2013 was a great year for film. When so many are decrying the death of cinema, movies like these remind us that there are plenty of ideas and adventures left to explore. This year in particular we were treated to many films that break the traditional mold of Oscar fare. What was once a celebration of old, dry, period set dramas is now recognizing a younger and more diverse group of filmmakers. Here is the list of those films I believe will be honored this year at…
The 86th Annual Academy Awards
(P.S. – I didn’t include the nominees for short films because…well, nobody really cares about the short films.)
This week on the show lava puns abound as the topic de jour is Pompeii. Could we possibly like an overblown epic compressed to 104-minutes and directed by the man who gave the world not one, not two, but three Resident Evil movies (with a fourth on the way)? Let’s just say that stereotypes were left unshattered. But we’re at our best when we hate something.
All this plus the new parlor game for nerds that will soon be sweeping the nation. We give you – The Sixty Second Cyborg Challenge.
It’s Reel Spoilers #34 – Pompeii.
Throughout a given year there will be an ample amount of action movies. The categories in which they fall could consist of growing chest hair after watching it (probably a sign you liked it a lot), making a serious effort to rent it after somehow missing it at the theater, it holds your attention (at least for a little while) when it airs on television despite commercials, and then there is the dubious honor of an action movie that with one viewing makes you seriously question the decision making capabilities of all parties involved. This begs the question of what category of action movie does 3 Days to Kill fall under? Well….
In this tale of espionage, we’re looking through the eyes of Ethan Renner (Kevin Costner), a grizzled CIA operative who has a penchant for…..wait for it…. killing. Nobody would have ever guessed that with the title. Anyway, Ethan is sent on a mission to take out the dastardly villains known as The Wolf (Richard Sammel) and The Albino (Tomas Lemarquis). Yes, you read that correctly, a villain named The Albino. Someone, somewhere is offended. The mission is looked on by afar from CIA agent ViVi Delay (Amber Heard) as to evaluate what Ethan is capable of. As it goes, wiping The Wolf and The Albino off of the face of the Earth is not checked off of Ethan’s to-do list as he suffers from a malignant brain tumor. Deciding to return to his home in France to visit his estranged wife, Christine (Connie Nielsen), and daughter, Zoey (Hailee Steinfeld), he clearly does not receive the warm and loving homecoming most would hope to receive. With his days numbered, he had the intention of leaving the clandestine service for good and live it out with his family. As fate would have it, ViVi shows up offering up the task of finishing the task he started with The Wolf and The Albino, in exchange for an experimental drug that could at least stall the effects of the brain tumor.
There’s been all kinds of Marvel movie in the last week. With the release of the Guardians of the Galaxy trailer coupled with the announcement of the cast for the Fantastic Four reboot, one must ask, what else could Marvel Films have up their sleeves? Why not start pre-production work on the long talked about Dr. Strange feature film?
It was Valentine’s Day Weekend and love was in the air. So, of course, this week on the show we tackle Robocop. Well, ok, nobody “tackles” Robocop. Although…ED-209? No, they don’t really “tackle” things.
They just shoot them. So, um, anyway…this week’s podcast is about Robocop. Did it recapture the dark-comedy heights of the original? Did the PG13 rating rob it of impact? Would anyone buy it for a dollar?
All this and more will be revealed in this week’s episode.
Plus, Tom tells us why Endless Love is even worse than it looks and Dan has a video recovery that sounds like a porn but, sadly, is not.
It’s Reel Spoilers #33 – Robocop.
Dead or alive…you’re listening to us.