October 5, 2010
RT on DVD & Blu-Ray: The Karate Kid and A Nightmare on Elm Street
This week on home video, we actually had too many good items to choose from, so we were actually forced to cut down by a few. With that in mind, we'd like to point out that, in addition to the titles mentioned below, you can also pick up the Robocop trilogy, Abel Ferrara's original Bad Lieutenant, and Michael Mann's The Last of the Mohicans on Blu-Ray this week. Otherwise, you can read on to see all the new releases we have this week, as well as reissued classics of film noir, 80s horror, and 70s Ozploitation, as well as a Disney film and a Tarantino/Rodriguez collaboration. Here's to hoping for more good weeks!
August 23, 2010
Jackie Chan, "A Man Who Can Destroy Anything"
On screen, Jackie Chan is just about indestructible -- but that isn't true for many of the products he's endorsed as a pitchman. The Los Angeles Times investigates the "Jackie Chan endorsement curse."
June 14, 2010
Box Office Guru Wrapup: The Karate Kid K.O.s the Competition
This weekend, eleven-year-old Jaden Smith defeated four grown men in a battle of the 1980s remakes as The Karate Kid soared above expectations easily outgunning The A-Team at the North American box office. Kid powered its way to an estimated $56M over the weekend from 3,663 theaters for a sensational $15,288 average.
June 11, 2010
Critics Consensus: A-Team, Karate Kid Reboots Both Not Too Bad
This week at the movies, we've got a pair of 1980s reboots, one featuring a band of ragtag mercenaries (The A-Team, starring Liam Neeson and Bradley Cooper), and another with an aspiring martial artist (The Karate Kid, starring Jaden Smith and Jackie Chan). What do the critics have to say? Don't you love it when a plan (or, in this case, a remake) comes together? And since we're asking questions, is there anything wrong with a big dumb action flick every once in a while? The critics would likely answer yes to the former question, but on the later they're largely split.
June 11, 2010
Jackie Chan's Best Movies
An international star in the truest sense, Jackie Chan has appeared in more than 100 films over the last 30-plus years -- and even in today's hyper-hyphenated Hollywood, Chan has amassed a dizzying array of credits, serving as an actor, director, choreographer, screenwriter, and stuntman. And that doesn't take into account his career as a pop singer or his voice work as himself (in TV's The Jackie Chan Adventures) or "Master Monkey" (in Kung Fu Panda and its upcoming sequel). Yes, Jackie Chan has had an amazing career -- and as his co-starring role in this week's Karate Kid remake proves, it isn't over yet. In honor of his latest release, we decided to take a look back at Jackie's previous live-action adventures and celebrate the critical highlights, Total Recall style!
June 10, 2010
The Genius of Jackie Chan
Movies like "Rush Hour 3" and "The Forbidden Kingdom" might obscure Jackie Chan's genius, but it's real -- and Slate's Grady Hendrix has the video slide show to prove it.