Friday, April 30, 2010
Wednesday, April 28, 2010
Tuesday, April 27, 2010
I suppose we shall get a good idea if that will be or not when Kung Fu Panda 2: The Kaboom of Doom is released next year.
Thoughts on the sequel? Remember, the film was based on a book, and there are more in the series, but it was heavily adapted for the big screen.
Thursday, April 22, 2010
I just wanted to put the word out for the upcoming animated short "Combover for Dinner".
Meet HAROLD COMBS a middle-aged accountant who knows that he has found the girl of his dreams, now he only has to convince her of that fact. But Harold has a secret shame that he has “hidden” from the world, his COMBOVER.
Directed by Dave Holbrook, the film promises to showcase a lot of charm and quality (especially by the look of the animatic), however there is one catch...
The film is being funded entirely by donations, so if we ever want to see this exciting idea realized fully, we have to put a little of ourselves into it, but here's the cool news!
Dave is offering official producer credit for anyone who donates! Meaning if "Combover for Dinner" gets the Oscar, next year - YOU will be an Oscar winning producer!
So, check out the site, everything they've got so far, and if you feel so inclined, make a donation so that everyone might be able to see this film one day!
Today, Rick Ross (Head Executive over at Disney) revealed that MONSTERS INC 2 is currently in production due to be released in 2012.
In other Disney news:
PIXAR's "The Bear and the Bow" has been renamed "BRAVE", while Newt has been shelved, along with Roger Rabbit 2, Disney's The Snow Queen, and likely a few others that you'll never hear of.
Shame, with the exception of RR2, I was looking forward to those films.
Monday, April 19, 2010
So as of yesterday, for the first time since its creation, all of the top ten most watch YouTube videos have over 100 million views. Granted YouTube videos, aren’t precisely movies but they are part of the trash-media/cinematic culture of today. Together these ten videos (about 1 hour of material) have over 1 billion views. That is a fact that I believe to be quite impressive. So since we have not posted a YouTube pick in quite a while, I will post ten today. So without further ado here are the YouTube’s top ten as of April 18th 2010:
Number 10: Lo Que Quieras Oir (100,431,569 views)
Yes there is a Spanish video on the list (and some in other languages) showing how the Internet and YouTube is a world phenomenon.
Number 9: Lady Gaga’s Just Dance ft. Colby O’Donis (106,943,734 views)
She is just so weird.
Number 8. Miley Cyrus’ Party in the U.S.A. (109,370,701 views)
This is the reason 12-16 year olds are such a powerful demographic; they are the world’s top consumers. They have also removed the embed by request but here is the link:
Number 7: Jeff Dunham – Achmed the Dead Terrorist (110,476,854 views)
I was surprised at this one. Out of all the terrorist jokes in the net I would have expected a JibJab video.
Number 6: Hahaha – Small daring boy (115,293,400 views)
Scientific research shows that babies are genetically designed to make adults want to give them attention. If this video does not prove it, I am not sure what will.
Number 5: PitBull’s I Know You Want Me (115,464,496 views)
Sexy women and a catchy tune: In my opinion Destination Calabria should have been in its place. But whom am I to complain; the people have spoken and PitBull is preferred.
Number 4: Miley Cyrus’ 7 Things (115,911,086 views)
Yep that corporate Disney drone that teaches 12 year olds how to pole dance has two videos. Just in case you did not believe me earlier when I said 12-16 are rabid ‘I wanna these, I wanna that’ crowd.
Number 3: Evolution of Dance (115,911,086 views)
If you though Napoleon Dynamite had good moves you haven’t seen nothin’. This is hard proof that we have been facing a dance crisis since the mid 90s.
Number 2: Charlie bit my finger – again! (180,222,573 views)
Yes there had to be a sequel on the list. And further proof of how cute babies can be and how exploitative their parents can get.
The most watched You Tube video of all time is…
LADY GAGA’S BAD ROMANCE (183,497,434)
This is impressive. Lady Gaga has been around for about a year and she already tops veterans. I am not sure what this proves; are people that attracted to weirdness? Whatever just enjoy the music is overplayed but the people seem to demand it.
Sunday, April 18, 2010
Let me start by saying I loved almost every minute of Kick-Ass. I gave it a 4 on my review, and the only reason I didn't give it a 5 was because I felt a bit awkward about all the deaths in it. However, in the final cut, it was made clearer that everyone who dies may have actually deserved it. But that's not the point.
I've been reading about all the criticism about the movie, and most of it stems from the character of Hit-Girl. I was reading Christopher Tookey's review, and the last line of his review reads:
"It's lightweight and silly, but it's also cynical, premeditated and mindbogglingly irresponsible. And in Hit-Girl, the film-makers have created one of the most disturbing icons and damaging role-models in the history of cinema."
You know what, Tookey? That sentence is one of the most mind-bogglingly irrational and overeager lines in the history of reviews.
Really, in the history of cinema? I don't think I've ever read a bigger exaggeration in my life. Except for maybe the exaggerated sentence I just wrote about exaggerating.
First of all, it's 2010. I don't know if you've been to the movies in the last ten years, but movies are oftentimes violent. Tookey gave Inglourious Basterds, one of the best movies of the year, 2 stars because he thought it was immature violence. So if Tookey has some sort of idea that he must be a British gentleman at all times, and show a moral disdain for violence, he needs to stop being such a dandy. God forbid a movie be a bit realistic.
Of course, his main problem is not with the fact that it's violent, but the fact that the violence is at the hand of a 12 year-old girl. Seriously though - why? He mentions she is a bad role-model. A role-model for who? 12 year-old girls? Does he really think that they are the demographic for this movie? I can't think of a set of parents that would allow their little girl to sit through an R-Rated movie. And even if they do, they're the irresponsible ones, not the filmmakers! Hit-Girl is not supposed to be a role-model for anyone. The whole point of Hit-Girl's character is that she was robbed of her childhood, and she has been sucked into her father's war of vengeance. She's not supposed to be a character you admire morally. It's totally ridiculous for someone to criticize a movie by saying that one of the morally questionable characters is morally questionable like it's their own brilliant epiphany that popped up. Hit-Girl is the way she is for a reason.
The other huge problem with his (as he says a couple times) "bone-headed" review is that Tookey states that Hollywood created the character of Hit-Girl. Now I wouldn't expect a film critic to do any research on a movie whatsoever, or EVEN READ THE OPENING CREDITS, but Hollywood didn't create shit. Kick-Ass is based on an award winning, best selling comic series. The character of Hit-Girl was created by Mark Millar and John Romita Jr. before the movie. Matthew Vaughn just guided it to the screen. So to say that it was created by Hollywood is ten times as irresponsible and stupid as he pins the movie to be.
Finally, he doesn't really mention what an incredible job Chloe Moretz did playing Hit-Girl. He mentions she is charismatic, but that's about it. Honestly, this is one of the all-time douchiest reviews I have ever read. Chloe Moretz doesn't deserve to be criticized, she deserves some sort of medal. It's one of the best performances by a young actor I have ever seen.
So Mr. Tookey, and I mean this with all due respect, get a life. Jody Hill, for example, makes movies about morally reprehensible people that are supposed to be taken seriously, and even though I don't find them particularly funny because the characters are so awful, they aren't under constant attack. What makes Moretz's character any different than Fred Simmons of The Foot Fist Way? If you really think she is one of the most damaging role-models in the history of cinema, you need to either grow up or see some more movies.
And you might as well start looking behind you when you walk down the street. I hear that Hit-Girl is awfully violent.
Friday, April 16, 2010
Kick-Ass has finally found its way to the silver screen, so in case you missed it, be sure to check out the review I wrote when I saw it in August.
This movie kicks ass.
Wednesday, April 14, 2010
Joss Whedon will be taking on Marvel's The Avengers.
And who knows, maybe that means some cameos or major roles to his regulars.
Nathan Fillion as Ant-Man?
A guy can dream.
Tuesday, April 13, 2010
A Back to the Future remake starring Shia LaBeouf is rumored. It will be directed by Steven Spielberg, a producer of the original trilogy.
Honestly, it almost seems like an insult to Robert Zemeckis. The guy is still alive.
I think I'll go kill myself now.
This may have been an April Fools joke. God, I hope so.
Saturday, April 10, 2010
Friday, April 9, 2010
I have mentioned before on this blog that I have been waiting for Shawn Levy to make a film for someone his own age. I've always known he was a capable director, but he had misses like Cheaper by the Dozen and The Pink Panther. It was quite relieving to hear the F-Word in a Shawn Levy movie. The Night at the Museum franchise has been solid, but this movie is what I've been really waiting for.
I loved Date Night.
Tuesday, April 6, 2010
Sunday, April 4, 2010
It sucks and is awful.
Basically, if you took all the exciting parts from 300 and Percy Jackson: The Lightning Thief, and took out all traces of fun, humor, originality, or character development, you would get Clash of the Titans.
Thursday, April 1, 2010
I'm still hoping for a cameo from Van Damme, but this movie looks like the pinnacle of summer action blockbuster. Hell, Randy Couture and Stone Cold Steve Austin are in it!
I cannot wait for this film.