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After Earth is easily the first film Shyamalan has made in more than a decade that genuinely works. And yet, the response has been overwhelmingly negative thus far.
Joshua recently saw the re-release of Jurassic Park, and was left with one question: Remember back when kids' movies had some of the scariest moments in film history? Whatever happened to that?
At this point, I am convinced that J.J. Abrams is the single greatest threat to good filmmaking today. The usual reaction to a statement like that is for people to rush and defend him by pointing out how “not bad” his handful of films are. The repeated use of the phrase “not bad” is really all I need to illustrate my point.
So by now, most of you probably have had a chance to see Iron Man 3. Which is good, because I don’t want to just beat around the bush for four paragraphs and end up saying little more than “it’s really good, but I can’t be too specific on why”.
It’s amazing what Michael Bay can do when he actually likes his job. Make no mistake: Pain & Gain is unquestionably Michael Bay’s best work. By a lot.
“Horror remakes are not generally well-liked. I realize that’s about as obvious an observation as noting that some people aren’t terribly fond of puppy-killing, but it’s true all the same.”
“For whatever reason, Alice in Wonderland was a massive hit, so massive that ever since then making darker, action fantasy versions classic fairy tales have been in high demand in the industry. In the last two weeks, two such films have come out, so we’re going to take a look at them both.”
Josh responds to a review of Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters that accuses the film of having misogynistic themes, and puts way too much thought into a movie about fighting two-headed witches.
“I can think of no other apt way to describe Beautiful Creatures than ‘the anti-Twilight’. It’s what it has very intentionally set out to be, in the same way that The Golden Compass set out to be the anti-Narnia.”
“Between this, Snow White and the Huntsman, and Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, it appears the ‘sounds like a joke but is actually a real movie’ movie is officially a real genre.”
“It's a film which should be notable because, if nothing else, it’s the first time I’ve seen someone take the idea of the audience rooting for the killer to its logical extreme. They actually manage to frame the story so that the cannibals are the lesser of two evils.”
Joshua counts down his top ten favorite films of last year!
Alfred Hitchcock's Vertigo is now apparently the greatest movie of all time, but does it deserve that honor? And while we're at it, did Citizen Kane deserve that honor in the first place? And is it really possible to call any movie the greatest movie of all time?
“The whole production practically makes itself. All they needed was for the director not to fail in every way imaginable. But director Tom Hooper somehow managed to do just that.”
“This is the most interestingly human, yet still recognizably Bond that the character has seemed in a long time, if ever.”
We dig into Joshua's Movie Madhouse archives (back when it was known as Anarchy at the Movies) for Disney's underwhelming adaptation of the Edgar Rice Burroughs novel that inspired countless sci-fi adventure films, John Carter, starring Taylor Kitsch and Lynn Collins.
On this special Halloween episode of The Lunatic Fringe, Josh talks about a film from Tim Burton's so called "Golden Age". Beware the movie with no protagonist! The movie that's hates its characters with a passion! The movie... known as Mars Attacks!
On this episode of Movie Madhouse, Josh sings the praises of the baffling yet brilliant Cloud Atlas. Some will love it, some will hate it, but one way or another, you should definitely watch it!
The Lunatic Fringe takes a look at Bryan Singer's The Usual Suspects, a mystery/crime thriller about a heist gone wrong that became famous for its big twist ending. Unfortunately, Joshua has some major problems with that ending. Naturally, this review contains major SPOILERS! for a 17 year old movie. And also, Bruce Willis is a ghost.
On this episode of Movie Madhouse, Josh examines Taken 2, the follow-up to that one movie you remember from a few years ago with that one scene. Back for a pointless, ever-so-slightly xenophobic sequel, Liam Neeson is... the Taken guy.