Saturday, April 26, 2008


Having only seen several episodes of GHOST IN THE SHELL but not investing enough time in the anime to grasp the story, I'm still happy to get the recent new that Steven Speilberg's production company has bought rights to make a live-action version of the anime. Great news. But that's not what my posts about today. GHOST's directer, Mamoru Oshii's new feature is something I'm very much looking forward to. SKY CRAWLERS. Mid-air dog fights, great soundtrack, this is really going to be impressive. People have already seen the first fifteen minutes at a Tokyo exhibition and are already praising the stunning work. Unfortunately, the only full trailer so far is on YouTube. View the full trailer below but stay tuned for an official version with better resolution. Thanks to for the story. The film is set to release August 2nd in Japan.


Monday, April 21, 2008

Superman wants you to love him, and only him

So finally, Superman does what we wished he would've done to Lois Lane in the last movie. What am I talking about? Brandon Routh, the fella who played Clark Kent himself in SUPERMAN RETURNS trades in his spandex and underwear for no clothes at all in a new inde-ish flick LIE TO ME. The film is basically about a couple who decides to become swingers but eventually find themselves falling in love with other people. Superman can have that affect. Anyhoo, I love provocative films and although it seems like a strange next movie for Routh, I say whatever. I'm not the actor, he is. He could do EIGHT LEGGED FREAKS 2: DOUBLE THE LEGS; 16 LEGS, AHHH!!! for all I care. Check out the trailer for LIE TO ME below after the jump. The film premieres at the Newport Beach Film Festival on April 26th.

Is it just me or...does it seem like Brandon Routh isn't that good of an actor? Wait, didn't I like SUPERMAN RETURNS? I thought I did. What's going on ?!


Wednesday, April 16, 2008

I cheat because I love

Yes, I cheated again. I'm not supposed to be posting while out of town but YOU'RE NO SHINING EXAMPLE OF MORALITY EITHER !! Real quick, If you have a couple minutes hours to spare, go and watch the 50 greatest comedy sketches of all time, so far. Here's a taste with #50, "More Cowbell." Enjoy.

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Tuesday, April 15, 2008

MIA? Not really

I know you all will cringe at this news, but I assure that it's only temporary. I will be out of town for most of this week and won't be back until Friday or Saturday so that means no updates. I'm actually posting this while out of town though I swore I wouldn't. But for now, just enjoy this...

Sci-fi junkies should've found this great and the rest of you...probably didn't.
That's all for now, but I'll be back. Expect new updates, trailers, and information on M. Night Shyamalan's new live-action AVATAR adaptation when I return. Tata.


Thursday, April 10, 2008

Behind-the-scenes of TWILIGHT

I have something. It's a behind-the-scenes exclusive that ET got of the new film adaptation of Stephenie Meyer's New York Times Best Seller, "Twilight." YAY. The tentative release date for TWILIGHT has been set for December 12th of this year; I'm glad there's something to look forward to after the extreme comic book film blowout of this summer. Again, TWILIGHT is being directed by Catherine Hardwicke who has also directed THIRTEEN and LORDS OF DOGTOWN. I'm excited. You?
I guess I'm happy with the casting so far with Kristen Stewart playing Bella, and Robert Pattinson playing Edward. A friend of mine did mention how she would've really liked Emily Browning (A SERIES OF UNFORTUNATE EVENTS) to play Bella. Too bad, though Emily was a prime candidate for the role. She can next be seen in THE UNINVITED. Head below after the clip for a small gallery for my little star crush on Emily Browning.


You are not ready for this....seriously

If you're into Asian splatter cinema at all, you'll be interested in this. THE MACHINE GIRL came out a little while ago and the trailer basically looked like a stranger version of Robert Rodriguez's PLANET TERROR. Plainly, a girl's family is murdered by a band of Yakuza but decide to keep her alive, but not before slicing off her arm. She then goes on a revenge frenzy by killing them all not with a single gun or katana KILL BILL style...but by attaching a melee of different weapons to the stub of her arm. You haven't seen this trailer but please watch it below before you proceed and I show you the creators' next splatter extravaganza, TOKYO GORE POLICE.


Okay, so now that you've seen that gem, now for something a little less straight forward. This film has a plot, I'm almost certain, or at least that's what I'm convincing myself of. Somehow the plot revolves around a special police unit, demon creatures, blood, sexy women, blood, crocodiles, beheadings, and more blood. I'm really not quite sure how else to explain TOKYO GORE POLICE, so I guess I'll just let you make up your own assessment.
Due to scenes of extreme violence and nudity, please only view this trailer if you are over the age of 18

Is it just me or...
does that one creature with swords for legs look like something out of the Silent Hill games?


Sunday, April 6, 2008

DVD ENTENDRE: Week of 04/01-08

Having skipped last week's because I was attacked off shore while scuba-diving, I just want to recap some of last weeks releases before I dive into this week's. Last week, along with musical screen gem SWEENEY TODD, the Unrated Edition of HAROLD & KUMAR, and the Blu-Ray version of UNBREAKABLE, an HBO series was released that I urge everyone to visit at least once, JOHN FROM CINCINNATI. JOHN is a great concept brought to us by the creator of DEADWOOD, David Milch. JOHN is a show about a supernatural being that comes into a family's life and what becomes of their meeting. The show is out there and demands patience, and I encourage it even if you are easily bored. This show deserves an audience but it's too bad it has been taken off the air. Also, a film that I've wanted to watch for some time THE GOOD NIGHT. The film stars Martin Freeman, (no relation to Morgan) who I first came to love in the the original UK version of THE OFFICE. Freeman's character has a peculiar dilemma in which he meets a woman who frequents his dreams at night, but when he actually meets her, she turns out to be the complete opposite of what he dreamed her to be. It doesn't hurt that the film also stars the woman of my dreams during my high school life, Penelope Cruz. Keep reading on for this week's DVD releases.

This week, we again have a nice bag of DVD treats. First, a film that I thought should've won the Oscar for Best Film, THERE WILL BE BLOOD. I absolutely loved NO COUNTRY, but I felt this film was definitely deserving for Best Film even though NO COUNTRY was best directed. I had close to no issues with this film and completely accepted the end of that third act that I know many people and critics had problems with. I won't spoil anything for you, but please, please, please, rent or buy this film. And if you have seen it and loved it like myself, there is a beautiful two disc edition that includes deleted scenes, selected photographs from the era by P.T. Anderson, as well as "The Story of Petroleum."
RESURRECTING THE CHAMP was a film that came and went and is a film I really have no interest in watching despite one gurgling recommendation by one friend. And on the opposite end of the enthusiasm spectrum is WALK HARD: THE DEWEY COX STORY. I really wanted to catch it in theaters but never did, and if you had the same happen to you, here's our chance. Also out this week, RESERVATION ROAD with Mark Ruffalo, Jennifer Connelly, and Joaquin Phoenix. There was a Jack Nicholson film in the 90's that I believe had a very similar plot but I cannot remember the name. Anyhoo, be sure to catch this one about a husband/father (Ruffalo) who commits a hit and run as well as vehicular manslaughter. The father (Phoenix) of the victim, then slowly tries to investigate the murder of his son and catch the culprit.
The last two films I want to recommend this week are the Iraq war employed
LIONS FOR LAMBS with Cruise, Redford, and Streep (on screen gold for sure...right?). Lastly, a small film with OFFICE SPACE's fame, Ron Livingston. The film is of course is MUSIC WITHIN.

Is it just me THERE WILL BE BUD just genius?


Looking forward to Blindness

Having just seen MICHAEL CLAYTON about a week ago, upon its completion, I thought about what films it reminded me of. THE CONSTANT GARDENER. Both are incredible films that are absolutely a thrill to watch. Well, the director of GARDENER, Fernando Merielles, also well known for the remarkable CITY OF GOD, has finally released a teaser for his new pseudo-apocalyptic film, BLINDNESS. I am...excited. There are just so many great films that come out every year that it almost seems like the year to come won't nearly be as good. Though, that notion was already put to rest when we first looked at the release schedules to 2008. THE DARK KNIGHT, THE HAPPENING, IRON MAN, HELLBOY II, INDIANA JONES, SPEED RACER...should I continue? My point is, along with BLINDNESS, I am hoping that these "End of the World" flicks become more than "End of the World" flicks. Sure CLOVERFIELD and I AM LEGEND were, in a sense, grand, but what I was waiting for were films like THE SIGNAL and Shyamalan's THE HAPPENING. Let's not have anymore DOOMSDAY's, but let visionary directors bring a form of art to the agony. BLINDNESS looks to be exactly what I am hoping for and to be coming from Fernando Meirelles is definitely a treat. Hit the jump below to see the teaser for BLINDNESS. I'm so excited !!