411 Fact or Fiction Movies/TV 4.11.14: Week 428
Posted by Ben Piper on 04.11.2014
Should Battlestar Galactica get a big-screen reboot? Are we bummed that David Letterman is retiring? Would Chiwetel Ejiofor make a good Bond villain? 411's Mathew Sforcina and Robert Cooper debate these topics and more!
Spring has sprung! This past week in my part of the world has been sunny, warm, and utterly pleasant. I can only hope that the weather report in your neck of the woods has been comparable. One can only stand winter for so long.
Earlier this week I took in Captain America: The Winter Soldier and I have to say, I wasn't disappointed. Not only did it live up to the hype, it surpassed it by being one of the best MCU movies yet. Let's hope Marvel keeps up the quality in their efforts.
This week in Fact or Fiction finds us in the company of Mathew Sforcina and Robert Cooper. Let's see what they have to say, shall we?
1. Draft Day will be a different kind of sports movie that winds up being very entertaining.
Mathew Sforcina:Fiction. Half of that is right, it will be a different kind of sports movie, but then not a unique one. There have been attempts to make sports films based on scouts and the goings on in the offices and stuff, and they haven't been smash hits to a film. For every Moneyball there's a few The Scout. Or at least that impression I've been left with. Add in the fact that, sorry America, but the rest of the world doesn't care too much about your NFL, you're left with a film in a genre with a poor track record about a subject that's fairly dry with performances that, at least in the trailer, aren't spectacular. Probably won't be very entertaining. But hey, until it comes out, we just don't know...
Robert CooperFiction. I'm almost on board with Mat here because I agree with a solid half of his statements. It will be different, because like he said, we have had movies that look at the inner workings of a sports team, but not many of them. But unlike Mathew, I am American, so I do care too much about my NFL, and that does help the film in my eyes because I have always wondered what happens behind those doors once Draft Day comes around. What honestly hurts this movie for me is that unlike Moneyball, this isn't a true story, so I don't feel quite the real world connection from the trailer to this fictional draft like I did the A's season in Moneyball. But with all of that being said, the performances might not be special, I think the movie will at least be interesting. Though that does not means that it's going to be very entertaining, it might be mildly so, but saying very entertaining is pushing it.
Score: 1 for 1
2. You're bummed that David Letterman is retiring.
(Note: Asked and Answered before his replacement was announced)
Mathew Sforcina: Fact, for two reasons. The first is the obvious one, the fact that Letterman is leaving. I never liked Leno all too much, and Letterman, while a little hit and miss for my tastes, tends to hit more than he misses. So I'm bummed he's leaving. But the other, slightly more important reason, is that Craig Ferguson has not been announced as the replacement. I've seen some of the rumors, and they range from "Interesting, but would it work?" (Colbert) to the "Safe but probably a bit boring." (Kimmel, Ellen) to "Oh Dear God No." (Handler, Stern). I love Ferguson's work, and I want to see him take a shot at making a Late Show with some brains. But, on the other hand, I love Conan for different reasons and he didn't work out. But then Letterman wouldn't be there right before Ferguson... Anyway, I'm watching this carefully, and I'll miss Letterman. And still be cheering for Ferguson. And still hating Jimmy Fallon. Never liked him.
Robert CooperFact. Yeah, bummed would probably be the right word. While I also don't care much for Leno, I've always found Letterman to be fairly entertaining when I see him on TV. He always has been consistent, I feel, and overall is a pretty nice and likable guy. I, like Mat, am also concerned about there being a lack of an announced replacement. Some of the names that they have thrown around are nice (I love Colbert), and some are god fucking awful (who the hell would let Chelsea Handler run that ship?), the Craig Ferguson idea isn't too bad, and personally, I think it could work pretty well, all in all. It'll be interesting to see who they pick at the end of the day, but still, I'm still a bit down about Letterman leaving.
Score: 2 for 2
3. Chiwetel Ejiofor would be a brilliant choice for the next Bond villain.
Mathew Sforcina:Fact. But then, new Bond is easy to cast. You just find a great actor and you're (probably) good. In the old days, before the Blonde Reboot, casting for Bond was a lot harder. You needed the right mix of gravity and insanity, you needed to walk that fine line of being able to spout nonsense while acting silly and yet totally commit and believe it. Nowadays? Bond's just another spy franchise, just one with a longer backstory. I'm not saying that's a bad thing, nor is it a good thing. It's just a thing. Bond is movie tradition now, and so any decent actor, which Ejiofor certainly is, should be able to do good work. But I kinda miss the touch of silly Bond. But yeah, that's gone. For better and worse...
Robert CooperFact This one was a little hard for me to answer, because while I believe that Ejiofor would be great for any role he's put in, I'm not sure I've never seen a movie that he's in, that makes it hard to make an educated answer. But by all accounts, the man is a superb actor, and as long as the writing for Bond stays great, I have no doubt that Ejiofor would be a superb choice to be the next Bond villain!
Score: 3 for 3
4. Oculus will be a better than average horror movie.
Robert Cooper Fact. Modern horror movies are something I tend to wait until I hear some reviews before making a judgment on them. I'm far from a horror buff, but I am slowly getting more interested in the genre and last year I saw some pretty cool movies like, The Conjuring and You're Next, which got me really excited about the horror genre, though I'm still wary about horror movie trailers. I see most horror trailers as a dime a dozen, since they all try to be scary, so they all blend in after a while for me. With that being said, this movie seems to be a bit different from the rest, and having Karen Gillan in it does help add interest to it. So I'm hoping that this movie will indeed be better than average.
Mathew Sforcina:Fact, based solely on mathematical principals. See, the thing about horror films is that if they don't work, they really don't work. You screw up a drama and it's just plodding, you screw up a comedy it's just boring, but horror films, from where I sit, tend to fail HARD when they fail. A bad horror film is a lot worse than a bad film of another genre, unless you're Rifftraxing it. So when a horror film doesn't mess up, it's pretty much automatically better than average. But that's said as someone who is not a fan of the genre and who, despite liking Doctor Who was never too big on Karen Gillan.
Score: 4 for 4
5. A live action/CGI Pink Panther movie is a horrible idea.
Robert CooperFact. SWEET JESUS, THIS IS AN AWFUL IDEA. The live action movies starring Steve Martin were total ass, and throwing in CGI into it would make things even worse. What really scares me away from this is when I think about the Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle movie, because that movie was awful and looked awful. Sure, it's been 14 years since that movie, but I don't feel like we're looking at an idea that would really mesh and make a movie that is worth seeing, so for the movie of all that is holy studio execs, don't pull the trigger on this idea.
Mathew Sforcina:Fact. Has MGM not actually watched the damn films? Regardless of track record for this sort of film, regardless of the Steve Martin films, regardless of all that, the fact remains that there's two totally separate universes here. In the Clouseau universe, the Pink Panther is a pink diamond with a flaw in the center that looks like a leaping pink panther, hence the name. In the cartoons, the Pink Panther is a character, Friz Freleng's favourite of his own creation. Those two universes have NOTHING to do with each other. They don't exist in the same universe, and I really don't see those characters interacting well, even if you had Sellers back from the dead. This is just a stupid idea from a storytelling perspective, let alone from all the others...
(Note: This movie would deal with the cartoon Pink Panther and Clouseau will likely not be involved.)
Score: 5 for 5
6. A big screen reboot of Battlestar Galactica is something you can get behind.
Robert CooperFact. Ah hell, well not? I was never a fan of the more dramatic modern series, but that was more because I was expecting something fast pace and had no patience for anything else at the time I was watching it. I think now that I'm a bit more mature I could probably give a giant reboot movie a good try. I'm assuming that they'd be keeping a very similar feel to the recent series, and I think that could make for some intriguing ideas and an overall entertaining movie. We'll just have to see if it pans out.
Mathew Sforcina:Fiction. Could we please stop rebooting everything every five minutes? I mean, I get the logic, Star Trek did 'well' with it's reboot, Star Wars is about to restart, every old school sci-fi series is being dusted off to see if it can work, and this is one with a recent fanbase to fall back on. But just for the principal, for Victoria's sake, I am sick and tired of seeing Hollywood constantly go back and mine old ideas (and more often then not totally miss the point) than actually make new ones. I
mean, what next, Jungle Jim? Our Gang? Felix the Cat? Instead of rebooting this, why not, you know, make your own new film? Crazy idea I know...
Final Score: 5 for 6
And there you go. Mathew and Robert agree more often than not. Thanks to them both for taking the time, and see you all again next week.