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September Is Shaping Up To Be A Pretty Epic Month For Blu-Ray Releases Starting With Today…   Leave a comment

Hey Everybody,

The longer any video format in around the obvious lack of great releases begins to set in years after inception. Blu-Ray being in its 6th year already you would think there’s very little to get excited about at this point.  Being a big fan of the format, September 2012 offers one of the best release months for 60’s, 70’s, 80’s and new releases movie in years. Some great old classics, action, comedy films, and there’s also a few discs you might want to buy just to BURN so there is one less copy in the world. I know I will be with one title in particular, but you may absolutely do what suits you.  A few details and box art below, please enjoy.

SEPTEMBER 4th:

Sixteen Candles (1984) director John Hughes-The first movie of only 8 that Hughes directed out of so many he wrote in the 80’s and early 90’s. It still surprises me how many moments I remember so perfectly from this film. I’m not really sure how many times I saw this on either cable or VHS video in the 80’s, but it must have been quite a lot because I still have dialog mesmerized even though I’ve only watched it 3 times in the last 15 years. A true comedy classic,  you see how good Anthony Michael Hall was for the 80’s geek character. Ringwald always had her best work in the Hughes films she did. A really fun film that gets better with time.

Fringe 4th Season(2011-12)- I actually very much enjoyed the 4th season of Fringe. If you’ve been waiting for things to start paying off and being explained, if you make it to the end of this season you most likely will have most of what you want explained straight out for you. After the scare of possibility of  being canceled after season 4 , the creators really got to laying things out in the last 10 episodes here. I am glad that Fringe does get one more full season to wrap things up but it really feels as if they decided to give the fans of the show the things that they were craving to know and see at the end of this season. I hope the 5th season has something in store to end it all with a bang.

Re-Animator (1985) director Stuart Gordon- A great straight out gore fest very loosely based on H.P. Lovecraft’s work. Any fan or student of practical FX work or gore films with find something to love here. A great classic 80’s horror flick all the way round.

SEPTEMBER 10th:

Titanic 3D/ 2D (1997) director James Cameron- Straight in the fire place she goes. The only Cameron film I have zero love for. Saw it twice in the theater and it was two times too many.

SEPTEMBER 11th:

Snow White And The Huntsmen (2012) director Rupert Sanders- I haven’t seen it yet but my Grip friend Shae Vera had seen it on a date and said it he was amazed how shitty it was, so I’ll most likely never bother with a viewing but it you’re into to shit. this might be right up your alley.

Ghosts Of The Abbyss (2003) director James Cameron- This is the one where  James Cameron and Bill Paxton after filming Titanic, travel to the final undersea resting place of the fated ship of dreams. I’d rather watch this shit a hundred times in a row than have to sit though Titanic one more time. Not a bad watch if you haven’t seen it before.

SEPTEMBER 18th:

Indiana Jones Blu Ray Collection (1981-2009) director Steven Spielberg- I think this has a best chance at the best Blu-Ray set of the year. Indy fans can finally rejoice that they can actually see the 3 good Indy films in HD come September 18. I know the wife and I will be picking up a set and watching all 3 back to back immediately. Can’t wait.

Cabin In The Woods (2012) director Drew Godard- Loved this and am glad it got a theater release after sitting on the shelf at MGM for a few years. It’s extremely inventive, fun and gory as hell. This is the direction I love to see Hollywood go with horror films again. Enough PG-13 remakes and shit storms, please take note,  Cabin In The Woods is a fucking awesome film that every horror fan should be rushing out to pick up in September. Come on humans, start supporting Hard R horror again.

The Great Mouse Detective (1986) directors Ron Clements, Burny Mattinson, David Michener and John Musker- Loving these classic Disney animation releases on Blu-Ray. The format was made for Animation, the way the picture just pops off the screen is beautiful. We picked up The Rescuers two pack a few weeks ago and were pleasantly surprised by the picture quality again. I’m sure The Great Mouse Detective will look just as good as it did in the theater in ’86.

Supernatural Season 7 (2011-2012)- Really digging this show and the 7th season keeps things rolling strong. Funny, great lore through out all seasons and all the actors walk the line of seriousness and comedy perfectly, a great show to be discovered. I’ll be sad to see it come to an end next year but at least we will have 8 rad seasons total for this cool as hell horror mythos series. The best thing McG will ever be involved in, still can’t believe he is EP. Regardless though, a kick ass series for all horror fans worldwide.

SEPTEMBER 25th:

Avengers (2012) director Joss Whedon- I love me some Avengers, My original review here: https://celluloidpopculturejunkie.wordpress.com/2012/05/15/after-the-avengers-movie-in-imax-3d-i-wanted-to-walk-back-into-the-theater-and-see-it-again-and-again-and-again/.

The Blu-Ray I’m sure will not disappoint being that Disney usually pack there big earners with a ton of bells and whistles. I’m looking forward to watching this a few more times and rewinding the greatest Hulk moments ever put on film. HULK going to SMASH the shit out of records again come September 25. I know they’ve got my loot.

Marvel Cinematic Universe: Phase One Set (2008-2012)- 6 film set- If you haven’t for some reason bought any of the “Phase One” Marvel Studios movies on Blu-Ray and are suddenly in the mood to splurge,  here’s your chance to own The Incredible Hulk,Iron Man 1 and 2, Thor, Captain America: First Avenger and Avengers all in one fancy collectors pack made to resemble the suit case Nick Fury uses to carry the Tesseract cube in the Avengers film, pretty slick fokes.

Dark Knight Returns Animated Part 1 (2012)- 76 minutes- This looks very interesting and the other few DC animations I’ve seen over the last 3 years have been pretty good. I’m expecting very special treatment to be given to this material and hope DC has made a great film here. I will be checking this one out as soon as I get the chance. I hope one of the greatest Batman comics ever has been translated well, otherwise it could be war on DC. Fingers crossed.

Bond Collection “50 years” Blu Ray Set (1962-2008)- 22 movies, 130 hours of special features, 50 years of Bond and this set has them all. There were a few film unavailable on HD till now. I’m glad I waited on the full deal, I like the way they’ve designed the set, looks very cool.  A definite needed up grade to a great series, good or bad all Bonds are a must own classic.

The Game Criterion Collection (1997) director David Fincher- The news of Criterion putting out Fincher’s “The Game” on video have been rumored since the release of the film in the theater. Being my favorite film of the director, I am over joyed to finally have them giving me a Blu-Ray presentation that will be how I remember that first viewing in the theater in the late 90’s. So Happy to finally be getting me some David Fincher’s The Game in stunning Criterion HD. Paint me stoked.

Alfred Hitchcock: The Masterpiece Collection (1942-1976)-  Saboteur / Shadow of a Doubt/ Rope / Rear Window / The Trouble with Harry /  The Man Who Knew Too Much /  Vertigo / North by Northwest / Psycho / The Birds / Marnie / Torn Curtain / Topaz / Frenzy / Family Plot- 15 films- director Alfred Hitchcock- What more is there to say, 15 Hitchcock films in HD in one set. I pity anyone who doesn’t see the pure awesomeness in this release, so many great classic in one set is unlikely to happen ever again. This would be the perfect set for that young film enthusiast in your life, this is film school in a box if I’ve ever seen it. Pure Ultra Cinema Gold.

So many superb releases to get your hands on this month. I know I’m already lock in for a bunch in this group, some great watching ahead.

Till Next Time. Stay Tuned.

J.

Come Over, Waste Some Time With 12 Previews Of Upcoming Films… Welcome To The Time Vampire’s Trailer Town.   Leave a comment

Hey Everybody,

I’ve got some of the latest trailers to some great upcoming films, and some sure not to be so great films. Either way you’ll have 10 or 20 minutes suck away you’ll never get back, but you will be up on all the top cool hip shit coming out. Your choice.

THE GREY- Director Joe Carnahan [A-Team (2010), Smokin’ Aces (2006), Narc (2002) ]

I had a first camera assistant show me this trailer on set a few months ago. He and a few other camera people I know worked on it up north in BC. Looking pretty rad for sure. It’s been a while since we’ve had a decent “man vs. nature” film, The Edge 1989 (Hopkins and Baldwin)  might be the last good one I remember.  Hope it lives up to the tension set in the trailer.

THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO- Director David Fincher [The Social Network (2010),  The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008), Zodiac (2007), Panic Room (2002), Fight Club (1999), The Game (1997), Seven (1995), Alien 3 (1992) ]

This could end up being one of the craziest American studio movies ever made. Especially being released during the holiday season. It sounds from all reports that Fincher’s version will surpass the original Swedish film’s level of what I can only can call, brutality. There is a lot of strange brilliant dark storytelling going on in the Swedish film. I’m sure Fincher will grind out every inch of what that film achieved and much more. Can’t wait.

JOHN CARTER- Director Andrew Stanton [ Wall-E (2008), Finding Nemo (2003) ]

With the reported high cost of pre-production, production, re shoots, fancy dinners, limos, crew gifts, billed personal indulgences,  ect.. and the way that Disney usually spends a shit load on advertising it’s tent pole features, this film has to make a reported $700 million to break even. Wow. I’m really interested what a film with so much invested in it will be like. Might have to check this one out. Plus I like Sci-Fi done on a large scale if it’s not too watered down.

A DANGEROUS METHOD- Director David Cronenberg ( Eastern Promises (2007),  A History of Violence (2005), Spider (2002),  eXistenZ  (1999), Crash (1996),  M. Butterfly (1993) , Naked Lunch (1991),  Dead Ringers (1988), The Fly (1986), The Dead Zone (1983), Videodrome (1983), Scanners (1981), The Brood (1979), Fast Company (1979), Rabid (1977), Shivers(1975), Crimes Of The Future (1970), Stereo (1969) ]

I will go to see anything  Cronenberg does, even after having to sit through Crash and eXistenZ. I really love most of his work regardless of the few one that just didn’t work for me at all. With these actors and Cronenberg directing I’m thinking I will enjoy it quite a bit.

BRAVE- Directors Mark Andrews, Brenda Chapman

The two Cars movies are the only Pixar projects I didn’t love after seeing them. They have a formula that really works almost all of the time. The animation in the trailer look amazing, should be another great watch.

RED TAILS- Director Anthony Hemingway

A project that George Lucas has been talking about for a number of years has finally got a trailer and it look pretty rad. The aerial footage is super sick. Should be a great film for the war movie enthusiasts out there.

THE RAVEN- Director James McTeigue [ Ninja Assassin (2009), V For Vendetta (2006) ]

MISSION IMPOSSIBLE: GHOST PROTOCOL- Director Brad Bird [ Ratatouille (2007), The Incredibles (2004), The Iron Giant (1999) ]

The CG in some of the shots doesn’t look quite done yet, but usually it is the case with large projects to render shots to the last weeks before release. The real reason I’ll be checking this out in IMAX is because it’s reported to be playing the 9 minute Dark Knight Rises prolog in front of it.

SNOW WHITE AND THE HUNTSMAN- Director Rupert Sanders

This looks interesting to me. It could defiantly go either way though.

THE DARKEST HOUR- Director Chris Gorak [ Right At Your Door (2006) ] Art Director [Fight Club, Minority Report, Fear And Loathing In Las Vegas, Tombstone]

More low budget sci-fi. For some reason I want to see this movie hoping for something more than it will probably turn out to be.

RAMPART- Director Oren Moverman [ The Messenger (2009) ]

I’m not sure anyone can beat out Harvey Keitel in The Bad Lieutenant 1989 for the most corrupt cop award  but Harrelson will be phenomenal in this role no doubt, I’ll be checking this out.

THE WOMAN IN BLACK- Director James Watkins [Eden Lake (2008) ]

I think Daniel Radcliffe will find it easier than most to get away from the character he was tasked to play the last decade or so. most like that is because he’s a great actor. His reaction shots in this trailer and the atmosphere combined  creep me out a bit. Will be giving it a watch.

Till Next Time. Stay Tuned.

J.

Fincher’s The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo RedBand Trailer Leaks. Booya!!!   Leave a comment

Hey Everybody,

Anytime David Fincher has a project I try and follow the production closely, sucking up every detail I can get my eye on. When he went hard on an Americanised remake of the popular The Girl With Dragon Tattoo books and movie series made by Swedish director Niels Arden Oplev, I was intrigued what the outcome might be with a very R rated subject being brought to American studios.

After hearing that Fincher planed to keep the whole story set in Europe and leave all the disturbing content the original had, I was on board. I really want to see this film, especially after seeing the leaked redband trailer. The following is a cam-shot trailer leaked on youtube today so who knows how long it will be up but for those of you who catch it enjoy:

Loving what I see. Fincher has surprised me with every feature film he’s made as far as I’m concerned, I’m sure this will be no different. Looking forward to X-mas a little bit more this year.

Till Next Time. Stay Tuned.

J.

Oscar Nominations 2010. In Case Anyone Gives A S#!t Anymore   1 comment

Hey Everybody,

The 83rd Annual Academy Award nominations have been announced, in case anybody really cares anymore. I find the Oscars depressing sometimes, and so obviously political in many years past. Once in a while the Academy come through with some interesting and right choices, mostly it’s a way too long TV special that leaves you scratching your head as to the decisions the people who are voting for these awards make.

Saying that, there are some great filmmakers, actors, technicians and films I really love up for lots of awards this year. “The King’s Speech”  and “True Grit” lead the pack with twelve and ten nominations respectively, followed by “The Social Network” and “Inception” with eight each.

Also  “The Fighter” with seven, “127 Hours” with six, “Toy Story 3” and “Black Swan” with five, and “Winter’s Bone” and “The Kids Are All Right” with four.

Here’s the Full  list:

BEST PICTURE
“127 Hours”
“Black Swan”
“The Fighter”
“Inception”
“The Kids Are All Right”
“The King’s Speech”
“The Social Network”
“Toy Story 3”
“True Grit”
“Winter’s Bone”

ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE
Javier Bardem for “Biutiful”
Jeff Bridges for “True Grit”
Jesse Eisenberg for “The Social Network”
Colin Firth for “The King’s Speech”
James Franco for “127 Hours”

ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE
Annette Benning for “The Kids Are All Right”
Nicole Kidman for “Rabbit Hole”
Jennifer Lawrence for “Winter’s Bone”
Natalie Portman for “Black Swan”
Michelle Williams for “Blue Valentine”

DIRECTING
Darren Aronofsky for “Black Swan”
David O. Russell for “The Fighter”
Tom Hooper for “The King’s Speech”
David Fincher for “The Social Network”
Joel & Ethan Coen for “True Grit”

ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE
Christian Bale for “The Fighter”
Mark Ruffalo for “The Kids Are All Right”
Geoffrey Rush for “The King’s Speech”
Jeremy Renner for “The Town”
John Hawkes for “Winter’s Bone”

ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE
Amy Adams for “The Fighter”
Helena Bonham Carter for “The King’s Speech”
Melissa Leo for “The Fighter”
Hailee Steinfeld for “True Grit”
Jacki Weaver for “Animal Kingdom”

FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM
“Biutiful” – Mexico
“Dogtooth” – Greece
“In a Better World” – Denmark
“Incendies” – Canada
“Hors la Loi” (“Outside the Law”) – Algeria

ANIMATED FEATURE FILM
“How To Train Your Dragon”
“The Illusionist”
“Toy Story 3”

SCREENPLAY (Adapted)
Michael Arndt for “Toy Story 3”
Simon Beaufoy & Danny Boyle for “127 Hours”
Joel & Ethan Coen for “True Grit”
Aaron Sorkin for “The Social Network”
Debra Granki, Anne Rosellini for “Winter’s Bone”

SCREENPLAY (Original)
Mike Leigh for “Another Year”
Lisa Cholodenko, Stuart Blumberg for “The Kids Are All Right”
Christopher Nolan for “Inception”
David Seidler for “The King’s Speech”
Scott Silver, Paul Tamasy, Eric Johnson, Keith Dorrington for “The Fighter”

ART DIRECTION
“Alice in Wonderland”
“Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part One”
“Inception”
“The King’s Speech”
“True Grit”

CINEMATOGRAPHY
“Black Swan”
“Inception”
“The King’s Speech”
“The Social Network”
“True Grit”

COSTUME DESIGN
“Alice in Wonderland”
“I Am Love”
“The King’s Speech”
“The Tempest”
“True Grit”

DOCUMENTARY FEATURE
“Exit Through the Gift Shop”
“Gasland”
“Inside Job”
“Restrepo”
“Waste Land”

DOCUMENTARY SHORT SUBJECT
“Killing in the Name”
“Poster Girl”
“Strangers No More”
“Sun Come Up”
“The Warriors of Qiugang”

FILM EDITING
“127 Hours”
“Black Swan”
“The Fighter”
“The King’s Speech”
“The Social Network”

MAKEUP
“Barney’s Version”
“The Way Back”
“The Wolfman”

MUSIC (SCORE)
A.R. Rahman for “127 Hours”
John Powell for “How To Train Your Dragon”
Hans Zimmer for “Inception”
Alexandre Desplat for “The King’s Speech”
Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross for “The Social Network”

MUSIC (SONG)
‘Coming Home’ from “Country Strong”
‘I See the Light’ from “Tangled”
‘If I Rise’ from “127 Hours”
‘We Belong Together” from “Toy Story 3”

SHORT FILM (ANIMATED)
“Day & Night”
“The Gruffalo”
“Let’s Pollute”
“The Lost Thing”
“Madagascar, a Journey Diary”

SHORT FILM (LIVE ACTION)
“The Confession”
“The Crush”
“God of Love”
“Na Wewe”
“Wish 143”

SOUND EDITING
“Inception”
“Toy Story 3”
“Tron: Legacy”
“True Grit”
“Unstoppable”

SOUND MIXING
“Inception”
“The King’s Speech”
“Salt”
“The Social Network”
“True Grit”

VISUAL EFFECTS
“Alice in Wonderland”
“Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part One”
“Hereafter”
“Inception”
“Iron Man 2”

I’m really hoping that Aronofsky takes home an Oscar for directing Black Swan, but I’m pretty sure it will be Fincher for The Social Network  or The Coen Brothers for True Grit; Which is great either way as far as I’m concerned, love all these director works. I’m thinking Natalie Portman will take home the Best Actress Oscar, Colin Firth will take home the Best Actor  for “The King’s Speech”(once you see his performance, you’ll see it’s a lock for him to win.).

Best Supporting Actor will most likely go to Christian Bale for “The Fighter”, Best Supporting Actress is too close for me to call, but 14 year old Hailee Steinfeld in “True Grit” holds her own beside Jeff Bridges brilliant acting chops without showing any sign of actual acting, a phenomenal performance for a young teenager.

Toy Story 3 will win Best Animated Feature, Adapted Screenplay will most likely be either Joel & Ethan Coen for True Grit or Aaron Sorkin for The Social Network, Original Screenplay David Seidler for The King’s Speech or Scott Silver, Paul Tamasy, Eric Johnson, Keith Dorrington for “The Fighter”, I’m thinking The Fighter might not win just because it would be just too much money to give all the writers Oscars.

I’m sure Inception will be a winner in most of  the technical awards, cinematography, sound editing and mixing, visual effects, and possibly art direction . Black Swan or True Grit might rival in cinematography.

Most of the rest is up in the air for me. I’m notoriously bad at “calling” the winner of the documentary, short films and foreign film categories, but I’m usually pretty close with the other ones. We’ll see how it pans out in February 27th. Place Your Bets.

Till Next Time. Stay Tuned

J.

Posted January 27, 2011 by JMC in Film School Loser Talks Too Much, Latest And The Greatest

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