Surprising no one Monsters University repeats at #1 while Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy power The Heat to a solid #2. Meanwhile Channing Tatum and Jamie Foxx should have helped White House Down rise higher but it appears as if the film will join After Earth in the disappointment column.
Despite pre-release hype that the movie would suck hard World War Z has instead proven the doubters mostly wrong by concocting a zombie movie that actually manages to remain tense throughout its running time, filled with inventive set-pieces as well as some decent acting from the main cast. There are still a handful of obvious plotholes and moments which will leave many scratching their heads but overall the final product is a decent action thriller that makes zombies feel far more threatening than ever before.
I’ll give Sylvester Stallone some credit as here is an actor who was basically left for dead after a string of box office failures sunk his career in the mid-1990s yet after going back to his roots by making Rocky Bolboa and then Rambo he managed to at least claw back some of his lost mojo. Then he hit it big by cobbling together a massive cast of current and former action movie stars and turned them loose in The Expendables which ended up being a big success making everyone wonder if Stallone had now reclaimed his status as a viable action star. Unfortunately, it has been all downhill again since then.
Here are a few new movie posters three of which come from Ender’s Game and the last from The Wolverine. Normally, I don’t post updates about movie posters but I can’t help smiling this time around. Why? Between Pacific Rim and Ender’s Game one would think that these movies would end up trashing New York or Tokyo yet here we are in 2013 and the city of the day has become Hong Kong. Yes, Hong Kong gets beaten up in Pacific Rim and judging from this Ender’s Game poster it probably gets wrecked in that movie as well.
Here is probably the last trailer for Guillermo del Toro’s big budget film, Pacific Rim, which finally decides to change the tone of the message to something that at least attempts to show some gravitas. Normally, I would not pay too much attention to this change but alas something doesn’t seem right here and unfortunately it has execs at Warner Brothers and Legendary Pictures very worried.
Even though this trailer isn’t exactly the bee’s knees I have to say that it brought back a wave of nostalgia as I remembered those days in the early 1980s watching the Americanized version of Gatchaman called Battle of the Planets on my fuzzy television screen. I found it cheesy back then and even more now yet there’s certainly something endearing about watching men and women in kooky outfits that make them look like cool flying feathered birds. What kid can resist a cartoon about a superhero ninja team that uses a spiffy spaceship that routinely turns into a flaming Phoenix while fighting a terrorist group bent on controlling Earth’s resources? Hey, they were eco-friendly way before everyone else was!
The Last Stand is a rather unassuming popcorn action flick that should satiate Arnold Schwarzenegger’s now diminished fanbase but its lack of ambition is frankly disappointing. There’s no point recounting Schwarzenegger’s rise and fall over the past few years as this has been well documented within the public domain and it really has no bearing on his now restarted movie career yet there is no denying that the man on the screen in The Last Stand is looking rather haggard and stiff as if he’s still attempting to remove the rust that has gathered during his time as “The Governator.”