Weekly Ketchup: Safe House Gets A Sequel

Summary

The week after Labor Day was pretty much as slow for movie development news as the the week before the holiday was, except at least that one had 5 business days. The articles for this week's Ketchup had to be picked from a very limited pool, and probably about half of them never would have made the cut in most other weeks. These ten stories include a sequel to a movie no one expected a sequel to, and new roles for Vin Diesel, Zac Efron, Chris Evans, Michael Fassbender, Bruce Willis, and Renee Zellweger. Back to Article

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Janson Jinnistan

Janson Jinnistan

Burying the lead a little, the best news this week is obviously the Graham Chapman documentary based on his own book "A Liar's Autobiography". This has been rumored to open at Cannes and Toronto Film Festival, so it's great to see that it actually exists and will be released eventually. And seriously, WTF Eric?

Not much else, as it was pointed out. Ebert wrote what may be the best known book on Scorsese's films which may be why he was eager to involve himself in a little payback. I don't have a lot of ill will for Ebert - he's certainly made me shake some fists in the past, like most critics - but I think a look at the balance of him and his relationship with Siskel would make a more interesting documentary.

Outside of that, I could take potshots at Zwick or Eisner or any of the rookies, but, blah. Do yourself a favor and watch some Chapman-centered Python this weekend instead. Silly.

Sep 7 - 06:04 PM

Gordon Franklin Terry Sr

Gordon Terry

The Safe House sequel is interesting-- at least in the sense as seeing whether or not Denzel Washinton appears in it (or not).//it will be great seeing old clips from Sneak Previews and At the Movies blown-up and projected onto The Big Screen for the Ebert documentary.// Vin Disel as Conquer Worm: Witchfinder General . . BOO. Vin Disel is no Vincent Price. We'll be seeing a fast, action-packed Witch-hunting movie that hopefully will rise above the subterranean levels of Steve Sommers' Van Helsing.

Sep 8 - 02:12 PM

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Janson Jinnistan

Janson Jinnistan

I'm assuming the "prequel" aspect is how they can keep Denzel in the script.

Sep 8 - 07:55 PM

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Sep 14 - 04:28 AM

Facebook User

Facebook User

Slow news week.... Yeah, that's all I got.

Sep 7 - 07:46 PM

Will Stamp

Will Stamp

I would say that 500 Days and Amelie have a fair amount in common, mainly their irritatingly self-conscious and cutesy tone.

Sep 7 - 09:01 PM

Kyle Tolan

Kyle Tolan

I made the instant connection when I saw 500 Days. Its really more about the use of many different film styles throughout the movies as well as the sort of classic narrative over not-so classic stories (not to mention the random backstory montages placed throughout each).

Sep 8 - 01:03 AM

CyborgUnicorn

Cyborg Unicorn

I'm not bagging on Ebert, but would an Ebert biopic really be that interesting?

Sep 7 - 10:14 PM

Stepping Razor

Stepping Razor

Well, seems like it's going to be a documentary, not a biopic. I had thought it was going to be a biopic, too.

Sep 8 - 10:28 AM

Dave Sivertsen

Dave Sivertsen

How are movies like Safehouse and Red getting sequels and the A-team is not!? Not only an amazing ensemble piece but it was also awesome at everything!!!

Sep 7 - 10:24 PM

Whereis Reemaal

Whereis Reemaal

A-Team was good? Really?

Sep 8 - 12:30 AM

Mohd Syafiq Bin Jabaruddin

Mohd Syafiq Bin Jabaruddin

Best action film of 2010.

Sep 8 - 10:38 PM

TheCriticAlex

Stanley Beans

The A-team was average at best nothing to write home about.

Sep 9 - 05:13 PM

CyborgUnicorn

Cyborg Unicorn

Vin Diesel needs a better agent

Sep 7 - 11:54 PM

CyborgUnicorn

Cyborg Unicorn

Really though the Fast movies are cool, and I'm waiting for Riddick 3, and I know he hasn't always been the best actor (as alright as XXX was he seemed kinda wooden at times and he wasn't even in the sequel! he left Fast too but he ended up coming back afterward) but I liked him in Boiler Room and Private Ryan. I think with the proper material and direction he can move between genres quite easily. However, he seems to have The Rock's agent or something because at least half the time these days he's in lame children's movies! He's wasting his talent. But that's just my opinion.

Sep 8 - 12:01 AM

CyborgUnicorn

Cyborg Unicorn

maybe I over-approximated his record as it relates exclusively to childrens movies but Pacifier stands for itself, and taking a lok at his upcoming, i see Riddick 3, Fast 6, XXX 3, aaand.. a movie about a kid finding a robot. Sort of sounds like Iron Giant Redux i guess, which is fine and all but come on!

Sep 8 - 12:07 AM

Stepping Razor

Stepping Razor

From the sounds of it, maybe he's doing it for the paycheck. As you said, he's not exactly the best of actors out there, and he's working within his range. Not every Hollywood actor (especially these days) is about his/her craft... they're about striking while the iron is hot. Maybe it just sounds fun to him, so he wants to have fun while also getting paid.

Sep 8 - 10:38 AM

CyborgUnicorn

Cyborg Unicorn

mm maybe so

Sep 8 - 03:38 PM

CyborgUnicorn

Cyborg Unicorn

Really though the Fast movies are cool, and I'm waiting for Riddick 3, and I know he hasn't always been the best actor (as alright as XXX was he seemed kinda wooden at times and he wasn't even in the sequel! he left Fast too but he ended up coming back afterward) but I liked him in Boiler Room and Private Ryan. I think with the proper material and direction he can move between genres quite easily. However, he seems to have The Rock's agent or something because at least half the time these days he's in lame children's movies! He's wasting his talent. But that's just my opinion.

Sep 8 - 12:01 AM

CyborgUnicorn

Cyborg Unicorn

maybe I over-approximated his record as it relates exclusively to childrens movies but Pacifier stands for itself, and taking a lok at his upcoming, i see Riddick 3, Fast 6, XXX 3, aaand.. a movie about a kid finding a robot. Sort of sounds like Iron Giant Redux i guess, which is fine and all but come on!

Sep 8 - 12:07 AM

Stepping Razor

Stepping Razor

From the sounds of it, maybe he's doing it for the paycheck. As you said, he's not exactly the best of actors out there, and he's working within his range. Not every Hollywood actor (especially these days) is about his/her craft... they're about striking while the iron is hot. Maybe it just sounds fun to him, so he wants to have fun while also getting paid.

Sep 8 - 10:38 AM

CyborgUnicorn

Cyborg Unicorn

mm maybe so

Sep 8 - 03:38 PM

Whereis Reemaal

Whereis Reemaal

A-Team was good? Really?

Sep 8 - 12:30 AM

Mohd Syafiq Bin Jabaruddin

Mohd Syafiq Bin Jabaruddin

Best action film of 2010.

Sep 8 - 10:38 PM

TheCriticAlex

Stanley Beans

The A-team was average at best nothing to write home about.

Sep 9 - 05:13 PM

Kyle Tolan

Kyle Tolan

I made the instant connection when I saw 500 Days. Its really more about the use of many different film styles throughout the movies as well as the sort of classic narrative over not-so classic stories (not to mention the random backstory montages placed throughout each).

Sep 8 - 01:03 AM

King  S.

King Simba

You can tell this is a slow week when the #1 fresh development is a documentary. Roger Ebert definitely deserves one though. He may disagree with the general opinion a lot of times, but he almost always manages to make get his point across (though The Prestige was an exception. I'm still not sure what bothered him about that film) and sometimes his reviews even make me appreciate a film more (Knowing was a prime example).

Really looking forward to The World's End. I liked Shaun of the Dead, while Hot Fuzz was one of the best buddy cop movies of all time, so I can't wait for the conclusion to the trilogy.

I actually think dystopian YA fiction has been a pretty solid genre. Regardless of whether or not they're very original, there have been quite a lot of well made novels in the genre, plus it's nice to see strong female characters being produced on such a consistant basis, something Hollywood is still having trouble with.

Regarding Matched, I'm actually reading it right now, though so far I haven't been very impressed with it. It's a little too heavy on the romance aspect, which wouldn't be a problem except like Twilight it doesn't give us much of a reason to care for the love triangle. Hopefully it starts to pick up later on because the first half has been pretty uneventful.

Sep 8 - 01:13 AM

Bigbrother

Big Brother

I didn't like The Prestige the first time I watched it and even now I only find it tolerably interesting. My main problems with it were despite the ridiculousness of the ending I totally saw "the twist" coming 30 minutes before it arrived. I mean of course the Jackman-centric twist. The Bale-centric one I saw about two hours before it happened. I mean honestly did no one recognize that both those characters were Christian Bale? For a movie largely based on it's surprise twist, those are pretty glaring flaws. Also, thought they buried the most interesting storyline. Thought the movie would have been better had it been based on the "Current Wars" between Tesla and Edison. The story of the two rival magicians is strong aside from the conclusion which is why I've come to mildly enjoy it and Bowie as Tesla is well worth the price of admission alone though sadly underused.

Sep 8 - 07:53 PM

Janson Jinnistan

Janson Jinnistan

I don't believe you. The second character you mentioned doesn't show up until halfway through the movie, so you could have figured it out an hour in at best.

Sep 8 - 08:03 PM

Joshua Caylor

Joshua Caylor

"The secret impresses no one.". Unfortunately, while that is true about illusions, usually those tricks are not given away at the end. The Prestige revealed the secret and it was a disappointment, as most truths behind illusions are. I personally find this film very well done and perfectly structured, dividing the three acts into the stages of an illusion (pledge, turn, prestige), but it disappoints after the prestige, when the trick is revealed (I don't mind the ending). Just because you guessed the ending doesn't make it a bad one, just as figuring out how an illusion is done does not make the illusion itself bad. I remember reading an interview where Christopher Nolan said he would have preferred if he didn't reveal the secret, but it seemed necessary.

Also, you can't blame the Nolans or the film for the simplicity of the illusion. Remember, this was an adaptation of a novel, and Christopher Priest was responsible for that element of this adaptation. I thought the film was well acted, well structured, and well directed. I don't fault the movie for its ending. "The secret impresses no one", but the illusion itself (the movie) is still worth the watch and can be quite entertaining. That's how I feel about "The Prestige."

Sep 8 - 11:07 PM

Bigbrother

Big Brother

Come on guys you're stretching pretty hard to defend Nolan here. I love the man too, but he's not above having flaws. The most obvious one for me was fully on display in The Prestige. He's way to deliberate in his approach to his endings. If The Sixth Sense would have been figured out half way thru it would have seriously detracted from the movie. If you knew who Kaiser Soze was half way thru The Usual Suspects it would have been been a detriment to the movie. Nolan was going for that and he failed I think for anyone who was paying attention. It wasn't that the ending was revealed and it was disappointing, it was that I figured out the disappointing ending and he didn't cover it up well enough and didn't come up with something better. I'm sorry if the illusion is easy to figure out then it's a bad illusion. I believe that was actually one of the points made in the movie. Janson, you caught me I was guilty of exaggeration, but the central point still remains valid. Lastly, I can't blame the director for faults I find in the direction of the film? That's a new one. He couldn't have gotten better make-up for Bale or made sure they never shared screentime? he couldn't have made the concious decision to change the ending to make it more adaptable for film. Again that's news to me. Directors do it all the time. As I said, I think you guys are trying very hard to cover for Nolan with excuses that basically come down to "you just don't get it" which is the go to response for the indefensible.

Sep 9 - 11:54 PM

Bigbrother

Big Brother

PS I agree with you about it being well acted and give Nolan and the cast full credit for the performance aspect of the direction. That's what makes it watchable for me now.

Sep 10 - 04:47 PM

Janson Jinnistan

Janson Jinnistan

I agree with your PS, BB. I thought it was a superbly well made movie in all respects. And for the record, I figured "Sixth Sense" out within about 15 minutes. I didn't even intend to. I just thought it was funny *spoiler* how we never saw Willis go to the hospital before we transistion into years later. I thought, "well, wouldn't that be something IF..." Then I started noticing that no one except the kid was talking to him. I thought, "Oh, no, I hope I'm wrong, that would be so lame". In the end, I don't hold it against the film. But I don't think it's anywhere near as masterful a movie as "Prestige".

Sep 10 - 07:02 PM

Flash T.

Flash T

Safehouse was awful, 80m it cost and it was bland, unimaginitive and worse of all perdictable. The only real twist is that some dull fucker green lit a sequel.

Sep 8 - 01:18 AM

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Stepping Razor

Stepping Razor

I'm sure someone in Hollywood would oblige you on the Chuck Norris special, but I'm interested in seeing a documentary on Ebert. That you're basically calling Ebert a hater emphasizes that critical thinking is probably not your thing. There are plenty of mindless, dumb movies out there to scratch your itch.

Sep 8 - 10:31 AM

Cole Jaeger

Cole Jaeger

What? Clockwork Orange, Blue Velvet, To Kill A Mockingbird, that's about it. And the only one of those he HATED was Vlue Velvet.

Sep 8 - 10:43 AM

Dave J

Dave J

As you all probably know by now, Ebert hated "Blue Velvet" because of the humiliation of it's actress Isabelle Rosselini which some of those scenes didn't really have anything to do with the mystery itself! I originally liked the film because I was very young and liked to see some of my favorite actresses naked and so forth... but after reading about Lynch's reasons for showcasing some of those shocking scenes I decided that Ebert was right on the money!

Sep 10 - 12:35 PM

Dave J

Dave J

Actually, on a live telecast- he did change his opinion to a thumbs up on "A Clockwork Orange" but haven't submitted a proper rewritten review on it yet. At least as far as I know anyway!

Sep 10 - 04:22 PM

King  S.

King Simba

Everyone is bound to hate a few films that most people think are great. Besides, a lot of films that are now considered great weren't exactly very hotly recieved when they were first release. In fact, in cases like Blade Runner and Clockwork Orange he was just reflecting the general opinion of the time. In fact, there were actually some cases where he would give a film its due well before most other critics (2001 being a prime example. His original 4 star rating was one of a the rare raves the film recieved upon release).

Sep 8 - 12:52 PM

Michael Arnold

Michael Arnold

Chuck Norris doesn't make sandwhiches. He waits for them to materialize. They always do.

Sep 9 - 11:53 AM

Stepping Razor

Stepping Razor

Well, seems like it's going to be a documentary, not a biopic. I had thought it was going to be a biopic, too.

Sep 8 - 10:28 AM

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