Monthly Archives: April 2011

Beardface Reviews: Fast Five is The Fastest and Most Furious of All…

This was a huge surprise for me… Fast Five is not only the BEST Fast and Furious movie in the racing series BUT it’s also probably going to contend for best blockbuster of the summer. Why? Because it knows exactly what it is and doesn’t try to be anything more than well shot and choreographed action with a few laughs and a surprisingly big heart.

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Gramps: Requiem a Criminally Overlooked Heavyweight Champion

Boxing movies. What are you thinking right now? Yes, yes, the Rocky Franchise; perhaps the recent success of The Fighter? For me, with unabashed passion and extreme stubbornness, it is and always will be Raging Bull (a heavyweight contender for Grampenstein’s favorite film). Enter Requiem For a Heavyweight… almost 50 years ago! Talk about “where have you been all my life?” Watch out Rocko and Ward, because “Mountain” Rivera could give Jake La Motta all 12 rounds on any given sunday. Continue reading

Meek’s Cutoff: When and Where Will it Land?

I’ve been following Meek’s Cutoff for at least 6 months now, and it’s just as exciting as ever. However, this whole limited release bullshit is driving me mad. April 8th? Yes, in LA and New York. What about the backwoods of Kanada?  Continue reading

Relativity Media Eats Crow

Hey! Some good news for a change. It’s possible that we’ll not have to see Bradley Cooper in black and white face paint pretending he knows how to fight. Like ’em or lump ’em, the Weinsteins are fighting back, so says Movie Line.

Gramps: Carpenter is The Prince of Darkness

John Carpenter. Jesus Christ. John Carpenter. Jesus Christ. J.C./J.C.? The initials are not a coincidence in the cinematic world of the macabre and stories of le diaboliques! Carpenter is a Man Amongst Men in independent, brilliantly told cinema. With Prince being his first “indie” after going full studio treatment for Escape from New York, it’s like he’d been saving all his good ideas that he couldn’t use with the studios and unleashed them, figuratively and literally, in this film. Continue reading

ComingSoon’s FilmPulse Calls Classic Films Boring… Clearly Hasn’t Watched FilmPulse.

I had an idea for a show once. Just before the end of At the Movies (I mean the official end, when the show was cancelled not when it stopped being watchable, which was sometime after Richard Roeper joined Roger Ebert after the death of Gene Siskel) I was wondering why no one had tried to do a review show that skewed to the key demographic of movie audiences, namely men thirteen to forty, and then I went online and they exist a plenty…

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Beardface Reviews: I Scre4m, You Scre4m, We All Scream Four…

The first shock of this review… I liked Scre4m. Actually, I liked it a lot. Wes Craven and Kevin Williamson re-unite to re-boot this now classic slasher series for a new generation and deliver the best film in the series since the brilliant original.

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Say It Ain’t So Joe?

I feel the way Joe looks...

Straight from the ‘Say it Ain’t So’ department, Sir Joe Pesci, once thought retired, is coming back again. No, I’m not talking about teaming with Scorsese and Bobby D in I Heard You Paint Houses. This project involves John Travolta and, potentially, Lindsay Lohan, while being directed by Nick Cassavetes. Now, if that All-Star Weekend line-up doesn’t bring a tear of depression to your eye, you’re either producing the movie or you’re the Tin Man. Continue reading

Unfortunately, ‘They Live:’ Matt Reeves and Universal Studios

This news doesn’t quite get me as fueled up as recent talks of remaking The Wild Bunch, but, for the love of Moses, it’s close. John Carpenter is sacred (as is Peckinpah); that’s simply the law of the land folks. The thought of updating his once mocked, semi-straight to VHS B-movie, Sci-Fi romp is (like this sentence) a complete right-off. Continue reading

Michael Mann Likes Haggis and Gold

A little diddy of a news tidbit concerning Mr. Mann and a Paul, a Paul named Haggis. via Heat Vision reports that Mann is set to direct Gold and Haggy to produce. Rumor also has it, as rumors often do, that Leo DiCaprio is reading the script as we speak, or as I write this, or as you read this. It’s probably a cock-tease, but consider me teased!