Friday, July 31, 2009

Lost Season 6 Teaser Trailer

Really nothing we haven't seen before, just clips from other seasons. Yet, it's still awesome. The new year can't come sooner.

Batman 3 Could Start Filming in 2010

If you haven’t heard, Gary Oldman stated at Comic-Con that filming for Batman 3 could begin as early as 2010.
"I think the next 'Batman' is next year. We start shooting next year," he said. "You didn't hear that from me." he added.
The 'Batman' start date remains unconfirmed.

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

The Force Unleashed: Ultimate Sith DLC

Here it is, the trailer to newly announced LucasArts Star Wars downloadable content for Star Wars: The Force Unleashed.
They’ve said this new content will deliver more to do with the games main character, Starkiller. He will face off against Boba Fett, Obi-Wan Kenobi and Luke Skywalker.
The new content will take players away from their role of serving Darth Vader and have you now serve for the Emperor. This of course is going to alter the Star Wars storyline even further, but that’s what it is setting it out to do (None of this will be cannon story).
LucasArts will also release Star Wars: The Force Unleashed: Ultimate Sith Edition during the Holiday 2009 season, a special edition of the game for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, featuring the original title and the already available downloadable content, plus an exclusive level on Hoth, where the confrontation between Starkiller and Skywalker takes place.
The publisher also has plans for PC and Mac versions of Star Wars: The Force Unleashed planned for later this year.
I’m just hoping that this content will not be as buggy as the game was when it was first released. I went through numerous copies of the game before I got one that worked and I would like to see this new edition fix any glitches and other pains that made the game unplayable.

Halo Legends Trailer

There is a lot of mixed feelings going around and I for one am not a anime fan, but I do like the Halo games (some more then others, I'm looking at you Halo 2). It does look kind of weird, but I don't think we should judge it before we sit down and watch it. Yet, anime seems to be a strange direction to take the Halo franchise.

Monday, July 27, 2009

Take A Look At The New Freddy

Theatrical Release: April 30, 2010
Jackie Earle Haley will be playing Freddy, replacing Robert Englund.
"Jackie is not big, and I think that Jackie’s size is gonna really work. One of the metaphors. I’ve used for Freddy is a little rabid dog that just bites your ankle and holds on. And I think Jackie brings that, with his own physicality, to the role, without ever having to work it a little bit. He brings that naturally with who he is, which I think is really part of the way I see it," said Robert Englund on Jackie Earle Haley as Freddy Krueger.
Here is a link to the official website that has a full synopsis up:

Where Are The Scares?

It’s time I take a look at a movie filled with horror movie clichés and cheap scare tactics in this years haunted house movie – The Haunting in Connecticut.
If you couldn’t guess by now, I really did not enjoy this movie. The film was filled with things that we’ve seen before, and we’ve seen them done better. The movie felt like it was three hours long, it just kept dragging on and on with nothing remotely interesting happening.
The film is set in 1987 and it centers itself on Matt Campbell, a teenage boy who is being treated for cancer with a new trial therapy. After seeing how sick her son becomes during their long commutes home, his mother rents a nearby house, which we learn that it was once a funeral home.
When they are cleaning the house, Matt decides to set up his room in the basement and in doing this they discover a mortuary room. After this the family starts to become victims to some common supernatural events (doors slamming and lights flickering).
Matt begins to experience several disturbing visions from the eyes of the houses past resident, Jonah, which include some séances, a doctor carving words on corpses and also the doctor cutting off the eyelids of the dead (messed up).
That’s all the plot I’ll give you, if you want to know what happens rent or buy the movie.
This movie suffers from several problems. First, the ‘haunting” seems like a sub plot that takes the back seat to the story of Matt’s cancer and his treatment. Second, there was no originality in the film it was the same old, same old and the scares were so far apart and too few in-between that you forgot you were watching a horror movie. I know a few people enjoyed the flashbacks that revealed the houses eerie past, but it really didn’t do much for me.
The story and the scares might have been bad, but the acting was great. Virginia Madsen, played the mother very well and even when the movie fell into clichés, she kept a straight face and kept herself grounded. Kyle Gallner, the kid who played Matt really did a good job; he was believable even in the movie’s more silly and unusual moments. The last person I’m going to mention is Elias Koteas (Casey Jones from the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie) he played the reverend and had some of the best lines in the movie.
In the end the movie doesn’t offer us anything new and it fails on certain levels. The film seemed very unbalanced in areas and the pacing was not done well at all. I saw things in the movie that could have been interesting if they were flushed out, but the script seemed a little rushed and I don’t feel that we really got a solid haunted house movie experience. The 2005 remake of the Amityville Horror was better then this film and that’s saying something.
I did purchase the movie, because my name does appear in the credits of the fear is real documentary on the two discs set version. The Fear is Real is a documentary that covers the haunting and it’s much better then the movie itself.


Friday, July 17, 2009

Emmy Nominations 2009

Here are the nominees for the 2009 Emmy Awards. 30 Rock was able to pull in 22 nominations, but I still don't find the show funny. I'm glad to see that Lost, once again, up for best Drama Series.

Outstanding Comedy Series

Outstanding Drama Series

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama
Brian Cranston, BREAKING BAD
Gabriel Byrne, IN TREATMENT
Michael C Hall, DEXTER
Hugh Laurie, HOUSE
John Hamm, MAD MEN

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama
Kyra Sedgwick, THE CLOSER
Glenn Close, DAMAGES
Mariska Hargitay, LAW & ORDER: SVU
Elisabeth Moss, MAD MEN
Holly Hunter, SAVING GRACE

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy
Steve Carell, THE OFFICE
Alec Baldwin, 30 ROCK
Tony Shaloub, MONK
Charlie Sheen, TWO AND A HALF MEN

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy
Christina Applegate, SAMANTHA WHO
Tina Fey, 30 ROCK
Julia Louise-Dreyfus, NEW ADVENTURES…
Mary Louise Parker, WEEDS

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama
Cherry Jones, 24
Rose Byrne, DAMAGES
Chandra Wilson, GREY’S ANATOMY
Dianne Wiest, IN TREATMENT

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama
Christian Clemenson, BOSTON LEGAL
Michael Emerson, LOST
William Hurt, DAMAGES
William Shatner, BOSTON LEGAL
John Slattery, MAD MEN

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy
Kristin Chenoweth, PUSHING DAISIES
Jane Krakowski, 30 ROCK
Elizabeth Perkins, WEEDS
Amy Poehler, SNL
Kristin Wiig, SNL
Vanessa Williams, UGLY BETTY

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy
Kevin Dillon, ENTOURAGE
Tracy Morgan, 30 ROCK
Jack McBrayer, 30 ROCK
Neil Patrick Harris, HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER

Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series
Jennifer Aniston, 30 ROCK
Elaine Stritch, 30 ROCK
Betty White, UGLY BETTY
Tina Fey, SNL
Christine Baranski, THE BIG BANG THEORY

Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series
Alan Alda, 30 ROCK
Jon Hamm, 30 ROCK
Steve Martin, 30 ROCK
Justin Timberlake, SNL

Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series
Sharon Lawrence, GREY’S ANATOMY
Ellen Burstyn, LAW & ORDER: SVU
Brenda Blethyn, LAW & ORDER: SVU
Carol Burnett, LAW & ORDER: SVU

Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series
Edward Asner, CSI NY
Ernest Borgnine, ER
Ted Danson, DAMAGES
Michael J. Fox, RESCUE ME
Jimmy Smits, DEXTER

Outstanding Reality Competition

Outstanding Host for a Reality Competition Program
Padma Lakshmi, Tom Colicchio, TOP CHEF
Jeff Probst, SURVIVOR
Ryan Seacrest, AMERICAN IDOL

Outstanding Reality Program

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or Movie
Brendan Gleeson, INTO THE STORM
Sir Ian McKellen, KING LEAR
Kiefer Sutherland, 24: REDEMPTION

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or Movie
Drew Barrymore, GREY GARDENS
Jessica Lange, GREY GARDENS
Shirley MacLaine, COCO CHANEL
Sigourney Weaver, PRAYERS FOR BOBBY

Outstanding Animated Program

Monday, July 13, 2009

A Look Back At Harper’s Island

With the series over I thought it was only right to give Harper’s Island a review. The fun, thrilling and addicting murder mysterious came to a close Saturday night claiming more lives and more hours of my life.
At the very beginning of the show the thing that got me was the whole John Wakefield thing, is he dead or is he still at large? Does he have something to do with the recent murders? Those were the things that pulled me into the show and kept me hook.
I will be honest though the show did have trouble finding its feet in the first couple of episodes. It felt more like a soap opera then a murder mystery, but once the show found its footing and saw what it needed to do, it took off and became a thrilling murder mystery.
I’m really impressed that CBS had enough courage and put on a show like this. It was a risk for them, because it wasn’t a cop show or a doctor driven drama, it was 13 part slasher series and it was great. Yet, I hated how they moved it over to Saturday night; it should have stayed in its original time slot. I believe it would have grown a bigger audience if it was given a chance.
If you didn’t see Harper’s Island and you wish to see what it’s all about, the DVD of the series will be released on September 8. If you have netflix you can watch all 13 episodes instantly right now.
Everything written behind this point will be spoilers to the series, if you do not want to know the killer or anything about the show, please stop reading now. If you want to see what I scored the series, scroll down pass the spoiler section. You have been warned.
A few days before the killer was revealed I posted an article on my blog, where I explained my theory on who’s the killer – I pointed my finger on Henry. Yes, I chose the groom very early in the show to be the one that was killing off his wedding guests.
Now, I’ve been getting a lot of people asking me how and when I pinned point Henry being the killer. Well I started expecting him in the second episode. In that episode he was cleaning up a dead carcass in the bathroom. He didn’t seem fazed or grossed out by cleaning up bloody remains. A normal person would of at least have had more of a reaction to it and Henry didn’t and that got me to watch him closely. Also, when Trish went to go meet hunter (ex-boyfriend) she says something about something happening in college. They never go deeper into that and they kept doing stuff like that through out the series. We were only given a taste of Henry’s past but never a complete bite.
Now when I finally just said Henry is the killer is the episode where him and Mr. Wellington are shooting disks on the lawn. There was something very small in that scene that made me call Henry out. After Mr. Wellington was done shooting the disks it was Henry’s turn, the camera does a close up of Henry’s face and we see this pissed off, angry face that seems very out of character for him at this point in the series. In that scene I saw that Henry might be something completely different under his good boy appearance. My theory kept building episode after episode.
The in your face clues started when JD was killed. In the jail we see that the cop and the radio are shot with the same kind of gun that Henry was carrying and then Henry was right near his dying brother on the docks. And we all know that Henry went off on his own to stop Sully and the others from leaving the island, so, he had time to wreck havoc on the survivors.
The other clues were how Henry was able to take on Shane, a guy who was half his size; the way Henry was able to control the group; and how Henry also seemed to be the “perfect” one never really sat well with me.
In the end the show that advertised itself as an Agatha Christie type murder mystery truly took more inspiration from Horror’s sub-genre of slasher films. That’s not a bad thing, it made it more entertaining and in the end I immensely enjoyed Harper’s Island.
If you are up for a good murder mystery, give Harper’s Island a shot. But stick with it, once you’re through the first few episodes the show goes from good to great.

I give Harper’s Island 8 out of 10.

Monday, July 6, 2009

Who’s the killer on Harper’s Island?

If you’re like me you’ve been watching CBS’ murder mystery show “Harper’s Island”. Yes, I know the show started off with a soap opera feeling, but I’m really glad to see it evolve into more of a fun, thriller type of show.
Now if you haven’t been watching the show and plan to watch it at a later date, please re-frame from reading any further.
Ok, here come the spoilers!
On every fan’s mind at the moment is who the killer is? We know that John Wakefield can account for some of the murders on the island, because he has been revealed to us, but the last episode that aired hinted that a second killer is at large.
The popular belief is that Jimmy is the second killer and the way the show is going I feel like it’s pushing its audience into that direction. This makes me think that Jimmy is not the killer, I mean it just seems a little too obvious to me.
Here are some things that can work against Jimmy being the killer: Why would the Sheriff give his life for a man he was investigating as a possible Wakefield copycat? To expand on that, why would he want Abby to be with Jimmy if he was truly a killer?
If Jimmy is the killer to explain the Sheriff giving his life would probably go something like this. The Sheriff was given only a few last moments with his daughter before his death and those moments were precious to him. Wakefield most likely threatened him to stop him from saying anything about Jimmy’s part in the murders or he would cut his time short. Because, all of us who watched it, knew that Wakefield was listening to the whole conversation.
Those are only theories and I’m still not 100 percent convinced that Jimmy is the second killer. If he is, I think that would be a misstep in the writing, because the way they set it up made the audience know before the end of the show and I hope they have a few more tricks up their sleeves.
Now looking at all of the people that are left I think we can narrow down who might be a killer. We have Abby, Henry, Trish, Sully, Danny, Madison, Shea, Sully and Jimmy. The ones I think it’s safe to rule out are Madison, Shea, Trish, Danny and Abby. This leaves us with Henry and Jimmy. I was going to put Sully down as a possible killer, but that’s a long shot.
Yeah, I’m one of those people that are leaning towards Henry as being the possible second killer. The guy has a lot of issues and his past was never really explained. We know Henry never felt welcomed by Trish’s family, both his parents died or did they? and it was his idea to have the wedding on the island. You can look at Henry and see numerous motives that can be used to make him the killer.
In the series we see Henry easily handling a gun, able to fight Shane who is half his size and able to control the group of survivors to do anything he says. Then we look back to early in the series when Trish’s ex-boyfriend is killed – Henry had a lot of motive there and I wouldn’t be surprised that it was actually him who set up the gun.
I believe in the end Jimmy will be the good guy and Henry will be revealed as the bad guy. I think there will be a final showdown between Abby and Henry and I also think that Abby, Shea, Madison, Trish and Jimmy will survive. That’s only if Henry is the killer and if he’s not then it’s a whole different ball game. Yet, one person I am almost 100 percent positive will survive is Abby, I really don’t think she’ll be the sole survivor, but she has to survive.
I could be wrong, I mean watch there be no big twist and Jimmy is the second killer or Wakefield is actually working alone. If that happens that means the show won’t end really on a high note.
If you haven’t been watching Harper’s Island, I would try to find a way to watch the episodes, because is something different and it’s really kept me entertained. I will warn you, the first couple of episodes are not that great, but they get better and better as the show goes on.