The Playlist

Review: Potentially Dumb & Fun 'Pain & Gain' Overstays Its Welcome With Unrelentingly Dumb & Unfun Tale

  • By Rodrigo Perez
  • |
  • April 24, 2013 10:40 AM
  • |
  • 5 Comments
Big, dumb, ridiculously over-the-top fun. When all else fails, filmmaker Michael Bay, perhaps one of the most unfairly maligned directors of the last two decades, can make it rain and bring the entertaining thunder like no one else. If not the inventor of the modern day supernova-esque blockbuster, Bay certainly defined it with some of the biggest, loudest, most larger-than-life spectacles of contemporary cinema. While loathed in many circles for several years by critics like Roger Ebert and others for “ruining movies” with his dumbed-downed, stadium-sized, often banal, Bon Jovi-like anthemic films that came with the subtlety of a sledgehammer, Bay’s reputation has improved in recent years with the rise and popularity of vulgar auteurism (a newfound respect or the loud and proud).

Watch: New Clip From 'Pain & Gain' Celebrates Stryper

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
  • |
  • April 15, 2013 8:22 PM
  • |
  • 0 Comments
Michael Bay's "Pain & Gain" will either be awesome or maybe not so awesome, but it will certainly be supersized and memorable. And after two clips dropped last week to help boost the movie, another arrives tonight providing yet another peek into the HGH fueled flick.

Penis Magic & Honest Mistakes: 2 Clips From Michael Bay's 'Pain & Gain'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
  • |
  • April 10, 2013 9:02 AM
  • |
  • 1 Comment
It doesn't seem to a complete summer movie season with something from Micheal Bay, and while "Pain & Gain" will likely not feature the sort destruction the filmmaker has be wreaking with this robot toy franchise, it's still probably going to be unlike anything else you see over the next few months. Bodybuilders, kidnapping, extortion and the American Dream...yes, we're still talking about a Michael Bay movie.

Michael Bay's 'Pain & Gain' Flexes With Batch Of New Pics Featuring Mark Wahlberg, Dwayne Johnson & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
  • |
  • April 9, 2013 9:01 AM
  • |
  • 0 Comments
At this point, you're either totally stoked to see Michael Bay's "Pain & Gain" or you're not, and if you're not, we're not sure what to tell you. Sure, Bay has spent pretty much the last decade making toy porn for man children, but "Pain & Gain" represents a return to his "low budget" roots (relatively speaking), and brings together a pretty crack cast for an outrageous tale that's based on a true story. What's not to like?

Box Office: 'G.I. Joe: Retaliation' Takes The Easter Weekend Top Slot

  • By Gabe Toro
  • |
  • March 31, 2013 11:56 AM
  • |
  • 2 Comments
G.I Joe: Retaliation
“G.I. Joe: Retaliation" had every reason to fail and flop much like its bumped 2012 tentpole predecessor "Jack The Giant Slayer" which audiences turned their noses up to earlier this year. Like 'Jack' the film was pushed off its initial release date and drew bad publicity for its delays and talk of reconstituting characters that were once killed off. In fact, it was almost worse; 'Retaliation's last-minute delay was just five weeks before its debut last summer. Taken out of its initial date (promoted with a pricey Super Bowl spot more than a year ago) the film landed in March of this year.

Review: 'G.I. Joe: Retaliation' Is No Masterpiece, But Popcorn Entertainment That Redeems The Series Somewhat

  • By Todd Gilchrist
  • |
  • March 27, 2013 12:56 PM
  • |
  • 1 Comment
Channing Tatum and Dwayne Johnson in G.I. Joe: Retaliation
It’s tough to say if I would be as generous with my praise of “G.I. Joe: Retaliation” if I weren’t such a big fan of its director, Jon M. Chu, but given the mechanical one-dimensionality of most big-budget franchise films, the sequel earns its critical bona fides simply by being made by a director who has sincere affection for the source material. Although its delay from the summer of 2012 to spring 2013 spawned rumors of a troubled production, extensive reshoots, and a last-minute effort to squeeze the now-hot Channing Tatum into more scenes, Chu’s follow-up is remarkably cohesive – a fun, sweeping and yet understated sequel that should whet the appetites of action fans without overdosing them on pop confectionaries before the summer buffet truly starts.

Watch: Red Band Trailer For Michael Bay's 'Pain And Gain' Awesomely Goes After A Twisted American Dream

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
  • |
  • March 26, 2013 7:14 PM
  • |
  • 14 Comments
Oh sure, we like to rag on Michael Bay, but considering that it's been eight years since he's made a non-"Transformers" movie, it's also become rather easy. Perhaps we've forgotten he's the same dude behind the immensely popular popcorn spectacles like "The Rock" and "Bad Boys," but no worries, because he's coming this spring with a whole new arsenal of his usual toys in what looks like a movie directed by a can of Red Bull. In other words, it looks sorta awesome.

Dwayne Johnson Says Luke Hobbs Spinoff Might "Possibly" Happen After 'Fast & Furious 6'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
  • |
  • March 21, 2013 1:30 PM
  • |
  • 0 Comments
While we wait with a six pack of Red Bull for the vehicular warfare of the summer that is "Fast & Furious 6," it may be that Universal really likes what the The Rock is cooking. The actor, who joined the franchise in "Fast Five," and helped make it a phenomenal worldwide success, is undoubtedly graduating into blockbuster leading-man status. Next week comes "G.I. Joe: Retaliation," and Johnson shoots "Hercules" this year with Brett Ratner. So, the idea that the studio might want to give him his own spinoff cars 'n 'splosions movie is pretty much a no-brainer.

Watch: Get Drafted With 3 Clips From 'G.I. Joe: Retaliation'

  • By India Ross
  • |
  • March 12, 2013 11:37 AM
  • |
  • 0 Comments
Heavy on the brawn, light on the brains – the “G.I. Joe” franchise is back. Manned with the usual selection of muscle headed talent, and the odd addition of Bruce Willis (guess he had bills to pay), the second instalment, “G.I. Joe: Retaliation,” is stepping up its promotion with the release of three teaser clips While former G.I. Joe-ers Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Sienna Miller have wisely bowed out of round 2, Dwayne Johnson (or “The Rock” to testosterone enthusiasts) will be subbing in to take the lead alongside Willis, and Channing Tatum, who is returning to secure the female vote.

Review: 'Snitch' A Big, Dumb Action Movie Masquerading As Important Social Drama

  • By Drew Taylor
  • |
  • February 20, 2013 5:58 PM
  • |
  • 8 Comments
Dwayne Johnson, a wrestler-turned-actor formerly known as The Rock, is an oversized personality more befitting a cartoon than a live action movie. He's got a frame that can barely fit through a traditional doorway and an unparalleled ability to convey a host of emotions just in the way that he chooses to stand. His best performances (as a bounty hunter in "The Rundown" or a dogged federal agent in "Fast Five") have taken advantage of both his size and his willingness to manipulate his stature for the sake of the role (in "Southland Tales" his performance seems almost entirely based on Bugs Bunny). He's a physical performer unburdened by the tangled psychology that trips up most actors. However, in "Snitch," the dreary new "based on a true story" action movie about undercover drug informants, Johnson's physicality is restrained, neutered and muted. He's a comic book hero forcibly wedged into a postage stamp.

Email Updates

Recent Comments