Girl Power! ‘The Hunger Games: Catching Fire’ Becomes #1 Female-Led Film in 40 Years

- 01-11-14Film Posted by Luke Gallagher

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Hunger Games: Catching Fire has been, well, on fire. The second of 4 films, based on the book series from Suzanne Collins,  burst onto the scene in November and has scorched the competition. In fact, something very important just happened. Not only has Catching Fire just become the highest-grossing release of 2013 -  made a staggering $409.4 million surpassing Iron Man 3, which earned $409 million through tickets sales -  it’s the first female-led film to come out on top since The Exorcist in 1973. That is a huge deal. Particularly for Jennifer Lawrence. Think about the greatest actresses in the last 40 years, none of them were able to do this until now. (more…)

The BastardCast vs Booster Gold, Frankenstein and, Bill Murray

- 12-24-13Featured, Nerd Culture Posted by Team Bastard

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Recorded by three disgraced mall Santa’s over a steel drum filled with burning dreams from the year gone by, Jason, Matt, and Jeremy are here to invade your chimney and deliver The BastardCast Christmas Special! This time on the show, we’re talking about lazy holiday plans, the great Wonder Woman pants debate, and the best comics, TV shows, and movie films of the year. (more…)

Oscar Shortlist for Best Visual Effects Announced

- 12-05-13Film Posted by Adam A. Donaldson

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It’s the end of the year, and you know what that means: lots and lots of Best and Worst lists! True, but it also means that awards season is just around the corner. Today, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences, AKA: the people who give out the Oscars, announced their short list of 10 potential nominees for the Best Visual Effects category, and you’ll notice a definite nerdy trend amongst the ten films that will be vying for that golden trophy early next year. (more…)

The BastardCast vs. NYCC and Lovemaking the Machete Way

- 10-13-13Featured, Nerd Culture Posted by Team Bastard

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This time on The BastardCast, Jeremy and Jason are up all night to get some… cheese fries. They’re also talking about Jason’s adventures in the big city during New York Comic Con and all the big comic book news that came out of the con, as well as the week’s biggest nerd news stories, and that one time when people were doing it in the movie theater while Jason watched Machete Kills. (more…)

Neil deGrasse Tyson’s ‘Gravity’ Twitter Rant: Science Rage of the Highest Caliber

- 10-07-13Film, Nerd Culture Posted by Mark Poynter

B94C’mon, we shouldn’t let a little thing like scientific accuracy get in the way Hollywood magic should we? Well, maybe we should when the movie Gravity is being lauded as one of the finest visual representations of space. Who better to hold up the “Check yourself, before you wreck yourself” banner than science’s premier Outer-Space-Guy, Neil deGrasse Tyson. You’ve got to check out his Thumb-Bleeding-Twitter-Rant after the jump.

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Gravity’ Is The Stuff of Cinema Legend

- 10-03-13Featured, Film, reviews Posted by Matthew Jackson

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Here’s a moviegoing experience almost all of us have had: A friend comes up to you and says “Oh wow, dude, you’ve got to see [insert title here]. It’s more than just a movie. It’s an experience. I couldn’t believe how much it made me feel. Seriously, don’t miss this movie. It’s so amazing.” Then you go see the movie, and even if you come away liking it, you feel like your friend oversold it. It wasn’t an experience at all. It was just a really entertaining movie. There’s nothing wrong with that, but the point is that actual experiences at the movies are few and far between these days. We’ve been jaded by years of CGI and Michael Bay bombast, so we’re always inherently skeptical of those movies that are supposed to make us forget we’re watching a movie and leave us to actually feel what’s going on. It’s OK to be skeptical. Really it is. But I”m here to tell you, this time we really have been given a true cinematic experience. Alfonso Cuaron’s Gravity is, quite simply, one of the most stunning cinematic achievements you will ever see, and it achieves this by not just dazzling you visually, but by giving you an incredibly intimate look at a simple fight for survival in one of the most hostile environments imaginable: space.

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New Trailer for ‘Gravity’ – Lots of Shit Flying Through Space

- 09-04-13Film Posted by Jason McAnelly

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The latest project from Alfonso Cuaron (Children of Men, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban) is a little space flick known as Gravity.  If the words of James Cameron are to be believed, it’s the best space movie ever.  Starring George Clooney and Sandra Bullock, it’s just a couple of months before we get chance to see it and judge it for ourselves.  Until then, here’s the latest trailer:

At first glance it looks like a typical generic disaster flick to me, albeit with some high-end FX.  And Cameron’s words don’t really hold any water with me in light of his Avatar obsession.  Luckily, Cuaron has done some great work in the past, so there’s a chance that this flick is more than just the modern day equivalent of Armageddon.

I guess that I, and others like me, will have to wait until October 4th to see if Gravity lives up to the hype it’s getting.

 

Thanks to GeekTyrant for the heads-up.

James Cameron Can’t Say Enough About Alfonso Cuaron’s ‘Gravity’

- 09-04-13Film Posted by Mark Poynter

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If you haven’t watched the trailer for Alfonso Cuaron‘s latest film project, Gravity, and you’re still on the fence about shelling out the cash to buy a theater ticket, then you might want to listen to someone who truly knows what the hell he’s talking about when it comes to movies: James Cameron. OK, now about half of you are thinking,

“Really, what the hell does he know?”

Well, the man’s last two films each broke the mold, reaching that movie mountain top to become the highest grossing film of all time during their respective release runs. So when the man talks about making movies, you’ll want to listen, but Cameron is not just using new technologies to create incredible films, he’s helping create new technologies to create incredible films.

Recently Cameron talked about helping Cuaron with some difficult filming issues on Gravity and what he thought about the movie after getting a chance to see it in its entirety.

I was stunned, absolutely floored, I think it’s the best space photography ever done, I think it’s the best space film ever done, and it’s the movie I’ve been hungry to see for an awful long time.

What is interesting is that Cameron goes on to explain that it was not the cutting edge filming technology and camera work that blew him away, it was:

What is interesting is the human dimension, Alfonso and Sandra working together to create an absolutely seamless portrayal of a woman fighting for her life in zero gravity.

Now, I was already sold on seeing this in the theater on the big screen, the biggest screen I can find, when I saw the first full trailer. Now, after reading what Cameron has to say, Gravity might just be that break through movie of the year that will put another Oscar on Bullock’s mantle. Check out the trailer below and tell me if you think Cameron is on target.

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Alfonso Cuaron’s ‘Gravity’ Gets Second Trailer: Sandra Bullock Suddenly Faces The Emptiness of Space

- 07-24-13Film Posted by Mark Poynter

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Looks like it’s going to be a busy day for Alfonso Cuaron‘s Gravity. First a clip, now a second trailer along with word that a third trailer/clip will be posted later tonight. The first clip was interesting and full of disastrous-accident action, this second trailer really sinks its teeth into the gut wrenching feeling of isolation Sandra Bullock‘s character, Dr. Ryan Stone, must be suddenly facing after the accident.

I have to say that while I was on the fence about buying a theater ticket to see this movie before, this trailer has certainly heightened my interest. The good news is that with George Clooney and Sandra Bullock on the ticket it won’t be hard to make this a date night movie. Now I just need to find a girl . . .

Dr. Ryan Stone (Sandra Bullock) is a brilliant medical engineer on her first shuttle mission, with veteran astronaut Matt Kowalsky (George Clooney) in command of his last flight before retiring. But on a seemingly routine spacewalk, disaster strikes. The shuttle is destroyed, leaving Stone and Kowalsky completely alone–tethered to nothing but each other and spiraling out into the blackness. The deafening silence tells them they have lost any link to Earth…and any chance for rescue. As fear turns to panic, every gulp of air eats away at what little oxygen is left. But the only way home may be to go further out into the terrifying expanse of space.

Gravity hits theater screens on October 4th.

Via: Comingsoon

Check Out Bullock & Clooney in Alfonso Cuarón’s ‘Gravity’ $h!T-Hitting-The-Fan Clip

- 07-24-13Film Posted by Mark Poynter

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Everything is green and routine until things go horribly wrong in the stillness of Space in Alfonso Cuarón‘s Gravity, starring George Clooney and Sandra Bullock. Is this just Open Sea in space? The clip has some impressive effects and we all know that Clooney and Bullock can bring it when it comes to the acting chops. If the building tension in the clip is any indicator, we’ll be on the edge of our seats during the first half of the movie and then slumped back by the end of this movie, most likely from emotional exhaustion.

Dr. Ryan Stone (Sandra Bullock) is a brilliant medical engineer on her first shuttle mission, with veteran astronaut Matt Kowalsky (George Clooney) in command of his last flight before retiring. But on a seemingly routine spacewalk, disaster strikes. The shuttle is destroyed, leaving Stone and Kowalsky completely alone–tethered to nothing but each other and spiraling out into the blackness. The deafening silence tells them they have lost any link to Earth…and any chance for rescue. As fear turns to panic, every gulp of air eats away at what little oxygen is left. But the only way home may be to go further out into the terrifying expanse of space.

Gravity hits theater screens on October 4th.

Via: Comingsoon