Archive for January, 2009

25 Coolest Movie Crews…

Posted in Movies on January 28, 2009 by Matt

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Empire Magazine has made a list of the ‘The 25 Coolest Movie Crews’.  You can chec k out the list here.  The list they compiled is fantastic and I totally agree with who they picked as their #1 movie crew.

15 Best Fight Scenes In 9 Years…

Posted in Movies on January 28, 2009 by Matt

This is my list of the 15 most awesome fight scenes that I have seen in the past 9 years.  These are fights that wowed me and led me to watch them over and over again.

Just a little warning, some of these fights include graphic violence.

Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000) –Yu Shu Lien vs. Jen Yu


The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001) – The Fellowship vs. The Uruk-hai


Gangs of New York (2002) – ‘Priest’ Vallon’s Gang vs. Bill ‘The Butcher’s’ Gang


Oldboy (2003) – Oh Dae-su vs. The Hallway Guards

Ong-bak (2003) – Ting vs. Two Guys With Weird Hair and One Crazy S.O.B.


Zatôichi: The Blind Swordsman (2003) –Zatoichi vs. Many Swordsmen and a Ronin

Kill Bill Vol. 1 (2004) -The Bride vs. The Crazy 88

This is the non-black and white version of the fight that was shown in Japan.

Kung Fu Hustle (2004) –The Three Heroes vs. The Axe Gang

Shaun of the Dead (2004) – Shaun, Ed, and Liz vs. The Zombified Bar Owner

If you want to get to the fight, just skip to the [2:00] mark.

The Protector (2005) – Kham vs. Approximately 50 Guys Who Can’t Fight

I felt the need to put Tony Jaa needed to appear on the list again, because just one scene of him kicking ass is not enough.  In this scene, instead of fighting three people, he fights and disarms around 50 goons.

V For Vendetta (2005) –V vs. The Secret Police


Casino Royale (2006) – James Bond vs. Mollaka


300 (2007) – 300 Spartans vs. The ENTIRE Persian Army

No Country For Old Men (2007) –Llewelyn Moss vs. Anton Chigurh


Rambo (2008) – John Rambo and The Team of Mercs vs. The ENTIRE Burmese Army

[Warning: Extremely Graphic Violence]


K-20: Legend of the Mask…

Posted in Japan, Movie Trailers, Movies, Superheroes on January 28, 2009 by Matt

In Japan the movie is known as ‘The Fiend With Twenty Faces‘, which is by far a better title than ‘K-20’.  This superhero flick kind of reminds me of a “happier” ‘Darkman‘, the way K-20 is able to take on different appearances.  Also, the way he looks is similar to the freedom fighter, V.  Hopefully they’ll release another trailer with English subs, so I can better understand what the movie is about.  I like the concept and the scenes they show in the trailer clearly looks like it will have a lot of action and some pretty badass, parkour style chase scenes.

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Trailer 1

Trailer 2

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The Adventures of Tintin (Update!)…

Posted in Animation, Comics, Movies, Television, TV Episodes on January 26, 2009 by Matt

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As I said earlier this month, I am very excited to see the new Tintin movie (the full name of the movie is now: ‘The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn‘).  Well the news gets even better, word on the street is that Jamie Bell (‘Undertow’, ‘King Kong’, ‘Defiance’) will be playing Tintin and Daniel Craig (‘Casino Royale’, ‘Quantum of Solace’, ‘Defiance’) will be playing the pirate Red Rackham, one of the villains in the series.  But wait, it gets even better.  A few screenwriters that have climbed aboard the adventure include: Edgar Wright (‘Shaun of the Dead’, ‘Hot Fuzz’, ‘Spaced’), Joe Cornish (‘The Adam and Joe Show’ and Edgar Wright’s upcoming movie ‘Ant-Man’), and Steven Moffat (‘Doctor Who’).  Also set to be in the movie are: Toby Jones, Eric Stoltz, and Mackenzie Crook.

I guess I didn’t realize this, but Steven Spielberg will be directing the first film and Peter Jackson will be directing the second feature.  There are plans for a third film, but it is currently unknown as to who will be sitting in the director’s chair.

Here is the episode ‘Cigars of the Pharaoh‘.

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3


Part 4

Part 5

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This Year’s Razzie Noms…

Posted in Awards, Movies on January 25, 2009 by Matt

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The Golden Raspberry Awards, better known as ‘Razzies’, doesn’t applaud the achievements of those in the acting/film making business, but instead points and laughs to those who are truly an embarrassment to film.  I agree with every nomination on the list, but one.  That one movie that deserves better is, of course, Sylvester Stallone and by far one of the manliest movies ever made, Rambo.

The 29th Annual Razzie Awards will award the ‘winners’ on Saturday, February 21st, 2009 at the Barnsdall Gallery Theatre in Hollywood.  Hopefully this year, the Razzie awards will convince Uwe Boll to stay the hell away from the camera and ‘directors’ chair.

Worst Picture:
Speed Racer
Disaste
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Meet the Spartans
The Day the Earth Stood Still
High School Musical 3
The Hottie & The Nottie
Dungeon Siege
The Love Guru
Postal
Rambo
The Happening
Meet Dave
Witless Protection


Worst Actor:

Zac Efron – High School Musical 3
Dane Cook – My Best Friend’s Girl
Larry the Cable Guy – Witless Protection
Eddie Murphy – Meet Dave
Al Pacino – Righteous Kill
Keanu Reeves The Day the Earth Stood Still
Sylvester Stallone Rambo
Tom Cruise – Valkyrie
Will Ferrell Semi-Pro
Ashton Kutcher – What Happened in Vegas
Mike Myers The Love Guru
Adam Sandler – You Don’t Mess with the Zohan
Mark Wahlberg – The Happening

Worst Actress:
Paris Hilton The Hottie & The Nottie
Jessica Alba The Love Guru
The entire cast – The Women
Camilla Belle 10,000 BC
Cameron Diaz – What Happened in Vegas
Kate Hudson – My Best Friend’s Girl
Diane Keaton Mad Money
Jennifer Connelly  The Day the Earth Stood Still
Zooey Deschanel The Happening
Vanessa Hudgens High School Musical 3
Eva Longoria-Parker Over Her Dead Body
Reese Witherspoon Four Christmases

Worst Director:
Uwe Boll Dungeon Siege
Scott Derrickson – The Day the Earth Stood Still
Jason Friedberg & Aaron Seltzer Disaster Movie / Meet the Spartans
Tom Putnam The Hottie & The Nottie
Marco Schnabel The Love Guru
Sylvester Stallone Rambo
Jon Avnet – Righteous Kill
Diane English The Women
Roland Emmerich 10,000 BC
Brian Robbins Meet Dave
Kenny Ortega High School Musical 3
M. Night Shyamalan – The Happening

This Year’s Oscar Noms…

Posted in Awards, Movies, Television on January 25, 2009 by Matt

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The 81st Academy Awards, in Hollywood’s Kodak Theater, will be hosted by Hugh Jackman on Sunday, February 22nd, 2009.  You can watch it on ABC.

Does anyone else feel a little cheated that The Dark Knight didn’t even get a Oscar nom for ‘Best Picture’?

BEST PICTURE:

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Frost/Nixon
Milk
The Reader
Slumdog Millionaire

DIRECTING:

David Fincher – The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Ron Howard – Frost/Nixon
Gus Van Sant – Milk
Stephen Daldry – The Reader
Danny Boyle – Slumdog Millionaire

ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE:
Richard Jenkins – The Visitor
Frank Langella – Frost/Nixon
Sean Penn – Milk
Brad Pitt – The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Mickey Rourke – The Wrestler

ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE:
Anne Hathaway – Rachel Getting Married
Angelina Jolie – Changeling
Melissa Leo – Frozen River
Meryl Streep – Doubt
Kate Winslet – The Reader

ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE:
Josh Brolin – Milk
Robert Downey Jr. – Tropic Thunder
Philip Seymour Hoffman – Doubt
Heath Ledger – The Dark Knight
Michael Shannon – Revolutionary Road

ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE:
Amy Adams – Doubt
Penélope Cruz – Vicky Cristina Barcelona
Viola Davis – Doubt
Taraji P. Henson – The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Marisa Tomei – The Wrestler

ADAPTED SCREENPLAY:
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button – Screenplay by Eric Roth, Screen story by Eric Roth and Robin Swicord
Doubt – Written by John Patrick Shanley
Frost/Nixon – Screenplay by Peter Morgan
The Reader – Screenplay by David Hare
Slumdog Millionaire – Screenplay by Simon Beaufoy

ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
Frozen River – Written by Courtney Hunt
Happy-Go-Lucky – Written by Mike Leigh
In Bruges – Written by Martin McDonagh
Milk – Written by Dustin Lance Black
WALL•E – Screenplay by Andrew Stanton, Jim Reardon, Original story by Andrew Stanton, Pete Docter

FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM:
The Baader Meinhof Complex
The Class
Departures
Revanche
Waltz with Bashir

ANIMATED FEATURE FILM:
Bolt – Chris Williams and Byron Howard
Kung Fu Panda – John Stevenson and Mark Osborne
WALL•E – Andrew Stanton

ART DIRECTION:
Changeling – Art Direction: James J. Murakami, Set Decoration: Gary Fettis
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button – Art Direction: Donald Graham Burt, Set Decoration: Victor J. Zolfo
The Dark Knight – Art Direction: Nathan Crowley, Set Decoration: Peter Lando
The Duchess – Art Direction: Michael Carlin, Set Decoration: Rebecca Alleway
Revolutionary Road – Art Direction: Kristi Zea, Set Decoration: Debra Schutt

CINEMATOGRAPHY:
Changeling – Tom Stern
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button – Claudio Miranda
The Dark Knight – Wally Pfister
The Reader – Chris Menges and Roger Deakins
Slumdog Millionaire – Anthony Dod Mantle

COSTUME DESIGN:
Australia – Catherine Martin
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button – Jacqueline West
The Duchess – Michael O’Connor
Milk – Danny Glicker
Revolutionary Road – Albert Wolsky

DOCUMENTARY FEATURE:
The Betrayal (Nerakhoon) – A Pandinlao Films Production, Ellen Kuras and Thavisouk Phrasavath
Encounters at the End of the World – A Creative Differences Production, Werner Herzog and Henry Kaiser
The Garden A Black Valley Films Production, Scott Hamilton Kennedy
Man on Wire – A Wall to Wall Production, James Marsh and Simon Chinn
Trouble the Water – An Elsewhere Films Production, Tia Lessin and Carl Deal

FILM EDITING:
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button – Kirk Baxter and Angus Wall
The Dark Knight – Lee Smith
Frost/Nixon – Mike Hill and Dan Hanley
Milk – Elliot Graham
Slumdog Millionaire – Chris Dickens

MAKEUP:
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button – Greg Cannom
The Dark Knight – John Caglione, Jr. and Conor O’Sullivan
Hellboy II: The Golden Army – Mike Elizalde and Thom Floutz

ORIGINAL SCORE:
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button – Alexandre Desplat
Defiance – James Newton Howard
Milk – Danny Elfman
Slumdog Millionaire – A.R. Rahman
WALL•E – Thomas Newman

ORIGINAL SONG:
“Down to Earth” from WALL•E – Music by Peter Gabriel and Thomas Newman, Lyric by Peter Gabriel
“Jai Ho” from Slumdog Millionaire – Music by A.R. Rahman, Lyric by Gulzar
“O Saya” from Slumdog Millionaire – Music and Lyric by A.R. Rahman andMaya Arulpragasam

SOUND MIXING:
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button – David Parker, Michael Semanick, Ren Klyce and Mark Weingarten
The Dark Knight – Lora Hirschberg, Gary Rizzo and Ed Novick
Slumdog Millionaire – Ian Tapp, Richard Pryke and Resul Pookutty
WALL•E – Tom Myers, Michael Semanick and Ben Burtt
Wanted – Chris Jenkins, Frank A. Montaño and Petr Forejt

SOUND EDITING:
The Dark Knight – Richard King
Iron Man – Frank Eulner and Christopher Boyes
Slumdog Millionaire – Tom Sayers
WALL•E – Ben Burtt and Matthew Wood
Wanted – Wylie Stateman

VISUAL EFFECTS:
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button – Eric Barba, Steve Preeg, Burt Dalton and Craig Barron
The Dark Knight – Nick Davis, Chris Corbould, Tim Webber and Paul Franklin
Iron Man – John Nelson, Ben Snow, Dan Sudick and Shane Mahan

DOCUMENTARY SHORT:
The Conscience of Nhem En – A Farallon Films Production, Steven Okazaki
The Final Inch – A Vermilion Films Production, Irene Taylor Brodsky and Tom Grant
Smile Pinki – A Principe Production, Megan Mylan
The Witness – From the Balcony of Room 306 – A Rock Paper Scissors Production, Adam Pertofsky and Margaret Hyde

ANIMATED SHORT FILM:
La Maison en Petits Cubes – A Robot Communications Production, Kunio Kato
Lavatory – Lovestory – A Melnitsa Animation Studio and CTB Film Company Production, Konstantin Bronzit
Oktapodi – A Gobelins, L’école de l’image Production, Emud Mokhberi and Thierry Marchand
Presto – A Pixar Animation Studios Production, Doug Sweetland
This Way Up – A Nexus Production, Alan Smith and Adam Foulkes

LIVE ACTION SHORT FILM:
Auf der Strecke (On the Line)
Manon on the Asphalt – A La Luna Production, Elizabeth Marre and Olivier Pont
New Boy – A Zanzibar Films Production, Steph Green and Tamara Anghie
The Pig – An M & M Production, Tivi Magnusson and Dorte Høgh
Spielzeugland (Toyland) – A Mephisto Film Production, Jochen Alexander Freydank

McG/Will Smith…

Posted in Movies on January 15, 2009 by Matt

Rumor has it that Mickey D’s, I mean McG, is looking for Will Smith to star in a new adaptation of 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea playing Captain Nemo.  I don’t know about you guys, but I’m predicting another Wild Wild West catastrophe.  I hate it when crappy filmmakers choose to massacre a classic story (for example, see 2007’s I Am Legend. And take a look at that, it stars Will Smith.)  I have nothing personal against Smith, I mean I watched Fresh Prince of Bel Air back in the day, it’s just that filmmaker’s think that they can make a masterpiece if they go with ‘The Fresh Prince’.  Oh by the way, isn’t Captain Nemo of Indian descent?  Next thing you know, they’re going to set the updated version in modern day and have him commanding a skymarine (get it? It’s kind of like a submarine, only it’s in the SKY).  I guess what I’m trying to say is, “SCREW YOU MICKEY G’S”.