Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Full Theatrical Skyfall Trailer

Source: 007.com & Yahoo

Bond, (classic) James Bond is back in action with Skyfall. We were teased months ago, and had a little fun at the 2012 Summer Olympic opening ceremonies, but now we dive deeper into the chilling and intense world of the secret agent himself. Skyfall is directed by Sam Mendes, starring Daniel Craig as Agent 007 for his third time. This gives us a look at a blonde Javier Bardem as the menacing villain, some funny scenes with Ben Whishaw as Q in action, more of Ralph Fiennes, plus of course Judi Dench as M, and Naomie Harris as Eve. This looks awesome - a far cry from the last Bond film. The two trailers below are very similar, yet both entertaining just the same. They'll definitely get the blood pumping. Take a look and enjoy.

Courtesy of 007.com

Courtesy of Yahoo

Skyfall is being directed by Sam Mendes (American Beauty, Road to Perdition, Jarhead, Revolutionary Road, Away We Go), from a script by John Logan, Robert Wade and Neal Purvis. Along with the cast listed above Skyfall also includes Albert Finney, Bérénice Marlohe, Helen McCrory, Ola Rapace with Ben Whishaw. Columbia Pictures, Eon Productions and MGM will release Skyfall this fall, November 9, 2012.

You interested?

Monday, July 30, 2012

Happy 42nd Birthday, Nolan!

The Alfred Hitchcock of superhero cinema turns another year older today. Here's to a great man who's phenomenal career spans from 1998 to present day. Christopher Nolan is definitely one of the most beloved film directors of our generation. And with the Batman trilogy under his belt he certainly sealed the deal as one of the best directors of all time. His future looks bright ahead and I'm definitely looking forward to his next "big deal." Take a trip back into the world of all things Nolan with his film diaries below (sans TDKR). Enjoy.

While the birthday boy isn't directing anything in the near feature, he is writing and producing Man of Steel - out next summer, 2013 - so you know it'll be good. I'm definitely excited for that movie on so many levels. Nolan has an incredible movie catalog to flip through, so it's hard to pick just one favorite, but mine would have to be the outstanding Dark Knight - Memento and Inception are pretty damn amazing as well. So hats off and cheers to you, Christopher. Thank you for making some of the best movies around.

*Happy Birthday*

What is your all time favorite Nolan film?

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Every Summer Blockbuster is Essentially the Same

Source: Funny or Die

Summer blockbuster are a great entertaining past time, but they can be a bit "been there, done that." Check out this humorous video from our friends over at Funny or Die. This is a prime example of blockbusters and their generic appeal we see today. The clip is titled Every 3D Movie is the Same, but there are a few movies in the mix that are just 2D. Personally, I think this goes for every blockbusters, 3D and 2D alike. Take a look.

It doesn't surprise me at how many of these epic action shots are similar from film to film. With all the remakes, reboots and sequels we got going on, it's no wonder we pine for original ideas. Regardless, it's clear we still get excited about some of those films anyway. But it's those new, original ideas that are the true gems.


Monday, July 23, 2012

The Dark Knight Rises Review

"If you make yourself more than just a man, if you devote yourself to an ideal, then you become something else entirely." Try the best superhero trilogy ever.
As the most anticipated movie of the year comes to a close we reflect on the brilliance of it all. Christopher Nolan is pure genius. He brings a sense of art and spectacle to this blockbuster that calls for a mind so creative very few can pull off. He gives fans exactly what we want and deserve - action, phenomenal special effects, masterfully crafted fight sequences, complexity, drama, mixed in with a solid storyline, backed by one of the most beloved superheros of all time.

Clocking in at a whopping 2 hours and 45 minutes may seem a bit excessive to maintain attention spans, especially anything not involving hobbits or the NFL, but I feel strongly the lengthy time frame was just right, and if you're a fan it doesn't seem long at all. Nolan's brilliance did a fantastic job wrapping up the dark trilogy by tying up loose ends and bringing the epic story full circle. Anything less would have been insufficient.

Even though it's been a while since I've seen both Begins and
Dark Knight, I was still able to follow The Dark Knight Rises storyline with ease. Being that this movie was filmed in IMAX form I had to experience it there first. Seeing my favorite superhero on the giant screen was definitely an incredible eye candy treat. For all you fan-boys out there I highly recommend seeing it there at least once.

I had my doubts about Nolan casting
Hathaway as Catwoman, but those doubts were put to rest after seeing the movie. I still maintain she wasn't the best choice, but I did managed to like her in the role a lot more than anticipated. She did a good job. In fact, everyone in this movie did an excellent job. My only complaint is that, at times, it was difficult understanding Bane.

Sadly enough TDKR didn't beat
Marvel's The Avengers at the weekend box office (only grossing an impressive $160M to The Avengers $220M). Although, factor out the 3D cost, and I'm sure TDKR made more. It's definitely the better film - do I hear an Oscar nod? While Rises wasn't nearly as good as The Dark Knight, I still enjoyed it. It was beautiful executed. Nolan did the seemingly impossible by giving the Batman legend a monumental conclusion to the epic trilogy it deserves. I'm just sad the legend has to comes to an end... that is until someone else reboots it, and someone will, but I doubt anyone else can surpass Nolan's stroke of genius.

And your take?

If my blog existed when these films were released I would have given them:
Batman Begins: B+
The Dark Knight: A

Friday, July 13, 2012

Oz: The Great and Powerful Trailer

Source: Firstshowing.net

"Aren't you the great man we've been waiting for?"
Wow, this looks fantastical! I've always been a huge fan of the fantasy movie genre, and director Sam Raimi, with his stunning visuals, seems perfect for this project. Check out Disney's first trailer for Oz: The Great and Powerful. Take an adventure back to Oz, before The Wizard of Oz occurs. James Franco stars as a young magician who gets whisked away to the magical world upon which he meets the three witches - Theodora (Mila Kunis), Evanora (Rachel Weisz) and Glinda (Michelle Williams). I'm definitely excited for this one. Enjoy!

When small-time magician Oscar Diggs (Franco) pulls one too many tricks, he finds himself hurled into the fantastical Land of Oz where he must somehow transform himself into the great and powerful Wizard, and just maybe into a better man as well. Disney's fantastical adventure is directed by Sam Raimi (Evil Dead, Dark Man, Spider-Man, Drag Me to Hell). The screenplay is written by David Lindsay-Abaire and Mitchell Kapner. Return to Oz on March 8th, 2013.

Look any good?

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

The Amazing Spider-Man Review

You all know the story: Peter Parker (Andrew Garfield), an outcast high schooler who was abandoned by his parents as a boy, is left to be raised by his Uncle Ben (Martin Sheen) and Aunt May (Sally Field), gets bitten by a genetically altered spider that gives him super strength, speed and agility - allowing him to attract the girl of his dreams, all while ridding the world from evil.

I was thrown when I heard they were rebooting this series, considering Spider-Man 3 (which was awful, btw) was released just over 5 years ago. Do we really need another Spider-Man movie? Probably not. So I saw this movie with a pinch of excitement and nothing more. I did not expect to fully enjoy this popcorn flick. But as it turns out an unnecessary movie - even one as profoundly unnecessary as this one - can still be pretty awesome. I was impressed right off the bat. Andrew Garfield knocks it out of the park. This is really his movie, with his shy, wicked grin and unexpected humor. Props to director Marc Webb (insert giggle), he truly knew what he was doing when casting this sexy Brit. His vision was flawless. For example, I love how he brings the audience in during Spider-Man's "Tarzan" moments, flying around Manhattan, offering us a taste of his delirious momentum, visuals that lacked in previous Spider-Man films. There were fantastic visual gems through out the entire film as well. Worth seeing in 3D? Not really. However, there are a few worth while 3D moments through out.

Everything just seemed a little cooler in this latest installment, from the cast, to the characters they played, to the killer fight scenes. The exhilarating web-slinging scenes themselves were definitely note worthy, all the way down to his revamped blue and red leotard. And even though Spidey now has mechanical web-shooters (just like in the original comics), everything else stays familiar - the development of Spidey’s costume, learning to swing from buildings, saving lives etc. Even the chemistry between Spider-Man and his leading lady, Gwen Stacey (Emma Stone) is increasingly richer. The two definitely brought passion to their game. It's no wonder Stone and Garfield are dating in real life.

Overall The Amazing Spider-Man is shy of "amazing," but it is still fun, truly exciting, thrilling, added spectacular special effects and yes, elements of surprise, namely how touching it ends up being. It'll have your heart in the palm of its hands by the end of the movie. So go see it! You just might surprise yourself at how much you enjoy it.
Rating: B-

What did you think?

Monday, July 2, 2012

Happy Independence Day

God. Bless. America.
As our great country turns another year older it's time to reflect on what makes U.S. of A. phenomenal. To name a few things: Freedom of speech/religion, the birth of The Boss, Sylvia Plath, Michael Jordan, Super Grover, MTV (ahem, back when it aired videos), Pearl Jam, The Master of Suspense, the snuggie, Google, facebook, Krispy Kreme, Walt Disney, the birth of Hollywood Land, the Academy Awards, Johnny, Leo and Gweny. Seriously, America, you are one delicious young, and sexy, talented country!

Happy 236th Birthday!

Despite our petty difference, this is when we come together to celebrate as one. May you all have a fantastic 4th of July! Go blow sh*t up, have fun, be safe - it's what our Founding Fathers would want.

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