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Thursday
Dec292011

Films on my radar for Jan 2012

The Divide

This one is in here for two reasons...I love post apocolyptic/survival films and its nice to see Michael Biehn in a bigger budget film. Always interesting to see how people will change once they are placed in a survival situation especially when writers get creative. Personally, the unhappier the ending the better it is for these types of films.

Haywire

For this one I have to say...I rather see an actress that actually knows how to fight (Gina Carano) instead of sitting through an hour and a half of Angelina Jolie trying to be tough. The fact that Steven Soderbergh directs cannot hurt, plus they managed to fill in the gaps with almost all of Hollywood's leading actors.

 

Miss Bala

Gritty films like this deserve a shot of mainstream limelight. Drug cartels, money, murder, kidnapping and not to mention hot hispanic chicks, sounds like a recipe for success.

The Grey

Finally, I had to throw this cookie cutter Liam Neeson flick in here just because I admir this his work ethic. This guy puts movies out about as often as MTV releases reality shows. I'm not expecting a blockbuster but checking out Liam Neeson fight wolves can fill up a Tuesday night quite nicely. Just don't get this one confused with his recent films like Taken, The A-team, Unknown etc.

Sunday
Oct162011

The Walking Dead Season 2

Season 2 is finally here and the premiere was off the hook. Couple questions came up after watching the first episode...Like in the first season, there was a big deal made about how the zombies can smell the living, yet in this first episode, the characters are able to evade the walkers by hiding under cars...which was also brought up in the Talking Dead show afterwards. When asked the question, Robert Kirkman (executive producer) mentioned that the zombies are not bloodhounds, they don't follow their noses (insert Fruit Loops joke here) Another question that came up was are the dead bodies found inside of cars dead zombies or just dead people and if they were just dead people what are they still doing in the cars? I came up with a couple of answers to this one...they could have died in car accidents causing their bodies to rot away inside the car or something happened in the past causing them to die in the vehicle, be it gas, starvation, shot etc It would be interesting to find out more about how these people died besides the obvious zombie attack. With that said the season two opener was awesome and I along with the rest of America can't wait till next Sunday. Personally I can't wait for Merle to spring his one handed ass back into the story. The episode with him in the first season was among the best in my opinion. Also interesting will be the ticking time bomb that awaits Rick his wife and best friend. If you can't get enough of the Walking Dead, remember this show was spawned from 89 issues of the comic books which are available online so go check it out!

Wednesday
Oct122011

My dissection of the new Avengers trailer!

The new Avengers trailer starts out with what looks like to be a Micheal Bay-ish descruction of a city and people looking up in astonishing fear. You also get several shots of a somewhat assembled group of Avengers. The voice heard in the beginning is Loki, who is the main villian in the film just like he was in Thor. The trailer does not reveal much about how he happens to get to Earth but we know he can travel there by some means, which was also hinted in Thor. A couple of shots that stood out for me was Captain America and Tony Stark having a few words...This was smart of them to include simply becuase it foreshadows things to come between the two members. You also see Captain America fighting Thor of all people, which can either be a Skrull (shape shifting enemys of the Avengers) or something else entirley. Nick Fury with a bazooka, Black Widow tackling a henchmen, a possible Quinjet (Avengers' air transport) among other scenes seem to fill up the trailer pretty well but if you ask me, I still need to see more. Finally in the last scene we are blessed with a shot of Bruce Banner turning into the Hulk, in classic teaser form of a short scene cut. Being that the  Avengers will hit theaters unitl May of next year, leave us with alot of time to speculate, criticize and wait in anxiety for one of the most anticipated (the most anticipated movie in my opinion) films of 2012.

Wednesday
Aug102011

Rise of the Planet of the Apes, Rises to the top of 2011 films!

After all the movies I saw this summer, I have to honestly say I did not expect much from this particular release. In the beginning I asked myself why is the story taking place on Earth? Especially when the past films make a point in taking place on other planets. The trailer also pretty much gave away the whole premise for this movie, which any other time, I would say is a bad move. And not to mention the CGI apes which seemed like somewhat of a disconnect before even seeing the film, but actually turned out to be pretty damn good. This movie well done to the point that it keeps you interested despite of what you may know about the plot. The performances are solid from Andy Serkis who plays the ape named Caeser, James Franco also is believable as the genius scientist behind all the developments. Nods to the original Planet of the Apes was given in the form of quotes that include "It's a mad house!" and "Take your stinking paws off me, you damned dirty ape!" both made famous by Charlton Heston in the first film. The rhythm of the film is constant and leads to one of the smartest ending conclusions I've seen on screen in a long time. Pay attention to ties to the original film in the form of breaking news within the movie. Will there be another film to follow?...That depends on whether or not they get funding but this film can definitely stand on its own or breath life back into the story most of us got upset about with Tim Burtons 2001 remake of Planet of the Apes. Bottom line go see this movie, you will not be disappointed as will the fans of the original.

Sunday
Jul312011

Cowboys & Aliens, Overhyped or Worth the Wait?

So where do we begin, if you have already seen the trailer for this flick, you know it pulls you in and makes you ask questions. I'll be honest I'm not really a fan of westerns besides the fact that I loved Tombstone and Young Guns. That being said seeing Harrison Ford and Daniel Craig on screen together seemed intriguing. Ford has been in some of the most iconic movies of our time, so when I first heard of the casting, I knew I had to see it. I mean with Favreau at the helm, Craig as the muscle (with a really cool bracelet gun I would have loved to have as a kid) and Ford with the experience...you can't go wrong, right? Let's not forget Sam Rockwell which is a always a good addition and last but not least the eye candy of Olivia Wilde. This film has all the ingredients of being a huge hit. I'm gonna go ahead and say I liked it even though some parts dragged and some plot points were questionable. But the action was great and the ending was well done for my taste. The aliens were stenciled copies of previous films but it was fun to see the "What if aliens attacked cowboys?" question brought to light. This film by no means takes my favorite movie award but is a good addition to the summer blockbusters, even though it was tied with the Smurfs at the box office. I say go check it out for Harrison Ford's presence and the rest of the well rounded cast.

Sunday
Jul242011

Thundercats are Loose!

These are the new line of Thundercats figurines (debuted at the 2011 Comic Con) that Bandai will be releasing just in time for the new Thundercats series on Cartoon Network premiering July 29 8pm (ET, PT), of which my dvr is already set. The new series is said to appeal to the original fans as well as new followers. Look out for these collectables on Bandai's site here. Also take a look at the trailer for the new series below.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Friday
Jul222011

The Walking Dead Season 2 trailer

Season 2 is coming a bit earlier than expected look out for it Oct 16. 

Friday
Jul222011

More Pics for Comic Con San Diego 2011

Thursday
Jul212011

Captain America: The First Avenger Review

I have been excited about this movie since it's first mention, Chris Evans did a solid job as the mighty patriotic super soldier. The film is a bit over two hours long but tells us a intriguing retro story of how the captain came to be. The story line was fairly accurate with the comic books, the old setting is believable along with the Howard Stark tie in which makes it even better for future plots that I will not mention for the sake of spoilers. Adding to the military propaganda and olden ways seems a bit cheesy at times but then again this is how the character was detailed in the comic books as well. What I did not like about the film was that even with super serum and all, the Captain's abilities were not really portrayed as grand as an Ironman or Thor for example. We see a clear change in body mass but I felt the spectacular super human abilities were a bit muffled. This is something they can obviously change in the Avengers movie coming out next year. All in all Chris Evans pulls it off, the rest of the cast in the film add to the character of the movie and look out for Tommy Lee Jones for your occasional comedic relief. Hugo Weaving is highly believable as Red Skull, though it did take me a bit to get used to the German accent. Compared to Ironman this movie falls short, yet when compared to the Green Lantern I believe Captain America is the film to see. It is important to understand that this film is a mere stepping stone to the greater story that is the Avengers. Action is plenty and I commend Joe Johnston for his work. Oh and if you don't already know...stay after the credits for the extra scene.

Thursday
Jul212011

Random SDCC photos