Archive for May, 2009


Outlander – Movie Review (Blu-Ray)

When i first saw the trailer for this film i thought to myself, “this is a must see”. I awaited its arrival in theaters only to find that it was in limited release and not playing in my area. Yesterday Outlander finally made its way on to DVD and Blu-Ray (in Canada) and it was worth the wait.


This is NOT the “BEST. MOVIE. EVER.” claimed Tom Long, Detroit News. But it could be one of the best B Movies ever. There is a reason why this movie didn’t make it to the main stream is because it has that strong B movie feel to it… And that is due to the uneven directing. At time this movie looks amazing and others it seems very cheesy. If this had been put in better hands this might have been able to reach Blockbuster status.

The characters are decent enough to care about and the story is actually very fun. The first half of the movie is kinda hard to get into but the last hour is solid. One reason why i liked this film is that its something original. Who would have ever thought to combine Vikings and Aliens? Surprisingly it works very well together. The Alien takes on more of a “dragon” role, or “beast” they have to defeat. So putting this concept together isn’t that absurd.

outlanderI have always found Jim Caviezel the type of actor that is very enjoyable to watch. He is easy to connect to in almost every film he does. As an action hero he does a decent job and i would be happy to see him in more roles like this. The creature that he fights is also very cool. They spent a lot of time making the Alien look good visually and i really appreciate that. Often in movies like this the computer animation sucks and really takes you out of the film, This is not the case here.

In the end. Outlander is a cool film despite its average directing. It looks good a lot of the time. If you have an open mind towards this film, you will enjoy the ride.

Overall Rating: 7.5/10

If you liked Outlander, check out Brotherhood of the Wolf.

[The Blu-Ray DVD Packaging in Canada shows that there are no Special Features, That is not true. The box is wrong. There are tons of Deleted Scenes and other features for you to enjoy]


Terminator Salvation – Movie Review

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I went into this movie hearing that it sucked and wasn’t very good. Dont listen to those reviews! T4 is a fantastic action flick. It is packed to the brim with explosions and well put together action sequences. I will start off by saying that its not better then T2. But in my opinion, its next on the list.

The Story may not be the most complex in the world and the surprise twist you can see coming a mile away (not to mention it was shown in the trailers). But this is a pure popcorn movie. It is fun and just screams “Awesome”.

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Christian Bale brings his raw intensity that he brings to most roles he plays. He is the best John Connor in any of the films. But the odd thing is, he doesn’t play the main character in the movie. That part goes to Sam Worthington playing Marcus Wright. He steals every scene he is in and its easy to see why he gets more screen time. Anton Yelchin plays a young Kyle Reese. This role suits him much better then his one in Star Trek. (Of coarse he doesn’t have a stupid accent which helps.)

This is by far the most exciting Terminator cause the action doesn’t stop. It would have been nice to have a little more time with the characters to get to know and care about them. I think they were banking on people already knowing who some of these characters are so they didn’t have to worry about that.

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The Good
– Sam Worthington proves why he is going to be one of Hollywood’s newest stars.
– Balls to the Walls Action
– A very welcome surprise near the end made me very happy

The Bad
– More John Connor and his relationships with the other characters would have been nice.
– Helena Bonham Carter was annoying

Terminator Salvation is action film for action fans. If you are looking for deep story, go see something else cause that ain’t here. But i highly recommend it for a fun time at theater.

Overall Rating: 8.0/10

Surprisingly Night at the Museum 2 beat Terminator at the box office this weekend. It made $70 Mil and T4 only took in $51 Mil for a 5 Day total of $65 Mil. My Predictions were way off.


Thor Cast

If you saw Star Trek last weekend, you will know who Chris Hemsworth is. He played Kirk’s Dad in the beginning of the film. After a long time of name dropping and fans wondering who will be the god of thunder, Hemsworth is now officially  THOR. The movie being directed by Kenneth Branagh has also cast the part of Loki (The villainous half brother of Thor). For a long time it seemed that Josh Hartnett was going to land the role, but rather they went a different direction and got British actor Tom Hiddleston.

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After getting Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man, Edward Norton as The Hulk, it seems that Marvel is dialing down the star power for their next comic book installment. The game plan is to have all the main characters take part in The Avengers film. Could this be a way of cutting back so the budget isn’t gigantic? Casting relatively unknowns as the roles should would be a good way to do that.

I think both could do a decent job as Thor and Loki, but we will have to wait and see if that is the case when the movie comes out in 2011… Next up, Captain America. who’s it goina be!?


Sherlock Holmes Trailer

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The Sherlock Holmes trailer has finally arrived. The movie stars Robert Downey Jr. as the title character and Jude Law as Watson. Directed by Guy Ritchie (Snatch) this is a highly anticipated movie comes out this Christmas. In the trailer you will find a lot of humor, action and wit. The delightful Rachel McAdams looks to be the love intrest. I am very excited to see what should be a highly entertaining film this winter.


Chuck vs. Season 3

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GOOD NEWS! NBC Annouced that Chuck will be returning for a 3rd season! (thankyou to everyone who bought a Footlong at subway)
But sadly the good news comes with a price…

The season will now only contain 13 episodes.
The Budget is being cut down big time.
Several members of the fantastic supporting cast will only make appearances in a limited number of episodes.
And one might not return at all…

So looks like in this battle we have taken many scars and a limb or two was blown off… But we did win the war.
Chuck is coming back.

Chuck will return in March (after the Olympics)


Star Trek – Movie Review

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The final frontier gets a much needed reboot in one of the best movies of the year.

I am not a big Star Trek fan. The only episodes i ever watched were a few of the Next Generation. I have seen 2 or 3 of the movies and have only caught a couple of the old original series. So i dont know all the characters or story lines, but maybe that is a good thing. I’m not sure how all the “Trekies” will like the movie but from a outsider point of view, this film was fantastic.

Director JJ Abrams (Lost, MI:3) does a brilliant job making Star Trek Enjoyable for all viewers. At a run time of 2:07 mins the movie flies by fast because of its non-stop pacing. It is constantly on the go and never lets up. Which is great. This is probably one of the most entertaining movies i have seen in years.

One of the biggest feuds in geek history is Star Trek vs Star Wars. I myself have always been a Star Wars guy. But i think after this movie, it might turn things around. Its hard to understand why Episodes 1-3 of Star Wars couldn’t have been like this film. George Lucas could really learn a thing or two from JJ. Actually now that i think of it, this Star Trek actually feels somewhat like Empire Strikes Back. You have the Ice Planet which people could compare to Hoth. Future Spock acts kinda like “a Yoda”.

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Speaking of Future Spock (Leonard Nemoy) and the whole Time Travel aspect of the film, It allows for a whole new story to be told. As he and the villainous Nero (Eric Bana) travel through a black hole/worm hole, they change the course of history making anything possible. This does kinda cheat as every story that had been told is now irrelevant. Things are different now. Does this anger the hardcore fans? Personally, i could care less. This is a fresh start now, a clean slate to make many more Trek movies and make them right.

The Good:
– Chris Pine as Kirk. He does an awesome job, comedic or serious he mixes it perfectly. This will surely skyrocket him to stardom. His interaction with McCoy (Karl Urban) and Spock (Zachary Quinto) was great also.
– The Action Scenes were amazing. Although i dont think explosions work in space because of the lackage of gravity… but they sure do look pretty. And who ever thought John Cho (Sulu) could be a badass?
– Simon Pegg as Scotty. Adds the right amount of comedy at the right time.
– The Directing and Visuals and beautiful. JJ does a great job creating this world and keeping our attention the whole way through.

The Bad:
– Anton Yelchin’s accent. Now i guess the character was suppose to be like that, but it came off as silly and slightly overacted.
– Beastie Boys in Star Trek? Never thought i would hear that. Not sure if this is a Bad thing… Just seems slightly out of place.
– Lens Flare much?
– Would have liked to have had more back story and development of Nero. Eric Bana who is almost unrecognizable in the film does a good job with what he has to work with. Its just hard to understand his motives.

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This is a must see movie for people who like having a good time at the theater. It has Action, Comedy, a little Romance, and a lot of Character.


Over the weekend Star Trek made 72.5 Million Dollars, my prediction was 71 Million. So far my summer movie predictions have been pretty close.


Deadpool The Movie

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Thanks to the success of Wolverine, just as i had hoped. Deadpool is officially getting a spinoff movie. Not only that but there is also a second Wolverine movie in the works. Which will be the Japan story line. If you went and saw It this weekend you would know that After the credits you would see one of two endings. A Deadpool or Wolverine one hinting about the new films.

Although Wolverine didn’t meet my expectations. Both these movies have a chance to be really good. Lets hope they make them right.

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