Friday, May 27, 2011

Netflix Instant Cool TV and Movie Picks

Jonesy here for my picks of the week.  Two are nostalgic movies from my childhood, and I finally put another TV series on my watch list!  Enjoy...

In one of my favorite early Tom Hanks roles, BIG is a story about a boy who makes a wish to be, well, big.  He gets his wish; however, not without it's consequences.  A wonderful movie about the problems with wanting to grow up too quickly and coming to the realization to be happy with where you are in life.  Plus, the movie makes me want to learn the piano!

One of my favorite movies as a kid; RADIO FLYER is about two brothers who use their imaginations to escape the brutality of their new stepfather.  Tissues are a must have for this movie. 

A mysterious event causes everyone in the world to simultaneously blackout for 137 seconds and see  premonitions six months into their future.  As that day comes closer and closer, it's up to a team of FBI agents to figure out the cause, who's behind it, and if the premonitions will come true.  FLASH FORWARD was cancelled after only one season, but it had the ideas and seeds to be something great.  A nice cousin for LOST fans.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Trailer for the hotly anticipated GREEN WITH ENVY is up

The kid in me has been waiting to see this movie for a long time about a struggling couple in the big city!!  The fact that Jason Segel is starring as well as Amy Adams is just a bonus! Seriously, this GREEN WITH ENVY has been on top of my fall 2011 movies for a long time, and I'm happy to present this trailer to you. Check out the trailer below.

Sunday, May 22, 2011

TRASNFORMERS: DARK OF THE MOON 3D trailer has more baysplosions!

To completely contrast the lameness of the acting in the previously posted clip, we have the badassery of the new trailer that shows off some 3D shots that will play in front of the new modern masterpiece, PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: ON STRANGER TIDES.

With an amazing 3-D Trailer, GREEN LANTERN goes to the top of my summer movies

Javi here, with some great footage to share. I know we're a little behind the big kids, but better late than never. Right around the time the new TRANSFORMERS: DARK OF THE MOON 3D trailer came out, we got another in the form of GREEN LANTERN. Up until this point, I've been rather lukewarm towards this movie even though I am huge fan of the character, the mythos, and the book. Plus, I just recently read through all of the the Sinestro Corps War, Blackest Night and the first trade of Brightest Day.

My damn near apathy comes from the weird costume, and the thought that it was just gonna be a B-level superhero movie this side of DAREDEVIL and THE FANTASTIC FOUR. With this new trailer however, we get more of a cool STARS WARS vibe to the movie, and you see how it is embracing the sci-fi elements of the franchise. Check out the trailer below.

Netflix Instant: Cool TV & Movie Picks- Long Edition

Hey guys, Javi here, so as you might/might not have noticed, my contribution to the blog and the column have been sparse. I recently got a more structured 8-5 job and training has been pretty intense. Two weeks ago I forgot to do the column completely, and then this week, the power cord on my ancient PowerBook made sparking noises and hasn't been able to function since. But enough excuses, I'm gonna give you twice the Netflix goodness this week to make up for my absence.

Whiny Anakin, rappers, and Paul Walker stealing stuff? How can you go wrong!  The set up is the usual "expert crew doing one last job and tons of stuff goes wrong"  It's sort of mindless, but nevertheless a litttle fun.

This is a hard movie to watch but nevertheless powerful.  The documentary follows Mark Hogancamp, who after being brutally beaten at a bar, was left a completely physically and broken man.  Now using elaborate action figure dioramas to replicate real life, this movie chronicles his struggle at trying to reconnect with the real world.  Once again it's a tragic movie, but I can't say I felt really good afterwards.  As a toy collector, I was constantly impressed by the dioramas.

Not for those with commitment issues. This follows the life of international terrorist Carlos The Jackal from 1973-1994.  I haven't finished it, but I'm in hour three, and it is amazingly well acted.  There's some pacing issues here and there but nothing that kills the movie completely.

Why this short isn't talked about more often in modern cinemaphile circles amazes me.  When it comes to creative projects, whether they were musical or otherwise in nature, I always appreciated being limited and having to make do with what you have.  Buster Keaton did so much more with lighting, different sets, and camera angles than most modern directors can do with a whole arsenal of computers making aliens. It's the story of a movie projector who is trying to win the heart of a classy lady and gets framed for the robbery of her father's watch by his rival.  At one point, he dreams crazy adventures as a detective clearing his name, with very elaborate sets and great comedic timing.  A must see along with MODERN TIMES for anyone that loves the craft of film making. 

An interesting documentary chronicling of Walt Disney and a group of animators that went down to South America.  It was during this trip that the research occurred that would yield such classics such as LOS TRES CABALLEROS, THE JUNGLE BOOK and other such classics.  Fascinating stuff, a must watch for any Disney buff.

The only Brett Ratner movie that doesn't make me want to get sick. That's recommendation enough.
This is an interesting documentary to watch about the falling of the independent record store community.  I say that it's interesting because in the years that this was made, Record Store Day has become a huge pain in the ass to attend, vinyl sales have been up while CD sales have been down, and Arcade Fire won a Grammy.  Still, hearing all of the points being talked about here is definitely a good time especially if you're a music fan.  The argument that a new media will always kill off the older media is one as old as the papyrus.  In this case, I'm glad that there are still record stores out there. 

Ok guys, this is it for this week.  Hope this rather spastic and eclectic mix gets your queue going, and maybe helps you find something else you'll love!

Friday, May 20, 2011

The acting in this TRANSFORMERS: DARK OF THE MOON clip is a little...(puts on glasses) ROBOTIC. YEEEEEEEEA!

So, yes the fanboy is writing about TRANSFORMERS again, and this time with a more sobering look at what we can expect from this movie in terms of acting, which has never been director Michael Bay's strong suit. In it we see newcomer Rosie Huntington-Whiteley introducing Sam (Shia LaBeouf) to her boss, played by McDreamy himself, Patrick Dempsey.

Not gonna lie guys... she can't act very well.  It reminded me of my "acting" debut back in 3rd grade.  And Sam obviously hasn't changed or matured at all from the previous movie but that's to be expected.  I'm not gonna lie, this make me dread the non-robot parts of the movie.  So, let's hope something good comes out of having McDreamy a cameo here. 

As a bit of little news the release date has now been pushed back to June 29th according to Deadline. I feel this bodes well for our Summer Bet, because this means the movie will be further apart from HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS PART 2 and so people will feel like they have more money to spend in this movie.

THE DARK KNIGHT RISES- Tom Hardy as Bane revealed!

Once again, director Christopher Nolan has nailed a potentially goofy character and adapted him to a more realistic look.  He did this with the Joker in THE DARK KNIGHT, and now he has done it with Bane in THE DARK KNIGHT RISES. 

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

First Look at Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss Everdeen

For what has seemed like every week for a couple months, the movie news readers has been bombarded with casting news about the highly anticipated THE HUNGER GAMES.  Initially, it was exciting to watch and anticipate who would be chosen for the main trio of characters: Katniss, Peta and Gale, and once those had been cast by Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, and Liam Hemsworth (respectively), we were treated with what felt like a barrage of tribute casting with tribute after tribute 

However all is settled now, and with filming just beginning, we are treated, courtesy of EW, with the first look and interview at the newly brunette Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss Everdeen:

Eventhough I have some doubts about casting and the fact the movie probably won't be rated-R even though the story lends itself to be extremely gory, I am very excited for this movie.  I adore the this first installment of the series and couldn't put it down when I started reading.  Now, if they decide to make the other two, that's a different story, but we'll save that for another time. 

The new issue of Entertainment Weekly will hit news stands May 20th.

THE HUNGER GAMES will be released March 23, 2012 starring Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Elizabeth Banks, Woody Harrelson, Stanley Tucci, and Wes Bentley. 

Friday, May 13, 2011

Netflix Instant: Cool TV and Movie Picks

Jonesy here for some pretty fun picks for this weekend.  Enjoy!

A fun, witty, and downright crazy movie that did not get enough love last year when it was released, KICK ASS follows a high school nerd as he tries reinvent himself, while trying to impress the girl of his dreams, by becoming a modern-day superhero.  However, he soon figures out that fighting crime is not as easy as the movies make you believe.

A short documentary about the creation of the Pixar company and how it grew to the huge animation studio we all know and love. 

One of the Coen's finest black comedies, FARGO follows a smart, even though the Northern accent may fool you, detective as she follows a band of kidnappers, but soon finds the scheme is bigger than she anticipated. 

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

The Almost Annual Summer Bet...who will win out??

So, two years ago, my cohort and I had a bet of which movie would make more money in its opening weekend...STAR TREK or TRANSFORMERS: REVENGE OF THE FALLEN.  Now, if you've been following us over the past few months, you will know that Javi is the die-hard Transformers fan.  So, naturally that's what he predicted would make more money.  I, however, put my faith in the Star Trek fandom that would be thrilled for a J.J. Abrams reboot of the series, which was the first movie in about seven years, and wouldn't let me down.  But as we all know, ROTF beat the weekend gross of STAR TREK within 24 hours.  (STAR TREK made $70 million opening weekend, which is pretty awesome for a May beginning of summer release, and ROFT made $90 million the FIRST DAY....)  Needless to say, I went down in a Baysplosion of fire.  So, I owed Javi two movie tickets.

This summer however, we are rehashing our bet.  Within two weeks of each other, both TRANSFORMERS: DARK OF THE MOON and HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS: PART 2 will be released.  So, he, once again, is betting on Transformers, while I am putting all my faith and love into Harry Potter.  Surprisingly, I haven't written much about Harry Potter here, but let me assure you of my devotion to it.  I could spew Dickens-type jargon about my nerdy obsession with the series; however, since I don't have time to write a book, I wrote my condensed thoughts when the full trailer premiered not too long ago here

So, from awesome and somewhat completely biased my perspective, PART 2 will be the movie of the summer. 

I mean...he's so fierce!

Why?  Well, first off, it's a billion dollar, international success.  When the first movie was released ten years ago, there was much speculation about whether the series would be successful, or if they might have to go straight to DVD with the later movies.  The fans showed their loyalty, and the movies bred new fans, and the franchise is now almost untouchable.  Also, not only do you have fans of the books who also care about the movies, there's another whole set of people who just go and see the movies.  The movies began ten years ago, so there's a whole generation that grew up with them, and there's a whole new generation that are falling in love with the franchise with its repetition on ABC Family. 

This is also the final chance for all the fans to say good-bye to the characters that some of grown up with and come to love.  When the final book came out, it was definitely a chapter closing in the fandom world, but we still had the movies to look forward to.  However, this is it for this world, and for many of us, it's going to be a very sad farewell. 

Plus, let us not forget that the Harry Potter movies are, quality wise, exponetially better than the Transformers movies.  My cohort will agree to this.  (In fact, we both whole-heartedly agreed that STAR TREK was a better movie, but unfortunately for my sake, that wasn't the terms of the bet).  What I underestimated was the Speliberg-magic from the first Transformers movie that obviously flickered in the hearts of the movie-going public who ended up spending $400 million domestically to see the sequel two years ago.  I saw the first movie months after it was released on video, and I actually enjoyed it.  It was funny, fun, and had (somewhat) of a heart.  So, the ROTF had that momentum going for it.  However, I think many will abhorredly remember ROFT moments such as Transformer balls that dangled in front of our faces and a robot dog humping Megan Fox's leg.  Many, many, many people, including die-hard fans, felt ROFT was an atrocity to the Transformers legacy.  This is what I'm banking on! I'm hoping that people will remember their I-wish-I-didn't-pay-$12-for-the-IMAX-experience feelings they felt after ROFT and not go see the third movie (which from the trailer looks pretty baysplosion-esque fun).


The fact someone thought this was funny makes me weep for mankind, says Javi

Will I win?? I hope so.  I mean I better.  Am I completely confident I will?  Absolutely not.  However, it's all in good fun, and it'll be a great summer to see who will win the epic battle between wizards and alien robots.  Plus, the quality movie needs to win!


Javi: Ok, so obviously, I know that I'm rooting for the"wrong" movie. TRANSFORMERS: REVENGE OF THE FALLEN was an atrociously bad piece of shit that bastardized the property worse than the third Pirates of the Caribbean.  Regardless, the audience of teenage boys, nerds, and bros, made this movie the biggest hit that wasn't called AVATAR during 2009.  So why is that, discounting the big love for the franchise since 1986, I would root for this movie to make a load more money than that nerdy wizard? Simple, every bad thing that could have gone wrong with this movie has been fixed and has been improved.

Complaint #1-The Story- The second movie sucked so bad mostly because of the confusing and badly edited story, and the fact that Shia LaBeouf was born.  In the past few years,  the writers and Bay have been blaming the writer's strike of 2008 as the big reason as to why it failed completely.  This time around, we don't have that, sure the worst of the writers Ehrin Kruger is the head of the script nowadays, so I'm sure he'll be messing up completely somehow, but it won't be nearly as bad ass it was that summer two years ago.

Even that nose-less freak would cower in front of this guy.

Complaint #2- Michael Bay is raping childhoods- Yes, nerds can be hyperbolic and have sheer hatred of a thousand burning suns when they don't like something, and I can even admit that I'm not really happy that it was Bay that was the director for this series.  Everyone's big complaint is that Bay has a Ritalin-infused ADD style of directing with his cuts lasting fractions of a second.  But! for once 3-D has saved the day! Thanks to the technical difficulties of setting up the 3-D rigs, Bay is forced to show long shots to properly show which robot is kicking who's ass.  This will at least help with making the visuals of this movie superior than the last movie's

Complaint #3 Racist and childish humor- Skids and Mudflap (The Twins) are two characters I wish I could somehow turn into a hybrid human/robot centipede along with the character of Leo Spitz.  They encapsulate many of the faults of the last movie with their moronic and truly racist humor injected into the last movie.  Well, this time around, Bay has allegedly promised that there will be no Leo, no twins (even though you can spot them in the trailer), and no "dumb humor".  What does this mean? No robots portraying bad racial stereotypes voiced by SpongeBob, although the NASCAR Autobots have been shown to have hats and mullets, no robot testicles, and no overly horny nerds just trying their hardest to get laid.   Given the trailers, it seems this might be true.  I mean, they have LaBeouf crying like the little girl he probably is. Alll we have seen in the teaser and the full trailer is utter destruction, chaos and desperation.

Finally, last time I heard, HARRY POTTER didn't break any records for having the most trailer views in 24 hours on the QuikTime/iTunes.

In my mind, the demographic that went to see ROTF doesn't care too much about quality either for the lack of empathy or the fanboy aspect of it, so they'll see the third movie regardless of how much it could suck.  The improvements might help sway those that are more savvy towards good movies such as ourselves.  Honestly, I just wanna beat Jonesy! 

So seriously guys, who do you think will win during the summer? Either one of our choices? A completely unexpected one?


Side note: the winner of the bet will receive bragging rights (until the next bet) plus a Criterion Blu-Ray.

-TRANSFORMERS: DARK OF THE MOON will be released July 1, 2011 in theatres and IMAX.

-HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS: PART 2 will be released July 15, 2011 in theatres and IMAX. 

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Green Lantern Trailer Lights Your Darkest Hour

At the risk of sounding like a complete fanboy, I present to you the newest trailer from the upcoming Martin Campbell movie, GREEN LANTERN.  Now, my opinion here might be colored by the fact I sped through the whole Sinestro Corps War and Blackest Night, but I am all about this movie now.  I have said in the past before that this movie looked to be the DC Comics version of DAREDEVIL and FANTASTIC FOUR. But now, at it seems to be more highly competent than that. There is still the skepticism of how effective Blake Lively and Ryan Reynold's humor will be.  Check out the trailer below.

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

AFI Top 100 Countdown #92: GOODFELLAS


Directed by Martin Scorsese
Written by Nicholas Pileggi and Martin Scorsese
Starring: Ray Liotta, Joe Pesci, and Robert De Niro