If you’ve been anywhere on the internet for the past week, you’ve probably heard a lot of folks getting all bent out of shape because of Michael Bay’s plan to reboot the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles as aliens which are neither mutant nor alien (though presumably still somewhat turtley). Now, I’m not particularly looking forward to the Bay-produced Ninja Turtles flick, but that’s on account of the fact that those Transformers movies did nothing for me – NOT because of some deep-seated, righteous anger that someone would dare tamper with the bastion of sacrosanct perfection that is the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Thing is, I, like most fans of the property, originally came to the TMNT as a fan of the cartoons, toys, movies and video games, and the nature of their appeal was far different from that of the original comic. For more detail, check out my article over at IFC.com.
And, as a special DROPKICK OUT THE JAMS bonus, some extra thinking I’ve been doing about TMNT that just refused to fit into that IFC piece…
Posted by Aubrey Sitterson on March 28, 2012
When I sat down to write up the Dark Shadows trailer this morning, I kind of already knew what I was going to say: Tim Burton remaking the same campy goth flick he’s been making for years, Johnny Depp mugging his way through a movie like he’s been doing for years, obligatory Helena Bonham Carter appearance, etc. But then I watched it and was, honestly, pleasantly surprised.
At first I was put off by all the wacky 1970s elements, as it was way more schticky than I imagined it would be, but as the trailer wore on, I got won over by it. In a way, it is as calculated as Burton’s Depp-heavy remakes of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and Alice in Wonderland, but the very time period-specific “man out of time” gimmick and all the broad, wacky humor had me thinking of three of my childhood favorites, Encino Man and Burton’s first two feature-length films, Pee-wee’s Big Adventure and Beetlejuice.
I’m not saying Dark Shadows will be as good as any of those (I’m still a Pauly Shore fan, thank you very much), but the trailer has me feeling pretty optimistic – and this from someone with absolutely no attachment to the source material and is pretty well fed-up with Burton’s impressive, but tiresome aesthetic. I talked about it today over at IFC.com.
Weez the juice!
Posted by Aubrey Sitterson on March 16, 2012
I still haven’t seen Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance, as all the bad word-of-mouth started getting to me, despite the fact that I love both Crank movies and Drive Angry 3D, which could safely be considered the three meth-addled dads to the newest bit of Nicolas Cage insanity. Still, I dig Nicolas Cage, in theory if not always in practice, especially as he continues his evolution to full-fledged self-parody.
So, I’m particularly delighted that Cage’s bonkers life is actually becoming the subject of not just any movie, but a comedy written by “State” alums Robert Ben Garant and Thomas Lennon. I was a little disappointed that Cage wouldn’t actually be playing himself, then made excited by the mention of Jason Statham, then disappointed again once I realized that that’s just pure speculation on someone’s part.
When I first heard of the project, my mind instantly conjured images of Nic Cage as an action star, kicking ass and taking names on his way to recover his stolen issue of Action Comics #1. Upon further research, it doesn’t really look like that’s what this film is, but still: Nic Cage’s life + “Reno 911!” guys + Comics + Maybe Jason Statham = AWESOME in my book.
Learn more about the project in a post I wrote for IFC.com
Posted by Aubrey Sitterson on March 9, 2012
Today I dove head-first back in to the world of movie blogging, with a post on IFC.com about Sacha Baron Cohen protesting his Oscar “banning” via an appearance on The Today Show by his The Dictator character, Admiral General Aladeen of the fictional Republic of Wadiya. Got all that?
I’ve been a big fan of Cohen’s work going back to Da Ali G Show on HBO, and while I think he fell off a bit with Brüno back in 2009, everything I’ve seen so far ofThe Dictator looks absolutely hysterical, so the enthusiasm you read in the link below, is, in fact, legit.
Sacha Baron Cohen’s Admiral General Aladeen responds to Oscar “banning”
Posted by Aubrey Sitterson on February 24, 2012