Another cartoon sequel nobody asked for, "Hotel Transylvania 2" drags us back to the Borscht-blech world of Adam Sandler, as an overprotective bloodsucker hovering — literally — over his grown-up little girl. Yeah, well, fangs for nothing. Once again, Sandler trots out a grade-schooler's Bela Lugosi impression. Once again, director Genndy Tartakovsky tries to sneak one classic movie monster after another past the copyright police. This time, though, Mavis Dracula (Selena Gomez) has not only married a mortal slacker but had a kid, giving Daddy Drac something new to obsess over: Will his grandson be a real little monster or just a human one? It's fertile ground for jokes about mixed marriages and in-laws, but the screenplay — co-written by Sandler — leaves most of that unearthed in favor of gags dustier than the Mummy. A dude who says "tubular"? Bro, didn't that go out with Bill and Ted? The film springs to undead life at the end, as a birthday … [Read more...] about ‘Hotel Transylvania 2’ sucks the joy out of theater: movie review
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'Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw' has been made with the intention of creating more spin-off movies, according to David Leitch.The 49-year-old filmmaker - who has helmed the much-hyped new movie - has revealed his intention was always to help "build a world that was fertile ground for spin-offs".Speaking to Screen Rant, he shared: "My intention was - and I hope that the studio hears that - is that we wanted to build a world that was fertile ground for spin-offs."When I came on board, the idea was, 'How can I immediately with this film, strike a pose to build out Hobbs' and Shaw's individual worlds so that they could do their own their own films?'"But then also, characters in that world could have the ability to do their own, as well."Leitch added that with a host of big-name actors starring in 'Hobbs & Shaw', there is obvious scope to create a series of spin-off movies.He said: "If you look at it, we have movie stars in this movie. Dwayne Johnson, Jason Statham, Idris … [Read more...] about Hobbs and Shaw spin-off movies in the works?
Plot:An updated version of Wes Craven's 1977 film of the same name,"The Hills Have Eyes" is the story of a family road trip that goes terrifyingly awry when the travelers become stranded in a government atomic zone. Miles from nowhere, the Carters soon realize the seemingly uninhabited wasteland is actually the breeding ground of a blood-thirsty mutant family...and they are the prey.Cast: Ezra Buzzington, Aaron Stanford, Emilie de Ravin, Kathleen Quinlan, Ted Levine, Vinessa Shaw, Dan Byrd, Robert Joy.My Thoughts:Gritty and realistic just like the original.Review:"The Hills Have Eyes" is a remake of Wes Cravens original 1977 movie where a road tripping family winds up stranded in a government atomic zone, which is inhabited by a very nasty mutant family. The 2006 remake really captures the spirit of the original and in a way is way more twisted also. This film revolves around the Carter family Brenda, Bob, Bobby, Ethel, their oldest daughter Lynne, her husband Doug, and their baby … [Read more...] about “The Hills Have Eyes” Movie Review
Netflix creature feature 'Okja' is one of the early favorites for the top prize, the Palme d'Or. Beyond the gleaming towers of modern high-tech Seoul, it is the dark past of South Korea's years of dictatorship, violence and upheaval that have inspired the country's staggering rise as a cinematic powerhouse. No fewer than five South Korean movies are showing in the elite selection of this year's Cannes film festival. And Bong Joon-Ho's Netflix creature feature "Okja" is one of the early favorites for its top prize, the Palme d'Or. But two of the other Korean films in competition are crime and action thrillers typical of the booming "Korean noir" genre. Films about bloody crimes, gangsters and corruption, often with a political edge, have swept box offices and film awards, winning praise for gritty stories about the dark underbelly of society. "The Villainness" portrays a female assassin trained as a killer at a young age by a crime ring. She seeks a new life by working for the … [Read more...] about Why Korea’s ‘film noir’ movies are wowing Cannes
Hazel Brooks leads a group of feminine guerilla fighters in a scene from the film 'Song Of Russia', 1944 Getty Images There was time when Hollywood produced films that praised Joseph Stalin and the Soviet system. But pretty quickly it had to do a U-turn. “That was our complete terror – afraid to look at one another, afraid to say anything for fear of who is listening and would report us – and where to get the next meal. … They [Soviet citizens] have no idea of any pleasant romances or love - nothing but food and fear. ... That is not what the picture shows.” Rand condemned “Song of Russia” for not showing “fear and hunger” in the Soviet Union AP This was how Russian-American screenwriter and novelist Ayn Rand (Alisa Rosenbaum) known for her negative attitude towards the Soviet Union, its ideology and practices, described “Communist propaganda” in the 1944 Hollywood movie “Song of … [Read more...] about “No leaders were so misrepresented” – When Hollywood made pro-Soviet movies