Thursday, April 30, 2009

Results Are In....

I asked readers to cast their vote for which summer movie they think will be the #1 summer blockbuster in 2009, i.e. which movie will rank in the most dough worldwide/over all. The poll closed last night and the results are in. Here is what the readers had to say...


7% voted for...
(release date: 5/1/09)


14% voted for...
(release date: 5/8/09)


14% voted for...
(release date: 5/15/09)


22% voted for...
(release date: 7/15/09)


40% voted for...
(release date: 6/24/09)


Even though I'm excited to see all these RAD movies, it's Revenge of the Fallen that I'm looking forward to seeing the most. This is the movie I predict will be this summers #1 blockbuster.






So I guess it just comes down to the wait. We shall find out soon enough which movie will be the #1 summer blockbuster in 2009. In the meantime enjoy the movies! It's going to be a great summer!

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Earth Review

The Walt Disney Studios celebrated Earth Day 2009 with the debut of Earth, the first feature-length nature documentary from its new production banner, Disneynature. This amazing new film is from award-winning British producer/director Alastair Fothergill, whose credits include the Emmy and Peabody award-winning “Planet Earth” series (BBC and The Discovery Channel) as well as “Blue Planet.” Earth takes moviegoers on an extraordinary adventure as it’s never been seen before where we follow the migration paths of four animal families who share our amazing home planet.

A good friend of mine and I have been looking forward to seeing this film on Earth Day for a couple months now and we were excited the day finally came. I’m sure many of you, like myself, have already seen every episode of Planet Earth and may not feel the need to spend the money to see it again. However, I must say it is totally worth the $9.00 plus. Seeing it again on the BIG silver screen, narrated by
James Earl Jones was truly amazing. I haven’t seen the series in a long time and it was really nice to revisit some of those stories again in Dolby surround sound. I found myself sad when the movie was over. I would have liked it to have been a little longer. It ended up being 90 minuets – which isn’t bad – but those stories are fascinating and completely amazing that it could have been a solid 2 hours in my opinion.


This is a perfect date and/or family movie and I highly recommend seeing it soon.

RATING: B+



I’m excited that Disneynature is releasing “Oceans” come Earth Day 2010. In my opinion, I found Blue Planet even more interesting (is that possible) than Planet Earth and I can't wait to see it on the big screen.

Take a sneak peek here.

Friday, April 17, 2009

*THIS JUST IN*

New faces have been cast in the Twilight sequel, New Moon.
I present to you The Vulturi - A coven of vampires
who are considered royalty and reside in Italy.


Michael Sheen as Aro



Jamie Campbell Bower as Caius
&
Christopher Heyerdahl as Marcus



Dakota Fanning as Jane
&
Cameron Bright as Alec




Daniel Cudmore as Felix
&
Charlie Bewley as Demetri



Noot Seear as Heidi



I'm
not going to lie when I heard Michael Sheen was cast as Aro I got a little excited. I've grown to really enjoy him as an actor. I think he will make a really great Aro. I’m in no way excited for New Moon's release in November, but at least the Volturi cast is pretty decent - I’m not cringing anyway. I love their pick for Heidi! However, I am still annoyed they cast Dakota Fanning as Jane. I know she'll do a good job, but Jodelle Ferland would have been a much better choice.

So Twilight fans, what are your thoughts regarding this new cast?

Singers to Silver Screens & Back

You would think being a superstar in one category would be enough enticement for one to stay in that field. After all these superstars make more money in one year than your average American makes in a lifetime. I’ve noticed if you give a superstar an inch of recognition for one talent they try to take a mile. The celebrity crossover has increased considerably over the last 20 years. Some have succeeded brilliantly, while others bomb-out horribly. We simply mistake and/or confuse 'pretty' for talent. But that’s Hollywood for ya. Here’s a little tip though… Hollywood doesn’t really exist. It’s simply a made up, fancy-pants, magic world of stars, where actors try to be singers and singers try to be actors, not to mention all their fabulous accomplishments and failures that come with it. I think it's great these celebrities have all sorts of avenues to venture, but let's be honest; some should stay singers/performers while others were born to act..

I have made a list of some of the best and worst talent Hollywood has seen when it comes to celebrity crossovers. Starting with horrible to fantastic...




*Horrible Crossovers*


After Britney Spears gave a shot at acting her manager, along with everyone else, realized it wasn't for her... and thank goodness! Stick to what you know best,
Ms. Spears - lip syncing and great performances.




Oh Mariah, Mariah (pause) 'nough said.




Madonna has this great deal of lasting power that has us all in ah. However the queen of reinventing herself needs to stay in her arena and away
from the silver screen... far away.





*Fantastic Crossovers*


Ah, Marky-Mark (pause) we're so glad he took time out of his busy pants dropping sessions with Calvin Klein to venture acting. He's definitely made a HUGE
improvement career wise. Thanks Mark.



Here's a lady with loads of talent under her belt. Having one of the most incredible careers in showbiz, she not only can sing and perform till she drops, but when she acts she wins Oscars. You're amazing Cher!




DJ Jazzy Jeff had a hold of the Fresh Prince for a time until the silver screen turned the Prince into a fresh A-list actor. We loved his short lived music career, but we
love his acting career more.



*?*


Um... yeah... I'm at a loss for words here. I think I'll just say this; we'll see you in a couple years, Joaquin, after you've had your fun and realize, for you, the real money is in acting.




So readers, let's hear it, who are some of your favorite and horrifying celebrity crossovers?...

Monday, April 6, 2009

#1 Summer Blockbuster - 2009

Summer is just around the bend and so are its action-packed, heart-pounding, fun, adventurous, 3-D movies. Get excited movie goers! This summer is sure to give you a run for your money. Last year The Dark Knight rolled in a whopping $1 billion worldwide, setting records and making it the #1 Summer Blockbuster in 2008.

My question to you is what will be the #1 Summer Blockbuster in 2009? i.e. which movie will rank in the most $dough$ worldwide/overall?...


Thursday, April 2, 2009

The Family/Horror Section

Over the years I’ve realized some movies can be particularly deceiving. For example, just because a film is Disney and/or a cartoon does not mean it is necessarily family friendly, regardless of its intention.

When venturing your local video store we see sections divided up throughout, thus helping the consumer find what they are looking for with ease and certainty. Among these sections, for the most part, we have New Releases, Foreign, Music, Sci-Fi, Comedy, Action, Drama, TV, Video Games, Family and Horror. Now I'd like to focus your attention on the last two sections. In the Family section we find Meet the Robinsons, Finding Nemo, The Parent Trap. In the Horror section we find Nightmare on Elm St., The Descent, The Ring, but what about those movies that don’t quite fit in either sections? You will find those movies in the Family section simply because it has the Disney label on it. It seems reasonable, right? WRONG!

Sure these movies were made for kids/families and have a happy-go-lucky subject, but below the surface these movies also have a dark and devious underling message of horror and fright. I’m talking about movies that were not meant to scare you as a kid, but unfortunately did. I'm talking about movies that if you were to watch them today as an adult, you’d scratch your head and question; “Wait, this movie was made for kids’ right?” Now these movies aren’t necessarily “scary” enough to be classified as Horror films, but in my opinion, they shouldn’t be strictly classified as Family films either. This is why we need a Family/Horror section
in our video stores. I’ve often wonder why this section does not exist and I strongly feel (not really though lol) that this problem should be rectified immediately if not sooner.

To prove my point I have made a list of movies that seriously belong in the Family/Horror section, starting with bad to worst.



5. Alice in Wonderland (1951)

This psychedelic dream world called “Wonderland” was cute for the first 5 minutes, right before the film proceeded to take us on this topsy-turvy, acid trip adventure ride. Will Alice ever find her way home? With characters such as the ever so confusing/creepy Cheshire cat, with its sheepish yet devilish ear to ear grin, the grumpy talking, pot-head caterpillar, and the borderline personality, Prozac-popping Queen of Hearts, I certainly hope so! With the most bizarre series of adventures ever, I feel Walt Disney was seriously on crack when making this film.



4. Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory
(1971)

Here we see a seemingly fun kids movie where a poor kid wins the opportunity to tour the most wonderful candy factory ever. Or is it? (pause) I beg to differ. For example what’s with that chocolate-psycho river to hell? (shakes head) What was that creepy tunnel scene all about anyway? There’s nothing kid-like about it. It freaks me out to this day. Let’s not forget those little, orange, creepy song and dance Oompa Loompas either. They’re nothing more than brainwashed little slaves for Mr. Eccentric himself – Willy Wonka – weird-o!


3. Pinocchio (1940)

First of all puppets are just freaky. End of story. I don’t care how classic and sweet and charming this film is supposed to be, I don’t buy it. This film still creeps me out to this day. For example, Pinocchio’s adventures lure him to Pleasure Island, where he drinks, smokes and almost transforms into a jackass, and then he is forced into puppet slavery where he almost gets chopped up into firewood? Um, what?! This movie was meant for kids’, right Walt? I get the message Disney was trying to portray, but next time how about a little less ‘freaky’ and a little more ‘happy’. Mmm-kay.


2. Time Bandits (1981)


How's this for a zany, cracked-out plot? A bunch of mischievous dwarfs steal a map from the Supreme Being which shows them how to find holes that lead to various historical periods in time. One such hole brings them to a small boy's bedroom. The boy joins them, and together they visit diverse (to put it nicely) lands. All the while they are being pursued by the Devil himself, who desperately wants to steal the map. The places and things they see on their journey are just wild, creepy, weird and off the wall. BI-ZARRE!


1. Return to Oz (1985)


I don’t even know where to begin. Who ever said this movie is bright, cheery and happy was clearly out side their mind. This film is dark, chilling, disturbing and managed to get under my skin as a kid and stay there. I tried watching this film again as an adult but couldn’t finish it. There’s just something horrifying about it. The wheelers are the worst - freaky little gang bangers with wheels for hands and feet rolling around with the devil in their eyes. (shakes head) I get chills just thinking about it. And then there’s the Nome King, Jack Pumpkinhead and the shape shifting talking rocks. WTH?! And don’t forget the all too vain Mombi the Witch and her walk in closet full of creepy looking heads just waiting to be picked. (shakes head & shivers) Um, no thanks.


What are some of your Family/Horror movies?


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