Archive | November, 2012

The Dark Knight Rises: DVD and Blu-Ray

23 Nov

This holiday season, I gift myself to you – the people

The Dark Knight Rises will be released on DVD and Blu-Ray December 4th, 2012. How strange that it’s so close to Christmas. It’s not like the studio planned it that way – right?

Anyway, Warner Bros has decided to cash in on people’s love of special features and add two specials to the Blu-Ray release. The first will centre on the special effects team and how they developed the collapsing football field scene. The second feature will be Tom Hardy and Christian Bale discussing the back breaking fight scene between Bane and Batman.

I don’t know if it’s worth paying the ridiculous price for Blu-Ray, but it’s worth looking for on YouTube later.

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Elysium

20 Nov

Neill Blomkamp, the co-writer and director of the phenomenal District 9, is working on the sci-fi movie Elysium starring Matt Damon.

Elysium is set in a futuristic society divided into two classes – the wealthy who live in pristine space stations and the lower class who are left to live on the polluted and dying Earth. A man named Max (Matt Damon) takes on a mission to bring equality back to humanity. The villain will be played by Jodie Foster and the supporting cast includes Sharto Copley (District 9, The A-Team) and Alice Braga (Predators, Repo Men).

I don’t know how I missed this. I loved District 9 and this movie sounds right up my alley. Today, Sony released the below image of Damon’s character in Elysium. It looks good so far, but we still have a long wait. Elysium is scheduled for release in August 2013.

Elysium

Now You See Me: Trailer

18 Nov

Now You See Me is a heist thriller starring Jesse Eisenberg, Woody Harrelson, Isla Fisher, Morgan Freeman and Michael Caine.

The movie follows a team of illusionist known as “The Four Horsemen” who steal from corrupt companies during their performances and then share the stolen money with the audience.

I’m undecided from the trailer.  It looks really over the top, but I’m sold since Morgan Freeman and Michael Caine are in it. Director Louis Leterrier previously helmed The Incredible Hulk, Clash of the Titans and Transporter 2.

 

 

 

 

Side Effects: Trailer

16 Nov

Directed by Steven Soderbergh, Side Effects is a thriller that follows a New York couple, Emily (Rooney Mara) and her husband Martin (Channing Tatum). Emily’s psychiatrist (Jude Law) prescribes Emily a new drug intended to treat her anxiety disorder. The drug has unexpected side effects.

This will be Soderbergh’s final movie before taking a sabbatical to pursue painting.

I like what I see in the trailer – Channing Tatum is obviously pursuing and getting better roles and Rooney Mara is branching out from being Lisbeth Salander. Judging from the trailer, it looks like there will be some intrigue involving pharmaceutical companies.

Side Effects will be released in early 2013.

The Host: Trailer

15 Nov

Here’s the first full length trailer for The Host starring Saoirse Ronan. Based on the book by Stephanie Meyer, The Host is about an alien race, called Souls, that take over humans’ bodies and minds. The movie follows one Soul’s struggle when the mind of its human host refuses to cooperate.

As if Stephanie Meyer hasn’t caused enough damage to the vampire genre, she’s decided to ruin aliens for us as well. The movie involves yet another love triangle filled with brooding, pining and drama. I’d say the only thing that will make this movie tolerable is that Saoirse Ronan stars.

Unlike the eternally boring Kristen Stewart, Saoirse Ronan actually knows how to act. She was excellent as a young aspiring novelist in Atonement and even better in the action thriller Hanna.

Take a look and see what you think…

Guillermo is Great!

14 Nov

I’ve finally come to terms with what happened to Tim Burton. The real Tim is gone and the days of his dark, funny, quirky and sometimes depressing movies have vanished. I moved on with my life and started secretly obsessing over Robert Rodriguez. Planet Terror, Desperado and Once Upon a Time in Mexico were all horrible, yet magical in their own way. Then I read Rodriguez left his wife of 16 years and his five children for Rose McGowan. I’m not especially judgmental, but believe me I’m judging.

With both directors tainted, I moved on to the only logical choice – Guillermo del Toro.

What’s so great about Guillermo? Let me tell you:

1. He’s married to his high school sweetheart. That’s adorable and all the cool kids marry their high school boyfriend or girlfriend.

2. He owns a separate house for all his books, posters and movie memorabilia. Del Toro has said, “As a kid, I dreamed of having a house with secret passages and a room where it rained 24 hours a day. The point of being over 40 is to fulfill the desires you’ve been harboring since you were 7.” Agreed!

3. He’s an author (The Strain) and was a special effects make-up artist for 10 years.

4. He’s made some pretty dark and fun movies – Hellboy 1 & 2, Blade 2 and Pan’s Labyrinth.

5.  Last but not least, he’s in talks to do Justice League Dark.

Rumors have been circulating the internet for weeks that Guillermo will adapt and direct Justice League Dark a.k.a Heaven Sent. Now, Del Toro has acknowledged that yes, there are discussions about a Heaven Sent movie. The movie will feature DC’s supernatural heroes like Zatanna, John Constantine and Swamp Thing.

Guillermo directing would such a change from the popcorn Superhero movie and it makes me wonder what the rating will be.

If this ends up happening, everyday until the release date will fill me with unbearable excitement. For years, I have been telling people about my love for Man-Thing. Almost every time I try to educate someone on his greatness they say “Ewww he’s ugly” or “Who or what is Man-Thing?” What is Man-Thing? He’s awesome – that’s what he is.

It’s about time the weird and ugly superheroes get some exposure. I love my mainstream characters like Batman, but come on – how bad does he have it? Yes, your parents died and that’s tragic, but you’re still rich, brilliant and good looking.

Take a look at Man-Thing and Swamp Thing…still think Batman has a rough life?

The Man With the Iron Fists: Review

13 Nov

Presented by Quentin Tarantino, The Man With the Iron Fists is the directorial debut of Wu-Tang Clan leader, RZA. The story takes place in Jungle Village during the 19th Century. Our protagonist is the Blacksmith (RZA), a man who’s forced to create elaborate weapons of death for the various clans vying for power. Add a shipment of gold to the mix and the whole village is consumed by violence and greed.

If you’re a fan of Quentin Tarantino, you know anything presented by him will have a heavy dose of violence, pulp and bizarre dialogue. The Man With Iron Fists is no exception, but unlike Tarantino movies you don’t develop a serious attachment to any of the characters. Considering the martial arts theme and warring clans, it’s obvious that almost everyone is going to die in some horrific way.

That being said there’s a lot to like about this movie. One of the best things about The Man With the Iron Fists is the diverse and interesting cast which includes Byron Mann and Cung Le as the treacherous villans Silver and Copper Lion; David Bautista as the ruthless Brassbody; Lucy Liu as sensual brothel owner Madame Blossom; Russell Crowe as the Englishman Jack Knife and of course, RZA as the Blacksmith.  All the characters have distinct qualities that match their names and/or skills.

RZA knew exactly what kind of movie he was making and doesn’t take it too seriously. The first time director concocted a convoluted plot – this character hates this character and that character wants to avenge this character…blah, blah, blah. Character development is pretty non-existent, but I found myself looking forward to enemies fighting Mortal Kombat style.

Lucy Liu and Russell Crowe were definitely my favourites. Lucy Liu spent the movie flitting around in gorgeous costumes and conspiring with the Lion Clan, while Russell Crowe spent the first 45 minutes of the movie banging beautiful prostitutes and spying on the other warriors.

The biggest problem with the movie is actually RZA himself. As the Blacksmith, RZA is somber and boring with a capital B. Of all the warriors, he is by far the least interesting and he constantly looks ready for a nap. Even the scenes that could add some dimension to the Blacksmith are painfully boring. I leaned over to my husband in the middle of one and asked “When’s the killing going to start again?”

Considering RZA’s musical genius, there’s surprisingly not enough music. Any music featured is controlled and doesn’t pump you up for the fight scenes. I don’t want to be too hard on RZA because his mistakes are forgivable since it’s his first movie.

Though enjoyable, The Man With the Iron Fists isn’t anything special. Don’t rush out to a theatre to see it, wait for DVD or On Demand. It’s not the type of movie that you’ll feel strongly about either way, but I promise that you’ll be quoting it for weeks – GEMINI STANCE!

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