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Archive for October, 2013

Trick r’ Treat sequel is coming

Fans of Legendary Pictures’ Trick ‘r Treat have been waiting a long time for this news and it is official, a sequel is in the works.

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Despite originally being slated for a theatrical release in 2007, the movie end up coming out straight to DVD in 2009. Since then it’s gained a cult following, mostly through word of mouth.

The sequel was announced at a special screening of the first film and will be in the capable hands of Michael Dougherty who both wrote and directed the original.

Though a release date hasn’t been set yet, fans can now look forward to another visit from Sam.
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Any thoughts? Leave your comments in the section below. Happy Halloween.

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X-Men: Days of Future Past trailer

Surprisingly little special effects for an X-Men trailer and yet it still looks great.

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Seeing the old and new X-Men cast in the same movie is exciting in the way that watching the Avengers finally come together was, but it is a bit of a shame that most of the cast won’t get to interact with each other.

Arguably the best part of the X-Men franchise has been the relationship between Magneto and Professor X and it looks like this relationship will be close to the centre of the film.

Personally, I find it hard not to wonder if the X-Men tampering with the past will erase the events of The Last Stand. After all, it would revive some fan favourite characters.

Check out the trailer to the upcoming X-Men: Days of Future Past and leave your thoughts in the comments below.


Thor: The Dark World review

When we last saw Thor he was escorting Loki back to Asgard after yet another Earth city was destroyed at his hands, which is why it brings great satisfaction to see an Earthling cause so much trouble back on his planet in Thor: The Dark World.

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The story begins with Thor’s grandfather defeating an ancient race of dark elves, who predate the creation of the nine realms. After the battle, the Asgardians seal away a fluid destructive force known as the aether so that it can’t be used to cause any more harm.

Back on Earth, Jane and her intern Darcy, who now has her own intern, are in England investigating strange energy signals when they stumble upon a place where the laws of physics don’t always apply and the link between worlds is weak. This inevitably leads to the reawakening of the almost extinct dark elves.

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The name of the movie may be Thor, but it seems the hammer wielding hero still hasn’t managed to get out of his brother’s shadow and it’s beginning to look like you can’t have a Thor movie without Loki, which is only going to cause problems in the long run no matter how good Tom Hiddleston is in the role.

Loki is a much more fun character than the ever serious Thor and this time we get to see whether or not he can ever be trusted, when Thor goes against his Janefather, and maybe his better judgement, and teams up with Loki. The new dynamic between them is much more interesting than having Loki be the villain again and offers Loki the chance to grow as a character.

Asgard features heavily in this film and there are some impressive shots flying above the city that really help to build up this world. Though after a while it’s hard not to get distracted by the fact that not a single street scene ever takes place in the beautiful bright city. This is highlighted even more by scenes on Earth that can use actual streets.

This film also sees Natalie Portman’s Jane Foster go to Asgard for the first time and helps to introduce an almost non-existent love triangle between Jane, Thor and Sif. The entire weight of this love triangle falls on Jaimie Alexander’s shoulder who manages to convey the whole thing in dirty looks while secretly wishing she’d been cast as DC’s Wonder Woman instead.

The fight scenes in the movie are pretty fun to watch, which probably comes from director Alan Taylor’s work on Game of Thrones. If any of the Marvel movies could benefit from Game of Thrones it’s Thor, even if changing director almost cost them their female lead.

Much of the comedic relief comes from the Earth bound characters. Mostly Stellan SkarsgĂ„rd’s crazy Eric Selvig and, queen of the one liners, Kat Dennings’ as Darcy. Even though most of the action happens off world it seems that Earth is still the place to go for comedy, which does cause it to take some damage so it’s not completely out of the danger zone.

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Chris Hemsworth once again proves that he is perfect for the role of Thor, which probably means he’s never going to be returning to Australian soap Home and Away. Though I doubt that will bother most of this Marvel fans. Thor was arguably the strongest movie in Marvel’s cinematic phase one and it looks like it’s going to be holding onto this title for phase two as well.

When the movie ends, remember this is a superhero movie you’re watching and don’t leave your seat. This one is worth the wait and you don’t want to be the one who has to watch it in bad YouTube quality.

Don’t forget to leave your thoughts in the comments section below.


Captain America 2: The Winter Soldier trailer

Having personally thought that the first Captain America movie was the weakest of Marvel Phase one, I wasn’t particularly excited about seeing this trailer. Now that I’ve watched it I think that it’s a bit of a mixed bag.

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Starting with the positive, the suit is so much better than the one in the Avengers and they seem to be addressing Captain America’s reluctance to enter the modern world. That could potentially be really interesting, plus there’s the action which seems to hold up to the usual Marvel standards.

Even though it seems like a smart move to keep Captain America heavily linked with SHIELD, the whole thing just undermines the TV series. Let’s face it, the effects on the show are pretty bad and this movie seems like it’s just going to make the significant difference in budgets even more obvious. It doesn’t make sense, why make a SHIELD TV show if Captain America 2 was basically going to be a SHIELD movie.

Then there’s the Winter Soldier who actually has to sit down and put make up around his eyes before he can go out and cause havoc…

Back on the bright side, it looks like we’re going to get lots more Black Widow and that’s always a plus.

Check out the trailer and leave your thoughts in the comments below.


Murder She Wrote revived

Jessica Fletcher could be returning to TV screens as NBC reimagines the hit 1980s crime drama Murder She Wrote with Octavia Spencer set to star.

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Murder She Wrote was popular in its day, particularly with older demographics, having run for an impressive 12 seasons, but it was the inability to click with younger viewers that ultimately caused the show to get cancelled. With that in mind, is it a good idea to bring back Murder She Wrote?

As both a fan of the original show and young person the response I’d like to give is yes, but it’s not hard to see the pit falls. To often classic shows are reimagined and bare little resemblance to the original other than the title, which just becomes a gimmick to get people talking about the show. Take the recent attempt at a Charlie’s Angels TV series for example.

20131025-011416.jpgEven if that doesn’t happen and a show that is somewhat similar to the original is produced, chances are it won’t connect well with modern audiences. The entertainment industry has changed since the original series ended in 1996. Crime shows are now more gruesome and centre heavily around DNA evidence rather than having an author come in to solve the case by setting up a trap that leaves her and the killer alone in a room so that she can get a confession while the police ease drop on the conversation.

A few details were given about the remake, we know that this version of Jessica Fletcher works as a hospital administrator who has an interest in true crime and publishes her first mystery novel. The show has also been described as a light version of Bones or Fargo.

Spencer did say that, in a meeting with NBC chairman Bob Greenblatt, she was asked what type of character would lure her back to television and she said ‘J.B. Fletcher meets Columbo’, which is what started the ball moving on the project.

As far as leading ladies go Octavia Spencer is a great choice for almost any role, she’s a versatile actress. The problem is that she hasn’t really made much of an impact yet. Before her Oscar winning role in The Help she was known mostly for doing smaller roles mainly in television. Now that she has the Oscar winning status she should be focusing more on her film career. Returning to television so soon may be a mistake for her since she hasn’t really made a name for herself independent of The Help yet and it’d be a shame if she moved backwards in her career since she is such a good actress.

Even if the show ends up being completely different fans will enjoy the fact that the theme music will be the same as the original series. Try picturing that over the opening credits of Bones.

What do you think? Are you a fan of the original show? Would you like to see this reimagining? Do you think that producers should leave classic programs alone? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below.


New Anchorman 2 trailer

Check out the latest trailer for the upcoming sequel to Anchorman.