In 1973, Michael Crichton wrote and directed Westworld, a sci-fi classic that went on to influence The Terminator, Crichton’s own Jurassic Park and one of the best episodes of The Simpsons. A few years later TV creators Richard T. Heffron, Mayo Simon, and George Schenck made a sequel that remains mostly forgotten.
Futureworld does attempt to take the Westworld concept in an interesting direction. Had it worked, it’s not hard to envision a world in which the Westworld saga became a series of increasingly bizarre chapters ala Planet of the Apes. The ingredients are there. Cool robots, counter culture undertones and the awesome camp inherent in 1970s theme park design. Unfortunately, despite some lofty goals, Futureworld is kind of a slog. Hit the jump for our review of Futureworld on Blu-ray.
In the indie thriller House of Bodies, a police detective, a Death Row inmate, a deaf child and a telephone relay operator are brought together via the mysterious events surrounding a grisly string of copycat murders. The common link between each of them is the House of Bodies, a voyeuristic website based in a serial killer’s home. House of Bodies, which just started production through Queen Latifah and Shakim Compere’s Flavor Unit Studios, will star Latifah, Terrence Howard and Peter Fonda. Latifah and Compere are also executive producing the picture along with Otis Best, Yaneley Arty and Shelby Stone. Hit the jump for more on House of Bodies.
Today, we’re premiering the poster for Michael Knowles‘ upcoming film The Trouble with Bliss. The movie stars Michael C. Hall as Morris Bliss, a guy who begins breaking out his inert lifestyle by juggling relationships with the sexually precocious 18-year-old daughter (Brie Larson) of a former classmate and his very forward neighbor (Lucy Liu). It’s an interesting poster in that you look at Hall and realize that his character probably isn’t going to kill anyone.
Hit the jump to check out the poster. The film also stars Chris Messina, Brad William Henke, Sarah Shahi, and Peter Fonda. The Trouble with Bliss hits VOD and theaters in New York City on March 23rd. The film opens in Los Angeles on March 30th.
I was hoping I could get one of the site’s other writers to do this story. Someone who didn’t loathe “The Boondock Saints” as much as I do, but no such luck. So now I have to hate this trailer apart. I don’t want to. I’m always open to the possibility that I may like a movie and that I misjudged the film.
And then one of the characters says “Let’s do some gratuitous violence,” and that pretty much sums up why I think the first movie is awful and why I think the sequel will be as bad if not worse. Hit the jump to watch the trailer and then if you think these movies are great, say so in the comments and I’ll tell you why you’re wrong. “The Boondock Saints II: All Saints Day” somehow gets a theatrical release on October 30th.