After the events of the first film; the small Viking enclave of Berk is full of life, commerce and dragons. With dragons being faster than boats, the townsfolk of Berk can explore new lands at a blistering speed. Our heroes Hiccup and Toothless, while out exploring, run across dragon trappers who tell rumours of Drago Bludvist. Drago is a maniacal pirate that is trying to raise a dragon army. Hiccup, the reluctant heir apparent to become the next chief, tries desperately to escape his destiny; with Drago and possibly war on the horizon, Hiccup’s decisions will save or condemn his village.
X-Men: Days of Future Past is ambitious, maybe even too ambitious. The direct sequel to X-Men: First Class, Days of Future Past also ties into the original X-Men trilogy from the early 2000’s. For some of you comes the harsh realization that X Men: The Last Stand (2006) actually happened. Deal with it. On paper the dual story line, time traveling double sequel for two series six years apart, will confound the unfamiliar. For the X fanboy and fangirl, Days of Future Past is the movie fans have been longing to see.
The common trend (as of late) of seeing established franchises receive prequels and/or reboots have been met with mixed reactions, and with good reason. While some of these prequels and/or reboots films have provided a fresh new take on recognized franchises, others have completely fallen short and have come across as a simple “cash grab.” As a result, the trend has created two factions of movie-goers: a) Purists-who don’t want their beloved, revered franchises tampered with & b) Folks who are open-minded to the idea of seeing an established franchise re-visited or re-imagined. While on most occasions, I ‘d say that I fall in the former category, one movie (released in 2011) provided an example of why the later stance needs to occasionally be embraced. This surprisingly awesome 2011 film that I speak of was RISE OF THE PLANET OF APES. Continue reading ““Apes. Together. Strong.” New DAWN OF THE APES Trailer Hits!!”
A little over a month ago, DAYS OF FUTURE PAST director, Bryan Singer, revealed (via Twitter) that he would feature Magneto’s mutant son, Pietro Maximoff (aka Quicksilver), in the X-MEN: FIRST CLASS sequel. Though Singer revealed in Continue reading “DAYS OF FUTURE PAST Director Reveals Maximoff Residence?!”
Few would argue that Pixar currently has the animation genre on lockdown; however, that fact is not discouraging 20th Century Fox & DreamWorks from releasing their upcoming animated feature, TURBO. Featuring actor Ryan Reynolds as Continue reading “TURBO Debuts Brand New Clip!”
Like many other directors these days (particularly those directing superhero flicks it would seem), director James Mangold has taken to Twitter to tease fans of his upcoming film, THE WOLVERINE. Sequel to the 2009’s X-MEN ORGINS: Continue reading “THE WOLVERINE Director Reveals Behind The Scenes Stills”
Since joining Twitter back in June, director Bryan Singer has been on a tear, providing little teases (i.e. production photos, casting news, etc.) on his current project, X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST. Perhaps you have heard it? Continue reading “Beast From Upcoming X-Men Sequel, DAYS OF FUTURE PAST, Revealed!”
Meet Eep (Emma Stone). She is the type of adventurous teen that has caused grey hairs in parents since the Stone Age. Her overly protective father Grug (Nicholas Cage) has the purest of intentions, but is essentially keeping the family hostage in their cave. The landscape is a rugged, craggy place lacking food, water and any other sign of humans. There is a difference between living and surviving, and the Croods are surviving, barely. Continue reading “Movie Review – The Croods”
Of late, I noticed that our video collection is skewing more to the DreamWorks side of animated movies instead of Disney/Pixar. That’s not a slight against any other animation houses – it’s just that my 2-year-old seems to like Puss in Boots and How to Train Your Dragon more than others. To be fair, we’ve run Wreck-It Ralph and Cars by her, but she seems to like the other two better. So it’s no surprise that I took her to a screening of DreamWorks’ The Croods on an early Saturday morning, and what did she have to say about it? “I liked it.” And you know what? I liked it an awful lot, too.
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Mark Wahlberg has a knack for making a role where “Joe Everyman” has to make the tough choices for himself or his family. We’ve seen this before. In Contraband (2012), Shooter (2007) and in Four Brothers (2005) among others. It’s in these roles where Wahlberg is at his best. That injection of humanity into another story of “David vs. Goliath” might not be the most original idea; it’s fun to watch anyway. In this variant, Wahlberg is Billy Taggart. A New York Cop who is disgraced into retirement after being acquitted of police brutality seven years ago. His private investigation business is in the red, and trying to collect back pay from negligent clients isn’t paying the bills. When Mayor Nicholas Hostetler (Russell Crowe) presents Billy with an offer that he could, but shouldn’t refuse, the plot thickens. $50,000 for evidence comfirming the affair that Mayor Hostetler’s current but estranged wife Cathleen (Catherine Zeta-Jones) is allegedly having. But in the Broken City, nothing is what it seems. Russell Crowe’s Mayor Hostetler comse of as affable in the public eye yet, some moral if not actual corruption lies just under the surface. Gregarious but omniscient with a cutthroat ruthlessness, Mayor Hostetler is the mob boss Sean Penn should’ve been in Gangster Squad.
In Taken 2, Bryan Mills (Liam Neeson) re-employs his ‘particular set of skills’ to save himself and his family from abduction in Istanbul. He should have used common sense instead. That way, he might have been left with enough stamina to overcome a terribly contrived script; here, it feels like Neeson is being held hostage as an actor, forced to spend a large portion of screen time on the telephone rattling off instructions to his daughter Kim (Maggie Grace) as she jumps across rooftops and steals time that might have been allotted for some hand-to-hand combat, or maybe better plot development. Nothing against Ms. Grace. But as the sequel playbook dictates, they must ‘up the stakes’. Just don’t change the formula, I guess. Continue reading “MOVIE REVIEW: Taken 2”
20th Century Fox has released the first official picture of Hugh Jackman as mutant Logan/Wolverine, in the pseudo-sequel/reboot to 2009’s X-MEN ORIGINS: WOLVERINE, aptly titled THE WOLVERINE. According to ComingSoon, the film, set hit Continue reading “First Official Pic of Hugh Jackman In THE WOLVERINE!”
How do you destroy a great man? Well, you let Hollywood get their hands on the history of a great man and warp and twist it so much that you change him from a man of the people, into a man who was driven by vengeance and a man who was a master at killing vampires. No, not the pretty glowing kind that the Twilight movies have come to make us believe they are, but the hideous and disgusting ones that are out to kill and dominate our country. Pathetic right?
The action packed Sci-Fi flick, Prometheus, directed by Ridley Scott, takes over the movie goers mind this summer. It fuels the Sci-Fi lovers thoughts with the “What if’s?” and the “What will happen next?” throughout this heart racing film. Sci-Fi movies have appeared to be a slowly decaying genre of film and become more and more repetitive over the years. Will Prometheus be able to stand up the hairs on our neck and bring back the classic Sci-Fi experience we once enjoyed? Continue reading “MOVIE REVIEW – Prometheus”
If you’ve been out of the world for the last 33 years, a film called Alien was released in 1979 and is hailed as one of cinema’s greatest science fiction/horror movies ever made. Claustrophobic and terrifying, Alien scorched the box office, captured the attention of audiences worldwide, and made an action hero out of Sigourney Weaver’s character Ellen Ripley. It has permeated popular culture, with all manner of art paying homage to or spoofing Alien or its characters; it has since spawned three direct sequels and a spinoff involving Predator, another 20th Century Fox property. When I went to the San Diego Comic-Con International last year, I was lucky to catch the Prometheus panel hosted by co-writer Damon Lindelof and co-star Charlize Theron. As a surprise for the audience, director Ridley Scott and star Noomi Rapace joined them via satellite uplink to talk about what they were doing during the final days of shooting in Iceland. During this discussion, Scott said one thing: “This film will definitely have Alien DNA.” A curious choice of words, thinking back on it while looking ahead to Prometheus. And with Prometheus’ release today, we finally get to see just how much DNA is in the finished product, which will probably be considered a hallmark of the post-2000-era of modern science fiction.
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Outsourcing is something that we’ve come to expect in many aspects of our lives. Pick up the phone at night with a telemarketer on the line and ask yourself where that person is calling from. Is it from the United States? Probably not. So the idea of taking something like retirement and outsourcing it to a cheaper country like India is something that’s completely plausible and probably already being done. And why not do it.
Chalk another movie up in the “brain dead, yet entertaining” category for early 2012. This Means War, the latest in director McG’s expanding oeuvre of mindless action movies (he brought us the two Charlie’s Angels movies, along with the unnecessary sequel, Terminator: Salvation), may be one of those movies you’re going to catch either at a matinee or on cable sometime, only to be drawn in by the lead actors’ charm and – let’s face it- good looks. It may not be the greatest movie in the world, and it definitely isn’t blowing the doors down in the moviemaking department, but it is shamefully diverting fun.
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The protagonist is a tricky role to identify in the complicated, often cruel world of post-adolescence. Such is the case in Chronicle, a film that consolidates several of the oddball sub-genres that have emerged in the past few decades. The basis is the classic teen angst story; if ever that topic were to be addressed with such realistic and sobering style, I’d immediately think of the film Kids in 1995. Next is the economical ‘found-footage’ style of filmmaking that was introduced in 1999 with the Blair Witch Project. On the opposite end of the spectrum is the super hero movie, something that never seems to go out of style. 2010’s Kick-Ass, a surprisingly dark, brutal commentary, exemplifies the plight of an awkward, introverted teenager turned vigilante. Now we have Chronicle, a film that encompasses all of those ideas and pours them into a science fiction film.
Last Saturday, I had the honor of sitting down with the director, some of the cast, and a real-life Tuskegee Airman from the film Red Tails to speak with them about their movie. I’ll be putting up the interviews in two parts. First you’ll see a conversation I had with Cuba Gooding Jr. and first-time feature film director Anthony Hemingway. A short time later you’ll see the second conversation I had with Terrence Howard, David Oyelowo, and actual Tuskegee Airman Doctor Roscoe Brown.
A World War II Flying Ace action movie. You know been there, done that before. You’ve seen it a young group of guys all from different places together in Europe fighting the good fight. Fighting Nazis. So why in the world is Red Tails so much of a big deal. Lucas on shows, articles in the New York Times all about how long and hard he’s been trying to make this movie. Well let’s just talk about the 80 pound Gorilla, it’s because it’s a film all about Black Soldiers. A big budget Hollywood spectacle all about and starring Black people. Now ain’t that something.
Stories that deal with real life American heroes should be told. The men known as the Tuskegee Airmen are heroes. These are brave men who fought many battles. These battles were fought overseas against the Germans, but also here as they fought the racist treatment they faced at home. They fought with honor, courage, and for what they knew to be right. They deserve a film that treats their story with the respect that it deserves, but unfortunately this is not that film.
As a child I remember watching the Chipmunks on television. I think everyone can identify with at least one of the characters a little. Their songs are catchy and cute. And although one would normally be put off by high pitched nasal voices, they’re actually quite endearing coming from the Chipmunks. So I have to admit that I have a slight predisposition to enjoy these movies, regardless of how silly they are. So the question is, did I enjoy this one?
When I first saw the trailers for The Sitter, I swear on my grandmother’s soul (rest in peace, Paz DiÃ±o) that the first words out of my mouth were, â€œHoly cow, they’ve remade Adventures in Babysitting!â€ I also remember being a little excited to see it, because if any movie were to be updated for today’s audiences, 1987’s Adventures in Babysitting could easily be made fresh and funny again. Little did I know that I’d be a more spot-on than I thought â€“ The Sitter is an almost plot-point-for-plot-point remake. And as remakes go, it’s not a bad one. However, they’re not passing it off as a remake, nor do the credits even mention that it might have been based on Adventures in Babysitting. Why not?
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I can remember watching Titanic on the big screen for the first time and being in awe of the visuals on screen and the wonderful story unfolding before my eyes. And now, next year you will have the opportunity to see it all again, but this time in 3D.
In Time couldn’t have come along at a better moment. With today’s headlines screaming about class warfare, the have-nots vs. the haves, the rich getting richer and the poor getting poorer, writer/director Andrew Niccol’s film about a dystopian future where the poor are getting priced out of their very lives seems a little more than prophetic. In fact, it’s kind of downright scary how prescient this film is, considering it was filmed before the Occupy Wall Street protests and the current socioeconomic turmoil in which we’ve found ourselves.
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The X-Men franchise has received a resurgence of late thanks largely to the prequel, X-Men First Class, released earlier this year. Now that the production for The Wolverine (sequel to the 2009’s X-Men Origins: Wolverine) prepares to commence early next year, the question in many minds is, can it continue the momentum provided by Matthew Vaughn’s prequel/quasi-reboot or struggle to appease hardcore fans as well as mainstream audiences? Continue reading “Mangold Reveals Tidbits Regarding Wolverine Sequel”
Think of the most exciting topic you can imagine for a comedy. Something that’s fun, exciting, active, and that people are familiar with so they can relate to it. You might think of drinking, dating, sports, or any number of hugely popular topics. But, probably the last one on your mind would be bird watching. Yes, bird watching, or â€œbirdingâ€ as it’s called. It may not be the most exciting topic to base a comedy on, but then again, sometimes topics that people are aware of but know little of can be the perfect formula for comedy. That being said, this films formula is a little off. It’s got its moments that will make you smile and laugh, but too much of this film is just for the birds.
Are you a Gleek? Well, this reporter is a fan of the show and considers himself a big Gleek. Fox’s Glee is a powerhouse on television. Every week they put out some fantastic scenes that take today’s pop songs and make them their own. The characters are in high school, so we totally get a good sense of all of the different groups that make up a typical high school. And considering the number of songs, and CD’s that Fox releases each year, it’s only natural that they would have this all-star cast go out on tour to perform and bring in Fox some more cash. This movie is about that concert series.
Almost everyone knows of or has seen the original Planet of the Apes or the Mark Whalberg remake a few years ago. And most of us also know that humans and apes share around 98% of the same genetic code. So it makes them our closest counterparts. We also know that apes are extremely intelligent animals and that we have been able to train them on many things. So what would happen if we made them as smart, if not smarter than a human? They’re physically stronger, so it’s only our mental strength that puts us as the dominant species. Would things go terribly and horribly wrong?
Prior to attending the 20th Century Fox panel I was already aware that they were going to show footage from the prequel, Rise of the Planet of the Apes; however, the rest of the panel was kept a mystery. Therefore I was curious to find out what else would be shown by the studio. Based on what 20th Century Fox has on its film slate, the likely candidates could have been Abraham Lincoln: Vampire, Alvin & The Chipmunks: Chipwrecked, or Ice Age: Continental Drift, or even The Wolverine (aka Wolverine 2). Continue reading “SDCC: 20th Century Fox”