Ghost Rider was one of the most indistinct and inconsequential superhero films of the last decade. It managed a decent box office gross, but has since faded into the background while more the more notable films of the genre have maintained a high profile. Nobody was clamoring for a sequel, but the powers that be have deemed the masses worthy of just such an honor. Next February, Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance will be roaring onto multiplex screens. While this news might not set the world on fire, the guys behind this loose sequel are certainly of interest. Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor are the duo behind Jason Statham’s highly entertaining Crank films. They have apparently added their manic touch to the saga of Johnny Blaze.
Friday, August 19, 2011
The short films of IBP Stunts Chicago seem to exist at some weird cross section of American popular culture where martial arts, anime, and westerns collide. Though Emmanuel Manzanares might not be the first to mix such seemingly disparate influences, he does so with an offbeat sensibility that demands ones attention. His latest, From Man to Man (Da Uomo a Uomo), feels like Sergio Leone by way of Wilson Yip, with a touch of Cowboy Bebop.