Sep
12
2017
1

The fairly brutal Honest Trailer for The Mummy.

It’s not as brutal as the one that they did for Catwoman, though.  There was something righteous about that particular trailer.  Not self-righteous; just plain righteous.  As if an angel came down from Heaven, because the fate of the three planes depended on it.  In contrast, the one for The Mummy is just aggravated:

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Jun
09
2017
1

My shortish review of The Mummy.

Short version: it’s not bad, but it’s not the Brendan Fraser / Rachel Weiss (and John Hannah!*) The Mummy. Russell Crowe did everything I expected him to. I don’t think that this is going to be a mega-hit, but they might still try to bring off the Frankenstein flick.

Longer version: …pretty much the same thing, really.  The film gets credit for harking back to the old-style special effects and makeup (while using CGI to reproduce them). It’s not a horrible film, but it’s uneven and the timing is a little rushed. I dunno if this franchise is going to have legs, sorry. Not that many of you are in fact sorry to hear that.

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Jun
07
2017
2

From the Heights to the Depths: the early Mummy reviews are unpromising.

A 26% on Rotten Tomatoes is a bit alarming.  I mean, I’m still going to go see The Mummy: I bought a ticket and everything. But I’m not gonna lie; that’s a bad buzz, going in. Especially since I want to see all the old Universal horror characters get brought back; the state of the art in special effects has improved so much since the old days.

Ach, well. Maybe it won’t suck.

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May
19
2017
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The final “The Mummy” trailer.

They are promising a Dark Universe filled with gods and monsters, and I can get behind that.  Assuming that this doesn’t suck, of course. But it may not: this featurette suggests that we’re going to see Jekyll go Hyde in the film itself, and it would be amazingly cool if Mr. Hyde was the highly pragmatic monster who can count and act in enlightened self-interest that we saw in the original League of Extraordinary Gentlemen comic. Anyway, final trailer below: (more…)

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May
12
2017
1

Movie of the Week: The Mummy (1999).

Since the new Mummy is coming out pretty soon, time to put up the one from 1999.  I am very fond of this movie. Why? Not least, because of this scene.

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Apr
02
2017
3

The new “The Mummy” trailer is freaking out my kids…

…to the point that I had to turn it off, so it’s probably safe to say that it’s going to be a scary flick.

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Mar
25
2017
3

‘The Mummy’ featurette.

OK, this is actually kind of reassuring, for two reasons.

  1. The zero-G scene. I just assumed that they crew did all that stuff with wire-fu.  Which they probably mostly did, but they also took the cast up into an airplane and shot takes while in actual free fall conditions. That’s… clever.
  2. The use of on-location sets generally. You can probably thank J.J. Abrams for that: the ridiculous amount of money The Force Awakens made may have suggested to Hollywood that spending more of the budget on real things instead of CGI could be the smart call.

Also… Tom Cruise is fifty-four.  He’s either got a grandmaster-class plastic surgeon, the Longevity advantage, or both…

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Dec
04
2016
2

And here’s ‘The Mummy’ trailer.

OK. The new Mummy looks like it could be a thing. I wasn’t expecting where they’re going with Cruise’s character, which is also nice. Changing stuff up a little is good.

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