Burn After Reading Trailer

26 06 2008

Trailer for the Coen Brothers’ new film, Burn After Reading, starring Brad Pitt, John Malkovich, George Clooney, Tilda Swinton, Frances McDormand, and J.K. Simmons.

I was beyond excited when they announced the cast of this film , and this trailer only further fuels that excitement. The Coens don’t don’t disappoint often, and I don’t expect to be let down by this one either. This looks wild.

-Travis

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RocknRolla Trailer

26 06 2008

They’ve finally released the trailer for Guy Ritchie’s newest film, RocknRolla, Gerard Butler, Tom Wilkinson, and Thandie Newton.

Another London underworld movie, involving Russians, Americans and lots of money changing hands. This is not a bad thing at all. It is what Guy Ritchie is good at, and he hasn’t had a miss yet, in my opinion. It has a feeling about it akin to Snatch, and I cannot wait. Plus, Ludacris is in it.

-Travis





Wall-E Review

26 06 2008

I got a chance to go to one of the first screenings of Wall-E last night at the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood thanks to the mother-of-a-friend’s-friend.

If you have ever had even a light inkling of interest in seeing Wall-E, DO IT! The whole thing is very impressive and possibly even a little overwhelming. Visually it is one of the best movies I have ever seen, especially compared with most CGI movies. The folks over at Pixar have outdone themselves this time, in both style and story. It is about as far from the “everyday” animated film as you can possibly get.

If asked to assign a genre to Wall-E I don’t think I could bring myself to do it. It is equal parts science fiction, comedy, and romance woven together seamlessly with a little bit of satire. Wall-E himself, is a very endearing character with surprising depth, and personality. I found this to be pretty impressive, considering that Wall-E is basically a trash compacter with limited ability to communicate verbally. Most of the film is pantomime with very limited dialog.

If you’ve seen any of the trailers or commercials, you’ll know that Wall-E is a robot left to clean up the planet after humans abandon Earth. After seven hundred years or so of being alone, with only a roach for a friend, he’s developed quite a personality. His lonely existence is shattered one day by the arrival of EVE, a reconnaissance robot who steals Wall-E’s robot heart and begins an epic adventure, meeting all sorts of wild and entertaining characters along the way.

I think they took a big risk with the lack of dialog in the film, and I think it payed off big time. My hat is off to Andrew Stanton on this one. To create a story containing deep, lovable characters, predominantly without the use of words is truly a great feat. I was also very impressed by the choice of the soundtrack for the film.

Anyway, Wall-E is a great movie for everyone, kids and adults, and is a must see for any Pixar fan. SEE THIS MOVIE

-Travis





‘My Name Is Bruce’ To Hit Theatres In October

25 06 2008

nullMy Name Is Bruce was finished about a year ago, but very few people have ever seen it. The story is stars Bruce Campbell, star of the Evil Dead trilogy, playing himself. Fans mistake him as the character he plays in the films, Ash, and he is dragged from his Oregon trailer into a fight with a real monster.

It Seems that My Name Is Bruce is finally getting a wide theatrical release, as well as some money for a reshoot. This news comes from The Movie Blog by way of ShockTillYouDrop:

ShockTillYouDrop.com attended the Saturn Awards on Tuesday night in Universal City, California and caught up with Dark Horse Comics’ Mike Richardson, who told us that Bruce Campbell’s My Name is Bruce will hit theaters this October.

“Some people maybe thought the film fell out or that there was something wrong with it,” Richardson says, touching on Bruce’s slow journey getting before wide audiences. It was roughly a year ago that it screened to CineVegas film fest attendees. “We did our shoot, put it in the can and the studio that financed it liked it so much they gave us more money to do a second shoot. We beefed it up so it could go into the theaters.”

This is awesome news! This movie looks pretty hilarious, and I can’t wait to see what it looks now that they can afford to beef it up.

Here’s a trailer from last year.

-Travis





It’s Been Far Too Long…

25 06 2008

My life has taken a few weird turns in the last few months. I’ve neglected this site for far too long. Sorry.

-Travis.





Looking Forward

30 04 2008

Summer 2008 is going to be undoubtedly something to remember for a long time, so before we get there, I want to compose a list of reason and why I am looking forward to some, but not others.

First, Wall-E. Ratatouille was good, so were the rest of the Pixar features and shorts for that matter, but none are recognized as 10/10 by critics or fans… maybe a few here and there, but not significantly. So why am I so anxious to see this animated film? The world of cinema needs more animation. The Academy Awards need to be able to nominate an animated feature for best picture. There is no dialogue in the film.
I am a big fan of silent cinema, so when I found out that Wall-E didn’t have much of a vocabulary, I immediately decided this was in my “top 10 films of all times” list… and then reality came back and I still had not seen the film. Maybe it’s all hype at this point, but I cannot wait much longer to see Wall-E.

Second, Hellboy II: The Golden Army. Pan’s Labyrinth was visually stunning, with all it’s Guillermo Del Toro influence, I am amazed it is not held to higher praise. Hellboy 1 had it’s weak spots, but was still an excellent comic book adaptation. Hellboy II looks more like a continuation, or maybe a cross over of the two Guillermo worlds. Meaning this could very well be an amazing film, featuring some of the most unique and terrifying monsters ever shown on screen. I must be quite the Guillermo Del Toro fan, I cannot find many others who share my excitement for this Hellboy installment.

Third, The Dark Knight. Everyone seems to be looking forward to this huge name film, which is well deserved though. Batman Begins was magnificent, one of the darkest and most appropriate superhero films made to date. The viral game ads to it the anticipation also, however, I am not a follower of it. I regret not getting in to the game from the beginning, but that was beginning while the Cloverfield ARG was underway, and I felt as though there was much more mystery behind that (since it wasn’t intentionally a game from the beginning). Heath Ledger makes an awesome Joker, an since his recent passing away, having him get an Oscar nomination for this role would be great. The film’s posters, fan made included, look awesome and are giving myself, and everyone else, unreal anticipation for this film.

Forth, Ironman. At a sort of unfair advantage, Ironman has been given several early reviews of nothing but praise. Hopefully the critics in this case are not full of hot air, I find myself holding quite high expectations for this. I have also been following the progress of the film since early pre-production, so my exposure to the idea has had time to grow and I’ve become very fascinated by the idea. Also, Avengers movies.

Fifth, The Son of Rambow. I’ve only seen one good preview for the film, but now I cannot find that same preview again. That preview has given me such great hope for this film that I now talk about it constantly. The idea is original, the story seems touching and the critics that were at it’s premiere all seemed to love it. This may be a surprise blockbuster.

Sixth, Hancock. Will Smith.

Seventh, Mongol. I had the opportunity to see this at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival but I blew it. Now I’m kicking myself with regret. Oh well, I am glad this is getting a large release and actually being advertised in front of popular feature films. Mongol looks amazing and I’ve heard great things from high places.

Eighth, Speed Racer. The trailers are making this appeal to mostly 6 year olds, but one trailer that has not made it’s way around very well is actually very dark and appealing. I do not know why these films are marketed like this. I love being jaded by visual effects in stupid movies as much as the next 300 fan (however, I’m not a 300 fan), but this seems like it may actually have a deeper message and some seriously ground breaking green screening.

Ninth, The Fall. I have only recently seem the trailer for this, and I am I huge Spike Jonze and David Fincher fan. This film not only looks beautiful, it looks like it may be one of the best released this year. I actually only learned of it while writing the list below, or I would have placed this much higher.

—— I’m looking forward to the above nine films more than the rest, but there are still a handful of films months away from being released that I cannot wait to get my eyes on. Among them are: The Wackness, American Teen, Pineapple Express, Choke, Tropic Thunder, Vicky Christina Barcelona, Religulous, The Go-Getter, Baghead, Towelhead, Transsiberian and a few others that I may have forgotten to name.

-Keith





This Weekend in Theatens… April 11th.

9 04 2008

Protest against the church of Scientology on April 12th.

Young@Heart opened to limited screens on Wednesday, has anyone else seen it? I loved it.

Smart People (R) – Stars Ellen Page and that kid from A History of Violence. If any local theaters get this, I’ll sneak in.

Street Kings (R) – I’ll be sneaking in to this for sure. Forest Whitaker is an amazing man.

We’re finally almost out of the movie rut! hoo-rah!

– Keith