On the evening of December 8, 1980, John Lennon was on his way home after a late-night recording session. It was the night when Mark David Chapman murdered the music legend after stalking him for three days.
When Michael Douglas took on Gordon Gekko in Oliver Stone’s hit Wall Street, he commanded the screen. The role won him an Oscar and started him on a string of hit features. Before that, he made every single married man think twice about having an affair in Fatal Attraction. Lest we forget his own exciting action hero contribution alongside Kathleen Turner in Romancing the Stone.
It was so long ago. She was young and pretty and she said those words that made me smile.
“Don’t f*ck with the babysitter!”
And that was after the cutest little dance to “Then He Kissed Me” by The Ronettes at the beginning of one of greatest films to many a young film fan… Adventures in Babysitting.
It feels as though this week has truly been a Kick-Ass one. Firstly, the jam-packed Blu-ray arrived and we were thankful for it. Then iamROGUE had the opportunity to speak to the one, the only, “Hit-Girl”, Chloe Moretz which you can check out here.
With all that, trying to narrow down the Rogue of the Week was an easy task.
Whew! Comic Con is over and I still feel the excitement and pressure from being a part of this massive experience. It was so insane that it makes a hangover look like a good time! And just like a hangover, you feel kinda, sorta awesome getting there!
But the beauty of the Con is the absolute enthusiasm folks have for the comics, the movies, the TV shows, everything that is a part of our culture. For some it becomes almost a religious experience. I still have my Buffy the Vampire Slayer shrine. All hail to Priestess Buffy! (I guess this is why those freaks were picketing this year.)
Wow, what a week of odd celebrity news! And here we are deciding who should be Rogue of the Week. The choices were a little disappointing to say the least, unless of course you want some rage fueled celebrity threatening his girlfriend or maybe a once hot starlet on her way to jail. Sure there are a few nice ones, but it wasn’t until Christopher Nolan came to mind.
Simply put, many would be satisfied that he is the man that made The Dark Knight. Is that enough? But I’d have to say no… at least not in 2010.
Yet, after TDK, the only thing anybody asks Mr. Nolan had to do with a caped crusader and what to do about that Joker fellow. Nobody would’ve blamed him if he stuck to what works and made another Batman film. Who would be the bad guy? Would you ever replace Heath Ledger? All these questions and more, yet Christopher didn’t take the easy road. He didn’t remake another film, he didn’t do another sequel. He made Inception.
Okay, so the idea of a large budget, Leonardo DiCaprio film doesn’t seem altogether Rogue. But when most studios are taking the easy route and playing it safe, it feels at least a little ballsy. Nolan took a major star and surrounded him with some very strong actors and made an original film. This might’ve been a mistake. But it’s Christopher Nolan and ‘Inception’ currently has a 96% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. It also ranks a very healthy 9.6 out of 10 on IMDB.
Nolan takes a chance, makes an original film and it pays off. He didn’t go for the quick sequel and just hope for the best. But most importantly he didn’t even take the 3D route… ‘Well, that’d sure be cool in 3D …’ No it wouldn’t.
A few weeks ago, the anti-'Twilight' fanboys were getting ready to spew hatred against Bella and all things Cullen. With the impending release of Twilight: Eclipse, the witty "sparkling vampires are lame" and "twi-hards suck" comments were bubbling underneath the surface. And then it happened. M. Night Shyamalan's The Last Airbender was introduced to fans looking for better than they were expecting.
My name is..." would introduce the world to Slim Shady, or Eminem, or Marshall Mathers. Would the real Slim Shady please stand up? With his first three albums, he made it clear as to which one was persona was the prominent force. And in many ways, his style and his skill become more evident with each and every record. But then came addiction, and of course, recovery. Eminem was once the hottest rapper around, and he was a little blond white boy from Detroit. With those first three records, you couldn’t touch him. But you can’t be number one forever, and following efforts failed for a whole lot of his audience. Sure they sold well enough, but this wasn’t Eminem. Not the one that shocked and surprised everybody with his dark satire and violent tendencies.
Nice guys finish last. Well, not always. A couple of weekends ago, The Karate Kid managed to pull some impressive numbers at the box office. Good for Jackie Chan and Jaden Smith for having winning chemistry and inspiring all the young ones out there. But you know, back in 1984, Ralph Macchio and Pat Morita did the same damn thing. And speaking of Ralph Macchio, what the heck happened to that guy? Well if you haven’t been keeping score, the forty-eight-old actor has made a few appearances on the hit TV show “Ugly Betty”. And he also showed up recently in the 2009 flick Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Undead.