As if the first two times weren’t enough, a third Big Momma’s House has been confirmed to being on the fast-track. Now I haven’t seen either of the previous films, which tell of an FBI agent played by Martin Lawrence (College Road Trip) who goes undercover disguised as a fat black woman in order to capture criminals, but the first one is supposedly bad and the second one is widely viewed as one of the worst films of all time. So why make a third? Well, they do make money and that’s what counts. The real question though, is what is it with African American “funnymen” and dressing up as fat black women? Martin, Eddie Murphy, Tyler Perry,… they all do it!
Blade, released in 1998, was the precursor of a movement X-Men confirmed in 2000: movies based on comic books are the next big thing. Sure, comic book movies have been continuously made for a long time, but never in such numbers and on such a high profile. The publishing company Marvel Comics can largely be credited for this, as while they’d been pretty careless with selling their movie rights in the past, they started to take more control in the mid-nineties, resulting in the first few films to come out of the trend, including the two previously mentioned. It’s been non-stop since then, with 2008 seeing at least seven films based on comic books released in the world. The Punisher is also based on a Marvel property, which had previously been brought to the screen in a fun 1989 B-movie starring Dolph Lundgren (Universal Soldier).
Frank Castle is an FBI agent undercover on an arms deal in Tampa, Florida. The deal is busted, and an unexpected participant is killed in the process: one of local mobster Howard Saint’s sons. Stricken by grief, Saint sends his men to kill Castle and his whole family in Puerto Rico, where they are having a reunion. Castle miraculously survives the massacre, if barely, and is nursed back to health by some witch doctor dude. Driven by rage, Frank Castle returns to Tampa, seeking to punish Howard Saint and his organization for the harm they have caused. He is now the Punisher.
The Punisher was the directing debut for action screenwriter extraordinaire Jonathan Hensleigh (Next), who co-wrote the flick with Michael France (Fantastic Four). It stars Thomas Jane (The Mist), John Travolta (Hairspray), Rebecca Romijn (the X-Men films), Ben Foster (30 Days Of Night), Roy Scheider (Jaws 1 & 2) in a small role, wrestler Kevin Nash (Dead Or Alive) and country singer Mark Collie (Fire Down Below) among others. Trailer and review after the jump.
“I have voluntarily entered a facility for the treatment of sex addiction,” the former X-Files star’s lawyer Stanton “Larry” Stein tells People. “I ask for respect and privacy for my wife and children as we deal with this situation as a family.”
Wait, now I’m confused… Is it Duchovny who went to rehab or his lawyer? And for that matter, does that mean “the former lawyer of the X-Files star” or “the lawyer of the former X-Files star”? Talk about bad writing…
In any case, you can catch Duchovny on the big screen in The X-Files: I Want To Believe, in theaters now (unless it’s already been taken off, which is more than likely).