Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Hardware Uncut on DVD? You Can't Stop Progress!

I think I might actually start weeping. It was announced that the cult post-apocalyptic / sci-fi / horror classic Hardware is FINALLY coming out on DVD. For those of you who are unfamiliar with Hardware, you're in for a treat when it hits stores on September 29th (date subject to change) through Severin Films. Not only is it being released, but it will be an all region two-disc set that will include:
- Uncut Uncensored Version!
- DD 5.1 Audio
- Anamorphic Widescreen
- Audio Commentary with Richard Stanley
- Sea of Perdition - Short Film
- Making-of Documentary
- Early Super 8 Version of Hardware
Hardware centers around "a post-apocalyptic scavenger (Dylan McDermott from The Practice and Dark Blue) who brings home a battered cyborg skull for his metal-sculptor girlfriend. But this steel scrap contains the brain of the M.A.R.K. 13, the military's most ferocious bio-mechanical combat droid. It is cunning, cruel, and knows how to reassemble itself. Tonight, it is reborn…and no flesh shall be spared."

The movie originally came out in 1990 and was directed and written by Richard Stanley (Dust Devil). It stars Dylan McDermott, Stacey Travis (Angel, Highlander, Desperate Housewives), William Hootkins (Batman, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Star Wars), Iggy Pop, and Lemmy (from Motorhead). Check out a trailer for the movie above. (more)

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Alvin & The Chipmunks 2 Trailer

Here's the new trailer for Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakuel. The trailer will be shown in front of Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs. I don't hold the same hatred for the first film that most people do. It was a cutesy family movie and reached the fanbase it was shooting for. I'm sure this is just more of the same.

Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakuel is directed by Betty Thomas (John Tucker Must Die, I Spy, Doctor Dolittle, The Brady Bunch Movie) and stars Jason Lee, Justin Long, Matthew Gray Gubler, Jesse McCartney, Anna Faris, Christina Applegate and Amy Poehler.

The movie comes out Christmas Day. (more)

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New One-Sheet For Sorority Row

A new one-sheet image for the remake of The House on Sorority Row was sent to us earlier. Click on the link above to see the entire image. You can also check out the official website here.

When five sorority girls inadvertently cause the murder of one of their sisters in a prank gone wrong, they agree to keep the matter to themselves and never speak of it again, so they can get on with their lives. This proves easier said than done, when after graduation a mysterious killer goes after the five of them and anyone who knows their secret...

Sorority Row is directed by Stewart Hendler and stars Briana Evigan (Step Up 2 The Streets), Leah Pipes (Terminator: The Sarah Conner Chronicles), Rumer Willis (The House Bunny), Jamie Chung (Samurai Girl), Audrina Patridge (The Hills), and Carrie Fisher (Star Wars).

The film hits theaters on September 11th.

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Forget The Transformers, We've Got Bigger Problems - Transmorphers!

From the wonderful production company that brought us The Terminators and Mega Shark Versus Giant Octopus comes our next foray into fine direct-to-DVD entertainment - Transmorphers: Fall of Man. Strangely enough, this comes out just days after Michael Bays blockbuster hit. Could this have been planned? If you can't seem to get enough robot on robot action, then definitely hit this up. Not to mention, this thing stars Bruce Boxleitner and Jennifer Rubin. Check out the trailer above.

Directed by Scott Wheeler (Journey to the Center of the Earth) and written by Shane Van Dyke (The Day the Earth Stopped and Street Racer).

In this present day prequel to Transmorphers, the robot invaders attack the Earth, forcing a small band of humans to seek refuge below the surface of the planet.

The movie comes out on DVD today. (more)

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EXCLUSIVE! Trek Expo 2009 - Interview With The Fallen - Tony Todd

It was a red letter day on Saturday for MGF. Not only did we get to meet the great Leonard Nimoy at Trek Expo 2009, but we also ran into all-around nice guy and genre favorite Tony Todd. Of course Todd was invited to Trek Expo because of his numerous ties to the Star Trek universe, but we couldn't help asking him about his latest big-screen role. Mr. Todd is the voice of The Fallen in this last weekend's $200 million-plus record-breaking blockbuster, Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen. He isn't just some other robot in disguise. He's Megatron's BOSS! He's The Godfather of the Decepticons!

We talked to Tony about voicing the role of The Fallen, why you won't see him in the upcoming The Final Destination 3-D, his stage work on Fences, and what he plans to do on his vacation for the next couple of weeks. Check it out above.

To see it in HD, go here.

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Monday, June 29, 2009

Michael Myers VS. El Superbeasto

Rob Zombie will feature a cameo in his upcoming animated film The Haunted World of El Superbeasto by another character that he has been busy working with lately - Michael Myers. As you can see above, it looks like El Superbeasto is going to get the best of Mr. Myers.

Anchor Bay is releasing the movie September 22nd on DVD and Blu-ray. According to the synopsis on IMDb, "the story follows the adventures of El Superbeasto, a washed-up Mexican luchador, and his sultry sidekick and sister Suzi-X as they confront an evil villain by the name of Dr. Satan. The adventure, set in the mythic world of Monsterland, also has a character named Murray the robot." (more)

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Russian Sci-Fi / Action Forbidden Reality Trailer

After the extremely well-done Night Watch and Day Watch films by Timur Bekmambetov, I'll pretty much give anything Russian, sci-fi, and action-oriented a chance. This looks like it has that type of vibe going on while not trying to copy those films or story ideas.

Apparently, the film was originally called The Interceptor, then Smersh-XXI, and now Forbidden Reality. Not really sure why there's been so many name changes, but it definitely looks interesting. It's helmed by first time director Konstantin Maximov and written by first-timer Vasiliy Golovachev.

Forbidden Reality is "based on the novel by very popular sci-fi writer Vasiliy Golovachev, (and) the film tells a story of an agent betrayed by his partner when transporting (a) new psychic weapon. Believed to be dead, he escapes and takes new identity so he can live in peace far away. But later he is forced to return to Moscow to confront a secret organization, led by his former partner, that attempts to use the dangerous weapon in order to take control over the country. Now he is a key figure in the battle between forces of darkness and light."

Check out the trailer above. It's in Russian, but you sci-fi and action speaks a universal language. (more)

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Stan Lee's New Cameo In Iron Man 2 And Video Of All His Marvel Movie Appearances

Some cool guy put together a video that has all the cameos that Stan Lee has done in the Marvel Super Hero movies. Pretty cool stuff. Every one of his appearances from X-Men up to Iron Man. Check it out above.

Also, word is that his next cameo will be as Larry King in the upcoming Iron Man 2. According to Cinema Blend, "they dressed him up like Larry and had him pestering Tony Stark for an appearance on his show. Other sources also report that they have a scene planned in which Stark actually appears on Larry King, with Stan still in character, and questioning him about his new, black Iron Man suit." (more)

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All The Character Posters For Shane Acker's 9

The website First Showing has a large version of all the character posters for the upcoming apocalyptic animated film 9.

The film 9 is an extension of Shane Acker's original short and is being produced by Tim Burton and Timur Bekmambetov (Wanted, Night Watch, Day Watch).

When 9 (voiced by Elijah Wood) first comes to life, he finds himself in a post-apocalyptic world. All humans are gone, and it is only by chance that he discovers a small community of others like him taking refuge from fearsome machines that roam the earth intent on their extinction. Despite being the neophyte of the group, 9 convinces the others that hiding will do them no good. They must take the offensive if they are to survive, and they must discover why the machines want to destroy them in the first place. As they'll soon come to learn, the very future of civilization may depend on them.

The conflicted but resilient community includes 1 (Christopher Plummer), a domineering war veteran; 2 (Martin Landau), an aged inventor; 5 (John C. Reilly), a stalwart mechanic; 6 (Crispin Glover), a visionary and artist; and 7 (Jennifer Connelly), a brave warrior.

The movie is set to hit theaters on September 9th. (more)

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EXCLUSIVE! Trek Expo 2009 - MGF Geeks Out When We Meet Leonard Nimoy!

The Hick and myself were fortunate enough to get to head out to Tulsa for the 20th Annual Trek Expo in Tulsa, OK. This is quite possibly the largest Star Trek convention in the U.S. While there, we were fortunate enough to get 30 seconds (you read that right - 30 seconds) of Leonard Nimoy's time to say hi and meet the legend. Is this footage good? To most people probably not. I don't really care. Anyone who is a true Star Trek fan will understand what meeting Leonard Nimoy or William Shatner would or does mean to them. They are the pinnacle of everything science fiction-oriented in television and film. I will post this unapologetically as a testament that we actually met one of the two iconic legends in sci-fi history. Am I a geek for doing it? Absolutely. And I have no problem with it. Thirty seconds with the man who played Mr. Spock is better than none.

Since the audio is so shoddy, here's a transcript:

I ask him how it feels to be back out among the fans. He replies:
"I'm really enjoying myself. Nice people who have a lot of nice things to say and I say nice things back to them. It's really great to be here. It's good."
I then completely geek out and start rambling about what a pleasure and honor it is to get to meet him, blah, blah. He replies:
"Thank you. It was nice meeting you."
That is all there was to it. About 30 seconds. But it was MY 30 seconds with the man who has portrayed Mr. Spock for over 40 years! We shook Mr. Nimoy's hand and moved along. The Hick shot video and I did the talking. I probably would have been better off with The Hick doing the talking. Haha.

We'll be posting more interviews with the actors and part of Mr. Nimoy's Q&A panel after we get it all edited.

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Saturday, June 27, 2009

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Friday, June 26, 2009

8th Annual Asian Film Festival Of Dallas - July 17 - 23

8th Annual Asian Film Festival of Dallas
July 17th to 23rd

Landmark’s Magnolia Theatre
3699 McKinney Avenue Dallas, TX 75204

The Magnolia is conveniently located in the West Village on the southeast corner of McKinney and Lemmon.

Parking and Transportation:
The West Village has multiple free parking garages with over 800 free covered spaces. You can also reach the West Village area via DART bus and light rail, or the McKinney Avenue Trolley.

Special Guests:
This year we are pleased to welcome Mark Tran, director of the film All About Dad. He will be joining us for the screening of his film on Saturday, July 18 at 5:30pm. Please stay for a Q&A session with him after the film.

Genre Films Being Shown at the Festival:

Remember the spooky stories you used to tell at sleepovers? The ones you and your friends would whisper to each other until everyone was freaked out and hiding under the blankets? 4BIA is a lot like that – only with more eye-gouging. And falling off balconies. Seriously, you’d think people would be more careful. Don’t they watch movies? Which is exactly the point. 4BIA is a Thai anthology film for jaded, seen-it-all horror fans – a series of tales that poke open, mean-spirited fun at the Asian horror conventions that have sadly become trite and tired over the last 15 years (complete with sneering references to long-haired ghost girls), while incorporating the crutches and conventions of our modern world. Bullies! Texting! Bromance! Food Allergies! All there, and part of the nasty, shrieking fun.

In 4BIA, restless spirits aren’t looking for sweet, warm closure. They want someone to PAY, and aren’t particularly choosy about whom. And in the end, isn’t that what we’re looking for in a scary movie? If brutal, unfair, bloody twists of fate aren’t your bag, you might be better off keeping your head under the blankets for this one.

Indonesian horror short film directed by The Mo Brothers (Macabre, The Forbidden Door)

The Beast Stalker:
In Dante Lam's The Beast Stalker, practically every character's face is weighted down by physical scars and the intense burden of some unforgettable, traumatic event.

Captain Tong (Nicholas Tse) is the intense leader of a strike force out to nab a rarely-seen crime-lord. Ann Gao (Zhang Jingchu) is a prosecuting attorney faced with a moral and ethical dilemma brought on by the crime-lord's activities, while she also deals with the grief of a recent, deeply personal loss. Hung (Nick Cheung) handles kidnappings for the crime-lord's outfit, while caring for his bedridden wife and slowly going blind due to a mysterious injury.

The film begins with an explosive raid which is quickly followed by a car chase where Tong and his men almost catch up to the crime-lord's gang. Their pursuit ends in a gut-wrenching, multiple-car collision; this accident is revisited twice, each time exposing more shocking impacts on the people involved.

After the accident, Tong is conflicted by the agonizing regret and failure he feels due to an incidental shooting; his nose bleeds when he becomes stressed, and he fights to keep his emotions in check at all times. Ann's daughter Ling (the adorable Wong Suet-Yin, who handles the grueling events of the film like a champ) is kidnapped to force the attorney to destroy evidence, and Tong's off-the-record investigation brings him face to face with Hung. Their final confrontations rely more on dramatic intensity than acutely-paced action.

Nominated for 5 Hong Kong Film Awards and winner of 2 (Nick Cheung for Best Actor and Liu Kai-Chi for Best Supporting Actor as Tong's right-hand man), The Beast Stalker is a highly entertaining mix of action and melodrama bolstered by a strong cast and production values.

Hansel and Gretel:
Written and directed by Yim Pil-sung—whose claustrophobic 2005 outing ANTARCTIC JOURNAL served up evidence of a promising talent—HANSEL AND GRETEL begins by introducing us to kind-hearted father-to-be Eun-soo (brilliantly essayed by handsome up-and-comer Cheon Jeong-myeong). Having skidded off the motorway on the way to visit his hospitalized mother, our leading man wakes up in the middle of a woodland and, after following a path through the forest, finds a desolate mansion. There he is introduced to three children (one girl of kindergarten age and her sister and brother, who both look to be in their early teens) and their painfully polite “parents,” who insist on cooking him a sumptuous feast and preparing a bed for the night. However, come the next morning, Eun-soo finds that he has been a left a short note from “Mom and Dad” asking that he take care of the kids for the next week (it seems the two elders have had to make a sudden, emergency trip into town).

With some of the most detailed art direction you will ever see, HANSEL AND GRETEL serves as a dark, creepy modern fairytale.

From the director of PING-PONG and VEXILLE comes this update of the legendary Zatoichi narrative.

Ichi is a young blind woman who wanders the countryside as a Goze (musician), and runs afoul of the dreaded Banki Gang. Fortunately for her, and for the villagers forced to deal with the gang's criminal activities, Ichi possesses skills far more deadly than her ability to sing and play the shamisen (a traditional three-stringed Japanese guitar). The near-silent and self-sufficient Ichi is accompanied in her travels by a tragic, would-be samurai named Touma. When the local villagers decide that Touma is the one repeatedly slaying Banki thugs, they propose he accept the job of bodyguard to the village master. While the pay looks promising, an impending Banki attack is the last thing on Touma's mind.

ICHI is a beautifully photographed tale of mistaken identities and rediscovered courage, with enough swordplay to keep the action-film aficionados engaged while telling its dramatic story.

Ip Man:
There are three ways you can view Ip Man: as a historical drama about the legendary martial arts master under whom Bruce Lee studied, and his struggles during the Japanese occupation of China; as a folk-hero tale of a martial arts master who stands for all things modest and honorable, yet who is capable of taking on every soldier in the Japanese army and remains standing tall when the fight is finished; or as an intense Donnie Yen fight film, where the actor's best skills are put to work in brutal, technically awesome fight sequences (choreographed by action director Sammo Hung) that will have audiences cheering.

Yen is suitably restrained as the quiet, polite and extremely modest martial arts master, who is wealthy enough that he does not entertain the idea of taking on new students, or threats by newcomers who need to make their reputations in the township of Fo Shan. Ip Man's family is quickly displaced when the occupation occurs; forced into manual labor, he is still viewed as a beacon of hope to the locals, especially when a new army commander looks for men to challenge him in martial arts contests. Winners walk away with a bag of rice, but losers don't walk away. Ip Man does not immediately respond to the challenge; only when those closest to him are threatened does he take up the fight.

The terrific supporting cast includes AFFD favorite Simon Yam as Ip Man's best friend, an industrialist who is determined to see success despite the war, and Lam Ka Tung as a sympathetic local cop who acts as a translator for the Japanese. Ip Man is a technically polished film that summarizes its historical facts while giving abundant time and attention to thrilling martial arts action.

K-20: Legend of the Mask:
Fans of the 2004 pulp classic Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow will immediately feel at home in Director Shimako Sato's inspired K-20: LEGEND OF THE MASK. Boasting a massive budget by Japanese standards, (2 billion yen, or 20 million US dollars), Sato delivers a compelling fantasy picture rife with action and energy.

Set in an alternate 1949 reality where World War II never occurred, K-20 takes place in the fictional Japanese city of Teito. Teito's skies are dominated by ominous zeppelins as well as other hybrid flying devices. The film is centered around the age old conflict of class divide, and Sato does a good job in conveying this visually. The affluent elite have embraced the tesla coil as a source of energy, and their brightly illuminated skyscrapers boast this triumph. On the other hand, the proletariat masses struggle with daily existence in their lantern lit hovels. Proof of the large budget can be seen in the opening shot, as a sweeping flyover shows the city constructed with CGI in incredible detail.

K-20 is centered around the character of Hikichi Endo, (played by the popular Takeshi Kaneshiro), a brilliant circus acrobat who performs nightly for the lower class denizens. After one such show, Endo is approached by the mysteriously masked K-20, who offers Endo cash in exchange for using his acrobatic skills to infiltrate a private ceremony. It turns out to be a setup, which forces Endo to hunt down K-20 and prove his innocence.

Katsuhiro Otomo is best known for his animation projects, including segments of the anthologies Memories, Neo-Tokyo and Robot Carnival, the feature narrative Steamboy and the renowned classic Akira. With Mushishi, he shifts gears with a lyrical, live-action adaptation of Yuki Urushibara's comic series of the same name. A mushishi is a sort of travelling shaman who employs remedies against different forms of mushi, spirit creatures that attack the human body, causing all manner of illnesses and disabilities. When we first meet Ginko, he stops at a lodge where several residents have mysteriously lost their hearing in one ear. The lodge-keeper also requests Ginko's help with her granddaughter, who is beset by mushi so intensely she has grown little horns. The mushishi's story alternates with that of Yoki, an orphaned boy who learns of the mushi from a mystical woman with striking grey hair very similar to Ginko's. Otomo takes his time with the story and utilizes beautiful camerawork and simple but captivating effects. After creating several blackly comic and action-based works that delve into scientific and technological concepts, he has summoned up a reverent mixture of characters, relationships and lore that make for a modest, quiet portrayal of pure fantasy.

Samurai Avenger: The Blind Wolf:
A low-budget revenge tale with grindhouse flourishes, actor/director Kurando Mitsutake's film follows the bloody trail of a wronged man who battles seven unique assassins to reach the villain who destroyed his life. Blind Wolf (Mitsutake) and The Drifter team up to hunt down Nathan Flesher, a murderous thug who is about to be released from the weakest-looking jail cell in the west (he is able to walk outside freely and beat up guards with impunity...because he is EVIL). Flesher's mercenary killers are charged with taking out the strangers with no name. Yet with each fight the pair gets closer to their final encounter with Flesher, and the audience gets a further glimpse into their blood-soaked reasons for vengeance.

Filled with dirty cowboys, bikini-clad assassins, ancient sword masters, snipers, flashbacks, showdowns, severed limbs and helpful narration, Samurai Avenger: The Blind Wolf is for the midnight/exploitation movie-lover in us all.

The Screen at Kamchanod:
When a monk warns you against meddling in otherworldly affairs, you should pay attention.

Dr. Yuth knows the legend of a film that was shown years before on Kamchanod island, and how it allegedly beckoned ghosts into our world. Now he sets out to locate the film and re-create the screening. But what will be the outcome?

An eerie and unsettling horror film, The Screen at Kamchanod uncovers mysteries both paranormal and domestic, as Yuth, his ailing girlfriend and the local lock-pick expert seek out the meanings behind a lost film, messages scrawled on the back of a torn page, and the medallion clutched by a bedridden old man.

For ticket info and to see other films on the schedule, go here.

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J.J. Abrams Talks Star Trek Sequel

Collider had a chance to do an interview with J.J. Abrams on the Red carper of the Saturn Awards. The Star Trek / Mission Impossible III director spoke with them about screenwriters Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman having conversations with him about a Star Trek sequel; the villain for the Trek sequel; how he moves from franchise to franchise; and Comic Con. He didn't say that he was going to or not going to direct a sequel, but said he is excited by the possibilities of one. Check it out above. (more)

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Take A Bite Out of The Daybreakers Trailer

Check out this new trailer for the upcoming vampire movie Daybreakers. This looks really cool. The cinematography looks reminiscient of Underworld, but it still looks entertaining. And Ethan Hawke and Sam Neill as vampires doesn't exactly hurt the promotion and look of the film.

Edward Dalton is a researcher in the year 2019, in which an unknown plague has transformed the world's population into vampires. As the human population nears extinction, vampires must capture and farm every remaining human, or find a blood substitute before time runs out. However, a covert group of vampires makes a remarkable discovery, one which has the power to save the human race.

Daybreakers is directed by Michael Spierig and Peter Spierig (Undead). It stars Ethan Hawke, sam Neill, Willem Dafoe, Isabel Lucas, Michael Dorman, and Vince Colosimo.

The movie hits theaters on January 8th, 2010.

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Original Short Film For Shane Acker's 9

Up above, we've posted the actual short film of 9 that is directed by Shane Acker. This is the short that the upcoming feature length film 9 is based on. There's some really cool visuals here and I definitely am excited to see the concept expanded upon.

When 9 (voiced by Elijah Wood) first comes to life, he finds himself in a post-apocalyptic world. All humans are gone, and it is only by chance that he discovers a small community of others like him taking refuge from fearsome machines that roam the earth intent on their extinction. Despite being the neophyte of the group, 9 convinces the others that hiding will do them no good. They must take the offensive if they are to survive, and they must discover why the machines want to destroy them in the first place. As they'll soon come to learn, the very future of civilization may depend on them.

The conflicted but resilient community includes 1 (Christopher Plummer), a domineering war veteran; 2 (Martin Landau), an aged inventor; 5 (John C. Reilly), a stalwart mechanic; 6 (Crispin Glover), a visionary and artist; and 7 (Jennifer Connelly), a brave warrior.

The movie is set to hit theaters on September 9th.

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Thursday, June 25, 2009

DVD Straightjacket - The Cell 2

The Cusp is a serial killer who kills victims and then brings them back to life; over and over again; until they beg to die! Maya is a psychic investigator who gained her powers after a 1 year coma after she was the Cusp's first victim! Now the Cusp Killer is back and Maya has little time to do what she has never done before, go into the mind of a killer unprotected, and save his latest victim.

Special Features:
The Cell 2
: Behind the scenes


What a dismal train wreck of a movie. There is absolutely nothing even remotely redeemable about The Cell 2. Everything is horrible. It is absolutely 90 minutes of your life you will mourn losing for days after you watch this thing. Where to start?...Where to start?

The actors. Let's start there. First, we have poor Tessie Santiago who has the awful job of "replacing" Jennifer Lopez and carrying this turd for 90 minutes. Now she doesn't play Lopez's character in this film, but it is obvious they were definitely aiming for the same general vibe. I mean, they even got another Hispanic actress to replace her. I can wholeheartedly tell you that she was the least of the problems with this flick. She was actually one of the only saving graces of the film, so I'm not putting any blame directly on her performance. A lot of the blame I lay on Bart Johnson, who most would know as Zac Efron's coach father from the High School Musical movies. He plays an FBI or CIA agent (I can't remember which one and frankly don't care) who is the typical egotistical "This is now my case" type character who always thinks the local cops are doing a terrible job. I don't know how, but he completely overplays and makes this character laughable at best whenever he's on screen. I know he's not as bad of an actor as he comes across in this film because I've seen him in others. This has to be a case of his agent telling him he got him a job in the sequel to The Cell, then getting the script and reading it, and then deciding that it's so bad he's just going to walk through it. And the killer. Weak. Easily could be beat down by a five year old if they tried to grab them. Complete weiner.

OK, on to the special effects. Everybody knows that the visual effects and Vincent D'Onofrio carried the first film. So here's an idea. If you're going to bother making a sequel to a film, at least make the special effects as good as the last movies were. I mean how expensive could it be to get the same quality visual effects again in 2009 from a movie that was made in 1999. I mean, the special effects in this clunker looked like somebody had raided the leftovers in the dumpster outside the studio where they worked on TRON. And I'm not talking about the new TRON. I mean the original one from the early 80's.

Now let's move on to the script and story. It was written by If you're not going to have good special effects, you've got to replace it with SOMETHING. Maybe suspense or give us something to keep watching for. They give you absolutely no reason to continue watching this thing past the 45 minute mark. They tell you who the killer is and show him / her from afar, but to where you can still tell it's him / her. I guessed who the killer was in about 20 minutes. That's how well this thing is put together. It's just not very well done. And what's up with the car chase scene that completely feels out of place. It's like the producer saw the rough cut and said, "We've got to put something in this flick to make it somehow more interesting." Terrible. The continuity of the scenes from one shot to the next. Let's talk about that for one second. One shot you have the characters walking in a rather visible snow flurry. The very next shot it's lightened up and you can barely see the snow falling. I know that's a small issue, but added to everything else, it almost becomes unbearable.

Overall, this is just wretched. It's torment. It wasn't even so bad it was good. It was just completely bad. No one asked for this. No one. I can't believe this was directed by Emmy nominated Tim Iacofano, who is known for his direction on 24, Supernatural, and CSI: NY. It's inevitable that they're going to make direct-to-DVD sequels to every semi-successful film ever released because it's a cheap way to make a buck. There's definitely no way to stop that machine. And would I really want them to? Nah. Because then what would I have to write about in this column or article every week or so. (Review by Eric Shirey)

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New Ice Age 3 Pics

20th Century Fox just sent us over a slew of pictures from the upcoming Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs. Some of them are new and some of them are old. Enjoy and follow the link below to see them all.

The sub zero heroes are back. Scrat is still trying to nab the ever elusive nut, while maybe finding true love. Manny and Ellie await the birth of their mini-mammoth. Diego the saber toothed tiger wonders if he's growing too soft and Sid the sloth gets into trouble when he creates his own makeshift family by hijacking some dinosaur eggs. On a mission to rescue the hapless Sid, the gang ventures into a mysterious underground world, where they have some close encounters with dinosaurs, battle flora and fauna, run amuck and meet a relentless, one eyed, dino-hunting weasel named Buck.

The movie is again directed by Carlos Saldanha and newcomer Michael Thurmeier. It stars the voice talents of Ray Romano, John Leguizamo, Denis Leary, Queen Latifah, Simon Pegg, and Sean William Scott.

Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs comes out in theaters on July 1st. (more)

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Two New Character Posters For 9

Here's images of two of the supposed nine character posters for Shane Acker's upcoming sci-fi film 9. The film is an extension of Acker's original short and is being produced by Tim Burton and Timur Bekmambetov (Wanted, Night Watch, Day Watch).

When 9 (voiced by Elijah Wood) first comes to life, he finds himself in a post-apocalyptic world. All humans are gone, and it is only by chance that he discovers a small community of others like him taking refuge from fearsome machines that roam the earth intent on their extinction. Despite being the neophyte of the group, 9 convinces the others that hiding will do them no good. They must take the offensive if they are to survive, and they must discover why the machines want to destroy them in the first place. As they'll soon come to learn, the very future of civilization may depend on them.

The conflicted but resilient community includes 1 (Christopher Plummer), a domineering war veteran; 2 (Martin Landau), an aged inventor; 5 (John C. Reilly), a stalwart mechanic; 6 (Crispin Glover), a visionary and artist; and 7 (Jennifer Connelly), a brave warrior.

The movie is set to hit theaters on September 9th.

Check out larger images of the posters here and here.

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Angel Farrah Fawcett Dies At 62

One of the original Charlie's Angels, Farrah Fawcett has died after a battle with cancer. fawcett dies Thursday morning shortly after 9:30 AM in a Santa Monica hospital. She was also in other genre related shows and movies such as Saturn 3, The Six Million Dollar Man, Logan's Run, and I Dream of Jeannie. She was even married to Six Million Dollar Man Lee Majors for seven years or so. The famous red bathing suit poster she posed for sold an unbelievable 8 million copies. Click on the link for more info. (more)

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Another Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen Review

Before I get into my review of Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, let me explain something. I am a hardcore Transformers fan. My friends and I marathoned the first two seasons and the animated movie before I moved out here to Texas, I still buy the toys both old and new, and I will be indoctrinating my son as soon as he is old enough in the classic cartoons. That said Michael Bay’s latest is a gloriously beautiful mess of sound and fury, with some things to like, some things to love, some things to absolutely hate and other things to question if they were absolutely necessary.

Before I get into it, be warned, I will delve into some heavy spoilers.

The story is near incomprehensible. It was obvious that Bay wrote much of the movie himself with the action sequences during the writer’s strike of 2007 and then writers Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci jumped and hung a threadbare story over the action. I won’t get into the specifics, just know that it involves the return of Megatron, something about some big nasty called The Fallen, and Sam (Shia Labeouf) heading off to college and finding a shard of the cube from the last movie.

What I loved: The effects are mind blowing and breathtaking all at once. The action is incredible. The fights are intense and actually done so you can actually make out more than a blur. The explosion towards the end of the movie is the largest caught on film with actors present. That alone is impressive in its own right. Shia and Megan Fox are great in their roles and carry the movie as the two human leads. It was great to see some of my favorite characters from the show including Sideswipe and Devastator but more on them soon. That first action sequence in Shanghai, the forest fight and the pyramid fight, all incredible visually. The relationship between Starscream and Megatron is fleshed out and done right. I loved that. Characters that are much beloved like Soundwave and Ravage also make their live action film debut and I applaud the changes for those characters.

What I liked: I found John Turturro’s character significantly less annoying in this one as compared to the first film. I also liked the idea of the Autobots teaming with the humans and hunting down the Decepticons. I just wish they could have explored it more.

What I hated: I found the twin Autobots Mudflap and Skids to be incredibly lame. Many of the reviews I have read focus on the whole racist angle of these two characters but that’s not even the issue. They are just not funny. The audience was howling in laughter at them but I just found them stupid and unnecessary. You could have had two other characters that were from the old show and it might have worked at least a little better. Then there is the issue of the human soldiers. They were sorely underused. I loved their characters and the idea behind them but after five great minutes with them, Bay sure liked to ram the abomination called Leo (played by Ramon Rodriguez) down our throats. If there was ever a despicable and annoying character in a movie, this guy trumps them all. He was essentially the worst character of the movie. I could have done completely without him and would have been better off.

What I found to be completely unnecessary: Do we have to have the robots curse in this movie? Really? Michael Bay, you know that the Transformers are toys aimed for kids right? Do we really need our kids learning their curse words from the toys they play with? Really? Robots say punk ass and son of a bitch and that’s acceptable? The sexual humor has no use in this movie whatsoever. The two male dogs humping to assert dominance was funny the first time but showing it a second time was lame. The swinging wrecking balls on Devastator as his testicles was incredibly lame. The character of Sam’s mom. She could have been excised from the movie completely and we could have been spared the awkward ten minutes of her eating a pot brownie and then freaking out on the college campus. Not funny. Not necessary. Could have been cut. The character of Wheelie humping Megan Fox's leg. Did we need to see that? Don't get me wrong, I found it amusing but unnecessary.

Am I recommending this movie? Yes and no. Yes, because of the action and the opportunity of seeing something you don't get to see every day it is worth it. No, because the movie is two and a half hours long and the stupidity is peppered throughout. Be prepared to slog through a lot of crap to get to the gems hidden within and, when the movie shines, it shines.

Next movie, I am praying that they make the humor come naturally. It doesn't need to be shoved down our throats from stuff the director finds funny. That's the problem I have with Michael Bay, The man has a great visual eye but the humor can be very offensive and when it happens, he makes sure it gets shoved in our faces as if to say, "SEE LOOK THAT WAS FUNNY RIGHT?!?" No. not really.

Finally, if you take kids to see this movie, please understand that a beloved main Autobot gets killed graphically on screen. If you thought the death of this same character in the animated movie was traumatizing enough, you haven't seen anything until you see him get beaten to a pulp, and then stabbed through while his chest explodes right into the camera. I counted no less than four families that left the theater because their kids were in tears after this scene.

Bottom line: If you are a fan of Transformers, you will find a lot to love. If you are fan of Michael Bay, you will find the gratuitousness that makes his movies fun from time to time. If you are not a fan of Bay, stay far away.

My final rating: 3 stars. Out of Five. Definitely not the worst thing you can see this summer but certainly not the best. (Review by Rick Gutierrez of Amazing Comicast)

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Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen Review

When Sam Witwicky finds out some crucial information about the Transformers' creation and their history on our planet, the Decepticons set out to catch him and pick his brain. Optimus Prime must join forces with armies from nations all over the world in order to stage an epic battle against the Decepticons in the enigmatic land of Egypt. Many secrets about both human and Cybertronian history are revealed amid spectacular clashes of robot vs. robot.


I love Michael Bay. I love the fact that he shows a ship or a building being blown up from 25 different angles. I love his slow motion scenes where you can see every little piece of dust floating in the air and you can see the propellers on a helicopter turning.

When you go see a Michael Bay film, why are you going? Are you going for the romantic subplot? The deeply intense emotional complexity of the characters? The deep and thought-provoking storyline that will hold you in its grasp for a lifetime? If you answered yes to any of those questions, you are obviously walking into the wrong theater auditorium. Let me tell you what you can expect when you walk into a Michael Bay film. If the following things are not on your agenda, go trade your ticket for Transformers 2 in at the counter for a ticket to My Sister's Keeper or one of those high brow indie flicks like Cheri or whatever. Here's things to expect when you buy a ticket to a Michael Bay film or more pointedly, Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen:

1. A whole lot of stuff blowing up

2. A whole lot of beautiful and attractive people walking around doing normal stuff you would never see in real life

3. A whole lot of very loud noises

4. Unbelievably huge robots fighting each other and wreaking havoc on major historical landmarks

5. Just enough story to engage you, but not enough to make you feel like your reading a school thesis

6. Very hectic car chases

7. A whole lot more stuff blowing up from (at least) 25 different camera angles

8. A whole lot of smart alecky wisecracks and robots talking slang to be cool

9. Even more of a whole lot of stuff blowing up and exploding

There. Now, for those of you who somehow are unaware of what a Michael Bay film is made up of, you have been properly warned.

Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen is better than the first one. Come on. Let's face it. It has more robots. It has way crazier robot on robot action. They blow up the pyramids. It's funnier. Devastator is in it. Devastator, people. And The Fallen. Don't even get me started how cool this robotic dude is. He's even voiced by genre favorite Tony Todd - The Candyman himself.

Now, don't get me wrong. It has it's flaws, but it more than makes up for them by blowing up even more stuff and having more robots beating each other up. It's a little more vulgar than it probably should be for younger kids. The special effects and CGI at the beginning kind of scared me. They were looking a little cartoonish. But then, Bay roped it all in and made what is an absolute success of a popcorn chomping escapist event film for the Summer. Kudos to you, Mr. Bay. And here's to the next Transformers film. (Review by Eric Shirey)

Sorority Row Release Date Changed and Full Trailer

The release date for Summit Entertainment's upcoming remake of the 80's slasher film The House on Sorority Row has been rescheduled for September 11th. No reason why was given. Up above, you can check out the full trailer for the film.

When five sorority girls inadvertently cause the murder of one of their sisters in a prank gone wrong, they agree to keep the matter to themselves and never speak of it again, so they can get on with their lives. This proves easier said than done, when after graduation a mysterious killer goes after the five of them and anyone who knows their secret...

Sorority Row is directed by Stewart Hendler and stars Briana Evigan (Step up 2 The Streets), Leah Pipes (Terminator: The Sarah Conner Chronicles), Rumer Willis (The House Bunny), Jamie Chung (Samurai Girl), Audrina Patridge (The Hills), and Carrie Fisher (Star Wars).

Dead@17: Afterbirth Issue 1 Comic Review

Nara Kilday has returned from the dead as Gemini, agent of the celestial covert ops force known as the Zodiac. Her primary mission has been the safeguarding of her best friend Hazy who is now the living embodiment of the Key to the Abyss. But while they’ve spent the last three years trying to piece together a normal life, Earth has continued its shift into Hell’s domain, setting the world on the inevitable path towards apocalypse.


Josh Howard has once again delivered a great story and art driven comic book to his roster of work. Dead@17: Afterbirth is nothing short of both visually appealing and thought-provoking. It's refreshing to read a comic that pretty much has a spiritual aspect to it and doesn't try to mask it behind generalities and some sort of double talk.

It never ceases to surprise me how intelligently placed little Biblically-based gems are dropped in the story. I mean, they fit in the Mark of the Beast somehow. It's like the new cool tattoo to have so you can get into special clubs, etc. Don't get me wrong. If you're not of a religious persuasion, it is still just as much fun from a Buffy / Night of the Living Dead / The Omen angle.

The art is top-notch. Great coloring and imagery. I've said this before and I'll say it again. It's a great mix of manga-infuenced works with a simple sort of Ben 10 animated series concept going for it.

Dead@17: Afterbirth will entertain pretty much anybody. From younger teen readers to older comic fans, like myself. Sure, some more strict religiously affiliated people might get a little offended at the drawings of the girls, but the overall morality and story far outweighs that in my opinion.

Here's to hoping that they really do write a killer script for a big-screen version of the book. It has PG-13 teen horror (like Twilight, Beastly, Buffy the Vampire Slayer) hit written all over it, if they do it right. I can completely see Paramount putting Vanessa Hudgens in the lead role with a bunch of other pretty but legal (not just girls but boys, too) types in the other roles and giving the world a quirky new strong lead female for girls to look up to and guys to drool over. I guess we'll see. (Review by Eric Shirey)

Trek Expo 2009 - June 26th - 28th

JUNE 26-28, 2009







For more info and tickets for the event, go here.

MGF will be there on Saturday! We couldn't even begin to tell you how ridiculously amped we are to be in the same building as the legendary Leonard Nimoy. This truly is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, so don't miss it!

Brand New Transformers 2 Clip

Here's a pretty cool all new action-packed clip from Transformers; Revenge of the Fallen that was sent to us by Paramount.

In the much-anticipated sequel Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, Sam Witwicky again joins with the Autobots against their sworn enemies, the Decepticons.

The movie is again directed by Michael Bay and stars Shia LaBeouf, Megan Fox, Rainn Wilson, Josh Duhamel, and Tyrese Gibson. It's in theaters now!

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