Archive for Movies/DVDs

The Dark Knight Movie Poster

December 4 2007

The movie I am waiting most for right now ...

Transformers on IMAX - Hell Yeah!

September 3 2007

Best Fan Movie Ever ... Halo 3

August 28 2007

I think I found the greatest fan-made movie for a video game. Check out this gritty Halo 3 video ... Silverlight HD version and normal version.

300 Mashups

August 28 2007

So while IBM and the rest of the Web 2.0 world are big on 'business mashups' ... there has been a slew of mashups that take audio or video from the movie "300" and mix them with other media. Here is one of my favorites ... :-)

Time for another Review ... 300 on HD-DVD

August 2 2007

The movie 300 roared into theaters earlier this year. Based on the Frank Miller graphic novel, this movie is explosive, aggressive, and over the top. Filmed almost entirely on green screen, the majority of the sets, backgrounds, and battle blood are all computer generated. I will not go into detail about the movie itself, just to say I love this movie. It is so over the top, so aggressive ... I mean when is the last time you saw a movie about Greek History with a Metal soundtrack? It was a massive hit .. not only because of the glory battles but because of a strong female character and the crazy fans of Gerald Butler. I think this movie and Sin City, the other Frank Miller movie shot this style, are a preview to movies to come. The HD-DVD release of 300 comes with the Hi Definition movie on one side, the DVD movie on the other. The movie is glorious in HD-DVD. The colors are sharp. The battles are alive. The sound is surrounding and like a hammer. This may become the reference dis

Time for another review ... Babylon 5: The Lost Tales

August 2 2007

I admit it ... I am a Babylon 5 fan boy. Yes, I am a Star Wars fan. Star Trek is pretty cool. Battlestar Gallactica is the best show on TV today. But for me, Babylon 5 was one of the best shows on TV ever. A five year story arc written before the first show was shot. While the sweeping arc was about big ideas, such as human independence, love, and natural conflict, the shows were very personal and character driven. I remember gathering with friends to watch each episode. The amazing last episode, Sleeping in Light, made so many of us cheer and cry. When I heard that J. Michael Straczynski was going to do something new in the B5 space, I was excited. And worried. Should something as good as Babylon 5 be messed with? Left alone, it stands as an amazing work. When I got the DVD this week, I decided to be open minded. Babylon 5 : The Lost Tales is two stories, entitled "Voices in the Dark". Two episode length stories that revolve around the 10th anniversary of the Interstellar Allia

30 years of a galaxy far far away ...

May 22 2007

It is hard to believe, but the movie that changed everything is 30 years old this week. Star Wars (well, to use the official name now Star Wars Episode 4 - A New Hope) is more than one movie. It is a saga. A movement. A mark on the culture of today. Star Wars was the first movie I ever saw in the theater. My dad took me ... and I believe I had to make him stay so we could see it again because I needed to leave to use the rest-room the first time. I was 2.5 ... give me a break :-). For someone who is almost 33, I do not remember a time without Star Wars. I remember my dad letting me stay home so we could see the first showing of Return of the Jedi. Going opening night to see the 20th Anniversary Edition of Star Wars. Waiting for hours and hours to just get tickets for The Phantom Menace. Watching Star Wars on On TV .. the first time it was on TV .. with my friend Tommy and his family the Bennetts and my dad buying one of the first VCRs available. The Star Wars Holiday Special. The Ew

OMG ... Everyone watch this new Transformers trailer

May 17 2007

Ok, if you have any anticipation for the Transformers movies coming this summer, go here and watch the Exclusive trailer. WOW WOW WOW

Goodbye Chicago, Hello Gotham

April 18 2007

It looks like the filming of "The Dark Knight" is starting to really kick into gear ... That is the building at Wacker and Van Buren (note to self: go see that this weekend). Want to be in the movie? You can. Source: Chicagoist

The 20 Greatest Awful Movies of All Time

April 4 2007

So I found this in a magazine I was reading, and had to blog it ... The 20 Greatest Awful Movies of All Time 20. The Beastmaster (1) 19. Hard Target 18. Hot Dog... The Movie! 17. Over the Top 16. Tango & Cash 15. They Live 14. Remo Williams: The Adventure Begins 13. Boondock Saints 12. Starship Troopers 11. The Toxic Avenger 10. Best of the Best 09. Missing in Action 08. Commando 07. The Island of Dr. Moreau 06. Billy Madison 05. Dead Alive (known as Braindead to IMDB) 04. Dolemite 03. Showgirls 02. Porky's 01. Big Trouble in Little China It is funny ... many of my favorite movies of a kid are on this list :-) ... Stallone and Russell tie for 2 mentions as actors, Paul Verhoven gets 2 mentions as directors. And no Segal ??? That is a travesty! Thoughts?

TRANSFORMERS Movie Poster!

March 27 2007

With the movie coming out this July, promotional stuff for the TRANSFORMERS will start to come out to build some buzz. Check out the first movie poster (click for the big version and check out the detail!)

Middle Earth Idols

March 25 2007

I am not sure what to even say about this, but ... Check out the actors they have in this thing ... kinda scary

300 ... in IMAX!

March 9 2007

I will write a review tomorrow ... if DST stuff doesnt destroy my life :)

The best part of the Oscars ... by far

February 26 2007

If the Lord of the Rings had been directed by ...

January 17 2007

Not mine, but very funny! What would The Lord Of The Rings be like if somebody else had adapted it? George Lucas: -Hobbit's language strange grammar has. -ALL swords glow -The story is divided into nine parts, the middle ones are filmed first. John Woo: -Gandalf is saved from the tower not by an eagle but by 66 white doves. -Legolas shoots with two bows at the same time (don't ask me how to do that!) -All fighting scenes are in slow motion and have no sound except for the score Woody Allen: -black/white und mono sound -Problems with Orcs get merely discussed. James Cameron: -Each of the films costs 400Mion. $ -Schwarzenegger is Sauron who (after the battle in the beginning) claims that 'he'll be back' M. Night Shyamalan: -In the end it turns out that the ringwraiths are the only living, everyone else is already dead. Michael Bay: - Gimli's axe has a giant label saying 'Wilkinson'. Aragorn's clothes are by Jack Wolfskin and there are American flags EVERYWHERE. - While a woman is puttin

The funniest trailer ever - Fanboys

November 15 2006

I can not believe this movie was made, or William Shatner agreed to star in it ... So dumb it will be funny

Time for another review - Jet Li’s Fearless

September 30 2006

Last night Sarah and I decided to go to the movies for the first time in a long time. After a great dinner at Shaw's Crabhouse (cold appetizer platter, Lobster bisque for her, Clam Chowder for me, Tuna Sushi Platter for her, Scallops for me), we headed to AMC to see Jet Li's Fearless. I love martial arts movies, love Ronny Yu movies, and appreciate movies in their native languages and subtitles. One of my favorite movies of last year wash Hero ... one of the best movies from the Far East since Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon. This movie is billed as Jet Li's last martial arts movie. It should be interesting to see if it works out that way. :) The movie is the story (put thru the movie ringer of course) of Huo Yuan Jia. He was a master martial artist in the late 1800s, early 1900s in China. Founder of the Jingwu Sports Federation, still around today in over 50 countries, he suffered thru personal tragedy to become a national hero. This story makes for a potentially great movie, but

Today might be a day that a few people are on edge ...

June 6 2006

So today is one of the freaking calendar days that people will interrupt in various ways. The date, June 6th, 2006, can be interpreted as 06/06/06. So people are considering this a reference to the number associated with the Devil, 6 6 6. Other's are using the day to celebrate their favorite hard rock band. There is even a creepy, scary movie being released. To me, it is just another day that I get to work :) MSNBC has a great article about the commercialization of Satan. Interesting read. Enjoy the day ... and don't forget to look over your shoulder from time to time :-)

Sony gets smart with the Da Vinci Code

February 14 2006

You would have to be under a rock to not know about the pending May 19th release of The Da Vinci Code movie. Based on the best seller by Dan Browne, the book has stirred more controversy the I can even list. At the heard of the story is a tale of deception that has gone on for more than 2000 years. The book is a work of fiction, but the author mixed in facts to blur the lines. Sony, the movie company backing the making of the movie, has to know that a whirlwind is coming. There will be protests, editorials, and denouncing by the Catholics and Christians of the world. So what did they do? They put up two web sites for the movie, not one. The first is www.thedavincicodemovie.com. It has the trailer, the characters, and more ... everything we expect from a fancy movie site. But it also created The Da Vinci Challenge. This site is dedicated to giving a voice to the people who want to debate the story line. The Da Vinci Challenge offers a thoughtful and faithful response

How it should have ended ... taking back your movies!

July 17 2005

I came across this site thru /. The site reworks the endings of movies with a flair for the dramatic. You can see Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope, Saving Private Ryan, and my favorite Matrix Revolutions. All done in an anime style with flair. You will need a BitTorret client to download. Enjoy

Star Wars Episode III Trailer is out

March 14 2005

I assume that everyone has seen the official trailer for Star Wars Episode III: The Revenge of the Sith. It premiered on the Fox TV show "The OC" and in theaters with the movie "Robots" this past weekend. You can also download it from the Star Wars website. For a total fanboy of the Star Wars worlds, I love what I have seen. George announced it will be the first Star Wars movie to get a PG-13 rating. Hopefully that means the violence of the Jedi's getting wiped out and the deaths of Padme and Mace Windu will not be weak. Actually, the rumor I have heard about Padme's death makes me think George is doing this movie right ... highlight the line below to read the rumor: Anakin Force Chokes Padme! Most Star Wars fans consider Episode 5: The Empire Strikes Back as the best of the series. It is dark, the dialog is fairly decent, and the action is packed. If this movie is done right, it should be the darkest and the best of all six. My fingers are crossed!

Star Wars Episode III - Its coming ...

March 1 2005

So for those of you that do not know, the final Star Wars movie is being releases in May. Episode III - The Revenge of the Sith will tie the story together, showing the turn of Anakin to the darkside and his transformation into Darth Vader. As with any Star Wars movie, this is not just a movie, but a cross media movement. One of the first things I have seen to be releases is the Lego lineup for 2005. I happen to be a Lego fan ... found memories of childhood. Check them out here. If you want to spoil the movie, goggle for the play-by-play images. Some interesting pictures out there. Sorry, no link ... do not want to get a call from George :)

Starwars Episode III - The Lost Hope

February 5 2005

If you are a Star Wars fan, you must check this out. Let's hope Episode III : The Revenge of the Sith is not this bad! :)

LOTR team to do The Lovely Bones after King Kong?

January 6 2005

As I dig out of the snow (Chicago got anywhere from 4 to 10 inches of snow, I got about 8 at home ... and a rear-wheel drive sports car just doesn't like the snow) ... I saw this. AICN is reporting that the writing team behind Lord of the Rings of Peter Jackson and Philippa Bowens are planning on adapting the book The Lovely Bones as their next movie after King Kong. I can hear all the Tolkien fans screaming now ... what about The Hobbit!

Delayed Reaction: ROTK wins 11 Oscars!

March 4 2004

So yes, I know this is a MAJOR delayed reaction, but the final installment of the Lord of the Rings trilogy, Return of the King, won 11 Oscars. That puts it in a 3-way tie for most ever (with Ben-Hur and Titanic), but it is the first Scifi/Fantasy movie ever to win best picture and the first movie to ever win all 11 the awards it was nominated for! As a fan, it warms my heart to see all of the hard work recognized. Especially Peter Jackson. Talk about giving yourself over to a project. And with ROTK having surpassed the 1 Billion mark in worldwide ticket sales, it seems that the 300 million dollar bet of New Line Cinema's was justified. Nice to see a fantasy movie made well. You can argue many of the plot changes all you want, but you can not argue that it is the best movie of the fantasy category ever. Let's just hope that the inevitable jump on the fantasy bandwagon yields us some high quality movies, not just average B movies.

What NOT to do during "Return of the King."

January 22 2004

I got this email from Ross @ PSC, and it just made me bust out in laughter ... mostly because I have done some of these! What NOT to do during "Return of the King." 1. Stand up halfway through the movie and yell loudly, "Wait... where the hell is Harry Potter?" 2. Block the entrance to the theater while screaming: "YOU SHALL NOT PASS!" - After the movie, say "Lucas could have done it better." 3. Play a drinking game where you have to take a sip every time someone says: "The Ring." 4. Point and laugh whenever someone dies. 5. Ask everyone around you if they think Gandalf went to Hogwarts. 6. Finish off every one of Elrond's lines with "Mr. Anderson." 7. When Aragorn is crowned king, stand up and at the top of your lungs sing, "And I did it.... MY way...!" 8. Talk like Gollum all through the movie. At the end, bite off someone's finger and fall down the stairs. 9. Dress up as old ladies and reenact "The Battle of Helms Deep" Monty Python

Return of the King ...

December 17 2003

Folks ... I am having a hard time putting into words how good this movie is. Simply put, its a masterpiece. Peter Jackson has done the impossible ... taken the greatest fiction book of our time and made a movie out of it. And a movie trilogy that ends better than it started. *Cough* Matrix *Cough* For those of you that are Tolkien "freaks" (I am), go into this knowing that some scenes wont be there that you want to see. Go in knowing that the Arwen changes fit. Go in knowing that Farimir's role in Return of the King is as it should be. Jackson captured the essence of the book, while having to cut details to fit it into 3 movies. True "Ringers" will not be disappointed. For those of you that have never read the book, go into this movie knowing it is what any third movie is in a trilogy ... the pay off. The first two were just a setup for this movie. And it worth it. In the end, as J.R.R. Tolkien wanted a single book called "Lord of the Rings," Peter Jackson now has

2+ Days and counting ... Till Return of the King!

December 14 2003

As I continue to suffer with this flu going around here in the states, my Konfabulator ROTK Countdown Widget tells me that there is 2 days, 21 hours and counting until the opening of Return of the King. Anyone else doing the midnight premier? :) For those fans of the movies, check out this Foxtrot comic

The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King Trailer Posted

September 30 2003

Just a quick one ... New Line Cinema has posted the Return of the King trailer on the web. You can see it in the theaters attached to Secondhand Lions. I am a huge fan of these movies (meaning I go see the midnight openings) and I must tell you, ROTK looks to be better than the first 2!