26 April, 2009

Save the Dollhouse

Alright friends from the US of A, it's all up to you guys to save this fledgling of a genius show. The live ratings haven't been too kind on Dollhouse, thankfully, FOX has said that they understand that DVR and online ratings have to be considered as well, which is only fair since they stuck Dollhouse in a terrible Friday time slot. If you're absolutely unable to watch Dollhouse during its run on Fridays at 9/8pm, then watch it on HULU.

The recent episodes, particularly "Man on the Street," "Echoes," "Needs," and "A Spy in the House of Love," have been especially wow-worthy. Don't be dismayed by the conservatives, this show is meant to provoke and offend. How can it not when it's about the manipulation and trafficking of human identity? How can it not when it confronts the basic human desires, instincts, and "evils"?

Some Dollhouse fans have come up with a promotion to help the show called:

Dollhouse is, without a doubt, a controversial show. It's a show that almost always leaves you with a trembling stomach. It's a good feeling. Gives you a split-second glimpse of your own humanity.

Right now the decision is still up in the air on whether there will be a second season, that's why fans can't fall asleep!

Remember: watch Joss Whedon's Dollhouse on FOX every Fridays at 9/8pm, OR watch it online on Hulu.

16 April, 2009

"Fast and Furious" Film Review

Fast and Furious is right about one thing, fuel is as good as gold, and I wasted a few good liters driving to the theater for this.

Fast and Furious is the fourth installment of The Fast and The Furious movies. It’s directed by Justin Lin in 2009, and stars Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Jordana Brewster, Michelle Rodriguez, and John Ortiz.

The first 20 minutes of the movie was alright, the hijacking action scene with the semi truck was awesome. Paul Walker’s foot chase was also very entertaining. Beyond that, the movie began to race towards disappointment. I think the problem was that they tried too hard. The later action scenes were so forced that they had to rely on CGI for most of the final showdown. The acting was so forced that they had to rely on soap opera-esque close ups and dramatic music. The story was so forced that they had to kill a character just to make the movie in the first place. They turned scene-stealer Dominic Toretto (Vin Diesel) into a brooding, angsty, quasi-hero, which was not of the good. I expected Vin Diesel to show us that devil may care crush you with his thumb badass who prays before a meal charm that he displayed in the first Fast and the Furious installment. Instead, all we got was a brooder who looked constipated most of the time.

And don’t even get me started on Paul Walker’s character. Here’s a little snippet from FBI agent badass wannabe Brian O’Connor:

(Getting ready to race, talking through their car windows)
Dominic Toretto: “You Ready?”
Brian O’Connor: “A lot has changed.”

What the hell was that? You have to watch it to fully understand the “...uh, okay" moment.

On second thought, don’t watch it. Not if you’re expecting more than a fourth rate action movie.

Brian O’Connor: "This is bullshit!"
Fenix Rise: "Go cry to your mama eh?"

12 April, 2009

The April Trail

Sorry for the lack of March trailers. This April though, I come bearing some juicy movie trailers.

Kind of like Fight Club and Never Back Down, but with a cleverer and more creative title! I'm calling it now, this film is pure Channing Tatum eye candy. And I'm watching it purely so that it can prove me wrong. Yup.
Release: April 24, 2009

The Brothers Bloom
A theif/con action movie spoof that has Rachel Weisz doing back-flip manuals on a skateboard? I'm sold.
Release: May 15, 2009

Public Enemies
Suffocatingly prestigious epics like these are always a win. Even if you somehow come to abhor the ambitious stories, watching the fascinating era it throws you in is worth every cent anyway. And with Christian Bale, Johnny Depp, and Marion Cotillard in it, you automatically get grade A acting.
Release: July 1, 2009

Kind of like Sunshine, except that the only thing broken is the protagonist himself. I'm intrigued by Sam Rockwell's performance.
Release: June 12, 2009

Drag Me To Hell
More horrific horror fodder. I want to watch it anyway.
Release: May 29, 2009

Alien Trespass
This could become either a tacky waste of time, or a spoof cult classic. I guess there is only one way to find out.


Remember folks, a good audience doesn't judge a movie by its trailer!

04 April, 2009

Rorschach's Nightmare

Good news horror fanatics!

Jackie Earle Haley, the actor who shot to geeky fame for his recent portrayal of the anti-hero Rorschach in the blockbuster-mixed reviewed-comic fan Utopian dream Watchmen, is cast to be the new Freddie Krueger in a modern remake of the horror/slasher series classic Nightmare On Elm Street, which was popular during the 80's to 90's.

Jackie Earle Haley as Rorschach in Watchmen

Robert Englund as the previous Freddie Krueger

I'm not sure if it's a reboot kind of remake, although that would seem likely, since the last Elm Street film was like, more than a decade ago. I'm not including Freddy VS Jason, because films like that are a half-assed reason to make money, the sad part is that the people who pay for it expect quality scary moments. I mean, it's TWO murdering pyscho spawns of badness, it has to be scary, right?

Evidently not.

I already made a rant about my love/hate relationship with horror movie remakes in my previous post: "Horror Remakes Get Scarier Every Time...Really", so I'm not gonna do that anymore. I've learned to accept my infinite frustrations with the black holes of entertainment.

Do I have any hope that this new Nightmare On Elm Street remake will deliver the good kind of horror?

Not really. But I plan to watch it anyway. I'm stupid like that.