October 23, 2009
Friday Harvest: Saw VI, Men Who Stare at Goats, and more!
Happy Friday Harvest, a weekly round-up of the best pictures, posters, and videos that have become available for viewing/download on Rotten Tomatoes. Each section features the favorite or most interesting item we've added for the week, along with several other new highlights. Enjoy!
Picture Gallery of the Week: Saw VI
Yes, this is also going to be a shameless plug for the marathon series I just concluded for the Saw series. If you ever find yourself trapped in a bizzare and violent movie watching session, here's a tip: find a chaser. I watched a few episodes of Venture Bros. after each movie and they're deliriously funny after an hour-and-a-half of people crying and being torn apart. Browse the gallery.
October 23, 2009
See Saw with Alex, Day 6: Saw VI
Saw is a rare horror series that maintains narrative integrity; the movies are completely unwatchable if you haven't seen (and discussed and dissected) previous entries. It's something that's as commendable as it is something to lament. I appreciate the writers' pursuit in building a mythology, but (especially in the sequels after IV) the end results are movies that feel increasingly small and lacking in clarity. Both V and VI end with the same sudden tone of "Tune in next year, kids!" At first it was fun to chew through all the backstory the filmmakers tossed at us. Now, it's dissatisfying to sit through movies that are lacking semblances of conclusion.
October 22, 2009
Critics Consensus: Astro Boy Doesn't Quite Soar
This week at the movies, we've got an anime hero (Astro Boy, with voice work from Kristen Bell and Nicolas Cage); a vampire war ( Cirque du Freak: The Vampire's Assistant, starring Chris Massoglia and John C. Reilly); an aviation pioneer (Amelia, starring Hilary Swank and Richard Gere); and gore galore (Saw VI, starring Costas Mandylor and Mark Rolston). What do the critics have to say? Osamu Tezuka's Astro Boy is one of anime's most iconic and venerable characters. Now he's getting the big-screen CGI treatment, and the result, critics say, is an energetic but derivative affair. In the film, Astro Boy is a young robot with super powers who learns, slowly but surely, what it means to be human; he also must protect his new-found friends from danger.
October 21, 2009
Six Horrible Part Sixes
With the seemingly never-ending Saw series notching up its sixth instalment this week -- that's six in just six years, which must be some kind of series record -- weary audiences and critics may well be wondering whether it's time for the filmmakers to put down the torture tools. (Of course, that's unlikely to happen if the reliable Halloween grosses continue to roll in on as predicted.) How will Jigsaw's latest outing rank next to these horror franchises, whose part sixes invariably rank among the series' very worst?
Oh and don't get us started on Cosby riding an ostrich. The horror, the horror...
October 15, 2009
Saw Franchise Already Moving Past Saw VI
"Saw VI" isn't even in theaters yet, but production on the franchise's seventh installment -- which is being filmed, you guessed it, in 3-D -- is already well under way, along with plans for an eighth.
July 24, 2009
Lionsgate Cuts Deals for Saw VII
Jigsaw isn't finished yet, horror fans -- Lionsgate has greenlit a seventh installment in the "Saw" franchise, with David Hackl slated to step behind the cameras in January.