Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow (2004) – Review

2 Stars

For the first 20 minutes or so Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow is sensationally entertaining and visually dazzling. Then the plot kicks into gear and all we are left with is the visual dazzle and that is not enough to support a feature-length film. What starts out as exceptional becomes tiresome awfully quick. Director Kerry Conran employs the same green-screen effect that Robert Rodriguez and Zack Synder would go on to use (much more proficiently) in Sin City and 300, respectively. The story begins in New York during the 1940’s, Dr. Walter Jennings is the last surviving member of seven scientists, once chosen to serve at a secret facility stationed outside Berlin at the onset of the first world war. In a frantic state Jennings contacts Metro News reporter Polly Perkins and explains that a secret sect is following him and plans to murder him for his knowledge of an impending global attack. Before long giant robotic machines (that resemble the animated Iron Giant) are raining down mayhem and destruction on NYC.

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Podcast EP121: Angelina Jolie Is Maleficent, Wanted 2, V/H/S, Man Of Steel

Episode one-hundred and twenty-one. Join hosts Trevor and Jason as they discuss the latest in movie news, box office numbers and trailers.

DVD/Blu-ray Sales Chart: Week of June 5, 2012

News: A Sesame Street Feature Film is on the Way
Roger Avary to Adapt Paul Verhoeven’s Jesus of Nazareth
Peter Berg to Direct Father’s Day
The First Photo of Angelina Jolie as Maleficent
Hans Zimmer to Score Man of Steel
Wanted Director Talks Sequel, Says It Will be Shocking

TrailerAddict: V/H/S

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Podcast EP58: Rocky Musical Monday

Episode fifty-eight. Join hosts Trevor and Jason as they discuss the past weekend’s box office – The Muppets, Twilight Breaking Dawn, Hugo, Arthur Christmas. Also we talk Rocky musical, astroturfing by studios, In the Land of Blood and Honey poster, Q back in James Bond, Karate Kid complete movie in rehearsal footage and lots of other random movie stuff.

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20 Of The Best Films For Petrol Heads

Mad about motors and movies? Do you love nothing more than seeing vehicles careen around the screen? Then sit tight and buckle up with any one of these cool rubber-burning flicks with gear sticks.

1. Bullitt:
Join Steve McQueen as San Francisco cop Bullitt in a great thriller containing one of cinema’s truly awesome car chase scenes.

2. 2 Fast 2 Furious:
The second in the franchise arguably has the best driving scenes. The only thing hotter than the engines is Eva Mendes.

3. Transformers:
A petrol head movie with a change, quite a few of them. Great action and SFX make this a winner.
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Interview: Dean Semler A.C.S., A.S.C.

Academy Award winning cinematographer Dean Semler has achieved international recognition for his work on numerous critical and commercial hit films. Mr. Semler has been shooting feature films for over three decades, photographing some of the most iconic and recognizable faces on the planet. He recently lensed the horse racing drama ‘Secretariat’ in addition to Angelina Jolie’s directorial debut ‘An Untitled Love Story’.

Jason: When and how did you first get your break into the film industry?

Dean Semler: I was born in Renmark, a small country town in Australia on the fringe of the outback. I’d not even seen television when I applied for a position as a props boy at Rupert Murdoch’s newly opened television station in Adelaide, the state capital. I had no idea what the position entailed but I took a bus to the city and went to the interview. nullFor some reason I’ll never know I got the job and was thrown into this fantastic, exciting new world. Within a year I was operating a studio camera because there were very few people who’d had any experience at all and opportunities were plenty over the next couple of years. I always envied the two news camera men who at the end of each day would pass through the studio with light meters around their necks and film rolls tucked under their arms. As luck would have it I would soon join them as the third newscamerman, I was 19. There was no film school and my only film experience was making a few little 8mm home movies, I had a lot to learn, and two great mentors. Pat Mcewan, and Trevor Rose took me under their wings and guided me in those early years. Pat would shoot solid and steady, using a tripod, filters, no flares, wheras Trevor would shoot wild and woolly, handheld, no worries. I am embedded to them both for their mixed teachings. One of the first events I covered was THE BEATLES explosive visit to Adelaide, the crowds, the traffic jams, the press conference filmed on an Auricon sound camera, and of course their spectacular frenzied concert with the hysterical screaming fainting crowds. Continue reading Interview: Dean Semler A.C.S., A.S.C.

This Week in Movies: Episode 8

T and J discuss the Weekend Box Office for Dec 10-12 2010; Poster Showdown: Cowboys & Aliens vs I Am Number Four; Kevin Smith Has Airline Problems Again; A Look at The Beaver Trailer; Special Offer from Full Moon!



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Salt (2010) – Review

3 Stars

No matter how hard the ads try to suggest that Angelina Jolie’s character Evelyn Salt, in the new film of the same name, is possibly a ‘double agent’ working for Russian Intelligence no movie-goer whose ever seen a political action thriller before will be surprised to figure out that she’s really an ‘ex operative’ wrongly accused with only a limited amount of time to clear her name before all hell breaks loose. The surprise is how believable and comfortable Jolie is as an action heroine, Continue reading Salt (2010) – Review