Thursday, December 29, 2011

Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows review, better than the first!


When Sherlock Holmes was released in December of 2009, I fell in love with it.  Director Guy Ritchie, and Robert Downey Jr. gave the legendary character a fresh, new spin.  He was an ass kicking genius.  Jude Law played a terrific Watson, also re-imagined as a veteran soldier.  Here we are two years later and the stakes are higher, much higher.  The movie is Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows.  The legendary villain, Professor James Moriarty is featured.  Let's begin.

What I liked about the film:
The Story
The first Sherlock Holmes was a delight.  The story was simple, easy to follow, but had its share of twists and turns.  What I liked most about that movie, was the way Guy Ritchie gave the audience the clues as the story developed, but it took Holmes to figure it all out.  The second film features an even better story.  The basic premise is nothing new; the villain tries to start a war so he can profit from the goods necessary to fight the war for both sides.  This was pretty much the story of X-Men: First Class.  What makes it so much more intriguing in this film is the way Moriarty's plan unfolds.  I wont say anything else.  Check it out!

The Acting
Roberty Downey Jr. is so witty, smart, charming, you can't help but like him.  Holmes' mind works differently than the rest of us; and Ritchies imaginative style portrays that thought process perfectly.  Jude Law holds his own when he's with Downey.  They have an undeniable chemistry.  The characters themselves need each other more than either is willing to admit, and the actors portrayed that perfectly.  New comer Noomi Rapace plays a gypsy woman who is essential to the story.  She has little to do in the way of acting; but does a fine job nonetheless.

The Villain
The stakes are much higher when Professor Moriarty comes out from the shadows.  Jared Harris plays the character perfectly!  He is the yin to Holmes' yang.  Yet they are equal in so many ways.  They're smart, analytical and both men can fight.  Harris plays the villain so well, we hate him by the end of the movie.  We hate him because he's a true threat to our hero.  He really is the Joker to Holmes' Batman.  Loved this character.

The Action/Direction
Remember this scene: running through the forest.  I say this all the time: 'I want action movies to show me something I've never seen before'.  Guy Ritchie and company did just that.  The action is bigger and better than the first.  It's choreographed beautifully, and executed with precision.  Minus a silly chase towards the beginning of the film, the action is top notch.

The Music
Hans Zimmer is one of my favorite composers today.  He's given us memorable score after memorable score.  The 'Pirates' films, Christopher Nolan's 'Batman' films, The Lion King, and, and, and.  You get it.  Zimmer's score is reminiscent of the times in the film, but are fresh and exciting.  I felt like, as crazy as the action got on screen, the score kept it grounded.  Loved this soundtrack, looking forward to picking it up.


What I didn't like about the film:
The Set Up
I don't want to spoil anything so I will be careful.  I also don't want to talk about plot too much.  But anyone who knows how profitable these films have been knows, there will be sequels.  Plain and simple.  What I didn't appreciate was the set up for the next film.  I'll keep it at that.  If you see the movie, please comment, email me, or Tweet me to discuss.


The Verdict:
Bigger and better than the first
This movie is not going to get the same attention as a superhero film, but it should.  It's bigger and better than the first.  It has a tight script, a better villain (sorry Mark Strong), and amazing action sequences.  Guy Ritchie has created a franchise for this generation to appreciate the literature this character was adapted from.  Robert Downey Jr. is his terrific self, as are Jude Law and Jared Harris.  I love the addition of Noomi Rapace, even with the little she had to do.  Great music and direction round out the kudos.  I very much enjoyed this film.

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

The Adventures of TinTin review, a spectacle from two cinematic geniuses


I never read the TinTin comic strip.  I've always known who the character was, and what he looked like, but nothing else really.  So when I went to see this film, it was all new to me.  The movie is The Adventures of TinTin.  It is directed by one of the greatest story tellers in cinematic history, Steven Spielberg; and produced by another great, Peter Jackson.  It features the voice talents of Jaime Bell, Andy Serkis and Daniel Craig.  Let's go.

What I liked about the film:
The Visuals
Holy mother of wow.  The movie is absolutely gorgeous.  I watched it in 3D (the theater I went to did not have the 2D version).  It is among the best looking animated film I've ever seen.  The characters in the film look so real, some scenes had me asking myself, "how did they do that?".  This doesn't surprise me in the least.  Peter Jackson is a special effects genius and knows how to bring the goods.  Nicely done.

The Scope
This goes in conjunction with the visuals.  The settings in the movie are breath taking.  The detail, color and size of all the various locations, is something that requires a second viewing to fully appreciate.  The oceans, the Sahara desert, the dam; if you've seen the film, you know exactly what I'm talking about.  Beautiful.

The Score
John Williams is the best in the game.  He's worked with Speilberg in the past, and they re-teamed for 'TinTin'.  The score is invigorating and matches the excitement on screen.  What I love about Williams' score the most: it doesn't take over the movie!  There are animated films, or action films in general, where the score takes over the scene.  Another thing, you can just tell when you hear a Williams score, please don't ask me to explain.

The Action
There is  a scene in the film that is easily one of the best in animation history.  It's actually been talked about a lot online.  It's a great example of the action in the film; it's the chase sequence through a crowded city on a motorcycle, in one continuous shot!  Granted it's animation and one continuous shot is not as impressive as live-action; but it still requires very detailed planning and execution.


What I didn't like about the film:
The Story
For such a big, spectacular film, the story is weak.  Yes, there are pirates and amazing settings, like I mentioned earlier.  But the villain, Rackham, who is voiced by Daniel Craig, is exposed early in the film.  Fine, that's not a big deal.  And obviously the movie is a treasure hunt, the trailer tells us so.  But Rackham's motivation is a family feud started generations earlier?  Seriously?  He's not really interested in the treasure?  It doesn't work at all.  And please don't worry, this is not a spoiler, it is revealed pretty early in the film.

At times, it felt like the action was for no reason.  I mentioned earlier I loved the action, but if it's not serving a purpose, or adding anything to the story, why?  There is a specific scene that really annoyed me.  I wont divulge too much, but look for the scene involving two cranes.  The definition of over-the-top and unnecessary.

Nothing at Risk
There's nothing really at risk in the film.  There's no diabolical scheme that will affect the world, or so much as a small city.  There's no weight to the characters at all.  The closest we get to emotion in the film involves Captain Haddock (Andy Serkis) trying to quit drinking.  I was really disappointed in this aspect of the film.  Peter Jackson got us to believe a billion pound ape was sensitive, we could have seen more of that magic here.


The Verdict
A beautiful spectacle with very little substance
The movie was a good one.  It was a well crafted animated film.  But it doesn't pack the emotional punch that Pixar has mastered in this genre.  Everyone involved, especially Speilberg, Jackson, Bell, Serkis and Craig, should be proud of the outcome.  But there was just a little more flash, and a little less heart than I would have liked to see out of this Dream Team of film makers.

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol review, the best of the franchise!


The Mission: Impossible franchise has been huge for Tom Cruise, who plays international spy, Ethan Hunt.  These movies have had some of the best directors in the game.  Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol is directed by Brad Bird.  Bird made his name at Pixar in animation, and this is his first trip to live-action.  And what a trip it is, let's begin!

What I liked about the film:
The Team (Actors)
Tom Cruise is Tom Cruise.  Hate him or love him, the man can act.  When emotion is needed, he's there.  He brought a humanity to the role that helps the audience care about his character, and not just view him as a droid. Simon Pegg is back, and out of the office in this film.  He's definitely steals every scene he's in and has some of the best lines in the film.  Paula Patton is stunning when she needs to be, and kick-ass as well.  She did a great job.  Jeremy Renner is the newest addition, and is rumored to be taking over the franchise after 'Ghost Protocol'.  His character is a mysterious one, and Renner has to gain the audience's trust, while keeping us confused.  Josh Holloway has a small, but terrific role in the film!  Fans of the series, "Lost" will appreciate his role.  The chemistry between the actors is evident and really helps us believe they are a team.

The Story/ Heist
The story in this film is the best of the series.  The characters are working without the support of their agency, IMF.  They're hiding in the shadows, using make-shift equipment and laying low.  The movie takes us all over the world, but each location serves a purpose in the plan to save the world.  It felt a bit creepy because I got a sense of "this could really happen", and I knew I was watching a big-budget spy film.  Pay close attention to the hotel heist, which is actually two heists in one!  The way it plays out is spectacular.

The Action
The trailer showcases the unbelievable sequence at the Burj hotel in Dubai, with Cruise dangling on the side of the building.  I watched the film on a regular screen, not IMAX, and became dizzy of the sheer scope of the sequence.  It's terrific.  That's just one of several sequences in the film.  Wait until you see the chase in a sand storm.  The heists in the film are perfectly orchestrated.  And what I really appreciated was, every character was an essential part of the plan.  The sequences are easy to follow and very entertaining.

The Director
If anyone, EVER doubted Brad Bird, they should all be apologizing right now.  I was really excited when Bird was announced as director.  Granted he came from animation, but his movies have been amazing.  His direction is the best of the MI franchise.  No disrespect to the past greats who have directed these films (Brian De Palma, John Woo, J.J. Abrams); but Bird takes the cake.  What's interesting is, the series has had four different directors with four very different styles.  Everything from sleek and stylish slow-mo, to fast paced, high intensity action.  Bird's choices are spot on; everything from sets, costume, score, editing, pacing, are terrific.  I hope this opens the major studio's eyes as to what animation directors are capable of.  Nicely done.

What I didn't like about the film:
The Villain
This is something I complain about a lot; we need a real villain to justify all this action!  The main villain in 'Ghost Protocol' is barely in the movie.  He's played by Michael Nyqvist.  Except for a news story, and a fight towards the end, the villain is never there.  Granted his plan is diabolical, but we need to see him more to feel the pressure the characters do.  The script is very good, but I believe the villain was never fleshed out.


The Verdict:
The best of the franchise by far
These movies have all been well done, but 'Ghost Protocol' is the best so far.  I doubt this is the last we've seen of Tom Cruise playing Ethan Hunt.  The movie is doing big numbers and Renner, as great as he is, is no Tom Cruise.  Cruise has international appeal that Renner just doesn't have yet.  So I'm sure if the script is well written, Cruise will be back.  The actors, the script, the direction are all top notch.  Check it out this weekend and let us know what you think!

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

The Dark Knight Rises official trailer, screenshot breakdown


The poster was revealed just a few days ago.  And now, the world gets a glimpse into the next Batman film; The Dark Knight Rises.  Very few movies get the kind of buzz this movie receiving.  Is it well deserved?  Over-hyped?  Check out the trailer below and my thoughts after.


I had to watch it four or five times in a row before I calmed down, feel free to do the same if need be.  I am thoroughly impressed with the trailer.  It gives us plenty to salivate over, but still keeps the entire story a mystery.  Director Christopher Nolan is a genius at doing that.  The trailers to his films never give anything away, but still keep us wanting more.  There are a few screen shots I'd like to go over very quickly.

The Robin references


Check out the top of three pictures.  See the extras holding up the sign to the fictional Gotham City Rogue?  Notice the "R" in the word Rogue?  It looks awfully similar to the "R" used in the solo comic book, "Robin".  I think it's pretty safe to assume that the character Robin will not be in the film; both Nolan and star Christian Bale have debunked that rumor.  But check out the second tidbit.

NFL wide receiver, Hines Ward, plays for the Pittsburgh Steelers in real life.  He and other Steeler players were recruited for these football scenes you see in the trailer.  What's VERY interesting is the player's last name.  Actor Burt Ward, played the character Robin in the 1960's "Batman" TV series.  Pretty cool huh?


The man holding the cane?


Is that Bruce Wayne?  And if it is, does that mean the villain, Bane, breaks the back of Batman, as he did in the comics?  My guess is that it is Bruce Wayne.  There is another shot of Bane standing over an obviously hurt Bruce Wayne, where he delivers his only line of the trailer.  Broken back?


Mongolian Prison?


Remember all the way back to Batman Begins, when Bruce Wayne is in a Mongolian prison?  Check out the shots to the left.  Christian Bale is sporting the same beard and longer hair he did in 'Begins'.  I don't know much about Bane as far as the comic are concerned, but what I do know is, he was raised in a prison.  The country in the comics is different, but this could fit nicely into the Nolan trilogy.  What if Bruce Wayne and Bane had an altercation in prision, and Bane is holding a grudge?  Awesome!


The TumblerS


Did you notice all the Tumblers in the trailer?  How about the incredible looking Batwing?  It looks like the Tumblers, which was designed by Wayne Enterprises, have been called into action to accompany the Gotham PD.  What's even more interesting is, in the shot below, there are two of them riding alongside Batman in the Batwing.  Is that Commissioner Gordon and the Joseph Gordan-Levitt character, John Blake?  Or maybe it's Selina Kyle, also known as Catwoman.  And I love what Nolan has done with the Batwing.  It appears to be more of a hovercraft than a plane, like it has been depicted in past films.  This helps to keep the movie grounded in reality.  The Tim Burton Batwing flew threw the air and up to the moon; which looked great, but makes no practical sense whatsoever.  I like the Batwing a lot more than I did the Batpod.


I know I don't usually write this much about a trailer, but I had to.  It's too exciting not to.  I am a huge fan of the films, and the character.  I don't have a doubt in my mind, Christopher Nolan will deliver an epic conclusion to this amazing trilogy.  I can't wait until July 20th of 2012 arrives!

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Animated, Justice League: Doom, officially announced


The crew over at DC and Warner Brothers Home Video have been really spoiling us.  I have been really happy with their straight-to-video animated films.  They're usually PG-13, and offer up stories with a little darker tone than you'd expect out of an animated film.  The last film was Batman: Year One, and it was spectacular.  It mirrored the look and tone of it's comic predecessor to a t.  DC just announced their next film; Justice League: Doom.  You'll have to wait until February 28th, 2012 to get it; but you can check out the trailer below for a sneak peak.  Enjoy.

G.I. Joe: Retaliation trailer; explains why half the original cast is no more


I know everyone hated it, but I really enjoyed G.I. Joe: Rise of Cobra.  It was a fun Summer movie with a ton of action and very little character development.  It was announced the director of that film, Stephen Summers, would not direct the sequel; instead, the director of Step Up 3D would, Jon Chu.  The Rock (Dwayne Johnson) joins the cast, as well as Bruce Willis.  A lot of the original cast is gone, the trailer will explain most likely why.  Below is the trailer to G.I. Joe: Retaliation.  Check it out and read my thoughts after the trailer.


It looks pretty good. I think the special effects are solid, the story makes sense (especially if many of the original 'Joes' have been murdered). I think the movie will do well. The Rock has proven to be a great action hero, and Bruce Willis is a legend. Let's hope the movie looks as good as the trailer!

Monday, December 12, 2011

Men in Black 3 trailer; time travel in full effect


Guess who's back? Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones in Men in Black 3.  The franchise has been on hiatus for years, but promises to come back in 3D next year.  There was a lot of drama shooting the film.  A scheduled break in the production was the cause of a lot of rumors; rumors that the script wasn't very good, that it was actually being written as the crew was shooting, etc.  Check out the trailer below and my thoughts after.


Not sure if I like it.  Actually, I'm sure I don't like it.  It's just a trailer, I understand.  But I would have featured a lot more of the time travel aspect of the film because that's the plot is focused on.  I like the idea of Josh Brolin playing a young Tommy Lee Jones, but we'll see how that panes out.  I loved the first MIB, but the sequel was abysmal at best.  Let's hope the rumors are false and the script is solid.  Otherwise, Men in Black 3 will just be yet another terribly part 3 in the history of cinema.

Sunday, December 11, 2011

The Descendants review; a great story that has us ask, "What would we do?"

The Descendants is getting a lot of attention before awards season; especially it's star, George Clooney.  It also has a 90% 'Fresh' rating on RottenTomatoes.com.  The film follows a man with A LOT going on in his life.  A decision that will affect everyone in his extended family is solely on his shoulders, his 17 year old daughter is an alcoholic troublemaker, his 10 year old daughter has an unusual sense of humor, his father-in-law hates him.  Oh and did I mention his wife is in a comma after a boating accident; it's not until she's in the coma does Clooney's character realize she was having an affair with another man.  Whoa; that's a lot going on.  Let's get started!

What I liked about the film:
The Acting
I love awards season because all the big dogs come out and play.  The Summer obviously gave us all the big blockbusters, and now we get to see acting at its best.  Clooney turns in an amazing performance.  The full range of his acting is put on display in this film.  The character has moments where he's furious with his wife in a comma.  Clooney wants to explode on her, but obviously can't.  We feel sorry for him, sympathetic.  The anger subsides and Clooney has to feel sorrow, sadness and regret for the way his marriage limped along.  Brilliant.

The supporting cast was terrific as well.  Shailene Woodley plays Clooney's teenage daughter.  Just after Clooney, she has the most difficult role in the film.  She is the one that has to break the news to her father that her mother was having an affair.  Her character arc is the best in the film.  When introduced to the audience, she is a drunken, disrespectful, troubled teen.  By the end of the family's journey, she has a new perspective on things.  I really enjoyed every scene she was in.  Nicely done.

The Story
I don't usually discuss plots during my reviews, but I'll share a little here.  There is obviously a lot going on during the 2 hour film, but there is one main story line.  The family is on a mission to find the man Clooney's wife was cheating with.  They want to tell him she's in a comma, and offer to let him see her.  There were so many times during the movie I asked myself, "What would I do?"  I wonder if I could handle the news of my wife cheating as well as Clooney's character did.  There is a tense moment when the family could ruin the man's life, but they take the highroad and don't.  The sub-plot (which is where the title comes from) is great.  Family, money, greed, conscience, responsibility, community, all of those things are explored and questioned.  Loved the story!

Hawaii
The setting is a character in the film.  We all know it's beautiful and is a hot travel location.  It was nice to see an entire story unfold on Hawaii.  Usually movies use Hawaii as a vacation spot to take the characters.  Well, Hawaii itself is a character and a major part of the plot.  I loved the subtle history lessons that applied to the descendants.  And it doesn't hurt that Hawaii is a gorgeous state.


What I didn't like about the film:
The Run Time
The only thing I didn't like about the movie was the run time, it's just simply too long.  There were a couple of scenes that could have been cut and the movie would have been just as effective.  With run time, comes slow pacing.  I would have liked to have seen the story move along a little bit faster than it did.  But I understand the need to slow things down and develop every character in the movie.


The verdict:
A great story with terrific acting
Movies are nothing more than stories being told through film.  This was a very interesting, very moving story.  Life is full of surprises, some good and some bad.  We have great things happen to us, and terrible things as well.  The movie shows these characters go through a life changing experience with the mom in a comma.  Even if the audience has never dealt with a family member in a comma, we can still relate.  We can relate with happiness, anger, sadness, because these are feelings we all go through.  Kudos to writer/director Alexander Payne.  His resume includes films like About Schmidt and Sideways.  He knows how to write and direct moves an audience can relate to, and I thank him for that!

Saturday, December 10, 2011

The Dark Knight Rises teaser poster is amazing


I'm bias, but who cares?  This poster is just spectacular.  The Dark Knight Rises doesn't come out for another 7 months, and it is the most anticipated film of 2012.  The poster features Batman's cowl, half broken in the rain as Bane walks away from it.  The movie is of course directed by Christopher Nolan and stars Tom Hardy as Bane, and Christian Bale as The Dark Knight himself.  Thanks to Slashfilm for the poster.

Battleship, Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted & The Three Stooges trailers; oh dear God, they're bad


I don't even want to say anything. Just check out the posters and trailers and read my thoughts at the end of the post. Wow.







Transformers, oh I mean Battleship looks like a Michael Bay fest in which there will be no character development and one explosion after the other.  Oh man, where do I start?  It's so special effects heavy I don't know if there will be a lot of dialogue, much less character development.  It's a pointless adaptation of a board game folks!  Come on!  Thanks to Slashfilm for the trailer embedding.

Madagascar 3: America's Least Wanted sequel.  It's actually titled Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted.  Didn't Dreamworks learn anything from Disney Pixar's Cars 2?  The whole international spy thing doesn't work!  I hated Cars 2, it was just a god awful display of story telling.  Madagascar 2 wasn't very good to begin with; other than money, there is no reason for this sequel.  But as long as mommy's and daddy's keep taking their kids, the studio will keep making them.

Oh boy; oh man; oh brother.  What else is there to say about The Three Stooges remake?   I was actually looking forward to this remake.  It might be because I grew up watching the original shorts.  I did NOT expect to see a trailer like this.  It's terrible.  The acting, the physical comedy, the ridiculous jokes.  I don't want to give this movie any more of my time than the last paragraph.  Too bad, too bad Farrelly Brothers, I expected more.

Patty Jenkins pulling out of Thor 2; who takes it over now?


"Creative differences".  I always wonder what that really means when someone quits, or is fired from a film.  Patty Jenkins is quitting Thor 2, the sequel to the hugely successful superhero film from 2011.  She and Marvel had "creative differences" and she's out.  I'm sure it will take months, if not years, before we find out why she really quit.  But for now, who should take over?  The studio is looking at Alan Taylor, who has directed a lot of TV series.  Everything from "Lost" to "The Sopranos", "Game of Thrones" and "Mad Men".  That would be an interesting choice; he could easily handle the dramatic aspect of the character.

The studio is also looking at Daniel Minahan, another TV director.  Minahan has directed "Six Feet Under", "Deadwood", "True Blood", and coincidentally, "Game of Thrones".  I see what Marvel is attempting here.  They're stingy bastards and want someone cheaper who will do whatever they want.

This supports my theory that Kenneth Branagh didn't agree to a sequel because he wasn't going to be Marvel's errand boy.  Maybe I'm just getting away from the point here.  But this same thing keeps happening as far as talent quitting Marvel films; and it can't always be a coincidence!  i.e. Jon Favreau off Iron Man 3; Edward Norton off The Avengers; Kenneth Branagh, and now Jenkins off Thor 2.  Some of these examples could have been personal decisions and difficult talent (Norton).  But seriously?  The studio has already gained the reputation of a stingy bunch of people that want to oversee everything!  I remember thinking once; maybe it's a good thing they're like this?  All of their movies do well, so I guess one could argue: if it aint broke, don't fix it.

Benicio Del Torro is not playing Khan in Star Trek sequel, he's not playing anyone at all

I just posted a few days ago that Alice Eve and Benicio Del Toro were cast in the J.J. Abrams sequel, Star Trek 2.  There was all this hype that he may play Khan, a popular villain in the Star Trek world.  Abrams denied it.  Well now it looks like Del Toro is dropping out completely, and the nerd are running wild with this.  A lot of posts online are suggesting that Khan will be in the movie, just not played by Del Toro.  We'll have to wait and see what happens.  For now, let's just be thankful Alice Eve is still in the movie.

New poster for The Amazing Spider-man is clever


SuperHeroHype got their hands on the latest poster for The Amazing Spider-Man.  It's pretty clever how they incorporated the spider into Andrew Garfield's shadow.  I haven't really been posting much about this movie because, well, there isn't much to say.  The cast and crew are taking care of re-shoots this month, and the movie should wrap after.  Below is a killer concept art for the primary villain, The Lizard; who is being played by Rhys Ifans.  I'm loving the concept art and the tone of the movie, based on the first teaser trailer (which you can check out below).  I am walking into this with low expectations and hope to be surprised.  I have faith that everyone involved will make it different from the Sam Raimi, Tobey Maguire films.  So what do you think of the poster, concept art and older trailer?


Tuesday, December 6, 2011

This Means War poster and international trailer; Tom Hardy and Chris Pine are spy vs. spy for Reese Witherspoon


I remember those crazy spy vs. spy comic strips, don't you?  Well this is taking that concept to a whole other level.  Tom Hardy and Chris Pine play secret agents vying for Reese Witherspoon's love.  When they both find out they're dating her at the same time, craziness ensues.  The two try to sabotage each other.  Check out the trailer for This Means War below and my thoughts after.


This...looks...great!  I love the tone, and the mix of action and comedy.  Reese Witherspoon has never looked better.  Hardy and Pine are believable friends; and that is important.  If there's no onscreen chemistry with the three leads, I'm sure the movie fails.  I will most definitely be seeing this!  How about you?

Sunday, December 4, 2011

First unofficial photo of Daniel Day-Lewis as Abraham Lincoln


It's been over a year since I posted about Daniel Day-Lewis replacing Liam Neeson as Abraham Lincoln in the aptly titled film, Lincoln.  The movie has been an on-again, off-again project in Hollywood; but it is most definitely on.  The film is to be directed by Steven Spielberg, and should start filming soon.

We know Day-Lewis is an incredible actor who immerses himself in his roles.  He basically becomes the characters.  I have no doubt he will kill it as the United States' 16th president.  I still don't know much about the film, as far as what it will be about.  Will it be a full biopic?  Focus on Lincoln's presidency?  Slavery?  Just his last year?  We'll have to wait and see.  All I can say is this: I wish I took any job I've ever had as seriously as Day-Lewis does acting.

First photo of Jeremy Renner and Gemma Arterton in Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters


I guess Snow White and the Huntsmen may have started a new trend: retelling of children's stories.  Entertainment Weekly has the first official photo of Jeremy Renner and Gemma Arterton in Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters.  Whoa, I guess it's not the story we heard as kids is it?

I am a fan of both actors, but will reserve judgement until I see at least a trailer.  I'm really pumped about 'Huntsmen'.  I feel like it's a fresh and very different take on the classic, unlike Mirror, Mirror.  This photo doesn't give away much, but I think 'Witch Hunters' is going to have a darker tone than I thought.  Which is fine by me.  Let's just hope the retelling of these classic stories equals good films.

Amazing fan made poster for The Dark Knight Rises


I don't really need to explain right?  I love Batman.  I love everything about the character.  I became of the character in the 90's with the Bruce Timm cartoon, "Batman: The Animated Series".  I was just a kid when that show was airing on TV.  As an adult, Christopher Nolan made me love the character even more with his realistic interpretation of the character and the world he lives in.  Batman Begins was huge, The Dark Knight was epic and The Dark Knight Rises looks to top them all.  This fan made poster was created by Jamie Brown, an incredible artist.  It has an Indiana Jones look and feel to it, as far as the posters that is.  Pretty incredible huh?

Alice Eve cast in Star Trek 2 and Benicio Del Torro is NOT playing Khan


Except for Cloverfield, I'm a huge fan of J.J. Abrams' work.  I recently saw Super 8 and absolutely loved it.  I feel like Abrams' love letter to movie making was better than Scorsese's in Hugo.  Anywho, he rebooted Star Trek a few years ago in grand fashion.  The perfect mix of action, comedy, drama and winks to the fanboys.  I thoroughly enjoyed the film and look forward to the sequel.  Well this week brings casting news about that sequel.

The beautiful, the lovely, the gorgeous, the charming.... OK I have a little crush on this actress, don't tell my wife.  Alice Eve has been cast in a major role for the sequel.  Earlier this year she was supposed to play Emma Frost in X-Men: First Class.  Ultimately Eve dropped out and we got the worst aspect of the film instead, January Jones.  Hopefully that wont be the case with a Star Trek sequel.  No specifics on who she will play, but I like it!  She doesn't do too many films, but I find her a delight in a lot of what she does.  I loved her in She's Out Of My League and her story arc on HBO's "Entourage".  Interested in who/what she'll play in the film.

Another casting rumor has been laid to rest in relation to this sequel.  We already knew Benicio Del Toro was cast in the film; but his character had not yet been announced.  The rumor mills ran wild this week with most of the internet chatter claiming Del Toro was set to play Khan.  For those (like me) who are not huge Trekkers; Khan is a primary villain in the Star Trek mythos and also the film, Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan.  With Abrams' version being a reboot, it wasn't too far fetched to expect this villain would pop up eventually.  But now, Abrams says, Del Toro will NOT be playing Khan.

So help me out Trekkers.  Who do you think Benicio Del Toro