Archives for December, 2009
Directed by Hoyt Yeatman
Featuring Voices by Tracy Morgan, Sam Rockwell, Zach Galifianakas, Nicolas Cage, Steve Buscemi
“I have no ferret in me, Hurley. That has never been proven.”
Steve Buscemi as Bucky
I have said it a million times going into a review for a film like this: I have a soft spot for the talking animal film, whether it be CGI or live action, I love the critters. But, as you know, there are more bad than good in this particular genre. So, is G-Force one of the good ones, or one of the cringe worthy ones?
First things first: this is a film about guinea pigs with special training trying to fight the evil in the world. So, this film doesn’t have any deep philosophical meaning or complex plot. And, this isn’t a Pixar film either, so don’t expect clever dialogue or concepts. …continue reading
One of the best films of 2009, Paranormal Activity, is now available on DVD and Blu-Ray! To Celebrate the home video release of the film we have a great prize pack to give away to one lucky winner! What’s better than giving away horror goodies around Christmas? In the prize pack:
- Baby Powder
- Ouija Board
- Satin Sleep Mask
- Barrel Sling Duffel bag
If you don’t get what’s great about this prize pack then you need to check out Paranormal Activity right now. To be entered into the drawing to win the prize pack hit submit and send your name and mailing address and tell us what sort of “paranormal activity” scares you the most!
Contest Ends January 15th!
“Best” films isn’t really a correct term for these lists but it’s the one everyone uses. There’s a big difference between “Best” and “Favorite”. A few lists attempt to do a true best list but opinion always plays a part in judging art and that changes any list from truly best to favorite. Other best lists are easier to write but when it comes to art a true best list is a tough one. …continue reading
Family Guy Presents: Blue Harvest was a real success for the franchise. The film spoofed and retold the story of Star wars as only Family Guy could and it was a fantastic ride. What made that event film work was that the writers had some ideas to have fun with George Lucas’ original story. Now they’re back to tell the story of Empire Strikes Back. The question is are they back because they came up with another fun idea or are they back because the first film was such a success and FOX wanted them to do a sequel. …continue reading
This is it, the time when the brain-trust that is CineGeek sits down and discusses their picks for the best films of 2010. There’s also box office talk, new DVD;s and Blu-Rays, and a discussion of the future of Captain America in the Marvel Universe!
Want to know the outcome of Captain America: Reborn before it’s even over? Well here you go.
In a huge misstep in Marvel’s often mismanaged publishing schedule, Brubaker’s epilogue to his own tale of Steve Rogers return comes out before the final issue of the story hits stands. Luckily, the recap page fills in everything about Reborn you need to know, letting this one-shot work pretty well as a stand-alone issue. This isn’t even the first appearance of Steve since his return, but one would hope the books in the same Captain America line would at least try to stick to the same schedule, especially when it’s the same freaking creative team. …continue reading
Directed by Yuichi Kanemaru
Starring Chiharu Komatsu, Goshu, Ayumi Kinohita
“God loved the birds and invented trees. Man loved the birds and invented cages.”
Japan has been producing some of the most provocative and captivating horror films of the last decade. From the films of Takeshi Miike (Ichi the Killer), Kiyoshi Kurosawa (Doppleganger), Hideo Nakata (Ring) and Shinya Tsukamoto (Tetsuo: the Iron Man) and many more too numerous to mention here, horror fans are relishing the cutting edge horror films coming from the land of the rising sun. So, how does Gun-Kyu: War Pigeon stack up? Switchblade Pictures recently released Gun-Kyu: War Pigeon on DVD and I delved in.
Kanako (Chiharu Kamatsu) teaches science and works as a biologist. After a body is discovered on her school’s campus, her and her boyfriend are shocked and expect the police and the university will tell the public at large it was an “accident”. …continue reading
Our favorite shows are on holiday break now, but thankfully the break is a short one with sanctuary coming back on January 8th and Caprica premiering on January 22nd. To soften the wait here are a couple of clips from those shows:
Synopsis: Passengers and crew of a sinking ship off the coast of South Africa are rescued by Magnus and her team, and teleported back to the Sanctuary for medical treatment. But when one of the peaceful refugees is brutally murdered, all eyes turn to Druitt.
Caprica: What if they could come back?
Synopsis: The video features an exclusive scene from the premiere
episode of Caprica, coming to Syfy January 22 at 9/8C!
Written and Directed By: Sean McConville
Starring: Brittany Murphy, Thora Birch, Marc Blucas
Deadline, a fitting end to a promising career or just bitter irony? Honestly, it’s a little of both.
Alice Evans (Brittany Murphy) is a writer working on a deadline who has obviously been through a very rough patch in her life. She goes away to a secluded house in the country to work on a script and to just spend some time alone. But after she finds hidden video tapes of Lucy (Thora Birch) and Mark (Marc Blucas) she uncovers a deadly secret. Will she survive long enough to meet her Deadline? I know that was heavy handed and over the top but in the spirit of this movie it is appropriate. …continue reading
Written/Directed by James Cameron
Starring Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana, Sigourney Weaver
Hardcore movie fans, or CineGeeks, are a fickle bunch. James Cameron is the man behind some of the most iconic films made in the last 25 years, films near and dear to our hearts including Terminator 1 and 2, Aliens, True Lies, and Titanic. Sure Titanic may be a stretch, but it’s a fantastic film. With that in mind, why is it that he was getting so much negative buzz from the fan community prior to the release of Avatar. You’d think fans would be stoked for the release of a science fiction/fantasy film featuring cutting edge technology from a director that seems to truly love those genres of storytelling?
This isn’t the first time Cameron has experienced backlash over an epic film he poured himself and a ton of money into. Yes, I’m speaking of Titanic once again. Fans and critics all had something bad to say about the extremely expensive film that would become one of the most successful films of all time once it released. So, the negativity is probably something that Cameron is accustomed to, even if he doesn’t deserve it. …continue reading
Produced and Directed By: Jim Gabour
Starring: Christopher Guest, Michael McKean, Harry Shearer
There is nothing unusual in mixing comedy and music, the two go together like bread and butter. Rarely though are they mixed with the wit and skill as presented here. Christopher, Michael and Harry reprise some of their favorites from the classics This is Spinal Tap, A Mighty Wind, and Waiting for Guffman along with a few random nuggets thrown in for good measure.
The credits roll silently as the lights come up on a darkened Pabst Hall in Milwaukee. The deep voice of Harry Shearer introduces himself, Christopher Guest and Michael McKean. As soon as they are assembled in front of their microphones and strapped to their instruments they immediately break into the first verse of the folksy Celtic Blues. …continue reading
This week we discuss the impact of Avatar on the box office and on film in general, Green Lantern girlfriends, Iron Man 2, and free wifi!
Written by Scott and David Tipton
Art by Fabio Mantovani
Space: the final frontier. These are the voyages of the starship…wait, wrong show. This is the one stuck on a space station out in the middle of nowhere. I must give credit to those who wish to continue Deep Space Nine stories after its series finale, what with it not being blessed with post-series life in film like its predecessor Star Trek: The Next Generation. Let’s see where this Fool’s Gold story takes the crew of DS9.
Here we have the crew of the space station Deep Space Nine dealing with a substantial increase of visitation. Random malfunctions happen with ship sensors, folks get rowdy on the promenade and, as usual, Quark is acting suspicious. All in a typical day on DS9.
The Tiptons work well in recreating that feel of the series. Readers familiar with the show will have no problem hearing the voices of the original actors read the dialog (except for maybe a “grrrrr” that Odo exerts). Characters interact as they should, from Sisko and Jadzea’s calm discussions to Odo and Quark continually getting on each others’ nerves. The station itself is true to form in that it’s malfunctioning right from the get-go. …continue reading
The current story arc, Stark: Disassembled, goes over how to fix Tony Stark after he turned his brain into mush in the previous World’s Most Wanted arc. This second issue of the five-part story begins the hard work.
Here we begin to see a glimmer hope in rebuilding Tony back to his former self. Help begins to spill out of the woodworks for the vegetable that was once their friend and ally, some probably a bit earlier than expected. The guest appearances remind us of the company Tony used to belong to in slightly better days, before Avengers were broken up and heroes waged war on each other. This story will likely be one of the first rays of light at the end of the tunnel of this Dark Reign. …continue reading
Creator/Producer: Victor Fresco
Starring: Jay Harrington, Portia de Rossi, Andrea Anders, Jonathan Slavin, Malcolm Barett, Isabella Acres
You could call it a cross between The Big Bang Theory and The Office and you wouldn’t be half wrong, but you would only be a little more than half right.
The eponymous Ted Crisp, Jay Harrington, is head of Research and Development at Veridian Dynamics, a large multinational with fingers in anything and everything which means Ted’s team works on projects as diverse as cryogenics, weaponized pumpkins, cowless beef, perfume, baldness cures, and image search engines. Luckily Ted has two brilliant scientist/engineers working for him; Phil Myman and Lem Hewitt, played by Jonathan Slavin and Malcolm Barrett respectively. On the administrative side of things he has Linda Zwordling, Andrea Anders, helping him out and he reports to Veronica Palmer, Portia de Rossi. …continue reading