Fantasy Film Casting 1 – Pixels

Let’s Recast a Film

You know how us film fans always want to recast a film, well this is my latest project where I pick one star to add or replace another in a film. Some of these are going to be serious choice while others will just be for comical reason. If you have a film you want me to recast leave us a comment below and I will come up with my own spin on the film.

Film: Pixelspixels

New Star: Ben Stillerstiller

Replacing: Adam Sandlersandler

What they will offer:

·         Smarter humour

·         Better supporting comical actors

·         Believable in Comedy

·         Still Funny

Why I have picked this star: One of the biggest complaints about Pixels is Adam Sandler’s humour throughout, it goes against the world the characters are meant to be a part of. When you look at Sandler’s previous works he has only worked with CGI a couple of times and all highly criticised work in Bedtime Stories, Click and Little Nicky. Ben Stiller on the other hand has been part of the hugely popular Night at the Museum franchise where he has to work with CGI creations throughout, Ben also has the ability to blend into many different comical roles be it serious dead pan, over the top (Tropic Thunder), even villainous comedy (Dodgeball). While I am only recasting Ben you would think if he was involved in this film he would bring the rest of his Frat Pack into the film. I would also like to believe that Ben could have bought in a mix of his comedic styles which could have made the leading character have actual emotions.

Why I haven’t picked other cast members: It wouldn’t be difficult to recast this whole film to improve it the one character I always hear people talk about replacing would be Kevin James as the president, I personally found this funny casting choice because his character reminded me of the time when George W Bush was President. As for the rest of the supporting cast with the right lead they might just work, so I will leave them all there for now.

How will this change the film: Ben will bring a sensible level of comedy to this film, he won’t turn to lazy jokes giving us a mature comedy performance that will still be popular for all ages to enjoy this film. If I was to bring one of his characters into this film it would have to be Larry from Night at the Museum.

In conclusion I have pick an actor that would make Pixels a better film experience all around one for all to enjoy.

Will you be going to see this new version of the film?
Who would you rather see in this film?

Rising Sun (1993)

sunDirector: Philip Kaufman

Writer: Philip Kaufman, Michael Crichton, Michael Backes (Screenplay) Michael Crichton (Novel)

Starring: Sean Connery, Wesley Snipes, Harvey Keitel, Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa, Kevin Anderson, Mako, Ray Wise, Tia Carrere, Steve Buscemi


Plot: At the offices of a Japanese corporation, during a party, a woman, who’s evidently a professional mistress, is found dead, apparently after some rough sex. A police detective, Web Smith is called in to investigate but before getting there, he gets a call from someone who instructs him to pick up John Connor, a former police Captain and expert on Japanese affairs. When they arrive their Web thinks that everything is obvious but Connor tells him that there’s a lot more going on.


There may be spoilers the rest of the review


Verdict: Traditional Crime Story


Story: Rising Sun starts as we watch a potential deal being handled between the Japanese and Americans to deal with the weapons, when a party is thrown in this event there is a murder of a woman during a sex act. Webster Smith (Snipes) is called into investigate being he is the liaisons officers at the White House, along the way he has to pick up seasoned Captain John Connor (Connery) who is on leave and is an expert on Japanese culture.

The unlikely pair have to work together to solve the crime where the prime suspect Eddie Sakamura (Tagawa) has a personal connection to Connor and not everything is as it seems, leaving them to unwrap the web of conspiracy.

Rising Sun is what you would have to put down as a traditional crime story that goes in the direction you would expect. We get the twists and the odd pairing having to work together leading everything back to where you would expect it to go. The crime has elements of conspiracy even though it is only about one murder. The story is filled with racial tension which is disappointing for the way the film is set.


Actor Review


Sean Connery: Captain John Connor is the expert on Japan who gets bought into the case because of his connections with the people involved. He has to guide Webster through the case helping him understand the way of thinking of the Japanese involved. Sean is good in this role very much against the type of character we have seen in the past with Bond.

Wesley Snipes: LT Webster Smith is a liaison to the White House and former cop who gets called into investigate the murder where he has to work with Connor. He has a shady past after being accused of a bride case even though it got thrown out. He has to put his problems aside and his differences with Connor to uncover the truth. Wesley is good in this role playing the role we expect to see from him.

Harvey Keitel: LT Tom Graham is the old partner of Webster who was also involved in the bribery case. He tries to just treat his cop work as a job and doesn’t seem to play sides. Harvey does good job in supporting role but considering he is important to the story we don’t see him enough.

Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa: Eddie Sakamura is the prime suspect that is even the easy suspect, he must work with the two to prove his innocence for the crime he never committed. Cary-Hiroyuki is good in this role filled with mystery throughout.

Support Cast: Rising Sun has a supporting that you would expect to see in this type of film that all do good job.

Director Review: Philip KaufmanPhilip gives us a good action mystery thriller that does keep you guessing throughout.


Action: Rising Sun has the standard action you would expect to see without being too memorable.

Crime: Rising Sun brings us a crime story which on paper is just a murder but the conspiracy is what keeps us guessing.

Mystery: Rising Sun creates the mystery about who committed the murder which we have to witness who it could have been.

Thriller: Rising Sun keeps us guessing to what will happen next.

Settings: Rising Sun uses the settings well but nothing that is really stand out.

Suggestion: Rising Sun is one for the action fans to enjoy just switch off and enjoy. (Switch Off & Enjoy)


Best Part: Off chemistry between Connery and Snipes.

Worst Part: No subtitles.


Believability: No

Chances of Tears: No

Chances of Sequel: No

Post Credits Scene: No


Oscar Chances: No

Runtime: 2 Hours 5 Minutes

Trivia: Writers Michael Crichton and Michael Backes quit the project largely over disagreement with director Philip Kaufman that one of the lead characters should be changed into an African-American.


Overall: Standard action mystery thriller


2015 Awards – Biggest Disappointment

Through the month of January I will be looking back on 2015, I will be looking at a range of subjects where I will be picking my best or worst in separate posts.

Today I will be look at Biggest Disappointment, today I am looking at the ones I was looking forward to only to feel let down after seeing them.

Mentions that could have been number one;

·         The Avengers: Age of Ultron avenrger This is a strange pick but I am waiting for something bigger to happen in this saga and for it to throw the punches Star Wars wasn’t afraid to later in the year.

·         Pixels pxels A film about video game characters coming to Earth, how can this not be good? Well you add Adam Sandler and his terrible jokes.

·         Crimson Peak crimson A gothic horror romance that doesn’t really decide which genre it wants to use and ends up feeling very flat.

My Number One Biggest Disappointment

·         A Good Marriage logo Stephen King book would make you think this will be good but then this is flat out slow considering the storyline idea.