Filling the lull between Captain America 2 and the upcoming Godzilla movie, I’ve decided to look at movies that I missed for one reason or another. Working at the library, when movies are returned, I would look them over to see if this is something I would want to watch. I have several criteria that I follow to determine what I am going to watch. Best of all, they don’t necessarily all have to be met. For example, this movie stars Guy Pearce who Aldrich Killian in Iron Man 3 which I enjoyed his performance immensely. So, I like the lead actor plus it’s a scifi flick – ok, I checked it out. So what is the premise?
A man wrongly convicted of conspiracy to commit espionage against the U.S. is offered his freedom if he can rescue the president’s daughter from an outer space prison taken over by violent inmates. – IMDB
Had I read the back cover or looked it up on IMDB, I would not have bothered. Sometimes, like trailers, there is too much information given to either give away the movie or prejudge the movie by disliking the premise. Going into the opening scene, Snow (Guy) is getting the shit kicked out of him during an interrogation. We get the sense that Snow is a smart ass as he continues to come back with funny one liners after each punch; I actually laughed and enjoyed it.
Langral: Again, what happened in that hotel room?
Snow: Oh, it was coupon night and I was trampolining your wife.
[Snow is punched in the face]
Langral: You’re a real comedian aren’t you, Snow?
Snow: Well I guess that’s why they call it the punch line.
[Snow is punched again]
Langral: You don’t like me, do you?
Snow: Don’t flatter yourself. I don’t like anybody.
Langral: With that attitude, I can see why nobody likes you.
Snow: Oh, come on. People love me. Just ask your wife.
[Snow is punched again]
His co-star Maggie Grace looked familiar but could not remember from where until I IMBD her. She was Shannon Rutherford from the series Lost. Grace played Shannon ala Paris Hilton which was off putting but that was the nature of the character. In Lockout, Grace played the role of the President’s daughter, Emilie Warnock, who looks stunning and channeling a Charlize Theron vibe.
The first 20 minutes I was on board with the actors, premise and modest sfx. However, there was a chase sequence in which our hero, Snow, is being chased while riding a futuristic one wheeled motorcycle. I understand the what they were trying to achieve with their limited budget. The “continuous” one shot zooms around the action and the actor at a pace that feels cheap and rushed. This threw me out of the film at this point and sadly, this movie went downhill soon after and the climax was something out of Star Wars: The Phantom Menace. The only bright moments for this film was Joseph Gilgun as Hydell.
If this face looks familiar that is because is Rudy Wade on the show called Misfits. While Rudy came into the show while many of the prime actors were leaving the show his character took a while to grow on me. However, for the short amount of screen time, Joseph’s performance as Hydell was the perfect. Sadly, there was not enough of him to balance out this weak story. Great beginning, good performances but not worth a second look.
Mr. Gene and I ranted about things that only Nerds would understand our rage. Please note, during the making of this podcast, due to technical issues, I lost 1/2 of the podcast content. Still, I believe there is enough content to entertain our fans (all three of you.)
How much does it cost to acquire the “complete” Star Trek Into Darkness blu-ray and how much effort does it take to enjoy it? That would normally seem like an odd question, but Paramount’s inexplicable release strategy has left Trekkies and general blu-ray completists scratching their heads in confusion and frustration. You see, unlike most blu-ray releases, where the studio puts the respective bonus features either on the disc that every consumer can buy from every outlet, Paramount has done something… a little silly. They have spread out the available special features into several different retail outlets. So basically, if you want the “complete” American Star Trek Into Darkness blu-ray, you have to buy it twice. Oh, and you can’t even enjoy some of those features on your television.
Offering an exclusive bonus disc to a consumer if you buy a given film at one specific store is not new. However frowned upon it might be, it isn’t that much of a headache to, for example, buy Disney’s The Avengers at Target instead of Best Buy or Amazon in order to get a 90-minute documentary that isn’t available anywhere else. It’s annoying, as when Paramount put most the deleted scenes of Mission: Impossible: Gho
Why do you say this to me, when you know I will kill you for it. (General Zod! Now, kneel!)
Before the grammar police gets all over my shit, I wrote this out of pure rage. I am not simply going to write this and come back to edit or correct any mistakes; so there.
This has got to be one of the TOP pet peeves of mine. I and countless others have plunked down hard earned cash for the movies that we love and to have the extra content that goes along with it such as commentaries, behind the scenes, blooper, etc. To boot, I want my movies in letterbox format and not that full screen pan and scan bullshit. That’s not much to ask for, right? You want us not to “pirate” media, right? Paramount, do I look like a bitch to you? You think you can fuck me over without so much as buying my dinner first? FUCK YOU. I am beyond livid with this fucking mentality to screw the consumers at all cost because that is what you are doing Paramount. You are forcing consumers to accept this blatant act of trying to make more money off the same product! Oh, did you not learn about variant comic book covers and what a fucking disaster that was?
BY CHARLIE JANE ANDERS OCT 4, 2011 10:00 AM
With Star Trek: The Next Generation coming to Blu-ray next year, we’re going to be rediscovering the Enterprise-D all over again. And with all that new picture quality, we’ll be able to notice all sorts of details we missed the first time.
TNG didn’t just bring Star Trek back to life on television — it also reinvented television space opera, making some fascinating choices along the way. Here are 10 things you probably didn’t know about Star Trek: The Next Generation.
10. Rock Star Cameos. Mick Fleetwood from Fleetwood Mac shaved off his famous beard for a guest spot in the TNG episode “Manhunt” — but then he was cast as an Antedean, a fish-like alien, and thus his face was completely covered up in any case. Meanwhile, Picard’s former love interest, Jenice Manheim, in “We’ll Always Have Paris,” was played by Michelle Philips, former member of The Mamas & The Papas. Source: IMDB. (Philips also played William Shatner‘s love interest in an episode of T.J. Hooker.)
9) Star Trek Without Starships? Early on in the planning of TNG, the creators went through a few different concepts, including setting the show 150 years after the Original Series instead of just 78 years later, and setting it on the Enterprise-G. And they also considered getting rid of the Enterprise altogether — because Transporter technology would have advanced so far, the crew could just teleport from planet to planet, instead of flying in a ship. Source: Star Trek: The Next Generation Technical Manual.
As I recently rewatched Quantum of Solace, all I can say is that it’s watchable if you really pay attention. The first time around, I was playing with my computer late at night with this Bond flick playing in the background. All I remember: action, action, action, then nothing, nothing, nothing, then back to action, action, action; but none of it mattered. So, I gave it another go a couple of years later and watched it from beginning to end without the computer. All I can say, I really hate Daniel Craig’s Bond.
Okay, let me re-phrase my comment. Through out the years of watching the different Bond actors, I’ve paid attention to the various roles before they each took on the role of 007. For example, I’ve several The Saint episodes for Roger Moore. The several b&w episodes were really cool and could see why Roger was tapped. His character on the show was not all that different from his version of Bond. As for Timothy Dalton, I remembered him from the role of Prince Barin in Flash Gordon. And don’t forget Pierce in Remington Steele – though I never saw the show, he did look the part of Bond. As for Daniel Craig, I thought his performance in Layer Cake was outstanding. While the casting news about Daniel was more a joke in calling him James Blonde, I thought screw that. If anyone saw Layer Cake, the comments were just sour grapes. But then, we get Casino Royale.
After a promising opening sequence and rousing opening song and then the longest card in history. Snore-fest galore. What in the hell happened to the James Bond series that I grew up with? Yes, the series was formulaic but Bond over the years was reinvented and but Craig’s Bond was devoid of all emotion, charisma and “Bond-ness”. Yes, I know it was a “reboot” but this did not come across as Batman Begins, Young Indiana Jones or even Star Trek.
Moving on to Quantum of Solace which had several firsts: first duo for a Bond song and the first direct sequel which takes place minutes after the first one. Unfortunately, these firsts did not help this Bond outing to get any real traction. While I will admit to some incredible action shots but since I could not connect to this Bond in any way, shape or form. Now, with the news of the newest Bond film, I find myself not really caring this time around. Take a look at the article below for the latest news on Bond.
Posted on Tuesday, August 30th, 2011 by Russ Fischer
Here’s a bit of wild speculation about Bond 23 — or possibly not so wild, depending upon how much faith you place in various online translations and reports. Hint: in this case, be cautious. But let’s lay out the steps that have lead some to suspect that the twenty-third James Bond film may be based in part on the most recent Bond novel, and share with it the rather awkward title Carte Blanche. (Which is, I have to say, not anywhere near as awkward as Quantum of Solace. And, not being as awkward, it probably won’t inspire a very funny song by Attack the Block director Joe Cornish.) Read on for the steps that lead to the speculative conclusion…
Bleeding Cool kicks things off by being Google alerted to a story about Serbian cellist Jelena Mihailovic in Blic Online, which says that she was hand-picked to “write the opening score for the new James Bond film, entitled Carte Blanche.”
Throwing in my two cents on this topic, there are a few things that I want to chime in about on Firefly. Having just come off watching Buffy/Angel only on dvd, I was eager to see this show despite it being on a friday night. The first episode that aired was, “The Train Job.” This turned out to be the second episode in the show but the first one to be aired.
Watching the first couple of minutes, I quickly got it. What nailed my love for this show was Mal kicking one of the henchmen into the Serenity‘s air in-take vents when he refused to take the money back. Mal tried it again with another henchmen and it worked but it was one of those moments, “He f$%&ing killed a bad guy” and yet it was one of the funniest moments of Firefly I truly loved.
Having said all this, I remembered that Joss hated the fact that Fox played the episodes out-of-order. I understand this completely but for once, I agreed with Fox on delaying the pilot episode till much later. The Train Job quickly filled in to us as to who are these people are and the world they lived in. I’m all for a pilot to show how this group came together but I had I watched it in the original order I might not have loved the show in the same manner. It’s like watching Star Wars Episode 4 first and then 5, 6 and then the prequels 1, 2, 3. If you watch it numerically the impact and the reveal of Vader as Luke’s father is completely lost. The same can be said for Mal’s humor and point of view.
So, where does this leave us? Back where all of us are, wanting more Firefly. Can lightning in the bottle be captured again? I don’t think so. Let Firefly rest in our hearts and dvd players as is.
Gail Berman on Why ‘Firefly’ Had to Be Cancelled
By NATALIE ZUTTER
Firefly, Joss Whedon’s short-lived space western from 2002, has been in the news lately, with fans getting extra revved over the announcement that The Science Channel would air reruns of the show. After Nathan Fillion made an offhand comment about wishing he could buy the rights, fans launched a campaign to do just that; Fillion gently told them to calm down.
Why all the hubbub? Perhaps it’s because for many, Firefly represented the best of Whedon’s gritty, funny worlds, with commentary on government control, religion, and morality. Perhaps because it’s his show with the shortest run. (Even Dollhouse got two seasons on Fox, from 2009-2010.) But as evidenced by charity screenings and comic continuations, the Browncoats’ love will never waver.
The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette got a chance to chat with Gail Berman, who served as the Fox Entertainment president during Firefly’s run and had to be the one to cancel the show. Despite her personal connections to Whedon–indeed, she’s served as executive producer on Buffy and Angel–Berman knew that she had to make the painful decision.
Thunderball – Tom Jones
The title theme was written by John Barry and Leslie Bricusse. It was the third James Bond score composed by Barry, after From Russia With Love and Goldfinger. It was originally entitled “Mr. Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang”, taken from an Italian journalist who in 1962 dubbed agent 007 as Mr. Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang. The song was originally recorded by Shirley Bassey, but was later rerecorded by Dionne Warwick, whose version was not released until the 1990s. The song was removed from the title credits after producers Albert R. Broccoli and Harry Saltzman were worried that a theme song to a James Bond film would not work well if the song did not have the title of the film in its lyrics. Barry then teamed up with lyricist Don Black and wrote “Thunderball” which was sung by Tom Jones who, according to Bond production legend, fainted in the recording booth when singing the song’s final, high note. Jones said of the final note, “I closed my eyes and I held the note for so long when I opened my eyes the room was spinning.” Country musician Johnny Cash also submitted a song to EON productions titled “Thunderball” but it was not used.
You Know My Name – Chris Cornell
The soundtrack of Casino Royale, released by Sony Classical on 14 November 2006 featured music composed by veteran composer David Arnold, his fourth soundtrack for the Bond film series, while Nicholas Dodd orchestrated and conducted the score. Producers Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli announced on 26 July 2006 that Chris Cornell, who was the lead singer for Audioslave and Soundgarden, composed and performed the title song “You Know My Name“. The song’s main notes are played throughout the film as a substitute for the James Bond theme, to represent Bond’s immaturity. The classic theme only plays during the end credits to signal the end of his character arc.
Thanks to 20th Century Fox, I was able to snag a copy of the new Alien Anthology on Blu Ray which just came out this past Tuesday. Do you want this? Do you REALLY want this? Ok, here’s what you need to do.
I am going to make you work for this one but I want you to write a couple of sentences to a paragraph about your favorite horror movie of all time. Submit the entry to me through my email, firstname.lastname@example.org or post on my Facebook page. When sending me the email, please make sure your name and mailing address is on the email. If via the Facebook page, I will contact you directly through your post as I don’t want your public information out there.
As far as the number of entries per person, there is no limit. However, each entry has to be a different horror movie review. As an extra entry to increase your chances, if you have listened to my Halloween/Horror podcast this past week, I discussed Alien and Aliens. Where do I rate them on my Top 10 all time favorite horror movies?
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This may be one of the reasons why it took me so long to have children myself. Child and Antichrist; synonymous don’t you think? Who would have thunk that the devil had the face of an angel? In any case, this is not quite the scare that The Exorcist had on me but there were enough scares for me to like it at a very early age. Question, what if the child was called something other than Damien like maybe Chuck or Bob? AKA read Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett. Would he have been the same problem child?
Oh, Leatherface. How I love you! You are creepy on so many level from the shoes on your feet to your blood stained apron to the mask of human flesh on your face. Seriously, you are the true American Psycho. When you compare Leatherface to another famous mass killer like Jason Vorhees, Friday the 13th, there is a real grounded sense of a killer out in the woods. With Jason, you could kill or maim or just piss him off but he will just keep after you. With Leatherface, he has the upper hand because the teens are playing on his terms and on his turf plus he has a chainsaw. That is totally cool.
by Montgomery Lopez
[Montgomery Lopez concentrates on the science fiction/horror/fantasy slice of the blogosphere at his Monster Scifi Show Blog]
Having known David Cronenberg primarily as a horror genre director, A History of Violence doesn’t exactly appear to be Cronenberg’s cup of tea on the surface. Even the summary from IMDB for this film, “a mild mannered man becomes a local hero through an act of violence, which sets off repercussions that will shake his family to its very core,” doesn’t necessarily sound like Cronenberg material. Even the opening 4-minute one-take shot is not representative of a typical Cronenberg film. But there is evidence of a thematic similarity that resonates throughout his films.
As with many of his films, there’s a constant thread of some type of metamorphosis within the main character like Max Renn (James Woods) in Videodrome, Seth Brundle (Jeff Goldblum) in The Fly, and even Rose (the late Marilyn Chambers) in Rabid. With Videodrome, Renn’s body is altered by the disturbing hallucinations he experiences due to watching Videodrome. In The Fly, Brundle is changed by an experiment gone horribly wrong. And in Rabid, Rose is infected after a botched surgery. These are all external forces that change these characters against their will.