Sin City: A Dame to Kill For

 

Sin City A Dame to Kill For poster

Sin City A Dame to Kill For poster

The highly stylized noir graphic novel is getting a second shot at the box office. The original 2005 ‘Sin City’ was stunning in its jump from page to screen; Frank Miller’s source material never looked better. For the sequel he and Robert Rodriguez bring us back to Basin City and crank up everything. The look is just as stunning. Here’s all they are saying so far about this one:

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G.I. Joe: Retaliation

By Scuzz

 

Snake Eyes' G.I. Joe: Retaliation Poster

Snake Eyes’ G.I. Joe: Retaliation Poster

The next installment of the G.I. Joe series. YO JOE!!!

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The Cold Light Of Day

 

 

Bruce is a bad ass… Sigourney is a bad ass… Do you need to know more? Oh… Alright. A nice, normal looking family is on vacation together for the first time in years. The eldest, played by Henry Cavill, leaves them for a bit while he goes to town. When he gets back they are all gone. He goes to the policia for help just to find out they are in on the abduction. In comes dear old Dad (Bruce Willis) to save his son and let him in on the secret… yep he’s a spy. Explosions, shoot outs, stand offs and a leap from a building follow of course. It does look pretty good.

 

 

 

 

The Expendables 2

 

 

After I saw the first one, my friends and I sat down and talked about who we would like to see in a sequel… Yeah… they nailed it… This is a see in theater must for me. It makes the inner 80’s kid in my very happy 😉

 

 

 

 

Looper

 

 

The premiss of this film is very meta. A hitman for the mob has a contract for a guy who turns out to be his future self. I heard about this film awhile ago and finally the teaser trailer is out. It looks pretty bad ass.

 

 

 

 

Moonrise Kingdom

 

 

Either you like Wes Anderson movies or you don’t… and this is a Wes Anderson movie. With films like The Royal Tenenbaums, Bottle Rocket, Rushmore, The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou and The Darjeeling Limited, Wes Anderson has a specific vision and voice. This movie has the same look and feel of his others. I know I will watch it. Plus it has a star-studded cast.

 

 

 

 

5 Or More… Disaster Movies

 

 

Unless you are living under a rock there are two things you should know; it is 2012 and in 2012 the world is supposed to end. Well it marks the end of the Mayan calendar which most believe was a prophecy that the world is supposed to end on the 21st of December this year. Hollywood has always used the paranoia of the end of the world to fuel ticket sales. And it is a combustible formula that works because people like to know, no matter how implausible, every ‘what if’ scenarios. Be it aliens, volcanos, monsters or just a little rain, people want to see what might happen ‘if’. I am no different… ok, I am a little different. I enjoy a good disaster movie for its face value; entertainment. These things are just straight excuses to eat popcorn… maybe some Hot Tamales or Sour Patch Kids.

 

 

So…

 
Here is a list, in no particular order, of my favorite Disaster Movies.

 

 

2012

 
Yep… have to put in this one. From the “Disaster Master” Roland Emmerich, it is an enjoyable popcorn movie. Good action sequences coupled with a great crazy man played by Woody Harrelson and a blockbuster turn from John Cusack make it anenjoyable 158 minutes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Day After Tomorrow

 
The classic wether weather will do us in plot. The end got a little global warming preachy for me but other than that I enjoyed this frozen possibility for the Earth’s demise. Also the thought that people in North Dakota wouldn’t really notice. They would just make sure to plug-in their cars and maybe wear an extra pair of long undies.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Core

 
This movie usually gets lost in the disaster movie genre. That is sad. It has all the hallmarks of greatness; improbable premiss, invented technology, cheesy dialog, “famous” actors and a license to make crap up. It is worth a watch if you are a fan of this movie type.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Day After (1983)

 
In my humble opinion, this is the most disturbing manmade disaster flick of them all. Granted it may have been my young  age when I watched this made for TV movie. But in my head it was (and still is) very disturbing. Just the visual of the mushroom cloud will chill you to the bone. I think the most affecting part of movie is that: THIS CAN ACTUALLY HAPPEN! Be
it disaster flicks, horror movies or the like, that quality, reality, is the scariest thing to me. There is something to be said about human imagination conjuring up disturbing images and situations as well. However, in the end, that is all in your head. Plus it had Steve Guttenberg in it….

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mars Attacks!

 
Cheese at its world ending best. I love the campy, tongue in cheek manner that this movie was presented. No excuses. I love this movie. It makes me laugh.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Independence Day

 
While Mars Attacks! has the straight up cheese factor where alien movies are concerned, Independence Day has the cool factor. I remember the marketing for this movie. The months leading up to July 4th there were these images of the White House being blown to bits and pieces; needless to say I was intrigued. I admit I was at the theater opening weekend to see
Will Smith and Jeff Goldblum save the world with a laptop. And it has one of the best rally speeches of all time…

 

 

 

 

 

 

Twister

 
This makes my list because of the myriad of horribly inaccurate dialog. Sooooo bad… but yet it sucks you in. Why? “We’ve got cow.” What more is there to say? oh yeah… “He’s in it for the money, not the science.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

Deep Impact

 
A more realistic look at the end of the world via a giant meteor. It was well done but totally overshadowed by the last movie on my list. Well worth a watch though.

 

 

 

 

 
Armageddon

 
When you think disaster movie you think Armageddon. The cast, the effects, the premiss, the bad science, the one lners, the soundtrack (This movie gave us Aerosmith’s 1st #1 hit) put all those things together and it makes for one of the best, if not thee best, disaster movies ever made. It really has it all.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Honorable mentions go to Dante’s Peak, The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951), The Towering Inferno, Volcano, The Poseidon Adventure, Hard Rain, The Andromeda Strain, Godzilla (1954), Godzilla, King of the Monsters! (1956)

 
There it is, for better or worse. That is my list of Disaster Movies.

 
Comments?

 
Questions?

 
Let me know…

 

 

G.I. Joe: Retaliation

 

 

Out of all the boycentric toys and cartoons growing up G.I. Joe was pretty close to being my favorite. I had the Cobra Terror Drome, G.I. Joe Tomahawk, Sgt. Slaughter, Tomax and Xamot… Heck I even saved up the points to get the William “The Refrigerator” Perry action figure. When I saw the preview for the first G.I. Joe movie, to say I was disappointed would be a real understatement. I found myself sitting in the theater one weekday afternoon, cloaked in shame and humiliation, to watch the movie. I said to myself “Self, give it a shot. It might be better than the preview looked.” I was wrong. Boy was I wrong. It was sad to see a beloved thing from my childhood get beaten around like that.

 

So when I found out they were making a second G.I. Joe movie I cringed. But being a sucker, I searched out and found info for it then found a trailer. The first teaser I saw peaked my interest. So I waited till they put out a full trailer. Then I watched it and wasn’t so scared anymore; not excited, but I will watch it with a little less shame and humiliation.

 

 

 

 

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