Maniacs, Zombies & Billionaire Playboys
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First off, I’d like to congratulate Mettel Ray Movie Blog as she celebrates her 3rd year of happy movie blogging! Pretty impressive. I’d also like to applaud Life vs. Film who deservedly won the FYC Poster Tournament over at The Large Association of Movie Blogs (The Lamb), I had two designs in the running but lost out somewhere along the line. If you’re a LAMB member this is your last chance to vote for the 2013 Lammy Awards. So go vote!
Okay, let’s start off with upcoming films we’re all getting excited to see. My most anticipated film this year has to be Nicolas Winding Refn’s Only God Forgives starring Ryan Gosling. On Tuesday, 3 Guys 1 Movie showcased this film in their Hump Day Have Your Say Feature. The Cinema Monster provided us with their Top 10 Most Anticipated Films of 2013 and Ruth at flixchatter asked us Who gave your favorite performance(s) of 2013 so far?
Check out some of the new Trailers from around the blogosphere: Not Now I’m Drinking a Beer and Watching a Movie previewed The Way, Way Back, Committed to Celluloid featured Turbo in their Coming Attractions post, The Highlight Reel will make you squeal with their look at The Pacific Rim (see Trailer to the lower right) and The Movie Universe showed us the new trailer for The Iceman starring Michael Shannon and Winona Ryder. You want to know what’s happening this summer? Look no further than Fogs’ Movie Reviews where he shares two massive posts of upcoming films in Part 01 and Part 02.
Vic’s Movie Den joined in on this categories fun with character posters from both Kick Ass 2 and Star Trek: Into Darkness. Rhino’s Horror looked at a couple of behind-the-scenes teaser photos from the highly anticipated film Godzilla, you can find these shots of rampage here and here. As if he didn’t scare us enough with that, Ryan also gave us his ‘must-see horror’ for 2013 with a sneak peak at In Fear.
Let’s stay on the topic of spooky and look at this weeks discussions relating to either Horror or Zombies. Tyson from Head In A Vice in his feature Promoting Horror looked at an upcoming creeper called SLASH while Projector Magazine asked us a serious question – Did We Kill the Horror Film? Movie 140, Projector Magazine, SNG Movie Thoughts and Films With Cappie all reviewed cult slasher Maniac starring Frodo Baggins – everyone equally agreed that it was an average to an above average flick. Rhino’s Horror revealed the poster artwork for The Purge, The Haunting of Helena as well as unused LIFE Magazine photos from Creature From the Black Lagoon!
Let’s talk Zombies – Jack Flacco put together a list of Zombie Movies that were sure to create some excitement, glad he included my favorite Dawn of the Dead. Not only did Parlor of Horror review 2010′s The Aurora Monsters this week but they also reblogged The Morbid Dollhouse – Creepy Horror Dolls post Zombie Dolls. I don’t usually talk about dolls unless it’s GI Joe related but these were pretty creepy and well worth a look. Is Arnold Schwarzenegger considered a zombie yet? Well Cinematic Flashback reviewed The Last Stand where he sure looked like one.
From Zombie’s to Zombie. Rob Zombie that is, his new film Lords of Salem is getting some mixed reviews. While Canadian Cinephile, Dan the Man’s Movie Reviews, Head In A Vice and Projector Magazine were all fairly unimpressed based on their ratings, MikesFilmTalk gave it a glowing review.
Speaking of mixed reviews, these reviewers seem to be on opposite pages. Whose right, whose wrong? Film is all a matter of personal taste so everyone’s right I suppose.
Today I Watched a Movie thought The Impossible was only slightly above average giving it a 1.6/3 rating while Vern at The Cinematic Katzenjammer was quite positive in his review The Impossible: Disaster Movie Done Right. Committed to Celluloid, digitalshortbread and Fast Film Reviews all thought Danny Boyle’s Trance was pretty nifty but The Film Oracle and Early Bird Film Society opinions were only iffy. Hey that rhymed. CyniCritics thought Terrence Malick’s film To the Wonder was a C and 3 Guys 1 Movie gave it 2 Guys out of 3. Hey that rhymed too, I’m a poet and didn’t even know it. 100 Films in a Year listed their 5 Worst Superhero Movies while The Phi Phenomenon gave a completely opposite take with their Top 10 Superhero Movies.
An Odyssey Through Film didn’t think Pain & Gain starring Marky Mark and the Rock was very good but both The Phi Phenomenon and Fogs’ Movie Reviews gave it a B+. Issy from The Filmster went slightly further giving it a Grand Rating.
Since we’re on the discussion of Pain & Gain, here’s my quote of the week courtesy of Rorschach Reviews.
“Michael Bay is the Nickelback of movies. His films are loud, shallow, overly sexual and generally unintelligent, yet somehow he still manages to pump out hit after hit.” Rorschach Reviews on Pain & Gain
Let’s move from the subject of painful to shitty. The Bishop Review walked all over Nobody Walks with a 1/5 score, nobody enjoyed the festivities of The Big Wedding this week including Dan the Man’s Movie Reviews, Fogs’ Movie Reviews, Rorschach Reviews and The Phi Phenomenon. Mettel Ray Movie Blog didn’t care much for 2013′s The Host, Keith and the Movies flunked Captain Kirk and Bronson in This Means War with 1.5 Stars, Cirque Du Cinema and BETTERTHANIMDB didn’t fall prey to the new Evil Dead release and finally MyReelPOV and Bananas About Movies thought Olympus Has Fallen pretty much sucked stars and stripes. It’s not shitty but it does takes place in the same room, Cinema Parrot Disco named their Top Ten Shower & Bath Scenes In Movies.
Without shitty you could never get perfection. Today I Watched a Movie thought 12 Monkeys was excellent! The Bishop Review gave Django Unchained a 5/5, Cinemapocalypse loved 1941′s The Wolfman and Kevin from Claratsi’s Movie Review was a guest at Head In A Vice reviewing The Dark Knight with a perfect score.
And if it’s slightly less than perfection then it’s simply recommended. Meera Darji had fun with 2010′s Despicable Me, Terry Malloy’s Pigeon Coop was very impressed with The Imposter and gave it 4/5 Pigeons, three rows back recommended a film called Rebellion and Eric from The Warning Sign thought Mud made him feel like a teenager again. Tranquil Dreams liked Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events saying it was quite enjoyable and entertaining.
Another recommendation I saw this week that stood out was Hipster Approved spotlight on Norfolk Virginia in A Story of Rock N Roll Survival. It Rains…You Get Wet did an in-depth analysis of Bruce Willis’s 2005 film Hostage – not only giving a full review but also examining its Opening Titles. Bruce Willis was also listed in Keith and the Movies 5 Phenomenal Movies Helicopter Scenes with Live Free or Die Hard.
To finish of this shitty category lets head on over to Isaacs Picture Conclusions where the shit is flying everywhere. SHITFEST 2013 is officially underway with Eric’s entry Bloody Mary and a second entry of 88 Minutes from Mark from Marked Movies. Go check it out, it’s a lot of fun!
Lots of interesting reviews for the Iron Man 3 release so far, they’ve been popping up all around the movie community. I still haven’t had the chance to check it out myself but these reviews are really helping me get a feel of how good it might be. So once again I’ve hired my trusted scientists to do some research and I ended up with this chart below that determined an average score from cinephiles that reviewed the Marvel sequel this week.
So for the second time in as many weeks I spent millions of dollars on research to find out something fairly obvious…Iron Man 3 is pretty darn good. You can read each and every one of these fine reviews right here: BETTERTHANIMDB, Cinema Parrot Disco, Claratsi’s Movie Review, Committed to Celluloid, Cryteria, Early Bird Film Society, Films With Cappie, Let’s Go To The Movies, M for Marvelous, Movie 140, MyFilmviews, Natalie Stendall, Sam’s Reel Views, Screenkicker!, The Sporadic Chronicles of a Beginner Blogger and Tim’s Film Reviews.
Sticking to the topic of iron and heroes, check out Foogos artwork (see pic left) featuring Iron Man 3 as well as his review of 2007′s The Invincible Iron Man. Film Haiku gave us his poetic take on Iron Man 3, Hipster Approved took a look at Hipster Superheros including Iron Man which was super funny (pardon the pun), The Cinematic Frontier worked on a Lobby Display for Iron Man 3 at his theater, Zoë from The Sporadic Chronicles of a Beginner Blogger not only critiqued Iron Man 3 shown above but also watched Iron Man 2 and Nick from The Cinematic Katzenjammer talked about the man behind the mask Robert Downey Jr. And hey, it’s not the Iron Man but it’s related to iron right? Popcorn Nights reviewed Sam Peckinpah 1977 film Cross of Iron.
From iron to heroes – Screenkicker discussed why he thought The Avengers wasn’t that great, Cinema Train reviewed Batman Begins and Flights, Tights, and Movie Nights talked about the not so palatable Batman & Robin from 1997.
The Place Beyond the Pines got more high praise this week from The Phi Phenomenon, Mr Rumsey’s Film Related Musings, The Cinema Monster, Cinema Parrot Disco, and Daniel’s Film Reviews. Wait, did someone say Ryan Gosling? Java Girl from JavaGirl’s Life’s had a slight crush on the Canadian born actor when she reviewed his 2007 film Fracture.
Speaking of beyond, let’s go outside our galaxy and talk a little Star Wars shall we? William Jepma reviewed The Empire Strikes Back (10/10), A New Hope (9.5/10), Return of the Jedi (9/10), The Phantom Menace (7.5/10) and Attack of the Clones (6.5/10). Notice how the scores keep decreasing as the series goes on? Since we’re already talking about Star Wars, check out Cinema Parrot Disco’s post Star Wars Inspired Propaganda Poster Art.
Plenty of actors, actresses and directors were spotlighted this week. I always say ladies first because I’m so damn polite, so let’s take a look at Indiana Jones loves interest Marion Ravenwood courtesy of Jack Flacco. Nostra from MyFilmviews showcased the wonderfully talented Michelle Williams in his feature The Many Faces of…, Sati from Cinematic Corner published an article on rising star Saoirse Ronan and in Flights, Tights, and Movie Nights Comic Strip Double Dip Blogathon he featured Uma Thurman in G Girl/Poison Ivy.
Now for the men, Hard Ticket to Home Video showed off an Unsung Hero of Hollywood: James Karen, Lights Camera Reaction exposed Daniel Day-Lewis in Gangs of New York and With a Friend Like Gary posted a Funny or Die video of Michael Shannon Reciting an Angry Sorority Letter.
And……CUT! Everyone loves directors right? Well Cinematic asked What is Your Least Favorite Movie By One of Your Favorite Directors? Cinematic also got the chance to see The King of Comedy at the Tribeca Film Festival which screened a new restoration for the 30th anniversary. He talked about the experience at the screening as well as seeing Scorsese, De Niro, and Lewis on stage. Anyone jealous? Rorschach Reviews along with Fernando from Committed to Celluloid also did a spotlight on Scorsese and The King of Comedy. Finally filmguidedublin with special guest contributor Bryan Lynch listed their Five Essential Works of Akira Kurosawa and 3 Guys 1 Movie asked What is Your Favorite Anderson Film?
What? You like Tarantino you say? Well PG Cooper’s Movie Reviews ranked The Films of Quentin Tarantino and check out Marked Movies brand new feature called Classic Scene. This week he profiled Reservoir Dogs and the I Don’t Tip scene. Excellent stuff.
Thanks for reading everyone, I hope I didn’t forget anyone and if I did I’m terribly sorry. If you would like to be included or excluded from this or future posts, please let me know.
I’d also like to thank my Hipsters for a Day this week Tom Little for his political review of V for Vendetta and Michael Boyd with his explosive review of Fast Five. Thanks guys, you both did such a wonderful job and gave me a couple days off. I’d also like to thank Flights, Tights, and Movie Nights for interviewing me in their Follow Friday feature.
Until next time my cinephiliacs! Keep up the good work.
Posted on May 3, 2013, in Fueled By Film Under Review, Fun and tagged 100 Films in a Year, 3 Guys 1 Movie, An Odyssey Through Film, Bananas About Movies, BETTERTHANIMDB, Canadian Cinephile, Cinema Parrot Disco, Cinemapocalypse, Cinematic, Cinematic Corner, Cinematic Flashback, Cirque Du Cinema, Claratsi's Movie Review, Committed to Celluloid, Cryteria, CyniCritic's, Dan the Man's Movie Reviews, Daniel's Film Reviews, digitalshortbread, Early Bird Film Society, Fast Film Reviews, Film Haiku, filmguidedublin, Films With Cappie, Flights Tights and Movie Nights, flixchatter, Fogs Movie Reviews, Foogos, Hard Ticket to Home Video, he Cinematic Katzenjammer, Head in a Vice, Hipster Approved, isaacs picture conclusions, It Rains...You Get Wet, Jack Flacco, Java Girl's Life, Keith and the Movies, Let's Go To The Movies, Life vs. Film, Lights Camera Reaction, M for Marvelous, Marked Movies, Meera Darji, Mettel Ray Movie Blog, MikesFilmTalk, Movie 140, Mr. Rumsey's Film Related Musings, Myfilmviews, MyReelPOV, Natalie Stendall, Not Now Drinking a Beer and Watching a Movie, Parlor of Horror, PG Cooper's Movie Reviews, Popcorn Nights, Projector Magazine, Rhinos Horror, Rorschach Reviews, Sam's Reel Views, Screenkicker, SNG Movie Thoughts, Terry Malloy's Pigeon Coop, The Bishop Review, The Cinema Monster, The Cinematic Frontier, The Cinematic Katzenjammer, The Film Oracle, The Filmster, The Highlight Reel, THE IPC, The Lamb, The Large Association of Movie Blogs, The Morbid Dollhouse - Creepy Horror Dolls, The Movie Universe, The Phi Phenomenon, The Sporadic Chronicles of a Beginner Blogger, The Warning Sign, Three Rows Back, Tim's Film Reviews, Today I Watched A Movie, Tranquil Dreams, Vic's Movie Den, William Jepma, With a Friend Like Gary. Bookmark the permalink. 98 Comments.