TailSlate proudly presents our recast of… It has been almost exactly 50 years since the late Roger Ebert wrote the following about The Green Berets, John Wayne’s jingoistic film about Special Forces soldiers serving in Vietnam: “The Green Berets” simply … Read more
Dead men tell no tales. Neither do movies on the fifth go-around, apparently. However, the latest installment in Disney’s goldmine franchise proved two things. One, that a return to the glory days of Pirates, while somewhat repetitive, was necessary and long past due. Two, Orlando Bloom, even with a barnacle-encrusted face, can never look bad.
[rating=2]Starring: Johnny Depp, Eva Green, Michelle Pfieffer, Helena Bonham Carter, Jonny Lee Miller, Chloe Grace Moretz, Bella Heathcote, Jackie Earle Haley Director(s): Tim Burton Writer(s): Screenplay by Seth Grahame-Smith, story by John August and Seth Grahame-Smith, from the TV series created by Dan Curtis
Dark Shadows, starring Johnny Depp and a cast of several under the direction of the very capable Tim Burton is the 8th collaboration between Depp and Burton. It is certainly not the worst, but it’s much closer to that level than it is to their best (you can choose your own best, for me, it is easily Ed Wood).
It seems that everyone who is reviewing the new movie Charlie and the Chocolate Factory feels compelled to compare it to the 1971 film Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. There’s no need. They are different films and no comparisons … Read more
[rating=4]Starring: Johnny Depp, Geoffrey Rush, Orlando Bloom, Keira Knightly, Jack Davenport, Jonathan Pryce, Mackenzie Crook, Lee Arenberg, Zoe Saldana Director(s): Gore Verbinski Writer(s): Jay Wolpert, Stuart Beattie, Terry Rossio, Ted Elliott
It has been quite some years since a really good pirate movie was made. The last that I can remember was Cutthroat Island, the film that signaled the official end of Gena Davis’ career — and Matthew Modine, I think, although he was probably out of the picture before that.
Never has a bad filmmaker been so celebrated than Edward D. Wood, Jr. And regardless of how fun his films may be to watch, Ed Wood was terrible at making movies. The stories are ridiculously bad, the acting is terrible, the dialogue is a joke. They’re just plain bad.
But, somehow, they are really, really fun to watch.
Ed Wood is probably as terrific a film about the man that could possibly be made. And finally, after so many false starts and promised release dates, this classic homage to the most popular bad filmmaker in history has arrived on DVD.
In most American movies leading men are not given emotional lives, they’re given emotional moments. Chiefly, they’re given tasks, even in romantic comedies — reclaim the prize, win the girl, slay the dragon. It’s the Alpha Male as hero. In this regard, the deeply-romantic comedy Don Juan DeMarco is a welcome exception.