Marvel UK’s “Motormouth” The Movie

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Max Landis keep publishings his unlikely-to-ever-be-made screenplay ideas, so I figured I’d share one of my own. This was the full story outline for my “Motormouth” movie which I mailed to Disney/Marvel. Motormouth is a wholly obscure character from the UK division of Marvel, which had a brief boom of new characters in the mid-1990s. I took it upon myself, as a personal challenge, to come up with an appealing story for Motormouth, and I think I succeeded. (more…)

Published in: on May 10, 2015 at 5:53 pm  Leave a Comment  

The Muppets

The Muppets

Film review by: Witney Seibold

Your enjoyment of “The Muppets” will be directly proportional to your inherent and already-standing goodwill toward the Muppet characters. If you grew up watching “The Muppet Show” in the ’70s and ’80s, and if you have any sort of affection for 1979’s “The Muppet Movie,” then James Bobin‘s new film will be catnip for you. Seeing the characters in action is handled with just the right touch. There is little in the way of cheapness or feelings of crass exploitation. (more…)

Published in: on November 22, 2011 at 4:54 pm  Comments (3)  

Moneyball

Moneyball

Film review by: Witney Seibold

 

          You would think a story about baseball theory – and not the actual sport of baseball, mind you – would be a dead bore. Thanks to the rapid-fire dialogue and arch, shop-talk-heavy screenplay by Aaron Sorkin (who wrote last year’s excellent “The Social Network”), the concepts of buying and selling baseball players seems like a complex and dynamic practice. (more…)

Published in: on October 13, 2011 at 8:53 pm  Leave a Comment  

Machine Gun Preacher

Machine Gun Preacher

Film review by: Witney Seibold

Marc Forster‘s “Machine Gun Preacher” tells the true story of Sam Childers, a real-life petty thug, drug-addict, and part-time jailbird, who, thanks to his reformed stripper girlfriend, finds Jesus, volunteers in Africa, builds an orphanage for the local children, and ends up taking arms against the Sudanese terrorist groups who are in the habit of making more and more orphans by the day. (more…)

Published in: on September 26, 2011 at 1:05 pm  Leave a Comment  

The Myth of the American Sleepover

The Myth of the American Sleepover

Film review by: Witney Seibold

 

The teenagers in David Robert Mitchell‘s “The Myth of the American Sleepover” are real people. (more…)

Published in: on August 8, 2011 at 12:00 pm  Comments (2)  

Midnight in Paris

Midnight in Paris

Film review by: Witney Seibold

 

Woody Allen is, if nothing else, prolific. The last year in which he didn’t direct a feature film was 1981, and that has to be offset by the years he released two feature films within months of each other. As a result of his copious output, and his constant need to come up with a new idea (however misguided) and run with it, Allen’s films can be hit-or-miss. He may be well-remembered for legitimate masterpieces like “Annie Hall,” and “Crimes and Misdemeanors,” but he was also behind weird, clunky, unfunny comedies like “Hollywood Ending” and “The Curse of the Jade Scorpion.” But with each stumble, Allen, now 75, has resolutely stood back up and given it another try. This year he released “Midnight in Paris,” and it’s surely his best film since “Match Point” and his best comedy since “Deconstructing Harry.” Indeed, it may be one of the best films of 2011. (more…)

Published in: on August 7, 2011 at 12:55 pm  Comments (3)  

The Mechanic (2011)

The Mechanic (2011)

Film review by: Witney Seibold

Maybe it’s because I know that Simon West’s “The Mechanic” is based on a 1972 Charles Bronson action vehicle (unseen by me) that I see it as having a distinct, anti-heroic, steel-headed badass 1970s vibe. (more…)

Published in: on February 7, 2011 at 8:28 pm  Leave a Comment  

Marwencol

Marwencol

Film review by: Witney Seibold

Mark Hogancamp was minding his own business in a bar one evening a few years ago. He was badgered by a few drunken college students, who called him named, and demanded a fight. Mark exited the bar, somewhat drunk, trading surly put-down with the kids. The kids jumped him outside of the bar, and beat him savagely. (more…)

Published in: on December 20, 2010 at 12:00 pm  Leave a Comment  

Mesrine: Public Enemy #1

Mesrine: Public Enemy #1

Film review by: Witney Seibold

The second part of Jean-François Richet‘s Mesrine movies, “Public Enemy #1” is a bit more slowly paced and bit more serious that the first. This is the part of Mesrine’s life when he began to feel that he was more than a thief, and something of a revolutionary. (more…)

Published in: on September 16, 2010 at 1:30 pm  Leave a Comment  

Mesrine: Killer Instinct

Mesrine: Killer Instinct

Film review by: Witney Seibold

In the mid ’60s through the ’70s, Jacques Mesrine was one of France’s most notorious bank thieves. But far from being a suited gangster, or a calculatingly asshole-ish GoodFella, he was something of an irascible dandy, who would rob several banks in a single day just for the challenge and the bragging rights. (more…)

Published in: on September 16, 2010 at 1:26 pm  Leave a Comment