Do you ever have a moment while you’re watching a cartoon of some sort and you have to say “Oh my GOD, they show this to children?”
I had a lot of those during “The Golf War.” This episode got weird. In a good and hilarious way, but still weird.
As Dreamers Do is an independent film about the early life of Walt Disney. We did a review of it not too long ago and it is a phenomenal piece of cinematic art. It definitely has the Nerdophiles seal of approval and should be on the list for your next family movie night. Logan Sekulow, the director, was kind enough to sit down and answer some questions about the movie.
KC: What sparked the vision for this movie?
LS: I have been a Disney fan for as long as I could remember – I started homeschooling in the 5th grade and I remember being able to pick out the books I wanted to read. I bought a way-too-adult and way-too-giant biography on Walt and I loved it. That story has been with me ever since. I always wanted to make this movie, but with Saving Mr. Banks last year I thought that this was finally time for people of our generation to really dive into who the man is behind that logo we grew up with. I brought on a screenwriter friend of mine, who I was an intern for at Nickelodeon, and we started pre-production. I felt my crew had gotten to the point where we were all ready to try something adventurous and it really was. We wanted to make the first half of the movie feel like an old 50s/60s Disney live-action flick and then when Walt is grown to take on its own tone. I think we accomplished it.
I absolutely love Frank Miller’s Sin City. It’s been my favorite thing for years. I love that gritty, neo-noir, pseudo-wild-wild-west feel that the story exudes along side the beautiful graphic art that perfectly characterizes the familiarity of Sin City. I’ll admit that I started reading Sin City after I saw the movie in 2005, what can I say I was 13, my comprehension of graphic novels went as far as the name. But once I got my hands on the likes of Sin City I was addicted.
I say this so that you’ll understand that when I heard Sin City: A Dame To Kill For was finally getting made, I was crying to the heavens. I know that Miller has gotten criticisms that his Sin City stories are misogynistic and homophobic, and I know the first Sin City wasn’t exactly a commercial success but god damn it, I was basically begging to watch this movie.
I have to say, stylistically, this movie hit all the marks for me. It was like watching the graphic novel come to life. From the stunning shots of Eva Green’s Ava Lord in the pool to Jessica Alba’s Nancy dancing on the seedy stage at Kadie’s, it’s like nothing has changed from the page to the screen and that’s a good thing. Rodriguez does a great job of showing you the shots that are so iconic in Miller’s world, of Sin City at its best and at its worst.
They’re not just zombies. They’re Nazi zombies!
And there’s a lot of them. On the orders of a rotten Führer, the zombies from Dead Snow return to settle old German scores. In the continuation of the epic splatterfest from 2009, Martin, the sole survivor of the first movie, prove that there’s more badass shit in Northern Norway than even Nazi zombies would be prepared for. The table is set for a massive revenge epic, where blood, guts, brains and throats are not the only things dredged up from the darkness. Old hatred never rots.
I feel like this week’s plot is paper-thin, but there were some interesting developments in the realm of relationships between characters.
Most of the action this week focuses on Scott’s plan to get The Benefactor to reveal him/herself. The gang is playing off of the requirement that the Benefactor needs visual confirmation of each hit on the dead pool- and Scott’s the willing victim.
As I sat in the theater, snow caps in one hand and a coke in the other, my hopes were tentatively high. Going in I knew they had changed the ages of the main characters. No big deal, artistic license, and connection to the current teen/twenty-somethings who are going to see it, and all. Still, since so many book to movie transitions have been going fairly well these days, I had hopes.
I wish I hadn’t had any hopes.
In early July, J.K. Rowling published a short story to Pottermore. It was written from the perspective of journalist Rita Skeeter, chronicling Harry Potter and friends at the Quidditch World Cup. It was brief, it raised more questions than it answered, but ultimately, the reaction of the Harry Potter fandom was unanimous.
Today on Pottermore, Rowling released more original content on Celestina Warbeck, aka The Singing Sorceress. Warbeck’s known for her hit song, “You Stole My Cauldron, But You Can’t Have My Heart”, which you can listen to on Pottermore. The excerpt on Celestina is fantastic and great, but really all it’s doing is making me wish there were more novels about the wizarding world of Harry Potter waiting for me to read for the first time. Even though Deathly Hallows ended beautifully, I just wish that it wasn’t truly the end… I just…
Guys, I am so happy that Gravity Falls is back on the air. As great at the shorts were, there was no way they could compare to having a full episode on every week.
The first two episodes of this season pick up immediately where season one left off. Stan is trying to access something not of this world, but is determined to keep it a secret from Dipper and Mabel as the entire family recovers from Gideon’s attack. Meanwhile, Dipper is determined to figure out the secrets of Gravity Falls before the summer ends, even if he ends up digging a deeper hole. This all comes to a head when mysterious men in black (one played by Nick Offerman) make their way into town to find out its secrets and Dipper finds another way to analyze the journal.
Everybody can use a bit more Norman Reedus in their lives, right? Well, it looks like gamers can get a bit of Norman right on their consoles. The latest installment in the Silent Hill series, named Silent Hills, is the product of a partnership between Guillermo del Toro and Hideo Kojima, starring Norman Reedus. No word yet if he’s just rendering his voice and likeness to the game, or if he will actually be playing himself. Either way, I’m all for it!
The announcement of the game has been a bizarre one. Kojima has been teasing this game for some time now, calling the game P.T. (even announcing P.T. at the Sony Gamescom press conference) and crediting it to the fictional developers, 7780s Studio. The ruse was put in place to get fan reactions as they engaged with the playable trailer (which is still available on the PlayStation Store, I believe), without letting them know they were looking at the next Silent Hill installment–they even dropped the game quality to further perfect the trick. Here’s the original P.T. trailer:
#dontkillseanbean – that’s what the marketing department of TNT’s new drama seriesLegends wants to (maybe?) promise you. The show, brought to you by showrunner David Wilcox and producer Howard Gordon, stars Sean Bean as Martin Odum, an undercover FBI agent in the Deep Cover Operations (DCO) division and is based on the book by Robert Littell.
Martin Odum has the ability to transform himself into different ‘legends’ – including a Serbian extremist, a Scottish soccer club executive, and a British special forces colonel, among others – different undercover identities that allow him to do his job as an undercover operative. When a stranger suggests to Martin that he may not be the man he thinks he is, Odum goes after answers to his own true identity and he may not like what he finds.
We caught up with David Wilcox and Howard Gordon, as well as fellow stars Ali Larter, Morris Chestnut, and Tina Majorino at San Diego Comic Con 2014 to see what they had to say about the show. In this clip, David Wilcox teased the first season and what audiences can expect to see.