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What originally began as a tight race at the box office this weekend saw one film manage to pull away into the top spot. Here’s what went down:
The combination of the Halloween season and a comedy star helped Boo! A Madea Halloween rocket to the top of the box office. The film managed to scare up an impressive $27.6 million this weekend, proof that Tyler Perry’s franchise character still has legs and a devoted audience. Considering the fact that the film only cost about $20 million to make, it’s clear this is another big hit for everyone involved. Read the rest of this entry
Yesterday we were all hit with the terrible news that Steve Dillon, acclaimed artist of Preacher, Hellblazer, and The Punisher (amongst many others) died at the age of 54.
Dillon holds a singular honour amongst comic-book artists for me – he drew some of my all-time favourite comics, and his visions of certain characters and stories are exactly what I visualize when I thing of them. When I think of the Fight at the Alamo, I think of Steve Dillon’s work; when I think of John Constantine’s fortieth birthday, I think of Steve Dillon’s work; when I think of Frank Castle punching a polar bear, I think of Steve Dillon’s work.
I discovered Preacher in the summer of 1997. My girlfriend at the time and I had taken a trip together to Vancouver, British Columbia to see the sights. It seemed though that the sites I most enjoyed were the variety of comic shops and book stores that I continued to come across during our journey. On that trip, i bought a beautiful hard cover version of Kingdom Come. I found a used trade paperback edition of Frank Miller’s Ronin. I bought the screenplay to David Lynch’s Lost Highway.
And I discovered Preacher.
It’s in the air, isn’t it? The horror of Halloween. The last few weeks have seen Biff Bam Pop spreading out usual horrific cheer with our 31 Days of Horror. Much of it has been celebrating our favorite movies and tv shows. Here and now, though, is where we’ll look ahead a little bit, to what could be horrific for all the wrong reasons.
The horror remake.
We’re heading into Halloween horror film time, and there’s a big new release looking for your dollars this weekend. Will it hit the big money, or will one of Hollywood’s most bankable stars spoil the fun. Here’s our prediction:
Ouija: Origin of Evil is a sequel to the 2014 original that managed to make $50 million during its release. While no huge names are attached to this follow-up, there’s some decent buzz surrounding the film, which is said to be quite scary, even for a PG-13 rated movie. People want to get their horror on as October comes to a close, and this is the movie that will help them do it. Look for a first place showing with $23 million.
The recent handheld console market hasn’t been the most successful. Sony’s PSVita was a failure because it lacked the power to deliver on the “home console in your hand” promise. Nintendo’s own WiiU failed because, well, it just wasn’t that great either, offering slightly better graphics than the original Wii, but with the clunky WiiU controller. The outstanding 3DS is an outlier, but mainly because it plays Pokemon and Mario really well, and offers graphics akin to the Super Nintendo, which isn’t exactly stressing the hardware – we don’t expect it to look like a next-gen console.
So when Nintendo finally announced its new home console – the Nintendo Switch – on Thursday, we finally got to see what it was all about. Read the rest of this entry
Holy shit. This looks incredible. That’s all I’m going to say.
Logan is out March 3rd, 2017.
Sometimes you have a history with a movie before you even experience it. This is becoming an increasingly difficult challenge in an age when everything’s on demand or one YouTube click away. In my youth, weird cult movies were things that were whispered about with reverence, only experienced in the pages of cinema books such as Danny Peary’s Cult Movies books, or by flipping through old issues of Fangoria magazine. I remember overnight camp counselors going bananas over The Rocky Horror Picture Show, back when you could catch screenings of it once in a blue moon in the theatre only, which is arguably where that film belongs.
I have the same history with Hammer’s The Gorgon.
It’s safe to say that Dan Slott has been one of the most divisive comic book writers of the past decade, thanks to his run detailing the trials and tribulations of Marvel’s most popular character, the Amazing Spider-Man. More so than any other Spidey writer in recent memory, Slott is pushing the character into new places while finding the fun that has come to definine Peter Parker and his alter-ego.
Nicolas Cage has the capacity to be the master of whatever genre he chooses. He’s tackled many, among them comedy, drama, adventure, sci-fi, con capers, crime films, and, of course, action. The films in his late ’90s action trilogy — The Rock, Con Air and Face/Off — are still cited as classics and, at the time, came out of nowhere for an actor who had barely touched the genre.
But when you think of horror movies, Nicolas Cage isn’t the first guy that comes to mind.
Last year I released a book, National Treasure: Nicolas Cage (2015), in which I argue that the reason Cage is a national treasure (in just about any nation) is due to this ability to be everything and convincingly take on all genres. Not only that, but his willingness and seemingly incessant need to try everything at least once (but usually at least three times) results in a diverse filmography and a fascinating collection of acting styles.
Trying new genres fuels him and yet, when I was writing this book and watching all 72 of his films (he’s now up to 78. Yep, he’s released six movies since my book came out a year ago. Prolific!), one genre that was suspiciously light was horror. Read the rest of this entry