<![CDATA[GeekStreetMedia - Movies/TV]]>Sun, 10 Jan 2016 08:14:05 -0800Weebly<![CDATA['Superman: Man of Steel' Casting Rumors; They May Be Getting Old]]>Thu, 21 Oct 2010 21:41:34 GMThttp://www.geekstreetmedia.com/moviestv/superman-man-of-steel-casting-rumors-they-may-be-getting-oldPicture
Youth or experience...?

An age old question. More like an old age question! Right? Am I right? Anybody? High Fives? Alright...

Each has its respective benefits and downsides:  Youth grants its beneficiaries wrinkle free complexions, and fully functional bowels, while cursing them with morning wood and high car insurance premiums.  Experience, on the other hand, brings wisdom and unwilling children to rub your bunions for spare coins, while burdening its recipients with leaky pipes and senility.

It’s a toss-up, really. So, which would you prefer Clark Kent have? Student loan payments or old man strength?

With the Superman reboot snagging director Zack Snyder, speculation is in full swing regarding who might step gingerly into the red underoos of the Man of Steel.  Snyder has been quoted saying that his installment in the franchise won’t necessarily be based on any particular story line in the comics.  With Christopher Nolan as the godfather/writer/producer of the Man of Steel, that isn’t surprising considering the creative liberties he took with Batman Begins and The Dark Knight.

While many fanboys and girls are closing their eyes oh so tight and clenching their hopeful fists, attempting to will Tom Welling into the role (never going to happen), there are rumors circulating that DC/WB is searching for a more seasoned actor, more specifically, someone closer to the age of forty.  While this is a far cry from nearly every other screen incarnation of Superman that exists (George Reeves was in his forties when he donned the cape in the 1950’s, hence the “nearly”), the decision to go with an older actor might prevent us from getting another origin story. As interesting as those can be, there really isn’t a need for it. Try and find a person who doesn’t know what doomed planet Superman came from.

The tradition of casting a fresh face in their mid twenties may be a coming to an end.  One of, if not the only, popular rumored candidates is Mad Men star Jon Hamm.  Look at the picture...please.


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If the guy can bulk up, what other middle aged actor would look more the part? Superman isn't drawn as young man these days, anyway. My vote: Get Hugh Jackman to workout with Jon Hamm and we have a new Superman.  And don’t try and get away with Hamm’s face on a ‘roided out CGI body in every scene, Warner Bros.  I want to see a superhero who is really unrealistically jacked beyond belief. I won’t settle for anything less.

Disagree with me? Who do you think should be the next Man of Steel?

-Andrew

Sources: Screenrant, IMDB
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<![CDATA[Premier Week Tuesday: 'Raising Hope,' 'Running Wilde']]>Thu, 23 Sep 2010 04:07:20 GMThttp://www.geekstreetmedia.com/moviestv/premier-week-tuesday-raising-hope-running-wildePicture
Raising Hope – FOX 9pm Pacific
I think FOX may have found the sitcom to fill the void left by Malcolm in the Middle. Raising Hope is centered around Jimmy, a young dummy, spawned from a family of dummies, that through wild and far-fetched circumstances becomes the father of a six month old baby. Rather than “safe-drop it at the fire station” as Jimmy's family suggests, he decides that raising this baby is his chance to do something positive with his life and he takes it. Of all the pilots I've watched so far this week, Raising Hope is easily my favorite. The struggling lower-middle class family is made up of colorful characters, including an immature father who enjoys pushing unsuspecting urinators into the bushes into which they are urinating, a mother who mispronounces a word few sentences, and a grandmother (played by Cloris Leachman) who is prone to Alzheimer's induced toplessness. As corny as it may sound, the thing that sets Raising Hope apart from other sitcoms is the premise: that raising this baby gives a family, who feels worn down by a seemingly never-ending uphill struggle, some hope (hence the show's name) for something beyond the daily grind. Record, Record, Record.

Running Wilde – FOX 9:30pm Pacific
This one is a much tougher sell for me. The story of Running Wilde concerns Steve Wilde, a filthy rich heir to an oil empire who is desperate for a friend he doesn't have to pay for. The show features Will Arnett as Steve Wilde and Keri Russel as Emmy, the one that got away. Oh, and they threw David Cross in there as an “environmental terrorist.” Based on how forced the humor felt at times, I'm thinking that FOX was banking on roping in the Arrested Development devotees by using former cast members instead of good jokes. I'm sorry to say that I could never get into the Bluth family shenanigans, so the token addition of David Cross to a show featuring Will Arnett doesn't do anything for me. I'm not tuning in for the next episode, but maybe an Arrested Development fan has a different opinion?

Anyone else catch these new episodes? What did you think?

-Andrew

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<![CDATA['Hawaii Five-0,' 'The Event,' Mike and Molly;' New Additions to Primetime Monday ]]>Wed, 22 Sep 2010 01:31:57 GMThttp://www.geekstreetmedia.com/moviestv/hawaii-five-0-the-event-mike-and-molly-new-additions-to-primetime-mondayPicture
I'm just going to throw this out there: Time travel isn't possible. But who needs it, anyway? The only real benefit of time travel would be the ability to repeatedly skip back to the 8pm-10pm primetime slots to catch all of the TV shows that are on at the same times. And, please, don't give me the “Well, you could go back and assassinate Hitler,” nonsense. What if you failed, huh? What if you were caught and your time travel device was discovered? You, the would-be chrono-assassin, would be responsible for time jumping Nazis. So forget about it, and just be content with the ability to record your favorite shows at the same time.

Sadly though, even with the convenience of Tivo/DVR, there is only so much time in the day. You, the average person doesn't have time to waste checking out a lot of the new primetime programming. It's a good thing for you that I'm slightly below average and have nearly all the time in the world. It's Premier Week so I'll do my best to point your DVR's “Record Series” feature in the right directions.

Here are a couple of this season's new additions for Monday the 20th:

Hawaii Five-O - 10pm Pacific CBS
Right away it's evident that lots of money is being dumped into this rebooted tropical cop series. The premise, which is almost literally explained at the beginning of the show, is that McGarret, a military badass with an impressive resume, is placed in charge of leading a task force that is given carte blanche by the governor to rid the island of the scum that plagues it. The opening scene contained some pretty extravagant amenities for a TV show, i.e. a convoy of army vehicles, a helicopter, a medium to large scale gunfight, and multiple explosions. The high budget action is fairly consistent throughout the entire show, which is entertaining, but we'll see how long that lasts beyond the first few episodes. Surprisingly enough, Hawaii Five-O was not a continuous film reel of gratuitous bikini shots. In fact, the first beach bod doesn't appear until the second half of the show, which you know, is cool I guess... Scott Caan (Entourage, Oceans 11) provides comic relief in the form of dry, caustic, one-liners, which works for me, although I'm not sure he can pull off much else. For a pilot episode, Hawaii Five-O worked for me, but we'll see how long they can maintain the extravagant special effects; Hawaii is an expensive place. If you get a chance, catch an encore episode which I'm sure will be airing some time this week. I'm giving it a “Record Series” for the time being.

The Event - 9pm Pacific NBC
The conclusion of Lost has apparently left a vacuum in the eerie “you have no idea how deep the rabbit hole goes” genre, and now networks are trying to fill that void. NBC's crack at the mysterious comes in the form of The Event. The Event follows a similar format to Lost in that it covers story threads for several characters in both the past and the present simultaneously. This format is great, creating new questions as fast as it answers old ones. However, my initial opinion of the pilot is that The Event won't be able to touch Lost in terms of mysteriosity and wadthefugness (terms created specifically to describe Lost). While Lost had the island, the mystery of The Event is centered around a super secret prison located at the peak of an Alaskan mountain, where the prisoners (we are encouraged to believe) are withholding from the government information more super secret than the prison itself. In case you were worried that The Event is going to have your typical government conspiracy plotline, the last ten minutes of pilot will assure you that whatever “the event” is, it will more than likely be rooted in the supernatural. The Event piqued my interest, but I'm inclined to believe that it will pale in comparison to the reigning king of all mindfucks, Lost. I'm giving it one more episode to reel me in.

Mike and Molly - 9:30pm Pacific CBS
This show is great news for anyone who thought that there were no more fat jokes to be told. Judging what I saw from Mike and Molly there is a team of writers out there that are convinced they can poke fun at chubsters for at least a full season. I wasn't expecting much, but I was pleasantly surprised with CBS's new sitcom. While it didn't have me rolling on the floor (I just strongly considered the use of "ROFLcoptering" right there), it did have it's charm. Mike and Molly takes on fat jokes from many different angles, such as “skinny friend who makes fat jokes;” “fat guy who makes fat jokes about himself;” and my personal favorite, “African waiter who makes fat /starving Africans jokes.” I'll catch a couple more episodes to see if they can keep these fat jokes rolling.

-Andrew

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<![CDATA['Hobo With A Shotgun' Red-Band Trailer Madness]]>Fri, 03 Sep 2010 17:17:56 GMThttp://www.geekstreetmedia.com/moviestv/hobo-with-a-shotgun-red-band-trailer-madnessPicture
Hobo With A Shotgun...
Hobo...With A Shotgun...
Hobo...With...A Shotgun...

Yes...Yes, I think they've done it. Hollywood has produced a truly perfect movie title. Has there ever been a phrase that was so mysterious, yet so literal? It begs so many questions, some simple like, is this a traditional hobo, a migratory vagrant hopping from train to train with a bindle full of baked beans and a switchblade in his boot? Or, just your average homeless guy commonly mistaken for a hobo? Where did this so-called hobo get a shotgun?

But inevitably, like in the never-ending search for God, these questions only lead to more complex ones; who is this hobo? Why does he have a shotgun? Well...maybe we'll never know. Maybe we aren't supposed to know. Maybe the very fabric of existence is held together by the fact that we don't know who this hobo is, why he has the shotgun...

Or maybe this trailer will answer some of those questions.

Warning: This is a red-band trailer with lots of graphic gore. Don't enjoy it too much.

Apparently this variety of hobo is the kind that doles out slugs full of justice. The best kind of hobo!

I've heard rumbling about this movie for a while, but I had no idea that it was going to be anything like that. It looks like
The Warriors meets The Road Warrior meets Bum Fights. These are exciting times for fans of hobo media. Finally, they are getting the recognition they deserve.

Hobo With A Shotgun features Rutger Hauer as the titular hobo with a shotgun. It doesn't look like there is a release date attached yet, so cross your fingers that it's some time soon.

-Andrew

Source: Latino Review
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<![CDATA['Inception' Made My Brain Pee Its Pants]]>Wed, 21 Jul 2010 09:22:45 GMThttp://www.geekstreetmedia.com/moviestv/inception-made-my-brain-pee-its-pantsPicture
Let me just apologize for my tardiness in giving a response to Inception, but I had to see it one more time before I could write anything coherent about what I saw on screen. For those of you who fancy yourselves “creative” types, what Christopher Nolan has delivered to theaters will make you want to do a gainer into a deep, deep ravine.

I can honestly say that I've never experienced—and it is most definitely an experience—a movie with a plot as complex as Inception's and still felt like the movie was enjoyable and comprehensible. The plot is so fantastically convoluted that you feel like a champion when you get to the end of the film without your brain slowly seeping out your ears.

I don't want to give any spoilers here (even though by now I'm sure most of you have already seen it), so the best I can do here is provide a couple of tips about going to see the movie.

First off, you should treat going to see Inception like it's a game. The objective of the game is to leave the theater understanding as much of the movie as possible. A good portion of the film is, in fact, learning the rules of “dream sharing,” and there are quite a few rules to remember. If you, the viewer, lose focus, if you blink...you lose. Maybe it's not so dramatic, but if you go to the bathroom, you will almost certainly miss an important explanation of how dream sharing works or a plot point, and it will leave you in a state of borderline panic and confusion.

Second, maybe take some ginko, or a 5-hour, or some kind of ADHD medication before you show up. Inception runs to about 150 minutes, which is a long time to keep yourself focused. You'll need that brain of yours to be as sharp as a tack because there is some heavy story layering and more than a few threads to keep track of. Which leads me to the next tip:

Don't bring small children; it's wasted money.

I don't mean to make Inception sound all cerebral with no boom-boom. There is plenty of action spread nicely throughout this movie. One scene in particular featuring Joseph Gordon-Levitt (500 Days of Summer) will have you feeling like you've just watched an amazing filmmaking magic trick. Inception may also be the birth of a new badass in Tom Hardy (Star Trek: Nemesis) who plays the role of Eames.

The acting is outstanding all the way through by mostly the entire cast. Leonardo DiCaprio deftly plays Cobb, a man tortured by deep loss, and Marion Cotillard (who in my dreams I'm also married to) coolly, yet insanely plays Cobb's wife. There were a few points here and there where I felt like Ellen Page (Juno) was overdoing it, and Joseph Gordon-Levitt played a little too cool a cucumber for my liking, but for the most part I enjoyed their performances as well.

If you want to see a movie that respects the mind of the moviegoer, rather than delivering mindless sexplosions, this movie is for you. If not, it is still for you.

Inception is a must-see.

I wanted to talk about it for three days after I saw it, so what did you guys think? Best movie ever? Overrated? I need to talk to someone about this movie!

-Andrew

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<![CDATA[Review: 'The Last Airbender']]>Fri, 02 Jul 2010 21:48:39 GMThttp://www.geekstreetmedia.com/moviestv/review-the-last-airbenderPicture
As a fan the cartoon version of Avatar: The Last Airbender, I was pretty psyched about seeing the live action, heavy CGI adaptation that came out yesterday. The film had a pretty big budget, great source material, and an established, capable director in M. Knight Shyamalan. In many people's eyes, this was Shyamalans last chance to deliver a good product after two disappointing misses with Lady in the Water and The Happening. So, did he deliver the goods with The Last Airbender?

Dear God, no.

If you are a fan of the cartoon, The Last Airbender is the film equivalent to a running jump kick to the scrotum. Or maybe if you're a female fan it's like...a bikini wax? Either way, the bottom line is that it's painful to watch. What was so bad about it, you ask? Where to begin...

Right away Shyamalan shows us he has chosen to go with the three book format of the TV show (Book One: Water, Book Two: Earth, Book Three: Fire). This first installment is Book One. While this is cool in theory, the entirety of Book One needs much more than an hour and fourty minute movie to cover everything. Rather than three movies, they should have planned to stretch it to six. That may seem unrealistic, but considering the path they chose to take in terms of storyline, it is necessary for a well developed adaptation. Shyamalan chose to stick to the original plot, but there just isn't enough time to do that in one movie.

As far as the plot is concerned, it follows pretty closely with the first season of the cartoon, but in the laziest and most unimaginative way. You know when a TV is about to end a season or series and they play a recap episode right before the finale? That is The Last Airbender in a nutshell, just a lazily condensed version of a twenty episode cartoon series. Every major plot point is forced to happen so fast that they feel underdeveloped.

Speaking of underdeveloped...it's possible to say that about nearly every character. The histories of each character, which in the cartoon were done through flashbacks, are done via bad dialogue. There is an age old rule of storytelling: Show, don't tell. Call me crazy, but I thought one of the benefits of the old moving picture was to be able to depict events, rather than have the characters literally tell us what's happened.

Newcomer Noah Ringer, a child karate champion with no other film or TV appearances to his credit, plays the role of the titular Last Airbender. His inexperience definitely shows onscreen. It seems like they told him that as long as he delivers his lines with a big smile or a big frown, it will seem believable. Unfortunately, this isn't the case. As it is with many child actors, you can tell the kid is acting. Seems dumb to say, but you know what I mean.

In the “pet peeve” department, we have the unnecessary change in the pronunciation of the character names; In the film, Aang is changed to “Ong,” uncle Iroh is pronounced uncle “Eeroh, and Sokka is changed to “So-ka.” This doesn't to add authenticity to the movie. It only irritates fans.

One of the things that made the TV show cool was its Chinese/asian aesthetic. In the movie, the ethnic ambiguity of many of the actors took away from that vibe. For instance, in a tribe of people that would logically look like Eskimos, we see the extremely white grandmother of Sokka and Katara. You can say I'm being picky, but to me it was legitimately distracting.

And finally, we have the “bending,” the reason most people are going to see this movie in the first place. While the CGI was well done, the actual element bending scenes just weren't that cool, except for maybe the very end of the movie. There needed to be more of them done more creatively...and with about half as much Tai Chi.

In the end, The Last Airbender is a soulless adaptation. It lacks all the charm and humor of its source material. The one thing that confuses is me is how M. Knight Shyamalan saw the final cut of this movie in the editing room and said to himself “Yup. This is it!” I'm hoping the money men behind this movie don't give up and give us a better effort on a second installment (without Shyamalan).

There were a few other things that I didn't get a chance to touch on. What about you? Do you disagree/agree about the movie's overall quality? Let me know.

-Andrew

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<![CDATA[Wonder Woman Vying for A Live Action Film With An Updated Outfit]]>Thu, 01 Jul 2010 00:08:26 GMThttp://www.geekstreetmedia.com/moviestv/wonder-woman-vying-for-a-live-action-film-with-an-updated-outfitPicture
If there is one thing in the entire world that pisses me off, it's when the revealing booty shorts that I fight crime in ride too far up my ass. It's like, can't a guy do a high kick and look good without showing the recipient of that kick his junk at the same time?

Wonder Woman never seems to have this problem. She's always roundhouse kicking thugs and doing the splits and whatnot, and fans have never once been subjected to an eyeful of the goods. Do you know why this is? Why Wonder Woman has never had a nip slip or a Brittney-esque photo-op? Because A) animated nudity freaks people out, and B) that's the way it works in the DC comic and animated universe. We all know that if the laws of physics that apply to our reality were applied to the DCU, Wonder Woman would be the comic version of a skin flick.

This is one of the reasons that a Wonder Woman movie has had such a hard time making it to the big screen. Her costume would not translate well into a live action feature film. I've never seen an episode of the Wonder Woman television show starring Lynda Carter, but I imagine that any fight choreography was forced to work around the restrictions of that cumbersome costume.

In a move that could potentially make her more viable for a big screen adventure, DC has opted to update Wonder Woman's outfit for the comic's 600th issue. Take a look:

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Here's what the man responsible for the change, J. Michael Straczynski, had to say about it:

It’s a look designed to be taken seriously as a warrior, in partial answer to the many female fans over the years who’ve asked, ‘How does she fight in that thing without all her parts falling out?’ She can close it up to pass unnoticed… open it for the freedom to fight… lose the jacket or keep it on… it has pockets, it can be accessorized… it’s a Wonder Woman look designed for the 21st century.

With the latter part of that statement, it seems like he's trying to sell a Barbie doll. I'm wondering if those female fans that they are attempting to appeal to are all that interested in Wonder Woman's ability to accessorize. But, what do I know? I'm a guy who's sweatpants have formed a permanent bond with his skin.

Nonetheless, I'm still in favor of the change. Anything that makes a character or a concept more realistic seems to be all the rage these days, i.e. The Dark Knight. Not to mention that covering up some skin on the most well-known Amazon would help to remove the stigma that male readers only enjoy female characters if they are, let's say, provocatively drawn.

I'm keeping my fingers crossed that this is a step forward toward the production of a Wonder Woman film. It would be nice to see a high quality female superhero flick for a change.
 
Are you a fan of the traditional costume or the new one? How do you think it'll effect the chances a movie happening?

-Andrew

Source: Screenrant
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<![CDATA[Marvel Is Looking to Get "Secondary Characters" On the Big Screen In Interesting Ways]]>Thu, 24 Jun 2010 22:13:58 GMThttp://www.geekstreetmedia.com/moviestv/marvel-is-looking-to-get-secondary-characters-on-the-big-screen-in-interesting-waysPicture
As a short, white, former high school basketball player, I can tell you what it's like on the bench... It's awesome. You can get water whenever you want because you're always next to the cooler; you get to sit in the front row at every game, and sometimes you can get through all four quarters without producing a single drop of sweat.

But, despite all the perks to riding the pine, there is a downside. Once, I was put into a close game right at the end of the second quarter. Much to my chagrin, someone passed me the ball right before the half was about to end. As I spastically dribbled down the court, the crowd began counting down, “eight...seven...six,” etc. Just before they shouted “one,” I launched the ball from half court and watched as the ball bricked off of the backboard. I waited for the buzzer to go off as the ball rolled back toward half court, but it never did. Confused by the sound of laughing around me, I looked up at the clock; there were still 10 seconds left. The ball did a slow, pathetic roll out of bounds as the buzzer sounded for real.

The crowd of the opposing high school at which we were playing had collectively punked the shit out of me.

Now, what is the moral of this story? Always distrust large crowds of teenagers. But also, this shameful tale tells us what happens when you toss an untested player into an important situation.

Imagine that the Marvel roster of heroes is a basketball team. Coach Xavier's starting five would be as follows: Captain America at point with twenty assists a game, Iron Man at power forward shooting 100%, Wolverine at small forward with the all-time record for flagrant fouls, defensive player of the year Spider-man at shooting guard, and the Hulk with the most and only full court dunks in history, at center. They play every minute of every game and they haven't lost in about seventy years.

Now, you can't just go tossing an untested Dr. Strange, or Black Panther into that mix during an important game situation. That'll mess with with team chemistry and it's a recipe for embarrassment. You've got to get their feet wet by putting them in when you're up by fifty points in the fourth quarter.

Luckily, that's exactly what the suits in the front office at Marvel are rumored to be doing. It was recently reported that Marvel may be looking into introducing some of its secondary characters (a.k.a. “The B Squad”) via ten minutes shorts at the beginning of their feature films a la Pixar. We may be getting heroes such as Luke Cage, Iron Fist, and Black Panther playing the role of the acorn chasing squirrel whose “nutty” adventures—yeah, I said it—take place before the Ice Age movies.

This is an extremely cool idea in my opinion. Not only is it a relatively cheap way to gauge fan interest in some of these lesser known characters, but it also gives moviegoers more for their dollar when they pay for a ticket: Two Heroes for the Price of One!

I'm not to sure how a Luke Cage or Iron Fist movie would turn out, but I would definitely be interested in seeing what could be done with the Black Panther. There is also a rumor floating around that Dr. Strange might get his own feature length film in the future (Grey's Anatomy's Patrick Dempsey is rumored to be interested), so we may see him in a short to test the waters as well.

What do you think about this idea? Are there any heroes you'd like to see get their own short film? Anybody want to expand on this sports metaphor?

-Andrew

Source: Screenrant

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<![CDATA[Review: 'The Karate Kid' ]]>Sun, 13 Jun 2010 03:39:01 GMThttp://www.geekstreetmedia.com/moviestv/review-the-karate-kidPicture
Let’s just get this out of the way right now.  The movie is called The Karate Kid.  In the movie, they are practicing kung fu, not karate.  I don’t know why this is the case, but that’s the way it is.

But anyway...

I know as a white person, most of us were probably afraid when we saw the ad for the film: Jaden Smith? China? Where will the white people be?  How can a film exist without the creaminess of our complexions?  Well fear not, whities. Not shockingly, the very first kid  Dre (Jaden Smith) meets in China is an extremely blonde white kid.  That’s not really a spoiler considering he has no value to the story and we never see him again after first, say, twenty minutes.  I just wanted you to know: white people made it in there somewhere.

The action and fight choreography are updated, which is nice for those of us hoping that they wouldn’t mess up everything that was good about the original.  The remake of the scene in which Mr. Miyagi saves Daniel from the Cobra Kai kids is a fun improvement over the original, and they found a way to make it look like Jackie Chan wasn’t just beating up a bunch of little kids.  

And as if we need another excuse to be afraid of China...

From what I gathered from the movie, China trains all of their male children to be acrobatic face kicking machines. In the original film, it was obvious that most of the actors didn’t know karate in reality, possibly least of all Ralph Macchio. But, these kids are all clearly proficient in kung fu.

When I first heard that they were going to remake The Karate Kid, I was immediately not in favor.  My first thought was, “there are so many shitty movies out there that could benefit from a remake.  Why mess with a beloved classic?”  Then I got to the movie theater.  Among my fellow Saturday matinee attendees was an entire dojo of little karate practitioners, all wearing karate outfits--it was awesome.  Little kids were all over the place, so much so that it necessitated a station that would paint Chinese characters all over your face (mine say “waterfall face punch”).

It all became clear to me:  It’s a remake for little kids who love kicking and punching so much that they can barely contain themselves.  During every fight or training scene I could see kids mimicking the moves out of the corners of my eyes.  The nine year old next to me even started applauding in the middle of a scene. Surprisingly enough, the spastic behavior of the little kids actually made the movie more fun to watch.

But this is a remake. Don’t expect any surprises in terms of plot points.  Some scenes are almost exactly the same as they are in the original film.  This fact alone is evidence of the movie’s target audience.  Conceptually, when you consider the time period, it makes more sense to target children.  When I re-watched the the original, I couldn’t help but reflect on the fact that karate was definitely not cool in high school.  In movies it was cool, but if you were taking classes yourself, you may have well sewn a pocket protector on to your gi.

The biggest complaint I have is that, for a while, I forgot what the stakes were.  For a considerably large chunk of time, we go without seeing the dicks who are beating up Dre.  He gets his initial beat downs, then we don’t see any significant interaction with the antagonists again until the tournament.  We forget why the original conflict mattered.

The fact is that the movie is carried by the setting. The country looks amazing, but without the “oh, so that’s how it is in China” moments, the movie is just average.   For adults, you’ll probably feel that something is missing from what made the original a classic.  Maybe it’s a main character that’s reached puberty, or maybe it’s Pat Morita’s stoic demeanor; it’s difficult to put a finger on.

To summarize: Plot Same/Action Better/Little Kids will love it.

Anyone seen it? What did you think?

-Andrew

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<![CDATA[Mysterious 'MK' Viral Video Sparks Fan Interest]]>Wed, 09 Jun 2010 03:17:04 GMThttp://www.geekstreetmedia.com/moviestv/mk-viral-video-sparks-fan-interestPicture
I was making my rounds through the internet today when I came across something that took me back to one of my fondest childhood memories.  I can scarcely recall a time when I felt as happy.  One summer afternoon when I was around nine or ten years old, my dad and I sat in the living room.  It was one of those warm lazy days in late August where you can't really do much other than sit around. Dad was sitting on the coffee table, I was sitting on the floor, and Mom was in the kitchen making us all big bowls of ice cream!

Dad looked down at me sitting criss-cross applesauce on the floor below him and smiled like a happy, proud father. I looked up at him, smiling, and noticed the break in his focus, so I kicked him in the face. There was so much blood that I started laughing.  He got up off the ground, seemingly unphased.  With reptile-like agility, he ran up to me and gave me an uppercut so hard that my feet virtually left the ground.  I recovered quickly and noticed that Pops had backed himself against the wall.  Taking into account that he had nowhere to go, I gave him a series of sweep kicks (it was almost unfair) until it was time to finish him.  While he stood there dazed, I walked up to him and tore his head and spinal column clean out of his body.

"Dad! I did it! I tore your head off! Mom, come look at Dad's headless body!" I yelled with youthful glee.

"Wow! Great job, Bud. Look, his body is still standing without the head! Oh, nope there it goes." said Mom.

"This is bullsh--...this is B.S. He's nine years old! How does he keep beating me?" Asked Dad.

And that is the story of my first Mortal Kombat Fatality.

So, what prompted this blood soaked trip down memory lane? Today a trailer pertaining to a Mortal Kombat project appeared on Youtube, and I've got to say I'm pretty damn intrigued.  There has been a little talk of a Mortal Kombat movie project floating around, so this could be the real deal. Take a look:

Yes, that was Michael Jai White (Spawn, The Dark Knight) and Jeri Ryan (Star Trek Voyager, Dracula 2000) as captain Jackson Briggs and Sonya Blade, respectively.  That is some high quality production for a video game trailer.  It could easily be a ploy to generate hype for a new movie.  Taking the mystical elements out of the storyline is defintely a way to appeal to viewers who have hopped on the "gritty reality" bandwagon.  It reminded me a lot of The Joker graphic novel by Brian Azzarello, with Killer Croc having a skin disorder similar to what Reptile had in the video.

But, I also read a while back that the minds behind the MK video game were looking for a way to reboot the franchise, so this may be it.  We've seen some very high quality short videos associated with video games in the past; Niell Blomkamp's Halo featurettes and the recent Call of Duty: Modern Warefare videos. It's possible that fans are being prepped for a revamped Mortal Kombat videogame franchise.

Personally,I'm more inclined to think that it's for a game, but I would be happy if it were either.  I enjoyed the first Mortal Kombat film, but the second was so awful that I almost retired my Nintendo.  It would be great if they could create a legit movie using a video game concept (for once).  But, I also want to freeze someone and break them into little pieces like I did back in the good old days.

What did you think of the video? Do you want an Mk movie or a game? Or would you be happier with neither?

-Andrew

Source:  Screenrant
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