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Paranormal Activity

Wednesday, October 28th, 2009
Take a date, and your Dramamine.

Take a date, and your Dramamine.

Halloween’s around the corner so you can bet all the hype will be, “hey, what movie made you pee your pants this year!!?”. So with that in mind, I journeyed out to Alamo Drafthouse here in Austin, Tx and mentally prepared myself to be shaking in my underoos (Clone Wars, of course) and checked out what all the buzz is about with ‘Paranormal Activity’.

My first observation, besides the lack of an intro or credits, was that it’s all filmed from ‘hand cam’. So if you have any motion sickness issues, then I’d say pass this baby up. It’s not as bad as some of the other shaky camera movies I’ve seen but it’s integral to the spooky element involved in this story.

The story is about Katie (the girlfriend) and Mica (the boyfriend). They are haunted by an evil ghost that has followed Katie around all her life. So the couple decides to record the strange happenings with their digital video camera from their home in order to find a solution to getting rid of this thing.

The good? Eerie slamming doors, slowly moving objects, shadows appearing along walls, and without spoiling it, a few surprisingly ‘believeable’ effects that will keep you on the edge of your seat. Lots of dialogue about Kate’s story, crying, and arguing between the couple that is filmed like a reality television series (if you dig that kinda stuff). Tons of suspense. Every time the night camera goes on, you of course are anticipating something to appear on the screen that is going to totally freak you out. Well, that brings us to the bad…

This flick has some great horror elements. Considering it was filmed on a 15k budget, they did kick some scary ass. I really just kept waiting and waiting for something to happen… and it never really happens. And when it does, the movie is just about over. Granted that in this style of filming, it makes it look very real and keeps to the idea that ‘this could have really happened’. I think they just fell short of delivering the punch after they built us all up. Believable, yes. Should it be on the big screen? No. Save that stuff for Syfy and make it a 2 part made for TV movie to follow up Ghost Hunters.

So as a recap, there are the commercials where all of the people are freaking out in the theatre during the screening of PA. I don’t know what they are watching. The Exorcist and Phantasm scared the poop out of me when I was growing up, even the Blair Witch kinda had me weirded out for awhile. Paranormal Activity is good for the season but is not a repeat viewer. Two and a half really good scenes and then a bit too much ‘what the heck was that bump sound???’. That gets old. Quick. Unless that bump is in your house, that’s about all it can deliver.

But then again, I’ll probably sleep with the light on tonight. Just in case.

-Crutchboy Out

Green Lantern could spur Justice League movie

Wednesday, October 21st, 2009
Would Bale return as Batman?

Would Bale return as Batman?

(G4TV) – Could the upcoming Green Lantern film be to DC what Iron Man was to Marvel? Possibly. Just as Tony Stark’s big screen adventure set the stage for an unprecedented movie team-up with The Avengers and its related films, The Green Lantern could be looking to serve as the kick-off to a grander DC movie universe in The Justice League.

According to New Orleans newspaper, The Times-Pacayune:
“Green Lantern” is expected to be the first in a trilogy of films focusing on D.C.’s Justice League heroes, the others being “The Flash” and “Wonder Woman”, before uniting all three with fellow League members Batman, Superman and Aquaman for a Justice League movie.”

That’s kind of a bombshell, yet the news is dropped in a way that seemingly suggests that this was already known. (Which it obviously was not.) However, if this turns out to be true, expect this franchise to experience an extremely large gain in value. With names like Superman (who we now know will be rebooted much further down the line,) Aquaman, Flash, and Wonder Woman mentioned as possible members, it is actually surprising that Batman came up. Would they actually try to get Christian Bale in on this one? Would Warner/DC simply not acknowledge the Batman universe of their mega-cashcow Batman franchise? Or would they have the unmitigated gall to hire a glorified stand-in to put on the Bale-Batman costume and pretend to be him? (Comically gravelly voice and all.) Regardless, it’s rather problematic.

[Full article at G4TV.com]

WoW Movie: The Rise of the Lich King

Wednesday, October 14th, 2009
We vote Kristen Bell should be cast as the Blood Elf...WoW!

We vote Kristen Bell should cast as the Blood Elf...WoW!

Sam Raimi’s project Warcraft that’s making recent headlines and due for release in 2011, has now been subtitled “The Rise of the Lich King.” The title somewhat indicates that the film would chronicle the Lord of the Rings-ish story of Arthas Menethil, a benevolent paladin prince corrupted by the runeblade Frostmourne and turned into an undead lord.

Blizzard Entertainment had not commented on the Warcraft movie’s storyline. However, Raimi was all too happy to talk to MTV News about his vision for the film’s plot, which he says will be true to the game franchise’s spirit.

Raimi says:
“We want to be really faithful to the game…to the Horde and the Alliance and the mythology that takes place in the game, and the archetypes that the game presents,” Raimi said. “I think we would try and find touchstones within the game to make it accurate and true and choose one or some of the lands that are portrayed in the game with as much accuracy and authenticity as possible.”

Raimi also revealed that the Warcraft movie will have the same screenwriter who won an Oscar nomination for 1997′s Saving Private Ryan. “We would have our writer, Robert Rodat, really craft an original story within that world that feels like a World of Warcraft adventure,” said Raimi. “Only obviously it’s very different ’cause it’s expanded and translated into the world of a motion picture.” Rodat also penned the screenplays for Fly Away Home (1996) and The Patriot (2000).

We still have no casting clues leads, were hoping for hot blood elves that look like Kristen Bell and please stay away from anything that acts like Dolph Lundgren.

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-BG Crew

Zombieland

Wednesday, October 7th, 2009

ZOMBIELAND

In one of my better nerd moments, I actually proposed to a girl after watching the remake of the “Dawn Of The Dead”. Obviously things didn’t work out, but I love telling that story. I’m not sure why, but I think it’s a testament to finding what makes you happy in life, and I as a happy and single nerd was so overjoyed at seeing lifeless corpses being flung into humanity, I was more than happy to get down on one knee after that.

Of course as the years went on, Hollywood gave us the “zombie comedy”. You see since zombies came out in movies like the wretched beasts of “Night Of The Living Dead” They became B movie fame and were known to be the subject of many a gross out film. As a matter of fact if the film was funny at all, it was due to the fact that the special effects were so cheesy, it was funny.

Then the comedy came along. With movies like “Shaun Of The Dead” and “Fido” instead of us laughing at dumb special effects makeup, we began to laugh at… well the writing. The characters would make quips and find satirical humor in what was happening. Not surprisingly the new approach was a hit, and the genre continues to grow.

This is where ZOMBIELAND comes in. The movie looked witty enough from the start. The trailers showed some action and comedy, but not until I got to see it did I truly appreciate it. Not since “Shaun Of The Dead” have I seen such a well made funny zombie movie.

Tim & Scott visit Zombieland

This isn’t meant to debate which zombies are better (the slow Romero ones or the super fast virus infected ones) or undead versus virus theories, the movie just exists to give us some good thrills in one great movie. And if you take away the zombies, that’s just what you have, a road trip movie with four unlikely people who get in weird situations.

The film starts as Columbus, (played by Jesse Eisenberg) tells his story of living alone in a zombie filled world. Columbus is a paranoid kid, nerdy and socially awkward before the infection happened, so living aloof now is now big thing to him. He also stays alive by his “rules”. (Rule #1 Cardio Rule #31 check the back seat)

Columbus meets Tallahassee (played by Woody Harrelson) who plays the stereotypical zombie badass, in this case it really works for him. He likes killing things, so a world of zombies is perfect, he likes weapons and big trucks, and he believes in wrecking things any chance he can. The two make an odd couple, but a workable one as they set out in search of…. A twinkie. (I wish I was making that up but seriously they are)

Along the way the boys meet up with two sisters, Wichita (played by the super hot Emma Stone) and Little Rock (played by Abigal Breslin) Once the four start traveling together through a uneasy alliances and betrayals, they head for a theme park that is supposedly unaffected by everything.

Along the way, there are numerous zombies to be killed, a theme park to wreck, cities to visit, and even a very special cameo to be had.(I wont tell you because I think it’s cooler if it’s a surprise)

The banter is well done, Eisenberg plays a great socially awkward character, Emma Stone is just plain hot, and Woody Harrelson is a likable scoundrel in this flick. I found myself laughing uncontrollably at the midnight showing of this, and even went back again the next day to watch it again.

-Timothy Danger

Yes, the bride will fight again.

Monday, October 5th, 2009

Kill Bill! YARR!

Quentin Tarantino appeared and spoke on an Italian talk show last week where he revealed some hints on his upcoming projects. When questioned about the whether we would see the return of our favorite Black Mamba in a “Kill Bill 3,” he replied: “Yes, the bride will fight again.”

“‘Kill Bill 3′ will probably come out… I have to wait a couple of years, because I want ten years to pass from the second one to the third one.”

When asked about why wait so long for a Kill Bill Trilogy, Tarantino says: “Two reasons,” he starts. “One, I think me and Uma [Thurman] needed a ten year break. And the second one, I love the character and I think she deserves ten years of peace. She deserves ten years of no fighting, she deserves ten years with her child Beebe. I put her through a lot in those first two movies and I just want her to have a nice peaceful life for ten years.”

So there you have it, looks like it’ll be 2014 before we can see some more Hanzo sword slingin, blood flowin action. Maybe we’ll even see a few new snakes, I root for a Texan hottie ass kicker that could be called Diamond Back, how bout that?

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-Crutchboy Out

Pandorum

Wednesday, September 30th, 2009

Pandorum: Review by T.Danger

You know there’s a lot of things that are like car accidents. You think they are going to be ugly, but you watch anyway out of morbid curiosity. That’s the way I fell every time I hear Dennis Quaid is in a Science Fiction movie. Let’s face it, he hasn’t been in a good one since “Innerspace” and folk’s that’s been a while.

With fall coming the movie season is dying down. Not that new movies aren’t coming out every week, just that the hype and advertising spent for them is significantly reduced. This was the case with this week’s movie “Pandorum”. I had not even heard of it until I was checking movie listings. But when I saw Quaid was in it, I knew it was car accident time…. I knew I had to see it and I’m pretty glad I did.

The movie is chaotic right away as it opens with the crew member known as ‘Bower” (played by Ben Foster) waking to find he has been in “hypersleep” apparently a standard side effect of hypersleep in space is that you lose a large amount of memory temporarily. The door to the ships bridge is impassable, and the reactor is broken, meaning that he has to restart it if they want to save the ship. (Apparently in hyperspace you forget everything but your training… how convenient!)

Around this time this is when “Payton” (played by Dennis Quaid) wakes up and the two hatch a plan to get to the reactor. The problem is, the ship is not entirely uninhabited. Besides a few humans who are awake and roaming the ship, there is a strange race of alien like monster hunters on board. Where they come from, it’s not really known for most of the movie, but they are very orc-like in the looks department, and behave like something out of the “Predator” or “Aliens” movie on any given scene.

That ain’t all folks the few human survivors alive try and help him reach the reactor. However it seems that Mister Mayigi may have been onboard sometime during Bower’s hypersleep because the human survivors have moves that put Jet Li to shame. Apparently a few months onboard the ship defending yourself from monstrous killing mutants hones your fighting skills to that of something an old school ninja would be proud of, but it works… it’s good eye candy and makes the movie fun to watch.

Pandorum stands for a type of “space madness” that some travelers experience when they are in space for long periods of time. Apparently the thought of being out in such vast emptiness (the movie explains it has emotional triggers) can cause someone to go insane. Without giving too much of the movie away, this has a lot to do with the plot. The movie is shot in a very dark manner reminiscent of “Alien”. In fact you can see where the film maker borrowed aspects of the movie heavily. You can also spot it in the monsters which I have mentioned before have both monstrous alien characteristics and surprisingly human ones too (along with a tribal like intellect it’s like something out of a Predator movie) there are lots of suspenseful scenes, like when they finally reach the reactor and have to shut it down, and Manh (played by Cung Le) has one of the coolest death scenes in the movie.

All in all, I went to the movies with no expectations, but came out with a pretty happy feast for the eyes.

The Girl Test:
I was zero for zero on this one. I asked a few girls to go with me. They all declined. It may have been the Captain America shirt I was wearing at the time, but let’s not kid ourselves, that shirt’s pretty sweet.

In truth, sleeper Science Fiction is hard to sell to the General Population of girls. (I’m not talking about our Gamettes or cool nerd culture girls, I’m talking about the “other ones” you know…with all the glitter graphics on their myspace page) If it’s not the cool blockbuster flavor of the week, it’s hard to get them into a dark room with you for a few hours when they know I will be paying more attention to blood thirsty mutants than to them.

So there you go kids, I got shot down so you won’t have to… no need to thank me, Daddy Danger does it for the kids.

-Timothy Danger / BG Reckon Crew

SAM RAIMI TO DIRECT UPCOMING WARCRAFT MOVIE

Wednesday, July 22nd, 2009

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Raimi, acclaimed director of the blockbuster Spider-Man series, will bring the forces of the Horde and the Alliance to life in epic live-action film. Charles Roven’s Atlas Entertainment will produce alongside Raimi’s Stars Road Entertainment.

(Press Release) – Blizzard Entertainment, Inc. and Legendary Pictures announced today that Sam Raimi has signed on to direct the eagerly-anticipated major motion picture based on Blizzard Entertainment®’s award-winning Warcraft® universe. Raimi has, in the course of his career, clearly demonstrated a genius for developing and adapting existing fictional universes for mainstream audiences while staying true to the spirit of the original content.

Raimi directed the Spider-Man trilogy, which has broken box-office records around the world and garnered five Academy Award® nominations. Known for his imaginative filmmaking style, richly drawn characters and offbeat humor, Raimi wrote and directed the cult classic, The Evil Dead and produced 30 Days Of Night. He most recently wrote and directed the supernatural thriller, Drag Me To Hell.

“At its core, Warcraft is a fantastic, action-packed story,” said Raimi. “I am thrilled to work with such a dynamite production team to bring this project to the big screen.”

Charles Roven’s producing talents were recently seen with last summer’s blockbuster The Dark Knight, which grossed in excess of $1 billion, was nominated for eight Academy Awards® and won two. His body of work also includes the widely acclaimed Batman Begins and the sci-fi classic 12 Monkeys. Roven, with Atlas producing partner Alex Gartner, will be producing with Legendary Pictures CEO Thomas Tull, Legendary’s Chief Creative Officer Jon Jashni, Raimi and Raimi’s producing partner Joshua Donen. Raimi’s partner, Robert Tapert, will be an Executive Producer and Blizzard Entertainment’s Senior Vice President of Creative Development, Chris Metzen, a Co-Producer.

“Partnering with Sam Raimi exemplifies Legendary’s mandate of marrying the highest quality intellectual property to world-class filmmakers” said Legendary’s Tull. “Sam’s passion for ‘Warcraft’ is undeniable and we know that he will create an incredible film worthy of Blizzard’s phenomenal franchise. We look forward to collaborating with our partners at Warner Bros. and continuing our successful relationship with Chuck in bringing this rich new world to the screen.”

“Blizzard Entertainment and Legendary Pictures have a shared vision for this film and we searched at length to find the very best director to bring that vision to life,” said Paul Sams, chief operating officer of Blizzard Entertainment. “From our first conversation with Sam, we could tell he was the perfect choice. Sam knows how to simultaneously satisfy the enthusiasts and the mainstream audience that might be experiencing that content for the first time. We’re looking forward to working with him to achieve that here.”

“Blizzard Entertainment’s Warcraft has become a second home for millions of players and Sam’s experience and talent make him the perfect director for this remarkable and action-packed world,” said Atlas’ Roven. “Alex and I are proud to be working with Sam and re-teaming with our friends at Legendary and Warner Bros.”

The film will fall under Legendary Pictures’ co-production and co-financing deal with Warner Bros. “Warcraft is emblematic of the kind of branded, event films for which our studio is best known. We have enjoyed great success with our partners at Legendary, and this is an incredible opportunity for us to work with Sam on a project that is so eagerly anticipated by so many,” said Jeff Robinov, President, Warner Bros. Pictures Group.

Blizzard Entertainment’s Warcraft universe is a rich fantasy setting that revolves around the epic conflict between the opposing forces of the Horde and the Alliance. Since its debut in 1994, Warcraft has developed a loyal following across the globe, with several bestselling, award-winning PC games and a range of popular licensed products including novels, action figures, apparel, comic books, board games, and more. World of Warcraft®, Blizzard Entertainment’s subscription-based massively multiplayer online role-playing game set in the Warcraft universe, is the most popular game of its kind in the world. Its most recent expansion, Wrath of the Lich King™, is the fastest-selling PC game of all time, with more than 2.8 million copies sold in its first 24 hours of availability and more than 4 million in its first month.

Further details about the upcoming Warcraft movie, including cast and targeted release date, will be revealed as development progresses.

Transformers 2

Monday, June 29th, 2009

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Sam Witwicky is an idiot.

I mean… the dude is living every nerd’s dream ages 12- 39 at least. He’s got a mega hot babe girlfriend (Megan Fox) and he hangs out with a twenty foot alien robot badass guardian who just happens to turn into an ultra cool brand new Camaro… and all he can think about it leaving that life behind to go to college away from all the stuff that you know full and well you would never leave.

But alas, Sam does leave home. But not before touching a sliver of the Allspark, which gets the ball rolling into a 150 minute science fiction gift to the world. The Autobots are working with the military, the government wants to shut them down, the Decepticons are on the move and have resurrected Megatron and there is an even worse bad guy on the rise. Now, not all gifts to the world are good, and this movie certainly has it’s share of bad reviews, but let’s take the time to really think about what you’re getting into…

Did you really think this movie was going to win best picture at the Academy Awards? Did you think that Shia was going to outshine anyone this summer for his role as a hapless kid getting caught in the middle of warring robots? Did you really expect poignant dialogue that makes you think and question your place in the world?

Of course you didn’t. So quit complaining about how “awful” the movie was, sit down in a good seat and be entertained.

The explosions are great, the robots are cool, the chicks are smoking, and the action is a hoot. It’s cool to see the new Transformers come out, especially Sideswipe, Jetfire and Soundwave…

-T. Danger

Get On Up!

Monday, June 1st, 2009

UP!

You know, the whole reason I wanted to see Pixar’s “UP!” was because of the main character, Carl Fredricksen. I wanted to see a cranky old man stick his tongue at the system from the day I first saw the movie trailer months ago.

What I didn’t know was what a fascinating story it would be. There is something about the old crotchety man (I should know I’m getting there) that people take for granted. In real life you probably don’t take the time to think about what that elderly person has gone through to make them so tough. It could be a war, a life of hardship, or in Carl’s case, the loss of his wife…

It’s pretty heavy stuff for a kid’s flick. Hell it’s so heavy most drama fueled chick flicks are filled with it. But hey this is Pixar… they can do just about anything (Lonely robots, talking toys, fish stranded from home, cooking rats…etc) and folks, Pixar pulls it off.

The movie combines the right quirks for human and animal characters. Making them totally believable, and yet allowing you to disable your BS detector while an old man is so obsessed he takes his house on a trip via helium balloons the day the retirement home comes to pick him up by court order.

The film was shot in Disney 3D, which I like on this film (not on all of the animated films lately) The 3D wasn’t as obtrusive in this movie, although they certainly had a lot of opportunity to put every little thing in 3D… they choose to make it subtle and you know what? It worked out really well, something Monsters Vs. Aliens could have learned.

And the nerd factor? There are a few notable Star Wars references. (“You came here in that thing?”) and the pretty cool attack squadron calling themselves Red Leader, Red 1, and so on… Not to mention the ending credits… there is a certain movie being toted in the marquee…

Wait a minute, two favorable movie nods in a row? Am I getting soft? Nah, Drag Me To Hell is next on the list…

-T.Danger

Terminator Salvation…

Friday, May 22nd, 2009

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You know, it’s got to be rough being John Conner. I mean, you’re just a guy who has the fate of the world in your hands, some people believe you, some people don’t. Big metal skeletons have been trying to kill you since before you were born, time travel has lost it’s luster, and you hate machines so much that XBOX 360 you got for your birthday must have really been a bummer.

So it’s the year 2018, you’ve been in the Human Resistance all your life, and you just discover that the evil robot army you have been fighting is harvesting humans for their new Terminator you have been warning your superiors about for years. To make matters worse, Skynet is now stalking your dad who you havent met yet because he’s still a punk kid, (so either mom is a cougar or it’s just a weird time travel thing again) and you meet the new Terminator prototype…

There is an error in the programming to the new Terminator though, and he wants to help you for a change. So now we have a post apocalyptic Bromance which is just a funny way of saying, geez this movie kicks @ss.

Truthfully, I wasn’t expecting a lot from the new Terminator movie. After seeing the third installment, I was sort of glad they hadn’t done one in a while, and I groaned audibly when I heard about this one. Turns out, I had nothing to fear, this is a fine crafted action movie. There are BIG robots, little robots, swimming robots, flying robots….etc. and they all want to KILL KILL KILL.

Christian Bale’s trademark acting (brooding quietly talking monotone and kicking butt) is not wasted, and while it won’t win any screenwriting awards, you know just what you are getting into… a good two hour escape from reality.

So now I have finally cracked the code to making me happy when I go see a movie…. I just need to have low expectations and let them suprise me.

-T. Danger










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