It's quite possible that Anchor Bay is putting out a mediocre mafia movie in Kill the Irishman. The synopsis for the movie is fairly interesting, a real life story about an Irish mobster whose actions eventually led to mafia syndicates throughout the United States. The problem, however, is that the first trailer doesn't let on how good Kill the Irishman could be.
The first hitch with the trailer is that it doesn't establish the setting effectively. The story supposedly takes place in Cleveland, but for those unfamiliar with the real life story, the only indications of the setting is the establishing skyline shot at the beginning of the trailer and a brief glimpse of something that looks like a baseball stadium. For those not familiar with Cleveland, these shots look like they could be in most rustbelt cities. Cleveland does not get as much publicity as other major cities in the U.S., so it would be to the advantage of Kill the Irishman to market its setting more, especially in a genre that is seldom set outside Chicago, New York, or New Jersey.
Another thing going against Kill the Irishman is also exactly what it is going for: ugliness. The filters look muddy and faded, and although that may be appropriate for a movie set in Cleveland in 1976, Kill the Irishman is trading glamour for grit, which goes against the grain established in such classics as Goodfellas, American Gangster, and The Godfather films.
It's possible that future trailers of Kill the Irishman will show more of the assets the movie will have to offer; it has a great story in the account of Danny Greene. Let's hope the next trailer does...Read More
African Cats is set to be released by Dinseynature this coming Earth Day, April 22. 2011. For those of you not familiar, Disneynature is a subsidiary of Walt Disney Motion Pictures Group that distributes the company's nature documentaries.
There's a certain delight in the crossover movie; films like Alien vs. Predator (2004), Freddy vs. Jason (2003), and, of course, Mega Shark Versus Giant Octopus (2009) give us the answers to the late-night, who-would-win-in-a-fight arguments that we've had with our friends over the years.
The difficulty with combining mismatched genres is that it's easy to get caught up in the novelty of presenting absurdity, at the cost of making something funny and/or compelling. Inglorious Basterds succeeded as a darkly-comedic, historically-fictitious WWII action flick with the help of superb acting, Quentin Tarantino-grade gore, and most importantly – a good, original story.
I have fond memories of the Winnie the Pooh movies; although I haven't seen recent entries such as The Tigger Movie (2000), Piglet's Big Movie (2003), or Pooh's Heffalump Movie (2005), I'd look forward to seeing this movie, mostly because the trailer's sweet music and somber dialog suggests a soothing poignancy that would not only be instructional for children, but comforting to adults.
It's been ten years since the release of Meet the Parents, and after the 2004 release of the sequel, Meet the Fockers, Universal Studious is milking the franchise yet again with Little Fockers, set to be released December 22nd.
DreamWorks released its teaser trailer for Kung Fu Panda 2 on Monday and took a bold, but perhaps necessary step for the success of a family movie: addressing the adults. The first half of the trailer reintroduces Jack Black as Po, the fighting Panda; the second half of the trailer is mostly static and silent, as Po challenges the viewer to a staring contest.
Disney's third official trailer for Tron: Legacy, released Monday, differs markedly from the first trailer they released in July 2009; it claims the movie has an actual honest-to-god story. The question to ask, however, does it really matter?
There's something about silence, darkness, and bright neon lights – and Disney's Tron: Legacy will deliver all three in spades....Read More