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Entries in John Malcovich (6)

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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Wednesday
Oct262011

'Ender's Game', 'Red 2' & Others Nab Release Dates

Finding out the theatrical release dates of new movies can be almost as exciting as the movies themselves, almost.  Yesterday, one of my favorite movie sites, not named Get the Big Picture.net, BoxOfficeMojo.com posted dates for some of Summit's upcoming movies, such as the film adaptation of Orson Scott Card's sci-fi tale Ender's Game, the sequel to Red and a movie reunion for Jesse Eisenberg and Woody Harrelson.

Here are three of the other films headed our way from Summit.

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Thursday
Jan272011

Studio Ready to Make 'Red' Sequel

Looks like Summit Entertainment will bring back the old folks from the hit action movie Red for another go-around.  According to HeyUGuys, the studio was so pleased with the box office success ($164 million) of the film and the subsequent Golden Globe nomination that they've already began to develop a follow-up.

No deals have been announced for stars Bruce Willis, Helen Mirren, John Malkovich or Morgan Freeman to return yet.  There's also been no word on whether Robert Schwentke will be back to direct the sequel. 

Red was based on a popular comic by Warren Ellis, who will not be involved in the development of the next film. 

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Friday
Oct152010

Movie Review - 'Red'

Red

Starring Bruce Willis, Helen Mirren, Morgan Freeman, Mary-Louise Parker and John Malkovich
Directed by Robert Schwentke
Rated PG-13


There are movies that exceed expectations and movies that fail to live up to the hype. Then there are movies like Red, which end up being exactly what you expect them to be. The film is overly predictable and the action scenes never quite come together as well as they should, but the cast is phenomenal and it's a fun and well-paced story that entertains more often than it doesn't.

Red is the story of Frank Moses (Bruce Willis), a former black ops operative who is so bored with retired life that he spends his days flirting over the phone with the woman at the Social Security office (Mary-Louise Parker), going so far as to rip up his checks and claim that he hasn't received them so that he has an excuse to call her. The two discuss avocados and trashy romance novels under the pretense of a professional relationship, but they clearly enjoy flirting with each other, even if they live in different cities and there's very little chance that they will ever act on their flirtations.

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Tuesday
Oct052010

Bruce Willis Wears Meat Helmet, Isn't Afraid of Alligators

Sadly, the two stories alluded to in the headline are not related. Though honestly, Bruce Willis is such a convincing tough guy, would you really be surprised if he occasionally donned a meat hat in order to taunt alligators?

While that is sadly not the case, he did wear a "meat hairpiece" on David Letterman's show last night, claiming he was inspired by Lady Gaga's VMA meat dress. Willis went on to describe the hairpiece as "100% ground beef sirloin. Top shelf, organic." After salt and peppering his meat toupee, Willis somehow convinced Letterman to take a bite out of it.

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