Hercules

The legend takes time out to play with his cat. I mean, the Nemean Lion.

The old saying is true: being a legend isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. At least not when you’re Hercules, in this case the older, sadder sort of Hercules played by Dwayne Johnson (The Other Guys), who finished his famous Twelve Labors long ago and now wanders around the Mediterranean as a mercenary for hire.
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Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters

The gang in front of the witch's burning house. Not in the final cut.

It’s a tricky thing, retelling a fairy tale, or at least it seems to be in the movies. The writers have to find a way to make the story fresh without making it unrecognizable, and I have a feeling such ideas often seem much better on the page than they turn out on the screen, for various reasons. Sometimes you’re pleasantly surprised by a Snow White and the Huntsman, and sometimes you end up with, well, a movie like this, which doesn’t surprise you pleasantly or otherwise.

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Chernobyl Diaries

The characters study a map and try to plot a course to safety.

As soon as I heard the phrase “Extreme Tourism,” I knew I was in trouble. Tourists from the U.S. have enough of a reputation for doing stupid things as it is; we don’t need to add a reputation for doing stupidly dangerous things on top of that. At least this particular group of extreme tourists is only two-thirds American idiots, but still. The point is, a large Russian man named Yuri saw a chance for a new sort of business exposing visitors to his country to radiation, and jumped at it.
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