Early in The Last Stand,
the small-town sheriff played by Arnold Schwarzenegger says, "It's my
day off. Should be a quiet weekend." That's the new way of saying, "I've
got one week to retirement," because it signals — with flashing neon
and everything — that life is going to royally upend those plans.
One of the most inconsistent franchises in movie history is the one beget by Tobe Hooper's 1974 classic, The Texas Chain Saw Massacre. How does one follow all those less-than-beloved sequels? Lionsgate's latest in the series — the seventh — has a solution: Ignore 'em.
Not long after Batman changed Hollywood in the summer of 1989,
every studio wanted to have the next comics-based blockbuster. I
remember visiting Penn Square Mall’s multiplex (as I did often back
then) and seeing a poster for Captain America. The one-sheet was comprised of little more than a close-up of Cap’s iconic shield and a promise to arrive next summer.
With the Broken Lizard comedy troupe becoming increasingly broken, member Paul Soter has branched off to write and direct something about as far away as one can get from the likes of Super Troopers and Beerfest: a horror film. Now that I've seen it, I'm thinking maybe he should stay on his own.
With the smell of shamrock shakes in the air, St. Patrick’s Day is near. That makes it the ideal time for all things Irish, movies included.
On Thursday, lil’ ol’ Norman plays host to the 2012 Puterbaugh Festival of International Literature & Culture’s Irish Film Festival. From 12:45 to 4 p.m., one Oscar-winning movie and two 15-minute shorts will unspool in Meacham Auditorium on the University of Oklahoma campus.
Kicking it off is 2006’s Once, a musical love story that remains one of the 10 best movies I saw last decade, and whose soundtrack forever is imprinted on my brain. Seriously, this film gives me goose bumps each time I see it. Once won the Best Original Song Academy Award for “Falling Slowly” — a victory that had me cheering from my living room.
Also showing are The Crush (not to be confused with 1993’s wretched Alicia Silverstone jailbait thriller; this one was up for an Oscar) and The Other Life, which are about, respectively, a 8-year-old fawning over his teacher and a wealthy woman realizing money ain’t all that.