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Monday, December 28, 2009

Review: UP IN THE AIR


Almost nothing happens in this movie, but for some reason I was completely enthralled for the entire thing. I guess that makes it pretty good.

Up in the Air isn't a movie with a gimmicky plot idea like most movies. Jason Reitman's newest is more of a story about a singular man and his job, much like his previous movie, the terrific Thank You For Smoking.

Sunday, December 27, 2009

Review: THE PRINCESS AND THE FROG


Lets get this out of the way; I had been waiting for this film since the day I first heard rumor about it back in 2005. Disney hadn't done a traditionally animated film since 2004s Home on the Range which was awful and after that the studio that started the art form of animation shut its doors and threw out all their machinery, set on only making trendy computer generated films from that point on.

Review: THE IMAGINARIUM OF DR. PARNASSUS


So. Where do I begin?

The film is about a man, Dr. Parnassus, who used to be a monk, but after making some deals with the devil, he is reduced to a street performer who rides around London in a weird cart, attempting to convert corrupted souls into righteous ones by using a mirror and a world of imagination.

Saturday, December 26, 2009

Early Review: THE LOVELY BONES


Watching Peter Jackson's The Lovely Bones is like dreaming. Sometimes you feel like what is happening is of the most dire importance of your life, and other times you are barely paying attention. Sometimes you begin to space out as the scenes drag on, and other times your leg jerks uncontrollably as your brain experiences psychological panic. And every now and then, you go from idea to idea, scene to scene, and though everything seems disconnected and random, you never really think about it until you have woken up.

Review: SHERLOCK HOLMES


As the rather pleasant ending credits role at the end of Guy Ritchie's Sherlock Holmes, you do not see a title that says, "Based on the novels by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle". Rather, you see a title that says, "Sherlock Holmes and John Watson created by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle". It says that for a reason, and anyone who dares to tell me this movie was no good because it was very different than Doyle's novels can bugger off.

Friday, December 25, 2009

Furry Vengeance

You know what... I'm a huge Brendan Fraser fan, and I was going to try to justify this at first... but no.

It just looks awful.



Try again... Dr. Doolittle 2

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Wilder's Picks - The Best of '09

Hey internet,

Seeing that 2009 is coming to a close, and I write for a movie blog, there seemed only one thing appropriate to do.

Here are, in my opinion, the top ten best films of 2009. Keep in mind that I HAVE NOT SEEN Inglourious Basterds, Moon, or The Hurt Locker. I imagine all of those belong somewhere on this list in place of some, but I simply have not seen them.

Ehem.


10) Avatar

Read Jose's review here.


Monday, December 21, 2009

Snicket Sequel Still a Possibility... Sort of


This movie may still be made yet. Director Brad Silberling and Jim Carrey are both on board for a sequel, but Silberling fears that the children may have gotten a bit too old. So, he has proposed his idea for a sequel.

With a surprising twist.

"But it's taken so long for this one to happen, and Olaf is still stuck in the makeup trailer and everyone else, and so Lemony Snicket basically tells you, 'Unfortunately, enough waiting: No, we're going to have to tell you the real story.' Boom, you dial through a soundstage door, and you're introduced into a stop-motion universe, and actually that's my hope is for the next film, that it can be stop-motion."


Stop-motion? I don't know. On one hand, I think it's a ridiculous idea to make a sequel to a live-action film a stop-motion film. On the other hand, I have to admit that the visual style could serve the content of A Series of Unfortunate Events extremely well.

Silberling directed the first film so beautifully, that I'm going to go ahead and put my faith in him with this. We'll see how it pans out.

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Actress Brittany Murphy Dies at 32


Some extremely sad news for you folks today.

Actress Brittany Murphy was admitted to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles this morning, and pronounced dead on arrival after going into cardia arrest.

More news as it unfolds.

Review: AVATAR


Coming out of the theater after watching Avatar, I found nothing to complain about. It is not just Cameron’s mastery over technology that makes Avatar great; it is his ability to use technology as a vehicle for great storytelling. Avatar could not have been told without the technology employed and the technology could not have found a better story to makes its debut. Here is why:

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

RED BAND - Youth In Revolt

Funny or Die has added the Red-Band trailer for Miguel Arteta's Youth In Revolt.

FINALLY.

Monday, December 7, 2009

Deathly Hallows First Look Surfaces

Woot!

Here's an exclusive first look at David Yates' Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.

Sorry I can't embed.
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