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Friday, March 30, 2012
Thursday, March 29, 2012
Mark Tonderai makes his big screen directorial debut with The House at the End of the Street, a new horror film written by David Loucka (Dream House). The film is slated to terrify us in theaters this fall on September 21, 2012.
Wednesday, March 28, 2012
La Pompadour is a new French animator on Vimeo who has done some fresh editing with this latest ABC Monsters mash up. His short video takes us on a trip through some of the scariest movie (and TV) monsters. I love how the opening credits read “This video is dedicated to all the monsters who screwed our nights. I love you so much, you bastards.” I bet some of these monsters haunted your childhood (and even adult) dreams. Jason Voorhees definitely freaked me out as a child. Take a look and enjoy!
Tuesday, March 20, 2012
Despite some strong praise and a hopeful fanbase, Disney just couldn't figure out how to properly market John Carter (of Mars) to get theaters seats filled. Being up against Universal and Illumination Entertainment's family film The Lorax didn't help matters any as the film kicked Carter's ass two weekends in a row. Now the chances of a sequel to a film that crafted a promising world and delivered some truly thrilling action and exciting adventure are slim as Disney has revealed they're likely losing about $200 million because of the film's poor performance.
Not only is this sad news for those of us that really enjoyed the epic space adventure, but it's even worse for those who didn't give the film a chance. They truly don't know what they're missing. While some have criticized the film for having elements of Star Wars, Avatar and plenty other sci-fi films, the fact is the story on which the film is based on inspired those stories. The film taking cues from the films that took notes from Edgar Rice Burroughs' sci-fi classic is just going full circle. And it's not as if there weren't plenty of original characters and creatures in the film to keep audiences interested.
Lynn Collins' is easily as much of a poster girl for teenage boys as Carrie Fisher became decades ago, especially after that metal bikini is Return of the Jedi. The alien races are interesting and there's a slew of civilizations that make for a rich universe. Carter himself is a selfless hero, the kind that you love to see develop and come into their own, especially over multiple films.
Monday, March 19, 2012
In this new epic action-adventure Snow White and the Huntsman, Kristen Stewart plays the only person in the land fairer than the Evil Queen Ravenna (Theron) who's out to destroy her. But what the wicked ruler never imagined is that the young woman threatening her reign has been training in the art of war with a huntsman (Hemsworth) who was dispatched to kill her. Actors Eddie Izzard, Ray Winstone, Bob Hoskins, Toby Jones, Stephen Graham, Eddie Marsan and Ian McShane play the seven dwarfs. This is being directed by Rupert Sanders, an acclaimed commercials director making his feature debut. Arrives in theaters on June 1, 2012. I can't wait!
Sunday, March 18, 2012
Pixar director Andrew Stanton (of Finding Nemo and WALL-E) makes his impressive live-action debut, integrating the movie’s real actors with computer-generated characters using suburb special-effects and imagery.
I will say the story is a little convoluted only because several new cultures and competing political groups are introduced in a short amount of time. I didn't have trouble following the story, but apparently it's been an issues. The visual effects were stunning and quite convincing. The acting, by Taylor Kitsch (John Carter) and Lynn Collins (Princess Dejah Thoris) among others are quite effective too. I felt the writers did an excellent job tying up the movie in the end, keeping it interesting and full of intrigue. They definitely left it open for a sequel, one I hope comes to fruition.
Friday, March 16, 2012
A gothic-horror tale centering on the life of 200 year old vampire Barnabas Collins and his run-ins with various monsters, witches, werewolves and ghosts as master of Collinwood Manor in Collinsport, Maine.
Dark Shadows is directed by imaginative filmmaker Tim Burton, (Beetlejuice, Batman, Edward Scissorhands, Ed Wood, Sleepy Hollow, Big Fish, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Sweeney Todd and Alice in Wonderland). He's directing from a script by author-turned-writer Seth Grahame-Smith (Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter) based on the cult ABC TV series created by Dan Curtis. I can't wait to see this movie. It looks like it could be extremely fun. Expect to see this movie hit theaters on May 11, 2012.