Friday, April 30, 2010

Official Trailer for Jonah Hex is Finally Unveiled!

Source: Yahoo

What's it like to go through life with a face like that?

Warner Bros has finally debuted the official trailer for Jonah Hex. This western-comic-book-action movie is about this disfigured bounty hunter staring Josh Brolin. At first this movie seemed pretty ridiculous to me, but now after seeing the trailer I think I've changed my mind. It actually looks pretty cool. How often do we see a western mixed with crazy comic book action with gigantic guns and dynamite cross-bows? Plus I'm a fan of Josh Brolin and I'm not afraid to admit that I have a major girl crush on Megan Fox, but who doesn't? It'll be interesting to see how well this movie does once it hits theaters.

You can also watch the trailer for Jonah Hex in High Definition on Yahoo

The story follows Jonah Hex, a disfigured bounty hunter who tracks a voodoo practitioner that wants to raise an army of the undead to liberate the South. Former Pixar animator Jimmy Hayward, who is a big fan of both comics and westerns, is directing this movie. Josh Brolin stars as Jonah Hex and is joined by Megan Fox, John Malkovich, Michael Fassbender, Will Arnett, and Michael Shannon. The script was originally written by Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor of Crank, who were going to direct this before Hayward took over. Warner Bros is bringing Jonah Hex to theaters on June 18th.

What do you think?

Thursday, April 29, 2010

The Future is Bleak as Paramount Preps a Magic 8 Ball Movie

Source: Vulture

Say it ain't so! Hollywood must really be getting desperate these days as Paramount moves forward with this ridiculous idea. Vulture states that the studio is responsible for toy-based movies; i.e. Transformers and G.I. Joe: Rise of Cobra. They must be scraping the bottom of the barrel now with their preparation for a live-action adventure film based on Mattel's toy The Magic 8 Ball, a hollow, plastic sphere that upon skaking it offers affirmative, negative or non-committal answers to questions courtesy of a 8-sided die inside. This idea has me rolling me eyes while cracking me up. Really Paramount, I mean really?

Jon Gunn & John Mann will be scripting this action adventure flick that will be similar to the National Treasure movie. Maybe the Magic 8 Ball will operate as some sort of Choose-Your-Own-Adventure device which leads them on some sort of insane quest to stop people from coming up with terrible movie ideas. Either way, it sounds like the studio execs. asked the Magic 8 Ball themselves about making this movie (something a lot of studios seem to be doing lately) until it said "Outlook good." Sadly, it didn't say "HELL NO!" which is exactly what I'll tell Paramount when I don't see this movie. I mean if it was a horror flick I could see myself possibly seeing it, but not another National Treasure flick. If anyone saw the sequel you know what I'm talking about. "Just pass."

Your thoughts?

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Top 10 Best Sequels!

What Makes A Great Sequel?

When it comes down to it, the best sequels are dependent upon a few factors - primarily, who you are asking! Each person out there has a different idea of what makes a movie great and, as a result, will think that one sequel is better than another. No list of movie sequels is ever complete as it always seems to leave out someone else's favorite. Here is some criteria many use to evaluate sequels:

* A sequel must be something that picks up where the previous one left off. It must have some level of continuity to the story. What new element did the film bring to the table? If a sequel doesn't advance the plot and/or bring some new visual effect into play, it’s not going to be received well by the fans.

* Did too much change? Many fans relate that they hate sequels where everything has changed and the characters feel like totally different people. Especially when a movie is popular, a sequel changing things up too much can destroy how someone feels about the first movie.

* Is the film good on its own? If a film isn't that great, fans will not only be disappointed but quickly see the intentions behind the film; i.e. Hollywood making the sequel just to rank in more $money$.

Below you will see a list of sequels that are either equal to or surpass the first movie. This is my list of the Top 10 Best Sequels around.

Aliens (1986)
The first Alien film leaned more towards being a Sci-Fi suspense film in many ways, the second burst into a different direction as a balls to the wall action film. The film is just loaded with memorable scenes and fantastic one liners (“Game over man”). It was the first action film I’d ever seen that I could literally say had me on the edge of my seat the entire time. The film will hold up forever.

Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991)
With more toys to play with, James Cameron heightened both the effects (if Robert Patrick's T-1000 doesn't blow your mind, then hand in your movie going credentials) and the stakes; plus, a ripped Linda Hamilton remains one of the best female action heroes ever. To this day, almost 20 years later, the special effects still blow my mind. I absolutely love this movie!

Spider-Man 2 (2004)
I nearly lost my mind the first time I saw this flick. Just about everything a Comic Book movie should be. Great visual effects, terrific action, loads of wild cheer moments, fun, funny and characters who stick surprisingly well with the spirit of their comic book counterparts. Tragically overlooked in this film whenever it’s discussed is the performance of Alfred Molina as Doc Ock who brought that extra dimension to the film that Spider-Man 1 (as good as it was) missed. Such a shame Spider-Man 3 went completely to the pooper.

X2 (2003)
The first X-Men movie single handily resurrected the superhero genre movie after Batman Nipple Lord vs. Austrian Ice Ham” nearly single handily killed it several years earlier. X-Men 2 took it up a notch. Right from the incredible opening scene with Nightcrawler breaking into the White House to the end where we catch our first glimpse of the Phoenix (that only fans of the comic book recognized and freaked out over when the fiery shape came on the screen), X-Men 2 redefined just how good Comic Book movies could be. Too bad that can’t be said for the X-Men 3.

Toy Story 2 (1999)
The funniest thing about Toy Story 2 was that it was originally supposed to be a straight to video sequel, and that at some point the execs looked at it again and said “holy crap… this is actually turning out really well. Let’s release it in theaters!”. It’s a good thing they did. Not only did the film make nearly $500 million worldwide. And along with its predecessor, it holds a perfect 100% on Rotten Tomatoes.

Director Christopher Nolan did what many people thought couldn’t be done… he topped his own Batman Begins with a film broader in scope, deeper in story, more exciting in action all topped off with a classic villain given new incredible life by the single greatest performance ever in the history of comic book movies. The Dark Knight, while not perfect, delivered everything a Batman fan could have hoped for to send them home happy. The movie struck an obvious chord with comic and non comic book fans alike.

Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980)
It starts with a bang, a spectacular battle on Planet Hoth, builds to a fever pitch (Luke's first confrontation with Vader) and ends with our heroes' galaxy in utter turmoil. Han is frozen in carbonate, Leia is in love with Han, and Vader is Luke's father! Bless the Empire for striking back.

Star Trek: The Wrath of Khan (1982)
The first Star Trek film just blew chunks, so to many at the time, a follow up film was a bit of a surprise. However, the idea behind the film was nothing short of pure genius. Going back and directly making the movie a sequel to AN INDIVIDUAL EPISODE of the TV show was a move that saved the franchise. Ricardo Montalban instantly became one of the greatest villains in movie history reprising the role of Khan. He owned that roll playing it flawlessly.

Addams Family Values (1993)
Sequels to comedy blockbusters, for some reason, never really seem to work. Sure, a couple of American Pie sequels and Naked Gun follow-ups may have generated a couple of laughs, but generally while the box office may go up, the laugh proportion usually goes down. But not with this movie. Addams Family Values is a tighter, funnier film than its predecessor, mostly in part and thanks to Joan Cusack’s character. She's definitely one of the best parts of the film. She cracks me up! It also devotes more time on Christina Ricci’s outstanding portrayal of Wednesday Addams, where she and her younger brother are forced to go to summer camp. Great movie! Great sequel!

Al Pacino is brilliant as Michael Corleone, who takes over as the head of the family after his father dies in the original, but its Robert De Niro's flashbacks as a young Vito Corleone, that makes "Part II" an outstanding sequel. In fact, De Niro received an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor, and many would argue his back story as the young, calculating Vito Corleone is even more compelling than Pacino's present-day Michael. Regardless, Coppola's ability to seamlessly tell two disconnected stories at once is one of the film's many strengths. Well, that and having two of this generation's greatest actors anchoring the cast.

There you have it. My top 10 list of the best sequels that are either equal to or better than the first. This is definitely a topic of discussion and just about everyone on the planet will have a different list. So...

What best sequels makes your list?

Monday, April 26, 2010

Trilogies Gone Bad

Have you ever enjoyed a movie and then were so excited they turned it into a trilogy, only to be sorely disappointed after watching them? Sometimes, you wish they would have left it alone by keeping it just the one movie. A lot of times with trilogies they add too many villains, or characters and/or plots. All that creates is one big fat mess. I decided to make a list of trilogies that fall into that category. These are trilogies that were not indented to become so, but because the first movie was ground breaking and/or amazing they decided to move forward. These are trilogies where the 2nd and 3rd films are either just OK or never held a candle to the first film. Below you will see what I mean. Here are my top 5 picks of Trilogies Gone Bad.

The Matrix
The Matrix is a mind blowing film; so cool and unique for its time. Matrix Reloaded runs a bit long with too many added characters. It was over the top, so it was pretty forgivable. However, even though Matrix Revolutions has great visual effects, it just turned into another boring and flat, epic war "save the world," type of movie. The last two films turned away from the slick and coolness that made the first one so incredibly amazing.

Jurassic Park
Jurassic Park is one of my favorite movies. I was extremely hyped to see The Lost World. Unfortunately I was very disappointed. Spielberg, no!!! It can't be. Some of the sequences and shots were pretty cool, but as an entire movie, it was pretty bad. It just reminded me of an over the top Jurassic-Godzilla flick. As for Jurassic Park 3, I thought it was a step up from the sequel, but that isn't saying a whole lot. "Just pass."

I thought Ocean's Eleven was great; a cool, slick heist movie with great characters and great plot twists - probably one of the best films to come out that year. Ocean's Twelve was pointless and it felt incredibly long not to mention boring. Ocean's Thirteen? Al Pacino was great, but come on, each sequel they add, gets less and less interesting. In my opinion the last 2 movies were easily forgettable.

Back to the Future
The first film was done so well that today it's considered a cult classic. When the 2nd and 3rd movies hit theaters all we got was a repeat of the same old material. How many times are we going to have the same fight set in different times? Sure some parts are funny, but over all it's the same old song and dance. It's a pretty safe assumption to say no one really remembers the other two films.

Pirates of the Caribbean
All I have to say is less is more. That's what made The Black Pearl so fantastical. I loved the first film. It was funny, original, witty and charming. It was an excellent movie all around. I remember being super excited for the sequels and how amazing they could be. Unfortunately, Dead Man's Chest and At World's End, were anything but. They were just too convoluted with too many scenes, characters, plots and twists. Oh and did I mention both films were too long and boring? They sadly lacked the spark and wit the first one did so well at capturing. I'm sad they are making this trilogy into a four-some with Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides due out 2011. (sigh)

What Trilogies Gone Bad make your list?

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Saturday, April 24, 2010

If You Want to Watch It: Full Trailer for Twilight Saga Eclipse

Source: YouTube

Here we go again! (commence eye rolling now) You either love it, hate it or love to hate it - I fall in the latter category. Anyone who knows me knows I have a very strong opinion regarding these unbelievably crappy movies. Pretty much everything about them was/is done half ass. They are horrible! I only blog about them because I am such a huge fan of the books. For a time, this story held my attention and kept me super engaged. Eclipse is actually my favorite book in the saga. I remember it being very romantic and suspenseful. The way I envisioned this beautiful story coming to life was so much better than these awful movies. And it's only because of my love for these books that I'll more than likely be seeing this P.O.S. movie in theaters, but I'm NOT going to like it.

As a string of mysterious killings grips Seattle, Bella, whose high school graduation is fast approaching, is forced to choose between her love for the vampire Edward or her friendship with werewolf Jacob Black.

The Twilight Saga: Eclipse is directed by British filmmaker David Slade, of Hard Candy (GREAT movie btw) and 30 Days of Night previously. The screenplay adaptation was written by Melissa Rosenberg, who wrote the scripts for the first two Twilight movies and also works on "Dexter" (GREAT show). This film is obviously based on Stephenie Meyer's uber-popular series of novels that need no further introduction. Summit Entertainment is bringing Eclipse to theaters everywhere Wednesday, June 30th. Thankfully this isn't showing in 3D!


Friday, April 23, 2010

Oceans Review

Celebrating the 40th anniversary of Earth Day, (a day to inspire awareness and appreciation for the Earth's environment), Disneynature takes us deep within the world's least explored frontier with Oceans. This is a mouth dropping, beautiful documentary, narrated by Pierce Brosnan, that will leave you wanting more. The wow factor alone makes Oceans a great Earth Day/Earth Week movie. And through the “See Oceans, Save Oceans” initiative, Disneynature will make a contribution to The Nature Conservancy to save endangered coral reefs in the Bahamas.
I have always been fascinated with nature and all its magnificent wonder and beauty. I was in "awe" throughout this entire movie. We see vast armies of crabs on the floor of Melbourne harbor, sprinting pods of dolphins stretching to the horizon, neon-nosed cuttlefish, great white sharks and great blue whales. And those are just the familiar sea creatures. Never have I seen a blanket octopus or a ribbon eel - both absolutely incredible. One of my favorite parts in the film is the brawl between this wacky-eyed mantis shrimp and a crab - too funny! The photography is crisp and often stunning. It’s definitely a movie of marvels, with many images so striking as to trick the mind into thinking its all just special effects.

What the movie reveals so powerfully is just how little we know about our waters and their inhabitants. It blows my mind to think we've only seen less than 5% of the ocean. It fascinates me to think what else is out there that we still don't know about. Mother Nature can be cruel, she's beautiful, and generous, but above all she's mysteriously wondrous.

What did you think?

Take a sneak peak into African Cats: Kingdom of Courage, the next Disneynature documentary due out next Earth Day 2011. I'm beginning to love this Earth Day movie tradition.

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Earth Day

Happy Earth Day!

Last year Disney brought us Earth, a more condensed version of Planet Earth. I love that series! I thought it was a cool idea to see all its marvel on the silver screen. This year Disney does it again by taking us on another exhilarating adventure with Oceans. I've always been fascinated with nature and all it's magnificence. I'm very much looking forward to seeing this documentary tonight. Also if you see this film opening week, Disneynature will make a donation in your honor to save our coral reefs. Being entertained while helping our planet - not bad!

A fascinating journey into the depths of the ocean, amidst the tumult of the storms, in the vast territory of those who inhabit the sea. Part thriller, part meditation on the wonders of the sub-aquatic world.

Oceans is co-directed by French filmmakers Jacques Perrin and Jacques Cluzaud, who previously brought us the documentary Winged Migration in 2002. While this is part of Disneynature's on-going series, it was originally a French production made by Galatée Films before being scooped up by Disney for distribution in the US.

Will you be seeing this in theaters?

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

A Trippy Trailer for 'Malice in Wonderland'

Holy crap, this is a trip! Magnolia Pictures has debuted the official trailer for the indie film called Malice in Wonderland no doubt, inspired by Lewis Carroll's classic Alice in Wonderland. This stars Maggie Grace as Alice, who you might know better as Liam Neeson's daughter in Taken. This trailer is such a trip I just had to share it with you. Let me know what you think.

Knocked down by a black cab, Alice wakes with amnesia in a world that’s a million miles from home – Wonderland. We follow her adventures as she’s dragged through an underworld filled with twisted individuals.

Malice in Wonderland is directed by British filmmaker Simon Fellows of a few other low budget flicks like the horror film Blessed as well as Second in Command and Until Death, both with Van Damme. The script was written by Jayson Rothwell, also of Second in Command and Until Death. This was shot in 2008 in the UK and played at the Sitges Festival. Magnolia Pictures is bringing Malice in Wonderland to limited theaters in the US starting on April 16th this same month.

Anyone interested?

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Featurette for Nimrod Antal's Predators

Last month 20th Century Fox debuted the First Full Trailer for Nimrod Antal's Predators!. I found it appropriate to follow that up with a cool inside look/featureatte. The video comes from Germany (via YouTube) but isn't dubbed, so it's watchable and in high def, too. It mainly contains some interview segments with Rodriguez and Antal as well as some cool new footage, including dialogue from Danny Trejo. I've said it before and I'll say it again, I loved the original and I'm hoping this reboot will be equal to that. I doubt it will, but it can't hurt to hope, right? Either way I'm looking forward to seeing this movie come summer time.

Predators is being directed by Nimród Antal, of Kontroll, Vacancy, and Armored previously. The screenplay was co-written by newcomers Michael Finch and Alex Litvak and is based on early draft written years ago by producer Robert Rodriguez, who also worked with them on the script. This is a reboot of the Predator series created by Jim & John Thomas and directed by John McTiernan in 1987. We're not sure what the actual plot is, but all we need to know is that it's about a bunch of badass elite warriors who fight a bunch of predators out in the jungle. 20th Century Fox is bringing Predators to theaters worldwide on July 7th.

What do you think?

Monday, April 12, 2010

Clash of the Titans Review

For all its cheesiness, the original Clash of the Titans holds a special place in my heart. I don't believe my loathing of this new film has anything to do with those rose-colored memories, but it’s still worth mentioning. I have been wanting a remake of this film for over 10 years now. I thought with the technology we have now it could be a spectacular remake. Well, the trailer was spectacular, the movie itself (hmmm) not so much.

There was a blatant disregard for Greek Mythology in the epic failure. They completely changed the story and characters all together. Instead of King Acrisius's beautiful daughter bearing the son foretold to kill him, it's now his wife. WHAT?! And Acrisius is the one turned into Calibos, the satyr-like beast who becomes one of Perseus' challenges. WHAT?! And Perseus does not fall in love with Andromeda. Again WHAT?! It was pretty much an orgy of Greek monsters plucked from the first film and shoveled at us without rhyme or reason.
Sure the very basics remain the same as in the original. Perseus (Sam Worthington), bastard son of Zeus (Liam Neeson), sets out to find the head of Medusa - the only thing capable of destroying the Kraken. The vengeful gods are preparing to set the beast loose on the city of Argos unless the people sacrifice their princess Andromeda (Alexa Davalos). However, dive any deeper into the particulars and it quickly collapses into a big messy pile of stupid. Forget the kraken, how about releasing the plot? This remake seemed completely rushed, sloppy and bland in my opinion, which is a shame because it had so much potential.

The 3D was added in post production, and just like I predicted it was a bad idea. Films that were not shot in 3D in the beginning give 3D a bad name. When 3D is added as an afterthought (an expensive one) it darkens the picture and mutes the colors. I found the 3D element highly distracting and irritating to say the least. At times I would take my glasses off and could see just fine, better even. Watching it in 3D through the glasses is like watching a black and white film through dark sunglasses. Plus I feel it was just a gimmick just so the studio could make more money. Alas, if you do go see this, I recommend the 2D version.

Do yourself a favor. If you haven't seen the admittedly cheesy 1981 version of this go rent that instead. If you have seen it, go rent it instead anyway.

What did you think?

Friday, April 9, 2010

Sex and the City 2's Theatrical Trailer

Source: Yahoo

Time for sex!

Warner Bros has debuted the theatrical trailer for Sex and the City 2 starring the whole gang: Sarah Jessica Parker, Kim Cattrall, Kristin Davis, and Cynthia Nixon. We also get a good look at where the stories takes us - literally to Abu Dhabi and off the streets of Manhattan. All I have to say is if Carrie cheats on Big with Adian in any way I will have to kill the Michael Patrick! J/K, but seriously. Anyway, it looks like it could be a fabulous sequel. The first movie, back in 2008 was absolutely amazing and I'm hoping this one will be as well, only what in the hell is Miley Cyrus doing in this movie?! (PUKE!) Regardless, this movie is going to ravage movie theaters in May. I can't wait!

You can also watch the Sex and the City 2 trailer in High Definition on Yahoo.

Sex and the City 2 is again both written and directed by showrunner Michael Patrick King, who previously wrote, produced, and directed last year's Sex and the City movie and also worked on the show when it was on HBO. Warner Bros (who now runs New Line Cinema) will be bringing Sex and the City 2 to theaters everywhere starting on May 28th. Get ready for another box office hit, that's for sure!


Thursday, April 8, 2010

How to Train Your Dragon Review

Dragons can be tough to love. Sure, they look great in full flight, but with their scaly skin, cold blood and fire-breathing tendencies they can be hard to snuggle up to.
However in How to Train Your Dragon, a magnificently entertaining, beautiful 3D adventure, the mythical nastiness of dragons are just simply misunderstood and cute too, once you get to know them.
The story begins in a remote Viking village with regular dragon raids. This is where we meet Hiccup (Jay Baruchel). He's your typical teenager whose scrawny frame doesn't quite fit with the brawny macho types who fight off the dragons who steal their sheep and burn their homes. The village's beefy, overly bearded leader, Stoick (Gerard Butler) is, of course, Hiccup's massively disappointed dad. Cue: father-son issues.

Hiccup, trying to prove himself, shoots down a rare Night Fury dragon and after he finds the wounded creature he discovers that the feared dragon is just one big puppy dog. "Everything we know about you guys is wrong," the boy tells his new pet. And from there the rest of the story continues beautifully.

I found this movie magnificent. I loved every minute of it. I found myself extremely engaged and smiling the whole time. The friendship between the boy and the dragon is what really warmed the heart. The story, the 3D animation and the beautiful music made me feel so good! It really uplifted my spirits. I loved the underlining messages as well – trashing old ideas in the face of new information is a beauty. If you are strong, brave and true to yourself you will never completely fall.

I strongly recommend seeing this movie. In my opinion it is equal to, if not better than DreamWorks’ previous CGI films - Shrek, Madagascar, Kung Fu Panda.

What did you think?

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It makes me so happy and hopeful. Enjoy!

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Thursday, April 1, 2010

Intense Full-Length Theatrical Trailer for Salt

Source: Apple

You think everyone is who they say they are?

Sony has premiered a full theatrical trailer for Salt, starring Angelina Jolie and directed by Phillip Noyce, their big spy action movie that's hitting this summer. I don't expect this to be my favorite movie this summer, but it looks like an incredibly, intense and exciting movie to say the least. Jolie was born to play roles like this.

You can also watch the new theatrical trailer for Salt in High Definition on Apple

Salt is directed by veteran Australian filmmaker Phillip Noyce, of Echoes of Paradise, Dead Calm, Patriot Games, Clear and Present Danger, The Saint, The Bone Collector, and Catch a Fire previously. The script was written by Kurt Wimmer (Equilibrium, Street Kings, Law Abiding Citizen) and Brian Helgeland (L.A. Confidential, Conspiracy Theory, The Postman, Mystic River, Man on Fire, Taking of Pelham 123, Green Zone, Robin Hood). Sony is bringing Salt to theaters everywhere on July 23rd.

I'm ready for this to hit theaters now. What about you?

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