Archive for Rants
Let me start by saying that I did not go into Beauty and the Briefcase with an open mind. Netflix recommended it to me based on my interest in Desperate Housewives, or something equally appealing. In desperate need to unwind after the first week of the semester, I decided to give it a try despite my hatred of Hilary Duff, whose career, if you ask me, should have been halted when Lizzy McGuire came to an end.
A little while back I posted an article about television auteurs, visionary producer/writer/directors that create shows because they have their passion, even if the show doesn’t last. Talking about Bryan Fuller specifically, three of his brain children died young (Dead Like Me, Pushing Daisies and Wonderfalls) all amazing shows, all cancelled early. There is a much more successful example in Joss Whedon, creator of such amazing shows as Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel and the web show of awesome, Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog. Each show has amazing writing, fantastic production values and more imagination than you could shake a stick at, and because of all of this, they were very well received. However, for this article, I will focus on one of Whedon’s “failure”, Firefly. Mind you, I use the term loosely, and only to describe the length of its run.
It’s hard to say where animation is going these days. Most the animated movies seen now are computer generated 3D and made by either Pixar or DreamWorks in hopes of getting the Best Animated Film Academy Award or breaking the box office. Personally, I miss the old school Disney cartoons. Aladdin, The Lion King, Oliver and Company, some of my favorites from when I was a kid, movies that created a world out of pure imagination from the human hand. Okay, sounds cheesy but it’s true. But as an adult, those films don’t do quite as much for me as they used too and as a cinephile, I’m looking for more refined animated films. Enter Hayao Miyazaki and Studio Ghibli.
The newest trailer for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows just hit the web. Of course, the Movie Mash has got you covered. This brand new trailer is not advertising both movies like the previous trailer or teaser; this mamba is strictly promoting the first film. Hit the jump to see the latest trailer for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.
As we have all seen over the past few years, vampires are freakin’ everywhere. Television, books, movies, there is no escaping the bloodsucking fad and that has some people out there really peeved. I cannot say that I blame them when I see most of the schlock that is coming out with vamps as moody, whiney emo kids. However, every craze has its silver lining and for the vampire fad that came a few years ago with a little Swedish film called Let the Right One In.
Look out for this young lady, as she is about to blow up all over your face in the next couple years. Deadline is reporting today (via Collider) that the gorgeous and talented Olivia Wilde has accepted the lead female role in The Change Up, alongside Ryan Reyonlds and Jason Bateman. In the film, a married man (Bateman) switches bodies with his “slacker bestfriend” (Reynolds) and hilarity ensues, of course. Wilde will be playing Bateman’s co-worker, who apparently has a pivitol role in the body-switching incident. At first glance you might want to dismiss this project with a “seriously? Another one of these?” reactions, but once you see the creative peeps behind the project, I think you’ll be on board.
No, that’s not M. Night Shyamalan. It is an actor playing M. Night Shyamalan in this awesome, hilarious and timely College Humor spoof video, No One Likes M. Night Shyamalan. We’ve all scratched and shook our heads in bewilderment as a once promising young filmmaker, responsible for bringing us brilliant, critically-acclaimed thrillers like The Sixth Sense and Unbreakable, has taken four consecutive dumps on the silver screen. Lets not beat around the bush, shall we? The Village, Lady in the Water, The Happening and The Last Airbender are all awful movies. It’s pretty universally agreed upon. And a huge reason for this, is Shyamalan’s incessant need to incorporate some sort of mind-blowing twist at the end of his movies. Which works for some, but obviously not for others.
While I know it is impossible for every person to appreciate any particular movie, it is quite distressing seeing people bash quality ones. Inception of course has been welcomed by a mostly positive critic and audience reception, but there are still people out there who are going to take their shots just because they can’t let themselves enjoy something liked by the mainstream. We saw very similar treatment to Cameron’s Avatar and also The Dark Knight in 2008. Like I said, I know not everyone is going to love some of these movies like I did, or most critics, or most of the public. I can take someone making legitimate claims on why they didn’t like the movie or shortcomings they felt it featured. But for someone to go out of their way to bash or claim “the movie was terrible, or confusing,” (when all you have to do is clearly pay attention!) is just a ploy to get attention. Well, people talking like this, who should not be left in a small room with me, have my attention. Hit the jump to see this bash on Inception.
Periodically, The Movie Mash will feature a new segment called Theater Near You, where our staff will share our various movie theater experiences, pet peeves and etiquette tips with you, the reader. We also encourage you to comment with your own experience related to the respective topic, as we all go to the movies, and this is a place for you to vent your frustrations. This first installment of Theater Near You is about the morons who sit right in front of you when you have your feet up. I can’t count on 10 hands how many times this has happend to me. Picture this: I’m at a matinee showing on weekday and the theater is barely a third full. My friends and I make the conscious effort to sit at the very top-middle of the theater, as for some reason no one sits back there. Because we have decided to sit away from everyone else, we now have the freedom and luxury to sprawl our legs out on the seats directly in front of us. But wait… (insert Jaws theme music).