The Conjuring

The Conjuring

The Conjuring

This movie is based on a true story about the life and careers of Ed and Lorraine Warren, a pair of paranormal investigators and demonologists. It is directed by James Wan and written by Chad Hayes and Corey Hayes. The film itself was 20 years in the making. Ed Warren took the original tapes to a producer who agreed to make it into a movie and it was picked up and dropped several times before finally being picked up by New Line Cinema.  The Conjuring was released on July 19th 2013.

The movie cast starred Vera Farmiga and Patrick Wilson who played Ed and Lorraine Warren and they actually went to Connecticut to spend time with the Warrens to learn more about the roles they were to portray. Also in the film is Ron Livingston and Lili Taylor who play the parents of the afflicted family. Lorraine Warren herself has a short cameo in the film as well.

The movie starts with the Perron family moving into an old farmhouse in Harrisville, Rhode Island in 1971. Paranormal events start happening almost immediately and continue to plague the family almost daily. Once the attacks become more violent in nature Carolyn Perron (mother) decides to call in the Warrens for help. They find the house itself is home to a creature named Bathsheba who was an accused witch who murdered her child and later committed suicide on the property. All hell starts to ensue from this point forward and continue to the end of the film.

This is my favorite type of horror movie. No blood, guts and slashers just an awesome psychological thriller that pulls the audience in from the beginning and doesn’t let go to the very end. The film is very well made and the plot is terrifying. It makes you feel like you are there and experiencing it yourself. Of course, as I said I love this type of movie because to me this is something that you can believe actually happens.

So if you haven’t seen The Conjuring and are looking for a truly scary movie that will also make you think twice about dismissing the paranormal this is a must see. It also has the bones to make it worth watching more than once. I myself have watched it numerous times and it keeps getting better. I have picked up on several inconspicuous things that I missed every time I watch.  I would definitely put it in the top 10 of my favorite horror flicks and if the paranormal is your cup of tea then I think you will to.

Oh, by the way, don’t miss the sequel “Annabelle”. It is just as good as the first.

Josh Brolin is Cable

Josh Brolin is Cable

As of today, Josh Brolin is Cable.

josh brolin is cableJust in case you missed the wonderfulness of this statement… Josh Freakin Brolin is Cable.

Now, in case you missed it, Josh Brolin has been acting in Hollywood for a long time. He was a huge part of my childhood, appearing in one of my favorite all time movies: The Goonies. I will be honest though – he kinda dropped off my radar, even though he was still working, until he popped up in Planet Terror in 2007. After 20+ years, Brand from the Goonies had gone and grown up. What replaced him was a leading man that was ready for anything that Hollywood threw at him.

Some of my favorite Brolin flicks:

  • Old Boy – 2013 – This is a remake of a Korean film. It might be one of the most violent movies I have ever seen and I am a fan of violent movies. Kidnapped and hidden away from years Brolin is looking for revenge.
  • Men in Black 3 – 2012 – Potentially Mr Brolin, doing his best Tommy Lee Jones impersonation was the best, maybe only, good thing about Men in Black 3.
  • True Grit – 2010 – You got have special people to remake a John Wayne movie. In this case, you have Brolin and The Dude, I mean Jeff Bridges.
  • W. – 2008 – Maybe Brolin’s best acting performance ever. He became President Bush. He was W.
  • Planet Terror – 2007 – Rodiguez + Zombies + Brolin as Dr Block = Cinema Fantastic!
  • The Goonies – 1985 – This movie was and is my jam! I love The Goonies. It is perfect from beginning to end. And Brolin as Brand might be the best big brother in movie history.

josh brolin as cableDown to business. When you see Josh Brolin next to images of Cable it seems like such a no-brainer. How did we ever think of anyone else playing this role? He has the look. Ryan Reynolds has a few inches on him in height but I think Brolin will look bigger as Cable. And Brolin definitely has the ability to play the straight guy to Reynolds Deadpool.

I never thought as a comic book collector back in the day digging through long boxes at the comic shop that I would see a Deadpool movie, much less a second Deadpool movie with Cable. Now Brand from The Goonies is playing Cable. Such a wonderful world that we live in.

Thor: Ragnarok – Trailer Number 1

Thor: Ragnarok – Trailer Number 1

We have been waiting a few years for a new Thor movie. Thor: Ragnarok – Trailer Number 1 has dropped and damn… Take My Money! Watch it then read on.

thor raganarok - trailer number 1Just to clear it up for all the geeks that are not as up on their Asgardian lingo, let’s talk about Ragnarok.  According to Wikipedia:

Ragnarök is a series of future events, including a great battle, foretold to ultimately result in the death of a number of major figures (including the gods Odin, Thor, Týr, Freyr, Heimdallr, and Loki), the occurrence of various natural disasters, and the subsequent submersion of the world in water.

After Ragnarok, the world returns and the world is repopulated by two human survivors. Almost and end of the world beginning of the world – Revelation – Noah’s Flood – Garden of Eden mashup is the Judeo-Christian reference helps out.

The Players – not a full listing but consider it a tasting.
Returning Alumni:

  • thor raganarok - trailer number 1Thor – Chris Hemsworth – I will forever make the claim that Chris Hemsworth was born to play Thor. He popped out, the doctor held him up by his ankles and said: “Mrs Hemsworth this child shall be Thor.”
  • Hulk – Mark Ruffalo – We get another Hulk Thor rumble in this one. I don’t know that we will have any Bruce Banner time but at the end of the trailer when Hulk and Thor meet in the middle of the arena. Hot Damn!
  • Loki – Tom Hiddleston – Potentially my favorite part of the early Marvel Cinematic Universe has been: Loki. From bad guy to not as bad guy, he has been a terrific foil to our protagonists. Tom Hiddleston rules.
  • Heimdall – Idris Elba – I hope that the give Idris Elba some more screen time. From the trailer, we are going to see him in action. Very exciting.
  • Sif – Jaimie Alexander – Lady Sif, nuff said.
  • Odin – Anthony Hopkins – I don’t think you can actually have Raganrok without Odin…Like the event, not the movie.
  • Dr Stephen Strange – Benedict Cumberbatch – WTF! Doc Strange in Thor. wOoT!

The New:

  • thor raganarok - trailer number 1Hela – Cate Blanchett – All I have to say is the fact that Hela is wearing the full headdress is yet another finger given to Warner Brothers by the MCU. They would never try it.
  • Skurge – Karl Urban – I hope that I like him more than I did in Judge Dred. Skurge has always been one of my favorite Thor baddies.
  • Valkyrie – Tessa Thompson – She was the love interest in Creed. She is Valkrie in Thor: Ragnarok. I wonder if they will let her actual name slip: Brunhilde.
  • thor raganarok - trailer number 1Grandmaster – Jeff Goldblum – Freakin Jeff Goldblum has made it into the MCU. And he is going to be the Grandmaster, the gamemaster of Marvel Universe.

Needless to say, I cannot wait for November 3, 2017. Thor has been a favorite character of mine in the comics for a long time, Chris Hemsworth was born to play this role. Damn fine movies. Bring it on.

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Top 5 Kevin Smith Movies

Top 5 Kevin Smith Movies

top 5 kevin smith moviesI have a bit of a problem when it comes to Kevin Smith projects. By projects, I am including any directing, writing, acting, podcast, whatever. I am a devotee. He cracks me up. Part of it is the fact that we are around the same age and have some of the same influences growing up, but most of it is that he is inspiring. He decided that he wanted to make a movie and he made a movie. Not a little homegrown flick on a camcorder, but a real honest to god movie.A movie that people saw and loved.

Added to this is the fact that Kevin Smith got me motivated to start being creative. Listening to one of his podcasts he challenged the listeners to stop being entertained and start being entertaining. I took him at his word. My one article a day challenge took the form of www.renoutfitters.com. Now, This Geeks World is proving to be much more of a collaboration and soon to have a podcast added to it as well.

Anyway. Here are my favorite Kevin Smith films. They have an order but the order changes and the movies on the list change and then he comes out with something new and then everything shifts around. Anyway… the list:

top 5 kevin smith moviesMallrats – 1995 – This was the first K Smith movie that I ever watched. saw it in the theater – topless fortune telling gets me every time. I sat in the theater and I was amazed. This guy really got me. Comic books, dick and fart jokes, lots of profanity – it was everything I ever wanted to see in a movie all in the same movie. It was like we went back to a time when movies could be fun. Mallrats didn’t have to pick apart some part of pop-culture, it could just tell the story of a guy that broke up with his girl – went and met his buddy who had also just broken up with his girl – they go the mall – the get a couple of other guys to sabotage one of the ex-girlfriend’s father game shows.. it is a story that happens all the time in real life.

Stan Lee: You know, I think you ought to get him some help. He seems to be really hung up on super heroes’ sex organs.

top 5 kevin smith moviesDogma – 1999 – This probably is the best of them all. Being a person of faith, this movie works for me on a lot of levels. It pokes fun at the parts of Christianity that I have always laughed at the most. Dogma follows a descendant of Jesus’, her two protectors in the form of Jay and Silent Bob, the 13th disciple, a muse and the voice of God as they attempt to stop two fallen angels from unmaking the world. On the way, they encounter: a shit demon, Jason Lee as Satan and George Carlin as a Cardinalin the Catholic Church. It also brings us the Buddy Christ – finger gun, wink, thumbs up!

Rufus: He still digs humanity, but it bothers Him to see the shit that gets carried out in His name – wars, bigotry, televangelism. But especially the factioning of all the religions. He said humanity took a good idea and, like always, built a belief structure on it.
Bethany: Having beliefs isn’t good?
Rufus: I think it’s better to have ideas. You can change an idea. Changing a belief is trickier…

top 5 kevin smith moviesClerks 2 – 2006 – I know that I should have Clerks in here instead of Clerks 2 but Clerks 2 is at the top of my list. Dante and Randal back together again! Add the magic of Elias and Becky and life is good. We get a taste of Jay and Silent Bob, a big musical number and a donkey show – what more could you ask for. The scene where Randal plays out all three Lord of Rings movies at one time is a particular favorite scene of mine.

Randal Graves: We were just killing time with those classes! One semester we took Criminology, for Christ’s sakes. What the fuck were we training to be, Batmen?

top 5 kevin smith moviesJersey Girl – 2004 – I know this movie is hated and derided but I truly like it. I will watch Ben Affleck in anything – due was the bomb in Phantoms, George Carlin plays his father, Liv Tyler is the love interest. Nice plot and there is a lot of emotion and empathy. Ollie and Gertie’s scenes, in particular, make me roll a tear every time. There is something in the heartbreak that he is experiencing that plays on my emotions.Anyway, I like it and I don’t know what else to say. It is a good movie and does not deserve the flak of being a Benifer movie.

Bart: If Gertie could see the shit you’ve been pulling.
Ollie: Gertie can’t see anything, Dad. She’s dead.
Bart: That’s right, she is. But you ain’t. And neither is that kid.

top 5 kevin smith moviesJay & Silent Bob Strike Back – 2001 – DAMN! I don’t know that I have the words to explain how much I like J&SBSB or the ability to count the number of times that I have actually seen it. The cameos, the hijinx the dialogue. It was a fitting end to the Jersey flicks. I can put this movie on at any time and enjoy just as much as I did the time before. Think about some of the folks that make cameos or have roles in this movie: Will Farrell, Chris Rock, Jason Lee, Ben Affleck, Matt Damon, Jon Stewart, Mark Hamil and really more than I care to type right now.

Jay: What the fuck is the Internet?
Holden: The Internet is a communication tool used the world over where people can come together to bitch about movies and share pornography with one another.

Logan

Logan

We have now seen our last film with Hugh Jackman playing Wolverine. Logan is the Story of Wolverine – in a time, in the future – he is dying and he is trying to help Professor X. Past the plot you have an outstanding performance by Hugh Jackman and newcomer Dafne Keen as X-23. You have the humor that the non-Marvel-Studios movie have lacked from time to time and we see that we can make an R-Rated comic movie that is not off the wall like Deadpool.

loganSo Wolverine got old. Who would have thought? Prof X got older. They are both dying. Logan is attempting to raise the money to get Charles away from society and people so that he can die in piece. Almost all of the mutants in the world are dead. Logan thinks he and Charles are the last two of their kind. In the process of trying to protect Charles and earn some green, he encounters a new mutant that is also on the run. This mutant turns out to be created from Logan’s DNA, making her his daughter, more or less. He attempts to get her to Eden – a mutant refuge. X-23 makes it past Eden to the border with Canada, not everyone else does.

loganHugh Jackman has been playing the character of Wolverine for over 17 years. He has made the role his own and even made it through some really bad scripts (X3, for instance). Through all of that, he has stayed at the top of his game and made one of the most iconic characters in the Marvel Universe his own. This final bow to the comic book gods is a perfect exit for he and his version of Wolverine. Hugh Jackman’s portrayal of this role has been the one shining spot in this series of movies. He has been the one thing that has always made the X-Men movies worth seeing. When all else failed we could count on Hugh Jackman to bring an intensity to the screen that matched The Wolverine that we know and love from the comics.

I don’t know where they found Dafne Keen but she was incredible. Almost silent for the entire movie, she played the role of X-23 with devotion and power. She moved well, she shared the screen with people like Hugh Jackman and Patrick Stewart and was not overshadowed at all. I would not have thought that they could have replicated the look and feel of the comic character that easily but they really did. They let her be a little girl and a bad ass all at the same time.

loganDeadpool took the scene as the first modern comic book movie with an R-Rating. Logan took the challenge of the R and met it with language and violence. We got the Wolverine being Wolverine. Cursing, slashing, cursing some more and occasionally driving those claws through someone’s skull. Too fantastic for words. Before in the X-Men movies, we have had a lot of quick slashing and people falling on the ground. In this one, the violence is much more a part of the story. The story of someone that is not proud of what he has done, at least not all of it. But he is very good at what he does – and what he does isn’t very nice.

This is my favorite of the X-Men series of movies. Much better than the original movies and much better than the First Class series. Even thought his was the end of Wolverine, at least this rendition of Wolverine, I am hoping that we get more of X-23.