Often when I read the daily news many a journalist says that they would love to be a fly on the wall whenever the President makes an earth shattering decision or during key moments which decide the fate of the world. After seeing City Under Siege I can safely say that my new dream is to be that fly on the wall during the many screenwriting sessions that it must have taken to create this masterpiece. I am sure that no amount of academic study could ever prepare me for the on the job training and many pointers that I would soak up that revealed how this film was crafted because it takes near omnipotent skill to create what can only be described as one of the most vile, irritating and absolutely stunningly bad movies I have ever had the displeasure of watching.
Here is the newest official trailer from Ang Li’s Life of Pi which joins the fray for an Academy Award nomination. Based on the best-selling book by Yann Martel Life of Pi is certainly one of those projects that has Hollywood buzzing since the source material has often been described as “unfilmable.” Pre-release hype is high as industry vets have been circling this film for months ever since its preview months ago in front of a very receptive audience. Still, visuals aside the jury is still out as to how well Ang Li has managed to condense a rather labyrinthine plot into a feature film.
Here are photos of the official Kotobukiya Bishoujo Female Commander Shepard figure due out early next year. Like other figures from Kotobukiya this one is going to have polarizing appeal depending on one’s love of the Japanese anime art form. There’s no doubt that it features some very nice detailing and looks very close to its original concept art yet fans are going to make their purchasing decision based on Shepard’s face which is much more in keeping with the anime tradition as opposed to more realistic Western trappings. As for myself, I love anime so chalk me up as one of those who have this on pre-order.
Now that Peter Jackson’s Hobbit has been moved from a series of two films to a full blown trilogy the only question that remains is if he has been able to recapture the magic of his original Lord of the Rings movies. Judging from this new trailer to The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012) it visually appears that Jackson has effortlessly picked up where he left off even though approximately nine years has passed since Return of the King.
Let’s cut straight to the chase. The question of the day of whether or not you should buy this is exceedingly simple as the Leviathan single-player DLC is going to appeal to those gamers who still love the series no matter their stance on the controversial ending while those who hate Mass Effect 3 or its original or extended endings with a passion would have no reason to pick this up as it doesn’t change the game’s narrative one bit save for a few extra lines of dialogue that pop up in the ending sequence. I’ve written so much about this game that at this point in time I have a very strong feeling that those who want more ME3 will have bought this already on day one while those who have given up on the franchise have probably moved on to supposedly greener pastures.
All my friends know I am a big Trek fan and some have asked me why I haven’t bothered to update this site with the news that J.J. Abrams’ sequel to his Trek reboot now has a title. Simply put, I was waiting for official confirmation but since just about every site on Earth is now reporting it to be true I might as well ram it up here now that the sequel is called “Star Trek Into Darkness.” Yes, there’s no colon in the title. No, I have very little additional information to add about the plot. With a title like this one might be tempted to think the movie is taking a sharp turn in tone to the more dramatic over the slightly lighthearted angle Abram’s took in the original yet every cast member has basically denied that it gets too dark. Oh well, we’ll see soon enough.
Priest is an emotionally hollow experience that spends enough time detailing its semi-intriguing parallel universe featuring an Earth that has been beset by a century old war between humans and vampires but instead of building on this premise decides that the best course of action instead is to craft a wannabe-Western that ends up in a literal total train wreck. This is the type of movie that makes my blood boil and I admit that as the end credits began to roll my first thought was to fire up my copy of Final Draft and write a better script just to prove how easy it would be to improve this narrative that metaphorically resembles stale Swiss cheese that has been left to rot under the harsh rays of the sun. Yes, it stinks.
How do you know that we’ve entered movie award season? The traditional sign over the past few decades or so has now become the annual Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) that unofficially kicks off Hollywood’s mad rush to bring “mature” fare to the silver screen. Hot buzz out of TIFF brought films like Argo and The Master to the front of the pack and today the potential award train continues with what will surely be one of the season’s heavy hitters in Steven Speilberg’s Lincoln (2012) starring Daniel Day-Lewis, Sally Field, Tommy Lee Jones, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and James Spader.