All posts for the month October, 2014

Happy Halloween folks!

In the spirit of the season Variety is reporting a new collaboration between Sam Raimi and Fede Alvarez, the men behind the original 1981 Evil Dead and the 2013 psuedo remake respectively.











There were lots of rumours floating around about both a sequel to the 2013 remake as well  as Army of Darkness 2. But instead it looks like they’ve decided to put their heads together on an all new IP.

The new film, entitled A Man in the Dark, is described as such:

The story centers on a trio of teens who get away with perfectly planned home robberies and have targeted a reclusive blind man with millions of dollars in hiding. But as soon as they break into his home, the tables are turned and they find themselves fighting for survival against a psychopath.

I was actually a big fan of the 2013 Evil Dead and even though the concept for this new film is something we have seen before, I am optimistic that Raimi and Alvarez can do something fun with it.


45 minutes!

EW spoke with Peter Jackson last week about The Battle of the Five Armies, the third and final entry in the Hobbit film trilogy. It mentions that the titular battle at the climax of the film will last 45 minutes. Even assuming the film run time is in the 3 hour range, that’s still nearly a third of the movie just for one battle sequence. That’s massive.

The original description of the battle in question is less than 1500 words. You could probably read it in less time that in takes to get through the trailer at the bottom of this post if you really tried.

I suppose that shouldn’t be surprising considering that The Hobbit is a 320 page novel that has now been expanded into 3 films with a running time closing in on close to 9 hours of screen time.

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies is released on December 17th in the US.



Joss Whedon’s Much Ado About Nothing was my favorite movie of 2013. I won’t claim that this was the best movie made in that year (Seeing as it wasn’t actually made in 2013 – zing), nor that it will necessarily keep that title as I watch more films from then. But as far as it being the most enjoyable experience I had seeing a movie in the theatre? Oh it’s hands down my favorite. I’ve been dragged to a lot of shit movies recently, and I want to say that’s more a symptom of the times than anything else. Lots of terrible acting, shit writing, and uninspired, though competent and extremely expensive, directing and computer effects. Lots of money on the screen and lots of me not able to care. But with Much Ado About Nothing, there was something different – finally. Here was a movie filmed in black and white on the cheap, based on a Shakespeare play, not starring any big name actors, and that had more energy and artistic chutzpah than I’d seen for a long while. Continue Reading

In this HitFix interview, Grieg Fraser (DP on Zero Dark Thirty, Killing Them Softly) talks about being tapped to film the Gareth Edwards (Monsters, Godzilla) helmed Star Wars spin off.

With all of the talk the last few days about future plans for Marvel and DC cinematic universes, it’s interesting to think about the future of the Star War intellectual property. Only a few leaked photos/concept art pieces and zero footage of the first JJ Abrams Star Wars film has been seen and yet there are already multiple sequels and spin offs in the works. With at least a three movie trilogy and rumoured Han Solo and Boba Fett spin offs in the works, we’re talking about no less than five films over the next several years.

Can the market sustain another massive genre specific cinematic franchise. One could reasonably argue that folk who are interested in Marvel or DC or Star Wars would probably be interested in two or more likely all three of those properties in some way. Let’s take a look at 2017 in this lovely infographic put together by Comics Alliance.

There are 10 (10!) movies scheduled between Marvel and DC in 2017. Save Lego Batman all of these will probably have budgets in the $150-$200 million range including marketing. Possibly even more for Justice League which will necessitate a huge cast. Now add in two or maybe even three Star Wars movies. Things get bloated very fast. Even assuming one or two of those Marvel/DC movies is delayed, it’s still a rough schedule to wrap your head around. We are quickly approaching a state of having one or more “event” movies every single month.

How many times can the planet (or a planet in the case of Star Wars/GotG) be endangered before audiences start tuning it all out?

But hey, I don’t blame Disney/Marvel or WB/DC one bit. In poker they say to put your chips on the table when you know you have the best hand. These movies are selling right now and it makes complete sense for these companies to be going all in. I just have to wonder about the saturation point and how much is too much.