Ivan Reitman

This Week in Movie News

Captain America The Winter Soldier, $476,706,000. Making 10.2 million on its Thursday night openings, more than double what Captain America the First Avenger. It set a single day record for April with 36.9 million, and an opening weekend of 95 million. Not too shabby. It has done about 46% better than the original. And Rightfully so. The Winter Soldier is an amazing film, that you should all go see. Numerous times.

With the sudden passing of Harold Ramis, Ivan Reitman made the decision his heart just wasn’t into a Ghostbusters 3. And rightfully so. In his departure Chris Miller and Phil Lord stepped in. However it looks like they are now leaving the potential project. The studio is in talks with other directors. Problem with this I have is Harold Ramis is gone, Ivan Reitman is out, and Bill Murray has no interest in ever doing another Ghostbuster sequel. What’s the appeal? Why not star fresh. Scrap what you have, and give us a reboot.

Matt Damon is in final talks to join the film The Martian. The Martian, tells the tale of a space crew on Mars when something goes terribly wrong, Mark Watney (Damon), thought to be dead, and is left on Mars. With no way to contact his crew, and very little supplies, Watney, must handle the obstacles put a head of him and try to survive in hopes that a rescue mission finds him. The film sounds entertaining, and Damon is a good choice, however Damon is a good choice for nearly any role. The film sounds nearly like Gravity meets Castaway. Which is a very interesting combination. I look forward to more about this film.

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 has released more viral marketing. This time the subject is actually very very exciting. In an article, written by Eddie Brock, Cletus “Killer “Cassidy has been caught, and placed in prison. It goes on to say that he gave very little struggle. What’s most interesting about this? The mention of Cassidy? Who eventually becomes Carnage? Yea that’s cool. But what’s even cooler is when you remember the past. During filming of The Amazing Spider-Man 2. Jim Carey visited the set while filming was going on. Rumors swirled that he was in talks to play Cassidy. And He would be, Killer, in the role. Couple that with the fact that Sony is releasing a Venom spinoff film, and think to yourself, who is Venom going to face off against? Can’t be Spider-Man, which would just be another Spider-Man film. Could we be building to Venom/Carnage? I sure hope so.

Schmoes Know have reported that Kick Ass 2 director Jeff Wadlow is going to take over the directing and writing duties of the He-Man Masters of the Universe film. If I’m not mistaken recently John Cho left the film, I think to do some dumb 80s cartoon that will be getting a big screen adaption. I like this move, because I was a huge fan of Kick Ass 2. However with script re-writes and new directors, I don’t know if this film is ever going to get made. But it truly deserves a new modern telling!

An abundant of X-Men news has come out this week. We will start with the absolute cheesiest and most pointless. The dumb Carls Jr. and Hardees commercials with rip off Mystique, and Quicksilver. This is some odd marketing techniques. The commercials are cheesy and dumb. As well the picture of Quicksilver released that has him running alongside the wall while Wolverine and the X-Men don’t even notice him. Again, looks cheesy, and actually even photo shopped. What is exciting is Lauren Shuler Donner has announced that they are looking at major spinoffs. She announced she wants Mystique, Gambit, and Deadpool. Too of which are expected. Deadpool we, and Ran Reynolds, have been waiting for since the X-Men franchise began. As well Mystique, of course she needs her own spin off. Not because of the character, but because of the actress, Jennifer Lawrence. But the most exciting is Gambit. We were so excited with the announcement of Gambit in Origins, and to be honest, Taylor Kitsch was a shining point in that film. And I hope that they bring him back. However, I believe that with Days of Future Past and Apocalypse are going to reset the timeline and bring the First Class characters into today’s time. I’ll be excited to see the turn out no matter what the outcome.

Draft Day

One of the most epic days in the NFL season, Draft Day! All the trades, all the excitement, all the anarchy! Players drop, players rise, paychecks, losses, diamonds in the rough! Sound exciting? Well it is, and I’m not just talking about May 8 2014, oddly enough, I’m talking about the brand new Kevin Costner film! Directed Ivan Reitman, and starring Kevin Costner, Jennifer Garner, Denis Leary, Frank Langella, Sam Elliot, Chadwick Boseman, Terry Crews, Josh Pence, Diddy, and Arian Foster making his film debut!

Draft day follows the events in the biggest day of Cleveland Browns GM Sonny Weaver Jr. (Costner) career, as he desperately tries to build a team that he can call his own. Stressed out with life issues, and a trade early on that he regrets all day, trying to rationalize his decisions and save his own future with the Browns. Looking at the number 1 pick and the Heisman trophy winning QB (Pence), while he has own QB (Welling), and an option of picks down the line that include a linebacker a reputation(Boseman), and a running back with a Browns legacy(Foster). At the same time he’s dealing with a girlfriend (Garner) and slightly off Mother.

Draft day is very fun film. Kevin Costner is on a roll back to top. From Man of Steel, to 3 Days to Kill, to Draft Day. Ivan Reitman truly hits this one out of the park. His mix of comedy, drama, and the hint of romance is just what you want in a family fun film like this one. And if you were afraid that you had to be a football fan to like it, don’t be. Yes we fans of the greatest sport on earth enjoy the film, but it’s not just the sports aspect that will keep us entertained either. The film has some rather odd cuts and cinematography. It reminded me a lot of Ang Lee’s Hulk, when it would have 3 or for different shots in one scene. The scenes shift almost like sliding glass doors.

There are few negatives. The side story of the romance, and some of the family issues didn’t necessarily need to be in the film. And can kind of drag at times. They give Costner a good amount of back story and character development, but I think the film would be just as entertaining if the film stuck with nothing but the inner workings of the NFL GMs on Draft Day. A lot of the roles are not very full, they are almost reduced to cameos. I would have liked to see more of Foster, and even a little more from Diddy.

The cast is phenomenal. I already talked about Costner, but Jennifer Garner owns her role as a woman in “man’s world” and as people try to put her down she stands her ground, and Garner gives character to the, well character. To me, the big surprise was Tom Welling I’m a huge fan of Welling, from his role as Superman, er Clark Kent. Oddly enough, he’s one of 3 actors with links to Superman, Langella played Perry White in Superman Returns, and of course Costner as Jonathan Kent in Man of Steel. Boseman brings a great amount of heart to his role. It is great to see Crews in a role a little more dramatic, with an emphasis on a little. It’s rare, but sometimes he truly can show you more. Even Foster does a great job in his acting debut! Denis wary was perfectly cast as the coach, who left Dallas after they fell to the bottom. I was not happy with that storyline.

In the long run, Draft Day is a film you will enjoy. For guys on a date night, it’s definitely a good pay back for when your girlfriend made you see Sex in the City. It’s a good date night film, which you will truly enjoy. I gave Draft Day Jeebus Score of 4.2, Draft Day, A Good Time at the Theater.