Call for Essays About Any Aspect of Popular Culture, Present or Past

 
Bookmark and Share
Text:AAA
Tuesday, Apr 20, 2010
“How To Train Your Dragon” beats “Kick-Ass” at the box office.

When the family film How to Train Your Dragon debuted about a month ago, Hollywood insiders were surprised that it didn’t do much better. Back then, the only thing the movie had going for it was its 3-D screenings and critical acclaim. Now, those same experts are surprised that the much-hyped Kick-Ass failed to meet its expectations, because it was narrowly outperformed by Dragon.


The reason why this happened is obvious. While most adults don’t want to see an R rated movie about crime fighting adolescents, all adolescents aren’t allowed to see it alone. This leaves families, a huge part of the movie-viewing audience, looking for something else to see.


Recently, Wal-Mart launched a slew of print ads and TV commercials touting their in-store displays of Dragon themed clothing, toys, and food, making it seem as if the movie was the latest, biggest trend among today’s kids. So there you have it, Wal-mart slayed the box office.



Bookmark and Share
Text:AAA
Tuesday, Apr 20, 2010

This powerful short film by Shawn Morrison and produced by Garrett Murray shows two people who connect during the final hours before a meteor annihilates New York. In just a few short hours, they move from strangers to acquaintances to lovers.


Forever’s Not So Long is the kind of science fiction which I find most moving. Make one supposition about a situation and see how people react. Here, the situation is a vehicle for examining the two individuals. These two people would have likely never met without the impending disaster. Rather than sink into despair alone, they make one last desperate connection, clinging to each other and facing the end together. 


The pair condenses at months of a relationship into a few hours, and give the audience an indication that this may have been the only way for these two people to connect, and that out of a pointless and random doom, some happiness was found, however fleeting.


Bookmark and Share
Text:AAA
Monday, Apr 19, 2010
Animated film inspires and proves that hairless mice can be adorable with the right animators.

This weekend, How to Train Your Dragon continued to dominate the box office, further proving that 3D animation is a force to be reckoned with in theaters. Yet, while we twiddle our thumbs, waiting for G-Force 2the next animated saga of guinea pigs with guns (G-Force grossed nearly $300 million worldwide), take comfort in this new trailer for the animated short film, The Mouse That Soared.


Directed by Kyle Bell, whose previous work notably includes Raisins Sold Out: The California Raisins II and Dance! Workout with Barbie, the film tells the story of a famous Vaudeville-era flying circus mouse, as he reflects on his humble beginnings. Just look those little baby mouse eyes! If the short trailer is any indication, this film will be just as enjoyable as the beloved Pixar shorts. The Mouse That Soared has been working the festival circuit since this past November and will soon be featured at the Newport Beach and San Francisco International Film Festivals.



Bookmark and Share
Text:AAA
Friday, Apr 16, 2010
The upcoming film based on the comic book anti-hero of the same name has encountered more than its share of production obstacles, potentially posing a cause for concern for fans of the series.

With stars like Josh Brolin, Megan Fox, and John Malkovich as the hero, love interest, and villain, respectfully, Jonah Hex would seem to be well on its way to summer blockbuster glory. Sadly, much like the ruthless American West traversed by Hex himself, all is not well for the film, which is set for a June 18 premiere. According to New York Magazine’s Vulture blog, the mega-budget, supernatural Western has yet to release a trailer for the film. Although Warner Bros. plans to unveil the movie’s trailer with the upcoming A Nightmare on Elm Street, which arrives in theaters April 30, Jonah Hex has endured a series of production setbacks and troublesome publicity.


Originally, Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor (Crank) were set to direct Jonah Hex, but dropped out in November 2008. It didn’t help that Brolin described the script as “awful”, in an interview posted on the MTV Movie Blog. Warner Bros. also brought in Francis Lawrence (I Am Legend) to serve as a consultant during the film’s reshoots.


These omens do not bode well for Jonah Hex. Movie fans, especially those loyal to the comic book genre, are now more than ever able to closely follow a film’s production, courtesy of the world wide web. Yet despite the setbacks, maybe the tired saying that there’s no such thing as bad publicity holds true. Artistic masterpiece or not, with Jonah Hex co-starring Megan Fox and featuring some (hopefully) good action sequences, the film should at least break even.


Bookmark and Share
Text:AAA
Thursday, Apr 15, 2010
by PopMatters Staff



To celebrate the release of AK 100 and the 100th anniversary of Akira Kurosawa’s birth, Image Entertainment has provided PopMatters with these exclusive Kurosawa stills from films never before released on home video, including The Men Who Tread on the Tiger’s Tail (1945), The Most Beautiful (1944), Sanshiro Sugata (1943), and Sanshiro Sugata, Part II (1944).


Product details from Image: The creator of such timeless masterpieces as Rashomon, Ikiru, Seven Samurai, Yojimbo, and High and Low, Akira Kurosawa is one of the most influential and beloved filmmakers who ever lived — and for many the greatest artist the medium has known. Now, on the occasion of the centenary of his birth, the Criterion Collection is proud to present this deluxe set celebrating his astonishing career. Featuring 25 of the films he made over the course of his 50 years in movies — from samurai epics to postwar noirs to Shakespeare adaptations — AK 100 is the most complete set of his works ever released in this country, and includes four rare films that have never been available for home video.


Images after the jump…


Now on PopMatters
PM Picks
Announcements

© 1999-2014 PopMatters.com. All rights reserved.
PopMatters.com™ and PopMatters™ are trademarks
of PopMatters Media, Inc.

PopMatters is wholly independently owned and operated.