Gerard Butler has been an action star since leading the box-office smash 300, but his career has seen him lead low-budget action fare from the ridiculous likes of Geostorm and Gods of Egypt to the political action thrillers White House Down and the first two films in the Fallen franchise. The third film, Angel Has Fallen, sadly does not reverse his trajectory onto an upturn, because it’s devoid of entertainment and suspense thanks to a lack of engaging character work and lazy, uninspired action sequences, despite great chemistry between Butler and franchise newcomer Nick Nolte. Read more
So here we are with the third in the instalment of the franchise, How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World. It was supposed to be amazing. It’s been a while since I’ve thought about the How to Train Your Dragon franchise. The last one to come out was in 2014 and I remember it being good but not something they could follow up. The theater was certainly full, mostly of of little kids doing what little kids do in theaters; in this case that was kicking seats and coughing with their mouths open. Read more
Picture this: a group of people in a board room, brainstorming a new action movie for 2017. Someone mentions ‘Volcano’ or ‘Twister’ and they all agree that Natural Disaster movies are awesome, but what natural disaster can they used this time? Haven’t they all been done? There’s even a Tsunami movie. Then some smart guy says ‘why don’t we do all of them?’ There’s a pause while everyone considers the possibility of having a disaster movie with ALL natural disasters. This, my friends, is how Geostorm got made; I’m certain of it. This movie looked ridiculous from the trailer and I found myself bracing for what could be a terrible action thriller. Read more
After the emotional meat grinder of the very excellent “The Witch” last week, I was happy to sit down and not worry about anything. Since it’s impossible to avoid any hype at all, by the time I sat down for this one I’d heard that Gods of Egypt was getting terrible reviews. Now while it did have its faults, Gods of Egypt belongs with ‘Avatar’ and ‘Jupiter Ascending’; it’s one of those movies that are so beautiful the audience doesn’t worry about acting, dialogue or consistency. Of course it’s absurd: it is pure escapism and it is wonderful. Read more
From Lionsgate and director Alex Proyas (The Crow), comes Gods of Egypt. The film stars Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Gerard Butler, Chadwick Boseman, Elodie Yung, Courtney Eaton and Geoffrey Rush. It hits theaters February 26, 2016.
In honour of the Red-Band Deadpool trailer debut, I decided to take a look back at my favorite restricted films based on comic books.
From director Babak Najafi comes London Has Fallen, the sequel to the action hit Olympus Has Fallen. The film stars Gerard Butler, Aaron Eckhart, Morgan Freeman, Jackie Earle Haley, Melissa Leo and Angela Basset. It is set for theatrical release via Lionsgate and Gramercy Pictures on January 22, 2016.