Tuesday, May 19, 2009


One of my favorite films from last year was Guy Ritchie's "RockNRolla". He has a skill and talent with film that brings style and dark humor to the screen in a way that I really enjoy and respect. His next film is reboot(there's a lot of that going around) of the Sherlock Holmes character starring RDJ as Holmes and Jude Law as his sidekick Watson. Our first look at the film in moving image form is HEAVY on action as I'm sure the trailer was cut to preview before Terminator Salvation or some other Summer action hit. However, I hope even with the action, Ritchie brings the total mind numbing brain teasers and twisters to the film that it deserves. Check out the trailer here and...deduce

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Thursday, May 7, 2009

Going Rogue with McG

Last night I attended a nice event thrown by Fast Company Magazine. The purpose was to herald director McG, his upcoming film Terminator Salvation[click for trailer] and basically give him props for his "rogue" mogul status. Wait, rogue? The guy that makes the BIG films and TV shows? The very Hollywood guy that went from Sugar Ray (yes he wrote THAT song you're thinking about) and directing videos (Pretty Fly For A White Guy)..that guy is rogue? I thought maybe they got it mixed up and meant to say he had an Irish brogue.

Alas, I read the perceptive and endearing article written by Mark Borden and thought..hmmm maybe?

Maybe became definitely when McG opened his mouth and let fly lots of roguish-ness at the event.

Let's go for some quotes/paraphrases:

"In 36 months all of this will change the entire industry will be different...you no longer HAVE to see that film in the theater. None of them."

"How many of you are living your dreams? (paltry response of hands) ...not a lot...why not?? why not now?"

"You have to be the best at all times or people have other choices. You have to honor the audience."

"Let's just all get together today and make a company that makes some good stuff! How about it!?"

And how does he describe his GIGANTIC Summer blockbuster?

"The film is ultimately about what makes us human. Where does the soul lie? The downfall of the machines is that they underestimate human will. Sure it has the action and stuff for the people that come to see that, but there's more if you want it."

He went on to express that the best and brightest work will get eyes on the internet and abroad regardless of studio affiliation. After the rousing chat lead by Borden, he talked to more of us in the audience individually about working on tangible works now and letting everyone see them.

McG is putting his money where his mouth is by purchasing the rights to the Broadway production "Spring Awakening" (a modern day Romeo & Juliet story). He's planning to produce that film outside of the studio system. The stars on deck and in mind to portray ALL of the male and female roles outside of the star crossed lovers and their friends? Daniel Day Lewis and Meryl Streep! Yes he said ALL of the other roles.

McG even inspired me, the almighty realist and cynic, with the words "Just go ahead and make that stuff. Shoot that film, just grab up two of your favorite actors, man and a woman, put them in a diner, shoot a scene. She's leaving him..and oh by the way...she's pregnant. Heartbreaking!" That's the kind of stuff we're all [he, JJ Abrams and the other young and gifted directors with easy access to the mainstream CEOs] are gonna just eat up regardless of the budget.  And that gets you the eyes you want.  All that matters is great work."

Talk about changing an impression in leaps and bounds. 

Terminator Salvation hits theaters on May 21st.

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Friday, May 1, 2009

A Big Ass Movie Summer Sans Big Asses

I've been under a rock recently as far as actually SEEING films. A BIG shame considering the Tribeca Film Festival just rolled through my beloved Noo Yawk.

I've heard really good things about The Soloist starring RDJ and Mr. Blame It on The A-A-A-A-Alcohol Foxx (that song is so infectious I may just start calling stuff that infectious Swine Flu).

But the Summer is upon us and it is going to be a summer of BIG ASS MOVIES...unfortunately not one stars a really BIG ASS. What happened to all the BIG ASS actresses? They're in hiding. If I'm wrong, hit me up...

This weekend X-Men Origins: Wolverine is released and as much as I should be looking forward to the release, I'm a bit underwhelmed. A few bad reviews from critics effected me slightly. However, after the horrible review given by my trusted consigliere Kern, it was a wrap in my head.

"Yo, it's on some Saturday afternoon...scratch that...after school cartoon shit! I'm pissed!" - Kern

Welcome to Heartbreak!

I'll still see it...matinee style. I'll even smuggle my own snacks in (recession master style) and forgive my Fox friends for not inviting me to see the film. What I WILL do is send them a "Hiya" and a duly noted on the Wolverine ignoration.

I'm very on board for the next Harry Potter film and at last check, I still have friends over at Warner Brothers:-) So I'll look forward to that invite...hint hint hint...brick over the head to SM & NR. You will be hearing from me soon. Just a little "Hiya, Harry" email ya know!

WB has been doing a great job of protecting the franchise. Which I was recently told on Twitter that I'm less masculine for having read the books on the public transportation instead of quietly in a darkened corner where no one can witness the screaming "death knell of masculinity". LOL Take a look at this...

Wave of The Wand

Dark, spooky, amusing..PG? Umm...Y'all sure about that??

I'm there opening weekend or at a screening. I may even wear a wizard's hat...I KID! But I will have a wand in my pocket. LOL

Hold up! Am I for real looking forward to a Star Trek movie!!??

Take a look at this...

Vulcan Neck Pinch

JJ Abrams has always impressed me with his work. Yes, I said ALWAYS. So I have a feeling after this reboot, Star Wars fans like myself will be screaming "Star Wars reboot!"

Y'all wanna see some BIG ASS Robots??

Transform and Roll Out

Now come on, you can't say Michael Bay doesn't give the audience what they want. That trailer proves it. Megan Fox looking super hot bent over a motorcycle. Shia LeBeauf looking all cutesy and smart for the ladies. John Turturro being quirky and funny. Last, but not least...big ass life-like robots fighting. I'm there first day wearing an Autobot t-shirt...hoping they don't take it too far and ruin the whole thing.

Another film I'm watching closely before release is GI Joe: The Rise of Cobra. The full length trailer just released. Take a look...so I can talk to you about it...
Go Joe

Hmmm...right? It's hmmmm...If Arsenio Hall were here he'd be putting his overextended index finger against his overextended cranium and saying "hmmmm". Lots of action in that trailer, plenty of REALLY incredible effects. The Eiffel Tower and jet disintegration shots are pretty damn hot. I did get a little nervous with some of the dialogue I heard. But it's a trailer so I get it. Let's see what they bring...I'm still there.

That's the first released image from NEXT SUMMER"S BIG ASS MOVIE Iron Man 2 as it appeared in today's USA Today(ahem..legal plug..ahem). More than decent shot of RDJ doing his stern Tony Stark stare with the Iron Man suits behind him. Director Jon Favreau's Tweets from the set have been pretty interesting, guarded and hype building. I like how he throws in tidbits about the new suit and how easy it is to work with compared to the last set suit...alas, no twitpics for us.

Nice, Mr. Favreau...real nice with the hype build up.

Ok, I'm done talking about other people's films. Time to go write some more Swine Flu of my own. If you want to keep up with my daily vitriol, work and P90X rants. Follow me on Twitter...

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