SUCKER PUNCH - Movie Review by WZ

by WZ on March 26, 2011 5 Comments

PLOT SUMMARY:

Imprisoned in an insane asylum after witnessing the murder of her sister by her evil stepfather, a young woman attempts to battle her way to freedom through her imagination. 

REVIEW:

Let's get right to it.  I was a bit disappointed in this movie. This is the kind of film that a cynic makes in order to spread a message about optimism. If I say anything more specific than that, it becomes a spoiler. As most of you already know, SUCKER PUNCH tells the story of a girl, nicknamed Babydoll, trapped in an insane asylum who tries to battle her way to freedom through her imagination.

Zack Snyder's latest movie *seems* to draw most of its inspiration from a little cult film named DANCER IN THE DARK starring Bjork.  Indeed, Bjork's music colors the soundtrack regularly in SUCKER PUNCH.  In fact, calling SUCKER PUNCH a high-tech ...

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LIMITLESS - Movie Review by WZ

by WZ on March 20, 2011 3 Comments

PLOT SUMMARY:

An unsuccessful writer takes a drug that unlocks his brain's potential and suddenly becomes a financial success overnight, but this attracts the attention of criminals who also want the drug.

REVIEW:

I don't like long reviews so I'll keep this short and sweet. LIMITLESS is a pretty smart film. Think of it as WALL STREET with a Sci-Fi veneer. Bradley Cooper does an excellent job here. Based on the novel "The Dark Fields" by Alan Glynn. Cooper begins as an unsuccessful writer on the verge of homelessness. However, a chance encounter with a dangerous neuro drug gives him a 4-digit IQ, turning him into the ideal version of himself.

The movie's ending is different from that of the novel's, but I feel this is one of those exceptional cases where the movie's version of the story is better...even if it does ...

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TEASE: Conan the Barbarian reboot, Kung Fu Panda 2 & Puss N'Boots

by WZ on March 12, 2011 0 Comments

I never like doing a whole post about just one upcoming movie, but I don't mind doing so about three. Check out the new CONAN THE BARBARBARIAN teaser below.  After that, visit Collider to see them talk about KUNG FU PANDA 2 and PUSS N' BOOTS.

The second trailer cantains some footage. The new Valeriya will be played by Katarzyna Wolenjno. I couldn't easily track down who is playing the new Thulsa Doom, some say its Djimon Hounsou.

BATTLE: LOS ANGELES - Movie Review by WZ

by WZ on March 12, 2011 0 Comments

PLOT SUMMARY:

A platoon of marines must rescue a group of stranded civilians behind enemy lines when a massive alien invasion force attacks Los Angeles

REVIEW: 

I headed out today for some good ol’ fashioned escapism. I went and saw BATTLE: LOS ANGELES. Walking into the theatre, I cynically said to myself, “Okay, this is going to be BLACK HAWK DOWN meets INDEPENDENCE DAY.” And I was completely right, but this movie is the good version of that…while I was expecting the bad. The movie also makes excellent use of Horror-style movie sequences, such as soldiers in abandoned houses having to check room by room.

We follow a Marine platoon sent deep into Los Angeles on a mission to retrieve stranded civilians. Along the way, they must fight street-to-street battles against the aliens and also absorb members of other decimated platoons. 

Aaron Eckhart surprisingly carries the whole movie. Michelle ...

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What Flying By Saturn Would Look Like

by WZ on March 8, 2011 0 Comments

An intrepid cinematographer Stephen Van Vuuren has created a film by stitching together thousands of still shots taken by the space probe Cassini during its fly-by of the planet Saturn.

The video below is just a teaser animating part of Cassini's four year journey around Saturn.  Van Vuuren wants to to screen a larger feature in IMAX theatres.  

However...

The film needs $125,000 to take off the ground (bad pun intended). By releasing this demo, he hopes to raise funds. So far, the project has raised $32,000. If interested, you can make a donation here.

5.6k Saturn Cassini Photographic Animation from stephen v2 on Vimeo.

MOVIE WARS: Facebook & Warner Brothers Team Up Against Netflix

by WZ on March 8, 2011 0 Comments

Starting tonight, you'll be able to watch selected Warner Brothers movies on Facebook at the cost of $3 for a span of 48 hours. The first title will be THE DARK KNIGHT.

I would've been impressed if the deal was better. I doubt many would pay $3 to watch movies on their computer, its what you'd pay for a Blockbuster movie rental. Basically, it tries to turn Facebook into a Pay-Per-View channel, and I don't think Facebook carries the right "mood" for a movie watching experience. YouTube tried this too and it didn't go well. The only way I see this popular is if Facebook turned the viewings into a community online theater.

Netflix's basic rental deal is far better, offering unlimited streaming videos plus rentals for ~$9 a month. This aspiring YouTuber gives a run-down how the Facebook movies will work.

National Geographic Builds House That Flies With Balloons

by WZ on March 7, 2011 0 Comments

The folks at National Geographic, inspired by Pixar's movie UP, have built a house that can actually fly thanks to the help of 300 weather balloons.

The project is part of a new National Geographic series called How Hard Can it Be?

Pure awesome.

THE KING'S SPEECH Screenwriter Imagines His Cancer Away

by WZ on March 4, 2011 0 Comments

Right on the heels of my previous post about mind-body connections, I got e-mailed this inspiring article by CNN.

We all know THE KING'S SPEECH is a fabulous movie. What we didn't know was that David Seidler, who won an Academy Award for best original screenplay, suffered the same cancer as King George VI did.  

However, David Seidler survived. How did he do it? I pasted a long quite below, but its worth it.

"I know it sounds awfully Southern California and woo-woo," he admits when he describes the visualization techniques he used when his bladder cancer was diagnosed nearly six years ago. "But that's what happened."

Seidler says when he found out his cancer had returned, he visualized a "lovely, clean healthy bladder" for two weeks, and the cancer disappeared. He's been cancer-free for more than five years.

"When I was first diagnosed in ...

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TRANSCENDENT MAN Now Available Through iTunes

by WZ on March 1, 2011 0 Comments

Just a quick announcement. The movie TRANSCENDENT MAN, showcasing the work of futurist Ray Kurzweil, is now available through iTunes. Please note, Logic-Cool is not an affiliate marketer of the film. We supply the link because we agree with the overall message of radical human optimism.

Jane Russell Tribute

by WZ on March 1, 2011 0 Comments

As many of you already have read, Jane Russell passed away at the age of 89.  I hadn't been born till LONG after her stardom. But, I still feel the loss. Children of the 80's might remember that, after Saturday morning cartoons, television networks often played old movies. Hollywood golden-age movies were also a staple on Sunday mornings and afternoons. So, as I played with toys, Jane Russell's voice would often be playing in the background.

I searched around a little bit for some good, high quality tribute videos. Looking through them again, it becomes obvious why they call this the Golden Age of Hollywood. Our current day actors and actresses really don't seem to match up.

Viggo Mortensen in Contention to Play General Zod in SUPERMAN Reboot

by WZ on February 26, 2011 0 Comments

While it's too early for 80's geeks to celebrate, movie gossip grapevines are whispering that LORD OF THE RINGS star Viggo Mortensen is a "Person of Interest" to play General Zod in Zack Snyder's upcoming SUPERMAN reboot.

We already know the villainess Ursa will play a major role, but what use is she without an infamous evil overlord to command her.  Mortensen currently remains in negotiations for the upcoming SNOW WHITE movie starring Kristen Stewart.  No talks with Mortensen have begun yet to be a part of the SUPERMAN project.

Viggo Mortensen General Zod

General Zod

(h/t Collider)

Radically Optimistic TRANSCENDENT MAN Movie Sold Out at Early Locations

by WZ on February 24, 2011 0 Comments

TRANSCENDENT MAN chronicles the life and revolutionary ideas of genius inventor Ray Kurzweil. Due to the overwhelming positive response to his movie, TRANSCENDENT MAN will be available on iTune and Movie on Demand starting March 1st.

Ain't it Cool News says about this movie, "not only is Transcendent Man the must-see film of 2011, it might just change your life forever." The film has already ranked in the Top 10 of iTunes sales in Canada on its first day of release.

Ray Kurzweil was the subject of the recent Times article "2045: The Year Humans Become Immortal."  Logic-Cool also loves showcasing his work, here and here.  In the latter link, you will find a schedule of TRANSCENDENT MAN's movie showings.

Amazon Declares War on Netflix

by WZ on February 22, 2011 0 Comments

Amazon released a new Movie/TV streaming service which will be completely free to customers who already pay $79 dollars a year for free 2-day shipping. To everyone else, that's the price to subscribe.  Customers can choose between 5,000 TV shows and movies.  This increases the number of serious Netflix competitors to 4...Apple, Google, Microsoft and now Amazon.

You may see the announcement on the Amazon homepage. Amazon's service can be run on a computer or on the Roku, which is a device that costs ~$199.

Netflix still ranks as number 1 though, offering access to 20,000 TV shows and movies for 7.99 a month, $5 more than Amazon's per year price. For now, the Amazon deal seems mostly a nice reinforcement for those already paying the free shipping charges.

I honestly don't see Netflix winning in the long run here. The ...

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Incredible "Dead Island" Viral Trailer - Movie Rights Still Available

by WZ on February 20, 2011 0 Comments

I'm a tad late covering this topic, but I really love the style of this viral video. Created by a company called Deep Silver, the game tells the story of vacationers who get caught on an island during a zombie outbreak.  Despite reports by Deadline.com, Variety and other entertainment news outlets that the movie rights have been sold, the game producers announced in a press release that the movie rights to "Dead Island" have NOT been sold yet.

"Deep Silver has received a massive amount of interest in the film adaptation rights to the Dead Island IP. Contrary to rumors that have been circulating, neither the film rights nor any other licenses have yet been sold by Deep Silver, which is the sole IP holder of the Dead Island brand.”

This trailer truly is a testimony to how much story and drama a director can add even while ...

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NASA Probe Spots the Death Star and Pacman Orbiting Saturn

by WZ on February 17, 2011 0 Comments

This cool image shows Mimas, one of Saturn's moons, which carries an unmistakable resemblance to a certain "fully-armed and operational battle station" which featured in a certain movie that tends to regress grown men into little boys. The picture was shot by the Cassini spacecraft during its flyby of the 246 mile diameter moon. The crater has been dubbed Herschel by astronomers.

Death Star Saturn Moon Mimas

The same image when filtered for heat temperatures found that Mimas looked like this instead.

Mimas Pacman

Michael Jai White & Jeri Ryan Cast in MORTAL COMBAT Web-Series

by WZ on February 14, 2011 0 Comments

This is a guilty-pleasure post for those who used to play the arcade game Mortal Kombat a looong time ago. I got into this game back when you still fed quarters into it. Soon after, it made the leap into the first console games. 

Michael Jai White (BLACK DYNAMITE) and Jeri Ryan (STAR TREK: VOYAGER) will reprise their roles as Jax and Sonya Blade in the upcoming Mortal Kombat web-series.

In the latest trend in movie pitching, ambitious filmmakers now invest several thousands of dollars into creating a short film in order to win higher budgets. In this instance, the Mortal Kombat reboot was sold off the strength of a viral video MORTAL KOMBAT: REBIRTH which had cost around $7,500 to shoot. I've been seeing a lot more of these pitches lately. Aspiring filmmakers take note. Technology is raising the bar.

Michael Jai White & Jeri Ryan

Sony Releases First Shot of Andrew Garfield as Spiderman

by WZ on February 14, 2011 0 Comments

This new movie Spiderman movie has gotta be one of the most cynical exploitations of a beloved franchise ever. The original movie with Tobey Maguire isn't even 9 years-old yet. And SPIDERMAN 3 isn't even 4 years-old.

I'm looking forward to THE AMAZING SPIDERMAN, partially because movie quality is usually very bad overall anyway. This project will likely be one of the better ones. 

I think of this franchise's exploitation a little like Shakespeare. Does the world need anymore Shakespeare interpretations? No. Are we going to see another dozen of them over the next decade? Yeah, probably. No one criticizes Shakespeare lovers from attending his plays and movies...over and over again. 

Is the Spiderman franchise equal to Shakespeare's plays? Nah, but if people enjoy making the film and continue to enjoy watching it...why have a problem with that?

Andrew Garfield as Spiderman

Remake Test Footage For THUNDERCATS Leaked

by WZ on February 13, 2011 0 Comments

Sundays are usually slow days for science in the news. Today right before Valentine's is no different.  We'll kick things off today with some THUNDERCATS movie gossip. Collider's got the whole skinny on the CGI remake, based on the cult children's cartoon series.

The video below was supposedly test footage gained by Flixist. As usual for test footage, voice acting is terrible and much of the animation isn't polished. People aren't sure its the real deal, but Liono's childish behavior feels right for his character. Some leaked concept art can also be viewed on Movieline from 2009 as well.

Liono

Netflix Disavows Ads in Streamed Content

by WZ on February 11, 2011 0 Comments

Good for them. Ads in streamed content are a primary deterrent for me subscribing to Hulu Plus. You can have my money or you can have my time, but you can't have both.

Netflix's position stands opposite to Hulu, which is currently attempting to have its cake and eat it too by charging a subscription fee and forcing customers to watch advertisements. As the CNET article notes, Hulu justifies their position by claiming a high cost for keeping their content current. In contrast, VP Steve Swasey comments that Netflix isn't after "current" content, but instead focuses on complete content...meaning that they wait for a season/series to finish before licensing it.

I'm sure both companies have their fans. Some people absolutely must watch the latest TV episodes. Personally, I never watch a TV series until its complete.  

Netflix

Darren Aronofsky's Next Passion Project to Tell the Story of Noah's Ark

by WZ on February 7, 2011 0 Comments

Riding high off the critical acclaim of BLACK SWAN and his other projects (REQUIEM FOR A DREAM, THE WRESTLER) Darren Aronofsky hopes to eventually tell the tale of Noah's Ark on the big screen. Noah is the Biblical character who was instructed in the Old Testament to create a massive ship to shelter Earth's animals during a massive global flood.  

Bleeding Cool has the scoop, along with pictures from Aronofsky's graphic novel, published by Lombard. We also highly approve of Bleeding Cool's name. 

Noah's Ark

(h/t/ Collider)

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