Monthly Archives: December 2012

Merry Christmas!!!

I want to wish my Readers a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. I want to say how much I appreciate all of you for reading my blog. I will be taking the week off and I will resume posting the first week in January!!

Peace and Love Bill!

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“Godzilla” Will Start Filming in March

From Nuke the Fridge.com

“We’re planning to film in March. We are in deep pre-production. (Director) Gareth (Edwards) has really mapped out his vision for the movie, you saw the teaser, but Gareth, thanks to Thomas Tull’s help, he took over a whole stage on the Warner Brothers lot and not only showed the teaser you saw, he had some models built of Godzilla, he had art decorated all over the soundstage, he had pre-vis of some of the big action sequences in the movie. So we’re in deep pre-production and Gareth’s vision of the movie is really exciting. It’s a true re-boot of Godzilla. And you saw from the Comic-Con footage it is a grounded, realistic version of Godzilla. What would happen if Godzilla came into our world today?”

When Lin was pressed for more specifics on the storyline, this is what he stated.

“I don’t want to give any plot details right now. I want you guys to be surprised.”

“Godzilla” will begin filming in March in Vancouver, Canada, and is scheduled for a May 16th, 2014 release.

I am so looking forward to this movie!! My most anticipated movie for 2014.

Christmas Movie Recommendations:

At the beginning of December I said I would recommend some Christmas movies and with a lot of new movie trailers and other movie reviews I wanted to do I forgot about the Christmas movies! So far I have only recommended It’s A Wonderful Life. Today I will list some of my holiday favorites, many are cherished gems that I grew up with. So as Christmas draws night and if you feel like getting into the Holiday Spirit, I recommend poPping one of these movies into your DVD player. Or stream them from Netflix, or buy them! 🙂

1. A Charlie Brown Christmas. I watched this movie ever since I was a young wee little boy. It still holds up well today.

2. Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. This Rankin & Bass production was my favorite as a child. Today, the “adults” who are harsh to Rudolph come across as very cruel. Still, a likeable classic.

3. The Lemon Drop Kid. The is a 1951 Bob Hope classic movie. I happened across this movie at a yard sale a few years ago and I love it. The plot centers around a gambler and huckster as he tries to redeem his life around Christmas time. This movie features the debut of the classic holiday song Silver Bells.

4. Miracle on 34th Street. I like the 1947 original the best.

5. A Christmas Carol. Both the 1951 classic with  Alastair Sim or the 1984 version with George C. Scott are both worthy for viewing.

6. A Christmas Story. This 1983 classic is played to death on cable but it is still a great movie.

7. Christmas Vacation. The Griswold’s stay home for Christmas and all the crazy relatives come over and hilarity ensues!! Watch for a young Johnny Galecki (Leonard on the Big Bang Theory) playing the young Rusty Griswold.

8. Elf. I think this is the perfect vehicle for the talents of Will Ferrell. Funny and charming at the same time. Will plays a guy raised as an Elf off in search of his real father.

9. A Wish for Wings that Work. This animated gem stars Opus the penguin and Bill the Cat from Berekely Breathed’s comic strip, Bloom County. Follow Opus on his Christmas wish for wings that actually work.

10. Shrek the Halls. From the Shrek franchise., This TV special packs a lot of charm and laughs in a half hour.

Enjoy these movies and I wish everyone a very Merry Christmas!! Will not be posting on any of my bolgs on December 24 or 25.

Ted: My Review

Ted is a movie written, dirrected and starring Seth McFarlane the creator of the animated series Family Guy, American Dad and the Cleveland Show. So if you enjoy, like I do, this type of irreverant humor along with the cultural satire that accompanies these shows, then Ted will be a movie I think you will enjoy.

Synopsis: A young boy, John Bennett, recieves a teddy bear one Christmas and he makes a wish that his new friend would come to life. His wish is granted much to the horror of his parents! Well, a talking teddy bear is a news worthy story and soon Ted gains a small amount of fame and notoriety and appears on the Tonight Show starring Johnny Carson. Soon the attention and notoriety fades and Ted and Johnny grow into adulthood…well, sort of.

John, played by Mark Wahlberg, is in love with Lori, played by Mila Kunis and one of the biggest problems in their relationship is Ted. Ted and John act like 15 year old adolescent stoners. In order for their relationship to continue Lori wants Ted to move out. Ted struggles to find his way in the world. He works at a supermarket and even gets a human girlfriend but the pull between life long pals is strong and Ted and John keep falling into mischief. After a party, where Ted and John meet their childhood idol, Sam Jones, the star of the 1980 cult classic, Flash Gordon, John and Lori part ways only to be reunited when Ted is kidnapped by a father-son duo that had had their eyes on Ted for a long time.

I don’t like to give too many spoilers in my reviews incase people have not seen the movie. So I will leave the synopsis at. Suffice it to say the movie does have a happy ending.

Pros: First of all I like this type of humor. I do like satire that refferences the popular culture. Saturday Night Live used to be the bastion of such humor but now that torch is being carried by Seth McFarlane and his work. Ted weaves these cultural refferences naturally and they never are contrived. Ted is a likable character even though he is a foul mouthed teddy bear. He gets away with saying things that would be very obnoxious and offensive if they were said by  a human character. Mark Wahlberg and Mila Kunis also have good chemistry together. Their characters are also likable. Each character runs the risk of being unlikable. John, with his irresponibility and neglect of his girlfriend, runs the risk of being a jerk. Lori, being unempathetic toward John over his care for Ted, could have come across as cold and indifferent. However, each actor allows the viewer to have empathy for all of the characters and that is what makes Ted work.

Cons: The problem with comedy is that it seems, at least from this writers opinion, to be one of the most personal and subjective style of art. Sometimes comedy can fall into the trap of being over the top for laughs and this is a minor flaw with Ted. In other words, Ted falls into zany silliness that seems out of control at times. The party with Sam Jones seems like it is just trying too hard for laughs and that is the key moment the movie devolves into silliness for a while. The side story of the father-son duo wanting to kidnap Ted just sems out of place in the story. There could have been other plot devices that could have put Ted in danger in order for John and Lori to be reunited. In anotherwise upbeat and charming story this subplot brings some undesired creepiness. The movie is narrated at the beginning and end by Patrick Stewart and his small part really is very funny and worth the price of admission alone.

Despite the little uneveness in places, Ted is full of laughs and heart tugging charm. The story really is at its best when it shows its heart. I really would like to see more adventures of Ted, Jon & Lori and hopefully Seth can deliver another winner to our theaters!

Another Star Trek Into Darkness trailer is up

http://youtu.be/r5gdbUC9mWU

 

Although this is not the one from the IMAx theaters, this 2 minute trailer is the one being shown prior to the Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. This has some new footage and it looks spectacular!! I cannot wait for this movie!! It is going to be an excellent summer viewing season!!

The Dark Knight Rises: My Review

Thanks to my lovely daughter sending me my Christmas present early, I finally saw The Dark Knight Rises. After Superman, Batman is my second favorite superhero. I will stick to the review of the movie and at a later date, sometime next week, I will examine the entire franchise. This movie does end the trilogy that began with 2005’s Batman Begins. Christopher Nolan has gone on record to say that there will not be a fourth installment of the Batman series in what fans call the Nolan Universe. I have heard mixed reports of whether or not Christian Bale would ever play Batman again.

Here is my synopsis of the movie: The movie takes place eight years after the events in The Dark Knight. Gotham has Harvey Dent Day on the anniversary of his death and has also passed the Dent Act which has rid Gotham of organized crime. Bruce Wayne has become a recluse and walks with a cane as his body has taken too many beatings as Batman. But a storm is coming to Gotham in the name of Bane, a masked hulk of a man who is coming to finish the job the League of Shadows was trying to accomplish in the first movie. Helping Bane at first is Slena Kyle a cat burgler who steals Bruce Wayne’s finger prints and tries to sell them off in exchange for a computer device that will wipe out her criminal record.

There is also a cop, a former orphan, Tim Drake, that has figured out Batman’s secret identity and tries to enlist Batman to return to Gotham. Soon Bane strikes and takes hostages from the Gotham Stock Exchange where Wayne’s stolen finger prints are used to steal money. This forces Batman to come out of retierment and he helps Selena Kyle get away from the criminals who are now turning on her. In exchange for the “clean slate” device Batman convinces Selena to bring him to Bane. When Selena brings Batman to Bane we discover that Bane knows who Batman is and begins to brutally beat up Batman in front of Selena. Bane breaks Batman’s back and dumps him in a hellish prison somewhere in the world. Meanwhile, as the police have discovered his location in the sewers, over 3,000 police officers come to capture him. This is all part of Bane’s plan as he explodes bombs all round the city and beneath the football stadium, trapping the police beneath the surface. Also, Bane has destroyed all but one bridge leading into the city and releases all prisoners and therefore holds the entire city hostage.

There is also a side story of Bruce Wayne and Miranda Tate. She becomes a love interest of Wayne and then a board member of Wayne Enterpise and encourages Bruce to get back into life. Alfred, disagrees with Bruce returning as Batman and feels that it will lead to his death and quits his service and leaves.

The Prison Bruce Wayne is dumped in is at the bottom of a giant Well-like structure and the only means of escape is to walk the narrow walk way on the sides. The problem is that there is a large gap in the walk way and no one has been successful in leaping across the gap to freedom. The only person to make the jump successfully was a small child born into the prison. Bruce Wayne is lead to believe this was Bane. His back is fixed by a prison doctor and with Bane feeding the Prison with the TV images of what is happening in Gotham, this motivates Bruce who begins to train to get himself back in physical shape. Within 5 months he makes the successful jump to get out of prison.

Bane captures a fusion reactor build by the Wayne foundation to give the city clean renewable energy and he has turned it into a nuclear bomb. In a massive show down Batman defeats Bane and with the help of Selena Kyle and Comissioner Gordon, Batman finds the bomb in the nick of time and carriesd it out to sea for detonation.

I hope that synopsis wasn’t too long winded! The movie it just under three hours and I did leave some elements out. I don’t want to spoil it yet for some friends I know who have not watched the movie. I want to still leave some surprises.

I have said in the past that I had mixed feeling about the Dark Knight and felt that it wasn’t as good as Batman Begins. Well, this movie had many references to the first movie and in many ways had a similar tone to that film and for that reason I did like it a great deal. I was on the edge of my couch and filled with excitment and anticipation while watching the events of this film unfold. This was a very thrilling movie. It was also not as dark as the Dark Knight. While the movie is serious in tone there are a few lighter moments in the film. It did bring back some fun into the franchise.

When Anne Hathaway was cast as Selena Kyle many fans though that this was a fatal flaw, a fatal mistake. I too, questioned this choice. Up until then Hathaway had only been known for playing sweet and more innocent characters. Wow!! How wrong I was to doubt the choice! Hathaway was excellent as Selena Kile. She exhibits quite a range from innoncence, grief to cold indifference. Although technically a villain, Selena is also supposed to be a sympathetic character, which can be a fine line for an actor to walk and Hathaway accomplishes this task with skill and finess. Although she is never called catwoman in the movie she is reffered to as a cat burglar a couple of times. However, make no mistake about it she IS Catwoman and when she is dressed up in her cat burglar outfit there is no doubt who she is. I have to say of all the women to have played the role she is by far the best.

Tom Hardy does an excellent job as Bane. He is not as leathal or as crazy as the Joker but he a formidable opponent. His physical presence and brute force make him greatly intimidating. His mask doesn’t make it too difficult to unsderstand him. There are times in the movie, and this has been my problem throughout the series, when it is difficult to understand what a charcter has said and although is is better in this movie that has been a complaint of mind for the entire series.

I will close this review by stating that Batman Begins is my favorite of the series followed cloesly by the Dark Knight Rises. In a week I will explain why. 🙂 Here are some simple pros and cons.

Pros: It is an exciting action adventure movie. The sets and costumes are done very well and the acting is excellent all around. The story is gripping and suspenseful. The length of the movie, 2 hours and 46 minutes, did not bother me. The movie is nicely paced an movies along with no lagging parts.

Cons: Nolan’s movies sometimes are complex and confusing with the plot. There are times when I am not clear who is who and what is happening and why. For example, after stealing Bruce Wayne’s finger prints (and pearl necklace) Selena disappears with a Congressman after the party. But it really isn’t clear where they are going, why the Congressman has disappeared and just who is it she is selling the finger prints to? Some of these issues are made more clear as the movie progresses, but there are some threads of the film that seem to just dangle in the wind.

I left out the ending and the controversy that surrounds it and will leave it to my review of the entire franchise. All in all I really liked the movie a great deal and I am very happy with it.

Pacific Rim Synopsis.

This is the Synopsis for Pacific Rim. Copied from Wikipedia.

When legions of monstrous creatures, known as Kaiju, start rising from the sea, a war begins that takes millions of lives and consumes humanity’s resources for years on end. To combat the giant Kaiju, a special type of weapon is devised: massive robots, called Jaegers, which are controlled simultaneously by two pilots whose minds are locked in a neural bridge. But even the Jaegers prove nearly defenseless in the face of the relentless Kaiju. On the verge of defeat, the forces defending mankind have no choice but to turn to two unlikely heroes – a washed up former pilot (Charlie Hunnam) and an untested trainee (Rinko Kikuchi) – who are teamed to drive a legendary but seemingly obsolete Jaeger from the past. Together, they stand as mankind’s last hope against the mounting apocalypse.

Sounds like it has elements of the robot fighting movie, Real Steel, starring Hugh Jackman. Reel Steel was another movie I liked.

 

 

 

 

Star Trek Into Darkness: First 9 Minutes

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Mini-spoliers below.

The other day the first 9 minutes of Star Trek into Darkness have been seen. There is both good news and bad news. Well, bad news if you were expecting the identity of the villain to be revealed, because that just doesn’t happen. The good news is that we are treated to a thrilling and adventurous tease at the beginning of the movie.

The movie begins with a couple on their way to visit thier daughter in the hospital where they are greated by a menacing looking Benedict Cumberbatch offering to heal their child. The next scene flashes to kirk and Bones on a planet covered with a red-vine like substance and being chased by chalked face natives trowing spears. The next scene show the USS Enterprise submerged underwater on this planet as the crew is trying to study them. We see Spock entering a valcano trying to prevent its erreuption and Kirk contemplating if he should place the ship in danger to rescue him or not?

It has been revealed that Cumberbatch is playing a man named John Harrison. Fans seems to be saying that this is one of the most non threatening bad guy names in the history of the franchise and I would have to agree with them. John Harrison was a very obscure background character that was only mentioned by name in the first season episode “Space Seed” of the original series. This is leading fans to speculate that Cumberbatch may be Khan and the Harrison name is just a cover up or he was one of Khan’s henchmen. Despite the reveal of the name the mystery continues.

One complaint about the trailer seems to be about the USS Enterprise. In the last movie people complained that the Enterprise was built on land. In this movie the complaints are rolling in that the Enterprise is hiding in the ocean of this planet instead of orbiting the planet. The culture is primitive so they could just as easily orbit the planet without being detected. Yes, that is true. I am sure some technobable reason will be given for the Enterprise being underwater so I am not worried. I also don’t care if a reasonable explanation is not given. I think seeing the Enterprise rise up out of the ocean will be just awesome to see and it will also be new and different. How many times have we seen pictures of the big E just orbiting a planet? I am in for something new.

I am extremely excited about seeing this movie and the more I see and the more I learn the more excited I get! May 2013 can’t come fast enough!

The Trailer for Pacific Rim is up!!!

http://youtu.be/K-ZcqwvQbas

Today we are cancelling the apocalypse

The Trailer for Pacific Rim is up!!! Other than the Superman and Star Trek trailer this is the other one I am most anticipating (Godzilla is next!) It does have a Transromer vibe to it…but that is to be expected with giant robots. But these do not transform! They just battle giant monsters. This is closer to Mechagodzilla and Kiyru from the Heisei and Millennium series of Godzilla fims where the robots are piloted by humans.

I really am impressed and I do like the designs of the monsters, as far as we can see them. I will see this one in the theater!!

 

Man of Steel trailer is up!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

http://youtu.be/KVu3gS7iJu4

New Superman Man of Steel trailer is up!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! It is Awesome!!!!!!! I cannot wait for this movie!