Archive | July, 2010

Inception Review

17 Jul

by: Captain Oblivious

We now have another reason to praise 2008’s The Dark Knight. It’s success gave Christopher Nolan the clout to request 200 million dollars to make his dream project, pun intended.

Inception is a big time summer movie but one that sets itself apart from all the rest in that it makes you use that piece of gray matter lodged in your skull. If all you thought by the preview was this movie was as simple as keeping up with a dream inside of a dream you are in for a mental lock. This movie keeps piling on layer upon layer of dream worlds all with their own set of rules, cons and concepts of time. I hope the general audience truly appreciates the world or worlds that Christopher Nolan has crafted.

You are instantly thrown into the fire and must learn who the players are and what their parts are. Terms like extractor, point man, forger, architect and the shade all have their role to play in the job at hand.

The job I am speaking of is called inception. Thought impossible by most it is more than just stealing a secret from someone’s subconcious, it is breaking into someone’s mind to plant an idea. An idea that the mark must believe was their own and not put their by someone else.To try and describe all the layers of Inception would cheat anyone out of the beauty of the complexities of the movie.

Just as in The Dark Knight the entire cast is pitch perfect. Starting off with Leonardo DiCaprio who I thought was amazing in Shutter Island.He carries this massive movie on his shoulders with ease. Along with DiCaprio, Joseph Gordon Levitt shines brightly as he is finally getting over the stigma of being a child actor and is quickly becoming one of the best actors in Hollywood.

Even the side players like Ellen Page, Tom Hardy and Ken Wantanabe make this movie feel like a complete experience, not just a flick with a big star and a bunch of also rans.

It has only been twelve hours since I left the theater and my mind is still working on all the intricacies that Nolan was able to fill this movie with. It is not hard to understand but the thing that will keep your brain working overtime is how beautiful the concept is and how well it was translated to film by a film maker that is at the top of the game right now. A visionary that followed up a truly great movie with something that will be remembered for years to come…..his masterpiece.

Score: 9.5/10

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New Shots Of Thor And Green Lantern

16 Jul

by: Captain Oblivious

Yesterday we got the first look of Ryan Reynolds as Green Lantern thanks to the new cover of Entertainment Weekly on newsstands today. Here are the rest of the shots scanned from this week’s issue along with an extra goodie shot of Thor and Odin for good measure.

Predators Review

16 Jul

by: Captain Oblivious

Hollywood should learn sometimes that the best way to remake something is to go back to basics. This is why Predators works so well. The movie begins with star Adrien Brody in free fall desperately attempting to open a parachute. After a rather rough landing the title comes on screen and we are off and running in the jungle.

Brody begins to find other survivors that have blacked out like him and awoken falling through the clouds. When they begin to learn more about each other they begin to realize that they are all effective killers in different parts of the world and the grim realization sets in that they are being hunted. But by whom or what is the mystery.

The film feels like the original with the jungle setting as well as the slow build to when we finally see the hunters begin to make their move on the prey. The group begins to try and work together to plan a way to kill their captors but quickly learn that these hunters are very smart and adapt quickly to tactics. Along the way they meet up with a lone survivor who is a few cherries short of a fruit cup.

The first 45 minutes goes at a deliberate pace. It doesn’t throw you into an all out battle with an alien species in the first ten minutes. This is why the first Predator worked. Create suspense while interspersing the exploration with short bursts of chaos. The final third of the movie then goes balls to the wall as it should. Firefights galore, decapitations and even a sword fight between a Yakuza member and a predator.

The cast includes Laurence Fishburne, Topher Grace and Danny Treo but this is Adrien Brody’s bad ass coming out party. The Oscar winner channels his inner Arnold and makes you think that by staying with him people have a chance to survive even though he prefers to be on his own. At one point he even belts out the classic “Come on do it, kill me” line. Arnold should be proud. Because after 23 years we finally get a worthy successor to Predator.

Score:8.25/10

San Diego Comic Con 2010 Sunday Lineup

16 Jul

by: Captain Oblivious

Whew….after what Saturday holds Sunday is a nice slowdown with a whole lot of TV panel discussions. For the poor folks like me that can not go to San Diego it is a chance to catch back up with life…or lack thereof. Let’s see what will be closing out the 2010 San Diego Comic Con.

Tribute To Jack Kirby (10:00-11:00)

– The legend who helped create the Fantastic Four, Captain America and The Hulk to name a few is always a great topic of interest at Comic Con. Biographer Mark Evanier moderates this open discussion about a true comic genius.

Smallville (10:00-11:00)

– Who woulda thunk it. Smallville is entering it’s tenth season! And while I lost interest in Smallville around season 3 amazingly the show has gotten very good again in it’s eighth and ninth seasons. With this being the final season what does the future hold? Stars Tom Welling, Erica Durance and producers talk about what to expect.

Castle (10:30-11:30)

– I am a huge Nathan Fillion fan but haven’t watched one episode of Castle yet. I am glad he has finally gotten a good hit show going though.

Supernatural (11:15-12:15)

– Now that creator Eric Kripke’s five year story arc has concluded he has stepped aside and is taking on an advisory role. Stars Jenson Ackles and Jared Padelecki along with creator Eric Kripke and new show runner Sera Gamble will show footage from the upcoming sixth season and discuss what the shows’ future will hold.

Merlin (11:45-12:45)

– Before you say anything no this is not a special about former football great and flower pusher Merlin Olsen. Anthony Stewart Head (of Buffy and more or less Repo fame) stars as the titular character, the wizard Merlin. Already a hit internationally this will be the first Comic Con panel for the show.

American Dad (12:30-1:15)

– Call me crazy but the last two seasons of American Dad have actually had more laughs than Family Guy. Seth and Rachael MacFarlane will show a new episode of American Dad as well as talk about the new season which will have the 100th episode.

Glee (1:30-2:30)

– The new “it” show returns for it’s second Comic Con. Stars and creator Ryan Murphy will share what season two will hold. I am guessing singing, dancing and more stories of homosexual intolerance.

Sons of Anarchy and It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia (2:45-3:45)

– Two of my favorite shows back to back. Hard to believe that Sunny is going into it’s sixth season. And yet it still remains as funny as the first.

Buffy the Musical (4:00-5:00)

– A screening of the musical Buffy episode “Once More With Feeling” with a decidedly Rocky Horror twist. Audience members are encouraged to sing a long, dance around the ballroom and basically act like they are in the episode…..I wish I was there.

Like i said this is the closing day so it is a way lighter schedule. You can see the complete Sunday lineup here

Chestbursting……in HD!!!!

15 Jul

by: Captain Oblivious

FINALLY! 20th Century Fox has finally lifted the veil on the Alien Anthology Blu-Ray set. Releasing on October 26th may pose a problem for me though. Seeing as that is also the date for the Back to the Future Blu-Ray set. WTF?! So like 200 bucks in one day……oh well the price we pay for being nerds.

This won’t be some cheap copy to Blu-Ray either as each film has individually undergone full HD transfers so they will look as good as technology allows. The set hosts a whopping 60 hours of bonus materials……60! That’s a 6 followed by a 0. That includes all special features that have spanned every Alien release including the Laserdisc edition. Going old school. As well as never before seen footage like Sigourney Weaver’s screen testings and more.

Ok are you ready for this? You gotta have your big boy pants on and be prepared to read a lot. Here is what the set will include. Aaaaaaaaand go…..

Disc One: Alien

  • 1979 Theatrical Version
  • 2003 Director’s Cut with Ridley Scott Introduction
  • Audio Commentary by Director Ridley Scott, Writer Dan O’Bannon, Executive Producer Ronald Shusett, Editor Terry Rawlings, Actors Sigourney Weaver, Tom Skerritt, Veronica Cartwright, Harry Dean Stanton and John Hurt
  • Audio Commentary (for Theatrical Cut only) by Ridley Scott
  • Final Theatrical Isolated Score by Jerry Goldsmith
  • Composer’s Original Isolated Score by Jerry Goldsmith
  • Deleted and Extended Scenes
  • MU-TH-UR Mode Interactive Experience with Weyland-Yutani Datastream

Disc Two: Aliens

  • 1986 Theatrical Version
  • 1991 Special Edition with James Cameron Introduction
  • Audio Commentary by Director James Cameron, Producer Gale Anne Hurd, Alien Effects Creator Stan Winston, Visual Effects Supervisors Robert Skotak and Dennis Skotak, Miniature Effects Supervisor Pat McClung, Actors Michael Biehn, Bill Paxton, Lance Henriksen, Jenette Goldstein, Carrie Henn and Christopher Henn
  • Final Theatrical Isolated Score by James Horner
  • Composer’s Original Isolated Score by James Horner
  • Deleted and Extended Scenes
  • MU-TH-UR Mode Interactive Experience with Weyland-Yutani Datastream

Disc Three: Alien3

  • 1992 Theatrical Version
  • 2003 Special Edition (Restored Workprint Version)
  • Audio Commentary by Cinematographer Alex Thomson, B.S.C., Editor Terry Rawlings, Alien Effects Designers Alec Gillis and Tom Woodruff, Jr., Visual Effects Producer Richard Edlund, A.S.C., Actors Paul McGann and Lance Henriksen
  • Final Theatrical Isolated Score by Elliot Goldenthal
  • Deleted and Extended Scenes
  • MU-TH-UR Mode Interactive Experience with Weyland-Yutani Datastream

Disc Four: Alien Resurrection

  • 1997 Theatrical Version
  • 2003 Special Edition with Jean-Pierre Jeunet Introduction
  • Audio Commentary by Director Jean-Pierre Jeunet, Editor Herve Schneid, A.C.E., Alien Effects Creators Alec Gillis and Tom Woodruff, Jr., Visual Effects Supervisor Pitof, Conceptual Artist Sylvain Despretz, Actors Ron Perlman, Dominique Pinon and Leland Orser
  • Final Theatrical Isolated Score by John Frizzell
  • Deleted and Extended Scenes
  • MU-TH-UR Mode Interactive Experience with Weyland-Yutani Datastream

Disc Five: Making The Anthology

  • The Beast Within: Making Alien
    • Star Beast: Developing the Story
    • The Visualists: Direction and Design
    • Truckers in Space: Casting
    • Fear of the Unknown: Shepperton Studios, 1978
    • The Darkest Reaches: Nostromo and Alien Planet
    • The Eighth Passenger: Creature Design
    • Future Tense: Editing and Music
    • Outward Bound: Visual Effects
    • A Nightmare Fulfilled: Reaction to the Film
    • Enhancement Pods
  • Superior Firepower: Making Aliens
    • 57 Years Later: Continuing the Story
    • Building Better Worlds: From Concept to Construction
    • Preparing for Battle: Casting and Characterization
    • This Time It’s War: Pinewood Studios, 1985
    • The Risk Always Lives: Weapons and Action
    • Bug Hunt: Creature Design
    • Beauty and the Bitch: Power Loader vs. Queen Alien
    • Two Orphans: Sigourney Weaver and Carrie Henn
    • The Final Countdown: Music, Editing and Sound
    • The Power of Real Tech: Visual Effects
    • Aliens Unleashed: Reaction to the Film
    • Enhancement Pods
  • Wreckage and Rage: Making Alien3
    • Development Hell: Concluding the Story
    • Tales of the Wooden Planet: Vincent Ward’s Vision
    • Stasis Interrupted: David Fincher’s Vision
    • Xeno-Erotic: H.R. Giger’s Redesign
    • The Color of Blood: Pinewood Studios, 1991
    • Adaptive Organism: Creature Design
    • The Downward Spiral: Creative Differences
    • Where the Sun Burns Cold: Fox Studios, L.A. 1992
    • Optical Fury: Visual Effects
    • Requiem for a Scream: Music, Editing and Sound
    • Post-Mortem: Reaction to the Film
    • Enhancement Pods
  • One Step Beyond: Making Alien Resurrection
    • From the Ashes: Reviving the Story
    • French Twist: Direction and Design
    • Under the Skin: Casting and Characterization
    • Death from Below: Fox Studios, Los Angeles, 1996
    • In the Zone: The Basketball Scene
    • Unnatural Mutation: Creature Design
    • Genetic Composition: Music
    • Virtual Aliens: Computer Generated Imagery
    • A Matter of Scale: Miniature Photography
    • Critical Juncture: Reaction to the Film
    • Enhancement Pods
    • MU-TH-UR Mode Interactive Experience to Access and Control Enhancement Pods

Disc Six: The Anthology Archives

Alien

  • Pre-Production
    • First Draft Screenplay by Dan O’Bannon
    • Ridleygrams: Original Thumbnails and Notes
    • Storyboard Archive
    • The Art of Alien: Conceptual Art Portfolio
    • Sigourney Weaver Screen Tests with Select Director Commentary
    • Cast Portrait Gallery
  • Production
    • The Chestbuster: Multi-Angle Sequence with Commentary
    • Video Graphics Gallery
    • Production Image Galleries
    • Continuity Polaroids
    • The Sets of Alien
    • H.R. Giger’s Workshop Gallery
  • Post-Production and Aftermath
    • Additional Deleted Scenes
    • Image & Poster Galleries
  • Experience in Terror
  • Special Collector’s Edition LaserDisc Archive
  • The Alien Legacy
  • American Cinematheque: Ridley Scott Q&A
  • Trailers & TV Spots

Aliens

  • Pre-Production
    • Original Treatment by James Cameron
    • Pre-Visualizations: Multi-Angle Videomatics with Commentary
    • Storyboard Archive
    • The Art of Aliens: Image Galleries
    • Cast Portrait Gallery
  • Production
    • Production Image Galleries
    • Continuity Polaroids
    • Weapons and Vehicles
    • Stan Winston’s Workshop
    • Colonial Marine Helmet Cameras
    • Video Graphics Gallery
    • Weyland-Yutani Inquest: Nostromo Dossiers
  • Post-Production and Aftermath
    • Deleted Scene: Burke Cocooned
    • Deleted Scene Montage
    • Image Galleries
    • Special Collector’s Edition LaserDisc Archive
    • Main Title Exploration
    • Aliens: Ride at the Speed of Fright
    • Trailers & TV Spots

Alien3

  • Pre-Production
    • Storyboard Archive
    • The Art of Arceon
    • The Art of Fiorina
  • Production
    • Furnace Construction: Time-Lapse Sequence
    • EEV Bioscan: Multi-Angle Vignette with Commentary
    • Production Image Galleries
    • A.D.I.’s Workshop
  • Post-Production and Aftermath
    • Visual Effects Gallery
  • Alien3 Advance Featurette
  • The Making of Alien3 Promotional Featurette
  • Trailers & TV Spots

Alien Resurrection

  • Pre-Production
    • First Draft Screenplay by Joss Whedon
    • Test Footage: A.D.I. Creature Shop with Commentary
    • Test Footage: Costumes, Hair and Makeup
    • Pre-Visualizations: Multi-Angle Rehearsals
    • Storyboard Archive
    • The Marc Caro Portfolio: Character Designs
    • The Art of Resurrection: Image Galleries
  • Production
    • Production Image Galleries
    • A.D.I.’s Workshop
  • Post-Production and Aftermath
    • Visual Effects Gallery
    • Special Shoot: Promotional Photo Archive
  • HBO First Look: The Making of Alien Resurrection
  • Alien Resurrection Promotional Featurette
  • Trailers & TV Spots

Anthology

  • Two Versions of Alien Evolution
  • The Alien Saga
  • Patches and Logos Gallery
  • Aliens 3D Attraction Scripts and Gallery
  • Aliens in the Basement: The Bob Burns Collection
  • Parodies
  • Dark Horse Cover Gallery
  • Patches and Logos Gallery
  • MU-TH-UR Mode Interactive Experience

First Look Of Ryan Reynolds As Green Lantern!

15 Jul

by: Captain Oblivious

Well we can wonder no more. And we didn’t even have to wait till Comic Con to find out. Entertainment Weekly’s new cover has the first ever look of Ryan Reynolds donning the Green Lantern costume. The costume is completely computer generated as we’ve seen from Reynolds wearing a gray suit on set. I am loving the white eyes also which actually is faithful to most comics.

My first thoughts are good. I like what I see. I hope the CGI won’t make it look cheesy in the movie but 150 million dollars to spend I am pretty sure we’ll be safe.

Green Lantern opens June 17, 2011.

San Diego Comic Con 2010 Saturday Lineup

15 Jul

by: Captain Oblivious

While the schedule for the first two days may have appeared to be loaded the Saturday lineup is where all the big boys stake their claim. With Green Lantern, Captain America, Thor, Harry Potter and Cowboys and Aliens there should be plenty of nerd love going around.

Chuck (10:00-10:45)

– Creator Josh Schwartz and starts Zachary Levi, Yvonne Strahovski and Adam Baldwin share about the upcoming fourth season. Hopefully they will talk about the awesome news that Dolph Lundgren will appear in the season premiere.

Family Guy (11:00-11:45)

– Seth MacFarlane, Seth Green, Alex Bornstein and more will be there to talk about anything and everything Family Guy including a few clips from the upcoming third Star Wars special.

Warner Bros. Green Lantern/Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows/Sucker Punch (11:45-1:15)

– Warner starts the day off large by blowing the lid off of next summer’s Green Lantern film and the final two installments of the Harry Potter franchise. Zack Snyder will be there to discuss his Watchmen follow up Sucker Punch which tells the story of a group of girls that escape their dark reality with their imaginations which will take them through different fantastical realms.

Futurama (12:45-1:30)

– Good news everyone! Futurama is back and judging from the first few episodes it is as awesome as ever. Cast and crew talk about the resurrection of the fan favorite and what to expect from the rest of the new episodes.

Let Me In (1:30-2:30)

– Director Matt Reeves and cast discuss the upcoming remake of the critically loved Swedish movie Let The Right One In.

Community (3:00-4:00)

– One of the best new comedies of last year (right behind Modern Family) gets on the Comic Con panel. Joel McHale, Chevy Chase and the rest of the cast will be on hand to tell people what to expect from the comedy’s sophomore season.

Fringe (3:15-4:15)

– Anna Torv, Joshua Jackson and John Noble will be joined by producers to discuss this fall’s third season of the best sci-fi show on television.

Resident Evil: Afterlife (4:00-4:45)

– Star Milla Jovovich and director Paul WS Anderson will talk about the fourth (wow) movie in the Resident Evil franchise. Since the film was shot in 3D using the same process as Avatar I am sure a lot will be spoken on that.

Cowboys and Aliens and Paul (4:45-5:45)

– Superbad director Greg Mottola and stars Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Bill Hader, Seth Rogen and Sigourney Weaver will be on panel to talk about the film Paul which sees Pegg and Frost as geeks on a pilgrimage to Comic Con only to meet up with an alien in the desert. God I can’t wait….this is Pegg and Frost first movie since Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz.

– John Favreau discusses his follow up to Iron Man 2 about an alien threat that takes place in the old west.

Attack of the Show (5:00-6:00)

– Kevin Pereira, Olivia Munn, Blair Butler (yay) and more will lead an interactive Comic Con panel. I am going out on a limb and say that Munn will not be on AOTS this time next year. She is doing part time work on The Daily Show and movies and hell she is barely there now anyway.

Lost But Not Forgotten (6:00-7:00)

– Authors of the upcoming Lost Encyclopedia will talk about the history of the show and the finale. And by the way the finale was awesome. Just because some folks had trouble understanding it isn’t the shows’ creators problem.

Marvel Studios: Captain America and Thor (6:00-7:00)

– Well here it is. The big daddy. While I am excited to see some Green Lantern footage this is what is going to make Comic Con on Saturday. Kevin Feige will talk about two of the biggest movies of 2011 and hopefully new pictures and footage.

Kevin Smith (7:15-8:45)

– I am pretty sure that this will be a kid friendly discussion involving absolutely no swear words or talk of titties. I could listen to Smith talk for hours on end.

Kevin Smith Presents Cop Out In “Maximum Movie Mode”

– It’s a Kevin Smith twofer as the director presents his Bruce Willis/Tracy Morgan comedy in “Maximum Movie Mode. MMM is a cool concept done on Warner Bros. Blu-Rays where the director gives commentary in split screen while the movie is playing while showing storyboards and behind the scenes footage simultaneously.

And guess what? That’s just the highlights of Saturday’s schedule. I sh** you not. If you want to check out the full-on big daddy schedule you can take a look here