Movies Open Forum: SELF/LESS written by Robert Reineke July 9, 2015 Some of us aren’t in San Diego. Some of us aren’t the target audience for MINIONS either. So, when there’s an original science fiction movie opening up against the latest animated juggernaut, it’s at least worth considering, right? After all, Tarsem Singh is a visually stylish director. And Ben Kingsley is a still a welcome presence on screen, whether in GANDHI or SEXY BEAST. And, hey, we all say that we’re in favor of more original movies. The reviews, on the other hand, aren’t looking so hot. Maybe they’re a symptom of group think, maybe not, but it’s hard for an original property to find much of a niche these days without strong reviews and/or a big star. Which brings us to Ryan Reynolds who’s been given more chances in Hollywood than anyone. Good thing he’s a good looking white male with the string of bombs following in his wake. Yeah, they’re not all his fault, but I have to say that I’m surprised that anyone gave him another headlining shot before DEADPOOL comes out. You have to think DEADPOOL is make or break for him. Some of you may see SELF/LESS this weekend. So, some questions. It’s been a tough year for original fare, both at the box office and critically, at what point is it the audience’s fault for not supporting the good original fare and at what point is it the studio’s for not aiming higher? Should we really be expecting DEADPOOL to turn it around for Ryan Reynolds? Tarsem Singh is a visually stylish director that has struggled with story. Would working with Marvel be a good move for the two sides? And, just your general thoughts on the movie would be appreciated. Open Forum: SELF/LESS was last modified: February 21st, 2016 by Robert Reineke Related Self/less 7 comments 0 Facebook Twitter Google + Pinterest Robert Reineke previous post Report: Ben Affleck Will Direct, Star In, & Co-Write The Next Batman Film With Geoff Johns next post MMM Podcast: BATMAN V SUPERMAN, SUICIDE SQUAD, And More DCEU Hall H Reactions! You may also like Open Forum: SAN ANDREAS May 28, 2015 Spielberg And Hanks Build The BRIDGE OF... June 5, 2015 ‘Star Trek Into Darkness’ Review May 20, 2013 SNOWPIERCER Speeds to VOD Today (and the... July 11, 2014 Warner Bros. And J.K. Rowling Find FANTASTIC... September 12, 2013 JUPITER ASCENDING Review February 6, 2015 The Fear of Artificial Intelligence in Hollywood:... April 7, 2015 Moving Forward, No News Is Good News... March 3, 2017 Katniss Takes Aim In The Final Poster... September 30, 2013 Legendary Relationship Ends June 25, 2013 stock I am beginning to think he might need a new agent, but then again, it could just be him. He was very natural as Van Wilder, but you can only get so far with that guy. Ask his dad, Otter. Another thing I’m finding is that almost no movie looks good in a preview anymore. I have seen that Ant-Man preview a dozen times, and I’m still not sold on it. It has the same preview issue of overselling both the drama aspects and the supposedly light hearted quip moments. Reynolds seems a singular victim of this snake oil sales technique. His last flick had Helen Mirren, but the preview made it out to be the most important movie you’ll see this year. Come on, it’s got Ryan Reynolds in it. I don’t know if this is anything anyone else can relate to, but movies just look bad these days. And it shows in the desperation of their previews. Robert Reineke I can’t decide if Reynolds has the worst agent in Hollywood or the best. He’s still landing leading roles unlike, say Sam Worthington. stock Yeah, Sam has kind of a different problem, being instead of typecasting, he’s more of an actor in search of a personality. But hey, he was in one of the most cutting edge fx driven sci-fi movies of the new century while Reynolds was in GL. I assume he’ll be in the planned sequels as well. Thing is, go through any Family Video store and you’ll see top talent on the covers of any number of flicks you had no idea were even made. I’m not going to rent them, I’m just wondering who’s watching Morgan Freeman’s money that he’s gotta do this junk! SeanLM Every trailer is the same. http://redlettermedia.com/all-trailers-are-the-same/ stock So true, I couldn’t even watch the whole link. SeanLM 1 Ryan Reynolds often plays unlikeable characters. Why exactly was I supposed to be rooting for Hal Jordan who costs a bunch of people their jobs because of his own selfish idiocy? He lacks the charisma of Robert Downy Jr. who has played a loveable jerk. He almost always chooses miserable scripts. Anyone with a functioning cerebral cortex could tell that MIB, oh I mean RIPD, was a dumpster fire in the making but they made it anyway. 2 Will Deadpool turn it around? Unlikely. Critics will find the character to be irritating and he’s got about as much mainstream cache as Ghost Rider. I’m not sure how a character who is written to point out the tropes and cliches of the printed comic book format is going to translate into a movie. There are already ample parodies of action films. I predict Ghost Rider 2 numbers. 3 As to who is to blame for the failure of original genre fare, we’re lucky if there’s one good original sci-fi movie and maybe a couple of good horror movies per year. It’s sort of always been that way just because those are still largely niche genres. Pick a random year and see what actually floated to the top. For every Looper or Inception there’s always going to be junk like the In-Time, Self/Less, Chappie, and Elysium. But I concur this year has been particularly lousy. It’s possible that filmmakers and writers nowadays just lack the baseline knowledge and experiences of the world that previous generations had and they just don’t have a lot to say. Much of the sci-fi produced lacks any scientific or technical understanding and the stories themselves often reek of the sort of shallow allegory a high-schooler could produce. “Franchise-itis” might also be a problem coupled with the internationalization of Hollywood. Studios attempt to make things as palpable as possible to literally billions of people and insulate their risk which is why everything seems like a sequel, remake, rehash, reimagination, reboot, adaptation of an international bestseller, etc. Studios tend to channel their best talent into those surefire moneymakers. People always say “We need those big movies to fund the smaller movies.” I’m not so sure anymore. In my observation the current Transformers movie is just going fund the next Transformers movie until they stop making money. Does it make me a bad person that I hope the Terminator franchise is finally dead? stock No. It doesn’t make you a bad person. Just a man crying out in the wilderness. I would add another problem and that is the over saturation of multiple brands of a dumbed down product. Do you really need to see the movie when you can play the game? I was thinking that watching the Terminator flick. I should just play the game. I’m sure what little plot that existed wouldn’t be altered too much, and I would get a gun myself. Sounded like a better option.