got up or, God forbid, started humping, well, they really pissed him off; inconsiderate, sorry-ass motherfuckers. They tended to be door-slammers and stair-stompers to boot. How many times had the front doorframe over there been rebuilt, five, six times? Hell, how many times had the door been kicked in? What the fuck had he been thinking about? Oh, right, his second worst neighbor . . . so many candidates. The vampires had been pretty alarming. Once he’d decided that they might really be vampires, he had really freaked out. And although they had proved to be dead quiet most of the time, and very polite, still they had often done a lot of the shit he couldn’t stand: door-slamming, step-stomping, bouncing from apartment to apartment to apartment. Where did people get the energy? After the vampires, the zombies hadn’t been quite the shock they might have been before. Besides, he’d always liked the zombie movies, and a lot of the other residents could pass for one on a good day. Shoot, after PsychoGirl, all the others paled in comparison. He fired up another cigarette, and had another look outside. He found a giant, bloodshot eye staring back at him. He jerked his head back, and heard a fresh burst of giggling outside, followed by someone saying, “Guys, you’re not helping.” Another bottle whistled through the night air, and smashed into the lot. Knock, knock, knock. “Hey, man, we know what you’re thinking. We’re not here for favors, we just want to talk to you.” Right. Maybe he should just start drinking again . . . the knocking wouldn’t bother him near as much, and it would help take the edge off of his paranoia. Not that it would help him any now, though. Sooner or later, he was going to have to open the door. Probably sooner. “You know it’s 3:30 in the morning?” “You’re up, right?” Damnit. He peered out past the bobbing silhouettes to the dim streetlamp. It was seriously foggy; he could barely make out the dumpster on the far side the lamppost. He could make out a slew of broken bottles, just short of the dumpster, glittering like a galaxy. He liked fog, it made him remember the mountains. Why couldn’t he live there? “So, it takes four of you just to talk?” That should buy him a little time to calculate his approach. Weapons. Four unknowns, times 3:30 in the morning, equals weapons. The .38 in the back pocket, at minimum. The short metal rod wrapped in friction tape he kept by the door would do for a backup, and if he put a knife in plain sight on the end table, it could serve as both a warning and a distraction. Might be overkill, but what the hey . . . A bottle slammed into the dumpster, the sound followed by a round of ‘woo-hoos,’ which would no doubt be followed by another round. Cripes. How many times had he stood at the door like this, listening to the drunken babble or invective of some screw-up or screw-ups, as often as not shouted from building to building? How many times had he left for work to find a couple of dozen empty cans and/or bottles right outside the door? Or even entire bags of garbage? There’d actually been one time when some asswipe had simply dumped their trashcan over the rail. The place attracted slobs like shit did flies. He lit a third smoke from the butt of the second, stuffed the .38 in his pocket, and tried to get into the right state of mind. He needed to get a bit more riled up. To that end, he reminisced about the guy whose wife had locked him out every Friday night for a year, and let him pound on the door for a couple hours before letting him in. Every Friday night, for a year, and not one time, not one lousy, stinkin’ time had the cops shown up. He wondered just how many thousands of years it had been since the key was invented, and was reminded of the time he’d come home whacked on tequila, and woke up twelve hours later to find that he’d left the front door unlocked. He had quit then and there, and maybe starting up again wasn’t the best idea. He needed to get the upper hand here, take control, put out some bad vibes. Now would be a good time. “You gonna answer my question?” All movement outside ceased. He’d caught them off-guard. “It’s just that the guys all wanted to meet you.” Then again, maybe not. And what the hell was that supposed to mean? The only time anyone around here wanted to meet you, what they really wanted was a favor. A large part of the knocking problem was due to the fact that his door was at the top of the stairs. Anyone who wasn’t sure of which apartment they were after would invariably knock at his simply because it was the first one they were presented with. Lazy bastards. That did not, however, explain the large number of knockers who beat on his door, and his alone, and then just went away. There’d once been a knockout blonde, the same one he’d seen on several occasions standing in the middle of the street a couple blocks away, waving at passing cars, who’d shown up at two or three in the morning every six months or so, for a couple of years. He’d wanted to open the door, really, really wanted to open the door, but every time some small voice in his head had told him quietly that it was a really, really bad idea. She had looked a lot like a girl he’d been sweet on, who had driven him past this very complex ten years before he moved in, to show him the spot where she’d firebombed some dudes car; a spot he could now see anytime he pleased from his kitchen window. Should have known that was an ill omen. Knock, knock, knock. The fridge let out with the loud crackling sound it had been making for ages, and someone outside turned on a boombox. It took him a minute or so to recognize the song. It was the same one he played in an endless loop, at full blast, on those nights when a neighbor got completely out of hand: ‘Right Next Door to Hell’ by Guns ‘n’ Roses. The average knocker, including most door-to-door types, knocked for three sets, and went on. The A-types, who refused to believe that anyone would have the audacity to not be at home, went four, five, sometimes even six sets. Anyone knocking more than six times was not likely to give up until their knuckles bled. Anyone cranking up a box was planning to hang around, whether you opened up or not. Gauntlet. He grabbed a smoke, killed the inside light, and unlocked the door. As he yanked it open, the clock caught his eye. It read 3:37 a.m. There were four of them. Thirtyish-looking, with long hair, goatees and mustaches, dressed in jeans, t-shirts, and boots. They could have fit right in at any Bike Rally, had it not been for their reddish skin, exaggerated facial features, stubby, ancient horns, and wrinkled tails. Demons. Sure as shit. He wasn’t even half surprised. Vampires, zombies, demons; as a logical progression, it made sense. Of course, the vampires and zombies had been a little more discreet. Looked like the cops might not have been all that much help after all. “Okay, what?” “You know, you really ought to put a bulb out here.” They all laughed uncontrollably for several minutes. When it was over; the one closest to the door spoke up. “Let’s be serious for a minute. Starting from your left, this is Wayne, Lee, and Ray. I’m Stu. We’re here because our assignment to this location is almost up, and there’s something we wanted to set straight before we go. We’re all aware of how much you despise this place, and that you’re under the impression that you’re some kind of target. Now, we can see how you might have come to this conclusion, considering the nature of your experiences here. I’m pretty sure I speak for all of Hell, back me up here, guys, when I say we all thought you’d have bailed out of here years ago. But the truth is, what we got here is more along the lines of a collateral damage-type scenario. Wrong place, wrong time, and all that. We, the four of us, that is, got nothing against you personally . . . say, one of you want to grab him a beer?” Ray, the closest to their door, volunteered. When he opened it, a massive wave of fire rolled out and engulfed him. He flinched, just the least little bit, then strode in. The flames lashed out at the open air for a moment or two before he came back out, soaked in sweat, with both hands full of frosted long-necks, as Wayne and Lee both nailed the dumpster with their empties. “It sure feels great out tonight, don’t it?” They all murmured in agreement while Ray passed out the beers, then Stu continued. “Thanks, Ray. As I was saying, we got no problem with you. Matter of fact, you’ve been the best neighbor we’ve ever had. Twenty years we’ve been here, and you wouldn’t believe some of the losers we’ve had to put up with. But you’ve been right decent; you keep to yourself, you like the heavy metal, and horror movies . . .” “Don’t forget porn!” “. . . and porn. You always know just the right time for calling CrimeStoppers, and you have personally been our number one source of entertainment for years; well, maybe not so much since you stopped losing your temper every ten minutes like you used to, but nothing lasts forever, right?” Wayne, Lee, and Ray all cast sideways glances toward the flames whipping out their doorway. “We would have liked to have seen you have more sex; you know, with another person. We really like that. Heck, Saint Wayne over there even got clearance to throw you a bone, so to speak. It’s just too bad he couldn’t have been a little more obvious.” “Hey! He turned down a cute one, so he’s gonna go for a homely one?” “She stood in the road waving at cars, for cryin’ out loud! I wouldn’t have let her in our place.” So, he’d been right about her all along. A question popped into his head, and although he’d been determined not to say anything, he had to ask. “What about that old broad, the one who lived down in 602 about three years back?” “Hey now, don’t blame that on us . . . that was just pure dumb luck there. And just so you know, all of this here unofficial friendliness is not to imply that we haven’t, or won’t, fuck with you outside of the neighbor relationship. We just didn’t want to leave with you harboring any misconceptions, seein’ as you were pretty much up to speed on the rest of it.” “Fair enough, I guess.” He watched the flames for a moment, then remembered his clock, stuck at 3:37. “So, I take it this is one of those ‘stopped time’ deals?” Stu glanced around him at the clock, and chuckled. “No, this is one of those ‘dead battery’ deals. Ray, how we doin’ on brewskis?” “This is it.” “Just as well, it’s getting’ early. Anyways, it’s been real.” The four of them stepped up to the railing and slung their empty bottles, all of which shattered spectacularly against the dumpster. The boombox went silent, and a siren could be heard close by. Nobody moved as it grew louder and louder, and it was obvious to all that a police cruiser was coming down the road on the far side of the building. The fog turned blue, and right as the cruiser flew past the building, the siren went dead. They all four looked at him, and broke into a long fit of laughter. “Good one, Lee. Classic.” “I thought it would be a nice touch.” They staggered over to 606, and went inside. Just before he closed the door, Stu stuck his head out. “I guess I don’t really need to say it, but there is always the possibility that we’re just yanking your chain.” The door shut, and he was left alone outside. He sat his untouched beer on the railing, went inside, and leaned up against the half a wall. Just as his nerves were starting to settle down, there was a light knock on the door. He’d more or less expected it. He opened the door, and found Stu. “Sorry, man, but I’d almost forgot. Just for the next week, if you don’t mind, what say you lay off playing that song? It’s not that we don’t like it, but when you play it, it kinda comes off as an insult.”

  • Feb. 20, 2011, 8:44 p.m. CST

    i could turn that into a workable script,

    by frank cotton

    for a film, inside of six weeks. any lurkers out there want to take me up on it?

  • Feb. 20, 2011, 8:59 p.m. CST

    I still say Rango is going to suck my left nut.......

    by gambit7025

    ...even though I haven't seen it.

  • Feb. 20, 2011, 9:02 p.m. CST

    "There's movies..." "There's other films..."

    by Fish Tank

    Seriously? How can anyone claim to be a writer and not know it's "there ARE movies" and "There ARE other films"? When you talk (write) stupid, you erase any possibility that the reader takes you seriously. I enjoy your pieces on the whole, but PLEASE learn.

  • Feb. 20, 2011, 9:02 p.m. CST

    Aliens is the s#!+

    by gambit7025

    and don't even try to compare it to Ridley Scott's Alien. Different atmosphere and tone. I respect both films.

  • Feb. 20, 2011, 9:10 p.m. CST

    At least Punisher Warzone was true to the comic.

    by CeejayNightwing

    Like it or not, it was the only version where the main character was a relentless killing machine hell bent on wiping out every gangster in his path by any means necessary. The Thomas Jane version was just a guy in black clothes who got shot as much times as the bad guys he shot at. Unlike the character in the comic, Thomas Jane's version just took too many hits and was not any way near as menacing a physical figure as what Ray Stevenson delivered in War Zone. Too many people lost the plot in assessing the Punisher movies, the character and his comic are all about killing as much villains as possible, not about thought provoking stories of humanity. It's a guilty pleasure of tongue in cheek sick murder scenes inventively strewn together. It's not meant to be the makings of an oscar winning Godfather flick. Ray Stevenson delivered the character on the nose! Thomas Jane delivered a Punisher-lite for those in constant touch with their female side. And Dolph Lundgren delivered a Punisher constantly high on dope with the onhly good thing going for him being an admirable body count (Something Thomas Jane struggled to even manage to double figures!)

  • Feb. 20, 2011, 9:20 p.m. CST

    Sucker Punch

    by jbs9200

    "Sucker Punch" ... sounds like the title to an Elmore Leonard novel.

  • Feb. 20, 2011, 9:53 p.m. CST

    frank cotton: interesting short story

    by lv_426

    Although, I have to admit that it might be also work a bit better if you took out the demon/vampire/zombie stuff and made it about a cranky shut-in that hates his pesky neighbors. Or if it makes more sense, the part that grabbed me and made me interested was the fact that it was about a guy that just wanted to be left alone. The supernatural creature element didn't seem necessary to me. Either way though, a nice little story you got there.

  • Feb. 20, 2011, 10:09 p.m. CST

    Interesting article Nordling

    by D.Vader

    I give you points for this! And I take them away for the "POST 0" nonsense, though at least you weren't repetitive with this one.

  • We should reward these films for being ORIGINAL properties (despite any arguments about derivativeness that may come after) that aren't based on previous creations. Course, if we DO give March the biggest BO receipts of the summer, Hollywood idiots will respond in two ways: A) They'll think March is the new hot month and will start releasing all their big summer movies (IE, sequels and adaptations) in March. B) They'll think every movie in March needs a sequel and will start work on franchises.

  • Feb. 20, 2011, 10:24 p.m. CST

    Really, we should reward those who took the risk...

    by D.Vader

    To produce and fund original works. I'm sick of the dickless wonders in Hollywood afraid to bankroll something they've never heard of.

  • Feb. 20, 2011, 10:29 p.m. CST

    "...we should make March a big month for BO receipts"

    by Der Aggravated Piscine

    Oh, like we did for SCOTT PILGRIM? Sorry, man. I've got my smarmy-pants on tonight.

  • The movies: Beverly Hills Cop Ghostbusters Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom Gremlins The Karate Kid Police Academy Footloose Romancing the Stone Star Trek 3 Splash The more important thing to look at is this: 8 out of 10 were original properties. 2 were sequels. 8 of the top grossing motion pictures that year were ORIGINAL. I wish we could get back to that.

  • Feb. 20, 2011, 10:34 p.m. CST

    Did Scott Pilgrim come out in March?

    by D.Vader

    I didn't see that until last month.

  • That doesn't matter. What matters is that it was NOT based on another piece of work and yet the studio still took a "risk" and bankrolled it, and it made money. THAT'S what we should all take away from its success, not pithy "It was like such and such that came before it!" INCEPTION is an original property that made money. District 9 was an original property that made money. AVATAR was an original property that made money. Paranormal Activity (though I disliked it) was an original property that made money. Take note, Hollywood.

  • As if it was something new and only talked about around here. Heh.

  • Feb. 20, 2011, 11:06 p.m. CST

    Killing the Irishman...

    by Carl XVI Gustaf

    Battle and Adjustment Bureau looking the best to me, in that order. Oh and Sucker Punch! will be seen just cause of the guaranteed eyefuckery of Snyder. Nice list.

  • Feb. 20, 2011, 11:08 p.m. CST

    Inception is all films.

    by Fuzzyjefe

  • Feb. 20, 2011, 11:11 p.m. CST

    Remember in THE PRINCESS BRIDE....

    by Fuzzyjefe

    when the priest refers to 'Mawwiage' as 'a dweam...wivvin a dweam'? INCEPTION is all films.

  • Was that *supposed* to be a good movie?

  • Was that ever a popular movie? I don't get the attention.

  • Feb. 20, 2011, 11:29 p.m. CST

    Who is this "Spielberg" I keep seeing mentioned?

    by Fuzzyjefe

    And "Scorsese"? It's like a Jewish-Italian invasion!

  • Feb. 20, 2011, 11:33 p.m. CST

    Win Win looks good. Giamatti is a great actor.

    by moonlightdrive

  • Feb. 20, 2011, 11:33 p.m. CST

    Kill The Irishman looks alright.

    by moonlightdrive

  • Feb. 20, 2011, 11:33 p.m. CST

    Red Riding Hood?!?!?! Is this a joke?!?!?

    by moonlightdrive

  • Feb. 20, 2011, 11:33 p.m. CST

    Wait wait- you've heard of that guy too, Fuzzy?

    by D.Vader

    Obscure! Like that Apitch-pong Weerkatthingie guy from Thailand!

  • Feb. 20, 2011, 11:34 p.m. CST

    You missed off Take Me Home Tonight. It will be my guilty pleasure.

    by moonlightdrive

    Looks like they have done a good job of creating a new 80's movie.

  • Feb. 20, 2011, 11:34 p.m. CST

    Can't wait to see Rango!!

    by moonlightdrive

  • Feb. 20, 2011, 11:36 p.m. CST

    The Adjustment Bureau is floored in the trailer.

    by moonlightdrive

    How can he be constantly diverting from his plan if he already (like everyone) has a plan? A character says, "You were not supposed to see her again". Well how did he, if he had a plan? Surely him being chased around and seeing the girl is in their 'plans'?

  • Feb. 20, 2011, 11:38 p.m. CST

    Limitless also floored.

    by moonlightdrive

    If he has great brain power then he could easily run circles around any attempt to gain control over him. The character says words to that affect in the trailer and this is likely the resolution of the movie.

  • Feb. 20, 2011, 11:39 p.m. CST

    Sucker Punch is once again Snyder: style over substance.

    by moonlightdrive

    Worried for Superman.

  • we need people in the movie that are seeing what is going on as we see it. dated and ironic

  • Feb. 20, 2011, 11:44 p.m. CST

    Yes I have D. Vader

    by Fuzzyjefe

    Like this Ridley Scott bloke. Pshaw! As if any movie called "Alien" would be any good! "Blade Runner"? Sounds painful.

  • For the love of what you hold dear, PLEASE stop ruining movies by showing everything in the trailer, leaving no surprises for a moviegoer who has forked over an exorbitant amount of cash. In the latest Thor trailer there's almost a complete uncut scene when Thor confronts the large metallic character. Another key battle with an ugly beast shows money shots and Thor descending to Earth is shown in large part. Don't get me wrong, these scenes look glorious but I wonder what I will have left to enjoy when I sit down for two hours to see it and I'd still have preferred to have those scenes in large part revealed to me whilst I'm sitting comfortably engrossed in the movie in it's entirety. Btw- I work in a movie theater so it is hard to avoid the trailers. I didn't go looking for this latest trailer and I am trying to avoid directly viewing it as much as I can.

  • Feb. 20, 2011, 11:56 p.m. CST


    by frank cotton

    thanks for checking it out. that was the third part in a series of stories i was working on about my apartment complex. the first was about vampires, the second was to be about zombies, and you read the third. except for the demons, all that really happened. 13 years i spent in that dump - i wrote the story because the place was so bad, that it HAD to be the gate to hell. i was in 607, hell was in 608. i had lived in 606 a few years before, for about six months. even the numbers are real! as for changing it, if you take out the supernatural element, it's just another cranky dude story, and how many of those are there? but since i'd already done the vampire story (i'll dig it up later), i just rolled with the theme. i think the vampire story is funnier, but i'll let you be the judge. thanks for the compliments, and comments.

  • Feb. 21, 2011, 12:01 a.m. CST

    Cinema is kicking more ass than ever!

    by Mike

    Don't you dare ring the final bell yet. Movies still have a ton of fight in them! Adaptations have been around forever. Think about some of the most classic movies. The Godfather, The Exorcist, Psycho, they're books dammit! How many of those books did you read? Now how about the movies? Exactly. There's nothing wrong with an adaptation. There are so many movies coming out now whether they be big budget adaptations or low budget original indies. Be happy!

  • Feb. 21, 2011, 12:11 a.m. CST


    by JaredP

    how can you say snyder has no substance when 300 and WATCHMEN were two of the most brilliant cinematic achievements in recent years and i for one am hungry for the new SUPERMAN, granted i don't think it will be better than christopher reeve's first two films by i still want to see it. i know its going to blow SUPERMAN RETURNS out of the water though

  • Feb. 21, 2011, 12:50 a.m. CST

    most childish post by maxcherry

    by gambit7025

    ...grow up dude and learn how to fucking have an adult debate. My intent was to draw attention to the fact that the studio was trying to craft a trailer that was very Inception'ish. I don't give a flying fuck type of argument you were trying to make regarding the source material. I saw Bladerunner when it was in it's theatrical release. Judging from your tone, I'd bet you weren't even a cum stain on your dad's underwear.

  • ...every trailer has that same bombastic BMMMMM BMMMMMMM music that the Inception trailer had. Forget movies, Hollywood can't even come up with an original trailer.

  • Feb. 21, 2011, 2:58 a.m. CST


    by lv_426

    "District 9 was far cheaper and less of a risk - but it was still a "Peter Jackson" production." Of course, we have to acknowledge the irony that if the Halo film adaptation wasn't banished to the lower circles of development hell, that Blomkamp and Jackson would have done that instead of District 9.

  • Feb. 21, 2011, 3:09 a.m. CST

    I think it might just be a temporary downturn in quality


    It wasn't too long ago when there were a lot of original, brilliant films being released along-side the usual sequel/"pop-corn movie" cash-grabs. I think this year was just a bad year, I'm hoping things turn around. The soulless suits only have so much power, in the end the quality is in the hands of the artists, largely. That article is bogus too. He starts off proclaiming what the "buzz" in Hollywood was during different stages of Inception. Lol according to who? What drivel. It sounds like he just pulled it out of his ass. He's party right, of course. American pop-culture has become a sad state of affairs in every category.

  • Feb. 21, 2011, 3:15 a.m. CST


    A lot of those movies look pretty decent, they might be great. Hollywood is often a sad, corporate monstrosity but it's not all bad.

  • lol i've seen trailers that sound like The Dark Knight, too

  • Feb. 21, 2011, 7:04 a.m. CST

    Just Dont Get It

    by mike

    After a few years of visiting this site, I finally had to say something. I get the argument that quality may have gone down (subjective) over the past few years in movies. However, in our society, especially in the "nerd" sub culture, "sequalitis" should not be a surprise or even looked down on. Just about every other form of entertainment is based around the concept of continuous stories. Comic books, "real" books,anime, manga, tv shows, video games, roleplaying games, even music more or less. Why should we or anyone get up in arms of Fast & Furious 5 or Transformers 3 or the Avengers movies (Iron man, hulk, cap, thor, etc.) or whatever? This concept of continuous storytelling existed in the modern world since 1938 with the birth of superman. If people really had an issue with it, maybe they should have stopped reading the thousands of comics, watching the multiple series of Star Trek, buying the numerous editions of D&D... I don't know if anyone is going to read this, or if everyone will flame me for being a noob, but if anyone can actually give me a reason why the emergence of continuous storytelling (sorry no thesaurus handy) (and I don't know if I spelled that correctly) in the cinemas of the world is looked down upon or thought of as a surprise, I would like to hear it. Thanx

  • Feb. 21, 2011, 8:30 a.m. CST

    I've seen trailers using the Tim Burton/Danny Elfman sound

    by Bobo_Vision

    La-la La-la La-la La-la....BOM-BOM BOM-BOM....La-la la-la la-la la-la ...BOM-BOM BOM-BOM....

  • Feb. 21, 2011, 8:35 a.m. CST

    Looking forward most to Sucker Punch and Rango

    by JoeSixPack

    So many Zack Snyder haters! Battle: LA looks good as well, but the trailer makes the film appear to channel a bit too much District 9 without looking as slick. Paul will be very good I'm sure between the great talents involved. The main ones I am worried about are The Adjustment Bureau and Limitless. Both look like bad rehash, something thrown together with bargain basement gloss. Limitless seems like a reincarnation of The Box (which if you're trying to remember, no, you didn't see it).

  • Feb. 21, 2011, 8:42 a.m. CST

    What ever happened to Joe Dante's The Hole?

    by openthepodbaydoorshal

    I see its now released on video in the UK, after getting decent reviews (Empire gave it 4 stars). What do our '80s genre heroes have to do to get a decent release? Don't say direct a decent movie...

  • Feb. 21, 2011, 8:44 a.m. CST


    by Nordling

    I love sequels just as much as the next person. I love to see a story I enjoy continued. The problem is that there should be new material as well, if for nothing else than for sequels to be made of that new material, if you like it enough and wnat to see more of that story and those characters. I hate to be all "old man on the porch" but it used to be a much more evn spread between sequels, adaptations, and original material for films and I'd like to see Hollywood return to that. Films that surprise us with unique visions and stories are always welcome. But yeah, I like sequels as well, I just wish we'd get the original films too.

  • Feb. 21, 2011, 8:52 a.m. CST

    Re:Snyder - as posted above, Snyder has the eye,

    by openthepodbaydoorshal

    but in both 300 and Watchmen, both of which I own because they LOOK great in HD, he fails to engage in the heart. I was never emotionally invested in any character in both films. What's funny is that his relatively low-budgeted Dawn Of The Dead remake is his most satisfying movie in that aspect.

  • Feb. 21, 2011, 9:20 a.m. CST

    Punisher: War Zone - Epic Fail

    by DrakeVan

    I love Ray Stevenson. Titus Pullo is a badass. Punisher: War Zone was a fuckin' cartoon, and far inferior to Thomas Jane's Punisher. That movie had its flaws. You know this. I know this. The whole scene at the city hall front steps - horseshit. The relationship with the neighbors? Obviously fans are divided on this. It's a little goofy, but I, for one, will take it over Frank's relationship with Microchip any day. And seriously, Nordling - pouring out all that love for Dominic West's Jigsaw? Y'know, I loved that character too...back when Jack Nicholson played him in Batman in 1989. Seriously, that was a villain that the writers and the director obviously didn't know what the fuck to do with. After watching his origin/surgery scene, I'm surprised Tim Burton didn't sue for plagiarism. Crappy action sequences, villains that seemed to be made out of damp paper mache, makeup that WAS made out of damp paper mache, (seriously, that burn makeup on whatshisface? Total amateur hour) - felt like I was watching a syndicated cable show from the same people who brought us "The Flash." Epic fail.

  • Feb. 21, 2011, 9:27 a.m. CST


    by mike

    Fair enough. I do agree that it looks as though there is no originality in terms of new properties being made. I think I was more replying to the opening of this article and the article on GQ and what I read as disdain for the sequels and adaptions that are currently permeating the theaters. From what I have read, however, many of these properties were "in development" for many many years. Then with the advent of the incredible tech a little over a decade ago, coupled with the success of The Matrix, X-Men, and Spiderman and the fact that many of the people making these movies were around during the explosion of comics and nerd culture, these movies were able to be filmed in such a way that enough people would pay to see them. Which led to this seeming glut of said movies happening. Also, I am of the school of thought that states that every story has been written already. We are simply watching/reading/playing different versions of them. The only difference is HOW its portrayed. Take The Dark Knight for example. At its core, its about corrupting of the good by the evil, which is Adam and Eve in Eden.

  • Feb. 21, 2011, 9:53 a.m. CST

    I'm old enough to remember when after the success

    by openthepodbaydoorshal

    of The Godfather, Coppola announced he's be working on a sequel. Up to that point, there were series like the Bond movies, and the Pink Panther and Dirty Harry franchises were yet to kick in. But they were continuing stories with the same central character, not sequels per se. For every Godfather II, Empire Strikes Back, T2 and Aliens there's a Jaws 2, Back To The Future 2 (as much as its loved it was a cash grab, c'mon..the original told a wholly contained story), and name your pick..

  • Feb. 21, 2011, 10:16 a.m. CST

    Oh, and Nordling? Did I miss You Know For Kids-Sci Fi version?

    by openthepodbaydoorshal

    If not, looking forward to it.

  • Feb. 21, 2011, 10:41 a.m. CST

    by mike

    But what I'm asking is why are movies considered different than other media? The level of hate for movies seems to be far higher than the hate for other entertainment. I never heard the call to arms for 7 Harry Potter books, how many ever Twilight books, and all their clones that currently line book shelves everywhere. Never heard the hate for every Mario spinoff Nintendo has come up with. Never heard the hate for the umpteenth Star Trek series. Never heard the hate for Dragon Ball Z Kai, literally the EXACT SAME series that was on tv years ago. So why the hate for these franchises? It isn't as if these are the only movies being made. Hundreds get made every year. Is it hidden jealousy and elitism from the haters, i.e. the its my childhood and you can't have it argument? (Which I hate btw. Unless you participated in the actual making of the films, they ARE NOT your movies. Lucas and Speilberg can do whatever they feel like to Star Wars and Indiana Jones because they own the property). I watched the X-Files because I wanted to see the evolution of the characters. Yeah, ok, the entirety of Batman could be told in one movie. But then people would be hating on it due to it not giving enough time to all the characters and different stories. At the same time, you could get away with watching any of the Fast and Furious movies so far without seeing any of the others. The stories are all self contained, unless I'm mistaken. Also, "cash grab?" Isn't the entire point to make money? Its not as if they are forcing you to go pay and see Fast 5. You could stop at 4 and just be done. Obviously, the opposite is true for the Avengers movies, and most comic book or series adaption (Harry Potter, Twilight, Chronicles of Narnia.)

  • Feb. 21, 2011, 10:41 a.m. CST

    by mike

    But what I'm asking is why are movies considered different than other media? The level of hate for movies seems to be far higher than the hate for other entertainment. I never heard the call to arms for 7 Harry Potter books, how many ever Twilight books, and all their clones that currently line book shelves everywhere. Never heard the hate for every Mario spinoff Nintendo has come up with. Never heard the hate for the umpteenth Star Trek series. Never heard the hate for Dragon Ball Z Kai, literally the EXACT SAME series that was on tv years ago. So why the hate for these franchises? It isn't as if these are the only movies being made. Hundreds get made every year. Is it hidden jealousy and elitism from the haters, i.e. the its my childhood and you can't have it argument? (Which I hate btw. Unless you participated in the actual making of the films, they ARE NOT your movies. Lucas and Speilberg can do whatever they feel like to Star Wars and Indiana Jones because they own the property). I watched the X-Files because I wanted to see the evolution of the characters. Yeah, ok, the entirety of Batman could be told in one movie. But then people would be hating on it due to it not giving enough time to all the characters and different stories. At the same time, you could get away with watching any of the Fast and Furious movies so far without seeing any of the others. The stories are all self contained, unless I'm mistaken. Also, "cash grab?" Isn't the entire point to make money? Its not as if they are forcing you to go pay and see Fast 5. You could stop at 4 and just be done. Obviously, the opposite is true for the Avengers movies, and most comic book or series adaption (Harry Potter, Twilight, Chronicles of Narnia.)

  • Feb. 21, 2011, 10:43 a.m. CST

    double post

    by mike

    sorry, hit button on accident

  • Feb. 21, 2011, 10:43 a.m. CST


    by Nordling

    You haven't missed it. It's me getting caught up in other things and neglecting it. But it is coming.

  • Feb. 21, 2011, 11:03 a.m. CST

    Black Swan, The Fighter, The Social Network, True Grit...

    by HelveticaConspiracy

    All original films (and, no, True Grit is not a remake of the John Wayne film). All instant classics. And, all big money makers. Mark Harris is just another knee-jerk film critic with a stick up his ass. Hollywood still makes original films. And, they still make garbage. Hollywood has been this way since it began. And, there have always been these critics de-crying the death of Hollywood.

  • Feb. 21, 2011, 11:45 a.m. CST

    Punisher: War Zone was awesome?

    by Laserhead

    You're out of your fucking mind. What was awesome? The sub-80s-TV-movie characterizations and dialogue? The terrible stunts (love how their version of 'parkour' was basically a dude cutting a flip before he climbed a fire escape)? The mish-mash of hysterical, scenery chewing performances (Dominic West and his bro). Christ, it was one of the absolute worst adaptations of any comic property ever.

  • Feb. 21, 2011, 11:53 a.m. CST

    Sucker Punch looks like Lemony Snicket...

    by The_Floating_Skull_of_Robert_Loggia

    But with more slow motion fights and cleavage. Red Riding Hood looks like dross. Battle LA looks like every other space invaders movie ever made. None of these films will get me out of the house this March. I'll watch half of them when the Blu-rays come out; the rest I'll catch on cable.

  • Feb. 21, 2011, noon CST

    Adjustment Bureau is NOT like Inception

    by iamcap

    Nolan dick suckers need to back up and know that AB was supposed to be released in the fall of last year, pretty much right after Inception. This site actually put out the trailer last March or April. From memory, the reaction was pretty positive to it. But again that was before Nolan put out another movie that made his retarded fans forget about any other movies made.

  • Feb. 21, 2011, 1:32 p.m. CST

    Let's look at the 70's Golden period.

    by hallmitchell

    Godfather, Exorcist, Jaws, Deliverance were based off novels. Was anyone in the 70's complaining about that?

  • Feb. 21, 2011, 1:33 p.m. CST

    Sucker Punch will flop

    by hallmitchell

    Just a very strong feeling i have.

  • Feb. 21, 2011, 2:44 p.m. CST

    I got confused

    by jasvll

    when he called the first Punisher weaker and had something positive to say about the second. Then I got angry.

  • Feb. 21, 2011, 6:36 p.m. CST

    The Adjustmen Bureau makes me laugh

    by CherryValance

    I just want to say, "Damon. Chill the fuck out. A new chick will be by any minute." lol I am kinda interested in Limitless, although I'm not a Bradley Cooper fan. I could see a situation where I just won't bother. Maybe this will be the year that I don't go to the movies. Right now, I've totally stopped paying attention to the Oscar race, which hasn't happened in 20 years maybe. So I might be over the whole thing.

  • Feb. 21, 2011, 6:38 p.m. CST


    by CherryValance

    I thought we had an edit button.

  • Feb. 21, 2011, 7:27 p.m. CST


    by maxjohnson1971

    Two nods to the Belcourt in Nashville in one TB. See you there in about a month!!

  • Feb. 21, 2011, 9:23 p.m. CST

    My vote's for KILL THE IRISHMAN

    by kevred

    It looks like a hell of a lot of fun, and the cast looks great. And Stevenson wears a mustache exceptionally well - it's a rare guy who does that, and he nails it. And personally, I think he looks tougher in a mustache and civvies than he did in the Punisher getup.

  • Feb. 21, 2011, 9:24 p.m. CST

    THE ADJUSTMENT BUREAU and BATTLE: LA have me most excited

    by Smack_Teddy

    As a PKD worshipper and someone a bit let down with The Tourist given Chris McQuarrie was on writing duties, AB looks promising for what it is. "Chill out, another country like France will exist once the Nazis occupy it and win the War!"

  • Feb. 21, 2011, 9:28 p.m. CST

    Wait, what the fuck is Project: London?

    by Smack_Teddy

    What was that!?

  • Feb. 21, 2011, 9:31 p.m. CST

    http://project lon don

    by Smack_Teddy

  • Feb. 21, 2011, 9:38 p.m. CST

    Good Lord, Sucker Punch looks awful

    by kevred

    Maybe I'm biased by one of the worst songs I've ever heard in a trailer. It sounds like a hideous distillation of everything that was wrong with 90s music. And 'When the Levee Breaks' is far too good to be sullied by this rubbish.

  • Feb. 21, 2011, 9:59 p.m. CST

    People cant get enough of that Sunshine music for trailers can they?

    by Smack_Teddy

    'What do you see' or 'the surface of the sun'.

  • Feb. 21, 2011, 11:24 p.m. CST

    Hey maxjohnson1971!

    by Fuzzyjefe

    I wish I could man...truly. Unfortunately, I live in Alabama (yeah, yeah...we fuck our cousins, love NASCAR, and ALL go to church 5 times a week), and my exposure to the Belcourt was limited to a couple of trips there with a previous ladyfriend whose insanity happened to rear its ugly, not-to-be-ignored head a few weeks ago. I'm sure I'll get back there at some point, but I promise my head will be on a swivel, as she frequents that particular venue pretty regularly. Dammit.

  • then yes, I would agree. Watchmen's source material has a strong story, 300 not so much and by substance I mean't strong story, which I guess isn't really down to him since he is adapting material. As a director I would say his overwhelming strength is the visual aspect and less so in other areas. What worries me about his work is that there is some sameness to it regarding the visual look, especially between 300 and Sucker Punch. I don't want to see a Superman film that looks anything like his work to date. That would be completely the wrong tone. I am certain the performance will not top Reeve (no-one can). The earlier Superman movies are fantastic but I won't be comparing this new one to that, that would be unfair. Reeve was perfect. Incredible work. I just hope it isn't a mess.

  • Feb. 22, 2011, 12:25 a.m. CST

    stu_pickles I disagree. There is a market for people who love 80's movies.

    by moonlightdrive

  • Feb. 22, 2011, 12:26 a.m. CST

    Nordling, thanks for making me aware of this article. Great read.

    by moonlightdrive

  • Feb. 22, 2011, 12:45 a.m. CST

    I hope they're not all Inception

    by mrgray

    cuz Inception was shit.

  • Feb. 22, 2011, 7:22 a.m. CST


    by BringingSexyBack

    Do all mafia movies have to take on a farcical tone now? Will we ever get another Godfather or Donnie Brasco? Anyways I'm a fan or Irishmen and mafioso so count me in.

  • Feb. 22, 2011, 10:57 a.m. CST


    by DrakeVan

    Wrong on what point? The shitty script, the shitty makeup, the shitty action, or the blatant Joker ripoff? Crush up another adderall and try again.

  • Feb. 22, 2011, 11:26 a.m. CST

    That was more like 2 movies to get excited about

    by MacReady452

    I like these TB's with the virgin detector. "I don't like Sucker Punch..........or pussy."

  • Feb. 22, 2011, 11:52 a.m. CST

    mentaldominance broke my heart, fucker

    by Smack_Teddy

    now fuck off with your ridiculous comments about Inception

  • Feb. 22, 2011, 1:13 p.m. CST

    Sucker Punch = Pussy

    by Smack_Teddy

    you heard it here first

  • Feb. 22, 2011, 1:14 p.m. CST

    Paul i will also definitely pay to see

    by Smack_Teddy

  • Feb. 22, 2011, 1:15 p.m. CST

    along with Battle: LA

    by Smack_Teddy

  • Feb. 22, 2011, 7:09 p.m. CST


    by maxjohnson1971

    Don't feel bad about being in Bama. I'm in Louisiana right now, but I'm getting the fuck out in 16 days. Hey, at least we ain't Mississippi right? Ha ha.

  • March 20, 2011, 5:39 a.m. CST

    Greatest Movie of 2011

    by Raggles Wimpole

    Anyone who's seen "The Cell" or "The Fall" or any of his music videos or commercials knows that Tarsem Singh's "Immortals" is gonna be one of the, if not the, greatest movies released this year. Singh's visuals married to a hard, R-rated version of Clash of the Titans? Fuck yea! There are very few directors that can create truly original visuals & tell a good story. This is gonna be awesome.