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Honest Trailers: Wonder Woman

i always look forward to these honest trailers for movies that i dig… and just saw that they posted one for the new Wonder Woman movie.

which reminds me, i should probably go ahead and pickup a copy of it… just not sure if i wanna spend the extra on the 4K version or not… or just wait for the price to drop and grab it later when it hits around that $20 mark.

hmmmmm….

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Petition To Fire JJ Abrams

Fans petition Lucasfilm to fire J.J. Abrams from Star Wars: Episode IX

Fans are petitioning Lucasfilm to discharge J.J. Abrams from his post as director of Star Wars: Episode IX, just one week after his appointment to the role.

Last week, following the news that Colin Trevorrow was no longer directing the film, it was announced that the Star Wars: The Force Awakens director would step in to replace him.

Under Abrams’ direction, the seventh film in Star Wars‘ Skywalker saga became the third highest grossing film ever made. Despite its success and positive reviews, one unhappy fan has created a petition for Lucasfilm to “Remove J.J. Abrams as director of Star Wars Episode IX”. It currently has 1,811 signatures.

The petitioner, Matt Vela, argues Abrams’ direction of The Force Awakens resulted in a film that was too similar to Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope. “There was virtually no creativity,” he writes, “and no risks taken.”

damn man, what’s with all the nerdrage over JJ Abrams?!

sure, i get it and even agree to a point… but setting up a petition to fire him from a movie you haven’t seen, and won’t even be out for a few more years? ummm…. yeah.

c’mon man.

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J.J. Abrams To Direct Star Wars: Episode IX

It’s Official: J.J. Abrams Will Write and Direct Star Wars: Episode IX

saw mention of this earlier today on my twitter feed, but g’damn… didn’t realize that the internet / fanboys were their collective shit over it… wow… i wasn’t a huge fan of Force Awakens, but i really don’t blame JJ for it — it did what it was supposed to do, and really did have some great scenes… can’t wait to see some new star wars this december, and hopefully JJ will deliver a kickass ending to this new trilogy.

say what you will, but everone know’s he’s a huge star wars fan… so take a few deep breaths and chill, it’s still a couple years away afterall.

PS. as long as JJ doesn’t stand for “Jar-Jar” ;)

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Blade Runner 2049 Prequel

Blade Runner 2049 prequel starts to fill in the gap between the two movies

We’re still a few months away from the October 6th release of Denis Villeneuve’s Blade Runner 2049. Until then, though, fans will be able to tide themselves over with a series of three short films looking to fill in the 30-year gap between the original Blade Runner — set in 2019 — and the sequel.

The first is 2036: Nexus Dawn, posted over at Collider, which takes place 13 years before Villeneuve’s film kicks off. In the world of Blade Runner, the government instituted a prohibition on new replicant production in the year 2023 following an EMP attack that was blamed on replicants. The new short picks up Niander Wallace — presumed to be the villain of Blade Runner 2049, largely based on the fact that he’s played by Jared Leto and looks incredibly evil — petitioning to have that prohibition overturned so that he can create new replicants of his own.

As seen in the short, Wallace has created a new model of replicant, the Nexus 9, which he claims is superior to those built by Eldon Tyrell. It’s a good introduction to the bold arrogance of Wallace’s character, but it also serves to fill in a crucial question left after the original film: basically, where are all the new replicants in the sequel coming from?

didn’t know about these blade runner prequel short films, but am pretty happy i just stumbled across it… i keep going back ‘n forth on the fact that there even is a new blade runner movie coming out… but i’m curious enough to go see it in the theater when it’s released, damn it.

so if you’re a fan, then might be worth checking out these short prequels they’re posting online.

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Guardians Vol. 2 (4K UHD)

‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2: Cinematic Universe Edition’ review (4K UHD)

Marvel’s famed cosmic superhero team’s blockbuster return to theaters earlier this year finally arrives on ultra high-definition in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2: Cinematic Universe Edition (Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment, rated PG-13, 137 minutes, 2.40:1 aspect ratio, $42.99).

This release should not only satisfy fans looking to absorb the film’s rich comics pop culture, but it marks the first time Disney has delivered a film in the 4K UHD disc format to home entertainment connoisseurs.

It also helps that writer and director James Gunn’s latest effort is not only as great as his first Guardians’ film, in both grandiose action scenes and humor, but also arguably transcends the original thanks to its emotionally charged plot.

yeah, i totally picked this one up… stopped by Best Buy yesterday and decided to go ahead and snag the 4K version, since i figure if i’m gonna buy a physical copy of a movie that i really like (and will re-watch a lot), then might as well get the 4K UHD version.

watched it last night, and have to say… g’damn, it does look fucking good… i mean, there were a few scenes were i was like “whoa, that really does looks awesome!” ;)

personally, i think HDR has a bigger impact that 4K.

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Honest Trailers: Guardians 2

Honest Trailers – Guardians of the Galaxy 2

comes out on bluray next week… thinking i might have to pick this one up on 4K/UHD though, because… well shit, it’s guardians of the fucking galaxy, mang!

saw it twice in the theater — both in 2D and 3D — and i’m actually looking forward to sitting down and watching it again.

#SoGood  #ThumbsUp

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Star Wars: The Last Jedi Strikes Back

Rian Johnson Is Fully Aware The Last Jedi Might Sound Like Empire Strikes Back, and He Doesn’t Care

One of the most popular refrains used to critique The Force Awakens was “It’s just a remake of A New Hope!” And even before we got a look at The Last Jedi, people were ready to declare “It’s just gonna be a remake of Empire Strikes Back!” But Rian Johnson is more than happy to admit ESB’s influence on the movie, and thinks that in the end, it doesn’t really matter.

Speaking as part of a larger piece for Entertainment Weekly about Finn and Rose’s journey in the Last Jedi—which will see a reluctant Finn, with a star-struck Rose at his side, go on a mission to the luxurious casino city of Canto Bight in the wake of troubled times for the Resistance—Johnson acknowledged that yes, it might all sound a little bit like Han and Leia visiting Cloud City, especially since Rey is off getting taught the Jedi ways by her curmudgeonly old mentor. But for Johnson, those structural parallels don’t matter as much as perhaps some fans would like to think they do:

I just tried to kind of ignore that aspect of it and have the story take the shape that it needed to. But look, Rey is off in a remote location with a Jedi master, and the Resistance is in a tough spot, and we’re intercutting those stories. By its very nature, there are some structural parallels. But these are new characters, they’re dealing with new things, and that ultimately is what defines the movie. So I think that’s going to be unique.

Somehow, I doubt that’s going to stop anyone from saying that The Last Jedi looks similar to a movie often recognized as one of the best scifi movies of all time like it’s a bad thing, but yes: Johnson is fully aware of the comparisons—he just thinks what’s new about The Last Jedi is going to be much more important.

hmmmm… well, i really hope that the similarities are super basic and generalized, and not like the smack-ya-in-the-face near carbon copy that The Force Awakens was… i mean, you didn’t need to be some star wars nerd to walk out of the theater feeling like you just watched a remake of A New Hope or something.

i’m still hopefoo and look’n forward to it :)

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Honest Trailers – Alien: Covenant

after hearing so much crap about the new Alien: Covenant movie, i never got around to seeing it in the theater… and i was okay with that.

i did finally get around to watching it the other night, and pretty much everything (non-spoiler) i heard about it was pretty much dead on… namely, it wasn’t “scary” at all and hell, i think i kinda laughed at one scene… there was some cool stuff in it, a few little gems, but otherwise it wasn’t all that great — which is really saying something after Prometheus.

speaking of which, at least they explained some stuff from where that one left off, so we were left completely hanging.

definitely worth the watch, but not really worth running out and grabbing the 4K UHD blu-ray, since it’s just not something i’m gonna rewatch a lot… but that’s just me.

“watch me, i’ll do the fingering…”

#chuckle

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Kindsman: The Golden Circle

not really sure how, but i completely missed checking out the trailer for the new Kingsman movie… and after seeing this, i think i’d be down to go see it up on the big screen.

especially since i loved the first one, and remember being pretty surprised since i guess i wasn’t really expecting all that much or something… i mostly remember that kickass fight scene in the church, and remember sitting in my seat going, “holy shit mang!”

PS. puts it on the list.

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Moog’n Blade Runner

Blade Runner theme-s made at the Moog Mother64

i watched Blade Runner for the first time in years the other night, and man… hard to believe that movie is like 30+ years old… i mean, after all that time, and it still holds up.

figured i’d go ahead and watch it again since the new one is coming out later this year, which i still have high hopes for… though at the same time, i’m really trying hard not to get my expectations up too much so i don’t walk outta the theater all disgusted and pissed.

PS. the original theme song was done with a Yamaha CS-80

Blade Runner 2049 Will Be Missing One Much-Hated Element From the Original

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‘The Avengers: Infinity War’ Poster Is Here

‘The Avengers: Infinity War’ Poster Is Here In Full 80s-Inspired Glory

weren’t kidding about that 80’s inspired glory, aye?

speaking of movies, saw ‘Valerian’ over the weekend and don’t want to drop any spoilers or anything… but will say 1) i didn’t realize it was basically a love story, and 2) it was pure sci-fi visual porn — and that alone was worth going to the theater to see it up on the big screen.

not a big fan of 3D movies, but i’m almost curious about it with Valerian.

#hmmmm

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Valerian or Dunkirk?

oh man, decisions… decisions… was just asked which movie i’d rather go see this weekend — Valerian or Dunkirk?

at the moment, i’m leaning towards Valerian since i feel like i’ve been waiting forever for this one to finally hit the big screen… also really want to see Dunkirk though, too… hmmm…

maybe i’ll go see Valerian this weekend, and Dunkirk next week… or say “fuck it” and see both of ’em this weekend if i can ;)

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Dissecting Latest Star Wars: Last Jedi Footage

All the Details and Secrets We Spotted in the Latest Star Wars: The Last Jedi Footage

D23 is upon us this weekend, and with it, a new behind-the-scenes glimpse at the next chapter in the Star Wars saga. But although the movie didn’t offer us a full trailer, what we did get was still jam-packed with little hints and clues as to what’s to come for Luke, Leia, Rey, Finn, and Poe.

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oh man, talk about a shitload of image/gif dissecting and musings on every little tiny second of a movie trailer… g’damn… okay, i really do need to try to avoid these.

…and what’s this about Thanos throwing a damn planet?!?

RIP George Romero, the Man Behind the Modern Zombie

PS. curiosity’s a bitch.

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Fate of the Furious

was having a beer over at my neighbors last night — damn he makes some mean fucking ribs! — and movies came up, so asked him if he’d seen the lastest Fast & Furious movie… of course he had, a couple times in matter of fact, and gave me a “copy” to watch.

so that’s what i did when i got back home, and i gotta say that i was genuinely kinda surprised… probably because i really wasn’t expecting all that much, but i thought it was actually better than the last one… though Dom’s acting kinda gets on my nerves at times, and Roman seemed more of a clown than usual… and though i’m a fan of Charlize Theron, she just looked a little weird to me… like she just had plastic surgery or something, i dunno.

anywho, definitely a fun popcorn movie :)

PS. just can’t take these things too damn seriously.

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Fast & Furious In Space?!

Here’s How the Fast & Furious Franchise Could Get To Space

The heroes of The Fast and the Furious series have taken on the Yakuza, hordes of self-driving cars, and a goddamn submarine. Given that each Fast & Furious movie has gotten increasingly more insane, there’s only one way the franchise’s next installment is going to be able to top its predecessors: by blasting off.

To put it bluntly, Fast & Furious is going to have to go to outer space if it wants to continue in the tradition of upping the ante, in terms of both stakes and stunts. Not only does director F. Gary Gray know this on some level, but he’s totally down to make it happen. During a recent interview with Screen Rant, Gray said that given how unbelievable some of the franchise’s previous eight films have been, getting the Crew into space isn’t out of the realm of possibility.

i never did get around to seeing the new Fast & Furious movie… not sure why, since i enjoyed the last couple of ’em… well, i liked Fast 5 and 6, but was mostly kinda “bleh” with the last one… so yeah, figure i’ll eventually either redbox it or just wait for it to come on FX or soemthing.

PS. anybody go to the theater to see it?

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Going To See Spidey?

i’m looking forward to hanging out with my son and having a beer ‘n buffalo wings, and then seeing this new Spidey movie in the theater later tonight :)

how about you? anybody else planning on seeing it this weekend?

dunno about you guys, but it’s been damn near impossible not to see all the commercials and trailers for this one… feels like it’s literally everywhere, but that’s okay… not a spoiler, but a friend pinged me a few minutes ago and just said to be sure to sit through all the credits, to the very very end!

usually do, being a marvel movie and all… but now i’m curious why he made a point to text me to say that.

The Greatest Spider-Men of All Time, Ranked

#hmmmmmm

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Pacific Rim in 4K

i sat down last night and watched the UHD 4K version “Pacific Rim” on my new Sony UBP-X800 4K Bluray Player that i ordered on amazon after getting that 4K TCL and watching a couple hours of 4K HDR videos on youtube and drooling all over myself…

…and holy shitballs!!!!!!!!!!!!

seriously man, not only do i love the movie and think it’s always looked awesome — but it looks fucking amazing in 4K HDR… think my jaw dropped at least half a dozen times, and even rewinded a few scenes just to watch it again.

unbelievable.

PS. might have to watch it again tonight, lol

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Atomic Baby Driver

speaking of which, after watching these trailers for Atomic Blonde and Baby Driver, i really wouldn’t mind going to see these up on the big screen i think… i mean, this girl-on-girl scene with charlize theron is worth the price of a movie ticket alone ;)

and this one’s been kinda under the radar, at least for me:

both the trailer and soundtrack are pretty awesome, so might have to put this one on the list… maybe i’ll see if jayden will go with his “old man” to go see it.

PS. at the moment, i’m pumped to go see the new Spider-Man!!!!!

#MentalReminder  #KickAss

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The Soundtrack Comeback?

From Baby Driver to Atomic Blonde, Streaming Has Saved The Movie Soundtrack

JOHN HOULIHAN’S MISSION seemed impossible. The music supervisor for Atomic Blonde had to win over George Michael, New Order, and Public Enemy, with nothing but a little bit of cash and the promise that their music would be playing as a backdrop to Charlize Theron doing badass spy stuff in 1989 Berlin. As someone who has been soundtracking films for more than 20 years, Houlihan knew in theory how to convince them and their licensors—bartering, negotiation, outright pleading—but the soundtrack-licensing game today is much different than it when he was finding music for Austin Powers.

From the 1980s to the early 2000s, a good movie soundtrack could become the year’s greatest mixtape. In 1987, it was Dirty Dancing. In 1992, it was Singles. Pulp Fiction and Above the Rim tied for the honor in 1994. Romeo + Juliet took the cake in 1996 and so on. But as iTunes—and later, streaming services—became more prevalent, the need for movies to compile a bunch of killer tracks in a physical album release has all but vaporized. (Why buy the 8 Mile soundtrack when you can just queue up an Eminem playlist on Spotify?)

This had two distinct effects on music supervisors’ jobs. First, fewer labels tried to strong-arm their hot new artists onto movie soundtracks. Second, they—and their musicians—became more amenable to licensing out their back-catalogue material, especially when physical album sales were dropping precipitously. “As the record business has segued from the brick-and-mortar thing that’s long-gone to this new digital thing, there’s been huge drops in their revenue,” Houlihan says. “Now this little side-dish thing of them giving synchronization licenses has become a lifeblood.” Both current and older artists realized that moviegoers who heard their song might be more likely to stream the rest of their body of work. And in 2017, that consideration has evolved to help make soundtracks the most vital and vibrant they’ve been in decades. Continue…

well to be honest, i’m kinda glad to hear this since i’ve been a long time fan of movie soundtracks… probably going way back to when i was a young teenager, and it was a cool way to get your hands on a CD with good songs from various artists… hell, i often will look for a good movie i just watched on spotify to see if there’s a soundtrack and will tune-in while working if one’s available.

PS. listening to “baby driver” soundtrack right now :)

PS. Charlize Theron looks so hot in that pic…

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Drive Angry, Please

was flipping through the channels late last night and there was nothing interesting to watch, something i’ve been feeling like more and more of late… anywho, i started looking at the movie channels and saw that “Drive Angry” was about to start, so switched over since i haven’t seen that movie in forever.

holy shit, forgot what a great movie that was!

sure, it didn’t win any oscars or anything, but it’s a fun movie to just chill and mindlessly watch… that scene with him fucking that chick while in a gun fight, getting zapped with a cattle prod and the girl also getting electrocuted? whoa.. forgot about that… i mean… g’damn!

PS. woke up with this song stuck in my head, too.

¯\_(ツ)_/¯

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