Thus began the renaissance of Bradley Cooper
Alcoholism on film is a difficult subject and more often than not we are presented with characters whose lives feel million miles away from our own. Smashed is a film that presents you with something more refreshing, a hard look at how easy it is to go from being a Friday night drinker to a hopeless drunk. With some lively dialogue and great performances somehow Smashed manages to drunkenly stumble pass the emotional connection and leaves you feeling a tad hungover by the end.
Alternate history epic? Creature feature? Gothic horror? Maverick director Timur Bekmambetov’s latest film struggles with as much of an identity crisis as its politician/lawyer/Slayer hero, flitting from dry-as-dust declamation to 3D combat in the blink of a glowing red eye. Mind you, with a title like that…
In this vast, unknowable, ever-changing universe there are few things which we can safely rely on to remain constant. Thus those that do, those that struggle on relentlessly, blithely ignoring the evanescent nature of human existence – taxes, the Kardashians, films which pit one mythical creature/alien/abstract concept against another in a brutal fight to the death – can only bring us joy. In recognition, then, of the grand tradition of the “something vs something else” film – and to celebrate the release of Strippers vs. Werewolves – we bring you the Top Ten Versus Films. Enjoy! But remember, whoever wins, we lose/get eaten.
A prequel to John Carpenter’s 1982 remake of 1951’s The Thing from Another World, The Thing should by all reasoning have been even more offensive than the thing you last picked from the sole of your shoe. In actual fact, Matthijs van Heijningen Jr’s film is an uninspired but grotesquely effective prelude to a genre classic. Or something.
Why must you hurt us so, Bill?
Yep. Didn’t see that coming, did you?
Over the years we’ve seen plenty of comics turned into films, which normally entails lifting the characters and plot and leaving everything comic-specific behind. Fair enough. But what about a comic that’s turned into a bigger, brighter, flashier comic with, like, Michael Cera and moving bits? Edgar Wright’s extraordinary film is more fun than waking up and discovering you’re Mario.
Super-secret showing of Scott Pilgrim vs. The World reveals a classic in the making! In Vegas, the select few were treated to a test audience screening of Edgar Wright’s up-and-coming Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, and all the results say this is gonna be an awesome mashup of everything we love about the cinema. And NES games. Hell yes.