Thursday, July 29, 2010

Galifianakis Books A New Gig/Interviews Steve Carell

The ever popular and growing faster than his beard, Zack Galifianakis has booked his next adventure called Reply All. The news broke to me via Movieweb. I'm so glad this guy is around, he's a comedian who has a distinctive style all his own, and it never really fails. Terrific.

Phil Johnston, who wrote the upcoming comedy Cedar Rapids, will write the film based on his pitch that was shopped around to the studios this week before landing at DreamWorks. Galifianakis will play a man who decides to "reply all" to a touchy email and must deal with the consequences of that action.

In other news, he's also released his next interview on Funny Or Die on his "show" Between Two Ferns. If you haven't seen any of this stuff, check it out, particularly the Charlize Theron interview where she flips the tables on him.

It's all make-believe mockery from Galifianakis directed to his guests, hating on them for a few minutes with calm-voiced quips... and then it's over. Lol, it's fucking awesome. It's Zack baby! 'Course it's awesome. 

Awesome right? Hilarious no? Eh?! Eh?! Yes.I'll keep you tree-readin' suckas posted on Reply All.

Munki out.

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Transformers 3 Set Pics And Vids

Via, via /Film, here's a few vids and pics for you tree-readin' suckas. There's filming Loud Noises And Quickly Moving Objects 3: A Michael Bay Film right now in Chicago. Cities love that shit, cuz it generates so much revenue into the city providing jobs to city workers and stimulates the fuck out thier economy. The Dark Knight shot it Chi-town and got it almost 40 milli if I remember correctly, and I always do.

Hit the jump button for more and some vids too.

'Justice League Online' Trailer Drops

The new trailer for this thing just dropped suckas. And it's 6 minutes of awesome. At Comic-Con, Sony Online Entertainment released a six minute cinematic trailer for the upcoming DC Universe Online. In a way, this might be the closest look at what a Justice League of America movie is gonna be like.

George Miller tried a few years ago, nearly had a complete cast in place and some pre-production done, but the whole thing got such back lash from fans and Warners was nervous about making one in the middle of franchises like Batman and Superman going on. So they pulled the plug. Good thing too, it would been, well, not the right damn time. Not the right damn actors, director, anything really.

Cool eh? Eh?! Yeah?!! I know...Sweet. This a role playing game similar to WOW or something like that. You can't control any of the heroes or villains, but you can choose to be a hero or villain and start your career down the path of, whichever the hell one you choose. This is for Windows or PS3 I've been told. Sounds cool enough, it's like GTA for superheros. Nice.

Munki out.

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

A Preview: Dinner For Schmucks

Jay Roach, the man behind the Austin Powers and Meet The Parents series. Now he turns his attention to top reining comedy dudes, Paul Rudd and the great, the wonderful, the only... Steve Carrel.  

Dinner For Schmucks looks lively, looks promising, and looks fun as fuck. Let's hope it is everything it's promises.

Based originally off the (probably better) French film, The Dinner Game, which in turn was based off the play, Le Dîner de Cons, the film follows Rudd's character as he tries to grab his promotion by bringing the biggest schmuck to his boss's dinner. he finds that schmuck in Carrel and hilarity no doubt ensues. BTW, filming of the dinner scene took place at the same location as was used for Wayne Manor in the Batman television series.

Paul and Steve have worked together twice now, 40 year Old Virgin and Anchorman (which also just got denied a sequel... Damn).  Jay Roach is a more than capable director, but he's too slap-stick, physical for me somtimes. There were a few beats he had the right notes in with Parents and Fockers, so let's see what he brings to the table for this one. He just got off winning an Emmy for the HBO film Recount in '08 staring Kevin "The Spectacular" Spacey.

Okay. Here's the trailer displaying everything I don't like about Jay Roach films. But when you have Carrel and Rudd bouncing lines off each other... C'mon dude, how do you sit there with a Grumpy-Guss face?

Comin' @cha this Friday nigga! Go see it!

Munki out.

Thursday, July 22, 2010

A Preview: Salt

Angelina Jolie, one of the rarest stars in the world. In the case that she can not only achieve the feat of top-lining an action film as a female, but then also sell boat loads of tickets to go see it. She's made a career for herself levitating between action, drama and even straight CGI. Garnering up to 15 milly a movie (with plenty of extras in those deals), she is the highest paid actress around (most of the time). 

I'd be hard pressed to find another actress, save Milla Jovovich, that can supply a steady line of pulse pounders on the norm. While not always the highest in quality, they could always be a hell of a lot worse. Hell... sometimes they are if I think about it.  

But be that as it may, here is my preview of Angie's next move in Tinseltown.

Friday, July 16, 2010

A Review: Inception

As I walked out of the theater last night, I heard many things released from the mouths of the bustling crowd. Things like:
  • "Oh my fuck that was amazing." 
  • "That was the most epic movie I've ever seen." 
  • The plain old, "Wow dude..." 
  • I even heard someone say, "Jesus lord almighty that was damn crazy son."
Everybody was spritely and alive, charged and stupefied. The crowd was literally awing out loud in the theater during this. In the car, a friend told me that this film was the answer to the not only the weak summer slate, but the lack of good films lately period. I'm very inclined to agree with him.

In this film, this most intricate and wondrous film, dreaming is a reality, and reality is a dream, is reality, is a dream... Is reality. In this film, this most methodical, most perplexing and truly spellbinding film, dreams attack dreams attack dreams attack dreams attack people attacking dreams attacking reality attacking subconscious attacking dreams attacking people attacking subconscious attacking reality attacking dreams attacking people attacking reality attacking subconscious... And then you wake up. Or wait...?

After The Dark Knight, there was hurried talk in the town of Tinsel with concern in it's voice. The thought had occurred to everyone, "How can Christopher Nolan top this?"  The answer: you make Inception.

Thursday, July 15, 2010

A Review: Toy Story 3

As a film critic/analyst, I understand I have to be open to all types of cinema, I am. But last night, I was in no mood for Toy Story 3. Due to my friends' request we ended up going to see the 3D adventure, in actual 3D, and guess what? I friggin' laughed more than a few times, and then, I must admit, I even grew a little sad once or twice.

Tom, Joan, Tim and the rest were quickly welcomed back into my mind for the 103 very wisely spent minutes. Here is my acclaim for the 15 year old franchise installing it's last figurehead on the mantel that is Pixar's flagship.

A Review: Predators

There wasn't many people in the theater tonight, although, I caught the last showing at 10:35. Good, more fun for me. And believe me. I. Had. A. Lot. Of. Fun. Son. More than I thought I would.

This is every bit as cool as the trailer looks. Even though the trailer made us think we get what Ebert said the film missed, "Quiet suspense". I agree, while at times, things got quiet and good conversation was quickly exchanged, Antal never kept that going with the scenes of violence and terror. But either way, I shit you not. If you trust this munki even a little bit--this is a very credible sequel to the '87 original. Balee-dat!

(Silly announcer voice) But wait! There's more!

Monday, July 12, 2010

She's No Different Then Optimus Prime

Is one single chill sesh--and we didn't even apply the word date--with this chick really that much to ask?

Judging from the track record, it apparently hasn't changed as the mysterious answer still eludes me years later. 

And at that--is getting back to someone, even more excruciating, rather then practically blowing them off?

A single text would make me happy.

If Me + You = Around 30 minutes or so of chill time is too much to ask then don't act so happy to see me. Going out of your way to flag me down on the street (more than once), and make yourself seem so open, so down to chill. Giving me smiles, subtle touching, laughing and giggling at all my stuff, practically dripping with a need to have me all to yourself. I know what I'm feelin' when your around. You're more flirty between the two of us then I ever attempt to be.

Goddammit. Seriously... A cup a coffee, or some Chinese food together, isn't all that bad (and practically your idea)... Or at least, she makes it seem like it's all such a good idea. That is, until, she feels it isn't anymore.

Who-the-fuck-really-knows syndrome sets in, yet again... It prompts a memory of the man with black eyes saying to himself: 
      "All the familiar places..."
 But I'll say this too. Michael Bay needs to scoop her up quick. (He's filming TF3 right now actually) 'Cuz it's more then meets the eye with her. Like a lonely yellow old Camero... it's not. You're getting something different then what she presents you. And before you know it, it's fighting another super-car/alien robot.

And YOU! You Foster City Slut! If you're readin' this... Well... it means you're fuckin' pathetic. (Which makes the pity I have for you swell to an unimaginable size)

Get a life. You can't have mine anymore. 

Munki out.

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Joie' De Vivre On Celluloid: Red Dragon

I'm sure once the B.O. receipts from Hannibal poured into the offices of Dino De Laurentiis and his wife, they decided to "Milk the cow" as Linda Hamilton has said before. I didn't like this as much as I did Hannibal and I'm gonna get that out of the way.

There is very little production history on this film, though I am curious as to how it could be farted out in such a timely manner and still be quite good. (Is this really a Ratner film?) Maybe because of the source material is already at the disposal of them.

I will say this: too bad about the critical and commercial bomb, After Sunset (his follow up to this). Because this one here got Ratner a lot of the right attention. And then he ruined all the good rapport with the audience and critics alike. "Feign surprise!" as Liz Lemon would comment. Easily his best film to date in front of the original Rush Hour.  Hell, even my damn mom thinks Rush Hour is raw son.

But wait! There's more!

Friday, July 9, 2010

Joie' De Vivre On Celluloid: Hannibal

He is dressed in a tuxedo, after an eloquent performance of Italian opera. The sky is black, the lights are like fireflies, the air is crisp and the atmosphere is beautiful. Or maybe that's because he elevates anything to a higher level of class instantly just by simply being around. Or at least he certainly seems to.

This is Dr. Hannibal Lectar. He watches as a couple passes by. The young woman says to her beau, "Let's get something to eat."

Hannibal replies, "Why not?"

This is my most satisfied review of Ridley Scott's Hannibal.

'Jack Goes Boating' Trailer Drops

Philip Seymour Hoffman's directorial debut is the acclaimed Off Broadway play, Jack Goes Boating by Bob Glaudini, who adapted it himself. Hoffman, John Ortiz and Daphne Rubin-Vega all reprise their roles from the play. Amy Ryan steps in to replace Beth Cole as Hoffman's love interest. Good, I love her anyway.

The plot synopsis is as follows:
An unconventional romantic comedy set in the midst of working-class New York City life. In the dead of winter, we meet Jack (Hoffman), a limo driver who has vague dreams of landing a job with the MTA, a mild obsession with a reggae song, and has begun a half-hearted attempt at growing dreadlocks. He spends most of his time hanging out with his best friend and fellow driver, Clyde (Ortiz) and Clyde’s wife Lucy (Rubin-Vega). The couple set Jack up with Connie (Ryan), a co-worker of Lucy’s at Dr. Bob’s Funeral Home in Brooklyn. Being with Connie inspires Jack to learn to cook, pursue a new career, and take swimming lessons from Clyde so he can give Connie the romantic boat ride she wants. But as Jack and Connie cautiously circle commitment, Clyde and Lucy’s marriage begins to disintegrate. From there, we watch as each couple must come face to face with the inevitable path of their relationship.
The trailer makes it look quirky, and then saddening and love-dovey, and then dramatic. it's cool. this debuted at Sundance back in January to positive reviews and praise from critics. Not that I give a shit, Hoffman is one of my main men I follow. Now he's directing? I'm gonna see this come September 17th. Amy Ryan proved to me in season 5 of The Office that she has highly reformed comedy chops. This film's trailer is another is another great example of what she can do when given the chance.


Munki, pleasantly (squared), out.

'Welcome To The Rileys' Trailer Drops

I first heard about this months ago, when it debuted at Sundance and made a huge splash with audiences in the pool of cool. Director Jake Scott was nominated for the Grand Jury Prize for Most Dramatic Film. I'm in love with The Sopranos, it may very well be the best show in the history of television. I'll argue that everyday I have left on earth. The best for a lot of reason, most notably, Gandolfini. (Do geeks like him because Gandolf is in his name? Is that good street cred with the Tolkin fans?)

 Anyway, the fuckin' trailer dropped today and then I dropped a deuce in ma pants! (Good thing I wear diapers) I-Hate-My-Life-Stewart is making all the right moves (not the silly Cruise movie) in her career outside of the bubblegum fantasy that enabled her to do so.
I am a most pleased analyst following her from film to film, to tween-scream-queen-madness-extravaganza, back to film again. This trailer is proof I picked a good youngin' to watch grow and grow 'til she's done with the game.

Kristen Stewart plays Mallory, a sixteen year-old stripper. James Gandolfini and Melissa Leo play a couple grieving over the loss of their daughter named the Rileys.

I'll be keeping you posted on anything new, but the only other thing you should know is this is coming out November 5th.

Munki pleasantly out.

P.S. I don't really wear diapers or have poo-poo problems 

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Joie' De Vivre On Celluloid: The Tailor Of Panama

We open at night, with MI6 agent Andy Osnard standing broodingly at a large window, looking out onto a city bridge in London and pondering. He is getting the "Siberia" of assignments, for a mishap we do not yet have all the details for. Andy get orders for Panama, he's taken a back, we then seem to understand his plight, a company screw-up in deed Andy...

Then we meet the tailor of Panama (Rush). He is giving his finest display of his renowned excellent service to a customer. The kind of service you'd pay to get from an Englishman tailor with a respected, high end boutique shop in Panama. Then we watch him, uh... tailoring? Sizing and cutting, there we go. Sped up a few more frames per second for us as Geoffrey Rush applies the smooth technique of making clothing, and making it very well. He looks every bit a tailor at work, and yet, holds a confidence about himself, that says something else to us as well. I liked how this film started off, not to mention the sultry Spanish orchestral jam, singing in our ear music the whole time.
I didn't mind it at all.

But wait! There's more!

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

A Preview: Predators

Robert Rodriguez (Sin City, Once Upon a Time In Mexico), is the man responsible for this franchise (Predator, Predator 2) being brought back to the celluloid with some skill, precision, patience and good-old-fashioned serious film making.

Hit the jump button for more on this.

Lindsay Lohan Jailed for 3 Months,3 Months Rehab After

It was the best performance of her career some have said. It was all tears and gasps in the court room that day for Lohan.

Beverley Hills judge Marsha Revel handed down 3 separate counts of 30 day sentences, totaling 90 days in a row for Lohan. After which she is lawfully required to attend a 90 day, in-patient, substance abuse program.
Violating your parole terms is a silly thing to do son. Especially when the evidence yous kipped, is all over the world in TV and photos. Right?

Ya lost Fucko!

She says, she never does anything like that, as far as missing the classes goes. She missed all 7 of her  court-mandated alcohol-education classes. She said, "I've been taking it seriously..." Then immediately proceeded to sniffle and gaggle in tears. The judge was originally prepared to have her surrender right there in court. Her lawyer asked for two weeks, "You Honor" agreed.

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Referring to her counseling sessions she was court ordered to attend, the judge had this to say:
"I was tired of reading she basically comes and goes when she feels like it."
A SCRAM bracelet (alcohol monitoring system) is required for her to wear until she's received by the jail on July 20th, 8:30 a.m.

In a completely retarded but related story, she also had this on her middle finger, attempting to stand up to The Man.

Good looks to CBS News once again, and MTV.

Munki out.

Catwoman Robberies in NYC? Hit The Batsignal Gordon!

When you walk into a high-end shoe store in Manhattan, spend a half an hour poking around, all WHILE WEARING A CAT MASK--you deserve the money if someone doesn't put together how sketchy that is.

This is the (most awesome and appreciated) sketch by a police artist of the woman. She eventually approached the counter after a thirty minutes of practically loitering and presented a note claiming she had a gun, and asked for the money. She grabbed $86 bucks in cash, stuffed it in her purse, and calmly exited the store.


The next day, she pulled another daring heist at a beauty shop. She got $500 bones all to herself.  

The police have zero leads.

She's allegedly been linked to 2 other robberies in Queens, and a 9 West shoe store from last year.

Honestly, this is the kinda stuff that get's geeks involved with their cosplay costumes, and before you know it, you have two ordinary citizens running around, causing mischief, making people laugh, and being intention badasses, by accident. Sorta. Ya know? Lol. I'd love to see some real life Kick Ass.

Good looks to CBS News on this.

Munki out.

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

A Review: Traitor

There is something to be said of a film that reasons with terrorism in it's favor for once, instead of against. It takes little bit of moxie to portray the star taking part in the cause of a terrorist group for much of the film. Don Cheadle is this man and he plays Samir Horn as a man of the highest faith in his Muslim beliefs. We see him, and his buddies going 'round and blowing shit up. Almost unprecedented, this film asks questions in the case of a terrorist, and argues we don't see the light that they do. Almost going as far as to say, "Where's the argument against what we do?"

Balls just to pen that script in times like these. Which is perhaps why this flopped at the B.O. Barely recouping it's 22 million budget back. But box office, as we know, is no reflection what so ever on the quality of the film.

But wait! There's more!

Monday, July 5, 2010

A Review: The Twilight Saga: Eclispe

I'll start with this: David Slade better thank his lucky fuckin' stars for being able to make this, after his comments about how he'd rather take a bullet then see a screening of the original Twilight.  

Why Summit decided he was still a fine choice is beyond me. I'm sure they saw the obvious badassness of 30 Days of Night and figured, "Why the hell not, it was still a freaky fuckin' vamp movie. Was it not?" It was. Too bad Summit didn't let him inject that dreadful fear and grim atmosphere into this franchise's current installment.

But Wait! There's more!

Saturday, July 3, 2010

A Review: The Losers

The one thing that keeps this in the realm of film territory, is the fact that yes, it is based off a comic book series, but that doesn't mean we always have to be reminded of that. Adaptations are of course, a way to be loyal, but also re-interpret. And in that sense, this movie becomes a a film. A film with sly wit, grungy sexiness ("Sexiness"... Is that even a word?) and slick action. But my favorite part?The surprises. Not huge plot twists, but charming little gems of charisma the script reveals it has for us as we watch.

And that, my fellow tree-climbers, is a feat in itself.

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Andrew Garfield Is The New Spider-Man Suckas

It's officially uh, official. Andrew Garfield (Boy A, The Imaginarium Of Doctor Parnassus, The Social Network) is now the new Spider-Man for the upcoming reboot helmed by acclaimed director Marc Webb (Fitting name huh?). Webb's feature film debut, 500 Days Of Summer made a huge splash last year and really got people's attention. Particularly because of the way he capture teenagers now a days so accurately.

But wait! There's more!

'Let Me In' Trailer Drops

After scowering the internet for which Radiohead song this is, I gave up because there's too many of their tracks to narrow it down to. But in that scowering, I found that many people are very offended by this remake, really. Some didn't even like the original. The '08 Swedish film is a wonderful film about the alienation of two children on the brink of their teenage years and the bond that can be formed between two kindred spirits who find themselves lost. It's a love story for adults about kids. Go watch it.

In all that terrificness found in that film, some of it struck director Matt Reeves of Cloverfield fame, and he decided to remake it. With the best intentions of course, but that's not good enough for some. He's doing this because it struck him in his heart, and he got inspired--that's what being an artist is all about. This isn't going to make a whole lot of money, nothing Oscar-baity really does. He's making this to show others of the beauty that can be found in the book's material. Only film geeks really know about the Swedish version. This American remake will be make a small splash at the B.O. and mos def get people in the film community talking, hopefully people outside of it too. Which is the whole intention of the remake. To the wonder in the book translated onto the screen. Trust. It will undoubtedly be compared to the original but whether or not it holds up or surpasses it is yet to be seen. It looks good enough to me, maybe a little too faithful, but good enough just the same. Really good. I'm excited. Plus, I have an actor's crush on Moretz, she's gonna go places.

Let Me In It tells the story of a 12-year-old boy who develops a friendship with a new child in a New Mexico town in the early 1980s.

Anyway, without further adieu...

Let Me In sinks it's teeth in October 1st.

Munki out.