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  • My history with Conan the Barbarian is a bit of a personal one.  In addition to instilling morals, saying, "Please," and "Thank you," and all the other values a parent tries to teach their children, another important lesson that my father taught me was what is and isn't the way Conan the Barbarian should be.  Back when I was a youngin', there was a cartoon on called "Conan the Adventurer", not to be confused with the live-action show of the same name.  One Sunday morning while my father was flipping through channels, we came upon the opening titles of the cartoon.

    "This is isn't Conan," my father stated.

     

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    While we wait for Barnes' Thursday update, here's something for us to drool over in the meantime.


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    Watchmen Trailer!


    This was the trailer before The Dark Knight that was causing the most amount of chatter....

     


     

  • You've seen the viral marketing and those mysterious trailers, and been feeling the buzz building for months now.  Now that it's here, does this Blair Witch-meets-Godzilla film deliver the goods?  Find out inside.

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    "Wanna know how I got these scars?"

     

     

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    It finally happened.

     

    They said it couldn't be done, but fans have finally been treated to a film adaptation of Alan Moore's legendary graphic novel, "Watchmen."


    Did director Zak Snyder nail this one, or was the conventional wisdom true?

     

     

     

     



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    Hey everyone, in case ska_baron didn't spread the word, I'm back!

    And what better way to celebrate my return...again...than my first official movie-related piece since my hiatus?

    Yep...it's Ken B.'s Big-Time Movie Preview, Summer 2011 Edition.   Join us, won't you?

  • A lot of good movies come in threes.  For Example,  Lord of the Rings, the Matrix films, and Pirates in the Caribbean.  As we were walking into the theater, and I asked my wife how many good fourth movies she could think of.  Her answers were Harry Potter and Episode IV.  We disqualified episode IV since it was actually the first movie in the series.  You can think of just as many series that really should have stopped after three movies.  Star Wars, the old Superman films, Indiana Jones, Die Hard, Alien, and others. 

    I am a huge Alien fan.  The original is probably my favorite movie of all time.  None of the sequels were very good, but the fourth one, directed by a french music video director, was a complete embarrassment.  When they announced that McG, who is a music video director I have never heard of, was directing Terminator Salvation, that tempered my expectations a little bit.  In addition to videos, McG also directed Charlie's Angels, Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle, and We Are Marshall- three undeniable piles of crap.

    So despite the incredibly good trailers out there, I tried to walk into Terminator Salvation expecting disappointment.  I walked out happy and anxiously awaiting the 5th film in the series.  T4: Salvation isn't perfect but it is a good summer action flick and captures some of the compelling themes of the series very well.

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  • Did the new Fox show "Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles" crap all over the franchise (and its fans?)  Or is this a potential diamond in the rough that is the Writer's Strike?  And is Summer Glau hot enough to melt a T-1000?  Read on to find out!

     

     

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    Too much more of this, and I'm changing the name of the show to "John Connor: 90210".

     

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    Make up your damn mind, show.  I can't make fun of you if you don't stay terrible.

     

     

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     Major props to them naming this episode after one of my favorite games, "Queen's Gambit".

     

      Wait, they're talking about Chess? 

     

    Oh...and some SHOCKING casting that is crazy ironic, and an announcement about future reviews of this show.  Join me, won't you?

     

     

  • Tense, surprising and fun. That about sums it up. Oh, and the female protagonist is very attractive. 

    I'm glad I was able to avoid spoilers and I suggest you do the same. The movie was constantly making me second guess what was going on or what was going to happen. I was frequently surprised and shocked, which is a rare treat in film these days. I really dug all the performances as well, I agree that John Goodman really delivers the mail this time around. 

    Mary Elizabeth Winstead gives a solid leading performance as well in a great Sigourney Weaver-type role model of strong, independent and capable female action leads. She constantly is coming up with inventive solutions that sort of cross her between MacGyver and Matt Damon's Martian. Her skill set might be a little too perfect for her predicament which messed with my mind in the same way that Matt Damon's stranded astronaut was a botanist. But that's ok, it's a great popcorn flick. 

    Loved the ending as well. Just non-stop surprises this movie. New franchise perhaps?

    Again, if you're going to see it, make sure to avoid learning anything at all about it. It'll be much better that way. 

    Heart rating: 4.5 stars

    Brain rating: 3.5 stars

  • With Oscar written all over this hard-to-watch film, you will have trouble deciding if its the performances or everything else that makes this completely spectacular. Not only does the best actor seem like a lock, but there are some amazing supporting performances as well. While not as insanely violent as Django Unchained, this movie will still make you wish you were somewhere else when watching some of the more difficult scenes. It's powerful in how it can make you feel powerless. Chiwetel Ejiofor has come a long way since Children of Men, it is hard to believe this is the same actor in some ways. He is outstanding. 

    I believe it will be held in the same regard over time as Schindler's List in how it is very revealing and does not hold back for one second. 

    Strongly recommended, essential viewing. 

    5 stars. 

  • If all you had ever trained for, if all you ever believed in, if all you thought worthy and honorable was now obsolete, if you were given a chance to once again be of use, to be that which you were born to be, to rise up in sea of poseurs and declare that you were a true believer, that you were one of the true hard core, even if meant certain death, would you take it? This is a great action movie with marvelously staged fight scenes that goes deeper and asks these very questions. Did I mention there are samurai? Did I mention that they are totally bad ass? There are samurai and they are totally bad ass. Kirosawa has got nothing on Takashi Miike.

     

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