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Movie Review: Cameron’s ‘Avatar’ is a Titanic Achievement

18 Dec

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 The lights turn down, the 3-D glasses go on, and what follows is one of the most basic and honest reasons to go the cinema; pure delight. James Cameron finally unveils  his Avatar and it is one of the most entertaining and visually accomplished works of his entire career. This is the pulp sci-fi feast fans thought they were getting some ten years ago when they went walking into The Phantom Menace hoping for magic to strike. When it happens, you can hear the thunder and feel the electricity. This is why I love the movies. Continue reading

‘Fourth’ is a close encounter of the questionable kind

6 Nov

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Nov. 6th, 2009–

For all those who want to go into The Fourth Kind as fresh as possible, check out my spoiler free review over at Atomic Popcorn. For everyone else, feel free to stick around but know that I’m going to get into some of the more specific details of the film and you might want to clear out. Nothing too spoiler-heavy, but some of whats working or not working in the film is difficult to discuss without revealing elements that the marketing folks have done a reasonable job of hiding.

ATOMIC POPCORN REVIEW OF THE FOURTH KIND

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‘The Fourth Kind’ land a free screening in Baltimore on Nov 3rd!

14 Oct

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Oct 14th, 2009–

It seems like the faux documentary approach to horror is starting to finally catch on some 10 years after Blair Witch Project. This weekend the indie hit phenom Paranormal Activity opens wide, and After Dark films is releasing Lake Mungo early next year. In between those two we get The Fourth Kind, a creepy alien abduction film whose trailer definitely intrigued me. If you live in Baltimore, you can see it early on Nov 3rd when Atomic Popcorn holds another free screening. This time it’s the first 30 people to respond, so don’t hesitate if you want to secure some tickets.

Go here for all the details and to sign up: The Fourth Kind screening.

Dan Aykroyd Confronts Spirits in Baltimore Tomorrow! Be There!

10 Sep

Ok, I’m going to admit right up front that this is weird news. The advertisement above is for something called Crystal Head Vodka, and it represents one of the latest ventures from actor Dan Aykroyd. When this first hit the internet, everyone assumed it was a viral video, but I’m pretty sure that Dan truly believes the stuff he’s talking about in the ad. I’ve heard the man on NPR and a few other radio programs over the years and he’s definitely a big proponent of the paranormal and supernatural. And since you can most definitely purchase Crystal Head Vodka, which comes in a carved glass bottle that looks like the fabled Crystal Skulls, it isn’t a joke or a movie promo.

Do I think it’s weird that someone would try to boost awareness of the paranormal by selling vodka in a skull bottle? I dunno, I bet that sort of thing worked quite well in the 1800s. Weirder to me is that Aykroyd completed the video with a straight face, and that he’s actually going to be in Baltimore tomorrow promoting this product. Continue reading

Alien Apartheid: Exploring Neil Blonkamp’s ‘District 9’

10 Sep

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District 9 (R) 112 min. Directed by: Neil Blonkamp.

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 ‘District 9’ has been playing for almost a month now and the critical and commercial response to Neil Blonkamp’s South African sci-fi actioner has been surprisingly strong and positive. Back in May, I cited the movie in my Top Ten Summer Sci-Fi list and placed it at the top. Even I, however, was still sideswiped by what I found upon walking into the theater. I saw the film two days after its release but vacation and a few other events thwarted me from writing it up. Now, with the initial excitement cleared and a little time passed to process it, I think I’m ready to take a crack at it. For anyone still on the fence about seeing it, or those who want a one sentence sum-up, here you go: District 9 is probably the best science fiction film of the last decade, and easily the best sci-fi action film since 1999’s The Matrix. So, if you wanna see it but haven’t, and know you are going, don’t read any further. Go in fresh and come back here later.

For all of you still around, I’ll keep this as spoiler-free as I can; discussing the film without giving away any of it’s myriad of surprises and delights. Continue reading

After 12 years, James Cameron Brings Us…Dances With Smurfs? Avatar Teaser and Pics!

21 Aug

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UPDATED: Full-length AVATAR review HERE.

 Also check out: My review of the first 16 minutes of 3-D Avatar HERE.

August 20th, 2009–

When James Cameron’s Avatar is released on December 18th, 2009 it will mark, to the day, the anniversary of the director’s last movie, Titanic. Yea, you remember it–the one with the boat. When that predicted flop went on to be the biggest money maker of all time and sweep the year’s Oscars, Cameron was golden. And then, perhaps in an effort to stay golden, he never directed again….until now.  Continue reading

Fantasia Fest 09: ‘Alien Trespass’ into 50’s B-movie Territory

17 Aug

 

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Alien Trespass (PG) 90 min. Directed by:  R.W. Goodwin. Written by: James Swift and Stephen P. Fisher  Starring:Eric Mcormack, Jenni Baird, Robert Patrick, Dan Lauria, Jody Thompson, Aaron Brooks. Cinematography: David Moxness. Original music by:Louis Febre.

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Well, I’ve been quite busy lately and unfortunately the Fantasia movie reviews ended up taking a backseat to scads of summer coursework. Now  that is behind me and I have vacation looming on the horizon, so I’m taking this brief week of free time to try and catch up on all the stuff I’ve been sitting on. Let’s get to it, shall we? Continue reading