The latest modern film to play swords-and-sandals dress-up is “The Eagle,” starring Channing “Pretty Boy” Tatum, a name I bestowed upon him having played “Pretty Boy” Floyd in Michael Mann’s “Public Enemies” back in 2008, albeit a part of no significance. I suppose when they coined the term “hunk,” no one expected it to apply […]
Finally, a weekend with a lot to talk about. Four very different offerings are vying for Valentine’s Day attention even though the holiday falls on a Monday this year. Adam Sandler’s “Just Go With It” will look to capture adults and couples, the Justin Bieber concert documentary will take aim at the tweens, “Gnomeo and […]
Who says your trailer has to debut during the Super Bowl? 20th Century Fox has finally released the trailer for this summer’s “X-Men: First Class” starring James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender as a young Charles Xavier and Erik Lensherr (Magneto). The film was directed by Matthew Vaughn and produced in part by original “X-Men” director […]
On to the musical categories of the 2011 Oscars. 2010 turned out to be a great year for music in film. The Best Score categories has names both familiar and new and even new/familiar in the fact that Trent Reznor represents the growing trend to bring in musicians known best outside of the film community […]
One-time Woody Allen muse Mia Farrow turned 66 today. As far as my Allen movie-watching goes, my latest ventures have been in the ’80s. I’m finding more and more that I like this era of Woody. “Broadway Danny Rose,” other than featuring Woody Allen as a neurotic character attached to the entertainment industry in some […]
I conclude the “technical portion” of my Oscar predictions with these two categories, perhaps the most important of all the behind-the-scenes work done on a film. Both the editor and cinematographer have a direct impact on the final product, no matter what the director says or does. As you might expect, directors don’t like trusting […]
In all honesty, the Super Bowl probably won the box office this weekend. When a female-focused horror flick takes top honors, it’s an indicator of what people are up to. There was very little appeal to both new entries this weekend as well.
I watch the Super Bowl for the game, not the commercials, so the fact that there were probably somewhere near 20 movie advertisements that played during the intermissions of Super Bowl XLV was a nice bonus to my evening. Some of you, however, might have been more focused on waiting to see what Bud Light […]
Ever since 2002, Hollywood has had a case of mistaken “Bourne Identity,” pulling the trigger on any script that weaves government Intelligence with guns and combat and centers on a protagonist who doesn’t know his or her own strength. “Salt” is another byproduct of the “Bourne” era, yet barely executes half as well as that […]
Cobie Smulders, star of the hit CBS sitcom “How I Met Your Mother,” has been named the frontrunner for the role of SHIELD agent Maria Hill in Marvel’s “The Avengers.” Earlier this week, Samuel L. Jackson told “Jimmy Kimmel Live” that he would be reading with several actresses for an unidentified sidekick role to accompany […]
How easily we can forget the importance of these three categories. While some sets, costumes and makeup design stand out to us as breathtakingly impressive — especially in the genres of fantasy and science fiction — in the case of most films, it’s about creating the illusion of a specific place and time. Science fiction […]
Ever think about the fact that the Super Bowl has a major impact on the movies? Think about it. You have a movie you want to distribute that you really think has the potential to make some money. Are you really going to open it on a weekend when you’re virtually guaranteed to lose 20 […]
What a seemingly insurmountable task to adapt and execute the multiple story lines and brimming detail of Stieg Larsson’s novel “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.” Despite all the slicing and dicing (yet still a two-and-half-hour run time), credit belongs to this Swedish filmmaking team for still managing to replicate the novel’s extraordinary pacing.
Well, it’s Groundhog Day, and while Punxsutawney Phil did not see his shadow and spring will come early, Movie Muse will do nothing to cut short you four more weeks of Oscar. The site enjoyed a golden age during Oscar month last year in terms of traffic, so I figured despite all the work involved […]
It’s always nice when a movie surpasses expectations. It’s even nicer when that better-than- expected film negates the potential title-related puns that critics could have used to lambaste it. In other words, there’s nothing despicable to say about “Despicable Me” other than the title’s overall irrelevance and potential roadblock to making more money.