So this week we take a quick break from our Halloween line up to watch a little indie flick suggested by Ginger Alex…. a mistake we all grew to regret. This film is titled “All Superheroes Must Die” or “Vs” depending on which version you watch. Think Saw meets Kickass and you can kind of get the plot of this movie.
A super villain named Ricksaw (No joke) is fed up with constantly having his evil plans thwarted by the super heroes of the city so he captures them and drugs them with a virus that takes away their powers. He then puts our heroes through a game where they have to follow his rules or civilians are blown up with explosives.
The plot sounds cool enough but that’s about where the fun stops. The execution of this movie is interesting enough (in that we’re watching someone’s passion project) but it is riddled with plot holes and repetitive sequences. We’re left with questions like:
After the heroes figure out Ricksaw has NO intention of playing fair, why do they bother to continue playing? Why not just leave?
How in the hell did Ricksaw even capture the heroes in the first place?
What is Cutthroats power even supposed to be? Something knife related? If that’s the case how do you randomly figure out you have that power?
All Superheroes Must Die suffers from the same problem that plagued “Would you rather?” in that is has an awesome premise but the payoff is really underwhelming. Each round of the game is more or less the same predicament. Shoot yourself to win, shoot your friend, civilians blow up, etc.
The movie has a few actors in it that you would know from their other roles, Ricksaw being the man who played Dexter’s dad in Dexter. Manpower is played by one of the McPoyle brothers from It’s Always Sunny and our hero Cutthroat also played Havoc in the new Xmen movies.
It’s not a movie that I can wholeheartedly recommend but if you have just under 80 minutes to kill and feel like punishing yourself feel free to give “All Superheroes Must Die” a watch.
This week on At Least You Tried we start the Halloween season off with a bang(?) by watching Leprechaun 4: In Space! Truth be told after seeing how off the wall Jason X was last year we couldn’t resist seeing another horror icon terrorize people in outer space. This movie did not disappoint.
Do you like leprechauns wielding light sabers? How about space princesses that give you a kiss of death by taking their top off? Are cyborgs marines that go from “Full metal jacket” to a drag show song and dance number your thing? If you answered yes to any of these you’re in luck because it’s got all three and SEXUALLY TRANSMITTED LEPRECHAUNS (Yeah you read that right)
So take a seat, turn the lights down low, and crank that spoop meter up to 11 as we enjoy the horror movie schlockfest that is Leprechaun 4: In Space!
More often than not movie reboots leave us with disappointing results. We get movies coming out 20+ years after their predecessors and despite all advances in film and technology the reboots often can’t hold a candle to the original.
However, on a rare occasion we’re treated to a reboot that decides not to just rehash the same story but instead to reinterpret that material and go a different way. In this way these movies can be night and day of each other and the results can be amazing, giving us something new while reminding us where it came from.
Today Jake, Anthony, and Jonathan got together to discuss Stephen King’s IT in all it’s adaptations. How does the new movie compare to the TV mini series and the book? What was great about it? Where did it fall short? It was a fun episode to create.
Everyone gets their start somewhere, and the road to success isn’t always easy. Between her roles as Jackie (That 70’s Show) and Meg (Family Guy), and long after he was the “Beloved” Captain Kirk, William Shatner and Mila Kunis worked alongside each other in the originally stand alone, straight to video “psycho thriller” American Psycho 2.
If you love be borderline ham acting, heavily disguised accents, and a sexy coed side story, then we have the movie for you. A Morgan Freeman original (no relation) join us as we dive into a movie that teaches the importance of sacrifice and tenacity. And that if you have goals and a plan, not even death can stop you.
(Editor’s note: Special thanks to Tori for writing the synopsis for today’s episode)
It’s not every movie that can combine killer trucks, comets, Emilio Estevez, and a soundtrack done entirely by AC/DC…. Not every movie is Maximum Overdrive.
Stephen King is a master of horror. He is an accomplished author and screen writer. However he is no director and this movie, his only directing credit, shows that perfectly. Rumor has it that Stephen King has no recollection of directing this movie because he was so coked out of his mind at the time.
-Killer soda machines
-Possessed carving knives
-Ice cream trucks on the prowl for children
-MAC trucks that plow into people and have a vendetta against a gas station
Are you the guy? This week on At Least You Tried we take things to the third dimension with Spy Kids 3D: Game Over! Cherished childhood memory for some and complete piece of crap that John shelled out $4 for on Amazon… for others.
Cheesy 3d effects aside this movie is quite the achievement. No movie we’ve reviewed before has had a cast as star studded as this one. With the likes of Sylvester Stallone, George Clooney, Steve Buscemi, Elijah Wood, and Antonio Banderas among MANY others this really was a whose who of Hollywood elite which begs the question: What the hell are they doing in this movie? This movie include everyone that even sneezed on a previous Spy Kids film with a long roll call montage at it’s end.
This movie leaves us with many pressing questions such as: How is the Toymaker mass producing a game if he’s trapped in cyber space? How busted is that damage system in the game if Elijah Wood dies in one hit? If Juni tries to get with a computer simulated girl in the game is that technically masturbation?
All this and a theory on on how Spy Kids happens in the same universe as Inglorious Basterds on this weeks episode of At Least You Tried…
So this movie proved to be a divisive pick to say the least. To some of us Blank Check is a classic from our childhoods but to Alex this is “The fifth worst movie we’ve seen so far”. He even went as far as to list them.
To be fair though this movie isn’t perfect. The plot is super simplistic and the cost of items he bought are not realistic in the slightest but that’s really part of the charm. Everyone has at one point or another daydreamed about what it would be like to be rich, for most of us Blank Check is as close as we’re ever going to get to being filthy rich.
Jake brought up a good point during our viewing of this movie, “How is Preston carrying around all this money?” We see our hero load up a backpack with cash at the start of the movie. A million dollars in hundreds (According to Jake math and the internet) is still over a hundred pounds, which is probably more than Preston can schlep around all movie. But if you pay attention he has bundled 5s handed to him as well (Seriously who bundles 5s? What is this Monopoly?) If that was the case this backpack would weigh close to a literal ton. Maybe this movie wasn’t meant for analytical adults.
So suspend adult skepticism and embrace this childhood classic with you rose tinted glasses intact. This is a film that is fun if you just don’t take it , or yourself, too seriously.
Every once in awhile a film comes around that becomes notorious for how bad it is. Having a nightmare production and an egotistical cast did not help this film’s reputation. The final result is hodgepodge film that makes little sense but is at least pretty to look at.
The story of Richard Stanley’s “The island of Dr. Moreau” is one of legend. Marlon Brando would make ridiculous demands just to simply see what he could get away with. He also didn’t learn his lines and had to use an earpiece in scenes and have them fed to him (At one point causing some trouble when it accidentally picked up a police scanner). Richard Stanley wasn’t much better. He had a huge vision for the film but as troubles arose he became stressed and reclusive. It’s said that he would hide on set and walk into the jungle, slowing production immensely. He was fired four days into production and replaced with John Frankenheimer.
For such a huge production there were many changes that would happen day to day. Actors would undergo hours of make up only to be told that they wouldn’t be needed for any scenes. Actors switched roles, Small roles were made larger at Mr. Brando’s request… The entire process was a cluster fuck to say the least.
Underwhelming is the word that best describes this weeks movie: Jonah Hex. A film that has huge star power behind it and yet doesn’t properly utilize any of them.
The movie is shorter than most that we review and for once I actually kind of regret that. The shorter run time comes at the cost of a cohesive plot. The movie jumps around constantly between present time and the past. While that can sometimes work in films and be an artistic touch (Think Pulp Fiction) in this movie it makes the backstory seem sloppy and incomplete.
Why does Jonah have these powers and why is it public knowledge he has them? How the hell is Turnbull alive after burning to death in a hotel fire? How does Jonah go from being a complete badass in the beginning of the film, one shotting every enemy he faces, to being the whipping boy of the Turnbull and Burke for the rest of the movie? None of these is explained in any real detail.
That doesn’t mean we can’t some fun at the film’s behalf though. So join us this week as we try to answer the question why so many big name actor like John Malkovich, Michael Fassbender, and Will Arnett agreed to do this lackluster comic book adaptation. (Spoiler alert: It was for the paycheck)