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Entries in Helen Mirren (24)

Friday
Jul192013

Movie Review: 'Red 2'

Red 2

Starring: Bruce Willis, Helen Mirren, John Malkovich, Mary Louise Parker, Anthony Hopkins
Directed by Dean Parisot
Rated PG-13

 

Whether we want them to be or not, sequels are going to be in our lives until they literally stop making movies.  And with big films, particularly with summer films, anything with an original arc that is going to cost a studio a couple of bucks is an will continue to be, a dying breed.  I don’t mind sequels, for the most part.  Sure some of them make you scratch your head in confusion as to whey they are being made but some end up actually improving upon the original in some way.  Red, a film that came out in 2010 and carried with it the distinction of being that movie where Helen Mirren plays an assassin did better than anyone expected it to.  I liked Red.  I walked into it only because I wanted to kill a couple of hours and lets face it, it had a good quality cast.   I walked out pleasantly surprised.  So when I started seeing promotional stuff for Red 2, I thought, “Well, I can get on board with this”.  I walked out of Red 2 with a completely different reaction than Red.  That reaction you might ask…”f**k this”.

Yes, Red 2 squanders away any and all goodwill left by its predecessor.   Squander might be too lax of a word, it annihilates with hurricane level 5 forces, any and all goodwill left by its predecessor.  Is it the actors fault?  Yes.  Is it the director’s fault?  Yes.  Is it the scripts fault?  Yes.  I don’t know if I can find really anything good to say about Red 2.  Sure I’ll try as this reviews carries on, but I may be sitting at my computer for a while trying to find that positive spin. Oh wait…I found one.  I’m not sitting in a theater watching Red 2 anymore.  That’s positive right?

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Thursday
Oct112012

Hopkins' 'Hitchcock' is Psychotically Impressive in Trailer

Much like the amazing transformation of Daniel Day-Lewis into Spielberg's Lincoln, Anthony Hopkins' look and demeanor portraying legendary filmmaker Alfred Hitchcock is equally impressive.  Expect early Oscar talk for both actors.  After seeing set photos and posters (like the partial one above) I'm overly eager to feast my eyes upon a trailer for Hitchcock

And now that I have, I'm officially awe struck by this glimpse at the movie and super excited to watch it in theater on November 23rd.

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Sunday
Sep092012

'R.E.D. 2' Adds Harry Potter Alum David Thewlis

Before director Dean Parisot (Galaxy Quest) gets rolling on RED 2, his bosses at Summit Entertainment have provided him with another big name to add to his roster of stars.  According to The Hollywood Reporter, David Thewlis, best known as Remus Lupin to Harry Potter fans, will join Bruce Willis, John Malkovich, Mary-Louise Parker, Helen Mirren, Anthony Hopkins, and Catherine Zeta-Jones in the ensemble action comedy.  Thewlis has joined the cast as a character called “The Frog”.

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Thursday
Apr192012

First Look: Anthony Hopkins as Alfred Hitchcock

Fox Searchlights Pictures has just released the image above and it's as if the legendary filmmaker has truly been resurrected.  Being they couldn’t actually do that, they did the next best thing; they managed to transform Sir Anthony Hopkins into the incredible likeness of the late great Alfred Hitchcock.  The recently re-titled biopic, Hitchcock, is based on the book "Alfred Hitchcock and the Making of Psycho" by Stephen RebelloSacha Gervasi is directing and principal photography began last week in Los Angeles.

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Saturday
Feb182012

Dean Parisot to Helm ‘Red’ Sequel

Dean Parisot (Galaxy Quest) may not be one of Hollywood’s better known directors, but that could be changing very soon.  That’s because he has nailed the coveted gig of helming the RED sequel.  Robert Schwentke, who directed the first film, apparently got the boot when it was realized that his schedule couldn’t deliver this film for Summit Entertainment’s planned August 2, 2013 release date.  Details are still coming in, but according to THR, it’s expected that the core cast of Bruce Willis, Helen Mirren, John Malkovich and Morgan Freeman should return. 

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