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Monday
Feb202012

Who chooses Academy Award winners? Old white men

One of the main reasons that the Academy Awards are so prestigious is because they are voted on by members of the filmmaking community itself, but who are they? This question is especially pertinant in a year where some of the films and performances that weren’t nominated are as interesting as those that were. To help explore this question, the LA Times spoke with more than 5,100, or 89 percent, of the voting members to uncover some of the demographics of the voting members in the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

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Monday
Feb202012

Awesome: David Bowie movie poster mashups 

A good day isn’t complete without a bit of Bowie. The Queen Bitch himself has only starred in a few movies like Labrynth, The Prestige, and Zoolander, but some gifted Photoshop users have modified real movie posters to include Mr. Bowie. These pictures were gathered from many sources, but I believe Flavorwire was one of the first sites to post some of them. Below is our first attempt at a photo gallery, but we’ll give it a whirl. Let’s dance!

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Sunday
Feb192012

'Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance' review - The worst Nicolas Cage movie yet

Nicolas Cage was great as a comedic take on Batman in Kick-Ass, but he’s still an odd choice for any superhero role. Ghost Rider is no exception. The first Ghost Rider, directed by the man behind Daredevil, was widely panned by critics and audiences. Five years later, we’re back again with Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance. Again we have Cage at the helm as Johnny Blaze, this time with the duo of Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor directing. If you thought the first Ghost Rider was bad, it only gets worse from here.

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Friday
Feb172012

This week in sequels and remakes: Beetlejuice 2, Ghost Rider 3, TMNT, Hannibal TV series, and more

This week has tossed up more than a few interesting news snippets regarding sequels and remakes of some extremely well known movies. With all the news circling, it might be good to recap a few of the more notable titles floating around including Beetlejuice 2, a Cabin Fever prequel, TinTin 2, and Ghost Rider 3

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Thursday
Feb162012

Movie remakes: Which movies deserve a do-over?

I’ve had a lot of different opinions concerning remakes recently. Everywhere I look, another one seems to pop up, from the lackluster Straw Dogs to the hilariously thrilling Fright Night. I tend to see two different reactions to remakes. If you’ve seen the original film, whether you loved it or hated it, you’re wary of another attempt at it again. Either it’ll be just as bad as the original or a botched blasphemy. If you haven’t seen the original, then you stand a chance of finding more enthusiasm.

There have been plenty of great remakes among the disappointments as well. Compared to it’s loud and campy predecessors, The Dark Knight series has been welcome with it’s dark and gritty take on the infamous Batman origins.

The Oscars aren’t exempt from remakes either. As USA Today points out, most of the nominations films are adaptations of books, and the Guardian thinks the adaptations will be favored to sweep most of the awards. Since I double-time as a bookseller, I can vouch that a lot of people come through wanting to read the books before seeing the movies. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is a good example. The Artist is one of the only original films up for many awards, and I think it stands to win.

So while we’re talking about the idea that not all remakes are bad, I asked some of the writers here at Cinema Soldier what they’d like to see adapted to the big screen from another medium, or some movies that they would love to see get another chance (or a third). Below are our picks for the movies most deserving of remakes. 

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Wednesday
Feb152012

'Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter' trailer & featurette - Was Honest Abe the Buffy of the 19th century?

Well, you can’t get much sillier than this idea. The first trailer and featurette for Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter has been released and it’s looking more over the top than I thought. In fact, it’s such an odd premise that I bet a lot of moviegoers will have to do a double take before they realize that this is actually a real movie. Yes, a studio was crazy enough to release a vampire movie starring Abraham Lincoln. Will it work? I have no idea, but the tagline is priceless: “President by day. Hunter by night.”

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Monday
Feb132012

Guillermo del Toro to direct 'Beauty and the Beast,' Emma Watson to star

After seeing Beastly, it’s hard to get excited about any new live-action Beauty and the Beast remake, but wiht Guillermo del Toro at the helm, it’s instantly interesting. Variety reports that the renowned director of Hellboy and Pan’s Labyrinth will take charge of “Beast,” a new take on the classic tale. Better, the casting is already going well, with Emma Watson (Harry Potter) signing on to play the beauty—an interesting, but enticing choice. Andrew Davies, known for Bridget Jones’s Diary back in 2001 but more recently for the quite lame The Three Musketeershas been tapped to write. 

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Saturday
Feb112012

Awesome video: 'Requiem for a Dream' with puppets

Requiem for a Dream is one of the most disturbing and brilliant movies I’ve ever seen. Replace all of the actors with puppets and you have a masterpiece. Fans of the movie will find a lot to love in this short little trailer. All of the key themes and bits seem to be here, from the refridgerator to the TV to “tail to tail” action. Drugs are bad, but this is awesome. 

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Thursday
Feb092012

'The Bourne Legacy' trailer - Jeremy Renner does his best Damon

Matt Damon opted not to return to the Bourne series for a fourth outing, but that isn’t stopping Universal. The studio promoted the writer of the first three films, Tony Gilroy, to direct The Bourne Legacy, and it has concocted a new character, played by Jeremy Renner, to take Jason Bourne’s place. Despite all this, it does look intriguing. Am I a sucker? 

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Wednesday
Feb082012

'John Carter' TV trailer highlights some new action

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Disney is airing a new one-minute TV spot for John Carter during ABC’s The River on Tuesday night and ComingSoon.net got a hold of it. The new trailer further emphasizes action scenes and is mostly full of one-liners as /Film points out, but I have to say, it still looks pretty thrilling.

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