Which promising movies fell shortest of expectations?
When we first heard the news that J.J. Abrams had been hired by Disney to continue the adventures of Luke Skywalker and company as the director of Star Wars: Episode VII, we were almost beside ourselves with enthusiasm. After all, as the director of Star Trek (2009), Abrams proved that he could revitalize a classic sci-fi franchise while remaining true to its core concepts and respectful of its legacy. Added to that the fact that Abrams will be shooting from a script written by Academy Award-winner Michael Arndt (Little Miss Sunshine) and Episode VII is bound to be the greatest Star Wars movie since Return of the Jedi, right? We'll see. We're keeping our fingers crossed, but gearing down from "enthusiastic" to "hopefully optimistic."
Studios don't set out to make bad movies, yet they churn them out each and every year. Sure, most bad movies are doomed from the get-go, be they saddled with a bad script, a director who lacks vision, a cast made up of eye candy instead of actors, or some combination thereof, but even movies that seem to have everything going for them can still turn out to be dreadful. A movie about cowboys fighting aliens starring Indiana Jones and James Bond directed by the man who brought us Iron Man? Sounds awesome! Too bad Cowboys and Aliens turned out to be just another one of those movies that should have been great, but ultimately left us feeling unsatisfied and disappointed.
You've griped about them to your friends, now tell us which movies you found to be the biggest disappointments, the ones that simply failed to live up to expectations.
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Ever since completing the Matrix trilogy in 2003, Andy Wachowski and Larry Wachowski have directed only one movie (last year's Speed Racer), leaving many to wonder when they'd next get behind the camera. Ariana Huffington, of all people, may have given us an answer.
The co-founder and editor-in-chief of The Huffington Post posted some photos on her Twitter account yesterday (along with some tweets) suggesting that she's involved in a new feature movie from the Wachowskis.
The tweets indicate that the movie will be a look at the current war in Iraq from the vantage point of a futuristic society. Check the twitpic photos to see more of Huffington's wild hairdo. Posted 12.08.09 by reelz
2008 was a big year for comic book movies. The biggest so far, in fact. With the help of Jim Littler, editor of ComicBookMovie.com, we've got the definitive Top Posted 01.01.09 by reelz
10 9 Comic Book Movies of 2008.
In honor of Thanksgiving, let's take a moment to recount the biggest turkeys Hollywood has turned out this year. The biggest losers of 2008, among major U.S. releases:
*Estimated. Sources: Box Office Mojo and IMDB.
Bear in mind that these numbers represent the biggest turkeys of the year thus far. The remaining days of 2008 could very well yield another flop or two. (We're looking at you, Australia and Valkyrie.) Posted 11.27.08 by reelz
Two of this summer's biggest box-office flops, theWachowski Brothers' trippy update of Speed Racer and MikeMyers' disastrously ill-advised comedy The Love Guru,headline this week's DVD Tuesday. Also debuting today: the romantic comedy Madeof Honor, featuring a Michelle Monaghan and a kilt-wearing Dr.McDreamy; Young@Heart, the acclaimed documentary about agroup of senior citizens who sing cotemporary rock songs; and Special Editionre-releases of Risky Business, Weird Science,and Beetlejuice.
Our DVD pick for the week is 88 Minutes,starring Al Pacino as a blustery forensic psychiatrist haunted by one of thekillers he put away. Check out its alternate ending and see if it improves onthe (somewhat lame) original. Posted 09.16.08 by reelz
After being handed a thorough critical beatdown and feeling the painful sting of audience indifference, the Wachowski Siblings' beleaguered anime epic Speed Racer suffered yet another indignity today -- courtesy of those loveable activists at PETA. The L.A. Times reports that the animal rights group's German arm (the movie was shot in Berlin) has accused Speed Racer's animal trainer of chimpanzee abuse, alleging that a representative of the American Humane Association witnessed an incident in which the poor primate that played Chim Chim was smacked upside the head after biting one of the actors.
The outcry over chimpanzee abuse comes as no surprise. Anyone who's seen the popular West German TV show "Sprockets" knows that Germans love their monkeys.
Source: L.A. Times Posted 05.15.08 by reelz
Comic book flick Iron Man continued its blockbuster run over the weekend, easily claiming the top spot at the box office with a tally of over $50 million. The Wachowski siblings' anime epic Speed Racer sputtered badly in its first week in release, earning just over $20.2 million and barely edging out the poorly-reviewed Ashton Kutcher/Cameron Diaz rom-com What Happens in Vegas for second place. Rounding out the top five were the Patrick Dempsey rom-com Made of Honor and Tina Fey's odd couple comedy Baby Mama, which earned $7.6 million and $5.8 million, respectively.
Source: boxofficemojo.com Posted 05.12.08 by reelz
Fan interest in Speed Racer seemed high a few months back, but its been dwindling heading up to today's release. Critical reaction has been extremely poor with 129 critics on Rotten Tomatoes scoring the expensive blockbuster a lowly 35 percent.
This weekend Iron Man looks to be the flick of choice once again. Fans who didn't check it out last week will likely pick it over Speed Racer and some may even choose a second viewing of the Marvel superhero flick over a first viewing of the kiddie racing pic.
Early box office analysis has Iron Man predicted to bring in just under $50 million this weekend while Racer is looking at a take in the low $30's. We'll have the full report on Monday. Posted 05.09.08 by reelz
Critics have been pretty harsh on Speed Racer, but that didn't stop fans from dressing up and coming out for the first showing last night and we were there to get their first reaction to the movie.
Next week ReelzChannel's Fan*tastic Summer continues when we'll be at the first showing of The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian. Posted 05.09.08 by Dack
How much can you expect to pay for your favorite movie ride and what options might that package include?
In the market for a Deloreon with a pre-installed Flux Capacitor? Want a car that kills off your enemies? Need oil-slick deployers or bulletproof windshields to thwart a drive-by? Maybe there's a massive staircase that would be the perfect shortcut to work if only your darn car would fit. Or perhaps you're just looking for a ride with a decent stereo to cruise the town while head-banging to some "Bohemian Rhapsody?"
Any way you look at it, Reelz.com has you covered with our Movie Car Buyer's Guide. Posted 05.08.08 by reelz