That’s right, it’s time for a brand new episode of The Flickcast. It’s another new years gift just for you!
On this week’s episode Chris and Joe discuss everything Sherlock. They also discuss TV shows such as Shut Eye, Ash vs. Evil Dead, The Young Pope and movies such as Spectral and Parallels. They also talk about Netflix’s business model, who is the best James Bond and a whole lot more. Plus, the usual even more.
Beer selections this week include Shiner Bock for Chris and Brrrr Hoppy Red for Joe. Picks this week include Chris’ pick of the film Hidden Figures and Joe’s pick of the new Hulu show Shut Eye.
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Late in the movie there’s a scene where a child is playing with a toy train set. As the little model ’rounds the corner, the boy pushes the accelerator, and the toy derails, crashing onto the floor. The railroad owner, who’s lodging the boy, gives him a light talking-to, “Slow it down at the curves, speed up on the straight tracks.” The boy in turn gives him a look that shouts But crashing it is the whole point! No other scene better sums up the movie.
It’s Disney. And Gore Verbinski and Jerry Bruckheimer and Johnny Depp and Hans Zimmer and all those cogs and moving pieces that make it big and loud and hard charging like the locomotives The Lone Ranger delights in crashing, plunging, derailing, and blowing up. And when it is, it’s a lot of fun. Yeah, the trailer’s given a lot away (which has, sadly, been a major problem for many summer blockbusters), but there’s a lot more that isn’t spoiled.
As for the spoilers in this review, I’ll try to keep them to the general plot. The movie opens in 1933 at a carnival in San Francisco. A tyke named Will, dressed in the garish outfit of the ’30s Lone Ranger, wanders through a makeshift museum of the Wild West, one of those galleries with big cardboard dioramas and plaques that state the obvious (“Buffalo: King of the Plains”). Munching on his carny peanuts, he stops at a display of an elderly Comanche, and the camera lingers just long enough to let you know that something’s not quite right with…
“Kemosabe?” the figure asks, and the startled boy confesses that he’s not the real mysterious masked man. The figure, again in turn, reveals that he’s the actual Tonto, and begins to recount the origin of his partnership with the Lone Ranger — beginning with the time they robbed a bank.
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World War Z is probably the most solid zombie flick we’re going to get for a while. The characters are well-defined, the acting is better than it needs to be, the look is good, and the story is constructed as a pretty compelling mystery. That’s both a plus and a minus for the film. The detective aspect is an innovative take on a genre that already has, within its endless sub-genres, the romantic comedy (this year’s Warm Bodies), and the movie wastes no time getting straight to it. On the other hand, its commitment to the mystery narrative makes the action sequences feel like they were brought over from another movie.
When Gerry (Brad Pitt), the ex-UN agent (his original job function is never made explicitly clear) gets a lead that takes him to Israel, he meets up with an official who apparently foresaw the zombie outbreak and constructed a massive wall around Jerusalem. The guy’s reasoning is simple: “We ignored warning signs before and suffered because of it, this time, I figured, ‘What the Hell?'”
As soon as Gerry’s finished asking questions, someone in the crowd starts performing an impromptu song. No reason, just because. And the static from her microphone alerts the zombies outside the city, who form a massive pile and (SPOILER, though it’s in the trailer) spill out over the wall and overtake the city.
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The Avengers has come and gone, and now we get to see Tony Stark (Robert Downey, Jr.) dealing with the trauma he apparently experienced in New York. He has insomnia, and it strains both his work on the latest Iron Man suit as well as his relationship with Pepper (Gwyneth Paltrow). His bodyguard Happy (Jon Favreau) is now head of security for Stark Industries. And, all around the world, there’s broadcasts from a strange terrorist figure named “The Mandarin” (Ben Kingsley).
The movie opens with Stark recounting a New Year’s Eve party way back in 1999. He’s at a conference in Bern, trying to bed a buxom botantist, Maya (Rebecca Hall) before the year’s turnover. He’s interrupted by pimply geek Aldrich Killian (Guy Pearce), who’s trying to start a think tank and wants Stark’s help. Stark blows him off, and if the use of Guy Pearce didn’t already suggest it, Stark states outright that it was the beginning of trouble.
Thirteen years later, Aldrich shows up at Stark Industries, again seeking support, though he does seem more interested in rubbing everyone’s nose in his success. He has created a new whatsit kind of technology called “Extremis” that allows the brain to regenerate tissue…and, somehow, make the patients melt things with their hands. (Dr. Curt Conners from the latest Spiderman films is going to be smacking his head with his tail when the inevitable crossover comes.)
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If there’s one thing we love around here it’s Liam Neeson. He’s a cool customer who usually ends up in movies we relly enjoy watching like Batman Begins, Taken or the recent Unknown.
We especially like to watch when he’s demonstrating his “particular set of skills.” Those are seemingly in full effect in his latest film The Grey.
In The Grey, Neeson is pitted against a new foe, one that will stop at nothing to make sure he, and the people he’s protecting, don’t make it out of the wilderness alive. I’m talking about, of course, a pack of hungry wolves.
Yes, you read that right: wolves. Neeson is even a badass when he fights against nature. To prove my point we’ve got a new trailer for The Grey to share with you today.
Check it out after the break. The Grey, which in addition to Neeson features Dermot Mulroney and James Badge Dale, is directed by Joe Carnahan and hits theaters on January 27.
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Liam Neeson is at the age many actors start to slow down and turn to safe, non-action roles. However, he’s obviously having none of that and is continuing to kick considerable ass.
His latest film The Grey, which is directed by Joe Carnahan, sees him as an expert in survival skills whose plane crashes in the arctic wild. He must lead a group of survivors to safety while fighting off some big, bad wolves.
Even if that doesn’t sound too interesting, you can bet Neeson will take it to the next level and do some serious damage to any wolf foolish enough to mess with him. After all, he does have a particular set of skills.
Check out the new trailer after the break. Look for The Grey to hit theaters on January 27.
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AMC has announced that they will not be renewing Rubicon for a second season. Rubicon was an original series that began in August, but never really got a foothold with audiences.
This is the first original series that AMC has canceled. The network has done quite well their other shows, including Mad Men, Breaking Bad, and now The Walking Dead.
The official statement given by the network was, “Rubicon gave us an opportunity to tell a rich and compelling story and we’re very proud of the series. This was not an easy decision, but we are grateful to have had the opportunity to work with such a phenomenally talented and dedicated team.”
Rubicon was a twisty series in the vein of a detective/spy thriller. It starred Miranda Richardson, James Badge Dale, and Arliss Howard.
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With much of our attention focused on the Frank Darabont produced The Walking Dead and our recaps of this season’s Breaking Bad, we still have time to wonder when our favorite show set in the topsy turvy world of advertising was going to make its fourth season debut on AMC. Well, the wait is over as the network has announced Mad Men‘s return date. What is it? Sunday, July 25 at 10/9C.
The new season will hopefully answer some of the burning questions left after season three ended. Will Don and Betty get back together? What’s going to happen with the new agency? Will Joan and Roger get back together? Will Peggy ever be happy? How can I get a job where you drink in the afternoon?
Many of these questions (probably not that last one) will no doubt be answered as the series basically starts agin with a de facto pilot and sets the action to take the stories in a whole new direction. I, for one, can’t wait.
Turning from the return of a great show to a brand new and potentially great show, AMC has also announced the premiere date of its new conspiracy thriller set in a New York-based government intelligence agency. The show, called Rubicon, stars James Badge Dale (The Pacific) and Miranda Richardson and will premiere on Sunday, August 1 at 8/7C.
Obviously, having never seen Rubicon, I can’t really say if I’m interested in it or not. I do like Dale’s work in The Pacific and Miranda Richardson is a very good actress so on the strength of its two leads, the show seems on the right track. Of course, that is all overshadowed by the return of Mad Men.