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Friday, December 30, 2011

Best David Fincher films?

Everyone is going on about David Fincher lately because of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. I would say most people know him specifically for Fight Club, Se7en, and The Social Network. It got me thinking... what are my favorite Fincher films?

Panic Room (2002)
I remember not liking it much when it first came out. I was only like 12 or 13 when Panic Room came out so I didn't really know anything. I re-watched it a couple times since then and I really like it. The story itself is quite interesting and Fincher brought it to life in a way that is even more interesting. The way it was filmed, the way the characters molded together, etc.. It isn't the best but it isn't one to completely pass over.

Se7en (1995)
I love this movie. I own it and have seen it I don't know how many times. There really isn't anything to say about Se7en other than it was fantastic. The cinematography, the music, the acting, the editing, etc.. Love it. Love it, love it, love it.

Zodiac (2007)
This one was underrated, imo. Similar to Panic Room it wasn't the best but it didn't deserve to be as glossed over as it was. It gave another example of what Jake Gyllenhaal can do when he is in front of a camera (the other example being Donnie Darko). It also put an interesting insight on the subject of the Zodiac killer.

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011)
Best movie of 2011. Fincher captured every important aspect of the book with precision and the way he brought it to the screen was incredible. I was blown away. By far the best film he has ever done.

The Game deserves an honorable mention as well.

As for his most hyped...
I have seen The Social Network and I hated it. The editing was weird, the coloring was awkward, and the story itself was too soon. Making a movie about a social networking site that is not only constantly changing but that isn't even that old was a bold movie. A very bold move. I didn't like it but I know others did, obviously, so I take that one with a grain of salt.

I have never seen Fight Club, nor have I seen all of The Curious Case of Benjamin Button. Don't hurt me. I will see them eventually. I just have never had much motivation. I got annoyed with the hype of both films and it made me not want to watch them.

Thursday, December 29, 2011

12 most anticipated films of 2012

According to Rotten Tomatoes...

12. Underworld: Awakening 3D [January 20th]
11. The Hunger Games [March 23rd]
10. The Avengers [May 4th]
09. Men in Black 3 [May 25th]
08. Snow White and the Huntsman [June 1st]
07. Prometheus [June 8th]
06. Brave [June 22nd]
05. The Amazing Spiderman [July 3rd]
04. The Dark Knight Rises [July 20th]
03. The Expendables 2 [August 17th]
02. The Twilight Saga Breaking Dawn - Part 2 [November 12th]
01. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey [December 14th]

Everything but Men in Black 3, The Amazing Spiderman, The Expendables 2, Breaking Dawn Part 2, and The Hobbit for me. Those five I could honestly care less about.
Ones I am excited about, including all of the above minus #09, 05, 03, 02, and 01: Chronicle [February 3rd], American Reunion [April 6th], Dark Shadows [May 11th], Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter [June 22nd], Frankenweenie [October 5th], and World War Z [December 12th]. Hell yeah.

EW's 25 best trailers of 2011

25. Rise of the Planet of the Apes
24. The Debt
23. Battle: Los Angeles
22. X-Men: First Class
21. Captain America: The First Avenger
20. Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance
19. Rock of Ages
18. American Reunion
17. Super 8
16. Transformers 3: Dark of the Moon
15. The Expendables 2
14. Snow White and the Huntsman
13. The Muppets
12. Shame
11. The Hunger Games
10. The Avengers
09. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
08. Drive
07. Arena
06. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2
05. Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
04. The Dark Knight Rises
03. Prometheus
02. We Need to Talk About Kevin
01. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

A couple issues with this list... Where the hell are the trailers for Thor, Chronicle, Insidious, and Paranormal Activity 3 (shitty movie but good trailer)? Thor in particular. All of the trailers and teasers for Thor were fantastic. I also thought the teaser for Chronicle was very well done.

Trailers I would have taken off the list for sure are 24, 20, 19, and 15. Seeing that they put those in the list I'm surprised Twilight Breaking Dawn - Part 1 wasn't on there with them. *shudder*

But I agree 100% with #1. The teaser and the full trailer for that film are like short films. Excellent short films.

2011: The high and low points for comic book movies

This guy, Nick Nadel, pretty much has it spot on.

High points:
The cast of Thor
The chemistry between James McEvoy and Michael Fassbender in X-Men: First Class
The USO montage in Captain America
The Dark Knight Rises trailer

Low points:
Every comic book movie coming out in 3D
Lack of chemistry between Daniel Craig and Harrison Ford in Cowboys and Aliens
All 114 minutes of Green Lantern
The fact that nobody can understand a word Bane says

As far as the high points go those listed are 100% correct, especially the cast of Thor. Thor was by far the best comic book movie of 2011. Hell, it was the best released thus far, imo.

The low points are also spot on, especially Green Lantern. If I would have been by myself I would have left the theater. That movie was completely horrible and I never want to see it again. As far as not being able to understand Bane... I can understand him just fine? I don't know what everyone has their panties in a bunch over. It's muffled but that's kind of the point. You can't expect a man in a mask to have a perfectly clear voice. I was more confused at what it actually sounds like rather than not being able to understand it. We'll have to wait and see on that one. Only like 7 more months to go!

Forrest Gump and Bambi among those added to the National Film Registry

They love Forrest and Jenny, too.

Curse my laziness

I rented Melancholia on iTunes like a month ago and when I opened the player last night I got a notice that it had expired. I went back into the store to rent it again and it's no longer available. That rental was like $6.99.


Wednesday, December 28, 2011

The Tree of Life

OMG... this movie sucked. I do not in any way, shape, or form understand why people loved this one so much. For the first 45 minutes I felt like I was watching a show on space on The Discovery Channel with random dialogue. It made absolutely no sense. They hardly let you know who Sean Penn's character is, they don't let you know the time frame, you never really find out exactly who died and why everyone is so sad, and then you're thrown into an hour of random footage of young boys glaring at their father and/or crying. There is hardly any dialogue throughout the entire movie other than voice over, I don't remember ever hearing any of the character's names... it is so random!

Then the oldest boy, who turns out to be Sean Penn, becomes crazy and apparently loses his innocence after breaking into a neighbor's house and stealing a nightgown? Give me a break. Everything was so overhyped and overplayed.
The ending is what was the biggest mindfuck. All of a sudden Sean Penn is on the beach with his younger self and basically every other character from the movie, including the no-name brother who apparently died. Then there is more space and nature footage and then it's over.

What the fuck. The saddest part about all of this is this film is probably going to take home a lot of awards and it doesn't deserve them at all. People are praising a movie that sucks. Seriously sucks.

Monday, December 26, 2011

Stieg Larsson apparently would be pissed at Dragon Tattoo marketing

Makes sense, tbh. Seeing that I know the trilogy (books and movies) I think a lot of marketing in terms of actual merchandise is pretty dumb. Given what happened to Lisbeth I don't see why anyone would necessarily want to become her.
I think the buzz of the movie should be used to raise awareness for violence and discrimination towards women. Whether we like it or not it is prevalent and stuff that happens in the books does happen in real life. People want to ignore that.

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Dark Knight Rises Prologue video (before it gets taken down)

It's flipped and still has a bit cut off, but this is the best quality of the three versions I have seen. I wish I could see it for real but my city isn't participating in the prologue screenings. Bastards.

The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo

This movie was fantastic. I don't really know what else to say.

I was nervous and confused about Rooney Mara ever since I heard she had been cast and let me tell you, she was incredible. With the kinds of things she had to do in this film she really shined through it. I loved it because Mara was a little closer to the Lisbeth I got from the descriptions in the book. Noomi Rapace did great as well but I always perceived her as more passive and not as cold.

Daniel Craig gave Blomqvist an interesting contrast. He was serious and felt broken but at the heart of the character he was quite... nerdy? Him politely saying "goodbye" to Lisbeth's house guest was hilarious. His reaction to being shot at was a little quirky as well. It was a nice surprise. Although, I must say, Craig's accent annoyed the hell out of me. It went from being Swedish to an odd mixture of British and Swedish to flat out British at random. Very irritating. In comparison to Mara's flawless dialect it was real noticeable.

But overall I truly loved this film. It was, for me, closer to the book than the Swedish film was and certain parts were more intense. However, there was one major omission; Mikael didn't serve any jail time whatsoever. In the book he went to jail in the middle of his research and even in the Swedish version he went to jail. That disappointed me. I also felt like the actual research Mikael and Lisbeth did on Harriet wasn't as thorough as it should have been. Most of it felt a little rushed.

The musical score was incredible. I thought what Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross did for The Social Network was good, but what they have done for TGWTDT is even better. I also loved the subtle Nine Inch Nails tribute in the movie. I'll wait and see if anyone else catches it.

Best movie I have seen in 2011. Hands down.

Monday, December 19, 2011

Ignore that last one.

As soon as I hopped back on the Internets I saw the trailer for The Dark Knight Rises had been posted on Apple and about a thousand people ripped it and posted it on YouTube.


Smart marketing but it sucks.

I would like to say I don't understand why they haven't officially posted the second Dark Knight Rises trailer online yet but I do understand. They are trying to make more money by selling movie tickets and forcing people to see Sherlock Holmes 2. Sherlock Holmes is stupid so therefore I still haven't seen anything but the shitty bootleg I saw last week. Even then I barely saw anything because the lighting sucked and half the screen was cut off.

So frustrating. Nolan is a genius but he sure pisses me off sometimes, same with Warner Bros..

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Young Adult

Well, I have to say that Diablo Cody and Jason Reitman have done it again. Still didn't top Juno but this was a close second.

Charlize Theron's character, Mavis, was one of those that was so painful to watch but you couldn't look away. She is such a terrible person but oddly enough it works for her. She drinks too much, has practically no friends, and is still in love with her high school boyfriend after like 17 years of not being with him. Not to mention Mavis eventually married and then divorced.
I think the introduction to Mavis was one of the best I have ever seen. There is nothing like seeing a "successful" author watching reality shows to fall asleep, chugging Diet Coke first thing in the morning, and playing Wii Fit while her dog barks and is ignored at the back door. Like I said, it is so painful yet you can't look away. I found myself saying, "how depressing and embarrassing" about 20 times throughout the course of the whole film.

The character development left a little to be desired when it came to other characters, specifically Buddy. Buddy being Mavis' ex-boyfriend whom she returns to her hometown to win back despite the fact that he is married with a newborn daughter. I think Buddy was left a little open. He is portrayed as a nice guy who still has minor feelings for Mavis but then says his kindness is fueled only by his wife, Beth. Mavis then revolts against both Buddy and Beth at a ceremony for their daughter in front of the whole party. She reveals Buddy got her pregnant 17 years prior and she miscarried. It makes you feel, as a viewer, that she is just jealous of what Beth has with him because it could have been her.
Mavis also encounters an old classmate, Matt, who was brutally beaten by jocks in high school and was left permanently crippled. He tries to tell Mavis she is doing the wrong thing but she instead uses Matt as a drinking buddy and uses his disability to make herself feel like she is the one who is moving on with life instead of being stuck in the same place hating on people who hurt her. Matt wasn't terribly underdeveloped but they could have given him a little bit more. He was just a typical forgotten high school student who has remained ignored ever since.

Overall I thought the script was the high point. Diablo Cody gave her typical elements of dark humor but it wasn't as sarcastic as its been in the past. That is what I loved. It was a nice change and she is proving why she won an Oscar. Charlize Theron gave a fantastic performance, though. You cannot count her out in this equation. To me, she did a good job of showing how exhausting it is to be such a bitch all the time. You could see it in her physical appearance. She played a delusional woman quite well, too.

The only problem I had and my boyfriend felt the same way... the product placement was ridiculous. We see at exhaustion: Chili's, KFC, Taco Bell, Pizza Hut, Diet Coke, Mini Cooper, Hampton Inn, Macy's, Blackberry, and Apple. It was ridiculous and I feel like I paid to see one big commercial. I was surprised not to see a Target given the film was set in Minnesota. There is a Target on every corner in that state.

But yeah, I recommend this one. It is a bit sad but it's true because we all know people like Mavis. 8/10

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Natalie Portman spewing fire at Marvel over Thor 2

So apparently Natalie Portman is shooting fire at Marvel over the firing of Patty Jenkins, the director who was set to direct Thor 2. First off, Marvel is claiming they weren't happy with how "indecisive" Jenkins was proving to be and thought that she would cause the film to not meet its November 2013 release. It's only about halfway through December 2011 and Jenkins was only hired in October. November 2013 is a little less than two years away. Give me a fucking break. However, seems like if Portman wasn't contractually obligated to the project she would have already walked away due to this. She is expressing anger and irritability toward Marvel for this decision. Marvel is apparently working to smooth over the situation to keep Portman happy and is also involving her with the selection of a new director. Marvel is now also claiming that Jenkins was hired based on Portman's endorsement and enthusiasm in the first place and that the studio became uncomfortable with Jenkins during her involvement with screenwriter interviews and script reads.

I like Natalie Portman and all, but what makes her the star of the show to the point that she demands being involved in choosing a director and gets all pissy and threatening when a female director is released from a project? Just because she won the amount of awards for Black Swan and thinks she is hot shit? Bullshit. I understand wanting more women in the director's chair but I don't think that was Marvel's intention. Some people just aren't meant for certain projects, male or female. Not to mention the fact that none of Portman's previous roles have had a female director and for the most part have been quite successful, specifically Black Swan which was directed by Darren Aronofsky. One more film directed by a man won't hurt anyone or anything so she needs to shut up. She has no right in any way, shape, or form to personally hand pick who she wants to direct the film. That is the responsibility and job of the studio. Marvel is doing their job. They thought Jenkins wasn't going to work out so she was replaced. It happens and Portman should know that.
I personally think she is doing this on purpose to stall production. She has repeatedly stated that she didn't even know if she wanted to continue acting after giving birth to her son. What better way to do that than piss Marvel off and act like a child making the production 10x more difficult than it needs to be. Really low on her part, tbh, not to mention it's embarrassing. It makes her look like a spoiled brat.


2012 Golden Globe nominees announced

If I had more time I would type them out, but I don't at the moment. I'll just give the link for now and then update the post later.

Can I just say, what the hell is with Emma Stone not being nominated for anything for The Help? The same applies to Chloe Moretz for Hugo. What the fuck is going on, Hollywood?

EDIT: Here is the full nominee list...

Best Motion Picture - Drama
The Descendants
The Help
The Ides of March
War Horse

Best Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy
The Artist
Midnight in Paris
My Week with Marilyn

Best Actor - Drama
George Clooney - The Descendents
Leonardo DiCaprio - J. Edgar
Michael Fassbender - Shame
Ryan Gosling - The Ides of March
Brad Pitt - Moneyball

Best Actress - Drama
Glenn Close - Albert Knobbs
Viola Davis - The Help
Rooney Mara - The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo
Meryl Streep - The Iron Lady
Tilda Swindon - We Need to Talk About Kevin

Best Actor - Musical or Comedy
Jean Dujardin - The Artist
Brendan Gleeson - The Guard
Joseph Gordon-Levitt - 50/50
Ryan Gosling - Crazy, Stupid, Love
Owen Wilson - Midnight in Paris

Best Actress - Musical or Comedy
Jodie Foster - Carnage
Charlize Theron - Young Adult
Kristen Wiig - Bridesmaids
Michelle Williams - My Week with Marilyn
Kate Winslet - Carnage

Best Supporting Actor
Kenneth Branagh - My Week with Marilyn
Albert Brooks - Drive
Jonah Hill - Moneyball
Viggo Mortensen - A Dangerous Method
Christopher Plummer - Beginners

Best Supporting Actress
Berenice Bejo - The Artist
Jessica Chastain - The Help
Janet McTeer - Albert Nobbs
Octavia Spencer - The Help
Shailene Woodley - The Descendents

Best Director
Woody Allen - Midnight in Paris
George Clooney - The Ides of March
Michel Hazanavicius - The Artist
Alexander Payne - The Descendents
Martin Scorsese - Hugo

Best Screenplay
The Artist - Michel Hazanavicius
The Descendents - Alexander Payne, Nat Faxon, Jim Rash
The Ides of March - George Clooney,  Grant Heslov, Beau Willimon
Midnight in Paris - Woody Allen
Moneyball - Steve Zaillian, Aaron Sorkin, Stan Chervin

Best Original Song
"Lay Your Head Down" - Albert Nobbs (Brian Byrne, Glenn Close)
"Hello Hello" - Gnomeo & Juliet (Elton John, Bernie Taupin)
"The Living Proof" - The Help (Mary J. Blige, Thomas Newman, Harvey Mason Jr., Damon Thomas)
"The Keeper" - Machine Gun Preacher (Chris Cornell)
"Masterpiece - W.E. (Madonna, Julie Frost, Jimmy Harry)

Best Original Score
The Artist - Ludovic Bource
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo - Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross
Hugo - Howard Shore
War Horse - John Williams
W.E. - Abel Korzeniowski

Best Animated Film
The Adventures of Tintin
Arthur Christmas
Cars 2
Puss in Boots

Best Foreign Language Film
The Flowers of War (China)
In the Land of Blood and Honey (USA)
The Kid with a Bike (Belgium)
A Separation (Iran)
The Skin I Live In (Spain)

Best Television Series - Drama
American Horror Story
Boardwalk Empire
Game of Thrones

Best Television Series - Musical or Comedy
Modern Family
New Girl

Best Mini-Series or Movie Made for Television
Cinema Verite
Downtown Abbey
The Hour
Mildred Pierce
Too Big to Fall

Best Actor in a Television Series - Drama
Steve Buscemi - Boardwalk Empire
Bryan Cranston - Breaking Bad
Kelsey Grammer - Boss
Jeremy Irons - The Borgias
Damian Lewis - Homeland

Best Actress in a Television Series - Drama
Claire Danes - Homeland
Mireille Enos - The Killing
Julianna Margulies - The Good Wife
Madeleine Stowe - Revenge
Callie Thorne - Necessary Roughness

Best Actor in a Television Series - Musical or Comedy
Alec Baldwin - 30 Rock
David Duchovny - Californication
Johnny Galecki - Big Bang Theory
Thomas Jane - Hung
Matt LeBlanc - Episodes

Best Actress in a Television Series - Musical or Comedy
Laura Dern - Enlightened
Zooey Deschanel - New Girl
Tina Fey - 30 Rock
Laura Linney - The Big C
Amy Poehler - Parks and Recreation

Best Actor in a Mini-Series or Made for Television Movie
Hugh Bonneville - Downtown Abbey
Idris Elba - Luther
William Hurt - Too Big to Fall
Bill Nighy - Page Eight
Dominic West - The Hour

Best Actress in a Mini-Series or Made for Television Movie
Romola Garai - The Hour
Diane Lane - Cinema Verite
Elizabeth McGovern - Downtown Abbey
Emily Watson - Inappropriate Adult
Kate Winslet - Mildred Pierce

Best Supporting Actor in a Series, Mini-Series, or Made for Television Movie
Peter Dinklage - Game of Thrones
Paul Giamatti - Too Big to Fall
Guy Pearce - Mildred Pierce
Tim Robbins - Cinema Verite
Eric Stonestreet - Modern Family

Best Supporting Actress in a Series, Mini-Series, or Made for Television Movie
Jessica Lange - American Horror Story
Kelly Macdonald - Boardwalk Empire
Maggie Smith - Downtown Abbey
Sofia Vergara - Modern Family
Evan Rachel Wood - Mildred Pierce

The lines in bold are my picks. Not every category is highlighted and I know I picked Rooney Mara and still have until the 21st but I don't really care. Some that I wanted are missing (Emma Stone, Chloe Moretz and Melissa McCarthy) but sometimes the ones who decide just don't know what they are talking about.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

The Dark Knight Rises 6-minute prologue leaked online!

I'm giving the link I was on last night despite the fact that the video has since been taken down.

With that said, I saw the leaked video last night. It wasn't that great in terms of quality but it was still exciting. It starts with Commissioner Gordon making some sort of speech about Harvey Dent and morphs into what looked like the Mayor boarding a plane. He was talking about Bane and wondering why he wears the mask. Bane turns around and starts talking about something and says he can't take off the mask. Another plane flies over them and the Mayor asks if his plan was to get caught and Bane says his next move was to crash the plane. It was hard to tell whether the people jumping out of the other plane were helping Bane or trying to stop him, but they blow up half of the plane, attach cables to it, and as Bane escapes the first plane drops and crashes to the ground. The whole time the chant-like theme that was at the end of the teaser plays.
The prologue ends with short clips, a lot of them hard to see because it's dark, but you see a glimpse of Catwoman with those damn goggles on and also the start of the police fight with all of the Arkham guys. It ends with Bane walking away carrying the broken Batman mask.

From what I could make out of the video it looked pretty awesome and I hope my description helps. I'll try and find another video and if I can I'll replace the link
There are also videos on YouTube, if they're still there today, of just the audio from the prologue. If nothing else you hear Bane's voice. The voice is quite interesting and I have no doubt it was all ADR.

EDIT:  It's not the Mayor. I thought it was because the first bootleg was such shitty quality. And I'm still trying to find another video of the prologue. Both that I found have been taken down.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Hugo and The Artist lead Critic's Choice nominations

Full nominee list...

The Artist
The Descendants
Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close
The Help
Midnight in Paris
The Tree of Life
War Horse
George Clooney – The Descendants
Leonardo DiCaprio – J. Edgar
Jean Dujardin – The Artist
Michael Fassbender – Shame
Ryan Gosling – Drive
Brad Pitt – Moneyball
Viola Davis – The Help
Elizabeth Olsen – Martha Marcy May Marlene
Meryl Streep – The Iron Lady
Tilda Swinton – We Need to Talk About Kevin
Charlize Theron – Young Adult
Michelle Williams – My Week With Marilyn

Kenneth Branagh – My Week With Marilyn
Albert Brooks – Drive
Nick Nolte – Warrior
Patton Oswalt – Young Adult
Christopher Plummer – Beginners
Andrew Serkis – Rise of the Planet of the Apes
Berenice Bejo – The Artist
Jessica Chastain – The Help
Melissa McCarthy – Bridesmaids
Carey Mulligan – Shame
Octavia Spencer – The Help
Shailene Woodley – The Descendants
Asa Butterfield – Hugo
Elle Fanning – Super 8
Thomas Horn – Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close
Ezra Miller – We Need to Talk About Kevin
Saoirse Ronan – Hanna
Shailene Woodley – The Descendants
The Artist
The Descendants
The Help
The Ides of March
Stephen Daldry – Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close
Michel Hazanavicius – The Artist
Alexander Payne – The Descendants
Nicolas Winding Refn – Drive
Martin Scorsese – Hugo
Steven Spielberg – War Horse
The Artist – Michel Hazanavicius
50/50 – Will Reiser
Midnight in Paris – Woody Allen
Win Win – Screenplay by Tom McCarthy, Story by Tom McCarthy & Joe Tiboni
Young Adult – Diablo Cody
The Descendants – Alexander Payne and Nat Faxon & Jim Rash
Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close – Eric Roth
The Help – Tate Taylor
Hugo – John Logan
Moneyball – Steven Zaillian and Aaron Sorkin, Story by Stan Chervin
The Artist
Production Designer: Laurence Bennett, Art Director: Gregory S. Hooper
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2
Production Designer: Stuart Craig, Set Decorator: Stephenie McMillan
Production Designer: Dante Ferretti, Set Decorator: Francesca Lo Schiavo
The Tree of Life
Production Designer: Jack Fisk, Art Director: David Crank
War Horse 
Production Designer: Rick Carter, Set Decorator: Lee Sandales
The Artist – Guillaume Schiffman
Drive – Newton Thomas Sigel
Hugo – Robert Richardson
The Tree of Life – Emmanuel Lubezki
War Horse – Janusz Kaminski
The Artist – Mark Bridges
The Help – Sharen Davis
Hugo – Sandy Powell
Jane Eyre – Michael O’Connor
My Week With Marilyn – Jill Taylor
The Artist – Michel Hazanavicius and Anne-Sophie Bion
Drive – Matthew Newman
The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo – Kirk Baxter and Angus Wall
Hugo – Thelma Schoonmaker
War Horse – Michael Kahn
Albert Nobbs
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2
The Iron Lady
J. Edgar
My Week With Marilyn
"Hello Hello" – performed by Elton John and Lady Gaga/written by Elton John and Bernie Taupin – Gnomeo & Juliet
"Life’s a Happy Song" – performed by Jason Segel, Amy Adams and Walter/written by Bret McKenzie – The Muppets
"The Living Proof" – performed by Mary J. Blige/written by Mary J. Blige, Thomas Newman and Harvey Mason, Jr. – The Help
"Man or Muppet" – performed by Jason Segel and Walter/written by Bret McKenzie – The Muppets
"Pictures in My Head" – performed by Kermit and the Muppets/written by Jeannie Lurie, Aris Archontis and Chen Neeman – The Muppets
The Artist – Ludovic Bource
Drive – Cliff Martinez
The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo – Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross
Hugo – Howard Shore
War Horse – John Williams
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2
Super 8
The Tree of Life
War Horse

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2
Rise of the Planet of the Apes
Super 8
The Tree of Life
The Adventures of Tintin
Arthur Christmas
Kung Fu Panda 2
Puss in Boots
Fast Five
Rise of the Planet of the Apes
Super 8
Crazy, Stupid, Love
Horrible Bosses
Midnight in Paris
The Muppets
In Darkness
Le Havre
A Separation
The Skin I Live In
Where Do We Go Now
Cave of Forgotten Dreams
George Harrison: Living in the Material World
Page One: Inside the New York Times
Project Nim
The awards air on VH1 January 12th. One major question, though... Why is Chloe Moretz not nominated for Best Young Actor/Actress? That is ridiculous. She was fantastic in Hugo.

Monday, December 12, 2011

Looking ahead

I started looking at the DVD/Blu-Ray releases for 2012 and saw what will definitely be on my Netflix list soon. Mainly just because I have been lazy with going to the movie theater this year. I surprise myself.

January 2012:
The Ides of March
Real Steel
Texas Killing Fields

Those should keep me plenty busy.

Friday, December 9, 2011

Poster for The Amazing Spiderman released

I will admit this is a pretty cool poster. I still think the movie itself looks dumb as hell, though.

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Hollywood is officially... officially out of ideas

Because Lionsgate announced they are planning to remake American Psycho. I remember when people didn't remake movies that weren't like 15-25 years old. Fucking hell.

Evil Dead reboot gets a release date

April 12, 2013

That will be such a shitty day.

I hope St. Louis enjoyed the Series

They won't be getting there again any time soon.

I read this morning, and you can too, that the Cardinals traded their star 1st baseman Albert Pujols to the Los Angeles Angels. He signed a 10-year contract worth between $250 and $260 million dollars.

Holy shit.

Now what does this mean? The NL just had some weight lifted off their shoulders, specifically the NL Central, because Pujols will now be in the AL. Other than that it means the Cardinals are a bunch of idiots. If you have a good player who is also a decent fan favorite keep him around. I am laughing.

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Patty Jenkins leaves Thor 2

I wonder what exact "creative differences" prompted Jenkins to leave. The bigger question now... who will be brought on to direct now?

Pepsi runs in the family

Who wants to support my cousin Travis for his Pepsi Refresh idea? He's looking to use it as his project to reach Eagle Scout. Super cool kid so you should vote for his idea. I am confident he will get it done and do it well.

Good luck, cousin!

Thanks guys.

I just have to share

This had me in tears last night. I hadn't laughed that much in a while.

Sunday, December 4, 2011

And fuck...

This has just been a depressing week.

Christopher Nolan released the list of theaters participating in the Dark Knight Rises prologue screening before Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol... and there isn't a single theater in Colorado participating. Not only that but apparently there might be a new Dark Knight Rises trailer, along with a teaser for The Hobbit, before Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows. I'm sure theaters here will do that but with one minor problem; I have absolutely no desire to see Sherlock Holmes.'ll

Three strikes all at once. I'll go cry now in my city that should do shit like this but never does. If theaters in Iowa and Nebraska are screening the prologue why can't we do it here in a major city? Here is the full list of participating theaters:

United States:
Austin, TX || IMAX Theater Austin
Boston, MA || Jordan’s IMAX & IMAX 3D Theatre in Reading
Calgary, AB || Scotiabank Theatre Chinook 16 + IMAX
Chantilly, VA || Washington, DC Udvar-Hazy Center IMAX
Chicago, IL || Navy Pier IMAX Theatre
Des Moines, IA || SCI IMAX Dome Theater Des
Detroit, MI || Henry Ford IMAX
Harrisburg, PA || The Whitaker Center for Science & the Arts IMAX
Houston, TX || Houston Marq*e Stadium 22 + IMAX
Indianapolis, IN  || White River IMAX
Los Angeles, CA || Irvine Spectrum 20 + IMAX, RAVE 18 + IMAX, Ontario Palace Stadium 22 + IMAX, and Citywalk Stadium 19 with IMAX
Madison, WI || Star 18 Fitchburg with IMAX
Miami, FL || AutoNation IMAX
Minneapolis, MN || Great Clips IMAX
Nashville,TN || Opry Mills Stadium 20 + IMAX
New York, NY || Lincoln Square 13 with IMAX
New York, NY || Palisades IMAX
Omaha, NE || Star Cinema 16 with IMAX
Orlando, FL || Pointe Orlando Stadium 20 + IMAX
Palm Springs, CA || Desert IMAX Theatre
Philadelphia, PA || IMAX & the Tropicana & Tuttleman IMAX – Franklin Institute
Phoenix, AZ || Arizona Mills 25 with IMAX
Providence, RI || Providence Place 16 with IMAX
Sacramento, CA || Esquire IMAX
San Antonio, TX || IMAX at RiverCenter
San Francisco, CA || Metreon 16 with IMAX & ETX
Seattle, WA || Boeing IMAX – Pacific Science Center
Tampa, FL || Museum of Science and Industry (MOSI)

Edmonton, AB || Scotiabank Theatre Edmonton + IMAX
Montreal, QC || Cinema Banque Scotia Montreal + IMAX
Ottawa, ON || Silvercity Gloucester + IMAX
Quebec City, QC || IMAX Le Theatre At Quebec
Toronto, ON || Coliseum 12 Mississauga + IMAX, Scotiabank Theatre Toronto + IMAX, and Colossus 18 Woodbridge + IMAX
Vancouver, BC || Colossus Langley + IMAX & Silvercity Riverport 18 + IMAX

United Kingdom:
BFI London
National Media Museum IMAX Bradford
Glasgow Science Centre IMAX Cinema
Odeon Manchester IMAX @ The Printworks

I'll just leave you with this photo.

I am more upset with Hollywood than ever right now.

First I see the remake of Evil Dead is official and now I learn they are remaking Starship Troopers. Hollywood needs a serious make over. Is there anyone with an original idea, ffs?

Thursday, December 1, 2011

6 track sampler for The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo

Go and get the free sampler now. The full score is available for pre-order as well. I'm not going to pre-order. I'll just go ahead and buy it when it is available like I did with The Social Network's score.

These two make amazing music. I can imagine the film and I haven't even seen it yet. I love it.

Coming to terms... maybe.

I started thinking about this Evil Dead remake bullshit and it got me thinking, who would I cast if I had the authority? Finding a new Ash is going to be a nightmare in reality and even in a dream it's rough. You can't replace Bruce Campbell but here goes...

Ash: I would go with someone a little lower on the Hollywood scale. Maybe not a total unknown but someone who isn't front page news 24/7. Maybe someone like Kyle Gallner, Aaron Johnson, Dave Franco, Darren Criss, or Jim Sturgess. Out of those I think Franco would be the best choice, as of right now. Ash is a badass but he is such a tender guy who means well.

Cheryl: Evan Rachel Wood, hands down. I would be real interested in what she could do with this one.

Linda: Jennifer Lawrence would be an interesting choice. So would Kristen Stewart, oddly enough. Main reason I mention Stewart... Linda gets her head chopped off, tee hee.

Scotty: Marshall Allman.

Shelly: Emily Browning, Scout Taylor-Compton, Emma Bell... Shelly is such a small character it doesn't even matter. 

I would choose younger people because that's how the first one was. Remember how young Bruce Campbell was? I think it's better to have a younger cast too because it will better accommodate the no doubt ridiculous dialogue Diablo Cody will present.
Still not happy about it but if it's going to happen then at least have a decent cast... ffs.

Iron Man 3 needs over 1,000 extras

Damn son. If I was an actress I would go for it.

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Riddick is back

I personally don't want another Chronicles of Riddick movie, because they have both sucked, but whatever. Seeing shitty movies continued just for the hell of it isn't something we aren't getting used to.

Wouldn't you agree?

There is something unsettling about a 21-year old man in a Justin Bieber shirt.

Monday, November 28, 2011

Why is this happening...

Two depressing things today...

1. Why will the Dresden Dolls and Amanda Palmer tour everywhere but the United States? I mean fucking hell. And whenever they do play shows here they're almost always in Boston or NYC only. There are fans in other parts of the country. *yells*

2. I went to the mall today with my mom to pick out a Christmas present. Yes, she has me pick one and then she saves it for Christmas. Anyway I have a lot of Nightmare Before Christmas stuff and I collect the big snow globes. There was a snow globe on the Disney website in September and my mom waited hoping it might go on sale or that it would be in our local Disney Store. We go today and not only are there no snow globes at all but there were only 5 Nightmare items in the whole place. Only 5. The past 6-7 years, if not longer, there has been a whole section including snow globes, clothes, statues, figurines, etc.. This year there is nothing. I even went in Spencer's and Hot Topic and they didn't even have shit this year. What the fuck? Are they taking everything away for the next two years so they can make a massive comeback for the 20 year anniversary? So unfair. I bet they have it in that Nightmare themed store in Disneyland.

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Batman is retiring

By Batman I mean Christopher Nolan and Christian Bale.

Bale finally confirmed that The Dark Knight Rises will be his last film as the Caped Crusader and Nolan has been saying it will be his last Batman film.

Now with that said I am laughing at the people who think that means Batman is forever done. How many Batman themed movies and/or TV shows do we have already? Batman isn't going anywhere. It's Christopher Nolan and Christian Bale who is leaving. They will eventually get another director to make more movies and will cast yet another Bruce Wayne. I'm not worried. Well, actually I might be a little worried. I don't think anyone will ever be able to top what Nolan has done with the character.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Sugarland being sued over stage collapse in Indiana

Is this even a legitimate case to sue the band? Bands do have some say when it comes to their shows but a majority of the time it's the concert promoters and managers that determine stuff. LiveNation pushed to have the show continue despite the weather so as far as I'm concerned these people should be filing the lawsuit primarily against LiveNation and not include the band. I don't fault the band for what happened.
If I remember correctly the stage collapsed at a Cheap Trick concert this year, too. People didn't go out and sue the band because the stage collapsed.

I have been to concerts in bad weather before and it says on your ticket the show will happen rain or shine and it also has a liability statement from the concert promoter on the ticket. When I saw Korn back in 2003 it was raining with lightning all day and night and they still held the show. It depends on what you feel safe with, imo. If it's raining or looks like a tornado outside and you don't feel safe then leave. I would rather be out $30 and miss a show than be unsafe and potentially die but hey... to each their own.

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Diablo Cody linked to The Evil Dead reboot.

I don't know what to say.

Juno was excellent, Jennifer's Body was a fail, and United States of Tara was alright but come on... wasn't Jennifer's Body enough proof that she should stay away from the horror genre? I am suddenly more afraid for this reboot that shouldn't even be happening. Given Diablo Cody's style I won't at all be surprised to hear this, "SILENCIO! I'M GONNA SWALLOW YOUR SOUL SO SHUT YOUR GOB AND STOP GOING BANANAS!"


Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1

Yes I went to go see it. With that said here is the film in chronological order (spoilers beware):

Wedding invites go out to friends and family.
Jacob acts like a pussy and runs away crying after receiving said invitation.
Bella's mother is happy she is getting married while her dad is protective.
Edward tries to talk Bella out of marrying him by telling her stories of him killing people.
Bella still wants to marry Edward saying she accepts who he is.
Bella's friends think she is pregnant because "who gets married at 18?!"
Bella starts crying, which was weird to see, while taking forever to walk down toward the altar in a gorgeous wedding dress. 
Bella and Edward wed in an elaborate ceremony planned by Alice.
The wedding kiss is basically a minute long make out session in front of friends and family.
The reception is full of cheesy speeches including Bella's mom singing a lullaby to her.
Jacob shows up looking scruffy and is still begging Bella to change her mind.
Bella tells Jacob she plans on having sex on her honeymoon as a human and Jacob flips out.
Jacob is escorted from the reception by his fellow wolves.
Edward and Bella fly to Brazil and go to their secluded island.
Edward wants to go skinny dipping in the ocean.
Bella takes a minute to prepare herself for her first time (only way to say it).
Bella joins Edward naked in the ocean.
They move inside where the famous bed breaking scene happens.
Bella wakes up and you see flashes of their wild sexual encounter as she remembers them.
Edward is sorry for hurting his wife after seeing bruises on her.
Bella wants to have more sex but Edward won't because he hurt her.
Bella walks around in lingerie trying to tempt him and eventually succeeds.
The couple scare their housekeepers away after they see the condition of the bedroom.
Jacob has a vision of Bella being a vampire while she is on her honeymoon and bitches about it.
Jacob wonders what the excuse for Bella's death will be (car crash, trip and fall, etc.).
Bella begins eating weird combos of food (chicken and peanut butter, wtf)
Bella pukes and tries to convince Edward she ate bad chicken.
Bella realizes her period is late and immediately receives a call from Alice.
Edward stands in an awkward silence as Bella talks to Carlisle.
The couple secretly returns to Forks after telling her family they extended their honeymoon.
Jacob comes to see a very pregnant and sick Bella after only a month.
Edward hates his child and is pissed Bella is pregnant.
Jacob is conflicted between the Cullens, his loyalty to Bella, and loyalty to his tribe.
Rosalie is protecting Bella and the baby from Jacob.
Bella is getting weaker and sicker with each minute and looks like a meth addict.
Edward is still being an asshole about Bella's pregnancy.
Jacob overpowers Sam and leaves his pack.
Seth and Leah leave Sam's pack to join Jacob in protecting Bella.
Jacob tries to convince them to leave him alone but fails.
Carlisle tells Bella giving birth to her child will kill her.
Edward yells at Bella claiming she is purposely leaving him by keeping the baby.
Edward reads Jacob's mind and they begin feeding Bella human blood to survive the pregnancy.
Edward reads the baby's mind and instantly falls in love with his child and apologizes to Bella.
The wolves outsmart Sam and the pack so Carlisle, Emmett, and Esme can hunt.
Bella goes into labor by bending backwards looking like she is in an exorcism movie.
Rosalie tries to cut open Bella's stomach but can't.
Edward rips her womb open with his teeth to deliver the baby.
Rosalie takes the baby as Edward injects Bella's dead body with vampire venom.
Jacob runs away crying again after thinking Bella is dead.
Edward pumps Bella's chest trying to revive her and bites her several times but it's not working.
Edward joins Jasper and Alice outside to fight off Sam's pack who have come to kill the baby.
Carlisle, Emmett, and Esme join the fight after successfully hunting.
Jacob sees the baby's eyes, sees his future with her, and imprints on her.
Edward reads Jacob's mind, sees he has imprinted, and uses this to fight off Sam's pack.
Bella begins magically healing via cheesy looking CGI tricks.
The Cullens and Jacob surround her as she is healing.
Bella's eyes open and they are vampire red.

The end.

Yeah, that's it. I was drunk during this movie so I am surprised I remember this much detail but whatever. I will say the honeymoon spoilers I had read prior to seeing it for myself were all wrong. Don't believe people when they are saying the sexual scenes are only implied or that it goes by really quick. It is true you don't necessarily see a whole lot in terms of nudity but you see thrusting, there is moaning, awkward music, straddling, etc.. You see enough. Nothing I can't handle just not when it comes to Twilight. Gross.
Bella's wedding dress was gorgeous. Wasn't quite what you expect and it was fairly plain but it was absolutely beautiful. Very flattering for Kristen Stewart.
The thing I didn't understand was why everyone looked so damn different in this movie compared to the first three. Even the vampires looked different. Kristen Stewart looked pretty, which was odd, Robert Pattinson wasn't as ugly, Jacob looked more adult, etc.. I was like, what the fuck is going on? Not to mention, what happened to vampires sparkling in the sun? Edward never sparkled on the honeymoon and they were on a sunny island ffs. If you are going to have ridiculous sparkling vampires be consistent.
Going along with everyone looking different, the makeup department sure did a good job. Kristen Stewart looked like a meth head for sure which was the point. I was like damn son.

Overall it was not good but I will admit it was the best of the 4 released so far. I am sad there is another movie still coming but I think if it follows the path of this one it will be tolerable. Changing directors was the best thing they could have done. Seriously.

Friday, November 18, 2011

Arrested Development to air in 2013... exclusively on Netflix

You read that right. I guess everyone who canceled and/or refused to ever succumb to Netflix are going to have to if they want to watch the return of one of the best shows ever.

Netflix announced today that they will exclusively stream new episodes of the returning show. No word on exactly how many episodes are coming our way but I think this is a smart move from Netflix. After the price hike and the embarrassing and failed Qwikster experiment this should gain them some subscribers when the time comes even if it's only for a short time. I guess this is the reward for not canceling my subscription after the price hike. I can't wait for this show to come back.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Someone Like You

I am lagging a little behind with this song but I honestly think it is one of the best ones I have ever heard. Adele is amazing.

I hope her vocal chord surgery was a complete success. Call me selfish but I want to keep listening to that voice for a long time.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Snow White vs. Snow White

I have now seen teasers for both Snow White revamps, Snow White and the Huntsman and Mirror Mirror. Despite how much I can't stand Kristen Stewart I have to say that based on what I have seen so far Snow White and the Huntsman takes the cake. Charlize Theron is playing the classic evil queen and it has a better look to it in general. Not to mention that they actually make Kristen Stewart look pretty. Mirror Mirror is obviously aimed at a younger audience because Julia Roberts is nowhere near the evil the queen is (at least not in the preview) and it is more playful. I think Lily Collins is a better choice for Snow White over Kristen Stewart (obviously) but that's the name of the game. Each movie will have their points but I still just don't see why anyone would even want to see Mirror Mirror. Not to mention the title is stupid.

I wouldn't necessarily say I am excited for either of them but if I had to choose I would go for Snow White and the Huntsman. It looks so much better.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Hollywood finally does something right

Kudos to Joss Whedon and the team making The Avengers. While filming a scene with Captain America they used real US Army soldiers out of Ft. Meade as the military support.

I personally think this is awesome. I can't wait to see the final result.

Monday, November 7, 2011

More photos of The Dark Knight Rises surface

I don't know exactly how new these are simply because I saw pictures and video of the Gotham Police riot a couple months ago, but still... Exciting :D

Sunday, November 6, 2011


The preview for next week's The Walking Dead caused me to yell. I literally screamed.

It shows the big missing man Merle. Merle!!!

I bet you anything he has Sophia. You just wait.

Friday, November 4, 2011


I haven't seen a trailer for this one in theaters just yet but I have seen it about a dozen times online. It looks intriguing, tbh. I am very curious.

Chronicle is in theaters February 3, 2012.

The Devil Inside

I saw a trailer for this before Paranormal Activity 3 and it looks pretty intense. However, it looks just like the past couple of exorcism movies we have had. People bending over backwards, yelling in multiple voices, laughing, etc.. Tickle me not surprised there is yet another one.

The Devil Inside comes out in theaters on January 6, 2012.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Paranormal Activity 3 [spoilers beware]

So yeah... I finally went to see it. Boredom got the best of me.

High points:
The "ghost" in the kitchen behind the babysitter.
Katie being stopped by Toby in the middle of the room and getting picked up by her hair.
All the kitchen items falling from the ceiling. 

Low points:
Everything else.

Honestly guys, these are not good movies. Suspenseful isn't even a valid description. I was bored through the whole thing just like I was during the first two. When I listed three high points that is seriously it. That whole advertising line of "the last 15 minutes will mess you up for life" is bullshit. All that happens is the boyfriend walks around the house with the camera, sees the grandma's reflection twice, opens a closet door to see a bunch of creepy old people in black clothes, sees the mother levitating, finds Kristie, then sees Katie kneeling by the dead mother. When he moves toward Katie she turns around with the same demon face she had in the first movie after killing Micah. He falls backwards and is approached by the grandmother and then is killed by the invisible demon force after it bends him backwards and kills him. Then grandma walks upstairs with Katie and Kristie and the movie is over. So scary and it messed me up for life. /sarcasm

I don't know if it's just me but if my child had an imaginary friend that was that intense where she flat out describes how she'll be in trouble if she tells is sketchy and not something to fool around with. Fuck taping at night. Take your child to a therapist.  And a demon named Toby? For fuck's sake lol. All I could think of was Roots.
And not to mention, what happened with all of the clips in the previews of the fire? That is a pretty important event in these movies and to just leave it out is really lame. All of the rest of the clips from the trailers and commercials aren't in the movie either. That didn't so much bother me because you're going in fresh but the house fire being left out was a huge let down.

It wasn't scary at all and I will never understand how or why these movies are scaring people so much. And to hear that a fourth one is apparently already in the works makes me sad.

Sunday, October 30, 2011

The Walking Dead - 10/30/11

I want Shane off this show. What a fucking lunatic.

And I am happy Carl looks like he is going to pull through. I didn't want him to go. They need to stop looking for Sophia already. Leave the mother behind if need be but they need to move on.

The Human Centipede Part 2: Full Sequence

I don't think I will ever be the same after that.

Tom Six needs a fucking therapist.

75 Best Horror Films

According to Rotten Tomatoes, that is.

Couple problems with this list:

1. How is The Exorcist dead last at #75? Most other lists out there have it in the top 5 if not the top 3.

2. The Shining only at #64?

3. Halloween only at #39 behind Jaws which is all the way up at #13? Bullshit.

4. Too many old movies. I understand and appreciate old horror but there are too many movies that are considered tame by today's standards. Especially the ones from the 1950's and before.

And most of all... King Kong from 1933 as #1? Hell no. Whoever made this list needs a lesson in horror. For fuck's sake.

Friday, October 28, 2011

Welcome all

Anyone who watched my video on YouTube and decided to come check this blog out... sup.

Let's have a good time.

The Justice League and another reboot of Batman

Warner Bros. is going to apparently reboot Batman after Christopher Nolan's final Batman film, The Dark Knight Rises, is released in 2012 in an attempt to set up a Justice League film in 2013 or 2014. No word on if they will keep Christian Bale on as Bruce Wayne or not but what we do know is that Nolan will not be directing another. Rumor has it that he will stay on as a producer to future Batman films but I don't think there is confirmation.

With that said I got to thinking about casting. Who would I cast as the next Batman, or as any member of the Justice League for that matter?

Honestly, my pick for a new Bruce Wayne at this moment is Michael C. Hall. Many people now know him from Dexter but I know him from Six Feet Under and I have loved him ever since. He has the ability to play the cocky playboy for sure and I think he could live up to the challenge of being the caped crusader. Not to mention he would look great in the mask.

As for other members I am just hoping that they don't keep Ryan Reynolds on as Hal Jordan (aka, Green Lantern). Not only did the movie suck but he seriously sucked. Whoever cast him went on looks and popularity. He was not meant to ever play a superhero. He needs to stick to comedies.
If they could manage to get her hair darker than red I think Emma Stone would be a nice touch for Wonder Woman. Just to see what she can do. I personally love Emma Stone so I think it would be a nice breath of fresh air. If she wasn't right for Wonder Woman I would love to see her as Oracle (aka, Batgirl/Barbara Gordon).

Other than that I don't think we know exactly who is going to be included. I don't have a preference or an idea for The Flash or Aquaman (if they'll be included) and Henry Cavill is already filming the new Superman movie. Have to just wait and see.

More delays for Pride and Prejudice and Zombies

Another one bites the dust.

Looks like the third director set to direct Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, Craig Gillespie, is the latest casualty of the project dropping out of the director's chair apparently leaving due to casting disputes. As I mentioned in a previous blog they have had enormous difficulty casting a leading lady. Blake Lively, Emma Stone, Anne Hathaway, Scarlett Johansson, Mia Wasikowska, and Natalie Portman (who is still on as a producer) have all passed on the project.

I said it then and I'm still saying it now... this one needs to be put to rest. It's not going to happen and even if it does it's going to suck.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

The Walking Dead renewed for a third season!

AMC announced that it has renewed The Walking Dead for a third season. The article also states that the show has shattered a record previously set by The Dead Zone for the most watched basic cable show in the 18-49 age bracket with over 10 million viewers in 122 countries.

Hell yeah. I love this show.

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Ben Affleck to direct new adaptation of The Stand

I am a bit confused by this one. It's just not something I would have ever pegged Affleck to do.
And unless this will be another miniseries there is no way they can do it justice with one film. They would have to do at least two films and each one would have to be pretty long. The miniseries alone is like 6 hours long.

I'm worried they are going to ruin one of my favorite things.

Paranormal Activity 3 sets an October box office record

$54 million in one weekend for PA3.

Still debating on seeing it. I'm even less encouraged after reading reviews, and spoilers, from many saying it sucks. Last 15 minutes messing you up for life? My ass lol.

Monday, October 17, 2011

If I could do my own Fear Fest...

Looking at the 13 Days of Halloween and AMC's Fear Fest this year I'm honestly a little disappointed. The movie and show lineups are pretty lousy. It got me thinking... If I could have my own Fear Fest to air what would I put on it?

I would start at the beginning of October and go through the whole month and whatever I wanted to air would show from noon to midnight, or as close as I could get it.

October 1st
Tales from the Crypt [1989-1996] (noon to 4pm)
Stephen King's The Stand [1994] (4pm to midnight)

October 2nd
Tales from the Crypt [1989-1996] (noon to 4pm)
The Thing [1982] (4pm to 6pm)
The Blob [1988] (6pm to 8pm)
The Fog [1980] (8pm to 10pm)
Swamp Thing [1982] (10pm to midnight)

October 3rd
Tales from the Crypt [1989-1996] (noon to 3:30pm)
Night of the Living Dead [1968] (3:30pm to 5:30pm)
Dawn of the Dead [1978] (5:30pm to 8pm)
Shaun of the Dead [2004] (8pm to 10pm)
The Last House on the Left [1972] (10pm to midnight)

October 4th
Tales from the Crypt [1989-1996] (noon to 4pm)
The Amityville Horror [1979] (4pm to 6pm)
The Wizard of Gore [1970] (6pm to 8pm)
Suspiria [1977] (8pm to 10pm)
Christine [1983] (10pm to midnight)

October 5th
Tales from the Crypt [1989-1996] (noon to 4pm)
Devil [2010] (4pm to 6pm)
Signs [2002] (6pm to 8pm)
The Sixth Sense [1999] (8pm to 10pm)
The Wicker Man [1973] (10pm to midnight)

October 6th
Tales from the Crypt [1989-1996] (noon to 4pm)
Dead Alive [1992] (4pm to 6pm)
The Fly [1986] (6pm to 8pm)
The Omen [1976] (8pm to 10pm)
Eraserhead [1977] (10pm to midnight)

October 7th
Tales from the Crypt [1989-1996] (noon to 4pm)
Misery [1990] (4pm to 6pm)
Creepshow [1982] (6pm to 8pm)
Creepshow 2 [1987] (8pm to 10pm)
Apt Pupil [1998] (10pm to midnight)

October 8th
Tales from the Crypt [1989-1996] (noon to 4pm)
Dreamcatcher [2003] (4pm to 6pm)
Secret Window [2004] (6pm to 8pm)
It [1990] (8pm to midnight)

October 9th
Tales from the Crypt [1989-1996] (noon to 4pm)
The Ring [2002] (4pm to 6pm)
The Ring 2 [2005] (6pm to 8pm)
Ringu [1998] (8pm to 10pm)
The Grudge [2004] (10pm to midnight)

October 10th
Tales from the Crypt [1989-1996] (noon to 4pm)
Hellraiser [1987] (4pm to 6pm)
Hellbound: Hellraiser 2 [1988] (6pm to 8pm)
Hellraiser 3: Hell on Earth [1992] (8pm to 10pm)
Hellraiser: Bloodline [1996] (10pm to midnight)

October 11th
Tales from the Crypt [1989-1996] (noon to 4pm)
Hocus Pocus [1993] (4pm to 6pm)
Beetlejuice [1988] (6pm to 8pm)
The Nightmare Before Christmas [1993] (8pm to 10pm)
Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street [2007] (10pm to midnight)

October 12th
Tales from the Crypt [1989-1996] (noon to 3pm, ending the full series)
The Twilight Zone [1959-1964] (3pm to 4pm)
A Nightmare on Elm Street [1984] (4pm to 6pm)
A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy's Revenge [1985] (6pm to 8pm)
A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors [1987] (8pm to 10pm)
A Nightmare on Elm Street [2010] (10pm to midnight)

October 13th
The Twilight Zone [1959-1964] (noon to 4pm)
Friday the 13th [1980] (4pm to 6pm)
Friday the 13th Part 2 [1981] (6pm to 8pm)
Freddy vs. Jason [2003] (8pm to 10pm)
Friday the 13th [2009] (10pm to midnight)

October 14th
The Twilight Zone [1959-1964] (noon to 3:30pm)
Interview with the Vampire [1994] (3:30pm to 6pm)
Let the Right One In [2008] (6pm to 8pm)
Let Me In [2010] (8pm to 10pm)
The Lost Boys [1987] (10pm to midnight)

October 15th
Underworld [2003] (noon to 2:30pm)
Underworld: Evolution [2006] (2:30pm to 4:30pm)
30 Days of Night [2007] (4:30pm to 6:30pm)
Blade [1998] (6:30pm to 8:30pm)
From Dusk Till Dawn [1996] (8:30pm to 10:30pm)
Fright Night [1985] (10:30pm to midnight)

October 16th
Planet Terror [2007] (noon to 2pm)
High Tension [2003] (2pm to 4pm)
Hostel [2005] (4pm to 6pm)
Hostel Part 2 [2007] (6pm to 8pm)
Scream [1996] (8pm to 10pm)
Scream 2 [1997] (10pm to midnight)

October 17th
Rec [2007] (noon to 2pm)
Rec 2 [2009] (2pm to 4pm)
Quarantine [2008] (4pm to 6pm)
28 Days Later [2002] (6pm to 8pm)
28 Weeks Later [2007] (8pm to 10pm)
Alien [1979] (10pm to midnight)

October 18th
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre [2003] (noon to 2pm)
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning [2006] (2pm to 4pm)
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre [1974] (4pm to 6pm)
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 [1986] (6pm to 8pm)
Poltergeist [1982] (8pm to 10pm)
Poltergeist 2: The Other Side [1986] (10pm to midnight)

October 19th
Jaws [1975] (noon to 2pm)
Jaws 2 [1978] (2pm to 4pm)
The Blair Witch Project [1999] (4pm to 6pm)
Paranormal Activity [2007] (6pm to 8pm)
Jacob's Ladder [1990] (8pm to 10pm)
Insidious [2010] (10pm to midnight]

October 20th
Psycho [1960] (noon to 2pm)
The Shining [1980] (2pm to 5pm)
The Exorcist [1973] (5pm to 8pm)
Carrie [1976] (8pm to 10pm)
The Birds [1963] (10pm to midnight]

October 21st
Trick r Treat [2008] (noon to 2pm)
The Strangers [2008] (2pm to 4pm)
House of 1000 Corpses [2003] (4pm to 6pm)
The Devil's Rejects [2005] (6pm to 8pm)
Halloween [2007] (8pm to 10pm)
Halloween 2 [2009] (10pm to midnight)

October 22nd
Child's Play [1988] (noon to 2pm)
Child's Play 2 [1990] (2pm to 4pm)
Child's Play 3 [1991] (4pm to 6pm)
Bride of Chucky [1998] (6pm to 8pm)
Seed of Chucky [2004] (8pm to 10pm)
Scary Movie [2000] (10pm to midnight)

October 23rd
Phantasm [1979] (noon to 2pm)
Bram Stoker's Dracula [1992] (2pm to 4pm)
Ju-On [2000] (4pm to 6pm)
An American Werewolf in London [1981] (6pm to 8pm)
Zombieland [2009] (8pm to 10pm)
Drag Me to Hell [2009] (10pm to midnight)

October 24th
The Hills Have Eyes [2006] (noon to 2pm)
The Hills Run Red [2009] (2pm to 4pm)
Saw [2004] (4pm to 6pm)
Saw 2 [2005] (6pm to 8pm)
Saw 3 [2006] (8pm to 10pm)
The Walking Dead [2010] (10pm to midnight)

October 25th
Saw 4 [2007] (noon to 2pm)
Saw 5 [2008] (2pm to 4pm)
Saw 6 [2009] (4pm to 6pm)
Saw 3D [2010] (6pm to 8pm)
The Walking Dead [2010] (8pm to midnight)

October 26th
Vampire in Brooklyn [1995] (noon to 2pm)
The Descent [2005] (2pm to 4pm)
Candyman [1992] (4pm to 6pm)
Cabin Fever [2002] (6pm to 8pm)
Slither [2006] (8pm to 10pm)
What Lies Beneath [2000] (10pm to midnight)

October 27th
Masters of Horror [2005-2007] (noon to 6pm)
Evil Dead [1981] (6pm to 8pm)
Evil Dead 2 [1987] (8pm to 10pm)
Army of Darkness [1992] (10pm to midnight)

October 28th
Masters of Horror [2005-2007] (noon to 6pm)
Halloween [1978] (6pm to 8pm)
Halloween 2 [1981] (8pm to 10pm)
Halloween 3: Season of the Witch [1982] (10pm to midnight)

October 29th
Masters of Horror [2005-2007] (noon to 6pm)
Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers [1988] (6pm to 8pm)
Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers [1989] (8pm to 10pm)
Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers [1995] (10pm to midnight)

October 30th
Masters of Horror [2005-2007] (noon to 2pm)
Halloween H2O: 20 Years Later [1998] (2pm to 4pm)
Halloween Resurrection [2002] (4pm to 6pm)
The Crow [1994]  (6pm to 8pm)
Jeepers Creepers [2001] (8pm to 10pm)
Idle Hands [1999] (10pm to midnight)

October 31st
Fan voted films and/or TV shows (noon to midnight)

Yeah... that's what I would do. I think the fan voting for Halloween day would be cool. It would allow the movies and/or TV shows the viewers like the most to be aired one more time. I would also add in random interviews and music videos from stuff since it would be commercial free. It's any way I want right? I can dream of a world with no commercials, or at least very limited commercials.

October 17, 2011

Just a couple interesting things I found today. I didn't want to make a bunch of posts so here is one big post...

Hostel Part III has a trailer, apparently. It takes place in Las Vegas and is straight to DVD this time around (surprise surprise) set for release on December 27th. Personally I hate the Hostel films but I know a lot of people love them. Here's the BD link:

Filming for the new Rob Zombie film, The Lords of Salem, has officially begun.

Matt Reeves is set to direct a new movie adaptation of The Twilight Zone. Reeves directed Cloverfield and Let Me In. Here is the BD link:

Nothing too major.

Denver Zombie Crawl 2011

Speaking of zombies, anyone out there in the Denver area should go to the Zombie Crawl on October 22nd! Starts at 2pm and the plan is to move from Skyline Park to and through the 16th Street Mall.

I peeked at my schedule and it said I had the 22nd off work so I should be there and I can't wait. I bought my zombie supplies yesterday. I hope you'll be there too if you can make it.

The Walking Dead

So... The premiere of The Walking Dead last night was AWESOME!

I don't want to spoil too much, but if you haven't been watching this show I don't know why. It's more than just zombies. There is real drama there. I still can't believe that ending, haha.

The season preview looked amazing as well. Looks like we are in for quite a ride this season.
If you aren't watching or if you missed it the show airs on AMC Sunday nights at 10pm ET. It airs for me here in Denver at 8pm.

Give it a try, guys! You will love it.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Patty Jenkins confirmed to direct Thor 2

Patty Jenkins has directed episodes of Arrested Development, The Killing, and the film Monster. That's pretty much about it. I appreciate the fact that Paramount and Marvel is trying to give directors a chance but at the same time I don't understand why they are taking that risk with these superhero movies. Especially given how popular and genuinely good they are.

But with that said... I loved Monster so I think Thor 2 might just be alright. We'll have to wait and see.

Oh and speaking of Thor 2, the release date got pushed back to November 15th, 2013 instead of July 16th. Has to be based on projected box office stats. Production hasn't even started so it can't be because of that. At least I don't think so.

It's an American Reunion

Let me start by saying I love the American Pie movies. Well, the original three. I don't know what the fuck they started doing with Band Camp and The Naked Mile, or whatever. American Pie, American Pie 2, and American Wedding were great movies. Raunchy but funny and they all had a pretty decent message to them.

With that said, the whole cast has reunited for a fourth movie. Jim, Michelle, Finch, Kevin, Stiffler, Oz, Heather, Vicki, Jessica, Nadia, Sherman, Jim's Dad, and Stiffler's Mom are returning for American Reunion. You can find the red band teaser online and it features Jim, Michelle, and their son Evan. I found it via YouTube pretty easily so have at it.

I'm personally excited. I can't wait to see it.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Monday, October 10, 2011

Netflix no longer splitting DVD's and streaming into two separate company names.

I take it they are also canning that video game rental idea they were going to do with Qwikster.

Netflix needs to make up their damn minds or I'm going to wind up canceling just out of annoyance.

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Remaining 2011 Blu-Ray & DVD releases

Green Lantern (October 14, 2011)
Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (October 18, 2011)
Captain America: The First Avenger (October 25, 2011)
Jurassic Park Trilogy (October 25, 2011)
Robot Chicken: Season 5 (October 25, 2011)
Cars 2 (November 1, 2011)
Crazy, Stupid, Love (November 1, 2011)
Water for Elephants (November 1, 2011)
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 (November 11, 2011)
Super 8 (November 22, 2011)
30 Minutes or Less (November 29, 2011)
Our Idiot Brother (November 29, 2011)
The Smurfs (December 2, 2011)
Friends with Benefits (December 2, 2011)
The Debt (December 6th, 2011)
Cowboys and Aliens (December 6. 2011)
The Help (December 6, 2011)
The Hangover Part 2 (December 6, 2011)
The Simpsons: Season 14 (December 6, 2011)
Kung Fu Panda 2 (December 13, 2011)
Contagion (December 16, 2011)

It still amazes me how quickly things come out on DVD these days. Contagion just came out in theaters and it's set to come out in December. Why even go see something in theaters anymore?

Rockstar Uproar 2011

By far one of the best shows I have been to. It was better than last year by far.

Basic breakdown:

Escape the Fate opened the main stage up and I am still saying I have no clue why. These guys were so lame and all of their songs seriously sounded the same. My friend said it best when he told me the only reason the singer is in that band is so he can drink and curse in public and be cheered on. I only clapped when they were leaving the stage. Their setlist:

10 Miles Wide
Day of Wreckoning
Gorgeous Nightmare
Liars and Monsters
This War is Ours
The Aftermath

Bullet for My Valentine hit the stage next and let me tell you... as a person who isn't the biggest fan I enjoyed them a lot. A whole lot. They gave a lot of energy and they had a really good sound. I recognized most of the songs they played because of radio and friends who like them but I didn't know the words or anything. They got the first pit of the night too so power to them. Their setlist:

Your Betrayal
Pleasure and Pain
Waking the Demon
The Last Fight
Guitar Solo
Scream Aim Fire
Tears Don't Fall

Seether followed BFMV. I was honestly disappointed with Seether. I am a big fan of theirs and have been since Disclaimer was released back when I was in middle school. I just love them. However, they didn't do it for me live. I don't know if it was their sound mix (because their instruments were way too fucking loud) or what but a lot just went wrong for me. I didn't care for their set as a whole, I thought they fiddled around too much in between songs (most in between seconds were filled with annoying guitar feedback) and it went by really fast. They were the only band to practically 100% neglect conversation with the audience. I think Shaun said "thank you" maybe 5 times and that was it. I'm sure they've been better and I might have just caught them on a bad night but still. Sad panda... Their setlist:

Fine Again
Country Song
Rise Above This
Fake It

After Seether came Three Days Grace. These guys rocked the house down. They were so interactive with the audience and really put on a great show. Their set was amazing, they didn't waste any time getting down to business and keeping the flow going, and they included an oldie that I absolutely love (Home from their first record). Not to mention them covering Lose Yourself by Eminem, haha. Their setlist:

The Good Life
I Hate Everything About You
Lose Yourself (Eminem cover)
Never too Late
Animal I Have Become

And finally... AVENGED SEVENFOLD! I know A7X gets a lot of shit from the "hardcore" metal fans, or whoever, but I think that is just jealousy because Avenged is doing everything they can't do, especially after the death of a drummer who happened to write a lot of the music and lyrics. I absolutely love them and they put on one hell of a show. Even if you aren't a big Avenged fan you would have a blast seeing them live. Their sound is great, the stage design is amazing (a flaming deathbat, ffs), and the energy they instill in the crowd is wonderful. You leave the show feeling like you know them and went just to hang out. It's great.
One thing I must admit is how disappointed I was in their set. Granted I saw them last year at Uproar 2010 when they played before Disturbed but that is precisely the point. With the exception of Almost Easy, God Hates Us, and So Far Away the set they gave us this year was the exact same as it was last year. I really was hoping for a different mix of songs especially with that fan voting thing they did to determine the Uproar setlists for 2011. I was checking out sets from different cities seeing that they were playing Second Heartbeat, Chapter Four, Seize the Day, MIA, and I Won't See You Tonight Part 1. How we got stuck hearing the same songs again in practically the same order, and how they chose Denver to waste 8-9 minutes on A Little Piece of Heaven, is beyond me. I'll put an asterisk to the 3 new songs in the setlist:

Critical Acclaim
Beast and the Harlot
Welcome to the Family
Buried Alive
Not Ready to Die*
A Little Piece of Heaven*
Bat Country
Unholy Confessions

I love Unholy Confessions but I am still sad that was the only song off Waking the Fallen that we got when some cities got 2 or 3. Almost everything else was off Nightmare or the self-titled album. Hopefully they come back to Denver again at some point and change up the setlist.

But as a whole so far I enjoy Uproar a little more than Mayhem. It has had two solid years where Mayhem totally floundered this year with that shitty lineup it had. Not to mention it starts later in the day so you aren't baking in the sun most of the time you're there. Pending a bad lineup or whatever I plan on attending again next year.
And I must say, watch out for rising food and drink prices at these venues. Comfort Dental Amphitheater is now charging $9.75 for a beer, $4.50 for water, and $9 for two slices of pizza. The specialty drinks (like frozen margaritas) are like $15, too.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies continues to fail

They seriously cannot get any support for this movie. Blake Lively, Natalie Portman, Emma Stone, Scarlett Johansson, and Mia Wasikowska have turned down roles. They can't get a director to stick to the project either.
I loved the book but I think after being rejected this many times and having so many things go wrong before it's even fully in pre-production is a sign that this shouldn't happen. At least not yet. In my opinion, the project should be nixed for now. It's obviously not the right time, especially with other zombie-themed shows/books doing so well (especially The Walking Dead). Not to mention Seth Grahame-Smith already has a movie based off one of his books in production, Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter. Filming for that started in March and it even has Tim Burton on as a producer.

It just appears that Seth and Lionsgate just can't have it all, even with Natalie Portman sticking on as a producer. This is just an epic fail so far.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Teen Mom... and rich

First of all I want to take this opportunity to admit that a guilty pleasure of mine is watching Teen Mom on MTV. Now that that's out of the way I just read something online, which is already a bit old, that disturbed me... These girls are making $60,000 to $65,000 per season.

Let's look at jobs that make less than that in one year (on average, about $20,000 less):

Teacher (high school, middle school, elementary, special education, etc.)
Auto Mechanic
Dental Assistant
Graphic Designer
Social Worker
Respiratory Therapist
X-Ray Technician
Medical Assistant
Diagnostic Technician

That's just naming a few and among those few are jobs that our government is pushing on us. Education and medical being the top two career fields. If girls who were dumb enough to get pregnant at 15-16 and go on MTV so they can have their lives filmed are making more money in less time by doing nothing but fighting on camera then our society really needs a turnaround. It's bad enough the idiots on Jersey Shore are making over $120,000 per season when all they do is get drunk and have sex on camera.
The thing that cracks me up the most after watching this show for three seasons now is how these girls constantly bitch about how poor they are and how they're on such a tight budget. I no longer have any fringe of sympathy for any of them. They are driving new cars, renting apartments and houses with rent over $1000 a month (and no jobs), getting breast implants, getting fresh manicures, wearing designer clothes, getting their hair done, taking vacations, going out to eat, etc.. It's ridiculous and MTV ought to be ashamed. They are constantly stating that the show doesn't glorify teen pregnancy. Oh really? Why should these girls graduate and not get pregnant if they can make almost $70,000 for 11-12 episodes by doing so? There have been rumors swirling around since the second season of 16 and Pregnant that these girls are getting pregnant on purpose just to be on TV. I personally think there is validity in those rumors and that it was the case for most of those girls that popped up after the initial season aired.
I just hope the money they are being paid is put into a mandatory trust or college fund for the children. If I was in charge of the MTV payroll I would put it in these girl's contracts that out of their $60,000 they will only receive $25,000 per season, $30,000 max, and the rest is placed into a locked fund for the child until they reach the age of 18. That way you don't have dumb fucks like Gary who blow through the money and then say he's only on the show to get paid. There is no accountability for those children and I'm glad that baby Carly was able to escape it. Bentley, Leah, and Sophia have a long road ahead of them if their parents don't wise up.