TRAILER: Here Comes The Boom

About five or six years ago (around the same time KING OF QUEENS ended), there was rumor going around that Kevin James was going to do some UFC style fighting...yes, that Kevin James. It never happened of course, but you can imagine my surprise when this trailer came around. My only thought is simple, please let this be funny and not another disaster like PAUL BLART or ZOOKEEPER. Please God, please.

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TRAILER: Alex Cross

I'll start by saying I'm a fan of James Patterson's Alex Cross novels, you really can't get much better when it comes to psychological cop thrillers, but the movies certainly didn't do them justice. KISS THE GIRLS was okay, but ALONG CAME A SPIDER was brutal (the book is phenomenal however). Morgan Freeman was too old to play Cross and when I heard they were breathing new life into this character theatrically I was pumped, especially when I heard it was Edris Elba up for the role. Talk about a full tilt casting spin in the opposite direction with Tyler Perry, a dude known for dressing up as a fat, old lady. Matthew Fox looks badass though, he just may save (steal) the show.

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TRAILER: Dredd

I'll admit that I found the original JUDGE DREDD entertaining, it's classic over the top action, but this updated version has me very excited. One, I'm a fan of Karl Urban and he's looking good in the role, two, Lena Headey as the villain, nuff said, and three, LIONSGATE has kept this rated R, the way it should be. One the other hand, PUNISHER WARZONE had a cool trailer too...hopefully this isn't a repeat of that mess.

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TRAILER: Taken 2

One of the most surprising (out of nowhere) films I've ever had to go review was TAKEN. The trailer was pure adrenaline as I'm sure we all remember, with a brilliant dialogue that left us begging for more. This one doesn't deliver quite that high (how could it really), but that's cool because there's no better news in the sequel department than TAKEN 2. Can't wait.

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TRAILER: Breaking Dawn Part 2

There's as much hate as there is love for the TWILIGHT series and rightfully so. On the one hand, there are some interesting elements here, some cool visuals and even cooler characters, but on the bad side, the dialogue is atrocious, the fine print boring and the end game, which looks good here, is far too Harry Potter like (we resolve our differences and everyone lives happily ever after) for me. Anyway, at least it's coming to an end...until they reboot it down the road of course.

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TRAILER: The Dark Knight Rises

So here's the final DARK KNIGHT RISES trailer and I have to say I'm excited. Hearing Bane call Batman "Mr. Wayne" gave me goosebumps. However, I'm not sure if anyone else noticed this, but doesn't the front of Bane's mask look far too much like Reptile's mask for MORTAL KOMBAT? Not sure I like that, but either way, this will give AVENGERS a run for it's money I'm sure.

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TRAILER: Resident Evil Retribution

I love the RESIDENT EVIL video game series (can't wait for RE6 to hit the shelves), and I can honestly say these films, now cult following guilty pleasures, have relatively nothing to do with the games aside from the occasional bone they throw our way. That said, I do enjoy them, they have their faults sure, but I enjoy them and this one looks fantastic thus far. I like the concept, love the visuals and now that Wesker's involved fully, it feels more like the game. Looking forward to this one.

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TRAILER: Sinister

I like this, I'll totally go see it as there's simply not many great paranormal/horror films coming out of Hollywood these days. The irony here is twofold: One, this is the same thing I said after coming out of INSIDIOUS, which I loved, but two and most importantly, this film is made by the same people who made INSIDIOUS and it clearly shows as it has a similar premise when it comes to the monster in question. Will this help or hinder the film, not sure, but I have to wonder.

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REVIEW: Prometheus


Two scientific explores decipher a series of cave hieroglyphics which leads to an expedition across space to an uncharted planet where they hope to discover the origins of mankind.

Prometheus...finally a movie that makes you actually think for a moment, rather than in one ear and out the other. As always I'll try not spoil anything but there are a few points that need mentioning so keep that in mind as I tip toe around the plot. To get fully "in the zone" I watched the director's cut of ALIEN last night before I went to bed (sweet dreams are made of these), and let the old brain pan soak in those midnight oils for the pre-show. Now about that, I don't care what sweet nothings that pesky internet's been whispering in your ears about how this flick isn't an ALIEN prequel...because this flick is TOTALLY an ALIEN prequel, there's no room for debate there whatsoever. That's a good thing though, and not just because of the source material, but because of the mesmerising display of machinery, mechanics and technology. I love space epics, always have, so naturally I'm all over anything alien related. ALIEN, PREDATOR, STAR TREK, hell even INDEPENDENCE DAY (as laughable as that plot was), I was still stoked and on the edge of my seat. On that level, that of dizzying sights to behold, this movie delivers in spades and I'm sure no one will argue that point. As for the rest of the package, I can see where's room for debate.

On the surface PROMETHEUS is bold, stunningly beautiful, ambitious to the bone, but a little too witty for it's own good. The tension level here is bound to be give and take because we know what's up from the second this spark ignites. I mean seriously folks, this movie's like watching a group of people creep through a mine field.  Now what really makes it interesting is that a couple of them even know it's a mine field, but still don't seem to be bothered by the prospect of possibly painting the field red. I found this amusing. However, character behavior is the one thing I had a problem with here. There's loads of poor decisions made here (almost every other one it seems), and the nonchalant attitude circulation amongst the ranks (even in the presence of danger) is nerve wracking beyond belief. Remember in THE ROCK when Cage and Connery are dismantling the rockets and Cage takes out the long string of green balls, hands it to Connery and says, "the second you don't respect this it kills you." That's how I felt about this whole mission...but apparently I was the only one. Here's a couple scenarios: They're mapping out the creepy cave via these cool floating orbs and on the ship an actual 3D map is forming for them to see (very badass btw), the captain says to the two dudes still in the cave, "We're picking up a life form about one kilometer west of you guys...oh, it disappeared. Must be a glitch." Okay. The planet itself doesn't have breathable air, but inside the cave there's what appears to be breathable air...so they all remove their helmets. Yeah...sounds logical to me. And that's just the beginning.

Some people are attacking the story because they feel it's too similar to ALIEN, but I disagree. The question at the heart of PROMETHEUS is "where did we come from?", something we're striving to find out here in a huge way. This is about sitting down for a game of chess with our maker and discussing the secrets of the universe over cocktails. ALIEN was about responding to a distress call. Now these creators, or engineers as they're referred to, are not the guys you want to sit down and discuss anything with. This film clearly doesn't mind challenging the Christian faith, nor does it give us the answers we hope it will on that front either. It gives us more than I thought it would, but at the end of the day you'll still feel like you did after the season finale of LOST. Some of this makes sense, while some of it most definitely doesn't. I'd like to assume it's because there's plans for sequels down the road, after all, Ridley Scott was trying to pawn this off as a "stand alone" film, so maybe he's got an AVATAR trilogy in mind. Doubtful, but I want to think that because there's a pile of unanswered questions here. All in all though, the story was pretty tight and extremely engrossing.

The cast is what really makes this thing stand on two legs though, even Noomi Rapace, who I was starting to think was a one hit wonder from her DRAGON TATTOO fame. Michael Fassbender steals the show as David the android, I mean DAMN, what a performance, and that's coming from a guy who's totally team Bishop when it comes to androids! Where Fassbender's Michael rises up over Bishop and Ash is in his clever combination of the two characters. I never trusted Ash, not for a second, but Bishop I knew wouldn't leave anyone behind and would die trying to save your asses if need be. Michael is cunning, sharp and hauntingly unreadable. You know he's smarter than you, and you know that he knows he's smarter than you, but you still try to outwit him, understand him and trust him, even when your gut tells you not to. Now that's building character layers 101 folks (Dear Hollywood, write that down). I also liked Guy Peirce (especially after that viral speech) but his lack of screen time is downright criminal. Charlize Theron, on the other hand, is such a wasted opportunity in my opinion. The rest serve their purposes (mostly) with guys like Edris Elba making the best of what he's got to work with. Nothing wrong with the casting, just a little sore at how some of them were played.

PROMETHEUS has the fire of a summer blockbuster and the heart of a modern Sci-Fi classic. It was a devilish good time and works a number or two on the brain as it spins its way through two hours. Now as I mentioned, the pacing's off and on due to the fact that we know this whole thing's got "ticking time bomb" written all over it, but for me that was half the fun. The other half was piecing together the puzzle that is ALIEN and tracing back the origins of mankind, face-huggers, engineers and everything in between. Now I'd love to tell you I'm a smarter man because of it..but I'd be lying. There are some answers, but most of them end up leading to more questions. There's also a few plot holes if you're gonna play Sherlock Holmes and expect to connect the dots perfectly, because trust me, two plus two doesn't always equal four here. Still, I love a good mystery and when it looks and feels this good there's not much more you can ask for. And something else that makes not just this film great, but any film, is the fact that a second viewing will no doubt be just as awesome (if not more so) than the first. That right there folks is well worth the price of admission in my book.

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GAME TRAILER: Beyond: Two Souls

This is the new game from the minds who brought us HEAVY RAIN (an ambitious new generation thriller movie/video game). Visually this game is gorgeous, a true feast for the eyes, and with voice talent like Ellen Page, clearly these guys mean business when it comes to finesse and fine tuning. I like this gaming avenue but I'm glad it's still a diversified one, I wouldn't want to see all games to be like this. Some games are just mindless fun; be it shooting, hacking and slashing, or what have you, while games like this require lots of thinking and reacting. I like both, but we're talking about two very different moods and mind sets here. Still, this game looks great, lets hope it holds up after I get my hands on it.

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TRAILER: Django Unchained

I don't know, I just don't know. Quentin Tarantino used to be (as this trailer implies) "off the chain" but he hasn't been hungry in a long while and it shows. I also can't help but hear Will Smith's Wild, Wild, West echoing in my head, cringing as I half expect a mechanical spider to jump out onto the screen guns blazing. I loathed INGLORIOUS BASTARDS, I thought it was a belligerent waste of time. I love Tarantino, I do, for the undeniable gems he's brought us. I just think he's past his prime. I could be wrong, but I can't see this being anything worthwhile.

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GAME TRAILER: Metal Gear Rising Revengeance

Poor Raiden, nobody liked him in MGS2 (and what was up with that naked stuff at the end?), but once he came back as a bad ass cyber ninja players couldn't get enough of him. Well, good news folks, because he's back and unlike Snake who showed up in the last game as a senior citizen, Raiden's locked, cocked and ready to slice baddies into pieces. This looks like a cool direction for the METAL GEAR franchise (better than seeing it simply fade away), but I really wish they'd done the trailer voice over with Raiden's voice rather than the bland guy they ended up with. Either way, looks impressive.

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GAME TRAILER: Castlevania Lords Of Shadow 2

CASTLEVANIA's come a long say since the Nintendo days. It was a side scrolling adventure that most people though died after SYMPHONY OF THE NIGHT (one of my favorite games of all time). There were some big miss titles after that, but LORDS OF SHADOW did the series proud...despite being one of the most overlooked titles of the past five years. This trailer looks sick, and I for one can't wait to see where this series goes next.

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GAME TRAILER: Gears Of War Judgment

I'm not huge on FPS games (first person shooters for the lamens out there), but I did enjoy co-op playing GEARS OF WAR 3. The action, the story and the game play were all top notch. I didn't beat the main campaign so this trailer isn't resonating with me but I'm sure it'll be good times nonetheless.

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REVIEW: Snow White And The Huntsman

 "One of the better surprises I've had at the theaters in awhile."

This retelling of Snow White's fairy tale has a huntsman being hired by the Queen to track Snow White through a dead forest after escaping the castle.  He begins to doubt this new job when the truth surrounding his prisoner is revealed.

Revamping old fairy tales has become one of Hollywood's latest fads these past few years, and as most movie goers will tell you, it's been a rather slippery slope.  BEASTLY was watchable, but not memorable (unless you consider having your dreams haunted by a Satan worshiping Olsen twin), and RED RIDING HOOD was scary alright, but for all the wrong reasons.  I could care less for Snow White, it's classic singalong Disney after all which just isn't my brand of scotch.  However, darken up the tone, throw in some axes, sorcery, monsters, Bella and Thor and I'll admit to being curious.  The trailers gave this flick a "dare to be great" feeling and I have to tell you, for a fantasy film, this baby has some pretty solid legs to stand on.

Before I delve into the goods I have to protect my integrity by mentioning the following; I loathe lazy writing, recycled storytelling or an obvious cash grab, and from a creative or imaginative standpoint this film is in violation of all three.  Did we need a new Snow White tale (or two for that matter, MIRROR, MIRROR is yet another summer revamp of this story)?  Not really.  Did we want one?  Don't think so.  My beef here is the same one I have with ABRAHAM LINCOLN VAMPIRE HUNTER and garbage like PRIDE AND PREJUDICE AND ZOMBIES.  To quote George R.R. Martin (author of GAME OF THRONES), "Using someone else's world is the lazy way out."  Truer words brother, truer words.  So in the case of originality I can't say I approve, but as far as entertainment value goes this film has plenty.

Clearly you'll have to love fantasy if you're gonna fall under Snow White's spell, and this film definitely takes from the best, feeling a bit like LORD OF THE RINGS, A PRINCESS BRIDE, and it quite shamelessly steals a few pages out of WILLOW's handbook to be sure, but it works and that's what counts (and the poor huntsman isn't the first dude to be swindled by a Queen in hopes of having his wife brought back from the dead, CONAN was also duped and sent on a similar recon mission).  The scenery is gorgeous from the props to the landscapes, down to the CGI.  Like the evil Queen, the visuals here will quite literally steal your breath away.  Everything about this strange world is vivid and fresh.  The Queen is more a victim here than a tyrant, vindictive and black hearted to be sure, but a victim nonetheless.  The idea of giving her a brother, much less the huntsman (or the Duke's son for that matter) adds some meat to this thin tale and rounds out the plot in a way that feels like more than just your average fairy tale.  I liked that.  Rather than just throwing a "pretty carbon copy" at us, they dressed it up like a true Princess and gave us the royal treatment.

SNOW WHITE AND THE HUNTSMAN isn't literary genius by any stretch, but it's a magical story that encompasses everything a modern day fairytale should in a day and age where it's easy to be lazy and money hungry.  The acting is also quite good, starting with Kristen Stewart who I loathe as Bella Swan, but after watching this I can see that's simply a testament to how great an actress she truly is because she's a knockout as Snow White.  Chris Hemsworth is a cool huntsman and Charlize Theron is having the time of her life playing the poisonous Queen.  There's also some cool performances from the Dwarfs (Bob Hoskins in particular), and for my money, the end battle with Snow White in armor personally bringing the fight to the Queen was epic.  The look alone Theron and Stewart share (the Queen from her balcony and Snow White from the courtyard) as they breach the castle was in itself spellbinding.  I enjoyed this flick but I can't say I'm excited by the slew of fairytale based movies in the pipeline; Hansel and Gretal, two Sleeping Beauty flicks, another Beauty and the Beast, a live action Cinderella and (I kid you not) a dark themed Little Mermaid flick.  Sigh.  If ever there was a red flag warning that Hollywood's in trouble, this would be it.  That said, SNOW WHITE AND THE HUNTSMAN was good times, and better yet, it wasn't in 3D.

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TRAILER: House At The End Of The Street

I'd go see this movie on the simple basis that I'm a fan of Jennifer Lawrence (despite the atrocity that was THE HUNGER GAMES). I don't like fishing in PG-13 Horror waters but every now and again you can catch more than a cold (THE UNINVITED being a wonderful example). That said, don't expect a whole lot and you can't be let down...or so I hope.

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