Archive for February 2012

Finally Dispensing With Some Of This Misdirection Shit, Prometheus Viral Video Lets Us Into the Fold Just A Little Bit   1 comment

Hey Everybody,

Lots of misdirection going on with Prometheus. Ridley Scott has say that it’s only a very loose prequel to the 1979 Alien. After seeing the first trailer, any fan of the original will instantly recognize tons of imagery that is directly taken from the 1979 film. This is getting to the point that we obviously know that the film makers were playing some sort of game with us. Yesterday a viral video of Guy Pearce as Peter Wayland giving a TEDtalk conference speech in 2023 popped up on line. This video will not be in the Prometheus film, but gives us a good idea that this is a direct prequel going right to the same place the original did. I really can’t wait for this film, I think it’s my most anticipated for 2012, and I love the idea of viral marketing that won’t even be in the film. Check it out below, very cool stuff.

About the video:
Peter Weyland has been a magnet for controversy since he announced his intent to build the first convincingly humanoid robotic system by the end of the decade.

Whether challenging the ethical boundaries of medicine with nanotechnology or going toe to toe with the Vatican itself on the issue of gene-therapy sterilization, Sir Peter prides himself on his motto, “If we can, we must.” After a three year media blackout, Weyland has finally emerged to reveal where he’s heading next. Wherever that may be, we will most certainly want to follow.

Conceived and designed by Ridley Scott and Damon Lindelof and directed by Luke Scott.

About the speaker:
Sir Peter Weyland was born in Mumbai, India at the turn of the Millennium. The progeny of two brilliant parents; His mother, an Oxford Educated Professor of Comparative Mythology, his father, a self-taught software Engineer, it was clear from an early age that Sir Peter’s capabilities would only be eclipsed by his ambition to realize them. By the age of fourteen, he had already registered a dozen patents in a wide range of fields from biotech to robotics, but it would be his dynamic break-throughs in generating synthetic atmosphere above the polar ice cap that gained him worldwide recognition and spawned an empire.

In less than a decade, Weyland Corporation became a worldwide leader in emerging technologies and launched the first privatized industrial mission to leave the planet Earth. “There are other worlds than this one,” Sir Peter boldly declared, “And if there is no air to breathe, we will simply have to make it.”

Here’s a Q&A with PROMETHEUS writer Damon Lindelof about this video:
How did you come to the idea of writing a TEDTalk connected to Prometheus?
In really, really good science fiction the line between the science and the fiction is blurry. When I started attending TED, that line got even blurrier — I started hearing about ideas that were, in my own imagination, more far out than some of the science fiction I was seeing.

Prometheus takes place in the future, but it’s a movie about ideas, and I just felt like it would be really cool to have one of the characters from the movie give a TEDTalk. Obviously, since the movie is set in the distant future, it would have to be a little more contemporary. But wouldn’t it be cool if it was a TED talk from a decade in the future? And what is a TEDTalk going to look like in 10 years? And what would this guy have to say?

Then I understand you contacted Tom Rielly at TED, and started working together. What was it like working with him to construct a fictional TEDTalk?

My first assumption was that TED was never going to go for it. At the end of the day, it was a cool viral piece. I never thought in my wildest dreams we would get the actual TED branding. I thought we have to end up calling it a NED talk. But Tom is every bit as much a geek as I am, and we sort of subscribe to the same sort of pop-culture influences, and he was already into what Ridley was doing. He just completely sparked the idea.

[Says Tom Rielly: “Damon asked if we wanted to be involved in a Ridley Scott movie, and I thought, ‘oh twist my arm’.]

I said, “l’ll write this thing, and we’ll put it in front of you guys, and if you think it’s cool, we would love to platform it at TED, and make it only viewable through TED.” Because I liked the idea of exposing a more general audience to, “Wait a minute, I’ve never heard of this thing. There’s more talks here.” I thought it could be mutually beneficial — as opposed to overtly cram-it-down-your-face viral marketing, which I don’t think anyone wanted to do.

The video has all these wonderful science fiction elements, floating cameras and such — was it different writing for an existing event than writing other scifi?

No, all scifi starts in some kind of grounded reality that seems familiar, and then the tornado comes and take you into Oz. I feel the same way about a TEDTalk. I know there was some discussion about what the scale of this was going to be. I think that it’s probably out there that TEDTalks are going to be happening in arenas and stadiums in 12 years, but we also thought that a guy like Peter Weyland — whose ego is just massive, and the ideas that he’s advancing are nothing short of hubris — that he’d basically say to TED, “If you want me to give a talk, I’m giving it in Wembley Stadium.” So, he could actually bend the idea of what a TEDTalk is to him. Could you get an arena-level crowd to show up and listen to someone talk about ideas? That to me was the cool step outside the realm that we’re all comfortable knowing.

As an aficionado of TED itself and what TED does, I feel the intimacy is very important. I hope that in 2023 it’s still happening in Long Beach on a fairly intimate level, but those talks are available on a widespread basis. But it wouldn’t have been as cool to say, “In 2023, TEDTalks are going to look the same exact way that they do in 2012.”

What’s your favorite TEDTalk?

Ken Robinson on the failure of creativity in education. That was my inaugural TEDTalk, and it completely and totally blew my mind, just in terms of how concise and easily and with humor his ideas were presented, and I was just thinking and thinking about it for days. It’s really impacted the way my wife and I decided to educate our kid.

Obviously JJ’s Mystery Box TEDTalk was a personal favorite. Then, Kevin Slavin who gave talk about algorithms, love that talk. Paul Nicklen, the photographer, showed all the pictures he took up in the Arctic — that was breathtaking. I remember a talk about vertical farming that was like, “What?”

Oh! And the one that was given by Elizabeth Gilbert was fantastic.

As a professional screenwriter, what do you think is it about TEDTalks that makes it work?

I look at myself more as a storyteller than a screenwriter, as pretentious as that may sound, but that’s what really attracts me to TEDTalks. For me the really effective ones are being presented by expert storytellers. I think that people think of a narrative story as something that has a beginning, middle and end — you know, it follows these conventional rules. But that’s not the way that I look at story at all. You can tell a story about the state of education and provide anecdotal evidence, or tell a story about algorithms. That’s what all these things have in common. What’s really great about them is that the person who’s telling the story is the hero of the story. They’re advancing sometimes a very small experience that might have big, far-reaching implications. Or they might have an idea that is nothing short of mythic — like having laptops at every single desk in a third-world country.

There’s the storytelling aspect of the format, and the limitations of having to fit it within this timeframe — that 18 minutes is not just about appealing to people with short attention spans. It’s really stating the same thing as Twitter does: “If you can’t say it within 140 characters, then it probably isn’t worth saying.”

You’re known for telling stories that are infused with really big ideas. Is there a special challenge in making a story that doesn’t have a tidy end, or doesn’t close in all the normal ways, but maybe does get at a much bigger idea?

Yeah. I believe that this idea of story or myth or this thing that Joseph Campbell writes about is sort of an inter-connective spiritual force — like The Force in Star Wars — where it doesn’t matter where you were raised, or what your background is, there are certain elements of story that totally appeal to you.

When the blanks aren’t filled in for you, your own imagination tends to fill them in. That’s the storytelling that I’ve always been interested in. I certainly have suffered the slings and arrows of criticism for being too vague at times, but I always give much more credit to this sort of collective consciousness and imagination of the audience watching my story than on my own imagination.

And so there’s that idea of leaving some things up for grabs, so that you can personalize the story in your own way. There’s certainly a road that I want you to go down in my storytelling, but if you choose not to go down it, that’s very exciting for me. I feel like great TEDTalks are ones that are a little bit subject to interpretation, that do provoke further conversation — and potentially controversy. They’re the talks that, when you walk out of them, you need to instantly seek out somebody else who heard it to talk more about it, without the presence of the person who presented the idea. At that point, you’re now grafting the idea to your own psychological framework, and that’s what really great story does.

It looks like Prometheus is much more idea-driven than other movies in this genre, and that there are some enormous ideas coming. Was it a challenge to weave that into an existing mythos?

Look, Ridley Scott birthed this universe over two decades ago. My job was to sit and listen and to channel, in the same way that a medium does. This was about the ideas that he wanted to convey, and he did not want to come back and do science fiction again unless there was some kind of a philosophical construct to it. That’s why Blade Runner, which didn’t really enjoy commercial success when it first came out, is viewed as a classic, and is still being discussed and dissected: there are these fundamental ideas about humanity, our relationship with technology, the presence of a soul — those are all the things that drive Blade Runner. Ridley was reaching for the fruit on the tree of knowledge in the ideas that he was having about this movie.

At the same time, there is a line where a movie becomes overtly pretentious. We wanted to stay on the right side of it, because once you cross it, there’s no going back. There had to be a version of this movie that presented big ideas, but didn’t really wallow around and spend all it’s time basking in the glory of it’s own intelligence. We wanted to make an entertaining movie at the same time. Hopefully, it’s a hybrid in tone between the original Alien and Blade Runner. I mean, Inception is a wonderful movie and I love it, but I also love that people are shooting guns at each other and buildings are exploding.

You talked about how, when you listen to a good TEDTalk you want to go in another room and talk to someone about it, and I think a lot of that comes from the fact that you relate to the speaker and sympathize with them. Was it a challenge writing a talk for a speaker who is very unlikable in a lot of ways?

No. First off, Guy Pearce is a brilliant actor — you basically just write the words and let the actor do what they’re going to do with the words. And Peter Weyland’s role is still a toss-up for the audience. They don’t know what he’s going to be in the movie, or how this talk relates to the movie. I do think that, if someone is going to be saying the things that this guy is saying, then there is a god complex inherent in the speech. Guy Pearce took that and ran with it, and I feel like that gives it a certain degree of entertaining power.

What would your TEDTalk be about?

Ha! I couldn’t even begin to fathom it. I would think that the obvious route would be to talk about storytelling, but I wouldn’t be able to go where everybody would expect me to go. I would delve into a slightly more surprising terrain, although I have no idea what that means. If I were to do a TEDTalk, I would challenge myself to make people gasp.

For more information check out the new website www.WeylandIndustries.com

Till Next Time. Stay Tuned

J.

Ghost Rider 2: Spirit Of Vengeance 3D Kiss Ass On The First One By A Mile. If You Like “Nutty Zaney” Nick Cage, Here It Is.   Leave a comment

Hey Everybody,

The first thing to say here is that Ghost Rider 2 is a fast paced B action movie with a $75 million dollar budget and an A-list star whose made a huge career out of turning projects that would most likely end up going strait to video, into box office gold. Nick Cage has done some terrible films, but there is always something utterly watchable about his performance no matter what.  Whether we get the serious performance , an off balance character or just pure insane Cage, he’s mostly entertaining more times than not.

If you’re one of us who absolutely loathed the first Ghost Rider film and were hoping for something with a bit more kinetic imagery and enjoyable action, this might be a flick you’d enjoy. Putting aside all the conveniently placed plot points that deal with moving the story forward more than pure logic, this is a fun and crazy action flick that got the imagery of the rider from the comic on screen far better than the first. The tone resembles something closer to a darker Ghost Rider story you’d expect from a stuntman that sold his soul to the devil to save his fathers life; Not a character forced into story and world manufactured for the sake of safe watered down choices, which is one of the things, of many the first one got wrong in my opinion.

The real thing about the new movie that works on a few levels is the complete ridiculousness of the whole thing is taken very tongue and cheek,  embraced and surrounded with a simple story line that resembles the plot of many 80’s and 90’s action flicks, some special kid is in trouble, the unlikely anti-hero is the only one to save him. Toss in some high octane action sequences, stylized shaky cam cinematography, flaming skull effects, a swack disposable baddies, a few big ass explosions,  3D and you’ve basically got Ghost Rider: Spirit Of Vengeance.

Now, I’m not saying that this is the best GR film we could ever get but it works on a totally ridiculous fun level and they go very far out in the way the story is told and presented. I also liked it on the level of at least seeing the Rider look and act like I figure the character would act. A word of warning though, if you are one of those humans that thinks that the look of the Ghost Rider character is just stupid to begin with, this movie won’t change your mind, but if you are a fan of the comics and the original Marvel imagery, you should enjoy the trip.

Till Next Time. Stay Tuned.

J.

The 84th Academy Awards Were Bland And Safe To Say The Least. Here Are The Winners In Case Any One Gives A Shit Anymore   Leave a comment

Hey Everybody,

The 84th Academy Awards were as bland and hard to get through as any I’ve ever seen. If it wasn’t for the NBA All-Star game been on at the same time I most likely would have just watched a Blu-ray. The game allowed us to flip back and forth and really only check out the last 4 or 5 awards of the evening, and it was still a tough watch. With badly written  joke and segments that seems like they came up with them back stage 5 minutes before the show started, I can’t imagine how entertaining it could be for any viewer not nominated for an award or with an IQ out of the low double digits. Even some of the stars and attendees looked like they were on the verge of taking a nap at any minute. As far as the award winners, it went like most people figured it would go for the major awards, the Artist took almost all the big one, best picture, director, Jean Dujardin for actor, with best actress going to Meryl Streep for Iron Lady. Hugo took most of the well deserved technical awards leading with cinematography, art direction, sound editing and mixing. The rest of the winners are all below in case you’re still one who is interested and for those who aren’t, I’ve added my options on who should have won and that includes people and thing not even nominated. Enjoy.

Best Picture Best Director
  • The Artist – Thomas Langmann
    • The Descendants – Jim Burke, Jim Taylor, and Alexander Payne
    • Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close – Scott Rudin
    • The Help – Brunson Green, Chris Columbus, and Michael Barnathan
    • Hugo – Graham King and Martin Scorsese
    • Midnight in Paris – Letty Aronson and Stephen Tenenbaum
    • Moneyball – Michael De Luca, Rachael Horovitz, and Brad Pitt
    • The Tree of Life – Dede Gardner, Sarah Green, Grant Hill, and Bill Pohlad
    • War Horse – Steven Spielberg and Kathleen Kennedy

    As amazing as the Artist was (and it was a great film that seemed more like a crazy bet that ended up being something really special than an actual choice for Oscar winner) After watching all the films nominated, I really think Scorsese’s HUGO was the my choice for best film this year, hands down. 

  • Michel Hazanavicius – The Artist
    • Woody Allen – Midnight in Paris
    • Terrence Malick – The Tree of Life
    • Alexander Payne – The Descendants
    • Martin Scorsese – Hugo

    Again I think that Scorsese for Hugo was my choice for director this year followed by Woody Allen for Midnight In Paris then I would have gone Hazanavicius for The Artist. But I can truly see why Michel Hazanavicius won, the fact that there is no dialog almost the entire film and it keeps your attention is amazing for sure.

 

Best Actor Best Actress
  • Jean Dujardin – The Artistas George Valentin
    • Demián Bichir – A Better Life as Carlos Galindo
    • George Clooney – The Descendants as Matt King
    • Gary Oldman – Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy as George Smiley
    • Brad Pitt – Moneyball as Billy Beane

    This one I do agree with this one, Jean Dujardin was really awesome. In reality the one deserving of best actor wasn’t even nominated, Finders Key from War Horse, playing Joey the Horse. This is one animal I was blown away by, an amazing film with a great cast lead by a Horse that can act better than some of Hollywood’s new young talent(Twilight saga anyone?)

  • Meryl Streep – The Iron Lady as Margaret Thatcher
    • Glenn Close – Albert Nobbs as Albert Nobbs
    • Viola Davis – The Help as Aibileen Clark
    • Rooney Mara – The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo as Lisbeth Salander
    • Michelle Williams – My Week with Marilyn as Marilyn Monroe

    I can absolutely see why Meryl Streep won here but for me I think (especially after seeing the craptastic performance in the shit pile Nightmare On Elm Street remake) I would have given it to Rooney Mara for Dragon Tattoo, that shit was crazy, crazy good.

Best Supporting Actor Best Supporting Actress
  • Christopher Plummer – Beginnersas Hal Fields
    • Kenneth Branagh – My Week with Marilyn as Laurence Olivier
    • Jonah Hill – Moneyball as Peter Brand
    • Nick Nolte – Warrior as Paddy Conlon
    • Max von Sydow – Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close as The Renter

    Another great performance rewarded. The only other one I loved was Nick Nolte in Warrior (the most underrated movie of the year by far)

  • Octavia Spencer – The Helpas Minny Jackson
    • Bérénice Bejo – The Artist as Peppy Miller
    • Jessica Chastain – The Help as Celia Foote
    • Melissa McCarthy – Bridesmaids as Megan Price
    • Janet McTeer – Albert Nobbs as Hubert Page

    Another good choice here, totally deserved.

Best Writing – Original Screenplay Best Writing – Adapted Screenplay
  • Midnight in Paris – Woody Allen
    • The Artist – Michel Hazanavicius
    • Bridesmaids – Kristen Wiig and Annie Mumolo
    • Margin Call – J.C. Chandor
    • A Separation – Asghar Farhadi

    Loved Midnight In Paris, also loved that Woody Allen didn’t even show up, super rad display of dis-stain for self flagellation. Good show.

  • The Descendants – Alexander Payne, Nat Faxon, and Jim Rash from The Descendants by Kaui Hart Hemmings
    • Hugo – John Logan from The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick
    • The Ides of March – George Clooney, Grant Heslov, and Beau Willimon from Farragut North by Beau Willimon
    • Moneyball – Screenplay by Steven Zaillian and Aaron Sorkin; Story by Stan Chervin from Moneyball by Michael Lewis
    • Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy – Bridget O’Connor and Peter Straughan from Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy by John le Carré

    I think I probably would have gone Hugo, Moneyball then in third The Desendents. Clooney made that movie what it was, take him out of the equation and I think it would not have worked for me as well.

Best Animated Feature Best Foreign Language Film
  • Rango – Gore Verbinski
    • A Cat in Paris – Alain Gagnol and Jean-Loup Felicioli
    • Chico and Rita – Fernando Trueba and Javier Mariscal
    • Kung Fu Panda 2 – Jennifer Yuh Nelson
    • Puss in Boots – Chris Miller

    Love me some Rango. A good year for adult geared animation.  So weird to see no Disney or Pixar at all. I bet they were surprised as well. 

  • A Separation (Iran) in Persian – Asghar Farhadi
    • Bullhead (Belgium) in Dutch and French – Michaël R. Roskam
    • Footnote (Israel) in Hebrew – Joseph Cedar
    • In Darkness (Poland) in Polish – Agnieszka Holland
    • Monsieur Lazhar (Canada) in French – Philippe Falardeau

    Didn’t get to see any of these.

Best Documentary – Feature Best Documentary – Short Subject
  • Undefeated – TJ Martin, Dan Lindsay, and Richard Middlemas
    • Hell and Back Again – Danfung Dennis and Mike Lerner
    • If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front – Marshall Curry and Sam Cullman
    • Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory – Joe Berlinger and Bruce Sinofsky
    • Pina – Wim Wenders and Gian-Piero Ringel

    Didn’t get to see any of these.

  • Saving Face – Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy and Daniel Junge
    • The Barber of Birmingham: Foot Soldier of the Civil Rights Movement – Robin Fryday and Gail Dolgin
    • God Is the Bigger Elvis – Rebecca Cammisa and Julie Anderson
    • Incident in New Baghdad – James Spione
    • The Tsunami and the Cherry Blossom – Lucy Walker and Kira Carstensen

    Didn’t get to see any of these.

Best Live Action Short Film Best Animated Short Film
  • The Shore – Terry George and Oorlagh George
    • Pentecost – Peter McDonald and Eimear O’Kane
    • Raju – Max Zähle and Stefan Gieren
    • Time Freak – Andrew Bowler and Gigi Causey
    • Tuba Atlantic – Hallvar Witzø

    Didn’t get to see any of these.

  • The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore – William Joyce and Brandon Oldenburg
    • Dimanche – Patrick Doyon
    • La Luna – Enrico Casarosa
    • A Morning Stroll – Grant Orchard and Sue Goffe
    • Wild Life – Amanda Forbis and Wendy Tilby

    Didn’t get to see any of these.

Best Original Score Best Original Song
  • The Artist – Ludovic Bource
    • The Adventures of Tintin – John Williams
    • Hugo – Howard Shore
    • Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy – Alberto Iglesias
    • War Horse – John Williams

    This is always a hard one to predict but the score in The Artist was key to understanding half the story and feeling being portrayed. I did love the War Horse score as well as the Hugo one. Can see why it went to The Artist 

  • Man or Muppet” from The Muppets – Bret McKenzie
    • “Real in Rio” from Rio – Sérgio Mendes, Carlinhos Brown, and Siedah Garrett

    Got to love the Muppets.

Best Sound Editing Best Sound Mixing
  • Hugo – Philip Stockton and Eugene Gearty
    • Drive – Lon Bender and Victor Ray Ennis
    • The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo – Ren Klyce
    • Transformers: Dark of the Moon – Ethan Van der Ryn and Erik Aadahl
    • War Horse – Richard Hymns and Gary Rydstrom

    I likey…

  • Hugo – Tom Fleischman and John Midgley
    • The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo – David Parker, Michael Semanick, Ren Klyce, and Bo Persson
    • Moneyball – Deb Adair, Ron Bochar, David Giammarco, and Ed Novick
    • Transformers: Dark of the Moon – Greg P. Russell, Gary Summers, Jeffrey J. Haboush, and Peter J. Devlin
    • War Horse – Gary Rydstrom, Andy Nelson, Tom Johnson, and Stuart Wilson

    As it should be.

Best Art Direction Best Cinematography
  • Hugo – Dante Ferretti and Francesca Lo Schiavo
    • The Artist – Laurence Bennett and Robert Gould
    • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 – Stuart Craig and Stephanie McMillan
    • Midnight in Paris – Anne Seibel and Hélène Dubreuil
    • War Horse – Rick Carter and Lee Sandales

    Not surprised in the least, great sets and effects. An amazing look into 1930’s Paris.

  • Hugo – Robert Richardson
    • The Artist – Guillaume Schiffman
    • The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo – Jeff Cronenweth
    • The Tree of Life – Emmanuel Lubezki
    • War Horse – Janusz Kamiński

    There is a few shots that had my mouth gaped open with how technically hard they would be to pull off. Pure genius here.

Best Makeup Best Costume Design
  • The Iron Lady – Mark Coulier and J. Roy Helland
    • Albert Nobbs – Martial Corneville, Lynn Johnson, and Matthew W. Mungle
    • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 – Nick Dudman, Amanda Knight, and Lisa Tomblin

    Not a surprise. The one thing I love about the film was the make up. Brilliant artists. The make up in The Harry Potter finale was a very close second, some super cool work there.

  • The Artist – Mark Bridges
    • Anonymous – Lisy Christl
    • Hugo – Sandy Powell
    • Jane Eyre – Michael O’Connor
    • W.E. – Arianne Phillips

    There was lots of competition this year in costumes. I liked The artist wardrobe but I like Hugo’s better. In eye popping saturated color and 3D the outfits came alive.  

Best Film Editing Best Visual Effects
  • The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo – Angus Wall and Kirk Baxter
    • The Artist – Anne-Sophie Bion and Michel Hazanavicius
    • The Descendants – Kevin Tent
    • Hugo – Thelma Schoonmaker
    • Moneyball – Christopher Tellefsen

    This is an interesting choice. I really liked Fincher’s Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, the editing was good and interesting but once you see Hugo, I think there is more going on there.

  • Hugo – Rob Legato, Joss Williams, Ben Grossmann, and Alex Henning
    • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 – Tim Burke, David Vickery, Greg Butler, and John Richardson
    • Real Steel – Erik Nash, John Rosengrant, Danny Gordon Taylor, and Swen Gillberg
    • Rise of the Planet of the Apes – Joe Letteri, Dan Lemmon, R. Christopher White, and Daniel Barrett
    • Transformers: Dark of the Moon – Scott Farrar, Scott Benza, Matthew E. Butler, and John Frazier

    It definitely was filled with effect that might not have been so obvious a choice as TF3 or Apes but there is a whole wack of great visuals in Hugo no doubt. 

Honorary Academy Awards

The Academy held its 3rd Annual Governors Awards ceremony on November 12, 2011, during which the following awards were presented.[11]

Academy Honorary Award
  • James Earl Jones
  • Dick Smith
Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award
  • Oprah Winfrey

All and all a pretty good year for films and a boring year for award shows, but now that it’s all over we can concentrate on the killer year ahead of us. Some really great big tent pole movie are on their way, hope to see you there.

Till Next Time. Stay Tuned.

J.

Official Pictures Of Hot Toys 1:6 Scale Burton ’89 Batmobile Looks Simply Awesome.   Leave a comment

Hey Everybody,

Hot Toys keeps bringing new and exciting thing to the 1:6 scale world. Their latest preview brings the 1989 Batman movie front and center. Next year fans of Burton’s Batman will be able to pick up their very own 1:6 scale highly detail Batmobile.  Looks amazing, great details, and this sucker will kick the shit out of any 1970’s-80’s Barbie dream corvette, guaranteed . Check out the pictures and full detail below.

Hot Toys is proud to present the 1/6th scale Batmobile Collectible Vehicle featuring the likeness and details of the Batmobile from the Batman (1989) movie.

The 1/6th scale Batmobile Collectible Vehicle specially features:

– Authentically detailed 1/6th scale model car

– Approximately 39” L x 16” W x 9” H

– Perfect scale to Hot Toys Batman (1989): 1/6th scale Batman Collectible Figure

– 2 headlights, 4 taillights and interior light-up function

– 2 seaters

– Two (2) machine guns

– Functional door which allows sliding function

– Articulated flaps on both sides

– Four (4) batdiscs

– Detachable side plane and side hook on both sides

– Detachable base

– Batmobile’s shields

*Battery not included for collectible, 2A batteries (a total of 3 pieces) are required

Release date: Q2, 2013

TM & © DC Comics.

Till Next Time. Stay Tuned.

J.

The Grey Is all Kinds Of Awesomeness Wrapped Up With Just The Right Amount Of Rad Sprinkled In. Liam Neeson Is The Lord Of The Bad Asses, You’ve Got To Check It Out…   2 comments

Hey Everybody,

Director Joe Carnahan’s The Grey is the first truly bad ass film of 2012. Liam Neeson delivers a performance that should garner him at least an Oscar nomination if not the win. From the first minutes of this film I was reeled in and really didn’t look away the entire time. I didn’t even think to check my watch or about time in anyway, I was hooked by the story and visuals from frame one. The trailers really don’t let on how crazy things are and how high the tension is though out the film. It walks a perfect line between action and drama, great pacing, never boring but still giving you time to rest.

The basic plot follows John Ottway (Neeson), an ex convict to a high risk job up north in Alaska. Upon returning on a commercial air liner, the plane crashes in the middle of a baron snowy landscape, leaving only 7 survivors and very little chance of rescue. Things only get worse when at nightfall the group realize they are being hunted by a pack of giant mountain wolves. Shit goes down hill fast from there and we are along for the whole pulse racing ride. Neeson gives a physical performance worthy of an actor half his age, truly truly awesome.

With the production budget reported at only $25 million, the amount of visual visceral value seen on the screen is phenomenal. The camera work and direction has you right there with the characters, experiencing every second of the bad ass-ery and mayhem.  The whole cast really does a superb job playing the nuances of their characters, everyone is bang on and Neeson is working on another level. Where some actors would go to an extreme agitated overboard performance to convey the tension, the 59 year old Irish actor pulls back and delivers something rarely seen in this kind of a film, real world feelings, weight and danger . Lives are on the line and you can feel it though out.  Go see this film, you will be very satisfied and will want to go in for a second viewing the second the credits role, at least that’s the way I felt. A close to perfect thriller to start off the year, plainly, a must see.

The only thing I could say that could possibly improve The Grey, in my geeky genre nerd way I kind of wanted to see one of the guys that was mauled by the wolves turn into a werewolf; But at that point it really would have gone a totally different way, it’s more my mind spinning the story towards any fantasy elements, which I love. As it is The Grey really is a must see for all action adrenalin junkies out there and anyone who likes a good man vs. nature story. This is the best one I’ve seen in quite a while, if not the best. Only time and reviewing it a dozen times will tell for me, I can hardly wait to check it out on Blu-ray again and again.

Till next Time. Stay Tuned

J.

Marvel Geeks Rejoice, Hot toys Pushing Avengers 1/6 Scale Sam Jackson Fury Figure With The Rest Of The Team Teased Hard, Get Ready 1:6 Scale Hulk is Coming!!!!!   Leave a comment

Hey Everybody,

With the release of Joss Weadon’s The Avengers film looming, all the products start rolling out to push the giant summer tent pole. One company I’m always interested in is Hot Toys out of Hong Kong. Their 1:6 scale figures are art in plastic and for film fans of all genres there’s  most likely a figure of one of your favorite movie character out there they’ve done with mind blowing detail for a 12″ doll. The preview of the whole team via their facebook page is definitely teasing something Marvel film fans have been waiting for for sometime, a 1:6 scale Hulk done to HT quality. The first of the team to get a full preview and to go on pre-order is the Samuel L. Jackson’s Nick Fury, preview photos below. Collectible geeks start you’re drooling anytime, enjoy suckers.

The 1/6th scale Nick Fury Limited Edition Collectible Figurine specially features:

– Authentic and detailed fully realized likeness of Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury in The Avengers movie

– Approximately 30 cm tall

– TrueType body with over 30 points of articulations

– Movie-accurate facial features with left eye mask, detailed wrinkles, skin texture and moustache

– Eight (8) pieces of interchangeable gloved palms including:

– One (1) pair of relaxed palms

– One (1) pair of fists

– One (1) pair for holding rocket gun

– One (1) right palm for holding pistol

– One (1) right palm for holding luggage

– Two (2) pairs of interchangeable palms including:

– One (1) pair of relaxed palms

– One (1) pair for holding pistol

– Each piece of head sculpt is specially hand-painted

Costume:

– One (1) black long coat

– One (1) long-sleeve black shirt

– One (1) patterned under tee

– One (1) pair of navy blue pants with belts on waist and thighs, as well as pistol holster

– One (1) pair of black boots

Weapons:

– One (1) pistol

– One (1) rocket gun

Accessories:

– One (1) headset

– One (1) silver suitcase with light-up Tesseract (Cosmic Cube) and patterns inside (battery operated)

– Figure stand with Nick Fury nameplate and the movie logo

Artists:

– Head Sculpted by Kojun

– Head Painted by JC. Hong

– Head Art Directed by JC. Hong

**Prototype shown, final product may be slightly different

**Battery included for collectible figure, button cells (a total of 3 pieces) are required

Release date: Q2, 2012

TM & © 2012 Marvel & Subs.

© 2012 Hot Toys Limited. All Rights Reserved.

Looks like a great figure. Hopefully we do get the whole team come to fruition (unlike Watchmen, Platoon and other lines) , not just the preview. Make it happen Hot Toys… Please.

Till Next Time. Stay Tuned

J.

New Amazing Spider-Man Trailer Is More Passable Than Amazing….   Leave a comment

Hey Everybody,

I am looking forward to seeing this new Spider-man coming out this summer. Mostly because the cast is great and the first trailer I saw in 3D, and was blown away by the POV stuff that was in it. I think the tone and look of the film is good. I do think the design of the Lizard is sort of suspect for all us spidey geeks that have followed him threw the years in the comics. I will defiantly be seeing this on opening day, if possible in IMAX. Even though I was a fan of the first two Raimi films, I thought were good but there was still room for improvement in places, more so in the first one than the second. I am ready to see what this new alliteration has to offer. New trailer below, decided for yourself…

Till Next Time. Stay Tuned.

J.