Thursday, May 31, 2012

Zulu Review

Zulu is a 1964 historical war film depicting the Battle of Rorke's Drift between the British Army and the Zulus during the Anglo-Zulu War. The battle was fought between approximately 4,000 Zulu warriors against 150 British and colonial troops. The film was directed by Cy Endfield and stars Stanley Baker, Jack Hawkins and Michael Caine in addition to being narrated by Richard Burton. It is an amazing film and one of my personal favorite war films of all-time.

This is just simply an incredible film that will always live on in history as an undisputed masterpiece. It's visually mesmerizing and features some of the most top-notch cinematography and directing in film history as far as I'm concerned. It is nearly impossible to look away during the film's 139 minute run-time. The landscapes are beautiful, the settings are isolated, and the fighting is shown in realistic bloody detail. It's one of the most captivating films of all time.

It's difficult to write a review for this masterful film and have no mention of the astonishing musical score by the talented English composer John Barry. It's both majestic and menacing as it helps to set the tone of the battle scenes so well. There are very few films out there as well-balanced and exciting as Zulu is. It truly is an astounding film. 

Overall Rating: 5/5

The Brink's Job Review

The Brink's Job is a 1978 crime-comedy film directed by William Friedkin and starring Peter Falk and Peter Boyle. The film is based on the book Big Stick-Up at Brinks written by Noel Behn and the real-life Great Brink's Robbery which took place in Boston, Massachusetts in 1950. While the film features some very strong performances by its entire cast, as well as some very nice direction by Friedkin, it doesn't seem to really be that memorable of a movie and fails to deliver on some very important levels.

Not that this is a bad film by any means, but it just isn't as strong as other heist or caper movies out there. One thing that bothered me the most about it was the script. The pacing didn't seem to be very good and everything just seemed stretched. It was a simple caper story that may have worked better if it wasn't so warm and light hearted. I think that the script could have definitely used some rework before filming began. Some things just didn't seem to fit, and some things seemed to be missing. 

All in all, The Brink's Job is a film that left me with mixed reactions. It was alright, but I feel like it could have been great. Especially with the amount of talent that was involved with it. The film is definitely worth a watch to fans of heist films, but they should just keep in mind that this one is just a little bit different. I think that the greatest feature that the film has to offer is the stylish and sublime performance by Peter Falk. He gives us a very unique portrayal of a thief that would have been nearly impossible to match by any other actor.

Overall Rating: 3/5

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Pan's Labyrinth Review

Pan's Labyrinth is one of the most beautiful and artistically creative movies that I have ever seen. Director Guillermo del Toro did a wonderful job at creating a truly captivating film that mixes fantasy with reality in a way that has never before been seen. The art direction is stunning, the music is astounding, and the characters are engaging and interesting. The film will definitely go down as del Toro's masterpiece and is sure to be remembered for many years to come.

There are many aspects of this film that are worthy of praise and appreciation. I feel that the cinematography by Guillermo Navarro is one of the most important facets. He really helped to create a beautiful atmosphere of wonder and fantasy by magnificently orchestrating his shots and using very good composition. It's wonderful to know that Navarro went on to win a much deserved Academy Award for Best Achievement in Cinematography for his work on the film, as well as garnering many more accolades along the way.

A lot of credit needs to be given to Guillermo del Toro. He had a truly amazing story that he wanted to tell and he executed it marvelously on film. Pan's Labyrinth is without a doubt one of the best foreign films that I have ever seen and it is one that will not soon be forgotten. I would recommend this film to just about anyone who is looking for a stunning story with stunning visuals. It is definitely one that should not be missed.

Overall Rating: 4/5

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Brad Pitt's Five Best Performances

Brad Pitt is widely considered by many to be one of the greatest actors working in Hollywood today. There are very few actors with the type of range and ability that he has. He is able to portray so many different characters phenomenally and make them both likable and appealing to watch. Listed below you will find what I believe to be Brad's top five best performances to date. Which one of his performances is your favorite?

Inglourious Basterds (2009)
Lt. Aldo Raine

Moneyball (2011)
Billy Beane

Twelve Monkeys (1995)
Jeffrey Goines

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008)
Benjamin Button

Fight Club (1999)
Tyler Durden

Monday, May 28, 2012

Men In Black 3 Review

Men In Black 3 may not have been the most necessary sequel to have been made, but it was a fun and exciting one nonetheless. The film features a fine mix of hilarious moments, great special effects and surprisingly strong performances by the entire cast. The most notable being Josh Brolin, who did a marvelous job at portraying the young Agent K and mimicking the actions of Tommy Lee Jones. It gives you a really good insight of the kind of versatility that he has as an actor.

A lot of credit needs to be given to director Barry Sonnenfeld for getting this movie made. He did a tremendous job at resurrecting this franchise, which appeared all but dead after the second installment released nearly ten years ago. And while it may not go down as one of the best movies of the summer, it is still a solid film that is very easy to enjoy. It's kind of like the perfect mindless summer blockbuster flick. You don't have to think about anything too hard, all you have to do is sit back and enjoy the ride.

All in all, Men In Black 3 is harmless, fun, and entertaining. It will most likely be enjoyed by fans of the MIB franchise and has a chance to go down as the best film in the series. It may have been a little mindless at some times and it took a little bit of time to get off the ground, but once it did, it was a non-stop thrill-ride which featured a surprising kind of twist ending that was both somber and unexpected. I would have no problem recommending it to anyone who is looking for some first rate action comedy fun.

Overall Rating: 3.5/5

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Jim Carrey's Five Best Performances

Jim Carrey is one of the most well recognized and respected actors working in Hollywood today. He handles each and every one of his roles with great poise and has the versatility that other actors can only dream of having. Listed below you will find what I believe to be his top five best performances to date. Which Jim Carrey performance is your favorite? 

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)
Joel Barish

Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events (2004)
Count Olaf

Ace Ventura: Pet Detective (1994)
Ace Ventura

The Truman Show (1998)
Truman Burbank

Man on the Moon (1999)
Andy Kaufman

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Leonardo DiCaprio's Five Best Performances

Leonardo DiCaprio is widely considered by many to be one of the best actors working in Hollywood today. He is one of the most daring and respectable actors who can always be counted on to give a charismatic and diverse performance that would be hard to match by any other actor. Listed below you will find what I believe to be DiCaprio's five best performances to date. Which one of his performances is your favorite?

What's Eating Gilbert Grape (1993)
Arnie Grape

The Aviator (2004)
Howard Hughes

Blood Diamond (2006)
Danny Archer

Catch Me If You Can (2002)
Frank Abagnale Jr.

Shutter Island (2010)
Teddy Daniels

TV Show Review: Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends

Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends is probably one of the funniest and most highly praised animated shows to ever show on Cartoon Network. The show features some of the most beautiful art design and superb flash animation that is very attention grabbing and eye pleasing. The plot of the show centers around the adventures of an eight year old boy named Mac and his imaginary friend Bloo, who is forced to move into a foster home after Mac's mom says that he has been outgrown by Mac.

The entire show is full of some very interesting characters that are all quite easy to like. There are many different imaginary friends that are all uniquely designed and sometimes unusual and bizarre. I think that this is one of the few cartoons aimed towards children that can easily be enjoyed by both kids and adults alike. It is both clever and smart in addition to being absurd and silly.

Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends lasted a solid six seasons lasting from 2004-2009. It went on to win a whopping seven Emmy Awards during its run and is in my opinion one of the last great animated shows that appeared on Cartoon Network before the network took a dive. It is a show that I would strongly suggest to pretty much anyone who enjoys animation, it is just a shame that we don't get re-runs of it on anymore. Fortunately, seasons 1 & 2 were released on DVD in 2007.

Overall Rating: 4/5

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

TV Show Review: The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy

The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy is one of the most hilarious cartoon series ever created that can easily be enjoyed by kids and adults alike. The show follows the adventures of Billy and Mandy as they find many different ways to exploit the Grim Reaper, who was forced into being their best friend. The show lasted a strong seven seasons on Cartoon Network from 2001-2007.

Some may argue that having a kids cartoon centered around the Grim Reaper may be a bit too dark and not very suitable for children, but its all in good fun. Grim actually turns out to be one of the funniest and most likable characters on the show. Sometimes we even sympathize with him because of what both Billy and Mandy put him through. The show definitely thrives because of its unique and funny cast of characters and there are many to be found, The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy features many supporting characters that are all just as quirky and wacky as the next one.

It was definitely one of the best animated shows on TV during its time and its a shame that there are no re-runs of it on anymore. Even so, The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy will live on in my heart as one of my favorite cartoons ever. It was so creative and funny that it made it tough not to love. Definitely one of Cartoon Networks best!

Overall Rating: 5/5

TV Show Review: The Marvelous Misadventures of Flapjack

The Marvelous Misadventures of Flapjack is without a doubt one of the best animated television series  ever created. Although it only lasted a mere three seasons, it was one of the funniest shows on TV during that time. The show follows the misadventures of a young boy named Flapjack, who was raised inside a talking whale named Bubbie, and Captain K'nuckles as they set sail in search of the magical Candied Island, filled with lollipop trees and lemonade seas.

The show is wonderful for both kids and adults alike. It is funny, original, random and sometimes dark.and creepy. The characters are all so unique and interesting that it is nearly impossible not to fall in love with them. Another very unique aspect to this show is its beautiful animation. It's amazing how eye popping the characters look with the combination of the gloomy and dingy backgrounds. It helps to give the show a nice suitable feel to it that is very pleasing to look at.

It's a shame that Cartoon Network cut ties with the show after its third season, because the quality of animation on television nowadays has not been very good and The Marvelous Misadventures of Flapjack was one of the few shows that we could count on for pure excellence. If you have not seen this show, I strongly suggest checking it out if you ever get the chance. On April 20, 2012, the series returned to Cartoon Network to show re-runs on the revived block, Cartoon Planet.

Overall Rating: 5/5

TV Show Review: Home Movies

Home Movies may be one of the best animated television series that went underrated and unrecognized by many during its original network run, first on UPN and then on Cartoon Network's Adult Swim. The show is about the life of an aspiring eight-year-old filmmaker named Brendon Small, who with the help of his friends Jason and Melissa as actors, manage to direct over a thousand homemade movies with his camcorder.

Although I didn't start watching the show until its fourth and final season in 2004, I immediately fell in love with it. The characters are all refreshingly original and easy to fall in love with. They provide the show with some very unique and quirky humor that is unlike any other show that I have ever seen. The episode plots are engaging and fun, usually featuring Brendan, Jason and Melissa in their day-to-day misadventures, while showcasing Brendan creating shoestring-budget home movies. It's amazing how funny this show can be sometimes, because it mostly relies on dialogue-driven comedy.

While not too many people know about this amazing show, it is one that I try to suggest to as many people as possible. It's different, yes, but it is also wonderful and one of the best animated shows that I have honestly ever seen. If you have never seen it before or perhaps never gave it much of a chance, watch a couple of episodes and it is very likely that you will fall in love with it as I did.

Overall Rating: 5/5

Monday, May 21, 2012

Movies To Look Forward To In June

The month of May proved to be a relatively strong month for movies with the highly anticipated superhero film The Avengers being the most impressive of the bunch which also included releases such as Men In Black 3Dark Shadows and The Dictator. It appears that June will most likely not be able to match the month of May, but will also feature some films that have been highly anticipated as well. We will have Pixar's newest film, Brave coming out on the 22nd and Ridley Scott's newest sci-fi film, Prometheus due out on the 8th. Below you will find a list that I have compiled of five films to look forward to in June. Which ones are you most looking forward too?

Brave - June 22nd
Determined to make her own path in life, Princess Merida defies a custom that brings chaos to her kingdom. Granted one wish, Merida must rely on her bravery and her archery skills to undo a beastly curse.

Prometheus - June 8th
A team of explorers discover a clue to the origins of mankind on Earth, leading them on a journey to the darkest corners of the universe. There, they must fight a terrifying battle to save the future of the human race.

Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter - June 22nd
Abraham Lincoln, the 16th President of the United States, discovers vampires are planning to take over the United States. He makes it his mission to eliminate them.

Snow White and the Huntsman - June 1st
In a twist to the fairy tale, the Huntsman ordered to take Snow White into the woods to be killed winds up becoming her protector and mentor in a quest to vanquish the Evil Queen.

Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted - June 8th
Alex, Marty, Gloria and Melman are still fighting to get home to their beloved Big Apple. Their journey takes them through Europe where they find the perfect cover: A traveling circus.

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Machete Sequel Coming Soon

A sequel to the 2010 action film Machete starring Danny Trejo is well on its way towards starting production after getting notable actors Mel Gibson, Demián Bichir and Amber Heard all to sign on to star in the highly anticipated sequel. The film which is expected to release sometime in 2013 will be titled Machete Kills and will feature Robert Rodriguez back in the directing chair. The film has been rumored to start filming as early as later on this month and just recently released its first poster this past week. This is one sequel that I am looking forward too quite a bit and it will be interesting to see how it all turns out. One thing is for sure, it will feature a lot of hack-and-slash fun.

Machete Kills (2013)

Sin City Sequel Well On Its Way

A sequel to the popular 2005 crime thriller Sin City is well on its way towards becoming a reality. The sequel, which will be titled Sin City: A Dame to Kill For was recently given a release date of October 4, 2013 and will be released in 3D. Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller will once again be sharing directing duties on the film as well as co-writing it with Academy Award winning screenwriter William Monahan. Mickey Rourke and Jessica Alba have been the first two actors confirmed to return and reprise their roles, although many from the original cast are expected to return as well. Rodriguez has stated that filming would start this summer and the film's first poster was just recently released this past week which you can find below.

Sin City: A Dame to Kill For (2013)

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Kick-Ass Sequel In The Works

It appears that a sequel to the popular 2010 film Kick-Ass is going to happen, but this time with a new director. It has been reported that Jeff Wadlow director of Cry Wolf and Never Back Down has been selected by original director Matthew Vaughn to helm the upcoming project, which is set to start filming later this year. Although Vaughn had expressed interest in doing a sequel himself since the original release of the film in 2010, he was unable to take on directing duties for this film because of his commitment to direct the upcoming  X-Men: First Class sequel. However, he still plans to co-write and produce the sequel which is aiming for a May 2013 release date. Aaron Johnson, Chloë Grace Moretz and Christopher Mintz-Plasse are all expected to return and reprise their roles.

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Gangster Squad Looks Impressive

Gangster Squad, the upcoming crime drama film by director Ruben Fleischer and based off of the book Tales from the Gangster Squad by Paul Lieberman looks to impress audiences with its superb cast and thrilling action sequences. The film is described as a chronicle of the Los Angeles Police Department's fight to keep East Coast Mafia out of Los Angeles in the 1940s and 1950s. It features a star-studded cast which includes Josh Brolin, Ryan Gosling, Nick Nolte, Giovanni Ribisi, Emma Stone and Sean Penn as the notorious gangster Mickey Cohen. A trailer for the film was released on May 9th, 2012 and the one thing that stood out to me the most in it was Sean Penn. It looks like he is going to provide one very powerful performance in portraying Cohen that is sure to please audiences and give them an esteemed look at one of the most corrupt gangsters ever. The film is set to hit theaters this fall with a release date of September 7th.

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Top Ten Film Scores By Danny Elfman

Danny Elfman is widely considered to be one of the greatest film composers who has ever lived. It doesn't matter if he is scoring a drama, comedy, or even a superhero flick. He always does a tremendous job at setting the mood with his music and helps give the movies he is working on a special distinctive feel to them that could not be matched by any other film composer. Listed below you will find a list that I have compiled of what I believe to be Danny Elfman's top ten film scores that he has done to date. Which ones are your favorites?

Milk (2008)

Alice in Wonderland (2010)

Big Fish (2003)

Spider-Man (2002)

Men in Black (1997)

The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)

Batman (1989)

Edward Scissorhands (1990)

Pee-wee's Big Adventure (1985)

Good Will Hunting (1997)

Dark Shadows Review

The latest film from Tim Burton, Dark Shadows fails to live up to any high expectations that it had and instead turns out to be an overall underwhelming flick which struggles to find its rhythm throughout its 113 minute runtime. That is not to say that it is a bad movie, because it is far from horrible, but it seems that we could have expected a far better movie from the mastermind director Tim Burton.

One of the biggest problems that the film has is that it doesn't really seem to know what kind of movie it really is. Although there were plenty of moments throughout that drew laughs from the crowd, there were also many moments where the crowd wasn't really sure if they were supposed to be laughing or not. I think that made it awkward for many of the people in the theater that I was in. It's no doubt that it was a strange film, but despite its flaws it still seemed to keep you entertained. Carried by notable strong performances by Johnny Depp, Michelle Pfeiffer, Helena Bonham Carter and Jackie Earle Haley the film was driven by its fun and wacky characters that helped make up for its somewhat predictable and sometimes boring plot. It should also be mentioned that the great musician Alice Cooper makes a small, but awesome appearance in the film, in what turned out to be my favorite part of the entire movie.

While Dark Shadows will likely end up being one of the most forgettable Tim Burton flicks, it is still one that should definitely be worth a watch to the die-hards out there. After all, it features Johnny Depp as a vampire, and who didn't think that sounded cool when they first heard it? It was also nice to hear the musical score by long-time Burton collaborator, Danny Elfman who always does a fine job at setting the mood with great music in Tim Burton's films. All in all though, the film can be summed up with one word: Mediocre. It likely won't leave you thinking too much about it afterwards and it will likely become a film that is all but forgotten in a few months.

Overall Rating: 2.5/5

Friday, May 11, 2012

Inception Review

There are few films out there as visually stunning as Christopher Nolan's Inception. It is one of the best action thriller films that has ever been made and will have people talking about it for years to come. What Nolan was able to do with Inception was create a film that can easily be enjoyed by just about everyone, because the movie itself has a little bit of everything in it. Whether its action, thrills, adventure or heist. It's groundbreaking in many ways. It features some very breathtaking cinematography by the great Wally Pfister as well as having some spectacular special effects. It also has a star-studded cast which includes Leonardo DiCaprio, Ken Watanabe, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Ellen Page, Marion Cotillard, Tom Hardy, Cillian Murphy, Tom Berenger, Pete Postlethwaite and Michael Caine. There are seven separate Oscar-nominated actors right there. That is just simply amazing.

In addition to featuring an amazing cast, great cinematography and special effects, Inception also features one awesome score by Hans Zimmer. The music is really able to match the characters feelings very well throughout the film and Zimmer received a much deserved Academy Award nomination for Best Original Score at the 83rd Academy Awards. Another amazing feat that Inception pulled off was that it was filmed in six different countries on four continents. Incredible, right?

What more can you say about this fantastic film? It's intense and entertaining and it's a movie that just about everyone seems to love. A lot of credit needs to go to Christopher Nolan on this one. The man simply knows how to make good movies that the public can thoroughly enjoy. He took a simple idea and turned it into something amazing. Inception is a film that could have never been made by any other director. Nolan had a vision that only he himself could produce on film. It is definitely a one-of-a-kind movie that everyone should see at least once.

Overall Rating: 4.5/5

The Social Network Review

The Social Network is an impressive 2010 drama film which was directed by the great American filmmaker David Fincher and written by Aaron Sorkin. The film features a very powerful cast which includes Jesse Eisenberg in the lead role portraying Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and has a supporting cast that includes Andrew Garfield, Justin Timberlake and Armie Hammer. The film went on to score eight Academy Award nominations including Best Picture, Best Director for Fincher, and Best Actor for Eisenberg at the 83rd Academy Awards and won Best Motion Picture – Drama, Best Director, Best Screenplay, and Best Original Score at the 68th Golden Globe Awards.

The film features four breakthrough performances as far as I am concerned with Jesse Eisenberg, Andrew Garfield, Justin Timberlake and Armie Hammer all giving very powerful and persuasive acting performances. Director David Fincher and cinematographer Jeff Cronenweth did a tremendous job at giving this film a unique and appropriate look to it as well. It's kind of a hard thing to explain, but everything just seems so right about this film. The visuals and pacing really help to carry it throughout its 121 minutes. The film also features some very striking music by the talented composers Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross.

The Social Network is a film that will not soon be forgotten and will be discussed by film lovers for years to come. It's riveting, exhilarating, absorbing, and fast-moving in addition to being a film that can be enjoyed by pretty much anyone. The story is probably one of the most engaging and interesting stories ever told in movie history. It's an amazing cinematic achievement that deserves all of its accolades. Who would have thought that coding and algorithms could be so fascinating?

Overall Rating: 4.5/5

The King's Speech Review

The King's Speech is without a doubt one of the most powerful and compelling historical drama films ever made. It truly is an amazing piece of work in every aspect. Whether it is the great performances by Colin Firth, Geoffrey Rush and Helena Bonham Carter or the amazing directing job by the talented British director Tom Hooper. It's not very often that a breathtaking piece of cinematic work like The King's Speech comes around and it was great to see it go home with the Academy Award for Best Picture at the 83rd Academy Awards as well as receiving many other wins and nominations.

The film also features some very great cinematography by Danny Cohen. It is kind of hard to explain, but it is very unique and beautifully done. A lot of credit needs to go to the production design team as well, it has this certain artistic feel to it that really helped set the mood of the entire film. As well as featuring some amazing sets and beautifully constructed shots, the film also features some extraordinary music done by the great French film composer Alexandre Desplat. Desplat really helped to carry the tone of the entire picture by including his marvelous musical composition, which he received a well-deserved Academy Award nomination for.

What more can be said about this amazing film? It is nearly flawless in every category and is one of the most compelling stories ever told in film as far as I'm concerned. It is a film that almost guarantees that you will be left satisfied by the end of its 118 minute runtime. The star-studded cast will blow you away and the unique and artistic visuals will leave you stunned. The King's Speech is a definite must-see film that is sure to be enjoyed by all.

Overall Rating: 5/5

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Moneyball Review

In my opinion Moneyball is one of the best sports dramas ever made. It is not very often a movie that is centered around a sport comes around that can be liked by pretty much anyone, but that is exactly what Moneyball did. With amazing cinematography by the talented Wally Pfister and a great style of directing by Bennett Miller, Moneyball is a great visual treat. The film also features some great original music by the very underrated composer, Mychael Danna. 

In addition to featuring some amazing visuals and great music, Moneyball has an amazing cast that provides some very impressive and gutsy performances. It starts and finishes with Brad Pitt as Oakland A's GM Billy Beane though. It is such a natural performance by Pitt that it seems like he is acting almost effortlessly on the screen. It will surely go down in history as one of the greatest performances that Brad Pitt has ever done as a leading man in his career. The performances by the supporting cast are just as strong as well. With Jonah Hill, Philip Seymour Hoffman and Robin Wright all giving some very impressive performances respectively. 

By the end of the film you will be left astonished. It is truly an astounding piece of work that should be recognized for how fundamentally sound it really is. There are not too many movies that come out nowadays that excel in almost every area of the film, from acting to writing to directing. But again, that is what Moneyball was able to do. This is a movie that I would have no problem recommending to someone, whether they are a sports fan or not. It is driven by story and characters more than anything and it is a very moving film that is sure to please many.

Overall Rating: 4/5

Look Out For The Lone Ranger

The Lone Ranger is an upcoming action western film that is being directed by Gore Verbinski, director of Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, The Weather Man and most recently Rango. The film will be based off of the original 1933 radio show and will feature Armie Hammer in the lead role as The Lone Ranger as well as Johnny Depp playing Tonto. The film will also feature supporting roles from Helena Bonham Carter, Tom Wilkinson, Barry Pepper and William Fichtner.

 It was announced way back in 2008 that Johnny Depp would be portraying Tonto and that led to much debate as to whether or not it was the right choice. Many people thought that Tonto should be portrayed by a Native American, which the character is, but I believe that the right choice was made. Johnny Depp is one of the most versatile actors in Hollywood today and he is sure to play the part magnificently and will definitely help the film to make back its $215 million budget because of his huge fanbase and following.

The film is set to release on May 31, 2013 and I will most likely be in line for a ticket at my local movie theaters' box office to get a chance to see it. I believe that it was perfectly cast and it will be interesting to see the on-screen chemistry between Armie Hammer and Johnny Depp. This is definitely one film to look forward to next year.

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

SpongeBob SquarePants Movie Sequel In The Works

It's official! A new SpongeBob SquarePants movie is currently in the works and is aiming for a November 2014 release. The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie 2 will be a followup to the 2004 animated film based on the popular Nickelodeon television series SpongeBob SquarePants. The film will be one of the first to be done by Paramount Animation, a subsidiary company of Paramount Pictures which was just recently founded in 2011. The first theatrical trailer is set to be released this summer as one of the previews before Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted on June 8, 2012. I am sure that many fans of the show such as myself will be anxiously awaiting its release in 2014, which will be over 10 years after the first movie released and 15 years since the show first aired on Nickelodeon way back in 1999.

The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie 2 (2014)

ParaNorman Looks To Impress

ParaNorman is an upcoming 3D stop-motion animated film set to release later this year on August 17, 2012. It is being produced by the animation studio Laika, who also produced the stop-motion animated feature film Coraline in 2009. ParaNorman features an impressive voice cast including Casey Affleck, Tempestt Bledsoe, Jeff Garlin, John Goodman, Bernard Hill, Anna Kendrick, Leslie Mann, and Christopher Mintz-Plasse. The film is being co-directed by Sam Fell, who was also co-director of Flushed Away and The Tale of Despereaux, as well as Chris Butler who also wrote the screenplay for the film and is making his directorial debut. The film's score will be done by composer Jon Brion, who has composed music for movies such as MagnoliaEternal Sunshine of the Spotless MindStep Brothers and The Other Guys in the past. ParaNorman is looking to be a fun animated film and it is sure to have a nice unique feel to it, as almost all stop-motion films do. If you haven't already, I strongly suggest checking out the trailer.

A misunderstood boy who can speak with the dead, takes on ghosts, zombies and grown-ups to save his town from a centuries-old curse.