Thursday, July 31, 2014

QftWo 7/28-8/3: Imposters #59 - Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

The large poster is, to my surprise, pretty cool. I like the colors, the font looks good, and the graphic advertises the film in general instead of just the actors (hell, they're not mentioned at all).

It's also just a very nicely-drawn image. It conveys conflict, and I like the use of a San Francisco landmark instead of one's from New York City or DC. Also, if I remember one of the reviews correctly, the climax of the last film was a battle on the Golden Gate Bridge, so that's fitting...

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Slate's Groundhog Day/Edge of Tomorrow Mashup

At the very end of May, Slate posted a pretty funny mashup of their own devising: the visuals from the trailer for Bill Murray's Groundhog Day combined with the audio track from the trailer for Tom Cruise's Edge of Tomorrow.

It works quite well, and I think if you've seen Mr. Murray's classic comedy, you'll really enjoy the dialogue:

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Great Moments in... Quotable Freak-Outs

Well, there's nothing really to say - anyone who's seen the movie Clue remembers and uses this line, as delivered by the great Madeline Kahn, at some point in their lives:

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Happy Trail(er)s:The Zero Theorem

Whether or not I've liked every one of them, each Terry Gilliam film is thoughtful, freaky, and very well-made. The Zero Theorem seems no exception:

Friday, July 25, 2014

QftWo 7/21-7/27: Imposters #58 - Deliver Us From Evil

I like what they're doing with the different fonts here, just like I like the film's title (heavy-handed, but likeable anyway). I LOVE the graphic - very creepy and tense.

So I don't want to take anything away from a job done well, but the line about the "NYPD Sargeant" makes me want to laugh my ass off. No one who's from here would give a lot of weight to that...

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Inappropriate Soundtracks tackles The Matrix

In March '13, I featured the work of Youtube user called Boonehams. I found his Inappropriate Soundtracks work to be clever and funny, and I really hate that Youtube took down some of them. But time marches on, and we all love a good laugh, so let's look at Boonehams' take on the lobby fight sequence from The Matrix.

I really hope it's not just me, because this song is just wonderful - it's dead-funny, and a great accompaniment to the beautifully-choreographed violence:

God, it even matches Neo's character progression for the first film...

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Happy Trail(er)s: The Congress

If this trailer were any more meta, my TV would show a pair of hands that would reach out from the screen and choke me to death right now.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Bill Murray Foodiness

It's a pretty odd choice to have an actor/artist/comic force of nature on a food show. Then again, I don't think many people would pass up a chance to chow down with Anthony Bourdain on No Reservations, much less to dine at X20 in Yonkers. And who in their right mind wouldn't want Bill Murray's company?

As always - hell, as expected at this point - Mr. Murray truly made the best possible use of his (and our) time:

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

QftWo 7/14-7/20: Imposters #57 - Birdman

Major props go to the style of the painting itself, which reminds me of Russian propaganda posters or something. I also love the way the names of the cast are written, with such odd spacing...

And the overall effect of the image - a painting of Michael Keaton looking confused with a miniature version of Hawkman perched on his head - prepares me for some sort of satire and makes me want to laugh. It's the subtitle that drives home the idea.

For a poster that doesn't directly say anything about the film (save the title's connection to the thing on MK's head), I find this to be quite evocative. Lovely.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Honest Trailers: The Wolf of Wall Street

Gotta give it up to the Honest Trailers crew - their take on The Wolf of Wall Street is so damn funny:

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Reviewing with Others, pt 74: Coherence

Hi, everyone! Today's indie review is for Coherence, an incredible piece of low-budget, high-concept science fiction from a first-time writer/director. It's still in some theaters (e.g., Tucson, Denver, San Diego) now, which you can check on the film's official site, and it comes very, very strongly-recommended by yours truly.

My prior Reviewing with Others entries have all been films submitted for review, but I liked what I heard so much that I contacted the distributors and asked them to let me check it out. I was not disappointed, and you won't be, either. In many ways, this pic reminds me of Shane Carruth's Primer, and that's pretty high praise for lovers of sci-fi. It also gets bonus points for featuring Nicholas Brendon, from Buffy the Vampire Slayer, an he's in fine form here...

Anyway, you can read my thoughts here, at Man, I Love Films.

Friday, July 11, 2014

QftWo 7/7-7/13: Imposters #56 - From Dusk Til Dawn, the TV Series

From Dusk Til Dawn, the TV series...

Well, this is where we're at now, and it's only going to get worse. There was a Fargo TV show in the works when I took this pic - that one has Billy Bob Thornton, and a solid budget, so I thought it probably wouldn't stink. And, hey, it's gotten some pretty solid reviews.

I would be less cynical about this if there weren't even more TV remakes/reboots of old films that are on the way or in development.

Now, I have serious issues with Robert Rodriguez's pulp horror film. I can put all those aside, however, to tackle the overall reasons why this show is a bad idea.

For starters, the movie told one complete story. Spoiler alert - there are two survivors at the end, and we don't need to learn what happened to them next. The antagonists are all dead, so it's hard to think of a need to develop this further into a general "there's vampires in Mexico" ongoing concept.