Trailer Park: Week #3

 This Is The End

Six friends are trapped in a house after a series of strange and catastrophic events devastate Los Angeles. As the world unravels outside, dwindling supplies and cabin fever threaten to tear apart the friendships inside. Eventually, they are forced to leave the house, facing their fate and the true meaning of friendship and redemption.

Director: Seth Rogen/Evan Goldberg
Release: 6/12/2013

Now You See Me

FBI agents track a team of illusionists who pull off bank heists during their performances and reward their audiences with the money.
Release: May 30, 2013
Director: Louis Leterrier

For those of you who like spoilers, heres a link to the opening sequence.

Ender’s Game

70 years after a horrific alien war, an unusually gifted child is sent to an advanced military school in space to prepare for a future invasion.
Release: November 1, 2013
Director: Gavin Hood

for those that didn’t know, this is based on a book
Published: 1985
Author: Orson Scott Card
Followed by: Speaker for the Dead

R.I.P.D.

A recently slain cop joins a team of undead police officers working for the Rest in Peace Department and tries to find the man who murdered him.
July 19, 2013.
Director: Robert Schwentke

Based on the Dark Horse comic created by Peter M. Lenkov.

Evil Dead 2013 Movie Review

 So, I really only seen the half of the first one with Bruce Campbell… don’t judge me.

Director: Fede Alvarez Writers: Fede Alvarez (screenplay), Rodo Sayagues(screenplay), Sam Raimi (based on the motion picture “The Evil Dead”, written by)
91 min runtime

As I said, I’ve never seen the other movie’s of the same name, but I’ve seen bits and pieces, here and there. A major part of why I saw this movie was because, the original director said that it lives up to the original he created with Bruce Campbell. I remember my first ever experience with this character was in an episode of “Reboot” , then the odd time when it was on TBS, back when Rogers had it and before it turned into PeachTree TV. But as I was saying, this is a horror movie, (and I think the first time I have even reviewed one). Anyway, going in I had a general idea: folks in a cabin who are clearly stupid, read a demonic book and then it’s all down hill from there. Which, if anyone paid attention, seems very much like the story of “Cabin in the woods” (oh would you look at that, I have reviewed 2 horror movies, Woman in Black). Honestly, this movie felt like it was a giant rip off of Cabin in the Woods. Well, in the beginning anyway. But, keeping that movie in mind, the remainder of the movie was slightly predictable.

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Falling flat on its face, for acting, across the board (mind you, I kind of feel like that was intended).

When you get to the bit of a surprise ending, the acting in general is much better, but not by much.

I really enjoyed the cinematography out of everything, the most. It has a lot of the style originally realized by Sam Rami, which honestly, I don’t think it couldn’t be in a movie like this. The creepiest thing might of been the leach, snake branch scene by the creek. That one scene impressed me a whole lot. Another thing to add, it’s one hell of a gory motion picture, with great detail on that department.

Rating:

  • Overall rating of the movie: 3 out of 5,
  • Cinematography: 3.5 out of 5 (camera stunt work is decent),
  • Editing: 3 out of 5,
  • Special effects: 5 out of 5,
  • Audio: 3 out of 5
  • Acting: 2 out of 5,
  • Theatres or wait for the blu-ray? Great way to scare your girl friend, so either owning it or rental is a good choice, depending if you like horror movies. (I’d rent it though)

THAT’S IT! Cheers: “To Peace” . Your eLEWsive Thought Provided by: “LEW System”

– Xavier – @CoolyoNgeLEW

Video Of The Day: Zack On Man Of Steel

Director Zack Snyder talks about the making of Man Of Steel in this unedited interview with Toronto’s City News film critic Mohair Rajhans. Even gives us a brief update on the 300 prequel. No spoilers are given

Superman vs the Elite Review

300px-Action_Comics_775Based on the DC comics story : “What’s so funny about truth justice and the American way” by Joe Kelly and Doug Mahnke with Lee Bermelo. This is a great story with the post 9/11 world we live in that mirrors the Superman Earth one Vol. 2 story/theme of power.

Superman Vs The EliteSuperman is a character that has become known as the Boy Scout, the do-gooder, the guy who doesn’t want to get his hands dirty. He’s been one of the characters who symbolize the best of what we’re all capable of. This story tests what he is and the strength of his morale by asking if the Superman of old can still hold up in the world we live today.

“Dreams save us. Dreams lift us up and transform us. And on my soul, I swear… until my dream of a world where dignity, honour and justice become the reality we all share — I’ll never stop fighting”

Off the bat, I will say that the animation/art style is terrible. But after it’s all said and done, I think the reason for the design of each character, in particular Superman, was to mirror a character that is child friendly and furthermore, to mimic the Dave Fleischer animated series from 1942. As the story progresses however, the animation does get better especially towards the end the climactic battle on the moon.

The  voice acting in this picture, is actually pretty well done they brought back Superman’s long time voice actor, George Newbern, and it is helpful to have a familiar voice, but the actor they chose for Manchester Black was actually the best acted. He really captured the essence of a “punk rocker” fresh from the mother country. Surprisingly there are a lot of female actresses to play the younger roles in this feature.

The content itself, is pretty adult themed. Light enough for children, I’d say from 10 and up, not for younger ones. It’s not a convoluted story where you need to think a lot about what is going on. It’s pretty fast paced and easy to follow which is very helpful, because not everybody is a political science expert. If you care about life or even the neighbour beside you, then this story make sense.  One thing I’ve always appreciated about the DC animated stories, is that they’re not afraid to have a little bit of cursing in the movies. They don’t overdo it to the point where it’s childish and offensive but one here and there, never hurt anybody.2401740-superman_mad_3

As I’m writing this I have to say that this is probably my most favourite Superman animated feature to date. It has a lot of the stuff that should be in the Superman story and leaves you wanting more. The theme is even more relevant today with recent news stories like the Boston bombings and the guy who kidnapped and held captive the women in Ohio for a decade. These are the kind of people we want to see suffer slowly for their crimes, and rightfully so, but who really wants that kind of blood on their hands? Once a person breaks that barrier what is to stop them from killing someone who steals for a noble reason like feeding his child. This is not to say that stealing is right but is killing for safety just as acceptable? This is the type of stuff that should be in a Superman story.

Rating :

The rating system is as follows. The 1st rating is what you really want, the rest is just what I thought of each other category as it’s listed (art/animation is how the movie translates the art from the book in animation).

  • Overall: 3.5
  • Art/Animation: 3.3
  • Voiceover Work: 4
  • True to the Source Material: 3

THAT’S IT! Cheers: “To Peace” . Your eLEWsive Thought Provided by: “LEW System”

– Xavier – @CoolyoNgeLEW

Fast Furious 6 Movie Review

Well, what’s a summer without cars?

Director: Justin Lin Writers: Chris Morgan (screenplay), Gary Scott Thompson(characters) Runtime: 130 mins

For a movie that implies fast cars, it sure doesn’t start off that way. A lot of the movie is basically a reintroduction for already well established characters (though only two I couldn’t remember for the life of me) but it does help since Fast 5 was some 4+ years ago. There’s a lot that makes you want to care for the characters, and depending on who you relate to, you will – especially towards the end of the film.

Before that though, was the acting. I didn’t expect anything golden, but honestly it was terrible across the board. Vin Diesel and Tyrese stole the show for me. They had the best lines, probably the most screen time and their characters seemed the most authentic. Vin playing the same character that lives by a code and Tyrese being the character relief since the second instalment.

fast_and_furious_6-wideI think it’s safe to say, that if you’re expecting races in a franchise that started out that way, you’re expecting too much. Now, it’s a lot more about the story, the meaning of family and just how many stunts they can have with cars.

There isn’t any strong cinematography. There’s quite a bit of shaking camera work but it’s not entirely unbearable as some other movies. The end sequence of course is as thrilling as any climatic battle should be, definitely the best of the series. Funny that the reason I liked it wasn’t because of the cars… The honest highlight was the post credit scene.

Rating:

  • Overall rating of the movie: 3.2 out of 5,
  • Cinematography: 3.5 out of 5 (camera stunt work is decent),
  • Editing: 3 out of 5,
  • Audio: 4 out of 5 (sound f/x),
  • Acting: 2 out of 5,
  • Theatres or wait for the blu-ray? see it in theatres but know they best part(s) is a the end. Get the blu ray if you’re a fan, otherwise it’s just a rental

THAT’S IT! Cheers: “To Peace” . Your eLEWsive Thought Provided by: the “LEW System”

– Xavier – @CoolyoNgeLEW

2013 SCOTIABANK TORONTO CARIBBEAN CARNIVAL UPDATES

The wonderful Darling Nicky brings you news and updates for the 2013 Scotiabank Caribbean Carnival Toronto. With The Grand Parade taking place August 3, 2013

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The 46th Annual Scotiabank Toronto Caribbean Carnival returns with improvements to the Grand Parade route and an expanded list of events

Scotiabank Extends its Title Sponsorship of Scotiabank Toronto Caribbean Carnival for three years

May 21, 2013  (Toronto) The Scotiabank Toronto Caribbean Carnival kicked off today with music and dancing at the Ontario Science Centre.  MPP Laura Albanese, (York South-Weston) Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport helped unveil the Scotiabank Caribbean Carnival 2013 campaign this morning.

The Scotiabank Toronto Caribbean Carnival will run from July 9, 2013 toAugust 4, 2013, and once again bring the culture of the Caribbean to over a million spectators in downtown Toronto. The public launch will take place onJuly 9, 2013 at 12:00 p.m. at Toronto’s Nathan Phillip’s Squarewhere dancers, musicians, and calypso singers will get the city into the Carnival spirit.

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He’s A Mutant Terrorist and An Avenger

Quicksilver, who along with his sister Scarlet Witch, is set to appear in Joss Wedon’s Avengers 2 , is now also going to be appearing in X-Men: Days of Future Past, which is currently filming.

Director Bryan Singer tweeted the news on his personal account.

“Before he was an #Avenger, he was just a REALLY fast kid. Thrilled to say #EvanPeters is joining #XMen #DaysOfFuturePast as #Quicksilver.”

 

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The way Singer phrased the tweet, it would seem there was an agreement made, that Fox would get to use Quicksilver as a younger character, perhaps in the past scenes, while Marvel Studios will use an older, more adult version of the character. As we previously reported, Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch are a strange, unique case, where both studios have the rights to the characters, as they are both mutants (being the children of Magneto), and also longtime Avengers. As Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige said last year, “They’re uh – It’s a little complicated, but if they want to use them in an X-Men movie they could, and if we want to use them in an Avengers movie we could. They’re unique.”

Evan Peters is a 26 year-old actor best known to comic book fans as “Todd,” one of Dave’s friends in Kick-Ass. More as this story develops.

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Trailer Park: Week 2

I cant watch this but you can.

Five friends who reunite in an attempt to top their epic pub crawl from 20 years earlier unwittingly become humankind’s only hope for survival.

This Wolverine trailer that has additional footage.

Seems to be a little more on the silly side from its predecessor but I’m sure it will still be funny with a great message.

Video Of The Day: The Daily Show Weighs In on Rob Ford

Haha, get it weighs in. Anyway, this was funny to me right up to the point where they made it seem like a nation wide thing in the second half. I didn’t even know some of these events happen from our dear mayor. Hate him or love him, he does give us something to laugh at either way. I won’t get into politics on here (now) so just enjoy the humour this brings.

Video Of The Day: Batman: Arkham Origins Official Trailer

Batman: Arkham Origins features an expanded Gotham City and introduces an original prequel storyline occurring several years before the events of Batman: Arkham Asylum and Batman: Arkham City. Taking place before the rise of Gotham City’s most dangerous villains and assassins, the game showcases a young, raw, unrefined Batman as he faces a defining moment in his early career as a crime fighter that sets his path to becoming the Dark Knight. As the story unfolds, witness identities being formed and key relationships being forged.

This video looks amazing. Strongly felt like it had a lot of motion capture and even real actors at times. Can’t wait to play this game.

Iron Man 3: Movie Review

wpid-twimg_media_A50vEZcCAAA-Efr.jpg_710.jpgShall we begin?  Shall we begin the summer Blockbuster season? Upped from $140 million, to $200 million to the budget to get the best possible Iron Man movie, post Avengers.

Director: Shane Black, Writer: Drew Pearce & Shane Black (Screenplay) Running time: 130 minutes
  • Robert Downey Jr. – Tony Stark
  • Gwyneth Paltrow – Pepper Potts
  • Jon Favreau – Happy Hogan
  • Ben Kingsley – The Mandarin
  • Don Cheadle – James Rhodes
  • Guy Pearce – Aldrich Killian
  • Rebecca Hall – Maya Hansen

Now, I mention the budget simply to give you a bit of behind the scenes trivia. We are living in a world where vigilantes save the world from “Norse Gods” and aliens, and where a genius, billionaire, playboy, philanthropist can wear a multi purpose tank (basically) in the form of a full body suit. In one way, he’s a rock star, in many other ways he’s just like you and me who just so happens to be a genius, billionaire, playboy, philanthropist.

Steve Rogers: “Big man in a suit of armour. Take that off, what are you?”

Tony Stark: “Genius, billionaire, playboy, philanthropist.”
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The biggest themes of the movie is love and self encouragement. The first half of the movie deals a lot with the aftermath of Avengers, where Tony had a “too close for comfort” brush with death trying to save New York. Now, he’s kept himself isolated and preparing for a similar situation by building, roughly, 35 different suits for various scenarios. The later half is a bit more intriguing and very Stark-centric.

This is where I complain and applaud. Mandarin. He was teased since the first movie and then we were told Mandarin would show up in number three. We, the fans of comics, were lied too. For all the hype Ben Kingsley brought through the trailers, and even in the film, his role was such a let down. I understand why it was done to not make him typically Asian (come on, for a period of time, he was green) but, after reading the great run of Matt Fraction, how could one not want to see a closer to the source material version of Mandarin. It could have even been a great way to get the ball rolling on a Dr. Strange movie. With this new direction & director, whom I’ve never seen any of his past work, (to my understanding) there’s a lot to be happy about. Stark is still a smart ass who delivers quick verbal jabs left, right and centre. This Stark is very much more grounded (when compared to Iron Man 2). Which does work to a fault almost, but you get over it a little bit. There is one character who I thought was a bit random, and really only there for the family aspect. Personally, I think that the end ruins the movie. The story itself is complete, but it’s so far removed from the two previous films that its almost as if this movie was an out of continuity story.

The things Iron Man does, even with his new (ugly coloured) suit is really impressive. Even the other ones is all greatness. This is a Tony Stark that should exist in the world of today with all the latest technology advancements. In the climatic battle he’s very loose and limber. The biggest flaw of all was the end result to Pepper Potts. P.s. Fans of ‘Rescue”… That wasn’t rescue, haha

Bottom Line: What does the future hold for Stark? That is a question only time can answer. The post credit scene isn’t necessary to see, for once. Lastly, it goes 1st movie as the best, 3rd and Iron Man 2 as the “worst” one Okay.. I think I said what I needed too.

  • Overall rating of the movie: 3.1 out of 5,
  • Cinematography: 3.9 out of 5,
  • Editing: 4 out of 5,
  • Audio: 4 out of 5,
  • Acting: 4 out of 5,
  • Theatres or wait for the blu-ray? see it in Imax, and get the blu ray, it’s decent in 3D as well

THAT’S IT! Cheers: “To Peace” . Your eLEWsive Thought Provided by: the “LEW System”

– Xavier – @CoolyoNgeLEW