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.