“If you wanna read some AMAZING comic books, pick up the Mystique trade paperbacks; Ultimate Collection Volume 1 by Brian K. Vaughan and Ultimate Collection Volume 2 by Sean McKeever. I seriously miss this series.”—
Lots of new movie trailers hit this week. Some look promising, some look like shit. Here’s what I think…
KILLER ELITE: This looks like a straight-up, kick-ass action flick starring Jason Statham as a former CIA agent and Clive Owen (sporting a gross mustache) as the leader of a band of assassins. The fact that it’s based on a true story is interesting enough to see it, but seeing Statham and Owen beating the shit out of each other for two hours (plus the addition of Robert De Niro) will be worth every penny. B
FOOTLOOSE: They remade Footloose? Really? And it looks exactly like the original with an infusion of Step Up or any of the other various crappy dance flicks of the past five years… shocking. The only saving grace is the inclusion of Dennis Quaid. C-
CAPTAIN AMERICA: I gotta admit, while I was semi-excited with the first couple Cap trailers, this new one is amazing. Chris Evans finally warrants my approval and Hugo Weaving as the Red Skull looks SICK! This’ll quite possibly be the best super-hero flick this year. A-
BUCKY LARSON - BORN TO BE A STAR:Wow. Just… just wow. Are you serious, Adam Sandler? This looks like shit. F
IMMORTALS: The first trailer looked cool but at the same time, it looked TOO much like 300. While this new trailer doesn’t change that view, it does show more of the story and it proves to me that Henry Cavill will probably play a good Superman. I’ll check this out just for the fact that it’s Tarsem Singh’s new flick but I’m not holding my breath. B-
BRAVE: Now THIS is a Pixar film that I can get behind! After the dribble that is Cars 2, Bravelooks like it’s going back to the basics of mastery storytelling that Pixar pulled off with Toy Story 3, Up! and WALL-E. I can’t wait for this film! A
MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE - GHOST PROTOCOL:At last, Tom Cruise is back as Ethan Hunt! I love the M:I series, that’s no secret, and this looks to be the best entry yet! With J.J. Abrams on scripting/producing duties, Brad Bird directing and Pixar working on the credits, this film is sure to kick all kinds of ass. Cruise is sporting his wavy M:I-2haircut again so that makes me think this’ll be another over-the-top action pic. Nice to see a larger role for Simon Pegg but it’s sad to see no Ving Rhames in sight. The inclusion of Jeremy Renner is sure to make it a fun ride, too! I could’ve done without the Eminem/Pink song, though. B+
11-11-11: I like Darren Lynn Bousman. He directed the only Saw sequels that I actually liked and he created the stellar Repo: The Genetic Opera. This film seems like it’s going to be a horror/thriller based around religion and demons. Honestly, I’m a little tired of this genre. With that being said, it does look like it’ll be a rather scary film and I’m sure that’s what Bousman and the crew are going for. I’ll watch it but I’ll wait for home video. B-
THE THREE MUSKETEERS 3D: Am I the only one who thinks it’d be funny if they renamed this flick The Three-D Musketeers? Alright… so this is the new Paul W.S. Anderson film which means it’ll most likely have semi-cheesy dialogue and big explosions. It also means that it’ll be incredibly hit or miss. For the most part, Anderson’s Resident Evil films have been enjoyable garbage. I like them for what they are but they are by no means good and they’ll never be known as zombie classics. Event Horizon was awesome, Mortal Kombat was okay and Solider was utter crap. This guy’s track record is all over the place. This trailer looks decent, though. I love the casting that includes should’ve-been-Spider-Man Logan Lerman, Christoph Waltz, Orlando Bloom and Anderson’s main-squeeze Milla Jovovich so I’ll most likely check it out. It will be hard letting go of the AMAZING The Three Musketeers that Disney put out in the ’90s, though. At least the 3D should be good since Anderson’s one of the few directors that actually uses James Cameron’s technology. B
WAR HORSE: I’ll be honest; this looks kinda boring. I can easily overlook that fact, though, because not only is this a Steven Spielberg film with John Williams music, but it’s also a rarity since it takes place during World War 1. I expect nothing but brilliance and the trailer was well-done. B+
“Just participated in a poll over on MSN’s Canadian Web site. The question of the poll was, “The U.S. Supreme Court has rejected a California law banning the sale or rental of violent video games to children. Do you think these games contribute to making young people more violent?” I voted NO. Surprisingly not, 80% of voters (9,280 votes) have voted YES. Let me ask; do video games have ratings similar to movies and music? Yes — yes they do. Now, chances are, if someone is underage, they will not be aloud to purchase those Restricted/Mature-rated media items. Same goes for video games… retail and rental supply chains do not sell/rent M-rated games to minors. So again, I come back to the same conclusion as always: if you think video games are causing your children to be violent, STOP BUYING THEM! As always, the blame goes somewhere else rather than the most obvious… parents who just can’t say no to their kids. Do you blame Willy Wonka for kids’ cavities? Didn’t think so.”—
“Spending this morning debating whether or not I can fit in an evening part-time job once Quiver completes. I really want to use my spare time to write some new material but, unfortunately, bringing in extra income has to be my priority right now.”—
“It’s funny watching Emily Rose on Haven; all you can hear is Elena Fisher from Uncharted. I still can’t figure out why Sony won’t just cast her and Nolan North in the actual film (or if North is unavailable, Nathan Fillion).”—
“My hopes for next summer: The Avengers blows the audience away and makes moviegoers more aware of Joss Whedon than ever. After that, he takes his new-found awareness and gives us Serenity 2! (I have high hopes)”—
I’d just like to take this opportunity to thank some people who’ve helped out with Quiver so far.
Thank-you to Randy Feaver, Stephanie Nash and Chrysti Chiasson for portraying (and completing) their roles as the Hunter, the News Anchor and the Store Clerk, respectively.
Thank-you to our current list of film extras, Laurie Chiasson and Rick Stolz (store scene), Megan Livitski (voice of directory operator) and Adrienne Babula (voice of 911 operator). Also, thanks to Patrick Klug for offering his support during the store scene.
With plenty more on the way, expect more thanks to come!
“Getting psyched for the New York Comic Con now (which I’ll be referring to as the NYCC for now and on). Just found out that Jason Aaron is appearing. Between him, Robert Kirkman and Kevin Smith, it’s gonna be a rather beardful event for me. ; )”—
“I must say, this DC relaunch is certainly intriguing. The two titles that interest me the most: Justice League and Action Comics. Too bad it’ll take two years for the first arc of J.L. to wrap (with Jim Lee on art) and Grant Morrison is a definite hit-or-miss writer, so A.C. could go either way.”—
So last night marked my debut in acting. LOL… kinda. During the Quiver shoot last night, I was a fill-in for Randy Feaver, the actor who portrayed The Hunter. Being the largest guy on the crew, I was the natural choice for stepping into the shoes (not really; my feet are too big) of the largest guy in the cast.
Honestly, even though I didn’t do very much, I had lots of fun. I don’t want to give anything away but I will say that I’m sore and badly scratched and bruised today. It was still a great experience, though!
I know updates have been lacking lately but it’s just impossible to find the time on top of everything else. I’m also trying to figure out how to post some pictures up on here. I’ll let you know when I figure that out! Cheers!
“What was supposed to be a relaxing day has turned into another stressful one. It’s looking more and more like I’m gonna be stuck as a shipper/receiver for the rest of my life. At least SUPER 8 was completely awesome!”—