Dec 30, 2014
Director Steven Soderbergh won big with his Vegas film Ocean's 11. So three years later he decided to double down, getting back the whole cast from the first film, including Clooney, Pitt, Damon, and Cheadle, and adding to it Catherine Zeta-Jones, Bruce Willis, and several more for a sequel Ocean's 12. No longer based in Vegas, the crew globe-hops in an attempt to steal a Fabergé egg. Did Soderbergh's bet pay off the second time around, or did he push his luck too far? Join Stuart, Arnie, and Jakob to find out!
Dec 23, 2014
In 2001 it's doubtful anyone was begging for a remake of the 60's Rat Pack film Ocean's 11. It was the cast that grabbed moviegoers' attention, filled with leading men George Clooney, Matt Damon, and Brad Pitt, plus a strong supporting cast and Julia Roberts as the female lead. But such star-studded films can often be debacles where the fun is had on the set, but not translated on the screen. Can director Steven Soderbergh pull off this intricate heist? Join Now Playing's Three -- Arnie, Stuart, and Jakob -- to find out!
Dec 19, 2014
A young farmer must learn magic and join with a rouge warrior to travel to far away lands and save the world. No, this isn't a review of Star Wars, but Willow--the 1988 action-fantasy film based on a story by George Lucas. Though this film closely follows the Star Wars formula can it recreate that saga's excitement? Join Stuart, Arnie, and Jakob to find out in their review of this tale of Leprechaun meets Lord of the Rings!
Dec 16, 2014
Before there was Clooney, Pitt, and Damon there was Sinatra, Martin, and Davis starring in Ocean's 11. This 1960 crime caper was the first film to feature The Rat Pack, with Ol' Blue Eyes himself playing Danny Ocean. In this original vision Ocean was a former World War II commander once again gathering his troops for one final mission--to rob five Vegas casinos in one night. The film has an impressive cast, but does it hold up over fifty years later? Go all in with Arnie, Jakob, and Stuart to find out!
Dec 9, 2014
Horror film remakes have been non-stop for a decade. Of course the big films were redone, including Halloween, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Friday the 13th, and A Nightmare on Elm Street. Yet even smaller horror films, such as Black Christmas, I Spit on Your Grave, and Willard have seen updates for the 21st century. In 2012 another cult splatter film was added to that roster--Maniac. Closely based on the 1980 original, but with some daring style choices, this new Maniac did not find wide release but is slowly growing its own cult following. Can Hobbit Elijah Wood compete with Joe Spinell's personification of serial killer Frank? Listen to find out!
Dec 2, 2014
1980 saw the release of several memorable slasher films, including Friday the 13th, Silent Scream, New Year's Evil, and Prom Night. Yet of all the 1980s slashers none may be more controversial than Maniac--a low budget splatter film with its unrated violence and Tom Savini's gore effects. The film has grown a cult following through home video but maniacal murderer Frank still lacks the name recognition of a Jason or a Michael Myers--yet it did warrant a 2012 remake starring Elijah Wood. Does Joe Spinell's psycho killer deserve a place in the pantheon of horror icons? Listen to find out!
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