Predators Movie Review

The year was 1987 and Arnold Schwarzenegger was at the height of his popularity. This was when Predator was unleashed around the world. This film introduced us to one of the most frightening creatures ever put on film. There was great balance of horror, comedy, action and suspense and made this one of Schwarzenegger’s best films and gave us a creature that was hoped to be seen in other equally as great movies. Unfortunately this was not the case. We first got Predator 2, then Aliens vs. Predator and lastly Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem. All of these films paled in comparison to the original and really made the Predator something much less than it was intended to be. Now, 23 years after the first film, we finally get a film that reminds us why we liked the Predator in the first place.
When the film starts, you almost get a sense of déjà vu. The location is a jungle much like the one we see in the original film, but with different actors roaming around and wondering where they are. One person then meets another and both seem lost and unsure of how they ended up where they are. Then another person runs into the steadily growing group. They all begin talking and all realize that they have been brought to the jungle by someone or something, but they don’t know who or why. They are all heavily armed and all seem to be elite and trained fighters. They all come to a cliff with a view of more of the jungle and realize they’ve been brought further than they ever could have realized. We see a vista with multiple moons or planets in the sky. They’ve been taken from Earth.
This is the big change of this film from the original. The Predators have been collecting species to bring them to a planet to hunt them down. Why would they go and hunt on a different planet, where it could be more difficult because of all the people that are there when they can just pick the ones that they want to hunt and bring them to their own hunting ground. The humans they have picked all have experience, either hunting, fighting or stalking others. They are the Predators of Earth. Who better to challenge than the hunters of Earth?
I personally would have liked to see not only humans, but other species from around the galaxy to join together or at least fight the Predators jointly. We saw glimpses of other races that had been captured, but didn’t make it after being dropped from an aircraft. If only some of these had survived so that we could get a better sense of other races that the Predators like to make sport of. Maybe the filmmakers were saving that for a second film should this one do well. Either way, I really like the direction they took with this film and it makes me remember why I loved the first film to begin with.
Sure, this film isn’t perfect, but it does what it set out to do which was remind the audience about these fierce creatures and why they were once popular. They also made this film very similar in tone to the original and brought back the action and suspense that was missing from other Predator films. I do hope to see another movie after this one, but hope they take a few more risks, show a lot more creatures and give the Predators a challenge that will make the audience stand up and cheer.

Grade: B

J.Chandler

Sucker Punch Trailer in HD

Wow! What thee hell? This cool trailer has Guns, Swords, Girls in Leather trench coats and some cool music.

Set in the 1950s, Sucker Punch follows Babydoll (Emily Browning) who is confined to a mental institution by her stepfather, who intends to have her lobotomized in five days. While there, she imagines an alternative reality to hide her from the pain, and in that world, she begins planning her escape, needing to steal five objects to help get her out before she is deflowered by a vile man. The Trailer is pretty cool! Let us know what you think!

In Theatres 3.25.11

New Photo of Thor! Woof!

USA Today posted this image of Chris Hemsworth as the next Avenger Character! Anyone else taking a deep breath??

Inception Movie Review

Inception, (ĭn-sěp’shən) – n. the beginning of something, such as an undertaking; a commencement.
Have you ever imagined what it would be like to have one really good idea for an invention that you could then patent and sell to make millions? All it would take is one. Well, what if you did come up with a million dollar idea and someone decides they want to take it from you by going into your brain and subconscious and extracting that idea or thought from you? This is precisely the premise of the groundbreaking and thought provoking film Inception.
I’ve included the above definition of Inception for you because, if you’re like me, you probably don’t know what this word means or how it could possibly relate to this film. Well, not only is Dom Cobb, played exceptionally well by Leonardo DiCaprio, an ideal thief, but in this film he is given the task of inception or placing an idea in someone’s mind without them knowing it wasn’t an original idea of their own. Sounds complicated, huh??? Well it is and it isn’t. The mind is a powerful thing. Perhaps the most powerful thing in the world, and just imagine if people used more than the ten percent most scientists say that we use on a daily basis. Now, think about dreams. Haven’t you ever had a dream that seemed so real that you questioned whether or not it was really a dream of if you actually experienced it in the real world? What if you could draw people into your dreams so that they could experience your dreams with you? This film primarily takes place in the mind and makes you think about the ethical, psychological and fantastical things that can be created by the mind.
I saw this film on Sunday and I’m still thinking about it and trying to wrap my head around everything I’ve seen. There aren’t many films that stay with you hours, days or even weeks after you’ve seen them. How often do you see a movie that you immediately want to see again, just to take it all in and try and catch any clues or details that you might have missed? How many filmmakers working today that won’t dumb down their script or story just to make it easier for the audience to understand what’s taking place? I, as a moviegoer, want to go to see movies that will challenge me and make me think. I also want to see films that are completely original and show you things never seen before. This is that film!
I can’t really talk too much about specifics because it’s best going in knowing nothing about the film. I can just say that this is definitely one of the top five films I’ve seen this year and possibly one of the best films I’ve ever seen. This is a film where all of the participants are playing at the top of their game. From Christopher Nolan, Leonardo DiCaprio, Ellen Page, Ken Watanabe, Hans Zimmer, Marion, Cotillard, and Wally Pfister, each one of them have contributed to a near perfect film. I’m hopeful that the Academy Awards remembers this film come nomination time. Do yourself a favor and check this film out and see if you can stop thinking about it after you’ve left. I myself can’t wait to see it again and wonder if that’s what they wanted me to do all along.

J.Chandler A

Eclipse Movie Review

Even though the website has been live for quite some time now, this is the first review that I’ve done regarding the Twilight saga. I did read all four books and enjoyed most of what I read. I’m certainly not a “Twi-hard” fan but again the books were enjoyable and I’ve looked forward to seeing the film adaptations. Let me start by saying that I wasn’t a huge fan of the first film however the second film did get better. I also don’t think that Robert Pattinson looks anything like what I pictured Edward as being. He is supposed to be one of the most attractive and desirable men you’re ever likely to see and Mr. Pattinson is certainly not that. I like Kristen Stewart about as much as I liked Bella in the books, which wasn’t a lot. Fortunately Taylor Lautner is perfectly cast as Jacob, and is getting better and better with each film.
Eclipse was by far my favorite of all of the books. It wasn’t as heavy on the love story or the love triangle, but gave us more of a back story for some of the characters and had the most action of all the books. Luckily, the film follows this formula and because of this it is the most successful of the three films that have thus far been released. The basic story of Eclipse is that Victoria is back (from the first film and book) and she wants revenge on Edward and Bella for killing her mate. So, in order to get her revenge, she is creating an army of newly turned vampires to create utter chaos so that she can then catch them unaware and kill Bella. The Cullen clan finds out about this plot and decides to join forces with the wolves in order to take out Victoria and her army.
I really like what the director, David Slade, has done with the fight sequences and love story. He walks the line between the appeasing the men and women by giving them just enough of what they both want but not going overboard. The guys will enjoy the intense action sequences of the film while the ladies can enjoy the ongoing love story between Bella and Edward and their twisted love triangle with Jacob. I know it must be hard for a new director to take over a film in a series when previous films have been directed by two other people. The continuity between the first two films and this one is exceptional. You might not even notice much of a difference between all three films and I, as a fan, appreciate that when viewing a series.
I can hardly believe that this is the penultimate chapter of the Twilight saga in their film versions. It’s been quite a roller coaster ride in terms of quality, acting, directing, casting and the battle between Team Edward and Team Jacob. I feel that Eclipse is by far the best film in the series yet and I’m glad that they have stayed pretty faithful to the source material. I am curious to see how the series will end in the epic 2 film version of Breaking Dawn currently in production under director Bill Condon. I am a huge fan of his and hope he can make my least favorite book into my most favorite film. Until we see those films in 2011, check this one out and see how it measures up.

J.Chandler B

Green Hornet, the Movie Trailer!

Ok, for all you Comic Action geeks out there….check out the new movie trailer for Green Hornet! Let us know what you think!

RED : A new movie Action Flick with Helen Mirren? Cool!

The Movie “Red” starring Helen Mirren, Bruce Willis, Morgan Freeman and Jessica Louise Parker looks like it could be a cool flick! I don’t recall ever seeing Helen firing a machine gun….could be fun! Check out the latest trailer!

The Last Airbender Movie Review

Thanks to some friends of mine I became a huge fan of the cartoon “Avatar: The Last Airbender”. I bought the DVDs of all three seasons and watched it from start to finish. I was impressed, not only by the animation, but also by the complex story line and the strong messages it was teaching kids about honor, responsibility, friendship, trust, faith, and love. This show is by far one of the best cartoons I have ever seen and is even one of the best shows that I have ever watched. I thought that this show would be perfect for a trip to the big screen, as long as the filmmaker treated the material with respect and captured as much of the shows perfection as possible.
Before going to see the film that was just released of “The Last Airbender”, I had read a few reviews that tore it to pieces and proclaimed it as the worst movie of the year, decade, and quite possibly the worst film ever made. This really worried me because I love the cartoon so much that I was hoping that the film would live up to the show, even just a little bit. I was also worried because M. Night Shyamalan, the writer, director and producer of this film, is currently in a slump. His past four movies have not been successful and have all been a mess. So, I went in well prepared to be disappointed.
Fortunately I wasn’t as disappointed as I thought I would be. They did stick to the story line of the cartoon pretty well. I mean they had to fit a twenty episode season of about 10 hours into a one hour forty-five minute movie. The issue I have with this movie is that there was no heart in it like the TV show. There was no spirit of adventure, no laughs, no forward momentum. One of the best parts of the show is that the main characters were kids that have been put into adult situations and they have to solve them together, and being kids, they were usually enjoying their adventures and bonding with one another. This didn’t transfer to the film. I didn’t feel any chemistry between the characters and some of the acting was just plain bad. There was absolutely no humor in this film, which is surprising because of how much there is in the TV version. I also really didn’t get the feeling of any danger from the fire nation. The entire premise of this story is that the fire nation is trying to take over their world. Sure, they showed them as the antagonist of the film and they attacked the northern water tribe, but not once did they have me fearing them or what they could do.
There was also an issue with how some of the character’s names were pronounced. I know this sounds trivial, but if the public has heard these names pronounced one way for years, why would they possibly want to change the way they are pronounced? Does that make any sense? His name is Aang, which should rhyme with hang. Am I wrong here???
I really hope that the other two films in this trilogy are made. This story is amazingly told in the incredible cartoon that was aired and it deserves to get an equally amazing movie trilogy as well. Hopefully the studio will let the next film be written and directed by people that truly respect the material and who wants to provide the public with fantastic journey. Here’s hoping that this will not be the last adventure of Aang and his friends.

J.Chandler C+

Toy Story 3 Movie Review

At what point in your life did you realize that you were too old to play with toys any longer? For me, I guess it was about the age of 14. Yes, I realize that is probably older than most people, but I was still having fun with my GI Joe and Star Wars toys up until that time. Once I came to this realization it seemed that my childhood officially ended. I needed to let go of that part of my life and accept the fact that a new chapter of adulthood was about to begin. This is essentially what the new Toy Story 3 is all about, closing one chapter to begin a new one. With this new entry in the Toy Story franchise, we have witnessed the closing of one of the best motion picture trilogies of all time.
It’s hard to believe that Woody, Buzz, Jessie, Rex, Hamm, Mr. and Mrs. Potato Head, and Slinky Dog have been around in three movies over the span of the last 15 years. I was 20 when the original Toy Story hit the big screen and I remember being blown away, not only by the incredible animation I was seeing but also by a story that was one of the most imaginative I had ever seen. With this first film, Pixar emerged as the epitome of what an animation studio should be. Year after year they have created films that entertain children and adults of all ages. And it all began with Toy Story.
If you haven’t seen the first two films in this trilogy, do yourself a favor and check them out before going to number three. I watched them both again before seeing the new film and it helped me to remember how great these films truly are. Thus prepared and refreshed on what Toy Story is all about, I went into the theater with incredibly high expectations. I prayed that the Pixar Midas touch was still alive. What I witnessed was sheer perfection. I’m really at a loss for words as to how good this film truly is. I personally believe that this was the best of the three films and certainly the best film I’ve seen in 2010. If this film is not nominated for Best Picture this year, a tragedy will have occurred.
We moviegoers have grown up over the past 15 years just like Andy, the owner of all the toys we know and love. Andy has finally graduated high school and is off to college. As he begins packing and getting ready to move, he comes upon all of his toys that he’s grown up with. When he finds them, you can see the love for them in his eyes. You feel him reliving memories of playing with them throughout his life. He’s unsure if he should keep them, store them or just give them away. He doesn’t want to part with them because of all the good times they had together, but he also knows that he is an adult now and toys are not generally apart of adult life. Does he let them go or not? This is the question throughout this movie.
I hate to go into details of the plot, because honestly I didn’t know much about it myself and therefore most of what I saw was completely unexpected. It was like visiting some old friends again and remembering why you liked them so much in the first place. Go see this movie. If you are a fan of Toy Story, a lover of all things Pixar, or just a movie buff, you owe it to yourself to view this. Because, like Andy, who knows when we are likely to see these friends again.

J. Chandler A+

DC Comics gives Wonder Woman a makeover

Say goodbye to the bustier and hot-pants: Wonder Woman is getting a makeover at the age of 69, and the heroine is now keeping herself covered while fighting crime.

The new costume, created by celebrated artist and DC Comics co-publisher Jim Lee, is made up of a red top with the signature “WW” logo; a cropped blue biker jacket with white stars; and skin-tight navy blue pants and matching boots.

“The bracelets are still there, but made more colorful, tied on the inside and over the hand, with a script W on each of them that form WW when she holds them side by side…and if you get hit by one of them, it leaves a W mark,” said writer J. Michael Straczynski, in a post on DC Comics’s “The Source.” “This is a Wonder Woman who signs her work.”

The edgier outfit will be unveiled in issue No. 600 of “Wonder Woman,” which hits stands today. The origins of the Amazon princess are also reinvented: Instead of being raised on Paradise Island, the young Diana is smuggled out as a child while her Amazon sisters remain behind and are murdered.

J. Michael Straczynski – who penned the screenplay for Angelina Jolie’s 2008 drama “Changeling” – is taking over the comic book series, and he told the New York Times that he’s excited about Wonder Woman’s new wardrobe.

“She’s been locked into pretty much the exact same outfit since her debut in 1941,” Straczynski said. “If you’re going to make a statement about bringing Wonder Woman into the 21st century, you need to be bold and you need to make it visual. I wanted to toughen her up, and give her a modern sensibility.”

And besides, he added, “What woman only wears only one outfit for 60-plus years?”