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...