The boys head briefly back in time to resurrect Ryan Reynolds’ performance in 2010’s “Buried”, then head off to the high seas with Johnny Depp and Penelope Cruz to find out if “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides” lives up to the hype. They wind up the show with a review of “Warrior”, a September release starring – the dreamy – Tom Hardy. All of this, along with more news about Akira, Star Trek, and more. There’s no need to start a mutiny…this 54th Reel of COL Movies is gonna entertain the heck out of you.
- More woes for Akira, Director leaves – no replacement as of yet
- Albert Hughes no longer directing – no replacement so far
- Split was friendly – Warner brothers deciding how to proceed
- Impatiently waiting for more Star Trek? Be prepared to wait some more
- recent interview in which Bob Orci revealed franchise mastermind J.J. Abrams had not yet approved the 70-page outline Orci co-wrote
- Bruce Greenwood indicated last July that the plan was to start shooting in January 2011, which made perfect sense given the June 2012 release date. February 2011 came and went without any “Trek” casting news
- World War Z to start its worldwide shooting schedule in June
- directed by Marc Forster (Quantum of Solace), is gearing up for a June production start.
- shooting will begin in Malta. Production will then relocate to the UK and, later, Hungary. Principal photography will last well into the fall.
- Brad Pitt is still set to star as a UN researcher gathering stories of the great zombie war. The actor is also producing.
- J. Michael Straczynski and Matthew Michael Carnahan penned the script.
- Tom Hardy’s Bane
The Past: Buried (2010)
Rotten Tomatoes: 86% Fresh; 63% Audience
Director: Rodrigo Cortés
Starring: Ryan Reynolds, Robert Paterson, Jose Luis Garcia Perez, Stephen Tobolowsky, Samantha Mathis
- Samantha Mathis, who plays Paul Conroy’s wife, previously starred in a film where she is buried alive, called 83 Hours ‘Til Dawn (1990) (TV).
- Shot in 17 days in a Barcelona studio.
- Seven coffins were used in the movie.
- The phone number of the Chicago FBI field office mentioned in the movie is the number of the office in real life.:
- Ryan Reynolds states that he suffered from claustrophobia towards the end of filming (much like the character he is playing). This was mainly due to the fact the coffin he was in was gradually filled with more and more sand as filming went on. He describes the last day of shooting as “unlike anything I experienced in my life, and I never ever want to experience that again.”
- When Paul Conroy (Ryan Reynolds) opens up the note his kidnapper wants him to read on video, the first line says “The date is 23 October.” This is Ryan Reynolds’ actual birthday.
- Ryan Reynolds is the only person we see in the flesh. All of the other performances are either voiceovers or recorded on his cell phone. The whole film is shot from the interior of the coffin. We never see the outside world. The film never repeats a single shot. These all make Buried (2010) one of the most minimalist films ever made.
- Ryan Reynolds was the first and only choice to play Paul Conroy.
- Shot in sequence.
- Alfred Hitchcock films Rope (1948) and Lifeboat (1944) were an inspiration on Rodrigo Cortés when making Buried (2010).
- If anything makes me more excited to see Green Lantern.. its this.
- Movie magic.
What We’ve Learned:
- Don’t drive a truck in Iraq
- If you do drive a truck in Iraq, keep your cell phone charged as much as possible
- Remember your safety number
- HR Departments SUCK
Jeff: It was alright. Did keep my attention.
Ray: I thought it was a little slow going at first, but it kept my attention and the ending ROCKED.
Steve: I really liked it. I was surprised by Ryan Reynolds’ dramatic chops, as well as how few people were actually in the movie. Good movie magic, too.
The Present: Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (2011)
Rotten Tomatoes: 32% Rotten; 68% Audience
Director: Rob Marshall
Starring: Johnny Depp, Penelope Cruz, Geoffrey Rush, Ian McShane, Kevin McNally, Sam Claflin
- Nothing new since the trailer.
- What was the average age of your audience, mine was about 60 (Ray)
- I felt this film was very lazy, and just a setup up for more films.
- Film length.
- The mermaids (or harpie/vampire/siren/mermaids)
What We Learned:
- Don’t lay your sword on the table while chasing a known criminal
- A gentleman allows a lady to maintain her fiction
- You can tell how long you have been at sea by the smell of your crew
- Mermaids like singing
- Tears of Joy are more potent than tears of sorrow.
- Flags don’t shield you from musket balls
Jeff: So fun. Was it a great movie? No, but fun. Skip the 3D though.
Ray: If your a fan of the series, I would say go for it. 3D is probably unnecessary. I could go my whole life without seeing another PotC movie.
Steve: Did not find the 3D necessary at all, but overall enjoyed it. Drug along in some places, but walked away feeling like it was the best since number 1.
The Future: Warrior
Director: Gavin O’Connor
Starring: Tom Hardy, Jennifer Morrison, Joel Edgerton, Nick Nolte, Noah Emmerich
- Filming took place in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
- Mogul Minds Studios, located in Pittsburgh, was used during the filming, as well as the University of Pittsburgh’s Petersen Events Center and the Twin Hi-Way Drive-In. North Hills High School was also used for some interior scenes.
- Hardy went through a demanding training routine for gaining muscle during the film’s pre-production, gaining around 28 pounds of muscle and raising his overall weight to 205 pounds.
- Additional filming was shot at the former West Virginia State Penitentiary, located in Moundsville, West Virginia.
- Additional scenes were shot around the historic Pitt Hotel and Restaurant in McDonald, Pennsylvania.
- Seems like The Fighter + MMA + Iraq
An ex-Marine haunted by a tragic past, Tommy Riordan returns to his hometown of Pittsburgh and enlists his father, a recovered alcoholic and his former coach, to train him for a mixed martial arts tournament awarding the biggest purse in the history of the sport. As Tommy blazes a violent path towards the title prize, his brother, Brendan, a former MMA fighter unable to make ends meet as a public school teacher, returns to the amateur ring to provide for his family. Even though years have passed, recriminations and past betrayals keep Brendan bitterly estranged from both Tommy and his father. But when Brendan’s unlikely rise as an underdog sets him on a collision course with Tommy, the two brothers must finally confront the forces that tore them apart, all the while waging the most intense, winner-takes-all battle of their lives
Jeff: Looks like a Fighter imitator. Unless I hear otherwise, not interested.
Ray: The Fighter part two?
Steve: The Fighter with some more up-to-date issues. Tom Hardy looks awesome, though!