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'Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows' review - A homoerotic, bullet-time cash grab

The first Sherlock Holmes film, released in 2009 (read our review), set a standard as one of the most patronizingly obvious examples of contemporary Hollywood money-grubbing. As one of Anglophila’s most transmutable literary figures, Holmes has taken many forms over many decades, so it isn’t fair for me to judge Director Guy Ritchie’s interpretation as somehow impure or blasphemous. Even so, there’s something strikingly silly about Robert Downey, Jr. in the role, especially when he spouts unnecessarily convoluted dialogue through an insufferable, pseudo-English accent. As sidekick Watson, Jude Law may not have to fake the accent, but, like Downey, he suffers from a celebrity cultivated primarily in tabloids: both men are movie-stars first, and actors second. It’s not that they can’t act, they’re simply ill-equipped to tastefully portray robust literary figures in a film that prioritizes “bullet-time” over compelling human drama.

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Weak car doors pervade new Due Date trailer

It's not a good sign when a joke is repeated twice in the same trailer, but I guess that's what we get when Todd Phillips is forced to try and out-funny The Hangover, his last big hit. Seriously, have you ever run into a car door and it just fell off? It never happens and the only time it's ever been funny in a movie was when Chris Farley did it in Tommy Boy. Now that's good stuff. The trailer and a quote from Phillips on the pressure to follow up his big hit are below. 

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Want to see Robert Downey Jr's face on pinup models? I gots em!

I love the Internet. This is the greatest site I've come across in a while. It's called Pinup RDJ and was linked to me by a fan. Here's the description: Vintage pinups are the pinnacle of art. Robert Downey Jr is the pinnacle of sexy. It's not rocket science. Indeed. Here's a glimpse of the wondrous RDJ glory ahead of you!

The more I stare, the more I question my own sexuality. Such beauty.... If you know of a site or video as entrancing as this, you can shoot me a link from the About page. 


Due Date trailer arrives with plenty of Zach Galifianakis and Robert Downey Jr.

Man, do I love Zach Galifianakis. This one comes from Todd Phillips, who directed Old School and last year's hit, The Hangover. I'm hoping the final film's comedic timing is a bit better, but it's hard not to end with a funny film when you've got Downey Jr. and Galifianakis on the screen. The trailer is below.

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IRON MAN 2 sticks to its winning formula...and succeeds

Rating: (Great)

There were a lot of rumors floating around that Iron Man 2 would suffer from Spider-Man 3 syndrome. Many feared director Jon Favreau and writer Justin Theroux would try to cram too much action, too many characters, and too many subplots into a two hour movie. The rumors were bogus. Iron Man 2 keeps it simple, sticking to the winning formula that helped its predecessor secure $585 million in global box office receipts.

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Joss Whedon to direct supergroup movie THE AVENGERS, the biggest superhero movie yet

Dollhouse was canceled late last year, but Joss Whedon is just getting started. The TV auteur is in final negotiations to direct The Avengers for Marvel Studios, a huge project for the comic company. Deadline Hollywood reports that Whedon has been in contention for some time (first reported by IESB). He's an interesting and somewhat risky choice for the role.

This news is huge for Whedon, whose only major movie is Serenity, a 2005 film based on his canceled TV series Firefly, which became very popular when it hit DVD. Whedon rose to fame in the late 90s after creating the hit series Buffy the Vampire Slayer and spin-off series Angel. As of late, he seems to keep running into walls. Dollhouse, his latest TV series, was canceled last November. He also spent a long time writing a live-action screenplay for Wonder Woman, only to ultimately part ways with the studio. We do not know if he will get involved in the screenplay for The Avengers. Zak Penn is writing it.

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Don't gay up my Sherlock, says Holmes copyright holder

Guy Ritchie's interesting take on Sherlock Holmes is ruffling some feathers. In a statement to TotalFilm, Andrea Plunket, the U.S. copyright holder to the Holmes franchise, threatened to revoke permission to make more films if gay or homosexual themes are explored. Her reaction was prompted by Robert Downey Jr.'s recent appearance on David Letterman where he joked that the legendary detective might have been gay. She was not amused. 

I hope this is just an example of Mr Downey's black sense of humour. It would be drastic, but I would withdraw permission for more films to be made if they feel that is a theme they wish to bring out in the future. I am not hostile to homosexuals, but I am to anyone who is not true to the spirit of the books. - Andrea Plunket

This quote is most entertainingly read with the accent of an outraged 19th century rich British woman, perhaps with a monocle and parasol. Plunket is not from the 19th century, but her sense of humor might be. Guy Ritchie's new Holmes has gay undertones to it, but those are hardly it's biggest problem. Where was she when they turned Sherlock Holmes into superman? I guess completely changing Holmes is all right, as long as you don't make him gay. 


SHERLOCK HOLMES is ambiguously gay


And so is Watson. This dynamic duo is a lot closer than we thought. While they used to solve mysteries together and share witty lines of dialogue in Arthur Conan Doyle’s stories, Holmes and Watson now playfully flirt and argue about ‘couple’ issues. Robert Downey Jr. as Holmes, complete with eyeliner and the tiniest dash of Jack Sparrow, is visibly upset that Watson (Jude Law) is moving out. He makes little effort to hide his hatred of the doctor’s new fiancé or how much he cares for him. Not that there’s anything wrong with that. He’s just not the Sherlock I’m used to seeing. I was more entertained by the gay undertones in Sherlock Holmes than I was the mystery. Shouldn’t it be the other way around?

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Zach Galifianakis is not so sure about The Hangover 2

Thanks to The Hangover, Zach Galifianakis is kind of a big deal right now. It’s finally given him his long deserved time in the spotlight and he doesn’t want to screw it up. If I were him, and I’m not, I’d be just as cautious. There are a lot of ways his career could spin into a short-lived gimmick if he’s not careful.

Speaking with IGN, he was very cautious about the sequel, which is already in the works.

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