Monday, January 26, 2009

Oscar Predictions

Sure he's incredibly gorgeous and takes time out of his day to slay vampires and kill evil mutants, but can he kill at the Oscars?
We shall see. With the Academy Awards less than a month away...
Ladies and Gentlemen meet your 2009 Academy Award host,
Mr. Hugh Jackman






BEST PICTURE CONTENDERS
(starting top left going clockwise)

Slumdog millionaire
10 nominations
Domestic Box Office to date: $45 million


The Reader
5 nominations
Domestic Box Office to date: $8 million

Frost/Nixon

5 nominations

Domestic Box Office to date: $9 million


The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
13 nominations (1 less than the record holding Titanic)
Domestic Box Office to Date: $104 million


Milk
5 nominations
Domestic Box office to Date: $21 million


This past year has been an extraordinarily great year for movies. The competition is staggering. Even tho all these movies are exceptional and brilliant in their own individual way, only one can go home with Mr. Oscar himself.

My vote is the favorable Benjamin Button, but I have a strong feeling Slumdog will steal it.

Now it's your turn to vote.
Whether you've seen the movies or not pick which movie...
A.) You would like to win
B.) You think will win

My Bloody Valentine 3D Review

I have never had more fun watching a movie in my entire life. From now on I won’t see any movie unless it’s in 3-D. Just kidding!... but seriously. lol I was excited to hear they were doing this movie in 3-D. A horror flick in 3-D?!
ARE YOU KIDDING ME?!
How can I pass this up?!

A 1981 remake, My Blood Valentine 3-D is an extremely gory yet fun film that probably wouldn’t have been a big deal if it wasn’t for unusual circumstances. However, My Bloody Valentine 3-D has some special ingredients in its slash-tastic recipe. These ingredients include brains, guts, jaws, blood and various pointy objects popping out of the screen via some very advanced 3-D technology - pickaxes flying at the screen, bullets racing straight at you, flames and falling trees coming right for you. Needless to say it was an exhilarating gore-ride!

Ten years ago, a tragedy changed the town of Harmony forever. Tom Hanniger, an inexperienced coal miner, caused an accident in the tunnels that trapped and killed five men and sent the only survivor, Harry Warden, into a permanent coma. But Harry Warden wanted revenge. Exactly one year later, on Valentine's Day, he woke up...and brutally murdered 22 people with a pickaxe before “supposedly” being killed. After being gone for 10 years, Tom Hanniger returns to Harmony on Valentine's Day, still haunted by the deaths he caused. He finds himself struggling to make amends with his past and he fights with unresolved feelings for his ex-girlfriend, Sarah, who is now married to his best friend, Axel, the town sheriff. But tonight, after years of peace, something from Harmony's dark past has returned. Duh-Duh-Duh-Dun Wearing a miner's mask and armed with a pickaxe, an unstoppable killer is on the loose…. again. And as his footsteps come even closer, Tom, Sarah and Axel realize in terror that it just might be Harry Warden who's come back to claim their lives… or is it? Mmm…

This film does a decent job keeping the killers true identity hidden until the very end, which was super fun. Of course you have your “who-done-it” guesses - constantly going back and forth, “he did it, no wait, he did it.” It was smart and edgy for being a simple slasher flick. I could have done without a certain scene and/or made it better, but whatever. I thoroughly enjoyed this 3-D spectacular, slash-fest and from what I observed I feel everyone in the audience did as well. 3-D movies rule!!
RATING: C+



Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Movie news you can use!

Toy Story in 3-D
Bust out the 3D specs - these toys are coming to life in another dimension! It’s Disney-Pixar's classic tale of becoming best buds - newly rendered to 3D infinity and beyond!

Walt Disney Studios plans to debut new Disney Digital 3D versions of Disney- Pixar's "Toy Story" on October 2nd, 2009, and "Toy Story 2" on February 12th, 2010, it was announced by Dick Cook, chairman of The Walt Disney Studios.

Both of these beloved animated features are being newly converted to 3D in advance of the June 18th, 2010 release of Disney-Pixar's "Toy Story 3," which is being produced as a 3D motion picture and will represent the state-of-the-art for the genre. Veteran Pixar filmmaker Lee Unkrich (co-director "Toy Story 2") is directing.


I am pretty excited about this news. I LOVED the first 2 and with technology moving towards 3D, which I love, how can you pass this up?

Sunday, January 11, 2009

**THIS JUST IN**

SHERLOCK HOLMES


This show was one my favorites to watch as a child. Granted, I watched the reruns, but still. I was intrigued to see they were making yet another movie, scheduled to release on November 20th (same weekend, I might add, as New Moon - rolls eyes).




I am a little leery and surprised at Warner Brothers choice for director - Guy Ritchie. He's great when it comes to his iconic British gangster films we've all come to love, Snatch. & Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, but can he direct a good mystery/drama? With an all star cast, I certainly hope so. We shall see.




Robert Downey Jr. can't seem to do anything wrong right now. He's on top of his game. I was delighted to see he was chosen to bring this legendary detective to life. Jude Law stars as Holmes' trusted colleague, Dr. Watson, while Rachel McAdams, whom I adore to no end, stars as Irene Adler, Holmes' romantic interest.




To learn more about this film, cast & crew, visit www.imdb.com/title/tt0988045/

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

It's going to be a good year for movies!

This year holds a lot of promise with oodles of goodies to get excited about - spanning from its array of blood & gore – 3D spectacular, to remakes, to comic genius’, all the way to sequels &
quadrilogies.


Here are the top 10 movies I’m excited to see.




(click on links to learn more)





Let me know what you think?...


Before you LOL (too late) just know I am aware some of my picks
may be ridiculously silly, but I’m OK with that.
I just can’t wait to get to the theater
where I know I’ll get swept way for 2 hours plus.

Sunday, January 4, 2009

A Year In Review - 2008

Last year was a pretty fun year for movies. There were those that disappointed us and fell short (way short), while others far exceeded our expectations and ROCKED hard.
Here are a few of those movies that made
my best and worst list of 2008.

~BEST~
Batman - The Dark Knight
Health Ledger's portrayal as the Joker will forever go down in history as one of THE best performances ever.




Sex & the City

Just when you thought the series couldn't get any better, they up and made a movie that far exceeded any of my expectations. Well done!


Iron Man

This movie kinda came out of nowhere for me. WOW! Robert Downey Jr. made this smart, high impact superhero movie one that even non-comic fans will enjoy.



The Curious Case of Benjamin Button


BRILLIANT!




Pineapple Express
This highly entertaining, offbeat comedy has future Cult Movie written all over it.
"I think we should stay. Why? Cuz I'm in the dumpster already."



~WORST~
Twilight


(rolls eyes) Don't even get me started.





X-Files

Mulder and Scully returned last Summer to explore more conspiracies and unexplained phenomena. Perhaps they can explain their need to even do this movie.




The Strangers

Not anywhere near as frightening as advertised. Inevitably, the cat and mouse game goes on too long and the tension dies a slow painful death.



Transporter 3

The third installment of the Transporter franchise is a major step down from its predecessors, featuring generic stunts and a lack of energy.



88 Minutes

I should have walked out after 8 minutes. It just wasn’t entertaining enough. Poorly edited, drab and booor-iiiing.


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