Friday, February 15, 2013

A Sad Way to Die Hard

Can't say I didn't see this coming. But A Good Day to Die Hard is horrible.

And no, I don't mean "not as good as the original" or "not good in a 'snooty art house film' way" - I mean it's legitimately terrible even in the field of brain-dead star-driven action vehicles. I'm not even sure I can properly express how not just bad, but bizarrely incompetent the entire affair is.

But I'm gonna do my level best.

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Who's the Boss?

A few months ago a friend of mine embarked on a bit of a venture with some associates - including myself - to produce a podcast covering a wide range of nerd-related material from movies to gaming to random popular culture to just plain old shouting matches (the most fun). Because that's sure a niche that no one's bothered to try filling, right?

But all joking aside, I'm excited to present The Load Bearing Bosses. And just so you know we're "official" we even have a logo. . .

Sunday, February 3, 2013

The Disney Renaissance Part 9: Mulan

Of all the films of the Disney Renaissance, none went through such a dramatic transformation during their development as the ninth film. Before the idea to focus on a figure from Chinese legend came about, Disney was developing a story called China Doll about an oppressed girl who was rescued by a British prince and went to live happily ever after with him in the west.

Needless to say for anyone who's seen Mulan, they went in a very different direction indeed. Thankfully.

In Memoriam: Tony Scott's True Romance

The director of Top Gun originally wanted to be a painter.

Tony Scott started off as an artist working on canvas before falling into film, thanks in large part to his older brother Ridley Scott. But the background in static visual composition would bleed into the director's film work, from Scott's love of smoky atmosphere to the way he deliberately filled his wide anamorphic frames and layered in fore and background elements. Even when the movie was moving too fast for you to take it in, Scott was sure to paint a memorable frame on celluloid.

And perhaps no film best captures this like Tony Scott's unsung masterpiece, True Romance

Fair Warning: there will be ---SPOILERS---- in this entry.