It's a movie version of the Broadway musical, based on the rock and hair-band music of the '80s and directed by the guy who did"Hairspray".
--Tom Cruise plays a rock star doing a farewell concert at the club where his career began, to keep it from being shut down. And he does all his own singing.
--The two main characters are played by"Dancing with the Stars" minx Julianne Hough, and an unknown named Diego Boneta. They both dream of becoming singers, but he gets to be Tom's opening act and she gets to be a stripper.
--It also stars Paul Giamatti as Tom's manager, Alec Baldwin and Russell Brand as the guys running the club, Catherine Zeta Jones as the repressed housewife trying to shut them down, and Mary J. Blige as the owner of the local strip joint.
If you listen to the show regularly, you’ve heard my impression of Liam Neeson, he appears to be in the news frequently because he’s in every other movie that comes out these days.
Fact is, I used to not really be a fan of Neeson’s..he never played the lead in a movie before Schindler’s List that I could take seriously . He had small roles in some of my old school favorites like EXCALIBUR , THE MISSION and KRULL, but DARKMAN was the first starring role I saw..and honestly I thought that movie was pretty stupid (sorry fans).
He was great in SCHINDLERS LIST..but after that he made two movies I despised; BEFORE AND AFTER (made in Massachusetts) and..ahem..get ready..STAR WARS EPISODE I THE PHANTOM MENACE. Granted he did what he could in that one..at least the dreadful THE HAUNTING had a hot CATHERINE ZETA-JONES.
Moving on however, he’s really made a comeback the past decade or so starring in several movies I thoroughly enjoyed. BATMAN BEGINS, GANGS OF NEW YORK, LOVE ACTUALLY (guilty pleasure chick flick), and of course…TAKEN. A recent favorite THE GREY is out on Blu-Ray and DVD..I highly recommended that one on the show when it was in theaters.
I wasn’t particularly a fan of CLASH OF THE TITANS, didn’t see the WRATH sequel, and honestly…didn’t see THE A-TEAM.
LIAM appears to still plugging along with his muddled American accent impression (He’s actually Irish) in two huge movies still to come this year this summers DARK KNIGHT RISES and..not surprisingly TAKEN 2. Yes I’ll be there for both.
I’ve included for your enjoyment three of my favorite LIAM NEESON moments; the phone call from the kidnappers in TAKEN, a HILARIOUS comedy scene from HBO’s LIFE’s TOO SHORT, and a scene from THE GREY.
This will be a slightly difficult movie to review as I feel the less you know and expect..the more satisfying PROMETHEUS will be for you. However, I can say without hesitation I really enjoyed the movie, and can’t wait for it to be released so I can see it again in IMAX 3D. I haven’t said that about another film in a long time, but the scope of PROMETHEUS and it’s already great 3D will actually be even better in IMAX.
To begin, if you have been living in a cave or are just not interested at all…you may not know what PROMETHEUS is..it’s a film from RIDLEY SCOTT, director of BLADE RUNNER, GLADIATOR, and the original ALIEN among others. ALIEN would be the most important relatable work here as PROMETHEUS takes place in the same universe.
PROMETHEUS , in short form is about a mission to space to discover what may be the origin of the human race. This mission doesn’t find what’s expected, and instead discovers something that could destroy life as we know it.
Now…let me answer the question I’ve been asked the most since revealing I saw the film: Is PROMETHEUS a prequel to ALIEN? Well…yes it clearly is. Even though PROMETHEUS has it’s own story that is separate from the ALIEN storyline, the events in PROMETHEUS directly cause the events in ALIEN. I don’t want to say too much more about how the films ties together, or what is or isn’t shown..but as for myself, I was not disappointed. The scares and atmosphere of the original film are paid a decent homage and those faithful to ALIEN will be happy.
PROMETHEUS is the most epic sci-fi film I’ve ever seen, in terms of how huge it looks and how realistic the special effects appear on the screen. The landscapes, spaceship sets and (mild spoiler) creatures never hinted at CGI. I’m not a big fan of 3D films, mainly because the glasses dim the screen by at least 25 percent. This was the first film that was just as bright with glasses as without..and the three dimensions looked great.
Everyone in the cast did a terrific job from NOOMI RAPACE (The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo Trilogy)as the archaeologist whose discovery sparks the mission to space,CHARLIZE THERON as the representative of the Weyland Corporation funding the project that may or may not have a hidden agenda..and especially good is MICHAEL FASSBENDER (X-Men: First Class) as the android DAVID…nearly stealing every scene he’s in
PROMETHEUS is almost like two different films..the first half being more a sense of wonder and discovery, and the second half going pure science fiction horror. It also contains a fairly gory scene a third of the way through that will make a lot of women cringe.
I can’t imagine another movie (including the upcoming THE DARK KNIGHT RISES) being as satistfying as PROMETHEUS was for me…just don’t go in expecting ALIEN again. . Yes they clearly set the film up for a sequel, and may have raised questions in the process of answering others..but I’m okay with that…
The ability of the studio to keep most of the film a secret means there haven’t been many clips from PROMETHEUS, however I’ve included the international trailer for the film (which give you a real sense of what to expect,big scenes, scary situations..and more.)
A group called the Little People of America is upset with the makers of "Snow White and the Huntsman" for using average-sized actors to play the dwarfs.
--Those actors include Ian McShane from "Deadwood", Nick Frost from "Shaun of the Dead" and Bob Hoskins from "Who Framed Roger Rabbit". They were shrunk with the help of digital technology.
--A representative from the group says Hollywood needs to start casting little people more frequently . . . quote, "This means both casting people with dwarfism as characters that were specifically written to be played by little people . . . and other roles that would be open to people of short stature."