Photo
Sep 30th.

  Happy Birthday Lacey Chabert   Mean GirlsSanitariumLost In Space (1998)
Sep 30th.

Happy Birthday Lacey Chabert

Mean Girls
Sanitarium
Lost In Space (1998)

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Sep 15th.

  Happy Birthday Tom Hardy   LawlessBronsonThe Dark Knight Rises
Sep 15th.

Happy Birthday Tom Hardy

Lawless
Bronson
The Dark Knight Rises

Photo
Aug 28th.

  Happy Birthday David Fincher   Director, Fight ClubSe7enThe Social Network 
Aug 28th.

Happy Birthday David Fincher

Director,
Fight Club
Se7en
The Social Network 

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Aug 26th.

  Happy Birthday Chris Pine   Star TrekThis Means WarJack Ryan: Shadow Recruit
Aug 26th.

Happy Birthday Chris Pine

Star Trek
This Means War
Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit

Photoset

Aug 23rd.

Happy 40th Birthday, Ray Park.

One of the most unrecognized, and physical actors in Hollywood.
Darth Maul
Snake Eyes
Toad

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 Godzilla Review 

As a die-hard fan of the year 2000 Godzilla starring Matthew Broderick, (Hate all you want, it came out when I was 6, you can’t argue with that) when I first learned of the intended production of a new Godzilla reboot, I was mostly uninterested; but passively optimistic. That optimism increased when I learned that the lead writer on the project would be David S Goyer, who has written many brilliant works, such as being a co-writer on the Dark Knight Trilogy with Christopher Nolan. 

Posters, and previews for the movie began to come out and I continued to lose interest. Finally missing its main threater run entirely, negative reports began spilling in, both from friends and family, as well as critics and other review sites. 

Finally, by the time I made it to a showing of Godzilla at my city’s local “late-run” theater, my expectations were pretty low.

Nothing. And I mean nothing could have prepared me for the next two hours of sheer idiocy and putrid story-telling that is Godzilla.

Starting out strong and promising, with an engaging, emotional beginning, and a fresh new retake on the classic monsters fought in the 60’s, 70’s, and 80s, Godzilla quickly gives way to the uncontrollable pandemonium and paint-by-numbers storytelling of an average disaster movie. The combined intelligence of the entire United States Millitary is that of an average fifth grader, and in the end, the highest loss of life has more to do with the poor judgement, egotistical planning, and simple lack of attention to detail by the humans in charge, than any damage done by the three (yes, THREE) titanic monsters in this film.

Not to say there is nothing redeemable about the film. It features some beautiful shots, a few intense sequences, and a cast of overall quite terrific actors. Bryan Cranston’s fifteen minutes of screen time are the best part of the film. And the creature design is undeniably good, although really just….nothing new. Godzilla had more personality in his face. That one time you saw it. For ten seconds. -yawn- But really, lets just go watch Pacific Rim.

The science behind the monsters in more easy to swallow than it ever has been before, but in the end the scientists are reduced once again to riding shotgun to the dick-stroking contest between Millitary leaders which spells our inevitable doom. Don’t even get me started on Elizabeth Olsen’s character, who was given a job as a nurse clearly just so the filmmakers could cite feminism while still relegating her to nothing but a hand-wringing house wife waiting for her warrior husband to come save her from the monsters.

Featuring nearly as many “burst-into-uncontrollable-laughter-at-the-sheer-idiocy-onscreen” moments as Transformers 4, (yes, TRANSFORMERS FOUR) Godzilla only barely manages to hold its head above water thanks to its brilliant cast, and some shots that I’ll inevitably use stills from as wallpapers for my phone.

Expectation: 6/10
Reality: 4/10
Score: -2

Godzilla Review

As a die-hard fan of the year 2000 Godzilla starring Matthew Broderick, (Hate all you want, it came out when I was 6, you can’t argue with that) when I first learned of the intended production of a new Godzilla reboot, I was mostly uninterested; but passively optimistic. That optimism increased when I learned that the lead writer on the project would be David S Goyer, who has written many brilliant works, such as being a co-writer on the Dark Knight Trilogy with Christopher Nolan.

Posters, and previews for the movie began to come out and I continued to lose interest. Finally missing its main threater run entirely, negative reports began spilling in, both from friends and family, as well as critics and other review sites.

Finally, by the time I made it to a showing of Godzilla at my city’s local “late-run” theater, my expectations were pretty low.

Nothing. And I mean nothing could have prepared me for the next two hours of sheer idiocy and putrid story-telling that is Godzilla.

Starting out strong and promising, with an engaging, emotional beginning, and a fresh new retake on the classic monsters fought in the 60’s, 70’s, and 80s, Godzilla quickly gives way to the uncontrollable pandemonium and paint-by-numbers storytelling of an average disaster movie. The combined intelligence of the entire United States Millitary is that of an average fifth grader, and in the end, the highest loss of life has more to do with the poor judgement, egotistical planning, and simple lack of attention to detail by the humans in charge, than any damage done by the three (yes, THREE) titanic monsters in this film.

Not to say there is nothing redeemable about the film. It features some beautiful shots, a few intense sequences, and a cast of overall quite terrific actors. Bryan Cranston’s fifteen minutes of screen time are the best part of the film. And the creature design is undeniably good, although really just….nothing new. Godzilla had more personality in his face. That one time you saw it. For ten seconds. -yawn- But really, lets just go watch Pacific Rim.

The science behind the monsters in more easy to swallow than it ever has been before, but in the end the scientists are reduced once again to riding shotgun to the dick-stroking contest between Millitary leaders which spells our inevitable doom. Don’t even get me started on Elizabeth Olsen’s character, who was given a job as a nurse clearly just so the filmmakers could cite feminism while still relegating her to nothing but a hand-wringing house wife waiting for her warrior husband to come save her from the monsters.

Featuring nearly as many “burst-into-uncontrollable-laughter-at-the-sheer-idiocy-onscreen” moments as Transformers 4, (yes, TRANSFORMERS FOUR) Godzilla only barely manages to hold its head above water thanks to its brilliant cast, and some shots that I’ll inevitably use stills from as wallpapers for my phone.

Expectation: 6/10
Reality: 4/10
Score: -2

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Aug 11th.

  Happy Birthday Chris Hemsworth   Thor Snow White and the HuntsmanCabin in the Woods
Aug 11th.

Happy Birthday Chris Hemsworth

Thor 
Snow White and the Huntsman
Cabin in the Woods

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 Guardians of the Galaxy Review 

Guardians of the Galaxy is yet another perfect example of why Marvel studios is now the industry standard for quality action movie.

While GOTG still played a bit too heavily into the fantasy realm, and had some silly designs that will likely alienate some audiences, it delivered a fun, comedic, fast-paced action movie.

While DC continues to give us dark, gritty, and gut wrenching films, Marvel has always been far more tongue-in-cheek. Able to make jokes at their own expense, and play off the fact that they are-at the core, pretty ridiculous. 
Guardians of the Galaxy did just that. Exept better than any Marvel film has thus far.

With a completely brilliant cast bringing personality to even the least memorable characters in the film, GOTG has lots of heart, humor, and fun.

The weakest aspect to this film I feel is the villain, Ronan the Accuser. His tired and worn out “vengeance is mine” drive bores. Fortunately his character doesn’t have enough screen time to make that really matter. I suppose he is alright in his fight scenes, but mostly is relegated to a role that could have been done by any robot or even WWE wrestler. (Hell, I’ve seen the movie twice and I still don’t even  care   know who played Ronan.)

Back in 2011 when Thor was released and blew the minds of audiences across the world by making one of the most bland and uninteresting characters in comic-dom into a blockbusting superstar, Marvel proved they were going the right directioin. When Phase 2 was announced, and Guardians of the Galaxy was said to be in production, there was a lot of concern as to how they would fit something so ridiculous, not to mention so very distant from Earth into the MCU without absolutely destroying it, (I mean come on, it’s starring a talking raccoon.) - or at the very least creating a film or series of films that stood out from the rest as being far more ridiculous, or far campier.

While Guardians of the Galaxy is definitely the most humorously driven, and campy of all the MCU movies, I am happy to report that it fits perfectly into the feel, and pacing of the rest of the world. Its events matter, but not to earth. Yet. 

Dave Bautista caught my attention with his badass mercenary character in last year’s Riddick, and absolutely delivers as Drax the Destroyer in Guardians. I’m excited to see where his career goes, as he takes the path laid out by others like John Cena, Steve Austin, and especially Dwayne Johnson. Not all wrestlers can act. Not all actors can wrestle. I’m glad a few people can do both.

It’s a testiment to the technology of the day that one of the leading characters in an action film can be a fully animated raccoon- and another can be a tree. Both Rocket and Groot looked fantastic, and each actually managed to carry many of the visual traits of their voice actors, (Bradley Cooper and Vin Diesel, respectively) in facial expressions and personality. 
I’m excited to see more of Groot and Rocket in the fututure, and that’s a complete one-eighty from a year ago when I was convinced this film would be a travesty to the MCU and praying it would never see the light of day.

The music in this film was fantastic. Mostly taken from Star Lord’s personal collection of Earth’s hits in the 1970’s and early 80’s, it added just the right level of attachment to the familiar, and kept tensions light. (Also the dancing in this movie is just……just perfect.)

While not being everyone’s cup of tea, Guardians of the Galaxy is fun, smart, and pretty, and is definitely another solid brick in the wall of success the Marvel Cinematic Universe has become.
(cue DC jumping up and down in the shadow screaming “I’m still relevant!!”)

Oh, and one last thing-
As for Chris Pratt…
Get ready. That man is just getting started.

Expectations: 7/10
Reality: 8.5/10
Score: +1.5

Guardians of the Galaxy Review

Guardians of the Galaxy is yet another perfect example of why Marvel studios is now the industry standard for quality action movie.

While GOTG still played a bit too heavily into the fantasy realm, and had some silly designs that will likely alienate some audiences, it delivered a fun, comedic, fast-paced action movie.

While DC continues to give us dark, gritty, and gut wrenching films, Marvel has always been far more tongue-in-cheek. Able to make jokes at their own expense, and play off the fact that they are-at the core, pretty ridiculous.
Guardians of the Galaxy did just that. Exept better than any Marvel film has thus far.

With a completely brilliant cast bringing personality to even the least memorable characters in the film, GOTG has lots of heart, humor, and fun.

The weakest aspect to this film I feel is the villain, Ronan the Accuser. His tired and worn out “vengeance is mine” drive bores. Fortunately his character doesn’t have enough screen time to make that really matter. I suppose he is alright in his fight scenes, but mostly is relegated to a role that could have been done by any robot or even WWE wrestler. (Hell, I’ve seen the movie twice and I still don’t even care know who played Ronan.)

Back in 2011 when Thor was released and blew the minds of audiences across the world by making one of the most bland and uninteresting characters in comic-dom into a blockbusting superstar, Marvel proved they were going the right directioin. When Phase 2 was announced, and Guardians of the Galaxy was said to be in production, there was a lot of concern as to how they would fit something so ridiculous, not to mention so very distant from Earth into the MCU without absolutely destroying it, (I mean come on, it’s starring a talking raccoon.) - or at the very least creating a film or series of films that stood out from the rest as being far more ridiculous, or far campier.

While Guardians of the Galaxy is definitely the most humorously driven, and campy of all the MCU movies, I am happy to report that it fits perfectly into the feel, and pacing of the rest of the world. Its events matter, but not to earth. Yet.

Dave Bautista caught my attention with his badass mercenary character in last year’s Riddick, and absolutely delivers as Drax the Destroyer in Guardians. I’m excited to see where his career goes, as he takes the path laid out by others like John Cena, Steve Austin, and especially Dwayne Johnson. Not all wrestlers can act. Not all actors can wrestle. I’m glad a few people can do both.

It’s a testiment to the technology of the day that one of the leading characters in an action film can be a fully animated raccoon- and another can be a tree. Both Rocket and Groot looked fantastic, and each actually managed to carry many of the visual traits of their voice actors, (Bradley Cooper and Vin Diesel, respectively) in facial expressions and personality.
I’m excited to see more of Groot and Rocket in the fututure, and that’s a complete one-eighty from a year ago when I was convinced this film would be a travesty to the MCU and praying it would never see the light of day.

The music in this film was fantastic. Mostly taken from Star Lord’s personal collection of Earth’s hits in the 1970’s and early 80’s, it added just the right level of attachment to the familiar, and kept tensions light. (Also the dancing in this movie is just……just perfect.)

While not being everyone’s cup of tea, Guardians of the Galaxy is fun, smart, and pretty, and is definitely another solid brick in the wall of success the Marvel Cinematic Universe has become.
(cue DC jumping up and down in the shadow screaming “I’m still relevant!!”)

Oh, and one last thing-
As for Chris Pratt…
Get ready. That man is just getting started.

Expectations: 7/10
Reality: 8.5/10
Score: +1.5

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July 30th.

  Happy Birthday Chris Nolan   Director, Memento Inception The Dark Knight Trilogy 
July 30th.

Happy Birthday Chris Nolan

Director,
Memento 
Inception
The Dark Knight Trilogy 

Photoset
July 29th.

Happy Birthday Josh Radnor

How I Met Your Mother

Happy Birthday Allison Mack

Smallville 

Happy Birthday Timothy Omundson

Psych 

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July 24th.

  Happy Birthday Summer Glau   The Cape The Sarah Conner ChroniclesFirefly/Serenity
July 24th.

Happy Birthday Summer Glau

The Cape 
The Sarah Conner Chronicles
Firefly/Serenity

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July 18th.

  Happy Birthday to the man himself, Vin Diesel   Riddick Guardians of the GalaxyFast and FuriousxXxThe Pacifier 

-Taught Dungeons and Dragons to Dame Judi Dench 
-Took the part of Riddick originally so he could “get to really fight the kinds of monsters I used to in DnD”
-Was said to be the best with the kids out of everyone behind the scenes of The Pacifier 
-Gives huge amounts of money and personal time to mission work in Latin America. The man himself.
Vin.
Diesel.
July 18th.

Happy Birthday to the man himself, Vin Diesel

Riddick 
Guardians of the Galaxy
Fast and Furious
xXx
The Pacifier

-Taught Dungeons and Dragons to Dame Judi Dench
-Took the part of Riddick originally so he could “get to really fight the kinds of monsters I used to in DnD”
-Was said to be the best with the kids out of everyone behind the scenes of The Pacifier
-Gives huge amounts of money and personal time to mission work in Latin America.

The man himself.
Vin.
Diesel.

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July 14th.

  Happy Birthday Jackie Earle Haley   Watchmen Shutter IslandNightmare on Elm Street
July 14th.

Happy Birthday Jackie Earle Haley

Watchmen 
Shutter Island
Nightmare on Elm Street

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 Dawn of the Planet of the Apes Review 

While following strongly it the footsteps of its predecessor, and retaining much of the quality of the first, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes made a few clear blunders in storytelling.

Building a strong cast of Apes, the human cast was mostly ignored. For good reason; they were boring.

Caesar, Maurice, Koba, all returning characters from the first film slipped back into place naturally, forming the sense of family and community that was set up but never really seen at the end of the first film. Caesar now has a wife and two children, the older of whom is undergoing his transition from young into fully grown ape through-out the film. This is exactly the kind of sub-plot that could easily become extremely tiresome, but was actually handled quite well, to the point even that I genuinely cared about him and how his character would resolve. That is something I can not say about many “coming of age” characters or stories.

I have never seen Gary Oldman so criminally under-used as an actor. He was obviously attached solely to draw in crowds, with no intention to ever give his character any worthwhile screen time. His beautifully acted, but hopelessly worthless “leader” of the human resistence actually managed to make the modern queen of England look like an involved and powerful leader in comparison to his insane level of figurehead. There were so many opportunities to make his character great, and it would have been so easy to do so, that this is the one blunder of the film that is completely unforgivable. 

That being said, the fact remains that this movie was about the apes, not the humans, and rightfully so. The power struggle felt on both the human and ape side was excellent, and this film followed the set-up for leading villain that Rise left us perfectly. 

There are lines of dialogue so clearly slipped in as explainers it made me physically cringe, but this is not the kind of thing the casual movie-goer notices. If you aren’t looking for them I doubt you will notice this, and if you are looking for them, you’ll just have to roll your eyes and go back to watching the prettiness of the apes.

Jason Clarke’s character is ever so slightly compelling, and ends up being ruined by oversaturation and way too much screen time for someone that blah. The fact that this bland character is being played by one of the most bland actors of the day doesn’t help, either. I’m not sure I’d call Clarke a bad actor, or even say he did a poor job in this film, I will just say that I wouldn’t cast him, and I sure didn’t care about him by the end of this movie. (Additionally, he makes the most mind blowingly poor attempt at “communication” at the end of this movie that I actually threw my hands up in exasperation and would have thrown tomatoes at the screen if I had had any present.) 

The rest of the human cast isn’t even worth mentioning. -yawn- Go back to the apes.

Koba is amazing. His rise in power is by far the best thing about this movie, and if Toby Kebbel brings even half that level of villainy to his recently announced part of Doctor Doom in the 2015 reboot of The Fantastic Four, then we are all in for a treat.

We already know Andy Serkis is the god of motion capture acting, he has proven that time and time again, with Gollum, King Kong, and countless others. He is back in true form in Dawn, and Caesar remains what I truly believe will be heralded for decades to come the most brilliant CGI character of the age.

Every bit of production quality in the beauty, power, and sheer terror of the apes returned from Rise, and they lit up the screen once again with the mind blowing graphics and off-the-chart attention to detail. I can’t even imagine how many hours of watching footage, rehearsing, and tweeking it took the entire team to nail the attitude, personality, movements, and communication all of these apes exhibited. (Just saying, when a fully CGI ape has more personality than your leading man, ya dun goofed.) 

Slower paced than it should have been, a bit dull at times, and I am still raging at how poorly Gary Oldman was used. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is still an extremely solid sequel to the first, retained much of its value, and left me feeling excited, anxious, and optimistic about the next one.

Expectations: 8/10
Reality: 8.9/10
Score: +.9

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes Review

While following strongly it the footsteps of its predecessor, and retaining much of the quality of the first, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes made a few clear blunders in storytelling.

Building a strong cast of Apes, the human cast was mostly ignored. For good reason; they were boring.

Caesar, Maurice, Koba, all returning characters from the first film slipped back into place naturally, forming the sense of family and community that was set up but never really seen at the end of the first film. Caesar now has a wife and two children, the older of whom is undergoing his transition from young into fully grown ape through-out the film. This is exactly the kind of sub-plot that could easily become extremely tiresome, but was actually handled quite well, to the point even that I genuinely cared about him and how his character would resolve. That is something I can not say about many “coming of age” characters or stories.

I have never seen Gary Oldman so criminally under-used as an actor. He was obviously attached solely to draw in crowds, with no intention to ever give his character any worthwhile screen time. His beautifully acted, but hopelessly worthless “leader” of the human resistence actually managed to make the modern queen of England look like an involved and powerful leader in comparison to his insane level of figurehead. There were so many opportunities to make his character great, and it would have been so easy to do so, that this is the one blunder of the film that is completely unforgivable.

That being said, the fact remains that this movie was about the apes, not the humans, and rightfully so. The power struggle felt on both the human and ape side was excellent, and this film followed the set-up for leading villain that Rise left us perfectly.

There are lines of dialogue so clearly slipped in as explainers it made me physically cringe, but this is not the kind of thing the casual movie-goer notices. If you aren’t looking for them I doubt you will notice this, and if you are looking for them, you’ll just have to roll your eyes and go back to watching the prettiness of the apes.

Jason Clarke’s character is ever so slightly compelling, and ends up being ruined by oversaturation and way too much screen time for someone that blah. The fact that this bland character is being played by one of the most bland actors of the day doesn’t help, either. I’m not sure I’d call Clarke a bad actor, or even say he did a poor job in this film, I will just say that I wouldn’t cast him, and I sure didn’t care about him by the end of this movie. (Additionally, he makes the most mind blowingly poor attempt at “communication” at the end of this movie that I actually threw my hands up in exasperation and would have thrown tomatoes at the screen if I had had any present.)

The rest of the human cast isn’t even worth mentioning. -yawn- Go back to the apes.

Koba is amazing. His rise in power is by far the best thing about this movie, and if Toby Kebbel brings even half that level of villainy to his recently announced part of Doctor Doom in the 2015 reboot of The Fantastic Four, then we are all in for a treat.

We already know Andy Serkis is the god of motion capture acting, he has proven that time and time again, with Gollum, King Kong, and countless others. He is back in true form in Dawn, and Caesar remains what I truly believe will be heralded for decades to come the most brilliant CGI character of the age.

Every bit of production quality in the beauty, power, and sheer terror of the apes returned from Rise, and they lit up the screen once again with the mind blowing graphics and off-the-chart attention to detail. I can’t even imagine how many hours of watching footage, rehearsing, and tweeking it took the entire team to nail the attitude, personality, movements, and communication all of these apes exhibited. (Just saying, when a fully CGI ape has more personality than your leading man, ya dun goofed.)

Slower paced than it should have been, a bit dull at times, and I am still raging at how poorly Gary Oldman was used. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is still an extremely solid sequel to the first, retained much of its value, and left me feeling excited, anxious, and optimistic about the next one.

Expectations: 8/10
Reality: 8.9/10
Score: +.9

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July 12th.

Happy Birthday Topher Grace

Take Me Home Tonight
Win A Date With Tad Hamilton
Predators 

Happy Birthday Michelle Rodriguez

Resident Evil 
Fast and Furious
Battle: L.A. 

Happy Birthday Byun-hun Lee

G.I. Joe
Red 2
The Good, The Bad, The Weird