Archive for June, 2012

Movie Review: Brave

Posted in Reviews! with tags , , , , , on 06/21/2012 by McCutcheon

Stars: Kelly MacDonald, Emma Thompson, Billy Connolly, Julie Walters

Rated PG for scary action and rude humor, 100 minutes, Family/Animation/Adventure

Compare to: The Little Mermaid (1989), Brother Bear (2003)

After last year’s Cars 2, Pixar showed that for the first time, they were able to make a movie that wasn’t universally loved by all. I actually don’t care for Finding Nemo (2003) either but when I say that I get looks as though I made a joke about the Holocaust. People love everything that’s put out by Disney and/or Pixar and rarely ever is there a release that’s met with mixed reviews and ‘meh’ reactions. After reading a couple reviews by critics I somewhat admire, I was a little skeptical because a these particular reviews were no bueno. Yet after finally watching Brave for myself, I’m pretty pleased to say that while it might not be the most original script, and might not end up having the complete everlasting effect so many Disney movies have had on audiences, this is still a solid movie and well worth the watch. Continue reading

Zombie Shirts

Posted in Whatever with tags , , , on 06/20/2012 by McCutcheon

Remember when I mentioned the Nolan-picked Batman t-shirts? No? Dang, it was only a week ago. I figured I’d post a link and it be a one time thing but thanks to “TheDood” I was able to find shirts just as cool, but zombie related. There’s a lot of zombie memorbilia out there and I try to limit my posting of just FYI news, but these shirts are just cool. Here are a couple below. Some are cheap and they go fast though, so better hurry. Man, you’d think they were paying me or something.

“BATTER UP!”

“It’s Toxic!”

You Gotta See This: Troll 2

Posted in You've Gotta See This with tags , , , , , on 06/20/2012 by McCutcheon

The above never actually happens in the movie. I don’t even think the color blue is at all present.

Stars: Michael Stephenson, Margo Prey

Rated PG-13 for ? , 1990, Horror/Comedy/Low Budget

Compare to: Critters (1986), Leprechaun (1993)

Y’know, I feel bad sometimes about the stuff  I post on here. Not so much “bad” really, as I much as I think people might get the impression that I hate just about everything. “4 Things Not to Do,” “This Movie Suuucks,” the review for “That’s My Boy…” So I like to think of doing “You Gotta See This” as sort of like drinking a lot of water after having only eaten junk for a while. That’s why I’m happy to bring you…Troll 2. Continue reading

5 Properties that Should NEVER be Movies

Posted in Top 5 Lists with tags , , , , , , , , , , on 06/19/2012 by McCutcheon

Let’s be honest. Unless the world ends sometime very, very soon, your favorite ‘whatever’ will be made into a movie. Book, show, video game, whatever. It will be made into a movie even if it’s not called by it’s own name. No Smallville movie, no, but Superman has seen his share of screen time. No Law & Order but c’mon- there’s a million crime/thrillers already. Alan Moore deemed Watchmen (2009) unfilmable, but bam, we’ve had it for three years now.

Based on the fact that comic book movies aren’t going away and there are a hundred thousand (the exact number) other propeties to be mined, rest assured, what you love will eventually be molested by Hollywood’s grubby little fingers. Or made love to, it’s a split decision. I don’t want to act as though Hollywood does nothing justice. Dark Knight of course is the greatest example, while plenty of others get their due.

Could anyone have done Sherlock Holmes (2008) the way Guy Ritchie delivered it? Could anyone have gotten ahold of Daredevil (2003) and made it as awesome as Ben Affleck did? That last sentence was a terrible joke and I’m sorry I typed it, but in all honesty, Daredevil is part of the reason I’m writing this. Such a great character with basic, creative plots, and we get a cross eyed Ben Affleck making kissy-face with his future wife.

This was supposed to be my favorite character brought to life, using his crazy senses, flipping off buildings and throwing rapists through glass windows in bars, not picking out his next wife.

But for better or worse, the next properties mentioned ultimately remain untouched. Mostly. I bring them to light not to say that Hollywood couldn’t make them in one way or another- but that they just shouldn’t. Continue reading

Zombie Soundtrack #6: Brandon

Posted in Zombie Soundtracks with tags , , , on 06/16/2012 by McCutcheon
Here’s one for the troubled youths out there going through a zombie apocalypse and they’re missin’ that special someone… Since most of these soundtracks are made up of primarily Rock, why not go all the way with some Skid Row and Judas Priest? There’s already a zombie apocalypse, so might as well go all out. Streetlight Manifesto’s an interesting choice for anything involving a post-mortem revolution while a heavier band like Chimera could definitely be seen as the introduction to the beginning of the end. I’m feeling a little bit of a Fallout 3 vibe with our last track by The Ink Spots, which just makes me want to hang out in a diner and drink a milkshake while the world outside is burning down (I just fit in a reference to Chapter 12 in The Dead and the Dying, aw yeah, promoting my story on my own site). Be cool out there, boppers, and stay away from those bath salts.
If you want to submit your own soundtrack, click here -T
1. Streetlight Manifesto- A Better Place, A Better Time
2. Chimera- Born in Blood
3. Streetlight Manifesto- Moment of Violence
4. Skid Row- When God Can’t Wait
5. Johnny Cash- The Man Comes Around
6. Judas Priest- A Touch of Evil
7. System of a Down- Roulette
8. As I Lay Dying- Anodyne Sea
9.  The Ink Spots- Into Each Life Some Rain Must Fall

Movie Review: That’s My Boy

Posted in Reviews! with tags , , , , on 06/15/2012 by McCutcheon

Stars: Adam Sandler, Andy Samberg, Leighton Meester, Milo Ventimiglia

Rated R for crude sexual content throughout, nudity, pervasive language and some drug use, Running time 114 minutes, Comedy

Compare to: Wedding Crashers (2005), You Don’t Mess with the Zohan (2008)

That’s My Boy, which also could’ve easily been titled, “*#$^ You, I’m Adam Sandler and I Get Paid.” Man, I don’t know if I’ll be able to keep any semblance of a professional tone while typing this. But screw it, I’m a nobody and I’m doing this for free- if this movie were a house, I would burn it down and urinate on the ashes. Yet at the same time, it feels like that’s what this is going for; “Yeah, we made a terrible movie and YOU watched it! That’s the real joke!” Should I even summarize the story? Okay, here goes the same template that’s been used only a thousand times over- Continue reading

Great Spiderman Villains We’ll Probably Never See in the Movies

Posted in Whatever with tags , , , , on 06/14/2012 by McCutcheon

When I first heard who the villain was for the new Spiderman movie, I thought, “Cool. As long as it’s not Topher Grace.” When it turned out to be the Lizard, I was surprised they didn’t attempt to keep the villains completely grounded and human like they did for the original trilogy, save for the third one. It’s easy to imagine Spiderman onscreen battling any one of his biggest foes; Green Goblin, Doctor Octopus, Venom… because we’ve already seen it.

Even The Lizard had his place in the previous Sam Raimi trilogy due to the fact that Dylan Baker had already been portraying The Lizard’s alter-ego, Curt Connors, in the last two sequels. But what about the myriad of other Spiderman villains? For some, Spiderman is the only superhero whose villains are second only to Batman. The reason is that they’re just awesome, but what are the chances of seeing some of his more fun, less emotionally attached antagonists?

For the new film (and whatever sequels), who knows? Sam Raimi’s trilogy only seemed interested in villains Spiderman already knew. If he didn’t know them in the comic, they still changed things around to where he did in the movie.

So how about villains that just show up to rob a bank? Where are those guys? The ones who simply want money and then revenge for Spiderman having beat them to pulp? Evidently revenge isn’t a good enough motive, or at least, hasn’t been for Hollywood’s version of Spiderman. Here are a couple of favorites that don’t necessarily have a prior relationship to Spiderman, therefore don’t expect to see them in any sequels unless Hollywood decides to turn Rhino into Peter Parker’s illegitimate son or something. Continue reading