Unsurprisingly, Man of Steel, the superhero franchise reboot from producer Christopher Nolan and director Zack Snyder, took the box office by storm this past weekend opening with just over $201 million worldwide. And now there's rampant discussion about the film from a subtle set up for Justice League to the developing sequel bringing back Snyder and writer David S. Goyer. But even more prominent than either of those possibilities is what actually happens on the big screen at the end of Man of Steel. If you haven't seen the film yet, then you definitely won't want to read on, because what follows is discussion of spoilers.
The best of the fest revealed. Over the last few years I've notoriously disliked the Palme d'Or winner in Cannes. Ironically enough, this year's Palme d'Or winner and Grand Prix winner happened to match my own #1 and #2 best films. And I wrote up this list on the flight home before the winners were announced. As a recap, I've also listed 4 other favorite films of the fest, ones that left an impression and have been lingering in my mind ever since first seeing them. My #1 film (Blue!) I saw late in the fest but it swept me off my feet and I fell in love with it, even though it runs 3 hours long (the longest film I saw). Other than that, I enjoyed a good variety of other unique films and wanted to highlight the best out of the 24 Cannes movies I watched.
All good things must come to an end. It's that time again. That time when the last of us still left in Cannes pack our bags, grab a final dinner and drinks with friends, and head to the airport. We've reached the end of the 12 days of the Cannes Film Festival and my typically cheery demeanor has morphed into bittersweet sadness. Nostalgia has already kicked in thinking back over the last two weeks (and the last four years) I've spent in the South of France in cinema heaven with amazing friends. My fifth year at Cannes has come to an end, but I've begun to love this fest more and more each year I go. Now 24 films later it's time to get home.
Would you wait in line for over an hour in the pouring Mediterranean rain, drenched and dripping by the time the doors open up, just to see the new Coen Brothers film? If you love cinema, the answer to that is an undeniable yes. And yes, me and about two thousand other members of the press huddled underneath umbrellas of all shapes and sizes to wait in a torrential downpour just to catch the very first screening ever of Inside Llweyn Davis. That's Cannes for you. Cinema fiends and movie lovers ignoring the bad weather just to be there for more cinema. Rain or shine, we're all here to see films, all day, every day until the end.
Cannes Year 5. I'm still amazed that I'm here in Cannes, for my fifth year, kicking off yet another festival in the middle of the summer. Every morning when I wake up and look out the window and realize "I'm living in France for two weeks!" there's an instant giddiness that kicks in - the exact burst of energy I need to wake up for successive 8:30AM (ugh so early!) screenings almost every day for the next 10 days straight. I wrote an effusive article last year about why I love this festival and this town and don't feel the need to repeat it, but I can't help but write something to mark the beginning of the 2013 fest. Now let's go watch some films!
Shane Black's Iron Man 3 pays homage to the grittier Iron Man found in comic books by forcing him to use all of his talents in order to save the day. Instead of solely relying on pure power and awesomeness, Black's Iron Man focuses on a multi-dimensional Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) inside the suit — one who can draw on his mechanical genius, super-powered technology, and detective skills to defeat the enemy. But the film plagues him with several human problems such as regret, anxiety, and relationship issues. These help the film present the fullest Iron Man yet - which couldn't make this Marvel nut any happier. More below!
This week Tony Stark will be the big hero on the big screen in Iron Man 3, but Jackie Robinson was quite the spectacle to see blazing around the base-paths in 1947. His energy and strong attitude led him to take greater risks than the average ballplayer. In fact, he garnered a league best of 29 steals, and, as Brian Helgeland's recent movie 42 would like you to think, ole Jackie never got caught once. he real Jackie Robinson may not have too many skeletons in his closet, but this film paints him as perfect as his stolen base record. But there's something to be said for the fact that his "perfect record" was due to the fact they didn't keep "caught stealing" as a statistic back in 1947. In reality, he was caught 11 times. Yeah, so what?
"What you feel when you see a movie like this is more than appreciation – it's gratitude." This quote, from the late Roger Ebert's review, received much applause when read aloud at the Academy's Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills on Thursday, during a 25th anniversary celebration of Robert Zemeckis' classic film Who Framed Roger Rabbit. A newly restored digital print was screened, then Wreck-It Ralph director Rich Moore moderated a panel featuring many of the cast and crew who worked on the movie: actors, associate producers, animation supervisors, screenwriters, and—of course—Robert Zemeckis himself.
Disney's Oz: The Great and Powerful is a mediocre film. While the film is surely entertaining, there isn't a whole lot to compliment. Most reviewers were quick to point out the dull script, the placid acting, and the overall lack of energy (all of which is understandable), but when looking at the views on the computer generated visual effects, we find the topic is divisive. Those who enjoyed the film touted its wonderful visual effects, while those who were less enthralled by it cried out for mercy from the seemingly neverending dull CGI landscapes, sometimes no better than a canvas backdrop. In a strange way, both viewpoints are correct.
"Here is your mission: pass your knowledge on to the next, as it was passed on to you." A new era of sci-fi is upon us. In just a few years we'll be watching another trilogy of Star Wars movies, picking up where the original trilogy left off 30 years ago. Star Trek has already been revived on the big screen, coincidentally by the same director set to bring us the next Star Wars - J.J. Abrams. Ever since James Cameron's Avatar raised the bar with another box office record in late 2009-early 2010, science fiction movies have been back with a vengeance. Aside from Star Wars and Star Trek returning, things are getting more exciting every day, with filmmakers like Chris Nolan, Alfonso Cuarón, Ridley Scott and Edgar Wright venturing into sci-fi.
This week, audiences will see if Jim Carrey is in rare form as a rival illusionist in The Incredible Burt Wonderstone, and they've gotten a promising glimpse at his surprising turn in Kick-Ass 2 as Colonel Stars and Stripes thanks to the first red band trailer. While this could be a turnaround for what has been a dull period in Carrey's long career, it's been awhile since he's been at the caliber that his glory days held in the 90s. Therefore, it's time to take a look back and pick the actor's five best roles. But rather than just living in the past, there are also several directors that Carrey needs to collaborate with to keep his career fresh.
Early on Wednesday morning, "Veronica Mars" creator Rob Thomas realized that when he started a Kickstarter campaign for a movie version of his cult TV hit that he may have just transformed the definition of what is possible in the entertainment landscape. Thomas asked fans to donate a staggering $2 million dollars - the highest movie total ever set on the platform - so he could shoot a Veronica Mars movie this summer, set to be released in early 2014. In less than five hours it hurdled the $1 million mark, and was completely funded about ten hours after the campaign began. So what could this mean for the film industry?
The best of the best - that you didn't see. It's back again and we're a bit late, but all of these are still worth watching anyway. Back by popular demand is our sixth annual list of the 19 Best Movies That You Didn't See in 2012 (you can find our past lists here: 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007). Featured below is a hand-picked selection of the best independent and/or mainstream films that were either quietly dumped, ignored by audiences, or just not marketed well enough. So to give them some extra time in the spotlight, and to support some of the best filmmakers out there, we've put together a 2012 recap. Read on for the list!
Earlier today we learned that Skyfall director Sam Mendes would not be returning for James Bond 24 to continue the British secret agent franchise. While that leaves the sequel without a director, we're also still wondering whether or not this means the proposed two-part back-to-back story, written by John Logan (Skyfall), might come back into play with Mendes stepping away from what he would have wanted to be a standalone film. More importantly, we're wondering who will step up to sit in the director's chair for 007's next venture. Daniel Craig is already slated to return, so who is the best director be to keep him in action?