Is Matthew Vaughn the chosen one that will bring balance to the Force?
Monday, November 26, 2012
As the holiday season kicks in to high gear, so does the video release schedule for all your favorite movies from the past several months. To help you make an informed decision on what to buy, rent , or pass on, I am providing you with my reviews for this week's biggest releases.
2012 has been a very interesting year for animated features as Pixar has lost a little bit of its luster as the dominant studio and competition like Dreamworks and 20th Century Fox have risen to a much more respectable level. You can now throw Laika Entertainment in to the ring as well with a surprisingly entertaining stop motion animated effort from the people that previously brought Coraline to movie-going audiences.
Sunday, November 25, 2012
For Marvel Studios, Thor is a very important movie and a critical piece of a puzzle that, when fully assembled, will culminate with The Avengers joining forces on screen in what could be the biggest super hero movie of all time. To help stack the deck, they have brought in a load of top notch talent including Natalie Portman, Anthony Hopkins, and Stellan Skarsgård along with rising star Chris Hemsworth who is tasked with bringing the God of Thunder to life.
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Friday, November 23, 2012
Yes, this is a remake of the 1984 movie of the same name which starred the likes of Patrick Swayze, Charlie Sheen, and Lea Thompson. The original took advantage of lingering fears over the Cold War and how American citizens might react to a Soviet invasion. This time around, the story is reshaped to fit more modern times using North Korea as the villainous invaders and a new crop of young talent including Chris Hemsworth, Josh Hutcherson, and Adrianne Palicki.
Thursday, November 22, 2012
If you have read the book this movie is based on, you are well aware of just how good a theatrical version can be and I'm sure you are desperately hoping they don't mess it up. If you have not read the book, then you are like me and have no idea what this story is about. Everyone knows how good of a director Ang Lee is based on a diverse resume that includes Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, Brokeback Mountain, and Sense and Sensibility (We're all trying to forget his Hulk movie, right?) so Life of Pi should be in more than capable hands.
Wednesday, November 14, 2012
You most likely fall into one of two camps when it comes to the Paranormal Activity series. You either can't stand them and wonder why they exist, or you just can't get enough of the franchise that currently reigns as king of the found footage sub-genre of horror films. As for me, I enjoy the series and have been looking forward to what directors Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman have in store for us now.
Tuesday, November 13, 2012
The Man with the Iron Fists is the debut directorial effort of The Rza who is also a founding member and producer of iconic hip hop group The Wu Tang Clan. The group's musical style has always been heavily influenced by old school kung fu flicks and their eclectic soundtracks so this seems like a natural transition for the man who also composed the musical score for Quentin Tarantino's Kill Bill movies.
Sunday, November 11, 2012
Star Wars Episode VII now has a connection with two Oscar winning movies including Toy Story 3 and Little Miss Sunshine. The official Star Wars blog has announced that award winning writer Michael Arndt will write the screenplay for the new Star Wars film.
This is exciting news as it adds an immediate level of quality to a production that will come with extremely high expectations.
What do you think about this announcement? Are you excited for more Star Wars movies? What type of stories would you like to see from Disney and Lucasfilm as they continue to expand the universe that George Lucas created back in the late 70's.
Saturday, November 10, 2012
After too long of a wait (MGM bankruptcy issues), Bond is back and quite possibly better than ever! With Skyfall, Daniel Craig continues his successful run as 007 along with Judy Dench as MI6 leader "M" in a movie that turns the spy game inside out. Lots of new characters are introduced, both good and bad, and Sam Mendes has now taken over the directing duties for the longest running franchise in movie history.
Thursday, November 8, 2012
Disney's animation department has seen its share of ups and downs over the years with Pixar taking the spotlight away from what was once considered the gold standard and basically the only game in town. Now you also have Dreamworks and 20th Century Fox raising the level of competition to even greater heights to the point where Walt Disney Animation Studios has lost some of its former luster, but hopes to regain that former glory with an all new hero in Wreck-It Ralph.
For those of you that are debating exactly which movie theater will give you the most bang for your hard earned buck when you are ready to see The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, I have put together some information that I hope will help you make the right choice.
Tuesday, November 6, 2012
In the hands of a director as highly regarded as Steven Spielberg, you know that a movie about the 16th President of the United States of America would be in more than capable hands. When you add the always amazing Daniel Day Lewis in the role of Mr. Lincoln to the equation, then you are bound to get something truly special.
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Monday, November 5, 2012
Thursday, November 1, 2012
As the poster above advertises, The Sessions has been a big hit at film festivals around the world. Writer and director Ben Lewin has adapted an amazing true story for the big screen and filled it with actors that can deliver performances that fit the material perfectly. If that's not enough then you should also know that Helen Hunt gets all kinds of naked!!
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