Thursday, April 17, 2014

Clint Eastwood's "JERSEY BOYS" Trailer

Has enough time passed that the public has agreed to just let Clint Eastwood's weird "Invisible Obama" thing at the RNC fade from memory? I hope so, because he remains an interesting presence of the film landscape and appears to have decided that he's simply not going to stop making movies. His latest is a feature adaptation of the stage musical about Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons:

Monday, April 14, 2014

"DOFP" Action Scene Has Mutant Power to Deflate Your Expectations

The emerging coolness of certain viral marketing sites had lulled me into a false sense of thinking that maybe X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST might be a better movie than it's looked like up to this point. So thank you, MTV Movie Awards, for debuting this actual scene from the film to bring me back down to Earth:

Aaaaah. People in interchangable black club-wear running through hazy underlit hallways. Bryan Singer, ladies and gentlemen: For some reason, we decided he was an action director.

Friday, April 11, 2014

Escape to The Movies: "THE RAID 2"

So RAID. Much kick. Wow.

Also, Intermission.

Here's Where To Find MOVIEBOB At PAXEast 2014

Hey guys!

I'll probably be out and about at PAX and surrounding areas starting around 1-2pm on Friday, so please feel free to stop, say hi, take a picture, buy a book, whatever. I'm also scheduled to appear on two panels, as follows:

Friday, 7:30pm in Albatross Theater

Saturday, 6:00pm in BumbleBee Theater

I'll also likely be tweeting likely the whole time, so if you're not already following @The_MovieBob you should probably start.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Manic Pixie Dream God

"What would you do if something challenged your scientific beliefs?" Um... I dunno, maybe point out that there's no such thing as a "scientific belief?"

Looks like this might be a good year for the Smart Movies With Stupid Premises subgenre of science fiction. First up is Wally Pfister's "TRANSCENDENCE," which thus far looks like nothing so much as a preemptive anti-Singularity hit-piece ("Don't let the smart people become TOO smart!!! It might not work out so well for the normals!!!" Heaven forbid...)

Now we have the trailer for "I, ORIGINS" (just wait till you see how the title is actually a pun,) Mike Cahill's follow-up to "ANOTHER EARTH." It's yet another movie about a dorky, introverted nerd (Michael Pitt) whose life is turned upside-down for the better by a whirlwind romance with a quirky, flighty, spin-dancing-for-no-reason, Zooey-Deschanel-as-a-Portland-area-kindergarten-teacher dreamgirl (Astrid Berges-Frisbey.) The nominal twist this time? Instead of coaxing our dweeb hero out of his introversion or giving him the confidence to finally finish that novel/play/startup, Organic Food-Truck Tinkerbell cures him of atheism.

I'm On This Podcast So Watch This Podcast

ALSO: If you've noticed that there have been slightly less-frequent updates to this main blog this week, it's because I'm now part of The Escapist's news team; so a lot of movie-news and trailer stuff I might otherwise have been tossing up here have instead become news posts there. If you'd like to stay current, here's a handy link to ALL of my posts, shows and articles on the site.

Monday, April 07, 2014

In Case You Were Wondering, Janeway is STILL The Worst Captain (UPDATED)

There are two kinds of people in the world: Thinkers and Believers.

UPDATE: That is, in fact, Kate Mulgrew's voice narrating the pro-geocentrism documentary bankrolled by anti-semitic Holocaust-denying Christian Fundamentalist Robert Sungenis, but apparently she was mislead into the voiceover work.


Man, but that's sad. I know not everyone gets to have the post-Captain career of Shatner or Patrick Stewart, but GEEZ... you don't see Sisko doing this shit...

Wednesday, April 02, 2014


Yes, it's true - we're taking this circus to CANADA!

Details on panels, appearances, etc will be announced at a later date. Me, I'm just hoping modern Canada hasn't been over-sold to me :)

Friday, March 28, 2014

RIP Lorenzo Semple Jr. (1919-2014)

Hollywood screenwriting legend Lorenzo Semple Jr. has died at 91.

This guy had a career any industry pro would envy, penning classics like "The Parallax View" and "3 Days of The Condor," along with cult-classics like "Flash Gordon." But he's probably best remembered today as the creator/mastermind of the Adam West "Batman" series; through which he was either directly or partially responsible for the "Bat-____" device-naming convention, the Barbara Gordon version of Batgirl, the creation of Mr. Freeze and the rehabilitation of what were then largely-forgotten DC characters like Penguin, Riddler and Catwoman. In recent years he was part of the team behind the "Reel Geezers" YouTube series.

Escape to The Movies: "NOAH"

Here's something you don't hear every day: "Damn, that Bible Movie kicked a lot of ass!"

ALSO: "10 Bible Movies Even Weirder Than "NOAH."

Thursday, March 27, 2014

I'm Sad Now

So... this looks really underwhelming. And surprisingly cheap, too. Say what you will about Michael Bay (who only produced this one), He's at least got style, whereas Johnathan Liebsman really is sort of a rote point-and-shoot guy, at best:


A bigger look at "JUPITER ASCENDING," The Wachowski's first stab at big-scale space-opera, due out later this Summer:

Tuesday, March 25, 2014


Also, here's a thing about <i>"BOB'S BURGERS"</i> from my new TV column, HI-DEFINITION.

Monday, March 24, 2014

Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch look... okay, I guess?

"AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON" is location-shooting in earnest right now, which means we'll be seeing set pics out the wazoo. Today, that means we're getting a look at Wanda and Pietro in costume... but without the extensive special-effects work thats apparently set to be laid-over both of them in post-production. They look... alright. CBM has a decent collection of snaps, which also include guys wearing what look like props/stand-in suits for Ultron himself...

X-MEN: DOFP Finally Starts Looking Good

Bryan Singer's "X-MEN" movies will always get a certain amount of credit for being good enough. When that first film hit, we were still in post-"BATMAN & ROBIN" fallout and Raimi's "SPIDER-MAN" was still a year away. So despite Singer being at best a modestly competent stylist who can't really direct action, the first one gets to be remembered as pretty-good while the sequel (also pretty-good) coasts by on the residual "whoa!" of seeing that Phoenix tease just before the credits rolled. Plus, the third one was so spectacularly terrible it made everything else look that much better until "ORIGINS: WOLVERINE" came out.

But none of that changes what an oddly underwhelming series this is, overall, and I imagine the consensus on it would be worse still if Ian McKellan and Patrick Stewart hadn't continued to be such beloved movie-nerd icons today. "FIRST CLASS" is still the only entry in the franchise that's legitimately great, and unsurprisingly it was 99.9% free of any connection to the rest of the series and the only entry to have been helmed by a truly great filmmaker in Matthew Vaughn. Everything wrong with the whole series can be summed-up by the cheezy new poster (on the right,) wherein everything else is just a tiny detail within a sooooo serious brooding Wolverine, while Jennifer Lawrence stares blankly as though she'd rather be doing anything else.

Friday, March 21, 2014

Escape to The Movies: "MUPPETS: MOST WANTED"

Good enough.

"DIVERGENT," not so much.

Glenn Beck Slams "NOAH" Sight-Unseen

There are two kinds of people in the world: Thinkers and Believers.

"Big Picture" this past Tuesday was about "NOAH" (which I still haven't seen, damn it), specifically regarding the amusing ironic of reflexively-irreligious film geeks turning up their noses at the feature without noting that it's rather openly not fighting on the side they assume it is.

Case in point: Here's Glenn Beck and company pissing and moaning about the potential of Darren Aronofsky's film to undermine Biblical literalism. Perish the thought.

Thursday, March 20, 2014

"THE GIVER" Teaser Trailer

Below, the first teaser for the movie of "THE GIVER," based on a book you may have been forced to read in middle-school about (all together now) a tween hero with a special destiny bracing against a dystopian future where free-will has been suppressed.

In fairness to Lois Lowry, this was written in 1993 when only most of it's component parts were tedious cliches. Either way, I'm not sure how this premise is going to work in 2014 - but that involves SPOILERS so hit the jump for those...