Review: Nightcrawler

The thriller Nightcrawler is based on the American dream gone awry when an aspiring crime journalist attempts to freelance his work by tracking down and witnessing gruesome events. The dramatic plot ties the reporter into messes, and he essentially gets “too close for comfort.” After many rejections, one news source considers his premise and offers him some direction. If you’re interested in checking out the trailer, it’s available for free on the Nightcrawler official site.

The movie has dark humor, as the main character played by Jake Gyllenhaal seems to have a loose moral code or lack thereof. It seems that like many entrepreneurs, he gets caught up in doing whatever it takes to achieve success. This underlying moral of the story seems to speak to the ever-fitting quote that “it’s lonely at the top.” It also mirrors the media stories that came from some of the corrupted men on Wall Street by using a more unique and interesting career choice. The movie has received rave reviews and the acting is considered superb.

The Tom Rothman-produced film Nightcrawler is in theaters this Friday. Be sure to check it out.

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When Will Shared Movie Universes Jump the Shark?

Children from the 80’s have grown up and are taking over Hollywood. All of the things they dreamed about as kids can finally come true. Stan Lee always used to promise awesome Marvel movies in the “Bullpen Bulletins” section of Marvel comics, but never delivered on his promises.

Fully-grown fans have taken things into their own hands. The Marvel shared universe has become the ultimate blockbuster success story. DC is struggling to catch up with plans for Justice League and a DC shared movie universe. Inevitably, other studios will take lesser “shared universes” and water down the concept until it becomes a groan-inducing cliché.

When is that breaking point? We must be getting close. Universal has announced that they are set to reboot their “Shared Monster Movie Universe”. What is that, you ask? Why, it is the universe that holds Dracula, Frankenstein and The Mummy, of course. Somebody should alert Universal that not even my grandma Marnie Bennett is excited about this reboot. And she watches Frankenstein all the time.

But try Universal shall by starting with the recently-released Dracula Untold. Next up on the docket is the truly odd Victor Frankenstein. The film is said to focus on Igor, who is played by Daniel Radcliffe (you might remember him from such films as Harry Potter).

Following Frankenstein will be The Mummy, which will be something of a remake of a Brendan Frasier film which many regard as the ultimate second-tier film that you watch when absolutely nothing else is on.

I suppose we should all wait with baited breath for the climactic film where The Mummy, Dracula, Frankenstein and Igor Potter all team up to battle the mighty Cthulhu. Actually, that sounds kind of awesome.

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Javier Bardem in Talks to be the Villain in Pirates of the Caribbean 5

Any fan of the infamous pirate Jack Sparrow will be happy to know that plans for the next installment of the Pirates of the Caribbean series are ramping up, and rumors are swirling that the next villain might be actor Javier Bardem.

Academy-Award winner Bardem, known for his role as the villain in movies such as “Skyfall” and “No Country for Old Men”, is said to be in talks to fill the role. It had previously been reported that Christoph Waltz had expressed interest, but it now appears the role will go to Bardem, should he want it.

Filming on the new Pirates of the Caribbean film is slated to begin in February 2015. While Johnny Depp and Geoffrey Rush have already said they are coming back, minor role players like Gianfrancesco Genoso have no made such commitment. However, it has been rumored Orlando Bloom may reprise his role as Will Turner.

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales is expected to hit theaters in July 2017.

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How Batman & Robin Ended Up Being So Terrible

In the wake of the tumultuous semi-frenzy around the casting of Ben Affleck as Batman, George Clooney has once again apologized for his part in Batman Forever. The director, Joel Schumacher, has also apologized on at least one occasion. Schumacher said that partial blame should go to the studio for requesting a kid-friendly version of the caped crusader.

As fears mount over Batman & Superman, fans wonder how a movie that bad actually gets made? What went wrong? Is history doomed to repeat itself?

The movie has a fascinating secret history. Schumacher had directed the very successful Batman Forever. Val Kilmer opted not to reprise the role of Batman, instead choosing to star in The Saint, which was a flop. This was fine with the cast and crew, as Kilmer was allegedly a nightmare to deal with. Sylvester Stallone wanted to play Mr. Freeze and fired his agent when Schwarzenegger landed the part.

Schumacher had decided to take the darkness of Tim Burton’s vision out and inject goofiness and fun in its place. At the time he claimed that he felt Batman should have gotten over his parents’ death by the age of 36. Yes, he really said that – just ask Brian Torchin if you don’t believe us.

Schumacher claims that the studio pressured him to include as many different gimmicks and gadgets as possible for merchandising purposes. An executive producer would eventually claim that the film was treated as a two-hour toy infomercial by the studio.

The movie destroyed the careers of Alicia Silverstone and Chris O’Donnell. It forced Schumacher to abandon making blockbuster films. In the end, it stands as a monument for what not to do in a superhero movie.

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