I’m . . . on the fence about this one. On one hand, this movie has a ridiculously talented cast. We’ve got Joel Kinnaman, Michael Keaton, Samuel L. Jackson, Gary Oldman, Abbie Cornish, Jennifer Ehle, Michael K. Williams, Jackie Earle Haley, Marianne Jean-Baptiste, and Miguel Ferrer . . . which is doubly awesome because Ferrer is in the original. Also, I kind of love Samuel L. Jackson’s little propaganda ads.
On the other hand . . . who needed this remake? I know I didn’t. I only watched the original for the first time a few years ago, and it held up perfectly fine for me. It’s a really fun movie, and the changes in this new version aren’t exactly blowing my skirt up. You know, RoboCop’s inner humanity battles his evil robot protocols! Free will versus engineered destiny! Blah blah blah. There are ways to make this kind of thing interesting, but what’s on screen here is coming off as pretty generic.
Besides, it was way more awesome when they actually brought RoboCop back from the dead.
I haven’t actually read this series yet, and I probably won’t before the movie comes out, so I can’t comment on how this looks as an adaptation. As a film, though . . . I don’t know. I’m not exactly wowed by the trailer, but I could watch it. I don’t really care one way or the other about Theo James, but we’ve got some very strong women here: Shailene Woodley, Kate Winslet, Maggie Q. I’m mildly interested for them. Especially Kate Winslet, who looks sort of deliciously evil.
Man of Tai Chi
Keanu Reeves’s directorial debut . . . I’m not expecting much from it. (Not because he’s directing it, but because . . . well, because I’ve seen the trailer.) Still, I’ll probably watch it eventually. I mean, it looks fun. I’m not exactly sure why Evil Reeves needs to turn a pure-hearted man of Tai Chi into a killer — like what exactly do you get from this diabolical plan — but hey, it could be entertaining.
Neo is gonna get his ass kicked.
Kill Your Darlings
I am surprisingly kind of interested in this. I may have a Batman lanyard decked out in nerdy English flair — no one at work ever gets the Chekov’s gun reference, unfortunately — but I’ve never been particularly huge into the Beat poets, and I’ll take Louise Glück over Allen Ginsberg any day of the week. But I find the story here kind of intriguing, and the cast is fantastic. Daniel Radcliffe and Dane DeHaan are both great young actors, and I like Ben Foster and Michael C. Hall a whole lot too.
I won’t see this in theaters or anything, but there’s a decent chance I’ll rent it at some point.
And finally . . . All The Boys Love Mandy Lane
This movie was actually made way the hell back in 2006 and apparently is only now getting a limited release. I wish I could be excited about it, but . . . I don’t know. I’m not seeing much to get excited about. I enjoyed the hell out of Amber Heard in Drive Angry, and I want to see more work by Jonathan Levine — I really liked 50/50 and have heard good things about Warm Bodies — but if this doesn’t have some surprise Cabin in the Woods like twist layering, I’m not seeing anything worth watching. A bunch of guys invite a Super Hot Virgin to their party, presumably so one or all of them can have sex with her, and then people start dying. I mean, yay? The virgin trope is old as hell. I want to see something new with it. And if we’re going to keep it hanging around, I really need more interesting virgins.