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Wednesday, June 29, 2011


      Love him or hate him, Michael Bay is an icon of popular culture today (I am not saying this is a good him). He is the father of Bayhem (cinematic explosions occurring at sunset) and the current master of anti-plot; a position once held by directors like Vera Chytilová (her film Daisies is basically the female precursor of Transformers ROTF). Bay began his career in advertising, and with the amount of product placement in his movies one would assume he hasn’t quite left the past behind. In short these two commercials pretty much define his aesthetic taste and the reach of his ego. It seems fitting to show them now with all the talk on Transformers 3 (which I refuse to spend money on). You were probably expecting his Victoria Secret commercial, but it has been a bit over-watched by now. Maybe in a few years when Transformers 4 comes out. 

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Immortals Continues to Look More and More like 300

There are very few times when watching a trailer makes me what to see a movie less than before I had watched it. The first trailer of Tarsem's Immortals did just that. And the second trailer, released this weekend, managed to do it once again. Seriously, what was the need for this movie to look like a sequel to 300. Same color palette, same CGI effects, and it has pretty much the same feel. The only Tarsem-like part of it all are the ridiculous (and yet somewhat minimalist) costumes that were featured in both The Cell and The Fall. But even then 300 used similar costuming so that doesn't help.
Anyway, here is the new trailer for Immortals. I hope you enjoy more than I did:

Monday, June 27, 2011

Review: CARS 2

I seem to stand in the very low percentage of people who think that Cars is not Pixar's weakest film. People often cite that it's more of a Dreamworks film, and simply not Pixar quality. I've always given that review to Finding Nemo.

Cars had laughs and heart - I thoroughly enjoyed it. Cars 2 is an unnecessary sequel - but they got away with it. The golden rule for any sequel is that you must up the ante. Cars 2 delivers on this. We now move out of Radiator Springs and focus on a world of espionage and an expensive World Grand Prix.

Brave Trailer Surfaces

If you saw Cars 2 this weekend you would have been treated to a pick of Pixar's next film, Brave. But in case you didn't, or you were late to the theater, here it is:

I have to say it looks different. Certainly looking forward to it.

Oh, and here is the poster:

Thursday, June 23, 2011


Mr. Blomkamp made his feature debut two summers ago with his fantastically original and pseudo-realistically District 9, which was based on his short film, Alive in Joburg. The film was a brilliant mesh that was very well crafted for sci-fi fans, and political junkies to enjoy. It is no surprise then that the South African director was commissioned to do a live action trailer for the release of Halo 3. The mythical Halo live action movie has been in development hell since the release of the first game. Peter Jackson, who produced District 9, was at some point attached to the project. There really couldn’t be a better pair to tackle down the Halo franchise. However, with Jackson busy working on The Hobbit and Blomkamp directing Elysium any chance of them working on a Halo movie anytime soon is unlikely.  For the meantime enjoy Halo Landfall:

Wednesday, June 22, 2011


Well. This is something I need to see.

Can the Summer Superhero craze be coming to an end?

            Is the end of the superhero craze that has plagued the box office for the last decade approaching? It may be so. Last weekend Green Lantern became the second superhero movie to under-perform at the box office during its opening weekend. We still have Captain America to go but if it stumbles it is likely studios will begin to loose their affinity for what has been their cash cow of choice. This brings up two questions: what will happen to the series of reboots, sequels, prequels, and rehashes that Marvel and Warner were allegedly planning to make? And if the superhero is indeed coming to an end what will replace it?

Monday, June 20, 2011

Ryan Dunn Dies at 34

Ryan Dunn, best known for his exploits on Jackass died in a car crash this morning around 3:00 in Pennsylvania.

As of now, it seems as though the crash occurred as he was traveling over 100 mph. Another body, yet to be identified, was found with him.

Dunn may not have been a shining role model of any sort, but he brought laughter, joy, and warmth into countless people's hearts. And that makes him nothing short of a hero.

I like to think Dunn went out just as he'd have wanted - acting like a jackass.

Friday, June 17, 2011

New Trailer and Poster for DEATHLY HALLOWS PART 2.

Way, way back in 2001 the first Harry Potter film came out. That same year the first Lord of the Rings film also premiered. It sparked a rather large debate across every middle school over which one was the better franchise. At the time the LOTR defenders had the upper hand by simply stating that the Harry Potter film was meant for little kids. Seven movies later they can no longer hold on to that argument. Hopefully they have also matured, unlike me, and moved on to debate more important things in life.

Honestly, this looks more epic than the final battle in Return of the King. And without the boring Frodo and Sam side plot.

Thursday, June 16, 2011

The Conspirator: Ideas Defended

The Conspirator is the first film released by The American Film Company, a production company that has staked its entire existence on the notion that real drama is more compelling than fictional drama. And with their maiden feature, the company has completely washed away any criticism about their film being historically inaccurate. This academic ambition will likely stay on the borderlands of Mainstream Country, as boasting historical accuracy just makes people look harder into the details, missing the story. More confounding to the creative team, historically accurate elements of the story are still brushed aside in lieu of budgetary restraints and the simple mathematics of forcing 4 months of American life into a 2-hour run time.
The Conspirator (Two-Disc Collector's Edition)


Is money evil? Samuel L. Jackson is best known for his bad ass attitude, his uncanny ability to intonate the mother F-word phrase like no one else, and his Ezekiel 25:17 quote in Pulp Fiction. Jonathan Glazer, who has directed a few good films, is best known for his Guinness Surfer commercial, which is considered the Citizen Kane of advertising and has been continuously voted the best ad of all time by several critics.
            Glazer is a big figure in the ad world and there is a whole roster of commercials to choose from. They are all good. But only his Barclays campaign has Samuel L. Jackson. Amazingly it captures the best of both artists. 

Monday, June 13, 2011

Nick Adams on “The Adventures of Tintin”: A Series of Animated Quotes

If Hollywood ever decided to replace the famed 50-foot, hillside letters with a (3D!) Mount Rushmore knockoff, there is no doubt that Steven Spielberg would be among the four titans. For the better part of forty years, the man crossed genres as fluidly as Stanley Kubrick, though with considerable more mainstream appeal. He won Oscars, dabbled in children’s TV shows (Tiny Toons, any one?) and just generally influenced pop culture discussion with every release. Then, after 2005 with the regrettably forgotten “Munich,” Spielberg went cold. More than that, he flatly disappeared from the directorial scene—except to somewhat accidentally film “Indian Jones and the Radiation-Induced Fever Dream.” Later this year, Spielberg will released his long--though not much--anticipated film, “The Adventures of Tintin” and seemingly nobody has caught on to the ramifications.

Sunday, June 12, 2011


I'm surprised Woody Allen doesn't slouch more. That head of his must weigh a ton, what with all the exhaustion and neuroses it's filled with. His newest braingasm Midnight In Paris should please everyone from the deepest Allen fans to newcomers of his style.

Woody Allen is one of my heroes for a specific reason; when he makes movies, he makes them for a reason. The reason he's made almost 50 movies is not because the studio asks him to pump them out like Stephen King novels. He makes his movies because he has vision about something. They range from wild fantasies to slapstick comedies, but they've always had the mark of a true vision. Allen is now 75, and Midnight In Paris is as true an Allen film as I've ever seen. As the phenomenal opening sequence came to a close, I realized he's still got it. He's still able to make movies people care about. Midnight In Paris is about a guy with a dream.

You Just Don't Get It, Do You?

A montage of cinema's worst writing cliché by Jeff Smith.

Friday, June 10, 2011

Review: SUPER 8

After I first saw the trailer for Super 8, I thought to myself, "Classic case of JJ Abrams trailer." All the trailers for Abrams' projects have always been phenomenal, and then I've been supremely let down by his films. In fact, I've never really loved anything Abrams has ever done. Keep in mind - he's had very, very little to do with LOST, though most people attribute it to him. Damon Lindelof is the genius behind that.

Thursday, June 9, 2011


The Scott brothers, who are rarely referred to as such, both got their kick-start into the film world through advertising. In 1968 Ridley Scott established his first production company in Britain, RSA, alongside Alan Parker and employed his younger brother Tony. After making several successful commercials in Britain the pair moved to Hollywood in the hopes of producing and directing films. Ridley Scott made his first feature, The Duelist in 1977, and Alien right afterwards, but it took almost ten years before anyone trusted Tony with a large-scale film. Before Top Gun (1986) Tony had only made a loose B-movie adaptation of Interview with the Vampire, called The Hunger. This was the ad that convinced backers he could do more. And you can tell he was really trying to go for Top Gun. Enjoy:

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Where in the World will Hangover Part III be set?

            It was no surprised last Monday when Warner Bros. announced that the Hangover Part III was given the green light after the Hangover Part II broke all types of box office records, including the biggest opening for a comedy and an R-rate film, when it grossed $205 million in just five days. As of now, Craig Mazin, who co-wrote Part II but was not involved in the first installment, is the only one to have begun working on the film. The stars Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms, and Zach Galafanianakis, as well as director Todd Phillips had only signed up for one sequel, so it is still unknown if they will return.

            Although I was not a fan of the first one, and I am certainly not defending the second one as having any redeemable qualities, the news did send me speculating over what city they will use for the third movie. After Vegas, and Bangkok it is hard to see what Sin City can cause more damage to the Wolf Pack. These are some of the most likely candidates:

Monday, June 6, 2011


Jack Kevorkian wants you to die… on your own terms. The advertising campaign of this HBO TV film is just as provocative as the film itself. You Don’t Know Jack tries to shed some light on the complex story of Jack Kevorkian, a doctor who assisted in the suicide of 130 of his patients. Is this a medical or criminal practice? The religious right, and several opportunistic politicians, accuse Jack of the latter. But the film is more concerned with studying Jack’s character, over what type of man would back euthanasia so vehemently, than providing an answer to the question.
You Don't Know Jack

Friday, June 3, 2011

Nick Adams on "X-MEN: FIRST CLASS": Reclaiming Some Dignity

Who are the bad guys in history? It’s a question that can make historians squirm and laymen wonder why historians squirm. Simply put, a sentiment too often forgotten is that morality can be subjective. This is one of many points made in one of this year’s top 50 superhero movies, the surprisingly philosophical, “X-Men: First Class.”

Also it's not in 3D! Hooray!
X-Men First Class - Mini Movie Poster Print - 11 x 16

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Win a Trip to Comic-Con!


"The Amazing Spider-Man" Face of the Fan Contest Begins Today

CULVER CITY, Calif., June 2, 2011 – In anticipation of the July 3, 2012 worldwide release of The Amazing Spider-Man™ in 3D, the cast and filmmakers will discuss the movie for the first time as they address the fans at Comic-Con® San Diego.  One fan can be a part of the action by proving he or she is the ultimate Spider-Man fan in The Amazing Spider-Man Face of the Fan® contest.  The contest winner will be the “face of the fan” at Comic-Con, and have the opportunity to meet the talent and filmmakers and conduct an interview with them.

US residents 18 years of age and older can go to to enter the contest, which begins today and runs through June 27, 2011.  To enter the contest, users submit a sixty-second video of themselves answering the question, “Why should you be the Face of the Fan correspondent at Comic-Con?”  Complete rules and instructions are available at


Nike is one brand that takes it advertising seriously. It seems that every ad they churn up could make it into a short film hall of fame of sorts. They have the resources not only to get brilliant directors, but also every sports star out there. It is almost a guarantee that their ads will be seen over and over by fans of both the sport and the craft. It is also one of the few brands that titles their ads. Previously we showed Iñarritu’s Write the Future that was made for last year’s world cup. Nike’s Leave Nothing campaign is perhaps a better-known campaign in the States where it came out a few years ago. With filmmakers like Michael Mann and David Fincher taking the helm on some of the ads, at least one of these ads would make it into this list. Here is David Fincher’s Leave Nothing Fate featuring LaDainian Tomlinson and Troy Polamalu. Enjoy:

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