Public Transit

5 Jun

After a particularly grueling morning on the C-Train, I started wondering about movies that feature public transit and how it’s depicted.

In almost every movie there are scenes that take place on or around public transit (subway, bus, trains…and more). What I noticed is that very few movies take place exclusively on transit. 1994’s Speed is the only movie that comes to mind other than The Taking of Pelham 123. The problem is both movies fall into the action genre. Anyone who rides the bus or train with regularity knows that a horror movie should be made about transit. Think about it – crowds of strangers, the filth, the weirdos, power failures, nowhere to go…

What do you think?

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Godzilla – Review

4 Jun

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Ohh Godzilla. He first appeared in Ishiro Honda’s 1954 movie of the same name and has gone on to become the most famous movie monster of all time and a cultural phenomenon. There are more than 28 Japanese movies starring Godzilla and an American movie released in 1998 that was disappointing, and thankfully, forgotten.

Here we are in 2014 and an American studio has made its second attempt to reinvent the franchise. The film starts in Japan in 1999, where nuclear physicist Joe Brody (Bryan Cranston) detects seismic activity in the Philippines that eventually leads to several deaths at his nuclear power plant, including his wife (Juliette Binoche). 15 years later, Joe still investigates the strange readings that killed his wife much to the dismay of his adult son, Ford (Aaron Taylor-Johnson) and Ford’s wife, Elle (Elizabeth Olsen). After Joe is arrested for trespassing at the old nuclear power plant, Ford is forced to go to Japan and realizes that something strange and ominous is happening.

The first hour of the movie doesn’t show Godzilla, but director Gareth Edwards attempts to develop his characters. The most likable and relatable character is Joe. Despite having a fairly good cast, Cranston steals every scene he’s in and pulls off the confused heartbroken man very well. Second best is Ken Watanabe, who plays a scientist investigating Godzilla’s origins and believes that the monster “brings balance” to the world.

Aaron Taylor-Johnson and Elizabeth Olsen round out the main cast. Olsen is a great actress, but she gets lost in the shuffle and destruction of the movie. Taylor-Johnson seems to be a new leading man in Hollywood. Unfortunately his performance is flat and lifeless. His reactions to the deaths and chaos around him are disingenuous and wooden. By the time Godzilla appears, you lose interest in the cast and you just want the monsters to kick some ass.

Godzilla and the creatures he fights look amazing. The special effects are awesome and they did a great job of making Godzilla new, while still maintaining elements from the original Japanese movies.

Godzilla isn’t without its problems. There are some huge plot holes and hilarious one-liners, but it’s an entertaining summer movie and shouldn’t be taken too seriously.

 

Stargate Remake

30 May

A Stargate reboot/reimagining is in the works. The hope is that the remake will revitalize the franchise and be the start of a movie trilogy. The remake is being done by the original Stargate producer/director team of Dean Devlin and Roland Emmerich. The 1994 movie starred James Spader and Kurt Russell.

The reimaging by the original creative team is reminiscent of 2013’s Evil Dead remake that was produced by the original  director, Sam Raimi, and star, Bruce Campbell.

 

Interstellar

29 May

Recently I watched the full length trailer for Christopher Nolan’s upcoming movie, Interstellar. According to the official movie website – In the future, governments and economies across the globe have collapsed, food is scarce, NASA is no more, and the 20th Century is to blame. A mysterious rip in spacetime opens and it’s up to whatever is left of NASA to explore and offer up hope for mankind.

Interstellar may have elements of time travel and alternate realities, but as usual, Nolan is keeping most details under wraps. The movie stars Academy Award winners, Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Michael Caine and Academy Award nominee Jessica Chastain.

Nolan does an amazing job of combining science fiction with drama and I’m sure Interstellar will deliver in quality and casting. The only potential miscast actor could be Matthew McConaughey. Despite winning an Academy Award last year for Dallas Buyer’s Club, it’s difficult to look past his string of painful romantic comedies (How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days, Failure to Launch, Fool’s Gold, Ghosts of Girlfriends Past…etc.) and his personal preference for playing bongo drums naked while smoking pot. His performance in Dallas Buyer’s Club has been his best in recent years, but McConaughey lacks the charisma and talent of other leading men like Michael Fassbender, Leonardo DiCaprio or Robert Downey Jr.

I find it painful to live in a world where Matthew McConaughey has an Oscar and Leonardo DiCaprio doesn’t.

Interstellar opens November 7, 2014.

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Whoops – It’s Been Awhile

28 May

Hello All,

Wow – it’s been a long time since I last posted. A lot has changed for me in the past year.

My husband and I bought our first home.  It’s a townhouse in suburbia, but we like it and are making it as nerdy as possible.

We’ve had a lot of visitors including my father in law and his mustache.

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We adopted a pretty cute husky named Winter. Her full name is Winter Stormbourne. She’s awesome.

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Most importantly, I met Adrian Paul a.k.a Duncan MacLeod of the Clan Macleod. I took a picture with him too. He’s been alive for 400 years, but he looks pretty good.

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All that being said – I’m going to start posting again with some form of regularity.

Summer is almost here and there will plenty of horrible movies to judge like Transformers 4.

Mwahahaha…

 

X-Men: Days of Future Past Posters

24 Jul

Check out the pretty awesome posters of Charles Xavier and Magneto for Days of the Future Past.

Superhero Team-up

23 Jul

Man of Steel director Zack Snyder announced at San Diego Comic-Con that there will be another Superman movie and the Man of Steel will be joined by Batman. It’s the first time ever the pair will team-up on the big screen. For those who aren’t familiar with the Batman and Superman comic book/cartoon dynamic – the characters have similar morals, but rarely see eye to eye. The combination should be interesting and I think their relationship will resemble Iron Man and Captain America’s in Marvel’s Avengers.

Both Henry Cavill and Amy Adams will reprise their roles as Clark Kent/Superman and Lois Lane. The big question now is who will play Batman? Lone Ranger star Armie Hammer was originally cast as Batman in the 2007 failed Justice League project and he’s in the running again for the role. The fan favorite is Joseph Gordon-Levitt who did a pretty awesome job in The Dark Knight Rises.  Some Screen Rant suggests are Richard Armitage or Luke Evans.

I think Gordon-Levitt is the best choice considering his role in the last Batman movie and even though Christopher Nolan isn’t directing the new Superman movies, he’s producing them.

Who else do you think would make a good Batman?

 

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