AFF Review: James Franco IS Tommy Wiseau in ‘The Disaster Artist’

The Disaster Artist Review

There’s nothing like The Room, right? A film so bad it’s so good. The Disaster Artist is an attempt to tell the story about the making of Tommy Wiseau’s The Room, and the friendship behind it, and their dream to become famous, and make a movie that everyone would love. Directed by and starring James Franco, this film is much more of an homage to the cult classic that is The Room, as well as a nod to the passion it takes to make something so terrible. To dream so big and yet fail so spectacularly, but still embrace that failure, and revel in the joy it (somehow) brings to some people. It’s not an outright comedy, more of a drama with funny scenes, that also perfectly recreates The Room and pays tribute to the one-and-only Tommy Wiseau. ›››

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First Trailer for Global Disaster Movie ‘Geostorm’ with Gerard Butler

Geostorm Movie Trailer

“In the future, the technology that controls the weather, controls the world.” Warner Bros has debuted the first official teaser trailer for the disaster movie titled Geostorm, which follows in the footsteps of movies like 2012 and The Day After Tomorrow by presenting a scenario where the entire world is being destroyed by a massive destabilization of our climate. Gerard Butler stars as the hero who has to save the day entire world by going into space to try and fix the problem. The full cast includes Jim Sturgess, Abbie Cornish, Alexandra Maria Lara, Daniel Wu, with Oscar nominees Ed Harris and Andy Garcia. Thankfully this first teaser trailer doesn’t hold back on shots of the destruction, but as always, I’m hoping there’s an interesting story to follow here or this is going to be forgotten. The weather control concept seems so cheesy. ›››

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‘Super Mario Bros.’ Is Coming To Blu-Ray, Putting The Disaster In High-Definition

Super Mario Bros Blu-Ray

UPDATE: We’ve been told this release actually isn’t anything more than an updated version of a 2014 high-definition release with a new Steelbook case. Still, for those who didn’t know this existed, this might be good news.

It’s no secret that the film adaptation of Super Mario Bros. is a complete disaster. The making of the total mess of a video game movie was documented in Blake J. Harris’ book Console Wars (you can read all about it right here). But somehow, there are enough fans of the movie to warrant a release of the movie in high-definition.

Believe it or not, Super Mario Bros. is getting a Blu-ray release next month, and it even has a collectible Steelbook case to keep it safe from anyone who would be crazy enough to steal it for their own collection.

Here’s the artwork for the Super Mario Bros Blu-ray coming next month:

Super Mario Bros Blu-Ray

The potentially bad news is that this Super Mario Bros. Blu-ray appears to only be getting a release in the United Kingdom by way of the retailer Zavvi (via Comic Book Resources). There’s no indication that this will be made available in the United States. You can still buy it for £15.99, or $ 19.75, and have it shipped to the US, but it’s a Region 2 disc, so unless you have a player that can handle those discs, you won’t be able to play it in the US.

But if you have the ability to watch it, you’ll get one cool special feature along with the movie. There will be a new 60-minute documentary with interviews from co-directors Rocky Morton and Annabel Jankel, producer Roland Joffe, writer Parker Bennett, production designer David Snyder, art director Walter Martishius, effects artists Paul Elliot, Vincent Guastini and Rob Burman, visual effects designer Chris Woods, editor Mark Goldblatt, creature designer Patrick Tatopoulos and actors John Leguizamo and Richard Edson. It will also include archived interviews with Bob Hoskins and Jake Eberts.

It’ll be interesting to see if all the filmmakers acknowledge the problems reported on the set of the film in this documentary or if they just gloss over those details. Considering there’s no denying the poor outcome of this movie in pretty much every regard, I hope they lean into it and discuss what went wrong instead of just being a typical making-of documentary.

Nintendo has a lot of exciting things happening right now. Super Mario Run was downloaded more than 40 million times in just four days on Apple’s App Store, the video game company has a Super Nintendo World theme park in the works, and there’s even the possibility of seeing some new movies based on Nintendo properties happening at some point.

If you want to know if this release is worth the money, check out a review right here.

The Super Mario Bros. Blu-ray Steelbook arrives in the United Kingdom on February 13, 2017.

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