Screen Junkies » Popeye http://www.screenjunkies.com Movie Reviews & TV Show Reviews Wed, 17 Dec 2014 20:49:34 +0000 en hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.3.3 A New 3D Popeye Might Look Like This! http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/a-new-3d-popeye-might-look-like-this/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/a-new-3d-popeye-might-look-like-this/#comments Fri, 19 Sep 2014 21:04:14 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=265313 Do we need a new Popeye? (No, but that's not going to change things.)

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If you have trouble keeping up with the torrent of remakes, reboots, and repurposings in Hollywood, we’re here to help. It seems that now the studio vultures are circling Popeye for the 3D, animated treatment. Behind the effort is director Genndy Tartakovsky, who has recently helmed Hotel Transylvania, and will be doing the sequel to that as well. Oh, there’s gonna be a Hotel Transylvania sequel. Duh.

It’s Friday afternoon, so it’s a little late in the week for us to muster up the usual, “How can they do this to our CHILDHOOD?,” spiel, so we’re just gonna nod and check out for the day. Here’s the test sequence. Your turn to get indignant.

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6 Comic Book Adaptations That Deserve A Do-Over http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-lists/6-comic-book-adaptations-that-deserve-a-do-over/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-lists/6-comic-book-adaptations-that-deserve-a-do-over/#comments Thu, 06 Sep 2012 17:23:55 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=250685 Y'all Muthaf*ckers Act Like You Forgot About Dre.

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Comic book movies are hit or miss. That probably goes without saying, but every list article like this needs an introduction, and that was mine. The sentence after that demonstrates playful self-awareness, and this sentence is just taking up space.

The “miss” comic book films are more often than not the fault of the film team, because it’s not like comic books are amazing source material. They’re basically high-level stories about men or boys in costumes that solve cities from men who somehow became lizard men. Basically.

However, some are better than that, and as such, deserve better adaptations. These are those. Read.

Dick Tracy

Let me start off by saying that I liked Dick Tracy a lot. I thought that Warren Beatty was perfect for the role, and the cartoony production was terrific in everything from the performances to the costumes to the set design.

But it could have gone another direction entirely and been reminiscent of Nolan’s Batman. The words “gritty reboot” send a goddamn chill down my spine because they’re bandied about so readily on tired projects. But Dick Tracy has all the elements of film noir but in a fashion accessible to the masses. It could have been a very powerful film had it taken a more earnest approach.

Not because the original failed, but because it went so surely in another direction, I think DT is due for an RM.

RM stands for remake, but having to explain all this to you is negating the timesaving properties of the abbreviation. Shit.

The Phantom

I don’t know The Phantom from a hole in the ground, but I do know that I sure like talking about Billy Zane, so The Phantom makes the list. The Phantom harkens back to the age of radio, offering a different type of hero and different type of story.

A hero who existed in a simpler time offers plenty of potential both as a straightforward action flick or as a tongue-in-cheek comedy a la Starsky and Hutch. Also, if you’re going to include Zane in a film, put the spotlight on Zane. I just looked up “zany” in a dictionary I wrote myself, and it said, “Of or pertaining to the style and methods of Billy Zane.

It should be zanier. Like, Zoolander zany. He’s the most ridiculous person in the world. Don’t cover him in a damn mask. It’s disrespectful.

Judge Dredd

Yes, Dredd‘s remake hits theaters September 21st. And it deserves it not only because Dredd is a cool character, but also because the first iteration had both Sylvester Stallone and Rob Schneider. Ouch.

I’m hoping this new version does well and spawns some sequels, because maybe a Friday the 13th-style series of movies will cause us to forget the faulty original that started it all.

This has to happen because…

I am the law.

Steel

I’m not saying Steel is a really good comic book character or story. It’s not really. But it’s not “Shaquille O’Neal” bad. Shaq’s public infatuation over Superman reportedly helped get him the gig as this DC hero who appears to be wearing a very, very cheap Halloween costume.

Also, in case you guys didn’t know, Shaq is a terrible actor. For real. It deserves at least a Damon Wayans, and at most a Donald Glover. In fact, most every superhero on this list would benefit from the inclusion of some Glover.

Popeye

I don’t want to say Robin Williams makes everything worse, but when Robert Altman (!) signed him up for Popeye, he was basically getting an actual cartoon character to play a fictional cartoon character. And it didn’t go well. It didn’t appeal to the masses, and it wasn’t weird enough to be a cult hit. It was like Toys, which also featured Robin Williams, which is to say that it was unremarkably bad.

I mean, if you’re going to make Popeye, at least fail spectacularly. Let’s give it to Lars Von Trier and make Michael Bay assistant director. That should be good for…something.

The Rocketeer

Disney thought this comic deserved a second chance, because they’re giving her the ole’ reboot effective a couple months ago. Not bad.

To be fair, I always liked The Rocketeer. I thought Timothy Dalton was an awesome Nazi, I loved the Art Deco stylized nature of the film, and Paul Sorvino played a mobster that teamed up with the G-Men against the Nazis. All upside.

I also enjoyed the original Rocketeer’s relative anonymity.

But, the special effects were pretty weak, and if you’re going to make a movie about a guy with a special jetpack, let’s not skimp in that arena, ok?

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9 Famous Comic Strips That Were Turned Into Movies http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-lists/9-comic-strips-turned-movies/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-lists/9-comic-strips-turned-movies/#comments Fri, 11 Nov 2011 16:00:51 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=235911 Bill Keanes would have wanted you to read this article, and pass it on to your friends.

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With the news of Family Circus creator Bill Keanes’ passing comes sadness for comic strip fans the world over. Now where will we get our daily dose of condescending children? Jayden Smith can’t be everywhere at once.

Despite a syndication run that began in 1960 and a circulation of over 1,500 newspapers across the United States, Family Circus hasn’t made the jump to the big screen like so many of its contemporaries. For better or worse. No, I really mean that. I wasn’t referencing the comic For Better Or Worse. Just keep reading.

Garfield

Garfield is arguably the most famous comic strip ever created. Jim Davis’s strip took popular culture by storm with several books, toys, suction cup thingies, and cartoons. In 2004, a Garfield movie opened in theaters featuring a mix of live action and CGI. However, quality did not enter the mix. I tried to watch it on a dare. Probably made it eight minutes, and I want those minutes back.

Popeye

Robert Altman poured nightmare sauce on many a childhood when he adapted Popeye for the big screen in 1980. This strange translation stars Robin Williams as the sailorman and Shelly Duvall as his anorexic lady love. Though critics were split in their reviews of the film, it works so much better as a trippy, French art-house picture than it does a comedy.

Flash Gordon

Flash Gordon was a dud at the box office but is still considered a science fiction classic. The lead, Sam J. Jones, is rumored to have had a falling out with the director and producer and walked from the project before the completion of post-production. His voice was later replaced by an unnamed voice actor. Wow. Even the voice actor didn’t want to be associated with it.

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‘Popeye’ to Undergo Much Needed Reboot http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/popeye-to-undergo-much-needed-reboot/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/popeye-to-undergo-much-needed-reboot/#comments Wed, 30 Nov -0001 00:00:00 +0000 Popeye wrestles with his demon.Move over, Stallone. Another aged strongman prone to using performance-enhancers is making his way back to theaters. Variety reports that Sony Pictures Animation will be releasing a computer animated Popeye in 3D. The storyline is being kept under wraps but producer Avi Arad has said it "will cover the themes of friendship, love, greed and life, and focus on human strengths and human frailties.” Hey, did he just steal the logline from The Room?This obviously follows the trend of other cartoon to film adaptations such as Garfield, The Smurfs, Underdog, Marmaduke, and Alvin and the Chipmunks. I only hope the sailorman sticks to eating spinach and not his own sh*t.

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Popeye wrestles with his demon.

Move over, Stallone. Another aged strongman prone to using performance-enhancers is making his way back to theaters. Variety reports that Sony Pictures Animation will be releasing a computer animated Popeye in 3D. The storyline is being kept under wraps but producer Avi Arad has said it "will cover the themes of friendship, love, greed and life, and focus on human strengths and human frailties.” Hey, did he just steal the logline from The Room?

This obviously follows the trend of other cartoon to film adaptations such as Garfield, The Smurfs, Underdog, Marmaduke, and Alvin and the Chipmunks. I only hope the sailorman sticks to eating spinach and not his own sh*t.

 

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