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Avengers: Age of Ultron Trailer with Interstellar? (Article) - 9/29/2014 10:47:13 PM

70mm look great on a giant cuved single screen theater, but these days it's a bit overkill as there are few theaters from the 60's that survived the wrecking ball.

... And what with 8K HD Camera Tech and Projectors coming soon- Kinda a shame all those big screens got torn down.


Mania Review: The Equalizer (Article) - 9/26/2014 5:50:35 AM

I liked The Equalizer from TV, because McCall precisely brought down his clients enemies, by setting them up for failure and exposing thier weaknesses while never becoming an OCD killing machine vigilante as Fuqua has done with a once revered 80's TV show character. McCall in this movie starts off as a sophisticated and affable older gentleman with an intelligence-clandestine ops background, but that's where it ends. This one heads off in the direction of treating life as cheap and diposable. The original McCall was never bloodthirsty, but was certainly capable of giving most baddies a thrashing and if neccesary a good and proper hogtying till the authorites could haul them away for thier crimes.

I regret watching this movie, but believe that this film will be quickly forgotten and disposed of as it is nothing more than modern cliched on screen bloodletting. Look around, there are at least 20 other medium to big budget films just like this one since the start of 2014. The original TV series will continue to stay on as good memory.

The original McCall kind of made me think of the character Alfred Pennyworth, had he chose a differnent path after leaving the SAS. Meting out justice in the same sense he would have helped instill in a young Bruce Wayne. This McCall, had he become a Butler like Alfred, would have worked for John Rambo or John Matrix.


Gotham: Pilot Review (Article) - 9/25/2014 8:56:11 PM

Meh... It's not really working for me. For a premier episode it was'nt as bad as I thought it would be, despite the horrifically bad (over) acting by YadaYadaYada. Alot crammed into one episode, but that's to be expected when there's probably only 6 or seven episodes in the can and cancellation looms over head like the sword of Damocles.

Get the feeling this show is heading in the direction of a what-if a police procedural were set in the DC Comic book universe. Sure, there's the running quasi-origin backstory of Batman to it, but the title is Gotham, not Batman.

I'm willing to bet that some nerd-like actor or totally miscast actress to be brought onboard as a regular to be the glib morbid Crime Scene Investigator Morgue technician persona to complete the formula.

I might watch a few more times to see how far much farther Gotham descends into cliches and mediocrity.

NEW Flash Trailer for Premiere (Article) - 9/25/2014 2:55:44 PM

I'll give it a three episode chance. It looks better than Arrow, but then again it has that Smallville vibe about it. 

POPEYE Teaser Trailer (Article) - 9/20/2014 9:33:29 PM

Nice to see the Jeep, but it does not look to be a satisfying project in its current form. Popeye could be done better and should.

Big Eyes Trailer (Article) - 9/20/2014 9:29:17 PM

Not really a genre film for the Mania crowd, but it might be worth a look.

Mania Review: Space Station 76 (Article) - 9/20/2014 5:24:40 PM

It's an odd movie. For those of that did not experience the 70's, Space Station 76 will look retro, for those that did, the HD look and feel, will feel like you've just seen a very vivid and life-like looking 70's era sci-fi TV show. Sort of a what-if technology, inter personal customs and habits had become stuck at proto-internet age technology levels.

It's an amazing looking slice of life of what people thought the future could have been, repleat with all the same ugliness of boredom, malaise, selfishness, and cruelty all people expereice in the future that we all live in today.

That said, the ending brings about redemptions and what living in a small community really means into perspective, the sci-fi angle of near annihilation really drives the point home.

Happily ever after, maybe not, but everyone's a little wiser in the end.   

Mania Review: Space Station 76 (Article) - 9/20/2014 9:19:36 AM

Watched it last night. It was not until the end that I fully realized why it needed to take place in outer space. The story is supposed to be about adult issues, but the little girl named Sunshine played by Kylie Rogers steals the show by truly showing what it means to be lonely, yet surrounded by others.

Richard Kiel Has Passed (Article) - 9/11/2014 3:50:20 PM

Darn. RIP.

HIGH MOON: First 4 Minutes (Article) - 9/8/2014 5:19:34 PM

Still, series might be a fun. I'm sensing a slightly tongue in cheek vibe about this show. Do like the idea of space travel becoming so routine and simple that prisoners are sentenced to the moon for labor. 


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