Call for Music Writers... Rock, Indie, Urban, Electronic, Americana, Metal, World and More

 

Bookmark and Share
Text:AAA



cover art

Bangkok Dangerous

Director: The Pang Brothers
Cast: Nicolas Cage, Charlie Yeung, Chakrit Yamnam

(Lionsgate; US theatrical: 22 Aug 2008 (General release); 2008)

22 August In the Center Ring



Bangkok Dangerous


The Pang Brothers have yet to prove themselves on our shores. While foreign film fans adore their Eye franchise, their first American feature, the forgettable The Messengers argued they weren’t quite ready to take on the task. Now comes a so-called return to form, offering Nicholas Cage in a remake of their 1999 crime thriller. While the original antihero was a ruthless hitman whose status as a deaf mute made him almost unstoppable, our Hollywood A-lister will indeed get some dialogue. Filming was disrupted in 2006 for a little something called a coup d’état (in Thailand), and early buzz has been fairly mediocre. Action films like this usually don’t do too well toward the end of Summer. You have to hit audiences hard and early before they are overwhelmed with similarly styled efforts. This may be too little way too late.





cover art

Hamlet 2

Director: Andy Fleming
Cast: Steve Coogan, Catherine Keener, Amy Poehler, David Arquette

(Focus Features; US theatrical: 22 Aug 2008 (General release); UK theatrical: 28 Nov 2008 (General release); 2008)

Review [22.Aug.2008]
22 August The Outer Circles



Hamlet 2


It wants to be this year’s break out eccentric comedy, a weird amalgamation of high school musical and inspirational teacher sludge. With the talents of Pam Brady (South Park) and Andrew Fleming (The Craft, Dick) behind the scenes, this has a chance. Of course, the already overheated hype could turn audiences off long before this dog day of the popcorn season arrives. It also doesn’t help that nearly a dozen other laughfests will have opened before it. Still, with a sharp cast and an intriguing premise, there could be much more here—wit wise—than meets the eyes.





cover art

The House Bunny

Director: Fred Wolf
Cast: Anna Faris, Emma Stone, Colin Hanks, Kat Dennings, Beverly D’Angelo, Katharine McPhee, Rumer Willis, Kendra Wilkinson, Kiely Williams

(Columbia Pictures; US theatrical: 22 Aug 2008 (General release); UK theatrical: 10 Oct 2008 (General release); 2008)

Review [22.Aug.2008]
22 August Sneaking in Under the Tent



The House Bunny


Now here’s an original premise (sarcasm alert!)—a dispossessed Playboy bunny runs into a sorority house full of female dorks, and through the magic of make-overs and a philosophy heavy in sexually promiscuous girl power, they learn to be themselves. Now, that’s never been done before, right? Since it’s from the writers of Legally Blonde, it’s time to milk the perky Miss Perfect jokes for all they’re worth. The results look like a decent opening weekend, nothing more.





cover art

Wild Child

Director: Nick Moore
Cast: Emma Roberts, Natasha Richardson, Aidan Quinn, Shirley Henderson, Alex Pettyfer

(Universal Pictures; US theatrical: 22 Aug 2008 (Limited release); 2008)

22 August Sneaking in Under the Tent



Wild Child


Emma Roberts, daughter of Eric and niece of Julia, stars as a spoiled brat who gets sent to a snooty British boarding school. Naturally a clash of cultures occurs. Yawn. The only elements of interest here are the interesting cast, and the possibility that some of the standard stereotyping used in these films will be avoided. Early word is not encouraging.





cover art

The Accidental Husband

Director: Griffin Dunne
Cast: Uma Thurman, Colin Firth, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Sam Shepard, Isabella Rossellini, Kristina Klebe, Lindsay Sloane, Justina Machado, Sarita Choudhury

(Yari Film Group; Very limited release: 22 Aug 2008; 2008)

Review [15.Nov.2009]
22 August Sneaking in Under the Tent



The Accidental Husband


This has to be one of the most convoluted stories ever considered for a film. Uma Thurman is a successful radio talk show host (subject: relationships) who wants to get married. Unfortunately, she can’t. That’s because she’s already hitched to someone she doesn’t even know. Huh? Wait, it gets better. Once she tracks down the title man, she can’t get him to admit the issue. It all sounds so scripted and stupid.





Crossng Over

Director: Wayne Kramer
Cast: Jim Sturgess, Harrison Ford, Ray Liotta, Sean Penn, Ashley Judd, Alice Eve, Summer Bishil

(The Weinstein Company; Very limited release: 22 Aug 2008; 2008)

22 August Sneaking in Under the Tent



Crossing Over


If Under the Same Moon proved anything, it’s that American audiences just aren’t interested in stories about the modern immigrant experience. They love their Ellis Island mythos, but talk about Mexicans, or Koreans, or Cubans and the romance quickly fades. That’s the uphill battle writer/director Wayne Kramer faces here. While the cast contains Harrison Ford, Sean Penn, and Ray Liotta, many have found it preachy and overly liberal. Like Hollywood could produce anything different.





cover art

Babylon A.D.

Director: Mathieu Kassovitz
Cast: Vin Diesel, Michelle Yeoh, Mélanie Theirry, Gérard Depardieu, Charlotte Rampling, Lambert Wilson

(Fox; US theatrical: 29 Aug 2008 (General release); UK theatrical: 29 Aug 2008 (General release); 2008)

Review [1.Sep.2008]
29 August In the Center Ring



Babylon A.D.


Get ready folks—Mr. Vin Diesel in back in speculative fiction mode, and all dystopian societies shudder at the very thought of his bald-headed heroism. Here, he plays a mercenary escorting a woman to China. Turns out, she carries some magical DNA that a powerful cult can use to create a new Messiah. Sounds legitimate and quite logical. Odder still is the appearance of La Haine and Gothika director Matthieu Kassovitz on the credits. Of course, the source material comes from fellow Frenchman Maurice G. Dantec’s novel, but this just doesn’t seem like the kind of movie he would make. Maybe he’s having a Children of Men/Alfonso Cuaron moment here. On Mr. Diesel’s end, there’s an edge of desperation. He needs another epic action hit. He’s been stuck in flop (Find Me Guilty) and family friendly (The Pacifier) territory for far too long. Whether or not any of this will work remains to be seen.





cover art

College

Director: Deb Hagan
Cast: Drake Bell, Andrew Caldwell, Ryan Pinkston, Kevin Covais, Nick Zano, Zach Cregger, Gary Owen, Haley Bennett, Camille Mana, May’tay Williams, Nathalie Walker

(MGM; US theatrical: 29 Aug 2008 (General release); 2008)

29 August Sneaking in Under the Tent



College


Drake Bell, fresh off the semi-success of Superhero Movie, returns to the big screen as a prospective freshman tasting the treasures of the university experience for the first time. That means lots of liquor, lots of women, and lots of loud life lessons learned. While the material may seem overly familiar, a smart, updated approach just might make it viable again. Then again, it could be Animal House with less subtlety.





cover art

Vicky Cristina Barcelona

Director: Woody Allen
Cast: Scarlett Johansson, Penélope Cruz, Javier Bardem, Rebecca Hall, Joan Pera

(The Weinstein Company; US theatrical: 15 Aug 2008 (Limited release); 2008)

Review [15.Aug.2008]
29 August Sneaking in Under the Tent



Vicky Cristina Barcelona


It’s Woody Allen doing his European ‘thang’ again, this time dragging Oscar winner Javier Bardem, Scarlett Johansson, and Penelope Cruz along for the ride. The story centers on an artist romancing two American tourists. When his ex-girlfriend finds out, all kinds of romantic entanglements ensue. As with most Allen projects, little else is known.



Since deciding to employ his underdeveloped muse muscles over five years ago, Bill has been a significant staff member and writer for three of the Web's most influential websites: DVD Talk, DVD Verdict and, of course, PopMatters. He also has expanded his own web presence with Bill Gibron.com a place where he further explores creative options. It is here where you can learn of his love of Swindon's own XTC, skim a few chapters of his terrifying tome in the making, The Big Book of Evil, and hear samples from the cassette albums he created in his college music studio, The Scream Room.


Tagged as: aaron eckhart | aidan quinn | alexis bledel | alice eve | amber heard | amber tamblyn | america ferrera | amy poehler | amy smart | anjelica huston | anna faris | anthony daniels | ashley judd | babylon a.d. | ben affleck | ben stiller | beverly d'angelo | bill hader | blake lively | blythe danner | bradley cooper | brandon t. jackson | brendan fraser | brooke shields | cameron boyce | catherine keener | charlotte rampling | choke | christina applegate | colin firth | colin hanks | college | craig robinson | danny mcbride | david arquette | dennis hopper | drew barrymore | emma roberts | emma stone | eric balfour | gérard depardieu | gary cole | george lopez | ginnifer goodwin | grey delisle | hamlet 2 | harrison ford | hell ride | isabella leong | isabella rossellini | jack black | james franco | javier bardem | jay baruchel | jeffrey dean morgan | jennifer aniston | jennifer connelly | jesse williams | jet li | jim sturgess | joan pera | john hannah | josh gad | jr. | justin long | justina machado | kanin j. howell | kat dennings | katharine mcphee | kelly macdonald | kelsey grammer | kendra wilkinson | kevin connolly | kevin corrigan | kevin costner | kevin covais | kiefer sutherland | kiely williams | kyle maclachlan | lambert wilson | larry bishop | leonor varela | leslie bibb | lindsay sloane | luke ford | mélanie theirry | madeline carroll | maria bello | michael beach | michael madsen | michelle yeoh | midnight meat train | mirrors | natasha richardson | nick nolte | nicolas cage | paula patton | penélope cruz | peter macdissi | pineapple express | rachel nichols | rainn wilson | ray liotta | rebecca hall | robert downey | roger bart | rosie perez | rumer willis | ryan pinkston | sam rockwell | sam shepard | sarita choudhury | scarlett johansson | sean penn | seth rogen | shirley henderson | stanley tucci | steve coogan | summer bishil | teddy geiger | the mummy: tomb of the dragon emperor | the rocker | tom kane | toni collette | towelhead | tropic thunder | uma thurman | vicky cristina barcelona | vin diesel | vinnie jones | will arnett
Related Articles
20 May 2014
Sometimes, letting a screenwriter direct a movie turns out to be a terrific idea. Here are 10 examples, however, where that promise translated into something pathetic.
11 Apr 2014
Nicolas Cage jolts back to life for David Gordon Green's Joe, a Southern thriller and character study that asks more of him than grimacing or wigging out.
26 Mar 2014
David Gordon Green favors the elliptical over the literal and is more concerned with establishing atmosphere. Words spoken are less important than words omitted.
26 Dec 2013
Prince Avalanche isn't mined for cheap laughs any more than Green's '80s influenced studio comedies were self-conscious throwbacks.
Comments
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.