Every year, when the bottom drops out of the summer movie season and audiences decide to stay home and watch television instead, some well-meaning critic will publish an article asking if cinema is dead. And every year, I pose the same question in response: “Is Tom Cruise still an action star?” As long as Tom Cruise is running across multiplex screens — fighting rogue nations, government consiparcies, and even the occasional mummy — there is still hope for cinema. Then, when Cruise’s career is done and Hollywood is in ashes, then, cinema, you have my permission to die.
Let’s get this on the record: I am not a very big fan of Colin Trevorrow’s Jurassic World. Too many of the characters seemed to be vague recreations of people from the first Jurassic Park movie; with nobody there for audiences to really connect with, the film feels more like a disjointed series of dinosaur set pieces than a truly engaging story. That being said, my wife loves every movie in the Jurassic Park franchise, so I will happily continue to see them with her until we find a way to actually clone dinosaurs and they wipe us off the face of the earth. There is no such thing as a bad movie dat
We’ve gone at least several hours without a high-profile Netflix original series release, and have our next fix lined up as early as September 22. In the meantime, sneak a dirty little peak at Joe Swanberg’s new star-studded comedy on love and sex, as Netflix makes things Easy next week.
Just when you thought you had a handle on Netflix’s upcoming series, in swoops Joe Swanberg with a star-studded anthology series about modern sex and love. See Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Orlando Bloom, Malin Akerman and so, so many more in the first teaser and photos from Netflix’s Easy September premiere!
Joe Swanberg has gone from prolific director of divisive mumblecore indies to director of more widely-seen and loved indie features, like Drinking Buddies — although Swanberg has been making films for over a decade, Drinking Buddies was his mainstream breakout. Or as mainstream as indies can get, anyway. As you can see in the trailer for his latest, his appeal is only growing.
Jurassic World now holds the record for the biggest opening weekend in movie history, with over $208 million in the U.S. and $500 million worldwide in just three days of release. After more than a decade since the last sequel, Jurassic Park fans were clamoring for more dinosaur action. Director Colin Trevorrow gave them exactly what they wanted.
When all you care about is money, bad things happen. That’s the message of Jurassic World, where greedy theme-park executives hoping to spike attendance engineer the “Indominus Rex,” a genetically-modified dinosaur that immediately turns on its creators and runs amok. Designed as a cautionary tale about the dangers of building a meaner, badder monster purely for the sake of profits, Jurassic World works equally well as a cautionary tale about doing the same thing in movies. All of the rationalizations provided by Jurassic World’s employees — “Consumers want them bigger, louder, more teeth.” “Somebody’s gotta make sure this company has a future!” — could have been taken directly out of the mouths of the studio executives who approved this gene splice of a reboot and a sequel. Their creation — the Indominus or the movie, there’s basically no difference — is as advertised; huge, mean, and visually striking. But this experiment is not without consequences.
‘Let’s Be Cops,’ a new movie about two grown men -- played by Jake Johnson and Damon Wayans Jr. -- who pretend to be police officers, did not screen early for critics. On a rainy Tuesday night, I paid $14 for a ticket for ‘Let’s Be Cops’ at my local movie theater, to watch the film amongst around 30 other people who thought this would be a satisfactory night of entertainment. While watching I kept a running diary of my experience. Watching ‘Let’s Be Cops’ is a miserable experience. Anyway, here’s how that all went…
'Jurassic Park 4,' now titled 'Jurassic World,' is firming up its human cast for the next adventure into dino-land with director Colin Trevorrow. And what 'Jurassic Park' movie would be complete without at least one kid to rattle the adults, right? This latest franchise installment is now looking to Tony Stark's kid sidekick in 'Iron Man 3.'
As the summer movie season winds to a close and we've become exhausted by explosions and superheroes and giant portals in the sky, the perfect remedy are some of the fantastic indie movies that are hitting theaters. One of those films is Joe Swanberg's 'Drinking Buddies,' a romantic comedy for people who like to drink a lot of beer and generally hate romantic comedies. We caught up with stars Olivia Wilde and Jake Johnson to talk about getting drunk, skinny dipping and having no idea what is going to happen next.