Trailer Park Week 7

Old Boy

This movie looks promising, the best one this week. Hits theatres Oct 25th 2013
An advertising executive is abruptly kidnapped and held hostage for 20 years in solitary confinement. When he is inexplicably released, he embarks on an obsessive mission to discover who orchestrated his bizarre and torturous punishment only to find he is still trapped in a web of conspiracy and torment

The Best Man Holiday

In theatres Nov 15th
In Rio, we find Blu, Jewel and their three kids living the perfect domesticated life in that magical city. When Jewel decides the kids need to learn to live like real birds, she insists the family venture into the Amazon. As Blu tries to fit in with his new neighbors, he worries he may lose Jewel and the kids to the call of the wild.

Only God Forgives

Coming out July 19 (I think only internationally though)
Julian (Ryan Gosling) is a former kickboxer and gangster living in Bangkok. When his brother is murdered by a ruthless Thai police lieutenant, Julian is forced to seek vengeance or risk his own death.

Curse Of Chucky

Coming to Blu-ray and DVD September 24.
In Curse of Chucky, Nica (Fiona Dourif) is grieving over the gruesome suicide of her mother when her domineering older sister Barb (Danielle Bisutti) arrives with her young family in tow to help settle their mother’s affairs. As the sisters butt heads over Nica’s plans for the future, Barb’s young daughter comforts herself with a grinning, red-haired talking doll named Chucky (Brad Dourif) that recently arrived mysteriously in the mail. But as a string of brutal murders begins to terrorize the household, Nica suspects the doll may hold the key to the bloodshed. What she doesn’t know is that Chucky has a personal score to settle. He’s determined to finish a job he started more than 20 years earlier, and this time he’s going to see it through to the bloody and shocking end

 

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

– Xavier – @CoolyoNgeLEW

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.

Video of the Day: Kingdom Come

Kingdom Come is an ambitious low budget short fan film; directed/produced by Andrew List. Our goal was to create a high end extended trailer based off of Alex Ross & Mark Waid’s graphic novel Kingdom Come. We raised money via indiegogo in the earlier stages to cover important costs in creating this huge project into live action. This is designed for entertainment purposes only and to show the potential for not only Kingdom Come but other untapped novel’s under DC Comic’s belt. Last, we highly suggest reading the Kingdom Come graphic novel before viewing!

The Trailer Park Week 1

Welcome to “The Trailer Park”. Here, I will just show you trailers, some with a description some just basking in its awesomeness.

First up is GRAVITY. Starring: Sandra Bullock and George Clooney.

2 Guns starring: Denzel & Mark Wahlberg (YES IT’S SPELLED 2 GUNS)

Next up is Kevin Hart’s “Let Me Explain” trailer to his stand up show. If you remember, he was in Toronto last year, this was that show

Lastly…

Video of the Day: Thor: The Dark World

THOR-DARK-WORLD-POSTERThor is coming and it’s fitting that its Thorsday (ask the vikings). its short and sweet and really does expand on the world that the Marvel Cinematic Universe has built with the first Thor movie and some of  “Captain America: The First Avenger”. This looks promising and even more action packed than the first one. i wont give anything away, I’m too busy being amp’d for Iron Man 3. P.s, gotta love in the poster, Thor’s hair seems to be staying still in all that wind.

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

 

Batman: The Dark knight Returns Part 1 Review

Dark_knight_returnsSo a little while ago, I had tweeted that I was going to review all the animated movies from both Marvel and DC. Since this is the latest one I figured I’d start here.

Now, I will say that I roughly remember the events of the famed (and I mean really famed) graphic novel, but from what I do remember, this animated feature is pretty dead on in terms of how it is depicted. I do believe that the opening race car scene was added however, but I could be wrong. The first 15 minutes is really a catch up to the moment where Bruce realizes that he cant take the city destroying itself anymore. The iconic cover of the series (Above) happens at 17m43s in, and it’s beautifully done. It’s also another one of those moments where I don’t remember if it was done in the comics or not. From there on to the climatic, cliffhanging ending, it does feel a little rushed which is sometimes a fault to these stories I feel.

There are a lot of interesting concepts and themes introduced to the character, which gives the movie depth in terms of relatability. One being: Does the Batman create his adversaries? In a way yes, he does. BATMAN IS JUST AS CRAZY as his villains, just with a better moral compass. He wears a bat costume and fights crime against impossible odds. As cool as that is, it’s crazy. If Bruce had gotten the psychiatric therapy he needed after his parents murder, we wouldn’t have Batman (as a comic nerd/geek, lets just all be happy he didn’t). I did enjoy the fact that Miller used the death of Jason Todd as part of the reason he stopped being Batman. I never understood how you become the legal guardian of this child, he gets killed, and seemingly, you do nothing. Didn’t try to avenge him, nothing. Just replaced him with Tim Drake and then Damian, his son. Those and many other elements are present in the book, and translate well here to make the cartoon accessible to adults and children alike.

Two of the BEST things about DC’s direct to dvd animated features, is how they try to recreate the artists work from the source material to screen, and how faithful to the book the movie is. Outside of cutting things down to fit time constraints or expanding the story to really give you the scope of the story, if memory serves right, it is about 98% accurate to the book (I’ve said above where I think it deviates). The original limited series was “coloured” by/with water colours by Lynn Varley  (Inked by Klaus Janson, Penciled by Writer: Frank Miller). Why that style was chosen, I don’t know, but for whatever reason, it works and it works in this movie. Though I’m sure it wasn’t water colour they used, vs just using “lighter colours, hues, and contrasts”. The overall animation is great, since Superman: Doomsday, the animation has just been getting progressively better.

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: 4.8
  • Art/Animation: 4.8
  • Voiceover Work: 5
  • True to the Source Material: 5

THAT’S IT! Cheers: “To Peace” and May the Force be with you!

– Xavier – @CoolyoNgeLEW

The Dark Knight Rises Review

Cast overview:
Christian Bale
Gary Oldman
Tom Hardy
Joseph Gordon-Levitt
Anne Hathaway
Marion Cotillard
Morgan Freeman
Michael Caine
Matthew Modine
Foley
Alon Aboutboul
Dr. Pavel (as Alon Moni Aboutboul)
Ben Mendelsohn
Daggett

Eight years on, a new terrorist leader, Bane, overwhelms Gotham’s finest, and the Dark Knight resurfaces to protect a city that has branded him an enemy. – imdb.com
Runtime: 164 min

Director: Christopher Nolan

Writers: Jonathan Nolan (screenplay), Christopher Nolan (story/screenplay) David S. Goyer (story)

Well its over folks. The “greatest” batman movie run is over (though, lets be honest, as long as he didn’t have bat-nipples and ass shots as he got into costume it would have been better). This is the longest running of any batman movie, and the longest of the 3..It even feels longer due to the story. They dragged the HELL out of this movie. You can’t blame them entirely since, they put this movie 8 years to the day (in the movie world) into the future from the previous “The Dark Knight” movie (Stupid idea in my opinion).

[Spoilers start here]

I get that the story had to explain what happened in the 8 years that followed, but there were things I felt could have been left out, and or introduced to set up “potential” future instalments or as I said in my Amazing Spider-Man review, nods to the fans of the comics from a picture, right down to someone obviously saying something (like Tony Stark’s life model decoy joke in the Avengers). The story, however, did give you a solid send off as it progresses. There’s homage moments, and a sense of nostalgia seeing the rebuilt “Wayne Manor”. The best moments are from Bane and Batman as the will in both of them is cool. I will add, they ruined his origin story to make it all come full circle to the first movie in my opinion. Because of that it felt like the writers and the powers who made this movie didn’t actually have a real idea in mind to make this movie. Recently there was what felt like a global, if not just a North American “occupy” movement that if I’m not mistaken, was started on New York’s “Wall Street” and it was basically saying lessen the gap from the those who have and those who have not. This kind of plays into the movie’s first half and is what kind of makes the movie drag on. There aren’t many questions you’re left with but maybe three at the end which is a part of good movie making, but can also ruin a movie as well.

The acting… Michael Caine.. He is so damn talented, sadly his role was limited. But he has such a charm as a 78 year old man that during the movie, you kind of wish he had more screen time. Morgan Freeman… Well..he was Morgan Freeman. The best actor/ess this time around was the addition of Anne Hathaway. She had the best take on Selina Kyle/Catwoman there has ever been. If you remember “the Batman Animated Series” (which to most comic fans is regarded as the best ever cartoon series based off comic books) then you will see that similar take here. She was introduced the best in all 3 movies. Tom Hardy is hard to say if he really acted, because he has a mask. Acting is so much facial expressions as it is, vocal performance. On top of his natural accent (which is, I believe, is a U.K. one) he put a variant of an irish one. Where this becomes a bad role for him is the part where he can’t be understood. He can for the most part, but I feel like at times, he was totally inaudible more than once which makes this a major short fall for the movie. Chris Bale as Batman felt as he looked as Bruce felt (method acting), but still braver beyond his limitations. I know many don’t like the voice he puts for Batman, but its so needed as to have a difference between the two ego’s Bruce has. On top of that, the range in which he’s able to carry that is impressive, he yells, whispers, intimidates, etc all with this growl like voice which I can only imagine how hard that is. Marion Cotillard’s performance seemed flat and her last moment is the worse thing I’ve seen in a movie since…. well since bat nipples.

The music was fantastic but some of it did seem like it was borrowed from the last film. I won’t lie, a lot of Hans Zimmer’s music kind of has the same tone, but its sick when its needed, and the one time they don’t have music in the film is probably my most favourite moment in the movie.

In terms of the effects and audio, I have to seriously question how the people got the job. The flying “bat” glitches like crazy (yes… I noticed it) then, again, BANE’S VOICE… how do you have a movie of this magnitude, with such a villain and then have it come across as bother-some that his voice couldn’t be heard in every scene? There wasn’t a single WOW moment in this movie. You remember THE DARK KNIGHT? That entire movie felt like a WOW moment (mostly the Jokers truck attack scene where an 18 wheeler is FLIPPED OVER). Or even the first time we see Batman in that film. The only wow moment here, is catwoman’s performance, and the brute style of Bane.

Come the end of this movie, Wayne’s story is complete. Which is a very good thing. It is a perfect send off , and if WB does want to continue this version of Batman to do their pending Justice league movie then this is where they could pick it up from. I felt that Nolan tried to do something grand. He NEVER WANTED A TRILOGY, but for one reason or another he made one. Even though its a good movie, they didn’t get Batman right from the first movie (Batman doesn’t fail to save someone if even by not directly saving them, he saved the Joker all the time). Batman in this movie is challenged beyond what we’ve seen so that’s new, but I felt they tried too much for the Oscar than to make a TOTALLY satisfying movie (not that I won’t add this to my collection but I’m in no rush).

I shall leave you with this.. after seeing the teaser for the new Superman movie (dubbed “Man of Steel”) all I kept saying was this would have been solved in 3 minutes had Superman been contacted and, even better, Brian Michael Bendis (a Marvel Comics writer) said the next honest truth I said at the end of this movie:

“everyone is thinking it, so i’m just going to say it: the problem with the dark knight rises is that the Avengers could have had that shit wrapped up in under 10 minutes. including shwarma break!”

If you were expecting a review where this movie is praised, look at friend and fellow bloggers review @Mr_STiXX’s review

If you were wondering which comics inspired this movie: “Knightfall” and “No Man’s Land”.

  • Overall rating of the movie: 3.7 out of 5,
  • Cinematography: 3 out of 5,
  • Editing: 3 out of 5,
  • Audio: 2.5 out of 5,
  • Acting: 3.7 out of 5,
  • Theatres or wait for the blu-ray? The movie theatres on a cheap day in Imax. Blu-ray to complete the trilogy only.

THAT’S IT! Cheers: “To Peace” and May the Force be with you!

– Xavier – @CoolyoNgeLEW

*Feel free to discuss the movie in the comments*

 

The Great Gatsby Trailer

Starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Tobey Maguire, Joel Edgerton, Carey Mulligan, Isla Fisher, Jason Clarke, Elizabeth Debicki and Amitabh Bachchan, The Great Gatsby arrives in 2D and 3D theaters on Christmas Day.

The Great Gatsby follows Fitzgerald-like, would-be writer, Nick Carraway as he leaves the Midwest and comes to New York City in the spring of 1922, an era of loosening morals, glittering jazz and bootleg kings. Chasing his own American Dream, Nick lands next door to a mysterious, party-giving millionaire, Jay Gatsby, and across the bay from his cousin, Daisy, and her philandering, blue-blooded husband, Tom Buchanan. It is thus that Nick is drawn into the captivating world of the super rich, their illusions, loves and deceits. As Nick bears witness, within and without the world he inhabits, he pens a tale of impossible love, incorruptible dreams and high-octane tragedy, and holds a mirror to our own modern times and struggles.

Look for a review for this movie, from me, before years end!

THAT’S IT! Cheers: “To Peace” and May the Force be with you!

– Xavier – @CoolyoNgeLEW

G.I. Joe: Retaliation Delayed Until 2013

It was reported earlier today, that the possible summer hit “G.I. Joe Retaliation” is being pushed back 9 MONTHS.

Brian Goldner

“It is increasingly evident that 3D resonates with movie-goers globally and together with Paramount, we made the decision to bring fans an even more immersive entertainment experience,” said Brian Goldner, Hasbro’s President and CEO in an official statement.

The sequel which is now slated to come out during spring of next year, March 29, 2013 to be exact, will go up against the movie adapted from a novel by twilight author, Stephenie Meyer, called “The Host

 

THAT’S IT! Cheers: “To Peace” and May the Force be with you!

– Xavier – @CoolyoNgeLEW

Ted Trailer

I happened to stumble upon these two trailers for the up coming movie,”Ted” (simple title, I know). The first one is more for adult viewing (It’s a “Red Band Restricted trailer) the second is a green band, which is more suitable for everyone. (Though I don’t think this movie is for everyone, who isn’t of age I mean.)

“This summer, the “Family Guy” creator brings his boundary-pushing brand of humor to the big screen for the first time as writer, director and voice star of Ted. In the live action/CG-animated comedy, he tells the story of John Bennett (Mark Wahlberg), a grown man who must deal with the cherished teddy bear who came to life as the result of a childhood wish… and has refused to leave his side ever since.” (via coming soon.net)

starring Mark Wahlberg, Mila Kunis, Giovanni Ribisi, MacFarlane, Joel McHale, Patrick Warburton, Jessica Stroup and Laura Vandervoort.

 

Below is the official movie poster to the film.

“Safe” Trailer.

The trailer for Jason Statham’s newest movie “Safe”. I think its safe to say, Statham may have be “typed cast” as an actor. That isn’t such a bad thing because when he does actions movies his movements seem so believable. The plot for this movie:

“Sometimes a chance meeting can save your life.

Mei (Catherine Chan) is a 10 year-old Chinese math prodigy who is abducted from her home in Nanjing by the Triads; she is sent to America by the Triad Leader Han Jiao (James Hong), where she will serve as a “counter” for their extortion racquets. No computers, no paper trails – she keeps all the numbers in her head. One year later Mei’s new adopted “father” Chang (Reggie Lee) brings her along to count the numbers as he shakes-down his business operations.

Luke Wright (Jason Statham) is a second rate cage fighter in the mixed martial arts circuit in New Jersey. When he blows a rigged fight, the Russian mafia make an example of him – murdering his wife and threatening to kill anyone he forms any kind of friendship or relationship with. Now homeless, destitute and completely isolated from society, Luke wanders the streets of New York like a ghost, hovering on the edge of suicide.

Big things begin to stir in the city, when Triad boss Han Jiao appears in New York, and gives Mei a secret number to memorize; on her way to use this number for an unknown purpose, Mei is violently kidnapped from the Triads by the Russian Mafia, who want the information she now has in her head— as does the corrupt Captain Wolf (Robert John Burke) of the NYPD. Mei manages to escape, but she won’t be able to survive on her own for long.

Standing on a subway platform ready to throw himself under a train, Luke Wright sees the young and terrified Chinese girl being pursued by Russian thugs… he knows something is wrong, and he knows now he has to make a decision: continue on his downward spiral, or come back fighting in order to help a little girl he’s never even met. Luke comes back to life, forcing himself into violent action, and over the course of one harrowing night he tears a swath through the city’s underworld in order to save Mei’s life and redeem his own.”

in my opinion it looks a like a “B-Rated” movie that did really well in Asia and is finally here to gain some North American buzz. That being said Id still watch it, and will give you guys a review for sure.

THAT’S IT! Cheers: “To Peace” and May the Force be with you!

– Xavier