King Kong (2005) – Review

4 Stars

Peter Jackson’s remake of King Kong is marvelous and meticulous entertainment. No expense has been spared or shortcuts taken in delivering the ‘wow’ factor multiple times throughout the course of its lighting quick 183 minute running-time. Don’t let the elongated length dissuade you from the film, there is hardly a dull moment as the characters are thrown together on a steamer headed to the mysterious Skull Island. The film has been structured as three major movements from the depression era streets of New York to battling all sorts of prehistoric creatures and then climaxing with a battle atop the Empire State Building.

Watch The 1985 Soviet Russian Version Of The Hobbit – It’s Awesome!

Before Hollywood finally gave The Lord of the Rings the go ahead (aside from an animated version), the Soviets were ahead of the curve. In 1985 they created a version of The Hobbit behind the iron curtain. How is this possible? Well at the time, Soviet Russia didn’t care about American copyrights. The costumes are about the most awesome thing I’ve seen in awhile, not to mention the overacting and the sets. Ok, so this is the best worst movie before Troll 2. I think Peter Jackson could take some notes here, not only did they make only one movie instead of three, but it comes in at a scant (by today’s epic standard) hour and ten minutes. Right now there’s no subtitles (a work in progress is available here), but here’s a list of scenes so you can move through it and get a feel for how the major moments play out. Smaug is incredibly giggle inducing.

Age of the Hobbits (2012) – Review

3 1/2 Stars

Age of the Hobbits A.K.A. Clash of the Empires is a mockbuster by the infamous Asylum of the Peter Jackson big budget version of J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit. If that’s not enough big name dropping for you just add Warner Bros to the mix and what do you have? A lawsuit. The Asylum is known for its mockbusters – rip-offs of bigger budgeted films that often have little in common with their Hollywood counterparts other than in name. These are designed to ride the wave of the multi-million dollar ad campaigns for the studio films and pick off whatever unsuspecting consumers that are stupid enough to mistake The Asylum’s fare for Hollywood’s. Hence the name change from Age of the Hobbits to Clash of the Empires (or The History of Mankind in Cambodia and Lord of the Elves on Vudu – which didn’t stick probably because there’s Elves in The Hobbit). For those that have come to enjoy The Asylum’s flicks, such as myself, these lawsuits provide a colorful back-story to the new age of b-movie cinema – the age of the mockbusters.

When the Hobbit Goben’s (Sun Korng) village is attacked by the merciless Java Men, his mother is captured and enslaved along with many others. Accompanied by his father and sister, Goben must travel across an enchanted land full of poisonous plants, giant lizards, big ass spiders and of course humans to free his mother and fellow villagers. Along the way they team up with a few humans (Christopher Judge, Bai Ling), or giants as the mini-Hobbits call them. Outmatched they take on the Java’s – will they be victorious?

Podcast EP136: The Hobbit Threesome, Super Troopers 2, Rush Hour 4, Plus Much More

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

Guest Host: Mike Chisholm

News: Super Troopers 2 & Potfest May Still Happen
Official: The Hobbit to Become Three Films!
Rush Hour 4 is in the Works

Box Office DeLorean: November 6-8, 1998

Movie Talk: More Dark Knight Rises and Ted Discussion

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Podcast EP134: Cheating Kristen Stewart Hurts Snow White Sequel, Third Hobbit Movie

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

News: Trouble For Snow White and the Huntsman 2? Kristen Stewart Cheats on Robert Pattinson
Kevin Costner Sues for Robin Hood
Gangster Squad Eyeing January Release
Peter Jackson Planning a Third Hobbit Movie?
Sam Worthington Eyes Ten Role Opposite Arnold Schwarzenegger
Anne Hathaway Interested in Catwoman Spin-Off
DreamWorks Animation Acquires Classic Media

Box Office Breakdown: July 20-22, 2012

TrailerAddict: Craigslist Joe

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Steven Spielberg not Directing Jurassic Park 4 – Talks Robopocalypse and Tintin 2

Speaking with Collider, Steven Spielberg talked a little about his plans for Jurassic Park 4, Robopocalypse and The Adventures of Tintin 2. He’s out as director on JP 4, is likely to start shooting Robopocalypse in September, Peter Jackson is directing the Tintin sequel, but Spielberg would very much like to return as director for the third.

I was thrilled to hear that Spielberg might be directing the fourth installment of Jurassic Park, but to be honest this is a franchise that many director’s can swoop in and direct successfully. It doesn’t require a Spielbergian flare to be good, as long as there are dinosaurs and running you’ve hit about all the required marks. Still I’m excited and can’t wait for both JP 4 and Robopocalypse. Tintin 2 and 3 I could do without.

About Jurassic Park 4 – “I can tell you that I’m not directing it. I’m producing it though.”

About Robopocalypse – “I’m making a science fiction movie probably in September called Robopocalypse based on Daniel Wilson’s book. It’s a cautionary tale about war between human beings and robots. It’s a big crowd pleaser, I think, a big action popcorn movie with a message. The message is actually in the popcorn! You have to get the popcorn, dig down deep in the bottom and they’ll be a message about what Robopocalypse is really about!”

About the Tintin sequel – “I’m not going to say which stories have been chosen for Peter Jackson’s sequel because Peter and I agreed that we weren’t going to let that information out yet,” he said. “The script is now being written. It’s more than one book, but it’s not three books, so that means it’s two books. It’s two and a half books that we’re combining with ‘The Secret of the Unicorn.’ And Peter will start working on the film this year. When he’s done shooting ‘The Hobbit,’ he’ll begin his performance capture work with the actors later in 2012, which I’m very excited about. And of course, I’m hoping I’ll be able to direct the third one. I’d love to do the third one because I had so much fun on the first one.”

Live Movie Podcast EP51: Harry Potter Goes Away, Spielberg Hates Indy 4

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Episode fifty-one. Join hosts Jason and Trevor as they take a ride in the box office DeLorean. Our box office predictions for Puss in Boots, In Time, Anonymous, The Rum Diary. Warner pulling Harry Potter from shelves. Spielberg hated Indy 4 too. Beverly Hills Cop 4 is dead. Peter Jackson directing Tin Tin 2. Paul Walker up for District B13 remake. Charlie Sheen on FX. Audience participation welcomed.

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Exciting First Three Pics from ‘The Hobbit’

EW has posted three new pictures from The Hobbit with a little info for each one. To be honest the first picture with the dwarves in the background somewhat excited me (not in that way). It brought back some great memories of reading the book. The first Hobbit film, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, hits theaters in little over six months time from now on December 14, 2012 with the second movie, The Hobbit: There and Back Again following a year later on December 13, 2013. What do you think of these pics?

“He fits the ears, and he’s got some very nice feet,” Jackson says of his Bilbo. “I think he’s got the biggest hobbit feet we’ve had so far. They’re a little bit hard to walk in, but he’s managed to figure out the perfect hobbit gait.”

“He’s in fantastic form,” Peter Jackson says of McKellen. “In a way, his role in The Hobbit has more technical difficulties than Lord of the Rings did, because he has scenes with 14 smaller characters — obviously the dwarves and the hobbit are shorter… I remember saying to him [laughs], “Look, this isn’t Waiting for Godot or King Lear. This is The Hobbit. This is the real thing.”

“There’s no way you can pace yourself for shoots like these,” Jackson says. “When we were going through the schedule for The Hobbit, I felt a terrible drop in my stomach when I saw that we’d be shooting for 254 days. We’re only 12 days short of The Lord of the Rings even though we’re only doing two movies. When I saw that, I had to sort of pick myself up off the floor and carry on.”

Source: EW

Ian Holm returns as Bilbo Baggins for ‘The Hobbit’

Peter Jackson posted this little tid-bit on his Facebook page:

One comment that came up from the recent video blog was the Bilbo voice at the end—many of you assumed it was Sir Ian Holm. Whilst Ian will be returning as the older Bilbo Baggins in The Hobbit, that recording was actually Martin Freeman’s voice, taken from a script read through we recorded when the cast first arrived. I have to admit, I wasn’t sure who it was when I first heard it, either. Cheers, Peter J

That’s all the information out at the moment, but it appears that Ian Holm will be back in the role as the older Bilbo and of course Martin Freeman will be the younger more featured Bilbo.

This Week in Movies: Episode 2

T and J discuss the weekend box office of Sept 24-26, 2010; trouble again for Peter Jackson and The Hobbit; a look at the upcoming film The Social Network; and the bankruptcy of Blockbuster.

The Social Network Trailer – Watch It Here

Olivier Gruner Interview – Read It Here

DVD & Blu-Ray Releases for Sept 28, 2010

Babies [DVD]
Babies [Blu-Ray]
The Cleveland Show [DVD]
Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky [DVD]
Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky [Blu-Ray]
Family Guy: Partial Terms of Endearment [DVD]
Frozen [DVD]
Frozen [Blu-Ray]
Gangsters Paradise-Jerusalema [DVD]
Get Him to the Greek (Single-Disc Edition) [DVD]
Get Him to the Greek (Two-Disc Collector’s Edition) [DVD]
Get Him to the Greek [Blu-Ray]
Harriet the Spy: Blog Wars [DVD]
Iron Man 2 (Single-Disc Edition) [DVD]
Iron Man 2 (Two-Disc Special Edition) [DVD]
Iron Man 2 (Single-Disc Edition) [Blu-Ray]
Iron Man 2 (Three-Disc Blu-ray/DVD Combo + Digital Copy) [Blu-Ray]
The Killer Inside Me [DVD]
The Killer Inside Me [Blu-Ray]
Legend of the Seeker: The Complete Second Season [DVD]
Magic & Bird: A Courtship of Rivals [DVD]
Marvel Knights: Astonishing X-Men [DVD]
Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence (The Criterion Collection) [DVD]
Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence: The (The Criterion Collection) [Blu-Ray]
NFL Greatest Rivalries: Bears Defeat Packers [DVD]
NFL Greatest Rivalries: Packers Defeat Bears [DVD]
Nightmares in Red, White and Blue: The Evolution of the American Horror Film [DVD]
Party Down: Season Two [DVD]
The Private Eyes [DVD]
The Private Eyes [Blu-Ray]
Scrubs: The Complete Collection [DVD]
Scrubs: The Complete Ninth And Final Season [DVD]
South Park: A Little Box of Butters [DVD]
Super Size Me: 6 1/2 Year Anniversary Special Edition [DVD]
Superman/Batman: Apocalypse (Single-Disc Edition) [DVD]
Superman/Batman: Apocalypse (Two-Disc Special Edition) [DVD]
Superman/Batman: Apocalypse [Blu-Ray]
The Thin Red Line (The Criterion Collection) [DVD]
The Thin Red Line (The Criterion Collection) [Blu-Ray]
Top Gear: Complete Season 13 [DVD]

The Lovely Bones (2009) – Review

1 1/2 Stars

If you’re looking for a thrilling movie about solving the murder of a young girl then this is not the movie for you. We are told who the murderer is in the first act, and as far as I’m concerned it could have ended there. After the girl dies, the movie is transformed into some kind of seventies acid trip with a little bit of real life mixed in. She runs around aimlessly in a big field for much of the film, while her father is in the real world crying and getting angry. (more…)