Last night I was given the opportunity to screen the first six or so minutes of 2012’s most anticipated movie, THE DARK KNIGHT RISES. Spokane was one of only 13 cities in the world that got an early look at the opening scene to the final film in Christopher Nolan’s epic Batman trilogy. So I went through a lot for just the first 5% of the film. Was it worth it? Find out my SPOILER FREE thoughts after the jump.
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Tags: Batman, Dark Knight Rises, Mark Smith, Movies
Tags: Mark Smith, Movies, The Muppets
There are many things from our childhood that we can look back upon and really love as if we are still kids. Usually once we actually do re-experience those things in our adulthood they lose something. Very rarely though there are things that actually get better once we our adults or we re-connect with them on a different level. For me one of those things has been my love for the Muppets.
As a kid I grew up with the Muppets, whether it was THE MUPPET SHOW or one of the many movies. (1978’s original MUPPET MOVIE being the best of the bunch and one of the movie I have seen the most in my lifetime.) I loved them for being funny on a very basic level. As I got older though, I actually appreciated them more. I began to get the self-referential humor, how well thought out all of the individual characters are and how perfectly they all fit together as a unit. The Muppets really are one of the best examples of great kid’s entertainment. There are things for both kids and adults to enjoy on different levels. I am getting off track a little here and I could turn this into a 1200 word essay on my love for the Muppets but this isn’t what you are here for. So, I am going to trust that you just believe me when I say that I am a big fan. Knowing that you should now understand that I had high hopes for this new “reboot” and it was my most anticipated movie of the second half of this year.
Tags: Mark Smith, Movies, Tom Hardey, Warrior
We have all seen an example of the cliché ridden sports film. They range from being pretty great i.e ROCKY or REMEMBER THE TITANS to pretty terrible i.e. ROCKY 4&5. They are all pretty much the same, with a person or team overcoming impossible odds to shock the world and attempt to inspire you. The difference between the good ones and the bad ones is usually how much we as the audience can get behind the protagonist(s). This is where WARRIOR really succeeds and places it itself among the best of this particular genre. (more…)
Tags: Brad Pitt, Mark Smith, Movies, Sean Penn, Terrence Malick, Tree of Life
The wait is finally over. After years of hype and release date changes and rumors of insane visual effects, Terrence Malick’s The Tree of Life opened this summer. Everybody wondered whether it was worth the wait and hype and there have been varying opinions on it. But did I enjoy it? Find out after the jump.
Tags: J.J. Abrams, Mark Smith, Movies, Steven Spielberg, Super 8
As a geek you probably know who J.J Abrams is. If you don’t know who he is, he directed Mission: Impossible 3 (the best one IMO), the most recent Star Trek film, and now Super 8. He also created the hit TV shows, Felicity, Alias, Lost, and Fringe. He was a big part of the 2008 film Cloverfield as well, coming up with the story and the creature design. So based on that list he has a pretty good track record and Super 8 was a for sure slam dunk.
Tags: Chris Hemsworth, Kenneth Branagh, Mark Smith, Marvel Comics, Movies, Natalie Portman, Thor
Marvel has taken one of the biggest risks in modern movie history. They are giving each of their big characters their own films that are leading to next year’s Avengers film. It got off to a great start with Iron Man and Incredible Hulk was pretty good as well. But many complained of the SHIELD aspects of Iron Man 2 and director Jon Favreau has stepped down from the third one as a result of the creative issues he had with 2. So did Thor suffer the same problems or did Marvel find a happy medium? Find out my thoughts after the break… (more…)
Tags: A New Hope, Announcements, Attack of the Clones, Blu-ray, Mark Smith, Movies, Revenge of the Sith, Star Wars, The Empire Strikes Back, The Phantom Menance, The Return of the Jedi
We have known for some time that the entire Star Wars saga was going to be released this fall on Blu-ray. We now have the details from the official press release and the cover art for the three releases.
They will be released on September 16th in three different versions, a nine disc “Complete Saga” and then two seperate versions of each trilogy. As expected the original theatrical versions are not included here. The entire saga is available for pre-order on Amazon for $89.99. That comes out to about $15 a movie or $10 a disc. Not bad. Here is the press release: (more…)