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‘Sucker Punch’: The First Trailer

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Vanessa Hudgens in “Sucker Punch.”

Zack Snyder is The Man when it comes to films aimed at teenage boys. He scored a huge hit with the movie “300″ and paved the way for Gerard Butler to squander his talent in a series of romcoms. He also directed “Watchmen,” a film adaptation of the beloved comic book that was savaged by many critics because it’s part of the critical code to pan movies adapted from beloved comic books unless they’re directed by Christopher Nolan.

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jackie-earle-haley-and-vic-holtermanWhile out today, I checked my Facebook app on my iPhone and saw this uncanny resemblence. Those who saw Watchmen will recognize the guy on the right Jackie Earle Haley who played Roshchach. The guy on the right is Vic Holtreman who not only watched the movie but more importantly runs the Screenrant website. If you get a chance, click here to view his site. Also, click here to see what new project might be in the works for Jackie. If like what you see let Vic know and tell him that the Monster sent ya!


Having finally seen the movie right after re-reading the highly acclaimed graphic novel, I am overly happy with the adaptation. I will outright admit this movie had many flaws which I will discuss in a moment. My concern is that Watchmen is more than just going to see the film. Reading the graphic novel is a preresquiste to appreciate the scope and magnitude Synder tried to master on the screen. This is where the problem lies as with many movie goers will not be aware of the graphic novel. To put this into context, watching this movie reminded me of when I saw David Lynch’s Dune. A dear friend from my old neighborhood knew that this movie was for me. I loved what I saw but I had no idea about the book by Frank Herbert. I went into this movie cold and looking back, Dune too vast of a tale to tell with many story plots and characters that the movie failed to establish. I grew to appreciate Dune even more after reading the book several times. The same would apply to seeing Watchmen.



Since my cold hit me hard yesterday, I was not able to see Quantum of Solace nor the two trailers – Watchmen and Star Trek. Lucky for me and you, Tony from Cinema Viewfinder was kind enough to share his review and insights for the latest James Bond film.

Read below for his review:

It’s funny how when you see a lot of movies, you start seeing parallels in some of them. In the case of Quantum of Solace, directed by Marc Forster (Monster’s Ball), the 007 series’ first direct sequel, the film is designed much like a memory piece. In many respects, Quantum of Solace is about as close to surreal and stylized as I bet you’ll ever see a Bond flick get. And when seen as a companion to it’s predecessor, Casino Royale, it reminds me of what Soderbergh achieves with his Che films, The Argentine and Guerilla.

Casino Royale showed us the events that shaped the James Bond we’ve come to know in the long-running superspy series. Daniel Craig’s performance expertly spotlighted the brutal side of this government-sanctioned assassin who has an obvious chink in his steel armor for the women. When he loses his newfound love of his life, Vesper (Eve Green), to a shadow organization he was previously unaware of, the movie ends with Bond determined to make the destruction of the organization his life’s mission. But where to begin?

Forster’s film starts right in the thick of things with Bond in a stunning car chase through a tunnel in Italy. Only, this chase is staged as if a subjective memory, with aural ellipses in the action. This teaser is only the prelude to a film full of such surreal and dissonant designs. A shootout at a restaurant adjacent to an elaborate outdoor opera house becomes a dangerous ballet, the gunfight intercut with a performance of Puccini’s Tosca, with the opera serving double duty as the setpiece’s score. Even the opera stage, a giant eyeball, seems like something out of Dali. Later, Craig’s walk in from a Bolivian desert, where Bond was stranded, affords us the opportunity to see the unusual sight of the elegant suit clad man dusted up and surrounded by the impoverished locals.

And hasn’t that always been the appeal of the classic Bond? Sean Connery, and now Craig, always give spot-on performances because they know that 007 is essentially a gorilla in a tuxedo (this informed more by the Scottish working-class Connery than the more refined character of Ian Fleming’s novels). Bond is a natural-born killer, easier educated to mingle in the stratospheric circles his job required him to traffic in, since his inherent talent to coldly terminate is impossible to learn.

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WATCHMEN on Yahoo! Movies

Posted: November 13, 2008 in Scifi
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