We at TheMoviePool got the chance to check out Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close over the weekend to see if this anticipated 9/11 themed drama was worth the box office buzz, or if our fantastic readers should wait for a Redbox discount on this one.
Coming back after a long hiatus isn't the easiest task in the world. Talk to films like Superman Returns, Kingdom of the Crystal Skull and, of course, The Phantom Menace. After such a long break from theaters, most franchises can't even come close to recapturing the fame they once had. Not very often does a Batman Begins or Toy Story 3 come along. Which brings us to The Muppets, the first Muppet movie to hit theaters in about 12 years. Brought to life by co-writer and star Jason Segal, The Muppets was meant as a love letter to the franchise that Segal grew up loving, while at the same time operating as a return to form for the property. But does it achieve this goal? And does it finally break the taboo established by other failed properties looking for a comeback?
This week, we tackle one of Spielberg's most famous films, and arguably one of the best adventure movies ever made: Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark.
So if you haven't noticed, we're SUPER behind. This schedule created way back at the beginning of the marathon? Yeah, that's gone to shit. Combined with Netlfix troubles and my general ineptitude, we have a LOT of ground to cover. But don't worry, folks. We do have a Plan C. But in the meantime...let's talk about some aliens.
TMP takes a look at Conan the Barbarian, a remake that isn’t so much a remake as it is a re-imagining of a well known cult classic. It’s a film that basically gives you what you expect which is mainly sex, swords and sorcery. It also delivers a new Conan, different in many ways from the old Conan, a new spin on a familiar story, and the opportunity for sequels in the future.
During Comic Con 2011, I got the chance to attend an advance screening of director Ruben Fleischer's latest, the action comedy 30 Minutes or Less. I'm a huge fan of Fleischer and his cast, ranging from Zombieland partner Jesse Eisenberg to Parks and Recreation star Aziz Ansari. I also love action comedies, including Fleischer's directorial debut, Zombieland. Because of all these reasons, I was greatly looking forward to 30 Minutes or Less. So did the film deliver? Sadly...not as much as I hoped it would.
Yes, we're back! As you may have noticed, Saturdays with Spielberg has been gone a couple weeks. The first week was due to the madness of Comic Con, which I was clearly unprepared for. The second week was due to a little bit of Netlix ineptitude, in which they sent me the wrong disk. Because of the two week stall, we're a TAD bit behind. But never fret, readers; we have a contingency plan in order, and it will be put into effect soon. But let's not worry about that right now. We have other pressing matters...like a review of Steven Spielberg's third film, Jaws. That's pretty pressing indeed.
I love everything that 'Harry Potter' stands for — courage through adversity, finding the strength within, the power of love and the bonds of friendship, and faith, above all, faith that when the chips are really down, you’ll have the power to conquer any obstacle because of the faith you have in yourself. I did immensely savor this epic finale to a fantastical fantasy saga. The ending was poignant and hard earned by our beloved characters and it was a final installment filled with all the magic and adventure we love in our 'Harry Potter' films.