TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES got nothing to worry about. TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES doing quite well, thank you very much. Got the big-budget, Michael Bay treatment (he’s the producer on this one; Jonathan Liebesman directed); came in #1 at the box office this past weekend; has the almost inevitable sequel already in the works. Yup, life is good for TMNT. Unless, of course, the attending audience happened to see GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY last week. In which case, there might have been quite a few people coming out of the theater thinking, Nice try, but it doesn’t quite cut it.
In two weeks, we’ve had two films that want nothing more than to entertain us with some adrenaline-packed, fantastic storytelling. How each goes about the task, and how successful each is, says a lot about the filmmakers, how they regard this genre, and what they think of their audience. I explore the issue a bit in my review of TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES for Jim Freund’s HOUR OF THE WOLF. Click on the player to hear the segment, or right-click the title to download.
Drafthouse Films releases this eccentric comedy on VOD in February and in limited theatrical engagements in March. Written and directed by Quentin Dupieux (RUBBER), the film follows Dolph Springer (Jack Plotnick) as he searches for his lost dog – a quest that takes on mystical, even epic proportions involving telepathy and a journey to the end of the world. (Think David Lynch in lighter hues.) The cast includes Eric Judor, Alexis Dziena, Steve Little, and William Fichtner as as the oracular Master Chang.
Video on Demand: February 1, 2013 Theatrical Engagements:
Mar 29, 2013 – Apr 04, 2013 The Cinefamily -Los Angeles, CA Buy Tickets
Twisted metal, slow-motion explosions, outrageous gunfights, and more bodies than you can count – some naked, some bloody, some both – and all of it in 3-D! It’s a rip-roaring trip down the Road to Hell as the Cinefantastique Podcast crew (Dan Persons, Lawrence French, and Steve Biodrowski) hitch a ride with Nicolas Cage for DRIVE ANGRY, the movie that dares to reveal what Satan really thinks of Satanists. Is this the film that GRINDHOUSE tried (and failed) to be? Listen in, and find out!
Summit Entertainment releases this action-packed fantasy film, starring Nicolas Cage (THE SORCERER’S APPRENTICE) as one of the damned, who escapes from the infernal region hoping to redeem himself by preventing his granddaughter from being sacrificed by a cult. Amber Heard (ZOMBIELAND) plays the requisite hot, tough girl who decides to help out Cage’s character, and William Fichtner (THE DARK KNIGHT) is the demonic “Accountant” sent to retrieve the wayward soul and return him to the Devil. Unlike too many recent 3D movies, DRIVE ANGRY was actually shot in the stereoscopic process. Director Patrick Lussier and co-writer Todd Farmer previously gave us the enjoyably over-the-top MY BLOODY VALENTINE 3D, so we expect similar fun here.