Open Windows Trailer – Sasha Grey & Elijah Wood

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In Open Windows, Nick (Elijah Wood) is excited to discover that he’s won a dinner date with his favorite actress, Jill Goddard (Sasha Grey). But when Jill refuses to honor the contest, her manager Chord (Neil Maskell) makes an offer he can’t refuse, the ability to view Jill secretly via computer. Nick begins watching the unknowing star on her webcam, not realizing that this decision will put both himself and Jill at risk as they enter a terrifying world of cat-and-mouse where nothing-and no one-are as they seem.

The plot of this film sounds like an interesting dark thriller, one that’s heavily involves the internet. A common fear in the real world is strangers being able to watch us from our very own electronic devices that have cameras (web cams, tablets, etc). So right there is an audience for this movie.

Elijah Wood has shown that he can do dark movies with Maniac. Not sure if I been living under a rock or what, but I’m just recently learning that Sasha Grey is an ex porn star trying to become a serious actress. This movie looks to give her a easy rather easy task of playing a beautiful celebrity who becomes a victim through a psychopath’s web game. 

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The trailer shows off the decision from Director Nacho Vigalondo to not use conventional cameras, but instead web-cams for the film. You can see windows open, close and minimize throughout the trailer, which looks neat. Only when watching the movie will I tell if it’ll become too much of a distraction. For those who aren’t so much sold on this film, there is good news. Open Windows will be available on Video On Demand and Digital Download on October 7th, 2014. A limited theatrical release is schedules on November 7th, 2014.

Expendables 4, Shanghai Dawn, or Rush Hour 4 – Next Jackie Chan film?

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It’s been a while since we seen Jackie Chan on the big screen. His last role in a widely release film was back in 2010’s The Karate Kid as Mr. Han. The martial arts legend has recently talked about doing sequels to some of his past hits and possibly joining a franchise that fans have been wanting to see. I’m obviously talking about Expendables 4, and the other two being Rush Hour 4 and Shanghai Dawn.

While the Expendables franchise seems pretty done with it’s underwhelming and kind of sad opening weekend, the actor was approached by Stallone once again to this time join Expendables 4. Chan has been hesitant to join the franchise due to the over crowded casting in the first two (now 3) films. Chan told Stallone during discussions, ‘Sly, can’t we just do you and me? Not just a bunch of people and me only coming out for five minutes.’ Because then the audience is, ‘Oh!’ And then I’m gone.’ An excellent point is brought up Chan, these films have gotten overcrowded and if a star like Jackie Chan is in the Expendables, I don’t want him to get the Jet Li treatment

As for Rush Hour 4, I don’t see a point in doing another after the latest one was the weakest I felt. It seems Chan feels the same way when approached by the studio on the idea of a fourth film. “I said ‘No, show me the script first. I don’t need another Rush Hour 4. You need Rush Hour 4. Show me the script.’ I don’t want to do a rubbish script just because they want to make the movie.” 

As a movie fan I appreciate Jackie Chan’s comments, he doesn’t want to do these cash grab movies and nor should he. He is currently 60 years old and has given us plenty of memorable and fun action flicks. The right to chose only projects that interest him is one that he has earned. One of the surprising reports mentioned that Jackie Chan has been talking to people about doing Shanghai Dawn, the sequel to Shanghai Noon & Shanghai Knights. I wouldn’t mind seeing a third Shanghai film, the first two were really good and you can tell Chan was having fun in those films. I’m sure Owen Wilson could use a hit as well.

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Chan is also set to reprise his role as Mr. Han in The Karate Kid 2. What sequels mentioned above would you like to Jackie Chan do Movie Talkers?

Welcome Back Ving Rhames! – Actor confirmed for Mission: Impossible 5

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At the end of Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol, Ethan Hunt (Cruise) is seen sitting and chatting with someone who’s voice sounds familiar. The camera shows Ving Rhames and the audience in the auditorium I’m in starts cheering. That goes to show just how much fans have enjoyed his character in the Mission: Impossible movies. Now, confirmed by Director Christopher McQuarrie, it looks like the franchise co-star will be back for the fifth film in the franchise. 

In the Mission: Impossible movies, Ving Rhames plays Luther Stickwell, a fellow IMF agent that works with Ethan Hunt on various missions around the world. His main skill is with a computer, hacking his way to get what the team needs. Besides franchise star Tom Cruise, it’s Ving Rhames who comes to mind when I think of these movies and I could definitely feel his presence missed in Ghost Protocol. I’m excited he’s back and hopes that he gets a significant role. 

Also confirmed to return along side Tom Cruise for Mission: Impossible 5 are Jeremy Renner, Simon Pegg, Rebecca Ferguson, and reportedly Alec Baldwin. Hopefully we’ll get word on Paula Patton’s status as she was one of the highlights of Ghost Protocol. This cast is starting to have that Fast Five vibe with me. Are you excited Movie Talkers to have Ving Rhames back in a bigger role?

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Paul Rudd is a thief in first official Ant-Man image

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Marvel’s Ant-Man movie began filming this week and already the studio has released the first image of Paul Rudd as Scott Lang. The image doesn’t tell much, but it does show actor Paul Rudd in different look then what we’re normally use to seeing the actor in. Looking fully prepped and ready to pull a job as the thief turned hero. This is a great looking still with the Golden Gate Bridge in the background. I challenge those people who take long distance photos of the set to do better!

Armed with the astonishing ability to shrink in scale but increase in strength, con-man Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) must embrace his inner-hero and help his mentor, Dr. Hank Pym (Michael Douglas), protect the secret behind his spectacular Ant-Man suit from a new generation of towering threats. Against seemingly insurmountable obstacles, Pym and Lang must plan and pull off a heist that will save the world.

 

Ant-Man is set for a July 17th, 2015 release date. 

Diversity in Marvel’s Cinematic Universe- Feige Talks Black Panther and Captain Marvel

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For the past couple years Marvel has been toying with the idea of making a female led stand alone superhero movie and/or a black lead in a superhero film and both may not be too far away.

According to superherohype.com Kevin Feige (the godfather of the MCU) spoke to IGN about the recent fan demands for a Captain Marvel (female) and a Black Panther (African decent) movie, which would surely bring diversity to the MCU.  In the interview Feige said:

“They’re both characters that we like, that development work has been done, it’s continuing to be done on, and certainly it’s the question I get asked more than anything else, more than Iron Man 4, more than Avengers 3. That’s sort of the first time that’s really happened to us, so I think that makes a difference. I think that’s something we have to pay attention to… I’ve always said we have our plan, and it’s served us very well, and there hasn’t been anything that has managed to deviate or change from that based on an opinion, because opinions online change and they alter, and they are based on limited information they have to what’s going on behind the scenes, but in this particular case I think it is a groundswell, and I think it means something substantial.”

With comments like these you can best believe that Feige and Marvel and paying attention to the fans and have plans for more diverse characters.  Although Marvel already has some diversity in their universe with Nick Fury (played by Samuel L. Jackson), Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), and Falcon (Anthony Mackie), they have not yet had a movie led by a female or an African-American.

I personally would love to see a Black Panther film because the character has so much depth and the story lines they could potentially develop based on the comic books are so rich.  Captain Marvel would be an interesting film as well.  I don’t know too much about the character but what I’ve seen and read about her is pretty awesome (she’s kind of like a female Superman).  If you don’t know much about either character check out the two clips below featuring Black Panther and Captain Marvel in the animated series Avengers: Earths Mightiest Heroes.

What do you think movie fans?  Would you like to see either of this charcters brought into the MCU? How about their own stand alone movie?  Express your thoughts in the comment section.

sources: IGN, screenrant.com , superherohype.com, comingsoon.net , youtube.com

The Expendables 3 Review

 

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Barney Ross (Stallone) decides to relieve his team of their duties after a mission goes terribly wrong and injures one of their own. The man responsible for the destruction is co-founder of the Expendables team Conrad Stonebanks (Gibson), who Barney was once close with. Determined to bring down Stonebanks, the Expandable’s leader recruits a new team that is younger, faster, and more tech savy. Together, the new Expendables team led by Barney looks to take down Stonebanks and stop him from supplying enemies with dangerous arms.

The whole idea of the Expendables is brilliant in this day in age. A bunch of old school action stars coming together to honor the good o’l days of action films. Though the franchise has had it’s problems through the first two films, whether it was poor execution, writing or direction, I still remained a fan no matter what, because I love seeing these guys together. After the numbers for Expendables 3 opening weekend at box office came in, I couldn’t believe how much this new/bigger film had flopped. Now that I had a chance to see the movie, I can see why it did.

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21 years since Demolition Man

The Expendables 3 is what I would call a water down Expendables film, which is really bad. Yes, the Expendables 3 included a bigger cast which I’ll get to in a moment, but the violence took a major step down. By violence I mean blood, body parts flying, actually seeing the kill, classic one liners, everything that old school action movies were that this film is supposedly honoring. A majority of the action in this movie is just people shooting guns and other people falling. There was very little fighting going on, very little hand to hand combat. Remember this is a film that includes Wesley Snipes, Jet Li, and Jason Statham, all are guys known for kicking ass.  We seen plenty of shooting through two films already, except this time it was less intense and a bit boring. 

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Yes, the Expendables featured a much bigger cast, but bigger isn’t always better. The guys I came here to see, the original Expendables (old dudes) were cut short to make way for the new team. The film spent a good chunk of the time introducing these new members. Their attempt was to build their characters up, but instead it’s poorly executed. As an Expendables leader are you really just gonna round up a bunch of people to make a team that includes a club bouncer, a prize fighter, a rock climber/hacker to try and take down a former/co-founder of the Expendables, played by a muscled out Mel Gibson? The original Expendables team are muscle bound guys who are convincing, maybe because during most their acting careers they’ve played roles where they were dangerous with a gun or knife. Get what I’m saying? This new team includes a UFC champion (okay cool), a professional boxer (who’s last I checked isn’t that good), an up and coming action star (who’s Hercules movie flopped, but I’m still pulling for to do good), and some other dude. I was never really sold on this new team, surely you could’ve found a better team.

I do have my positives for this movie. First it was really good seeing Wesley Snipes back in action. He was great and I loved the references to his real life legal dramas. Mel Gibson as the villain who was a former Expendable was just terrific. The man is a really great actor and should consider more villain roles. Kellen Lutz was pretty damn good in this movie. He definitely showed his potential and was the clear best from the new team. Antonio Banderas was funny as Galgo with his energy and constant talking, maybe talking a bit too much. Arnold Schwarzenegger had one line in this movie that was just hilarious. I’ll give you a hint it’s a reference to Predator. But that’s really it. 

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Aim small, miss small

Overall, this was a decent Expendables movie. I went in to the movie wanting to see all the action stars together and just kick ass. Though it wasn’t as good as I hoped, it’s what I got. The film could have used better/less CGI, too much doesn’t work with a film like this. A cast this large definitely hurt the film more than it helped. I still had fun, but not as much as I did previous Expendables films.

 

I’m gonna give the Expendables 3 a 5.5/10

Power Rangers Gets A Release Date, But can it do well financially and critically?

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Last week it was announced that the Power Rangers reboot indeed has a release date and will hit theaters on July 22, 2014.

There are different opinions as to why or why not they should even attempt to make this film but regardless of positive or negative reaction to the reboot, Lionsgate and Saban are moving forward with the popular children’s franchise.

As a HUGE fan of the television series growing up I am both very excited and very nervous to see what the end product will be.  On one hand this movie could be horrible and forever bury the franchise which would probably never see theaters again.  On the other hand, if Lionsgate can pull off something similar to their Hunger Games and Divergent properties, they could have another successful young adult franchise on their hands.  If so then the Power Rangers franchise could stick around (cinematic universe style) for a while.  That is a big IF though and no one would rather have this franchise succeed more than myself.  So without considering the negatives I want people to take a look at a few reasons why this movie could be good and change the public perception of “The Mighty Morphin Power Rangers”.  

  • Studios are beginning to understand that you can’t make a cheesy, plotless, over-the-top blockbuster anymore and hopefully that is applied to Power Rangers.  In order to capitalize on the potential financial success of this film, Lionsgate needs to apply a more serious tone (with added comedic elements) and expose that in the marketing campaign once they begin dropping photos and trailers.  This shouldn’t be a problem since Lionsgate is responsible for the Hunger Games franchise which essentially is a similar target audience.
  • If they steer away from the overly colorful uniforms they could be more accepted by a wider audience.  Although the signature outfits of the Power Rangers are part of their history and they are most recognizable in them, it is just too silly of an image if this reboot wants to be taken seriously.  They can still apply the different colors to the different teens in order to differentiate between them but keep it to a minimum.  For example all black with the colored trim or all grey with colored trim etc.
  • Make Zordon and Alpha real people, at least to begin with.  It would be really goofy to have a floating head and a genius robot (at least the versions from the show and movies)  as the Power Rangers’ mentors and commanders.  If they could some how humanize both  of those characters then more people could relate and again they will be taken a lot more seriously.
  • They need to use the “Megazords” to their advantage considering giant robots and monsters fighting is a hot trend right now (like Pacific Rim, Transformers or Godzilla).  All of these movie made tons of money and if they can use the “Megazords” in the marketing then they could draw a big audience on that alone.
  • The producers and writers on the film must execute correctly and put together the right team of directors, actors etc. in order to succeed.  Everything so far is looking like they’re going in the right direction.  Roberto Orci is the leading man (production wise) in this whole thing and I am happy that it is in his hands.  Although he was part of The Amazing Spider Man 2 writing team, you can’t say that it is his fault the movie wasn’t up to par.  He’s also been a huge part in the Star Trek rebooted franchise as he wrote the first two installments and is going on to direct the third.  The writing team on Power Rangers is the same individuals who wrote the X-Men: First Class script which is a movie that is widely recognized as a great film and did well financially.

Everything is looking up from here and I see no reason to complain or be worried about this franchise.  Although I am worried myself because I don’t want to see a bad film come from all of this which would ultimately kill the franchise’s cinematic chances in the future.  What do you say movie fans?  Are you excited for the Power Rangers reboot or do you think it’s a dumb idea?  Express your thoughts in the comment section!

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