Category Archives: Movies

Video of the Day: A Super Mario Brothers/Ghostbusters Mash-up!

I was just casually browsing through YouTube when I stumbled upon this brilliant video. Created by James Farr, it successfully mashes-up the worlds of Ghostbusters and Super Mario Brothers into one video. Not only does it manage to do so successfully, but it faithfully summarizes the actual plot of the movie with some Mario flair. The amount of subtle videogame references fly by so fast you have to watch it twice to get them all. The animation, soundtrack, sound effects, and voice acting (original and sampled) are top-notch stuff. It’s honestly one of the coolest videos I’ve seen in awhile.

What’s even better is that there’s an actual sequel to the video, which is just as fresh.

This dude deserves more attention. Somebody better hire him or I will.

Breaking – Disney Buys Lucasfilm for $4 Billion

You read the headline correctly, George Lucas, who was the 100% owner of Lucasfilm, just sold the company and all its properties for a whopping $4 billion to Disney.  Disney has even announced a brand new Star Wars movie, which will be released in 2015, titled Star Wars: Episode 7.  Needless to say this will have ramifications felt in the videogame industry and beyond.

What do you guys think about this?  Disney has already said they have major plans for the franchise, and other existing Lucasfilm franchises.  Does that mean another Indiana Jones could be in the works?

Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn Official Trailer Released!

All you Halo fans out there, sit back and enjoy the first official trailer to Microsoft’s hour and a half commercial for Halo 4.  OK, maybe not, but the whole objective of this live-action web-series is to get you ubber excited forHalo 4.  I want to know if it worked!

So what do you think? Some of the acting is a little questionable, but it’s nice to see Anna Popplewell (of Narnia fame) again, and seeing Master Chief is always a plus.  So does this pump you up for Halo 4, or were you laughing through the whole trailer?  I want to hear your thoughts!

Just Discovered – Star Trek: Of Gods and Men

After perusing the inter-webs, I happened to stumble onto something I thought you’d all enjoy.  It’s an independent fan film that brings classic Star Trek  actors Nichelle Nichols and Walter Koenig back together, along with fan favorites Tim Russ (Tuvok), Garrett Wang (Harry Kim), and many others.  The film was made with virtually no budget in 2006.  For long-time fans that’s not what’s important.  It’s the fact these actors were willing to put something together for the 40th anniversary of the series and take no money for doing so.

The story takes place in an alternate dimension, which explains how all these characters meet up.  It should be noted that not all the actors reprise their famous roles, some simply wanted to be part of the film, so they play different roles entirely.  Here’s a teaser trailer for the project.

The movie was directed by Tim Russ in three acts, back in 2006.  The first act was released on December 22, 2007.  Today you can watch all three acts on the official website.  The reason for the significant delay was due to the special effects.

Regardless of what you think of the series as a whole, you have to appreciate everyone who was involved with this project.  Talk about being real diehard believers in the franchise.  So what do you all think of Of Gods & Men?

Take A Look At All The Dwarves From The Hobbit

For one reason or another there appears to be a heck of a lot of gamers who loved The Lord of the Rings movies.  Given that The Hobbit is getting released in the not too distant future, I thought it would be kind of cool to show you all the band of dwarves.  You’ll be getting to know these guys rather well.

What do you think everyone?  I, myself am very excited for these two movies although I’m quite curious to see how they plan to take a story that’s 300-odd pages and convert that material into two three-hour movies when the complete LotR saga was well over 1,200 pages and it formed three three-hour movies.  We’ll see soon enough I suppose.

Jarrod’s Top Ten Comic Book Movies

Let’s face it; everyone loves comic book movies am I right? Not all of them have been classics though. In fact for a long time most of them were downright horrible. Anyone remember the original Captain America movie? Yeah, well don’t ever try and watch that movie. Yuck! The same can be said for most of Marvel’s “first attempts”. That’s all changed now thanks the successful debut of Blade. Where we once had Catwoman and Batman & Robin, we now have the likes of Iron Man and The Dark Knight. Lesser-known properties like 300 and Sin City have also been responsible for brining comic books and graphic novels to the masses like never before. It’s safe to say that comic characters have grown exponentially all over the world because of these extremely well made movies.

I thought it would be a great idea to hear what you all think are the best comic book movies ever made. Since I’m a very big comic book and graphic novel fan this was quite a chore. Originally I was going to put the movies in no particular order, but where’s the challenge in that? Instead I tried my hardest to put the following list together. Don’t leave me hanging though. I want to hear your list as well. If you can’t think of ten movies, just give me five. Ok, let’s jump into it.

10) Thor

A brand new comic book movie has made the list??? That’s right baby. I thought Thor was superb. It perfect timing, an excellent mix of Norse mythology wrapped around Iron Man’s universe. At first I thought it wouldn’t fit, but boy was I wrong. Talk about opening your eyes. I really think Thor will become the next Iron Man in terms of raising the character’s overall status from a B-lister to an A-lister. Go see this movie ASAP!

Production Budget: $150 Million
Worldwide Gross: $251,416,374 (After only two weeks!)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

9) Blade

You simply have to show some respect for the movie that ushered in the new wave of comic book movies. If it wasn’t for Blade, none of this would be happening. It doesn’t hurt that the movie was bad ass either. A vampire that can walk in the sun gives up his inner urges and hunts his very kind. That’s got awesome written all over it. Marvel took a C-list character and turned many heads by showing comics weren’t just for children anymore.

Production Budget: $45 Million
Worldwide Gross: $131,183,530

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

8) Watchmen

This one’s certainly not for everyone. It’s essentially a drama with short action sequences scattered around for good measure. Why I thought it was superb was simply because it followed the graphic novel so closely…well except for the giant squid ending. You can’t have everything now can you? If you’re looking for a good way to cross the gap between movie and graphic novel, this is the one movie that will ease you into either new medium. Excellent no matter if you read the OGN or if you watch the movie.

Production Budget: $130 Million
Worldwide Gross: $185,258,983

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

7) 300

Frank Miller’s 300 was one of the best original graphic novels when it hit the comic scenes years ago. When Zack Synder got his hands on the property the world wasn’t ready for just how incredible the end results would be. I have watched this movie a hundred times on Blu-ray and “THIS IS SPARTA!!!” never gets old. Stylish, action-packed and dramatic, 300 remains one of the best examples of a comic property done right.

Production Budget: $65 million
Worldwide Gross: $456,068,181

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

6) Iron Man

Some have said Iron Man is overrated, but I can’t agree with that statement. I found the mix between dramatic moments, humor and action was pitch-perfect. The other shocking aspect of this film was that no one expected it to perform well. Director Jon Favreau did a superb job handling all the minor characters and taking what was a B-list superhero and escalating him to A-status. Iron Man is hands-down a showcase Blu-ray movie you should own.

Production Budget: $140 million
Worldwide Gross: $585,174,222

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5) V For Vendetta

V is one of those adaptations that differs quite significantly from the source material. The biggest surprise is just how excellent the movie and the graphic novel are. Both are incredible in their own right, but in terms of the movie V is about as good as you can get. If you’re trying to convince one of your friends that comic book movies can be shocking, just show them this movie. If it doesn’t get their blood pumping nothing will.

Production Budget: $54 million
Worldwide Gross: $132,511,035

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4) Spider-Man 2

You knew this one would make the list didn’t you? If you’re surprised, you don’t me very well at all. Spider-Man remains one of my favorite comic book characters of all time. He’s so interesting because he’s like 90% of the people reading this site. He’s your everyday normal person. There’s nothing overly special about Peter Parker, and he’s not immortal. One day that changes and he becomes more, but at the end of the day he retains the traits that all of us have. As for the movie, Spider-Man 2 was the best of the Sam Raimi trilogy, by far. It featured the most “life-like” Spider-Man who is both agile and cunning. Doc Oc was awesome and even the story between Peter and MJ was interesting. Bottom line, this is the Spidey movie the new reboot will be measured to, and it has a lot to live up to.

Production Budget: $200 million
Worldwide Gross: $783,766,341

 

 

 

 

 

3) Batman Begins

Now we’re getting serious. Batman Begins rewrote the book on how superhero movies were made. It quite literally changed DC’s entire direction moving forward. Before this movie their Batman movies had become a joke, Superman was long over with and they didn’t bother pushing any of their other properties to the big screen. Christopher Nolan respected the source material and combined some of the best Batman stories ever told to create a masterpiece of a movie. If you haven’t seen this one yet, you have no idea what you’re missing.

Production Budget: $150 million
Worldwide Gross: $372,710,015

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2) Superman: The Movie

While watching the movie today you might think I’ve lost my mind. Sure some portion of the film haven’t aged as well as others, but Superman remains one of the best comic book movies ever created. Beginning with the iconic Action Comics #1 and leading into John William’s classic theme, Superman would go on to inspire a generation of fans and even get nominated for three academy awards. Now that’s what I call a comic book movie. To date this movie has influenced virtually every Superman property since 1978. You really will believe a man can fly.

Production Budget: $55 million
Worldwide Gross: $300,218,018

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1) The Dark Knight

I don’t think this will surprise too many readers. They likely have the same opinion as I do. There are so many excellent moments I don’t know where to begin. How about we talk about the ending, as it remains my favorite ending of any film ever made. When Batman tells Gordon to sick the dogs on him for the murder of Harvey, and Gordon’s son says why he’s running when he didn’t do anything wrong, Gordon’s reply is…

“Because he’s the hero Gotham deserves, but not the one it needs right now. So we’ll hunt him because he can take it. Because he’s not our hero. He’s a silent guardian, a watchful protector. A dark knight.”

Do I need to write anything else? The Dark Knight is hands-down the best comic book movie ever made. Nuff said.

Production Budget: $55 million
Worldwide Gross: $1,001,921,825 (Yes, over a billion dollars!)

 

 

 

What’d You Think Of Thor + Did You Take Advantage Of FCBD 2011?

Let’s start with this…

I’ll be the first to admit I was extremely skeptical of Thor, only because it’s based off Norse mythology.  How were Marvel and Paramount possibly going to make that fit within the same universe as Incredible Hulk and Iron Man.  The minute I saw the first trailer though, my initial reaction was “wow this looks pretty good.”  Now that I’ve seen the movie, I stand by that.  I thought it was great.  A huge surprise in the same way that Iron Man blew me away.  If this is any indication I think the Avengers movie has a real shot at becoming one of the best comic movies ever.

Next up is The First Avengers: Captain America.  I’m not so convinced on the costume, but the rest of the movie looks the part.  The nice little teaser at the end of the credits of Thor gives a clear indication of what we can expect from Cap and Avengers.  I think Marvel is doing all of these movies justice since they created Marvel Studios.  It’s a real shame Fox and Sony own the rights to so many of their other characters because it would be wonderful to see what Marvel could do with Spidey and the Fantastic Four.  Oh well, maybe Disney will be able to buy the rights back one of these days.

Outside of Thor, this weekend was 2011’s Free Comic Book Day.  The big three releases being given out this weekend were…

For those that don’t know Free Comic Book Day was started thanks to the first Spider-Man movie.  The idea was to get people to watch the movie and then pick up a free comic.  With any luck the new people who read the free comic would then go back and buy new ones, becoming a fan of the medium.  The idea was solid, but for years publishers put out fairly lacklustre books.  That changed in recent times when the top tier writers started putting out brand new stories of their best characters.  The above three books are just suck examples.  DC and Marvel would never let their brand new movies go un-marketed so this is why you see characters like Green Lantern, Captain America and Thor being showcased.  Marvel also threw in Spider-Man because they have a mini-event coming up surrounding the character and are looking to get some free press from the book.

I highly recommend you go to your local comic book shop and see if they have any copies of these books left.  Odds are they do, and they’ll be more than willing to part with the extra copies.  It’s a wonderful medium comics, and I encourage all of you to experience them.  What with all the huge blockbusters these comics are inspiring, it’s nice to go back to the source material every now and then.

So there you have it everyone.  Let us know what you thought of Thor and whether you took advantage of FCBD 2011.  If not, go and take advantage of it right now!

Lucasfilm Announces Full Compliment Of Features For The September 16th Launch Of Star Wars On Blu-ray

Check out this 17 second teaser video Lucasfilm released today.


Excited yet?  You should be!  The company has confirmed earlier reports that the Complete Star Wars Saga on Blu-ray will feature over 40 hours of special features, most of which will be brand new and never before seen.  I’m amazed there’s that much material still left unseen after all these years.  I can’t possibly re-write this information given the press release was massive, so I’m going to post it here and then chat a bit about my thoughts.

Bring home the adventure and share Star Wars™ with your whole family – when STAR WARS: THE COMPLETE SAGA comes to Blu-ray Disc from Lucasfilm Ltd. and Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment! To be released beginning on September 12 internationally and on September 16 in North America, the nine-disc collection brings the wonder of the entire Saga direct to your living room, where you can revisit all of your favorite Star Wars moments – in gorgeous high definition and with pristine, 6.1 DTS Surround Sound. Dive deeper into the universe with an unprecedented 40+ hours of special features, highlighted by never-before-seen content sourced from the Lucasfilm archives.

Special Features:

STAR WARS: THE COMPLETE SAGA ON BLU-RAY is presented in widescreen with 6.1 DTS Surround Sound. Special features include:

DISC ONE – STAR WARS: EPISODE I THE PHANTOM MENACE

Audio Commentary with George Lucas, Rick McCallum, Ben Burtt, Rob Coleman, John Knoll, Dennis Muren and Scott Squires
Audio Commentary from Archival Interviews with Cast and Crew

DISC TWO – STAR WARS: EPISODE II ATTACK OF THE CLONES

Audio Commentary with George Lucas, Rick McCallum, Ben Burtt, Rob Coleman, Pablo Helman, John Knoll and Ben Snow
Audio Commentary from Archival Interviews with Cast and Crew

DISC THREE – STAR WARS: EPISODE III REVENGE OF THE SITH

Audio Commentary with George Lucas, Rick McCallum, Rob Coleman, John Knoll and Roger Guyett
Audio Commentary from Archival Interviews with Cast and Crew

DISC FOUR – STAR WARS: EPISODE IV A NEW HOPE

Audio Commentary with George Lucas, Carrie Fisher, Ben Burtt and Dennis Muren
Audio Commentary from Archival Interviews with Cast and Crew

DISC FIVE – STAR WARS: EPISODE V THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK

Audio Commentary with George Lucas, Irvin Kershner, Carrie Fisher, Ben Burtt and Dennis Muren
Audio Commentary from Archival Interviews with Cast and Crew

DISC SIX – STAR WARS: EPISODE VI RETURN OF THE JEDI

Audio Commentary with George Lucas, Carrie Fisher, Ben Burtt and Dennis Muren
Audio Commentary from Archival Interviews with Cast and Crew

DISC SEVEN – NEW! STAR WARS ARCHIVES: EPISODES I-III

Including: deleted, extended and alternate scenes; prop, maquette and costume turnarounds; matte paintings and concept art; supplementary interviews with cast and crew; a flythrough of the Lucasfilm Archives and more

DISC EIGHT – NEW! STAR WARS ARCHIVES: EPISODES IV-VI

Including: deleted, extended and alternate scenes; prop, maquette and costume turnarounds; matte paintings and concept art; supplementary interviews with cast and crew; and more

DISC NINE – THE STAR WARS DOCUMENTARIES

NEW! Star Warriors (2007, Color, Apx. 84 Minutes) – Some Star Wars fans want to collect action figures…these fans want to be action figures! A tribute to the 501st Legion, a global organization of Star Wars costume enthusiasts, this insightful documentary shows how the super-fan club promotes interest in the films through charity and volunteer work at fundraisers and high-profile special events around the world.

NEW! A Conversation with the Masters: The Empire Strikes Back 30 Years Later (2010, Color, Apx. 25 Minutes) – George Lucas, Irvin Kershner, Lawrence Kasdan and John Williams look back on the making of The Empire Strikes Back in this in-depth retrospective from Lucasfilm created to help commemorate the 30th anniversary of the movie. The masters discuss and reminisce about one of the most beloved films of all time.

NEW! Star Wars Spoofs (2011, Color, Apx. 91 Minutes) – The farce is strong with this one! Enjoy a hilarious collection of Star Wars spoofs and parodies that have been created over the years, including outrageous clips from Family Guy, The Simpsons, How I Met Your Mother and more – and don’t miss “Weird Al” Yankovic’s one-of-a-kind music video tribute to The Phantom Menace!

The Making of Star Wars (1977, Color, Apx. 49 Minutes) – Learn the incredible behind-the-scenes story of how the original Star Wars movie was brought to the big screen in this fascinating documentary hosted by C-3PO and R2-D2. Includes interviews with George Lucas and appearances by Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford and Carrie Fisher.

The Empire Strikes Back: SPFX (1980, Color, Apx. 48 Minutes) – Learn the secrets of making movies in a galaxy far, far away. Hosted by Mark Hamill, this revealing documentary offers behind-the-scenes glimpses into the amazing special effects that transformed George Lucas’ vision for Star Wars and The Empire Strikes Back into reality!

Classic Creatures: Return of the Jedi (1983, Color, Apx. 48 Minutes) – Go behind the scenes – and into the costumes – as production footage from Return of the Jedi is interspersed with vintage monster movie clips in this in-depth exploration of the painstaking techniques utilized by George Lucas to create the classic creatures and characters seen in the film. Hosted and narrated by Carrie Fisher and Billie Dee Williams.

Anatomy of a Dewback (1997, Color, Apx. 26 Minutes) – See how some of the special effects in Star Wars became even more special two decades later! George Lucas explains and demonstrates how his team transformed the original dewback creatures from immovable rubber puppets (in the original 1977 release) to seemingly living, breathing creatures for the Star Wars 1997 Special Edition update.

Star Wars Tech (2007, Color, Apx. 46 Minutes) – Exploring the technical aspects of Star Wars vehicles, weapons and gadgetry, Star Wars Tech consults leading scientists in the fields of physics, prosthetics, lasers, engineering and astronomy to examine the plausibility of Star Wars technology based on science as we know it today.

So there you have it everyone.  That’s a LOT of bonus content, and much of it has never been seen before.  I’m very excited to see the original trilogy in high-definition so this is one movie collection that I will indeed be purchasing on day one, without question.  Are any of you interested in this new collection, or are you content with your DVDs?  Like Steven would say, I have purchased this collection on virtually ever format it has ever been released on including LaserDisc.  Yeah baby, I’m hardcore!

Gotta Get Up, Gotta Get Goin’, I’m Gonna See a Friend of Mine!

Author’s Note: This is a comeback post I made in my personal blog last month. I thought it would suit the direction of our new Side Project so here’s my lazy attempt in contributing to it. Enjoy.

I’ll try to make posts oriented to a single-topic instead of my usual ramblings that involve multiple subjects, one of which almost always has to be videogames. I’m biting my tongue so hard right now–or in this case, pretzeling my typing fingers–I just hope the word gaming is not mentioned in this post again. Instead, let’s talk about Winnie the Pooh.

Say what? A 26-year-old writing about a Disney mascot that should be within the 3-5 age demographic? Well, yeah. Call me pathetic, but I’m not ashamed. I used to love him back in the day, and I just discovered that I still find it charming…thanks to Kingdom Hearts. There are also recent [tummy] rumblings of a new animated motion picture coming out in July 2011. I literally stumbled onto this revelation while brushing up on Disney’s animated films in Wikipedia. Unlike previous Winnie the Pooh films, this new one is next in Disney’s official list after The Princess and the Frog and Tangled because it’s being handled by Disney’s own animation studios (51st animated film in canon). The results are just pure gold.

Look at that art. Amazing backgrounds. Watching this brought back all sorts of nostalgia with Winnie the Pooh, including that old puppet show of his (don’t know its official title) and the infamous New Adventures of Winnie the Pooh animated series. Loving the music of choice with the new trailer as well, set to Keane’s “Somewhere We Only Know”. My knowledge of the band is limited to this song and “Everybody Changes”. Should start listening to them more.

Anyway, back on track here. Here’s the awesome, super-catchy theme song of Pooh’s animated series, which hopefully will make an appearance in the new movie:

Ah, that song makes my tummy rumble with delight. Really catchy lyrics. Sadly, it’s under-represented in YouTube. Usually, fans tend to make remixes or cover old Disney music. Just search for DuckTales’ theme song and you’ll see what I mean. I only found one awesome vocal-less piano cover of Pooh’s song:

My five-year-old self is so looking forward to Winnie the Pooh’s true comeback. Jim Cummings is such a cool voice actor…hasn’t lost it from the looks of the trailer with his characterizations of Pooh and Tigger. Nice to see all of the gang here again as well. According to Wikipedia, the film will be based on 5 book stories of Pooh that have never been animated before. It’s going to be interesting to see how the movie bridges the gap between these stories.I tend to like one continuous storyline with no sudden intermissions, but knowing Disney a narrator will play a huge role in interconnecting these 5 stories instead of physically writing more plot to connect them.

And yes, another surprise to me is that Pooh is actually based on old children books A.A. Milne. It makes me wonder if they are hardcore fans out there who have actually read the books. I’m assuming that Disney’s representations are just as good as the original novels.

No matter how young the intended demographic is to certain things, nostalgia always moves me…which is why I will proudly walk into the theater as soon as the new Pooh movie comes out. Also, it helps that I’m a fan of Disney movies as well. The trailer looks to recapture the 80s animated series, so anyone who watched those (no matter how old they are) will undoubtedly feel the same way about the revival.

After Ten Years Smallville Comes To An End On Friday May 13th

Alright so I know not everyone is into the show, but this trailer I was shown the other day will make even diehard haters get a few goosebumps.  Take a look.

Tell me that wasn’t inspirational.  I love how they incorporated the John Williams classic theme in there.  Very good job to whoever put that together.  The thing with Smallville that always irked me was that it could have been a show like Batman Begins, in that we could have seen the boy slowly grow into the man he was destined to become.  Instead the show transformed into a giant soap opera that went on and on.  That being said, watching this trailer makes me think that perhaps the producers may actually turn everything around and end the show with one heck of a bang.

What I find really staggering is the fact that the show has remained on the air for ten years.  That makes Tom Welling the longest actor to play Superman in the history of cinema.  Christopher Reeve played the role in the four motion pictures from 1978 until Superman IV in 1987.  Regardless of what you may think of the TV show, there’s a lot the producers can be proud of, namely the fact they were able to continue making the show for that long and that the finale is being hyped and anticipated by millions of viewers around the world.  I’m pretty impressed when I stop to think about it.

Hard to believe it all started with this one comic.  Now the franchise has become one of the biggest in Hollywood history.  Having several extremely successful television programs including the George Reeves Adventures of Superman series which ran from 1952 until 1958.  There was also Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman which aired from 1994 to 1997.  As you can tell, while all of these projects were successful, none of them had the longevity that Smallville has endured for these past ten years.  One thing is certain, the Man of Steel isn’t going anywhere and next year the movie with the same title will be released hopefully ushering in a new age for the oldest superhero.

What are your thoughts on the trailer, the TV show or the legacy of Superman?

Marvel Releases Captain America Movie Poster

Steven might give me crap, but honestly there’s not very much I can say about this except that it looks like a pretty nice poster O_o  The movie stars Chris Evans, Hayley Atwell, Hugo Weaving, Sebastian Stan, Toby Jones, Samuel L. Jackson, Dominic Cooper, Tommy Lee Jones, Stanley Tucci and Neal McDonough.  It’ll hit cinemas everywhere in both 2D and 3D on July 22nd.  Let’s look at that poster already, I know, I hear ya.

Just to make Steven a bit happy I’ll briefly talk about my love for the Captain America comic.  The series has been wonderfully handled by Ed Brubaker for the past several years and it’s my favourite superhero book along with Amazing Spider-Man.  I have read Spidey forever now, but with Cap it’s a bit different.  I was never really a huge fan of him.  He was “the leader of the Avengers” and that’s how I thought of him.

When Brubaker re-launched the series with Captain America #1 Vol. 5 in 2004 it really changed the way I looked at the character.   Here we had hybrid stories clearly showing flashbacks of WWII and an interesting and well woven story taking place in the modern setting.  Eventually we received the excellent tale of the death of Steve Rogers and how Bucky, his wartime ally, would take on the mantle as the new Captain America.  While the return of Steve Rogers was extremely anti-climatic, the fact that Bucky remained Cap was extremely interesting.  Even today he’s still the new Cap and the ongoing arc is quite interesting.  Bucky is on trial for his previous sins as the Winter Soldier.  Essentially after he and Steve were knocked into the ocean towards the end of WWII, the Soviets found Bucky and brainwashed him into the perfect killer.  He now stands trial for those crimes he committed.  It’s all very interesting stuff and the fact Brubaker has been able to keep my attention for these past seven years is remarkable.

I’m worried what this movie will do to one of my favourite superhero books.  Will Steve Rogers retake the mantle or will Marvel continue to have Bucky serve?  Whatever happens, so long as Ed Brubaker is at the helm I’m sure everything will turn out fine.

Now back to the movie.  Are any of you looking forward to The First Avenger: Captain America?  If so let us know by leaving a comment, and if I somehow convince you to pick up the comic series either in trade paperback format or in the monthly series, you HAVE to let me know what you think of the series.

Matrix 4 3D On The Way, Along With Tron 3?

There have been some mighty big rumors going around Hollywood these past few days.  While our very own Timothy Magana was nice enough to provide a link to the Matrix story, he was too lazy to actually write something on the site for you all.  That’s why I’m here though, at least you can count on me.  Between playing LittleBigPlanet 2, relaxing and working I find the time to deliver the goods.  So enough chit-chat, let’s get to the meat of it.

Matrix 4 & 5 3D!!!

If you’re reading this site there’s a very good chance you enjoyed at least one of the Matrix movies.  If you’re like me, you enjoyed all of them…but preferred the original ;)  Anyways Mr. Keanu Reeves was the guest of honor at the London school of performing arts and he had quite a few interesting things to say during his keynote speech.  He talked a bit about making Bill & Ted 3 which he’s committed to making happen.  Then he dropped the bomb saying that the Wachowski brothers will be making another two Matrix movies and have already spokenw tih James Cameron to ask a few questions about his 3D technology and filming techniques.  Apparently Keanu has already met with the brothers to discuss where they want to take the series moving forward.

Without spoiling anything for those who haven’t seen the original trilogy, I’m kind of curious how they plan to make this happen.  Then again, everything that happened in the movies was part of a computer program.  Speaking of computer programs, it looks like everyone’s favorite neon biker riders will be coming back if the Blu-ray release of Tron Legacy is anything to go by.

AICN has a really great write-up describing the teaser for Tron 3 that’s said to be included on the DVD and BD release.   I don’t want to spoil anything, but the very fact a teaser appears on the disc is exciting because it means Disney must be serious about a sequel.  I’ve been a longtime fan of Tron for years and really dug Legacy even though it had its fair share of problems.  I’d love to see where they take the series moving forward.

So there you have it, two big juicy rumors for you all to sink your teeth into.  What are you thoughts on this?

Bond 23 Officially Announced!

I’ve been a fan of the Bond series all my life so it’s with great pleasure I inform you all of this news.  Barbara Broccoli & Michael G. Wilson of EON Productions, along with Gary Barber and Roger Birnbaum of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Inc., officially announced Bond 23.  The movie will start shooting later this year for a projected release date of November 9, 2012.

For those curious, Daniel Craig will indeed return as the illusive spy.  Sam Mendes directing a screenplay written by Neal Purvis, Robert Wade and John Logan.  A big shout out goes to Comingsoon for the late breaking news.

The Force Is Strong With This One

I already told you that the complete Star Wars saga was arriving on Blu-ray later this year, but now Amazon has started taking pre-orders and we have ourselves an official ship date.  September 2011, mark it down and don’t forget it!  I don’t know about you, but this is one collection I will have in my possession on day one.  You can watch the official teaser trailer for the announcement here.

I simply can’t wait for this collection to get released.  It includes all six movies and a massive amount of never before seen bonus features.  It should be awesome!  If you pre-order now, you can score each movie for around $15 a piece, which is a great deal.

Any takers?

Best Blu-ray Of 2010!

With Ahmed hard at work finishing up our Game of the Year awards, and our Reader Game of the Year awards, I thought it would be fun to post a few other COE ________ of the Year awards.  First up is our Blu-ray of the Year.  I think there’s only one clear winner here.  It’s the first Blu-ray movie to have sold 65% of all its units on Blu-ray instead of DVD.  That single handily beat-out Iron Man 2 which was at 52%.  So what movie could this be?

That’s right folks, Inception is hands-down the single best Blu-ray of 2010.  It beasts out Avatar, Iron Man 2 and so many others.  The movie was inspirational, well thought out and as the cover says it was dazzling and breathtaking.  These descriptions only talk about the movie though.  In terms of Blu-ray release it features pristine audio and visual clarity unmatched by other movies.   The special features are also AAA quality.  Virtually every single feature on this two-disc set is exclusive to the Blu-ray format.  Better still almost all the features are in HD, which remains a rare treat for the format.  The In-Movie Experience (picture-in-picture) feature alone is worth the price of admission.

Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight was my pick for Blu-ray of the year back in 2008 and now he’s struck gold again this year.  It seems like everything this man touches turns to greatness.  If you have never seen Inception before, the movie centers around a group of men that use your dreams to acquire information they can use.  I won’t go any further than that.  Go buy the movie, you will not regret it.

This was my pick for Blu-ray of the year and I’m fairly certain you have yours.  Did Avatar: Special Edition make you change your shorts?  Was it National Geographic Great Migrations, or Iron Man 2 that finally convinced you Blu-ray is the future of home entertainment?  Now it’s your time to let the world know exactly which Blu-ray impressed you the most in 2010.