Posted on | June 25, 2012 | Add Comments
Andrew Garfield is currently best known for acting in The Social Network. But that’s just about to change. Soon, Garfield’s new film The Amazing Spider Man, a reboot of Sam Raimi’s Tobey Maguire starring trilogy, will be hitting theaters July 3rd. Garfield isn’t “unknown” at the moment, but his career could… end in a way, just the way many other actor’s careers have after they have starred in huge, huge roles. So what does this mean for his career? Read on.
Andrew Garfield (according to IMDB) has starred in ten films (including The Amazing Spider Man.) But the new film could make or break the twenty nine year old Brit’s career. So, what do I think? Will it make or brake his career? I’m saying make. He is not going to be a George Reeves (he won’t be typecast as “the Spider Man guy”). This year has previously been great for superheros: The Avengers broke the opening weekend record. The Dark Knight Rises could possibly break that record and it will probably do better than Garfield’s superhero flick. However, early buzz for the film on Rotten Tomatoes has been good. The film’s current percentage on the Tomatometer is a 91% with only one “rotten” review. Early critic’s buzz is good, but who really has the say? The fans. They are the film’s toughest critics and they could ruin Garfield’s career.Besides The Social Network, what has the new kid on the block done? Well, not much, ten films (as I already said). Some of those ten include the Red Riding trilogy (Roger Ebert gave the entire trilogy four out of four stars), The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus (a Terry Gilliam fantasy that also starred Christopher Plummer and the late Heath Ledger), Never Let Me Go (a 2010 R-rated fantasy drama that also starred Keira Knightley and Carey Mulligan, his first film Boy A, and more.
Garfield has no future plans for films which (in my opinion) is a good idea because he doesn’t have to do anything and he’s free to do anything. After all, you never know how The Amazing Spider Man will do. But if it does well (which I think it will), Spider Man won’t have to do what a spider can. Instead, he’ll do whatever a young, British, famous actor can.
Posted on | June 14, 2012 | Add Comments
Idris Elba stars in last week’s Prometheus and he’ll also star in next years Gullmerio del Toro film Pacific Rim. Why did a little known African American become Ridely Scott and del Toro’s new stars? Read on.
Before Prometheus Idris Elba had starred in Thor, American Gangster (a Scott film), Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance (some crazy Nicholas Cage action movie), and more. But now (for some unbeknownst to me), Elba is now in the spotlight with Prometheus. While his role is small in the sci-fi horror epic and there’s also big names like Michael Fassbender and Charlize Theron, Elba must have been… noticed because after all del Toro picked him up for his movie about robots and monsters and Elba.Of his new film del Toro says, “It’s about world saving but it’s not a military movie. I want an adventure movie, the kind you saw as a kid – a western or a space movie.” (Del Toro said this in an interview with the British film magazine Total Film. The issue in which the Pacific Rim article appears is the Summer 2012 issue. It is available at newsstands and on the iPad now.)
Elba is also currently filming No Good Deed and Long Walk to Freedom (in which he is rumored to play Nelson Mandela). His films Pacific Rim and They Die by Dawn are currently in post production. Four films in the future? One of them being a huge sequel (Thor 2)? One of them in which he is rumored to star as Nelson Mandela? Elba is one busy guy. But will his next four films be any good? Will I see any of them? Maybe Thor 2. Will they be commercially and critically successful? Only time will tell. (Note: With so many movies changing their release dates all four of Elba’s films might come out tomorrow. So watch your multiplexs and… have a nice day.)
Posted on | May 18, 2012 | Add Comments
If you’ve seen The Avengers and are hungry for more Marvel superhero movies here’s your guide to whats up next. SPOILER ALERT If you have not seen The Avengers or the other Marvel films then minor plot elements may be revealed. This is a comprehensive, chronological guide to what’s up next for Marvel (bought by Walt Disney).
Iron Man 3 Release Date: May 3rd, 2013 News: Ben Kingsley joins the cast as the evil villain, The Mandarin and Tony Stark\Iron Man (played of course by Robert Downey Jr.) must head to China to battle him. Guy Pierce plays Aldrich Killian. Don Cheadle and Gwenyth Paltrow reprise their roles. Getting a new director (Shane Black) could shake things up pleasantly after the unoriginal Iron Man 2. The plot sounds exactly the same as the first two (Iron Man must fight a villain and terrorists) but as with the others hilarious lines and a bit of depth may transcend a generic storyline. The movie will open the summer movie season on the first week of May, the way Iron Man, Iron Man 2, Thor, and The Avengers have. The film will probably make more money than Iron Man and Iron Man 2 but not as much as The Avengers. I will definitely see this one. After Iron Man 2 was criticized for being stuffed with The Avengers references, Keven Feige has said Iron Man 3 is to be very different than The Avengers. There will still probably be an end credits sequence and cameos.
Thor 2 Release Date: November 15th, 2013 Keneth Branagah who directed the first one is leaving the series and Alan Taylor (director of such TV shows as Game of Thrones and The Sopranos) is taking over the directing credits. Almost all the actors are returning so that means you’ll get to see Tom Hiddelston, Anthony Hopkins, Natalie Portman, Stellan Skarsgard, Idris Elba, and of course Chris Hemsworth as Thor himself. The film starts filming in August this year. The film will probably make more money than Thor but being sandwiched in the middle of possible November blockbusters Ender’s Game and Catching Fire certainly won’t help. There will also be a new main villain (ie not Loki though he will still be in the movie). Tom Hiddelston and Chris Hemsworth have also stated that sometime in the Thor series that they would like Thor and Loki to be friends. If they can combine awesome, amazing action with an emotional storyline, then Thor 2 will be great.
Captain America 2 Release Date: April 4, 2014 The new Captain America film tells the story of the superhero in the present. His only friends are Nick Fury and SHIELD. Kevin Feige, the president of Marvel Studios, has said Captain America will learn about his World War II friends while he was frozen for about 70 years. I don’t think the movie will be unique because the story sounds similar to Thor where a super hero gets put into modern times. So far only Chris Evans and Samuel L. Jackson are signed on as actors. Vulture.com says, the three possible directors are F. Gary Gray, George Nolfi, and Anthony and Joseph Russo. I think they should get Steven Spielberg to do a WW 2 sequel to the first one that is set in the 1940′s but he probably wouldn’t want to do it because he’s so busy. Also it seems like Marvel is trying to make this film fail. They are releasing it in April, one of the worst months for movies (both critically and commercially). I am still nonetheless very excited to see how this film turns out.
Other Marvel Projects: Marvel has announced that they will be releasing a new movie on May 16th, 2014. Why not May 2nd, the first week of summer movies like they normally do? Because they want to give Captain America 2 some time to make some money and Sony is ridiculously planning to release The Amazing Spider Man 2 on May 2nd. The movie that will probably be released then is probably going to be The Avengers 2, because of The Avengers box office success (it’s already the 6th highest grossing movie of all time). Meanwhile Guardians Of The Galaxy, Inhumans, Dr. Strange, and Ant-Man directed by Edgar Wright are all non Avengers related movies that might be released sometime in the future. They might not do as great at the box office or maybe even with critics but they will still will likely be much, much more original because they are not leading up to a big crossover team up blockbuster movie like The Avengers. I would also not be surprised if there were movies solely about Nick Fury, Black Widow, and Hawkeye, which there probably will be. Also a new Hulk film starring Mark Ruffalo might happen because Ruffalo said that he wanted to and Marvel would love to make some more money.
I am looking forward to all these films. I’m least excited to see the original films and Captain America: The First Avenger 2 sounds bad. I can not wait, however to see Iron Man 3, Thor 2, and The Avengers 2.
Posted on | February 23, 2012 | 1 Comment
Flick and Flack talk about their 2012 Oscar Predictions in Part 2 of a 3 part video series. In this video, Flick and Flack discuss the acting, directing and screenplay categories and give their predictions in all of those categories for this year’s Academy Awards.
Part 2 (37 minutes, 56 seconds)
Posted on | January 25, 2012 | Add Comments
This truly has been a great year for Brad Pitt in the world of film. He started the year off starring in and producing The Tree of Life, a truly cinematic film about the meaning of life, then in May he starred in and produced Moneyball, a film about Billy Beane who changed the way baseball players are traded and finally in November he voiced Will the Krill in Happy Feet Two (which I didn’t see). Now the awards season is in full swing (the Academy Award nominations were announced yesterday) and Pitt has garnered a nod for Best Actor. In this article I’ll review Pitt’s performances and discuss whether or not the Oscars were spot on. Read on.
Lets start with The Tree of Life. This is certainly Pitt’s best performance of the year. Pitt masterfully embodies Mr O’Brien a strict father of three kids married to a woman played by Jessica Chastain. However, what’s really amazing about Pitt’s performance in Tree of Life is the fierceness that Pitt resembles. The character of Mr. O’Bren is very interesting, especially his relationship with one of his sons Jack. Pitt also produced this film, but I think he made this decision for a couple million more bucks. Either way I’m glad Pitt decided to star in such a diverse film.
Bennet Miller’s film is also very interesting, but also very different from Tree of Life. Before I go any farther, I just want to say that I am not a baseball fan or even a sports fan, but for some reason Moneyball just did it for me. I was hooked and I sat very still in my seat. Pitt’s performance overall is very good and deserves much attention. Not only is Pitt good in this film, but the character of Billy Beane is complexly captivating onto its self. Beane wants to be independent, diverse, unlike the others.
Alright you’ve heard what I think of Pitt’s performances from last year, but did the Academy get it right? And the answer is… No! Pitt was great in both Tree of Life and Moneyball but if I had to pick one performance it would have to be Tree of Life. Although Pitt’s role was more secondary than front and center, ultimately this doesn’t matter. As long as the performance is good I’m hooked. Fortunately, I wouldn’t trade Pitt to another team if I was directing.