June 26, 2012
RT on DVD & Blu-ray: Wrath of the Titans, 21 Jump Street, and The Artist
This week on home video, we've got a number of new releases to talk about, and all of them are, for better or worse, kind of interesting in their own ways. First, we've got this year's Best Picture Oscar winner, a surprising reboot of an '80s TV show, and the sequel to a poorly-reviewed adventure. Then, we've got a funny take on Snow White, Eddie Murphy's latest misfire, a couple of acclaimed foreign films, and a couple of worthy new Criterion releases. Click through for the full list!
March 30, 2012
Critics Consensus: Wrath of the Titans Is Bland Myth-Making
One week after "The Hunger Games" broke box office records, several Katniss-free flicks hit multiplexes: "Wrath of the Titans," starring Sam Worthington and Liam Neeson, "Mirror Mirror," starring Julia Roberts and Lily Collins, and the documentary "Bully," which drew headlines after its distributors protested its MPAA rating. Wrath of the Titans is a sequel to a remake - specifically, 2010's Clash of the Titans -- and critics say that while this follow-up retains its predecessor's goofy charm, it once again favors spectacle over storytelling and character development. Mirror Mirror attempts to tell a classic tale with a modern sensibility, but critics say it only half succeeds; it's a playful, visually exquisite revisionist fairy tale that's regrettably uneven and in its plotting and pacing.
March 30, 2012
Total Recall: Sequels to Remakes
As many movie lovers are frequently wont to complain, Hollywood's been on a recycling binge for quite awhile now, with studios raiding the vaults for films and franchises that they can dust off for a new generation. Whether you call them remakes, reboots, or re-imaginings, they're ever more common -- but what's slightly less common is to see one of them getting a sequel, so when Wrath of the Titans popped up on the schedule for this weekend, we thought it might be fun to take a look back at some other examples of movies whose do-overs were popular enough to warrant a follow-up. Get ready to see a lot of Steve Martin, because it's time to Total Recall -- requel style!