Oh god. Does this make him one of us now?
Oh god. Does this make him one of us now?
That’s right, folks! SpeakingGeek friend-o, J. Harland Lockhart was lucky enough to attend an early screening of THOR last night and was kind enough to write a small review for us. I was pretty skeptical after the last few clips surfaced on the Internet, but my faith has been renewed after talking with Lockhart on the phone last night and reading his review this morning. It’s short, but sweet and doesn’t give away any spoilers so check it out!
“Thor” is an action-packed spectacle that delivers both as a fantasy film and as a good comic adaptation. Fresh Faces Chris Hemsworth and Tom Hiddleston bring weight as the forces of good and evil and a “realm” of Frost Giants prove as worthy adversaries.
Thor succeeds where last years “Clash of the Titans”, “Prince Of Persia”. and “The Last Airbender” failed bringing a vibe I haven’t felt in a big budget sci-fi film since JJ Abrams “Star Trek”. The characters are likeable and the story uses effects to help enrich the characters instead of depend too heavily on them for entertainment value (as do the previous films I’ve mentioned.
I don’t want to spoil the movie for anyone but I will say it sets up the Avengers very well and has me very excited. This film passed my expectations and will be sure to give Captain America a run for its money
I’m going to go put on some new pants. Talk amongst yourselves in the comments below.
Some people might argue that the past decade hasn’t been that great for film. There’s been tons of bad romantic comedies, countless horrid spoof movies, and billions of dollars wasted on hollow summer blockbusters. But it also brought us some truly classic films and saw the emergence of a handful of directors who define and will continue to define the movies we watch.
I actually started this list off with the intention of only doing a top 10. But as I started to get a list of the movies I loved I realized just how long it was how much I didn’t want to not talk about so many of them. So instead I’m going to make it a top 20 list in two parts. And Just so we’re clear, I’m defining the last decade as movies release from 2000-2009 according to IMDB.
20. Hot Fuzz (Edgar Wright) – 2007
A lot of people would probably pick Shaun of the Dead over Hot Fuzz, but I seem to be in the very small minority who actually enjoy this more. Much like Shaun, Hot Fuzz does a great job of both embracing and spoofing the genre it’s a part of. This time instead of zombies we’re treated to a spoof of the police action films of the 80′s and 90′s. The reason I like Hot Fuzz better is because of the ending. The shootout is Wrights best work to date at showing just how masterful he is at walking that line between spoof and homage. By action movie standards it’s fantastic. All sorts of guns, shit blowing up, and a town just being destroyed in a hail of bullets. But it’s the people involved in the shootout that make it genius. Who needs well chiseled thugs when you have an old lady packing serious heat. The whole thing is a genius blend of comedy and action.
19. (500) Days of Summer(Marc Webb) – 2009
While England seemed to do a good job of making romantic comedies over the past decade, America decided to take it the completely opposite direction releasing crap and a near constant pace. 500 Days, thankfully, broke away from the trend and gave us a movie that was charming, genuinely funny, original, and above all else honest. Whereas most romantic comedies need some sort of gimmick to work 500 Days simply just presented you the entire span of a relationship. Both Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Zooey Deschanel are perfectly cast as two people in a relationship that see that relationship in completely different ways.. Webb does a great job of balancing both sides and letting you choose what the relationship was instead of telling you. When I first saw this movie I hated Summer for what she did, but upon thinking it over and talking about it I came to realize she was always honest and upfront about their relationship and while there’s reason to be upset with the outcome, it’s not fair to be mad at her.
As promised earlier in the week, today SpeakingGeek would like to introduce you to J. Harland Lockart (Jamie, to friends), an up-and-coming director/writer/producer based in Pittsburgh, PA with a long-standing love for films of all genre. Lockhart, whose real passion lies in the horror and sci-fi realms, is a graduate of Point Park University with a B.A. in Cinema and Digital Arts. I’ve known Lockhart since middle school and can attest to the fact that this guy is a true geek, just like you and I. Without further ado, let’s get this thing going.
Follow me after the jump for Lockhart’s first U.S. interview! AMERICA! F*CK YEAH!
In doing so, Al has done the impossible and shamed me in to almost liking a Lady Gaga track. Yes, it’s the lyrics and delivery that I’m really there for, but it helps when it fits with the track he is attempting to parody. In this case, Lady Gaga’s “Born This Way.” Apparently, this was supposed to be the first single from his new album, but the GaGa was none too pleased, and now the track will not be released commercially any time in the near future.
But, thanks to YouTube, we can all listen to it for free in the clip above! Yahoo for the YOUTUBEZ! Follow me after the jump for a BONUS “Weird” Al video that’s been making the blog rounds in the past few days.
Videos via: YouTube
As I previously stated on my Twitter Feed and over at Icine, I’ll be spending some time this week focusing on the horror and sci-fi films of J. Harland Lockhart (IMDB), an up-and-coming director/editor/screenwriter and close personal friend to SpeakingGeek. Later in the week I’ll have a Q&A with the man himself, discussing everything from his influences, favorite films, and maybe even the time I dropped out of one of his early home movies, for which I was given a not-so-subtle non-credit for.
The video below is a teaser trailer Lockhart shot just two weekends ago for his newest project The Flatwoods Phantom. The film, which will take a gritty, documentary-style approach, is based on the true events surrounding an alien encounter witnessed by several residents of Flatwoods, WV in 1952. Like the teaser below, I don’t want to give too much away right now, but I know that Lockhart will be explaining a bit more about the film in the interview later this week, so keep checking back for updates! On to what we’re really here for: the video!
UPDATE: Due to copyright concerns, Lockhart has reworked his original teaser and it will be available soon. It will get its own new post, but until then here’s new artwork for the re-titled project.
Follow J. Harland Lockhart on Twitter @jhl5films
Disheartening news for fans of the Marvel vs Capcom fighting game franchise as an update from Capcom Europe’s Twitter feed announced that gamers need not worry about any upcoming DLC for Marvel vs Capcom 3, because there won’t be any.
@dan_mui MvsC3 is out, done and dusted, no further announcements planned
This is going to hit some gamers harder than me. I love the franchise, but this installment was pretty “meh” for me. The roster updates were nice and all, but it felt like a cheap upgrade of Marvel vs Capcom 2. Outside of the Story and Multiplayer Modes, the game left a lot to be desired. The Trial Mode was a disaster in the fact that after you performed the first few “easy” combos, the game throws you right in to some difficult tasks without any hint of a Tutorial. Long story short: I got it from Gamefly, played it for a week, got the achievements I wanted, and then sent it back without any desire to “conquer” the game. Like I said: “Meh.”