The past seven days

Friday, November 30, 2012

Nick Fury won't return to Marvel until 2014

Samuel L. Jackson announced that his Marvel character Nick Fury won't be seen again until 2014 for Captain America: The Winter Soldier. He mentioned that Fury or any other Avengers character won't appear in Iron Man 3 and added that he won't appear in Thor: The Dark World. It is possible he will appear in Guardians of the Galaxy in between Captain America 2 and The Avengers 2.

Bummer dude.

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Hugh Jackman in talks for X-Men: Days of Future Past

We all knew this was coming.

Hugh Jackman is apparently in talks to reprise his role as Wolverine in X-Men: Days of Future Past. Jackman had a very short cameo as Wolverine in X-Men: First Class. He has also appeared as Wolverine in X-Men, X2, X-Men: The Last Stand, and X-Men Origins: Wolverine. Not to mention he is close to wrapping the upcoming film The Wolverine which focuses on Wolverine's struggle with immortality. Needless to say... Hugh Jackman has pretty much made himself a staple in the X-Men cinematic universe.

If this does really happen he will join former co-stars Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen who were confirmed for X-Men: Days of Future Past earlier this week. If you are confused about how exactly this is possible seeing that this is technically the sequel to X-Men: First Class there is a logical explanation that Collider was nice enough to lay out:

"The First Class sequel not only occurs before the events of the original X-Men trilogy, its source material also includes two alternate timelines, which makes it feasible for the casts of both series to appear in the same film. In Chris Claremont’s Days of Future Past arc, an alternate future saw surviving mutants held in concentration camps while giant robot Sentinels patrolled the land;  most of the X-Men had been killed. It fell upon heroes of a prior timeline to stop a key event from happening that would lead to the alternate future. How the two versions of Professor X and Magneto are going to be used in the film remains to be seen."

So there you have it. Am I excited about potentially having Jackman back as Wolverine yet again? I guess. The good thing about this is that he is a great Wolverine. It's not like he is bad at the role so I guess this is something we just have to expect whenever a new X-Men movie comes out.

Archer to return in January for Season 4

FX announced the return dates for several television shows including Archer. Most of these are set to start on the same Thursday so it will be a busy night, for sure.

Archer returns for season 4 on January 17, 2013
Anger Management returns for season 2 on January 17, 2013
Legit premieres on January 17, 2013
Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell returns on January 17, 2013
Justified returns for season 4 on January 8, 2013

I kept meaning to get into the habit of watching Anger Management as well as Archer, so if they will both air on Thursdays FX just made my life a lot easier. Thanks guys!

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

X-Men: Days of Future Past gets casting confirmations

Director Bryan Singer confirmed via Twitter that Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen have been confirmed for X-Men: Days of Future Past to reprise their roles as older versions of Professor X and Magneto. Also confirmed to return are James McAvoy (Professor X), Michael Fassbender (Magneto), Jennifer Lawrence (Mystique), and Nicholas Hoult (Beast).

Monday, November 26, 2012

Official synopsis for Star Trek Into Darkness

We now have the official synopsis for the upcoming Star Trek sequel, Star Trek Into Darkness. It is as follows:

"When the crew of the Enterprise is called back home, they find an unstoppable force of terror from within their own organization has detonated the fleet and everything it stands for, leaving our world in a state of crisis.
With a personal score to settle, Captain Kirk leads a manhunt to a war-zone world to capture a one man weapon of mass destruction.
As our heroes are propelled into an epic chess game of life and death, love will be challenged, friendships will be torn apart, and sacrifices must be made for the only family Kirk has left: his crew."

Star Trek Into Darkness is set to hit theaters on May 17, 2013. It will be released in 2D, 3D, and IMAX formats. 

Ben Savage and Danielle Fishel to return for Girl Meets World

It is official. Ben Savage and Danielle Fishel are both returning to reprise their roles as Cory and Topanga on the upcoming show Girl Meets World, a sequel to Boy Meets World. The show will take place from the point of view of Cory and Topanga's 13-year old daughter Riley. A casting search is currently underway to find the lucky girl who will play Riley.

I am still shaking my head at this, but at least Ben and Danielle are returning. If this new show has no reference to "TACO" I will quit awful quick.

Sunday, November 25, 2012

The Raid: Redemption - Review

The Raid: Redemption is an Indonesian action film which follows a group of SWAT members on a building raid where a powerful and seemingly untouchable gang leader and his thugs trap them inside.

First of all I want to give a shout out to Eric over at Pretty Much It for recommending this movie. I watched his review of this one back in March after he, of course, saw it at Sundance and I was intrigued enough that I added it to my Netflix queue and waited for it to become available. Thank you, Eric. This was by far one of the most enjoyable movies I have seen all year.

Now with that said, I would also recommend this one. It is an action and martial arts type film but it is really well played out. The visuals are great and I thought as far as violence and gore went it was within the realm of reality and quite graphic. Now of course if you aren't into action films with a lot of fighting then you might not like it, but trust me... it is a thousand times better than The Expendables or whatever action movies we have received in the United States the past couple of years. I normally am not big into action movies and I enjoyed the hell out of The Raid: Redemption.

As far as story and all that goes it is basic. It focuses on one main SWAT member named Rama and basically follows him as the team continually gets picked off one by one and they try to escape the building alive. There is a subplot that is introduced later into the movie but I won't spoil it for anyone.
And in case you haven't gathered already, it does have subtitles. It is an Indonesian film with Indonesian actors and they speak their native language. If you aren't into reading subtitles then that is another thing to think about. However, the DVD copy I got from Netflix had an English dubbed audio track so you could always switch. Subtitles usually don't bother me so I kept the original dialogue audio, but there also isn't a whole lot of dialogue due to the fighting and action. I wouldn't worry about it.

Overall this is a great action flick. I highly recommend checking it out and from what I gather they are working on a sequel so I'll definitely be keeping my eye out for that. Bravo.

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Paranormal Activity 5 will arrive in 2013

Yes, yes I know... another one.
Paramount announced the release of a fifth installment of the Paranormal Activity franchise. The fifth film is set for release on October 25, 2013. No details as far as directors or cast have been released, but Oren Peli and Jason Blum will once again return to produce.

I just want this franchise to end. It's run its course already, imo.

Star Wars 3D re-releases to continue

Given the fairly successful 3D re-release of Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace the powers that be have decided to continue the re-releases with Episodes II and III.

Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones is set for release on September 20, 2013.
Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith is set for release on October 4, 2013.

Now, I hate Episode I with a fiery passion so I chose not to see it in theaters. However, I might see Episodes II and/or III. I love Episode III so that will be a definite.

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Man of Steel trailer will play before The Hobbit

A brand new, full trailer for Man of Steel has been confirmed to screen before The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. This trailer joins a new trailer for Star Trek Into Darkness along with a 9-minute extended preview for IMAX screens. This is similar to what they did for The Dark Knight Rises before Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol.

Anyway... everyone who goes to see The Hobbit should let me know how that one is.

Marvel Phase One Blu-Ray set to be released in 2013

Remember that Marvel Cinematic Universe Blu-Ray box set we were supposed to get like 3 months ago? The one that was going to be released in the Tesseract briefcase?

If you don't then you will be pleased to know it will finally see the light of day April 2, 2013.
If you do then you know why this is such a "finally!" moment. We were supposed to get this box set around the time The Avengers was released back in September, if I remember correctly, and it was indefinitely delayed because the company who made the briefcase didn't approve for Marvel to replicate it and sell it. So in short, they sued Marvel which ultimately halted the set. But we are set to get the box set just before Iron Man 3 is released next year and to make up for the delay Marvel is including sneak peeks of Phase Two including Iron Man 3, Thor: The Dark World, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, and Guardians of the Galaxy.

Personally I am not paying over $200 for this seeing that I already own all the Phase One movies, so I look forward to watching the sneak peeks on YouTube like many others.

EDIT: Here is the original posting I did on this story back in September.

Evil Dead poster promises scares

According to the first official poster for the upcoming Evil Dead reboot it will deliver "the most terrifying film you will ever experience." We will see about that one.

Monday, November 19, 2012

Insidious Chapter 2 to be released in August 2013

James Wan and Leigh Whannell are teaming up once again for Insidious Chapter 2, the sequel to their 2011 film Insidious. Wan will be directing and the script will be written by Whannell. The sequel is set to be released on August 30, 2013 with production beginning in Los Angeles on January 15th. FilmDistrict, Alliance Films, and Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions made a press release today confirming the sequel and also confirming producer Jason Blum's Blumhouse Productions will be fronting the low-budget film.
Along with Whannell and Wan returning it has also been confirmed that Patrick Wilson, Rose Byrne, Lin Shaye, and Ty Simpkins will be reprising their roles.

I think this is exciting. Insidious is one of the only horror movies to seriously scare me since I was like 6-years old. Like, I literally slept with a light on for 2 days. Bring it on!

Rupert Sanders will not direct Snow White sequel

I don't know how reliable this is just yet but I figured it was worthy of mentioning.

Rupert Sanders, the director of Snow White and the Huntsman, apparently will not be returning for the sequel according to Cinema Blend. Snow White served as Sanders' directorial debut and was a fairly big box office hit taking in over $400 million worldwide and subsequently had a sequel approved by Universal within a few weeks of the release.
However, Sanders' success was tampered after photos surfaced of him cheating on his wife, Liberty Ross, with his lead female star Kristen Stewart. Both parties apologized and it was a big mess all summer long. BUT... despite the cheating scandal it appeared that Sanders was still set to direct the sequel and Kristen Stewart was the one kicked to the curb. The source for Cinema Blend claims that Sanders has withdrawn from the project in a continued attempt to save his marriage. It also is plausible that he dropped the Snow White sequel due to other offers. It is rumored that Universal is considering him to helm the upcoming reboot of Van Helsing starring Tom Cruise. He also landed the director's chair for the upcoming film The Juliet by Sony Pictures. Seeing that he is being offered work by not only Universal is a sign that the scandal hasn't ruined his career or his chance at the Snow White sequel. I personally think he realizing he has better things to do. Not to mention if he returned for the sequel the press tour would no doubt be flooded with questions about the scandal.

Along with this is it also being reported that Kristen Stewart might, or is, returning for the Snow White sequel after all so this is all a big mess. I personally wouldn't etch anything in stone regarding the upcoming sequel until official press releases from Universal are made. I bet the Stewart rumors are surfacing just because Twilight is finally over and because Rupert Sanders is officially out of the picture.

Personally... I would like Stewart to return simply because I was looking forward to the storyline of her as the Queen, but who knows how it will play out. If the sequel is purely a Huntsman spinoff like Universal was saying after the cheating scandal broke out I probably won't be too interested in it. That is a cop out, imo.

Silent Night Official Trailer #1 (2012)

I am laughing, holy crap. The saddest part is I will probably watch this when it's on DVD. It looks hilariously terrible.

Sunday, November 18, 2012

20,000+ views

Holy shit, guys.

I just want to say thanks to anyone and everyone for viewing and reading what I post here. I encourage you to keep on reading. I'm doing my best to share the news and review the flicks.

Saturday, November 17, 2012

The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2 - Review *spoilers*

In Breaking Dawn Part 2, the Cullens and newborn vampire Bella must face the Volturi after a claim is made that Bella and Edward's daughter is an immortal child. A claim that, in the vampire world, is a very high offense punishable by death.

Let me start off by stating I am not a Twilight fan. I have seen all the movies and have read the books but I have never been a fan. I have always thought the story was bland, poorly written, and even more poorly acted. However, I decided to conclude my Twilight experience like many others and I went to see Breaking Dawn Part 2.
In my opinion, it is just as poorly acted and poorly written as the previous films but I will give credit for the fact that it is incredibly entertaining. BD Part 2 is by far the most enjoyable and entertaining of all 5 Twilight films. Yes it strayed from the book (a lot) and had awful pacing but it had humor and kept you pretty into what was going on.

You begin the film right where Breaking Dawn Part 1 left off. By "right where" I mean just that. The first part ends with Bella's transformation into a vampire and the second part begins with her red eyes opening and her first experiences as a vampire; seeing Edward for the first time as an immortal and her first hunt. In the book Bella's first hunting experience was rather dragged out and a lot more happened. In the movie it was very quick and right to the point. It's like right as she sees Edward he is like, you're thirsty let's go hunt. Right away they are running through the woods and she encounters a deer, gets distracted by a rock climber, and then jumps off a cliff and devours a mountain lion. It adds to my argument of extremely poor pacing in this film because it happened with almost no explanation and no lead in or out of the scene. It just kind of happens.
Along with that the rest of the events of the film, some in the book and some aren't, do the same thing. They just appear out of nowhere and happen and then they move onto the next event. It's like they present us with information and expect you to understand what is going on. I mean, I read the books and there were a couple moments that had me a little lost.

I don't want to spoil anything since the end of the film does have things that DID NOT happen in the book, so if you haven't seen the movie yet I would advise you to not click the jump and read ahead. I would wait until you see the movie. Just my recommendation.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Year Zero TV show on hold

It was announced in 2010 that Trent Reznor, the mastermind of Nine Inch Nails, was in the process of developing a television show for the 2006 album Year Zero with HBO. News of the show development has been fairly silent since then until Reznor did a Reddit Q&A with fans today.

Basically, the show is on hold. He and Rob Sheridan met with writers and the network and they couldn't find any writers they liked. As a result, Reznor and Sheridan are doing the writing themselves and it is taking more time than expected because they are avoiding the process. Reznor did say the project will see the light of day eventually but he doesn't know when.

* sigh *
They should have gone to AMC, ffs. HBO is a bunch of suckers these days.

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Skyfall - Review

Skyfall is the newest film in the long standing James Bond saga. In this installment, James Bond is declared "killed in action," but comes out of seclusion to overcome both injuries and age as he fights to defeat a former agent's plot to destroy the MI6.

I will admit that I wasn't too excited for Skyfall at first. I remember writing an entry when the first trailer was released and when the first images surfaced and I was overall in a "meh" mood. I figured it would be more concrete wall acting from Daniel Craig with very little substance. I am happy to say that I was proven wrong. Skyfall was not only a great James Bond installment but it was a great movie in general. Out of the Bond films we have had with Daniel Craig I would easily list this as #1. He finally nailed James Bond.

As far as the acting goes, aside from Craig, I think Javier Bardem should win an Oscar for this performance. This man has such a great overall character of himself and the way he portrays these villains is just remarkable. I was in awe the whole time he was on screen. If he isn't at least nominated for this role it is just more proof that our movie industry is shit.

I also have to compliment the score. The score in itself was great and the placement of the recognizable Bond theme was very well placed in various parts of the film. I also tip my hat to Adele's theme song. The song fit perfectly and Adele made it even better. I hope she receives an Oscar for it as well. It's well deserved. By far the best Bond theme I have heard in a while.

Now I do have one bug about Skyfall but it does contain minor spoilers, so if you have not seen Skyfall I would restrain from clicking the jump. If you have seen it then click away.

Sony plans Hotel Transylvania 2 for 2015

September 15, 2015 to be exact.

Sony is already developing a sequel to Hotel Transylvania which was just released this past September. I didn't see it but I didn't hear bad things. I'll catch it when it's on DVD. If I like it I guess you can count be in for the sequel.

Friday, November 9, 2012

Kristen Stewart could still return for Snow White sequel

Earlier this summer it was basically announced that Universal was going a different route for an announced sequel for Snow White and the Huntsman... a sequel that apparently would not include Kristen Stewart and/or Rupert Sanders. As you may have heard those two made Hollywood headlines after being caught cheating on their significant others and being dumb enough to do it in public. After the photos surfaced both of them made public apologies and while Stewart's career took a temporary nosedive, Sanders' did not really suffer damage.

Anyway, after Universal "apparently" booted Stewart from the sequel (claiming that they were going to explore the Huntsman's character instead) most people kinda wrote it off including me. However, Stewart recently teased during a press junket for The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2 that a return for Snow White and the Huntsman 2 is a "strong possibility." Seeing that it is Kristen Stewart and she seems to enjoy just messing with people I wouldn't take this too close to heart, but if there is a possibility that Universal didn't can her after all I will be happier. I am curious to see a sequel to Snow White and the Huntsman but if it's just about the Huntsman then I will be passing. His basic backstory was covered in the first movie.

Michael Arndt confirmed to write Star Wars: Episode VII

Disney and Lucasfilm have confirmed they have selected a writer for Star Wars: Episode VII. This writer is Oscar winner Michael Arndt. He won an Oscar for his screenplay for Little Miss Sunshine and was nominated for Toy Story 3. He also wrote the screenplay for The Hunger Games: Catching Fire which is currently filming.

I don't really have anything to say about this. I am just sharing the info.

Thursday, November 8, 2012

World War Z - Official Trailer

Yeah, this looks really bad. Even after all the rewrites, the delays, and whatever else that plagued this movie it just looks like a shit storm with bad CGI. If I wanted to see CGI zombies I would go play Left 4 Dead on my Xbox. I will most likely pass on this one, unfortunately.

Warm Bodies - first trailer

Fuck, it even looks like Twilight. John Malkovich... I am disappoint.

Go to Collider to see the trailer from ET.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Jurassic Park 3D poster released

He left us!

Matthew Vaughn to direct Star Wars: Episode VII?

I have avoided this for a couple days but I felt I should post it after all.

The newest rumor on the rumor mill regarding the new Star Wars trilogy Disney is shoving down our throats is this... Matthew Vaughn (Kick-Ass, X-Men: First Class) is in talks to direct Star Wars: Episode VII. If this is true it could potentially give good reason why he dropped out of the director's chair for X-Men: Days of Future Past and basically gave the job to Bryan Singer.
Let me stress again that this is just a rumor and although there are quite a few sources pushing this story it hasn't been confirmed yet. Treat it as such.

In other Star Wars news, the only old cast member that has really come out there and said they would reprise their role is Harrison Ford (of course). He expressed interest in returning as Han Solo. EW reported that Carrie Fisher and Mark Hamill are also interested in returning but I think Harrison Ford is the most pushy with it. Especially after what happened with the newest Indiana Jones flick that was absolutely terrible.

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

[Random] My favorite Michael Jackson songs

I labeled this random because it is just that. I have been on a Michael Jackson kick for a good solid week now and I just felt like sharing my top MJ songs. Some of them are popular and some not so much.
Let me just say this as well... I have always been a fan of Michael Jackson's music. When I was little my mother tried to shelter the best she could and I was often given these choices when it came to music; The Beatles, Michael Jackson, or some form of jazz and/or R&B. Needless to say I always chose Michael Jackson and I have loved it practically my whole life. With that said, I really know these songs and I do love them despite the kind of music I generally like. Good? Excellent =^D

12. They Don't Care About Us (HIStory)
I love this song because of the general feel of the song. It has conviction, a catchy chorus, a rock edge, and a great beat. I also think the lyrics are very strong and can be applied to our world very easily, whoever the "they" may be.

11. Ghosts (Blood on the Dance Floor)
The basic riff of the song is incredible. Very easy to get into. I also loved the short film... the entire short film.

10. Money (HIStory)
I honestly don't know why I love this song as much as I do. It always is one that gets in my head and I hum the bass line almost all day. It is also one of my favorites to play on the Wii dancing game.

09. Who Is It (Dangerous)
Bottom line... great song.

08. Give In To Me (Dangerous)
Very heartfelt lyrics, great rhythm, and an awesome guitar solo at the end. Catchy as hell.

07. Black or White (Dangerous)
I grew up with this philosophy; race doesn't matter. What matters is who a person truly is. This song has always accompanied me on that one and I love it. It is how everyone should think.

06. Man in the Mirror (Bad)
Obviously one of the greatest songs Michael Jackson has ever recorded. The message is nothing other than powerful and it is 100% true, imo. "If you want to make the world a better place take a look at yourself and then make the change."

05. Scream [feat. Janet Jackson] (HIStory)
Great duet from a great musical family. The lyrics are great, the video was great, and I love the fact that Michael went out there and said "fuck."

04. Remember the Time (Dangerous)
This is mostly because of the music video. I have always loved the dance sequence and the overall Egyptian feel. I also think the song is catchy and it is just a lot of fun.

03. In the Closet (Dangerous)
I have loved this song since I was a little kid. Back then I didn't even quite understand the subject matter, haha. I just love the lyrics, the accompanying video, and the music itself. The beat and groove to this song is great. I love the chorus, as well.

02. Human Nature (Thriller)
No words describe how much I love this song. The lyrics, the music, and the way he would perform it live. I just love it. I will never get tired of hearing this song.

01. Another Part of Me (Bad)
This is probably the most unconventional and fairly unpopular Michael Jackson songs, but I love it to death. It has my favorite actual tune and although the lyrics are cheesy as hell, I love them. I remember this song ending the Captain EO short film shown at Disneyland and it never escapes my head. I walk around randomly singing and humming this song and it has never gotten old. "You're just another part of me!"

Now... just because a song isn't on this list doesn't mean I dislike it or was ignoring it. Songs like Thriller, Billie Jean, Bad, Beat It, etc.. I love those songs as well. However, none of them really hold a strong connection to me. They are easy to sing, dance to, and very recognizable. That doesn't mean they are my top favorites, though.
However, I do credit Thriller for getting me into the horror genre. I will and must admit that. As a young child I watched the Thriller music video and the whole concept got me curious about horror. I will always hold a special place for Michael Jackson for opening that door to me.

There are also a couple songs that didn't quite make it into the top 12 that still surpass the most popular MJ singles; Workin' Day and Night, Liberian Girl, Dangerous, Leave Me Alone, and Speed Demon. Lots of stuff from Dangerous and Bad. That's my childhood right there.
I also must say that I love the Live in Bucharest concert that was aired on HBO. I have an old VHS tape that my parents recorded the show on from the television so I could watch it whenever I wanted.

EDIT: Seeing the views this post is getting, how about sharing some of your favorite MJ songs as well? I'm curious to see what other people's favorites are.

First glimpse at World War Z

Entertainment Tonight hosted a first look at the upcoming adaptation of Max Brooks' novel World War Z. The film stars Brad Pitt and has, for the most part, been a disaster so far. This film has been plagued with delays, rewrites, recasts, etc.. But, it is finally on its way and we will have the first trailer this Thursday (11/8).

World War Z is set to be released on June 21, 2013.

Sunday, November 4, 2012

The Walking Dead recap - Killer Within

I don't normally do recaps or much of anything for television shows but I am a Walking Dead fan and I just had to talk about this week's episode. It left me in kind of a sad state of shock. And in case you were curious this will contain spoilers so if you didn't watch tonight's episode just yet then I would wait to read this. Click the jump if you are prepared.

Wreck-It Ralph - Review

Wreck-It Ralph follows Ralph, the bad guy in a 30-year old arcade game who strives to be accepted and to finally be classified as a "good guy." As Ralph jumps between different arcade games he encounters unlikely allies, challenges, and new friends who help him find who he wants to be.

I was excited for Wreck-It Ralph since I first saw a trailer back in May or June. I thought the concept looked awesome and, being quite the nerdy type, I thought it would definitely be right up my alley. I must say that I was not wrong. This was a great movie. The story was great, the animation was fantastic, and it was really funny. It had aspects that were for both adults and children and it even could lure non-gamers and give them something to enjoy.

I liked how each game's generation showed. Fix-It Felix Jr., the game where Ralph is the "wreck-it guy," was a lot older and one of the first arcade games around. The characters were jumpy and more old fashioned. As you were taking through the rest of the arcade you see how the newer games have smoother transitions and graphics and are better overall. That was an awesome touch. I also liked how the abandoned games and characters like Q*bert are technically abandoned in the real gaming world. That was an old Atari game that seemed to die along with the system and didn't quite keep up with newer games or classic games, like Pac-Man, that have stood the test of time.
I also loved how the arcade was set up. The Game Central Station was basically the main surge protector with all of the consoles plugged into it. The characters move between games via power cords after the arcade is closed. It gave a similar feel that Toy Story gave; when you aren't using your toys then what are they doing? This time it was the question of, when you aren't playing your video games what are they doing?

I also must mention the awesome references to video games. We had references to Sonic the Hedgehog, Super Mario Bros., Frogger, Pac-Man, Street Fighter, Doom, Tomb Raider, and last but not least... Metal Gear Solid. When Ralph was looking through the lost and found bin and the classic " ! " popped up with the sound I just started clapping. I loved it! That was definitely for the big kids, like myself, who went to see this movie.

But gamer geek aside, I thought Wreck-It Ralph had a fantastic message for not just the children but for everyone. You might have a label pinned on you and even though it could be true that doesn't mean you have to let it destroy who you are and make you unhappy. It was a great story about Ralph accepting who he is as a labeled "bad guy" but also realizing that doesn't mean he is incapable of doing good and making friends. I thought it was fantastic. The clip in the trailers pretty much says it all, "just because you're bad guy doesn't mean you're 'bad guy'."

I definitely recommend this one. Take the kids with you or even see it with other adults. My boyfriend and I saw it together and had a blast. It's just a lot of fun.

I also want to give a shout about the opening short film called Paperman. It is a black and white silent animated short by Walt Disney Animation. It basically tells the story of a man and woman who cross paths at a train station. He encounters her in an adjacent building downtown and tries to get her attention by making paper airplanes but it doesn't work. The airplanes then get minds of their own and lead the two together again where they finally speak to each other. It was very cute and for having no dialogue it did a great job of telling the story. My kind of short, for sure.

Saturday, November 3, 2012

Disney developing Boy Meets World spinoff

Continuing proof that Disney is going to ruin life as we know it.

It has been announced that Disney is planning a spinoff, or continuation, of the Boy Meets World television show that ran from 1993-2000 on ABC. The show is called Girl Meets World and is apparently going to revolve around the daughter of Cory and Topanga.
Apparently the network is pursuing Ben Savage and Danielle Fishel to reprise their roles as Cory and Topanga and return for the new show. The Hollywood Reporter is saying Michael Jacobs, the co/creator of the original show, is behind this new spinoff.

I only have one thing to say about this... TACO

Friday, November 2, 2012

21 films submitted for Best Animated Feature

The competition for the Best Animated Feature category at the 2013 Academy Awards just got a little more intense. A total of 21 animated films were submitted into the category.

The list of potentials:

Adventures in Zambezia 
Delhi Safari
Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax

From Up on Poppy Hill 
Hey Krishna 
Hotel Transylvania
Ice Age Continental Drift
A Liar’s Autobiography: The Untrue Story of Monty Python’s Graham Chapman 

Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted 
The Mystical Laws 
The Painting 
The Pirates! Band of Misfits 
The Rabbi’s Cat 
Rise of the Guardians 
Secret of the Wings 
Walter & Tandoori’s Christmas 
Wreck-It Ralph 

In my opinion... my final nomination list would be this:

Rise of the Guardians

Granted, I have not seen Rise of the Guardians yet but from what I have observed from the trailers the animation alone deserves recognition. I foresee Brave winning it just because Disney/Pixar has dominated the Oscars for years so I don't see why this upcoming awards show would be any different. However, I think ParaNorman and Frankenweenie will give Pixar a run for their money this time around. Both of those films were incredible.

The 2013 Oscar nominations will be released on January 10th, 2013.

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Francis Lawrence to return for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay

News has broken that director Francis Lawrence will return to direct both installments of The Hunger Games: Mockingjay scheduled for 2014 and 2015 releases. Lawrence is currently directing The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, so there really is no telling if this is a good or bad thing just yet, so we will have to wait and see.

In a way I am happy about this because the biggest downfall to sagas like this is the constant changing of directors. Take the Twilight saga. Each movie, except for Breaking Dawn 1 & 2, has had a different director. As a result the feel and tone of each film was different and that also takes a toll on how the actors perform. At least that's my opinion. The fact that Francis Lawrence will direct 3 of the 4 Hunger Games films is probably good.

Jamie Foxx in villain talks for The Amazing Spiderman 2

Jamie Foxx is in talks to play the villain in The Amazing Spiderman sequel. Which villain? None other than Electro... apparently.

When Shailene Woodley was confirmed for the role of Mary Jane Watson there were rumors circulating about who the main villain will be in the sequel. We heard rumors of Electro and I guess that was justified. This should be interesting.