December 27, 2012
Action/Adventure, Cinema Convo, Comedy, Comic Book, Drama, Family, Fantasy, Movie Reviews, Musical, Romance, Science Fiction, Thriller
Anne Hathaway, Bachelorette, Chris Hemsworth, John Carter, Kevin Hart, Marvel's The Avengers, Megan Good, People Like Us, Regina King, Rock of Ages, Romany Malco, Taraji P. Henson, Taylor Kitsch, The Cabin in the Woods, The Dark Knight Rises, The Odd Life of Timothy Green, Think Like a Man, Total Recall, Wreck-It Ralph
I’ll get around to a Top 10 Best list in the next few days, but I got inspired on this and finished it first. So you get this now. Here’s a look at the highs and lows that were this 2012 movie season.
Courtesy Walt Disney Pictures
Thor (Chris Hemsworth) in “Marvel’s The Avengers.”
Best 12 months for a rising star – Chris Hemsworth. From “The Cabin in the Woods” to “Marvel’s The Avengers” to “Snow White and the Huntsman,” Hemsworth had a year that would be a career for some actors. Even when he’s involved in a turd like “Red Dawn,” he shrugs it off and gets to work on sequels for “Thor,” “The Avengers 2” and “Snow White and the Huntsman.” We should all have such stable career outlooks. More
August 27, 2012
New on DVD/Blu-Ray
Battleship, Brooklyn Decker, Megan Good, Michael Ealy, Taraji P. Henson, Taylor Kitsch, The Lucky One, Think Like a Man
(From left) Nagata (TADANOBU ASANO) and Hopper (TAYLOR KITSCH) try to escape an attack in “Battleship.”
It’s been awhile since there’s been more than one new release to talk about and next week’s new releases cover a little something for everyone from romantics, pirate lovers to fans of (horribly made) action movies. More
June 29, 2012
Gabrielle Union, Kevin Hart, Megan Good, Michael Ealy, Taraji P. Henson, Think Like a Man
“Think Like A Man” crew attempts rare feat with romantic comedy sequel or “Why no one’s tried making a sequel to ‘Boomerang,’ “How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days” or “The Proposal.”
With an impressive $91 million haul this year, Screen Gems announced a sequel is in the works for “Think Like a Man” that will once again be written by Keith Merryman and David Newman and produced by Steve Harvey.
Granted there’s no guarantee that Megan Good, Gabrielle Union or any of the cast from this year’s hit film will return for a sequel, but any movie with Good or Union is worth at least one viewing from me. I loved the first movie and the different dynamics of couples, but I’m not sure how essential a sequel is as the ending wraps up all the subplots nicely enough.
This got me thinking of how many romantic comedies I’ve enjoyed that had sequels. I suppose you could count “Father of the Bride,” “Grumpy Old Men” and “Legally Blonde,” but those are all fairly big stretches as the romance aspect was merely a subplot for the larger comedy.
Confession time: I like good romantic comedies and have a decent sized collection on DVD and Blu-Ray, but after the credits rolled I can’t say I felt any desire to see what happens next for Kate Hudson and Matthew McConaughey’s characters in “How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days” or where Paula Patton and Laz Alonzo’s characters go after they finished “Jumping the Broom.”
Audiences want the illusion that every couple they invest two hours in will enjoy their happily ever after. Returning to them in a sequel likely means something is going to mess up that picture-perfect ending before they ultimately get back together.
Sylvester Stallone’s Rambo can spawn sequel after sequel but there’s only so many ways a couple can have disagreements, take a break/separate before the dramatic reunion and declaration of love for one another. Take all the critics who said “The Hangover Part II” was too similar to the original and multiply that by a hundred for a romantic comedy sequel so it’ll be very interesting to see how Harvey and company give us a compelling reason to think like a man again.
April 20, 2012
Taraji P. Henson, Think Like a Man
With Taraji P. Henson in 2005. This was a fun interview as Taraji is also from Maryland and graduated from Howard University two years after I arrived so we had a bit more to talk about then the normal “this new movie of mine is so awesome, go see it.”
Continuing an excellent trend with another leading lady from “Think Like a Man,” Taraji was just as cool and pleasant as her co-star Gabrielle Union. While she was by no means a newcomer by 2005, Taraji’s star continued to rise and she’s been featured in “Smokin’ Aces,” “Not Easily Broken” and one of my favorites — “The Curious Case of Benjamin Buttons” alongside Brad Pitt. Not bad for a fellow Bison.
April 20, 2012
Gabrielle Union, Kevin Hart, Megan Good, Michael Ealy, Romany Malco, Taraji P. Henson, Think Like a Man
(From left) Jeremy (Jerry Ferrara), Dominic (Michael Ealy), Cedric (Kevin Hart), Michael (Terrence J), Bennett (Gary Owen), and Zeke (Romany Malco) in Screen Gems’ “THINK LIKE A MAN.”
Photo By: Alan Markfield; Copyright: © 2011 Screen Gems Productions, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
It’s always frustrating to me that there are so few romance/comedy films these days with a majority black cast. And then those that do get made are almost always of the buffoonish, clownish nature. I know Tyler Perry has his legions of fans, but he doesn’t need to be the sole voice of black cinema comedy. That’d be like Adam Sandler being the only mainstream actor to make comedies. More