TRAILER: 30 Minutes Or Less

Now this is my kind of comedy!  I loved ZOMBIELAND and think that both Jesse Eisenburg and Aziz Ansari look absolutely hilarious as best friends and throwing in some Danny McBride for good measure is always a good thing.  Long live the rated R comedy and long live the Red Band Trailers.

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REVIEW: The Incredibles

"Still my favourite PIXAR flick of all time."

Super heroes are at the top of their game doing what they do best until Mr. Incredible gets sued for trying to save someone’s life. This creates a ripple effect that ultimately puts all heroes into hiding until an old enemy who’s been plotting his revenge comes back to end them all one by one.

THE INCREDIBLES is the only PIXAR film I went to see in theatres and is by far my favourite of the PIXAR film library. I have no doubts that this is because I love comic books, comic book movies as well as animation but of course it’s more than that. This film showcases the world of heroes and villains in a smart, humorous and unbelievably entertaining fashion. There are enough adult moments and dialogue to keep my generation happy whilst still sticking true to the overall family theme. That said, one of the best things about PIXAR is that they push the envelope farther than most to ensure that the balance is always perfect and for me, that’s exactly what we got here: Perfection.

The voice talent is spot on which comes as no surprise but hard-core movie goers are instantly amused by the addition of Samuel L. Jackson as Frozone and Jason Lee as Buddy/Syndrome. The animation is everything you’d hope for from PIXAR and comes out as nothing short of stellar on Blu-ray. But all that aside, it’s the small subtle nuances and tidbits here that make this film special. The sad part about this storyline is that something like this really would happen if we had super heroes and by that, I mean what happens to Mr. Incredible when he saves the jumper. I mean really, you’re going to sue the guy that just saved your worthless life? I just know that would really happen and the thought is sickening. Now aside from that I loved the idea of Mr. Incredible pushing the day to day grind only to pummel the bejesus out of his boss. The tack on the teacher’s seat always cracks me up and I was impressed by what Edna does with each costume (dealing with the real issues that would occur) and how she explains them all so that they’re grounded in reality.

THE INCREDIBLES is a non-stop action adventure that’ll have you laughing your ass off at every turn. Big props go to Jason Lee’s villain as he’s certainly something to behold in all his glory. Had I been Mr. Incredible at the beginning, I think I’d have at least given young buddy a chance. Hell, anyone who can build rocket boots deserves to be heard out at the very least. The bit where Edna goes on about how dangerous capes are is classic and just one more magical piece of this fantastic puzzle. I honestly don’t know anyone who disliked this film and with all the special features thrown into this package it’s a no brainer as to whether or not you should add this gem to your collection.

I’ve always wished they’d make a sequel to this film as the comic book angle is one that you can keep building upon rather easily. Instead, I see they’re making a sequel to CARS. Sometimes I just don’t get what these people are thinking. Either way, whether you already own this on DVD or not, this is “must own” territory if there’s a Blu-ray player in your house.

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TRAILER: The Change-Up

Ryan Reynolds is a busy guy lately, I had no idea he was even making this comedy but I'm happy to see it because it's just the sort of R rated laughfest I look for at the theatres. Add Jason Bateman to mix and this already feels like money in the bank. I'm not a hundred percent sold on baby jokes (ie: poop in the face) but hopefully they go beyond that for some true comedy.

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Mortal Kombat Legacy Episode 2

Hmmm, as much as I'm loving this series I don't think these episodes are anywhere near long enough...nine minutes for this baby and a minute and a half was spent re-capping the last episode?! Yeah, I'm pretty sure I remember all eleven minutes guys, fuck off and give us the good stuff. Either way, still stoked as hell that we're getting this and hey, one web series can easily lead to another if the fan base is there.

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REVIEW: Scream 4

"A killer sequel."

Sydney Prescott returns to her hometown of Woodsboro on the ten year anniversary of the original Woodsboro murders, a massacre that became a trendy sensation due to reporter Gale Weather’s books which subsequently brought about a movie series called STAB. A homecoming to promote her new book starts the cycle anew, as Ghostface re-emerges to kill yet again.

I’ll never forget going to see the original SCREAM with my crew back in ninety-six. I’ve always been a fan of Horror but I really dig the whole comedy mixed with brutality vibe that these films give off. Add to that how blown away I was with the ending of the first film; two killers baby, what a concept! There aren’t many times (especially nowadays) that I’m thrown for a loop at the movies and the feeling I had when I left that theatre wouldn’t come again until THE SIXTH SENSE and hadn’t come since THE USUAL SUSPECTS (and as much as I loved KISS THE GIRLS, the two killer thing had already been done and didn’t phase me at that point). This series certainly had potential from day one and though this instalment doesn’t carry the weight of the original (an impossible feat no matter how you slice it) it still measured up to be a pretty solid sequel.

The SCREAM series is known for its opening scenes so right then and there you need to hook the audience and this one certainly measured up. The false trailers for STAB six and seven were a hoot and made for an impressive start. The film carried itself well with the just the right tone as well as the right amount of murder, mayhem and laughs to cut the tension. The writing here was witty enough by today’s slasher standards with numerous references to the old school stuff. The don’t play around as much with the rules here as they did in the past, I mean yes, they’re mentioned and often joked about but they’re used more for humour here than they are for a survival guide. I do like how they stayed true to the R rating and all the fixings that come with it, call me crazy but PG-13 Horror just doesn’t feel right to me so that’s another area where the SCREAM franchise scores points.

When it comes right down to storyline I’ll admit that we have seen this picture before. Yes, it’s cool to see Sidney, Dewie and Gale re-team to kick some ass ten years later but you still pretty much know where this is going from act one. The rest of the crew are solid and being a HEROES fan I dug seeing Haden Panetierre as well as Anthony Anderson and a couple brief cameos from Anna Paquin and Kristen Bell. Neve Campbell must have been stoked as hell for this film, I mean honestly, what’s she done of note outside of this franchise other than THE CRAFT and WILD THINGS (God I love that movie)? She still looks good don’t get me wrong and I’m not saying she can’t act because she can. It’s just that she hasn’t really been on the radar lately. Hopefully this will change that for her.

SCREAM 4 was by far the best of the sequels for me. I loved the first one, the second one had the coolest opening scene by far and the third was alright but I’m a big fan of Lance Henrikson so his involvement certainly helped. I didn’t mind how things turned out in the end; I guess it was predictable and it wasn’t. I understand where they were going but I definitely think they could have tweaked it a bit more and/or played with it just a little longer for the ultimate BANG. That said, as sequels go, Wes Craven did alright for a fourth instalment. I dug FAST AND THE FURIOUS 4 as well SAW 4 but there aren’t many other fourth sequels to choose from lately (I’m not banking on PIRATES 4 being anything to write home to mom about) and in all honesty that’s a good thing. I don’t know how stoked I’d be for a part five but this one was a definitely a worthy entry.

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TRAILER: X-Men First Class

This looks to be the final trailer for FIRST CLASS and in my opinion the best one yet. All in all I'm excited for this one, I hated the idea at first but I've come around. Let's just hope the trailers aren't showing us all the good parts and this thing lives up to the growing hype which won't be easy as these are big shoes to fill.

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TRAILER: The Three Musketeers

There have been countless retellings of this story over the years but oddly enough I've enjoyed each and every one. This one looks to be no different in that regard as it looks cool to me (I don't think it needed to be in 3D but lets not open that can of worms). At least this time around they seem to be experimenting with various elements and hopefully that's a good thing.

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Mortal Kombat: Legacy Episode 1

The first of the ten part web series is here and kicks things off with some Jax, Kano and Sonya action. I have high hopes for this series which takes the MK universe and sets it up in reality ala BATMAN BEGINS only better because it's finally rated R baby!

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REVIEW: Your Highness

"Rude, crude and absolutely hilarious!"

In a magical time long ago was a Kingdom where two brothers, both princes, lived very different lives.  The first born and in line to become King, Fabious, was the hero of the land, always taking up his sword in the next quest against evil whilst his brother, Thadeus, sat around all day drinking, smoking weed and getting into trouble.  But when Fabious’ bride to be is kidnapped by a wizard both brothers must quest together for a magical blade that can kill him before he unleashes the power of an ancient prophecy.

Ever since SUPERBAD blew the lid off edgier mainstream comedy there have been countless R rated comedies to suit the needs of those who enjoy a more crude approach to the game.  Now SUPERBAD didn’t start this trend (not even close), personally I’d say it started with Eddie Murphy (at least for me it did) and then got carried down by Chris Rock, Chris Tucker and so many others.  Personally I enjoy this type of humour and truly covet this style of comedy, it’s how I roll and though there aren’t as many good ones as I’d like to see, I’m glad there are still big named actors who are easy going enough and willing to take part in this kind of adventure.  I’m not sure if this was the image director David Gordon Green was trying to paint but for me this was exactly what PINEAPPLE EXPRESS would have been like had it taken place in a fantasy setting and in the words of George Jefferson, “there ain’t nothin wrong with that!”

Some people might want to call this film a fantasy spoof and on some levels I wouldn’t blame them as there are a vast number of films this one pays homage to.  There are the obvious ones like EXCALABER, CLASH OF THE TITANS, WILLOW, LABYRINTH, CONAN, THE LORD OF THE RINGS and trust me there are many more.  I instead enjoyed these references for what they were; simple guidelines, winks and nods to help with the laughter.  Did it work?  You bet it did and I’ll tell you why.  The script for this film was there but the dialogue was mostly improve written (mostly) by Danny McBride.  Now as far as the dialogue goes, it’s very obvious that McBride was having fun here and again, there ain’t nothin wrong with that.  If you’re a fan of McBride in any capacity you’ll know his brand of shtick like the back of your hand and feel very welcome here and since this film relies so heavily upon him I can’t see many people in the audience not familiar with him or his work.

You can also tell that a lot of money went into the special effects department because they’re dazzling to say the least.  I was happy with the way Lezzar’s magic worked (loved his staff) as well as how the many mythical creatures turned out (it would be hard to forget the Minotaur, no pun intended).  Even the sets were gorgeous, both castles as well as the labyrinth were stunning and very believable.  I’m very glad they didn’t push this for 3D as it would have hurt the film’s integrity and ruined the overall experience for me.  I’ll also go on record as saying that if I had to go, I’d prefer it to be at the hands of a group of topless woodland vixens like the ones these guys run into as that would be better than getting eaten by a dragon or burned alive by a wizard any day.

YOUR HIGHNESS was every bit as funny as I expected it to be but I will honestly say that if you’re not a fan of vulgar comedies this flick probably isn’t for you.  As an example, Fabious always takes a trophy from his kills so when Thadeus kills the Minotaur and can’t seem to cut off one of his horns he instead cuts off the beast’s penis which wears as a necklace.  This about sets the tone of the film rather nicely and if that sort of thing makes you feel uneasy or offended you may want to consider watching something else.  However, if you think that would look about as funny as it sounds (and trust me, it’s a damn riot to see) then you’re in for quite a treat.  McBride and Franco worked very well together here as did Natalie Portman whom I never used to like but have come around to as of late.  I personally think they all deserve praise for being able to keep straight faces here because some of the ridiculousness herein would be hard as hell not to laugh at.  I also loved the ending and hope to God we get a sequel.

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TRAILER: Mortal Kombat Legacy

A part of me is glad they're making this a web series rather than another film as there's no way in hell we'd have gotten an R rated gritty piece of action like what we've seen so far from this. I'm hoping for big things from this series (which starts April 12 on this site http://www.youtube.com/machinima) and I'm also hoping that the fans show their support in droves as that will re-instill the hype for MK and hopefully lead to more down the road.

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Game of Thrones first fifteen minutes

At long last the game is finally upon us and here's HBO's way of teasing the fans with the first fifteen minutes of Episode One which airs Sunday April 17th. Enjoy.

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REVIEW: Insidious

"Not at all what I thought it would be and that's a good thing."

When the Lambert family (funny, I don’t remember them saying Lambert at any time during the film) moves into a new home things seem to be going along nicely until well, they’re not.  Supernatural instances start to occur, small at first but after young Dalton falls into a mysterious coma, everything quite literally falls apart.  The family then calls in a specialist who claims young Dalton’s spirit is lost somewhere in the Further where a demon plans to steal his mortal body.

in·sid·i·ous/inˈsidēəs/Adjective:  Proceeding in a gradual, subtle way, but with harmful effects.  True to form, this film plays out very closely to the title’s meaning; it’s a slow burn and yes, it may begin the assault on your nerves in a subtle fashion but rest assured that changes really fast once you hit the half hour mark.  I have to admit, I wasn’t “wowed” by this film’s trailer.  The “INSIDIOUS IS” nonsense felt a bit too gimmicky for my tastes but director James Wan is the man so I held onto hope.  Say what you will about the current state of the SAW franchise but Wan’s original was nothing short of a masterpiece from where I’m standing and lest we forget his vastly underrated DEATH SENTENCE which also kicked some major ass.  The only thing I wish they’d not done was show the demon in the trailer, he’s five kinds of badass don’t get me wrong but sometimes less is more and this is one of those times.  From a Horror standpoint (and I love my Horror) this film gave us a raw reimagining of a milked dry concept that went out with a loud bang baby!

Now before I heap on the praise, let’s deal with the one tiny elephant in the room.  There is a slight pacing issue for the first twenty minutes to half hour.  I won’t beat around the bush here people, it’s slow.  I think even a couple small tidbits like “why did they move in the first place” for starters may have helped that along.  Something seemed to have happened but they never do explain it, instead the film tries to make it look like there’s marriage issues as Josh suddenly begins to work late almost every night.  This train of thought is completely abandoned when all the creepy stuff starts pounding at full force which leads to the good news being that the rest of film more than makes up for the weak beginning.  That said, I’m also not a fan of baby monitor whispering, doors opening and closing and the creaking of old staircases.  These things added to my sense of worry during the first half hour as the last thing we needed was another PARANORMAL ACTIVITY.  Thankfully that didn’t happen.

I first came upon the idea behind spirit walking in John Saul’s Horror awesome Horror novel BLACK LIGHTING.  Naturally being that it was a novel there was far more time to explain and covet the concept which no doubt helps my understanding of it here in this film.  Where they go with it here is cool, I didn’t expect them to take on such a physical avenue but it worked and I enjoyed it.  The red faced demon was also a nice treat.  They didn’t push him too hard so when you did see him it drained the blood from your face, literally.  The tone and score (though a little overboard at times) pushed all the right buttons when it came down to terror.  I personally wasn’t scared but it was unnerving to say the least and I can’t wait to watch it with my girlfriend just so I can watch her squirm.

INSIDIOUS plays a dangerous game here as the trailer strongly implies “more of the same” but again, I found it quite different and surprisingly entertaining.  I loved the Ghostfacer dudes (a sly wink in SUPERNATURAL’s direction) and thank God there’s always an eccentric old lady in the neighbourhood who knows how to throw down with the evils of the beyond (Lin Shaye kicked the tires and lit the fires).  I enjoy Patrick Wilson’s work and he continued to put out big numbers here as well, but somebody needs to get Rose Byrne a cheeseburger or something cause she’s looking a little frail.  Now as for the ending, well, my lips are sealed on that topic but I dug it and think this film was a big win for Horror in a day and age when we’re losing the battle.  Let’s just hope SCREAM 4 doesn’t make all us Horror fans cry inside later this month.   

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TRAILER: Green Lantern

This clip is four minutes of footage shown at Wonder Con and I have to say it totally changes my mind about the film. The previous trailers have left me feeling a bit uneasy. I watched FIRST FLIGHT,the animated origin story for the Green Lantern and became optimistic about a feature film. The storyline is great and though this one doesn't seem to deal with Sinestro, I still thought it could end up being okay. This new footage raises my spirits and renewed my anticipation for the film.

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TRAILER: Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows 2

This is more of a sneak peak/behind the scenes look but it's still damn cool to see a bit of new footage for the Potter end all be all. This was a series that didn't entice me all too much in the beginning but by the third film it started growing on me and now I'm a full fledged Potter fan. This will easily be one of the most epic films of our generation and I'm pretty pumped.

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TRAILER: The Hangover 2

I have to admit that I was hoping for a slightly different approach for the sequel, not simply same shit, different city. I have no doubts that this will be funny (I'm happy to see Ken Jeong return) and here's hoping that lighting strikes twice for the boys. I guess we'll know soon enough.

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TRAILER: Captain America

Here's the thing with Cap, I love the guy, I do and there's no better choice for the role than Chris Evans but I'm not a fan of his origin story which is set in the time of World War 2 and I'm not all that crazy about the Nazis or the Red Skull either. That said I'm still looking forward to it but really only as a gateway to THE AVENGERS.

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