The YA adaptation reigns supreme at thebox office this weekend, while a typically reliable action star struggles.In at number 1 isThe Maze Runner (read our review) with $32.5 million. That’s obviously notHunger Games orTwilight type numbers, but it’s still a great start given the fickle nature of the YA adaptation.With no notable stars to speak of,The Maze Runner‘s audience was likely comprised of book fans, but that’s not a bad turnout all things considered. In fact, FOX...From ScreenRant 1 week ago Read Full Article
Although movie adaptations of books aren’t a new phenomenon in Hollywood, recent years have seen an influx of post-apocalyptic dystopian YA stories on the big screen. The most recent big blockbuster adaptation from a young adult novel,The Maze Runner, debuted in theaters this weekend. FollowingThe Hunger Games, a critically and financially successful franchise, as well asDivergent, which was less well-received critically but was a box office hit,The Maze Runner had a high level of expectat...From ScreenRant 1 week ago Read Full Article
To kick things off today,Flavorwire has Pop Culture-Inspired Photos of an Adorable Dog in Illustrated Scenes.If you have any Geek Picks of your own, please send them to srgeekpicks(at)gmail(dot)com and you could be featured in a future post!-542 were dressed up as Batman at the same place and time. A new world record.-$200 onAmazon.---Warning: possible SPOILER ALERT!Companionship just looks better in cartoon! Join WatchMojo.com as we count down our picks for the top 10 c...From ScreenRant 1 week ago Read Full Article
Vin Diesel loves his Facebook fans. He’s kept them up-to-date on pretty much everything he’s done for the past several years. From photos on the sets ofThe Fast and the Furious movies to concept art forGuardians of the Galexy’s Groot to him holding puppies, Diesel uses Facebook as a means to show love for his fans, and for them in turn to desperately wish that they were him.This week is no different. Diesel has just posted two new images from the production of his latest f...From ScreenRant 1 week ago Read Full Article
As we close out the summer season, it’s time to figure out whichGuardians of the Galaxy character we’re going to be for Halloween (dancing baby Groot all the way) and gear up for the onslaught of horror movies that will try to terrify us in the next few months. Sadly, we may be without two notable titles, as bothAmityville: The Awakening andJames Wan Presents Demonic have had their release dates pulled.Amityville was slated forJanuary 2nd whileDemonic was slated forDecember 12th. For...From ScreenRant 1 week ago Read Full Article
After its debut in 2012,Pitch Perfect became a breakout hit, grossing $113 million worldwide at the box office. The movie also achieved success on theBillboard Hot 100 charts with “Cups”, performed by the film’s star, Anna Kendrick. Now, Kendrick has reunited with her fellow Bardon Bellas — Rebel Wilson, Brittany Snow, Anna Camp, Hana Mae Lee, and Alexis Knapp — as well as some of the Treblemakers — Skylar Astin and Adam Devine — forPitch Perfect 2. The ...From ScreenRant 1 week ago Read Full Article
Not quite a biopic, not really a documentary and only loosely an adaptation, Howl does something that sounds simple until you consider how rarely it occurs in films of any kind. It takes a familiar, celebrated piece of writing and makes it come alive.
With a frustrating format and poor animation, it's still worth it for Franco and the chance to engage with a key work of poetry.
A very mixed bag. It's an oddly dry fusion of documentary and narrative film that arguably doesn't quite click on either level.
Howl mixes a number of story lines and aesthetic approaches: We get glimpses of Ginsberg's early days as a poet, including his relationships with Kerouac and Neal Cassady, as well as a depiction of the trial, where a parade of critics and professors pronounced Ginsberg's creation either a work of genius or irredeemable filth.
By the time this movie's over, you've spent an hour and a half just working your way through the words of Howl and some related source material, and that turns out to be a surprisingly satisfying thing to do.
Basically, Epstein and Friedman are feel-good filmmakers-their Ginsberg has one of the shortest, most successful bouts of psychotherapy in history. But is it really necessary to affirm the poem's ecstatic footnote ("Holy! Holy! Holy!") with a montage of smiling reaction shots?