This weekend at the Cinematheque:
The Israeli film BIG BAD WOLVES! Its been hailed as the best film of 2013 by none other than Quentin Tarantino. I will be checking it out tomorrow and hope to have a review up for you all! Check out the cool trailer!
Every now and then I find myself intrigued by a movie that otherwise would most likely be suited for another demographic, and GLORIA (now playing at the Cedar Lee) is certainly a film that is probably meant for women over 40 and not a 30 year-old male. But the trailer intrigued me and I am happy to say that I got my entertainment dollar’s worth.
The film is fairly light in plot as we follow a divorced women who is just trying to make another connection with someone. She has a family, but both children are now moved out and to pass the time she tries to fill her free time with yoga, dancing. One night she meets a man named Rodolfo, and they hit it off. However, not everything goes as she hopes.
GLORIA is one of those movies that would appear like “not much happens”, but in all honestly the movie works because of the performance of Paulina Garcia. She’s in nearly every scene of this movie and because we like her, we want to know how her story ends up. The ending may not satisfy everyone who may be looking for fairy tale ending, but the movie, like Gloria herself, is full of life.
When it was first announced that a remake of the 1987 action/sci-fi/black comedy classic ROBOCOP was in development, it was announced that Darren Aronofsky was attached to direct and I felt that the franchise was in good hands. Not too long after Aronofsky left the project and my expectations were lowered, so much to the point that at one time I considered skipping the film all together, especially after it was given an PG-13 rating. But if you are a reader of this blog, you know any good movie fan could not pass up this.
The new film eventually ended up in the hands of a talented Brazilian filmmaker José Padilha who made the very good ELITE SQUAD a few years back. Before I go more into the movie, I have to say that I can see that he tried to inject some life into this script but I feel this film fell victim to many different hands trying to have control over the project, for fear it wouldn’t make as much money back as the studio invested in it.
This version of Robocop, pretty much follows the same plot. Alex Murphy, a Detroit police officer whom is badly injured in the line of duty, is given new life as the half man-half machine and becomes the face of OminiCorp (OCP) and an opportunity to introduce drones to America to help fight crime. Of course what they don’t anticipate is the fact that Murphy’s brain still has a conscience and simply doesn’t becomes the killing machine it wants it to be.
The cast which is pretty good including Joel Kinnaman as Alex Murphy, Michael Keaton as the head of OCP, and Samuel L. Jackson as a conservative tv host. Padilha keeps the the story moving forward and tries his best to inject life into the action set pieces.
The differences in this film from the original are that it plays up the relationship with Murphy and his wife and child, and kind of downplays his working relationship with Lewis, whom in this version is a man and played by the talented actor from THE WIRE, Michael K Williams. Unfortunately, while he is a great actor, I felt his role was under written.
One of the main differences and really the reason that this version doesn’t exactly work for me completely is that the dark biting humor from the original is missing and instead what we are given is mainly a straight-forward action film. Perhaps it just goes to show even further that Paul Verhoeven was just a talented master of balancing humor with dark violence.
Yet even with the dark humor missing, I still found this film to be watchable. No, it probably won’t become a go-to movie for me like the original is, but considering how bad it could have been, it could have been a lot worse.
Hello folks! I apologize, last week I was prepping for two shoots in one weekend so I didn’t post as I had planned. I will have two reviews up this week, the ROBOCOP remake and a Chilean film called GLORIA. I will also discuss the shoots I had and maybe even talk about the event I went to on Friday that featured child actor turned lawyer, Charlie Korsmo!
But for the moment I just wanted to post this picture of Harold Ramis, who passed away today at the age of 69. To me of course he will also be remembered for Ghostbusters but also for Stripes, Groundhog Day, Animal House, and National Lampoon’s Vacation.
He will be missed…RIP
Worked on this film in Cleveland in October and November in the locations department! The producers are looking to Indiegogo to raise some funds for post production including hiring a composer, some sound mixing, music licensing costs, ect.
So if you have a moment check it out!