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Ben Affleck is Batman. You might have heard about it. The guy who once turned down directing the Justice League movie, and who went from Gigli to Best Picture in less than a decade, is now expanding his strange career even further. There's a lot to process about the pick, and plenty of reasons to think it's either a disaster or the best thing ever. Where do Katey and Eric fall? Check out our Great Debate as we process the news
The biggest thing that I'm still trying to wrap my mind around fully is the way in which the movie takes her out of the action completely and saddles her with a plot that is far less interesting than what is going on with Kick-Ass. I understand taking her out of the costume, but why waste her talents on a Mean Girls rip-off?
Yesterday, Jim Carrey surprised everyone by publically distancing himself from the upcoming film Kick-Ass 2. Citing a change of heart after the horrifying Sandy Hook massacre, the comedian used his Twitter account to say he’s not ashamed of the project but no longer feels any level of support for it. Not surprisingly, his viewpoint generated plenty of debate here at Cinema Blend.
As a big-budget, summer blockbuster zombie movie, World War Z had pretty much no choice but to go with a PG-13 rating, which makes it by far the most bloodless zombie movie of recent movie. Because it's such a big movie, with more scenes of zombie hordes overrunning a city than close-up moments of zombie destruction, it gets away with it… to a certain point. Can a PG-13 movie really be a zombie movie, or do you need the blood to even understand the story?
Sean praised in particular Leonardo DiCaprio's turn as the mysterious Mr. Gatsby. Kristy on the other hand openly admits to hating the movie, declaring DiCaprio miscast and....
While Kevin Feige says that Iron Man will be a part of The Avengers 2, it’s clear that a new hero has to step up and assume the charismatic leadership role that RDJ has provided on screen for the past few years. Eric and Sean got together and threw out some ideas for Iron Man’s successor.
We’re just a few days away from the Oscars, and the arguments between Argo and Lincoln and Jennifer Lawrence and Jessica Chastain are only getting louder. At some point or another, the Cinema Blend writers have either argued for or against every single nominee, but in our personal meetings, there’s actually one debate that seems to crop up more than any other. Will Seth MacFarlane be great or godawful on Sunday?
In his review, Sean called it "silly, incoherent and cartoonish to a fault." For her part, Kristy's disappointment was so crushing that she had a meltdown only GIFs could properly depict. Yet when it comes to whether we should hope for a Die Hard 6, they found themselves ready to spar in a Great Debate.
A cursory scan of Twitter revealed more of a schism in the sci-fi fanbase than we would have expected. Abrams, after all, is the guy who helped launch “Lost,” reboot Star Trek and idolize Steven Spielberg in the largely supported Super 8. He’s the perfect guy for this new gig … right?
Yesterday word hit that Warner Bros is in talks with Steven Spielberg's Amblin about relaunching Gremlins, which has spurred both cheers and outrage from fans of Gizmo and the gang. Here at Cinema Blend we're divided on the issue. Sean's already exhausted from the recent rash of '80s remakes, and Kristy is optimistic about its possibilities.
It was the news we had been waiting for, but not the news we were expecting to get. After months of speculation about who might direct the Star Wars Episode VII that Disney and Lucasfilm have been promising for months, word came down that Man of Steel and 300's Zack Snyder was directing a Star Wars movie
Steven Spielberg’s Jurassic Park is an undeniable classic. Not only was the film a true phenomenon when it was first released – making nearly a billion dollars worldwide as a critical hit – it has aged marvelously with effects that look as good as ever. The same things, sadly, can’t be said about the franchise as a whole.
From the moment Les Miserables first screened for critics, nearly everyone seemed content to declare the Best Supporting Actress race over, with Anne Hathaway's performance as Fantine so powerful she could easily walk away with every award there was. Then neither the NYFCC or the NBR chose her for their awards, going with Lincoln's Sally Field and Compliance's Ann Dowd, respectively
It's just a rumor for now, but a completely fascinating one, and one that opens up all kinds of strange possibilities for the story a Justice League movie would tell. The biggest hurdle, of course, is that Gordon-Levitt isn't Bruce Wayne, and would be a tie-in to Nolan's universe in which, of course, Christian Bale is Bruce Wayne. Would a Justice League really do away with Bruce Wayne entirely and stick with a character Nolan invented for his third Batman film?
It’s not a controversial thing to say that Skyfall is one of the best James Bond films ever made. In reality, it’s almost becoming fact. The film makes brilliant use of absolutely everything we love about 007 while operating within a story that is both action-packed and cerebral. But perhaps what’s most exciting about the movie is just how excited it’s making everyone for the future of the franchise.
It's a good year for people who like to see unexpected names take over awards show, now that Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane has been tapped to host the Oscars, while at the Golden Globes old pals and funny ladies Amy Poehler and Tina Fey will be holding court. It gives a lot of reason to be excited about both shows in a way we wouldn't be otherwise
Much as we love Pitch Perfect, the big release of this weekend is undeniably Looper, the time travel thriller in which Joseph Gordon-Levitt plays a hit man in the future, who's suddenly assigned to assassinate… himself, only 30 years older and played by Bruce Willis
We have no say in who will get the job, of course, but that doesn't mean we won't chime in anyway. Below Sean and I discuss who we think ought to get the Rise job, whether the studio's rush will doom the film regardless, and whether we're interested in seeing another Apes film without Wyatt on board
Are Eastwood’s best days still ahead of him? Or should he have stopped working a while ago? Mack and Sean had differing opinions about the state of Eastwood’s career, so they took it to the Great Debate forums, where they hammered out the specifics of Clint’s past, present and future.
By now you've probably heard the news that, at least according to early reports, Ben Affleck is Warner Bros. choice to direct their upcoming Justice League movie, which would essentially be The Avengers for DC heroes like Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman and company
Nolan has made it clear that he has no real interest in the broader superhero world-- beyond producing Man of Steel, of course-- so we can expect his next directing effort to be something different, likely something original, and hopefully something as ambitious as everything that's come before it
"It's not what you're expecting." That was the warning coming from critics the minute the embargo lifted on Magic Mike, the Steven Soderbergh film whose trailers have promised glittery, pop-fueled male strip shows
Back in 2010, during the run-up to the release of Adam McKay’s The Other Guys, our own Katey Rich wrote an editorial titled "Rant: Mark Wahlberg Is Not That Funny, And We Need To Stop Telling Him He Is.” In the article she argued that while the actor has his moments, his particular style suffers from diminishing returns and that he would be better off sticking to the dramas and action flicks that made him a star. Let’s now fast forward to the present...
Can a not-that-great movie like Rock of Ages actually bring back movie musicals? Or do we have to wait for something fancy like this December's Les Miserables to do that? Katey and Kristy hopped on to chat to ask that very question
In Battleship he has the chance to redeem himself, and some people-- well, at least Katey-- think he shows that spark of star potential after all. Kristy, on the other hand, remembers him fondly as Tim Riggins on Friday Night Lights, and didn't see anything to like at all about what he does in Battleship