Over the years this blog has changed course a few times, but it will always remain true to it’s roots when it comes to stuff like this…
This trailer has been up on YouTube for a bit now, but I had to include it somewhere on the blog, then I remembered that this little site had it’s humble beginnings worshipping the man, the God, the Geek that is Kevin Smith.
Cop Out sees a major shift in the movies that we’re used to seeing from Kevin Smith, a buddy cop flick is definitely not in line with previous efforts in the least. However, I for one am waiting with baited breath and can’t wait for it to arrive here. With the change in direction I’m sure it will get it’s fair share of haters, but as I haven’t watched a film of his that I didn’t like – I won’t be one of them. Plus I have this uncanny ability to like this dude’s stuff no matter what… And yes, I lovedJersey Girl, hand-on-heart.
The film, originally titled A Couple of Dicks, has the tagline: Rock Out With Your Glock Out – Typical Moves,
is a cop-comedy about a veteran NYPD cop whose rare baseball card is stolen. Since it’s his only hope to pay for his daughter’s upcoming wedding, he recruits his partner to track down the thief, a memorabilia-obsessed gangster. [from IMDB]
If you’re interested in all things Silent Bob then it’s not hard to find him on the internet. He is a major nerd when it comes to blogging, tweeting and various other forms of interwub interaction. The best place to start is probably his personal online diary – My Boring Ass Life – which hasn’t been all that boring in the last month as you’ll see if you go and read it…
News from the Hollywood Reporter site The Live Feed suggests that Katee Sackhoff is to join Kiefer Sutherland in season 8 of 24 next year. So this could mean that the DD Reboot I mentioned last month might not go ahead with her as Typhoid Mary. Shame. In other 24 news, Mr. Buffy – Freddie Prinze Jr. is also lined up for a reoccurring role in the hit series.
Don’t get me wrong, I love both the X-Men franchise and Heroes, and mixing the best bits of them into this effect laden cluster fudge of a picture gives you get a couple of hours of delectable indulgence. It’s utter escapism and bloody enjoyable to-boot.
I’ll be honest and say that I wasn’t expecting too much and maybe that worked in its favour. The line-up of Dakota Fanning (who is awesome), Chris Evans and Djimon Hounsou didn’t fill me with awe but they do their jobs in a way above par manor. Evans plays Nick Gant, a man with a special gift – he can move things telekinetically. The problem with this is that The Division (a Government Agency) wants him for their own means. Not wanting to become a lab-rat and be tested on with a new drug that is supposed to enhance the power he holds, he goes on the run with the aid of a young 13 year old girl – Cassie (Fanning) in an attempt to overthrow The Division and save her mother and the other ‘special’ people in the process that are locked up in a facility somewhere.
All this action takes place in the gutter sprawl that is Hong Kong. Into the mix comes a plethora of ‘abled’ beings. Sniffers, Screamers, Shadows … the list goes on. But with all these super-powered people on the loose, who’s going to stop them from bringing the walls of Hong Kong down?
Director Paul McGuigan‘s (Lucky Number Slevin, Wicker Park) vision of a bustling cityscape being obliterated by super beings
Awesomely enjoyable jaunt, an absolute must for all Super Hero fans and anyone that enjoys a good slice of movie magic pie!
That’s right, 9 picture deal!
So we all know that he’s going to pop up in Iron Man 2, Thor, Captain America and The Avengers. I should imagine he will have his own Nick Fury pic too, add this to the sequels that are bound to happen and you have a mouth watering collection of Fan Boy fodder. Oooooh, hope they do Secret Wars …..
Some things should be left well alone.
You would think that Hollywood would have learned it’s lesson by knowing full well that they have not made a successful remake of any foreign film, especially Asian … ever. If you disagree, shout out, but I think it’s hard to prove. And before you say that Scorsese got Oscars for his Infernal Affairs rip off, he shouldn’t have done – they should have gone to the original creator – Plus his version sucked [IMO].
And now they’re going to do it again… this time with a film that should be left alone completely.
Yes, Chan-wook Park’s masterpiece: ‘Oldboy’ is getting the Will Smith treatment… Will Smith for God’s sake!! Not only that, it looks like non other that Mr. Steven Spielberg may be at the helm… Oh God help us.
Whilst I have a major amount of respect and admiration for both Spielberg and Smith, I cannot find the words to describe the taste in my mouth caused by this news…
Just saw a longer preview of the new Bond flick, Casino Royale. I don’t know about anybody else, but I have been a bit worried about it mainly due to the ads concerning him driving the new Ford Mondeo.. I mean, wtf right! Well this preview on eat cinema showed him not only driving a DB7, but rolling it and writing it off. Phew… Panic over… Although I’m still hesitant about the decision to do a ‘prequel’. Fingers crossed, only a fortnight to wait…
According to the Sunday Mail (UK), the top 50 films to see before you die are as follows:
1 Apocalypse Now
2 The Apartment
3 City of God
5 Sexy Beast
6 2001: A Space Odyssey
7 North by Northwest
8 A Bout de Souffle 9 Donnie Darko
12 Lost in Translation
13 The Shawshank Redemption
14 Lagaan: Once Upon A Time in India
15 Pulp Fiction
16 Touch of Evil
18 Black Narcissus 19 Boyz ‘n the Hood
20 The Player
21 Come and See 22 Heavenly Creatures
23 A Night at the Opera
24 Erin Brockovich
26 The Breakfast Club
28 Fanny and Alexander
29 Pink Flamingos
30 All About Eve 31 Scarface
32 Terminator 2
33 Three Colours: Blue
34 The Royal Tenenbaums
35 The Ladykillers 36 Fight Club
37 The Searchers 38 Mulholland Drive
39 The Ipcress File
40 The King of Comedy
42 Dawn of the Dead
43 Princess Mononoke
44 Raising Arizona
46 This Sporting Life 47 Brazil
48 Aguirre: The Wrath of God 49 Secrets and Lies
I admit that there are a few good flicks in there, but the top 50? I don’t think so. So I’m gonna do something brave here and try and get you lot to actually participate in something on this blog for a change (instead of reading it and not bothering to comment).
In your comments, highlight (BB HMTL coding allowed) the films you’ve seen, then when you’ve got some time make your own… I think top 10 is more feasible. We’ll see how in touch with the masses the Mail is. I’ll post mine in the comments after I’ve received a few posts…
Biff (Ace Comics) is good enough to drop a copy of the latest Wizard magazine in with my monthly order. I go through phases with this mag, it’s written in a way that it takes the piss out of itself and everything else in the comics industry, but still manages to remain ‘Fanboy’ at heart. This can get a bit boring after a while, so I don’t subscribe to it. However, every few months I’ll get one to see what’s happening and this month is a good issue to catch up on all that’s Spider-Man 3. The teaser poster has been released and Spidey sits in the rain on a rooftop in … yep … a black costume (sneak peak at the official web site here)! Any Fanboy worth their salt will know what this could mean … Venom. Which is totally weird as the rumour mill has the hero facing The Hobgoblin and The Sandman in the 2007 flick. Although some interesting facts that have surfaced put Topher Grace of ‘That 70’s Show‘ fame in the frame for Eddie Brock – Sony won’t confirm this, but the rumour is strong enough for IMDB to put him in the part. Other rumours suggest that Raimi won’t be doing any further installments of the Spider-Man franchise, and because of this his last offering will be an all out slug fest with plenty of CGI effects … especially surrounding The Sandman, which I can’t wait for! But I suppose the biggest Fanboy revelation is that Gwen Stacey appears in the cast list! Raimis’ attempts at keeping to the continuity of the book have been pretty awesome, apart from the glaring omission of Gwen as Peter Parkers’ love interest from the start. How he plans to mix it up in this movie remains to be seen, but I have a sneaking suspicion that Peter and MJ’s relationship maybe heading for rough water …
Yeah, I know, I’m broke. But some things in life are more important than food. Like Director’s Cut DVD’s of Jennifer Garner (my mate) in Elektra. That’s way I’m writing this with a grin on my face, as in todays post my eagerly awaited DVD arrives!
So after my gym session and subsequent physio appointment, I’ll be closing the blinds and getting down to some serious Garner Gazing …
My hopes are that this flick will kick the theatrical releases arse, the same as the Daredevil Director’s Cut did. It wasn’t recieved that well on release, and to date it still only scores a meager 5.1 on IMDB. I actually thought that the film was okay. It had it’s bad points, but so do all films adapted from comic books (except the X-Men franchise, which totally rocks).
I’ll write more after I’ve seen it …
My day’s been spent mainly sitting around reading. I was paid yesterday, which meant I could stock the cupboards and fridge, but my back is giving me so much trouble I decide that Sunday would be okay to do the grocery shopping. I’ve got enough tea in stock to last a week, and as the Chinese proverb goes – “Drinking a daily cup of tea will surely starve the apothecary.” So with a bit of luck, after the amount I’ve been drinking today, I shouldn’t need pain killers for ages!!
Geek stuff: Comics
If you get a chance to read Y – The Last Man I highly recommend it. I’ve just finished reading the first 20 or so issues, and I’m hooked. Crazy plot about a global plague wiping out everyone and everything with a Y chromosome except one dude and his monkey.
Film [contains spoilers]Jet Li’s new flick Fearless is worth a watch too. I’m not a big Li fan, but I have to admit that after seeing Hero I was sorta converted. I’ve picked up a few of his better known ‘classic’ flicks (the Once Upon a Time in China saga, Fist of Legend etc,) and thoroughly enjoyed them, but last years ‘Danny the Dog‘ (aka Unleashed) was a disappointment. So I approached Fearless with a little apprehension. It’s clever on a couple of levels, the first act is a string of fights (choreographed by Yeun Woo-Ping of Matrix fame), and it takes a while for the second act to get going. Not because it’s slow, but because the fights take up a lot of time! Then the story gets moralistic after Li’s characters mother and daughter are murdered. And finally ends where you expect, so no real surprises. Saying that, I enjoyed it enough to give it a recommendation. So hire the DVD if you get a chance.
Whilst being out of commission for the day, it gave me a chance to catch up on some DVD watchage. The Pioneer accepted donations in the form of ‘Wallace & Gromit in The Curse of the Were-Rabbit‘ and ‘Derailed‘, the latter of which was not really what I was expecting but was okay. W & G however, rocked!
It’s 1.30 a.m. and I’ve been awake an hour or so. I take a shot at getting back to sleep after waking up – but it ain’t happening. I get to thinking about making the site a little more interactive and head to Lu to see if my studying cgi has paid off (see comments form below …). It’s not bad, but not exactly what I was after – I think an upgrade on the web server might be in order for me to finally run WorldPress, that way I won’t have to do as much work. I’ll take a stab at trying it out on my Apache server first to see how it goes.
I make some tea and toast and watch a flick.
‘Four Brothers’ stars Marky Mark as one of four brothers out for revenge after the death of their mother. I wasn’t expecting much, so I was kind of pleased when it turned out to be an ‘Okay Movie’.
Directed by John Singleton (who does a great job at filming the first ever car chase in a snow storm), gets a lot out of Wahlberg (who was totally outclassed by his chimpanzee co-star in Planet of the Apes *Fuck Tim Burton!*), who shows that his range is a lot more extensive than originally perceived, but not much. Singleton is revisiting his youth in a way, recreating a gritty ‘gangsta’, urban war zone, much like his Los Angeles backdrop shown in ‘Boyz n the Hood’, but has moved it to the suburbs of Detroit, Michigan. It has the same sort of edge though, a group of lost causes comes good, but in a bad way.
Anyway, ‘Four Brothers’ is the LoLyfe recommendation for the weekend, go see it – if not, try ‘March of the Penguins’ – a great documentary.
I watch another film after Four Brothers, a Korean film called ‘Sympathy for Mr Vengeance’. Directed by Chan-wook Park, the same guy that brought us the masterpiece that is ‘Oldboy’, goes into the ‘vengeance’ theme heavily once more. But at times throughout this grisly and sometimes funny movie, he shows an artistic side that is quite remarkable.
**spoiler alert** Don’t read on if you haven’t seen this flick yet**
A scene where a man is recovering after seeing his daughters autopsy is photographed from above. He is in shadow but the Policeman beside him is in bright sun light – a striking contrast that looks amazing on screen.
The flick finishes around 9 a.m. and I do a bit of cleaning, then I work on the book for a bit, but my creative juices aren’t flowing freely enough for me to make much progress. I decide to boot up Legion and sort out the eMail problem from yesterday. This takes me the better part of an hour, but is sorted in the end.
I waste the next few hours building a movie database and exporting it into HTML so that I can upload it to the site. I’ve been using Dreamweaver for so long, my CSS skills have lapsed into obscurity! The database is up and can be viewed if you want, it’s really only for my use but people often ask if I have a particular flick – so you can just check yourself now. I’ll put a hyperlink up in the nav bar when it’s fully operational, in the meantime you can view the database as a text file or a thumbnail driven HTML site.