Monday, May 31, 2010

Del Toro Steps Down from "The Hobbit"

Guillermo Del Toro left the project that he's been working on for the past two years, The Hobbit.

The director of Pan's Labyrinth, (an AtD favorite), made the announcement on the Lord of the Rings fansite just hours ago. He called it the "hardest decision of my life," and cites the ongoing delays in the setting a start date for filming as the reason for his choice to step down.
He has a long line of projects to work on in the upcoming 10 years, and the uncertainty in the starting of this film was a large scheduling conflict for him.

Del Toro was so concentrated on this film for the last two years that he even moved his wife and children to New Zealand, where the movie is set to be shot. The director's original commitment for the two films was for only three years of his time, not the six it's turning into.

Del Toro stated, however, that he will continue to co-write the screenplays with Peter Jackson.

Sunday, May 30, 2010

Tony: Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time review

Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time was awesome! We have all hesitated when hearing about a video game turned movie is announced, but this is an exception. As recently as standing in line for the movie, I Twittered to the world that I wasn't all that excited about the film. My wife and I were out and about yesterday and decided to see it anyway, and we both loved it. Let me dive right into the likes and dislikes.

What I liked about the movie:
The Action
Money obviously attracted Disney to this project, but there's more to it. The action portrayed in the video games made for a very interesting concept on screen. Director Mike Newell does a magnificent job with the action. The chase scenes, the Parkour (wall-jumping), the knife fights, etc. All of the above are shot incredibly well. The pacing of the movie is great; there isn't a dull moment in the film, it's always progressing. Thumbs up to Newell on this.

The Actors
At first I thought to myself, "Jake Gyllenhaal with an English accent is just not going to work". Well I stand corrected, and Gyllenhaal is awesome in the lead role. He's physically insane in the movie and demands the spotlight. Gemma Arterton does well in the lead female role, and the chemistry between her and Gyllenhaal is great. They have a tough love thing going that works considering Arterton's role in the film. Alfred Molina gives some amazing comic relief in the movie. Not every joke, but for the most part his role is well played. Then there is Sir Ben Kingsley. At this point in his career, his name says it all. He does well considering he is surrounded by a cast half his age. Just great casting all around in this movie.

The Usually Forgotten
The scenery is grand, the sand dunes spectacular and the sets are terrific. The soundtrack is very fitting of a summer blockbuster. As were the costumes and extras. I know I'm gushing about this movie, but really, everything was well done. It has an epic feel to it, until you see the swashbuckling action, it kind of puts it back in perspective. But it has a large scale feel to it.

What I didn't like about the movie:
The Story
I know it's a Disney film aimed at families, but the story is a bit weak. It was too much of the same thing in different settings (albeit beautiful settings). The trailers pretty much give it away. "The dagger is important, follow the dagger." Problem is, and I hate when movies do this, "he has the dagger, no she has the dagger. No wait, he has the dagger. Wait wait, now that guy over there has the dagger." Enough!

Overall, very satisfied and would be willing to see it again if someone were to ask me. Be weary that it is aimed at kids and families and then you wont be disappointed. The action, the direction, acting and set pieces are all worth your 12 bucks. After you see it, let me know what you think.

Friday, May 28, 2010

Free PoP Poster in the LA Times

All of our California-area readers will appreciate this post.

With today's Friday edition of the Los Angeles Times newspaper, readers will get a huge, free Prince of Persia fold-out poster.
The other side is a poster for The Sorcerer's Apprentice with Nicholas Cage.

Be sure to pick up your copy today. At only $0.75, it's a bargain!

Prince opens in theaters everywhere today.

Who should star in all these new Superhero movies?

Yesterday I posted news of Wonder Woman, The Flash and Aquaman coming to life. I'm really excited about this. Ever since I was a kid, I remember having ideas in my head of what the superheros would look like in live-action adaptations. If you have ever read this blog, you will see the passion I have for superhero movies. So, what actors should take these roles? I'll tell ya!

This post is completely for fun, I have no say in any of this, but It's fun to use your imagination to match actors to superheros. Heck, one time I was right on the money. So let's go in order and discuss casting.

First, Green Lantern is already set, they're currently in production. Ryan Reynolds was not the person I wanted. It came down to Ryan Reynolds and Bradley Cooper; I was rooting for Cooper. Don't get me wrong, I love Ryan Reynolds in almost anything he does, but to me, Cooper was a better choice; especially coming off the success of The Hangover. Cooper was funny and witty in that film, something that would have to shine through for the character of Hal Jordan (Green Lantern).

OK, here's a biggie, Wonder Woman is a great character. There is no way to win this argument, but I'm looking at looks, build, and acting ability. She needs to be cast perfectly, you ready?... Kate Beckinsale. Now, I'm not the first person by any means to suggest this, but she would be perfect! She can act (The Aviator) and she can kick butt (Underworld). Look at these pictures of Beckinsale actually dressed as Wonder Woman for Halloween, classic! She deserves an online petition or something.

Next is The Flash, a character I really don't care for; with proper casting, Warner Brothers could quickly change my mind. So what do we know about The Flash? He's fast, obviously, but he's a smart character as well. Who has the physique and brains to play the character?... Ryan Gosling. I've been a fan of his since Murder by Numbers, and LOVED Fracture. He has what it takes.

And last but not least is Aquaman. More than any other character, I want to see Aquaman come to the big screen. I've been talking about it for years now, my pick?... Paul Walker. Listen, Walker is not going to be winning any Oscars any time soon OK; he looks the part EXACTLY. I've read the comics since I was a kid and Walker is a spitting image of Arthur Curry (Aquaman). Walker was Into The Blue, he was basically Aquaman in that movie. He's my pick and I'm sticking to it.

Let me know what choices you agree or disagree with (the blog is Agree to Disagree after all). This is a fun time for this blogger, the golden age of comic cinema.

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Quickie: Sherlock Holmes 2 gets a release date

Warner Bros have announced the release date for Sherlock Holmes 2. The movie will be released December 16th, 2011. Just like the first film, it will be directed by Guy Ritchie and star Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law.

Rachel McAdams will also be in the sequel according to the producer of the film, Joel Silver. I loved the first film and hopefully the sequel will live up to its predecessor. Keep ya fingers crossed!

Green Lantern, Wonder Woman, The Flah, Aquaman are all going to happen?!

Warner Brothers is tearing it up! I love it! The superhero genre is in full effect at Warner Brothers Studio. The guys at /Slashfilm has some great news to make this blogger a very happy camper. Let's dive right in.

So we already knew about the Green Lantern film starring Ryan Reynolds. But what we didn't know was that there is an animated series set to begin after the live-action movie is released. The show will very obviously be called: "Green Lantern: The Animated Series" on Cartoon Network.

Next is news of two other superheros about to be greenlit for their own live-action films. I keep reading that Wonder Woman and The Flash are weeks about from a green light. I would love to see a Wonder Woman movie, hopefully with an actress that is both beautiful AND can act. I realize that is a tough combination when it comes to today's young actresses, but it's OK, I have hope.

As for The Flash, I could care less. If they make the movie I hope it's nothing more than a setup to a Justice League film.

And lastly there are rumors of an Aquaman film, I love it! I posted something about this a long time ago; but now it's starting to come back around. Nothing more than rumor right, but I WANT TO SEE AN AQUAMAN MOVIE!

James McAvoy is Professor X in X-Men: First Class

Heatvision had the scoop, and I love it! I love this casting choice. I'm a big fan of the versatile James McAvoy. I like a lot of his work. Everything from The Chronicles of Narnia to Atonement to Wanted; of very different roles. I wouldn't say he's an "underrated" actor by any means, but I wish he got more recognition for his work. His performance in Atonement is heart breaking and earned him a BAFTA Awards nomination for Best Leading Actor.

X-Men: First Class is going to be directed by the same man that brought us Kick-Ass, Matthew Vaughn. When we posted about Vaughn being hired, we knew there was going to be time constraints (the movie is set to be released in about a year). So casting is going to come fast and furious on this movie. I like the first choice here and hope the casting director continues in the same direction.

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Scorsese Wants De Niro and Pacino for a Sinatra Biopic

Martin Scorsese has been planning on making a Frank Sinatra biopic for a while now, and there is a lot of information about it so far. Some info is rumors, some is confirmed. Here's what we know so far. The film is to be called Sinatra. Universal has already made a deal with Tina Sinatra, Frank's daughter, and the Sinatra Estate and Warner Music Group to allow them to use any of Frank's original recordings, which may even include some unreleased material. Tina Sinatra is already on as executive producer of the project and given Scorsese full control of the project has stated that she trusts him to "present the truth" about the legendary singer. Deadline|Hollywood's Nikki Finke had previously stated that Universal's top pick to play the lead was Johnny Depp. However, in a recent interview Scorsese gave with The Hindu, a national Indian newspaper, he states "I'm yet to spot the actor who can bring back Frank Sinatra alive on screen. My choice is Al Pacino, and Robert De Niro as Dean Martin."

Scorsese also confirms in the interview that the initial script is ready, which was written by Academy Award nominee Phil Alden Robinson, who wrote and directed Field of Dreams.

In an interview with ShortList, Scorsese has stated the following about the structure: "
in structure I’d like it to be more like GoodFellas. But like The Aviator, it only deals with certain times in his life. We can’t go through the greatest hits of Sinatra’s life. We tried this already. Just can’t do it. So the other way to go is to have three or four different Sinatras. Younger. Older. Middle-aged. Very old. You cut back and forth in time – and you do it through the music. See what I’m saying?"

What do you guys think? Is Pacino the right choice to play Ol' Blue Eyes?

Update: New casting for Kung Fu Panda: The Kaboom of Doom

UPDATE: Jean Claude Van Damme has joined the cast of Kung Fu Panda: The Kaboom of Doom. Also joining Van Damme will be Michelle Yeoh, and Victor Garber. Pretty interesting news; I wonder how Van Damme will perform as a voice actor. I don't recall any movie's he's lent his voice to, so this should be interesting. As far as Yeoh, I'm really not familiar with any of her work; and Garber is a great actor.

The title says it all, and we love it! Gary Oldman is joining the cast of Kung Fu Panda: The Kaboom of Doom as a character named Peacock. Of course this film is the sequel to Dreamworks' mega-hit, Kung Fu Panda. Oldman has a great voice and I think he'll fit in nicely with the likes of Jack Black, Angelina Jolie, Seth Rogen, etc.

I didn't see the first film in theaters. In fact, I didn't see it until I bought it on sale on DVD. I don't know why I waited; I suppose I didn't give Dreamworks much credit after the horrible Shrek The Third. But Kung Fu Panda is amazing. The fight sequences are better than a lot of live-action movies. This is cool news for the day.

Monday, May 24, 2010

Quickie: Milla Jovovich in Resident Evil: After Life

UGO has posted a bad ass picture that MUST BE SHARED! Miss Milla Jovovich in Resident Evil: After Life. This looks awesome. Can't wait to see the movie.

Sunday, May 23, 2010

You know what's a good movie? (Part 5) The Departed

Part 1: Forrest Gump

Connection: Tom Hanks

Part 2: Toy Story

Connection: Pixar

Part 3: The Incredibles

Connection: Superhero Films

Part 4: Batman (1989)

Connection: Jack Nicholson

Part 5: The Departed

The Departed is about two Massachusetts State Police troopers; one played by Matt Damon, the other by Leonardo DiCaprio. Two troopers, two very different paths. I'm sorry, but we don't talk plot on AtD, it's more about opinion... for plot, WATCH THE MOVIE!

Let's start with Matt Damon. Damon has to play possibly the most difficult role in the film. He has to play it cool as a State Trooper, so he doesn't get caught tipping off Jack Nicholson and his thugs. But he also has a dark side; staying loyal to Jack Nicholson. Playing on both sides of the fence AND keeping a relationship going with a State Trooper therapist (Vera Farmiga) proves to be very difficult for Damon. Spectacular acting.

Leonardo DiCaprio has a similar role, but it's not quite so difficult. DiCaprio does a great job portraying someone who is tormented by the job he has taken on. He can't tell anyone who he is, he has to try and find the mole in the State Troopers (Damon) and he's falling for his therapist (Farmiga). It's a great performance, but again, Damon's is more difficult.

Friday, May 21, 2010

Quickie: Rio movie trailer and poster

From the people who brought us just 1 decent Ice Age movie, and 2 (soon to be 3) crappy ones, comes Rio. The trailer looks great and it has some great voice talent like George Lopez and Anne Hathaway. It has a similar design to that of Disney Pixar's Up. Especially the forest scene. Any who, check it out for yourself and let us know what you think.

Quickie: Megamind trailer and poster

The cast is awesome: Will Ferrell, Brad Pitt, Tina Fey and Jonah Hill... this trailer is great too. Enjoy...

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Nathan Fillion as Ant-Man in The Avengers?

This is some pretty cool news. The big rumor is Nathan Fillion has been cast as Ant-Man in Marvel's The Avengers movie. You may know Fillion from TV, "Castle", "Firefly" and the corresponding film, Serenity. He's a pretty good actor and has a very, very distinct voice.

In fact, he's done some work as a voice actor for Marvel's rival, DC Comics. He was in the 2009, straight-to-DVD animated film, Wonder Woman.

Here's a little bit about the Ant-Man character you guys may not know:

- His alter ego is Henry Pym, a brilliant scientist

- His powers the ability to shrink or grow to whatever size he wants, communicate with insects because of a special helmet he wears. Can fly when he wears special wings that transform him into Yellow Jacket

- Kind of a hot-head, like a Wolverine

- Not much of a team player, but will do what needs to be done to save the world

- Married to Wasp, another character in various versions of The Avengers

I like the casting of Fillion, he's a good actor. I think he has the physical presence to play Ant-Man and will do a good job. I hope the technology is there to sell the fact that he's going to be 50-100 feet tall. No offense to Favreau and company, but the robots in other movies looked better than the droids in Iron Man 2.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

3 Musketeers is really happening and I may eat my own words

Back in September, I was talking some smack about the new Paul W.S. Anderson adaptation of The Three Musketeers. I may eat my own words after the casting news reported yesterday!

Let me explain:
Ray Stevenson, Luke Evans, Mads Mikkelsen, Logan Lerman, Christoph Waltz

Lerman (Percy Jackson) as the young, witty D'Artagnan. Stevenson (Punisher: War Zone), Evans (Clash of the Titans) and Mikkelsen (Casino Royale) are also rumored. Waltz (Inglourious Basterds) as Cardinal Richelieu?! Are you kidding me?!

No, there's more... Milla Jovovich in the female lead!? Ummm... yes please! You can have my 15 bucks and I will gladly see this cast in the biggest piece of crap movie ever!

The movie is still in the "rumor" phase of casting, but the 3D part we talked about last year seems to be solid.

This movie is a completely different version than the one being developed by Warner Brothers. That version of the Musketeers is rumored to be directed by Doug Liman.

I better wait to see that cast before I cast judgment again and eat my own words... AGAIN. I'm gonna keep a close eye on this one and let you know as soon as anything comes up or is confirmed!

Judge Dredd remake a reality?

Maybe I'm just nostalgic. But I really enjoyed the 1995 Judge Dredd. Sylvester Stallone starred as the comic book hero who was judge, jury and executioner. Pretty cool concept for a futuristic comic book hero. The movie didn't do well, and I think a lot of that had to do with studio involvement. They took a "buddy" comedy approach that just didn't feel right considering the source material. So yesterday came news of a remake! That exclamation mark is on purpose.

Deadline first reported that financing and a script are ready. The financing doesn't come from a major studio, but rather an Indian entertainment corporation with a budget around 50 million dollars. The script has been turned in by Alex Garland, writer of The Beach, 28 Days Later and the upcoming Halo. A director is rumored as well; Pete Travis, director of Vantage Point. Another rumor is that it will be brought to life in 3D (booooo).

That's all there is for now, if anything comes up, I'll be sure to let ya know, cause this sounds like it could be good.

Monday, May 10, 2010

Quickie: Jerry Bruckheimer confirms Bad Boys 3 script

I just want to post a real quick quote from super producer Jerry Bruckheimer about the development of Bad Boys 3; brought to us by
It's a wish and a hope and a dream. We've been working on a screenplay, which is excellent. It's an idea Will [Smith] gave us, so hopefully, it will come to fruition, we would love it to.
So it seems like the story was written by Will Smith, and brought to life by Bruckheimer and company. I talked about this months ago, and look at a sequel as a way to forgive everyone involved with Bad Boys 2.

That movie (part 2) is so bad, so awful, I'm ashamed to be an owner of the DVD; in my defense, I didn't see it in theaters because I was out of the country for 6 weeks, so I'm forgiven. I really hope there's some redemption in the third movie for Michael Bay (director of the first two), Will Smith and Martin Lawrence. Part 1 made everyone involved a star and was so funny, so action packed, it sort of brought back a genre. The buddy-cop action comedy. So we'll see!

Anthony Hopkins in final negotiations for Arabian Nights villain

Heatvision is reporting that Anthony Hopkins will play the main villain in the upcoming Arabian Nights adaptation. Now this is pretty cool! I loved his casting as Odin in the upcoming Marvel picture, Thor. Funny connection here. Hopkins will play Odin alongside Chris Hemsworth, who is playing the title character of Thor. In Arabian Nights, Hopkins is set to play alongside Liam, Chris Hemsworth's brother.

'Nights' is set to be directed by Chuck Russell, director of The Scorpion King, Eraser, and The Mask. Pretty good resume for a special effect-heavy picture like this one will be.

Here's how Heatvision describes Hopkins' character:
Hopkins will play Pharotu, an evil sorcerer who killed Sinbad’s love, a mermaid, and is looking to amass more magic for himself.
I'm super excited about this adaptation, and will keep you posted as more news is released.

133.6 Million for Iron Man 2 is no Dark Knight

Iron Man 2 opened to a HUGE 133.6 million dollars opening weekend. The movie opened at the high end of it's studio's estimates (125-135 million). The movie was well below the record opening of The Dark Knight (158+ million). It was however the 5th biggest opening in history; pretty damn good!

I have to say I called this one. Last week I told you I didn't think it was going to surpass The Dark Knight's opening weekend numbers. I did give the movie a mostly positive review despite it's flaws. The rest of the movie going community feels the same way as I do... 74% at Rotten Tomatoes and 89% from their users.

I've spent most of the weekend reading reviews all over the net, and everyone is on the same page, which was refreshing. Most of the time, these big movies split people across a wide range of reviews; but with Iron Man 2, people all agreed about what they did and did not like.

Everyone also agrees that it's unfair to compare Iron Man 2 to The Dark Knight. Unless we're discussing box office numbers. So until the next HUGE comic book movie is released, The Dark Knight is still opening weekend king of the box office!

Saturday, May 8, 2010

Tony: Iron Man 2 review

Not since Avatar hit the big screen has there been a movie with this much hype... OK I guess it hasn't been that long, but still. Was there a doubt that Jon Favreau and Robert Downey Jr. weren't going to deliver in this highly anticipated sequel? Let's get right into it folks, I have a lot to say.

Official "Men In Black III" Release Date

Deadline has announced that Men In Black III will be in theaters on May 25, 2012.
So far Will Smith is the only one officially back on the project, as Tommy Lee Jones and Josh Brolin are still negotiating.

The film will be in 3D (boo!) and again be directed by Barry Sonnenfeld (boo again!).
That summer, it will be competing with The Avengers, Star Trek 2, Batman 3, Battleship and the Spider-Man reboot.

Brad Bird To Helm Third "Mission: Impossible" Sequel

Although Paramount studios have not officially announced it yet, Tom Cruise confirmed in an interview with Empire magazine that Brad Bird will be directing Mission: Impossible IV and has already been signed on.
JJ Abrams has unfortunately dropped out but they are still retaining his story idea for the reboot.

Brad Bird is the creative genius at Pixar behind AtD favorites The Incredibles, Ratatouille and The Iron Giant.
For a little more in-depth background on him, check out our third installment of You Know What's a Good Movie?

Tom Cruise will be returning as super spy Ethan Hunt in the $200 million film that's expected to be out December 16th, 2011.

New "Inception" and "Airbender" Posters

These are the latest posters out on the net for M. Night Shyamalan's The Last Airbender and Christopher Nolan's Inception from our pals over at Slashfilm.
Lookin' good!
You can click on the images to enlarge them.

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Another stupid Ice Age movie coming in 2012

Yes, the title should tell you what I thought of previous incarnations of the Ice Age franchise. I do have to admit, I enjoyed the first film, but 2 and 3 were so bad, so NOT funny, I don't understand how they made so much money. According to Variety; Part 4, titled Ice Age: Continental Drift is coming July 13, 2012. That's only a week before Batman 3 and 10 days before Spider-Man 4 (or The Amazing Spider-Man depending on who you ask). I think strategically it's a great release date; this is the family friendly type of movie that will not rival the other two action films.

Don't forget all the other movies coming out 2012 we told you about. Do you care that there's a fourth Ice Age coming soon?

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Batman: Under the Red Hood trailer and DVD cover

Hey guys, it's late but I felt like I should post something about my favorite comic book character of all time... Batman! I'm a big fan of the comic book genre, both live-action and animation movies. DC Comics teamed up with Warner Brothers Animation to release direct-to-DVD movies about our favorite heroes. Batman: Under the Red Hood is the newest in the line up.

Remember Judd Winick the cartoonist from The Real World San Francisco? Well he's become a staple at DC Comics and has written this movie based on two different Batman stories; "Under the Hood" and "A Death in the Family". Check out the trailer and email me if you want any information on any of the previous DC direct-to-DVD movies.

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

X-Men First Class get's a director and a release date

Matthew Vaughn director of Kick-Ass, has been tapped to take on the X-Men. In a prequel of sorts, X-Men First Class will focus on the first class at Professor Xavier's school for the gifted.

Based on the first 8 issues of the 2006 comic books, the line up of mutants include the following: Angel, Beast, Cyclops, Iceman, Jean Grey and Professor X.

I think Fox is planning on creating a totally new franchise independent of the first trilogy of X-Men films. I say this because the studio is already planning a fourth film in the 2000-2006 franchise.

I've already told you how much I enjoyed Vaughn's Kick-Ass; so I love this move by Fox. I can't wait to see Vaughn's take on the X-Men. I don't think it will take itself as seriously as the Hugh Jackman starring franchise, and I don't think it should. This is a younger group of heroes who haven't come into their own yet.

The studio also announced the movie would be released next year! That's right, June 2011 is the tentative release date. What do you guys think about the news?

The picture above was provided by Deviant Art, and created by "Apollorising". Check out the artist's other work here.

Monday, May 3, 2010

The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus DVD review

You know; as a movie lover, I look forward to movies that are "different". That movie, that "different", unique movie that I looked forward to was The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus.

As the news was coming out, we kept you up to date. The passing of Heath Ledger, would the movie be completed or not, how, etc? The movie was completed; with the help of Johnny Depp, Jude Law and Colin Farrell sharing the same role as Heath Ledger. You might ask yourself, how did they make it work? Well, without giving anything away... it works! Let's get to what I liked and didn't like.

What I liked:
The Story
If you read this blog, even a little bit, you'll know how upset I have been with Hollywood the past year or so; why? Because there are no more risks taken, there's no more creativity. It's a remake here, a reboot there and the studios make a boat load of money. Then, every so often, I get to see a movie like 'Parnassus'. Director Terry Gilliam truly is a visionary. I have to admit, I haven't seen all of his work, but visionary is the easiest way to explain it.

He wrote the script and it's great! The story is very unique. The story of fantasy vs. reality, good vs. evil, easy and difficult choices in life. That all comes together in this movie. I'm watching the movie thinking to myself, "I haven't seen anything like this in a long long time". The special effects are top notch, something I didn't expect solely based on the trailer. The imaginary world is cartoony and it's on purpose. It works great.

The Acting
I posted a few months before the movie premiered that there was Oscar talk for Heath Ledger. It's a valid argument. Ledger is amazing in this film; he's charming, he's mysterious, he's smooth, all of the above. He's so good, it really is depressing that we wont see him again in new movies.

Model turned actress Lily Cole did well; but really could have been replaced by any other pretty face in the world. Johnny Depp, Jude Law and Colin Farrell did great with what little screen time they had in the film. All three actors channeled Ledger's performance and were able to give it their own person spin. Christopher Plummer is great as Dr. Parnassus, but really is a supporting character in this. Ready for this?... Verne Troyer is really good in this movie. Other than the Austin Power movies, I've never really seen him act. He's not bad, and plays a very caring sidekick to Plummer's character. Great cast.

What I didn't like:
The Score
Some people don't give a hoot about this, but I do. The score can help a movie tremendously. It can help set the mood, help with pacing, emotion, etc. The score is so flat, it's only because of great performances the movie succeeds during slow, plot driven parts in the movie. Pay close attention if you watch it, you'll see (or hear rather) exactly what I mean.

The Editing/Pacing
This is more of a sub-section to the score, but it needs to addressed. I can see where the general public didn't like the film. I can understand the criticism the film received, but I think it could have been averted. The editing and pacing of the movie are so off. Quick sudden changes in pace leave you scratching your head. The editing felt like it cheated the audience at times. Cutting away from action, cameras showing things that have nothing to do with the scene, etc. That could be a bad cinematographer, but still. Small things that had a huge effect on the movie.

The DVD and Blu-Ray are now available. There's a few, very cool, special features to keep us busy. I especially like how this DVD succeeded where The Dark Knight failed... giving us more Ledger! I never understood why Christopher Nolan opted to keep Ledger out of the special features, but oh well. Gilliam has a wardrobe test featuring Ledger as well as an interview about the film he gave before his untimely death.

Check out this movie and lets compare points. I enjoyed it, and really loved the creativity of the story. Let me know what you think.

Saturday, May 1, 2010

Quickie: Hank Azaria as Gargamel in the new Smurfs movie

We haven't talked much about the new Smurfs live-action/cgi film. Maybe because we don't care or because the idea seems as stupid as the two HORRIBLE Scooby Doo films. But we do love Hank Azaria, and have to give the man credit for his talent. Courtesy of, here's three pictures of Azaria in full character, pretty crazy HOW much he looks JUST LIKE THE CARTOON! Enjoy.

Quickie: Buried movie poster

UPDATE: This is the all new, teaser trailer, Enjoy:

Killer poster for the movie, Buried. The movie stars Ryan Reynolds and will mostly take place in a coffin buried beneath the earth. I'm not kidding. Remember Phone Booth starring Colin Farrell? Same concept in that a lot of the movie will be recorded in one setting. Can't wait for this movie! Here's the trailer again if you missed it the first time we posted it.

Clash of the Titans Blu-Ray coming with a Green Lantern First-Look special feature

July 21... don't all of you go rushing to your local Best Buy at once. After the dismal 3D version shown in theaters, I bet Warner Brothers is looking forward to the 2D Blu-Ray release. And with that gem of a movie we're going to get a cool little extra; a Green Lantern first-look special feature. This will come just a few days before the San Diego Comic-Com which I'm sure Warner Brothers is going to debut a trailer, at the very least.

For us comic book nerds, this is a big deal, so I'm very excited, but the problem is I'll actually have to spend money on Clash of the Titans. Darn you Warner Brothers! Just kidding Warner Brothers, and if you have any job openings please let me know. Haha.

Ladies and gentlemen, I give you... Thor!!!

This is somewhat "old news" (it was released yesterday); but I need to share it with as many people as possible! This is the first look at Chris Hemsworth as the mighty Thor. Thor is not due out for another year, but Marvel has just released the first photo. The movie is directed by Kenneth Branagh and has been under tight wraps for the past few months.

I have a confession to make. I was SO skeptical that Marvel and Branagh could pull it off. Now, I know that it's way too early to tell, but this-looks-awesome! I can only hope that the rest of the production will follow the style of this costume.

We're excited about it, what do you guys think? Leave comments below. I know we get a lot of hits everyday (I can see the stats). But leave comments so we can see what our readers think.

Batman 3 release date announced, G.I. Joe sequel coming as well... 2012 is going to be a good year!

UPDATE: Ice Age 4 (Ice Age: Continental Drift) will also be released in 2012 (July 13th). That's all you get for this stupid, unneccessary sequel.

Warner Brothers has announced the release date for the next installment of the Christopher Nolan Batman franchise. July 20th, 2012 I will standing in a very long line to see this movie. I will not be blogging, I will not be texting or talking on the phone; I will be immersed in the film that I would have waited 4 years for! God I can't wait!

Batman is not the only big budget movie that summer, nor is it the only big budget comic book movie that summer. UNofficially, a sequel to G.I. Joe has been announced as well. MTV Movie Blog interviewed the producer, Lorenzo di Bonaventura, and he told them the sequel could film as early as the Spring of 2011 for a Summer of 2012.

Not a bad list of summer 2012 films so far huh?

Batman 3
The Amazing Spider-Man
The Avengers
G.I. Joe 2