Tuesday, September 30, 2014

A Tetris Movie Is Actually Happening And I Have An Idea For The Films Plot

Video games haven't exactly had the bets success being translated into film, but over the next few years, a resurgence of video game features will try to get more high-quality features in that particular genre created. The likes of Assassins Creed, Angry Birds and World of Warcraft will be brought to the big screen, and now Tetris can be added to the slate of upcoming films based on video games.

Liam Neeson Returns for More Taking In First Trailer For Taken 3

Liam Neeson has certainly been busy with a bunch of action flicks recently. While they're not the only films he acts in (he was one of the best best parts of The LEGO Movie, and he stars in the next Martin Scorsese Movie) he's been primarily known for doing films where he beats up bad guys while sayings things in that intimidating voice of his. These kinds of movies started due to the popularity of Taken, which is getting second sequel called (no joking here) Tak3n. The first trailer for it has just arrived and you can watch it below.

Gotham (S1E2) Review: The Cat Is Out Of The Bag

Well, with it's Pilot episode out of the way, it's time for Gotham to prove that it has more than just wink-wink references to future Batman villains up its sleeves. This episode actually doesn't do a great job proving that there's a ton more to this show than that, actually being a bit of a step back in terms of quality, though it did manage to incorporate a younger version of Catwoman into the proceedings in a satisfactory fashion.

Monday, September 29, 2014

The Crazy, Crazy, Crazy Trailer For Inherent Vice Is Here

I've only seen two films of Paul Thomas Anderson (I know, I know, I'm simply awful), The Master and Punch-Drunk Love. The Master I found to be a film I admired very much, especially the outstanding performances in it, but it kind of just left me cold overall. Punch-Drunk Love was actually pretty great, though I did feel it occasionally lacked focus. But man have I been anticipating his next movie, Inherent Vice, which just unleashed it's first trailer, which you can watch below.

One of 2014's Worst Movies, God's Not Dead, Condensed To Seven Minutes (From The Interwebs)

There's few pieces of cinema this year, or really, ever, as vile and putrid as God's Not Dead. It played more like a parody of poorly done faith-based features rather than an actual attempt at creating cinema. As s Christian myself, the films relentless horrific treatment towards those of any other faith than Christianity was truly horrendous to witness. A new video has come up condensing the poor excuse for a film to just seven minutes, and you can give it a watch below.

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Transparent (S1E1) Review

I find the world of streaming television endlessly fascinating. Ever since Netflix tore down all preconceived notions of how we consume television with House of Cards in February 2013, tons and tons of people have jumped into this lucrative market. PlayStation is having it's first TV Show, Powers, debuting in December. Yahoo! Screen has Community in 2015. Amazon has actually been in this streaming TV game for a while now, but Transparent is the first show that really makes me think they've got something truly special here.

The Equalizer Review

There was this brief trend in the first few years of the 21st century of revamping old TV shows for modern day films. Charlie's Angels started this phenomenon, and the likes of Starsky & Hutch, Miami Vice and The Dukes of Hazzard kept it going. It's slowed down in recent years, but the likes of Dark Shadows and 21 Jump Street show that Hollywood loves taking classic programs and revamping them as new movies. The Equalizer is the newest film adhering to this thought process, though even without watching any of the show, a quick glance to the original shows Wikipedia page confirms that this is less of an adaptation of that 80's TV show and more of a cinematic excuse for Denzel Washington to punch people.

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Enter A Limo Of Mayhem In The Trailer For Stretch

It's been a week chock full of trailers, and here's another one to add this weeks numerous other trailers. This ones for a film that's getting a bit of an unconventional release; the subject of this trailer, Stretch, will be released on VOD platforms throughout October. I presume a traditional home video release will follow shortly after, Take a look at the trailer for Stretch, the newest movie from the director of The A-Team, below.

Friday, September 26, 2014

The Boxtrolls Review

Thinking Inside The Box
I admire the fact that LAIKA seems willing to have a wide variety of tones in their cinematic work. While DreamWorks Animation proudly boasts of trying to make each film emulate the comedic stingily of Shrek as closely as possible, LAIKA has a distinctive atmosphere for each of their three features. Still, that kind of efforts doesn't excuse the prominent flaws found in The Boxtrolls, a film with plenty of charm, but a surprising lack of focus.

Chris Hemsworth Is An Important Hacker In Trailer For Blackhat

You've seen him as the God of Thunder. You've seen him race cars. You've even seen him fight with Snow White. But now, prepare to see Chris Hemsworth as you've never seen him before...directed by Michael Mann! Yes, the famous director is having Hemsworth star in his next motion picture, entitled Blackhat. You can watch the first trailer for it below!

Thursday, September 25, 2014

All Josh Turner Wants In His New Song Is Tranquility

Well Josh Turner, where on Earth have you been hiding? The country music singer has been laying low since 2012, which was pretty much the most inconsistent year for him in terms of what kind of success his singles achieved. He only released two songs in the year, but one of them, Time Is Love, went on to become the number one country song of 2012, a monumental achievement. However, his other tune that year, Find Me A Baby, became his 2nd lowest charting song ever. That kind of bizarre activity led to his brief hiatus that comes to an end with his new single, Lay Low.

Final Trailer For Big Hero 6 Is Full of Laughs, Actions And Emotion

One thing that I think is a major factor in Walt Disney Animation Studios resurgence is the much more effective marketing used for their features starting with Tangled. Starting with that 2010 film, trailers for the studios films were extremely memorable and also very well-made. The short trailer for Frozen last summer that simply showed Sven and Olaf engaging in shenanigans was despised by many on the interwebs, but I myself found it more than amusing and any time it played at a movie theater, that thing just went over like gangbusters.

Box Office Predictions: The Equalizer Should Stabilize The Box Office

Man, everyone was early with their box office predictions yesterday. Normally, everyone does 'em Thursday night, but nope, Hollywood Reporter and Box Office Mojo had their predictions up last night. Guess I'm a bit of a Tardy Thomas with my predictions this weekend, but better late than never right?

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Agents of SHIELD Season 2 Premiere Review

Note: This review contains mild spoilers for last nights episode of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
The more that last nights hour long venture into the Marvel Cinematic Universe is thought about in my noggin, the more I realize that I really enjoyed it. It's got some shortcomings, but this particular story is such a change from many of last seasons episodes in its confidence, fun and dark story turns. The agents in Agents of SHIELD may have untold problems to face, but dealing with a lackluster episode certainly isn't one of them.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

The Maze Runner Review

A-maze-ingly Mediocre
Last Fall, months before the first film even debuted, 20th Century Fox put a screenwriter in charge of writing the sequel to The Maze Runner, a film based on a series of YA novels. That kind of confidence seemed well founded once The Maze Runner debuted to $32 million this weekend. Right alongside the first box office numbers came a release date for the second entry, The Scorch Trials, which will arrive a year after this entry. Hopefully sequels are a bit more consistent in quality, as this one has promise, but winds up mostly squandering it.

Colin Firth Is A Super Spy Training Other Spies In New Trailer For Kingsman: The Secret Service

When I think of Collin Firth, I think of Mamma Mia! or The King's Speech, not punching thugs and taking names. But that is exactly what Firth is doing as one of the lead roles in 2015's action film Kingsman: The Secret Service. A new trailer for this film aired during Gotham last night and came online shortly after. Watch it below!

Gotham (Series Premiere) Review

The mythology of Batman is so large at this point that to come at it with a new idea is almost impossible. Gotham isn't entirely original, but it does at least give us a perspective on the madcap world of The Caped Crusader that isn't usually given a lot of thought in comics, films or other storytelling mediums. It tells of a time before Batman, what was Gotham? What was the city and the people that lived in it like?

Monday, September 22, 2014

Bryan Singer Will Return To Direct The Merry Mutants In X-Men: Apocalypse

I was a huge fan of X-Men: Days of Future Past, and have been eagerly awaiting the next X-Men feature which arrives in 2016. The forthcoming film, entitled X-Men: Apocalypse, doesn't have concrete plot details yet, but it seems it will primarily involve the characters from the X-Men: First Class films. Now a director has been placed in charge of the upcoming X-Men film, a very familiar name to those as invested in the franchise as I am.

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Tusk Review

Horror movies are in a rut. Scratch that, they've been in a rut for ages. For a time, the success of Saw led to most of the genre being inhabited by film solely focused on torture porn. Then Paranormal Activity became a phenomenon and everything had to be found-footage. The influence of The Conjuring is already being felt, with a large amount of features being centered around on spooky homes, families, strange noises and jump scares.

Amy Adams Is A Secret Painter In Trailer For Tim Burtons New Movie, Big Eyes

How awesome is Amy Adams? I mean, seriously, she never fails to astound me in the versatility of her roles. Whether it's Enchanted, American Hustle, Her, The Muppets, she always puts in top-notch work. Her next big film is Big Eyes, the newest film from Tim Burton that has her teaming up with Christoph Waltz. Check out the trailer for it, and my thoughts on it, below!

Friday, September 19, 2014

Agents Of SHIELD: 5 Things I Like, 5 Things I Want Changed (The List!!!)

Spoilers for the first season of Agents of SHIELD, as well as Captain America: The Winter Soldier follow. 
Agents of SHIELD sure was a peculiar beast last season wasn't it? It entered the 2013-2014 Fall TV season with massive amounts of hype and debuting to gargantuan ratings. But ratings soon stabilized, and it wasn't hard to see why; moderately entertaining episodes started the show off, but soon the program became boring, infuriating and just plain dumb. Thankfully, the events of Captain America: The Winter Soldier helped boost some energy into the show, and the episodes that followed that movie got progressively better and better, to the point where the season finale was a fantastic creation.

Still, the second season, which debuts on ABC this Tuesday, has a lot to do to prove that that season finale was no fluke. But I also don't want to be too much of a negative Nelly. So I've compiled a list of five things I do like about the show, but five things that need improving, stat!

Thursday, September 18, 2014

First Footage From The Upcoming CGI Popeye Movie Is Here

In the pantheon of American animation studios, Sony Pictures Animation Studios is somewhere near the bottom of the barrel. The first Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs film is fun, and both of the Aardman movies they helped distribute were fantastic, but the rest of their output (namely The Smurfs) isn't so good. At least they're giving consistent employment to animation titan Genndy Tartakovsky, the man who helmed the harmless but forgettable Hotel Transylvania and is now in charge of a new CGI Popeye feature. A video containing some test footage for the feature and some thoughts from Tartakovsky is now online. Check the video and my thoughts on it below.

Jessica Chastain and Oscar Isaac Are In Trouble In Trailer For A Most Violent Year

Jessica Chastain is one of my favorite actors working right now, with her work in the likes of Zero Dark Thirty being simply astounding. And Isaac was already pretty great in his role in Drive, but as the lead in Inside Llewyn Davis, he was phenomenal. Now, the two have been paired toegtehr for the forthcoming drama A Most Violent Year. A24 is releasing this film at the very end of 2014, on New Year's Eve to be precise, and now they've unveiled a trailer you can catch below.

Box Office Predictions: It's Dylan O'Brien Vs. Liam Neeson At Movie Theaters This Weekend

Finally! A bunch of interesting new releases with a great chance for success open up this weekend. Three (probably four) new wide releases enter the fray, and they just might make quite the impression. Look for this weekend to not only have several decently performing titles, but to also be up over the same frame last year by a huge amount.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Editorial: The Non-Marvel Shared Universe Movies Need To Stop

(Or: What Hath The Avengers Wrought)
After Marvel's extremely risk plan for combining stand-alone movies into one massive feature film called The Avengers paid off big time, studios began to scramble to join in on the newest cinematic craze; shared universes. The first franchise not from Marvel Studios to test this out was The Amazing Spider-Man 2, which took it's 2012 Andrew Garfield reboot and tired to stretch it to include hints at future spin-offs and sequels. The film was a calamity quality-wise and disappointing financially, which you'd think studios would take as a sign that not all movies need a shared universe.


Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Tension And Romance Go Hand In Hand In New Song From Brad Paisley

Considering all the tropes and cliches dominating country music right now, isn't it nice to look to Brad Paisley for his reliable ability to churn out great pieces of country music? His last tune, River Bank, dabbled in some of bro-countrys cliches, but did manage to be quite a bit of fun. Still, I hoped his newest album, Moonshine In The Trunk, would hold some deeper music from Paisley, and lo and behold, the second single from that album, Perfect Storm, achieves my hopes to a tee.

The Drop Review

Drop It Like It's Hot
Crime movies are a long time staple of American cinema, and for good reason. They take universal feelings all humans face (fear, joy, anger) and apply them to these extremely heightened scenarios. The newest addition this cinematic tradition is The Drop, a drama that is in now way perfect, but does makes for quite an enjoyable viewing.

Monday, September 15, 2014

The Hunger Games Mockingjay: Part One Just Got A Freaking Awesome New Trailer

I really did not care for the first Hunger Games movie, with it's poorly written characters and terrible camerawork, but oh my God, I adored the second movie. Catching Fire was easily The Dark Knight of these Hunger Games films, going much deeper into the struggles of the cast of characters to excellent results. Considering the director of Catching Fire (Francis Lawrence) is in charge of both Mockingjay movies, I'm super pumped for the next Katniss adventure, and that excitement has only gone up with this newest trailer that you can watch below.

Box Office Analysis: 2014 Has Been Rough For Family Movies

A lot of things have gone over spectacularly in 2014 cinema, but weirdly, family movies have been having one of their worst years in recent memory. It's not that any of them are tanking in a "Lone Ranger" style, it's just that they're certainly underwhelming mightily compared to years past. The main problem is the huge amount of lazy sequels made this year.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Editorial: Warner Bros. And Disney Are Engaged In A Cinematic Civil War

 Recently, movie studios have made a release date for an upcoming movie far more than just a typical date. Oh no, it's as essential as any other part of the film, with studios grabbing release dates far, far in advance in order to give their film the best possible advantage financially. Studios have always been eager to pick the best release dates possible, but recently, two studios have been using it as a way to compete with each other on a massive scale.

Friday, September 12, 2014

A Frozen Theme Park Ride Is Coming To Walt Disney World

Frozen has become such a cultural phenomenon in only ten months time, with $1.1 billion generated at the worldwide box office alone, plus untold amounts of cash in merchandising and home video. So in an event that shocks nobody, Frozen is going to have its own attraction at Disney World starting in early 2016.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Editorial: Country Music Has Been Ruined By Sexism

Country Music has always had its fair share of cliches, but in the past they seemed more charming than anything else. After all, they were usually dealt with some form of self-awareness, such as in Kenny Chesney's She Thinks My Tractors Sexy, which the title alone lets you know the song is more than a bit tongue-in-cheek. But now the cliches are being reused constantly, the worst part being they're being used in the same fashion each and every time. Cliches are totally fine to utilize if done in a unique manner, and many modern Country Music singers apparently don't even know the word innovation.

Here It Is! The Newest Version of The Batmobile, Zack Snyder Style!

March 2016 isn't too far, in fact, there's only 18 months until it arrives, so by definition, there isn't too much time until Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice arrives (it comes out March 25, 2016 dontcha know). The epic Zack Snyder film has Superman interacting with numerous people from DC Comics, most notably Batman. I'm sure everyone is completely unaware of the fact that Ben Affleck is playing the Caped Crusader, but now we have the first official images of the vehicle Afflecks Batman will drive in the feature.

Box Office Predictions: Dolphins Should Swim Away With Lots of Cash

After some slower weekends at the box office, two new releases (And a third potential one depending on final theater counts) aim to liven things up. They should be successful in this mission, but let's take a look at these new movies and their chances at box office glory.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

As You Might Expect, Morgan Freeman Will Be In Ted 2

The sequel to the delightful 2012 comedy Ted keeps moving forward to its June 26, 2015 release date. The cast already includes returning cast members Mark Wahlberg, Seth Macfarlane and Patrick Warburton (no word yet on if Mila Kunis will come back) and will bring Amanda Seyfriend onboard. Another new addition to the films cast has been added; the incomparable actor Morgan Freeman.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Something Cool! 23 Jump Street Is A-Go!

Few filmmakers have had a better 2014 than Phil Lord and Chris Miller. The duo brought The LEGO Movie to glorious life earlier in 2014, and they were also in charge of one of the summers biggest hits, 22 Jump Street. Man, that was a great film. Hilarious, inventive, smartly script, just a terrific movie. And despite what the entertaining credits for that film implied, it looks like another Jump Street adventure is on the way.

From The Interwebs: The Ducktales Theme Song Reeneacted By Real Ducks Is Ducking Adorable

More adorable duck shenanigans
I've been seeing this video all over the internet today, and as a massive fan of Ducktales (and most of the other Disney Afternoon cartoons for that matter), I loved it. But I told myself I wouldn't post it on this blog, I wouldn't, I wouldn't, I'd go against the flow, I wouldn't join the in-crowd. However, more than a couple rewatches later, I can't help it. Here it is folks, the Ducktales theme song, this time reenacted with real ducks.

So, I Was On Netflix: Arrow Review

Each Tuesday, I review a movie that can be found on Netflix streaming. This week though, I break protocol in order to deliver you a review of the pilot episode of the CW drama Arrow.

DC has had a rough time breaking into non-Batman related success in the world of cinema, but it must be said, their TV offerings are actually quite impressive. The two new shows coming out this Fall based on the companies characters, The Flash and Gotham, are among the most anticipated new programs of the Fall TV Season. The show that helped pave the way for those two 2014 offerings though is 2012 offering Arrow, based on the comic books character (surprise surprise) Green Arrow.

Monday, September 8, 2014

Box Office Analysis: A Quick Look At September 2014 Cinema

Well, with the traditionally lousy post-Labor Day weekend out of the way, there's really nowhere to go but up for September 2014. While this coming weekend will pare in comparison to the same weekend in 2013 when Insidious Chapter 2 reigned supreme, there are much larger movies than usual opening at the end of the month, meaning this particular September could be one of the biggest in history.

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Classic Write-Up: The Fighter Review

A Fight (And A Performance) For The Ages

David O. Russell has quickly become one of cinemas most prominent writer/directors thanks to his 2012 and 2014 features Silver Linings Playbook and American Hustle. Both received critical raves and massive box office, as well as vocal approval from this particular film critic. Both of those films, especially Hustle, are expertly made films, with excellent performances and thoughtful screenwriting. So I was eager to finally catch The Fighter, the movie made just before Russell reached his current popularity.

Release Dates For Two New Sequels Ensure That The Terminator Franchise Will Be Back

The marketing campaign for it hasn't kicked in yet, so most people are likely unaware that a new Terminator film, called Terminator: Genisys will descend on movie theaters everywhere next 4th of July. Paramount Pictures is certainly hoping people show up for the film, and seems to be pretty confident people will adore it judging by the fact that they just scheduled two sequels to the movie 10 months before it even comes out.

Saturday, September 6, 2014

From the Interwebs: LEGO Guardians of the Galaxy Are Brought To Life In This Clever Video

As someone who has been anticipating Guardians of The Galaxy for over two years, the monumental success the movie has found is extremely exciting. Discovering that the feature more than lived up to my lofty expectations was extraordinary, and all the positive hype from everyone else that's seen it has been super exciting.

New Horrible Bosses 2 Trailer Is Surprisingly Funny And Star-Studded

I haven't seen the first Horrible Bosses (I'm saving it for when this sequel is closer to release) but I've heard nothing but good things about it. I'm glad to hear that actually considering I like all three of the guys in the lead roles. Now the sequel is only two-and-a-half months away, and if the trailers any indication, it should be an entertaining ride. Check it out below as well as my thoughts on it!

Friday, September 5, 2014

Garth Brooks Returns to Country Music With A Middling New Song

I'd heard that Garth Brooks had a new song out earlier in the week, and like any sane human being, became overwhelmed by anticipation. Whenever I heard it was about to be played on my radio this morning, I nearly lost my mind. Who wasn't eagerly awaiting the first new tune from the legendary singer who took the artform of country music to the next level in the 90's? Friends In Low Places, Unanswered Prayers, Two Pina Coladas....the list of great songs he brought to life goes on and on. His newest piece of music, People Loving People, is a strong departure from those past songs, in that it's just not that good.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Box Office Predictions: Guardians Will Win Again On Worst Weekend of 2014

Well, it's a quiet weekend, to put it gently. In fact, I'm gonna make a wild guess that this becomes one of the worst box office weekends in the 21st century. The only major new wide release is The Identical, which is taking advantage of the slow weekend by opening in 1950 theaters.

Dwayne Johnson Is Playing DC Comics Supervillain Black Adam

Dwayne Johnson has been promoting his forthcoming role in the Warner Bros./New Line Cinema/DC Comics superhero film Shazam, but it's been unclear whether he'd be playing the titular protagonist or his enemy Black Adam. As the title of this article suggests, he'll playing Black Adam the bad guy of the film, and that seems like the better option to me.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

One Year Later, What Does The Fox Say Remains A Bizzare Musical Gem

Musical phenomenons are not unusual, with things like Gangnam Style, Call Me Maybe and Let It Go overtaking the human race in ways both exciting and terrifying. A week after I saw Frozen, I mentioned the phrase "let it go" in a reference to the film, and I received blank stares. A single month later, saying one of those three words in any context would trigger endless singing. Last September, one song continued the trend of a popular tune taking over, but this one was....well, let's say different.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Editorial: Guardians of The Galaxy And It's Beautiful Connection To Autism

Massive Spoilers For Guardians of The Galaxy follow.

The photo above was posted on James Gunns Facebook on Friday, and man did it make my entire day. As someone on the Autism spectrum (Aspergers Syndrome to be exact), it just warmed my heart to see someone else on the spectrum finding inspiration in one of the many delightful characters from Guardians of The Galaxy. Seeing that movie again yesterday, I was once again amazed at just how all around excellent it is, and honestly found it to be even better than I remembered. As the crowd departed the auditorium after that delightful post-credits scene, I had a big grin on my face from the entire film, as well as realizing that two of the Guardians are perfect cinematic representations of people on the Autism spectrum.

Summer Movie Memories: Boyhood Is A Cinematic Treasure

In Summer Movie Memories, I'll be looking at summer movies from Summer 2014 and analyzing what really made them stand out this summer, for reasons both good and bad. In this final entry, I look at the masterpiece Boyhood, so obviously, SPOILERS for Boyhood lie ahead. 

Monday, September 1, 2014

Classic Write-Up: Django Unchained Review

Movies always have a natural disconnect between the viewers and what's happening on screen. However, several movies have this selfish attitude in them where it seems like the filmmakers behind the endeavor are having tons of fun with the plot, but refuse to allow the viewer to connect or engage with what's happening onscreen. In Django Unchained, it's pretty freaking apparent Quentin Tarantino is having an absolute blast with the cinematic adventure he's concocted thanks to how great it is. Plus, he eagerly allows anyone and everyone to join him in having fun with the venture.