This week it was either Daddy’s Home 2 or Murder on the Orient Express, a choice that pit Mark Wahlberg against Dame Judi Dench for my attentions. You might think that choice would be obvious and had Mr. Wahlberg worn something sleeveless in the trailer, I would have been helpless. But as it happened, Daddy’s Home 2 is a Christmas film, all sweaters and snowsuits, so it’s off to Murder on the Orient Express for me. I’d rather watch Kenneth Branagh than Mel Gibson anyway. Read more
In 2014, Universal Pictures attempted to launch their Dark Universe (the name of their Universal Monsters cinematic universe) with Dracula Untold. Unfortunately, the movie received mixed reviews and was underwhelming at the box office. Fast forward three years and Universal is once again trying to launch the Dark Universe with The Mummy. But unlike Dracula Untold, which had its moments, The Mummy, on the other hand, takes poorly setting up a cinematic universe to a whole new level. Bad in almost every facet, it makes you wonder if Universal should just scrap this Dark Universe altogether and save other A-list actors (Javier Bardem and Johnny Depp) from wasting their time with it. By the time the credits roll for The Mummy, you’ll be yearning for another Brendan Fraser-starring Mummy movie instead of where this Dark Universe goes next. Tonally all over the place mixed together with a humdrum story and exhaustive CGI, The Mummy is a conglomerate mess from start to finish.
As wonderful as Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is, I still can’t wrap my head around the CGI characters of Grand Moff Tarkin and a young princess Leia… They just don’t look real to me and I think it’s because the eyes are too damn shiny, which gives the face this glossy mannequin look. Marvel on the other hand just delivered a de-aged Kurt Russell in Guardians of The Galaxy Vol. 2 and I could not tell that he was CGI. Not one damn bit. Why is Marvel making better CGI faces than anyone else? Turns out it isn’t the technology, but rather it comes down to plain ol’ hard work and artistry from Lola VFX. Read more
After the fourth instalment in this franchise, On Stranger Tides, I would have figured Pirates of the Caribbean would be done. There just didn’t seem to be anything more to say. Even the actors seemed bored. But then number 5, Dead Men Tell No Tales came out, I thought maybe they’d stumbled on something great. Like maybe they’d found something worth bringing all this back for another go. After all, they weren’t going to just bang out another sequel, were they? Were they? Well yes and no. Up front – it was fun to watch but certainly not up to the brilliance of the first movie, or even the second. Read more
It’s hard to believe that we live in a world where we have five blockbuster films based off a ride a Disneyworld, yet here we are. The Pirates of the Caribbean franchise kicked off in 2003 with The Curse of the Black Pearl. Due to the huge success of the film and the popularity of Johnny Depp’s performance as Captain Jack Sparrow, three more films followed. 2011’s On Stranger Tides was so negatively reviewed, it seemed the franchise was dead in the water. However, here we are in 2017 with the newest film in the franchise Dead Men Tell No Tales to try to raise this saga from the depths. Read more
From Smodcast Pictures and director Kevin Smith (Mallrats, Tusk) comes the family horror comedy Yoga Hosers. Starring Lily-Rose Depp, Harley Quinn Smith, Justin Long, Adam Brody, Ralph Garman, Haley Joel Osment, Jason Mewes, Kevin Smith and Johnny Depp, the film hits theaters July 29, 2016.
From director Scott Cooper (Out of The Furnace) comes the true crime story Black Mass detailing the exploits of the infamous James “Whitey” Bulger. Starring Johnny Depp, Joel Edgerton, Benedict Cumberbatch, Jesse Plemons, Kevin Bacon, Corey Stoll, Peter Sarsgaard, Juno Temple, Dakota Johnson, Rory Cochrane and Adam Scott, the film hits theatres September 19, 2015.
In anticipation of Black Mass, where Johnny Depp is set to portray real life gangster James “Whitey” Bulger, I’ve decided to look back on my favourite performances of the actor’s long and storied career.