Archives for November, 2008
In this special brief episode of the Cinegeek Podcast Brian and I were able to attend a special screening of the horrible and awesome Troll 2. This is a film that must be seen to be believed. Brian and I also eat corn and bologna.
Directed by: Mandy Stein
Featuring: Red Hot Chili Peppers, Eddie Vedder, Rob Zombie, Deborah Harry, Joan Jett, Thurston Moore, Tommy, Marky, and C.J. Ramone, and more
The Ramones are punk rock, end of story. Their music changed the face of punk as well as rock and later metal. Sadly, Joey, Dee Dee, and Johnny Ramone are no longer with us, but the Ramones continue to influence music and new generations of fans. This documentary shows how deep the Ramones fans and contemporaries continue to use their music as inspiration. Gabba Gabba Hey!
Too Tough to Die, chronicles a 2004 benefit concert held for the dying, cancer stricken Johnny Ramone. This benefit raised money for cancer research, but also fell on the 30th anniversary of te Ramones’ first performance. While the film is a documentary showing the concert, many of the acts on the ticket, as well as friends of Johnny Ramone, give commentary and insight into Johnny and the rest of the Ramones. The format is simple documentary, but the concert performances add much to the finished product. Instead of merely talking about Johnny and the Ramones’ influence, the audience gets to hear it in the respective bands’ performance. …continue reading
Directed by: Patrick Levy
Starring: Said Taghmaoui, Camille DePazzis, Alexis Loret
Since their creation, video games have had a working relationship with film. From the early days of Joysticks (oh do I miss USA Up All Night) and The Wizard( “I give you Super Mario Brothers 3″ and “I love the powerglove, its so bad”) to the mediocre at best adaptations of games such as: Resident Evil, Max Payne, and Silent Hill, Hollywood just can’t seem to create a good movie based on gaming culture or games themselves. In the case of Uwe Boll, he creates horrendous mockeries of taste and general welfare. However, how does the French film Gamer measure up? …continue reading
Directed By Bob Clark
Starring Margo Kidder, Andrea Martin, John Saxon, Olivia Hussey
Black Christmas is a little known film by this generation of slasher film fans and that’s a mistake. Everyone knows Friday the 13th and Halloween, but before those films there was this little Canadian film. Now, the film is over 30 years old so the question is does the film still hold up?
Black Christmas is directed by one of the most eclectic directors in Hollywood; Bob Clark. Clark dabbled in horror and exploitation with this film and Children Shouldn’t Play with Dead Things before creating some other much more lighthearted offerings that became classics such as the teen sex comedy Porky’s and the family Christmas film A Christmas Story. Judging by his filmography Clark has many interests and those interests are apparent in this film too. This may be the film’s biggest problem. …continue reading
This week we’re talking about a Thor animated series, we go in depth on Star Trek and a Robotech live action film and we check out a healthy snack that we actually like. The above image is an example of the XBOX version of a Mii on the Wii. Check out the full episode to learn more!! Once again because we went back to our standard order for the show comic books get screwed but we do manage enough time for picks of the week.
Created by: Bill Lawrence
Starring: Zach Braff, Sarah Chalke, Donald Faison, Neil Flynn, Ken Jenkins, John C. McGinley, Judy Reyes
The gang is back for a seventh season at Sacred Heart. There’s another crop of interns to humiliate and a new bunch of patients to cure with there unique brand of surreal humor and poignancy. …continue reading
Directed by Andrew Stanton
Starring voices by John Ratzenberger, Kathy Najimy, Fred Willard, Jeff Garlin
Is this another masterpiece from the geniuses at Pixar? If you missed this in the theater, Walt Disney Home Video just released a 3 disc Blu Ray edition and I gave it a go.
The film opens as the audience learns that years of over-consuming and wasteful living on earth have finally taken its toll: humans must live in spacecrafts orbiting the earth while all of the trash and waste is cleaned. This is where we meet Wall-E (Waste Load Lifter-Earth class).
Wall-E is a cute little robot with huge expressive eyes that works long days endlessly clearing away and compacting garbage, though he is the only still “active” robot with his assignment. The “return to earth” project seems to be long abandoned but that doesn’t deter Wall-E. While no other life forms exist, other than a pet cockroach that he has befriended and all other “Wall-E’s” are nonfunctioning, he maintains a positive work ethic and even finds “joy” in the little treasures he finds among the garbage and unending bleakness. …continue reading
Directed By John Stevenson Mark Osborne
Starring Jack Black, Angelina Jolie, Dustin Hoffman, Ian McShane, Seth Rogan, Lucy Liu, David Cross, Michael Clarke Duncan, Jackie Chan
I wasn’t too thrilled to be seeing this film when I attended the screening when it premiered in the IMAX Theater. After seeing the film I was pleasantly surprised at just how much I enjoyed it. I was curious to see just how good this film would look on Blu-Ray in comparison to the IMAX and if I’d still have fun with the movie at home.
Somewhere in China a Panda lives with his ahem, father, making noodles for a local village. He’s fanatical about kung fu and the local group of super hero like martial arts experts known as the Furious Five, that defend the village. The character, played by Jack Black, is a very familiar one in animated film, the underdog kid that believes he’s destined for greatness even if he appears to be the last animal that could possibly ever become a great warrior. …continue reading
Starring Daniel Craig, Judi Dench
Most of the people I know who are hardcore James Bond fans universally agree that Sean Connery is the superior Bond. I, being the weirdo I guess, have always preferred Roger Moore. The reason for this is primarily because I grew up with Moore in the role and his movies were much more modern.
Many fans and critics have commented that Daniel Craig is a throwback to Sean Connery where Pierce Brosnan was a throwback to Roger Moore. Overall, I like Craig as a more modern version of Connery but I also liked Brosnan as a modern Roger Moore. The problem with the Brosnan run of movies was that he was great in the role but the movies he was weren’t stellar. …continue reading
Created by Nick Park
Featuring voices by Justin Fletcher, Kate Harbour, John Sparkes, and Richard Webber
Ok, I love anything and everything Aardman Animation. As I am writing this I am wearing a Wallace and Gromit watch. So, my geek cred is strong. Shaun the Sheep: Off the Baa was recently released on DVD by Hit Entertainment.
Shaun the sheep first made his appearance to Aardman Animation fans in the Wallace and Gromit short film A Close Shave (1995). Since then, Shaun the Sheep has been a fan favorite so it makes Aardman fans happy to see him in these shorts in which he is the star. …continue reading
Directed by Tim Burton
Starring Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter, Sacha Baron Cohen, Alan Rickman
“These are desperate times, Mrs. Lovett and desperate measures are called for”
Johnny Depp as Sweeney Todd
Tim Burton on Blu Ray? Boy oh boy! Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street was recently released on Blu Ray by Dreamworks.
Benjamin Barker (Johnny Depp) is returning to London after a long absence. He was a successful barber with a beautiful young wife and one year old daughter. That is until tragedy struck. A ruthless local barrister Judge Turpin( Alan Rickman) was jealous of Barker and his wife and framed him for a crime he did not commit, all so that he could put his hands on Barker’s wife. Somehow, Barker has escaped and now returns to the dark and rain drenched streets of London to seek hi revenge. He has taken on the name of Sweeney Todd. …continue reading
This week we are packed to the top with news as we discuss the final issue of Secret Invasion from Marvel Comics, a horrible Oldboy remake, the possible end of Terminator: The Sarah Connor chronicles due to a move to Fridays, and a healthy fruit drink called Fruit 66!!
Created by Joel Hodgson
Featuring Joel Hodgson, Trace Beaulieu, Frank Conniff, Mike Nelson, Kevin Murphy
I am a huge MST3K fan. Nuff said. So you know how happy this new boxset makes me, right. Mystery Science Theater 3000: 20th Anniversary Edition has been released by Shout! Factory and I tore into it like a kid on Christmas morning.
The four movies skewered by the MST3K gang have never been released in any other set, so that is going to make a lot of fans happy to add this to their collection. Just for the record, there are 3 Mike Nelson episodes in this boxset and 1 Joel Hodgson. Even though I consider myself a bigger Joel fan, I still enjoy Mike in his episodes. …continue reading
Directed By: William Wyler
Starring: Gregory Peck, Audrey Hepburn, Eddie Albert
The second release or Paramount’s Centennial Collection is Audrey Hepburn’s Oscar winning debut performance, Roman Holiday. This beautifully restored presentation of the reverse Cinderella story proves just as enchanting today as it was to movie-goers in 1953. …continue reading
Directed By: Billy Wilder
Starring: Audrey Hepburn, William Holden, Humphrey Bogart
Sabrina, the chauffeur’s daughter, grows up in the shadow of the Larrabee brothers on Long Island, then the playground of New York’s old money. Linus Larrabee the taciturn work addicted older brother hardly notices that she exists, but that doesn’t bother her. David Larrabee the thrice married, thrice divorced playboy younger brother hardly notices her either, and this drives poor young Sabrina to despair. To save Sabrina from certain heartbreak her father sends her off to culinary school in Paris. Two years later a young woman returns that Linus and David can’t help but notice. …continue reading