Sunday, May 31, 2009

Bioshock Movie

Now that I have played the game and can see an opportunity for an amazing movie. I want to share with you some news on the Bioshock Movie via /Film

Gore Verbinski Ditches Pirates 4, Directing BioShock Movie Next
April 7th, 2009 by Peter Sciretta (Click Here)

Universal Puts Bioshock on Hold
April 24th, 2009 by Peter Sciretta (Click Here)

Gore Verbinski to Direct BioShock Movie
May 8th, 2008 by Peter Sciretta (Click Here)

Rumor: Wentworth Miller in Bioshock Movie?
May 27th, 2009 by Peter Sciretta (Click Here)

Gore Verbinski Might Not Direct Bioshock
June 1st, 2009 by Peter Sciretta (Click Here)

Movie Recommendation

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The Best Movies for the Month of June

National: Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen
Indies: Away We Go
Comedy: The Hangover OR Year One
Sci-Fi/ Fantasy: Moon
Family: Imagine That
Animated: No Recommendation

Movies I Recommend to See in July

National: Public Enemies
Indies: (500) Days of Summer
Comedy: Funny People
Sci-Fi/ Fantasy: Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
Family: G-Force
Animated: Ice Age 3: Dawn of the Dinosaurs

Keep In Mind for the Month of August

National: Inglourious Basterds
Indies: Paper Hearts
Comedy: No Recommendation
Sci-Fi/ Fantasy: District 9
Family: Shorts
Animated: No Recommendation

Saturday, May 23, 2009

UPDATE: Indies I Want To See 2009

The Brothers Bloom (May 15)
Away We Go (June 5)
Moon (June 12)
500 Days of Summer (July 17)
Adam (July 29)
Paper Hearts (August 7)
Extract (September 4)
The Road (October 16)
Youth in Revolt (October 30)
The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus (TBA)
Creation (TBA)

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Review: Angels & Demons

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Title: Angels & Demons
Distributor: Columbia Pictures
Director: Ron Howard
Writer(s): David Koepp (screenplay), Akiva Goldsman (screenplay)
Staring: Tom Hanks, Ewan McGregor, Ayelet Zurer, Stellan SkarsgÄrd,
MPAA Rating: Rated PG-13 for sequences of violence, disturbing images and thematic material.
Running Time: 138 min (2 hrs and 18 min)
Synopsis: Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon works to solve a murder and prevent a terrorist act against the Vatican.

Other Reviews


Roger Ebert: 3 Stars
Michael Phillips: 1 ½ Stars
EW: Lisa Schwarzbaum: B-

Other Sites:

At The Movies:
Ben Mankiewicz: Skip It, Ben Lyons: Skip It
Rotten Tomatoes: T-Meter: 38% (Rotten), Top Critics: 34% (Rotten), RT Community: 66% (Fresh)
Metacritic: Critics: 48 out of 100, Users: 6.1 out of 10
MRQE Metric: 54: (1.1% A, 31.3% B, 52.3% C, 13.9% D, and 1.1% F)
Yahoo Movies: Critics: C+ Users: B

My Review

Source Material: Based on the book Angels & Demons by Dan Brown.

Acting and Dialogue: B: Tom Hanks and Ewan McGregor are in my top favorite actors list but something was missing. It was well acted but at the same time it didn’t feel right.

Art Direction: C: I like the backdrop of Rome/ The Vatican but that’s it.

Cinematography: B+: The Vatican is a great backdrop so use it but wait you can’t so do your best, and that’s what they did with this film…so a mild kudos.

Direction: C+: Ron Howard is a good director but this film just doesn’t live up to his name. The film seems slow because it continuously stops and explains the clues and why they lead to the next clue, then add repetitiveness and ladies and gentleman you got yourself a “Dan Brown” movie.

Sound and Music: B+: Hanns Zimmer is great.

VFX: D+: Nothing cool or spectacular.

Overall: B-: I am going to give this film brownie points because of the reprecautions of the writers strike. This movie had great penitential, thankfully it was way better that it’s predecessor, The Da Vincci Code. It is a very flawed film which brings the quality way down. I am not going to recommend it to watch in theaters but give it change on DVD. I did look past these major cinematic flaws because I enjoy religious controversial films like that of Passion of the Christ, The Golden Compass, Harry Potter, and The Da Vincci Code.

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Review: Star Trek

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Title: Star Trek
Distributor: Paramount Pictures
Director: J.J. Abrams
Writer(s): Roberto Orci (written by), Alex Kurtzman (written by), Gene Roddenberry (television series "Star Trek")
Staring: Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Karl Urban, Zoe Saldana, Simon Pegg, John Cho, Anton Yelchin, and Eric Bana
MPAA Rating: Rated PG-13 for sci-fi action and violence, and brief sexual content.
Running Time: 126 min (2 hrs and 6 min)
Synopsis: A chronicle of the early days of James T. Kirk and his fellow USS Enterprise crew members.

Other Reviews


Roger Ebert:
2 ½ Stars
Michael Phillips: 3 Stars
EW: Owen Gleiberman: A-

Other Sites:

At The Movies: Ben Mankiewicz: See It, Ben Lyons: See It
Rotten Tomatoes: T-Meter: 95% (Fresh), Top Critics: 91% (Fresh), RT Community: 88% (Fresh)
Metacritic: Critics: 83 out of 100, Users: 8.4 out of 10
MRQE Metric: 79: (42.4% A, 44.4% B, 10.2% C, 2.8% D, and 0% F)
Yahoo Movies: Critics: B+ Users: A

My Review

Source Material: Based on the television show “Star Trek” created by Gene Roddenberry

Acting and Dialogue: A-: For a film of “newcomers” it was awesomely casted. I also like the “wink” moments to the original show/movie. The opening of the film emulated an ending of a film by having so much emotion pored into it, the awesomeness doesn’t end there. Out all this positive there is negative and that is the horrible villain development, Nero Caesar was a ten times better villain than Nero the Romulan.

Art Direction: A: A big part of art direction is production design and this film has great production design. There is a since of “bigness” to the starship USS Enterprise …not a two set starship like in the days of old, but that what time dose to technology.

Cinematography: B+: One negative thing I noticed and quite others did too is the screen flares, they were cool in spots but after while they became annoying.

Direction: B+: J.J. Abrams is slowly stepping out of his producer shoes and stepping into a directors shoes. I think he can continue this sci-fi/fantasy angel and make a good living just look at the television show Lost.

Sound and Music: B+: Sound track and score fits into the summer movie season and the sci-fi/fantasy genre

VFX: A: It complements the “real” aspects of the film.

Overall: A-: This movie overall is a great action adventure film for the summer movie season. Not only entertaining for the general movie audience but also sparks some happiness from “Trekkies” or “Trekkers.”

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Review: X-Men Origins: Wolverine

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Title: X-Men Origins: Wolverine
Distributor: Marvel Studios (20th Century Fox)
Director: Gavin Hood
Writer(s): David Benioff (screenplay) and Skip Woods (screenplay)
Staring: Hugh Jackman, Liev Schreiber
MPAA Rating: Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of action and violence, and some partial nudity.
Running Time: 107 min (1 hrs and 22min)
Synopsis: Wolverine lives a mutant life, seeks revenge against Victor Creed (who will later become Sabertooth) for the death of his girlfriend, and ultimately ends up going through the mutant Weapon X program

Other Reviews


Roger Ebert:
2 Stars
Michael Phillips: 2 Stars
EW: Lisa Schwarzbaum: C+

Other Sites:

At The Movies: Ben Mankiewicz: Skip It, Ben Lyons: Skip It
Rotten Tomatoes: T-Meter: 36% (Rotten), Top Critics: 15% (Rotten), RT Community: 65% (Fresh)
Metacritic: Critics: 44 out of 100, Users: 5.9 out of 10
MRQE Metric: 54: (3.4% A, 27.5% B, 50.9% C, 16.7% D, 1.3% F)
Yahoo Movies: Critics: C+ Users: B+

My Review

Source Material: Based on the fictional Marvel Comics character Wolverine

Acting and Dialogue: B+, the casting of this film was great. Hugh Jackman, Liev Schreiber, and Ryan Reynolds all put up awesome performance. As for the dialogue it got cheesy in some areas while others were funny and whimsical. I didn’t like William Stryker character at all.

Art Direction: C, great special effects.

Cinematography: B+, it wasn’t Oscar worthy by far but Donald McAlpine puts out good work again.

Direction: B-, in my opinion it was to quick of a pace. I think the movie should have focused a little more on the “Weapon X” team members. All one gets is one or two quick scenes of each character then they are killed off. I understand it is a Wolverine origin so the main focus should be on him but with any comic book movie there has to be solid supporting character arches also.

Sound and Music: C, seemed very basic for a summer comic book movie.

VFX: C, some of the visual effects was very noticeable and had a very low quality aspect. The majority of the special effect like the exploding cars and stuff look good.

Overall: C+, For the most part it was entertaining but with the many cinematic flaws I can say I would recommend it to the general movie audience. You may want to wait for the DVD. The “failure” of this film I think could go back to Bryan Singer should have stay on to direct X-Man: The Last Stand.

Saturday, May 2, 2009

Idies I Want To See In 2009

The Brothers Bloom (May 15)
Away We Go (June 5)
Moon (June 12)
500 Days of Summer (July 17)
Adam (July 29)
Paper Hearts (August 7)
The Road (October 16)
Youth in Revolt (October 30)