Archive for November 2010

Aronofsky Video on “The Wolverine”. It Can’t Come Soon Enough For Me.   Leave a comment

Hey Everybody,

Came across a great little video interview with Darren Aronofsky talking  about why he chose to direct the next Wolverine film.

I’m super excited to see The Aronofsky’s take on the Wolverine universe. I really like the idea of a one off story. Much as the Miller/Claremont 4 part comic mini series in  the 90’s was.

Should be a deep and epic film of the Marvel universe. If anything it will be better than the first film.

Till Next Time. Stay Tuned

Looks Like Another Sick Sci-Fi Flick From DUNCAN JONES The Director Of “MOON” Hits April 15th 2011. “SOURCE CODE” Getting My Sci Fi Juices A Flown’   Leave a comment

Hey Everybody,

There’s a few directors I always have my eye on wondering which project they might pick next. Last Year after seeing the sci-fi film “Moon” directed by Duncan Jones(the one on the left if you didn’t already know), he was another director I was instantly taken with. If you haven’t seen “Moon” yet, I urge you to pick it up for a watch. A brilliant film starring Sam Rockwell playing two roles as an astronaut working a three year contract on the moon mining helium-3, the current clean and abundant fuel used on Earth.

With only three weeks left in his three year contract, Sam is getting anxious to finally return to Earth. He’s the only occupant of a Moon-based manufacturing facility along with his computer and assistant, GERTY. The long period of time alone however has resulted in him talking to himself for the most part, or to his plants. Direct communication with Earth is not possible due to a long-standing communication malfunction but he does get an occasional message from his wife Tess. When he has an accident , he awakens to find that he’s not alone.

Trust me. A great great film with a truly unbelievable  performance from Rockwell and a “kick you in the balls” first feature for Duncan Jones.

Now,  when I heard that “SOURCE CODE” was Jones’s next feature I was filled with a warm fuzzy feeling instantly. I had the fortune a few years ago to read the script for a director friend of mine reped by CAA in Los Angeles. As far as a project for that director I didn’t feel it was his style at all, but the script was one of the 3 best reads I had out of about 60.

The basic storyline starts when decorated soldier Captain Colter Stevens (Jake Gyllenhaal) wakes up in the body of an unknown man, he discovers he’s part of a mission to find the bomber of a Chicago commuter train. In an assignment unlike any he’s ever known, he learns he’s part of a government experiment called the “Source Code,” a program that enables him to cross over into another man’s identity in the last 8 minutes of his life. With a second, much larger target threatening to kill millions in downtown Chicago, Colter re-lives the incident over and over again, gathering clues each time, until he can solve the mystery of who is behind the bombs and prevent the next attack.

The story has some good twists and turns and I think in the hands of Mr. Jones it should be improved on what I read a while back. Now that I’ve seen the trailer I’m excited for April 15th 2011.
Till Next Time. Stay Tuned.
J.

GREEN LANTERN Trailer Hits The Net Early, Proves Entertainment Tonight Can’t Cut Trailers Worth A Shit   Leave a comment

Hey Everybody,

The long awaited trailer for DC Comics Green Lantern starring Ryan Reynolds as Hal Jordan and directed by Martin Campbell ( Golden Eye, Casino Royal, Edge of Darkness) has hit the net early and it looks much better than Entertainment Tonight made it look in it’s 30 second preview. If you actually caught that ET  re edited bullshit, ignore it and check out the official trailer as it should be seen. (ignore the Spanish subtitles and enjoy)

Looks pretty cool compared to the badly cut 30 second ET promo shit for sure. I’m not super knowledgeable about the Green Lantern universe but I know enough about the mythos to know that the hard core fans should have a geek boner the size of the Eiffel Tower right now.

On June 17th 2011 we finally see a DC superhero besides Batman or Superman hit the big screen with a huge budget and A list talent involved (except for maybe the chick from Gossip Girl). I’m interested to see how the Green Lantern story will be received  by the mainstream public. The scope of the universe is huge and I’m also excited to see the more alien type members of the Green Lantern Corps. It should be great, a definite must see.

Till Next Time. Stay Tuned.

J.

Hobo With A ShotGun. Rutger Hauer In A Film That Might Offened The Hell Out Of Almost Everyone. OK, I’m In.   Leave a comment

Hey Everybody,

For those not in the know, Yes this is a real film. It started out as a trailer that ended up in the 2007 Rodriguez/ Tarantino double feature Grindhouse  by winning a fan contest to make their own spoof “Grindhouse” style trailers. Jason Eisener’s ” Hobo With A Shotgun” won the contest and made it into the movie trailers

along with…

Rodriguez’s Machete, which was release as a feature earlier this year and is great fun.

Rob Zombie’s “Werewolf Women Of The SS”

Edgar Wright’s “Don’t”

and Eli Roth’s “Thanksgiving”

All crazy ass trailers, and even crazier is that some are getting made into feature films. I liked Machete, thought it was crazy, stupid fun. Hobo With A Shotgun will work as a film for one big reason, Rutger Hauer. Regardless of the material it will be something with weight to it and a bat nuts,  crazy ass performance by Hauer guaranteed. He is a brilliant  actor and what genius actors do is take any material and make it great and unforgettable.

There is buzz right now that Jason Eisener’s debut film might premiere as a midnight selection at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival. Truly a great position for any first time film maker out there.

Here’s the new theatrical trailer with Rutger in all his unbound glory. Enjoy.

Wow. Well that one should be a interesting ride.

Til Next Time. Stay Tuned.

J.

Scott Pilgrim Vs. Another Clueless Marketing Team?   Leave a comment

Hey Everybody,

Today is the video release of Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World, and I urge anybody who hasn’t seen this film to pick up a copy and check it out ASAP. I was a little surprised how much I enjoyed this film and how mismarketed it was, missing its target audience almost entirely. With a reported 85 million dollar production budget and only a $45,971,150 worldwide box office take so far, it’s not easy to see it fell short of  Universal’s expectations.  This is what happens when you have people in charge of marketing that have no idea what they have, and who wants to see this kind of film. So, they under market a potential break out hit. They’re not sure how to market something so different and original. It’s a great rockin’ , dry wit,  funny as hell, punk love story, foot stomping  comedy.

I really liked most of director Edger Wright’s other film and TV projects, the brilliant zombie comedy “Sean of the Dead,” the UK TV series “Spaced” is a must see for any Fan boys or girls out there, and  the cop/ action movie send up Hot Fuzz is great satirical fun. The reason I was most surprised about Scott Pilgrim was, I think  it blows away most every other movie in visual concept, originality and just plain “fuck you” to all the people out there who think geeks don’t rule the world. This is what movie making is about, FUN. This movie on every level is fun and utterly watchable. It’s an experience that only a movie can give you and like all good adaptations it bring some much more to the table that the source material does and elevates it to something great. This is what Edgar Wright has done with Scott Pilgrim, made something great.

The comic series by Bryan Lee O’Malley consisted of six digest size black-and-white volumes, released between August 2004 and July 2010, by Portland-based independent comic book publisher Oni Press. The series is about 23-year-old Canadian Scott Pilgrim, a slacker and part-time musician who lives in Toronto and plays bass guitar in the band Sex Bob-omb. He falls in love with American delivery girl Ramona Flowers, but must defeat her seven evil exes in order to date her. Which is exactly what this film plot is, strait from the comic book. I really wasn’t familiar with this comic before hearing about Edgar Wright doing a movie version, but with social interest nagging at me and after talking to my friend Jeff Lee about the book, I decided to take a flip threw it at my local comic shop. I thought it had its charms but wasn’t the kind of comic I usually read, so I put it back and bought an Allan Moore book I hadn’t read yet instead.

After looking at the comic I’m even more impress with what Edgar Wright turned it into. If you grew up listening to rock, punk,  blue, R&B , really have any love of music; If you played in a band or still do, this movie is for you. I love the punk love angle as well, very well done. So that your assignment for this week , go get yourself some Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World and enjoy the show.

Till Next Time. Stay Tuned.

J.

The Third Tron Legacy Trailer Make Me Think We Are In For Something Super Sick   Leave a comment

Hey Everybody,

So a lot of people are asking me what I think the New Tron Movie is going to be like? With the first two trailers we really only got a glimpse of what the story might be along with a mess of great action shots. The just released third trailer has got me very excited to see what the  film could turn out to be. I’m convinced that the 3D aspect of the movie will be the best we’ve seen yet based on the fact that all the shooting days were 16-17 hours plus, and the amount of time they’ve had in post. I was always wondering if the story would be really badly done but I think this new trailer puts my mind at a slight ease on the subject.

Looks pretty promising. I sure the experience of the IMAX 3D will be incredible at the very least, and it will clean up at the box office guaranteed. The real challenge for the film will be the acceptance of the mass of fans that still worship the original 1982 Tron, but I’m willing to bet the people who have never seen the original will be blown away enough to go and seek  it out on Blu-Ray or DVD (which I’m sure is being planned for release with the Tron Legacy disc).

Well I’m thinking I’m going to be in the theaters for this one more than once, it looks like a great effects show. We’ll see at Christmas if the story stands up, at least to the original. One thing is for sure, the world gross will destroy the first one’s. That is the only definite at this point.

Till Next Time. Stay Tunned.

J.

Sergeant Barnes To Be Next Hot Toys Platoon 1/6 Figure. Beranger Never Looked So Bad Ass…   Leave a comment

Hey Everybody,Hot Toys continues their  “Movie Masterpiece Series” with its 141st figure in the line, the 1/6th scale Sergeant Barnes  from Oliver Stone’s 1986 film Platoon. (If you didn’t already know from the first shot.)

The highly detailed Sergeant Barnes 1/6 scale girly doll is specially crafted based on the image of Tom Berenger in the movie, highlighting the newly sculpted head, military costume, gear and weapons.

Hot Toys continues to knock the actor likenesses out of the park. I love me some bad ass Tom Berenger in Platoon. All I can really say is ” F#ckn’ A” bring on the other Platoon members.

I really loving what’s coming out of Hong Kong the last couple years. I’m not sure how they keep topping themselves on sculpts but the likeness is breathtaking.

And of course I’ve included all the stats from Hot Toys below if anyone is interested.

The 1/6th scale Sergeant Barnes Collectible Figure specially features:
– Newly sculpted head with authentic likeness of Tom Berenger as Sergeant Barnes in the movie Platoon
– Approximately 30 cm tall
– TrueType body with over 30 points of articulations
– Highly detailed hair sculpture
– Movie-accurate facial expression with detailed wrinkles and skin texture
– Five (5) pieces of interchangeable palms:
– One (1) pair of relaxed palms
– One (1) pair for holding rifle/ pistol
– One (1) right palm for holding bayonet/ safe keeper
– Each piece of head sculpt is specially hand-painted

Costume:
– One (1) olive drab BDU shirt with pouches
– One (1) olive drab BDU pants with belt
– One (1) olive drab T-shirt
– One (1) army utility belt with two (2) ammo pouches
– One (1) pair of olive drab and black colored jungle boots

Weapons:
– One (1) rifle
– One (1) pistol
– One (1) pack of magazine
– One (1) bayonet with leather-like sheath
– One (1) safe keeper with scabbard
– Two (2) grenades

Accessories:
– One (1) olive drab head band
– One (1) helmet with camouflage cover
– One (1) necklace with dog tag and can opener
– One (1) suspender
– One (1) bandoleer
– One (1) compass pouch
– One (1) first aid pouch
– One (1) watch
– One (1) bracelet
– One (1) cigarette
– One (1) rucksack
– Two (2) canteens with cover
– One (1) Entrenching tool (E-tool) with cover
– Figure stand with Sergeant Barnes nameplate and movie logo

Artists:
– Head Sculpted by SONG HYE HYUN
– Head Painted by JC HONG
– Head Art Directed by YULLI & KOJUN

Release date: Q1, 2011

Hot Toys is really getting my geek juices flowing with this one…

Anyone else?

Michael Kruk I’m talking strait at you. You’ve got to be loving these dolls, hey buddy?

Till Next Time. Stay Tuned.

J.

Just a few  quick reminder shots of  Charlie Sheen’s Chris Taylor 1/6 scale figure coming at the end of this year that I previewed a few months.

SUPER SUPER SICK.

Enough Said.