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Guest Review: Sam Raimi's New Drag Me to Hell!

Drag Me to Hell

Sam Raimi and I had a falling out around 2002. And in 2004, we continued to drift. By 2007, well, let's just say we didn't even send a newsletter anymore. So when I found out that I was privy to an advanced test screening of Sam Raimi's upcoming camp-horror film Drag Me to Hell, I was apprehensive. Would this further cement our permanent departure from one another? To put Drag Me to Hell in perspective, Raimi hasn't directed a film with his trademark horror fare in over a decade -- Army of Darkness was his last in 1992. Well, Raimi has returned to true form -- resurrected like an Army of Darkness, you could say.

 Posted January 28 in Editorial, Hype, Opinions | Comments

Script Review: Matthew Vaughn's Kick-Ass Adaptation

Script Review: Matthew Vaughn's Kick-Ass Adaptation

You've heard about all the casting and seen photos from Kick-Ass, now let's take a closer look at the script thanks to Nick Valentine's second exciting delivery in one week. I have to admit before we start that I haven't read any of Mark Millar's Kick-Ass comics. However, I have heard some pretty amazing things about them from some excited people whose opinion I hold in high regard. So I was intrigued to take a look at the script of the upcoming adaptation and see if I could get as excited as the fans of the comic books. The verdict? Yes and no. The script, written by Matthew Vaughn (who wrote and directed Stardust and directed Layer Cake) and Jane Goldman, has all the pieces there, but something just doesn't quite click.

 Posted October 23 in Editorial, Opinions | Comments

Script Review: Brian K. Vaughan's Roundtable Comedy Epic

Script Review: Brian K. Vaughan's Roundtable

Today we present another reader submitted review of a hot Hollywood script. I recently got the opportunity to read Roundtable, a screenplay written by Brian K. Vaughan, who is most widely known for writing various comic books, including Y: The Last Man, Ex Machina, and Runaways, as well as his work as a writer for "Lost." Roundtable is an action/comedy that has the fabled wizard Merlin rounding up modern day English knights to defend England from an ancient evil. However, instead of finding metal-clad, sword-swinging heroes, all Merlin can find are wimpy scientists, washed up athletes, and actors. He recruits four unlikely Englishmen to become true knights and stop an evil sorceress from taking over the world. The concept for the story is clever, the writing is great, and the script for Roundtable is good. Really good.

 Posted October 21 in Editorial, Opinions | Comments

5 Badass Reasons Why Fans Will Love The Green Lantern Movie

Green Lantern

Our local script expert is back again with a look at one of the most highly anticipated adaptations - Green Lantern. Superhero films always have a handful of those "badass" moments that make your jaw drop and make the film memorable. Whether it be Batman flipping Joker's semi in The Dark Knight or Tony Stark's first path of destruction in his Mark III armor, these moments will forever make moviegoers wish that they were the ones with the superpowers. Well, after taking a look at a draft of the upcoming Green Lantern script written by Greg Berlanti, Michael Green, and Marc Guggenheim, here is my list of five badass reasons why fans will love the Green Lantern movie when it hits theaters in 2010.

 Posted October 7 in Editorial, Hype, Opinions | Comments

Script Review: Harold Ramis' Year One - Biblical Blasphemy

Year One

Today we present our first reader submitted script review. I recently got my hands on the script for Year One, written by Harold Ramis, Gene Stupnitsky, and Lee Eisenberg. It's a comedy set in biblical times being produced by Judd Apatow and directed by Harold Ramis (of Caddyshack, Groundhog Day, Bedazzled, The Ice Harvest). Sony is developing the project and recently finished shooting with Jack Black and Michael Cera. The film was first announced last June but it wasn't until January of this year that actual story details were revealed. At first glance, it might appear to be a Scary Movie parody of the Bible, but this is far from the case. The script features a fun story that contains elements from the Bible, while not being a direct parody of it. So what's my verdict? Biblical blasphemy has never been so funny.

 Posted June 13 in Editorial, Opinions | Comments

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