Sunday, September 30, 2012
What is MIFFF, you ask? The Maelstrom International Fantastic Film Festival is a locally produced showcase of films submitted from around the world and will be taking place October 5th-7th. The focus is on the horror, science fiction, fantasy, and animation genres and all films are screened at the SIFF Film Center and SIFF Cinema at the Uptown Theater. The organizers of this unique festival have recently announced the lineup of movies that will be a part this year's event including four premiers and two midnight shows!
Whenever a movie involves time travel, I am always a little skeptical about how the story is going to play out. I mean, whatever happens, they could always just go back in time again and fix it, right? In the case of "Looper", writer/director Rian Johnson has found a decent way to solve the problem (for the most part) by taking the ability to time travel away from the main characters and have it be something that is done to them. I know that doesn't make sense, but it will when you see it.
In more good news: this movie has Emily Blunt in it.
Wednesday, September 26, 2012
There have been more than a couple movies in the last year or so that have deserved far more attention than they received mainly due to not having a big time, bankable movie star on the marquee or the story was a little too out there for main stream audiences. Dredd is unfortunately going to be leading the charge for this category as it is getting next to no action at the box office while blowing away the audiences that have ventured in to see this 3D action spectacle.
Tuesday, September 18, 2012
One of Hollywood's tried and true, bankable genres of film making is the inspirational story that is "based on actual events". These are often the types of movies that get a strong emotional response and usually come with equal amounts of cheering and tears being shed.
Writer and director Daniel Barnes has been able to assemble the type of cast that makes these types of stories work and with two strong leads like Viola Davis and Maggie Gyllenhaal, there is little doubt that "Won't Back Down" can deliver the goods.
These days, its not often you find Clint Eastwood in front of the cameras as his focus has been on directing pictures rather than acting in them. Amy Adams and Justin Timberlake however have become two of Hollywood's fastest rising stars over the last several years. The trio look to step up to the plate, knock one out of the park, and initiate every other baseball cliché you can think of in "Trouble with the Curve" which was written by Randy Brown and directed by Robert Lorenz.
Sunday, September 16, 2012
For a little perspective on my thought process going in to seeing "End of Watch", you should know that I've never really been a fan of Michael Peña or Jake Gyllenhaal and I always thought David Ayer's highly regarded "Training Day" was a decent movie but nothing spectacular. With that in mind, the trailer for Ayer's latest film about cops still didn't do much to draw me in, but of course I was willing to give it a chance.
Tuesday, September 11, 2012
Monday, September 10, 2012
At first glance, I was surprised at the amount of well known actors in a movie that hardly anyone has heard of, but after gaining a lot of attention on the film festival circuit, I figured it was worth a shot. Also, I have become a fan of young Chloë Grace Moretz from her work in "Kick-Ass", "Hugo", and "Let Me In" so I was very interested to see what she could do while taking on her very own starring role.
Sunday, September 9, 2012
Friday, September 7, 2012
"Raiders of the Lost Ark" has been reformatted and remastered to the 70mm IMAX film standard and will be in theaters for a very limited time! This is great news for fans of Indiana Jones, fans of IMAX movies, fans of movies, and...well, basically fans of everything that is good about the universe. You may be asking yourself why I would make such a bold statement. Well, so was I and here's what I came up with as an answer.
Tuesday, September 4, 2012
Before hitting the big time with his Spider Man movies, Sam Raimi was known as the guy who made Evil Dead, Army of Darkness, and Darkman so it makes sense that he would stay involved in the horror genre. Listed as a producer for The Possession, you definitely see his influence although he leaves the directing duties to Ole Bornedal who gives a valiant attempt at creating yet another movie about a young girl who is possessed by an evil demon.
Sunday, September 2, 2012
TWO OH SIX @ PAX
The third and final day of PAX 2012 was actually my second day as I unfortunately did not have a ticket for Saturday. There seemed to be a lot more costumed attendees than what I saw on Friday so this became the focus of my camera phone picture taking adventures. Enjoy!
Saturday, September 1, 2012
TWO OH SIX @ PAX
My time was limited during my first day at PAX, so I basically just wandered around getting the lay of the land and checking out all the awesome booths and displays. below you will find pictures that I took (just my camera phone) from throughout the day. Enjoy!