Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Quickie: 2nd Inception trailer, we're reminded why Christopher Nolan is brilliant

Quickie: Disney's Rapunzel pic

Not much to base it on, but Disney's Rapunzel looks great.

Sunday, December 27, 2009

Al Berto: "Sherlock Holmes" Quick Review

Me and “the woman” decided to spend Christmas night at the movies along with literally everyone else in LA. It was crowded, it was cold, and I was tired after a 10 hour shift at work. We had a choice between James Cameron’s Avatar, and Sherlock Holmes. We decided on Sherlock Holmes. I hadn’t seen the trailer yet, but knew a combo with Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law wouldn’t make me regret forking over a ridiculous amount of dough just to see a 2 hour flick and fatten ourselves with soda and popcorn.

Sherlock Holmes was everything I was expecting and more. One of the most extraordinary things about the movie is the amount of detail that went into trying to give you the feeling you were back in the late 1800’s. The buildings, the streets, the people, the props, I was extremely pleased.

I’ve always wondered what the deal with Robert Downey Jr. was, how at one point of his life, he’s a rising star, then goes through some really bad times and then Hollywood just accepts him right back in! There’s about a million people trying to get their foot in the door. He got his chance and blew it, and now it’s as if nothing ever happened. And this movie proved to me why, because HE IS A RIDICULOUSLY AMAZING ACTOR. It reminds me when I saw Pirates of the Caribbean for the first time and was just blown away with Johnny Depp's performance. I never really cared for Depp, I’ve seen his movies in the past, and he was just another actor in my eyes, but after watching Pirates of the Caribbean, I instantly became a new fan.

The one thing I was expecting was a great story, and it fully delivered. Sherlock Holmes pays a great amount of attention to detail; you should do the same if you think you’re going to be able to predict what’s going to happen in this movie.

The one thing that did surprise me is how I thought it was going to be a fact finding movie like National Treasure. Instead there was way, way more action involved.
Go see it.

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

"The Last Station" Trailer

Directed by Michael Hoffman, The Last Station is a biopic about Russian author Leo Tolstoy.

Christopher Plummer
stars as Tolstoy, and is joined by James McAvoy, Helen Mirren, Kerry Condon and AtD favorite Paul Giamatti.

Family Guy's "Something, Something, Something, Dark Side" Trailer

The Family Guy parody of Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back came out yesterday, and here is it's full length trailer, which is "a nearly exact remake" of the original Empire Strikes Back trailer from 1980.

It's called Something, Something, Something, Dark Side.

Quickie: Robin Hood trailer

Whaaat a disappointment. Robin Hood looks bad, real bad. This looks long, boring, freakishly slow and not very interesting to be honest. Dang it, I was hoping it would be the definitive retelling of the story. Should have known by the casting of Russell Crowe it wasn't going to be. Oh well, check out the trailer friends.

Quickie: The Karate Kid trailer

Today is going to be a day of trailers folks... The new trailer for The Karate Kid... not bad... I take that back... it looks bad ass! Check it out.

Monday, December 21, 2009

Avatar opens with 73 million dollars

James Cameron's Avatar did what everyone thought it would do... well! The movie pulled in 73 million dollars and was a huge critical success. 73 million is actually less than predicted, but it was only because of the UNpredictable. Snow blizzards on the East Coast caused the movie to dip a bit in the number, but still broke a record.

Avatar broke a record for the biggest opening of any "original" movie in history. That means, it wasn't adapted from a book or comic book, and was NOT a sequel. That's like Star Wars status right there! The critics all agree and the box office doesn't lie (most of the time). But did you go see it? Tell us what you think? FattMatt was busy camping this weekend, and Tonedog was just flat out busy. Maybe this week!

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Quickie: Hot Tub Time Machine trailer 2

Looks like it's going to be funny. There's a large cast of funny men. We posted the first trailer a few months ago, but thought this is a valid update. Enjoy.

Quickie: Bounty Hunter movie poster

This movie has made more headlines in tabloids than real newspapers. It stars Jennifer Aniston and Gerard Butler. Does the plot really matter? No, I didn't think so. I'll end it here and let you see the poster now.

New Alice in Wonderland trailer!

WOW... the first REAL trailer from Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland. And it looks great!!!! Check it out below and remember, the movie is out March 5th, 2010. My birthday is the 8th, so tickets to see this would be a great gift, wink wink. Enjoy.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Quickie: Inception movie poster

This is Christopher Nolan's follow-up to The Dark Knight, it's Inception. Starring Leonardo DiCaprio, it look incredible.

Sunday, December 13, 2009

"Brooklyn's Finest" Trailer

Antoine Fuqua, director of Training Day, has reunited with Ethan Hawke for another movie.

Brooklyn's Finest is another cop movie that takes place in, obviously, Brooklyn, NYC.

The cast also includes Richard Gere, Don Cheadle and Wesley Snipes.

Slashfilm breaks down the 3-story film like this:
Gere is a cop with seven days left in his career, who is saddled with a young recruit in his last week. Hawke is a financially troubled married father with more kids on the way, who considers stealing some drug money to ease his troubles. Cheadle is a deep undercover cop assigned to set up and take down a thug (Snipes) with whom he has a history. The three stories eventually collide in a violent climactic event.

The trailer can be found in high-def on Apple's site.
Here is the trailer on YouTube:

Quickie: "Jackass 3D?"

Just a quick story for you Jackass fans out there.

Slashfilm reported that the next Jackass sequel that will most likely be released in 2010 could be in 3D!

Jackass 3 already has an IMDb page. Listed on it to return are of course Johnny Knoxville, Bam Margera, Steve-O, and Chris Pontius.

"Wichita" Now "Knight & Day"

This is an update to my previous post about James Mangold's Untitled "Wichita" Project.

As you may recall, director of films 3:10 to Yuma and Walk the Line James Mangold has been working on an untitled film featuring Tom Cruise, Cameron Diaz and Paul Dano that was nicknamed "Wichita." The story had to do with a "powerful battery that holds the key to an infinite power source" which was probably created by Dano's character.
Cruise plays a government agent who's just met Diaz's character as they both must survive conspiracy theory type action scenarios, a la Eagle Eye.

Well, the film is now called Knight & Day and still has nothing to do with knights in shining armor. Also added to the cast are Peter Sarsgaard and Maggie Grace.

I'm looking forward to a trailer to see what this will look like. Hopefully it won't just be anotherEagle Eye or Mr. & Mrs. Smith.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Quickie: Iron Man 2 Whiplash poster

THIS IS AN AWESOME POSTER... check out Mickey Rourke as Whiplash in Iron Man 2.

Quickie: The Vicious Kind trailer

This looks like a good one folks. It's getting awards and rave reviews everywhere it plays. Starring Adam Scott and J.K. Simmons. I'll let the trailer do the talking... enjoy!

Tony: Julie & Julia DVD Review

Ok, so I'm always talking smack about "chick flicks" and how I refuse to watch them because they're so dang predictable. Well, this is a movie that stars Meryl Streep and the woman DESERVES attention damn it. The DVD is Julie & Julia, and as I just said, it stars Meryl Streep, Amy Adams and Stanley Tucci. This is a reunion of sorts for Streep and Adams, they co-starred in last years fantastic, Doubt. Ok, now, opinion, not plot.

The movie is stupid. I could end my review there, but I wont. The movie chronicles Julia Child (Streep) and her life in the cooking world. It reveals how she wrote her famous cook book for Americans, "Mastering the Art of French Cooking". At the time, we see Julie (Adams) and how she became an internet sensation with her blog, about what else? Cooking. Julie decided to cook every recipe in Julia Child's book over the course of a year. And so she creates a blog and talks about her adventure. Now, being a blogger myself, this was somewhat amusing. I remember getting my very first comment on this blog (from other than FattMatt), and was so excited I shared it with my wife. But other than that.... here we goo...

The movie is freakishly slow, I mean, it takes about an hour before Julia Child is cooking, and Julie really gets going on the recipes. I didn't care for any of the Julie scenes to be quite honest. Adams plays a boring whiner who's friends have all become more successful than she is, and I didn't buy it. But Meryl Streep, my God this woman is something else, BRILLIANT.

There is one particular scene that stands out. Streep begins the scene happy about receiving a letter from her sister. When she discovers her sister is pregnant, and obviously Julia couldn't have her own children, she bursts into tears. She's holding onto her husband (played by Tucci) in so much pain. She's amazing, and she is the only reason this would get a "rent it" vote by me. Pay close attention to her voice and her mannerisms. I hope she's recognized AGAIN by the Academy for this one.

Like I said, I didn't enjoy the movie. But I can't say I didn't enjoy it AT ALL, because of Streep's performance. I think cooking enthusiasts would really enjoy it because if the lingo and techniques mentioned in the film. I watch the Food Network quite a bit and understood a lot of the talk. But my manly men readers, DON'T DO IT... DON'T YOU DO IT! Don't you give into your girlfriends and wives and watch this movie. Bon appetit.

Monday, December 7, 2009

Resident Evil: Afterlife delayed

Back in July we told you about the Resident Evil sequel; Resident Evil: Afterlife. Well, don't get too excited, but stay a little excited. It's still going to happen, it's still going to be made. And, best part is, Milla Jovovich is back!

Only bad news is that it's being pushed back from August 27th, 2010 to January 14th, 2011. Not a huge deal, but the January date is interested. Not a big month for action flicks, that's more like August. January is usually a slow month in the industry, but this should give it a nice boost. Let's see, you going to watch it?

McG wants to make Terminator Salvation 2 and 3, would you watch?

OK, so I didn't exactly LOVE Terminator Salvation. But as I said in my review, it was an action movie with non-stop thrills. Well, if you were divided on the issue of McG being the director, here's some news for you. He is speaking out that he wants to complete a trilogy of "Terminator" films; Salvation being the first.

The movie rights are in limbo right now, but who knows, maybe a major studio buys the rights and McG gets his dream. Either way, I think I'm gonna sit this one out and buy the Blu-Ray. I don't feel like spending 12 dollars a ticket, leave dissapointed, and wishing James Cameron was still in control of the franchise.

Tony: My Sister's Keeper DVD review

My Sister's Keep was one of those movies I read a lot about, but never reallllly wanted to watch. I know we're late on this one, but as with many things in life, it was worth the wait. This may sound funny, coming from someone who loves movies as much as I do, but it looked too damn depressing to watch. I knew it was about a little girl who was dying, and that's about it. There was so much more to this story.

As always with AtD, we're about opinion, not plot. I will tell you this, the story is center around the character of Kate, played by Sofia Vassilieva. Kate is a teenage girl dying of leukemia. Her mother (played by Cameron Diaz) is desperate to keep her alive at all costs. Diaz's character is married to Jason Patric, who is terrific in this film, and very underrated in Hollywood. The story arc centers around Kate's sister, Anna, played by Abigail Breslin. Anna has had five operations in her short life, trying to help save her older sister.

The film does something rarely seen anymore, shows you the ugly side of people, but still makes you care about them. Every character in the movie is good, deep down inside. But Kate's illness has brought out the worst in everyone. Her mother is a crazy person, determined to keep her alive. Her parents barely know each other because they are so preoccupied with her illness. Kate's little brother, played by Evan Ellingson (also great in the film), has been neglected since he was a child due to her illness.

The movie is directed by Nick Cassavetes who also directed such films as Alpha Dog, The Notebook and John Q. There are a lot of flashbacks and flash forwards in order for the audience to see Kate before she was sick, during her illness, and her later days. Every member of the family has a narrative in the film, which is great to see everyone's perspective of the family's situation.

The star of the show is by far Abigail Breslin. This little girl had my wife and I in tears during multiple scenes in the film. She commands attention for every scene she is in, and you truly forget her age, she's only 13 years old! Diaz was really the only negative for me in the film, I didn't buy the whole "bitchy mom" act. She's played too many goody good girls to make us believe she could be "evil". As I said earlier, Jason Patric is great and I wish we saw more of him in Hollywood. He had a nice co-starring role this season on Entourage which was fun to watch. And Sofia Vassilieva may not win an Oscar for her role as the sick daughter, but she will earn great recognition. I would say this is a movie definitely worth watching. Just have a box of Kleenex ready.

Friday, December 4, 2009

"Yogi Bear" to be CGI & Live-Action Hybrid

Entertainment Weekly reported that a live-action and computer animated hybrid feature of the Hanna-Barbera cartoon Yogi Bear is in the works.

The film is set to star Dan Aykroyd as voice of the titular CGI star Yogi and Justin Timberlake will play the voice of a CGI Boo-Boo.
Tom Cavanagh (Ed) will play a live-action Ranger Smith and AtD favorite Anna Faris will play a live-action character named Rachel.

Supposedly, the story will be that Yogi and Boo-Boo are stealing a bunch of pic-a-nic baskets from the campers and getting on Ranger Smith's angry side. Rachel, a nature documentary filmmaker, is trying to film Yogi and Boo-Boo for her next project.

The movie is set to be in 3D and will be directed by Journey to the Center of the Earth director Eric Brevig. Warner Bros. is trying for a release date of December 17, 2010.

Monday, November 30, 2009

Quickie: First Iron Man 2 poster released

Yahoo has put up the first official poster for Iron Man 2. Looks great!!!!

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Death of the DVD?

Hello boys and girls, and welcome to the round table. I don't know why I just said that, but I did, and you're reading it so ha! Today I want to discuss something near and dear to my heart, the DVD medium. I remember less than ten years ago, my life was changed forever... DVD's were made readily available at a store near you. You're telling me I can skip chapters, like 5 or 10 minutes at a time? You're telling me there's subtitles and multi-angles (which never works btw)? YOU, are telling ME, that there will be "extra" stuff, like behing-the-scenes footage and "making of" documentaries? Holy-shmoly! I was hooked, and here I am over a 1,000 DVD's deep and into the Blu-Ray medium.

Here's my concern, everything is headed digital, or streaming. Netflix online, or straight to a PS3 or X-Box 360 is coming. Streaming movies from their server to your system. Digital Copies of your favorite movies online, for free, and legal. Some may argue that nothing replaces the physical aspect of owning a DVD or Blu-Ray. But I'll tell you this... they said that about CD's no more than five years ago. And now, the digital downloading age is upon us. I officially have as many friends that buy CD's as they do at the iTunes store.

I have always been one to adapt to change, but these DVD's are my babies and I can't let them fall to the waste side. I can't seem to accept that some day, there will be nothing but microchips to play our movies, in full HD. I have to be OK with letting them go. But for now, I will not. I will hold my head up high and brag... about my DVD's!

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Guest Review: Al Berto: "The Men Who Stare at Goats"

I must say, the only thing that was remotely interesting about The Men Who Stare at Goats was the trailer. Whoever created this trailer did a pretty damn good job, because this movie was just horrible. This movie reminds me of Burn after reading. It’s clear the writers couldn’t figure out which genre the movie was going to be. It tries so hard to be a comedy, yet it keeps falling short of a drama.
A reporter, played by Ewan McGregor, is in Iraq trying to find the story of a lifetime when he meets Lyn Cassady (George Clooney), a guy who claims to be a former member of the U.S. Army's First Earth Battalion, a unit that employs paranormal powers in their missions.
Throughout the whole movie you’re wondering to yourself, is Lyn Cassady for real or full of BS? And as the plot goes on you realize he’s a little bit of both. The two of them roam around the Middle East trying to find “something” and run into a number of obstacles and only have one tool to find it, Lyn Cassady’s psychic abilities.
George Clooney’s last few movies haven’t been really that good, and I’d think twice about seeing another one in the future.
All and all, it’s the type of movie you’d expect so much from, yet it falls so short. I guess if you’ve seen everything else, and you’re really really bored, then go see this.

Guest Review: Al Berto: "Planet 51"

Welcome to a world of creativity with a lack of… creativity.

Captain Charles "Chuck" Baker played by Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson , an American astronaut, lands on an unknown planet thinking he's the first life form to step foot on it. To his surprise, he finds that this planet is inhabited by little green people who are happily living in an American 1950’s, white picket fence world. Lem, played by Justin Long, (who you can usually be find in the Mac vs. PC commercials), is just a teenager working on getting the girl of his dreams, while trying to land a job at a local planetarium. Lem risks his job, his relationship with his family and his future girlfriend to help Chuck get back to his ship orbiting the planet above.

When I watched the trailer to this movie I was totally excited. I thought to myself, “finally, something original.” I’m so sick of this phase the film industry is going through of bringing back old ideas to keep selling tickets. It’s as if Hollywood writers lost all touch with the right side of their brains and I’m honestly getting sick of the “Hollywood Formula:” Everything’s normal, something disrupts it all, the main character faces a number of challenges, he or she overcomes those challenges, happy ending. You’d think in this day and age that movie watchers would expect more, something a little different.

Sadly this movie is typically the same as the rest. The one thing that stuck me the most was the complete lack of imagination and creativity from such an amazing plot idea. They took absolutely no effort whatsoever to give you the feeling that you were on another world. I think the only real difference between earth and planet 51 was that the inhabitants physically look different, (they were obviously green with four fingers and didn’t have noses), and they have weird gravitation properties. Their dogs were a small cute version of the alien seen in the 1986 movie Alien. For some reason they had American looking cars that floated, yet their helicopters needed blades to lift them off the ground. Somehow, 50 million light years away, another species also invented a game that required a round heavy object to hit 10 pins, and they called it bowling! Did I mention it rained rocks? The odds of all this occurring has to be one out of, I don’t know, a billion-zillion-kagillion! The one and only thing that was remotely entertaining about this movie was a small probe sent to the planet to study and find living creatures, but failed its mission because it had an obsession with examining and collecting rocks.

You would figure an animated movie would have encouraged a number of creative ideas from such an interesting movie plot idea. Planet 51 was basically just a reason to make a quick buck by an unknown animated movie company. This is why Pixar will still be number one in my book; DreamWorks comes in a close second.

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Edward Norton's "Leaves of Grass" Trailer

Now this looks awesome.

Leaves of Grass is basically a pot comedy thriller.
It stars Edward Norton in two roles as identical twins, Susan Sarandon as their mom, and Richard Dreyfuss as a drug lord.

The film is written and directed by Tim Blake Nelson, who you probably know from the Coen Brothers' film O Brother, Where Art Thou?

Here's the official plot synopsis:
Edward Norton is Bill Kincaid, an Ivy League classics professor, who returns to rural Oklahoma to bury his dangerously brilliant identical twin brother, only to discover that the brother he believes to have been murdered has lured him home to involve him in a doomed plot against a local drug lord. Before Bill can flee, he’s implicated in a murder, and his life has become completely unraveled…”

What do you guys think?

Friday, November 20, 2009

"RED" Cast = Holy Crap

A few of you might remember my posting on the upcoming film Red.

Basically, Summit Entertainment is bringing to life Warren Ellis' graphic novel Red.

As I mentioned before, the film will star Bruce Willis as the main character with Morgan Freeman co-starring.
Well, now you can also add to the lineup Helen Mirren, John C. Reilly, Ernest Borgnine, Richard Dreyfuss, and Brian Cox!
Also joining the cast are Julian McMahon (Nip/Tuck), and Mary Louise Parker (Weeds).

Once again, here is the basic story:
"As a C.I.A. operative, Paul Moses’s unique talent for killing took him around the world, from one hotspot to another, carrying out the deadly orders of his superiors. And when he retired, he wanted to put his bloody past behind him. But when a new administration takes over the White House, the powers that be decide that Moses knows too much, forcing him back into the game against the agency that trained him."
We can't wait for a trailer to see how they'll transfer the comic's unique look to the big screen!

"Super Troopers 2" Coming Soon

In an interview with the Movie Cultists, the boys of Broken Lizard have revealed that they are pretty far into the development of a Super Troopers Part 2.

They are three drafts into the writing of the script, and already have all the financial backing they need. They are now prepared to go to FOX to get everything done.

To make everything even better, AtD favorite Brian Cox, who played Captain O'Hagan in the original, is definitely ready to reprise his role.

We here at AtD absolutely love the first Super Troopers, and can't wait for this sequel!
What do you guys think?

"Independence Day" Sequel Might Be Two Movies

Independence Day director Roland Emmerich is claiming to MTV that he's working on two back-to-back sequels for the film. He says he wants the story arc, which will take place somewhere between 12-15 years after the first, to be bigger and more intricate.

While there is no script written as of yet, Emmerich did confirm that the story won't venture away from the planet Earth.
They will possibly be titled ID4-Ever, Parts I & II.
Will Smith is expected to return, of course.

Ridley Scott's "Monopoly" Premise

If you thought you've heard it all already, think again.
Ridley Scott, director of such epic movies as American Gangster, Kingdom of Heaven, Black Hawk Down, Gladiator, Blade Runner, Alien etc. etc. is planning a movie based on Monopoly, the popular board game.
Why? Who knows.
Apparently, the premise is about this guy who's trying to beat the world record for marathon playing, which is 70 straight days. Somewhere in his deliriousness he ends up in the parallel universe of the game.
The man responsible for the concept, Frank Beddor, puts it this way:
"[H]e’s in this very vibrant place, Monopoly City, and he’s just come out of a Chance Shop. As it goes on, he takes on the evil Parker Brothers in the game of Monolopy. He has to defeat them. It tries to incorporate all the iconic imageries - a sports car pulls up, there’s someone on a horse, someone pushing a wheelbarrow - and rich Uncle Pennybags, you’re going to see him as the maître d’ at the restaurant and he’s the buggy driver and the local eccentric and the doorman at the opera. There’s all these sight gags..."

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Will Smith Wants "Flowers for Algernon"

So basically, 2-time nominee Will Smith is trying really hard to win an Oscar.
The Pursuit of Happyness and Seven Pounds didn't quite cut it, so he's deciding to step up his game and go "full retard."

Pajiba is reporting that Mr. Smith is looking to star in another film version of the book Flowers for Algernon. I say "another" because the Daniel Keyes novel has already been made into a film once before. Charly won Cliff Robertson an Oscar back in 1969. Could it happen again?

Here's how slashfilm explains the story:
The story is a fairly serious bit of sci-fi on one hand, in which researchers have come up with a way to increase the intelligence of test subjects. On the other hand, it’s a fairly determined and unsubtle tearjerker. The mentally disabled Charlie becomes the first human test subject. (Don’t read the rest of this paragraph if you’re touchy about knowing what happens in a 40-year old novel you should already know the synopsis to.) Charlie’s intelligence increases massively, but then he realizes that the change will not be permanent. His life changes quite a lot thanks to his new intelligence — he loses his job and finally has experience with women, among other things — but eventually he’s right back where he started.

Video Montage of Movie Titles Spoken in Movies

The guys over at videogum made this awesome video montage of movie clips where the title of the movie is spoken by a character.

Haha, Family Guy fans, enjoy:

Friday, November 13, 2009

Quickie: Grown Ups trailer

How about Adam Sandler, David Spade, Kevin James, Chris Rock, Rob Schneider, Salma Hayek, Steve Buscemi, Maria Bello AND Gary Busey. Damn that's a lot of talent... check it out:

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Quickie: Extraordinary Measures trailer

Sorry, but today is a day of trailers around here... and this one really looks interesting. Brendan Fraser and Harrison Ford star in a heart warming story about a dad trying to save his dying children. I'll let the trailer do the talking, but this looks good.

Quickie: Kick-Ass trailer

I'm not sure I like this as much as the other blogs online do... the movie is based on a comic book series; a pretty series and compelling one at that. The trailer makes it look a lot different... check it out:

Quickie: Clash of The Titans trailer

Monday, November 9, 2009

FattMatt Review: "Cirque du Freak: The Vampire's Assistant"

Maybe it was my fault that Cirque du Freak: The Vampire's Assistant sucked.

Maybe it was my fault that I expected a lot more out of John C. Reilly. He was bland and monotonous in this movie. He didn't show his talents at all. He was very rigid, and it was so boring to watch him, which is really disappointing.
I mean, I know he played a vampire so he should be a little stiff, but still.
He's John C. Reilly.
The man's movie career started in a Brian DePalma film. Since only 1989, he's been in 50 film productions. Not to mention that in the year 2002, the man starred in 3 separate films that were each nominated for Best Picture of the Year and had a combined total of 32 Oscars nods. He himself was nominated for a Best Supporting Role Oscar, plus a Grammy Award.
In addition to being liked by DePalma, the guy also worked for Robert Altman, Martin Scorsese, Peter Segal, Stephen Daldry, Rob Marshall, Wolfgang Petersen, Paul Thomas Anderson, Cutris Hanson, Lasse Hallström and Tony Scott.
Not to mention he played 2 of my favorite comedic characters ever: 'Dale' in Step Brothers and 'Cal' in Talladega Nights.

Maybe it was my fault that I expected a lot more out of the supporting cast, because if the main actor can't seem to entertain, you can lean a little bit on some support, right? But no, they weren't anything special either.
I mean it only included great actors like Willem Dafoe, Ken Watanabe, Salma Hayek, Michael Cerveris and Orlando Jones.

Maybe it was my fault that I expected more out of director & co-writer Paul Weitz, director of About a Boy, the classic American Pie, and writer of Antz. I thought for sure he'd be able to use his experience to bring this story to life and keep me interested, or at least keep it consistently funny all the way through. But no.

Maybe it was my fault that I expected more out of co-writer Brian Helgeland, writer of Mystic River, Man on Fire, Payback and L.A. Confidential to be able to write an intriguing story and pull me deep into this world of vampires, freaks and circus acts; to give these notable actors captivating lines to speak. But no.

Maybe it was my fault that I expected more out of the story, which is based on a 12 book series that has been published in 30 languages in 37 different countries in the world.

Maybe it was my fault that this movie sucked.

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Eminem to star in a four part, 3D horror pic

We've got a bit of a treat for you Eminem fans, like my cousins Danny and Ronny. The 37 year old rapper/actor will star in a four part horror film according to screendaily. I forgot to mention... it's in 3D. The working title is Shady Talez, and will feature Eminem in multiple roles; each part featuring him a little bit different than the rest.

The 2002 semi-bio-pic, 8 Mile was a success, both commercially and critically. We discovered that Eminem the rapper, could act. He's said in the past that he would like to get deeper into acting, but on the comedy side. I think this is a great project for him. His lyrics, creativity, his cover art, all sort of led up to this. He has multiple characters he "plays" in his music, why not make it a film. We'll have to of course wait for the final result, but I for one, am personally looking forward to this film.

Picture courtesy of /slashfilm.

Friday, November 6, 2009

Quickie: Planet 51 clip

Here's a new clip from the cgi film, Planet 51, enjoy...

Thursday, November 5, 2009

FattMatt: "The Boondock Saints II: All Saints Day" Review

There are some movies who's integrity depends on the outcome of the sequel(s). For example, The Matrix trilogy and their excellent part 1, followed by an OK part 2 (Reloaded), then a sub-par part 3 (Revolutions). It brought the entire trilogy down.
There are some films who's sequel(s) don't affect them at all. The Godfather and The Godfather Part II, for example, are unscathed by the sub-par Part III.

Then there are films that just don't require a sequel at all, but some people feel the necessity to make one anyway, and not for monetary purposes. When that rare case arises, making a movie as fan candy, then there is just one thing to make sure you don't mess up: Make it exactly like the first.

The Boondock Saints II: All Saints Day is one of those rare cases. The film had absolutely no need to be made... at least not in 2009, anyways.

You see, the first Boondock Saints was a little independent film that came out 10 years ago, and pretty much went straight-to-DVD because of the Columbine tragedy. And for the last 10 years, it's been rapidly gaining fans around the world and has become a cult classic. It's one of those films that you've never heard of, but when someone who has speaks to you about it, they speak as if it's the greatest film of all time. I, personally, have never met anyone that dislikes the first film. As a matter of fact, if I had to pick just one favorite movie, it would be The Boondock Saints. I was introduced to it by a friend who spoke of it like it was the greatest film ever made, (Mark, wherever you are), and I, in turn, try to preach it to everyone like the Good Book.

Now if writer/director Troy Duffy had made a sequel back in 2001-ish, then fine, (which he unfortunately couldn't because of many legal problems). That probably would've worked out ok.
The problem with making a sequel to a film 10 years after the first came out and reached cult status is that the fans are expecting a lot. A LOT.
Knowing this, Duffy concentrated too much on making a movie for the fans of the first one, and not enough time developing plot or story. He spent too much time adding inside jokes wherever he could, and not enough time developing characters. He spent too much time trying to make it look badass with new slo-mo effects, and not enough time polishing the film clean overall.

What we get is a sequel with no heart, poor story, annoying characters... and no heart.

What made the first film so great was how the comedy came naturally. It was a subtlety that was noticed better during the second or third viewing. It wasn't in-your-face.
What made the first film so great was how you knew each and every character as if they were your friends, and understood why they acted out the way they did.
What made the first film so great was how it was so low budget that it had a natural gritty quality to it that added character. No artificial qualities had to be added to it.
What made the first film so great was how it didn't try to be the next coolest thing. It just was.

Although I will say that Sean Patrick Flanery and Norman Reedus did a fine job the second time around as the 'Saint' brothers Connor and Murphy.
Clifton Collins, Jr. was a wonderful addition to the cast as 'Romeo', even though he was just a 'Rocco' replacement.
Willem Dafoe was definitely missed as FBI Agent Smecker.
I'm glad that the 3 amigos, detectives Dolly, Duffy and Greenly (David Ferry, Brian Mahoney and Bob Marley), received a larger role this time around.
And it was a delight seeing Doc, 'F**k Ass' (Gerard Parkes) one more time, not to mention seeing Rocco (David Della Rocco) in a dream sequence that was arguably the funnest part of the film.

What I couldn't stand was Julie Benz's character, Special Agent Eunice Bloom. Not that she isn't very attractive or a bad actress or anything. It's just that she had this totally annoying and completely unnecessary southern accent which took me out of the film every time she spoke.
Billy Connolly as 'Il Duce' was a waste of award-winning talent this time around, I hate to say, and Peter Fonda is Peter Fonda ('The Roman'), so if you're going to put him in your movie, please give him a little more to do then just sit there.

To wrap up, watch this movie if you're a Boondock Saints fan just so you can say you watched it. Who knows, you might enjoy it.
If you're not a fan of the original, stay away because it just won't make any sense to you, but be sure to watch the original instead.

Overall, I was pretty disappointed.
What are your thoughts?

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Chuck Russell to direct Arabian Nights... in 3D

Variety is reporting that Chuck Russell has been tapped to direct Arabian Nights in 3D. The movie has a 70 million dollar budget and will start shooting in April of next year. I thought this was interesting, the paper reveals a plot:
In a new spin on the classic, the story follows a young commander who, after his king is killed in a palace coup, joins forces with Sinbad, Aladdin and his genie to rescue Scheherazade and her kingdom from dark powers.
That may be interesting; seeing Sinbad AND Aladdin working with the Genie. Again, it could be great or really fall on its face. We'll have to wait and see. We'll keep you posted.

Quickie: Prince of Persia trailer

Looks good... see what you guys think.

Quickie: Brand new 'Salt' trailer featuring Angelina, kickin' butt

We really haven't talked about this one much, but it looks good. The movie is Salt, and it stars Angelina Jolie. She's no stranger to kick ass action movies, and this one looks promising. But I have to be honest, the whole "being set up", then spending the rest of the movie proving your innocent has been done before, A LOT. We'll have to wait for the finished product to see if it's any good. Enjoy the trailer.

Monday, November 2, 2009

FattMatt: "Law Abiding Citizen" Review

Every year the American public is bombarded with a crapload of action movies whose trailers promise that they'll keep you "on the edge of your seat." Only a select few, however, live up to that famous tagline.
Law Abiding Citizen is one of those select few.

Jamie Foxx (Ray) stars as a district attorney who took the easy way out in a trial 10 years ago. Gerard Butler (300) is the man who doesn't feel that justice was done and decides to take matters into his own hands like a madman, killing and torturing those he feels should pay.

Everyone was cast very well in this film, including the excellent supporting cast. Everyone did a wonderful job.
Butler especially showed a little more emotion than I'm used to seeing from him, playing a character whose wife and daughter have been murdered.

The best part of this film, however, is the way the story plays out. Without giving too much away, I'll just say that Butler's character figures out many different, uniquely creative ways to get his prey. Sometimes, without being even remotely around them. He uses any means necessary. It helps that he's a brilliant inventor and holds many patents on different mechanisms he's created. You'll literally be on the edge of your seat, waiting to see in what crazy way he's going to get his next victim. His methods will leave your mind blown.

Except for a few scenes, the movie is also pretty unpredictable in how it all plays out. I really enjoyed the calm before the storm, waiting nervously to see what will happen next.

The film is, however, full of cliches that really get annoying sometimes. One example is Jamie Foxx calmly walking away from an explosion without looking back... in slo-mo, of course.
Luckily, they weren't bad enough to distract me from the story completely.

Overall, I really liked this movie and recommend it to everyone. It was just plain badass.
Go see it, people.

Anthony Hopkins cast as Odin in Thor film?

Yep, just as the title asks... SIR Anthony Hopkins is in talks to play Thor's "father", Odin. The casting news was announced via The Hollywood Reporter and this comic book geek is a very happy man. It's not confirmed, but once it is, I'm throwing a party.

Anthony Hopkins is simply brilliant, he commands attention in every role. Check out Fracture and see what you think. For now, it's a rumor, but when its fact, we'll let you know!

Quickie: Full length How to Train Your Dragaon trailer

Here's the full length trailer brought to you by Yahoo. I have to tell you, I'm not at all impressed with the trailer. I could be wrong, because, after all, it IS Dreamworks Animation film. They make top notch films so I don't see them dropping the ball on this. But the dragon just doesn't look right, see for yourself...

Saturday, October 31, 2009

Etan Cohen to write Men in Black 3

"Here come the Men in Black, galaxy defenders"! Sounds like a bad 80's cartoon theme song. Variety is reporting that Etan Cohen is set to write Men in Black 3. ETAN Cohen, not one half of the Cohen brothers, that's ETHAN, not Etan. Etan Cohen wrote Tropic Thunder and the under appreciated Idiocracy.

Columbia is hard up for a hit and they're probably thinking this is a sure thing, but I respectfully disagree. Men in Black 2 was so bad, so stupid, I think they lost the charm and wit that made the first one so good. Couple that with the amount of time its been since the sequel, would anyone really be interested? None of the cast has signed on, and this could end up in a company drawer somewhere for a few years. Let's just hope it doesn't become a straight-to-DVD movie involving the grandchildren of Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones' characters. Ha!

Lobo questions and rumors, Clancy Brown cast?

People online are having a field day with this one... Clancy Brown is in talks to star as Lobo, the superhero film to be directed by Guy Ritchie. People either hate it or love it, nowhere in between. I like the casting choice; Brown has a fantastic voice (he voices Lex Luthor for DC cartoons), and he has the physical stature to play Lobo. He may not weigh 300 pounds of muscle, but look what Mickey Rourke was able to accomplish for The Wrestler.

That's the rumor part of the post, what about the questions? Well the question remains, how will Warner Brother portray the anti-hero? Do they go all CGI like The Incredible Hulk? Or do they go half and half like Bill Nighy as Davy Jones in the 'Pirates' movies? OR, straight up makeup like Ron Pearlman in Hellboy? My vote is Hellboy status. The actor needs to act, or else you're using a body double like Darth Vader in the Star Wars films. The makeup in movies is way better than its ever been, they could easily pull off making Brown look like Lobo. Plus, Hellboy and Lobo are both cigar lovers, wink wink to all my fans. We'll keep you posted as more comes up.

Tony: This is It review

Where do you even start to explain the talent that was Michael Jackson? Where do you begin to even fathom the scope of his popularity worldwide? You really can't, is the answer. The best you can do, is sit back and watch others and how they are around him. This is It, is the documentary about his final tour that never was. As always with AtD, not so much plot, as it is opinion.

The movie follows a pretty steady chronological order; beginning with the casting of the backup dancers. This is where you sit back and watch in amazement how popular Michael Jackson actually was. There are interviews with people who flew, from Australia, with only 2 days notice to audition for the concert. Three quarters of the dancers interviewed in the beginning were actually crying at the thought of being in the show. And EVERY SINGLE dancer commented on how Michael Jackson was their inspiration and motivation to be a dancer.

The movie goes through about ten songs, and how they were going to be presented at the London shows. The choreography is brilliant. At 50 years old, Jackson was out dancing men half his age. He did look thin and weak at times, but when it came to dancing, he was on it. His attention to detail and his need for the show to be perfect was inspiring. There is a number where he didn't feel the bassist was giving it his all, so he politely, yet firmly asked him to step it up. Always following his soft demands saying "with love"; as to share a mutual respect.

The perfectionism goes far beyond the dancing. Jackson had his music so memorized, when a keyboardist was off by one note, he stopped the entire rehearsal and asked him to adjust. There are even a few times where he stepped in and made drastic changes to the show from what the director had in mind; and believe me, they were much better ideas from the originals.

Then there's the spectacle that was to be. The million man march of 'They don't really care about us'; the live action/historical movie footage of 'Smooth Criminal'; the 3D 'Thriller'; all of which would have made for an amazing concert that people really would not have been ready for.

The truth is, this is just a movie; it is just a documentary. And that's what we're reviewing today. Is it a good movie, yes. It's brilliant in the way it is pieced together to show a man who was determined to go out with a bang. It's entertaining and keeps you enthralled in the music and dancing the entire time. For me, it was a reminder to always try to be the best at what you do, or don't even bother. Long live the King of Pop.

Thursday, October 29, 2009

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