Comic Con 2009: Gary Oldman confirms Batman 3

July 26, 2009


At the panel for Warner Bros. release Book of Eli today, star Gary Oldman confirmed that a sequel to The Dark Knight is currently in the works and set to start filming next year. While he offered no specific information on the plot, he did mention that they’re aiming for release in two years.

“But you didn’t hear that from he,” Oldman assured the roaring crowd


Public Enemies Review

July 6, 2009


Public Enemies on paper had all of the makings to be an instant classic. Johnny Depp, Christian Bale, Michael Mann, and an epic gangster story set in the depression era. What more do you need to make cinematic gold? Well apparently, a lot more. As Public Enemies was slow, tedious, and at times downright boring. It’s one of the first film’s I’ve seen in a long time that I actually regret going to the theater for it and wouldn’t mind having my time back.

Now I must preface my review by saying that this film is not a total stinker. There is some decent action scenes and you do end up caring about the characters. But theres just far too many misses to make up for the hits. Depp plays John Dillinger, a smooth talking and charming bank robber in the 1930’s. One of the first of his kind and a man who made the entire U.S. police system rethink its methods. Dillinger has a cast of cohorts straight out of a Dick Tracy comic. There’s Baby Face Nelson and Pretty Boy Floyd, as well as a bevy of buxom beauties and the brutal force of a tommy gun. This is American mobster’s at their best, unfortunately the plot isn’t strong enough to give credence to this glamorized genre.

We start off with a cool jail bust and bank robbery, but then theres about 45 minutes of talk that kills any remaining buzz you might have. The girl in this film Billie Joe is sexy but probably not enough to make Dillinger stop in his tracks. The ensuing love story is monotonous, cliche, and just plain bland. These care free lovers are off galvanizing in the night with their stolen riches, while Detective Melvin Purvis (Christian Bale) seems to always be one step behind.

Dillinger is caught, escapes, caught again, escapes again in a never ending merry go round of blood and bullets. It isn’t til the film’s third act that we finally see some sort of true climax with a pretty intense shoot out at a winter home in the woods. If only Michael Mann had the foresight to build up to this in a better way and close the film on a high note. Rather than to attach about another 30 minutes of pointless babble. In one of the film’s more eery scenes, Dillinger breaks into the police HQ of the task force assigned to bring him down. He even asks the detectives who are surrounded by wanted posters of him for the score to the ballgame, none of them noticing the criminal they seek stands right there before them.

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Batman 3

April 29, 2009

bale-batman has an interview with Christian Bale up where he talks about the possibility of a third Batman film:

Christian Bale has been talking to Total Film about Batman 3, and it seems the project is no nearer to actually being in development.

He said: “Will we do a third movie? It’s got to be the right story. You can’t make something like The Dark Knight and then come out with something disappointing.

He said the challenge of making a good threequel is driving him on: “I would like it if people say, ‘You’ll never make a good third movie.’ I say, ‘OK, let’s make a third movie in that case, let’s prove them wrong. But that’s just me.

It also sounds as though Bale would be reluctant to star in a third Batman if director Christopher Nolan wasn’t involved: “The fact is, I have to [appear in the film]! I’ve signed up! Chris [Nolan] doesn’t. So I’m in a bit of a fix if he says he doesn’t want to!”

Theres good news and bad news with this. The bad news is that we probably won’t see another Batman movie for atleast 3 years, but the good news is if they do make a third one someday it will have a great script as nobody on the original cast is looking to just rush out a half assed film to capitalize on the success of the prior 2. I am hoping we can see more Batman on the big screen and know WB will make a move at some point, let’s just hope that when they do that Nolan and Bale are still going to be a part of it.

2009 Summer Movie Preview

April 9, 2009

Now that spring is in full bloom and summer is right around the corner, it’s time to get amped up for the big summer blockbuster season. This is traditionally when Hollywood releases its biggest movies of the year that bring in big bucks at the box office and entertain movie lovers for over 3 solid months. Summer 2009 is STACKED. Big budget action flicks, crazy comedies, and intense drama’s are all coming out soon. This year will also have less of an emphasis on comic book flicks, as last year both Iron Man and Batman were all the rage. This year we’re only seeing 2 comic related flicks and one of them is a spin off. So buckle up, grab the popcorn, and get ready for an empty wallet… here’s a look at this summer’s biggest movies:

X-Men Origins: Wolverine | May 1 (Hugh Jackman, Liev Schreiber, Ryan Reynolds)

I’m still a bit up in the air about this one as the X-Men movies didn’t exactly live up to the hype or expectation surrounding them. Wolverine is the most interesting character though and has quite a back story to make for a good spin-off. Ryan Reynolds plays Deadpool and even Gambit will be making an appearance. Early reviews have been favorable and this should be a great way to start the summer blockbuster season.

Star Trek | May 8 (Chris Pine, Simon Pegg, Eric Bana, Zachary Quinto)

JJ Abrams (Cloverfield, Lost, Alias) has reimagined the Star Trek universe and is rebooting the franchise. From the previews it looks a bit more Fast and the Furious than Star Trek, but there are high hopes for this sci-fi action flick starring a young cast. Zachary Quinto is a perfect casting choice for Mr. Spock and Chris Pine seems to bring a new spin to the Capt. Kirk. The supporting cast of Simon Pegg, John Cho, and Eric Bana are all very good as well and I think theres a lot of promise surrounding this movie. Star Trek is back and actually appealing for non-trekkies this time around. This one already has my 10 bucks.

Angels and Demons | May 15 (Tom Hanks, Ewan McGregor)

Ron Howard and Tom Hanks are teaming up again for this sequel to “The DaVinci Code.” While the first film left a lot to be desired in comparison to the book, this film is also based on a prior novel which was supposedly even better than the DaVinci Code. With no other box office competition on this particular weekend, look for a huge weekend take. This one is a toss up on whether or not to spend theater money or wait for DVD, but will do well with an older audience as its the smart man’s “National Treasure.”

Terminator Salvation | May 21 (Christian Bale, Sam Worthington, Bryce Dallas Howard)

Every trailer for this movie has looked amazing. The hype is through the roof and Christian Bale has yet to make a “bad” movie. For everything that this film has going for it, its hard to ignore that McG (Charlie’s Angels) is directing and that it’s gotten a PG-13 rating which means the action may not be as gruesome as the trailers let on. I want to love this movie, but something tells me I’ll just be mildly amused when I walk out of it. Either way, a Terminator movie is not one to miss and its safe to say this will do very well come May 21.

Up | May 28 (Christopher Plummer, Ed Asner)

Let’s see, its Pixar, original concept, and an interesting trailer that made its debut at the Superbowl halftime show in 3D. You can say that “Up” has a bit of a promotional push behind it. If youre a kid you will see this, if you’re an adult with a kid you will see this. If you are in between you will probably still see this as Pixar movies are goldmine’s. The first kid friendly movie of the summer will surely bring in a cool 40+ mil at the box office.

Land of the Lost | June 5 (Will Ferrell, Danny McBride)

It’s been a while since we’ve seen a Will Ferrell movie, and thats a good thing. Sometimes distance makes the heart grow fonder and by June 5th, we’ll be ready for his brand of humor on the big screen again. Land of the Lost is a CGI fest that is gonna please a pretty broad audience. Danny McBride (Eastbound and Down) is always hilarious and this one has potential to be a pretty funny movie.

The Taking of Pelham 123 | June 12 (John Travolta, Denzel Washington)

I’m looking forward to this and not only because I cameo in it, but it’s the first time I can remember that these two actors have worked together and Tony Scott directing it is the icing on top. This is a remake of a 70s movie, filmed in NYC, and will no doubt please action fans with its subway destruction scenes.

Year One | June 19 (Jack Black, Michael Cera)

I’ve wanted to see this as soon as I saw the trailer. Which is quite something as I rarely like Jack Black movies anymore. But the premise of a biblical comedy produced by Judd Apatow seems pretty intriguing and Michael Cera was born for this type of role. There isn’t a whole lot of comedy this summer so we have to enjoy what we can get and “Year One” has a lot of promise.

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Public Enemies Trailer

March 10, 2009

“Public Enemies” is the much anticipated crime thriller directed by Michael Mann and starring Johnny Depp and Christian Bale. Depp plays John Dillinger in this real life story about the famous Depression-era bank robber who is chased by the FBI and J Edgar Hoover (Billy Crudup). The film will come out sometime in July and looks to be an instant classic.

Terminator Salavation Trailer

March 5, 2009

There’s a brand new Terminator Salvation trailer that will run with The Watchmen this weekend. This is the first full trailer we’ve seen for this film which comes out in just 2 months. The bar has been set high with my expectations for this one as this trailer really kicks ass and let’s hope McG and Bale can come up with something good. I mean how can you go wrong with Bruce Wayne killing robots?

Christian Bale Apologizes

February 6, 2009


Christian Bale was on KROQ in Los Angeles today, talking to morning guys Kevin and Bean.  Bale sheds some light on his side of the story and deeply apologizes for what he did, mostly blaming it on not being able to handle this title of “movie star” thrown upon him.  I think Bale is legitimately apologetic, but some sort of therapy or anger management is probably not a bad idea.  For the full audio of Bale’s apology click this link: