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  R. Lee Emery
Posted by: Mike on Jun 30th, 2007 Leave a Comment »

  Batman and Superman, together?
Posted by: Mike on Jun 30th, 2007 Leave a Comment »

Yes, it very well could be true. According to a recent interview with Superman (aka Brandon Routh), if he was approached to make a Justic League movie, he’d be interested:

If they come at me about it, I would definitely be intrigued to work with Christian and whoever else wants to be apart of it.

What does that mean for us? Arguably, a really fantastic new super-hero-based-on-comic-books movie. While Superman Returns was just an okay flick, not great, not terrible, Batman Begins (and Christian Bale in general) were fantastic. So the question is, who’d direct it? Who’d write it? Would Christopher Nolan direct, or Bryan Singer? Or someone totally different? All I know, is that I’m excited about the possibility. I think next year’s Dark Knight is going to be one of the best movies of the year. (At least for me) Stay tuned for more details, as they arise.

  Live Free or Die Hard
Posted by: Mike on Jun 30th, 2007 Leave a Comment »

Live Free or Die Hard Review

Live Free or Die Hard

For the last four days, I’ve been reading reviews of Live Free or Die Hard. I’ve been reading how it’s “not a real Die Hard movie”, and “this shouldn’t be called Die Hard“, etc. One review even went so far to say “Was John McClane even in Live Free or Die Hard?”

Absurd. While I agree that there were definitely plot holes, and issues with the story itself, overall, that’s no reason to fault the movie. There’s no such thing as a “perfect” action flick, we all know that by now. What we also know is the following mathematical equation: gunfire + explosions x badguys + John McClane = a kick-ass action flick.

Sure, I’ll be the first person to tell you that some of the things that happen, couldn’t possibly happen. I’ll also be the first person to point out the issues with the story, or possibilities of it. But, in the same light, I’ll also be the first person to tell you that I laughed out loud a number of times, and that I left the theater with a big grin on my face.

After reading all the negativity the last few days, I fully expected to go into the movie, and have it be terrible. Which isn’t all that bad, after all, I love writing negative reviews. Live Free or Die Hard, however, wasn’t terrible. Sure, it wasn’t perfect. But, overall it was a lot of fun. And it was enjoyable.

Willis and his new co-star (…and I’m a Mac) Justin Long have great onscreen chemistry together. I’m not sure if it’s just because Justin Long is such a likeable guy, or if he and Willis really played well together. There’s a lot of “Ha!” moments, when you’ll laugh out loud at something that McClane says, or does. Are some of the one-liners cheesey? They most certainly are. But that’s what makes them loveable.

For the stunts, some of them are fantastic. The scene I’m sure you’ve seen, where the cop car flies into the helicopter (from the trailer) is very cool. Some other stunts are pretty cool as well. There’s a scene where the badguy (dubbed “spiderman” by McClane) is jumping around the room, bouncing off walls, and whatnot. Very similar to the stunts performed at the beginning of Casino Royale. Though, in the same light, there’s some things that were completely unrealistic. Could a man fall from a helicopter thirty feet to concrete, and live? Doubtful. Would McClane have gotten burnt by the jet engines if he jumped onto the back of a jet? Most likely. Could a Ford Expedition fit into an elevator shaft with just enough room to slide down the shaft? Highly unlikely. Does that take away from the movie? No, not really.

Why? Simple. The movie is made to have fun at. Not to make fun of, but to have fun with. And I did, a lot of it. It seemed like everyone in the theater really enjoyed the movie too. We all laughed together, we all went “eww!” when someone died in a gruesome way. The movie’s a lot of fun. However, don’t be fooled. This movie is not a PG-13 movie. I realize the MPAA gave it a PG-13 rating, but this movie is definitely a rated R flick. The only thing that stopped it from being pushed to an R rating, was the lack of the F word. That’s right, lack of. McClane’s patented, trademark “Yippie Ki-yay motherfu**er” is not in this movie. Sure, it gets said, sort of. A gunshot overrides the “fu**er” part. So, it’s almost in there, but not quite enough to appease the bunches of people who are apparently pissed off about it, on the internet.

To sum up – if you liked any of the other Die Hard movies, particularly the first and third movies (let’s face it, we’d all like to forget the second movie anyway), then you’ll love Live Free or Die Hard. It’s a lot of fun. There’s a lot of death, explosions, gunfire, car chases, and smart ass jokes. I liked it, and will definitely pick it up on DVD when it comes out. McClane is back, and he’s not taking prisoners.

  Diora Baird
Posted by: Mike on Jun 29th, 2007 Leave a Comment »

  R.I.P. Joel Siegel
Posted by: Mike on Jun 29th, 2007 Leave a Comment »

As some of you may, or may not know, famed movie critic Joel Siegel passed away yesterday, from a long battle with colon cancer.

Siegel was most recently famous for his battle with Kevin Smith after walking out of Clerks II. The two battled back and forth, more or less calling each other hacks and degrading each other. Did anything come of it? No.

Siegel was the lead film critic, and entertainment editor for ABC’s Good Morning America. He died at age 63.

  Isaiah Washington – World Class Screwup
Posted by: Christine on Jun 29th, 2007 Leave a Comment »

Former Grey’s Anatomy star Isaiah Washington is claiming racism played a role in his firing from the show. In an article on the “star” is quoted as saying,

I had a person in human resources tell me after this thing played out that ‘some people’ were afraid of me around the studio. I asked her why, because I’m a 6-foot-1, black man with dark skin and who doesn’t go around saying ‘Yessah, massa sir’ and ‘No sir, massa’ to everyone?

Actually Isaiah, it’s because you’re a bigot and a loudmouth. It has nothing to do with your skin color and everything to do with the fact that you verbally attacked a fellow cast member over his sexual orientation. They’re afraid of you because you treated another human being like trash, and then tried to apologize by using the same awful slur. You, my sorry little man, are oblivious.

Another asinine quote from the complete loser originally attributed to Newsweek:

Someone heard the booming voice of a black man and got really scared and that was the beginning of the end for me.

For more of Washington’s ridiculous allegations, go read the full article at

  Lee Tergesen
Posted by: Mike on Jun 28th, 2007 Leave a Comment »

  Will It Bomb? 6/29/07
Posted by: Katy on Jun 28th, 2007 Leave a Comment »

Hey there, everyone!

Well, we have officially kicked off Summer 2007 up here in
Boston (where the temperature reached the high 90’s the last few days)! You know what that means! Lazy days at the beach, cookouts, and cooling off at the movies!

This weekend brings out some of the most phenomenal women in the acting profession, Bruce Willis is once again whipping out the big guns, and a cute little chef who’s a little ratty but lovable!

So, without any further ado, let’s take a gander at what’s playing this weekend!

Evening: Two of the most respected actresses out there team up for this film! Lifelong friends Vanessa Redgrave and Meryl Streep are coming together for Redgrave’s last moments. Along with Vanessa’s daughters (Toni Collette and Natasha Richardson), they travel back to their respective pasts for a walk down memory lane.
Will It Bomb? Fans of the superwomen of film acting will flock to this!We’ve seen real-life mother and daughter Redgrave and Richardson together many times. Now, we get to see Streep’s lookalike daughter Mamie Gummer step into the family profession, along with fan favorite Claire Danes. I vote that there will be a pretty good take for this film.

Live Free or Die Hard: Bruce Willis is back in what could be the final film in the series, but I am so stoked! John McClane is still doing what he does best: nailing the baddies. But, there’s a hostage in this situation that’s a bit close to heart: his daughter.
Will It Bomb?
It’s Die Hard… That’s all that I have to say. Yippee-ki-yay-motherf***er! This will hit the Top 5, if not the top spot, this weekend!

Ratatouille:On one hand, you have a chef in France who’s not as apt in his cooking skills. On the other hand, you have a little rat who’s a genius in the kitchen. Put them together, it’s almost a Cyrano de Bergerac for the culinary world!
Will It Bomb? It looks really cute and there isn’t too much for kiddie fare this weekend, so this will bring in the bucks!

Kids, that’s all for this week! As always, come on back next week to get all the dirt on the latest flicks!

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