Prometheus….Didn’t Live Up To The Hype In My Book

In My Humble Opinion: Prometheus was a an okay movie, but frankly I was expecting a little more from the director of Alien, Gladiator, and Blade Runner.  The plot, was somewhat compelling…searching out those that created the human race naturally we would look to the stars right?  What’s that you say? No? Yeah that was one aspect I had a hard time getting my head around too.  Couldn’t it just have been the possible discovery of intelligent life on another planet?  And…why did Guy Pearce’s character feel the need to decieve…anyone really?  He’s financing the whole trip and lets people believe he died on earth some two years ago.  Then he’s, SURPRISE still alive…to me this was supposed to be a “shocker” in the movie, but frankly I was underwhelmed.  One more thing…this black ooze, that’s the best threat you can come up with….I mean The Blob already cornered the market on “scary” ooze if I remember correctly.  Anyway, the biggest issue I had with the movie was the continuity between it and the original Alien.  In this movie the expedition heads to LV-223, but in the movie Alien, the expedition heads to LV-426 (of course this isn’t established until the sequel Aliens came out…but you get the idea)  Hopefully Ridley Scott did this intentionally with plans of a Prometheus sequel to take place on LV-426.  I could see him actually making a trilogy out of this with the story line leading right up to when the Nostromo from the original Alien movie receives a transmission of unknown origin…neatly tieing all the movies together.  Like I said, it wasn’t necessarily a bad movie, just wasn’t as good as I expected.  Then again when director’s go back and try to jump-start a franchise that made him/her famous in the first place, does it ever live up to anyone’s expectations….Star Wars franchise anyone?


Shia LaBeouf “done” with Big Budget Films….good!

In My Humble Opinion:  It takes a real ass to come out and make negative comments about the very industry that has provided him with a living and his entire way of life.  Shia LaBeouf (Transformers Franchise, Indiana Jones) came out and said that he is “done” making big budget films.  His exact quote was:  “There’s no room for being a visionary in the studio system. It literally cannot exist.”  Of course this isn’t the first time he made headlines for his loose lips.  He publicly spoke out against Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull which, to no one’s surprise, upset director Steven Spielberg and has since dampened their relationship. 

If the studio does hamper the visionary or creative input an actor or director has in a film, surely Mr. LaBeouf realized it after the first Transformers film?  I just find it hard to believe that a young man who has made his living nursing on the tit of Hollywood decides now to speak out against it.  Of course this could be because he is in the middle of promoting his new film Lawless (which does look good, but only because Tom Hardy can carry any movie he’s in).  It just seems like an awfully convenient time for Mr. LaBeouf to reject the very industry that helped him reach stardom in the first place.  Not to mention, there are plenty of other actors/directors that have retained their creative and visionary control while making big budget films:  Johnny Depp, Steven Spielberg, Oliver Stone Christopher Nolan, Daniel Day-Lewis, Tim Burton, Ridley Scott, James Cameron, Joss Whedon, J.J. Abrams, and of course Quentin Tarantino.  If you feel I’ve forgotten someone, please comment!

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The original Legend was far from Legendary, but the cult film deserves a remake!

In my humble opinion:  Ridley Scott seems to be on a nostalgia kick as of late; the Alien prequel Prometheus and the rumors that he is planning either a prequel or sequel to Blade Runner.  I would like to request that Mr. Scott also take a look at another one of his films (one of my favorite…but more on that in a minute).  The movie Legend was not one of his more successful films by any means, but over the years has developed a cult following and warrants some updating.

If you haven’t seen it, the plot follows a young forest dweller named Jack (played by a Peter Pan dressed Tom Cruise) who is madly in love with a beautiful girl named Lilly (played by Mia Sara).  One day, in order to impress Lilly, Jack takes her to see the majestic Unicorns (which are the guardians of light).  Unfortunately, Lilly can’t help but approach and touch one of the Unicorns…a big no no.  This is all happening while the Lord of Darkness (masterfully played by Tim Curry) is plotting to kill the unicorns which would result in the land being cast into eternal darkness….adventure ensues.

I won’t give away the ending to those that haven’t seen it…The movie itself was, I will admit, a little corny (I still don’t understand the random bubbles in the forest) but still had entertainment value.  As I said earlier it’s one of my favorite movies for reasons I can’t really explain (believe me I get shit all the time for it too)  Ridley Scott relied more on make-up and actual set design than special effects in order to move the story forward which is something that’s rarely seen nowadays.  The plot was simple yet compelling; good vs. evil, light vs. dark, love vs. hate.  Personally, if Ridley Scott is re-visiting his old stomping ground…he needs to mosey on over and remake Legend.  Casting should be as follows:

Josh Hutcherson  = Jack

Sarah Hyland (Modern Family)  = Lilly

Michael Sheen = Lord of Darkness