I never expected anything good from James Wan. When I first saw the that The Conjuring had really great reviews, I didn't even know what The Conjuring was. I thought it would end up like Fruitvale Station or The Way, Way Back, films that were positively received but were sort of unpopular in a sense of the word. Then I saw the cast and some pictures, and I realized, "Oh, it's that movie I saw in RT's 100 Most Anticipated Movies of 2013. Never thought it would be this well-received. Oh, and it's number one the box office, too. I'll check it out." And check it out I will.
You were a success in the 90's. You were firing guns in every direction and you were popular. Heathers, True Romance, what more would a star want? You worked with the likes of Tony Scott and you were living the wanted life. It all started with Alone in the Dark, didn't it? You star in a film written by Quentin Tarantino, and later on you star in a Uwe Boll film. That's when you really started to fall apart. Assassin's Bullet was the one through the heart. Donald Sutherland was in that film, but he bounced back. It doesn't matter if he had to be involved with a rehashed YA book-to-film series. At least he's involved in a film considered to be GOOD. Don't get me wrong, I thought The Hunger Game movie was kinda bad, but it's a goddamn Robert Altman movie compared to what you're in nowadays. Cut to 2013, you're in this turkey. 0%, huh? I'm not surprised. Looking at your filmography, I might as well put this up: CHRISTIAN SLATER: 1969-1993, because in the eyes of competent moviegoers everywhere, you're dead. R.I.P, man. It was fun while it lasted. What happened to you, man? Your ass used to be beautiful. And yes, I'm using that Jackie Brown quote to ask you, right here and right now, what in the hell happened to you. Whatever it is, you better wise up because seriously, I swear to God, movies like Stranded is what will get you killed. I'm not threatening you, man. But one day, you might come home and see a big bag of powder just waiting on your couch, and after looking back on your life and asking yourself, "Why did I star in Stranded? Or Assassin's Bullet? And why in the name of the Lord did I star in Alone in the Dark?", you're also gonna find yourself slowly making all that powder disappear with a 20-dollar bill. When you're sucking down that last breath, and the gates of paradise are opening for your entrance, you might as well tell 'em Freddy sent ya, because you are not gonna want to tell them the real reason. "Why am I here? I starred in Stranded." That's just embarrassing.
Rapture and apocalyptic themes seem to be a constant subject for film this year that started with this film last June, and will end with Pegg and Frost's The World's End this August. Though The World's End is one of my most anticipated movies of the year, as far as apocalyptic movies go, Rapture-Palooza seems to take the worst of them and puts it all together in one movie.
Nathan Fillion and Joss Whedon both have great potential to be more than another actor and director in Hollywoodland. Besides those two being involved, I like really old works such as Shakespearean classics being made into something modern. Coriolanus was a fantastic film, and along with the energetic charm and wit that is usually displayed by Whedon and Fillion, this one is probably going to be better.