Review: DMZ

•September 14, 2007 • Leave a Comment

In the wake of 9/11 the major comic book companies put out tribute books featuring their heroes present at Ground Zero, partaking in the grief and pain of the moment. Much like the citizens of America, as the agenda of the current adminstration became apparent and the country began to experience quite an ideological divide it became a matter of time before the comics reflected that. The most mainstream example would be Marvel’s Civil War event of last year wherein the heroes are divided into one government-supported team while the others must live in the shadows. It was a good story but definitely very cautious of stepping over any sort of line. DMZ is definitely not afraid of that.
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Movie Trailer Round-Up – 9/14/07

•September 14, 2007 • Leave a Comment

Juno (dir. Jason Reitman)
I was definitely NOT a fan of Thank You For Smoking, Reitman’s last film. However, from the looks of this trailer and the cast (Ellen Page, Michael Cera, Jason Bateman, Rainn Wilson) it looks like it could be one of those great Fall indie pics.

There Will Be Blood (dir. PT Anderson)
This is a much meatier trailer than the last one . Definitely getting a Flannery O’Conner vibe from the prescence of the boy-minister. I also didn’t realize it was based on an Upton Sinclair novel, I’ll have to check that out.

Iron Man (2008, dir. Paul Favareau)
This looks to be an okay comic book action film. Nothing that makes it stand out from the crowd quite yet. I just hope that Black Sabbath’s “Iron Man” isn’t actually used in the film. That would guarantee its cringe-worthiness.

Youth Without Youth (dir. Francis Ford Coppola)
Coppola can be good or he can be terrible. This one look intriguing. I’ll definitely give it a shot.

Review: Shoot ‘Em Up

•September 14, 2007 • Leave a Comment

shoot em upI went into Shoot ‘Em Up with fairly high expectations. I’m big fan of those stylized sorts of action films like Sin City and the Kill Bill series. When I saw the trailer to this film, directed by Michael Davis, I was expecting something along those lines. Its fairly transparent that this film wears its influences proudly as it references action classics like John Woo’s Hard Boiled and the spaghetti westerns of Serigo Leone. However, the filmmakers here don’t have that deft touch that takes the film from being another generic action film and make it a visually-stunning piece.
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Lookwell: The Series That Never Was

•September 14, 2007 • 1 Comment

So, it seems back in 1991 Conan O’Brien and Robert Smiegel wrote and produced a failed pilot that has now become well-watched by people in the business and is now up on YouTube. The concept is that Adam West (TV’s Batman) plays Ty Lookwell, a former television detective who is still stuck believing he can help solve crimes while struggling to restore his acting career. My god, why was this show not picked up?

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A Brief Look at Heroes Season One

•September 10, 2007 • Leave a Comment

heroesMy first encounter with NBC’s Heroes was not a good one. I came in about five episodes into the series and was not too impressed with the series after about a month of watching so I stopped. However, I kept hearing continuous buzz about it from friends and online so it always remained in the back of mind. Once I found out about the 8 month wait for a fourth season of Lost I started to look for a series to help get me occupied and remembered Heroes. This time I started from the beginning and found the show to be one of the best on television (still not better than Lost).
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Review: Super-Villain Team-Up: MODOK’s 11

•September 10, 2007 • Leave a Comment

In this climate of constant epic crossovers in comic books its nice when you can find a mainstream story that is fun and you know won’t commit you to buying dozens of books a month. For the majority of my childhood I was a pretty diehard DC Comics fan but recently have been dipping my toe in the Marvel waters. I’ve also been a big fan of book focusing on villains. Now these sorts of books can end up pretty terrible but in the right hands they can be magic.

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Movie Trailer Round-Up – 8/22/07

•August 22, 2007 • Leave a Comment

Some interesting films on the horizon. Here’s a few you may not be aware of and links to the trailers…

Rocket Science (dir. Jeffrey Blitz) – the director of the spelling bee documentary, Spellbound, brings us a comedy about a stuttering boy who joins his high school’s debate team for confidence. Looks to have quite a few similarities to Thumbsucker but seems to be emphasizing the comedy more.

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