Spider-Man 2 (2004) – Review

3 1/2 Stars

Director Sam Raimi’s visual touchstones are in greater abundance in this deeper, darker sequel that further complicates the life of young Peter Parker. The exuberance of discovery that made the first film an instant classic is missing here, but in exchange the special effects have been ramped up and the characters given emotional depth.

Oz the Great and Powerful (2013) – Review

3 Stars

The majestic world of L. Frank Baum’s Oz is visited with mixed results in the prequel film helmed by Spiderman director Sam Raimi. The story begins in Kansas in 1905 where struggling illusionist Oz (James Franco) is working the dust bowl circuit with a roving troupe of carnies. Oz’s half-hearted magic tricks are barely able to conceive the fact he is a sub par performer whose interest are more inclined to womanizing than onstage professionalism. Fleeing from an enraged jilted husband, Ozwald boards a hot air balloon that sails right into a whirling tornado. Things brighten visually and from a narrative standpoint from here on.

Podcast EP194: Oz The Great and Powerful, Dead Man Down Predictions, News, Trailer

Episode one-hundred and ninety-four. Join hosts Trevor and Jason as they discuss the latest in movie news, box office numbers and trailers.

Box Office Predictions: Dead Man Down
Oz The Great and Powerful

News: Sam Raimi Offers an Evil Dead IV Update
Christopher Nolan to Produce Justice League
Christian Bale to Return as Batman?
Craig Brewer to Direct The Gangster Princess of Beverly Hills
Antoine Fuqua Interested in Ryan Gosling, Bradley Cooper and Jeremy Renner For Boxing Drama Southpaw
Sinister 2’s Coming at Us

TrailerAddict: Disconnect

Box Office Breakdown: March 1-3, 2013

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New Evil Dead Red Band Trailer – So Gory You’ll Blow Chunks

I had my reservations about the remake of this classic, but the more I see the more I’m willing to give it a chance. When I head Diablo Cody was writing on this I was sure it would be a dud, and I do see a little bit of Jennifer’s Body in here, but Cody stunned me with Young Adult. She tends to have great ideas that are badly executed. This doesn’t look so with this new red band trailer, which is chock full of gore and seems to find a good line between the fun of the original and updating a 30 year old low budget horror flick to the slickness of today’s standard. See Evil Dead in theaters April 12, 2013.

Miller’s Crossing (1990) – Review

2 1/2 Stars

There is a word that bests describes the Coen brother’s irish mafia tale, brooding. This beautiful looking film is all style and little substance. There is an awful lot of commotion in Miller’s Crossing, but very little emotion. Set in an unnamed city during the 1920s, a war is about to breakout between the Irish and Italian families. All can be forgiven if a man named Bernie (Tuttoro) is killed. The trouble is Leo (Finney), plans on marrying Bernie’s sister. This doesn’t sit well with Casper (Polito), the bullish Italian leader, who is still smarting from a series of boxing fixes gone awry. Adding to the complicated matter is the fact that Leo’s right-hand man, Tom (Byrne) is sleeping with his fiancee.

Podcast EP103: The Avengers Predictions Plus Van Helsing, Mummy, Daredevil Reboots

Episode one-hundred and three. Join hosts Jason and Trevor as they discuss the box office weekend of April 27-29, 2012. We give our opening box office weekend predictions for The Avengers and talk movie news Kurtzman and Orci to Reimagine Van Helsing and The Mummy, David James Kelly Rewriting Daredevil Reboot, Sam Raimi to Produce Poltergeist Remake, Universal sues Asylum Over American Battleship, Josh Gad Up for Steve Wozniak Role in Jobs and the Dark Knight Rises trailer. Tune in now!

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The Amazing Spider-Man Web Spinning Trailer

I’ll have to admit that the thought of rehashing Spider-Man from the beginning again is daunting and too soon. This trailer does look good in spite of that. It proves to me that this may be worth another look, and although not spine tingling, it does serve up some excitement. Setting the time frame back before the Raimi films was a smart move, this film seems to shed that world with ease and allow for a similar, but slightly mutated view instead. I also suspected that Andrew Garfield was a bad choice, after viewing this those suspicions have been put to rest. With a voice that fits the character, and the gangly body of a teenage boy that could easily adapt to the gymnastic requirements of being Spider-Man, Garfield seems to play right into the role. Action, suspense, drama and web spinning, what more could you ask for? Emma Stone? She’s in there too.

‘Premium Rush’ Trailer Tries Too Hard – Accidental Sequel to ‘Gleaming the Cube’?

When the Premium Rush trailer first starts it seems very inspired by the look and feel of Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man movies (David Koepp, the writer/director, did write the first Spider-Man). Then we get into the meat of the film and what we have here is an accidental (or maybe Koepp is a big fan) sequel to Gleaming the Cube. Seriously, replace Christian Slater on his skateboard with Joseph Gordon-Levitt on his fixed gear bicycle and they’re almost the same movie. As a matter of fact both trailers go way too over the top in the representation of the films as I’m sure Premium Rush is in noway as exciting as this extremely cut up trailer wants to be. Check ’em both out below and let us know what you think. Premium Rush releases into theaters January 13, 2012.

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Top Five Best Superhero Movies

This best superhero movies list features the top superhero films of all time, including only titles that have already released. In order to be included in this top 5 superhero movies list the superhero must have played a prominent role. Author discretion is the final criteria used to distinguish these best superhero films.

5. The Shadow (1994)

Box Office Gross: $32,063,435     Adjusted for 2011: $55,075,469

null Alec Baldwin’s turn in the role of a superhero is one of the best albeit forgotten films in the genera. Surfacing in the summer of 1994 with little fanfare; presumably from audience fatigue after two Batman films, The Rocketeer and a legion of wannabe blockbuster arrived in less than five years. The Shadow separates itself from others in the pack through it’s exquisite production and art design and a detailed period setting in the art-deco friendly 1930’s. The character of Cranston Lamont/ The Shadow originated on radio series almost 80 years ago. Apparently 1990’s audiences weren’t interested in their grandparent’s superhero and left this little seen film to die a quick death at the box-office. In hindsight it’s a entertaining piece of escapist fun with slick direction from Highlander vet Russell Mulcahy, a self deprecating script and a polished look that provides as many visual thrills as the stunning special effects.

Top 10 Baseball Movies

null10. THE SANDLOT (1993) – This unlikely box-office hit is fondly remembered by children of the nineties and their baby boomer parents. The film is set in the early 60’s and tells the story of a new kid to the neighborhood and his need for acceptance. This eventually comes through his experiences on the sandlot baseball field. Anyone familiar with the plight of retrieving a ball from a neighbor’s backyard will recognize the authenticity director David Evans infuses into this great film. (more…)