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Bloodtraffick Premiers At Gen Con

For longtime readers of AZM, the name Jennifer Thym may be familiar to you. She directed the webseries LUMINA. She and her LUMINA crew are back with an action short, Bloodtraffick, which will premier at this year’s Gencon.

A war between vampires and angels ravages our world. Grace Huang stars as a human vigilante looking for her sister who has been lured into a vampire’s den. I’m overjoyed that more and more directors remember that vampires are blood thirsty evil fucks and not sparkly pretty boys.

The facebook page has more information about the short including a whole mess of set photos of Grace looking quite badass. I kinda want to see more of that back piece.

I expect we’ll be seeing more of Grace in the future. She’s set to star along with Russell Crowe, the RZA, and Daniel Wu in an action flick, The Man With the Iron Fists.

Bloodtraffick premiers on August 5, 2011 at 10pm as part of Gen Con’s Indy Film Fest.

Source: Facebook

Green Froggy’s Light

I’m not terribly enthused about the Green Lantern flick. The trailers never really interested me. I mean, even that second one that was kind of awesome still wasn’t enough to convince me that Ryan Reynolds wouldn’t annoy the shit out of me. Marty’s review kind of sealed the deal for me. Now it’s more than possible that if I knew nothing about Green Lantern, I might have been convinced to check it out. So it’s clear that Green Lantern isn’t really targeted to geeks like me who can’t divorce themselves from their preconceived notions of Hal Jordan. Or preconceived notions of what makes a good story.

However, if the Green Lantern movie starred Kermit, I’m there.

Apparently In the New Millennium, the Black Character Still Dies

Audrey and I caught Super 8 this weekend. It’s a thoroughly charming film with characters that you instantly care about. Although, all the adults in this movie are either complete fucking morons are stubborn assholes. And there’s a bit in the last scene that made our eyes roll terribly hard. Overall, it was quite enjoyable. And I don’t care what Abrams says, I like to think this one is totally related to Cloverfield.

However, I’m calling this shit out. There is one Black character of note who has more than just a sentence or two of dialog. He is totally murdered. There’s another Black character who has no dialog but interacts with our young heros in a few small ways. Guess who bites it before the final act. Okay, so the film is set in the late 70s and if a monster movie of that period featured a Black character, chances are you knew who was going to die before too long. I’m glad someone is finally doing giant monster movies in America, but for fuck’s sake, this “Black guy always dies” trope needs to end, especially if you only have one Black character that actually impacts the story. You’re not supposed to kill off Token!

I used to do something called Jam Scale Reviews which is why that tag is still around. I would review movies, comics, and television shows based on their minority count and how minorities were treated in the product. While I enjoyed Super 8 and think it’s a wonderful summer flick, it rates terribly on the Jam Scale. Which is really disappointing. But what do I know. This thing is going to rake in big bucks this summer regardless of who dies.

Driving Angry with Nicholas Cage

I’ve received a review copy of the Drive Angry DVD which drops today at your favorite DVD retailer. It’s also out on Blu-ray and Blu-ray 3D for all your fancy TVs. Rather than give my typical review, I thought I would blog as I watched this thing. I have no idea what to expect since I missed it in the theaters and didn’t bother with any of the reviews. So you’ll get to hear my idiotic thoughts as they occur to me. I’ll put time stamps so you can follow along at home.

Here goes!

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Green With Envy Trailer

I suspect that by now, everyone has seen this. But just for those who haven’t, I’m not going to spoil anything. I’ll just say that I rarely post any romantic comedy trailers on this site and there’s a good reason why I’ve posted this one. So take it away Amy Adams!

Farmers Insurance Meets the X-Men?

There are some indications that this new X-Flick may be somewhat entertaining. Of course, if you were looking to the trailers for these indications, you would be missing them. I don’t get it. The trailers for Thor sucked to high hell yet the film was fantastic. Similarly, that first trailer for Green Lantern made me want to punch the movie in the dick. The X-Men: First Class trailers have all left me in a state of meh. Is this a new marketing tactic? Lower expectations to a point where if the movie depicted super heroes watching paint dry it would be amazing? Trailers are supposed to get you into the theater.

I’m not quite sure what to make of this commercial. On the one hand, more J.K. Simmons is always a good thing. He should just have his own show where he’s just him doing awesome things. On the other hand, this kind of blatant product placement smells of desperation. Chest lasers aside, this is cute and all, but it doesn’t build the case for the film.

Keanu Reeves is a Goddamn HERO!

My respect for Keanu Reeves has shot up to OVER 9000! According to news sent over by Angry Zen Minion Laurie Lemaire, Keanu Reeves has passed on Steve. Oh, but it gets better. The pre visualization department for the film was shut down and most of the staff that was to work on the film was let go.

Of course, Warner Bros is spinning this shit:

Production on ‘Akira’ has not halted or been shut down, as the film has not yet been greenlit and is still very much in the development stage. The exploratory process is crucial to a project of this magnitude, and we will continue to sculpt our approach to making the best possible film.

Heh, “scuplt” our approach. How bout you sculpt it to cast some Asian people. Or how about you sculpt it right away into not a thing that will be made.

I applaud Keanu for staying away from this stinker. Besides the ethnicity issue, I have huge problems with their reported interpretation of the material. And I’m sure Keanu recognized this as a dead fish. Whatever the reasons, Keanu, you are my hero.

Source: JoBlo

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