Archive for October, 2007

“Did nobody come to save me just because they missed me?” – Jack Sparrow

Posted in Movie Buzz on October 29, 2007 by Brandon

It’s been awhile since I’ve posted some buzzity buzz buzz and general movie chatter, so let’s do that now, shall we?

A new I Am Legend trailer hit theaters this past weekend – I saw it along with Saw IV. And boy does it look better than ever. This is going to be a kick-ass sci-fi movie, the shot in the arm that science fiction has been needing for a long long time, ever since Episode III hit us a couple years back. Transformers was the injection into the bloodstream, and I Am Legend will be the actual chemicals rushing into our bodies. Thank you, Will Smith. Even if it doesn’t get the best of reviews, which it probably won’t, I bet I am still going to love this movie.

Oh, and in case you were wondering, here’s what a hybrid between a predator and an alien looks like. I know, I think it’s weird too. But hey, as long as it’s rated R, I don’t care either way.

Here’s a snapshot of the the new Wall-E poster, that pixar flick that’s coming next summer. It looks pretty spectacular, probably not beating Finding Nemo or Ratatouille, but still, I betcha it’s gonna be good.

And this just seems kinda rude. Making a new Star trek flick but not inviting the original Captain Kirk back? I assume they have plot reasons to only invite Leonard Nimoy back on set, but still, it seems like it’s a pretty harsh snub. I love his comment, “It seemed like a bad marketing decision to not have me come back.” Gotta love that one of a kind Shatner arrogance. I’m pretty sure only he would say something like that.

And oooh ooh ooh!! M. Night is finally back in business! Well, if anyone’s a good choice, it’s Mark Wahlberg. I’m excited. It has been too long since Shyamalan has given us a good scare. Lady in the Water was just disappointing, the Village was below par – I mean, Signs was the last good thing. Let’s hope “The Happening” happens. Ha ha I kill me. And ooo Zooey Deschanel is in it! Okay, he’s got some talent. I’m with you on this one, Night.

Oh fudge. This is bad news if I ever heard it. A Spyro movie would be a good idea, but not one from the writers who are bringing us Dr. DoLittle 4. GAAAAH…why do great movie concepts have to be destroyed by medicore minds? I mean, the tales of Spyro, before they turned into crap, would actually have turned into good movies, but now….well, now they’re being turned into Dr. DoLittle 4, basically. Boo.

 Done with work – that’s it for now! Later!

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Saw IV (7/10)

Posted in Uncategorized on October 28, 2007 by Brandon

SPOILER WARNING: Do not read this review unless you have seen the previous three Saws.

The Saw series has been interesting, to say the least. It has morphed from a low budget homage to slasher flicks into a cash cow for Lionsgate, one that has consistently delivered, racking up increasingly bigger profits each year for the past three years, and when serial killer Jigsaw perished at the end of the last film, many questioned how it would be possible to continue the franchise with the main bad guy dead, but fear not! Jigsaw is alive and well (sorta kinda) in this new entry that is actually better than the splatter fest that graced theaters last Halloween.

The film opens with an over-the-top scene in which we see a couple of doctors performing an autopsy of Jigsaw’s body. Everything is revealed to us in explicit detail, and by the time the doctors have found a tape buried in Jigsaw’s stomach that reveals that the killer is not yet done with his games, we have been so desensitized to blood that unfortunately the traps later on in the film don’t surprise or gross-out that much. It’s obvious Bousman, the director, wanted to start out with a disgusting gore-fest as we see the famous killer (literally) taken apart piece by piece, but it doesn’t help the film in the least. It’s as bad as last year when Bousman though “scary” meant “brain surgery.” Nope, not gonna work.

Detective Hoffman is brought in to investigate the tape, and along for the ride as well is SWAT member Rigg, who has made cameo appearances in the past two films, and FBI Agent Strahm. Rigg’s wife has been kidnapped and Jigsaw has left a trail of clues behind for him to find her; Agent Strahm is using Jigsaw’s ex-wife to find clues into the mind of the killer; and Hoffman is in a trap with a familiar faced detective the whole film. None of the performance are worth mentioning (except for Tobin Bell as Jigsaw, which I’ll get to later) – they all reek of B-movie scream-as-loud-as-possible

-while-grimacing-weirdly cliches, but they do their job just fine and aren’t very distracting.

So what about the plot, you ask? Well, I’ll tell you. Except for the line that we all knew was coming, “You thought I was dead, but the games have just begun,” this is an outing that actually manages to be better than the previous film, not only because it successfully tackles the problem of what to do after Jigsaw is dead, but also because it manages to be an intriguingly psychological thrill ride along the way, looking more like the first movie, with numerous flashbacks and flash forwards, and an ending that will have more than one viewer saying, “wait, what?” The saw films have always been distinct from other horror flicks because of how before you see each film it’s practically a guaranteed necessity that you see the ones before it. With this movie, you will be completely lost from the first frame if you have not seen all three Saws. And because it’s a film that does not need to take about fifteen or twenty minutes to tell us about backstory, it can spend that much more time weaving a labyrinthine path of clues, death, and traps. Saw IV is the most confusing of the foursome, and with new writers at the helm, their inexperience is shown as they sometimes clumsily try to tie in too many threads to what came before. At times it felt like the movie would fall apart because every single piece is somehow tied to what came before, but that is precisely what I liked about it.

Most of the characters in this movie are ones that we’ve seen before, especially Jigsaw. Though we do get to see even more Jigsaw backstory in this, it’s a mixed blessing. In my review of the third one, I said that seeing Jigsaw lying on a table with tubes poking into him practically completely removed his threat, and as we see more and more into all of his backstory in this, it has a very humanizing effect in that it almost takes away his threat too much. Giving the villain greater layers is always a good idea, but the writing is not strong enough here to do it competently enough. However, the mistakes in this are fortunately saved because of the very fact that Jigsaw is dead. Seeing Jigsaw’s body lying on a sterile autopsy table in the first few minutes raises him to a mythological level, the kind that only corpses can achieve. Jigsaw is now untouchable, and because of that, his terror has reached a new high.

The storyline of this movie is also sometimes a little too confusing for its own good. I’m a viewer who understood Pirates 2, Pirates 3, Matrix 2, and Matrix 3, all upon the first viewing, and I’m still scratching my head after seeing Saw IV last night. I feel like these newbie writers were too pressured to give the film the trademark rug-out-from-under-you type of ending, and thus inserted the final flourish almost as an afterthought. Half of the surprise is telegraphed, and the other would have worked better if it had been tweaked, but combined they are better than the weak half-surprise that Bousman gave us at the end of Saw III. And because these are new writers, it almost feels as if they have a paint by numbers kit, adding in stuff here and there that is a trademark of Saw films, but not really being particularly creative. The gore is the lowest we’ve seen since the first movie, with only a few traps here and there and nothing that really bests what we’ve seen before, but it was a welcome break from the blood-soaked joke that the third one was. Much of the third one felt like it was just trying to top itself with each subsequent trap, but with this one, the traps are more carefully thought out, even though they are fewer and farther between. The only exception to this rule is a victim hanging from a noose in the ceiling standing on a block of ice, which just seems lazy, taken right out of the classic riddle.

The best thing about this film is that it sets the stage for Saws V and VI, with numerous plot threads dangling all over the place begging to be resolved. With Saws V and VI already greenlit by the studio, and a potential two-year break before the next one, the writers are intentionally setting up a trilogy, rather than just building upon what came before as best they could. Though this installment is wobbly and very frayed around the edges, my money’s on the fifth one being much better, possibly even as good as the second. With two years to work on the script, it also won’t feel like it’s as much of a rushed job as this one was. I’m very excited to see what direction they take this series in.

Oddly enough, killing Jigsaw at the end of the third film was probably the best possible thing that could have happened to the franchise, a coup de grace that seemed like the triumphant final flourish to a complicated web of interconnected storylines, but one that revealed itself, upon further inspection, to merely be the clicking on the mini cassette recorder that signaled that raspy, inimitable creepy voice to start telling us that he’d like to play a game. Well, I quite enjoyed this most recent game that Jigsaw gave us, and I’m quite willing to play a fifth, and maybe even a sixth time. And who knows? At this rate, Saw VII doesn’t seem like an impossibility.

The Spider Man

Posted in Movie Buzz on October 20, 2007 by Brandon

Well, looky looky looky right here. Seems like imdb believes Sam Raimi to be directing the next Spider-Man movie, which is already set for 2009. I wonder if he’s actually doing it or if it’s just rumored at the moment? But hey, IMDB is pretty reliable, so who knows? I only hope that he is, because no one else could do it like him.

Star Trek Cast List and My Thoughts! (Part One)

Posted in Movie Buzz on October 19, 2007 by Brandon

The cast is in and it is set (pretty much, at least)!!!! And now I give my thoughts on who JJ Abrams chose to replace the beloved original crew of the Enterprise.  Let’s take a look at them, shall we? I’ll analyze the three main chosen ones tonight and then the others in a bit then put all of them together in a video on youtube. Enjoy!

Captain James Tiberius Kirk


Chris Pine. Hmm. Random. I don’t know if I see the reason Abrams decided on this one, but I’m going to trust J.J. He successfully gave the Mission Impossible serious a serious shot in the arm last year, and I think he’s the perfect choice for directing the new Star Trek flick. Chris Pine is a questionable choice, but let’s wait and see. I don’t know enough about him to judge yet. He has been in Just My Luck and The Princess Diaries 2, though….*cringe*

Science Officer Spock


Can there be any question why there can’t be any question? Creepy super baddie Sylar Zachary Quinto was the first Trek crew member decision for a very good reason – there is literally no other man alive who could capture Spock so perfectly, and he’s done plenty of TV to get ready for a Trek film adaptation – plus he has the original Spock’s stamp of approval. I mean, can it get any better than that? This guy has my stamp of approval, for sure.

Doctor “Bones” McCoy

Karl Urban has been officially cast as Dr. McCoy. Not ShiaLeBoeuf, but oh well. Personally, I don’t have much faith in Urban’s acting skills – he made me want to punch him with his absolutely horrible performance in Pathfinder, and the performance was due more to his flaws than the movie. And if you look at his performance in Lord of the Rings it’s nothing to brag about either. Oddly enough Doom was his best outing. Hmm….where exactly are you going with this, Abrams? I see the resemblance, but the resume….? Hooeee.

Well that’s it for captain, weird alien logical dude, and drunken doctor. The rest of the cast is more in watery territory, specifically Sulu and Scotty, so I’m gonna wait a little bit on those – but they will come. Fear not, my dear Trekkies.

The E.N.D.

Posted in Band on October 19, 2007 by Brandon

Sorry I haven’t posted in a while – I have been very busy catching up with my behind schoolwork. I just wanted to say really quickly….

YES!! My second favorite group, the Black Eyed Peas, has set a date for their new album, called The E.N.D., standing for Energy Never Dies. Unfortunately it’s not for another year, but hey, at leas they didn’t wait for four years like Linkin Park. And thank goodness Fergie is coming back and not sticking solo. Those guys are excellent together, they shouldn’t leave each other yet.

The crew of the USS Enterprise approaches completion!

Posted in Movie Buzz on October 14, 2007 by Brandon

Wooooooooop dee doo! Check out this RT article right here. The roles for Scotty and Sulu have been filled for the new Star Trek flick, and they are none other than Simon Pegg and John Cho!! And also, Chris Pine, of Princess Diaries 2 and Just My Luck fame, has been approached to play the legendary James T. Kirk. Here’s hoping he actually ends up being good, as neither of those movies inspires much confidence in me.

In any case, I think that both Pegg and Cho are excellent choices for the roles. Pegg has shown he has a fantastic flair for comedy, but that he also knows how to play good drama. Cho showed a lot better dramatic/comedic potential than the sometimes annoyingly loud John Cho in Harold & Kumar. In any case, most every person chosen so far for this movie looks like they have a good balance of dramatic and comedic ability. Abrams is rounding out his cast nicely. And add that the versatile and always interesting Eric Bana playing the villain Nero, these are the beginnings of a near sure fire hit. I’m anxious to see who will be the writers and special effects people as well. Gaaah, I can’t believe there’s still a year to go!!!

If Chris Pine says yes, there’s just about one person left in this cast. McCoy. Who will it be? A guy over at AICN says he thinks it should be Shia LeBoeuf, which seems to make sense. But would Indy 4 interfere with that. Here’s hoping it won’t.

Sonic, he’s got an attitude, Sonic, he’s the fastest thing in liiiiiiiife!!!!

Posted in Uncategorized on October 11, 2007 by Brandon

Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it’s SONIC THE HEDGEHOG, CONFIRMED IN SUPER SMASH BROTHERS BRAWL!!

He’s blue, he’s bad, and he’s beating some serious crap out of the wussy Mario in this video intro right here.

Wow. Wow wow wow. I keep on shaking my head because video game history has just been revolutionized for the ages. Now, Sonic lovers and Mario lovers can finally duke it out in an epic battle of the ages. Finally we will know the answer to who is better, Mario or Sonic? And from this video, I think we can see who is the clear winner. 🙂 Hahahahaha. I’m pretty sure the only thing that could make my day better would be winning a million dollars. And even that wouldn’t really do anything because I’d just want to buy Brawl more, and nothing is gonna make that come faster, because now the release date is “TBD.” I think they weren’t gonna put Sonic in until everybody started clamoring for him, so they added him relatively recently in comparison to all the other characters. Oh well, I’d wait another six months, hell, even a year, if it meant having Sonic in Brawl. That guy is worth the wait.

And in case that video makes you doubt, here’s a link to the official Smash Brothers website. Screw that Mario and Sonic at the Olympic games crap. Nobody debating who would win between the two video game titans was talking about how far each of them could jump, or how far they could throw a discus or javelin. It was talking about an all-out, head-to-head, brawl, and that’s what we’re getting. Pardon my french, but I think it is an appropriate time to say it, and no other words could describe the feelings accurately enough.

Fuck yes. Mario, you better watch your ass, cuz Sonic is comin’ after it with lightning-fast speed.