Gabriel Basso


While some potential moviegoers only needed to hear the word “Jurassic” to get excited for Colin Trevorrow’s upcoming Jurassic World, some of us needed something else – like a great cast. The news that the feature will center on a successful (and presumably safe) Jurassic World theme park that’s upended by some wild, wily dinosaurs (with a grudge? Just a hunger? Pure instinct? Who knows!) also came with the reveal that the film will find its character focus in a tourist family tossed into the middle of the dino-madness. Fair enough – after all, the first Jurassic Park included a pair of great kid actors – but the fear of a fun movie being overshadowed by bad child acting is a very real one (perhaps even more terrifying than the promise of marauding dinosaurs themselves). Fortunately, there’s little to fear here (at least as it applies to the under-eighteen set), because Jurassic World has reportedly cast two of the most exciting young actors in Hollywood – Ty Simpkins and Nick Robinson – to form the child-half of the poor, beleaguered tourist family. At this point, we don’t even care about their potential parents (though rumors that they could be Jake Johnson and Bryce Dallas Howard are awesome in their own way), because we’re sold on a Simpkins and Robinson-centric picture in a big, big way. Still better? They are just two actors in a very encouraging new generation of emerging stars-in-the-making, a new class we’re lucky to have.


the archies

According to Deadline, there’s a live-action Archie movie on the way, based on the comic books involving the iconic redheaded high schooler and his pals. And unlike what you might be seeing at most movie sites, this is not going to be about a zombie apocalypse. It’s going to be a teen movie, maybe with some musical element and likely following a simple love triangle story. Maybe there’ll be one additional dramatic arc common to the long tradition of the world of Riverdale. But there is no way Warner Bros., which just closed the deal to develop this thing, would base the first major motion picture out of this 70-year-old property on a new horror-themed title that Archie Comics has out on the stands this year. The confusion stems from Deadline pointing out that the movie will be scripted by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, who wrote the upcoming remake of Carrie, co-produced TV’s Glee and also penned the recent cross-over comic series “Archie Meets Glee.” He’s also behind the new horror title “Afterlife With Archie,” and so there was a throwaway supposition that maybe the movie would be linked to that zombie-infested series. It’s a funny notion, yet Aguirre-Sacasa has more to him than that. Before officially working for Archie Comics he wrote and produced an unauthorized “Archie” play in which the main character came out as gay. He also previously worked at Marvel. Meanwhile, Pitch Perfect helmer Jason Moore is tapped to direct Archie. Does that mean the movie will be […]


Toy's House

Sharp-tongued Joe Toy (Nick Robinson) is frustrated with his life – his overbearing father (Nick Offerman) does not understand him, his older sister Heather (Alison Brie) no longer lives at home, and he cannot seem to get a minute to himself without someone barging in on him. Joe is not alone in his frustration, his best friend Patrick (Gabriel Basso) is also feeling trapped with two helicopter parents (Megan Mullally and Marc Evan Jackson) who are constantly bombarding him with inane questions. The two boys want (need) to get out, and Joe comes up with a plan to let them do just that. After escaping a party that was suddenly broken up, Joe finds himself lost in the woods alongside the very strange (but insanely funny) Biaggio (Moises Arias.) The two happen upon a secluded section of the forrest and as Joe looks around at the lush landscape, inspiration strikes and he rushes home to tell Patrick he has a solution to their problems – they are going to build their own house to live in.



This week, Fat Guy Kevin Carr relives his childhood by running around with a Super 8 film camera, trying to capture a train derailment on film. He deftly uses the cover of shooting a home movie with a bunch of local tweens who ride around on their bikes all day like some extras in a Spielberg film. However, when the cops come after him for suspicious behavior, he ducks into the local cinema to catch the live-action big screen adaptation of the Judy Moody books. This might not be helping his case.



There’s nothing quite like returning to the old neighborhood to find that your childhood playground hasn’t been torn down. You run your hand along rope ladders deemed “unsafe” by modern standards, feel the crunch of pebbles beneath your feet that did more to cut than soften a fall, sit in the swing and think for a moment about jumping out at the highest point. Super 8 is the cinematic equivalent of unearthing a time capsule and finding everything inside is still impossibly shiny and new. It’s impossible to remove the film from its own nostalgia, except for its intended audience of children discovering this type of filmmaking for the first time (and maybe even seeing their first Amblin logo). That’s a pretty powerful thing. With everyone clamoring to tap a market of adults eager for their own past while simultaneously getting kids into seats, J.J. Abrams‘s latest is one of the few that actually succeeds.

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published: 01.26.2015
published: 01.26.2015
published: 01.26.2015
published: 01.26.2015

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