Well now, this really hits the spot. Despite the fact that the film wasn’t nearly as bad as I expected (probably because Michael Bay didn’t direct, but only produced), there were plot wholes wide enough to blow up a semi-truck in (and they did).
In my opinion, The Winter Soldier features some of the better visual effects and CGI we have seen. Why is this? Because during the film, you never once think about tihe effects or notice them — at least I did not. They never got in the way and they served the story.
This effects reel shows just how much CGI and work went into the film. Scenes I hadn’t fully thought of how much was involved. Whole shots composed of nothing but CGI and I never noticed. This is impressive, especially on the heels of The Hobbit series where I felt like the CGI was just a mess. It’s sad that it is too, because I…Read The Rest
In a comments thread on a Star Trek fan website, Star Trek and Star Trek Into Darkness writer Roberto Orci revealed that when the studio goes forward with the third installment in the rebooted franchise, they’ll do so without his script.
Orci had been expected to write, direct and produce the film, expected in theaters in 2016, but recently pulled out of directing, reportedly over disagreements with studio Paramount Pictures.
“I’m producing, nothing more or less,” Orci wrote in a comment on TrekMovie, where his username has been confirmed in the past.
This definitely makes this feel more…Read The Rest
Making a top films of the year list is hard. These things are so subjective, not to mention I have to remember my feelings about the various films I’ve seen this year — and I see lots of films. It’s made somewhat easier by the fact that if I have strong feelings about a film one way or the other, it tends to stick and or come back more quickly when I look over the list of films that were released this year.
There’s also the problem that there are simply too many films that come out in a year for me to see them all when budget and time-wise, I am only able to see one film a week most weeks.…Read The Rest
And now for the review of the Trilogy based on a book, which is a prequel to the trilogy based on three books! This week, TJ, Joe, and Clark review ‘The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies’. While all three liked it in some ways, some liked it more than others. TJ found significant challenges and issues with the films, while Joe has become a heretic and prefers Peter Jackson’s films to the book (is burning at the stake still allowed?). Clark takes a somewhat more moderate position. Listen in to hear them hash it out! Also up for discussion, Justin Lin will direct the next ‘Star Trek’ film which has been set for a release date of July 8, 2016, the sony hacking, and a quick overview and thoughts of the latest trailer for ‘Kingsman: The Secret Service’.Listen Now
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Now that Peter Jackson is done with his overlong trilogy adaptation of The Hobbit, that means it’s time for him to complain about how franchise driven Hollywood has become. That’s right, the man who gave us not just one, but two trilogies based on the writings of J.R.R. Tolkien recently had an interview withMoviefone where he was asked about his desire to return to smaller films, and he said, “I’m absolutely happy to make smaller films. It’s what I want to do…So we want to go back and make some New Zealand stories.” But it’s what he said next that is going leave you raising an eyebrow or…
After the announcement that Bob Orci would no longer be manning the director’s chair for Star Trek 3, rumors began flying as to who would take his place. Many questions about the switch remain unanswered, but we finally know who will be the next leader of Trek on the silver screen. Justin Lin, who directed ‘Fast and Furious 6′ has reportedly taken over the role.
I have a bad feeling about this (wrong franchise for that language, I know). The spirit of Fast and Furious is not exactly what I want in a Trek film. I have recently been re-watching Star Trek: The Next Generation. There are a lot…Read The Rest
USA Today reports that the hacker group known as Guardians Of Peace issued a message last night, stating that “The Interview” could be released…but only if changes were made. Here is the anonymously posted message:
This is GOP.
You have suffered through enough threats.
We lift the ban.
The Interview may release now.
But be carful.
September 11 may happen again if you don’t comply with the rules.
Rule #1: no death scene of Kim Jong Un being too happy
Rule #2: do not test us again
Rule #3: if you make anything else, we will be here ready to fight
There are conflicting reports of…Read The Rest
February has typically been a dumping ground for not-so-great films. But I want to believe that Kingsman is not a dumping ground film.
In Kingsman, Matthew Vaughn hopes to put a new twist on the super villain and spy flick. If you’re hoping to avoid spoilers, this trailer is probably not for you. But, it’s a comedy flick, so what’s to spoil. I’ll certainly be going to the theater for the laughs, not necessarily the plot. And it certainly looks to be pretty humorous and tongue-in-cheek.
On interesting thing I never took note of before, Mark Hamill has a part in this film. That’s… Read The Rest
Just a quick note to let you know what you can expect from MovieByte over the next couple weeks.
Today and tomorrow will be typical days for MovieByte. I’ll post a few items of interest to me. Joe and I will also be recording The MovieByte Podcast Tuesday evening for release Wednesday morning (Christmas Eve) as usual. We will be joined by Clark Douglas to talk about The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies. As is usually the case, the production of the Podcast will take up all my time and energy and that will be the only thing to come out on Wednesday.
Thursday, Christmas Day, I will be taking…Read The Rest