Sunday, October 24, 2010

1st Annual 31 HORRORble Halloween Films In 31 Days: Part 3

11. October 11, 2010- Friday the 13th part II

12. October 12, 2010- Friday the 13th part III 3-D

13. October 13, 2010- Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter

14. October 14, 2010- Friday the 13th part V: A New Beginning

15. October 15, 2010- Friday the 13th part VI: Jason Lives

16. October 16, 2010- Friday the 13th part VII: The New Blood

17. October 17, 2010- Friday the 13th part VIII: Jason Takes Manhattan

18. October 18, 2010- Jason Goes To Hell: The Final Friday, Jason X

19. October 19, 2010- A Nightmare On Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors

20. October 20, 2010- A Nightmare On Elm Street 4: The Dream Master

21. October 21, 2010- A Nightmare On Elm Street 5: The Dream Child, Freddy's Dead: The Final Nightmare

22. October 22, 2010- Wes Craven's New Nightmare, Freddy vs. Jason

23. October 23, 2010- Poltergeist

24. October 24, 2010- Halloween (1978)

Sunday, October 10, 2010

1st Annual 31 HORRORble Halloween Films In 31 Days: Part 2

Continuing my list of movies viewed in celebration of Halloween 2010:

9. October 9, 2010- A Nightmare On Elm Street Part 2: Freddy's Revenge

10. October 10, 2010- My Soul To Take (viewed at the cinema in 3D)

Friday, October 8, 2010

1st Annual 31 HORRORble Halloween Films In 31 Days: Part 1

I've decided to celebrate Halloween 2010 by watching 31 scary movies in 31 days. Here are the films I've viewed thus far:

1. October 1, 2010- Disney's Lonesome Ghosts cartoon/Season 5, episode 1 of Tales From The Crypt- "Death of Some Salesman"

2. October 2, 2010- The Thing (1982) (midnight movie at Landmark River Oaks Theatre in Houston, Tx)

3. October 3, 2010- Fright Night

4. October 4, 2010- Ghostbusters

5. October 5, 2010- Ghostbusters II

6. October 6, 2010- Disney's The Adventures of Ichabod Crane

7. October 7, 2010- Friday the 13th (Original)

8. October 8, 2010- A Nightmare On Elm Street (Original)

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Iron Man 2 Makes For Sloppy Seconds

In 2008, Marvel's Iron Man went from obscure comic-book hero to worldwide silver-screen titan. However, two years have passed and the new exploits of Tony Stark in his iron mask seem stale, overdone, and underwhelming.

Where the original film oozed swagger and heart, the follow-up leaks mediocrity and detachment. Despite a parade of new characters (or because of it), Iron Man 2 fails to pull the audience into its thin, crawl-pace plot. Certainly there are loads of action and explosions to woo your inner 12-year old, but what precedes this spectacle is so trite and heartless that you just don't care what happens to Tony and his pals- One of whom, James "Rhodey" Rhodes is played by a different actor than in the original film and this robs audiences of what should have been a tense, white-knuckle payoff as Rhodey becomes War Machine. As is, this film is disposable, messy, and ultimately redundant; A died-in-the-iron Hollywood sequel which overexposes the best parts of the first film ad nauseam.

The cast do their best to deliver, but they cannot overcome a boring, convoluted storyline. Mickey Rourke as lead villain, Ivan Vanko, is underdeveloped and wasted, spending most of his screen time secluded in a warehouse listening to Sam Rockwell rant and whine aimlessly. Similarly, Scarlett Johansson gets shoe-horned into the plot with little time to shine as Natasha Romanoff, personal assistant to Tony Stark.

There are a few genuinely fun moments: Seeing Samuel L. Jackson return as Nick Fury of S.H.I.E.L.D. is cool, as are cameos by Captain America's shield and Thor's hammer. In fact, the most interesting plot point in the entire film comes when Nick is rapping with Tony about the Avengers. But this and all of the aforementioned tidbits of cool serve to set up other film franchises within the Marvel Cinemaverse. The creative minds behind Iron Man 2 should have spent more energy developing this one.

In the end, Iron Man 2 is not an awful film. It's simply a film I don't care about because nothing in its 2-hour run time endears me to any of the characters. And apathy is no way to feel when leaving the latest installment of a superhero franchise that began with such outstanding promise.

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

I'm Back In The Saddle Again!

Well, isn't it amazing how time heals all wounds. Nearly a year after my frustration at being targeted as a Spam blog prompted me to leave The Teague Report behind, I find myself back in the saddle, or computer chair, hammering away on the keyboard and letting my love for all things entertainment carry me away!

Why today? Because gentle readers, we are less than one week away from the start of the 2010 Summer Bowl- "the Super Bowl" of the movie season! Our kickoff title this year is Iron Man 2 and if early reports hold accurate, it may be the best of the bunch. Only June, July, and August will tell. For in these multiplex-packing months, movie fans will be treated to the likes of:

Sly Stallone's sublime action-stars-filled opus The Expendables, The A-Team, Predators, Toy Story 3, The Twilight Saga: Eclipse, Ridley Scott's Robin Hood, Sex and the City 2, Inception, The Sorcerer's Apprentice, Cyrus, Shrek Forever After, Grown Ups, Knight and Day, MacGruber, Survival of the Dead, Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time, Despicable Me, Salt, Dinner For Schmucks, Hugh Hefner: Playboy, Activist, and Rebel, The Other Guys, The Last Exorcism, A Film Unfinished, and Piranha 3D!

And these are just the titles I'm mainly interested in. A slew of smaller, but no-less entertaining films will vie for our discretionary income this summer. So grab a cherry coke and hot tub of popcorn and...turn off your damn cell phone!