Showing posts from July, 2012

Help Get Transference: A Novel by Brandon Jones Published!

Hey everyone, please do me a favor and check out the PledgeMe page for Transference: A Novel by Brandon Jones .  Brandon is an old high school pal of mine and an all around good dude.  He's written a novel and has lined up an editor for the project.  He just needs a little help coming up with the funds to get the publishing process off the ground.  So watch his intro video below, check out his page for the project, read an excerpt from Transference, and if you like what you see, help fund his project!

Trailer Talk - Man of Steel (2013)

The first teaser trailer for next summer's Superman reboot, Man of Steel , premiered a couple of weeks back at San Diego ComicCon.  It then ran in front of The Dark Knight Rises when it released this past weekend.  The tone appears to be darker than that of previous Superman films, which isn't surprising considering that it is being directed by Zack Snyder (2004's Dawn of the Dead, 300, Watchmen) and produced by Christopher Nolan (Memento, The Dark Knight Trilogy, Inception).  But that is about all that we get a feel for from this initial teaser.  Don't get me wrong, I will definitely be checking Man of Steel out when it comes out next summer, but it won't be because I got wicked hyped over this trailer. There are actually two versions of the trailer that run in different theaters.  One has a voice over by Russell Crowe (who will play Jor-El, Superman's birth father from Krypton), the other, a voice over by Kevin Costner (who will play his adoptive father

Review - The Dark Knight Rises

The Dark Knight Rises (2012), R, 164 minutes - The final installment to director Christopher Nolan's Batman trilogy is one that I have been waiting for since I walked out of the theater in 2008 after my first viewing of The Dark Knight .  It was also easily the number one flick on my personal  Most Anticipated films of 2012 list, and for good reason.  Nolan shows once again that he is a master at his craft, deftly piecing together character building, story beats, and action sequences to create what just may be the best trilogy finale of any franchise. The Dark Knight Rises takes place 8 years after the events of The Dark Knight.  Bruce Wayne (Christian Bale) has locked himself away in the rebuilt Wayne Manor and retired the Batman persona. Gotham has experienced an unprecedented time of peace as Commissioner Gordon (Gary Oldman) has taken full advantage of the Dent Act (named after former District Attorney Harvey Dent) and the power it allows him in locking up Gotham's cr

Archive Review - The Dark Knight

Below is my review for The Dark Knight, the second installment in Christopher Nolan's Batman trilogy.  It was written back in the days when myspace was the prominent social networking site (and was actually the penultimate review posted there before I deleted my account).  Before cutting ties with myspace completely, I archived all of the review posts that I had made.  So, as a companion to my review to the newly released The Dark Knight Rises, I share with you my thoughts from four years ago (edited only to fix grammatical errors, the content remains the same): The Dark Knight (PG-13), 2008, 152 minutes - I'm not sure that I remember the last time that a movie has received this much hype for this long. The last six months have been filled with non-stop buzz and anticipation for this latest installment in the Batman franchise. Unfortunately a lot of that chatter has revolved around the all-to-early passing of Heath Ledger back in January due to an accidental prescription d

Playing Catch Up - Bullet Reviews (Prometheus, Ted, Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter)

Two weeks ago, the Roanoke area was pummeled by a straight-line windstorm known as a Derecho.  During that storm, a tree in my back yard split in two and took out the power and cable lines running from the mainline on the street to my house.  No one else in my neighborhood experienced anything more than a flicker of lights, but mine was completely wiped out.  12 days later (this past Wednesday), power was finally restored at the house.  And now, four days later, I am still waiting to get my cable/internet fixed (I am currently leeching off of a neighbor's connection).  Anyway, long story short, I wasn't able to post my already late Prometheus review, nor was I able to post reviews for the couple of movies that my fiancee and I saw while we were dealing with the power outage.  I don't like reducing movies to just a couple sentences worth of a review, but I don't have the time (or the memory) to go back and write up something proper for these.  Maybe in the future I can g