MOVIE REVIEW – ‘Hercules’ Isn’t Perfect, but Dwayne Johnson Gets the Job Done

- 07-25-14Featured, Film, reviews Posted by Adam A. Donaldson

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Like a lot of Canadian kids, my first encounter with Hercules was with Adventure Cartoon Productions animated series The Mighty Hercules, which Global ran ad nauseam Saturday mornings well into my high school years. They were simple enough, with Hercules as basically the Ancient Greece Batman, beating up bad guys and taking them to prison on Mount Olympus, which, as it turned out, was as pitifully easy to break out of as Arkham Asylum.

Every couple of years or so, the myth of Hercules gets re-interpreted for a new audience, and in a new way. So far, there’s been two Hercules movies in 2014, the first one came out in January and starred some Twilight beefcake as the son of Zeus, but in the case of Brett Ratner’s Hercules it has the immediate ace in the hole of having Dwayne Johnson as the titular hero. Johnson’s charm and magnetism is a definite advantage to the film, and if the movie he was in was tighter it might actually equal the assets brought by its star. Ratner’s Hercules is a solid B-effort, but it had the potential to be an A. (more…)

RECAP/REVIEW – Game of Thrones – Season 4, Episode 9: “The Watchers on the Wall”

- 06-09-14TV Posted by Jacob Knight

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Holy Neil Marshall, ladies and gentlemen.

If you’re going to have someone direct your big, broad, totally gory Helm’s Deep knockoff Episode, it might as well be the director of Dog SolidersThe Descent and Centurion (not to mention the mastermind behind Season Two’s epic, “Blackwater”). Marshall doesn’t just get to go really HUGE (sporting what appears to be a much bigger budget than his previous set of war games), but is also tasked with delivering a reminder that Game of Thrones can actually be “fun”. Despite being mostly effective from a storytelling perspective (Jaime’s weird rapeiness aside), this season has seen probably one too many grim moments; an emotional barrage that has left a good portion of the audience (readers and non-readers alike) slightly jaded. Marshall’s injection of the fantastical (giants! wooly mammoths!) is a much-needed breath of fresh air and a welcome respite from the seemingly all-encompassing cloud of gloom that has hung over much of Season Four. (more…)

Trailer for Luc Besson’s ‘Lucy’ Might Be Better Than the ‘Black Widow’ Movie We All Have Locked in Our Heads

- 04-02-14Film Posted by Jacob Knight

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So that might be an exaggeration (as I’m sure your Black Widow fan films are PER-VER-TED!), but I’ve got to hook you somehow, right?

Luc Besson is the king of creating badass, female action leads, and his latest, Lucy, seems to be no different, pitting Scarlett Johansson as a “merciless warrior evolved beyond human logic” (the press release’s words, not mine) against what seems to be the entirety of China’s organized crime syndicate. There’s a rocket launcher wielded against her at one point, so I’m probably going to watch it.

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Jason Sudeikis Cast as Fletch

- 03-11-14Film Posted by Randy Geren

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Chevy Chase’s Fletch is a seminal film for sarcasmaphiles and now, after a long search and many lesser candidates, the franchise is getting an action-comedy reboot with former Saturday Night Live and Horrible Bosses star Jason Sudeikis in the lead role, but is it a good fit?  (more…)

Winter Soldier Action on the Set of ‘Captain America 2′

- 06-03-13Comics, Film Posted by Adam A. Donaldson

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If you live in Cleveland, and you heard what you thought was the sound of gun fire and explosions today, don’t worry, it wasn’t an attack, at least not if you’re name is The Falcon or Black Widow. Yes, they were filming a scene from Captain America: The Winter Soldier on the Memorial Shoreway overpass at West 3rd St. in Cleveland, and Cleveland.com (via Comic Book Movie) got some pictures of the shoot.

There’s a full photo gallery below, but what is it that they were filming? Excellent question, and Comic Book Movie did a nice little breakdown that may offer some slight spoilers, so read on at your own mitigated risk:

As you’ve seen in photos earlier today, the Winter Soldier is riding on top of a vehicle and in this vehicle are what appeared to be his personal armed posse. After the vehicle stops the minions get out with machine guns poised to fire and the Winter Soldier gets off the hood of the vehicle.

The Winter Soldier is carrying a grenade launcher and raises is at a vehicle that had both the doubles for the Black Widow and Falcon (or Sam Wilson, whichever way he is called in this film). He let’s off a blast. His fellows-in-arms open fire as well. Sadly, the photo taken of the Winter Soldier with the launcher was obscured and blurry.

Our heroes take cover from the blast and gunshots and it appeared they were preparing themselves for some hand-to-hand fighting versus the Winter Soldier and his armed buddies. Winter Soldier and his posse versus the Black Widow and Falcon?!

Not enough for you? Here’s some video.

Stay tuned for more on The Winter Soldier

New ‘Man of Steel’ TV Spot Means More New Footage & New Movie Poster

- 05-02-13Comics, Film Posted by Adam A. Donaldson

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Is it June 14th yet? With Iron Man 3 opening wide tonight, it seems that all eyes are now on the next big superhero effort, Man of Steel. The below TV spot features, by my calculation, about 85 to 90 per cent new footage, include a shot of Superman (Henry Cavill) looking pissed, or constipated, or something… But hey, this film just keeps looking better and better. Fingers crossed it doesn’t turn into a world-crushing disappointment.

Click play on the new video below:

There’s also a new movie poster out for Man of Steel:

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Source: Geek Tyrant

Shatner and Gorn Have Rematch… Playing ‘Star Trek’ Video Game

- 03-29-13Film, Funny Videos, Videogames Posted by Adam A. Donaldson

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An epic rematch more than 45 years in the making, actor and original Captain Kirk William Shatner comes face-to-face again with The Gorn as they play the new Star Trek video game in this viral video from Namco Bandai.

In the spot, The Gorn (taking a break from haunting Sheldon’s dreams) takes on against Shatner as they play the game. One misunderstanding leads to a fight and… Well, you can see the results for yourself. The video pays tribute to the classic original series episode “Arena,” which featured the first appearance of The Gorn and his often discussed and parodied showdown with Captain Kirk. The Gorn reappears in the new Trek video game as an enemy. In the game, they attack the new Vulcan colony and Kirk and Spock have to stop them.

“What better way to spotlight the adventure and fun everyone can have actually playing as Capt. Kirk in the new game, than to team up the legendary former captain himself to play one of his old foes,” said LeeAnne Stables, President of Consumer Products at Paramount Pictures, in a press release. “Mr. Shatner is such a great sport and that Gorn had absolutely no chance of coming out on top this time.”

“It never ceases to amaze me how many people still ask me about that scene,” added Shatner.  “It’s 46 years later, and he hasn’t aged as well as I have.”

The Star Trek video is available for pre-order now and will released on April 23, 2013 on X-Box 360, Playstation 3 and PC. The promotional video is below along with the original Kirk/Gorn face-off from 1967.

‘G.I. Joe: Retaliation’ Ad, Now With More Action!

- 03-18-13Film Posted by Adam A. Donaldson

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In a few more weeks we’ll see the fruit of studio demands to add more action, more 3-D, and more Channing Tatum to G.I. Joe: Retaliation. In the meantime, here’s some action-packed footage featuring Tatum, Adrianne Palicki, Ray Park, Dwayne Johnson and Bruce Willis. Curiously, a lot of Palicki’s action scenes seem to be more about her looking hot than kicking ass, but hey, whatever.

Here’s the action reel:

Here’s the lot synopsis in case you’ve forgotten:

In this sequel, the G.I. Joes are not only fighting their mortal enemy, Cobra, they are forced to contend with threats from within the government that jeopardize their very existence. The film stars D.J. Cotrona, Byung-hun Lee, Adrianne Palicki, Ray Park, Jonathan Pryce, RZA, Ray Stevenson, Channing Tatum with Bruce Willis and Dwayne Johnson. Directed by Jon M. Chu, and produced by Lorenzo di Bonaventura and Brian Goldner, written by Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick based on Hasbro’s G.I. Joe characters.

Source: Geek Tyrant

Review: Does ‘Taken 2′ Live Up to it’s Predecessor?

- 10-06-12Featured, Film, reviews Posted by Jason Tabrys

One does not walk into a showing of Taken 2 expecting high art or even a technically proficient movie — one walks into a showing of Taken 2 expecting a thrilling rain of ass-kickery by the Nazi-thwarting Jedi wolf-puncher. Unfortunately, one may be disappointed this time out as this Taken fails to grab us by the throat and hold our attention in the way that the previous one did.  (more…)

Del Toro Talks About ‘Pacific Rim’ Some More

- 08-03-12Film Posted by Adam A. Donaldson

After the tremendous splash it made at San Diego Comic Con, Guillermo del Toro is trying to build on that hype to create a proverbial Tower of Babel of hysteria for his next film, Pacific Rim.

As mentioned in this interview with the L.A. Times’ Hero Complex blog (in partnership with Nerdist), by the time Pac Rim comes out next summer, it will have been five years between films by del Toro, the last one being 2008′s Hellboy: The Golden Army. That’s a lot of time between projects, not Terrence Malick long of course, and it’s not like he was idle that whole time (*cough*TheHobbit*cough*), but the giant aliens versus giant robots premise of the film sounds right up del Toro’s alley. And the Comic Con crowd seemed to agree.

Check out the full interview with del Toro below:

Source: Geek Tyrant