As the finger-snappin', toe-tappin' sound of Bobby Darin's "Beyond the Sea" sets the tone, the first trailer for the long-awaited big-screen adaptation of Steve Alten's MEG has finally arrived. This August, Warner Bros. Pictures will release THE MEG, a film that's finally a reality after nearly two decades of studio-spanning "development Hell." Shark movies are a genre all their own, and while it's my wife that's the big JAWS fan and Shark Week enthusiast in this house, I am 100% in for anything starring Jason Statham, so this just hit my "must-see" list. Check out your first bite of THE MEG below!
I think I have a straight-up man crush on Jason Statham. My wife can probably confirm it, but I've been known to see a movie just because Turkish, the original TRANSPORTER, Chev Chelios, is in it - and even if the film is crap, Statham always delivers. 2015's finest Statham film thus far is no doubt Paul Feig's SPY, and while Melissa McCarthy got the top billing, let's be totally clear that it's Statham and Peter Serafinowicz (SHAUN OF THE DEAD, voice of Darth Maul) that steal the show. My wife and I made this a "date night" during its theatrical run, and I firmly regard it as one of the year's best films overall. Since it's out on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD this week from Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment, THE ROCK FATHER Magazine and FHE Insiders are giving YOU a chance to bring SPY home.
My wife and I saw SPY when it was released theatrically this past June, and I felt it was one of this summer's biggest surprises. Director Paul Feig's action/comedy comes home on Blu-ray and DVD on September 29, following a Digital HD release on September 4th. Starring Melissa McCarthy as an unlikely CIA hero stepping in for Jude Law's James Bond-ish spot, the home release features "15 classified alternate scenes and three redacted scenes, featuring Jason Statham as you’ve never seen him and outrageous performances by the rest of the cast, including Miranda Hart, Allison Janney, Bobby Cannavale, Peter Serafinowicz, and 50 Cent." That's in addition to a host of bonus features.
Seven movies in, and for the first time, I actually have a desire to see a film from THE FAST AND THE FURIOUS franchise. I was lost on the first two movies, which I thought at the time (perhaps a revisit is in order?) were terrible - the first I recall being worse than I'd expected. So I tuned out for the next four installments, and here lands the trailer for FURIOUS 7, and I'm in. Directed by James Wan (SAW) and with Jason Statham (EVERYTHING) joining the massive ensemble cast, how the crew has become parachuting globetrotting government agents (?) with Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson and Kurt Russell is beyond me, but the film that the late Paul Walker was working on prior to his untimely death is now planted firmly on my "most anticipated" list for 2015. Check out the trailer below...
"Daddy, why do you always watch movies late at night?" That was a question posited by oldest daughter a few days ago. "I can hear the noise from them coming from your office." She's got me there, and just solidified why I should be wearing headphones after hours. See, lately I've been streaming movies to my laptop while I do work from the desktop... including right now, this very second as Adele sings the theme song to James Bond's SKYFALL to my right, while I type these words and see them appear on the screen to my left. While my days have been spent largely preparing for the start of school this week, my nights are filled with work... and lately, action. Explosive action, the kind that just seems right for the end of summer, and in the time-honored tradition of action flicks finding their audience on home video, Netflix is keeping that torch raised high. For my August column as a member of the Netflix #StreamTeam, here's some of what I've been watching this month... and these picks are #ForGrownups only.