Christopher Nolan has built the Batman franchise on one concept that few other superhero films have embraced, and it has made the difference between the relatively airy heroes found in other blockbusters this year, and Nolan’s grim Dark Knight.
Toronto had a little extra sass today as actor Armitage Shanks and burlesque dancer Roxi DLite were in town to chat about their film Burlesque Assassins, which opens in Toronto tomorrow, July 20 during the Toronto Burlesque Festival.
Veronika London has turned heads as a model, and as an actress, but despite being dubbed “the Megan Fox of Hollywood North” by Maxim magazine, she has proven she takes acting seriously even as she kicks a little butt along the way.
Like a lot of people, I have a soft spot for Pixar and their incredibly charming style of storytelling. Compared to their first few films though, the studio is not creating the vivid work we once were used to seeing, which is what established the company’s credibility with worldwide audiences from the start. That’s not to say that Brave is somehow a bad film, but the difference from a few years ago–when the studio released films with spellbinding stories–is just that Brave is not exactly exceptional.
Despite the franchise that grew up from director Ridley Scott’s epic film, Alien, which debuted back in 1979, it’s worth remembering that Scott, for good and bad, only ever directed the original movie, and that’s fairly obvious once you watch his latest venture into the Alien universe.
Canadian actress Cobie Smulders has an enviable part on the hit comedy How I Met Your Mother, as the caustic but oh-so-sweet Robin Scherbatsky, but now, thanks to director Joss Whedon, moviegoers are about to see a much more serious side of Smilders as she takes on the part of S.H.I.E.L.D. agent Maria Hill in Marvel’s The Avengers.
In the hands of your average director, The Avengers could have been ridiculous. There are long stretches of conversation where superheroes just talk to each other in small spaces, loads of complicated special effects, and the film is a whopping 2 hours and 22 minutes. On top of that, The Avengers is charged with bringing together three heroes from their respective blockbusters, and giving them some sort of likable chemistry together with new characters we don’t know all that much about.
If your jaw doesn’t drop while you’re watching Mission: Impossible — Ghost Protocol, then you’re not really paying attention. Between star Tom Cruise’s unbelievable stunts, including hanging from the tallest building in the world–a dangerous, challenging stunt that most actors would never dream of attempting–and his charm, I would go so far as to say that Cruise rarely gets the praise he deserves for going beyond what should be expected of him.
After watching so many slasher movies, monster films, and gory extravaganzas, it’s easy to forget there is such a thing as horror with a new perspective, but The Cabin in the Woods laughs its way through a bloody story that is filled with surprises that you likely won’t see coming until they’ve grabbed you by the throat.
Considering the legion of fans who have been awaiting The Hunger Games movie, based on Suzanne Collins’ hit novel, there’s enough anticipation for this soon-to-be adored film that you could probably cut the tension with a (throwing) knife, but there’s lots of good news for fans. Better still, you don’t even need to be a teenager, or a fan, to enjoy this tense action-adventure.