This sneak peek is very similar to the opening scene from the animated version. Looks good so far, but I can only imagine this will only see the light of day in select cities (mine probably not amongst them). However, if I'm wrong and it does come here, I'll be all over it. If not, I'll have to download it, but either way it should be out soon.
This sneak peek is very similar to the opening scene from the animated version. Looks good so far, but I can only imagine this will only see the light of day in select cities (mine probably not amongst them). However, if I'm wrong and it does come here, I'll be all over it. If not, I'll have to download it, but either way it should be out soon.
Richard Cypher's life is forever changed when he crosses paths with Kahlan, a mysterious Confessor who's travelled through the magical boundary. Confused, and unprepared, Richard will need the combined aid of Kahlan and the wizard Zeddicus Zu'l Zerander if he's to embrace his true destiny and become the Seeker.
After a great first couple episodes I was not only impressed with this show, but eager to see more. I hadn't read the Terry Goodkind novels (though I've since picked them up), and despite hearing that the show differs greatly from the novels (is anyone honestly surprised?), I was still happy to see some "watchable" fantasy on TV. That said, my biggest issue with LEGEND OF THE SEEKER comes from the way the show is set up, like they want it mirror Xena and HERCULES THE LEGENDARY JOURNEYS, with a series of mishaps and adventures clouding the path toward the Seeker's true goal, defeating Darken Rahl.
Any fantasy reader will tell you the key to good fantasy is wonderfully layered characters brought together by rich, deep and magically provocative storylines that send the imagination soaring. This adventure has more than a couple of these famed ideas like the Mord Sith, Confessors, the boxes of Ordin and even the legendary Sword of Truth itself. However, the flip side of this coin (as told to me by my good buddy Aaron who's read the books) is the fact that as cool as these things appear to be, the show on exposes a mere fraction of their potential awesomeness (like how Richard is constantly faced with a inner struggle as the sword is constantly fighting to bend him to it's will), leaving us with a "watered down" version of what makes the books so epic in nature. Not to mention, the show suffers from "season one sickness" (meaning the producers have no idea if it will be picked up for another season), so the writers decided to try and shove "all the good stuff" into the current season, just in case.
Book to show transition problems aside, I was happy with the LEGEND OF THE SEEKER for what it was, a decent fantasy show playing on TV. The cast, specifically Craig Horner (Richard), Bridget Regan (Kahlan), Bruce Spence (Zeddicus) and Craig Parker (Rahl) were all fantastic and made the best of things despite a couple cheesy lines and situations. All in all, this was one of the best fantasy shows I've ever seen hit TV. Of course, that's ONLY because George R.R. Martin's A GAME OF THRONES has yet to hit HBO. In that regard, I was expecting a bit more from SEEKER, but then again, this show didn't air on HBO. And the good news is, it was renewed for a second season, meaning they'll be putting a lot more into it this time around. Again, it's not GAME OF THRONES, but in all fairness, what is?
Catch the LEGEND OF TH SEEKER trailer here:
"I'm hoping to see more CLIFFHANGER, less SHREK in his performance here."
I've always enjoyed John Lithgow's acting, and the role of "villain" is by no means new territory for this fella, going back to classics like RAISING KANE. He was also pretty damn convincing in CLIFFHANGER, and mildly entertaining in SHREK (I was never into THIRD ROCK FROM TH SUN), but come this new season of DEXTER, I think we're in for a real treat.
Lithgow will be playing a serial killer who kills in threes, earning him the nickname "The Trinity Killer." I guess he's on the run from Lundy, and decides to kick it in Miami (Dexter's part of the woods). Dex gets brought in on the case and soon develops a fascination with the killer's skills and tactics. Sounds good to me!
I can't believe DEXTER's hitting up it's fourth season, the show continues to be a HUGE favorite of mine, despite the whole pregnancy thing (we really could have done without that, I mean shit, the bitch already has two kids). Still, I'm pumped for round four, hitting Showtime September 27Th.
My Two Cents: "I'm still quite disappointed with the first GAMER trailer featuring Dex as the main baddie. But I haven't given up hope, the first WATCHMEN trailer sucked balls too, and then they quickly made up for it with the second. Hopefully the same thing happens here."
Another re-make we probably didn't need, but I'll admit this trailer is pure gold and Cage looks like he found a semi-decent role for a change (KNOWING was so horrible). I don't wanna hate Nic Cage, and this could be the reason I'm looking for (I mean shit, he's doing loads of drugs, shooting random peeps, and choking the shit outta old ladies, how awesome is that!?). Also, Eva Mendes was looking pretty hot.
A very cool trailer for what looks like a solid flick. Milla and Olyphant are a nice bonus, though I'm skeptical about Steve Zahn in a serious/action role, the guy's a fucking douche, but ya never know he may pull through. It's nice to see this summer is still full of surprises.
"Captured here is EXACTLY what this season of PRISON BREAK gave the fans: A big FUCK YOU!"
Michael and Lincoln can't seem to catch a break. This time around they (and the gang), are rounded up by Homeland Security to shake down the General in hopes of stealing Scylla, a top secret military project funded by the Company.
Let me start by saying the first season of PRISON BREAK was phenomenal. As far as TV shows go, you really couldn't get much better than that. But the question I kept having to ask myself was, "OK, what now?" Sure, season two wasn't much of a stretch for a storyline revolving around escape. I had no problem believing this plan was a two part (hence two season) adventure. Hell, even season three wasn't bad. I loved SONA, the concept, the inmates, and despite the shortened run (stupid writer's strike), I had a lot of fun with last season as well. And I'll be honest and say that season three ended in such a way, that we fans could have let go and ultimately used our imaginations as to what happened next.
At first, I was just as happy as I was surprised to hear of a season four. Like I said, I love this show. Michael Rapaport's Don Self was an all right character, though I had a hard time buying his betrayal. The whole first half of this season wasn't bad, but then things started to fall apart with uncharacteristic actions, cheesy twists and all around poor choices when it came to storyline. I mean, bringing in their mother was just fucking lame, and then trying to sell us Mike and Link NOT being brothers? Kinda undermines the entire premise if you ask me. This season felt like it was coasting along on autopilot as is, but with all this added ridiculousness, the show derailed for me mid season, crashing and burning to the point I almost didn't' recognize what I was watching anymore.
PRISON BREAK's storyline was flawed from jump street. There was ALWAYS gonna be a hole in the premise, because no matter how you looked at it, the way this all came to be kinda locked the guys into always being on the run from something or someone. The Company became a tiresome enigma, the General and their mother, boring and all out asstacular villains, and the final episode? Well, as much as I loved to see older characters come back to help out, MICHAEL DIEING was never something ANY FAN was banking on, that much, I can guarantee. What a fucking horrible way to end things. That said, I noticed today there's a feature film (series wrap-up) called THE FINAL BREAK, which covers the four year span they rush into with the finale. I'll watch it, but it feels like a desperate attempt to sell some DVD's and cash in on the franchise one last time.
Catch the PRISON BREAK season four trailer here:
If you didn't catch the first DESCENT, GO FUCKING WATCH IT! Sure, the premise is a tad weak (some chicks going cave diving run into some monsters), and of course there was THE CAVE, which was very similar. But lemme just say, THE DESCENT was awesomely fun entertainment, jam packed with WTF moments that will probably make you jump. The sequel seems to pick up where the first one ends (which is cool), and though the cast seem a bit dense, and the premise is nothing new, I'm still thinking this flick will probably rock.
Jack Bauer is ready to face judgement for the use of (so called) brutal tactics in the line of duty. But before the senate has a change to prosecute him, the FBI swoop in an scoop Jack up hoping he'll help them with their current terrorist threat.
24 is one of the best shows on television today. No, it's not perfect, and yes, Jack Bauer does tend to rival the God of War himself in terms of his superhuman ability to get the job done. But this is also a very smart, sexy and clever look at counter terrorism. There's a great deal of humanity to be found here. We have people making tough decisions for the greater good, lots of human error, and swift justice as both sides (good and evil) are often faced with dire consequences in light of their actions.
This season was held up for nearly two years (it felt like ten) because of the lateness of the writers strike, and with season six being luke warm at best, you just KNEW this season would be great. And it most certainly was. The greatest thing about 24 is that you never truly know who the enemy is. There are a vast number of "henchmen" in line to take a bullet before the main villain takes center stage. The whole Tony thing was as fantastic as it was tragic for fans of the series. I always loved Tony, he was my second favorite. I had tears in my eyes when he died last season (ahem, it was kinda dusty in the room), and I was pumped as hell to hear he was coming back. That said, him as a villain pissed me off a bit, then he's a good guy again, and I was happy. This season didn't go quite the way I expected it to, but I can't complain either way.
The whole idea of Jack being exposed to the bio weapon was a mixed emotional roller coaster for me. The last fucking thing I wanna see is Jack die (though consequently I knew he wouldn't as they'd green lit season 8 mid season, kinda sucked the mystery outta things if you ask me), but in the end, it did add an element of that humanity I was talking about to Jack. Ironic though, that the guy's gotta be dying to be considered on an equal playing field with the bad guys, and he still kicked their asses. Love it. I was very pleased with this season of 24 (it was nice to see Elisha Cuthbert again too) and look forward to next season. Keifer Sutherland is the man, I've always thought he was awesome. This show is a true testament to what he can do, and I'm happy as hell it's still working out for him.
Catch the 24 season 7 trailer here:
After foolishly solving the strange puzzle box, Frank is literally torn to pieces and shown the true meaning of pain. When spilt blood brings him back, he uses his brother’s wife to kill and become whole again in hopes of freeing himself from the cenobites trying to drag him back to hell.
Despite being a HUGE fan of the HELLRAISER series, I never did like the original. To put things bluntly, the plot was dumb, the dialogue a train wreck, and the acting...well, lets just say there weren’t any Oscars passed around. I loved the first few minutes, all the dark imagery bringing this wickedly bizarre nightmare to life. To me, the puzzle box is one of the coolest horror novelties ever created, and Pinhead the true embodiment of terror. He’s the ONLY thing that separates this franchise from all the rest. He’s the key. Which is exactly what makes coming back to this one very difficult as Pinhead and the cenobites weren’t meant to be the focal point of this tale, and as a result are only in the film for five to ten minutes. Naturally, some (but not all) of my frustration stems from wanting to see more of them.
My biggest beef was with the characters. They were poorly written, horrendously portrayed and bottom line, I just didn’t give a shit about them! And why would I? The romance between Frank and Julia was five kinds of retarded. Everything about Frank felt off to me, and why in the hell were dead and live Frank played by separate actors? I also found his "reassembling" to be way too drawn out. His makeup effects however, were definitely the coolest aspect of this film. You rarely see stuff like that anymore, which sucks cause I’d take makeup over CGI any day of the week. I hated Frank, but he DID look real so I guess that counts for something. The cenobites were also something special to behold, their makeup and costumes (Pinhead’s especially) were simply unreal. It’s these old-school effects that classics like this truly shine.
Clive Barker has a vivid imagination, and I can only assume this story looked good on paper, it just didn’t transcend very well into film. The script was terrible. Beginning aside, this movie drags on at the pace trees grow, with minimal excitement until the very end. There was a top notch idea here, no question, but somehow Barker managed to bury it beneath a painful montage of awkward scenes and flimsy directing. This film looked like a bad eighties video half the time, creating an over dramatic atmosphere that slowly ate away at the film’s chilling score. I had a big problem with the house too, mainly because I fail to see why anyone in their right mind would agree to live in a dump like that. The whole place felt more absurd than scary, kinda like the dragon at the end.
HELLRAISER was a bit of a mess. And I’m gonna go ahead and blame Clive Barker here, as with a new director (and help with the screenplay) HELLBOUND was infinitely superior to this film. I get what he was trying to do, just not why it seemingly failed. I understand his lack of skills as a first time director, but there’s absolutely no excuse for such a piss poor script. The guy’s a writer for Christ sake! Sure, I’m mad at the fact Pinhead and his crew were MIA for most of film, but this wouldn’t have been such an issue for me if the film had other positive aspects to draw from (aside from the wondrous HD treatment). Sadly, it didn’t. Barker should have put his creative energies to better use here, and built upon this groundbreaking idea (and not just with sequels) until it reached its full potential. A bit of letdown if you ask me. I can only hope the re-make gives this devil his proper due.
Catch the HELLRAISER trailer here:
There's bound to me some prominent Spidey news here soon (Raimi's said the first script should be done within a month), but as for right now, there's a rumor going around about a new MJ (bout fucking time) and of course rumors regarding the next villain.
I've been banking on seeing the Lizard, mostly due to Dr. Curt Connors having been in the previous two films, his role in the series growing with each new installment. The only problem with the Lizard is that he's a monster most of the time (like the HULK) and as such, weighs in a little low on the "witty villain banter" end of things. Of course, people are whispering about Morbius, a doctor who accidentally makes himself an vampire while trying to cure himself of a fatal blood disease.
My only problem with this is...well, Morbius is lame as hell. I'm a HUGE vampire fan, don't get me wrong, but there's enough vampire stories going on right now. SPIDERMAN doesn't need to be TWILIGHT, and lest we forget BLADE is a character from the SPIDERMAN universe (some people don't know that), and he's already been killing the shit out of vampires, no need to have Spidey pick up where he left off.
My Two Cents: "Conceptually, there are very few Spidey villains that would work on screen "as is". But the problem with changing around their designs is that at the end of the day, fans may not relate to them as much, making it a tough call."
Now THIS "V" trailer is something to talk about! Again, I don't remember much about the original series (I vaguely recall a chick getting shot in the back and shrugging it off like it was nothing), but I forgot to mention the aliens are lizard people (that is, if they follow the other series). The whole religious end is new (I think) but adds a nice level of drama.
"Yep, we can definitely use this guy to replace the can opener."
The war against the machines rages on, though this time in humanity's bleak future as John Connor begins to realize that not only has something changed, but that his enemy may be more cunning than he originally thought.
The TERMINATOR franchise is an old one, and has seen it's share of ups and downs. The first one was light years ahead of it's time storywise, from a technological standpoint and even conceptually. The second one reinvented the action movie as we know it, with an even bigger story, insane special effects and unbelievable battles. And then three set the franchise backward on it's heels with an unprecedented amount of suckage. But that was then, and this is now.
McG did the ground work, thought this through and mapped out a great plot line here featuring a slew of characters, both old and new. Linda Hamilton's voice over and Arnie's likeness added much needed perspective to already confusing situation. Now I say that from a non-fan perspective (my girlfriends). As a fan of series, I found this flick sensational and a good step in the right (and probably only) direction this film could have successfully gone in. There were a great deal of winks and nods to the past films (the most fun for me being the G&R song from T2), and though some critics are saying the TERMINATORS were lacking in their supremacy as far as being unstoppable killers is concerned, I would have to disagree. The TERMINATORS were just as vicious and relentless as ever, only this time there were multiple kinds to look out for.
Christian Bale and Sam Worthington were sensational, and both essentially key components to making this a successful character driven story. The Resistance is the Resistance, but these guys gave them hope and purpose. Moon Bloodgood continued to look sexy (though I missed her supposed topless scene, I can only hope it makes an appearance on an extended/unrated cut DVD), and the rest of the support cast did just fine. This film was made to be a trilogy, and after seeing this one, I'm a little curious as to where they can go from here and how they'll keep the edge. Either way, I have faith in McG, Bale and the franchise in general, so I guess I'm on board and looking forward to the next installment. This is definitely worth checking out in theaters.
Catch the TERMINATOR: SALVATION trailer here:
Bruce Willis's new action flick looks like a cross between THE THIRTEENTH FLOOR and I ROBOT, which were both kick ass flicks, but I'm not so sure how well they'd do combined together as one. I'm a HUGE Willis fan, loved DIE HARD 4, despite the harsh reviews saying Bruce was too old for action. Keep proving them wrong Bruce!
I vaguely remember the eighties TV show "V", and by vaguely remember, I mean I remember the name of it and that I watched a couple episodes. I do know it was about an alien invasion, but not much else. Either way, I'm sure it'll make a cool addition to next season's lineup. This clip is fun (you know the bitch is lying) and you'll recognize a couple members of the cast.
Nope, it's not much, but it's SOMETHING about the coming second season of TRUE BLOOD. The first season took everyone by storm (I don't think people expected a vampire show to be this good), and I'm hoping the new season lives up my expectations. Another month or so, and we'll see.
"There was, and definitely will be, a great deal of HELL to pay."
Three months have passed since Lilith sent Dean to hell, and sent Sam on a path of self destruction. But now Dean's back, dragged back from the pits of hell by an unknown force and for an unknown purpose.
SUPERNATURAL is my favorite show (just beating 24 by a hair). I was hooked from episode one and things just keep getting better and better with each passing season. Season three ended on a high note, and I was unsure as to how or if they could top it. They did. And then some. Season four was non-stop fun and action, bringing in the other side of the coin: Angels. Personally, I'm all for the darker side of religion and that's exactly what I got. Castiel (Misha Collins) was a wondrous addition to the cast, portraying a brooding angel of the Lord who begins to question his holy path. The addition of angels, a holy war, the sixty six seals, and hell's wrath really upped the stakes this season, topped only by an unbelievable finale that will blow fan's minds.
Jensen Ackles and Jared Padalecki continue to soar as Dean and Sam Winchester. I also found it rather interesting to see Sam take center stage this season with some kick ass (demon blood fueled) new powers, making him almost outshine Dean for a change (it was always the other way around until now). Sam's change was only hard to watch because you knew that eventually he and Dean would go at it. Thankfully they didn't take a more permanent "brother vs brother" approach, as nobody wanted to see that happen, least of all me.
The writing this season was top notch, the underlining story ten times deeper thanks to the angels, and the finale tied up so many loose ends (don't worry they left a MAJOR one open) fans will barely be able to contain themselves waiting for season five. Yes, season five is coming and for all those who saw the finale, that's not all. Of all the finale's I've watched this year, none compare to SUPERNATURAL. Not even close. Which doesn't come as much of a surprise, this show ALWAYS goes out with a pretty big bang. I'm pumped as hell for season five, judging by what I've seen this season, I'm confident we're all in for a something special come fall.
Catch the SUPERNATURAL SEASON 4 trailer here:
The first Sherlock trailer looks interesting to say the least. Guy Ritchie is known for great dialogue and humor, so I'm hoping for something better than what we see in the trailer. The action looks decent, and though I can't stand Jude Law, I'm definitely a Robert Downey Jr. fan. Looking forward to seeing more.
Lex and Clark bring down the fortress and now everyone is looking for them. Tess Mercer has taken over Luthorcorp, Brainiac's still alive and a new and much more powerful enemy has surfaced for blood. Doomsday.
A lot of people were worried when Kristin Kreuk and Michael Rosenbaum took a hike after season seven (Lana still made a couple cameo appearances though). But to be completely honest, Lana was never supposed to be with Clark and Lex was past his prime, so the transition went rather smoothly. Not only that, the writing this season was some of the best so far, we got a couple new enemies from the comics (The Toymaker and Doomsday), the Legion make a couple appearances which was fucking sweet and the Justice League became more involved, especially the Green Arrow. Nope, there was very little to complain about this season.
I have to hand it to Tom Welling especially, putting eight years into the man of steel is no small feat. And though there were rumors of this being SMALLVILLE'S final season, and insider on set had this to reveal: "Yes, there's news, and it's good. Some would even call it, ahem, super. According to a well- placed Smallville insider, Welling is nearing a deal to return for a ninth season. I'm told they're just ironing out some minor deal points, such as should the Brinks Truck pull into the actor's driveway, or just unload on the street." Which is exactly what I wanted to hear. Ultimately I wouldn't have blamed Welling for leaving the show, he's put in the time, but a remake of THE FOG didn't exactly create a huge movie career for him. I still think he should be considered for Superman in THE JUSTICE LEAGUE flick, if and when it comes around.
Storylines, and villains aside, the entire cast (old and new) deserve the highest praise for their best season yet. Justin Heartly (Green Arrow) is by far my favorite of the newbies, and I was glad as hell to see him get the screen time he deserves. I was at odds with Sam Witwer (Davis Bloom/Doomsday) especially in the finale. I was hoping for more out of Doomsday, the scratched the surface but didn't exactly pull the trigger there. Hopefully we haven't seen the end of him. With season a go, I'm anxious as hell to see where they take Clark this fall. I've been very happy with SMALLVILLE and have high hopes for this coming season. To be honest, this show beats the hell out of most comic book flicks when it comes to depth and character exploration. Keep up the good work guys.
Catch the SMALLVILLE season 8 trailer here:
"Still relatively unknown, but that seems to work in the superhero world."
No, you probably don't recognize him, but you'll be seeing quite a bit of Chris Hemsworth in the years to come (especially if THOR is a hit). A keen eye may pick up on the fact Hemsworth was (briefly seen) in this months STAR TREK, as Kirk's father George who sacrifices himself to save his crew at the beginning of the film.
He's been thrown a possibly BIG bone with THOR, but filling the Thunder God's shoes won't be easy. He's also landed the lead in a RED DAWN remake which is apparently on the way, and a couple other flicks as well. Busy guy. Well, it's always nice to see some new blood around Hollywood, and not only do I wish Chris luck, I'm anxiously looking forward to seeing him wield Thor's hammer.
My Two Cents: "Thor has a tremendous mythos, rich storylines, larger than life villains, and a simply gorgeous world in Asgard. I'm seriously hoping they don't fuck this up."
"I wish I'd gotten FRIDAY THE 13TH..."
I'm a little confused by this news about a sequel to MY BLOODY VALENTINE, as when asked on the red carpet, everyone was like "nope, this was a stand alone flick, never gonna happen." Uh huh. Well here's a piece of what director Patrick Lussier to my man Arrow over at JoBlo.com:
"The sequel that we wanted to do is a stronger story than the original. Even though you know who the killer is, it has twists and turns that you don’t expect, even knowing who the killer is. There is a whole, kind of, getting into his mythology of how he became what he became. And then using that, you discover that… there are things that are eluded to in the first one that you don’t have all the answers for. Particularly with the killer going to psychiatric institute and how did he get let out of that facility…"
I guess I shouldn't be surprised, there's never been a true-er Hollywood slogan than: "Anything for a buck." So why stop now? MY BLOODY VALENTINE was alright as far as mindless slasher flicks go, but I'll be honest, without Jensen Ackles, it would have been no different than most of the straight to DVD horror crap I see everyday. So hopefully for them, they get Ackles back for the sequel.
My Two Cents: "Both SUPERNATURAL boys got a movie deal for a horror flick during last year's hiatus. I can't help but feel Ackles got the short end of the stick with VALENTINE as Padalecki got FRIDAY THE 13TH."
"So as you can see Cardinal, these cameras see everything. Including the hot tub in your private quarters you paid for out of the Church's pocket."
The Vatican is under attack by the Illuminati, a secret society of ancient scientists seeking revenge for past sins committed against them by the church. Desperate to save four kidnapped Cardinals, the Vatican turns to Robert Langdon for help.
Tom Hanks and Ron Howard gave us quite a ride with THE DAVINCI CODE, and though I was a little worried about them turning a prequel novel into a sequel movie, I have to admit things worked out rather well. No, this summer blockbuster isn't STAR TREK or WOLVERINE, meaning it's not jam packed with insane amounts of action every five seconds. This is a well thought out, rich plot founded on a great deal of information given to us in a rather short period of time. So yes, it's a bit of a "thinking" movie, rather than a mindless popcorn ride. So to the uncultured, this flick may appear slow and boring. But rest assured, it's neither.
Now I'm not a big fan of Tom Hanks, but I'll give credit where credit is due by saying he plays a pretty good Langdon. Ayelet Zurer's character Vittoria isn't bad, but she's kinda left on the sidelines. Ewan McGregor was believable, and to be honest, it's nice to see him in a decent role for a change. Stellan Starsgard is fantastic as always, despite not much in the way of screen time. The cast was bang on, the story well done, the screenplay well written, and the pace equally balanced to keep you on your toes.
Some people have said Dan Brown's novels don't translate well into cinema and I would have to disagree. You need to take into consideration how difficult it can be to translate so much information, especially where religion is concerned. It's not easy, but Ron Howard and crew nailed it twice now, and will again soon with Brown's newest Langdon novel, THE LOST SYMBOL. This was yet another great summer movie worthy of praise and a theatrical viewing, but like I said, you may have to think a bit, so beware. After watching this, I can understand the Vatican's hesitance to let Howard film in Rome. They're not exactly making the Church look too good here. But it certainly was entertaining!
Catch the ANGELS AND DEMONS trailer here:
More cheesy looking horror, I swear there's about five of these born every day. This one looks like it's packing quite a few "cool deaths" though, for a crappy straight to DVD flick. I'd kick back and watch it with some drinks, but I certainly wouldn't pay for it.
Here we have a hard hitting end of the world/LORD OF THE FLIES film staring Viggo Mortensen. Yeah, this has kinda, sorta been done a pile of times now...but it's Aragon baby! And what can I say, I'm a sucker for a good end of the world flick!
Those genius minds over at college humor are onto something with a recent comparison trailer pointing out several similarities in both STAR WARS and STAR TREK's storylines. I hadn't thought of things in this light, but then again, I wasn't really looking for them either. That said, this clip is quite entertaining to watch, and makes a very interesting point. Thanks guys!
After trying like hell to get off the island, the oceanic six now fight to get back as their absence has endangered the friends they left behind. However, due to some unforeseen circumstances, half the group ends up back on the island in "real time" whereas the others are sent thirty years into the past. And that's not even the complicated stuff!"
LOST has become quite the phenomenon over the past few years. The characters are extremely deep, well written and brought to life in such a captivating way that you not only love the good guys, but the bad as well. By now we all have our favorites, Locke and Sawyer are mine, but Richard really grew on me this season. I was a HUGE Mr. Echo fan, until the smoke monster ate him. Heh, that's what you have to LOVE about LOST, coolass stuff like a smoke monster, ghosts in the woods, dead people showing up in cabins and in dreams, and the list goes on and on. Of course, the cast is rock solid as well, cool effects and story aside, these actors do one hell of a stellar job bringing this magical world to life. Abrams provides the smart filling, but these people are ones who make the pie so damn sweet.
I'm not gonna get into the secrets here, suffice to say that for every one mystery solved, another five seem to pop right up to fill in the tension quota. I won't go back and forth with all the plot details either, you either watch LOST or you don't, it's not like you can just pick up and watch this show mid season and hope to understand what in hell's going on. I'm was happy to see the writers kick things into high gear this season (considering last season's writers strike), things got better all around, not that they were bad before, but the writer's strike put a big damper on TV last year and most people needed a solid season this year to recover. The good news is, we got exactly what we needed with LOST and recovered rather nicely. The finale leaves us hanging by a thread (no surprise), but was well done and left me anxious for more. J. J. Abrams, you sir are my hero.
Catch the LOST season 5 trailer here:
"Whoa, this acid's good stuff, it feels like I'm floating on water..."
FBI agent Olivia Dunham is thrown head first into a series of crazy events/crimes known as "The Pattern". With the help of a mad scientist (who consequently created half the things they're chasing down) and his eccentric, yet highly intelligent son, they race against time in an effort to prepare for what could be humanity's next war.
J. J. Abrams has been busy. STAR TREK just hit theaters (and is a major hit), LOST just finished up it's fifth season (and is still going strong), and then there's FRINGE, an intelligent thriller that came seemingly out of nowhere and earned (in my opinion) the title of season's best new series. Abrams has taken the world of science, forensics, technology and the supernatural to the next level and in some ways, has outdone himself with this stylish endeavor. This show is nothing short of phenomenal, keeping you on the edge of your seat and guessing with each passing episode. I'll admit, some of the more outrageous "monsters" to grace the story are a bit hard to swallow at times, but the scientific explanation will have you scratching your head and thinking, "Hmm, that shit could really happen!"
The cast is the big seller here. Joshua Jackson plays Peter Bishop like he truly IS the character, and believe me, he's quite the character alright. Jackson isn't exactly center stage here (that role consequently filled by newcomer Anna Torv who is downright sensational), but he handles it well as the story's bridge between Dunham and Walter Bishop, the show's secondary protagonist. You'll recognize Walter (John Noble) most notably from LORD OF THE RINGS where he played the Denethor, steward of Gondor (and he was also the bad guy in the Paul Walker thriller RUNNING SCARED). The entire cast is top notch, not surprising coming from Abrams and they treat the context of his work very seriously, making this an engrossing drama at the same time.
Just when I think there can't be room on my list for more "must see" TV, something like FRINGE comes along and reels me in, not that I'm complaining mind you. Abrams is consistent for great writing, dramatic content, and smart storylines, making the fact FRINGE was picked up for a second season a "no brainer". And I won't ruin it for you, but the finale was amazing, with a cliffhanger ending that will blow your mind. Without a doubt this is one of the best shows to ever hit TV, and if you haven't seen it, you NEED to watch it. There's something here for everyone, I guarantee it. Sigh, my only complaint? Next season is too damn far away.
Catch the FRINGE trailer here:
Admittedly, this trailer's been around for a few months, but since Blizzard's taking their sweetass time releasing this MONSTER hit, I felt it was time to stir up people's emotions again. The first two Diablo games were nothing short of EPIC in their gameplay and storylines, the second one especially. Blizzard knows how to tell a story and grab gamers by the balls, Diablo 3 is sure to be the next BIG THING to hit the shelves...when Blizzard gets around to it.
This has been slow season for games, or at least games that I'M into anyway. I'm always up for more Batman, and this game looks like it's gonna deliver something new and special in that it takes place in Arkham itself. This is a bolder, darker Batman, reminiscent of THE DARK KNIGHT and I'm thinking it's gonna be one of those sleeper hits.
It's no secret (or surprise) that William Shatner was a little pissed about not being asked to make a cameo appearance in STAR TREK, but hell, with Nimoy already in there, they couldn't just add the entire original cast. J. J. Abrams DID make an attempt to add him with the following scene, but at length decided to scrap the idea:
Elder Spock tells young Spock, 'I couldn't tell you the truth about what's happening, because if I had, I would have robbed you of the benefit of realizing the greatness that you and Kirk will achieve together — and the amazing friendship that you'll have. You had to discover that for yourself, and I couldn't get in the way of that. And in our original version, younger Spock says, 'I'm still not sold.' Elder Spock said, 'Well, don't take my word for it,' and he handed him a little disc — a DVD, really — that projected a hologram, and then he walked away. And the hologram was of Kirk. It would've been Shatner.
I saw STAR TREK and LOVED it, and after reading this scene, I'm confident Abrams made the correct choice in giving it the kibosh. Shatner's an odd fellow, and just for kicks, I've included a clip of him being shown the STAR TREK trailer for the first time. He didn't make as big an ass of himself as I thought he would, but I did find it humorous that he HAD to compare the movie to his book.
William Shatner Watches New Star Trek Movie Trailer
I've been waiting to catch a peek at this one, a cross between THE RUNNING MAN and DEATH RACE, finds the future of gaming to be a little different than what we're used to. It doesn't LOOK as good as it SOUNDED, but shit, Butler vs Dexter? You got my attention!
This second trailer is put together a bit better than the first. This is STILL based upon a sub par Manga animated flick, but sprucing it up was a smart idea, especially for international circulation. I'm hoping this film does well (considering) though I'm not expecting it to have a HUGE theatrical release, most of us will no doubt have to wait for the DVD.
"All right guys, in the words of the mighty Yoda...a whole lot of FUCKED, we are!"
Set back in 1998, six months before the release of EPISODE 1, a group of serious STAR WARS fans hatch a scheme to break into Lucas Ranch and steal the unreleased film so their friend (dying of cancer) can see it before he dies.
I first saw a trailer for FANBOYS (no joke) like two years ago, maybe even longer than that. This film was in limbo for a LONG time, partially due to the cancer angle, and because of it, went through a ton of re-writes and editing, leaving the final product a bit choppy (and clocked at a short 89 minutes). A keen eye will also notice a pile of dialogue changes from the trailer too. These things DO hurt the film, but it's far from unwatchable. I've been waiting to see this for awhile (obviously), and I laughed quite a bit, but it did feel like something was missing.
The cast of friends were cool, their acting and chemistry was fun and believable. I'm not what you would call a "die hard" STAR WARS fan, but I know enough about the franchise to get the insane amount of jokes found here, and they were mostly pretty funny. There's a ton of cameos to enjoy as well, Seth Rogen, William Shatner, Billy Dee Williams, Carrie Fisher, Jason Mewes, Kevin Smith and "Darth Maul" himself, Ray Park. The film was big fun because of them, but I'd almost say you'd have to be a STAR WARS fan to "get" most of it. And I must admit Kristen Bell looked five kinds of HOT in a Princess Leia outfit, she definitely energized my lightsaber.
I was a little disappointed this didn't hit theaters in my neck of the woods, but I also have to say I'm even more disappointed by all the re-writes, drama and red tape surrounding an innocent film about a few guys who wanna do something cool for their dying buddy. In some ways, this flick was a bit of drag when you stopped to think about why their doing it, but ultimately, this flick plays out like an epic road trip with the boys, and as any guy would agree, you can't put a price on those. This flick wasn't as great as I'd hoped it would be, but it was still pretty funny and a hell of a good time. I'll be keeping an eye out for an unrated version, but be sure to pick this up once it hits DVD, and prepare to be temped by the dark side.
Catch the FANBOYS trailer here:
A picture of Jake Gyllenhaal looking like Aladdin appeared online a month or two ago, and for those of you saw it and though, "What the fuck is that!?", allow me to clear things up for you. Jake plays a rogue Prince turned hero in the video game adaption of PRINCE OF PERSIA: SANDS OF TIME. The game itself was HUGE, and what I have hear is Jerry Bruckheimer on ABC with our first look at some footage. I've been waiting to get a good look at this one, and don't get me wrong the clip is great, but I'll still need to see a full trailer before I decide.
"So Spock, this is probably as good a time as any to tell you I saw your girlfriend ALMOST naked..."
A revenge driven Romulan called Nero plans to destroy all federation planets one by one, starting with Vulcan and then Earth. Spock, Bones, Kirk and the rest of the Enterprise crew launch their maiden voyage into space to face not only a madman, but destiny itself.
STAR TREK. Those two words spin about a thousand tales of intrigue and adventure. Rebooting this franchise was not only risky as hell, but ultimately necessary if the series was to continue. J. J. Abrams rolled the dice here, but as fans of LOST and FRINGE will surely tell you, Abrams is ALWAYS playing with loaded dice. STAR TREK was a absolute vision to behold, captivating from start to finish, on ALL levels. The TREK films have always, and continue to deliver the BEST sci-fi/space special effects and imagery you will find at the movies, and the result is nothing short of jaw dropping.
Abrams knows how to tell a story too, and let me tell you, this one does not disappoint. From the clips I'd watched, I kinda gathered time travel was involved on some level or another, I won't give anything away, but rest assured the way they handle the intricate details of this storyline, weaving it into the already complex TREK universe, is amazingly done with attention to detail and careful consideration to the source material. I was really baffled as to how "old Spock" (Leonard Nimoy) would fit into this, but I'll admit it was very well done and a respectful wink to the old school fans and crew.
The cast was also a gamble, but came up strong with commending performances all around. And despite the sheer number of characters involved, their individuality remained intact and surprisingly everyone got a pretty solid role out of it, which they all handled like pros. I'll also hand it to Eric Bana (who I find to be terribly underrated) for bringing a crazed and very lethal Nero to life. I would have loved to see more of him, but as villains go, he certainly held his own with the likes of the Borg Queen. It was also a nice treat to see Ben Cross as Spock's father. I'd also like to mention Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto and Karl Urban handled the main trio's complex, yet unbreakable budding friendship in a way that will blow all your expectations away.
STAR TREK was either gonna work, or it was gonna suck, there really was NO room for middle ground here. Thankfully, this movie had a fantastic storyline, a coolass villain, outstanding cast and breathtaking visuals all molded together to make this summer's first flawless masterpiece (not to take anything away from WOLVERINE, but this film WAS better). With a winning team assembled, I'm sure we'll be seeing more of the USS Enterprise very soon. I for one, can't wait, and strongly urge fans and non-fans alike to check this flick out. If my girlfriend LOVED it, then so will you.
Catch the STAR TREK trailer here:
"Take away the helicopter and city background, and you've almost got the opening sequence's money shot from Diesel's recent FAST AND FURIOUS."
Despite having said "yes" to more RIDDICK and F&F5 coolness, Vin's next project will be WHEELMAN, a movie adaption of car game produced by his company (and for which he provided the main character's likeness). I haven't played this game myself, but the reviews were pretty solid, which ain't too shabby for another "Grand Theft Auto" title (as God knows there's about eight million of em out there).
The game's premise is pretty weak, involving an undercover cop/expert driver crashing the shit out of anything with four wheels, but I'm sure they'll add a bit more depth to the film. Or so I hope. Also kinda cool, John Singleton volunteered his directing skills (he directed TOO FAST TOO FURIOUS), so at least we'll have some cool ass car stunts shot in a FAST AND FURIOUS light. Sounds all right to me, I mean shit, I enjoyed all the F&F films, DRIVEN and even last years DEATH RACE, so what's one more car flick gonna hurt?
My Two Cents: "I was just writing last night how the Rock dumped SPY HUNTER, and now Vin's doing a video game adaption of a car game. Guess I may get my SPY HUNTER after all. I'll settle for Vin over the Rock."
One might call this a four minute extended trailer, but with more action, more details and enough super cool visuals to make your eyes water, I'm certainly not complaining! Terminator may not be for everyone, and I'd even go as far as to say newcomers to the series (having not seen the ones prior to this one) would no doubt be a bit lost, but at any rate, this film looks AWESOME and will fit in nicely with the rest of the summer bad boys.
"Seriously, who would have thought Neil Patrick Harris could be so damn HILARIOUS!"
For better or worse, the pot smoking duo Harold and Kumar will be back in theaters on November 5, 2010 in the series's third film entitled A VERY HAROLD AND KUMAR CHRISTMAS. OK, so it's not exactly the most clever of titles, but seeing as how ESCAPE FROM GUANTANAMO BAY wasn't too bad, I can't say I'm unhappy with this news. I'd heard a rumour about this film a few months ago, but it seems now we have a confirmation.
I do, however, hope they "go back to their roots" with this one, leaning more toward the first film, rather than the second. All jokes aside, the detective guy from the last one was horrible, and that whole angle was just wrong for this type of film. Half baked antics: Yes. Crazy coincidences: Yes. And as much NPH action as humanly possible: HELLS YES! Keeping it simple = keeping it funny.
My Two Cents: "I'm still rather "thrown" by Kal Penn supposedly "leaving acting" to work in the Obama Administration. Sounds like a pretty HUGE pay cut to me, not to mention dumb as hell."
"MAN, I'm totally diggin Ratner's red carpet ensemble here, nothing screams I'M A DOUCHEBAG quite like a fruity scarf and sneakers combination."
A bit of odd news today on the CONAN front, apparently Brett Ratner (who's been all over this project from jump street) is no longer sitting in the director's chair. Producer Joe Gatta had this to say: "We’re currently in the process of hiring a director. For the past six months we were discussing the movie with Brett Ratner, and for more timing issues than anything else we had to part ways with Brett. We all wanted him to do it, believe me; just the timing didn’t work. But you never know what can happen."
Hey, as far as I'm concerned, as long as the script stays true to the one I read a couple weeks ago, I don't care if Britney Spears is directing, cause what I read fucking rocked! Besides, now the Rat's got plenty of time to make BEVERLY HILLS COP 3 the best fucking sequel we've seen in years...or at least he'd better.
My Two Cents: "All this CONAN talk and we STILL don't know who's swinging the sword. Time to cook up a conspiracy theory."
I find Jack Black to be a terribly mediocre comedic actor, who's only as good as the people he's paired up with (TROPIC THUNDER is a perfect example of what I'm talking about). Michael Cera? This could possibly be funny, though not "OMG I have to see this in theaters", funny, of that, I'm quite sure. That said, this would probably be great for a couple drunken laughs on DVD.
"Arguably NOT his finest moment, but I have to admit, it was a hell of a lot better than THE GAME PLAN."
OK, so the Rock hasn't exactly been laying the Smackdown on the world of acting lately. SCORPION KING was an iffy beginning for him, but THE RUNDOWN was massively entertaining, not to mention funny as hell (DOOM wasn't so bad either for a mindless action flick). The Rock CAN act, but let's be honest here, the people who love him most are the fans of his wrestling career, and as such, wanna see the guy kicking the shit out of people, not covered in bubbles or babysitting kids.
Well, it seems we action fans may get what we want, as the Rock is now slated to star in action/drama (lets hope it's heavier on the action) called FASTER, about a ex-con trying to avenge his dead brother after the two of them were set up during a heist. Yeah, I know, it's not TERMINATOR 3 or anything, but it's certainly a push in the right direction. I know the Rock's got this in him, and with any luck he'll come around.
My Two Cents: "The Rock was attached to star in the video game adaption of SPY HUNTER, which supposedly began filming, but suddenly died on the operating table after two years of hype. I'm still not a hundred percent sure what happened there."
OK, you'll have to excuse me here, I'm still in awe of what I'm about to write. THEY MADE A FUCKING NINJA MOVIE!!! I'm sorry, but I LOVED ninja movies when I was kid, AMERICAN NINJA, ENTER THE NINJA, NINE DEATHS OF THE NINJA, and the list goes on. I can't believe there's a ninja movie coming out...well, now. Seeing ninja's shooting guns was pretty dumb, but I'm willing to look past this as right now, I feel like a kid in a candy store. NINJAS! My brother in law Corey will be so happy.
This isn't the trailer per say, more specifically it's the Cannes Film Festival Promo (kinda like that coolass 300 one that came out before the trailer). Suffice to say, I'm on board, for no better reason than I fucking love me some Thomas Jane! It's also VERY cool to see some Ving Rhames action as well. This flick feels a bit like SHOOT'EM UP, but with a better story.
Well, Deadpool fans rejoice, Ryan Reynolds has gotten the spinoff he's been so desperately after these past few years. With the success of WOLVERINE (and no doubt a pile of fans screaming for more), FOX has also given this project a green light as well.
Without giving too much away, WOLVERINE will leave Deadpool fans wanting more to say the least, but as long as you stay past the credits, you shouldn't be as angry about Deadpool's presence in the film as you were, well, leading up to then. I'm just happy Reynolds got the deal, as I said before, he nailed the part perfectly. It's still too early for any concrete details, but I'm sure they'll be along soon. Sadly, no word yet on a possible Gambit spinoff, though I'm sure we'll be hearing about one soon enough.
My Two Cents: "It's nice to see Ryan Reynolds getting out of the romantic comedy pigeon hole he'd managed to fall into lately. Van Wilder aside, I'm all for seeing him back on the action stage."
"Nothing warms my heart like a good dose of brotherly love."
There were a ton of rumors going around about a X-MEN ORIGINS: WOLVERINE sequel in play, long before the initial film hit theaters. I knew the likelihood of this would be greatly based upon how much cash the first one pulled in. The good news is, FOX is happy, and a WOLVERINE sequel is on the way.
I'm glad to hear it, I loved the WOLVERINE movie, despite some of the negative buzz going around. I assure you, the flick was awesome. Now apparently word on the street is, the sequel will delve into Logan's time in Japan (no doubt introducing Lady Deathstrike to the equation). No word yet on whether or not it will be completely in Japan (I'm thinking not) but rest assured there will be plenty of action and no doubt more Sabertooth as well.
My Two Cents: "I don't care where Logan goes, the movie would still be fantastic if it was shot at Disneyland. I'm just happy this film was everything I expected it to be."
Now THIS is something interesting. I'm a big fan of Ben Foster, and an even bigger fan of space movies, especially when they follow in the footsteps of great sci-fi flicks like EVENT HORIZON and SUNSHINE. This movie's got a seriously cool premise and this early trailer is screaming badass! More please!
Here's the final trailer for TERMINATOR: SALVATION, and if you want my opinion, I think this is definitely gonna be a winner amongst fans of the series. We got Bale as John Conner, lots of futuristic warfare, new robot designs, Linda Hamilton voice over, some Arnie footage and a possible cameo by Moon Bloodgood's fantastic rack! Seriously, what the hell more could you possibly ask for?
"Hey, is it me, or is that bible thumper chick the nasty slut from SHOWGIRLS?"
Seven years after her brother Donnie's mysterious death, Samantha Darko's world has become a dark nightmare, leading her down a similar path with visions pertaining to the end of the world.
I guess the proper place to start here is with DONNIE DARKO. If you haven't seen this movie, GO BUY IT RIGHT NOW! I can't stress enough, that DONNIE DARKO is not only one of the greatest cinematic experiences of my life (no bullshit), but also probably one of the most powerful, provocative, original and downright mindboggling movies to come about over the past two or three decades. Very few movies reach inside us and touch our soul, now before you tell me how dumb that sounds, hear me out. There are films like DONNIE DARKO that change us every so slightly upon viewing them, films like FIGHT CLUB, PAY IT FORWARD, STAND BY ME, AMERICAN HISTORY X, and the list goes on. Now when I say they "change us" I don't mean we're a new people per say, simply that our perceptions have been fundamentally altered in some way. This is rare, but it DOES happen and if you think about it, I'm sure you'll know exactly what I mean by this.
S. DARKO tries very hard to be this sort of film, by following in the original's footsteps, a little too closely for my liking though, making it feel like a bit of copycat, rather than a stand alone sequel. I also find this movie tries too damn hard to be great, whereas the first one didn't have to try, it simply WAS great. I was unnerved by the idea of a sequel in the first place, considering how much I treasure the first film. DONNIE DARKO was one of those movies that simply didn't need (and should have gotten) a sequel. And because of the blatantly obvious similarities here, fans of the first one will no doubt be angry when all's said and done.
I went into this thinking I'd hate it, that I'd feel insulted, which wouldn't be too far from the truth. I WAS insulted by the fact this movie actually got made, the show itself was admittedly better than I thought it would be, but like I said, it leaned heavily upon its predecessor making the final impact of this film a weak one for me. You can't put a price on the feeling you have after watching the original, especially for the first time. I won't say S. DARKO isn't worth seeing, if you're a fan of the DONNIE DARKO then by all means rent it and decide for yourself. I'm thinking fans will have a fifty-fifty chance of liking this film, it really is a close call here. For non-fans, go pick up the directors/extended version of the first one and get ready for a coolass trip. Don't be scared to buy it either, as DONNIE DARKO is a movie you'll want to watch more than once, I guarantee it.
Catch the S. DARKO trailer here:
The more I watch of this the better it gets for me, or maybe I just enjoy "end of the world" stuff a little too much. Either way, I've seen much worse hit the theaters and I'm more than a little curious to see how this ends. I do however, think they should be moving from city to city to find more survivors.
Conventionally speaking, I'm no fan of Tom Hanks, I'm not exactly sure why, but something about him bothers me. However, I did enjoy the Davinci Code and this movie looks to be just as good, if not better (that is, if it follows in the novel's footsteps). Besides, I'm a huge fan of "dark" religious stories.
I know it's only a week away, but just in case there's anyone out there who's missed this awesome trailer, or isn't fully convinced this movie will be something great, here it is one last time to try and change your minds. J.J. Abrams is making quite a name for himself as he not only reinvents the movies, but TV as well.
The long awaited origin story of Marvel's bad boy Wolverine, showing us how he and Sabertooth are connected, his military background, how he got the adamantium and became weapon X, and how he then managed to lose his memory and forget it all.
Well, I'll start by saying I caved and watched the workprint that was floating around about a month ago (I know, I have no will power), and because I enjoyed the unfinished version, I simply couldn't wait to see the polished copy. I was not disappointed. However, I must say I was bit worried going in, seeing as how half the peeps who saw WOLVERINE this weekend had nothing but negative shit to say about it. I mean, I expect the critics to bash it, but not the fans! What the fuck did you guys think you were gonna get here!? I'll admit, Logan's life story should have been spread over a series of movies, not just one, but such is the way of things, and I kinda thought everyone knew this.
The story here was about as awesome as they could make it, and characterwise, I was also a bit worried they were pulling a MORTAL KOMBAT: ANNIALATION on us and jamming way too many people in there, but thankfully, it didn't feel like that at all. Sure, Gambit's role in this film was minor, as were many of the other mutants here, but hell, lest we forget this is WOLVERINE's origin story, not the other mutants. Which brings me to Deadpool. Ryan Reynolds fucking nailed this role, NAILED IT! And yes, at first, I was distraught by the way he's "changed" into weapon XI near the end, but after the secret ending (oh yes, you really MUST stay past the credits people, which you should all know by now), I'm not as pissed as I was after watching the workprint.
Hugh Jackman brings WOLVERINE back to theaters with quite a bang, and Liev Schreiber also nailed the part of Sabertooth down to a T. People need to stop bitching and moaning and really take a step back to properly evaluate how fantastic this movie truly is, the casting, the acting, the story and even the ending, all pool together to make for a hell of a good time. With any luck, Gambit and Deadpool will get the spinoffs they deserve (preferably with the same actors), and with WOLVERINE 2 greenlit, we'll no doubt see more mutant mayhem with Logan, Sabertooth, and more, soon enough. I'll take this time to mention my distaste toward the X-men 4 idea hovering around Hollywood where we'd find Xavier's first class of students (I covered this horrendous story last month), and I'll keep praying this idea never comes to fruition. In the meantime, GO SEE THIS MOVIE, especially if you're a fan. This film deserves all the praise I can give it and more, you need to see it on the big screen, and remember, stay until after the credits go up. Trust me.
Catch the X-MEN ORIGINS: WOLVERINE trailer here: