Categories: "Movies"

Who Needs the Kwik-E-Mart?

On Friday I went to the Kwik-E-Mart in Burbank and Griffith Observatory with Jeri and her sister Jenny. Check out the pics here. It was pretty freaking cool. If you get a chance to go to one of the actual stores, I highly recommend it. It's a shame there's only 11 of them, 2 of them being in the L.A. area. Every 7-11 has Simpsons themed stuff, though. Some clever and fun marketing, if you ask me.

posted by | 07/09/07| 09:05:36 pm| Movies, TeeVee| 2 comments »


Video of the Day: Die Hard - The Song

This is pretty awesome. And NSFW.

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Gotta love that chorus. Props to Deacon for the link.

posted by | 07/06/07| 10:54:49 pm| Movies, Tunes, Video of the Day| 3 comments »


Transformers & Live Free or Die Hard

Just got back from Transformers. If you're riding the fence on this one, get the hell off of it and go see this movie already. It's a great summer film, pure fun, and giant freaking robot excitement. I really dig this new 8 PM showing thing. I think I'm getting too old for midnight shows. Let me just tell you, the moment the first Transformer transformed on screen, the crowd went nuts and I felt like I was 6 years old again. I think the majority of the crowd did. Except for the asshole who thought it was a good idea to bring his BABY to the movie. Don't even get me started on that. The human actors were great, and the freaking Transformers were awesome. I'm so stinking glad they got Peter Cullen for the voice of Optimus Prime and Hugo Weaving did a great job as the voice of Megatron. The flick was action packed. I'm sure there were plot holes and other crap like that, but honestly, those things don't really matter in a movie like this. It's just fun. Bay did what he does best, which is blow a lot of stuff up and make it look awesome. I know I'll be in line to see this one again. It's definitely something you have to see on the big screen.

I also saw Live Free or Die Hard this weekend, which was also a great summer flick. There were some crazy scenes that defied all laws of physics and gravity, but that's what these movies are all about. Bruce Willis delivered once again. Kevin Smith was really funny in his role. He wasn't kidding on how integral he was to the plot of the movie. I thought Justin Long also did a great job in the sidekick role. The only thing negative I have to say about the flick is that both Timothy Olyphant and his character just didn't make a very good Die Hard villain. Just by looking at him, you know he doesn't stand a chance against McClane. Also, I guess I just don't really like Timothy Olyphant. But that aside, this was another great action flick. I liked Transformers more, but I thought both of these movies were great, definitely some of the most fun movies of the summer so far.

posted by | 07/03/07| 02:17:29 am| Movies| 3 comments »


Kevin Smith Interviews Bruce Willis

Live Free or Die Hard comes out today and I'm pretty excited about it. I'll probably go sometime this weekend. From all the reviews so far, it sounds like it's a fun movie and people are digging it. Kevin Smith is getting very positive reviews for his brief role in the movie. I'm also interested to see the pairing of Bruce Willis and Justin Long, who I really dig. This came out a few days ago, but I forgot to post it, so check it out. It's a pretty good clip of Kevin interviewing Bruce Willis about the movie. There's also some good clips from the movie itself. With this, Ratatouille, and Transformers all coming out in the next week, it appears the summer movie season is still moving ahead with full steam. Should be fun.

posted by | 06/27/07| 03:26:02 pm| Movies, Kevin Smith| 1 comment »


Neglect

Sorry folks, I don't really have an excuse this time. I guess I've just been busy, keeping myself occupied and trying to find some gainful employment. Summer school has kept me quite busy since I have assignments due so frequently, but that is almost done. Here's what I've done since my birthday party a week ago:

  • Went to Universal Studios. I got a free ticket in the mail, so that was sweet.
  • Took a test and did a bunch of homework.
  • Tried to sell my laptop on ebay but the winner of the auction turned out to be a scammer from Nigeria. Nice try, pal.
  • Saw The Princess Bride out under the stars at the L.A. Film Fest.
  • Watched a bunch of DVDs. Top picks included LolliLove, Run Ronnie Run, Crimes and Misdemeanors, The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, and Lady Vengeance.
  • Went to San Onofre State Beach with a bunch of folks. It was great. Probably the first time I've spent all day at the beach in ages.
  • Saw Evan Almighty with a bunch of friends yesterday. It was pretty funny, better than I expected.
  • Continued the Alias marathon with Phil and Janelle after a long hiatus. We're now back on pace to finish before summer's over. Hopefully.

Whew! Yeah, lots of things going on. This week is pretty busy too. I'm going to Disneyland tonight with some folks to say goodbye to some friends who are moving out of state. Wednesday it's back to the L.A. Film Festival for a screening of "Once More With Feeling," the musical Buffy episode. I'm really excited for that. Thursday is our big Ann Lynn show at U.C. Irvine. Check out our Events Page for all the details on that. Hope everyone else is doing all right, having a good summer and all that good stuff.

posted by | 06/25/07| 01:58:22 pm| Movies, Random, TeeVee, Anything Else| 1 comment »


New PTA & Coen Brothers Trailers

It's been awhile since we heard from Joel and Ethan Coen and even longer since we've heard from P.T. Anderson. Both have some big projects releasing this Oscar season and the thing they have in common is in both they have decided to eschew their regular cast members that have appeared in most of their films. First off we have the Coen' No Country for Old Men:

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The word at Cannes was very positive, especially for Javier Bardem, who looks stinking awesome. This one reminds me most of Blood Simple but looks even darker. Very cool. Next we have P.T. Anderson's There Will Be Blood. This isn't an official trailer, mind you, just a teaser of sorts that was released a couple days ago.

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Looks pretty sweet. I might be speaking ahead of myself a little bit but I really hope Daniel Day Lewis wins the Oscar he should have gotten for Gangs of New York with this performance. Yeah, he already has an Oscar, but he definitely should have more than the one. I'm also excited for this one because of Paul Dano. With these two flicks alone I'm definitely looking forward to this winter.

posted by | 06/18/07| 04:01:48 pm| Movies| 2 comments »


Knocked Up

I just got back from seeing Knocked Up with my friend Mike and I just have to say that I enjoyed the hell out of it, probably more so than any other movie I've seen in the theater this summer. Definitely the funniest movie I've seen all year, but besides the laughs there are some really sweet moments. It was great seeing all the Freaks and Geeks and Undeclared alumni in the movie, especially Martin Starr and Jay Baruchel, who I think are way under-appreciated. I also really dug Paul Rudd, who has been great in his recent appearance on Veronica Mars and the wonderful film Diggers, which I picked up at Blockbuster recently. Hopefully this will silence all the haters who said Seth Rogen wouldn't be able to carry a movie. Nicely done Apatow and crew, very nicely done.

posted by | 06/17/07| 02:24:02 am| Movies| 1 comment »


New Poll: Best Number Three

Since Jericho was the clear winner of the season finale poll, beating out Lost by about a hundred votes, I've picked a new poll. Since this summer seems to be the summer of threes (Spiderman, Pirates, Shrek) I figured we should vote on our favorite number three. Note that these aren't necessarily movies from trilogies. Feel free to add your own choices. I'm guessing we're going to see a battle between Star Wars and LOTR fans, but as far as that goes, I'm in agreement with Dante. All Jedi had was a bunch of Muppets.

posted by | 06/12/07| 05:07:32 pm| Movies, Site News| 5 comments »


First Batch of Pirates Premiere Pics

Here are Anthony's pictures from the Pirates premiere. He's even labeled the ones featuring celebs. My personal faves are this one of me in front of the Submarine Lagoon. It was great to see that the walls are down as the Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage is opening up on June 11th. I, being the lucky guy I am, get to ride it on the 3rd. I can't even tell you how excited I am. The subs were my favorite ride growing up. I was pretty heartbroken when they closed them back in 1998. From what I've heard, this new version is going to be pretty darn sweet. Oh yeah, Anthony also got some great pics of Keith Richards, Martin Landau, some chump, and a bunch of other folks. Greg's got some more pictures, which I will be posting sometime soon.

posted by | 05/22/07| 04:02:06 pm| Movies, Disneyland| 1 comment »


The Joker Revealed

Kyle posted earlier about the Harvey Dent promotional site created for The Dark Knight. Now there's a new site, I Believe In Harvey Dent Too. Wait a few seconds and you will see the man responsible for defacing Harvey's site. Neat-o.

posted by | 05/20/07| 08:24:50 pm| Movies, Comics| 6 comments »


Pirates Galore

Yesterday my friends Anthony, Greg, and I bared the masses at the premiere for Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End. As in the past, the premiere was held at Disneyland. By the time we got there, Main Street was already packed with people waiting for their chance to see Johnny and Orlando. Most of these people appeared to be members of the Teen Girl Squad. We decided to walk around the park a bit, visiting friends and going on a couple rides.

We then found a great spot right at the end of the red carpet at the entrance to Frontierland. Then we waited. And waited. And waited. Then Keith Richards walked by with a fleet of bodyguards, flashed a smile, and made it all worthwhile. Yeah, some other folks were there, including Johnny and Orlando, but we barely got a glimpse of those two since the movie was about to start and they had to make their grand entrance. We also saw Terri Hatcher, Chow Yun Fat, Martin Landau, Geoffrey Rush (with Jack the monkey), Cuba Gooding Jr., Bill Nighy, Jon Voight, and some other chumps like Kobe Bryant and that Joey guy from N'Sync. The surprise moment of the night occurred when, out of nowhere, Arnold Schwarzenegger came walking down the path behind us instead of down the red carpet. No one really noticed until I yelled out "Arnold!" and he smiled and waved, then kept on walking. I guess the Governator can forsake the red carpet and sneak in through the back. Because of his surprise entrance, we didn't get any good pictures of him. Shortly after that, Johnny Depp made his way past us and it became pretty chaotic. I even got punched in the back by an unknown assailant. At this point I could barely feel my legs since we'd been standing around for so long so we decided to take off. I don't know how those paparazzi guys do this on a regular basis. I'll have our pictures shortly, so stay tuned.

posted by | 05/20/07| 08:10:18 pm| Movies| Leave a comment »


Harry's Awesome Spiderman 3 Review

Harry finally reviews SPIDER-MAN 3... -- Ain't It Cool News: The best in movie, TV, DVD, and comic book news.

Harry, as usual, puts it in better words for me.

Dorky Dark Peter Parker?

Well, that's dead on for me. Peter Parker, even under the influence of a malevolent evil, would only ever be dorky bad. Because Peter Parker isn't a geek, he's a dork. He's hapless, klutzy and.. well.. a dork. Kinda like Sam Raimi. Sam projects a lot onto his heroes, be they Peter Parker/Spider-Man or Ash or all the way back in 1982 with Cleveland Smith, Bounty Hunter..

posted by | 05/09/07| 11:07:23 pm| Movies| Leave a comment »


Spiderman 3

I guess I'm in the minority on Spiderman 3. Judging from the crowd's reaction to the trailer, I'm also in the minority of those wanting to see Across the Universe, which I thought looked incredible. While it's probably not my favorite of the Spiderman films, I still dug the movie quite a bit. I thought the actors did a great job, especially Thomas Haden Church, Topher Grace, and James Franco. As far as the whole emo Peter Parker thing, I thought it was silly, but that's why I liked it. Remember the "Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head?" montage in Spiderman 2? I thought this was a great counterpoint to that. It was a good way to communicate the effects of the alien symbiote on Peter. It was also pretty funny. Venom was stinking awesome. I think they needed him in the movie since Sandman is essentially unbeatable and difficult to really fight.

Also, I have to disagree with Honzo about the Stan Lee and Bruce Campbell cameos. First off, they've appeared in the previous two, so why not this one? Also, I thought it was a good shout out to the fanboys. When both appeared on screen, the midnight crowd I was with went nuts. Also, Campbell's french waiter was freaking hilarious. My friend Phil pointed out it was a pretty spot on tribute to John Cleese's waiter in The Meaning of Life, not to mention Peter Sellers. So, yes, I really enjoyed the movie. Apparently more than most folk. It was a good way to kick off the summer season. I did realize that I'm almost getting to old for midnight screenings. Not the staying up late part, but dealing with the crowd. There were a couple moments where I just wanted to yell at kids like an old man. I guess this is growing up....

posted by | 05/07/07| 04:24:46 pm| Movies| 1 comment »


Some quick thoughts on Spiderman 3

Just got back from Spiderman 3. Mixed fruit. May have some spoilers.

Sweet and Sour Spiderman

posted by Hundiejo | 05/04/07| 03:09:11 am| Movies, Comics| Leave a comment »


Anticipation

I've had a couple discussions with folks about how George Lucas took away my movie anticipation innocence. Ever since the debacle that was Episode 1, I haven't been able to be 100% stoked on a new movie the way I could be before that fateful day in '99. Since then, there's always been a shred of doubt, even for the almost guaranteed to be sure things. Sometimes I really miss that child like anticipation for a movie. I don't think I've ever been so excited in my life than the days leading up to the release of movies like Batman, Jurassic Park, and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. I've come pretty close to feeling that in later years, probably the closest was with the Lord of the Rings movies, but it's just not the same since I left that theater among the shocked masses, wondering just what went wrong.

Why am I rehashing all this? Because I'm headed out to see Spiderman 3 in a little bit, and I'm kind of pissed that I can't be super stoked about it in the same way I was the first time I saw Michael Keaton say "I'm Batman!" on that trailer. There's no reason for this movie to suck. The last one was even better than the first. But it's there. The shred of doubt. It will always be there. I guess that's part of growing up.

posted by | 05/03/07| 11:06:42 pm| Movies| 2 comments »


Spinal Tap Reunion!

I hope they play "Stonehenge"

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posted by | 04/27/07| 11:23:57 pm| Movies, Tunes, Video of the Day| 1 comment »


Hot Fuzz

Hot Fuzz

I saw a free sneak preview of this tonight. It was as awesome as I thought it was going to be. It even has some of the carnage of Shaun of the Dead and even more great performances. Tons of great British comic actors including Bill Nighy and Steve Coogan in brief roles. Nick Frost and Simon Pegg are great together, as always. This film also has the greatest homage to Point Break ever. It's great. Go see it this weekend. I give it 4 out of 5 pickles.

posted by | 04/20/07| 04:37:47 am| Movies| 1 comment »


Who Needs the Kwik-E-Mart?

According to this Boing Boing post, 11 7-Eleven stores are going to be remade as Kwik-E-Marts to promote the Simpsons Movie.

If all goes as planned, the convenience store chain plans to refit 11 stores across the U.S. to resemble the front of the Kwik-E-Mart, the convenience store that Homer and other characters frequent in the classic cartoon TV series.

Customers also will be able to buy products inspired by the nearly two-decades-old show, including KrustyO's cereal, Buzz Cola and iced Squishees (the cup says Squishee, but the contents will be Slurpee).

If there is one of these anyway near where I live, I'll definitely go just to take pictures. I wonder if they'll be selling any Duff.

posted by | 03/28/07| 08:45:11 pm| Movies, TeeVee, Anything Else| 3 comments »


Reign Over Me

In case you haven't noticed, I don't really do movie reviews anymore. Why? Because honestly, I don't think anyone gives a crap about what I think about a movie. I know I take what other folks say about movies with several grains of salt. However, Gringo requested I put up my thoughts on Reign Over Me, so here you go. This is what I wrote on the VA Board:

I saw Reign Over Me last night. I liked parts of it, but overall I thought it was quite a mess. The pacing was very bizarre, bad editing, and it kept trying to be a comedy when it wasn't. Anytime I was getting sucked into the movie with a genuine performance, something would happen to take me out of it. I also had some major problems with the fact that Jada Pinkett Smith was portrayed as a bad wife holding her husband back. It just didn't make sense to me. Not to mention horrible usage of the word "faggot" which is a word I hate and just needs to go away. So yeah, I liked certain things, Sandler had some great moments, but overall I don't recommend it.

I'll also add that there were a couple plot lines that were pretty unnecessary and only caused the film to drag on. Which it does. The movie is two hours long as it is and it felt like I was in there a lot longer. I was very excited for this movie and I'm glad I saw it, but it really bummed me out. It could have been a whole lot better. So there's my review, take it for what you will.

posted by | 03/27/07| 08:39:12 pm| Movies| 1 comment »


Video of the Day: The Ultimate Nooooooo!

This is pretty awesome. I think it actually shows that Bruce Campbell beats out Anakin for being master of the "Noooooo!"

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posted by | 03/27/07| 06:23:25 pm| NOOOO!, Video of the Day| 2 comments »


Hugo Weaving to Voice Megatron

Thought the wave of Transformers news was over? Not quite. According to this report, Hugo Weaving has been cast as the voice of Megatron. I think that's dang near perfect. I'm pretty excited for the movie, not quite as much as Gringo, but now I'm pretty hopeful too.

posted by | 03/24/07| 03:42:57 pm| Movies| Leave a comment »


300 Rated PG

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BRUSH YOUR TEETH!

posted by Luis | 03/23/07| 10:02:51 am| Movies, Funny Stuff, Video of the Day| Leave a comment »


What's On

I haven't been watching a whole lot of movies lately. I did see 300 and Zodiac in the theater and enjoyed them both quite a bit. I still watch movies from Blockbuster but not quite at the rate I used to. I had to report a movie that I never received and one of my movies arrived with the envelope all mangled. Not sure what is going on with that. So what have I been watching? I caught up on the second season of How I Met Your Mother, which keeps getting better and better. I also finished the first season of Beverly Hills, 90210 and am now eagerly awaiting the release of the second season. I'm also still a sucker for LOST and they are actually finally starting to answer some questions, or so it seems. But the big time sink has been a show my brother and a few others have been telling me about, HBO's The Wire.

Before you say, "I don't do cop shows," let me just tell you this isn't your normal cop show. I'm not a big cop show guy and I'm totally hooked. The characters are fantastic, including the "bad guys." The show goes back and forth between the criminals and the people trying to catch them. It gets pretty messy and complex and there isn't a clear cut winner in the battle. I started watching a couple weeks ago and I'm already on the fifth episode of season 2. Definitely check this one out if you get the chance.

posted by | 03/21/07| 06:04:21 pm| Movies, TeeVee, What's On| 1 comment »


2 Good Hands

Saturday night was a blast. Kevin's house was awesome. There was lots of good food and beverage and Jen was a fantastic hostess. I split my time between hanging out with folks at the bar and playing at the table. I won two hands the entire night, but they were big enough to allow me to walk away from the game with some cash for the first time. The first hand I won was on a full house, but I didn't get a lot of money since most folks knew someone had a boat from the flop.

The second win was HUGE, the biggest pot of the night. I had an ace and two of spades and got the flush on the flop. I played pretty tight though since I wanted to get as many players as possible. On the turn it was down to me and one guy and I went all in, jacking up the pot another hundred bucks or so. Since there was no chance of quads or a boat on the board, I knew I had a pretty much unbeatable hand, but I was still nervous as hell. He ended up having a small straight and I took about $600. It was awesome. I ended up putting half of that away and playing with the rest for another few hours. Things got really crazy later on, lots of money changing hands, so I'm glad I put some of my chips away. I had a blast and walked away with some money, so it was definitely a great night.

posted by | 03/12/07| 05:26:38 pm| Random, Kevin Smith| 1 comment »


Holy Crap: Live Action G.I. Joe Movie is Happening!

IESB.net - Independent Entertainment News - IESB Exclusive: Mark Wahlberg as Duke in Live Action G.I. Joe?!

OMFG, it's like they read my mind.

The movie is said to be set before the rise of the COBRA organization, the film will show how the man the world will one day call Cobra Commander created his terrorist organization and honed it into a worldwide threat. Other COBRA characters, such as Destro and Stormshadow, are being planned to be included in the film. As for who is on the JOE team, look for appearances by the team's main players, such as Duke, Hawk and Snake Eyes.

I really think if done properly, this could be really awesome. Casting Mark Wahlberg as Duke is a great first step. We discussed this on one of the podcasts, but I have some casting choices. I mean, really, the possibilities are endless. Someone like Bruce Willis as an aging General Hawk. Samuel L. as Roadblock. Tony Jaa as Quick-Kick. Keira Knightly as Scarlett or Lady Jaye. Bruce Campbell as Shipwreck. And of course, The Sarge could have some kind of cameo. I know he's getting old, but you can't have a G.I. Joe movie without him.

posted by | 03/05/07| 03:55:18 am| Movies, TeeVee| 1 comment »


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