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Friday, October 3, 2008

TRAILER - Dragon Ball

Okay, that's not the title of this movie. But in order to keep it up as long as possible, I've retitled the video. For those who don't get it, your answer is below.

As a fan of the show I'm not sure what to think of it. Some parts are kind of cool, others scream "cheese." I hate the line, "I'm not ready for this." Very out of character. I doubt the movie will be a "good film" by any close definition, but my fanboy curiosity will plow me in theaters just to make sure. (And probably have a lot of fun while I'm there.) One thing is for sure: The source material has definitively been Americanized...

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Wednesday, October 1, 2008

TRAILER - Appaloosa

Ed Harris stars in his second film in the director's chair. Being a western, a genre I find very little enjoyment in, I wouldn't normally post anything about it. But because Ed Harris, Viggo Mortensen and Jermey Irons have their names stapled to the poster of this film, I felt the need to advertise it.

The storyline is you're standard western tale: A small town is at the mercy of a villain. Two vigilant gun fighters arrive to reinstate order by gunfire. Western showdowns ensue. Have we been here before? Yes. Was I disappointed by last year's Western? Yes. Am I gullible enough to give this a chance? You bet your testicles.

Impressive enough trailer. This Friday, October 3rd.

TRAILER - Blindness

I can't believe I've overlooked this. I've been seeing trailers for it over the last several weeks everywhere and it's certainly caught my attention. "Blindness,"staring Julianne Moore and Mark Ruffalo, and directed by Fernando Meirelles. ("City of God," "The Constant Gardener.")

An epidemic of mass blindness attacks a city and the only person who is able to see is a character titled simply, "The Doctor's Wife." (Julianne Moore) The city's population is quarantined and the rest... Well, lets not spoil everything. Based on a Nobel Prize Winning novel by Jose Saramago, "Blindness" arrives in theaters this Friday, October 3rd. Take a look:

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

"Transformers 2" to Have Imax Footage

As bad as the first "Transformers" was, it did have some effects shots that were so big that a regular multiplex screen had a difficult time keeping it epic. For some of its action sequences alone, putting "Transformers" in Imax was a good choice. But it looks like Bay wants to catch up with Christopher Nolan on his idea.

Like "The Dark Knight," "Transformers 2" will have a few of its action sequences filmed in Imax, thus engulfing the entire screen with its picture. Good move. The movie now has my attention. Watching a movie on Imax is worth its price, even if only a few shots are truly giving you the "Imax Experience." I do hope more filmmakers follow this idea rather than the 3D crap.

"The Dark Knight" Crashes to DVD/Blueray Dec. 9th!

If there's any movie worth owning from this year, it is, without a doubt, "The Dark Knight." Speculation on the DVD release has been in the air for awhile now,but at least there's a date and some box art to ease some people.

"The Dark Knight" will be released on DVD and Blueray this December 9th. As of right now pictures are available of a 2-Disc Edition and Limited Edition with a model of the Batpod. Both are Blueray, but one could assume that the Batpod edition will be available on DVD as well. Nothing is confirmed yet. Click to enlarge:

2-Disc Edition:

Limited "Batpod" Edition:

Specs are obviously on the back of each package, but there's yet to be an official word on all that's included on these discs. Rumor has it there may not be an audio commentary on it (Noooo!), but it's not yet been confirmed. There may also be a one disc DVD edition available as well. More to come, but December 9th the best of us know we will be grabbing that Batpod!

Alice in Burton's "Wonderland"

The first flight of pictures of Tim Burton's upcoming "Alice in Wonderland" has arrived. I'm not as familiar with the book as... well, admittedly, as well as I should be, but I rather the costume.

Mia Wasikowska stars as Alice in Tim Burton's interpretation of her adventures. The film is due in theaters 2010. Click the images to enlarge them:

Bill Murray on "Ghostbuster 3"

Though I'm aware I stand in the minority, I'm one of those who hasn't enjoyed Bill Murray in a long time. He's so dead set on making these Oscar bait, "look at me I'm in an indie movie" flicks that are more of an insult to, ahem, real indie flicks than respectable work. That's right, I'll take "Groundhog Day" before I watch the over-hyped "Lost in Translation" or overwrought "Broken Flowers." The man plays the same character in every one of these movies and the fact he was nominated for doing one of them just shows how asinine the old farts at the Academy Awards really are. [/rant]

That said, it doesn't surprise me that he's the most apprehensive toward another Ghostbusters movie. On the other hand, I'm rather surprised to hear he's not opposed to it either:

“I think the wounds from Ghostbusters 2 have healed," said Murray. “And supposedly they have hired two guys from The Office to write a script. So that could work. I think that’s a good idea to get a fresh look at… I always liked the characters. The characters are fun. And we did have a lot of fun making the movie. The first one was really a lot of fun to make. And I think the first 45 minutes of Ghostbusters is about as fun as a movie gets. [But] We didn’t have a lot of special effects in it. There were just a couple. It was just the funny characters in that world, and I like that movie because of it. The first movie had like 60 plate shots. The second movie had like hundreds. Those guys got their hands on the script early, and it was GONE. It went away. It was hard to wrangle because it was tied all around the effects without the story or the characters coming first. So, they are hard movies to write, and Dan really caught it with that first one.”

He makes a good point about the special effects, but with fresh writers and a long absence in, you know, comedies that are actually funny, I think he should jump head first in to this. Time to have fun again Bill. It's what you were good at and it's what you should have stuck too!

"Lethal Weapon 5" Waiting on Gibson?

You'd think after "The Passion of the Christ" Mel Gibson wouldn't be making movies like these anymore. In fact I recall him saying something along those lines when it first came out. Ah well. Despite all the flack he's received from the media I still like the guy. (I won't get in to things he has or has not said, but I will say I still like him-- If even just for his talent in both acting and directing.)

"Lethal Weapon 5" is on the plate and director Shane Black and Joel Silver are waiting on Gibson to okay the script Black has come up with.

The story sounds like a passing of the torch film with new NYPD officers coming in to play. All guesses point to Gibson's and Danny Glover's characters training the new kids.

Don't know what to think of this currently. I liked the earlier Lethal Weapon movies. The second was especially fantastic. After the fourth one, however, you gotta wonder why Glover and Gibson would do this? It's not like Gibson is in need of any money after "Apocalypto" and "The Passion." More when it comes.