Thanks to the undeserved success of the awful Taken 2, there will be a third installment. And this Taken 3 will go in a new direction, according to screenwriter Robert Mark Kamen. So, Brian came up with a list of five things that could be taken in the second sequel. One idea is the abduction of the lead’s video game collection: “Liam Neeson spends the entirety of Taken 3 dressed like a character from Tekken 3; perhaps we learn that his character’s name all along was Bryan “Fury” Mills. Makes sense, right?”
In other major movie news, Blue Sky Studios announced it’s making the next Peanuts feature film. While many are skeptic about the production, Nathan responded with positivity: “Seeing as how Charles Schulz passed in 2000, you might be wondering who would be willing to step into his legendary shoes and make a new Peanuts feature. As it turns out, Schulz’s son, Craig Schulz, his grandson, Bryan Schulz, and a writer named Cornelius Uliano have all collaborated on the script, and Ice Age: Continental Drift director Steve Martino is set to helm. Sounds like as qualified a team to carry on a legacy as any.”
For his latest column, Nathan spouted some fighting words by calling Dog Day Afternoon “overrated” while offering a defense for the “underpraised” Airheads. On the former: “What little tension the hostage situation is able to maintain gets derailed in the second act when Dog Day Afternoon goes off on tangents as well. This is a long movie that can’t decide whether it’s a crime caper or a character piece about Pacino’s Sonny … it also just gets pretty dang boring.”
As for Airheads, he says: “The story builds, the situation gets increasingly more out of control, and the jokes keeps coming … Let us not forget the simple joys of thinking about swimming pools and stabbing people’s heads off with your dick.”
Another classic called boring in the same week? This time it’s part of Landon and Cole’s discussions of the greatest films of all time, with Dziga Vertov‘s Man with a Movie Camera the latest put through the ringer. Landon says: “The historical argument is a relevant one here. Of course Man with the Movie Camera can’t be experienced the way it was, or intended to be, in 1929. But I think the movie is more important because cinema was hardly realized in any shape or form according to Vertov’s vision … Man with the Movie Camera is certainly not “timeless,” but it is important. Many movies on this list are, to varying degrees, timeless and not.” Also, sounds like listening to Skrillex while watching is a good way to not find the film boring.
Finally, here’s a reminder, not that you should require it, that we’ve been doing our annual 31 Days of Horror series with a look at a different scary or horrific movie each day. On top of this, though, there’s Brian’s latest Junkfood Cinema column, which ingeniously looks at all the horror flicks that can be viewed as dark sequels to family films. Best examples are The Love Bug growing up to become The Car and Short Circuit growing up to be Chopping Mall. Ghost Dad, however, has always been a horror — as in, “oh, the horror that Sidney Poitier made this crap.”
Additional recommended reading: I brought my annual list of “10 Halloween Costume Ideas Based on Recent Movies” with suggestions involving The Avengers, The Dark Knight Rises and This is Not a Film. Also relevant, in the new episode of the Reject Radio podcast , we heard from Sinister screenwriter C. Robert Cargill on his favorite scary movie.