WHY HOLLYWOOD WHY? Part 2392 : Why are they remaking Kick-Ass? Now don’t get me wrong, I am not a hater of the series, I saw both movies in the cinema and absolutely loved them, but it was so recent that I cannot imagine why hey would want to do it all again instead of just giving us a third film in the series. I know this is slightly hypocritical when I am praising the reboot of Halloween, which was already rebooted once, but hey, that is the best thing about being a blogger, you make the rules and I say it is too early to reboot Kick-Ass, okay?
In better Mark Millar news, Kingsman 3 has now been confirmed and I cannot wait to spend more time in that universe. See, some good news at the end there! 🙂
We are still fifteen months away from the next Tarantino epic which is set to be released on the 50th anniversary of the Sharon Tate murders but information is bleeding through for QT’s next epic. Brad Pitt and Leo DiCaprio are already onboard and the rumours of Margot Robbie starring as Tate would be sweeeet if true. Now Timothy Olyphant has joined the picture, you might not know the name but if you watch a lot of cult movies, you will have seen his face, chewing up the scenery in Die Hard 4, lighting up the screen in Go or perhaps in the great lost Stephen King epic Dreamcatcher.
There are also rumblings that screen legend Burt Reynolds might sign up to star as George Spahn, who is a big part of the legend, letting the Family live on his movie ranch in return for ‘favours’ from the girls. That sounds like a Best Supporting Actor Oscar waiting to happen.
See you on August 9th 2019…
Ooh, thanks to CineMaterial.com for the first time I have seen this excellent poster for the forthcoming fourth visit to the Purge universe, cannot WAIT for July 4th – The Purge is a REAL Independence Day! 🙂
I remember being a kid and the cinema occasionally creating magical moments that lived with me forever. I loved big fantasy stories, from the space brilliance of ET to the dark and thrilling Young Sherlock Holmes. We seemed to have missed such epics in recent years, so it is only fitting that the father of this generation’s best dream epics should return to deliver another home run. Spielberg is back at the top of his game here, unleashing his imagination in a massive world where anything(and anyone – King Kong! Chucky!) is possible.
When the creator of the Oasis, the MMO universe in which citizens of 2045 spend most of their time, dies, he leaves a game wherein whoever can find the three hidden keys, will take control of his world. Cue the nobodies in the real world striving to become somebodies and keep the Oasis dream alive as well as the big corporation that wants the space and its dollars.
It is ironic that the last trailer for Ready Player One included the classic Pure Imagination as the film feels a lot like Willy Wonka And The Chocolate Factory, both in terms of its innocent naivety and its magical dreamlike sequences. I know some smarks saw the trailer and cried into their webcams “How can Mortal Kombat and Back To The Future live in the same universe? It doesn’t make any sense” Those people will hate Ready Player One and I feel really sorry for them not getting the fantastical tale being told.
Our main heroes are Parcival, the shy and clumsy Wade Watts, who can be himself in this fake world by NOT being himself. He joins up with Art3mis (the excellent Olivia Cooke to go for the prizes and naturally he falls under her spell too. Art3mis is totally adorable and feisty as all hell, both in her Avatar state and in the real world. Yes, we do spend some portion of the movie in the real world, being shown why people have taken to the Oasis, as homes, communities and relationships have broken down – Spielberg lets us look at these problems without beating us over the head with a Social Justice Warrior stick (Hello, Neill Blomkamp!) and so the action is not slowed down or replaced with lecturing. Watching Wade in the real world is interesting in a Ferris Bueller kind of a way and yes, that hero is also mentioned in the film alongside a million others. The best thing about all these icons appearing is that it is not a look-at-the-camera-and-nod-knowingly situation. They are merely there and different viewers will reap different rewards. For example, seeing the bike from Akira or The Iron Giant made me super happy whereas others may not have seen the classic anime or Brad Bird animation.
The story is many layered and you won’t get all of the secrets on a first watch, but unlike many recent movies where your thoughts disappear before the popcorn bucket is empty, Ready Player One has me already looking forward to a second visit to the Oasis and its wonderful world. Essential.
This brilliant Mondo poster by Nicolas Delort is a San Diego Comic-Con exclusive and is in a limited edition of (wait for it…) only 375. If you are lucky enough to be in San Diego tomorrow, check out Booth 835 and pick yourself up some Quint goodness.
Legendary producer Jerry Weintraub has died at the age of 77. In the 1950’s Weintraub was working in the mail room of MCA records but he would climb the ladder right to the top and would later represent such icons as Bob Dylan and Elvis Presley. He was also a massive name in the cinema world, bringing us such variety as Cruising, Diner and The Karate Kid as well as the Oceans trilogy with friend George Clooney. RIP sir.
“If you spend enough money, bag an A-list star and pile on the spectacle, the chances are your movie will not lose money, regardless of how smart or dumb it may be.”