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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Posted 01.25.13 by BrentJS
Because those cute little dogs already get plenty of awards-season recognition.
From vicious and violent to cute and raunchy, there have been many notable animal characters in the past year. But since this is the Reelzies, the category has to be more specific than just Best Movie Animal, so instead we present the Reelzie nominees for Best Lion, Tiger, and/or Bear in a 2012 Movie. Vote for your favorite big-screen critter >> Posted 12.24.12 by Mandy
It's almost Risk-Free Movie time again, starting December 1st Reelz has two big summer movies that we are bestowing with our risk-free guarantee. What's the guarantee? Well, if you watch one of our Risk-Free movies via Pay-per-view or On Demand and don't like it, Reelz will pay you back.
First, Disney/Pixar's Brave takes place in the rugged and mysterious Highlands of Scotland and follows the heroic journey of Merida. A skilled archer and headstrong young girl, Merida defies her parents and ancient customs only to find that she has inadvertently unleashed chaos and fury in her father's kingdom. After being granted one wish by an eccentric witch, Merida must rely on her bravery and her archery skills to undo a beastly curse.
The other risk-free options is the hit threequel of the MIB franchise, Men in Black 3. Agents J and K are back, but when K's life and the fate of the planet are put at stake, Agent J will have to travel back in time to put things right. J teams up with the young Agent K to save his partner, the agency and the future of humankind.
Go to reelz.com/risk-free to sign up and to get all the details, and then settle in to watch a risk-free flick.
Image courtesy Disney/Pixar. Posted 11.30.12 by reelz
"Gratitude is a quality similar to electricity: it must be produced and discharged and used up in order to exist at all." — William Faulkner
Thanksgiving Day is a special holiday. It's that one day of the year where we all get to skip work to gather with our friends and family members and simply reflect on the things in our lives that we have to be thankful for...and then watch NFL football and consume massive quantities of "harvest" food. At ReelzChannel, we're all about movies, so Thanksgiving wouldn't be complete if we didn't take the time to be thankful for all of the great new movies of the year. If you're a movie person, then we consider you part of our extended family. So, before you have that third helping of stuffing and pass out on the couch from all of the tryptophan in the turkey, take a moment to share with us the movies that have excited, thrilled, scared, and moved you in 2012.
Rate the Top 10 Movies to Be Thankful for This Year >>
Posted 11.22.12 by BrentJS
"I don't want my life to be over. I want my freedom!"
Journey back in time to witness the emergence of feminism in the Scottish Highlands as an independent-minded princess defies her parents and nearly dooms her entire clan. be careful what you wish for >> Posted 11.13.12 by BrentJS
A crippled hero rises to save his city one last time. A team of scientists seeking God in the depths of space instead discover pure evil. A fairy tale princess becomes a warrior and saves herself. A foul-mouthed teddy bear plays the white trash name game. This summer's selection of movie releases were filled with triumphant, terrifying, inspiring and hilarious moments.
The Avengers and The Dark Knight Rises obliterated the popular myth that the superhero action genre had run its course. Ted proved that Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane is even funnier when he doesn't have to censor himself. Moonrise Kindom cemented Wes Anderson as the indie king of whimsical, witty comedies with a heart. Each of these movies were fantastic in their own ways, but how do they stack up against each other? Help us rate the Top 10 Best Movies of the 2012 summer movie season.
Rate the Top 10 Best Movies >> Posted 09.26.12 by BrentJS
|Title ||Weekend ||Total ||Analysis |
|Brave ||$66.7M ||$66.7M ||Continues Pixar's remarkable box office streak, becoming the studio's 13th straight movie to open at No. 1 and fifth-best debut |
|Madagascar 3 ||$20.2M ||$157.6M ||Dropped only 41% despite Brave's competition; only the third time in the past decade the two top spots were held by animated movies |
|Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter ||$16.5M ||$16.5M ||Buzz about this genre mash-up flick didn't translate into much traffic at the box office |
|Prometheus ||$10M ||$108.5M ||Despite taking another nosedive managed to cross the $100M mark |
|Rock of Ages ||$8M ||$28.8M ||There's not much to sing about with this rock musical falling flat with audiences |
Posted 06.24.12 by Chris
Saying that most movies, whether independent or blockbuster, star men is such an extreme understatement that it's like saying the ocean is wet. Sadly, even when women are given the lead, they're frequently just passive damsels in distress. That's equally true with child roles. The standard for young female characters is that even when they're smarter, their male counterpart ends up with all the glory (Harry Potter, we're looking in your direction).
Fortunately, we're not the only ones who've noticed this pattern, and a few movies have begun featuring girls in starring roles — ones where they not only don't play second fiddle to men, in some, they even get to make their own honest-to-goodness choices. Pixar joins the trend with its latest, Brave, the studio's first movie to feature a female lead. In honor of its release, we put together a list of our favorite movies starring spunky young women.
See the "Not Your Pretty, Pretty Princess" List >> Posted 06.19.12 by reelz
Watch out, Katniss. It looks like Merida and her archery skills could give you a run for your money.
Every summer brings a new release from Pixar, and only two days after the solstice we get 2012's tale of a young, defiant princess. Though rebellious princesses are standard fare in animated features, Merida, the heroine of Disney/Pixar's Brave, looks like she has more in common with Star Wars' blaster-wielding Princess Leia than she does the voiceless mermaid Ariel.
The newest full-length trailer for the highly anticipated summer flick takes a closer look at Merida, giving a glimpse of her personality, her lot in life, and her family. While previous trailers have focused on the movie's sense of action and adventure or its supernatural plot points, this one shows a Pixar movie with real heart. The bit featuring Billy Connolly's King Fergus proves it will have some belly laughs, as well. watch the trailer >> Posted 04.24.12 by Mandy
After releasing a preview clip and TV spot last month for the upcoming animated movie Brave, Disney/Pixar has unveiled their most revealing trailer yet — in Japanese (don't worry, there's subtitles).
As we know from the movie's synopsis, Brave follows the young princess Merida (voiced by Boardwalk Empire's Kelly Macdonald), who defies an age-old custom and inadvertently unleashes chaos and fury in the kingdom. While the movie's English trailer showed the first part of the story, there was no sign of the second part, where an eccentric old Witch (Julie Walters) grants Merida an ill-fated wish that forces her to undo a beastly curse. The recently-released Japanese trailer concentrates more on the curse element of the movie, while still managing to not reveal too much of the movie's secrets. watch the trailer and see the full poster >> Posted 03.05.12 by Ryan