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Bloglins #1: Pandorum, Baltimore Book Festival, Dollhouse 2.0, Weekend DVDs

25 Sep

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September 25th,2009–

Happy weekend everyone! Here we are on Friday night and consider me exhausted. I’ve got a Surrogates review to write and AMAD to cover before I hit the sack so I’ll keep this one short. One of the new features for Cinematropolis is Bloglins, a forum for mini-reader reviews and feedback related to current pop culture items. Below I’ve got four topics I want to hear more from you on. Just post or email me a 100 word or less review/comment/update on any of the below bits and I’ll publish them below with your name, website and any info you wish to be included. Enjoy! My email is  j_echo@hotmail.com. Continue reading

Trailer Round-Up: Solomon Kane, Princess and the Frog, Descent 2, Up in the Air, more…

11 Sep

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September 11th, 2009–

Hey everyone. I hope your week has gone well and that the weekend is even better. Here were are again with a new bunch of trailers. There’s a new look at Disney’s latest 2D animated film and one more trailer proving that George Clooney never stops working. Best of all, there’s finally a peek at Solomon Kane, the fantasy adventure based off Robert E. Howard characters. Lets start first with the followup to Neil Marshall’s 2005 horror classic The DescentContinue reading

Movie Review: ‘The Final Destination’? We Can Only Hope

1 Sep

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 The Final Destination in 3D (R)

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 The Final Destination is nothing more than an 80 minute gimmick designed to give the audience outrageous death scenes and jump-in-your seat thrills. That, however, is not the movie’s problem. The problem is that this fourth installment in the ‘tired-the-moment-it-began’ saga is a complete waste of an 80 minute gimmick featuring outrageous death scenes and it lacks any kind of actual thrills. This flick challenges Transformers 2 for the crown of most insipid and intentionally insulting summer entertainment. Most will shrug, roll their eyes and exclaim “I told you so!” but as any horror fan knows, the potential was here for a good time. Continue reading

Fantasia 2009: Knee to the Face!! Thailand’s Crazy ‘Fireball’

21 Aug

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Fireball (NR) 94 min. Directed by: Thanakorn Pongsuwan. Written by: Thanakorn Pongsuwan & Kiat Sansanandana. Starring: Preeti Barameeanat, Khanutra Chuchuaysuwan, Kumpanat Oungsoongnern, Phutharit Prombandal, 9 Million Sam. Cinematography: Teerawat Rujintham, Wardhana Vunchuplou, Suntipong Waiwong. Original music by: Giant Wave.

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Fireball is one crazy sports flick. Before the end, the hero has physically beaten most of his opponents to a bloody pulp, and he did it all in the process of dribbling across the court and slam-dunking the ball. So, yea, Iguess you could call this Thai flick a hybrid of sorts. Everyone else will just call it insane. Feeling like the Direct-to-Video answer to the work of martial artist Tony Jaa, Fireball isn’t going to inspire any thoughtful film criticism but I fully expect it to find a following at festivals like this one. There is a rough hewn charm to the movie’s plentiful stunts and erratic, multi-angled camera work. Who cares if the story sucks; in Thailand screenwriting is a sissie’s job. The real creative forces here are the intrepid camera men who seem to be running right next to touched-in-the-head stuntguys who will literally do anything if it can be captured on film. 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

See all of ‘Zombie Girl’ online!! Courtesy of Snag Films!

17 Aug

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August 17th,2009–

Last week the fine folks at Snag Films contacted me about embedding the documentary film Zombie Girl on the site for an online limited run that would extend through Thursday the 20th. With a busy weekend schedule and some strange issues (that I assume are my own computer problems) I was unable to embed the video. Continue reading

Wanna see 16 minutes of 3-D Avatar Free on Friday? Get tickets this afternoon!!

17 Aug

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Read my FULL REVIEW  of AVATAR HERE.

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I’m a little late on this, but wanted to give a brief heads-up on the sneak peek that IMAX has lined up for James Cameron’s upcoming 3D sci-fi epic Avatar, currently scheduled for release on December 18th 2009.

This Friday evening at 6:30 p.m., select IMAX theaters will be running a free preview of 16 minutes of Avatar with an intro by Cameron and 3D glasses so audiences can get a glimpse of the way the technology will render the alien planet of Pandora. Continue reading

McKellan and Caviezel look set to rescue ‘The Prisoner’! AMC’s 9 minute promo!

28 Jul

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June 28th–

AMC has decided that we, the viewing audience, need INFORMATION!! So, they rolled this nine minute promo clip out for their new remake of the surreal Brit drama The Prisoner. Patrick McGoohan played the original Number 6, and is replaced here by Jim Caviezel, who seems to be taking the character in less of a lone-wolf direction. Ian McKellan is the head of the Village and I’m glad to see him here. He’s exactly the kind of presence that will help make this work.

Overall, Im impressed. This is going to be a 6 part mini-series starting in November. All of the elements are here, just updated and re-arranged. Save for Rover, which looks about the same except alot bigger.

Check it out HERE.

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Fantasia 09 Review: Whose Watching ‘The Children’?

27 Jul

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The Children (R) 84 min. Directed by: Tom Shankman. Written by: Paul Andrew Williams. Starring: Hannah Tointon, Eva Birthistle, Stephen Campbell Moore, Jeremy Sheffield, Rachel Shelly. Cinematography: Nanu Segal. Original Music by: Stephen Hilton.

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I’m a little conflicted about Tom Shankman’s  Brit thriller, The Children. Running only 84 minutes, the first 20 minutes are a little too sedate and clunky, and the last 20 too overtly shock-centered. Those 40-some odd minutes in the middle though, after the film has revved itself up, are nothing short of terrifying. It isn’t very often I’m unsettled by a movie, and even less often that one actually manages to scare me. But like it’s older cousin, Descent, this nasty bit of creepy kid horror intensifies to the point that even ominously structured glimpses of day-to-day life become anxiety-inducing. Forget Orphan, Joshua, The Good Son, or any of those recent milque-toast dramas about bad seed progeny chasing their unwitting parents. The Children reaches all the way back to the The Bad Seed and Ray Bradbury’s short story, The Small Assassin and draws on a deeply-buried fear of those small versions of ourselves we give our lives to trying to raise. Continue reading