Happening Sh*t – Horror Edition!

Posted in Happening Sh*t, Horror on June 7th, 2013 by Nick

Geeks and fans of the genre assemble. High-five each other. Give each other a powerful, yet manly embrace. Alright, alright…you can stop touching each other now. I mean it. Stop it. You’re creeping me out now.

Horror is happening this week on The Winz. Check it:

Insidious: Chapter 2 Trailer

“Nothing’s gonna bother us. Not anymore. We have our son back!” said every delusional and damned horror family ever. The first chapter of this series, Insidious (2011), was creepy as hell. Daring and original. I was a huge, huge fan of the story, make-up, and scare tactics that director James Wan and writer Leigh Whannell came up with (if only these guys didn’t destroy the Saw series. ugh). The trailer for this second chapter looks just as appetizing. The Dad went to save his son…in the other world place…and he did that…but brought something back. Damn. I guess I could benefit from rewatching the original. If you’re looking for an original horror tale, check it out soon because the sequel’s trailer looks entirely promising.

 

Oh, it’s…another trailer: The Purge

So this may not be your traditional horror fare, but dammit, the trailer for The Purge looks terrifying. If there’s one genre of flicks I find truly scary, it’s anything that remotely resembles a home invasion. The Strangers, Funny Games – that shit freaks me out, man. In The Purge, for 12 hours, any type of crime is legal in the United States. They call it “The Purge.” Home invasions happen. A family is terrorized. Eek. Ethan Hawke and Lena Headey star in this James DeMonaco Thriller that is also produced by Michael Bay – but don’t hold that against it. And oh, hey -  Parenthood Alert: Max Burkholder plays the kid. It’ll be interesting to see him portray a character sans Asperger’s – we know he’s got acting chops, that’s for sure. This hits theaters today. If it sucks…blame someone else.

 

Jason Voorhees Returns to Paramount

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Friday the 13th fans rejoice! Paramount Pictures has landed the license to bring Jason Voorhees back to the big screen! This series has been juggled between Paramount, New Line and Warner’s for God knows how long. It’s actually a quite messy history (you can read about it over on Bloody Disgusting), one that actually prevented a sequel of the reboot from happening for the past few years. New Line (owned by Warner’s) was the company to produce Jason X and Jason Goes to Hell. When the remake was scheduled for production, Paramount still owned certain rights and was brought in as a 50/50 partner. So yada, yada yada…Warner’s and Paramount copped a new deal and this means MORE JASON.

High-five again Horror fans. OK, stop hugging now. No touching.

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Now On Blu-ray: ‘Hit & Run’

Posted in Movies on February 20th, 2013 by Nick

Hit and Run Trio Poster (1)Despite a semi-quiet release and meager 48% fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes, I must admit: last year’s Hit & Run was highly entertaining. Dax Shepard (yeah, yeah…I know) deserves some cred for wearing the hat of writer, co-director and star, and alongside his fellow cast members, baby mama Kristen Bell, Bradley Cooper and Tom Arnold, the movie flows well and has plenty of laughs along the way.

Shepard plays Charlie Bronson, a former getaway driver now in the witness protection program after testifying against some of his partners-in-crime. When his girlfriend Annie gets an interview for an opportunity in L.A., Charlie decides to drive her there despite what his supervising U.S. Marshall (Arnold) has to say. Thanks to the douchebaggery of Annie’s ex-boyfriend Gil, Alexander Dmitri (Cooper), one the guys Charlie put away, is soon hot on their trail. Then the funny happens.

The movie has a great mix of comedy and action with a dash of drama thrown in as well. The chase scenes are surprisingly decent and the set-up and flow make you feel attached enough to the characters by film’s end. The cast is really the shining light here. Cooper, dreadlocked and gangster’ed up, is hilarious as the white wannabe Alex, and Arnold plays a perfect bumbling watchdog. And when is Kristen Bell not absolutely delightful? The answer is never.

The guest stars and cameos are aplenty – Kristin Chenoweth, Ryan Hansen, Joy Bryant (Parenthood shoutout!), David Koechner, Jason Bateman and Sean Hayes all pop in and out throughout all the chasing, and it’s enjoyable to see all of the likable, familiar faces. The film didn’t need them, but hey, bonus.

Considering that Shepard got his start out with Ashton Kutcher on Punk’d, liking the former prankster has been a tough pill for me to swallow (not even mentioning the list of stinkers he has on his resume). But hey, props are due. Shepard can definitely handle drama, as evidenced week after week on NBC’s Parenthood. His stint in the incredible familial drama has really transformed him into an actor as opposed to just a here-and-there support guy. Having said that, with Hit & Run under his belt it seems he’s got some life in him after all. If you like any of these actors, are a Parenthood fan, or dig the general premise, Hit & Run will satisfy and be worthy of a Netflix or Red Box rental.

Did I mention Kristen Bell is in it? No brainer, people.

Grade: B 

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It’s so hard…to say goodbye…to yesterdaaaaay-eeeee!

Posted in TV on May 18th, 2011 by Nick

The mighty have spoken and so it shall be!

The Big Four networks have started to release fall schedules, and along with the new line-ups come a slew of cancellations (wa-waaaah).  Check it:

ABC
“Better With You”
“Brothers & Sisters”
“Detroit 1-8-7″
“Mr. Sunshine”
“No Ordinary Family”
“Off the Map”
“V”

NBC
America’s Next Great Restaurant
Chase
The Event
Law & Order: LA
Outsourced
The Paul Reiser Show
Perfect Couples

FOX
The Chicago Code
Human Target
Lie to Me
Traffic Light

CBS
The Defenders
Mad Love
$#*! My Dad Says

Luckily, I’m OK with most of these. Fringe, Cougar Town and Parenthood have all survived! Huzzah! Rejoice! And other celebratory goodness, too!

Perfect Couples and Mad Love weren’t terrible shows, per se, but they weren’t unique enough to really stand out. And did we ever need another Law & Order, let alone a William Shatner show based on a Twitter account? Isn’t that common sense? (I guess things aren’t looking too good for my treatment about my buddy, the Bronx Zoo Cobra! That was a terrible joke.)

Whatever. Who cares.  See you in the Fall, Fringe!

 

 

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