Michael Bublé and Sam Hollyman
I like the Bublé. I am a fan of the Bublé. This video has been around for some time (2010 I believe) and is one of my favorite clips to watch. I love Michael’s reaction when Sam starts singing. This video makes me laugh every time I watch it. I love it.
Side note: The kids name is Sam Hollyman. He is from England and really is a talented young artist. Check out his YouTube channel.
(Oddly this video is NSFW because of some language. Including my favorite quote from MB “HOLY SH*TBALLS MOM!”)
Posted by The Average Movie Nerd on April 30, 2013
In 1989 Tommy Shaw from Styx, Jack Blades from Night Ranger, Ted Nugent from, well, being Uncle Teddy, and (at the time) little known drummer Michael Cartellone (he of course join the legendary band Lynyrd Skynyrd) got together and formed the supergroup Damn Yankees; and high school dances in the early 90’s would forever be changed. Their self-titled first album went double-platinum and produced four Billboard Rock top 10 hits. Their sophomore effort didn’t fare as well. Granted it went gold and had three songs that hit the top 10 but general was much less popular than their first go around. Despite having a song use in the Jean-Claude Van Damme “classic” ‘Nowhere to Run’.
Why you may ask is Damn Yankees being featured today on Music Monday? Fair question. The answer is twofold. First fold; it is prom season and one of the songs to follow is a prom staple for me. The second fold; another one of their songs has been stuck in my head for DAYS… it needs to get out. So, ladies and gents, enjoy some 90’s hair rock.
Posted by The Average Movie Nerd on April 29, 2013
Sometimes I go down the rabbit hole that is You Tube. It tends to turn into a dark and scary place, but every once in a while you find something that makes the trip worth it. This trailer is one such thing. I enjoy finding strange and interesting films and this looks like it could foot the bill. Two industrial cleaners get a call to take care of a rather messy crime scene. What they find there isn’t what they expected; they find Thale.
What is Thale you ask? Thale is based on the real Norwegian folklore of the Huldra or in the native language skogsfru which means ‘Lady of the Forrest’. They are stunningly beautiful, usually naked, creatures from the front but resemble a hollowed out tree from behind. They live in hiding and lure unsuspecting young men to them for nefarious reasons, usually to bed them. If they are not satisfied they usually kill the man but if they are satisfied the Huldra will release them with a reward. There are other stories about baby swapping and such but I think you get the idea.
The movie made the film festival circuit last year so if you want to look this one up, head over to Amazon Instant Video and you can stream ‘Thale’ today if you wish. I just might.
Posted by The Average Movie Nerd on April 26, 2013
Now You See Me Poster
Who doesn’t like magic? Illusions? For those select few who don’t, this isn’t the movie for them. Well it might be. This is really a heist movie. A real ‘How the hell did they do that?’ heist movie, with a touch of Robin Hood thrown in. A group of illusionists rob tens of millions of dollars while they are performing their shows, not keeping a dime, but giving it to their audiences. Good plot. It looks interesting visually. It has a great cast: Morgan Freeman, Isla Fisher, Woody Harrelson, Dave Franco, Jesse Eisenberg, Mark Ruffalo, Common, and Michael Caine.
It looks like I’m going to be going to the movies a lot this May.
Posted by The Average Movie Nerd on April 25, 2013
Steve Carell and Sam Rockwell in ‘The Way, Way Back’
I have talked about my love for this type of movie in the past; the coming of age film. This has all the elements to be a great one. The story is about a somewhat awkwardly shy teenager who goes on vacation over the summer with his mom and her boyfriend. Over the summer he befriends the manager of the local water park and starts to really find himself and come out of his shell.
Classic plot in the genre, but this has a fantastic pedigree that has a chance to set it apart and give it that little extra. It has a fantastic cast from Steve Carell to Sam Rockwell to Toni Collette to Allison Janney and many more. It is being distributed by Fox Searchlight Pictures which has had a great track record the last few years. (Beasts of the Southern Wild, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, 127 Hours, Black Swan, Crazy Heart, (500) Days of Summer, The Wrestler, Juno, Once, Little Miss Sunshine… to name a few) Last but not least it is written and directed by Oscar winners Nat Faxon and Jim Rash. They won ‘Best Adapted Screenplay’ for The Descendants. Oh yeah, almost forgot, it was an official selection at Sundance.
All that said, this looks like a good movie. I look forward to seeing this on the big screen in July.
Posted by The Average Movie Nerd on April 24, 2013
Ratchet & Clank
Hello Readers. Sorry for the disappearance from writing. I had to put the pen down for a bit to make room for some time off. Now I am back and I will do my best to become a little more regular.
So here is something that fell into my lap just recently. From the creators of a very successful video game comes their first venture into the silver screen: The Ratchet and Clank movie!! Now the Ratchet and Clank series is a long standing series that has done well for itself. At first look/play most people will think it is more like a kid’s game. The reality is it is fun for all ages! Mixing in puzzles and witty banter with an engaging story line these games go the distance. So after playing a few of them you can really start to see that it is possible that Hollywood might actually be able to pull off a video game movie and not have it suck. I most likely will see this in theatres.
Movie Release set for 2015.
Posted by The Average Movie Nerd on April 23, 2013
I have been in a musical rut as of late. I just haven’t been listening to a whole lot of music. I have however been watching way too much TV. So today I am dedicating fully to music. The whole day listening to songs I know and love to see if I can break free from my musical funk. I shall bring you with me for the first few steps on today’s journey. Here are the first five songs I get when I load up the player and hit shuffle.
Posted by The Average Movie Nerd on April 22, 2013
Grown Ups 2
The boys are back in town. Not for a visit, no, this time they have moved back for good. Looks like the Sandler crew is back together in this follow up to their 2010 film. There was a vast majority who disliked the original for one reason or another. I was in the minority. I rather enjoyed the family style comedy they offered a couple years ago. It was reminiscent of the John Candy/Dan Aykroyd classic ‘The Great Outdoors’. I am looking forward to seeing how this one turns out this July. It has Shaq and Stone Cold Steve Austin in it; and that’s the bottom line because The Average Movie Nerd said so…
Posted by The Average Movie Nerd on April 18, 2013
Kick-Ass 2 Character Posters
I really liked the first movie. It was well done from top to bottom. The sequel looks to be more of the same goodness brought to life from the pages of the Mark Millar and John Romita Jr’s brilliant comic. Seems like all the old friends are there (Gotta love Hit-Girl! Chloë Grace Moretz is an awesomely fantastic young actor and a very beautiful young woman.) and a few new ones as well; most notably is Jim Carrey playing Colonel Stars and Stripes. Pay close attention to Jim when he talks in the trailer. He sounds, to me anyway, an awful lot like Dave Willis’ character Carl Brutananadilewski from ‘Aqua Teen Hunger Force’ or whatever they are calling it now. I wonder if Jimmy Carrey has been watching some Adult Swim…?
<Warning: This is the Red Band Trailer so it may be a little NSFW. Watch at work, or wherever, at your own risk…. You have been warned J >
Posted by The Average Movie Nerd on April 17, 2013
Man of Steel Symbol
Big budget plus big talent plus anticipation doesn’t always equal hit. In fact, more times than not it is the opposite. Thus the reason I am guarding my expectations on the latest reboot of the venerable comic book franchise. The parts are there for a ‘Dark Knightian’ success. But let’s not go there just yet. (Inside I have serious nerdgasms every time I see the different trailers for this movie)
Let’s hope Chris Nolan and Zach Snyder have captured lightning in a bottle because I really want to see a Nolan/Snyder ‘Justice League’ movie with Christian Bale playing an older, broken Bruce Wayne as mentor to Joseph Gordon-Levitt as Nightwing and all the others in the Halls of Justice. I really feel the success of this film will determine the future of the Justice League.
Posted by The Average Movie Nerd on April 16, 2013