Friday, July 27, 2012

Christopher Nolan says goodbye to Batman

Director Christopher Nolan writes a farewell letter to the Batman franchise. Check it out below:

"Alfred. Gordon. Lucius. Bruce . . . Wayne. Names that have come to mean so much to me. Today, I’m three weeks from saying a final good-bye to these characters and their world. It’s my son’s ninth birthday. He was born as the Tumbler was being glued together in my garage from random parts of model kits. Much time, many changes. A shift from sets where some gunplay or a helicopter were extraordinary events to working days where crowds of extras, building demolitions, or mayhem thousands of feet in the air have become familiar.
People ask if we’d always planned a trilogy. This is like being asked whether you had planned on growing up, getting married, having kids. The answer is complicated. When David and I first started cracking open Bruce’s story, we flirted with what might come after, then backed away, not wanting to look too deep into the future. I didn’t want to know everything that Bruce couldn’t; I wanted to live it with him. I told David and Jonah to put everything they knew into each film as we made it. The entire cast and crew put all they had into the first film. Nothing held back. Nothing saved for next time. They built an entire city. Then Christian and Michael and Gary and Morgan and Liam and Cillian started living in it. Christian bit off a big chunk of Bruce Wayne’s life and made it utterly compelling. He took us into a pop icon’s mind and never let us notice for an instant the fanciful nature of Bruce’s methods.
I never thought we’d do a second -- how many good sequels are there? Why roll those dice? But once I knew where it would take Bruce, and when I started to see glimpses of the antagonist, it became essential. We re-assembled the team and went back to Gotham. It had changed in three years. Bigger. More real. More modern. And a new force of chaos was coming to the fore. The ultimate scary clown, as brought to terrifying life by Heath. We’d held nothing back, but there were things we hadn’t been able to do the first time out -- a Batsuit with a flexible neck, shooting on Imax. And things we’d chickened out on -- destroying the Batmobile, burning up the villain’s blood money to show a complete disregard for conventional motivation. We took the supposed security of a sequel as license to throw caution to the wind and headed for the darkest corners of Gotham.
I never thought we’d do a third -- are there any great second sequels? But I kept wondering about the end of Bruce’s journey, and once David and I discovered it, I had to see it for myself. We had come back to what we had barely dared whisper about in those first days in my garage. We had been making a trilogy. I called everyone back together for another tour of Gotham. Four years later, it was still there. It even seemed a little cleaner, a little more polished. Wayne Manor had been rebuilt. Familiar faces were back -- a little older, a little wiser . . . but not all was as it seemed.
Gotham was rotting away at its foundations. A new evil bubbling up from beneath. Bruce had thought Batman was not needed anymore, but Bruce was wrong, just as I had been wrong. The Batman had to come back. I suppose he always will.
Michael, Morgan, Gary, Cillian, Liam, Heath, Christian . . . Bale. Names that have come to mean so much to me. My time in Gotham, looking after one of the greatest and most enduring figures in pop culture, has been the most challenging and rewarding experience a filmmaker could hope for. I will miss the Batman. I like to think that he’ll miss me, but he’s never been particularly sentimental."

What do you think?? Do you think this is the end??

Life of Pi Trailer!!!

From director Ang Lee 'Life of Pi' is based off the best selling novel by Yann Martel and stars Suraj Sharma as Pi, a zoo keeper's son that is lost in the Pacific Ocean with a zebra, hyena, orangutan and a 450 pound Bengal tiger, and all are fighting to survive. Opens in theaters everywhere Novemeber 21, 2012.


I can't wait for this!!!

Movies Coming Out This Weekend!!!

Friday, July 20, 2012

The Dark Knight Rises to New Heights!!!

Director Christopher Nolan is back with another groundbreaking film, the third and final installment of the Batman franchise, "The Dark Knight Rises". The film stars Christian Bale as the dark caped crusader Batman and wealthy playboy Bruce Wayne. Michael Caine is back as the caring butler of Bruce Wayne, Alfred. Gary Oldman reprises his role as the fearless Commissioner Gordon and Morgan Freeman as Lucius Fox creator of all the tech savvy products Batman owns. The film welcomes newcomers, Anne Hathaway as the slinky, mischievous Selina Kyle and the butt-kicking Catwoman, Tom Hardy as the evil villain Bane, Marion Cotillard as Miranda Tate, trusted CEO of Wayne Enterprises and Joseph Gordon-Levitt as police officer John Blake. "The Dark Knight Rises" takes place eight years after "The Dark Knight", and focuses on Batman being blamed for the death of Harvey Dent, and how Gotham declares him the enemy. Distraught and depressed, Batman disappears. Bruce Wayne has not been seen for eight years, and it’s not until the evil, ruthless villain Bane attempts to take over Gotham City and turn it to ashes that Wayne decides to fight back. Can Batman get back into shape, suit up and protect the city that once hailed him a hero or will Bane take over and destroy everything Batman has left?

Thursday, July 19, 2012

The Dark Knight Rises into theaters this weekend!!!

The day has finally come. Moviegoers everywhere have been patiently waiting for this day for the last four years. Director Christopher Nolan is ending his legendary trilogy with the latest and final installment of his Batman franchise. “The Dark Knight Rises” opens tonight at midnight and theaters everywhere have been sold out for weeks. It is claimed to be the most anticipated film of the summer, but the way tickets are selling and the hype it’s receiving it very well may be the most anticipated film of the year.

The film stars Christian Bale in the title role back as the crime fighting vigilante, Michael Caine is back as Alfred, Bruce Wayne’s butler and most trusted confidante and Gary Oldman is reprising his role as Commissioner Gordon of Gotham City. New to the trilogy is Anne Hathaway who will be portraying Selina Kyle and Catwoman, Tom Hardy will be portraying the evil villain Bane, and the lovable Joseph Gordon-Levitt will be playing John Blake.

The Dark Knight Rises” takes place eight years after the last film, and a new terrorist is in town to attempt to take over Gotham City. Batman struggles to protect his beloved city, now that it has plagued him an enemy.

Don’t miss out on the biggest film event of the year! Be sure to check out “The Dark Knight Rises” at a theater this weekend!

Monday, July 16, 2012

Oz: The Great and Powerful Trailer!!!

'Oz: The Great and Powerful' stars James Franco as the title role and is directed by Sam Raimi. The film takes place before the wizard lands in Oz. As a die hard Wizard of Oz fan, I'm not 100% sure how I feel about this film, but I'm intrigued. Check out the trailer below:

Saturday, July 14, 2012

The Dark Knight Review For Blu-Ray Elite!!!

In honor of director Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight Rises film debut next week, I wanted to write my last review for the Warner Bros. blu-ray elite program on The Dark Knight. Nolan is back for the second film of the Batman franchise (and obviously the third!) along with Christian Bale, Michael Caine, Morgan Freeman and Gary Oldman. Heath Ledger, Maggie Gyllenhaal, and Aaron Eckhart are newcomers to the widely acclaimed Warner Bros film. The Dark Knight focuses on the injustice in Gotham City, and how Batman (Bale) decides to team up with Gotham’s finest to take down the corrupted mob, but chaos ensues and the most villainous, psychotic character comes to life as The Joker (Ledger). 

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter

Director Timur Bekmambetov takes on the fictitious tale about one of the United States greatest presidents, Abraham Lincoln, hunting for vampires. The film, Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter stars Benjamin Walker in the title role. The film is based off the novel by Seth Grahame-Smith that shares the same name. Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter centers on the life of the 16th president, who loses his mother to a vampire, which results in his revenge and revolt against the outpouring of vampires in the United States. Can President Lincoln save America by abolishing the vicious neck-biting villains, or will they take over the country and eventually the world?

Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows Review For Blu-Ray Elite!!!

Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson are back again for another fun, action-packed adventure in the Warner Bros. hit, Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows. Fortunately, I saw the first film of this series, so when Warner Bros.’s blu-ray elite team sent this over I was beyond overjoyed. Director Guy Ritchie is back with his innovative camera work and unique vision. Two time Academy Award nominees, Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law are back as the witty, bickering duo. The film centers upon another great mystery that needs to be solved by the genius detective Holmes and righteous doctor Watson. This time they are up against their arch rival, Professor James Moriarty (Jared Harris) and have a little help from Holmes’s brother, Mycroft (Stephen Fry) and a gypsy, Sim (Noomi Rapace). Can Holmes and Watson solve the case before it’s too late?

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Monsters University Teaser!

Why Stop Now Trailer!!!

Total Recall Trailer!!!

Looper Trailer!!!

Django Unchained 60 second spot!

This Christmas director Quentin Tarrantino brings us 'Django Unchained' starring Christoph Waltz, Jamie Foxx and Leonardo DiCaprio. Check out the 60 second spot of the film below!

Webb Spins an 'amazing' Web!!!

Director Marc Webb took a risk when deciding to direct the reboot of Spiderman just ten years after the original film came out, but what an amazing risk that was. Webb’s The Amazing Spider-Man is the second superhero flick out this summer (The Avengers came out in May and The Dark Knight Rises makes it's recurring appearance on the 20th of this month). The film stars the up and coming star Andrew Garfield in the title role, along with Emma Stone, Martin Sheen, Sally Field, Denis Leary and Rhys Ifans. The film centers on Peter Parker discovering a small hint of evidence why his parents left him when he was just a young boy. He learns that Dr. Curt Connors was his father’s partner and decides to help him at the lab, but when he enters the wrong territory and equations and algorithms go awry Peter and the rest of the city are left with more problems. The dangerous and fierce lizard that has been created and the destruction it intends to bring to New York. Can Spider-Man fight off this massive lizard before it’s too late, or will the lizard destroy Spider-Man and take over New York?

Monday, July 2, 2012

Happy Feet Two Review for Blu-Ray Elite!!!

One of the lighter films Warner Bros. sent me for the blu-ray elite program was the animated flick, Happy Feet Two directed by George Miller. The film has an all star cast, Elijah Wood, Robin Williams, Pink, Sofia Vergara, Matt Damon and Brad Pitt. The film centers on a young penguin, Erik (voiced by Ava Acres) that doesn’t seem to fit into the clan of penguins he calls home. His father Mumble (Wood) tries diligently to teach him that it’s okay to be different and unique, but when disaster strikes their home town, and all the penguins need to work together in order to survive, Mumble sees another side of Erik.

Planet Earth Review for Blu-Ray Elite!!!

Warner Bros. recently sent me the fascinating blu-ray, Planet Earth. Planet Earth is a wonderful documentary about the numerous climates and landscapes the planet has to offer. The camera-work is fantastic and the sections at the end of each program look at how certain parts of the picture were filmed which is very interesting. You see the dedication of the crew who go out to these desolate spots for months to film sections that will last only a couple of minutes on screen. Much of the wildlife has barely been filmed and some such as the wonderfully agile wild Amur Leopard have probably only been seen by very few living people in the flesh.