033109 Trailer for 'Drag Me to Hell'
. . . . . .I've been a fan of filmmaker Sam Raimi for a long time. While he is probably best known now for directing the enjoyable 'Spider-Man' films, I was a fan of his from the 'Evil Dead' horror films he made towards the start of his career. The first of the series is a well made, straight up, horror film. The two sequels veered increasing into comedy with each successive installment (I'm partial to 'Evil Dead' and 'Evil Dead 2' as third film was still enjoyable but went a bit too far into goofy territory for me.) Now, Raimi is returning to the world of horror movies with his upcoming feature: 'Drag Me to Hell'. The teaser makes the film look like it will be a lot of fun. Now, all I need is for Raimi to reunite witth 'Evil Dead' star Bruce Campbell (he often has cameos in Raimi's films) and make a new, kick ass 'Evil Dead' movie. That is really just wishful thinking but man, it would be nice if 'Drag Me to Hell' was profitable enough to get some movie studio interested in plunking down the cash for an 'Evil Dead' sequel. Although it may be a while because I think I read that Raimi would be directing two more 'Spider-Man' sequels.Anyway, check out the trailer above (thanks to and go see the official website HERE. -Nate


033009 Congrats' Ari and Ash!!!!
. . . . . .Over this weekend, on March 28th 2009 they welcomed baby Draven, a healthy happy boy. I didn't even let the poor kid's first full day go by before I showed him a comic book. :)


032709 From, the teaser for 'Where the Wild Things Are'.
. . . . . .Filmmaker Spike Jonze is unfairly talented... Jonze makes constructing creative works look easy and I am so jealous of him. The guy can even act... His latest film is an adaptation of the children's book 'Where the Wild Things Are'. If anyone can pull off a successful adaptation of the Maurice Sendak book, I would think Jonze could. In addition to directing the film, he is credited as co-writer with Dave Eggars. The teaser trailer for 'Where the Wild Things Are' has hit the web and the above embedded video is courtesy of the great The teaser looks great and gives the impression of a more emotional film than I was expecting. The teaser makes me want to see the film more than I already did. Watch the teaser above or go to an Apple page with HD versions of it HERE.Even though the teaser looks excellent, I am still going to have quite a wait as 'Where the Wild Things Are' is not coming out until mid-October. -Nate


032109 Parker lives on.
. . . . . .Sadly author Donald E. Westlake passed away on the 31rst of last December. Westlake was a great writer who, amongst other things, wrote a series of books about a thief named Parker. Westlake wrote the series under the penname of Richard Stark. The Stark/ Parker novels have been around since the early 60s and have been made into several films including the 1967 film ‘Point Blank’, the 1973 film ‘The Outfit’, and the 1999 film ‘Payback’ (actually there is a great but short interview with Westlake on the ‘Payback: Straight UP’ DVD/Blu-ray release.) Westlake and Stark may be gone but Parker lives on, this time in comic book form. Comic book artist Darwyn Cooke is making adaptations of the first three Parker novels. I cannot remember the last time I was looking forward to a comic book this much. Westlake’s passing is sad enough but it is also a bummer that he will not get to see the release of these comics. I have to admit I am not that familiar with Cooke’s work but after reading about the Parker adaptations, I checked out some of his stuff and was quite impressed. He seems like a good fit for the world of Parker and I can’t wait to get my grubby hands on the first Parker comic: ‘The Hunter’. Unfortunately, I’ve still got a long way to go as it is scheduled for release on July 14th. That didn’t stop me from preordering the thing at Amazon and in the mean time there is a great blog dedicated to Cooke and his art called 'Almost Darwyn Cook’s Blog (but quite)’ that can be seen HERE . The site even has a recent post
with some new artwork from Cooke's adaptation of 'The Hunter'. If you are a fan of Westlake’s Parker character and his various incarnations, there is also a great site dedicated to the thief called: ‘The Violent World of Parker’ that can be seen HERE. -Nate


031809 first Blu-ray review with 'The Getaway'
. . . . . .I'm a big Sam Peckinpah fan and forever now it seems I have been meaning to write reviews of his films. Well it took forever but here is my first Sam Peckinpah review and first Blu-ray review too. I give you my review of Sam Peckinpah's 'The Getaway', see the review HERE. -Nate

030809 review of 'Watchmen'.
. . . . . .Even having taken some time to write my review, I am still not entirely sure what to make of the movie 'Watchmen'. I know that it has made me want to read the graphic novel more than I already did and I know that I enjoyed parts of the movie. As much as I wanted to love the film, I have to admit I was a bit disappointed with it. I really have to wonder if the movie had been split into several films or maybe made into a miniseries it might have worked better for me. All that being said, I still think Zack Snyder is a talented filmmaker and it
is worth noting that he managed to make the film without cutting it down to a PG-13 rating. That was one flaw with 'The Dark Knight' (reviewed HERE) as I felt there were a few awkward moments caused by trimming some of the violence to fit the teen friendly PG-13 rating. I am not trying to say that 'The Dark Knight' should have been a blood fest but rather that the film contains adult subject matter and should be released and rated as such. Anyway, my review of 'Watchmen' can be seen HERE. -Nate


030509 'Public Enemies' trailer online.
. . . . . .As the big studio films crank up their advertising campaigns, tons of trailers have been showing up online. 'Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen', 'G.I. Joe', and 'Star Trek' are some of the upcoming flics' with tons of previews popping up online. While I have to admit I am curious to see all those films, Michael Mann's latest feature 'Public Enemies', is the one I am looking forward to the most
(other than maybe 'The Watchmen' but I'll be seeing that this weekend.) Mann is one of my favorite filmmakers and I have been looking forward to 'Public Enemies' for a long time (I already posted about the movie last April and December.)
Johnny Depp, Christian Bale, Billy Crudup, Marion Cotillard, Channing Tatum, Leelee Sobieski, Giovanni Ribisi, Stephen Dorff, Rory Cochrane, Lili Taylor and John Ortiz, are all part of the strong cast. The trailer certainly looks good, (although the techno music at the beginning of it seems totally out of place.) Maybe I am biased as, the criminal John Dillinger fascinates me for one reason or another. In fact, even the
period in American history when Dillinger was on his crime spree interests me. If it is something you like as well, there is an enjoyable History Channel documentary about the era called: 'Crime Wave: 18 Months of Mayhem'. Actually, one of the
authors interviewed in 'Crime Wave: 18 Months of Mayhem', Bryan Burrough, wrote the book that Mann's film is based on. There have been several movies about Dillinger already and I am particularly fond of John Milius's 1973 film 'Dillinger' (reviewed HERE.) Anyway, 'Public Enemies' will be released on July 1rst. The trailer (some of which was
shown durring this years Oscars) can be seen in 480p HERE, 720p HERE, and 1080 HERE. The official site for 'Public Enemies' can be found HERE. -Nate


030109 It is a new month, so I give you a new review. 'Slumdog Millionaire' is just great.
. . . . . .I wanted to have my review of 'Slumdog Millionaire' up a lot sooner but I was having trouble articulating why I enjoyed the film. Expressing what grabs me in a film or what makes me go back and watch a film over and over again can be difficult for some reason. 'Slumdog Millionaire' just clicked with me and I really enjoyed it, maybe even more than I thought I was going to. I will be curious to see if the film still seems as good years from now. I suspect it will but sometimes re-watching something later in life can diminish films somehow. Anyway, I finally finished the review. You can check out some of the soundtrack to the left and see my review HERE. -Nate








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