Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Wrestling Rules The Week

This week is HUGE for wrestling fans I know they are out there and I will try to cover this topic more in my blog as it is really an unappreciated art that they do every night(I feel).
The best thing happening on RAW right now is the feud between Triple H and CM Punk and I feel that after Night of Champions that Triple H will never wrestle again as this is CM Punk's push to get over(meaning that Triple H is promoting him to be the next big thing).

As mush as I don't like him John Cena will be a staple for WWE for many years to come and will continue to win the belt.

Christian and Randy Orton fought in a steel cage tonight for the world title LIVE on Super Smackdown and will repeat again on Friday for those that missed tonight's live show.

Then there is Impact Wrestling that for me is what wrestling is about sure some of their story lines could be better but their wrestling is second to none the women and the mens divisions in the organization is fantastic.

Their current champion Kurt Angle is a Olympic Gold Medalist and going to compete in the 2012 Olympic Games.

All in all each week is a treat for wrestling fans but I most look forward to Monday and Thursday nights as that hosts
Raw and Impact Wrestling

That's is for now
Thanks for reading this
written by Anthony Nadeau

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

The Horseman (2008)
  96 min  -  Crime | Thriller
Not to be confused with the movie of the same name with Dennis Quaid this is a brutal story of revenge.
We first meet Christian Forteski(Peter Marshall)as he is grieving over the loss of his daughter who he finds out was in a porn film and wound up dead after the fact.
He starts his revenge fast and first visits the company that is solely responsible for the making of the film and buys all 250 copies of the film, then burns them.
After doing business with the man in the white shirt(below) he kills him.
Making contacts through him before his death he contacts the producer to the actors and drug dealer.
The coldness that Peter Marshall portrays his character  is intense and scary at the same time, full of rage and no compassion, until he meets one that intended to help his daughter.

This is one of the rare moments where his rage is calmed when Christian is  told the man has a young daughter himself, he backs down.
He befriends a young woman Alice(Caroline Marohasy-pic above))that he takes under his wing and treats her like his own daughter, there are some nice and sweet moments here between the actors.

Before he goes on another rampage he has to clear his truck of any thing that might connect him to any of this down the road so the "Toolbox of Murder tools" get dropped off at the dump.
The end of the film sees some real creative moments whe he is held against his will and Alice is taken away with a pervert of old cop.Derek(Brad McMurray)is the drug dealer and is cold as Christian but some of the next scenes are brutal.

The movie "Taken" has nothing on "The Horseman" where Liam Neeson was good Peter Marshall explodes and has such raw rage and is believeable in the fact he loved his daughter so much and could not prevent her death.I think this will make a bigger statement than anything that Hollywood will make as far as revenge films go.
This was made in 2008 in Austrailia.
Here is the trailer below:

Written by Anthony Nadeau
Till Next Time!

Thursday, August 25, 2011

John Sayles: Amigo

One of my favorite Directors of all time John Sayles has a new movie coming out
It is already playing in select theatres in the US and other places in the world, but it doesn't look like it is coming to Canada anytime soon.

Its star is Chris Cooper who also starred in 
City of Hope(1991)
 Lone Star(1996)
Silver City(2004)
 all  written and  directed by John Sayles
This tells the story of a mayor caught in the middle of the American Philippine war, the film is told from the Filipino view however is that possible?
John Sayles wrote on his blog of the film prior to shooting that  "Filipinos take a real lunch hour, and this, with the shortness of daylight, shooting days and budget means we really have to have our game together to get everything shot and keep the quality high."

Here is a video of John Sayles describing "Amigo" to filmgoers on AMC with Jacob Soboroff

Thanks for reading this
Anthony Nadeau

Review: Rise of the Planet Of The Apes(2011)

Let me start by saying what can I possibly have to add to the countless reviews and editorials that have been done about this movie thus far.
The most incredible part of this film that I was able to take away more than anything from the film was the eyes.
The eyes of the apes told everything and a suttle nod of the head for someone to be taken out.

The movie was entitled to be called "The Rise of Cesar" however studio execs quickly pulled the plug on that for fear people would think it would be about the Roman Emperor.
I found this movie to be fascinating in a number of ways first off that the apes don't talk at all was different from all the other of the "Apes" movies.
That the humans were sympathetic to the well being of the animals(well some were).

I really feel that James Franco seems to have really improved as an actor over the years since "Spiderman 2" , with him being sympathetic to the plight of the apes through the film and his passion for his research.
John Lithgow was a nice added surprise to the father part and he has always been such a gifted actor.

There are some interactions with people and the apes that are totally believable that humans are capable of and I am sure happens more often than not for allot of what takes place.Like the pesky next door neighbor that gets Cesear angry when he attacks John Lithgow.(see pic above)
For me what worked was allot of things the story was strong, the acting and the apes mostly were just that apes they weren't all dressed like us when they all are at the primate place.However Cesear and an Orangutan have conversations with each other as they both know how to use sign language.
There are things that they are able to do now with film that they could not even do when Tim Burton made his ape film.
Andy Serdkis who is best known for playing Gollum in "The Lord Of The Rings" films plays Cesear in this film.

The humans that treat the apes well are spared when the attack comes and they attack hard and strong and is well planned by the apes in their attempt to overtake the humans.
This man however is in it all for himself and is treated to a swim.
Then we have the corrupt ape handler that likes to think that he is smarter and tougher than Cesear and his fellow apes.
Tom Felton(Harry Potter Films)plays the bad guy he and his father run the primate sanctuary and he is very mean, until Cesear says "NOOOOOO!!!!!!!!"

With a series of events that Cesear unfolds with the help of his fellow primates they escape the sanctuary and run all over San Francisco(Vancouver BC).
I think since "Star Wars:Episode III Revenge Of The Sith"I have not been this excited to see the outcome of a movie(as far as big Blockbuster movies go.

What made the movie work the most for me was the relationship between Will Rodman(James Franco) & Cesear(Andy Serdkis)
Thanks for reading this
Anthony Nadeau

Friday, August 19, 2011

Movies worth checking out the trailers for

Now anyone who knows me knows that I love to watch a trailer not even if it is before a movie.
I watch Nothing But Trailers on HDNET every week, I also have a link to Trailer Addict here on this page.
So without further ado here are some trailers that are causing some excitement at my end anyway.

Red Tails

Ghost Rider: Spirit Of Vengeance

The Amazing Spiderman

The Hobbit Teaser(has Smog The Dragon!!)

Don't Be Afraid Of The Dark

I Don't Know How She Does It

The Three Musketeers(one of my favorite stories from my childhood, if done right this could be a GREAT movie, but all the pervious attempts have been awful)

Underworld: Awakening

The Dark Knight Rises

The Avengers


Monster Brawl

Dirty Girl

The Thing

Shark Night 3D

Thanks for viewing these trailers
Anthony Nadeau
Troll Hunter

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Review: It's Kind Of A Funny Story

Book  cover for "It's Kind of a Funny Story"
It's Kind of a Funny Story (2010)

In this story of  a teenager that finds himself depressed and oddly enough checks himself into the Psychiatric Ward of his local hospital.
This was released in theatres as a comedy and got overlooked period.

I am not a fan of Zach Galifianakis at all I saw "The Hangover" and did not find it funny at all he was terrible(in my opinion).
Here however he seemed likable and sometimes felt pity for him.
If you want to see a warm film about teen depression(or depression at all)then check this movie out.

I found this movie just by a fluke it was on a movie channel and we were cancelling it so I taped a few movies I would not have paid to see in the theatres, this was one of them.
I found it to cover depression very well as it is unseen and only known to those that suffer from it I have and so have many of my friends and family alike.
If you like movies like "Ordinary People"

"Night Mother"
(sorry no trailer or video for this)

This film has Sissy Spacek and Anne Bancroft in it.
Just the two women in it and is based on a play of the same name.
I also found that the adults in this movie treated the kids in this film about the same, normally teens are at another ward but the teen ward is under maintenance.
The psychiatrist in this film Dr Eden Minera(Viola Davis)is very sympathetic to the people in this film and I applaud the writer for doing so, there are films lately like "Dog Pound" that I watched recently and the psychiatrist in it was annoyed by the teens she saw and I felt sad for them.
I was not blown away by this film but for a film that was originally listed as a comedy I will take the drama any day over what classifies a comedy today.

Thanks for reading this
Anthony Nadeau

Friday, August 12, 2011

Review: Paul

Let me just start by saying I was about as disappointed with Paul as I was with The Phantom Menace.
I was a huge fan of Shaun of the Dead

                                I also enjoyed Hott Fuzz

Hell I even enjoyed Run Fatboy Run

But Paul? not at all
This movie starts with our guys once again at playing the nerds and attending Comic Con these scenes are enjoyable until we meet Paul.
For the first little bit Paul is engaging and sometimes funny but other than being a two minute skit on SNL or something this movie falls flat very quickly.

He is of course in danger for his life and they are the only two on this planet that he runs into.The animation of the creature is good but is voiced by the always drab Seth Rogan

I really found this film boring and stupid on many levels surprising coming from Simon Pegg

Thanks for reading this
Anthony Nadeau