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Thursday, December 23, 2010

Review: SHREK FOREVER AFTER


Let's get this out of the way. No disrespect to Dreamwork's but honestly I thought this movie was going to be terrible. The Shrek franchise has been getting tired these past few years; repetitive jokes and pop culture references only go so far and the 3rd film was the greatest example of this.

So naturally, when Shrek (4) Forever After came out, I didn't run to the theater. But sitting in my living room yesterday with an academy screener in one hand and a television remote in the other, I decided to give Shrek Forever After a try. You know what? I quite enjoyed it.
Shrek Forever After (Two-Disc Blu-ray/DVD Combo)

Monday, December 13, 2010

Review: THE CHRONICLES OF NARNIA, VOYAGE OF THE DAWN TREADER



The Narnia films have served as child-friendly option to Lord of the Rings; that is what they are and they are honest about it. The first two books (or second and fourth depending the order you prefer) had a very straight forward formula: there is trouble in a magical kingdom, human kids are magically transported there, they face great odds followed by an epic battle, and Aslan appears at the very last minute to save the day; Voyage of the Dawn Treader, however, is quite different. The third (or fifth) book is more of a travelogue across a sea of wonders than the battle for the kingdom, like its predecessors were. And I can understand why adapting this installment would be a greater challenge than the first two. Sadly, the filmmakers did not live up to the challenge. By collapsing the story to serve formula, and not taking the time to appreciate the world of Narnia like its predecessors Voyage of the Dawn Treader turns out to be a very unimaginative film. This is very disappointing because the book is possibly the most imaginative and surreal of the whole series.
The Voyage of the "Dawn Treader"(The Chronicls of Narnia, Book 5)

Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides Trailer Surfaces



Drink up me hearties.... yo ho!

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Review: BLACK SWAN



Darren Aronofsky said he was fascinated to make a re-imagening of Swan Lake because he thought the story of a girl who transforms into a swan to be similar to that of a werewolf. Frankly, I have never seen Swan Lake because I dismissed it… well, as a boring ballet about a swan. And I am still skeptical that a ballet performance would be able to capture the nightmarish thrill of this adaptation. If it does, then I can’t wait to see it. 
Black Swan

Updates and Other Exciting Business!

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Sunday, November 28, 2010

RIP, Shirley.


I'm a big fan of Canadians. They tend to bring more joy into my life than one would expect. And today, perhaps my favorite Canadian of all has passed away.

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Legendary Director Irvin Kershner Dies at 87


Irvin Kershner, celebrated director of The Empire Strikes Back passed away today after a three and a half year battle with lung cancer. He'll be remembered as the director of what is widely considered the greatest sequel of all time.

May the force be with him.

Friday, November 26, 2010

Jeremy Renner to Take Over Mission: Impossible Franchise


It looks like Tom Cruise is done with Mission: Impossible (even though he turned down Salt because he thought it was too similar...)

Luckily it looks like he won't be taking over Tom Cruise's whole character. I hate re-casting.

More news as it breaks.

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Review: I LOVE YOU PHILIP MORRIS


Once I learned that most of the events of I Love You Philip Morris are completely factual, I liked the movie a bit more. I scoured the internet after the film ended searching for more information about Steven Jay Russell. Everything I read only made Jim Carrey's portrayal of him even more fascinating.
Movie - I Love You Phillip Morris (Region A)

Review: 127 HOURS


There are a ton of ways this story could have been told, and there are a ton of ways this film could have been directed. And Danny Boyle went with one that, to me, implicates what directing feature films is all about. Boyle took what could have been a plain old psychological thriller vaguely reminiscent of a biopic, wove a true artistic vision into it, and created an incredible movie. 127 Hours is, without question, one of the most spectacularly directed films I've ever seen.
127 Hours

Monday, November 22, 2010

Review: TANGLED


When I say Disney's back, I very much mean it. Ever since the renaissance of Disney animation ended in 1999 with Tarzan, and Disney Feature Animation fell into a mediocre movie slump people began to ask the question - "When will Disney get back on its game and dominate the animation industry again?" Clearly, this took a little while, but when Princess and the Frog was released it seemed that Disney was finally getting back on the quality horse. Now, having seen Tangled, I can very happily say that Disney is on that horse and riding it at full force again. Welcome back Disney. We've missed you.
Tangled (Two-Disc Blu-ray/DVD Combo)

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Review: HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS PART 1


In full honestly it would be difficult to admit that all the Harry Potter movies one through six were not particularly good movies. But they weren’t; that is the truth. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 is by far the best Harry Potter movie; it is also the first in the franchise that you could legitimately call a good movie; it is also just half of a movie.
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (Widescreen Edition)

Friday, November 19, 2010

Review: SKYLINE


I really do not understand why Skyline has gotten so many bad reviews. Yes, the acting sucks. Yes, the dialogue doesn’t help it at all. Yes, we have seen better special effects. And yes, it is a story we have all seen before one thousand times. But it is undeservingly filled with beautiful imagery, and such elegant style it would make experienced big-budget action directors cower with jealousy; the Strauss brothers made this movie with less than 10 million dollars. That has to count for something, or rather everything. They made it back three days after it premiered without ever being in the top five.
Skyline

Thursday, November 18, 2010

"Your Highness" Trailer Surfaces

Well. This looks awesome. "Pineapple Express" in medieval times pretty much it seems.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Review: MORNING GLORY


It's going to be nearly impossible to convince my readers of this little fact, but I'm going to have to try. My enormous crush on Rachel McAdams really takes a backseat to what I thought about her in this movie. Despite my constant ramblings of my love for her, I still believe she is the main thing that makes this movie as good as it is. I know, I have no credibility. But I guess you'll just have to believe me; I objectively loved her performance.

Review: DUE DATE


The first thing I thought about Due Date when I left the theater was that it reminded me of a late 80's or early 90's comedy that I would have grown up watching, and probably loved. It's very funny, and I can imagine it being a memorable comedy if it were made that long ago. Then I realized it was made that long ago. It was called Planes, Trains, & Automobiles.
Due Date

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Cars 2 Trailer Surfaces

Silly Mater. What shenanigans will he get up to next?



July 2011

Thursday, November 11, 2010

TRAILER: Winnie the Pooh

The first trailer for Winnie the Pooh was released and boy does it bring back memories.


If Owl sounds familiar, then you need to get more sleep at night. Craig Ferguson joins Jim Cummings, Tom Kenny, Travis Oates and Bud Luckey in the voice cast. The tone is amplified by "Somewhere Only We Know" by Keane.

Winnie the Pooh will be in theaters July 15 2011

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Review: THE TOWN


Ben Affleck's The Town is just about all you can ask for in a bank robbery crime drama. It's smart, well-written, and it's got its emotion in the right place.

In all the years I've talked about film with people, I've noticed that I tend to linger in a group of people that are severely outnumbered - people that really like Ben Affleck. Affleck often gets badmouthed as being a lousy actor for many different reasons. Sometimes people say he picks terrible movies, sometimes people say he's just reading lines, and sometimes Trey Parker and Matt Stone write songs about how Pearl Harbor sucked, and that Ben Affleck was one of the reasons.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Review: WALL STREET: MONEY NEVER SLEEPS


The most surprising quality about Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps is how much of a feel good movie this is; something you could not tell from the poster above or the current world economy. Yet this movie, unlike the first installment of the franchise, belies that there is a light at the end of the tunnel.
Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Art is Dead

I used to post a "YouTube Picks of the Week", but that got kind of old, pretty quick. I've finally found one worth posting again, though it's not quite filmmaking at it's best.

I'm sure I've posted at least one video by Bo Burnham, and while his brilliant wordplay makes him, in my opinion, one of the greatest wordsmiths of our generation, he released a song on his newest album called "Art is Dead". It's not really anything to do with movies, but Burnham started on YouTube, and he's making his way to the silver screens soon enough, so just suck it up and deal with it while I talk about this song. K? K.

"Art is Dead" is a song that appears towards the end of his newest album. It's not at the beginning for a reason, and it's not the final song for a reason, but it's right near the end for a reason. "Art is Dead" is not your typical lyrical tour-de-force that Burnham specializes in, there's not a single sex joke in it, it's not a rap, and it certainly doesn't attempt to be very funny. "Art is Dead" is something that I haven't heard or seen in a young comedian (not to mention that Burnham might be the youngest popular comedian around) maybe ever. I've seen Lewis Back touch on it, and I've heard Bill Cosby close with it.

"Art is Dead" is a song about reflection. A legitimate reflection of art, desire, and the emotions connected to achieving both. What Ricky Gervais achieves in his entire series Extras, Burnham almost completely achieves in this tiny little song. The final lines literally haunt me.

The song may hit me hard for any number of reasons. Perhaps it's because I know firsthand what it's like to look in on the world Burnham sings about here. Perhaps it's because Burnham and I share the same dream, and perhaps it's because Burnham has achieved it, and I haven't, and perhaps it's because Burnham did in fact achieve it, just like so many, but unlike so many he's not forgotten who he is, and what he really believes in, or perhaps it's just a catchy tune.

The song could strike anyone for any purpose for any number of reasons. The point here is not why the song was written, or what the song was written about, or what, in writing it, Burnham truly wants to express. The point here is that it was written.

And that, that right there, is what takes him one step above being "just a kid".

Monday, October 4, 2010

True Grit


Oh, those Coens.

Snyder to Direct Superman


It looks like acclaimed director Zack Snyder will, in fact, be directing the next Superman film. I can't imagine this to be a bad thing, as the man clearly has experience bringing comic book images to life in a way that works well. More Superman news as it breaks.

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Review: THE SOCIAL NETWORK


Like every David Fincher film I've seen, The Social Network thrives at a pace so well-suited for the movie, you feel as though the film itself is one of the characters. It's one of those movies where you can't help but marvel that every aspect of its making was just done right. It's one of those experiences where you often forget you're in a movie, staring helpless at the screen, hanging on every word. It's a fantastically well-made film.
The Social Network (Two-Disc Collector's Edition) [Blu-ray]

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Skyline Full Trailer



Ok, this looks pretty awesome.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

New Harry Potter VII Trailer


I hope you're not wearing socks, because they're about to get knocked off.

Monday, September 20, 2010

Review: RESIDENT EVIL: AFTERLIFE 3D


Honestly, I don't know what rating to give this movie. I didn't see the first three Resident Evil movies, and while I played the second and fourth games for maybe a total of forty minutes, I would not consider myself any sort of savant of the franchise.

But, I really, honestly and truly, enjoyed this movie.
Resident Evil: Afterlife

Thursday, September 16, 2010

The Tourist



Johnny Depp looks too adorable to handle in this.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Arrested Development Movie Poster?


This has appeared on the internet, tweeted from the account of Michael Cera. Twitter has not verified this account as actually belonging to Cera. As most of the tweets are really odd, I have my suspicions.

I can only hope and pray that this development is no longer arrested.

Monday, September 13, 2010

Hereafter Trailer is Here



This looks absolutely incredible. And not like your typical Eastwood picture.

Friday, September 10, 2010

The Virginity Hit Red Band



This could either be fantastic or really dumb.

Saturday, August 7, 2010

Review: SALT


There's really nothing inherently great about Salt. It's nowhere near the level of greatness that any of the Bourne films reached, the laws of physics are absolutely preposterous, and Angelina Jolie isn't exactly the most memorable hero. But for some reason I enjoyed it.
Salt (Deluxe Unrated Edition)

Review: THE SORCERER'S APPRENTICE


The Sorcerer's Apprentice certainly isn't any better than you'd expect, but it's also not any worse. It's clearly meant for a much younger audience than Jon Turtletaub's super fun National Treasure, so if you check it out, keep that in mind.

It's the quintessential Disney story. A young nerdy college freshman, Dave (Jay Baruchel) ends up becoming the chosen one, the one Balthazar (Nicolas Cage) has been searching for for thousands of years. He becomes his apprentice, and together they save the world. Dave is the guy every 8-15 year old boy will want to be, and Disney certainly knows how to sell tickets.
The Sorcerer's Apprentice

Monday, July 19, 2010

Review: THE KARATE KID (2010)


As far as remakes go this new version of The Karate Kid is a rather decent adaptation for a new generation and a brilliant career move for an upcoming action star and one who is certainly past his prime. Generally speaking, there is rarely a good reason to make a remake of any movie, particularly classics like The Karate Kid. If you watch the 80s coming of age teen flick it is still as effective and good a film as it was when it first came out. The story is pretty much universal; a teenager learns to face his demons (a bully at school) and is rewarded (by getting the girl). We have all seen countless of similar movies. So why remake this classic film? Obviously studios had economic reasons to do so. But it seems there were other reasons for the actor’s involvement besides cashing in a check, and that actually elevates The Karate Kid from a been-there-seen-that summer rehash to a personal film.
The Karate Kid

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