Monthly Archives: May 2015

London Has Fallen Posters: World Leaders Gather, So Have Their Enemies

After the success of Olympus Has Fallen, one might wonder how a sequel could work.

Here’s a great idea: Shift the action to London and instead of America being the only aim of an enemy’s ire, how about the collective of the world’s leaders and all of their enemies in one pot boiler of an explosive attack on freedom-loving peoples of the world?!

Focus Features has released a series of first posters from the sequel London Has Fallen and it shows the British capital under various states of attack. We’re partial to the Big Ben poster!

Aaron Eckhart is back as the President of the United States and he’s heading over to London with his favorite Secret Service agent (played again by Gerard Butler) to pay respects to the British Prime Minister who has just passed away. The world’s leaders are gathering to salute the departed when it seems like every one of their enemies decides that it is a good time to take out their frustrations on the elected leaders of the free world.

London Has Fallen also brings back Morgan Freeman, Melissa Leo and Angela Bassett, and welcomes Jackie Brown star Robert Forster to the mix.

Look for the sequel in theaters October 2. Until then, watch Olympus Has Fallen online.

Movie Fanatic Calls Mad Max: Fury Road a "Masterpiece"

Warner Bros. has used Movie Fanatic’s quote in their latest trailer for Mad Max: Fury Road. The Tom Hardy-starring vehicle features Hardy stepping into the role made famous by Mel Gibson several decades ago.  

In their latest trailer that was broadcast on some of the biggest shows on ABC, NBC, Fox and CBS, Movie Fanatic calls George Miller’s film a “masterpiece.” 

Mad Max: Fury Road also stars Charlize Theron and has been universally hailed as one of the best movies of the year.

Aloha: Watch First Eight Minutes of Cameron Crowe’s Latest!

Are you curious about the latest film from Cameron Crowe? Well, we have a treat for you, thanks to Columbia Pictures. 

The famed studio has released the first eight minutes of Aloha that does a fantastic job of introducing us to the plot and cast of the Crowe film that is set entirely in Hawaii. We meet Bradley Cooper, Bill Murray, Emma Stone, Rachel McAdams, John Krasinski and Danny McBride.

Crowe is one of Hollywood’s most accomplished filmmakers — from his early days as a writer of the screenplay that gave us those Fast Times at Ridgemont High quotes to his Oscar-winning work as a writer-director on films such as Say Anything, Almost Famous and Jerry Maguire.

Aloha hits theaters May 29. Check out one of our favorite Crowe films and watch Almost Famous online.

San Andreas Review: Dwayne Johnson Is California Dreamin’

Disaster movies are a unique group, as we discussed when we published our 15 best disaster movies. San Andreas arrives this week and hopes to make its mark with a swath of destruction that is frankly unparalleled in any of the mayhem movies that we’ve seen prior. Is that a good thing?

Dwayne Johnson stars as Ray, a helicopter pilot for the Los Angeles Fire Department who, it is established, is one of the best at what he does. When people need rescuing, he’s your guy. The opening sequence illustrates that. It’s a classic action movie set-up where the thrills are ramped up immediately to start the audience’s adrenaline pumping fresh out of the gate. James Bond movies have been doing it for fifty years!

What we also learn is that Ray is divorced from his wife Emma (Carla Gugino) and is set to take his daughter Blake (Alexandra Daddario) to school in San Francisco the next day. A massive earthquake in Nevada that destroys the Hoover Dam (teased in the San Andreas trailer) calls him away and Blake must head to San Francisco in her mom’s boyfriend’s private jet. Turns out that Nevada earthquake was just the beginning. The San Andreas fault is busting a move, and before we know it Los Angeles is seeing destruction at an epic level that has Johnson swinging into action to find and save Emma from a downtown Los Angeles rooftop.

The “science” of the film is established through Paul Giamatti’s Lawrence, an earthquake specialist at Cal Tech who has developed a method of predicting earthquakes and learns that Nevada and Los Angeles are merely two-thirds of a San Andreas trifecta of terror… San Francisco is next. Ray and Emma are off to the Bay Area to find their daughter before that city is enveloped in waves of destruction that includes buildings collapsing, tsunamis terrorizing and fires raging.

Johnson re-teams with his Journey 2: The Mysterious Island director Brad Peyton for San Andreas, and it’s clear that these two have a cinematic shorthand for creating action sequences that play off of both of their strengths. Peyton does a masterful job of painting a landscape of destruction unlike any we’ve ever seen onscreen. It must have been quite a challenge to literally destroy two of California’s biggest cities and practically everything in between in a manner that feels real and at least somewhat scientifically correct. This is a very real threat to the people of California and having Giamatti’s character serve as a scientific narrator certainly helps things too in terms of showing how real this could be.

Johnson, for his part, manages to dig a little deeper on the emotional scale than he has before and shows us that the man can wear his heart on his gigantically muscle-filled sleeves. There’s plenty of action for him as well, including peril around what seems like every turn. But what is so great about Johnson, who is at his best in this movie, is that he knows what kind of action movie he’s in. This is a disaster movie and there’s a certain school of performance for said subgenre. He nails it.

Gugino and Daddario are underdeveloped characters, unfortunately. But, that is to be expected in a disaster movie of this size and scope, our San Andreas review has to say. Sure, the screenplay was written by Carlton Cuse (of Lost fame). But, it’s not like he had to paint a picture with words. This is about the thrill of watching an entire state collapse and audiences sucking down their popcorn as each building collapses and mayhem makes its way through the Golden State.

Suicide Squad: It’s Official, Batman Is In It!

It’s official! After rumors (and a few photos) that had us placing Ben Affleck on the Toronto set of Suicide Squad, we now know that Batman will absolutely be in the DC Comics/Warner Bros. upcoming film from David Ayer.

Yup, that’s the Dark Knight himself on the back of The Joker’s car and that is Jared Leto as The Joker at the wheel with Margot Robbie’s Harley Quinn riding shotgun.

So, we knew that Affleck would at least be Bruce Wayne, but with the above photo, our anticipation level for the Suicide Squad movie is off the charts. Some of Batman’s greatest foes, all in one movie? Sign. Us. Up!

The all-star cast also includes Will Smith, Viola Davis, Jai Courtney, Joel Kinnaman, Jay Hernandez and Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje. Look for it in theaters October 5, 2016.

Look for Affleck first in his suit in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice earlier that year in March.