August 31, 2011
This James Bond business never goes out of style does it? Ok, ok, relax "Quantum of Solace" wasn't that good, it suffered some serious "Chaos Cinema" sickness, and when I say "serious" I mean I had almost no idea what was going on for the bulk of the film. But hey, wait, let's knock Bond too much because as you probably know...James Bond will return next November for his 23rd adventure. Here's a brief update to shake you up!
Haf the fun of these Bond flicks is seeing all the exotic locations (more on other exotic elements of the films later) and news today announced that filming is confirmed to be taking place in India, specifically in Goa, Delhi and Ahmedabad. Other locations will certainly be announced, but for now this is the only confirmed spot on the map
Obviously Daniel Craig is back as 007. His boss "M" played by Judi Dench will be returning as well. But here is where it gets interesting. Three names have constantly been circled regarding the 23rd outing and 2/3 are highly promising, the third being a bit of a wild card. The two big names are Javier Bardem and Ralph Fiennes. It's unconfirmed what role they will be playing but it is safe to assume one of the two will be the villain. Considering both are responsible for some of cinema's greatest on-screen villains, we are going to be in for a treat. The third and final name is Ben Wishaw, a big time British actor who could one day be Bond*.
rumors are true, we could be seeing Frieda Pinto and Oliva Wilde join the cast. I'm cool with that.
Part of the reason that they're shooting in India is because a massive sequence in the film is going to involve an epic throw down on a cargo train. How very "Uncharted" for JB.
Got nothing for you, but it's rumored to involve trains. See Above
Serbian Cellist Jelena Mihailovic has been set to write the score for the film. This is a pretty different tune from the days of "Die Another Day" but with Jack White and Alicia Keys doing the music for the last film, guess someone in the Bond world really wants to go super indie/hip with the score.
Som people are saying the film will be called "Carte Blanche" but I'm hearing that's bogus. That's all I got, stay tuned for more updates!
August 29, 2011
Do I even need to say how good this episode was? How delicious is that "Pollos Hermanos" when the drink comes with Gus Fring fingerprints? How fun is the video game? Just how joyful is the joyride? How was the fruit platter?
1. Just get it over with will ya. Just give Aaron Paul the Emmy. Honestly, that scene in rehab, are you serious? Man, often times people talk about "Breaking Bad' and besides the usual "Oh mann, Breaking Bad is the shit" you often get the "I can't believe that's the Dad from Malcolm In The Middle," yeah I get it, but now it should be "Aaron Paul is the truth" when people bring up the show.
2. Game on! We now have our third "Breaking Bad" video game reference for those who have been counting. Earlier this season we got Badger and Skinny Pete discussing "Resident Evil" and "Left 4 Dead," then we go Pinkman's "Sonic Racing" kick, and now we've hit a next level of video game reality because Jesse was playing a game that isn't even out yet: RAGE. Didn't you love this scene though? It was a peak into Jesse's psyche but also a commentary on video game violence. Shooting mutants in the face in a virtual world is just like and shooting Vegan mutant chemists in real world!
3. Saul is a good character made great by Bob Odenkirk's inspired acting and I loved his line about the problems of finding hit-men: "They know Mike and Mike knows them!" Yes Saul, Mike the Cleaner is one of the most interesting, well acted, and bad-ass characters on TV. That being said, if you're looking for predictions one of them will be dead before the season is over. Mike or Saul? They could ice Saul but then they wouldn't get as many laughs or they could dispose of Mike and they wouldn't get...well Jonathan Banks genius work. Your pick.
4. I used to think I had a handle on Jesse's loyalty and based off AMC's Facebook poll they want viewers to start guessing. I have two theories going: What I Want To Have Happen - I want Jesse to kill Walter and take over the empire (this would be the most shocking and satisfying) What I Think Will Happen - Jesse is going to try to kill Gus, but won't be able to because of loyalty to him/Mike, but Walt will get it done.
5. Loved that instead of saying "quit" while playing the video-game, Jesse chose "Restart." This whole mentality of a "restart" was also present when he was painting over his walls. He may change his surroundings, but he's still trapped, locked into a situation with Gus, Mike, Walt, his own demons, and the Meth. How he handles that situation now is yet to be seen.
6. I don't know about the process of time but Hank progressed from walker to cane in one episode and made his biggest leap forward in chasing down Heisenberg ever. Who his physical therapist this is dynamite! Also, it should be noted that he abandoned the walker only after eating Los Pollos Hermanos, so perhaps the chicken has got a lil extra somethin somethin that heals him faster.
7. Maurcie Compte who plays Gaff, aka the Cartel based villain to Gus succesfully out "Gussed" "Gus, kind of looks like the spanish Corey Feldman.
8. When Jesse was giving his big speech in rehab about the Dog, his acting was so on point I really started to think of Gale as a Dog. Really that not that hard when you think about it.
August 25, 2011
Years ago I covered this story in the press, now part 2 is here!
Let me be clear, I love Apple. The iphone, ibook, ipad, and appletv (dayum when did I end up with all of those) are great and make my life easier and better. So while it's "sad" that Steve Jobs is no longer the bossman, here are ten jobs that he could potentially fill.
Ki-Adi-Mundi. If you're not like Perlin or Rizzla and don't have ample ammount of Star Wars knowledge, check out this link.
2. Considering the Earthquake in the northeast is just a recent sign of the coming apocalypse, one must hope that Jobs left Apple to focus on saving us from whatever is coming in 2012 (unless of course Apple will become Skynet in 2012, then we are all screwed)
3. Joining the Avengers or The Justice League or joining one and then buying the other one to destroy the competition
4. High ranking tech/leadership position on the Council of Elrond.
5. He could run for President, that's all I'm saying.
Kiwileaks this photo shows that Jobs has been reverse engineering alien technology for years. Now that the Ipad 2 is out and snow crash is imminent, he needs more tech so is becoming Luke/The Last Starfighter/Ender/Sheppard to travel the galaxy looking for alien tech.
7. Something to do with Transformers but I can't come up with a good story, all I can think about is 3D explosions and fighting.
8. Finally going back into Tron to rescue The Dude/Flynn and also go play secret DJ sets with Daft Punk at the End of the Line club
9. He's teaming up with Caesar the ape...no?
10. God (shitttt brahhhhhhhhh)
August 23, 2011
1. Do you think this season has been slow or underwhelming? More and more people have been telling me that they miss the craziness of previous seasons with their diabolical mexican twin assassins and intense desert sojourns. To all those people, I understand your concerns but I don't feel ya. The show has become more of a ultra-dark character study than the crime thriller it was in previous seasons, and while key moments still live on from previous seasons, this character centric approach is better in the long term.
2. You ever notice how the "villains" this season have been off screen. Twice we've had people try to jack Los Pollos Hermanos blue meth, yet we barely know anything about them. While I know we will learn more about them soon, it's fitting they are nameless, because so much of the adversity the characters on the show face is faceless. What/Who will finally do Walt in? Skyler? Hank? Gus? Jesse? Same goes with Gus, is Mike going to take him down from within? Is the DEA going to catch up with him?
4. Rob Sheffield wrote that "Breaking Bad" is a commentary on how we view our jobs in this excellent article, and his hypothesis was definitely proven by this episode. The husband and wife squabbles, co-worker disagreements, son wanting a car crisis, and workplace laziness would all be at home in a zany family sitcom. Speaking of laziness you know that when Tyrus said those maids were going to the "bus to Honduras" they were going to the bus to get killed.
5. This was the episode where Walter White became the bad guy. He doesn't call himself Heisenberg anymore and he doesn't wear hats, exterior transformations aren't necessary if the inside is already fixed. His whole "I AM THE DANGER, I AM THE ONE WHO KNOCKS" line was wild and accurate. This was evident in the heartbreaking way he used the Bogdan's dollar. He doesn't care anymore, he thinks he is some type of corporation. Hard work is nothing to him, just another payment when you're the boss. To steal a line from Entertainment Weekly: he thinks he is "The Godfather" (you heard him quote the film in the episode right - "Keep your friends close..."!)
6. I'm still rooting for Jesse. His arc this season has been more the easiest to root for by far and I'm hooked and Aaron Paul's acting is a big reason why. So far we saw him sacrifice his humanity at the end of last season, put himself through hell to punish himself, and now he's working his way up the criminal ladder. I wonder if soon he will be the one that has to save Walt or perhaps....he won't be saving him, he'll be killing him on Gus's orders.
August 17, 2011
I've tried to cut back the trailers I post up on here, but this "Coriolanus" movie looks too good to post. Directed by Ralph Fiennes (aka Voldemort) this is an adaptation of the Shakespeare play of the same name. And while last year's "The Tempest" was considered a real train wreck, the actors involved with this military adaptation are so money, I'll be shocked if this turns out poorly.
Also any chance to feature Gerard Butler in a non-romantic comedy should be celebrated, not to mention Brian Cox always turns out great work.
August 15, 2011
For a whole week after last week's episode, I couldn't stop thinking about how Mike The Cleaner got his ear Tysoned by a bullet. That little piece of gore was grosser than the gallons on "True Blood," so when he showed up this week with a Band-Aid, it made me realize if there was something bigger going on here. But more on that later! Hopefully you've recovered from the latin flavored time-lapse of an episode and are healthy enough to dive in!
1. Let's just get into it! Mike the Cleaner is starting to get tired of Gus Fring. We first witnessed this last week was Mike got a chip in his armor (a piece of his ear getting blown off) and now we see it again with his very un-Mike breakdown to Jesse..."You're not the guy!" His line at the end of the episode, "I know better by now to ask questions" indicates he is growing tired of Gus's manipulations and un-predictability. If you go back and watch Victor get throat surgery from Dr. Gus, Mike is totally shocked and afraid. He's starting to make moves to protect himself.
2. At this point there is so much Red & Blue in the show, it could mean a variety of things including. Red States vs. Blue States, the Halo web series of the same name, some type of commentary about Captain America, the difference in what blood looks like with and without oxygen, different color uniforms of the Red Sox, a preference for Airhead flavors. Who knows.
3. So Hank has really got his mojo back huh? I hope everyone noticed that Hank is now rocking his DEA shirt which obviously means he really is back on the hunt now. But he's wearing more than a simple DEA shirt, he's rocking the FUN RUN shirt, a reference back to a season 2 fundraising event for Walt, which just happened to have been partly financed by Gus Fring. Translation = he's just starting getting deep into this web of lies.
4. Besides looking like a combination of Gus and Chris Bosh, we really don't anything about Gus's new henchman who according to the Breaking Bad wiki is named Tyrus Kitt. He's good with a fork lift, rocks a mean leather jacket, will probably get blasted by the end of the season.
6. "Breaking Bad" continues to be one of the most experimentally directed shows on television. Last night's director Michelle Maxwell MacLaren had all sorts of crazy time lapses, POV shots, and bizarre angles. I'm digging it, but I know some viewers find it off-putting and to those viewers I say this "Go back to NCIS brahhhh!" On another note, the first person shots of Walt "cooking" were excellent.
7. A lot of the imagery of Mike and Jesse visiting barren fields and burned out factories while wearing all black and carrying shovels really reminded me of the end of freakin' days man. If the end comes and Mike is waiting there with a shovel, I'm just gonna assume, I'm done.
8. WHO ARE YOU ROOTING FOR? This is the ultimate question for anyone watching "Breaking Bad." Walt, the (dying?) family man who's just trying to provide? Jesse, the lost soul who's searching for a way back on track (who thanks to Gus, he found it)? Or is it the heroic cop Hank, who has been injured physically and mentally in his quest for justice and Heisenberg? The genius of the show is that it allows us to pick. As for my pick-----I'm rooting for Jesse yo.
August 11, 2011
If you have told me a a month ago that I wouldn't be able to stop thinking about excellent film "Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes," I would have told you had gone to bananas (first & last time I will make any monkey reference, I swear). But the fact of the matter is, this movie is the shit, and why it make take some convincing to get you to go see a movie where the primates take over, here are ten reasons why you should go.
- In a summer where character comes second to chaos of the special effects variety, Caesar, the protagonist (that's him above) is easily the best character of the summer. The film is clearly his story and his rise from a cute "curious george" esque baby monkey to a ruthless ice cold revolutionary leader is the more satisfying that you can imagine and needs to be seen to be believed.
- Most people don't know the name Andy Serkis but have seen his work on screen in some of the biggest movies to come out in the last ten years. He did the "motion capture" work as Gollum in "The Lord of the Rings" (and the upcoming "The Hobbit") and the big boss ape himself in "King Kong." He is the heart and soul of "Apes" and his motion capture work so good he's generating Oscar buzz. A big part of the reason it's so realistic is that "Apes" was the first film to have motion capture actors on location, instead of on a sound stage (see above right).
- Readers will know that I'm all about the "Oh Shit Moments" (OSMs for short) and this film has more than any other this summer by a longshot. The most delicious part is that they are of the action and character variety. No spoilers but you'll KNOW em when you seem em.
- It's the creative welcoming party for director Rupert Wyatt. Wyatt's last film was the rarely seen prison escape film "The Escapist," and "Apes" is his big studio reboot for Fox. With this incredible film now getting rave reviews, his next one will be huge. The last British director with this trajectory: Christopher Nolan. Simply but for all you SAT analogy junkies Nolan : Wyatt as "Batman Begins" : "Apes"
- For the fellas: Freida Pinto. For the ladies: James Franco
- A simple yet engaging topical story. By now the plot of the testing on apes which leads to super smart primate apes which leads to revolution is known, but that doesn't detract from how well it works. In a summer where plots involve alien robots secret allegiances with humans, each other, and their automotive identities, a straight forward steam rolling plot is a welcome gift to the audience.
- For all you Harry Potter junkies out there who need a fix, Tom Felton, who plays Draco is in the film basically playing the same asshole character.
- I've never seen any of the original films and I totally enjoyed this one. No prior apes experience necessary.
- In some ways the film is really a gangster picture in the manner of "The Godfather" or "Scarface," with Caesar as the underdog who rises up. The scenes of Caesar getting his allegiances on point and dealing with his enemies are the best in the film and as Cee-Lo and many twitter users point out are just straight GANGSTA
- It's a moving story. Unlike other summer flicks it makes you feel for Caesar and his struggles which is unique in the summer where the only emotion is "ohhh shit sonn." As in "ohhhhh shiiiitttt Optimus just sliced that metal tentacle in half or ohhhhh shitttt look at the coin move in in slow motion." The combination of story, acting, directing, and everything else just makes you feel!
APES. SEE IT!
August 9, 2011
"Attack The Block" is about a group of lower class london teenagers who fight an alien menace invading their low income housing project. If the words teenagers and aliens bring you back to this summer's other kid alien flick "Super 8" that's good, you should definitely have "Super 8" in your brain so it can be properly destroyed by the kick-ass power of this flick. This is the film that "Super 8" wanted to be.
Written and directed by Joe Cornish (who co-wrote the upcoming "Tintin") the film excels at creating a world for the viewer to live in. The kids, lead by breakout star John Boyega as "Moses" are part of a pack, you might even call it a gang, and they speak in a thick British accent (subtitles were once considered for the US release). They swear, talk that bullshit with each other, and know that the aliens on the block are just as dangerous as the untrustworthy police or the local drug dealers. Luckily they're equipped to deal the alien threat with weapons including, baseball bats, samurai swords, fireworks, machetes, supersoakers, motorbikes, and ice-skates. In the words of one character before he fights the space invaders - "I'm shitting myself in it' but at the same time, this is sick."
Yet, film transcends it's genre roots because Cornish isn't afraid to show us what lurks behind our young protagonists. There are many elements swirling behind the action here and they include such things as the problems of race, gender, and class that afflict London and the world at this moment. In a perfect stroke, Cornish reveals a semi- key detail about a main character in the grand finale and it's sad, intense and jarring, but he doesn't linger on it, he just presents us with the facts, and pulls us right back into the story. This is different from J.J. Abrams "Super 8" a film that "Attack The Block" has to be compared to. Where Abrams seemed to be burdened by some type of nerd serfdom to the bearded master, Cornish pays Spielberg homage with his tight focused story and creature thrills. There are solid un-forced emotional beats here that Abrams can only drool over...and there is also awesome action and excitement. Oh did I mention that "Attack the Block" was made for pennies compared to "Super 8."
"Attack The Block" is hands down the must see film of the summer and shit...it's my favorite film of the year so far. And yeah I know it may be hard to believe it cause you scroll through these pages and see my praising "Transformers," but all I gotta say it you got' believe me fam! This is entertainment that makes you think, makes you afraid, makes you laugh, and makes you bask in awe of the power of the filmaking. Believe!
August 8, 2011
Man, what a crazy cold open that was! Sorry, I had to folks, for those of you don't know what a cold open is, check out this page here. Alright now that we got the cheesy line out of the way, let's talk about this episode. There were murmurs in the press that people thought this show was too deliberate and slow, well, now we had a little more action: courtesy of everyone's favorite "Modern Family" guest star: Mike the Cleaner (Jonathan Banks)
1. As we move onwards with this season, I'm constantly thinking of the "real life scientists" observation from the first episode regarding the "blue-red shift." The scientific concept assigns colors to describe movement as objects are increasing in wavelength. Redshift is when things are moving away and blue when things are moving close. Throughout every episode it's always red and blue, red and blue and more red and blue. Take the opening scene, everything is tinted to blue that's to the cold...except Mike's jacket. Later on when Walt and Hank check out the lab book everything is blue. In Jesse's house...there are red sheets everywhere. The lab...everything is red. I'm still struggling to figure out what the red/blue mania means...but I just had to mention it.
2. Somewhere in Jonathan Banks contract as Mike the Cleaner there is a clause that says....every four episodes you gotta do some badass shit. It was just four episodes ago in the season 3 finale that Mike went on his little "I'm a ice-cold hitman who shoots people through walls" demonstration, and now he's at it again. His character is so ridiculously good not because he gets to blast fools but also because he get's to act fools out of the water as well. See this classic scene from the last season where Mike explains his entire philosphy.
3. Skyler White's descent (or is it ascent?) to being a full on money laundering Queen has been something huh?. It's clear that Walt isn't cool with it, but it seems like his frustation comes from her extreme attention to detail, something that he himself is proud of when it comes to his own work as a cook. He seems to think that using his personal life as a cover is wrong...but is fine with cooking meth to support his life. This brings up an interesting point about the character of Walter White? When is he going to show some remorse for what he's become? Simply put, Heisenberg has completely taken control of Walter White. With the choice to disappear being presented to him by Saul...he doesn't accept.
4. We've learned so much about Gale post mortem than we did when he was alive, but that video was strange as hell.
5. Saul is looking more and strung out with each episode. He's also getting paranoid as hell. I don't think he's going to survive the season. On another note, good to see "Gus" alive and well, even if he's still rocking his patented yellow shirt.
6. THE RETURN OF THE MIND MELT (WITH SPICY LIME MAYO & MANCHEGO) Of all the video games Jesse could play he chooses Sonic Racing.Sonic is a little punk hedgehog running around aimlessly, chasing money that has no real value, dealing with a mad bald scientist that antagonizes him (whoahhh), and searching for crystals to return to happy times with his girl. It could be argued that Sonic likes techno. This is either a genius move on the writers part or simply the fact that Jesse was playing PS3 and Sony who produces Breaking Bad produces PS3s.
If any readers want to comment on the significance of Walt Whitman or The Far Side cartoon please do.
7. This is no doubt one of the more exciting episodes of the season so far. It will be interesting to see how far Walt goes to save Jesse from Gus's wrath especially because Walt has to see Jesse is becoming a serious liability.
8. How do you guys feel about Hank. I'm kind of rooting for him to get better because I feel bad for him, but I don't really wanna see Walt and Jesse get busted. But I do want to see Gus get busted. But not really Mike. Skyler....ehhh...maybe. I guess these complications are the soul of Breaking Bad.
August 5, 2011
Warner Brother's released the first official photo of "Catwoman" today from "The Dark Knight Rises" aka the most anticipated movie of all time. The pictures come from Slashfilm (who have even more if you click the link) but there are a couple of things I wanted to point regarding this flick.
- In previous screen incarnations Catwoman was all about the sex appeal. Check out the pics here. And while that's a nice tight outfit and it looks like the hair and lipstick are on point, those big ass rex-bex glasses aren't really selling the woman of the cats as a power babe. This isn't really that surprising considering women in the Batman movies so far have always been totally underdeveloped characters.
- That's definitely some Wayne tech she's riding so either Catwoman has stolen Batman's gear from da cave, or he gave it to her, or her alter ego Selina Kyle works at Wayne Enterprises and jacked it there.
- There are always big wheels in the Batman movies....no other movie gives the viewer gigantic tires like the Batman flicks.
- Where is she driving? It doesn't look like a road? Is this a breakout scene?
- This movie can't come soon enough.
August 1, 2011
Last night's episode of "Breaking Bad" titled "Open House" was a real downer of an episode, there really isn't any other way to spin it. Yet as the show get's dark and bleaker (Jesse's house party scene....yikes) I keep enjoying it more, if only because it's just so well done. But anyway, let's grab our Cheetos and get into it.
1. This is the most sitcomed out episode of this show ever. The way Walt acts about his job in this episode was almost surreal. He enjoys his morning cup of brew, get's upset when his private office in the work place is violated by a camera, and refers to Mike beating his ass as a slight agreement with a co-worker. Then he spends some serious time arguing with his wife (?) about financial issues. Honey....did we pay the taxes yet...just kidding how is the money laundering going. It was strange and awesome at the same time.
2. Is everyone else anticipating something awful or wonderful to happen with Jesse this season. His quote regarding getting the shit kicked out you - "You do kind of get used to it" was more heartbreaking than seeing what's become of his house. And while seeing him throw that money into the passed out guys mouth was funny, this is the second time him giving away money has come up. Something terrible is going to happen to him or he's going to pull himself out of the abyss. I'm hoping for the second. Side note that dude talking about getting pushed through the fence had been watching too much Final Destination.
4. It's funny hearing Walt talk about the ethics of acquiring the car-wash. He doesn't want to do anything "dirty," which is just hilarious considering how many people he has killed. I wonder when this aspect of his personality is going to come out to Skyler.
5. What does Vince Gilligan have against family? As I watched Skyler and Marie descend into crime this episode, it made me think what motivates everyone on this show to "break bad" per se? Walt was motivated by providing for her family, Skyler is doing it to help Hank/she likes it, Marie is doing because she's scorned by Hank, and Jesse is doing it because he has no family/loved ones (the desecration of his house represents this yo). C'mon Vince...what happened to you on the family road trip?
6. Did you catch how bedridden mineral cataloguer Hank didn't want anything to do with the rice pudding but once he started talking police work he started gobbling it up? As much as I think Hank is a pain in the ass, I feel for the guy. The cliffhanger of him opening the lab book was incredible only because you know it's going to drive him to get back on the force with fury....but it was that fury that lead to get messed up in the first place.
7. The "soil expert" guy that you were trying to figure our where you saw him is named Bill Burr. You recognize him from "The Chappelle Show." You're welcome
8. Until next time...stay good....don't let your family turn into a criminal.