BATTLE: LA director reveals WRATH OF THE TITANS plans

CLASH OF THE TITANS (2010) movie poster | ©2010 Warner Bros.

While speaking to the press yesterday for the new alien invasion flick BATTLE: LA (which hits theaters on March 11), director Jonathan Liebesman was actually rather forthcoming about his plans for his next film WRATH OF THE TITANS, the sequel to last year’s CLASH OF THE TITANS. Taking over for director Louis Leterrier, Liebesman says he will take the best from CLASH and then make the rest his own. “I approach each thing as if it’s your own film,” says Liebesman who says his approach will be more realistic than in the original. “I’m not going to do as an […]Read On »

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CD Review: SANCTUM soundtrack

Sanctum soundtrack | ©2011 Varese Sarabande

When I hear a score that’s as unabashedly huge as SANCTUM, I’m reminded of the recent, end-of-an-era passing of John Barry- a composer unafraid to swim in waves of lush melody, always writing music that would be heard loud and beautifully clear over even the most effects-filled soundtrack. While I’m not saying that David Hirschfelder is in that composer’s league, his symphonically bursting score for SANCTUM packs that kind of melodic ballsiness, even if there’s zero romance to be found in this delightfully cornball, testosterone-filled movie where a bunch of fellow Aussies spend as much time screaming at each other […]Read On »

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Blu-ray Review: PIRANHA

PIRANHA - Blu-ray | ©2011 Sony Home Entertainment/Dimension Films

Stars:Elizabeth Shue, Adam Scott, Jerry O’Connell, Ving Rhames, Jessica Szohr, Steven R. McQueen, Christopher Lloyd, Richard Dreyfuss Writer: Peter Goldfinger, Josh Stolberg Director:Alejandre Aja Distributor: Sony Home Entertainment/Dimension Films Suggested Retail Price: $34.95 Not since SNAKES ON A TRAIN has a mainstream feature film so embraced its inner cheesiness and heralded it proudly in its marketing campaign then last summer’s PIRANHA. Released in 3D, it featured so much gore and nudity (not to mention a glorious underwater girl-on-girl ballet), that it clearly honored its exploitative roots as a remake of the 1979 Joe Dante directed original. Granted, Dante’s film was […]Read On »

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First Look Photo: THE SMURFS return as CGI creations

THE SMURFS - teaser movie poster | ©2010 Sony Pictures

Like ALVIN AND THE CHIPMUNKS and YOGI BEAR, another beloved animation franchise is getting the live action/CGI treatment with THE SMURFS. Opening August 3, 2011, the film takes the Smurfs from their safe little village to the mean streets of New York (and our reality). Gargamel is obviously behind it all. Check out the first look image below – and the trailer to the left.

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Movie Review: MY SOUL TO TAKE

MY SOUL TO TAKE movie poster | ©2010 Rogue Pictures

Wes Craven’s most famous filmmaking creation is still arguably the NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET franchise, but the supernatural aspects of his latest offering as writer/director, MY SOUL TO TAKE, are closer to those in THE SERPENT AND THE RAINBOW and SHOCKER. What’s surprising is that SOUL is sincere about depicting the high school travails of its main characters – this goes well beyond the interest SCREAM (directed by Craven, written by Kevin Williamson) showed in such things. Instead, it’s as though the horror elements of SOUL were married to a John Hughes movie, or even Craven’s school-orchestra drama MUSIC OF THE HEART. Plenty of horror films (including a number of Craven’s) are set in and around high school, but few deal this extensively with high school. The shift in emphasis is a bit surprising, but on the whole, it works.

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