Hey folks, Harry here – with the latest from Vern. This time, Vern tackles the ever evolving career of one, Wesley Snipes. I miss Wesley Snipes. He was never just the muscle action guy and I kinda hate that THAT is what he’s becoming in these cheap straight to DVD flicks. Snipes is a dramatic actor of an immense amount of range. He just needs to calm down and begin straightening out a lot of the bad press he’s had – and just do the work. Put himself in some independent films – showing his range and humility and getting back to where filmmaker’s won’t be taking a “chance” directing him, but taking the OPPORTUNITY to use him. He’s incredibly talented, I just want to see that back on screen again. Here’s Vern to tell us if we see any of that talent in HARD LUCK…
Well boys, time for another chapter in the ongoing drama THE MYSTERY OF WESLEY SNIPES, where we explore why a talented individual who starred in the three hit BLADE movies keeps doing nothing but straight to video. This new one, HARD LUCK, comes to video in October. While it’s not a particularly good movie, and it definitely shouldn’t be released theatrically, it’s at least a step up from the generic and sometimes horrible DTV action movies he’s been doing lately. It’s kind of a quirky crime movie with some occasional funny touches and an unorthodox (but not revolutionary) structure. The big news is that it reunites him with NEW JACK CITY’s Mario Van Peebles, who is director, co-writer and co-star of HARD LUCK.
A word about Mario Van Peebles. I’ve made fun of the dude alot because of the amount of DTV movies he appears in. But he’s regained my respect in recent years. I thought BAADASSSSS! was overrated. It was a TV-level movie that I think people gave a pass to because the subject is so interesting. But the one thing that was really great about it was Mario’s performance as his own dad. He was fuckin great. And then he carried that type of ’70s badass with a mustache persona into CARLITO’S WAY: RISE TO POWER, where his presence truly elevated the movie. So he has my respect now.
I’m not sure the same could be said for Sony Pictures Home Entertainment though, considering that they credited him as “Mario Peebles” on the front of this screener. Thanks alot, assholes.
There’s been talk for years that they could do a sequel to NEW JACK CITY where Nino Brown survived the shooting at the end and we find out what happens when he’s older and wiser. This is not that, but Wesley’s character “Lucky” is a similar sort of legendary Harlem hustler who people thought was dead. He took a fall and tried to turn his life around. A narrated opening sequence explains how he fell in love with his prison case worker, they moved to the south and bought a dog. But when a person in a movie is named Lucky, of course, it’s never meant literally. So Lucky suddenly gets sick and one day wakes up in the hospital surrounded by water. He thinks at first it’s the Ratpure, but actually it’s Hurricane Katrina that took his lady, his dog and his house. Melvin Van Peebles has a cameo as a crazy/wise old man who warns Wesley not to go to the Superdome, all the while enjoying a delicious fruit cup.
Despite this run of the type of luck mentioned in the title, Lucky stays on the straight and narrow. He moves back to New York, wears pooka shells, and runs an African dance group for at risk teens. The one mistake he makes is to go to a young white drug dealer friend’s birthday party at a strip club. The white boy unfairly pressures Lucky into backing him up during a big transaction. (That’s not a good friend there, I don’t give a shit if it’s his birthday.) This may surprise you, but the transaction does not go as planned, and there is some violence involved. In a voiceover, Lucky says, “There comes a point in life where you just gotta say ‘Fuck it.'” So he grabs two cases filled with $500,000, kidnaps a stripper (Jacquelyn Quinones) and leads cops and criminals on a high speed car chase. And the rest of the movie is about him on the run.
Okay, that’s not THAT much different from the type of action movies he’s been doing (except for the pooka shells), but the movie also keeps going to this parallel storyline about a weird couple out in the boonies somewhere. A young Asian guy obsessed with Mexican wrestling, and in love with Cybill Shepherd. There is obviously a pretty big age gap there, but you can see how they get along, because they are very accepting of each other’s idiosyncrasies and enjoy doing things together. For example, they like to kidnap women in the IKEA parking lot, take them home and strap them up inside a video studio surrounded by giant photos of young Cybill Shepherd, then they play old records and video tape themselves torturing the victims while wearing latex aprons and Halloween masks and shit. If it was anybody else it would be stupid, but the fact that it’s Cybill “Maddy Hayes” Shepherd trying to funnel a rat into a girl’s mouth makes it kind of entertaining.
Then, at one point, they hear something on the baby monitor – not the sound of fear, but some sort of grunting. So Cybill goes across to the house and upstairs to sing “Amazing Grace” to her retarded adult son who is upset because he wants to dress up as Spider-man and go trick or treating.
Luis Guzman shows up later as a gay dude in a bathrobe. It’s always nice to see Guzman (CARLITO’S WAY: RISE TO POWER) but to be frankly honest his scene should’ve been better. It’s not nearly as funny as it’s obviously supposed to be. If you are a big Guzman fan you’re better off renting THE SUBSTITUTE.
Also, the movie introduces Mario Van Peebles (CARLITO’S WAY: RISE TO POWER) as a cop. He doesn’t have a mustache and doesn’t play it as badass, but you gotta give him points for the way he introduces his character. It would be a typical secret-cop-meeting-in-an-out-of-the-way-spot scene except that for some reason Van Peebles does most of the scene riding in circles on a bicycle. There are lots of goofy little touches like that that make the movie better than average. For example, an exploding dye pack causes Wesley and his stripper hostage to spend a portion of the movie dyed purple (unfortunately, not for as long and not as purple as I would prefer). Lucky manages to overcome the villain partly by upsetting him by criticizing his punching. A mohawked underground fighter is introduced late into the movie, only to be murdered without ever fighting. All of the main characters randomly start narrating at various points. And there are references not just to Katrina but to other tragedies like Abu Ghraib and the movie CATWOMAN. And for some reason they mention SUPER-SIZE ME twice – once in a random conversation in the movie and another time on a weird rap song by little kids that plays on the end credits.
In my review of Wesley’s UNSTOPPABLE – I complained about how in BLADE III Wesley ended up strapped to a chair and you’re wondering what badass maneuver he’s gonna do to escape, but then he just gets rescued. And then in UNSTOPPABLE he finds himself in the exact same situation, with a chance to redeem himself, but then he gets rescued again. I haven’t watched THE DETONATOR or THE MARKSMAN yet so I’m not sure if there are similar situations in those ones, but sure enough here in HARD LUCK he ends up coming to the Cybill Shepherd farmhouse to borrow a phone and quickly finds himself tied to yet another god damn chair.
This time, thank God, Wesley DOES NOT GET RESCUED. Of course, I’m not 100% on how he pulls off the maneuver that allows him to escape, but at least it’s his own doing. And even though this isn’t really an action movie, he does get to have a quick fight with the Mexican wrestling fan (in mask). As usual, Wesley’s moves and poses are flat out awesome. It’s too bad the scene is short and the fight is cluttered by an annoying strobing effect.
And that’s one of the main reasons why the movie doesn’t work, the filmatism is typical DTV shit. I would think Van Peebles would be old school enough to stay away from the Avid farts, but they’re all over this thing. Instead of showing somebody walking somewhere they gotta pop in a little burst of fast speed walking. And there’s a couple of those black and white flashes and annoying shit like that. There’s also some pretty awkward transitions going back and forth between the Wesley and Cybill stories. I bet even with the footage they shot, some better editing could improve the movie by 10-15%. I don’t know why these guys seem to think all that flashy shit makes a movie more professional. It’s the opposite, man. If you do those Avid farts and wacky speed ups and slow downs, it automatically signals to the brain that this is not a real movie. Stop doing it, fellas. It ends now.
But I should compliment Van Peebles on the way he does the shootout when the drug deal goes sour. The music gets all crazy, the colors are bright and it’s chaotic to the point of psychedelia. I wondered if he was actually inspired by SWEET SWEETBACK in that part. Another scene I really liked is a little moment at the beginning when Lucky goes back to his flooded house. He finds a camcorder and cries while watching footage of his wife on the viewfinder. Suddenly a soldier walks in and points a gun at him, thinking he’s a looter. Before Lucky can say anything, the soldier gets called away, and Lucky is left standing with his camcorder, his memories and now an added humiliation. You don’t get moments like that in UNSTOPPABLE or 7 SECONDS.
It’s not a very good movie, but I enjoyed it because I’m glad to see Wesley and Mario trying some unusual shit. Maybe if they make some more like this they’ll get it down. Compared to real movies it’s shitty, but as far as DTV or what-the-hell-is-this-movie-I-just-flipped-to-on-cable it stands out, and by the end I found myself pretty involved. Even the relationship that predictably grows between Lucky and his hostage/partner is kind of sweet. But if you don’t go for that at least you got to see Cybill Shepherd threaten Wesley Snipes with a dildo.
Okay, so I reviewed that movie, I think I threw Hercules off the scent. I’ve been wanting The Ain’t It Cool News to say something about BLADE: THE SERIES, but I didn’t want to send it to Coaxial. No offense but as a serious Writer on the films of Cinema, I just don’t want to see that giant Buffy the Vampire Amazon ad at the bottom of my shit.
The biggest problem with BLADE: THE SERIES is, of course, no Wesley Snipes. Kirk Sticky Jones has some big god damn boots to fill. It’s like Will Smith playing Mohammed Ali – he does a surprisingly good job at something that probaly shouldn’t be tried. There is one Mohammed Ali and his name is Mohammed Ali. And there is one Blade, his name is Wesley Snipes.
But get past the fact that it’s a guy playing Blade instead of THE REAL Blade, and you’ve got a good fuckin TV show. Each of the BLADE movies has kind of a different feel from the others, and same goes for this. The show wisely plays down the action and focuses on the detailed world of the vampires and a much more complex and suspense oriented storyline than you could do in the movies. There are no one-off episodes, it’s all a continuing storyline about Blade’s operation to stop a vampire leader named Marcus Van Scuyver. Because this guy is a famous real estate developer in Detroit, Blade is not able to kill him without exposing his operation to that “sugar coated topping” world the rest of us live in. So instead he has a vampire informant who he supplies with his serum so she can keep enough of her humanity to go undercover in the vampire “House of Armaya.” And slowly they uncover the secrets of the vampire’s methods and plans.
Krista, the undercover vamp, is as much the protagonist as Blade is. That sounded like a bad idea to me, but it’s actually really smart. Unlike the movies, the show allows you to see things from a vampire point-of-view and have some sympathy for them. There are complex politics between the different vampire houses and even within the one house that we have seen from the inside. You actually start to kind of like this Van Scuyver guy that Blade is after and root against his boss, a pureblood vampire in the body of a little girl, who gets carried around by a mean looking 7 foot bodyguard. In the most recent episode the bodyguard brought her a human baby in a duffel bag as a snack. Which is a sign that she is a bad guy, I think.
I think there have been 8 episodes so far, and across those episodes a whole lot has unfolded. We’ve seen Blade track vampires across multiple continents. We’ve learned that people are starting to snort vampire ash to bring themselves temporary vampire powers – it’s a plague, but since it involves killing vampires Blade tells the drug dealers to “keep it up.” We’ve seen a lead vampire get blown up and then spend an entire episode hooked to blood packs, recuperating from human-fried-chicken to almost presentable. When Krista was worried that her cover was not convincing enough, she had Blade slice from the top of her head through her eyeball. We’ve learned where Blade’s tattoos come from, who raised him, and that his dad is Richard Roundtree (which, in retrospect, should’ve been obvious). We’ve found out how he can get his weapons through customs (there’s a worldwide network that actually gives him weapons and intel when he arrives in another country). There have been constantly growing stories about vampires experimenting on each other, a corrupt cop turned vampire who is playing the houses against each other, and (my favorite) an FBI agent who has been following a trail of evidence as if he was in an ordinary cop show without vampires. The producers claim the show is partly modeled on THE WIRE which I’m sure is a better show, but does it have Blade in it? No, I doubt it. (please email if I am wrong).
The fights are cheesy sometimes, and definitely don’t come close to the ones in the movies. But you don’t really care because you’re not watching it for the fights. You’re watching it for badass moments like the opening of the episode where Blade tracked a piece of vampire medical equipment to a seemingly ordinary pediatrician. He walks into the waiting room and a bunch of parents turn and gasp at this weird dude dressed in black walking in with a sword and a bunch of guns and explosives. It seems like he has the wrong place. In the office, we see the doctor having a talk with some parents about the status of their kid. He looks down at a monitor on his desk, and sees Blade in the waiting room. He knew this would happen sooner or later. So he reaches into his desk, pulls out a gun, puts it in his mouth and blows his brains out right in front of the parents. Blade figures he doesn’t have enough time to search the office before the cops get there, so he takes off. But when he gets to his car he sees a note under the windshield wiper. It says, “HELLO LITTLE MAN.” What the fuck? Just then an armored car runs him over, and a SWAT team of masked vampires jump out and snatch him. And that’s just the opening scene, before the intro.
I have one request for the show. I would like to see David Goyer go in there and add some badass lines to the scripts here and there. There are so many classic lines in the movies and so few in the show. With Blade it might not matter, because part of his strength is that he doesn’t talk all that much. But it was real evident in the latest episode when a flashback had a young Whistler in it. The guy playing him wasn’t bad but when he just has exposition and none of the trademark Whistler crassness, it just doesn’t fly. This does not seem like the same guy who busted through the side of the vampire archives with two machine guns and asked, “Catch you fuckers at a bad time?”
But that’s a small complaint. I’m not much of a TV watcher and don’t write about TV shows much. But this one has me addicted. I didn’t expect that a BLADE tv show would work this well. So you know what, fuck anybody who has to compare this to BUFFY THE VAMPIRE, DARK SHADOWS, DRACULA COPS, or whatever other vampire shows. Of course it’s not like that show, it’s fucking BLADE. If you like the character Blade, you will probaly like this show.
One thing though: if you start watching at this point it’s not gonna make any god damn sense. So with computer technology, or when the DVD comes out, however you want to do it, catch up on the old ones. Tell ’em Vern sent you. Er, that doesn’t really make sense. I don’t know. Don’t tell em anything I guess. Just watch it.
BLADE THE SERIES: VERN APPROVED.
HARD LUCK: AT LEAST IT’S WEIRD.
Originally posted at Ain’t-It-Cool-News: http://www.aintitcool.com/node/24159
View the archived Ain’t-It-Cool-News Talkback
Aug. 13, 2006, 1:08 p.m. CST
by shizzal gofux
Vern, you da MAN.
Aug. 13, 2006, 1:14 p.m. CST
Hold the fuck on…
VERN, HERC IS AICN. He’s about as reputable as this place ever gets. If you got a problem with Kirk Jones or that Big BUFFY AD, then that’s your fucking problem. Some of us can deal with all of this, but no one can deal with folks slamming HERC.
Aug. 13, 2006, 1:25 p.m. CST
Vern is right: Blade the series IS actually good
The pilot episode was the weakest episdoe so far (go figure) so if you dropped then, it’s worth a second look. Each episode the writers are getting a better handle of the “voice” of all the characters. Also, I think they stopped pretending Sticky or Stinky or whatever can fight, so most of the action scenes star Shatner’s stunt double. It’s a very dark show and I honestly can’t believe that I look forward to it each week. As for Wesley…. whatever man…get your shit together.
Aug. 13, 2006, 1:29 p.m. CST
I can deal with folks slamming Herc…
by The Guy Who Nods
GO GET’EM VERN!!!
Aug. 13, 2006, 1:33 p.m. CST
by Mel Garga
As in acting ability? Is this a joke? Because if it is, it’s not only funny but well-executed.
Seriously though, what happened to the likeable Willie Mays Hayes and appearences in semi-interesting projects like Jungle Fever? He was even okay in Rising Sun, a part for which he was incredibly miscast. Hey Wes, relax. Ease up a bit, do some guest spots on Two and a Half Men. Win us back, we want to like you. Help us help you. Help us help you.
Aug. 13, 2006, 1:39 p.m. CST
Wasnt Snipes The One Who Beat Halle Berry Up
So badly that she now has to wear that hearing aid? If so then maybe its a good thing hes descended into obscurity
Aug. 13, 2006, 1:55 p.m. CST
Ey yo Sticky stick ’em!
naw I wanna kick ’em, I got the glock cocked Im widdit, Now they gonna get it! Nope Blade isn’t on the Wire, maybe they could’ve used him instead of Brother Mouzone. However, Sticky Fingaz homey from back in his Onyx days was on the Wire! Check for Fredro Starr as Bird.
Aug. 13, 2006, 1:59 p.m. CST
Rebirth of Wesley Snipes
I couldn’t agree more with Vern. Let’s see a theatrical independent film showing us the Wesley Snipes of Mo’ Better Blues, Waterdance, or even a crime drama like New Jack that allows him to stretch out. His fans will show up and support project like those…BTW, I’m glad Vern mentioned that rescue scene in Blade: Trinity. Snipes is on record stating that the movie hurt his rep.
Aug. 13, 2006, 2 p.m. CST
meant to say “…projects like those…”
Aug. 13, 2006, 2:07 p.m. CST
by xsi kal
The house Krista is infiltrating is House Cthon, not House Armaya. House Armaya is the House that (formerly) did not have a seat on the vamp council, and from whom Marcus was getting unwilling vamp subjects for his experiments.
In my opinion, Blade is the weakest part of the show. I like Krista (now that she is a vamp, she finally learned how to dress), Chase, Marcus, and even Blade’s asian handler. The little girl pureblood leader of Cthon (Charlotte) is even cool. Sticky Jones needs to improve his acting a bit, and his fighting a lot… and the writers need to realize that a relatively short black dude walking around with tons of hardware would probably result in a few 911 calls…
Regardless, I like the series so far.
Aug. 13, 2006, 2:12 p.m. CST
“…as a serious Writer on the films of Cinema…”
That you are, Vern. Hilarious as always (and you’ve actually made me want to check out the BLADE series).
Aug. 13, 2006, 2:29 p.m. CST
Couldn’t they kind a brother with some martial arts/gymnastics chops? Hell, even Kung-Fu Joe from “I’m Gonna Git You Sucka!” had better moves than Sticky.
Aug. 13, 2006, 2:37 p.m. CST
Preach, brother, PREACH!
by Harry Weinstein
“If you do those Avid farts and wacky speed ups and slow downs, it automatically signals to the brain that this is not a real movie. Stop doing it, fellas. It ends now.” God bless you, sir. Maybe someone will even listen to your voice of reason. Doubtful, but I can wish.
Aug. 13, 2006, 2:41 p.m. CST
“Sling Blade” the tv series
“Dem vampires is bad people. Unnn-hunn.”
Aug. 13, 2006, 2:44 p.m. CST
Gotta disagree about one thing…
by Harry Weinstein
BAAAAADASSS (I’m sure that’s spelled wrong) – not even slightly overrated, if anything it’s underrated due to the MVP factor. That one is a great, great movie – one of the better movies about making movies I’ve seen, and certainly Mario’s best movie. Only NEW JACK CITY even comes close – and that’s debatable.
Aug. 13, 2006, 2:47 p.m. CST
Its not as good as DRACULA COPS
but its still pretty good.
Aug. 13, 2006, 2:49 p.m. CST
to Lord Enigma
I’m not trying to start a left side/right side Ain’t It Cool war. I just prefer the RCA cable vibe to the Coaxial. I figured if I sent this one to Herc it would be introduced with a snarky comment about the Blade show, followed by four references to Joss Whedon, six inside jokes about some other show I never heard of, and then 25 inches of gratuitous advertising you have to scroll through at the bottom. It’s just not my thing so I snuck it in with the Wesley review. I think I made the right decision because it’s nice to have Harry being respectful and backing me up about Wesley Snipes up there. But Herc’s got his own kingdom going over there on the right, he’s got his thing, I don’t mean to be taking anything away from that. I think I’m just too old to understand what in fuck’s name is going on over there so I feel threatened by it, like a bear when people start camping nearby.
Aug. 13, 2006, 2:50 p.m. CST
to Xsi Kai
Thanks for the correction, I should’ve known that but I can’t keep the names of the houses straight. I’m glad to see someone else is watching the show closer than I am.
Aug. 13, 2006, 3:17 p.m. CST
One testament to Snipes’ talent…
by Deep Cover
…is just how AWFUL “Sticky” as Blade in comparison. Snipes added layers to the character just by his presence; “Sticky” plays Blade as a gangsta thug. It’s awful, awful casting – so much so that I just can’t watch the series, much as I’d like to…even if it means passing up on seeing Jill Wagner’s fine ass once a week.
Aug. 13, 2006, 3:34 p.m. CST
All right, Vern, I’ve put every movie from your Badass 100 into my ZipList (which is what Canadians call a Netflix queue) that wasn’t already there or I haven’t already seen. Looks like some hardcore stuff, but damn you and your juror’s eyes for not including GIU LA TESTA/DUCK, YOU SUCKERS!/A FISTFUL OF DYNAMITE/ONCE UPON A TIME… THE REVOLUTION (1971)!!!
Aug. 13, 2006, 3:49 p.m. CST
Vern’s BadAss 100
For Vern I have “nothin’ but love,” like Heavy D said, but a Cinematic Badass list that doesn’t prominently feature Bronson isn’t worth taking seriously. “Violent City,” anyone? “The Streetfighter?” (the bronson one) “Cold Sweat?” But whatever, I prefer Il Brutto to remain in relative obscurity, free from the kitcsh affections of repugnant hipster kids.
Aug. 13, 2006, 3:53 p.m. CST
And just to prove I don’t have an age bias
in favor of (relatively) young Bronson, check out solidly seventy-something Chaz spweing race-hate and raping other men in “Kinjite: Forbidden Subjects,” a delectable highlight of the Cannon film sleazegrind factory.
Aug. 13, 2006, 3:57 p.m. CST
If there’s a war between me and Vern …
… I hereby declare Vern the victor.
Aug. 13, 2006, 3:59 p.m. CST
There can be little argument that the Cannon films weren’t particularly good movies, but there were highlights even in the worst of them… like in “10 to Midnight”, a movie that would have been retarded even without its enormous amount of gratuitous male nudity, we do at least get to see Bronson menacing a suspect with a weird, flabby pocket pussy and barking, “YOU USE THIS FOR JACKING OFF!” And then, Cannon did bring us Death Wish III, a glorious and unique filmatic experience and the only one of the DW sequels that can stand on its own.
Aug. 13, 2006, 4:04 p.m. CST
Blade the series
is decent. I like Jill Wagner naked! Kirk “sticky fingaz” Jones was ok in Over There. Sucks that Over There only had 13 episodes.
Aug. 13, 2006, 4:05 p.m. CST
The guy who beat the hearing out of Halle Berry wasn’t Wesley Snipes. It was the ex-Atlanta Brave David Justice, who was her former husband, but not the one with the sex addiction. That was Eric Benet. Gee, someone’s got some real good taste in men, doesn’t she?
Aug. 13, 2006, 4:26 p.m. CST
Very good show
Better than most of the shit on cable.
Aug. 13, 2006, 4:26 p.m. CST
Very happy to read about Blade TV Series!
herc did slam the premier and I got the impression from then on the show was banned from the site. he also DID slam it, if I remember with some damn reference to Buffy or Angel – TIRESOME, even for me a fan of these.
The first two hours of the series WERE A MISTAKEN. Bad in tone, too gratuitously violent, trying too hard to be edgy, the show changes a lot after that. Sticky fingers ‘s barking delivery is a problem, but after those couple hours it is a great series!! Personally I did not read spoliers, so I had no idea Krista was going to actually become a vampire and a double-agent, which probably helped my enjoyment.
I’ve also been watching Supernatural for the first time this summer and I am enjoying that a lot a well, very surprised by the continuing storyline. These two shows deserved, imho, a spot on Coaxial, and as a weadon fan, I feel misled.
Aug. 13, 2006, 4:32 p.m. CST
what I mean by “as a weadon fan, I feel misled” above, is that since Herc is a weadon fan I often expect that Coaxial would to point out other series that would be of interest to people with similar tastes in fiction/drama/scifi (and not that Weadon has anything to do with blade or supernatural)
Aug. 13, 2006, 4:34 p.m. CST
you just inadvertly made a joke…
Aug. 13, 2006, 4:51 p.m. CST
First – You know it makes sense!!
by Darth Bodie
Mario, man thats the way forward!
Aug. 13, 2006, 4:53 p.m. CST
Okay, maybe not!!
by Darth Bodie
Aug. 13, 2006, 5 p.m. CST
“don’t want to see that giant Buffy the Vampire Ad”
hey, no sweat. if being a “serious writer on cinema” means remaining in ignorance about one of the best tv shows ever written, then i guess it sucks to be a “serious writer”. really, who knew that being “serious” meant having such a giant bug up yo ass?
Aug. 13, 2006, 5:02 p.m. CST
Blade should’ve been
Michael Jai White, he’s certainly a better actor than Sticky and can fight, (watch Undisputed 2 and you’ll see), and i’m sure he would’ve appreciated the work.
Aug. 13, 2006, 5:14 p.m. CST
I agree, Michael Jai White Should have been Blade
I’m still scratching my head at that one. Casting f’ed up by casting a rapper over a martial artist with acting chops.
Aug. 13, 2006, 5:16 p.m. CST
Hey man I agree, Bronson is indisputably in the top five or higher of badasses. To me Clint, Lee and Charles are the greatest of all time. We do have ONCE UPON A TIME IN THE WEST at #25 and THE GREAT ESCAPE just made it. Personally I was pushing for MR. MAJESTYK and THE MECHANIC to get on there, but they missed the cut due to democracy.
Aug. 13, 2006, 5:17 p.m. CST
by Sly Fox
I wish they’d take that off the title sequence it makes it look a tad silly… although I guess the dude has a rep to protect or something! It’s a good show, although not as flashy as the films.
Aug. 13, 2006, 5:19 p.m. CST
You don’t have to declare me the victor, we should declare peaceful resolution. I, Vern, declare peaceful resolution in the war between Vern and Hercules. You see that Israel and Hezbollah? I fucking DARE you to follow Herc and my example. Let’s all be adults here boys. I expect a cease fire on my desk by Monday.
Aug. 13, 2006, 5:20 p.m. CST
Come on, those two could have and should have been so much better than they were… Breakheart pass in particular was tragically dull, excepting the fight with the cook on top of the train and the always-reliable thuggery of Robert Tessier. Plus, Jill Ireland, whom I as a Bronson fan have no choice but to come to terms with, was above & beyond annoying. I guess I’ll give Breakout some credit for giving Bronson a too-rare chance to flourish some comedic chops… fun to see him in the Burt-Reynolds-scoundrel role, although Burt of course couldn’t hold a candle in the Toughness department. Still, if I want a Bronson comedy, I go straight for “Lola,” to see him as a forty-something porn author shacked up with a little schoolgirl in swinging mod London… “How did I rate in the sex depahtment?” “Straight As, baby.”
Aug. 13, 2006, 5:23 p.m. CST
The sunglasses hide Mr Sticky’s funky eye
And the guys who plays the bad guy does a good job.
Aug. 13, 2006, 5:23 p.m. CST
Michael Jai White
I’m not saying he would be bad (although starring in SPAWN should’ve forced him out of acting for life). But I still don’t get why everybody acts like he is the obvious choice to play Blade. I liked him in EXIT WOUNDS but I doubt that’s where you guys got your attachment. What did I miss? I know he was cut out of KILL BILL. Is that the only thing that makes everybody on here love him so much? Anyway I’m still pushing for DMX as Blade. I hope it’s not too late.
Aug. 13, 2006, 5:27 p.m. CST
i havent laughed this hard at journalism in ages
vern, honestly, you should be a columnist for the New Yorker, or the NY times. and have a syndicated column so i could read it in LA.
Aug. 13, 2006, 5:38 p.m. CST
I wasn’t impressed by what I’ve seen of Blade
by #1 Zero
That was a very in depth analysis of Snipes. Does he really deserve it? I always had the impression that Snipes screwed himself out of any substantial movies and it doesn’t matter if we want to give him the benefit of the doubt all that matters for his career is what the Hollywood powers that be think. I don’t see them taking a chance on Snipes anytime soon. All I’ve seen of Blade the tv show was an episode where Blade was tied in chains and other Blade like guys beat him up and interrogated him (which was really nothing more than annoying gravilly voiced exposition dialogue) and blade sort of hissing every once in a while. I think the only reason this show is more vampire “procedural” and dramatic than the movies is becuase they don’t have the budget for balls out action every episode, simple as that. Good enough for Spike TV but probably wouldn’t have a shot on FX or HBO.
Aug. 13, 2006, 5:39 p.m. CST
So awesome to see Bronson in a talkback
Can’t argue with your top 3, Vern, and it does my heart good to see a film writer whose opinions I respect give ol’ Buchinski his due. I’ll toast that with your non-alcoholic beverage of choice! *** BONUS RECOMMENDATION FOR ANYONE WHO APPRECIATES TOUGH-GUY FILM*** I was blown away by this 1960 French flick called “Classe Tous Risques.” Folks, if you want to see a relentlessly hard movie, this is the one. When my girl & I saw in here in Atlanta, I half expected the print to jump off the projecter and come mug us in the alley afterwards. Watch for spoilers in any reviews of it you read, though! Much better seen cold! http://rialtopictures.com/classe.html
Aug. 13, 2006, 5:44 p.m. CST
Rapper are not actors
When will Hollywood figure that most basic of things out?
Aug. 13, 2006, 5:46 p.m. CST
Classe Tous Risques
That one was on our ballot and got an average rating of 8, but that was only out of 2 votes, so it was disqualified. I guess it’s too obscure, I hadn’t even heard of it. But I’ll definitely check it out when it comes out on DVD, thanks for the recommendation.
Aug. 13, 2006, 6 p.m. CST
AICN has gone to shit – direct to video now?
where are the scoops? or maybe hollywood found a way to bar your moles from test screenings?
Aug. 13, 2006, 6:10 p.m. CST
1000 words or less
by JimmyJoe RedSky
jesus vern – could that review have been any longer – for a negative review its very long and full of endearing nods – so – you did “not” like the movie? – exactly who out there buys or rents these dvds – i saw wesley snipes in a diner in nyc about 10 yrs ago – in person he is rather small – not the bulky imposing figure you see in blade – i think snipes is a good actor – too bad he cant get a break – or at least get one that he doesnt lead to “hard luck” – the last thing i saw him in was an infomercial for some excercise machine
Aug. 13, 2006, 6:19 p.m. CST
Vern, you need to click on one of those Buffy ads
and start buying, boy!! Willow, Giles, Xander, Cordy, Spike, Dru, Oz, Anya, Tara, Kendra and Faith are all LEAGUES more entertaining than any character I’ve ever seen depicted in any of the “Blade” projects. I can’t imagine anyone who likes “Blade” not loving the TV “Buffy.” There’s a reason, years after “Buffy’s” demise, that the real critics universally hail it as one of the best series ever produced for television.
Aug. 13, 2006, 6:36 p.m. CST
by Angry Mean Panda
Do you not visit this site? Do you not know who Vern is and this is what Vern does and that it is hardly something new? I guess what I’m trying to say is that it would be hilarioud if you choked on semen.
Aug. 13, 2006, 6:40 p.m. CST
The series SUCKS
I don’t know what kind of crack you people are smoking, but the series is aweful. Every second rate Canadian actor is in it, and they are fucking up Blade’s story so badly I almost have to ask why they are bothering to make the series a sequel to the films at all. Just make it it’s own myhtology, and re-invent blade anew. Richard Roundtree is his father, and looks nothing like the actor who plays Blade’s father when Blade is a kid. The young Whistler is terrible. The fellow who blade Van Sciver, the girl who plays Krista, and Blade’s asian sidekick are the only people in the series with any acting chops at all. It had low rent production visuals, and it just LOOKS like every Canadian TV show I have ever seen. It’s aweful, painful, and should not be on the air!!!!!!!
Aug. 13, 2006, 6:55 p.m. CST
was it necessary to mention..
That piece of GARBAGE “carlito’s way 2”?, i would like to forget that fucking crap ever existed!!!
Aug. 13, 2006, 8:06 p.m. CST
Halle Berry Dated Suge Knight, So Anything’s Possible!
Look…Halle Berry has been in bad relationship, after bad relationship, after bad relationship, etc. At some point, you have to start asking, is it all the fault of the men she’s dating…or, is the common denominator of trouble…Halle Berry herself. I mean…she’s dated every wack job in Hollywood, from Fred Durst, to Suge Knight…that should tell you plenty about her!!! As fas as who slapped her and caused her hearing loss…well, since she isn’t saying…and the rest is all rumor…who knows what to believe. But, I’ll tell ‘ya, if I was dating some chick, who started sleeping with Suge Knight, a known gangster, because he sent her some roses…I’d probably kick her ass too!!! Now as far as Wesley Snipes is concerned, I agree, that he should do some independant films. In fact, all actors should, cause that is where all the best material is these days. Fuck the major studios, they are working on a one recipe fits all formula for everything. And BTW…Snipes was right…we saw the mess that Davisd Goyer, the director/writer of Blade Trinity, put on the screen…No wonder why Snipes threatened to kick his ass on the set!!! The only thing I’m angry about is the fact that he only left it as a threat!!! And if Marvel was going to do a Blade series, they should have cast Snipes…Fuck David Goyer!!! Batman Begins sucked…It was as boring as hell…in addition to being slow and plodding!!! Wesley Snipes beating Goyer’s ass would have made a better movie!!!
Aug. 13, 2006, 8:12 p.m. CST
A Part That Wesley Snipes Was Offered & Turned Down!!!
BTW…Snipes was offered and turned down the part of Jack O’Neal in Star Gate…the movie. A part that eventually went to Kurt Russell.
Aug. 13, 2006, 8:14 p.m. CST
Blade the series has turned out to be GOOD.
by Prof. Pop-Cult
Which surprised me, because I thought the whole show was going to suck. But after the pilot, I found myself looking forward to the next episode and so on. I consider myself picky when it comes to watching TV drama series. (The only ones I watch: LOST, Veronica Mars, BSG.) And, this is going to sound blasphemous, but I prefer Sticky over Wes Snipes as Blade. I’m sorry, Vern.
Aug. 13, 2006, 8:22 p.m. CST
I like it
Chase is a major babe! The little girl who play leader of the house Cthan looks like Emma Watsons sister.
I think Dave Chapell would have made a better Blade, though.
Aug. 13, 2006, 8:28 p.m. CST
Blade: Do the series and movies share continuity?
by Prof. Pop-Cult
Has Goyer gone on record to confirm this? While nothing of note in the 8 episodes so far runs against the events of the three movies, the series feels like it’s in its own continuity. I’m guessing Goyer for now is ensuring that events in the series don’t directly contradict the movies, but this could change in future episodes should it be creatively necessary to do so.
Aug. 13, 2006, 8:33 p.m. CST
Get it straight: It’s a PREQUEL, not a sequel. It looks like you watch the show because of the details you pointed out. If you bitch about it don’t watch it anymore. No one cares about what you say, but why you say it. Anyways, casting Sticky as Blade was questionable. But everything else is ok. ___KNEEL___
Aug. 13, 2006, 9:09 p.m. CST
With A Name Like Mario Peebles……
by The Ender
…I dont know what to say. Just. That name. Really. Fucking sucks.
Aug. 13, 2006, 9:48 p.m. CST
Vern wins automatically…
…’cos Herc claimed at one point that D-VHS would be the successful successor to DVD. Bah ha ha ha ha. Sorry Herc, I just had to bring that up. As for Blade The Series, one does not have to wait for the DVD release to catch up if they haven’t watched. The series is available on iTunes so no subscription to cable tv needed to be legal to watch it. I like it, which I even surprise myself since I wanted Michael Jai White or Brian J. White to be the television Blade.
Aug. 13, 2006, 9:57 p.m. CST
on the subject of halle berry
by JimmyJoe RedSky
another stunningly beautiful girl – that doesnt believe she is nearly as beautiful as the world keeps telling her – and deep down really hates herself – so she is always hooking up with the entirely wrong guys – who reinforce her self-hatred and inferiority complex – i once knew a stripper that fit the same profile
Aug. 13, 2006, 9:57 p.m. CST
Snipes screwed himself over…
Go look at his interviews he gave while *Blade2* was in production. He was complaining about the physical requirements and him getting hurt. He stated that he couldn’t play Blade forever. So what does Goyer do? In response, he makes *Blade3* into a launching vehicle for a separate *Night Stalkers* film series with Blade’s role drastically reduced in the film. And then Snipes gets pissed over it and chokes Goyer on the set. Seems to me Goyer gave Snipes what he wanted and then Snipes snapped and then bitches over it. If you go back to the production time of *Blade3*, you’d notice that there were stories on SuperHeroHype about how a Blade tv series was already in negotiation between Spike and New Line. Thus again, it only made sense to try to use *Blade3* as a launching vehicle for a spin-off since the tv series was essentially a sure thing. I’m sorry, but I’m siding with Goyer fully on this one. Plus, he wrote *Batman Begins* which negates all criticism of *Blade3* or *Nick Fury*.
Aug. 13, 2006, 9:59 p.m. CST
Snipes was offered the Blade role on the television series and turned it down. People need to realize that just like they should realize that Superman fans were rooked with *Superman Returns* right from the initial casting since Brandon Routh got the part over Tom Welling even though Rough was beaten by Welling in the casting of *Smallville*.
Aug. 13, 2006, 10:02 p.m. CST
Completely agree Vern 100% on the Blade series!
The pilot started kind of so-so… but I’ve watched every single episode since. I don’t watch anything else on TV either except this because it’s addicting. What really is groundbreaking for this show is the level of graphic violence shown and you forget this is TV. Show kind of reminds me of Nip/Tuck and The Wire. I do like how it has so many interesting stories all going on at once, which was a smart idea to not mainly focus on an actor that isn’t Wesley Snipes. I’d download and check out all the episodes to catch yourself up, this series is really starting to kick ass.
Aug. 13, 2006, 10:04 p.m. CST
i think another thing that pissed off snipes…
by JimmyJoe RedSky
is the fact that van wilder showed up for blade3 built like a brick shit-house all ripped and uber-masculine(and still funny)- and whistlers super porn-hot daughter was off limits as far as a love interest goes – they were the real attractions in that movie – not blade
Aug. 13, 2006, 10:33 p.m. CST
RE: Snipes concern about getting hurt
If your star is concerned about getting hurt, IMHO you don’t bring in two side kicks that Blade fans care nothing about, thus making Blade:Trinity a non-Blade movie — many Blade fans stayed way because of that. Sorry I digress. To address your star’s concerns about getting hurt you address it by how you choreograph the fight scenes. You use a stunt double and when the star is required you shoot the action sequence with far fewer takes. Come on, I absolutely loved the first Blade, but I can see which scenes Norrington and Snipe use a double.
Aug. 13, 2006, 10:33 p.m. CST
Buffy, Angle, and Firefly -VS- Direct to video…
Gotta go with Herc, on that one.
Aug. 13, 2006, 10:35 p.m. CST
RE: Snipes concern about getting hurt (correction)
If your star is concerned about getting hurt, IMHO you don’t bring in two side kicks that Blade fans care nothing about, thus making Blade:Trinity a non-Blade movie — many Blade fans stayed away because of that. Sorry I digress. To address your star’s concerns about getting hurt, you address it by how you choreograph the fight scenes. Also, you use a stunt double and when the star is required you shoot the action sequence with far fewer takes. Come on, I absolutely loved the first Blade, but I can see which scenes Norrington and Snipes use a double.
Aug. 13, 2006, 11:06 p.m. CST
I am about 20 years too old for having a rolemodel…
by Alonzo Mosely
But damn if I don’t love me some direct to video shit, and hate me some coaxial ad-infested layout as well. Not Herc’s fault though, he had to make money somehow, he is obviously a Obsessive compulsive shut-in, so a real job is impossible.
Aug. 13, 2006, 11:11 p.m. CST
Batman Begins, Never Began…Goyer Sucks Ass!!!
I’m tired of people quoting bought good reviews for Batman Begins. It was a drool movie.., and a snooze fest!!! The execs at Warner were so hoping it was going to be good, they gave David Goyer the key to the city…In the end, they all got fucked!!! Batman Begins was no Spider Man, in terms of box office…and it’s up coming sequel is not guaranteed either hit!!! Meanwhile, just months before, David Goyer, who falsely assumed that he was God, thanks to the praise he was getting for the self important Batman Begins script…a rip on Batman: Year One, that he was allowed to completely screw up the Blade franchise…And now, the finishing stake to the heart will be the Blade tv show which throws off the continuity by the casting of a new actor in the role. I mean…recasting a part has always been a turn off to me…and I think even though the James Bond films and Dr. Who have gotten away with it…I still think it tends to hurt a property over all…hence, one of the reasons Batman Begins wasn’t as well received as it could have been. People have just been so confused over all the Batman recastings that…well, it pulls you away from investing too much in any of the movies…as a memeber of the audience. Anyway, they hopefully have Wesley Snipes on film choking David Goyer…cause, it would make fantastic footage for New Line to edit into Blade Trinity!!! The truth is…I myself want to choke Goyer so I can get my money back on Blade Trinity and Batman Begins!!!
Aug. 13, 2006, 11:28 p.m. CST
I remember reading the article where Wesley stated that he couldn’t play Blade forever. He said that he thought that he had one or so Blade movies left in him. I don’t remeber him saying he was afraid of getting hurt. Please reproduce the article if possible because I think you are exaggerating Wesley’s concerns. As for the show, the pilot was unimpressive. Anyone who complains that the pilot was too violent should go back to eating tofu and watching Desperate Houswives. Blade was a Restricted action movie series about a man who ruthlessly hunts down vampires with a gun, sword, and an assortment of other nasty sharp tools. Yeah, its violent. Duh! The creators of the series screwed up by not ensuring that the pilot was balls to the wall, so as to draw people in. Instead, the series has been a slow burn, and really started picking up around the 4’th episode. Now I’m addicted. But the fighting is still weak. The creators needed to spend more time on preproduction to ensure Sticky could move like a martial artist and that the choreography was exciting. Even though I want to see more action, I have to say that they pack in so much storyline into each episode that there isn’t a lot of room for more action. Quality over quantity, therefore, is needed. Some imported Hong Kong talent might go a long way…
Aug. 13, 2006, 11:39 p.m. CST
I agree NoHubris
“If your star is concerned about getting hurt, IMHO you don’t bring in two side kicks that Blade fans care nothing about, thus making Blade:Trinity a non-Blade movie — many Blade fans stayed away because of that. Sorry I digress. To address your star’s concerns about getting hurt, you address it by how you choreograph the fight scenes.”
Amen NoHubris. Though I admit, I had to to rent Blade 3 through Netflix. It was like the producers said, hey maybe we can increase the demographic if we made the series more Buffy like. Wesley may remain the most liked Blade, but he doesn’t have to be the only one. The movie series could have been carried on with a different actor. Michael Jai White is 39 y.o. and may have been too old and or expensive for the tv series (especially if they plan on a 7 plus season run)
Aug. 13, 2006, 11:48 p.m. CST
Right, Snipes doesn’t have to be the only one
…but I agree with the idea of bringing Wesley Snipes back to end it correctly. Also, reintroduce the Afro Brazilian form of martial arts that made Blade’s action scenes so great.
Aug. 13, 2006, 11:52 p.m. CST
It’s a sequel Zod
“Get it straight: It’s a PREQUEL, not a sequel.”
You shouldn’t be so indignant when you don’t have the facts Zod.
“GOYER: We may get into that at some point. As I’ve said before, the show is sort of a continuation of the movies and sort of “The Ultimate Blade” version (as in The Ultimate line of Marvel Comics).”
Aug. 14, 2006, 12:23 a.m. CST
It sure as hell doesn’t look like a sequel. Sticky sure can’t do martial arts and swordplay like Snipes did. Sticky is has a thicker muscle build than Snipes. These little differences throw the whole thing off-kilter for me. It makes more sense for me to believe the show’s a prequel than sequel because of these..eh..inconsistencies. So if Goyer says it’s a continuation, so be it. But it sure doesn’t look like it. ___KNEEL___
Aug. 14, 2006, 12:31 a.m. CST
hey ZOD . . .
You don’t know what you’re talking about, so fuck off. Plus, you can’t really bitch about a show you don’t watch, huh? You kind of have to watch something to have an issue with it. I really liked the first film, thought the second was OK, and thought the third should have been a Tv movie pilot for a knightstalkers series with Blade as a recurring character on the show. I think Sticky is a really horrible Blade. Snipes owned that role and still does. I never heard of him choking Goyer on set though, I thought they were talking about doing the Black Pather flick together.
Aug. 14, 2006, 12:52 a.m. CST
I don’t get the anti-Goyer sentiments here. I mean yes he wrote Demonic Toys, but that was a long time ago. The guy wrote the first two Blades all by himself, didn’t he? Obviously the directors in both cases deserve a huge amount of credit, but if there is one guy most responsible for creating the movie version of Blade you gotta give it to Goyer, coming up with Blade as Shaft and samurai, Whistler’s hilarious lines, the whole world of the vampire clans and the way Blade’s operation works, and making the story build so well with complete seriousness and occasional bursts of humor. Yes, part 3 is not as good, but it’s also not a total wash, it has alot of good shit in there including the humor with the young sidekicks. The main problem is that there just isn’t enough Blade. But I gather from everything I read and from the extras on the DVD that Wesley is partly responsible – not showing up, being a jerk to the other actors and staying in his trailer smoking weed the whole time. I would also give Goyer credit for Batman Begins. I think that’s a good movie and he might have written a better movie, considering how it sets up what could be some amazing fight sequences, like when Bruce Wayne has to fight the entire Shaolin Temple while it’s on fire. If that was a Blade movie you know that would’ve been a showstopper of a fight scene. Also, Goyer deserves credit for developing this series, since it has turned out really good. Finally, about the casting. Like I said in the review, it’s hard to get used to. But if they’re gonna have a show they’re gonna have to recast, that’s reality. OF COURSE Wesley is not gonna do a weekly TV show. Did you expect he would? So if you don’t like the casting that’s understandable but of course they have to recast. And sometimes it can work. If they would ever get off their asses and release Karen Sisco on DVD you could see how easily Carla Gugino made you forget Jennifer Lopez from OUT OF SIGHT.
Aug. 14, 2006, 1:12 a.m. CST
‘with computer technology’tell them vern sent you’
Aug. 14, 2006, 1:20 a.m. CST
(enter key accident)
anyway, I’m usually on herc’s side on this discussions, but it kinda bugs me that he’s going mainstream on us.. I don’t mind the amazon ads, but now that he’s getting all the pilots directly from the networks, he can’t post negative reviews about them before they air? wtf? I liked him better when he was on the outside looking in.
Aug. 14, 2006, 1:29 a.m. CST
i like the additions of spartan, history of violence, and to live and die in la. but le cercle rouge? i didn’t find anything badass about that movie, criterion or no.
Aug. 14, 2006, 2:37 a.m. CST
Blade was a success because of the unique combination of Stephen Norrington, Wesley, and Goyer. Lightning in a bottle. Blade 2 was good because Guillermo del Toro copied Norrington’s style (he admits this on the DVD) and because, well, del Toro is a good director. The reason why there wasn’t more Blade in Trinity was not because he stayed in his trailer! Jesus Christ, WTF is wrong with people? He stayed in his trailer, pissed off, because the movie was shit and he was practically written out of it. Yes Goyer deserves some positive credit, but he should stay the fuck away from a camera if he’s doing an action pic. And I blame Goyer for the poor path Trinity took. Hell, the initial fight scene was done over the credits! BTW, Goyer had stated that some (a lot?) of the comedy was written in by some writers from The Simpsons, so he loses some writing credit there. And yes, Goyer deserves credit for Batman Begins and the fight scenes sucking is Christopher Nolan’s fault.
Aug. 14, 2006, 4:16 a.m. CST
“Jesus Christ, WTF is wrong with people?”
Elcabio, dude, if you read the review above you know that I fucking WORSHIP Wesley Snipes. I’m the one always pushing for him to have a comeback and then I come into these talkbacks and people give me shit for it. But it has been widely reported that nobody could get along with Wesley, that he got in the fight with Goyer, etc. On the DVD they tiptoe around it but you hear how Wesley wouldn’t speak to Ryan Reynolds, how key shots had to be done with his stunt double, that they even had to digitally open his eyes at the end (or close, I forget) because he wouldn’t do the shot. So all I’m saying is he shares the blame. There was a pretty funny article about how (among other things) he wouldn’t speak to Reynolds but would tell somebody else “tell that cracker to get his lines right” and shit like that. I think it’s funny that he did some of this stuff but clearly it contributes to the lower quality of the movie. And since nobody seems willing to work with the poor guy anymore you gotta expect there’s some truth to those stories. I agree with you that he had a right to be angry but if he really did that kind of unprofessional shit then he forced them to make the movie even more about the Nightstalkers and even less about Blade. Oh well. Whoever’s to blame, those two guys obviously don’t get along anymore, and that’s a shame. I would’ve liked to see more Blade movies and anything else they would’ve done together. Too bad we didn’t get to see that apocalyptic Blade 3 they almost did where it skips forward ten or fifteen years and the whole world is taken over by vampires.
Aug. 14, 2006, 5:33 a.m. CST
Wesley WANTED to appear in TV’s Blade
Rumor Mill: Wesley Sniped for TV’s Blade
Report by Mr Smith
‘Former actor’ Wesley Snipes (The Fan) apparently begged to star in the new Blade TV series. A scared source close to the producers revealed, “It first started with the odd phone call here and there asking to reprise his role as Blade, but for the TV series. The producers declined as they thought he was too much of an alleged drugged up has-been. He then called the producers and said that he could do numerous parts, not necessarily Blade. He then started doing funny accents, and acting out as characters such as a ‘Silly Sailor’ and ‘Widow Twankey’ (made infamous by Ian McKellan) that are not even in Blade! When this failed to impress the producers, he then resorted to camping outside their houses, shouting at incoherent moments, breaking into random dance routines, all while wearing sailor’s outfits, and skirts! It was really a sight to behold!”
Aug. 14, 2006, 6:20 a.m. CST
its is a sequal ZOD m8 …..
by Mr Cairo
in the first episode Blade asks his techie guy if he has managed to get the mouth inhaler working , the techie guy says no the secret died with summerfield , Summerfield was the Blind tech girl that worked with the nightstalkers so the continuity is there
Aug. 14, 2006, 7:37 a.m. CST
Is arse, the action is incomprehensible, the climatic fight is laughable, and listening to an ipod whilst fighting?? as a martial artist myself that just made me want to cry. Oh and Vern, like I said watch Undisputed 2 for examples of Michael Jai White’s fighting prowess, (and then write us a fucking funny review).
Aug. 14, 2006, 8:13 a.m. CST
BLADE: The Series is F*ckin’ GREAT!!!
Although it was dismissed out of hand by some, I’ve been watching from the beginning and its turned into a supercool show. Although Blade has only recently begun to be developed (odd for a show called “Blade”), I think it was necessary in order to develop an even more important thing — the badguys, the victim/villians, and the byzantine “vampire politics.” Look, lets face it: bad guys are always more interesting than good guys; and without strongly developed badguys and the immersive world, the whole thing falls apart. In addition, although there wasn’t much development of Blade at first, they’ve been delving into his backstory alot more recently: prequel Whistler? Blade as a daywalker kid all effed up in the mindhole and emotionally traumatized; feasting on blood and wondering “what the fuck am I?!?!” Its all there. Sure, Snipes is missed, but Sticky is growing into the role; in recent episodes he appears to be more comfortable in the role and doesn’t have to growl and mumble all the time. In short: this show is one to watch. Highly recommended for everyone from comic book fans to gothkids and horror buffs. True, BUFFY/ANGEL fans may be turned off by its grimmer, more serious, less self-aware tone, but, for my money, I was kinda getting sick of the Buffiverse’s chatty jokiness. Oh, and did I mention that it features copious super gore-y bloodslattered mayhem ‘sploitation where the chicks are hot and often partially nud; as (nude as tv will allow)? Yeah, if yr not, you should be watching…
Aug. 14, 2006, 8:55 a.m. CST
so…Dracula Cops was a real show?
by tango fett
…I’ve wasted my life.
Aug. 14, 2006, 8:57 a.m. CST
I do hope so
by Lost Prophet
Please let it come to Britain. Channel 5 could take it now Big love has finished
Aug. 14, 2006, 8:58 a.m. CST
“Blade fans” that line cracks me up.
How can you be a Blade fan? The first movie was a shabby, direct to DVD level action movie with a so-so one note performance from Snipes and a pretty good peformance from that pale asshole guy. It wasn’t anything like the actual Blade comic book character and changed the vampires into eurotrash. Blade 2 took an interesting horror movie concept (uber-vampires that prey on other vampires) and turned it into a dumbass shoot ’em up barely enlivened by the overacting antics of the always fun Ron Perlman. Think about it: they spent the entrie movie shooting each other with guns. In a fucking vampire movie! And again, the vampires were all just trendy Eurotrash. Not inhuman monsters cursed by their addiction to blood. There wasn’t a single scene in which Blade is forced to allow the vampires he was working with to feast on humans. What kind of writer misses that dramatic opportunity? The third one at least had two or three scenes that actually qualified as suspenseful, but again traded Wesley’s non-existent star power for the supporting players. Yep, that’s right. In Blade he was outclassed by the pasty indie guy and Kris Kristofferson. In Blade II he was out-scenery chewed by Ron Perlman and the vagina dentata vampire. In Blade III he out-snarked by Van Wilder and out-actioned by the hot dyke with the bow and arrow. And in none of the movies did the plot, history, or characters in anyway resemble the comic book. I mean, the third movie had Dracula, but instead of the Tomb Of Dracula suave, evil scheming badass we get the steroid bouncer guy from Breakout as… A eurotrash danceclub asshole. It’s a bad franchise all around.
Aug. 14, 2006, 10:54 a.m. CST
Mortsleam: Funny stuff.
“It wasn’t anything like the Blade comic book character.” That like cracked me up. Good stuff. I don’t think most of the talkbackers (if anybody’s still reading this talkback) are going to pick up on your irony, though. For the uninformed, the comic book version of Blade was a late-era-Marvel comic based on a forgotten (and bordering on racist caricature) character from the old Tomb of Dracula comics. The newer version never attracted any talented writers, or even any particularly talented artists, so it was a fairly abysmal piece of work. They grouped it together with stuff like Morbius: The Living Vampire (anybody remember that one?). In short, NOBODY really cares that the movie (and TV show) didn’t follow the plot of the comic book. Yeah, I know that too much explanation ruins a good joke, but I just wanted to chime in and clear things up for the non-comic-geeks on here.
Aug. 14, 2006, 11:03 a.m. CST
Snipes/Peebles both underrated actors that deserve more
by R.C. the “Wise”
Perhaps some indies or a cable TV series will respark their talents and gain viewers attention again. Hell, look what it’s done for Keifer Sutherland!
Aug. 14, 2006, 11:14 a.m. CST
I enjoyed the first two Blade movies but….
it was obvious that something went badly wrong with third installment. Amen Ra is Snipes production company and he owns the rites to the series. He had hiring power on the previous movies and he rightly saw himself as the star. becuase he was the star. an unidentified woman claimed that snipes raped her. snipes reacted by placing via his production company an ad in the ny times. this ad stated, that snipes was suing not only New york but new line cinema. the ad went on to say that he was the the star of the show and that he and only he should decided who was going to be in the blade series. new line begged to differ. David s Goyer wrote in the story of the night stalkers against the wishes of snipes. The relationship was very frosty on set and snipes spoke to none of the other cast members. He kept himself to himself.
Aug. 14, 2006, 11:25 a.m. CST
I like *Hellboy* the film but it is overrated…
Act III plays out almost exactly how the alternate version of *Blade* did had they retained the idea of Frost/La Magra transforming from bipedal into the blood hurricane creature shown in the cut scenes on the DVD. Me thinks the studio did the right think by keeping Frost/La Magra in humanish form to fight Blade. The true problem of the Blade franchise was that none of the villains following Deacon Frost even came close to rivaling him. They should have brought back Frost because he was too charasmatic. I would have figured Goyer would have realized this and pushed for Ra’s Al Ghul to be the overarcing villain of the current Batman franchise, which may still happen.
Aug. 14, 2006, 11:34 a.m. CST
Blade the weakest part of Blade Series
As long as we agree that the Blade series isn’t really about Blade, then fine. He’s really just a catalyst for the various events. Which is fine because Jones has the range of an actor-like-thing-that-has-no-range. Every line delivered in exactly the same way. The vampire houses and Krista’s story are waaaayyy more interesting. Hell, even the subplot with the cop going after Boone is more interesting than Blade. And it was cool to see Steve Bacic show up in an episode. He was the only thing worth watching in that crap Andromeda show, imo. So, Blade’s good summer entertainment, reminds me of some other cable shows, like Witchblade (which I kinda miss). Nothing brilliant, but somewhat engaging.
Aug. 14, 2006, 11:38 a.m. CST
Well that last Blade movie…
Was just shy this side of direct-to-video. So seems like a natural progression to me.
Aug. 14, 2006, 12:04 p.m. CST
Jesus..I guess a lot of people..
repressed their feelings about Blade III until now. And Vern I agree about the scene where Blade was caught. When one of those fuckers started talkin’ shit about Blade’s mother..I expected Blade to level that fuckin’ building. I wasn’t the only one..some fella in the audience with me went “OH SHIT!!” when he heard what that fucker said.
Aug. 14, 2006, 12:23 p.m. CST
by Tito Trinidad
While the first Blade movie was pretty awsome, for my money Blade II was my favorite. When you have mutant vampires with vagina mouths, Ron perleman, fine ass actress-model types with marginal talent, Donnie Yuen, Kris Kristostotstofferson and 3 incredible fight scenes that incorporate wrasslin moves in ’em AND Mr Snipes all in the same movie, well sir you have an instant classic. That Michael Jae White would have been an awsome choice for the tv show. His turn as Mike Tyson for HBO was actually pretty good even with the funny voice and everything. The scene where he lets his sparring partners deck him and the other where he shadow boxes with a locker before his fight with Spinks were great.
Aug. 14, 2006, 1:19 p.m. CST
Series is getting better than the movies…
The movies were entertaining, but nothing I’d ever re-watch or buy the dvds over. The series however, despite getting used to a new actor, is really good. People have to realize that acting is like any other job.. you show up for work, you make a paycheck. If someone kept showing up to your job with major issues, bringing his personal life to work to much, and acting like an angsty under appreciated asshole. People get tired of it and want you out. I wouldn’t want to work around you either. I love his older films, but something about him has clearly changed. Judging by his work and career, Wesley is throwing it away in my opinion and needs to step up and either deal with his demons or quit acting. Since the series is clearly kicking more and more ass every episode… I guarantee over time Sticky will grow on you and as will he with the role. Plus if you watch all the behind the scenes vids of him on spike TV’s website… he seems very personable too and a total oppisite of Wesley in person. See I think Wesley brought too much of his real life cockyness into the Blade character, which is great for the character, but not for him.
Aug. 14, 2006, 1:30 p.m. CST
I bet $5…
…that in Season 2, Deacon Frost will return. Considering Stephen Dorff did a Uwe Boll film, he probably wouldn’t be that difficult to lure back. If it hasn’t already been planned, they should do so.
Aug. 14, 2006, 5:26 p.m. CST
Direct to Video
by The Funketeer
Y’know, just because something is released DTV doesn’t mean it was intended to be that way. A lot of these movies get made with the expectation or hope that they will be released in theaters and then for whatever reason (usually quality) they are released to video instead. Hell, Morgan Freeman and Kevin Spacey just had a movie released DTV (Edison Force) so it’s not like Snipes is in bad company.
Aug. 14, 2006, 5:31 p.m. CST
YESSS….FINALLY…PEOPLE ARE WATCHING:
BLADE THE SERIES…I HAVE BEEN STATING ON COAXIAL FOR WEEKS NOW..CAUSE NO ONE WAS MENTIONING BLADE THE SEREIS..(YES HERC IM TALKING TO YOU) I LOVE THE SERIES AND IM GLAD ITS GOING STRONG..YESSSSS..ZATHRAS HAPPY..
Aug. 14, 2006, 6:41 p.m. CST
Blade, the movie that saved..
by Agent sith
..Hollywood’s a$$! (blade ushered in the trend of marvel movies.some success,others sucked.) Despite Snipes alleged persona conflicts, the man was very talented. it was his idea to utilize martial arts in the first blade film as well as his character simon pheonix in demolition. even the “bladerang” idea was his. trust me it’s not all goyer. without snipes involvment blade trinity sucked ass and balls.allthough i liked batman begins, Goyer has alot to answer for fucking up a kick ass franchise. If he’s gonna use characters for his nightstalkers, at least use known characters like Morbius,damion hellstrom,brother voodoo and moon knight.but he fucked up royally with that reynolds guy and jessica beil (who’s fight scenes were laughable)as for the blade tv series.jai white would have been the perfect choice, he was suppossed to get the role in the XXX sequel until the asshole producers decided to go with ice cube..uh ok! after the first 4 blade episodes, it’s a wrap.
Aug. 14, 2006, 6:54 p.m. CST
Add Wes to the “Whatever Happened To…” pile.
Along with Val Kilmer, William Hurt, Mira Sorvino, Elizabeth Shue, Joseph Fiennes, Julia Ormond, Guy Pearce, Kristin Scott Thomas, David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson, Edward Burns, Woody Harrelson, Carrie Ann Moss, Saffron Burrows and Ryan Phillippe. Are they hard to work with, or are they just finding themselves?
Aug. 14, 2006, 7:28 p.m. CST
Snipes did make major contributions. He brought his Nino Brown persona – created long before Blade the movie, the Afro Brazilian martial arts, and he helped to choreograph fight scenes…BTW, I read an article that said Ryan Reynolds started the whole thing with Snipes by treating Snipes like he was a nobody. Still, I read the script and Goyer has alot of great stuff in there. It’s too bad these guys can’t work together and do one more.
Aug. 14, 2006, 7:58 p.m. CST
Interesting (CARLITO’S WAY: RISE TO POWER) review.
by 3 Bag Enema
Aug. 14, 2006, 8:05 p.m. CST
Snipes Should Be On Blade The Series!!!
It should be revealed, for continuity reasons, if nothing else…that Sticky Fingers is not Blade…but his long lost son…who took up the mantle of his father, the real Blade, when he disappeared and was thought dead. Hence, Sticky Fingers assumed his identity and history. This will set the stage for…the eventual return of the real Blade. Having killed Dracula…he is now the leader of the vampires…and has turned evil. Our new Blade must square off with his father…This could be a really good on going story arc that would be very interesting. In the end, we discover that the original Blade hasn’t turned evil as we were first led to believe…No, he has entrenched himself deep into the vampire culture so he can destroy it from the inside out!!! And I hope they figure out a way to cast Gene Simmons in this show…He’ll make a bad ass villian, or a bad ass hero!!! That said…in other news, I’d still love to see David Goyer face off with Wesley Snipes in a martial arts fight…wouldn’t that be great??? Even Goyer has to be amused by that possibility!!!
Aug. 14, 2006, 8:25 p.m. CST
PS-My Idea Would Also Make A Great Movie!!!
Yes…this would also make a great film sequel to Blade, and help to pass the torch to Sticky Fingers on the silver screen. Such a film, will help tie the tv show to the film series, and thus benefit both, while re-introducing Wesley Snipes to the franchise!!! Such a story could unfold over the course of a new Blade film trilogy!!!
Aug. 14, 2006, 11:35 p.m. CST
The show is a trainwreck, but
I watch it every Wednesday night at 10PM. It’s the oddest form of must see TV.
Aug. 15, 2006, 2:05 a.m. CST
Wesley, a Primadonna
I keep on reading that the prolem with Wesley is that he is a primadonna. Well, I guess that’s a new thing in Hollywood, an obnoxious hard to work with actor! Next I’m going to read that some porn actress’ career was cut short because she was a slut. If Wesley came to the Trinity set every day with a big smile on his face, high fiving Ryan Reynolds every 10 minutes, you still would have a movie that transitioned Blade out, with poor fight scenes, people fighting with Ipods, and The Simpson’s writing team setting up the best lines for Van Wilder. Vern, all the behind the scenes stuff you mentioned I am aware of (read most of it here) And if Snipes is so hard to work with, why has Goyer worked with him FOUR times, including on his OWN movie (Zig Zag). I think Wesley felt betrayed by Goyer (for his crappy role on Trinity), and unfortunately acted like a little spoiled brat.
Aug. 15, 2006, 2:24 a.m. CST
Well, I didn’t mean to start an argument or anything
That’s why I said it’s THE MYSTERY OF WESLEY SNIPES. Some people blame his alleged behavior for what’s happened to his career, but that’s just one suspect. I don’t know. Audiences are fickle, but it’s not like he’s had a string of flops or anything. Even Blade 3 was a hit, I believe, so you’d think they’d want him to do more theatrical movies. I guess he’s doing some zombie fighting movie now, but the whole thing sounds so god damned retarded (it’s called “Gallowwalker,” his character’s name is “Xaos,” the director calls himself “Andrew Goth”) that I can only assume it’s some painful Albert Pyun style DTV Blade ripoff. But who knows. I thought he was supposed to some comic book called “Black Panther,” I was hoping that would be the new Blade.
Aug. 15, 2006, 2:30 a.m. CST
to Metal Water
I don’t know bud, it would be cool if they had something like that planned from the beginning, but if they did it now it would be Bobby-Ewing-coming-out-of-the-shower ludicrous. Because how would you explain all the flashbacks Sticky-Blade has had to Blade’s childhood, his mother, etc. How do you explain Blade’s own father (Richard Roundtree) mistaking Sticky for Wesley? Or Sticky knowing and recognizing all the people who Blade befriended or crossed when he was growing up (the Asian store owner, the cop, the nurse, the gang that gave him the tattoos)? Also, how do you explain Blade having a son and that son being a Daywalker? I think this idea needs a little work, Metal Water. But thanks for thinking of Wesley.
Aug. 15, 2006, 2:50 a.m. CST
Sticky Fingers Blade is being manipulated to fight the good fight5 against vampires through the use of false implanted memories that the good guys have given him…this in order to better control him…you see, they fear he may turn out like his real father, the original Blade, played by Wesley Snipes, who they believe has turned evil as he is now leading the vampire nation. All this will play well in a movie. Richard Roundtree will be exposed as some sort of recruiter who felt he had to manipulate the new Blade by perpetrating a master ruse in order to get him to assume the mantle of Blade…however, he’ll be made to pay a major price when the new Blade learns the truth of his manipulation…one that at its core is designed to have him target and assassinate his real father, the real Blade who is now the vampire king…without regret or remorse…as he won’t know that this is his true father!!! Listen…if New Line wants my story idea…I am perfectly willing to sell it to them
Aug. 15, 2006, 3:06 a.m. CST
New Blade Trilogy, Starring Sticky & Snipes!!!
In my version of the story…Sticky Fingers will learn a whole new history about himself, his true history…features his true father, the original Blade played by Wesley Snipes. He will also learn that the man who he thought was his father…is the true villian…a vampire scheming to steal the throne of the Vampire Nation by pushing the new Blade to kill its leader…again, our original Blade played by Snipes!!!
Aug. 15, 2006, 3:36 a.m. CST
Black Panther and Gallowaker
by Neo Zeed
Thanks Vern for bringing that up. How is it that an Ant-Man movie is going to be made… but no Black Panther? Weird. Also I read the description of Gallowwalker on twitchfilm.net, and supposedly Wesley is not named Kaos, it’s a zombie movie in the old west, and they’re creating a comic around it before the release. http://tinyurl.com/mhexe It’s still directed by this Andrew Goth dude who I’ve never heard of either so we’ll see. Either way that Snipes sure is a mystery. Is he doing the DTV for the drugs or is he trying to start some kinda half-assed DTV revolution? PS Why doesn’t Wesley do a television series to kick start his career again…it worked for Keifer Sutherland. That advice also goes out to my “Gung-Ho” homeboy Micheal Keaton.
Aug. 15, 2006, 4:29 a.m. CST
I don’t think Michael Keaton is hurting for work, he just doesn’t want to anymore. Every once in a while he shows up in something small like that movie GAME 6 that came out not too long ago. I thought it was okay, nothing special. Roger Ebert loved it though. Anyway, I think he said somewhere that he just has so much money from Batman movies he doesn’t really need to whore himself out and just works occasionally when he wants to, like when he was in JACKIE BROWN. That doesn’t explain JACK FROST though. In conclusion, Wesley and Michael should team up.
Aug. 15, 2006, 7:22 a.m. CST
AVID FARTS!!!!!! THE NEW DEATH OF CINEMA!
“If you do those Avid farts and wacky speed ups and slow downs, it automatically signals to the brain that this is not a real movie. Stop doing it, fellas. It ends now.” —- I could not agree with Vern more about the fucking idiotic braindead shit that are the Avid Farts. For example: it’s this Avid Farts that almost fuck up MAN ON FIRE, a movie that had a pretty good script and all Tony Scott needed to make it really good was to be subdue and just film the script like he did with TRUE ROMANCE. Avid Farts are the signal of extremely insecure filmmakers that try to second guess what the shallow ass MTV addicted ADD teens like, at the expense of all the rest of the audiences.
Aug. 15, 2006, 11:01 a.m. CST
Snipes could have been a contender
He was great in “The Water Dance” and the perfect leading man in “Waitng to exhale”. Her was even a terrific villain in Demolition Man. But then he played a drag queen in Too Won Fu and it killed his career and Patrick Swazies to boot. Straight people are so unforgiving.
Aug. 15, 2006, 11:47 a.m. CST
Maybe People Just Dont Want To See A Racist Thug
Calling ryan reynolds “Cracker” just goes to show what a complete bell end he is. But it just boils down to who on earth would pay good money to see a wesley snipes movie at the cinema?
Aug. 15, 2006, 12:07 p.m. CST
…was actually good in Over There. But as Blade, where as someone mentioned here, delivers his lines the exact same way every time makes me not buy him as Blade. Plus the tattoos are the same as George Clooney’s in From Dusk Till Down. Snipes tats in the movies were much more awesome. Basically because of the whole persona and the look. Don’t buy him as Blade.
Aug. 15, 2006, 7:29 p.m. CST
Dracula Cops on DVD?
We’ve been waiting a long time…
Aug. 16, 2006, 4:35 a.m. CST
by Agent sith
Hah! don’t know what the fuck it means but i’m sure it’s not a complement. I heard that Snipes could be a total asshole and a primadonna, but is there any actual proof that he called Ryan (Reynolds) a cracker? same goes for the rumor that Ryan snubbed Snipes the first day of shooting.
I don’t know if Snipes bears racist sentiment but i do know that hollywood is racist..i mean who else would nominate that dumbass (and degrading) song from the hustle and flow movie (it’s hard out there for a pimp) to be song of the year at the oscars.
Anyway Blade Trinity to me is like Alien 3;it does not belong in the continuity of the previous films. It does not register!!
Aug. 16, 2006, 5:02 a.m. CST
Who The Hell Came Up With This Argument Anyway????
If Snipes was a racist, he wouldn’t have worked with David Goyer on that Zig Zag movie. Seems to me…if Ryan ignored him…he would have easily felt perhaps that Ryan was being a racist…Hence, the jab cracker. That is a term that is often used to describe a Southern racist…or a poor person who is racist. In Ryan’s case, he is from Canada, so the Southern part doesn’t play in things here. Still, if you come on somebody’s set and ignore them…it is going to be preceived as a intentional slight. And just as the previous poster commented, Hollywood is racist…That point came home loud and clear when Snipes was not given casting approval despite the terms of his contract. Now…to be fair to Ryan, I have heard no information whatsoever, that he ignored Snipes at anytime. As a matter of fact, he said that Snipes really took to his mother when she came on the set…a surprise since, Ryan said Snipes had stayed in character and thus was mean to everybody…having locked himself in the method acting approuch. In other words…he was Blade all the time he was on set, except when in the company of Ryan’s mom who he treated with great respect!!! So in terms of these two ugly rumors about Wesley and Ryan…as mentioned above…I think they are just that, rumors!!!
Aug. 17, 2006, 8:45 a.m. CST
MetalWater, will we ever get the true story?
Maybe one day.
Sept. 13, 2006, 1:42 a.m. CST
First in an old topic, lawl!
VERN has been reviewing movies since 1999 and is the author of the books SEAGALOGY: A STUDY OF THE ASS-KICKING FILMS OF STEVEN SEAGAL, YIPPEE KI-YAY MOVIEGOER!: WRITINGS ON BRUCE WILLIS, BADASS CINEMA AND OTHER IMPORTANT TOPICS and NIKETOWN: A NOVEL. His horror-action novel WORM ON A HOOK will arrive later this year.