Back in the ’70s, producers like Roger Corman would turn out a movie like any in the “The Fast & the Furious” franchise within a week. These action movies were built on thin, unbelievable plot lines and situations and over-the-top explosions and set pieces. A part of me is happy that films like this – action-driven stories that celebrate pyrotechnic effects – still exist, the other part of me is unhappy that these movies now cost so much to make. But, as the box office proves time and time again, they make their money back and then some.
In Episode 6 of the LonelyReviewer show, we boldly go, where no man has gone before…sort of. In this new episode Justin and I discuss the new Star Trek film, and somehow manage to completely avoid spoiling it! We also talk a bit about JJ Abrams, and our thoughts about what’s on the horizon for him.
Take a listen, there are two chances to win REDBOX codes in the show, and, as a THIRD way to win, if you comment below, you might ALSO win a free redbox rental. I’ve got a ton of codes, so you have a REALLY good chance to win.
The LonelyReviewer Show is produced in conjunction with Justin’s blog Another Empty Glass
Foreign Friday is here to take you on the trip that your bank account won’t allow. This week we decided to step on the gas and dish out some action with your subtitles. Grab a baguette and get ready for a fight because we are headed to France with “Sleepless Night”.
We’ve been teased for years. Will there be a movie? Maybe another season? On May 26, we will finally be gifted the thing that has been on our minds since that one friend let you borrow his “Arrested Development” DVDs, more. Many an “Arrested Development” fan undoubtedly has this day clearly marked on his calendar and plans to do nothing more than sit down and devour all fifteen new episodes, interrupted only by the odd bathroom break. During the years of waiting, two fans set out to tell the tumultuous story of the show and the amorous relationship with its small and exceedingly loyal fan base, the result is “The Arrested Development Documentary Project”.
In the past few years, the feeling of excitement and wonderment I’d once gotten out of big-budget summer tentpoles has been missing; I assumed I’d outgrown it. But with the latest entry in the “Star Trek” franchise, J.J. Abrams has brought that anticipation back to the summer movie line-up. With “Star Trek: Into Darkness,” Abrams shows us that not only can he build a masterfully crafted sci-fi action adventure, he can make a damn good movie around it.
Foreign Friday is back to give you the opportunity to sound more interesting. Not all films are flowers and rainbows, sometimes it can get dark and international cinema has no problem embracing the ugly. This week we head over to Austria for the thoroughly disturbing “Michael”.
“The Office,” has been the flagship Thursday night comedy staple for NBC since 2005. An adaptation of the heralded British Show from Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant, the Greg Daniels led “American” office started as a mirror of its counterpart. It wasn’t until the show started to deviate from the source material that it really found its legs. The incredible chemistry of its talented cast paved way for successful careers for all of its stars, especially for Steve Carrell, who starred as Michael Scott, the awkward leader of the office.
As you peruse Rotten Tomatoes, it can be easy to forget that there are actual people behind those numbers. These people have a job that sounds great to the common moviegoer. However, this shiny surface hides a plethora of complexities. Sure, they watch and talk about movies for a living, but film criticism requires dedication and hard work, in a field that is drastically different from when Siskel & Ebert first started using their thumbs. I sat down with Monica Castillo, a freelance film critic who has written for The Phoenix (RIP), DigBoston, Paste Magazine, Bitch Magazine, serves as co-host of Film Geek Radio’s “Cinema Fix” podcast, and is co-founder and current co-chair of The Boston Online Film Critics Association (BOFCA), to talk about film criticism, Boston and the evolving film scene.
Happy Monday readers! This great recut of the 1974 trailer using the style and music of Luhrmann’s adaptation dropped over the weekend. Expertly done. Enjoy!
Foreign Friday is your weekly adventure outside the United States to explore the cinematic offerings of the rest of the world. This past Sunday, America celebrated a holiday the best way that it knows how, by shoveling a great amount of food in its mouth hole and washing it down with a torrent of alcohol. As a belated celebration of Cinco de Mayo, I make the trek to Mexico by way of Netflix for “Sleep Dealer”.