You can read an interview James Cameron Online did with author Ian Nathan here – http://www.jamescamerononline.com/TerminatorVault.htm
Hi everyone. Just wanted to say Thanks for getting me over 10,000 hits on the site. You might have noticed I haven’t had a new post in awhile. The reasons vary from one being very sick (still am) to other things coming up in my life that has been stressful the past couple years. Another issue I’ve been having is Blu-ray player problems which I solved recently by getting a quality new one (knock on wood) at a cheap price. Also I have this annoying scratch on my Dell XPS Laptop that doesn’t allow me to see much of anything in my lower right hand of the screen (and I need my laptop for Blu-ray 3D reviews). Hopefully people can make purchases if they are interested in the product through my links to Amazon which will get me some kickback to help either repair or replace my laptop so I can get back to doing what I love which is providing you all with movie reviews and other reviews on entertainment topics.
Here are some current review movies I have recieved and am in the process of watching/reviewing. –
Annie’s life is in jeopardy after she witnesses the horrific murder of her closest friend. Fleeing from two attackers she stumbles across Kyle, a recluse living in the middle of the woods. Two worlds collide in this grindhouse psychological thriller that will make you question your trust in mankind. Written, directed and starring Michael Biehn (The Terminator, Aliens, Grindhouse: Planet Terror, The Divide.) Also starring Jennifer Blanc (Hatchet III), Danielle Harris (Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers) and Tanya Newbould (X-Men: The Last Stand.)
Genres: Horror, Thriller
Cast: Jennifer Blanc, Tanya Newbould, Michael Biehn, Danielle Harris
Mini Review – Watched this in it’s entirety twice last night once for the movie itself and the 2nd time for the commentary by Michael and Jennifer Biehn. Amazing work here. Michael has crafted a fun story and brought it to life in his Directorial debut. The real-life couple has amazing chemistry onscreen (also see The Divide for more from the pair) which is a rarity for real couples (see Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez in Gili). I highly recommend this movie if you love horror, mystery, drama, action and suspense. Not for those who have an issue with nudity, sex or violence. I’m hoping for a sequel. Stay tuned for my full review on Movie-Vault.com and a partial excerpt of that here. You can pre-order The Victim on Blu-ray (release date – 9/18/12) by clicking the picture link (and showing much appreciated support for my reviews) and The Divide on Blu-ray by clicking my word link earlier in this post. DVD orders of both titles will be posted in picture links below.
- Exclusive Theatrical Trailer Premiere for The Victim (dreadcentral.com)
- Fantasia 2012: Michael Biehn and Jennifer Blanc-Biehn Talk The Victim and More! (dreadcentral.com)
- Blanc Biehn to remake ‘Hidden in the Woods’ (variety.com)
- Fantasia 2012: A Remake Found Hidden in the Woods (dreadcentral.com)
- The Victim 2011 DVDSCR AC3-2.0 XviD-AXED (extratorrent.com)
- “4 Points” Live From NerdMelt (nerdist.com)
- Blu-Ray Review: Halloween 4/5 (horror-movie-a-day.blogspot.com)
- Fantasia 2012: The Victim Chosen as an Official Selection (dreadcentral.com)
- Drunk Good Idea/Sober Bad Idea: Halloween 4(drunkgoodideasoberbadidea.wordpress.com)
I normally don’t review CD‘s, but this is Michael Jackson my favorite singer/entertainer of all-time. If I can’t make an exception for MJ then I can’t for anyone. I might delve into music reviews from time to time depending on how much I love a given CD.
Here’s the skinny….I mean MJ CD 🙂
Michael CD –
#1 – Hold My Hand (Duet with Akon) – By now most of you have heard this song. Akon has said that he originally was going to do the song for himself but when he worked with MJ for the Thriller 25th Anniversary he decided the song better suited MJ and he’s right. Too bad MJ didn’t get enough of the spotlight with this song. It’s enjoyable as a sing-along or just listen and groove to it.
#2 – Hollywood Tonight – Probably the most fun MJ track since the Thriller days. It’s just that damn fun. You can dance to it, sing it or just sit back and enjoy it. Ellen recently spotlighted the song on her show dancing to it. I can see this getting lots of play by most people. My personal favorite track of the CD though a few others come close like Behind The Mask, Hold My Hand and Monster as well as the Bee Gees influenced The Best Of Joy.
#3 – Keep Your Head Up – Sounds familiar but I can’t really place where from. More positivity. A nice groove. Michael sings smooth and clear (as he does throughout much of the album). Sounds like MJ circa around the Bad or Dangerous albums (the whoooo sounds he did around that time in his songs especially in concert).
#4 – (I Like) The Way You Love Me – Another familiar track. Nice but probably will be skipped by some who prefer the more upbeat songs. It has a 70’s feel and sound modernized though his singing sounds like it is an outtake from the Invincible album.
#5 – Monster (Featuring 50 Cent) – Another in the Thriller style like Invincible’s Threatened or Blood On The Dance Floor‘s “Is This Scary” and “Ghosts”. Fun and upbeat. Probably the 2nd best dance track on the album. Fits in well with his scary songs like Jackson’s “This Place Hotel” 50 Cent fits in perfectly with this song like previous rap guest stars like Heavy D on “Jam” or Notorious BIG on “This Time Around”. A bit too repetitive in the title track repeating a bit too much, otherwise this is a pretty fun track.
#6 – Best Of Joy – This sounds like a throwback in singing style to the Bee Gees who Michael had professed to love in a video interview with director Brett Ratner. It’s got a nice smooth sound that recalls the good days of Michael Jackson and the Bee Gees. Sounds like it could come from the Saturday Night Fever soundtrack and that isn’t so bad since it is one of the biggest soundtracks ever. Would have loved to have heard MJ work with the Bee Gees on some songs. P.S. – Shame on you if you diss SNF you know you jammed to it as a kid. Hypocrite!
#7 – Breaking News – MJ doing his Justin Timberlake impression? Was it MJ at all? Controversy ensues. I’ve wondered but the more I listen to it the more I hear MJ’s voice. Instead of getting closer to the speaker to differentiate, I notice MJ’s sound the further I am away from the speakers as his voice comes across different from most of his songs, but unlike the version released online causing the controversy, the CD version sounds much more like MJ. The song comes across much better. A welcome relief from the lesser tabloid songs he did like “Tabloid Junkie” from HIStory. Not great but a nice jam that will remind you of JT and MJ blended together. Not on the level of Bad’s “Leave Me Alone” which is probably his best song on tabloid fodder.
#8 – (I Can’t Make It) Another Day (Featuring Lenny Kravitz) – MJ’s best rock song in quite awhile. Even though it wasn’t a hit Dangerous’s “Give In To Me” was the last MJ rock song that really hit me like this. I’m not surprised this is good though being an MJ and Lenny Kravitz fan. Their style blends together nicely and I hope there is more material (I think Kravitz said there was other songs) for future release. Not exactly a head banger but this song rocks. Too bad MJ didn’t get to perform it in concert. Not as rocking as Thriller’s “Beat It” or Dangerous’s “Black Or White” or “Give In To Me” or HIStory’s “Come Together” (originally recorded during the Bad era for the Moonwalker movie. Above the level of HIStory’s D.S. & Blood On The Dance Floor’s Morphine (though the latter grew on me over time as a jam with nice beats and guitar work). Probably MJ’s hardest to understand song on the album but he’s rocking it.
#9 – Behind The Mask – You can tell this was done back during his Thriller days by his voice alone. He had the best voice at that time and easily identifiable. A great song that challenges the previously mentioned Hollywood Tonight for most fun and a cool song you can dance to or just sit back and enjoy. The style is so cool in an early 80’s MJ style. This could have easily have been on Thriller as his voice has that cool style he had around that time of smoothness and youth as well as determination. He really had an eye for dance music around this time and it sounds more like a song for break-dancing than any of his other solo work with the robotic synthesized sound at times. The saxophone is a nice throwback to the Quincy Jones sound that helped skyrocket their success together.
#10 – Much Too Soon – Probably the worst track on the album. A downer which feels a bit out of place. Sounds kind of like something he might have put on a Jackson’s album. Not a bad song by any means as I am a huge Jackson’s fan. Also another familiar song like it was sung in the style of another song. Probably will be skipped by a lot of people who buy the album.
Overall, Michael is more uplifting than most of his work post-Thriller. Not his best work but there are songs to enjoy here. I can’t help but think if MJ were alive there would be a few social-aware songs in the vein of We Are The World, Man In The Mirror, Earth Song, Heal The World etc. Also he had been going top heavy with averaging more than 10 songs an album since his Thriller days (when he only had 9 s0ngs on the album). I think Hold My Hand fits as a social anthem for positivity, but not in the light of those songs I mentioned above.
Final Thoughts – I can’t say this is the best album since Thriller. That would be disrespecting this album and albums like Bad, Dangerous and the vastly underrated, hardly-promoted Invincible album. I’d say it’s among those albums in quality. Despite all the critics bashing the album I feel it’s as true to MJ as could be expected being that he isn’t around to finalize the work himself. I don’t believe any songs are anyone other than him and background singers strengthening the vocals. I already have a preferred playlist which is pretty much every song but Much Too Soon. I can see I will eventually tire of some songs. Ironically this album does seem like the next step from Invincible whereas This Is It seemed a little off-track. The booklet has the song lyrics which I always prefer and also has little writings by MJ about success and how he formulates the music from his head to recording it vocally including the instrument sounds he could imitate with his voice. Nice insight into the mind of a musical genius.
To buy or not? – Buy! You might want to try listening to it online but there are some nice jams here and keepers you should like if you are an MJ fan.
- Katherine Jackson & Britney Spears To Collaborate Become Neighbors (perezhilton.com)
- CD Review: Michael Jackson, “Michael” (popdose.com)
- Akon Recalls Meeting Michael Jackson For The First Time (mtv.com)
- M.J.’s first posthumous music video precedes album (seattletimes.nwsource.com)
- Music Review: Michael Jackson – Michael (seattlepi.com)
- Album Drop: This Week’s New Releases, From Ciara To Michael Jackson (thefrisky.com)
- ‘Michael’ is no thriller, but it isn’t bad (thegrio.com)
- ‘Michael’: Posthumous album gives glimpse of Michael Jackson’s creative process (seattletimes.nwsource.com)
- Michael Jackson and Akon Music Video is Kind of Decent? (beatcrave.com)
- Michael Jackson’s Michael: A Track-By-Track Preview (mtv.com)
- Review: Jackson’s ‘Michael’ (cnn.com)
- The Tracklisting For Michael Jackson’s New Album Has Been Revealed (pinkisthenewblog.com)
- Michael Jackson Producers Defend Posthumous Michael Album (mtv.com)
- Collaborators say new MJ album honors legacy (omg.yahoo.com)
- The row behind the new Michael Jackson CD (guardian.co.uk)
- Jackson’s first posthumous video hits the Web (today.msnbc.msn.com)
- Video Fix: Michael Jackson and Akon’s ‘Hold My Hand’ (popbytes.com)
- Usher Gets Kicked In Head, Talks MJ Nonsense (socialitelife.com)
- Usher Feels Pressure to Succeed Michael Jackson (thehollywoodgossip.com)
- Single Review: Michael Jackson ft. Akon – ‘Hold My Hand’ (unrealityshout.com)
- Shocker-Michael Jackson Autopsy to be reenacted-Your Funeral Guy (yourfuneralguy.wordpress.com)
- Michael Jackson: Michael – review (guardian.co.uk)
- Hear Michael Jackson’s Controversial New Album (rollingstone.com)
- Michael Jackson The Experience Wii Review (1up.com)
- Review: Michael Jackson, Michael (canada.com)
- CDs: Michael Jackson’s unfinished work (boston.com)
- Collaborators say new MJ album honors legacy (pbpulse.com)
- Collaborators Say New M.J. Album Honors Legacy (foxnews.com)
- Collaborators say new MJ album honours legacy (ctv.ca)
- Collaborators say new MJ album honors legacy (seattletimes.nwsource.com)
- More Than a Year After His Death, A New Michael Jackson Album (chicagonow.com)
- Collaborators say new MJ album honors legacy (seattletimes.nwsource.com)
Hi everyone. I got some more movies in the mail recently (& today) so I thought I’d post them here.
Review Movies –
Blu-ray – Why Did I Get Married Too? (Tyler Perry, Janet Jackson) featuring the same cast from the hit comedy/drama Why Did I Get Married? this sequel is set in the Bahamas, a perfect getaway for 8 former college classmates celebrating their life-long friendship at their annual reunion. Unexpectedly, Sheila’s ex-husband arrives hoping to break up her new marriage and win her back. Tensions mount and committment becomes a challenge for all four couples when they return home they try to fix their strained relationships.
DVD – The Legend Of Bruce Lee (From the 50-part Bruce Lee series of the same name, Danny Chan, Michael Jai White, Ray Park) Following Lee’s well-known, short-lived 32 years on this world, The Legend Of Bruce Lee shows us some sides that might not have been as well-known as his movie career, particularly the constant challenges against other martial arts masters in his quest to form the best martial arts strategy for himself and his students and later for the fans of his movies worldwide. Sometimes the fighting goes wire-fu with unrealstic moves, but for the most part the fight scenes are the highlights of this three-hour film. The lowlights come in the form of shoddy acting and dialogue/editing. Still the fight scenes alone are well worth the price of admission and Danny Chan almost literally becomes Bruce Lee, in looks as well as acting.
Fierce People (Diane Lane, Donald Sutherland, Kristin Stewart) A coming-of-age story about the downside of privilege. Ironic that I get this film and Wall Street to review on the same day as they touch the same base about the evils of those with money and greed. 16-year old Finn (Anton Yelchin, Terminator Salvation, Star Trek) wants to spend the summer with his anthropologist father that he never met, but his drug addicted mother (Diane Lane) shatters his dream as he is arrested for his effort at helping his downward-spiraling mother. Liz (Lane) moves the pair into a guesthouse at a vast country estate of a former client and billionaire (Donald Sutherland). Finn and his mother face a danger far worse than any South American jungle…the power, privilege that belong to the super rich.
Wall Street (Michael Douglas, Charlie & Martin Sheen, Daryl Hannah, Hal Holbrook), Bud Fox (Charlie Sheen) is lured into corporate espionage by the ruthless and greedy Gordon Gekko (Michael Douglas) who is out to get as much money as possible, legal or not and will stop at nothing to accomplish his goal. Fox learns that there is a price he is not willing to pay when he sees Gekko for what he is, but is he too late to save his soul? Wall Street represents the greed of 80’s stock-brokers who live only for money, power, status and high-finances.
The Secret Of Moonacre (Tim Curry). A big inspiration for J.K Rowling’s Harry Potter books, this is the story of 13-year-old Maria Merryweather (Dakota Blue Richards) who’s father dies leaving her orphaned and homeless. She is forced to go life with her previously unknown, eccentric, uncle Sir Benjamin (Ion Gruffudd – Fantastic Four, King Arthur) at the mysterious Moonacrew Manor. Soon her world is torn apart by ann acient feud with the sinister De Noir family. Maria discovers that she is the last Moon Princess and must uncover mysteries of the past before the 5000th moon rises and Moonacre disappears into the sea forever.
Personal Collection –
Blu-rays – Poseidon (Kurt Russell, Richard Dreyfuss, Fergie) A remake of sorts of The Poseidon Adventure this time out with a more serious tone and special effects galore. This movie wasn’t a smash hit mostly because of the lack of time given to developing characters to care about when all the death and destruction hits. I mainly like this movie for Kurt Russell’s performance and some good special effects (as well as the lousy ones).
Kill Bill : Volume 1 (Uma Thurman, Vivica A. Fox, Lucy Liu, Daryl Hannah, Quentin Tarantino) Outside of Pulp Fiction and Grindhouse this is one of my favorites from Quentin Tarantino. Uma Thurman shines here with a character that was written specifically for her. The acting and action are both outrageous and fun. A throwback to Golden Harvest’s Bruce Lee films (note her yellow costume throughout the last part of the movie) as well as cool sprinkle of Brian De Palma during the hospital scenes. Kill Bill is certainly over-the-top (as are all Tarantino films) and great fun as well as hilarious comedy. An amazing cast and great music that most people wouldn’t think about until they see this film and realize the coolness of the soundtrack.
Ghostbusters (Bill Murray, Harold Ramis, Ivan Reitman, Dan Aykroyd, Sigourney Weaver). One of Bill Murray’s all-time best movies as his character and comedy is at an extreme high here. Working with fellow SNL-alum Aykroyd, Murray steals the show, even though he was the main star to begin with! Ghostbusters will have you laughing out loud and worrying for the good guys at the same time. The chemistry of the cast is outstanding and the story is ahead of it’s time as family-friendly-fun. (try saying that 10 times fast, family-friendly-fun-familyfriendlyfun)
- Bruce Lee – 12 Best Pictures (chicagonow.com)
- Their Best Role: Bruce Lee (cinematical.com)
- Here’s to the grindhouse – in all its nasty, loopy glory (theglobeandmail.com)
- Tokyo Film Festival honors Bruce Lee (variety.com)
- Oscar Eye: Predicting Which Newcomer Will Crash The Best Director Category (cinemablend.com)
Hello. I got a few arrivals and personal orders –
Blu-ray – Frozen – (Shawn Ashmore) A horror film about three snowboarders who get stranded on a ski lift at a resort that is closed until the following weekend. Looks like a really good Anchor Bay release! That Evening Sun – (Hal Halbrook, Dixie Carter (her last role). An interesting movie about a man who returns to his house/farm where he finds people living there as his son rented the place out to the family of a man he didn’t like. Refusing to return to his retirement home he clashes with the father/husband. This movie very much has the feel of Sling Blade. Even a line from that movie “You ought not talk like that.” It’s a decent movie, just not a must-buy. Solitary Man – (Michael Douglas, Danny Devito, Susan Sarandon, Mary-Louise Parker) – A car magnate watches his personal and professional life hit the skids because of business and romantic indiscretions.
DVD – Good – (Viggo Mortensen) – Set during the 1930’s, A literary professor with family problems – neurotic wife, 2 demanding children & a mother suffering from senile dementia. His novel is used by the Nazi party to push their agenda. He can either sit back and do nothing, enjoying his fame and wealth or fight against the Nazi party and lose everything. Growth – (Mircea Monroe, Brian Krause, Alexi Wasser) – Beginning in 1989 a breakthrough in advanced parasitic research on Kuttyhunk Island gives scientists a jump in human evolution, heightened physical and mental strength. But something goes horribly wrong and a lethal parasite kills off three quarters of the island’s population, with the rest fleeing for their lives. Stripped Naked – (Sarah Allen, Jon Cor) – The story of a determined woman who’ll do anything to get ahead. Casesie, an exotic dancer wants to get out of the business. She witnesses a drug deal gone bad, she takes a chance and the money from the scene of the crime. She plans to leave the country and start a new life. She meets people willing to help her and others wanting her dead. Stripped Naked is a Grindhouse-style flick that will appeal to a certain part of the audience who loves those cheap movies from the 70’s and 80’s that populated drive-inn theaters in the heyday. Soundtracker – Sound recordist Gordon Hempton travels America in search of silence. His mission to find and record these places where civilization hasn’t intruded on the wildlife. Wade In The Water, Children – Six months after Hurricane Katrina’s destruction of New Orleans, filmmakers Wood and Nussbaum moved to New Orleans with a free art program, intending to help students express their thoughts with video-cameras to take home and tell their stories, on their terms. Thriller: The Complete Series – Boris Karloff hosts this 67-episode series featuring works by writers like Robert Bloch (Psycho) and Edgar Allan Poe and actors like William Shatner and Leslie Neilsen (I was only sent a one-disc screener of this so my review of it will be limited).
Personal Orders – (Blu-rays) – Poseidon (Kurt Russell, Richard Dreyfuss), Ghostbusters (Bill Murray, Dan Akroyd, Sigourney Weaver) Kill Bill: Volume 1 (Uma Thurman)
Review Movies DVD – Red Riding Trilogy, The Waiting Room, Made For Each Other, Tormented, A Quiet Little Marriage
Blu-ray – The 9th Company
Ordered Blu-rays for personal collection – The Transporter, Wolf, The Usual Suspects, Entrapment
Just going to post some of my recent movies that arrived for my personal collection –
Blu-rays – Friday, Courage Under Fire, A Few Good Men, Mystic River, Righteous Kill, Unforgiven, The Perfect Storm, Die Hard 2: Die Harder, Casino, Bruce Almighty
Review Movies –
Blu-rays – Dorian Gray, Update – Added The Jones, Date Night on Blu-ray as well, Multiple Sarcasms, $5 A Day, The Diplomat, 9th Company
DVD – Date Night, Addicted To Her Love, Darkness,
Update – Added Saw, Saw II, Saw III, Road House Blu-rays to my personal collection.